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Written Answers

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday 30 March 1988

Defence

Nato-Warsaw Pact (Weapons)

67.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the comparative nuclear, conventional and chemical weapons' levels of NATO and the Warsaw pact.

Comparisons of NATO and Warsaw pact nuclear and conventional forces are published annually in the "Statement on the Defence Estimates".While there is broad parity at the strategic level of nuclear forces, the Warsaw pact continues to enjoy a significant advantage in the intermediate and short-range categories.The Soviet Union also commands the world's largest, most comprehensive and advanced capability for chemical and toxic agent warfare. The United Kingdom abandoned its chemical weapons capability in the 1950s and the United States produced no chemical weapons between 1969 and 1987. However, this unilateral restraint by the West has not been matched by the Soviet Union. It was against this background that the United States began its modernisation programme to replace its own aging stocks with binary weapons stationed on United States territory.As regards conventional forces, the Warsaw pact enjoys massive numerical superiority, and these forces are deployed so as to enable them to initiate surprise attack and large scale offensive action. They also have the potential to bring forward massive land-based reinforcements across relatively short distances. By contrast, NATO is faced with the need for many of its reinforcements to cross the Atlantic.

Pay Awards

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give the number of his Department's staff at grade 2 and grade 3 who have received discretionary pay awards, the proportion of staff in receipt of the awards with the average amount by grade, and the total expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

The Department made three awards at grade 2 level and 11 awards at grade 3 level in October 1987 representing 25 per cent. and 20 per cent. respectively of the total numbers in each grade. Payments were made in the form of increments of £2,500 to grade 2 and £2,000 to grade 3. Expenditure on the basis described would be £29,500 in a full year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if executive officers, higher executive officers and senior executive grades in his Department are being considered for a pay increase similar to the discretionary awards paid to grades 2 and 3 in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Pay for these grades is negotiated centrally by Her Majesty's Treasury.

Strategic Defence Initiative

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the results to date in terms of (a) contracts and (b) jobs of the memoranda of understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with the strategic defence initiative.

The value of SDI research awards so far won by British organisations is about US $60 million, spread over 65 contracts. It is not known what results this business has led to in terms of jobs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will summarise such details as he is able to provide of the memoranda of understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with the strategic defence initiative.

The information requested is set out in "UK Participation in the US SDI Research Programme — Guidelines", issued by the Ministry of Defence in May 1986. A copy was placed in the Library of the House at that time.

Equipment Budget

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was (a) the percentage and (b) the amount by which his Department's equipment budget was not foreseen (i) when projects started and (ii) when projects entered full development; and if he will supply this information for current projects and for the past five years.

Reliable information is not available in the form requested. Some attempts have been made to establish the degree of cost and time increase between earliest and current estimates for selected major projects, but no simple unarguable correlation exists between these figures and the total equipment budget.

Detective Chief Inspector Broome (Lecture)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether prior approval was given for the text of the lecture given by Detective Chief Inspector Robert Broome of the Ministry of Defence police, at the faculty of law, university of Southampton on 9 December 1987: and if he will make a statement.

Detective Chief Inspector Broome took part in an informal, in-house discussion held in the university by members and students of the faculty. There was no script. However, before accepting such an invitation he should have obtained the prior approval of the chief constable. He did not do so, and accordingly has been seen by the chief constable to be given formal advice in accordance with force standing orders, as to his future conduct.

Consultancy Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Details of management and computer consultancy contracts awarded by the Ministry of Defence during 1987 are as follows:

Management consultancy contracts
FirmSubject of Assignment
Arthur YoungStudy into Vacant Married Quarters and Disposals
Arthur YoungReview of Ex-Works Transport
Arthur YoungConsultancy Assistance on Transport Matters
Colebrook Evans and McKenzieMachinery Valuation at the Director of Military Survey, Feltham
College of Maritime StudiesManpower Utilisation Study, Consultancy Assistance with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Deloitte Haskins and SellsStudy into the Functions and Activities of the Stores and Clothing Development Establishments.
Deloitte Haskins and SellsStudy into Asset Management in the Chief of Fleet Support Area
Deloitte Haskins and SellsConsultancy Assistance for IT Effectiveness and IT Technical Audits
Deloitte Haskins and SellsStudy into Spares Procurement for the Master General of the Ordnance and the Quartermaster General
Deloitte Haskins and SellsStudy into Spares Procurement for Director General of Supplies and Transport (Naval)
Harold Whitehead and PartnersProductivity Scheme Review at Royal Ordnance Factory, Cardiff
Harold Whitehead and PartnersProductivity Scheme Review at RAF St. Altham
Harold Whitehead and PartnersReview of the Senior Management Structure of the Royal Navy Stores
Harold Whitehead and PartnersAssistance with the Review of the RAF Maintenane Executive
Harold Whitehead and PartnersProductivity Schemes Review of Central Ordnance Depot, Bicester
Hunting Engineering Ltd.Consultancy to Study the Relationship between Aircraft Fleet Size and Availability
John Brown TourismStudy into the Future. Presentation of HMS Victory
N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd.Merchant Bank Advisor for the Royal Ordnance Factories
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Study into Tri-Star Long Term Support
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Assistance with the Quarter Master General's Equipment Maintenance Study
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Study to Review Consumable Stores Management—Director General Aircraft (Navy)
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Feasibility of a Science Park at Royal Signals and Research Establishment
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Phase 2 of the Rotables Study—Director General Aircraft (Navy)
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Consultancy Study to Define a Repair Policy Analysis Methodology—Director General Aircraft (Navy)
PA Consulting Services Ltd.Rosyth Dockyard Commercial Material Systems
PIRAStudy into the Replacement of Internal Survey Equipment at the Director of Military Survey Feltham
Price WaterhouseConsultancy Support for Director General Ship Refitting Corporate Development
Price WaterhouseResource Management in United Kingdom Land Forces
Price WaterhouseBusiness Systems Support to Subships at Devonport

Firm

Subject of Assignment

Publishing Resources Ltd.Recruitment Strategy Study for Engineers
Steve Mercer AssociatesConsultancy Assistance for Director of Naval Manpower Audit
Touche Ross and CompanyDGDA Efficiency Audit—Cash Management Study
Touche Ross and CompanyCommercialisation of the Royal Dockyards

Computer Consultancy Contracts

Arthur Andersen and Co.Study to develop MOD systems Architecture for Non-operational IT
Arthur Andersen and Co.Study to develop a MOD wide Information Architecture for Non-operational IT
Arthur YoungImplementation Support for the Fleet Maintenance and Repair Organisation's Management Accounting System
D. E. Barnard SystemsSupport to IT Strategy Unit
CAP IndustryStudy for MOD wide connexion Architecture for Non-operational IT
Computer SciencesStudy of computing requirements of Royal Aircraft Establishment
Computer SciencesStudy into Army Supply Computer Systems
Computer SciencesAdvice on replacement of Royal Aircraft Establishment Management Information System
Computer SciencesConsultancy requirement for Management and Technical advice for Corporate HQ Office Technology System
Computer SciencesProvision of Consultancy Services for Corporate HQ Office Technology System
EASAMS Ltd.Modelling requirements for Army Logistics
EASAMS Ltd.Project Management System for Procurement Executive (Master General of the Ordnance)
EASAMS Ltd.Study into systems calibrations for laboratories
Honeywell Bull Ltd.Operations Management Development Consultancy on RAF Stations
LOGIC A UK Ltd.Study into replacement communications system for Navy Suppliers
LOGICA UK Ltd.Consultancy support for Training Army Commanders (Simulation)
LOGSYS Ltd.Systems design study into Royal Signals and Radar Establishment Personal Information Systems.
Norton Computer ServicesMaintenance of New Range COBOL Programs
Peat Marwick McLintockComputer consultancy to validate 10 year plan for computing needs at RMSC Shrivenham
Peat Marwick McLintockConsultancy Support to IT Strategy Unit
PIRAStudy into the Future of Printing Technology
PRAXIS SYSTEMSConsultancy for MOD Library
Price WaterhouseConsultancy Support for Implementation of Director General Ship Refitting Information Technology Strategy
Price WaterhouseStudy into computerisation of handling Civilian Travel Claims
Rex Thompson and PartnersImplementation of the Army Planning model

Firm

Subject of Assignment

TRI-PLAN Ltd.Consultancy assistance with Data planning for Project Management Systems
Touche Ross and Co.Study to define Information Technology for Director General Aircraft (Navy)

Rescue Helicopters

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to the replacement of the Sea King helicopters by a squadron of Wessex helicopters at the air sea rescue base at RAF Coltishall, with particular reference to the mechanical aspects of the different capabilities of the Wessex and the Sea King in their air sea rescue role; and if he will make a statement.

None. There is no requirement for military aircraft to be licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the poor weather flying and long-range operation capability of the Wessex helicopter in relation to air-sea rescue duties in the North sea; what is the equivalent capability of the Sea King helicopter; and if he will make a statement.

The Sea King's more sophisticated avionics and flight control system, longer range and extra capacity makes it a more capable all-weather aircraft than the Wessex. However, the Wessex remains capable of performing rescue operations in most weather conditions, including at night, where there is sufficient visibility.

Nhs Patients

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards achieving a formal financial agreement between his Department and the Department of Health and Social Security Service for the treatment of National Health Service patients in United Kingdom hospitals.

A financial arrangement between the two Departments has just been concluded. Essentially, the MOD will continue to treat NHS patients in service hospitals up to a specified baseline, broadly equating to the defence training requirement and accept the cost as a charge to Defence Votes. Any spare capacity above that baseline will be identified and offered to health authorities on a marginal extra cost basis to relieve NHS waiting lists and maximise the contribution of service hospitals to civilian health care. The national arrangement is a framework which sets out guidelines within which local contracts and planning agreements between service hospitals and health authorities will be promoted. Its implementation will depend on the active co-operation of health authorities and service hospitals. Both my right hon. Friend the Minister for Health and I will do all that we can to encourage this.

Defence Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the scrutiny report "Defence Procurement, Learning from Experience"; and if he will make a statement.

My noble Friend has decided that this report need no longer carry a privacy marking restricting its circulation. Accordingly, copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of the House, together with a paper indicating how its recommendations are to be implemented.The report's recommendations, in the words of its authors, represent

"a necessary extension and complement to current initiatives; they are not an attempt to push off in some totally new direction".

The principal initiatives taken so far to secure better value for money are given in the answer at volume 130, column 107. The measures now planned will build on these by improving further the assessment of technical risks, the tailoring of the Procurement Executive's organisation to meet its evolving tasks, the monitoring of performance and the dissemination of lessons learnt.

