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Written Answers

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday 27 June 1990

Prime Minister

Channel Tunnel

To ask the Prime Minister if, pursuant to her reply on 14 June, Official Report, column 464, concerning capital expenditure on road and rail facilities related to the channel tunnel, she will tabulate in the

£ million (1989 prices)
Trunk roads
Completing and widening (part of) M20 from M25 to Folkestone and upgrading A20 to Dover265
Upgrading M2/A2 route115
Upgrading A27/A259 south coast route330
710
Local authority roads in Kent75
British Rail investment
Intercapital passenger rolling stock350
Waterloo international terminal100
North Pole (west London) maintenance depot75
Initial order of freight locomotives and track electrification80
1605
Infrastructure improvements for passenger services2210
Freight Infrastructure3145
Passenger rolling stock for services beyond London and related infrastructure improvements
Ashford international station4110–375
Night trains from London
Further freight locomotives and wagons
1,855–2,120
1 Already approved by Government.
2 Only £45 million of this subject to Government approval.
3 Government approval not required.
4 Detailed proposals not yet submitted.

General Election (Observers)

To ask the Prime Minister what representations she has received calling for impartial international observers from the United Nations or other organisations to observe during the period of the next general election in the United Kingdom to ensure that it is conducted and financed fairly.

Spicer And Oppenheim

To ask the Prime Minister what is the number and nature of occasions when Spicer and Oppenheim have advised her Government in the last two years; and what was the cost.

Official Report each of the principal items comprising the £2,000 million projected expenditure on these items, stating for each the sources of the capital expenditure incurred and the amounts when shared between different sources.

The £2 billion of public investment planned on roads and railways to the channel tunnel comprises the following:

Pharmaceutical Industry

To ask the Prime Minister if she will transfer the responsibility of the Department of Health for the pharmaceutical industry to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Council Of Europe

To ask the Prime Minister what changes have been made in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the consultative assembly of the Council of Europe.

I have appointed my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Mr. Thompson) as a full member in place of my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill), and my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Mr. Ward) as a full member in place of my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson). I have also appointed my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Kent (Mr. Rowe) as a substitute member.These changes will take effect from the close of the meeting of the standing committee on Tuesday 3 July.

Nhs Staff Review Body

To ask the Prime Minister if she will make a statement about the chairmanship of the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and the Professions Allied to Medicine.

Sir James Cleminson's period as chairman will come to an end when the review body completes its supplementary report on senior nurses. The Government are very grateful to him for the leadership, skill and dedication which he has shown as chairman since his appointment in 1986. I have appointed Mr. Michael Bett to succeed him.

Retired People

To ask the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on how the living standards, environment, quality of life and general prospects of (a) the retired in Britain, (b) others in the country and (c) their European counterparts have fared since 1979.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The improvement in living standards since 1979 is demonstrated by a number of indicators. For example, real household disposable income per head rose by 26 per cent. between 1979 and 1989. The retired have shared in this prosperity. The average increase in pensioners' total net incomes was 31 per cent. over and above inflation between 1979 and 1987, which is the latest date for which information is available.Directly comparable data for other European countries are not available. However, real output per head in the United Kingdom has risen faster since 1979 than in many other Europan countries, including France and Germany.The rising expectation of life, the fall in infant mortality and improvement in housing standards are set out, together with a range of other indicators, in "Social Trends" and "Regional Trends". Both publications also contain some comparisons with other European countries. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

Transport

Roads

121.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of land in public ownership being used for the building of motorways and trunk roads over the next five years.

Weighbridges

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether weighbridges are now provided for all commercial vehicles entering the United Kingdom from the continent of Europe by sea.

The Department has provided weighbridges with the agreement of the port authorities at most United Kingdom ferry ports to enable its traffic examiners to weigh incoming heavy goods vehicles. In addition, a trial has just been completed of automated weighing systems in five ports. In the light of a consultant's report on the trial which is expected shortly, we shall be considering whether to extend the installation of automated weighing systems to other ports. Preliminary negotiations have already taken place with some ports.

Rail Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in considering the approval of the construction of the new trains required to operate the through passenger services to the continent via the channel tunnel from the north of the country; when he expects these trains to be ordered; and what undertakings have been given that they will be completed in time for the service to commence from the opening of the tunnel.

British Rail published its plans for services beyond London on 14 December and I refer to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Lee) on that date, Official Report, column 767. I understand that BR currently intends to submit its investment proposals for approval this summer, with a view to ordering the trains later this year and commencing services when the tunnel opens.

Young Drivers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any plans to restrict the types of cars that young people can drive on the basis of engine capacity.

Motorways (Tourist Signs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the destinations chosen for brown tourist signs on motorways.

Tourist sign destinations are not chosen by the Department. They are applied for and authorised against published criteria. The following destinations have been authorised for inclusion on tourist signs on motorways in England by region:

London

  • Hendon RAF Museum
  • Wembley Stadium

South West

  • Exmoor
  • Bickton Park
  • Devon1
  • Bristol Zoo
  • SS Great Britain and Historic Harbour
  • Cheddar Caves
  • Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust
  • Castle Combe Racing Circuit
  • Somerwest World
  • Wells
  • Glastonbury
  • Wookey Caves
  • Cricket St. Thomas Wildlife Park
  • Yeovilton Air Museum
  • Forest of Dean
  • Bowood House

South East

  • Birdworld
  • Marwell Zoological Park
  • Hampshire Farm Museum
  • Upper Hamble Country Park
  • Royal Victoria Country Park
  • Southampton/Old Town Waterfront
  • Broadlands
  • Beaulieu/National Motor Museum
  • Paultons Park
  • Historic Portsmouth
  • Historic Ships (Portsmouth)
  • Sea Life (Portsmouth)
  • D Day Museum (Portsmouth)
  • The Pyramids (Portsmouth)
  • Brands Hatch
  • Hever Castle
  • Chartwell
  • Sevenoaks1
  • Rochester
  • Castle (Rochester)
  • Cathedral (Rochester)
  • Chatham
  • Historic Dockyard (Chatham)
  • Ice Rink (Gillingham)
  • Historic Maidstone
  • Leeds Castle
  • Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • Sandown Park
  • Wisley Royal Horticultural Society Gardens
  • Thorpe Park
  • Windsor Castle
  • Royalty and Empire (Windsor)
  • Safari Park (Windsor)
  • Blenheim Palace
  • The Parl Sports Centre
  • Waterperry Gardens
  • Child Beale Wildlife Trust
  • Land of Littlecote
  • Ice Rink and Ski Centre (Bracknell)

East Midlands

  • Chatsworth
  • Gulliver's Kingdom
  • Heights of Abraham
  • Derbyshire Dales
  • Sherwood Forest1
  • American Adventure
  • Billing Aquadrome

Eastern

  • Whipsnade Zoo
  • Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
  • Woburn Abbey
  • Safari Park (Woburn)
  • Hatfield House
  • The Ice Bowl
  • Stanborough Park
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • Model Village (Bekonscot)
  • Imperial War Museum (Duxford)
  • Wimpole Hall/Home Farm

West Midlands

  • Drayton Manor Park
  • Historic Coventry
  • Cathedral (Coventry)
  • Coombe Abbey Country Park
  • Weston Park
  • Cosford Aerospace Museum
  • Yorkshire and Humberside
  • National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (Bradford)
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Doncaster Racecourse, Exhibition Centre and Leisure Park
  • Elsham Country Park
  • Piece Hall (Halifax)

North West

  • Wigan Pier
  • Park Hall, Camelot
  • Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust
  • Lancaster Historic City
  • Morecambe Bay
  • Frontierland
  • Historic Carlisle
  • Borders Tourist Route to Edinburgh follow A7
  • West Pennine Moors
  • Last Drop Village
  • Hollingworth Lake
  • Liverpool Maritime City
  • Albert Dock
  • Southport
  • Pleasureland
  • Lord Street
  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Tatton Park
  • Dunham Massey Hall
  • Quarrey Bank Mill
  • Blackpool
  • Stanley Park and Zoo
  • North Shore (Blackpool)
  • Derby Pool—Splashland
  • Illuminations (only when on)

Northern

  • Durham Historic Cathedral City
  • Beamish Museum
  • North Pennines and Weardale

1 Denotes directions to a tourist information point or centre.

Notes

(1) Words in brackets are not included on the signs themselves, but explain the location of the signs for the purpose of this list.

