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Written Answers

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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Written Answers To Questions

Monday 11 May 1987


Private Coal Mines


asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has any plans to change the present arrangements under which private coal mines are licensed.

Water-Based Generation


asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the earliest date on which a Government commitment can be made to the Severn barrage; and if he will make it his policy to continue support for this and other water-based electricity generating proposals.

The work now in hand on the Severn barrage is aimed at reducing uncertainty on its likely costs and performance, assessing regional and environmental implications, and defining the further work that would be required to enable any decision to be made to proceed to construction. The present programme of work should allow this present phase to be completed towards the end of 1988.My Department will continue support for further work on tidal barrages and other promising water-based electricity-producing renewable energy sources.

Coal-Fired Power Stations


asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the future effects on the economy in general from the recently announced new coal-fired power station building programme, in terms of potential jobs and new output; and if he will make a statement.

The CEGB has estimated that the two possible coal-fired power stations at West Burton and Fawley offer opportunities of work for 18,000 to 20,000 people in power plant manufacturing and other companies. The board does not expect to submit a formal application for consent to construct these stations until later this year.

Point Of Ayr Liquefaction Plant


asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on current progress on the construction of the coal liquefaction plant at Point of Ayr.

Construction of this British Coal plant is at an advanced stage, having started last year.

Coal Industry Dispute


asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the latest position with regard to the review conducted by the chairman of British Coal into the cases of miners sacked during the industrial dispute of 1984–85.

I have nothing to add to the statement made by the chairman of the British Coal Corporation on 1 April, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.

Coastal Erosion

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what studies his Department has made of the longer-term effects on coastal erosion as a consequence of North sea oil production operations.

Prime Minister

Middletown, County Armagh

asked the Prime Minister what was the date of her most recent visit to security forces at Middletown, County Armagh.

Nuclear Accidents

asked the Prime Minister, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash) on 18 December, Official Report, columns 612–613, if she will make a statement on progress on detailed planning in relation to nuclear accidents.

Northern Region

asked the Prime Minister whether she will pay an official visit to the northern region.

Acts Of Parliament

asked the Prime Minister if she will list the titles of Acts of Parliament, given Royal Assent since May 1979, which have not been fully implemented

Acts of Parliament given Royal Assent since May 1979 and which have not been fully implemented are listed below:


  • c.30 Social Security
  • c.51 Housing
  • c.62 Criminal Justice (Scotland)


  • c.12 Water
  • c.36 Town and Country Planning (Minerals)
  • c.43 Disabled Persons
  • c.49 Contempt of Court
  • c.56 Transport


  • c.20 Children's Homes
  • c.23 Oil and Gas (Enterprise)
  • c.24 Social Security and Housing Benefits
  • c.44 Legal Aid
  • c.48 Criminal Justice
  • c.49 Transport
  • c.53 Administration of Justice


  • c.13 Merchant Shipping
  • c.18 Nuclear Material (Offences)
  • c.25 Energy
  • c.35 Litter
  • c.41 Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications


  • c.12 Telecommunications
  • c.14 Anatomy
  • c.33 Rates
  • c.42 Matrimonial and Family Proceedings
  • c.46 Cable and Broadcasting
  • c.48 Health and Social Security
  • c.54 Roads (Scotland)
  • c.55 Building
  • c.57 Co-operative Development Agency and Industrial Development
  • c.60 Police and Criminal Evidence


  • c.6 Companies
  • c.23 Prosecution of Offences
  • c.37 Family Law (Scotland)
  • c.42 Hospital Complaints Procedure
  • c.47 Further Education
  • c.53 Social Security
  • c.54 Finance
  • c.58 Trustee Savings Banks
  • c.6 I Administration of Justice
  • c.67 Transport
  • c.73 Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland)


  • c.10 Local Government
  • C.11 Gaming (Amendment)
  • c.14 Animals (Scientific Procedures)
  • c.17 Drainage Rates (Disabled Persons)
  • c.21 Armed Forces
  • c.23 Safety at Sea
  • c.28 Children and Young Persons (Amendment)
  • c.33 Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation)
  • c.38 Outer Space
  • c.39 Patents, Designs and Marks c.41 Finance
  • c.44 Gas
  • c.49 Agriculture
  • c.50 Social Security
  • c.53 Building Societies
  • c.55 Family Law
  • c.56 Parliamentary Constituencies
  • c.58 European Communities (Amendment)
  • c.59 Sex Discrimination
  • c.60 Financial Services
  • c.61 Education (No. 2)
  • c.62 Salmon
  • c.63 Housing and Planning
  • c.64 Public Order
  • c.66 National Health Service (Amendment)


  • c. 9 Animals (Scotland)
  • c.11 Gaming (Amendment)
  • c.12 Petroleum
  • c.13 Minors' Contracts
  • c.14 Recognition of Trusts
  • c.15 Reverter of Sites.

Air Pollutants

asked the Prime Minister whether there has been co-ordination of research between the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of the Environment since 1980 regarding the direct and indirect human health implications of the air pollutants associated with acid deposition; and if she will make a statement.

Close links have been maintained between the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of the Environment on the development of research projects and on the assessment of available information on possible health implications of air pollutants associated with acid rain, both before and since 1980. In particular, the DHSS committee on medical aspects of the contamination of air, soil and water coordinates research in this area; members of the committee include experts from university departments and research organisations, with officials from Government Departments, including the Department of Environment, as observers.

Cable And Wireless Plc

asked the Prime Minister if she will announce what further steps Her Majesty's Government will take to assist Cable and Wireless plc to receive serious and detailed consideration of its proposals for KDD International Telecommunications Network under Japanese law.

asked the Prime Minister if, when attending the Venice summit, she will draw to the attention of the Prime Minister of Japan early-day motion 803, entitled "Action in Response to Japanese Trade and Investment Restrictions", and to the large number of hon. Members signatures appended to it; and if she will reaffirm to the Japanese Prime Minister Her Majesty's Government's commitment to supporting the claims of Cable and Wireless plc for transparent and objective consideration of its proposals and feasibility studies as part of the Japanese/United States/United Kingdom consortiums' application for an international telecommunications licence.

Her Majesty's Government are following closely Cable and Wireless's bid, with its IDC partners, for a licence to operate international telecommunications services in competition with KDD. There is now no talk of discrimination against Cable and Wireless. Mr. Karasawa, the Japanese Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, has now for the first time made it clear that he would welcome a proposal for the laying of a new trans-Pacific cable. Commercial discussions on this issue are continuing in Japan and Her Majesty's Government will continue to assist Cable and Wireless in their efforts. I discussed the case with Mr. Tamura, the Japanese Trade Minister, when he was in London recently.

Northern Region

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether she will list government achievements in the northern region since 1983; and whether she will make a statement;(2) whether she will list, by Government Department, the principal aid given to the northern region in each year since 1983.

[pursuant to her reply, 5 May 1987, c. 317]: Since 1983 the northern region's dependence on its traditional industries has decreased and the industrial structure now includes an increasing proportion of sectors with good growth prospects. The Government will continue to support this transition by measures to encourage enterprise and competitiveness, combined with regional aid to foster and expand the industrial and commercial base of the north.The Government's success in reducing inflation, in cutting taxes and borrowing, and in reducing burdens on business has helped to create seven years of steady growth in the national economy, which has been reflected in the north, as elsewhere. In the northern region, there are now 1,096,000 people in paid employment, 29,000 more than in 1983, and a further 107,000 self-employed, 16,000 up on 1983. Over 6,000 new businesses register for VAT each year.Redundancies are 30 per cent. down on 1983 and vacancies are 79 per cent. up. Manufacturing investment rose by 57 per cent. in real terms between 1982 and 1985 (the latest year for which figures are available) and business confidence in the region is growing. Unemployment is now on a firmly downward trend standing at 15·7 per cent. compared with 16·8 per cent. in March 1986 and 16·7 per cent. in February 1983.The contributions and achievements of the Departments of Trade and Industry, of Environment and Transport, and of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission are listed below together with a table setting out the aid provided to the region since 1983. The total amounts to almost £5 billion and demonstrates the Government's commitment to the region.Information on the regional achievements and expenditure of other Government Departments is not immediately available.

Department of Trade and Industry

(a) Regional policy

The DTI has spent £555 million on regional aid to the North since April 1983, creating or safeguarding almost 74,000 jobs. Spending in 1986–87 was some 48 per cent. higher than in 1983–84.

The new package of regional incentives introduced in 1984 has increased the cost effectiveness of the assistance schemes by linking grant aid more closely to jobs created, and preventing the payment of large amounts of grant to highly capital intensive projects creating few if any jobs.

(b) Support for Innovation

The DTI has offered support totalling over £45 million since 1983 to encourage firms in the region to undertake innovative high technology R and D projects. This support has been buttressed by aid for firms needing expert advice on a range of technical design matters and for firms seeking to exploit the applications of technologies such as microelectronics, integrated circuits, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing technology.

The DTI has also helped the development of a range of new technology institutions covering areas such as applied R and D, technology transfer and improved education/ industry linkages (for example the Newcastle technology centre, Mountjoy research centre, Durham, and the Middlesbrough cadcam centre.

The DTI has also supported the establishment by the region's universities and polytechnics of HESIN (higher education support for industry in the north). By these means, and other collaboration with industrialists and academics in key sectors of industry, there is active education/industry co-operation to the benefit of both.

A valuable example of private and public sector collaboration is the development by ICI and English Estates of a business and technology park at Belasis hall, Billingham, with an important element of Government financial support.

(c) Support for Small Businesses

DTI's programmes of regional and new technology support positively discriminate in favour of small firms. In addition DTI has provided £6·5 million of aid to small firms (supported by the European regional development fund) since 1983 under the business improvement services scheme. In 1986–87 alone over 600 small firms and agencies received help in the form of support for costs of business and marketing consultants, and for market research and assistance for new project feasibility studies.

(d) Support for Inward Investment and Regional Promotion

DTI has provided £3·5 million grant in aid to the North of England Development Council since 1983 in support of its efforts to encourage inward investment in the region. This has resulted in over 50 inward investment projects creating or safeguarding over 8,000 jobs, including the Nissan and Tabuchi projects.

