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Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 28 April 1987

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Written Answers To Questions

Tuesday 28 April 1987

Home Department

Civil Defence

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the amount of grant aid being given to each district and county council under regulations 4(1)(b) and 5(1)(c), respectively, of the Civil Defence

Building workEquipment purchases
CountyDistrictCountyDistrict
££££
Avon51,5001,00028,500
Bedfordshire14,000167,0001,100
Berkshire130,3005,3806,000
Buckinghamshire14,00038,50011,800
Cambridgeshire60,0004,610
Cheshire92,7004,060
Cleveland1,860
Cornwall155,500
Cumbria204,000400
Derbyshire1,5004,500
Devon4,800188,000
Dorset30,40046,0009,50011,500
Durham7,00028,0001,150
Dyfed35,000
Essex11,00045,000
South Glamorgan17,0004,930
West Glamorgan39,0001,320
Gloucestershire115,00010,000
Greater Manchester2,708
Gwent30,0008,00015,000
Hampshire23,500
Hertfordshire32,8803,520
Humberside20,00010,0004,470
Isle of Wight9,000560
Kent70,000425,00010,00065,000
Lancashire20,000126,000
Leicestershire60,000
Lincolnshire620
London3,4512,660
Merseyside12,500
Norfolk372,000
Northumberland1,680
Nottinghamshire46,000
Oxfordshire253,3003,00021,200
Powys4601,020
Shropshire660
Somerset77,30061,500
Staffordshire49,97397,000
Suffolk13,2502,000
Surrey33,500213,500
East Sussex1,80025,05016,900
West Sussex5,0005,000
Tyne and Wear2,000166,7815,852
Wiltshire4,60060,680
North Yorkshire8,20050,000

(General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1983 for establishing, equipping or maintaining emergency centres during the current financial year;

(2) if he will list those district and county councils which have applied for grant aid under regulations 4(1) (b) and 5(1) (c.) respectively of the Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1983 to establish, equip or maintain emergency centres during the current financial year.

The amount of grant aid to be paid to each county and district council for establishing and equipping emergency centres during the current financial year will not be known until audited claims have been received. However, county authorities have submitted estimates for 1987–88 as shown, and expenditure incurred in accordance with agreed estimates will be eligible for grant aid at 75 per cent. Expenditure on maintaining emergency centres is not eligible for civil defence grant aid.

Prison Establishments (Parking)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present number of parking spaces (a) for staff and (b) for visitors at (i) Risley remand centre and (ii) Strangeways prison.

At Risley remand centre 304 parking spaces are available for staff and 66 for visitors. At Strangeways prison, Manchester, a total of 180 parking spaces are available for staff (27 within the main prison and 153 on a temporary basis on the adjacent fenced Croft site); there is at present no official parking space available for visitors, although street parking is available for up to two hours and there are local authority car parks in the area. Future car parking arrangements at Strangeways prison will be considered in the context of the planned major redevelopment of the establishment.

Radioactive Contamination (Police Training)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Suffolk as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving readioactive contamination;if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Cleveland as to

(a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving readioactive contamination;

(3) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Durham as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total

amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(4) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Tyne and Wear as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(5) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Dorset as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(6) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of East Sussex as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing, and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(7) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of South Glamorgan as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(8) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Kent as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination;

(9) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Gwynedd as to (a) how many days are allocated in the training of a police constable to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (b) how many days are allocated in the training of a police sergeant to dealing with accidents involving radioactive contamination, (c) how many people are employed by the police to train policemen in dealing with accidents involving radioactivity, and what are their areas of expertise, (d) what training policemen receive in the use of personal dosimeters, radiac survey meters, decontamination meters, breathing equipment, and protective clothing and (e) what is the total amount of money allocated to the training of, firstly, a police constable and, secondly, a police sergeant to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination.

Ledy Castro Urra

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will grant Ledy Castro Urra, formerly employed at Exeter university and now imprisoned without trial in Chile, the right to residence in the United Kingdom.

Any application that Ledy Castro Urra may make to return to the United Kingdom will receive sympathetic consideration.

Radioactive Contamination (Emergency Services)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) from which sources the emergency services in Gloucesterhire can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;(2) from which sources the emergency services in Avon can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of

(a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(3) from which sources the emergency services in South Glamorgan can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing

the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(4) from which sources the emergency services in Somerset can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(5) from which sources the emergency services in Dorset can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(6) from which sources the emergency services in East Sussex can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(8) from which sources the emergency services in Kent can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(9) from which sources the emergency services in Suffolk can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(10) from which sources the emergency services in Cleveland can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(11) from which sources the emergency services in Durham can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(12) from which sources the emergency services in Tyne and Wear can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

(13) from which sources the emergency services in Cumbria can call for equipment to deal with accidents involving radioactive contamination; and if he will call for a report from the emergency services in that area detailing the total number of (a) dosimeters, (b) radiac survey meters, (c) sets of protective clothing, (d) breathing units and (e) decontamination units available for use;

Absent Voting

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the clarity and intelligibility of the forms for absent voting and with the workability of the altered procedures; and if he will make a statement.

We are satisfied of the workability of the new procedures for absent voting, which were drawn up after full consultation, and of the clarity and intelligibility of the forms, which reflect the requirements of the representation of the people regulations. We shall review both in the light of experience.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he expects the new procedures for absent voting to produce in the numbers of absent voters being registered and entitled to vote at local and parliamentary elections; and if he will make a statement.

We expect the new procedures to lead to an increase in the number of people who are entitled to an absent vote at any particular parliamentary or local election, since for the first time holidaymakers and anyone else who is unable to vote in person on the date of the poll will qualify for an absent vote.

Immigration

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visits for compassionate reasons such as attendance at a funeral have been refused in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Bangladesh since the introduction of visa requirements for visitors from the Indian subcontinent.

Metropolitan Police (Overtime)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what current limitations exist on the amount of overtime that may be worked by any member of the Metropolitan police, or restrictions on the mileage over any given period and the use of its road vehicles.

National Finance

Manufacturing Industry (International Comparisons)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the annual percentage increase or decrease since 1970 in net domestic fixed capital formation in manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the United States of America and Japan.

Figures for the United Kingdom were published in the Official Report on 30 March 1987, at column 357. Figures for the other countries specified are not available on a comparable basis.

Dover, Folkestone And Newhaven

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers have been available for duty at Dover, Folkestone and Newhaven in each of the last five years; and what has been the volume of vehicular traffic coming into the United Kingdom through each of those ports during the same years.

For operational reasons it is not policy to disclose the numbers of Customs staff employed at specific locations. The staffing at Dover, Folkestone and Newhaven is regularly reviewed and an assessment made of the risks having regard to variations in traffic. The fixed staff are supported by mobile teams and specialist staff who are organised on a regional basis.The number of vehicles entering the United Kingdom through the ports of Dover, Folkestone and Newhaven for the last three years for which figures are available are as follows:

1983–841984–851985–86
Dover1,193,7481,228,2761,308,549
Folkestone84,32676,64951,778
Newhaven65,45263,15882,132

Motoring Expenses

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the treatment of motoring expenses for value added tax introduced by the Finance Act 1986, and in particular the assumption by the Inland Revenue that an agricultural business in a rural area will undertake 500 miles of private motoring per month.

