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Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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Written Answers Toquestions

Wednesday 13 April 1988

Transport

Underground Trains

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has held with London Regional Transport about the introduction of rolling stock on the London Underground designed to reduce crime opportunities and increase passenger protection;(2) what studies he has undertaken or commissioned into the design of underground train carriages so as to increase passenger protection against crime.

My Department maintains close contact with London Underground Ltd. on measures to combat crime on the Underground. Features to improve passenger security have been incorporated in the prototype trains built to evaluate the replacement stock to serve the Central line in the 1990s. These include alarms which allow passengers to talk to the driver and greater visibility between carriages. The trains will undergo passenger service trials later this year.

Autoguide Electronic Route Guidance System

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made with the Autoguide electronic route guidance system.

I have today helped the private sector to launch its Autoguide demonstration scheme, which covers much of the Westminster area and the corridor to Heathrow airport. I have also issued a consultation document on the following stage on the project : the London pilot system. I have placed copies in the Library.Both the demonstration scheme and the London pilot system are important steps towards a national commercial Autoguide service, which will make an important contribution towards keeping traffic moving and improving the quality of road travel.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Rehvot (Bombing Incident)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received from Her Majesty's ambassador in Tel Aviv regarding the claim by the Palestine Liberation Organisation to have detonated bombs on 20 March in a bus shelter in Rehvot; and whether he will instruct the ambassador to convey the regrets of Her Majesty's Government to the Government of Israel about this terrorist incident.

Syria (Mr Philip Habib)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has raised through the British interests section in the Australian embassy in Damascus Her Majesty's Government's reaction to the refusal of the Syrian Government to receive President Reagan's envoy, Mr. Philip Habib; and whether he will make a statement.

Iraq (Peace Initiative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received from Her Majesty's ambassador in Baghdad regarding the public statement made there on 26 March by Mr. Yasir Arafat rejecting Mr. George Shultz's peace initiative; and whether Her Majesty's ambassador has made any representations to the Government of Iraq regarding this statement.

The "Summary of World Broadcasts" edition of 29 March quotes Mr. Arafat as saying in Baghdad on 27 March :

"We are not against any peace initiative, but we are not ready to respond to any initiative that ignores the Palestinian people and their rights".
We have not raised this statement with the Government of Iraq.

Environment

Planning Appeals

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the average period of time for holding an inquiry into a planning appeal, from the date of the original planning application to the local authority to the commencement of the inquiry.

For the 1,922 planning appeals decided in 1987, following public inquiries, the median time from the date of the planning application to the start of the inquiry was 54 weeks. It must be borne in mind that an appeal can be lodged at any time up to six months after the local planning authority's decision, or after the date by which that decision should have been made.

Tenants' Choice Interviews (Nottingham)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if Nottingham city council was informed of the tenants' choice interviews conducted in Nottingham in the current week; and if he will make a statement;(2) what contact and co—operation his Department had with Nottingham city council prior to the setting up of research interviews with tenants on the sale of estates.

A small sample of tenants in Nottingham, from estates selected in consultation with the city council's director of housing, are taking part in group discussions to identify factors which are important in a choice of landlord. The project is not concerned with the sale of these estates or of any other particular estates.

Rushmoor Borough Council

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether Rushmoor borough council had a legal agreement, endorsed by his Department at the time of the transfer of the Greater London council housing stock, whereby subsidy will continue to be paid on the major technical repairs programme for the Prospect Estate at no cost to the borough.

Rating Reform

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what basis he will issue the capital allocation of £25 million for the preparation costs of the community charge which he announced on 24 March.

The £25 million capital allocations will be issued pro rata to adult population. Letters have been sent to each charging authority in England informing it of its individual allocation. A list of these allocations has been placed in the Library. Subject to parliamentary approval of the community charge legislation, the allocations will assist councils to begin preparing for the introduction of the community charge in 1990. Although authorities are unlikely to incur significant additional current expenditure in the financial year 1988–89, it is likely to be helpful for them to be able to begin preparations on capital projects such as the installation or adaptation of computer systems. These allocations show that the Government recognise the need for authorities to make an early start on these so that the collection of the community charge will run efficiently from the beginning. These early allocations will enable councils to plan sensibly for the operation of the new system, which will for the first time make them truly accountable to the people they serve.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those bodies that have made representations to his Department on the possible effects of the introduction of the poll tax on rural areas and on the services provided by local authorities.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: A summary of the 1,271 responses received by 31 October 1986, when the consultation period on the Green Paper ended, was placed in the Library on 15 December 1986. Since June 1987 my Department has received some 8,300 letters, the majority of which—about 6,100—are from private individuals. However, the letters contain a variety of comments on specific aspects of our proposals, or requests for further information, and for this reason do not readily lend themselves to an analysis of correspondents' views.

Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the projected rate increases for all counties, boroughs and districts in England for the financial year 1988–89.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: The following is the available information for county precept increases and local rate increases in boroughs and districts in 1988–89:

Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Avon7·9
Bedfordshire6·1
Berkshire8·5
Buckinghamshire9·2
Cambridgeshire4·9
Cheshire10·0
Cleveland11·9
Cornwall12·9
Per cent.
Cumbria5·5
Derbyshire13·5
Devon11·3
Dorset7·4
Durham15·0
East Sussex14·1
Essex17·8
Gloucestershire11·9
Hampshire8·8
Hereford and Worcester9·8
Hertfordshire16·9
Humberside20·3
Isle of Wight9·7
Kent12·5
Lancashire18·5
Leicestershire11·0
Lincolnshire14·0
Norfolk10·0
Northamptonshire15·1
Northumberland114·6
North Yorkshire11·9
Nottinghamshire7·2
Oxfordshire9·3
Shropshire8·7
Somerset11·7
Staffordshire8·3
Suffolk7·9
Surrey10·5
Warwickshire15·9
West Sussex9·1
Wiltshire7·8
1 Excluding Northumbria police precept.
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Isles of Stilly3·1
Greater Manchester
Bolton6·3
Bury7·4
Manchester-9·7
Oldham10·1
Rochdale7·4
Salford8·6
Stockport10·0
Tameside7·9
Trafford10·1
Wigan9·5
Merseyside
Knowsley3·7
Liverpool1·2
St. Helens5·7
Sefton7·4
Wirral7·2
South Yorkshire
Barnsley8·9
Doncaster8·3
Rotherham7·6
Sheffield12·1
Tyne and Wear
Gateshead10·0
Newcastle-upon-Tyne-7·2
North Tyneside9·0
South Tyneside8·5
Sunderland3·8
West Midlands
Birmingham3·2
Coventry8·0
Dudley1·9
Sandwell5·0
Solihull0·4
Per cent.
Walsall4·7
Wolverhampton3·5
West Yorkshire
Bradford11·0
Calderdale18·1
Kirklees12·8
Leeds8·0
Wakefield12·2
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Percentage
City of London4·1
Camden-2·6
Greenwich12·5
Hackney9·3
Hammersmith and Fulham5·2
Islington13·6
Kensington and Chelsea-26·4
Lambeth-17·9
Lewisham3·7
Southwark-9·3
Tower Hamlets11·6
Wandsworth31·7
Westminster-0·4
Barking and Dagenham6·2
Barnet15·6
Bexley13·4
Brent10·7
Bromley7·3
Croydon8·0
Ealing-24·5
Enfield20·5
Haringey-9·9
Harrow8·5
Havering8·0
Hillingdon7·4
Hounslow7·3
Kingston-upon-Thames10·5
Merton10·8
Newham11·6
Redbridge0·5
Richmond-upon-Thames10·7
Sutton9·6
Waltham Forest-31·3
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Avon
Bath0·0
Bristol15·0
Kingswood0·7
Northavon9·5
Wansdyke8·1
Woodspring14·5
Bedfordshire
North Bedfordshire0·9
Luton-3·6
Mid Bedfordshire5·4
South Bedfordshire12·5
Berkshire
Bracknell3·0
Newbury11·4
Reading21·7
Slough0·2
Windsor & Maidenhead0·2
Wokingham29·4
Buckinghamshire
Aylesbury Vale1·6
South Bucks21·4
Per cent.
Chiltern7·3
Milton Keynes3·9
Wycombe3·0
Cambridgeshire
Cambridge27·0
East Cambridgeshire-0·9
Fenland11·1
Huntingdonshire4·6
Peterborough8·8
South Cambridgeshire1·7
Cheshire
Chester5·9
Congleton5·2
Crewe and Nantwich10·3
Ellesmere & Neston5·0
Halton5·0
Macclesfield4·7
Vale Royal9·8
Warrington10·8
Cleveland
Hartlepool11·1
Langbaurgh-on-Tees11·7
Middlesbrough-27·8
Stockton on Tees23·2
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
per cent.
Cornwall
Caradon21·8
Carrick14·1
Kerrier17·1
North Cornwall12·5
Penwith12·9
Restormel5·1
Cumbria
Allerdale0·0
Barrow in Furness16·5
Carlisle0·3
Copeland0·6
Eden6·0
South Lakeland0·7
Derbyshire
Amber Valley-8·6
Bolsover9·7
Chesterfield0·6
Derby-5·7
Erewash16·4
High Peak6·2
North East Derbyshire17·8
South Derbyshire8·0
Derbyshire Dales13·9
Devon
East Devon1·5
Exeter7·8
North Devon11·2
Plymouth16·2
South Hams7·8
Teignbridge13·7
Mid Devon13·6
Torbay6·8
Torridge1·0
West Devon22·7
Dorset
Bournemouth0·0
Christchurch7·6
North Dorset24·7
Poole5·6
Purbeck6·8
per cent.
West Dorset15·7
Weymouth and Portland0·0
East Dorset18·6
Durham
Chester le Street7·3
Darlington9·7
Derwentside20·6
Durham10·1
Easington53·8
Sedgefield9·5
Teesdale9·7
Wear Valley11·8
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
East Sussex
Brighton33·3
Eastbourne0·0
Hastings4·8
Hovefrom 0p to 4·9p
Lewes6·7
Rother2·8
Wealden6·3
Essex
Basildon-6·0
Braintree17·4
Brentwood-5·0
Castle Point5·6
Chelmsford36·1
Colchester14·9
Epping Forest5·0
Harlow6·3
Maldon-6·0
Rochford14·9
Southend on Sea0·0
Tendring0·5
Thurrock17·5
Uttlesford2·5
Gloucestershire
Cheltenham5·0
Cotswold6·1
Forest of Dean2·1
Gloucester5·6
Stroud20·7
Tewkesbury1·7
Hampshire
Basingstoke and Deane18·8
East Hampshire16·6
Eastleigh5·8
Fareham7·7
Gosport9·3
Hart12·2
Havant21·7
New Forest20·4
Portsmouth3·4
Rushmoor-3·8
Southampton4·0
Test Valley9·7
Winchester7·3
Hereford and Worcester
Bromsgrove15·1
Hereford-33·6
Leominster9·4
Malvern Hills5·3
Redditch7·4
South Herefordshire2·4
Worcester4·1
Wychavon6·6
Wyre Forest13·6
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Hertfordshire
Broxbourne0·0
Dacorum5·1
East Hertfordshire13·1
Hertsmere0·6
North Hertfordshire21·3
St. Albans39·4
Stevenage0·0
Three Rivers0·8
Watford0·0
Welwyn Hatfield7·1
Humberside
Beverley11·2
Boothferry13·9
Cleethorpes9·0
Glanford0·6
Great Grimsby11·5
Holderness25·0
Kingston-upon-Hull-17·0
East Yorkshire24·4
Scunthorpe5·9
Isle of Wight
Medina3·9
South Wight4·3
Kent
Ashford5·1
Canterbury8·8
Dartford1·1
Dover26·0
Gillingham42·3
Gravesham5·8
Maidstone1·4
Rochester on Medway0·3
Sevenoaks13·0
Shepway33·0
Swale5·2
Thanet9·8
Tonbridge and Mailing10·8
Tunbridge Wells20·3
Lancashire
Blackburn-4·1
Blackpool6·9
Burnley0·0
Chorley5·0
Fylde4·5
Hyndburn1·7
Lancaster8·0
Pendle9·6
Preston18·4
Ribble Valley7·2
Rossendale9·2
South Ribble11·4
West Lancashire0·2
Wyre3·3
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Leicestershire
Blaby-4·3
Charnwood-2·6
Harborough5·5
Hinckley and Bosworth15·7
Leicester9·5
Melton41·2
North West Leicester6·3
Oadby and Wigston4·9
Rutland1·3
Per cent.
Lincolnshire
Boston12·8
East Lindsey18·3
Lincoln14·8
North Kesteven6·5
South Holland6·7
South Kesteven1·9
West Lindsey7·1
Norfolk
Breckland16·5
Broadland15·5
Great Yarmouth3·9
North Norfolk9·7
Norwich4·1
South Norfolk20·0
Kings Lynn/West
Norfolk9·0
Northamptonshire
Corby0·0
Daventry0·0
East Northampton24·1
Kettering8·1
Northampton15·8
South Northampton16·4
Wellingborough1·1
Northumberland
Alnwick22·3
Berwick·upon·Tweed16·9
Blyth Valley9·6
Castle Morpeth15·0
Tynedale8·0
Wansbeck7·4
North Yorkshire
Craven10·5
Hambleton20·7
Harrogate6·8
Richmondshire13·3
Ryedale7·6
Scarborough7·6
Selby3·8
York9·6
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Per cent.
Nottinghamshire
Ashfield8·8
Bassetlaw8·9
Broxtowe5·7
Gedling13·0
Mansfield16·1
Newark and Sherwood23·5
Nottingham0·0
Rushcliffe1·3
Oxfordshire
Cherwell4·4
Oxford88·2
South Oxfordshire5·0
Vale of White Horse2·4
West Oxfordshire3·2
Shropshire
Bridgnorth5·6
North Shropshire26·5
Oswestry24·6
Shrewsbury and Atcham9·3
South Shropshire12·5
The Wrekin15·2
Somerset
Mendip12·0
Per cent.
Sedgemoor0·2
Taunton Deane4·2
West Somerset19·4
South Somerset31·0
Staffordshire
Cannock Chase2·4
East Staffordshire3·0
Lichfield7·6
Newcastle under Lyme5·5
South Staffordshire6·9
Stafford21·7
Staffs, Moorlands22·6
Stoke-on-Trent3·6
Tamworth0·0
Suffolk
Babergh5·8
Forest Heath17·5
Ipswich9·8
Mid Suffolk11·4
St. Edmundsbury16·0
Suffolk Coastal39·1
Waveney7·8
Increases in local rates and county precepts 1988–89
Percentage
Surrey
Elmbridge2·5
Epsom and Ewell10·8
Guildford0·0
Mole Valley6·2
Reigate and Banstead7·4
Runnymede-14·6
Spelthorne-72·9
Surrey Heath10·5
Tandridge4·5
Waverley9·4
Woking11·5
Warwickshire
North Warwickshire4·6
Nuneaton and Bedworth8·4
Rugby1·5
Stratford-on-Avon-1·7
Warwick7·4
West Sussex
Adur7·8
Arun8·4
Chichester7·0
Crawley12·3
Horsham9·0
Mid Sussex17·6
Worthing0·0
Wiltshire
Kennet7·4
North Wiltshire25·9
Salisbury13·9
Thamesdown-7·4
West Wiltshire41·4

Education And Science

Grammar Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many grammar schools are operated by local authorities; what was the figure for 1979; and if he will make a statement.

The numbers of grammar schools maintained by local education authorities in England in January 1987 and in January 1979 were 152 and 254 respectively.

University Admissions (Ethnic Monitoring)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any plans to meet the University Grants Committee to discuss proposals for ethnic monitoring in relation to admission proposals; and if he will make a statement.

Further to my reply to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett) on 29 February 1988, at columns 404–5, the Department issued on 8 March its consultative document addressing the issues and options for consideration in the collection of ethically based statistics for students in further and higher education. The University Grants Committee was included among the bodies in the university sector to which copies were sent. In addition, as adumbrated in my previous reply, the Department has raised the question of the ethnic monitoring of university applicants with the Universities Central Council on Admissions, which is now considering the proposal in consultation with other interested bodies.

Research Centres

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek additional funding for setting up interdisciplinary research centres in 1989–90.

Funding in 1989–90 for inter-disciplinary research centres and for the science base generally will be subject to review in this year's public expenditure survey.

Reception Classes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what measures he proposes to take to ensure that reception classes in primary schools are adequately staffed.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng) on 15 March, at column 531.

Further Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received concerning his plans for further education; and if he will make a statement.

362 responses have been received to the consultation paper. "Maintained Further Education : Financing, Governance and Law", from a wide range of local education authorities, colleges, educational and other organisations, and individuals.

Horniman Museum

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has for the future of the Horniman museum; and if he will make a statement.

We are urgently considering the most appropriate arrangements for the Horniman museum and will make an announcement as soon as possible.

Child Guidance Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he is developing for the future of the Child Guidance Service within inner London, in the light of the proposed abolition of the Inner London education authority.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Woolwich (Mr. Cartwright) on 28 March, at column 273.

Supply Teachers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance his Department has given to local education authorities in Wales concerning the salary scales of supply teachers; and if he will make a statement.

It is for local education authorities to determine to pay of supply teachers within the framework set down in the "School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 1987."

Attorney-General

Welsh Language

To ask the Attorney-General whether there are any plans to initiate a review of the use of the Welsh language in courts in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The Government are committed to the principle of equal validity in the use of English and Welsh in court proceedings in Wales as provided for in the Welsh Language Act 1967. The Lord Chancellor will willingly consider any specific representations about the facilities for the use of Welsh in courts for which he is responsible, but a further general review is considered to be unnecessary.

Welsh Social Security Commissioner

To ask the Attorney-General what recent representations he has received concerning the Welsh Social Security Commissioner; and if he will make a statement.

Since the closure of the Cardiff office of the social security commissioners on 4 August 1986 my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor has received written representations on that subject from nine Members of Parliament, one peer and two members of the public, to which replies were sent explaining the reason for the closure and the steps taken to ensure that hearings continue to take place in Cardiff as necessary.

Defence

Morocco

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restriction Her Majesty's Government impose on the use of British military equipment and weapons supplied to the kingdom of Morocco to ensure that they are used neither for external aggression against the Saharawi people nor for internal repression.

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) on 14 July, at column 442.

Nuclear-Powered Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nuclear-powered submarines he expects to have been taken out of service by the year 2000; and what proposals he is considering for their decommissioning.

On current plans 10 nuclear-powered submarines will have been taken out of service by the year 2000. Sea disposal of the entire submarine, land burial of the intact reactor compartment and piecemeal disposal of the reactor machinery in a deep disposal site to be

Inward investment into Wales by county from 1 April 1983 to 31 December 1987
19831984198519861987Total
CountyProjectInvestment £ MillionsProjectInvestment £ MillionsProjectInvestment £ MillionsProjectInvestment £ MillionsProjectInvestment £ MillionsProjectInvestment £ Millions
Clwyd2120·1529·11039·72249·92945·868284·6
Dyfed136·0510·5127·0712·91756·4
Gwent63·01851·81522·82338·81769·679186·1
Gwynedd110·8130·761·5
Mid Glamorgan39·9825·72349·32437·63066·188188·6
Powys20·610·130·7
South Glamorgan628·0729·31018·920·21337·338113·8
West Glamorgan30·4321·2416·5822·2136·53166·9
Total Wales22161·445163·969158·381175·7113239·0330898·6

Note: Investment figures have been individually rounded and therefore may not equal totals.

Teaching Hospitals

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the teaching hospitals in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Undergraduate medical and dental education is provided by the University of Wales college of medicine and the Cardiff Dental school on the site of the University Hospital of Wales. Clinical training is provided primarily at the University hospital of Wales, the Cardiff royal infirmary and Llandough hospital.The postgraduate education of doctors continues through to the senior registrar grade and there are training posts in all the larger hospitals in Wales.

