Written Answers To Questions
Thursday 30 April 1987
Police Overtime (West Midlands)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the west midlands as to the number of hours of overtime worked, together with the annual costs, for each year since 1978 within H Division (Walsall) of the West Midlands police authority.
I understand from the chief constable of the west midlands that the information for each of the financial years 1978–79 to 1985–86 is as follows:
|Financial year||Number of hours of overtime worked||Annual cost approximate|
|1 Not available.|
|2 Does not include overtime in connection with policing the miners' dispute.|
|3 Does not include overtime in connection with the Handsworth disturbance.|
|4 Does not include overtime in connection with the Wolverhampton disturbance.|
Police Employment (West Midlands)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the west midlands as to the number of police officers employed at H Division (Walsall) of the West Midlands police authority for each year since 1978, together with the authorised establishment.
The information requested has been obtained from the chief constable and is as follows:
|H Division (Walsall)|
|On 31 December||Establishment1||Police strength|
|On 31 March 1987||424||421|
|1 As set by the Chief Constable.|
Murder (Life Sentences)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are currently serving life sentences for murder; and what is the average cost per week of their upkeep.
On 28 February 1987, the latest date for which figures are readily available, it is estimated that 1,775 prisoners were serving life sentences for murder in prison department establishments in England and Wales. Detainees during Her Majesty's pleasure and persons sentenced to custody for life are included. Estimates of average costs per inmate are not available for specific types of prisoner but detailed information on average weekly costs for establishments was published in the "Report on the Work of the Prison Department 1985/86" (Cm. 11, appendix 3, tables E, F).
Lamond asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to deal with the rise in the number of acts of burglary over the past eight years.
We are aware that a number of chief officers of police, who are responsible for deciding how their available resources should be deployed. have decided to target "burglaries" in their strategies for 1987. But most burglaries are opportunist; some 25 per cent. do not even involve forced entry. There is therefore, much scope for preventive action to reduce their incidence and, in particular, for extending such crime prevention activity as the community programme crime prevention inititative, which is already responsible for 73 lock fitting schemes, and neighbourhood watch. In addition, the guidance notes issued by the British Standards Institution and the National House Building Council should help to ensure that new homes are built to a standard of security which will be a further deterrent to potential burglars.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time now taken in dealing with an application for naturalisation.
Applications for naturalisation as a British citizen granted in March 1987 had taken an average of 16 months to complete. Very much less time is taken to complete applications for registration. Applications for registration completed in March 1987 had taken on average five months to complete.
Infant Life Preservation Act 1929
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received seeking amendments to the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929; and if he will make a statement.
In the last two months, we have received representations from five right hon. or hon. Members on behalf of constituents, and two letters from members of the public, about the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 and the recent court decision in the case of C v. S.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his latest estimate of the date when new accommodation will be available at Leeds prison.
Two new living blocks are due to be started in August 1989 and to be completed in August 1991. These will provide an additional 476 places, but as the existing wings require refurbishing, the new blocks will be used in the first instance to accommodate prisoners from these wings, which will be decanted two at a time to allow the refurbishment to be undertaken. The refurbishment is at present planned to be carried out over a five-year period from November 1991 to December 1996.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to provide for a mandatory system of licensing of new audio and audio-visual recordings for broadcasting or public performance.
We see no necessity in view of the controls which already exist under broadcasting legislation, the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the Obscene Publications Act.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the playing of obscene, indecent or violent records by radio stations; and will make a statement.
None. The IBA and the BBC are responsible for ensuring that their respective broadcasting services meet acceptable standards.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the county constabularies which have complied with his Department's guidelines on the provisions and procedures for interviewing victims of rape;(2) if he will list the county constabularies which have not yet complied with his Department's guidelines on provision and procedures for interviewing victims of rape;(3) if he is satisfied with progress towards complying with his Department's guidelines to chief constables, in respect of provisions and procedures for interviewing victims of rape; and if he will make a statement.
The guidance contained in Home Office circular 69/1986 on violence against women was issued last October after consultations with chief officers of police and deals with operational matters which are their responsibility. We have no authority to issue instructions to chief officers in these matters but Her Majesty's inspectors of constabulary discuss with them progress in implementing the circular's recommendations during the course of their annual inspections. The indications so far are that chief officers are responding positively to the circular"s recommendations.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police authorities that now have one-way viewing screens installed at police stations for the identification of suspects as provided for in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
The installation of screens for use in identification parades is a matter for individual police forces. No information about their numbers is held centrally.
Nuclear War (Contingency Plans)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions with local authorities and others he has had on contingency plans in the event of a nuclear war.
Plans against nuclear attack are part of a broad range of civil protection arrangements, which are the subject of frequent discussions between the Department, local authorities and other bodies.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of the comments sent him by Mr. Robert Kee on his decision announced in the House on 20 January to refer the Birmingham pub bombings case to the Court of Appeal, he will reconsider his decision not to make a similar reference of, or appoint an appropriate inquiry into, the Guildford and Woolwich pub bombings case and that of Mrs. Anne Maguire, the late Patrick "Guiseppe" Conlan and their co-defendants.
We have already said that we are considering a number of matters raised in Yorkshire Television's "First Tuesday" programme on 3 March, and other material sent to us about the Guildford and Woolwich pub bombings case. We have asked the chief constable of Surrey constabulary for his comments on a specific point which has been raised about the case of Mrs. Anne Maguire and her co-defendants.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Cumbria as to, in the event of a civil nuclear disaster at Chapelcross (a) what evacuation time estimates have been prepared for the evacuation of the most populated 22½ deg sector from the power station out to (i) five miles, and (ii) 10 miles, (b) what time estimates have been prepared for the evacuation of the population within (i) five miles, and (ii) 10 miles of the power station, (c) what time estimates have been made for the evacuation of the population of Carlisle, (d) what time estimates have been made for the evacuation of high risk groups from Carlisle, (e) what time estimates have been made for the evacuation of low mobility groups from Carlisle, and (f) what time estimates have been made for the distribution of potasium iodate tablets to the population of Carlisle; and if he will arrange for the basis and calculation of any such time estimates to be placed in the Library.
[pursuant to his reply, 7 April 1987, c. 130]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Energy on 22 April at column 550.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimate of the value of the housing stock in England and Wales in April 1986 and of the percentage increase in value since then; what are the comparable rateable values; and what is his estimate of the amount collected in rates on dwellings in the year 1986–87.
I shall write to the hon. Member.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the levels of nitrogen dioxide at roadside monitoring sites in London; and what information he has about comparable EEC air quality standards.
The results of kerbside monitoring in London of levels of nitrogen dioxide are published annually as a supplement to the "Digest of Environmental Projection and Water Statistics" and placed in the Library of the House. Data over the last four years for kerbside site 1 are given here and include figures for 1985 due to be published in May.
|NO2, Concentrations Expressed as Parts Per Billion|
|Maximum Monthly 99th Percentile of hourly average concentrations||220||330||158||200|
2 concentrations per year of 200 micrograms per cubic metre, 104·6 parts per billion). Because the general public spend only a limited amount of time at the kerbside such areas are not considered relevant for monitoring with regard to the directive.
Estate Agents (Boards)
Finsberg asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has received any request from the London borough of Camden under the 1984 advertising regulations for power to control estate agents boards; and if he will make a statement.
No; I have received no such request. Regulation 15(1) of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1984 enables the local planning authority to make representations to my right hon. Friend in favour of a direction that the provisions of regulation 14 for display, with "deemed consent", of certain types of outdoor advertisement (including estate agents' boards) shall not apply in a particular area or case. My right hon. Friend will naturally consider any such request which the council of the London borough of Camden may submit to him.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if any research has been undertaken into public attitudes to radioactive waste management.
The Social Community Planning Research Council has today published a report, "Radioactive Waste Disposal: The Public's View", of research commissioned by my Department, involving a study of public perceptions of, and attitudes to, radioactive waste management in England and Wales. Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Rate Support Grant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when the first rate support grant supplementary report 1978–88 will be published.
I have laid this report before the House today.The main purpose of the report is to honour the undertaking given on 30 October in the House of Commons by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education to increase the expenditure provision for local authorities by £460 million and block grant by £183 million to cover the increased cost of school teachers' pay. The report would also make a small number of changes to authorities' grant-related expenditure assessments to take account of new information on capital allocations for personal social services and waste disposal, and boundary changes made on 1 April 1986 and 1 April 1987.My Department is sending a copy of the report and tables showing exemplifications of likely revised grant entitlements to all local authorities and the local authority associations. Copies are being placed in the Library of the House of Commons and in the Vote Office.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish the interim results of the survey of the quality of bathing waters he announced on 3 December 1985; and if, in the light of these results, he is satisfied with the quality of the United Kingdom's bathing waters.
