Written Answers To Questions
Monday 14th March 1977
Prices And Consumer Protection
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, when he expects the next Price Commission report to be published.
The next quarterly report will be published in about two months' time.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what will be the staff needs of the Price Commission after July 1977.
This depends on the precise functions of the Commission under the new prices policy on which my right hon. Friend is currently engaged in consultations.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will institute an independent inquiry to monitor compliance with the Explosives (Age of Purchase etc.) Act and the voluntary agreement on the restriction of sale of fireworks next autumn.
I do not consider an independent inquiry to be necessary. As in 1976, local trading standards departments will no doubt be prepared to report to my Department on compliance next autumn with the Act and the voluntary agreement if asked to do so.
Consumer Advice Centres
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is the Government's current policy towards consumer advice centres in the light of the cutback in public expenditure.
In 1977–78 the Government are making a grant of £3 million available to local authorities in Great Britain to maintain the 31st March 1977 coverage of CACs.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many local authority consumer advice centres have now been established in England and Wales; and what proportion of the population is covered by their services.
108 centres, estimated to cover approximately 44 per cent. of the population.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what new proposals he has for ensuring greater price control in phase 3 of the social contract.
The proposals for a new prices policy which I have made in the consultative document issued on 22nd February are intended to make price control more effective.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection in what way the new prices policy proposals will ease the burden of form filling for distributors.
The present price controls have not represented a major administrative burden for most distributors, because they are not required to notify individual price increases. My right hon. Friend's proposals will not increase the burden except in the relatively few cases where the margins of individual distributors are investigated.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what representations he has received from the CBI concerning the new powers to be given to the Price Commission relating to the use of profits.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what representations he has received from the CBI about his proposed new Price Code.
I have had some preliminary discussion with the CBI about my proposals and these discussions will continue throughout the consultative period.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will publish a shortened and simplified version of the Price Commission Document PD 520 on the control of profit margins and recording of information under the 1976 code and related orders for category III distributors.
No. The administration and interpretation of the Price Code is a matter for the Price Commission.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what consultations he has held on the proposed changes to the Price Code.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection how many representations he has received on the Consultative Document on Prices Policy.
I have already held discussions with the CBI and the Retail Consortium and shall be meeting the Food and Drink Industries Council this afternoon. My Department has received representations from a large number of interested bodies. Discussions and correspondence on my proposals are continuing, and the outcome will be assessed at the end of the consultative period on 18th March.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what the price of bread is likely to be on the completion of the withdrawal of the bread subsidy.
I cannot forecast what increases may have taken place in the price of bread when the time comes to remove the subsidy.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what has been the increase in the food index sector of the Retail Price Index since February 1974.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave earlier today to the hon. Members for Lewes (Mr. Rathbone) and Harrogate (Mr. Banks).
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what is the most recent year-on-year figure for inflation.
16·6 per cent.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps he is taking to protect the consumer against price rises for butter.
The price of butter in the United Kingdom is largely determined by the intervention price set by the EEC Council of Agriculture Ministers. The Council is meeting today under the chairmanship of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to discuss the level of support prices for farm produce for the coming marketing year. I shall be attending this fleeting myself later this afternoon.
Retail Price Index
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection by what percentage the cost of living has risen since March 1974.
The retail price index increased by 68 per cent. between March 1974 and January 1977.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will refer the cost of advertisements in the national and local Press to the Price Commission.
I have no plans to do so at present.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what steps he is taking to protect owner-occupiers of retail petrol filling stations from oppressive clauses in their agreements with wholesale suppliers.
My right hon. Friend has asked the Director General of Fair Trading to keep under review the revised undertakings by petrol suppliers which are intended, inter alia, to protect owner-occupiers' interests. Copies have been placed in the Library. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission is currently investigating certain aspects of petrol wholesaling, including discrimination in the terms of supply.
Metrological Control Systems (Report)
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he has yet received the report of the Working Party on Metrological Control Systems; and if he will make a statement.
The working party has recently completed its task and I expect to receive its final report later this week. I intend to make arrangements for the report to be published as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will refer recent price increases on spirits sold in duty-free shops at airports to the Price Commission.
Sales in duty-free shops are exports and I see no reason to ask the Price Commission to look into this matter.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection where and when he will publish the National Consumer Council's report on consumer protection in the nationalised industries.
The National Consumer Council's report "Consumers and the nationalised industries" was published on 3rd August 1976 and copies have been placed in the Library. We are considering the report's recommendations.
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what percentage of the civil servants in his Department he estimates will retire within the next 12 months.
Of the order of 4 per cent.
Associated Engineering Ltd And Serck Ltd
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, in the light of the opposition of all workpeople in the firm, including management, what representations he has received regarding the proposed take-over bid by Associated Engineering (A.E.) for Serck Limited; and if he will make a statement.
I have received a number of representations about this proposed merger. I will announce as soon as possible whether it is to be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
House Of Commons
asked the Lord President of the Council what estimate he has made for 1977–78 of the cost of running the House of Commons, including all services of any kind whatsoever, salaries of all staff, maintenance, repairs and improvement, and including all buildings, such as Norman Shaw, Dean's Yard, &c., where Members and/or their secretaries have official working facilities provided; and if he will itemise the main constituent costs.
The Supply Estimates for 1977–78 will be published at the usual time.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private prosecutions have been brought in each of the last 10 years for which records are available; in respect of what offences such prosecutions have been brought; in how many and what percentage of such cases the accused was acquitted; how the percentage of such acquittals compares with like cases for like alleged offences brought by or on behalf of the Crown; and in how many and what percentage of such cases in each category the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions was required and obtained.
This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants from the New Commonwealth have settled permanently in each of the London boroughs in each of the following years: 1969 –70, 1970 –71, 1971 –72, 1972 –73, 1973 –74, 1974 –75 and 1975 –76.
The information requested is not available.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will issue a statement declaring the right
|Original Supply Estimates||Supplementary Estimates||Draft Supply Estimates|
|Reimbursements to Local Education Authorities (Teaching Services)||…||…||…||3,636,825||322,380||3,950,000|
|Materials, Stores, Equipment||…||…||…||295,525||37,431||345,450|
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total of grant aid under the Urban Programme paid in 1975–76 to each recipient local authority.
Following is the information:
|Local Authority||Urban Programme grant paid in 1975–76|
|Greater London Council||33,969|
of those who leave Southern Rhodesia to avoid serving in the forces of the regime to seek sanctuary and temporary settlement in Great Britain.
No. There is a variety of circumstances in which men seek temporary or permanent entry to the United Kingdom and give as a reason the desire to avoid military service in Rhodesia. Such applications will continue to be considered on their merits.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total expenditure on education programmes for Her Majesty's prisons was incurred in the year1976–77;and what is the estimate for1977–78.
