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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday 13 May 1987

Home Department

Mv Earl William (Detainees)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what access will be made available to legal advisers to persons detained on the Earl William;(2) what exercise facilities will be made available for persons detained on the Earl William;(3) what is the estimated cost of

(a) acquiring and (b) refitting the Earl William.

All reasonable requests for access to persons detained on the Earl William by legal advisers, friends and relations will be met. There are good facilities on board for interviews to take place. There are adequate exercise facilities on board. The cost of hiring the vessel is the subject of a commercial contract, the details of which it would not be proper to reveal.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much the ferry Earl William is costing to hire; how long will it be moored at Harwich; what regulations it is subject to; how many and what categories of detainees will be detained there; what will be the total weekly cost of keeping detainees on the ferry; and if he will make a statement;(2) from which detention centres those detainees to be detained on the ferry, the Earl William moored at Harwich, are to be transferred; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987, c. 549]: The cost of hiring the MV Earl William is the subject of a commercial contract with its owners, the details of which it would not be proper to reveal. It has been hired initially for a period of three months, during which it will be moored at Harwich. It will be subject to standard safety and fire regulations and those concerning the way detainees are housed will be the same as other Immigration Service detention centres. The ship is expected to he used principally for passengers awaiting removal or further examination whose cases are not appropriate for temporary admission. The number will depend on the pressure on this and other immigration service detention centres and the continued availability of prison department resources. The total weekly cost of keeping detainees on board will also depend on the number detained.

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has received about the success of neighbourhood watch schemes in the Metropolitan police district.

There are some 7,000 neighbourhood watch schemes in the Metropolitan police district. As my right hon. Friend stated in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Chislehurst (Mr. Sims) on 8 May, at column 550, the results of the evaluative research of two of these schemes by the Cambridge Institute of Criminology indicated some success in reducing fear of crime and increasing social cohesion but not in reducing levels of crime. There are, however, schemes where a reduction in recorded crime has followed the introduction of neighbourhood watch. For example, on the Ferry Lane estate in Tottenham burglaries were reduced from 30 during the six months preceding the introduction of the scheme to 18 in the six months following its introduction. In the last six months of 1986 no burglaries were reported. In the London borough of Wandsworth an increase in the number of neighbourhood watch schemes from 375 in 1985 to 558 in 1986 coincided with a reduction in residential burglaries from 4,119 to 3,514.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89;

(3) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;

(4) how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Since 1984 the Home Office has awarded contracts for the supply of computer hardware and software intended wholly or mainly for word processing or for desktop publishing to the following companies:

  • AES
  • British Olivetti
  • British Telecom
  • Digital
  • Ferranti
  • IBM
  • ICL
  • NCR
  • Sentinel Software (software only)
  • UNISYS
  • Wang
For reasons of commercial confidentiality it would not be right to provide details of the value of individual contracts. However, total expenditure since 1984 by financial years is as follows:

1985–86 (out-turn)1986–87 (estimated outturn)
££
Hardware177,657659,953
Software26,75418,207
Planned expenditure for word processing hardware and software in 1987–88 is £703,000 and for 1988–89 is 1,243,000.

National And Local Elections

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to issue guidance to returning officers for national and local elections about (i) the provision of training for polling clerks and (ii) monitoring compliance by polling clerks with electoral regulations.

The training of polling clerks and any monitoring of their compliance with the law governing the conduct of parliamentary and local government elections is the responsibility of the returning officers concerned. If my hon. Friend has a particular incident in mind, I should be glad to have the details so we can consider whether any guidance should be issued to returning officers.

Crime (Clear-Up Rates)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer of 7 May, Official Report, column 510, he will give comparable clear-up rates for each police force area in England and Wales for 1978.

The clear-up rates for police force areas in 1978 are given in the following table:

Ratio of notifiable offences1 recorded to notifiable offences cleared up by the police, 1978
Police force areaPercentage cleared up
Avon and Somerset42
Bedfordshire46
Cambridgeshire55
Cheshire59
Cleveland55
Cumbria54
Derbyshire45
Devon and Cornwall46
Dorset47
Durham51
Essex43
Gloucestershire51
Ratios of offences cleared up to offences recorded by the police
England and Wales
Percentages
Police Force areaTheft and handling stolen goodsFraud and forgery1Criminal damage
197819861978198619781986
Avon and Somerset38·726·692·575·038·828·7
Bedfordshire45·228·390·656·326·621·2
Cambridgeshire53·035·492·261·636·928·9
Cheshire58·641·392·683·752·940·6
Cleveland55·834·881·752·335·124·7
Cumbria54·142·493·677·243·937·5
Derbyshire43·248·790·387·726·434·4
Devon and Cornwall42·737·288·380·132·929·9
Dorset44·129·394·581·838·229·9
Durham51·838·195·787·135·731·9
Essex42·036·490·657·525·823·2
Gloucestershire49·830·687·450·745·324·4
Greater Manchester45·024·896·484·041·119·1
Hampshire43·532·292·267·234·925·5
Hertfordshire47·746·097·090·426·327·9
Humberside46·131·183·654·731·819·3
Kent37·131·589·755·334·226·0
Lancashire54·241·895·488·948·839·6
Leicestershire55·241·496·077·039·231·6
Lincolnshire57·338·577·558·946·322·6

Police force area

Percentage cleared up

Greater Manchester46
Hampshire46
Hertfordshire51
Humberside45
Kent40
Lancashire55
Leicestershire57
Lincolnshire57
London, City of23
Merseyside43
Metropolitan Police21
Norfolk49
Northamptonshire50
Northumbria51
North Yorkshire52
Nottinghamshire49
South Yorkshire53
Staffordshire55
Suffolk55
Surrey49
Sussex56
Thames Valley43
Warwickshire46
West Mercia48
West Midlands34
West Yorkshire49
Wiltshire44
Dyfed-Powys64
Gwent59
North Wales58
South Wales46
England and Wales42

1 Excluding offences of "other criminal damage" value £20 or under.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish for 1978 and 1986, for each police force area in England and Wales, the clear-up rate for (a) violence against the person, (b) burglary, (c) theft, (d) fraud/forgery and (e) criminal damage.

The readily available information is given in the following tables.

Police Force area

Theft and handling stolen goods

Fraud and forgery

1 Criminal damage

1978

1986

1978

1986

1978

1986

London, City of16·38·858·141·932·818·5
Merseyside44·339·087·972·827·317·0
Metropolitan Police20·114·963·852·814·69·2
Norfolk47·037·490·574·040·724·1
Northamptonshire49·029·388·764·134·918·0
Northumbria52·644·191·058·033·019·1
North Yorkshire51·232·494·653·654·526·7
Nottinghamshire46·831·377·155·934·519·4
South Yorkshire53·944·392·071·730·627·0
Staffordshire53·743·288·871·842·031·6
Suffolk54·144·789·465·540·330·1
Surrey46·231·993·866·640·829·7
Sussex53·631·094·559·949·925·1
Thames Valley40·036·585·565·232·223·7
Warwickshire42·733·393·967·131·624·2
West Mercia45·839·489·868·236·831·6
West Midlands33·327·385·051·923·016·1
West Yorkshire46·236·186·865·531·823·5
Wiltshire43·035·886·260·121·726·9
Dyfed-Powys58·743·994·690·258·241·4
Gwent57·646·895·692·451·042·8
North Wales55·233·394·267·745·825·4
South Wales46·738·792·077·234·226·2
England and Wales40·330·884·066·630·020·7

1 Excluding offences of "other criminal damage" value £20 or under.

Ratios of offences cleared up to offences recorded by the police in England and Wales

Police Force Area

Violence against the person

Burglary

1978

1986

1978

1986

Per cent.

Per cent.

Per cent.

Per cent.

