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Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 11 February 1988

Attorney-General

Maintenance Payments

To ask the Attorney-General if he will bring forward proposals to abolish the right of an ex-spouse to no-fault maintenance; and if he will make a statement.

No. Over the past 14 years the practice has been developed by the courts that conduct is relevant to only a limited number of applications for financial relief. That practice was approved by the Law Commission in 1981 and has statutory authority in section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, as amended by section 3 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.

Pin-Ups

To ask the Attorney-General whether he will issue instructions for the removal of all offensive pin-ups in all departmental premises of his office and the Lord Chancellor's Office.

There is no need for the Lord Chancellor to issue such an instruction as there is no evidence that this is a problem in his Department. The Department's equal opportunity policy statement makes it clear that displays of pin-ups causing offence may amount to sexual harassment which will not be tolerated and may be the subject of disciplinary proceedings.There is no offensive pin-up in my own Department.

"Stalker"

To ask the Attorney-General if he has completed consideration of whether to prosecute Mr. John Stalker under the Official Secrets Acts in relation to information in his book "Stalker".

I have concluded that a prosecution would not be in conformity with the code for Crown prosecutors issued pursuant to the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Confidential Discussions

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the reply by the hon. and learned Member for Putney (Mr. Mellor), Minister of State in his Department, on 18 January Official Report, column 495, what criteria are used to decide whether discussions with foreign affairs departments or Ministers in other states are to be considered as confidential; and if he will make a statement.

We consider all exchanges with foreign Governments to be confidential unless their details are publicised by mutual agreement.

Chile

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 18 November 1987, Official Report, column 592, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the judicial system in Chile conforms with international accords on human rights; and if he will make a statement.

The answer given to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 18 November did not imply that in our opinion the Chilean judicial system conforms with international accords on human rights. We take every opportunity to make clear to the Chilean Government our view that their judicial system reflects serious shortcomings. We have also made clear our view that they should publish in their official Gazette their ratification of the international covenant on civil and political rights, so as to give full effect to that covenant in domestic courts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply of 18 November 1987, Official Report, column 593, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the forthcoming plebiscite in Chile represents a transition to democracy.

We remain concerned to see an early return to democracy in Chile. The Chilean people themselves will have the chance to decide who will be their future president when they go to the polls in the forthcoming plebiscite. We hope that the campaign and poll will be freely and fairly conducted, with full opposition access to the media.

Disarmament And Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government have taken following the adoption at the recent United Nations conference on the relationship between disarmament and development of a final document calling for studies and planning related to a conversion of military industry to civilian production, and consequent action.

We are committed to the search for balanced, equitable and verifiable measures of arms control that maintain the United Kingdom's security. Given the small size of the Government defence industry and in the absence of relevant arms control agreements, we do not believe that a case has been made for consideration of such studies or planning by the Government.

Hong Kong (Animal Welfare)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to prevent the sale by auction by the Hong Kong authorities of illegally imported animal tusks, skins and antlers which have been confiscated.

No. The confiscated animal tusks, skins and antlers being offered for sale by auction by the Hong Kong Government, are listed under appendix II of the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES), for which trade for commercial purposes is allowed under strict licensing control. These goods were seized by the Hong Kong Government over the last three years from illegal importers as a result of stringent enforcement action.The sale is being conducted in accordance with CITES guidelines and with the endorsement of Hong Kong's endangered species advisory committee, a statutory body which advises the Hong Kong Government on all endangered species protection matters. Successful tenderers must obtain appropriate possession licences, or registration in the case of ivory tusks, before they may take possession of the goods.All species listed in CITES appendix II are not immediately threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in such species is strictly regulated through licensing control in order to prevent overexploitation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide details by animal species of the tusks, skins and antlers seized by the Hong Kong authorities and due for auction on 26 February.

The items due for auction on 26 February consist of:

  • 638 pieces of elephant ivory tusk,
  • Nine pieces of lynx skin,
  • Six pieces of wild cat skin,
  • 96 pieces of otter skin,
  • 18 pieces of red deer antler,
  • 250 pieces of alligator-crocodile,
  • 1,708 pieces of monitor lizard skin,
  • 246 pieces of python skin,
  • 239·2 kgs of elephant ivory cut pieces,
  • 81·2 kgs of elephant ivory scraps,
  • 2·9 kgs of wild American ginseng.

Overseas Development

Usa (Veto Powers)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the attempts by the United States Administration to gain veto powers in international organisations, in particular the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the Inter-American Development Bank; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 9 February 1988]: According to our understanding, the United States Government are not seeking to gain veto powers in either of these organisations.The agreement establishing the Inter-American Development Bank, however, contains a requirement for a two-thirds majority for all decisions concerning the operations of the concessional fund for special operations. This effectively requires United States consent to such decisions, unless its voting power were to fall below one third. The United Kingdom accepted this, with other provisions of the agreement, when it joined the bank.

Prime Minister

Basingstoke

Q10.

To ask the Prime Minister whether she plans to visit Basingstoke in the current year.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

East Stow

Q11.

To ask the Prime Minister if she has any plans to make an official visit to East Stow.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

Thurrock

Q106.

to ask the Prime Minister if she has any plans to visit Thurrock in the near future.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

Ec (Finance)

Q108.

To ask the Prime Minister what proposals have been submitted by the Commission to the February meeting of the European Council in relation to the financial problems facing the community; and if she will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.During 1987 the Commission published a number of proposals which were considered at the European Council in Copenhagen. It has submitted no new proposals since.

Engagements

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 11 February.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend is in Brussels for a meeting of the European Council.

Trade Unions (Leaders)

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her reply of 8 February, if she regards leaders of trade, unions who meet her in their representative capacity as private individuals.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my reply of 8 February, at column 46. I have also made clear that my normal practice is not to provide details of the many engagements and meetings I undertake in the course of each day.

Civil Service

To ask the Prime Minister (1) if she will list the studies into the future of the Civil Service currently being undertaken;(2) if she will list studies into the future of the Civil Service completed in the last 12 months; and if she will place copies of the reports in the Library.

The only study into the future of the Civil Service which has been conducted during the last 12 months is the efficiency unit's current study on the next steps in improving management in government, which is still under consideration.

"The Next Steps"

To ask the Prime Minister if she will place in the Library a copy of Sir Robin Ibbs report "The Next Steps".

The Government are considering Sir Robin Ibbs' report, together with the question of its publication.

Efficiency Unit

To ask the Prime Minister (1) if she will list all the studies undertaken by her efficiency unit in the past;(2) if she will list studies currently being undertaken by her efficiency unit.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith) on 19 January, at column 598.

Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Prime Minister if she will make it her policy that on occasions when it is only possible to answer parliamenatry questions at disproportionate cost with full replies, a reply is provided containing such information as is compatible with an acceptable cost; and if she will make it the policy of Her Majesty's Government that all Government Departments adopt a similar policy on the provision of information.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 29 October 1987, at column 358, and to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) on 3 February, at column 618.The decision on whether to give a partial reply to questions involving disproportionate cost is also a matter for the judgment of individual departmental Ministers. I shall continue to deal with such questions in the light of the particular circumstances of each case.

Advertising

To ask the Prime Minister how much the Government have spent on advertising during the last 12 months.

Information on publicity costs, including advertising is held centrally only where the expenditure is incurred through the Central Office of Information. All other publicity and information expenditure is a matter for each Department.Expenditure on advertising by the Central Office of Information on behalf of all Government Departments for the financial year 1986–87 was £104 million inclusive of COI overheads and value added tax.

Environment

Footpaths And Bridleways

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what positive moves he is taking to promote public awareness of their ancient rights of travel on public footpaths and bridleways.

The Countryside Commission has recently published proposals for improving and extending public enjoyment of the countryside, including measures for raising awareness of a variety of recreational activities. My right hon. Friend welcomes this initiative.

Water Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last met the chairman of the water authorities; and what matters were discussed.

I last met the chairman of the water authorities on 19 January. We discussed many things, including the way ahead to the earliest practicable establishment of the National Rivers Authority, and privatisation.

Sites Of Special Scientific Interest

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he next plans to meet the Nature Conservancy Council to discuss any threat to sites of special scientific interest arising from commercial interests in England and Wales.

