Written Answers To Questions
Wednesday 4 July 1990
Oil Spillage, West Coast
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what emergency provisions have been made to cover the event of an oil spillage off the west coast of Scotland.
Because it is impossible to predict where or when a tanker accident may occur, the marine pollution control unit's (MPCU) contingency plan consists of highly mobile resources on short-notice standby positioned at various locations around the United Kingdom, from where they can be deployed quickly to the west coast of Scotland or any other part of the United Kingdom that may be threatened by a major oil spillage.Local authorities on the west coast of Scotland all have their own contingency plans for dealing with coastal pollution and can call on advice and assistance from the MPCU, which in a major spillage would co-ordinate onshore clean-up operations as well as directing offshore activities. This is to ensure a fully integrated response.The MPCU is this year holding its annual major counter-pollution exercise off the west coast of Scotland to test the effectiveness of plans to deal with an oil spillage in that area. The exercise will take place on 4 and 5 July in the North Minch and will involve local authorities in both the Isle of Lewis and the Scottish mainland.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will state what steps he intends to take following the report of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee on access for disabled people to buses and coaches; and if he will make a statement.
The committee worked closely with my Department in drawing up its "Recommended Specification for Buses Used to Operate Local Services", published in June 1988. This includes features such as lower steps, textured and colour-contrasted handrails, bus stopping signs, step edge markings, and bell pushes which can be reached by seated passengers.Among other initiatives to promote the use of the specification, my Department has produced a video, "Welcome Aboard", illustrating the features recommended by the committee and demonstrating the benefits to passengers with disabilities.The main DPTAC recommendations have also been proposed by my Department for inclusion in a draft EC directive on bus and coach construction.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of motorway are (a) being planned and (b) under construction for the Greater Manchester county.
A total of 31 miles of new motorway are being planned. In addition we plan to widen 25 miles of existing motorway. No new motorways are currently under construction in Greater Manchester.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the South Molton information signs will be erected on the north Devon link road;(2) if he will visit north Devon to inspect the north Devon link road one year after completion;(3) when the 60 mph restriction signs will be erected on the north Devon link road; and if he will make a statement upon the provision of emergency telephones along this road.
The application for information signs on the link road near South Molton is being considered, but the road safety implications of additional signs are a cause for concern.I have no plans to visit the link road. Nor have I any plans to install 60 mph speed limit signs on the road. The national speed limits already apply: there are reminder posters about the limits at the picnic areas, and reminder signs in the laybys.New-style emergency phones are being installed by the RAC and AA (with a contribution from the Department). I understand that these will be operational very shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those chemicals which he has assessed to be safe substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals.
Discussions are taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels on the package of tests which will be necessary for the assessment of the substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any proposals to encourage and support small businesses to establish a door-to-door collection service for the recycling of metal cans; and if he will make a statement.
The Environmental Protection Bill contains a range of measures which will assist and promote the segregation of waste for recycling. Collection authorities will have a duty to draw up recycling plans and when doing so be required to liaise with all relevant organisations in their areas, including private sector companies. Waste disposal authorities will be required to pass to collection authorities the savings that accrue because refuse has been recycled rather than passed to them for disposal—and this may be passed on to benefit both voluntary groups and small businesses. Other provisions of the Bill will allow authorities to specify environmentally favourable options for waste disposal, such as recycling, even if they are not the cheapest in financial terms. Stricter controls on waste disposal by landfill and other means will increase their costs and so make recycling more attractive. The forthcoming White Paper on the environment will set out our further plans for recycling.The Government are also working with local authorities to develop projects like recycling city in Sheffield and Cardiff where segregated collection systems are being carried out on a trial basis and which can, when fully evaluated, be used as models for future practice. We shall be providing comprehensive advice to local authorities to assist them in the development of recycling projects.
National Rivers Authority
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about the level of funding of the National Rivers Authority.
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 5 June to the hon. Member for Dewbury (Mrs. Taylor) at column 489.
Letting Of Rooms
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent representations he has received about the statutory provisions applying to residents who wish to let out a room or rooms in their home; and if he has any plans to reform the law.
The Department receives the occasional letter from hon. Members and the public about the statutory provisions applying to residents who wish to let out a room or rooms in their home. Changes were made in the Housing Act 1988 which completely deregulated such lettings. We have no plans to make any further changes to the legislation.
House Purchase Incentive Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the Department first made available £200,000 to Lambeth council for the cash incentive scheme for tenants wishing to buy properties in the private sector.
My officials wrote to Lambeth on 27 March 1990 giving approval in principle to a cash incentive scheme in 1990–91 for which £200,000 in supplementary credit approvals will be available as part of the Government's homeless initiative. The supplementary credit approvals will be issued as grants are actually paid out.
Warrington And Runcorn Development Corporation
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which contracts were awarded by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation to business ventures on the basis of competitive tendering.
No contracts were awarded by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation to business ventures on the basis of competitive tendering.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his reply of 27 June to the hon. Member for Warrington, North, how the value of services provided to Warrington and Runcorn development corporation by business ventures was assessed in order for the corporation to make appropriate reductions for the use of its property; how the rentable value of that property was assessed by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation; and which business ventures made use of Warrington and Runcorn development corporation property for 30 months.
The basis of the fees paid to business ventures by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation was that they should not exceed the costs which the corporation would have had to bear if the function had remained in-house. The fees payable were initially based on payroll costs and direct expenses and were exclusive of accommodation costs. Thereafter, as the business ventures began to undertake work for other clients, the corporation reduced its fee payments to reflect the use made of its accommodation in providing these services. The engineering business venture, involving a merger with Rendel Palmer and Tritton, made use of corporation accommodation for 30 months.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answers to the hon. Member for Warrington, North of 27 June, what were the three largest redundancy payments made to Warrington and Runcorn development corporation staff who joined business ventures employed by the corporation; and to which officials they were paid.
The three largest redundancy payments made to staff of Warrington and Runcorn development corporation who joined business ventures were as follows:
|Chief Estates Officer (Runcorn)||45,328|
|Chief Legal Officer||43,507|
World Cup Hooliganism
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many representations his Department has received on the subject of deportations from Italy for alleged hooliganism at the World Cup tournament; and if he will make a statement.
As of 3 July my Department had received 12 representations concerning the sending home of British citizens during the World Cup.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how he intends that local authorities should charge for waste collected from mixed domestic and commercial property; and if he will make a statement.
The Collection and Disposal of Waste Regulations 1988 for simplicity define all waste arising from mixed hereditaments (now known as composite hereditaments)—that is, properties which are partly residential and partly used for trade or business—as commercial waste. Waste collection authorities do not charge for the collection of domestic waste, but may make a reasonable charge for commercial waste. However, circular 13/88 suggests that authorities, in setting the level of their charges, should recognise that some waste arises from the residential part of a composite property. We consider that all authorities should, once they have received a request to collect commercial waste from such properties, collect or empty free of charge at least one refuse sack or dustbin per week per property and should be prepared to consider alternative or additional arrangements on an individual basis.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects the results of the national water metering trials to be available; and if he will make a statement.