[pursuant to his answer, 9 April 1987, c. 388]: The results for the 1986 bathing season of the survey which I announced on 18 December 1985, are now available, and are set out in summary form for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The opportunity has been taken to include results for the extra waters included in my announcement of 3 February and also for two further waters.The individual results indicate compliance with the bacteriological parameters total and faecal coliforms specified by the bathing water directive. They show that 228 out of 368 bathing waters in England, Northern Ireland and Wales — 62 per cent. — meet the directive's standards, although I am advised that the conclusions, drawn only from the first year's monitoring results, should be regarded as provisional.Nevertheless, the results are encouraging and indicate that with the improvement schemes now being undertaken or planned by water authorities, we are well on the way towards achieving our target that all identified waters should meet the directive's standards.I shall arrange for a more detailed summary of the results to be placed in the Library. The results will also be sent to the Commission in accordance with article 13 of the bathing water directive.
|Bathing Waters Survey—1986 Results (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Compliance with Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC): Coliform Standards|
|Northumbrian Water Authority|
|South Beach-Seaton Sluice (incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Whitley Sands (incomplete returns)||Pass|
|Tynemouth (incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Marsden (incomplete returns)||Pass|
|Seaham (incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Yorkshire Water Authority|
|Staithes (no results available)||—|
|Robin Hoods Bay||Pass|
|Scarborough North Bay||Pass|
|Scarborough South Bay||Fail|
|Flamborough North Landing||Pass|
|Flamborough South Landing||Fail|
|Bridlington North Beach||Pass|
|Bridlington South Beach||Pass|
|Anglian Water Authority|
|Chapel St. Leonard||Pass|
|North Beach, Heacham||Pass|
|Wells (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Sheringham (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Cromer (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Mundesley (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Great Yarmouth Cg (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Great Yarmouth Pier (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Great Yarmouth Hospital (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Lowestoft N Beach (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Lowestoft S Beach (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Felixstowe N Beach (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Felixstowe S Beach (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
Thames Water Authority
|Southend Thorpe Bay||Fail|
Southern Water Authority
|Leysdown (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|West Beach (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Herne Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Minnis Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|St. Mildred's Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Margate (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Joss Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Broadstairs (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Ramsgate (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Sandwich Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Deal Castle (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|St. Margarets Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Folkestone (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Sandgate (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Hythe (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Dymchurch (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|St. Mary's Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Littlestone (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Saltdean and Rottingdean||Pass|
|West of Eaststoke||Pass|
|Compton Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Totland Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Colwell Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Gurnard (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Cowes (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|St. Helens (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Seagrove (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Bembridge (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Whitecliff Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Ventnor (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
Wessex Water Authority (South Coast)
|Christchurch, Avon Beach||Pass|
|Christchurch. Mudeford Sandbank W (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Bournemouth, Hengistbury (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Poole, Shore Road Sandbanks||Pass|
|Poole Harbour, Shore Road (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Poole Harbour, Lake||Pass|
|Poole Harbour, Rockley Sands||Fail|
|Shell Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Studland (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Kimmeridge Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Lulworth Cove (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Durdle Door, East (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Durdle Door, West (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Ringstead (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Bowleaze Cove (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Church Ope Cove (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Weymouth, Lodmoor (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Portland Harbour, Castle Cove||Pass|
|Portland Harbour, Sandsfoot Castle||Pass|
|West Bay (West) (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Eype Mouth (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Seatown (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
South West Water Authority
|Lyme Regis (incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Sidmouth Town and Jacobs Ladder||Pass|
|Sandy Bay (Exmouth)||Pass|
|Torre Abbey (Torquay)||Pass|
|St. Mary's Bay||Pass|
|Slapton Sands Monument and Torcross||Pass|
|Salcombe North Sands||Fail|
|Salcombe South Sands||Fail|
|Par and Spit (Par)||Fail|
|Charlestown and Duporth||Pass|
|Marazion and Mounts Bay||Fail|
|St. Ives Porthmeor||Pass|
|St. Ives Porth Gwidden||Fail|
|St. Ives Porthminster||Pass|
|The Towans (Hayle-Gwithian)||Pass|
Wessex Water Authority (Bristol channel)
|Porlock Weir (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Minehead Terminus (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Dunster Nw (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Blue Anchor W (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Burnham Jetty (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Weston-super-mare, Uphill Slipway||Pass|
|Weston-super-mare, Grand Pier||Fail|
|Weston-super-mare, Sand Bay (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|Clevedon Swimming Pool (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
Welsh Water Authority
|Barry, Jacksons Bay (Incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Barry, Whitmore Bay||Fail|
|Barry, Cold Knap (Incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Swansea Bay (Incomplete returns)||Fail|
|Newport Sands North (Incomplete returns)||Pass|
|Benllech (Incomplete returns)||Pass|
|Llandudno, West Shore||Fail|
North West Water Authority
Bathing Waters Survey—1986 Results (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Compliance with Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC): Coliform Standards
Full Sampling and Analysis
Partial Sampling and/or Analysis
|Northumbrian Water Authority||7||7||2||3||0||19|
|Yorkshire Water Authority||18||3||0||0||1||22|
|Anglian Water Authority||15||2||5||6||0||28|
|Thames Water Authority||1||1||0||0||0||2|
|Southern Water Authority||32||5||9||19||0||65|
|Wessex Water Authority (South Coast)||9||2||15||1||0||27|
|South West Water Authority||78||24||0||1||0||103|
|Wessex Water Authority (Bristol Channel)||3||1||4||3||0||11|
|Welsh Water Authority||21||21||2||3||0||47|
|North West Water Authority||3||17||1||9||0||30|
|Northern Ireland Water Service||3||2||0||0||9||14|
National Parks (Planning Applications)
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to take account
|Dove Point, Meols (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Pasture Road, Moreton (Incomplete Returns)||Pass|
|New Brighton (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Blackpool, (Squires Gate-South Shore)||Fail|
|Blackpool, (South Shore-Central Pier)||Fail|
|Blackpool, (Central Pier-North Shore)||Fail|
|Blackpool, (North Shore-Cleveleys)||Fail|
|Heysham Half Moon Bay||Fail|
|Morecambe, (West End Pool-Sandylands)||Fail|
|Morecambe, (West End Pool-Leisure Park) Stone Jetty||Fail|
|Morecambe, (Trinity House-Leisure Park) Central||Fail|
|Morecambe, (Bare Pool-Trinity House Slipway) Bare||Fail|
|Bardsea (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Walney Island, Biggar Bank||Pass|
|Walney Island, Sandy Gap||Pass|
|Walney Island, West Shore||Fail|
|Haverigg (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Silecroft (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Seascale (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|St. Bees (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Allonby (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
|Silloth (Incomplete Returns)||Fail|
Northern Ireland Water Service
|Benone (No Results Available)||—|
|Castlerock (No Results Available)||—|
|Ballycastle (No Results Available)||—|
|Brown's Bay (No Results Available)||—|
|Helen's Bay (No Results Available)||—|
|Crawfordsburn (No Results Available)||—|
|Millisle (No Results Available)||—|
|Cranfield (No Results Available)||—|
|Tyrella (No Results Available)||—|
of the principles enunciated in the statement made by the Minister of State for Town and Country Planning in the House on 31 March 1949 on planning applications in national parks, known as the Silkin test, when considering the appeal for planning permission by Mercury Communications Limited to construct a telecommunications mast at Arncliffe wood, Beacon hill in the north York moors national park; and if he will make a statement.
The statement to which the hon. Member refers related to mineral working in national parks. Our policy on this was set out in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Norris) on 9 April 1987, at column 393–94. On other types of development, our policy is that development control policies should be more stringent in national parks than in the countryside generally. This is reflected in the relevant structure plans which have been approved by my right hon. Friend and which, with the general policy, must he taken into account in individual cases wherever they are material considerations. The appeal to which the hon. Member refers will be determined on its merits, having regard to all the material considerations.
County Hall, Wakefield
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has had discussions with the West Yorkshire residuary body about how much has been expended to date on the advertising for the sale of county hall, Wood street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
No. This is a matter for the West Yorkshire residuary body.