Avon and Somerset84·678·830·915·5
Bedfordshire74·475·730·116·7
Cambridgshire84·881·640·730·2
Cheshire92·385·448·032·8
Cleveland81·974·143·527·6
Cumbria87·889·637·931·1
Derbyshire84·186·930·432·6
Devon and Cornwall87·883·734·931·7
Dorset72·077·426·825·5
Durham83·784·037·127·9
Essex79·878·833·432·4
Gloucestershire82·371·542·119·9
Greater Manchester79·669·731·422·0
Hampshire76·176·232·523·2
Hertfordshire80·281·138·827·7
Humbcrside82·270·231·720·4
Kent78·379·231·329·3
Lancashire90·983·741·739·3
Leicestershire84·080·449·541·5
Lincolnshire92·376·644·326·4
London, City of60·161·221·912·1
Merseyside70·151·535·736·9
Metropolitan Police55·648·810·59·6
Norfolk87·687·137·623·9
Northamptonshire88·969·636·531·7
Northumbria80·374·945·536·5
North Yorkshire91·076·133·621·6
Nottinghamshire78·372·146·126·6
South Yorkshire88·582·442·335·6
Staffordshire86·588·939·034·4
Suffolk90·384·336·623·7
Surrey88·485·331·322·5
Sussex87·369·041·617·8
Thames Valley77·375·933·421·7
Warwickshire90·683·441·634·3
West Mercia89·687·534·934·1
West Midlands64·761·927·531·2
West Yorkshire82·268·347·938·1
Wiltshire74·383·831·324·0
Dyfed-Powys96·795·450·440·4
Gwent92·189·445·033·0
North Wales84·371·941·119·7

Police Force Area

Violence against the person

Burglary

1978

1986

1978

1986

Per cent.

Per cent.

Per cent.

Per cent.

South Wales86·483·234·933·2
England and Wales77·271·331·326·0

Prevention Of Terrorism

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to make improved arrangements for police units at ports to assist enforcement of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.

I have decided to establish a national co-ordinator of port policing, who will provide advice and assistance to chief officers of police on police work at ports, co-ordinate the work of police units, and represent them in liaison with other services involved in ports. The post of national co-ordinator will be at assistant chief constable rank.The new arrangement adopts recommendations made by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary on the work of police operating the port controls provided by the

School leavers—England
BoysGirls
Number (thousands)Per cent.Number (thousands)Per cent.
Leavers who had attempted
GCE O-level or CSE in Mathematics302·5180·8299·7882·9
Physics191·1551·070·9019·6
GCE A-level in Mathematics38·3010·217·764·9
Physics30·518·18·442·3

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many computers are provided per 100 pupils in each local education authority in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools; and how many staff trained to teach computing there are in each local education authority.

The 1985 survey of microcomputers in English schools, a copy of which is in the Library, found that there were on average 0·9 microcomputers per 100 pupils in primary schools and 1·7 per 100 pupils in secondary schools. Since then LEAs have purchased many more microcomputers for their schools both from their own resources and from funds available under the DTI IT Equipment for Schools offer. About 60 per cent. of teachers have received some training in the use of microcomputers in schools. No figures are available for individual local education authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;

Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1984. The new arrangements will operate initially for a trial period of two years.

Education And Science

Mathematics And Physical Sciences

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many (a) girls and (b) boys took one or more mathematics or physical science subject at (i) O-level and (ii) A-level in the last year for which figures are available.

Information is not available in the precise form requested. The number and percentage of boys and girls leaving English schools in 1984–85 who had attempted (a) mathematics, and (b) physics in CSE and/ or GCE examinations is shown in the table.(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The value of contracts awarded by my Department for word processing hardware and software for the financial years in question is as follows:

Wordplex Ltd.AES Ltd.
££
1984–85
Hardware29,00032,000
Software
1985–86
Hardware106,00018,000
Software1,000
1986–87
Hardware47,000
Software15,000
For future years, it is the Department's intention to provide word processing facilities as part of its wider office systems strategy, and it is not possible to identify such expenditure separately.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The Department is undertaking a study into the extent to which desktop publishing systems would be useful in helping to meet its publication requirements. It has not purchased any such systems in the past, and currently has no plans for such expenditure.

Schools (Expenditure)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish figures for 1985–86 and 1986–87 relating to (a) local authority expenditure in nursery, primary and secondary schools at (i) current prices and (ii) at 1984–85 prices using the Government gross domestic product deflator and (b) pupil numbers in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Net institutional recurrent spending on maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in 1985–86 was as follows:

1985–86 provisional actual spending £ million (rounded)
At 1985–86 outturn pricesAt 1984–85 pricesAt 1987–88 prices
Nursery schools404045
Primary schools2,9402,7653,165
Secondary schools4,0503,8104,360
Comparable information for 1986–87 is not yet available. Financial year average pupil numbers for 1985–86 and1986–87 are as follows:

1985–86 (actual)1986–87 (projected)
Pupils, thousands, full-time equivalents
Nursery schools3131
Primary schools3,6513,667
Secondary schools3,4343,306

Assisted Places Scheme

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the schools participating in the assisted places scheme and the fees charged by each school.

Schools (Decoration)

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish his Department's review of the internal decoration of schools.

My Department has not undertaken such a review. The results of a general investigation on maintenance provision and practice in a sample of 16 local education authorities was reported in DES A and B Paper No. 7, published in 1984, copies of which are in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the average fee increase at schools participating in the assisted places scheme in each year since the scheme was introduced.

Since the assisted places scheme was introduced in 1981 the estimated average fee increase for assisted pupils at participating schools has been as follows:

Percentage increase over preceding year
School Yearper cent.
1982–8311
1983–8412
1984–857
1985–867
1986–8712

Defence

Civil Defence

asked the Secretary of State for Deence if he will make available in the Library those parts of the United Kingdom Commander in Chief's committee home defence plan which would not compromise natonal security; and if he will make a statement.

This is a classified document and it is not our general practice, in response to specific queries, to break up documents in the way that would be entailed. The hon. Member may, however, find it helpful to refer to the "Home Office Emergency Planning Guidance to Local Authorities", a copy of which is in the Library. Although this is not in itself concerned with military Home Defence planning, the hon. Member may find it useful in the general context of his inquiry.

Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the average per capita contribution to defence expenditure by the United Kingdom in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Jersey and (d) Guernsey.

The original provision for defence expenditure in 1986–87 was the equivalent of some £327 per capita in the United Kingdom.The annual contribution made by the Isle of Man towards the cost of defence and other common services provided by the United Kingdom Government was equivalent to some £16 per capita in 1985–86, the last year for which figures are available. The island also provides military training facilities and a bombing range for the RAF.No regular contributions to the costs of defence have been made by either Jersey or Guernsey, but I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Bruinvels) on 1 April 1987, at column 516, for details of the agreements that have been reached with the islands over future contributions.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

The Ministry of Defence procured, primarily through Her Majesty's Stationery Office, dedicated word processing hardware and associated word processing software software from the following companies:

Year and CompanyTotal expenditure
£
1984–85
Exxon/Vydec1,566,000
AES
CPT
Phillips
Rank Xerox
Data Logic
Olivetti
Diamond (OTL)
1985–86
AES1,184,000
CPT
Phillips
Rank Xerox
Olivetti
Logica
Data Logic
ICL
Canon
1986–87
AES2,106,000
CPT
Phillips
Amstrad
ICL
Wordplex
Olivetti
OEM
Rank Xerox
GEC Reliance
Canon
Wang
General purpose hardware and word processing software with which it may be used are excluded.Only the figures for total expenditure are readily available, but for reasons of commercial confidentiality it would in any case be improper for me to give details of individual contract value.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Expenditure on hardware dedicated to word processing, and word processing software, is not separately identifiable. Total expenditure was:

£
1984–851,566,000
1985–861,184,000
1986–872,106,000
Projected expenditure for 1987–88 is about £1,200,000 and for 1988–89 about £1,320,000. General purpose hardware and word processing software with which it may be used are not included.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those companies that his Department has 1,184,000 awarded contracts for the supply of desktop hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

Since 1984 the Ministry of Defence has procured desktop publishing hardware and software through Her Majesty's Stationery Office, from Apple Macintosh and Rank Zerox. For reasons of commercial confidentiality it would be improper for me to ive details of individual contract values.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984 and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Expenditure on hardware and software dedicated to desktop publishing is not separable. Total expenditure was:

£
1984–85Nil
1985–8637,800
1986–8717,000
Projected expenditure for 1987–88 is about £48,000 and for 1988–89 about £65,000.

