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Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday 25 March 1987

Energy

British Coal

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of British Coal to discuss the markets for coal.

I have regular meetings with the chairman of the British Coal Corporation to discuss all aspects of the coal industry, including the markets for coal.

Nato (Petroleum Planning Committee)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make the minutes of the meetings of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation petroleum planning committee available in the Library.

North-West

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what plans he has to discuss the north-west's future energy requirements with business and local authority leaders.

The Government's approach to energy takes full account of the requirements of the

Gross aid programme

(£ million)
Percentage of GNP at market pricesMultilateral

(percentage)
Country programmes

(percentage)
Other

(percentage)
1978–797640·44276112
1979–808340·40295714
1980–819680·41295813
1981–821,0160·39384913
1982–831,0330·36424612
1983–841,1000·36464014
1984–851,1650·35434215
1985–861,1930·33424315
1986–871,2660·33414514
Figures for 1986–87 are estimates based on provision in the Spring Supplementary Estimates for the Overseas Aid Vote; the GNP for 1986–87 has been estimated from information in the "Financial Statement and Budget Report 1987–88".

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the amounts of aid

(£ million)
Project aidProgramme aidTechnical co-operationBudgetary aidAid and trade provision
1978–791951531711512
1979–80186120212929
1980–8132567220926
1981–8223971218953

regions. Ministers often meet business and local authority leaders in the north-west to discuss energy issues of mutual concern.

Cash Limits

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has any changes to announce to his Department's cash limits for 1986–87.

The new cash limit for class VI, vote 2 is £266·102 million. The change arises partly from the transfer of £1·0 million to the Department of the Environment as a special contribution towards additional costs in this financial year of the homes insulation scheme.

Overseas Development

Aid Programme

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will give the outturn figures for the gross aid programme of each of the years 1978–79 to 1985–86, together with the estimated figure for 1986–87; and what proportion of gross national product these figures represent;(2) if he will give the percentage of the gross aid programme in each of the years 1978–79 to 1985–86, together with estimates for 1986–87, spent on

(a) multilateral aid, (b) bilateral country programmes including budgetary aid and aid and trade provision and (c) other bilateral aid.

(a) project aid, (b) programme aid, (c) technical co-operation, (d) budgetary aid and (e) aid and trade provision for each of the years 1978–79 to 1985–86, together with estimates for 1986–87.

The information is as follows:

Project aidProgramme aidTechnical co-operationBudgetary aidAid and trade provision
1982–83225612181047
1983–84217482441228
1984–85239362761059
1985–8624853302936
1986–8721579304890
Figures for 1986–87 are provisional estimates.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of technical co-operation aid in the years 1984–85, 1985–86 and 1986–87 estimated was devoted to (a) the provision of experts, wholly or partly financed, (b) training and (c) other forms of assistance.

The information is as follows:

1984–85 per cent.1985–86 per cent.
Experts3231
Training2120
Other4749
"Experts" includes consultancies and "training" includes Commonwealth scholarships and fellowships.Planning allocations are not based on categories of technical co-operation, so an analysis for 1986–87 will be available only after the accounts have been completed.

Defence

Soviet Defence Minister

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he has any plans to meet the Soviet Defence Minister to discuss European security; and if he will make a statement.

Raf Molesworth

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States Air Force personnel are currently stationed at Molesworth.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 6 March, at column 734.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if Her Majesty's Government will make it their policy to make a statement to the House before Molesworth becomes operational.

Further information will be given about RAF Molesworth as appropriate and subject to the constraints of security.

United States Forces

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to the answer of 11 February, Official Report, column 291, to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East, if he will list any further military construction projects at installations in the United Kingdom used by United States forces on which construction work is due to start in the United States fiscal year 1988, dependent on approval by the United States Congress.

I understand from the United States authorities that since my reply to the hon. Member on 11 February the only additions to the list of military construction projects at installations used by the United States forces in the United Kingdom that are due to be started in FY 1988 are a youth centre and automotive hobby shop at RAF Greenham Common.

The Arts

National Gallery

asked the Minister for the Arts what progress is being made on the planned extension to the National Gallery; and if he will make a statement.

The trustees of the National Gallery announced in April 1985 that, thanks to the generosity of the Sainsbury family, a new extension would be built on the Hampton site to the west of the main gallery building. Last year the trustees chose Mr. Robert Venturi to design the new extension. I understand that his designs will be put on public display at the National Gallery from Wednesday 15 April.We have been in discussion with the trustees and donors about the future use and maintenance of the new extension. I have placed in the Library copies of my letter of 16 March to Sir John Sainsbury which records our joint understanding on this.The new extension is a very significant development for our national museums and galleries and demonstrates what can be achieved in partnership between enlightened benefactors and a national institution. The Government are deeply indebted to the Sainsbury brothers for their magnificent generosity and commitment to the arts. I am particularly delighted therefore that the new extension is to bear their family name.

Transport

Unleaded Petrol (Mi)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that service stations on the M1 between London and Wakefield should be contractually obliged to serve unleaded petrol; and if he will make a statement.

The terms of the current leases for motorway service areas do not entitle us to impose a requirement of this kind.Unleaded petrol is already on sale at three service areas — Rothersthorpe on M1, Killington Lake on M6 and South Mimms on M25. We intend to remind operators at other areas (and through them, the firms providing fuel) of the tax differential announced in the budget. We will encourage them to make early provision of lead-free petrol.

North Sea Operations (Helicopter Cover)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what emergency helicopter cover is available for offshore production platforms, semi-submersible rigs and safety vessels in the event of accident.

There are presently 12 helicopter bases around the United Kingdom declared for search and rescue which are available for accidents involving offshore oil platforms and support craft. There are nine at RAF bases at Lossiemouth, Leuchars, Boulmer, Leconfield, Coltishall, Manston, Chivenor, Brawdy and Valley; two at RN bases at Lee-on-Solent and Culdrose and one civil helicopter at Sumburgh, Shetland Isles, on contract to the Department of Transport. One further civil contract helicopter is soon to be provided for north west Scotland. Three SAR helicopter flights are also maintained by oil companies on the North sea fields as part of their commitment to the safety of their installations, personnel and support craft.In addition, there are RN anti-submarine Sea King helicopters at Culdross and Prestwick, United States air force long-range helicopters at Woodbridge, Suffolk and other aircraft which may be made available for SAR operations. Support can also be expected from foreign SAR helicopter resources in Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Irish Republic.

A1-M1 Link Road

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to be able to announce a decision on the A1-M1 link road.

My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Transport expect to announce their joint decision before the Easter recess.

Roll-On/Roll-Off Ferries (Safety)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what detailed response he has given to the National Union of Seamen in answer to its 10 proposals for improving the safety of roll-on/roll-off ferries in the light of the Zeebrugge disaster.

My right hon. Friend is carefully considering the various points raised by the National Union of Seamen. He will be answering its letter shortly.

Airships (Noise)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to reduce the level of noise from airships overflying London.

