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Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 9 May 1980

House Of Commons

Members (Group Painting)

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will commission a painting of the present membership of the House of Commons.

I would be prepared to ask the Services Committee or the Works of Art Committee to consider this proposal, if there was evidence that it was one which commended support amongst Members.

Procedure

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement about any reforms of parliamentary procedure that he is contemplating.

There will be a further opportunity before the end of the Session for the House to consider the remaining proposals for procedural reform made in the first report of the Procedure Committee 1977–78.

Scotland

Home Insulation

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount paid to local authorities or local authority tenants who applied for aid under the Home Insulation Act in Scotland in the years 1977, 1978, 1979 and to 31 March 1980 for home insulation and energy conservation protection.

Provision for local authorities is made as part of their main housing revenue account capital expenditure allocations.From November 1979, public sector tenants who wish to insulate their homes at their own expense became eligible for grant under the Homes Insulation Scheme 1978. Payments to them are not separately identified in the progress reports submitted by local authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount paid to applicants in the private housing sector as grant-aid towards home insulation and energy conservation for the years 1977, 1978, 1979 and to 31 March 1980.

The homes insulation scheme 1978 did not come into operation until September 1978 and thus there were no grant payments in 1977. Grant payments made under the scheme from 1978 to 31 March 1980 were as follows:

Payment PeriodGrant Paid
£
1978157,000
1979670,000
1/1/80–31/3/80211,000
Records do not distinguish between payments made to private sector applicants and public sector tenant applicants who become eligible for grant in November 1979. The grant payments made in 1979 and in the first quarter of 1980 therefore include grant payments to tenants in the public sector.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from firms engaged in the manufacture of mineral insulating fibres for grants to aid in production of materials for home insulation and energy conservation in the public and private sectors of the building industry.

National Health Service (Industrial Relations)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to hire special advisers to advise him on industrial relations in the National Health Service in Scotland.

Civil Service

Civil Service Manpower

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will provide in the Official Report an analysis of staff in post in the Civil Service at the latest convenient date by numbers and by types of work in which they are employed in relation to ministerial responsibilities and principal activities, as first set out in the Official Report, volume 825, column 130.

I refer my hon. Friend to table 6B of the memorandum by the chief Secretary to the Treasury—Cmnd. 7869. This shows the estimated staff numbers at 1 April 1980 by ministerial responsibilities, by Department and by function. Corresponding data for staff in post are no longer collected. The total number of staff in post at 1 April 1980 was 705,100, and the staff numbers for the main Departments were given in answer to a question from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Short) on 23 April.—[Vol. 984, c. 153–154.]

Computer Network

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he is satisfied with the security of the Government computer network and its protection from unauthorised interception and alteration.

The security of Government computers is the responsibility of operating Departments. The Civil Service Department contributes general guidance to Departments on computer security and provides technical advice in specific cases. This advice is updated to take account of technical developments.

Wales

Tree Planting

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to increase tree planting in Wales during the next five years in the private and public sectors; and if he will make a statement.

The Government are in favour of the continuing expansion of forestry in both sectors. The scale and location will depend on the availability of land and other resources, as well as the maintenance of a sensible balance between forestry, agriculture and other land use interests.

Forestry Commission

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how much Government aid was given to the Forestry Commission in Wales in 1979; and what were the corresponding figures for the last 10 years.

The amount of the Forestry Commission's grant-in-aid attributed to Wales for each of the 10 years to 31 March 1979 is as follows:

Year Ended 31 March£ Million
19706·9
19715·1
19724·8
19733·9
19744·2
19754·4
19764·2
19774·2
19784·1
19794·7
The figures include a proportion of centrally paid salaries and headquarters overheads, and sums paid to the Forestry commission in its forestry authority role, which covers services to the forestry industry as a whole such as grants and advice to private woodland owners, research, the control of felling and plant health.

A44—Aberystwyth And Ponterwyd

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether further progress has been made with plans to eliminate the dangerous bends in the A44 between Aberystwyth and Ponterwyd; and if he will make a statement.

A number of improvements have been carried out to the A44 in recent years, including the bypass of Llanbadarn Fawr, which opened to the public early this year. Three schemes involving general improvements are currently under construction and nearing completion; they are at Mount Garage junction at Ponterwyd. Capel Bangor Slip and Cwm Brwyno culvert. Negotiations are also proceeding to acquire the land necessary for an improvement at Gwarllan Cottage.

Overseas Development

Centre For Tropical Veterinary Medicine (Midlothian)

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the future prospects of the centre for tropical veterinary medicine in Midlothian; and what criteria are being used in the reduction of its budget.

My present intention is to continue to finance on a somewhat reduced scale work which is being done at this centre for the benefit of needy developing countries. The exact nature and timetable of the reductions in this case are still under discussion between my Department and the director of the centre.

Trade

Anglian Water Authority

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will use his powers under section 11 of the Competition Act to refer to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission the questions of the efficiency, cost, service provided and possible abuse of its monopoly situation in relation to the Anglian water authority.

My right hon. Friend has no current plans to do so, but will bear this suggestion in mind.

Civil Aviation Authority

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he

Thousand tonnesPercentage of total imports
197719781979197719781979
Total70·7118·2144·8
of which consigned from:—
Netherlands21·230·632·129·925·922·2
Iceland1·416·031·52·013·621·7
Denmark8·114·422·811·412·215·7
Norway4·87·69·66·86·46·6
Canada2·87·59·13·96·36·3
Irish Republic4·17·28·05·96·15·5
Belgium-Luxembourg3·27·67·64·56·55·3
France6·76·94·89·55·83·3
Federal Republic of Germany.2·04·43·82·83·72·6
United States of America2·03·13·62·92·62·5
Other countries14·412·911·920·410·98·3
Source:
United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics (SITC (Rev 2) Sub-groups 034·1 and 034·2)

Employment

Wages Councils

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number and percentage of wages council firms inspected and found to be breaking, in some respect, a wages council order, the number of workers affected, the number of members paid arrears and the amount, together with the number of members who refused arrears and the value of the lost wages, for each year since 1968.

has received about the need to increase the size of the board of the Civil Aviation Authority.

The Council on Tribunals has suggested to my Department that it may be necessary for the statutory maximum number of members of the authority to be raised so that more members are available for air transport licensing hearings. The Department expects that, after a current vacancy on the authority has been filled, more members could be made available for hearings without increasing the statutory maximum numbers of authority members.

Fish (Imports)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what were the imports, by country, of fish into the United Kingdom in the years 1977 to 1979; and what was the percentage of total imports in each case.

