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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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Written Answers To Questions

Thursday 23 January 1992

Attorney-General

"Juliette"

To ask the Attorney-General (1) what recent representations he has received concerning the publication of the book "Juliette" by the Marquis de Sade;(2) if he will make a statement on the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring prosecutions against Arrow Books for the publication of the book "Juliette" by the Marquis de Sade.

The acting Director of Public Prosecutions announced on 20 December 1991 that he did not intend to institute criminal proceedings against Arrow Books in relation to the publication to which the hon. Member refers. He had concluded, after consulting senior Treasury counsel and leading counsel, that the evidence was insufficient to afford a realistic prospect of conviction. In coming to that decision the acting director had also had regard to the nature of the book, the circumstances of its publication and the statutory defences available under the Obscene Publications Act 1959.Since that decision was announced, I have received representations from five Members of Parliament and eight other individuals.

Mr Oliver Pryce

To ask the Attorney-General whether the Director of Public Prosecutions has reached a decision on whether to prosecute police officers in Middlesbrough who were found by an inquest on 29 November 1991 to have unlawfully killed Mr. Oliver Pryce.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has requested a transcript of the evidence given at the inquest and will consider the case when it has been received.

Sunday Trading

To ask the Attorney-General if he will list by name the local authorities that have made representations to him about the law on Sunday trading since his statement of 27 November 1991, Official Report, columns 913–18.

Since I answered the private notice question from my hon. Friend the Member for Orpington (Mr. Stanbrook) on 27 November 1991 at column 913, I have received letters from Cambridge city council, the city of Coventry, Hull city council, Ipswich borough council, Scunthorpe borough council and Worthing borough council. In addition, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) forwarded to me a letter he had received from Bournemouth borough council.

De Lorean

To ask the Attorney-General whether he is still pursuing the Government's claims against Arthur Andersen over the collapse of De Lorean.

I have been asked to reply.The Department of Economic Development for Northern Ireland is pursuing its action against Arthur Andersen.

Transport

Port Of Tilbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those companies that submitted a bid in respect of the sale of the port of Tilbury by 6 January.

No. That is a matter of commercial confidence between the Port of London authority, as vendor of the port of Tilbury, and the parties concerned.

Cornelis Johanna

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to conclude the inquiry into the extent of his Department's liability to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reeman as a result of the failure of Cornelis Johanna to pass the stability test on 15 November 1990.

I am awaiting advice as to the extent of the Department's liability, if any, to the present owners of the Cornelis Johanna.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport further to his letter of 20 December 1991, to the hon. Member for South Hams, if he will set out the results of the inclining experiment so as to establish more precisely the degree to which the stability of the Cornelis Johanna BM 204 is apparently deficient and assist in determining any remedial measures which may be required; and if he will make a statement.

The results of any inclining experiment conducted will be made available to all the parties concerned and advice will be given on any remedial measures necessary to bring the stability up to the required standard.

Coastguard Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will specify the consultations including dates of meetings and correspondence which took place on the north coast of Scotland on the review of Her Majesty's coastguard service with (a) local authorities, (b) coastguard staff and (c) the public.

All coastguard district management teams and sector officers within Aberdeen region, including the north coast of Scotland, were consulted personally by regional management over the sector review during the consultative period lasting from February to June 1991; all views of the coastguard staff so aired were considered.Local authorities and the public were not directly approached since this was an internal management review. However, I announced the placing of a copy of the review document in the House of Commons Library to ensure wide circulation of its proposals on 21 March 1991 during the adjournment debate which was in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris).

Traffic

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he is having with local authorities with a view to improving traffic speed and parking in the metropolitan area; and if he will make a statement.

I am in the process of consulting local authorities and others on the proposed network of red routes and on guidance on traffic management and parking in London as part of the implementation of part II of the Road Traffic Act 1991. I am also soon to have a discussion with the Parking Committee for London set up by the local authorities under the Act.

National Finance

Vat

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on applications for payment of unpaid value added tax that are based on evidence collected by computers.

