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Volume 893: debated on Monday 9 June 1975

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Written Answers To Questions

Monday 9th June 1975

Industry

Rossendale

13.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will pay an official visit to Rossendale.

Nelson And Colne

14.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much money is being paid out annually to provide new jobs in the Nelson and Colne area.

I regret that records of the amount of regional assistance paid to industry are not kept below regional and assisted area level.

British Leyland

16.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what conversations he has had with the Commission of the EEC to ascertain whether the policy contained in the Ryder Report concerning British Leyland is in conformity with the Treaty of Rome; and what reply he has received.

The Commission was informed of the Government's proposals for British Leyland in accordance with established procedures. The Government have now been informed that the Commission has raised no objections to these proposals. The Commission has asked to be kept informed at the appropriate time of the details of the various successive phases of implementation of the programme.

35.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement on the criteria adopted in excluding confidential information in the Ryder Report on British Leyland.

The information that has been excluded from the Ryder Report is of a commercial nature which would be of value to British Leyland's competitors.

38.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will ensure that investment plans for British Leyland are undertaken in consultation with the British machine tool industry.

It is the Government's hope that the investment planned for British Leyland will have a beneficial effect on production and employment in other parts of the engineering industry. My Department has arranged for discussions to be held between British Leyland and the machine tool industry about future machine tool requirements, and an initial meeting took place on 2nd June.

Staff Appointments

17.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he has made recently any senior appointments to his staff from outside the Civil Service.

Since January my right hon. Friend has made one such appointment.

Chrysler (Uk) Limited

18.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement about financial assistance to Chrysler (UK) Limited.

Chrysler (UK) Ltd. has made no application for financial assistance under the Industry Act.

National Enterprise Board

19.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what progress he has made in preparing for the establishment of the NEB.

44.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what progress he has made in his preparations for the establishment of the National Enterprise Board.

47.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what progress he has made with his preparations for the establishment of the National Enterprise Board.

An organising committee for the National Enterprise Board has been appointed which, in close consultation with my Department, is making arrangements to set up the National Enterprise Board as soon as the Industry Bill becomes law.

27.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry from what sources the National Enterprise Board will obtain its funds for industrial investment.

The National Enterprise Board will obtain its funds for industrial investment from public and private sources, in sterling or otherwise, as prescribed in Schedule 2 and Clause 7 of the Industry Bill.

45.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proposals he has for the early establishement of the National Enterprise Board.

The National Enterprise Board will be established shortly after the Industry Bill has become Law.

51.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether the National Enterprise Board will open regional offices.

The Government have already made clear their view that the NEB should have offices in the North-East and the North-West.

Private Sector

20.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will bring forward plans designed to improve confidence in the private sector of industry.

The Government's policies for the regeneration of British industry are intended to improve confidence at all levels within industry.

Companies (Cash Flow Difficulties)

21.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will establish an early warning system by which he may be informed of companies' probable cash-flow difficulties at least nine months before redundancies are to become imminent.

The Government's plans to introduce planning agreements and to require certain periods of notice of redundancies under the Employment Protection Bill go as far as is practicable.

Public Sector

22.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what consideration he is currently giving to the future expansion of the public sector in British industry; and if he will make a statement.

The Government's programme for the extension of public ownership was set out in the White Paper "The Regeneration of British Industry", and three Bills from my Department to give effect to it are before Parliament.

London

23.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what action he is taking to increase opportunities for industry in the London area.

I recognise that there are particular employment difficulties in some parts of London, mainly in the inner boroughs. These are being closely studied by various Departments.The needs of industry in these areas and in London generally are taken into account when applications for industrial development certificates are considered and in practice a high proportion are approved. My hon. Friend will appreciate, however, that the Government's regional policies must continue to give priority to the longstanding problems of high unemployment in the assisted areas.

Investment

24.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will bring forward proposals to stimulate investment in new industrial projects in the United Kingdom by overseas firms wishing to take advantage of tariff-free access to the market of the European Economic Community.

The full range of measures to stimulate investment in the United Kingdom will continue to be available to firms investing in Britain.

25.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what estimate he has made of the likely trend of investment in industry in the light of the result of the referendum.

26.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on prospects for industrial investment following the EEC referendum.

I must ask the House to await future forecasts of investment intentions for British industry.

Nationalised Industries

28.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will arrange a meeting with the chairmen of all the nationalised industries.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) on 20th May 1975 that he had received a request to arrange a meeting with the chairmen of the nationalised industries and had agreed to do so in the fairly near future.

29.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what general directions he has issued in the last five weeks to chairmen of nationalised industries.

I have not issued any general directions to any of the chairmen of the nationalised industries for which I am responsible since I was appointed Secretary of State for Industry.

36.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he has made any manpower level comparisons between the nationalised industries in the United Kingdom and the nationalised industries of other member countries of the EEC.

I regret that such comparisons are not possible because the international sources of statistics do not distinguish the employment of publicly-owned industries.

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give figures of manpower levels in nationalised industries under his departmental control for 1964, 1974, and estimates for the next five years.

42.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give figures of manpower levels in nationalised industries under his departmental control for 1964, 1974, and his estimates for the next five years.

Following is the information:

Post Office:
1964376,601
1974420,914
1975434,000
British Steel Corporation:
1964N/A
1974220,000
1975220,000
Litttle change is expected in Post Office manpower over the next five years. The British Steel Corporation's development plans provide for a reduction to 195,000 by the turn of the decade.

Concorde

30.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the FAA public hearings on Concorde landing rights in New York and Washington.

The recent hearings on Concorde in the United States of America were about the request by British Airways and Air France to the American Federal Aviation Administration to introduce commercial Concorde services to New York and Washington. They were part of the consultative procedures laid down under United States environmental legislation. An Anglo-French team of officials and representatives of the manufacturers and the airlines attended the hearing and gave evidence.

Work Programme

32.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish a note on the work programme for his Department for 1975–76.

I have done my best to keep the House of Commons and the public fully informed about the work of the Department of Industry, which I intend should follow all the policies described in the Labour Party manifesto.

Textiles

33.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the total amount of public financial assistance given to the different sectors of the British textile industry since 1965, shown on an annual basis.