[pursuant to his reply, 6 May 1980, c. 910]: United Kingdom imports of fresh (live or dead) and chilled or frozen fish (excluding fillets) were as follows:

Industrial Health And Safety Centre

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many people visited the Industrial Health and Safety Centre in each of the last 10 years;(2) what methods of bringing relevant information to the public are comparable to the work carried out at the Industrial Health and Safety Centre in Horseferry Road; and what proposals he has for ensuring that such methods are fully utilised following the closure of the centre;(3) what are the numbers of people employed by the Health and Safety Com mission in the provision of information services, categorised by rank; and what is the cost of the provision of such services;(4) on how many occasions during the last 12 months television time was bought for informing the public about occupational health and safety hazards; and what was the cost.

Household Income

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the percentage of income spent on food and fuel, excluding housing, for an average household; and how this compares with the expenditure of pensioner households.

The family expenditure survey for 1978 showed that the percentage of total expenditure on food and fuel was as follows:

SchemesAdultsYoung people
Youth opportunities programme1942194
Special temporary employment programme37587
Community industry3426

Rank Hovis Mcdougall Bakery, Floats Road, Manchester

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consideration his Department has given to the problems of the workpeople who will become unemployed in consequence of the impending closure of the Rank Hovis McDougall bakery in Floats Road, Baguley, Manchester 23; what action is being taken; and if he will make a statement.

Rank Hovis McDougall announced on 21 April that it was to close its Floats Road bakery with the loss of 325 jobs.The Government are naturally concerned at this further loss of jobs in the North-West region and all the facilities of the Manpower Services Commission will be available to help the workers affected find new jobs or train for fresh

FoodFuel, light and power
Average household24·1%5·9%
Pensioner Households32·9%11·9%
NOTE: A pensioner household is one in which at least three-quarters of the household income is derived from national insurance retirement and similar pensions.

Home Insulation

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many houses have been insulated using people employed under various Manpower Services Commission programmes during each of the most recent three years; and what is his estimate of the number of houses to be insulated under such programmes in the future.

[pursuant to his reply, 25 April 1980, c. 294] gave the following further information: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of schemes currently operating under the youth opportunities programme, the special temporary employment programme and the community industry scheme involving home insulation is 59, employing up to 853 trainees and adults as follows:employment. In fact, a special team from the local jobcentre spent three days in the factory shortly after the closure was announced, discussing vacancies and training opportunities with the workers concerned and I understand that some workers have already been found new jobs.

Standing Commission On Pay Comparability (Report No 1)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if, in respect of the Standing Commission on pay comparability report No. 1, local authority and university manual workers, National Health Service ancillary staffs and ambulancemen, he will list the outside comparators in respect of pension schemes provided by the Office of Manpower Economics and the Pay Research Unit to the Government Actuary's Department referred to in appendix 7, paragraph 1, page 60.

[pursuant to his reply, 6 May 1980, c. 2–3]: No. In acquiring the data given to the Government Actuary's Department the Pay Research Unit gave the outside organisations concerned a guarantee of confidentiality.

Specialist Electrical Inspectors

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Keighley of 28 April, how the specialist electrical inspectors' warrants are distinguished from general warrants of Her Majesty's inspectors of factories.

Education And Science

Teachers' Pay

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what mistakes have been made by the Clegg Commission in its assessment of comparability of teachers' pay; and what remedial action is to be taken.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why teachers are paid similar rates of pay

Effective date of awardPercentage increase per cent.Average amount awarded £Number of teachers affected*Total cost of the awards† £ million
Primary and Secondary teachers—
1 April 19789·9452455,000243
1 April 1979‡9·3471462,000257
1 January 1980§8·9494462,000269
Further Education teachers—
1 April 19789·858078,00053
1 April 1979‡9·361180,00057
1 January 19809·064680,00061
(approximately)
* Full-time teachers and, for primary and secondary teachers only, the full-lime equivalent of part-time teachers.
† Represents the estimated cost over a full year and includes an estimate of the additional cost of the employers' superannuation and national insurance contributions.
‡ As part of this settlement it was agreed to refer the question of teachers' pay to the Standing Commission on pay comparability and, pending the commission's report, to make an additional payment " on account " of £6 per month to all teachers with effect from 1 April 1979. The payment " on account" ceased on 31 December 1979 and is being recovered from the 1 January 1980 award.
§ This represents the first stage of the award based on the findings of the Standing Commission on Pay Comparability. This award is being implemented in two equal stages, the second of which becomes due on 1 September 1980. (The percentage increase for further education teachers is approximate since some minor details remain outstanding.)
Both primary and secondary and further education teachers have submitted for similar work when the cost of living and the market value of a teachers' output varies throughout the country.

It is general practice in the public services for salary scales to be negotiated on a nation-wide basis. For teachers there are London area allowances and allowances for social priority schools, and employing authorities are given substantial flexibility and discretion in determining staffing levels and in the deployment of posts above the basic scale 1. It is doubtful whether the replacement of present arrangements by local negotiation would achieve economy in the aggregate of public expenditure and secure and maintain a professionally healthy and mobile teacher force.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will tabulate, in respect of teachers' pay since 1 January 1978: the effective date of any pay award or increment, the overall percentage of the award, the average amount awarded, the number of employees affected and the total cost of the award, including the present award under discussion.

Pay awards to teachers in England and Wales since 1 January 1978, excluding increases in London allowance, have been as follows:claims for increases from 1 April 1980 on which negotiations are still in progress.

Northern Ireland

Kidney Machines

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total number of patients who required kidney machine treatment but were unable to receive treatment because of the lack of machines during each of the past five years in Northern Ireland.

This information is not recorded because it is a matter for clinical assessment which patients would be likely to benefit from treatment. However, I can say that those patients likely to benefit most from kidney dialysis do receive treatment on kidney machines.

Civil Servants (Personal Files)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether he can offer any guarantees to Northern Ireland civil servants regarding the confidentiality of the personal files that are maintained on them by the various establishment divisions;(2) how many existing civil servants in the Government of Northern Ireland were assured that their replies to questions on the application form they completed prior to entering the service would be treated as confidential;(3) whether he will arrange for the consent of individual Northern Ireland civil servants to be obtained before details given on application forms are revealed to persons outside the establishment divisions of individual Department

Applicants for posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service are not given an assurance that replies to questions on application forms will be treated as confidential. However, the information is used only for personnel management purposes. The consent of the individual concerned is sought before information contained on personal files is disclosed for any other purpose except where such disclosure is required by law.

Royal Ulster Constabulary (Recruitment)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether we will make a statement about the progress made by the Royal Ulster Constabulary to secure additional recruits following the increase in its establishment last year.

The rate of recruitment to the RUC is extremely good, and its present strength at the end of April was 6,733 compared with 6,110 at the beginning of 1979.

Housing Executive

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the annual expenditure of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive is spent on administration; and what is the amount for each of the past three years.

