Written Answers To Questions
Monday 17 May 1982
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish details of the number and average amount of rate rebates granted in 1980–81 in England and Wales in total and by rating district.
I have today placed in the Library the information requested by my hon. Friend.
Vale Of Belvoir
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the representations he has received concerning his decision on the mining of coal in the Vale of Belvoir.
As at 17 May, my right hon. Friend has received 13 letters. Those from the National Union of Mineworkers and the North-West Leicestershire district council expressed concern at the effect of his decision on the mining industry and in particular on the employment prospects of mineworkers. Of the members of the public who wrote, seven supported the decision and four disagreed with it.
Home Improvement Grants
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much of the additional sum made available for home improvement grants in 1982–83 in the Budget Wrekin district council bid for in the sections for intermediate or repair grants.
Wrekin council's original bid showed no bid for intermediate and repairs grants. However, the council subsequently informed the Department that this was an error and submitted a revised bid for £24,500 for intermediate and repairs grants. Following the supplementary allocation that I referred to in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, North (Mr. Durant) on 6 May—[Vol. 23, c. 117.]—Wrekin has now received an allocation of £25,000.
Lead Pollution (Cremation)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what quantity of lead is emitted into the atmosphere from cremation (a) from human remains and (b) from low-grade oils sometimes used in the burning process.
No data are available but calculation indicates that the quantity of lead emitted through the cremation of human remains would be negligible. Virtually all crematoria are gas-fired.
Rights Of Way
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to make it an offence for public bodies to levy charges for the use by the public of footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways where rights of way are established.
Established public rights of way are in law open to the public as of right. Their use is not subject to a charge. Legislation to make it an offence for public bodies to levy charges is therefore unnecessary.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will submit the application for European regional development fund grant aid for the Goole bypass project, which was forwarded to his Department by Humberside county council in November 1980.
We have not yet received a firm estimate of costs for this project, but when we do we shall look at it again, with other applications, for possible inclusion in our submission this summer.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will collect information on the use of section 65 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 from local authorities and consider extending the scope of these powers.
My right hon. Friend does not consider that it would be worthwhile to collect this data at the present time. The effective use of the power depends on the penalties in section 104 of the Act for noncompliance with a notice issued under section 65. These penalties have only recently been strengthened by a provision in the Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Act 1981 giving local authorities more effective power to preserve amenity by combating unsightliness in their locality. There are no plans to extend the scope of these powers still further.
Local Authority Expenditure
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money was spent in 1981 under the heading of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.
Every local authority incurring expenditure under this section is required by subsection (7) to include a separate account of that expenditure in its accounts. The information is, however, not collected centrally.
Urban Development Corporations
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money has been, and is, planned to be spent on the urban development corporations.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services to the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on 21 December last.—[Vol. 15, c. 319.]
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total expenditure by county councils and by metropolitan councils on land reclamation in 1980–81; and what is the allocated expenditure for each for this purpose in 1982–83.
The total expenditure incurred by county councils and metropolitan councils on approved schemes of derelict land reclamation in 1980–81 was £6·3 million and £12·3 million respectively. The 1982–83 provision is being allocated currently, and I will write to the Hon. Member when this has been completed.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations he has held with local councils and councillors on the proposals contained in the review of Cmnd. 884; when the consultations were initiated; what form they took; and what steps he has taken to ensure that the public is aware of the effects of the possible implementation of the recommendations in the review, which deals with radioactive waste management.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to his similar question by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much of the budget of the Housing Corporation is allocated to shared ownership projects; and how much has been so spent in (a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside and (c) the Wirral.
The Housing Corporation"s approved development programme for England for 1982–83 includes £25 million for expenditure by housing associations on shared ownership schemes, and a further £3 million for leasehold schemes for the elderly. Information on spending on such schemes in the current financial year is not yet available.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the total number and value of bids for Housing Corporation funds in the current year for share ownership schemes (a) in total, (b) in the North-West, (c) in Merseyside and (d) in the Wirral.
Responsibility for inviting bids from housing associations and for making allocations rests with the Housing Corporation. I understand that for 1982–83 the corporation received the following bids for shared ownership schemes and leasehold schemes for the elderly:
|Shared ownership||Leasehold schemes for the elderly|
|Units of accommodation||Total Cost*(£m)||Units of accommodation||Total Cost*(£m)|
|* This represents the total estimated cost of the proposed schemes spread over a number of years.|
|† This comprises the Housing Corporation"s North-West and Merseyside regions.|
|‡ This relates to the Housing Corporation"s Merseyside region only. Separate figures for the Wirral are not available.|
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the funds for his new initiative scheme in Merseyside cover opportunities for shared ownership; what is the number of applications for funds so far for shared ownership projects, the number of housing units covered and the number of applications and housing units so far approved; and if for these data he will distinguish between the Wirral and other parts of Merseyside.
The initiatives for Merseyside I announced last year included a proposed scheme to provide additional housing in inner city areas for sale, shared ownership and rent. My officials" discussions on the proposals with the Merseyside district councils, the house-builders and the Housing Corporation are not yet complete. The detailed information sought is not, therefore, available.
World Environment Day
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what contribution his Department plans to make to mark the United Nations World Environment Day on 5 June, with particular reference to the year's theme: "For Every Child a Tree".
My Department will be contributing to a number of special events on and around World Environment Day, which this year will also mark the tenth anniversary of the Stockholm conference on the human environment. In particular my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services will be taking part in a tree-planting ceremony on Parliament Hill Fields organised by the Tree Council in pursuit of an initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme. In his address, he will be encouraging young people to take up the theme "For Every Child a Tree".
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether any measure is under consideration that would absolve district councils from their duty under the Public Health Act 1936 to impose charges for the collection of trade refuse; and if he will make a statement.
When section 12 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 is in force, it will give local authorities a duty to collect commerial waste on request, and to recover a reasonable charge except in cases where the council consider it inappropriate. We are now reviewing with the local authority associations the financial implications of implementing sections 12–14 of the Act.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report instances over the last two years of transgressions under section 73(2) of the Public Health Act 1936 in respect of failure to impose charges for the collection of trade refuse.
Information on authorities that collect commercial waste, and on income derived from providing the service, is published annually in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's waste collection statistics. Whether a local authority is in breach of the duty imposed on it by section 73(2) of the Public Health Act 1936 is a matter for the courts. Information on cases brought before them is not available centrally.
Land Sale (Birkenhead)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the district auditor is to investigate the proposed sale by Wirral council of the Oak and Eldon Gardens site in Birkenhead; when he expects a report; and if he will make a statement.
I understand that the district auditor has investigated this proposed sale in the course of the audit of the authority's accounts for 1981–82, which is still in progress. It is for him to decide whether to report on the matter.
