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Written Answers

Volume 648: debated on Friday 10 November 1961

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 10th November, 1961

British Army

Recruiting

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT particulars of recruiting for the Regular Army, male adults only, for the month of September in the

REGULAR RECRUITING (MALE ADULTS) DIRECT FROM CIVIL LIFE FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 1957 1958 1959, 1960, 1961
Recruiting Centre19571958195919601961
Brighton3544163244
Cambridge13136713
Canterbury1114
Chatham3039252245
Ipswich2225171723
Norwich151316921
St. Albans2642312041
Southend222771231
Eastern Command Total174217118119218
Bradford3436251734
Carlisle1610141026
Darlington1239433431
Derby4538453327
Huddersfield1430121811
Hull3029181721
Leeds7088575256
Leicester4829122046
Lincoln3539222639
Middlesbrough2529312343
Newcastle4470564687
Northampton618131327
Nottingham5957703754
Sheffield6791965779
South Shields2039302731
York152091324
Northern Command Total540662553443636
Aberdeen1817161111
Dumfries1019131520
Dundee2653442445
Edinburgh6484544658
Glasgow8211010489105
Inverness81316510
Scottish Command Total208296247190249
Bournemouth4231222632
Bristol1939433140
Channel Isles943310
Devonport1316101217
Exeter2125142219
Gloucester2414231722
Oxford695514
Portsmouth3032231727
Reading2822302941
Redruth68419
Salisbury1216221525
Southampton1534181718
Southern Command Total225250217195274
Totals carried forward1,1471,4251,1359471,377

years 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961 broken down to cover the recruiting centres and Commands set out in his Written Reply on 8th February, 1961, to a related question from the hon. Member for Dudley.

Recruiting Centre19571958195919601961
Totals brought forward1,1471,4251,1359471,377
Birmingham6678645781
Blackburn91612816
Cardiff4967574764
Chester2546283456
Coventry1422142234
Kingsway3148362537
Liverpool941226768131
Manchester681128675112
Pontypridd1433251826
Preston2238321926
Shrewsbury12812818
Swansea2722161314
Wolverhampton3531131731
Worcester121310312
Wrexham142516721
Western Command Total492681488421679
Central London53535458100
Acton3528211838
Blackheath3446131637
Croydon2751292531
Kentish Town2030231637
Surbiton282014914
Wanstcad3742151932
London District Total234270169161289
Belfast4593968791
Omagh1017231816
N.I. District Total55110119105107
Grand Totals1,9282,4861,9111,6342,452

Note: The figures are based on weekly returns from the centres and the totals vary slightly from those published which relate to calendar months.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Salmon (Drift-Net Fishing)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from the Northumberland Inshore Fishermen's Federation concerning drift-net fishing for salmon; what reply he has sent; and what steps his department are taking to deal with the problem.

The Federation wrote to the Ministry on 27th October last protesting against the statement made by the Secretary of State for Scotland in the House of Commons on 1st August, 1961, that a Bill was being prepared to restrict drift net fishing for salmon. The Federation said that they were prepared to discuss the situation with Ministry representatives and asked that, as a preliminary to such discussions, the Government would agree to defer the proposed new Bill. The Queen's Speech on 31st October announced that the Bill to deal with the sea fish industry would also cover drift netting for salmon, and the Bill was introduced on 2nd November. The reply to the Federation's letter set out fully the Government's reasons for its proposals on drift netting for salmon, and said that Ministry representatives would be ready at any stage to meet the Federation, should they wish.

Post Office

Postal Facilities, Aberdeen (Heatheryfold)

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the inadequate postal facilities in the thickly populated Heatheryfold district of Aberdeen, and that these conditions make business and social life for the residents there difficult, especially for the aged in winter; and if he will now have these defects remedied before winter.

Postal facilities in this district are up to the standard provided in other similar areas; but if the hon. and learned Member would like to let me know of any particular point of difficulty he has in mind, I shall be glad to look into it.

Trade And Commerce

Fife

asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements he is making for industrial expansion in Fife to absorb men who lose their jobs in the coal industry.

The Board of Trade are in close touch with the National Coal Board about their proposals to close certain pits in Fife and will continue to make full use of the powers available under the Local Employment Act to steer new industry to the County and to assist industrial expansion in those parts which are Development Districts.

Education

International Year Book Of Education, 1960

asked the Minister of Education to what extent the information his Department supplied to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation for the purposes of the International Year Book of Education, 1960, particularly the table which shows the amount of public expenditure per head of population devoted to education in Great Britain at a much lower figure than in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States of America, Canada and many other countries, was on a comparable basis with information supplied by other countries; and if he will make a statement.

I am not able to say how far the figures are comparable. Such comparisons are very complex. From the experience of similar exercises of this type in the past, it is apparent that the returns from different countries may vary in respect of the inclusion or exclusion of such items as university education, cultural activities, educational welfare services and capital expenditure met by loan.For the countries mentioned in my hon. Friend's question the figures in the International Year Book of Education 1960, which relate to public expenditure on education per head of the population, are expressed in terms of U.S. Dollars, after conversion from the original currencies, as follows: —

YearDollars
1957–8England and Wales36
1958–9Northern Ireland34
1957–8Scotland53
1957Canada58
1957–8U.S.A.92
1960U.S.S.R.120
The figure for the U.S.S.R. is based on the artificially high rate of exchange of four roubles to the dollar, which has now been adjusted by the Soviet Government to nine roubles to the dollar. If the new rate of exchange is applied, the U.S.S.R. figure, which it will be noted is for a period three years later than the rest, becomes 53 dollars per head.The money expenditures converted at official exchange rates do not provide a direct comparison of the volume of real resources devoted to education, since they do not reflect accurately the different internal purchasing powers of the various currencies.Moreover expenditure per head of the population may not be the most significant way of making these international comparisons. The proportion of the Gross National Product devoted to education may in many respects be a better one. A more comprehensive comparative study is I understand soon to be published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development following the recent Conference in Washington on Economic Growth and Investment in Education. This should carry the study of the subject a useful stage further.

Home Department

Dangerous Toys

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that toy sub-machine guns and similar dangerous toys are on sale; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent this from continuing.

If the hon. Member will let me have details of the toys he has in mind and the respects in which he considers them dangerous, I shall be glad to consider them.

Fireworks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the dangers arising from the use of fireworks; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with the position.

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to a Question by the hon. Member for Leeds, South-East (Miss Bacon) yesterday.

Tanganyika

Famine Relief

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what contribution Her Majesty's Government will make towards famine relief in Tanganyika.

I have nothing to add to the statement made by my hon. Friend in the House on 8th November.

National Finance

University Grants Committee (Standard Costs)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make arrangements to publish the results of the work of the University Grants Committee in the field of standard costs, as recommended by the Committee of Public Accounts.