Both the Value Added Tax Act 1983 and the VAT General Regulations 1985 give Customs the power to issue demands for payment that are based on information held by a computer. The majority of that information is provided by the taxpayer to Customs and then input manually.The Finance Act 1985 (section 10) entitles Customs to provide evidence based on computer-held information to a court of law within the meaning of the Civil Evidence Act 1968 (part I). Such evidence may be manually prepared or produced directly from the computer, but is based on information held on the computer. A certificate similarly based, advising the existence of a debt, may also be accepted under schedule 7 of the VAT Act 1983, until such time as the evidence may be refuted.

Executive Agencies

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the advisory cost limit for answering parliamentary questions applies to answers provided by chief executives of executive agencies (a) in reply to parliamentary questions and (b) in reply to letters from hon. Members.

(a) Yes, and (b) no. The advisory limit has increased to £400, as announced in the Official Report, 14 January 1992 at column 546, and applies where the answers to written parliamentary questions are provided by chief executives of executive agencies. It does not apply to replies to letters from hon. Members.

Central Unit On Purchasing

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will define the present remit of the central unit on purchasing.

The central unit on purchasing has been subsumed by the public competition and purchasing unit (PCPU). PCPU's remit is to promote the programme of work set out in the White Paper "Competing for Quality" (Cm 1730), and to continue existing work on the Government purchasing initiative (GPI). This involves advising Departments on how to obtain value for money through the adoption of best purchasing and project management practice, working with Departments to develop professionalism and to create infrastructures to support their purchasing and supply activities, monitoring Departments' progress in implementing the GPI and reporting annually on departmental progress to the Prime Minister.

Environment

Navigation Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many responses he has received following the consultation over the re-organisation of navigation authorities covering inland waterways; and if he will list the organisations responding and place copies of their responses in the Library.

The following 26 responses have been received as part of the review of the navigation functions of the British Waterways Board and the National Rivers Authority:

  • Amateur Rowing Association
  • Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs
  • Commercial Narrowboat Operators Association
  • Country Landowners Association
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • English Nature
  • Neath Borough Council
  • Port of London Authority
  • River Wye Preservation Trust
  • Salmon and Trout Association
  • Severn Fisheries Council
  • Turner Marinas Ltd.
  • Welsh Anglers Council
  • Wye Salmon Fisheries Association
  • Association of District Councils
  • British Canoe Union Council of Welsh Districts
  • Driffield Land Owners and Occupiers Association
  • Inland Waterways Association
  • Mr. Stephen Peters
  • River Thames Society
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Transport and General Workers Union
  • Water Companies Association
  • Welsh Salmon & Trout Angling Association
All further responses received will be taken into account. The accepted practice, where responses are made available, is to place a list of organisations responding in the Library of the House of Commons and place copies of the responses in the Department's library. When all the main responses have been received, we shall follow this for all responses where the respondent does not ask for the response to be kept in confidence.

Halcrow Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of his Department's funding of the feasibility study by Halcrow Fox into land reclamation and open-cast mining in north-west Leicestershire; what are the terms of reference for Halcrow Fox; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has given approval for derelict land grant of £33,300 towards the Ashby Woulds feasibility study to be undertaken by Halcrow Fox and Partners. The purpose is to undertake a feasibility study for utilising the opportunities for the reclamation and after-use of derelict land and other mineral-bearing and vacant sites in the Ashby Woulds area. The Department has also given approval for derelict land grant of £26,200 for a geotechnical survey of the former Donisthorpe colliery tip to be undertaken by the same team of consultants.

Opencast Mining

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the composition of the steering group appointed to guide the work of the study funded by his Department into land reclamation and opencast mining in north-west Leicestershire; if he will make it his policy to ensure the adequate representation of the local community on the steering group; and if he will make a statement.

The steering group guiding the feasibility study of reclamation and after-use opportunities for derelict land and other mineral-bearing vacant sites in the Ashby Woulds and Donisthorpe area consists of officers of Leicestershire county council, north-west Leicestershire district council and my Department together with representatives of the British Coal Opencast Executive, A. F. Budge (Mining) Ltd., and Hepworth Building Products Ltd. The local authority members of the steering group take account of the interests of the local community.

Oxleas Wood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last visited Oxleas wood, south-east London; and if he will make a statement.