Prime Minister

Biwaters

To ask the Prime Minister whether., pursuant to her answer of 21 March, Official Report, column 20, she was aware in assessing Biwaters reputation as worthy of her support in Malaysia, that Biwaters had not by then successfully completed a major water project anywhere and had twice appeared in Nigerian courts for alleged poor performance; and if she will make a statement.

The support given to Biwater, in relation to the Malaysian rural water supply project reflected our assessment that the company was fully capable of implementing the contract. Completion of the project in Niger state by Biwater represents the first request to come from the Nigerian Government for finance under the recently agreed Export Credits Guarantee Department package.

Consultancy Contracts

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Cabinet Office in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

The management and computer consultancy contracts awarded by the Cabinet Office, in the calendar year 1987, are as follows:

FirmAssignment
BGM ConsultantsIdentification of core skills in clerical grades
Diane Bailey AssociatesPreparation of a Stress Management Training Pack
ITS LtdGuide to conducting Training Reviews
Systems Concepts LtdTraining Information Communications Study—Feasibility Study
John ChildsTraining Information Communications Study—Customer needs survey

Firm

Assignment

Anne Hughes HalletResearch on undergraduate attitudes to a career in HM Tax Inspectorate
B. O'ConnorSelection procedure design (engineer recruitment)
National Foundation for Educational ResearchAptitude test analysis
PE Consulting ServicesStudy into future development of the Civil Service College Administrative Computer System
Centre for Training and Evaluation StudiesEvaluation of the self instruction training package for the new staff appraisal system
Richard WilliamsEqual Opportunities monitoring project
Business Research UnitEvaluation of staff attitudes to the new staff appraisal system
Crow AssociatesResearch on computers in personnel management
Keith RobertsonConsultancy for the 'Managing Absence' project
Diane Bailey AssociatesSurvey on presentation of Occupational Welfare Service to management and staff in the Civil Service
Institute of Manpower StudiesAdvice on manpower planning and computers in personnel
John RowleyProduction of guidelines for managers and trade unionists on job satisfaction projects and a summary of the guidelines for staff
W. O'KeefeStudy of purchasing and stores activities (Cabinet Office)
Hay Management ConsultantsA study of the feasibility of short service assignments in the Science Group
Purchasing Index (UK) Ltd1Development of the Central Unit on Purchasing database
Frank Griffiths Associates1Advice in connection with the Institute of Civil Engineers review of conditions of contract
R W White1Review of arrangements for Purchasing and Supply function in Government

Name of firm

Assignment

CMG Information Systems:Development of a new Administrative Computer System for Her Majesty's Inspectorate.
CCTA:Education Information study.
Research Services Limited:Undergraduate income and expenditure survey.
Coopers and Lybrand:Advice on financial delegation to schools.
Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co:Review of the preparation and production of inspection reports.
Spicer and Pegler Associates:Review of accounting procedures at one of the Department's grant-aided bodies.
Deloitte Haskins and Sells:Financial management advice and assistance to the University Grants Committee.
Deloitte Haskins and Sells:Review of audit controls over teachers' pensions (payments and contributions).
Loughborough Consultants Limited:Analysis of universities' responses to the Jarratt report.
BIS Applied Systems Limited:Office Systems Strategy-telecommunications study.

Firm

Assignment

E R Farnbridge and C Evans1Review of Supply and Service Agreements between departments and the Central Purchasing Agencies
DF Collins1Advice on Written Guidance

1 Costs for these studies were shared with other Government Departments.

Education And Science

Railway Records, Relics And Premises

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will list the documents and objects which he has specified as of sufficient interest to warrant preservation under section 144(7) of the Transport Act 1968; (a) generally and (b) relating to the former Great Western railway;(2) what transfers of records, relics or premises have been made under section 144(1)(a) of the Transport Act 1968;(3) what is his policy on the acquisition and preservation of railway records, relics and premises under section 144 of the Transport Act 1968; and what steps have been taken to identify, locate and assess such records, relics and premises.

I am arranging for inquiries to be made and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Consultancy Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

The Department awarded the following contracts to management and computer consultancy firms during the calendar year 1987:

Student Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now publish details of his decisions on the levels of student grants for the 1988-89 academic year.

The main rates of student grant for the 1988-89 academic year were announced on 18 December 1987, at column 759. Reductions in assessed parental contributions to compensate for the ending of tax relief on non-charitable covenants have also been announced. In addition, I announced on 24 February, at column 213, the Government's decision to amend the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations so that international degree courses will no longer require specific designation for awards purposes.I am publishing today all the supplementary grant rates for 1988-89. Details have been placed in the Library. There will also be some further minor changes to the grant arrangements, including an increase in the disregard of orphans' trust income and a new disregard of the first £2,000 of all pension income in the calculation of student income.

Science Base

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the increase in public spending on the science base between 1987-88 and 1988-89 (a) after allowing for general inflation and (b) in cash terms.

After allowing for general inflation, as measured by the GDP deflator, there will be an increase of about 2 per cent. in expenditure on the science base between 1987-88 and 1988-89. The increase in expenditure in cash terms between the two years is about 6 per cent. These figures should be substituted for those quoted by my right hon. Friend in the debate on British science on 29 February at column 720.

Environment

Guinness Trust (Exhibition)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department has considered an application for an exhibition relating to housing development and the Guinness Trust to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.

As I told Mr. Cohen, the chief executive of the Guinness Trust, in my letter to him of 13 November 1987, I am happy to give my support to the trust's proposal for such an exhibition.

Consultancy Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Property Services Agency in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Management consultancy contracts

Firm

Subject of Assignment

Management Consultancy

Mr. I. J. MillerRe-write of Clerk of Works Handbook
Arthur YoungTo examine procedural and training implications of move to cost recovery and untying of major project services for civil clients
Mr. P. HydeDevelopment of a methodology tor addressing the management of change when moving to cost recovery and untying of major project services for civil clients
UIS LtdTo provide assistance for audit of the Civil Estate Record Information System
Coopers and Lybrand Associates LtdAssistance to the IT Committee and the Project Services Project Board
Mr. D. BoylanEfficiency Scrutiny of Project Management
Mr. J. B. G. QuinlanTo consider the findings of the special audit of London District Works Offices and make recommendations
Mr. C. F. GriffinTo consider the findings of the special audit of London District Works offices and make recommendations

Computer Consultancy

Software Sciences Ltd.Conversion to new computer operating system
International Computers Ltd.Specialist support for accounting (LAFIS) software package
Rapid-Gen System LtdTechnical advice on use of specialist software
International Computers Ltd.Enhancement/development of new accounting systems
Telfast Computer Services (London) Ltd.Enhancement/development of new accounting systems
Primary Systems Ltd.Techincal support for PRIME computer hardware
Surrey UniversityInvestigation into Construction Project Management System
Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.Development of Construction Project Management System
W S Atkins Management ConsultantsProject Management support for IT Strategy
Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.Development of Measured Term Contract Ordering System
PA Computers and Telecomms Ltd.Advice on procurement of PSA's distributed computer infrastructure for IT Strategy
PA Computers and Telecomms Ltd.Advice on development of software for IT Strategy
PA Computers and Telecomms Ltd.Study of PSA's finance and accounting functions to identify information systems needs
Scicon Ltd.Support for systems analysis methodology
Peat Marwick McLintockStudy for computer aided design
Metron Technology Ltd.Computer capacity planning study
B S Oldacres Computers Ltd.Pilot study-extraction of data from computer aided design system
Dialatron Business Systems Ltd.Support for installation of text processing systems
PA Computers and Telecomms Ltd.Corporate Information Requirements
International Computers Ltd.Support for computer communications
Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.Software support

Firm

Subject of Assignment

International Computers Ltd.Software support
Spicer and Peglar AssociatesSupport for specialist software
Metascybe Systems Ltd.Feasibility Study for financial control computer system.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Central records are collected annually after the end of the financial year. The latest available returns therefore cover 1986-87.The contracts awarded to management or computing consultants by the Department of the Environment in the financial year 1986-87 were as follows:

Management consultancy contracts
FirmSubject of Assignment
DOE (Central)
CACI Ltd.1984 Labour Force Estimates
Coopers and LybrandStudy of Accounting Framework
Coopers and LybrandTeesside UDC—headed consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Study
Coopers and LybrandBusiness Plan for Thamesmead Town
Dames and Moore InternationalHazard Assessment of Landfill Operations
Deloitte Haskins and SellsAdvice on Implementation of New Financial Regimes for New Towns
Digital (DEC)Installation of Software
Ecotec Research and Consulting Ltd.Black County UDC—headed consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Study
Ecotec Research and Consulting Ltd.Assessment of Demand for Geographic Information in the Private Sector
Frazer Williams (London) Ltd.Training Division Administrative Computing System
Imbucon/Landuse ConsultantsHyde Park Study
I.T.R.U.Training Needs Analysis
Landuse ConsultantsAdvice on Spoil Disposal
Landuse ConsultantsHampton Court Palace—Restoration of Lime Avenue
Landuse ConsultantsRichmond Park Tree Planting Scheme
McDonnell Douglas Information Systems Ltd.Additional Support AB Application Software
MSL InternationalHeadhunters—UDC Chief Executives
MUA SystemicaMigration Component of the Official Sub-National Population for Projection
Negus and NegusTower of London Signs Survey
PactelCapacity Planning for Romney House Computer Bureau
Peter PeregrinusProcessing information for ENRIP/ERIB database
Pinpoint AnalysisLocal Authority Planning Performance and Land-use Change Statistics
Price WaterhouseManagement Training at RTCC
Price WaterhouseTraining in Presentational Skills and Dealing with the Media
Price WaterhouseTyne and Wear UDC—headed consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Study
Roger Tym and PartnersEvaluation of Derelict Land Grand Systems
Roger Tym and PartnersTrafford Park UDC—headed consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Study
Russell Reynolds and AssociatesHeadhunters—SW Water Authority Chairmanship
SchlackmansRoyal Palaces Market Research

Firm

Subject of Assignment

SchlackmansTower of London Market Research 'Open to View/English Heritage' Tickets
Spicer and Pegler AssociatesManagement Information System at BES
Stallard and Co.Legal advice to Thamesmead on Transfer of Thamesmead from LRB

Norfolk And Suffolk Broads Bill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has had on the terms of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill since it received Royal Assent; when he expects the new authority to be operational; and if he will make a statement.