Local Government Finance
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report for each local authority in England in order of magnitude (a) its increase in block grant from 1986–87 to 1987–88, in percentage terms, together with the entitlements for each year in millions, (b) its increase in total expenditure from 1986–87 to 1987–88 in percentage terms together with the expenditure figures for each year in £ millions and (c) its 1987–88 block grant as a percentage of its 1987–88 total expenditure, on the basis, in each case, of the 1986–87 figures used in the First Supplementary Report.
The information requested by the hon. Gentleman has been made available in the House of Commons Library.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 8 April, Official Report, column 257, whether he will publish in the Official Report (a) figures on the same basis for the metropolitan districts and (b) figures on the same basis for the London boroughs excluding rate support grant for the Metropolitan police from both years.
[pursuant to his reply, 29 April 1987]; The figures requested at (a) have been placed in the Library. As explained in the notes to my answer of 8 April, Official Report, column 257, in 1981–82 metropolitan police entitlements were paid direct to the rating authorities so the comparison sought at (b) is not possible.
Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent evidence he has that Nicaragua is supporting guerrilla movements in neighbouring countries.
Nicaraguan leaders have advocated the spread of revolution to other Latin American states. We have no reason to doubt reports and complaints by neighbouring democratically elected Governments that Nicaragua supports guerrilla groups who have taken up arms against them.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stage the Contadora process in central America has now reached; and what further action Her Majesty's Government intend to take to help it to a successful conclusion.
Contadora and Support Group Foreign Ministers recently expressed support for the Costa Rican peace proposals, as a means of restarting the Contadora negotiations, and for the summit of central American Presidents in Esquipulas, at which the proposals will be considered further. We and our European partners continue to urge all the countries of the region to persevere in their efforts to reach a negotiated solution.
Northern Ireland (Duty-Free Goods)
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the European Economic Community following the recent ban by the Republic of Ireland on purchases of duty-free goods in Northern Ireland: and if he will make a statement;(2) what representations he has made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland following its recent restriction on residents purchasing duty-free goods in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
The restriction of duty-free allowances announced by the Irish Finance Minister on 31 March appears to be inconsistent with EC legislation. On 2 April, the Government accordingly asked the Commission what action it planned to take. On 14 April, the Commission indicated that it intended to open infraction proceedings against the Irish Government.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is continuing to monitor the situation regarding Oscar Rojas Cuellar, who disappeared on his return to Chile from the United Kingdom in 1981.
Yes; but neither Her Majesty's embassy in Santiago nor the Chilean Vicaria de la Solidaridad human rights group has any fresh evidence about Senor Rojas' case.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chilean Government on the case of Ledy Castro Urra, formerly employed at Exeter university and now detained without trial in Chile.
We have no formal standing to intervene with the Chilean Government on behald of Senora Castro. However, we monitor her case closely and make clear to the Chilean authorities our concerns about continuing violations of human rights, as for example on 12 March when we supported a consensus resolution at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Houghton and Washington (Mr. Boyes) of 21 January, Official Report, column 592, if he will now list the visits made by British diplomats to human rights organisations in Chile in 1986 and 1987.
No central record of such visits is available. Her Majesty's embassy staff have frequent and varied contact with human rights organisations in Chile through visits and meetings, social encounters and telephone conversations.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy to seek assurances from the Chilean Government that exiles returning from the United Kingdom will not be subject to intimidation, imprisonment, torture or murder;(2) if his Department intends to monitor the situation of exiles from Chile who have been resident in United Kingdom now returning to Chile.
Her Majesty's embassy in Santiago has already sought such assurances from the Chilean authorities. We shall monitor closely the experience of returning exiles, following the welcome removal of most names from the list of those officially banished. We shall also continue to press the Chilean Government for the full restoration of fundamental human rights.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department has been approached over the past three months for advice from Chilean exiles resident in the United Kingdom who are considering returning to Chile.
We have received two such approaches.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many specific cases of human rights abuse he has raised with the Governments of (a) the Soviet Union, (b) Romania, (c) Poland, (d) Czechoslovakia, (e) East Germany and (f) Hungary in the last three years; and if he will list the names of the persons involved.
Several hundred human rights and personal cases have been raised with the countries concerned, though none with Hungary, over the past three years. Lists of such cases are not kept and could only be produced at a disproportionate cost.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he raised the subject of the implications for Anglo-United States relations of unitary taxation at his meeting with the Governor of California on Monday 13 April; and if he will make a statement.
Unitary taxation was discussed during my right hon. and learned Friend's meeting with the Government of California. The governor was told of our hopes for further reform of California's unitary taxation. He invited the United Kingdom private sector to put its views to the California franchise tax board.
Pakistan And Bangladesh
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the de-oxyribosc nuclei acid pilot scheme now taking place in the sub-continent is being confined to Pakistan and Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.
DNA testing in immigration cases is useful only if the claim depends on a parent-child relationship which is not proved by existing procedures. The only outstanding cases at the time of the pilot scheme involved people already in the United Kingdom, or these two countries. We recognise, however, that DNA testing is potentially of value in considering applications from other countries. Decisions on the incorporation of DNA testing into our immigration control procedures will be made in the light of the outcome of the pilot scheme.
Council Of Ministers
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report a statement on forthcoming business in the European Community Council of Ministers.
The usual forecast was deposited in the House earlier today. At present, nine meetings of the Council of Ministers are planned for May.The Fisheries Council will meet on 5 May and is likely to discuss annual catch quotas for the North Atlantic Fisheries Organisation; fishing rights in the Svalbard region; fish import policy and EC aid for fisheries control facilities.The Economic and Finance Council will meet on 11 May. It is expected that the agenda will include the Commission's recent proposals on the future financing of the Community, the reference framework for the 1988 Community budget, and directives on prospectuses to be published when securities are offered to the public and mutual recognition of listing particulars for admission of securities to official stock exchange listing.The Education Council will meet on 14 May. The agenda is not yet available, but it is likely to include discussion of the ERASMUS student mobility programme.The Health Council is to meet on 15 May. It will discuss the draft conclusions on appropriate use of medicinal products, implementation of the emergency health card, the Europe against cancer programme and AIDS.The Agriculture Council will meet on 18/19 May to continue its discussions on the 1987 price-fixing proposals, which will include reviews of the green currency system and the oils and fats regime.The Development Council will meet on 21 May to discuss public awareness of development issues, the implementation of Lomé 3, action against AIDS, environment and development and preparation for UNCTAD 7.The Environment Council meets on 21 May. The agenda will include large combustion plants, vehicle emissions and leaded petrol, the export of dangerous chemicals, chlorofluorocarbons, the ACE programme of community action relating to the Environment, and the discharge of dangerous substances in the aquatic environment.The Foreign Affairs Council will meet on 25–26 May. Discussions will cover the future financing of the Community; Community relations with Japan and the United States; progress of the Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations; moves towards closer cooperation between the EC and EFTA and relations with Latin America. A meeting of the EC/Tunisia Co-operation Council will also be held in the margins of the Council.The Labour and Social Affairs Council will meet on 26 May. Ministers are expected to consider a decision on youth training, conclusions on adult training and a communication on protective legislation for women.
Western European Union
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the meeting of the Western European Union Foreign and Defence Ministers in Luxembourg on 27 April.
WEU Ministers at Luxembourg on 27–28 April held a useful exchange of views on subjects of concern to Europe in the security field. Our main focus was on East-West relations and arms control, particularly INF. We discussed the implications for security of Soviet proposals to eliminate intermediate-range systems down to a range of 500 km. Decisions on this question will be taken in the Alliance, but Ministers stressed that western security must continue to be based on an appropriate mix of conventional and nuclear forces which together provide a credible deterrent to aggression. They also agreed that the presence of United States nuclear forces and United States troops in Europe remains indispensible for the security of the whole alliance and that reductions in nuclear weapons would increase the importance of removing the conventional superiority of the Warsaw pact and eliminating chemical weapons. Ministers underlined that a successful outcome of the current East-West negotiations depends on the continued solidarity between Europe and the United States. On other matters, Ministers agreed that work should continue on the development of a set of principles for European security which should be examined at our autumn meeting, with a view to possible publication. Ministers approved further study of the WEU institutional structure, particularly that of the Paris agencies, including the question of possible co-location. They also held an informal exchange of views on the Assembly budget, and on WEU enlargement.A copy of the communiqué of the meeting has been placed in the Library of the House.
