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Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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Written Answers To Questions

Tuesday 8 December 1981

Energy

Coal Equivalence

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the equivalence in useful fuel in terms of coal of 20,000 tonnes of depleted uranium and 12 tonnes of plutonium used in fast reactors.

20,000 tonnes of depleted uranium will, if fissioned in a fast reactor, produce the same amount of electricity as would be produced by burning 40,000 million tonnes of coal. I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on 3 March 1980 for information on the significance of the United Kingdom plutonium stock.

Oil And Petrol (Pricing)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will set up an inquiry to investigate the pricing of oil and petrol in the United Kingdom.

No. Neither the 1979 Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on petrol wholesaling, nor the February and November 1981 reports of the NEDC energy task force, found evidence of a failure of competition in the United Kingdom oil products market.

North Sea Oil

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will seek powers to impose a ban on the export of crude oil from the North Sea; and if he will make a statement.

Participation Agreements

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will list the participation agreements between himself, the British National Oil Corporation and the oil companies, indicating (a) the oilfields concerned in each of the agreements, (b) the date of the agreements and (c) the nature of each of these agreements.

Details of the companies with which participation agreements have been concluded were provided in my reply to the hon. Member for Bedford (Mr. Skeet) on 26 October. A statement and summary of each agreement have been laid in the House under the certification procedure provided for in section 1(1) of the Participation Agreements Act 1978.

Electricity Prices

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how electricity prices to large industrial consumers in the United Kingdom have increased in 1981 compared with other European countries.

The recent report by the National Economic Development Council's energy task force indicated that since January electricity tariff increases had been higher in almost all other European countries. Actual increases depend on the consumer's pattern of consumption. The following are the percentages increases between 2 January and 1 October 1981 for consumers, in such industries as chemicals, glass, paper and textiles, with maximum demands of 2500kW and 60 per cent. load factor as indicated by the figures in tables 12 and 12A of the NEDC report:

percentage increase
in p/kWhin local currency
England and Wales88
Belgium2010
France2214
Germany (RWE)187
Italy2522
Netherlands3121

Home Department

Repatriation

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of the Scarman report, he will now review the need for resettlement grants as part of Her Majesty's Government's repatriation scheme.

Illegal Radio Transmissions

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department and other enforcement authorities to stop illegal AM and single side band transmissions which cause serious interference on other domestic appliances as well as on the legal FM bands.

Within the limitations on manpower and resources, the radio interference service of British Telecom, which acts as our agent in these matters, is doing everything possible to trace users of illegal CB sets with a view to prosecuting them. The importation of CB sets which do not meet the requirements of the legal service is prohibited, and large numbers of such sets are seized by Her Majesty's Customs. We are considering the need for legislation to strengthen the existing enforcement powers.

Voluntary Service Unit

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet made a decision on the grant to the Voluntary Services Unit for 1981–82; and, if so, how much is to be allocated for this purpose.

The VSU as a division of the Home Office does not itself receive a grant, but at the discretion of Ministers is authorised to make grants to eligible voluntary organisations. Grants to the total of £2,625,291 have so far been authorised in 1981–82.

Citizens Band Radio

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he intends to legalise AM transmission on the 27 metre band, or any other frequency, in either the normal or single side band mode;(2) if it is now the policy of Her Majesty's Government to confine citizens band radio to FM transmissions and to exclude the possibility for the foreseeable future of amplitude modulation—AM—transmission.

Amplitude modulation is permitted in certain services where it will not cause widespread interference, but it is not an appropriate method of modulation for citizens band radio. We have no intention of authorising the use of AM for the citizens band service.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to allocate additional bands to the 40 already allocated on the legal FM system to alleviate the overcrowding already becoming apparent in some parts of the United Kingdom.

No. We have no reason to suppose that the 40 channels allocated are insufficient. They represent the highest number allocated in the 27 MH2 Hz band anywhere in the world.

Repatriation

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he takes steps to monitor the attitude of the West Indian community to voluntary and assisted repatriation; and if he will make a statement on any evidence he has collected in this regard.

I have no plans to undertake such monitoring or to review the Government's existing voluntary repatriation schemes.

"Racial Attacks"

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the Metropolitan Police, division L, Lambeth, was excluded from special study by the Home Office study "Racial Attacks".

The areas for special study in the Metropolitan Police district were selected in early May to provide a reasonable cross-section. It would not have been right to have imposed any additional burden on the police in L district at that time.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in his Department, with what rank and position in each case, were engaged on the Home Office study which was published in the report "Racial Attacks".

A large number of Home Office officials were engaged on this study at its different stages. There were six principal members of the study team: two assistant secretaries, and a principal from the police department, and an assistant secretary, principal and HEO(A) from the community programmes and equal opportunities department.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 November, Official Report, column 477, what factors he took into consideration in deciding not to publish the evidence for the statements in paragraphs 62 and 74 of the Home Office study "Racial Attacks" relating to hon. Members and prominent public figures.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison (Incident)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has yet reached a decision on the publication of the report prepared by Mr. Gibson, the regional director of the south-east region of the prison department, on the incident at Her Majesty's prison, Wormwood Scrubs, on 31 August 1979.

I understand that the Director of Public Prosecutions has now indicated to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that no criminal proceedings are justified against any person following the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into allegations by inmates against staff concerning the incident in D Wing at Wormwood Scrubs on 31 August 1979, and subsequent events. Following this conclusion, I have decided that the report prepared by Mr. Gibson should be published, together with a full account setting out the background, circumstances and action subsequently taken. This will be done as soon as possible.