Representatives of English Nature, my advisors on matters relating to sites of special scientific interest, have visited Oxleas wood on several occasions, most recently on 28 November 1991.

Hazardous Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those sites licensed to take special waste; and if he will indicate which of the sites are currently taking special waste.

The information required is not held centrally in a form which would enable the Department to give an accurate response to the question. The issuing of disposal site licences is the responsibility of the local waste regulation authority in whose area the site is located and it is required to maintain a public register containing copies of disposal licences currently held in its area.

Unitary Development, Tyne And Wear

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what strategic advice was offered to each authority in Tyne and Wear county on the number of additional houses and households to provide for in their unitary development plans; and whether his Department's more recent household projections for Tyne and Wear will give rise to any revision of his guidance.

The "Strategic Guidance for Tyne & Wear", which was issued in April 1989, stated that the five unitary development plans should provide for a basic requirement of 30,100 dwellings to be built between the beginning of 1988 and the end of 2001. These would he distributed as follows:

Number
North of the River Tyne (City of Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside MB)12,600
Gateshead MB5,800
South Tyneside MB5,000
Sunderland MB6,700
Total30,100
This strategic guidance has formed the basis of the draft plans currently in course of preparation in the five districts. It is being monitored by the district councils and will be revised and updated as necessary. Recent household projections will be taken into account in the revision process.

Building Regulations (Fire)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what account was taken of the weight of responses to the Building Regulations (Fire) Consultation Document issued in March 1990 concerning periods of fire resistance, compartment size and non-conbustibility in producing the 1992 edition of the Building Regulations Fire Safety Approved Document.

The Department received some 220 responses to the consultation document on proposed amendments to part B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations 1985. The comments were fully and carefully considered and we concluded that it would be appropriate to make some changes to the guidance before publishing it as an approved document. Certain fire resistance periods were increased, as we were persuaded that those proposed may not have taken sufficient account of possible risks to firefighters. Provisions for certain building elements to be constructed of materials of limited combustibility were reintroduced for hospitals and fire fighting shafts, where for different reasons people may be expected to remain in the vicinity of a fire for longer than would normally be expected. We also accepted the suggestion that it would be more appropriate to consider compartment volume rather than floor area when deciding on maximum permitted compartment sizes in buildings used primarily for storage purposes. This takes account of the increased fire load associated with high stacks of stored goods.

Council Tax

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will consider the use only of certificated bailiffs for recovery of council tax arrears;(2) if he will introduce legislation to apply section 15 of the Court and Legal Services Act 1990 to goods which can be seized by private bailiffs when recovering arrears of council tax.

No. The employment of bailiffs is a matter for each local authority to determine. Local authorities will issue their bailiffs with a code of practice. These codes, which control the activities of bailiffs, will include the goods which can be distrained. I consider that this provides sufficient safeguards for both council tax payers and local authorities.

Local Government Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will relax the two-year time limit within which action must be taken against community charge defaulters.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I will shortly be laying regulations to extend from two to six years the time within which enforcement action may be taken. Whilst authorities will have been able to take action against the bulk of community charge defaulters within the original two years, this will not be possible in every case. We are determined that authorities should be able to enforce against all defaulters. There will be no amnesty for non-payers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent representations he has received on abolition of private bailiffs for recovery of community charge arrears; and what response he has made.

We have received a number of representations. We believe that local authorities should continue to be able to call on the assistance of private bailiffs in enforcing the community charge.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what guidance he has issued to local authority associations regarding the offering of realistic repayment arrangements for people in arrears with community charge before taking court action to recover arrears;(2) what guidance he has issued to local authority associations on the order in which the following enforcement remedies for recovery of community charge arrears should be used when more than one are applicable

(a) attachment of earnings, (b) deductions from income support and (c) distress;

(3) what guidance he issues to local authority associations regarding the processing of outstanding claims for community charge benefit before taking court action to recover arrears of community charge;

(4) if he will review the guidance for (a) prevention of arrears and (b) recovery of arrears of community charge when issuing guidance on arrears of council tax.

