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Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 25 February 1988

Wales

Hospital Referrals

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has as to rates of patient referral to hospitals by different general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.

Surveys of out-patient referrals in a six-week period were conducted at hospital out-patient clinics throughout Wales in spring 1985, autumn 1985 and autumn 1986. The information for 1985 has been used to calculate an indicator of the referral rate for each general practice. Some practices have been made aware of their referral rates by medical officers of the regional medical service, who are based in the Welsh Office. This

Wales: Hospitals closed since 1978
Health authority/hospitalNumber of beds1Type of hospitalDate of closure
Clwyd
Prince Edward Memorial31Othopaedic31 May 1980
Llangwyfan201Mainly long stay7 August 1981
Chatsworth House29GP Maternity27 August 1985
Colwyn Bay Maternity12Maternity20 October 1985
Chirk226AcuteOctober 1987
East Dyfed
Cilymaenllwyd32Pre-convalescent13 January 1984
Allt-y-Mynydd46Mental handicap16 December 1986
Pembrokeshire
Kensington68Long stay14 June 1978
Pembroke County War Memorial166Acute31 December 1978
St. Thomas87Partly acute31 December 1978
Gwent
Snatchwood25Geriatric9 November 1980
Cefn Mably76Geriatric18 April 1983
Gwynedd
Gors Maternity17Maternity28 November 1980
Minffordd37Acute17 July 1984
Eryri67Orthopaedic14 September 1984
Caernarvonshire and Anglesey General193Acute28 September 1984
Galltysil32Geriatric1 March 1985
Mid Glamorgan
Abertysswg12Acute28 February 1978
Merthyr General126Acute30 March 1978
Bedwellty25Geriatric24 May 1978
Glyncornel45Geriatric27 October 1979
St. Tydfils103Mainly long stay28 June 1980
Blackmill Isolation32Infectious diseases/pre-convalescent9 October 1985
Bridgend and District27Ear, nose and throat12 October 1985
Cefn Hirgoed59Mainly long stay12 October 1985
Powys
Adelina Patti63Mainly long stay25 March 1986

information by practice is not appropriate for general release, but an article giving broader figures for districts for the spring 1985 survey was published in the British Medical Journal (volume 295, 19 September 1987). Information for autumn 1986 is currently being processed and it is intended to publish results when ready at a broad level.

Nhs Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has as to the different frequencies and the number of times individual consultants see National Health Service patients in respect of the 10 most common hospital treatments; and if he will make a statement.

Hospital Closures

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list, by health authority in Wales, the numbers of beds in each and the types of hospitals closed since 1978.

During this period, when 11 new hospitals and more than 2,000 beds have been opened, the following beds have been closed.

Health authority/hospital

Number of beds

1

Type of hospital

Date of closure

West Glamorgan

Llwynderw21Pre-convalescent20 May 1979
Drymma Hall68Mental handcap10 May 1986
Cwmdonkin24Pre-convalescent21 August 1987

1 This figure is based on the hospitals' complement at approximately one year before closure as hospitals are usually closed gradually over a period.

2 Temporary closure for building work.

Cervical Cytology

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the total cervical cytology examinations carried out by family medical practitioners in each of the health authorities in Wales were reimbursable directly under the item-of-service payment in each of the last five 12 month periods for which figures are available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional measures he proposes to take to improve the cervical cytology uptake in Wales.

The cervical cytology screening service, including any action necessary to improve uptake, is the responsibility of the individual district health authorities. Over the last two years some £800,000 of recurring central funding has been allocated to health authorities to help them improve the service. Uptake rates are being monitored by the Welsh Office.

Non-Domestic Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what will be the non-domestic rate for Wales in 1990, based on current prices; and if he will make a statement.

The current average non-domestic rate poundage in Wales is 236 ·5p. A decision on the level for 1990 will be announced at the appropriate time.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from business ratepayers in Wales as to the progress towards the establishment of a unified non-domestic rate for Wales in 1990.

I have received comments on our proposals from a number of organisations and individuals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made in the revaluation of business property in preparation for the introduction of a unified non-domestic rate for Wales in 1990; and if he will make a statement.

The Valuation Office has issued forms of return and consideration is now being given to the appropriate level of value as at 1 April 1988.

Radiation (Sheep)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 22 February, whether in the period before May and October 1986 any live monitoring machines for testing radiation in sheep were available but not in use; and if he will make a statement.

Apart from a limited field trial of one machine no live monitoring machines were available for use in north Wales prior to the beginning of October 1986.

Legislation (Publication)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what difficulties his Department has experienced in publishing legislation laid by him in the present Session; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has not experienced any difficulties in pubishing legislation laid by me in the present Session.

Welsh Language

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the amount of Government financial assistance for the Welsh language in both cash and real terms since 1979; and what was the proportion of this which has been educational expenditure.

[holding answer 23 February 1988]: The information is as follows:

Total Government support for the Welsh language under section 21 of the Education Act 1980 and section 26 of the Development of Rural Wales Act 1976
Cash terms (£ thousands)Real terms (£ thousands)1(Percentage age)
1979–80237412
1980–818931,310258
1981–821,6152,15849
1982–831,7662,20049
1983–842,0112,39451
1984–851,9872,26451
1985–862,4222,60554
1986–872,5282,63557
1987–882,8992,89960
1 Proportion of expenditure in respect of educational projects under section 21 of the Education Act 1980.
2 First year of grant.
The above does not include expenditure by other agencies, such as the Welsh Arts Council, not directly funded by my Department whose work involves activity related to the Welsh language, or the expenditure on S4C, which has increased as follows:

£ million
1982–8320
1983–8424
1984–8528
1985–8634
1986–8737
1987–8840

Attorney-General

Departmental Staff

To ask the Attorney-General how many civil servants are employed in his and the Lord Chancellor's Department; what are their average weekly working hours; and how many are (a) on flexitime, (b)on job-sharing schemes, (c) on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight and (d) able to retire with full pension rights at 60 years.

The Lord Chancellor's Department employs 9,947 full-time, 1,155 part-time and 961 casual staff. Full-time staff in central London work 41 hours per week (gross); elsewhere, 42 hours. Part-time staff work, on average, 24 hours a week. The decision to take part in a flexitime scheme is a personal one and no central record of numbers is kept. However, 208 offices operate a flexible working hours scheme, while 218 offices have elected to continue with fixed hours. Forty-six members of staff job share and four applications are pending. No applications have been refused. Details of the individual patterns of work are not kept centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost, but 1,040 staff work between 10 and 30 hours a week and 104 between 31 and 35 hours a week. A total of 11,075 are entitled to retire with a pension at the age of 60, the amount of pension payable being calculated on the period of reckonable service completed.Eighteen civil servants are employed in the Law Officers' Department. All are full-time and work 41 hours per week (gross). None is on flexitime, on job-sharing schemes or on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight. All are entitled to retire with a pension at the age of 60, the amount of pension payable being calculated on the period of reckonable service completed.

Mr Freddie Andrews

To ask the Attorney-General why fraud squad investigations into the case of Freddie Andrews were reopened in 1987; and on whose instruction there has been further investigation.

investigations into this matter were not reopened in 1987. An investigation by an officer of the fraud squad of the Royal Ulster Constabulary commenced in August 1981. A preliminary report was submitted by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland on 26 February 1982. Since that date, thorough and complex police investigations have continued and a number of further reports have been received in the office of the Director from the Chief Constable. On 10 June 1987 a direction to prosecute an individual for an offence contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 was issued to the Chief Constable.

To ask the Attorney-General if he will publish details of all properties inherited by Freddie Andrews (a) on the death of his father and (b) still in his ownership when the Official Solicitor assumed responsibility for his affairs (No. 516 1978); if he will publish dates of transfer of each property transaction and the value of each transaction; and if he will provide a copy of each audited annual account for the affairs of Freddie Andrews since his affairs became the responsibility of the Office of Care and Protection, with details of the use to which moneys raised were put.

It is not appropriate to publish details of the affairs of any patient without leave of the court, as such matters must be treated in the same confidence as that enjoyed by any other person. An application may be made to the court by any person concerned about a particular case for disclosure of any information in respect of which the applicant can demonstrate a legitimate interest.

To ask the Attorney-General why the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland originally directed no prosecution in respect of all matters raised by the late Detective Constable Patterson which included information on Freddie Andrews' case; and why investigation papers in the Andrews case were subsequently submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (Northern Ireland).

