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Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 15 May 1980

Social Services

Glue Sniffing

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people have been admitted to hospital for treatment as a result of glue sniffing; and if he will make a statement on its effect on health.

Information on hospital admissions for such treatment is not available centrally. I am advised that the effects on health depend upon the nature of the volatile chemicals inhaled, the method and duration of inhalation, how long it has been practised, possible interactions with other substances taken and, in addition, on psychological and environmental factors. Acute effects from short-term use are usually reversible but may be severe, and even, in rare instances, fatal. Chronic effects may include damage, which may be irreversible, to bodily organs and the nervous system. Psychological dependence may develop but true physical dependence has only rarely been described.

Mental Hospitals

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list those mental hospitals that are still below the minimum standard for domestic staffing as set by his Department in March 1973 together with the reasons.

The minimum standard for domestic staffing in mental illness hospitals was set in March 1972 and the target date for achieving the standard was March 1973. Those hospitals which were still below the minimum standard at 30 September 1978, the latest date for which information is available, were High Royds and Scalebor Park hospitals—Yorkshire region—and West Park hospital—South-West Thames region—which were about 17, 1·5 and 11 staff short respectively. Information on the reasons for hospitals' failure to meet the standard is not held centrally.

Hospitals (Secure Units)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospitals will be having secure accommodation units built on to them in the next two years; and how many beds will be provided in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.

Proposals submitted to the Department by health authorities in England so far indicate that building has started or is expected to start within the next two years on permanent regional secure units in the grounds of 11 hospitals, including three in the Greater London area. In addition, regional secure units will be provided by adapting existing premises at two hospitals outside the Greater London area. The number of beds in these units will total 450, of which 60 will be in the Greater London area.

Benefits (Sex Equality)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he intends to put all social welfare benefits on to the same basis for men and women when they reach the age of 60 years and to abolish the discrimination against men between the age of 60 years to 65 years.

No. Economic circumstances preclude any move towards reducing men's pension age to 60.

Sickness Benefit

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many and what percentage of employees have their sickness benefit made up to full pay by their employers; and how many of these are in the public sector.

I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to him on 25 February—[Vol. 979, c. 466]. The 12·8 million employees referred to in that reply represent about 55 per cent. of all employees.

Mentally Handicapped Children

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what the latest figures are for mentally handicapped children under the age of 16 years in the Mersey regional hospital authority; and how many children are in the Olive Mount hospital, Liverpool, and at the Cranage Hall hospital, Crewe.

On 30 December 1979, 163 children were in-patients in hospitals within Mersey region, 56 of them at Olive Mount hospital and 38 at Cranage Hall hospital.

Supplementary Benefit (Prisoners' Families)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much supplementary benefit was paid to the families of persons serving prison sentences for the latest period for which figures are available.

[pursuant to his reply, 3 April 1980, c. 39899] gave the following corrected information: The annual cost at November 1978 of supplementary benefit paid to prisoners' wives with children is estimated at about £7 million*. A separate figure for wives without children is not available since claims by lone women without dependants are not separately analysed.

*corrected figure.

Censuses

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that the questions in the 1981 census will enable a clear and accurate picture of the number and types of one-parent families to be obtained and, to this end, what changes have been made from the 1971 census; and whether he will list the proposed questions for the 1981 census which will enable this information about one-parent families to be obtained.

The estimates of one-parent families will be based on the answers to questions on the relationship of persons living in private households to the head of household, their marital status, date of birth, and sex. Essentially the same questions will be asked in the 1981 Census as in 1971. But, although the questions will be the same, it is hoped to produce improved tabulations which will provide fuller information about the numbers and characteristics of one-parent families.

Benefit Recipients (National Insurance Contributions)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if it is his intention that recipients of national insurance benefits should be liable for national insurance contribution;(2) if it his intention that recipients of supplementary benefits should be liable for national insurance contribution.

I have no plans to impose liability for national insurance contributions on either type of benefit. Such liability would in any event require major changes in the social security system. In order to protect entitlement to contributory benefits, credits are available for weeks of incapacity or unemployment provided that the relevant conditions, such as providing evidence of incapacity or proving availability for work, are met. If credits are not available and there is a shortfall of contributions necessary to protect entitlement, recipients of benefits may, like anyone else, pay voluntary class 3 contributions.

Cigarettes (Promotion)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the promotion of the new Vanguard cigarettes, involving free packs and money-off vouchers, contravenes the voluntary code of practice on tobacco promotion.

This promotion, so far as my present information goes, does not appear to contravene the requirements specified in the existing voluntary code.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will seek to amend the voluntary code of practice on tobacco promotion, to ban promotion of cigarettes through free packs and money-off vouchers.

The promotion of tobacco products is among the subjects under discussion in the Government's current negotiations with the tobacco industry on what should follow the existing voluntary agreement. Both parties agreed that the details of the negotiations should remain confidential until a conclusion is reached and I must ask the hon. Member to await the full announcement which will then be made.

Smoking

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals he has for reducing the estimated 50,000 deaths caused every year by smoking.

The Government's policy is to seek to reduce the toll of preventable disease and early death associated with smoking by alerting the public to the dangers of smoking and by maintaining a gradual but sustained and steady pressure to reduce the amount of smoking. Measures to this end are among those under discussion with the tobacco industry in the current negotiations on what should follow the existing voluntary agreement.Once these negotiations are over we shall be reviewing with the Health Education Council future needs for increasing public awareness of the dangers of smoking and providing help to those who wish to break the habit.

Ambulance Men

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many ambulance men he estimates are needed in London; how many are actually employed at the latest convenient date; and how this compares with the figures for the previous five years;(2) how many ambulance men in London he estimates will be needed in the summer of the current year; and how many are in fact expected to be employed at that time;(3) what steps he is taking to increase the number of ambulance men in London.

The South-West Thames regional health authority is responsible for the management of the London ambulance service and the hon. Member may like to contact that authority direct.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of calls should be answered within seven minutes by ambulance men in London; how many are in fact answered; and how many lives he estimates are thus put at risk.

In 1974 the Department recommended that in Metropolitan areas ambulance response time for emergency calls should be seven minutes in 50 per cent. of cases. The South-West Thames regional health authority is responsible for managing the London ambulance service and the hon. Member may like to seek further information direct from that authority.

Mentally Iii Persons (Residential Accommodation)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the level of residential provision for mentally handicapped adults per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward";(2) what was the level of residential provision for mentally handicapped children per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward".

Information is not yet available for 1979–80, but the position at the end of the previous financial year, set out in the table below, shows that local authorities are broadly on target with the projections for 1979–80 given in "The Way Forward".

Level of provision on 31 March 1979 (per 1,000 of the population)'The Way Forward' projection for 1979–80
Adults (16 years and over)0·360·35
Children (0·15 years)0·210·24

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the level of residential provision for the mentally ill per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward".

According to the latest figures at 31 March 1979, the level of residential provision (including places in voluntary and private homes) available to local authorities for the mentally ill was 0·12 places per 1,000 population; this precisely matches the illustrative projection for 1979–80 published in "The Way Forward".