Customs and Excise will be monitoring the effects of the scheme carefully in the first year or two of operation: in any case, the Government are required to review the level of the scale charges on an annual basis, under the terms of the European Community derogation which had to be obtained before the scheme could be introduced.Under the scheme, VAT is charged according to a fixed scale where fuel used for private motoring is paid for by a business which recovers the input tax on its purchase. The scheme is intended to produce a broadly reasonable result without the need for detailed mileage records to be kept. It applies to all such motoring, and does not make assumptions about agricultural as compared with other classes of businesses.

Income Tax

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total cost in 1986–87 prices of all reductions in rates of income tax since May 1979.

Building Societies

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report the amount of building society holdings in each of the past five years and to date; how many registered building societies there are in the United Kingdom; and how often he meets representatives of the Building Societies Association.

[pursuant to his reply, 27 April 1987]: The most recent information available is for the end of 1985. At that time there was a total of 171 registered building societies in the United Kingdom. The figures showing the total assets of building societies for the period 1981–85 are as follows:

Total Assets of United Kingdom Building Societies
£bn
198161·9
198273·1
198385·9
1984102·8
1985120·1
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has not recently met representatives of the Building Societies Association, but I meet the BSA from time to time.

The Arts

West Midlands (Financial Support)

asked the Minister for the Arts whether he will publish information available to him on the level of financial support per capita for the arts by local authorities in the west midlands.

Prime Minister

Pensions

Q116.

asked the Prime Minister what has been the improvement in real terms in the rates of retirement pensions since 1979, taking into account the new rates which came into effect on 6 April.

The Government's policy is pledged to protect pensions and linked long-term benefits against inflation. The uprating which came into effect on 6 April is fully in line with this policy, and reflects the rise in prices between January and September 1986. It will not be possible to calculate the precise real term increase in the rate of retirement pensions until the retail prices index for April is announced in mid-May.

British Broadcasting Corporation

Q178.

asked the Prime Minister what criteria she proposes to use in deciding which persons to recommend to Her Majesty for appointment to the board of governors of the British Broadcasting Corporation when three vacancies fall due in the summer.

As in all appointments to the, broadcasting authorities, I would wish to ensure that the members of the board combined personal distinction with a wide and balanced range of interests and experience in order that it should continue to fulfil its responsibility for safeguarding the public interest in broadcasting matters.

Engagements

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 28 April.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 28 April.

asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 28 April.

This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall be having further meetings later today.

Energy

Energy Action Projects (Scotland)

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what share of the £60 million package of local energy action projects is earmarked for Scotland.

It is currently estimated that Scotland will account for 15 to 20 per cent. of the 500 or so community insulation projects operating in 1988–89, and a similar proportion of Government support for those projects.

Draught Proofing

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what estimates he has made of the impact which the new arrangements for paying the cost of draught proofing have had on take-up.

The new arrangements for meeting the cost of the draught-proofing service provided by community insulation projects will not be introduced until April 1988.

Aids

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has any plans to arrange for staff of his Department to be screened for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether any current or former staff of his Department has been found to have developed AIDS or antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 368]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on Wednesday 22 April at columns 627–28.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he has taken to ensure that staff of his Department are warned about those homosexual and other activities which are deemed to involve a high risk of AIDS infection.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 368]: This Department has circulated copies of the Department of Employment/Health and Safety Executive booklet "AIDS and Employment" to all staff.

Overseas Development

North-South Interdependence And Solidarity Campaign

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial contribution the Government are making to the European public campaign on North-South interdependence and solidarity organised by the Council of Europe; and if he will make it his policy to devote to this campaign at least as great a level of resources as that put into other campaigns organised by the Council of Europe.

We are meeting the expenses incurred by the British representative to the European organising committee and bureau. While supporting the aims of the Council of Europe's North-South awareness campaign, we believe that non-governmental organisations are best placed to carry forward the campaign in Britain. Other Council of Europe campaigns have dealt with a wide variety of subjects, and are not directly comparable. Each case is considered on its merits.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Radiation

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he now has the results of the accelerated growth experiments carried out on Cumbrian vegetation contaminated by the Chernobyl fallout; and if he will make a statement.

We have just received some preliminary results from two successive croppings of the vegetation which was removed from the Cumbrian restricted area and grown on under simulated spring conditions.It had been hoped that radiocaesium levels in spring grass would show substantial falls as caesium became locked into the soil. Unfortunately, these low mineral soils are not binding caesium as efficiently as lowland soils and the first two cuts have shown evidence of some continuing recycling of radiocaesium. While the simulated conditions may not fully parallel conditions on the hillside, the indications are that the reservoir of available radiocaesium in the root matt in some upland species is larger than we had hoped and we must now expect that there will continue to be some radiocaesium in the vegetation eaten by certain upland sheep in the restricted areas in Cumbria and Wales in this spring and early summer. In practical terms, it means that restrictions on the movement and slaughter of sheep in the worse affected areas will probably have to remain in place for most of the 1987 marketing season.We shall continue to monitor the situation carefully. In view of our established live monitoring capability there will be no need for blanket bans and we shall do all we can to operate any necessary controls as flexibly as possible. Monitored sheep that pass the test are free to go for slaughter. For the small percentage that fail and have to be marked, we have full compensation arrangements for any price blight at auction. These arrangements were revised recently to encompass individual lot valuation, as well as special provision for ewes with lambs at foot.Additional research has been put in hand to find the best practicable means of reducing the present problems and minimising the need for restrictions. I will keep the House informed.For the future, we have an extensive programme of research and monitoring in progress which will enable us to refine our predictions and to identify when and/or where controls might be relaxed. I will keep the House informed of progress on this work.

Transport

Fishing Vessels (Grimsby)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the number of fishing vessels registered in Grimsby for 1979–80 and the latest year for which figures are available.

The records of the numbers of fishing vessels registered at ports in the United Kingdom are for calendar years. The numbers registered at Grimsby at 31 December in each of the years 1979, 1980 and 1986 (the latest year for which figures are available) is as follows:

Number
1979283
1980271
1986162

Rail Commuter Services

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to the percentage increase in rail season ticket revenues from commuter services for each of the past five years.

The annual real percentage change in season ticket receipts relating to British Rail's network south-east services for each of the past five years is as follows:

Percentage
19821-15·3
19831+15·9
1984-0·5
1985+3·9
1986+10·6
1Distorted by 1982 BR strike which depressed receipts in that year.

Channel Tunnel

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to inform himself as to progress in the negotiations between British Rail and Eurotunnel on the financing of the Channel tunnel; and if he will make a statement.