A direction to prosecute an individual for an offence contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 was issued on 10 June 1987. An investigation by an officer of the fraud squad of the Royal Ulster Constabulary commenced in August 1981. A preliminary report was submitted by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland on 26 February 1982. Since that date thorough and complex police investigations have continued and a number of further reports have been received in the office of the Director from the Chief Constable. The direction of 10 June 1987 was issued having regard to the various reports made by police, the last of which was submitted on 13 May 1987.

To ask the Attorney-General what discussions there have been between the relatives of Freddie Andrews and the office of the Official Solicitor on the handling of his affairs, since he was placed under the Office of Care and Protection at his relatives' request.

Following the appointment of the Official Solicitor on 11 January 1979 to assume responsibility for the affairs of Mr. Frederick Andrews there were numerous meetings between him and the individual members of the patient's family and their legal representatives. In the course of a review directed by the court in September 1983 the newly appointed Official Solicitor and counsel engaged by her had further discussions with the legal representatives of members of Mr. Andrews' family. At the conclusion of the review the judge directed that the Official Solicitor should discontinue investigations unless new or additional evidence was forthcoming.

Mentally Handicapped People (Care)

To ask the Attorney-General if he will publish details of the steps to be followed where relatives wish to have a mentally handicapped person returned wholly to the care of his relatives from the Office of Care and Protection.

Part VIII of he Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 provides that where a person is found to be incapable, by reason of mental disorder, of managing and administering his property and affairs the High Court may exercise general powers and make specific orders in respect of such a person's property and affairs. Such a person is referred to as a patient. A patient may be restored to management of his own affairs where the court is satisfied that the patient has become capable of managing and administering his property and affairs.

Plymouth Land Registry

To ask the Attorney-General what is the average delay in dealing with inquiries relating to registration of title at the Plymouth land registry; what has been the longest during the last year; and if he will make a statement.

Telephoned inquiries to the Plymouth district land registry are generally replied to within 24 hours and postal inquiries within 48 hours, or, if information has to be obtained from records, in up to five working days. However, replies to postal inquiries on plans matters are currently taking about three weeks on average because of the large number received. Extra resources have been allocated to this work to restore the normal response time. Information about the longest time taken to reply to an inquiry is not available.

Drug Damage (Class Actions)

To ask the Attorney-General if he has any plans to seek changes in the law which would permit class actions in drug damage cases, and to enable victims of drug disasters to win compensation in the courts more quickly and more cheaply.

The Lord Chancellor has no immediate plans to introduce a system of class actions but he will be considering the possible scope for reform in this area of law. In the meantime, the Lord Chancellor will be moving amendments to the Legal Aid Bill which could facilitate the funding of multi-party actions; and the Civil Justice Review is considering how time and expense can be saved in personal injury litigation generally.

Prime Minister

Official Information (Leaks)

Q15.

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her answer of 4 February, Official Report, column 682, for what reasons she does not accept the premise on which was based the question about her policy towards setting up formal inquiries into the improper leaking of official information in cases where the salient facts appear to be known in advance of such an inquiry; and if she will make a statement.

I have nothing to add to the reply that I gave to the hon. Gentleman on 4 February, at column 682.

Crumlin Road Prison

Q17.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will pay an official visit to Her Majesty's prison Crumlin road, Belfast.

Q58.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will pay an official visit to Her Majesty's prison, Crumlin road, Belfast.

Crown Estates Act 1961

Q121.

To ask the Prime Minister if she has any plans to seek to amend the Crown Estates Act 1961.

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Gentleman on 17 December 1987, at column 621.

Hospital Matrons

Q170.

To ask the Prime Minister what assessment she has made of the implications for the quality of patient treatment as well as efficiency, of reintroducing the post of matron in National Health Service hospitals; if she will take immediate steps to restore this post; and if she will make a statement.

The Government's aim is to see that the NHS provides cost effectively a high standard of health care for all who use it. Heath authorities are free to use the title of matron, and some do so. The Government are the first to recognise that for many people such a post is held in high esteem by the patients.

Economic League

Q179.

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her answer of 4 February, Official Report, column 683, what information she has as to whether any non-departmental organisations for which Ministers are responsible have used the resources of the Economic League in considering job applications; and if she will make a statement.

Individual non-departmental public bodies are responsible for their own recruitment arrangements. Information on these arrangements is not held centrally.Where the Civil Service Commissioners recruit on behalf of such bodies, I am advised that the commissioners have not used the services of the Economic League.

Hong Kong (Animal Welfare)

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her reply of 26 January, Official Report, columns 171–72, if the total ban of the sale of rhinoceros products within Hong Kong from July will include all medical substances with an ingredient from any rhinoceros product.

The Hong Kong Government intend that the ban should include all medical substances with an ingredient from any rhinoceros product.

Departmental Co-Ordination (Correspondence)

To ask the Prime Minister if she will take steps to improve co-ordination between the Departments of Employment and Health and Social Security, with particular regard to replies to correspondence for hon. Members on behalf of their constituents in the light of the transfer of a letter for the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth dated 3 December 1987 from the Department of Employment to the Department of Health and Social Security, then back to the Department of Employment; and if she will make a statement.

The Departments concerned regret the delay in dealing with this particular case, to which a response will be sent very shortly. Co-operation between the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of Employment is normally satisfactory and does not lead to delay in replying to correspondence.

Engagements

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 25 February.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 25 February.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 25 February.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 25 February.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 25 February.

This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.

Education And Science

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many civil servants are employed in his Department; what are their average weekly working hours; and how many are (a) on flexitime, (b) on job-sharing schemes, (c) on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight and (d) able to retire with full pension rights at 60 years.

The Department currently employs some 2,541 staff, including 477 in Her Majesty's Inspectorate. Conditioned hours are 41 a week in London and 42 a week elsewhere, including meal breaks.There are 553 staff taking part in the flexible working hours arrangements in operation at the Department's Darlington office. Sixteen staff are currently job sharing.Of the 131 staff employed part-time, 22 work the equivalent of a four-day week or nine-day fortnight.All members of staff who complete at least five years (two years with effect from 1 April 1988) pensionable service are entitled to a pension on retirement at age 60. As such they all receive their individual full pension rights based on length of service and salary. Statistics are not readily available on the number of staff who might complete the full 40 years pensionable service required to achieve the maximum level of pension entitlement.

Religious Instruction And School Collective Worship

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of parents withdrew their children from (a) religious instruction and (b) school collective worship in the last academic year for which figures are available.

Secondary School Libraries

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his answer of 10 November 1987, concerning secondary school libraries, how the £10 million provided for 1988–89 by his Department will be allocated to schools; if any guidelines will be issued on how this money is to be spent; and if he will make a statement.

Tile £10 million for secondary school library provision was identified within the expenditure plans for 1988–89 in response to representations from local authorities that there was a particular need in this area. It will now be for local authorities themselves to decide individually on the priority which they wish to give to secondary school library provision from within the resources available to them.

Education Reform

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received seeking greater protection and encouragement of drama, music, art and design within the core in the national curriculum as currently proposed.

Under the Government's proposals in the Education Reform Bill, art and music are foundation subjects within the national curriculum. They will therefore form part of the curriculum for all pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools. We have received a number of representations stressing the importance of drama and design and asking that they be included in the national curriculum. We have also received a number of suggestions that the expressive arts subjects should all be included in the national curriculum through the means of integrated arts courses.

Trade And Industry

Energy Conservation

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his policy towards the promotion of energy conservation schemes in inner cities, in the light of the Association of the Conservation of Energy's report "Regenerating the Inner Cities — The Energy Dimension".

The Government believe that there should be effective energy conservation in inner cities and elsewhere. Pilot schemes to improve conservation have been supported by the Government's urban programme and other initiatives. The Department of the Environment is considering changes to the building regulations designed to raise standards of insultation, and is consulting the Association for the Conservation of Energy, among others.

Motor Trade (Abuse)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what response he has made to the recommendations of the joint local authorities' associations on "Tackling Abuses in the Motor Trade", published in October 1987; and what consequential consultations he expects to have with interested parties.