Records of expenditure on certain regional incentives are not kept for individual industries, and I regret therefore that this information is not avail-

IDENTIFIABLE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY 1965–75
1. Research associations—(£'000)
1965196619671968196919701971197219731974
320338342355417386371357320349
2. Grants and loans under Local Employment Acts (excluding factory assistance)—(£'000)
1965–661966–671967–681968–691969–701970–711971–721972–731973–741974–75
Loans2,1178402,1801,9076,2631,9721,360890
Grants1,3882,1391,6797,5114,7903,1701,9921,73621

Note: Totals for 1965–69 include clothing and footwear industries; for 1969–70 onwards textiles only are shown.

3. Offers of assistance under Section 7 of the Industry Act 1972—(£m.)

1972–73

1973–74

1974–75

Not available4·93·6

4. Wool Textile Scheme under Section 8 to the Industry Act 1972

£2·6m. was paid out under the scheme and a further £5m. (approximate) was committed in 1974–75.

5. IRC loans—(£m.)

1966–67

1967–68

1968–69

1969–70

1970–71

1971–72

3·015·013·08·01·61·4

6. Investment grants—(£m.)

1967–68

1968–69

1969–70

1970–71

21·824·131·629·3

No analysis by industry available for later years.

7. Regional Development grants—(£m.)

1972–73

1973–74

1974–75

1·07·7Not yet available

8. Cotton and allied textile scheme—(£'000)

1965–66

1966–67

1967–68

1968–69

2,6247303(final payments)

9. Grants-in-aid to the Textile Council, Clothing Export Council and National Wool Textile Export Corporation—(£'000)

1965–66

1966–67

1967–68

1968–69

1969–70

1970–71

50032331555

British Steel Corporation

37.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the outcome of discussions with the British Steel Corporation on the size of the work force needed in the next few years, and the question of redundancies.

On 19th May the British Steel Corporation and the Steel Committee of the Trades Union Congress reached agreement on measures to deal with the problems created by the downturn in demand for steel. In the light of the agreement the earlier proposals for over 20,000 redundancies among steel workers have, I am glad to report, been dropped by the BSC.

39.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he now proposes to dismiss the Chairman of the British Steel Corporation.

able. However, the following tables show identifiable assistance to the textile industry for the years 1965–75.

Isle Of Ely

40.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he is satisfied that the extent and character of regional policies at present applying in East Anglia are best suited to meet the needs of the Isle of Ely, particularly in respect of assistance to local industry and the problems facing small firms.

The principal aim of regional policy is to help the assisted areas. Nevertheless the industrial development certificate control is operated flexibly and a sympathetic view is taken of projects in areas with special unemployment problems.

Post Office

34.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish his latest estimate for current and continuing deficits by the Post Office.

I have nothing at present to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) on 1st May.—[Vol. 891, c. 222.]

50.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much revenue was received by the Post Office in the past financial year from charges on overseas surface printed papers to Commonwealth and foreign countries.

The Post Office estimates revenue for 1974–75 at between £13 million and £14 million.

Telephone calls MillionsTelex calls ThousandsTelegrams ThousandsStaff employed in Telecomms. Business ThousandsTelecomms. Fixed Assets Gross Book Value Additions during year £ Thousands
19656,34225,28932,300202*156,944
19666,90028,10731,900211175,140
19677,39137,80231,000218216,823
19687,96043,21730,900223255,493
19698,64047,51029,200226283,129
19709,63852,41929,300228324,620
197110,76665,25625,800232362,557
197212,05174,84027,000234518,227
197313,56480,48027,000240523,768
197414,87486,16327,500242610,154
* Prior to Corporation, estimated numbers.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is now his latest estimate of the profit or loss of the Post Office for the current year.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for the City of Chester (Mr. Morrison) earlier today.

National Economic Development Council

43.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he is satisfied with co-ordination between his Department and the NEDC.

Yes. The relations between the Department of Industry and the National Economic Development Council are working very well.

British Shipbuilders Corporation

46.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he proposes to announce the names of the chairman and other members of the board of British Shipbuilders.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish figures for the total number of calls and telegrams handled, the number of staff employed and the value of capital equipment installed in the telecommunications service of the Post Office for each year since 1965.

The following are the statistics requested, mainly drawn from the Post Office Reports and Accounts.Shipbuilders Corporation, consisting of the chairman-designate and other key members of the Board of British Shipbuilders, after the Second Reading of the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Bill.

Hs146 Aircraft

48.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he last met shop floor and management representatives of Hawker Siddeley Aviation to discuss HS 146.

The most recent tripartite meeting on the HS146 in which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I participated was held on 13th December last year. Since then a tripartite working group, agreed by that meeting, has held a number of discussions and has made good progress in preparing a report which I understand I should receive shortly.

Motor Vehicles

49.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what are the latest forecasts for motor car production for 1975.

Official forecasts of car output are not published; but the low rate of car output in the United Kingdom so far this year reflects the depressed demand which is currently affecting car markets throughout the world.

Co-Operative Development Agency

52.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what progress has been made to date in formulating proposals for the establishment of a co-operative development agency; and if he will make a statement.

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said in a written reply on 19th May, the Government are considering the proposal to establish a co-operative development agency. We are not in a position to make a statement on the timing of introduction of any legislation.

Planning Agreements

53.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he has received from private industry concerning the implementation of planning agreements.

A number of views have been expressed both to my Department and in the media. They reflect a range of attitudes and concerns. The Government have said that they intend to extend their consultations with both sides of industry about the best means of implementing planning agreements. Firms will be better able to form a view as those consultations progress.

Footwear (Comecon Countries)

54.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will now make a statement on his discussions about footwear with the three COMECON countries, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania.

These discussions have now been completed. We announced on 23rd May that the countries concerned have undertaken that their exports to the United Kingdom in 1975 of men's leather footwear—excluding sandals—will be at a level between 5 and 10 per cent. below that of comparable exports in 1974. This represents a decline of some 300,000 pairs. The situation will be reviewed later in the year; meanwhile imports will be closely watched.

Steel-Making

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the direct reduction of iron ore to steel using natural gas, the method scheduled to be used in the United Kingdom at Hunterston, the estimated capacity of the project, its cost and whether similar plants are intended to be used in other plants in the United Kingdom bearing in mind the availability of natural gas on the eastern seaboard.

There are several processes for the production of directly-reduced iron using natural gas as an energy source. The Midrex process was the first to be established and proved on a commercial scale. The British Steel Corporation has not yet announced its detailed plans for Hunterston but the hon. Gentleman will have seen the recent Press reports that Midrex plants of about 800,000 tonnes a year capacity are in mind. The corporation estimates that such a plant would provide all its requirements for directly reduced iron for the foreseeable future. I understand that the private sector steel industry is also giving consideration to the construction of a direct reduction iron plant, but I have no details of its plans.

