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Written Answers

Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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Written Answers To Questions

Monday, 10th July, 1961

Coal

Smokeless Fuel Supplies, West Of Scotland

20.

asked the Minister of Power if he is satisfied that there is a sufficient supply of smokeless fuels to serve those areas in Lanarkshire and West of Scotland where the Clean Air Act has been brought into operation.

Yes. My right hon. Friend's Advisory Committee in Scotland has told him that there are adequate supplies of open fire and other solid smokeless fuels, as well as of gas and electricity, for these areas.

Gas Detection, Coal Mines (Canaries)

22.

asked the Minister of Power what rules there are governing the time on any one day that canaries can be kept down pits as gas detectors; and whether they must be periodically returned to daylight conditions.

The use of canaries below ground in mines for detecting gas is not governed by statutory regulations.

Ministry Of Power

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Minister of Power how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

If private industrial property is included in my hon. Friend's definition the number is 193.

Ministry Of Aviation

Wales (Helicopter Service)

26.

asked the Minister of Aviation what steps are being taken to provide a helicopter service in Wales.

The provision of such a service is a matter for the commercial judgment of the operators. So far as I am aware no applications have been made to the Air Transport Licensing Board for helicopter services in Wales.

Invisible Exports

34.

asked the Minister of Aviation what contribution civil aviation makes to the invisible exports to the United Kingdom.

The net contribution of the two Airways Corporations to invisible exports in 1960 amounted to about £30 million.No comparable statistic is at present available for the independent airlines, but the President of British Independent Air Transport Association has kindly undertaken to provide this figure which I will pass on to my hon. Friend.

Vc10 Aircraft

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will now say what financial support he is giving to the development and production of the VC10.

The Government have agreed to contribute towards the cost of launching the VC10 aircraft. It would be contrary to normal practice to give details of the terms of the contract.

Ministry Of Health

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Minister of Health how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

None. There are 38 officials empowered to inspect private homes for aged, disabled or mentally disordered persons.

Welfare Foods

asked the Minister of Health what arrangements he has made for publicity to be given to the scheme for mothers and expectant mothers to obtain welfare foods since 20th April last, especially by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Television Authority.

A special leaflet explaining the changes in the scheme, the value of the foods and the circumstances in which free supplies can be obtained, and a revised leaflet on maternity care which includes similar material, have been widely distributed. Local authorities have been reminded that free posters are available. Press notices were issued on the changes, and the foods have been mentioned in the seasonal health notes widely circulated to the press and others. Editors of women's magazines and of appropriate sound and visual broadcast programmes have been specially approached.

Pharmaceutical Facilities, Glyncorrwg

37.

asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that there are enough pharmaceutical facilities for the people of Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot, in Glyncorrwg itself.

Physiotherapists

asked the Minister of Health how many vacancies exist for physiotherapists in the National Health Service; how many are in training; and how many places are available in physiotherapy training schools.

No figures of vacancies are available; there were 1,623 students in training in England and Wales at the end of 1960; the number of places available depends on the number of qualified

1957195819591960
Average daily occupation of beds allocated to mental illness149,386147,109143,831140,593
Number of patients who were detained as certified or temporary patients on 31st December90,22377,00251,433See Note

Note: Owing to the effect of the transitional provisions of the Mental Health Act, figures are not available for the number of detained patients at the end of 1960.

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of informal admissions to hospital of patients suffering from mental illness for the six-months period from 1st November, 1960, and the number of compulsory admissions; and if he will give the comparable numbers of voluntary and compulsory admissions for the same period of the previous year.

Information is only available so far for November and December, 1960, when 18,333 were teachers, which at present does not permit of any appreciable increase in the number of students.

Hospitals

Snake-Bite Serum, South-West Region

44.

asked the Minister of Health how many hospitals in the southwest region are not in possession of snakebite serum; how often this serum has to be renewed; and, in view of the large number of snake bites which have taken place recently, if he will provide a quantity for each of the hospitals in the region.

I have no information on particular preparations stocked by individual hospitals. Supplies of antivenom, which I am advised has a life of five years, are available to any hospital whose medical authorities wish to hold it.

Mental Illness

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of hospital in-patients under treatment for mental illness in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available; how many of those were compulsorily detained; and if he will give comparable figures for the two previous years.

The most recent information is as follows:admitted informally and 4,696 compulsorily. Figures for the same period of 1959 are not available.

Documents (Classification)

55.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the system at present in force in the Foreign Office for classifying documents.