The Government have also pledged a record £1·118 million to the newly formed Northern Development Company for 1987–88, which has a new partnership for regional self help between industry and commerce, the local authorities and the regional TUC, which has subsumed the NEDC. This funding represents over 40 per cent. of the total allocation to English regional development organisations and exemplifies Government willingness to play their part in the north by backing local efforts.

(e) Support for Exports

Northern region firms make full use of the range of Government export support services. In 1986 alone the BOTB in Newcastle held over 800 meetings with companies in the region many of which found first time exporting success while over 300 companies were assisted in visits to overseas markets.

(f) Support for Advanced Factory Building

English Estates has spent £58·8 million in the region since 1983 developing, managing and marketing industrial and commercial properties on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. The northern region contains more than half of the English Estates premises and the creation of a new subsidiary in 1986, English Estates North, will allow the organisation to make a greater contribution to the development of the region by responding more effectively to its particular problems and needs.

The Department of the Environment and Department of Transport

Support for urban areas

(i) Urban Programme

The Department of the Environment continues to tackle the problems of the region's inner city areas through its urban programme (regional allocation for 1987–88 is £41·1 million). Over 1,000 projects in nine inner area districts in the north-east are currently being supported under this programme. These include assistance to industry, environmental regeneration and assistance to the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups.

(ii) Urban Development Grant

The Government have made extensive use of urban development grant to encourage private investment in the northern region. Since 1982 a total of 39 projects have been approved with £20 million of UDG supporting £81 million of private sector investment. These include industrial schemes, new housing, the establishment of rundown housing estates and retail developments, including the Gateshead metro centre, the largest out of town shopping complex in Europe.

(iii) Urban Development Corporation

Orders have been laid before Parliament for the designation of urban development corporations in Teesside and Tyne and Wear. Their role will be to inject resources to clear dereliction, provide infrastructure and attract private development. Chairmen for both UDCs have been appointed and consultants' reports on the development potential of the two areas are being placed in the Library today.

(iv) Gateshead Garden Festival

Work is well under way on the reclamation and development of the site for the 1990 national garden festival in Gateshead. Total Government investment in this project will be around £20 million.

Land reclamation

The Government have continued to provide substantial funding for land reclamation in the northern region through its derelict land programme. (Provisional regional allocation for 1987–88 is £19.3 million). Schemes funded under this programme have resulted in the clearance of some 940 hectares of derelict land since 1983.

Land registers

Since the land registers were first set up in 1981, some 2,100 hectares of publicly owned land in the northern region have been sold off or brought into use by the owners.

European regional development fund

In conjuction with local and other public authorities, the Government have been successful in securing the European Commission's approval for Two national programmes of Community interest in the northern region. The programmes, in Cleveland and Shildon, involve in total ERDF grant commitment of about £40 million in support of a range of measures to stimulate local economies.


The Government's home ownership programme is helping to widen the choice of tenure for many householders. Between December 1982 and December 1985 the proportion of owner occupiers has risen in the region from 51 per cent. to 55 per cent. This has been achieved through a variety of initiatives. Through the right to buy leglislation, over 24,000 homes have been purchased by tenants between April 1983 and June 1986. Over the same period, over 100 hectares of land have been released for the construction of starter homes. Again during the same period, partnership schemes between local authorities and private builders produced 215 houses for sale, schemes between local authorities and housing associations for inprovement for sale realised 187 dwellings, 319 unimproved houses were sold for improvement by the purchaser (homesteading) and a further 177 shared ownership sales have been completed.

Estate action

Estate Action (the urban housing renewal unit) was launched in 1985 to help tackle the problems of rundown and unpopular local authority housing estates by a variety of measures including improved management, physical improvements and the transfer of properties to other ownerships.

Nine local authorities in the northern region were granted additional resources through Estate Action for 19 schemes in 1986–87, including extra £6.472 million housing investment programme allocation and £0.495 million additional UP funding. A number of these projects will attract continuing support in 1987–88 and over 40 new proposals are currently under consideration.


Since 1983, £35·3 million worth of Department of Transport trunk road schemes have been completed in the region. A further £82·5 million of new trunk roads have been started since that date, the most significant of which is the Newcastle western bypass.

The recent White Paper on transport announced a further three new schemes for the region — the new dualling of the AI north of Newcastle, costing £1·9 million and at Medall Meadows (£1·1 million) and also the construction of the A167 Durham western bypass costing £4·7 million.

Manpower Services Commission/Department of Employment

(a) Existing Employment Measures

Major developments in existing measures over the past four years include the expansion of work experience through the community programme and refocusing of voluntary projects programme to help long-term unemployed people.

(b) New Employment Initiatives

New initiatives launched since 1983 include the new workers scheme introduced from 1 April 1986 to increase job opportunities at realistic rates of pay for young people under 21 in their first year of employment, and the Restart programme, introduced nationally in July 1986 designed to help those who have been out of work for 12 months or more. Long-term unemployed people have been invited to a personal interview which seeks to guide the individual to one of the opportunties available including submission to a job vacancy, entry to a job club, a place in the new restart courses, entry to community programme or help with self-employment on the enterprise allowance scheme. At the end of March 1987 almost 111,000 interviews had been completed. Restart is being piloted for those unemployed for over six months.

The Middlesbrough task force was one of eight established in co-operation with five different Government Departments as a pilot scheme, the inner cities initiative, in February 1986. The aim of the Initiative is to improve the targetting, and enhance the benefit to local people, of the money channelled through existing central Government programmes in small inner city areas. The task forces were given a modest top-up budget to try out new approaches to the particular difficulties faced locally, and in particular to help to improve the opportunities for employment and self-employment for local people. They are working very closely with the private sector.

Because of the success the task forces have already had in creating partnerships between the public and private sector, and in creating job and training opportunities for local people, the Government announced on 27 April that they were extending the pilot scheme to a further eight inner-city areas, one of which will be Hartlepool.

(c) Small Firms Service

The Department of Employment assumed the responsibility for this service in September 1985. Inquiries from new businesses have been running at 20,000 per year for the four-year period and counselling sessions have more than doubled to almost 3,800 per year.

Advice and information are also available to small firms through the local enterprise agencies, jobcentres. The local enterprise agencies grant scheme has been administered by the regional enterprise unit and 16 agencies have received a total of £296,000 in 1986–87.

(d) Youth Training Scheme

During the four-year period, YTS has developed from a collection of short training courses through a full year of training and experience to a two-year programme of integrated training, education and experience. It is now a firmly established feature of the nation's training effort which will raise the basic skill level of the work force. Spending on this programme at £67·25 million is almost 30 per cent. higher than in 1984 and guarantees a training place for two years to every 16-year-old school leaver and one year to each 17-year-old. The region has 12 information technology centres offering training in computing and electronic assembly skills.

(e) Technical Vocational Education Initiative

The TVEI initiative aims to finance the development of a more relevant and career-related curriculum in schools and will be developed into a national scheme from autumn 1987. Funds have been made available over the period 1985–87 for the in-service training of teachers to promote developments particularly related to TVEI.

(f) Adult Training

Since 1983 the adult training strategy has been launched with the aim of encouraging more cost-effective training, relevant to labour market needs, for both employed and unemployed people. Over 33,000 people benefited from adult training schemes in 1986–87 compared with 5,413 in 1983–84, and spending doubled in the same period. Important new developments have included the Open Tech programme, and the development of open learning; local collaborative projects, funded jointly with the Department of Education and Science; Training for Enterprise, which helps small firms managers and the self-employed; and most recently the new job training scheme, which helps people out of work for more than six months to gain the training, practical experience and recognised vocational qualifications they need to compete for jobs. Access to the scheme is mainly through restart interviews and priority is given to 18 to 24-year-olds. It is expected that 13,000 opportunities will be available by March 1988.

(g) Tourism

Since 1982–83 the English tourist board has approved assistance totalling £2·6 million under Section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act to bring forward investment in capital tourism projects in the Northumbria tourist board area. Both the ETB and Northumbria tourist board have also actively been involved in initiatives to promote the expansion and development of tourism in the region, for example through the tourism development action programmes set up to co-ordinate strategies for tourism in Tyne and Wear and Kileder.

The regional enterprise unit for the north-east assumed responsibility for implementation of tourism policy in September 1985. The tourism co-ordination group, chaired by Department of Employment's regional director, was set up to consider the action points in the north-east tourism co-ordination report. It comprises all the major interest groups. It meets regularly arid is evidence of the increasing co-operation between Government Departments, local authorities and the private sector, all of whom are becoming increasingly aware of the need to improve the north-cast's share of the tourism market.

Interdepartmental action

In February 1985, the Government announced the formation of the Newcastle/Gateshead city action team, an initiative to focus and co-ordinate the programmes of DTI, DOE and the Department of Employment/MSC in the inner-city area. The three Departments liaise in analogous initiative in Cleveland through the Cleveland co-ordinating team; and they work with the local authorities and others in the south Tyneside industrial strategy committee, the Sunderland economic regeneration team, and in other more localised activities.

In May 1986 the city action team was allocated £1 million to spend on economic projects designed to stimulate job creation and enterprise in areas throughout the north-east affected by shipbuilding closures. A further £1 million has been made available for 1987/88. This funding, which supplements aid available through existing schemes, has provided a degree of flexibility important to bring forward desirable projects and support major initiatives such as the Burton's design works and important activities in other areas including marketing and new technology.

Also in response to shipbuilding redundancies, Government provided support of £5 million to British Shipbuilders to enable it to set up British Shipbuilders Enterprises Ltd. which has its headquarters in Cleveland. BSEL provides help in the way of retaining and replacement of redeployment of redundant workers and advice and assistance for those wishing to set up their own business. A further £1 million was made available in 1986–87 through the MSC specifically for training redundant shipyard workers.

Aid to the Northern Region' by Government Department Department of Trade and Industry

(a) Regional Development Grants ( RDG )

(i) Old Regional Development Grants2 (Payments)

£ million


1 North East Region and Cumbria.

2 Figures for financial years cannot be provided in the rime available for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. and calendar year figures are included in totals.