The total expenditure in 1976–77 is not yet known. Approved estimates for education services in Prison Service establishments, 1976–77, and Draft Estimates, 1977–78, are as follows:
|Urban Programme grant paid in 1975–1976|
|Kensington and Chelsea||132,836|
|Urban Programme grant paid in 1975–76|
|North East Derbyshire||2,120|
|Oadby and Wigston||1,716|
|Urban Programme grant paid in 1975–76|
|Hereford and Worcester||1,216|
|Alyn and Deeside||670|
|Vale of Glamorgan||2,250|
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been detained by the Essex police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act; how many have been prosecuted or released; and how many are still pending.
The answer to the first part of the Question is 28 up to 8th March 1977, and to the second and third parts, none.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Home Office circular POL 75 474/1/1 of 21st July 1976 was deposited in the Library; and if steps have been taken to ensure that such documents are deposited as soon as issued in future.
A copy of this circular was sent to the Library on the day of issue.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if and when he intends to introduce legislation to replace Section 16(2)(a) of the Theft Act 1968 with other provision against fraudulent conduct as recommended in the 13th Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee.
I am studyingg the proposals in the report carefully and will make a statement of the Government's intentions as soon as possible. I should like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Criminal Law Revision Committee for all the thorough work that has gone into its report.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to refuse entry into the United Kingdom of a Commonwealth citizen who wishes to visit the United Kingdom for a period of three months or less.
I refer the hon. Member to the Immigration Act 1971 and the Statement of Immigration Rules made under it for the control on entry of Commonwealth citizens (House of Commons Paper No. 79 of 1973).
Gas Explosions (Communications Procedures)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be able to reply to the hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth's letter dated 30th December 1976 about communication procedures in emergencies between the police and gas boards following the explosion at Brentford in December 1976.
I replied to the hon. Member today.
Local Authorities (Contingency Funds)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what contingency funds are available to meet localised disasters such as flooding; and what help is automatically made available to local authorities to meet the immediate financial burden of such events.
There are no central contingency funds specifically available to meet localised disasters and no help is given automatically to local authorities to meet the immediate financial burden of such events. The policy of successive Governments has been to give financial help only when the local authorities in the affected areas would otherwise suffer an undue burden.
Rate Support Grant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for altering the formulae he adopts for calculating the rate support grant as between urban and rural areas.
Discussions with the local authority associations on the basis of the distribution of rate support grant in 1978–79 have begun. Final decisions will not be taken until later in the year.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the annual percentage increase in rate support grant for the metropolitan borough of Stockport in each of the last five years; and if he remains satisfied with the needs element in the grant for this authority.
Because of local government reorganisation it is not possible to provide comparable figures of rate support grant entitlement for years before 1974–75.The following table gives the percentage change in needs and resources grant for the years available:
|Percentage change over previous year|
|Needs grant at main order stage||Resources grant at first increase order stage|
|1977–78||-3·46||*Not yet available|
|* Resources element grant depends on the expenditure and rate poundage decisions taken by rating authorities; the entitlements for 1977–78 have yet to be calculated.|
Panel Inspectors (Guidance Notes)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why copies of the DOE Document "Notes for the Guidance of Panel Inspectors" dated 15th April 1975 are not available for general distribution; and if he will take immediate steps to make the document generally available.
A copy of the notes is available in the Library. I am not persuaded that any useful purpose would be served by arranging for a wider distribution.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Property Services Agency has any plans for the use or disposal of the premises at 1–9 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh.
The Crown holding at 1–8 Atholl Crescent is now surplus to requirement and disposal action is in hand. No. 9 Atholl Crescent is held on lease and will be reallocated when present occupants—Civil Service College—vacate shortly.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list Government premises in Edinburgh which are, or are soon to become, surplus to requirements; and how he proposes to dispose of these premises.
The following properties are or will be surplus to present requirements:
- Lorne House, 1–2, Drumsheugh Gardens (available now—sale negotiations are in hand.
- 1–8, Atholl Crescent (available now)—preliminary negotiations for the sale of this property are in hand.
- 21, Lansdowne Crescent (available now)—premises will be surrendered to a landlord.
- Windsor Lodge, Portobello (available now)—existing hutments are being sold and site lease surrendered.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many planning appeals have been submitted to him since 16th July 1976; how many have been heard; how many have been determined; and if he is satisfied with the speed with which such appeals are handled.
Information related to 16th July 1976 is not available. During the period 1st July 1976 to 28th February 1977 7,933 planning appeals were received, 5,732 appeals were the subject of a local inquiry or site visit and 7,611 appeals were decided or withdrawn. As to the second part of the Question, I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, East (Mr. Clemitson) on 16th February.—[Vol. 926, c. 492–3.]
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the level of the water tables in the Severn Trent Water Authority area, the Anglian Water Authority area, and the North West Regional Water Authority area.
In the area of the Severn-Trent Water Authority groundwater levels are generally higher than they were at this time last year; in the North West Water Authority area they are normal for the time of year, whilst in the Anglian Water Authority area they are normal or above normal.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will issue guidance to local authorities in fulfilling their duty under Section 82(5) of the Housing Act 1974 to check that the payment of improvement grants is conditional on the works pertaining to the grant being carried out to their satisfaction; and whether he will make a statement.
I have at present no evidence that authorities are failing to comply with these requirements of the Act, but if the hon. Member has any I will, of course, consider it.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the procedure that a farmer must follow if he wishes to sink a water borehole on his land.
He must apply to his regional water authority for a licence, unless the water is to be used only fordomestic purposes.
District Council Bus Undertakings
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to enable district council omnibus undertakings to provide a service to all residents within their boundaries; and if he will make a statement.
I am aware of the various problems that can arise at the boundaries between different bus undertakings' operating areas. Although they can often be overcome by sensible co-ordination arrangements, they form part of a complicated set of issues concerning the bus industry which my right hon. Friend is considering as part of his review of transport policy.
Driver And Vehicle Licensing Centre
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the average delay in the opening of letters containing forms concerning motor vehicle registration at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre in Swansea.
All correspondence received at the centre is normally opened within 24 hours.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre in Swansea; and how many people are employed at each grade.
As at 28th February the information required was as follows:
|Senior Medical Officer||1|
|Nursing Officer Grade II||1|
|Principal Information Officer||1|
|Senior Executive Officer||41|
|Professional and Technical Officer Grade I||1|
|Higher Executive Officer||152|
|Senior Data Processor||126½|
|Trainee Data Processor||92|
|Senior Personal Secretary||1|
|Chief Superintendent of Typists||1|
|Senior Superintendent of Typists||4|
|Superintendent of Typists||2|
|Assistant Chief Photoprinter||2|
|Photoprinter Grade I||12|
|Photoprinter Grade II||13|
|Office Keeper Grade 2||2|
|Office Keeper Grade 3||3|
|Safety and Security Officer||1|
|Deputy Safety and Security Officer||1|
|Senior Security Guard||6|
|Stores Supervisory Grade C||1|
|Stores Supervisory Grade D||2|
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied with the efficiency of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre at Swansea; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Members for Daventry (Mr. Jones) and Bristol, West (Mr. Cooke) on 9th March 1977.—[Vol. 927, c. 1392.]
