Written Answers To Questions
Monday 1 February 1988
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether there are plans to upgrade the current police national computer link into a fully integrated network which would allow connections between any police computer on the network;(2) if he will state the extent to which the new packet switched network for the police national computer will involve the linking of police computers; and if he will make a statement.
Work is in hand to replace the current police national computer network by an X25 packet switched network which will be compliant with the Government Open Systems Interconnection Protocol (Wide Area Networks) standard. This network would provide a means of linking police computers.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if interpreters are available at all international airports in the United Kingdom to deal with immigration inquiries; and if he will make a statement.
The immigration service employs eight full-time interpreters, all of whom are stationed at Heathrow. Between them they are able to offer interpretative facilities in seven languages. At the last count over 1,500 immigration officers and chief immigration officers were drawing qualifying allowances in 33 different languages. In addition, officers in charge at all ports are authorised to use hourly-paid interpreters when necessary, drawn from lists of suitable persons kept locally.
Mr Hui Yat-Chi
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he decided to allow Mr. Hui YatChi to remain in the United Kingdom; why he did not notify the hon. Member for Bradford, West of his decision; and if he will make a statement.
On 23 June 1987, I wrote to the hon. Member to advise him that Mr. Hui's immigration status was under investigation and said I would write to him again if it was decided to remove Mr. Hui from this country. In the event, inquiries by the immigration service established that Mr. Hui entered this country lawfully and was deemed to have indefinite leave to remain here. Mr. Hui's representatives were notified of this on 28 November 1987.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the issue to chief constables of a circular inviting them to apply to his Department for equipment denied to them by their respective police authorities was in exercise of power under prerogative of the Crown.
The arrangements for the supply of equipment to chief officers of police set out in the circular were made in exercise of my powers which exist both under the Police Act 1964 and the royal prerogative. The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment, has recently upheld the grounds on which I acted.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of (a) shotgun licences and (b) firearms certificates there are in each Birmingham parliamentary constituency, by name, at the latest convenient date and in each of the preceding two years.
The information available centrally on shotgun and firearm certificates on issue relates to police force areas and for 31 December 1986 is published in tables 2 and 4 of Home Office statistical bulletin issue 2/88, a copy of which is in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the current arrangements for maintaining and regularly updating a register of shotgun licences and firearms certificates reported to the police as lost or stolen; how often such a list is circulated to police forces in England and Wales; and what arrangements are made in relation to ammunition reported stolen.
There is no register of shotgun and firearm certificates reported to the police as lost or stolen. Ammunition reported as stolen would, as is the case with firearms and shotguns, be placed on the police stolen property index.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of the number of drink-driving offenders found guilty who are repeat offenders for the last year for which figures are available.
The available information on findings of guilt for offences of driving, etc. with alcohol above the prescribed limit is published annually in "Offences Relating to Motor Vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables", Table 5 of the issue for 1986, copies of which are in the Library. Information on repeated convictions for these offences is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the licences for independent trust radio and community radio stations will be assigned by competitive tender.
Police Constable (Abscondment)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the incident on 23 January involving the abscondment with firearms and ammunition of a police constable in Chingford.
I understand an inquiry is in hand.
Dr Frank Skuse
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has anything to add to previous statements made concerning the circumstances, and reasons for the retirement of Dr. Frank Skuse, in the light of evidence presented at the hearing by the court of appeal of the case against the six men convicted of the Birmingham bomb offences.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what day the order was given to Dr. Frank Skuse to leave the Chorley laboratory by 31 October 1985.
On 23 July 1985 Dr. Skuse was notified that his last day of service would be regarded as 31 October 1985. This arrangement ws confirmed in a letter dated 3 October 1985.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department treats the TLC tests as a unique test for the presence of nitroglycerine.
No. It is our normal practice to carry out confirmatory tests for the presence of nitroglycerine when the TLC test is used.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for drink and driving accidents causing (a) death, (b) injuries and (c) damage to property for each year since 1974, have resulted in (i) acquittals, (ii) guilty verdicts, (iii) imprisonment, (iv) fines and (v) compensation to the victims.
Information on court proceedings and sentencing at all courts in England and Wales for driving, etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs is published annually in "Offences Relating to Motor Vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables" (tables 1, 2, 5 and 8 of the issue for 1986). Information on compensation orders could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Information on deaths, injuries and property damage resulting from these offences is not collected centrally; however, information is published in "Road Accidents, Great Britain, 1986" on the number of persons killed or injured in accidents where the driver failed a roadside screening breath test. Copies of both publications are in the Library.
Rights Of Way
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will designate in 1988 a public right of way day in order to promote public awareness of their ancient rights.
Improved public awareness of the opportunities for countryside access is already a key objective in the Countryside Commission's revised policies for enjoying the countryside announced last September. We do not intend to designate a public right of way day in 1988.
Housing Defects (Correspondence)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to reply to Easington district council on matters raised in correspondence dated 16 August 1985 regarding new town transferred housing defects.
We have been in touch with Easington about the issues it raised with us, and I hope a substantive reply can be sent shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what talks he has had with district councils to discuss the installation of smoke detectors in every home; and if he will make a statement.
My Department is currently undertaking a study of the potential of automatic smoke detection as a means of improving life safety in residential buildings and a review of other research. The results of the review will be published. We will certainly inform the local authority associations of the outcome and give them the opportunity to discuss the implications.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the bids made by the London borough of Greenwich for assistance under the Estate Action programme during 1988–89, indicating when he expects to make a decision on each.
The London borough of Greenwich has submitted nine bids for Estate Action resources in 1988–89:
|Valley Grove estate||796,000|
|Bid for additional resources|
|Schemes to start in 1988–89|
|Hughesfield phase II||551,000|
|Meridian house, Azof street||110,000|
Charity Commissioners Building (Redevelopment)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will use his powers to call in the plans for redevelopment of the site of the former Charity Commissioners building in Ryder street, SW1; and whether he will inquire into the reasons why certain residents and business ratepayers were not informed of these projected developments.