The second interim report on the national metering trials has been published by the water industry today and I have placed a copy in the Library.Use of rateable values as a basis for water charges ceases to be lawful from April 2000. Water companies will have to decide what alternative method of charging to adopt for the future; and metering—which is being adopted for many new properties, which do not have a rateable value—is one of the options being considered. Because it relates the size of a customer's bill to the
|Specific Grants 1990–91|
|Bradford (£000)||Wandsworth (£000)||Westminster (£000)|
|Rent Allowance Grant||13,201||12,273||17,600|
|Mandatory Student Awards Grant||9,593||7,807||1,700|
|Community Charge Benefit Grant||12,121||5,160||4,780|
|In-Service Teacher Training||1,507||484||347|
|Training Agency (TVEI)||1,877||102||50|
|Work Related Further Education||0||586||350|
|Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council||0||601||0|
|Social Services Training||0||80||95|
|Aids and HIV||0||39||0|
|Housing Benefit Administration||1,250||1,165||860|
|Home Insulation Grant||7||2||0|
|Improvement Grants and Area Improvement Grants||7,420||7,344||4,294|
|Expenses of Rent Officers||0||0||972|
|Careers Service Strengthening||241||73||50|
|European Community Grants||0||5||0|
|Transitional Relief Grant||2,911||1||20|
|Transitional Relief Preparatory Costs Grant||8||0||0|
|Transitional Relief Administration Costs Grant||89||64||0|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list the 92 Football League clubs together with the total season's attendance for Football League matches, total number of arrests made at such matches and the number of arrests as a percentage of the total attendance, for the seasons 1987–88 and 1989–90;(2) if he will publish a table showing the total attendance at Football League matches in England and amount of water used, it has been seen as potentially the fairest way of charging. But general metering will involve considerable expenditure, as the report demonstrates.The trials have now been under way for about 18 months and, in the majority of cases, customers have been charged on their consumption of water for about a year. The full results will not be known until the trials have been completed in about two years' time. In the meantime a considerable amount of information has been collected about the costs and problems of installing meters and this has been assembled in the second interim report.The report provides valuable information which will contribute to the debate on what future methods of charging the industry should adopt. This will be carried forward by the consultation paper which the Director General of Water Services intends to issue later this year.
Local Government Finance
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) on 25 June, Official Report, columns 44–46, if he will detail the specific grants given to Bradford, Wandsworth and Westminster.
[holding answer 2 July 1990]: The information, as given on the local authorities' 1990–91 budget returns, is as follows:Wales, the total number of arrests at such matches, and the number of arrests as a percentage of the total attendance, accurate to four decimal places, for the seasons 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90.
[pursuant to his reply, 19 June 1990, c. 483]: The Association of Chief Police Officers is today publishing figures supplied by individual police forces relating to attendances and arrests at Football League matches in England and Wales during the season 1989–90. These figures are some guide to the level of offences committed at such football matches. The figures do not record the outcome or seriousness of the cases involved. Figures for individual clubs relate to arrests at the home ground in question, involving supporters of any club.Total figures for the last three seasons are:
|Arrests as percentage of attendance||0.0340||0.0337||0.0307|
|Attendances||Number of arrests||Arrest as percentage of attendances|
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Arrests as percentage of attendances
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Education And Science
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what special funding he proposes to small rural schools to assist delivery of the national curriculum.
We are giving local education authorities specific grant support for the introduction of the national curriculum There will be support for some £120 million expenditure this financial year, rising to nearly 170 million expenditure next financial year This is in addition to the general revenue support grant funding which local authorities receive in support of spending It is for authorities to decide how much to spend to help small rural schools to deliver the national curriculum.
Technical And Vocational Education Initiative
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from Lancashire about the extent to which schools in the county will be affected by plans to extend the technical and vocational education initiative.
My right hon. Friend has received no representations about this
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has reached any conclusions on the future composition and organisation of the pay negotiating body; and if he will make a statement
My right hon. Friend is now considering the responses of the teacher unions and employers to his proposals for new permanent pay negotiation machinery He will announce his conclusions in due course.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he next expects to meet representatives of teachers' trade unions regarding pay and conditions of service; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has met representatives of the teacher unions on a number of occasions, and would expect to hold similar meetings in the future.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many (a) teaching staff and (b) non-teaching staff were employed by local education authorities in each of the years 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and the latest date for which figures are available; and what was the number of pupils on roll in each year listed.
Figures are given in the table. Information prior to 1970 is not readily available.
|Full-time equivalents of teacher staff and pupils on roll in nursery, primary and secondary schools maintained by local education authorities in England in January 1970–1989|
|Teacher numbers||Pupil numbers||1Non-teaching staff|
1 Figures in this column relate to all non-teaching education staff employed by local authorities in England, not to nursery, primary and secondary schools alone All figures relate to March of each year.
Local Management Of Schools
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list of education authorities with the percentage of their budget which is allocated in 1990–91 for local management of schools and the percentage retained as a centrally retained resource overhead.
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Epping Forest (Mr. Norris) on 5 February 1990 at column 451.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the latest figures showing how many children take (a) school meals and (b) free school meals broken down into primary, secondary and special schools; and what proportion of children present they make up in each case.
The information requested for maintained schools in England for January 1989 is as follows:
|Total number of school meals provided||As a percentage of all pupils on roll||Total meals provided free||As a percentage of all pupils on roll|
|1 Includes nursery schools.|
Schools Budget (Administration)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science for each county council local education authority, what percentage of the total schools budget, excluding capital expenditure, is spent on administration.
My right hon. Friend is still receiving budget statements prepared under section 42 of the Education Reform Act from local education authorities. As soon as he receives the great majority of returns the information requested will be published.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he expects existing differentials in postgraduate studentship rates to continue; and if he will make a statement.
During the current academic year the main studentship rate set by the research councils under the schemes which they run has been £600 higher than that under the state studentship scheme run on my behalf by the British Academy. Following representations from the British Academy and others I have today agreed that the rates under the state studentship scheme should be increased for the coming academic year to bring them in line with those currently available under the research councils' schemes. I have also today accepted advice from the Advisory Board for the Research Councils, that some of the as yet unallocated funds within the science budget for 1991–92 should be allocated to help finance a £400 increase in the main studentship rate with effect from April 1991. I have invited the board's advice on how the planned increases in postgraduate awards fit within an overall strategy for postgraduate training and on the quantitative evidence about applications, enrolments, wastage and completion on which the strategies of the individual councils are based. So that scarce resources can be directed to areas of greatest need, I have informed the board that I would expect the councils to consider possibilities for the differentiation in future of studentship award rates, by year of study, by subject or type of training, or by geographical areas. I have invited the British Academy to proceed in the same fashion in relation to any further increase over and above that approved today.