Attorney General

Computers

asked the Attorney-General if he will list those companies to which the Lord Chancellor's Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

The suppliers of word processing equipment to the Lord Chancellor's Department in the years 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87 have been as follows:

  • International Business Machines Ltd.
  • Rank Zerox (UK) Ltd.
  • Wildings Office Equipment PLC
The value of each contract is a matter of commercial confidentiality.

asked the Attorney-General how much the Lord Chancellor's Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The cost of word processing equipment purchased by the Lord Chancellor's Department since 1984 is as follows:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–8531,0005,000
1985–86106,00025,000
1986–8712,0004,000
Projected expenditure for the financial year 1987–88 is £50,000, and for 1988–89, £125,000.

asked the Attorney-General if he will list those companies to which the Lord Chancellor's Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

There has only been one set of desktop publishing equipment supplied to the Lord Chancellor's Department and this was purchased from Rank Xerox in the financial year 1985–86. For reasons of commercial confidentiality the value of the contract cannot be disclosed.

asked the Attorney-General how much the Lord Chancellor's Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

As there has only been one set of desktop publishing equipment supplied to the Lord Chancellor's Department since 1984 I am unable, due to the commercial confidentiality, to disclose the value of the contract.There are no firm plans for any other system to be purchased in the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Mr Michael Delaney

asked the Attorney-General, further to his written answer of 6 May, and in the light of the 10 to one verdict of the coroner's court in the case of Michael Delaney, whether he will consider further the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute the driver; and if he will make a statement.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has reconsidered the decision made in the case referred to by the right hon. Member. However. the evidence given at the inquest into the death of Michael Delaney did not disclose any basis upon which a prosecution could be brought. The Director cannot, therefore, alter his original decision.

Unlawful Killing

asked the Attorney-General in how many cases where a jury at a coroner's court has returned a verdict of unlawful killing the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to prosecute on the grounds of insufficient evidence since 1979.

Records are not kept of the information requested by the right hon. Member.

Crown Prosecution Service Staff Commission

asked the Attorney-General whether he has received a report from the Crown Prosecution Service Staff Commission; and if he will make a statement.

I have recently received the Report of the Crown Prosecution Service Staff Commission upon its work during the establishement of the new Service. Copies of the report are being discributed to interested parties, and I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.The Chairman of the Staff Commission and his two commissioners have produced a most comprehensive and helpful report and I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for their endeavours.

Environment

London Docklands

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of houses and flats built on London Dock lands Development Corporation owned land between January 1986 and December 1986 were sold to those on the waiting lists of the London boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West on 1 April 1987 at column 553.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to provide the names of companies to which such contracts have been awarded or the values of the contracts.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much his Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The Department's expenditure on word processing hardware and software, which is delivered as one piece of equipment, was:

Year£
1984–85180,274
1985–86243,862
1986–87664,452
Estimated expenditure in 1987–88 is £500,000. No projections have been made for 1988–89.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to provide the information in the form and level of detail requested by my hon. Friend.The Department purchased one desktop publishing software package in 1986–87.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The Department has spent £2,000 on desktop publishing software (in 1986–87). No specialised hardware has been purchased. No details are available for financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Planning Permission

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will examine possible ways of limiting the opportunities for developers to submit fresh applications for planning permissions for new developments in residential areas after their appeals against local authority decisions are dismissed by inspectors' inquiries.

No. Such a limitation would unjustifiably restrict development which might reasonably be permitted if, for example, circumstances chanhed following the dismissal of an appeal or the developer revised his scheme to take account of objections. An appellant who unreasonably persists in taking a second appeal to inquiry may be at risk of having cost awarded against him.

Radioactive Waste

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations were carried out with the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee and what representations were received from it (a) before his decision to abandon research on four possible low-level waste dumps and (b) subsequently.

The Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee's views on shallow disposal of nuclear waste have been made clear in all of the committee's annual reports submitted to Ministers since 1983. There was no consultation with the Committee before my right hon. Friend's statement on 1 May, but I wrote to the Committee about the decision on the day of the statement. No representations have been received from the Committee since 1 May.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will tabulate the calculations made by (a) his Department, (b) the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee and (c) NIREX on the costs of disposal of low-level waste in shallow trenches.

On calculations made by the Department, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the Assessment of Best Practicable Environmental Options for Management of Low and Intermediate-level Solid Radioactive Wastes published by HMSO in March 1986. On the calculations by NIREX, I have nothing to add to the letter from the chairman of NIREX to my right hon. Friend dated 1 May, which is in the Library of the House.The Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee has made no calculations on the costs of disposal.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if there have been any changes in the composition of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee since his decision to cancel research for low-level nuclear sites.

Green Belt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if non-statutory green belt is included as applicable land in references to Government statements about its policy on protection of green belt land.

Green belt policies apply to land which has been identified as green belt in approved structure plans. In most areas the detailed boundaries have been identified in local plans or in old development plans. Some non-green belt land situated between the urban area and the approved green belt boundary may be kept open for the time being through the normal process of development control.

Planning Inquiries

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what instructions he has given, or intends to give, to his planning inspectors to ensure that their decisions in planning inquiries are cognisant of current ministerial speeches and statements on planning policy.

As a matter of course, the Department's planning inspectors are informed of all statements of policy which could be a material consideration in reaching decisions in planning cases.

Departmental Achievements

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list his principal achievements in the field of improving the environment; and what plans he has for the future.

I refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 9 May 1986 at column 265 and my own statement of 4 February 1987 at column 726. Since those statements we have continued to act to protect and enhance the environment.The Govermnent have endorsed the Central Electricity Generating Board's plans to install low nitrogen oxide burners at its largest power stations, and at all future fossil-fuel fired power stations.The Department has continued to promote the introduction of unleaded petrol, which is currently available at 260 service stations.We sponsored the international pollution abatement fair and conference as a contribution to European Year of the Environment. At the conference I launched the environmental protection technology scheme, which aims to encourage innovation in the fields of pollution abatement and cleaner technologies.Research on antifouling paints containing tributyl tin has increasingly shown them to be responsible for damage to marine life. Regulations were laid before the House on 7 May which will ban the retail supply of antifouling paints and treatments containing triorganotins, including TBT, from 28 May.On 10 March the Government issued the Farming and Rural enterprise package which set out our policies for agriculture and for encouraging enterprise and development in rural areas.On 8 May the Department issued the circular Development Involving Agricultural Land which stresses the importance of considering together the agricultural, environmental and economic aspects of planning proposals affecting agricultural land.

Blood Lead Monitoring Programme

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish the preliminary results of the blood lead monitoring programme for 1986.

Preliminary analysis of results from the surveys carried out in 1986 as part of my Department's blood lead monitoring programme shows a continuing fall in levels. Compared with 1985 the blood leads of children surveyed fell by about 1·5 ug/100ml (16 per cent.); those of police officers on traffic duties by about 2 ug/100ml (18 per cent.); and those of other adults sampled by about 1 ug/100m1 (10 per cent.).Individually, the local surveys of children all showed falls in levels but these varied from 8 per cent. to 22 per cent. For exposed adults local changes varied from a fall of around 20 per cent. to a slight increase in one of the surveys. More detailed results will be made available in due course.

Housing Expenditure

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was Coventry city council's bid to central Government for housing expenditure, and what was his Department's allocation, for each year since 1979 expressed in 1987 prices.

[pursuant to his answer, 12 May 1987]: The position has changed since 1979, in that local housing authorities nationally now fund more than half their capital expenditure from capital receipts, rather than from housing investment programme allocations made by the Department. The proposed capital programmes shown by authorities in the HIP submissions cannot therefore be compared directly with their HIP allocations.Since 1979 the final HIP allocations made to Coventry city council, and their total capital expenditure on housing, have been as follows:

£ million 1987–88 pricesHIP allocationExpenditure
1979–8023·90827·137
1980–8115·48214·427
1981–8210·26012·340
1982–8315·25716·738
1983–849·62411·893
1984–8510·22312·747
1985–868·29520·099
1986–878·660118·396
1987–8826·166
1 Estimated by the authority on form HIP2 in July 1986
2 Initial HIP allocation.