I understand that information for 1979–80 is not yet available. Figures for the three preceding years were as follows:

Administration expensesGross expenditurePercentage
£ million£ million
1976–7712·0163·37·3
1977–7813·8198·96·9
1978–7917·0236·97·2

Members Of Illegal Organisations (Convictions)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his reply on 23 April, Official Report, column 200, from what organisations the 93 persons were convicted of membership of an illegal organisation; and what were the organisations of the 72 persons who received non-custodial sentences.

The information requested is not readily available and could not be provided except at disproportionate cost.

Abortion Law

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he intends to bring the abortion law in Northern Ireland into line with the law in England.

Donegall Pass Police Station

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland where the police station, which will replace the existing Donegall Pass station, will be located.

[pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1980]: I am informed by the Police Authority for Northern Ireland that no decision has yet been taken on the location of the new police station which will replace the existing Donegall Pass police station. When a decision has been reached I shall write to the hon. Member.

Defence

Arms Exports

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the export of arms to countries such as Argentina, whose Governments are guilty of torture.

Her Majesty's Government's general policy is to withhold approval for the export of arms to a country where there are serious abuses of human rights and there is reason to think that the arms could be used against the civilian population.

Fitness And Flab Study

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost to public funds of the study of fitness and flab which is to be carried out at the University of Glasgow; what is the purpose of the study; how many people will be involved in it; and when he expects to have a report on its findings.

I am afraid that it has not been possible to obtain the information in the time available.I shall arrange for it to be published in the

Official Report when it is available.

Cruise Missiles

asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many copies of the pamphlet concerning the deployment of American cruise missiles in the United Kingdom have been published; at what cost; for what purpose; if he will arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library; and if he will make a statement;(2) to whom he intends to distribute a copy of the pamphlet concerning the deployment of American cruise missiles in the United Kingdom; how much the distribution cost will be; if the pamphlet will be distributed free; if so, why; or how much it will cost; where it will be available; and if he will make similar funds available to those who oppose the deployment of American cruise missiles in the United Kingdom to put their case.

No decision has yet been taken on basing. When it has been I shall want to inform the House and the public about it as fully as possible, but I have not yet decided on the precise means.

Recruitment

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many television advertisements were shown during the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available for recruitment and information for the Armed Forces; and what was the total cost.

For the 12 months ended 31 March 1980 20 Armed Forces television advertisements were shown a total of 2,068 times on commercial television stations. The air time costs amounted to £1,995,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the numbers of personnel engaged on recruitment and information duties in his Department and in the Armed Forces; and what is the cost of providing these services.

Some 3,000 Service and civilian personnel are engaged in recruiting and associated activities. The total includes for example headquarters staff, schools liaison teams and careers information office staff. The cost of these staff in 1979–80 was £23 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruiting offices and information offices there are in Great Britain for each of the Armed Forces; and which towns and cities have more than one office.

There are currently 241 careers information offices in the United Kingdom of which 10 are tri-Service, 47 bi-Service (seven RN/Army; 18 RN/RAF; 22 Army/RAF) and 184 single-Service (27 RN; 136 Army and 21 RAF). The following towns and cities presently have more than one office:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Blackheath
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Carlisle
  • Chatham
  • Chelmsford
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Guildford
  • Hamilton
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Lincoln
  • Liverpool
  • London (Central)
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Northampton
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • St. Helens
  • Sheffield
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southend
  • NumberCost(£)
    Executive director, middle band118,078
    Assistant secretary117,981
    Chief information officer (B)463,812
    Principal information officer785,192
    Senior information officer42408,758
    Information officer66530,541
    Assistant information officer15,532
    Total1221,129,894

    Hercules Aircraft (Cambodian Relief)

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will list the route and stopping points used by the Hercules aircraft carrying vehicles for the Cambodian relief operation, listing the dates on which it stopped at Cyprus.

    On the outward journey the aircraft staged at RAF Akrotiri in the western Sovereign base area, Cyprus, on 10 October last. It made further stops at Bahrein and Colombo before reaching Bangkok, from where the relief

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea
  • Swindon
  • Watford
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worcester
  • Wrexham
  • York
  • However, plans are in hand for the rationalisation of the CIO network to establish a streamlined network of co-located offices. By the end of the 1980s it is anticipated that the revised network will consist of around 190 CIOs of which nearly 80 will be shared by two or three Services.

    Information Services

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians are employed in information services in his Department, categorised by rank; and what is the cost of providing such services.

    The number of civilian staff in my Department engaged directly in information services to the media and the general public at 1 April 1980 broken down by grade, together with their approximate cost based on annual average salaries and employers' national insurance contributions was as follows:flights were mounted. On the return journey the aircraft stopped at Colombo, Bahrein and Athens.

    Anti-Radiation Suits

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of the carbon-bonded anti-radiation suits now being manufactured under contract at Armley prison.

    The suits being manufactured at Armley prison are to provide protection for Service personnel against the effects of nuclear, biological or chemical warfare.

    Allied Bases

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will confirm that any use of Allied bases must be with the agreement of all the Allies involved.

    The use made of bases depends on the terms of the agreements between the Governments involved.

    Social Services

    Invalidity Beneficiaries

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many invalidity beneficiaries are currently disqualified from long-term supplementary benefit because they have not been able to claim ordinary supplementary benefit for the required time; and what is his estimate of the number that will be in this position after November 1980.

    I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. However, the number of invalidity beneficiaries who would be eligible for supplementary benefit after November 1980, if a spell of one year in receipt of incapacity benefits were to qualify them for the long-term scale rate, would probably be of the order of 100,000.

    Community Homes

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what were the highest, lowest and average costs per week of keeping a girl in a community home in the county of Avon during the years 1978 and 1979;(2) what were the highest, lowest and average costs per week of keeping a boy in a community home in the county of Avon during the years 1978 and 1979;(3) what were the highest, lowest and average costs per week of keeping a girl in a community home in the years 1978 and 1979;(4) what were the highest, lowest and average costs per week of keeping a boy in a community home in the years 1978 and 1979.

    Details of local authority expenditure for individual community homes, or for boys and girls separately in those homes, are not available centrally. " Personal Social Services Statistics (Actuals)" for 1977–78 and 1978–79, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, does, however, give the average weekly costs per child for residential care for each local authority and the national averages. Copies of this publication is in the Library of the House.

    Dentists

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases have been reported to his Department by family practitioner committees where a dentist has failed to give or arrange for a patient to have all the necessary treatment for dental fitness that the patient is willing to undergo; and if he will make a statement.

    Complaints of such failures reported to family practitioner committees are investigated by dental service committees under the National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) Regulations 1974. If a failure satisfactorily to provide or arrange for the treatment is proved, the dentist is found in breach of his terms of service. Not more than about 80, of the total of 133 breaches of all kinds by dentists in England in 1979, were of the kind referred to. By way of comparison, the total number of courses of treatment was over 27 million.