London Hospitals (Accident And Emergency Departments)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many accident and emergency departments in London hospitals have closed since 1970; what loss of facilities this represents; and how this has affected the time taken for emergencies to be seen to;(2) on how many occasions in the current year London hospitals have closed their accident departments due to lack of beds; if he is concerned about the facilities for treating emergency and accident cases in London; and if he will make a statement.

Information is not readily available in the form requested. The four Thames regional health authorities are responsible for the provision of accident and emergency hospital facilities in London and I understand that there are 52 accident and emergency departments in the Greater London area. Temporary closures of individual departments may occur due to a variety of causes, but I have no reason to suppose that an adequate service is not maintained.

"Patients First"

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the Co-operative Party on the document "Patients First"; what reply he is making; and if he will make a statement.

A letter from the Co-operative Party dated 25 April has been

Column 1Column 2
Full year difference between 11 and 16½ per cent. increase in current rates £ millionFull year savings to NI Fund under clause (1) of the Social Security (No.2) Bill 1980; difference between 11½ per cent. and 16½ per cent. increase £ million
Retirement pension †545
Widows benefit †32
Invalidity benefit6255
*Industrial disablement benefit †15
* Industrial death benefit †2
*Sickness benefit3330
*Unemployment benefit4945
*Maternity allowance55
*Injury benefit55
* I regret that these items were omitted from my earlier reply.
† Not abated by the provisions of the Social Security (No. 2) Bill 1980.

Mineworkers (Early Retirement Scheme)

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what will be the effect of abating unemployment benefit to persons aged over 60 years in receipt of occupational benefit on the early retirement

received and acknowledged. The party's comments will be taken into account as we review the proposals in "Patients First". My right hon. Friend hopes to make a policy statement in July.

Increase National Insurance Benefits By 11 Per Cent

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the savings if all national insurance, excluding means-tested benefits, were increased by 11 per cent. next November; and if he will publish figures tabulating those savings according to main benefit categories and also by comparison with the savings proposed in the Social Security (No. 2) Bill.

[pursuant to her reply, 30 April 1980, c. 521–22]: Column 1 of the table below gives the savings to the National Insurance Fund in a full year if the current rates of the benefits listed were to be increased by 11 per cent. instead of 16½ per cent. The net reduction in public expenditure would depend on the amount by which means-tested benefits were increased. Column 2 gives the savings to the Fund in a full year from uprating the current rates of the benefits specified in Clause (1) of the Social Security (No. 2) Bill 1980 by 11½ per cent. instead of 16½ per cent., under the powers contained in that Clause.scheme for mineworkers; and whether he will make a statement.

[pursuant to her reply, 28 April 1980, c. 397]: On the assumption that payments under the voluntary early retirement scheme for mineworkers would be within the scope of the proposals in clause 5 of the Social Security (No. 2) Bill, payments to a mineworker over the age of 60 under that scheme would, if they exceeded £35.00 a week, lead to abatement of unemployment benefit. Officials from this Department have been in touch with officials from the Department of Energy about this and other matters, but if the hon. Member has a particular point in mind no doubt he will let me know.

Children In Care

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the number of children taken into care because of the homelessness of their parents for each year since 1970.

The information is as follows:

Number of children admitted to care, in England and Wales during the year ended 31 March, because their parents were homeless.
19702,700
19713,000
19723,000
19732,800
19742,400
19751,700
19761,300
19771,200
1978700

Births And Migration

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report figures for the following categories over the last five years (a) births to mothers of New Commonwealth and Pakistani ethnic origin, (b) net migration of New Commonwealth and Pakistani population, (c) the total of (a) and (b), (d) births to mothers of United Kingdom origin, (e) the net migration of United Kingdom origin population, (f) the total of (d) and (e) and (g) (c) as a percentage of New Commonwealth and Pakistani population to include the estimated quantity of all those of New Commonwealth and Pakistani ethnic origin.

Trade

Quangos

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the subject of the last report referred to him by the National Consumer Council; when it was referred; and what action he has taken as a result.

The National Consumer Council is regularly consulted by Government Departments and has given its views on over 60 occasions in the last year. There has been one formal reference to the Council by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on the origin marking of imported goods. The response was received on 23 October last year and my right hon. Friend the Minister for Consumer Affairs will shortly be announcing what further steps she proposes in the light of its conclusions and of the views of other bodies consulted.

Civil Aviation Authority

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has any plans to increase the quorum of the Civil Aviation Authority when exercising its air transport licensing functions.

The quorum of the Civil Aviation Authority when exercising certain of its air transport licensing functions is laid down by regulation 6 of the Civil Aviation Authority Regulations 1972. The regulations are in the process of being consolidated and we are considering whether to make some amendments to them at the same time. The question of the quorum will be considered as part of this exercise, taking account of any views expressed by interested parties.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has received any representations concerning the unwillingness of the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority to have available sufficient members to deal with its economic regulating work; and if he will make a statement.

I am aware that representations to that effect have been made to the Council on Tribunals and I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Woking (Mr. Onslow) on 9 May.—[Vol. 984, c. 251 —2.]

Dan Air Boeing Crash (Tenerife)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade, pursuant to his reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe, on 6 May, how serious the damage to the cockpit voice recorder of the Dan Air Boeing 727 which crashed at Tenerife on 25 April was in terms of loss of information expected from the readout; and what additional information he has received about the crash since his statement to the House on 28 April.

No information was lost as a result of impact damage from the cockpit voice recorder of the Dan Air Boeing 727 which crashed at Tenerife on 25 April 1980. The recording of the final minutes of the flight have already been transcribed in the United Kingdom while the flight data recording has been readout and analysed in Madrid. The process of co-ordinating the two recordings and synchronising them with the recording of the radio communications with Tenerife airport is now being carried out. Urgent consultations are being conducted with the Spanish Commission which is responsible for conducting the investigation into this accident concerning the release at an early date of an authoritative statement about the accident.

Export Credit (Interest Rates)

18.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will initiate multilateral negotiations within the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development to raise interest rates for export credit to more commercial levels.

Discussions about this are already in progress among participants in the international consensus on export credit.

Civil Service

Stationery Office Publications

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what instructions have been given to Her Majesty's Stationery Office about references to the Minister of applications by hon. Members for Her Majesty's Stationery Office publications; how many applications have been referred to him since the instruction; how many were accepted and how many were refused; and what is the approximate cost of such references.

I am sure that the House would not want to see hon. Members open to criticism for obtaining free publications from Her Majesty's Stationery Office at public expense in circumstances in which it would be difficult to justify public money being spent.

Technology Industry

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if, in the interests of maintaining a home-based information technology industry, he will place significant orders, including that for a future PAYE computer-based system, with British companies by single tender action before the end of the current year.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bridlington (Mr. Townend) on 5 December 1979—[vol. 974, c. 417–19]—when I said that the Government's present policy of acquiring large computers by single tender from ICL, subject to satisfactory price, performance and delivery date, will continue until the end of 1980. A significant number of orders are likely to be placed with ICL by single tender. No decision has yet been taken on the PAYE computer system.

Wales

"Patients First"

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received concerning the publication "Patients First"; and what is the general balance of reaction conveyed in such representations.

419, reflecting a wide range of opinion. We shall make a considered response later in the year.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the Co-operative Party on the document "Patients First"; what reply he is making; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received a document recording the views of the Co-operative Party's national executive committee. These comments will be taken into account before final decisions are made on the structure and management of the NHS in Wales. A reply to that effect has been sent.

