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Written Answers

Volume 884: debated on Friday 24 January 1975

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 24th January 1975

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Border Disease

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research has been undertaken recently to determine whether Border disease affects cattle as well as sheep; and if he will make a statement on the extent and virulence of this disease.

Two experiments have been carried out, during 1972–73 and 1973–74, by my Department. These showed that pregnant heifers can be infected experimentally and abort. It is impossible to ascertain whether the disease occurs naturally in cattle as there are no specific diagnostic tests. In sheep the disease causes abortion and the production of malformed lamb. In a susceptible flock losses may be heavy. Apart from abortion, clinical disease is not seen in adult sheep. The disease is not notifiable, so no firm indication of its extent can be given, but it is not uncommon in sheep in the Welsh border counties and occurs sporadically elsewhere in Great Britain.


asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he can give figures for the production of homegrown timber over the most recent 12-month period.

In 1973 home-grown timber production in Britain amounted to about 3·7 million cubic metres. Figures for 1974 are not yet available.


asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the future supply of sugar.

I have nothing to add to the reply given to the right hon. Member for Cambridgeshire (Mr. Pym) on 23rd January.—[Vol. 884, c. 421–22.]

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what percentage increase has taken place in the price of sugar since Great Britain joined the EEC.

Average ex-refinery price of granulated sugar in hundredweight paper sacks has increased by approximately 340 per cent. The average price for January 1973 was £82·49 per ton; the estimated equivalent for January 1975 is £280 per ton. There was a subsidy in force in January 1973 of approximately £15 a ton.

Fishing Limits

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received requesting a 50-mile fishing limit; and if he will now bring forward legislation establishing a 50-mile limit or otherwise take steps to protect fishing stocks and protect the livelihood of United Kingdom inshore fishermen.

The Government have received a number of representations, particularly from the herring fishing sector of the industry, asking for an extension of our fishery limits to 50 miles. Any changes in the rights of vessels to fish outside the present exclusive fishery limits must await the outcome of the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference.

National Finance

Taxation Revenue

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by what percentage it would be necessary to raise indirect taxation in order to obtain the same revenue as at present levied by direct and indirect taxation;(2) what is the latest estimate of the total revenue from direct taxation and indirect taxation, respectively, in the current year.

The latest estimates for the yield of central Government taxes in the current financial year are as follows:

£ million
Direct taxation14,111
Indirect taxation8,205
To obtain the same total revenue as at present from indirect taxation alone would, therefore, necessitate an increase in receipts from indirect taxation of 172 per cent.

Income Tax

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing a comparison of gross and net incomes over a standard range of earned and unearned income to illustrate the position of people of pensionable age before and after the changes in taxation currently proposed.

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the proposed changes to the investment income surcharge for 1974–75 and to the introduction of an age allowance replacing age exemption relief in 1975–76. On that basis the figures for a married man aged 65 or over with no other tax allowances are as follows. The 1975–76 figures have had to be calculated on the basis of no other tax changes in that year apart from the introduction of the age allowance.

Net Income (£)
Gross Income (£)1974–75*1975–76
Gross IncomeNet Income (£)
* Age exemption limit, £1,170; Investment income surcharge threshold, £2,000.
† Age exemption limit, £1,170; Investment income surcharge threshold, £1,500.
‡ Age allowance, £1,425; Investment income surcharge threshold, £1,500.

Race Relations Act (Prosecutions)

asked the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have been initia- ted by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Section 6 of the Race Relations Act during the past five years.

Since 1st January 1970 the Director of Public Prosecutions has been responsible for conducting proceedings under Section 6 of the Race Relations Act 1965 in three cases.

Civil Service

Information Services (Melville Report)

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list the reasons why the Melville Report on the Central Office of Information and Departmental Information Services has been withheld from publication; if he will now authorise and instruct the same to be published; and if he will take steps to encourage more openness in Government.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Accrington (Mr. Davidson) on 2nd April 1974, the Government are in favour of open government. The Melville Report was, however, an internal report produced by civil servants and never intended for publication.


Reservists (Service Deaths)

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how and on what basis the sum of £254 has been arrived at as the single payment that would be made into the estate of a reservist whose death is attributable to service and arises in the course of peace-time exercise or training.

The sum of £254 represents £200 as uprated successively by the pensions increases effective from 1st December 1973–9·3 per cent.—and 1st December 1974–16·5 per cent.In formulating the scheme of attributable benefits for reservists it was decided to base the rates of benefit precisely on those used for the ex-gratia pensions introduced for Service men injured and the widows and children of Service men killed in Northern Ireland as a result of terrorist activity between August 1969 and 31st March 1973, after which date the present attributable pension scheme for the Regular Forces came into effect. These ex-gratia pensions ranged from £200 to £700 and were to be subject to subsequent pensions increases. For the reservists' scheme it was decided to make additional provision for a payment into the estate of a single man, and this was fixed at the lowest point of the range.


asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many members old Her Majesty's Armed Forces are stationed at Masirah at the present time.

I have nothing to add to the statement made by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Defence on 13th December.—[Vol. 883, c. 268.]

Oman (British Casualties)

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will name the British officers killed in a clash at Hasal Kadmayn in Dhofar on 6th January 1975; and state the circumstances in which their deaths occurred.

I have nothing further to add to the statement which I made about this incident on 21st January.—[Vol. 884, c. 285.]