As is well known, Ministers and officials in my Department work closely with the council and my right hon. Friend will be meeting the council on 25 February to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest.

Council House Sales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a further statement on the progress in the sales of council houses under the right-to-buy legislation.

Up to the end of September 1987, some 654,100 council tenants in England had bought their homes under the right-to-buy legislation. Sales last year were running a little higher than in 1985 and 1986, arid are expected to rise further following the substantial increase in applications received.

West Yorkshire Waste Management Joint Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take urgent steps to announce the capital allocation to the West Yorkshire waste management joint committee for 1988–89; if he will publish details of the reasons for the delay in this announcement; and if he will make a statement.

The capital allocations for waste regulation and disposal will, as in previous years, be announced before the end of February.

Homelessness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the public sector revenue costs of housing homeless families in each of the London boroughs (a) by providing them with newly built council dwellings, (b) by providing them with council dwellings acquired from the private sector and newly improved for letting and (c) by providing them with bed-and-breakfast accommodation; and if he will publish these figures on a comparable basis with those published in his replies to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey of Thursday 21 January, Official Report, column 826.

The information on which my hon. Friend's estimates of the new build and acquisition and renovation costs were based was Londonwide and cannot reliably be broken down by individual authority area. The information on bed and breakfast costs was derived from CIPFA's publication "Homelessness Statistics, 1986–87 Actuals", copies of which are in the Library. This gives figures of gross expenditure and household days for those authorities which responded to CIPFA's questionnaire.

Fur Farms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will list those bodies which he will usually consult when considering planning applications for new fur farms over any likely detrimental impact upon the local environment.

Decisions on most planning applications are taken by local authorities who will consider each case on its individual merits. Article 15 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977 lists the bodies which authorities are statutorily required to consult before granting planning permission for any particular development. There are no specific consultation requirements for applications for new fur farms. Apart from the statutory requirements, generally it is for local authorities to decide the extent of consultation in particular cases.

Toxic Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the amount and extent of the tipping of toxic waste in the west midlands.

I am advised by the waste disposal authorities that 324,049 tonnes of special waste were disposed of in the West Midlands county area in 1986–87.

Empty Council Houses

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authority dwellings were vacant at the most recent date for which figures are available in (a) Vale Royal and (b) Chester; how many had been vacant for over six months; and what where the figures represented as a percentage of stock.

The information derived from the authorities' 1987 housing investment programme returns is as follows:

Vacant local authority dwellings at April 1987
Total vacantPercentage of stockNumber vacant for more than six monthsPercentage of stock
Chester1061·321
Vale Royal1361·411
1 Less than 0·05 per cent.

Economic League

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department has made use of the services provided by the Economic League since 1979.

Chelsea Football Club

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 1987, Official Report, column 684, why he has now decided to instigate an independent public inquiry into the proposed development by Chelsea football club at Stamford Bridge; and if he will make a statement.

The planning application for this site was notified to my right hon. Friend on 8 January as a departure from the Greater London Development Plan. My right hon. Friend accordingly considered the proposals afresh, in the light of the papers sent by Hammersmith and Fulham council and the further representations he had received. He concluded that the application should be called in for his decision. Arrangements are being made for a public local inquiry to be held as soon as possible.

Housing Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now give details of the Housing Corporation's approved development programme for 1988–89.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment announced on 3 November that the gross provision for the Housing Corporation in 1988–89 would increase by nearly £50 million to £735 million and that we hoped that the extra public resources would increasingly be augmented by private finance under mixed funding arrangements.The £737 million programme we have now approved (which takes account of an additional £2 million in forecast capital receipts) includes provision for the first year's expenditure on a £58 million grant programme for new mixed funding schemes. This should allow the corporation to approve schemes providing some 3,300 homes at a total cost of £126 million—over 25 per cent. more than planned for the current year's experimental programme. This new programme will include at least £20 million worth of schemes to help homeless families and especially those in bed and breakfast accommodation.Provision for the homeless will also be among the priorities for the conventionally funded programme for housing for rent which will be maintained at the same level as 1987–88. And within this programme priority will also be given to reimprovement schemes which, together with increased spending on major repairs, will help bring empty properties back into full use. Another significant area for expansion is the low-cost home ownership programmes under which the corporation should be able to approve nearly one third more new homes than in the current year and which we hope to see expanded further by the introduction of mixed funding wherever possible. In allocating the resources for new rented projects, the percentage of investment in the 81 designated urban stress areas will be maintained, but the guidelines for allocations to rural areas will be revised. Priority will no longer be confined to the designated rural stress areas and schemes will be targeted on smaller and more isolated agricultural settlements with a view to doubling the present level of provision by housing associations in these areas.The breakdown of the approved development programmes for 1988–89 is as follows:

Housing corporation—approved development programme 1988–89
£ million
Net allocation (cash limit)655
Receipts82
Gross allocation737
HOUSING FOR RENT
Conventionally funded projects
1. Contracted expenditure371
2. New tenders approved145
3. New projects approved63
Mixed funding projects
4. Committed expenditure14
5. New projects approved25
Major repairs
6. Committed expenditure28
7. New projects approved10
Mini HAG
8. Committed and new projects3
HOUSING FOR SALE
Improvement for sale, Leasehold for the elderly, shared ownership and home ownership for tenants of charitable associations
9. Comitted expenditure50
10. New projects approved26
RTB
11. Mortgages and other expenditure2

Notes:

1. £7·7 million has been included in Housing for Rent and for Sale to cover the costs of certain projects in Merseyside.

2. The allocation of funds for new conventionally funded rented projects (Block 3) will initiate projects to a total cost of some £510 million to be completed over the next three to four years.

3. The allocation of funds for new mixed funding rented schemes (Block 5) will allow the Corporation to approve schemes requiring a total of £58 million grant.

Property Services Agency And Crown Suppliers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what studies and reports have been, and are being undertaken on the operation of the Property Services Agency and the Crown Suppliers from 1979 up to the latest date available.

[holding answer 29 January 1988]: The table sets out, on the information available, studies and reports which were made on the operation of the Property Services Agency in each of the years 1979–80 to 1987–88, and the studies still in progress at present. It excludes internal studies and reports (but includes those led by other, central Departments). The first part of the list relates to the Property Services Agency, except for the Crown Suppliers. The second part relates to the Crown Suppliers alone.

Part 1: Property Services Agency (except the Crown Suppliers)

1979–80

Estate Management Case Study (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Energy Conservation on the Government Estate (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Works Transport (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Administration Costs (Efficiency Scrutiny)1

1980–81

Repayment System for PSA Services3
Custody Guard Service (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Economy in New Building Works for the Armed Services (Efficiency Scrutiny) 1 4

1981–82

Report on Fees Paid to Works Consultants (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Frauds and Irregularities in the PSA (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Investment Appraisal in Government generally (Public Accounts Committee)3

1982–83

Resource Control Reviews—Study of District Works Offices in the Property Services Agency (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Report of the Working Group on Design Costs (Messrs Davis-Sweet and others) 5
Report on Contracts Functions (Deloitte Haskins and Sells)
Interim Report to the Secretary of State for the Environment on Cases of Fraud and Corruption in the PSA (WardaleTouche Ross) 6
Multi Departmental Review of Personnel Work (Efficiency Unit)2

1983–84

Final report to the Secretary of State for the Environment on Cases of Fraud and Corruption in the PSA (Wardale/ Touche Ross)5
Report on Economy Measures in Civil, Defence and Overseas estates (Public Accounts Committee)6
Report on Building Maintenance Expenditure in the United Kingdom (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Systems Control in District Works Offices [in the light of the Wardale Report] (Public Accounts Committee)

1984–85

Report on Main Estimates 1984–85 (Environment Committee)
Report on Building Maintenance (Comptroller ad Auditor-General)
Report on Action Plans in the PSA on the Wardale Report and on Building Maintenance Expenditure (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Economy Measures in Civil, Defence and Overseas estates (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Defence Works in the Falkland Islands (Public Accounts Committee)
Multi-Departmental Review of Consultancy, Inspection and Review (CIR) capability in Government Departments (Efficiency Unit, Cabinet Office)2
Multi-Departmental Review of the Identification of Internal Talent (Efficiency Unit)2

