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Volume 114: debated on Thursday 23 April 1987

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 23 April 1987

Overseas Development

Tropical Timber Resources

54.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the growth and conservation of tropical timber resources; and if he will make a statement.

The Government's commitment to the wise use and replenishment of the world's tropical forests has been made clear on many occasions, most recently by myself during questions on 3 November 1986, at column 686. They already support forest management projects in rain forest zones through the aid programme and are ready to consider further proposals. The Government have also given their support to the Food and Agriculture Organisation's tropical forestry action plan, which is providing a valuable framework for the co-ordination of programmes and policies of donor and aid recipient countries.The Government ratified the international tropical timber agreement in 1984 and are a member of the related Tropical Timber Organisation, which was established in 1986. One of the principal functions of this organisation is to seek to encourage the development of the trade in tropical hardwoods on the basis of sustainable and renewable resources.

Population Projects (Aid)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contributions for 1987 are being made to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the World Health Organisation's special programme on human reproduction.

We have made the following pledges for 1987, subject to parliamentary approval:

  • (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation: £6·6 million (this figure includes £0·6 million to help the federation develop its capacity to combat AIDS);
  • (b) United Nations Fund for Population Activities: £5·0 million;
  • (c) World Health Organisation's special programme on human reproduction: £2·2 million.
  • Home Department

    Crime Prevention

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will discuss with chief constables the issuing of guidance to crime prevention officers about visiting all pensioner households to give advice on security and related matters.

    Under existing informal arrangements, the Home Office already has regular contacts with the Association of Chief Police Officers about all aspects of crime prevention, and we believe that the need to ensure that there is adequate provision of sensible advice to the elderly about personal and household security issues is already well understood by chief officers. Courses provided for crime prevention officers at the Home Office crime prevention centre include training on the provision of advice to the elderly and how to give it. Such advice can, of course, be provided in various ways and I am aware that a number of police forces have mounted special campaigns, often working with voluntary agencies, to reach the elderly in an effective and sensitive way.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider making grants available to all pensioner households to provide basic household protection; and if he will make a statement.

    There are a number of local schemes run, for example, by local authorities or crime prevention panels, for supplying domestic security equipment free or at very low cost to those most in need, primarily pensioner households. Central Government funds provided through the Department of Environment's urban and housing programmes, and the Manpower Services Commission's community programme, are also being used in schemes to make homes more secure.Before instituting any national scheme to provide grants for domestic security, the Government would need to be satisfied that the scheme was the most effective way of improving the security of those in need. In the light of the recommendations on this issue made by the Home Office Standing Conference on Crime Prevention, and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, the ministerial group on crime prevention has been considering what further measures the Government might take, though it is too early to say what the outcome of this consideration will be.

    Wales

    Health Promotion Authority

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the remit of the Welsh Health Promotion Authority.

    The remit of the new authority, whose establishment has been widely and warmly welcomed, is contained in the policy memorandum which we have issued today; a copy has been placed in the Library. This follows consultation on a draft of the document with those with an interest in health promotion.

    Trade And Industry

    Timber

    55.

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of annual British timber requirements is met by tropical sources.

    In 1985, the last year for which full statistics are available, 6·8 per cent. of the annual British timber requirement was met by timber originating from tropical sources.

    Textiles

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the embargo recently imposed by the European Community on imports of cotton bed sheets from Pakistan.

    Following evidence of market disruption submitted by a number of member states, on 5 March 1987 the European Community imposed a provisional quota of 1,786 tonnes for three months on imports of goods covered by MFA category 20, woven bedlinen, from Pakistan to member states other than France and Italy (where quotas were already in force). The United Kingdom share of this quota is 391 tonnes. The provisional quota was imposed under the terms of article 8 of the EC-Pakistan bilateral textiles agreement, under the multi-fibre arrangement. A first consultation took place between the European Community and Pakistan on 2–3 April with the aim of agreeing a definitive quota level. No conclusion was reached and further consultations will take place shortly.

    Ec (Manufacturing)

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the surplus or deficit in manufacturing trade with the European Economic Community in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures for each of the previous 20 annual periods in respect of the nations now compromising the European Economic Community.

    The available information is in the following table:

    United Kingdom balance of trade in manufactures1 with other European Community2 countries
    Balance of Payments basis
    £million
    19663392
    19673266
    19683306
    19693545
    1970643
    1971426
    197255
    1973-368
    1974-507
    1975-588
    1976-476
    1977-488
    1978-1,727
    1979-2,580
    1980-1,168
    1981-2,613
    1982-4,335
    1983-7,174
    1984-8,082
    1985-8,683
    1986-10,058
    1 Standard International Trade Classification, Section 5 to 8.
    2 Present membership throughout.
    3 Overseas Trade Statistics Basis — imports valued inclusive of insurance and freight — the corresponding figure for 1970 is £560 million.

    Sources: Department of Trade and Industry Overseas Trade Statistics

    Employment

    Nuclear Power Stations

    asked the Paymaster General if he will estimate the man-years effort required by Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to give approval to the safety case for (a) stage 1, (b) stage 2 and (c) stage 3 decommissioning of the first magnox power station; whether such estimates include work preparatory to receipt of the safety case; and if he will make a statement.

    At this stage only a preliminary and provisional estimate of two to three man-years can be made as the process is reactive and iterative; and the effort required is determined to some extent by factors outside the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate's control, such as the acceptability of the early pre-decommissioning safety reports prepared by operators.

    asked the Paymaster General if he will estimate the man-years effort employed by Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate in (a) generic decommissioning work and (b) magnox decommissioning work, in each recent year; what resources are allocated to such work in the current year; and if he will make a statement.

    Man-year effort employed by the inspectorate in the last financial year has been less than half a man-year each on generic and magnox decommissioning work.In the current financial year between one and two man-year's effort is available for assessment of decommissioning nuclear installations.

    Energy

    Nuclear Power Stations

    asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will list and describe the research and development work done since July 1985 on the decommissioning of nuclear power stations, in national and European Community projects; and if he will make a statement;(2) what further research and development work has been done on the decommissioning of magnox power stations since July 1985; what has been the cost of such work; what additional work is planned; and if he will make a statement.

    The main R and D work in the United Kingdom in the decommissioning field relates to the project to decommission the Windscale advanced gas-cooled reactor to stage 3. This work is also relevant to magnox decommissioning. Items covered include:

  • (a) work to specify a remotely operated handling machine now under manufacture;
  • (b) work to specify a manipulator, now under manufacture, which will be used with the remote handling machine;
  • (c) establishment of cutting, ventilation and filtration techniques;
  • (d) establishment of remote viewing techniques by TV;
  • (e) specification of a package for the storage, transport and eventual disposal of the radioactive waste.
  • There is also work on decommissioning the Dounreay fast reactor (which was shut down in 1977) towards stage 2. Recent R and D includes work on treatment of the liquid metal coolant.

    The current European Community decommissioning R and D programme includes projects in the following areas:

  • (a) long-term integrity of buildings and systems;
  • (b) decontamination for decommissioning purposes;
  • (c) dismantling techniques;
  • (d) treatment of specific waste materials: steel, concrete and graphite;
  • (e) large containers for radioactive waste produced in dismantling nuclear installations;
  • (f) estimation of quantities of radioactive wastes arising from decommissioning nuclear installations in the Community;
  • (g) influence of installation design features on decommissioning.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what is the earliest date at which research and development work on the decommissioning of magnox power stations is expected to be sufficiently far advanced for a safety case for stage 3 decommissioning of any magnox station to be submitted to Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement;(2) what is the earliest date at which research and development work on the decommissioning of magnox power stations is expected to be sufficiently far advanced for a safety case for stage 2 decommissioning of any magnox station to be submitted to Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement;(3) what is the earliest date at which research and development work on the decommissioning of magnox power stations is expected to be sufficiently far advanced for a safety case for stage 1 decommissioning of any magnox station to be submitted to Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement;(4) what decommissioning studies have had regard to aspects of the safety and practicability of the decommissioning of a magnox power station taking place on a site shared with operational nuclear reactor or a further nuclear power station under construction; and if he will make a statement;

    I am advised that pre-decommissioning safety reports will be submitted to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on a time scale appropriate to its requirements. The safety implications of decommissioning a nuclear power station on a site shared with an operational reactor, or one under construction, is one of the factors which will be taken into consideration.

    asked the Secretary of State for Energy what discussions have taken place between Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and magnox licensees on the required scope and content of a safety case for decommissioning operations; whether the scope and content of a safety case for stage 1, stage 2 or stage 3 has been agreed; and if he will make a statement.

    I am advised that discussions between the CEGB and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate are currently in progress to establish the general scope, content, format and timing of pre-decommissioning safety reports for magnox stations which will be submitted to the NII about two years before the final shutdown of a station or before the appropriate stage of decommissioning. Agreement has yet to be reached on the final content and timing of such submissions which will, however, follow the general guidelines set down in the IAEA safety series document on the decommissioning of land-based nuclear reactor plants.

    House Of Commons

    Aids (Palace Of Westminster Staff)

    asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has any plans to arrange for staff of the Palace of Westminster to be screened for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

    asked the Lord Privy Seal whether any current or former staff of the Palace of Westminster have been found to have developed AIDS or antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 424]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on Wednesday 22 April.

    asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps he has taken to ensure staff of the Palace of Westminster are warned about those homosexual arid other activities which are deemed to involve a high risk of AIDS infection.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 424]: In April 1986 the Management and Personnel Office, after consulting the chief medical officer, DHSS, circulated all departments with guidance to managers and model notes for staff. Copies of those notes arid also of the Department of Employment—Health and Safety Executive book "AIDS and Employment" have been made available to management and staff of the House.I understand that copies of both those pieces of guidance are available in the House of Commons Library.

    Prime Minister

    Focus For National Play

    asked the Prime Minister which Government Departments have been involved in consultations on the future of a focus for national play.

    The Department of Health and Social Security, Education and Science, Scottish Office, Welsh Office, and Northern Ireland Office were consulted in 1986 during the Department of the Environment's review of its support for the voluntary organisation, Play Board. All have been kept in close touch with subsequent developments.

    Soviet Union (Bibles)

    asked the Prime Minister if, following her official visit to Zagorsk to light a candle, she will raise with the Soviet Government the availability of bibles in the Soviet Union and the current prohibition on importing bibles; and if she will make a statement.

    I have made clear to the Soviet authorities my concern for full freedom of worship in the Soviet Union, and I shall continue to press for this in the future.