Green Pound

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to press for a devaluation of the green pound; and if he will make a statement.

The European Commission proposal not to make any changes in the green pound in the price package for 1988–89 will be subject to discussion at the forthcoming meetings of the Council of Ministers. We strongly support the Commission's aim of removing all MCAs by 1992 and we have already made clear our commitment to press for the immediate abolition of our MCAs in the pigmeat sector. developed by Nirex are options which are under consideration by the MOD but no decisions have yet been taken.The safety and environmental implications of these options will, of course, form part of the Government's deliberations.

Wales

Inward Investment

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Ynys Mon of 21 March, Official Report, column 26, if he will give the corresponding figures for each year since 1979.

The numbers of inward investment projects secured for Wales by county during the period 1 April 1983 to 31 December 1987 are shown in the following table. Figures for the years prior to the establishment of WlNvest in April 1983 are not available.

Regional Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if his Department currently applies outside financial appraisals for straightforward regional development grant applications.

Morriston Hospital

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department first received a request that Morriston hospital should be made a sub-regional centre. for prenatal services; what progress has been made in considering the proposal; when he expects to make a decision; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: The response of West Glamorgan health authority to consultation on the recommendations of the perinatal mortality initiative report relating to the establishment of a regional perinatal intensive care service were received in May 1987. Together with the responses of other health authorities in Wales it has been the subject of detailed study and an announcement of the Welsh Office proposals, in the light of consultation, will be made as soon as possible.

Prime Minister

Council Of Europe

To ask the Prime Minister if she will announce the composition of the United Kingdom delegation for the 40th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The 40th Session Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be opened in Strasbourg on 2 May 1988. The delegation from the United Kingdom for the Session will consist of eleven Members of the Conservative party, six Members of the Labour party and one Member of the Social Liberal and Democratic party. I have also appointed a number of substitute delegates.The appointments of representatives and substitutes have been made on the basis of nominations by the Leaders of those parties concerned.The same delegation will be representing the United Kingdom Parliament at the Assembly of the Western European Union, which next meets in Paris on 6 June.

Representatives from the Government Benches will be:

My hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir Geoffrey Finsberg)— who will act as leader of both delegations.
The hon. Members for:
  • Warwick and Leamington (Sir D. Smith)
  • Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill) (Government Whip)
  • Twickenham (Mr. Jessel)
  • Northampton, South (Mr. Morris)
  • Halesowen and Stourbridge (Mr. Stokes)
  • Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson)
  • Ashford (Mr. Speed)
  • Streatham (Mr. Shelton)
  • Medway (Dame P. Fenner)
  • The Earl of Kinnoull.

Representatives from the Labour Party will be:

The hon. Members for:
  • Neath (Mr. Coleman)
  • Wallsend (Mr. Garrett)
  • Wentworth (Mr. Hardy)
  • Tooting (Mr. Cox)
  • Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Parry)
  • Falkirk, East (Mr. Ewing)

Representatives from the Social Liberal and Democratic Party will be:

The hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston).
The following substitutes have been appointed to act as necessary on behalf of the delegates.

From the Government Benches:

The hon. Members for:
  • Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson)
  • Eastwood (Mr. Stewart)
  • Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell)
  • Thanet, North (Mr. Gale)
  • Lewes (Mr. Rathbone)
  • Brighton, Kemptown (Mr. Bowden)
  • Suffolk, Central (Mr. Lord)
  • Ravensbourne (Mr. Hunt)
  • Lord Newall and Lord Rodney

From the Labour Party :

The hon. Members for:
  • Wansbeck (Mr. Thompson)
  • Manchester, Central (Mr. Litherland)
  • Don Valley (Mr. Redmond)
  • Warley, East (Mr. Faulds)
  • Lewisham, Deptford (Ms. Ruddock)
  • Cunninghame, South (Mr. Lambie)
  • Lord Kirkhill

From the Social Liberal and Democratic Party:

The Lord Mackie of Benshie

Overseas Development

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the United Kingdom to ratify the convention establishing the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

I am glad to announce that the United Kingdom's instrument of ratification of the MIGA convention was deposited by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the World Bank's offices in Washington on 12 April 1988. Sufficient ratifications have now been received for the convention to enter into force. The United Kingdom has therefore become an original member of the agency and will play a full part in its formative stages. MIGA, which will encourage private investments in developing countries, principally by issuing contracts of guarantee against defined non-commercial risks, is a welcome addition to the World Bank group and we hope it will have a long and successful life.

Scotland

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current level of employment in (a) the coal industry in Scotland and (b) the electricity using industries in Scotland.

British Coal has about 5,000 employees in Scotland at present. In addition, roughly 1,000 people are employed on opencast and deep mining by subcontractors. There are also a small number working in licensed private mining.There is no generally accepted definition of "the electricity using industries". Estimates of the numbers of employees in employment in Scotland in September 1987 by broad industry categories are given in table 1·5 of the March

Employment Gazette, available in the Library of the House. A more detailed industry breakdown, from the 1984 census of employment, appears in an article in "Scottish Economic Bulletin" number 36, also available in the Library of the House.

Rate Support Grant

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing for each district council area in Scotland (a) the rate of support grant for 1987–88, (b) that figure expressed per capita of the population of the authority, (c) the rate support grant in 1978–79 in 1986 prices, (d) expressed as a sum per capita of the then population of the authority, and (e) the percentage difference between (c) and (d).

The figures show for each local authority the total and per capita amounts of rate support grant paid in 1987–88, the total and per capita amounts of rate support grant paid in 1978–79 expressed in 1986–87 prices, and the percentage difference between the 1978–79 and 1987–88 per capita figures. The GDP deflator is used to convert the figures for 1978–79 from cash to 1986–87 prices. The grant figures used for 1987–88 are based on the Rate Support Grant (Scotland) Order 1987. No adjustment has been

(1) Total RSG 1987–88(2) Total RSG per head 1987–88(3) Total RSG 1978–79 in 1986–87 prices(4) Total RSG per head 1978–79 in 1986–87 price(5) Percentage change between column 2 and column 4
Regions
Borders39,903,204391·9637,585,671374·045·0
Central73,894,672271·8574,802,201275·19-1·0
Dumfries and Galloway53,254,149362·8449,262,167343·366·0
Fife97,346,577283·13100,201,708292·07-3·0
Grampian145,915,693290·18148,270,940319·42-9·0
Highland89,287,275444·7490,335,804479·17-7·0
Lothian188,261,970253·75228,644,362304·73-17·0
Strathclyde868,415,907370·39900,064,841368·081·0
Tayside124,784,34331805124,661,542309·393·0
Islands
Orkney9,421,381489·028,241,727452·928·0
Shetland11,139,709472·4211,887,137554·18-15·0
Western Isles29,665,079941·9323,576,297794·7519·0
Districts
Berwickshire453,69124·20773,27443·24-44·0
Ettrick and Lauderdale700,08321·071,281,90839·00-46·0
Roxburgh1,497,24542·511,710,37947·68-11·0
Tweeddale287,90219·71453,24632·69-40·0
Clackmannan1,042,78221·911,978,58441·16-47·0
Falkirk1,650,46711·543,226,33622·38-48·0
Stirling933,49311·502,458,92330·89-63·0
Annandale and Eskdale840,12023·391,212,82434·57-32·0
Nithsdale996,69417·381,623,54328·87-40·0
Stewartry452,27019·55657,24129·33-33·0
Wigtown706,29323·251,010,37733·96-32·0
Dunfermline1,485,22311·504,412,01534·53-67·0
Kirkcaldy1,953,51613·184,965,08333·19-60·0
North East Fife983,90814·792,040,63231·04-52·0
Aberdeen City4,180,52019·336,230,81329·87-35·0
Banff and Buchan958,71311·533,013,94738·32-70·0
Gordon1,967,20527·793,565,62762·31-55·0
Kincardine and Deeside738,28015·441,414,27336·99-58·0
Moray1,166,72213·763,265,35840·05-66·0
Badenoch and Strathspey120,12511·33249,43426·03-56·0
Caithness1,122,78741·381,286,14746·25-11·0
Inverness676,47211131,576,52328·46-61·0
Lochaber361,61018·671,096,25354·47-66·0
Nairn276,06326·96352,92234·69-22·0
Ross and Cromarty1,297,30827·083,166,53174·17-63·0
Skye and Lochalsh515,71444·74427,91342·415·0
Sutherland698,27752·85997,60578·81-33·0
(1) Total RSG 1987–88(2) Total RSG per head 1987–88(3) Total RSG 1978–79 in 1986–87 prices(4) Total RSG per head 1978–79 in 1986–87 price(5) Percentage change between column 2 and column 4
Regions
East Lothian1,512,25418·472,812,13635·7-48·0
Edinburgh City12,513,10428·5513,283,32729·1-2·0
Midlothian3,100,73038·164,280,38850·71-25·0
West Lothian3,617,70725·745,526,06742·31-39·0
Argyll and Bute3,712,32656·603,724,00857·56-2·0
Bearsden and Milngavie615,78215·331,704,32343·82-65·0
Clydebank4,362,46388·664,474,56082·527·0
Clydesdale2,375,90340·762,399,80542·79-5·0
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth1,964,42631·432,427,92139·23-20·0
Cumnock and Doon Valley2,787,31064·033,107,95766·61-4·0
Cunninghame3,697,91226·965,508,37340·8-34·0
Dumbarton1,409,74517·783,218,79340·5-56·0
East Kilbride1,449,30017·713,108,53737·15-52·0
Eastwood951,83516·982,095,62640·98-59·0
Glasgow City46,813,57964·5653,811,98966·46-3·0
Hamilton3,903,35436·507,160,87766·81-45·0

made for grant penalties since they will be restored if authorities bring their expenditure down to guideline at outturn.