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre is yet in a position to start issuing kidney donor cards with driving licences.
I am pleased to say that it is. As from today kidney donor cards will be sent out from the centre with all first provisional driving licences—thus reaching approximately 1¼ million new drivers each year.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will make a statement on the rate and level of new bus grant to be available to the bus industry in 1977–78.
Yes. I have decided that for 1977–78 new bus grant should continue to be paid at the rate of 50 per cent. on approved capital expenditure. The grant will be subject to a cash limit of £48·8 million and this level is intended to enable about the same number of vehicles to be purchased with the aid of grant as are being purchased in 1976–77. I am discussing the allocations to individual operators with the Confederation of Passenger Transport and the local authority associations. I am considering the longer-term future of new bus grant in the context of the transport policy review.
Agriculture, Fisheries And Food
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the number and percentage of managers and farmers in England and Wales who have undergone formal agricultural training; and what plans he has to extend the scope of such training.
I regret the information requested is not available. However, the provisional results of an EEC sample survey on the structure of agricultural holdings in England and Wales undertaken in 1975 were published as a "Statistical Information" sheet (No 99/76) on 14th April 1976. This gives some related information concerned with agricultural education which is of course the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science. Copies of the document are available in the Statistics Department of the Library of the House.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give reasons for the delay in announcing the price levels for those commodities unaffected by the common agricultural policy, namely, potatoes, sheepmeat and wool.
I shall announce the new guaranteed prices for fat sheep and wool within the next few days. I am still considering the arrangements for potatoes, for which the marketing year begins on 1st August, and I shall make an announcement as soon as possible.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in view of the current situation in the pig industry and the competition from Irish and Danish pigmeat producers, he will consider favourably an increase of the present temporary subsidy of 50p per score and an extension of the period during which it is due to operate.
I have no plans to increase the rate of the temporary subsidy for pigmeat which continues to give substantial help to the pig industry. In the meantime, I am continuing to work for a change in the method of calculation of monetary compensatory amounts for pigmeat which will improve the competitive position of our producers and processors.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he intends to take in view of the fact that the effect of the EEC Commission proposals for the exclusive use of dairy fats in certain food products will be to prohibit completely the sale of the most widely consumed type of ice cream in the United Kingdom, with consequent effects on the price of ice cream products as well as the reduction of the number of people employed in the industry; and if he will make a statement;
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what is likely to be the impact on employment in ice cream manufacturing and distribution of the EEC Commission's proposals for the exclusive use of dairy fat in certain food products;(2) what is likely to be the impact on ice cream prices of the EEC Commission's proposals for the exclusive use of dairy fat in certain food products;(3) what action he proposes to take in view of the fact that a major effect of the EEC Commission's proposals for the exclusive use of dairy fat in certain food products will be to prohibit the sale of 90 per cent. of the ice cream currently manufactured in the United Kingdom;(4) if, at the forthcoming meeting of the Council of Agricultural Ministers, he will ensure that the approach suggested by the Commission for dealing with the exclusive use of milk fat and protein will not adversely affect the manufacture of non-dairy ice cream in the United Kingdom;(5) if he will propose to his fellow agricultural Ministers that the implementation of the Commission's proposals on the exclusive use of milk fat and milk protein be deferred until 1987;(6) if he will propose to his fellow agricultural Ministers that discussion of the Commission's proposals on the exclusive use of milk fat and milk protein be adjourned until this matter has been debated in Parliament.(7) if he will inform his fellow agricultural Ministers at their forthcoming meeting of the health risks involved in compelling consumers to buy animal fat ice cream instead of the vegetable-based product.
The effects of the Commission's draft regulation cannot be fully evaluated until the proposals have been clarified in Brussels. Manufacturers of ice cream and other foods affected and consumers' organisations are provid- ing my Department with information and views on the Commission proposals. The Community agriculture proposals, of which this proposal forms part, will be debated in the House on 16th March.I intend to meet representatives of the food industry including the ice-cream manufacturers on 18th March to discuss the draft regulations with them. I will ensure that issues raised in the hon. Members' Questions are taken fully into account.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of grants paid out by his Department, sub-divided by category.
Details of the grants paid out by my Department can be found in the published Appropriation Accounts and Supply Estimates. Direct grants to farmers appear in Class III 1 and Class XV 1, both of which also include subsidies and other payments to the industry. Grants to other public or private bodies are shown under the relevant subheads of Class III 4, 7 and 8.In 1976–77, my Department is also making payments and carrying out checks in respect of expenditure by the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce and by the Department of Prices & Consumer Protection (Class III, 3 and 5).
Departmental Staff And Costs
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many civil servants there are in his Department, sub-divided into convenient categories.
At 1st March 1977 there were 15,090 civil servants in my Department, as follows:
|Agricultural Development and Advisory Service||5,424|
|Regional and Divisional Offices (including Wales)||4,269|
|Others (including Food Science and Fisheries Research Laboratories; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst Place)||1,804|
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of salaries to staff in his Department.
Based on the original and revised Supply Estimates for 1976–7 the provision for salaries, national insurance contributions and overtime for staff in my Department was £64·5 million.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of expenses and office accommodation in his Department.
On the basis of the original and revised Supply Estimates for 1976–77 the total expenditure by my Department on travelling and other administrative expenses, and by the Property Services Agency on office accommodation for the Department, is £37 million.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of running his Department.
On the basis of the original and revised Supply Estimates for 1976–77 (HC 276 and 483 of 1975–76,
|£ per head|
|Pure Bred Friesian||Hereford/Friesian X|
|Year/Month||First quarter||Second quarter||First quarter||Second quarter||First quarter||Second quarter||First quarter||Second quarter|
|1971||…||…||22·93||16·78||Not recorded||Not recorded||Not recorded|
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total value of agricultural exports from the United Kingdom in 1976; how this compares with the position in 1975; and if he will state the significant categories in which exports were improved by more than 25 per cent.
The total value of the United Kingdom's exports in the agricultural and food sector in 1976 was £2,778·7 million. This was an increase of £507·2 million on the figure for 1975. The significant sections of the Standard International Trade Classification, in which the value of exports was improved by more than 25 per cent. were:
Class III) the total cost of running my Department is £118 million. This comprises expenditure by my Department on salaries, travelling and other administrative expenses, and by other Government Departments on common services. Part of the expenditure—£5·4 million—is recouped by way of fees and other charges for services rendered.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the average price obtained per calf in January 1977 and in the same month during the previous six years.