Many of the recommendations of the joint local authority associations' report "Tackling Abuses in the Motor Trade" were discussed at a meeting on 15 December 1987 at which my hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for roads and traffic and I met a delegation led by the Director General of Fair Trading. At that meeting it was agreed that it was desirable to amend section 60 of the Road Traffic Act 1972, to make it easier for trading standards officers to deal with the sellers of unroadworthy vehicles. Also, as a result of that meeting, it was agreed that a number of other suggestions to help combat the sale of unroadworthy vehicles and the fraudulent alteration of odometers would be examined further. My Deprtment and the Department of Transport are keeping in touch with the Office of Fair Trading and the various interested parties will be kept informed of progress on this matter.

Matthew Brown (Takeover)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to receive the report from the stock exchange survelliance department into alleged insider dealing in the shares of Matthew Brown prior to the takeover by Newcastle Breweries.

The stock exchange will no doubt submit a report to me if it considers it appropriate to do so.

Energy

Dounreay Nuclear Establishment

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) in view of the reduction in support by European utilities for fast reactor development, what he estimates are the prospects for future public funding of the Dounreay nuclear establishment over the next (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years;(2) if he will make a statement with regard to his policy on the future of the Dounreay nuclear establishment after the privatisation of the electricity supply industry.

The European collaboration is currently considering the research requirements for the development of a common fast reactor design. The Government and the utilities, as joint customers, will consider the implications of this work for the fast reactor research programme. The UKAEA is responsible for the allocation of work between its individual sites.

Fast Reactor Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the recent decision by the European fast reactor utilities group to build only one fast reactor on the timing, scale and viability of the EDRP proposal.

Assessment of the impact on the EDRP proposal of decisions taken by the European utilities about future fast reactor orders is a matter for the applicants.

Overseas Development

World Bank

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the size of the general capital increase recently agreed by the executive board of the World Bank and the accompanying recommendations.

Her Majesty's Government warmly welcome the recommendation by the executive directors of the World Bank that the board of governors should be invited to approve an increase in the bank's capital of US$74·8 billion—nearly 80 per cent. —with a 3 per cent. paid-in element. This increase would enable the bank to raise its annual level of lending from around $14 billion now to over $20 billion by 1992.We also welcome that part of the executive directors' report which concerns the bank's future policies. In particular, the report reiterates the importance of the bank's role in assisting Governments to alleviate poverty; and there will be a growing concern with the social and environmental aspects of development. The bank will also continue to assist heavily indebted countries, both in designing structural reform programmes and in providing finance. The report also recognises the importance of promoting the private sector in developing countries.As soon as the capital increase has been approved by the bank's governors, I shall invite the House to authorise my Department to subscribe to the United Kingdom's allocation of 30,450 new shares. The cost of the 3 per cent. paid-in element of these shares will be around $110 million, which we expect to pay over five or six years beginning in 1988–89. The remaining 97 per cent. of the value of the shares will be callable, and as such will represent only a contingent liability.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council

47.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on his discussions with Irish Ministers within and without the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council.

The Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council itself last met in November 1985. Since then I have had regular opportunities to meet Irish Ministers at meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and other meetings of the European Communities, when I have been able to discuss matters of mutual interest.In addition my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the co-chairman, with the Irish Foreign Minister, of the Intergovernmental Conference established by the Anglo-Irish Agreement, within the framework of the AIIC.

China (Claims Agreement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will outline the arrangements for the distribution of the moneys received from the People's Republic of China under the claims agreement of 5 June 1987.

The Foreign Compensation (People's Republic of China) Order 1987 was laid before Parliament on 8 January and is due to enter into operation on 1 March. It provides for the Foreign Compensation Commission to register and evaluate claims by those who satisfy the British nationality requirements of the order in respect of bonds issued or guaranteed by the Chinese authorities before 1 October 1949 and in respect of property or other assets expropriated in China between 1 October 1949 and 1 January 1980. The order also sets out arrangements for the distribution of compensation to successful claimants.Following a public tender the firm of Ernst and Whinney has been engaged to assist the Foreign Compensation Commission in its administrative and executive tasks. Advertisements will appear in the national press on 28 and 29 February indicating how detailed information may be obtained by potential claimants under the order.

Home Department

Bail

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those charged with crimes were granted bail in 1987; how many of those granted bail had been charged with theft; and what percentage of those granted bail were (a) subsequently found guilty, or (b) subsequently found not guilty or (c) awaiting trial at the end of 1987.

Information on the numbers of persons finally dealt with by the courts who had been remanded on bail by the police, magistrates' courts or the Crown court, by offence type and outcome, is published in chapter 8 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1986" (Cm. 233), a copy of which is in the Library. Information is not available on the number remanded on bail at any particular time.

Westminster Children's Hospital (Break-In)

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 circumstances of the break-in at Westminster children's hospital paediatric research laboratory on the night of 6 and 7 February and as to the progress of police investigations into this incident.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that an inquiry was instituted following a report from the Children's Medical Charity that premises occupied by the charity in Vincent square might have been unlawfully entered on the night of 6–7 February, but that this inquiry has now been terminated at the request of the charity, which no longer wishes to pursue the matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston can expect a reply to his letters of 10 December and 13 December 1987 regarding Mr. and Mrs. F. Gow, of Glasgow G32.

London Police Stations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each of the London police stations at which (a) men and (b) women were being held in police cells on 15 February.

A record of the London police stations at which men and women held in police cells on 15 February is not available and the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Remand Prisoners (Newham)

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 as to how many remand prisoners have been held in Newham police stations during the past year; how many are currently being held; what is the average cost per person per clay; and if he will make a statement.

Reliable information as to the number of remand prisoners held in police stations in the borough of Newham during the past year is not available. There were six remand prisoners held in police cells at north Woolwich police station on 23 February and no such prisoners held in any other police stations in the borough of Newham on that date. The average cost of holding a prisoner in a police cell in London is £163 per day.

Murderers (Release)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement as to the circumstances in which Private Thain was released from prison after serving three years of a life sentence for murder;(2) how many prisoners convicted since 1979 of murder and serving life sentences have been released within three years or less.

Private Thain was released on life licence in February 1987 after three and a half years' detention (including time spent in custody before his trial). His case was dealt with under the normal procedures for considering the release of life sentence prisoners. The date of the first formal review by the Parole Board machinery was fixed after consultation with the judiciary on the requirements of retribution and deterrence for the offence in accordance with the revised arrangements announced in reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Hampshire, East (Mr. Mates) on 30 November 1983, at columns 505–7, and Private Thain's release was subsquently authorised following a favourable recommendation by the Parole Board.

One other prisoner convicted of murder since 1979 has been released on life licence after three and a half years or less (including time spent in custody before trial). He was convicted at the age of 15.

Mordecai Vanunu

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of fresh evidence as to the identity of Mordecai Vanunu's fellow passenger on flight BA 504 to Rome on 30 September 1986 and her presence in London at the time of Mr. Vanunu's disappearance, he will institute an inquiry into the case, to establish whether any crime was committed in the United Kingdom.

Any investigation by the police would have to start from evidence that a criminal offence had been committed in the United Kingdom, but no such evidence has been received. If anyone has such evidence, he should contact the police.

Special Event Radio

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about special event radio.

In 1986 my right hon. Friend announced an experiment in licensing low-powered transmitters to provide information or a commentary to those attending the sites of festivals, sporting events and so on. During the period of the experiment a total of 31 licences were issued covering 59 separate events. The experiment has generally been welcomed.In answer to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack) on 19 January 1988, we announced that we intend to bring forward legislation based on the Green Paper "Radio: Choices and Opportunities" to establish a new Radio Authority, which will have responsibility for licensing radio services, including special event radio. Pending new legislation, we have decided to continue with the licensing of special event radio on broadly the same basis as during the experiment. It has, however, been possible to reduce the licence fee to £100 for transmissions not exceeding 50 milliwatts maximum radiated power on the MF band. A fee of £450 will continue to be payable for services using a higher power, where this is deemed to be necessary to provide adequate coverage to the site, and an additional supplement will be payable for assignment of VHF frequencies. Full details of the general and technical conditions and the licensing procedure are set out in notes for the guidance of prospective licensees, available from the Home Office, copies of which have been placed in the Library.

Defence

Job Dispersal

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has any further plans to transfer Ministry of Defence jobs to Scotland.

