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Written Answers

Volume 22: debated on Friday 23 April 1982

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 23 April 1982

Prime Minister

President Reagan

asked the Prime Minister whether she will seek to arrange for President Reagan, when addressing members of the two Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery, to reply to questions from hon. Members or arrange for a special question and answer session.

The time available to President Reagan to visit the Palace of Westminster is very limited. The ceremony of the address is a formal occasion and it follows precedents established during earlier visits of this kind. Whilst it provides the only opportunity for him to make a major speech during his visit, it would not be appropriate to arrange a question and answer session.

Foreign Relations

asked the Prime minister (1) if she intends to review the United Kingdom's relationships with military dictatorships in the light of with the Argentine junta;(2) if she will review the relations of the united Kingdom with Turkey;(3) if she will review the relations of the united Kingdom with Chile;(4) if she will review the relations of the united Kingdom with Pakistan.

The Government keep the relations of the United Kingdom with all foreign countries under constant review.

Council Of Europe

asked the Prime Minister if she will announce the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be meeting in Strasbourg from 26 to 30 April. I have appointed 18 delegates from the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The delegation this year will consist of 10 members of the Conservative Party, seven members of the Labour Party and one member of the Liberal Party. I have also appointed a number of substitute delegates.The appointments of representatives and substitutes have been made on the basis of nominations by the leaders of those parties concerned. The same delegation will be representing the United Kingdom Parliament at the Assembly of the Western European Union.Representatives from the Government Benches will be as follows:

  • The hon. Member for Torbay (Sir F. Bennett), who will act as leader.
  • The hon. Members for
    • Harrow, Central (Mr. Grant)
    • Solihull (Mr. Grieve)
    • Norfolk, South-West (Mr. Hawkins)
    • Twickenham (Mr. Jessel)
    • Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill)
    • Birmingham, Edgbaston (Mrs. Knight)
    • Harrow, West (Mr. Page)
    • Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson) and the Lord Reay

Representatives from the Labour Party will be as follows:

  • The right hon. Members for
    • Houghton-le-Spring (Mr. Urwin)
    • Sheffield, Park (Mr. Mulley)
  • The hon. Members for
    • Tooting (Mr. Cox)
    • Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy)
    • East Kilbride (Dr. Miller)
    • Ince (Mr. McGuire) and the Lord Hughes
    • The representative from the Liberal Party will be
    • The hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith)

The following substitutes have been appointed to act as necessary on behalf of the delegates:

From the Government Benches:

  • The hon. Members for
    • Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson)
    • Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell)
    • Aberdeenshire, West (Sir R. Fairgrieve)
    • Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Osborn)
    • Warwick and Leamington (Mr. Smith)
    • Sudbury and Woodbridge (Mr. Stainton)
    • Reading, North (Mr. Durant) and the Lord Duncan-Sandys

From the Labour Party:

  • The right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris)
  • The hon. Members for
    • Brent, South (Mr. Pavitt)
    • Kirkcaldy (Mr. Gourlay)
    • Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr. Edwards)
    • Wallsend (Mr. Garrett)
    • Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Eastham)
    • Ilkeston (Mr. Fletcher) and the Lord Northfield

From the Liberal Party:

  • The Lord McNair

From the Social Democratic Party:

  • The hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Brown)

Education And Science

Dementia (Research)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if his Department has received notification of research work into the relationship between Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and senile dementia in particular; and if he will make a statement on its findings.

The Medical Research Council is supporting research relevant to Alzheimer's disease and dementia at a number of its units, including the neurochemical pharmacology unit in Cambridge. I understand that the results of a collaborative study between that unit and the university's department of psychiatry on various data from the patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease is shortly to be published. Prior to publication I cannot comment in detail on these findings, but I can say that they reveal apparent age-related differences in the activity of an important enzyme.It is likely that a certain amount of research into the relationship of Alzheimer's disease and dementia is being carried out at universities and medical schools using funds provided through the University Grants Committee as block grants for teaching and research.

Psychotic Depression Analysis

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if his Department is aware of any research being carried out in the United Kingdom into psychotic depression analysis relating the inability of the hypothalamus to suppress cortisol production; and if he will make a statement.

The Medical Research Council's brain metabolism unit is carrying out research on the action of the artificial steriod dexamethasone in suppressing cortisol production in severely depressed patients. Such patients, who have persistently high blood concentrations of cortisol, show a very rapid recovery from this suppression. The unit is investigating both the mechanism of the suppression and its use as a test to distinguish depressive illness from early dementia in the elderly.It is likely that a certain amount of research in this area is also being carried out in universities and medical schools, using funds provided through the University Grants Committee as block grants for teaching and research.

Schizophrenia

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if his Department is aware of any research work being carried out into schizophrenia in the United Kingdom with respect to the following (a) differential rates of flushing following the administration of niacin to schizophrenics and non-schizophrenics, (b) schizophrenia and prostaglandins synthesised from dihomogammalinolenic acid, (c) the incidence of schizophrenia amongst the congenitally blind, (d) the effect of light upon synthesis of melatonin, and hence levels of prostaglandin PGE1, (e) the incidence of arthritis amongst schizophrenics and vice versa; and if he will make a statement of the current findings of the research.

Defence

Military Equipment Sales

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, in view of the exceptional situation confronting Argentina and the United Kingdom, he will give details of the arms and munitions as supplied by the United Kingdom to the Argentinians for the longest and most convenient stated period of time; and when the latest deliveries were made.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Warrington (Mr. Hoyle) on 21 April.—[Vol. 22, c. 111–12.]

Royal Yacht "Britannia"

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what the royal yacht "Britannia" is doing at the present time; what passengers she is carrying; and for what periods and for what purpose she is expected to be at sea during the course of 1982.