Both British Rail and Eurotunnel are keeping me informed of the progress of these negotiations, which I am satisfied are being handled on a purely commercial basis.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether Parliament will be informed if advice from the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, or from its British delegation, is being disregarded.

The Channel fixed link treaty gives the Safety Authority the right to make reports directly to the Government. The Government have assured the Select Committee on the Channel Tunnel Bill in another place (Minutes of Evidence, Monday 6 April, page 28, second column) that should the Safety Authority bring to the attention of the Secretary of State a fundamental disagreement on an important issue of public safety between itself and the Intergovernmental Commission, or should the United Kingdom delegation to the Safety Authority notify a similar disagreement between themselves and their French counterparts, the Secretary of State will report that fact to Parliament.

Dangerous Chemicals (Shipment)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any proposals for tightening the regulations regarding the shipment of dangerous chemicals into the ports and their onward transport by road and rail in the United Kingdom; whether he is satisfied that the current European Economic Community code of practice governing such transport is adequate; and if he will make a statement.

The carriage of dangerous chemicals at sea is subject to the international maritime dangerous goods code. The code is continually updated to take accounts of new technological advances while safeguarding safety requirements.Unloaded cargoes are subject to harbour byelaws. From 1 June the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 will apply.Road transport in bulk from the port area is covered by the Dangerous Substances (Conveyance by Road in Road Tankers and Tank Containers) Regulations 1981. The Health and Safety Executive is currently considering a number of amendments to these regulations. The Road Traffic (Carriage of Dangerous Substances in Packages etc.) Regulations 1986, which became operational from 6 April this year, apply to certain substances in packages down to a capacity of 200 litres, and less in some cases. The Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Regulations 1984, as amended in 1986, apply throughout. These three sets of regulations provide comprehensive controls.The transport of dangerous goods by rail takes place under British Rails' list of dangerous goods and conditions of acceptance scheme, which works very well.Responsibility for implementing EC directive No. 84/631 — EEC on the transfrontier shipment of hazardous waste rests with the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Drink-Driving

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans for a drink-driving campaign during the summer months.

Yes. Plans for the Government's campaign against drinking and driving will concentrate advertising resources during the summer, autumn and pre-Christmas periods. This is only part of a 365 days a year effort against this unacceptable behaviour.The advertising will support other publicity initiatives using a variety of promotional methods and media in close collaboration with police, local authorities and others.The continuing campaign will rely greatly on the public, the press, television and radio to bring pressure to bear on irresponsible elements who endanger their own lives and the lives of others by mixing drinking and driving.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics he has on an annual basis, covering the number of drivers and passengers killed in motor vehicle accidents where consumption of alcohol by one or more of the drivers is shown to be a significant factor.

The number of drivers/riders and passengers who were killed in road accidents in which any driver or rider either (a) subsequently failed a breath test or (b) was shown, on autopsy, to have a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit is as follows:

Great Britain: 1984: Death in drink-drive accidents
Number
Driver/riders414
Passengers235

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what data he has concerning the periods of the day in England and Wales when road accidents in which alcohol is a contributory factor do and are more likely to occur.

The table gives some indication of involvement of drivers or riders over the legal limit.

Drivers/riders failing breath test: by hour of day: England and Wales 1985
Hour beginningNumber of driver/riders involved in accidentsNumber of driver/riders failing breath testProportion
Per cent.
6,7481,19817·18
14,23690521·4
23,27967620·6
31,45529720·4
41,06613112·3
51,586684·3
63,716491·3
713,677480·4
823,766380·2
915,107340·2
1015,107420·3
1118,991530·3
1221,873720·3
1321,2831160·5
1421,1133531·7
1525,8455842·3
1629,7205201·7
1731,2004691·5
1821,1223811·8
1918,8904062·1
2015,3384963·2
2113,0586144·7
2213,3921,1738·8
2316,9352,62615·5
Total358,74811,3493·2

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics he has, on an annual basis, concerning the number of pedestrians killed or injured by motor vehicles where consumption of alcohol by a driver is shown to be a significant factor.

The number of pedestrians who were killed or injured by drivers or riders who subsequently failed a breath test is as follows:

Great Britain—1985
Number
Killed107
Seriously injured431
Slightly injured583
Total1,121

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many road users, including pedestrians, pedal cyclists and children, were killed or injured on the roads by a driver with a raised blood alcohol level; and if he will provide distributions of casualties and rates by hour of day, for 1975 and 1985 separately, for (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales.

Travel To Work

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the national average weekly travel-to-work cost.

The average weekly travel-to-work cost in Great Britain as at January 1987 is estimated as £5·50.

Roads

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what his policies are for investment in roads; and if he will make a statement.

I have placed in the Library of the House copies of "Policy for Roads in England: 1987" presented to the House today. This White Paper is in two volumes. Volume 1 describes the Government's current policies for the development of both the trunk and the local road system in England. Volume 2 outlines the national trunk road construction programme and reports progress since the last comprehensive review. It also sets out the results of my 1987 review and gives details of the 82 new road schemes that I have added to the forward programme.

Transport Services (Attacks)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many attacks there have been in the last five years on (a) passengers and (b) employees on (i) London Regional Transport services or property and (ii) British Rail Southern Region services or property.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987, c. 572]: The British Transport police has provided the following figures relating to criminal assaults:

YearLondon UndergroundBR Southern Region
(a)(b)(a)(b)
passengersemployeespassengersemployees
19827587330347
198366210429287
19841,0088432384
19851,2058037980
19861,37010544869

Notes:

(1) Criminal assaults comprise murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, malicious wounding, actual bodily harm, robbery and assault with intent to rob.

(2) Figures are based on the date of input to the BTP computer, which can be some time after the date on which offences were committed, and do not precisely reflect annual trends in actual offences.

(3) Figures for London buses are not separately identifiable.

(4) Figures for passengers on BR Southern Region include a small number of serious assaults on police, which are not separately identifiable.

Scotland

Education Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report for the latest year for which figures are available (a) the average net cost per pupil, cash, per secondary pupil at maintained secondary schools in each local education authority in Scotland and (b) the average expenditure in the same years per assisted place pupil for each local education authority in Scotland.

The latest available information, for 1985–86, is set out in the table.

AuthorityCost per pupil in Local Authority secondary schoolsAverage expenditure per assisted place pupil1
££
Borders1,408
Central1,4821,411
Dumfries and Galloway1,4451,738
Fife1,4941,842
Grampian1,5221,628
Highland1,4572,427
Lothian1,6151,662
Strathclyde21,5971,487
Tayside1,5561,654
Orkney1,760
Shetland2,270
Western Isles21,879
1 The figures relate to the 1985–86 academic year and represent the average cost to central Government of an assisted pupil in participating schools located in each education authority area.
2 Provisional figures.

Assisted Places

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the number of school pupils from each local education authority area who benefit from the provisions of the assisted places scheme during the current academic year.

Pupils at participating schools may come from outwith the area of the education authority in which the schools are located but the number of places currently taken up at schools situated in each local authority area is set out in the table.