Vehicle Sales (Iran)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what percentage of British Leyland's sales of equipment and vehicle components are marketed by Chrysler (UK) in Iran; and whether he is prepared to make a statement about the continuance of business in that country following the acquisition of a significant part of the company's assets by the State.

I understand that there are no marketing arrangements between the two companies in Iran. The Ryder Report drew attention to the opportunities for British Leyland's sales of trucks to certain countries including Iran.

Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the United Kingdom output of steel in volume and in value in each of the last five years and in each of the last 18 months for which figures are available.

Volume figures through February 1975 are contained in "Annual Statistics" and "Monthly Statistics" of the Iron and Steel Industry, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. Weekly average United Kingdom crude steel production in March and April 1975 was 494·7 thousand and 429·5 thousand tonnes respectively. Monthly value figures and value figures for 1969 are not available. Annual value figures of sales by the industry for 1968 and 1970 through 1973 are contained in reports on the Census of Production, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the amount of Government money, in cash grants and in loans, given to the steel industry in each of the last five years, and in the current year until the latest available date for which figures are available.

Comprehensive data for the steel industry are not readily available. The following table gives grants authorised for the British Steel Corporation and loans drawn by it from the National Loan Fund in the last five financial years. Figures for 1974–75 are provisional.

Grants AuthorisedNet Drawings from the National Loan Fund
£m.£m.
1970–7127·958·3
1971–7212·3129·5
1972–7344·0142·9
1973–7430·83·0*
1974–7539·183·2*
* Net repayment.
The Government invested £45 million in public dividend capital in BSC in 1974–75.
UndertakingAccounting period Year ending:Profit or Loss before taxation and extraordinary items
£
Appledore Shipbuilders Limited30th September 1974+303,447
British Steel Corporation31st March 1974+98,000,000
Cable & Wireless Limited31st March 1974+15,047,000
Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Limited (50 per cent. holdings)31st December 1974+1,108,143
Govan Shipbuilders Limited27th December 1974-5,317,000
Rolls Royce (1971) Limited31st December 1973+22,847,000
Sunderland Shipbuilders Limited30th September 1973-179,000
The Post Office31st March 1974+101,914,000

Shipbuilding

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is estimated to be the under-usage of capacity in the Scottish shipbuilding industry.

Shipyards in Scotland building vessels of 100 gross tons or more, which constitute the substantial majority of tonnage built in Scotland, have generally full order books. In this sense under-utilisation of capacity is low. No other estimates are available.

Aid To Industry

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what effect the EEC referendum result will have on the assistance given by his Department to British industry.

Her Majesty's Government will continue to develop their present policies within the framework set by EEC membership.

Public Sector Trading Results

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the latest available figure in annual terms for the pretax trading profit or deficit, before payment of interest, of the public sector of industry.

There follows the latest available information for profits or losses made by public sector undertakings for which I am responsible. Because accounting methods differ in the shipbuilding industry, it is not possible to distinguish interest charges in particular cases; otherwise the figures shown are before payment or receipt of interest.

European Community

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement on the implications of the referendum result for the work of his Department; and what initiatives he now plans to take with members of the EEC.

At this stage I have nothing to add to the statement made this afternoon by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.

Departmental Staff

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many clerical and other white collar workers were employed in his Department on 1st January 1973, 1st January 1974 and 1st January 1975, respectively.

The number in non-industrial grades employed on 1st April 1974, the first date for which information was collected following the creation of my Department on 5th March 1974, was 9,395 and on 1st January 1975 was 9,490.

British Textile Confederation

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he has received from the British Textile Confederation; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, Ministers, and officials of this Department have in recent months received representations from the British Textile Confederation making three proposals. First, it requested import surveillance arrangements on certain manmade fibres. On 3rd April we introduced surveillance arrangements covering not only all man-made fibres but yarns and fabrics manufactured from all the main fibres. Secondly, the BTC proposed a 20 per cent. across-the-board cut in textile imports. I would refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister's statement to the House recorded in cols. 1803–1821 of the Official Report. Thirdly, the BTC has requested the extension of the existing surveillance arrangements to cover clothing, made-ups and knitwear; we are considering the feasibility and desirability of this proposal.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he last met representatives of the British Textile Confederation.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State last met the BTC on 11th April.

Rb401 Engine

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether Her Majesty's Government intend to provide financial assistance for the development of the Rolls-Royce RB401 engine; and whether he will make a statement.

My Department has received no request for financial assistance for the RB401 engine.

Employment

Departmental Staff

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many clerical and other white collar workers were employed in his Department on 1st January 1973, 1st January 1974 and 1st January 1975, respectively.

The numbers of nonindustrial staff employed on these dates were as follows:

1st January 197333,033
1st January 197432,217
1st January 197518,256
The 1st January 1975 figure includes the staff of the Health and Safety Executive. The reduction in figures between 1974 and 1975 is due to the creation of the Manpower Services Commission and its agencies.

Textiles

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many textile workers in the area covered by the Macclesfield constituency were unemployed or on short-time working, at the latest convenient date.

On 12th May 1975, of 1,126 people unemployed in the Macclesfield and Congleton employment office areas 175 last worked in textiles. In addition, during the week commencing 12th May, 830 workers in the textile industry in these areas were known to my Department to be on short time.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received from the British Textile Confederation; and if he will make a statement.

I have received no direct representations from the British Textile Confederation. I have, however, recently met a delegation from the All-Party Textile Group of Members to discuss the problems facing the textile industry. Both my Department and the Government as a whole are aware of these problems; and following the Prime Minister's statement on 23rd May the Government are urgently considering with the industry ways in which further assistance might be given.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Trade Promotion

61.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is satisfied with the implementation of the recommendations of the Duncan Report; and what further measures he intends to implement to secure the more efficient use of diplomatic and consular staff in foreign and Commonwealth countries and their increased application to the promotion of British trade.

Yes. British diplomatic and consular missions are regularly reviewed to ensure the efficient use of our manpower in support of overseas objectives, including the promotion of British trade.

Hong Kong

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied that the independent commission against corruption in Hong Kong is being given the necessary resources in finance and manpower to deal with its task.

Yes. Notwithstanding the present restrictions on governmental expenditure in Hong Kong, financial provision for the commission in the financial year 1975–76 is 42 per cent. higher than in 1974–75. The commission's staff, which at present numbers 480, will be increased to over 700 by the end of this financial year.