Following representations that were made to me last year by my hon. Friend and others, my Department held urgent discussions with Airship Industries, which, I know, is anxious to ensure that the operation of its airships is acceptable environmentally. During the winter modifications have been introduced which makes the airship quieter. Further improvement is possible but it will take time. It has, therefore, agreed, as an interim measure, to introduce a number of operational noise reduction procedures while the research and development is proceeding. These procedures will result in very significant reductions in ground noise levels. I understand that the Goodyear airship will not be returning this year.

Central Reservation Safety Fences

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what efforts have been made to ensure that the design and performance of central reserve safety fences are satisfactory; and if he will make a statement.

Current designs of safety fences were established from extensive research, including full-scale impact testing. Designs are required to contain a 1·5 tonne vehicle travelling at 70 mph and striking the fence at an angle of 20 deg and to redirect it safely, ideally keeping the forces experienced by vehicle occupants as low as possible. Such designs cope most effectively with impacts from cars, the most likely vehicles to collide with safety fences.The Department has a continuing programme of research that may lead to new designs in the future that can cope with a wider range of vehicles at justifiable cost. Recent results from one element of our research programme demonstrated the effectiveness of safety fences in reducing the severity of accidents, and showed that more central reserve safety fences would be justified on dual carriageway roads.Consequently, changes to the Department's standard for safety fences were announced on 17 December 1986 that will substantially increase the level of their provision on dual carriageway trunk roads. They will now be provided on all new roads and gradually on the vast majority of existing roads. We estimate that this will lead to a saving of over 1,000 casualties per annum. I am also writing to my hon. Friend.

Education And Science

Capital Allocations

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Yeovil on 6 March, Official Report, column 706, concerning a formula used in determining capital allocations, if he will publish a table showing, for each recent year, the amount and proportion of capital allocations determined by that formula; and if he will make a statement.

No. It is not the Department's practice to publish the elements which comprise its block allocations to local education authorities in respect of prescribed capital expenditure.

Pupil-Teacher Ratios

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the pupil-teacher ratios for primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.

The pupil-teacher ratios in maintained primary and secondary schools in England in January 1986 were 22·1 to 1 and 15·9 to 1 respectively. The corresponding figures for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Substandard Primary School Places

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will publish a table showing, for each non-metropolitan county education authority that replied to both of his Department's circular letters dated 5 February 1982 and 30 June 1986 with information of substandard primary school places (a) the proportion of such places in 1982, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time, (b) the proportion of such places in 1986, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time and (c) the figure by which the change between (a) and (b) differs from the percentage change between the total figures for all such authorities providing this information; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he will publish a table showing, for each metropolitan district education authority outside Greater London that replied to both of his Department's circular letters dated 5 February 1982 and 30 June 1986 with information of substandard primary school places

(a) the proportion of such places in 1982, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time, (b) the proportion of such places in 1986, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time and (c) the figure by which the change between (a) and (b) differs from the percentage change between the total figures for all such authorities providing this information; and if he will make a statement.

(3) if he will publish a table showing, for each local education authority in Greater London that replied to both of his Department's circular letters dated 5 February 1982 and 30 June 1986 with information of substandard primary school places (a) the proportion of such places in 1982, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time, (b) the proportion of such places in 1986, expressed as a percentage of the number of primary schoolchildren in maintained and voluntary schools at that time and (c) the figure by which the change between (a) and (b) differs from the percentage change between the total figures for all such authorities providing this information; and if he will make a statement.

Further Education (Statistics)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of school leavers with five or more higher grade O-level-CSE passes in each local education authority stayed on in full-time education after the minimum school-leaving age.

Information is not available in the form requested. The proportions of maintained school leavers in England with five or more higher grades at O-level-CSE who had either stayed on at school or who had left at the minimum school leaving age, intending to continue full-time education elsewhere, are as follows. The percentages do not include those pupils who left school without five or more higher grade O-level-CSE passes and subsequently achieved this level of qualification, but do include those who achieved this level of qualification at least in part in the sixth form.

Leavers from maintained schools in England with five or more higher grade1 results at O-level or CSE.
Total of leavers aged 152 who intended to pursue full-time courses of further education and leavers aged 16 or over2 as a percentage of all leavers with five or more higher1 grade results at O-level or CSE. Data averaged over the academic years 1982–83 to 1984–85.
Per cent.
Barking80·0
Barnet93·9
Bexley88·3
Brent96·6
Bromley88·5
Croydon91·3
Ealing92·5
Enfield89·2
Haringey89·5
Harrow93·8
Havering87·5
Hillingdon89·9
Hounslow90·2
Kingston-upon-Thames93·4
Merton93·2
Newham85·7
Redbridge87·8
Richmond-upon-Thames92·8
Sutton90·4
Waltham Forest95·6
Ilea91·0
Birmingham85·8
Coventry85·6
Dudley80·7
Sandwell81·7
Solihull89·2
Walsall87·2
Wolverhampton86·0
Knowsley82·5
Liverpool90·9
St. Helens80·7
Sefton89·7
Wirral88·1
Bolton8·30
Bury84·3
Manchester89·8
Oldham78·3
Rochdale78·1
Salford79·9
Stockport84·1
Tameside77·2
Trafford80·2
Wigan81·4
Barnsley83·3
Doncaster86·7
Rotherham78·2
Sheffield87·2
Bradford90·4
Calderdale91·1
Kirklees89·5
Leeds86·9
Wakefield83·7
Gateshead85·8
Newcastle-upon-Tyne90·3
North Tyneside87·7
South Tyneside89·9
Sunderland81·4
Avon86·0
Bedfordshire85·8

Per cent.

Berkshire89·1
Buckinghamshire91·1
Cambridgeshire88·1
Cheshire87·7
Cleveland83·2
Cornwall93·7
Cumbria81·0
Derbyshire84·5
Devon87·4
Dorset89·0
Durham86·3
East Sussex90·1
Essex85·7
Gloucestershire86·5
Hampshire89·2
Hereford and Worcester88·6
Hertfordshire92·0
Humberside84·9
Isle of Wight96·5
Kent92·6
Lancashire82·4
Leicestershire91·6
Lincolnshire89·7
Norfolk86·7
North Yorkshire90·9
Northamptonshire84·9
Northumberland90·8
Nottinghamshire85·2
Oxfordshire89·7
Shropshire89·0
Somerset85·4
Staffordshire83·3
Suffolk83·4
Surrey92·3
Warwickshire87·8
West Sussex92·2
Wiltshire87·6
Total England87·7

1 O-level grades A-C, CSE grade 1.

2 Age at 31 August preceeding the academic year.

Source: School leavers survey. Data subject to sampling error.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the age participation rate or index for 16 to 19-year-olds in full-time education; and what information he has about comparable rates for each member state of the European Community, the United States of America and Japan.

The available information for selected countries is shown in the following table for 16 to 18-year-olds. Rates for part-time students, including the youth training scheme, are also shown where they are available as they form an important element of United Kingdom further education.

Participation in education and training of 16 to 18-year-olds
Full-timePart-time1All education and training
France (1981)58866
Germany (1981)4424084
Italy (1981)481865
Japan34 (1981)69373
Netherlands (1981)702879
United States of America4 (1981)7979
Belgium (1982)n.a.n.a.573
Denmark (1980)n.a.n.a.572
Spain (1980)n.a.n.a.547
United Kingdom6 (1981)323263
(1983)313264

n.a.—not available.