The royal yacht "Britannia" is currently en route to St. Nazaire. It is not the normal practice to give details of the royal yacht's future programme.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will consider offering the royal yacht "Britannia" as a replacement school-ship for the SS "Uganda" if the royal yacht "Britannia" is considered to be unsuitable for operations in and around the Falkland Islands.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any immediate plans or contingency plans to use the royal yacht "Britannia", in her role as a reserve hospital ship, during current operations in the Falkland Islands area; and for what reasons.

There are no plans to deploy Her Majesty's yacht "Britannia" as a hospital ship during the present crisis.

Wales

Agriculture And Horticulture Development Scheme

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has any plans for extending the scope of the agriculture and horticulture development scheme.

Unemployed Persons

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table showing the nature of the previous employment of those people currently registered as unemployed in Wales, indicating the number of unemployed people in each such category.

The following is the latest comprehensive information available:

Broad Occupational GroupsNumbers registered as unemployed at employment offices-jobcentres in Wales: 11 March 1982
Managerial and professional13,272
Clerical and related19,479
Other non-manual occupations including selling and security11,694
Craft and similar occupations, including foreman in processing and production industries21,572
General labourers58,558
Other manual occupations including farming and fishing34,557
All occupations159,132

Development Of Tourism Act

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many grants have been given and how much expenditure has been incurred in Wales as a result of the granting of financial assistance under section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969 for each year since the Act came into force.

The information from the Wales Tourist Board is as follows:

Number of grants approvedTotal expenditure (grants and loans) under section 4 £
1971–7268165,129
1972–7321240,000
1973–7454500,000
1974–7552428,000
1975–7654626,000
1976–7729843,000
1977–7845790,000
1978–79631,618,628
1979–80501,696,000
1980–81371,696,000
1981–821181,911,000

Advance Factories

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many advance factories are at present standing empty; which 20 advance factories have stood empty for the longest period; and how long these periods have been.

At 31 March 1982 the Welsh Development Agency, the Development Board for Rural Wales and Cwmbran Development Corporation had 356 advance factories which were vacant. I will write to the hon. Member about the other information he requires.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of jobs to be created in proportion to the area of factory space provided when letting advance factories in special development areas, development areas and intermediate areas, respectively.

The criteria for the selection of tenants for advance factories owned by the Welsh Development Agency and the Development Board for Rural Wales are laid down in guidelines issued by my Department. Copies of these guidelines are available in the Library of the House.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many persons were employed in the advance factories owned by the Welsh Development Agency in December 1981 and March 1982;(2) what is the total number of people currently employed in factories owned by the Welsh Development Agency in each county of Wales; and how many factories owned by the authority are situated in each county in Wales;(3) how many advance factories have been completed by the Welsh Development Agency for each year since its inception; how many employees are employed in them; how many of these are at present empty; and how many jobs were estimated to have been created for each year.

I have asked the Welsh Development Agency to provide the information to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many persons were employed in Welsh Development Agency factories in Wales in May 1979 and at the present time;(2) how many of the factories built by the Welsh Development Agency since May 1979 were already in the planning or processing stage before May 1979;(3) how many of the factories to which he referred in his reply to the hon. Member for Leek (Mr. Knox) on 19

April—

Official Report, c. 2—are (a) vacant or (b) allocated; and how many Welsh Development Agency factory units have become vacant since May 1979.

I have asked the Welsh Development Agency to provide the information to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many persons are already employed in the 186 Welsh Development Agency factories to which he referred—Official Report, 19 April, c. 3—and by how many this number falls short of the promised total.

Some 750 are currently employed in Welsh Development Agency factories allocated during the year to March 1982. The balance of about 3,950 jobs is expected to arise over the next three years.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a further statement on the future strategy and operations of the Welsh Development Agency in view of the discussions to which he referred—Official Report, 19 April, c. 4.

My discussions with the agency on its future strategy and operations are continuing.

Bilingual Policy

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will direct the Mid-Glamorgan health authority to remove the monolingual English language sign erected at its premises at 44 Cathedral Road, in view of the fact that its erection does not accord with Her Majesty's Government's policy on equal status for the Welsh language.

No. The exact way in which Welsh health authorities implement the advice already given to them is best decided locally.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has issued any guidelines to Welsh health authorities concerning a bilingual policy.

Yes. Welsh Health Service circular WHSC(IS)117 issued as a bilingual document in March 1975 to Welsh health authorities gave general advice on the use of the Welsh language. A copy of this circular is in the library.

Investment Subsidiaries

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will ensure that all hon. Members serving Welsh constituencies receive a copy of the Welsh Development Agency paper setting out proposals regarding investment subsidiaries to which he referred—Official Report, 19 April, c. 5.

The paper to which I referred is a working document covering several aspects of the agency's operations. I will be having further discussions with the board on these. Details of the investment subsidiary will be announced in due course.

Ogmore (Closures)

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will take special measures to alleviate the escalation of closures and redundancies in the Ogmore constituency area referred to in the Official Report, 19 April, c. 5.

The Port Talbot travel-to-work area benefits already from the availability of regional development grants at the highest rate and selective financial assistance, and the activities of the Welsh Development Agency encourage and support industry there as elsewhere.

Education

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will now publish the report of Her Majesty's Inspectorate about the effects of local government expenditure policies on the education service in Wales.

I have published the report today. Copies are available in the Library.

Social Services

Stean Street Project

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make arrangements to pay the fares of patients living alone or with relatives and who attend the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association's Stean Street project.

I understand that the London borough of Hackney social services department will shortly be in contact with the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association to arrange payment of fares for clients on a limited income who live alone or with relatives and attend this rehabilitation centre.

Energy

Liquid Petroleum Gas

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the amount of liquid petroleum gas that will be available in 1982; and whether he is able to make any estimate of supplies for the mid-1980s.

