Written Answers To Questions
Monday 22 October 1979
asked the Prime Minister if she will seek to hold discussions with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth with a view to drawing up plans to prevent the mass starvation which now threatens the entire population of Kampuchea.
The international committee of the Red Cross and UNICEF have jointly planned a major international effort to relieve the famine in Cambodia. The Government have kept in touch informally with the United Nations Secretary-General and the two organisations.ICRC/UNICEF have started moving relief supplies into Cambodia. So have voluntary agencies such as OXFAM. Many Governments have offered aid, including our own and other Commonwealth Governments. The period of consultation has now given place to the period of action.We have made available in Bangkok a Hercules aircraft of the RAF which is currently in use by the ICRC ferrying supplies to Cambodia, and will be providing £1 million worth of rice and, subject to parliamentary approval, a further US $5 million of aid.
Special Patrol Group
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the strength of the special patrol group in each of the last five years; and how many officers have left in each quarter, broken down as between resignation, dismissal and dismissal after disciplinary proceedings respectively.
I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the established strength of the special patrol group has remained at 204 throughout the last five years. The following table shows the number of officers leaving the group following resignation from the force. The single case of dismissal from the force followed conviction for a motoring offence committed while off duty. Officers also leave the group on transfer to other parts of the force.
|(a) Resignation||(b) Dismissal from force|
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the situation at Gartree prison, Leicestershire, relating to the renovation of the wings which were damaged in the last riot; and when he expects that the prison will once again be fully operational.
The repair of the two wings still out of action includes improvements to security and control and is expected to be completed by mid-1980. Similar improvements will then be made in the two wings currently in use and should be completed by the end of 1981. The build-up of the population will be kept under review in the light of experience.
Sexual Offenders (Treatment)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual offenders have been given chemical treatment since November 1978 broken down by those treated by (a) synthetic oestrogen, (b) cyproterone acetate &c.,(c) beneperidol; and how many were given surgery for enlarged breasts.
The information for the period in question is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Corresponding information for the three-year period ended November 1978 was obtained as a result of a special inquiry.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the requirement in the prison rules that prisoners should be assisted to keep in touch with their relatives, he will consider introducing a policy by which long-term prisoners are imprisoned in prisons accessible to their homes and confine the use of the remote rural establishments for those whose separation from their families will be shorter.
Every effort is made to keep prisoners as near as possible to their homes but it would not be practicable to adopt the policy proposed.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will relax censorship restrictions in cases where they are not necessary in the interests of security.
Censorships of prisoners' mail is directed primarily towards security and good order, but also towards the prevention of crime and the protection of others' rights. We intend to keep censorship to the minimum necessary for these purposes.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the report of the inquiry under Mr. Justice May into the prison service.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy in respect of jury vetting; and if he will make a statement.
The guidelines laid down by the then Attorney-General last year sought to restrict this practice to certain exceptional cases. My right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General and I are, however, considering whether any changes are required.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of persons arrested and proceeded
|PERSONS ARRESTED* FOR BEING SUSPECTED OF FREQUENTING A PUBLIC PLACE WITH INTENT TO COMMIT AN ARRESTABLE OFFENCE BY DISTRICT AND ETHNIC APPEARANCE|
|Metropolitan Police District: Second Quarter 1979||Number of offences|
|District||White skinned European||Dark skinned European||Black skinned (including West Indian/African)||Indian/Pakistani||Chinese/Japanese||Arabian/Egyptian||Not known||Total|
|* Persons proceeded against by means of a charge, referral to a juvenile bureau, a caution or in some other way; arrests not followed by any action are not included.|
Illegal Parking (Diplomatic Immunity)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars owned by embassies and covered by diplomatic immunity have been towed away by the police because of illegal parking; to which embassies they belonged; and what fines were paid.
The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
against for being suspected of frequenting a public place with intent to commit an arrestable offence, broken down by Metropolitan Police division and ethnic appearance for the second and third quarters of the current year.
The information relating to the second quarter of 1979 is given in the following table; that for the third quarter of 1979 is not yet available and I will publish it in the Official Report as soon as possible.
Citizens Band Radio
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has held discussions with other EEC countries concerning citizens band radio.
The question of the introduction of citizens band radio is essentially a matter for national decision. We have not therefore taken this matter up formally with other countries. However, a good deal of information about the use of citizens band radio in other countries, including our partners in the EEC, is available through contacts at official level; and regular liaison on radio matters is maintained with Western European countries through the forum of La Conference Europeene des Administrations des Posts et Telecommunications (CEPT).
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a further statement concerning citizens band radio in the United Kingdom.
This matter is still under review. It is too soon to say what the outcome of our review will be or when we will be in a position to make an announcement.
Mr David Bingham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds Mr. David Bingham, a convicted spy, was released.
Mr. Bingham was released on parole licence following my acceptance of a recommendation from the Parole Board. I agree with the Board that it is more appropriate that he serve the remainder of his sentence in the community than in prison; he will remain on licence until September 1985.
European Assembly (South-East London By-Election)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of the South-East London by-election for the European Assembly; and if he will bring forward proposals to surcharge those who stand for election while holding a disqualifying office.
The information requested is not yet available. We have no plans to introduce legislation for this purpose.
Wormwood Scrubs (Disturbances)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the recent disturbances at Wormwood Scrubs prison; and what were the injuries to prisoners and prison staff which took place.
I have asked the regional director of the south-east region of the prison department to inquire into an incident at the prison on 31 August, in which a concerted act of indiscipline by inmates in "D" wing was quickly brought under control by prison staff, and on the management of the wing in the days following the incident. The regional director will take into account allegations which have been made regarding the handling of the incident and of the subsequent management of the wing. When I have received and considered the regional director's report, I will report to the House.As regards injuries, prison medical records show that a total of 54 prisoners incurred injuries consisting of cuts, bruises and abrasions. 11 prison officers incurred similar injuries.
Whittington Barracks (Inquiry)
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the review currently being carried out by the Special Investigation Branch into alleged misconduct by certain personnel at Whittington barracks, Whittington, near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Special Investigation Branch reports are confidential and are not published. The investigation of alleged misconduct at Whittington barracks, Lichfield, has now been completed and the findings are receiving consideration.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with the French Government about co-operation in the production of nuclear warheads; and if he will make a statement.
