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Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 31st January 1980

Home Department

Police (Conduct)

14.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received since taking office which criticise the conduct of the police.

I regret that records are not maintained in a way that enables this information to be provided.

Multiple Electoral Registration

15.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take steps to implement the recommendation of Mr. Speaker's Conference that multiple electoral registration be ended.

No. As the working party on the electoral register pointed out, there are a number of practical difficulties in this proposal.

Junior Detention Centres

16.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet decided upon a screening process for those boys to be subjected to the short, sharp shock regime; and if he will give the reasons for his decision.

36.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what screening processes he will put into operation to decide which young offenders will receive the short, sharp shock treatment.

Medical officers at New Hall and Send detention centres will consider whether persons received from the courts are physically or mentally unfit for the regime and if so arrangements will be made for transfer elsewhere. The catchment areas of the detention centres will be revised so that persons initially sentenced to more than three months who would have gone to New Hall or Send will be sent to other detention centres.

Immigration

18.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the refusal by immigration officers to allow black Commonwealth citizens and Cypriots to visit Great Britain for holidays; and if he will make arrangements to inform all passengers travelling to Great Britain of the difficulties they will encounter on reaching a United Kingdom port of entry.

A glance at the published "Control of Immigration Statistics" for 1978 would show that many thousands of citizens of the New Commonwealth are admitted annually as visitors. The vast majority do so without any difficulty and the total numbers refused are small.The published immigration rules already advise would-be visitors about the availability of entry clearances; the grounds for refusal of entry; and rights of appeal.

34.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will improve the administration in his Department to provide for speedier conclusions to cases submitted by hon. Members relating to entry certificates from the Indian Sub-continent for fiancés and dependants of British subjects.

The time taken to deal with entry clearance applications may vary for a number of reasons. If the hon. Member has a particular case in mind in which the delay seems to have been unreasonable perhaps he would let me know.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be in a position through the use of statistics to estimate the level of illegal immigration through overstaying.

An earlier attempt to make a comprehensive estimate of the extent of evasion through overstaying proved unsuccessful for the reasons which my right hon. Friend gave to the House on 4 December. We are continuing to study ways of tackling overstaying.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained under Immigration Act powers at the Harmondsworth and Gatwick detention centres administered by Securicor Limited in the year ended 31 December 1979; and how many such persons were children under 18 years.

In the year 1979, 6,391 persons were detained at the immigration service detention centre at Harmondsworth, of whom 304 were believed to be under 17. The number under 18 is not available. In the same period 2,204 persons were detained at the centre at Gatwick; 82 were believed to be under 18.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the numbers and nationalities of persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 at the Harmondsworth detention centreduring the second six months of 1979 pending further examination by immigration officers or pending removal after being refused entry.

Information on the numbers and nationalities of those detained at Harmondsworth is set out in the following table. The great majority of these people will have been detained pending further examination or pending removal after being refused entry, but a precise breakdown of the grounds for detention could be made only at disproportionate cost.

PERSONS DETAINED UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ACT 1971 AT HARMONDSWORTH
Nationals ofPeriod 1 July 1979 to 31 December 1979
Afghanistan5
Algeria35
Argentina6
Australia6
Bahrain1
Bangladesh158
Barbados1
Benin1
Bermuda6
Brazil3
Cameroons1
Canada7
Chile5
Colombia28
Cyprus14
Czechoslovakia3
Dominica1
Egypt89
Ethiopia14
Finland3
France3
Nationals ofPeriod 1 July 1979 to 31 December 1979
The Gambia1
Ghana168
Greece25
Guyana4
Haiti5
Holland1
Hong Kong78
Hungary4
India628
Indonesia1
Iran905
Iraq22
Israel33
Italy9
Ivory Coast1
Jamaica7
Japan9
Jordan25
Kenya16
Kuwait13
Lebanon22
Libya13
Malawi3
Malaysia17
Malta5
Mauritius2
Mexico2
Morocco17
Nepal1
New Zealand3
Nigeria212
Norway2
Oman1
Pakistan541
Philippines24
Poland18
Portugal26
Rhodesia8
Saudi Arabia20
Seychelles2
Sierra Leone1
Singapore8
Somalia2
South Africa14
Spain54
Sri Lanka19
Sudan39
Sweden4
Switzerland1
Syria11
Tanzania25
Thailand4
Trinidad and Tobago2
Tunisia4
Turkey128
Uganda2
United Arab Emirates1
United Kingdom Passport holders7
USA50
USSR1
Venezuela9
West Germany2
Yemen8
Yugoslavia23
Zaire2
Zambia5
Nationality doubtful9
Total3,719

Steven Wilkins

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the grant of home leave to Steven Wilkins, a patient at Eastdale special hospital, in June 1979.

I have already looked into the circumstances of this tragic case and I have written twice to the hon. Member about it. I am not persuaded that an inquiry would serve a useful purpose.

Joseph Patrick Conlan

19.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the health of Joseph Patrick Conlan, senior, a prisoner in Wormwood Scrubs.

Police (Public Accountability)

20.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate measures to increase the public accountability of the police.

Mr James Kelly

21.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet decided to institute a public inquiry into the death of Jimmy Kelly while in police custody.

23.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish an independent inquiry into the death of Mr. James Kelly in police custody in Liverpool.

I have already made it clear that I have decided to defer consideration of what further action, if any, may be appropriate until the inquest proceedings are completed.

May Committee

22.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he anticipates he will be able to announce some further decisions on the recommendations of the May committee.

Good progress is being made on all aspects of the report. I am giving special attention to the committee's recommendations about Home Office organisation, on which I hope to make an announcement in the spring.

Wormwood Scrubs

24.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the conduct of the governor and prison staff in the disturbance at Wormwood Scrubs last August.