Since liquid petroleum gases are internationally traded the availability of these products to the United Kingdom will reflect the balance of world supply and demand. My Department does not attempt detailed forward estimates of the world supply balance, but it is widely expected that the availability of these gases both from the Middle East and from the North Sea will grow fast in the present decade and will be more than sufficient to secure supplies for existing United Kingdom markets.

Norwegian Frigg Contract

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what will be the effect on the Norwegian Frigg contract with the British Gas Corporation and payments thereunder if the rate of fuel oil duty in the United Kingdom is reduced.

Eton College

asked the Secretary of State for Energy under what EEC scheme Eton college was given £12,000 in connection with a solar heating system during 1981.

The EEC regulation, under which Eton college has been awarded a financial contribution of £12,080 in respect of a solar heating system for a swimming pool, was Council regulation EEC 1302/78 of 12 June 1978.The purpose of the support is to provide for the demonstration of performance of solar systems by detailed monitoring in different climatic conditions within the Community.The regulation was published in the

Official Journal of the European Communities No. L 158 of 16 June 1978; the call for tenders for solar heated swimming pools was published in No. C 24 of 31 January 1980. The Official Journal is held in the Library of the House.

Home Department

Detained Persons

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time in the Metropolitan Police area which elapses between the arrest of a person and his being charged or released.

I regret that this information is not available. But the Royal Commission on criminal procedure found that, in England and Wales as a whole, about three-quarters of all persons arrested by the police were charged with an offence or released within six hours.

Criminal Statistics

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give for the longest and most convenient stated period of time the total number of crimes reported in the London borough of Newham, what crimes there were, how many of those alleged to have been responsible have been arrested and charged; how many of those charged have been found guilty and what action is to be taken to improve the prevention of crime in this area.

For the latest information on serious offences recorded by the police in the London borough of Newham I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to his questions on 18 January and 17 March. We understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the only other statistical information readily available relates to offences cleared up and this is given in the following table. Action to prevent crime in the area, other than police patrols, includes crime prevention publicity, youth involvement schemes and advice to victims of crime.

Serious offences cleared up in the London borough of Newham by Commissioner's office classification groups 1979–81

1979

1980*

1981*

Assault357376303
Robbery and other violent theft715695
Burglary†447439587
Autocrime589657606
Other theft and handling1,2541,2981,343
Fraud and forgery400537647‡
Criminal damage and miscellaneous436459445
Total3,5543,8224,026

* Figures for 1980 and 1981 are not precisely comparable with those for 1979 because of changes made by new counting rules which were introduced at the beginning of 1980.

† Excludes burglaries involving violence.
‡ Excludes cheque fraud offences which are recorded and investigated centrally in the MPD.

Police Cadet School (Lecturers)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is making any arrangements to replace the lecturers from the Kilburn polytechnic who teach at the police cadet school, Hendon, following the decision of Brent and Barnet councils to stop funding these posts; and if he will give details of any such arrangements.

The decision of Brent and Barnet councils raises complex legal and financial issues which I am currently examining in consultation with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Badgers (Tuberculosis)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, as part of his policy to try to eradicate tuberculosis in cattle, he will now initiate a country-wide test to establish those areas where badgers are believed to be free of infection.

We investigate badger populations only as part of our responsibilities for eradicating bovine tuberculosis from cattle. Hence, there would be no justification for a country-wide survey of badgers. However, since 1976 my Department has undertaken to collect and examine badger carcases reported by members of the public in all parts of the country. The results of these examinations are published in my Department's annual reports on bovine tuberculosis in badgers.

Agriculture Ministers (Meeting)

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting in Luxembourg on 20–21 April.

I represented the United Kingdom. Ministers continued their discussion of the 1982 price package and other measures, concentrating on the arrangements for wine, fruit and vegetables, and olive oil. No conclusions were reached. The Council agreed in principle to meet again on 28–29 April, subject to confirmation by the Presidency.The current marketing years for milk, beef, sheepmeat and dried fodder were further extended until 2 May.

Verticillium Wilt Disease

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on progressive verticillium wilt disease in Hereford and Worcester.

Tests have shown that progressive verticillium wilt disease of hops is present on six farms in the lower Frome valley in Hereford-Worcester in addition to two previously known to be affected. In the light of these results, I have decided to allow the planting of resistant, or "tolerant", hops in Hereford-Worcester under strictly controlled licensing arrangements. Licences to plant resistants will be considered only in extreme cases. Plantings will be confined to land which has been grassed down for at least two growing seasons and will be subject to conditions designed to minimise risks to sensitive varieties. The number of licences granted in the foreseeable future is likely to be minimal. The decision to adopt a policy which includes limited plantings of resistant hops does not imply any lessening of the Ministry's determination to combat progressive verticillium wilt. Rather, we are intensifying our attack through inspection and advisory operations and by the introduction of stronger eradication measures, including an increase in the number of plants which have to be grubbed up when progressive verticillium wilt is found.

Overseas Development

South-West Africa People's Organisation

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether aid is being given by the European Economic Community directly or indirectly to the South-West Africa People's Organisation.

Refugees from Namibia have been given support in training and education, but no aid has been provided directly to the South-West Africa People's Organisation.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Falkland Islands

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government's willingness to negotiate with the Argentine Government in the event of their withdrawing troops extends to the dependencies of the Falkland Islands which were not occupied by them in the early part of the last century.

The Argentine claim extends to both the Falkland Islands and the Falkland Islands dependencies. However, until all Argentine troops have withdrawn from the Falkland Islands and the dependencies, it would be premature to speculate on what any subsequent negotiations might cover.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, as part of any settlement of the Falkland Islands dispute, he will take steps to obtain (a) the right of the Falkland Islanders to self-determination and (b) an undertaking by the Government of the United States of America of the guaranteeing of their rights.