Departmental Staff

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many clerical and other white collar workers were employed in his Department on 1st January 1973, 1st January 1974 and 1st January 1975, respectively.

The figures, which relate to the non-industrial grades, are as follows:

1st January 197310,191
1st January 19749,955
1st January 197510,020

Cyprus

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that no arms will be supplied for use in the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus by Turkish Cypriots or others; and how many sales of this nature have taken place since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

It is not our policy to supply arms for use in the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus. My right hon. Friend set out Her Majesty's Government's position on the question of arms sales to Turkey in the House on 21st May.

Australia (Immigration)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of United Kingdom citizens permanently resident in Australia; and if he will take steps to improve the services of the High Commission in dealing with individual anomalies under the Australian immigration regulations which adversely affect persons who were originally United Kingdom citizens.

About 1 million of the present Australian population were born in the United Kingdom; many of them now have citizenship of both countries. No estimate is available of United Kingdom citizens by descent permanently resident in Australia. There is no need to take steps to improve the services of the High Commission in Australia, which I consider to be satisfactory.

Solomon Islands

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement about the constitutional future of the Solomon Islands.

I held discussions last month with the Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands and other members of the Legislative Assembly. It was agreed that internal self-government should be introduced if possible by 1st November 1975, but at any rate not later than the end of the year, on the understanding that, subject to the approval of Parliament, independence should follow within 12 to 18 months.

Indian Ocean (Mineral Resources)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consult the Governments of the countries with direct interests in the Indian Ocean, including Mauritius, the Maldives, India, Bangladesh and Australia, with a view to establishing a strategy for the exploitation of ocean bed mineral resources for the benefit of the inhabitants of the region and with particular reference to the United Kingdom responsibilities for the Indian Ocean Territory.

Under international law the coastal States, in the Indian Ocean as elsewhere, have sovereign rights for the exploitation of the resources of their continental shelves out to the edge of the continental margin. The establishment of an international regime for the exploitation of seabed resources beyond national jurisdiction is one of the aims of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, which resumes in New York in 1976.

Mr Brian Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement with regard to the determination by the Spanish courts of all matters outstanding against Brian Wall, at present incarcerated in Cadiz Prison.

Mr. Wall is in Jerez Prison serving a 10-year sentence imposed on 21st November 1974 for drug trafficking. His appeal against sentence was rejected. A contraband tribunal hearing on 7th February 1974 has been postponed pending valuation of the drugs. Provisions exist for appeal against the tribunal's findings and in due course for a petition for clemency.

Vietnam

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the considerations that prompted him to close Her Majesty's embassy in Saigon when the recognised Government of the Republic of South Vietnam was functioning; how many British subjects remained in the country; what advice was given to them; how many Vietnamese employees of the embassy who desired evacuation were left behind; and what is the estimated cost to public funds of closing and later reopening a British mission in Saigon.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd May 1975; Vol. 891, c. 287], circulated the following information:An estimate of the cost of closing our mission in Saigon is given below:

£
Total cost of air passages26,500
Cost of freight for cars and effects6,000
Subsistence paid to FCO personnel1,500
Terminal gratuities to staff1,500
Miscellaneous300
35,800
The cost of reopening the mission in Saigon will largely consist of the expenses incurred in sending United Kingdom staff and their baggage to the mission. However, it is not yet known what number or status of staff will be required.

European Community

Post-Referendum Initiatives

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the implications of the referendum result for the work of his Department; and what initiatives he now plans to take with members of the EEC.

At this stage I have nothing to add to the statement made this afternoon by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.

Coal And Steel Industries

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in the study of the factors affecting the controls governing the coal and steel industries raised at the renegotiations held at the Dublin summit on 3rd March; and if he will make a statement.

The study of how to re-establish effective control over private sector investment in the steel industry is being pursued in accordance with the objectives set out in Command 5999 and 6003. We have met no comparable problems in connection with the coal industry.

Civil Service

Civil Servants

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the total number of civil servants employed in the United Kingdom, in each department, on the latest available date, and on the same date in each of the preceding 10 years; and to what extent the numbers are not comparable.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 8th May 1975; Vol. 891, c. 483–4], gave the following information:Central records do not distinguish between United Kingdom-based civil servants working in the United Kingdom or abroad. The numbers of United Kingdom-based civil servants in each department on 1st January in each year were as follows:

Department

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Agricultural Research Council991
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ministry of15,17115,15515,67716,17616,05615,94915,99915,66915,39415,04215,195
Ancient Monuments (Wales and Mon-mouthshire), Royal Commission on131416151616191
Aviation, Ministry of38,78838,44737,1702
British Museum1,0861,1431,3111,4591,4771,5281,6051
British Museum (Natural History)5245365615605765885911
Cabinet Office407408428455463716562590598600629
Charity Commission263275294284280292312313329303332
Civil Service Commission5946286546943
Civil Service Pay Research Unit3134313834343346384354
Colonial Office6065991
County Courts5,1975,2715,4305,4765,4895,5335,6515
Crown Estate Office131129128131122126128127125126128
Customs and Excise15,94216,63217,30917,91317,80617,87717,91918,30822,64324,84127,126
Defence, Ministry of279,366276,007275,114275,165267,352261,250255,731279,279270,225267,890266,470
Development Commission201
Diplomatic Service10,24310,69111,21111,1806
Economic Affairs, Department of2715175535766827
Education and Science, Department of3,5704,0124,7994,4264,2964,3634,2753,24583,2362,9152,887
Exchequer and Audit Department5335425515715665785761
Export Credits Guarantee Department1,1101,1681,2361,3151,3701,4391,4891,5981,6581,6481,783
Fine Art Commission, Royal75555551
Forestry Commission13,6861
Friendly Societies, Registry of10510510210610299949494104114
General Register Office1,2371,2491,6131,5771,4881,7029
Government Actuary's Department4548444444455056585562
Health, Ministry of5,3605,6136,0396,39310
Health, Welsh Board of18318319820219711
Historical Manuscripts Commission151414161916181
Historical Monuments (England), Royal Commission on616970767778831
Home Office19,08619,71921,04922,35623,49724,66625,71627,25428,46228,26130,287
Housing and Local Government, Ministry of3,2533,5684,0604,3324,3864,72612
Housing and Local Government, Welsh Office of24113
Imperial War Museum1011131341331431481631
Information, Central Office of1,5751,6471,6851,5551,5131,5081,5081,3961,3131,2461,284
Inland Revenue56,45158,97460,87762,99465,02068,05069,64472,87670,77669,35973,470