Motorways And Trunk Roads

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list in the Official Report all motorway and trunk road schemes with a total cost of over £3 million in the same format as the appendix

Estimated requirements for 1980–81
SchemesYear of authorisation to year of completionCurrent estimate of total cost £'000Probable expenditure to 31 March 1980 £'000At 1980 survey prices £'000At outturn prices £'000
Schemes in Progress: Contracts let by 31 October 1979
A40/A470 Brecon Southern and Eastern By-Pass1978–809,0436,850880982
A40 St. Clears By-Pass1977–794,1503,5873539
A40 Black Bridge and Pont Loerig1978–801,3751,3054550
A40 Cefn Brynich, including Cross Roads1978–80707577110124
A40 Treffgarne Bridge1978–80800678119133
A465 Llanvihangel Crucorney1978–7951846568
A470 Llwyncelyn—Glanrhyd1978–806145615055
A470 Storey Arms—Pontardaf1978–806946445055
A470 Coed Cefn Coch1978–796986622427
A470 Cleifion Bridge1979–81630241376419
A470 Pont Dolgefeiliau Stages I and II1979–807536696876
A483 Arddleen By-Pass1979–80672433169188
A477 Castell Heli Bridge1978–79996846120134
Total21,65017,5182,0522,290
Proposals to Start: Contracts let after 31 October 1979
A470 Dolcorsllwyn—Dolsgallog1980–82582468523
A470 White Hut to Maes-yr-Helmau1980–82788100665744
A487 Maesnewydd Improvement1979–8152681403450
A487 Derwenlas—Machynlleth1980–8277080662742
A470 Bends at Smithfield Farm, near Builth1980–82650423472
A470 Cemmaes Road Improvement*1980–82554120346387
A487 Morfa Diversion*1980–8250237432482
Total4,3724183,3993,800
* At the time the Estimates were compiled in November 1979 it was assumed the schemes asterisked would start before the end of the last financial year, and would incur the expenditure shown. For various reasons it was not possible to start the schemes before the end of the financial year.

Unemployment

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many times since he took office he has met representatives in Wales from the Manpower Services Commission to discuss unemployment in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

on page VI-14 of the Supply Estimates 1980–81;

(2) if he will list in the Official Report all motorway and trunk road schemes with a total cost of under £3 million in the same format as the appendix on page VM4 of the Supply Estimates 1980–81.

Details of schemes costing over £0·5 millions which were not itemised in the Supply Estimates are as follows:

Three. I shall be meeting the full Manpower Services Commission Committee for Wales in July.

Welsh Development Agency

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he will make available revised factory guidelines for the Welsh Development Agency.

Marginal Land Farmers

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the present state of the marginal land farmers in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The survey which is now under way is designed to identify marginal land and until it is complete farms which will lie within the area cannot be identified. Therefore, no precise information is yet available about the state of marginal land farmers to enable me to form an opinion.

Education And Science

Student Unions (Financing Arrangements)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recommendations for the financing arrangements for student unions in 1980–81 have been made by the University Grants Committee; and whether base lines for increases have been indicated.

The University Grants Committee wrote on 14 April informing universities of my decision, which was reported to the House on 3 April by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, that the recommended increase in student union subscriptions for 1980–81 should not exceed 14 per cent.; that is over those for the 1979–80 academic year.

Overseas Students

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received on the effect on the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology of the Government's policy on overseas students; what reply he has made; what contact his Department has had, or will be having, with the University Grants Committee on the matter; and if he will make a statement.

I have received representations from the principal of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and from various Members of this House, including the right hon. Member for Wythenshawe. In all cases the replies have been as in the letter sent to the right hon. Member for Wythenshawe on 1 May by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science. The University Grants Committee is at present holding a series of consultations with all universities on various academic and financial matters, including the Government's policy on fees for overseas students, and I hope to receive the views of the Committee later this year.

Textbook And Equipment Purchases (Parental Contributions)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many schools have bought text and other books with the help of parental contributions;(2) how much money has been raised from parents by schools in order to buy books, equipment, etc.; what information he has as to the extent to which head teachers are spending time in fund raising activities; and if he will make a statement.

School Meals

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the estimated annual cost to local education authorities of employing staff to supervise children bringing packed lunches to school and clearing up after them.

No estimate of this cost is available. The total cost of providing midday supervisory assistance in schools in England in 1978–79 (the latest year for which information is available) was £43 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of schools have facilities for children to eat packed lunches.

Prior to April 1980, the majority of schools allowed children who wished to do so to eat packed lunches. Under section 22(1)(b) of the Education Act 1980, local education authorities have a duty to provide adequate facilities in all their schools for pupils who bring their own food to school. My right hon. and learned Friend has no reason to believe that any authority will be unable to comply with this.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of children in secondary schools (a) have free school lunches, (b) pay for school lunches and (c) bring packed lunches; and how this compares with the figures for one year ago.

The latest available figures relate to Autumn 1979. The information for that and the previous year is as follows:

MAINTAINED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND
As a percentage of pupils present
Pupil categoryAutumn 1979Autumn 1978
(a) Taking free meals10·111·9
(b) Paying for meals41·542·9
(c) Bringing own food16·715·5

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he is taking to publicise the provisions of the Education Act regarding school meals, in view of the confusion in secondary schools which is resulting in different provisions through the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

A circular letter dealing with the school meals provisions of the Education Act, 1980, was sent to all local education authorities on 3 April. The text was incorporated in a departmental circular about the Act published on 2 May, copies of which were made available to the press. Copies were also placed in the Library of the House and are available in the Vote Office.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many secondary schools have had to close one or more of their kitchens because of falling demand for school lunches.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities are allowing pensioners to eat at schools following falling demand for school lunches by children; and if he will make a statement.

University Students

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the number of (a) boys and (b) girls attending university for each year since 1945.

The number of men and women students at universities in Great Britain on full-time undergraduate courses for the academic years 1953–54 to 1966–67 is published in table 1 of Statistics of Education, Volume 6 1966 edition. Corresponding information for academic years 1965–66 to 1976–77 is published in table 2 of the 1976 edition. These volumes are available in the Library. Information for the academic year 1945–46 is not available and for 1946–47 to 1952–53, and 1977–78 to 1979–80 is as follows:

MenWomen
1946–4745,95118,009
1947–4854,13418,568
1948–4958,73318,505
1949–5059,68018,384
1950–5156,84617,141
1951–5254,76717,147
1952–5352,60117,216
1977–78148,10783,547
1978–79151,07988,114
1979–80 (provisional)152,70093,100

Teachers Salaries (Parental Contributions)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers' salaries are currently being paid for by parental contributions.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many staff were employed in school kitchens in May 1979 and at the latest convenient date; and how many it is estimated will be employed in September.

The number of kitchen and canteen staff employed in maintained schools in England in May 1979 was 164,800. In October 1979, the latest date for which figures are available, it was 165,658. My right hon. and learned Friend has made no estimate of the number of staff likely to be employed in September 1980.

Industry

Firms (Transport And Telephone Costs)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will seek to amend the Industry Acts to permit the paying of a new regional grant to compensate firms for the additional costs of transport and telephone communication which they suffer in development areas away from the main centres of population.