I have not consulted the French Government about co-operation in the production of nuclear warheads.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with Mr. Harold Brown, the American Defense Secretary, regarding the MX ballistic missile and the nuclear deterrent in general.
I visited Washington in July and had discussions with Dr. Brown on a wide range of subjects of mutual interest, including the need to maintain the effectiveness of the West's nuclear weapons. Since my hon. Friend tabled his question he will have heard that the United States Administration have announced their intention to deploy 200 MX missiles in the 1980s on a "race track" configuration. The Government welcome this decision.
Flying And Safety Standards
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, in view of recent accidents involving RAF aircraft at Tintagel, Cornwall and Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, he is satisfied with standards of flying and safety in the RAF generally; whether, in view of widespread public concern over military aircraft taking part in low-flying exercises over built-up areas, he has any plans to amend training schedules to eliminate the possibility of such accidents recurring; and if he will make a statement.
I am still considering the various aspects of this problem. I will publish the information in the Official Report as soon as possible.
Republic Of Ireland (Overflying)
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were received from the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning overflying of their territory by British military planes and helicopters during the year ended 30 April; and what was the average depth of these incursions.
I have been asked to reply.During the year ending 30 April 1979 the Government of the Republic of Ireland notified Her Majesty's Government of 20 reported unauthorised overflights of their territory by British military aircraft. Each such notification was carefully investigated. In those cases where an overflight was confirmed—all of which were due to navigational error—the average depth of the incursion was 200 yards.
Rhodesia (Oil Supplies)
asked the Attorney-General whether any suspected cases of breaches of sanctions involving the supply of oil or any oil-based products to Rhodesia by British companies either directly, by swaps or through subsidiary companies other than those covered by the Bingham report, have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
No such cases have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
asked the Attorney-General in how many criminal trials jury vetting has been allowed.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has authorised checks on the jury panel in 29 cases under the guidelines controlling the practice of checking jury panels since they were issued in July 1975. In two of these cases the original jury was discharged by the judge and checks were also authorised on the panels from which the juries for the new trials were chosen.
asked the Attorney-General (1) whether he will list in the Official Report those cases over the past 10 years when serving police officers have appeared as defendants before which jury vetting of a formal or informal nature has occurred;(2) whether trials of police officers have now been added to those in which juries can be vetted.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has not authorised a check on the jury panel for a trial in which a police officer was a defendant since records on checks began to be kept after the introduction of the guidelines controlling the practice in July 1975. It is not and it has never been the practice of the Director to authorise a check because a police officer was a defendant.
Divorce Laws (Law Commission Review)
asked the Attorney-General when he expects that the review by the Law Commission into certain aspects of the divorce laws, including time limits in divorce, nullity of proceedings and the grounds for divorce, will be published.
It is not possible to predict when the Law Commission will publish its final recommendations on these matters, at least until the Commission has considered responses to the consultative working papers which it may be expected to issue, in accordance with its usual practice. Work on the power of sale is well advanced and my noble Friend hopes that a report may be published later this year. The Law Commission hopes to publish working papers on the time limits and jurisdiction about Easter 1980. It is not possible to make any useful predictions on other matters.
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress has been made with staff interests on consultations about the Tavistosk Institute report on the application of race relations policy in the Civil Service.
As the hon. Member will know, a joint working party has been established under the Civil Service Department's chairmanship, with representation from the national staff side and the trade union side of the joint coordinating committee, to consider the monitoring of race relations policy in the the Civil Service in the light of the Tavistock Institute's report. No conclusions have yet been reached.
House Of Commons
Official Opposition (Financial Assistance)
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to whom cheques in respect of public funds to the official Opposition are made payable.
To whomsoever the Leader of the Opposition designates to receive the cheque.
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the terms and conditions regarding the payments of public funds to the official Opposition.
In accordance with the resolution of the House of 20 March 1975, as amended by the resolution of the House of 13 February 1978, the formula for determining the annual maxima of financial assistance to any Opposition party in the House of Commons to assist that party in carrying out its parliamentary business is as follows:
The former resolution also provides (a) that it shall be a condition of qualification for such assistance that a party must either have at least two Members elected to the House as members of that party at the preceding general election or that it has one such member and received at least 150,000 votes at that election; (b) that any party wishing to claim such assistance shall make to the Accounting Officer of the House a statement of the facts on which this claim is based; (c) that the cost of this provision shall be borne on the House of Commons Vote; and (d) that parties making claims shall be required to certify to the Accounting Officer of the House that the expenses in respect of which assistance is claimed have been incurred exclusively in relation to that party's parliamentary business."£550 for each seat won by the party concerned plus £1·10 for every 200 votes cast for it at the preceding general election provided that the maximum payable to any party shall not exceed £165,000."
Members Dining Room
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the total number of meals served in the Members' Dining Room in the months of (a) May, (b) June and (c) July; and what was the ratio of waiting staff to meals served.
The information is as follows:
|MEMBERS' DINING ROOM ONLY|
|Month and number of trading days||Number of meals served||Daily number of waiting staff||Average ratio of meals served per member of waiting staff (allowing for absence through sickness)|
Minister's Office (Cost Of Flowers)
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the total cost of providing fresh flowers for his room since 3 May 1979; how often these are provided; and how this compares with such expenditure in the past.
The cost to public funds of flowers and plants which have been delivered on 21 occasions over the past six months to the rooms of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the arts has been £46. Under the previous Administration the office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was not amongst those Government offices which purchased plants or flowers.
Public Lending Right Act 1979
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to announce a date for the introduction of the operation of the Public Lending Right Act 1979.
As the hon. Member will know, a good deal of preliminary work is needed. This is going ahead and I hope soon to start on the consultations required by the Act.
Works Of Art (Advisory Committees)
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether he intends the advisory committee on purchase of art works, responsibility for which has been passed to him by the Secretary of State for the Environment, to continue.(2) whether he intends the advisory committee on art works in the Commons, responsibility for which has been passed to him by the Secretary of State for the Environment, to continue.(3) whether he intends the advisory committee on Royal Parks sculpture, responsibility for which has been passed to him by the Secretary of State for the Environment, to continue.