Education And Science
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the expenditure per pupil in the local education authority area of the county of Shropshire for each year from 1978–79.
The information requested is given in the following table:
Net Institutional Recurrent Expenditure per Primary and Secondary Pupil
Astronomy (South Africa)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many grants have been given to astronomers and to the institutions within which they work for visits to use telescopes in South Africa since the Science and Engineering Research Council suspended the agreement with the South African Government on joint management of the South African astronomical observatory.
The Science and Engineering Research Council has awarded five research grants to provide for seven United Kingdom observers to visit South Africa to use the telescopes since the agreement was suspended on 30 June 1986. The grants were awarded to four different universities.
School Governors (Meetings)
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what provision the Government have made for funding the cost of advertising of governors' meetings, provision of public facilities and production of reports for parents, including the cost of providing translations, where needed.
The plans for local authority current spending on education for 1987–88 represent a cash increase of nearly 19 per cent. over those for last year. This level of provision should enable authorities to absorb without difficulty any additional expenditure arising, from the Education (No. 2) Act 1986.
Freshwater Biological Association
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to how many staff have been made redundant both voluntarily and compulsorily by the Freshwater Biological Association in the last two years; what redundancies are proposed for the current financial year; and what percentage of the total staff each figure represents.
No compulsory redundancies have occurred at the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) in the years 1986–87 and 1985–86. Two individuals took voluntary premature retirement in 1986–87 and five in 1985–86. The voluntary retirements represent 2·9 per cent. and 4·5 per cent. of the respective staff in post figures (104·5 1986–87 and 112 1985–86).I understand that the FBA council has proposed that there should be losses of between 25 and 30 staff in the financial year 1987–88. This represents between 25·3 per cent. and 30·5 per cent. of the current staff in post figure of 98·5.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what criteria are used by the Natural Environmental Research Council in deciding to reduce the grant-in-aid awarded to a particular research body; what weight the Natural Environment Research Council attaches to the ability of such bodies to attract commissioned research funding from the private and public sectors; and if he will make a statement.
The NERC policy for the allocation of funds between the various bodies which it supports is set out in the NERC corporate plan, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. Current policy includes increasing the council's support of universities. The funding of all the council's instutute and grant-aided associations is being reduced as a consequence.NERC establishments are permitted to retain the whole of any commission research income earned and are encouraged to increase this source of funds.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to implement the commitment to environmental research, with particular reference to freshwater biology, expressed in its response to the World Conservation Strategy report, contained in the document "Conservation and Development—The British Approach"; and if he will make a statement.
I shall reply as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what priority Her Majesty's Government
|Total Income (£,000)||2,123||2,152||2,055||2,239||2,803|
|Percentage of CRI included in total income||23·0||19·9||22·4||27·6||30·3|
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many Medical Research Council projects have been alpha-rated in each of the last three years; and what is the estimate for 1987–88.
The number of new project grant applications alpha rated by the Medical Research Council has been as follows:
attach within their overall research programme to research into freshwater biology, with particular reference to river management, pollution assessment and nature conservation; how this priority is reflected in the current and projected level of funding from Government sources for this area of research; what representations he has received about the level of funding; and if he will make a statement.
Research into freshwater biology, with other environmental issues, is among a range of priority areas to be funded from within the resources available. Representations on this matter have been received from the staff of the Freshwater Biological Association.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the grant-in-aid from the Natural Environment Research Council to the Freshwater Biological Association in each of the last five years expressed at constant 1986–87 prices; what grant-in-aid is proposed for the current financial year and what percentage change this represents; and what information he has as to the proportion of its total funding which the Freshwater Biological Association attracted in the form of commissioned research from private and public sources in each of these years.
The information on the Freshwater Biological Association's grant-in-aid and its commissioned research income over the past five years expressed at 1986–87 prices, together with the commissioned research income (CRI) expressed in terms of the percentage of the total income, is as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many Medical Research Council projects have been funded in each of the last three years; and what is the estimate for 1987–88.
The number of new project grants funded by the M RC has been as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has of the number of researchers and scientists, previously involved in Medical Research Council funded projects, who left to work overseas in each of the last five years; and if he will provide a forecast for 1987–88.
I understand that the Medical Research Council can only provide numbers of staff who have been employed by the council. Numbers of permanent scientific staff who have left to work overseas have been:
It is not possible to forecast numbers for 1987 and 1988.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has of the number of researchers and scientists, trained from public funds, who left to work overseas in each of the last five years; and if he will forecast the numbers for 1987–88.
This information is not collected centrally.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement about the rates of allowance that will be payable to students in 1987–88.
My right hon. Friend announced the main rates of grant for 1987–88 on 30 January this year. Subject to Parliament's approval of the necessary regulations, the supplementary grant rates will be increased broadly in line with the main rates, and there will be certain other improvements in the grant arrangements.Particular improvements include:
disabled students will be able to claim up to £700 for extra expenses: a rise of 24 per cent.;
for students claiming the older students' allowance, taxable benefits from periods of unemployment will count towards the £12,000 of earnings needed to qualify and the qualifying figure of £ 12,000 set last year will not be increased;
students will he able to receive up to £2,000 a year from sponsorships or scholarships without any reduction in their grant.
The full list of rates and allowances has been placed in the Library.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table showing expenditure per pupil since 1974–75 in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special schools in cash terms and at constant prices.
The following table gives the information requested:
|Net institutional recurrent expenditure per pupil, England|
|pounds per pupil|
|Primary schools||Secondary schools||Special education|
|Financial year||Cash terms||Real terms1||Cash terms||Real terms1||Cash terms||Real terms1|
1 The cash terms for the earlier years have been repriced to 1985–86 prices using the gross domestic product (market prices) deflator.
asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 April.
asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 April.
asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 April.
asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 April.
asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 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.
Sir Maurice Oldfield
asked the Prime Minister if she will refer to the Security Commission recent allegations relating to the conduct of the late Sir Maurice Oldfield.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool., South (Sir P. Blaker) on 23 April, at columns 656–57.
Council Of Europe
asked the Prime Minister if she will announce the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be meeting in Strasbourg from. 4–8 May. I have appointed 18 delegates from the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The delegation this year will consist of 12 members of the Conservative party, five members of the Labour party and one member of the Liberal party. I have also appointed a number of substitute delegates.The appointments of representatives and substitutes have been made on the basis of nominations by the Leaders of those parties concerned.The same delegation will be representing the United Kingdom Parliament at the Assembly of the Western European Union.Representatives from the Government Benches will be:The right hon. Member for Torbay (Sir F. Bennett), who will act as leader.The hon. Members for
- Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg)
- Cambridgeshire, South-West (Sir A. Grant)
- Norfolk, South-West (Sir P. Hawkins)
- Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill)
- Twickenham (Mr. Jessel)
- Birmingham, Edgbaston (Dame J. Knight)
- Sheffield, Hallam (Sir J. Osborn)
- Harrow, West (Sir J. Page)
- Warwick and Leamington (Sir D. Smith)
- Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. 'Wilkinson)
- and the Earl of Kinnoull.
Representatives from the Labour party will be:
The hon. Members for
- Neath (Mr. Coleman)
- Wallsend (Mr. Garrett)
- Wentworth (Mr. Hardy)
- East Kilbride (Dr. Miller)
- and the Lord Hughes.
Representatives from the Liberal party will be:
The hon. Member for
- Isle of Wight(Mr. Ross)
The following substitutes have been appointed to act as necessary on behalf of the delegates.
From the Government Benches:
The right hon. and learned Member for
- Dover (Mr. Rees)
The hon. Members for:
- Cunninghame, North (Mr. Corrie)
- Northampton, South (Mr. Morris)
- Welwyn Hatfield (Mr. Murphy)
- Halesowen and Stourbridge (Mr. Stokes)
- Cardiff, West (Mr. Terlezki)
- Poole (Mr. Ward)
- The Lord Newall and the Lord Rodney.
From the Labour party:
The right hon. Members for Brent, East (Mr. Freeson) Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Millan)
The hon. Members for
- Newcastle upon Tyne, North (Mr. Brown)
- Tooting (Mr. Cox)
- Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr. Edwards)
- Makerfield (Mr. McGuire)
- Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Parry)
- Hemsworth (Mr. Woodall)
From the Liberal party:
The Lord Mackie.