The islanders' right to self-determination has always been central to the Government's position on the Falkland Islands. It remains so. We are ready to consider any effective means of guaranteeing the islanders' rights. In the present situation, the first requirement, however, is the withdrawal of the Argentine occupying forces, in accordance with Security Council resolution No. 502, and the Government have welcomed the role of the United States Secretary of State in trying to achieve this.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what electricity is available on the Falkland Islands; how it is produced; and whether oil fuel supplies continue to be available during the blockade.

Three diesel generators supply electricity on a 24-hour basis to Port Stanley. Most farms and settlements have their own private diesel generators. Deliveries of diesel to the islands are made about every 18 months. None has been due since the declaration of the maritime exclusion zone, or for several months to come.

British Antarctic Territories

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom's claim to the British Antarctic Territories following the expiry of existing treaty arrangements, would be affected by any alteration to British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands dependencies.

The dispute over the Falkland Islands and their dependencies has no legal implications for United Kingdom sovereignty over the British Antarctic Territory.

Life Assurance ReliefMortgage, Interest ReliefApproved* pension schemesEmployers* Contributions to approved pension schemesRetirement Annuity ReliefAge Allowance
Estimated cost, £ million
1981–825302,0301,0001,100310390
1982–836002,1801,1001,200380430
Estimated cost at 1975–76 constant prices, £ million†
1981–82250950470515145180
1982–83260935470515165185
* Estimates for approved pension schemes and employers' contributions to approved pension schemes were not provided in the previous reply, but similar estimates were contained in the reply to the hon. Member on 14 January 1981, Official Report, c. 588. The bases for the estimates now given are the same as in the previous reply, but they are being reviewed and the estimates may be altered subsequently.
† As in the previous replies, the retail prices index based on 1975–76 = 100 has been used to convert from current to constant prices.

The Antarctic treaty does not have a date of termination. A right exists under article XII of the Antarctic treaty for certain parties to call for a conference to review the operation of the treaty 30 years after its entry into force which was on 23 June 1961.

National Finance

Mortgage Interest Relief

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will bring up to date the information on mortgage interest qualifying for relief as shown in the reply dated 18 December 1979, Official Report, c. 133–4, to the hon. Member for Grimsby.

Information on the numbers receiving mortgage interest relief was supplied to the hon. Member in my reply of 20 April—[Vol. 22, c. 62]. Estimates for 1982–83 of the average amount of qualifying interest and the average additional net cost of a percentage point increase in interest rates are given below.

Mortgage interest 1982–83
Range of total incomeAverage per mortgagor of mortgage interest qualifying for reliefAverage per mortgagor of additional qualifying interest, net of tax relief, for a percentage point increase in interest rates
£££
Under 5,00079545
5,000– 7,50095050
1,500–10,0001,06055
10,000–12,0001,10055
12,000–15,0001,21065
15,000–17,0001,44075
17,000–20,0001,55070
20,000–30,0001,89080
over 30,0002,25070
All ranges1,15060

Tax Relief (Costs)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update for 1981–82 and 1982–83 his estimate of tax relief costs at actual and constant prices as prvided in his reply to the hon. Member for Barking, on 22 December 1981, Official Report, c. 387–88.

The available information for 1982–83, with revised estimates for 1981–82, is as follows:

Income Tax

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the procedure for persons whose only income is interest on building society investment to reclaim overpayment of income tax deducted from that interest at source.

Building societies account for tax at a composite rate on interest paid to most individual investors. This is as average rate of tax computed by taking into account the investors concerned, including those not liable to tax. It is, therefore, not repayable to an exempt individual investor.

"Official Report"

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why printed versions of the House of Commons Official Report for Saturday 3 April were not available until Tuesday 6 April when copies of the printed version of the House of Lords debates for that day were available on Monday 5 April.

Copies of the House of Commons Official Report for Saturday 3 April 1982, were available in the Library of the House by 4 pm that afternoon. Further copies were delivered to the Vote Office at 16.30 hours on Sunday 4 April 1982. Sale copies were published on the morning of Tuesday 6 April 1982.

Northern Region

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last received representations from the Confederation of British Industry in the Northern region concerning Her Majesty's Government's future economic strategy and its effect on the Northern region.

I have no record of receiving representations from the CBI Northern region in 1980 or 1981. To look further back would require a disproportionate expenditure of time and resources.

Index-Linked Pensions

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will compare the assessments of the value of index- linked pensions made by Target Life Assurance with the assessment made by his acturial advisers set out in his answer of 8 April, Official Report,c. 449.

Bank Of England (Special Deposits)

asked the Chancellor of the Exhequer whether interest is payable on special deposits with the Bank of England; and whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the average value of the special deposits with the bank in each of the past 10 years, together with the average rate of interest payable on Treasury bills during the period in each year when the deposits were in force.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 April 1982,c. 94]: Interest was paid on special deposits at a rate adjusted weekly to the nearest 1/16 per cent. per annum on the average discount rate fr Treasury bills issued at the latest weekly tender.The attached table shows, for the years 1972 to 1979, the average value of special deposits held with the Bank of England on each monthly make-up day. For those years—1972 and 1979—where special deposits were required for part of the year only, the average is taken only over these months where they were required—that is one month in 1972 and 10 months in 1979. Special deposits have not been called since December 1979.The table also shows the average, over the periods when special deposits were required, of the average rates of discount on allotment at the weekly Treasury bill tenders. Rates of discount are quoted for Treasury bills, rather than the equivalent rate of interest; and rates of discount were used in calculating the rates of interest payable on special deposits as explained above. This is therefore the basis of the figures in the table.Figures for special deposits and average rates on allotment at Treasury bill tenders are published in the Bank of

England Quarterly Bulletin.

Year

Average value of special deposits for months when they were required

Average rate on allotment at weekly Treasury hill tender over periods when special deposits were required

(£ million)

(per cent.)