(1) Total RSG 1987–88

(2) Total RSG per head 1987–88

(3) Total RSG 1978–79 in 1986–87 prices

(4) Total RSG per head 1978–79 in 1986–87 price

(5) Percentage change between column 2 and column 4

Inverclyde3,675,39937·805,570,39354·17-30·0
Kilmarnock and Loudoun3,060,25237·754,281,20052·6-28·0
Kyle and Carrick2,313,84420·464,658,04341·4-51·0
Monklands5,516,80351·558,478,04077·01-33·0
Motherwell4,898,96433·107,484,75749·06-33·0
Renfrew7,869,81238·739,961,11346·72-17·0
Strathkelvin3,522,38339·463,991,22347·46-17·0
Angus2,394,76625·713,597,59239·13-34·0
Dundee City7,085,77140·218,848,16346·2-13·0
Perth and Kinross2,280,83418·553,612,41330·24-39·0
Scotland1,896,760,000370·392,031,109,723392·15-6·0

Local Authority Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each district council area in Scotland those services on which authorities spend below the national average; and by how much.

This information is not readily available, and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

Home Department

Arts And Antiques Squad

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will request the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to reconstitute the arts and antiques squad; and if he will make a statement.

It is for chief officers to take operational decisions about the deployment of the resources available to them. I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the need for a specialist arts and antiques squad is kept under review, but that there are no plans at present to re-establish the squad.

Economic League

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to police forces concerning contacts with the Economic League.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now inquire into alleged connections between the Economic League and the police forces of the United Kingdom.

An inquiry was made by North Yorkshire police in March 1987 into allegations about the activities of the Economic League in that force's area. I am not aware of any other allegations about connections between the Economic League and the police. If the hon. Member has a specific case in mind, perhaps he would let me know.

Drug Trafficking

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advance there has been in making British law match more closely United Nations guidelines for legal sanctions on drug trafficking.

The United Kingdom has, since 1964, been a party to the United Nations single convention on narcotic drugs 1961, which requires the application of stringent controls over the production, manufacture, distribution and availability of such drugs, with the aim of preventing their diversion to the illicit trade. In 1986 the United Kingdom ratified the United Nations convention on psychotropic substances 1971, which requires similar controls over a wide range of synthetic drugs liable to misuse. The provisions of these conventions are embodied in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, as amended by subsequent modification orders, and its associated regulations. We are now participating in negotiations on a new United Nations convention against illicit trafficking.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what links have now been established between drug trafficking and terrorist activities.

We have no direct evidence of such links in respect of terrorism directed against the United Kingdom or United Kingdom interests, but we remain alert to the possibility both at national level and in multilateral organisations such as Trevi.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rate of interception for illegal trafficking in drugs he treats as providing a reasonable indication of effective policing and an effective deterrent.

It is not possible to calculate an interception rate for covert illegal activity. But there are a number of indicators (for example, information over time about the availability, purity and street price of certain drugs) which chief officers can use to help them assess the effectiveness of their enforcement activities including their efficacy as a deterrent.

Law Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration has been given to rationalising international law enforcement agreements so that law officers can have the same freedom of movement and operation on the people they are watching or pursuing.

Police officers may already follow suspects from one country to another when this appears to be necessary. The facilitation of international cooperation of this kind is one of the functions of the International Police Organisation (Interpol).

British Broadcasting Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet the chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation; and what issues he hopes to discuss.

My right hon. Friend has no plans to meet the chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the immediate future. But, generally, we keep in close touch with the broadcasting authorities in order to discuss a wide range of issues.

Crime Prevention

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to seek to give members of the public greater protection against rape and other crimes of violence in subways: and if he will make a statement.

We are strengthening the police and we have put before Parliament proposals which will increase certain penalties, strengthen existing controls over the possession of firearms and shotguns, prohibit the sale of specified offensive weapons, and make it an offence to possess a knife in a public place without good reason. Our current crime prevention publicity campaign is directed against the 4 per cent. of crime committed against the person as well as the 96 per cent. committed against property. These measures will help tackle violent crime wherever it may occur.

Drugs (Illicit Manufacture)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for control of the manufacture or sale of raw materials which might be used to manufacture drugs illicitly.

Proposals to secure closer international collaboration for this purpose are being pursued vigorously alongside other major enforcement measures included in the draft of a new United Nations convention on drug trafficking.

Psychiatric Patients (Voting Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to revise the Representation of the People Act 1983 to take account of the difficulties experienced by voluntary psychiatric patients who are required to record an address, other than the psychiatric hospital, for voting purposes.

No. Voluntary patients in psychiatric hospitals may register as electors in respect of any address with which they have been associated other than the hospital address. Guidance to psychiatric hospitals makes it clear that any former address is acceptable and that no voluntary patient need lose his vote for want of an address.

Brixton Prison (Deaths)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the number of deaths (a) by suicide and (b) misadventure in Brixton prison since 1981.

Twenty verdicts of suicide and three of misadventure have been returned on inmates who have died at Brixton since the beginning of 1981. Three open verdicts have also been returned during that period on inmates who were found hanged at the prison, and the inquest on one inmate thought to have committed suicide there has yet to be held.

Prison Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) at what time prisoners are locked in their cells for the night at each of the following prisons: Birmingham, Leeds, Pentonville, Manchester, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Holloway;(2) how many prisoners spent on average

(a) 20 or more hours a day and (b) 23 or more hours a day in their cells in the most recent convenient week at (i) Birmingham prison, (ii) Leeds prison, (iii) Pentonville prison, (iv) Manchester prison, (v) Wandsworth prison, (vi) Wormwood Scrubs prison and (vii) Holloway prison.

The daily routine for prisoners may vary both within and between prisons and from day to day. The information, which has been collated locally by the establishments concerned, relates to the week beginning 20 March 1988.

Numbers of prisoners who spent on average
EstablishmentAverage daily population20 or more hours a day in cells23 or more hours a day in cellsTime locked in cells for night
Birmingham1,149546NilBetween 1900 hours and 2100 hours
Leeds1,372770NilBetween 1830 hours and 2030 hours
Pentonville69899NilBetween 1830 hours and 2000 hours
Manchester1,755916Nil2000 hours
Wandsworth1,548950Nil2045 hours
Wormwood Scrubs925350NilBetween 1915 hours and 2015 hours
Holloway47016162000 hours
1 Patients in hospital unit.

Firearms Certificate (Gwent)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the letter reference MLB/JD, dated 19 January 1985, from the prosecuting solicitor's office of Gwent Police Authority to an applicant for a firearms certificate, has been drawn to the attention of Her Majesty's inspector of constabulary.

Employment

Significant Private Sector Employers

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of significant private sector employers in the United Kingdom; and if he will indicate what definition of significant his Department uses for this purpose.

There is no statistical definition of "significant employers" and different firms will be significant in different contexts.

Training Schemes (The Arts)

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide the best available estimate of the proportion of individuals on YTS, the job training scheme and the community programme involved in working in the arts.

At 31 December 1987, it is estimated that 1·6 per cent. of YTS trainees were on training programmes in creative, educational and recreational service occupations. This figure excludes sports occupations.Of the 224,000 people working on the community programme at 29 February 1988, approximately 2 per cent. were on projects defined as "cultural".Similar information for the job training scheme is not available.

Wages Inspectorate

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each year from 1979 to 1987 in relation to (i) all wages councils, (ii) the Hat, Cap and

197919801981198219831984198519861987
All wages councils
Number of homeworkers whose pay was checked in employers' records3,5702,5651,6651,3581,9741,8831,6061,374858
Number of homeworkers visited to check pay922658439288426300NA1
Total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid101160911135912221814
Total amount of arrears assessed as due to homeworkers£4,065£5,326£4,815£10,221£8,325£25,814£2,909£2,174NA1
Hat, Cap and Millinery wages council
Number of homeworkers whose pay was checked in employers' records7786655759254712
Number of homeworkers visited to check pay11791953615NA1
Total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid0010000NA1
Total amount of arrears assessed as due to homeworkers00£1500000NA1
Clothing Manufacturing2 wages council
Number of homeworkers whose pay was checked in employers' records2,3731,6419579851,0851,4401,1871,041464
Number of homeworkers visited to check pay703555308222266244NA1
Total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid16643382512020612
Total amount of arrears assessed as due to homeworkers£489£233£1,448£2,960£2,559£20,545£2,179£1,842NA1
Made-up Textiles wages council
Number of homeworkers whose pay was checked in employers' records270101000011

Millinery wages council, (iii) the Clothing Manufacturing wages council, (iv) the Made-Up Textiles wages council and (v) the Retail Bespoke wages council (a) the number of homeworkers in respect of whom the Wages Inspectorate examined employers' records, (b) the number of homeworkers who were visited to check the accuracy of employers' records, (c) the number of homeworkers found to be underpaid as a result of a visit to check the accuracy of employers' records, (d) the amount of arrears assessed as due to those homeworkers, (e) the amount of arrears collected for them (f) the total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid, (g) the total amount of arrears assessed as due to them and (h) the total amount of arrears collected for them.

The statistics compiled by the Wages Inspectorate do not provide for separate identification of homeworkers visited to check employers' records who were found to be underpaid. Although figures are available for the amount of arrears assessed as due to all homeworkers, the amounts collected for them are not separately identifiable. However, in the experience of the inspectorate it is rare for arrears assessed as due to homeworkers not to be paid.I regret that the figures stated in the

Official Report for 23 May 1986, at columns 359 and 360, were incorrectly stated to be "arrears paid". The relevant line should have read "arrears assessed". The information requested which is available is in the following table:

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

Number of homeworkers visited to check pay20410000NA1
Total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid000000000
Total amount of arrears assessed as due to homeworkers000000000

Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages council

Number of homeworkers whose pay was checked in employers' records563315152624262426
Number of homeworkers visited to check pay391147138NA1
Total number of homeworkers found to be underpaid120000120
Total amount of arrears assessed as due to homeworkers£5£3230000£30£3320

1 NA—Not available due to a change in method of compiling statistics.

2 Statistics for 1979 and 1980 relate to seven councils which were merged in 1980 to form the Clothing Manufacturing wages council.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list for each year from 1979 to 1987 (a) the total number of homeworkers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate but who were assessed as not being underpaid, (b) the total number of homeworkers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate and who were assessed as being underpaid and (c) (a) as a percentage of (b);(2) if he will list for each year from 1979 to 1987 in respect of (i) the Clothing Manufacturing, (ii) the Hat, Cap and Millinery (iii) the Made-Up Textiles and (iv) the Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages councils

(a) the number of homeworkers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate but who were assessed as not being underpaid, (b) the number of homeworkers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate and who were assessed as being underpaid and (c) (a) as a percentage of (b).