Property Services Agency (Design Work)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of part I design work was put out to consultants by the Property Services Agency; and how much was done in house in 1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82, respectively; and what proportion he proposes for the future.
The percentage of part I design work put out to consultants by the Property Services Agency in 1979–80 and 1980–81 was 35 per cent. and 37 per cent. respectively. The balance was undertaken in in-house. The provisional figure for 1981–82 is 38 per cent. The aim is to increase this percentage to a little over 60 per cent. by April 1984.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has investigated the relative cost of part I design work carried out by the Property Services Agency directly and that done by consultants; and if he will publish his findings.
A working group consisting of officials and private sector representatives is examining this issue. The group has not yet reported, and I have taken no view on the handling of its findings.
Property Services Agency (Staffing)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the present total of staff of the Property Services Agency, compared with his target announced in June 1980 for 1983.
The number of staff in the Property Services Agency on 1 April 1982 was 30,154 comprising 16,265 non-industrials and 13,889 industrials. No 1983 target for the agency was announced in June 1980.
Local Authority Expenditure
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment under what statutory authority he uses grant-related expenditure assessments as alternatives to the spending targets for local authorities; and whether the Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill at present before Parliament contains any provision to this effect.
The guidance or targets which successive Government have given to local authorities from time to time about their spending levels does not require statutory authority. I have not at any time proposed grant-related expenditure assessments as the targets for individual authorities.Clause 4 of the Local Government Finance Bill currently before Parliament will provide express powers for reducing the grant entitlements of local authorities that spend above their targets. An amendment to clause 4 has been tabled last week in another place to enable exemptions from such reductions to be given in relation to particular types of expenditure at the request of local authorities or the associations. This amendment will also enable exemption from grant reduction to be given to all authorities spending below their grant-related expenditure.In the light of representations from a large number of authorities the proposals for grant reduction in respect of 1981–82 and 1982–83 which I have already announced embody an exemption for authorities spending below grant-related expenditure.
Great Universal Stores Plc
asked the Minister for Trade if he will ask the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate the bid by Great Universal Stores PLC for Empire Stores PLC; and if he will make a statement.
The Director General of Fair Trading is currently investigating this proposed merger. He will be letting my right hon. and noble Friend have his advice in due course.
asked the Minister for Trade if he will estimate the level of imports expected in 1983 under the new multi-fibre arrangement in all categories covered by the agreement.
It is impossible reliably to forecast future levels of imports under the multi-fibre arrangement. These will depend not only on the precise quotas still to be negotiated between the Community and the supplying countries, but on the extent to which these quotas are utilised. This in turn will be affected by the level of domestic demand for each product, the competitiveness of United Kingdom manufacturers, the level of imports from other third countries, and the general world economic situation.
asked the Minister for Trade whether he has any evidence to show that restrictions imposed by the multi-fibre arrangement increase the cost of clothes available in British shops; and if he will make a statement.
asked the Minister for Trade what is his latest estimate of the effect of the economic sanctions placed upon Argentina by the United Kingdom's partners in the European Economic Community, by the Commonwealth and by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries; and if he will make a statement.
Allied Supplies Limited
asked the Minister for Trade whether it has been decided to refer to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission the bid for Allied Supplies Limited; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Trade will announce his decision in due course.
British Midland Airways (Route Applications)
asked the Minister for Trade when the decision of the Civil Aviation Authority on the application by British Midland Airways for permission to compete with British Airways on the Heathrow to Glasgow and Heathrow to Edinburgh trunk routes was made known to British Midland Airways.
The decision of the Civil Aviation Authority on the applications by British Midland Airways for permission to operate services on the Heathrow to Glasgow and Heathrow to Edinburgh routes was made on 21 October 1981. Both the British Airways Board and British Caledonian Airways objected to the applications.
Civil Aviation Authority (Route Applications)
asked the Minister for Trade whether any guidelines have been issued by Her Majesty's Government since May 1979 to the Civil Aviation Authority to the consideration of applications made by private airlines to compete with British Airways on major trunk routes (a) internationally and (b) within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
No guidelines have been issued by the present Government and in the Civil Aviation Act 1980 we deliberately removed the power to give guidance to the Civil Aviation Authority.Instead, section 13(1) of the 1980 Act gave the Civil Aviation Authority the duty of publishing from time to time a statement of the policies it intends to adopt in performing its air transport licensing functions. The authority's 'Statement of Policies on Air Transport Licensing', published on 28 April 1981, sets out the policies which the authority currently follow.
asked the Minister for Trade whether he has any plans to carry out a monitoring exercise to ascertain the costs of import controls both to industrial efficiency and the consumer; if he will estimate the cost of such an exercise; and if he will make a statement.
Education And Science
Higher National Diploma Courses
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why his Department has agreed to allow higher national diploma courses in engineering to be discontinued.
Since the establishment of the fully representative Technician Education Council in 1973 it has been the policy of successive Governments that the council should eventually take over responsibility for validation of technician education courses. The replacement of HND courses in engineering by higher diplomas validated by the council is a part of this process. It has been considered very carefully over a long period, and I am satisfied that it will be to the benefit of engineering education.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any evidence that the Government of Argentina are taking any action to remove from the United Kingdom the 400 Argentine students on the penalty of stopping financial aid to them; and whether he will consider making some temporary arrangements to finance these students if they refuse to be sent home forcibly.
My right hon. Friend has received no evidence that the Government of Argentina are seeking to remove Argentine students from the United Kingdom by stopping their financial payments and cannot say at this stage whether it will be necessary to consider any temporary arrangements to assist them.
Universities (Students' Backgrounds)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any figures available to him which would show the number of children who have gained places at universities and whose father was a manual worker or was from a similar social and economic background; and, if so, if he will publish such figures from 1967 on an annual basis:
Figures published by the Universities Central Council on Admissions shows that around 19 per cent. of home students accepted through the council for entry into a United Kingdom university in 1980 were from families where the parents were in skilled manual, partly skilled or unskilled occupations. The council has also published figures for some earlier years, but these are based upon a different occupational classification and are not comparable with 1980. The published figures show that candidates with a given A-level results from all social classes have a similar chance of acceptance at university.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many more teachers would have to be employed and trained to reduce all class sizes to below 30; and at what additional recurrent cost.
In January 1981 average class sizes in England were 25·5 pupils for primary schools and 21·5 for secondary schools; at the same time 30 per cent. of primary classes and 14 per cent. of secondary classes contained 30 or more pupils. There can be no certain estimate of the number of extra teachers needed to eliminate these classes of 30 and over because it would depend on the extent to which local education authorities and headteachers gave priority to a reduction in class sizes over other calls on the time of teachers.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will ascertain the percentage of students attending voluntary Church of England and Roman Catholic colleges of education who were following courses leading to a teaching qualification in religious education at convenient intervals in the last 20 years; and if he will make a statement.