AreaNumber of assisted pupils
Borders
Central55
Dumfries and Galloway16
Fife22
Grampian99
Highland43
Lothian1,045
Orkney
Shetland
Stratchclyde841
Tayside459
Western Isles
Scotland2,580

Forth Valley Health Board

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now satisfied with the consultation procedure carried out by Forth Valley health board in respect of its proposals in relation to 11 Randolph road.

My right hon. and learned Friend has been given a full account by the chairman of Forth Valley health board of the arrangements made for consulting local residents about the board's proposals for 11 Randolph road, Stirling. These consultations included the following steps:

  • a. The board sent a copy of the draft application for planning permission to neighbours inviting comment before its submission to the planning authority;
  • b. the same neighbours were invited to meet senior officers of the board to discuss these detailed proposals and interviews were arranged for all who responded;
  • c. neighbours were advised of the date when the planning application was being submitted to the planning authority;
  • d. the board has responded fully to every letter received from anyone claiming an interest in the proposal;
  • e. all residents of Randolph road have been invited to visit the Royal Scottish national hospital to see the arrangements made to train patients for discharge to the community and meet those chosen for discharge to the Randolph road house.
  • In recent weeks the chairman and general manager of the health board have met members of the Randolph road community group, and the board remains willing to discuss with local residents any details of the proposal which may still require clarification.

    Geese

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many barnacle, pink foot, greylag and whitefront geese, respectively, have wintered on (a) the Solway and (b) the Island of Islay in each of the last five years.

    My officials do not make counts of geese wintering in Scotland. The figures contained in the following table refer to seasonal migratory peaks and have been supplied by the Nature Conservancy Council from data collected on its behalf by the Wildfowl Trust.

    Species
    Year and AreaBarnaclePinkfootGreylagWhitefront
    1981–82
    Solway Basin8,30010,2001,3001
    Islay17,000113,300
    1982–83
    Solway Basin8,50011,3003,1001
    Islay14,000113,900
    1983–84
    Solway Basin8,40016,3002,8001
    Islay22,900114,600
    1984–85
    Solway Basin10,50027,0003,7001
    Islay23,100115,300
    1985–86
    Solway Basin10,4006,9003,8001
    Islay19,200116,300
    1 Negligible flock population.
    Final figures for 1986–87 are not yet available.

    Balmore Industrial Estate, Glasgow

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what follow-up discussions the SDA will be having with the estates department of Glasgow district council over the possibility of conversion to, and construction of, small industrial units at the Balmore industrial estate, Glasgow.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 April 1987, c. 292]: I understand that there were discussions between the Scottish Development Agency and the estates department of Glasgow district council on 9 and 22 April. The agency has now offered to construct some 10,000 sq ft of small industrial units on the Balmore industrial estate and lease these back to the district council. Final details are still to be agreed.

    Scottish Development Agency

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the Scottish Development Agency's annual budget for all promotional purposes for each of the last five years; and what percentage of its total budget these figures represent.

    [pursuant to his reply, 10 April 1987, c. 467]:The information is set out in the table:

    (£000)Per cent.
    1982–834,8274·2
    1983–845,6115·0
    1984–857,7556·9
    1985–867,2505·8
    1986–875,4534·2

    Note: Figures include costs of marketing, production of printed material and videos, exhibitions, seminars, trade promotions and advertising, together with the overseas operational costs of Locate in Scotland.

    Northern Ireland

    Enterprise Allowance Scheme

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons and firms are registered with the enterprise allowance scheme; how often payments are issued; and on how many occasions payments were delayed during the two months ended 31 March due to a breakdown in the supporting computer system.

    A total of 2,143 persons representing 2,054 small businesses are currently receiving assistance under the enterprise allowance scheme.Payments to participants on the scheme are issued fortnightly in remittances of £80 on each second Tuesday of the 52-week period of payment.During the two months ended 31 March 1987 there were two occurrences of a one-day delay in the issue of payments caused by temporary computer problems.

    Trade And Industry

    Balance Of Trade

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the non-oil manufacturing trade balance with (i) the member states of the European Economic Community and (ii) the rest of the world each year since 1960.

    The information is in the following table:

    United Kingdom balance of trade in manufactures
    £ million
    Balance of payments basis
    European Community1Rest of world
    19601381,464
    19612701,477
    19623591,423
    19633981,472
    19643391,268
    19653861,456
    19663921,528
    19672661,276
    19683061,335
    196925451,573
    197026431,918
    19714262,589
    1972552,090
    1973-3681,856
    1974-5072,477
    1975-5884,326
    1976-4765,393
    1977-4886,374
    1978-1,7276,793
    1979-2,5805,277
    1980-1,1686,626
    1981-2,6137,197
    1982-4,3356,706
    1983-7,1744,911
    1984-8,0824,203
    1985-8,6835,680
    1986-10,0584,662

    1 Present membership throughout.

    2 1960 to 1969 Overseas Trade Statistics basis—imports valued inclusive of insurance and freight—the corresponding figures for 1970 are £560 million and £1,674 million respectively.

    Sources:

    Department of Trade and Industry. United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

    Note:

    Manufactures taken as standard international trade classification (revision 2), sections 5 to 8; this excludes oil which is in division 33.

    Competition

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the index of competitiveness each year since 1960, taking 1979 as representing 100.

    The most commonly quoted measure is relative unit labour costs which is used in the following table. Data for 1960 are not available:

    United Kingdom Relative Unit Labour Costs
    1979 = 100
    1961102·5
    1962100·9
    196397·9
    196496·7
    1965100·5
    1966103·0
    196798·0
    196883·3
    196987·0
    197089·8
    197192·4
    197290·2
    197380·2
    197480·2
    197586·7
    197678·8
    197777·8
    197884·1
    1979100·0
    1980123·9
    1981125·5
    1982117·6
    1983107·3
    1984104·5
    1985107·9
    1986 Q1-Q3105·5

    Note—Defined as United Kingdom unit labour costs per unit of output divided by a weighted average of competitors' unit labour costs, both series being expressed in a common currency. The series relates to manufacturing.

    Source: IMF.

    Rolls-Royce

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further representations he has received regarding the proposed privatisation of Rolls-Royce; and if he will make a statement.

    My right hon. Friend and I have received a number of representations about the company's privatisation. We welcome the return of Rolls-Royce to the private sector, further details of which were announced earlier today, including the offer for sale price.

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a further statement on the privatisation of Rolls-Royce.

    This morning the offer for sale of ordinary shares in Rolls-Royce was made at a price of £1·70p per share. This represents a market capitalisation of £1,362·5 million. The total number of shares being made available under the offer is 801,470,588, of which 789,705,883 have been fully underwritten and subunder-written, the balance representing shares made available under arrangements by which employees can obtain shares free of charge.Approximately 328 million shares are initially being offered to the general public including Rolls-Royce employees and pensioners. If the offer is at least twice subscribed, this number will be increased to 407 million shares, some 50 per cent. of the total. The remainder of the shares will be placed with financial institutions in the United Kingdom. There is no overseas offering.Prospectuses and application forms will be published in certain newspapers from Thursday 30 April. In addition, all those who have registered with the Rolls-Royce share information office will be sent a prospectus, including a public application form. Copies will also be available from 30 April from certain banks and stockbrokers. Applications must be received by 10 am on Thursday 7 May.Copies of the prospectuses are being placed in the Library of the House today.