Nuclear Accidents (Compensation)
asked the Secretary of State for Energy, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Mr. Murphy) on 19 January, Official Report, columns 361–2, how many compensation claims have been received, how many have been paid, and what amount has been paid to (a) leukaemia victims and their families,(b) workers at nuclear installations and their families and (c) others, in respect of nuclear accidents or radiation leaks.
I apologise for the delay in answering. There have been no claims under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 resulting directly from a nuclear accident. Two claims have been submitted to the CEGB, one by a contractor's employee in respect of cancer, the other by one of the CEGB's own employees in respect of leukaemia. No compensation has been paid.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement about the arrangements for reporting nuclear incidents; and whether all such incidents can be published.
During a debate on nuclear matters on 13 May last year, the then Secretary of State for the Environment, my right hon. Friend the Member for Mole Valley (Mr. Baker), said that the Government would consider the existing reporting arrangements to see whether changes were desirable.
I am now able to announce new procedures which will extend the present arrangements, and will provide for the publication by the nuclear industry of reports of all occurrences, however minor.
Arrangements hitherto have required all incidents having significance, or potential significance, for the health and safety of the work force or the general public which are reported to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to be reported promptly to interested Departments and their Ministers. All such reports are published quarterly by the Health and Safety Executive. These formal reporting arrangements were explained to the House by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy, my right hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, Central (Mr. Moore) on 26 July 1982. They are now being broadened, among other things, to require confirmed or expected breaches of discharge authorisations issued under the Radioactive Substances Act 1969 to be included in the formal reporting arrangements and to be reported directly to interested Departments and their Ministers. I am placing a note on the revised reporting criteria in the Library of the House.
Nuclear operators are required to record in a site log or register all incidents, whether formally reportable or not, which occur at nuclear sites. Many such occurrences are already reported to Departments and are the subject of public statements. In future, nuclear operators will publish details of all such occurrences which are recorded in site logs, generally in weekly or fortnightly site newsletters. These local newsletters will be circulated to members of local liaison committees, to local Members of Parliament, to local news media and to interested Departments. Arrangements will also be made for copies to be placed in the Library of the House.
These arrangements will ensure that the fullest possible information is made available at all times to the House and to the public about occurrences, however insignificant, at nuclear sites.
House Of Commons
asked the Lord Privy Seal, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Devon, North on 27 April, Official Report, column 15, if he will now list the representations he has received regarding the quality of franked brown manilla envelopes supplied for use in the House.
I have received no representations regarding the quality of franked brown manilla envelopes but understand that, since the Accommodation and Administration Sub-Committee meeting on 19 May last year, two hon. Members have been in correspondence with the Serjeant-at-Arms about the matter.
National Health Service
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what were the numbers of medical and dental staff employed in the National Health Service in Wales (a) in the years 1970 to 1975, (b) 1975 to 1980 and (c) in the years 1980 to 1985, expressed as actual numbers, and discounting changes in rota systems;
(2) what were the numbers of nurses and midwives employed in the National Health Service in Wales (a) in the years 1970 to 1975, (b) in the years 1975 to 1980 and (c) in the years 1980 to 1985, expressed as actual numbers, and discounting changes in rota systems;
(3) what were the numbers of front-line staff employed in the National Health Service in Wales (a) in the years 1970 to 1975, (b) in the years 1975 to 1980 and (c) in the years 1980 to 1985, expressed as actual numbers, and discounting changes in rota systems.
The required information which is only available in the form of whole-time equivalents, is given in the following table.
|Average whole-time equivalents employed1|
|Period (six years inclusive)||Medical and Dental||Nursing and Midwifery||Front-line staff2|
|1 Based on whole-time equivalents employed at 30 September each year.|
|2 "Front-line staff" includes medical and dental, nursing and midwifery and professional and technical staff groups.|
|3 Nursing and midwifery figures for 1970 are not wholly separable from professional and technical staff figures, and therefore the average is based on the five-year period 1971–75 inclusive.|
|4 Figures for 1980 onwards have not been adjusted to allow for the reduction which took place in contract hours for nursing and midwifery staff, from 40 to 37½ hours per week.|
asked the Secretary of State for Wales who will make the appointment of non-executive members of the Health Policy Board appointed on a nonrepresentational basis referred to in the corporate management programme for the "Health Service in Wales" consultation paper; and who will qualify for appointment.
My right hon. Friend appoints non-executive members to the board entirely at his discretion.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many community hospitals are under construction at the present time in Wales;(2) how many community hospitals are planned to be built in Wales
(a) in the next five years and (b) in the next 10 years.
New community hospitals have been opened in Mold in 1984 and Ystradgynlais in 1986. None is currently under construction. I understand that currently district health authorities have plans for seven community hospitals in the next five years and a further four in the five years after that.
Health Policy Board
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the anticipated eventual capital costs in setting up the Health Policy Board for Wales.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the anticipated eventual revenue costs in setting up the Health Policy Board for Wales.
Revenue costs directly attributable to the running of the Health Policy Board are confined to the fees and travel and other expenses of non-executive members. In 1986–87, this expenditure totalled £1,400. Welsh Office staff participate in board meetings and provide secretarial support in the normal course of their duties.
Health Common Services Authority
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what are the anticipated eventual capital costs in setting up the Welsh Health Common Services Authority:(2) what are the anticipated eventual costs in operating the Health Welsh Common Services Authority.
No additional capital costs were incurred in establishing the Welsh Health Common Services Authority. The revenue allocation to the authority for financial year 1987–88 is £5·724 million. The revenue and capital costs incurred by the WHCSA in any financial year are attributable to the level of service it is required to provide for the NHS in Wales.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the expenditure on providing community care for mentally handicapped people in Wales (a) in the years 1970 to 1975, (b) in the years 1975 to 1980 and (c) in the years 1980 to 1985 expressed in actual and in 1975 adjusted terms.
Information prior to 1975–76 is not separately identifiable for Wales. Between 1975–76 and 1979–80, expenditure was £22·83 million (£17·34 million at 1975–76 prices); between 1980–81 and 1984–85 expenditure was £52·34 million (£22·61 million at 1975–76 prices). These figures include expenditure on residential care for children and adults, day care at adult training centres, and the all-Wales mental handicap strategy. Figures for community health services and special education provision are not separately available.
Health Building, Bangor
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the present status of litigation in respect of health building schemes at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor wall Hospital Design Consortium.
The Official Referee has set the date of hearing in this action for April 1988.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the present status of litigation in respect of health building schemes at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor with Haden Young Ltd.
A preliminary issue in this action is to be heard in the High Court from 28 April 1987.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the terms of the settlement reached on the litigation arising from health building schemes at Prince Charles hospital.
The Welsh Health Common Services Authority and the sub-contractor, CED Services Ltd., agreed to pay R. M. Douglas (Construction) Ltd. £932,500 and £632,500 respectively, with each party bearing its own costs. Third party proceedings were withdrawn on the third parties' agreement to waive certain outstanding fees and to bear their own costs of the action.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the present status of litigation in respect of health building schemes at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor with IDC Ltd.
IDC Ltd. is a third party in a claim brought by the Welsh Health Common Services Authority against Haden Young Ltd. A preliminary issue in this action is to be heard in the High Court from 28 April 1987.
Mental Illness And Mental Handicap
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on the adequacy of community care provision for hospital discharged mentally ill and mentally handicapped patients in each of the Welsh health authority areas.
In pursuance of its various policy initiatives directed towards the development of new patterns of care in the community, the Department consults and receives representations from a wide range of interests throughout Wales. It is not possible to give details without incurring disproportionate costs.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many consultant posts in Wales have been unfilled for three months, six months and one year in each of the recognised specialties for each health authority in Wales.
The information requested is not centrally available.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions representatives of his Department have had with officials responsible for the common agricultural policy of the EEC concerning the possibility of a small farmers' direct income aid scheme; and what is his policy on such a scheme for small farmers in Wales.
Full consultations and discussions will take place once the Commission publish its formal proposals on direct income aids.
"A Good Old Age"
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report a list of the bodies and organisations with which he consulted prior to drawing up his consultation paper "A Good Old Age."
There was no formal consultation with any bodies or organisations before "A Good Old Age" was published; extensive consultation took place after publication.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he will make additional resources available to local authorities following the recent pay award to teachers.
I am today laying before the House of Commons the Welsh rate support grant supplementary report 1987–88 which makes provision for additional expenditure by local authorities and for additional rate support grant in respect of the recent pay award to teachers.