I am looking at the future of these committees in the context of the general consideration of fringe bodies connected with my office. An announcement will be made in due course.
Palace Of Westminster
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will seek to arrange for the effective date of the increase in the parliamentary pension to be 1 April 1979 and not 15 November 1979.
The next increase in the parliamentary pension will be on 12 November 1979 when pensions under the new State pension scheme are up-rated. These arrangements apply to all retired public servants and I can see no grounds for treating the parliamentary pension differently.
Free Library Service
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, in view of the proposals by Her Majesty's Government to list central Government restrictions on local authorities, including the controls in the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, whether he proposes to take steps to maintain the continuation of the free library service provided by local authorities.
The two amendments to the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 proposed in "Central Government Controls over Local Authorities", Cmnd. 7634, do not affect the existing right to borrow books free of charge.
Steel Industry (State Aids)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, in order to assist the House in the debate on EEC document 4627/79 on State aids to the steel industry, he will on or before 23 October lay before the House a statement of the legal position with regard to this matter.
The decision as originally drafted was objectionable on legal grounds, firstly because it could have had the effect of altering the existing balance of power between the institutions of the Community and the member States. EEC document 4627/79 as amended now provides that any action by the Commission to enforce the decision must be taken through article 88 of the ECSC treaty and this, combined with the deletion of the provision which previously gave the Commission power to require repayment of any aid of which it did not approve, means that the existing balance of power is not effectively altered.Secondly, earlier drafts of the decision purported to authorise as lawful those aids which, by virtue of article 4 of the ECSC treaty, are recognised as incompatible with the Common Market for coal and steel and accordingly are prohibited within the Common Market. EEC document 4627/79 is so drafted that it authorises only what it calls "Community aids". The Commission's lawyers have argued strongly that such Community aids are not covered by the prohibition imposed by article 4, and this argument has been accepted by the majority of the member States. I am advised that, although this argument could rightly be challenged, there is no authority to prove it is wrong; it is acceptable as a basis for our consent to the decision but only on a strictly temporary basis and I have made it clear to the Council that any renewal or extension of the decision would necessitate proceeding by way of treaty amendment.
Companies (West Midlands)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many wholly new companies have been set up in the West Midlands region since he assumed office; and how this compares with the number set up in the period May to October 1978.
New company registrations required under the Compaines Act 1948 are maintained at the Companies Registration Office in Cardiff for England and Wales as a whole, and not on a regional basis. It is therefore not possible to identify the number of wholly new companies set up in the West Midlands since the general election or for the period May to October 1978.
Microbe Mining Research
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what support he is giving to microbe mining research; and what steps he is taking to ensure the British mining industry is at the forefront of this technology.
The Warren Spring Laboratory—WSL—of the Department of Industry has a team working on the use of microbes in the mining industry. Work is carried out for the Department, for the Department of the Environment, the EEC, and industry on a repayment basis. The cost of the work funded by the Department is estimated to be £20,000 in the current year.The British mining industry has access to all the expertise in this field which is available at WSL, and which is being continually strengthened by on-going work. Several companies have already taken advantage of this. For its part WSL is making known to a wider audience the resources it has available by publicising its activities in the technical press and participating in symposia.
Sperm Whale Oil
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will carry out a study of the usage of sperm whale oil in industry, with the aim of reducing this usage; and if he will make a statement.
My Department has for some time taken a close interest in the industrial usage of sperm whale oil and is now satisfied that substitutes are or can be made available for all present uses of sperm whale oil. In reply to a question on 9 July from the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Griffiths) the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food announced that the Government will be seeking to obtain within the EEC a Community-wide ban on imports of sperm whale oil and other derivatives. In doing so we shall continue to maintain contact with the United Kingdom interests about the introduction of the ban.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what direct cost and contingent liabilities to public funds have been incurred as a result of the allocation of one unsold Concorde to British Airways.
The latest estimate of the direct cost to public funds resulting from the allocation of one unsold Concorde to British Airways with a spare engine is £595,000; this relates almost entirely to the two manufacturers' expenditures on modifying the aircraft and five engines to British Airways fleet standard. The contingent liabilities consist largely of potential warranty costs, and cannot therefore be quantified at this stage.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many industrial concerns employing under 20 employees have been established since he assumed office; and what is the total number of such businesses today and what it was in April.
I regret that this information is not available. The Department is investigating the use of information derived from the administration of VAT to provide broad indications of "birth and deaths" of small firms in various sectors. But even if this data emerges it will not be possible to supply the sort of specific information requested.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to ensure that British film and camera manufacturers have a sizeable presence in the new 3D photography market.
It is for British film and camera manufacturers to take necessary steps to secure a share of the new 3D photography market.
Regional Development Grants
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what financial saving will be made from the ending of regional development grants in intermediate areas.
By 1982–83, when savings are expected to be fully effective, it is estimated that the ending of regional development grants for intermediate areas will reduce expenditure by £92 million annually, at 1979 survey prices.
Regional Selective Assistance
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what has been the number of jobs created and jobs saved, respectively, through the payment of each component of regional selective assistance, including regional development grant, and aid provided under section 7 of the Industry Act, in the Oldham-Chadderton travel-to-work area for each year since 1960.
The following assistance has been offered under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to projects in the Oldham-Chadderton travel-to-work area since the introduction of the Act:
|Number of projects||Assistance offered £'000|
|* To 30 August 1979.|
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement about his intentions for the future financing of British Shipbuilders.
The Government have decided, subject to approval of a Supplementary Estimate to be presented to Parliament shortly, that the corporation will be financed by public dividend capital and that advances will be made to enable the corporation to repay the loans it has drawn from the national loans fund on an interim basis. The corporation will not pay dividends on its capital until it is profitable and, for the time being, it will not be able to meet the general criterion for dividends set out in paragraph 86 of the White Paper on nationalised industries (Cmnd. 7131).
Post Office (Industrial Democracy)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement about the progress and future of the industrial democracy experiment in the Post Office.