Apart from the very recent selection of the final tranche of 70 posts, to complete the MOD dispersal commitment of 1,400 jobs, to Glasgow later this year there are no current plans for any major relocation of jobs to Scotland. But we remain anxious to improve the geographical spread of defence employment, particularly in areas of high unemployment. However, all moves must be justifiable in both operational and economic terms.

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants are employed in his Department; what are their average weekly working hours, and how many are (a) on flexitime, (b) on job-sharing schemes, (c) on a four-day working week or nine-day fortnight and (d) able to retire with full pension rights at 60 years.

The number of United Kingdom-based civilian staff employed by the Ministry of Defence on 1 January 1988 was 146,814, comprised of 87,650 full-time and 1,816 part-time non-industrial staff and 55,101 full-time and 2,247 part-time industrial staff. Data relating to the other information requested are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Raf Search And Rescue, Chivenor

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his programme for replacement of the helicopter in use by the Royal Air Force search and rescue unit at Chivenor.

Studies are continuing into the deployment of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force helicopters for search and rescue requirements. The results will be announced shortly.

Hazardous Loads (West Yorkshire)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles carrying nuclear and conventional explosives have travelled on public roads within west Yorkshire in each of the last five years; if the appropriate local authorities and the police were informed in all cases; what representations he has received about such matters; and if he will make a statement.

It has been the practice of successive Governments not to comment on the movement of nuclear weapons or the associated operational procedures. Over the past year five letters have been received about the alleged movement of nuclear weapons in West Yorkshire.

Nuclear Tests (Radiation Victims)

to ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the evidence supplied by his Department to the National Radiological Protection Board in respect of the levels of radiation to which certain members of Her Majesty's forces had been exposed in the course of the British atmospheric nuclear weapon test and experimental programme.

As my hon. Friend will be aware, the National Radiological Protection Board was provided with radiation dose information from the "Blue Book" listings and AWRE "health physics records". A sample test of the records provided was made to check that the information given had been accurately extracted. Information concerning the dose records of individuals cannot be published because of personal confidentiality, but any individual may apply to have his own dose record if he so wishes.

Environment

Local Government (Capital Debts)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the capital debts owed by each of the district and metropolitan district councils in England.

Figures for outstanding advances for capital purposes for each local authority in England are published in the CIPFA publication "Capital Expenditure and Debt Financing Statistics". Copies for each year up to 1985–86, the latest year for which this information has been published, are held in the Library of the House.

Highway Authorities (Abolition Of Powers)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to lay the order abolishing the powers vested in the local highway authorities under article 12 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977.

As I said in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, North-East (Mr. Kirkhope) on 4 February, at columns 711–12, we hope to lay the new consolidated general development order a short time after the end of the two-month period for comment on the proposals in the consultation paper which we issued that day.

Darenth Park

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will announce the name of the inspector who will preside over the reopened Darenth park planning application; and when the inquiry will commence.

The reopened inquiry will be conducted by Mr. J. J. Parkinson, MSc, CEng, MICE, MINT, ACIArb, who presided over the original inquiry in February 1987.The applicants' agents have asked for time in which to prepare their evidence and we are in contact with them and Dartford borough council about possible dates in June or July. I shall write to my hon. Friend as soon as the arrangements have been finalised.

Howbury Grange-Dartford North Marshes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce the result of the inquiry on the Howbury grange-Dartford north marshes development.

A decision on these proposals is expected shortly. I shall inform my hon. Friend of the Secretary of State's decision as soon as it is made.

Bees

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what conclusions he has reached on the Green Paper on environmental pollution, published in 1986, in so far as it relates to the control of bees in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

We are considering the representations made in response to the consultation paper on air pollution control.

Radioactive Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much, by weight or cubic capacity, radioactive waste is stored in Great Britain; whether any such waste is stored in the county of Durham; and if he will make a statement.

One thousand three hundred and fifty cu m of heat-generating radioactive waste and 41,800 cu m of intermediate-level radioactive waste are currently stored in Great Britain. None of this waste is stored in county Durham. A further 2,430 cu m of low-level radioactive waste is in temporary storage in Great Britain pending its disposal at British Nuclear Fuels' site at Drigg, in Cumbria.

Badgers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received for the amendment of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to make it a criminal offence to dig out or otherwise destroy a badger's sett; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) on 12 February, at column 381.

Southwark (Rate Limitation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much of the extra 2·98p offered by him to the London borough of Southwark in increased rate limitation for 1988–89 was (a) in respect of storm damage, (b) in respect of block grant losses, and (c) to create a working balance.

My right hon. Friend's offer to the London borough of Southwark of a maximum rate of 101p—an extra 2·98p over the maximum he had proposed earlier — was made in the light of all the borough's circumstances which were known to him, and he has now prescribed a maximum of that level.

London Docklands Development Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the next London Docklands development corporation financial report will be published.

The corporation will publish its annual report and accounts for 1987–88 in July 1988 and these will then be laid before Parliament.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will order an inquiry into the operations of the London Docklands development corporation; and if he will make a statement.

The remarkable achievements of the LDDC are self-evident. No inquiry is necessary.

Office Building, Richmond Terrace

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment in what respect the quality of furnishings and fittings in the new Department of Health and Social Security building in Richmond terrace differs from the standard laid down in the design brief published in the Select Committee on House of Commons (Services), third report Session 1983–84, appendix 1.1. (HC 571).

The furniture and fittings in Richmond House are to normal Civil Service standards, with the exception of those in the fine room suites, which have been provided in a style compatible with their restoration. The

Urban programme resources (England) 1979–80 to 1987–88
(£ million, cash)
Outturn expenditureEstimated outturnInitial allocation
1979–801980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–88
Partnerships110116118143133131125122120
Programme Authorities32475077869796103140
Other Designated Districts365988109
Traditional Urban Programme303342475347443710
Urban Development Grant/Urban Regeneration Grant1715222230
Other (includes Merseyside Task Force)10192323201924
Total185202215295310321317312324
1 Urban Regeneration Grant was introduced on 1 April 1987.

Partnership And Programme Authorities (Expenditure)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the estimated outturn expenditure on each partnership and programme authority annually from 1979–80 to 1987–88, estimated.

Urban programme resources (England) 1979–80 to 1987–88
£ million, cash
Estimated outturnInitial allocations
1979–801980–811981–821982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–88
Partnerships
Birmingham13·217·316·925·624·325·525·925·925·0
Hackney1 211·815·415·012·112·613·010·411·310·8
Islington1 211·015·415·09·79·511·110·39·310·0
Lambeth6·89·09·210·410·912·412·111·312·8
Liverpool12·617·617·424·625·223·221·323·020·0
Manchester/Salford13·017·516·823·623·923·723·222·023·8
Newcastle/Gateshead9·112·914·019·821·121·019·619·017·2
Docklands20·526·228·317·05·93·3
Programme authorities
Barnsley1·50
Blackburn1·63·73·83·74·00
Bolton1·662·112·562·994·33·23·93·84·00
Bradford2·633·333·125·975·85·54·13·54·50
Brent1·14·23·83·84·00
Bristol1·50
Burnley1·00

design brief published in the Select Committee report does not detail furniture standards in a form for comparison to be made.

Urban Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure on the urban programme annually from 1979–80 to 1987–88 according to outturn expenditure in (a) partnership, (b) programme authorities, (c) other designated districts, (d) urban development grants, (e) traditional urban programme, (f) Merseyside task force and (g) any others.

The information is in the table. This updates a table "The Urban Programme 1986–87: A Report on its operations and achievements in England" which was published by the Department in October 1987.

The figures are shown in the table. The table records outturn expenditure for 1979–80 to 1985–86, estimated outturn for 1986–87 and the initial allocations for 1987–88, since outturn data are not yet available.