An average price for all calves is not meaningful because of the considerable variation in price for individual animals that arises from differences of breed, sex, age and quality. The following information relates to first and second quality rearing calves—not more than three weeks old—of the main categories sold at 42 selected markets in England and Wales:
- Meat and meat preparations
- Dairy products and eggs
- Fruit and vegetables
- Animal feedingstuffs
- Tractor and tractor parts
- Hides and skins
- Wool and animal hair.
Source: Her Majesty's Customs Tabulation Sheets.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent London meeting convened to examine the possibility of reaching a new International Tea Agreement.
The Fourth Session of the FAO Inter-Governmental Group meeting on tea, held in London in February 1977, made further progress towards the negotiation of an international tea agreement. Exporters and importers agreed on the work that needed to be done to achieve that end.It is expected that FAO and UNCTAD will be holding further meetings later this year.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the average return from sheep production both per ewe and per acre so used in 1976 and in 1973.
Returns for sheep production vary considerably according to different systems of production, location and many other factors, and it is not the practice of my Department to publish such figures.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken to protect historic remains such as raths when a planning application is being considered; and if he is satisfied that the planning officials are always kept informed of the existence of such monuments.
The Historic Monuments and Buildings Branch of the Department of the Environment is consulted and due account is taken of comments made in determining planning applications affecting historic remains such as raths. I am satisfied that planning officials are aware of the location of such monuments.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many school leavers in 1976 left school without basic skill in literacy and numeracy; and how this compares with the situation in 1970 and 1965.
Comparative statistics are not available; nor is there any generally accepted definition of basic standards of literacy and numeracy. In 1972 a survey by the Northern Ireland Council for Educational Research suggested that about 1·7 per cent. of school leavers— excluding pupils at special schools—had a level of reading attainment no greater than that of an average 7-year-old child. The council carried out a similar study during 1976 the results of which are awaited.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is satisfied that there are no community associations in receipt of grant aid from public funds which are merely religious organisations under another name.
Yes. Community associations are now grant-aided by district councils and so far as I am aware all councils are continuing the practice of requiring such associations which seek grant-aid from public funds to demon-state that they are in fact bona fide community organisations.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he proposes to bring the law in Northern Ireland into line with the law in Great Britain with regard to the issue of a driving licence for a period ending with the applicant's 70th birthday.
The holder's photograph on Northern Ireland driving licences provides a smeans of identification which is of great value in present circumstances, and because of this it would be wrong to extend the period of validity of licences to a point where the photograph might cease to serve its purpose. I propose however to lay a draft order before the House this year which will make provision for the renewal of driving licences at 10-yearly intervals or on the applicant's 70th birthday, whichever is the sooner, and thereafter at three-yearly intervals. Special provision will be made for persons suffering from physical or health defects.
Royal Ulster Constabulary (Pay)
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the hourly rates of pay for RUC constables, full-time reserve constables and part-time reserve constables, respectively.
The current hourly rate of pay—excluding allowances—for an RUC constable is £1·15 in the first year of service, increasing over an eight-point scale to £1·63 after 15 years of service. Full-time members of the RUC Reserve are paid between £1·15 to £1·39 per hour, in accordance with the first four points of the scale for a constable in the regular force. Part-time members of the Reserve receive an annual bounty of £24 for a minimum of four hours' duty each month and 91p for each additional hour of duty.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what general guidance on confidentiality and the safe keeping of records has been given to the Central Services Agency and other public authorities which collect information about individual persons.
The Central Services Agency and other health and social services bodies have been given well defined guidance on the confidentiality and safe keeping of information of a private, personal nature.No general guidance has been given to other public bodies. The treatment of information of a personal nature held by a number of such bodies is governed by statutory provision.
Royal Ulster Constabulary (Carbines)
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many M1 carbines have been purchased for use by the RUC; and how many were found to be defective.
For security reasons I am not prepared to give information of this kind.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many terrorists with addresses in County Armagh have been convicted since 1st January 1976; and for what categories of offence.
It would not be possible to answer this Question without disproportionate cost and effort.
Under-Secretaries Of State
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is currently the average time that an assistant Under-Secretary remains in the same post in each Government Department.
The average length by Department of all Under-Secretary postings which terminated between 1st January 1976 and the present day, together with all posting still continuing is:
|Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food||3||1|
|Civil Service Department||2||5|
|Ministry of Defence||2||5|
|Department of Education and Science||2||8|
|Department of Employment Group||3||3|
|Department of the Environment and Transport||2||3|
|Department of Health and Social Security||2||10|
|Departments of Trade and Industry Group (including Department of Energy)||2||9|
|All other Departments||2||11|
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what reductions in the Service in numbers he proposes for the next year.
I would refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Lewis) on 11th March 1977 for the general background to these reductions, which are aimed at the financial year 1978–79. In 1977–78, I expect Civil Service numbers to increase at first. They may even go above the ¾ million mark, but they should fall as the year progresses and return to about their present level by 1st April 1978.
asked the Minister for the Civil Service, pursuant to his Written Answer to the hon. Member for Coventry, North-East (Mr. Park) Official Report, 9th March, columns 549–51, what would be the savings in capital cost and manpower costs in the Official Report and other parliamentary papers were all printed in a uniform size and on uniform equipment, and that size were (a) Royal Octavo, (b) Crown Quarto, (c) large Royal Octavo, (d) A4 and (e) A5, respectively.
The savings in capital and manpower costs, at August 1976 prices, of producing all parliamentary papers in a standard size as opposed to the present range of sizes are detailed below:
|Capital||Manpower per annum|
|Large Royal Octavo||360,000||87,000|
Departmental Staff (Dispersal)
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is (a) the present staff complement involved with each of the sections of her Department which are due to be transferred to Glasgow in accordance with the recommendations of the Hardman Report and (b) if the staff complement of these sections was on the same basis on which the Hardman recommendations were made.
The announcement on 20th July 1974 of the Government's decisions on the recommendations in the Hardman Report stated that 1,000 posts would be dispersed from my Department. This dif- ference from the report's figure of 1,177 posts arose mainly from the expected rundown of work in some of the sections identified for dispersal in the report. Subsequent changes in the organisation of my Department also make direct comparison with the report difficult, but the present staff complements of the Headquarters sections due to be moved to East Kilbride are:
|Overseas Manpower Division:|
|Personnel Services Executive||81|
|Overseas Services Resettlement Bureau||10|
|Statistics support staff||22|
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give his estimate of the contribution that coal is likely to make to the United Kingdom energy balance in 1980, 1985 and 1990; and whether his assessments are in line with the report recently submitted to his Department.
1 would refer the hon. Gentleman to my Department's "Energy Policy Review", a copy of which is now in the Library of the House.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will give a direction to the National Coal Board under Section 6 of the Coal Industry Act 1971;(2) when he last gave a direction under Section 6 of the Coal Industry Act 1971 to the National Coal Board.