(2) Some destinations are combined on single signs.

(3) Alton Towers is shown on blue tourist signs in the North West, East Midlands and West Midland regions. These will be changed to brown signs in due course.

(4) Many tourist destinations are signed from trunk and "A" roads, for which there are no central records.

Luton Airport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his officials were last in touch with Luton borough council about the prospective sale of Luton international airport to private sector owners; and what issues or problems were then discussed.

I very much welcome the moves by Luton council to sell Luton airport to the private sector. My officials communicate regularly with officers of Luton borough council on a range of airport matters, including its possible sale. My hon. Friend will be aware that the council was recommended by its advisers to await the Civil Aviation Authority's advice to my right hon. Friend on airport and airspace capacity before holding detailed discussions with interested parties. Publication of the authority's advice is expected next month.

Road Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what information his Department holds on the incidence of accidents on stretches of three-lane carriageways where the centre lane may be used by vehicles travelling in either direction;(2) if he has any plans to phase out three-lane carriageways where the centre lane may be used by vehicles travelling in either direction.

In England wide single carriageways marked in three lanes but without indication of priority—double white lines—were dropped from the Department's standards for new trunk roads about 20 years ago. Many stretches of such carriageway then in existence have since been phased out and re-marked as two lanes. A few sections remain where they are judged to be safe and appropriate to prevailing traffic conditions. Information about such sections of local roads is for local highway authorities. While road accident statistics record the number of lanes they do not distinguish between those three-lane roads with double white lines and those without. The position in Wales and Scotland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland respectively.

Education And Science

Grant-Maintained Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list all schools which had achieved grant-maintained status by 1 April 1990 showing for each (a) the total amount of public funding in 1990–91 with all allocations under different heads, (b) the number of pupils, the age range and the number of pupils in each year group and (c) the total funding for each school under its last year of local education authority funding.

The table below shows the full-year equivalent amounts of annual maintenance grant—AMG—received by the first 20 grant-maintained schools last year. Provisional figures for 1990–91 have been set at a standard notional 6 per cent. above these amounts. Calculations of final AMG figures for 1990–91 are now being finalised as the Department receives information from relevant local education authorities about their spending plans for the year.The 1989–90 figures below do, in turn, reflect a 6·6 per cent. increase over what we estimate to have been LEA direct spending levels on these schools in 1988–89. In addition to AMG, schools receive small special purpose grants, for example to mirror what is available to LEAs under the Government's education support grant scheme.

Grant-maintained schools Annual maintenance grant (AMG) and pupil numbers for 1989–90

Pupil numbers3

Name of school1

Former LEA

Total AMG2

Total

Aged 11 or under

Aged 12

Aged 13

Aged 14

Aged 15

Aged 16

Aged 17

Aged 18

Aged 19

Audenshaw HighTameside1,222,9987251411481461411490000
Bacup and RawtenstallLancashire1,354,254741113105111118111918750
Bankfield HighCheshire1,008,831434649670991050000
BaverstockBirmingham1,700,0689802232331751791700000
Castle Hall MiddleKirklees618,989381

4191

83107000000
ColytonDevon726,4494335747687867625220
HeckmondwikeKirklees1,078,40256510292948992602970
HendonBarnet1,754,2248361031251191661741014260
King's GranthamLincolnshire1,230,509747114117118117106868360
London OratoryILEA53,372,1231,16817717718018216617190250
Old SwinfordDudley1,029,9675445665887985848340
Queen Elizabeth'sLincolnshire609,0913293547595555473100
Queen Elizabeth'sBarnet1,857,6231,036179180180172175826260
QueensburyBedfordshire1,408,04263700150182197654300
St. Francis XavierLiverpool2,016,0081,008017717818317416176554
St. James's CEBolton1,096,270662951161511431561000
SkegnessLincolnshire1,051,8655685177819199818161
Small HeathBirmingham1,746,4327711511591181631773000
Wilmington GirlsKent811,0614515974528289534200
Wilson'sSutton1,393,670725120118120111118855300

1Eighteen schools began operating as grant-maintained from September 1989. A further two began doing so from January 1990.

2Full-year equivalent figures.

3Based on January 1989 figures, as used for 1989–90 AMG calculations.

4Includes 91 pupils under 11 as the school has a 9 to 13 age range.

5 With effect from 1 April 1990, the relevant LEA became Hammersmith and Fulham.

National Finance

Incomes

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the average income level of each 1 per cent. of the population with the highest incomes up to the total of 20 per cent. of the population with the highest incomes.

Available information is given in the table. Estimates for 1990–91 are based on a projection of the 1987–88 survey of personal incomes and are provisional. Since some investment income from which tax is deducted at source is not reflected in the survey, these estimates are uncertain and more detailed estimates cannot therefore be given.

Average income of individuals liable to tax at 1990–91 levels of income
Group of individuals liable to tax1Average income £ per annum
Top 1 per cent.97,000
Top 5 per cent.51,000
Top 10 per cent.39,000
Top 20 per cent.30,000
1 Husband and wife counted separately.

Enterprise Zones

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what limit he can impose on the amounts that firms situated in enterprise zones may offset against any taxable benefit tied to that location in respect of their activities, or that of any of their subsidiaries making losses at locations outside that zone.

The tax reliefs which are available to businesses in enterprise zones are governed by legislation and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has no proposals for any change in the rules.

Mortgage Arrears

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the number of people six to 12 months in arrears on their mortgage repayments.

The latest available figures show that at end 1989 there were approximately 58,000 mortgage loans six to 12 months in arrears. This represents less than ½ per cent. of total owner-occupied dwellings in the United Kingdom.

Gilts

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans the next issue of gilts.

The Government's funding policy is as set out in annex A to chapter 2 of the 1990–91 "Financial Statement and Budget Report". Gilt issues and purchases will be made as this policy dictates.

Dublin Docks

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to amend the designation of the Dublin docks area as a high-tax area for the purposes of the controlled foreign companies' legislation.

The Inland Revenue maintains and publishes a list of countries, some of which are qualified in respect of particular provisions in their law, in which companies can operate without coming within the controlled foreign companies legislation. That list is kept under review and updated when necessary in the light of changes is the tax provisions of other countries.

Income

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report the method by which he calculates personal real disposable income.

Personal disposable income is calculated by deducting from total personal income before tax the sum of United Kingdom taxes on income, social security contributions, payments of the community charge, but not, in the past, payments of rates and transfers abroad. Real personal disposable income is derived by dividing personal disposable income by the consumers' expenditure deflator the ratio of consumers' expenditure at current prices to consumers' expenditure revalued at constant prices. A description of the personal sector and of the methods of calculating the various compoenents of the personal disposable income calculation can be found in chapter 6, part A of the Central Statistical Office's "United Kingdom National Accounts: Sources and Methods".

Parallel Currencies

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has discussed his proposals for parallel currencies with (a) the President of the European Commission and (b) the president of the Bundesbank; whether he has any plans to do so before the intergovernmental conference; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 26 June 1990]: As my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer said on 21 June in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond and Barnes (Mr. Hanley) at column 655, he will be discussing his proposals further with his colleagues in the European Community, over the coming weeks.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his proposals for parallel currencies as outlined in his speech to the German Industry Forum.