Planning permission for this development was granted on 26 November 1987 by Westminster city council, as local planning authority. It is therefore no longer open to my right hon. Friend to call in the planning application.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the Government's future plans for the extension of shared ownership schemes.
The Government have promoted shared ownership since they came into office, as an important means of helping those who could not otherwise afford to buy their own homes.Until now, shared ownership has been developed largely by housing associations and local authorities. We believe that it could be made much more widely available if it were financed privately. That is why we legislated in the Housing and Planning Act 1986 to exempt certain shared ownership leases from the Rent Act.The regulations which bring those provisions into force have now been made. I hope that housing associations, financial institutions and others will take full advantage of the opportunities which this opens up.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list, for all local authorities in the south-west region, the amount they applied for and received of the £1·3 million allocated to the south-west region as part of the additional £44·7 million made available for housing projects for the homeless.
The information is as follows:
|Local authority||Bid £'000||Allocation £'000|
|Isles of Scilly||320||160|
|Weymouth and Portland||360||160|
Of the additional £44·7 million announced by my right hon. Friend on 3 November, £25·7 million was allocated for schemes to combat homelessness.
Aycliffe And Peterlee Development Corporation
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will give details of the bid made by Helicon Bar for the assets of the Aycliffe and Peterlee development corporation; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he will give details of the management team's bid for the assets of the Aycliffe and Peterlee development corporation; and if he will make a statement.
No. It would breach commercial confidentiality to give details of the bids received.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in descending order those 100 local authorities with the highest number of planning applications sent on appeal to the Secretary of State, and the number of appeals for each local authority in the last three available years.
The following table lists, in descending order, the 100 local authorities against whose decisions the highest number of planning appeals were lodged in 1986. In addition, the table includes for each authority the number of planning appeals lodged in 1984 and 1985.
|Local authority||Appeals received|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||159||120||130|
|Reigate and Banstead||124||105||78|
|Basingstoke and Deane||106||92||96|
|Kensington and Chelsea||102||107||79|
|Forest of Dean||97||73||85|
|Vale of White Horse||93||50||51|
|Richmond upon Thames||86||85||70|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||85||65||71|
|Kingston upon Thames||72||74||74|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of planning application appeals he has received from applicants in the Chelmsford local authority area in the last three available years; and how many appeals were successful.
The table shows the number of planning appeals received against decisions of Chelmsford borough council in each year from 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1986, and the number allowed:
|Year||Appeals received||Appeals allowed|
New Towns (Insurance)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what requirements are laid down by his Department for the insurance of property and persons in new towns; what are the risks covered; and if he will make a statement.
Subject to the general statutory requirements, new town development corporations are free to decide to what extent they should insure.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for each year since 1974 (a) nature reserve lands, (b) public right of way paths, (c) common lands, (d) conservation areas which have ceased to be available to the public and have been given for the use of (i) Army training and exercise, (ii) shopping centres and (iii) other property development purposes.
This information is not available in the form requested. In general, the public have no legal right to access to nature reserves, commons or in conservation areas except where a right of way exists. Rights of way cannot be extinguished for any purpose other than by order made by the highway authority, or an application to the magistrates court. Such orders require confirmation by my right hon. Friend only when an objection is received.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to accelerate the introduction of safety glass and glazing into domestic premises.
A consultation letter on stage 2 of the review of the building regulations, which was issued on 15 December 1986, included a proposal that a requirement for safety glazing of doors and low level glazing should be included in the regulations. There has been a generally favourable response. We intend to consult on detailed proposals and advice as soon as the British Standards Institution has completed its current work on the revision of the relevant standard.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what the effects of the poll tax will be on youngsters' sports and football clubs, which lease recreation and sports grounds from local authorities and if he will make a statement.
Sports clubs are not directly affected by the introduction of the community charge. Where they remain in sole occupation of property they will normally pay rates at a uniform rate in the pound on up-to-date rateable values following revaluation in 1990. Non-profit-making sports clubs will continue to be eligible for rate relief of up to 100 per cent. at the discretion of local authorities.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for how long owners or occupiers will have a right of appeal against the revaluation of their property under regulations governing the revaluation of business and commercial property in conjunction with the reform of local government finance.
We have published a proposal to limit the time for lodging appeals against the new valuation list to six months. We are still considering the responses to that, and to a number of other proposals, and hope to make a statement shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many game licences were issued in each category during each of the last five years; what revenue was in in each category, respectively; and what were the administrative costs involved.
[pursuant to his reply 25 January 1988, c. 46]: The figures for game licences issued in England and Wales for 1986–87 were incorrect.The correct figures are as follows:
|Number issued||Revenue (£)|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has to improve the motorway network in Wales.
The Government's motorway and trunk road programme in Wales is set out in "Roads in Wales 1985".
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many local education authority high schools in Wales have already phased out religious education as an option in the fourth and fifth General Certificate of Secondary Education years , and if he will make a statement.
Information is not available in the form requested. According to figures supplied by the Welsh Joint Education Committee, 198 out of 230 maintained secondary schools in Wales entered candidates for GCE or CSE examinations in religious studies or scripture in 1987.A lack of examination candidates in a school in a particular academic year does not necessarily indicate that the subject is not offered as an option in that school.The Education Act 1944 requires schools to provide religious instruction for all children of compulsory school age. The proposals in the Education Reform Bill, now before the House, reaffirm this requirement.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of farms, the number of sheep and the area of land, in acres, under restriction in Wales as a result of radioactivity from the Chernobyl accident; and if he will make a statement.
There are, under restriction in Wales, some 416 holdings, covering about 210,000 acres and containing about 300,000 sheep.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all the appointments made by him since May 1979 to public office.