Estimated outturn

Initial allocations

1979–80

1980–81

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1984–85

1985–86

1986–87

1987–88

Coventry1·54·44·23·85·00
Derby1·25
Doncaster1·75
Dudley1·25
Greenwich1·50
Halton1·43
Hammersmith and Fulham2·633·334·274·785·75·25·04·55·00
Haringey2·00
Hartlepool1·75
Hull2·062·623·403·896·24·64·64·55·00
Kensington and Chelsea1·25
Kirklees0·82
Knowsley1·03·23·53·64·00
Langbaurgh1·75
Leeds2·703·563·754·634·74·14·34·04·50
Leicester2·783·834·165·776·75·75·24·75·43
Lewisham1·50
Middlesbrough2·062·713·434·985·65·14·55·45·50
Newham1·75
North Tyneside1·572·252·343·073·53·13·23·83·50
Nottingham2·623·413·754·985·65·04·75·34·50
Oldham1·782·432·854·364·53·43·73·74·00
Plymouth0·36
Preston1·23
Rochdale1·63·44·43·64·00
Rotherham1·75
St. Helens1·50
Sandwell3·04·63·74·55·00
Sefton1·50
Sheffield2·653·443·494·864·54·24·55·55·50
South Tyneside1·902·512·994·824·54·24·24·64·50
Southwark1·75
Stockton1·25
Sunderland1·772·62·682·953·53·23·34·34·00
Tower Hamlets1·04·34·24·84·50
Walsall1·50
Wandsworth1·54·64·94·24·50
Wigan1·50
Wirral2·072·672·794·423·53·33·34·33·50
Wolverhampton1·762·933·225·525·95·05·05·15·50
The Wrekin0·56

1 The Docklands joint partnership was dissolved after the London Docklands Development Corporation was set up in 1981. Expenditure since then was to meet continuing commitments.

2 Hackney and Islington formed a joint partnership until March 1982.

— No programme authority expenditure in these years because authority did not have programme authority status.

Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to the likely average household increase in rates in cash terms of ratepayers living in the borough of Eastbourne and the district of Wealden for 1988–89.

None. This information is not available as East Sussex county council, Eastbourne borough council and Wealden district council have not yet set their rates for 1988–89.

Mod Properties (Sales)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list Ministry of Defence properties placed with the Property Services Agency for disposal in the southern and eastern regions: and if he will list those properties already disposed of since 25 November 1986 in the same regions.

[holding answer 22 February 1988]: The following lists show those MOD properties currently witii PSA southern and eastern regions for disposal, and those sold since 25 November 1986:

Properties with PSA for Disposal

Description

Area (hectares)

Southern Region

Land at Jacobs Field, Bramley3·140
Land at Westcott, Bucks3·320
Land at Sopley, Christchurch15·090
Flowerdown, Winchester14 houses
Land at The Meadows, Camberley30·890
Land at Barton Stacey0·343
Land at Kingsley Village0·861
Land at former Infants School Site, Tadley0·333
Land adjoining Range End, West End, Woking0·291
Land at Arncott, Bicester60·700
Land at Pirbright Common, Guildford26·890
Hamcroft, Portland9 houses
Aldermaston5 houses
Land at Bicester (possible development site)3·290
Allotments, Shrivenham0·630
Land at Hawley Green, Camberley0·280
Land at Bisley (Queens Road)1·209
Land at Bricksbury Hill, Farnham0·105
Land at Bramshott Common, Liphook0·760
Land at Royal Navy Depot, Botley0·506
Site of former Nos. 1 and 2 The Woods, Hawley0·700
Land at Frimley Fuel Allotment1·200

Description

Area (hectares)

Land at Normandy Common, Hants8·502
Site of 18 houses, Bordon18 houses
68 houses, Bordon68 houses
Former Access Track, Bordon0·146
Ewshot Recreation Ground1·149
Land at Hillclose, Bovington0·009
9 houses, Barrack Road, Christchurch9 houses
Agricultural Land, Abingdon13·310
Land at Bicester (adjoining owner)0·324
Land at Bicester (balancing pond)2·630
22 houses, Hawkins Way, Abingdon22 houses
Bowsey Hill Training Area, Henley3·581
5 Riley Road, Reading1 house
Jubilee Playing Fields, Littleton4·253
Land at Station Road, Bordon (Water Board)1·012
Land at Cody Road-Beverley Crescent, Cove, Farnborough0·193
Houses at Barton Stacey6 houses
Land for Refuse Amenity Point, Station Road, Bordon1·246
Artington Cold Store, Guildford4·144
Bassingbourne Church Crookham-Oakbridge Road, Basingstoke5 houses
Balmore House, Reading1 house
Woolston, Southampton161·870
Queens Quarters, Lynchford Road, Farnborough0·810
Civil Enclave, Farnborough20·240
Sandy Lane, Church Crookham1·310
RAE Farnborough3 houses
CAD Bramley404·685

Eastern Region

Bushey2 houses
Land at Felixstowe0·890
Land at Lethe Grove, Colchester3·120
Bawdsey1 house
Bury St. Edmunds38 houses
South Drive, Cardington3 houses
Land at Molesworth3·800
Land at Cardington14·800
Land at Waltham Abbey0·480
Leavesden Airfield, Watford107·240
RAF Watton, Norfolk40 houses
Oxendon Close, Leighton Buzzard18 houses
Land at RAF Bentwaters0·190
Land at Duxford2·500

Properties sold since 25 November 1986

Discription

Area (hectares)

Southern Region

Land at Shortheath Common, Bordon2·080
"Springhill", Normandy1 house
Land at Hartford Bridge, Minley1·690
Land at Shenley Brook end, Bletchley7·900
Land at Brizewood, Brize Norton0·080
Land at Liphook0·780
Land at West End Common50·180
Bordon205 houses
Boreholes, Barton Stacey0·199
Warnford Road, Tilehurst1 house
9 houses, Whitley Wood, Reading9 houses
2 Pattison Road, Reading1 house
24 Coningham Road, Reading1 house
Building Plot, Calcot0·032
Land at Eweshot Lane, Eweshot0·079
Land at Brook Cottage, Thursley0·467
32 Cody Road, Cove1 house
194 Sandy Lane, Cove1 house
Stoneleigh Drive, Brize Norton3 houses
Ampney Orchard15 houses
Building Plot adjoining 31 Halton Village0·100
Land at RAF Bicester for road improvements1·841
Land at Bordon (Church site)0·500

Discription

Area (hectares)

Land at Parsons Barracks, Aldershot0·850
Childrens Playground, Mercury Close, Bampton0·146
Land at Hutton Road, Ash0·145
Land for Prison, Bicester4·010
31 Halton Village1 house
Land adjoining 32 Hillside, Cove0·478
Building Plot at Whitley Wood0·085
Land for Sub-station, Bovington0·280
Hamcroft, Portland7 houses
Aldermaston41 houses
Burghfield11 houses
Houses at Barton Stacey15 houses
Latymer, Bucks80 houses
Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot76 houses
RAE Farnborough40 houses
Cove, Hants2·870
Rafborough Estate51 houses
Farnborough Road10 houses
Mytchett Place, Surrey4·800
Land at Cupids Corner, Shoeburyness0·093

Eastern Region

Land at Bushey0·070
Land at Shoeburyness0·080
Shoeburyness2 houses
Shoeburyness2 bungalows
Land at Pinner0·014
Bawdsey1 house
Shortstown, Cardington58 houses
Land at Wattisham0·700
Land at Sculthorpe5·820
Land at Cardington17·200
Spixworth11 houses
Clapham, Beds2 houses
Land at Abbotts Road, Colchester12·600
Land at South House, Colchester1·480
Marlborough Park, Kempston1 house
Woodhurst Road, Peterborough1 house
Wadham Road, Abbotts Langley1 house
Land at Bounstead Road, Colchester0·110
Land at Marham1·820
Sharnbrook, Beds1 house
Homefleld Road, Colchester12 houses
Land at Enfield0·120

Scotland

Schools (Books And Equipment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional moneys he intends to allocate to education authorities in Scotland for spending on school books and equipment; and how he will monitor the situation so as to ensure that these moneys are spent on books and equipment.

Provision is made for local authorities' expenditure on non-teaching costs (including books and equipment) within the total planned for local authority current expenditure, on which the determination of rate support grant is based. For 1988–89 planned provision for non-teaching costs is £466·2 million, an increase of 4·6 per cent. over the corresponding amount for 1987–88. Authorities have complete discretion to spend these resources as they think fit.The Government have enhanced provision for local authority capital allocations by £2 million in 1987–88 and £3 million in 1988–89, specifically to support the introduction of secondary school science and technology courses. Authorities will be asked how these allocations have been used. It is intended to increase the specific grant available for expenditure on education in deprived areas in 1988–89 by £1·1 million for the purchase of books and equipment. This expenditure will be monitored under arrangements to be agreed.

"Fines And Fine Default"

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received a copy of the report by the Association of Directors of Social Work entitled "Fines and Fine Default"; and if he will implement any of the recommendations made in that report.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Clydebank and Milngavie (Mr. Worthington) on 11 January 1988.