19721198·06
19739219·31
19741,04711·37
197596310·19
19761,14511·16
19771,0627·63
19789918·53
197965913·30

Family Incomes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish tables similar to those in "Income tax and indirect tax: the main proposals", showing for single wage married couples with each of two and four children the effects of income tax, national insurance contribution and child benefit changes between 1981–82 and 1982–83 on net incomes, assuming a 7½ per cent. increase in earning.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 April 1982, c. 94]: The tables requested are attached. In the final column percentage changes are shown for net income after tax and NIC—that is earnings plus child beneit less tax and NIC£

Notes to table

(1) The figures of child benefit are the total received in the financial year.

(2) National insurance contributions are at the class 1 rate for employment not contracted out of the State additional (earnings related) pension scheme.

(3) Earnings in 1982–83 are taken to be 71/2 per cent. higher than in 1981–82.

Income in 1981–82

Charge for 1981–82

Income in 1982–83

Charge for 1982–83

Earnings

Child* Benefit

Total Income

Income Tax

NIC†

Percentage of total income taken in tax and NIC

Earnings‡

Child* Benefit

Total Income

Income Tax

NIC†

Percentage of total income taken in tax and NIC

Percentage change in income after tax and NIC

Two child family
3,0005133,51325623213·93,2255693,79423428213·68·4
4,000513,4,51355631019·24,3005694,86955637619·18·0
6,0005136,5131,15646524·96,4505697,0191,20156425·17·4
8,0005138,5131,75662027·98,6005699,1691,84675228·37·1
10,00051310,5132,35677529·810,75056911,3192,49194130·36·8
15,00051315,5134,01780631·116,12556916,6944,1921,00131·17·6
20,00051320,5136,30280634·721,50056922,0696,5401,00134·28·4
25,00051325,5138,83380637·826,87556927,4449,2251,00137·38·5
40,00051340,51317,58880645·443,00056943,56918,5031,00144·88·8
Four child family
3,0001,0264,02625623212·13,2251,1384,36323428211·88·7
4,0001,0265,02625631017·24,3001,1385,43855637617·18·3
6,0001,0267,0261,15646523·16,4501,1387,5881,20156423·37·7
8,0001,0269,0261,75662026·38,6001,1389,7381,84675226·77·4
10,0001,02611,0262,35677528·410,7501,13811,8882,49194128·97·1
15,0001,02616,0264,01780630·116,1251,13817,2634,1921,00130·17·7
20,0001,02621,0266,30280633·821,5001,13822,6386,5401,00133·38·5
25,0001,02626,0268,83380637·026,8751,13828,0139,2251,00136·58·5
40,0001,02641,02617,58880644·843,0001,13844,13818,5031,00144·28·8

Customs And Excise

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number of days taken by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise for (a) normal inspection and (b) preventive inspection at Tilbury, Dover, Ipswich and Felixstowe for each container load.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1982, c. 132]: The time taken to examine the contents of a container varies considerably according to the circumstances but would rarely exceed a few hours. It is not possible to state averge times for the ports named, since records are not kept.

Description of SampleNumber of samples takenNumber of samples testedLaboratory carrying out the tests
Original bearing plinth material, samples taken during1,8004Property Services
temporary repair work.(approx.)Agency Laboratory,
Cardington.
Original bearing plinth material, samples taken during repair contract.1010
Original shims, in sets, from beneath bearing.400
Original grease from between bearing plates.1413Fulmer Research
Institute Ltd.,
Stoke Poges,
Slough, Bucks.
New bearing plinth material901901West Midland
County Council's
Laboratory.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr on 18 March, Official Report, c. 153, if he will make a further statement outlining progress repairing the bearing plinths at the Gravelly Hill viaduct on the Midland links motorway; and whether any financial penalties will be imposed if the work is not completed by the extended contract period of 2 May 1982.

The position on 21 April 1982 was that 90 per cent. of the plinths had been repaired and the contractual date for completion of the remainder was 2 May 1982. It is, however, expected that the work will not be completed until later in May.The contract provides for the payment of liquidated damages in the event of late completion, but the question of any further extensions on the contract period remains subject to decisions by the engineer to the contract, the county surveyor of the West Midlands county council.

A45 (Windmill Farm, Allesley, Coventry)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has reached a conclusion on the highway and access to the A45 aspects of the development of Windmill Farm, Allesley, Coventry.

The refusal of planning permission for this development is now the subject of an appeal and the matter will be determined by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Transport

Gravelly Hill Viaduct

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many samples of materials have been taken during the repairs to the bearing plinths of the Gravelly Hill viaduct; how many have been tested; and which laboratory is carrying out the tests.

The information on samples and tests of materials from the Gravelly Hill viaduct is given in the following table:

Environment

Council Rents

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of the proportion of any gross increase in council rents which is borne by public funds, whether via supplementary benefit or rent rebates.

A broad estimate is that some 40 per cent. of gross rent increases are effectively borne by public funds via increased rent rebates and supplementary benefit payments.

Local Authority Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is yet in a position to provide the information on local authority expenditure referred to in his reply to the question of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Ardwick, Official Report, 29 March. c. 40.

Returns have now been received from all authorities but are still being checked.

Prefabricated Houses (Sales)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many prefabricated dwellings have been sold under the right-to-buy provisions of the Housing Act 1980.

Industrial Rates

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the replies to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Osborn) Official Report, 15 April 1981, c. 199, and to the hon. Member for Blackburn, Official Report, 21 May 1981, c. 178, if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the best estimate of rate payments by manufacturing industry, in £s million and as a proportion of manufacturing costs, excluding rates and taxes, for each year from 1978 to date.