1 Including apprenticeships, YTS and similar schemes.

2 Including compulsory part-time education for the youngest leavers.

3 Estimated; excluding some 18-year-olds in certain vocational training colleges.

4 Including private sector higher education.

5 Estimated; using OECD and SOEC data for individual ages.

6 Excluding private sector full-time further education estimated at 2 per cent. for 16 to 18s. Includes some evening students, allowing for overlap with other types of study. Includes in 1981, YOP, (7 per cent.) and in 1983, YTS, (10 per cent.).

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will publish a list showing the percentage of pupils in each local education authority who (a) stay on to the sixth form and (b) continue full-time education at further education college.

The table shows the percentage of the population aged 16 in full-time education in each local education authority in England in 1985–86. It shows separately those in maintained schools and those in further education establishments.Some 16 per cent. of l6-year-olds also study in FE colleges part-time during the day. Figures for part-time study for individual authorities were published by the Department in "Statistical Bulletin 9/86".

Percentage of the Population aged 16 in Full-Time Education in each Local Education Authority in England showing separately those in Schools and Further Education Colleges
Academic Year 1985–86
Full-time and Sandwich in F.E.Maintained Schools
Barking1320
Barnet1256
Bexley1732
Brent1546
Bromley1539
Croydon1931
Ealing1644
Enfield1536
Haringey1936
Harrow1556
Havering1528
Hillingdon1236
Hounslow1344
Kingston-upon-Thames1942
Merton1640
Newham1827
Redbridge1336
Richmond-upon-Thames601
Sutton1639
Waltham Forest1434
OUTER LONDON BOROUGHS1637
Inner London1432
GREATER LONDON1635
Birmingham1826
Coventry1429
Dudley2914
Sandwell1818
Solihull2424
Walsall1226
Wolverhampton2223
Knowsley1816
Liverpool1228
St. Helens1924

Academic Year 1985–86

Full-time and Sandwich in F.E.

Maintained Schools

Sefton2730
Wirral1731
Bolton1723
Bury1832
Manchester1430
Oldham1519
Rochdale1226
Salford1425
Stockport1729
Tameside1818
Trafford2717
Wigan2420
Barnsley1918
Doncaster1025
Rotherham1621
Sheffield2222
Bradford1031
Calderdale1626
Kirklees1927
Leeds1527
Wakefield2515
Gateshead1218
Newcastle upon Tyne830
North Tyneside1630
South Tyneside1916
Sunderland1521
METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS1724
Avon1928
Bedfordshire1731
Berkshire2133
Buckinghamshire1935
Cambridgeshire2126
Cheshire1929
Cleveland1925
Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly)2728
Cumbria1724
Derbyshire2619
Devon3019
Dorset2024
Durham1820
East Sussex1935
Essex1627
Gloucestershire1628
Hampshire2824
Hereford and Worcester2127
Hertfordshire2134
Humberside1524
Isle of Wight2027
Kent1930
Lancashire2814
Leicestershire1532
Lincolnshire2621
Norfolk2121
North Yorkshire2132
Northamptonshire1726
Northumberland1729
Nottinghamshire1621
Oxfordshire2032
Salop1928
Somerset3516
Staffordshire2022
Suffolk1127
Surrey1644
Warwickshire2725
West Sussex1537
Wiltshire3019

Academic Year 1985–86

Full-time and Sandwich in F.E.

Maintained Schools

NON-METROPOLITAN COUNTIES2126
ENGLAND1927

Research Councils

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, in view of last month's university pay award, he will now increase the funds available to the research councils so that they can maintain their existing level of project support.

The university pay award is a generous one which will benefit the research councils by helping to encourage our best university scientists to continue to work in this country rather than go abroad. It is for the research councils to decide how best to manage their priorities. We are discussing with them the implications of absorbing the cost of the pay increase. The additional cost to the research councils in 1987–88 of the academic pay settlement is estimated to be £15 million out of a total science budget of around £660 million.

Home Department

Stephen Bogle (Death)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what inquiries he has conducted into the death of Stephen Bogle at Thames magistrates' court on 12 August 1986; and what action he intends to take;(2) whether there will be an inquiry into the death of Stephen Bogle at Thames magistrates' court on 12 August 1986 by

(a) the police or (b) the prison medical service.

A review of Mr. Bogle's treatment in prison custody prior to his death has been carried out. This has shown that he received appropriate medical treatment during that time. The question whether there was any misconduct by police officers is under investigation by the Metropolitan police following the receipt of a complaint about this case. The investigation is being supervised by the Police Complaints Authority.

Extradition

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made by foreign Governments to the United Kingdom to extradite their nationals for each of the last five years; how many of these have been granted; and if he will provide a breakdown by country.

Information on the nationality of fugitives is not readily available. The table therefore gives the numbers of applications from foreign countries (that is other than Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland) by year of request in respect of all nationalities for the years 1982 to 1986. Requests to trace fugitives and requests for provisional arrest which were not followed by formal requisitions have not been included.

Extradition requests to the United Kingdom made by foreign countries 1982 to 1986

Country

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Requests made

Requests granted

Requests made

Requests granted

Requests made

Requests granted

Requests made

Requests granted

Requests made

Requests granted

Austria111
Belgium21111
Denmark11
Finland1
FranceI21216321
Federal Republic of Germany52321185595
Greece22
Iraq5
Israel111
Italy331745292
Liberia1
Luxembourg1
Netherlands312222
Norway1153
Portugal11
Sweden42112211
Switzerland212221
Thailand1
United States of America8875421210159
TOTAL25142714382340234021

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made for the extradition of British citizens abroad, for each of the last five years; how many were granted; and if he will break down the figures on a country basis.

The readily available information is given in the following table and does not distinguish between extradition requests made for British and those made for

Extradition requests made by the United Kingdom 1982 to 1986
Country19821983198419851986
Requests madeRequests grantedRequests madeRequests grantedRequests madeRequests grantedRequests madeRequests grantedRequests madeRequests granted
Australia4410
Austria11_
Belguim111122
Bermuda11
Canada1I10
Columbia10
Denmark1122
France32115451
Federal Republic of Germany2222441111
GibraltarI0102131
Grenada10
India20
Israel22
Jamaica11
Mexico10
Malaysia11
Netherlands11724233
New Zealand101020
Nigeria11
Pakistan30
Portugal1111I010
Sri Lanka10
Sweden11
Switzerland11111111
United States of America4253447542
Zimbabwe10

Electoral Register (Lone Women)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in order to provide protection for

non-British citizens. The table (which covers requests made to both foreign and Commonwealth Governments but not the Republic of Ireland) gives the total number of requests made in the period 1982 to 1986. Requests granted in a year later than that in which the requests were made are given by year of request. Some of the requests are still pending. Requests granted include cases where the fugitive returned voluntarily.

women living on their own, he will amend the Representation of the People Regulations 1986 so that initials instead of forenames are entered on the electoral register.