Northern Ireland

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, having regard to the size of the payments made to relatives of civilians killed as a result of the disturbances in Londonderry on so-called Bloody Sunday, he is satisfied that there is adequate financial provision for the relatives of members of the security forces killed by terrorists in Northern Ireland.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 20th December 1974; Vol. 883, c. 621–622], gave the following information:The widows of members of the Regular Forces killed in Northern Ireland on or after 31st March 1973 as a result of terrorist activities are eligible for awards under the new Forces Attributable Family Pensions Scheme in addition to the war pensions provisions made by the Department of Health and Social Security. Examples are that a widow of a private soldier with four children would get a total pension from the Ministry of Defence and the DHSS of £3,305 a year and a widow of a major with two children would get a total pension of £4,025 a year. In addition, there would be lump sum payments of at least £2,598 for the private soldier's widow and £5,678 for the major's widow.The widows and dependants of Service men killed as the result of terrorist activity are also eligible to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries to Persons (Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland 1968), but such awards have to take account of payment of pensions from public funds.With regard to the dependants of the 13 people who were killed in Londonderry on 30th January 1972, these amounts have been calculated on the common law basis for the assessment of dependency in the event of death.


Disabled Persons

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many firms in the Medway employment area with a work force of over 20 employ 3 per cent. or more of registered disabled people; and how many employ less than this figure.

On 31st May 1974, the latest date for which information is available, of 459 firms with a quota obligation in the Medway employment area 191 were employing 3 per cent. or more of registered disabled people; and 268 were employing less than this figure.

Departmental Information (Members Of Parliament)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what arrangements he has made, following the establishment of the Training Services Agency and the Employment Service Agency as statutory bodies separate from the Department of Employment, to ensure that hon. Members are able to obtain information about employment and training matters.

Under the Employment and Training Act 1973 the Manpower Services Commission has been set up to run the public employment and training services previously provided by my Department—other than the careers services for which local authorities are now responsible. The executive work for these services is carried out by the commission's two agencies: the Employment Service Agency and the Training Services Agency.Hon. Members can write to the chairman of the commission on any matters relating to these services. But I am sure that they will also find it helpful to establish or maintain contacts with senior officers of the agencies in their constituencies with whom questions relating to the local day-to-day operation of the services and the handling of particlar cases will often be able to be speedily resolved.I shall continue to answer Questions and inquiries about my continuing manpower responsibilities, including my responsibilities in relation to the commission; and the unemployment benefit service will continue to be provided by my Department on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Security.


Offshore Oil (Landing)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) where and when he expects the first offshore oil from the Argyll field to be landed;(2) when and where he expects the first offshore oil to be landed in Scotland.

The first major oilfield to come on stream is expected to be the Forties field, later this year. Its oil will be landed by pipeline at Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, and taken by landline to the Grangemouth refinery.The licensees of the Argyll field have examined the possibility of landing their oil on the east coast of Scotland, but have concluded that the problems associated with berthing and unloading the specially adapted tankers involved meant that a suitable terminal point could not be found for the appropriate period of time. They now expect to land the first oil at a refinery in the Thames Estuary, later this spring.

Oil (Stocks)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he intends to review or revise the strategic oil storage targets at present maintained.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what international obligations there are with regard to the maintenance of reserve oil stocks.

The EEC Directives oblige member States to maintain minimum stocks of petroleum amounting to 90 days' average consumption in the previous year. Participating countries in the International Energy Programme are obliged to hold at least 60 days' stocks, excluding those physically unavailable in an emergency.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many days' supply of reserve oil stocks the Government intend to maintain; and how many days' stocks are held at present.

As to the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State gave him on Monday 20th January. Stocks held by oil companies are published monthly in "Energy Trends" (Table 17). At 1st January 1975 those stocks were equivalent to 81 days' forward supply. This is the equivalent of over 90 days' average consumption in 1974, but some seasonal decline may be expected over the next three months.

Solid Fuel (Moisture Content)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what regulations govern the moisture content of solid fuel.

There are no statutory regulations or orders governing the moisture content of solid fuels. There is a British Standard, No. 3142, Manufactured Solid Smokeless Fuels for Household Use, which is concerned with the quality of these fuels at the point of production and specifies limits of moisture content either directly or by reference to heat output.

Burmah Oil Company

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the policy of the Government towards Burmah Oil as operator of the Ninian field.

The Government regarded the Burmah Oil Company as a competent operator in the Ninian field, but, as reported in Wednesday's announcement, the Ninian Group wished for it to be replaced on 1st March 1975 by Chevron Petroleum (UK) Ltd and the Government have agreed.

Offshore Oil (Government Participation)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy upon what grounds or criteria would the Government disagree with a consortia appointment of an operator of a commercial oilfield in the North Sea.

I would disagree if I considered the selected operator not to be capable of satisfactorily discharging his responsibilities.

Smokeless Fuels

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he is taking to remedy the shortage of anthracite and other smokeless fuels in the South East.

I am satisfied that the National Coal Board, other producers and the coal trade have done everything possible during the past few months to produce maximum amounts of anthracite and other smokeless fuels and to distribute these equitably. The situation has now eased, although some shortages, particularly of anthracite, persist in certain places. I am sure that producers and distributors will continue their efforts to meet demand and to take emergency action in cases of real need. I am not aware of special problems peculiar to the South East.