The available information is as follows:

Rates Paid by Manufacturing Industry 1978–79, United Kingdom
19781979
Rate payments £ million825925
Rate payments as a proportion of manufacturing costs (exclusive of rates and taxes)0·68 per cent.0·66 per cent.
Current weighted unit value indices January 1982
1975 = 100
Not seasonally adjusted OTS basis
SITC (R2)ExportsImports
Manufactures5–8206·0173·0
of which: Semi-manufactures5–6193·4168·5
Finished manufactures7–8214·5176·2

Scotland

Housing Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will convert the figures on housing expenditure in Scotland in item 15.5 of table 2.15 of Cmnd. 8494–II, "The Government's Expenditure Plans," to a constant price base.

No. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 31 March by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor the Exchequer to the right hon. Member for Stepney and Poplar (Mr. Shore).—[Vol. 21, c. 124.]

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a breakdown for Scotland of public expenditure on housing for the years 1981–82 and 1982–83 in the same format as is provided for England in table 2.7 of Cmnd. 8494–II, The Government's Expenditure Plans."

The information requested is as follows:

£ million at cash prices
1981–821982–83
CURRENT EXPENDITURE
General Subsidies:
Central Government subsidies to local authority housing162204
Rate fund contributions to local authority housing100
Subsidies to new towns and Scottish Special Housing Association5856
Housing association revenue deficit grants11

Trade

Imports And Exports

asked the Minister for Trade whether he will publish a table in the Official Report showing the increase in the unit values of United Kingdom exports of finished manufactures in the year ended January 1982 and the corresponding change in the relative volume of imports and exports of such manufactures.

The increase in the export unit value index of finished manufactures was 11 per cent. The corresponding change in the relative volume index was a reduction of 23 per cent.

asked the Minister for Trade, further to his reply of 8 April, Official Report, column 489, concerning imports and exports of manufactures, whether he will publish in the Official Report a similar table showing unit values on the basis of current weights.

Following is the information:

£ million at cash prices
1981–821982–83
Total general subsidies321261
Optional mortgage scheme34
Administration:
central Government2
local authority24
TOTAL CURRENT EXPENDITURE327269
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
Local authority gross expenditure
Land5
New dwellings80
Acquisitions
Improvement investment156
Other19
Improvement grants30
Gross lending to private persons for house purchase and improvements32
Loans and grants to the housing associations9
Total local authority gross expenditure331408
New Towns and Scottish Special Housing
Association gross investment
Land2
New dwellings68
Acquisitions1
Improvements20
Total new towns and Scottish Special
Housing Association gross investment9174

£ million at cash prices

1981–82

1982–83

Sales and repayments

Land and dwellings, local authorities-61
New towns and Scottish Special
Housing Association-34
Associated lending—gross60
Repayments-7
Repayments of loans to private persons for house purchase and improvements-18
Repayments of loans to housing associations-2
Total sales and repayments-62-106

Housing corporation schemes

Net loans and grants to housing associations6892
Savings bonus and loans scheme for first time purchasers (net) and other lending (net)11

HRA Block

Non HRA Block

Net Allocation

Estimated Receipts

Total

Net Allocation

Estimated Receipts

Total

Rate Fund Contribution Limit

Budgeted Rate Fund Contribution

Budgeted Standard Rent Income

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Borders Region

Berwickshire0·6630·0970·7600·3140·0110·3250·1561·619
Ettrick and Lauderdale0·5930·3320·9250·4130·0070·4200·3192·441
Roxburgh3·0490·1463·1950·6050·1700·7750·3020·1283·704
TweeddaleNil0·4180·3150·1650·1650·1510·1110·888

Central Region

Clackmannan1·6390·2011·8400·5500·0200·5700·6310·8894·584
Falkirk4·4871·6196·1061·0100·1501·1601·8913·68715·570
Stirling3·1450·8103·9550·7250·0900·8152·2183·1365·343

Dumfries and Galloway Region

Annandale and Eskdale3·1330·7623·8950·4100·0100·4200·3340·2442·725
Nithsdale2·4460·4042·8500·3840·0160·4000·1400·3643·769
Stewartry1·2190·1111·3300·2250·0050·2300·1590·1111·538
Wigtown1·2920·4681·7600·5200·0100·5300·2682·571

Fife Region

Dunfermline2·0933·6075·7001·4750·0351·5101·5951·53512·487
Kirkcaldy5·3351·1656·5003·1000·1003·2001·7551·75513·140
North East Fife3·0921·0884·1800·8500·0200·8700·6500·1984·636

Grampian Region

Aberdeen City0·39610·62111·0173·9400·3104·2504·1778·32414·097
Banff and Buchan2·6151·1853·8001·1400·0501·1900·7260·2996·613
Gordon3·3181·5274·8450·6150·0150·6300·7390·6093·041
Kincardine and Deeside3·3220·3083·6300·4950·0100·5050·4490·2721·720
Moray3·1451·6054·7500·8700·0300·9000·8255·120

Highland Region

Badenoch and Strathspey1·0700·1651·2350·1250·0300·1550·1130·0540·558
Caithness2·1470·2282·3750·5500·0400·5900·3230·3231·837
Inverness2·2761·1563·4321·0300·0701·1000·7461·1423·560
Lochaber1·5020·2451·7470·1600·0050·1650·2910·8521·905
Nairn0·4440·1050·5490·0950·0950·1380·1590·595
Ross and Cromarty3·6500·1003·7501·0700·0201·0900·4330·2903·154
Skye and Lochalsh0·6680·0850·7530·2700·2700·1250·1520·391
Sutherland1·2070·1331·3400·5140·0060·5200·1570·1410·866

Lothian Region

East Lothian1·8222·7384·5600·8450·0550·9000·6800·6807·091

£ million at cash prices

1981–82

1982–83

Total capital expenditure429470
TOTAL PROGRAMME755739

As all the figures have been rounded to the nearest £1 million for 1981–82 and 1982–83, they do not necessarily sum to the totals.