Long-Stay Mental Hospital Patients

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many long-stay mental hospital patients have been released into care in the community in each of the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Mr. Hogg) on 19 November 1987. Information for 1987 is not yet available.

Blood Transfusion Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he is giving to income generation within the blood transfusion service; and if he will make a statement.

I encourage the Scottish national blood transfusion service to generate income in appropriate ways. In particular, income is generated through commercial companies contracting to meet the costs of research projects which are of value also to the National Health Service. Income is received from private medical establishments to meet the cost to the blood transfusion service of handling and processing blood and blood products supplied. Because the blood is freely given by blood doners, no charge is made for the blood itself.

Orthopaedic Surgery (Senior House Officers)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the filling of posts of senior house officer in orthopaedic surgery in Scottish health board areas; and if he will list the number of such posts unfilled.

Information on the number of vacant senior house officer posts is not held centrally. Recruitment of hospital medical staff is a matter for individual health boards, but I am aware that some posts at senior house officer grade in orthopaedic surgery are difficult to fill from time to time. I am not aware of any serious problems on the delivery of service.

Nursery Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many three and four-year-old children in each local education authority area in Scotland are in (a) full-time and (b) part-time education in private nursery schools; and what percentage of the estimated three and four-year-old population in each local education authority area this represents for the last year for which figures are available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many three and four-year-old children in each local education authority in Scotland are in (a) full-time and (b) part-time nursery education, in nursery schools and nursery classes of primary schools, but excluding any children in reception classes in primary schools and any children in private schools; what percentage of the estimated three and four-year-old population in each local education authority area this represents; and what is the average hourly attendance, per week, of these children in (i) full-time, and (ii) part-time nursery education for the last year for which figures are available.

The provisional numbers of three and four-year-old pupils in education authority nursery schools and departments in September 1987 and these numbers expressed as percentages of the estimated numbers of three and four-year-olds in the population in mid 1986 are set out in the table.

Full-timePart-time
NumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Borders00·039016·5
Central90·12,48336·8
Dumfries and Galloway10·042712·2
Fife1842·14,00945·1
Grampian2582·02,42018·9
Highland50·161211·1
Lothian7694·57,19642·2
Strathclyde1,0881·816,46327·1
Tayside4715·01,87320·1
Orkney00·08317·0
Shetland00·011017·2
Western Isles00·000·0
Scotland2,7852·236,06628·0
Information on hourly attendance is not available.

Maternity Units (Costs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what estimate his Department has made of the average cost of delivery in maternity units in Scotland;(2) if he will list in the

Official Report those maternity units where the cost per delivery is estimated as being less than £500.

Electricity Generation (Coal Burn)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated annual burn of coal for electricity generation in Scotland for each of the next five years.

I am advised by the South of Scotland Electricity Board that the annual consumption of coal over the next five years is expected to be in the range 4·5 million—5·5 million tonnes, although this is subject to a number of uncertainties.

School Leavers

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give in tabular form the numbers of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years who left school in each year from 1983 to the most recent date; and if he will give his projections for school leavers in each age bracket till 2000.

Information on the numbers of school leavers in school sessions 1982–83 to 1986–87 is set out in the table. Revised projections of school leavers are currently being prepared by officials. I shall reply to the hon. Member on this point as soon as possible.

School1leavers; by age2; Scotland
Age1982–831983–841984–851985–861986–873
1538,47337,64335,19333,81732,281
1631,04031,09830,60729,61328,793
1719,67819,38718,86218,61018,269
4181,7971,6091,1571,0361,001
1 All schools.
2 Age at 31 December of the school session.
3 Provisional.
4 Or over.

Torness Power Station

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the latest estimated time taken for power generation at Torness power station.

I am advised by the South of Scotland Electricity Board that it has made formal application to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate for permission to raise power on reactor 1 at Torness. The board anticipates receiving the required consent shortly and this will allow commissioning tests to proceed at up to 23 per cent. of the thermal rating of the reactor. Thereafter, it is planned to shut down the unit for computer adjustments before commencing delivery of power to the grid in May.

Tied Houses

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he has given to a policy of exempting owners in small island communities from the requirement to sell tied houses; and if he will make a statement.

Table 1

Unemployment claimants: Scotland (not adjusted for seasonal factors)

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

January188,016266,290323,735352,757353,641362,196371,117380,446
February188,928268,438319,671347,393351,293357,173367,198372,524
March185,268268,349311,357341,502343,498351,909359,318363,781
April186,254269,857309,579337,301337,429354,710356,676363,456
May181,283266,869303,140326,252331,793347,908351,572346,140
June166,986201,874269,733302,318324,058329,270345,635351,359340,341
July171,653214,415282,495312,704330,507336,667352,262358,988342,845
August171,239220,959290,336316,423328,840336,763350,026358,570336,054
September163,585221,598302,183327,930339,992349,193355,763363,037332,684
October165,292227,407302,362327,045333,425343,110353,311359,236325,462
November166,673235,694303,201329,097333,400343,409351,463360,125321,451
December167,463243,317303,571333,203332,715343,117353,249365,217324,007

The "right to buy" provisions in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 do not require owners to sell tied houses. The tenants' choice provisions in the current Housing (Scotland) Bill do not apply to houses exempt from the right to buy.

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his projections of youth unemployment for the years 1987 to 2000; and what estimate he has of the likely impact of youth training schemes in reducing unemployment for those in the age bracket 16 to 20 years.

The Government make no projections of youth unemployment. It is known, however, that there will be a demographic decline in the number of young adults up until the mid-1990s.No young people up to the age of 18 need be unemployed, as they are guaranteed a place on YTS. YTS is, however, a training rather than an employment measure and its purpose is to provide training to equip young people for entry into the labour market.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the number of (a) people registered as unemployed in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987, (b) employees in employment in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987 and (c) occupied places on special training and temporary work programmes in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987.

The information is not available in the precise form requested.Table 1 shows the number of unemployed claimants in Scotland between June 1979 and December 1987. Due to changes which have taken place in the compilation of the statistics since 1979 these figures are not comparable over the whole period. This information is available in the Library.Table 2 shows the number of employees in employment in Scotland on a quarterly basis from June 1979 to September 1987 (the latest date for which information is available). This information is also available in the Library.Table 3 gives available data on filled places for YTS and the community programme and Table 4 on starts on adult training schemes.

Table 2 Unemployed claimants: Scotland (not adjusted for seasonal factors)

thousands

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

March2,073·81,998·11,932·61,879·21,879·81,892·21,875·01,862·4
June2,102·32,082·32,001·81,950·11,899·01,901·21,904·11,887·71,886·4
September2,107·82,068·91,985·31,931·91,898·61,903·91,912·41,885·91,881·8
December2,094·12,036·81,958·31,903·21,890·81,902·01,897·51,874·6

Table 3 YTS and Community Programme Filled Places: Scotland

YTS

Community programme

March 198429,43315,525
December 198432,32117,537
December 198531,01924,177
December 198634,20131,689

1987

April36,80530,006
May35,81330,076
June39,34129,921
July40,33029,828
August43,56830,403
September45,65830,826
October45,48630,687
November45,03430,443
December43,70630,147

Table 4 Adult Training Starts: Scotland

Number

1985–8622,745
1986–8742,005

1987

April-June10,316
July3,425
August3,558
September4,467
October6,253
November5,237
December3,157

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the total number of employees in (a) full-time employment and (b) part-time employment in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987.

Monthly estimates of employees in employment in Scotland are not available. The table gives quarterly estimates, which have not been adjusted for seasonal variation. The number of male part-time employees is only available from the census of employment: it was 58,000 in June 1978, 59,000 in September 1981, and 61,000 in September 1984.

Employees in employment in Scotland (not seasonally adjusted)
Thousands
Males allFemales full-timeFemales part-time
1979
June1,205565332
September1,205571331
December1,197563334

Males all

Females full-time

Females part-time

1980
March1,184560330
June1,186561335
September1,178558332
December1,158547332
1981
March1,133535330
June1,128538336
September1,113534338
December1,095526338
1982
March1,084517332
June1,090523337
September1,083508340
December1,067502334
1983
March1,055495329
June1,060502337
September1,058503337
December1,045501345
1984
March1,040499341
June1,043511347
September1,053505346
December1,045501356
1985
March1,039501352
June1,040502362
September1,044505363
December1,032500366
1986
March1,020494361
June1,022501365
September1,020499367
December1,007493375
1987
March998490375
June1,006501379
September1,003494384

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give the total number of (a) male employees in employment and (b) female employees in employment in Scotland in each month between June 1979 and December 1987;(2) if he will give the total number of employees in

(a) manufacturing industry and (b) service industry in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987.