The system is that which is in force throughout the Government Service. It is based upon an assessment of the harm which would result from the disclosure of each document to an unauthorised person, and on the provision of protection appropriate both to the assessment of the harm and to the risk of leakage in each particular case.

Employment

School Leavers, Aberavon

57.

asked the Minister of Labour how many school-leavers he estimates will be requiring work in the Port Talbot and Glyncorrwg area, and in the remainder of the Aberavon division, respectively, at the end of July, 1961; and what plans he has to ensure that enough work is available.

About 350 in Port Talbot and Glyncorrwg and 130 in the remainder of the Aberavon division. There are reasonable prospects for young people in this area, and the summer school leavers should not have undue difficulty in finding employment.

Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act

58.

asked the Minister of Labour what further consideration he has given to a case of infringement of the Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act which has been the subject of correspondence between his Department and the hon. Member for Lichfield and Tamworth; whether he is aware that a denial has been issued by the Midland Spastic Association; and what action he now intends to take under the Act.

I have no clear evidence of an infringement of the Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act in the case referred to by the hon. Member. My officers have been and still are in touch with the Midland Spastic Association. I understand that its Association's complaints are against another person.

Service Men (Conscientious Objection)

asked the Minister of Labour how many prosecutions there have been for refusal of medical examination or military orders, by men claiming conscientious objection since the final call-up under the Military Service Act.

Since the final call-up, no men claiming conscientious objection have been prosecuted for refusal of medical examination. I am informed that service records show that since the final call-up, eleven men claiming conscientious objection, all of whom were Regulars, have been charged under the disciplinary provisions of the appropriate Service Act.

asked the Minister of Labour what provisions have now been made to enable members of the forces overseas, who claim conscientious objection as their reason for disobeying orders, to appear before the Appeal Tribunal after being sentenced to three months' imprisonment.

Arrangements have been made for the Appellate Tribunal to hear applications from members of the forces who while serving overseas have been sentenced to three months' imprisonment in the circumstances mentioned.

Tally Clerks, London Docks

asked the Minister of Labour how many tally clerks are proving attendance daily at London docks; and what has been the highest and lowest number each week during the past three months.

The number of tally clerks proving attendance at London Docks fluctuates daily according to the amount of work available. The average, and the highest and lowest number each week during the three months ended 1st July, 1961, are shown in the following table:

LONDON DOCKS
NUMBER OF TALLY CLERKS PROVING ATTENDANCE
Week-endedAverageHighestLowest
8th April10823130
15th April236319175
22nd April200296106
29th April218271125
6th May128250Nil
13th May26167Nil
20th May11121159
27th May6712151
3rd June12817872
10th June70188Nil
17th June9921644
24th June170228124
1st July322Nil

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

River Hull

59.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the last occasion on which the River Hull was cleaned out throughout its length; and what action the Hull and East Yorkshire River Board, as the drainage authority, intends to take, by cleaning and dredging the river to improve the outflow of inland water and so reduce the risk of flooding at high tides.

I am informed by the river board that the River Hull has never been dredged throughout its length; that the river through Hull is kept free of silt through scouring and by the effects of navigation; and that above the city the river is regularly cleansed either by navigation or by an eroder boat.

60.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will state the amount of money spent by the Hull and East Yorkshire River Board on flood alleviation works on the banks of the River Hull, during each of the last six years, respectively, inside and outside the Hull city boundary, respectively.

The following table gives the information required:

Year ending 31st MarchTotal ExpenditureInside City BoundaryOutside City Boundary
£££
195610,72810,728
195713,76213,762
19587,3297,329
195919,79715,5304,267
196025,7111,51224,199
196122,28922,289

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

Officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food authorised by statute to enter land or buildings thereon without obtaining consent are as follows:

ServiceNo. of Officers (approx.)
Veterinary service570
Milk, service390
Livestock breeding service90
Safety/Wages70
Infestation control60
Seeds50
Bee disease (seasonal)35
Plant health25
Drainage25
Lime25
Fisheries25
Investigation20
Cereals15
Audit10
Egg packing stations10
Fatstock5
A few other officers may from time to time be issued with temporary entry permits for specific tasks.The only officers who are authorised, provided they give reasonable notice, to enter private dwellings, are the 90 in the Safety/Wages and Investigation groups, mainly for examining books.In addition veterinary surgeons in private practice, who may be appointed by the Minister to act as local veterinary inspectors, are authorised to enter land or buildings thereon in order to carry out some of the duties of a veterinary inspector under the Disease of Animals Act.