Local Authority Income And Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for each district and island authority in Scotland for 1982–83 (a) the final capital allocations for (i) the housing revenue account block and (ii) the non-housing revenue account block, (b) the budgeted rate fund contribution, corresponding to the provisional capital allocations and the rate fund contribution guidelines announced on 22 January, and (c) the anticipated income from standard rent.

HRA Block

Non HRA Block

Net Allocation

Estimated Receipts

Total

Net Allocation

Estimated Receipts

Total

Rate Fund Contribution Limit

Budgeted Rate Fund Contribution

Budgeted Standard Rent Income

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Edinburgh City11·4863·71415·20011·0504·65015·7004·4753·52630·923
MidlothianNil3·1813·1810·3400·0100·3501·1141·2636·036
West Lothian3·3280·8494·1770·7900·1750·9651·6221·72011·217

Strathclyde Region

Argyll and Bute3·8790·8814·7602·4480·2122·6600·8410·1125·221
Bearsden and Milngavie0·5620·2130·7750·0750·0750·5200·4930·951
Clydebank1·5340·5992·1330·1100·0500·1600·6671·4795·299
Clydesdale1·1210·2441·3650·5540·0060·5600·6180·6144·652
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth0·7710·2401·0110·1200·0200·1400·7530·8822·312
Cunnock and Doon Valley1·4740·2501·7240·1600·0150·1750·5981·0494·725
Cunninghame1·6880·7482·4361·2860·2741·5601·7933·9179·592
Dumbarton0·5950·8061·4010·7200·2000·9201·0422·4685·744
East Kilbride0·5730·1170·6900·2850·0100·2950·4560·4540·850
Eastwood0·1860·0650·2510·1450·0300·1750·0710·2430·854
Glasgow City35·94618·12054·06615·7006·00021·70021·56140·61281·540
Hamilton2·4951·5744·0690·5250·0200·5453·6744·8309·944
Inverclyde3·2880·4193·7070·6451·2401·8851·3163·0248·023
Kilmarnock and Loudoun1·5470·6512·1980·2550·0050·2601·0722·4848·019
Kyle and Carrick3·0680·4833·5510·9800·0100·9901·4742·1988·156
Monklands7·4460·6298·0750·6300·5201·1501·8613·37812·337
Motherwell5·4371·5817·0180·5000·1650·6651·9695·72516·505
Renfrew3·5593·2266·7852·2000·5002·7002·5485·89216·159
Strathkelvin1·8111·6493·4600·2600·4500·7101·1701·6055·104

Tayside Region

Angus1·8251·2903·1150·8850·0600·9450·8436·638
Dundee City5·0470·7105·7576·1700·1006·2702·4646·15215·133
Perth and Kinross2·2501·2553·5051·4500·1301·5801·1388·859

Islands Areas

Orkney0·4890·2510·7401·1950·1501·3450·2370·3040·700
Shetland2·3440·2022·5460·8400·1000·9400·5070·7461·419
Western Isles2·7740·5613·3352·9250·0252·9500·4371·2141·529
TOTAL166·29175·937242·12575·70816·41292·12077·332121·838414·002

Council House Sales

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for each district and island authority in Scotland the numbers of dwellings which he expects will be sold in 1982–83, and the proportion which he expects will be funded by sources other than local authority loans, in order to provide the capital receipts used in the calculation of housing capital allocations, announced on 22 January.

For the amount of net receipts finally assumed from sales in the area of each authority. I refer the hon. Member to the second column—i.e. "Estimated Receipts"—of the table provided today in reply to his question about capital allocations and related matters. The calculation of receipts in each case depends on a number of matters other than those to which the hon. Member refers and I shall write to him shortly about the methods used.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses have been sold by Edinburgh district council to tenants who were receiving rates or rents rebates during the past 12 months.

This information is not kept by my Department. The hon. Member should approach the district council.

Housing

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the following information relating to housing in Scotland in 1981 (a) the number of permanent new dwellings started by (i) local authorities, (ii) new towns, (iii) the Scottish Special Housing Association, (iv) housing associations and (v) the private sector, (b) the number of dwellings in approved applications for improvement works by (i) local authorities (ii) new towns, (iii) the Scottish Special Housing Association and (iv) housing associations and (c) the number of dwellings in approved applications for private sector grants in the following categories (i) improvement, (ii) conversion, (iii) standard and (iv) repair grants.

The information available to date for 1981 is set out in the following table:

AgencyNew dwellings startedPublic Sector (dwellings)House Improvements Private Sector Grants Number of approved applications
ImprovementConversionRepairsStandard
Local Authorities1,92921,183*
New Towns733Nil
Scottish Special Housing Association2332,843
Housing Association1,0091,833
Private Sector10,039†8,3676675,379214
* Figures refer to tenders accepted.
† 1981 information is not, at present, available for Edinburgh.

Homeless Persons

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the voluntary organisations in Scotland which have received financial assistance from his Department or from local authorities under section 13 of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, the nature and amount of the assistance provided and the period for which assistance was or is available.

My right hon. Friend has provided grant aid under section 13 to the following organisations:

Scottish Council for Single Homeless
£
1978–799,420
1979–8010,990
1980–819,978
1981–8211,774
Grant is being continued for the current financial year at an amount stillto be determind.
Scottish Women's Aid
£
1979–805,101
1980–813,891
1981–823,831
This grant was offered for a period of three years, which has now expired.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to review the operation of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, in line with the review promised by the Secretary of State for the Environment.

No. A code of guidance has been issued more recently in Scotland than in England and Wales, and there have been no indications since its issue in September 1980 that a further review of the operation of the legislation in Scotland is necessary.

Urban Aid Programme

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future funding of the urban aid programme in Scotland to keep it in step with the changes announced by his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment for additional funding for England.