    Alcohol Abuse (Health Education Advertisements)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evaluation has been made of health education advertisements on alcohol abuse which were screened in the Tyne-Tees television area.

    The advertisements are part of a current experimental campaign in the North East by the Health Education Council and North-East Council on alcoholism from which it is hoped to learn the best means of promoting sensible drinking behaviour.Evaluation of the pilot campaign in the North-East in 1974 showed a temporary change in public attitudes. Evaluation of the current campaign, which resulted from this pilot, has been carried out by an independent market research agency; results show that there has been no significant change so far in public attitudes to the misuse of alcohol. There are, however, encouraging indications of changes in professional attitudes and awareness, increasing interest by industry and other organisations in the local seminars and conferences generated by the campaign, and more people seeking help and information.

    Community Schools (Absconders)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many boys absconded from community schools in the years 1978 and 1979, respectively;(2) how many girls absconded from community schools in the years 1978 and 1979;(3) how many girls absconded from community schools in the county of Avon during the years 1978 and 1979;(4) how many boys absconded from community schools in the county of Avon during the years 1978 and 1979.

    I regret this information is not held centrally. My hon. Friend may like to consult the local authority.

    Dental Health Policy

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he pro-

    Estimated numbers of claimants receiving unemployment benefit in thousandsEstimated numbers of recipients as a percentage of registered unemployed claimants*
    Receiving flat-rate benefit with or without ERSReceiving flat-rate benefit with ERSReceiving flat-rate benefit with or without ERS Per cent.Receiving flat-rate benefit with ERS Per cent.
    1978—
    November4922094117
    1979—
    May4511764116
    November467Not yet available41
    1980—
    February571Not available44
    * 100 per cent. count and 5 per cent. sample of registered unemployed which from November 1978 exclude those persons claiming neither benefit nor national insurance credits.

    Community Homes (Deaths)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many deaths occured in community homes in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively and in how many of these cases inquests were held.

    poses to take in order to fulfil the Royal Commission recommendations which asked for a small committee representing Government and other interested parties to be set up to review the development of dental health policy, and in particular a preventive strategy and the future functions of the community dental service, paragraph 9·74, page 123.

    The Government are examining ways of following up the Royal Commission's recommendation and I hope to make an announcement in the near future.

    Unemployed Persons

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number and percentage of all the registered unemployed drawing national insurance benefits for each year since 1948.

    No reliable estimates are available of the numbers of registered unemployed receiving national insurance benefits other than unemployment benefit. The numbers and percentages of the registered unemployed receiving unemployment benefit for each year from 1948 to 1978 were given in my reply to the hon. Member on 22 May 1979—[Vol. 967, c. 114116]. Later information now available is as follows:-

    War Pensioners

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made in issuing and distributing the card to assist those war pensioners requiring proof of age to obtain concessions, as promised in his letter of 21 December 1979 to the hon. Member for Sudbury and Woodbridge.

    The cards have been distributed to war pensions offices and are available on request.

    National Health Service (Industrial Relations)

    asked the Secreretary of State for Social Services if he has sanctioned the activities of Professor Roger Dyson, his special adviser on industrial relations, in organising for private profit seminars on how to counter trade union activity in the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.

    I understand Professor Dyson is speaking, while on annual leave today from his employers the University of Keele, at an academic seminar on industrial relations organised in Glasgow by the quarterly journal " Health Services Manpower Review" for members and officers of health boards. My responsibilities relate solely to Professor Dyson's activities as my special adviser on industrial relations, and do not extend to his academic activities.

    Hospitals (Secure Units)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospitals at present have secure accommodation units in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.

    The latest date for which information is available is December 1978, when the number of mental illness and mental handicap hospitals and units in England and Wales containing one or more units or wards used as secure accommodation was 64, and the number in Greater London was 7. These figures include interim regional secure units, units or wards which are permanently locked, and units or wards which are sometimes locked or which maintains security wholly through high staffing ratios.

    Smoking And Health

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set up a sustained large-scale health education campaign on the dangers of smoking.

    A sustained programme of health education to increase public awareness and understanding of the dangers of smoking will continue to be a major feature of our policy on smoking and health. In his general review of measures to reduce the incidence of disease related to smoking, my right hon. Friend will be considering the future scale and nature of this programme.

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now publish the report by the 1971 interdepartmental committee on smoking and health; if he will take this into account in his negotiations with the tobacco industry now taking place; when he expects these negotiations to be concluded; and if he will make a statement.

    Interdepartmental discussions on smoking and health have taken place under successive Administrations and are taken into account when current advice is formulated. It would not, however, be appropriate to publish particular advice tendered to a previous Administration. As regards the hon. Member's questions about current negotiations with the tobacco industry, I would refer her to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East, (Mr. Taylor) on 25 April.—[Vol. 983, c. 309.]

    Foreign Visitors (Medical Treatment)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to complete his consideration of plans to change the present limited policy of providing health service treatment for foreign visitors to Great Britain; how many people he estimates would have to pay for treatment as a result who are currently receiving it free; how much it will cost to administer the new policy; how many extra staff will be needed; if he will list the changes proposed; what discussions he has had with ethnic minority groups on the proposed changes; and if he will make a statement.

    I am not yet ready to add to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Preston, North (Mr. Atkins) on 4 February.—[Vol. 978, c. 70.]

    Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

    Commodity Producers

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the major producers of the following commodities: cocoa, coffee, tea and sugar; how much was produced in 1979; what percentage the figure represented of

    (i) COCOA
    (1978–79 marketing year (October—September))
    World production: 1,496; World exports: 1,467
    Main producersProductionPercentage of world exportsExportsPercentage of world exports
    Ivory Coast31221318*22
    Brazil3142131221
    Ghana2651823316
    Nigeria2021414710
    * Previous year stock carried over.
    (ii) COFFEE
    (Calendar year 1979)
    World production: 4,734; World exports: 3,714
    Main producersProductionPercentage of world exportsExportsPercentage of world exports
    Brazil1,2543472019
    Colombia7522066618
    Ivory Coast29182767
    (iii) TEA
    (Calendar year 1978)
    World production: 1,481; World exports: 754
    Main producersProductionPercentage of world exportsExportsPercentage of world exports
    India5737616922
    Sri Lanka1992619326
    Kenya93128511
    Indonesia7310567
    (iv) SUGAR
    (Calendar year 1978)
    World production: 92,300; World exports: 24,800
    Main producersProductionPercentage of world exportsExportsPercentage of world exports
    EEC12,800523,60015
    Brazil7,900321,9008
    Cuba7,700317,20029
    India7,100297003
    The USSR, USA and China, although major for producers with 9·4 million tonnes, 5·1 million tonnes and 4·0 million tonnes respectively; are net importers of sugar.
    As to trading arrangements, the position is:

    Cocoa—the International Cocoa Agreement, 1975, has terminated and no arrangements currently exist for regulating the supply, sale or price of cocoa.
    Coffee—the International Coffee Agreement, 1976, provides for the introductions of quotas if prices fall to a specified level. At present no

    world sales; and whether any trading or cartel arrangements exist for regulating the supply, sale or price of any of the commodities listed.