Northern Ireland

Teachers' (Pay And Conditions)

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will place in the Library details of the composite package of proposals for pay and conditions of service of teachers in Northern Ireland referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Woolwich of 27 April, Official Report, column 41.

Advertisements

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

The information requested in respect of specific promotional campaigns is as follows:

Number of occasions
National newspapers
Financial Times50
Times7
Daily Telegraph2
Guardian2
Local Newspapers
Belfast Telegraph71
Derry Journal50
Sentinel (Londonderry)50
News Letter25
Coleraine Chronicle6
Irish News4
Sunday News2
Newspaper Publishing Groups receiving paid advertising
Pearson Group
News International
Daily Telegraph PLC
Guardian Newspapers Ltd.
Thompson Newspapers Ltd.

Number of occasions

Century Newspapers Ltd.
Irish News Ltd.
Northern Newspaper Group
Ulster Associated Press Group
Morton Newspaper Group

Routine advertising such as job advertisements, contracts and statutory notices have been excluded.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89;

(3) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desk top publishing hardware and desk top publishing software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;

(4) how much his Department has spent on (a) desk top publishing hardware and (b) desk top publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Job Release Schemes

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether parity is being maintained between job release schemes in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Participants in the Northern Ireland full and part-time job release schemes will continue to receive allowances at the rates payable, in corresponding circumstances, under the parallel schemes in Great Britain. As from 6 April 1987 the new rates are:

Full-Time Scheme

For disabled men aged 60, 61, 62 and 63 who are married with a dependent wife whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week, £74·50 a week, taxable; for all others £61·15 a week, taxable.

For women aged 59 and men aged 64 who are married with a dependent spouse whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week, £67·55 a week, tax free; for all others £53·90 a week, tax free.

Part-Time Scheme

The part-time job release scheme closed on 30 May 1986. However, the rates of allowance for those who entered the scheme on or before that date will be as follows:

For disabled men aged 60 and 61 aged 62 and 63 who are married with a dependent wife whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week, £43 a week, taxable; for all others £35.80 a week, taxable.

For women aged 59 and men aged 64 who are married with a dependent spouse whose net income from all sources does not exceed £13 a week, £38·05 a week, tax free, for all others £31·15, tax free.

Employment

Advertisements

asked the Paymaster General on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used for these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

My Department in the last three years has advertised extensively in the national and local press to publicise its range of employment programmes as listed. Figures for the number of occasions on which the Department sponsored advertisements and a breakdown by newspaper publishing groups could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

Labour Statistics

asked the Paymaster General if he will publish in the Official Report the percentage level of unemployment in each travel-to-work area for the latest available date and the number of community programme places in the nearest corresponding area in 1986–87 and 1987–88.

Figures showing the numbers of unemployed claimants in the travel-to-work areas of the United Kingdom expressed as a percentage of employees in employment plus the unemployed on 12 March 1987 were published in table 2.4 of the May 1987 issue of the Employment Gazette, a copy of which is in the Library. Unemployment rates incorporating new employment estimates which take account of the 1984 census of employment results will be published on Thursday 14 May 1987. At that time revised unemployment rates will be available in the Library. Information about the number of community programme places is collected at community programme area office level. The following table shows the number of filled places in respect of each area office as on 31 March 1987, the latest date for which statistics are available, and the average number of filled places planned for 1987–88 in respect of the same offices.

Region/community programme area officeFilled places as at 31 March 1987A verage planned for 1987–88
South-east region
Kent3,2922,800
Hampshire and Isle of Wight2,0491,980
Sussex1,9601,850
Reading1,4731,400
Surrey476490
High Wycombe1,9151,750
Essex2,5342,600
Total13,69912,870
London region
North London3,4323,050
East London3,0743,080
Inner London north5,0914,620
Inner London south3,2303,540
West London1,3041,220
South London1,7441,590
Total17,87517,100

Region/community programme area office

Filled places as at 31 March 1987

Average planned for 1987–88

South-west region

Devon east2,0662,035
Avon4,6404,240
Cornwall2,3952,272
Dorset1,4721,500
Gloucester1,6321,570
West Devon2,0231,953
Wiltshire1,1491,160
Somerset1,0761,020
Total16,45315,750

West midlands region

Worcester3,6563,655
Coventry3,7843,674
Dudley/Sandwell3,7064,233
Wolverhampton4,5924,625
Birmingham8,3838,418
Staffordshire4,0673,945
Total28,18828,550

East midlands and eastern region

Ipswich1,5701,485
Luton2,1712,101
Norwich2,0891,808
Derby3,1043,174
Leicester2,4322,404
Nottinghamshire3,9963,987
Lincoln1,9421,863
Northamptonshire1,8091,824
Total19,11318,646

Yorkshire and Humberside region

Leeds4,6174,550
Bradford5,5105,500
Sheffield6,1526,100
Hull2,3872,449
North Yorkshire1,3971,450
Grimsby2,1092,151
Barnsley/Doncaster3,9414,050
Total27,81527,900

North-West Region

Cumbria1,9441,926
South Lancs3,1572,922
Manchester North2,6092,639
Manchester City3,2873,539
Manchester East2,7592,830
Middleton2,1632,175
Manchester West2,6532,865
Merseyside Inner5,5385,565
Wirral2,6082,650
Lancs North2,7182,578
St. Helens4,8984,790
Cheshire3,8753,590
Total38,20938,069

Northern Region

North Tyne5,9636,288
County Durham7,1356,516
Teeside8,0038,300
South Tyne7,7228,000
Total28,82329,104

Wales Region

Gwent3,8483,630
Mid and South Glamorgan7,3727,075
West Wales6,3665,900
Clwyd/Powys5,0114,730

Region/community programme area office

Filled places as at 31 March 1987

Average planned for 1987–88

Total22,59721,335

Scotland Region

Central/South Glasgow3,2143,668
North Glasgow3,8663,960
Hamilton3,6283,700
Paisley2,4802,639
Ayr3,6303,500
Highlands and Islands1,092993
Tayside and Grampian2,9723,110
Central and Fife3,4373,300
Lothian and Borders3,9383,770
Clydebank2,4152,250
Total30,67230,890

asked the Paymaster General how many redundancies were notified to his Department in the Grimsby travel-to-work area in each year since 1977.

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

Redundancies confirmed as due to occur in Grimsby travel-to-work area
YearNumber
1977188
1978806
19790
19801,005
19811,886
1982880
19831,436
19841,081
1985332
1986517

Note: The figures are based on notifications of redundancies confirmed as due to occur in the Grimsby jobcentre area which equates very closely to the Grimsby travel-to-work area.

Computers

asked the Paymaster General if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to answer this question in the detail requested. However the following companies have supplied word processing equipment to the Department of Employment since 1984:

  • British Olivetti
  • Digital Equipment Company Ltd.
  • Rank Xerox
  • IBM
  • Wang UK
  • AES
  • ICL
  • Amstrad
  • Canon
  • Information Technology (UK)
  • OEM
  • Thorn—EMI
  • Lexisystems
  • Quest International
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Vistec

asked the Paymaster General how much his Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

For those parts of the Department for which figures are readily available, the figures are as follows:

£
1984–85226,000
1985–86474,000
1986–87662,000
1987–88795,000
1988–89710,000

asked the Paymaster General if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to answer this question in the detail requested. Since 1984, one contract to the value of £6,000 has been placed.

asked the Paymaster General how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The figures are as follows:

£
1984–85Nil
1985–86Nil
1986–876,000
1987–8820,000
1988–89Nil

Restart

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.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 May 1987, c. 28]: The information requested is available only for the Shropshire restart area. By 9 April 10,873 people had been invited for a restart interview of which 9,683 had already attended. The interviews provide a means of gaining access to the wide range of opportunities available to help people return to employment. A total of 88 per cent. of people interviewed were offered at least one of the following opportunities:

  • an interview for a job vacancy or a place on the community programme;
  • a place in a jobclub;
  • a training course;
  • an introduction to the enterprise allowance scheme;
  • a place on a restart course;
  • a chance to undertake voluntary work;
  • a referral for specialist help.