My right hon. Friend has made no directions under this section and at present has no plans to do so.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy why he is unable to publish cash flow forecasts for the National Coal Board for each of the next five years in view of the fact that a comprehensive plan for the industry is in existence.
Such forecasts, which include assumptions about the future course of costs and prices, must be regarded as commercially confidential.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much has been spent in each of the past three years on research and development of automatic and remote control mining.
Over the last three financial years NCB expenditure on research and development related to the evolution of automatic and remote control mining has amounted to £3 million, £5 million and £7 million, respectively. Within these figures direct expenditure on the automatic and remote control of mining operations was £0·8 million, £0·9 million and £3·6 million. We are unable to estimate the amount spent on research and development in this field by individual mining manufacturers or of the effort in other coal-producing countries.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many representations he has had on the impending increase in gas prices.
My Department has received just over 150, up to today.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of the civil servants in his Department he estimates will retire within the next 12 months.
4·9 per cent. in the 12 months from 1st April 1977.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether the coal supply figures for 1980, 1985 and 1990 published in the Financial Times on 7th March 1977 from his Department accord with the figures revealed in the "Plan for Coal" and subsequent public revisions.
"Plan for Coal" aims at production of 135 million tons by 1985. This is consistent with the figures quoted in the article in the Financial Times.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the number of fatalities and injuries in the gas explosions covered by the King Report; and if he will make a statement.
The inquiry's terms of reference do not limit its selection of incidents for examination; such figures as my hon. Friend seeks cannot, therefore, be calculated until its report is available.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects to receive the report of the King inquiry on gas explosions; and what help was given in the meantime to residents in the affected areas.
Investigations are still proceeding, and it is too early to predict when the report will be ready. I am advised that assistance has been extended as appropriate by the relevant authorities.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will make a statement on the action he is taking to end the industrial dispute at Windscale; and what discussions he has had with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. and the Atomic Energy Authority on the adverse effects of the dispute;(2) what effect the industrial dispute at Windscale is having on fuel reprocessing and other activity; if he is satisfied that essential materials are reaching the plant to ensure continuing safety; what effect the dispute has had on overseas contracts; and what effect the continuation of the dispute will have on power output at United Kingdom nuclear power stations.
A basis for settling this dispute has now been agreed between the management and unions, and work at the site is being resumed. Production on the site ceased during the dispute but safety was maintained. I understand there has so far been no question of any overseas business having been prejudiced. Output from commercial nuclear power stations was not affected.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will place in the Library a copy of the Department of Energy document on future energy policy which was presented to a recent meeting of the National Economic Development Council and which has since been extensively reported in the national Press.
I did so on 8th March.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if more recent appraisals of gas reserves in the Frigg Field indicate that a bigger proportion of the reserves is in the Norwegian sector than originally estimated; and what is his latest estimate of the proportion and volume of recoverable reserves in the United Kingdom sector.
The recent appraisals by an expert appointed by the licensees of the Frigg Field have been of initial gas reserves in place, rather than of recoverable reserves. The expert's final report to licensees will be presented in mid-April and, when they have agreed the shares in the field they will so advise the Governments. Under the terms of the Frigg Agreement the two Governments will consult each other with a view to agreeing figures for the total reserves and their apportionment between the Continental Shelf of the United Kingdom and that of Norway.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the proposed closure of the experimental fast breeder nuclear reactor at Dounreay; what is the future programme for this reactor; and what will be the next stage, the cost, and the time-scale of research and development on fast breeder technology.
I understand that the last operating period of the Dounreay fast reactor, required to complete its planned experimental programme, is now due to end on 23rd March. Lord Hinton will perform a closing ceremony on that day. The reactor wil be decommissioned and experimental work will be continued in the much larger prototype fast reactor (PFR) at Dounreay which has now operated at its full thermal power. I am at present considering our approach to the next stage of development of the fast reactor system.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects completion of the current studies on the feasibility of exploiting tidal power in the Severn Estuary; what is the estimated budget for these studies; and what is the estimated cost of a full-scale feasibility study.
The study on the effects of a Severn barrage on the tidal regime is complete and my right hon. Friend expects to receive a final report on the closure problem by the end of this month. He intends to publish the reports of these studies, which together cost about £50,000. We do not yet have firm figures for the cost of a full-scale feasibility study, but proposals have been made by consultants for broad studies costing somewhat over £1 million; these, however, would include little of the field and modelling work which would be necessary before a final decision on the construction of a barrage could be taken.
Local Authority Mortgages
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what mortgage allocations will be given to Scottish local authorities in the years 1977–78; and what part he expects building societies to play, in assisting local authorities to provide funds for house purchase and improvements;(2) what is the total amount of funds given in Scotland under the building societies commercial indemnity scheme to date;(3) what allocation will be given to Scottish local authorities to allow them to maintain mortgage lending;
(4) what level of building society funds it has been agreed will be made available to Scottish local authorities in the coming year in order to allow them to continue to finance mortgage lending;
(5) what consultations he has had with building societies regarding the level of local authority loans for house purchase and improvement in Scotland.
The total available to local authorities in Scotland during 1977–78 for lending to individuals for house purchase and improvement is £14 million. Allocations to individual authorities for 1977–78 will be intimated to them very shortly. To supplement these funds the building societies have agreed, subject to their levels of net receipts, to make available £10·5 million in Scotland. My Department is to discuss soon with both local authorities and building societies how all the funds available can be best utilised. It is open to a building society in certain circumstances to require a borrower to take out an indemnity insurance; there is no specific scheme and no public funds are involved.
Local Authorities (Contingency Funds)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what contingency funds are available to meet localised disasters such as flooding; and what help is automatically made available to local authorities to meet the immediate financial burden of such events.
Luggiebank (Traffic Census)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the dates and results of traffic censuses taken on the B8039 (old A73) through Luggiebank Village, Dunbartonshire.
As Strathclyde Regional Council is the highway authority responsible for this road the question of traffic censuses on the B8039 rests with that council. However, I understand that Dumbarton Council placed an automatic traffic counter in Luggiebank during 1976.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the weekly tonnage of shellfish landed in Argyll.
The quantity of shellfish landed at ports in the local government area of Argyll and Bute District, excluding the island of Bute, averaged approximately 95 tonnes per week during 1976. The actual quantity can vary from one week to another because of factors such as the weather and the seasonal nature of the fishery for the species concerned. Landings comprised mainly scallops, nephrops, queens and winkles, with smaller quantities of lobsters, squid and crabs.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishery offences have been reported within the territorial waters for which his Department is responsible in each of the past five years; and how these figures compare with those in other areas of the United Kingdom's territorial seas.