The figures below indicate the percentage of teacher training students in various types of institution in England and Wales who were enrolled on courses in religious education as at November 1980.
|(a) Voluntary colleges|
|Church of England||9|
|(b) Other colleges||3|
|* Including those of mixed religious denomination.|
School Controlling Bodies (Appointments)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to ensure that full-time serving teachers rather than union nominees are appointed to the controlling bodies of the Schools Advisory Examinations Council and the Schools' Curriculum Advisory Body.
The Government's proposals to establish an examinations council and a school curriculum development council are the subject of discussion with the local authority associations, and other interested bodies. It will be important that the new councils should be able to draw on the experience of practising teachers among their members, and this will be borne in mind during discussions.
School Leavers (Illiteracy And Innumeracy)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of school leavers were (a) illiterate and (b) innumerate, in 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980.
I regret that this information is not available.
Non-Residential Sixth Form Education (Costs)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the cost to public funds, excluding variable costs such as travel allowances, of maintaining a 16 or 17-year-old person in non-residential sixth form education assuming that he or she is living in a family of four with a household income of £6,000.
As a broad indication, a recoupment rate of £1,606 has been recommended by the inter-authority payments committee for pupils aged over 16 in England in the present financial year. In addition, the parents of such a pupil would be eligible for child benefit at a current rate of £5·25 per week.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has about the numbers of local education authorities who pay discretionary grants to British chiropractic students.
None. The Department does not collect this information.
Circular 2/81 (Replies)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the results of his survey of local education authorities' answers to circular 2/81.
Although returns were requested by 31 December 1981 we have not yet received sufficient to enable a full analysis to be made of the number of surplus places to be taken out of use. I will certainly consider in the light of further returns how our conclusions on the exercise should be made public.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he plans to meet representatives of the Liverpool education authority to discuss the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools concerning education in the Toxteth area; if he has any plans to use the powers available to him to ensure the proper administration of education in Toxteth; and if he will make a further statement.
Together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, I shall me et representatives of the authority on 26 May to consider with them how the education service in Toxteth, and in Liverpool generally, may be improved and how resources can be used to best effect.
asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many civil servants in each of the grades from principal upwards have been declared redundant in each of the past three years.
The information is being collated and my right hon. and noble Friend the Lord Privy Seal will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.
Farm Amalgamations (Capital Taxation)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider introducing capital taxation measures as a disincentive to the merging and amalgamation of farms and to bring about the break-up of abnormally large holdings on death.
I am not sure what my hon. Friend has in mind, beyond the present provisions of the capital transfer tax. Perhaps he would write to me.
Public Expenditure White Paper
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the approximate number of copies of the White Paper on public expenditure which are issued for use each year, and the total number printed.
The Government's Expenditure Plans for 1982–83 to 1984–85 (Cmnd. 8494) were printed in two volumes, both with a print run of 8,000. HMSO have sold 5,850 copies of volume 1 and 6,650 copies of volume 2, including some 1,200 copies of each volume for use by HM Treasury and Parliament.
Bank Of England (Commercial Bills)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will show under which monetary aggregate the Bank of England's purchases of commercial bills is included; and if he will describe the effect that such purchases have on monetary policy.
The information on Bank of England purchases of commercial bills is to be found in Financial Statistics, table 7·3. Sterling lending to the United Kingdom private sector is the sum of lending in sterling to the private sector by the monetary sector (ie. recognised banks and licensed deposit takers) plus Issue Department holdings of commercial bills. Thus purchases of commercial bills appear not as part of a monetary aggregate but as one of the domestic counterparts to changes in the money stock.The implications for monetary policy of such purchases were described in the note on bank lending, "Overfunding and Money Market Assistance," submitted by the bank to the Treasury and Civil Service Committee, and reprinted as appendix 8 of the latter's fourth report.
Income From Argentina
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will introduce proposals to tax at a punitive rate all income derived in any way from either Argentina or as a direct result of the Falklands dispute, whether the income is derived from sources in the United Kingdom such as the broadcasting authorities for commentary on the dispute, or from institutions in Argentina.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is still the Government's intention to tax invalidity benefit; and if he will make a statement on the proposed timing of the necessary legislation if it is still intended to tax the benefit.
I shall let the right hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he will abolish stamp duty levied on adoption agreements in connection with (a) section 38 of Highways Act 1980 and (b) with sewer adoption agreements in connection with section 18 of the Public Health Act 1936:(2) whether he will estimate the total annual income in 1980–81 from stamp duty levied on adotion agreements in
(a) section 38 of Highways Act 1980 and (b) with sewer adoption agreements in connection with section 18 of the Public Health Act 1936.
I shall let my hon. Friend have a reply as soon as possible.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will tabulate in money terms and indexed terms the relationship between the pay of an hon. Member and an assistant secretary in the Civil Service for each of the last 20 years ending with the present recommendations.
The table following shows the salaries of Members of Parliament and assistant secretaries in the Civil Service, and Members of Parliament pay expressed as a percentage of that of assistant secretaries on a annual basis since 1963.
|Members' salary||Assistant secretary (maximum)||1 as a percentage of 2|
Home Beat Police Officers
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of home beat police officers.
The precise role of home beat police officers varies from force to force but policing methods are kept under constant review by chief officers of police and Her Majesty's inspectors of Constabulary to improve the effective use of resources. My Department is sponsoring research on a range of relevant subjects, such as the use of manpower, community policing and the role of community constables.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will require the Independent Broadcasting Authority, in accordance with section 29(3) of the Broadcasting Act 1981 (c. 68), to refrain from broadcasting any advertisements by any corporation, if that corporation, or one of its subsidiaries or any corporate or individual person allowed by it, or any of its direct or indirect subsidiaries, to use its name for payment received, contributed financially to the 24-hour telethon supporting Argentina over the Falkland Islands which was broadcast in Argentina on 9 May.
No. We could not regard this as an appropriate use of this reserve power.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the decision of the governor of Ascombe Grange open prison to allow 15 women prisoners, some of whom are convicted murderers, to leave the prison for a day without surveillance for the Pope's visit.
Nuclear Attack (Casualties)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made any estimate of the number of serious burn cases, such as might require attention in a special burns unit, which might be caused by the air explosion of a hydrogen bomb of one megaton with its epicentre over Charing Cross; and what this estimate is.
International Social Service
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total amount of money paid by his Department to International Social Service in each of the last five years; for what purposes these funds were allocated; and if he will make a statement.