1985–86

Identification and Disposal of Surplus Property (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Report on Main Estimates 1985–86 (Environment Committee)
Multi-Departmental Review of Budgetary Control (HM Treasury)2
Report on the Programme for the Provision of Prison Places (Comptroller and Auditor General)
Report on Court Building Programmes (Public Accounts Committee)
Report on Prison Building Programmes (Public Accounts Committee)
Multi-Departmental Review of Office Accommodation (former Management and Personnel Office)2
Report on Capital Expenditure Projects (Efficiency Unit, Cabinet Office)3
Report on follow up to the Multi-Departmental Review of CIR services (HM Treasury and former Management and Personnel Office)2

1986–87

Specialist Professional Advice within PSA (Efficiency Scrutiny)1
Report on Commercial Accounts (Deloitte, Haskins and Sells)
Report on Main Estimates 1986–87 (Environment Committee)
Report on Management of the Defence Estate (National Audit Office)
Report on Management of the Civil Estate (National Audit Office)
Report into the Property Services Agency (Environment Committee)
Multi-Departmental Review of Use of Private Enterprise in Government Departments (Efficiency Unit, Cabinet Office)
Report on Internal Audit in Central Government (National Audit Office)2
Report of Working Group of Capital Expenditure Projects (HM Treasury) 2
Report of Working Group on Major Capital Projects (HM Treasury) 2
Report on further follow up to the Multi-Department Review of CIR services (HM Treasury and former Management and Personnel Office) 2

1987–88

Report on Control and Management of the Trident Programme (National Audit Office)7
Project Management in the PSA (Efficiency Scrutiny)1 8
Study on Management of the Civil Estate (National Audit Office)9
Study on Management Controls in District Works Offices (National Audit Office)9
Study of Commercial Management of HM Dockyards (National Audit Office)7 9
Study on the Employment of Works Consultants by Government Departments and Health Authorities (National Audit Office)9
Study on National Energy Efficiency (National Audit Office)9

Part 2: The Crown Suppliers

1983–84

Report on Supplies Transport Branch (Cranfield Institute of Technology)
PSA Supplies Market Research Consultancy (Farnfield Marketing Consultancy)
Multi Departmental Review of Government Purchasing: Contract and Procurement Procedures (former Management and Personnel Office)2

1984–85

Government Car Service and Inter-departmental Despatch Service (Efficiency Scrutiny)1

1985–86

Report on the Future of the Crown Suppliers (former Management and Personnel Office)6

1986–87

Report on the Future of the Crown Suppliers (Central Unit on Purchasing)2
Study into the Feasibility of Privatisation of the Crown Suppliers (Coopers and Lybrand)
Review of the Crown Suppliers (Mr. D. W. Jones)11

Notes

  • 1. Efficiency Scrutinies are carried out under the aegis of the Cabinet Office's Efficiency Unit. They include in this list studies formerly known as Rayner Scrutinies.
  • 2. These studies applied to certain other Government Departments as well as to PSA, and were led by the central Department(s) indicated;
  • 3. The Working Group which carried out this study was led by Sir Derek Rayner, then adviser to the Prime Minister on Efficiency.
  • 4. This Scrutiny was undertaken jointly with the Ministry of Defence.
  • 5. This Working Group included Mr. R. O'B Davis, a partner in Coopers and Lybrand, and Mr. C. Sweet a consultant quantity surveyor as well as representatives from HM Treasury and the PSA.
  • 6. The interim and the final reports of the Wardale Enquiry were written by Sir Geoffrey Wardale, formerly Second Permanent Secretary to the Department of the Environment, and Mr. A. G. Herron a partner in Touche Ross.
  • 7. These studies apply also to the Ministry of Defence.
  • 8. This Scrutiny was undertaken jointly with the Central Unit on Purchasing.
  • 9. These studies are currently in progress.
  • 10. These studies apply also to other Departments.
  • 11. Mr. D. W. Jones is a procurement consultant, formerly an executive in Esso Petroleum.
  • Rateable Antiquities

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to publish his consultative document on portable antiquities.

    [pursuant to his reply, Friday 29 January, c. 398]: My Department and the Welsh Office are today issuing a consultation paper seeking comments on the present arrangements for reporting funds and inviting suggestions for possible changes in the present law or administrative procedures. The paper explains how archaeological knowledge can be lost if finds are not reported. It asks for views on alternative arrangements, including how they might be implemented and enforced.

    Home Department

    Pin-Ups

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will issue instructions for the removal of all offensive pin-ups in all his departmental premises.

    All managers have been advised to ensure that no material which is likely to be found sexually offensive is displayed in the workplace; and to deal promptly with any complaints.

    Firearms (Amendment) Bill

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the level of consultation on his Firearms (Amendment) Bill.

    Several hon. Members raised this matter during the Second Reading debate in the House on 21 January. Representations have also been received from shooting organisations and members of the public.

    Wormwood Scrubs (Annex)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement as the future of the annex in Wormwood Scrubs.

    I assume my hon. Friend is referring to the psychotherapeutic annex, which is often called the hospital annex.The annex is to continue operating, and there are no plans to change its role or methods of working. During the present preliminary redevelopment phase the annex will be moved from the north end of B hall to the south end above the temporary hospital. We intend that, following other redevelopment work, the annex will be permanently located at the north end of one of the halls, where 36 cells with integral sanitation will be provided with office, meeting room and ancillary facilities for the exclusive use of the annex.

    Police (Complaints)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps police forces take to monitor and analyse the ethnic origin of complaints regarding police behaviour; what is the practice of the Police Complaints Authority in this respect and whether the results of these excercises are made public.

    Information about the practices of individual police forces in this regard is not held centrally. The Police Complaints Authority does not itself routinely receive complainants or interview complaints and does not therefore collect statistics of this kind.

    Telephone Tapping

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to receive the judicial review on telephone tapping.

    I expect my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to present Lord Justice Lloyd's next annual report to the House in March 1988.

    Television Licences

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning the abolition of television licences for pensioners: and if he will make a statement.

    Since 1 January this year one petition forwarded by an hon. Member has been received, and four members of the public have written seeking free television licences for pensioners.

    Staff Dispersal

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many divisions within his Department have been relocated out of London since 1979; what plans he has for further relocation; and if he will make a statement.

    Since 1979 two main units of the Home Office have been moved from London. The computing and pay services division (301 posts) was relocated to Bootle in 1982–83, and the Prison Service south-east regional office (74 posts) to Woking in 1987. The transfer of at least 50 posts from the London Passport Office to Glasgow is planned to start later in the year. For future policy I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Paymaster General's answer of 18 January to a question from the hon. Member for East Kilbride (Mr. Ingram), at columns 475–76.

    Game Licences

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for modifying the system of game licences.

    Mr Ronald J Garcia (Visa)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the consular section of the British embassy in Manila had not received instructions to issue a visa to Mr. Ronald J. Garcia as of 27 January, despite his having had his appeal against refusal of a visa allowed by the tribunal at Southampton on 6 September 1987; and when such instructions will be issued to the British embassy in Manila.

    On 30 November a copy of the adjudicator's determination was sent to the British embassy in Manila. In accordance with normal practice where a visit visa is refused and the applicant's appeal is subsequently upheld, but no direction is given by the adjudicator, I would expect Mr. Garcia to be invited for interview to have his case reconsidered in the light of current circumstances. We have been in touch with Manila in the light of the hon. Member's representations and the entry clearance officer will certainly bear in mind the adjudicator's careful determination.

    War Crimes (Inquiry)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will specify the powers available to Sir Thomas Hetherington and Mr. William Chalmers to require witnesses to testify in the inquiry on war crimes; and which authority they have to compel the giving of evidence.

    They will have no powers to compel witnesses to give evidence. In this respect they will be in the same position as the police and the prosecuting authorities generally are when dealing with alleged offences under the existing criminal law.

    Machine Gambling (Counselling)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a list of organisations with which his Department has contacts which offer a counselling service to people addicted to machine gambling.