Royal Assent to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 was signified on 15 March. Under the Act's provisions my right hon. Friend is empowered to make an order specifying the date on which the new Broads Authority will be constituted as soon as not less than 27 of the 33 appointments required to be made (under section 1(3)(a) and (b) of the Act) by my right hon. Friend and the 12 other appointing authorities have been duly made. Those authorities have all been invited to inform the Department as soon as their appointments have been made. Consultations have also been initiated with the various interested bodies about the nine appointments which my right hon. Friend is required to make, and suggestions are now being received.My right hon. Friend intends to make an order establishing the new authority as soon as all the necessary appointments have been made. As I informed the House on 29 February, during consideration of Lords amendments, it is intended that the "operative date", on which the new authority will assume all its executive functions, will be 1 April 1989.

Highway Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report for each highway authority in England and Wales the amount by which it either underspent or overspent the proportion of its GRE allowed for highway maintenance in the last year for which figures are available.

Following is the information requested for highway authorities in England:

1985-86 overspend on highway maintenance for highway authorities
£ million
City of London2·684
Camden1·606
Greenwich1·154
Hackney-0·471
Hammersmith and Fulham1·514
Islington-0·350
Kensington and Chelsea1·187
Lambeth-0·840
Lewisham1·101
South wark·935
Tower Hamlets2·808
Wandworth-0·087
Westminster4·387
Barking and Dagenham-0·250

£ million

Barnet·047
Bexley-0·379
Brent·515
Bromley-0·163
Croydon-1·145
Ealing·456
Enfield-0·487
Haringey-1·427
Harrow-2·083
Havering-0·391
Hillingdon-0·287
Hounslow-0·486
Kingston·upon·Thames-0·201
Merton·674
Newham1·401
Redbridge-0·364
Richmond·upon·Thames·137
Sutton·276
Waltham Forest·726
G.L.C.31·435
Greater Manchester2·032
Merseyside-9·474
South Yorkshire-0·417
Tyne and Wear3·356
West Midlands1·258
West Yorkshire-1·311
Isles of Scilly-0·079
Avon-2·119
Bedfordshire2·602
Berkshire-2·152
Buckinghamshire0·312
Cambridgeshire-0·246
Cheshire-7·911
Cleveland1·141
Cornwall-0·287
Cumbria-3·979
Derbyshire-0·366
Devon0·807
Dorset-0·882
Durham-1·953
East Sussex0·287
Essex3·933
Gloucestershire-1·119
Hampshire-1·865
Hereford and Worcester-2·275
Hertfordshire1·339
Humberside1·444
Isle of Wight0·234
Kent2·408
Lancashire-0·717
Leicestershire-0·209
Lincolnshire-0·078
Norfolk-3·624
Northamptonshire-2·368
Northumberland-1·811
North Yorkshire1·760
Nottinghamshire-2·409
Oxfordshire-0·085
Shropshire-2·861
Somerset-1·044
Staffordshire-1·648
Suffolk-0·034
Surrey-3·210
Warwickshire1·804
West Sussex1·340
Wiltshire-0·395

Footpaths

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce a decision on the appeal made by Mr. and Mrs. John Baybutt of The Copping, Hundred End land, Hesketh Bank, Lancashire against the refusal of Lancashire county council to delete footpath 66 North Meols from the definitive map; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has following the case David Rubenstein v. the Secretary of State for the Environment, to seek to amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to give power to his Department to delete footpaths from the definitive map; and if he will make a statement.

The implications of this judgment are receiving careful consideration and a further statement will be made as soon as possible.

Sport And Leisure

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list, by local authority area, the numbers of schoolchildren taught to swim by amateur swimming clubs in each year since 1979;(2) if he will list by name the number of publicly owned sport and leisure facilities within each local authority area;(3) what information he has on the percentage of publicly owned swimming pools which are open for use between 6 and 8 am

(a) on weekdays and (b) at weekends;

(4) what information he has on the average charges to swimmers using publicly owned sports facilities;

(5) if he will list those local authorities which have taken positive steps to encourage the use of publicly owned sport and leisure facilities by Olympic swimmers and athletes;

(6) if he will list those local authorities who operate concessionary charging policies, in respect of publicly owned sport and leisure facilities, for (a) the disabled, (b) schoolchildren, (c) the unemployed and (d) pensioners;

(7) what information he has as to any sport and leisure facilities, formerly under private ownership, that are now controlled by local authorities and as to the reasons for the change of responsibility in each case.

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the training facilities available to swimmers and athletes (a) of Olympic standard and (b) of national competition standard, in the light of the responses he has received to the consultation exercise on competition in the management of local authority sports and leisure facilities.

No such information came to light in the process of the consultation exercise. However, I understand that there are a substantial number of facilities countrywide at which swimmers and athletes of all abilities can train.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will name, and list by local authority area, those publicly owned sport and leisure facilities currently under private management.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to make an announcement about the future management of publicly owned sports and leisure facilities.

We have received more than 350 responses to the consultation paper which set out our proposal to bring compulsory competition to the management of local authority sport and leisure facilities. These are now receiving careful consideration. I expect to be able to make an announcement about our decisions before the summer recess.As my hon. Friend's answer today to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate (Mr. Banks) said, if we decide to go ahead with compulsory competition for the management of sport and leisure facilities, implementation will be delayed beyond the 1 August 1989 date applicable to the other activities in the Local Government Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the responses he has received from amateur sporting bodies in respect of the consultation exercise on competition in the management of local authority sports and leisure facilities.

We have written to all the respondents to the consultation exercise seeking their agreement to publish their replies. When we have confirmation that they have no objections we shall place copies of their responses in the House Library.

Race Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has yet decided which questions on race relations matters should be specified for the purposes of section 18 of the Local Government Act 1988.

Following consultation with the Commission for Racial Equality, the Confederation of British Industry, the local authority associations and other interested bodies, I have decided that the questions and description of evidence specified under section 18(5) of the Local Government Act 1988 should be as follows:LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1988-SECTION 18(5)

Speccation of questions and descriptions of evidence
1. Is it your policy as an employer to comply with your statutory obligations under the Race Relations Act 1976 and, accordingly, your practice not to treat one group of people less favourably than others because of their colour, race, nationality or ethnic origins in relation to decisions to recruit, train or promote employees?
2. In the last three years, has any finding of unlawful racial discrimination been made against your organisation by any court or industrial tribunal?
3. In the last three years, has your organisation been the subject of formal investigation by the Commission for Racial Equality on grounds of alleged unlawful discrimination?
If the answer to question 2 is in the affirmative or in relation to question 3, the Commission made a finding adverse to your organisation;
4. What steps did you take in consequence of that finding?
5. Is your policy on race relations set out—
  • (a) in instructions to those concerned with recruitment, training and promotion;
  • (b) in documents available to employees, recognised trade unions or other representative groups of employees;
  • (c) in recruitment advertisements or other literature?
  • 6. Do you observe as far as possible the Commission for Racial Equality's Code of Practice for Employment, as approved by Parliament in 1983, which gives practical guidance to employers and others on the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of equality of opportunity in employment, including the steps that can be taken to encourage members of the ethnic minorities to apply for jobs or take up training opportunities?

    Description of evidence

    In relation to question 5: examples of the instructions, documents, recruitment advertisements or other literature.

    These questions and description of evidence will be notified to local authorities in a circular to be issued shortly.

    Rating Reform

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to the answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 278, he will give the total numbers of individuals gaining and losing on a regional basis from the poll tax, as derived from figures 6 and 9 of the accompanying note.

    Estimates of gainers and losers can be made only for households or tax units. Estimates on both these bases and at regional level were contained in the figures published on 13 January.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the responses to the document entitled "Appeals and Valuation and Community Charge Tribunals", published by his Department on 10 November 1987.

    We have received 122 responses to the consultation document. A summary of the views expressed has been placed in the Libraries of the House, together with copies of those responses where we have the respondents' permission to publish their views.The consultation document set out the Government's proposals for the constitution and procedures of valuation and community charge tribunals, which will replace local valuation courts and become the appellate body for both rating appeals and appeals arising from the community charge. The proposals were generally welcomed by respondents and will form the basis of regulations to be made under the provisions of the Local Government Finance Bill, following Royal Assent. These regulations will be the subject of further consultation.In the light of the responses to the consultation document, certain changes have been made to the proposals. In relation to the president of each tribunal, it had been proposed that he or she should be appointed by the Secretary of State. But the majority of respondents pointed out that the present system, whereby the chairman of the local valuation panel is elected by the members, has worked well and that there is no justification for change. The Government accept this view.The consultation document proposed that where two or more existing local valuation panels share a clerk and office, consideration should be given to amalgamating those panels under one president. In the light of the responses to the consultation document, the Government have accepted that such amalgamation should take place only with the agreement of the panels concerned.The proposal for limiting the number of serving councillors on any tribunal commanded general support. A number of respondents took the view that the ceiling of 50 per cent. of the membership was too high. In the light of this, the Government propose that the percentage of serving councillors should be reduced to 30 per cent. of the membership of any tribunal. The Government recognise, however, that some local valuation panels currently have a significantly greater proportion of serving councillors than this. There would be no benefit in terminating the appointment of a large number of experienced panel members at a time when the panels are assuming their new and expanded duties. It is proposed therefore that the 30 per cent. ceiling should be achieved over a period — as members' terms of office come to an end and new members are appointed.

    Illuminated Signs

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for changing controls of illuminated signs and advertisements on business premises in conservation areas and in towns and villages generally.

    On 28 October last year my Department issued a consultation paper canvassing proposals for amending the Town aand Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1984 so as to provide "deemed consent" for certain types of illuminated advertisement displayed on "business premises", possibly including premises in conservation areas. The comments submitted in response to the consultation paper are being considered and my right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement in due course.

    Stockbridge Village Trust

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to publish the report prepared by Roger Tym and Partners on the work of the Stockbridge Village Trust.

    The report is published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office today. It is entitled -Stockbridge Village Trust: Building a Community" and covers the period 1983-85, with a brief update at the end of 1986. The report is a useful account of the early years of the trust's ambitious development programme. It records the substantial progress which the trust has made in transforming one of the worst local authority estates on Merseyside into an area where people actively want to live. During this period the trust gained tenants' confidence as a responsible and efficient landlord, turning a void rate of more than 10 per cent. into a fully occupied estate with a substantial waiting list. And the trust also succeeded in attracting private investment to an area which would have been unthinkable previously: over 200 residents had exercised the right to buy and around 100 new homes had been built for sale in the period covered by the report. Equally importantly, the report describes some of the difficulties which the trust has faced, particularly on its initial financial assumptions, and contains a number of important lessons for initiatives of this kind. We have sent copies to all local authorities in England and other interested parties, and I have placed a copy in the Library. Further copies are available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office stockists, or from the Department, at £5·95 each.