Art And Music
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he intends to set up working groups to recommend attainment targets and programmes of study for art and music within the national curriculum for England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I are today establishing working groups for art and music. The members of the groups are:
|Art Working Group|
|Professor Colin Renfrew||Master of Jesus College, Cambridge; Professor of Archaeology, Cambridge|
|Giles Auty||Art Critic, The Spectator|
|Gilroy Brown||Head Teacher, Foundry JMI School, Birmingham|
|Robert Clement||Adviser for Art and Design, Devon County Council|
|David Derrick||Head Teacher, St. Clement Dane's C of E Primary School, Westminster|
|Gillian Figg||Lecturer in Art Education, West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education|
|Toby Jackson||Head of Education, Tate Gallery, Liverpool|
|Professor Leslie R. Perry||Emeritus Professor, University of London Institute of Education, formerly Professor of the Philosophy of Education at Kings College, London|
|Peter Riches||Head of Faculty of Creative Studies, Eggbuckland School, Plymouth|
|Ray Smith||Practising artist|
|Merrick Taylor||Managing Director, Motor Panels (Coventry) Ltd.|
|Lady Marina Vaizey||Member of Fine Arts Advisory Committee, British Council; member of Crafts Council; art critic, Sunday Times. Broadcaster|
Music Working Group
|Sir John Manduell CBE||Principal, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester|
|David Adams||Head of Music, Sawston Village College, Cambridge|
|Dr. Kevin Adams||Head of Music, Maesteg Comprehensive School, Mid Glamorgan|
|Michael Batt||Freelance musician and composer|
|Michael Brewer||Director of Music, Chetham's (independent Specialist music) School, Manchester|
|Philip Jones CBE||Principal, Trinity College of Music|
|Gillian Moore||Education Officer, London Sinfonietta|
|Professor George Pratt||Head of Music Department, Huddersfield Polytechnic|
|Mrs. L. Read||Head of Infant Department, Elburton Primary School, Devon|
|Julian Smith||Director, W. H. Smith & Sons Ltd.|
|John Stephens||ex-LEA Senior Staff Inspector for music, and ex-HMI. Director of Education, Trinity College of Music from September 1990|
|Christine Wood||Lovely Music, Tadcaster (specialist suppliers of music to schools)|
The groups will advise on the attainment targets and programmes of study for art and music to be included within the national curriculum in England and Wales. We are grateful to the chairmen and members for having agreed to serve on the groups. An announcement on a working group for physical education will be made very shortly.
Copies of the terms of reference for the art and music working groups have been placed in the Library. These make clear that the attainment targets and programmes of study will not be prescribed in as much detail as for other foundation subjects.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about value added tax on fuel consumed by vessels plying the United Kingdom coast and continental ports.
The Government have received a few representations about the change in VAT liability of fuel which takes effect on 1 July 1990 and the possibility of VAT stores relief for fishing and other vessels after that date.
Civil Service Pensions
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what adjustments were made for each of the years from 1960 onwards to the negotiated pay in the home civil service for pension benefits.
Civil service pay is determined within what is affordable according to the need to recruit, retain and motivate staff. A number of factors including pensions are taken into account in the pay negotiations.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has had from regional bodies on public expenditure in the current year.
My right hon. Friend receives many representations on a variety of subjects.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the public spending planning total for 1990–91.
The public expenditure planning total for 1990–91 published in the "Financial Statement and Budget Report" is £179 billion.
Retail Prices Index
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, 20 December 1989, Official Report, column 242, whether he has now received a report from the Retail Prices Index Advisory Committee.
I have today received a report from the RPI Advisory Committee. It examines how to incorporate the price of holidays into the RPI and certain other issues in its work programme. On the price of holidays the report recommends that the CSO should collect data and examine a new methodology which will have to be subjected to further scrutiny before it could be incorporated into the RPI. I will present the report to Parliament and announce the Government's decision on the recommendations in due course.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he now has plans for direct British aid to Cambodia.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Corbett) on 18 June.
Corlan Housing Association
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the directors of the Corlan housing association,.
The present members of the committee of management of Corlan housing association were appointed recently by Housing for Wales under the provisions of section 17 of the Housing Associations Act 1985. They are:
Mr. N. Bacon
- (Deputy Chief Executive, National Agriculture Centre Rural Trust)
Mr. T. Blanch
- (Director, Rhondda Housing Association)
Mr. R. Head
- (Director, Family Care Housing Association)
Mr. M. Savage
Mr. A. Shewring
- (Chartered Accountant)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what purchases of land were made by the Corlan housing association and at what price, over the last five years.
The information requested is not readily available. The affairs of Corlan housing association are the subject of an investigation instituted by Housing for Wales under the provisions of section 28 of the Housing Associations Act 1985.
Food Safety Bill
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional funds his Department is to earmark for local authority implementation of the Food Safety Bill, and additional local authority current costs as a result of the Bill; and if he will make a statement.
In the annual round of consultations leading to the 1991–92 local authority revenue settlement, the local authority associations have assessed the costs necessary to implement the food Bill in that year at £1.35 million. This will be taken into account in determining the revenue support grant 1991–92. I expect that Government support for implementation of this Bill will be via unhypothecated grant, which will give councils the flexibility to direct resources in the light of local circumstances and priorities.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Committee
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will consider giving financial assistance to the myalgic encephalomyelitis committee in Wales.
The association received £5,000 grant aid from the Department in 1988–89 and £7,500 in 1989–90, but returned £2,500 of the latter following the resignation of the officer whose post had been supported. No formal application for further grant has been received, but any future applications would be carefully considered.
Gwynedd Health Authority
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the report by consultants on the financial position and performance of Gwynedd health authority, which has been recently submitted to him; and what steps his Department intends taking in the light of this report.
My right hon. Friend and I look forward to receiving the authority's procurement and business plan and its related proposals for restoring financial balance.When the proposals have been submitted, we will meet the chairman and other representatives to discuss them. I shall not be in a position to comment on the way ahead until that meeting has taken place.
Community Health Councils
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will arrange a conference of community health council and area health authority chairmen to discuss his plans for community health councils in Wales.
My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so. A wide-ranging consultation exercise has been completed, with both community health councils and district health authorities, among many others, commenting fully on the proposals.My right hon. Friend hopes to announce a decision on the future structure of the community health councils in Wales shortly.
Clwyd Health Councils
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit (a) Clwyd South community health council and (b) Clwyd North community health council to discuss his plans to merge community health councils.
A wide-ranging consultation exercise has been completed on the review of community health councils in Wales. Clwyd South and Clwyd North community health councils have taken the opportunity to comment fully on the proposals and my right hon. Friend and I are well acquainted with their views.My right hon. Friend hopes to announce a decision on the future structure of the community health councils in Wales shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many community health councils he has visited in Wales; and which community health councils he plans to meet before October.
War Memorial Hospital, Wrexham
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the previous cases in Wales heard by that inspector who decided application number WRR 16029 relating to the decision to allow demolition of the War Memorial hospital at Wrexham.