[holding answer 26 June 1990]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer my right hon. Friend the Chancellor gave my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond and Barnes (Mr. Hanley) on 21 June, at column 655.

Civil Service

Census

To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what are the reasons for the Central Office of Information's decision to recruit a private advertising firm to undertake a publicity campaign to promote the April 1991 census; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.The census offices have commissioned the Central Office of Information to assist them in a publicity campaign to create public awareness of the 1991 census. The Central Office of Information will be handling this work in the same way as it handles work for other Government Departments. The Central Office of Information will be appointing an advertising agency, as it does for all Government advertising campaigns.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Missions (Fax Machines)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which missions abroad are fitted with fax machines.

Most of our posts overseas are fitted with facsimile machines. I refer the hon. Member to the current edition of the "HM Diplomatic Service Overseas Reference List", a copy of which is in the Library of the House, which provides facsimile numbers in each case.

Europe Day

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution was made by Her Majesty's Government to Europe Day on 8 May.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister contributed a message to a volume prepared by the Jean Monnet Foundation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Schuman plan.The United Kingdom was represented at the ceremonies in Brussels for Europe Day on 8 May by Her Majesty's permanent representative to the European Communities.

China

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Minister of State's visit to China in July represents any change in the policy of no high level contacts with China; and if the visit's discussions will be limited to the question of Hong Kong.

It has always been accepted by our European partners that we have a special need to maintain contact and gradually to rebuild good working relations with China over Hong Kong. My visit is in pursuance of that aim. Details of the programme remain to be settled, but it is intended that the discussions should cover Hong Kong and other issues of common concern.

Republic Of Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions, if any, at international conferences or meetings within the last five years when Her Majesty's Government have formally rejected or objected to the territorial claim over the United Kingdom contained in the constitution of the Republic of Ireland.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to a similar question on 20 June 1990. British delegates at all international conferences and meetings explicitly represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and this clearly demonstrates our position.

Home Department

Football Clubs

123.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis he has made of the steps being taken by football clubs to implement the findings of the Taylor report.

Analysis of responses to inquiries made last year of the police, fire authorities and local authorities, which are responsible for the issue of safety certificates, about implementation of the urgent recommendations of the interim report of the Hillsborough inquiry indicated that nearly all of them had then been implemented at football league grounds, as had many of the non-urgent recommendations. The majority of the safety recommendations of the final report which are aimed at football clubs comprise recommendations which were in the interim report, with the exception of those on all seated accommodation. We shall be looking to the Football Licensing Authority to check the progress of clubs towards the introduction of all-seated accommodation at football league grounds.

Scientific Expertise

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the representations of Sir David Napley that scientific and forensic expertise ought to be made available to defences.

My right hon. and learned Friend has received no direct representations from Sir David Napley on the availability of scientific and forensic expertise for the defence although we are aware of his recent newspaper article on the subject. The establishment of forensic science units independent of the Government is a matter for private initiative.

Dog Fighting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions have been brought for dog fighting in England in each of the last five years; and by whom such prosecutions were brought;(2) how many prosecutions have been brought for dog fighting in Wales in each of the last five years; and by whom such prosecutions were brought.

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

Firearms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has regarding the number of specialist civilian firearms officers employed by police forces to supervise the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988; and what steps he is taking to promote their use.

No records are maintained of specialist civilian firearms officers employed to supervise the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 though returns made by provincial forces to Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary at the end of December 1989 indicated that 80 civilian staff were employed on firearms registration duties with a further 151 in support duties—part-time staff are counted on a two for one basis. The Metropolitan police have 24 such staff.Home Office guidance on the use of civilian staff suggests that they can be used on clerical and administrative duties involved with firearms and other functions where there is no need for police powers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 by different police forces; and what steps he is taking to promote a consistent approach across different forces.

My right hon. and learned Friend has received representations from a number of different sources including Members of both Houses of Parliament, the shooting organisations and individual members of the public about the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988. Administration of firearms controls is the responsibility of individual chief officers of police. To help ensure consistency of practice in and between police forces, the Home Department has issued advice on the administration of all aspects of firearms legislation, including the new controls, in the publication "Firearms Law: Guidance to the Police". Copies of the document, which is available to the public, have been placed in the Library. The advice in the guidance is subject to review both by the Home Department and the Firearms Consultative Committee.

Daylight Saving

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will invite public consultation on the introduction of daylight saving by initiating differential time zones between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Immigration Ministers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the outcome of the meeting of Trevi and European Community Immigration Ministers in Dublin on 14 and 15 June.

A major theme of Trevi Ministers' discussions was the need to improve further co-operation against drug trafficking. We approved a paper examining the links between drug trafficking and other organised crime, and endorsed new arrangements for a co-ordinated response to requests for technical assistance including training from drug producer and transit countries. At my instigation, Trevi Ministers also agreed to an accelerated timetable for work on the proposal for a European drugs intelligence unit, and to examination of the need for such a unit to have effective links with other European countries including those in eastern Europe.As Trevi Ministers, we also reviewed progress during the Irish Presidency on measures to develop police co-operation across the whole range of crime in the light of completion of the single European market after 1992. We approved a programme of action setting out a range of measures, a copy of which I am placing in the Library.The meeting of Ministers concerned with immigration, attended also by a Vice-President of the Commission, was the eighth in the series of such meetings held towards the end of each Presidency since 1986.Ministers took stock of the work carried out in the ad hoc working group on immigration during the Irish Presidency and considered the future programme of work. The main conclusions which we reached are set out in a press release of which I am placing a copy in the Library.I was pleased to join 10 of my Community colleagues in signing a convention on asylum which establishes criteria for determining which member state is responsible for examining a claim for asylum when more than one member state is involved. I am placing a copy of the convention in the Library, and it will also be laid before the House in the normal way.

Dogs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce proposals for the control of dogs.

The Government have today published a consultation paper, "The Control of Dogs", to seek public reaction to proposals which my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary together with my right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Scotland, for Wales and for the Environment wish to make. This paper co-ordinates a number of proposals aimed at tackling dog control problems directly and without the need for a national dog registration scheme.Proposals to improve the control of dogs canvassed in the paper include a new offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control; additional powers for local authorities and the police to seize and detain or destroy a dangerous dog; new powers for the courts to impose muzzling and other controls on dogs; additional controls which might apply only to certain breeds or types of dogs, or the banning of such dogs; a new offence of allowing a dog to stray persistently; and a fixed penalty system for enforcement of the collar and tag rules or other dog control provisions.Copies of the paper have been placed in the Library. Comments on these proposals are requested by 15 November.

Race Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions (a) under the race relations provisions of the Public Order Act 1986 and (b) under the Malicious Communications Act there have been since their passing.

Information is given in the table. The 1989 data will not be available until the autumn.

Number of prosecutions under section 18 of the Public Order Act 1986 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988
England and Wales
Act19871988
Public Order Act 19861 Section 18622
Malicious Communications Act 19882n/a3
Persons indicted1 for homicide where one or more of the victims was aged under 16 years of age, by outcome of proceedings
Number of persons
Convicted of homicide
YearIndicted for homicideMurderSec. 2 manslaughterOther manslaughterInfanticide
England and Wales
1982681822196
19837216112810
198464813292
198579229268
198660187183
1987772011361
2198858126286
Essex police force area
198211
1983211
198411
1985211
198621

1 Came into force on 1 January 1987.

2 Came into force on 29 September 1988.

n/a = Not available.