    Competitive Tendering

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide a timetable for the implementation of competitive tendering procedures for individual local government services in the phasing programme.

    [pursuant to his reply, 2 November 1987, c. 598-99]: My right hon. Friend has now considered the responses to the consultation paper on implementation of competition for English local authority services issued on 2 November. He has decided to confirm the proposal of a phased introduction of competition by local authorities (other than parish councils), with authorities split into groups and each group taking the activities covered by the Act in a different order.The groups of authorities will be the same as set out in the consultation paper. The date by which authorities will have had to have exposed their first activities to competition will be set at 1 August 1989, to allow adequate time for all stages of the competitive process to be completed.Three other changes to the implementation proposals have been made which will help ensure efficient implementation of the competition process. These take account of the fact that a decision on the possibility of adding sport and leisure management to the list of defined activities has not yet been taken, and therefore, if this activity is added by order, some delay in implementing competition for it is inevitable.My right hon. Friend has decided to confirm the £100,000 de minimis level below which authorities' services would be exempt from competition.These decisions are described fully in a letter which is today being sent to all affected authorities, and copies of which have been placed in the Library.A further announcement will be made shortly about implementation for the other English authorities and bodies covered by part I of the Act.

    Trade And Industry

    Industry Restraint Agreements

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will list those voluntary industry restraint agreements which have been terminated as a result of Government pressure, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Corporate Affairs, the hon. Member for Warwickshire, North (Mr. Maude) on 18 March Official Report, column 1365, and those which remain.

    The Government have informed the industries concerned that it sees no case for continuing inter-industry voluntary restraint arrangements (VRAs) covering the following products:

    Monochrome televisions from Singapore, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Thailand;
    Colour televisions from Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Taiwan;
    Music centres from Japan, Republic of Korea and Taiwan;
    Pottery from Japan;
    Stainless steel cutlery from Japan and Republic of Korea.
    Separately, restraints on imports of pottery and footwear from Taiwan have lapsed.We are aware that voluntary arrangements at present remain for fork-lift trucks, machining centres, numerically controlled lathes, cars and commercial vehicles from Japan; and special steels from Spain. The United Kingdom industry is discussing the renewal of arrangements on footwear with the Republic of Korea.

    The European Commission has negotiated a number of restraint agreements on steel and, in addition to the multifibre arrangement, on certain limited textile and clothing products. A number of other arrangements with Japan were brought to an end in 1985. On behalf of the United Kingdom the Commission has negotiated restraints on leather footwear from certain eastern European countries.

    Illegal Broadcasting

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many prosecutions have taken place over the past 12 months in respect of illegal broadcasting by pirate radio stations.

    During 1987 there were 77 prosecutions, of which 75 resulted in conviction under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 for offences connected with unlicensed broadcasting.

    South Africa (Ec Code Of Conduct)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on how British companies have complied with the European Community code of conduct for companies with interests in South Africa during the 12-month period to 30 June 1987.

    By 18 March 1988, 128 companies had submitted reports to the DTI under the code of conduct. Copies of the reports and of the Department's analysis and summary have, as in previous years, been placed in the Library of each House. These documents may also be inspected at the Department's statistics and market intelligence library, at the British embassy in Pretoria, at the British consulate-general in Johannesburg, and at the British consulates in Cape Town and Durban.The analysis and summary is the second since the adoption of the revised code of conduct by EC Foreign Ministers in November 1985. The period under review was again characterised by an inflation rate which was significantly higher than the average rate of wage increases. Against this background, the performance of British subsidiaries in further reducing the number of their black employees paid below the code's recommended minimum level is particularly encouraging. Companies' reports for the period under review indicated that over 97 per cent. were paid above that level. In addition, companies continued to report impressive levels of involvement in projects benefiting the wider communities from which their work forces were drawn.The Government are grateful to companies for this year's unprecedented level of co-operation in providing reports, and urge them to maintain this performance and to comply fully with the code.

    Consultancy Contracts

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list each management or computer

    Firework injuries in Great Britain (4-week period in October-November)
    19871986198519841983
    Place of accident
    1. Family or private party260286255231311
    2. Semi-public party (e.g. scouts, cricket club)8872766584

    consultancy contract awarded by the Office of Fair Trading in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    This is a matter for the Director-General of Fair Trading, and I will ask him to write to my hon. Friend.

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    Tour Operators (Fuel Surcharges)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will initiate an inquiry into the extent of fuel surcharges made by tour operators; what recent evidence he has received on this subject; and if he will make a statement.

    I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 March at column 360.

    Fireworks (Injuries)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish the figures of injuries caused by fireworks in 1987; and if he will make a statement.

    According to reports from hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland 960 people required treatment for injuries caused by fireworks during the three weeks leading up to 5 November 1987 and the few days after. The figures for 1987 and the preceding four years are shown in the table.Although the figures are somewhat disappointing, they do not justify further restrictions on the retail sale of fireworks to the public.We will be mounting a higher profile firework safety campaign again, this year urging the public to treat fireworks with care and not to misuse them. We will be asking local trading standards officers to work closely with the police in enforcing vigorously the increased penalties for selling fireworks to the under-16s and in taking action against those who let off fireworks in the streets.For its part, the fireworks industry has agreed to stop supplying mini-rockets to the shops, since these particularly lend themselves to misuse by hooligans. It is also making a training video for organisers of displays on how to run a public display safely.We are also drawing up a British standard for the performance, testing and labelling of fireworks, which should enable us to stop the importation of the more hazardous fireworks from the far east.

    1987

    1986

    1985

    1984

    1983

    3. Large public display155119117108111
    4. Casual incident in street etc.364299435298257
    5. Other place4752645954
    6. Indoors2018211716

    Type of firework

    1. Banger163161241175184
    2. Rocket174159197115107
    3. Roman candle, coloured fire etc.968890103114
    4. Home-made or extracted powder2414272115
    5. Other proprietary fireworks109118737478
    6. Sparklers9580676595
    7. Unspecified type299226273225240

    Severity of injury

    1. Fatal injury01
    2. Detained more than one night6048535561
    3. Sufficient to cause absence from work of equivalent158160231161147
    4. Minor injury661582632506592
    5. Unspecified injury8156525533
    Eye injuries (included in 2–5)312291341295293

    Age group of injured persons

    1. Over 20252235214180215
    2. 16 to 20168145161109108
    3. 13 to 15220207271208173
    4. Under 13320259322281337
    Total960846968778833

    Internal Market Council

    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the Internal Market Council held on 22 March.

    The Council, at which I represented the United Kingdom, adopted a directive to amend the existing EC directives on the rules for public sector supplies contracts. It also adopted directives on fluid fertilisers; the sound power level of lawnmowers; the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations; and modification of the investment rules for undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities. The Council also discussed a proposed directive on broadcasting activities, received a progress report from the Commission on completion of the internal market, and heard a Commission statement relating to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

    Overseas Development

    Fiji

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has concerning the location of the Overseas Development Agency regional office in Fiji; and if he will make a statement.

    The future of the British development division in the Pacific was examined in 1984 as part of an efficiency scrutiny. The conclusion was that the division represented a cost-effective vehicle for aid delivery and that it was appropriately located. While I will continue to keep under review the cost-effectiveness and siting of all five of the ODA's development divisions overseas, I have no current plans to relocate the British development division in the Pacific.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the level of United Kingdom assistance to Fiji since the military coup in May 1987; and what information he has about the level of assistance provided by other EEC countries.

    United Kingdom assistance to Fiji since the military coup in May 1987 to the end of February 1988 totalled £866,303. Information about aid provided by other European Community countries for so recent a period is not available.

    Central America

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what levels and types of technical assistance and bilateral aid are given to Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, E1 Salvador, Belize and Mexico, respectively; and when was the last time a project for such aid or assistance was approved for Nicaragua.

    The latest available figures by level and type of British aid are for 1986:

    Financial project Aid1Technical cooperation2Disaster reliefTotal (£000s)3
    Costa Rica11,01652211,538
    Panama7070
    Nicaragua38286
    Guatemala1010
    E1 Salvador47193239
    Belize2,3148653,179
    Mexico686117803
    1Includes investments made by the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
    2 Includes personnel, training and equipment but not projects co-

    financed with British voluntary agencies.

    3 Totals may not exactly equal sum of individual columns as all figures are rounded.

    The last bilateral Government to Government aid provided to Nicaragua was in 1987 for sheets worth £600 for the Bertha Calderon hospital in Managua.

    We have responded positively to appeals from various relief organisations including the International Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for their work in Central America including Nicaragua. Since 1985–86 we have contributed over £1·5 million. We also support small development projects in Nicaragua co-financed with British voluntary agencies. Thirty such projects have been approved since 1985–86. Nicaragua also receives aid through the European Community ($9 million in 1986) of which Britain's share is around 20 per cent.

    Attorney-General

    Councillor Mrs Angela Pink

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the decision not to prosecute Councillor Mrs. Angela Pink of Nottingham city council.

    I have written to the hon. Gentleman about the case to which he refers.

    Consultancy Contracts

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Her Majesty's Land Registry in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    No new management or computer consultancy contracts were awarded by Her Majesty's Land Registry in 1987.

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Lord Chancellor's Department in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    The following contracts were awarded to management or computer consultancy firms by the Lord Chancellor's Department in 1987:

    FirmSubject of Assignment
    Coopers and Lybrand AssociatesReview of funds accountancy system—system testing.
    Coopers and Lybrand AssociatesReview of funds accountancy system—project plans.
    CAP Industry Ltd.Review of machine accounting system at the Public Trust Office.
    DigitusAdvice on computer operating system.
    Helistar MarlowAssistance with the Crown Court Computer Project.
    Peat Marwick and McLintockAdvice to the Business Efficiency Team in connection with the Claims Registry Project.

    Dog Fighting

    To ask the Attorney-General (1) if he will prosecute the publication "Pit Bull News" for promoting illegal dog fights; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he will prosecute those persons alleged to have been involved in illegal dog fighting who are named in the

    article entitled "Killer Dogs" which appeared in the

    Yorkshire Evening Post of Monday 21 March: and if he will make a statement.

    No evidence has as yet been submitted by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service in respect of those matters to which the hon. Gentleman refers. I have, however, referred them to the Director of Public Prosecutions. If he thinks it appropriate, the director will invite the police to make inquiries.