Such a change would require fresh primary legislation and we are not persuaded that it should be made. The use of forenames is necessary to reduce the risk of personation and to assist staff at polling stations in identifying voters.

Mr W John Fleming (Extradition)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to secure the extradition from the United States of America of Mr. W. John Fleming; if he will estimate the cost to public funds of the efforts made so far; and if he will make a statement.

No request has been made to the United States for the extradition of Mr. Fleming.

Crime Prevention

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places have been allocated under the community programme for crime prevention.

As at 28 February 1987 there were 8,294 places allocated under the community programme for crime prevention on a total of 279 projects providing a range of services such as household security, youth activities, and crime prevention education and publicity.

United States Citizens (Prison Sentences)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any arrangements for citizens of the United States, whether adult or juvenile, convicted of criminal offences in the United Kingdom to serve any custodial sentence imposed in the United States of America.

Yes. Provision is made for such arrangements in the Council of Europe convention on the transfer of sentenced persons, to which both the United Kingdom and the United States of America are parties.

Mr V Dajibhai And Mr A Sharif

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will cause to be published the reports of the Avon and Somerset constabulary into the death in August 1986 of Vimal Dajibhai and the death in October 1986 of Ashad Sharif.

The publication of the police report following an investigation is a matter for the chief officer. It is not the normal practice to publish material other than that submitted in evidence; to do so would discourage members of the public from co-operating fully with the police.

Ethnic Monitoring

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make the gathering of information on ethnic origins compulsory, and publish the percentage of entrants to his Department who failed to respond to the ethnic origins questionnaire.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 24 March by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to her question on the compulsory provision of information about ethnic origin.

As I stated in my reply to the hon. Member on 9 March, of the 3,065 new entrants to the Home Office between 1 October 1985 and 25 February 1987, 1,191 (nearly 39 per cent.) had not returned a completed questionnaire on ethnic origin by the time the figures were collated. It is not possible to say how many have responded, or will respond, at a later date.

Crime And Unemployment

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the percentage increase in the various types of crime since 1979 in London, the inner cities and in the rest of the country, together with such information as he has available concerning any relationship between crime and the rate of unemployment.

Numbers of notifiable offences recorded in police force areas are published each year in the Command Paper "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", and most recently for 1986 in a Home Office "Statistical Bulletin" issue number 4/87 (table 6). Numbers of offences recorded in each London borough in 1978 and 1980 are published in table 147 of "1983–84 Annual Abstract of Greater London Statistics", a copy of which is available in the Library. More recent figures for London boroughs are also placed regularly in the Library.Research has not shown significant associations between increases in recorded crime and increases in unemployment. The article "Unemployment and Crime" in the Home Office "Research and Planning Research Bulletin No. 14," reviewed research evidence on the association between unemployment and crime and concluded that little could be learnt from studies of this topic at aggregate level.

Bail

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now undertake a review of the workings of the Bail Act 1976 and report his conclusions to the House.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the operation of the Bail Act 1976 was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.

The use of bail is regularly reviewed, and the information is published each year in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales". We are now looking into the events which led to the grant of bail to Winston Silcott. In the light of that information, we will consider whether there are any lessons to be learnt, and will report our conclusions to the House.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to amend the law so that persons accused of (a) murder and (b) rape may not be granted bail; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to a reply given to the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) on 24 March.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last five years persons on bail, to which police had objected, have committed offences; in how many cases the offence was (a) murder and (b) rape; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the last two years have been convicted of crimes whilst on bail; and, of those, how many were on bail following murder charges.

Video Monitors

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to seek to amend the law relating to the licensing of television screens used solely as video monitors; and if he will make a statement.

We have no reason to believe that the present licensing requirements need amendment in this respect.

Murder Statistics

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the percentage increase in non-domestic murders in each of the last five years;(2) what proportion of people convicted of murder in each of the last five years have committed their offences in domestic circumstances.

The readily available information relates to homicide and is published in table 4.4 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1985" (Cm. 10).

Police Act 1964

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases, in each of the past seven years, damages have been paid after judgment under section 48(2)(a) of the Police Act 1964; what has been the average settlement figure for each year; and what was the average damages awarded.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 March 1987, c. 470]: The information in respect of police forces other than the Metropolitan police is not available centrally. For the Metropolitan police I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the information is as follows:

YearNumber of cases in which damages were awardedAverage amount of damages

£
Average out of court settlement

£
198041,224
198172,099
198297,0711,013
198355711,853
198472,231
198571,9933,456
1986104,6846,353
The numbers of cases settled out of court in 1980, 1981 and 1984 are not readily available and the average out of court settlement cannot therefore be calculated. The totals of out of court settlements for these years, however, were £3,397, £10,585 and £162,986 respectively.

Environment

Local Authorities (European Regional Development Fund)

70.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to alter the arrangements under which a local authority area which is eligible for an allocation of finance under the non-quota textile measure and which receives a grant from the European regional development fund, is permitted no corresponding increase in its capital allocation; and if he will make a statement.

Capital allocations for local authorities take account of the expected receipts from the European regional development fund and are higher, therefore, than they would otherwise have been. There are no plans to change this system.

Housing Improvement Programme

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out in a single table the housing improvement programme allocations for the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Newham, respectively, for each of the years 1980–81 to 1987–88, together with their equivalent in 1987 prices, and their respective index on the base of 1980–81.

For Southwark and Tower Hamlets I refer the hon. Member to the answers given, respectively, to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 17 March, at column 434, and to the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore) on 23 February, at columns 90–91. The information requested for Newham is given in the following table, together with corresponding information about the authority's capital expenditure on housing. The latter reflects the use that it has been able to make of the various sources of capital spending power available to it including, since 1981–82, its receipts from the sale of assets.

Newham Cash 1980–86 prices
Index
HIP allocations
1980–8125·75636·097100
1981–8215·48219·25055
1982–8322·16226·36573
1983–8420·36123·18264
1984–8523·31025·45171
1985–8621·57422·22162
1986–8721·69921·69960
1987–8817·57416·93950
Capital expenditure
1980–8127·42438·435100
1981–8216·05620·48253
1982–8317·69321·04955
1983–8433·23837·84398
1984–8540·97944·742116
1985–8628·84929·71577
1986–87144·22444·224115
1 Estimated by the authority.

London Docklands Development Corporation

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the compulsory purchase orders proposed by the London Docklands Development Corporation, stating for each the name, number of properties affected, date of inquiry held or proposed and date of confirmation, if made.

The London Docklands Development Corporation has made, or resolved to make, the compulsory purchase orders shown in the table.