Pipeline Assembly Yard, Rosshire
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state his Department's current policy towards the proposed pipeline assembly yard at Morrich Mhor, near Tain, Rosshire; and if he will make a statement.
My Department was approached in September 1985 by Land and Marine with a request to use a strip of land at the edge of the RAF range at Tain as the site for a pipeline assembly yard. My Department considered the proposals and was satisfied that by the application of stringent safety procedures the construction work could be accommodated as had been requested.I understand that Land and Marine's application for planning permission is with my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.
Defence Estate Steering Group
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the names and qualifications of the current membership of the Defence Estate Steering Group; what recommendations it has made as to the maximum utilisation of the defence estate since it was established in 1985; and what are its recommendations currently as to the disposal of surplus assets.
The current membership of the Defence Estate Steering Group is as follows:
Ministry of Defence
Mr. Roger Freeman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces.
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage, Chairman of the Principal Administrative Officer Committee.
- Mr. J. M. Stewart, Deputy Under Secretary (Personnel and Logistics).
- Rear Admiral A. J. Richmond, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistics).
- Captain R. J. Wright RN, Director of Quartering (Navy).
- Brigadier M. A. Gardner, Director of Army Quartering.
- Air Commander B. L. Robinson, Director of Organisation and Quartering (RAF).
- Mr. R. P. Hatfield, Head of PL (Defence Lands).
- Mr. P. A. Crowther, Head of Establishments and Research Administration 1.
Property Services Agency
- Mr. H. P. Johnston, C Eng, MIEE, FCIBSE, Deputy Chief Executive 2, PSA.
- Mr. M. D. Clarke, LLB, ARICs, Head of Defence Estate Services Division, PSA.
- Mr. C. D. D. Duncan, Head of PL (Logistics).
The composition of the group recognises the need for a tri-service approach to the management of the defence estate whilst taking account of the executive responsibilities of each of the services and the Procurement Executive. Professional advice is provided by the Property Services Agency though the DESG is also empowered to seek advice from the private sector as it sees fit.
The first major project of the DESG was a study of the scope for rationalisation of defence facilities in north and west London. As a result of this study, it has been decided to concentrate a number of Army and Air Force facilities on RAF Northolt and RAF Uxbridge, enabling the disposal of sites at Mill Hill, Stanmore Park, Hounslow, West Drayton and of service housing at Hendon and Mill Hill. As a second major project, the DESG commissioned a survey of 75 smaller but potentially valuable sites throughout the United Kingdom. The survey, which incorporated advice from outside consultants, was completed in 1986 and its recommendations are now being followed up in detail site by site. A number of sites are already in the process of disposal and it is expected that further disposals will result from this study during the next few years. In addition, the DESG has considered a number of individual cases, and sites at Camberley, Portsmouth, Brighton, Winchester and Arborfield have been disposed of or are in the process of disposal.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent in total on defence since 1979 to date; and if he will make a statement.
Total defence spending from 1979–80 to 1986–87 inclusive was the cash sum of about £117 billion.
Trade And Industry
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) hopes to reply to a letter from the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne, dated 25 February, on behalf of Mr. J. K. Miln, of Hard to Come By Farm, Budock, Falmouth.
I replied to my hon. Friend's letter on 29 April.
Bureaux De Change
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to regulate the amount of commission which may be charged by bureaux de change; and if he will make a statement.
I have no plans for legislation to control the level of commission charges, but a code of practice issued by my Department early last year calls on banks and bureaux to display their commission and exchange rates prominently. Many banks and bureaux are already complying with these requirements, to which the Consumer Protection Bill, if enacted, will give statutory backing.
asked the Paymaster General (1) what has been the net gain or loss of jobs in the service sector since 1983 in (a) the north-west region, (b) Lancashire, (c) Greater Manchester, (d) Merseyside and (e) Cheshire;
(2) what has been the change in jobs in the manufacturing sector since 1983 in (a) the north-west region, (b) Lancashire, (c) Greater Manchester, (d) Merseyside and (e) Cheshire.
The latest estimates show an increase of 10,000 in the number of jobs in the north-west region between December 1983 and December 1986. This increase resulted from a net increase of 27,000 employees in the service industries; a net decrease of 40,000 employees in manufacturing industries; a net decrease of 8,000 employees in other industries and a net increase of 31,000 people in self-employment. Some of the apparent movement from manufacturing to service employment in these figures will be due to the reclassification of jobs such as industrial cleaning, catering, computer services and road haulage previously done by manufacturers' own employees, now done by subcontractors outside the manufacturing sector.Figures for counties and smaller areas are not available except from censuses of employment taken triennially since 1978.
asked the Paymaster General what proportion of the population between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age were (a) engaged in full-time education, (b) engaged in training, (c) in employment and (d) unemployed at the latest date for which records are available.
The information is not available in the form requested. In January 1986, of young people in Great Britain aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 1985, 31·2 per cent. were in full-time education, 10·4 per cent. were on YTS, and 15·4 per cent. were claimant unemployed. Most of the remaining 43 per cent. will have been in employment outside YTS. However, some will have been unemployed but not claiming benefit, some neither seeking work nor claiming benefit and some on Government schemes other than YTS.
asked the Paymaster General (1) how many people have been unemployed for 12 months and more; if he will give the equivalent figure for May 1979; and if he will give the same information on the basis of the counting methods in use in May 1979 and the percentage increase in the latter case;(2) if he will state the number unemployed for 12 months or more in
(a) the west midlands, (b) the black country area of the west midlands and (c) the Walsall travel-to-work area; what were the comparable figures for May 1979; and if he will give the same information on the basis of the counting methods in use in May 1979, and the percentage increase in the latter case.
On 8 January 1987, the latest date on which analysis of unemployment by duration is available, the number of claimants in the United Kingdom who had been unemployed for over 12 months was 1,334,430. The corresponding number of unemployed registrants in April 1979 (not available for May 1979) was 366,711. It is not possible to give a reliable estimate of long-term unemployment now on the method used in 1979.For unemployment figures for the west midlands, the black country area of the west midlands and the Walsall travel-to-work area, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend on 19 February 1987 at column
asked the Paymaster General if he will list in the Official Report, the number of redundancies notified to his Department in the South Shields constituency in each year since 1979.
Information relating to confirmed redundancies is given in the following table:
|Redundancies confirmed as due to occur in South Shields|
Bureaux De Change
asked the Paymaster General what representations he has received regarding the effects on the tourist industry and the numbers of visitors to the United Kingdom of overcharging by bureaux de change.
My Department has received complaints about various practices adopted by certain bureaux de change operators and I recognise that a poor impression can be created for overseas visitors. The Government would not seek to control exchange rates or commission charges but we are concerned that these should be clearly displayed so that prospective customers are aware of the terms before they commit themselves. The British Tourist Authority introduced a voluntary code of practice in 1986 requiring prominent display of both rates and charges and this has been widely adopted. The proposed Consumer Protection Bill will include a statutory code of practice in this respect and a number of operators have already agreed to adhere to its proposed provisions on a voluntary basis in the meantime.
High Court (Jedburgh)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the number of occasions over the last 10 years when the High Court of the justiciary sat in Jedburgh.
Sittings of the High Court at Jedburgh over the last 10 years have been as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of persons convicted in each of the last 10 years of criminal offences in Scotland while on bail for an earlier offence.
The information below relates only to persons for whom reoffending while on bail was the charge which attracted the most serious penalty. In other cases, the offender will be classified under the actual crime committed while on bail and statistics on such offenders cannot be separately identified. Before 1983, reoffending while on bail was not distinguished from other bail offences.
|Persons with main charge proved of reoffending while on bail—Scotland|
Criminal Assaults (Elderly People)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what practical steps he proposes to take to reduce the incidence of criminal assault on elderly people attacked while in their own homes.
A number of measures currently being taken to reduce the incidence of housebreaking and crime generally should help with this problem. Specific developments include (a) the recently launched campaign to promote neighbourhood watch, which is aimed at preventing housebreaking and vandalism by means of improved physical security, watchfulness and mutual help within the community, and (b) the national initiative by my Department and the Manpower Services Commission, under the community programme, to promote crime prevention projects, a specific aim of which is to provide the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged with practical improvements in home security. In addition, an architectural design competition is being held to encourage architects to incorporate good crime prevention and design features in housing developments. More generally, police forces are always ready to advise individual householders about appropriate security measures, use of which will reduce the opportunities for this type of crime.