    Extradition

    To ask the Attorney-General when he expects to agree extradition arrangements under the new Irish legislation with the Attorney-General of the Irish Republic.

    In my answer on 18 February to the right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris) I indicated that I had notified the Attorney-General of the Irish Republic that I was entirely willing to provide him in each instance with a note from me confirming that the United Kingdom prosecuting authorities had considered the evidence, as they were required to do; that they were satisfied that it was sufficient to found a prosecution; and that there was a settled intention to prosecute accordingly. I had also agreed to his request that I provide him in each instance with a note setting out the relevant law, but I had said that the Government saw the possibility of seriously damaging consequences for the intended criminal proceedings in the United Kingdom if I were to provide him with the actual evidence supporting any warrant.On 25 February I wrote to the Irish Attorney-General to say that I was very hopeful that we could find a way through our mutual difficulties towards the end that I knew we both desired. I believed that in the first instance it would be useful if officials were to meet as soon as possible to discuss the matter.At the subsequent meeting of officials on 2 March an offer was made on my behalf to provide the Irish Attorney-General in each instance additionally with a statement of facts which would give a clear picture of the case against the accused.Following requests by me for a response to this offer the Irish Attorney-General yesterday requested a further meeting of officials to be held on 7 April. I have agreed to this request.I regard it as imperative that extradition arrangements between the two countries under the new Irish legislation be agreed as soon as possible.

    Home Department

    Fires (Statistics)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many fires there were in (a) occupied dwellings, (b) multiple-occupied dwellings in detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, and (c) multiple-occupied dwellings in other buildings, in each of the three most recent years for which figures are available; and if he will analyse these data by the most likely cause of fire;(2) how many

    (a) deaths, and (b) casualties there were due to fire in (i) single occupied dwellings, (ii) multiple-occupied dwellings in detached, semi-detached and terraced house, and (iii) multiple-occupied dwellings in

    other buildings, analysed by the most likely cause of fire, in each of the three most recent years for which figures are available.

    Some information on fires attended by local authority fire brigades in dwellings in single and multiple occupation, and on the resulting casualties, is published annually in "Fire Statistics United Kingdom" (for example, tables 32, 46 and 47 of the volume for 1986) copies of which are in the Library. The following tables give the more detailed information requested, for the years 1984–86. Information for 1987 is not yet available.

    Fatal casualties from fires in dwellings by type of dwelling and cause of fire
    198419851986
    United Kingdom
    Dwellings in single occupation—total436438462
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate404547
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies353334
    Misuse of appliances788991
    Playing with fire203242
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances139125118
    Placing articles too close to heat514750
    Other, unknown or unspecified736780
    Detached semi-detached or terraced houses in multiple occupation—total998689
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate5135
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies1143
    Misuse of appliances141020
    Playing with fire3
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances384235
    Placing articles too close to heat81012
    Other, unknown or unspecified23711
    Other dwellings in multiple occupation—total151169194
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate121614
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies92120
    Misuse of appliances271735
    Playing with fire11310
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances746679
    Placing articles too close to heat121912
    Other, unknown or unspecified161724
    Dwellings in multiple occupation of unspecified type—total
    All dwellings in multiple occupation250255283
    Fires in dwellings by type of dwelling and cause of fire
    United Kingdom198419851986
    Dwellings in single occupation—total34,97236,90537,313
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate1,8371,9082,065
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies7,1527,7987,990
    Misuse of appliances15,66316,42916,682
    Playing with fire1,5181,7401,548
    Careless handing of fire or hot substances3,3543,3863,441

    United Kingdom

    1984

    1985

    1986

    Placing articles too close to heat2,3362,5572,627
    Other, unknown or unspecified3,1123,0872,960

    Detached, semi-detached or terraced houses in multiple occupation—total

    6,6167,2427,343
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate678865870
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies9301,0501,065
    Misuse of appliances2,9213,0103,109
    Playing with fire315316303
    Careless handing of fire or hot substances9381,0991,102
    Placing articles too close to heat430485496
    Other, unknown or unspecified404417398

    Other dwellings in multiple occupation—total

    14,38315,20315,020
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate2,7023,0283,166
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies1,2201,3821,310
    Misuse of appliances5,2515,5645,637
    Playing with fire1,4761,5561,297
    Careless handing of fire or hot substances2,4232,5092,520
    Placing articles too close to heat609619682
    Other, unknown or unspecified702545408

    Dwellings in multiple occupation of unspecified type—total

    212326

    All dwellings in multiple occupation

    21,02022,46822,389

    Non-fatal casualties from fires in dwellings by type of dwelling and cause of fire

    United Kingdom

    1984

    1985

    1986

    Dwellings in single occupation—total4,5464,8365,459
    Cause
    Deliberate or possible deliberate329337424
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies591671697
    Misuse of appliances1,7271,9292,124
    Playing with fire363420408
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances8977961,057
    Placing articles too close to heat345341429
    Other, unknown or unspecified294342320

    Detached, semi-detached or terraced houses in multiple occupation—total

    1,1671,2301,347
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate121170191
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies112117128
    Misuse of appliances388431475
    Playing with fire343148
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances289283303
    Placing articles too close to heat8998109
    Other, unknown or unspecified13410093

    Other dwellings in multiple occupation—total

    1,9452,2762,385
    Cause
    Deliberate or possibly deliberate314367411
    Faulty appliances, leads or fuel supplies154193136
    Misuse of appliances682766842
    Playing with fire96154108
    Careless handling of fire or hot substances472514638

    United Kingdom

    1984

    1985

    1986

    Placing articles too close to heat140148168
    Other, unknown or unspecified8713482

    Dwellings in multiple occupation of unspecified type—total

    4

    All dwellings in multiple occupation

    3,1123,5063,736

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rescues were made by fire brigades from fires in (a) single-occupied dwellings, (b) multiple-occupied dwellings in detached, semi-detached and terraced houses and (c) multiple-occupied dwellings in other buildings, in each of the three most recent years for which figures are available.

    The numbers of persons rescued, both by brigade staff and without brigade assistance, from fires attended by local authority fire brigades in dwellings and other occupied buildings in the United Kingdom are published in "Fire Statistics United Kingdom" (Table 20 of the volume for 1986, copies of which are in the Library). The following table gives the more detailed information requested for rescues by brigade staff for the years 1984–86. Information for 1987 is not yet available.

    Rescues by brigades from fires in dwellings by type of occupancy United Kingdom
    Type of buildingNumber of persons rescued
    198419851986
    Dwellings
    Single occupancy8979321,044
    Multiple occupancy
    Fatal casualties from fires in dwellings by type of dwelling, age and whether trapped—United Kingdom
    Number of persons
    198419851986
    TotalTrappedTotalTrappedTotalTrapped
    Dwellings in single occupation
    Total casualties436300438295462299
    0–15 years979374688175
    16–60 years1128011183147106
    Over 60 years227127251143232116
    Unspecified age2122
    Detached, semi-detached or terrace houses in multiple occupation
    Total casualties996686628962
    0–15 years1394477
    16–60 years433339324031
    Over 60 years432443264123
    Unspecified age11
    Other dwellings in multiple occupation
    Total casualties151113169113194120
    0–15 years111128272925
    16–60 years574746305633
    Over 60 years8355955610962
    Unspecified age
    Casualties in dwellings in multiple occupation of unspecified type
    All casualties in dwellings in multiple occupation250179255175283182
    1 The figures for persons trapped exclude those who became casualties while discovering or fighting the fire but were also trapped.

    Type of building

    Number of persons rescued

    1984

    1985

    1986

    Detached, semi-detached or terraced houses603693687
    Other1,0151,1771,127
    Of unspecified type6
    Unknown or unspecified occupancy394247
    All dwellings2,5542,8442,911

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of the data for (a) deaths and (b) casualties from fires in (i) singly-occupied dwellings, (ii) multiple-occupied dwellings in detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, and (iii) multiple-occupied dwellings in other buildings according to whether the persons were (1) aged under 16 years, (2) aged between 16 and 60 years, and (3) aged over 60 years; and if he will provide information on how many of the fatalities resulted from persons being trapped.

    Information on the age, and circumstances, of casualties in fires in dwellings attended by local authority fire brigades is published in "Fire Statistics United Kingdom" (Tables 26, 46 and 47 of the volume for 1986, copies of which are in the Library). The following tables give the more detailed information requested for the years 1984–86. Information for 1987 is not yet available.

    Non fatal casualties from fires in dwellings by type of dwelling and age—United Kingdom

    Number of persons

    1984

    1985

    1986

    Dwellings in single occupation

    Total casualties4,2464,8365,459
    0 to 15 years781830949
    16 to 60 years2,2542,7473,073
    Over 60 years1,1251,1761,303
    Unspecified age8683134

    Detached, semi-detached or terrace houses in multiple occupation

    Total casualties1,1671,2301,347
    0 to 15 years96115143
    16 to 60 years746787878
    Over 60 years308304285
    Unspecified age172441

    Other dwellings in multiple occupation

    Total casualties1,9452,2762,385
    0 to 15 years282313295
    16 to 60 years1,1061,2891,423
    Over 60 years526650606
    Unspecified age312461

    Casualties in dwellings in multiple occupation of unspecified type

    4
    All casualties in dwellings in multiple occupation3,1123,5063,736

    Welford Road Prison, Leicester

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what capacity Welford road gaol in Leicester was built; what is its current average occupancy; and what urgent steps he is taking (a) in order to reduce the number of people turning to crime and (b) to alleviate the crisis in Leicester.

    The certified normal accommodation of Leicester prison is 200. On Friday 25 March, 411 prisoners were accommodated there. My right hon. Friend is today announcing measures which will provide general relief for the whole prison system which is under extreme pressure.The Government have just launched the safer cities initiative, which, in 20 inner city areas, will lead the way in providing constructive activities for those most at risk of turning to crime. This is in addition to the major new TV publicity campaign and other crime prevention measures concerned with improving physical security and design and better management of property or services.

    Irish Prisoners

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration is given the circumstances of the families of Irish category A prisoners in deciding on whether to transfer the prisoners near to where their families live; and if he will make a statement.

    Requests by prisoners for permanent transfer to Northern Ireland are considered in the light of criteria which have been made public. These criteria, which do not distinguish between category A and other inmates, deal with the circumstances of the inmate in question rather than those of his family, but as every application is dealt with on its merits, any exceptional family circumstances which may put forward in support of a request would be taken into account. Repatriation of prisoners to the Republic of Ireland is not at present possible since the Republic has not ratified the European convention on the transfer of sentenced prisoners.