High Alumina Cement

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the cost of putting right the public sector buildings in Northamptonshire affected by high alumina cement; and who is to pay the bill.

I have no comprehensive information about the cost in Northamptonshire of repairing buildings where this cement has been used. Local authorities have not yet provided estimates of the whole costs involved throughout the country. When these are available we shall consider the matter further.

Falmouth And Camborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the three most recent dates on which a Minister or Under-Secretary of State of his Department last visited the Falmouth-Camborne constituency; and if he will send a Minister or an Under-Secretary of State to the constituency to assess the problems that exist there and to seek to remedy those falling within the responsibility of his Department.

No Minister or Under-Secretaries of State of my Department have recently visited the Falmouth and Camborne constituency. I have no plans for an early visit.

Motor Schools Association

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why his Department has refused to send a representative to talk to the members of the Brighton and District Branch of the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain.

With the resources of manpower at its disposal the Department could meet only a small part of the requests of this kind which it receives from a wide range of organisations. To distinguish the merits of rival invitations would be invidious, and it has, therefore, been the practice to decline them. I understand, however, that the association itself provides advice to its members on the questions which were exercising the Brighton and District Branch.

Channel Tunnel

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the total amount of compensation to be paid following cancellation of the Channel Tunnel; under what contractual terms compensation arises; whether contractual terms have been the same in all cases; and if he will list the companies with claims, showing the estimated breakdown of compensation entitlement in each case.

The cost of abandonment is provisionally estimated at about £40 million to be shared between the two Governments. This is the cost of discharging Government-guaranteed loans and acquiring the shares of the British and French Channel Tunnel Companies in accordance with the contractual provisions of paragraph 6.2.9 (i) (a) of Agreement No. 2 (Cmnd. 5486). Contracts with third parties are a matter for the companies.

Green Belt Land (South-East England)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) why his proposed meeting with the Standing Conference on London and South-East Regional Planning regarding the survey on green belt land requested by his predecessor has not taken place in the light of his answer to the hon. Member for Melton on 12th November 1974 that he expected it to take place shortly;(2) why he has not yet received the report from the Standing Conference on London and South-East Regional Planning, originally requested by his predecessor, on the potential release of 2,000 acres of green belt land for housing, in the light of his answer to the hon. Member for Melton on 4th July 1974 that he expected to hear from the standing conference in a matter of weeks.

I understand that the standing conference decided to delay the formal submission of its report pending

MotorwayCensus pointYear of censusTraffic count
M1A1 about 1¼ miles south-cast of Fiveways Corner197030,531
M1A41 about 1¼ miles south of Fiveways Corner196941,642
M4M4 between Chiswick and Lionel Road junctions197265,360
Nearer to London many of the roads are the responsibility of the Greater London Council, and the hon. Member may wish to consult the council.

Railways (Offices Reorganisation)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will give his consent to the new plans of the Railways Board for its regional re-

my meeting with the chairman. This meeting has been arranged for 29th January.

River Rother (Derbyshire)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the condition of the River Rother in North Derbyshire, and on the steps that are being taken to clean it up.

My hon. Friend will know from Volume I of the "Report of a River Pollution Survey of England and Wales 1970," published in December 1971, that the River Rother was grossly polluted for most of its length. So far as I am aware, there has been no significant change in its condition. The Yorkshire Water Authority is responsible for the control of polluting discharges to the River Rother. I understand that it is in touch with the industrialists making the discharges which appear most troublesome, and that it is hopeful of securing some improvement of the condition in the river in the foreseeable future.

London Traffic

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the most recent average daily vehicle movement statistics, indicating the volume of traffic using the major routes from inner London to the motorways.

Up-to-date figures are not readily available. The most recent information is taken from the general traffic census and gives two-way average daily 16-hour traffic flows in August at points on or close to the M1 and M4 motorways:organisation; and whether he will make a statement.

British Rail has told me that it has decided to change course with its plans for a radical restructuring of its regional offices, which would otherwise have involved major movements of staff and the total abolition of its divisional offices in England and Wales. My formal consent to this change of plan is not required. Consequential decisions about the future location of its local offices is a matter of management, and, therefore, for the Railways Board.

Housing (Redevelopment Schemes)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to publish the two circulars dealing with the provision of the Housing Act 1974 as promised on 17th December 1974.

One circular, on "Renewal Strategies" (DOE Circular 13/75), was issued on 21st January. The second, on "Housing Action Areas, Priority Neighbourhoods and General Improvement Areas", will be issued next week.

Hydrogen Peroxide

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what research has been undertaken on hydrogen peroxide as a fuel for transportation.

I have been asked to reply.I am informed that the Government are not currently sponsoring any research on the use of hydrogen peroxide as a fuel for land transportation.

Home Department

Juvenile Offenders

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to amend the Children and Young Persons Act 1969 to allow for the punishment, as opposed to the treatment, of juvenile offenders; and if he will make a statement.

I announced in the debate on juvenile offending on 9th December that my right hon. Friend and his colleagues are studying the operation of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under 17 years of age were convicted of offences by Rochdale courts in 1972, 1973 and 1974, respectively; and if he will categorise the crimes involved.