Ambulance Dispute

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total of costs billed to health authorities by the Metropolitan police to cover emergency cover during the ambulance workers' dispute.

The Metropolitan police have charged the South West Thames regional health authority £9·68 million for its assistance.

Murder Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the murder rate per 1,000 of the population in the constituency of Basildon in 1989.

The available information is that there were 11 homicides recorded by the Essex police force in 1989, a rate of 0·008 per 1,000 population.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of the killing of children in (i) England and Wales and (ii) the Basildon constituency in each year since 1965.

The numbers of persons indicted and convicted for homicide offences are published annually in Table 4·7 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", copies of which are available in the Library. The number of such cases where one or more victims was less than 16 years of age are given in the table for the years 1982–88. Information on homicides in the Basildon constituency is not available, but figures for the Essex police force area for the years 1982–88 are included; corresponding figures for the years 1965–1981 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Convicted of homicide

Year

Indicted for homicide

Murder

Sec. 2 manslaughter

Other manslaughter

Infanticide

198711

21988

321

1 As at 1 June 1989.

2 1988 figures are not yet complete: there were 277 suspects for whom court proceedings were not completed by 1 June 1989.

Football Grounds

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has issued to local authorities on their responsibilities for granting safety certificates for, and overseeing reductions in, standing accommodation at football grounds in England and Wales for the 1990–91 football season.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The Home Office has given advice to local authorities in England and Wales on their responsibilities under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act in a number of circulars over the past 15 years. The safety standards which local authorities are currently advised to apply for both seated and standing accommodation are those recommended in the 1986 edition of the "Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds" produced by the Home Office and the Scottish Office, subject to certain changes recommended in Lord Justice Taylor's interim and final reports on the Hillsborough tragedy of which local authorities in England and Wales were advised in circulars on 4 August 1989 and 7 February 1990.We are advised that it would not be appropriate to use safety certificates to require football grounds to reduce standing accommodation which meets accepted standards of safety or when specific powers are available in other legislation. The circular of 7 February 1990 therefore advised local authorities that they should not be used for this purpose. It is for the football clubs to respond to Lord Justice Taylor's recommendations on all-seated accommodation in the first instance. Powers under section 11 of the Football Spectators Act will be used in due course if it proves necessary to do so.

Energy

Civil Servants (Workplaces)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what assessments under Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations have been undertaken at all workplaces used by civil servants in his Department.

Assessments under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations have been carried out by the Department of Energy at those premises where it is the major user. Where the Department is a minor occupier the responsibility for such assessments lies with the major occupier.

Hinkley Point C

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he intends to seek the views of Parliament in the form of a debate before he makes any recommendations on the report of the inspector on the Hinkley Point C pressurised water reactor proposal.

No. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State set out his intentions for handling the inspector's report in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot) on 14 June at column 287.

Social Security

Community Charge Rebates

122.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received regarding eligibility for community charge rebates.

The Department of Social Security is responsible for the community charge benefit scheme. I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 23 May at column 208. In the one month since that reply the Department has received a further 526 items of correspondence about the community charge benefit scheme.

Pensioners' Incomes

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will provide what information he has about the level of investment income for pensioners, according to the level of their weekly pension income.

The latest available information, from the 1987 family expenditure survey, is set out in the table.

Table1: Average investment income according to levels of weekly income from state pension and supplementary benefit2
RP and supplementary benefit £Average savings/investment income £
00·00 to 39·93313·45
40·00 to 59·9915·24
60·00 plus33·56
1 Source: Family expenditure survey.
2 It is not possible to identify the state retirement pension separately from supplementary benefit from the family expenditure survey.
3 Income bands selected to provide representative sample sizes.

Blind People

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he is taking to ensure provision of social security benefits to blind people with additional costs.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Moray (Mrs. Ewing) on 26 February at column 61.

Industrial Deafness

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people who were previously denied benefits under the five-year rule governing claims for industrial deafness benefit have re-applied since the ruling of the Law Lords in October 1989 on good cause grounds in (a) Greenock and Port Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole.

Eleven applications for review have been received from people in the Greenock and Port Glasgow area following the Court of Appeal ruling. Figures for Strathclyde and Scotland as a whole can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Income Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much it would cost in the current financial year to extend to transitional protection claimants the full annual uprating of income support.

The cost in additional income support has been estimated at about £35 million.

Energy Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the answers of 10 May, Official Report, column 191, and 30 April, Official Report, column 419, about energy consumption, what is the square footage of office space to which these figures relate.

Energy Efficiency

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much was invested in improving the energy efficiency of his Department in the latest available year.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: Information is not available separately for the Departments of Health and Social Security. In the financial year 1989–90, the Departments combined invested £133,000 in energy efficiency measures. Further investment was made by the Property Services Agency, but the amount cannot be identified separately from the agency's overall expenditure on energy efficiency.

Housing Benefit

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many tenants qualify for housing benefit in Ceredigion; what were the corresponding figures for the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 22 June 1990]: The information requested is in the table.

1987–881988–891989–90
Number of Local Authority and private tenants receiving housing benefit (rounded to the nearest 50)4,6003,7503,500

Trade And Industry

Ec Legislation

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the short title of any legislative Act approved by European Community member states since 1 January in relation to which each state must take national implementing measures; and what action has been taken by each state in relation to each such measure.

The table lists the directives relevant to completion of the single European market which have been formally adopted by the Council of Ministers since 1 January 1990. A period of grace, typically 18 months, is allowed for member states to transpose directives into national law. It is generally too early, therefore, to comment on what action member states will take to implement these directives. In addition, directives in other areas of application, most notably concerning health and safety at the workplace, have also been adopted during this period. A full list of these and other legislative acts—regulations, decisions and recommendations—is recorded in the Official Journal of the European Communities, copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library.

Directives relevant to completion of the single market adopted since 1 January 1990

  • Marketing of compound feedingstuffs
  • Amendment to Directive 87/102 concerning consumer credit
  • Bovine semen—amendment to Directive 88/407
  • Acceptance of pure-bred breeding pigs for breeding
  • Acceptance of hybrid breeding pigs for breeding
  • Production and trade in medicated feedingstuffs
  • Amendment to Directive 77/93 on protective measures against the introduction into member states of organisms harmful to plants or plant products.
  • Amendment to Directive 80/390 in respect of mutual recognition of public offer prospectuses and stock exchange listing particulars.
  • Third Directive concerning motor liability insurance
  • Maximum tar yield of cigarettes
  • Active implantable electromedical devices
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments.

Chinese Bicycles

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations have been undertaken within the EEC on the French Government plan to control the importation of bicycles of Chinese origin by quota; and if he will support similar measures to be extended to the United Kingdom.

Member states have not yet been consulted about any plans by the French Government to restrict imports of bicycles from China. In seeking such action the French Government would have to submit a formal application to the Commission giving detailed evidence of the injury, or threat of injury, to domestic producers from the imports in question. My officials have received no requests from United Kingdom manufacturers for action to restrict imports into the United Kingdom of Chinese bicycles, but we will consider carefully any case with supporting evidence put forward by the industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the percentage increase in Chinese bicycle imports in the current year over 1989; and what action he is proposing to take to protect United Kingdom manufacturing interests.

The percentage increase in imports of bicycles from China to the United Kingdom, for January to April 1990 over the same period for 1989 was 30·1 per cent. by volume. Imports of bicycles from China into the United Kingdom are covered by the EC's generalised system of preferences. My Department is in contact with United Kingdom bicycle manufacturers and will be meeting them shortly to discuss what action could be taken.

Securities Regulation

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he will take with regard to the regulatory position in the light of the case of Dunsdale Securities; and if he has any plans to increase the powers of the Financial Intermediaries, Managers and Brokers Regulatory Association.