Monthly estimates of employees in employment in Scotland are not available. The table gives quarterly estimates, adjusted for seasonal variation.

Employees in employment in Scotland

Thousands (Seasonally adjusted)

Males

Females

Manufacturing (2–4)

Services (6–9)

1979

June1,2018936051,215
September1,2008986011,221
December1,1998975951,224

1980

March1,1928995801,234
June1,1828915651,235
September1,1738865491,235
December1,1608795311,239

1981

March1,1418745211,231
June1,1248695111,223
September1,1078685021,226
December1,0978634961,220

1982

March1,0918584871,218
June1,0878554781,218
September1,0778454691,210
December1,0698364591,201

1983

March1,0628334511,202
June1,0588334451,207
September1,0528384401,209
December1,0478464361,216

1984

March1,0478484331,222
June1,0418534351,222
September1,0468494321,225
December1,0478564331,234

1985

March1,0458614321,242
June1,0388604321,236
September1,0388664281,247
December1,0338654221,252

1986

March1,0268634171,251
June1,0208624111,253
September1,0148644071,257

1979

1983

1985

1987

Net change between 1979 and 1985

Net change as per cent. of 1979 employment

Thousands

Total manufacturing1603·9443·9430·5395·5-173·4-29
Total manufacturing2577·0419·9392·2-184·8-32
Engineering2237·9174·8156·5-81·4-34
Textiles250·131·031·0-19·1-38
Shipbuilding230·624·820·8-9·9-32
Iron and Steel222·711·29·7-13·0-57
Electronics441·542·743·942·8+2·4+6
Mining325·023·714·3-10·7-43
Transport and communication1135·3118·5115·2108·3-20·1-15

1 Figures from the Census of Employment.

2 Figures from the Annual Census of Production. The latest available figures from this source relate to 1985. Figures for 1986 are due to be released later this year

3 Estimated figures include all employees of British Coal in Scotland.

4 Derived from the IDS Regional Data System.

Males

Females

Manufacturing (2–4)

Services (6–9)

December1,0088674031,260

1987

March1,0048723981,265
June1,0048763961,271
September9978763921,269

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the total number of people in self-employment in Scotland for each month between June 1979 and December 1987.

Annual estimates only are prepared on the basis of information from the 1981 census of population and the labour force surveys: these are given in the table. These figures are subject to sampling variation.

Employers and the Self-Employed in Scotland
thousands
June
1979160
1980154
1981149
1982164
1983179
1984185
1985200
1986205
1987194

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people are employed in (a) manufacturing, (b) mining, (c) engineering, (d) electronics, (e) textiles, (f) shipbuilding, (g) iron and steel and (h) transport in 1979, 1983 and 1987; and how many jobs have been lost in each of these sectors since 1979 and as a percentage of the 1979 figure.

[holding answer 22 February 1988]: The most relevant figures for employment come from a variety of sources, and are set out in the table.

Isle Of Islay

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any proposals to designate all or any part of the Isle of Islay as an environmentally sensitive area; and if he will make a statement.

Catering And Domestic Service Contractors (Meeting)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to the answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 664, he will indicate which organisation or individual organised the meeting held on 2 October 1987; and if he will list all those who were invited to attend, and the basis on which they were so invited.

The meeting was organised by the Scottish Home and Health Department. Since the subject of the seminar was competitive tendering for domestic and catering services, invitations were issued to the trade associations representing domestic and catering firms and to the chairmen and general managers of health boards and the Common Services Agency in view of their responsibilities for managing the Health Service. Grant Thornton Management Consultants were invited because of their considerable experience of the process of competitive tendering in the NHS in England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to the answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 664, he will indicate where the meeting of 2 October 1987 was held.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to the answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 664, he will indicate which organisations and individuals made presentations at the meeting held on 2 October 1987; and if he will arrange for copies of any written material to be placed in the Library.

Presentations were made by the Contract Cleaning and Maintenance Association, the British Hotels Restaurants and Caterers Association and Grant Thornton Management Consultants. I am placing in the Library copies of material which was handed out by the CCMA to those taking part in the seminar.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to the answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 664, he will indicate the individuals or organisations represented by Grant Thornton Management Consultants at the meeting held on 2 October 1987, and whether Grant Thornton Management Consultants were paid any moneys from public funds in respect of their services.

Grant Thornton did not represent any individuals or organisations at the meeting on 2 October 1987. They received no fee for their attendance.

"Inside Intelligence"

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the cost hitherto of Her Majesty's Government's proceedings in the Scottish courts in relation to Anthony Cavendish and his memoirs, "Inside Intelligence."

The cost of the proceedings will only be known once accounts have been lodged with and taxed by the auditor of court.

Scottish Special Housing Association (Loan)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the reply on 22 February to the hon. Member for East Kilbride, if he will give the loss sustained by the Scottish Special Housing Association on the 183-day loan for £16 million advanced on 30 June 1987; and if he will make a statement.

The Scottish Special Housing Association incurred interest charges of £742,000 on the short-term loan of £16 million advanced from the National Loans Fund on 30 June 1987. Since these charges were incurred without adequate provision in the association's estimates, the association's financial regulations require that they should be shown as a financial loss.

Employment Practices

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what conditions relating to employment practices are applied to firms substantially dependent on assistance from public funds.

[holding answer 22 February 1988]: All companies are bound by employment law. No particular conditions relating to employment practices are applied to firms in receipt of assistance from public funds for which my Department is responsible.

D And A Allan (Clydebank)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much public money, in terms of grants, freedom from rates or other tax relief, rent reductions and other support, has been given to the firm of D and A Allan in Clydebank's business park since it was established.

[holding answer 22 February 1988]: The firm of David Allan and Co. Ltd. is located in the Clydebank business park within the Clydebank enterprise zone. No rates will therefore be payable by the company during the life of the zone. I understand that no direct assistance has been provided by the Scottish Development Agency, such as rental concessions or loans, offers of financial assistance have however been made by the Clydebank Enterprise Fund Ltd. (a body that is partly funded by the SDA) but details are confidential. Details of individual grant payment by my Department are also generally a matter of commercial confidentiality although cumulative payments of regional development grant to individual firms in excess of £25,000 in any single quarter are published regularly in British Business.

Sda (Contracts)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the contracts, with the subject of the assignment, awarded to management consultants or accounting firms by the Scottish Development Agency, with the name of the consultant concerned.

[holding answer 29 January 1988]: The amounts spent by the Scottish Development Agency on consultants' fees are given in the table. A detailed breakdown comprising the subject of the assignment and the names of the consultants cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate expense and breaching commercial confidentiality.

£
1981–823,115,748
1982–834,265,553
1983–845,086,337
1984–854,953,324
1985–868,568,179
1986–876,851,863
11987–885,538,812
1 To 31 December.
The figures, which exclude fees associated with capital contracts, include fees on research and development, advisory services, appraisal and administration (for example, tax and accountancy advice, pension and legal consultancies).

Nurses

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide data showing the average level of nurses' pay in Scotland; and if he will also express this as a percentage of the national average income.

[holding answer 15 February 1988]: I regret that information on average annual earnings of nurses in Scotland is not collected centrally. Examples of rates of pay for nursing staff in direct patient care areas at the current level payable from 1 April 1987 are shown in the table.

GradeMinimum of basic pay scale £ per annumMaximum of basic pay scale £ per annum
Student Nurse4,5405,170
Nursing Auxiliary4,5655,855
Enrolled Nurse6,2507,750
Staff Nurse7,3008,600
Sister II9,00012,000
Senior Nurse 710,85013,550
In addition, nurses receive payment for working unsocial hours and overtime. There are also allowances for staff employed in certain geriatric and psychiatric units.The average gross weekly earnings of adults in full-time non-manual employment in April 1987 was £217·40. This figure includes overtime and other supplements to basic pay, and is not directly comparable to the salaries quoted above. For a typical married man earning the average gross salary quoted above, the 2 per cent. decrease in the standard rate of income tax introduced in the 1987 Budget led to an increase of £2·89 per week in take-home pay. For a typical single person the increase was £3·42 per week.