I regret that the comparisons requested cannot be provided. As virtually all homeworkers in the wages council trades are pieceworkers, what is checked and recorded by inspectors is whether the rates per piece paid by the employer meet the statutory minimum remuneration required of section 15 of the Act. If they do, no homeworker employed on that work is being underpaid. If any do not, all the workers (aged 21 or over) employed on the work concerned are being underpaid and arrears are assessed accordingly. The actual earnings of homeworkers are not therefore a factor in determining whether they are being paid at least the statutory minimum remuneration due. Provided an adequate piece rate has been fixed by the employer, it is up to individual pieceworkers how much they earn.The numbers of homeworkers found to be underpaid in the wages council trades specified are provided in a separate reply.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will publish for 1986 and 1987 a table showing (a) the total number of workers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate but who were assessed as not being

underpaid, (b) the number of workers found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate and who were assessed as being underpaid and (c) (a) as a percentage of (b);

(2) if he will publish for 1986 and 1987 in respect of (i) the Clothing Manufacturing, (ii) the Hat, Cap and Millinery, (iii) the Made-Up Textiles and (iv) the Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages councils (a) the number of workers covered by the Clothing Manufacturing wages council found by the Wages Inspectorate to he earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate but who were assessed as not being underpaid, (b) the number of workers covered by the Clothing Manufacturing wages council found by the Wages Inspectorate to be earning less than the statutory minimum hourly rate and who were assessed as being underpaid and (c) (a) as a percentage of (b).

I regret that the comparisons requested cannot be provided. Although the Wages Act 1986 enables wages councils to fix a minimum hourly rate, whether or not workers are earning above or below that rate is not necessarily recorded by wages inspectors. What inspectors check and record is whether the legal requirement is met, that is, whether the total sum paid to workers for the week is at least the statutory minimum remuneratin due for that week. Only workers found by inspectors to be receiving less are assessed and recorded as being underpaid. For time workers, statutory minimum remuneration is defined in section 14(4) of the Act. For pieceworkers, the definition is in section 15.The figures requested for workers found to be underpaid in 1986 and 1987 are as follows:

19861997
All wages councils15,5339,129
Clothing Manufacturing942630
Hat, Cap and MillineryNone5
Made-up Textiles21
Retail Bespoke Tailoring104

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will publish in relation to all wages councils for 1986 and 1987 (a) the amount of arrears assessed by the Wages Inspectorate as due to workers but not recovered, (b) the amount where recovery was not considered practicable, (c) the amounts in (a) and (b) expressed as percentages of the arrears actually recovered, (d) the number of workers in respect of whom arrears were assessed but not recovered, (e) the number of workers for whom recovery of arrears was not considered practicable and (f) the numbers in (d) and (e) expressed as percentages of the number to whom arrears were actually paid;(2) if he will publish in relation to (i) the Clothing Manufacturing, (ii) the Hat, Cap and Millinery, (iii) the Made-Up Textiles and (iv) the Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages councils for 1986 and 1987 (a) the amount of

All wages council tradesClothing manufacturingRetail bespoke tailoring
198619871986198719861987
(a) Arrears assessed but not recovered£756,707£416,596£38,425£38,681£136£765
(b) Arrears where recovery was not considered practicable£349,006£193,135£35,487£34,058£136£765
(c1) (a) above as percentage of the arrears recovered47·650·466·980·05·8440
(c2) (b) above as a percentage of the arrears recovered22·023·461·880·05·8440
(d) Workers for whom arrears were assessed but not recovered2,5911,62424613812
(e) Workers for whom recovery was not considered practicable1,29882623111712
(f1) (d) above as a percentage of workers paid arrears20·021·535·327·711·1100
(f2) (e) above as a percentage of workers paid arrears10·010·933·223·511·1100
In 1986 and 1987, all arrears were fully recovered in the Hat, Cap and Millinery and the Made-Up Textiles wages council trades. The figures in the table do not indicate the extent to which arrears were recovered in the Clothing Manufacturing and Retail Bespoke Tailoring trades, or in wages council trades overall. The position in 1987 for wages council trades overall was as follows:

£Per cent.
Total arrears assessed1,242,524
Arrears not pursued at the request of workers223,46118·0
Arrears not pursued for other reasons193,13515·5
Arrears paid825,92866·5

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will publish for each year from 1979 to 1987 the total number of establishments where employers were found by the Wages Inspectorate not to have displayed copies of wages orders as required by the wages council legislation: and if he will express this number as a percentage of the establishments visited by the inspectorate;(2) if he will publish for each year from 1979 to 1987 the total number of establishments classified to the Clothing Manufacturing wages council where employers were found by the Wages Inspectorate not to have displayed copies of wages orders as required by the wages council legislation: and if he will express this number as a percentage of the establishments classified to the Clothing Manufacturing wages council visited by the inspectorate;

Numbers of establishments found not to be displaying copies of wages orders
Percentages
197919801981198219831984198519861987
All wages council trades
(a) numbers of establishments checked by8,5559,1886,8226,5687,3888,5258,3708,0576,275

arrears assessed by the Wages Inspectorate as due to workers but not recovered, (b) the amount where recovery was not considered practicable, (c) the amounts in (a) and (b) expressed as percentages of the arrears actually recovered, (d) the number of workers in respect of whom arrears were assessed but not recovered, (e) the number of workers for whom recovery of arrears was not considered practicable and (f) the numbers in (d) and (e) expressed as percentages of the number of workers to whom arrears were actually paid.

The information requested is given in the following table:(3) if he will publish for each year from 1979 to 1987 the total number of establishments classified to the Hat, Cap and Millinery wages council where employers were found by the Wages Inspectorate not to have displayed copies of wages orders as required by the wages council legislation: and if he will express this number as a percentage of the establishments classified to the Hat, Cap and Millinery wages council visited by the inspectorate;(4) if he will publish for each year from 1979 to 1987 the total number of establishments classified to the Made-up Textiles wages council where employers were found by the Wages Inspectorate not to have displayed copies of wages orders as required by the wages council legislation; and if he will express this number as a percentage of the establishments classified to the Made-up Textiles wages council visited by the inspectorate;(5) if he will publish for each year from 1979 to 1987 the total number of establishments classified to the Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages council where employers were found by the Wages Inspectorate not to have displayed copies of wages orders as required by the wages council legislation: and if he will express this number as a percentage of the establishments classified to the Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages council visited by the inspectorate.

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

visit found not to be displaying notices of wages orders

(b) (a) as percentage if all establishments checked by visit

24·626·527·9

128·2

28·032·131·933·133·1
Clothing Manufacturing wages council

(a) numbers of establishments checked by visit found not to be displaying notices of wages orders

295155161205216271354246216

(b) (a) as percentage of all establishments checked by visit

25·719·823·031·427·127·230·628·824·4
Hat, Cap and Millinery wages council

(a) numbers of establishments checked by visit found not to be displaying notices of wages orders

021453000

(b) (a) as percentage of all establishments checked by visit

11·17·736·315·612·0
Made-up Textiles wages council

(a) numbers of establishments checked by visit found not to be displaying notices of wages orders

8431374797

(b) (a) as percentage of all establishments checked by visit

26·618·214·354·117·914·823·321·930·4
Retail Bespoke Tailoring wages council

(a) numbers of establishments checked by visit found not be displaying notices of wages orders

1412811101114269

(b) (a) as percentage of all establishments checked by visit

20·526·119·531·418·213·924·543·327·2
The proportion of establishments found not to be displaying notices is not representative of all employers covered by wages councils. Visits by inspectors tend to be concentrated on establishments more likely to be underpaying workers and less likely, therefore, to be displaying the current notice stating the minimum rates.

1 This figure was wrongly stated as 18·2 per cent. in a previous reply on 23 May 1986, at column 359 of the Official Report, due to an error in transcription.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Ornamental Horticulture

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if his Department has considered an application for an exhibition relating to the contribution of ornamental horticulture to the environment to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.

I understand that arrangements have been made with the authorities of the House for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from 16 to 20 May.

Pigmeat

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what percentage of pigmeat production is accounted for by each member state of the European Economic Community.

The latest date for which this information is available is 1986. Details are as follows:

Per cent.
West Germany27
Netherlands14
France13
Spain11
Denmark9
Italy9
United Kingdom8
Belgium/Luxembourg6
Per cent.
Ireland1
Greece1
Portugal1

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much in tonnes of pigmeat is in private storage presently; what is the amount of pigmeat remaining from 1987 storage that has been and is presently being released into a 1988 system; and if he will make a statement on the state of the pigmeat market and the United Kingdom average price per kilogram dead weight of pigs in the first quarter of the 1988 forecast.

During the first four weeks of the current scheme, almost 70,000 tonnes of pigmeat were contracted to go into store in the EC of which 671 tonnes will be in the United Kingdom. No pigmeat now remains in store from the 1987 scheme. The average all pigs price appears to have stabilised. Cereal prices continue to show a downward trend. The pigmeat MCA has fallen in the last four weeks by 4·8 points to -6·1 per cent. due to a strengthening of sterling. Our commitment to the removal of MCAs from the pigmeat sector remains.

Boxworth Experimental Husbandry Farm

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the research project into the effects of intensive farming methods on wildlife at Boxworth experimental husbandry farm will be terminated; what the reasons for the termination are; whether he will publish the findings of the project; and if he will make a statement.

There is no question of any premature termination of the Boxworth project. The five years of field work originally planned are scheduled to end with the 1988 harvest, but certain extensions have been agreed to enable further information to be obtained before final results are published. In the light of the interim reports, which have been published annually throughout the life of the project, we are already considering future research needs in this area and are in the process of inviting comments from interested organisations.