My Department, in conjunction with the local authority associations, produced a series of community charge practice notes to assist local authorities with the implementation of the community charge. The note on the collection of the charge advised authorities about their discretion to accept payments on account and to permit flexible payment arrangements for community charge payers. The note on enforcement explains that it is for the authority to decide, in each case, which power to use in particular circumstances; or the order in which the powers are to be used having regard to the cost-effectiveness of the various options. It is not a defence against the making of a liability order that a benefit claim is outstanding. However, we expect local authorities to seek to ensure that they do not summons people where bona fide benefit applications are outstanding.As with the community charge my Department in conjunction with the local authority associations will be issuing a new set of practice notes to assist local authorities with the implementation of the council tax. In producing these notes we shall of course look at all aspects of the administration of the tax to see what lessons can be learnt from the community charge.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will review his policy on the provision of weekly/fortnightly payment methods for payment of the council tax;(2) if he will commission research to examine the cost effectiveness of setting up weekly payment arrangements for the council tax in order to prevent arrears.

We are content that the Local Government Finance Bill provides a sufficiently flexible regime for council tax payments. Tax payers will have a right to pay in 10 monthly instalments. In addition authorities can offer their tenants the option of making payments at the same frequency as their rent payments. This could include weekly or fortnightly payments. There is nothing to prevent an authority making agreements with tax payers about the frequency of instalment payments, but such agreements would fall outside the statutory enforcement procedures. It will be for local authorities to decide, within the flexibility provided, which is the most cost effective approach.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list all those local authorities who will lose area protection grant in 1992–93 showing the amount to be lost expressed both in £ million and £ per poll tax payer.

The total amount of area protection grant payable in 1992–93 will be £308 million. A table showing the proposed reduction in area protection grant between 1991–92 and 1992–93 expressed in million pounds and pound per chargepayer is shown.

Reduction in area protection grant between 1991–92 and 1992–93
Local authority(£ million)(£ adult)
Greenwich-4·1-25
Hammersmith and Fulham-3·0-25
Lambeth-0·4-2
Lewisham-4·2-25
Southwark-3·7-25
Tower Hamlets-3·3-25
Wandsworth-5·6-25
Barking and Dagenham-2·8-25
Hillingdon-3·0-17
Hartlepool-1·7-25
Langbaurgh-on-Tees-0·8-7
Middlesbrough-1·5-15
Allerdale-1·8-25
Barrow-in-Furness-1·5-25
Carlisle-1·5-19
Copeland-1·4-25
Eden-0·9-25
Amber Valley-2·2-25
Bolsover-1·4-25

Local authority

(£ million)

(£ adult)

Chesterfield-1·9-25
Erewash-2·1-25
High Peak-1·6-25
North East Derbyshire-1·9-25
Torridge-1·0-25
Chester-le-Street-0·7-18
Derwentside-1·6-25
Durham-0·5-7
Easington-1·9-25
Sedgefield-1·7-25
Teesdale-0·5-25
Wear Valley-1·3-25
Boothferry-1·2-25
Cleethorpes-1·1-21
East Yorkshire-1·6-25
Great Grimsby-1·4-21
Holderness-0·3-8
Kingston upon Hull-5·1-25
Scunthorpe-1·2-25
Blackburn-2·5-25
Blackpool-1·1-10
Burnley-1·7-25
Hyndburn-1·5-25
Pendle-1·6-25
Rossendale-1·2-25
Alnwick-0·5-23
Berwick-upon-Tweed-0·5-25
Blyth Valley-1·5-25
Wansbeck-1·2-25
Craven-1·0-25
Ryedale-0·3-5
Scarborough-2·1-25
Selby-0·4-7
York-2·0-25
Ashfield-2·1-25
Mansfield-1·7-23
Stoke-on-Trent-1·5-8

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce the outcome of the consultation on the local government finance settlement for 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.