Prime Minister

Engagements

Q4.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q5.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q6.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q7.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q9.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q12.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q13.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q14.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q15.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q16.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q17.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q18.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q19.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q20.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q21.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q22.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q23.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q24.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q25.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q26.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her public engagements for 8 December.

Q27.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q28.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q29.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q32.

asked the Prime Minister whether she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q33.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q34.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q36.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q37.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q38.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q39.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q41.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q42.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q43.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her public engagements for 8 December.

Q44.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

Q45.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q48.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q49.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q51.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q53.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q54.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

Q55.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 8 December.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 December.

This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today. This evening I hope to have an audience of her Majesty the Queen.

Malaysia

Q8.

asked the Prime Minister whether she plans to initiate any discussions at ministerial level between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

There have been several discussions at ministerial level between the United Kingdom and Malaysia recently. I am naturally disturbed at recent developments and hope that United Kingdom-Malaysian relations can soon be restored to their normal excellent level. It has been agreed with the Malaysian Government that my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs should visit Kuala Lumpur in early February when he will, of course, hope to discuss all this with them.

Human Rights (Pakistan)

Q10.

asked the Prime Minister whether, in accordance with United Kingdom support for human rights, Her Majesty's Government have made any representations on the subject to the Government of Pakistan.

No. The Pakistan Government are well aware of Her Majesty's Government's position on human rights, which has been made clear in the United Nations and elsewhere.

Chancellor Schmidt-President Brezhnev (Talks)

Q11.

asked the Prime Minister what information she has received from the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the content of his discussions with President Brezhnev, in so far as those discussions dealt with Western defence policy; and what reply she has sent.

Chancellor Schmidt gave an account of his conversations with President Brezhnev in Bonn to the European Council on 26 and 27 November. The Chancellor described his discussions with President Brezhnev on disarmament, including the negotiations on long-range theatre nuclear forces which opened in Geneva on 30 November. I warmly welcomed Chancellor Schmidt's presentation and the opportunity which President Brezhnev's visit afforded the Chancellor to explain the full range of shared Western policies.

Wage Rates

Q30.

asked the Prime Minister to what extent it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that wage rates in the nationalised industries should be in line with those paid by the private sector.

Much of the private sector has been under very considerable pressure recently, and this has been visible in many pay settlements. The Government have consistently stressed the need for nationalised industries similarly to hold down all their current costs, including unit labour costs.

Trades Union Congress

Q31.

asked the Prime Minister when next she intends to meet the leaders of the Trades Union Congress.

Economic Output

Q35.

asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied with the level of output in the economy.

The Government's policies are laying the foundations for sustainable economic recovery. Latest statistics show that output is now rising. Progress will largely depend on the extent to which we continue to improve competitiveness through more effective control of domestic costs.

National Economic Development Council

Q40.

asked the Prime Minister whether she will consider reducing the membership of the National Economic Development Council in order to make it a more effective body.

No. It is important to have an adequate range of interests represented on the council and I believe the present membership is about right.

English Industrial Estates Corporation

Q46.

asked the Prime Minister if she will take steps to wind up the English Industrial Estates Corporation.

No, but I am very ready to listen to suggestions about how EIEC's operations can better help industry to prosper.

Littledown, Bournemouth

Q47.

asked the Prime Minister if she will pay an official visit to Littledown, Bournemouth.

Mr Brezhnev

Q50.

asked the Prime Minister if she has any plans to meet Mr. Brezhnev in the near future.

United Nations (Special Session On Disarmament)

Q52.

asked the Prime Minister what proposals Her Majesty's Government intend to put forward at the United Nations special session on disarmament in 1982.

The Government see the special session as an important opportunity for the international community to review progress in disarmament. It will not itself be a forum for negotiation. A comprehensive programme of disarmament will be one of the principal subjects for discussion. In July this year, the United Kingdom, together with Australia, Belgium, West German and Japan, tabled a draft in the Committee on Disarmament which proposes a framework for arms control and disarmament negotiations involving a step-by-step approach.

House Of Commons

Select Committees

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will move in the House a new Standing Order to require Select Committees to adjourn their meetings when a Division takes place in the Chamber and when important ministerial statements are being made.

No. These seem matters best left for Select Committees to decide for themselves.

asked the Lord President of the Council if, in view of the demands made on right hon. and hon. Members' time, he will re-consider the benefits or otherwise to the House of retaining the Select Committees.

No. Whilst I recognise that Select Committees make considerable demands on the time of hon. Members, they are an essential part of our proceedings.

Employment

Employment Statistics

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people (a) in total, (b) males and (c) females were employed in the United Kingdom in July 1979 and July 1981.

Estimates of total employment are available quarterly, relating to March, June, September and December of each year. The following are seasonally adjusted estimates of the employed labour force in the United Kingdom as at June 1979 and June 1981. The employed labour force comprises employees in employment, the self-employed and Her Majesty's Forces.

Thousands
MaleFemaleAll
June 197915,1879,91025,097
June 198114,0929,30723,399

Disabled Persons

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list by age and type of disability the numbers of (a) registered and (b) unregistered disabled people who are unemployed.