Records of fishery offences are held by reference to statutory fishery limits and not by reference to United Kingdom territorial waters. The following table shows convictions for offences committed at sea within the former 12-mile fishery limit.
|Year||Scotland||England and Wales||Northern Ireland|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of Scotland's population was over 20 years of age but under 60 years of age at the most recent date for which figures are available; what were the comparable percentage figures for the previous 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the likely percentage over the next 10 years.
The following table shows the percentage of the home population of Scotland estimated to have been aged 20 to 59 inclusive in each of the last 11 years, and the corresponding percentage for the projected population in each of the years 1977 to 1986.
|POPULATION AGED 20 TO 59 INCLUSIVE AS PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION OF ALL AGES, SCOTLAND, 1966–86|
|Year||Population aged 20–59 per cent. of population of all ages|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set up a committee to inquire into the reasons for the decline in the birth rate and to assess the economic and social implications for Scotland of the decline; and if he will make a statement.
I will reply to the hon. Member shortly.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has had any representations from the Equal Opportunities Commission in connection with the proposals in the Consultative Document on Teaching Training in Scotland.
Births And Deaths
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total of live births and deaths, respectively, in Scotland in the most recent annual period for which figures are available; and what were the comparable totals for each of the previous 10 years.
The following table shows the numbers of live births and deaths registered in Scotland in each of the years 1966 to 1976:
|LIVE BIRTHS AND DEATHS, SCOTLAND, 1966–76|
|* Provisional figures.|
Colleges Of Education
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is instructing the Scottish Education Department to undertake a study of the feasibility and cost of the reconstruction work required to upgrade Dundee College to meet the needs of the training of specialist teachers of physical education.
I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 3rd February.—[Vol. 925, c. 289–90.]
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what capital expenditure projects have been authorised at Scottish colleges of education and central institutions since April 1975, giving each project involved year by year and the cost involved year by year up to 1977;(2) what capital expenditure projects at Scottish colleges of education and central institutions have been approved in principle and are under consideration tor future expenditure.
I will reply to the hon. Member shortly.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those local education authorities in Scotland which have withdrawn as a matter of policy discretionary grants for students attending the Open University; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
So far as I am aware, no authority has completely withdrawn bursaries for Open University students. Authorities have been recommended to deal sympathetically with applications for Open University bursaries, but this is a matter in which they have complete discretion.
Novo And Second Genesis
asked the Attorney-General how long the papers relating to the Greater London Council and the Novo and Second Genesis housing associations have been in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions; and when a decision will be reached as to whether or not prosecutions will be instituted.
Inquiries into the activities of the Second Genesis Housing Association began in September last year and a report is anticipated shortly. No inquiries have been commenced in respect of Novo, but in the light of statements made in a recent television programme and recent newspaper reports I have now referred that matter also to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Court Proceedings (Attorney-General's Consent)
asked the Attorney-General if he will list all the offences which may be only prosecuted with his consent and with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions, respectively.
, pursuant to his reply 31st January 1977, [Official Report, Vol. 925, c. 10], gave the following information:
Statutes requiring the Fiat or Consent of the Attorney-General before proceedings are instituted or continued
ACT AND OFFENCE TO WHICH APPLIED
Agricultural Credits Act 1928 S.10(3)
Publication of agricultural charges
Agricultural Land (Removal of Surface Soil) Act, 1953 S.3
Offences against the Act
Auctions (Bidding Agreements) Act 1927 S.1
Illegal bidding agreements
Biological Weapons Act 1974 S.2(1)
Offences under Section 1 of the Act
Cancer Act 1939 S.4(b)
Prohibition of certain advertisements
Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955
Printing, publishing, selling etc., of books, magazines etc., which would tend to corrupt children and young persons.
Coinage Offences Act 1936 S.4(3)
Uttering defaced coins
Counter Inflation Act 1973 S.17(9)
Offences against the Act
Criminal Justice Act 1967 S.3(6)
Reports of committal proceedings
Customs and Excise Act 1952 S.281(1)(3)
Offences against the Customs and Excise Acts by order and in the name of a Law Officer in any case in which he thinks it proper that proceedings should be so instituted
Certain summary proceedings
Explosive Substances Act 1883
Explosives likely to endanger life or cause injury to property
Genocide Act 1969
Sec. 1(3) Proceedings for an offence of genocide
Highways Act 1959 S.271
Proceedings for an offence against the Act or byelaws require the written consent of the Attorney-General, except proceedings by persons aggrieved, or local authority concerned
Housing Act 1957 S.85(1)
Offences by local authorities against Part IV of the Act
Hijacking Act 1971 S.5(1)
Offences against the Act
Law of Property Act 1925 S.183(4)
Fraudulent concealment of documents and falsification of pedigrees
Legal Aid Act 1974 S.22(4)
Improper disclosure of information relating to the seeking or receiving of advice, assistance or legal aid
Magistrates' Courts Act 1952 S.58
Newspaper reports of domestic proceedings
Marine Insurance (Gambling Policies) Act 1909 S.1(3)
Offences against the Act
Mines and Quarries Act 1954 S.164
Offences by certain persons against the Act (see S.155(1)( a))
Newspaper Printers and Reading Room Repeal Act 1869
Printing, publishing or dispersing papers which do not bear the printer's name and address, or assisting in so doing
Official Secrets Act 1911 and 1920
Prevention of Corruption Acts 1906 and 1916 Bribery and corruption, including bribes to police officers.
Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971 S. 19(1)(a)
Offences against the Act.
Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976
Offences against Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Act.
Protection of Aircraft Act 1973 S. 4(2)
Offences against Part 1 of the Act.
Public Bodies (Corrupt Practices) Act 1889
Bribing of members and officers of public bodies.
Public Health Act 1936 S. 298
Offences against the Act (except proceedings by certain persons).
Public Order Act 1936 Secs. 1 & 2
Political uniforms and quasi-military organisations.
Public Utilities Street Works Act 1950 S. 30(2)
Proceedings under the Act, except by certain persons.
Race Relations Act 1965 S. 6
Incitement to racial hatred.
Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) Act 1961 S. 11
Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) Act 1951.
Offences against the Act or the 1951 Act.
Solicitors Act 1974 S. 20(2)(C)
Action by Law Society against unqualified person acting as a solicitor.
Proceedings against solicitor failing to disclose fact of having been struck off or suspended—within 6 months of discovery by the prosecutor.
Shipping Contracts & Commercial Documents Act 1964 S. 3.
Offences against the Act.
Theatres Act 1968 S. 8
Offences under Sec. 2, 5 or 6 of the Act, or an offence at common law committed by the publication of defamatory matter in the course of a performance of a play.