My right hon. Friend has asked the regional director of the South-East region of the prison department to produce a comprehensive report on the incident in D wing of Wormwood Scrubs prison on 31 August. Until we have received that report it would not be appropriate to comment on any individual aspects of the incident.

Gambling Laws

25.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the operation of the gambling laws in so far as they affect the income of charities.

I am concerned that the gambling laws should provide effective controls, but we shall certainly bear in mind that various forms of gambling, and in particular lotteries, can raise considerable sums for charities and other good causes.

Live Animals (Experiments)

26.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-departmental public bodies concerned with experiments on live animals he has decided to disband.

The Advisory Committee on the Administration of the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 is being reconstituted with wider terms of reference and renamed the Advisory Committee on Animal Experiments.

Television Retailers (Licence)

28.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to make shops which sell television sets pay the full £34 licence fee instead of the current 25p licence which lasts for seven years.

No. The 25p demonstration licence only authorises television dealers to demonstrate, test or repair sets in the course of their business and does not licence their own private use of sets.

Television (Fourth Channel)

27.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisional Government finance is now envisaged to set up the fourth TV channel; and if he will make a statement.

No Government finance will be made available for the setting up or operation of the fourth television channel.

Communication Satellites

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what way he envisages the United Kingdom taking advantage of the 10 television channels which will be facilitated in the mid-1980s by the launching of European communication satellites.

The regulatory arrangements for direct television broadcasting by satellite were established at an international conference held in 1977. The United Kingdom, in common with other European nations, has been allocated frequencies for five television channels.The Government are well aware of the possibilities offered by direct broadcasting satellites, but have no plans for additional television channels beyond the fourth channel for which arrangements are now being made. The situation will, however, be kept under review.

Crimes Against The Elderly

30.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been made to him with respect to the need to take additional measures in connection with crimes against the elderly.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been made to him with respect to the need to take additional measures in connection with crimes against the elderly.

I have received a number of representations on this topic. I believe that the public, the police and voluntary bodies all have a part to play in helping to provide protection for the elderly. I have recently expressed my support for the "Action against crime" campaign being undertaken by Age Concern.

Electoral Register (Mental Patients)

31.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends taking any initiatives regarding the position of those patiens in mental hospitals who are not allowed to use the hospital address for electoral registration and are thus disenfranchised.

Fire Prevention

33.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to give more powers to chief fire officers to ensure that the recommendations are enforced in the field of fire prevention, particularly in markets and public shopping precincts.

In the case of existing premises designated under the Fire Precautions Act 1971, requirements of the fire authority relating to the issue of a fire certificate are already mandatory, subject to appeal to a magistrates court. In the case of requirements relating to public health and safety in the design and construction of new buildings, including markets and public shopping precincts, any variation in the procedure currently required to be followed in the enforcement of building regulations is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Police Officers (Protection)

35.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce measures which will afford additional protection to police officers when carrying out their duties.

Such measures are for the judgment of chief officers of police and police authorities. The Home Office has, however, assisted, and will continue to assist, with research and with the development of protective equipment and clothing.

Charities (Expenditure Committee Report)

37.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the Expenditure Committee report on charities published in the Session of 1974–75.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend gave on 24 January to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Drake (Miss Fookes).—[Vol. 977, c. 315–17.]

Association Of Magisterial Officers

38.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that the joint negotiating committee which negotiates the salaries of the Association of Magisterial Officers is representative of the interests of those bodies which have a direct involvement in the work of those officers; and if he will make a statement.

The constitution of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Justices' Clerks' Assistants is a matter for the component bodies, and we have received no representations from them about it.

Civil Defence

39.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied with the present policy for civil defence.

I shall make an announcement when my study of the present arrangements is completed.

Academy Of Computer Training

40.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report details of correspondence with the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall concerning the methods of the Academy of Computer Traning, Oxford Street, London, in enrolling students from India.

I have no plans to do so, but if the hon. Member wishes to publish the correspondence I have no objection.

Steel Dispute (Arrests)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have occurred as a result of picketing by steel strikers in Wales.

I understand that during the present steel dispute there have been 53 arrests and one person has been reported for summons up to and including 29 January.

Hussan Elias Boder

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a Lebanese, Hussan Elias Boder, using a false passport in the name of Mohammed Soltani, was allowed to enter Great Britain and cause damage in the Mount Royal hotel; and what action is taken to control the entry and stay in the United Kingdom of Arabs in general, and potential terrorists in particular.

All passengers seeking entry to the United Kingdom are examined in the light of the information available; port staff give full weight to any available indication that a passenger may be a terrorist.

Police Duties (Special Allowances)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his policy that ability should be the criterion for the allocation of police duties, he will bring forward proposals to provide for a system of special allowances for duties, such as riot control, which require physical prowess; and if he will introduce regulations to enable chief constables to recruit a more balanced intake in order to undertake physically arduous duties.

I do not believe that such an allowance would be appropriate. It is for chief officers of police to decide whether candidates who satisfy the statutory qualifications for appointment should be accepted, and I see no need to introduce further restrictions on the use of their discretion.

Crayford And Hackney Dog Tracks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will request the police to send to him the result of their investigation into doping at Crayford and Hackney dog tracks.

Deportation Orders

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Depatment if he will list the number of deportation orders signed during the calendar year 1979 by country of nationality of the person named in the order.