    Regional Development Grants

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total value of regional development grants and regional selective assistance grants awarded to businesses in Lancashire in 1987–88 and 1985–86 by district council area, indicating the number in each case.

    The information provided in the table indicates offers of regional selective assistance made to companies in Lancashire in 1975–76 and 1985–86. It is not possible to provide details of assistance offered under old style regional development grant except at disproportionate cost. New regional development grant of £1,359,000 was offered to 52 companies in the West Lancashire district in 1985–86, which is the district in Lancashire with development area status and therefore eligible for regional development grant.

    Grant Offered 1975–76Grant Offered 1985–86
    AreaRegional Selective Assistance
    District CouncilsNumber of offersAmount 000'sNumber of offersAmount 000's
    Blackburn11234610655
    Blackpool14
    Burnley6396
    Chorley13492105
    Fylde117
    Hyndburn13335618
    Lancaster City388
    Pendle5604
    Preston
    Ribble Valley114
    Rossendale15496272
    South Ribble145
    West Lancashire181,5136870
    Wyre210
    1 District councils with assisted area status

    West Lancashire

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications were made for regional selective assistance and regional development grant in the West Lancashire district in 1986–87.

    There were four applications for regional selective assistance and 151 applications for RDG(2) in the West Lancashire district in 1986–87.

    Note:

    It is not possible to provide information in respect of the "old" RDGI scheme as information is not maintained by individual areas.

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total value of regional development grants and regional selective assistance made in the year 1986–87 to applicants in the West Lancashire district.

    The value of offers made in 1986–87 in the West Lancashire district for regional selective assistance and regional development grant (2) was £487,000 and £3,041,195, respectively.

    Note:

    It is not possible to provide information in respect of the "old" RDGI scheme as information is not maintained by individual areas.

    Trade Deficit

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the latest annual figures for each of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1986 for the (a) deficit in manufactured trade between Britain and Japan, (b) deficit in manufactured trade between Britain and the EEC, (c) deficit in manufactured trade between members of the European Economic Community and Japan and (d) deficit in manufactured trade between West Germany and Britain.

    The information is in the following table.

    Balance of Trade in Manufactures1 (ECU billions2)
    United Kingdom trade with:EC (12) trade with:
    JapanEC (12)F. R. GermanyJapan
    19701·5-0·2-0·6
    1975-0·70·2-1·3-3·4
    1980-2·1-1·9-3·4-9·8
    1985-5·7-17·1-10·3-19·8
    1986-6·1-16·7-10·3-23·6
    1 Standard International Trade Classification Divisions 5 to 8.
    2 1 ECU = approximately £0·42(1970);£0·56(1975);£0·60(1980); £0·59 (1985); and £0·67 (1986).

    Source: Eurostat.

    Japanese Disinvestment

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the cause of net Japanese disinvestment in the United Kingdom in 1982 and 1984.

    The figures showing net disinvestment in the United Kingdom by Japan in 1982 and 1984 relate to net inward direct investment. This covers transactions between Japanese companies and their United Kingdom subsidiaries, associates and branches in all sectors of the economy, including the financial sector. An analysis of inward direct investment into its components is given in the table. This shows net increases from net acquisitions of share and loan capital and from reinvested profits, offset by net reductions in indebtedness to overseas parent companies and head offices overseas.The annual report for 1986 by the Invest in Britain Bureau, published recently, records more recent planned investment projects by Japan in this country. This shows that the United Kingdom's position as Europe's leading recipient of Japanese investment projects is being maintained.

    Inward direct investment from Japan (£ million)
    19821984
    Net acquisitions of share and loan capital6·120·6
    Increase in indebtedness due to overseas parent companies and to head offices overseas-72·8-107·6
    Unremitted profits4·052·8
    Total-69·7-34·2

    Source: Business Monitor MA4

    Note. — Including oil companies within the direct investment figures from 1984 onwards did not affect the series for Japanese direct investment in the United Kingdom.

    Employment

    Yts

    the Paymaster General how many people in (a) Burnley and (b) Pendle entered the YTS in 1985; what was the placement percentage; and how many completed the scheme.

    The table shows the available information.

    Percentages, January each year, Great Britain
    19811982198311984119851986
    16-year-olds2
    Total population of which:100100100100100100
    (a) in full-time education or YTS-YOP or unemployed3657480828484
    (b) other: mainly employed outside YTS4352620181616
    17-year-olds2
    Total population of which:100100100100100100
    (a) in full-time education or YTS-YOP or unemployed3455156545252
    (b) other: mainly employed outside YTS4554944464848
    18-year-olds2
    Total population of which:100100100100100100
    (a) in full-time education or YTS-YOP or unemployed3303539383736
    (b) other: mainly employed outside YTS4706561626364
    1 YTS was introduced in April 1983.
    2 Ages as at preceding 31 August.
    3 Registered unemployed for 1981 and 1982, claimant unemployed for 1983 and thereafter.
    4 Mainly those in employment (outside YTS) but including those who were neither employed nor seeking work (eg, because of domestic responsibilities). Also including the unregistered unemployed before 1983 and from 1983 those seeking work but not claiming benefit. This group is obtained by subtracting from the total population of the age group those estimated to be in full-time education or YTS-YOP and the unemployed.

    Sex Discrimination

    asked the Paymaster General how many actions have been brought against employers, on a regional basis, under the Sex Discrimination Act on a yearly basis since 1983.

    Burnley local authority district

    Pendle local authority district

    1985–86

    1985–86

    Starts2692498
    Placement percentage3:
    in full-time employment (per cent.)6361
    in part-time employment (per cent.)33
    on a full-time course (per cent.)34
    Completers458313

    1 The starts figures quoted are for April 1985 to March 1986 as statistics are not available for 1985.

    2 The figure for YTS starts includes some individuals who entered more than one YTS programme during the course of the year and therefore slightly overstates the number of individuals participating in the scheme as a whole.

    3 These figures are from the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) follow-up survey of YTS leavers between April 1985 and March 1986.

    asked the Paymaster General what proportion of 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds, respectively, entered employment in each of the three years preceding the introduction of YTS; and what have been the proportions in each year since YTS was introduced.

    Information in the precise form requested is not available.The available relevant estimates are shown in the following table:

    The information is given in the following table, which refers to applications registered at the regional offices of industrial tribunals. A small proportion of these applications will relate to the treatment of partners not employees, but it is not possible to identify these separately.