I have no plans to change the present scale of the incentives on offer in the assisted areas.

Job Creation (Service Industries)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what changes he proposes to make to the Government's regional policy to allow assistance to be given to developing job opportunities in the service sector as well as in manufacturing in development areas.

Special grants are already available under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 to assist office and service industry undertakings to provide additional employment in the assisted areas, when they have a choice of location between those areas and elsewhere.

British Steel Corporation (Chairman)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what are the total fees payable to Russell Reynolds Associates Limited for its executive search services in relation to the appointment of Mr. Ian MacGregor as chairman of the British Steel Corporation; on what basis these fees have been calculated; and if he will make a statement.

As I explained in answer to the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, South (Mr. Dobson) on 8 May—[Vol. 984, col. 192]—Russell Reynolds were engaged on standard terms, namely, a fee calculated on the basis of a proportion of the first year's remuneration of the new BSC chairman. Russell Reynolds are also being reimbursed for their expenses incurred during the search for a new chairman.

Arfon And Dwyfor (Redundancies)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, in view of the further factory closures and redundancies that have recently been announced in the Arfon and Dwyfor areas, if he will now review his decision to downgrade the industrial development status of these areas.

We recently reexamined the gradings of the Caernarvon and Pwllheli travel-to-work areas—TTWAs—and decided that we would not be justified in reversing the decision to make these TTWAs into development areas on 1 August. We will be keeping a close watch on their progress.

Nationalised Industries (Financing Policy)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if it is his policy to encourage the national industries for which he is responsible to raise funds from sources other than Her Majesty's Government with which to finance their investment programme; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1980]: This question is being looked at in the discussions with the nationalised industries chairmen's group to which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer refers in his answer of today's date to another question tabled by my hon. Friend.

Transport

Motorways And Trunk Roads

asked the Minister of Transport if he will list in the Official Report all motorway and trunk road schemes with a total cost of between £1 million and £10 million in the same format as the appendix on page VI-21 of the Supply Estimates 1980–81.

The information is attached for schemes in progress at 31 October 1979 and for those which have since started. As the hon. Member is aware, the whole programme has been under review. In the circumstances the provision referred to was not related to specific schemes in this range.

The total provision for schemes costing between £1 million and £10 million also covers expenditure on motorways communications, service areas and some other miscellaneous items and is partly off-set by the allowance at the end of table 2 of the appendix. The estimates for individual schemes are those current at

Estimated requirements for 1980–81

Year of athorisation to year of completion (estimated)

Current estimate of total cost

Probable expenditure to 31 March 1980

At 1980 survey prices

At outturn prices

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)
£000£000£000£000
MOTORWAYS

Schemes in progress (contracts let by 31 October 1979)

M25 Egham—Yeoveney (1·5 km)1979–819,8424,5733,3603,749
M25 Chersey—Wisley:
Advance Bridge Works, New Haw Viaduct, Wisley Interchange and Land1979–8111,5522,3013,8134,255
Main Works Contracts 1 and 2 (9·4 km)1981–8328,266825159177

Proposals to start (contracts actually let after 31 October 1979)

TRUNK ROADS

Schemes in progress (contracts let by 31 October 1979)

A10 Southery—South Runcton (16·1 km)1977–805,4694,210778868
Al Felton Bypass Main Works Stages 2A, B and C (4·7 km)1978–814,4621,6021,7901,997
Al GSJ at Darrington(l·6km)1978–802,1691,700588656
A259 Bexhill Old Town BP (1·4 km)1978–803,0312,136440491
A27 Portsbridge—Broad Marsh Improvement (3·2 km)1979–802,5721,5031,1921,330
A30 Billet Bridge—Avondale Road, Staines (1·6 km)1979–811,440339575642
A34 Whitchurch Litchfield Improvement (9·7 km)1979–812,8454681,2931,443
A406 Hangar Lane—Western Avenue (0·6 km)1978–804,5042,2671,6041,790
A47 Swaffham BP(7·6km)1979–815,0171,0532,4932,782
A52 Borrowash BP Extension (0·8 km)1977–804,8764,430774864
A590 Meathop—Sampool Bridge (6·2 km)1979–828,2231,6863,0593,413
A66 Appleby BP (6·4 km)1978–819,0283,6423,6424,063
A6 Silsoe BP (3 km)1979–811,9914191,0871,213

Proposals to start (contracts actually let after 31 October 1979)

A13 Newham Junction A13/117 (0·4 km)1980–811,30442773863
A31 Wimborne BP(5·8km)1980–823,8441031,8402,053
A590 Ulverston Diversion Stage 3 (1·0 km)1980–811,22768667744
A34 Kingsworthy—Bullington (9·3 km)1980–828,322453,2673,645

Abbreviations:

BP—Bypass.
GSJ—Grade Separated Junction.

TABLE 1: DETAILS OF SCHEMES COSTING £1,000,000 OR MORE

Estimated requirements for 1980–81

Year of authorisation to year of completion (estimated)

Current estimate of total cost

Probable expenditure to 31 March 1980

At 1980 survey prices

At outturn prices

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)
£000£000£000£000
MOTORWAYS

Mhemes in progress (contracts let by 31 October 1979)

20 Mid—Kent Motorway:
Ashford to Folkestone (23 · 7 km)1977–8141,24819,68615,41517,200
West Kingsdown to Addington (8 km)1976–8018,25113,2964,1784,662

the time, and cover their total cost, including land and a contingency allowance. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.

I regret that there is an error in three of the figures in the appendix to the Supply Estimates. A corrected version is attached and is available in the Library.

Estimated requirements for 1980–81

Year of authorisation to year of completion (estimated)

Current estimate of total cost

Probable expenditure to 31 March 1980

At 1980 survey prices

At outturn prices

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)
£000£000£000£000
M25 London Outer Orbital Motorway:
Thorpe to Chertsey (including Chertsey Links) (5·9 km)1975–8016,70711,7913,5813,996
A12toA13(14·4km)1978–8262,21312,60420,35822,716
A111 toA10(8·5km)1979–8121,9896,97810,65411,888
M26 Sevenoaks—Wrotham Motorway:
Sevenoaks to Wrotham (12 km)1977–8022,08915,6655,3745,996
M56 North Cheshire Motorway:
Hapsford to Lea by Backford (10·2 km)1977–8020,17410,8166,6517,421
M58 Aintree—Skelmersdale M6 Motorway:
Aintree—Skelmersdale Link (13·2 km)1977–8032,18624,8925,6796,337
M63 Manchester Outer Ring Road:
Stockport East/West By-Pass Stage 21978–8111,1443,0603,1493,514
M67 Hyde and Denton By-Pass Motorway:
Denton Relief Road, Stage 1 (2·4 km)1978–8118,81612,0534,4694,987

Schemes with a total cost between £1,000,000 and £10,000,000 or requiring less than £2,000,000 in 198081

49,6607,6999,36310,447

Residual expenditure on completed schemes costing £1,000,000 or more

27,58430,779

Proposals to start (contracts let after 31 October 1979)