    Pay Review Bodies

    asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on the latest reports of the pay review bodies.

    The 1987 reports of the Review Bodies on the pay of Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine, Doctors and Dentists, and the Armed Forces, and of the Top Salaries Review Body, have been published today. Copies are now available in the Vote office. The Government are grateful to members of the review bodies for these reports and the time and care which they have put into their preparation.The following table shows the increases in pay rates recommended by the review bodies and their cost:

    Review bodyAverage increase Per cent.Range of increase Per cent.Cost1 £ million
    Nurses, midwives and health visitors9·505·00–12·70447
    Professions allied to medicine9·106·00–12·6039
    Doctors and dentists7·707·00–8·25230
    Armed forces5·964·00–7·00200
    Top salaries4·804·60–5·204
    1 Including employers' national insurance and superannuation contributions where appropriate.
    The Government have decided that the increases recommended by the review bodies, with the exception of those recommended by the Top Salaries Review Body, should be implemented in full with effect from 1 April 1987. The TSRB recommendations will be implemented as to 4·25 per cent. from 1 April 1987, with the balance from 1 October 1987, reflecting the offers made to civil servants in grades just below those covered by the recommendations.The cost of the awards this year for the AFPRB and TSRB groups will be met from within existing public expenditure programme totals. In the case of the health services, however, the Government recognise that the full costs could not be accommodated within existing provisions without adversely affecting services to patients. The Government have therefore decided to provide an extra £328 million for health authority cash limits from the reserve for this year. Of the remaining cost, £248 million is already fully covered within the allocations made for this year, leaving a balance of £30 million to be covered from cost improvements, including the beneficial effects of the pay award in retaining nursing staff and reducing the use of agency nurses. The Government have similarly decided to provide an additional £68 million to the family practitioner services from the reserve for this year.The pay rates and scales resulting from the decisions will be promulgated as soon as possible for all the groups concerned. Pensions will be based on the salaries actually in payment in accordance with the principle set out in my written answer of 13 April 1984, at column 383.I am today announcing separately the Government's decision to proceed with the scheme for discretionary pay at Civil Service grades 2 and 3, on which there has recently been extensive consultation, as part of the Government's policy that there should be a strengthening of the link between pay and performanc at all levels within the Civil Service. It is expected that discretionary pay increases will be in effect as from 1 October 1987, at the rates recommended by the TSRB.

    Civil Service (Performance-Related Pay)

    asked the Prime Minister what progress has been made with the introduction of performance-related pay in the Civil Service.

    The Government are in favour of strengthening the link between pay and performance at all levels in the Civil Service.At the most senior levels a scheme for the introduction of discretionary increments for staff in grades 2 and 3 is being introduced this year in accordance with the recommendations of the Top Salaries Review Body. This scheme will provide additional pay for the best performers in recognition of sustained high performance. The first increments will be in payment with effect from 1 October and will be withdrawable on a mark-time basis where performance falls off over a prolonged period. I am placing details of the scheme in the Library of the House.For staff from grade 3 down to grade 7 a scheme for the annual award of performance bonuses has been in operation on an experimental basis since April 1985. This experiment will end in March 1988, when it will be replaced with a new performance-related scheme for grades 4 to 7 which will take account of experience with the performance bonus experiment. The details of the new scheme will be announced in due course after consultation with staff interests, but as an interim measure we have proposed to the unions concerned that a new performance point should be introduced at grade 5 with effect from 1 September 1987 in respect of people who have been on the maximum of their scale for at least one year. The receipt of this new increment would be linked to performance markings in the annual reports of the individuals concerned.For staff who have not yet reached the normal maximum salaries for these grades we intend to bring forward proposals which will enable them to earn accelerated incremental progression in return for outstanding performance coupled with the with olding of increments in the case of performance which does not fully meet the requirements of the grade.We have also entered into a provisional agreement with the Institution of Professional Civil Servants under which we expect a start to be made in April 1988 on using discretionary range points of pay, again linked to performance markings in annual appraisal reports. This arrangement covers staff in most of the grades for which the IPCS has sole national representation.Taken together these new arrangements mean that from April 1988 over 80,000 civil servants will be in grades covered by performance-related pay. This represents a major step forward in the management of the Civil Service. We hope that it will be possible to bring other staff not covered by these new arrangements within the scope of similar schemes in due course.

    Sir Maurice Oldfield

    asked the Prime Minister whether she will make a statement on the recent allegations concerning Sir Maurice Oldfield in relation to the security of the United Kingdom.

    Sir Maurice Oldfield became Security Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland in October 1979. Subsequently reports were received which caused his positive vetting clearance to be reviewed. In March 1980, in the course of that review, he made an admission that he had from time to time engaged in homosexual activities. His positive vetting clearance was withdrawn. By this time he was already a sick man; he finally ceased to serve as Security Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland when a successor took over in June 1980; he died in March 1981.There was a lengthy and thorough investigation by the Security Service, which included many interviews with Sir Maurice Oldfield himself, to examine whether there was any reason to suppose that he himself or the interests of the country might have been compromised. The conclusion was that, though his conduct had been a potential risk to security, there was no evidence or reason whatsoever to suggest that security had ever been compromised; indeed, he had contributed notably to a number of security and intelligence successes which would not have been achieved had there been a breach of security. That conclusion stands.The facts of the case were made known to the Security Commission, when it undertook the review of security procedures and practices, including vetting, in the public service which I commissioned in March 1981. In that report the commission dealt with criteria for positive vetting clearances and with the security implications of male homosexuality. I made it clear in my statement on the Security Commission's report, which was presented to Parliament in May 1982 as Cmnd. 8540, that the Government accepted the Security Commission's report and were acting upon its recommendations.

    Engagements

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 23 April.

    asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 23 April.

    This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.

    1981–821982–831983–841984–851985–86
    £000per cent.£000per cent.£000per cent.£000per cent.£000per cent.
    Fife
    Environmental improvement1,6156·79243·35001·75241·41,0352·5
    Industrial investment1011·82612·984910·02232·81863·3
    All programmes2,9703·44,8124·62,8803·01,5971·74,0943·8
    Dunfermline District
    Environmental improvement7673·24661·71890·62640·75861·4
    Industrial investment751·31071·23424·0480·61723·1
    All programmes1,3971·63,0683·01,3061·36900·72,1322·0
    Kirkcaldy District
    Environmental improvement6992·93871·43061·02020·63730·9
    Industrial investment260·41221·42833·31852·3
    All programmes1,1991·41,2661·31,1141·14840·51,6361·5

    Scotland

    Rechem Plant, Bonnybridge

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to what chemical substances, in what annual volumes, and by what methods of treatment, were processed by the Rechem plant in Bonnybridge, as to where those chemicals are now being treated, and by what processes; and what complaints have so far been received from residents of the areas in which the reprocessing plants dealing with these chemicals are situated.

    The information requested is not held centrally. However, the hon. Member may care to note the following possible sources of information:

  • (a) regarding substances processed at Bonnybridge—Rechem International and Falkirk district council.
  • (b) where chemicals now being treated — the second report of the Hazardous Waste Inspectorate (a copy of which is in the Library) and local authorities identified in that report.
  • (c) any complaints about current treatment — the relevant local authorities, and the Department of the Environment Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution.
  • Forth River Purification Board

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the latest figures he has available for staffing levels, actual and establishment, of the Forth river purification board.

    The establishment level at 31 December 1986 was 73 full-time and 10 part-time staff. One full-time post was vacant at that date.

    Scottish Development Agency (Expenditure)

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by the Scottish Development Agency in (a) Fife, (b) Dunfermline district and (c) Kirkcaldy district in each year since 1975, and as a proportion of total expenditure on (i) environmental improvement, (ii) industrial investment and (iii) all Scottish Development Agency expenditure.

    [pursuant to his reply, 20 March 1987, c. 657]: The information, which is readily available only from the financial year 1981–82, is as follows:

    Note: The base for the percentage calculations is total agency expenditure on the relevant programme in the year in question excluding expenditure which cannot be allocated geographically.

    Police

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he will state for each police force in Scotland the location of manned police stations or substations (a) closed down and (b) opened since 1979.

    ForcePolice Stations closed down since 1979Police Stations opened since 1979
    Central Scotland Police"A" Division Alva, Buchlyvie Cambusbarron, Causewayhead Clackmannan, Cowie Dollar, Doune, Fallin, Fintry, Killearn, Kippen, Menstrie, Plean, Raploch, Sauchie, St Ninians, Whins of Milton."A" Division Bannockburn (Replacement) "B" Division
    Maddiston (Replacement) Bo'ness (Replacement)
    "B" Division Airth, Bog Road, Brightons, Longcroft, Redding, Bonnybridge, Camelon, Larbert, Whitecross, Bainsford, Avonbridge, Carronshore, Laurieston, Polmont, Slamannan, Shieldhill.
    Dumfries and Galloway ConstabularyNilNil
    Fife ConstabularyThorntonDalgety Bay
    Grampian PoliceCammachmore College Street, AberdeenPortlethen Windmill Brae
    Lothian and Borders PoliceAyton, Chirnside, Cockburnspath, Cockenzie, East Linton, Greenlaw, Heriot, YetholmBroxburn (Replacement) Dalkeith (Replacement) Fauldhouse (Replacement) Whitburn (Replacement) Wester Hailes
    Northern ConstabularyFirth Nigg (oil related)St. Margaret's Hope Caol Kyleakin (Temporarily closed) Symbister
    Strathclyde PoliceTurnbull Street, Glasgow, Glenmavis, Stepps, Tarbolton.London Road (Replacement) Erskine Troon (Replacement) Shettlston (Replacement) Cumbernauld (Replacement) Stonehouse (Replacement)
    Tayside PoliceNilBaluniefield Lochee (Replacement) Maryfield (Replacement) Ryehill

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will state, for each police force in Scotland, the number and location of manned police stations or substations in (a) 1979 and (b) 1986 or the latest available year, with a breakdown of the figures for each police force in Scotland.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 April 1987, c. 287]: The information is as follows:

    Central Scotland Police

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–56

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–22

    1979

    Police HQ Stirling

    A Division

    • Aberfoyle
    • Alloa
    • Alva

    [pursuant to his reply 8 April 1987, c. 289]: The information is as follows:

    • Balfron
    • Bannockburn
    • Blanfield
    • Bridge of Allan
    • Buchlyvie
    • Callender
    • Cambusbarron
    • Causewayhead
    • Clackmannan
    • Cowie
    • Crienlarich
    • Dollar
    • Doune
    • Drymen
    • Dunblane
    • Fallin
    • Fintry
    • Killearn
    • Killin
    • Kippen
    • Lochearnhead
    • Menstrie
    • Plean
    • Raploch
    • Sauchie
    • St. Ninians
    • Tillicoultry
    • Tullibody
    • Whins of Milton
    • B Division
    • Airth
    • Avonbridge
    • Bainsford
    • Bog Road
    • Bo'ness
    • Bonnybridge
    • Brightons
    • Camelon
    • Carronshore
    • Denny
    • Falkirk
    • Grangemouth
    • Grangemouth Docks
    • Larbert
    • Laurieston
    • Longcroft
    • Maddiston
    • Polmont
    • Redding
    • Shieldhill
    • Slamannan
    • Stenhousemuir
    • Whitecross
    • 1986
    • Police HQ Stirling
    • A Division
    • Aberfoyle
    • Alloa
    • Balfron
    • Bannockburn
    • Blanefield
    • Bridge of Allan
    • Callander
    • Crianlarich
    • Drymen
    • Dunblane
    • Killin
    • Lochearnhead
    • Tillicoultry
    • Tullibody
    • B Division
    • Bo'ness
    • Denny
    • Falkirk
    • Grangemouth
    • Grangemouth Docks
    • Maddiston
    • Stenhousemuir

    Dumfries And Galloway Constabulary

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–26

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–26

    • 1979
    • Police HQ Dumfries
    • Annan
    • Canonbie
    • Castle Douglas
    • Crocketford
    • Dalbeattie
    • Dalry
    • Gatehouse
    • Glenluce
    • Gretna
    • Kirkconnel
    • Kirkcudbright
    • Langholm
    • Locharbriggs
    • Lochmaben
    • Lockerbie
    • Moffat
    • Newton Stewart
    • Portpatrick
    • Port William
    • Sandhead
    • Sanquhar
    • Stranraer
    • Thornhill
    • Whithorn
    • Wigtown
    • 1986
    • Police HQ Dumfries
    • Annan
    • Canonbie
    • Castle Douglas
    • Crocketford
    • Dalbeattie
    • Dairy
    • Gatehouse
    • Glenluce
    • Gretna
    • Kirkconnel
    • Kirkcudbright
    • Langholm
    • Locharbriggs
    • Lochmaben
    • Lockerbie
    • Moffat
    • Newton Stewart
    • Portpatrick
    • Port William
    • Sandhead
    • Sanquhar
    • Stranraer
    • Thornhill
    • Whithorn
    • Wigtown

    Fife Constabulary

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–54

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–54

    • 1979
    • Police HQ Dysart
    • Central Division
    • Burntisland
    • Cardenden
    • Coaltown-of-Wemyss
    • East Wemyss
    • Glenrothes
    • Kennoway
    • Kinghorn
    • Kinglassie
    • Kirkcaldy:
      • Cairns Street
      • Cairnwell Place
      • St. Brycedale Road
    • Leslie
    • Leven
    • Markinch
    • Methil
    • Thornton
    • Windygates
    • Eastern Division
    • Anstruther
    • Auchtermuchty
    • Ceres
    • Colinsburgh
    • Crail
    • Elie
    • Falkland
    • Freuchie
    • Guardbridge
    • Kingsbarns
    • Ladybank
    • Largoward
    • Letham
    • Leuchars
    • Lundin Links
    • Newburgh
    • Newport-on-Tay
    • St. Andrews
    • St. Monans
    • Springfield
    • Strathmiglo
    • Tayport
    • Western Division
    • Aberdour
    • Ballingry
    • Blairhall
    • Charlestown
    • Cowdenbeath
    • Crossgates
    • Culross
    • Dunfermline
    • Kelty
    • Kincardine-on-Forth
    • Lochgelly
    • Newmills
    • North Queensferry
    • Oakley
    • 1986
    • Police HQ Dysart
    • Central Division
    • Burntisland
    • Cardenden
    • Coaltown-of-Wemyss
    • East Wemyss
    • Glenrothes
    • Kennoway
    • Kinghorn
    • Kinglassie
    • Kirkcaldy:
    • Cairns Street
    • Cairnwell Place
    • St. Brycedale Road
    • Leslie
    • Leven
    • Markinch
    • Methil
    • Windygates
    • Eastern Division
    • Anstruther
    • Auchtermuchty
    • Ceres
    • Colinsburgh
    • Crail
    • Elie
    • Falkland
    • Freuchie
    • Guardbridge
    • Kingsbarns
    • Ladybank
    • Largoward
    • Letham
    • Leuchars
    • Lundin Links
    • Newburgh
    • Newport-on-Tay
    • St. Andrews
    • St. Monans
    • Springfield
    • Strathmiglo
    • Tayport
    • Western Division
    • Aberdour
    • Ballingry
    • Blairhall
    • Charlestown
    • Cowdenbeath
    • Crossgates
    • Culross
    • Dalgety Bay
    • Dunfermline
    • Kelty
    • Kincardine-on-Forth
    • Lochgelly
    • Newmills
    • North Queensferry
    • Oakley

    Grampian Police

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–74

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–74

    • 1979
    • Police HQ, Aberdeen
    • A Division
    • Aberchirder
    • Aberlour
    • Banff
    • Buckie
    • Cullen
    • Cuminestown
    • Dufftown
    • Elgin
    • Fochabers
    • Forres
    • Fyvie
    • Hopeman
    • Keith
    • Lhanbryde
    • Lossiemouth
    • Macduff
    • Portsoy
    • Rothes
    • Tomintoul
    • Turriff
    • B Division
    • Aberdeen:
    • Airport
    • Bridge of Don
    • Byron Square
    • Cairncry
    • Dyce
    • Mastrick
    • Mile End
    • Old Aberdeen
    • Skene
    • Tillydrone
    • Bucksburn
    • C Division
    • Aberdeen:
    • Alford Place
    • College Street
    • Culter
    • Cults
    • Fonthill
    • Harbour
    • Hazlehead
    • Kincorth
    • Nigg
    • Queens Cross
    • Torry
    • D Division
    • Aboyne
    • Alford
    • Ballater
    • Banchory
    • Boddam
    • Braemar
    • Cammachmore
    • Cruden Bay
    • Echt
    • Ellon
    • Fraserburgh
    • Huntley
    • Insch
    • Inverbervie
    • Inverurie
    • Kemnay
    • Kintore
    • Laurencekirk
    • Lumsden
    • Maud
    • Mintlaw
    • New Deer
    • New Pitsligo
    • Oldmeldrum
    • Peterhead
    • Rosehearty
    • Stonehaven
    • Strathdon
    • Strichen
    • Tarland
    • Tarves
    • 1986
    • Police HQ Aberdeen
    • A Division
    • Aberchirder
    • Aberlour
    • Banff
    • Buckie
    • Cullen
    • Cuminestown
    • Dufftown
    • Elgin
    • Fochabers
    • Forres
    • Fyvie
    • Hopeman
    • Keith
    • Lhanbryde
    • Lossiemouth
    • Macduff
    • Portsoy
    • Rothes
    • Tomintoul
    • Turriff
    • B Division
    • Aberdeen:
      • Airport
      • Bridge of Don
      • Byron Square
      • Cairncry
      • Dyce
      • Mastrick
      • Mile End
      • Old Aberdeen
      • Skene
      • Tillydrone
    • Bucksburn
    • C Division
    • Aberdeen:
      • Alford Place
      • Culter
      • Cults
      • Fonthill
      • Harbour
      • Hazlehead
      • Kincorth
      • Nigg
      • Queens Cross
      • Torry
      • Windmill Brae
    • D Division
    • Aboyne
    • Alford
    • Ballater
    • Banchory
    • Boddam
    • Braemar
    • Cruden Bay
    • Echt
    • Ellon
    • Fraserburgh
    • Huntly
    • Insch
    • Inverbervie
    • Inverurie
    • Kemnay
    • Kintore
    • Laurencekirk
    • Lumsden
    • Maud
    • Mintlaw
    • New Deer
    • New Pitsligo
    • Oldmeldrum
    • Peterhead
    • Portlethen
    • Rosehearty
    • Stonehaven
    • Strathdon
    • Strichen
    • Tarland
    • Tarves

    Lothian And Borders Police

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–68

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–61

    • 1979
    • Police HQ, Edinburgh
    • A Division
    • Edinburgh:
      • Causewayside
      • Central
      • Craigmillar
      • Mayfield
    • B Division
    • Edinburgh:
      • Drylaw
      • Garfield
      • Square
    • C Division
    • Edinburgh:
      • Corstorphine
      • Oxgangs
      • Turnhouse
      • West End
    • D Division
    • Edinburgh:
      • Albert Dock
      • Leith
      • Portobello
    • E Division
    • Bonnyrigg
    • Cockenzie
    • Dalkeith
    • Danderhall
    • Dunbar
    • East Linton
    • Gorebridge
    • Haddington
    • Loanhead
    • Musselburgh
    • Newbattle
    • North Berwick
    • Penicuik
    • Prestonpans
    • Rosewell
    • Tranent
    • F Division
    • Armadale
    • Balerno
    • Bathgate
    • Blackburn
    • Broxburn
    • Fauldhouse
    • Linlithgow
    • Livingston
    • Mid Calder
    • South Queensferry
    • West Calder
    • Whitburn
    • G Division
    • Ayton
    • Broughton
    • Chirnside
    • Cockburnspath
    • Coldingham
    • Coldstream
    • Duns
    • Earlston
    • Eyemouth
    • Galashiels
    • Greenlaw
    • Hawick
    • Heriot
    • Innerleithen
    • Jedburgh
    • Kelso
    • Lauder
    • Melrose
    • Newcastleton
    • Peebles
    • St. Boswells
    • Selkirk
    • Stow
    • West Linton
    • Whitecraig
    • Yetholm
    • 1986
    • Police HQ, Edinburgh
    • A Division
    • Edinburgh:
    • Causewayside
    • Central
    • Craigmillar
    • Mayfield
    • B Division
    • Edinburgh:
    • Drylaw
    • Gayfield Square
    • C Division
    • Edinburgh
    • Airport
    • Corstorphine
    • Oxgangs
    • West End
    • Wester Halies
    • D Division
    • Edinburgh:
    • Albert Dock
    • Leith
    • Portobello
    • E Division
    • Bonnyrigg
    • Dalkeith
    • Danderhall
    • Dunbar
    • Gorebridge
    • Haddington
    • Loanhead
    • Musselburgh
    • Newbattle
    • North Berwick
    • Penicuik
    • Prestonpans
    • Rosewell
    • Tranent
    • F Division
    • Armadale
    • Balerno
    • Bathgate
    • Blackburn
    • Broxburn
    • Fauldhouse
    • Linlithgow
    • Livingston
    • Mid Calder
    • South Queensferry
    • West Calder
    • Whitburn
    • G Division
    • Broughton
    • Coldingham
    • Coldstream
    • Duns
    • Earlston
    • Eyemouth
    • Galashiels
    • Hawick
    • Innerleithen
    • Jedburgh
    • Kelso
    • Lauder
    • Melrose
    • Newcastleton
    • Peebles
    • St. Boswells
    • Selkirk
    • Stow
    • West Linton
    • Whitecraig