Department

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Labour, Ministry of21,18322,39926,62929,83614
Land and Natural Resources, Ministry of1392702387
Land Registry2,7463,0233,4523,8193,7783,8044,0154,2984,8004,9834,532
Law Officers' Department997811121216192021
Local Government Commission for England38317
London Museum696665707068741
Mint, Royal1,0161,1861,2921,2311,6331,8511,5191,3841,3721,1571,396
National Assistance Board13,62213,90515
National Debt Office5151505452555355555360
National Economic Development Office3110613914331321641
National Gallery1521661661751811901971
National Maritime Museum1151221281441481471611
National Parks Commission2531526516
National Portrait Gallery444850504953591
National Savings Committee62662561461460017
Ordnance Survey4,4224,4424,5884,7454,6434,6794,6524,6744,7374,5504,531
Overseas Development, Ministry of1,6852,1972,3152,4482,4372,4632,4972,4892,3162,1622,269
Paymaster General's Office621631641690715704649610644662704
Pensions and National Insurance, Ministry of40,40240,61115
Power, Ministry of1,6921,7251,7451,8051,78118
Privy Council Office3533363835343332323445
Public Building and Works, Ministry of59,96759,05857,82359,44558,86256,89212
Public Prosecutions, Director of103107112112113120127139147158170
Public Record Office219219226231252295305315333342397
Public Trustee Office557533525557529554539569534503518
Public Works Loan Board525250495147471
Registrar of Restrictive Trading Agreements, Office of11410310191747268686719
Scientific and Industrial Research, Department of6,92220
Stationery Office6,8166,9727,2917,4357,4917,5557,6817,7587,3457,1527,080
Supreme Court of Judicature1,8121,8601,8671,8831,8781,9112,0005
Supreme Court of Northern Ireland10610710010610310610198969694
Tate Gallery1251351331471601621841
Technology, Ministry of525,4165,91135,57834,74838,03421
Trade, Board of7,6199,74610,58318,29618,89017,20722
Transport, Ministry of8,0217,2787,7908,2688,8649,16212
Treasury1,5841,7301,8041,8649641,0411,0601,0751,0741,0001,065
Treasury Solicitor354378366362345359377374385378415
Wallace Collection596462666566651

Department

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Scottish Departments

Accountant of Court20202019181818181823
Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of3,0913,1993,1933,2483,0903,2773,31824
Ancient and Historical Monuments, Royal Commission on121216182123251
Court of Session8487879191908985258923
Crown Office1314151418182122232633
Exchequer Office (QLTR)6465666867666866675555
General Register Office188231262248224232254440425425418
High Court of Justiciary57656778923
Lord Advocate's Department1113141414121314141414
National Galleries767978778086871
National Library1221221281251261241291
National Museum of Antiquities262830313437381
National Savings Commission545656575917
Procurator Fiscal Service180194207232239257277288301317355
Registers of Scotland260267262276269266274289311380387
Royal Observatory551
Scottish Development Department7317848679321,0001,0301,03224
Scottish Education Department63872976179978487793226
Scottish Home and Health Department3,3743,5823,7763,9073,9773,9904,03224
Scottish Land Court20191819181718181723
Scottish Record Office98103105106108109124128134138139
Sheriff Clerk's Office31331832833533935336136937923

Departments created since 1965

Aviation Supply, Ministry of28,27127
Civil Service Department1,6272,1032,4022,3343,2575,0155,256
Constitution, Commission on the15

1

Decimal Currency Board2843437
Employment, Department of33,06934,43733,77315,59528
Employment and Productivity, Department of30,32331,23232,08329
Energy, Department of1,207
Environment, Department of the71,81970,24822,7043024,56026,207
Environmental Pollution, Royal Commission on51
Fair Trading, Office of96172
Fine Art Commission for Scotland, Royal21
Foreign and Commonwealth Office10,81510,61510,56610,54310,44010,20110,256

Department

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Government Social Survey, Department of1832052149
Health and Safety Commission/Executive2,800
Health and Social Security, Department of69,58070,43671,81674,54976,53780,94086,707
Industry, Department of10,239
Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce264414475
Land Commission5311,4651,2361,0274517
Lands Tribunal (Scotland)26667
Lord Chancellor's Office8,8529,3119,3429,599
Lord Lyon (Scotland)56523
Museum and Galleries, Standing Commission on21
National Board for Prices and Incomes871082007
National Savings, Department for15,26915,26614,78013,88313,37813,556
Northern Ireland Office108175224
Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration595654551
Parliamentary Counsel46474447
Pensions Appeal Tribunal (Scotland)5423
Population Censuses and Surveys, Office of2,0692,5642,5992,7082,786
Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of38240843246145933
Prices and Consumer Protection, Department of347
Property Services Agency47,21544,76643,457
Registry of Trade Unions and Employers' Associations3843397
Royal Scottish Museum160167166173
Science Museum414412411445
Scottish Courts Administration728736
Scottish Law Commission121312141414151623
Scottish Office1739,4609,6419,7049,882
Social Security, Ministry of57,88761,46810
Temporary Royal Commissions61271
Trade, Department of7,303
Trade and Industry, Department of26,57326,26918,76318,72134
Victoria and Albert Museum630653638656
Welsh Office4284665345387768869269911,0621,270
Total all Departments667,980659,406674,614691,190687,663702,056702,853701,896692,656694,384693,921

Notes on comparability of figures:]

Casual staff excluded from 1967.
All figures include part-time staff counted as one half.
Post Office excluded throughout.

1 These staff ceased to be counted as civil servants.

2 Functions transferred in 1967 to Ministry of Technology and Board of Trade.

3 See Civil Service Department from 1969.

4 Functions transferred in 1966 to Diplomatic Service.

5 See Lord Chancellor's Office from 1972.

6 See Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1969.

7 Department dissolved.

8 From 1972 staffs of Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum shown separately.

9 See Office of Population Censuses and Surveys from 1971.

10 See Department of Health and Social Security from 1969.

11 Functions transferred in 1969 to Welsh Office.

12 See Department of the Environment from 1971.

13 See Welsh Office from 1966.

14 See Department of Employment and Productivity from 1969.

15 See Ministry of Social Security from 1967.

16 Functions transferred in 1968 to Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

17 See Department for National Savings from 1970.

18 Functions transferred in 1969 to Ministry of Technology.

19 See Office of Fair Trading from 1974.

20 Functions transferred in 1965 to Ministries of Technology and Transport, and Department of Education and Science.

21 See Ministry of Aviation Supply and Department of Trade and Industry from 1971.

22 See Department of Trade and Industry from 1971.

23 See Scottish Courts Administration from 1974.

24 See Scottish Office from 1972.

25 See Pensions Appeal Tribunal from 1972.

26 See Scottish Office and Royal Scottish Museum from 1972.

27 Functions transferred in 1971 to Ministry of Defence and Department of Trade and Industry.

28 From 1975 staff of Manpower Services Commission ceased to be counted as civil servants. Also see Health and Safety Commission/Executive