Ml London—Yorkshire Motorway:
Breakspears to Berrygrove (10·4 km)1980–8327,1963374,2604,753
M25 London Outer Orbital Motorway:
Yeoveney to Poyle (including Airport Spur) (3·2 km)1980–8215,977383,4613,862
M11–A12(13·1 km)1979–8238,50049311,57012,910
A10-M11 (12·9 km)1979–8283,1143,57411,49412,825
M63 Manchester Outer Ring Road:
Stockport East/West By-Pass, Stages 4/5 (3·2 km)1979–8218,6751,2616,9857,794
M65 Calder Valley Route:
Hyndburn to Burnley section (including Accrington Northerly By-Pass)1980–8245,1152,1764,6425,180

Schemes with a total cost between £1,000,000

and £10,000,000 (contracts let after 31 October 1979)

3,0003,0003,317

Preliminary expenditure on land &c. for future schemes costing £1,000,000 or more

7,1768,007
TOTAL169,013188,621

TRUNK ROADS

Schemes in progress (contracts let by 31 October 1979)

Manchester—Burnley Road:
Haslingdon By-Pass (4·2 km)1978–8115,8613,1845,8836,564
Kendal—Doncaster Road:
Skipton Western and Northern By-Passes (North Yorkshire) (10·1 km)1978–8216,0504,5034,5095,031
Penrith—Middlesbrough Road:
Stockton—Thornaby Diversion (Cleveland) (6·4 km)1978–8120,7918,9527,4278,287
York—Hull Road:
Beverley South Western By-Pass (Humber—side) (10·0 km)1978–8011,2535,3444,4845,003
Girton—Godmanchester Road:
Barhill to Godmanchester (Cambridge—shire) (19 km)1978–8112,7994,8904,1494,630
London—Tilbury Road:
Mar Dyke—East of Grays (Essex) (9·9 km)1979–8125,7244,46511,46612,794
London—Portsmouth Road:
Burpham to Ladymead Diversion (Hampshire) (6·3 km)1977–8117,43010,9065,6316,283

Estimatea requirements for 1980–81

Year of authorisation to year of completion (estimated)

Current estimate of total cost

Probable-expenditure to 31 March 1980

At 1980 survey prices

At outturn prices

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)
£000£000£000£000
London—Holyhead Road:
Milton Keynes Diversion (Buckingham-shire) (15·3 km)1977–8021,37818,8283,5373,947
London—Canterbury—Dover Road:
Canterbury By-Pass (Kent) (7·4 km)1978–8114,4055,6226,0576,759
Felixstowe—Weedon and London—Yarmouth Roads:
Ipswich By-Pass (26·6 km)1979–8469,9752,2659,04610,094

Schemes with a total cost between £1,000,000 and £10,000,000 or requiring less than £2,000,000 in 1980–81

61,62625,45524,90327,787

Residual expenditure on completed schemes costing £1,000,000 or more

14,09415,727

Proposals to start (contracts let after 31 October 1979)

East of Snaith—Sunderland Road:
Billingham Diversion (Cleveland) (7·4 km)1979–8216,1382,9694,6715,212
Sheffield—Grimsby Road:
Brigg By-Pass to Grimsby (Humberside) (21·6 km)1980–8434,651341,8522,067
London-Fishguard Road:
Gloucester Northern By-Pass (5·3 km)1980–8310,5501,521878980
Proposed Colchester-Harwich Road:
Colchester Eastern and Elmstead Market By-Pass (Essex) (13·2 km)1979–8220,9031,3747,1197,944

Schemes with a total cost between £1,000,000 and £10,000,000 (contracts let after 31 October 1979)

65,12278616,26518,149

Preliminary expenditure on land &c. for future schemes costing £1,000,000 or more

9,62910,744
TOTAL141,600158,002

TABLE 2: SUMMARY AND RECONCILIATION WITH ESTIMATE

Current estimate of total cost

Probable expenditure to 31 March 1980

Estimated requirements for 1980–81 at survey prices

Estimated requirements for 1980–81 (at outturn prices)

£000£000£000£000
MOTORWAYS AND TRUNK ROADS
Work in progress at 1 April 1980 on schemes costing more than £1,000,000601,769232,954175,963196,343
New schemes proposed to start in 1980–81 costing more than £1,000,000379,03114,56376,19785,023
Residual expenditure on completed schemes and preliminary expenditure on land, &c. for future schemes costing £1,000,000 or more58,48364,257
TOTAL980,800247,517310,643346,623
Other schemes costing less than £1,000,000 each24,16726,966

Less: Allowances for services which may not be carried out in the year

17,86019,929
TOTAL316,950353,660

Residential Properties (Blight)

asked the Minister of Transport what is the total cost of acquisition of residential properties under the blight provisions for proposed roads by the Department of Transport or its predecessor for the financial years 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78 and 1978–79.

I regret that this information is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

asked the Minister of Transport whether any surveys have been carried out to establish if residential owners of properties blighted by road proposals can sell successfully on the open market; and, if so, at what percentage of the unblighted value.

No such surveys have been carried out. However, we purchase property suffering blight only where the owner can show that he has not been able to sell at a reasonable market value. Considerable evidence on the problems

PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES AND ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ONE VEHICLE AND ONE OR MORE PEDESTRIANS: BY POLICE FORCE: GB: 1977–1978.
Police ForcePedestrian CasualtiesNumber Accidents
1977197819771978
Metropolitan Police16,94016,43115,02614,727
Cumbria482481443446
Lancashire1,6861,8431,5651,700
Merseyside2,5222,5402,3922,422
Greater Manchester4,1314,1013,8423,741
Cheshire775819712764
Northumbria1,8951,8531,7781,693
Durham629628596580
North Yorkshire600629447430
West Yorkshire2,8602,9952,7222,803
South Yorkshire1,7101,7361,5811,523
Humberside909920848811
Cleveland933787874733
West Midlands4,2233,9203,9503,670
Staffordshire1,0621,038999967
West Mercia810812756757
Warwickshire370371331329
Derbyshire1,0251,006959921
Nottinghamshire1,0691,2339901,138
Lincolnshire456391410366
Leicestershire949841879789
Northamptonshire494456452386
Cambridgeshire411381371295
Norfolk541526492467
Suffolk430448389398
Bedfordshire560551483476
Hertfordshire652626593536
Essex1,2511,2731,1271,134
Thames Valley1,4851,4261,3431,291
Hampshire1,6011,4631,4791,317
Surrey651651553561
Kent1,3971,3941,2721,269
Sussex1,3431,2311,2331,107
City of London251215234204
Devon and Cornwall1,3371,3671,2231,239
Avon and Somerset1,1981,1761,0861,054
Gloucestershire400408362362
Wiltshire439471406428
Dorset569580530528
North Wales666651598594
Gwent504473453426
South Wales1,5041,6081,4261,486
Dyfed-Powys297348271323
Northern212224194210
Grampian583642520550
Tayside463512435470

caused by blight is, therefore, continuously available to us.

Pedestrians (Accidents)

asked the Minister of Transport how many accidents there have been in each of the last 10 years involving pedestrians; and if he will set out the figures by police authority areas.