(ii) New Regional Development Grants1(Offers)

Grant offered £ million

Associated jobs


1 Scheme began in November 1984.

(b) Assistance under Section 7 of the Industry Act (Offers)

Offer value £ million

Jobs created or safeguarded


(c) Assistance under Section 8 of the Industry Act (Offers)

Offer Value £ million


(d) Support for Innovation (Offers)

Offer Value £ million


Department of the Environment and Department of Transport

£ million





(Provisional Allocation) 1987–88

Rate Support Grant746·8760·2774·7716·3792·3
Housing Investment Programme138·3110·491·881·573·4
Urban Programme39·936·944·945·241·1
Derelict Land Grant14·014·015·518·019·3
Transport Supplementary Grant31·327·210·510·010·7

European Regional Development Fund (Infrastructure Grant) by Calendar year

£ million


In addition,£20 million of Urban Development Grant, which is not allocated on an annual basis, has been approved.

(e) Business Improvement Services1 (Offers)

Offer Value £ million


1 Scheme began in November 1984.

(f) Support for North of England Development Council/Northern Development Company (Grant in Aid)

Grant in Aid £ million



1 To NDC.

(g) Capital Expenditure by English Estates

£ million


New Trunk Road Schemes completed by the Government since 1983

Northern Region

£ million

A1 Alnwick Bypass (Stage II)3·7
A1 Belford Bypass3·3
A1 Berwick-upon-Tweed Bypass9·6
A66 Darlington Bypass5·9
A69 Bardon Mill Bypass2·0
A69 Cross Lane GSJ2·3
A69 Steenhouse Diversion3·0
A69 Team Valley GSJ2·7
A596 Levens Bridge Diversion4·8

New Trunk Road Schemes started by Government since 1983 and now under construction

£ million

A1 Clifton-Stannington improvement3·1
A69 Eighton Lodge Junction improvement5·6

Manpower Services Commission/Department of Employment







Spend £ million


Spend £ million


Spend £ million


Spend £ million

Vacancies notified101,896n/a111,851n/a125,559n/a132,956n/a
Community programme13,03753·9614,65264·8123,148101·030,767137·23
Voluntary projects programme10·16170·729250·92251·15
Enterprise allowance scheme2,1514·2092,9926·053,7277·5765,13710·382
Community industry1,5233·6381,3393·6331,4333·5341,4513·845
Job release7,105n/a6,396n/a4,852n/a3,257n/a
Young workers scheme7,771n/a4,559n/a5,426n/a


New workers2,680n/a
Job split scheme


Adult training5,4138·4357,61614·2818,62513·68633,04016·324
Local collaborative projects130·41150·387140·647
City action team projects171·0
Regional enterprise unit160·296
Task force Opportunities/ projects4000·87
Small firms service enquiries21,405n/a17,978n a19,885n/a20,660n/a
Counselling sessions1,720n/a2.730n a3.242n/a3,778n/a

1 Northern region (excluding Cumbria) together with Yorkshire and Humbersidc Region.

2 Figure covers from January 1983 to end March 1984.

Spend Sub-regional figures on spend not available.


Beekeeping Centre, Brecon

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide funds to keep open the Welsh Beekeeping Centre at Colig Howell Harris, Brecon; and if he will make it his policy to seek to obtain support from the European Community for this project.

There are no Welsh Office funds available for this purpose, nor would the centre appear to qualify for European Community support, although I understand the Welsh Beekeepers Associaton has been exploring the position with the European Commission.

Chernobyl Disaster

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make available to farmers in Wales, hit by the Chernobyl radiation cloud, a guaranteed price for the sale of their farms if they should want to sell and find it difficult because of the effects of the radiation ban on the marketability of their farm.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given to the hon. Member for Copeland on 30 April at column 216 by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

£ million

A69 Newcastle Western Bypass72·3
A596/595 Thursby Bypass1·5

Singleton Hospital

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he received a formal application from the West Glamorgan health authority for the approval of an accident and emergency specialist post for the casualty service at Singleton hospital; when the Welsh Medical Manpower Committee last met; when it will meet again; and what would he the annual cost of appointing an accident and emergency specialist.

The Department was asked to give approval to the West Glamorgan health authority's proposal to establish a new consultant post in accident and emergency which would include responsibility for the Singleton hospital minor casualty unit in a letter dated 28 January 1987. In a letter of 9 March to the authority, the Department emphasised that as a new post the proposal would have to be put to the Welsh Medical and Dental Manpower Committee and that in that context a job description for the post would be required.The Welsh Medical and Dental Manpower Committee last met on 7 April, and is next scheduled to meet on 7 July.The total annual cost of a consultant may include his or her salary, the employer's on-costs, and the cost of support staff, equipment and facilities and accommodation. These will vary from post to post according to the circumstances. The Department has not received information about the detailed costings for the post in question. The salary scale for a full-time consultant as recommended by the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration will be £25,440 to £32,840 from 1 April 1987.


asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many redundancies were reported to his Department in each of the years since 1979 in the constituency of Alyn and Deeside;

South Glamorgann/an/a3,6993,1041,9881,5571,664742
Mid Glamorgann/an/a7,2895,1115,0632,5763,6911,584
West Glamorgann/an/a8,2254,4012,4882,2552,0932,587
Blaenau Ffestiniog64
Ebbw Vale1,241
Merthyr Tydfil660
Milford Haven866
Pembroke Dock179
Port Talbot778
Blaneau Ffestiniognilnil612nil
Colwyn Bay183263152162204
Ebbw Vale1,0071,3851.648322258
Llandrindod Wellsnil13nil50nil

(2) if he will list the number of redundancies in (a) Wales, (b) each of the counties of Wales and (c) each of the travel-to-work areas of Wales notified to his Department in each year since 1979.

Notified redundancies are not available on a constituency basis. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the numbers of notified redundancies for Wales. Welsh counties, and Welsh travel-to-work areas since 1979 are as follows:

Merthyr Tydfil1,1111,7331,132493278
Milford Haven6781,74124434698
Pembroke Dock6221,6632,14944230
Port Talbot6,9373,6223,0791,980408
Bangor and Caernarfon125102
Conwy and Colwyn16187
Dolgellau and Barmouth2413
Ebbw Vale and Abergavenny536332
Lampeter and Aberaeronnilnil
Llandrindod Wells33nil
Merthyr and Rhymney1,185953
Neath and Port Talbot1,0451,275
Pontypool and Cwmbran550573
Pontypridd and Rhondda1,069301
Porthmadog and Ffestiniognilnil
Shotton, Flint and Rhyl1,637317
South Pembrokeshire313231


(1) Since January 1981 statistics of notified redundancies have been recorded by the month in which the redundancies are scheduled to occur and not by the month of notification as in previous years. For this reason it is not possible to make valid comparisons of statistics from 1981 onwards with those of previous years, nor should figures for 1981 and earlier years be added together as there is some element of duplication involved.

(2) Because of the different methods of calculating redundancies prior to 1981, the TTWA figures for 1979 and 1980 will not match the published figures for the Wales Region.

(3) Insufficient information is available for the period prior to 1981 to enable county notifications to be given.

(4) The figures should not he regarded as comprehensive. The Employment Protection Act 1975 requires that the Secretary of State for Employment be notified when an employer intends to make 10 or more workers redundant within a period of 30 days or less; or intends to make 100 or more employees redundant over a period of 90 days or less. Redundancies on a small scale are therefore omitted.

(5) Since January 1981 redundancies of seasonal workers have not been included in the statistics.

House Of Commons

Opposition Parties (Financial Assistance)

asked the Lord Privy Seal how much money has been paid to (a) the official Ulster Unionist party and (b) the Ulster Democratic Unionist party (i) from November 1985 to March 1986 inclusive and (ii) from April 1986 to March 1987 inclusive, under the terms of the resolution of the House relating to financial assistance to opposition parties.

The information is as follows:

Period November 1985 to March 1986Period April 1986 to March 1987
Ulster Unionist Party8,328·0020,065·00
Ulster Democratic Unionist Party2,828·756,788·75

Home Department

Police (Hampshire)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to accede to the request from the Hampshire police authority for an increase in its establishment of 23 officers.

My right hon. Friend will consider this application, which was made on 14 April, in the light of advice of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and together with other applications which are outstanding for 1987–88. I shall let the hon. Member know the outcome in due course.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the action taken by police and immigration officers in conducting raids to arrest numbers of suspected illegal entrants; and if he will make a statement.

I have received recent representations only from the hon. Member for Bradford, West himself.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of passengers granted temporary admission in 1986; and how many of these subsequently absconded.

[pursuant to his reply, 10 April 1987, c. 421]: In 1986, a total of 12,414 passengers were given temporary admission pending further examination and 10,757 were given temporary admission following refusal of leave to enter. Some passengers were included in both categories. Many passengers given temporary admission in the latter part of 1986 were not required to report back until the early months of 1987, but the number of passengers recorded in 1986 as having failed to comply with the conditions of temporary admissions was 1,161.

Traffic And Litter Offences (London)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought during each of the past three years by the Metropolitan police in respect of (a) parking offences. (b) bus lane offences and (c) litter dropping.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make arrangements similar to those planned for the detection of road fund licence offences by means of roadside checks in the London area for the detection of excess alcohol offences.

Within the powers provided by the legislation, the steps taken to enforce the law on drinking and driving are a matter for individual chief officers of police.

Prisoners (Dialysis)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if there are any plans for the inmate of Wandsworth prison now receiving dialysis treatment to be given a kidney transplant;(2) for how long the present private dialysis treatment now being given to an inmate of Wandsworth prison is planned to last;(3) how many prison officers escort the inmate from Wandsworth prison for dialysis treatment; how many hours are involved in this work per week; and what is the total cost;(4) who gave permission for an inmate at Wandsworth prison to receive private dialysis treatment; what is the weekly cost of this treatment; and who is responsible for paying for it.

[pursuant to his reply, 29 April 1987]: After prison medical staff, and a consultant nephrologist, confirmed that the inmate, a foreign national who has been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment for illegal importation of drugs, was in urgent need of dialysis private treatment was authorised by prison department officials as a short term emergency expedient.Dialysis equipment will shortly be available at Wandsworth prison and when the installation work has been completed and the necessary training in its use given (which, it is estimated, will take about six weeks), the present arrangements will be discontinued. There are no plans for a kidney transplant.The weekly charge for the treatment, which has been borne on the prisons Vote is £350. A prison officer and hospital officer have been accompanying the prisoner for his treatment twice a week; and the estimated total weekly cost of the escort, which has lasted about eight hours on each occasion, has been £200.