I shall write to the hon. Gentleman and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
To ask the Attorney-General when the Lord Chancellor intends to make a statement on changes in the law of the ownership of flats.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) on 18 June 1990 at column 389.
To ask the Attorney-General how many cases in 1989 involving persons injured by plastic bullets in Northern Ireland have been considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland; and what action was taken in each case.
Figures for cases considered during 1989 by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland involving persons killed or injured by the alleged use of baton rounds are as follows:
|No prosecution directed||12|
To ask the Attorney-General if interest accruing when the statutory charge is postponed by virtue of regulation 97 of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989 is chargeable before the Legal Aid Board has paid the assisted person's legal advisers; if the board has the discretion to waive or postpone such interest until the time for payment to the legal advisers; and if he will make a statement.
The position set out in regulation 97 of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989 is that interest is payable from the date the charge is registered. The Legal Aid Board does not have a discretion to waive or postpone the interest due from that date.
Offences, Northern Ireland
To ask the Attorney-General how many cases concerning scheduled offences were referred to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in 1989; and in how many of these referred cases the original conviction has been (a) quashed and (b) upheld.
In 1989 a total of 103 cases concerning scheduled offences were referred to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. Of these 103 cases, convictions were quashed in three: the sentence was varied in six; 55 appeals were dismissed and 39 appeals abandoned.
To ask the Attorney-General how many applications for bail by those held on remand for scheduled, non-scheduled offences, and both together, were refused bail in 1989.
In 1989 the number of High Court bail applications by those held on remand for scheduled offence cases were refused was 560.The number of High Court bail applications by those on remand for non-scheduled offence cases, which were refused, was 197.Information is not available in relation to unsuccessful applications in this category in the magistrates courts.
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her answer to the right hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown), Official Report, 28 June, columns 484–85, if she will give a full breakdown of the costs for the disposal of the fission products of nuclear power; and if she will make a statement.
The costs of disposing of the products of nuclear generation can be expressed in purely monetary terms since the technology of waste disposal is sufficiently developed. These have been quantified, for example, in the 1988–89 accounts of the CEGB by provisions for reprocessing of spent fuel and associated waste management, and disposal costs amount to £6.4 billion at 31 March 1989. The costs of dealing with the effects of global warming as the result of the emission of greenhouse gases are not known, but could be extremely large.
To ask the Prime Minister if she will make representations to the Japanese Government in respect of (a) their policy of scientific whaling, (b) their overfishing of smaller cetaceans and (c) their use of monofilament nets.
We have already made known to the Japanese, through the International Whaling Commission, our firm view that whaling for research should not be conducted unless the research can be fully justified scientifically. The research would have to provide vital information which could not be obtained by non-lethal means, and would not endanger the relevant whale stocks. We shall be following this policy at the meeting of the IWC currently taking place in the Netherlands.We have already raised the matter of the killing of small cetaceans with the Japanese Government. In 1989 the Japanese Government introduced new regulations which will reduce the number of Dall's porpoises caught.We fully share the concern about large-scale indiscriminate drift net fishing practised by the Japanese in the South Pacific. The nations concerned were able to agree last year to a United Nations resolution which calls for an end to large-scale drift net fishing in the South Pacific by 30 June 1991 and, unless scientifically proved unnecessary, a global moratorium by 30 June 1992. The United Kingdom with its EC partners was able to play a major and constructive role in these discussions.
Association Of Chief Police Officers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has received any correspondence from the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The Home Department receives correspondence from the Association of Chief Police Officers on a variety of subjects on a regular basis.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice in the form of booklets or medical instruction is given to prison officers who, in the course of their duties, may come into contact with inmates who have AIDS.
The staff training package "AIDS Inside", which has been in use since August 1987, includes a video film and a leaflet prepared by a committee of medical and other experts for the information of all prison service staff. For health care staff the most recent source of advice on safe practice is "Guidance for Clinical Health Care Workers: Protection Against Infection with HIV and Hepatitis Viruses" issued by the United Kingdom health departments in January this year. Such staff also receive training, where appropriate, in the clinical management and care of patients with AIDS and AIDS-related illness.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the known numbers of AIDS inmates held in prisons in England and Wales on 25 June.
On the date mentioned the prison population of England and Wales included 56 prisoners reported by medical officers as having been identified as HIV antibody positive. AIDS had been diagnosed in two of these cases.
Prison Officers, London
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each of the London prisons the amount of prison officer accommodation that is available for officers serving at London prisons to occupy and the present number of quarters that are empty.
The latest available information, as at 1 April 1990, is as follows:
|Total number of quarters available|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about arranging exchanges with officials from EEC states in order to obtain information on law enforcement, legal systems and innovations in technology;(2) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about introducing uniform legal provisions in the relevant parts of domestic law in each member state of the EEC;(3) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about EEC co-operation at frontiers and borders in relation to
(a) problems of illegal immigration, (b) crossing common land when following suspects of serious crime and (c) the possibility of a new treaty to deal with these problems.
The position reached by Trevi in discussing matters of police co-operation among European Community member states is recorded in the programme of action approved in Dublin on 15 June, a copy of which is in the Library. Problems of illegal immigration are primarily a matter for the EC ad hoc immigration working group, which is currently considering a draft convention on the crossing of external frontiers of the Community.
Police (Ethnic Minorities)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to how many black and ethnic minority employees the Metropolitan police employs in its civilian staff above the grade of executive officer.
The Commissioner has told me that in August 1989, the latest date for which the information is available, there were 36 civilian staff from ethnic minority communities of higher executive officer grade and above in the Metropolitan police service as well as 127 executive officers. This does not include traffic wardens and industrial grades.
Nuclear Emergency Centres
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nuclear emergency centres there are in the United Kingdom; how many are currently inoperative; and for what reasons.
Information on the most recently reported position in respect of local authority emergency centres, including the most common shortcomings found in those which were not operational, was given in "A Report on Implementation of the Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1983 in England and Wales at 30 September 1989". The report was published in May and a copy is in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of staff in each prison establishment in each of the last 10 years with less than two years total experience in the prison service.
The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of (a) men and (b) women being held on remand in prisons in England and Wales on Monday 25 June.
At the end of May, the latest date for which the information is available, 9,495 male and 347 female untried and convicted unsentenced prisoners were held in prison service establishments or in police cells.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of criminal verdicts of manslaughter or murder and the relevant verdict at the inquest for each of the years 1974 to 1989, inclusive.
The number of criminal verdicts is given in table 4.2 of the Command Paper "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", and the number of inquest verdicts is given in table 5 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Statistics of Deaths reported to Coroners, England and Wales". Copies of both these publications are in the Library.The inquest verdicts exclude cases where court proceedings have been instituted. In these cases a coroner will not resume an inquest which he has adjourned, to avoid the need for two tribunals to consider the same evidence.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a national register of persons who have died and whose next of kin cannot be ascertained to enable next of kin to identify their relatives; and whether he will make the register open to the public.