Meningitis Research (Edinburgh)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what funding the Department of Health has been giving to meningitis research in Edinburgh in each of the last five years.
The Scottish Home and Health Department has not funded any research projects relating to meningitis in this period.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in how many cases he has rejected proposals submitted in the past 15 months from the Highland regional council to impose speed limits where the environmental or accident criteria were met; and if he will give his reasons for refusing each application.
My right hon. and learned Friend has not turned down any applications in the past 15 months from Highland regional council where both the environmental and accident criteria were met. Satisfaction of one of these criteria on its own is not a sufficient reason for imposing a speed restriction. In any case, there are three other criteria to be taken into account.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what consultations he has had with local authorities about the existing criteria for speed restrictions; and if he will make a statement;(2) what consultations he has had with the police about the existing criteria for speed restrictions; and if he will make a statement.
In 1979 a draft circular was issued for comment to several representative bodies, including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland). Following these consultations, the Scottish Development Department issued circular No.18/80, which sets out the criteria.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what planning proposals he has to reduce potential conflicts of interest between marine farming and other fishing users of inshore waters.
The Government do not consider that planning legislation would provide an appropriate framework for exercising control of sea-based fish farming developments. We do however recognise the need to ensure that the rapidly growing fish farming industry in Scotland is developed in a balanced and sensible way and that in its consideration of applications for leases the Crown Estate Commissioners takes account of both the needs of the industry itself and the views of others who could be affected by the overall growth of fish farming or by individual developments. A consultative paper containing proposals for new consultative procedures was issued by the Scottish Development Department in March 1986, and revised procedures were introduced last October. They will be kept under review and if significant changes are thought necessary the procedures will be further adjusted.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what special initiatives to tackle unemployment have been set up by the Scottish Development Agency or other public authority in Scotland; what travel-to-work area(s) each covers; and what is the unemployment level in that area.
There are five major area initiatives currently in operation which were set up by the Scottish Development Agency in conjunction with local authorities and the private sector. These are at Clydebank, Coatbridge, Dundee, Inverclyde and Motherwell. While measures to tackle unemployment are a major component, the initiatives also have wider economic and environmental objectives. The travel-to-work areas covered by the initiatives and relevant unemployment rates are set out below.
|Initiative||TTWA||Unemployment rate (12 March) per cent.|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what are the powers of the children's panels in relation to access to all relevant files on the children appearing before them, or their families: on whose discretion panel members are given access to such files; and what is the authority for this arrangement;(2) for what purpose he introduced rule 13 on the conduct of children's panels relating to the custody of persons by police or prison officers; and on what date it became effective;(3) for what reasons he did not reappoint to the children's panels in Ayrshire Mr. Alexander Baird and Mr. Ian Bigham; on what date this action became effective; and what representations he has received on this matter.
I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new private and local authority houses were constructed in (a) Cumnock and Doon Valley and (b) Kyle and Carrick in each year from 1979 to 1986.
The information requested is set out in the table below:
|Number of new buildings completed|
|Year||Cumnock and Doon Valley district||Kyle and Carrick district|
|Private||Local Authority||Private||Local Authority|
Hospital Waiting Lists
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the waiting lists and waiting times for operations in each specialism in (a) Ballochmyle, (b) Ayr County, (c) Heathfield and (b) Seafield hospitals.
I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible, and will arrange for a copy of my letter to be placed in the Library.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the gross figures for those claiming unemployment benefit, and the percentage of the work force this represents for (a) Ayr travel-to-work area,(b) Cumnock and Sanquhar travel-to-work area and (c) Girvan travel-to-work area for each month since May 1979 to the latest available date.
I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the latest expected dates of the various stages in the planning and construction of (a) Cumnock and Auchinleck, (b) New Cumnock, (c) Maybole and (d) Girvan bypasses; and if he will make a statement.
The information is as follows:
|Scheme||Draft road orders published||Earliest possible works start|
|(a) Cumnock and Auchinleck Bypass||June 1986||Spring 1988|
|(b) New Cumnock Bypass||January 1987||Autumn 1988|
|(c) Maybole Bypass||Autumn 1987||Spring 1990|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the outcome of the study commissioned by him into the background levels of polychlorinated-biphenyls and their derivatives in soil; and if he will make a statement.
Samples of soil have been taken on a 20 km grid from 36 locations between Girvan in the south-west and Stonehaven in the north-east. These samples have been analysed by the laboratory of the Government chemist for polychlorinated-biphenyls, polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxins and polychloro-dibenzo-furans.Only four of the samples show a polychlorinated-biphenyl content above the limit of detection. The highest result, 100 parts per billion, is not exceptional having regard to the normal background levels in soils generally.Few of the results for dioxins and furans are above the limit of detection, except for tetrachloro-dibenzo-furan, where most of the results are in the range of 0·01–0·06 parts per billion. Two results, of 0·1 and 0·4 parts per billion, have been found in samples from locations near Girvan and Coylton in Ayrshire. I have asked that further samples be taken from these locations for analysis.The United Kingdom does not set a limit for dioxin levels; it is however of interest to note that the United States centre for disease control has set a limit of 1·0 parts per billion in soil for the most toxic of the dioxins, 2378 tetrachloro-dibenzo-dioxin, in soil. None of the results obtained exceeds a hundredth of that figure.
Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation And Representation) Act 1986
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in the light of the reply of 10 April, Official Report, column 467, to the hon. Member for Monklands, West (Mr. Clarke) whether he is now in a position to make a further statement on the implementation of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 in Scotland.
Following discussion with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, my right hon. and learned Friend has decided to implement sections 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 of the Act from 1 June 1987 and sections 4 and 8(1) from 1 October 1987. Further discussions will be held with the convention on the cost implications of section 13, with a view to implementing this section as well later in 1987–88.
Agriculture, Fisheries And Food
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to bring forward the date for the phasing out of veal crates.
My Department is considering representations from interested organisations on our proposal to phase out veal crates.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from organisations or individuals about the effect the Chernobyl fallout has had on the ability of people to sell agricultural land; what replies he has sent; and if he will make a statement.
Representations have been recieved by me, or by my Department, from the Country Landowners Association, National Farmers Union and individuals about compensation for farms "blighted" because of the restrictions imposed following the Chernobyl accident.All have been informed, or will be informed, that various factors are combining to make land prices weak at this time but that there is no reason why the sheep restrictions should place a farmer in a worse position than other farmers who wish to sell their property. In designing these restrictions we have sought to ensure that farmers are able to carry out their normal husbandry so far as possible, and compensation arrangements designed to cover market losses on marked sheep and certain direct losses resulting from the impact of the restrictions were introduced. The arrangements to allow sheep to move from restricted farms and associated compensation arrangements should ensure that farmers suffer no significant loss in the operation of their businesses. In these circumstances there ought not to be any loss in the capital value since the farm's earning potential is not affected and its normal husbandry practices are not impeded.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make it his policy that no dyes be added to food intended for children aged one to three years; what steps he has taken to ensure that food manufacturers do not add dyes in such food; and what penalties are involved in the event of dyes being added.
I have already circulated proposals to amend the Colouring Matter in Food Regulations 1973 so as to provide inter alia that:
"No food specially prepared for babies and young children shall have in it or on it any added colouring matter other than any of the following added permitted colouring matters:
Riboflavin or Lactoflavin E 101
The proposals do not define "young children" so as to avoid limiting the extent of the. prohibition.The riboflavins and beta-Carotene would be permitted because they are valuable vitamins or vitamin sources which also have colouring characteristics.Persons contravening the Colouring Matter in Food Regulations are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £2,000.beta Carotene E160(a)."
Council Of Agriculture Ministers
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the outcome of the Council of Agriculture Ministers' meeting held in Luxembourg on 27–28 April; and if he will make a statement.
I represented the United Kingdom at this Council, which was devoted entirely to a further discussion of the Commission's proposals for agricultural prices and support measures for 1987–88. There remains considerable divergence between member states' views on a number of crucial issues, including the degree of price restraint to be applied, agrimonetary measures and the proposed tax on oils and fats. I took the opportunity to make clear that I would be looking for a green pound devaluation larger than that proposed by the Commission.The Council will resume its discussions on 18 May.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when Fisheries Ministers have decided on new schemes for providing financial assistance to the fishing industry; and if he will make a statement.