TitleDate of Public Inquiry heldDate of decision by Secretary of StateTotal number of Land Parcels
Limehouse Link81
Poplar By-Pass74
Garford Street4
Abbey Scaffolding1
East India Dock Link76
East Docklands No. 253
Lower Lea Crossing160
East Docklands No. 1January-March 1986919
E.G.A.R.August 1985February 198620
North Albert Road36
Connaught Road26
Westferry Road16
Westferry Circus/Roundabout35
Klein's WharfNovember 19861
Cannon Workshops1
North of Marsh Wall5
Shed 35 Link2
Billingsgate/Prestons Road4
Isthmus5
Heron Quay7
Prestons Road Widening32
95 Prestons Road and 51 ColdharbourDecember 19862
Brunswick Wharf1
Naval Row8
Isthmus 21
Phase 6May 1986November 198646
East Country YardDecember 19863
Johnsons Draw DockAugust 19851
Shed 35 No. 22
East India Dock Road/Woolmore Street32
1 Approximate

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many housing units built on London Docklands Development Corporation-owned land between July 1981 and December 1986 have been sold to present or former employees of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

Local Authorities (Housing Defects)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has allocated all the £14 million specifically designed to assist local authorities with exceptional problems in meeting their obligations under the provisions of the Housing Defects Act; and if he will state the amount requested by the borough of Restormel and the amount granted.

Applications for additional allocations are now being considered. Authorities were not required to bid for a specific amount of resources, and Restormel did not do so.

The number of properties affected for each CPO is not available. But the nearest approximation, the number of land parcels, is given instead.

The dates of public inquiries already held are also shown. No firm dates are yet available for forthcoming public inquiries.

Canary Wharf

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much has been spent by the London Docklands Development Corporation on publicity for the Canary wharf development .

The London Docklands Development Corporation has spent nothing on publicity for the proposed Canary wharf development, other than on statutory advertisements required by the planning application procedures.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when the content of the master builder agreement, to he signed by the London Docklands Development Corporation and the Canary wharf developers, is to be made public.

The proposed master building agreement for Canary wharf is a commercially confidential document and will not therefore be made available to the public. But the main features of any agreed proposals would be made public.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what public consultation has been carried out with regard to the master builder agreement soon to be signed by the London Dock lands Development Corporation and the consortia of developers for Canary wharf.

There has been no public consultation on the terms of the proposed Canary wharf master building agreement, which is a commercial document. The public and a wide range of organisations have, however, been involved in a series of presentations and discussions about the overall scheme.

Housing Investment Programme

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the housing investment programme allocation in 1979 prices to the London borough of Southwark for each year since 1979.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 17 March at column 434, to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes). The figures given there can he converted to 1979 prices by using the gross domestic produce deflator at market prices in the annual supplement to the Central Statistical Office publication, Economic Trends, which is in the Library.

Pura Foods (Docklands)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what efforts have been made by the London Docklands Development Corporation to assist Pura Foods to stay at its present location and make use of the river.

Since 1984 the London Docklands Development Corporation has given seven planning permissions to Pura Foods for extensions and improvements to its premises, and is currently considering two further planning applications for development, including a proposed new jetty.

J J Prior Ltd (Docklands)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what alternative use for the J. J. Prior site the London Docklands Development Corporation has planned; what alternative riverside sites have been offered to the firm; if the London Docklands Development Corporation intends to purchase compulsorily the land occupied by J. J. Prior, an aggregate firm on the River Lea; and how many people are employed by J. J. Prior Ltd.

Approximately 30 people are employed by J. J. Prior on this site, which is affected by

District Councils in Devon, rate support grant
1982–83

£ million
1983–84

£ million
1984–85

£ million
1985–86

£ million
1986–87

£ million
East Devon4·0224·1054·0253·8644·282
Exeter3·6033·6923·7993·8604·971
North Devon2·7562·8262·8062·6662·952
Plymouth9·8469·9219·91310·10112·305
South Hams2·7452·8582·8202·6862·857
Teignbridge3·6563·7783·7133·5153·834
Mid Devon1·9042·0151·8541·7861·931
Torbay4·4634·6674·6514·7784·968
Torridge2·0232·0832·0651·9922·147
West Devon1·3071·4571·4281·3761·481

proposals for a new roundabout at the junction of two major new roads. The LDDC has therefore resolved to acquire the site compulsorily, but its policy is to retain existing local firms within its area wherever possible or to find an alternative site providing the same, or better, facilities. Accordingly. the LDDC is discussing alternative riverside locations with the company.

Water Authorities (Privatisation)

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek from the water authorities information on the expenditure incurred by the (a) Thames water authority, (b) Yorkshire water authority and (c) Trent water authority for all work undertaken in preparation for privatisation.

New Towns

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will outline future initiatives planned for the residents of new towns.

The Government have proposed target dates by which we expect the new town development corporations substantially to have completed their tasks. We hope then to be able to wind them up. We shall give residents of the towns who are tenants of the corporations or the Commission for the New Towns an opportunity fo express their own preferences about the future ownership of their homes. Other Government initiatives will benefit new towns residents in the same way as they benefit our other citizens.

Under-Used Land

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to introduce legislation to extend the identification for under-used publicly owned land to land which is under-used and privately owned.

Rate Support Grant, Devon

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the amount of rate support grant paid to each district council in Devon in each of the last five years.

Note:

The figures for 1982–83 are final entitlements. Domestic rate relief grant figures for 1983–84 and 1984–85 are final entitlements; those for 1985–86 and 1986–87 are first estimates. Block grant figures for 1983–84 and 1984–85 are entitlements after holdback based upon provisional outturn; those for 1985–86 are entitlements after holdback based on budgets; those for 1986–87 are entitlements based on initial budget returns.

Local Authority Housing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what number of inner city properties he estimates will remain derelict should his Department discontinue the rule that the disposal of local authority housing should be at outstanding loan debt or market value, whichever is less;(2) whether housing association grant will be available in relation to vacant properties which local authorities dispose of at discounted market value;(3) if he has any plans to change the rule that the disposal of local authority properties to housing associations should be at outstanding loan debt or market value, whichever is less.

The arrangements for transferring vacant local authority housing to housing associations are still being considered in the light of the responses to the Departments' consultation paper of 11 September 1986 on the general consents for the disposal of council houses and land.

Lord Dowding

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is intended to erect a statue to the memory of the late Air Chief Marshal, Lord Dowding, for his leading contribution in the Battle of Britain; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 23 March 1987]: It has been the policy of successive Governments since 1956 not to sponsor further memorials to leaders of the second world war. However, if sufficient public support is forthcoming, my right hon. Friend will consider sympathetically any application for this consent under the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act.

Wales

Venous Leg Ulcers

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the cost of treating venous leg ulcers in Wales in 1986.

Pensioners (Hearing)

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of retirement pensioners who have a hearing loss so great that they should benefit from the use of a hearing aid.

Nhs Hearing Aids

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on follow-up help for those given National Health Service hearing aids.

Recipients of NHS hearing aids are entitled to replacement batteries and all repairs and servicing of those aids free of charge. The extent to which further follow-up help is provided is a matter for determination by individual district health authorities, in the light of perceived needs and priorities.

Audiological Technicians

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number and location of audiological technicians in the National Health Service in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The information, which relates to 30 September 1986, is given in the following table:

Physiological measurement technicians: Audiology
Health authorityNumber
Clwyd9
East Dyfed5
Gwent7
Gwynedd7
Mid Glamorgan10
South Glamorgan10
West Glamorgan11

Blind And Partially Sighted People

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many (i) blind and (ii) partially sighted people there are in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

At 31 March 1986, local authority social services departments in Wales reported 8,362 people registered as blind and 5,240 registered as partially sighted.