Trade And Industry

Vat (Alcoholic Beverages)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Chislehurst on 12 December 1986, Official Report, column 261, he can now report on the outcome of the Government's representations to the Greek authorities and the European Commission on the discriminatory rates of value added tax applied to certain alcoholic beverages.

At our request, the European Commission has pursued this with the Greek authorities and is considering possible infraction proceedings in the European Court. We will continue to insist on early action to remove any discrimination against United Kingdom exports of spirits to Greece.

National Space Plan

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a substantial increase in the budget for the British national space plan.

The Government are presently considering the British national space plan and hope to come to a decision soon.


asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about the allocation of shares in the Rolls-Royce offer for sale.

A total of 2·025 million applications (including applications from eligible employees and pensioners of Rolls-Royce) were received for 3,145.9 million shares. 801,470,588 shares were available under the offer.The basis of allocation will be as follows:

Public applications
Number of shares applied forNumber of shares allocated

Number of shares applied for

Number of shares allocated



1 Percentage of the number applied for.

No allocation will be made in respect of applications in excess of 100,000 shares.

Applications from employees and pensioners of Rolls-Royce

A maximum of 10 per cent. of the total number of shares offered were reserved for the preferential offers of shares to eligible Rolls-Royce employees and pensioners. Over 43,700 employees and pensioners applied for more than 77·2 million shares on special preferential application forms. All valid applications received in the free, matching and discount offers will be met in full. The employee allocations under the priority offer (which includes allocation under the discount offer) and the pensioner allocations will be as follows:

Number of shares applied for

Number of shares allocated



Up to 4,000in fullin full

To the extent that any application under the employee and pensioner offers is not met in full, the excess will be rounded down to the nearest public application denomination, and an additional allocation will be made on that excess, as if it were a general public application. These additional allocations are included, where appropriate, in the above table.

United Kingdom institutional placing

473·8 million shares (approximately 59 per cent. of the offer) were placed with United Kingdom institutions. Because the offer was more than twice subscribed, the shares placed with United Kingdom institutions were reduced by approximately 79 million, which were made available to the public and eligible employees and pensioners of Rolls-Royce.

Holiday Ownership Exchange

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from persons who have lost money as a result of the activities of a time-share company, Holiday Ownership Exchange of Leicester Square, London, details of which have been sent to him; if he proposes to take any action in response to these representations; and if he will make a statement.

I have received one written representation and my Department has had several inquiries by telephone. The Department has made widely available its leaflet entitled "Your Place in the Sun" which gives a checklist of steps to take before entering into a timeshare transaction and advises people what to do if things go wrong. The enforcement of consumer protection legislation is generally a matter for local authority trading standards departments. I understand that the City of Westminister has received some 150 complaints about the activities of holiday ownership exchange and they are considering these matters in relation to the powers vested in them.

British National Space Centre

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will make a statement concerning funding of the British National Space Centre.

The Government are presently considering proposals for future space funding put forward by the British National Space Centre and hope to reach a decision soon.


asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there is going to be an increase in the number of British directors of the Leyland/DAF joint venture as a result of the discussions following the debate in the House on 11 March.

A330/A340 Projects

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is now prepared to increase the Government's contribution to the A330/A340 projects.

The Government's discussions with British Aerospace about the amount of launch aid for the airbus A330 and A340 projects have reached an advanced stage and it is hoped that an agreement will soon be reached.

Komatsu (Hydraulic Excavators)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 6 May, Official Report, column 418, about hydraulic excavators, what information is available to his Department about the quantity and value of components imported by Komatsu in any recent period.

Regional Aid (Humberside)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been made available, and to how many firms, in regional aid to industry in (a) the Grimsby travel-to-work area, (b) South Humberside and (c) Humberside entire in each year since 1978.

Figures for the four main components of regional aid to these areas are as follows:

(1) Old regional development grants: payments over £25,000 1978–87
Amount paid £000's)
(a) Grimsby travel-to-work area
(b) South Humberside
(c) Humberside
New regional development grants: value of grants offered 29 November 1984–31 March 1987
Number of OffersAmount offered (£000's)
(a) Grimsby Travel to Work AreaNilNil
(b) South Humberside:
as for South Humberside, at
(c) Humberside(b) above
Regional selective assistance: offers 1978–87
Number of OffersAmount offered (£000's)
(a) Grimsby travel to work are
(b) South Humberside

Number of Offers

Amount offered (£000's)


(c) Humberside


European regional development fund: specific measures for the steel and fisheries industries under business improvement services 26 November 1984–31 March 1987

Number of offers

Amount offered £000's

(a) Grimsby travel to work area

26 November 1984–31 March 1985338
1 April 1985–31 March 198641298
1 April 1986–31 March 1987149810

(b) South Humberside

26 November 1984–31 March 19851782
1 April 1985–31 March 198683809
1 April 1986–31 March 19871851,124

(c) Humberside

26 November 1984–31 March 198539336
1 April 1985–31 March 19861491,367
1 April 1986–31 March 19874844,269

Brooke Marine (Grants)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give details of any Government grants paid to Brooke Marine, Brooke Yachts, Brooke Marine International and Brooke Marine Holding within the last two years.

The Department of Trade and Industry has not paid any grants to any of these companies within the last two years.

London Residuary Body

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what moneys are owed by his Department to the London residuary body in respect of Greater London council activities prior to abolition.

Takeovers (Review)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the review of the regulation of takeovers that he announced on 28 January to be concluded.

The review has now been concluded. It was carried out by officials from my Department, the Treasury and the Bank of England, together with representatives of the Securities and Investments Boards, the stock exchange and the panel on takeovers and mergers. The review group identified a number of measures which will strengthen the regulation of takeovers. These are listed below. The measures will improve the monitoring and investigative capabilities of the takeover panel, adding further to the arrangements already made with the Stock Exchange to use the latter's new information systems. The measures will make available the sanctions of the Securities and Investments Board and recognised self-regulating organisations, and they will require authorised investment businesses to co-operate with inquiries and investigations carried out by the panel. In addition, they will facilitate and improve co-operation between regulators, and we have today made an order under section 180 of the Financial Services Act and section 449 of the Companies Act designating the panel to receive regulatory information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.A consultative document will be published shortly about changes to law proposed by the review group.The appointments of a new chairman and two new deputy chairmen of the panel have already been announced and further appointments will be made when the new regulatory regime under the Financial Services Act is in place.These steps bring the panel into a closer relationship with the regulatory arrangements established by the Financial Services Act. I believe this provides for effective and flexible regulation of takeovers.MEASURES IDENTIFIED IN THE REVIEW

Integration with the financial services regulatory structure: sanctions for breaches qt. the Take-over Code

1. The Securities and Investments Board, if designated, and recognised self-regulating organisations will be able to use their sanctions against investment businesses that breach the code.

2. The SIB, if designated, should encourage recognised investment exchanges to adopt rules requiring member firms to comply with the rules and rulings of the panel, or enabling disciplinary action to be taken against a firm on the basis of a panel finding alone.

3. The stock exchange should consider whether there is scope, in its role as "competent authority for listing", for supporting the panel further than it does already through the listing rules applying to issuers under section 153 of the Financial Services Act.

4. The SIB, if designated, and relevant SROs should adopt "cold-shoulder" rules requiring investment businesses not to act for persons who the businesses have reason to believe will not comply with United Kingdom practice and standards in takeovers.

Integration with the financial services regulatory structure: investigative powers

5. The SIB, if designated, and relevant SROs should adopt rules requiring investment businesses to co-operate with the panel in inquiries and investigations.

6. The Secretary of State and the SIB, if designated, will where appropriate use their statutory investigative powers in relation to breaches of the code.

7. The panel should be designated under financial services and companies legislation to receive regulatory information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

8. The existing machinery for co-operation between regulators will be extended to include the panel and will keep under review the development of co-operation on the regulation of takeovers.

Member of the panel

9. In addition to the recent appointments of a new chairman and two new deputy chairmen, the Governor of the Bank of England and the panel intend to change the panel's composition in the following ways:

  • (a) The Securities Association and the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation, if recognised as SROs, are to become member organisations.
  • (b) One more named individual (in addition to the chairman and deputy chairmen) is to be appointed by the Governor as a further non-representative member.
  • (c) When appointing named individuals, including the chairman and deputy chairmen, the Governor will bear in mind the desirability of maintaining the present cross-membership with SIB.
  • The Companies Act, the Takeover Code and the Stock Exchange listing rules

    10. The stock exchange and the Department are to undertake further work to establish ways in which companies could be permitted to prevent the voting at general meetings of shareholdings of which the ultimate voting control is not disclosed. The panel is considering ways in which it might prevent such shareholdings from influencing the outcome of an offer.

    11. The five-day deadline allowed by the Companies Act for disclosure of interests of 5 per cent. or more should be reduced if consultation confirms it is practicable. The panel is examining whether the disclosure deadline in the code should be amended to require parties to the offer and their close associates to disclose dealings immediately in normal circumstances and, in any event, by 9 am the following business day, instead of noon the following business day as at present.

    12. A number of improvements might be made to the powers enabling restrictions to be imposed on the exercise of rights attached to shares (including voting and transfer rights) when inquiries by a company into the ownership of the shares under section 212 of the Companies Act prove unsuccessful. These include any necessary clarification of the circumstances in which a company may apply to the court for an order restricting the rights, and the possible inclusion in the Act of a specific deadline for responses to inquiries. For those companies that have taken the power through their articles to restrict rights themselves (without the need to apply to the court) when section 212 inquiries are unsuccessful, the stock exchange might reduce the 28-day period of notice that is required before the rights may be restricted.

    13. The Companies Act provisions on concert parties should be clarified and steps should be taken to ensure that the law is better understood. The panel proposes to amend the code to make it clear that its provisions are different from those of the Act and that panel rulings on the code do not constitute legal guidance on the interpretation of the Companies Act.