    Criminal Trials (Time Limits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police areas in England and Wales operate statutory time limits for the presentation of criminal trials; whether he has plans to introduce time limits in all areas of England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

    From 1 April, statutory custody time limits in criminal proceedings will operate in 14 police areas covering the counties of Avon, Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Somerset, West Midlands and Wiltshire, and the whole of Wales. We hope to extend time limits throughout England by 1990.

    South Africa House (Arrests)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of arrests of persons outside South Africa House (a) so far this year and (b) in the last week; and if he will make a statement.

    I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the number of arrests outside South Africa House this year is six, of which three were made during the week ending 25 March.

    Crime Prevention

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned or is aware of into the incidence amongst (a) women and (b) pensioners of fear of going out after dark; if he proposes to hold discussions with chief constables on the prevention of crimes against women and pensioners; if he will meet representatives of women's arid pensioners' organisations to discuss the problem; and of he will make a statement.

    In recent years there have been a number of Home Office studies, principally the British crime surveys of 1982 and 1984, which, among other issues, covered the fear of going out after dark. The studies revealed that such fear among women and the elderly was substantial, particularly in some locations, but that levels of fear were frequently in excess of an objective assessment of the risk. Fieldwork is currently taking place for the 1988 British crime survey which will cover this issue again.Surveys by other organisations (for example the November 1987 poll by MORI for

    Readers' Digest and an October poll for Help the Aged) have confirmed that fear of crime is a significant problem, especially for women and the elderly.

    Chief officers of police and organisations such as Help the Aged and Age Concern give special attention to the particular needs of women and elderly people in the issue of crime prevention advice and guidance. The new Home Office handbook "Practical Ways to Crack Crime", which is freely available, contains sound, practical guidance specifically addressed to both groups. In addition, Government programmes such as the community or estate action programme and our plans to improve crime prevention on public transport are of particular benefit to potentially vulnerable groups.

    We are satisfied that the police pay particular attention to the concerns of women and the elderly in planning local crime prevention campaigns. We are, however, keen to work closely with responsible organisations representing the interests of women and pensioners in reducing the fear of crime; and I and colleagues have meetings, from time to time, with such groups at local and national levels.

    Consultancy Contracts

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Metropolitan police in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the following contracts were awarded in 1987:

    FirmSubject of Assignment
    PActelFeasibility Study1
    Geoff FordWork Information Management System Consultancy1
    HoskynsDatabase Consultancy1
    DigitusSource Programs Advice on Manpower planning system2
    The Instruction SetUNIX2
    Safe ComputingImplementing Police Payroll—setting up software
    Time Manager InternationalManagement Training for staff
    LogicaCapacity Planning
    McDonnell DouglasStatistics systems—Hist. File Cleardown
    Chess ValleyMaintaining data input system for Crime statistics
    CarnellPJCS Consultancy for Payrolls
    ICLSetting up Personnel 20 package
    ICLConsultancy for New Traffic Tickets System
    Tom ScharffIn-line mailing-advice on whether cost effective to restore faulty equipment
    Gerard SystemsARTEMIS consultancy
    S.I.A.Rostering consultancy for Territorial Operations System
    HoskynsSpool increase consultancy
    Coopers and LybrandComputer management consultancy for Chief Engineer's Department
    PActel; Admiral Computer Services; Marshall Computing ServicesMiscellaneous computer consultancies for Chief Engineer's Department
    PActelProject Manager for Crime Report Information System
    HoskynsVarious levels of project staff for new Traffice Tickets System
    Eagling; K.P.G.Contract Operations for old Traffic Tickets System
    PrologVME
    HoskynsFixed Penalty Office Contract Staff
    1 All for the Electrical and Mechanical Branch Control Information Systems.
    2 Territorial Operation Systems.

    Dog Fighting

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to increase the sentences available to the courts for offences of dog fighting; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government entirely share the public abhorrence of the barbaric practice of dog fighting. The penalties for such activities, provided under the Protection of Animals Act 1911, were recently doubled by the Protection of Animals (Penalties) Act 1987 to the maximum penalties available summarily, that is, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (£2,000), or six months' imprisonment, or both. We are giving full support, in which I hope the hon. Member will join us, to the proposals by my hon. Friend the Member for Winchester (Mr. Browne) in his Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill to increase substantially the maximum penalties for attendance at animal fights or baiting.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to prevent advertisements for the sale of fighting dogs being placed in British newspapers.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for dog fighting were obtained in 1987; where the offences were committed; and what sentences were given by the courts concerned in each case.

    Information collected centrally does not distinguish offences relating to dog fights from other offences under the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take urgent action to prevent the importing of American pit bull dogs for use in illegal dog fighting rings; and if he will make a statement.

    We do not consider that such a ban would be effective in preventing illegal fighting, given the number of dogs already in the United Kingdom which are susceptible to abuse, and the difficulty in distinguishing between dogs bred for fighting and as pets. In addition, an import ban on the whole of a particular strain of dog would be contrary to our international trading obligations unless the domestic sale and commercial breeding of dogs of the strain in question were similarly prohibited.

    Oak Tree Farm Rural Projects

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the reasons for the delay by the Charity Commission in dealing with the request for registration by Miss Monica Moreton of Great Haywood, Stafford, on behalf of the Oak Tree Farm Rural Projects.

    My right hon. Friend has asked the chief charity commissioner to look into these matters.

    Immigration

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people living in the Birmingham area were waiting to be interviewed by immigration officials in connection with applications for entry clearance for members of their family to join them in the United Kingdom at 31 January.

    At 31 January 1988, there were 36 outstanding entry clearance applications referred to the immigration service and awaiting interview of persons living in the Birmingham area. All have either now been completed or have appointments arranged before 31 March 1988.

    Sinn Fein

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any proposals to seek to limit Sinn Fein's access to the broadcasting media; and what representations he has received on this matter.

    We have no proposals at present to seek to limit Sinn Fein's access to the broadcasting media, nor have we received any representations on the matter.

    Extraditions (Irish Republic)

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names of the persons for whom extradition warrants were sent from England and Wales to the Irish Republic in each of the last five years, indicating in each case in which terrorist-type activity was the reason for the warrants, whether the persons named were extradited and which warrants were held to be defective, showing in such cases the exact reasons each warrant was held to be defective.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: Information on individual warrants sent from England and Wales to the Republic of Ireland is not held centrally. My right hon. Friend's reply of 6 November 1987 at columns 906–7 gave the available information for the years 1982–86. Figures for 1987 are not yet available. In that period, the return of Evelyn Glenholmes to face charges in connection with terrorist offences failed because the Irish court considered that information on oath that had already been laid should have been resworn on the day when the warrants were issued.

    The Arts

    Consultancy Contracts

    To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his office in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    One computer consultancy contract was awarded by my office in 1987 to AMTEC Consulting for the Government art collection database project.

    Antiquarian Books

    To ask the Minister for the Arts (I) whether the criteria laid out in the Waverley rules cover copies of the Grolier-bound "Hypnerotomachia" (1499) or "Aesop's Fables" (1480) currently owned by the John Rylands library, Manchester;(2) if he will seek to prevent the export of antiquarian books from British libraries.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: Any book which has been in this country for more than 50 years and is over £16,000 in value requires an export licence. If such an application were made and referred to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art the item would be assessed against the Waverley criteria. Export licences are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

    National Finance

    Income Tax

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the revenue costs of a cut in all higher rates of income tax to (i) 40 per cent. and (ii) 35 per cent. in (a)1988–89 and (b) 1989–90.

    The cost of abolishing all higher rates of income tax above 40 per cent. is estimated to be £965 million in 1988–89 and £2,070 million in 1989–90. The abolition of rates of income tax above 40 per cent. was announced in the Budget on 15 March; the costs given above are those published in table 4.1 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1988–89. The cost of further reducing the higher rate of tax to 35 per cent. is estimated to be an additional £405 million in 1988–89 and an additional £880 million in 1989–90.

    Tax Allowances

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the yield in 1989–90 from reducing capital gains tax allowances to the level of personal allowances.

    About £10 million. The levels of personal allowances substituted for the annual exempt amount as a basis for this reply are those proposed in chapter 4 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1988–89 (Cm. 361).

    Inheritance Tax

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue effect in 1989–90 of reducing the top rate of inheritance tax to 40 per cent.; and if he will give the most recent available figures for the annual number of taxpayers paying inheritance tax at a rate above 40 per cent. and the average value of their estate.

    The cost in 1989–90 is estimated at £150 million. It is estimated that for 1987–88 a total of 5,200 taxpayers will have paid IHT at rates above 40 per cent. The average value of their estates is estimated at £475,000.

    Benefits In Kind

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in favour of the introduction of legislation to treat as benefits in kind for tax purposes the official accommodation, cars, and other facilities provided for Ministers of the Crown; what reply he has given; and if he will make a statement.

    None. Whether or not official accommodation, car and other facilities provided for Ministers of the Crown are treated as benefits in kind for tax purposes is determined, according to the facts of each case, under the same legislation which deals with the taxation of benefits in kind received by office holders generally.

    Personal Incomes

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the weekly gain of a single person earning £150,000 a year from his Budget tax changes.

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the weekly gain of a single person earning £100,000 a year from his Budget tax changes.

    The weekly gain from the Budget of a single person earning £150,000 and £100,000 a year, with no other income, would be £721·92 and £464·23 respectively. The figures refer only to income tax and assume that the taxpayer is entitled to no income tax reliefs or allowances other than the single person's allowance. The calculation is made by comparing the taxpayer's income tax liability under the 1987–88 tax regime with that under the proposed regime for 1988–89.

    Gross Domestic Product

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the increase in gross domestic product per capita in each of the English regions, Wales and Scotland since 1979.

    Estimates of gross domestic product per capita were published in the November 1987 edition of Economic Trends, a copy of which is available in the House Library.Increases in gross domestic product per capita between 1979 and 1986 are provided for the specified regions in the table below.

    Increase in General Domestic Product' per capita from 1979 to 19862
    £Per cent.
    North2,44190
    Yorkshire and Humberside2,46189
    East Midlands2,53889
    East Anglia2,865103
    South east3,15892
    South west2,63196
    West Midlands2,24179
    North west2,37883
    Wales2,17783
    Scotland2,40585
    1 GDP at factors cost: current prices.
    2 1986 figures are provisional.