Hearing Therapists

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many hearing therapists there are in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Audiological Centres

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many specialised audiological centres there are in Wales; what is the waiting time for first appointments at each; and if he will make a statement.

Regional Development Grants

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on regional development grants so far in 1986–87 and for each of the financial years since 1979.

Payments of regional development grants in Wales in each financial year since 1979 were as follows:

£ million

1979–8050·7
1980–81103·5
1981–82122·2
1982–83121·5
1983–8472·1
1984–8592·7
1985–8684·4
1986–87

179·3

1 To end February 1987.

Manufacturing Investment

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his latest estimate of the level of manufacturing investment in Wales in 1986; and what that level was in 1979.

The latest available information on capital expenditure in manufacturing industry in Wales relates to 1985, when it was £563 million at current prices. The figure for 1979, also on a current price basis, was £472 million.

Class Size

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table showing the number of classes and of pupils in classes of more than 30 pupils for each year since 1979.

The available information on the number of classes of more than 30 pupils in the maintained primary and secondary schools sector is as follows:

Number
19794,575
19804,100
19814,106
19823,715
19833,511
19843,477
19853,336
Information on the number of pupils in such classes is not available.

Pupil-Teacher Ratios

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the pupil-teacher ratios for each local education authority for the most recent year for which figures are available, and for 1983 and for 1979.

The overall pupil-teacher ratios in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools are given in the following table:

January 1979January 1983January 1986
Clwyd19·118·418·5
Dyfed17·016·616·8
Gwent18·618·017·6
Gwynedd18·317·016·0
Mid Glamorgan18·718·317·5
Powys16·416·015·3
South Glamorgan18·918·618·3
West Glamorgan17·216·916·7

Employment

Small Unit Business Space

71.

asked the Paymaster General what representations the Government have received concerning the availability of affordable small unit business space for potential entrepreneurs.

I have received correspondence on this subject from individuals drawing attention to the difficulties they have experienced in obtaining suitable premises available on terms they find satisfactory. The Association of British Chambers of Commerce recently carried out a survey which identified a shortage of premises of up to 1,500 sq ft in some parts of the country.

Hertfordshire (Yts)

asked the Paymaster General what is the most recent information about the destination of leavers from YTS schemes in Hertfordshire.

The Manpower Services Commission's regular follow-up survey of YTS leavers shows that of those young people who left schemes in Hertfordshire between April and August 1986 84 per cent. were in employment; 3 per cent. were on a full-time course at a college or training centre; 4 per cent. were on another YTS scheme; 2 per cent. were doing, something else; and 8 per cent. were unemployed some three months later.

Disabled People

asked the Paymaster General what plans he has to tackle discrimination against disabled people seeking employment.

The Government are committed to helping people with disabilities realise their potential for employment. We are encouraging progressive policies among employers through the vigorous promotion of the code of good practice on the employment of disabled people, and providing direct financial assistance through Manpower Services Commission schemes to disabled people with problems finding or retaining a job.

Labour Statistics

asked the Paymaster General how many people were registered unemployed in Leicester in June 1979; and how many are currently registered unemployed.

The following information is in the Library. On 14 June 1979, there were 10,854 unemployed registrants in the Leicester jobcentre area. Comparable figures for February 1987 are not available because of changes in the way figures are collected and compiled. However, on 12 February 1987, the number of unemployed claimants in the Leicester local authority district was 18,655.

asked the Paymaster General whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for June 1979 and the latest available date, the number of male and female full-time and part-time workers on adult rates and the estimated average earnings in each case, and the number of full-time and part-time workers who were temporarily employed in each case; and if he will also provide what estimate he is able to make of similar data for the self-employed and for workers on non adult rates.

Great Britain
Numbers1employed millionsNumbers1 in temporary employment millionsNumbers2 on adult3 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those on adult rates £ per weekNumbers2 not on adult4 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those not on adult rates £ per week
1979
Males
Full-time employees13·211·9101·41·255·2
Part-time employees33·4
Self-employed1·5
Full-time1·4
Part-time0·1
Females
Full-time employees5·65·263·00·336·6
Part-time employees3·93·727·5¨
Self-employed0·3
Full-time0·2
Part-time0·1
— Data either not available or no reliable estimate possible.
¨ Figures not significant at the level indicated.
1 Relates to June 1979.
2 Relates to April 1979.
3 Males aged 21 and over. Females aged 18 and over.
4 Males aged under 21. Females aged under 18.
Great Britain
Numbers1employed millionsNumbers1 in temporary employment millionsNumbers2 on adult rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those on adult rates £ per weekNumbers2 not on adult4 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those not on adult rates £ per week
1986
Males
Full-time employees10·80·210·4207·50·487·4
Part-time employees0·90·20·860·9..
Self-employed1·90·1
Full-time1·80·1
Part-time0·2¨
Females
Full-time employees5·30·25·1137·20·278·0
Part-time employees4·10·54·053·50·127·0
Self-employed0·60·1
Full-time0·3..
Part-time0·30·1
— Data either not available or no reliable estimate possible
.. Figures not significant at the level indicated
1 Relates to June 1986
2 Relates to April 1986

asked the Paymaster General, on the basis of information obtained from the labour force survey, how many people who were (a) self-employed and (b) employees had been continuously in that employment for (1) less than three months, (2) three months but less than six months, (3) six months but less than one year, (4) one year but less than two years, (5) two years but less than five years, (6) five years but less than 10 years, (7) 10 years but less than 20 years and (8) 20 years or more.

Estimates from the preliminary labour force survey results for the spring of 1986 of the length of time

Such estimates as are possible are as follows:persons were either continuously self-employed or in employment as an employee with the same employer, in Great Britain, are as shown in the table.

Self-employed and Employees—length of time in continuous employment
Great Britain thousands
PeriodSelf-employedEmployees
Less than 3 months1221,087
3 months but less than 6 months91889

Period

Self-employed

Employees

6 months but less than 1 year1861,772
1 year but less than 2 years2752,183
2 years but less than 5 years5614,107
5 years but less than 10 years4814,341
10 years but less than 20 years5514,288
20 years or more4502,009
All

12,723

120,705

1 Includes those who did not state length of time in continuous employment

asked the Paymaster General what information he has from the general household survey about the economic status of self-employed persons 12 months before they were interviewed; and if he will show separately the proportions that were (a) unemployed, (b) employees, (c) on YOP/YTS and (d) economically inactive.

The information is not available in the exact form requested.The latest available information from the general household survey is for 1984 when 8 per cent. of the self-employed persons in the sample said that 12 months earlier they had been an employee, and 6 per cent. said they had not been working or had been on YOP/YTS; the remaining 86 per cent. said they had been self-employed.

Northern Ireland

Venous Leg Ulcers

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of treating venous leg ulcers in Northern Ireland in 1986.

The expenditure of the health and social services boards is not analysed in such a way to enable the information requested to be separately identified.

Military Patrols

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the accompaniment of military patrols by Royal Ulster Constabulary officers.