It is the responsibility of the Securities and Investments Board to ensure that the regulatory framework established by its own rules and those of the self-regulating bodies, including FIMBRA, provides the appropriate level of protection for investors. The Secretary of State has responsibilities for general oversight of the regulatory system under the Financial Services Act, but not for its day-to-day operation.

Consumer Affairs Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on what matters were agreed at the European Community Consumer Affairs Council on 13 June.

The directive on package travel was adopted. There was agreement in principle that the European home and leisure accident surveillance system should be extended and that the programme should be adoped later in June. It was agreed that the rapid exchange of information system should be extended, the matter being remitted to the Committee of Permanent Representatives to consider further detailed procedures.

Consumer Credit Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether he proposes to make changes in the consumer credit advertising regulations with regard to low start mortgage repayments;(2) whether he proposes to make changes in the consumer credit advertising regulations with regard to home income plans.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: I have no plans to do so, but I am always ready to consider reasoned suggestions for amending regulations.

National Front (Printers) Ltd

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he gave his approval to the company name National Front (Printers) Ltd. under section 26 of the Companies Act 1985.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: Applications for names requiring the Secretary of State's approval under section 26 of the Companies Act 1985 are considered using established criteria and within the framework of administrative law. There were no grounds on which the application could properly have been rejected.

End User Certificates

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he intends to take to prevent the abuse of end user certificates; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 18 June 1990]: Where there is evidence of attempts to provide misleading information about the end use of equipment which is the subject of an export licence application, the matter is carefully investigated.

Wales

Teachers (Welsh Language)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of teachers of Welsh language and literature required to implement the national curriculum for Welsh; and what proposals he has to make up any shortfall.

Estimates of the number of teachers required to deliver the national curriculum for Welsh are being prepared in the light of discussions with local education authorities, and using recent information on pupil numbers. It is clear that additional teachers of Welsh will be required as the national curriculum is introduced.The need for additional teachers will be met through a mix of initial teacher training—ITT—and in-service training. With regard to ITT we have issued new criteria for the training of primary teachers which will require all initial teacher training institutions in Wales to provide opportunities for students to learn Welsh and improve their Welsh language skills while they are training; added Welsh to the list of secondary shortage subjects for which a bursary of £1,500 will be available in initial teacher training; and introduced the Welsh-medium supplement which could produce teachers capable of teaching Welsh in English medium primary schools if students fail to gain posts in Welsh medium schools.In order to take advantage of the skills available within the existing teaching force we have provided funding to enable courses to be developed for serving primary and secondary teachers to prepare them to teach Welsh as a second language; and provided additional funding for LEA in-service training for Welsh—£900,000 has been made available this year.The teaching as a career unit was established to promote teaching as a career. Its activity in Wales is sharply focused on the need to recruit additional propsective teachers of Welsh and Welsh-medium teachers. A total of £116,000 has been made available through education support grants for LEAs in Wales to support the development of measures to increase the recruitment of teachers in the shortage subjects including Welsh.

Teacher Training Courses

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many postgraduate students in Wales pursued initial teacher training courses in 1989; and how many benefited from his Department's initiative for meeting the shortfall in Welsh-medium teachers.

A total of 883 post graduate students commenced initial teacher training in 1989. Forty-two of these students are benefiting from the Welsh incentive supplement.

Teaching (Welsh-Speaking Graduates)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will extend his initiative to train additional Welsh-medium teachers to graduate in Welsh language and literature in order to attract sufficient Welsh-speaking graduates into the teaching profession to implement the objectives of the national curriculum.

The Welsh incentive supplement is aimed at encouraging students who need additional help to develop their language skills to train for Welsh-medium teaching. Additional work is required of these students. Graduates in Welsh would clearly not need additional help and thus there is no case for making the supplement available to this group.

Countryside Change (Survey)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contribution his Department is making to the survey on countryside change being conducted by the institute of Terrestrial Ecology at the University college of North Wales for the Natural Environmental Research Council.

None. This is a Great Britain-wide survey funded by the Department of the Environment and the Natural Environment Research Council.

Computers

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the school timetable on average Welsh school pupils spend using computers.

Obstetrics

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many junior doctors are employed in obstetrics on a whole-time equivalent basis in the national health service in Wales in the current year; and how many were employed in each of the past five years.

The available information, which relates to staff in obstetrics and gynaecology, is as follows:

Junior doctors in post as at 30 September1 (whole-time equivalents)
Number
1984109·6
1985116·4
1986111·7
1987113·4
1988122·0
21989127·2
1 Senior registrar, registrar, senior house officers and house officers. Excluding locums.
2 Provisional.

Elderly People

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) whether he will list, by health authority, the number of beds available in continuing care for elderly people in the national health service in Wales;(2) what steps he is taking to ensure continuing care provision in the national health service for elderly people in Wales;(3) whether he will list, by health authority, the number of beds in continuing care for elderly people which have been contracted out in Wales.

The information requested is not held centrally. It is for local health authority management to decide the nature of the continuous care service it provides, in the light of local needs and circumstances and the overall level of provision.

Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money has been allocated in the current financial year by his Department to support the implementation of the all-Wales strategy on mental illness (a) to each local authority in Wales, (b) to voluntary organisations in each local authority area and (c) to voluntary organisations in Wales as a whole.

Provisional allocations have been made in respect of proposals put forward by each of the eight county joint planning teams as follows:

£
Clwyd227,100
Dyfed200,000
Gwent245,300
Gwynedd126,597
Mid Glamorgan137,700
Powys101,813
South Glamorgan316,799
West Glamorgan241,500
In many cases where a proposal involves participation by more than one agency, it has yet to be established how the funding will be apportioned. Some £96,000 has been allocated to the voluntary sector in respect of services being provided on an all-Wales basis.

School Nurses

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many secondary schools in each country in Wales are currently served by a school nurse based on the premises.

Information on the number of school nurses based on individual secondary school premises is not collected centrally. The numbers of secondary schools served by a school nurse in each county in Wales is as follows:

Number of secondary schools served by a school nurse, 1988–89
Number
Clwyd30
Dyfed16
Gwent17
Gwynedd5
Mid Glamorgan13
Powys3

Number

South Glamorgan25
West Glamorgan26
WALES135

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy that a school nurse be provided at each secondary or high school in Wales.

Rural Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he intends to issue planning guidance on land for low-cost housing in rural Wales.

There was an excellent and constructive response to the consultation which the Welsh Office carried out last year. Thirty-two local planning authorities and 16 other organisations wrote in reply to the Welsh Office letter and my right hon. Friend and I are grateful for the time and thought which they gave to the proposed planning guidance.Most of the respondents supported the objectives of the guidance and agreed that in suitable places it would encourage the sale of land for low-cost housing at less than full residential value and hence reduce the cost of providing the accommodation itself. There were reservations about the degree of benefit, concern about possible adverse environmental effects of a large-scale growth of housing in rural communities and about the cost of servicing a proliferation of sites in villages, as well as many comments of detail.My right hon. Friend has concluded that to complement existing policies for the provision of low-cost housing in rural areas planning guidance should be issued along the lines of the consultation paper. He recognises proper concerns about the environment and about design and will ensure that in the guidance the importance which he attaches to these will be emphasised. He will also take the opportunity to stress that the scale of provision which he envisages will not be great and certainly not such as to swamp any village with new houses or to put any community at risk because of overprovision of low-cost housing whose disposal is constrained to a low-priced local market. The guidance will be included in a comprehensive planning policy guidance note on land for housing.Meanwhile the Secretary of State takes the view that in considering planning applications for dwellings in rural areas local planning authorities may accept as a material consideration the fact that watertight arrangements are in place which will ensure that the proposed dwellings are available only to provide affordable accommodation for local people. The local planning authority will of course also have to take into account the provisions of the development plan and all other material considerations. In so doing, they will be expected to have regard to the environmental impact of the proposal on the community and to the need for sympathetic design as well as to the extent of the local housing need which the proposal sets out to satisfy.