    I regret that the information requested on production and exports in 1979 is available only for coffee. This, with the latest available figures (in '000 tonnes) for cocoa, tea and sugar, is given below.

    quotas are in operation as the price has remained above the trigger point. Several Latin American producing countries have formed a group which, by its operations on world markets, attempts to influence prices.
    Tea—no arrangements currently exist for regulating the supply, sale or price of tea.
    Sugar—the International Sugar Agreement, 1977, aims to promote orderly marketing of sugar and price stability by the introduction of limits on exports and the build-up or release of stocks when prices fall below or rise above certain levels. At present there are no restrictions on exports and the release of all stocks has been authorised as the world price is above the trigger points.

    Herring

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the value and amount of herring caught in United Kingdom waters by EEC vessels in the period following the EEC ban on the catching of herring.

    Herring can be caught legitimately as a by-catch, but I regret that no useful estimate can be made.

    Fisheries

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the total quay-side value of fish caught by vessels from other EEC countries in United Kingdom waters in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and whether, by percentage this was greater or lesser than fish caught by United Kingdom vessels in United Kingdom waters over the same period.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has made to other Governments of the EEC about the inadequacy of inspection of fishing catches in their own harbours of fish caught in United Kingdom waters to see that they were caught in accordance with EEC regulations.

    Inspection of fish in harbours to ensure compliance with European Community regulations is the responsibility of the coastal State. My right hon. Friend has stated in the Council of Ministers that the Government consider that the Community should develop as soon as possible satisfactory common standards of control.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the number of vessels and their nationality that have been fined in British courts in the last 12 months for which figures are available for fishing contrary to EEC regulations in United Kingdom waters.

    In 1979, three skippers of Spanish fishing vessels were convicted and fined for offences against United Kingdom statutory instruments implementing European Community fisheries regulations. The other convictions secured for fisheries offences during 1979 concerned infringements of United Kingdom national conservation and other fisheries measures.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what powers the United Kingdom has to ensure that nationals of other EEC countries are prosecuted for breaches of EEC fishing regulations.

    Anyone of whatever nationality found by our fishery protection forces within our ports or fishery limits infringing fisheries regulations is liable to prosecution by the relevant United Kingdom authorities in our courts. We must, however, rely on the other EEC member States and, where European Community obligations are concerned, the Commission of the European Community to ensure the satisfactory enforcement of fisheries regulations in other member States' ports and waters.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what estimate he has made of the value of fish caught in accordance with EEC regulations in United Kingdom waters by French vessels in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of what percentage this is of the total French catch, in the light of the United Kingdom's current renegotiation of the common fisheries policy;(2) what estimate he has made of the value of fish caught in United Kingdom waters (

    a) in accordance with EEC regulations and ( b) contrary to EEC regulations by Dutch vessels in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the value of fish caught contrary to EEC regulations in United Kingdom waters by French vessels in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    It is not possible to provide an estimate of this sort. Our fishery protection forces are, however, vigilant in enforcing fisheries regulations within our fishery limits and the evidence does not suggest that illegal fishing in our waters is substantial.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the methods of inspection of fish landed in British ports to ensure that fish is not caught contrary to EEC regulations; and if he will list the methods used.

    Yes. The inspectorates of the fisheries departments carry out a large number of quayside checks on the type, size and quantities of fish landed in our ports. These checks are supplemented by the examination of books and records as well as checks on fishermens' gear and inspections made at sea.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what requests he has made to other Governments of the EEC over cases of breaches of EEC fishing regulations to prosecute their own nationals for such breaches within the last 12 months.

    When sufficient evidence is found by our enforcement authorities of any breaches of European Community fisheries regulations in United Kingdom waters prosecutions are undertaken in our courts. When evidence of illegal activity by foreign fishermen outside United Kingdom waters comes to our attention it is passed on to the State concerned. In such cases decisions on whether to prosecute must remain the responsibility of the flag State.

    Common Fisheries Policy

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list his achievements so far in making alterations to, or improvements in, the common fisheries policy; and if he will make a statement.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the statements that my right hon. Friend made to the House on 30 January and during the debate on 14 February. Since then negotiations have continued with a view to securing at the earliest opportunity a fair and comprehensive settlement.

    Mackerel

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the total value of mackerel caught in United Kingdom waters over the last 12 months before the United Kingdom ban that was, respectively, transshipped and landed in the United Kingdom.

    There is no general United Kingdom ban on fishing for mackerel, although an area off the south-west of England of some 4,000 square nautical miles was closed on 17 March until 15 November to fishing for mackerel with purse seines or trawls of less than 70mm and fishing for mackerel in ICES areas VI, VII and VIII by United Kingdom vessels of over 60ft registered length has been suspended since 16 February. In the 12 months to end January 1980 (the latest 12 months period for which information is available), the total value of mackerel landed or transhipped by fishing vessels in United Kingdom ports was some £39 million.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what latest action he has taken with other EEC Governments over EEC vessels, other than British, fishing for mackerel in United Kingdom waters after the British ban on mackerel fishing.

    The only measure which the United Kingdom currently applies to prohibit both foreign and United Kingdom fishing for mackerel within United Kingdom limits concerns the area off the south-west of England where, until 15 November, fishing for mackerel with purse seines or trawls of less than 70mm is prohibited. This measure has been notified to the other European Community member States, but the area concerned is wholly within our fishery limits and our fishery protection forces will enforce it.

    Wheat And Maize

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much wheat and maize, respectively, was imported in 1979 from countries other than the European Economic Community, thus bringing about £666 million and £75·6 million levies, respectively; and

    WheatMaize
    tonnes£,000tonnes£,000
    Totall,859,048176,9992,238,390164,557
    of which:—
    USA559,32553,6682,021,187147,544
    Canada1,297,070123,08935,7032,966
    South Africa104,5147,820
    Argentina74,5095,943

    Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.

    Since these figures are on a country-of-consignment basis and since cereals are products which are frequently transhipped, these import figures cannot be specifically related to total levies collected in the United Kingdom.

    Common Agricultural Policy

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further progress was made in reaching agreement on the common agricultural policy at the meeting of the Council of the European Community held in Luxembourg on 6, 7 and 8 May; and if he will make a statement.