Restrictions On Prosecutions
Director Of Public Prosecutions" Powers
(Unless otherwise indicated, prosecutions may only be instituted by or with the consent of the DPP)
ACT AND RESTRICTION AND OFFENCE TO WHICH APPLIED
Agriculture Act 1970 S.22( 1) (Unless by the Eggs Authority)
Offences under Part 1 of the Act
Agricultural Land ( Removal of Surface Soil) Act 1953 S.3 (Unless by or with the consent of the Attorney-General)
S.1 Removal of more than 5 cu. yds. of soil from agricultural land without planning permission
Agriculture ( Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1954 S.9( 7) (Unless by the local authority)
S.9( 5) Wilfully depositing anything unsuitable for animal feeding stuffs in any
receptacle provided by a local authority for that purpose
S.9( 6) Offences against bye-laws regulating the collection of waste for animal feeding stuffs
Atomic Energy Act 1945 S.14(4)
S.11 Disclosure of information relating to atomic plant
Bankruptcy Act 1914 S.165 (Where the order of the court is made on the aplication of the Official Receiver and based upon his report, the Department of Trade may themselves, or through the Official Receiver, institute the prosecution and carry on the proceedings if or so long as these are conducted before a court of summary jurisdiction)
Offences against the Act or an offence arising out of or connected with any bankruptcy proceedings, in respect of which the court has ordered a prosecution
Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 S.42(3)
S.42( 1)( c)( iii) Printing, publishing etc., in a newspaper any matter relating to a lottery as is calculated to act as an inducement to persons to participate in that lottery or other lotteries
Borrowing ( Control and Guarantees) Act 1946 Para. 3( 1) of the Schedule
Offences against the Act
Building Control Act 1966 S. 9( 7)
Offences against the Act
Civil Aviation Act 1949 SS. 24( 9), 25( 6) and 29( 3) (Unless by or with the consent of the Minister)
S.24 Wilfully interfering with works carried out or with anything installed in pursuance of an order under this section or wilfully obstructing any person in the exercise of any power of entry conferred by such an order
S.25( 4) Contravening an order prohibiting or restricting the use of a civil aerodrome
S.29( 2) Obstructing a person authorised by the Minister to enter upon land for the purpose of survey
Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 S.59(1) (Unless by or with the consent of the Minister)
Offences against this Act or Regulations made under the Act
Companies Act 1967 S. 91 (Unless by or with the consent of the Department of Trade or the Industrial Assurance Commissioner (S.91, as extended by S.52(7) Insurance Companies Amendment Act 1973)
Offences under Part II of the Act
Control of Pollutions Act 1974 SS.6( 3), 18( 3) and 100( 5) ( S.6( 3)—Unless by the disposal authority which issued the licence)
Contravening conditions of a disposal licence trade subject to regulations under S.6(1) of the Act
S. 18(3) (Unless by an inspector appointed under S. 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974)
Offences under S.78(1)—cable burning.
Offences against the regulations made under S.100 of the Act (Regulations prohibiting or restricting the importation and use etc. of injurious substances).
Cotton ( Centralised Buying) Act 1947 S. 24(1) (Unless by or with the consent of the Board)
S. 23 Disclosure of information obtained for the purpose of functions under the Act.
Criminal Law Act 1967 SS. 4(4) and 5(3)
Offences under S. 4(1) of doing any act with intent to impede the arrest or prosecution of any person, knowing or believing that person to have committed an arrestable offence.
Offences under S. 5(1) of not disclosing information as to an arrestable offence, and accepting or agreeing to accept a consideration for not disclosing; and under S. 5(2) of giving false information and thereby causing wasteful employment of the police.
Development of Tourism Act 1969 Sch. 2, Para 3(2). Summary proceedings may be taken by the DPP at any time within 3 years of the offence and within 12 months after sufficient evidence to justify proceedings comes to the Director's knowledge.
Schedule 2 paragraph 3(1). Failure to comply with condition requiring notification of event on which a grant becomes repayable.
Electricity Act 1947 S. 62(1) (Unless by or with the consent of the Minister)
S. 61(1) Knowingly or recklessly making a statement which is false in a material particular in giving any information, making any claim or giving any notice for the purpose of any provision of the Act or of any regulation thereunder—Offences against any regulations made under the Act.
Electricity Act 1957 S. 30(8) (Unless by or with the consent of the Minister)
S. 30 Offences by electricity boards in relation to the certification of meters.
Emergency Laws (Re-enactments and Repeals) Act 1964 S. 14(1) (Unless by or with the consent of the Department of Trade or the Minister of Transport or the Treasury)
SS. 1, 2 & 3 Offences against the orders or directions under these Sections.
Exchange Control Act 1947 Para. 2(1) of Part II of the 5th Schedule
Offences punishable under the 5 th Schedule Part II (in general all offences under the Act except customs offences).
Fair Trading Act 1973 S. 62(4)
SS. 58 & 62 Unlawful transfer of a newspaper or newspaper assets.
Finance Act 1965 S. 92 (In England and Wales, unless by or with the consent of the Minister of Transport)
S. 92 Offences against the section (grants towards duty charged on bus fuel).
Firearms Act 1968 S. 51(4)
Summary proceedings under the Act instituted after 6 months and within 4 years of the commission of the offence.
Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 S. 1(4)
S. 1 With intent to deceive purporting to act for reward as a spiritualistic medium … or in purporting so to act … using any fraudulent device.
Gas Act 1972 S. 43(1) (Unless by or with the assent of the Secretary of State)
S. 42(1) Making false statements in a material particular in giving any information, making any claim or notice under the Act or regulations thereunder.
Geneva Conventions Act 1957 S. 1(3)
S. 1 Grave breaches of conventions set out in the Schedule to the Act.
Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 S.38 (Unless proceedings for an offence under the relevant statutory provisions are instituted by an inspector)
(By S.53 the "relevant statutory provisions" means:—
Incitement to Disaffection Act 1934 S. 3(2)
S.1 Seduction of members of Her Majesty's Forces from duty of allegiance to Her Majesty
S.2 Having possession of documents to dissemination of which would constitute such an offence
Industry Act 1972 Schedule 1(4)(2) Summary proceedings in England and Wales may be taken by the Secretary of State or the Director up to 12 months from the date of evidence sufficient in their opinion reaching them, but not more than 3 years from the commission of the offence
—failure to comply with conditions of a grant
Insurance Companies Act 1974 SS. 81 & 82(2) (S.81 Unless by or with the consent of the Secretary of State or the Industrial Assurance Commissioner)
Offences under the Act
( S.82( 2) In summary proceedings an information may be tried if it is laid at any time within 3 years after the offence and within 12 months after the date on which evidence is sufficient, in the opinion of the D.P.P.,
Secretary of State or the Industrial Assurance Commissioner, to justify the proceedings comes to his knowledge)
Land Cotntnission Act 1967 S. 82( 2)( a)
SS.81( 2) & 81( 4) Failing to comply with certain notices regarding levy
Local Government Act 1972 S. 94( 3)
S.94( 1) Member of Local Authority failing to disclose pecuniary interest and taking part in discussions or voting on a matter in which he has such an interest
Marine & c. Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 S.6(5)
Offences against this Act
Mental Health Act 1959 SS.126(4) & 128(4)
S.126 Ill-treatment of patients
S.128 Sexual intercourse with patients
Mines and Quarries (Tips) Act 1969 S.27 (unless by local authority)
Offences against Part 2 of the Act
National Health Services Act 1946 S.35(11)
S.35 Selling or buying goodwill of medical practice
Nuclear Installations Act 1965 S.25(3) (Unless by the Minister)
Offences against the Act
Petroleunm & Submarine Pipe-Lines Act 1975 SS.29(2)(a) & 38(4) (Unless by the Secretary of State or a person authorised by him in that behalf)
S29(1) Offences under S.28(1) or created by the Regulations made under Part III of the Act
Pools Competitions Act 1971
S.6(2) Proceedings for offences under the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 or the Gaming Act 1968, when the proceedings are against a promoter who has applied for a certificate to the Board or the Board has granted him a certificate and the alleged offence was committed before the grant.