House Of Commons

Televising Of The House

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will list those organisations and individuals who can receive the television pictures of the House of Commons chamber, those who have terminated their receivers since the beginning of the experiment and those who have applied for a signal but have been refused.

The list of organisations and individuals within the House and its outbuildings who receive a clean feed from the Chamber is as follows: Mr. Speaker; Mr. Speaker's Secretary; the Chairman of Ways and Means; the Votes and Proceedings Office the Supervisor of Broadcasting; and the Press Gallery, within which some broadcasting organisations have made their own separate arrangements. There are of course also monitors in each of the Division Lobbies.In addition, I understand that some Government Departments have arranged through the Central Office of Information to take the clean feed, though this facility does not apply to Ministers' rooms in the House.So far as organisations outside the House are concerned, all the main broadcasters within the United Kingdom,—the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky TV and BSB—are entitled under the terms of the first report of Sessiton 1988–89 of the Select Committee on Televising of Proceedings of the House to receive the clean feed. Westminster Cable TV has also been approved for this purpose. As regards foreign-based broadcasters, BBC and ITN make available on the daily Eurovision news exchange extracts from the clean feed of up to two minutes, while House of Commons Broadcasting Unit Ltd. has licensed WTN and Visnews to supply overseas customers with material from the House of Commons of not more than five minutes duration. In addition, House of Commons Broadcasting Unit Ltd. has licensed a large number of foreign broadcasters to take longer coverage, including:

CountryBroadcasting organisation
AustraliaABC
Channel 9
CanadaCBC
GermanyARD
ZDF
Hong KongTVB News
Asia TV
IrelandRTE
JapanNHK
United StatesABC
CBS
CNN
C-Span
NBC
House of Commons Broadcasting Unit Ltd. has also licensed the Press Association to provide newspapers with still photographs of the Chamber. These are made, using a freeze-frame technique, from a clean feed supplied for the purpose.

There are a further 26 organisations, mainly in broadcasting or the press, who are already authorised to take a clean sound feed and who, on the basis of a policy decision taken by the Select Committee, are also entitled, without the need to seek separate permission, to take a clean television feed if they wish. I understand that very few of these organisations have in fact exercised their right to receive the television feed, although precise information about their identity is not readily available since as indicated, they do not need the approval of the Select Committee to do so. The full list of 26 is as follows:

  • British Forces Broadcasting Service
  • Manx Radio
  • South African Broadcasting Corporation
  • National Public Radio (USA)
  • Radio stations affiliated to the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations
  • Scandinavian Broadcasting (Danish (DR), Finnish (YLE), Norwegian and Swedish radio and television)
  • Voice of America
  • Falkland Islands Broadcasting
  • Associated Press Ltd.
  • IBS News Ltd.
  • Radio Television Hong Kong
  • Radio Basildon
  • London Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (who are authorised to supply the feed to national newspapers)
  • Israel Broadcasting Authority
  • Norddeutscher Fundfunk Hamburg
  • Westdeutscher Rundfunk Koln
  • Deutsche Welle, Koln
  • Wall Street Journal London Bureau
  • Reuters Ltd.
  • Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB)
  • Sound Productions (Overseas Promotions) Ltd.
  • TV Asahi
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Telerate Europe/Gulf
  • Bank of England
  • New York Times London Bureau

I know of no case in which a person or organisation entitled to receive the clean feed has decided to stop doing so. Apart from the hon. Member, the only direct representation for the granting of a clean feed which the Select Committee has received and rejected was from the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace), acting on behalf of his party.

Education and Library Boards

Board

1982–83 £

1983–84 £

1984–85 £

1985–86 £

1986–87 £

1987–88 £

1988–89 £

Belfast97,036410,6861,245,945687,847510,699768,319467,225
North-Eastern52,822116,478148,542176,672271,347239,386337,388
South-Eastern40,725225,092336,254287,153455,409287,783275,042
Southern68,420235,973187,556222,678295,427345,319274,195
Western59,522158,677209,170237,127180,622345,913203,172

Area health boards

Board

1982–83 £

1983–84 £

1984–85 £

1985–86 £

1986–87 £

1987–88 £

1988–89 £

Northern45,10243,66346,56834,68245,711105,20678,778
Southern29,302116,81721,44548,294137,26087,317200,487
Eastern224,852177,355114,550123,710117,135101,753397,693
Western17,36432,82844,3519,894120,773235,667108,819

Northern Ireland

Extradition

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a request has been made at any time to the Government of the Republic of Ireland to implement article 2 of the European convention on the suppression of terrorism with regard to extradition between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

At the last meeting of the Inter-Governmental Conference on 19 April, Ministers of both Governments commissioned officials to undertake a review of arrangements for dealing with fugitive offenders. We will continue to pursue these matters through the conference.

Social Security

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to improve the budgetary allocation in respect of the social fund to each of the social security offices in South Down.

This year's allocations to social security offices took greater account of the level of demand for social fund payments in each area. A copy of a paper describing the allocation formula is available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the budgetary allocation to each of the social security offices in South Down in each of the years (a) 11 April 1988 to 31 March 1989, (b) 1 April 1989 to 31 March 1990, and (c) 1 April 1990 to 31 March 1991.

Public Bodies (Losses)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in statistical form the financial value of losses written off by each education and library board and each area health board in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in each of the last seven years.

The information for the latest seven years available in each instance is as follows:

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

£

1983–84798,829
1984–85758,451
1985–861,149,130
1986–871,459,219
1987–881,601,077
1988–891,194,274
1989–901,216,838

Maternity Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his policy on the integration of hospital-based maternity and community midwifery care; whether he proposes to issue guidelines to health boards; and if he will make a statement.

1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
(a) Drift nets29,82221,25237,16565,65418,29924,52832,28012,58717,32155,108
(b) Draft nets16,43811,78120,30415,48110,29214,06612,7095,43416,17631,090
(c) Fixed nets2,9631,7482,6882,1179411,9271,365462842330
(d) Anglers (declared catch)1,1341,5172,1258313791,8141,172390960na
TOTAL50,35736,29862,28284,08329,91142,33547,52618,87335,29986,528
n.a Not available.

Northern Ireland

Terrorism

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in the Official Report a table to show for each (a) police county and (b) police division, with breaks at each change of such administrative area, the number of deaths from terrorist action since 1 January 1969 until the latest available date, or as much of such information as is conveniently available to him.

[holding answer 20 June 1990]: The following table details the total number of deaths due to the security situation in Northern Ireland since 1969. Figures have been compiled using current RUC divisional boundaries.

Deaths as a result of security situation 1 January 1969 to 31 May 1990
DivisionTotal
A323
B430
D632
E49
G62
H418
J135
K189
L171
N282
O62
P44

Scotland

Departmental Research (Expenditure)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total identifiable expenditure on research by his Department in each year since 1979; what proportion

[holding answer 19 June 1990]: In Northern Ireland there is an integrated hospital and community midwifery care service. The primary responsibility for deciding the most appropriate management arrangements which will ensure the continued provision of a high quality and cost-effective service rests with health and social services boards.There are no proposals to issue any guidance.

Salmon

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many salmon were taken by commercial nets in the Foyle area by (a) drift nets, (b) draft nets, (c) fixed nets and (d) anglers in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

[holding answer 20 June 1990]: The information requested is as follows:was awarded on a customer-contractor basis; and what proportion of his total departmental budget was expended on research for each year.

The information is in the following table. All of it was awarded on a customer-contractor basis.