    Binder Hamlyn Report

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will implement the major recommendations of the Binder Hamlyn report; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government will take decisions upon the recommendations in this report after they have received the results of the further work which they have asked Binder Hamlyn to undertake and in the light of further consultations with interested organisations.

    Tranpsport

    Road Signs (Local Radio Station Wavebands)

    what were the principal countries which supplied the wheat and maize, giving the tonnage and value of imports from each of the principal suppliers.

    The quantities imported into the United Kingdom in 1979 from outside the European Community were:guidelines agreed with local authorities for the provision of signs along roads to identify the wavebands of local radio stations available to drivers in those areas where local radio stations are broadcasting; and whether he will make a statement.

    There are no such guidelines at the moment and I feel that it would be impracticable to introduce signs of the type requested. Local broadcasts cover small, frequently overlapping, areas. Accurate signing of receivable wavelengths would be extremely difficult, and would require a proliferation of signs, useful to non-local drivers only.

    Environment

    Homeless Persons (Housing)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the type of accommodation last resided in by persons presenting themselves for duty under the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act for each year since 1977.

    I refer the hon. Member to the document " Homeless Households Reported by Local Authorities in England "; giving statistics for 1978 and the first half of 1979 which was published by my Department and is available in the Library of the House.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many (a) families and (b) persons were admitted to temporary accommodation before 1975 or accepted as homeless by the local authority since 1975 for each year sine; 1970.

    I refer the hon. Member to the series of documents " Homeless Households Reported by Local Authorities in England", giving statistics from 1975 to the first half of 1979 and a summary of earlier years which were published by my Department and are available in the Library. The bases on which the statistics were compiled changed twice during the period referred to and direct comparisons between the figures quoted cannot be made.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of (a) families and (b) persons who applied to local authorities as homeless for each year since 1970.

    No statistics on the total number of applications to local

    Net rate revenue expenditure*per headGrants (‡) as a percentage of net expenditure*
    £%
    Suffolk25458
    East Anglian region26257
    England and Wales31959
    Notes
    * Net of local income from sales, fees and charges and rents.
    † Local authorities' original budgets for expenditure for 1979/80.
    ‡Rate Support Grant (RSG) plus RSG specific and supplementary grants paid in support of expenditure in column 1.
    The remainder of this net expenditure not met by central government grants is met from local rstes and balances.

    Housing Corporation

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many units of accommodation have been approved by the Housing Corporation for construction or rehabilitation during each of the past five years.

    The number of units of accommodation approved by the Housing Corporation for new building and rehabilitation in Great Britain in each of the past five years is as follows:

    New buildRehabilitation
    1975–7626,38411,893
    1976–7715,63913,649
    1977–7818,63721,280
    1978–7919,24119,438
    1979–8019,24621,843

    Rate Fund Contributions

    authorities from homeless persons are available for years since 1977. Estimates made of numbers of households who applied in earlier years in England are set out in the series of documents " Homeless Households Reported by Local Authorities in England" which were published by my Department and are available in the Library.

    Local Government Expenditure

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the spending per head by local government in Suffolk, in the East Anglian standard economic planning region and in England and Wales for 1979–80; and how much of each figure is met by central Government and how much by local rates and balances

    The available figures are as follows:—under consideration concerning the treatment for the purposes of rate support grant of rate fund contributions to housing revenue accounts.

    A number of options are being considered by the officials from central and local government who are working on the development of the new standard expenditure assessments but no conclusions have yet been reached.

    Home Insulation

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what instructions have been issued by his Department to local authorities on home insulation and energy conservation measures.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Sheffield. Heeley (Mr. Hooley) on 5 March. In addition, the advice in Department of Environment circular 23/78 on expenditure on insulation in public sector dwellings which is eligible for subsidy is still relevant.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will increase grants to firms in the manufacture of mineral insulating fibres in order that adequate supplies will be available for home insulation and energy conservation being undertaken in the public and private sectors of the building industry.

    My right hon. Friend makes no grants to firms manufacturing insulation materials.

    Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

    Libyan Embassy

    asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the staff at present in the Libyan embassy in London have diplomatic status; whether he is satisfied that their credentials are such as to merit their being given the same recognition as that accorded to other ambassadors and diplomatic staff; and if he will make a statement.

    The legal position is confused because of the unprecedented attempt by the Libyan Government to transform their embassy into a People's Bureau. Certain members of the People's Bureau appear to retain diplomatic status by virtue of their appointment before the formation of the People's Bureau. Other members do not claim diplomatic status.

    Diplomatic Immunity

    asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will review the state of the law and practice on diplomatic immunity in the light of the Iranian Embassy siege and other recent examples of threats and violence in the United Kingdom involving foreign nations, embassies and governments.

    We deal with any abuses of the Vienna convention on a case by case basis. I do not believe that a review of the law and practice relating to diplomats is necessary since the provisions of the Vienna convention permit us to take appropriate action should abuses arise. This we shall continue to do.

    European Community

    Council Of Ministers

    asked the Lord Privy Seal, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Oxford (Mr. Patten) Official Report, 25 April, columns 280–1, if he will confirm that the question of a new building for the Council of Ministers was included on the agenda for the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 21 and 22 April but not discussed; and if he will make a statement.

    The item was removed from the agenda by the presidency before the Foreign Affairs Council on 21 and 22 April.It was discussed, however, at the Foreign Affairs Council on 6 May, when the Council examined the short list of developers selected by the Belgian Government and decided to communicate its opinion on this to the Belgian authorities. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leominster (Mr.. Temple-Morris) on 8 May.

    National Finance

    Nationalised Industries (Pricing Policy)

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the effect on the retail price index of the elimination of underpricing by the nationalised industries.

    Domestic Ratepayers

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number of domestic ratepayers; how many income taxpayers are not also ratepayers; and how many ratepayers pay no income tax.

    Oil Revenue

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out in full all the assumptions underlying the Treasury estimate of total Government oil revenue in 1983–84 as £4¾ million at 1978–79 prices.

    Farming And Agriculture

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the severe effects of interest rates on the British farming and agriculture industries, if he will have urgent discussions with those industries.

    Industry

    British Steel Corporation

    asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will state the statutory authority and Vote which authorises the arrangements reached for the employment of Mr. MacGregor as the new chairman of British Steel.

    Home Department

    Cerrigydrudion, Clwyd (Television Reception)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the unsatisfactory state of television reception in the area of Cerrigydrudion, Clwyd he will take steps to improve it.

    On the basis of my hon. and learned Friend's letter on 29 April we are arranging for the complaint of interference to television reception in the Cerrigydrudion area to be urgently investigated and we shall write to him as soon as we receive a report on the situation.

    Community Service Order

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community service orders were imposed in 1979.