The information is as follows:

Afghanistan1
Algeria27
Antigua1
Argentina2
Australia10
Austria1
Bahrain1
Bangladesh15
Barbados2
Belgium2
Bolivia1
Brazil3
Cameroons2
Canada3
Chile19
Colombia23
Cyprus67
Denmark1
Egypt68
France11
Germany13
Ghana160
Greece1
Guatemala1
Guyana2
Hone Kong14
India62
Indonesia1
Iran46
Iraq3
Irish Republic39
Israel11
Italy28
Jamaica6
Jordan3
Kenya14
Lebanon3
Libya12
Liechtenstein1
Malaysia19
Malta2
Mauritius21
Morocco13
Netherlands2
New Zealand9
Nigeria123
Norway3
Oman1
Pakistan207
Peru5
Philippines2
Poland5
Portugal5
Saudi Arabia2
Sierra Leone9
Singapore2
South Africa10
Spain10
Sri Lanka15
Sudan6
Sweden1
Switzerland1
Syria1
Tanzania10
Thailand8
Trinidad and Tobago3
Tunisia4
Turkey42
Uganda1
U.S.A..27
Venezuela2
West Indies Ass. States2
Yemen1
Yugoslavia6
Zaire1
Zambia1
Stateless5
TOTAL1,267

Regina V Bennett And Others (Jurors)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the police have placed on their black record and the police computer unspecified undeclared matters connected with the jurors in the recent trial, Regina v. Bennett and Others; why people who have no criminal record and without charges are treated in this manner; and under what legislative authority such action is taken.

As I stated in my reply to a question by the hon. Member on 25 January, I understand that the Metropolitan Police have no record of the names of the jurors—[Vol. 977, c. 399.]

Chemical Fires

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many chemical fires there were in 1978 and 1979; what contribution the Hazfile computer system made towards dealing with them; why he has decided not to continue funding the Hazfile computer system; what representations he has had against his Department stopping such funding, and from whom; and whether he will reconsider this decision.

I regret that figures for the number of chemical fires in 1978 and 1979 are not available.As part of a wider research exercise on the provision of information to firemen attending incidents, the Home Office has funded a research project known as the Hazfile scheme. Its objectives are to establish the features required of a hazardous substances databank specifically for fire brigades' use and to test the practicability of brigades making direct contact, through their own terminals, with the computer in which the information is stored. The trial began on 1 March 1979 with 15 brigades taking part and will end on 29 February 1980. An extension of the trial cannot be justified for research purposes.The Association of County Councils, one fire authority and one fire brigade who have made representations have been told that the research project cannot be continued, financed by the Home Office, after the defined purpose of the research has been met, to meet the operational needs of brigades which is a matter for individual fire authorities; but that it is open to fire authorities, if they wish, to arrange for the continued use of the Hazfile databank for these purposes.The trial has not yet been completed and the results to date are still being studied. I understand from the latest information available that from 1 June to 31 December 1979 there were some 447 reported chemical incidents of all types in the 15 brigades which are participating. Hazfile was used for 139 of those which occurred between 1 June and 31 December.

Electoral Register (Mental Patients)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the latest figures available of the number of patients in mental hospitals who are prevented from being on the electoral register because they are not able to use the hospital address and have no other address.

Information is not available on the number of patients of voting age who are resident in mental hospitals as defined in section 4(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1949 and who have no other address. It could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Reconvictions

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's report "Previous Convictions, Sentence and Reconviction", and what steps he intends to take to try to reduce the high rate of reconvictions, especially amongst those receiving custodial sentences.

The patterns of reconviction shown in the report, which are largely consistent with previous studies, are part of the background against which the Government have decided to give priority to measures to improve law and order. These measures are and will be designed to strengthen the police, to support and improve the prison system and to provide an appropriate range of custodial and non-custodial penalties devised with this end in mind.

Broadcasting Bill

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Broadcasting Bill will be published.

Unsolved Crimes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of crimes reported to the police remains unsolved.

As my hon. Friend may see from the information given in table 2.7 of the publication "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1978", for 1978 the proportion of indictable offences recorded by the police and not cleared up was 58 per cent. Information for 1979 is not yet available.

Prisoners (Legal Advice)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a constituent of the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington, who is a prisoner at Her Majesty's prison, Wandsworth, has been refused access to his legal adviser; and what account he is taking of the decision of the European Court in the Golder case in 1975 to allow prisoners who want to take legal advice or to issue civil proceedings against the Home Office to see their legal advisers.

As my hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State explained in reply to a question by the hon. Member on 24 January—[Vol. 977, c. 313–14]—where a prisoner wishes to consult a solicitor about a complaint against the Home Office or any of its staff in connection with his imprisonment, he is precluded from doing so until the complaint has been ventilated through the normal internal channels and he has received a definitive reply to it. The hon. Member's constituent has made such a complaint and this is currently under investigation. He will in due course be permitted to consult a solicitor about it. This policy takes account of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the Golder case.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the prison rules to give full implementation to the decision of the European Court by conceding the right of prisoners to access to legal advisers and the right of correspondence.

One effect of the Prison (Amendment) Rules 1976 (SI 1976 No. 603) was to amend the Prison Rules (SI 1964 No. 388) in accordance with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the Golder case, which is the case I believe the hon. Member has in mind.

Prisoners (Release)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the procedures for announcing to the press and public that named prisoners are being released from goal.

My Department does not announce the release of named prisoners except in some instances of the exercise of the Royal Prerogative—and then never in advance of release. This policy is based on the need to protect the privacy of the individual concerned.

Detained Persons (Deaths)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for 1978, by police area (a) the number of deaths in police custody, (b) the total population, (c) the number of arrests, and (d) the ratio of deaths in custody to population and to number of arrests.

The information is not readily available. I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Inspectors Of Constabularies (Reports)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make available to the public all reports of Her Majesty's inspectors of constabularies.

Heroin Smuggling

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iranians have been arrested for heroin smuggling in the last available 12-month period; what percentage of the total heroin seized has come from Iranian sources in the same period; and how these figures compare with previous years.

The information available relates to persons arrested and dealt with. In 1978, nine Iranian nationals were dealt with by the courts in the United Kingdom for offences of smuggling heroin; the corresponding numbers for earlier years were three in 1977, four in 1976 and nil in the three previous years. It is not possible to identify the proportion of herion seized that comes from Iranian sources.