The total numbers of persons under the age of 17 who were found guilty in Rochdale of indictable offences in 1972 and 1973 were as follows:

Rochdale County Borough224266
Rochdale County Division3250
Information for 1974 is not yet available. The cost of providing information relating to non-indictable offences and of analysing the figures by offence group would be disproportionate.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the magistrates have for enforcing the payment of fines imposed on juvenile offenders and if he will make a statement on this matter.

When a court imposes a fine on a juvenile it may order the parent or guardian to pay unless it is satisfied that the parent or guardian cannot be found, or that he did not conduce to the commission of the offence by neglecting to exercise due care and control. The fine may be enforced against the parent or guardian as if he had been convicted of the offence. In the absence of such an order, the fine can be enforced against the juvenile who has means or is in employment, through attachment of earnings or a warrant of distress. The fine remains enforceable by all available methods, including committal to prison in default, when the offender reaches the age of 17. There is no provision for the enforcement of a fine against someone under 17 by way of committal to a custodial institution.We are considering the question of enforcement among other points arising from the working of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969.

Overseas Visitors (Refusal Of Admission)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the number of persons, together with their nationality, wishing to enter the United Kingdom as visitors for a short stay during 1974, who were refused admission.

I regret that our statistics do not record how many of those refused leave to enter were seeking admission as visitors, but the attached table shows the total number subject to possible refusal and the numbers refused on all grounds from the Commonwealth and from foreign countries for the period January to October 1974.

Commonwealth Citizens
Total subject to possible refusal622,654
Country or territory issuing passport.
Associated States10
Hong Kong145
New Zealand4
Sierra Leone13
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)35
Trinidad and Tobago18
United Kingdom passport holders124
All other territories45
Total refused2,344
Foreign Nationals
Total subject to possible refusal5,841,819
Nations of
Arab Republic of Egypt113
German Democratic Republic94
Germany, Federal Republic of65

South Africa52
Other Foreign Countries1,216
Total refused4,598

Ministerial Appointments

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those bodies for which he is responsible which either receive public funds or to which he makes appointments.

The information, in respect of the bodies for which I am responsible, is as follows:

  • Community Relations Commission.
  • Race Relations Board.
  • Gaming Board for Great Britain.
  • Horserace Betting Levy Board.
  • Horserace Totalisator Board.
  • Charity Commission.
  • Metropolitan Police.
  • Police Council for the United Kingdom.
  • Police Advisory Board for England and Wales.
  • Police Training Council for England and Wales.
  • Police College Board of Governors.
  • Police Promotions Examination Board for England and Wales.
  • Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council for England and Wales.
  • Fire Service College Board.
  • Fire Services Central Examinations Board.
  • Home Office Scientific Advisory Council.
  • Boards of Visitors (Prisons).
  • British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Independent Broadcasting Authority.
  • Television Advisory Committee.
  • Radio Interference Advisory Committee.
  • Advisory Committee under First Schedule to Wireless Telegraph Act 1949.
  • Frequency Advisory Committee.
  • Mobile Radio Committee.
  • Licensing Planning Committees and Licensed Premises Committees under Licensing Act 1964.
  • Parliamentary Boundary Commissions for England and Wales.
  • Advisory Committee on Service Candidates.
  • Local Government Boundary Commissions for England and Wales (jointly with Secretary of State for the Environment).
  • The Poisons Board.
  • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
  • Tribunals Advisory Bodies and Professional Panels appointed under Schdule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
  • Advisory Committee on the Administration of the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876.
  • Advisory Committee on the Protection of Birds for England and Wales.
  • Parole Board.
  • Local Review Committees appointed for the purpose of the Parole System.
  • Advisory Council for Probation and After-Care.
  • The Central Council for Training and Education in Social Work (jointly with other Secretaries of State).
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
  • Criminal Law Revision Committee.
  • Advisory Council on the Penal System.

Police (North-East)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the establishment of the Durham and Cleveland police forces, their present strengths, and the level of recruitment; and what financial provisions have been made designed to protect and promote police manning at all levels.

The figures are:

Strength on 31st December 19741,2621,283
Net gain/loss in strength
Quarter ended 30th June+14‭9
Quarter ended 30th September+2‭9
Quarter ended 31st December+4+13
Provision for local recruitment publicity
Both forces benefit from the national recruitment campaign, for which £680,000 is being provided in 1974–75. The same level of effort will be maintained in 1975–76.Last July the Police Council for the United Kingdom reached agreement on new pay scales applicable to all forces which meant a substantial increase for all ranks. It also agreed to undertake a review of the structure of police pay, which will be completed later this year.

Metropolitan Police (Recruitment Office)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the shortage of police officers in London, he will take steps to increase slightly the civilian staff at the Metropolitan Police recruitment office so that applicants for basic information about a police career do not need to wait three weeks for it.

Requests for basic information are normally answered within two days of receipt. If my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind and will write to me. I will ask the Commissioner to look into it.


Capital Investment

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish in the Official Report information on Great Britain's capital investment programme in industry for each of the years following membership of the EEC.

Figures of actual and forecast capital expenditure by manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom from 1973 are as follows:

£ million at 1970 prices
(a) part estimated.
(b) forecast derived from the Department of Industry's investment intentions inquiry, conducted in November/December 1974, which also indicated a further reduction in 1976.

Post Office Computer Personnel (Dispute)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much revenue the Post Office lost in 1974 as a result of industrial action by Post Office computer personnel.