Technical Co-operation and Training Programme (ODA)
1981–821982–831983–841984–851985–86
CountryExpenditure £AwardsExpenditure £AwardsExpenditure £AwardsExpenditure £AwardsExpenditure £Awards
Central America
Belize102,3003493,1003077,5971893,50019131,80018
Costa Rica132,50035141,20030121,05932149,40026161,10028
El Salvador17,60071,7001
Guatemala4,6002
Honduras18,600625,600656,4581031,600865,80014
Mexico576,300131470,200105397,20792299,00067502,90074
Nicaragua18,300317,416320,2003
Panama60,3001448,8001138,3991051,200962,70014
Total Central America912,200229798,900186708,136165644,900132924,300148

It has been for some years the policy of the Chief Constable, which I fully endorse, that wherever resources and circumstances permit, military patrols which are likely to come into contact with the public should be accompanied by RUC officers. This is a reflection of the policy established in 1976 and subsequently reinforced that the police are in the lead in the fight against terrorism, with the Army providing the essential military support.I understand from the Chief Constable that in applying this policy his operational commanders take into account the function of the military patrol, the area in which it will operate, and the availability of police resources. Priority is therefore given to areas which the local commander knows to be sensitive, where contact with the public is particularly likely, and where a police presence is likely to be particularly helpful in preventing crime and enforcing the law.I know that it is the Chief Constable's aim to develop and extend the policy wherever circumstances and resources allow.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Overseas Scholarships

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list scholarships awarded, and the numbers of students attending British universities, polytechnics and schools from each country in the Caribbean and central America by (a) Overseas Development Agency, (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (c) British Council, including those awarded under technical co-opertion for the last five years, showing also how much they cost and where they were held.

I regret that detailed information on individual scholarships is not readly available in the form requested by my hon. Friend and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. no scholarships are awarded to schoolchildren from overseas. Details of the numbers of awards made and overall expenditure by country are as follows:

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

Country

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Caribbean

Anguilla32,400813,80045,53813,600127,3005
Antigua and Barbuda31,900925,9001031,153635,500726,4004
Barbados165,70049190,80045177,45745132,6004289,30033
British Virgin Islands22,400925,6001228,5661131,900840,9009
Dominica38,8001547,9001769,0031639,1001258,10013
Dominican Republic22,900811,200419,683317,300320,3003
Grenada11,900411,900426,459791,10020116,80023
Guyana130,40032136,20035144,40232171,80031127,30028
Jamaica86,50025101,90030142,16230138,70033114,20025
Montserrat13,300738,100932,850947,8001210,0004
St. Kitts and Nevis57,0001939,000912,194431,200639,7007
St. Lucia56,2001661,0001822,3411172,2001439,30012
St. Vincent and the Grenadines41,0001341,1001349,5411061,3001648,20011
Turks and Caicos29,3001124,7001032,416933,700944,2008
Total Caribbean739,700225769,100220793,765194907,800214802,000185

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Diplomatic Wing) Schemes (did not exist prior to 1983–84)

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

Country

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Central America

Costa Rica20,1246
Mexico40,7497102,6952094,58834
TOTAL CENTRAL AMERICA40,7497102,69520114,71240

Caribbean

Bahamas7,500116,138425,2709
Barbados30,000532,052456,77517
Bermuda43,3703530,3262135,42520
Cayman Islands7,67875,22453,3454
Guyana10,191319,0735
Jamaica7,500330,043840,72119
St. Lucia3,4651
Trinidad and Tobago746,20116
TOTAL CARIBBEAN96,04851123,97452230,27591

1British Council Fellowships

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

Country

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Central America

Mexico66,49011106,10011132,80017102,68210106,16916
TOTAL CENTRAL AMERICA66,49011106,40011132,80017102,68210106,16916

1 The figures for awards relate to new awards only.

Commonwealth Scholarships and fellowships plan (ODA)

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

Country

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Central America

Belize11,355210,88134,0761
Total Central America11,355210,88134,0761

Caribbean

Antigua and Barbudan.a.15,25012,47116,1701

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

Country

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Expenditure £

Awards

Bahamasn.a.110,00016,10512911
Barbadosn.a.547,420860,917735,922850,1056
Bermudan.a.14,418120,4112
Dominican.a.27,99016,02412,371115,1492
Grenadan.a.212,97013,04018,877219,1892
Guyanan.a.444,300683,7661078,0861393,64713
Jamaican.a.883,1101271,9061082,66916111,98515
Montserratn.a.313,31025,19217,07026,2681
St. Kitts and Nevisn.a.8,16119,231210,3201
St. Lucian.a.24,3007,782121,0292
St. Vincent and the Grenadinesn.a.19,620114,874321,190310,7111
Trinidad and Tobagon.a.335,920642,339549,2081159,9547
Turks and Caicosn.a.11,68016,85017,6031
Total Caribbeann.a.34275,87040304,79541313,96562432,54154

Ethnic Monitoring

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make the gathering of information on ethnic origins compulsory, and publish the percentage of entrants to his Department who failed to respond to the ethnic origins questionnaire.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 24 March. Surveys of the ethnic origin of staff in post and new entrants to the diplomatic and development wings of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have been carried out on the basis of voluntary self-classification in accordance with the agreement reached between the Civil Service and the Council of Civil Service Unions. There are no plans at present to change to a compulsory system. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will consider any practical ways of improving the data base which are agreed between the Civil Service and the Council of Civil Service Unions. 49 per cent. of new entrants to the development wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1 October 1985 and 28 February 1987 failed to respond to the ethnic origins questionnaire. The corresponding figure for new entrants to the diplomatic wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1 April 1986 and 28 February 1987 was 55 per cent.The results of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office surveys will be included in the London and south-east and East Anglia staff-in-post surveys later this year.

Henry Gombya

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a British diplomat in Uganda drove to the airport a journalist, Henry Gombya, wanted in connection with a murder investigation; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the incident on British-Ugandan relations.

The deputy high commissioner in Kampala drove Mr. Gombya to the airport only after Mr. Gombya had obtained firm assurances from the Ugandan authorities that he was not wanted in connection with any murder investigation. Mr. Gombya left openly and unchallenged. I foresee no impact on our relations with Uganda.

British Presidency (Ministerial Speech)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he intends to place in the Library a copy of his forthcoming speech to the London Chamber of Commerce on 3 April on the subject of the British Presidency.

Scotland

Venous Leg Ulcers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of treating venous leg ulcers in Scotland in 1986.

Pupil-Teacher Ratios

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the pupil-teacher ratios for primary and secondary schools in Scotland.

The latest date for which information is available is September 1985—when the ratios for primary and secondary were 20·4:1 and 13·5:1 respectively. That information is contained in Scottish Education Department "Statistical Bulletin No. 4/B1/1986", a copy of which is in the Library.

Weekly Incomes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average weekly income of residents in the constituencies of Greenock and Port Glasgow and Perth and Kinross.

Rivers And Estuaries (Survey)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the results of the 1985 survey of Scottish rivers and estuaries will be published; and if he will make a statement.