No. All deaths are registered locally by the registrar of births and deaths and subsequently notified to the Registrar-General who maintains a central record. We are currently considering the establishment of a national "missing persons" register which would assist in identifying bodies which are found without any form of identification and relatives could make inquiries of the register via the police.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what records are kept on the number of persons found dead each year where no relatives can be traced by the responsible authorities; and how many there are for the latest year available;(2) after what period of time those responsible for ascertaining and informing the next of kin terminate their inquiries;(3) what procedures are followed in order to ascertain the next of kin of a person found dead;(4) who is responsible for locating and contacting next of kin once death has been confirmed.
There are no central records of persons found dead where no relations can be traced, nor is there any statutory requirement for an individual or authority to report a death to the next of kin. In practice, responsibility for notification is normally assumed by whoever has the duty of care at the time of death; there are no time limits on their inquiries. There are no set procedures to follow, but the identification of the dead person must be known before relatives can be traced. If the person's identity is known or can be established, the amount of time needed to trace the next of kin depends on the circumstances of each case, for example the available documentation on the body. Where identity cannot be established, the police will arrange for details to be circulated to other forces and to New Scotland Yard to check against their missing persons records. There is no predetermined time limit for each case.
Television Company Franchises
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning negative bidding for television company franchises; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning negative bidding for television company franchises; and if he will make a statement.
A few responses to the broadcasting White Paper suggested the possibility of negative bidding for regional Channel 3 licences.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on the accommodation of prisoners as close as possible to their families, taking into account considerations of security and accommodation.
Four main principles govern the allocation of sentenced prisoners to training establishments: the needs of security, the needs of control, the needs of the individual prisoners and the need to make the best use of accommodation.In applying these considerations, we of course recognise that it is in the interests of most prisoners to be located as near to their home area as is practicable, to ease visiting arrangements for families and friends and to help prisoners in the last part of their sentence in preparation for release.Prisoners held in prison service custody on remand are generally held in those establishments which are nearest to their courts of remand or trial.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward a Bill to introduce an electoral system based on proportional representation.
World Cup (Deportations)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations his Department has received on the subject of deportations from Italy for alleged hooliganism at the World Cup tournament; and if he will make a statement.
The Home Department has received three representations relating to refusal of leave to enter Italy.
Trade And Industry
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby on 19 March, Official Report, column 429, he is yet in a position to announce his Department's actions relating to Lonrho plc's noncompliance with schedule 7, paragraph 9 to the Companies Act 1985.
Lonrho plc has informed my Department that it employs fewer than 250 persons, and is therefore not subject to the provisions of paragraph 9 of schedule 7 to the Companies Act 1985.
Glamorgan Building Society
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby on 9 March, Official Report, column 883, whether any partner from the firm of Mr. Anton was criticised by the joint disciplinary committee in its report on Glamorgan Building Society.
Yes. An individual who was a partner in the Cardiff office of Deloitte Haskins and Sells at the relevant time was the subject of criticism by a committee of inquiry appointed by the executive committee of the joint disciplinary scheme in relation to matters arising in connection with Glamorgan Building Society. He is no longer a partner in Mr. Anton's firm which, following a merger with Coopers and Lybrand, is now known as Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby on 19 March, Official Report, column 429, he will introduce legislation to require the auditor's letter of engagement to be communicated to shareholders by being read at the annual general meeting.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the annual production figure in the United Kingdom of condoms and how many were for sale in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and what is the estimate for each of the next five years.
The information is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the proportion of outturn expenditure on each link scheme met by industrial and private sector sponsorship.
A total of 24 link programmes have been announced so far. The financial arrangements for link programmes are standard in that Government outturn expenditure in all cases is 50 per cent. of gross incurred project costs.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will list the programmed and outturn expenditure for each link scheme in each year of operation;(2) what is the programmed public expenditure provision for link schemes in each full year the scheme has existed, together with the actual outturn expenditure in each year; and what is the second figure as a percentage of the first.
Whilst 24 link programmes have been announced, most of the 65 current research projects under way have become active only within the last 12 months. For example, on 6 April 1989 there were only 12 active research projects, whereas by 29 May 1990 the number had risen to 65. In addition, on 29 May 1990 a further 57 were through all stages of technical approval and were awaiting final financial clearance, or the Department was waiting for the industrial partners satisfactorily to conclude crucial collaborative agreements. Two other factors complicate providing detailed outturn expenditure figures for the two financial years April 1988 to March 1989 and April 1989 to March 1990. First, there are now six Government Departments and four research councils funding link programmes and they all have their own procedures and protocols. Secondly, industrial grants are paid in arrears, that is, after costs have been incurred, and particularly in the early days of a project claims may not be submitted for up to 12 months after the work has taken place. The outturn for the financial year 1988–89 was therefore a nominal figure. The outturn for the financial year 1989–90 has been provisionally estimated at £7 million, and was announced at a link press briefing on June 13 1990. It is not considered practical to provide detailed outturn figures for each link programme until the end of the financial year 1990–91.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list all link schemes so far established, together with the participating companies and academic institutions.
The first five link programmes were announced on 3 February 1988. Since then a further 19 programmes have been launched. The programmes are listed in the table:
- Molecular Electronics
- Advanced Semiconductor Materials
- Industrial Measurement Systems
- Eukaryotic Genetic Engineering
- Personal Communications
- Selective Drug Delivery and Targeting
- Construction Maintenance and Refurbishment
- Food Processing Sciences
- Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Optoelectronic Systems
- Design of High Speed Machinery
- Structural Composites
- Protein Engineering
- Biochemical Engineering
- New Catalysts and Catalytic Processes
- Power Electronic Devices and Derived Systems
- Control of Plant Metabolism
- Molecular Sensors
- Technology for Analytical and Physical Measurement
- Transport Infrastructure and Operations
- Asymmetric Synthesis
- Crops for Industrial Use
- AB Electronics
- Advanced Ultrasonics Technologies Ltd.*
- AEA Technology
- Aerial Facilities
- Aircraft Research Association
- Allied Breweries
- ALMA Enterprises*
- Amersham International
- AMT RI
- ASEA-Brown Boveri
- Austin Rover
- BAe Dynamics Ltd.
- Banbdley Chipware*
- Beaconsfield Instruments*
- Brewing Research Foundation
- British Aerospace
- British Biotechnology*
- British Petroleum
- British Telecom Research Laboratories
- Campden FDRA*
- Cannon Electronics*
- Chloride Power Electronic
- Cortina Electric Co.*
- CPS Ltd.*
- Cray Instruments
- Customs Interconnect Ltd.
- Davis Decade Ltd.
- De Beers Industrial Diamonds
- Design Technologies Ltd.
- Dynamic Imaging
- Edwards HV Ltd.
- Eli Lilly
- Ensignma Ltd.*
- Express Foods
- Farnell Instruments
- Foxboro Ltd.