    England and Wales

    1983

    1984

    1985

    1986

    21987

    Ashford11116
    Birmingham293440584
    Bristol111222255
    Bury St. Edmunds121322192
    Cardiff131328317
    Exeter14
    Leeds112220314
    Liverpool552629497
    London (Central)323240544
    London (North)242727456
    London (South)2830316713
    Manchester325238389
    Newcastle161521294
    Nottingham161518256
    Sheffield121424402
    Southampton141318346
    Total England and Wales32033437854579
    Scotland all Regions3042716310
    Total Great Britain35037644960889

    1 The ROIT at Ashford closed in 1984 and that at Exeter in 1983.

    2 To end February only.

    Earnings

    asked the Paymaster-General what has been the increase in the ratio of median gross earnings of a full-time adult male manual worker compared with his counter-part on non-manual work between 1979 and 1986; and what estimate he has made of the effect this has had on employment in manual occupations.

    Between April 1979 and April 1986 the ratio of the median gross weekly earnings of full-time adult male manual employees to those of full-time adult male non-manual employees is estimated to have decreased by 12·5 per cent. for Great Britain.Summary evidence on the general link between pay and jobs is contained in "The relationship between employment and wages", a review by Treasury officials, January 1985, a copy of which is available in the Library.

    Labour Statistics

    asked the Paymaster General if he will state each annual rate of unemployment in Grimsby from 1979 to the latest available year.

    The following information is in the Library. The table shows annual average unemployment expressed as a percentage of employees in employment plus the unemployed in the Grimsby travel-to-work area for each year from 1979 to 1986. The figures are not comparable over the whole period because of the change in travel-to-work boundaries, and changes in the compilation of the monthly unemployment count.

    Grimsby travel-to-work area
    Per cent.
    As defined in 1978 as Unemployed registrants
    19796·1
    19808·4
    1981112·6
    1982213·9

    Per cent.

    Unemployed claimants

    198314·7

    As defined in 1984 Unemployed claimants

    198415·4
    198516·1
    198615·2

    1 1981 is the average of 10 months.

    2 1982 is the average of 10 months only: January to October.

    asked the Paymaster General what has been the annual number of notified redundancies in Grimsby from 1979 to the latest year for which figures are available.

    Information relating to confirmed redundancies is given in the following table:

    Redundancies confirmed as due to occur in Grimsby
    YearNumber
    19790
    19801,005
    19811,886
    1982880
    19831,436
    19841,081
    1985332
    1986517

    Note: The figures measure redundancies confirmed as due to occur, in groups of 10 or more employees, and are based on follow-up action of employers' notifications of redundancies under the Employment Protection Act 1975. Figures for 1985 are provisional.

    asked the Paymaster General how many people were in work in the Telford area in February 1987 and in February 1983; and what percentage of the population this was in each case.

    The latest available information for new towns such as Telford comes from the 1981 census of population and is contained in the "New Towns Report, England and Wales, part 1", ref: CEN 81 NT(1), a copy of which is in the Library.

    asked the Paymaster General if he will list the unemployment figures for Easter for the month of March in each of the years 1975 to 1987.

    The following information is in the Library. The table gives estimates of seasonally adjusted unemployment (excluding school leavers), consistent with the current count, for March of each year from 1975 to 1987 in the United Kingdom.

    Unemployment (excluding school leavers) in the United Kingdom, adjusted for discontinuities and seasonality
    Marchthousands
    1975701·8
    19761,149·6
    19771,207·6
    19781,247·5
    19791,183·8
    19801,210·2
    19812,107·0
    19822,532·3
    19832,823·7
    19842,966·4
    19853,094·8
    19863,198·6
    119873,042·9

    1 The March 1987 figure is provisional and subject to revision.

    Enterprise Allowance And Loan Guarantee Schemes

    asked the Paymaster General how many people in (a) the Yorkshire and Humberside region and (b) the Leeds travel-to-work area are currently (i) on the enterprise allowance scheme and (ii) in receipt of a loan under the loan guarantee scheme.

    On 22 April 1987 8,148 people were on the enterprise allowance scheme in Yorkshire and Humberside. This figure includes 1,189 people receiving the allowance in the Leeds area. Currently 1,374 loans under the loan guarantee scheme totalling about £40 million have been guaranteed in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. This includes the Leeds area for which separate figures are not kept. No records are maintained of those people who are receiving both enterprise allowance and a loan under the loan guarantee scheme.

    Mr Mike Bendall

    asked the Paymaster General if, in the light of the undertaking given by the Bridge Agency to Mr. Mike Bendall of East Hartley, Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, that his employment as a community programme worker in the Action Van project, Totnes, was secure until August 1987, and of the statement by officials in his Department that every field placement initiated by the Bridge Agency would be honoured by the Community Rural Agency which has replaced it, he will instruct the Manpower Services Commission to reconsider its termination of Mr. Bendall's employment on 1 May 1987.

    Community programme participants are normally employed for up to one year, although in special circumstances this may be extended. Mr. Bendall has already benefited from over two years employment on the Action Van project. He was informed in January 1987 by the Bridge Agency that his particular post would not be continued when the project was renewed from May 1987. This remains the position.

    Acas (Annual Report)

    asked the Paymaster General when the Secretary of State for Employment expects to receive the annual report of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

    My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State and I have received the ACAS report for 1986, which will be laid before both Houses of Parliament tomorrow. The report is also published tomorrow and copies will then be available from the Vote Office.

    Defence

    Her Majesty's Forces (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list in the Official Report the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases recorded in Her Majesty's Forces in each of the last 10 years.

    Statistics are not held centrally on the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases within the armed forces. Within the United Kingdom, service men may well seek treatment at NHS specialist treatment clinics, so the service medical authorities would not therefore be aware of all cases.

    Underground Nuclear Tests

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if United Kingdom underground nuclear tests are for purposes other than the Trident ballistic missile programme;(2) if United Kingdom underground nuclear testing will be required once the Trident ballistic missiles are in service;(3) if continued United Kingdom underground nuclear testing is necessary for

    (a) safety and (b) operational reasons.

    It is not our practice to identify the specific purpose of any joint United Kingdom-United States underground test or the weapons programme it supports.

    Equestrian Events

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 22 April, if he will list those equestrian sports in which a service man can participate either individually or as a member of a team in a representative capacity and thereby be entitled to use military transport at public expense for the conveyance of privately owned horses.

    There is no specific list of approved equestrian sports in which a service man can participate and thereby be entitled to use military transport at public expense for the conveyance of privately owned horses. Examples of such sports which may qualify for approval are polo, show jumping, eventing, racing, point-to-point, hunter trials and tent-pegging. It is, of course, a prerequisite that participants must be representing either their unit, their service or the combined services.

    Royal Navy Equipment Exhibition

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the list of names of countries to which invitations to the next Royal Navy equipment exhibition have been extended.

    In common with all my predecessors, I do not intend to publish a list of countries invited to the Royal Navy equipment exhibition.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the next Royal Navy equipment exhibition will be held; and on which dates it will be open to (a) overseas customers, (b) the press and (c) the British public.