This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give for 1985, 1986 and 1987 (a) the number of paybeds, (b) the number of discharges and deaths of private patients, (c) the average number of paybeds occupied by private patients daily and (d) the percentage occupancy, for each district health authority.
The information, which is available only for 1985 and 1986, is given in the table:
|1Beds Authorised||Discharges and Deaths||Average Daily Occupied Beds||2Percentage|
|1 As at 31 December.|
|2 Approximate measure, calculated as the ratio of the third and first columns.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made with the Chinese Textile Mill inward investment project.
I understand that Nantong has withdrawn from the potential joint venture project with Tootal plc. The levels of assistance potentially available to the project have been confirmed to both partners and the Chinese have indicated their intention to continue to seek industrial and trade opportunities in Swansea.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when WlNvest started negotiations with each of the Japanese companies which he recently announced as coming to Wales.
Initial contacts with these companies were made in August 1986, June 1987 and July 1987.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the average annual percentage increase at 1987–88 prices in National Health Service expenditure in Wales (a) since 1978–79 and (b) 1973–74 to 1978–79.
Between 1978–79 and 1987–88 expenditure in real terms has increased by 36·3 per cent. giving an average annual percentage increase of 4 per cent. and between 1974–75 and 1978–79 by 9·5 per cent., giving an average annual percentage increase of 2·4 per cent. The information requested is not available prior to 1974–75 because in 1974 there was a National Health Service reorganisation which included the transfer of a whole range of services including school health and ambulance and community health services from local authorities to the National Health Service.The right hon. Gentleman was perhaps wanting to compare the performance of the two Governments. I have only been able to give him the figures from the first to the last year of the Labour Government which, as he sees, shows an annual increase of 2·4 per cent. per annum. The equivalent figures for the Conservative Government are from 1979–80 to 1987–88. During this period there has been an increase in real terms of 36·1 per cent., giving an annual average percentage increase of 4·5 per cent.
Education And Science
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the prospects for religious education as an examination subject after the implementation of the Education Reform Bill.
The Government have made it clear that they do not intend to prescribe the amount of time to be devoted to any subject in the school curriculum. It will be up to schools to determine how much time they spend on each subject and the range of subjects in which pupils are entered for public examinations. We believe that study of the foundation subjects of the national curriculum might take around 70 per cent. of curriculum time or more if schools and pupils so choose. This leaves ample time for study of religious education as an examination subject and there is no reason to think that schools will not continue to put in as many examination entries as hitherto.
Local Education Authorities (Employees)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, how many were employed in local education authorities who were neither lecturers nor teachers in 1961, 1971, 1981 and at the latest convenient date.
Figures for 1961 and 1971 are not available centrally; the numbers of full-time equivalent staff employed in local authorities in education in England and Wales who were neither lecturers nor teachers were 398,000 at March 1981 and 402,000 (provisional) at June 1987, the latest available date.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what plans he has to expand the assisted places scheme among (a) public schools and (b)state schools;(2) how many public schools have applied to join the assisted places scheme;(3) if he will publish the numbers of pupils on the assisted places scheme and their schools for each year since the scheme began;(4) if he will publish the names of
(a) state schools, (b) public schools and (c) other schools participating in the assisted places scheme.
The assisted places scheme exists to give help with tuition fees at certain independent secondary schools to the parents of able children who might not otherwise attend those schools. A complete list of the participating schools in England and numbers of assisted pupils attending each school from 1985 onwards is given below. To provide a detailed breakdown of places before this date would incur disproportionate cost, and total figures only are given for the years 1981–84. As originally planned the scheme would have reached just over 33,000 places in England and Wales when fully developed. The Government now intend to raise that target to an eventual 35,000.Independent secondary schools in England were invited in October 1987 to apply to join the scheme or to take up additional places if they were already participants. The responses received are now under consideration. One hundred and twenty six new schools have applied to join the scheme and are being considered against the same criteria as apply to existing participants.
|Total number of assisted place holders|
|Alice Ottley School||55||65||70|
|Bath High School||76||85||90|
|Batley Grammar School||198||220||249|
|Bedford High School||81||91||92|
|Bedford Modern School||131||138||136|
|Dame Alice Harpur School||131||134||145|
|Berkhamsted School for Girls||25||28||28|
|Birkenhead High School||185||226||258|
|Bishop's Stortford College||18||23||30|
|Blackheath High School||82||95||101|
|Bolton School (Boys)||186||221||262|
|Bolton School (Girls)||183||214||251|
|Bradford Girls' Grammar School||44||48||58|
|Bradford Grammar School||150||179||201|
|Brighton and Hove High School||146||164||152|
|Bristol Cathedral School||109||126||150|
|Bristol Grammar School||194||232||263|
|Bromley High School||93||107||120|
|Bruton School for Girls||110||123||127|
|Bury Grammar School (Boys)||153||181||198|
|Bury Grammar School (Girls)||182||209||229|
|Central Newcastle High School||85||103||112|
|Cheadle Hulme School||101||117||129|
|City of London School||100||111||124|
|City of London School for Girls||82||94||104|
|Clifton High School||46||48||52|
|Colston's Girls' School||105||125||145|
|Croydon High School||95||105||119|