Marches And Processions (Policing Costs)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to make it obligatory for the organisers of all public marches and processions to pay for the cost of policing and to place with the local authority concerned a substantial deposit to meet the cost of any damage caused.

This matter is among those being considered in the current review of the law on public order.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the West Midlands Constabulary on the cost of policing, and the cost of damage occasioned during the march by Sinn Fein in Birmingham on Sunday 27 January.

I am making inquiries and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Capital Grant Schemes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has for changes in administration of capital grant schemes in the light of Sir Derek Rayner's review.

A study of the administration of the capital grant schemes has been undertaken in consultation with Sir Derek Rayner with the aim of identifying ways in which staffing and costs of administration could be reduced.I am grateful to Sir Derek Rayner for his advice and my right hon. Friends and I have accepted in principle the recommendation that the existing grant schemes should be radically simplified and rationalised.We are immediately initiating consultations on the details of the procedural

Percentage of eligible cost under:
EEC schemeNational schemes
Type of investmentNormal rateLFA rate where differentNormal rate
Dairy and cattle buildings32½ (40)37½ (40)22½ (30)
Horticultural buildings and works32½ (30)22½ (25)
Sheep housing and other buildings and works except as below32½ (25)37½ (30)22½ (20)
Certain land improvements (e.g. fencing, water supply, grassland regeneration etc.)32½ (25)50 (50)22½* (20)*
Field drainage50 (60)70 (70)37½* (50)*
Horticultural equipment20 (20)15 (15)
Dairy equipment5 (20)10 (25)nil (20)
Other equipment and miscellaneous items5 (10)10 (15)nil (nil)
* In the Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) agricultural businesses with an income per labour unit less than the comparable (non-agricultural) income receive the rates of grant appropriate to the EEC Scheme for these items.
In revising these rates we have taken into consideration current trends in farming and horticulture and the likely pattern of demand over the next few years.It will be seen that we have eliminated the previous discrimination against sheep housing. This results in a 7½ per cent. increase in the grant for sheep housing under the European scheme and a 2½ per cent. increase under national schemes.In recognition of the fact that horiticulture receives much less benefit from price support arrangements than agriculture generally, we have retained at their present levels the grants on horticultural equipment whilst ending or reducing the

changes we propose, which will include the abolition of prior approval, simpler tests of eligibility and new arrangements for claiming grant. When consultations have been completed a revised statutory instrument will be presented to Parliament before the House rises for the Summer Recess.

I anticipate that these changes in adminstrative procedures will make savings in my Department of some 400 staff. There will also be savings arising in the other agriculture departments.

The report has suggested a rationalisation of the various rates of grant to he paid under both the Community and national grant schemes. In order to avoid speculation about the new rates and possible pre-emptive applications, we have reviewed the rates of grant and have today laid statutory instruments providing for the following changes to take place from midnight tonight:

grant rates for other forms of equipment, but such equipment does in fact benefit from the 100 per cent. write-off provisions in the year of purchase for income tax purposes.

For farmers outside the less favoured areas the basic rate of grant under the farm and horticulture development scheme (FHDS) for all buildings and works will be 32½ per cent. of approved cost—halfway between the present rate of 40 per cent. for dairy and cattle buildings and 25 per cent. for other buildings and works. For growers the rate will also be 32½ per cent. (instead of 30 per cent. at present). The basic rate under the two national schemes—the farm capital grant scheme and the horticulture capital grant scheme—will, as is required by EEC rules, be 10 percentage points less than for the EEC scheme.

For field drainage, where reduction to the basic rate of grants would probably unacceptably reduce the amount of work undertaken, the lowland rates will be set at 50 per cent. for the FHDS and 37½ per cent. under the national scheme (instead of 60 per cent. and 50 per cent. respectively at present).

We are retaining the 70 per cent. grant for hill drainage, and for farmers in the less favoured areas there will be a premium of 5 percentage points on buildings and works under the FHDS, giving a rate of 37½per cent., and in recognition of the special natural handicaps of land in these areas the present arrangements for paying most farmers higher rates of grant for certain land improvements will continue.

The new rates of grant which are set out in the table above will apply to applications received in local offices after midnight tonight. Fresh applications can be made for grant at enhanced rates for investments if work has not yet started under previous applications.

The changes above will give to British agriculture the continued advantage of capital grant schemes which have been in operation since 1957 and have already contributed substantially to the re-equipment of the industry. The capital grants combined with the advisory services will therefore continue to make a major contribution to the competitiveness of British agriculture.

There is a substantial proportion of public expenditure being paid on grants to a small number of applicants operating large enterprises. In the main these are enterprises that have obtained substantial benefit from the changes made in income and corporation tax by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget and are thus enterprises that will have increased substantially the proportion of net income available for such investment. We have therefore decided to impose top limits as to the grants that shall in future be paid to these enterprises. There will therefore, as from midnight tonight, be some limit to the total amount of public money that any single business can receive.

New applications for admission to the FHDS or major variations requiring a new plan will be subject, in addition to the existing financial limit per labour unit, to an overall limit of 220,000 European currency units (about £136,000) on the total investment that can be approved for grant under a development plan. This is equivalent to the amount proposed by the EEC Commission in its review of agricultural structures last year. Under the national schemes applications will not be approved whilst there is an uncompleted FHDS development plan. The existing labour unit limit under these schemes will be supplemented by an overall limit of 160,000 ECU (about £100,000) on the total investment on which grant is claimed during any six-year period—the maximum period for EEC development plans.

Dog Licence

41.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many prosecutions were taken out during 1979 against persons for failing to have a dog licence.