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 trainers, and what proportion aimed at potential employers.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 May 1987, c. 28]: In 1987–88 planned expenditure on advertising the new job training scheme is £5·3 million. Half the sum will be used to encourage employers to become involved in the scheme and half to draw the existence and objectives of the scheme to the attention of potential participants. Around 70 per cent. of the budget has been committed to TV and the remainder to other media. The expenditure represents around 2½ per cent. of the overall programme costs of the job training scheme in the first year.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Development And Disarmament

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what correlation exists in Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy between development and disarmament.

We believe that there is no automatic link between the process of disarmament, the reallocation of resources which may result from such a process, and the provision of development aid. The search for disarmament, improved international security, and development are equally important, and we remain committed to pursuing each of these aims.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what ministerial and parliamentary representatives from the United Kingdom will attend the United nations conference on the relationship between disarmament and development in New York between 24 August and 11 September; what proposals Her Majesty's Government will make to the conference; and if he will make a statement.

A decision on the level of any United Kingdom participation at the conference, and on United Kingdom proposals, will be taken nearer the time.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given. However, total annual expenditure for financial years 1984 to 1987, and companies to which contracts have been awarded have been:

Total expenditure
£
Financial year 1984–85249,037
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
City Information Systems
Financial year 1985–86262,101
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
AT Computer World

Total expenditure

£

Wordnet International
Ol Computers

Financial year 1986–87

261,267
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Nexel
West End Business Machines
Ryman
ICL
Ol Computers
Santiki Ltd.
Estimated expenditure 1987–88118,500
Estimated expenditure 1988–8950,600

The figures include expenditure by both the diplomatic and aid wings of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and by overseas posts. For the latter, there is no central record of companies to which contracts have been awarded.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984;and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) desktop publishing hardware and (h) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the finanical years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The diplomatic wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office placed one contract through Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1986, at an approximate cost of £29,000. This was the price for the complete integrated system. £380 was spent on hardware update in 1987, and £12,000 to £13,000 is likely to be spent on the expansion and updating of this system in 1988.

Departmental Achievements

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list his principal achievements in the field of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; and what plans he has for the future.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley (Mr. Soames) on 19 February 1987 at column 801–9, and in particular to the foreign policy aspects of these answers. Since then our efforts to establish a more stable relationship between East and West culminated in the successful visit by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and myself and myself to the Soviet Union in March. Our talks with the Soviet leaders were candid and wide-ranging and demonstrated the value of frank and constructive discussion between us. At the end of April I visited Thailand, Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate our continuing interest in Asia and the Pacific. Overall, I have since February pursued our major objectives in the foreign policy field listed in the answer to the second of the questions from my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley. These objectives will continue to guide our policies in the future.

Hong Kong (Survey Office)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, pursuant to his answer of 7 May, Offical Report, column 528, he will make it his policy to include in the terms of reference for the independent survey office the possibilty for oral representations to he made by those Hong Kong citizens who either cannot, or are not confident of being able to, make written representations.

Within the Survey Office's terms of reference arrangements will be made to ensure that those who are unwilling or unable to submit written representations are able to have their oral representations recorded.

Wales

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Word processing hardware and software has been purchased to the following values:

£
1984–859,750
1985–8629,011
1986–8713,400
Most of the equipment was purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office. The manufacturers of the equipment purchased were information Technology Ltd. (ITL), Hermes Precisa Ltd. and International Business Machines (IBM). To disclose details of individual contracts would be a breach of commercial confidence.Current estimates provide for expenditure on word processing equipment of £103,500 in 1987–88 and £160,000 in 1988–89.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

My Department has not yet purchased any desktop publishing hardware or software. Sums of £75,000 and £40,000 have been provisionally earmarked in 1987–88 and 1988–89 respectively, for:he purchase of such equipment.

National Health Service Estate

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the annual expenditure, in 1987 prices, from 1975–76 to date on repair, maintenance and improvement work on the Welsh National Health Service estate; what is his Department's estimate of the expenditure needed to bring the condition of the Welsh National Health Service estate to a fully reconditioned and repaired state, complying with up to date building standards, not including the reconditioning of parts of the estate for which there is no intention to recondition or repair, but where the proper course is demolition or disposal, or the expected depreciation of the estate in this financial year; what is his Department's estimate of the annual expenditure to prevent the Welsh National Health Service estate's condition from deteriorating, excluding those parts of the estate for which there is no intention to recondition or repair, but where the proper course is demolition or otherwise disposal; and what is the capital value of National Health Service buildings in Wales.

Labour Statistics

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the unemployment figures for April and May, in 1979 and 1983, and at the most recent available date for the Port Talbot and Neath travel-to-work areas.

In March 1987 there were 6,664 persons unemployed in the Neath and Port Talbot travelto-work area. This is equivalent to an unemployment rate of 13·1 per cent. The earliest data available for this travel-to-work area for a corresponding month for March 1984, when the figures were 8,241 and 16·3 per cent. respectively. These figures are not directly comparable because of a change in the method of compiling the statistics in March 1986.

Prime Minister

Computers

asked the Prime Minister if she will list those companies to which her office has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984, and what was the value of each contract.

A contract for word processors for my office was awarded in 1984 to International Computers Limited in the order of £35,000. No other contracts have been awarded.Other information technology systems which provide word processing facilities but which were intended primarily for other tasks, were purchased in 1984 and 1987 from ICL and Software Sciences Ltd.

asked the Prime Minister how much her office has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The following table represents the past and projected expenditure on word processing hardware and software for my office for the years 1984 to 1988–89. Figures are given to the nearest £1,000.

Year

Hardware

Software

£

198435,000Nil
1985NilNil
1986NilNil
1987–88NilNil
1988–89NilNil

asked the Prime Minister if she will list those companies to which her office has awarded contracts for the supply of desk top publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

My office has not awarded any contracts for desk top publishing hardware or software.

asked the Prime Minister how much her office has spent on (a) desk top publishing hardware and (b) desk top publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

My office has not incurred any expenditure on desk top publishing hardware or software since 1984. There is no specific provision to acquire such systems in the financial years 1987–88 or 1988–89.

Solicitor-General For Scotland

Perth Prison

40.

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland how many, and what, offences alleged to have been committed in Her Majesty's prison, Perth, have been prosecuted against prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Perth, during the last year for which figures are available and for the previous 10 years, respectively.

The information which is sought is not available from the Crown Office or prisons group, Scottish Home and Health Department.

Commissioner For Northern Lights

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland how many official engagements he has carried out as ex-officio Commissioner for Northern Lights during the last 90 days.

I have attended two meetings as ex-officio Commissioner for Northern Lights within the last 90 days.

Project Zircon

44.

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland if he has given any advice to procurators fiscal in relation to matters arising from police inquiries into Project Zircon.

Transport

Microlight Flying (Insurance)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislation to make compulsory third party insurance cover for microlight flying.

Owners of microlight aircraft are strictly liable, under section 76 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, for damage or injury caused to persons or property on the ground. It is up to individual owners to decide on the appropriate levels of third party insurance to meet their potential liabilities.