The two-year experimental period is due for completion on 31 December 1979. I understand that the parties to the agreement are currently evaluating the results. I am awaiting their formal reports.
Industrial Development Certificates
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether, following the relaxation of industrial development certificates, consideration is to be given to allowing firms wishing to expand in situ and foreign firms wishing to establish themselves in Great Britain being free of any industrial development certificate limitation.
The recent changes in industrial development certificate policy which were announced by my right hon. Friend on 17 July give much greater freedom to build factories or extensions without the need for a certificate, and I see no need for a further review at present.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what study he has made on the rate of changes in the cost of car repairs; what steps he is taking to contain these costs; and if he will make a statement.
Private vehicle maintenance costs, as a component in the retail price index, are published in the Department of Employment Gazette. The pressure of competition amongst the thousands of workshops undertaking car repairs keeps down the charges for such work, and if it does not do so effectively that is an added reason for creating a business climate in which many more firms will be encouraged to start.
Wool Textile Industry
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what estimates he has made of the number of firms in the wool textile industry likely to close during the forthcoming year; and if he will make a statement about his proposals for dealing with the situation.
While my right hon. Friend is aware of the measure of the industry's concern regarding its future prospects, he has made no independent assessment of the size of the industry during the forthcoming year. He will continue, in consultation with the industry, to take such steps as are open to him, including the implementation of the multi-fibre arrangement, to secure a framework within which individual companies may through their own endeavours operate profitably.
Engineering Employers Federation (Report)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many copies of the report "Financial Support of Strikers" published by the Engineering Employers Federation have been obtained for circulation within his Department.
Individual complimentary copies were received by some Ministers, and there is one copy available for consultation in the Department's library.
Education And Science
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the number of children in nursery classes of schools at the present time and in 12 months' time.
The hon. Member will be glad to know that the number of pupils attending nursery schools, or nursery classes in primary schools, in England is currently projected to rise from a provisional total of 210,000 in January 1979 to approximately 220,000 in 1980 and 226,000 in 1981.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will review his policy of reducing Government expenditure on education in the light of representations he has received regarding the possible closure of rural schools, in Teesdale in particular.
No. Proposals to close rural schools can be traced to falling pupil rolls and the desirability on educational as well as economic grounds to make efficient use of staffing and other resources.
Sixth Forms (Closures)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will review his policy of reducing Government expenditure on education in the light of representations he has received about the possible closures of sixth forms in comprehensive schools, in County Durham in particular.
No. My right hon. and learned Friend has not had put to him any proposals to close sixth forms in comprehensive schools in Durham, and has not received any representations on the subject.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the present ratio of administrators to teachers in the education service in Staffordshire.
Regrettably these data are not identified in the annual returns made by local authorities to central departments. I therefore suggest that my hon. Friend seeks the information from the Staffordshire local education authority.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment by how much unemployment has risen since he assumed office.
Unemployment, excluding school leavers and adjusted for normal seasonal variations, fell by 42,500 between May and September 1979 in the United Kingdom.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are currently employed in small businesses of 20 employees or under; and how many were employed in such businesses in April.
The precise information requested is not available.Some indication of the number of people employed in small businesses can be obtained from the annual censuses of employment which provide information relating to "census units", described below. These units represent individual work places rather than complete businesses. The latest information on this basis is for 1976 when some 2,833,000 employees in Great Britain were working at units with one to 10 employees and 2,377,000 at units with 11 to 24 employees. The figures cover all industries and services except agriculture and horticulture and private domestic service.The census unit—the basic unit for which information is reported—is normally a complete individual address, such as a shop, office or factory. Separate branches of both large and small businesses thus constitute separate units. Also, in some cases there can be more than one census unit for a single address. This happens where a business supplies information for different groups of people—for example, the monthly and weekly paid—on separate returns. Thus the numbers of employees working at small census units exceeds the numbers working for small businesses.
Manpower Services Commission
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will review his policy of reducing the Manpower Services Commission budget in the light of representations he has received regarding the discontinuation of OUTSET's surveys of the disabled, especially in the North of England.
I will reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.
Engineering Industry (Training)
asked the Secretary of State for Employment, having regard to the extra charges being levied on engineering employers in South-West Durham and the possibility that training grants will be reduced, if he will take steps to maintain the present level of training.
The Manpower Services Commission has extended charges for its direct training services to include the assisted areas where they were formerly provided free, as part of its contribution to public expenditure savings.Some of these fees are still below full cost recovery, though the intention is to reach full cost recovery in two years. I am also informed by the MSC that the Engineering Industry Training Board has no intention of reducing its grants for apprentice training.The reintroduction of fees may initially affect the take-up of MSC services and may cause some of the present clients to consider the use of other providers—for example, group training associations. However, the MSC expects that industry's own training efforts supplemented by the combined operation of MSC training policies should ensure that the levels of training within the engineering industry will be compatible with its needs.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment to what extent the furniture industry and catering trades depend upon labour from overseas.
According to the most recent available information, the furniture industry employs over 100,000 and the hotel and catering industry over 400,000 full-time workers. It is not known how many of these workers are of overseas origin but in 1978 only six work permits were issued for employment of overseas workers in the furniture industry. The corresponding figure for hotel and catering was 1,666.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the current unemployment levels in the employment offices covering the inner city partnership area of Lambeth, and what were the levels 12 months ago and six months ago.
The following table gives information for the employment office areas most closely associated with the inner city partnership area of Lambeth:
|Numbers registered as unemployed|
|Employment office area||September 1979||March 1979||September 1978|
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of disabled people registered with his Department are employed in firms which employ 20 or fewer people.
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 16 July.—[Vol. 970, c. 412–13.]
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he will begin monitoring the policies and practices designed to eliminate racial discrimination in employment by Government contractors; and if he will make a statement on his consultations on this issue with the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress.
My right hon. Friend has no present plans to do so. The question is under consideration by the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether all the nationalised industries and other public bodies, who were asked by his predecessor to provide information on their racial equality policies, have now replied; and if he will publish those replies and make a statement.