So far as England and Wales are concerned, I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department that the information requested for 1979 is not yet available. Information for 1978 is published in table 1(a) of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1978"—Cmnd. 7670.

Food Processing Industry

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what effects the current steel strike has had upon the food processing industry to date; and what are the likely repercussions upon the consumer if it continues through February.

It has had no marked effects on production. Generally, the industry's supply of cans is sufficient for its current requirements. Since there are ample stocks of canned foods, the continuation of the dispute through February should not cause immediate shortages.

Sea Wall Defences (Felixstowe)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when application was made to him by the Anglian water authority for approval of the extended sea wall defences between Manor House and the Town Hall, Felixstowe; and when his approval is to be expected.

This application was formally submitted on 5 November 1979 and approved on 16 January 1980.

Foreign Lamb Producers (Deficiency Payments)

asked the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food how much was paid out in deficiency payments during 1979 to foreign lamb producers; what were the corresponding figures for the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Nothing was paid out by the United Kingdom in deficiency payments to lamb producers outside the United Kingdom. However, payments were made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland under the Anglo-Irish free trade area agreement: but these arrangements were suspended in 1978 following the conclusion of the Franco-Irish agreement under which Irish exports of sheep meat have been admitted to France since 1 January 1978 without the restrictions applied to British exports.

Alcohol (Home Brewing)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what available figures he has for the extent of home brewing of alcohol in England and Wales;(2) what available figures he has for the extent of home brewing of alcohol in Scotland.

Aujeszky's Disease

124.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what are the methods used to combat Aujeszky's disease in the EEC;

  • (2) whether he will recommend the destruction of pigs affected by Aujeszky's disease in conjunction with the payment of compensation to prevent it from spreading to new locations in the United Kingdom;
  • (3) how many outbreaks of Aujeszky's disease have been registered in the past year in the United Kingdom; and what is the trend in the number of outbreaks;
  • (4) how infectious Aujeszky's disease is; and whether animals other than pigs are affected.
  • The Government's policy in relation to the disease will be announced as soon as possible after the current consultations with interested organisations on the results of the surveys which have been undertaken have been completed.Thirty-four instances of infection were discovered in 1979, representing an increase over the previous decade when the number of known new cases varied between nil and 15 annually. Some of the increase in 1979 can be attributed to the fact that the disease is now notifiable. The main focus of infection continues to be on the Norfolk/Suffolk border where the disease has spread. Elsewhere infection is generally sporadic and at a consistently low level.Aujeszky's disease is not particularly infectious among pigs. There have been isolated instances of other animals contracting the disease, invariably when closely associated with infected pig farms. No Community or national measures are taken to eradicate the disease in the EEC although vaccination is widely practised in some member States.

    Secretary Of State For The Environment

    Q6.

    asked the Prime Minister whether she will dismiss the Secretary of State for the Environment.

    Fuel Prices

    7.

    asked the Prime Minister what steps she proposes to take to mitigate the effect of sharp increases in fuel prices upon the more vulnerable members of the community.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement about the impact of energy prices on low-income families.

    We shall make extra provision for the elderly and other on low incomes who need help, and we shall do so before increased gas and electricity prices affect fuel bills next winter.

    Prime Minister (Engagements)

    Q8.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her engagements for 31 January.

    Q9.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q10.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q13.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q14.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q15.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q16.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q20.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will state her public engagements for 31 January.

    Q21.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q22.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q23.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q25.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q26.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q28.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q32.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q33.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q34.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q37.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q38.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q40.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    Q41.

    asked the Prime Minister whether she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Q42.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 31 January.

    Short asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 31 January.

    I refer my hon. Friends and the hon. Members to the reply I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud).

    France (President)

    Q11.

    asked the Prime Minister when she expects next to meet the President of the French Republic.

    I expect to meet President Giscard d'Estaing at the next meeting of the European Council.

    Quangos

    Q12.

    asked the Prime Minister when she proposes to implement the recommendations contained in the "Report on Non-Departmental Public Bodies".

    I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to the hon. Member for Aberdare (Mr. Evans).

    Gas And Steel Industries

    Q17.

    asked the Prime Minister why Her Majesty's Government propose to treat the gas and steel industries differently in respect of their financial targets.

    The Government's objective is to set targets for the nationalised industries based on sound economic principles, but they must also take into account what an industry can reasonably be expected to achieve through increased efficiency in current market conditions.

    Afghanistan

    Q18.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will discuss with the NATO Allies the possibility of supplying arms to those forces in Afghanistan which remain opposed to the present régime.

    No. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been discussed among NATO Allies, but our proposals for a response to the Soviet action have not included providing military assistance to those fighting in Afghanistan. The Russians have suggested that we and various other nations fomented trouble by supplying arms to the insurgents. This is completely untrue. It is Soviet action that has caused the war. We condemn their interference in Afghanistan.

    Salisbury

    asked the Prime Minister if she will pay an official visit to Salisbury.

    I hope to visit Salisbury, Wiltshire next month. I have no plans to visit Salisbury, Rhodesia.

    Cbi

    Q24.

    asked the Prime Minister when next she intends to meet the leaders of the Confederation of British Industry.The Prime Minister: No dates have been arranged.

    Legislative Programme

    Q27.

    asked the Prime Minister if she is satisfied with the progress of the Government's legislative programme.

    European Community (Heads Of Government)

    Q29.

    asked the Prime Minister when next she expects to attend a meeting of the Heads of Government of the EEC.

    I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer) on 15 January.

    Pakistan And Yugoslavia

    Q30.

    asked the Prime Minister whether she has now agreed with other NATO leaders, and particularly with the President of the United States of America, the nature of any démarche to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics regarding the territorial integrity of Pakistan and Yugoslavia.