The information requested is as follows:

Numbers of registered and unregistered unemployed disabled people according to age at 8 October 1981.
Age group(a) registered disabled people(b) unregistered disabled peopleTotal
Under 185244,9115,435
187602,6203,380
191,0902,7383,828
20–245,79810,92716,725
25–295,5558,90714,462
30–346,2139,93516,148
Numbers of registered and unregistered unemployed disabled people according to disability at 9 April 1981
Disability(a) Registered disabled people(b) Unregistered disabled peopleTotal
Surgical
Amputation
(i) one arm9323581,290
(ii) both arms593190
(iii) one leg1,0774131,490
(iv) both legs10037137
(v) one arm and one leg and other multiple542781
Injuries to head, face neck and throat8039261,729
Injuries to thorax, abdomen, pelvis and trunk, hernia9481,2662,214
Diseases, injuries and deformities of the lower limb7,4196,64314,062
Diseases, injuries and deformities of the upper limb4,2924,3038,595
Diseases, injuries and deformities of the spine
(i) Paraplegia9207381,658
(ii) Curvatures and spondylitis9,63611,95221,588
Tuberculosis (non-pulmonary)203175378
Medical
Arthritis and rheumatism3,1704,3057,475
Diseases of the digestive system2,0833,6475,730
Diseases of the genito-urinary system6008441,444
Diseases of the heart and circulatory system7,7289,96817,696
Pneumoconiosis191194385
Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma5,8907,87613,766
Diseases of the skin and cellular tissue7441,7152,459
Organic nervous diseases
(i) Epileps4,7425,0289,770
(ii) Others e.g., disseminated sclerosis, hemiplegia2,1171,5693,686
Tuberculosis (pulmonary)7047661,470
Mental Disorders
(i) Psychoneurosis3,17611,97415,150
(ii) Others e.g.,psychosis, schizophrenia2,0527,4889,540
(iii) Mental sub-normality3,5939,11412,707
Others
Deaf without speech8355121,347
Deaf with speech8236491,472
Hard of hearing1,3581,8063,164
Blind9144251,339
Partially sighted3,2073,0356,424
Others e.g., haemophilia, leukaemia, diabetes3,0546,7529,806
Totals73,424104,536177,960

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give for each of the last 24 months for (a) registered disabled people and (b) unregistered disabled people (i) the number of placements by disablement resettlement officers, (ii) the unemployment rate and (iii) the number of placements as a percentage of unemployed.

The following table sets out, for each of the latest available two months (i) the number of placements of registered and unregistered disabled people by the Manpower Services Commissions resettlement staff, (ii) the unemployment rate for registered disabled people only and (iii) the number of placements of registered and unregistered disabled people as a

Age group

(a) registered disabled people

(b) unregistered disabled people

Total

35–4412,95420,22833,182
45–498,72412,33421,058
50–5411,23114,26025,491
55–5913,61316,34329,956
60 and over10,59411,28821,882
Totals77,056114,491191,547

percentage of those who are unemployed in these two categories. It is not possible to calculate an employment rate for unregistered disabled people because the total number of unregistered disabled people in the work force is not known.

Month

(a) Registered (b) Unregistered

Placements by MSC's resettlement staff

Unemployment rate

Placements as a percentage of unemployed

per cent.

per cent.

1981

November

(a)

2,48712·24·2

(b)

2,1943·0

Month

(a) Registered

Placements by MSC's

Unemployment rate per cent.

Placements as a percentage of unemployed per cent.

(b) Unregistered

resettlement staff

December

(a)

2,26912·43·8

(b)

2,1012·8

1980

January

(a)

1,62112·52·7

(b)

1,3641·8
February

(a)

2,64012·54·4

(b)

2,3142·9
March

(a)

2,16812·63·6

(b)

1,9172·4
April

(a)

2,29713·03·8

(b)

1,7912·2
May

(a)

2,41812·94·0

(b)

2,0422·5
June

(a)

2,81912·84·7

(b)

2.2622·7
July

(a)

1.87813·03·1

(b)

1,5751·8
August

(a)

1.81813·42·9

(b)

1.6241·8
September

(a)

1,47513·62·3

(b)

1,2931·4
October

(a)

1,64413·82·5

(b)

1,3261·4
November

(a)

1,77014·22·6

(b)

1,5441·6
December

(a)

1,37714·62·0

(b)

1,1771·2

1981

January

(a)

1,09414·91·5

(b)

8700·9
February

(a)

1,40215·22·0

(b)

1,1401·1
March

(a)

1,54115·32·1

(b)

1,2891·2
April

(a)

1,68515·92·3

(b)

1,3661·3
May

(a)

2,02615·72·8

(b)

1,6231·6
June

(a)

1,96315·82·7

(b)

1,3191·2
July

(a)

1,62115·92·2

(b)

1,2011·1
August

(a)

1,69116·42·2

(b)

1,3781·2
September

(a)

1,59016·42·1

(b)

1,1501·0
October

(a)

1,66216·72·1

(b)

1,2311·0

Contract Cleaners

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the recent discussions he had with the Trades Union Congress and union representatives on contract cleaners; and whether he intends to take action as a result.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Islington, Central (Mr. Grant) yesterday. —[Vol. 14, c. 288.]

Wolverhampton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies currently are notified for the Wolverhampton travel-to-work area.

There are no comprehensive statistics of redundancies. The numbers of redundancies in the Wolverhampton travel-to-work area, involving 10 or more employees, reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur in the past four months are as follows.