All the bodies asked to respond have done so. It would not be appropriate to publish individual replies, but where these have indicated a need for guidance my Department's race relations advisory services will offer their assistance in the further development and implementation of racial equality policies.
British Boxing Board Of Control
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether it is the practice of his Department to consult the British Boxing Board of Control about applications made for the admission to the United Kingdom of boxers for fights being sponsored by persons not affiliated to that body: and, if so, why.
Yes. One of the principal aims of the work permit scheme is to protect employment opportunities for British and long-resident overseas workers. In general only highly skilled overseas workers are given permits and then only if my Department is satisfied that no suitable resident labour is available. The scheme is administered somewhat differently for professional sportsmen but the general principles remain the same. To assist my Department in deciding whether or not applications to engage overseas sportsmen or women meet the criteria my officials seek the views of the principal responsible bodies in the sport concerned.The British Boxing Board of Control is consulted on applications for work permits to enable overseas boxers to fight here and permits are issued only for such boxers to participate in bouts licensed by the board.At the request of another boxing organisation this policy is being reviewed.
|Year ended 31 March 1978||Year ended 31 March 1979|
|Income from all sources||8,261,351||9,282,656|
|Grants to employers (including levy exemption and levy rebate grant offset against employers' levy liability and not received by Board)||5,741,514||6,264,262|
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will bring forward legislation to repeal the Baking Industry (Hours of Work) Act 1954;(2) what discussions he has had with the National Association of Master Bakers, Confectioners and Caterers regarding the Baking Industry (Hours of Work) Act 1954.
My right hon. Friend met the representatives of the National Association of Master Bakers, Confectioners and Caterers on 4 June 1979 when it asked that the Baking Industry (Hours of Work) Act 1954 be repealed.It is one of the "relevant statutory provisions" of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. I have informed the chairman of the Commission of my view that the operation of the Act is anomalous and unsatisfactory, and I have asked the Commission to give urgent consideration to whether night work in baking needs regulation any longer, on health and safety grounds, and if so how it should be done; and to advise me. It is consulting on the matter.
Health And Safety At Work, Etc Act 1974
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will review the operation of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 with
Hotel And Catering Industry Training Board
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total amount received by the Hotel and Catering Industry Training Board from all sources during each of the two last financial years of that Board and the sums of money paid out in grants to employers in each of those years.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the position is as follows:a view to seeing whether its underlying principles can be achieved in a form less burdensome to industry.
I am confident that the Health and Safety Commission, on which three representatives of the CBI and three of the TUC sit, is aware of the need to have fully in mind the implications for industry when developing its policies. It has developed a very extensive system of public consultation about its proposals and has consistently demonstrated its willingness to take very careful account of the views expressed by industry.
Ceramics, Glass And Minerals Products Industry Training Board
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has held any discussions with employers and representatives of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress about the effectiveness of the Ceramics, Glass and Minerals Products Industry Training Board; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has had no discussions with employers, the CBI or the TUC for this purpose. Oversight of the day-to-day operation of industry training boards—ITBs—is the responsibility of the Manpower Services Commission—MSC—which is currently carrying out a fundamental review of the Employment and Training Act 1973 as it affects industrial training. In the course of the review the MSC will be looking at the work of all the ITBs, among other relevant matters.
Employment And Training Act 1973
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects the Manpower Services Commission to publish its review of the effectiveness of the training provisions of the Employment and Training Act 1973, including in particular a review of the work of industrial training boards.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the review body is expected to report in the first instance to the Commission by July 1980. Its report will subsequently be referred to Ministers for consideration.
Construction Industry Training Board
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has held with employers and representatives of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress about the effectiveness of the Construction Industry Training Board; and if he will make a statement.
I have had no discussions with employers, the CBI or the TUC for this purpose. Oversight of the day-to-day operation of the industry training boards—ITBs—is the responsibility of the Manpower Services Commission which is currently carrying out a fundamental review of the Employment and Training Act 1973 as it affects industrial training. In the course of the review the MSC will be looking at the work of all the ITBs, among other relevant matters.
Engineering Employers Federation (Report)
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many copies of the report "Financial Support of Strikers" published by the Engineering Employers Federation have been obtained for circulation within his Department.
We were sent a number of copies of this publication by the Engineering Employers Federation and these have been considered carefully within my Department.
Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs
Mr Joshua Nkomo
asked the Lord Privy Seal if Mr. Joshua Nkomo holds a British passport.
Although Mr. Nkomo has no claim to normal United Kingdom passport facilities, he has been granted a short-term concessionary passport under the special arrangements announced in the House on 17 June 1968 by the then Attorney-General for citizens of Rhodesia.
asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the present average waiting time between an application being made and being dealt with, for admission to the United Kingdom by persons applying for entry at the Islamabad embassy, Pakistan; and how many staff are employed now, and were employed in June 1977 and June 1979, to deal with such applications in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Applicants for entry clearance in Islamabad wait from two months to two years for interview, according to the priority category of their application. The United Kingdom-based staff in the immigration section of the embassy in Islamabad number 28, of whom 18 are entry clearance officers. The section had the same complement in June 1977 and June 1979.
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will arrange for an exhibition relating to the 250th anniversary of the Parliament of the Bahamas Islands to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.
I understand that arrangements have been made with the authorities of the House for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from 22 October for one week.
Council Of Foreign Ministers
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the results of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Nine on political co-operation held on 11 September.
asked The United Kingdom was represented at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Nine on political co-operation on 11 September by my hon. Friend the Minister of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office—the hon. Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd).The Foreign Ministers discussed current problems in Southern Africa, the Middle East, Indo-China and South America. My hon. Friend briefed his colleagues on Rhodesia in the light of the Lusaka conference. Ministers of the Nine made the following statement on Rhodesia:
The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their hope that circumstances would soon allow a resumption of the Euro-Arab dialogue. On the Lebanon they made the following statement:
"On many occasions over recent years, and specifically in their declaration of 18 June, the Nine have demonstrated their active concern in the face of the constantly deteriorating situation in the Lebanon. Conscious of the courageous efforts made by the Government of President Sarkis with the object of assuring the security of the people and restoring the authority of the State over its territory as a whole, the Nine have continued to reaffirm their support for the independence and sovereignty of Lebanon as well as respect for its territorial integrity. They have therefore supported the action of UNIFIL, in which some of them are direct participants. The Nine call on all parties to give full assistance to the UNIFIL operation and to respect the decisions of the Security Council.