29 See Department of Employment from 1972.

30 Functions transferred in 1972 to Property Services Agency

31 Included in figures for Department of Economic Affairs.

32 Included in figures for Cabinet Office.

33 Functions transferred in 1974 to Home Office and Department of Industry.

34 See Departments of Energy. Industry. Prices and Consumer Protection, and Trade from 1975

Environment

Building Societies

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what response he has had from the building societies in answer to his request that they should consider how far they could help where local authorities are compelled to curtail their mortgage lending.

The Government and the Building Societies Association have discussed the situation that will arise as a result of the switch of resources from local authority lending to their other housing programmes. The building societies are willing in principle to help make up the £100 million switch from local authority lending for home ownership. This sum will represent an addition to the amount for lending which, under the agreement on stabilisation which I announced on 11th April, the societies would otherwise have planned in order to support an active housing market during 1975.My Department will now be making arrangements for detailed discussions between the societies and local authorities, to be organised on a regional basis. The aim of the discussions will be to identify local authority lending schemes which are directly linked to authorities' housing objectives and where building society participation could properly be made available within their normal lending terms. This will help local authorities to concentrate their limited resources on the particularly hard cases.

Construction Industry (Merseyside)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the recent meeting of the Under-Secretary of State with a civic and trade union deputation from Merseyside concerning unemployment in the construction industry.

The deputation stressed the seriousness of the unemployment situation in the construction industry on Merseyside. I assured the deputation of the Government's continuing concern to take any measures which the economic situation allowed in order to help the construction industry and I explained the action which the Government had taken, both generally and on Merseyside.

Planning Applications

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, pending the enactment of the Community Land Bill, it is his policy that local authorities should continue to determine planning applications along the lines recommended in Annex A to DOE Circular 122/73; and whether he will make a statement.

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said in an answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Mrs. Taylor) on 27th January 1975—[Vol, 885, c. 44–5.]—the land proposals do not constitute a change in planning circumstances such as to affect the handling of planning applications. We look to local planning authorities to continue to consider applications in the usual way, and the advice contained in Annex A to Circular 122/73 is still relevant.

Housing Associations And Societies

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total number of renovation grants approved for dwellings owned by housing associations, including housing societies, in England and Wales during (a) 1974 and (b) the first quarter of 1975.

Following is the information requested:

  • 1974, 5,295 dwellings.
  • 1975 (first quarter) 2,400 dwellings.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total sum which was approved for loan sanction in 1974 for local authorities to advance money to housing associations and societies; and what are the equivalent figures for the first quarter of 1975.

£97·86 million was approved during 1974, and £33·60 million during the first quarter of 1975.

Housing Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report a detailed breakdown of the following estimates for housing expenditure contained in pages 70–71 of the Public Expenditure Survey (Command Paper No. 5879): (1) subsidies: 1975–76, 1204·3, 1976–77, 1252·;4, (2) gross investment: 1975–76, 1356·;8, 1976–77, 1378·01, (3) local authority improvement investment: 1975–76, 296·7, 1976–77, 249·9, (4) changes from Command Paper No. 5519 revalued: policy changes: 1975–76, 329·9, 1976–77, 360·2, other changes: 1975–76, 852·7, 1976·77, 1091·8.

The figures for (1) subsidies, (2) gross investment and (3) local authority improvement investment are broken down as follows:—

GREAT BRITAIN
1975–761976–77
£m £m.
1. Subsidies:
Central Government713·7144·7
Rate Fund contributions199·4208·9
Rent rebates and allowances291·2298·8
1,204·31,252·4
1975–761976–77
£m.£m.
2. Gross Investment:
Local Authority:
New dwellings756·5782·6
Land203·0203·0
Acquisition155·0140·0
Other investment59·560·6
New Towns:
New dwellings136·5137·0
Land23·222·3
Scottish Special Housing Association:
New dwellings21·932·2
Land1·21·2
1,356·81,378·9
3. Local Authority Improvement Investment:
Local Authority (including New Towns)293·9246·9
Scottish Special Housing Association2·83·0
296·7249·9
The breakdown of policy changes and other changes from Command Paper No. 5519 revalued take a little longer to prepare and I will publish this further information in the

Official Report as soon as it is ready.

European Community

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the implications of the referendum result for the work of his Department; and what initiatives he now plans to take with members of the EEC.

At this stage I have nothing to add to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister this afternoon.

Departmental Staff

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many clerical and other white collar workers were employed in his Department on 1st January 1973, 1st January 1974 and 1st January 1975, respectively.

There were 40,160, 41,617 and 43,256 non-industrial staff respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many persons are employed in his Department on matters relating to docks, ports, shipping, inland waterways and public road transport, respectively.

About 70—for docks and ports; none; 5; and about 475 respectively.Departmental responsibility for the dock labour scheme rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment. Departmental responsibility for the shipping industry rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade. The management of inland waterways is largely a matter for the British Waterways Board and the regional water authorities. The management of public road transport is largely a matter for county councils and those authorities, such as the passenger transport executives, the National Bus Company and many district councils, which have statutory powers and duties for the operation of buses and coaches.

London Housing Costs

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of current economic situation and his policy of reducing public sector borrowing, he will make a statement indicating the maximum unit cost of new local authority housing in Greater London he is currently prepared to allow.

No. Each scheme is considered on its merits, in particular in relation to the housing cost yardstick. The all-in cost per unit will vary widely according to a number of factors, including the original cost of the land.

Camden Housing Scheme

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will refuse loan sanction to the Camden Council in respect of its Fitzjohns Avenue housing scheme, which will involve a public subsidy in the region of £10,000 per annum for each of 21 flats.