    Northern Constabulary

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–93

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–95

    • 1979
    • Police HQ Inverness
    • Northern Division
    • Baltasound
    • Bettyhill
    • Brae
    • Castletown
    • Cullivoe
    • Dunbeath
    • Dunrossness
    • Firth
    • Halkirk
    • Kirkwall
    • Lerwick
    • Longhope
    • Lybester
    • Melvich
    • Mey
    • Reay
    • Scalloway
    • Stromness
    • Thurso
    • Tongue
    • Watten
    • Wick
    • Central Division
    • Alness
    • Aultbea
    • Back
    • Balallan
    • Barra
    • Barvas
    • Benbecula
    • Bonar
    • Bridge
    • Brora
    • Carloway
    • Conan Bridge
    • Cromarty
    • Dingwall
    • Dornoch
    • Evanton
    • Fearn
    • Fortrose
    • Gairloch
    • Garrabost
    • Golspie
    • Helmsdale
    • Invergordon
    • Lairg
    • Lochboisdale
    • Lochcarron
    • Lochinver
    • Lochmaddy
    • Muir of Ord
    • Nigg
    • North Kessock
    • Port of Ness
    • Rhiconich
    • Stornoway
    • Strathpeffer
    • Tain
    • Tarbert
    • Ullapool
    • Southern Division
    • Ardersier
    • Ardvasar
    • Arisaig
    • Aviemore
    • Banavie
    • Beauly
    • Boat of Garten
    • Broadford
    • Cannich
    • Carrbridge
    • Daviot
    • Drumnadrochit
    • Dunvegan
    • Fort Augustus
    • Fort William
    • Foyers
    • Glencoe
    • Grantown
    • Inverness
    • Kingussie
    • Kinlochmore
    • Kinmylies
    • Kirkhill
    • Kyle
    • Mallaig
    • Nairn
    • Nethybridge
    • Newtownmore
    • Portree
    • Smithton
    • Speanbridge
    • Strontian
    • Uig
    • 1986
    • Police HQ, Inverness
    • Northern Division
    • Baltasound
    • Bettyhill
    • Brae
    • Castletown
    • Cullivoe
    • Dunbeath
    • Dunrossness
    • Halkirk
    • Kirkwall
    • Lerwick
    • Longhope
    • Lybster
    • Melvich
    • Mey
    • Reay
    • Scalloway
    • St. Margaret's Hope
    • Stromness
    • Symbister
    • Thurso
    • Tongue
    • Watten
    • Wick
    • Central Division
    • Alness
    • Aultbea
    • Back
    • Balallan
    • Barra
    • Barvas
    • Benbecula
    • Bonar
    • Bridge
    • Brora
    • Carloway
    • Conon Bridge
    • Cromarty
    • Dingwall
    • Dornoch
    • Evanton
    • Fearn
    • Fortrose
    • Gairloch
    • Garrabost
    • Golspie
    • Helmsdale
    • Invergordon
    • Lairg
    • Lochboisdale
    • Lochcarron
    • Lochinver
    • Lochmaddy
    • Muir of Ord
    • North Kessock
    • Port of Ness
    • Rhiconich
    • Stornoway
    • Strathpeffer
    • Tain
    • Tarbert
    • Ullapool
    • Southern Division
    • Ardersier
    • Ardvasar
    • Arisaig
    • Aviemore
    • Banavie
    • Beauly
    • Boat of Garten
    • Broadford
    • Cannich
    • Caol
    • Carribridge
    • Daviot
    • Drumnadrochit
    • Dunvegan
    • Fort Augustus
    • Fort William
    • Foyers
    • Glencoe
    • Grantown
    • Inverness
    • Kingussie
    • Kinlochmore
    • Kinmylies
    • Kirkhill
    • Kyle
    • Kyleakin
    • Mallaig
    • Nairn
    • Nethybridge
    • Newtownmore
    • Portree
    • Smithton
    • Speanbridge
    • Strontian
    • Uig

    Strathclyde Police

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–175

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–173

    • 1979
    • Police HQ, Pitt Street, Glasgow
    • A Division
    • Cranstonhill
    • Stewart Street, Glasgow
    • B Division
    • Clydebank
    • Drumchapel
    • Garscadden
    • Partick
    • C Division
    • Lambhill
    • Mary hill
    • Milngavie and Bearsden
    • Saracen
    • Temple
    • D Division
    • Baird Street, Glasgow
    • Bishopbriggs
    • Blackhill
    • Easterhouse
    • Gartcosh
    • Kirkintilloch
    • Lennoxtown
    • Muirhead
    • Springburn
    • Stepps
    • E Division
    • Baillieston
    • Barlanark
    • London Road, Glasgow
    • Shettleston
    • Turnbull Street, Glasgow
    • F Division
    • Cambuslang
    • Castlemilk
    • Craigie Street, Glasgow
    • Gorbals
    • Pollokshaws
    • Rutherglen
    • G Division
    • Cardonald
    • Clarkston
    • Eaglesham
    • Giffnock
    • Govan
    • Newton Mearns
    • Plantation
    • Pollok
    • Thornliebank
    • K Division
    • Barrhead
    • Bishopton
    • Elderslie
    • Forth
    • Glasgow Airport
    • Hillington
    • Houston
    • Howwood
    • Johnstone
    • Kilbarchan
    • Linwood
    • Lochwinnoch
    • Neilston
    • Paisley
    • Ralston
    • Renfrew
    • Uplawmoor
    • L Division
    • Alexandria
    • Appin
    • Ardrishaig
    • Arrochar
    • Bowmore
    • Bunessan
    • Campbeltown
    • Cardross
    • Carradale
    • Connel
    • Craignure
    • Dalmally
    • Dumbarton
    • Dunoon
    • Garelochhead
    • Gartocharn
    • Helensburgh
    • Innellan
    • Inveraray
    • Kames
    • Kilcreggan
    • Kilmun
    • Lochgilphead
    • Lochgoilhead
    • Luss
    • Oban
    • Port Ellen
    • Rothesay
    • Salen
    • Sandbank
    • Strachur
    • Tarbert
    • Taynuilt
    • Tiree
    • Tobermory
    • N Division
    • Airdrie
    • Caldercruix
    • Chapelhall
    • Coatbridge
    • Cumbernauld
    • Glenboig
    • Glen Mavis
    • Kilsyth
    • Plains
    • Salsburgh
    • P Division
    • Bellshill
    • Craigneuk
    • Harthill
    • Motherwell
    • Netherton
    • Newarthill
    • Newmains
    • Shotts
    • Viewpark
    • Wishaw
    • Q Division
    • Abington
    • Biggar
    • Blackwood
    • Blantyre
    • Carluke
    • Carnwath
    • Carstairs
    • Crawford
    • Crossford
    • Douglas
    • East Kilbride
    • Forth
    • Hamilton
    • High Blantyre
    • Lanark
    • Larkhall
    • Law
    • Leadhills
    • Lesmahagow
    • Rigside
    • Shawsburn
    • Stonehouse
    • Strathaven
    • Uddingston
    • R Division
    • Auchinleck
    • Ayr
    • Ballantrae
    • Cumnock
    • Dailly
    • Dalmellington
    • Drongan
    • Mauchline
    • Maybole
    • Muirkirk
    • New Cumnock
    • Prestwick
    • Prestwick Airport
    • Tarbolton
    • Troon
    • U Division
    • Beith
    • Brodick
    • Dalry
    • Darvel
    • Gaiston
    • Irvine
    • Kilbirnie
    • Kilmarnock
    • Kilwinning
    • Lamlash
    • Largs
    • Millport
    • Newmilns
    • Saltcoats
    • Skelmorlie
    • Stewarton
    • West Kilbride
    • X Division
    • Gourock
    • Greenock
    • Inverkip
    • Kilmacolm
    • Port Glasgow
    • 1986
    • Police HQ, Pitt Street, Glasgow
    • A Division
    • Cranstonhill
    • Stewart Street, Glasgow
    • B Division
    • Clydebank
    • Drumchapel
    • Garscadden
    • Partick
    • C Division
    • Lambhill
    • Mary hill
    • Milngavie and Bearsden
    • Saracen
    • Temple
    • D Division
    • Baird Street, Glasgow
    • Bishopbriggs
    • Blackhill
    • Easterhouse
    • Gartcosh
    • Kirkintilloch
    • Lennoxtown
    • Muirhead
    • Springburn
    • E Division
    • Baillieston
    • Barlanark
    • London Road, Glasgow
    • Shettleston
    • F Division
    • Cambuslang
    • Castlemilk
    • Craigie Street, Glasgow
    • Gorbals
    • Pollokshaws
    • Rutherglen
    • G Division
    • Cardonald
    • Clarkston
    • Eaglesham
    • Giffnock
    • Govan
    • Newton
    • Mearns
    • Plantation
    • Pollok
    • Thornliebank
    • K Division
    • Barrhead
    • Bishopton
    • Elderslie
    • Erskine
    • Forth
    • Glasgow Airport
    • Hillington
    • Houston
    • Howwood
    • Johnstone
    • Kilbarchan
    • Linwood
    • Lochwinnoch
    • Neilston
    • Paisley
    • Ralston
    • Renfrew
    • Uplawmoor
    • L Division
    • Alexandria
    • Appin
    • Ardrishaig
    • Arrochar
    • Bowmore
    • Bunessan
    • Campbeltown
    • Cardross
    • Carradale
    • Connel
    • Craignure
    • Dalmally
    • Dumbarton
    • Dunoon
    • Garelochhead
    • Gartocharn
    • Helensburgh
    • Innellan
    • Inveraray
    • Karnes
    • Kilcreggan
    • Kilmun
    • Lochgilphead
    • Lochgoilhead
    • Luss
    • Oban
    • Port Ellen
    • Rothesay
    • Salen
    • Sandbank
    • Strachur
    • Tarbert
    • Taynuilt
    • Tiree
    • Tobermory
    • N Division
    • Airdrie
    • Caldercruix
    • Chapelhall
    • Coatbridge
    • Cumbernauld
    • Glenboig
    • Kilsyth
    • Plains
    • Salsburgh
    • P Division
    • Bellshill
    • Craigneuk
    • Harthill
    • Motherwell
    • Netherton
    • Newarthill
    • Newmains
    • Shotts
    • Viewpark
    • Wishaw
    • Q Division
    • Abington
    • Biggar
    • Blackwood
    • Blantyre
    • Carluke
    • Carnwath
    • Carstairs
    • Crawford
    • Crossford
    • Douglas
    • East Kilbride
    • Forth
    • Hamilton
    • High
    • Blantyre
    • Lanark
    • Larkhall
    • Law
    • Leadhills
    • Lesmahagow
    • Rigside
    • Shawsburn
    • Stonehouse
    • Strathaven
    • Uddingston
    • R Division
    • Auchinleck
    • Ayr
    • Ballantrae
    • Cumnock
    • Dailly
    • Dalmellington
    • Drongan
    • Girvan
    • Mauchline
    • May bole
    • Muirkirk
    • New Cumnock
    • Prestwick
    • Prestwick Airport
    • Troon
    • U Division
    • Beith
    • Brodick
    • Dalry
    • Darvel
    • Galston
    • Irvine
    • Kilbirnie
    • Kilmarnock
    • Kilwinning
    • Lamlash
    • Largs
    • Millport
    • Newmilns
    • Saltcoats
    • Skelmorlie
    • Stewarton
    • West Kilbride
    • X Division
    • Gourock
    • Greenock
    • Inverkip
    • Kilmacolm Port Glasgow