I am examining how the urban programme might do more to attract private resources to the task of urban renewal. The existence of the Scottish Development Agency means that the Scottish urban programme does not need to mirror precisely the programme in England. My right hon. Friend's recent announcement earmarked funds out of the provision to be made for the urban programme and derelict land reclamation in England.

Employment

Careers Offices (West Midlands)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people have registered at careers offices in each of the travel-to-work areas in the West Midlands in the last month for which statistics are available.

The following table gives the numbers of unemployed young people registered at careers offices in the areas specified at 11 March:

Birmingham*7,004
Burton-on-Trent366
Coventry*2,578
Dudley and Sandwell2,471
Evesham65
Hereford276
Kidderminster*422
Leamington233
Ledbury
Leek132
Leominster42
Ludlow60
Market Drayton77
Oakengates859
Oswestry105
Redditch372
Ross-on-Wye39
Rugby386
Shrewsbury277
Stafford*319
Stoke-on-Trent*1,317
Stratford-on-Avon144
Uttoxeter
Walsall*2,366
Whitchurch
Wolverhampton*2,288
Worcester*619
* Travel-to-work area comprising two or more employment office areas.
† No separate careers office figures are available for these areas. The statistics of young people who register at the Ledbury and Uttoxeter part-time careers offices are included, but not separately identified, in the figures for Hereford and Burton-on-Trent, respectively. There is no careers office in Whitchurch and most young people from this area register at the Market Drayton careers office.

Unemployment Statistics

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the average percentage unemployment rate in Wales, the North of England and the West Midlands for 1978 and each year thereafter.

The following table gives for the areas specified the annual average percentage rates of unemployment from 1978 to 1981 and the averages for the first quarter of 1982.

Wales Per centNorth region Per centWest Midlands region Per cent
19788·38·95·6
19797·98·75·5
198010·310·97·8
198114·815·313·7
1982*16·316·315·3
* January to March.

Sandwell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of persons unemployed, the percentage rate of unemployment and the total number of vacancies within the metropolitan borough of Sandwell at the latest date for which figures are available.

The information is not availabe for the precise area specified. In the area covered by the Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich employment offices, which corresponds closely to the metropolitan borough of Sandwell, there were 27,434 people registered as unemployed at 11 March. The numbers of vacancies remaining unfilled in the area at 5 March were 334 at employment offices and 16 at careers offices. The vacancy figures relate only to those notified to employment offices and careers offices; vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of possible duplication, the figures for employment offices and careers offices should not be added together.Percentage rates of unemployment are calculated only for complete travel-to-work areas and not for their constituent parts. The rate of unemployment in the Dudley and Sandwell travel-to-work area at 11 March was 14·9 per cent. In addition to the six employment office areas listed, the travel-to-work area includes the Dudley, Halesowen, Kingswinford, Sedgley and Stourbridge employment office areas.

European Community (Unemployment Proposals)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what position was adopted by Her Majesty's Government at the most recent meeting of European Economic Community Ministers which he attended to the various proposals from the Presidency concerning further Community-wide action on unemployment; and what position was adopted by the EEC Governments at that meeting on the issue;(2) what position was adopted by Her Majesty's Government at the most recent meeting of EEC Ministers which he attended concerning proposed obligations on multinational companies to disclose information to their employees; what were the positions of the other EEC Governments at that meeting; if he has had consultations with representatives of British industry and trade unions on the subject; and what representations he has received on this matter from within the United Kingdom and from any other interested parties.

I represented the United Kingdom at an informal meeting of European Community Ministers held in Brussels on 5–6 April.It has become customary for the member State holding the EC Presidency to hold an informal meeting of EC Employment Ministers. These meetings enable Ministers to discuss current employment issues in a relaxed and informal atmosphere but are not intended to reach formally agreed or published conclusions. It would therefore be inappropriate to indicate the positions adopted by member States.The meeting on 5–6 April was mainly devoted to a wide-ranging and useful discussion on a report from the Presidency covering a number of issues related to unemployment in the Community. These issues are also discussed in a communication from the European Commission on a Community action programme to fight unemployment, which we expect to be considered in the Standing Committee on Employment to be held on 27 April.The draft EC directive on informing and consulting employees in complex undertakings was also discussed. The United Kingdom Government have made clear their commitment to the principle of employee involvement, but we have stated on many occasions that a rigid legal system, such as that set out in this draft directive, is contrary to our approach. The EC Commission has now indicated its intention to revise the draft after the European Parliament has debated it. We have therefore not yet held formal consultations on the draft directive. However, we have received numerous representations from employers who are opposed to the directive since it was first mooted in July 1980. We have also received the views of the TUC, which supports the proposal.

Community Work

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is able to enlarge upon the scheme announced in the Budget Statement to give those who have been on the unemployment register for some time the chance to work for the benefit of their own community.

As my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Budget Statement, my right hon. Friend has asked the Manpower Services Commission to consider how the new scheme should best be run. He wrote to the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission on 9 March and asked him to let him have the Commission's proposals as soon as possible, so that the Government can take firm decisions in the early summer.

Long-Term Unemployed (Voluntary Organisations)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has any plans to continue with the planned expenditure of £12 million intended to help voluntary organisations devising new schemes of work with the long-term unemployed, announced by the Prime Minister last July.

I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's replies to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes) on 4 and 9 February 1982.—[Vol. 17, c. 181–82, c. 316.]

Printing And Publishing Industrial Training Board (Redundancy Payments)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will enhance in all appropriate cases the redundancy payments to redundant employees of the printing and publishing industrial training board to include the 4 per cent. final award backdated to 1 November 1981.

As the employer of the staff concerned, it is for the board to make payments to redundant staff in accordance with its contractual obligations under the agreed staff redundancy scheme