The report of the 1985 water quality survey of Scotland (Water Quality Survey of Scotland 1985, Scottish Development Department, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Price £7·00: ISBN 0 11 493382 0) which deals with the quality of the rivers, canals and estuaries in Scotland is being published today. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.The report demonstrates that the overall quality of Scottish waters continues to improve. More than 99 per cent. of the total length of Scottish rivers are now either unpolluted or of fairly good quality. While some local stretches of rivers show slight deterioration due to pollution from agricultural sources and from mining activity, overall 419 km are of higher quality than in 1980. Grossly polluted or poor quality rivers have reduced by 74 km.Of the major estuaries, Montrose Basin and that of the River Garnock in Ayrshire showed marked improvement in water quality.These improvements may be attributed in the main to investment by local authorities and industrialists in improved effluent treatment plant and to the efforts of the river purification boards, whose responsibilities include controlling and monitoring discharges. Overall, the progress is most encouraging.

Trade And Industry

Lloyd's (Police Inquiries)

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the police inquiries into the affair involving Ian Postgate, Lloyd's, and Alexander Howden to be completed; and when he expects to publish the report.

Police inquiries are well advanced. However, no date for completion can be given.As I said on 26 January in a reply to a written question from the hon. Member, the interim report of the Inspectors appointed under Section 165(1)

(b) of the Companies Act 1948 (Section 432(2) of the Companies Act 1985) to investigate and report on the affairs of Alexander Howden Group plc cannot be published while police inquiries continue.

Mergers

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the law regarding the control of merger situations affecting Wales.

The law on the control of mergers in the United Kingdom as a whole, which naturally includes mergers affecting Wales, is currently under review.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, in assessing mergers and takeovers by foreign companies, he takes reciprocity of rules into account.

In assessing mergers and merger proposals, my right hon. Friend takes into account all matters which may have a bearing on the public interest in that particular case.

Cbi

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he last met representatives of the Confederation of British Industry; and what was discussed.

I last met representatives of the Confederation of British Industry at the National Economic Development Council on 4 February. Subjects discussed included skill shortages, management development and a report from the Specialised Organics Economic Development Committee.

Regional Development Grants

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been spent on regional development grants in England so far in 1986–87; what he expects to spend in 1987–88; and if he will provide figures for Yorkshire and Humberside.

The provisional figures for payments of regional development grants in 1986–87 to end-February are £226·8 million in England, and £24·4 million in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. The 1987–88 provision for RDGs in England, as incorporated in the Supply Estimates, is £105 million. Future provision for expenditure on RDGs is not allocated at the regional level; the actual distribution will depend on the pattern of demand.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been spent on regional development grants in England so far in 1986–87; what he expects to spend in 1987–88; and if he will provide figures for the north.

Provisional figures for payments of regional development grants (RDGs) in 1986–87 to end-February are £226·8 million in England, and £90·6 million in the northern region. The 1987–88 provision for RDGs for England, as incorporated in the Supply Estimates, is £105 million. Future provision for expenditure on RDGs is not allocated at the regional level: the actual distribution will depend on the pattern of demand.

Insider Dealing

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many investigations into insider dealing are currently being conducted by his Department.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many investigations into insider dealing are currently being conducted by his Department.

45.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many investigations into insider dealing are currently being conducted by his Department.

Charges have been laid in two cases. Five cases are under investigation and in addition five cases are being considered for investigation.

Alnwick And Amble

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received regarding plans to assist in the promotion of industry in the Alnwick and Amble area.

I have received several representations about Alnwick and Amble relating mainly to assisted area status.

Manufactured Goods

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his current estimate of the deficit in trade in manufactured goods for 1987.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his current estimate for the deficit in trade in manufactured goods for 1987.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his current estimate of the deficit in trade in manufactured goods for 1987.

My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his "Financial Statement and Budget Report" estimates that the deficit for 1987 in the balance of trade in manufactures will be £8 billion.

Invisible Trade

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

My Department publishes monthly estimates of invisible trade in the monthly press notice on trade statistics. The invisibles estimates are compiled and supplied by the Central Statistical Office. For the most recent periods, the statisticians publish a projection in round numbers until data become available to them. Monthly surveys of invisibles transactions are not conducted. Monthly figures are conventionally shown as one third of the corresponding quarter's figure.

British Design Talent

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has any plans for further policy initiatives to promote the use of British design talent by British companies; and if he will make a statement.

My Department already runs an extensive programme to promote better use of good design by United Kingdom industry and commerce. We are considering further ideas for that programme which were suggested at a design seminar held by the Prime Minister in January, particularly measures to stimulate more and closer links between industry and higher education on design issues.I am also developing new proposals to make expert design and related advice available direct to smaller firms on a regional basis. The aim will be to help such firms identify and pursue new, market led product opportunities and so improve their business prospects. Further details will be announced as soon as possible.

Manufacturing Industry

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received about the fall in the real value of manufacturing investment in the east midlands since 1979.

Manufacturing investment is one of many subjects on which I receive representations. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 25 February at column 281.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received about the fall in the real value of manufacturing investment in the west midlands since 1979.

Manufacturing investment is one of many subjects on which I receive representations. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Fisher) on 25 February at column 281.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the latest figures for investment in manufacturing industry.

Investment in manufacturing industry was nearly 20 per cent. higher in 1986 than in 1983; even though it was some 5 per cent. down on 1985. The underlying determinants of manufacturing investment—sustained growth in the economy, improved profitability and a low rate of inflation—are very favourable and forecasters expect a significant increase in manufacturing investment in 1987.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next intends to meet the Trades Union Congresss to discuss investment in manufacturing industry.

My right hon. Friend and I meet the TUC regularly at the National Economic Development Council, where matters relevant to improving industrial performance are discussed. I have no plans for a separate meeting on this subject.

Consumer Protection (Prohibition Orders)

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many prohibition orders have been made under consumer protection legislation since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

Seven prohibition orders have been made under the Consumer Safety Act 1978 since 1979. There were:

  • The Balloon-Making Compounds (Safety) Order 1979
  • The Tear Gas Capsules (Safety) Order 1979
  • The Children's Furniture (Safety) Order 1982
  • 1The Toy Water Snakes (Safety) Order 1983
  • The Gas Catalytic Heaters (Safety) Order 1983
  • 1The Expanding Novelties (Safety) Order 1983
  • The Scented Erasers (Safety) Order 1984

1 Prohibition orders last for 12 months. The Toy Water Snakes (Safety) Order 1983 and the Expanding Novelties (Safety) Order 1983 have lapsed, the products having been removed from the market. The remainder were subsequently covered by regulations made under the Consumer Safety Act 1978.

Caterpillar Tractor Company

25.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further part he has played in the discussions concerning the proposed closure of the Caterpillar Tractor Company, Tammershields, Glasgow.

Since my meeting with senior Caterpillar executives on 20 January my officials have kept in touch with the Scottish Office and with the company generally on matters relating to the closure decision. In addition, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry together with my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, has met a delegation from the ASTMS parliamentary committee on this matter.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further meetings he has had with representatives of Caterpillar in 1987; what subjects were discussed; and if he will make a statement.

I have had no meetings with the company since I last met senior Caterpillar executives on 20 January. My officials are, however, in touch with the company generally on matters relating to the closure decision.

Company Law

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