    Tayside Police

    Manned Police Stations in 1979–47

    Manned Police Stations in 1986–49

    • 1979
    • Police HQ, Dundee
    • Eastern Division
    • Arbroath
    • Brechin
    • Carnoustie
    • Edzell
    • Forfar
    • Friockheim
    • Glamis
    • Kirriemuir
    • Letham
    • Montrose
    • Newtyle
    • Central Division
    • Dundee:
    • Ardler
    • Birkhill
    • Broughty Ferry
    • Dalfield
    • Fintry
    • Harbour
    • Hill Street
    • Kirkton
    • Lochee
    • Longforgan
    • Maryfield
    • Menzieshill
    • Happyhillock
    • Monifieth
    • Overgate
    • Whitfield
    • Western Division
    • Aberfeldy
    • Abernethy
    • Alyth
    • Auchterarder
    • Bankfoot
    • Blairgowrie
    • Bridge of Earn
    • Comrie
    • Coupar Angus
    • Crieff
    • Dunkeld
    • Errol
    • Kinlock Rannoch
    • Kinross
    • Methven
    • Perth
    • Pitlochry
    • Scone
    • Stanley
    • 1986
    • Police HQ, Dundee
    • Eastern Division
    • Arbroath
    • Brechin
    • Carnoustie
    • Edzell
    • Forfar
    • Frockhiem
    • Glamis
    • Kirriemuir
    • Letham
    • Montrose
    • Newtyle
    • Central Division
    • Dundee:
    • Ardler
    • Baluniefield
    • Broughty Ferry
    • Dalfield
    • Fintry
    • Harbour
    • Hill Street
    • Kirkton
    • Lochee
    • Longforgan
    • Maryfield
    • Menzieshill
    • Happyhillock
    • Monifieth
    • Overgate
    • Ryehill
    • Whitfield
    • Western Division
    • Aberfeldy
    • Abernethy
    • Alyth
    • Auchterarder
    • Bankfoot
    • Blairgowrie
    • Bridge of Earn
    • Comrie
    • Coupar Angus
    • Crieff
    • Dunkeld
    • Errol
    • Kinloch
    • Rannoch
    • Kinross
    • Methven
    • Perth
    • Pitlochry
    • Scone
    • Stanley

    National Finance

    Ec (Contributions)

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the European Economic Community in each calendar year since 1973; and if he will express the contribution over the entire period as an amount per day in pounds sterling.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell) on 22 April, at columns 577–78. The latest available figures for the United Kingdom's net contribution to the Community budget for the period 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1986 is £7,772 million. This represents an average net payment of £1·52 million a day since accession.

    Building Societies

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to make any changes to the income tax regulations for building societies.

    Three minor changes will be made to the regulations which govern the building societies "composite rate" tax scheme. These changes will enable building societies to pay interest gross to depositors in the following limited circumstances:

    • On certificate of deposit of £50,000 or more with a duration of between one and five years.
    • On time deposits of £50,000 or more in a foreign currency.
    • On deposits by a subsidiary of a building society with its parent society.
    The first two changes mean that the tax treatment of certificates of deposits and time deposits issued by a building society will mirror that which already applies to similar deposits with banks. The other change will ensure that interest paid by a building society to its subsidiary is treated in the same way as interest paid by a company to its subsidiary.A statutory instrument will be laid before the House as soon as possible, and the changes will apply to interest paid on or after 1 June 1987.

    Finance Bill

    Carlisle asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make notes on those clauses of the Finance Bill to be taken in Committee of the Whole House available to right hon. and hon. Members.

    Yes. The appropriate notes on clauses were placed in the Vote Office earlier today.

    Northern Ireland

    Historic Buildings Council

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Historic Buildings Council for Northern Ireland to publish annual reports covering the years since 31 March 1981; and if he will make a statement.

    It is expected that a report covering the period since 31 March 1981 will be published during the course of this year.

    Dhss (Accommodation)

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the cost to the taxpayer to maintain someone in Department of Health and Social Services accommodation in the Newry/Armagh area.

    Information is not available in the form requested. The average gross costs in the year ended 31 March 1986 of maintaining someone in the various types of accommodation provided by the Southern Health and Social Services Board in Armagh/Dungannon and Newry/ Mourne units of management are set out in the table. These exclude income, capital and central administration costs.

    £—per resident week

    £

    Childrens' Homes264
    Old Peoples' Homes134
    Hostels for Mentally Handicapped Persons199
    Home for Physically Handicapped Persons231

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are living in Department of Health and Social Services accommodation in Newry urban area/Armagh urban area.

    Information is not available in the precise form requested. The following figures show the number of people living in accommodation provided by health and social services boards, acting as agents of the Department of Health and Social Services at 31 December 1985. This includes homes and hostels for children in care, the elderly and mentally or physically handicapped people. The areas referred to are the health and social services units of management.

    Number
    Armagh and Dungannon209
    Newry and Mourne145

    Housing

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many houses are to be built in the Newry urban housing area in 1987–88.

    This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the first instance, but I understand from the chairman that in the 1987–88 financial year the Housing Executive expects to start 16 dwellings and to complete three dwellings in the Newry urban area.

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on the housing waiting list in Newry urban area.

    This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and I am advised by the chairman that at 28 February 1987 there were 371 applicants on the housing waiting list for the Newry urban area.

    Mr T H Kernohan (Successor)

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements have been made to appoint a successor to Mr. T. H. Kernohan in the offices of Northern Ireland Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints.

    Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Dr. M. N. Hayes, who is retiring from his post as permanent secretary of the Northern Ireland Department of Health and Social Services, to succeed Mr. T. H. Kernohan in both posts with effect from 9 July this year.

    Social Services

    Food Additives

    57.

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the adequacy of testing procedures for food additives; and if he will make a statement.

    Yes. The independent expert committees that advices the Government on the health aspects of food additives has produced guidelines on the types of tests and information it requires and on the way in which particular tests should be conducted. The committees advises us that these tests provide the best means currently available to provide the data concerning the likely health effects of food additives.

    Hearing Aids (Batteries)

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the hearing centre at Dudley road hospital in Birmingham is supplying batteries imported from Switzerland for use in hearing aids.

    Contracts for the supply of hearing aid batteries are held by a number of manufacturers. An international company based in Switzerland was awarded one of the contracts, to supply a quantity of mercury "button cell" batteries, as a result of competitive tendering carried out according to the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade code on Government procurement. The majority of mercury "button cell" batteries are supplied to the National Health Service by manufacturers in the United Kingdom and the National Health Service will continue to encourage competitive United Kingdom sources of supply.

    Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to publicise to the medical profession the need to screen and identify those at risk from coronary heart disease due to an inherited condition known as familial hypercholesterolaemia.

    Familial hypercholesterolaemia is the commonest inherited hyperlipidaemia (surplus of fatty substances in the blood). People suffering from this condition show an increased risk of heart attack and sometimes strokes, at an early age. They often also show certain distinctive clinical signs and a family history of the condition. It is for the clinicians responsible for the care of such patients to initiate whatever tests they consider appropriate but there is no professional or scientific consensus on the need for general population screening at this time.In view of recent publications in the medical press and of the excellent work being carried out by the voluntary organisations in this field it is not considered necessary to undertake further publicity.

    Familial Hyperlipidaemia

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will make available to the public a fact sheet on familial hyperlipidaemia giving information on how and where blood-tests can be taken for people with a family history of heart or blood-fat problems.

    I understand such fact sheets are available from the Family Heart Association. There is continuing research in this field, the results of which are made available to doctors. Estimates of blood lipid concentrations are available from National Health Service pathology laboratories when indicated on clinical grounds.

    Pensioners

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent pensioners, in receipt of a supplementary pension, can apply for financial assistance to pay for locks and other protection to their homes; and if he will make a statement.

    There is no specific provision in the supplementary benefit scheme for single payments for locks or other security devices. Help is available exceptionally under the regulation 30 "fall-back" provision. This allows a single payment to be made if it is the only means of avoiding serious risk to health or safety. Whether the "fall-back" provision would apply in an individual case is a matter for the independent adjudicating authorities to decide.

    Patient Care

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give for 1985 for each region and for England as a whole the number of deaths and discharges among, and the number of beds occupied on 31 December by, patients receiving treatment under contractual arrangements with institutions outside the National Health Service; and if he will break down these figures into the categories of (a) medical (b) surgical, (c) pre-convalescent and post-operative, (d) convalescent, (e) geriatric, (f) diseases of the chest, (g) maternity, (h) mental illness, (i)mental handicap, (j) rehabilitation, (k) terminal care and (l) others.