    14. The Department is considering whether the Companies Act prohibition of the giving of financial assistance for the purchase of own shares needs to be strengthened or clarified.

    15. The Department and the panel are examining, in co-operation with the Bank of England and the stock exchange whether dealings by those associated with parties to a takeover, even when disclosed as required by the code, can distort the market, whether any additional restrictions should be imposed on such dealings and the effect of any such restrictions.

    16. The panel proposes to amend the code to include a reference to the application of section 47(1) of the Financial Services Act to takeover documents and to include a more prominent reference to the provision of legislation on insider dealing.

    Buy British

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Her Majesty's Government are doing to encourage companies, in both private and public sectors to use their purchasing power to buy goods produced in the United Kingdom and at the same time assist the export potential through the achievement of a greater customer base.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: The Government encourage purchasers in the public and private sectors to recognise that in seeking best value for money they should use their commercial power to enhance the ability of suppliers to compete in home and overseas markets. In the field of public procurement, the Government have issued guidance which sets out best purchasing practices and my Department is promoting this with public bodies under the public purchasing initiative. We welcome and support efforts by private sector organisations such as Industry Matters, Better Made in Britain and the Think British campaign to highlight the benefits to purchasers of having a strong supplier base close at hand and the action they can take to achieve this. In addition, my Department offers a wide range of practical help to companies wishing to improve their productive efficiency and the quality, design and marketing of their goods.

    Pinewood Film Studios

    asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will receive a deputation from the work force of Pinewood film studios to discuss the proposed loss of over 250 permanent jobs there; if, in the light of the redundancies at Pinewood studios and the decline in British feature film production, he will review the operation of the Films Act 1985; and if he will make a statement.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: The Government regret that Pinewood has had to announce redundancies. It would not be appropriate for the Government to intervene in a commercial decision taken by the company, but I am always ready to discuss constructive proposals about the future of the industry. However, I do not consider it necessary to review the operation of the Films Act 1985.

    Northern Ireland

    Parades And Demonstrations

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those parades and demonstrations which took place between 17 and 22 April inclusive; in respect of which of these the required seven days notice was not given to the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; if he will identify which were Loyalist and which Republican; and if he will make a statement.

    Police records indicate that a total of 38 parades and demonstrations took place between 17 and 22 April in respect of which seven days' notice was not given; they do not show the affiliation of the organisers of these events.

    Birds (Eec Directive)

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for Northern Ireland those sites which have been identified as meeting the criteria for designation under the EEC birds directive as special protection areas and under the Ramsar convention; when these sites will be designated; and if he will make a statement.

    Land Reclamation

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will state the total expenditure by way of grant aid on land reclamation in the Province, the area of land which has been reclaimed, and the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited, in respect of each of the years 1980 to 1986, under each of the following schemes (1) the farm capital grant scheme; (2) the farm and horticulture development scheme; (3) the agriculture and horticulture grant scheme; (4) the agriculture and horticulture development scheme; and (5) the agriculture improvement scheme (EC).


    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his reply of 22 April, Official Report, column 580, how many of the recent murders considered to have been carried out by competing factions of the Irish National Liberation Army led to the deaths of individuals who had formerly been charged with scheduled offences but subsequently released.

    [pursuant to his reply, 5 May c. 392]: As I explained in my reply to my hon. Friend. I am not prepared to speculate on the motives behind terrorist murders. I cannot, therefore, provide the information sought.


    Nuclear Installations Inspectorate


    asked the Paymaster General what representations he has received regarding the quality and quantity of staff employed by the nuclear installations inspectorate.

    "Action For Cities"

    asked the Paymaster General to which bodies or persons he has sent his free booklet, "Action for Cities", and when a copy was sent to the Library and to hon. Members whose constituencies are affected by its contents.

    The booklet has been sent to a wide range of interested groups including local authorities; professional organisations; voluntary bodies; churches; police forces; national and local press; construction companies; banks; building societies; and architects. Copies were also sent to the city action teams and inner city task forces for wider distribution to local people. Copies were sent to the Library on 6 May and a copy was sent on 7 May to each hon. Member representing a constituency in England.

    asked the Paymaster General where, and in whose premises the press conference on the subject, "Action for Cities" was held on 28 April; and which hon. Members were invited to, or informed of, the event.

    The "Action for Cities" presentation was held at the Limehouse studios, Canary wharf, in London's docklands. The House was informed of this in my statement on 27 April.


    asked the Paymaster General how many people were invited to attend jobcentres in Telford for the restart programme up to 31 March; how many attended; and if he will categorise the offers made.

    Job Training Scheme

    asked the Paymaster General what is the advertising budget, split by type of media, for the promotion of the job training scheme; what proportion is aimed at potential trainees; and what proportion is aimed at potential employers.

    Labour Statistics

    asked the Paymaster General what is his latest estimate of the number of full-time jobs lost and part-time jobs gained between 1979 and the latest available date.

    We have no means of estimating accurately job losses and job gains.However, between June 1979 and December 1986, the latest date for which comparable figures are available, there was a net decrease in the size of the full-time employed labour force in Great Britain of 1,359,000.In the same period there was a net increase in part-time employment of 719,000. Since 1983, however, the employed labour force has grown by 1,130,000.

    asked the Paymaster General if he will list the number of redundancies in the northern region notified to his Department in each year since 1979.

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

    Redundancies confirmed as due to occur in Northern Region


    asked the Paymaster General if he will publish a table giving the number of people in each Department of Health and Social Security office area in Newham who have been refused entitlement to benefit (a) for failing the eligibility for work criteria, and (b) following a restart interview in the most recent period of 12 months for which figures are available.

    No one can lose their benefit entitlement solely as a result of a restart interview. It has always been a requirement, under long-standing legal rules adopted by successive Governments, that claimants to unemployment benefit must ask to demonstrate that they are available for work. Decisions about entitlements in individual cases are and always have been the responsibility of independent statutory adjudicating authorities.The number of claims disallowed on the grounds that the claimant was not available for work by the Barking and Leyton centralised adjudication offices, which cover Newham and surrounding areas, for the 12-month period up to 31 December 1986, was 1,223.

    asked the Paymaster General if he will state the number of young people on various training schemes in Newham North-West constituency, based on the most recent statistics available; and if he will make a statement.

    In the Newham local authority district, which includes the constituency of Newham, North-West, at 30 April 1987, there were 309 young people in training on YTS schemes.I am encouraged by the success of YTS. It is now fully established as a high quality training programme offering young people valuable work experience and training and increased opportunities to obtain recognised vocational qualifications.

    London Residuary Body

    asked the Paymaster General what moneys are currently owed by his Department to the London residuary body in respect of Greater London council activities prior to abolition.

    No central record is kept of my Department's non-statutory financial liabilities under contract to individual local authorities.

    Nuclear Safety

    asked the Paymaster General if, in the light of the recommendations by Sir Frank Layfield in the report of the Sizewell public inquiry concerning further work to be undertaken by Her Majesty's nuclear installations inspectorate, he will indicate that discussions he has arranged with the director general of the Health and Safety Executive on the resources implications of such further work; when he expects to be informed of such resource implications; if he will publish a report of the potential resources implications; and if he will make a statement.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: I met the director general of the Health and Safety Executive on I April 1987 to discuss the resource implications of the recommendations by Sir Frank Layfield concerning further work to be undertaken by the nuclear installations inspectorate. I do not intend to publish a report on the resource implications but I am satisfied that the necessary work can be carried out. The Health and Safety Executive intends to mount a recruitment exercise which will shortly be announced.

    Age Concern Scheme, Stourbridge

    asked the Paymaster General why the Manpower Services Commission has reduced the funding of the Age Concern scheme in St. John's Centre Stourbridge; and if he will make a statement.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: Organisations applying for community programme funding have to show all the income expected to be generated by projects together with other non-Manpower Services Commission moneys which may be available to them. This information is needed so that decisions may be made both about viability and the appropriate level of MSC funding.Stourbridge Age Concern declined to provide this information and its application to continue the project could not, therefore, be considered.

    Hfw Plastics, Gateshead

    asked the Paymaster General what financial support is being given to HFW Plastics of Gateshead by his Department, and for what reason.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: The Manpower Services Commission does not provide any direct financial support to HFW Plastics. The organisation is, however, a work experience provider for a YTS managing agent. Under this arrangement the firm may be allocated one YTS trainee at any one time. Any financial arrangements between the YTS managing agent and the firm are the responsibility of the two parties.

    asked the Paymaster General what was the nature of the involvement of the Manpower Services Commission in the recent recruitment of workers at the HFW Plastics of Albany road, Gateshead.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: Gateshead jobcentre was notified of 50 vacancies by HFW Plastics on 1 April. The vacancies were withdrawn by the employer on 3 April. No job seekers were sent to the company by the jobcentre during the short period when the vacancies were open.

    Restrictive Check Valves

    asked the Paymaster General if his Department has made or received any estimate of the cost to the United Kingdom construction industry of the reduced performance which would result from the fitting of restrictive check valves to construction equipment as required by CON(LO) 1981–82; and if he will make a statement.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: No. I am advised that valves which are properly designed and fitted should not significantly reduce the performance of the equipment.


    asked the Paymaster General (1) if he will make a statement on the background to the case currently being heard by the Fair Competition Committee in Brussels which refers to the anti-competitive implications of the United Kingdom proposal contained in CON(LO) 1981–82 which deals with the use of excavators as cranes;(2) if he will make a statement outlining the case which Her Majesty's Government will be putting forward in Brussels in support of condition 6 of CON(LO) 1981–82 when the matter is considered by the Fair Competition Committee.

    [pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987]: I refer my hon. Friend to the replies which my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State gave on 14 and 15 April 1986 at column 855.The certificate of exemption No. CON(LO) 1981–82 is not subject to the notification requirements imposed by EEC directive 83/189. It is therefore not a matter for formal consideration by the committee to which my hon. Friend refers. However, the matter is being formally discussed by that committee and with representatives of appropriate trade associations in this country.

    Education And Science

    School Furniture

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the report prepared by his Department and the Furniture Industry Repair Association on the state of school furniture.