1981number
August156
September107
* October37
* November0
* Provisional.

Job Retirement Scheme

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will increase the amount of income which is disregarded for the purposes of a married couple obtaining the higher rate under the job retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement.

This matter is under consideration as part of the Government's annual review of their special employment and training measures.

Unemployed Young Persons (Supplementary Benefit)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if, in his plan for training unemployed young people, he intends to provide for the withdrawal of supplementary benefit from those who are eligible for such training.

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland told the Select Committee on Employment on 20 May this year-questions 1465 and 1469—and the House on 24 June—[Vol. 7, c. 255] I hope to make a statement soon on training, including the training of young people.

Employment Service (Review)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will arrange for an independent review of the employment service operated by the Manpower Services Commission to see whether changes are needed so as to give maximum value for money.

The Manpower Services Commission has agreed to a request from my right hon. Friend's predecessor that one of its programme of scrutinies in consultation with Sir Derek Rayner should examine the general employment service of the commission. This scrutiny began last week and two of the team of four conducting it are from companies in the private sector.The terms of reference are:

"The review will take as given:
The principal objectives of the Employment Service, as set out in the Commission's Corporate Plan 1982–85, viz to provide an efficient and cost-effective service to meet employers' and jobseekers' needs and, as far as is practicable to give particular help to those unemployed jobseekers who most need help in returning to work;
The decision that registration with the service should be voluntary and no longer a condition for receipt of unemployment or supplementary benefit;
The planned transfer to the Employment Service Division of policy responsibility for the Community Enterprise Programme;
Current planned limits on staff and finance.

The review will:

Examine the organisation, methods of work and deployment of resources of the Employment Service, and its relationship with other Divisions of the Commission and with other public and private sector providers of similar or related services;
Assess, in the light of the implications of the introduction of voluntary registration and of the labour market conditions likely to obtain and the technology likely to be available over the next few years, what changes may be required in the general employment service which is provided in the public interest, and how that service can be provided most effectively and economically, and with maximum value for money and to make recommendations accordingly.
The review will not examine Professional and Executive Recruitment but will take account of the outcome of the current review of that service so far as may be relevant to the general service. Nor will it examine services provided specifically for disabled persons, which are covered by a separate review and by consultations on the future of the quota scheme, but it will take account of the commission's commitment to maintain and improve the level of assistance to disabled persons so far as this may be relevant to the general service.
In any comparisons that may be drawn within the service or outside it, the review will have particular regard to the need to compare like with like and the availability and reliability of data.

Year

Skillcentres

Colleges*

Other Institutions

Total

Cost (£ million)

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Gross

Net

1978–7922,16468811,28126,0098,5881,63542,03328,332206·6202·9
1979–8021,21982112,40029,5139,2562,10842,87532,442230·6225·9
1980–81†22,480†l,000Not yet availableNot yet available41,17525,135249·6242·8

* Includes training at CFEs and private colleges.

† These figures are provisional.

Trade

Shipping And Aviation (Trade Decline)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will publish in the Official Report an estimate of the effect which the fall in United Kingdom output since May 1979, combined with the decline in the United Kingdom's share of the volume of world trade in manufactures, has had on employment and output in the British shipping and civil aviation industries.

It is not possible to estimate the effect on the shipping and civil aviation industries of the two factors mentioned. The earnings of the United Kingdom shipping industry from carrying United Kingdom imports and exports are not directly related to the level of United Kingdom output and world trade in manufactures, as the share of trade carried by the United Kingdom shipping industry can also change. The United Kingdom industry earns a considerable proportion of its revenue from carrying goods between foreign countries and from chartering; and this income is not dependent on the United Kingdom share of world trade. Major factors effecting earnings of the United Kingdom shipping industry are world trade conditions, particularly in the tanker markets; and the competitiveness of the industry. Similarly, a number of factors have affected both employment and output in the United Kingdom civil aviation industry. The fall in the rate of growth of the United Kingdom airlines is comparable with that of other international airlines, reflecting the impact of world oil prices, and international economic conditions. Recent and planned reductions in

The review will consult and take into account the views of the Trade Unions representing MSC staff."
A copy of the study plan of the scrutiny will be placed in the Library of the House before the end of the year. Those wishing to express views to the scrutiny team should send them to Mr. B. D. Winkett, Manpower Services Commission, 168 Regent Street, London W1.

Training Opportunities Programme

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) males and (b) females in each of the last three years for which figures are available completed training opportunities programme scheme courses; how many in each case did so through skillcentres, further education courses or by other means; and what was the approximate cost to public funds.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 December 1981, c. 260]: The information is as follows:employment in civil aviation are also essential to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the United Kingdom industry.

Aerodrome Consultative Committees

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement about the discussions which have been held with the Airfields Environment Federation and the Aerodrome Owners' Association concerning guidelines for aerodrome consultative committees, other than those related to airports managed by the British Airports Authority.

Guidelines for consultative committees for aerodromes designed under section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 1968 have been agreed with the Aerodrome Owners Association and the Airfields Environment Federation, and a copy has been placed in the Library, together with a list of the aerodromes concerned. The guidelines are not mandatory, but are a voluntary code which has been drawn up with the aim of improving relations between aerodrome management and users on the one hand, and local authorities—where they do not have the management of the aerodrome—and organisations representing local interests on the other, in those areas where difficulties and mis-understandings have arisen. It is not the intention that the existing harmonious relations should be disturbed. The guidelines can also be adopted for consultative arrangements at any non-designated aerodrome.