In the face of recent developments which have led the Government of Lebanon to request a meeting of the Security Council, the Nine wish to reaffirm their full and complete solidarity with a friendly country whose population has suffered so cruelly physically and economically and whose fragile stability is dangerously threatened. Noting the improvement in the situation since the latest debate in the Security Council, the Nine express the hope that there will be a definitive end to all acts of violence in Lebanon, including those directed against UNIFIL. Concerned to avoid an escalation of violence which risks a new conflict in the Middle East, the Nine make a solemn and urgent appeal without exception to all countries and parties concerned that they refrain from all acts likely to infringe the integrity of Lebanon and the authority of its Government. They also call upon all Lebanese of all creeds and political affiliations to support unreservedly the action of their Government in the search for a genuine political dialogue which is the indispensable condition for the return to civil order and security. Accordingly the Nine are ready to support any action or initiative ensuring return to peace and stability in Lebanon, which remains the essential factor of balance and stability in the region."
In their examination of Indo-China, Ministers agreed that it was a matter of the utmost urgency that humanitarian relief be given to Cambodia. They decided that the Nine should support relief efforts already under way or which might be launched in the future to bring effective help to the people of Cambodia. They agreed that the distribution of aid should be subject to effective supervision on the spot, independent of the parties involved in the conflict, and assistance should be available to all the people of Cambodia. The Nine Ministers further expressed their belief that the problems of Cambodia could be resolved only in the context of a wider political solution in the Indo-China peninsula.
Foreign Affairs Council
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will report on the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council on 18 September
asked The United Kingdom was represented at the Foreign Affairs Council on 18 September by my hon. Friend the Minister of State—the hon. Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd)—and my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Industry.The Council approved the opening of exploratory discussions with the United States about the possibility of advance implementation of the agreement on trade in civil aircraft negotiated in the GATT multilateral trade negotiiations. My hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Oxon reminded the Council of the United Kingdom's continuing concern over the effect of artificially low United States oil prices on the competitive export position of the United States synthetic textile industry. The Commission undertook to report on this before the October Council. The Council also approved the opening of discussions between the Community and manioc suppliers about the present tariff concession.On the draft decision on steel aids, my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Industry informed the Council that we could lift our reserve, subject to parliamentary debate.In a review of the work of the specialised councils, the Council took note of the Finance Council's decision to hold a further discussion of the Commission reference paper on budgetary questions on 15 October. It also discussed the preparations for the meeting of Energy Ministers to be held in Paris on 26 September as a follow-up to the Tokio summit. There was a brief exchange of views on the cuts made by the Budget Council when it established the 1980 draft budget.Further consideration was given to the draft mandate for negotiations with Portugal on a revision of the 1972 free trade agreement. The main issue concerned the Portuguese request to continue quota restrictions on vehicle imports.There was agreement that the holding of the review negotiations on the EEC—Israel Treaty of 1975 should be conditional on the prior removal of the tariff discrimination which Israel practises towards exports from the three newer members of the Community. In the light of Israel's response, the Community
|Nigeria||5,814 (713)||5,519 (421)||5,997 (384)||9,811 (288)|
|Botswana||4,757 (138)||6,567 (195)||5,736 (190)||5,639 (176)|
|Tanzania||4,054 (240)||4,440 (460)||6,685 (599)||10,363 (782)|
|Zambia||9,900 (274)||11,373 (344)||12,584 (464)||33,316 (563)|
|Mozambique||25 (—)||19 (—)||2,899 (25)||5,831 (12)|
asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the cost to the overseas aid programme, including that of overseas students in the United Kingdom, which Her Majesty's Government have incurred over each of the last four years in respect of Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Angola, respectively; and what is the expenditure proposed for the current year.
Gross expenditure by Her Majesty's Government for the countries concerned, with figures in brackets for the cost to the overeas aid programme of training in this country, was as follows:repayments which were not fully reflected in the figures for the calendar year.Expenditure for the current financial year is expected to be somewhat greater.
Science And Technology (United Nations Conference)
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will place in the Library a report of the conclusions reached at the United Nations conference on science and technology.
The official report of the conference is being prepared by the United Nations secretariat and we expect it to be ready soon. A copy will be placed in the Library as soon as it is available and I shall inform the right hon. Member when this is done.
Concerts And Operas
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for the support and presentation of concert and opera performances on the shop floor in factories throughout Scotland.
A concert was held at Rolls-Royce's East Kilbride factory on 25 June, and I am considering possible future arrangements with the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Opera.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland where John R. McKay, Douglas Murphy, Jene A. I. Palmer, Thomas W. Woods and Ronald Martin each served his sentence after conviction on 4 February 1977 at Belfast city commission; on what date each was released from prison; and how many days parole each received between date of conviction and date of release.
The information is as follows:
Establishment in which sentence served and date of release
John R. McKay, Perth prison, 17 June 1978.
Douglas Murphy, Barlinnie prison, Glasgow, 5th Octobr 1977.
Jene A. I. Palmer, Edinburgh prison, 21 March 1978.
Thomas W. Woods, Barlinnie young offenders institution, Glasgow, 5 October 1977.
Ronald Martin, Barlinnie young offenders insitution, Glasgow, 5 October 1977.
None of these was given temporary release from custody between the date of conviction and final release. John R. McKay and Jene A. I. Palmer were released on grant of parole by the Parole Board.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he will take to increase the number of intensive care cots available in hospitals in Scotland, so as to minimise the number of avoidable deaths among new born babies due to lack of adequate intensive care facilities.
The national medical consultative committee sent to my Department on 9 July 1979 the report of the joint working party on standards of perinatal care in Scotland which makes recommendations about the future distribution of special care and intensive care baby units in Scotland; the report is being studied.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many students graduated from colleges of education in Scotland at the latest graduation date; and how many he expects to obtain teaching appointments before 21 August.