The Post Office tells me that revenue was delayed rather than lost, but the effect of this delay was to increase interest costs by about £23 million.

Government Aid Applications

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what were the number of outstanding applications to the Department of Industry made by companies since 1st March 1974 for financial aid, the number of companies whose applications have been rejected and the number whose applications have been accepted.

The information requested for the period 1st March 1974 to 31st December 1974 is as follows:

Industry Act 1972

Part I. 27,847 applications were received for regional development grants. 26,353 applications were cleared. I regret that separate information is not available on how many of the applications cleared were rejected.
Part II. Section 7. 1,222 applications were received for selective financial assistance. 793 offers of assistance were made and 100 applications were rejected.
Section 8. 19 requests for assistance were received. Three offers were made and three requests rejected. These statistics, exclude assistance made available under the Wool Textile Industry Scheme and the North Sea Credit Scheme details of which were announced to the House on 19th July 1973 and 6th November 1973 respectively.
Part III. 240 applications were received for grants for the construction of ships and mobile offshore installations. Eight applications were rejected and 249 payments were made against applications accepted.

Eec Grants And Loans

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much assistance he expects British industry to receive during the current year from the EEC's Regional Development Fund.

I do not expect British industry to receive any assistance from this fund during the current financial year.

Eec Secondary Legislation

asked the Lord President of the Council (1) to what extent measures other than statutory instruments have been used to implement European Community directives since 1st January 1973; and if he will list those in the Official Report;

(2) if he will list in the Official Report the statutory instruments that have been made since 1st January 1973 in order to implement European Community directives, giving in each case the title of the directive concerned and the date of coming into operation of the statutory instrument.

The following is a list of United Kingdom statutory instruments which have come into operation between 1st January 1973 and 1st January 1975 with regard to which some reference is made, in the Explanatory Note or otherwise, to some form of EEC obligation. I regret that it is not possible without disproportionate inquiry to isolate those statutory instruments which implement directives. The requirements of directives may also be met by, inter alia, administrative action or by the use of existing legislation, but it is not practicable to give details of implementation other than by statutory instrument.

Coming into Operation
15Eggs (Marketing Standards) Regulations1.2.73
22Grading of Horticultural Produce (Amendment) Regulations1.2.73
135Sugar Act 1956 (Repeals) (Appointed Day) (No. 1) Order1.2.73
144Import Duties (General) (No. 1) Order1.2.73
204Common Agricultural Policy (Agricultural Produce) (Protection of Community Arrangements) order12.3.73
244Value Added Tax (General) (Amendment) Regulations1.4.73
288Common Agricultural Policy (Agricultural Produce) (Protection of Community Arrangements) (No.2) Order19.3.73
351Common Agricultural Policy (Termination of Guarantee Agreements) (Fat Cattle and Rye) Order26.3.73
369Separated Milk Regulations1.4.73
379Drivers' Hours (Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (International Rules) Regulations1.4.73
380Drivers' Hours (Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (Keeping of Records) (International Rules) Regulations1.4.73

Coming into Operation

424Common Agricultural Policy (Protection of Community Arrangements) Regulations12.3.73
543Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Procedure Amendment No. 2)3.5.73
591Eggs (Protection of Guarantees) Order1.4.73
609Plant Varieties and Seeds (Northern Ireland) Order11.4.73
648Import Duties (General) (No. 3) Order1.4.73
651Import Duties (European Communities) (Reductions and Exemptions) Order1.4.73
652Import Duties (European Free Trade Association Countries) (Reductions and Exemptions) Order1.4.73
681Denmark (Origin of Goods) Regulations1.4.73
721Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 9) Order3.5.73
806Road Transport (International Passenger Services) Regulations29.5.73
863Import Duties (Process) Order28.5.73
874Import Duties (Cyprus) (Reductions) Order1.6.73
914Separated Milk (Scotland) Regulations14.6.73
923Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Cyprus) Order1.6.73
927Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 14) Order23.5.73
944Forest Reproductive Material Regulations1.7.73
945Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 15) Order28.5.73
950Registration of Restrictive Trading Agreements (EEC Documents) Regulations25.6.73
973Import Duties (General) (No. 4) Order1.6.73
994Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations1.7.73
1012Butter Subsidy Regulations1.7.73
1014Import Duties (Cyprus) (Reductions) (No. 2) Order1.7.73
1018Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 16) Order3.7.73
1019Sugar Act 1956 (Repeals) (Appointed Day) (No. 2) Order1.7.73
1029Import Duty Drawbacks (Revision) Order1.7.73
1032Seeds (EEC) General Licence1.7.73