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service in-patients received treatment in private hospitals in the last year for which figures are available.

    [pursuant to her reply, 14 January 1987 c. 207–210]: I regret that the average daily bed occupation figures given for specialties in South-West Thames and Oxford regional health authorities were incorrect. Amended figures are as follows together with revised totals for England.

    Patients receiving treatment under contractual arrangements with institutions outside the National Health Service in 1985
    SpecialtyAverage daily bed occupation
    England
    Medical55·5
    Surgical180·7
    Pre-convalescent and post-operative5·3
    Convalescent235·0
    Geriatric736·0
    Diseases of the chest47·7
    Maternity9·6
    Mental Illness173·5
    Mental handicap626·3
    Rehabilitation71·3
    Terminal care333·5

    Specialty

    Average daily bed occupation

    Others466·7
    Totals2,941·1

    South West Thames Regional Health Authority

    Medical11·9
    Surgical9·7
    Pre-convalescent and post-operative5·3
    Convalescent1·4
    Geriatric104·6
    Diseases of the chest42·6
    Maternity
    Mental Illness2·3
    Mental handicap41·0
    Rehabilitation0·5
    Terminal care40·6
    Others146·5
    Totals406·4

    Oxford Regional Health Authority

    Medical
    Surgical
    Pre-convalescent and post-operative
    Convalescent
    Geriatric
    Diseases of the chest
    Maternity
    Mental Illness26·9
    Mental handicap1·0
    Rehabilitation
    Terminal care
    Others9·8
    Totals37·7

    Transport

    Safety At Sea

    56.

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department is taking to improve safety at sea.

    My Department has a wide range of measures in hand to promote safety at sea. As I have announced today in a reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. McQuarrie), my Department has today placed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for the provision of a new Her Majesty's Coastguard search and rescue helicopter at Stornaway which will enhance search and rescue coverage on the north-west coast of Scotland; Her Majesty's Coastguard is extending its VHF direction finding network and is being provided with other equipment to improve communications with vessels in distress; consultations are proceeding on new safety requirements for fishing vessels following the Safety at Sea Act; new standards for lifesaving appliances for certain types of vessel will shortly be proposed; safety inspections of United Kingdom and foreign vessels in United Kingdom ports are continuing at a high level; and my officials are pursuing a range of initiatives within the International Maritime Organisation, all designed to promote greater safety at sea.In addition, as I informed the House on 9 March, my Department has embarked on a programme of checks on roll-on/roll-of ships, and these checks will be repeated at six-monthly intervals, The formal investigation into the loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise opens on Monday.

    When it reports, I shall give most urgent and serious consideration to its recommendations. If, as the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that measures ought to be taken before the inquiry process has been completed, I shall not hesitate to do so.

    Roll-On/Roll-Off Ferries

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans for further measures to improve the safety of roll-on/roll-off ferries; and if he will make a statement.

    As I informed the House on 9 March, my Department has embarked on a programme of checks on roll-on/roll-off ships, and these checks will be repeated at six-monthly intervals.The formal investigation into the loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise opens on Monday. When it reports, I shall give most urgent and serious consideration to its recommendations. If, as the Investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that measures ought to be taken before the inquiry process has been completed, I shall not hesitate to do so.

    Buyouts

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, when a local management buyout is being contemplated for a National Bus Council subsidiary, it will be possible for a mortgage charge to be accepted in support of the payment.

    Those who provide finance for buyouts will form their own judgments on what security they need for their loans, and neither the National Bus Company nor the Government have any objection to a subsidiary's assets being mortgaged for that purpose. Moreover, where bids for National Bus Company subsidiaries, whether from managers or third parties, do not reflect the possible alternative use value of property, the NBC is prepared to consider selling the subsidiary subject to a mortgage charge under which further proceeds become due only if the property is resold or developed.

    Hazardous Waste

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in the light of the Zeebrugge disaster, he has any plans to review the regulations governing the carriage of hazardous or toxic wastes on passenger ferries.

    The conditions under which dangerous goods may be carried at sea are contained in the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 1981 as amended and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. These conditions are subject to continual review both nationally and internationally and any lessons to be learnt from the Zeebrugge disaster will certainly be taken into account.

    Mhari L

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to order the disentanglement of the wreck of the Mhari L from the undersea cable.

    Northern Region

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many enforcement officers are engaged by the Northern traffic commissioners to monitor the running of public transport provision within its areas; and how many such enforcement officers are allocated to Cleveland county traffic area.

    The Newcastle office of the northeastern traffic area has nine traffic examiners to serve the various enforcement needs of the Department and to assist the traffic commissioner in carrying out his functions; four of these examiners are permanently based in Darlington and their responsibilities include the county of Cleveland. In addition the traffic commissioner can use the traffic area office administrative staff to support him in his statutory duties.

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total number of reports on public transport operation within the Northern traffic region submitted by enforcement officers since effective deregulation; and how many such reports relate to public bus services within the Cleveland county traffic area.

    The Transport Act 1985 does not require formal reporting on public transport services. Where complaints are received by a traffic commissioner it is for him to decide whether any further investigation or action is called for. Any resulting reports to him by his staff are confidential.

    Helicopter Rescue (Scotland)

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 18 February, Official Report, columns 627–28, what further progress has been made in setting a date for the establishment of a search and rescue helicopter in north-west Scotland.

    My Department has today placed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for the provision of a search and rescue helicopter to be based at Stornoway. The helicopter will be a Sikorsky S61N Mk II aircraft, the civil equivalent of the military Westland Sea King. It is expected to be on station at Stornoway in early May.

    Sea Passengers (Compensation)

    asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has reached a decision, following the consultation announced by his hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for aviation, on 25 March, on increasing the limit on compensation for death or injury of sea passengers carried by United Kingdom carriers.

    Yes. Following consultations I have decided to increase the limit from its present figure of £38,173 to around £80,000.The statutory instrument necessary will use a figure of 1,525,000 gold francs, because limits under the Athens convention are at present expressed in gold francs. The conversion rate from gold francs to sterling is adjusted from time to time; using the current sterling-SDR rate, the sterling equivalent of 1,525,000 gold francs is £80,009.I intend to press for an increase in the limits in the Athens convention, and to keep the United Kingdom limit under review.The new limit will come into effect on 1 June.

    Environment

    Agricultural Land

    53.

    asked the Secretary of State of the Environment if he will make a statement on the loss of agricultural land to housing development.

    The transfer of agricultural land to urban uses, including housing, is dealt with in the publication "Rural Enterprise and Development" issued on 10 March. The rate of transfer of farmland has fallen from over 15,000 hectares a year before 1975 to less than 5,000 hectares a year in England and Wales in the period 1980 to 1985. That recent rate is not expected to change significantly as a result of the adjustments to planning policy proposed in the draft circular "Development involving Agricultural Land".Recording of changes in the use of land by Ordnance Survey, introduced in 1985, shows that under half of the land used for new housing in England is transferred from farmland. About 45 per cent. of the land developed for housing is on derelict, redeveloped or unused land in urban areas.

    Right To Repairs Scheme

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the number of tenants who have (a) applied for and (b) received payment for repairs carried out under the right to repairs scheme; and what is the total cost of payments under the scheme.

    Provisional estimates are that about 800 applications under the right to repair scheme were submitted to English local authorities in 1986, of which 80 were accepted. In about 310 cases the landlord elected to carry out the repair within 28 days, 270 were rejected as outside the scheme and another 110 for other reasons. During the year, about 45 claims for payment were received by the authorities and 40 of these were agreed for a total of around £4,000.

    Grant-Related Expenditure

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the local authority associations on developing grant-related expenditure assessments for local authorities personal social services expenditure; what steps he has taken to ensure that personal social services grant-related expenditures reflect need; and what proposals he has to develop personal social services grant-related expenditures in the future.

    [pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987]: The Secretary of State discussed the 1987 development programme for grant-related expenditure assessments with local authority representatives in the Consultative Council on Local Government Finance on 2 April. Proposals for development work on personal social service GREAs were put forward by the Association of County Councils and jointly by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the Association of London Authorities. However, as the Secretary of State indicated at that meeting, he does not propose to set up a group to review personal social service GREAs this year. In conjunction with the local authority associations research is proceeding on the GREA for children's services but we do not expect results from this to be available in time for the 1988–89 RSG settlement.

    Housing Trusts

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps his Department takes to ensure that the allocation of properties by housing trusts complies with the aims and policies of equal opportunity; and if he will make a statement.

    [pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987]: To qualify for public funds, housing trusts must register with the Housing Corporation, which issues guidance to ensure that allocations, which are made primarily on the basis of need, do not discriminate against particular groups.

    Education And Science

    Catering Craft Courses

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will make a statement on the standard of the catering craft courses in those universities and colleges which undertake such courses;(2) if he has any plans to improve craft training in hotel and catering courses in those universities and colleges which organise craft training courses; and if he will make a statement.

    Hotel and catering courses at craft level are part of the non-advanced further education provision and are not offered in universities. The standard of courses provided in colleges in England and Wales as described in the report of the survey carried out by Her Majesty's Inspectorate, "NAFE in practice", published on 8 April 1987 which includes a section on hotel and catering courses. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library.The report says that NAFE has responded well to the needs of the hotel and catering and baking industry by providing a wide range of appropriate vocational courses all of which offer nationally recognised qualifications. Over 84 per cent. of the classes seen in the 34 colleges included in the survey were satisfactory, including 24 per cent. which were good. Students achieved particularly good standards in practical work.The Department has no specific proposals for improvements in craft training in hotel and catering although, as with other craft courses, we are concerned that standards should not only be maintained but raised where possible.Last year the NAB recommended and my right hon. Friend accepted an increase of 359 places on advanced hotel and catering courses. This represented an increase of 16 per cent., the greatest planned increase in any academic area for 1987–88.