Advertisements

asked the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

My Department has inserted advertisements in national newspapers on 14 occasions in the last three years.The newspapers chosen were as follows:

  • Daily Express
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Mirror
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial Times
  • Guardian
  • Independent
  • Star
  • Sun
  • Times
  • Today
  • Mail on Sunday
  • News of the World
  • Observer
  • People
  • Sunday Express
  • Sunday Mirror
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Sunday Times

Local newspapers used to support these campaigns were as follows:

  • Standard ( London)
  • Sunday Mail (Scotland)
  • Sunday Post ( Scotland)
  • Birmingham Post
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Newcastle Journal

Table 1—Road taxation revenue and roads costs in 1987–88: by vehicle class

Thousand £ million at 1987–88 prices/ratio

Vehicle class

Number of vehicles

Road taxation revenue and road costs (£ million at 1987–88 prices1)

Taxes to costs ratio

Fuel tax

Road taxes VED

Total

Road costs

Taxes less costs

thousand

Cars, light vans and taxis19,6085,4752,075

27,550

2,3355,2153·2:1
Motorcycles1,10740156025352·3:1
Buses and coaches721805

3185

215-300·9:1

Goods vehicles over 1,525 tonnes unladen:

Not over 3·5 tonnes gvw and non-plateable vehicles14350207025452·7:1
Over 3·5 tonnes gvw4419604401,4051,0953101·3:1
Other vehicles41,1851051011555652·2:1
All vehicles22,5566,8202,5709,385

53,750

5,6402·5:1

1 Rounded to the nearest five.

2 Excludes car tax, expected to raise £1,100 million in 1987–88.

3 Fuel tax rebate (£130 million) not deducted.

4 Haulage, machines, 3-wheeled motor vehicles, crown, disabled and other vehicles exempt from VED; Previously, other vehicles were included with the main classes.

5 Excludes £306 million allocated to pedestrians.

  • Nottingham Evening Post
  • Western Daily Press
  • Western Mail
  • Yorkshire Post
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal
  • Glasgow Herald
  • Scotsman
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Folkestone Herald/Dover Express
  • Kent and Sussex Courier
  • Kentish Express
  • Kent Messenger Group
  • Sevenoaks Chronicle
  • South Kent Newspapers
  • South London Press
  • Surrey Mirror Series

Other advertising in local newspapers was undertaken but not in support of campaigns in national newspapers. The newspaper publishing groups receiving paid advertising space were as follows:

  • Express Newspapers
  • Sun Group Newspapers
  • Mirror Group Newspapers
  • Times Newspapers
  • D. C. Thompson Ltd
  • Thomson Regional Newspapers
  • Kent Messenger Group
  • South Kent Newspapers Group
  • East Surrey Newspapers Group

Recruitment and statutory notice advertising is not included in the above.

Roads (Expenditure)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for 1987–88 taxation revenue and public road cost figures and also a table showing taxation revenue, attributed costs, revenue to costs ratio and the number of vehicles, including in the calculation the increased road maintenance expenditure announced at the time of the current year's Budget statement.

The information requested is given in the following two tables. Further information on motor tax revenue and track costs will be given in the Department's annual paper "The allocation of road track costs", due to be published shortly.

Table 2

Taxation revenue, attributed costs, revenue to cost ratios and numbers of vehicles in selected categories

GVW (tonnes) over

not over

Taxation revenue per vehicle

Attributed costs, per vehicle2

Taxes minus costs

Revenue to costs ratio

Estimated number of vehicles at September 1987

£

£

£

000s

Rigid vehicles

2 axle3·54901803102·7:1143
3·57·57704103601·9:1154
7·5121,1206504701·7:127
12131,4909205701·6:120
15172,7802,4703101·1:182
3 axle23254,1403,9501901·1:126
4 axle29316,4606,1003601·1:118

Articulated vehicles

3 axle23254,2803,1201,1701·4:12
4 axle31337,5406,0001,5401·3:137
5 axle (2+3)363810,3007,7302,5701·3:124
(3+2)363810,0807,4502,6201·4:110
6 axle36388,5906,0602,5301·4:13

Figures for costs and taxes are rounded to the nearest £10, so taxes minus costs may not equal the difference of the figures shown for taxes and costs.

Lrt (Consultants Reports)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many reports from consultants have been commissioned by London Regional Transport; what were the subjects; what effect the findings will have in services; and if he will make a statement.

No central record is kept in the Department of reports commissioned from consultants by London Regional Transport. This is a management matter for LRT. The hon. Member may care to write to the chairman.

Lrt (Conditions Of Service)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what changes in conditions of service have been introduced in London Regional Transport during the last two years.

Changes in conditions of service are managerial matters for London Regional Transport and their subsidiary companies.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to provide the names of companies to which such contracts have been awarded or the values of the contracts.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The Department's expenditure on word processing hardware and software, which is delivered as one piece of equipment, was:

£
1984–85117,162
1985–8677,881
1986–8714,958
Estimated expenditure in 1987–88 is £200,000. No projections have been made for 1988–89.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality it is not possible to provide the information in the form and level of detail requested by the hon. Member.The Department has purchased two desktop publishing software packages, one in 1986–87 and one in 1987–88.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The Department has spent £5,000 on desktop publishing software (in 1986–87). No specialised hardware has been purchased. No details are available for financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

M25-M23 Interchange (Signs)

asked the Secretary of State for Transport why replacing signs and sign gantries on the M25-M23 interchange is likely to take six months; and whether he will consider a lane rental scheme for this work.

The installation of new signs and gantries has to be carried out in stages if traffic flow is to be maintained. A shorter period would require further traffic restrictions.A change to a lane-rental scheme now would involve additional cost and delay.

Aids

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

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

[pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 373]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Health on Wednesday 22 April at column 628.

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

[pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1987, c. 373]: In April 1986 the Management and Personnel Office, after consulting the Chief Medical Officer, DHSS, circulated all Departments with guidance to managers and model notes for staff. My Department drew on those notes in providing notes for staff. I understand that copies of the guidance and model notes are available in the Library of the House. I expect to issue further guidance, drawing on the Department of Employment/HSE book "AIDS and Employment" shortly.

Drink-Driving

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

[pursuant to his reply, 28 April 1987, c. 71]: The requested information has been tabulated. Because of its bulk, I have asked for it to be placed in the Library. Where the tables refer to "drink-drive" accidents, this means accidents where one or more drivers have failed a breath test or failed to provide a breath specimen.

Trade And Industry

Semiconductors And Circuit Boards

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the current position over the different import duties on semiconductors and built-up circuit boards.

The United Kingdom has long pressed for a reduction in the excessive level of import duty on semiconductors, with some success; the Community tariff on individual components was reduced from 17 per cent. to 14 per cent. during 1986. We hope to secure a further reduction during the Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations.

Riding Hats (Korea)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking to stop the importation of substandard riding hats from the Republic of Korea and other countries; and if he will make a statement.

We have introduced the Consumer Protection Bill which is now before the House, and which contains provisions to enable the extension of sound modern standards of safety to all consumer goods, whether imported or not, through a general safety requirement.

English Estates

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about English Estates' investment plans in the current financial year and the provisional outturn for 1986–87.

I am pleased to announce that in this financial year English Estates should be able substantially to increase its investment in the assisted areas compared with last year. The precise amount to he invested by the corporation will be determined by how much it can generate from factory sales and rents, but the Government will be contributing grant-in-aid of £13 million towards the total. I have told English Estates that on this basis I will require them to generate sufficient resources to fund at least £37 million of investment in the assisted areas. In practice I expect the corporation to exceed this figure and I have given the board permission to invest up to £47 million if it can generate the necessary funds from its own resources. English Estates will need to be satisfied that there is a real demand for this increased investment, that it satisfies its customary value-for-money requirements and that it will not crowd out similar investment that could have been undertaken by the private sector.Last year English Estates invested £33·5 million in the assisted areas, which was £1·5 million more than I had required. The corporation spent a further £2 million on the redevelopment of Chatham dockyard. The momentum of the Chatham development will be maintained in the current year without affecting the programme in the assisted areas, but I expect that the private sector will play an increasing part in funding this project over the next few years.

United Kingdom Engineering Contracts (Switzerland)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list such information as is available to him on the number of British firms which have obtained major engineering contracts with: (a) the Swiss Government and (b) the Swiss National Railways in the last three years.

This information is not readily available within my Department, and could be obtained in the form requested only at disproportionate cost. Nor has it been possible for our consulate general in Zurich to obtain figures for purchases by the Swiss Government or the Swiss National Railways.