At the end of session 1978–79 the numbers of students in colleges of education successfully completing primary and secondary teacher training courses were 1,081 and 1,519 respectively. Returns from education authorities show that 824 vacancies in primary schools and 1,248 in secondary schools were filled at the beginning of session 1979–80 with teachers who were taking up their first appointments.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, further to the statement made by the Under-Secretary of State in the debate in the Scottish Grand Committee on Thursday 19 July that pupil-teacher ratios are higher than the agreed standards and savings can be made, how many teachers in Scottish schools he estimates are surplus to requirements.
The pupil-teacher ratios for which provision was made in "relevant expenditure" for 1979–80 by the previous Administration implied the employment of 25,080 primary teachers and 27,450 secondary teachers. The actual number of teachers employed by education authorities at September 1979 is not yet available centrally but at September 1978 they were employing 26,630 primary and 28,200 secondary teachers.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the present pupil-teacher ratio in grant-aided schools in Scotland; and how this compares with the ratios in primary and secondary schools in the State system.
The latest figures available are for September 1978. At that date the pupil-teacher ratio was 20·9 in the primary departments of grant-aided schools and 21·4 in education authority primary schools; the secondary ratios were 13·6 in grant-aided schools and 14·6 in education authority schools.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Rayner project team members will be visiting the national curriculum development centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen and the primary education support services at Callendar Park college, Falkirk in the course of their study of the consultative committee on the curriculum.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will seek the views of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Scottish Confederation of British Industry for the purposes of the Rayner project with particular reference to the work of the committee on secondary education.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the purpose of the Rayner project announced by him on 16 July is to examine the possibility of cost savings in line with the Government's announced public expenditure cuts or to devise a more effective primary and secondary school curriculum.
The study is concerned with the efficiency of the arrangements for advising the Secretary of State on the school curriculum, having particular regard to the costs and resources involved, and not with the content of the curriculum.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is his intention to seek the views of parent-teacher organisations for the purposes of the Rayner project on the consultative committee on the curriculum.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Rayner project is to study the possibility of religious education becoming an examinable subject for O and H grade certificates.
No. The terms of reference of the project do not extend to considering whether any subject should be examinable.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children in Scottish schools take meals at school; and how many have free meals.
On the day of the census in January 1979, 429,979 pupils in education authority schools took a school meal, of which 142,986 were free of charge.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many schoolchildren in Scotland receive free travel to school.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what increase in the cost of a school meal he estimates would be required to meet the full economic cost in the present situation where free schools meals are granted in certain circumstances and where free school meals are abolished.
It is estimated that an increase of about 30p in the charge would be needed to meet the economic cost of the school meal at present. If free meals were abolished—and I must ask the hon. Member to await the legislation which will shortly be introduced before speculating about this—the uptake of meals would be substantially reduced and this would lead to an increase in the economic cost of the meal which cannot be quantified; no realistic estimate can therefore be made of the charge that would be needed to meet the economic cost in these circumstances.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by local authority areas the number of vacancies for primary and secondary school teachers in Scotland.
At the beginning of the present school session education authorities had vacancies for primary and secondary school teachers as follows:
|Dumfries and Galloway||—||23|
|* All subsequently filled.|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many teaching staff, full and part-time, including rectors and head teachers, were employed in primary and secondary schools in Scotland at the end of June 1979; and what are the figures for the same date in each of the past five years.
Information about teacher numbers in education authority primary and secondary schools is collected annually as part of the September school census. Information from the 1979 census is not yet available. The numbers employed—expressed in full-time equivalent terms and including promoted staff—at September in each of the preceding five years were as follows:
European Investment Bank
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many companies in Scotland have requested the assistance of the Scottish Economic Planning Department in negotiating agency loans from the European Investment Bank in each year since the loans became available; and what is the total number of employees involved in the companies.
Since the European Investment Bank agency loan and exchange risk guarantee scheme came into operation in January 1978, 24 companies have requested the assistance of the Scottish Economic Planning Department in the negotiation of agency loans. Of this number, 11 requests were received in 1978. The number of employees in the companies at time of application totalled 3,720, and the number of jobs associated with the projects involved was estimated at 2,234.
Youth Opportunities Programme
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many young people in Scotland were employed under the youth opportunities programme at the end of June.
At 30 June 1979, a total of 12,219 people were participating in the youth opportunities programme. This figure includes a small proportion—estimated to be about 500—of adult supervisors. The figure for the end of September was 13,451.
Special Temporary Employment Programme
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were employed in the special temporary employment programme in Scotland at the end of June.
The number of people participating in the special temporary employment programme at the end of June was estimated to be 1,831. The figure for the end of September was 2,839.
Training Opportunities Scheme
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many trainees there were in Scotland under the training opportunities scheme at the end of June.
At the end of June 1979, 1,667 people were receiving training under the training opportunities scheme in Scotland. The figure for the end of September was 4,426.
Silicon Chip Centre
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the setting up of a silicon chip centre in Scotland.
Together with the Scottish Development Agency, we are urgently
|Scotland West||Scotland East and North|
|Year ended||Moves out of area||Moves into area||Moves within area||Moves out of area||Moves into area||Moves within area|
|* Figures for quarter ended December 1976 are not available and therefore cannot be included because of industrial action at the time|
Industry Act 1972
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of companies in the service industries, research and development or office development moving into Scotland which have received service industry grants under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 in each year since the Act was implemented; and how many new jobs were created.
The annual number of offers of service industry grant made under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to such companies moving into Scotland, and the associated number of jobs expected to be created, has been as follows:
|Year||Number of offers||Jobs|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of considering the proposal to establish a microelectronics application centre in Scotland. I hope to be able to make a further statement soon.
Key Workers Scheme
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees in Scotland have taken advantage of the key workers scheme in each year since the scheme was implemented.
The information, which is available from April 1974 only, is as follows:companies in the manufacturing, construction and service industries in Scotland have qualified for removal grant under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 in each year since the Act was implemented; and how many employees are involved.