    Laboratory Animals

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Inland Revenue has taken to counteract tax evasion by suppliers of animals to university laboratories; and what statistics are maintained for this purpose.

    No centrally co-ordinated steps have been taken or thought necessary and no statistics are maintained. If the hon. Gentleman has reason to believe there is evasion in this field, perhaps he would write to me.

    Consultancy Contracts

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

    Management consultancy contracts

    Firm

    Subject of Assignment

    A. P. Computer ConsultantsFeasibility study of revised publications subscription system
    P. Headley ConsultantsModification of software package
    Daton Systems Ltd.Specification of micro system for forms stockholding
    Printing Industries Research AssociationPreparation for BS5750 quality assurance accreditation
    NHMC ConsultingWarehouse organisation and efficiency review
    NHMC ConsultingForms Centre organisations and efficiency review
    NHMC ConsultingDesign of new warehouse
    NHMC ConsultingReview of storage of departmental forms and stationery

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by the Inland Revenue in 1987 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: The amount spent by the Inland Revenue in 1987 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases was £13·9 million.

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in 1987 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: About £2·1 million in the calendar year 1987.

    Petrol Duty

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total revenue yield from excise duty payable on petrol in the last year for which figures are available; and on what total quantity of petrol that duty was collected.

    Information specifically related to petrol is not available. In 1986–87 the revenue collected from the excise duty on light oil (of which petrol is the major element) was £5,755 million. This represents the duty on 29,700 million litres.

    Corporation Tax

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received seeking amendment of the law to end the practice whereby fuel surcharges are not counted as income for the purposes of corporation tax.

    None so far as I am aware. Under the law as it stands, fuel surcharges imposed by tour operators are in principle taxable like other trading receipts. If the hon. Member has a particular case in mind, I should be glad to look into it if he will let me have details.

    General Commissioners Of Income Tax

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations were received in response to the Inland Revenue's consultative documents on the General Commissioners of Income Tax; and if he will make a statement.

    In July 1987 the Inland Revenue published, with the authority of my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Lord Chancellor, a consultative document on the possibility of setting up General Commissioners in Northern Ireland. Comments were received from professional bodies, individual firms and others, representing a wide range of interests. A clear majority of these were in favour of the introduction in Northern Ireland of local tax tribunals. Where reservations were expressed they were predominantly about the importance of appointing and training appropriate General Commissioners, and about the transitional arrangements for introducing the new system.In view of this broad measure of support, the Finance Bill will include the legislation necessary to enable General Commissioners to be introduced in Northern Ireland. However, the system will not be brought into operation before January 1989. My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor will set the date for the change in the light of progress with the appointment of General Commissioners. This will also allow the Inland Revenue to inform taxpayers and their advisers in Northern Ireland how their rights to appeal to an independent tribunal will be preserved and improved by the new system.The Board of Inland Revenue issued a separate consultative document in November 1987 on possible changes to the legislation which determines which body of General Commissioners deal with an appeal (or other proceedings). The proposal was that in some tax offices appeals by companies, trusts and large unincorporated businesses should be brought before the General Commissioners for the division in which the tax office was situated, subject to the taxpayer's right of objection. Comments from professional and representative bodies, individual firms and others recognised that the existing legislation was inflexible and caused difficulty. However, there was concern that the proposed changes to the legislation might in practice be equally inflexible, and about the lack of opportunities for taxpayers to propose a different place of hearing for their appeals.The Inland Revenue is therefore undertaking further consultation on new proposals which will make it easier for taxpayers to agree with tax offices where their appeals should he heard. This should make it unnecessary for the Inland Revenue to make use of directions for many taxpayers.If taxpayers and their advisers find this revised approach more acceptable the aim will be to introduce the necessary legislation in this year's Finance Bill.

    Tax (Repayment)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is to be any change in the way that the Inland Revenue handles claims for repayment of tax by individuals during the course of a tax year.

    Multiple of average earnings
    HalfTwo-thirdsOneFiveTen
    (a)(b)(a)(b)(a)(b)(a)(b)(a)(b)
    Single
    1978–7923·5100·027·5100·031·5100·052·2100·067·5100·0
    1979–8022·9102·526·3103·429·7100·442·8121·651·4151·8
    1980–8124·7103·627·7104·930·7106·444·3122·652·1154·7

    Individuals who are not liable to tax can claim payment of the tax credit attached to dividends; they can also claim repayment of tax deducted from certain interest and other payments. Whether or not an individual is liable to tax cannot be finally settled until the end of the tax year when his or her actual income and personal allowances and reliefs for the year are known.Nevertheless the Inland Revenue's practice has been to allow individuals to claim provisional repayment by instalments during the course of a tax year rather than waiting until the end of the year. In very many cases these involve repayment of comparatively small amounts of tax at a disproportionate cost.With effect from 6 April 1989, therefore, there will be a change in the Inland Revenue's practice. With my approval, after that date the Inland Revenue will repay tax claimed during the course of the tax year only when the amount of tax involved exceeds a limit of £50. Where the tax repayable is less than this, the Inland Revenue will not process the claims but instead will be asking individuals to wait until either the amount exceeds the £50 limit or the end of the tax year, whichever is the earliest, before claiming repayment. This change in practice may affect the timing of repayments, but it will not affect the amount repaid.

    Taxation

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will construct an index, with 1978–79 equalling 100, of the changes in the level of income tax and national insurance contributions for each subsequent year for a taxpayer on (a) half, (b) two thirds, (c) average, (d) five times average and (e) 10 times average earnings for households where the taxpayer is (i) single, (ii) married with no children, (iii) married with two children and (iv) married with four children, in all cases assuming the wife does not work, using a similar form to his answer of 1 May 1987, Official Report, columns 287–90.

    [holding answer 17 March 1988]: The table shows (a) income tax plus national insurance contributions less child benefit, where appropriate, as a percentage of gross earnings; and (b) real net income after tax, NIC and child benefit in index number form with 1978–79 equalling 100. The calculations assume that the taxpayer has no reliefs other than the appropriate personal allowance and that national insurance contributions are at the contracted-in rate. Average earnings are those for full-time males paid at adult rates whose pay was not affected by absence. Figures for 1987–88 and 1988–89 are provisional.

    Half

    Two-thirds

    One

    Five

    Ten

    (a)

    (b)

    (a)

    (b)

    (a)

    (b)

    (a)

    (b)

    (a)

    (b)

    1981–8226·9100·029·6101·632·3103·446·4117·253·2150·4
    1982–8327·3100·330·1101·633·0103·145·9119·353·0152·4
    1983–8427·0104·630·0105·833·0107·245·1125·752·5159·6
    1984–8526·5108·329·6109·432·7110·745·3128·952·6164·0
    1985–8626·2110·329·4111·332·6112·445·5130·352·7165·9
    1986–8725·8115·628·9117·031·9118·545·7135·452·8172·7
    1987–8825·0120·827·8122·830·5125·045·9139·453·0178·1
    1988–8923·8125·826·3128·328·9131·036·1168·738·0240·2

    Married

    1978–7916·0100·021·9100·027·8100·050·5100·066·5100·0
    1979–8016·0101·721·1102·626·3103·841·5120·250·7149·6
    1980–8117·9102·822·6104·227·3105·842·9121·251·5152·4
    1981–8220·898·725·0100·429·3102·445·2115·752·6148·0
    1982–8320·899·425·3100·829·8102·544·6117·952·3150·1
    1983–8420·1104·124·9105·329·6106·743·7124·451·9157·4
    1984–8519·3108·324·2109·329·2110·543·9127·851·9161·7
    1985–8618·9110·323·9111·229·0112·344·0129·252·0163·7
    1986–8718·9115·023·7116·428·5118·044·2134·252·1170·3
    1987–8818·9119·123·1121·227·4123·844·5138·052·3175·6
    1988–8917·9123321·9126·126·0129·335·1165·337·6235·2

    Married with 2 children (both under 11)

    1978–792·4100·011·5100·020·9100·048·8100·065·6100·0
    1979–801·4102·810·2103·218·9104·140·0119·050·0147·8
    1980–814·9102·512·9103·620·8105·241·6119·850·8150·4
    1981–827·399·414·9100·622·5102·443·9114·651·9146·2
    1982–836·9100·614·9101·422·8102·843·2116·851·6148·4
    1983–845·9105·614·2106·222·4107·342·3123·351·2155·5
    1984–855·0109·813·5110·222·0111·142·4126·651·2159·9
    1985–865·0111·213·5111·722·0112·642·6127·951·3161·7
    1986–875·7115·213·8116·121·9117·742·9132·751·5168·2
    1987–886·2118·413·7120·221·1122·843·3136·451·6173·3
    1988–896·1121·513·0124·020·0127·533·9162·637·0231·2

    Married with 4 children (two under 11, one 11–15 and one over 16)

    1978–79-11·7100·00·1100·013·3100·046·7100·064·5100·0
    1979–80-13·3103·0-0·8102·611·6103·638·5117·349·3145·5
    1980–81-8·1101·73·1102·014·3103·940·3117·850·2147·8
    1981–82-6·299·54·899·815·8101·642·5112·851·3143·8
    1982–83-7·0100·94·5100·915·9102·241·8115·150·9145·9
    1983–84-8·4106·23·5105·815·3106·940·9121·550·4153·0
    1984–85-9·3110·32·7109·814·8110·741·0124·850·5157·3
    1985–86-8·9111·33·1110·915·1111·941·2126·050·6159·1
    1986–87-7·5114·73·9114·715·2116·441·6130·650·8165·3
    1987–88-6·4117·34·2118·214·8121·042·0134·151·0170·2
    1988–89-5·8119·44·2121·114·1124·932·7159·236·4226·4

    Clearing Banks (Tax Receipts)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he anticipates in tax receipts from the clearing banks for the year 1987–88 before any provision for sovereign country debt and after tax relief given on account of sovereign country debt.

    [holding answer 28 March 1988]: The effect on tax receipts of these provisions by all banks for the year 1987–88 was given in the answer to the hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) on 14 March 1988 at column 429. Because of the Inland Revenue's rules of confidentiality, it is not the practice to give figures of this kind for particular parts of the banking sector.

    Rail Services (Budget Document)

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made or intends to make any payment to British Rail for the publication and distribution on inter-city services of a document entitled "Summary of the Budget Proposals"; and if he will make a statement.

    [holding answer 28 March 1988]: No. I understand that a Budget summary was published by a private firm and made available to inter-city passengers at no cost to British Rail.