    School Closures And Amalgamations

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list showing, for each recent year, and for each set of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools that he has refused (a) the name of the local education authority, (b) the age range of children concerned, (c) the date that the authority first considered the closure of any school identified for closure in the set of proposals, (d) the dates of public consultation on the proposals, (e) the date of receipt of the proposals by his Department, (f) the approximate number of children in the schools identified

    LEAProposalDate statutory proposal publishedDate rejected
    WakefieldClosure of Tithe Barn First School and change in the age range of ten other schools20 October 198314 January 1985
    LiverpoolClosure of Blue Coat Secondary School22 October 198412 March 1985
    LancashireAmalgation of Castle Secondary School and Greaves Secondary School25 April 198420 February 1985
    StaffordshireClosure of Weston Road High School28 September 19844 April 1985
    MertonAmalgamation of Eastfields High School, Willows High School and Rowan High School5 July 198415 April 1985
    ILEAAmalgamation of St. Edmunds Secondary School and St. Thomas More Secondary School23 November 198412 August 1985
    NottinghamshireClosure of Merrivale Nursery School12 September 19843 April 1985
    BarnsleyAmalgamation of St. Matthews Infant School and Kier Street Junior School2 November 198413 May 1985
    WolverhamptonReorganisation of Secondary Schools: Closure of four schools including one grammar school and change age range of 10 schools to 11–16 from 11ߝ18 as well as establish two Tertiary Colleges9 January 198525 November 1985
    ILEAAmalgamation of Cardinal Manning Secondary School and Sion Manning Secondary School23 November 198412 August 1985
    Newcastle-upon-TyneClosure of St. Mary's RC Primary School13 January 198623 June 1986
    CoventryClosure of Stivichall Junior School21 June 198516 April 1986
    KirkleesAmalgamation of Heckmondwike Grammar, Heckmondwike Secondary and Liversedge Secondary Schools6 June 19859 May 1986
    GloucestershireReorganisation of secondary schools in Gloucester City: closure of eleven schools including five grammar and establishment of six secondary schools30 November 198424 March 1986
    AvonClosure of Beechen Cliff Secondary School for Boys10 September 19849 May 1986
    BoltonClosure of Fourgates County Primary23 August 198512 June 1986
    TraffordAmalgamation of St. Mary's, Cardinal Vaughan and St. Paul's RC Secondary Schools6 December 198517 September 1986
    DorsetAmalgamation of Sherborne Lord Digby's and Sherborne Foster's Grammar Schools to form Sherborne Aldhelm's Secondary Modern16 November 198425 March 1986
    GloucestershireReorganisation of secondary schools in Stroud: Closure of five schools including two grammar schools and establishment of four comprehensive schools15 November 198424 March 1986
    DevonReorganisation of comprehensive schools: closure of 12 and establishment of four secondary schools19 March 198425 February 1986

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list showing for each set of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools that he is currently considering (a) the name of the local education authority, (b) the age range of children concerned, (c) the date that the authority first considered the closure of any school identified for closure in the set of proposals, (d) the date of public consultation on the proposals, (e) the date of receipt of the proposals by his Department and (f) the approximate number of children in the schools identified for closure; and if he will make a statement.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what number of sets of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools approved by him since the publication of "Better Schools," Cmnd. 9496, have not met the guidance given on minimum for closure, (g) the date of refusal and (h) whether or not a replacement set of proposals has been approved subsequently; and if he will make a statement.

    Information is not available on (c), (d), (f) and (h). The following table gives the available information on closure or amalgamation proposals which were rejected by my right hon. Friend or his predecessor in 1985 and 1986.size of schools contained in paragraphs 273 and 275; what number of such approvals there have been for primary schools; and if he will make a statement;(2) what number of sets of proposals for the closure or amalgamation of schools approved by him since the publication of the 1981 circular "Falling Rolls and Surplus Places" have not met the guidance given on minimum size of schools, as repeated in paragraph 273 of "Better Schools" Cmnd. 9469; what number of such approvals there have been for primary schools; and if he will make a statement.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information has been received by his Department in recent years regarding schemes for school closures or amalgamation as to (a) the length of time since the local education authority first considered any part of the scheme and (b) the effects and consequences during that time on any school provisionally identified for closure, in particular changes in capital spending and pupil numbers; what studies have been made on any adverse effects which might occur during a lengthy period of uncertainty about the future of a school; what steps he has taken to mitigate any such effects and consequences; and if he will make a statement.

    The information at (a) and (b) is not available. It is for local education authorities to consider the timing and consequences of any statutory proposals for closing or amalgamating schools; no studies have been made of these matters. My right hon. Friend has given an undertaking that once proposals have been made he will use his best endeavours to reach a decision within six months of their publication unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    Educational Support Grant

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he intends to extend the educational support grant for teaching mathematics in schools beyond March 1988.

    My right hon. Friend expects to invite the views of the local authority associations on proposals for a programme of education support grants for the 1988–89 financial year shortly.

    Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

    Butter

    3.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the quantity and the value in sterling of United Kingdom-produced butter going into intervention in the last 12 months for which figures arc available.

    In the 12 months up to December 1986 the United Kingdom bought in 90,646 tonnes at a cost of nearly £174 million.

    Alternative Land Use

    9.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received concerning his published plans for alternative land uses; and if he will make a statement.

    43.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received about his farming and rural enterprise proposals.

    I have received a number of representations from interested organisations and private individuals. In general these new initiatives have been welcomed.

    Fishing Vessels

    10.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on decommissioning grants for fishing vessels.

    Following consultation with the industry I hope to make an announcement shortly on whether we should continue to operate a decommissioning grants scheme for fishing vessels.

    Fishing Industry

    42.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to improve the shore side infrastructure of the fishing industry.

    Responsibility for harbour infrastructure rests with individual harbour authorities. However grants towards harbour improvements, of benefit to the fishing industry, are available under the provisions of section 2 of the Fisheries Act 1955.Community assistance is also available for marketing and processing in the fisheries sector and for improved port facilities under Regulations EC/355/77 and EC/ 4028/86 respectively.

    Food Aid

    15.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received on the operation in the United Kingdom of the European Community food aid scheme for the needy.

    I have received a number of letters from hon. Members, Members of the European Parliament and others about particular aspects of the scheme, which has now ended. Replies are being sent in the usual way.

    16.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has as to which local authorities have been involved in the distribution of European Economic Community free food.

    I know from correspondence received in my Department that a number of local authorities have been involved in various ways in these distributions. However comprehensive information has not been compiled.

    24.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food if there are any plans for the extension or repetition of the European Economic Community food aid scheme.

    The scheme came to an end in the United Kingdom at the end of March. Any repetition of the scheme would be a matter for the Commission: I know of no proposal at present.

    26.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the amount of surplus European Economic Community butter, cheese and beef distributed to people entitled to receive it in Birmingham.

    I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 11 March to the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field).

    33.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his latest information as to how many individuals have received free food under the European Economic Community food aid scheme.

    41.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his most recent information as to the amounts of cereal products distributed under the European Economic Community food aid scheme in the United Kingdom and other European Economic Community countries.

    No cereal products were distributed in the United Kingdom under this scheme. The United Kingdom had no intervention stocks of milling wheat. Provisional information from the European Commission indicates deliveries in other member states totalling 11,680 tonnes of flour and 2,400 tonnes of semolina.

    45.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a further statement on the operation in the United Kingdom of the European Community food aid scheme for the needy.

    I have nothing to add to earlier statements on the operation of this scheme, which came to an end in the United Kingdom at the end of March.

    Dairy Products

    17.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what initiatives he plans to increase United Kingdom consumption of dairy products.

    The Government's aim is to encourage the improvement of marketing in the dairy sector through support for Food from Britain. We are encouraging renewed efforts by the MMB and we shall continue to ensure that consumers have sufficient information and choice to make their own decisions about a healthy and balanced diet in which dairy products should take a proper place.

    North Norway Cod Fishery

    18.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he makes of the implications for United Kingdom fishing interests of the current licensing arrangements for the north Norway cod fishery.

    I am satisfied that the licensing arrangements covering the North Norway cod fishery safeguard the interests of the British fishing industry.

    Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances

    19.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the future operation of hill livestock compensatory allowances in the United Kingdom in the light of discussions in the Council of Ministers.

    The normal autumn review of economic conditions in the hills and uplands later this year will as necessary take account of the various decisions of the Council including the new options regarding the operation of the hill livestock compensatory allowances. As our recent policy document "Farming UK" makes clear, the Government will continue to provide appropriate support to meet the special needs of the hills and uplands.

    Green Pound

    20.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his policy on the future valuation of the green pound; and when this matter is to be discussed by the Council of Ministers.

    In the course of the forthcoming price-fixing, the Government will be seeking an outcome on the green pound which is equitable to United Kingdom farmers, traders and consumers.

    44.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Council of Ministers on the current value of the green pound.

    I told the 30–31 March meeting of the Council of Ministers that the Government would finalise their position on the devaluation of the green pound at a later stage in the negotiations.

    51.

    asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the effects of a devaluation in the green pound on United Kingdom farmers.

    A devaluation of the green pound would reduce United Kingdom MCAs and raise agricultural support prices and United Kingdom farm income. It would also tend to increase feed costs and consumer prices for food and add to Community budget costs and United Kingdom public expenditure.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received concerning the value of the green pound.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the average percentage difference between the value of the pound sterling and the green rate for the pound sterling for each six months period since January 1979.

    [pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987]: The information is not available in the form requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.Monetary compensatory amounts reflect the difference between sterling's market rate and green rates. The following table shows the monetary compensatory amount percentages for beef and cereals during the first week in each six months period since 1979 as well as the latest figures available:

    Date (week commeneing )Monetary compensatory amount (percentage)
    BeefCereals
    1 January 1979-27·0-27·0
    2 July 1979-6·0-17·6
    7 January 1980-3·5-9·0
    7 July 1980+1·7-1·0
    5 January 1981+12·1+12·1
    6 July 1981+12·3+12·3
    4 January 1982+8·0+8·0
    5 July 1982+9·6+9·6
    3 January 1983+1·4+1·4
    4 July 1983+5·2+5·2
    2 January 1984+7·6+7·6
    2 July 1984+1·0+3·9
    6 January 1985-1·9-1·9
    1 July 1985+3·6+3·6
    6 January 1986-3·5-3·5
    7 July 1986-7·7-8·9
    5 January 1987-18·4-26·3
    27 April 1987-16·4-24·1

    Pigs

    21.

    asked the Minister o Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make statement on the prospects for the pig sector.

    The increase in export refunds and introduction of aids to private storage have strengthened the United Kingdom pig market in recent weeks. The future prospects for our pig industry will depend upon its ability to balance supply and demand for pigmeat, to expand its share of the domestic market for bacon and other pigmeat products and to increase exports.

    Rhizomania

    22.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on his Department's most recent consultations on measures to contain rhizomania in the United Kingdom.