£ million, cash
Expenditure on researchPercentage of departmental budget
1979–8028·51·6
1980–8135·71·5
1981–8240·81·6
1982–8342·81·4
1983–8449·51·8
1984–8553·31·8
1985–8653·81·7
1986–8753·41·6
1987–8851·61·5
1988–8954·61·4

Local Government Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he plans to take to encourage people entitled to transitional allowance and particularly pensioners to lodge claims both in 1989–90 and 1990–91; and whether he will consider an advertising campaign to that end.

The Scottish Office undertook an advertising campaign in the national press earlier this year and issued more than 150,000 leaflets explaining the scheme to local authorities and interested organisations. Additionally, most local authorities have made extensive efforts to encourage applications from pensioners and the disabled who may be eligible for increased relief under the scheme. We do not consider that any further action needs to be taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the percentage of those entitled to transitional allowances on the poll tax in 1989–90 who have actually claimed.

Ninety per cent. of those people estimated to be eligible for transitional relief should be identified automatically from local authorities' records. At this stage it is not possible to estimate the number of pensioners and the disabled who will receive increased relief for which application must be made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland were liable to pay the poll tax in (a) 1989–90 and (b) 1990–91.

Returns from community charges registration officers indicate that, as at 5 September 1989, a total of 3,904,189 people were liable to pay the personal community charge. Comparable figures are not yet available for 1990, but in setting their community charges earlier this year, local authorities assumed that 3,887,531 people would be liable to pay the personal community charge in 1990–91. These figures include students, who are liable for only 20 per cent. of the community charge, but exclude those liable for collective or standard community charges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the number of second homes for each local authority, on the basis of information collected for the poll tax.

Information on second homes is not collected for the purpose of levying the community charges. The number of premises liable for the standard community charge for each district and islands council area as at 5 September 1989 is set out in the table.

Number of standard charge premises September 1989
Berwickshire420
Ettrick and Lauderdale372
Roxburgh482
Tweeddale235
Clackmannan592
Falkirk1,117
Stirling1,876
Annandale and Eskdale654
Nithsdale886
Stewartry872
Wigtown846
Dunfermline131
Kirkcaldy441
North East Fife1,731
Aberdeen3,390
Banff and Buchan2,005
Gordon1,545
Kincardine and Deeside1,260
Moray2,060
Badenoch and Strathspey1,021
Caithness1,023
Inverness1,350
Lochaber916
Nairn251
Ross and Cromarty2,022
Skye and Lochalsh868
Sutherland1,033
East Lothian2,273
Edinburgh14,469
Midlothian1,442
West Lothian2,348

Number of standard charge premises September 1989

Argyll and Bute5,085
Bearsden and Milngavie257
Clydebank910
Clydesdale997
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth539
Cumnock and Doon Valley780
Cunninghame2,981
Dumbarton1,620
East Kilbride743
Eastwood572
Glasgow20,875
Hamilton1,397
Inverclyde1,869
Kilmarnock and Loudoun1,092
Kyle and Carrick1,502
Monklands1,301
Motherwell1,835
Renfrew3,913
Strathkelvin723
Angus2,059
Dundee4,699
Perth and Kinross3,894
Orkney700
Shetland902
Western Isles587
Scotland Total111,763

Hospital Laundering

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what capital expenditure has been incurred on the building of new national health service laundries and the renovation of existing laundry facilities over the last two years.

No new laundries have been built in the last two years. Expenditure by health boards on renovating and upgrading laundries has been within their delegated expenditure limits. Details of this expenditure are not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what capital expenditure has been incurred by health boards on the purchase of new laundering and dry-cleaning equipment over the past two years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of the capital expenditure incurred on the purchase of a new laundry and dry-cleaning machine and on the construction of new, and renovation of existing, laundry facilities over the past two years was for the creation of additional laundry capacity.

The information requested is not held centrally. It is for individual health boards to determine what laundry facilities they require.

Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing the number of housing starts and completions in (a) Inverclyde district, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole in each quarter of 1988, 1989 and the first quarter of the current year.

The available information is set out in the following table. Figure for the period January to March 1990 are not yet available.

Housing starts and completions for years 1988 and 1989
InverclydeStrathclydeScotland
YearStartsCompletionsStartsCompletionsStartsCompletions
1988
Quarter 130862,2801,4955,2084,291
Quarter 270372,3101,9545,0684,494
Quarter 327491,6711,9554,4884,450
Quarter 456291,9462,1474,6265,020
1989
Quarter 176492,7711,9465,6424,707
Quarter 21156542,9302,1716,0585,078
Quarter 3118511,9322,1704,7484,679
Quarter 4286852,1122,2745,0905,172
1 Figures for Scotland include estimates.
2 Figures for Strathclyde and Scotland include estimates.

Dog Fighting

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prosecutions have been brought for dog fighting in Scotland during each of the last five years; and by whom such prosecutions were brought.

Statistics on prosecutions for dog fighting are not separately identifiable in the Scottish Home and Health Department classification of crimes and offences.

Elderly People

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list, by health board, the number of beds available in continuing care for elderly people in the national health service in Scotland.

The average number of available staffed beds for long term care of elderly patients, by health board is as follows:

Average available staffed beds year ending 31 March 1990
Health boardNumber
Argyll and Clyde746
Ayrshire and Arran610
Borders192
Dumfries and Galloway308
Fife591
Forth Valley515
Grampian1,087
Greater Glasgow1,599
Highland392
Lanarkshire853
Lothian1,087
Orkney51
Shetland89
Tayside652
Western Isles108
Scotland8,880
In addition, there was for all Scotland an average of 5,914 available staffed beds for geriatric psychiatry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list, by health board, the number of beds in continuing care for elderly people which have been contracted out in Scotland.

The average numbers of available staffed beds in joint user and contractual hospitals for the year ending 31 March 1989, the latest date for which information is centrally available, were as follows:

Number
Argyll and Clyde14
Greater Glasgow24
Lanarkshire54
Lothian160
Scotland252

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to ensure continuing care provision in the NHS for elderly people in Scotland.

The level of service provision is a matter for individual health boards taking account of local needs. The Government have endorsed the SHARPEN report "Scottish Health Authorities' Review of Priorities for the Eighties and Nineties" which gives the highest priorities to services for old people with dementia, in hospitals and in the community, and to care in the community with particular reference to services for elderly people.

Glasgow High Court

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to meet the future accommodation needs of the High Court in Glasgow.

Land has been purchased at the rear of the existing justiciary buildings, Glasgow, with a view to making provision for all the work of the High Court in Glasgow to be conducted on the Saltmarket site. Further preparatory work is in progress and court users and others will be consulted on the proposed provision in due course.

Redundancies

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all notified redundancies in Scotland of more than 300 employees since 1979 giving the employer, date of announcement and number of jobs lost.

[holding answer 13 June 1990]: Information cannot be provided in the precise form requested. The names of individual employers notifying redundancies to the Department of Employment are treated as commercial in confidence. Additionally, data on redundancies confirmed are unlikely to be complete, as employers are not obliged to advise the Department of Employment of the redundancies actually effected following notification. The remaining information sought is set out in the table.

YearRedundancies notified (300 employees or more)Number of employeesRedundancies confirmed
197929,515341
198019,003281
198125,081301
198223,292301
198318,2102211,948
198411,243137,691
198510,030158,262
19868,612174,370
19877,806124,618
19888,121152,661
198919,203114,866
1 No information available.

Home Improvement Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the amount of the financial allocation for the new system of home improvement grants for the financial year 1991–92 will be determined.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The Government have no immediate plans to introduce a new system of improvement and repairs grants in Scotland. Resources for housing capital expenditure in 1991–92 will be allocated, as in previous years, on the basis of local authorities' relative needs and with reference to their capital programmes and housing plans.