In the last five financial years the following sums were paid to International Social Service of Great Britain in connection with its administration of the repatriation scheme under section 29 of the Immigration Act 1971:
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been received from individuals regarding animal experiments; and if he will make a statement.
During the past year, about 1,500 letters have been received in the Home Office. The Government's views on the improvement and modernisation of the present legislation were set out in my right hon. Friend's observations on a petition, circulated as a supplement to the Votes and Poceedings on 29 April.
Registration And Naturalisation (Fees)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what publicity was and is being given to the new regulations as from 1 April for the payment of fees for registration and naturalisation;(2) why the increased fees for applications for registration and naturalisation are paid at the time of application rather then when a decision is reached; and if he will reconsider this practice.
The changes were announced in an answer given to a question from my hon. and learned Friend the Member for South Fylde (Mr. Gardner) on 10 March and a news release was issued by the Home Office on the same day. This contained a table showing the main types of application and the new fees. Both the announcment and the news release explained that the collection of the fee at the time of application enabled the increases to be kept to a lower level than would otherwise be necessary. Community Relations Councils were informed of the changes on 11 March. Leaflets setting out the new fees are made available to all new applicants.—[Vol. 19, c. 423]
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for Wales the directly equivalent information on the Government's expenditure plans to that which is published for England in tables 2.3, 2.4, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, 2.12 of Cmnd. 8494–II.
The following tables show, for Wales, the directly equivalent information on the Government's Expenditure Plans to that which is published for England in tables 2.3, 2.4, 2.8 and 2.11 of Cmnd. 8494–II. The figures in tables 2.9 and 2. 12 include expenditure in Wales as the relevant functions do not come within the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales.
Programme 16.1 Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry
£ million cash
|Price guarantees on products not supported by CAP, production grants and subsidies||1||3||3||6||13||13||16||70||80|
|Support for capital and other improvements||4||6||9||13||16||18||17|
|Support for agriculture in special areas||22||16||10||27||29||28||30|
|Other assistance to agricultural productions etc.||4||3||1||1||1||1||1|
|Central and miscellaneous services||0||0||1||1||1||1||1|
|Support for the fishing industry||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
Programmes 16.2 and 3 Industry, Energy, Trade and Employment
£ million cash
|Provision of land and buildings||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||90||100|
|Selective financial assistance||3||0||1||4||7||15||13|
|Development Board for Rural Wales||—||4||7||9||6||6||7|
|Local Employment Act 1972||-3||-1||-1||-1||0||—||—|
|Welsh Development Agency (excluding ECSC borrowings—Programme 21)||9||23||39||48||65||76||59|
|Other support services||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Development Board for Rural Wales||—||1||1||2||2||2||2|
|Promotion of tourism||2||2||3||3||4||5||5|
|Programme 21. WD A Borrowing from ECSC||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||2||2|
Programme 16.6 Other Environmental Services
£ million cash
|Local environmental services Current||80||91||103||119||137||144||150|
|Community ownership of development land||2||3||2||1||0||—||—|
|Historic buildings and ancient monuments||0||0||1||1||1||2||2|
|Central and miscellaneous services||1||2||3||3||3||3||3|
|16.9 Other Public Services (part only)|
|Tax and rate collection, records, registration and surveys||4||4||4||6||8||11||12||13||14|
Programme 16.8 Health and Personal Social Services
£ million cash
|National Health Service|
|Hospital and community health services|
|Family practitioner services|
|Central health services|
|Other health services|
|Central and miscellaneous services|
|Personal social services|
|Local authority services|
|Central government services|
|Total health and personal social services|
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for Wales the directly equivalent information on educational expenditure and numbers to that which is published for England in tables 2.10 and 2.10.1 of Cmnd. 8494–II; and if he will publish the information covered in Table 2.10.2 on a basis which covers Wales alone.
|Education and Science, Arts and Libraries—Wales|
|£ million cash prices|
|Primary, secondary and other||Capital||21||17||18||17||25||28||25||25|
The equivalent information on educational expenditure and numbers in Wales is given in the three following tables.The information contained in these Tables is confined to those areas for which the Welsh Office has responsibility in Wales. Figures for mandatory student awards and universities in Wales for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science is responsible are not therefore included.
|Research and other services||Capital||—||—||1||2||2||2||2|
Arts and Libraries
|Total Arts and Libraries||12||13||17||19||22||24||25||30||30|
Thousands (except as indicated)
|Total School population (including special schools)||564·0||561·0||554·4||545·0||532·0||520·9||509·3||499·9||492·1|
|All other primary||273·3||269·0||262·3||254·9||243·9||234·2||222·4||214·4||211·3|
|Under school leaving age||220·1||222·2||224·5||220·4||218·0||215·4||213·6||210·6||205·2|
|Over school leaving age||19·9||19·5||17·2||20·4||21·6||22·5||22·1||21·8||21·5|
|Total (excluding special schools)||559·2||556·3||549·7||540·3||527·3||516·2||504·6||495·2||487·4|
School participation rates (per cent.)
|Over school leaving age||24||22||19||23||23||24||24||24||24|
|Teachers: numbers employed (full-time equivalents)||28·9||29·2||29·8||29·5||28·9||28·1||27·5||26·9||26·5|
|Pupil, teacher ratios overall||19·1||18·8||18·2||18·1||18·0||18·1||18·1||18·1||18·1|
Advanced further education: Numbers of home students (full-time and Sandwich)
|Students on advanced courses in polytechnics and colleges of higher and further education (excluding postgraduates)||6·5||6·4||7·0||6·7||6·7|
|1st year enrolments||3·2||3·2||3·5||3·3||3·3|
Non-advanced further education: Home students (full-time equivalent)
|Cmnd. 8175 plans||25·3||25·7||25·9||26·0||—|
|of which, 16–18 year olds on full-time and Sandwich courses||12·7||12·8||12·8||12·8||—|
|Cmnd. 8494 plans||25·2||26·2||27·7||27·2||26·9|
|of which, 16–18 years olds on full-time and Sandwich course||12·8||14·0||15·7||15·4||15·2|
NAFE figures exclude students participating as part of the MSC new training intitiative referred to in Chapter 2.4.
Falkland Islands (Media Coverage)
asked the Prime Minister if she will ask all of the editors of the press and controllers of the media to ensure that no details or announcement of a character which may cause pain or suffering to the forces in the south Atlantic or to their relatives be made without first checking with the appropriate ministerial Department.
This has been done and I am sure that the editors will co-operate.
National Health Service (Pay)
asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government will make available sufficient money to enable Health Service workers to be provided with the same percentage increase as for judges and senior civil servants.
No. Special considerations apply to the groups covered by the Top Salaries Review Body, whose pay had been held to below the levels judged appropriate in 1980. To continue holding down their pay would have carried unacceptable risks of long-term damage to the Government's ability to attract and retain individuals of high calibre.