Aviation Security Levy

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he proposes to change the rate of the aviation security levy in 1982.

Yes. Revised estimates of income and expenditure suggest that if the levy is left at its present rate of £1·50 the aviation security fund will accumulate a substantial surplus of nearly £7 million by the end of the present financial year, and that the surplus will persist at about this level throughout 1982–83. In order to run down the surplus quickly, I have decided subject to the approval of Parliament to reduce the levy rate to £1·10 from 1 March 1982 until 31 August 1982, when it will revert to £1·50. It is estimated that this will reduce the fund's surplus to less than £1 million at the end of 1982–83. Draft amendment regulations will be laid shortly.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Hong Kong Airport

44.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if the present airport in Hong Kong is large enough to cope with the increased traffic of the 1980s; what study is being made of the possibility of the construction of a second airport; when he anticipates decisions will be reached; and if he will make a statement.

The present airport should be able to handle increased traffic until the mid eighties. The Hong Kong Government have commissioned studies of one site for a replacement airport and are also exploring the possibility of an alternative site. Decisions are not expected before the first half of 1983.

Namibia

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement about the progress towards the independence of Namibia.

The Five are still discussing with all those concerned their suggestions for constitutional principles as guidelines for the constituent assembly. As soon as there is agreement on these, the Five will move on to the second phase of confidence-building measures.

Civil Service (Pension)

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will give the current Civil Service retirement pension payable to a man now aged 63 years of age who had been employed as head of chancery in a European British embassy in 1961.

Pensions awarded to civil servants on retirement are based on length of service and pay at the time of retirement. The rate of pension payable in the case quoted would therefore depend on the individual's length of service and salary on retirement.

Industry

European Investment Bank

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he is satisfied that the criteria applied in the United Kingdom by existing legislation for the receipt of loans by the European Investment Bank do not place prospective borrowers at a disadvantage compared with the criteria applied in France.

The purposes for which the European Investment Bank may provide loans are set out in article 130 of the Treaty of Rome. The criteria against which loan applications are assessed are a matter for the bank, and all applications are treated on a common basis.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much in percentage terms are (a) the United Kingdom and (b) France eligible for loans from the European Investment Bank.

There are no restrictions on the volume of EIB lending to individual member States. In 1980, the United Kingdom took 25·5 per cent. of loans for projects within the Community; France took 7·5 per cent.

Steel Closure Areas (New Businesses)

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what his Department is doing to encourage new businesses in industry to start up, relocate or expand in areas where the public sector of the nationalised steel industry is closing down plants.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 December 1981, c. 299]: In response to the most recent major plant closures implemented by the British Steel Corporation the Government have introduced a number of measures designed to encourage businesses in industry along the lines my hon. Friend requests. I refer my hon. Friend to the announcements made in relation to Corby and Shotton on 7 November 1979—[Vol. 973, c. 451–52]—and 13 November 1979—[Vol. 973, c. 1156–58]—and in 1980 in relation to Wales—in particular Port Talbot and Llanwem—and to Consett and Scunthorpe on 4 February 1980—[Vol. 978, c. 40–43]—and 19 June 1980—[Vol. 986, c. 1784–85]—by my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Wales and the former Secretary of State for Industry. Firms in these areas are also able to benefit from low cost EIB and ECSC loans. In addition to these specific measures, our general economic policies are designed to create the right economic conditions for new businesses to start up or expand in all parts of the country, including those areas where steel plant closures have occurred.

Wales

Marginal Land Farmers (Assistance)

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to give specific assistance to marginal land farmers in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The Government can give no commitment to provide specific assistance to marginal land farmers in Wales. The area which has been identified as meeting the land quality criterion of EEC directive 75/268 is now being subjected to the economic and demographic tests required by the directive. We are in the later stages of this part of the exercise.

Perinatal And Infant Mortality

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the perinatal and infant mortality rates, respectively, for each social class where babies were born into married households in Dyfed in each of the last five years.

Perinatal and infant mortality rates for Dyfed (Legitimate births only)
Social classAll social classes*
IIIIIIIVV
1975–76
Perinatal deaths†211716232318
Infant deaths‡131313172614
1977–78
Perinatal deaths†19816172115
Infant deaths‡7910162211
* Including residual social groups not ascribed to social classes I—V.
† Rate per 1,000 total (live and still) legitimate births.
‡Rate per 1,000 live legitimate births.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the perinatal and infant mortality rates, respectively, for each social class where babies were born into married households for 1979 and 1980.

The information for 1979 is given in the following table. Figures for 1980 are not yet available.

Perinatal and infant mortality rates* by social class in Wales
Social Class
Mortality RateIIIIIIIVV
Perinatal†1110142023
Infant‡87111422
*Legitimate births only
† Rate per 1,000 total births.
‡ Rate per 1,000 live births.

Housing Investment Programme

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the housing investment programme allocations in Wales for 1981–82; and how they compare in real terms with the allocations for the previous two years.

Details of the housing element of the 1981–82 single block capital expenditure allocation for each district council in Wales as amended on 6 August 1981 are in the Library of the House.Because of the different range of activities covered by housing finance allocations in the years preceding 1981–82, it is not possible to compare the allocations in real terms.

House Building

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many new houses were started, and how many completed in Wales in the first half of 1981; and how this compares with the same periods in each of the last four years.