Research And Development

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will place a copy of the Barnes review on the future of research and development in agriculture, fisheries and food in the Library.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms. Primarolo) on 1 March at column 546.

Horticultural Development Council

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will set out the anticipated level of grants for research and development services to the Horticultural Development Council in the next three years.

No grants are made to the Horticultural Development Council; it is self-financing from a levy on growers and exists to commission research and development of benefit to growers.

Milk Powder

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any evidence that milk powder from the United Kingdom or European Community exported to Malaysia and the Philipines after April 1986 was subsequently rejected by those countries due to radioactive contamination; and if he will make a statement.

These countries have established extremely strict maximum permitted levels of radiocaesium in milk products and have rejected a small number of consignments of milk powder from EC countries (including the United Kingdom) on the grounds that these very low levels have been exceeded.I must reiterate that in the light of the rigorous monitoring we have undertaken post-Chernobyl the United Kingdom Government are fully satisfied of the safety of all foodstuffs both on the domestic market and exported.

Bees

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many incidents of suspected poisoning of bees by pesticides his Department has investigated since the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 received Royal Assent; and if he will make a statement.

Since the Food and Environment Protection Act received Royal Assent on 16 July 1985 the Ministry has investigated a total of 191 incidents of suspected poisoning of honeybees in England and Wales. Of that total 132 were confirmed to be incidents involving pesticides. Several of the complaints clustered on particular periods and in particular vicinities and the figures may therefore represent a more limited number of spray applications.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will outline the procedures for protecting bees from the misuse of pesticides.

The system of official approval of pesticide products and the progressive introduction of strict controls over their use give considerable protection to bees and other wildlife.General protection from the misuse of pesticides has been provided since October 1986. Each user of pesticides is required to take all reasonable precautions to protect the health of human beings, creatures and plants, to safeguard the environment and in particular to avoid the pollution of water. Employers and employees must meet additional requirements to ensure that people who apply pesticides are competent for their tasks. Aerial application of pesticides is further regulated, and aerial operators must give at least 48 hours notice to beekeepers of intended operations.The pesticides approvals process takes full account of the need to protect bees and, where appropriate, additional conditions of use are specified for individual products. Since 1 January 1988 any such conditions have had the force of law.Beekeepers themselves have an important role to play in ensuring that the safeguards provided by the legislation are fully effective: all keepers ought to be members of local spray warning liaison schemes so that information about aerial and ground operations can be communicated to them.The Ministry investigates any wildlife deaths in England and Wales that might have been caused by pesticides. Similar arrangements are operated in Scotland. Information about harm to wildlife caused by pesticides is fed back into the pesticide approvals system. Cases involving possible misuse of pesticides are investigated with a view to detecting and prosecuting the offender.In the case of honeybees, for England and Wales, deaths are investigated by bee experts at Luddington experimental horticulture station. In certain cases, particularly if disease is ruled out as the apparent cause of death, a field investigation by officers authorised under part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and an analysis for traces of pesticides follow.

Country Landowners Association

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the purpose of the meeting between his Department and the Country Landowners Association on 21 April; and what subjects will be discussed.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: This meeting was offered by my officials in the light of the publication of a report by the north Wales group of the CLA on the effects of the Chernobyl accident which contained a number of errors of fact as well as suggestions for further research. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the contents of the report and other matters of mutual concern with the CLA.The meeting will be held later this month because it was not possible to find a mutually acceptable earlier date.

Peanuts

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps the Government have taken and propose to take to prevent the import of peanuts containing aflatoxin.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: Imports of peanuts for human consumption are subject to the Importation of Food Regulations 1984 under which it is an offence to import food which is unsound or unwholesome or otherwise unfit for human consumption. Supplementing this general provision, a voluntary agreement with the trade aims to ensure that the level of aflatoxin in imported peanuts is no greater than 0·03 mg/kg. However, following a recommendation of the Food Advisory Committee I intend to consult the interests concerned in the near future on the introduction of a statutory limit of 0·01 mg/kg on aflatoxin in nuts and nut products for sale for human consumption.Under the Feedingstuffs Regulations 1988, peanuts for use in animal feedingstuffs may not be imported if the level of aflatoxin B

1 , exceeds 0·05 mg/kg.

Horses (Reclassification)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to reclassify the horse as an agricultural animal; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 12 April 1988]: The classification of all horses as agricultural animals would involve amending a number of different legislative provisions concerned not only with agriculture but with such matters as planning and rating. I believe that horses do have a valuable contribution to make as the agricultural industry adjusts, but it is likely that much of this potential could be achieved without any comprehensive amendment of existing legislation.

Trade And Industry

Research And Development

4.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proposals he has to encourage a higher level of research and development expenditure by industry in the United Kingdom regions.

The Government have created the right climate to enable industry to invest more in research and development in all parts of the United Kingdom. Within my Department's enterprise initiative, particular attention is given to the needs of the regions. In the assisted areas and urban programme areas support of up to two thirds of the cost of consultancy projects is available rather than half elsewhere. We have also introduced a special scheme—regional enterprise grants—firms in the development areas, with fewer than 25 employees, to finance their innovation projects and have expended SMART (Small Firms Merit Award for Research and Technology), reserving 20 awards for the urban programme areas.

British Steel

9.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further progress has been made in transferring British Steel to the private sector.

The British Steel Bill is currently in Committee. Other preparations for privatisation are also proceeding and a number of Government advisers have been appointed.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent representations he has received from Wales concerning the privatisation of the British Steel Corporation.

I have received a small number of letters from various parties in Wales about points of detail. I have so far received few representations about the principle of privatisation itself.

Confectionery Retailers

14.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has of the numbers of retailers of confectionery in the United Kingdom in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987; and if he will make a statement.

It is estimated that at least 75,000 retail businesses in Great Britain sold some confectionery in 1986, but this figure does not cover incidental sales by small retailers or by many non-retail businesses.

Trade Deficit

15.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the trade deficit for each of the years 1975 to 1988.

The current account deficit was £1·7 billion for 1987. Figures for previous years will be printed in the Official Report. However, in the years 1975–1979 there was a cumulative deficit of over £2 billion, while in the years 1980–1986 there was a cumulative surplus of over £23 billion.

Total United Kingdom trade on a BOP basis
£ million
YearCurrent account balance
1975-1,582
1976-895
1977-112
1978+965
1979-604
1980+3,035
1981+6,743
1982+4,480
1983+3,753
1984+2,009
1985+3,276
1986+46
1987-1,679

17.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the expenditure per head on industrial research and development; and what information he has as to the comparable figures for the United States, Japan, France and West Germany.

In 1985, the latest year for which internationally comparable information is available, expenditure on industrial research and development per head of population in the United Kingdom was £91. Corresponding figures for France, Japan, West Germany and the United States were £88, £126, £133 and £190, respectively. The information is obtained from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development using exchange rates at purchasing power parities calculated by them to convert foreign currencies to sterling. Where the population estimate for 1985 was not available that for the nearest available year has been taken.

Ussr

18.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will give the latest annual balance of trade between the United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The balance of trade between the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union for 1987 shows a deficit of £384 million though turnover increased by almost 10 per cent. in 1987; United Kingdom exports fell by about 9 per cent. Ministers have emphasised to their Soviet counterparts our hope that a more balanced increase in bilateral trade can be achieved.

Rover Group

19.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will outline the current state of negotiations between Rover Group and British Aerospace; and if he will make a statement.

24.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in the negotiations for the sale of the Rover Group.

Inner-City Policy

20.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what level of co-operation he is receiving from the private sector with regard to inner-city policies.

I have been greatly encouraged by the response from the private sector to the action for cities drive launched by the Prime Minister on 7 March. I took part this morning in a breakfast presentation to around 200 business leaders in Newcastle. This was the first of a series of presentations to stimulate the involvement of companies in urban regeneration.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has any plans to visit Bermondsey to discuss his inner cities policy.

Steel Industry

21.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his policy towards the lifting of steel quotas within the European Community.

At a meeting of the Council of Industry Minister on 22 December which I attended, the Council unanimously concluded that production quotas should end on 30 June unless sufficient commitments on capacity reductions are made by member states. I will press the Council to stick to that clear agreement.

Airbus

22.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in discussions with other partner Governments about future management of the Airbus programme.

The partner Governments have recently received a report by a small group of senior advisers, colloquially known as the "wise men", which the Airbus Ministers had asked to consider how the management of Airbus programmes should develop over the next years. I attended a meeting of the Airbus Ministers in Madrid yesterday at which we began our consideration of that report. We approved the principles underlying the report as a basis for future discussion and invited Airbus Industrie and the partner companies to put forward proposals and a precise schedule in order to put in place the new organisation before the end of 1988. We expect to receive and discuss those proposals at the next meeting of Airbus Ministers in Hanover on 5 May.I have arranged for copies of the report to be placed in the House of Commons Library.

London Weighting Allowance

23.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on London weighting for its staff during 1987; and if he will make a statement.

The cost of London weighting for the DTI for the 1987–88 financial year was £11·3 million.

Japan (Ministerial Visit)

25.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the Secretary of State's recent visit to Japan.

My right hon. and noble Friend visited Japan on 10 to 16 March accompanied by nine leaders of British industry. His visit combined meetings with Prime Minister Takeshita and his colleagues with further steps, in the light of the "Opportunity Japan" campaign, to identify the potential for an improved trading relationship with Japan and the scope for mutually beneficial industrial co-operation.My right hon. and noble Friend had a constructive meeting with Mr. Tamura, Minister for International Trade and Industry. In addition to pressing for the speedy resolution of outstanding problems of access to the Japanese market, the Secretary of State noted the recent positive developments in bilateral trade and welcomed the continuing investment by Japanese companies in the United Kingdom. Both Ministers welcomed the relaunch on a broader basis of official level talks between the two Departments.My right hon. and noble Friend also met the Telecommunications Minister, Mr. Nakayama, with whom he confirmed an agreement on the liberalisation of value added telecommunication services between the United Kingdom and Japan.Overall, my right hon. and noble Friend found the Japanese market to be one in which there was now a much greater role for imports: borne out by the recent steady increase in volume imports both globally and from the United Kingdom. The task now is to encourage British business to take maximum advantage of the opportunities opening up in Japan, and my Department will be working to this and through the "Opportunity Japan" campaign, recently launched by my right hon. and noble Friend.