Public Sector (Pay)
asked the Prime Minister if she will review the 4 per cent. ceiling on pay increases to the public sector so as to enable settlements to be arrived at for public servants receiving lower levels of pay which fully reflect the levels of increase announced for the top paid.
We do not propose any general alteration in public expenditure provision for pay in the current year. Special considerations apply to the level of pay for the groups covered by the Top Salaries Review Body, which had been held to below the levels judged appropriate in 1980. To continue holding down their pay
would have carried unacceptable risks of long-terra damage to the Government's ability to attract and retain individuals of high calibre.
Falkland Islands (Inter-Party Talks)
asked the Prime Minister on what dates her invitations to certain Privy Councillors to discuss the Falkland Islands crisis were made to those concerned.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to my reply to the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Jenkins) on 20 April.—[Vol. 22, c. 122]. In responding to requests for consultations made in the House by the right hon. Members for Roxborough, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel) and for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen), I invited the Leader of the Opposition to join the meeting. I later responded to requests from the right hon. Members for Down, South (Mr. Powell) and for the Western Isles (Mr. Stewart).
Value Added Network Services
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what means his Department has devised for assessing the acceptability of value added network services prior to issuing licences; and what criteria will be adopted.
The Department's intention is to licence any person who wishes to run systems connected to the telecommunication systems run by British Telecom in order to provide services to third parties on condition that the services add value to the basic transmission service provided by BT. The criteria agreed with BT which will identify a genuine value added network service have been defined as follows:
A value added service is one which allows information to be interchanged directly between users of the service but not without first being:
(a) stored by the value added operator for the purpose of being subsequently retrieved or forwarded; or (b) processed by the value added operator in such a way that when delivered the messages have been clearly altered as to format, protocol or content.
These criteria are included in a guide for licence applicants which was published by the Department in March. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The Secretary of State has appointed a panel of three independent experts to advise him on issues relating to licensing.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's procedures for monitoring British Shipbuilders' loss-making ship repairing activities.
My Department reviews the performance of British Shipbuilders' operating divisions, including ship-repair, quarterly on the basis of reports produced by the corporation. The report on British Shipbuilders recently published by the House of Commons Industry and Trade Committee reproduces a memorandum from the Department in which the Department's monitoring procedures are prescribed.
Development Board For Rural Wales
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the value at constant prices of the incentives under regional aid legislation taken up by businesses operating within the area of the Development Board for Rural Wales for each of the four years 1978–79 to 1981–82.
I regret that information relating to regional development grants given to businesses located within the area of the Development Board for Rural Wales by my Department cannot be provided without disproportionate cost, as statistics are only available for Wales as a whole.Offer of regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972, which were made by the Secretary of State for Wales were:
|Cash terms||*Equivalent in 1978–79 prices|
|* Deflated by corresponding changes in the GDP deflator. (The deflator for 1981–82 is a provisional figure).|
Law Of The Sea Convention
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what he estimates will be the effect of the international convention on the law of the sea on the deep sea mining legislation passed by European States.
The deep sea mining laws of the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany and France, as well as that of the USSR, are explicitly designed to be interim measures pending entry into force for the state concerned of an international convention on the law of the sea. If and when the convention enters into force for the United Kingdom, the Deep Sea Mining (Temporary Provisions) Act 1981 will be repealed, as provided in section 18 of that Act. The provisions of the convention would then supersede it.
National Electronics Council
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what level of grant his Department has paid to the National Electronics Council in each of the last five years; and what will be paid in the current year.
The amount of grant paid by the Department of Industry to the National Electronics Council (NEC) was £32,000 in 1980–81 and £20,000 in 1981–82. During the current financial year the grant will be £10,000. Prior to 1980–81 the running costs of the NEC were borne on the Department's Central Vote.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry why, in view of their high unemployment resulting from steel closures, the town of Bilston in particular and the West Midlands in general, were excluded from the special programme arising out of the £18,400,000 payment from the European regional development fund.
Because of the relatively small sums available the Commission decided to concentrate the aid on the areas having the highest concentration of unemployed steel workers, which did not include the West Midlands.
Ball And Roller Bearing Manufacture
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what closures of plant making ball and roller bearings have taken place in the last three years.
I am aware of the complete closure of four plants manufacturing ball and roller bearings in the last three years. In addition, production of bearings has ceased at a fifth plant, although in that case a small manufacturing unit has been retained on the site.
Industrial Development (North-West)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) how many steering location inquiries had been received in the North-West region of his Department; and of these how many had been referred to the Cumbria county council industrial development unit during the last month for which statistics are available;(2) how many applications for information of an industrial or service development nature his Department has received in the North-West region during the last month; and how many of these his Department has referred to Cumbria council's industrial development unit.
In April 1982 the North-West regional office received 1,266 inquiries of an industrial or service development nature of which 1,038 related to Government financial assistance and 20 of which were locational inquiries.None were specifically referred to the Cumbria county council industrial development unit, but the North-West regional office maintains close contacts with its officers who had referred many of the inquiries to the Department.The small firms service in the North-West region received some 2,318 inquiries in April 1982 many of which would have been concerned with information of an industrial or service development nature. Information on whether any of the inquirers were referred to the Cumbria county council industrial development unit is not recorded.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total area of industrial floor space allocated for industrial or service trade occupancy by the English Industrial Estates Corporation in each of the travel-to-work areas in (a) Cumbria, (b) the Northern region and (c) the North-West region for the last month for which statistics are available.
I will reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total number and value of offers of regional assistance made to companies in West Cumbria travel-to-work areas, in Cumbria as a whole, in the North-West region and in the Northern region for the last month for which statistics are available.
In March 1982, 21 offers of assistance totalling £1 million were made under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 towards projects in the North-West region. Of these, two offers totalling £70,000 were made towards projects in Cumbria but no offers were made to companies in the West Cumbria travel-to-work area. Ten offers totalling £1·1 million were made towards projects in the North-East region.
Secretary Of State (Speech)
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will place a copy of his speech, made on Tuesday 11 May, to representatives of the textile industry, in the Library.
Director Of Public Prosecutions
asked the Attorney-General how many civil servants are employed in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; and how many of them had practical experience of criminal law and procedure before appointment.
On 1 April 1982 there were 222 civil servants employed; of those 70 were professionally qualified on appointment.
asked the Attorney-General what was the total cost of running the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions during (a) 1980–81 and (b) 1981–82, excluding the fees paid to counsel nominated to prosecute cases for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
During 1980–81 the total cost was £2,586,000. For 1981–82 the total cost was £2,799,000.
asked the Attorney-General what was the total amount paid by way of fees to counsel nominated to prosecute cases for the Director of Public Prosecutions during (a) the financial year 1980–81 and (b) the financial year 1981–82.