Procurator Fiscal, Orkney

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what savings he anticipates will be made in the present financial year as a result of downgrading the post of procurator fiscal in Orkney from a full-time to a part-time appointment.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The present arrangements for discharging the duties of the procurator fiscal, Orkney are expected to save £25,000 in the current financial year.

Health

Community Care

124.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has made an estimate of the additional costs to be incurred by local authorities in 1991–92 due to the new legislation on community care; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave the hon. Member for Carlisle (Mr. Martlew) on 23 May at column 199.

Departmental Research (Expenditure)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total identifiable expenditure on research by his Department in each year since 1979; what proportion was awarded on a customer-contractor basis; and what proportion of his total departmental budget was expended on research for each year.

Research and development by the Department of Health, all of which is managed on the customer-contractor principle, is funded through the research budgets for health and personal social services, procurement directorate, national health service information technology and building and engineering.For 1988–89, the latest year for which out-turn figures are available, the total such expenditure was £15·8 million, forming 0·086 per cent. of total Department of Health expenditure.Available information for earlier years has been published in the Cabinet Office Annual Review of Government Funded Research and Development.

South London Hospital For Women

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he or officials in his Department have had, and with whom, on the future use to be made of the now closed South London hospital for women.

None. We understand that the West Lambeth health authority has plans to submit an approval in principle submission to the South East Thames regional health authority for a proposal to use the site to meet a variety of health needs in the area.

Nhs Trusts

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the basis on which financial help will be provided to health authorities after the establishment of hospital trusts in their areas.

All district health authorities will receive a revenue allocation with which to purchase services for their residents whether from NHS trusts, directly managed units or the private or voluntary sectors.

Minor Surgery

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what encouragement the Government are giving to general practitioners to undertake more minor surgery.

We are keen to encourage more GPs to provide minor surgery, which is a service popular with patients. The GPs' new contract introduces for the first time specific remuneration for this work. GPs admitted to the minor surgery List will receive a sessional payment of £100 provided they perform at least five of the procedures listed in the regulations each quarter. A GP is allowed to claim no more than three sessional payments a quarter. Where a GP carries out minor surgery on behalf of a partnership or group practice he or she may claim a higher number of payments in a quarter up to a maximum of three times the number of partners or members of the group. These arrangements will provide a strong incentive to GPs to extend their skills, resulting in an enhanced service to their patients. In consequence, patients will be saved the inconvenience of attending out-patients departments.

Project 2000

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the Royal College of Nursing on the implementation of Project 2000.

None. We understand that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has recently received a letter concerning the implementation of Project 2000 from Christine Hancock, the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.

Lyme Disease

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of Lyme disease were reported in the last 12 months.

In 1989, a total of 16 laboratory reports of Lyme disease in England and Wales were received by the public health laboratory service's communicable disease surveillance centre. The provisional number of reports received for the first five months of 1990 was five.

Births Basildon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of babies born at Basildon hospital in each of the last seven years.

Births at particular hospitals have only been analysed by OPCS since 1989. However, records analysed by the Basildon and Thurrock district health authority give the following information.

YearNumber of births
19832,323
19842,378
19852,455
19862,397
19872,470
11988–892,646
11989–902,695

Source: Basildon and Thurrock district health authority.

1 Financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the numbers of babies born in (a) Basildon constituency and (b) the Basildon and Thurrock district health authority area in each of the last seven years.

The information requested is given in the tables.

Live and still births for Basildon borough constituency
LivebirthsStillbirths
19821,4189
19831,4359
19841,4207
19851,4614
19861,4184
19871,4626
19881,5239
19891,5893

Live and still births for Basildon and Thurrock DHA

Livebirths

Stillbirths

19823,82725
19833,90120
19844,01018
19854,14316
19864,05719
19874,29713
19884,46023
19894,42011

Hospital Laundering

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 March, Official Report, column 579, if he will detail the relevant monitoring arrangements to ensure that health authorities take account of all relevant expenditure when determining the cost of their in-house laundering and dry cleaning facilities.

To ensure independent assessment those involved in compiling an in-house tender and service costing are expressly excluded from participation in the tender evaluation exercise. All costings are also open to scrutiny by the relevant district health authority, the regional health authority and to internal and external auditors.

Children (Social Services)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect the statistics necessary to estimate the number of children who are not receiving care from local authority social services and social workers in cases in which there is a statutory duty to provide such care.

There are no present plans to do so. The regional offices of the social services inspectorate will continue to monitor the situation within their areas.

Waiting Lists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the waiting list initiative.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. King) on 18 January at columns 403–4.

Nhs Manager

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of managers within the national health service.

Managers may be employed in a wide range of professions and disciplines in the National Health Service; there is no single definition on which a total figure could be based. About 900 general manager posts, and an estimated 8,000 at senior and middle manager level, are currently included in management pay arrangements.

Health Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he will introduce measures to ensure all members of health authorities are directly elected; and if he will make a statement.

No.

Hospital junior doctors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology showing whole time equivalents at 30 September each year
Year198819871986198519841983
England1,866·71,725·71,758·31,761·71,762·41,768·9
Northern124·7125·7135·5134·8135·5137·2
Yorkshire121·8103·3126·1120·7116·0130·9
Trent183·1169·8175·5167·2163·8159·9
East Anglia67·170·064·065·464·566·4
North West Thames166·9148·8142·1157·8145·9150·9
North East Thames183·6159·1180·3185·1177·0175·9
South East Thames142·4139·7128·8124·8130·8129·4
South West Thames102·0100·4100·796·095·899·6
Wessex67·876·372·478·398·477·2
Oxford99·993·191·993·884·086·3
South Western115·093·996·090·794·192·6
West Midlands190·6178·3176·7177·8170·8169·4
Mersey90·891·077·391·891·2101·3
North Western178·6159·0176·0169·8165·1168·2
SHAs32·420·414·57·329·523·7

Source: Medical and dental census.

Notes:

1. Includes permanent paid and honorary staff.

2. Junior doctors includes senior registrar, registrar, senior house officer and house officer.

Central Blood Laboratories Authority

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what negotiations are taking place, or scheduled to take place, with the United States firm, Baxters, in relation to the Central Blood Laboratories Authority operations at Elstree and Churchill hospital, Oxford; what are the terms of reference of the negotiations; when he expects them to be completed; and what plans he has to report publicly on the outcome.

The Central Blood Laboratories Authority conducts regular negotiations with other organisations in the plasma fractionation industry with a view to gaining access to methods and processes which might lead to more efficient utilisation of the plasma received from the National Blood Transfusion Service. Baxter Inc is one such company. These negotiations are commercially sensitive and remain confidential.

Regional Health Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what account he took of the additional costs of PTB and A and C pay restructuring when deciding cash allocations to regional health authorities;(2) whether the increased cost consequences of PTB and A and C pay restructuring are to be met from additional central funding or out of existing regional health authority and district health authority allocations.

Health authorities should meet increases in prices and pay, including the costs of restructuring negotiated in the Whitley councils, from their cash allocations, income generation schemes and cost improvement programmes.

Obstetrics

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors are employed in obstetrics on a whole-time equivalent basis in the National Health Service in each regional health authority in England in the current year; and how many were employed in each of the past five years.

The information requested is given in the table.The PTB and A and C pay restructurings were negotiated in 1989. By the end of the two year period 1989–90 to 1990–91, the gross extra resources available to the National Health Service in England will have increased by over £4 billion or 20 per cent.

Corwin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken by the Committee on Safety of Medicines on the drug Corwin; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the right hon. Member to the reply that I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Sir Michael McNair-Wilson) on 21 June at columns 677–78.