Coming into Operation

1034Import Duties (European Free Trade Association Countries) (Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 2) Order1.7.73
1049Vegetable Seeds Regulations16.7.73
1050Seeds (Fees) Regulations16.7.73
1059Potato Cyst Eelworm (Great Britain) Order1.8.73
1060Wart Disease of Potatoes (Great Britain) Order1.8.73
1067Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 17) Order20.6.73
1108Forest Reproductive Material (Amendment) Regulations1.7.73
1109Customs Duties (Quota Relief) (Portugal) Order1.7.73
1117Seeds (EEC) (Scotland) General Licence1.7.73
1166Import Duties (General) (No. 5) Order1.8.73
1193Designation of Approval Marks (European Communities) Regulations10.8.73
1194Motor Vehicles (Designation of Approval Marks) (No. 2) Regulations10.8.73
1199Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) Regulations10.8.73
1251Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 18) Order20.7.73
1297Customs Duties and Draw backs (Miscellaneous Reductions) (Revenue Duties) Order17.8.73
1310Colouring Matter in Food (Scotland) Regulations27.8.73
1314European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order(a)
1340Colouring Matter in Food Regulations30.8.73
1341Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) Regulations1.9.73
1344Import Duties (General) (No. 6) Order21.8.73
1347Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations28.8.73
1350Imported Food (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations1.9.73
1351Imported Food (Amendment) Regulations1.9.73
1381Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 19) Order8.8.73
1382Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 20) Order4.9.73
1402Agriculture Act 1967 (Amendment) Regulations1.9.73
1406Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 21) Order13.8.73
(a) Coming into operation on date on which the treaty enters into force for the United Kingdom.

Coming into Operation

1471Imported Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations1.9.73
1515Agricultural Levy Reliefs (Frozen Beef and Veal) Order26.9.73
1520Agriculture Act 1970 (Commencement) (No. 5) Order1.1.74
1521Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs Regulations1.1.74
1569Import Duties (Morocco and Tunisia) (Reductions) Order1.10.73
1570Customs Duties and Drawbacks (Reductions) (Revenue Duties) (Morocco and Tunisia) Order1.10.73
1615Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 22) Order25.9.73
1616Import Duties (General) (No. 7) Order15.10.73
1642Dairy Herd Conversion Premium Regulations29.10.73
1670Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 23) Order1.11.73
1696Import Duties (Egypt) (Reductions) Order1.11.73
1697Customs Duties and Draw backs (Reductions) (Revenue Duties) (Egypt) Order1.11.73
1699Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Egypt) Order7.11.73
1711Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 24) Order18.10.73
1747Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 25) Order14.11.73
1807Import Duties (Temporary Exemptions) (No. 26) Order1.11.73
1820Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Regulation1.1.74
1844Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) Order1.1.74
1889European Communities (Designation) Order11.12.73
1946Customs Duties and Drawbacks (Revenue Duties) Order1.1.74
1947Customs Duties and Draw backs (Revenue Duties) (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) Order1.1.74
2065Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Paper, Paperboard and Printed Products) Order1.1.74
2066Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Phosphorus and Wood Pulp) Order1.1.74
2067Origin of Goods (Republic of Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations1.1.74

Coming into Operation

2086Customs Duties and Draw backs (Revenue, including Hydrocarbon Oil Duties) (Turkey) Order1.1.74
2143Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) (No 2) Regulations1.1.74
2152Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 3) Order1.1.74
2154European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (No. 2) Order19.12.73
2169Import Duties (General) (No. 9) Order1.1.74
2174Import Duty Reliefs (Revision) Order1.1.74
2176Import Duties Act 1958 (Repeals) (Appointed Day) Order1.1.74
2178Import Duties (Egypt) (Reductions) (No. 2) Order1.1.74
2179Import Duties (Cyprus) (Reductions) (No. 3) Order1.1.74
2205Farm and Horticulture Development Regulations1.1.74
2208Import Duties (Certain Mediterranean Countries) (Reductions and Exemptions) Order1.1.74
2209Import Duties (Turkey) (Reductions and Exemptions)) Order1.1.74
2210Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 2) Order1.1.74
2218Import Duties (Developing Countries) (No. 3) Order1.1.74
2219Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 4) Order1.1.74
2220Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 5) Order1.1.74
2224Customs Duties (Quota Relief) Order1.1.74
2225Import Duties (Quota Relief) Order1.1.74
2226Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 2) Order1.1.74
2227Origin of Goods (Certain Mediterranean Countries) Regulations1.1.74
22Importation of Wood (Prohibition) (G.B.) Order1.2.74
25Customs Duties (Quota Relief) Order8.1.74
28Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment) Order25.1.74
54Butter Subsidy Regulations11.2.74
64Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations15.2.74
65Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations15.2.74
96Import Duties (Quota Relief) Order25.1.74

1974Coming into Operation
132Impart Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) Order8.2.74
143Customs Duties and Drawbacks (Revenue Duties) (Morocco) Order1.3.74
161Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 2) Order1.3.74
166Import Duties (General) (No. 1) Order8.2.74
167Import Duties (Morocco) (Reductions) Order1.3.74
214Agricultural Levy Reliefs (Frozen Beef and Veal) Order15.3.74
475Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 3) Order27.3.74
570Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 4) Order2.4.74
610Customs Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 2) Order1.4.74
611Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 2) Order30.3.74
668Magistrates' Courts (Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders) Rules8.5.74
676Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 3) Order9.4.74
677Customs Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 3) Order1.5.74
678Butter Subsidy Amendment Regulations1.5.74
682Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 5) Order20.4.74
756Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 6) Order3.5.74
760Seeds (Registration and Licensing) Regulations28.5.74
763Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations30.5.74
764Motor Vehicles (Designation of Approval Marks) Regulations30.5.73
765Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations30.5.74
767Dutch Elm Disease (Restriction on Movement of Diseased Elms) Order1.6.74
768Watermark Disease (Local Authorities) Order1.6.74
791Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations27.5.74
830Dutch Elm Disease (Local Authorities) Order15.6.74
848Gas (Meter) Regulations14.6.74
867Import Duties (Morocco) (Reductions) (Amendment) Order23.5.74
877Forest Reproductive Material (Amendment) Regulations1.7.74
885Import Duties (Turkey) (Reductions and Exemptions)