During the financial year 1980–81, £3,178,484 and for 1981–82, £3,810,130.
asked the Attorney-General what are de minimum academic and professional qualifications, of those civil servants in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions described as professional officers.
All professional officers are barristers or solicitors and are recruited through the Civil Service Commission.
Magistrates' Courts (Duty Solicitors)
asked the Attorney-General what is the estimated cost of establishing duty solicitor schemes in all magistrates' courts in England and Wales.
The cost would depend on a number of factors and it is not possible to make a realistic estimate.
asked the Attorney-General if he will prosecute the author of The Sun newspaper's leading article of 7 May for a criminal libel.
I do not intend to seek leave for such a prosecution.
Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
asked the Attorney-General whether it is his intention to bring forward legislation to implement the proposals summarised in paragraphs 46(5) and (6) of the report of the Law Commission on the financial consequences of divorce (Law Commission No. 112) in the present Session of Parliament.
asked the Attorney-General when the Government intend to bring forward legislation to implement the recommendations for amendment of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 as set out in paragraphs 46(5) and (6) of the report of the Law Commission on the financial consequences of divorce.
I refer my hon. Friends to my reply to my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill) on 13 May.—[Vol. 23, c. 311.]
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what representations he has received from manufacturing industry on energy prices since the Budget statement.
While I am aware of the concern that still exists in some quarters there has been a marked reduction in the number of such representations since the Budget Statement, in which my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced over £160 million worth of help with energy prices to industry.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the current coal liquefaction scheme at Point of Ayr, North Wales.
I understand that BP is reconsidering its position in regard to the project, and the NCB is studying the situation.
Mr Glyn England
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what were the reasons for the dismissal of Mr. Glyn England as chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board; if he will publish the relevant correspondence; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. England was not dismissed as chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board; his appointment expired on 8 May 1982. I have placed copies of the relevant correspondence in the Library of the House.
Cable Link (England—France)
asked the Secretary of State for Energy when the proposed 2,000MW cable link between England and France is likely to come into use; and what is the estimated capital cost to each country.
I am advised by the CEGB that the first stage of the 2,000MW electricity link between England and France is scheduled to come into operation in 1985. Each country is responsible for providing and laying two of the four pairs of cables which will comprise the completed link, and for constructing its own converter station and overland connections. The cost of CEGB's share of the work is estimated to be £285 million at March 1982 prices.
Gas And Electricity Disconnections
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many domestic consumers were disconnected for debt by each area electricity board and by each regional gas board during the first quarter of 1982.
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Woolwich, East (Mr. Cartwright) on 14 May.—[Vol. 23, c. 340].
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if, following the publication of the report of the Advisory Council for Research and Development for fuel and power, he is now able to announce whether he will give further financial backing to the National Engineering Laboratory of East Kilbride and Lanchester polytechnic, which are engaged in the development of wave energy generators; and, if so, how much and over how many years;(2) if he is now able to announce, following the publication of the report from the Advisory Council on Research and Development for fuel and power, whether he will give further financial backing to the development of Salter's ducks at Edinburgh university; if so, how much; and over how many years.
My right hon. Friend told the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) today that he will be able to allocate between £11 million and £12 million in the current financial year to research and development in the field of renewable energy sources. Wave energy is one of the less promising options. There will be limited scope for further research work, and the extensive existing data will be consolidated. The effect of this decision on individual devices and research centres is being worked out.
District Heating And Combined Heat And Power
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what information he has now received from other EEC countries in relation to cities heated by power station waste, district heating and combined heat and power plants; and if he will set out as much information as is available to him as to the names of those cities, their populations, the number of houses and industries receiving such heating, what percentage it represents of the heating load and the saving in coal equivalent.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 340]: My officials keep in touch with major technicalogical developments overseas but our primary task is to assess the economic and technical feasibility of CHP/DH in the United Kingdom.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what savings he now estimates in coal equivalent that in the United Kingdom combined heat and power plants providing district heating on the domestic, commercial and industrial heat load of the United Kingdom would make, applying the criteria set out by his Department's combined heat and power group.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 341]: The Marshall group estimated that the potential savings from CHP in the longer term were 6·29 million tons of coal equivalent per annum. The objectives of my Department's current combined heat and power feasibility programme are to assess the national potential for CHP with district heating and to assess its economic and technical feasibility in specific locations.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the expected completion date of the industrial combined heat and power scheme in Whitehaven, Cumbria; what is now the expected cost of the project; how much grant is being given by his Department; and under what conditions.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 341]: A number of industrial combined heat and power projects have been considered in the Whitehaven area. Only the scheme at Albright and Wilson has received Government assistance. This received a grant under the Department of Industry's energy conservation scheme. The project was completed, under the terms of the scheme, before September 1979 and the cost of the project was approximately £1·5 million.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what estimated energy savings are claimed by the firms using the Hereford 15 Mw plant opened in 1979; and whether the intention that the plant would save importing 15,500 tonnes of coal worth £1½ million in foreign currency has been realised.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 341]: The energy savings made by the firms concerned are the commercial responsibility of their respective managements. The performance of the plant is a management matter for the Midlands Electricity Board. I am advised by the board that preliminary calculations show that during the 12 months period from 1 November 1980 energy equivalent to 9,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (16,000 tonnes of coal equivalent), with a value of slightly over £1 million was saved.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is now the estimated cost of the combined heat and power scheme by the Midlands Electricity Board at Fort Dunlop; and what is the estimated date of completion.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 341]: I am advised by the Midlands Electricity Board that the project is estimated to cost £14·5 million at January 1982 prices. Steam will be available from the coal-fired boilers in January 1984, and it is anticipated that the diesel generators and heat recovery systems will be commissioned towards the end of 1984.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has further considered the likely date when he will be announcing lead cities as the most likely sites for pilot district heating schemes; and how he now proposes to fund them.
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1982, c. 341]: The report from my Department's lead consultants on the technical and economic feasibility of combined heat and power/district heating is expected shortly. Questions of funding will need to be considered in the light of this report.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he proposes, in the interests of nuclear waste management, to put into effect the recommendations in the report of Sir Brian Flowers, paragraph 432, Cmnd. 6618, that a nuclear waste disposal corporation should be established to take over responsibility for the treatment and disposal of nuclear waste.
I have been asked to reply.The Government's conclusions about organisation for nuclear waste management will be contained in the forthcoming White Paper.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what quantity of high-level nuclear waste awaits disposal; whether it is all located at Sellafield; whether it is in liquid or vitrified form; and how long it is to be retained in surface installations before permanent disposal.