    My officials held a very useful meeting on 6 April with representatives of trade and producer organisations about my proposal for statutory controls on the disposal to land of waste from the processing of imported potatoes and other vegetables. The possible reduction of the soil tolerance allowed on imported potatoes was also discussed. Further meetings are being arranged with representatives of some of the individual sectors concerned. I look forward to a positive outcome of these discussions.

    Poultry (Salmonella)

    23.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what percentage of poultry sold in the United Kingdom are infested with salmonella; what processes are currently used to eliminate this bacteria; and what new techniques are currently being investigated by his Department with a view to use in the future.

    It is not uncommon for salmonella organisms to be present in poultry. Statutory hygiene controls apply at every stage of production and manufacture to reduce salmonella infection in live birds and poultrymeat and in animal protein intended for livestock feed. My Department is continuously seeking ways of further reducing the incidence of infection.

    Hedgerows

    25.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the number and length of hedgerows which have been removed and of new hedgerows which have been planted with public support since 1982.

    I regret that information is not available in the form requested. Grants for hedge removal were abolished in 1976 except where this was ancillary to drainage work. Grants of this kind remained available until 1983. United Kingdom expenditure on them since 1982 has been £10·13 million.Separate statistics on expenditure on grants for hedge planting and laying (with associated gates) are only available from 1985. Since then United Kingdom expenditure has been £2·0 million on total investment of £3·9 million.

    Agricultural Support

    27.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current net cost of agricultural support in cash terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product.

    Food Additives

    28.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what criteria govern the listing of food additives on the labels of food.

    All food additives that perform a technological function in the final food must be shown on the labels of pre-packaged foods in the list of ingredients. The information must show the function that the additive performs in the food by specified category followed by the specific name of the additive or its approved serial number (or both). At present flavourings only have to be shown under their category name. Non pre-packed foods need declare in a label or notice only the main categories of additives present.

    Bees

    29.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received over the importing of bees into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

    In the past year, my Department has received 17 letters about importing bees into this country. Seven of these sought a temporary relaxation of our bee import controls following the bad weather in 1986; the remainder sought assurance that there would be no relaxation.The purpose of these controls is to safeguard bee health in this country and particularly to keep our varroasis. The regulations are shortly to be extended to control the import of bee pests. I have no plans to relax the controls.

    Beef

    30.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what new proposals he has to assist the beef producing sector of agriculture.

    The reforms in the Community beef regime that were agreed under the United Kingdom presidency began to apply from 6 April. Under these, the Commission has scope to propose measures to deal with particular developments in the market. I will be ready to press the Commission to ensure that the United Kingdom market is supported if any undue weakness emerges. Meanwhile, producers continue to benefit from the beef variable premium scheme, worth about £120 million in 1986–87, and suckler cow premium scheme, worth about £28 million. Upland beef producers also benefit from hill livestock compensatory allowances worth around £50 million this year.

    40.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the prospects for the beef industry.

    The reforms of the beef regime agreed in December came into effect on 6 April. Reliance on intervention is generally being reduced but the Commission has the scope to institute extra support measures if the market is unduly weak. Meanwhile, the beef variable premium scheme has been secured until 31 December 1988. There is scope to increase the suckler cow premium by 35 per cent. to over £33 per head. Upland beef producers will also benefit from hill livestock compensatory allowances. In addition, the Community has recognised that beef producers will be affected by measures taken in the milk sector. The Commission has estimated that expenditure on aids for private storage and export refunds in the beef sector will as a result rise by 435 mecu over the next two years.

    Cereals

    31.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received regarding cereal surpluses.

    I continue to receive representations from a large number of sources about the need to take action to control the over-production of cereals.

    Fishing Fleet

    32.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what forecasts the Government have made regarding the future of the United Kingdom's fishing fleet.

    The future of the fleet will depend upon decisions taken by individual fishermen. They will take account of the available fishing opportunities and the recently agreed 10-year Fisheries Structures Regulation 4028/86 which will provide a basis for new investment in the industry.In addition, I hope shortly to be able to make an announcement on a new capital grant scheme.

    Processed Foods (Fat Content)

    34.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he intends to introduce regulations relating to the fat content of processed foods.

    We have already circulated for public comment detailed proposals on the fat content labelling of foods. We are considering those comments and are involved in discussion with the European Commission at official level about the proposals.

    Organic Farming

    35.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures Her Majesty's Government are taking to encourage organic farming in Britain.

    As described in "Farming UK" which was published by Agriculture Ministers on 10 March my Department is consulting the industry on the setting of production standards. In addition, the agricultural advisory services are equipping themselves to respond to demand for specialised advice from those producing organic food. Organic growers also benefit from the Department's overall research programme, which includes topics such as nitrogen fixation and biological control, as well as specific projects on organic farming.

    Farm Incomes

    36.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps improve the real level of farm incomes.

    The Government's policy of promoting a better balance in the CAP between supply and demand for surplus commodities and controlling CAP expenditure, while offering increased opportunities for enterprise in rural areas, offers the best prospect for the longer term viability of the agriculture industry.

    Milk Quotas

    37.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what arrangements have been agreed for the leasing of milk quotas for 1987–88.

    The European Commission have expressed serious doubts about the legality of our quota leasing arrangements. I am trying hard to change their minds on this and am in direct communication with the Commission on the problem.

    52.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice he will give to the Milk Marketing Board over the allocation of milk for manufacturing purposes following the introduction of the quota system.

    The arrangements for making milk available to buyers are a matter for the joint committee of the Milk Marketing Board and the Dairy Trade Federation to negotiate in accordance with the milk marketing scheme and relevant provisions of Community law.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is transferring milk quota bought under the outgoers' scheme from England to Northern Ireland.

    [pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987]: As I announced to the House on 31 March we are making an adjustment to the distribution of United Kingdom quota which involves the transfer of 30,000 tonnes from Great Britain to Northern Ireland with effect from 1 April 1987. It is hoped that this quota can be bought up under a national outgoers scheme, which we plan to open shortly, but in order to ensure that the required quota is available a provisional quota reduction of about 0·3 per cent. is being made.

    Sheep Farmers

    38.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the current prospects for sheep farmers.

    The sheep sector remains strong. Our breeding flock continues to expand steadily and our exports increased by 27 per cent. in 1986. My aim will be to ensure that the sector remains competitive and that sheep production can continue to play its important role, particularly in the economy of the hills and uplands.

    Timber

    39.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will say what effect he estimates his Department's published plans for encouraging woodlands will have on future timber import requirements.

    It is estimated that by the end of the next decade some 20–25 per cent. of our timber needs will be met from existing woodlands. The planting programmes now envisaged will further reduce our dependence on imports in the course of time, but it is not possible to put a precise figure on this as much will depend on long term levels of demand.

    Tributyltin

    46.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received concerning his decision to refer the use of tributyltin to the Pesticide Advisory Committee; and if he will make a statement as to the committee's progress.

    I have received a range of representations on this subject. The Advisory Committee considered the use of tribulyltin in the aquatic environment on 16 April and recommended that when antifouling paints are brought within the scope of the Food and Environment Protection Act on 1 July this year, products containing TBT should not be granted approval for use on small vessels or fish farming apparatus.

    Common Agricultural Policy

    47.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the future of dairy farming within the common agricultural policy.

    The outlook for dairy farming was poor before the package of measures adopted by the council last December, because of the threat posed to the support system by steeply rising surpluses. I believe that the industry now has much better prospects. The Community will soon need to consider the measures to follow the current quota system from 1989, and in discussion of them I will continue to seek better control of surplus production, through measures that respond to the needs of United Kingdom producers, traders and consumers.

    Farm Produce (World Prices)

    48.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the effect on agricultural employment of world prices for United Kingdom farmers' produce.

    Employment in agriculture is influenced by many factors such as agricultural prices, the level of costs, investment, changes in technology and general economic conditions in the country. I have no reliable estimate of the effect of the kind of hypothetical circumstance envisaged.

    Farm Businesses

    49.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farmers went out of business in 1986; how many new farming businesses were started; and what was the net effect on the total number of farms.

    These figures are not available. Data are not collected in a form which would allow the presentation of information on the basis requested.

    Nutritional Labelling

    50.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is yet in a position to issue guidelines on nutritional labelling.

    Biotechnology

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy towards the development of biotechnology designed to utilise agricultural and dairy products to the maximum.

    My Department supports a wide ranging programme of research which exploits the potential of biotechnology across the agricultural, fisheries and food sectors. The aim of this programme is to improve product quality, develop novel products, improve production systems and combat animal and plant disease. Biotechnological work sponsored by my Department has an annual cost of around £7 million. Within this programme we are constantly alert to the possibility of developing cost-effective methods for greater utlilisation of agricultural products.

    Ec (Food Sales)

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total amount of food, by commodity, and wine exported from the European Economic Community to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, respectively, in the most recent annual period for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures in the comparable annual period 10 and 15 years previously.

    The information requested for 1976 and 1986 is set out in the table. Comparable information is not readily available for years prior to 1976.

    European Community1 exports to the Soviet Union and the eastern bloc
    thousand tonnes
    To Soviet UnionTo Eastern bloc2
    1976198619761986
    Wheat..4,990755623
    Barley4391,510330811
    Wheatflour......8
    Rice....157
    Malt98048..
    WMP41005
    SMP20051
    Cond. milk0..0..
    Butter (including butteroil)0105118
    Beef and veal3241412370
    Pigmeat3......1
    Poultry31823....
    Raw sugar (converted to white equivalent)5270..
    Refined sugar185..15..
    Olive oil0120..
    Wine..418130
    11976—EC9, 1986—ECI2;
    2German Democratic Republic, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania;
    3 Beef, veal, pigmeat and poultrymeat are deadweight.
    .. denotes trade under 500 tonnes.

    Source: EUROSTAT.

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the price at which butter, beef and sugar, respectively, were made available to traders, after the payment of export refund, to the Soviet Union, expressed in pounds sterling per pound, at the most recent date for which figures are available.

    Quarantine Kennels

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the enforcement of the rule that no quarantine kennels should be left unattended at any time.

    The statutory rabies controls do not require that approved quarantine premises should be constantly attended. However conditions of authorization require the premises to be secure at all times and that certain welfare standards are met under the regular supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon.

    Fish Catches (Reporting System)

    asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals Her Majesty's Government have to improve the speed and accuracy of the fish catch reporting system.

    The Government are proceeding with the further introduction of microcomputers into the port offices of the sea fisheries inspectorates which together with the re-organisation of the Inspectorates should lead to further improvements in the speed and accuracy of the fish catch reporting system.