    The number of persons given community service orders in 1978 and the first half of 1979 is published in " Statistics on Community Service Orders ", Home Office statistical bulletin. issue 3/80 (tables 1 and 5); information for the whole of 1979 is not yet available. The number of community service orders given to these persons in 1978 is referred to in paragraph 2 of the same statistical bulletin.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the community service orders terminated in 1979 had been completed satisfactorily.

    The proportion of community service orders terminated in 1978 and the first half of 1979 by reasons for termination are published in " Statistics on community service orders" Home Office statistical bulletin issue 3/80 (tables 8 and 9); information for the whole of 1979 is not yet available.

    Arson (Arrests)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask for a report from each of the chief constables of police in Wales in relation to police activities on the morning of Sunday 30 March and specifically in relation to those persons who were taken into detention in a dawn swoop that morning, and subsequently, without charges being brought against them.

    I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) on 14 April 1980.—[Vol. 982, c. 474.]

    Parole

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many determinate sentence prisoners were considered for parole during 1979; and how many of these were granted parole;(2) what was the overall parole rate in 1979.

    In 1979, of 10,156 determinate sentence prisoners who were considered for parole, 4,758 (46·8 per cent.) were granted it; of 8,125 prisoners released from prison during the year from sentences which qualified for parole, 4,964 (61 per cent.) were released on parole.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parolees from determinate sentences were recalled to prison during their parole period in 1979; what proportion this represented of those recommended for parole in 1979; and how many of those recalled had committed another offence.

    A total of 421 persons on parole from determinate sentences were recalled to prison in 1979, representing 8·8 per cent. of those recommended for parole in that year. The licences of 168 were revoked primarily for having committed further offences, while 49 others were known to have committed offences whilst at large.

    Deportation Orders

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, of prisoners recommended for deportation discharged from Pentonville after serving custodial sentences during any recent convenient six-month period, how many had spent (a) more than six weeks and (b) more than nine weeks in custody after completing their sentences.

    The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

    Prison Sentences

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his Department's index of average sentence length in 1979, calculated on a basis which takes 1961 as 100.

    The index for 1978 of the average effective length of sentence on reception into prison department establishments in England and Wales, taking 1961 as 100, is 127. The effective length of sentence includes consecutive and activated suspended sentences and a sentence length compatible with time served for prisoners with indeterminate sentences. The index for 1979 is not yet available.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prison sentences in 1978 and 1979 was of (a) six months or less and (b) over four years.

    The information requested is given for principal indictable offences in 1978 in table 4.6 of " Statistics of the criminal justice system, England and Wales, 1968–78", a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. Corresponding information for the effective length of sentence of those received in 1978 into prison department establishments in England and Wales, including consecutive and activated suspended sentences, is given in table 5.2 of the same publication. More detailed information, for principal indictable and non-indictable offences is to be found in chapter 6 of " Criminal statistics, England and Wales, 1978" (Cmnd 7670). information for 1979 is not yet available.

    Borstals And Detention Centres (Deaths)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths occurred in borstals and detention centres in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively; and in how many of these cases inquests were held.

    The information is as follows:

    BorstalsDetention-Centres
    1977
    197821
    19792
    Inquests were held in all cases.

    Prisoners (Deaths)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of deaths of prisoners from 0–98 per 1,000 of the daily average population in 1977 to 1·43 in 1978.

    The numbers of deaths are too small for differential analysis from year to year.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Deptartment what was the age, sex, offence, prison and cause of death of each of the prisoners who died in National Health Service hospitals in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively; and what was the length of sentence served in National Health Service hospitals immediately prior to death in each case.

    Information on prisoners who died in National Health Service hospitals in 1977, 1978 and 1979 is given below. To obtain the information relating to periods spent in hospitals would involve disproportionate cost.

    1977

    Age

    Sex

    Offence

    Cause of death

    Prison

    73MaleDeceptionNatural causes: abdominal neuro-fibrosarcomatosisWandsworth
    61MaleConspiracy/DefraudNatural causes: cardiac infarctBrixton
    56MaleDeceptionNatural causes: myocardial infarctCanterbury
    34MaleTheftNatural causes: cardio-respiratory failureBedford
    47MaleWandering abroadNatural causes: acute ventricular failure, emphysemaLeicester
    51MaleArsonNatural causes: coronary thrombosisCanterbury
    62MaleDeceptionNatural causes: carcinoma of the bronchusWandsworth
    22MaleBurglaryNatural causes: chronic renal failureManchester
    44MaleBurglaryNatural causes: heart failure, alcoholic cardiomyopathyDurham
    37MaleDeceptionNatural causes: intracerebral haemorrhageBirmingham
    54MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: bronchopneumoniaLincoln
    55MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisParkhurst
    47MaleConspiracyNatural causes: coronary artery occlusionParkhurst

    1978

    Age

    Sex

    Offence

    Cause of death

    Prison

    51MaleWandering abroadNatural causes: coronary occlusion atheromaPentonville
    55MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisCardiff
    66MaleBuggeryMisadventure: bronchopneumoniaWakefield
    58MaleFraudNatural causes: septicaemia hepatitisFord
    41MaleBurglaryNatural causes: respiratory failure, pulmonary embolismHaverigg
    66MaleThreatening behaviourOpen verdict: brain damageLeeds
    72MaleThreatening behaviourNatural causes: heart failureLeeds
    43MaleWoundingNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLincoln
    56MaleTheftNatural causes: bronchopneumoniaWandsworth
    36MaleBurglary/robberyNatural causes: acute bronchopneumoniaBrixton
    27MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisManchester
    62MaleIndecent assaultNatural causes: coronary thrombosisWakefield
    71MaleTheftNatural causes: acute bronchopneumoniaBrixton
    40MaleWoundingNatural causes: carcinoma of colonParkhurst
    65MaleArsonNatural causes: chronic bronchitis and emphysemaBrixton
    39MaleTheftNatural causes: pulmonary oedema leukaemiaSpring Hill
    22MaleArsonNatural causes: diabetes mellitusRisley
    35MaleTheftNatural causes: acute pancreatitis, pericarditisLincoln
    25MaleBurglaryNatural causes: acute monocytic leukaemiaDartmoor
    59FemaleTheftNatural causes: carcinoma head of pancreasStyal
    57MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisAppleton Thorn