I have been asked to reply.About 1,000 cubic metre of liquid high-level radioactive waste is currently stored at Sellafield and a further 750 cubic metres in less concentrated form at Dounreay. British Nuclear Fuels Limited is proposing to build a vitrification plant at Sellafield for high-level waste, which would then be stored for a period of at least 50 years. At the end of that period, a decision would be needed on whether to continue with storage, or to use one of the possible disposal routes. The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority intends that the Dounreay wastes should also be vitrified at a later date.
Unemployment And Drug Consumption
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will evaluate the product-moment correlation coefficient and its level of significance between (a) the average annual number of males out of work for one year or more and (b) the total number of prescriptions for anti-depressants, sedatives and tranquillisers in Scotland in the latest 10 year period for which figures are available.
Such an exercise would serve no useful purpose.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish any figures that he has on the incidence of deaths from cardiovascular disease amongst men in the age group 35 to 45 years in each EEC country, in Sweden, in Scotland as a whole and in Glasgow, over the past five years.
The available information for Scotland and Greater Glasgow health board area is given in the following table. Information for other countries is available in World Health Statistics Annual published by the World Health Organisation. A copy of this publication for each recent year is in the Library.
|Deaths from Cardiovascular Disease, Males aged 35–44 years, Scotland and Greater Glasgow Health Board Area, 1976–80|
|Scotland||Greater Glasgow health board area|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how may one-parent families in Scotland there were in each of the past 10 years.
There are no annual figures available showing the number of one-parent families in Scotland. At the time of the 1981 census, there were 40,455 households in which only one adult (a person aged 16 or over) lived with one or more children aged under 16. Most of these would be one-parent families; however, the figure may account for only about one half of all one-parent families as some such families contain children aged 16 or over and others live in households containing other adults.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average price of a school meal in Scotland.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children took school meals in Scotland in each of the past three years; if he will provide a breakdown for both primary and secondary pupils, and if he will show the percentage change over the period.
The information, which is taken from the annual census of school meals held each January, is as follows:
|No. of pupils taking school meals||Uptake as a percentage of all pupils at school on the census day||Yearly change in the percentage uptake|
|Education, Arts and Libraries Programme 15.8||Table 1 (corresponding to Table 2.10)|
|£ Million cash|
|Scottish Education Department|
|Primary, secondary and other|
|Higher and further education (including teacher training)|
|Miscellaneous educational services, research and administration|
|Research and other services|
|Research councils, ete║|
|Arts and libraries Central Government|
198,549 primary pupils and 106,425 secondary pupils took school meals; the remainder of the 1982 total, that is 11,238 meals, is accounted for by nursery and special school pupils.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for Scotland the directly equivalent information on educational expenditure and numbers to that which is published for England in tables 2.10 and 2.10.1 of Cmnd. 8494-II; and if he will publish the information published in table 2.10.2 on a basis which covers Scotland alone.
The information requested in respect of those matters for which I am responsible, in equivalent form so far as possible, is as follows.
Education, Arts and Libraries Programme 15.8
Table 1 (corresponding to Table 2.10)
|£ Million cash|
|Total arts and libraries||25||28||34||37||45||49||58|
* It is not possible separately to identify expenditure on special schools
† Expenditure on transport cannot be identified
‡ These figures exclude EC subsidy
║ Expenditure on these items is borne by Department of Education and Science only
Table 2 (corresponding to Table 2.10.1)
Pupil and Teacher Numbers
|Total school population (including special schools)||1053·5||1043·1||1023·2||998·9||970·0||936·8||905·2||878·3||853·9|
|All other primary||602·7||584·3||559·4||535·1||508·4||486·3||462·6||442·4||430·8|
|under school leaving age||347·3||351·2||355·1||352·2||346·7||342·4||337·2||331·4||321·0|
|over school leaving age||55·4||55·0||55·3||58·0||61·1||57·1||56·7||56·2||54·9|
|Total (excluding special schools)||1040·4||1030·2||1010·8||987·2||958·7||925·7||894·4||867·8||843·8|
School participation Rates (%)
|Over school leaving age||31·2||30·6||30·4||31·5||33·2||30·9||31·6||31·9||31·4|
|Numbers employed (FTEs)||55·3||54·8||55·5||56·1||54·5||50·4||49·2||48·0||46·5|
|Pupil/teacher ratios overall||18·6||18·6||18·0||17·3||17·3||18·1||17·9||17·9||17·9|
* The table relates to pupils in education authority nursery, primary, secondary and special schools only: pupils under five supported through the urban programme are included.
† Pupil and teacher numbers are as at September.
‡ Participation rates for under-fives express the number of children under five in school, part-time and full time as a percentage of three and four year olds in the population.
║ The secondary "over school leaving age" participation rate is expressed as a percentage of the 16 and 17 year olds in the population rather titan those over school leaving age, and is therefore not a direct measure of "staying on" rate.
Table 3 (corresponding to table 2.10.2)
Home students (full-time and sandwich)
|Students on advanced courses of further education, excluding postgraduates||25||26||26||26||26|
|of which admissions||12||11||11||11||12|
Non advanced further education†
Home students (full-time and sandwich)
|Cmnd 8175 plans||43||43||41||41||—|
|—of which 16–19 yaer olds on full-time and sandwich courses||16||16||15||15||—|
|—of which 16–19 year olds on full-time and sandwich courses||16||16||16||16||16|
* Excluding students at Scottish universities.
† Excluding additional students participating in new MSC training schemes and as a result of the Prime Minister's unemployment measures scheme.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations he held with local councils and councillors on the proposals contained in the review of Cmnd. 884; when the consultations were initiated; what form they took; and what steps he has taken to ensure that the public is aware of the effects of the possible implementation of the recommendations in the review, which deals with radioactive waste management.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment on 16 April 1981. The consultations referred to with the nuclear industry, regulatory and advisory bodies and Government Departments have now taken place. The Government's response to the review of Cmnd. 884 will be contained in the forthcoming White Paper on radioactive waste management and the revised explanatory memorandum to the Radioactive Substances Act 1960.—[Vol. 3, c. 260].
Shipping Operators (Subsidies)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the total Government subsidy paid to ferry and shipping operators in each of the last three years in Scotland, together with his Department's expected expenditure in the current financial year; and if he will list the sums paid to each recipient company in each of those years.
The information requested is set out in the following table:
|Total support of which||5·1||7·4||9·1||10·6|
|Orkney Islands Shipping Company||0·8||0·7||0·9||1·05|
|P & O Ferries||0·6||1·5||1·9||2·4|
|Bulk Shipping companies of which||—||0·1||0·53||1·05|
|Glenlight Shipping Ltd.||—||103||201||280|
|Hay & Co. Ltd.||—||8||134||205|
|Northern Shipping & Trading & Co||—||—||5||20|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the percentage increases in total unemployment in (a) the Edinburgh travel-to-work area and (b) Scotland from April to April and from January to January in each of the past five years.