Coming into Operation

(Amendment) Order1.7.74
886Import Duties (Developing Countries) Order1.7.74
887Import Duties (General) (No. 3) Order1.7.74
889Import Duties (Egypt) (Reductions) Order1.7.74
897Fodder Plant Seeds Regulations1.7.74
898Beet Seeds Regulations1.7.74
899Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds Regulations1.7.74
900Cereal Seeds Regulations1.7.74
908European Communities (Iron and Steel Employees Re-adaptation Benefits Scheme) Regulations1.7.74
980Common Agricultural Policy (Protection of Community Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations8.7.74
995Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 7) Order1.7.74
1007Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 8) Order2.7.74
1014Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 4) Order14.6.74
1019Commonwealth Preference (Standstill Area) (Amendment) Regulations8.7.74
1020Import Duties (General) (No. 4) Order8.7.74
1037Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 9) Order18.6.74
1063Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 10) Order22.6.74
1093Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 5) Order1.7.74
1095Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 11) Order1.7.74
1119Preservatives in Food Regulations1.8.74
1120Antioxidant in Food Regulations1.8.74
1121Miscellaneous Additives in Food Regulations1.8.74
1133Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Paper, Paperboard and Printed Products) (Amendment) Order4.7.74
1136Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal Rules1.8.74
1145Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 6) Order5.7.74
1152Prevention of Spread of Pests (Seed Potatoes) (Great Britain) Order5.8.74
1159Wart Disease of Potatoes (Great Britain) (Amendment) Order8.8.74
1175Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Amendment) Regulations1.9.74
1185Teschen Disease Order1.8.74


Coming into Operation

1263European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order25.7.74
1295Electricity (Borrowing Powers) Order1.9.74
1313Goods Vehicles (Operators' Licences) (Temporary Use in Great Britain) (Amendment) Regulations28.8.74
1318Import Duties (Tunisia) (Reductions) Order1.9.74
1338Miscellaneous Additives in Food (Scotland) Regulations4.9.74
1339Antioxidants in Food (Scotland) Regulations4.9.74
1340Preservatives in Food (Scotland) Regulations4.9.74
1343Seeds (Fees) (No. 2) Regulations4.9.74
1349Customs Duties and Drawbacks (Revenue Duties) (Tunisia) Order1.9.74
1350Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 12) Order3.9.74
1371Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 13) Order1.9.74.
1375Import Duties (Quota and Other Reliefs) Order15.8.74
1376Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 7) Order16.8.74
1459Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 14) Order1.9.74
1498Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 15) Order1.10.74
1610Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 6) (Amendment) Order30.9.74
1621Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 16) Order1.10.74
1658Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 8) Order8.10.74
1687Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 18) Order1.11.74
1700Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 17) Order15.10.74
1774Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 19) Order31.10.74
1816Dutch Elm Disease (Local Authorities) (Amendment) Order4.12.74
1930Beef Subsidy Regulations2.12.74
1971European Free Trade Association Countries (Origin of Certain Goods) (Amendment) Regulations1.1.75
2020Import Duties (General) (No. 5) Order1.1.75
2023Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Phosphorus and Wood Pulp) Order1.1.75
2036Customs Duties and Drawbacks (Revenue Duties) (General) Order1.1.75


Coming into Operation

2070Import Duties (Quota Relief) (Paper, Paperboard and Printed Products) Order1.1.75
2071Import Duties (Developing Countries) (No. 2) Order1.1.75
2072Import Duties (Morocco and Tunisia) (Reductions) Order1.1.75
2073Import Duties (Certain Mediterranean Countries) (Reductions and Exemptions) (Amendment) Order1.1.75
2074Import Duties (Cyprus) (Reductions) Order1.1.75
2076Origin of Goods (Certain Mediterranean Countries) Regulations1.7.75
2084Customs Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 4) Order1.1.75
2085Customs Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 5) Order1.1.75
2101Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 20) Order1.1.75
2110Import Duties (Turkey) (Reductions and Exemptions) Order1.1.75
2111Import Duties (Egypt) (Reductions) (No. 2) Order1.1.75
2120Import Duties (General) (No. 6) Order1.1.75
2121Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 21) Order1.1.75
2135Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 23) Order1.1.75
2163Import Duties (Temporary Reductions and Exemptions) (No. 21) Order1.1.75
2165Customs Duties (Reliefs) Order1.1.75
2181Import Duties (Quota and Other Reliefs) (No. 2) Order1.1.75
2186Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations31.1.75
2187Motor Vehicles (Third Party Risks) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations31.7.75
2188Import Duties (Quota Relief) (No. 9) Order1.1.75

Social Services


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when she intends to set up an advisory committee on alcoholism.

I announced the decision to set up the committee and the appointment of the chairman on 18th September 1974. I very much regret the delay in establishing the committee. Invitations were sent on the same day to a wide range of professional and voluntary bodies, local authority associations and other groups seeking suggestions for membership. Some, I regret, have only recently replied and this has held up the appointment of members, but invitations are expected to be sent out shortly.

Home Therapy

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will take steps to make domiciliary physiotherapy available under the National Health Service in the Salford area; and if she will make a statement.

This issue is being examined with other issues raised by my hon. Friend and I shall be writing to him shortly.