The annual number of offers of removal grant under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to companies in the manufacturing, construction, and service industries in Scotland, and the associated number of jobs expected to be created, has been as follows:
|Year||Number of offers||Jobs|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of companies in the manufacturing, construction and service industries in Scotland which have qualified for interest relief grants under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 in each year since the Act was introduced; and how many employees are involved.
The annual number of offers of interest relief grant under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to companies in the manufacturing, construction and service industries in Scotland, and the associated number of jobs expected to be created or safeguarded, has been as follows:
|Year||Number of offers||Jobs|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of companies in the manufacturing, construction and service industries in Scotland which have qualified for loans under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 in each of the years since the Act was introduced; and how many employees are involved.
The annual number of offers of loan under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to companies in the manufacturing, construction and service industries in Scotland, and the associated number of jobs expected to be created or safeguarded, has been as follows:
|Year||Number of offers||Jobs|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many non-teaching staff full and part-time were employed in primary and secondary schools in Scotland at the end of June 1979; and what are the figures for the same date in each of the past five years.
Information about the number of non-teaching staff employed specifically in primary and secondary schools is not available centrally. The total number of local authority staff, other than lecturers and teachers, employed in education at June 1979 and at the same date in each of the preceding three years is given in the following table:
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) in the light of the widespread concern in the fishing industry at the manner in which the United Kingdom mackerel licence has been decided, if he will investigate the matter with a view to revising the operation as quickly as possible,(2) what representations he has received from the representatives of the fish processing industry on the serious problems which will arise in that industry due to the new United Kingdom mackerel licence operations which will further reduce the available stocks to this industry and create a considerable threat to thousands of jobs in East Aberdeenshire; and if he will investigate this situation with a view to averting a crisis in the industry.
All sectors of the fishing industry were fully consulted about the licensing arrangements for the West of Scotland mackerel fishery. There have so far been no particular difficulties in the fishery and I do not, in the circumstances, consider that there is any need to make changes in the licensing conditions. Although representations were received initially from the processing industry, which was concerned about the availability of supplies for its purposes, disposals to the home market have been adequate and substantially in excess of such disposals at the corresponding stage of last year's fishery.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the unemployment figures for the Fraserburgh and Peterhead areas in the years 1974 to 1978 and the first and second quarters of 1979, broken down into male and female and industry by industry.
In view of the complexity of this information I am sending it to the hon. Member separately.
Scottish Development Agency
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Aberdeenshire, East on 24 July, for what purpose nine additional staff are being recruited to the Scottish Development Agency in Aberdeen; and if he will ensure that this recruitment will not take place.
Only one new post is under recruitment for the Scottish Development Agency's small business division office in Aberdeen, which will
|EMIGRATION TO COUNTRIES OUTWITH UNITED KINGDOM AND EIRE 1974–78|
|(derived from international passenger sample survey)|
|Professional and managerial||4,400||4,200||6,000||5,300||6,700|
|Manual and clerical||8,900||8,500||4,600||5,100||6,500|
|From United Kingdom|
|Professional and managerial||62,100||60,400||70,300||65,800||55,500|
|Manual and clerical||96,900||73,500||55,900||61,800||56,100|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current status of the Western Isles in the review of development areas and regional policy.
Following the review of regional policy, the Western Isles retains its development area status.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons were extradited from Scotland to the Republic of Ireland in each of the years 1969 to 1978 inclusive; and on what charges.
The Backing of Warrants (Republic of Ireland) Act 1965 provides for the return to the Republic of persons to face criminal charges on the backing of a Republic warrant of arrest by a court bring the total staff to six. I am satisfied that the single additional post is needed in view of the greatly increased work load of the office, which now has 3,000 small businesses on its register.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what numbers of people have emigrated from Scotland and the whole United Kingdom in each of the last five years in the following categories (a) professional, (b) self-employed, (c) skilled manual and (d) total, respectively.
Figures are set out in the table below for the broad occupation groups for which data are available. Self-employed persons are not separately identified in the survey from which the figures are derived.here. No central record is maintained of such backings and I regret that the information requested is not available.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated number of elderly persons in Scotland on housing authority waiting lists for sheltered housing accommodation; and what plans he has to encourage an expansion in the number of sheltered housing units in Scotland.
The information requested about housing authority waiting lists is not held centrally. Housing authorities have been asked to give priority within the resources available to them to meeting the needs of special groups including the elderly and the allocation of capital resources to them takes this into account. In addition, over half of the resources allocated to housing associations for new building is being devoted to the provision of sheltered houses for the elderly.
British Steel Corporation
asked the Secretary of State for Wales, in view of the latest statement on Shotton steelworks by the British Steel Corporation, what plans he has to encourage investment and industrial expansion on Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
The Government are considering what measures may be necessary in the event of closure of steelmaking at Shotton.
Manufacturing Industry (Import Penetration)
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is his estimate of the change in import penetration in manufacturing industry over the next year.
Forecasts of import penetration are not published. In view of our trade performance so far this year it seems likely that import penetration will show some increase in 1979. The latest available information relates to the 12 months to March 1979, when 25 per cent. of manufactured goods purchased in the United Kingdom were imported, compared with 24 per cent. in the previous 12 months.
Gas And Electricity (Price Commission's Report)
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has made to the chairman of the Price Commission about the Price Commission's report on gas and electricity.
None. But the reports have been drawn to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will refer the market in motor fuel in Great Britain to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
No. Monopoly references concerning the private sector are normally a matter for the Director General of Fair Trading. The Director General has already referred certain practices by petrol wholesalers to the Commission, whose report published in January this year did not find the practices concerned to operate against the public interest. I understand that the Director General has no plans for a further reference at present. However, in line with a suggestion by the Commission, he is keeping under review the level of company ownership of petrol stations.
Retail Price Index
asked the Secretary of State for Trade by how much the retail price index has increased since May.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade by how much retail prices have increased since May.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what are the latest figures available for the annual rate of inflation; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Members to the answer which I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Farnworth (Mr. Roper).
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what effect he expects the increase in mortgage lending rates will have on the reail price index in the current financial year.
Each 1 per cent. increase in mortgage interest rates increases the retail price index by ¼ per cent.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the current retail price index; and by how much it has risen since he assumed office.