    British and Allied measures in response to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan are designed to leave the Soviet Union in no doubt of the importance which we attach to preserving the sovereignty and independence of all States, and to give confidence and reassurance to those which might be subject to particular pressures.

    Information Technology

    Q31.

    asked the Prime Minister whether, in the light of the Davignon report presented to the Heads of Government meeting in Dublin, she remains satisfied with the scale and intensity of the application of information technology throughout all Departments of Government and in British industry as a whole.

    As agreed at the Dublin meeting of Heads of Government, the European Commission will be making proposals on the Davignon report to the Council of Foreign Ministers. At the same time the Government are considering how to encourage the widest possible application of information technology.

    Ministerial Broadcast

    Q36.

    asked the Prime Minister if she plans to make a ministerial broadcast.

    Adult Education

    Q43.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will appoint a Minister for adult education.

    No. Matters relating to adult education are already the responsibility of education Ministers.

    Ministers (Gifts)

    asked the Prime Minister what are the present rules applying to the acceptance by Ministers of gifts.

    It is a well-established and recognised rule that no Minister should accept gifts from anyone which would, or might appear to, place him or her under an obligation. The detailed rules, of which Ministers are advised when taking office, are similar to those governing the acceptance of gifts by civil servants, which are contained in the Civil Service Pay and Conditions Code (paragraphs 9882 to 9893), a copy of which is in the Library.

    Ministers (Correspondence)

    asked the Prime Minister whether she will now take effective action to ensure that Departments, particularly the Treasury itself and the Department of Health and Social Services, comply with her instruction to enclose a copy of every letter sent by a Minister to a Member of Parliament.

    I know that hon. Members find this practice convenient and I therefore asked my colleagues to enclose the required copy.

    Defence Budget

    asked the Prime Minister if she will divert money that is to be added to 1981's defence budget into projects that will create employment in areas of high unemployment such as Dundee.

    No; the size and the allocation of the defence budget must be decided in the light of the needs of national security and our NATO commitments. However, many Service men are recruited from assisted areas and a significant proportion of direct civilian employment opportunities occur in them. A substantial number of jobs are also sustained by defence equipment contracts placed in areas of high unemployment.

    Court Of Appeal Judges

    asked the Attorney-General if he will seek to impose a retiring age for judges in the Court of Appeal.

    A retirement age of 75 was imposed on the holders of various high judicial offices, including the office of judge of the Court of Appeal, by section 2 of the Judicial Pensions Act 1959. That provision applies to any person who was appointed to such an office after the Act came into force on 17 December 1959. It does not apply to a person who was appointed before that date unless he so elects.

    Steel Dispute (Court Of Appeal Ruling)

    asked the Attorney-General what action he proposes to take following the decision by the Court of Appeal to allow the injunction applied for by the private steel owners.

    House Of Commons

    Select Committee Papers

    asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will propose that Select Committees should be enabled to make available in the Library copies of unclassified papers submitted to them by Government Departments, pending the submission to the House of printed reports containing such papers.

    It is already within the power of a Select Committee to place in the Library any evidence, including papers submitted to it, which has been reported to the House.

    Press Meals And Facilities

    asked the right hon. Member for Middles rough (Mr. Bottomley), as representing the House of Commons Commission, if he has received any representations from press owners to continue the financial grants towards the House meals and other facilities; and if he still intends to phase out such grants at the end of the current financial year and rely solely on a subsidy from the taxpayer towards press meals, drinks and other facilities.

    The Commission understands that the Press Gallery has not yet determined its own policy on this question, but it will consider the matter further if necessary, after the press has made known its views.

    The Arts

    asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent per head of the population on subsidising the arts during the years 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979; and how these figures compare with those for France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Denmark.

    Central and local government expenditure on the arts, museums and libraries per head of the population of England and Wales in 1978–79 is estimated to have been of the order of £7 per head. Estimates for earlier years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. I have sent the hon. Lady such information as is available to me concerning other countries, but reliable figures on a standardised basis which would permit comparison are not available.

    European Ministers Of Justice

    asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland when he expects to attend a meeting of the European Ministers of Justice.

    There will be a meeting of Ministers of Justice of member States of the Council of Europe in Luxembourg on 20 to 24 May 1980.It is also expected that there will be a meeting of Ministers of Justice of EEC member States in Rome during May 1980.No decision has yet been taken about ministerial representation at these meetings.

    Education And Science

    Immigrant Children (Luton)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money has been made available for the provision of teaching English to non-English-speaking children in the town of Luton in the last five financial years.

    My Department does not collect information on this aspect of education which is the responsibility of local education authorities—in this case, of Bedfordshire county council.

    School Records (Parental Access)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to complete his discussion about parental access to school records.

    Consideration of the issues relating to parental access to school records is taking place within a broad context of developments following the review of the school curriculum and consideration of the recommendations of reports such as the Warnock report on the education of the handicapped and the Lindop report on data protection. It is not possible to say when this will be completed.

    Trades Union Congress (Grants)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many persons profited from the Government grants paid to the Trades Union Congress for education and training in each of the last four years and the current year, respectively; how many were affiliated union officials; and how many were employees of the Trades Union Congress;(2) if he will give the reason for the increase of almost 50 per cent. in the grant payable to the Trades Union Congress in the current year compared with that paid in the financial year 1978–1979.

    The levels of grant paid jointly by the Department of Employment and my Department to the Trades Union Congress and affiliated unions for 1979–80 and previously were decided by the last Government. I am sure that my hon. Friend would not expect me to offer reasons for their policy and decisions in the matter.The grant is a contribution towards trade union education and training and is paid in acordance with the provisions of a memorandum of arrangements agreed with the TUC. This memorandum excludes the application of grants towards the education and training of salaried employees of the TUC or of independent trade unions. Detailed information about the numbers of students attending trade union courses is not collected by my Department and I regret that the information sought by the hon. Member is not available in the form requested. Our partial information, however, shows that the TUC's total provision for day-release courses alone in 1978–79 covered about 43,000 students, compared with 27,000 in 1977–78.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what monitoring arrangements apply to the public funds paid to the Trades Union Congress for the education and training of union officials to ensure that the money is spent for the proper purpose.