|Dame Allan's Boys' School||111||131||142|
|Dame Allan's Girls' School||106||115||127|
|Farnborough Hill School||148||170||181|
|Godolphin and Latymer School||149||169||182|
|Haberdashers' Aske's School, Elstree||172||207||229|
|Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree||119||122||137|
|Hereford Cathedral School||181||210||233|
|Hulme Grammar (Boys)||159||185||203|
|Hulme Grammar (Girls)||141||153||178|
|Ipswich High School||114||126||136|
|James Allen's Girls School||119||145||157|
|John Lyon School||86||93||94|
|King Edward's School at Bath||99||113||128|
|King Edward's School, Birmingham||222||260||281|
|King Edward VI High School, Birmingham||149||160||173|
|King Edward VII School, Lytham||168||195||214|
|King Edward VI School, Norwich||91||105||101|
|King Edward VI School, Southampton||184||197||222|
|King Edward's School, Witley||55||67||76|
|King's College School||75||86||93|
|King's High School for Girls, Warwick||136||153||170|
|King's School, Chester||73||79||94|
|King's School, Macclesfield||144||157||177|
|King's School, Rochester||51||56||57|
|King's School, Worcester||93||120||136|
|Kingston Grammar School||110||128||129|
|Kirkham Grammar School||39||55||63|
|Lady Eleanor Holies School||56||66||74|
|La Sagesse Convent School||120||136||143|
|Latymer Upper School||244||275||291|
|Leeds Girls' High School||105||122||127|
|Leeds Grammar School||168||177||194|
|Lord Wandsworth College||63||73||78|
|Loreto Convent Grammar School||59||66||71|
|Loughborough Grammar School||98||111||120|
|Loughborough High School||77||90||94|
|Magdalen College School||100||111||117|
|Manchester Grammar School||205||235||271|
|Manchester High School||129||143||165|
|Merchant Taylors' School, Liverpool||149||169||186|
|Merchant Taylors' School for Girls, Liverpool||123||149||171|
|Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood||73||81||85|
|Mill Hill School||60||64||78|
|Monkton Combe School||32||37||38|
|Mount St. Mary's College||59||64||59|
|Newcastle Under Lyme School||340||408||459|
|Northampton High School||171||182||178|
|North London Collegiate School||59||64||73|
|Norwich High School||153||170||171|
|Nottingham Girls' High School||154||165||188|
|Nottingham High School||50||70||89|
|Notting Hill and Ealing High School||72||95||116|
|Old Palace School||147||166||195|
|Oxford High School||68||84||97|
|Perse School for Boys||45||51||57|
|Perse School for Girls||68||73||79|
|Portsmouth Grammar School||131||164||188|
|Portsmouth High School||127||140||149|
|Putney High School||91||98||105|
|Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn||202||220||246|
|Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield||127||143||153|
|Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Bristol||120||144||168|
|Queen Mary School, Lytham||193||215||237|
|Queen's College, Taunton||54||60||63|
|Queens College, London||54||60||68|
|Queen's School, Chester||70||79||84|
|Redland High School||60||69||79|
|Red Maid's School||121||140||157|
|Reigate Grammar School||79||94||109|
|Royal Grammar School, Guildford||107||118||116|
|Royal Grammar School, Newcastle||231||287||308|
|Royal Grammar School, Worcester||105||144||185|
|St. Albans School||109||119||124|
|St. Albans High School for Girls||48||58||59|
|St. Ambrose College||76||77||87|
|St. Anselm's College||139||167||175|
|St. Bede's College||157||194||213|
|St. Bees School||67||76||82|
|St. Benedict's School||58||64||71|
|St. Catherine's School||24||29||36|
|St. Dunstan's College||133||149||160|
|St. Edmund's College, Ware||52||63||65|
|St. Edward's College, Liverpool||273||330||385|
|St. George's College||21||30||28|
|St. Helen's School||29||32||28|
|St. John's College||142||158||181|
|St. John's School, Leatherhead||8||14||15|
|St. Joseph's College||60||68||76|
|St. Joseph's Convent||103||117||121|
|St. Mary's College||185||220||246|
|St. Mary's Convent||76||84||95|
|St. Mary's Hall||29||40||49|
|St. Maur's Convent||51||60||62|
|St. Paul's School||64||71||72|
|St. Paul's Girls' School||50||52||63|
|St. Peter's School||82||111||124|
|St. Swithun's School||3||5||3|
|School of St. Helen and St. Katherine||75||92||103|
|Sheffield High School||80||84||99|
|Shrewsbury High School||69||69||85|
|Sir William Perkin's School||80||84||87|
|South Hampstead High School||56||60||64|
|Stamford High School||51||56||64|
|Stockport Grammar School||195||227||269|
|Streatham Hill and Clapham High School||121||135||154|
|Sutton High School||55||61||66|
|Sutton Valence School||36||46||50|
|Sydenham High School||87||95||109|
|Talbot Heath School||122||135||139|
|Trinity School of John Whitgift||104||125||136|
|Truro High School||55||54||55|
|University College School||52||60||69|
|Upton Hall Convent School||122||143||153|
|Ursuline High School||102||118||133|
|Wakefield High School||115||127||143|
|Wells Cathedral School||62||66||66|
|West Buckland School||28||40||52|
|William Hulme Grammar School||155||181||207|
|Wimbledon High School||56||58||63|
|Wisbech Grammar School||145||192||236|
|Withington Girls' School||73||81||89|
|Wolverhampton Grammar School||224||250||260|
|Woodhouse Grove School||82||103||113|
Total numbers of assisted place holders 1981 to 1984
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many applications have been received for places under the assisted places scheme in Cheshire; and if he will give comparable figures for previous years.
The recruitment of assisted pupils is a matter for the schools participating in the scheme. Information regarding applications for assisted places is not collected centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the cost, at 1986–87 prices, of restoring student grants to the 1979 level.
Approximately £97 million.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what would be the cost at 1986–87 prices of restoring the level of student transport costs to their 1979 level.
To restore the arrangements for reimbursement which existed in 1979 would cost about £10 million at 1986–87 prices.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the cost, at 1986–87 prices, of ending parental contribution in respect of student grants.
Over £300 million.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children are receiving free school meals in Blyth Valley, Northumberland.
In October 1986, the latest date for which data are available, 5,841 pupils in Northumberland received free school meals. Information for Blyth Valley is not separately available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the total number of pupils on school rolls and the pupil-to-teacher ratio in primary schools in Northumberland for each year since 1979.