- GEC-Marconi Research Ltd.
- GEC-Plessey Telecommunications Ltd.
- GKN Technology Ltd.
- Harwell Ltd.
- IBM (UK) Ltd.
- ICL Material Research Centre
- IFTEL Automation
- International Biosynthetics
- International Rectifier (GB) Ltd.
- Ledatech Ltd.*
- LEE Colourtran Ltd.
- Logitech Ltd.*
- Lucas Aerospace Ltd.
- Lucas Automotive AEC
- Lyons Bakeries
- M4 Data Ltd.
- Manor Bakeries
- Marks and Spencer
- Marling Lighting*
- MK Electric Ltd.
- Neotronics Ltd.*
- Orbitel Oxford Applied Research*
- Oxford Lasers Ltd.*
- Palmer Environmental Service Ltd.*
- Pedifree Petfoods
- PG Associates*
- Pilkington plc
- Queensgate Instruments*
- Quest International*
- Rank Cintel
- Rank Hovis McDougall
- Rank Taylor Hobson
- Reckitt and Coleman
- Royal Mint
- Sandvick Ltd.
- SB Electronics Ltd.*
- Sealant Manufacturers Consortium
- Securis Ltd.*
- Semilab Ltd.*
- Simon Containers Ltd.
- Smiths Industries
- Solid State Induction Ltd.*
- Sonomatic Ltd.
- Spriex Sarco
- Strand Lighting
- T & N Technology Ltd.
- Taywood Engineering Ltd.
- Texas Instruments Ltd.
- Thurlby-Thander Ltd.*
- Toshiba (JAPAN)
- Transfer Technology*
- UK Corrugated Ltd.
- UK Dairy Industry Research Policy Committee
- Unilever Research
- Valemite Ltd.
- Verson HME Ltd.
- Vesper Thornycroft Ltd.
- VG Analytical
- VG Ionex
- Vickers Defence System Ltd.
- Vickers Laboratories
- Vision Dynamics
- Watney Mann & Truman
- Westland Aerostructures
- Westland Defence Systems Ltd.
- York Ltd.*
- Imperial College, London
- Kings College, London
Science Base (other)
- AFRC Institute of Food Research (Reading)
- AFRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich)
- Cranfield Institute of Technology
- ERA Technology Ltd
- Kingston Polytechnic
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Oxford Polytechnic
Domestic Waste (Recycling)
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the total identifiable expenditure on research into developing technology aimed at recycling domestic waste in each year since 1979.
This information is available only at disproportionate cost.
Director General Of Fair Trading
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he intends to publish the report by the Director General of Fair Trading for 1989.
The 16th annual report by the Director General of Fair Trading has been published today. It covers the period from 1 January 1989 to 31 December 1989. Copies of the report have been laid before Parliament.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will separate (a) any or (b) all of the costs of the Sizewell B power station from the non-fossil fuel levy at any future date.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the estimated date of commissioning of Sizewell B; and what definition of commissioning is to be used.
This is a matter for Nuclear Electric. However, the company informs me that it is committed to a timetable for the Sizewell B project that will lead to fuel loading in August 1994 and full commercial output in February 1995. The project is currently well ahead of that programme. Commissioning is complete at the time of full commercial output.
Agriculture, Fisheries And Food
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer of 14 June, Official Report, column 332, if he will state in detail what measures he has introduced to record cattle breeding records.
I have today placed in the Library of the House a copy of the consultation document which details the proposed measures.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has made an assessment of the implications of the discontinuation of the use of chemical solvents by the meat rendering industry for the spread of BSE and if he will make a statement.
As assessment is being made of the changes in rendering practices in the 1970s and early 1980s to determine what part this might have played in the emergence of BSE.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received concerning the use of Canthaxanthin in animal feedstuffs; and if he has any proposals to restrict its use.
Canthaxanthin is permitted in poultry and fish feedingstuffs under EC directive 70/524 for the purpose of enhancing the colour of egg yolks and fish flesh. It is mandatory for all member states to allow canthaxanthin to be freely marketed and used in such feedingstuffs according to the limits laid down in the directive. Representations for and against these uses have been received.In the United Kingdom, the use of the colourant canthaxanthin in poultry and fish feed is under review and I understand the EC Commission has also asked its Scientific Committee for Food and Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition to do the same.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 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.
All research and development which the Department funds, with the exception of research funded by the MAFF grant in aid at the royal botanic gardens, is on a customer-contractor basis. The detailed information requested is as follows:
|Financial Year||MAFF Expenditure on Research and Development (£ million)||Percentage of Research and Development awarded on Customer/Contractor Basis||Percentage of Total MAFF Budget Expended on Research and Development|
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his position in respect of the review of the moratorium on commercial whaling to be carried out by the International Whaling Commission in July.
The history of whaling has been one of consistent over-exploitation of one species of whale after another. The moratorium on commercial whaling which should have operated since 1986 has in fact been fully respected only for the last two years. I am determined that whale species should not again be placed at risk by a hasty resumption of whaling.At the International Whaling Commission we will be carefully studying the work of the scientific committee and if there is any doubt at all about the capacity of any whale stock to bear a resumption of whaling we will firmly oppose any suggestion that whaling recommence. In any case we will insist that the International Whaling Commission must adopt a revised management procedure which will ensure that all whale stocks remain at healthy levels even if whaling is resumed in the future. I am determine that the history of over-exploitation of whale stocks must never be repeated.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under what circumstances products yet to pass the required tests of safety and efficacy are allowed to be sold for public consumption; and if he will make a statement.
Except for certain products prepared to a veterinary surgeon's order, no veterinary medicinal product may be sold in this country unless it has a product licence issued under the Medicines Act.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will oblige health authorities to itemise separately in their accounts the amount spent on management consultancy;(2) what is his Department's estimate for the total amount spent by health authorities on management consultancies for the last full year for which an estimate is available.
The employment of management consultants is a matter for individual health authorities. Information on the expenditure incurred or on which to base an estimate of the total involved is not routinely collected centrally.We do not intend to oblige health authorities to itemise separately any such information in their accounts as the amount paid to individual consultants is subject to commercial confidentiality.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to publish an analysis of responses to the "Review of Law on Infectious Disease Control" published in October 1989.
More than 500 organisations and individuals have submitted responses to the consultation document "Review of Law on Infectious Disease Control". It is clear that very careful and comprehensive consideration has been given to the options on which views were invited and we need to consider in detail the comments before deciding what action to take.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which directly funded Government facilities research into AIDS, HIV and related viruses is being carried out; and what was the cost of this research in the last full year.