    The report referred to is a working draft of a paper for discussion between the Department, the Furniture Industry Research Association, the British Educational Equipment Association and representatives of the local authorities.The work described in the draft paper is leading to revisions to existing British standards. The intention is to publish the final version of the paper when the work is complete.

    School Leavers (Avon)

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of school leavers in Avon stayed on in full-time education after the minimum school leaving age for each year since 1980.

    Information is not available in the form requested. The percentage of school leavers in Avon who, during the academic year, left the sixth form, or at the minimum school leaving age intending directly to pursue their full-time education elsewhere, was:

    Academic yearPercentage

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

    Foreign Languages

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps his Department is taking to seek to stop the decline in foreign language teaching in British schools.

    Foreign languages are among the subjects proposed for inclusion in the foundation curriculum for all pupils during the compulsory period of secondary schooling. Last year we issued for consultation a draft statement of policy on foreign languages, which was warmly received. It called for action by the education service to promote increased take-up of foreign language study throughout secondary schooling, a wider choice of languages offered, and greater emphasis on communication skills. We intend to issue the final statement shortly.

    Shortage Subjects

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the progress of his measures to improve the supply of secondary teachers in the shortage subjects of mathematics, physics and technology.

    There is compelling evidence that significant progress is being made. While there has been an estimated 5 per cent. increase in vacancies overall, early local authority unfilled vacancy returns for January 1987 show estimated falls of 16 per cent. for maths, 18 per cent. for physics and 10 per cent. for craft, design and technology. Meanwhile, applications in 1987 for initial teacher training this September are up 14 per cent. overall and in mathematics, physics and CDT they have increased even more—by 42 per cent., 80 per cent. and 99 per cent. respectively.

    Further Education

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what proportion of staff in non-advanced further education are on the grade (a) lecturer I and (b) lecturer II;(2) what proportion of lecturers in non-advanced further education hold degreess or equivalent qualifications.

    Centrally available information on lecturers' qualifications identifies the establishments where they work, not the level of the courses they teach. Establishments can be classified according to the proportion of students undertaking non-advanced courses. About two thirds of those students are in establishments where all but a small minority of students are on such courses. In England in 1985, the latest year for which information is available, 41 per cent. of full-time lecturers in those establishments were recorded as having degrees or equivalent qualifications. In the same year, 48 per cent. of all full-time lecturers in those establishments were on the lecturer I grade and 30 per cent. were on the lecturer II grade.

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of work in non-advanced further education is (a) O-level equivalent, category V, and (b) A-level equivalent, category IV.

    In the academic year 1985–86, 43 per cent. of timetabled student hours in non-advanced further education in England were spent in Burnham category V work and 51 per cent. in Burnham category IV work. The remaining 6 per cent. of non-advanced work was Burnham category

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the ratio of students to staff in non-advanced further education in terms of full-time equivalent numbers.

    The ratio of full-time equivalent student numbers to full-time equivalent staff numbers in non-advanced further education in England in the academic year 1985–86 was 10·3 to 1. The survey upon which this is based covers about three quarters of non-advanced work in the maintained sector.

    Name of Local Education AuthorityBrief description of proposalDate of publicationSchools identified for closure
    StaffordshireClosure of a Junior School and change Age Range of an Infant School to 4–1121 June 1985Kinnersley Memorial CE Junior School
    RochdaleReorganisation of RC provision in Rochdale28 September 1985St. Wilfrid's RC Midddle School
    St. Joseph's RC Middle School
    Kirk leesClosure of West Slaithwaite CE Junior and Infant School30 September 1985West Slaithwaite CE Junior and Infant School
    HertfordshireAmalgamation of Howe Dell Junior and Infant School and Millwards Junior School11 October 1985Howe Dell Junior and Infant School
    WarwickshireClosure of Ullenhall CE Junior and Infant School2 May 1986Ullenhall CE Junior and Infant School
    WarwickshireClosure of Baddesley Clinton RC Junior and Infant School2 May 1986Baddesley Clinton RC Junior and Infant School
    WarwickshireClosure of Wolverton Junior and Infant School2 May 1986Wolverton Junior and Infant School
    BerkshireReorganisation of Primary Education in West Reading23 May 1986Grovetands Infant School
    Norcot Primary School
    Upcroft Junior School
    StaffordshireReorganisation in the Stafford Area13 June 1986Flash Ley First School
    Bradley Endowed First School
    Gnosall St. Lawrence First School
    Chetwynd Middle School
    Holmcroft Middle School
    Riverway Middle School
    Hixon Broadacres Middle School
    EssexSecondary Reorganisation in Essex16 May 1986Buckhurst Hill High School
    Epping Forest High School
    Ongar Comprehensive School
    DorsetClosure of Halstock Primary School20 June 1986Halstock Primary School
    OxfordshireClosure of King Alfred's Secondary Boarding House School12 June 1986King Alfred's Boarding House School
    HampshireClosure of Sherfield English CE Primary School12 September 1986Sherfield English CE Primary School
    OxfordshireClosure of Kiddington Primary School8 August 1986Kiddington Primary School
    WiltshireAmalgamation of Burbage Primary School, Easton Royal Primary School and Grafton CE Primary School15 August 1986Burbage Primary School
    Easton Royal Primary School
    Grafton CE Primary School

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of non-advanced further education students study at colleges outside he boundaries of their own local education authority.

    In November 1985, 13 per cent. of the students in non-advanced further education from England attended English further education colleges outside their home local authority area.

    School Closures

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many proposals for closure of schools he has before him; if he will break the figures down between primary and secondary; how many are classified as small rural schools; how long each individual proposal has been before him; and when he expects to make a decision.

    Excluding special schools, there are currently before my right hon. Friend proposals to close 108 schools; 64 of these are primary and 44 secondary. The records do not show how many of these might be classified as small rural schools.The table shows the date of publication of notices For each individual proposal. My right hon. Friend has undertaken to reach decision on proposals of this kind within six months wherever practicable.

    Name of Local Education Authority

    Brief description of proposal

    Dale of publication

    Schools identified for closure

    CambridgeshireAmalgamation of Colville Primary School and Tydd St. Giles Primary School11 September 1986Colville Primary School
    GloucestershireClosure of Colwell Secondary School, Hucclecote Secondary School, Linden Secondary School and Longlevens Secondary School3 September 1986Colwell Secondary School
    Hucclecote Secondary School
    Linden Secondary School
    Longlevens Secondary School
    CheshireClosure of Marbury Primary School29 August 1986Marbury Primary School
    HampshireAmalgamation of Ramsdell Primary School and Monk Sherborne Primary School5 September 1986Ramsdell Primary School
    HampshirePrimary Reorganisation in Winchester8 August 1986Weeke Infant School
    Harestock Junior School
    HampshireReorganisation of Secondary Schools in Havant10 September 1986Oak Park Secondary School
    GloucestershireClosure of Coates CE Primary School17 October 1986Coates CE Primary School
    BerkshireClosure of Altwood CE Secondary School12 September 1986Altwood CE Secondary School
    OxfordshireClosure of Shellingford CE Primary School9 October 1986Shellingford CE Primary School
    SomersetAmalgamation of Watchet First School and St. Decuman's CE First School24 October 1986Watchet First School
    St. Decuman's CE First School
    DudleyDudley reorganisation23 October 1986Yew Tree Hill First School
    Brockemoor Fist School
    Jession's CE First School
    The Blue Coat CE Secondary School
    DurhamClosure of Greenfield Comprehensive School14 November 1986Greenfield Compresensive School
    SurreyPrimary reorganisation in West Molesey6 August 1986Joseph Palmar First School
    Hurst Park First School
    DurhamAmalgamation of King James I Comprehensive School and Bishop Barrington Comprehensive School14 November 1986King James I Comprehensive School
    NorfolkClosure of Felthorpe First School28 November 1986Felthorpe First School
    DorsetAmalgamation of Baden Powell Middle School and St. Peter's CE Middle School21 November 1986St. Peter's CE Middle School
    BuckinghamshireClosure of Burnham Grammar School14 November 1986Burnham Grammar School
    BuckinghamshireClosure of Evreham Secondary14 November 1986Evreham Secondary School
    BuckinghamshireAmalgamation of the Raans Secondary School and Brudenell Secondary School14 November 1986The Raans Secondary School
    BuckinghamshireAmalgamation of Cestreham Secondary School and Lowndes Secondary School14 November 1986Cestreham Secondy School
    SuffolkClosure of Whepstead Primary School, Chedburgh CE Primary School, Cherrington CE Primary School and Horringer CE Primary School and Establish a new primary school19 January 1987Whepstead Primary School
    Chedburgh CE Primary School
    Cherrington CE Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Shimpling CE Primary School19 January 1987Shimpling CE Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Eastgate CE Primary School19 January 1987Eastgate CE Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Ingham Primary School19 January 1987Ingham Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Hepworth CE Primary School19 January 1987Hepworth CE Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Ickingham CE Primary School19 January 1987Ickingham CE Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Little Bealings Primary School19 January 1987Little Bealings Primary School
    SuffolkClosure of Charsfield CE Primary School19 January 1987Charsfield CE Primary School