    The payment of grant is governed by a memorandum of arrangements agreed with the TUC. This lays down the eligible categories of expenditure: it expressly excludes education and training courses for salaried union officials and accordingly my Department has no monitoring arrangements covering such courses. The memorandum does, however, allow for grant-aid towards education and training courses for shop stewards and other work place representatives, and monitoring arrangements for those have been established in agreement with the TUC. Under those, the detailed procedures for the payment of grant are specified and the TUC is required to provide an audited receipts and payments account showing how the grant has been expended in each financial year. In addition, Her Majesty's inspectors monitor those courses in the public sector as part of their normal responsibilities and are invited to inspect indvidual union courses. They maintain regular contact with officials of the TUC education department and advise the working party of union education officers about the provision of appropriate courses.

    Migraine (Research)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress his Department has made in its research to find satisfactory relief for migraine sufferers.

    The Medical Research Council is currently supporting three research projects on migraine. While none of these is directly concerned with the development of a method for, all of them have indirect relevance to, the relief of the condition. The projects are aimed at elucidating the biochemical and genetic correlates of migraine, and the identification and localisation of lesions of the vestibular system in migraine sufferers who complain of disorientation and dizziness.

    Schoolchildren (Medical Instruction)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what medical instruction is given in schools; and if he has any proposals for the future.

    Medical instruction is not a normal feature in schools. Most schools include programmes of general health education in their curriculum. No change in this arrangement is contemplated at present. Health education is listed in the consultative document "A Framework for the School Curriculum" as one of a number of topics which it suggests should find a place at some stage in the education of every pupil. My right hon. and learned Friend will shortly be discussing the proposals in that document with the major interested parties.

    Local Education Authorities (Financial Allocations)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much of their original allocations have been returned to his Department by local education authorities; what is the policy regarding the redistribution of these resources; and if he will make a statement.

    £750,000 of the final allocations for school building in the financial year 1979–80 has been returned and most of this has been reallocated to local education authorities, including £33,000 to Bury. My Department's normal practice is to reallocate surrendered resources, on the basis of need, to those local education authorities which make bids for increases in their allocations.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will consider an additional allocation of money to the Bury education authority for the Ashmeadow project out of the returned allocations from other education authorities; and whether this money would be available within the present financial year.

    Following a meeting with a deputation from the Bury education authority in October 1979, my noble Friend the Minister of State considered the authority's request for an increase in its school building allocation for 1979–80 in respect of Ashmeadow school. She was unable to make such an increase because the necessary resources were not available, but she undertook to bear the request in mind if additional surrenders were made. That remains the position.

    School Teachers (Shortage Subjects)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether school teachers in subjects where there is a shortage of teachers, such as mathematics, are paid at premium rates; and, if not, if he will take steps to ensure such payments are made.

    Under the Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965 rates of teachers' pay in England and Wales are determined not by my right hon. and learned Friend but by the Burnham committee. The current scales do not differentiate by reference either to the subjects in which teachers hold formal qualifications or to the subjects which they are teaching. There is, however, scope for local authority discretion in some aspects of the application of the scales, and there is evidence that the use of this discretion tends in practice to favour teachers in the shortage subjects. My right hon. and learned Friend does not rule out that the Burnham committee might consider some form of differential financial incentive, though there are serious difficulties both of principle and of practice to be taken into account. Meanwhile, the Department is in consultation with the local authority and providing institution interests on the problem of shortage subjects and is directing its efforts to securing as many new teachers as possible in those subjects from initial training and from the training and retraining of suitable mature people.

    Overseas Students

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the British Government are going to charge average costs or marginal costs fees to overseas students; what other countries, in which British students study, charge average costs; and which charge marginal costs.

    The cost of tuition for overseas students will not be marginal in the case of courses where they preponderate and the average marginal cost for overseas students is likely to be close to the average unit cost for all students. The fee levels recommended by the local authority associations and the University Grants Committee, announced last November, take account of the Government's policy to remove progressively the subsidy on overseas students. No information is available on the detailed basis adopted by other countries in setting tuition fees; this could not be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has made of how the costs per year of a British student studying in overseas countries compare with costs of overseas students from those countries studying in Great Britain; and if he will give the figures.

    No precise comparisons can be drawn, but apart from some private universities in the USA and to some extent in Belgian universities, the annual cost in the United Kingdom in 1980–81 to students paying full cost fees will generally be higher than elsewhere. However, as first degree courses are often longer abroad the cost of the general run of complete degree courses in this country will be broadly comparable with costs in universities in Belgium, the Netherlands and West Germany, and the private ones in USA.

    Employment

    Leyton

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest unemployment figure in the Walthamstow, Leyton area; and what is the percentage change as compared with one year ago.

    At 10 January 1980 the provisional number of people registered as unemployed in the Leyton employment office area, which includes Walthamstow, was 4,188 compared with 4,410 in January 1979, a decrease of 5 per cent. The January 1980 figure may be affected by the introduction, in September 1979, of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. Estimates are not available for individual local areas, but, for the country as a whole, the figures are about 1½ per cent. higher than they would have been under weekly attendance.

    Health And Safety Executive (Medical Advisers)

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many part-time medical advisers are employed by the Health and Safety Executive; and what steps are taken to ensure that such employees are not employed by other persons so as to create conflicting loyalties.