I regret that the information can neither be provided in the precise form requested nor for more than two years, except at disproportionate cost.The following information is available:

Police Force

Pedestrian Casualties

Number Accidents

1977197819771978
Fife365376317259
Lothian and Borders1,2371,2001,1131,095
Central293326266294
Strathclyde3,9733,7773,5883,437
Dumfries and Galloway133140117135
All Police Forces71,27670,29565,02663,647

Road Construction Programme

asked the Minister of Transport if he will explain why the factor used to convert 1980 survey prices to 1980–81 outturn prices, as implicit in the appendix on page VI-21 of the Supply Estimates 1980–81 differs substantially from that given on page VI-ii; and whether this has any implications for the road construction programme in the current year.

The factors implicit in the appendix on page VI-21 of the Supply Estimates 1980–81 are derived directly from the pay and price movements given on page VI-ii. The differences arise because the former provide for revaluation over less than a full year, that is from 1980 survey prices (November 1979) to average 1980–81 prices; and because they include an allowance for the time lag between the completion of work and payment for it. The Estimates provision is therefore sufficient to meet the cash requirements of the programme on the basis of the assumed movements in pay and prices.

Certificate Of Insurance

asked the Minister of Transport if he will seek to amend the Road Traffic Acts to require insurers to include in the certificate of insurance issued the names of drivers or categories of drivers permitted to use the vehicle covered.

Regulations made under the Road Traffic Act already require insurers to include in a certificate of insurance information as to the persons or classes of persons entitled to drive. A requirement to specify the names of such persons would lead to administrative difficulties for insurers and inconvenience and loss of flexibility in the use of their vehicles by motorists.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Zimbabwe

asked the Lord Privy Seal what response has been made to Zimbabwe's application for accession to the second Lomé convention.

At its meeting in Nairobi on 8–9 May the ACP-EC Council of Ministers approved the Republic of Zimbabwe's request for accession to the second Lomé convention. The Government gave their agreement to the Commission proposal concerned before parliamentary scrutiny in view of the urgent need for the Community to reach an agreed position in advance of its recent meeting with the ACP states in Nairobi. Detailed negotiations between the Community and Zimbabwe will follow in due course.

Defence

Procurement Policy

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will pursue a procurement policy designed to encourage the restructuring of the European armaments industry as suggested in recommendation No. 338 of the Assembly of Western European Union.

United Kingdom defence procurement policy is designed to encourage collaborative solutions to our needs when this makes sense. Such joint projects have led to the formation of important international consortia, such as PANAVIA, and I expect further similar developments in the future.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will raise with his European colleagues within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation the need to co-operate the collection and circulation of information on European supply and demand in armaments, the choice of armament programmes and their overall financial, technical, economic and social repercussions, as suggested in recommendation No. 337 of the Assembly of Western European Union.

My right hon. Friend will not be raising this matter with his colleagues, since the elaborate machinery suggested in the recommendation is unlikely to add usefully to the practical work of bringing together information on future equipment needs already being done within Independent European Programme Group and Conference of National Armaments Directors.

Steel Requirements

asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to what extent the shortfall of steel production during the recent industrial dispute in the steel industry will affect steel for the production of armaments and the like used in the defence programme;(2) whether he can give an assurance that the British Steel industry's steel production will be sufficient to cover both civilian and anticipated defence expenditure on the use of steel and steel-produced products.

The defence equipment programme has not been significantly affected by the recent steel strike. I am satisfied that in general the British steel industry has the capacity to meet present and future defence requirements.

Service Men (Drug Experiments)

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what benefits have been derived from tests carried out with LSD and anticholinergic drugs on Service men.

The tests have helped in the examination of the threat from potential chemical warfare agents, and have significantly added to medical knowledge of the treatment of poisoning by all classes of anticholinesterase drugs. This has civil as well as military benefits.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what long-term follow-up tests are arranged for Service men who volunteer to be the subject of experiments in the use of mind-bending drugs; and if any long-term adverse effects have been found in those who took part in experiments with LSD in the 1960s.

All volunteers for tests at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, undergo stringent general medical, phsychological and psychiatric assessments before and after the tests, and continue to be subject to the usual regular health monitoring provided by the Armed Services medical branches. Where necessary, representative numbers are seen again in due course at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down. In the case of LSD, no long-term adverse effects have been discerned from any of these checks.

European Community

Budget Contributions

asked the Lord Privy Seal what has been the net contribution to the European Economic Community budget for each member State excluding the United Kingdom, for each year from 1973 to date.

There are no figures available showing the net contributions of other member States for the years 1973–75. The Commission figures for 1976–78 were given by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in reply to the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) on 11 June 1979.—[Vol. 968, c. 141–42.] The figures for 1978–80 were given by my hon. Friend in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) on 25 February.—[Vol. 979, c. 440–42.]

Scotland

School Leavers (Employment)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the prospects for employment of school leavers for the coming summer.

As in previous years, most of the young people leaving school this summer will find a job—or place in a full-time further education—within a few weeks. For those unable to do so the Manpower Services Commission has renewed its undertaking to provide places on the youth opportunities programme.

Electricity Demand

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the projected annual growth of electricity demand for the next five years.

The latest winter for which weather-corrected maximum demand figures are available is that of 1978–79. For the five-year period from then until the winter of 1983–84 the average annual growth in simultaneous maximum demand in Scotland projected by the Scottish Electricity Boards is just over 1 per cent.

Electricity Boards (Financial Targets)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the financial targets of the South of Scotland Electricity Board and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, respectively, for 1980–81 to 1982–83.

My right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement about financial targets for the Scottish electricity boards in the near future.

Cross-Channel Electricity Cables

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the expected Scottish contribution by way of

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1978–79770,455Nil92Nil341,68753,963*
1977–78524,799Nil74Nil261,29742,758*
1976–77469,694Nil73Nil224,35834,528*
1975–76376,805Nil67Nil196,11224,259*
1974–75311,790Nil66Nil145,06912,749*
* Separate figures are not available for members' expenses, which are included in the final column.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Technical Education Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and

finance and electricity exports to the two gigawatt cross-Channel electricity cables to be constructed by the Central Electricity Generating Board.

The Scottish electricity boards are not involved in the cross-Channel project, and are not participating in its financing. The boards have regular meetings with the Central Electricity Generating Board to discuss their normal inter-trading arrangements and will explore at the appropriate time any effects that the agreement between CEGS and Electricite de France may have on these arrangements.