Geriatric Patients

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is aware of the shortage of acute geriatric accommodation in the Salford area; if she is aware of the long waiting lists for such patients; if her Department will take action to overcome this problem; and if she will make a statement.

I am looking into all aspects relating to the care of geriatric patients in the Salford area. The issues raised are complex but I shall be writing shortly in detail to my hon. Friend.

Child Welfare

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she has now received the replies of directors of social services to her request for details of register systems for cases of children at risk; and if she will make a statement.

We have not yet received all the replies. When the remainder are received I shall write to the hon. Gentleman, as I have already promised.


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the help various societies concerned with agoraphobia give to individuals suffering from this complaint, she will consider financial support for voluntary organisa- tions and voluntary individuals who help to alleviate or cure this condition; and if she will make a statement.

I would be willing to consider requests for support from voluntary organisations concerned with agoraphobia whose work has national application.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will give an estimate of the number of people who suffer from agoraphobia in this country; if she will give an indication of the numbers of people indirectly affected by this complaint; what action her Department proposes to take to relieve this condition; and if she will make a statement.

Reliable evidence is not available on which to base such estimates. We shall be issuing a White Paper setting out our proposals for the development of health and social services generally for the mentally ill. Separate special services for agoraphobia are not thought to be required.



asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report the percentage penetration of the British market achieved by outerwear and underwear imports from Taiwan in each of the last five years.

Estimated penetration of the United Kingdom market by imports from Taiwan is as follows:

Underwear* Per cent.Outerwear Per cent.
1973 (first half)0·51·2
1974 (first half)0·61·3
* Includes shirts, nightwear and pantie-hose.
† Not readily available.

Textiles And Footwear Imports

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is now able to make a statement on the steps he proposes to take in connection with the import of footwear from Eastern Europe.

As announced by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Industry in the Adjournment debate on Monday 20th January, talks are now being held with Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania with a view to seeking a solution to the difficulties caused by these footwear imports.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish the evidence he has that textiles, garments and footwear are being dumped on the British market.

I hope that any industry which has evidence that imports are being dumped in this country in sufficient quantity to cause it or threaten it with material injury will not hesitate to present a case for action under the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1969.On textiles, there is currently only one such application, on acrylic yarn imports, but as other Community countries are also affected it is being handled by the EEC Commission.On footwear, an anti-dumping investigation under our legislation into imports of men's leather footwear from certain East European countries was put into abeyance in 1973 in agreement with the industry; it is aware that, if it wishes, my Department is ready to consider its resumption.I must point out, however, that it is not my Department's practice to make public evidence which is submitted to us in confidence in the course of an antidumping investigation.

Food Imports

asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) what was the volume of food imports by type from each of the other eight members of the EEC for each of the last five years;(2) what was the value of food imports by type from each of the other eight members of the EEC for each of the last five years.

For years 1970 to 1972 information at division level is published in Table I of the appropriate Annual Statement of Overseas Trade and for years 1973 and 1974 in Table II of the monthly Overseas Trade Statistics for December 1973 and December 1974. An advance version of the latter is in the House of Commons Library. Information at division level of the volume of food imports is not available, but the sources referred to above include a considerable amount of information about the quantity of individual commodities imported from the principal supplying countries.

Oil (Trade Deficit)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the total net cost of imports to the British balance of payments in 1973 and 1974.

The deficit on trade in oil—i.e., petroleum and petroleum products—measured on a balance of payments basis was £943 million in 1973 and £3,491 million in 1974. More detailed information can be obtained from Table 9 of the Press notice "The Current Account of the United Kingdom Balance of Payments" for December 1974, which was published on 15th January 1975.


Industry (Cardiganshire)

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what approaches his Department has had from companies wishing to be located in Aberystwyth, Lampeter, Tregaron and Cardigan.

No direct approaches have been made to my Department. The Department of Industry, which is responsible for the day-to-day steering of industry, will continue to bear these locations in mind in its discussions with companies seeking to establish industries in Wales.

Welsh Council

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give a list of all reports published by the Welsh Council since its inception together with the dates on which they were published.

Twenty-eight reports have been published. The details are given in "Welsh Council 1968–1971" and "Welsh Council 1971–74", which are available in the Library.

Public Authorities' Costs

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give an estimate of the annual administrative costs of running the following bodies: Welsh National Water Development Authority, Historic Buildings Council for Wales, Ancient Monument Board for Wales, Wales Tourist Board, Sports Council for Wales, Welsh Health Tech-

Historic Buildings Council for Wales950Welsh Office
Wales Tourist Board302,000Welsh Office
Sports Council for Wales175,000Welsh Office
Welsh Health Technical Services Organisation1,200,000Welsh Office
Council for the Welsh Language6,000Welsh Office
Welsh Council6,300Welsh Office
Ancient Monuments (Wales) Commission75,620Civil Service Department
Welsh Arts Council144,000Education and Science
Information about the administrative costs of the Welsh National Water Development Authority should be sought directly from that authority.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs


Services Organisation, Welsh Language Council, Welsh Council, and Welsh Arts Council.

The Votes of the appropriate Departments for 1974–75 include estimates of administrative costs as follows:Affairs what representations he has received from the United States authorities for the use of British facilities at Masirah; and what reply has been given.

The United States has asked for the occasional use of the airfield facilities at Masirah and we are considering this request in conjunction with the Oman and United States authorities.