26.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the launch of the Government's inner cities revival programme arranged by his Department.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister launched action for cities on 7 March. She was joined by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and colleagues from all the main Departments which have a part to play in helping regenerate our inner cities.The Government will be spending about £3,000 million on urban regeneration in 1988–89, bringing in several times that amount in private investment. The Prime Minister announced 12 new Government initiatives, including a series of action for cities working breakfasts, aimed at business leaders, explaining to them how they and their companies can help the inner cities.

Waste (Recycling)

27.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the promotion of recycling of waste materials.

My Department encourages the economic reclamation and recycling of waste in three principal ways.

Table 1
The number of inward investment projects: proportions of each year's total (in percentage terms)

for each United Kingdom region
197919801981198219831984198519861987
England
North East12121111997910
North West5109109127107
Yorkshire and Humberside15114542437
West Midlands625154172217
East Midlands8361053544
South East131511192521221817
South West746544434
Scotland151921212123151110
Wales101015131313121419
Northern Ireland101311458656
United Kingdom100100100100100100100100100

Note: Some non-addition due to rounding errors.

There is an awareness campaign through a video, literature, conferences and other meetings. The issues and opportunities in individual sectors are taken up through specialist conferences and meetings. These have covered or will cover glass, paper, plastics, oil and the role of voluntary collectors. The Department's Warren Spring laboratory carries out research and development work on recycling problems and provides technical advice through its recycling advisory unit.

Enterprise Initiative

28.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the response to the enterprise initiative from business in Derbyshire.

Six hundred and three consultancy support inquiries under the Department's enterprise initiative have been received from businesses in Derbyshire up to 25 March 1988. To that date these inquiries had resulted in 40 applications for consultancies being processed.

Inward Investment

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will give a breakdown of inward investment in Britain by standard English region and for Scotland and Wales for each year since 1979, showing the amount received in each region as a proportion of the total in each year.

The following are the Invest in Britain Bureau (IBB) figures for inward investments announced in each year since 1979 for the United Kingdom by standard English region, Scotland and Wales (with Northern Ireland added). Table 1 shows for each region the number of projects as a proportion of the total for each year. Table 2 shows for each region the number of associated jobs (both new and safeguarded) as a proportion of each year's total. The data include only those inward investment projects currently known to the IBB. The associated capital investment is not known.

Table 2

The number of associated jobs (both new and safeguarded): proportions of each year's total (in percentage terms)
for each United Kingdom region

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

England
North East10166561081014
North West35712678107
Yorkshire and Humberside8511321216
West Midlands66311415152316
East Midlands822832223
South East66612188211210
South West135131234363
Scotland19243521282218918
Wales618129131991716
Northern Ireland20151518611597
United Kingdom100100100100100100100100100

Note: Some non-addition due to rounding errors.

Shipbuilding Industry

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received about his Department's policy towards the shipbuilding industry.

Inner-City Policies (Sheffield)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress is being made with Government inner city policies in Sheffield.

Sheffield will benefit directly from the inner city measures announced by the Prime Minister and other Ministers on 7 March. In particular the new urban development corporation in the lower Don Valley will unlock the enormous potential of some 2,000 acres of blighted land to the north-east of the city centre. The UDC will have a budget of about £50 million over seven years.

British Technology Group

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has for the future of the British Technology Group.

The British Technology Group (BTG) comprises the National Enterprise Board and the National Research Development Corporation. The Government consider that BTG is a public body whose operations may be appropriate for transfer to the private sector. Accordingly I have engaged Coopers and Lybrand Associates Limited to carry out a study into the feasibility and mechanics of privatising BTG.

Northern Ireland

Hospital Services, East Antrim

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish those plans of the Northern health board for hospital services in East Antrim which are based on the assumption that only a 300-bed hospital will be provided at Antrim.

In its area strategic plan for 1987 to 1992 which it published at the end of 1986, the Northern health and social services board has already set out in detail its proposals for all acute services in its area taking into account the services to be provided at the Antrim hospital.

Antrim Hospital

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated additional revenue expenditure which will be required by the Northern health and social services board to fund the proposed Antrim hospital for (a) phase I, and (b) phase II.

The new 300-bed hospital at Antrim will not be completed until 1992 and therefore final estimates of its revenue consequences are not yet available.The possibility of further developments at Antrim falls outside the current planning period and no estimates can yet be made of either the capital or revenue costs of such developments.

Houses In Multiple Occupation

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dwellings in each of the six housing executive regions in Northern Ireland are classified as houses in multiple occupation.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that the number of dwellings classified as houses in multiple occupation is not known at present. However, the results of a survey should be available during May 1988.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when a definitive survey of houses in multiple occupation was last undertaken.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that fieldwork on the first large scale survey of houses in multiple occupation was completed at the end of February 1988. The survey looked in particular at the physical condition of such dwellings, the degree of sharing of facilities and profiles of tenants. Results of the survey should be available during May 1988.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tenants live in houses in multiple occupation in (a) Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that information on the number of tenants living in houses in multiple occupation in Belfast and in Northern Ireland will be available only on completion of the analysis of a survey recently carried out.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tenants live in houses in multiple occupation in each of the following district offices areas in South Down: (a) Downpatrick office area, (b) Kilkeel office area, (c) Newry district 1 office area and (d) Newry district 2.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that this information is not available.It is unlikely that the survey method employed in a recent survey will enable the disaggregation of information to district council levels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many instances management directions have been made in respect of houses in multiple occupation since the operative date of the 1981 Housing (Northern Ireland) Order.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that no management directives have been issued.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) in which district office areas special grants have been made payable by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive under the 1983 Housing (Northern Ireland) Order in respect of works required for the provision of a means of escape from fire in houses in multiple occupation since the operative date of the order;(2) how many special grants have been made payable by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive under the 1983 Housing (Northern Ireland) Order in respect of works required for the provision of a means of escape from fire in houses in multiple occupation since the operative date of the order.

These are matters for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that no special grants have been paid by the Housing Executive in respect of works required for the provision of a means of escape from fire in houses in multiple occupation.

Housing Associations

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide details of grants and loans made to each housing association in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and indicate the years in which such grants were made.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chief executive that no grants have been made to housing associations by the Housing Executive. Details of loans made to housing associations are as follows:

Name of Association and YearAmount of Loans

£
Derry Housing Association
197518,000
Downpatrick Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1983–84241,509
Millisle Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1982–83139,775
1983–8483,443
Cairnbeg Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1983–84187,042
1984–8576,938
Larne Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1983–84240,813
1984–8521,634
Dunlusken Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1982–83216,682
1983–84147,153
1984–859,651
Galgorm Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1981–8271,896
1982–83125,850
1983–8419,125
Antrim Self Build Housing Association Ltd.
1982–83138,153
1983–8493,178

Tenancies (Allocation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what basis of need tenants are selected by housing associations in Northern Ireland; arid what additional provisions are made to ensure that such tenancies are allocated on the basis of housing needs.

Registered housing associations in Northern Ireland operate housing selection schemes based on the Housing Executive's tenant selection procedures. Some additions and revisions to individual schemes have been approved by the Department of the Environment (NI) in recognition of the specialist nature of many associations currently operating in the Province.The Department monitors regularly the management of each association's day-to-day affairs, including the operation of its selection schemes to ensure that tenancies are allocated in accordance with approved schemes.Unregistered housing associations operate in the private housing sector and are not under the control of the Department of the Environment (NI).

House Of Commons

Sittings Of The House

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will list the occasions on which the House has sat later than 1.30 am since 1958; and what was the main business under discussion.

Details of the main business under discussion each time the House has sat later than 1 30 am could be provided only at disproportionate cost.The House sat later than 1.30 am during the 1957–58 Session and 1958–59 Session on the following occasions :

House sits after 1.30 am

Session

Number of occasions

Time at which adjourned (a.m. unless stated)

Date

1957–5841.5323 July 1958
2.251 July 1958
2.412 July 1958
3.506 March 1958
1958–5931.376 July 1959
1.533 March 1959
3.5627 July 1959

Detailed information about the occasions when the House sat after 1.30 am during the period 1959–60 Session up to and including the 1984–85 Session was published in the Official Report, columns 569–78 on 14 February 1986 in a written answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Mr. Taylor). The number of occasions when the House sat later than 1.30 am during these Sessions is as follows:

Occasions when House sat after 1.30 am

Session

Number

1959–608
1960–6116
1961–6210
1962–639
1963–644
1964–6527
1965–667
1966–6740
1967–6821
1968–6924
1969–709
1970–7133
1971–7230
1972–7324
1973–744
197410
1974–7535
1975–7639
1976–7723
1977–7821
1978–798
1979–8041
1980–8128
1981–8222
1982–8313
1983–8434
1984–8535

The information requested for the period 1985–86 Session to date is as follows:

Session

Number of occasions

Time at which adjourned (a.m. unless stated)

Date

1985–86181.3425 March 1986
1.4010 December 1985
1.4320 May 1986
1.4920 January 1986
1.5016 July 1986
1.5619 February 1986
2.0417 February 1986
2.1221 May 1986
2.121 July 1986
2.2111 February 1986
2.4814 July 1986
2.519 June 1986
4.2921 October 1986
5.2423 July 1986
8.2524 July 1986
8.3013 March 1986
9.2718 December 1985
9.475 June 1986
1986–8762.0711 March 1987
2.523 February 1987
3.171 April 1987
9.2924 March 1987
9.3015 December 1986

14.38

10 December 1986
1987–882181.3414 July 1987
1.4017 February 1988
1.509 February 1988
1.536 July 1987
1.537 July 1987
1.5315 December 1987
2.208 February 1988
2.2330 March 1988
2.312 December 1987
2.472 March 1988
2.5529 March 1988
2.563 February 1988
3.2720 July 1987
4.0121 October 1987
4.079 March 1988
8.3010 March 1988
9.2713 July 1987
10 November

18.55

1987

1 pm.