    There are 30 part-time employment medical advisers (EMAs) employed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within its employment medical advisory service (EMAS). All candidates for appointment as part-time EMAs are required to declare any industrial appointments they hold when applying for a post with the HSE. Any industrial appointments subsequently offered to part-time EMAs are also required to be declared and the permission of the HSE obtained before an offer is accepted. The HSE is not aware of any case where there is a conflict of loyalties. EMAS commenced a review last year of all industrial appointments held by part-time EMAs, which is as yet uncompleted.

    Health And Safety

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) why only three prosecutions were instituted while 58 deaths occurred in quarries between 1975 and 1978; if he is satisfied with quarry inspections; and if he will make a statement;

  • (2) what categories of inspectors appointed under section 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 hold full warrants;
  • (3) if he will place in the Library a copy of the limited warrants held by 323 inspectors appointed by the Health and Safety Executive under section 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act.
  • Training Boards (Levies)

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether the Construction Industry Training Board has any plans to raise its levy exclusion limit to bring it into line with the Engineering Industry Training Board which excludes all firms from payment of levy where less than 60 staff are employed; and if he will make a statement.

    I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the Construction Industry Training Board is currently reviewing its levy exclusion level which will apply from 1 August 1980 and no decision has yet been reached. The payroll level below which firms are not required to pay levy is carefully examined each year by the CITB when formulating its grant and levy proposals. It is my practice to scrutinise with particular care any training board's proposals with respect to exclusion levels when they are submitted to me for approval.The circumstances of the construction industry differ considerably from those of the engineering industry and the policies of the EITB are not necessarily appropriate for other industries.

    The exclusion policies of all the industrial training boards are being examined as part of the review of the Employment and Training Act 1973 as it affects industrial training, currently being carried out by the MSC.

    Open University (Financial Assistance)

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce legislation to encourage industry and business to assist with paying the fees of employees engaged in Open University courses.

    Health And Safety Executive

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment if the Health and Safety Executive has curtailed travelling by Health and Safety Executive inspectors in the current financial year due to a shortage of funds.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 January 1980]: There has been some curtailment of travelling in some Health and Safety Executive inspectorates due to increases in the costs of travelling not been fully covered by increased funds and to the need to economise in the use of fuel. However, Health and Safety Executive inspectors have been urged to achieve the maximum economy in travelling expenses when planning and carrying out their inspectorial duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the provisions in factory legislation which make specific reference to the district inspector of factories by either authorising him to grant exemptions or requiring employers to serve notice on him; and if he is satisfied that every inspector appointed is competent to handle every reference.

    [pursuant to his reply, 22 January 1980, c. 23–24]: I am sending a copy of a list of such provisions to the hon. Member.I am satisfied that administrative arrangements ensure that the decision on every reference is made by an inspector competent to make it.

    Technical Subjects (Further And Higher Education)

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proposals he has for the establishment of an open technical college to provide opportunities for the study of technical subjects at further and higher educational level for adult students.

    None at present. I said at the Open University graduate press conference on 28 January that I was not suggesting an "Open Tech" in direct imitation of the Open University. What I suggested was that distance learning had a much wider potential application than has yet been realised, including possibly in technical level education.

    Nuclear Installations (Accident Statistics)

    asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many employees have been killed or injured while engaged in nuclear installations in each year from 1959 until the present.

    [pursuant to his reply, 15 January 1980, c. 591]; The following is the information requested. There have been no reported injuries from nuclear causes.

    ACCIDENTS AT NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS, 1959–1979
    Fatal InjuriesAll Injuries (including fatal)
    1959
    19601
    1961
    19621
    19631
    1964
    19651390
    1966.
    1967440
    1968472
    1969
    1970380
    1971406
    1972391
    19731369
    1974382
    19751510
    19761624
    19771600
    19781653
    1979651

    Notes:

  • 1. The figures relate to operators' employees at sites operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board, the South of Scotland Electricity Board, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. and establishments of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority concerned with nuclear research and development. The injuries included are those resulting in more than three days absence from normal work.
  • 2. The accident figures for 1973 and earlier years include figures for some establishments relating to financial years.
  • …= Not available (for all installations).

    Overseas Development

    Banaba

    asked the Lord Privy Seal what joint recommendations have been received from the Kiribati Government and the Rabi Council of Leaders following the completion of the appraisal survey of Banaba (Ocean Island); and when he expects these to be implemented.

    The report of the appraisal survey team has not yet been completed. We have meanwhile received from both parties jointly a request for aid finance to meet the costs of maintaining the existing facilities on Banaba until the end of 1980. I shall consider this request in the light of the survey team's findings.

    Trade

    Pilotage Commission

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report, the names, geographical location and pilotage experience of the present members of the Pilotage Commission.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Holland with Boston (Mr. Body) on 5 December 1979—[Vol. 975, c. 195–96.]

    Airport Charges

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he has received representations from the International Air Transport Association or individual foreign airlines regarding the forthcoming increases in navigation, landing and airport handling charges;(2) if he will estimate the percentage increase proposed in airport handling charges at Gatwick and Heathrow, respectively; and how these charges will compare with those at Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and New York, respectively.

    Ussr

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) what steps he proposes to take to ban the import into the United Kingdom of subsidised Union of Soviet Social Republics' exports which compete unfairly with British products and provide the Soviet Union with foreign exchange;

  • (2) whether minimum rates of interest charged on export credits covering exports of United Kingdom-made capital goods to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics are less than the minimum rate of interest likely to he charged to a British manufacturer wishing to borrow to purchase the same capital goods; what information he has on how big such a differential is likely to be; and to what extent the differential has changed since the statement by the Lord Privy Seal on Afghanistan;
  • (3) if he will give an assurance that capital goods will not be exported to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on more favourable payment terms than those currently available to United Kingdom industry.
  • Social Services

    1981 Census

    42.

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he intends to include an ethnic question in the 1981 census.