    The next Royal Navy equipment exhibition is from 7 to 11 September 1987 and will be open each day to overseas customers and the defence-related technical press. On 6 September there is a press day which the national, local provincial and technical press may attend. The exhibition is not open to the public.

    Aids

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to arrange for staff of his Department to be screened for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987; c. 382]: No. No Occupational risks are involved, and there is no medical reason for introducing screening among civil servants in this Department.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether any current or former staff of his Department have been found to have developed AIDS or antibodies to HIV.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987; c. 382]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on Wednesday 22 April.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that staff of his Department are warned about those homosexual and other activities which are deemed to involve a high risk of AIDS infection.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987; c. 382]: 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. In providing guidance to managers for discussions with staff, the Department has drawn on these documents and on the Department of Employment/Health and Safety Executive booklet "Aids and Employment", which I understand are available in the Library of the House.

    Environment

    Bathing Beaches

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from regional water authorities regarding the financial implications of upgrading bathing beaches.

    Water authorities have recently submitted their 1987 corporate plans. Most authorities are expecting improvements in bathing waters to require increases in capital investment and operating costs associated with the disposal of effluent to the sea.

    Council House Sales

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the latest figure for purchases of their homes by secure tenants since the Housing Act 1980; and if he will make a statement.

    Up to December 1986, 594,700 council tenants have bought their homes from English local authorities and new towns by exercising their right to buy.

    Elmley Marshes, Kent

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will specify the management objectives agreed between the Nature Conservancy Council and Mr. Merricks for the Elmley marsh, Kent, site of special scientific interest, the timetable for implementing these objectives and the individuals represented on the proposed management committee and the trustees of the new reserve trust.

    I understand that the management objectives for the new reserve at Elmley marshes are intended to provide for the maintenance and enhancement of the full range of nature conservation interests in the reserve, particularly in connection with the breeding bird population, the over-wintering wildfowl and waders, and the invertebrate population. These will be implemented by a management plan, which will include a timetable. to be drawn up in co-operation with the Nature Conservancy Council.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much the Nature Conservancy Council has given by way of grant or compensation to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for managing part of the Elmley marsh, Kent, site of special scientific interest adjacent to that controlled by Mr. Merricks.

    I am advised that the Nature Conservancy Council has agreed three applications for grant aid totalling £3,510 for the RSPB in connection with management works for its reserve at Elmley marshes.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what access the public will be granted and visitor facilities provided to the Elmley Marsh, Kent, site of special scientific interest, as a result of the payment of £1·6 million by the Nature Conservancy Council to Mr. Merricks.

    I understand that the Elmley conservation trust will encourage the public to visit the site, although care will be needed to ensure that there is no conflict with the maintenance and enhancement of the scientific interest of the site. I understand it is intended to provide a visitor centre, a nature trail and observation hides, and that close attention will be given to the development of educational facilities on the site.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the agreement signed with Mr. Merricks over the management of the Elmley Marsh, Kent, site of special scientific interest will be subject to review at periodic intervals; and if he will make a statement.

    The management agreement provides for payments to be reviewed at three yearly intervals in accordance with the financial guidelines issued in accordance with section 50(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    Local Authorities (Countryside Expenditure)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the sums of money paid to landowners under the following agreements or orders are listed in the accounts of the local authorities making the payments, in a way that can be ascertained by an interested person exercising a right of inspection of an authority's accounts and associated documents under section 159(1) of the Local Government Act 1972: (a) a public path creation agreement under section 25 of the Highways Act 1980, (b) a public path creation order under section 26 of the Highways Act 1980, (c) an access agreement under section 64 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, (d) an access order under section 65 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and (e) a management agreement under section 39 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    There are no special statutory requirements governing the accounting for these payments. The form of account is therefore for the local authority to decide. A right of inspection may be exercised under section 17(1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1982. Under section 17(2) of the Act, local government electors or their representatives also have a right to raise questions to the auditor on matters arising out of the accounts.

    Sites Of Special Scientific Interest

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list all the management agreements that the Nature Conservancy Council has entered into with owners and occupiers of sites of special scientific interest between 1 April 1986 and 31 March 1987, the name of the site of special scientific interest and the amount paid.

    Individual agreements are treated as confidential matters between owners and occupiers of sites and the Nature Conservancy Council and it is not our policy to disclose details.During the period 1 April 1986 to 31 March 1987, the Nature Conservancy Council completed 318 agreements covering 9,850 hectares. The total cost paid in the financial year 1986–87 was £5,093,674, which includes lump sum payments and arrears from previous years.

    Private Rented Accommodation

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further measures he proposes to take to increase the amount of private rented accommodation available; and if he will make a statement.

    In recent months, we have taken a number of measures to increase the amount of private rented accommodation available. The requirement that increases in registered rents should be phased over two years has been abolished, as has the requirement to register a fair rent on a shorthold letting in Greater London. The assured tenancy scheme, which permits letting at market rents, has been extended to cover improved, as well as new, dwellings. The Housing Corporation is giving grants to housing associations for rental schemes combining private and public finance, with particular emphasis on accommodation for homeless people and job movers. In the Local Government Bill, we are seeking new powers for local authorities to give financial assistance towards the provision of privately rented accommodation.We have made it clear that a priority task after the election will be further measures to stimulate the private rented sector by ensuring that landlords can receive a reasonable return on their investment while adequately protecting the security of tenants.

    Council Housing Transfer Lists

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what weight he attaches to the length of council housing transfer lists when allocating resources for housing to the London borough of Waltham Forest.

    Resources are allocated to local authorities following consideration of all relevant factors including the information in authorities' HIP submissions. Generally, we would not attach much weight to waiting or transfer lists, as local authority practice in compiling such lists varies widely.

    System-Built Tower Blocks

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he can provide additional resources to enable the London borough of Waltham Forest to deal with the problems of repairing system-built tower blocks.

    The main HIP allocations to authorities for 1987–88 have already been made, as announced on 19 December 1986. The resources remaining after making these initial allocations will be distributed to authorities for projects prepared in conjunction with the Estate Action team, and to authorities which have particularly heavy obligations under the housing defects legislation, with a reserve of £2 million for the homes insulation scheme. Allocations in successive years have, however, taken account of the need to repair system-built tower blocks. Bids for allocations in 1988–89 will be invited soon.

    Liverpool Arena

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to be in a position to announce whether the Government will give financial assistance for the development costs of the Liverpool arena; and if he will make a statement.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) on 2 April at column 605.

    Snooker Players (Drug Tests)

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the Sports Council about the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's unwillingness to take action over positive drug tests on snooker players who were tested under the Government-funded Sports Council drug abuse advisory group scheme; and what response he has made.

    I have received no representations from the Sports Council on this matter. With the council, however, I share a concern over the use of certain medicines by some players, with or without medical prescription. I have therefore asked that the drug abuse advisory group of the Sports Council should discuss this issue urgently with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and other interested organisations and to produce a report.