    Building Societies

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for the members and mortgagors of a building society which converts to a public liability company.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: It is for the investing and borrowing members of a society to decide whether conversion is in their best interests. A society cannot convert unless they vote in favour. The Building Societies Act 1986 imposes stringent voting thresholds and majorities for passing resolutions, and also provides for the members to be given all the material information they need to reach an informed judgment on which way they wish to vote. In addition a society seeking to convert must first obtain a banking licence from the Bank of England. The Government have sought to remove both artificial obstacles and artificial inducements to conversion.

    Scotland

    Ettrick And Lauderdale (Housing Capital Allocations)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he plans any increase in housing provisional capital allocations, 1988–89, for Ettrick and Lauderdale district council.

    On 28 March my right hon. and learned Friend announced details of the final housing capital allocations for all district and island councils. These included increased allocations of £1·8 million on the HRA block and £0·65 million on the non-HRA block for Ettrick and Lauderdale district.

    Rating Reform

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether sporting organisations in Scotland will be required to pay the unified business rate; and if he will make a statement.

    As the first stage in the reform of non-domestic rates in Scotland, increases in the non-domestic rate poundages set by local authorities will, under section 3 of the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987, be subject to an index-linked ceiling from 1 April 1989. This will benefit sporting organisations and other non-domestic ratepayers in Scotland.

    Mentally Ill People

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many long-stay mental patients he expects there will be in hospitals in Scotland in each of the next seven years.

    I refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave him on Tuesday 29 March 1988.

    Aids

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to respond to the British Medical Association, Royal College of General Practitioners and Scottish General Medical Services committees' call for general practitioners to be able to give out free needles and condoms; and if he will make a statement.

    The suggestions made by the three bodies are contained in a joint policy statement setting out a wide range of proposals on AIDS, HIV infection and drug misuse. I welcome the interest of these

    GradesEstablishmentFunded establishmentStaff or post at 29 February 1988
    1987–881987–88Full-timePart-time
    Chief nursing officer111
    Deputy chief nursing officer111
    Assistant chief nursing officer111
    Senior nurses (including one senior tutor)141414
    Charge nurses-ward sisters (including one clinical teacher)565456
    Staff nurses5355312
    Senior enrolled nurses373737
    Enrolled nurses146146139
    Nursing assistants212119
    TOTAL3303302992

    bodies in a matter which is of major concern to the Government, and we shall be arranging early discussions with their representatives to consider the details of their proposals.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the operation and future of the syringe exchange centres in Scotland.

    I refer the hon. Member to my reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart) on Tuesday 29 March 1988.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of HIV 2 in Scotland.

    HIV 2 infection in the United Kingdom has been monitored for some time. The indications are that the disease is extremely rare in the United Kingdom: the first positive among several thousand tests was found only some two weeks ago. Blood samples from high risk groups will continue to be monitored and we shall take account of the situation in Europe, where HIV 2 infection is thought to be more prevalent, to assess whether further measures are needed.

    Community Care

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate for expenditure on community care in Scotland in each of the next three years.

    No such estimates are available. Community care can take a number of forms and expenditure may arise for health boards, local authorities and central Government (through the social security system).

    Nurses

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing (a) the establishment figures, (b) the funded establishment figures and (c) the in-post figures of Carstairs state hospital for each nursing grade employed; and if he will publish, for each grade category, the number of employees in full-time posts, the number of part-time employees and the whole-time equivalents of those part-time employees.

    The establishment figure is based on a patient population of 230. The current patient population is 210. The information is given in the following table:

    1 Whole-time equivalent 1·25.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing (a) the establishment figures, (b) the funded establishment figures and (c) the in-post figures of each health board in Scotland for the following nursing grades: regional nursing officer 1 and 2, regional nurse 1 and 2, district nursing officer grades 1 to 7, director of nursing services grades 1 + to 6, senior nurse grades 1 + to 8, sister I, sister II, health visitor, deputy nursing sister, staff nurse, senior enrolled nurse, enrolled nurse, nursing auxiliary/assistant; and if he will publish, for each grade category, the number of employees in full-time posts, the number of part-time employees and the whole-time equivalent of those part-time employees.

    Table
    ScotlandArgyll and ClydeAyrshire and ArranBordersDumfries and GallowayFifeForth ValleyGrampianGreater GlasgowHighlandLanarkLothianOrkneyShetlandTaysideWestern Isles
    C.A.N.O.15·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·01·0
    Director of Nursing Services83·08·04·02·04·08·05·08·016·03·06·014·00·00·010·01·0
    Senior Nurses Grades 1–81,343·8101·580·429·043·078·083·811·60370·564·3111·5192·04·05·060·06·0
    Sister/Charge Nurse17,303·1603·8387·9175·4218·7270·8378·1709 11,838·4318·9677·5975·634·138·2634·266·5
    Staff Nurse/Midwife13,089·3818·1845·8195·1446·7780·0565·41,125·82,936·5610·5893·32,271·821·247·21,278·872·2
    Senior Enrolled591·043·817·44·013·819·416·829·9170·921·4137·455·10·02·059·10·0
    Enrolled9,784·3685·9471·7150·9275·9752·4473·41,037·52,053·9317·21,116·41,196·872·345·21,084·448·4
    Health Visitor21,420·3126·884·032·538·395·883·2147·2267·680·9137·6186·210·512·0108·711·0
    Protected Grades178·110·15·00·03·01·02·010·04·02·029·015·00·00·097·00·0
    Other Qualified3959·052·342·918·027·054·546·9104·6250·728·077·5184·50·00·084·00·0
    Auxiliary/Assistant15,592·21,562·6949·5342·2482·4854·81,200·01,552·63,837·3545·51,255·52,349·536·344·31,619·958·9
    Table 2
    Whole timeNumber Part timeTotalWTE for part time
    CANO150150·0
    Director of Nursing Services830830·0
    Senior Nurses Grades 1 to 81,336121,3487·8
    Sister/Charge Nurse16,3661,4107,778937·1
    Staff Nurse/Midwife9,1577,03316,2003,922·3
    Senior Enrolled49713353094·0
    Enrolled6,6384,92711,5853,145·3
    Health Visitor1 21,3091991,508111·3
    Protected Grades17721791·1
    Other Qualified1 29414698728·0
    Auxiliary/Assistant8,39712,30820,7058,295·2
    1 Includes district nurses and midwives who are on the same pay scale.
    2 Includes combined duty health visitors.
    3 Includes teaching grades.

    Pupils (Behaviour)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pupils were excluded from school on account of bad behaviour in each of the past five school years; and if he will give the figures for each year for each education authority.

    Forestry

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his most recent estimate of the area of annual new planting of trees in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government's aim is traditional planting at the rate of 33,000 hectares a year.

    Information is not held centrally about health boards' establishments or funded establishments for nursing staff. Table 1 sets out for each health board in Scotland at March 1987 the whole-time equivalent numbers of staff in post in the grades that correspond as closely as possible to the categories set out in the question. Some of these categories are specific to the English situation. Information about numbers of employees in full-time posts and about part-time employees in each health board at March 1987 could be made available from central records only at disproportionate cost. Table 2 sets out for Scotland as a whole and for the same grades the number of staff in full time posts, the number in part-time posts and the whole-time equivalent of those employed part time.In addition, the proposed farm woodland scheme will provide for the planting of 36,000 hectares in the period of three years from its introduction.

    Students (Allowances)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will publish full details of students allowances for session 1988–89.

    I announced the main rates of student grant for the 1988–89 academic year in response to a question from my hon. Friend on 18 December 1987, at columns 819–20.I am publishing today the supplementary grant rates for the 1988–89 session. The increases in these rates are

    broadly in line with the 4 per cent. increase in the main rates. In addition, there are three minor changes in the terms of the students allowances scheme, namely:

  • (i) All student pension income will be disregarded up to a limit of £2,000;
  • (ii) a student who reaches the third anniversary of his or her marriage during a course will be given independent status with effect from his or her next award; and
  • (iii) unpaid placements will not count towards the length of a previous course for the purposes of the "previous study" requirements.
  • Cash Limits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will announce any change to the 1987–88 cash limit for local authority non-housing capital expenditure.

    The 1987–88 cash limit figure has been increased from £437·8 million to £443·8 million to reflect the £6 million in supplementary capital allocations issued in December to local authorities to assist with the capital costs of implementing the community charge.

    Personal Information (Access)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when consultation will take place on the regulations to be made under section 3 of the Access to Personal Files Act 1987 in respect of access for individuals to manually maintained records containing information relating to themselves held by local authority social work departments in Scotland.

    Proposals for the making of these regulations were issued today and a copy of the consultative paper and a list of bodies to which it is addressed has been placed in the Library of the House. The paper has been issued to local authorities in Scotland, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and those voluntary organisations principally concerned with the interests of social work client groups whose records are likely to be held by local authorities and others representing more general consumer interests. A response has been requested by 27 May.The right of access provided under these proposals is in line with that already available in relation to local authority records of the same type under the Data Protection Act 1984. The proposals include a safeguard that information may be withheld if access is likely to result in serious harm to the physical or mental health, or emotional condition, of the individual requesting access, or to another person.It is proposed that local authorities will be able to charge an access fee of up to a maximum of £10.

    Pollution

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he is taking to combat air and water pollution.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: The Scottish Office is actively engaged in a large number of measures to deal with pollution of all kinds. For example, we played a full part in the policy and administrative preparations for the North sea conference of Ministers in London in November, including the organisation of the preliminary international meeting of senior officials in Edinburgh, and we are now taking action to implement the measures agreed by Ministers at the conference; these are listed in the declaration, of which a copy is available in the Library.We identified for the first time 23 Scottish waters in terms of the EC bathing waters directive, and these are being monitored to ensure compliance with the directive's standards.We have tackled particular water pollution problems as necessary, for example by placing restrictions on the use of TBT anti-fouling paints on small boats and fish cages.In the field of air pollution, we are maintaining a close watch on the implementation in Scotland of the EC directives relating to air pollution; encouraging, and paying grants to, local authorities which carry out smoke control measures under the clean air acts; and actively considering comments received on the Government's paper on the review of air pollution legislation in Great Britain. We have also commissioned research projects on specific air pollution questions in Scotland.If the hon. Member has any particular aspect in mind, he may like to write to me or to my right hon. and learned Friend.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the measures his Department is taking to encourage a reduction in the emission of pollutants which cause acid rain.

    [holding answer 29 March 1988]: The reduction of acid-producing emissions has to be approached on a national and international basis. The reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Se