The majority of Government-funded research into AIDS, HIV and related viruses is commissioned by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its "Directed Programme" for AIDS research. Details of this work are contained in the MRC publication "AIDS Research 1990", a copy of which is available in the Library. A total of £6 million was devoted to the programme in 1989–90.In addition, the public health laboratory service and the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control undertake such research; funding for 1989–90 was £1.1 million and £440,000 respectively.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to reduce the number of cases of cryptosporidiosis caused by a waterborne parasite; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 29 June at columns 363–64.
|Average daily available beds1 and in-patient cases treated, NHS hospitals, by regional health authority, 1979 and 1988–89|
|Regional health authority||Average daily available beds||In-patient cases treated||In-patients per available bed||Average daily available beds||In-patient cases treated||In-patients per available bed|
|North West Thames2||27,905||403,264||14·5||20,145||416,153||20·7|
|North East Thames2||29,443||455,851||15·5||23,285||521,291||22·4|
|South East Thames2||28,408||438,889||15·4||19,574||487,815||24·9|
|South West Thames2||26,242||312,264||11·9||19,066||344,259||18·1|
|Special Health Authorities2||3,419||87,696||25·7||2,780||90,941||32·7|
Source: SH3 return 1979, HKo3 and SH3a returns 1988–89.
1 Excludes neonatal cots on maternity units, also beds on wards open during the day only.
2 Figures are not directly comparable over the period, due to NHS restructuring in 1982.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average cost to the national health service of each smoker.
It is not possible to estimate the cost of smoking to the NHS accurately, but it may be of the order of £500 million each year. It is not meaningful to apportion this cost among individual smokers, as the amount involved will depend on the nature of each individual's habit and whether it leads to sickness or death in any particular year. An estimated 110,000 deaths per year are caused by smoking-related diseases.
Health Promotion Clinics
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he has established for what constitutes a health promotion clinic.
In order to qualify for a sessional payment, health promotion clinics must meet the criteria laid down in paragraph 30 of the GPs' "Statement of Fees and Allowances" (a copy of which is held in the Library). The main requirements are (a) the purpose of the clinic is approved by the family practitioner committee, (b) each clinic normally attracts a minimum of 10 patients and (c) it lasts for a minimum of one hour.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient cases were treated per available bed in 1979 and for the latest year for which figures are available in each of the 14 health regions.
The information requested is given in the table:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of hip replacement operations carried out in 1979 and in the latest year for which figures are available in each of the 14 health regions.
Health authorities in England reported the following figures for 1988–89. The figures for 1979 are extracted from the 1979 hospital in-patient inquiry.
|Estimated number of hip replacement operations by health regions|
|North West Thames||1,740||3,300|
|North East Thames||2,330||3,700|
|South East Thames||2,810||3,600|
|South West Thames||2,320||3,600|
|Board of Governors||400||—|
|1 Source: 1979 Hospital In-Patient Inquiry.|
|2 Source: July 1989 Planning Statements—1988–89 Outturn.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by county, and by year for the last five years, the number of cases of cryptosporidiosis reported.
Information on laboratory reports of cryptosporidium in England and Wales is available on a regional health authority basis only, as shown in the table:
|Cryptosporidium laboratory reports Regional totals|
|North West Thames||30||53||60||57||221|
|North East Thames||53||116||61||43||223|
|South East Thames||119||247||143||99||653|
|South West Thames||170||274||182||105||563|
|2 England and Wales only.|
Source: Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department proposes any action to increase the production of condoms in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
The Department does not seek to influence commercial decisions.
However, Government information about condoms, and their effectiveness in reducing the risks of infectious diseases, may increase public demand and lead to increases in production.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the remuneration of community pharmacists.
Negotiations with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) on the remuneration of community pharmacists for the year beginning 1 April began last December. Since then my officials have held numerous discussions with the PSNC and I have myself met the chairman of the PSNC on two occasions, once accompanied by members of his committee and once alone. I am disappointed that after months of negotiations, during which we have made significant concessions, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee was unable to agree what I regard as a fair and reasonable offer, and has declared a state of dispute. I am not prepared to see negotiations drag on indefinitely, depriving the smaller independent pharmacies in particular of the increases due to them. I have therefore reluctantly decided to implement new fee scales from 1 August, backdated to 1 April. I have written today to the chairman of the PSNC informing him of this decision.The settlement to be implemented is for a global target sum of £555.5 million, giving an increase in remuneration of 7.5 per cent. over the target for 1989–90. The increase in professional fees, the main element of remuneration, will be 7.5 per cent. over 1989–90 levels. Following a discount inquiry last year, a new discount scale of 9.67 per cent. will be implemented at the same time. My officials have today written to the PSNC seeking its urgent final comments on the detailed fee and discount recovery scales proposed within the global total, to enable them to be published in time to take effect from 1 August. Both scales will be backdated to 1 April, and to avoid hardship I propose to make interim payments based on estimates of the backpay due at the same time as the new rates are paid on 30 October. Adjustments in payments due following detailed recalculation will be made in payments due on 1 January. As part of the settlement I will honour two further concessions made in negotiation, that there should be a mechanism for collecting any over- or under-payment against the target for the year during the following year, triggered by variations greater than £250,000; and the establishment of a joint working party on the role of pharmacists, to reflect the wider definition of pharmaceutical services made possible by the National Health Service and Community Care Act.In declaring a state of dispute, the PSNC also made a reference to the pharmacists' review panel. The PSNC has already made it clear that its long-term aim is to establish a review body and reference to the pharmacists' review panel would be a step towards this. That is something I cannot accept. In my view the terms of the reference by the PSNC would represent a significant departure from the way in which the pharmacists' review panel has previously operated, and it would not be appropriate for it to accept the reference. Should it do so, my Department will of course co-operate fully and I will study any view reached by the panel, but only as background to discussions on remuneration in future years.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has as to the number of deaths over the last five years arising from fulminating staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome related to using tampons.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Barking (Ms. Richardson) on 22 February at columns 874–75.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the number of district nurse training places which are currently unfilled.
I understand from the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting that in England in 1989–90 824 people undertook district nurse training courses and 406 people undertook district enrolled nurse training courses. The total numbers of training places approved by the board were 1,014 for district nurse training and 495 for district enrolled nurse training.
Juvenile Muscular Degeneration
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of juvenile muscular degeneration are known to his Department; and approximately how many new cases are reported each year.
Information in this form is not held centrally. I am advised that there are many degenerative diseases of either the central nervous system or muscle which affect children and are mostly of genetic origin. The most common is muscular dystrophy which affects about one in 3,500 boys from early childhood onwards. At the current birth rate we would expect there to be about 100 new cases reported each year.
Registration Of Births
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the position of those persons wishing to register the birth of their child through the medium of Welsh if they are (a) domiciled in Wales but their child is born in England, (b) domiciled in England and the child is born in Wales, (c) domiciled in England and the child is born in England or (d) domiciled in Wales and the child is born in Wales.
In England and Wales the law requires that a birth must be registered by the registrar for the registration of sub-district in which it occurs, regardless of the domicile of the parents. An informant wishing to register the birth of a child through the medium of Welsh may do so provided that the informant can speak and understand Welsh and the registrar to whom the information is given can also understand Welsh. The particulars required to be entered in the register in respect of a birth in Wales may be recorded in both English and Welsh provided these conditions are met and the information is given in both lauguages to a registrar in Wales who can write Welsh. However, the birth entry of a child born in England will contain particulars recorded in English only.