Quangos

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Standing Consultative Council on Youth and Community Service, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Health Education, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the

Members
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpenses
££££
1979–8016011160
1978–7913511135
1977–78401240
1976–7711212112
1975–7612
Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Advisory Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsNumber of personnel involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
£££££
1979–80
1978–79
1977–78173·6811173·68
1976–77
1975–76358·9311358·93
The Scottish Agricultural Advisory Council was disbanded on 31 December 1978. Members' expenses in 1977–78 were £174. Part-time secretarial services were provided by staff of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Business Education Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the

latest available 12-month period, the the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish United Services Museum Advisory Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1978–79544,904Nil58Nil229,57219,729*
1977–78476,981Nil56Nil182,78917,711*
1976–77390,089Nil57Nil165,57915,217*
1975–76253,179Nil57Nil166,63513,885*
1974–75277,549Nil56Nil112,8899,506*
* Separate figures are not available for members' expenses, which are included in this column.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Medical Practices Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costs*Amount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–8020,33189,5152,8377,979
1978–7917,93787,6503,5156,772
1977–7813,68486,5151,5005,669
1976–7713,27186,6651,4405,166
1975–7612,00186,0001,5004,501
* The accommodation and administrative costs of the committee are included with those of the Common Services Agency.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Sheriff Court Rules Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

It would involve disproportionate expenditure to seek to establish information in the form requested. The council consists of 14 members who are all unpaid but who receive travel and subsistence allowances for attendance at meetings, which are held about once monthly. The council has

members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:no power to incur expenditure. The secretary is a sheriff clerk who discharges that function as part of his full-time employment in the Scottish courts administration.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Valuation Advisory Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

Members
Calendar yearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpenses
££££
1979332Nil15Nil332
1978146Nil15Nil146
1977206Nil15Nil206
197624Nil13Nil24
1975NilNil13NilNil
19747Nil15Nil7
A principal in the Scottish Office acts as secretary to the council but is mainly employed on other duties and receives no separate remuneration in respect of his council function.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Research and Education, the amount disbursed by

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–80220,87240038½(c)1,63088,7002,565
1978–79200,60357038½(c)1,16868,3801,475
1977–78189,52625039½(c)1,04662,7111,064
1976–77159,80944839½(c)89961,9681,395
1975–76112,02125439½(c)53038,965968

Notes:

  • (a) Expenditure figures for 1979–80 are provisional.
  • (b) The costs of contract research are excluded from columns 2, 7 and 8.
  • (c) Including 21 council members.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical Education, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–8083,16560,088374,73058,7972,517
    1978–7976,52872,901364,15349,5402,826
    1977–7863,11394,717363,32044,4352,192
    1976–7763,78620,911362,99341,6912,810
    1975–7659,28416,436362,90839,1474,736

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Council for Educational Technology, the amount disbursed

    that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categor-ies in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1978–79623,14132,057164(c)392,223
    1977–78476,65429,073154Not339,435Not
    1976–77473,0948,590156Available330,075Available
    1975–76406,10111,432159Centrally286,206Centrally
    1974–75268,15011,419155216,492

    Notes:

  • (a) Figures not yet available for 1979–80.
  • (b) The Council, which incorporates the Scottish Film Council, was established in October 1975. The information for 1974–75 and part of 1975–76 is for the Scottish Film Council only.
  • (c) Including 45 council members. In previous years (he number of members fluctuated between 38 and 45.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for,

    MembersStaff
    Calendar yearTotal costs*Amount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesFees and salariesExpenses
    ££££££
    19792,447,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,5871,545,000184,000
    19782,159,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,3921,388,000164,000
    19772,047,000Nilc. 11,000Nil2,2301,319,000136,000
    19761,873,000Nilc. 11,000Nil9901,213,00099,000
    19751,514,000Nilc. 11,000Nil1,0291,003,00080,000
    19741,102,000Nilc. 11,000Nil804739,00067,000
    * Figures shown are current running costs of the Board and the SCE Examinations. Capital expenditure over the whole period 1974–79 amounted to £705,000, mainly incurred in connection with the Board's move in 1975 to larger offices at Dalkeith.
    † These totals comprise some 200 unpaid members of the Board and the various subject panels 106 permanent members of staff (as at 31 December 1979), up to 500 additional staff engaged on a seasonal basis to cope with peaks of activity in connection with each year's examinations, and around 10,000 individuals who act on a fee-paid basis, as setters, examiners, invigilators and markers.
    ‡ Sums paid in respect of the permanent, seasonal and fee-paid staff of the Board.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Development Council, the amount disbursed by the body, the number of persons, including

    The information is as follows:respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses, and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–801,614Nil12Nil1,614
    1978–791,740Nil12Nil1,740
    1977–781,514Nil10Nil1,549
    The Council was reconstituted on 1 April 1977 as an advisory body. Part-time secretarial services are provided by staff of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland in the course of their normal duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Tourist Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of

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    Salaries or Equivalent
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedMembersStaffExpenses
    £000£000£000£000£000
    1979–802,5921,6501352286981
    1978–792,1521,3001261470270
    1977–781,6521,0561221260265
    1976–771,4897751151153164
    1975–761,211967107946243

    Notes:

    Col 2 comprises all expenditure by STB including expenditure on promotion, marketing, publications, but excluding that under column 3.

    Col 3 comprises expenditure on financial assistance to tourism projects and hotel development Incentive scheme only.

    Col 4 includes the chairman and six board members who serve part time.

    Col 7 comprises expenditure on travel and subsistence by members and staff.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Sports Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involved*Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–801,176,8001,651,7001733,3007,700779,20031,700
    1978–791,129,4001,370,0001712,4004,200667,10028,900
    1977–781,039,900860,1001682,9003,600578,60022,400
    1976–77856,500870,8001633,5005,200535,30018,300
    1975–76817,000678,1001643,5003,200465,10015,400
    * Including members of the council, of whom there were 23 in 1979–80.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total

    payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as fallows:payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Dental Estimates Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–8018,560717,985575
    1978–7914,237714,106131
    1977–7813,668713,57989
    1976–7713,191712,830361
    1975–7613,933713,430503
    1974–759,35188,765586
    The support services of the board are provided by the staff of the Common Services Agency.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the rent assessment panels—(Scotland)—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and

    (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80158,111Nil20138,1534,958115,000*
    1978–79154,422Nil19240,9654,457109,000*
    1977–78135,199Nil20336,5025,69793,000*
    1976–77141,701Nil22542,7703,93195,000*
    1975–76115,052Nil22518,9013,15193,000*
    * Included in (e).

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involved*Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80963,973156119767,3635,031
    1978–79873,18715633692,4644,065
    1977–78803,59315533637,7863,326
    1976–77705,58415531610,0173,006
    1975–76643,06515558555,9161,913.
    * Including 29 members of the board of governors, full-time staff and the full-time equivalent of part-time staff.

    and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The Rent Assessment Panel for Scotland comprises (currently) 190 members from whom rent assessment committees are formed as required. Members are paid a per diem fee for their services plus travelling and subsistence allowances. The following table gives the detailed information requested.members of the body by way of salary or equivalent expenses of members and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Red Deer Commission, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costs*Amount disbursedNumber of personnel involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–80117,541‡Nil13 members 12 staff5,9195,09755,72415,124
    1978–7991,137Nil13 members 12 staff4,1913,53343,65614,739
    1977–7876,116Nil13 members 12 staff3,9462,93238,6619,306
    1976–7772,844Nil13 members 12 staff3,4652,32436,8089,193
    1975–7668,754Nil13 members 12 staff3,4652,38932,7646,953
    * Gross Costs: There is however revenue, from sale of carcases, as follows:— 1979–80—£5,483; 1978–79—£15,960; 1977–78—£5,671; 1976–77—£13,273; 1975–76—£11,231; 1974–75—£9,007.
    † Includes 1 part-time member of staff.
    ‡ Provisional.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the river purification boards—(Scotland)—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and

    Number of persons involvedMembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costs(1)Amount disbursedMembersStaffSalaries or equivalent ExpensesExpensesSalariesExpenses
    £ million£££££
    1979–802·3Not applicable180Not availableSee Note (2)See Note (3)
    1978–792·2Not applicable180272See Note (2)See Note (3)
    1977–78.2·0Not applicable180261See Note (2)See Note (3)

    for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The river purification boards are independent bodies performing a statutory local function and I am responsible only for appointing one-third of their members. The available information is as follows:

    1976–772·3Not applicable180257See Note (2)See Note (3)
    1974–75See Note (4)

    Notes:

    (1) Capital plus current costs at 1979 survey prices.