    1979

    Age

    Sex

    Offence

    Cause of death

    Prison

    64MaleTheftNatural causes: cerebral infarctWandsworth
    64MaleBurglaryNatural causes: bronchial carcinomaManchester
    57MaleDeceptionNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLiverpool
    44MaleTheftNatural causes: pontine haemorrhage cerebral oedemaPentonville
    17MaleTaking without consentNatural causes: heart failure, haemorrhage of lungsWetherby
    53MaleIndecent assaultNatural causes: carcinoma of lungWinchester
    45MaleBurglaryNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLeeds
    68MaleManslaughterNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLincoln
    33MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary atheromaCardiff
    47MaleIncestNatural causes: carcinomatosis of stomachLeicester
    43FemaleTheftNatural causes: subarachnoid haemorrhage, ruptured congenital " berry" aneurysmDrake Hall
    51MaleContempt of courtNatural causes: myocardial infarction ischaemic heart diseaseShrewsbury
    31MaleTheft, deceptionNatural causes: cerebral haemorrhageAshwell
    55MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: lobar pneumoniaRisley
    67MaleTADANatural causes: carcinomatous peritonitisAppleton Thorn
    32MaleDeceptionAccidental death: hypoglycaemiaLiverpool
    27MaleMurderNatural causes: cardiac arrest, coronary thrombosisWakefield
    37MaleRobberyNatural causes: cerebral haemorrhageNottingham
    28MaleTheftNatural causes: tubercular meningitisLincoln
    16MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: acute myocarditisLatchmere House
    16MaleBurglary, theftNatural causes: brain haemorrhageThorp Arch
    56MaleBuggeryNatural causes: coronary thrombosisWakefield

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if prison medical officers keep details about deceased prisoners including (a) the time the deceased was taken ill, (b) when the medical officer was first notified of the illness, (c) the nature of the illness, (d) date and time of prisoner's death and (e) an account of the appearance after death, where a post mortem takes place, and any special remarks made by the medical officer; and whether the keeping of any such records is obligatory or at the discretion of the officer.

    As required by prison standing orders, medical officers keep records which include the details specified at (a), (c), (d) and (e). The information at (b) is recorded in prison medical records.

    Remanded Persons

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were remanded or committed in custody in 1979; and of these, how many were under 17 years of age.

    Information on the number of those received on remand is published annually in " Prison Statistics England and Wales" (tables 2.1 and 2.2 of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7626). Figures for 1979 are not yet available.

    Prison Accommodation

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners were sleeping two or three to a cell on (a) 15 March and (b) the most recent available date;(2) what was the combined certified normal accommodation of all penal establishments in England and Wales on (

    a) 15 March and ( b) the most recent available date.

    I regret that information relating to 15 March is not readily available but information relating to 9 March and 13 April, the most recent date for which information is available, is shown below:

    Certified normal accommodationNumber sleeping 2 or 3 to a cell
    9 March 1980.38,52617,787
    13 April 198038,52616,990

    Prison Population

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the prison population of England and Wales on (a) 15 March and (b) the most recent available date.

    I regret that information relating to 15 March is not readily available. On 14 March 1980 the population was 44,626 (42,980 male, 1,646 female). On 18 April the population was 43,960 (42,391 male, 1,569 female).

    Builders' Skips (Lighting)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were in 1979 for inadequate lighting of builders' skips on the highway.

    The information collected centrally relates to all offences under section 31 of the Highways Act 1971 covering the control of builders' skips and does not distinguish those offences relating to inadequate lighting. In England and Wales in 1978 there were 543 prosecutions under section 31. Information for 1979 is not yet available.

    Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total amount of compensation paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in the year 1979–80.

    The figure for 1979–80 is not yet available. A total of £13,045,641 was paid in compensation in 1978–79.

    Prison Building Programme (Persons In Custody)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the prison building programme for the next five years will be sufficient to absorb the current level of people now in custody in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.

    Mentally Subnormal Persons

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many secure accommodation units are needed to absorb the current level of mentally subnormal persons now in prison in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Greater London.

    On 31 December 1979, the latest date for which figures are available, 38 prisoners in England and Wales were, in the opinion of prison medical officers, suffering from subnormality or severe subnormality of mind, which is a category within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1959, and were in need of, and capable of benefiting from, treatment within a psychiatric hospital. Nine of these were located in prisons within Greater London.The number of these prisoners who would have required treatment in secure conditions had they been transferred to psychiatric hospitals is not known.

    Wet Shelters

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many wet shelters he proposes building in the next two years in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.

    The Government are initially making funds available to voluntary organisations to assist in the experimental provision of simple overnight shelters for people who are likely otherwise to be charged with drunkenness offences. The number and location of these shelters has not yet been finally settled but we are aiming to establish three of them in areas, I hope including London, where there is already a range of other facilities which can be made available to those passing through them. The shelters will not require new building; it is planned to provide them in existing accommodation.

    Brighton (Disturbances)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Sussex concerning the disruption caused in Brighton on Monday 5 May by an influx of mods and rockers; how many police were on duty; how many were injured; and how many arrests were made for disorderly conduct, assault and theft.

    The chief constable tells me that 350 police officers largely succeeded in frustrating the attempts of some 2,000 youths to cause disturbance Three police officers received minor injuries. A total of 81 people—of whom 16 were juveniles—were arrested for various offences, including 27 for disorderly conduct, seven for assault and 16 for theft.

    Immigration (Entry Clearance Certificates)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will change the procedure for the issue of entry clearance certificates to husbands and fiancés such that the requirement should be that the officer is convinced that the woman in question positively wishes the marriage to continue or to go ahead rather than she should be forced to prove beyond peradventure that she is against the marriage.

    Before issuing an entry clearance to a man who otherwise meets the requirements of the immigration rules for admission to this country as a husband or fiancé the entry clearance officer already needs to see evidence of the wife's or fiancées desire for the applicant to join her. Where this is at first forthcoming and the sponsor then privately indicates her wish to withdraw, evidence of the unwillingless of the woman to go through with the marriage or to continue in marriage must be on record for use at any appeal the aplicant may lodge.

    Police (Establishment)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the combined total establishment of police forces in England and Wales; and what is their combined strength at the latest count.

    On 31 March 1980, the figures were:

    EstablishmentStrength
    Police forces118,579112,958
    Central Service and interforce units1,3061,585
    Police service total119,885114,543

    Robbery

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are currently serving prison sentences for robbery in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which voluntary organisations have been approached already in the South-Eastern area to deal with drunks; and how much money is being made available to them for the year 1980–81.

    A total of £30,000 has been made available in 1980–81 to set up pilot projects. Preliminary soundings have been made of voluntary bodies, but it would not yet be appropriate for me to name them.

    Indictable Offences

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the figure of total indictable offences committed in England and Wales for each year since 1970, respectively; how many of these included the use of violence in each case; and what percentage of each year is regarded as having been cleared up by the police.

    The information requested is published annually in " Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (tables 2.1 and 2.7 of the volume for 1978 (Cmnd. 7670)). Information for 1979 is published in tables 1 and 3 of the Home Office statistical bulletin 4/80, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

    Foreign Nationals (Political Crimes)