Caravans

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has received representations from local authorities about the individual rating of caravans on sites; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received representations from certain

LOCAL AUTHORITY DIRECT LABOUR DEPARTMENTS—GREAT BRITAIN
(1) Value of Construction Output*
£ million
New WorkRepair and MaintenanceTotal output (at current prices)
HousingOther New WorkHousing†Other Repair and Maintenance
January-March 197311·224·750·565·9152·3
July-September 197312·023·151·066·3152·4
July-September 197415·622·661·878·1178·1
Operatives Employed on Construction Work*
Thousands
On New WorkOn Repair and MaintenanceTotal Operatives
HousingOther New WorkHousingOther Repair and Maintenance
April 19739·419·267·482·1178·1
October 197310·017·568·379·8175·6
October 197410·715·168·969·5164·3
* Covers all construction work carried out by the direct labour departments, including site preparation and installation of main services for new housing construction.
† Includes dwelling improvement work.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many houses in Great Britain were built by local authorities' direct labour departments in 1973 and 1974.

Local housing authorities used direct labour to build 6,594 of the dwellings reported completed during 1973 and 6,798 during 1974. These figures exclude building by the Scottish Special Housing Association.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities in Great Britain built houses by direct labour in 1973 and 1974.

Of the local housing authorities which existed following the re local authorities which he is still considering.

Local Authorities' Direct Labour

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the value of the output and how many operatives were employed by local authorities' direct labour departments in Great Britain in 1973 and 1974 in each of the following categories: housing new work, non-housing new work, housing repairs and maintenance, non-housing repairs and maintenance.

The following tables give the information available from returns normally collected twice yearly by the Department. No figures were collected for the first quarter of 1974, because of local authority reorganisation.organisation of local government on 1st April 1974, 65 authorities or their predecessors reported completion during 1973 of dwellings built by direct labour, and 69 during 1974.

Home Heating Savings

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will place in the Library details of the lessons learned by the Property Services Agency from its campaign of energy saving which, in his reply to the hon. Member for Uxbridge on 22nd May, the Under-Secretary of State indicated had been communicated to local authorities.

I am arranging for a copy of various papers presented to conferences and seminars by the Property Services Agency to be put in the Library.

Home Department

"Not Guilty" Verdicts

60.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward legislation to empower a trial judge to enter a verdict of not guilty without the need to require the jury to return such a verdict on his direction.

My right hon. Friend is prepared to consider the point when opportunity offers, but he sees no pressing need for early legislation.

Vietnamese Children

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many South Vietnamese children are still held in England pending release to Project Vietnam Orphans; when it is expected that they will be released and what has been the reason for the delay.

I take the hon. Member to be referring to children who were admitted as refugees from Vietnam and for whom adoption arrangements are being made by Project Vietnam Orphans. The project is a recognised adoption agency, but has no facilities for maintaining such a large group of children over a long period.Adoption orders are a matter for the courts, which will require evidence of the children's freedom for adoption as well as welfare reports on them and on the homes which have been recommended by Project Vietnam Orphans. It is this process which is taking time, but the matter now falls within the sphere of responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that the Vietnamese orphan children at present being cared for in the United Kingdom will not be sent back to Vietnam under any circumstances.

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Redcar (Mr. Tinn) on 22nd May.—[Vol. 892, c. 646–7.]

Summary Trials (Witness Statements)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his consultations with prosecuting authorities on the desirability of the disclosure of witness statements in advance of summary trials.

A draft circular designed to encourage a greater measure of disclosure of the prosecution case to the defence in summary trials was sent for comment to organisations representing the police and other prosecuting authorities last November. The replies from some of those consulted are still awaited. When these are received, we shall reconsider the draft in the light of their comments.

Juveniles (Detention)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the age, sex and offence with which charged of the two children aged under 14 years in prison establishments during the month ended 11th May 1975;(2) for how long each of the two children aged under 14 years who were in prison establishments on 11th May have now been in custody.

The two children who were held in a remand centre in the year ended 11th May 1975 were both male, both aged 13 and both had been convicted of burglary and assault with intent to rob and sentenced. By 4th June, the latest date for which information is readily available, they had spent 50 days in community homes following the 47 days they spent in the remand centre.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under 14 years of age have been in prison establishments for each of the last four years for which figures are available.

In 1975 two children under 14 were received after sentence under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. In addition one child in 1973 and two children in 1972 who had been committed to custody on remand were accommodated for one night each in a remand centre as an exceptional step taken in preference to subjecting them to further evening journeys in search of an available place in a community home.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy towards putting children under the age of 14 years into prison establishments.

The law provides for a child under the age of 14 years to be detained in a prison establishment only after being convicted of a serious offence and sentenced under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. Only three children have been so sentenced since 1970. Arrangements are made to transfer such children to a community home as soon as a suitable place can be found, but a preliminary assessment in a remand centre may be necessary.

European Community

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the implications of the referendum result for the work of his Department; and what initiatives he now plans to take with members of the EEC.

I have nothing to add at this stage to the statement made this afternoon by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.

Entry Certificates

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of visitor—short-stay holiday and family visits—entry certificates issued for each of the last three years and the High Commissions issuing them together with the percentage of visitors in each case who have overstayed the period granted.

Following is the available information on the issue of visitor entry certificates, by country of issue. It is not possible to give the per- centage of visitors from each country who have overstayed their leave to enter.

VISITOR ENTRY CERTIFICATES ISSUED: 1972–1974
Country of issue197219731974
Australia50,27066,83961,864
Bangladesh9941,4451,196
Barbados1,6242,0061,541
Canada2,2172,1411,291
Cyprus6,3487,1993,350
Ghana2,6063,8813,817
Gibraltar7395442
Guyana2,0892,0241,265
Hong Kong3,9714,3763,697
India13,08312,83812,219
Jamaica4,2884,6014,108
Kenya8,91710,6709,390
Malaysia4,0484,1324,267
Malta7,6018,4627,140
Mauritius2,6283,4143,482
New Zealand14,06215,81716,195
Nigeria6,9277,8538,817
Pakistan2,5542,702*
Rhodesia
Sierra Leone8719101,145
Singapore4,6175,8884,326
Sri Lanka1,6182,1572,418
Tanzania8291,0991,031
Trinidad and Tobago4,2664.2823,153
Uganda1,999508576
West Indies Associated States1,1571,251976
Zambia9301,1911,472
All other territories1,1241,5331,804
TOTAL152,377179,273160,582
* From 1st September 1973 citizens of Pakistan were issued with visas.

Trial Costs (Non-Payment)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether records are now kept of the number of defendants in criminal proceedings in England and Wales who are imprisoned for non-payment of costs and of the periods of imprisonment involved; and, if not, whether he will give instructions for such records to be kept in future.

Such records are kept where the non-payment of the costs was the only reason for the defendant's reception in prison.