Computers

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

The main suppliers of dedicated word processing hardware and software to the Department of Trade and Industry, central purchasing organisation since 1984 have been: BT (Merlin), GEC Reliance, ICL, Logica VTS, Olympia and Thorn EMI. The details of contracts placed are subject to commercial confidentiality.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has spent on (a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Expenditure by the central purchasing organisation of the Department of Trade and Industry on word processing hardware and software since 1984 has been, or is estimated to be, as follows:

£
1984–85556,000
1985–86361,000
1986–87234,000
1987–88300,000
1988–89350,000
The cost of word processing software is normally included in the price of dedicated word processors. The Department has also purchased microcomputers and other hardware for other applications. A small but unspecified amount of word processing is carried out as a secondary function on some of this hardware.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those companies to which his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.

The central purchasing organisation of the Department of Trade and Industry did not purchase any desktop publishing hardware or software in the years 1984–85 or 1985–86. Limited purchasing took place in 1986–87 but the names of the companies concerned cannot be disclosed because of commercial confidentiality.

Distribution of total income1 in 1987–88 for taxpaying single people and married couples with investment income of more than £500 per annum
Numbers of incomes (thousands)
Total income1 (lower limit)Tax units2 aged under 653Tax units2 aged 65 and over3
£ per annumSingle peopleMarried couples with no wife's earned incomeMarried couples with wife's earned incomeSingle peopleMarried couples with no wife's earned incomeMarried couples with wife's earned income
2,000160negligiblenegligible180negligiblenegligible
5,00090302013011020
7,00011060601308070
10,000405060503030
12,0006050110503040
15,0008060270403050
20,0006090310303060
30,0003070210102020
50,000103060101010
1 Gross income for income tax purposes.
2 Counting each married couple as one unit and combining the partners' incomes.
3 A married couple is taken to be aged 65 or over if at least one partner is aged 65 or over.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has spent on (a) desktop publishing hardware and (b) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is projected expenditure for financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Expenditure by the central purchasing organisation of the Department of Trade and Industry on desktop publishing hardware and software since 1984 has been, or is estimated to be, as follows:

£
1984–85Nil
1985–86Nil
1986–8728,000
1987–8870,000
1988–8950,000
The cost of desktop publishing software was included in the price of the hardware purchases and is not separately identifiable in the projected expenditure.

National Finance

Unearned Income

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to the reply dated 8 April, Official Report, columns 267–9, concerning the income distribution of those of working age with unearned income, whether he will provide figures for the tax yield in the case of those with unearned income of more than £500 a year; and if he will provide like figures for those over working age.

The tables provide provisional estimates for 1987–88 of single people and married couples with investment income of more than £500 per annum, and their total income tax liabilities. Estimates for ranges other than the higher income ranges are likely to be incomplete as tax offices do not need to have comprehensive information about individuals' investment income on which the liability to basic rate tax has been satisfied at source.

Total income tax liabilities in 1987–88 for single people and married couples with investment incomes of more than £500 per annum

(£ million)

Total income1 (lower limit)

Tax units2 aged under 653

Tax units2 aged 65 and over3

£ per annum

Single people

Married couples with no wife's earned income

Married couples with wife's earned income

Single people

Married couples with no wife's earned income

Married couples with wife's earned income

2,00040negligiblenegligible40negligiblenegligible
5,00070201010040negligible
7,00016050401909050
10,0008080601105050
12,0001701101901508070
15,000280190690170120150
20,0003404701,450200180260
30,0003007601,910160180180
50,0004101,1901,640180260230

1 Gross income for income tax purposes.

2 Counting each married couple as one unit and combining the partners' incomes.

3 A married couple is taken to be aged 65 or over if at least one partner is aged 65 or over.

Mortgage Interest Relief

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will provide an estimate of the saving to the Exchequer in a full year at the proposed rates of tax for 1987–88 of offsetting investment income against mortgage interest payments for relief from income tax.

The extent of any saving would depend upon the precise rules proposed for offsetting investment income against payments of mortgage interest and, in particular, on the way in which this restriction would impinge on the system of mortgage interest relief at source (MIRAS).

Mortgage Advances by Building Societies
YearAdvances for all purposes net of repaymentsGross advances for all purposesof which: Gross advances for purchase of dwellingsTotal estimated purchase price of dwellings on which advances in C were madeC as A percentage of D
(A)(B)(C)(D)(E)
£ million£ million£ million£ millionper cent.
198310,92819,26317,19725,11968·5
198414,57224,03421,53731,52268·3
198514,71126,49123,27533,40569·7
198619,07236,61931,40745,05569·7

Sources:

Financial Statistics—Tables 7·6 and 7·8.

Housing and Construction Statistics—Tables 1·9 and 1·13.

Channel Tunnel

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration is being given to ensure that sufficient facilities exist for customs clearance in Glasgow in relation to the Channel tunnel.

By using the normal transit procedures available for imports or exports, Channel tunnel freight traffic will be able to obtain Customs clearance at any approved inland clearance depot. Such depots are provided by commercial operators subject to approval by Customs who take into consideration the expected volume of business, the availability of other clearance facilities in the vicinity and the effective and economical use of Customs staff. There is an approved inland clearance depot in the Glasgow area.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will bring up to date the information on mortgages and the price of dwellings referred to in the reply of 26 July 1985, Official Report, column 873; and if he will add a forecast for 1987.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 327]: Information for 1983 to 1986 is in the table. A forecast for 1987 is not available.On the assumption that mortgage interest rates remain at 11·25 per cent. for the rest of 1987–88, the cost of mortgage interest relief in 1987–88 is forecast to be £4,750 million, equivalent to about £570 per mortgagor

Advertising

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department sponsored advertisements in national newspapers in the last three years; which newspapers were chosen for these campaigns; which local newspapers were used in these campaigns; and which newspaper publishing groups received payment for advertising space.

In addition to ongoing recruitment advertising, the Treasury has sponsored an advertising campaign on two occasions in the last three years. These were for the Britoil 1985 and Cable and Wireless 1985 Government share sales. Tables giving the newspapers used, and the respective publishing groups, are as follows:

Recruitment Advertising
Name of NewspaperName of Publishing Group
National newspapers
NilNil
Local Newspapers
Kentish TimesWestminster Press
South London PressSouth London Press Ltd.
Manchester Evening NewsGuardian and Manchester Evening News Plc.
Brentford Chiswick and Isleworth TimesDimbleby and Sons Ltd.
South Essex RecorderRecorder Group
South Yorkshire TimesDoncaster Free Press Group
Waltham Forest GuardianElectrical Press Group
EconomistEconomist Newspaper Ltd.
Barnsley ChronicleBarnsley Chronicle Ltd.
Westminster and Pimlico NewsLondon Newspaper Group
Girl About townGirl About Town Magazine Ltd.
Western Evening Heraldn.a.
Western Morning Newsn.a.
Yorkshire Evening PostYorkshire Post Newspapers
Fulham ChronicleLondon and Westminster Newspapers
Richmond and Twickenham Guardiann.a.
Ealing and Chiswick GuardianSouth London Guardian Group
Camden New Journaln.a.
Camden and St. Pancras ChronicleHackney Gazette Ltd.
Hackney Gazette and North London AdvertiserHackney Gazette Ltd.
Kensington and Chelsea TimesMetropolitan Communications Ltd.
Gloucestershire EchoCheltenham Newspaper Ltd.
Biggleswade ChronicleBedford County Press
Surrey AdvertiserLA Cade Partnership
The CitizenGloucestershire Newspapers Ltd.
Bicester ReviewBucks and Herts Newspaper Ltd.
Basingstoke GazetteBird Bros. Ltd.
Edinburgh Evening Newsn.a.
Bicester AdvertiserOxford and County Newspapers
Caterer and HotelkeeperConsumer Industries Press
ScotsmanScotsman Publications
Glasgow HeraldGeorge Outram and Co. Ltd.
Bristol Evening Postn.a.
Bath and West Evening ChronicleWessex Newspapers
The NewsPortsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Ltd.
Liverpool EchoLiverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd.
Evening News and Starn.a.
Worcester Evening Newsn.a.
Malvern GazetteBerrows Newspapers Ltd.
Berrows JournalBerrows Newspapers Ltd.
Borehamwood Elstree and Edgeware Postn.a.
Buckingham and Winslow AdvertiserBucks and Herts Newspaper Ltd.
Oxford StarOxford and County Newspapers
Cheltenham and Gloucester Echon.a.
Falkirk HeraldJohnston (Falkirk) Ltd.
Fulham GuardianSouth London Guardian Group
West London Guardiann.a.
West London Recordern.a.
Basingstoke Gazette ExtraBird Bros. Ltd.
Wandsworth and Putney Advertisern.a.
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extran.a.
Lancashire Worldn.a.
Hamilton AdvertiserScottish and Universal Newspapers