The number of pupils on roll and the pupil-teacher ratio in maintained primary schools in Northumberland each year since 1979 were as follows:
|January each year||Pupils1||Pupil-teacher ratio|
|1 Full-time equivalent pupils. Part-time pupils counted as 0·5.|
Medicine Courses (Overseas Students)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the current minimum sum recommended for fees for postgraduate medicine courses undertaken by overseas students; how many such students were on courses of postgraduate medical training in 1979 and how many are now; and if he will reconsider Her Majesty's Government's decision to charge overseas students full fees for medical postgraduate courses.
Universities are themselves responsible for setting tuition fees charged to their overseas students. The University Grants Committee recommend minima. For science and clinical courses in 1988–89 the annual recommended minima are: science, £5,180; clinical, £9,590.
In 1979 there were 1,204 full-time non-United Kingdom-domiciled students on postgraduate medicine and dentistry courses at universities in Great Britain. In 1986 the comparable figure was 1,179.
The overall number of postgraduate students from abroad in universities in Great Britain in 1986 was higher than in the late 1970s before the introduction of full-cost fees. My right hon. Friend sees no reason for considering a return to the previous system of subsidised fees.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) whether he intends to publish his reply to inquiries from the International Labour Office relating to the withdrawal of teachers' negotiating rights in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement;(2) whether he will place in the Library a copy of his supplementary response of 29 October 1987 in relation to the Green Paper "Teachers' Pay and Conditions"; and if he will make a statement.
Evidence submitted by the Government is confidential to the International Labour Organisation and its Committee on Freedom of Association. When the Committee on Freedom of Association has considered the evidence it will be for the governing body of the International Labour Organisation to decide what to publish.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he is taking to persuade firms to increase the experience of industry of teachers, especially in scarcity subjects.
We are keen to build bridges between education and industry and to provide all teachers with experience of industry, not just those in shortage subjects. A series of regional conferences to promote collaboration between firms and local education authorities has been held to provide a number of opportunities for teachers in the shortage subjects to obtain industrial experience. The partnership schemes developed by British Petroleum with Hertfordshire and Humberside, and between British Telecom and Bradford local education authorities, should also assist teachers awareness of industry. We are taking every opportunity to persuade employers of the importance of links with education and the value of giving teachers industrial experience is one part of this strategy.
City Technology Colleges
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on recent further developments towards establishing city technology colleges.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Fisher) and 1 December, at column 751. Since then the Mercers' Company and Thamesmead Town have announced their intention to sponsor the establishment of a city technology college in Thamesmead.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will publish the latest available figures for the cost of training a teacher of modern languages.
This information is not available.
Mathematics And Physics (Teacher Retraining)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, whether he will make a statement on progress with the programme designed to retrain teachers for mathematics and physics; and if he will make a statement.
We believe that earmarked moneys available from April 1988, under the Government's local education authority training grants scheme, will allow the funding of a substantial proportion of the one-year retraining places for mathematics, physics and CDT teachers available at higher education institutions. Grant supporting £4 million of expenditure is ring-fenced for the secondment of teachers on to long courses in recognition of the serious difficulties experienced by some institutions last year. In addition, the scheme will support a further £10 million of expenditure by LEAs on in-service training, which can be used for funding one-year retraining courses, in mathematics and physics. The programme of funding in this area will be reviewed for 1989–90.
Education Reform Bill
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list the additional staff required by his Department in 1988–89 to deal with the Education Reform Bill; and if he will state the additional cost.
The recently published public expenditure White Paper, Cm 288, shows for 1988–89 planned staff numbers of 2,560 and running costs provision of £66·161 million compared with a target of 2,480 staff at 1 April 1988 and running costs provision of £58·3 million for 1987–88. Final dispositions have still to be made, but it is expected that most of the extra posts will be concerned directly or indirectly with the Education Reform Bill.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost of the mid-life refurbishing programme for Chevaline flight hardware; what improvements are being incorporated in the system; and whether the cost of the refurbishment programme was included in the latest published programme cost estimates for the Chevaline system.
As for any equipment, refurbishment is part of the planned cycle of in-service support for Chevaline. As is the practice for such costs, they were not included in the project cost estimate last announced on 5 February 1985 at column 512. I am not prepared to reveal further information in line with the policy of successive Governments, for reasons of security.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the responsibility of the controller establishments, research and nuclear, in relation to the Trident programme extends to procurement of the reentry vehicle.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the latest figure for the real cost reduction in Trident warhead procurement over the 1981 estimate as last given in the Comproller and Auditor General's report on "Control and Management of the Trident Programme" (HC 27), paragraph 3·27; and if he will make a statement.
The latest estimate for Trident warhead procurement shows a real cost reduction of about 5 per cent. on the 1981 estimate and is included in the overall Trident estimated cost of £9,043 million announced by my right hon. Friend on 21 January 1988.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how missiles from the United Kingdom Trident force will be transported to and from the United States/United Kingdom missile pool in the United States of America.
The United Kingdom's Trident D5 missiles will be transported to and from the United States facility at Kings bay, Georgia by the United Kingdom's Vanguard class SSBNs.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give full details of the insurance cover effected by his Department for property and persons, including the risks covered.
It is the general rule that the Government do not insure against the risk of any loss which, if it arose, would fall directly or indirectly on the Consolidated Fund. However, it was decided in 1982 that there would be distinct financial and administrative advantages in transferring to commercial insurers my Department's work on third party motor accident and employers liability claims in the United Kingdom. These risks remain with the commercial market, together with those in respect of the participation of Ministry of Defence aircraft and parachute teams in civil organised air shows, the Department's legal liabilities to certain fare-paying air passengers, and the Department's liabilities arising from the civilian use of Ministry air fields. In consultation with our brokers and insurance consultants, we continue to review those other areas of the Department's activities and risks which might lend themselves to commercial insurance, provided that a clear benefit to the Department would result.
Departmental Staff (Merit Pay)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's civilian staff have received merit pay awards in 1985 and 1987.
The term "merit pay" is taken to refer to the three-year performance bonus experiment which was introduced throughout the Civil Service on 1 April 1985.