National Finance

Kuwait (Expenditure)

63.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects on the financial situation of this country of the expenditure by Her Majesty's Government in relation to Kuwait.

Naturally any additional burden on our resources is unwelcome but I am satisfied that the expenditure is essential.

Oils (Customs And Excise Duty)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the amount of each class of hydrocarbon oils retained for home consumption during the year ended 31st March, 1961, and the net amount received in respect of duty thereon, showing, in particular, the amount received in respect of motor spirit and heavy oils used as fuel in road vehicles.

ClassQuantityReceipts of duty
Gallons£
Oils chargeable with Customs Duty
Light Oils:2,564,277,649320,596,623*
of which motor (including aviation) spirit(2,505,421,042)(313,177,625)
Heavy Oils:
For use as road fuel685,420,63985,677,580
Other (mainly lubricating oils)204,937,862853,928
Oils chargeable with Excise Duty
Light Oils:99,129,4346,195,590
of which motor (including aviation) spirit(33,611,769)(2,100,736)
Heavy Oils for use as road fuel24,404,8881,525,305
TOTAL414,849,026
Allowance on certain home-produced oils used in approved refineries as raw material for chemical synthesis6,077,224
NET TOTAL408,771,802
These particulars relate to oils subject to a net liability to Customs or Excise duty: comparable figures are not available in respect of heavy oils for which the duty was wholly rebated.
* Includes £61,414 in respect of light oils contained in composite goods on which oil duty was charged at a flat rate under the Composite Goods Order, 1958, and for which information as to the quantity of oil is not available.

Roads

Brawdy Airfield, Pembrokeshire (New Road)

61.

asked the Minister of Transport what are the reasons for the prolonged delay in constructing a new road around Brawdy Airfield, Pembrokeshire; and when the work will be completed.

The line of the new road on the west side of Brawby Airfield was settled by an order which I made on 16th September, 1960 requiring this road to be provided by October, 1963. As there has been difficulty in settling terms for part of the land needed, compulsory acquisition by the county council may be necessary. In this event, completion of the work before the autumn of 1962 could not be expected.

Transport

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Minister of Transport how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

The required particulars are as follows.and traffic examiners and clerks to licensing authorities and their staffs, who are restricted by administrative action from using the powers in question, and 41 coastguard officers who have power to hold preliminary inquiries under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, but have not in fact conducted such inquiries for many years.

Ministry Of Defence

Situation, Kuwait (Military Assessment)

65 and 66.

asked the Minister of Defence (1) whether the statement by Brigadier D. S. T. Horsford, commanding 24th Infantry Brigade in Kuwait, on 5th July, that he believed that an Iraqi attack would take place was made with his authority;(2) whether the statement of Air Marshal Sir Charles Elworthy, Commander-in-Chief, British Forces, Middle East in Kuwait on 6th July, that Iraqi forces were unlikely to make a military move, was made with his authority.

No. I would not expect to be consulted about the day-to-day military assessment of a rapidly changing situation by the commanders on the spot.

The Gambia

Mr Lamin Foday Jarju (Passport)

64.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Mr. Lamin Foday Jarju, a Gambian and a British subject, formerly in possession of a British passport, whose London address is 14, Ashburnham Road, S.W.10, is being refused a new passport, which he requires for the purpose of visiting his wife in Germany.

The issue of a new passport is within the discretion of the Governor of the Gambia, to whom the application was referred immediately after its receipt on 26th June. The Governor's decision is awaited.

British Army

Armed Forces, Kuwait

67.

asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent troops serving in Kuwait have been conditioned to a tropical climate and instructed in the elementary techniques of avoiding heat exhaustion.

Most of the troops serving in Kuwait are already acclimatised, having been moved from other tropical stations. All soldiers receive instruction in the elementary techniques of avoiding heat exhaustion as part of their recruit training, and special instructions have been issued to troops who have been sent to the Persian Gulf.

68.

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will take immediate steps to ensure an adequate supply of beer for the troops serving in Kuwait.

I am glad to be able to inform the lion. Member that an adequate supply of beer has arrived in Kuwait and will be in continuous supply from now on.

Teachers (Extraneous Duties Allowance)

asked the Secretary of State for War when he proposes to come to a decision as to whether there is to be an increase in the extraneous duties allowance paid to teachers employed by his Department.

This allowance is being increased from £120 to £160 a year with effect from 1st April, 1961.