Prevention of Fraud (Investments) Act 1958 S.14(7) (Unless by or with the consent of the Department of Trade)
S.14 Distributing circulars relating to investments
Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971 S.19(7)
S.3 Discharge of oil from pipelines into the sea
Protection of Depositors Act 1963 S.23(1) (Unless by or with the consent of the Department of Trade
Offences against this Act.
Radioactive Substances Act 1960 (unless by the Minister)
S. 13 Offences in connection with radioactive substances.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 S. 9(8)
S. 9(2) Unauthorised disclosure of spent convictions.
Reservoirs Act 1975 S. 22(b) (unless by any local authority in whose area the reservoir is situated or by the Secretary of State)
S. 22 Offences under this section of the Act.
Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1956 S. 17(1) (unless by or with the consent of the Registrar)
S. 16 Offences in connection with the Registration of restrictive practices.
Revenue Act 1968, Sch. para. 7(2) (unless by or with the consent of the Department of Trade)
Sch. para. 7(1) False statements, documents or information to obtain a certificate under the Act.
Road Traffic Act 1960 S. 161 (unless by a person authorised by the traffic commissioner, a chief officer of police or a local authority)
Offences under Part III of the Act (Regulation of Public Services Vehicles), except against S. 141 where no proceedings except by or by direction of DPP, the traffic commissioner for Metropolitan Traffic Area or a chief officer of police.
Sexual Offences Act 1956, para. 14 & 15 of Part II of Second Schedule (a prosecution may not be commenced without the sanction of the Attorney General except by or on behalf of the DPP)
S. 10 Incest by a man.
S. II Incest by a woman.
Sexual Offences Act 1967 S. 8
Offences of buggery and gross indency, together with attempting to commit, and aiding and abetting such offences, where one of the men was under the age of 21 at the time of the offence.
Solicitors Act 1974 S.44(4) (Proceedings under S.44(1) may be commenced at any time before the expiration of 6 months from the first discovery of the offence by the prosecutor, but no such proceedings shall be commenced, except with the consent of the DPP, by any person other than the Law Society)
S.44(1) Any person who, while there is in force in respect of him an order under
S.43(2) seeks or accepts any employment by or remuneration from a solicitor in connection with that solicitor's practice without previously informing him of that order shall be guilty of an offence
Southern Rhodesia Act 1965 (Unless by or with the consent of the Secretary of State or the Department of Trade)
Proceedings for an offence against the Southern Rhodesia (United Nations Sanctions) (No. 2) Order 1968
Suicide Act 1961 S.2(4)
S.2(1) Criminal liability for complicity in: another's suicide
Theft Act 1968 S.30(4)
S.30(4) Proceedings shall not be instituted against a person for any offence of stealing or doing unlawful damage
to property which, at the time of the offence, belongs to that person's wife or husband, or for any attempt, incitement or conspiracy to commit such an offence except where:—
Tokyo Convention Act 1967 S.1(2)
Any offence committed on board an aircraft while in flight elsewhere than in or over the UK
Trading with the Enemy Act 1939 S.1(4)
S.1 Trading with the enemy
Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 S.4(3)
S.4(1) Sending or causing to be sent any book, magazine or leaflet (or advertising matter for any such publication) which is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unsolicited and which describes or illustrates human sexual techniques
Water Resources Act 1963 S.118(2) (Unless by a river authority)
Offences under the Act
asked the Attorney-General how many applications to the Director of Public Prosecutions have been made in each of the last 10 years for a consent to private prosecutions; in respect of what alleged crimes such applications were made; and in how many and what percentage of each category of such cases consent was granted and withheld, respectively.
The statistics requested are not kept. I regret that the cost of research involved in giving an accurate reply would be wholly disproportionate to the value of the information likely to be obtained.
Education And Science
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether a fund will be established to help self-financed students who suffer hardship as a result of the increase in students' fees.
There is no specific fund, but an allowance has been made both in the rate support grant settlement for 1977–78 and in the universities recurrent grant for 1977–78 which I expect to announce shortly. Local authorities, universities and colleges are asked to consider sympathetically cases of hardship. The detailed arrangements are left to their discretion.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will issue a circular of advice to local authorities on their practice in awarding discretionary grants for higher education in order to ensure a uniform practice throughout the country; and if she will make a statement.
Local education authorities are free to determine their own policies on discretionary awards, but my Department has issued notes for guidance which give some general advice. My officials will be meeting the local authority associations shortly to discuss the extent to which the position on discretionary awards can be monitored.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she next intends to hold a comprehensive review of student grants, with special reference to the parental means test; and if she will make a statement.
My Department is at present carrying out a review of student grants, including the parental contribution scale. I hope to make an announcement before the end of this month about grants for the academic year 1977–78.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list those local authorities which have withdrawn as a matter of policy, discretionary grants for students attending the Open University: and if she will make a statement on the matter.
My Department does not collect this information. However, my officials will meet the local authority associations shortly to discuss the general question of monitoring local education authorities' policies on discretionary awards.
School Classes (Size)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list in the Official Report the latest available figures for the average class size in primary and secondary schools, respectively.
In January 1976, the latest date for which the statistics are available, the information was as follows:
|Average class sizes in maintained schools in England and Wales|
|* Classes as registered.|
|† Classes as taught.|
Education And Industry
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in the light of the need to have up-to-date information in the context of the" Great Debate", she will place in the Library a copy of the report currently being circulated by her Department and the statistics on which it is based which is critical of the relevance of the educational system to industry.
I cannot add to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Industry to my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. Corbett) on 15th February 1977.—[Vol. 926, c. 207.]
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations have been received by the Wages Inspectorate and other sections of his Department from (a) employers and (b) employees as a result of the recent investigations into low pay.