Because of the very small numbers of perinatal and infant deaths, the rates at county level are calculated only for periods of two years and should be used with caution. The figures for 1975–76 and for 1977–78 are given in the following table. Figures for 1979–80 are not yet available.

Dwellings Started and Completed in Wales
PeriodNumber StartedNumber Completed
First 6 months 19776,4417,124
First 6 months 19786,4806,760
First 6 months 19795,7565,376
First 6 months 19804,4015,125
First 6 months 19812,9344,341

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many houses were started, and how many completed (a) in the private sector and (b) in the public sector in Wales in each year since 1973.

This information is available in "Local Housing Statistics", a Stationery Office publication, copies of which are in the Library.

Pupil-Teacher Ratios

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table showing for each local education authority in Wales the ratio of pupils to teachers in primary schools and in secondary schools, respectively, for the latest period for which figures are available; and how these figures compare with each of the five previous years.

I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) on 16 November 1981.—[Vol. 13, c. 23–24.]

Homelessness

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many households have been accepted by district councils in Wales as homeless or threatened with homelessness in each of the last three years.

I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given to a similar question from the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) on 19 October 1981.—[Vol. 10, c. 8.]

Council House Rents

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the average rent of a council dwelling in Wales in each of the last four years.

The average weekly unrebated rent of a council dwelling in Wales in each of the last four years was as follows:

1977–78£5·33
1978–79£5·87
1979–80£6·50
1980–81£8·09

Housing Associations

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how much money has been allocated to, and taken up by, housing associations in Wales in each year since 1972.

Allocations to the Housing Corporation for use by housing associations were not made before the introduction of cash controls on Housing Corporation expenditure in 1976. Since then the following allocations have been made.

£ Million
1976–7714·8
1977–7820·1
1978–7930·7
1979–8024·8
1980–8128·9
1981–8230·4
Housing association expenditure in Wales was not separately funded until 1972. At outturn prices the take up was:

£ Million
1972–730·4
1973–740·8
1974–753·2
1975–764·8
1976–7710·2
1977–7818·1
1978–7922·3
1979–8024·8
1980–8128·9

Housing (Conversion And Improvement Grants)

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table showing the number of housing conversions and improvements approved for grant to private persons in Wales in 1979, 1980 and 1981 to date.

The information is as follows:

Grants Approved to Private Persons
Conversion/ ImprovementOther*Total
19797,8377488,585
19805,8327786,610
1981 (first nine months)3,4952,5015,996
* This category comprises repair, intermediate and special grants.

Rehabilitation Works

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many works of rehabilitation have been started and how many completed in Wales in each of the last four years; and what is the estimate for 1981.

Northern Ireland

Children (Recreational Needs)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in what respects his Department makes provision for the recreational needs of children either directly or through organisations or bodies it supports.

Recreational facilities are provided by a number of Northern Ireland Departments. The Department of Education pays grants to district councils and voluntary bodies for the provision of recreational and sporting facilities for the community. Specific provision for children includes playgrounds and play centres. In the past seven years, grants totalling £28 million have been made available. Facilities such as playing fields and gymnasia are provided through education and library boards and voluntary schools authorities.Over the past four years, at a total cost approaching £1 million a special summer opportunity scheme has been organised, to provide activity during school holidays. Coaching courses are arranged by various governing bodies of sport, including the Sports Council for Northern Ireland.The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education make a joint grant to the young farmers clubs of Ulster. The Department of Agriculture runs an annual schools fishing competition for all secondary technical and grammar schools. The forest service provides a range of forest exhibits, youth camp sites, arboreta and nature trails.

Chilver Committee Report

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is now in a position to announce the publication date of the report of the Chilver committee.

I hope to receive the report later this month, and I expect it to be published early in 1982.

Option Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has reviewed the valuation limit on properties that can be covered by the option mortgage guarantee scheme.

I decided in line with a similar change made in Great Britain to increase from 24 July 1981 the valuation limit under the option mortgage guarantee scheme for Northern Ireland from £14,000 to £20,000. This will enable a greater number of borrowers under the option mortgage scheme who are purchasing properties with the help of high percentage advances from building societies and who are required to take out insurance to guarantee part of the advance, to do so.I also decided to increase from £350 to £625 the maximum amount which a borrower who is improving a dwelling with grant aid may add to his main advance without incurring an additional premium.

Defence

Territorial Army Officers

6.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in view of the number of well-qualified officers and other ranks who, having completed their Territorial Army career, are available for continuing senior reserve service or civil defence management and training, he has any plans to extend and expand the present unposted list for this purpose.

There are no plans to change the existing use or purpose of the unposted list for Territorial Army officers. Suitable officers, on completing their TA service, may join the Regular reserve of army officers; and the Government propose to make it possible for suitably experienced TA soldiers to volunteer for a period of reserve service.

Territorial Army

19.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the proposal to change the name of the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve to the Territorial Army, announced by his predecessor on 7 August 1979, will take effect.

Nuclear Defence Expenditure

20.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the annual saving to his Department if tactical and theatre nuclear weapons in Europe and British-based nuclear submarines were taken out of defence spending.

The United Kingdom's contribution to the Alliance's nuclear deterrent at both the theatre and strategic level amounts to less than 5 per cent. of the total defence budget.

31.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total annual cost at present of the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons.

Expenditure on the United Kingdom's nuclear strategic force in 1981–82 is estimated to be £269 million.