Name of Newspaper

Name of Publishing Group

Glasgow Evening Timesn.a.
Liverpool Daily PostLiverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd.
Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle Ltd.
Bromley TimesLondon and Westminster Press Ltd.
St. Albans and District ObserverWestminster Press Ltd.
London StandardExpress Newspapers

Cable and Wireless Share Sale 1985

Name of Newspapers

Name of Publishing Group

National Newspaper

Sunday TimesNews Group Newspapers
ObserverObserver Ltd.
Sunday ExpressExpress Newspapers
Sunday TelegraphSunday Telegraph plc
Financial TimesFT Ltd. (Pearsons plc)
Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph plc
TimesNews Group
Daily MailAssociated Newspapers Group
Daily ExpressExpress Newspapers
GuardianGuardian and Manchester Evening News Ltd.

Local Newspapers

StandardExpress Newspapers
ScotsmanScotsman Publications
Glasgow HeraldGeorge Outram & Co. Ltd.
Belfast TelegraphBelfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd.
Birmingham PostBirmingham Post and Mail Group
Daily PostLiverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd.
Aberdeen Press & JournalAberdeen Journal Ltd.
Dundee CourierD. C Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Morning Telegraph (Sheffield)n.a.
Yorkshire PostYorkshire Post Newspapers
Western MailWestern Mail and Echo Ltd.

Periodicals

EconomistEconomist Newspapers Ltd.
Investors ChronicleFinancial Times Business Publishing Ltd.
Financial WeeklyFinancial Weekly Ltd.

Britoil Share Sale 1985

Name of Newspaper

Name of Publishing Group

National Newspapers

Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph plc.
Financial timesFT Ltd. (Pearson plc.)
The TimesNews Group Newspapers
GuardianGuardian and Manchester Evening News Ltd.
Daily ExpressExpress Newspapers
Daily MailAssociated Newspapers Group
Sunday ExpressExpress Newspapers
Sunday TelegraphSunday Telegraph plc.
Sunday TimesNews Group Newspapers
ObserverObserver Ltd.
Mail on SundayAssociated Newspapers Group

Local Newspapers

StandardExpress Newspapers
Aberdeen Press and JournalAberdeen Journals Ltd.
Glasgow HeraldGeorge Outram and Co. Ltd.
ScotsmanScotsman Publications
Dundee CourierD. C. Thomson and Co. Ltd.

Name of Newspaper

Name of Publishing Group

Belfast TelegraphBelfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd.
Birmingham PostBirmingham Post and Mail Group
Yorkshire PostYorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.
Belfast newsletterCentury Newspapers Ltd.
Manchester Evening NewsManchester Evening News Ltd.
Western Daily PressBristol United Press Ltd.

Periodicals

Investors ChronicleFT Business Publishing Ltd.
EconomistEconomist Newspaper Ltd.

International Newspapers

International Herald Tribunen.a.
Wall Street Journal (Europe)n.a.

Computers

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those companies that have been awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984 by (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board if Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise; and what was the value of contract.

Her Majesty's Treasury has not purchased any dedicated word processing hardware since 1984, other than a small number of portable text processors and associated printers from Thorn EMI. Total : value in :

£
1984–85
1985–8630,000
1986–8725,000
Word processing software has been purchased from Casu, Comart, IBM and International Software Ltd. Total value in:

£
1984–851,000
1985–86500
1986–871,000
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.The Board of Inland Revenue awarded contracts for word processing equipment to IBM(UK) Ltd (directly and via various dealers), and ICL, in the years mentioned. In year 1986–87 contracts were also awarded via HMSO to Amstrad and Olivetti. Total value in:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85214,00012,000
1985–86208,20013,500
1986–8789,20022,700
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.Her Majesty's Customs and Excise awarded contracts for word processing software and hardware as follows:

Companies (purchased via HMSO)Total Amount
£
1984–85
Olivetti, AES, Exxon, Rank Xerox.103,000
1985–86
Olivetti, AES, Rank Xerox, Ferranti, Facit, Silver Reed.165,620
1986–87
Olivetti, AES, Rank Xerox, Ferranti.262,500
Hardware and software were purchased together on one contract and it is impossible to show them separately.For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise have spent on (i) word processing hardware and (ii) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Treasury's spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85Nil1,000
1985–8630,000500
1986–8725,0001,000
The Treasury has no plans to purchase any dedicated word processors in 1987–88 and 1988–89.The Board of Inland Revenue's spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85214,00012,000
1985–86208,20013,500
1986–8789,20022,700
Projected spend:
1987–88138,90024,500
1988–89200,00020,000
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

£
1984–85103,000
1985–86165,620
1986–87262,500
Projected spend:
1987–88160,000
1988–89160,000
Hardware and software were purchased together on one contract and it is impossible to show them separately.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those companies that have been awarded contracts for the supply of desk top publishing equipment in each year since 1984 by (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, ( b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise; and what was the value of each contract.

Her Majesty's Treasury has placed contracts with Apple Computers (UK) Ltd., Gestetner Ltd., Compel, Action Data, Artificial Intelligence Ltd., Computerland, Jarrold Office Equipment and Rank Xerox for desk top publishing equipment in the years mentioned. Total value in:

£
1984–8520,900
1985–86220
1986–8754,880
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.The Board of Inland Revenue placed contracts with ICL, Norsk Data, Scandata, Linotron and Apple for desk top publishing equipment in the years mentioned. Total value in:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–8521,0004,000
1985–861265,800
1986–8713,3001,000
1Including software.
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.Her Majesty's Customs and Excise placed contracts with Gestetner via HMSO. Total value in:

£
1984–850
1985–860
1986–871742,400
1Including software.
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise have spent on (i) desk top publishing hardware and (ii) desk top publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Treasury spent the following on desk top publishing hardware and software:

£
1984–8520,900
1985–86220
1986–8754,880
The Treasury has no firm plans to purchase any desk top publishing equipment in 1987–88and 1988–89.The Board of Inland Revenue spent the following on desk top publishing hardware and software:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–8521,0004,000
1985–861265,000
1986–8713,3001,000
Projected spend:
1987–88197,10018,600
1988–891450,000
1Including software
A study is currently taking place which may have an effect on the totals shown in 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Customs and Excise spent the following on desk top hardware and software:

£

1984–850
1985–860
1986–87

142,400

Projected spend:

1987–88

150,000

1988–89

150,000

1Including software

Earned Income

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, further to his reply dated 8 April, Official Report, columns 264–66, showing the distribution of total incomes by tax category and income range, he will publish in the Official Report a table showing on the same basis the number of tax units with earned income.

Nearly all single people and married couples who pay tax have some source of earned income (including pensions). The estimates by range of total income provided in the earlier reply would not therefore change if restricted to tax units with earned income.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his reply dated 6 April, Official Report, column 74, showing the average unearned income and average amount of mortgage interest relief in each income band at higher rates, he will publish in the Official Report the number of incomes in each of these two categories in the same detail.

Private Schools

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue it is estimated his Department loses as a result of the charitable status enjoyed by private schools.

Consignments (Customs Clearance)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the Customs requirements for express parcels services to reflect the transit times demanded by the international business community.