    In the course of our review of the law on amusement arcades we have had information from the organisations Parents of Young Gamblers and the Gordon House Association, both of which, I understand, offer such a service. We have also been in touch with the probation service: the work of the service can include counselling offenders with problems of addiction. Other organisations in contact with us in the review may offer services of which we are not aware.

    Michael Ryan (Guns)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all the automatic and fully automatic guns owned by the late Michael Ryan; and if he will make a statement.

    I understand from the chief constable that extensive investigations carried out by the Thames Valley police since the Hungerford shootings into the weapons held by Michael Ryan have not disclosed any substantive evidence that Ryan was ever in possession of automatic or fully automatic weapons. He was lawfully entitled to possess the following self-loading weapons:

    • Beretta 9 mm pistol
    • Bernadelli 22 pistol
    • CZ OR50 32 pistol
    • Kalashnikov 7·62 mm rifle
    • Underwood Carbine 30 rifle

    Data Protection

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether codes of practice for police computer systems relating to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984 have yet been published; and whether he will place copies in the Library.

    The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) have now published codes of practice and copies have been placed in the Library.

    Organisations (Infiltration)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence for any person to infiltrate or join under false pretences a trade union or other organisation for the purpose of supplying confidential information about that organisation to other persons or bodies not authorised to receive such information; and if he will make a statement.

    Trade And Industry

    Cocom

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the value of exports of COCOM licensed aircraft to the eastern bloc countries for each year from 1980 to 1985.

    Export licence records are not classified by special goods or by value. It would thus be possible to supply the information only at disproportionate cost.

    Racal (Equipment Sales)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to complete his investigations into alleged sales of military or sensitive equipment by Racal to the Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1981: and if he will make a statement.

    An investigation by the Departments concerned into the allegations made just over a week ago is under way. My Department has invited the newspaper concerned and anyone else who may have documents or other relevant information which might help the investigation to make these available. The investigation will be completed as soon as possible.

    Rover Group (Positive Vetting)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will issue a direction to the Rover Group to cease the political vetting of job applicants; and whether he will make a statement.

    Questions relating to recruitment and personnel are matters for the company.

    Crown Copyright

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has any proposals for changing Crown copyright.

    The Copyright, Designs and Patents Bill currently in another place will repeal the Copyright Act 1956 and replace it with a fresh statement of the law of copyright. Clause 151 sets out the provisions relating to Crown copyright. The most significant changes to the existing law are that the Crown's entitlement to copyright in works first published by the Crown will be repealed and the indefinite duration of copyright in unpublished Crown copyright works will be limited to 125 years.

    Communications Equipment (Licences)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will now review requirements for the provision of licences for the supply of communications equipment.

    Plo (Export Licences)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what export licences he has issued for the supply of goods to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, for each of the past 10 years.

    Records of export licences are classified, where applicable, by applicant or country of destination rather than by end-user or consignee. The Palestine Liberation Organisation has not been so listed.

    Regional Aid

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many jobs he expects to be sustained by regional selective assistance in 1988–89; and how many jobs have been sustained by all regional assistance in 1987–88.

    The number of jobs created and safeguarded by regional selective assistance in 1988–89 will depend on the number, size and nature of applications which attract assistance.

    Sub-Post Offices

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will seek a meeting with the chairman of the Post Office to discuss the proposed reduction in hours and salaries of sub-offices and their staff.

    When I met the chairman of the Post Office in January we discussed the agreement concluded between the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters and the Post Office for the introduction of part-time sub-post offices, if that is the proposal to which the hon. Member's question refers. No one is proposing to reduce the salaries of sub-post office staff.

    Policy

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what progress has been made in implementing the Consumer Affairs Council resolution of 1986 on the integration of consumer policies on food;(2) what progress has been made towards implementing the Consumer Affairs Council resolution of 1986 on the integration of consumer policies on competition.

    The European Commission has recently submitted its first report to the Council on the progress made towards better integtration of consumer policy into other common policies including agriculture, competition, and transport, as requested by the Council resolution of 15 December 1986. A copy of the report is available in the Library (document 10541/87 of 14 December 1987). It is a disappointing report recording little progress.

    Estate Agents

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Staffordshire of 16 December 1987, Official Report, column 539, if he will indicate what reviews he has carried out either generally or specifically since the implementation of the Estate Agents Act 1979; if he will publish in the Official Report the results of these reviews; whether any review in any form is currently being carried out in respect of sections 5, 18 or 21; whether he has any plans to amend regulation 5 of the Estate Agents (Accounts) Regulations 1981; and whether he has any plans to introduce regulations to give effect to section 22 of the 1975 Act.

    [holding answer 10 February 1988]: This Department has not carried out any overall review of the Act since its implementation. My predecessors have, however, considered whether regulations should be made under sections 16 and 17, section 19 and section 22 of the Act, but have concluded that there was no strong case for doing so. I have no plans to introduce regulations to give effect to section 22 of the Act and no immediate plans to amend regulation 5 of the Estate Agents (Accounts) Regulations 1981. The Director General of Fair Trading has a statutory duty under section 25 of the Act to superintend its working and enforcement, and I have received advice from him on aspects of the working of the Act, including sections 5, 18 and 21. I am awaiting with interest the outcome of proceedings between the Office of Fair Trading and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with regard to section 18.

    Rural Transport Innovation Grant

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will give details of the number, type, and levels of grant paid under the rural transport innovation grant (Transport Act 1985) in (a) England and (b) Wales.

    I have been asked to reply.The administration of the rural transport innovation grant in Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.The English equivalent of the grant is the rural transport development fund, which is administered by the Development Commission on behalf of the Department of Transport. The commission has paid 100 grants and has approved a further 14. Seventy grants, averaging about £8,500, have been paid for scheduled services, mainly by minibuses and taxibuses. Additionally, 18 grants have been paid to assist the appointment of county transport advisers, at an annual average of about £6,250 for up to three years, and 12 grants, averaging about £4,000, have been paid towards other miscellaneous projects.

    Education And Science

    Education Reform

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what statement of policy he has made concerning reductions in educational provision in respect of schools, colleges of further and higher education, careers advice and adult education institutes, respectively, which are currently the responsibility of the Inner London education authority.

    My right hon. Friend announced on 4 February, at columns 1178–79, the Government's proposals for education in inner London. Under those proposals each inner London council will become the local education authority for its area, responsible as such—subject to any co-operative arrangements between councils— for the provision of the services to which the hon. Member refers.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has made any calculations on the effect on the rate support grant of the proposed abolition of the Inner London education authority; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government propose that the Inner London education authority should be wound up and education responsibilities transferred to local borough councils from 1 April 1990. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment proposes to introduce from the same date new arrangements for the finance of local government. Under the provisions of the Local Government Finance Bill, rate support grant will be replaced by a new grant to local authorities, to be known as revenue support grant; rate support grant will not be payable after the financial year 1989–90. The distribution of revenue support grant will take account of the responsibilities of the inner London boroughs for education after 1 April 1990.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has made any calculations on the effect on the rate support grant of the proposed abolition of the Inner London education authority in relation to the hand over of such functions as may be given to Hackney borough council.

    The Government propose that from I April 1990 rate support grant should be replaced by revenue support grant, as part of the reform of local government finance. Authorities' entitlement to revenue support grant will depend on their assessed needs, which will take account of their responsibilities. Following the transfer of education functions from the Inner London education authority, the needs assessment for Hackney borough council will include an assessment of its need to spend on education. Revenue support grant to the borough will take account of that need.

    Polytechnics And Colleges Funding Council

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he and his officials first made contact with Mr. William Stubbs, education officer of Inner London education authority, as regards the possibilities of his running the funding council for the polytechnics.

    Discussions between the Department and persons considered for the post of chief executive to the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council were held in confidence. It would breach that confidence to disclose the dates of such contacts.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if Mr. William Stubbs, education officer of Inner London education authority, has accepted his offer to head the funding council for the polytechnics.

    Mr. Stubbs has agreed to become chief executive designate to the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects the head of the funding council for the polytechnics to take up his post.

    I expect the chairman and chief executive designate to begin the work of preparing for the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council in May.

    Pupil Records

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list those organisations which have responded to the consultation paper on the keeping and disclosure of pupil records.