During the first year of the experiment, which ran from April 1985 to March 1986, 684 awards were made to MOD staff. During the second year, from April 1986 to March 1987, 698 awards were made. Details for the third year, from April 1987 to March 1988, are not yet available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the grades of the recipients of merit pay in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
The term "merit pay" is taken to refer to the three-year performance bonus experiment which was introduced throughout the Civil Service on 1 April 1985. Staff in the grades 3 to 7 and their equivalents were eligible to receive these bonuses.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total expenditure on merit pay within his Department during each of the years 1985, 1986 and 1987.
The term "merit pay" is taken to refer to the three-year performance bonus experiment which was introduced throughout the Civil Service on 1 April 1985.During the first year of the experiment, which ran from April 1985 to March 1986, expenditure on awards within the MOD was £691,500. Expenditure in the second year, from April 1986 to March 1987 was again £691,500. Details are not yet available for the third and final year of the experiment covering the period April 1987 to March 1988.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which United Kingdom establishments operate special pay additions.
Special pay additions operate in the following establishments:
- RAF HQ Strike Command, High Wycombe.
- RAF Signals Engineering Establishment, Henlow and Wyton.
- Atomic Weapons Establishments, Aldermaston and Burghfield.
- Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke.
- HM Naval Base, Rosyth.
- HM Naval Base, Devonport.
- Directorate General Ship Refitting, Bath.
- Directorate General Submarines, Bath.
- Fleet Maintenance Repair Organisation, Portsmouth and in the Inner London area.
Merchant Ships (Armilla Patrol)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of British or British dependency ownership of the parent company is required for a merchant ship to qualify for accompaniment by the Armilla patrol.
Ships eligible for RN protection are those registered in the United Kingdom or dependent territories, or those where there is a clear majority United Kingdom or dependent territory interest in the ownership.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps will be taken to ensure that research projects previously funded directly by his Department, whose funding is now to be channelled through the research councils, will not suffer a loss of income as a result; what steps will be taken to ensure that the total sums available for research will not decline in real terms as a result of this change; what representations Her Majesty's Government have received from universities and other academic institutions about this matter and what reply has been sent; and if he will make a statement.
When joint grants are made by the Ministry of Defence and the research councils for academic research of relevance to defence, research council funding arrangements apply. The grants are separate from and additional to contracts and agreements made by the Ministry for defence-related research. Defence spending on R and D in the academic sector has shown a sustained increase in recent years.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimates were given of the required number of staff to be employed at AW RE Aldermaston for each year since 1979; and how far they have differed from the complement in each of these years;(2) how many electronics engineers have been recruited to work at AWRE Aldermaston in each year since 1979;(3) how many staff at AWRE Aldermaston have been transferred from research to production duties in each year since 1979.
It is not our policy to disclose details of the number or deployment of staff employed on the nuclear warhead programme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the AS90 warhead production complex will be in operation at AWRE Aldermaston.
The A90 complex will be operational in the early nineties on a time scale consistent with planned deliveries for deployment of Trident in the mid-nineties.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he estimates SSBNs 05, 06, 07 and 08 will have their full complement of missiles and warheads.
Vanguard class submarines will be fully effective from the start of their operational service. These precise dates are classified.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where secondary enrichment of uranium for weapons grade takes place.
The arrangements for the final enrichment of uranium to the level required for defence purposes remain as announced by my right hon. Friend, the then Secretary of State for Defence on 23 June 1982 at columns 128–29.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the phasing out of Polaris, in the light of the delays in the operational production line for warhead components.
As my right hon. Friend reaffirmed to the House on 21 January at column 775, Trident remains on programme to enter service in the mid-1990s. In the meantime, the United Kingdom Polaris force will remain fully operational and effective. The Polaris force will be progressively phased out after the entry into service of Trident.
Royal Navy Armaments Depot
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the warhead convoys which travel by road between Royal Navy armaments depot Coulport and Burghfield will cease.
It has been the practice of successive Governments not to discuss the movement of nuclear weapons.
Aircraft Noise (Report)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will place in the Library a copy of the interim report of the NATO pilot study into "Aircraft Noise in a Modern Society".
Copies of this report are already available in the Library.
European Fighter Project
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, at his meeting with the Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany on 20 January, he sought to discover when the West German Government intend to come to a final decision on their participation in the European fighter aircraft project.
At his meeting with the Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany on 20 January, my right hon. Friend discussed a number of topics, including progress towards national decisions on the development phase of the European fighter aircraft.
Raf Binbrook (Near Miss)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to his answer of 25 January, Official Report, column 32, he will make a statement on the near miss which took place over RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire between and Air United Kingdom civil airliner Short 360 and a Phantom fighter bomber in April 1987.
The joint airmiss section of the National Air Traffic Services has investigated fully the circumstances surrounding the incident to which the hon. Member refers. Its findings have been examined by the joint airmiss working group, and its conclusions have been made known to the aviation community.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that when contract number CB/SL24B/0059 for the supply of graphics to the armed services is considered the needs of the end users will be fully taken into account.
For all contract tasks whether for equipments or services, including graphics, the end users define the work to be performed and monitor performance by the contractor.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that, following the Department of Trade and Industry's initiative to help small businesses, he will ensure that when contract number CB/SL24B/0059 for the supply of graphics to the armed services is awarded, small companies will be given the opportunity of prime contractor status.
The phrase "prime contractor status" can be misunderstood. Depending on circumstances, award of contract can be direct between contractor and the Department, or some of the work can be sub-contracted by a main contractor. It would be wrong to try to forecast the result because tenders are not yet evaluated and will be considered on their merits. Tenders submitted, whether by larger or smaller firms will, of course, be given equal consideration.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that, when contract number CB/SL24B/0059 for the supply of graphics to the armed services is awarded, consideration will be given to splitting this contract up between a number of prime contractors so that it is possible to measure the relative performance of the winners during the contract period.