Employment

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the responsibilities of each of the deputy secretaries in his Department and the number and ranks of staff reporting to each.

There are two deputy secretaries in the Department of Employment. One has four secretaries (grade 3) and one assistant secretary (grade 5) reporting to him with responsibilities for:

Employment policy including employment and training legislation, new initiatives and measures to assist the long-term unemployed—51 staff.
Oversight of the employment service and its regional and local office organisation with some 41,000 staff.
Training policy, including adult training and education, youth training, careers service inspectorate and youth employment policy—(and liaison with the Manpower Services Commission)—83 staff.
European Community business relating to employment—32 staff.
Press and information matters—53 staff.
The other has five under secretaries (grade 3) and one grade 4 reporting to him with responsibilities for:

Overseas affairs, covering international employment matters, the labour attache service and the work permit scheme—137 staff.
Health and safety policy, including legislation (and liaison with the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive)—nine staff.
Economic and social advice and research on employment matters, including employment market research—54 staff.
Industrial relations policy and legislation, including disputes, pay issues, wages councils, Wages Inspectorate, employment protection, redundancy and equal opportunities—(429 staff); and oversight of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (26 staff); the Central Office of Industrial Tribunals (362 staff); and liaison with the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service.
The Department's interest in small firms and tourism, including the loan guarantee and enterprise allowance schemes and oversight of regional small firms advisory centres—238 staff.
Employment statistics, including unemployment and vacancy series, index of retail prices, family expenditure and labour force surveys and the census of employment—263 staff.

Two directors at under secretary (grade 3) level also report direct to the permanent secretary covering:

Finance and resource management, including all financial services and audit—676 staff.
Personnel and management services, including computer services, procurement and office support services such as typing, messengerial and library services — 1,131 staff.

Training Schemes

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many filled places there were for each region, including Greater London, at the end of October 1987, November 1987, December 1987 and January 1988 on (a) the community programme, (b) the enterprise allowance scheme, (c) YTS, (d) the young workers scheme, (e) the job release scheme, (f) the job share scheme, (g) the new job training scheme and (h) the job start allowance.

October 1987

November 1987

December 1987

January 1988

(a) Community Programme

1

South East10,49710,17810,16110,175
London14,54113,98713,90613,846
South West14,59214,57914,53914,331
West Midlands26,01125,89625,78525,660
East Midlands and Eastern17,23516,92116,88116,860
Yorks and Humberside25,43025,16125,34525,530
North West36,13836,34636,11736,063
Northern28,41028,22428,17128,061
Wales20,04719,61319,57019,454
Scotland30,68730,44330,14630,209

(b) Enterprise allowance scheme

South East12,17612,17312,23112,084
London10,12310,10310,01710,004
South West10,33410,19410,08510,013
West Midlands9,6179,4039,4989,455
East Midlands and Eastern10,24510,14510,21610,135
Yorks and Humberside9,2999,1589,2009,160
North West14,94614,74814,71514,540
Northern5,1335,1215,1745,121
Wales5,9586,5955,9445,886
Scotland9,1938,4438,9248,833

(c) YTS

South East46,41145,97245,348

245,313

London22,34522,21421,85622,007
South West33,71733,47833,10633,141
West Midlands51,94451,36450,66050,643
East Midlands and Eastern51,02150,48949,75849,792
Yorks and Humberside47,08946,92146,36646,561
North West65,28265,31564,58164,665
Northern30,50830,52530,26430,219
Wales24,37824,51324,25124,530
Scotland43,56943,58842,57346,179

(d) The new workers scheme

3

South East962899835783
London258242224209
South West1,3541,3151,2471,221
West Midlands2,7652,7352,5782,548
East Midlands and Eastern1,7151,6921,5661,557
Yorks and Humberside2,2242,2542,1602,178
North West4,2344,6194,3634,326
Northern1,8501,8451,8151,848
Wales1,8491,9251,9151,930
Scotland2,1272,0741,9722,072

(e) The Job Release Scheme

4

South East2,3112,2282,1442,123
London1,0511,029999980
South West1,7651,7351,7091,705
West Midlands2,1222,0712,0522,037
East Midlands and Eastern3,1793,0953,0433,073
Yorks and Humberside3,1683,0943,0743,152
North West3,3963,3063,2502,306
Northern890861841829
Wales739718703712
Scotland1,5311,5011,4851,488

(f) Jobshare

5

South East30312223
London6555
South West19202527
West Midlands48524441
East Midlands and Eastern82858584
Yorks and Humberside175179181190
North West310314314321
Northern48545557
Wales66798085
Scotland45424038

(g) New job training scheme

South East

6

2,4592,4262,643
London

6

2,8412,9072,688
South West

6

1,9791,9332,056
West Midlands

6

3,1302,9213,025

October 1987

November 1987

December 1987

January 1988

East Midlands and Eastern

6

2,6451,7292,728
Yorks and Humberside

6

3,2973,8084,038
North West

6

3,2313,2573,414
Northern

6

1,7611,7471,946
Wales

6

1,2081,2231,239
Scotland

6

2,4722,4072,472

(h) The jobstart allowance

London and South East7312259219186
South West210172153138
West Midlands631537476429
East Midlands and Eastern475448370339
Yorks and Humberside546496447407
North West1,041965850770
Northern378337284255
Wales373331286257
Scotland500461418381

Notes:

1 Excluding charities.

2 Figures are as recorded by MSC at the end of January 1988 and are subject to revision.

3 The new workers scheme replaced the young workers scheme in April 1986. Figures are for employees being supported at specified time.

4 Figures are for employees being supported at specified time.

5 Includes job splitting scheme. Figures are for employees being supported at specified time.

6 Regional figures for October 1987 are not available.

7 Separate figures for Greater London are not available.

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey" by region including Greater London, and by sex, the number of people not counted as unemployed by the definition using broad International Labour Organisation guidelines, on the grounds that they had not looked for a job in the four weeks prior to interview, but who had stated that they would like a job if one was available, and (a) were available to start work within two weeks or (b) were not available to start work within two weeks.

Preliminary results from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey" are as shown in the following table:

Persons not in employment and not unemployed on ILO-OECD definition, who had not looked for work in four weeks prior to interview1but would like a job, by availability to start work Spring 1987, Thousands
Available to start within two weeksNot available to start within two weeks2
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
Great Britain379799284512
Northern28552035
Yorkshire and Humberside41862853
East Midlands26601842
East Anglia324314
South East10020973152
of which Greater London49903266
South West23621829
West Midlands43873050
North West551014273
Wales24392329
Scotland30752638
1 Includes those who did not state whether they had looked for work.
2 Includes those who did not state whether they were available to start work.
3 Sample size too small for a reliable estimate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, from the 1987 "Labour Force Survey", the number of people who had looked for a job in the four-week reference period and were available to start work within two weeks, for each region and Greater London, broken down by sex and claimant status.

The available information is given in the following table. A reliable analysis of the regional figures by claimant status is not available.

People looking for a job in the four-week reference period1who were available to start work within two weeks Great Britain, Spring 1987 (Preliminary results)
Thousands
MenWomenTotal
Claiming benefits1,5064952,001
Not claiming215668883
Total, Great Britain1,7221,1632,884
Of which:
South East393282675
(including Greater London)(203)(115)(318)
East Anglia444185
South West10092193
West Midlands209119328
East Midlands11787203
Yorkshire and Humberside172105277
North West236163398
North12772199
Wales10164165
Scotland223139362
Note: The figures from the "Labour Force Survey" are subject to sampling errors. In some cases figures may appear not to add because of rounding.
1 Including some wanting to start a new job already obtained, as in the ILO/OECD measure of unemployment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the constituencies in which current unemployment is at over 15 per cent.

The information requested is not available. Unemployment rates are not calculated for areas smaller than travel-to-work areas.

Yts

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give an estimate of the number of places available on YTS for Scotland, England and Wales in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91.

The estimated numbers of YTS entrants are as follows:

1988–891989–901990–91
Scotland38,60036,50036,000
England321,100303,500299,300
Wales24,30023,00022,700

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give an estimate of the number of places available on YTS for Scotland, England and Wales in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91.

Mr. Cope