Following consultation with representatives of the fishing industry, my right hon. Friends and I are proceeding with the preparation of national schemes to implement the main provisions of EC regulation 4028/86 which was agreed by the Council of Fisheries Ministers at the end of last year. Orders under the Fisheries Act 1981 will be laid before Parliament shortly with a view to them coming into operation at the beginning of June. The orders will continue schemes for grants to assist vessel construction and modernisation, and the development of aquaculture, and to provide a limited measure of support for exploratory voyages and joint ventures. We do not, however, propose to continue with schemes for the decommissioning or laying-up of vessels, our view being that the limited financial resources available should at this stage be directed towards the modernisation of the fleet. With this in mind, priority under the new scheme will be given to vessels replacing those lost, urgent modernisation, and the replacement of vessels over 15 years of age.Rates of grant available to vessels of less than 33m will generally be at the maximum rate of 30 per cent. permitted by the Council regulation, subject to the maximum grant payable in respect of any vessel being £250,000. However, in the case of applications for vessels over 24m from Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland, which also receive a grant from EC funds, the national grant will be abated so that the combined rate of grant received by such vessels in those areas exceeds that elsewhere by no more than 5 per cent. This will help to ensure that the financial advantage provided for in the Council regulation is principally for the benefit of local vessels. Rates of grant for larger vessels, greater than 33m in length, will be generally 10 per cent., subject again to a maximum of £250,000 for any one vessel. The detailed rates of grant for vessels up to 33m are set out in the annex.These measures will continue the process of the adaptation of the fleet to future fishing opportunities and will concentrate grant aid where it is most needed.
|Proposed rates of grant in the West of Scotland, Northern Ireland and other regions (per cent.)|
|Community Aid||National Aid||Potential Combined Aid|
|Vessels under 24 metres|
|West of Scotland and Northern Ireland||35||30||65|
|Vessels 24 metres and over up to 33 metres|
|West of Scotland and Northern Ireland||35||120/30||55|
|130 per cent, if no Community aid.|
Note — The total amount of grant under the national scheme, payable in respect of a vessel under the same ownership, will be limited to £250,000.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the Fisheries Ministers have completed their review of the restrictive licensing arrangements for pressure stocks; and if he will make a statement.
The Fisheries Ministers have thoroughly reviewed the restrictive licensing arrangements for pressure stocks which were originally introduced in 1984 for an initial three-year period. We have taken full account of the views expressed by the main organisations representing the fishing industry and of our experience of managing United Kingdom fisheries within the framework of the common fisheries policy as well as of the prospects for the years immediately ahead so far as these can be discerned.Ministers have concluded, with the broad support of the fishing industry, that, given the likelihood of continuing pressure on the United Kingdom quotas for at least the 32 stocks currently designated as pressure stocks, the system of restrictive licensing for pressure stocks should continue and that certain steps should be taken to ensure that the system imposes greater restraints that hitherto on the growth of effective fishing capacity. We are, however, conscious that measurement of effective fishing capacity is a complex matter, involving a variety of factors and reflecting differences between different categories of vessel, and that no reliable measures of effective fishing capacity applicable to the United Kingdom fleet are currently available. We have accordingly decided to set in hand, in consultation with the industry, further work on this aspect.In the meantime, we have decided that the further restriction on the transfer of pressure stock licences by reference to vessel length already introduced last November in respect of the area VII whitefish pressure stocks should now be made applicable to pressure stocks generally. Consequently, as from today, pressure stock licences will not be transferable from a vessel under 80 ft. in registered length to a vessel of 80 ft. or over. This restriction will apply in addition to the existing restriction on transfers from vessels under 40 ft. to vessels of 40 ft. or over and will thus create a system of three length bands for the purposes of pressure stock licensing. Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis, in the light of the overall objective, to cases where the immediate application of this additional restriction would cause hardship as a result of financial commitments already entered into.We have decided that, further to the measure announced earlier this year to withdraw pressure stock licences from inactive vessels, provision needs to be made on a continuing basis to prevent the licences of inactive or obsolete vessels being made available for transfer and thus increasing the effective capacity of the fleet. The details of such a provision will be the subject of further consultation with the industry.When the restrictive licensing arrangements were introduced in 1984, provision was made on an exceptional basis for persons who were at that time "between boats", including owners of shipwrecked vessels, to be granted pressure stock licences for replacement vessels; provision was also made for owners of under 10m vessels with a record of pressure stock fishing in 1983–84 to be able to obtain a pressure stock licence for a replacement vessel of over 10m and under 40 ft. We consider that these two derogations, which were essentially of a transitional nature, have now served their purpose and should cease with effect from 1 January 1988.We have also reviewed the additional special licensing restrictions, introduced in July 1985, applying to beam trawlers in area VII and have concluded that, in view of the continuing pressure on the quotas, particularly for sole and plaice in area VII, these restrictions should remain in force. We have, however, concluded that to assist owners of smaller beam trawlers in need of replacement a strictly limited element of relaxation can be allowed without jeopardising the overall purpose of the restrictions. We will therefore permit beam trawlers replacing existing licensed vessels in the under 80 ft category to exceed the registered length of the existing vessel by a margin of up to 10 ft, provided that the replacement vessel itself remains under 80 ft: to permit this relaxation to be effective the tonnage restriction will not apply in these cases, but the engine power of the replacement vessel will continue to be restricted to that of the existing vessel.The additional special licensing restrictions applying to purse-seiners and freezer trawlers in the pelagic fisheries will remain in force on the basis announced earlier this year.
Ex-Spanish Fishing Vessels
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many ex-Spanish fishing vessels are now on the British register; and what was the total on 1 January.
[pursuant to his reply, 27 April 1987, c. 24]: Out of some 15,000 fishing vessels registered in the United Kingdom, 50 are ex-Spanish fishing vessels. A further 70 United Kingdom-registered fishing vessels formerly in British ownership are believed now to be beneficially owned in large part by Spanish interests.At 1 January 1987, 50 ex-Spanish vessels had United Kingdom registration in addition to 49 other vessels which were believed to be beneficially owned largely in Spain.
Ec (Food Sales)
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 pound sterling per pound, at the most recent date for which figures are available.
[pursuant to his reply, 23 April 1987, c. 698]: The most recent sale of butter to the USSR was on 15 April. None was sold from the United Kingdom. Had any sales taken place from the United Kingdom the price to United Kingdom traders would have been nearly 20p per lb.The most recent prices in sterling terms at which beef would have been made available to United Kingdom traders for sales to the USSR are:
- bone-in forequarters—29p per lb.
- bone-in hindquarters—45p per lb.
- boneless cuts—38p to 56p per lb depending on the cut.
No sales have taken place from the United Kingdom for over a year.
The last export tender competition for sugar intervention stocks took place on 21 January. The free-on-board price was equivalent to around 7p per lb. There are currently no intervention stocks of sugar held in the United Kingdom.
Those prices are inclusive of export refunds and United Kingdom MCAs where applicable; the prices at which sales to the USSR are concluded are a matter for the traders concerned.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications by landlords for repossession under the terms of the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976, of an agricultural tied cottage there have been since the Act came into force; and how many alleged offence under section 28(11) and 28(14) of that Act there have been, together with details of the number of prosecutions subsequently brought, and the average fine imposed.
[pursuant to his reply, 29 April 1987]: I regret that the information sought in the first part of the hon. Member's question is not kept centrally in the form requested. However, the following table shows the number of requests for agricultural dwelling house advisory committees (ADHACs) received in England since the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 came into operation.
Number of requests for ADHACs received 1976–86 in England
Responsibility for prosecutions under section 28(11) and 28(14) of the Act lies with the housing authorities.
Discharges1 from mental illness and mental handicap hospitals and units in England after durations of stay of 5 years or more
|North West Thames||70||96||65||54||50||65|
|North East Thames||71||76||76||35||72||83|
|South East Thames||45||75||70||87||148||200|
|South West Thames||68||65||59||96||119||171|
|Special Health Authority||1||1||1||0||0||0|
1 Excludes transfer to other NHS hospitals and Special Hospitals.
Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation And Representation) Act 1986
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations he has received in 1987 from (a) hon. Members and (b) other people, concerning the timetable for implementing the full provisions of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986; and if he will make a statement.
216 representations have been received from hon. Members and 15 from other people or organisations since the beginning of 1987 about the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986. The majority of these have been concerned with implementation.