Education

Teachers

asked the Minister of Education the number of full-time teachers who discontinued teaching during the latest twelve months period; and how this compares with the previous year.

Precise figures are not yet available, but it is estimated that between 31st March, 1960, and 31st March, 1961, 22,000 full-time teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools (other than special schools) left teaching. The corresponding number for the previous twelve months is 20,445.

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Minister of Education how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

None, unless my hon. Friend includes independent schools which might be inspected under the provisions of Section 77 of the Education Act, 1944, by any one of Her Majesty's 525 inspectors or certain medical officers.

Teachers (Mathematics And Science)

asked the Minister of Education how many unfilled vacancies there were for mathematics and science teachers in maintained and assisted schools at the latest available date.

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to his Question on 5th July.

Home Safety

asked the Minister of Education what facilities are available in maintained schools for visiting specialiste in home safety measures to instruct pupils about dangers in the home.

Instruction in safety precautions is given as part of the ordinary school curriculum, particularly in connection with housecraft. Such instruction is best given by the teachers and it is for the schools to decide whether there is any need to supplement this by inviting people from outside to give talks.

asked the Minister of Education if he will arrange for teacher training college principals to incorporate in their curricula instructions in home safety precautions.

Home safety precautions form a normal part of the study of health education which is already regularly included in the training college Course.

Home Department

Offences Against Children

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a table showing separately the number of cases of cruelty to children,

195819591960
Number of offences known to the policeNumber of persons proceeded againstNumber of offences known to the policeNumber of persons proceeded againstNumber of offences known to the policeNumber of persons proceeded against
Cruelty to or neglect of childrenN.A.726N.A.713N.A.734
Abandoning child under 2 years old.1031118
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13.25710828595232112
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl between 13 and 16.2,5866843,1528453,608883
Gross indecency with children*N.A.77
N.A. = Not available.
* Offence created on 2nd July, 1960.

Rape

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons since 1950, having served a prison sentence for rape, and having been released, have subsequently committed the same crime again.

I regret that the criminal statistics are not kept in such a way as to allow information of this kind to be given.

Violence Against The Person

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons since 1950, having served a prison sentence for violence against the person, and having been released, have subsequently committed a similar type of crime again.

I regret that the criminal statistics are not kept in such a way as to allow information of this kind to be given.

child neglect and offences against children reported to the police for each of the last three years at any convenient date, and the number of cases in each group in which proceedings were taken in England and Wales.

The following table shows, for each of the last three years, such figures as are available for offences against children other than homicide or child stealing. The number of persons proceeded against cannot be compared directly with the number of offences known to the police because proceedings may be brought against one person for more than one offence.

Remand Home Accommodation, North-West Area

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the results of his inquiries in regard to remand home accommodation in the North-West area; and when and where the additional remand home accommodation will be provided.

I am glad to say that the Lancashire County Council has provided five additional places at its remand home for boys. These are now in use. I am discussing specific proposals urgently with other authorities.

Science

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science how many officials of his Department or of the bodies for which he is answerable are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

None, Sir, with the exception of the Atomic Energy Authority's constabulary who have, within a radius of fifteen miles of any of the Authority's premises, the same powers as county police forces with regard to entering private property in order to apprehend a felon.

Scotland

Private Property (Power Of Entry)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials of the Departments of the Scottish Office are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

Fifty-six officers in my Departments are authorised to enter privately owned land or buildings, as follows:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland

Thirteen scientific officers whose duty it is to inspect grain and other food cargoes in ships and stores for infestation and 28 sea fisheries inspectors who inspect to ensure that no damaged or immature fish are landed and sold.

Scottish Education Department

One chief inspectors and six inspectors of child care.

Department of Health for Scotland

Three general inspectors; one welfare officer; one chief food and dairy officer and three chemical inspectors.

Western Isles (Population)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the acreages and population in 1820, or at the earliest reliable census date, and the population today, of Canna, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Scarba, Soay and St. Kilda.

The following table gives the 1821 census figures for the four islands then recorded separately; the first available census figures for the other three islands; and the provisional 1961 census figures, together with approximate acreages, for all seven islands.

Population
IslandCensus, 1821Provisional 1961Approximate acreages
Canna436242,600
Rum3944026,500
Eigg469747,200
Muck321291,400
Scarba1354,200
(1861)
Soay113112,500
(1841)
St. Kilda110*1,575
(1851)
* St. Kilda's present population consists entirely of Army personnel and staff of the Nature Conservancy.