Because tenders cover requirements in seven regions of England and Wales it is probable that there shall be a number of contracts issued as a result of the evaluation of tenders.
To ask the Attorney-General if he will seek a variation of the injunction granted on 2 January against Times Newspapers Ltd. in relation to Anthony Cavendish so as to permit publications of a fair and accurate account of proceedings in Parliament.
At the Government's suggestion, such an amendment was made to the injunction of 15 January.
To ask the Attorney-General if the Lord Chancellor proposes to make any changes to the system of appointing deputy judges; and if he will make a statement.
Under the present system, the Lord Chancellor appoints, after due consultation, those whom he judges to have the calibre, experience and standing necessary for this judical work. He has no plans to change that system.
Court Proceedings (Sketches)
To ask the Attorney-General what is his policy towards the prosecution of those who publicise sketches of court proceedings in contravention of section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925; and if he has any proposals to allow them in circumstances most likely to ensure their accuracy.
Sketches of court proceeding made with a view to publication are prohibited by section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 only if made in court. Where such an offence is alleged, the Crown Prosecution Service will prosecute if there is sufficient evidence and if it would be in the public interest to do so. The criteria it will apply are those made public by the Director of Public Prosecutions in his code for Crown prosecutors.
To ask the Attorney-General what steps he will take to prevent uncertificated solicitors from acting improperly.
The rules of professional conduct and, in certain circumstances, the criminal law seek to prevent improper behaviour on the part of solicitors with or without practising certificates.
To ask the Attorney-General if he will seek a meeting with Mr. Stringer of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau to discuss complaints against the bureau; and whether he will make a statement.
To ask the Attorney-General if he will set up an inquiry into the manner in which the Solicitors Complaints Bureau conducts investigations, with respect to its standards of impartiality.
To ask the Attorney-General how many uncertificated solicitors are practising in (a) the west midlands and (b) England and Wales.
No such statistics are kept. A practising certificate under the Solicitors Act 1974 is not required for all work that a solicitor may do, and information on the matters raised in the question would be difficult to obtain.
To ask the Attorney-General if he will take steps to establish a method of complaints against uncertificated solicitors which is more open to scrutiny than that of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau.
To ask the Attorney-General what action will he take against solicitors who acted uncertificated between November 1986 and 28 January 1987 in north Staffordshire.
If the hon. Member would supply details, her allegations will be investigated.
To ask the Attorney-General what steps he will take to prevent the payment of legal aid moneys to uncertificated solicitors; and whether he will make a statement.
When the legal aid administration of the Law Society receives information that a solicitor has undertaken legal aid work whilst uncertificated, no payment is made for the work concerned. Action is taken to recoup any moneys already paid in respect of the appropriate period.
To ask the Attorney-General what was the amount of legal aid moneys recovered in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987 and paid in respect of a solicitor who at the relevant time did not hold a current practising certificate; and whether he will make a statement.
The information requested is not available, but the practice of the legal aid head office is to recover all legal aid moneys paid in respect of a solicitor who at the relevant time did not hold a current practising certificate.
To ask the Attorney-General if he will take steps to arrange for those who satisfy the income eligibility requirements to apply for legal aid to be able to apply for legal aid to be represented at an inquest where such representation is considered important to pursuing claims of negligence against public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
No. In present circumstances extension of legal aid to inquests cannot be justified.
To ask the Attorney-General what steps he takes to prevent the destruction of any evidence relating to solicitors practising uncertificated.
I am not aware of any such impropriety.
Royal Ulster Constabulary (Allegations)
To ask the Attorney-General what direction in respect of prosecution the Director of Public Prosecutions (Northern Ireland) has issued in respect of an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and other persons in Belfast against whom allegations were made by Mr. Chan Hok-Chun and Mr. Hui Yat-Chi; and if he will make a statement.
An investigation has been carried out by the Royal Ulster Constabulary with regard to complaints made by Mr. Holc-Chun and Mr. Hui Yat-Chi.The results of these investigations were reported to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland who, having considered all the facts and circumstances reported to him, issued a direction of no prosecution. This direction was issued on 6 January 1988.
British Rail Property (Offences)
To ask the Attorney-General whether his guidelines regarding offences on British Rail property made any reference to trespass by fox hunts.
I have interpreted the hon. Member's question as referring to the Attorney-General's guidelines on the criteria for prosecution. The guidelines have been reproduced in the code for Crown prosecutors, which is issued pursuant to section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, a copy of which is to be found in the Library of this House. The code makes no reference to fox hunts.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will fund an expansion in the number of neighbourhood heating schemes, along the lines of the Heathwise in Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.
As my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Energy announced on 9 April 1987, at columns 223–25, total Government support for community insulation projects in the United Kingdom in 1988–89 will be worth an estimated £55 million to £60 million. This represents an increase of up to 30 per cent. on 1987–88. The proportion of these resources coming to Scotland will not be known until the current consideration of bids for funding in 1988–89 is completed.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of industrial projects which are to receive public support in the current year in Angus, Scotland.
Information on individual projects which are to receive public support in the Angus local authority
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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table indicating the number of administrative staff in his Department who have left before retirement for an occupation outside the Civil Service for each year over the last decade.
My Department does not maintain statistics on the reasons which staff may give for resigning, nor on the occupations which they subsequently take up.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate the educational background of administrative class civil servants entering his Department for each of the last 10 years by (a) state, assisted or independent school and (b) university.
My Department does not maintain central statistics on the schools attended by staff, and the collation of information from individual records would be disproportionately costly.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate, by grade and the department within his Department they joined, the backgrounds of administrative grade civil servants who have entered his Department from other Government Departments for each year over the last decade.
district in the current year cannot be disclosed for reasons of confidentiality. However, in the current financial year, payments to firms in the Angus district under the original and revised regional development grant schemes have to date totalled some £500,000. There have been no payments of regional selective assistance (RSA). Approvals under the revised regional development grant scheme in the period April 1987 to January 1988 have amounted to £400,000, associated with project costs of £800,000 and the creation of 130 jobs. Details of the offers of RSA cannot be disclosed for reasons of confidentiality.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate how many of his Department's administrative staff have transferred to other Government Departments, by grade, for each of the last 10 years.