    The information requested is as follows:

    • Avon LEA
    • Barnet LEA
    • Bedfordshire LEA
    • Berkshire LEA
    • Bradford LEA
    • Brent LEA
    • Bromley LEA
    • Bury LEA
    • Cheshire LEA
    • Cornwall LEA
    • Croyden LEA
    • Derbyshire LEA
    • Devon LEA
    • Dorset LEA
    • Dudley LEA
    • Durham LEA Essex LEA
    • Gateshead LEA
    • Haringey LEA
    • Harrow LEA
    • Havering LEA
    • Hounslow LEA
    • Inner London Education Authority
    • Isle of Wight LEA
    • Kent LEA
    • Kingston-upon-Thames LEA
    • Kirklees LEA
    • Knowsley LEA
    • Lancashire LEA
    • Leicestershire LEA
    • Lincolnshire LEA
    • Merton LEA
    • Newcastle-upon-Tyne LEA
    • Norfolk LEA
    • Northamptonshire LEA
    • North Tyneside LEA
    • Northumberland LEA
    • North Yorkshire LEA
    • Redbridge LEA
    • Shropshire LEA
    • Solihull LEA
    • Somerset LEA
    • South Tyneside LEA
    • Staffordshire LEA
    • Suffolk LEA
    • Sunderland LEA
    • Surrey LEA
    • Sutton LEA
    • Tameside LEA
    • Trafford LEA
    • Wakefield LEA
    • Warwickshire LEA
    • Wiltshire LEA
    • West Sussex LEA
    • Universities Central Council on Admissions
    • Association of Workers for Maladjusted Children
    • ILEA Divisional Parents Committee
    • British Chamber of Commerce
    • College of Preceptors
    • Girls' Schools' Association
    • Professional Association of Teachers
    • Oxford Certificate of Educational Achievement
    • Independent Schools Joint Council
    • National Confederation of Parent-Teacher Associations
    • Community Rights Project
    • Polytechnic Central Admissions System
    • Inner London Education Authority
    • National Union of Teachers
    • National Association of Head Teachers
    • Association of County Councils
    • Special Educational Needs—National Advisory Service
    • Department of Health and Social Security
    • Trade Union Congress
    • Commission for Racial Equality
    • Children's Legal Centre
    • Advisory Centre for Education
    • Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association
    • Education Otherwise
    • National Union of Students
    • Secondary Heads Association
    • Methodist Church Division of Education and Youth
    • Voluntary Council for Handicapped Children
    • National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers
    • Association of Metropolitan Authorities
    • Dr Barnardo's
    • Free Church Federal Council
    • Her Majesty's Inspectorate
    • National Association of Social Workers in Education
    In addition, responses have been received from school staff and governors, local councillors and other interested individuals.

    Pilgrim Upper School, Bedford

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give his reasons for approving the closure of Pilgrim upper school, Bedford; what criteria he used in reaching his decision; how many representations he has received from parents opposing the closure; if he will reconsider his decision; and if he will make a statement.

    My right hon. Friend's decision to approve the proposal by the Bedfordshire LEA to cease to maintain the Pilgrim and John Howard upper schools and to establish a new upper school on the John Howard site was taken after careful consideration and on the balance of all the relevant facts and arguments, including the views of objectors. The criteria underlying my right hon. Friend's decisions on proposals of this kind are set out in detail in the Department's circular 3/87.A total of 2,066 statutory objections to the proposals were submitted to the authority, together with 527 non-statutory objections and a petition signed by 300. The authority also received a number of representations in support of the proposals, together with a petition signed by 3,286. My right hon. Friend has no power to change his decision.

    Teachers

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers left the profession in each of the last five years on health grounds; and if any figures are available for those suffering mental stress.

    The table gives the number of teachers in England and Wales granted retirement benefits under the Teachers' Supperannuation Regulations on the grounds of ill-health in each financial year since 1982.

    Financial yearNumber of retirements
    1982–831,910
    1983–842,172
    1984–852,449
    1985–862,698
    1986–872,707
    Information is not available to show the number of retirements due to stress or stress-related illnesses.

    University Grants

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will announce the recurrent grants allocated to universities for the academic year 1988–89 by the University Grants Committee, along with the provisional allocations for 1989–90.

    The University Grants Committee's initial allocation of recurrent grant to universities in the academic year 1988–89, along with a provisional indication of the basic distribution for 1989–90 is shown in the table. Copies of the general letter of guidance that the chairman of the UGC has sent to all universities have been placed in the Library of the House. The general letter will be followed in about a week's time by an institutional annex about student numbers and funding for individual universities. The annexes will also be placed in the Library.The total grant distributed by the UGC as announced in the table does not include items which it is the UGC's practice to allocate separately, such as local authority rates, the overseas research student awards scheme, and the committee's small central reserve. These items amount to £147 million. Nor does the distribution include provision which is to be allocated separately for a targeted programme of restructuring for which my right hon. Friend announced an additional £155 million over three years on 3 November 1987 in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) at columns

    645–48.

    Also to be distributed separately is the £56 million which the Government have made available in the financial year 1988–89 towards the cost of the 1987 academic pay restructuring settlement. The release of a further instalment of £71 million in the financial year 1989–90 will be subject to continued satisfactory progress on staff appraisal, probation and promotion arrangements.

    £ million

    University or college

    Basic distribution 1988–89

    Recurrent grant 1988–89

    Provisional basic distribution 1989–90

    Aston15·36215·9115·457
    Bath16·20916·4817·198
    Birmingham39·87841·0640·754
    Bradford15·69116·1716·063
    Bristol33·25833·8634·889
    Brunel13·80714·0014·166
    Cambridge47·80648·8549·336
    City12·15012·2912·377
    Durham17·72818·1617·751
    East Anglia14·66615·2214·296
    Essex9·2749·499·529
    Exeter17·24517·5517·970
    Hull15·05615·7015·384
    Keele8·4908·678·426
    Kent12·04912·6312·602
    Lancaster14·58414·8515·009
    Leeds44·97345·8545·884
    Leicester19·54219·9820·223
    Liverpool39·50840·3440·374
    London Business School1·8031·821·709
    London University258·219265·87267·915
    (of which Imperial College)(32·466)(33·70)(33·281)
    Loughborough21·18421·7222·108
    Manchester Business School0·9881·000·857

    University or college

    Basic distribution 1988–89

    Recurrent grant 1988–89

    Provisional basic distribution 1989–90

    Manchester52·03353·9554·085
    UMIST17·85718·5018·532
    Newcastle33·23834·2133·732
    Nottingham30·00930·7930·923
    Oxford48·59249·8450·272
    Reading19·98220·2720·478
    Salford13·96514·9314·407
    Sheffield33·27434·4733·958
    Southampton28·84130·3430·542
    Surrey13·90214·4714·387
    Sussex16·00016·2916·774
    Warwick21·27422·3922·681
    York13·26914·3314·108
    Total England1,031·7061,062·251,065·166
    Aberystwyth UC10·47010·6010·617
    Bangor UC10·92611·4610·822
    St. David's Lampeter2·1092·152·175
    Swansea UC13·74514·3113·730
    UWCM7·3987·727·717
    UCC/UWIST27·06128·5027·867
    Welsh Registry2·3912·392·461
    Total Wales74·10077·1375·389
    Aberdeen22·01622·4021·677
    Dundee14·65114·9914·265
    Edinburgh46·59348·0847·582
    Glasgow47·58449·6748·844
    Heriot-Watt11·64112·6912·060
    St. Andrews11·78311·9312·006
    Stirling8·2888·738·306
    Strathclyde25·63826·9326·704
    Total Scotland188·194195·42191·444
    Total Great Britain1,294·0001,334·801,332·000
    Queen's Belfast31·08731·2130·630
    Ulster32·47832·5834·723

    Employment

    Job Broking

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what job-broking facilities his Department has (a) at Sizewell B power station, (b) at Ashford for the Channel Tunnel and (c) in London docklands.

    The employment service is providing special help for people to get jobs on the Sizewell B power station and Channel tunnel projects through on-site jobcentres. We are considering what more can be done in London docklands to help local unemployed people take advantage of the increasing number of jobs which are available there.