Medicines Resource Centre
To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will carry legal responsibility for the information carried by the medicines resource centre.
[holding answer 26 June 1990]: Under the present administrative arrangements, legal responsibility for the information published by the medicines resource centre lies with my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Health.
Departmental Research (Expenditure)
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.
The information is as follows:
|Year||Expenditure on R and D (£ million)||Percentage of Budget (per cent.)|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the composition of the interdepartmental committee on rural regeneration which commenced its work in January.
The interdepartmental committee on rural development is chaired by the permanent secretary of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland. Its members are drawn from the six Northern Ireland Government Departments and from other statutory agencies with an interest in rural matters including the Industrial Development Board, the Local Enterprise Development Unit, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Northern Ireland tourist board.
Primary Schools, Portadown
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the capital expenditure on developments over the last five years and projected expenditure on approved developments at Bocombra primary school, Moyallon primary school, Seagoe primary school an Edenderry primary school, Portadown; and what is the expected expenditure from public funds involved in the proposed integrated school at Kernan, Portadown.
The information is as follows:
|Last five years £||Projected £|
|i. Bocombra Primary School||19,800||Nil|
|Moyallon Primary School||7,200||500,000|
|Seagoe Primary School||6,900||900|
|Edenderry Primary School||59,700||Nil|
|ii. Grants in respect of capital expenditure at the grant-maintained integrated school at Kernan in Portadown will not be payable until the school has demonstrated its viability|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the security statistics for 1989 are now available together with details of persons charged with terrorist-type offences and convictions for scheduled offences for the year.
The statistics for 1989 are as follows (statistics for earlier years can be obtained from the Library):—
|Statistics on Security (January—December 1989) Part I—Statistics of terrorist activity|
|Shooting incident2||(160) 406|
|Weight of explosives in lbs1||12,114|
|Explosions neutralised in lbs1||13,662|
Part Iii—Convictions And Sentences For Scheduled Offences
Notes on the tables
1. The offence classifications are based on those used by the Crown Court in their annual return.
2. The tables relate to persons convicted at the Belfast Crown Court. This covers all scheduled offences tried on indictment.
3. Some jury trials are included in cases where the Attorney-General certified out of the scheduled mode of trial, ie non-terrorist serious offences.
4. Where a person has been convicted of more than one offence only the most serious or that which received the longest sentence is recorded in the statistics.
Convictions and sentences for scheduled offences
Sentence (January to December 1989)
Number convicted 1989
Young offenders centre training schools
Less than 5 years
5 years and less than 7 years
7 years and less than 10 years
10 years and less than 15 years
15 years and less than 20 years
20 years and over
|Conspiracy to murder||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm||10||3||0||3||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Causing grievous bodily harm||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Assault occasioning actual bodily harm||6||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Possessing explosives with intent||29||5||0||0||3||6||12||3||0||0|
1 Estimated weight only.
2 Figures in ( ) refers to shots heard only and are not included in the total.
Part II—Statistics of Security Forces' activity
Note: Searches of dwellings frequently involve both the Army and RUC and are registered in their respective records. The totals therefore should not be aggregated and are shown separately to avoid an element of double counting.
Persons charged with terrorist-type offences
Sentence (January to December 1989)
Number convicted 1989
Young offenders centre training schools
Less than 5 years
5 years and less than 7 years
7 years and less than 10 years
10 years and less than 15 years
15 years and less than 20 years
20 years and over
|Other explosives offences||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Possessing a firearm with intent||51||15||3||11||5||6||11||0||0||0|
|Possessing a firearm||20||11||2||6||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Carrying a firearm with intent||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Other major firearms offences||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Minor firearms offences||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Membership of an illegal organisation||5||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Soliciting support for proscribed organisation||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Unlawful collection of information||3||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Kidnapping and false imprisonment||6||0||0||1||3||1||0||1||0||0|
|Contributing to resources of a proscribed organisation||4||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Possession of an offensive weapon||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Petrol bomb offences||13||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Possessing prohibited articles||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Conspiracy to arm terrorists||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Common law riot affray||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Making property available||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in each month since January; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; whether any prison contraband, smuggled item or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making a remand appearance at court, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons.
Details of the number of, and reasons for strip searches of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison Maghaberry, from July 1989 to November 1989 were provided on 18 December 1989 (Vol. 164, No. 20, Col. 14–16). The statistics from December 1989 to May 1990 are as follows:
|Number of searches||December 1989||January 1990||February 1990||March 1990||April 1990||May 1990|
|Total number of searches carried out||24||15||21||31||21||37|
|Total number of inmates searched||19||12||15||18||17||24|
|Number of prisoners searched once||14||9||9||8||15||13|
|Number of prisoners searched twice||5||3||6||9||1||10|
|Number of prisoners searched more than twice||Nil||Nil||Nil||1||1||1|
|First Admission on Remand/Awaiting Trial||9||5||2||4||6||8|
|First Admission on Sentence/Final Discharge||5||8||13||16||6||14|
|Attending Remand Court||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||1||2|
|Pre-Release Home Leave||8||2||3||10||5||6|
|Compassionate Home Leave||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|Visits to Outside Hospital||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|Returning from Bail Application||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|Attendance at Court for Bail||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|Working Out Scheme||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil||Nil|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were proceeded against for scheduled offences in Northern Ireland in 1989; and how many persons pleaded guilty to the principal offence; and how many persons in such contested cases were found not guilty of the principal offence.
Four hundred and fifty-eight persons were proceeded against for scheduled offences, of whom 375 pleaded guilty. Of the remainder, 42 persons were subsequently found not guilty of the principal offence.
Royal Ulster Constabulary
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the financial years 1988–89 and 1989–90 giving separately figures for (a) salary and benefits, (b) transport and communication, (c) new construction, (d) other costs, (e) total gross expenditure and (f) total net expenditure after deduction of receipts.
The information requested is contained in the Police Authority for Northern Ireland annual statement of account, which is published and presented to the House each year. The cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1988–89 is as follows. The statement of account for 1989–90 has not yet been published; however, the estimated outturn is as follows:
|1988–89 £ million||11989–90 £ million|
|Salaries and benefits||320·89||353·96|
|Transport and communication||14·74||16·75|
|Total gross expenditure||401·43||440·65|
|Total net expenditure after deduction of receipts||383·50||420·85|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the manpower strength of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and its reserve as between full-time, part-time, male and female operatives as at 31 December 1989.
The information is as follows:
|Strength of the RUC and RUC Reserve as at 31 December 1989|
|RUC Reserve (Full time)||2,980||38||3,018|
|RUC Reserve (Part time)||1,219||387||1,606|
Security Staff Premium
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the amount of the security staff premium paid by the Government in each of the fiscal years since 1984–85.