2 To date.

The Arts

Attendance Figures

To ask the Minister for the Arts what estimates he can give of the total annual attendance figures at (a) London dance centres, (b) provincial dance centres, (c) London art centres, (d) provincial art centres, (e) London museums and galleries, (f) provincial museums and galleries, (g) London cinemas, (h) provincial cinemas and (i) all arts and museums, including theatre, concerts and opera, for the years 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87 and 1987–88.

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

National Finance

European Monetary System

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from other European Community members or central bankers about the United Kingdom joining the exchange rate mechanism of the European monetary system.

A number of our partners have expressed views on United Kingdom participation in the exchange rate mechanism of the European monetary system.

Building Societies Commission

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will indicate the reasons for the increase in funds raised for the Building Societies Commission under the General Charge and Fees Regulations from £1.95 million in 1987–88 to £3·322 million in 1988–89; to what extent this increase is attributable to an increase in

FirmSubject of assignment
KPMG Peat Marwick McLintockMulti Departmental Review of Budgeting and associated work
Douglas Llambias AssociatesAdvice on advertising with the aim of attracting more applicants for accountancy vacancies and suggesting potential applicants
Wyatt and Company UK Ltd. Actuaries and ConsultantsTo assess the suitability of the multicomp approach to job evaluation in the Civil Service
M N PickettAdvice on contracts and contract conditions
B J StentAdvice on documentation for Central Unit on Purchasing internal planning and control
Atkins ConsultancyPublic Sector Procurement
Carnell Computer Technology Ltd.Upgrade of the Government Accounting Package (GAP)
Spicer and Pegler AssociatesStudy on Impact of 4th Generation Software
Advance Management LimitedSecurity in IT Turnkey Systems
SIS Applied SystemsProduction of an Automated Support Tool for CRAMM
PA Computers and TelecommunicationsPhysiological Access Control Study—Phase 2
Logica UK LimitedGovernment Open Systems Interface (OSI) Addressing
BIS Applied SystemsGovernment Data Network (GDN) Security Support
National Computing Centre (NCC) LimitedOffice Documentation Architecture
Intersect LimitedAssistance with QA of Third Party Maintenance (TPM) Suppliers
Professor K. CounterReview of standard contract conditions
Yale Data Management ConsultantsProvision of systems consultant
C Cubed ServicesProvision of systems consultant
PE Computer ServicesProvision of systems consultant
Computer Capacity Management Services LimitedDevelopment of Guidance on cost management

the value of assets owned by building societies; and what is the cost of administering the Building Societies Commission in 1987–88 and in 1988–89.

I regret that there was a printing error in the explanatory note to the Building Societies (General Charge and Fees) Regulations 1988; the expected receipts from the general charge for 1988–89 are £2,322,000, not £3,322,000. A correction slip is being issued. The explanatory note does not form a part of this order, which remains valid.The final outturn of the Building Societies Commission's expenditure on services to societies in 1987–88 is not yet available. It is expected to be slightly higher than the actual receipts from the general charge of £1·96 million. The expected cost of the services for 1988–89 is £2·3 million.The increase in costs is due to the development of the prudential work of the commission and rises in salary and price levels. The fees schedule for 1988–89 has been adjusted to reflect the increased costs, the increase in assets of societies and to recoup the under-recovery of costs from 1986–87.

Consultancy Contracts

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment;(2) if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Her Majesty's Treasury in 1987, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

[holding answer 30 March 1988]: The following management or computer consultancy contracts were awarded by Her Majesty's Treasury in 1987. With the exception of the first six, all were placed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA):

Firm

Subject of assignment

BIS Applied SystemsEmployment of a Technical Author
Logica Consultancy LimitedPreparation of an IBM Company profile
C. J. MakemsonGOSIP (Government OSI Profile) virtual terminal profiles
EPI Limited (Electrical Power Interface)Study of Power supply to DHSS Birkenhead
Butler Cox and PartnersUser System Interaction Study
EFD Limited (Electronic Facilities Design)MITSY Evaluation Project
The Instruction Set LimitedCommon Applications Environment for Government
BIS Applied Systems LimitedStudy on Video Teleconferencing in Government (Vitesse)
Oasis LimitedStudy to produce a plan for standards
Model Systems LimitedAd hoc support to SSADM Implementation Field Trials
Data Dictionary Systems LimitedAd hoc support to SSADM Implementation Field Trials
Model Systems LimitedReview of Computer assisted support environment (CASE)
Coopers and Lybrand plcQuality Assurance on Terms of Reference for PROMPT Enhance Project
National Computing Centre (NCC) LimitedEnhancement to PROMPT II Methodology
Knudsen Computer SystemsDatabase Conversion
Kermon Associates LimitedConsultancy for Government Data Network (GDN) Project
N Way AssociatesReview of Contracts Handbook
J Kenny Microelectronic ServicesProvision of consultancy services for MITSY Project
Advance Management LimitedSecurity in IT Turnkey Systems
Lorien Computer Services LimitedProvision of consultancy for Programme and Data Management Branch
Online People IncorporatedDevelopment of Proteo demonstrator
Metron Technology LimitedDevelopment of a protype interface between SSADM and a capacity planning tool
PA Computers and TelecommunicationsConsultancy Support for the Government Data Network (GDN) Project
Systems Designers ScientificNetwork security consultant
Systems Designers ScientificDistributed Secure Systems Technology Demonstrator
ICL (Defence Technology Centre)Project SPACE
Logica Space and Defence SystemsAudit Trail Analysis
Praxis System plcDevelopment of Computer Aided Support Environment (CASE)
Nolan Norton and CompanyInvestigation into Function Point Analysis (FPA)
Babelease LimitedERA Model of SSADM Implementation in COBOL and Quickbuild
Babelease LimitedComputer Supported Process Logic Definition
ICL (UK) LimitedKnowledge Engineering Consultancy
Learmonth and Burchett Management Systems (LBMS)SSADM Consultancy Support
EOSYS LimitedIntegrated Information Systems Study
Learmonth and Burchett Management Systems (LBMS)Development of Compact Support Tools
Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.Production of an IT Management Guide on Fault Tolerant Systems
PA Computers and TelecommunicationsConsultancy support for the Government IT Infrastructure Management Methodology (GITIMM)
Computer Sciences Company LimitedConsultancy support for the Government IT Infrastructure Management Methodology (GITIMM)
IBM (UK) LimitedConsultancy support for the Government IT Infrastructure Management Methodology (GITIMM)
ICL (UK) LimitedConsultancy support for the Government IT Infrastructure Management Methodology (GITIMM)

Financial Institutions (Consumer Loans)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to discuss with the Governor of the Bank of England capital adequacy requirements for financial institutions engaged in the provision of consumer loans; and if he will make a statement.

Social Services

Mental Hospitals

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the mental hospitals which are scheduled to (a) open and (b) close in each health region in England and Wales in each of the next seven years.

The table lists those mental illness hospitals which have, or have had, over 200 beds and which the regional health authorities in England have indicated they plan to close by about 1995, subject to the results of the public consultation which has yet to take place, or is now under way, and to the provision of appropriate alternative accommodation and services.We have no comprehensive information available on those mental illness hospitals or units which are scheduled to open by 1995.Details relating to hospitals in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Mental illness hospitals which have, or have had, over 200 beds which regional health authorities have indicated they plan to close, subject to consultation and to suitable alternative provision being made, by about 1995.

Region and hospital:

Yorkshire

  • Broadgate Hospital, Beverley
  • Storthes Hall Hospital, Huddersfield
  • Clifton Hospital, York
  • Scalebor Park Hospital, Ilkley
  • Highroyds Hospital, Ilkley
  • Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield

Trent

  • Pastures Hospital, near Derby
  • Carlton Hayes Hospital, Narborough
  • St. John's Hospital, Lincoln
  • Rauceby Hospital, Sleaford
  • Saxondale Hospital, Nottingham
  • Mapperley Hospital, Nottingham
  • Middlewood Hospital, Sheffield

East Anglian

  • St. Audry's Hospital, Woodridge
  • St. Nicholas Hospital, Great Yarmouth
  • Hellesden Hospital, Norwich
  • or
  • St. Andrew's Hospital, Norwich

North West Thames

  • Hill End Hospital, St. Albans

North East Thames

  • Friern Hospital, New Southgate
  • Clayhury Hospital, Woodford Bridge

South East Thames

  • Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon
  • Tooting Bee Hospital, Tooting Bec
  • Hellingly Hospital, Hailsham

South West Thames

  • Long Grove Hospital, Epsom
  • Brookwood Hospital, Brookwood

Wessex

  • Knowle Hospital, Farcham
  • Whitecroft Hospital, Isle of Wight
  • Herrison Hospital, West Dorset
  • St. James Hospital, Portsmouth (with some residual provision expected to remain on site)
  • Old Manor Hospital, Salisbury (with some residual provision expected to remain on site)

Oxford

  • St. John's Hospital, Aylesbury
  • St. Crispin's Hospital, Northampton

South Western

  • Mendip Hospital, Wells
  • Moorhaven Hospital, Ivybridge.

West Midlands

  • Powick Hospital, Worcester

Mersey

  • Rainhill Hospital, Prescot (with some provision remaining on site)

North Western

  • Prestwich Hospital, Salford (with some MI Regional Specialities remaining on site)

Pathology Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to receive the report of the independent study commissioned by the National Health Service Management Board's manpower planning advisory group on the provision of pathology staffing; and what representations he has had on the subject of this provision.

The report of the independent review commissioned by the NHS management board's manpower planning advisory group on pathology staffing has been received, and is under consideration. The Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers has requested a meeting with the chief executive of the management board to discuss the report, and about a dozen letters have been received on various aspects of the review.

Amphetamines

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what consideration has been given to reclassifying amphetamines as class A drugs so as to ensure that illegal production, trafficking and supply of such drugs attracts the higher criminal penalties associated with such a category.