    (2) Members are entitled to allowances in accordance with the provisions of sections 45–47 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Details of such payments can only be obtained from the individual Boards.

    (3) Details of staff salaries and expenses are included in Boards' annual reports and are not held centrally.

    (4) Comparable figures prior to 1975–76, when boards were reconstituted, are not available.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the prison review committees—Scotland—the amount disbursed by those bodies, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with those bodies, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of those bodies by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in ail the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    By "Prison Review Committees" I take my hon. Friend to mean "local review committees".Members of local review committees are unpaid but may claim travelling and subsistence expenses and financial loss allowance at the normal rates. Not all members claim the expenses or allowance to which they are entitled. The committees makes no disbursements.The following table shows the number of committees in each of the last five financial years, the number of members (excluding governors, who are members

    ex officio) and the total cost of payments made to members:

    Members

    Year

    Total Financial Costs

    Amount Disbursed

    No. of Persons Involved

    Salaries or Equivalent

    Expenses

    ££££
    1979–80230Nil25Nil230
    1978–79531Nil25Nil531
    1977–78283Nil25Nil2S3
    1976–77120Nil25Nil120
    1975–76Not availableNil36NilNot available
    Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

    Year

    Number of committees

    *

    Number of members

    Payments to members

    £
    1975–769572,473
    1976–7710653,549
    1977–739614,722
    1978–799613,812†
    1979–8010677,2711†

    * The fluctuation in the number of committees reflects the changes in establishments having inmates eligible for parole. e

    † The figures for 1978–79 and 1979–80 are distorted because of Civil Service industrial action which caused a substantial number of payments to be delayed.

    It is not possible to distinguish payments by way of financial loss allowance from travelling and subsistence payments. At each of the penal establishments involved secretarial services are provided by the staff of the establishment.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Police Advisory Board for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including adminstration, of the Police (Scotland) Examination Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent,

    Members
    YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
    ££££
    1979–808,653*Nil8Nil170*
    1978–799,582Nil8Nil280
    1977–786,325Nil8Nil110
    1976–776,707Nil8Nil270
    1975–762,918Nil8Nil310
    1974–753,884Nil8NilNot available
    * Provisional
    Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Peterhead Bay Management Co. Ltd., the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount

    MembersStaff
    YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursed(a)Number of persons involved(b)Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
    ££££££
    1979–8029,12136,653101451,58419,5611,286
    1978–7930,33127,75410981,24018,472707
    1977–7824,22125,533101,27516,6161,453
    1976–7723,23620,889101,54615,228443
    1975–7620,59516,88291,54414,3441,125
    NOTES:

  • (a) Contribution to costs of shared services required to operate the bay and fishery harbours at Peterhead.
  • (b) The company has a permanent staff of three. The remaining persons listed are board members who serve part-time.
  • (c) From 1974–75, income from the harbour has exceeded the direct costs of its operation.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Parole Board for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    Members of the board are paid sessional fees according to a scale which takes account of the category

    expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    The information is as follows:of each member. Some members do not receive a fee but all may claim travelling and subsistence expenses. The board makes no disbursements.The following table shows, for each of the last five financial years, the number of board members and the total cost of payments made to members:—

    YearNumber of membersPayments to members
    £
    1975–76158,600
    1976–771512,318
    1977–781511,965
    1978–791514,968
    1979–801423,208

    It is not possible to distinguish sessional fees from travelling and subsistence payments.

    Secretarial services for the Parole Board for Scotland are provided by staff of the Scottish Home and Health Department.

    asked the Secretary of Slate for Scotland if he will publish, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Oil Development Council for Scotland, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    Following its latest meeting on 21 March the council submitted written advice on the basis of which my right hon. Friend paid grant totalling £558,986 in respect of 25 applications for listed buildings and conservation schemes.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on the Protection of Birds in Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    At the last meeting of the advisory committee held in March 1980 the committee advised on various proposals relating to bird protection including a proposal that the purple sandpiper be added to the first schedule to the Protection of Birds Act 1954. My right hon. Friend has decided to act on the proposal.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Scotland's Travelling People; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The advisory committee submitted its second report, containing a number of receommendations, to my right hon. Friend on 28 June 1978.Two of the recommendations, to reconstitute the committee and to introduce 100 per cent. grant for the approved capital costs of local authority site provision have already been accepted and provision for grant is included in the Local Government, Planning and Land (No. 2) Bill.I shall shortly be meeting the committee to convey to it my right hon. Friend's comments on the remainder of the recommendations which fall within his direct responsibility.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Statistical Information; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The committee recently recommended the setting up of a working group to assess the requirements for information to be collected in the school census of September 1981; this working group has been established.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Advisory Committee on Social Work; and what action he has taken as a result.

    In December 1979 the Advisory Council on Social Work made recommendations to my right hon. Friend on solvent abuse. Views are being sought on this subject in a consultative document issued on 30 April.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The last written advice received by my right hon. Friend was the minutes of the board's meeting on 14 March. The record of the board's deliberations assist him in the management and conservation of ancient monuments.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Boundary Commission for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The Commission's function, under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Acts 1949 to 1958, is to review parliamentary constituencies in Scotland and to make recommendations as to the constituencies into which the whole country or particular areas should be divided. Its reports are laid before Parliament. It last reported on interim reviews which were implemented in 1973 and it is at present conducting a general review on which it must report before June 1984.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Building Standards Adivsory Committee; and what action he has taken as a result.

    At its meeting on 21 November 1979 the committee advised my official representatives on proposals for improvement of thermal insulation standards for houses, the consolidation with amendments of the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, and on possible improvements on the building control system; all of which are likely to lead to changes in the regulations.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Careers Service Advisory Council for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.

    Since my right hon. Friend came to office in May 1979 he has received no written advice from the Careers Service Advisory Council for Scotland, whose term of office came to an end in September 1979. My right hon. Friend is at present considering the re-constitution of the council.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Central Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace (Scotland); and what action he has taken as a result.

    My right hon. Friend received a letter from Lord Wheatley, the chairman of the committee, in July last year, after a meeting of the committee on 2 July. The committer recommended that the powers and jurisdiction of the district court should be extended, and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill contains a provision for this purpose. Lord Wheatley also reported the committee's view that a greater proportion of women should be included among candidates recommended for appointment as justices of the peace and my right hon. Friend has commended their suggestion to JP advisory committees. The committee strongly recommended that a course for clerks of the district court should be centrally provided and three such courses, each for about a dozen clerks, were run by the Scottish Courts administration in Glasgow last winter. Some other recommendations by the Committee are still under consideration.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the children's panel advisory committees; and what action he has taken as a result.

    The 12 children's panel advisory committees provide regular advice to my right hon. Friend on the appointment of Chairman, Deputy Chairman and members of children's panels. Account is taken of this advice in the appointments and reappointments, numbering approximately 500, which are made in May each year.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he received written advice from the Committee of Investigation for Scotland; and what action he has taken as a result.