    Labour Costs

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the increase in unit labour costs in Britain in each of the last nine years, and also in the original EEC six.

    International comparisons of unit labour costs for the whole economy are not available. However, figures for manufacturing are provided in the table:

    Unit Labour Costs in Manufacturing—Percentage Change on Previous Year
    Great BritainBelgiumFranceGermanyItalyNetherlands
    197815175112
    197918393103
    1980224128124
    198194125191
    19823-1113174
    1983-1-18014-2
    198425515-7
    1985343091
    198644333-1

    Notes:

    1. The percentages are calculated from index series produced by the International Monetary Fund except for Great Britain, figures for which are published in the Employment Gazette.

    2. Unit labour costs for Luxembourg are not available.

    3. The source index series are in local currency and are not adjusted for exchange rate changes.

    Labour Statistics

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are engaged in (a) service and (b) manufacturing industries in (i) the Northwich travel-to-work area, (ii) the Chester travel-to-work area

    Employees in employment1
    (Thousand)
    Travel to work area2
    Divisions SIC 1980NorthwichWirral and ChesterWidnes and Runcorn
    198119841981198419811984
    6–9 Service industries22·424·4110·7108·526·825·2
    2–4 Manufacturing industries14·613·646·639·021·319·6
    1 The figures exclude the self-employed and members of Her Majesty's forces.
    2 Defined in terms of ward boundaries as at 1981.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of advertised job vacancies in (a) the Northwich travel-to-work area, (b) the Chester travel-to-work area and (c) the Runcorn travel-to-work area; what were the numbers at the same date in each of the last five years; and what each figure represents as a percentage of those unemployed but available for work.

    The following tables show the number of unfilled vacancies (excluding community programme vacancies) at jobcentres covering areas closely corresponding to the Northwich, Wirral and Chester and Widnes and Runcorn travel-to-work areas in December of each of the last five years, along with the total number of unemployed claimants in each travel-to-work area. Total numbers of advertised job vacancies are not available but it is estimated that nationally about a third of vacancies are notified to jobcentres. Comparisons of the unemployment figures over the period are slightly affected by the change in the method of compiling the figures in March 1986.

    Northwich travel-to-work area
    Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
    December 19831786,449
    December 19841866,441

    and (iii) the Runcorn travel-to-work area; and what were the figures at the same time of year in each of the past five years.

    The available employee estimates for travel-to-work areas are from censuses of employment taken in September 1981 and September 1984 and are as follows:

    Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
    December 19852096,465
    December 19863016,039
    December 19872094,908
    Wirral and Chester travel-to-work area
    Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
    December 19831,19737,315
    December 19841,01938,848
    December 19851,13939,317
    December 19861,51137,824
    December 19871,77332,633
    Widnes and Runcorn travel-to-work area
    Unfilled vacanciesUnemployed claimants
    December 198319811,403
    December 198424911,549
    December 198527211,536
    December 198627811,074
    December 19872929,535

    Business In The Community

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will hold early discussions with interested parties involved in the business in the community liaison framework with private industry, on further measures to promote employment among young adults from disadvantaged areas.

    All of this Department's employment and training measures are available to young adults from disadvantaged areas, including the enterprise allowance scheme. Further details of the new training scheme for unemployed adults will be given in a White Paper shortly. While I am always willing to consider new proposals to promote employment, the Government's main contribution to rising employment will continue to come from pursuing sound economic policies as a foundation for sustained growth. I am in frequent contact with business in the community.

    Ethnic Minorities (Training Grants)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when his Department will reach a decision on the application made by Reading borough council in June 1987 for approved training status under section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976; and if he will explain the reasons for the delay in dealing with the application.

    Reading borough council submitted an application for designation as a training body under

    Average gross weekly earnings
    Full-time sales whose pay was not affected by absence1
    £ per week
    AprilManualNon Manual2Group 23Group 34Group 55Group 6
    Current prices
    197993·0113·0129·0113·1119·2114·4
    1980111·7141·3167·7139·6147·5145·6
    1981121·9163·1189·3179·6168·9162·9
    1982133·8178·9211·0185·8184·9176·9
    1983143·6194·9230·9197·6200·9195·3
    1984152·7209·0251·6208·1216·2212·0
    1985163·6225·0270·3223·1229·5229·1
    1986174·4244·9298·2242·2248·6246·8
    1987185·5265·9328·2261·2267·0265·5
    Percentage Increase6
    1979–8020·125·030·023·423·727·3
    1980–819·115·412·928·714·511·9
    1981–829·89·711·53·59·58·6
    1982–837·38·99·46·48·710·4
    1983–847·89·09·25·88·59·1
    1984–857·17·77·47·26·28·1
    1985–866·68·810·38·68·37·7
    1986–876·48·610·17·87·47·6
    Constant 1987 prices7
    1979174·4211·9241·9212·0223·5214·5
    1980172·0217·6258·2215·0227·1224·2
    1981167·5224·2260·2246·8232·1223·9
    1982168·1224·7265·1233·4232·3222·2
    1983173·4235·4278·9238·7242·7235·9
    1984175·4240·0288·9239·0248·3243·5
    1985175·7241·7290·3239·6246·5246·1
    1986181·8255·3310·8252·4259·1257·2
    1987185·5265·9328·2261·2267·0265·5
    Percentage increase67
    1979–80-1·42·76·81·41·64·5
    1980–81-2·63·00·714·82·2-0·1
    1981–820·30·31·9-5·40·1-0·7
    1982–833·24·75·22·34·56·2
    1983–842·53·63·80·63·23·7

    section 37(3) (b) of the Race Relations Act 1976 on 1 June 1987. Officials from my Department contacted the council on 11 June to seek additional information, and on 28 July met officials from the council. In the light of that meeting, and further contacts, the council submitted revised proposals on 5 January 1988. These proposals, along with additional supporting material dated 29 January, but received by my Department on 5 February, are now under consideration.

    A decision on the application will be reached shortly.

    Average Earnings

    To ask the Secretary of Slate for Employment what has been the level of average earnings of (a) male manual workers, (b) male non-manual workers and (c) managers, senior managers, directors, and professionals, in whatever categories the information is available, for each year since 1979, both current and constant (1987–88) prices; and what has been the percentage increase each year in the earnings of each group in both money and real terms since 1979.

    The information requested is provided in the table. Data for senior managers and directors are not available.

    April

    Manual

    Non Manual

    2

    Group 2

    3

    Group 3

    4

    Group 5

    5

    Group 6

    1984–850·20·70·50·3-0·71·1
    1985–863·45·67·15·35·14·5
    1986–872·04·25·63·53·03·2

    Source: New Earnings Survey

    1 Data up to 1983 on the basis of males 21 and over. Data from 1984 on adult rates.

    2 Professional and related occupations supporting management and administration.

    3 Professional and related occupations in education, welfare and health.

    4 Professional and related occupations in science, engineering and technology.

    5 Managerial occupations other than general management.

    6 Increases for 1983–84 based on adult rates of pay.

    7 Constant prices at April 1987 RPI (All items).

    Yts

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to expand the YTS scheme in his Department during the current year.

    YTS has established itself as a high-quality training programme for young people with a nationally recognised record leading to jobs and vocational qualifications.YTS has had tremendous support from employers, the training profession and most particularly from young people themselves. YTS leads to jobs. It is the best start in working life young people can have. During the last six months the Department of Employment group has provided 120 training places. It is my intention that this number should be increased. The DE group will be making a further 80 placements available in 1988–89 bringing the total to 200.

    Defence

    Pin-Ups

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will issue instructions for the removal of all offensive pin-ups in all his departmental premises.

    As part of the Department's equal opportunities plan, on which the trade unions were consulted, an instruction will be issued to all civilian staff in the near future defining the Department's policy on sexual harassment. The instruction states that the display of material which is of a sexual nature and offensive to women and-or men generally may constitute sexual harassment and will not be tolerated. Specific instructions requiring the removal of any such material which may be on display in Civil Service premises will also be issued.

    Turkey (Arms Sales)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Shorland S550 armoured personnel carriers have been supplied to Turkey by Shorts; and if he will make a statement.