    Name of Local Education Authority

    Brief description of proposal

    Date of publication

    Schools identified for closure

    LincolnshireClosure of Wilsford Myers CE Primary School22 January 1987Wilsford Myers CE Primary School
    LincolnshireClosure of Scredington Primary School22 January 1987Scredington Primary School
    LincolnshireClosure of Foston CE Primary School23 January 1987Foston CE Primary School
    LincolnshireClosure of East Barkworth CE Primary School23 January 1987East Barkworth CE Primary School
    LincolnshireClosure of Thorpe St. Peter's Primary School23 January 1987Thorpe St. Peter's Primary School
    LincolnshireAmalgamation of All Saints CE/ Methodist Primary School and St. Mary's CE Primary School23 January 1987St. Mary's CE Primary School
    All Saints CE/Methodist Primary School
    LancashireAmalgamation of Everton High School and Shadsworth High School23 January 1987Everton High School
    DerbyshireAmalgamation of Ilkeston Secondary School and Cantelupe Secondary School16 January 1987Cantelupe Secondary School
    OxfordshireAmalgamation of Milham Ford Upper School and Oxford Upper School23 January 1987Oxford Upper School
    CornwallClosure of Trethosa Primary School28 January 1987Trethosa Primary School
    NorfolkClosure of Halvergate Primary School and change Age range of Cantley Primary School30 January 1987Halvergate Primary School
    NorfolkAmalgamation of South Walsham Primary School and Upton with Fishley Primary School30 January 1987Upton with Fishley Primary School
    WiltshireAmalgamation of Enford CE Primary School and Netheravon with Fittleton CE Primary School 26 February 1987Enford CE Primary School
    Netheravon with Fittleton CE Primary School
    DorsetClosure of Sherborne Foster's Grammar School and Lord Digby's Grammar School and enlarge St. Adhelm's CE Secondary School6 March 1987Sherborne Foster's Grammar School Lord Digby's Grammar School
    CambridgeshireClosure of Turves Primary School27 March 1987Turves Primary School
    StaffordshireReorganisation in Burntwood27 March 1987Burntwood First School
    Boney Hay First School
    Ridgeway First School
    BerkshireAmalgamation of Larchfield Infant and Junior Schools27 March 1987Larchfield Infant School
    SalopAmalgamation of Croeswylan11 March 1987Fitzalan Secondary School
    Secondary School and Fitzalan Secondary SchoolSchool
    DerbyshireSecondary Reorganisation23 January 1987Parkfield Secondary School
    Breaston Weston Mare Secondary School
    Hatton Secondary School
    HaringeyClosure of The Somerset Secondary School5 March 1987The Somerset Secondary School
    WalsallClosure of St. Mary's RC Primary School8 April 1987St. Mary's RC Primary School
    AvonAmalgamation of Axminster Secondary and Colyton Secondary Schools3 April 1987Axminster Secondary School
    LeicestershireAmalgamation of Bourton Vale Secondary and Westwoods Secondary Schools3 April 1987Westwoods Secondary School
    LeicestershireAmalgamation of Marshalwick Secondary and Wheathampstead Secondary Schools3 April 1987Wheathamstead Secondary School
    EssexClosure of St. Cedd's RC Secondary School3 April 1987St. Cedd's RC Secondary School
    HertfordshireAmalgamation of Bishop Hatfield Secondary and Hatfield Secondary Schools3 April 1987Bishop Hatfield Secondary School
    HertfordshireClosure of Halsey Secondary School3 April 1987Halsey Secondary School
    HertfordshireAmalgamation of Alleyne's Secondary and Stevenage Secondary Schools10 April 1987Stevenage Secondary School
    HertfordshireClosure of Bishopslea Secondary School3 April 1987Bishopslea Secondary School

    Name of Local Education Authority

    Brief description of proposal

    Dale of publication

    Schools identified for closure

    HertfordshireAmalgamation of Margaret Dane Secondary and Hadham Hall Secondary Schools10 April 1987Hadham Hall Secondary School
    BefordshireAmalgamation of John Howard Upper and Pilgrim Upper Schools30 April 1987Pilgrim Upper School
    LincolnshireSecondary reorganisation9 April 1987Sturton-by-Stow Secondary School


    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how much was spent per pupil in primary schools (a) in England as a whole and (b) in Staffordshire in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures in 1978–79, at constant prices;(2) how much was spent per pupil in secondary schools

    (a) in England as a whole and (b) in Staffordshire in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures in 1978–79, at constant prices.

    The information requested is given in the following table:

    Net institutional recurrent expenditure
    (£—1985–86 real terms1)
    Primary schools—England6902805
    Primary schools—Staffordshire695815
    Secondary schools—England1,00021,175
    Secondary schools—Staffordshire1,0051,125
    1 The cash figures for 1978–79 have been repriced to 1985–86 prices using the Gross Domestic Product (Market Prices) Deflator.
    2 Provisional.

    Medical Research Council

    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) of 30 April, Official Report, column 199, and to the reply of the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey of 16 March, Official Report, column 345, if the Medical Research Council will now allocate funds in response to the current application for continued funding from the team at Edinburgh University researching vulnerability to meningocci; and if he will make a statement.

    I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Wrexham (Dr. Marek) on 7 May at column 520.


    asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list capitation allowances in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each financial year from 1979–80 to 1986–87.


    Arts (Support)


    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about the level of financial support for the arts by local authorities in Scotland.


    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about the level of financial support for the arts by local authorities in Scotland.

    Gp Patient Lists

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report such information as is available to him on the discrepancies between general practitioners' patient lists and the population figures; and if he will make a statement.

    Information on general practitioners' patient list sizes in relation to population figures is as follows.The list size figures, which are provisional and are as at 1 October 1986, are taken from information provided by health boards to the Common Services Agency of the National Health Service. The population figures are taken from provisional estimates by the General Register Office (Scotland) and are as at 30 June 1986.Discrepancies between list sizes and population figures arise from a number of factors including the time taken to record the transfer of a patient who moves from one health board area to another and that involved in notifying the death of a patient and the subsequent removal of that patient's name from the appropriate list.

    Health boardList sizePopulation
    Argyll and Clyde459,805445,328
    Ayrshire and Arran397,967374,814
    Dumfries and Galloway151,814146,770
    Forth Valley290,903271,819
    Greater Glasgow1,068,906959,839
    Western Isles31,42431,494

    Trunk Road Improvements

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the expenditure on trunk road improvements in each of the last five years in Nithsdale, and Annan and Eskdale district councils, respectively; and what is the forecast expenditure in the next five years, scheme by scheme.

    Records of trunk expenditure are not maintained by district and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The following information relates to Dumfries and Galloway region.

    Financial YearExpenditure on New Construction and Improvements £ million
    Schemes costing over £1 million in progressForecast Expenditure in next five years £ million
    A75 Bridge of Dee Diversion0·355
    A75 Annan Bypass12·870
    A75 Ringford Bypass1·700
    Schemes costing over £1 million expected to start in the next five yearsTotal Estimated Cost1 £ million
    A701 Ae Bridge1·010
    A75 Carrutherstown to Helland2·150
    A75 Castle Douglas Bypass3·880
    A75 Dervaird Loch to Barlae2·440
    A75 Dumfries Bypass10·350
    A75 Dunragit Bypass2·820
    A75 Glenluce Bypass3·800
    A75 Halfway House to Shennanton2·360
    A75 The Glen Improvement4·700
    A76 Carronbridge Bypass1·280
    A76 Kirkconnel and Sanquhar Bypass6·560
    1 Start dates for trunk road schemes are subject to a number of uncertainties, including the satisfactory completion of statutory procedures. No confident estimate can therefore be given for the portion of expenditure on these schemes falling in the period to 31 March 1992, and total scheme costs are given instead.
    In addition to the forecast expenditure on major schemes, there will be some expenditure on smaller improvements costing less than £1 million, but the amount cannot be predicted at present.

    Dumfries Bypass

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made in the preparations of the Dumfries bypass; and when he expects the contract to be let.

    Discussions are taking place to try to resolve outstanding objections to the draft trunk road orders, which were published in November 1986. A draft compulsory purchase order will be published this summer.

    If the statutory procedures can be completed without the need for a public local inquiry, I would expect the contract to be let in summer 1988.

    Fishery Protection Patrols

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what contingency plans he has for the operation of long-range fishery protection patrols in the event of his Department's recently acquired Fokker F27–200 not being available for service on or after 1 July.

    As in the past, if the normal offshore aircraft were to be unavailable appropriate cover would be provided. This would be either the back-up provided by the operating contractors for the Fokker F27 or the DAFS Cessna Titan which could perform an offshore role with its primary inshore task undertaken by a chartered aircraft.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements he has made for hangar accommodation for his Department's recently acquired long-range fishery patrol aircraft at Turnhouse airport; what is the cost of this arrangement; who owns the hangar; and what steps he took to seek to obtain such accommodation at a lower cost.

    The provision of suitable hangarage is the responsibility of the company who will operate the Fokker F27–200. This was made clear to tenderers, and their arrangements are contained in the tender proposals now being scrutinised.

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what professional advice he obtained concerning the specification and choice of a fishery patrol aircraft and radar equipment for his Department; if he will name the consultant employed for this purpose and summarise that consultant's relevant qualifications, experience and business associations; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the specification and timetable for the supply of this aircraft and radar which was given to prospective tenderers.

    Professional advice has been and continues to be provided by Capt. John Michie who is a fellow of the Aeronautical Society and a past chairman of the Association of British Aviation Consultants. Capt. Michie is a graduate of Glasgow university and was a captain with Scottish Airways; during the Second World War he served in atlantic ferry command and RAF transport command. Post war he was employed by KLM as flight superintendent, North Atlantic and pilot member of the research and development unit. Subsequently he was with British Eagle as general manager. During his active flying career he held British, Canadian and Netherlands airline transport pilot licences and was a delegated type-rating and instrument-rating examiner. Further professional advice has been forthcoming from other relevant Departments and from the Civil Aviation Authority on matters concerning the acquisition of the Fokker F27–200. I do not consider it appropriate to place a copy of the acquisition tender in the Library.

    Labour Statistics

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each ward the unemployment figures for the latest month available in the Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath benefit office area; and if he will show for each ward the rise or fall since June 1983.

    As there is no functional relationship between district ward boundaries and the location of unemployment benefit offices, the information requested is not available.Details of the number of unemployed claimants living in each electoral ward within Kirkcaldy district and Dunfermline district (which includes Cowdenbeath) for June 1983 and February 1987 were contained in the reply I gave to the hon. Member on 26 March at column


    Tourist Board

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of the expenditure by the Scottish Tourist Board for each year since 1983 at home and overseas and also details of total expenditure by area tourist boards and other agencies on promoting tourism in Scotland.

    Health Service Staff (Pay)

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much of the cost of the pay increase for health service staff in Scotland will be met from the contingency reserve; what proportion of the cost this represents; and how that figure compares with the equivalent figure for England and Wales.

    In her statement on 23 April about pay increases for those covered by review body recommendations, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced that an extra £328 million would be provided from the reserve to assist health authorities to meet the cost of the awards. £36 million of this amount has been allocated for the NHS in Scotland, representing 51·5 per cent. of the estimated cost of the pay awards this year. The corresponding proportion for England and Wales is 54 per cent. The rest of the cost will be met largely from the increased allocation already issued to health boards for this financial year.A further £68 million has been provided from the reserve for family practitioner service programmes, and the cost of the pay awards for general practitioners and dentists will be met in full from this enhanced provision.