The information is set out in the following table:
|April to April||January to January|
|Edinburgh travel-to-work area||Scotland||Edinburgh travel-to-work area||Scotland|
|Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.|
The Edinburgh travel-to-work area comprises the five employment office areas within Edinburgh city together with the Dalkeith, Loanhead, Musselburgh and Penicuik employment offices areas.
Land Resources Development Centre
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the land resources development centre is being reduced from a staff of 99 to 40; what is the total annual saving involved; if any of the work involving rural poverty is to be transferred to other sections of his administration; and if he will make a statement.
The decision to reduce staff of the land resources development centre has been taken because the private sector in the United Kingdom has the capacity to do much of the rural development work undertaken by the centre. It is envisaged, therefore, that more of this aid work will in future be done by private organisations. Total savings will be known when the working party which I have set up to advise on final numbers reports at the end of June.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what was the saving in wages and salaries of civil servants achieved through the staff reduction in the three years since 1 April 1979; and what is the current rate of these savings for 1982–83;(2) what is the number of redundancies that have occurred in his Department since 1 April 1979; and what is this number as a percentage of
(a) total reductions achieved and (b) of the strength at 1 April 1979;
(3) how many staff from his Department have been transferred to other publicly funded organisations since 1 April 1979;
(4) what was the number of staff in his Department on 1 April 1979 and 1 April 1982; and what was the total reduction in staff between the two dates and expressed as a percentage of the 1 April 1979 strength.
My Department employed 23,300 permanent staff at 1 April 1979 and 30,986 at 1 April 1982, an increase of 7,686 (33 per cent.). Increases of staff for unemployment benefit, redundancy payment and special measures work were offset by efficiency and other savings of about 4,200 staff.
The net effect on salaries expenditure of these changes and those anticipated during the current year is shown as follows:
Permanent Staffing Level
Estimated Salaries Expenditure in a Full Year at Current Prices
|1 April 1979||23,300||140|
|1 April 1982||30,986||186|
|1 April 1983||33,077||199|
Apart from some 40 common services posts transferred from my Department to the Manpower Services Commission, mainly consequent upon the latter's dispersal to Sheffield, and moves on normal personnel management grounds, no staff were transferred from my Department to publicly funded bodies during the three year period. 182 permanent staff have been made redundant, and, taking account of part time staff, this represents about 0·5 per cent. of 1 April 1979 staff and 2 per cent. of achieved savings.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the annual reduction by number and percentage in his Department since 1 April 1975.
The changes in the number of permanent staff and the percentage changes in my Department since 1 April 1975 are as follows:
|1 April 1975–1 April 1976||+6,373||+ 39·5|
|1 April 1976–1 April 1977||+ 1,990||+8·8|
|1 April 1977–1 April 1978||-52||-0·2|
|1 April 1978–1 April 1979||-1,150||-4·7|
|1 April 1979–1 April 1980||-2,612||-11·2|
|1 April 1980–1 April 1981||+5,118||+24·7|
|1 April 1981–1 April 1982||+5,180||+20·1|
Youth Opportunities Programmes (Costs)
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the cost to public funds of maintaining a 16 or 17-year-old person on the youth opportunities programme, assuming that he or she is living in a family of four with a household income, excluding youth opportunities programme allowances, of £6,000.
In 1981–82 the gross cost to public funds per trainee per week on the youth opportunities programme was £40–50. This cost is the same for YOP trainees of all ages and is not related to household income. The cost to public funds, net of benefit savings and taking account of additional Exchequer revenues, could be affected by the nature of household income, but on average is around £24 a week.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the total number of persons, including young persons, engaged on Manpower Services Commission schemes in the Blackburn travel-to-work area, together with a breakdown showing the number of schemes, and the number of persons engaged in each category of scheme, including youth opportunities programmes, community enterprise programmes and so on.
The information is not availble in the exact form requested. The schemes run by the Manpower Services Commission are administered on different geographical areas. The following table gives details of MSC schemes broken down into areas which coincide as closely as possible with the Blackburn travel-to-work area.
|MSC Scheme||Nearest Equivalent area to Blackburn travel-to-work area||Number of Schemes||Number of Participants|
|Youth Opportunities Programme||Blackburn Local Authority District||450–500 Schemes active at the end of April 1982||2,500 Entrants to the Programme between 1.4.81 and 31.3.82|
|Community Enterprise Programme||Blackburn Loacl Authority District||(1)5 Community Enterprise Programmmes Active in Blackburn at end of April 1982||(a) 488 entrants between 1.4.81 and 31.3.82|
|Training Opportunities Programme||Manpower Services Commission, Training Services Division's Accrington district Office area which includes: Blackburn, Nelson, Accrington Rossendale and Burnley||There were 47 Adult Schemes and 51 Schemes for Young People active in the Accrington district Office Area at the end of April 1982.||On 30 April1982 there were 366 Adults participating in TOPS Schemes and 135 Young People|
Family Income (Data)
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, at the same time as the data are collected, his staff employed in analysing the family expenditure data could include the tabulation of income of families at various levels relative to the supplementary benefit level; and whether he will make a statement.
These specialised analyses cannot be readily carried out when the basic data are initially tabulated for publicaion by this Department, and responsibility for such analyses will remain with the Department of Health and Social Security.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the percentage increases in total unemployment in the United Kingdom from April to April and from January to January in each of the last five years.
Between January 1978 and January 1979 and between April 1978 and April 1979 there were decreases of 6·0 per cent. and 7·7 per cent. respectively. The percentage increases for the remaining four years were as follows:
|Duration in weeks||Under 25||25–54||55 and over||All ages||Under 25||25–54||55 and over||All ages|
|2 or less||447||265||64||176||336||147||15||498|
|Over 2 and up to 4 weeks||291||243||55||589||221||154||12||387|
|Over 4 and up to 8 weeks||404||464||136||1,004||331||292||21||644|
|Over 8 and up to 13 weeks||416||474||116||1,006||352||315||24||691|
|Over 13 and up to 26 weeks||876||1,290||425||2,591||782||721||61||1,564|
|Over 26 and up to 52 weeks||1,265||1,644||827||3,736||1,107||955||104||2,166|
|Over 52 and up to 104 weeks||888||1,554||974||3,416||532||623||117||1,272|
|Over 104 and up to 156 weeks||189||494||218||901||121||159||56||336|
|Over 156 weeks||44||394||349||787||35||138||73||246|