    It has been the practice of successive Administrations not to announce details of specific defence sales business with other countries as the information is commercially confidential. In this case Shorts themselves announced on 27 January that they had received an order for 40 Shorland S550 APCs for Turkey.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the types and quantities of arms sold to Turkey.

    It has been the practice of successive Administrations not to give details of defence sales business with other countries.

    Irish Air Space (Breach)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information is available on a Royal Air Force aeroplane that breached Irish air space on 30 December 1987; and if he will make a statement.

    On the morning of 30 December 1987 an Army Air Corps Beaver aircraft penetrated Irish air space. The incident has been fully investigated by my Department and it is clear that it occurred as a result of a misunderstanding by the pilot of the exact terms of the flight clearance given to him, and this has been explained to the Irish Government. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken and the relevant instructions to air crew in Northern Ireland have been clarified in order to avoid the recurrence of such a misunderstanding.

    Hms Conqueror (Logbook)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the outcome of the inquiry into the disappearance of the navigator's logbook of HMS Conqueror.

    I have nothing to add to the statements made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) on 30 November 1984, at columns 593–94, and by my right hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Mailing (Mr. Stanley) on 25 October 1985, at column 277.

    Economic League

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department has made use of the services of the Economic League since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

    Wales

    Private Health Insurance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has of the proportion of the population of Wales which is not covered, in whole or in part, by private health insurance.

    The 1983 general household survey indicated that 95 per cent. of the population aged 16 and over living in private households in Wales did not have private medical insurance cover. Equivalent results from the 1986 general household survey are not yet available.

    Infant Cardiology Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made concerning infant cardiology services in south and west Wales; and if he will make a statement.

    South Glamorgan health authority is readvertising the post of consultant paediatric cardiologist. Approval has been given to the development of a paediatric cardiac unit at the University hospital of Wales and work on site is planned to commence this year. On the recommendation of the Welsh medical committee, the cardiology committee of the Royal College of Physicians has been invited and has agreed to undertake, early this year, a review of the planning policies and service provision of cardiac services in south Wales for children and adults.

    Departmental Expenditure

    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which of his spending programmes will show a reduction in real terms in any of the next three years as compared with 1987–88 expenditure; and what is the figure of each reduction in each year.

    I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer which I gave on 25 January, Official Report columns 121–24 in reply to an earlier question from him, from which the information now requested can easily be derived.I have already explained that it is misleading to make comparisons between public expenditure plans for one year and outturn (or estimated outturn) for other years.It will be readily seen that for 1988–89, planned provision in Cmnd. 288 for programmes within my other services block increases substantially over the comparable levels of planned expenditure provision in Cmnd. 56 for 1987–88. Reductions in planned provision for roads and transport (£10 million) housing (£6 million) other environmental services (£5 million) and arts and libraries (£1 million) are more than offset by increases in education (£34 million) and health and personal social services (£51 million). These are in addition to the increase in planned provision of £46 million for my industry, trade and employment programme. It means therefore that, within the programme as a whole, for each £1 of reductions there are more than £5 of increases.For 1989–90 and 1990–91 the distribution between programmes within my other services block is illustrative only. Decisions on the public expenditure totals and within that the allocation to individual block programmes will be taken in future public expenditure surveys.

    Scotland

    Hydro-Electricity

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make funds available to the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, for the implementation of the smaller run-of-the-river hydro project.

    My right hon. and learned Friend sets a limit on the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's overall capital expenditure in any year and it is for the board to establish priorities between projects within the limits set taking account of system requirements and the expected return on the investments. The board has in recent years taken the view that other projects have had a higher priority against these criteria than run-of-the-river schemes.

    Pin-Ups

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will issue instructions for the removal of all offensive pin-ups in all his departmental premises.

    In a general notice prohibiting sexual harassment, managers in my Department have been asked to ensure that potentially offensive material is not displayed in the workplace.

    Erskine Bridge (Tolls)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy with regard to tolls on the Erskine bridge.

    The policy of successive Governments since 1973 has been to fix tolls at levels which, while having full regard to the economic needs of the areas served by the bridge, are likely to yield the best result in terms of revenue.

    Planning Appeals

    To ask the Secretary of Slate for Scotland if for 1986 he will give the number of planning appeals against local authorities and the number that were successful.

    In 1986 decisions were issued on 542 planning permission appeals under section 33 of the Town and Country (Planning) Scotland Act 1972. Of these 193 appeals (36 per cent.) were sustained.

    Hospital Beds

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give both the total number of National Health Service beds and the number of acute beds per head of population.

    This information is published annually in "Scottish Health Statistics" (table 6.3), copies of which are held in the Library.

    Shaw Medical Centre Ltd

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the structure proposed by the Scottish Development Agency that will allow the repayment of its investment in Shaw Medical Centre Ltd. made necessary by the cash risk after the first year;(2) what financial support is being given by the Scottish Development Agency to the Shaw Medical Centre Ltd.; and if he will make a statement.

    The Scottish Development Agency's dealings with companies are conducted in confidence and are not disclosed except in cases where the agency holds more than 20 per cent. of the voting rights, and where the total investment is in excess of £100,000. In these cases a report is made in the agency's annual report. Any investment made by the agency will be in accord with the investment guidelines laid down by my right hon. and learned Friend and will take into account the needs of the company.

    Procurators Fiscal (Written Warnings)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases procurators fiscal in Tayside

    Total number of warnings issued
    19831984198519861987Total
    Dundee927971832756819
    Perth174331135162245
    Forfar139211182215177
    Arbroath54899210298
    Tayside1,2941,6021,2411,2351,3396,711
    Warnings in cases involving indecency
    19831984198519861987
    Dundee2681735
    Perth1
    Forfar
    Arbroath
    1 Figures for Perth are not available.

    Scottish Special Housing Association

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if there have been any changes in the senior management of the Scottish Special Housing Association in the last four weeks.

    Staffing questions of this kind are a matter for the Scottish Special Housing Association itself. I understand, however, that a member of staff at director level left the association's employment recently under early retirement arrangements.

    Fire Safety

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to issue guidance on means of escape from fire in house in multiple occupation in Scotland.

    £ Thousands
    Health boards1978–791979–801980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–88 (estimated)
    Argyll and Clyde43,03853,34867,96177,06383,42586,90691,46396,811105,779114,482
    Aryshire and Arran26,31332,47543,16649,46755,32860,85265,90270,44777,30485,129
    Borders8,36810,09513,23914,92016,49817,90419,08820,16321,81524,415
    Dumfries & Galloway15,03718,55624,98227,24329,71331,12033,73435,64237,92541,171
    Fife27,00333,06143,24949,32353,74357,64062,32967,72072,50978,808
    Forth Valley27,13433,11344,37749,00252,65956,52259,96063,63469,11275,115
    Grampian51,64662,73882,95392,119101,559106,293113,677120,189130,395143,452
    Greater Glasgow164,369203,355262,095291,087310,181327,945346,301360,693384,189414,636
    Highland22,19827,28035,84239,34241,61444,47547,84951,55256,03360,106

    have issued written warnings following the introduction of the legislation which awarded them the powers to do so; and how many individuals have been charged by Tayside police with offences of indecent acts and have received such written warnings.

    Figures showing the number of warnings issued in recent years are contained in the first of the tables."Offences of indecent acts" is not a precise category, but the numbers of offences involving such conduct as can be identified from available statistics are given in the second of the tables.

    The guide setting out an advisory standard for means of escape from fire in certain houses in multiple occupation in Scotland will be issued by the Scottish Home and Health Department today. The guide also covers related fire safety measures and will assist the process of consultation between housing and fire authorities which is required under housing legislation. Copies of the guide are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

    Health Boards (Finance)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give the total cash allocation to each Scottish health board for each year from 1978–79, including projected allocations for the years 1988–89 and 1989–90;(2) if he will give the total cash allocation to Scottish health boards for each year from 1978–79, including projected allocations for the years 1988–89 and 1989–90.

    [holding answer, 26 January 1988]: Health boards' final allocations for recurrent expenditure on hospital and community health services, for the years 1978–79 to 1987–88 inclusive, are shown in the table. The allocations for 1989–90 will not be determined until the early part of 1989 once the relevant population and other data are available.