    Hospital Beds (Fife)

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many beds in Fife are included in his forward projection for new hospital beds in Scotland, as announced on I May; and if he will state the locations of the beds.

    The proposed developments in Fife are not yet included in forward projections for new hospital beds in Scotland as my noble Friend the Minister of State has not yet received the board's submission for approval-in-principle.


    Arterial Drainage

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will state the total number of schemes for arterial drainage which have been grant-aided by his Department, the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited from such schemes, the area of land which has been drained and the total grant-aid expenditure in respect of each of the years 1980 to 1986, under the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1958 and under each of the following schemes (a) the farm capital grant scheme; (b) the farm and horticulture development scheme; (c) the agriculture and horticulture grant scheme; (d) the agriculture and horticulture development scheme and (e) the agriculture improvement scheme (national).

    The information does not exist in the form requested. Under the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1958 there were three schemes in operation at the beginning of 1980 affecting 18 landowners and covering a total improvement area of 995 hectares. Two new schemes were approved in 1983 and two more in 1984 affecting 37 landowners in all and covering a total improvement area of 467 hectares. The amount of grant paid is set out in the table.

    No arterial drainage was carried out in Scotland under the farm and horticulture development scheme or the agriculture and horticulture development scheme in the years 1980–86. Details for the farm capital grant scheme and the agriculture and horticulture grant scheme cannot he separated. Available figures for the combined schemes is set out in the table.
    Number of paymentsGrant paid (£)Area of benefit (hectares)
    1980Not available548,0364,432
    The agriculture improvement scheme (national) did not come into operation until 1 October 1985 and no grant was paid in the remainder of that year under the scheme. In 1986, 69 payments were made covering grant of £140,536 and a total area of benefit extending to 6,156 hectares.

    Voluntary Organisations (Review)

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of the review of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations carried out by Mr. J. S. Gibson; and what fee was paid to Mr. Gibson.

    The total cost of the review (including salary and accommodation costs, printing and overheads) is estimated at £13,385. The gross salary paid to Mr. Gibson was £9,850.

    Dental Bridgework

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, following the letter sent on his behalf, dated 15 July 1986 to the hon. Member for Dundee, East regarding charges for dental bridgework he will indicate what progress has been made in construing and amending the National Health Service (Permission of Charges for Dentures) (Scotland) Order 1952; and if he will make a statement.

    Consultation with the Scottish dental schools and related health boards has confirmed that there are problems in interpreting the wording of the statutory order governing charges for dental bridgework. However, all those consulted agreed that remission of charges should apply not only in cases where treatment was provided by matriculated students, as part of their training, but also in cases which contributed to the training of junior dental staff. A revision of the 1952 order now being undertaken. There will be full consultation about the new wording.

    Integrated Development Programme (Western Isles)

    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he will take to secure an extension of the duration of the integrated development programme for the Western Isles, and to extend its operation to other island and mainland crofting areas.

    The integrated development programme for the Western Isles was an initiative by the European Commission. It is for the Commission to come forward with proposals to extend the programme, as the Government requested at the Council of Agriculture Ministers on 31 March. The Council last year approved a Commission proposal for an agricultural development programme for the other Scottish islands, details of which are currently being worked up for implementation later this year.

    Unemployment Benefit

    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.

    [pursuant to his reply, 30 April 1987, c.215]: The information is set out as follows:

  • (a) Table A shows the number of people registered for employment at jobcentres in each of the travel-to-work Areas (TTWAs) and the relevant percentage from May 1979 to October 1982.
  • (b) Table B shows the number of unemployed claimants in each TTWA (post-code based) and the relevant percentage from October 1982 to May 1983.
  • (c) Table C shows the number of unemployed claimants in each TTWA (ward based) and the relevant percentage from June 1983 to March 1987, the latest date for which information is available.
  • Due to the various changes which have taken place in the compilation of the statistics during the period, the figures are not directly comparable.

    This information is available in the Library.

    Table A

    Registrants at Jobcentres May 1979 to October 1982

    (978) TTWA






    Per cent.


    Per cent.


    Per cent.


    Per cent.









    Table B

    Unemployed Claimants (Post·Code Based)

    October 1982—May 1983

    (1978) TTWA






    Per cent.


    Per cent.


    Per cent.


    Per cent.





    Table C

    Unemployed claimants (ward based) June 1983·March 1987

    (1984) TTWA


    Cumnock and Sanquhar




















    asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what conclusions his Department's review of competing equipments for the 1983 DROPS selection reached regarding the criteria to be used for the technical decision for the MMLC truck; what weight was to be given to its peacetime payload capability; and if he will make a statement;

    (2) if he will give figures for the contracts entered into for the production of DROPS equipment, showing separately the numbers of (a) MMLC and (b) IMMLC trucks; and if he will make a statement;

    (3) what role the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment automotive facility is playing in the testing of DROPS trucks and equipment; and if he will make a statement;

    (4) what role the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment automotive facility will be playing in future in testing the DROPS trucks and equipment, the subject of the contracts he announced on 5 December 1986; to what extent the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment will be involved in advising him on the extent to which the trucks tested meet the requirements and may be suitable for acceptance into service; and if he will make a statement;

    (5) what regard the 1982 general staff target for DROPS paid to the problems of meeting the DROPS requirements with a vehicle that was legal at full payload, and to the degree to which it would be acceptable to operate the DROPS vehicle at reduced payloads in peacetime; and if he will make a statement;

    (6) if the road-use combination of MMLC DROPS truck and trailer selected by his Department in 1983 was able to carry as great a payload legally in peacetime as the Boughton MMLC-trailer combination rejected; what peacetime payload capability under (a) British or (b) German law would have been obtained by selecting Boughton's proposed equipment in 1983; and if he will make a statement.

    My noble Friend the Minister of State for Defence Procurement will write to my right hon. Friend.


    asked the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Ribble (Mr. Atkins) on 2 April, Official Report, columns 566–67, what new measures are now being taken by his Department to bring the Foxhunter Doppler radar system for the Tornado aircraft in United Kingdom service up to the requirements of the Royal Air Force.

    The negotiations with GEC referred to in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Mr. Atkins) on 2 April, at column 567, are continuing. The firm price which we are now seeking for the remaining work on the Foxhunter radar will replace the existing cost-plus arrangements.

    Search And Rescue Service

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals his Department has received for the privatisation of the search and rescue service; when they were received; and what response he is making.

    I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) on 11 May 1987. Bristow's proposals were put to the Department on 26 February 1987.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has received from commercial companies advocating privatisation of the search and rescue services provided by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy; and whether he is giving consideration to these proposals.

    The Department has received proposals from Bristow Helicopters Limited advocating the transfer of responsibility for United Kingdom search and rescue helicopter units to civil contractors. These are being given careful consideration.


    London Docklands Development Corporation

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what planning permissions have been granted by the London Docklands Development Corporation to (a) Martin Burney and (b) the Docklands Property Centre.

    The London Docklands Development Corporation granted planning permission to Martin Burney in 1985 for the change of use of the ground floor of 222 East India Dock road, E.14 as an estate agency.In 1986 the Docklands Property Centre was refused planning permission for four temporary portakabins to be used as an estate agency at 847 The Highway, E.14.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether any flats or houses that are part of the London Docklands Development Corporation's affordable housing scheme have been handled by the Docklands Property Centre; and if he will make a statement.

    The corporation does not keep a record of the houses and flats handled by the Docklands Property Centre or other estate agents.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what investigations the London Docklands Development Corporation has undertaken to find out if (a) the Docklands Property Centre and (b) other estate agents and property dealers have taken advantage of London Docklands Development Corporation schemes to provide housing for docklands' residents.

    Every transaction under LDDC's schemes to provide private housing for docklands residents is subject to investigation by LDDC. As a result of its scrutiny a number of additional safeguards have been introduced to ensure that the schemes are restricted to local residents.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what role the Docklands Property Centre has played in relation to housing built on London Docklands Development Corporation owned land in docklands.

    The Docklands Property Centre is one of a number of estate agents that works independently of the corporation and is appointed by individual developers to market and sell their homes.

    Canary Wharf

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) when the master building agreement for the Canary wharf development is to be signed;(2) what postponements there have been to the signing of the master building agreement on Canary wharf; and to what extent these postponements are due to failure to attract sufficient tenants to the development.

    The negotiations are at an advanced stage but the detailed terms are subject to commercial confidentiality.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how much phase 1 of the Canary wharf development will cost; and how much floorspace is involved in this phase;(2) how much phase 2 of the Canary wharf development will cost; and how much floorspace is involved in this phase;

    (3) which companies, apart from members of the Canary wharf consortium, have made a commitment to take space in Canary wharf;

    (4) how much floorspace is required to make phase 1 of the Canary wharf project viable;

    (5) whether funding or phase 1 of the Canary wharf project has been obtained.

    The funding, size and viability of any future construction on Canary wharf and any commitments to occupy these buildings are matters for the prospective developers. These issues are also under consideration in their current negotiations with the London Docklands Development Corporation which are subject to commercial confidentiality.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what level of scaling down and redesign of Canary wharf was proposed by Olympia and Yorke when considering taking over the development; what level of floorspace and height of building was proposed by Olympia and Yorke; and whether this redesign and scaling down was acceptable to the London Docklands Development Corporation.

    No firm proposals emerged from Olympia and Yorke's interest in the Canary wharf development.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) who is paying for the site works now in progress on Canary wharf;(2) how much money has been paid by the London Docklands Development Corporation, and how much further money has been allocated by it, for site works on Canary wharf.

    The site works currently in progress on Canary wharf are the responsibility of the Canary wharf development company. The London Docklands Development Corporation has made no contribution towards the cost of these works and has no plans to allocate future resources for this purpose.

    asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total value of enterprise zone subsidies and allowances that will arise out of the Canary wharf development.

    This will depend upon the quantity and value of development actually carried out before the expiry of enterprise zone benefits.