Public Houses (Assaults)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider legislation to enable the courts to impose a drinking ban on all customers guilty of attacking publicans or their staff.

A proposal similar to that put forward by my hon. Friend is already under consideration. I cannot at present say what conclusion is likely to be reached.

Criminal Charges Acquittals

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether records are kept of the number of non-legally aided defendants acquitted in criminal proceedings in the Crown court; if so, whether he will publish the figures for the most recent convenient period; and if not, whether he will undertake to keep such records in future.

Information in this form is not collected and my right hon. Friend is not persuaded that its value would justify the expenditure that would he required.

Public Funds (Inquiry Into Use)

asked the Lord Advocate if he will refer to the procurator fiscal with a view to possible prosecution for fraud the use of public funds by a former researcher at Edinburgh University, details of which case are in his possession.

The procurator fiscal is investigating this matter and he will report to me when his investigations are completed.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Eggs (France)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what forms of subsidy, overt or hidden, are known by his Department to be being given to the French egg industry.

I understand teat Government assistance to the egg industry in France has taken the form of repayable loans made by FORMA—the agricultural market guidance and stabilisation fund—to a price equalisation fund organised by certain producer groups whose members account for about one-fifth of total French egg production.Secondly, the French Government announced on 14th March a proposal to introduce a scheme to encourage the slaughter of 2 million laying hens. The details of this proposal are. I understand being discussed with the French industry.

Beef

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, since common agricultural policy prices for beef have increased by 50 per cent. in the last five years, if he will now propose the lifting of the EEC partial ban on beet imports.

EEC institutional prices for beef have increased over the last five years to take account of cost increases over the period and the need to encourage beef production in the Community. The restrictions on imports of beef were introduced last year as part of a pack age of measures, including subsidies for consumers, to deal with a difficult market situation. The situation has now improved and I have strongly supported the successive measures the Community has taken to relax the restrictions on imports, particularly from developing countries

Wheat

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, since common agricultural policy wheat prices have been increased by 45 per cent. in the last five years, if he will now propose the ending of levies on cheaper imports from third countries.

Since 1970 prices for most of the wheat we import, namely the North American strong wheats, have more than doubled, but prices for wheat under the Community's common agricultural policy have increased by 31 per cent. For most of the time since the United Kingdom's accession, no levies have been charged on our imports of wheat.

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what world prices have been used by the EEC in calculating levies on hard wheat.

My hon. Friend has already explained in his answer to a previous Question from my hon. Friend on 23rd May—[Vol. 892, c. 724–5.]—how levies on common wheat are calculated. Common wheat includes those varieties known as hard wheat. A separate threshold price and c.i.f. offer prices for durum wheat form the basis of import levies for durum wheat which is a separate species, but the system of calculation is basically the same.

Water Charges

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the estimated increase in the cost of water supplied to dairy farmers in the United Kingdom since the equalisation of charges by the regional water authorities from 1st April last.

Water charges have been fully equalised by only two of the 10 water authorities in England and Wales. We have no information about the effect of equalisation on dairy farmers in the areas concerned. The average increase in the cost of metered water supplies between 1974–75 and 1975–76 is about 40 per cent.

Grants And Loans

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the cost to British farmers in receipt of EEC grants and loans due to the operation of the green pound since the United Kingdom joined the Community in January 1973.

The difference between the green pound rate and the market value of the pound sterling has varied widely over the last two years. No worthwhile estimate can, therefore, be made of the kind which the hon. Member has in mind.

Fishing Vessels

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will extend the terms of reference of the White Fish Authority to enable it to participate in the building of fishing boats.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the

Tonnes
Cereals:197319741975 (to)
Wheat898,369601,776128,135 (20th May)
Rye46,978165,873Nil
Barley80,322200,891Nil
Sugar84,541NilNil
Milk products:
Butter346,00061,0003,000 (end March)
Skimmed milk powder50,00056,00025,000 (end March)

total of White Fish Authority payments over the past year on vessels in shipyards which have become bankrupt.

In the financial year 1974–75 the WFA paid £59,882 by way of grant and £35,050 by way of loan, all in respect of one such vessel. It is expected that the vessel will be completed in another yard.

European Community

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the implications of the result of the referendum for the work of his Department; and what initiatives he now plans to take with members of the EEC.

At this stage I have nothing to add to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister this afternoon.

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much of each kind of food has been disposed of by or on the authority of the Commission outside the EEC in each of the years 1970–74 and in 1975 to date; what in each case was the average cost and the effective return per ton sold; and what was the United Kingdom share of the cost in 1973 and 1974, respectively.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 22nd May 1975; Vol. 892, c. 601], gave the following information:Arrangements for the disposal of intervention stocks vary according to the nature of the product and the current market situation. No information is available about food disposed of by or on the authority of the Commission before United Kingdom accession, but the following quantities of cereals, sugar and milk products are known to have been disposed of from intervention stocks to third countries from 1973 to date:

The average cost and effective return per ton on sales outside the Community is not known, but the United Kingdom contributes to the Community budget as a whole and its share was 8·78 per cent. in 1973 and 11·04 per cent. in 1974.

Departmental Staff

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many clerical and other white collar workers were employed in his Department on 1st January 1973, 1st January 1974 and 1st January 1975, respectively.

The Question has been assumed to relate to the total number of non-industrial staff at each date. These were:

1st January 197314,216
1st January 197413,904
1st January 197514,049

Animal Exports And Meat Imports

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will set out the cost and quantity of tinned meat imported into the United Kingdom during each of the last five years, and the comparable earnings from the export of live food animals for slaughter during each of the last five years.

The information requested is set out below.

UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS OF TINNED MEAT (excluding tinned products which are only partially meat)
Quantity (000 tons)Value (£000 c.i.f.)
1970114·058,201
1971119·869,270
1972124·774,702
1973133·2105,135
1974108·2108,010
UNITED KINGDOM EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE SHEEP AND PIGS EXCLUDING BREEDING ANIMALS
Value (£000f.o.b.)
197019,459*
197110,771*
197221,261*
197323,271
19749,712
* Including any pigs for breeding. These were not separately distinguished until February 1973.

Source: United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

There have also been sales of beef from intervention stocks in the same period, but these have been to private traders who are free to sell wherever they can find a market. Consequently the final destination of these disposals is not known.

Energy

Oil Industry

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he intends to take in the near future to establish new enterprises in the onshore oil industry.

My Department is ready to provide all possible assistance to help industry to set up new enterprises in this field.

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