    Health boards

    1978–79

    1979–80

    1980–81

    1981–82

    1982–83

    1983–84

    1984–85

    1985–86

    1986–87

    1987–88 (estimated)

    Lanarkshire47,37958,11477,60585,07292,54297,956104,996111,060119,060129,381
    Lothian98,543119,359154,874172,268186,705195,184207,852218,430235,556253,551
    Orkney1,4381,7182,3422,7522,9853,2483,4753,6743,9614,419
    Shetland1,7012,2032,9873,3893,8493,9904,3414,5234,8075,237
    Tayside61,32373,92696,896105,553111,711116,468122,978128,462136,722146,558
    Western Isles2,6003,2774,2805,0475,8325,7546,5086,9987,4768,050
    598,090732,618956,8481,063,6471,148,3441,212,2571,290,4531,359,9981,462,6431,584,510

    Northern Ireland

    Teacher Training

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teacher-training places have been available in Northern Ireland during the past five years; and what is the estimated number of places needed during the next five years in each of the institutions offering teacher training in the Province.

    The information is as follows:

    Academic yearsNumber
    1983–84630
    1984–85640
    1985–86640
    1986–87640
    1987–88735
    For 1988–89, a total of 735 places have been allocated — 110 to Queen's University of Belfast, 145 to the University of Ulster and 240 each to St. Mary's and Stranmillis colleges. Intake places beyond 1988–89 have not yet been determined and estimates would be unreliable.
    EasternNorthernSouthernWestern
    Mid-1986 estimate of population642,100379,000288,900256,800
    Hospital and Community Health Services and Family Practitioner Services525285355390
    Personal Social Services85616363
    Total610346418453
    Hospital and Community Health Services and Family Practitioner Services545294366404
    Personal Social Services88636566
    Total633357431470
    1 These figures include expenditure which is incurred centrally by the Department and which is not possible to attribute to individual Boards.
    2 Comparisons of per capita spending by Boards are not meaningful as administrative populations do not coincide with actual catchment populations for man services including regional medical services, acute hospital services, psychiatric and mental handicap hospital services.

    Pin-Ups

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will issue instructions for the removal of all offensive pin-ups in all his departmental premises.

    The Civil Service policy on sexual harassment is set out in the programme of action to achieve equal opportunities for women in the Civil Service, which was published by the Cabinet Office (MPO) in 1984. Sexual harassment, including the display of sexually offensive material, at work is not tolerated and is dealt with as a disciplinary matter through the usual Civil

    Health And Personal Social Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table setting out for 1987–88 and 1988–89 the estimated number of (a) families and (b) persons in each health board or equivalent, and in Northern Ireland as a whole, showing net average expenditure on health and personal social services per family and per person in each year, and distinguishing between expenditure on the National Health Service and on the personal social services.

    Estimates of population at board level are not held for 1987–88 or 1988–89; the following figures are based on the estimate for mid-1986 which gave the population of Northern Ireland as 1,566,800. There is no generally accepted definition of the family, so per capita expenditure figures only are given. The total per capita expenditure on health and personal social services is expected to be:

    £
    1987–88511
    11988–89530
    Per capita spending by boards is expected to be

    2 :

    Service complaints procedures. To reaffirm this position, action is in hand to issue guidance to all members of staff in the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments in the near future.

    Travelling People

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provisions exist for the education of the children of travelling people in Northern Ireland.

    These children may attend any grant-aided school or further education establishment in Northern Ireland.

    However in the Belfast area specific provision is made at St. Paul's primary school, Cavendish square where some 140 such pupils are enrolled and the teaching staff complement is six.

    Board And Lodging

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what figures are available to indicate the numbers

    Table A
    Health and Social Services Board
    Year ended 31 DecemberEasternNorthernSouthernWesternTotal
    1981191211850
    198230125552
    19835011121689
    19847620712115
    1985481232184

    Table B below contains, for each Health and Social Services Board, the numbers of homeless families (including children) occupying temporary accommodation reserved for homeless persons, during the years 1981 to 1985.

    Table B

    Health and Social Services Board

    Year ended 31 December

    1981

    1982

    1983

    1984

    1985

    Eastern

    Families134208251164164
    Children274430476346331

    Northern

    Families144121355967
    Children20416175136165

    Southern

    Families2916393530
    Children6836897844

    Western

    Families5561606160
    Children117125124155145

    Total

    Families362406385319321
    Children663752764715685

    Attorney-General (Statement)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he informed the Government of the Irish Republic of the Attorney-General's intention to make a statement to the House on 25 January.

    [holding answer 10 February 1988]: The Irish Government were informed on the morning of 25 January that my right hon. and learned Friend would be making a statement. A text was passed to them after the statement had been made.

    Salmon

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he intends to take to maintain a boat on the north coast of Northern Ireland for the protection of salmon during the current year.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: Responsibility for the protection of salmon stocks rests with the Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern of people aged under 25 years residing in board-and-lodging accommodation in each health and social board area in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

    Information is not available in the precise form requested. Table A below shows, for each health and social services board, the numbers of single persons aged under 25 years occupying temporary accommodation reserved for homeless persons, during the years 1981 to 1985.Ireland. It is for the board to determine the most cost-effective manner of properly discharging its responsibility. The fishery patrols of the Department of Agriculture supplement the measures underaken by the Board.

    Mobility Allowance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many mobility allowance appeals were heard by medical appeal tribunals at each venue in Northern Ireland in the past three years.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: The information is as follows:

    YearBelfastLondonderry
    198522658
    198626262
    198729543

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the waiting times for appeals regarding mobility allowance, indicating any local differences in those waiting times.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: Medical questions arising on mobility allowance appeals are decided in the first instance by medical boards and thereafter, if necessary, by medical appeal tribunals. Boards are held in Belfast and Londonderry although most appellants are examined at home. It takes just under five weeks on average from the time an appeal is received until the board makes its decision. There are no local differences. Non-medical questions are decided, on appeal, by social security appeal tribunals. The administration of both medical and social security appeal tribunals is the responsibility of the president of social security and medical appeal tribunals, Mr. C. G. MacLynn, LL.B and the hon. Gentleman should write to him as regards waiting times for appeals to those tribunals.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the length of time taken to process claims for mobility allowance.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many claims and appeals regarding mobility allowance are pending at present.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: At 1 January 1988 there were 1,529 claims and 342 appeals pending.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are in receipt of mobility allowance in Northern Ireland.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff there are by grade in the mobility allowance branch of the Department of Health and Social Security in Northern Ireland.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: The information is as follows:

    GradeNumber of staff
    Deputy principal11
    Staff officer11
    Executive officer I1
    Executive officer II1
    Administrative officer4
    Administrative assistant2
    10
    1 These grades have additional staff responsibilities.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many renewed mobility allowance claims, from those who had been in receipt of the allowance, have been disallowed in each of the past three years, indicating how many were subsequently awarded on appeal.

    [holding answer 9 February 1988]: The information is as follows:

    YearRenewed claims disallowedSubsequently award on appeal
    198514830
    198622448
    198720952
    Appeal figures related to appeals decided in the relevant years and do not necessarily reflect claims disallowed in those years.

    Aids

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has about the decision of the United States national institutes of health to instruct all biological laboratories to review their safety guidelines following the reported infection of two laboratory workers with the AIDS virus after working with concentrated samples; and whether he will carry out such a review of procedures in medical and biological laboratories in Northern Ireland.

    [holding answer 8 February 1988]: I am aware of the decision referred to. Current guidance on safety procedures, prepared by the advisory committee on dangerous pathogens and the expert advisory group on AIDS, continues to be appropriate and therefore I have no plans to review those procedures.

    Maryfield (Costs)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what yearly contributions the Irish Republic has made towards (a) the maintenance, (b) the operating costs and (c) the staffing costs at Maryfield; and what proportion these contributions are of the total costs within each of these areas.

    [holding answer 27 January 1988]: The Irish Government do not pay maintenance costs directly, but rather a share of rent for the secretariat building. In the last financial year, their contribution was £32,000. They also contribute to operating expenses in varying proportions, reflecting the use they make of each facility. The cost to the Irish Government of their staff is a matter for them.

    Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

    Chemical Trials