The information is set out in the following table:
This information is available only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the number of responses to the Scottish Development Department's consultative document "Scottish Homes".
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Clydesdale (Mr. Hood) on 10 December 1987 at column 192.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the number of responses to the Scottish Education Department's consultative document, "School Management and the Role of Parents".
The Government received some 8,000 responses to the consultation paper on school management.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prosecutions in Scotland for drink and driving offences causing (a) death, (b) injuries and (c) damages, for each year since 1979, have resulted in (i) acquittals, (ii) guilty verdicts, (iii) imprisonment, (iv) fines and (v) compensation to the victim.
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Bridge Of Earn Hospital
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated underspend on the Bridge of Earn hospital development in 1987–88.
There is no hospital development at Bridge of Earn hospital.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest figure for the expected level of spending on (a) the hospital service and (b) the National Health Service as a whole in 1987–88.
The latest estimate of outturn for the year 1987–88 are gross expenditure of £1,697 million on hospital and community health services and £2,334 million on the National Health Service as a whole.
Strathclyde (Education Expenditure)
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the education element of the allocation to Strathclyde regional council for 1987–88; and if he will make a statement.
As regards revenue expenditure, rate support grant is paid in support of an authority's income generally. It is not attributed to particular services. For capital expenditure the allocation to the council for educational purposes is £20,378,000. This figure may be enhanced by capital receipts raised by the region or by virement from its other capital programmes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the community charge rebate scheme will be based on the full personal community charge levied in each local authority area or based on a national average community charge.
Under the proposed community charge rebate scheme, rebates will be calculated on the basis of the actual personal community charge payable in each local authority.
The available information is given in the table. Details on whether injury or damage resulted from a drunk-driving offence are not collected centrally.
Salmon Netting Stations (River Tweed)
To ask the Secretary of State For Scotland how many people have been employed at salmon netting stations on the River Tweed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on the intention of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Trust to close netting stations on the Tweed.
The number of persons reported to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland as employed at the nets by proprietors and occupiers of salmon net fishings on the River Tweed varies according to the time of the fishing season. The maximum numbers, including those employed on a seasonal basis, are:
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any proposals to counteract the fall in blood donations in Scotland, and especially the west of Scotland region, between 1986 and 1987.
Yes. I have asked the Scottish national blood transfusion service to mount a national campaign to encourage people to give blood, and this will be launched later this month. In addition, regional efforts are being increased throughout Scotland. New donor sessions are being introduced; there are increased efforts to improve communications with potential donors; and donors may now be invited to give blood more frequently than hitherto.
Trade And Industry
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has any plans to increase the resources of the radio investigation service to take effective action against pirate radio stations.
We have recently reviewed the resource need of the radio investigation service. We are currently strengthening manning levels in the London area and are investing some £400,000 in new equipment which should assist in the tracing of unlicensed radio operators. At the same time we are implementing new strategies to deal with the enormous tasks facing the service.The radio investigation service will act vigorously to clear the frequencies of unlicensed users. Particularly in view of the Home Secretary's announcement of 20 January on broadcast radio policy, I very much hope that unlicensed broadcasters will voluntarily stop broadcasting since they, with other interested parties, may soon have an opportunity to make applications to establish legal stations. At present they are squatting on frequencies assigned for legal stations and, because of the poor equipment they use, they are causing constant serious problems to the radio communications of users in other frequency bands including those who depend on radio for safety of life, such as Heathrow airport, fire brigades, the police, London Transport, British Gas, British Rail and the Ministry of Defence.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received concerning the alleged financing by record companies of pirate radio stations.
One representation has been received from the Association of Independent Radio Contractors Limited and one from Capital Radio plc.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many prosecutions were brought against those (i) operating, (ii) controlling and (iii) financing pirate radio stations in the last year for which figures are available.
In 1987, 77 prosecutions were brought as a result of investigations by the Department's radio investigation service into the operations of unlicensed broadcasting stations. As a result, 75 offenders were convicted. I am sorry that the breakdown of statistics into the categories requested is not available.
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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will introduce legislation to forbid the sale of butane gas cylinders to young people below the age of 16 years.
I would refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) on 8 April last, at columns 270–71.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to upgrade his Department's equal opportunity officer post and bring it into line with Civil Service guidance, regarding grades 5/6 for the larger Departments.
I see no need to upgrade the equal opportunity officer post. I am fully satisfied that the grade 7 incumbent has the full support of the grade 5 head of branch and the grade 3 head of personnel and has direct access to, and the confidence of, the principal establishment officer as suggested in the central guidance.
Exports And Imports
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what are the latest figures for the annual value of exports, excluding oil, on (a) a per capita basis, and (b) as a percentage of gross national product; and what information he has as to comparable figures for other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries;(2) what are the latest figures for the annual value of exports, including oil, on
(a) a per capita basis, and (b) as a percentage of gross national product; and what information he has as to comparable figures for other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries;
(3) what are the latest figures for the annual value of imports, excluding oil, on (a) a per capita basis, and (b) as a percentage of gross national product; and what information he has as to comparable figures for other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries;
(4) what are the latest figures for the annual value of imports, including oil, on (a) a per capita basis, and (b) as a percentage of gross national product; and what information he has as to comparable figures for other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.
The available information is in the following table:
Total excluding oil
Total excluding oil
Total excluding oil
Total excluding oil
Per capita US $
As percentage of GDP
1 Figures based on 1986 population.
Export valued fob; imports cif.
Sources: OECD Except UK 1987: OTS.