    Radioactive Waste

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what research studies are being carried out into the disposal of radioactive waste on small islands; and if he will make a statement.

    I am not aware of any research specifically directed at the disposal of radioactive waste on small islands.

    Aids

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to ensure that staff of his Department are warned about those homosexual and other activities which are deemed to involve a high risk of AIDS infection.

    [pursuant to his answer, 30 March 1987,c. 420]: 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. My Department drew on those notes and on the Department of Employment-Health and Safety Executive book "AIDS and Employment" in providing notes for staff. I understand that copies of both those pieces of guidance are available in the Library of the House.

    Winterton asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any plans to arrange for staff of his Department to be screened for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether any current or former staff of his Department have been found to have developed AIDS or antibodies to HIV.

    [pursuant to his answer, 30 March 1987,c. 420]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on Wednesday 22 April at column 628.

    Education And Science

    Conductive Education

    3.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has recently received about funding in the United Kingdom for the study of the Hungarian system of conductive education.

    No such representations have been received since I replied to the hon. Member's question about this study on 12 March.

    West Yorkshire

    10.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received on the state of school buildings in West Yorkshire; and whether he will make a statement.

    My right hon. Friend has received representations from Bradford local education authority, and from individual hon. Members, about the state of that authority's school buildings. He has also received representations, again including some from hon. Members, about building work at individual voluntary aided schools throughout the region.

    University Research

    11.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about his Department's level of support for university research for the current financial year.

    Those engaged in university research regularly make the case for more Government money. Planned expenditure for 1987–88 is already expected to exceed £1·3 billion.

    General Certificate Of Secondary Education

    12.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement on the progress of the GCSE examination plans.

    I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike).

    28.

    n asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information and reports he expects to be available to his Department before the start of the 1987–88 academic year on the standards of teaching achieved in GCSE courses; and if he will make a statement.

    :I refer the lion. Member to the reply I gave him on 9 March at columns 23–24.

    Nursery Education

    13.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local authorities which have, in the last three years, increased their provision of places in nursery schools and nursery classes.

    18.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local authorities which have, in the last three years, increased their provision of places in nursery schools and nursery classes.

    19.

    sked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local authorities which have, in the last three years, increased their provision of places in nursery schools and nursery classes.

    21.

    asked the Secretary of Stale for Education and Science if he will list the local authorities which have, in the last three years, increased their provision of places in nursery schools and nursery classes.

    The Department collects information only on the number of pupils in nursery schools and classes. Nursery pupil numbers have increased between 1983 and 1986 in the following local education authorities in England:

    Local education authorities where the number of children under five attending nursery schools and nursery classes increased between January 1983 and January 1986
    BarkingILEA
    BarnetBirmingham
    BexleyCoventry
    BrentDudley
    CroydonSandwell
    EalingSolihull
    EnfieldWolverhampton
    HillingdonKnowsley
    HounslowLiverpool
    Kingston-upon-ThamesSt. Helens
    NewhamSefton
    SuttonWirral

    BoltonCornwall
    BuryCumbria
    ManchesterDerbyshire
    OldhamDevon
    SalfordDorset
    StockportDurham
    TamesideEast Sussex
    TraffordEssex
    WiganHampshire
    BarnsleyHereford and Worcester
    DoncasterHertfordshire
    RotherhamHumberside
    SheffieldKent
    BradfordLancashire
    CalderdaleLeicestershire
    KirkleesLincolnshire
    LeedsNorfolk
    WakefieldNorth Yorkshire
    Newcastle upon TyneNorthamptonshire
    North TynesideNorthumberland
    SunderlandNottinghamshire
    AvonOxfordshire
    BedfordshireSalop
    BerkshireSuffolk
    BuckinghamshireSurrey
    CambridgeshireWarwickshire
    CheshireWest Sussex
    ClevelandWiltshire

    Student Grants

    14.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received about the level of student grants for the forthcoming academic year.

    About 50 representations have been received about the level of student grants for the 1987–88 academic year since the main rates of grant were announced on 30 January.

    Teachers (Pay And Conditions)

    15.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received about the current teachers dispute.

    My Department has received many letters, and views have been expressed to me personally by various organisations including four of the six teacher unions.

    38.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the dispute over teachers' pay and conditions.

    I laid before the House on 9 April an order giving teachers an average pay rise of 8·2 per cent. backdated to 1 January and setting out duties and other conditions of employment. The NUT and NAS/UWT at their Easter conference have threatened further disruption in schools. The union activists have shown total disregard for the interests of children. Parents and the public will not support their selfish posturing at their pupils' expense.

    City Technology Colleges

    16.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the latest level of funding from private industry for city technology colleges.

    In addition to the £1 million sponsorship already announced by Hanson Trust and the Dixons Group, several other companies have expressed a willingness to provide funding and other assistance. I cannot give details until they are ready to make their decisions public.

    School Working Day

    17.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has received any representations concerning changes in the school working day.

    My right hon. Friend has received three letters from hon. Members concerning consultations on this subject being conducted in one particular LEA.

    Science Base

    20.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to receive from the Advisory Board for the Research Councils its strategy paper on the implications of a major contraction in the science base; and what steps he proposes to take to expand the research capability of the industrial economy.

    I understand that the Advisory Board for the Research Councils is preparing a strategy document which they expect to submit to my right hon. Friend before the summer. It is the Government's policy to promote closer and better working between the science base and industry and commerce. The recently announced LINK initiative is designed to strengthen collaboration between these sectors.

    Derbyshire

    22.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to announce his decision on the proposals of Derbyshire county council to reorganise sixth form education in Derbyshire.

    My right hon. Friend hopes to announce his decision on the proposals to reorganise sixth form education in Derbyshire by the end of the summer.

    School Buildings

    23.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent consultations have taken place with local education authorities concerning the state of repair of both primary and secondary schools.

    The state of repair of school buildings is discussed in the course of the many contacts which Ministers and officials of the Department have with individual local education authorities and with the local authority associations.

    Nursery Nurses

    24.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on advanced training of nursery nurses.

    26.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on advanced training of nursery nurses.

    My right hon. Friend hopes that examining and validating bodies for nursery nurse training will have as their main concern the educational and career interests of students in providing a qualification which facilitates both entry to employment and the opportunity for progression in further education.

    Education Partnerships

    25.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether his Department has any plans to promote among local education authorities schemes for partnerships on the lines of the London Compact launched by the Inner London education authority and the London enterprise agency.

    Different forms of co-operation will suit different areas, and the Government take every opportunity to promote closer working between education and industry.

    Higher Education

    27.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received in response to his White Paper on higher education.

    37.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the recent proposals for changes in university funding; and if he will make a statement.

    39.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the White Paper, "Higher Education—Meeting the Challenge."

    40.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from local authorities concerning the White Paper, "Higher Education — Meeting the Challenge"; and if he will make a statement.

    41.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received on his recent White Paper on higher education.

    43.

    Mr. Beith