Polaris And Trident

21.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom's Polaris and Trident will be included in the Geneva discussions on theatre nuclear forces.

No. The negotiations are concerned with the long-range, land-based theatre nuclear forces of the United States and the Soviet Union. They will therefore cover neither the United Kingdom Polaris force nor its successor Trident, which are sea-based strategic deterrent systems.

Trident And Cruise Missiles

22.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in the light of recent mass demonstrations against nuclear weapons, he will abandon the Trident programme and the proposals to locate cruise missiles in Great Britain.

Nuclear Warheads

23.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the total number of nuclear warheads possessed by the United States of America, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom.

It has not been the practice of the United Kingdom, United States or Soviet Governments to reveal the total numbers of nuclear warheads in the stockpiles. Comparisons of the numbers of nuclear delivery systems deployed by NATO and the Soviet Union are set out in figure 2 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1981".

Low-Flying Aircraft (Scotland)

24.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what complaints he has received from Scotland regarding low-flying aircraft.

We have received 915 complaints about military low flying in Scotland since 1 January 1981.

Defence Satellite

25.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present position with regard to the awarding of contracts for the United Kingdom defence satellite; and if he will make a statement.

I am pleased to say that an order was placed earlier today with British Aerospace Dynamics Group for the supply of two military communications satellites and associated ground control equipment.

Trident

26.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the total cost of the Trident missile project.

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

Gibraltar Naval Dockyard

27.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with the Minister of Defence of Spain about the future use of the Gibraltar naval dockyard, in the light of its impending closure as a Royal naval dockyard.

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will defer the closure of the Gibraltar naval dockyard, in order to allow a longer transition period for its conversion to a commercial dockyard.

The Government have decided that the process of closure of Gibraltar naval dockyard should start in 1983 with preparatory action as necessary in 1982. Consultations have commenced with the Gibraltar Government in line with the British Government's commitment reflected in Cmnd. 8288 to consider possible alternative economic activities including commercialisation of the dockyard. A full programme of naval work will be available for the dockyard in 1982, and consideration is being given to a further programme for 1983 and 1984, geared to the proposed transition to commercial work.

Type 23 Anti-Submarine Frigate

28.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be able to place the first order for the new Type 23 anti-submarine frigate.

We shall be placing the first order for the Type 23 frigate as early as possible; but it is too soon to give a precise date.

38.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made in designing the Type 23 frigate; and when he expects the first order for this type to be placed.

Feasibility studies to determine the detailed design of the ship are now being carried out. On the order date, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given today to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastleigh (Sir D. Price).

Careers Offices

29.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to sell Armed Services careers offices and to replace them with appropriate facilities in jobcentres.

Career information offices are needed for testing and selection as well for passing on information. It would not be possible to carry out these activities in jobcentres, but the subject remains under constant scrutiny.

Gibraltar Airport

30.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline his plans for reducing the working hours of Gibraltar airport.

The plans are to bring the opening hours of the airfield more into line with peacetime military requirements. These plans are the subject of consultation with the Gibraltar Government, taking into account the interests of Gibraltar.

Northern Ireland

32.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about defence operations in Northern Ireland.

Defence operations in Northern Ireland are in support of the RUC in maintaining law and order and combatting terrorism. I have nothing to add to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 3 December.

Royal Navy (Active Fleet)

33.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many ships of the Royal Navy are to be retired from the active fleet before the end of their planned life following decisions announced in June 1981.

I have nothing to add to the statements on this subject in paragraph 27–31 of Cmnd. 8288.

International Defence Product Purchasing

34.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will seek to publish an annual statement in collaboration with the United States Department of Defence stating the amount of money spent in the previous year on the purchase of defence products by each nation from the other, with an estimate of the value of forward commitments by each nation included in the memorandum of undertaking.

I have asked my officials to discuss whether some form of report might be prepared when they meet their counterparts in the United States Department of Defence next spring to review progress under the two way street.Whilst such statistics provide a useful background to our defence trade with the United States, the recent selection by the United States Armed Forces of British designed equipment, purely on merit, suggests that this is the more positive method of ensuring success in the American market.

Flag Rank Officers

35.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, for each year since 1945, the ratio of officers of flag rank to Royal Navy warships.

I regret that it is not possible without disproportionate effort to provide figures for each year since 1945. At representative intervals, the ratios of officers of flag rank to major surface vessels and submarines, are as follows:

Flag OfficersShips
194515·06
195013·77
196012·91
197011·70
197311·67
197811·80
198011·46
198111·35
In the modern Navy there is no direct relationship between the number of admirals and ships. The former is primarily governed by the needs of the shore organisation, including headquarters, and international commitments. As part of the follow on work to Cmnd. 8288, detailed manpower requirements are being reviewed for all rank levels and specialisations.

Manpower Requirements

36.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to announce the number of new entry ratings who will commence their training at HMS "Raleigh" Torpoint, in January and March 1982; and if he will make a statement about future rating manpower requirements for the Royal Navy.

Details of ratings recruited are published quarterly. The next statement is expected to be released about the middle of February and will cover entries up to the end of December 1981. It is not our practice to provide future recruiting targets, which might be varied in the light of changes in requirements.Manpower planning changes are still being studied but we shall announce decisions about our future plans for manpower levels in the Royal Navy as soon as possible.

Surplus Land, Shoeburyness

37.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in disposing of surplus land and buildings owned by his Department in Shoeburyness, Southend; and if he will make a statement.

Negotiations are still in progress with Southend borough council on the terms of a lease to it of those areas of the Old Ranges, Shoeburyness, which are surplus to our requirements. We are hopeful that it will be satisfactorily concluded in the near future. The only other area of MOD land at Shoeburyness which, on present plans, is scheduled to become surplus is Potton Island but that will not be until 1984 at the earliest and no decisions have yet been taken on disposal.

South Africa (Military Plans)

39.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if Her Majesty's Government will make contingency military plans to assist South Africa in holding its Walvis Bay enclave in the event of a South West Africa Peoples' Organisation victory in the Namibian elections.

Greece (Nato Membership)

40.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the effect of the proposed withdrawal of Greece from NATO upon the defence of Southern Europe.

I am not aware of any formally stated intention of the Greek Government to withdraw from NATO. We value Greek membership of NATO in the interests of our common defence.

Seawolf

42.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how long the production of the lightweight Seawolf has been delayed by the uncertainty over the type of radar to be used; and what order he expects from the Netherlands if the Dutch radar is used.

Before taking decisions on the improved Seawolf programme we will have to take account of a number of factors, including the choice of lightweight tracker radar, the effects of the Defence Review on the shipfitting requirements and the current annual review of defence expenditure. It is not possible to say what delay has been caused by the fact that our detailed assessment of the two proposed tracker radars is taking longer than expected.We are currently assessing the sales prospects for improved Seawolf and will take these into account in reaching a decision on the choice of tracker. It would, however, be premature to speculate on individual sales possibilities.

Army Bands

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the outcome of the review of Army bands.

As I announced in Cmnd. 8288 the size of the Army is to be reduced by 7,000 by 1986. Our objective is to concentrate the savings in the support and infrastructure areas and to minimise the effect on our combat capability and front-line units. After careful study and consultation, it has been decided that Army bands should contribute to the overall reduction. A saving of some 560 posts will be made from the current Army band establishment of 2,531, but not before 1984–85. The savings will be made primarily by reorganising and reducing the established size of bands. In each infantry battalion pipes and drums will still supplement bands, and massing of bands for major occasions will continue. Close attention has been paid to the need to preserve the contribution that bands make to the morale of the Army and to ceremonial and State occasions. The only cap badge bands to be disbanded will be those of the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Trident Missile System

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if existing dockyard facilities would be adequate for the use of the submarines for the D5 Trident missile system in the event of a decision being made to purchase this version of Trident.

I have nothing to add to the answer my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Dr. Bray) on 10 November—[Vol. 12, c. 406–7]—and the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Dunfermline (Mr. Douglas) on 10 July.—[Vol. 8, c. 237.]

Defence Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied that defence spending for 1981–82 is on target.

It is expected that defence spending will be in line with the revised defence cash limit and budget provision announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 2 December 1981.—[Vol. 14, c. 131–32.]

Hms "Endurance"

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of HMS "Endurance" when it ceases its regular visits to the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.

HMS "Endurance" will be paid off on her return next spring from her current deployment. No final decision has yet been taken on the manner of her disposal.

Education And Science

Social Science Research Council

43.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his plans for the future of the Social Science Research Council.

I am considering the advice which I have received from the advisory board for the research councils, on the distribution of the science budget in 1982–83. I will announce my decision on the individual allocations, including that on the allocation to the Social Science Research Council, in due course.

Children (Recreational Needs)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in what respects his Department makes provision for the recreational needs of children either directly or through organisations or bodies it supports.

Under section 53 of the Education Act 1944 local education authorities are required to make adequate provision for recreation and social and physical training and the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1981 require them to provide minimum areas of playing fields designed to meet curricular needs in schools. In recognition of the important contribution made by the youth service, the Department pays recurrent grant towards the headquarters and training expenses of national voluntary youth organisations and for experimental and development work. Capital grants are allocated to sponsoring bodies for national and regional voluntary youth organisations and for experimental and development work. Capital grants are allocated to sponsoring bodies for national and regional voluntary youth projects. We are also co-sponsors of the urban programme under which grants are paid on a range of recreational projects for children including holiday schemes.

Fine Art And Antique Sales (Buyers' Premium)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, in view of the difficulties encountered by the Office of Fair Trading in being voluntarily furnished with all the necessary information by the British Antique Dealers Association and the Society of London Art Dealers for the purpose of investigation into the alleged collusion by Christie's and Sotheby's in connection with the introduction in 1975 of the buyers' premium, he will make it his policy not to regard the British Antique Dealers Association and the Society of London Art Dealers as representatives of the fine art and antique trade for consultative purposes.

No. I see no grounds for changing the normal processes of consultation with the trade.

Local Education Authorities

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give figures of grant and expenditure for each education authority in England and Wales on the same basis as the figures for Northamptonshire given by the hon. Member for Brent, North (Dr. Boyson) on 27 October, Official Report, c. 713.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 December 1981, c. 322]: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education was referring to the figures which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment published on 3 September 1981, copies of which were placed in the Library of the House. I should make it clear that these figures where provisional, and that several authorities subsequently revised their budgets. A table detailing authorities' revised budgets plans was placed in the Library on 28 October 1981. Grant entitlements would also change if this House approves the supplementary RSG report for 1981–82 which my right hon. Friend hopes to place before it shortly.

Social Services

Cigarette Advertising (Legislation)