I hope to lay before the House tomorrow the Revenue Support Grant Report (England) 1992–93, the Revenue Support Grant Distribution (Amendment) (No. 2) Report (England), the Population (England) Report (No. 3), and the Special Grant Report (No. 3); together these reports establish the amount of grant to be paid to local authorities and the basis of its distribution for 1992–93. I shall be sending copies of these reports to all authorities, together with a table showing the standard spending assessments and grant entitlement of each authority; these will also be placed in the Library and Vote Office. I should also make it clear that I stand firmly by my intentions for capping criteria which I announced on 26 November.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing for all relevant local authorities (a) the post-16 component of their education standard spending assessment in 1991–92, (b) their actual expenditure in 1991–92 and (c) the proposed figure for 1992–93, showing aggregate totals for England expressed in £ million and constant prices.

I have today placed a table in the Library showing the requested information on standard spending assessments. Comparable information on actual expenditure on post-16 education is not available.

Renovation Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider special credit applications from local authorities to cover the open-ended cost of renovation grants.

My Department has recently considered applications for a share of £25 million available as supplementary credit approvals (SCAs) to assist local authorities facing greatest pressure through demand for mandatory renovation grants in 1991–92. Bidding authorities were informed of our decisions in November 1991. For 1992–93, £30 million has been earmarked for issue as SCAs for mandatory grants. Local authorities will be invited to bid for a share of this reserve in due course.

Levy, London Boroughs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the levy imposed on London boroughs by the London residuary body in 1991; and what is the expected levy for the coming year.

The levy imposed on inner London boroughs for the year 1991–92 was £15.7 million. The LRB has indicated that the levy for the year 1992–93 will be of the order of £35 million to £40 million. This includes a substantial element to cover late rating adjustments, for which the former Inner London education authority had made inadequate provision.

Education Spending

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing for each education authority (a) their education standard spending assessment for 1991–92, (b) their budgeted expenditure in 1991–92 and (c) the proposed standard spending assessment for 1992–93, showing aggregate totals for England expressed in £ million and constant prices.

I have today placed a table in the Library showing the requested information.

Sunday Trading

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list by name the local authorities that have made representations to him about the law on Sunday trading.

My Department has not received any such representations from local authorities.

Newsprint

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about the recycled content of newspapers published in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Following discussions with the Government, the newspaper publishers agreed in September 1991 to a target of 40 per cent. waste paper in United Kingdom newspapers by the year 2000. As part of that agreement, the industry agreed to produce audited annual figures for the recycled content of newspapers, starting with figures for 1990.

As agreed, the pulp and paper information centre has now provided figures for 1990. The total amount of waste paper used in United Kingdom newspapers accounted for 26.8 per cent. of newsprint consumed in the United Kingdom in 1990.

Waste paper used in newsprint produced in the United Kingdom accounted for 25.6 per cent. of all newsprint consumed by United Kingdom newspapers. Waste paper consumed by United Kingdom newsprint mills amounted to 67 per cent. of their total production.

The newspapers publishers have agreed that figures for 1991 will be released later this year.

Contractor

St. James's Park and the Green ParkGlendale Industries Ltd.
Kensington Gardens and Brompton CemeteryBrophy PLC
Hyde ParkSerco Ltd.
Regents Park and Primrose HillTyler Environmental
Services Ltd.
Richmond ParkGlendale Industries Ltd.
Bushy ParkGlendale Industries Ltd.
Greenwich ParkTurfsoil Ltd.

After careful consideration of the tenders and some post-tender negotiations we are satisfied that the successful contractors will be able to provide the quality of work which we require. To meet that requirement we have chosen not to accept the lowest tender in some cases. Although the contract specification lays down higher standards than are currently achieved in the parks in some respects, the work will be carried out at less cost. Higher quality at lower cost is what this exercise is all about.

The successful contractors have started to conduct interviews with all staff currently employed in the parks who have applied for jobs with them. They will be required to employ apprentices in the parks who will receive their college training on a specially designed course with their tuition fees being paid for by the Department.

In addition I have decided to transfer responsibility for much on the day-to-day management of the parks from the Marsham street headquarters of the Department to the superintendents in the parks. With contracting out the number of civil servants retained at headquarters committed to the scrutiny of the parks will be reduced from 35 to 12. I have decided that the parks should be run by a chief executive and have arranged to recruit one by open competition.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what grounds local authorities were excluded from bidding for the maintenance of the royal parks.

[holding answer 16 January 1992]: Local authorities were not invited to tender for this work because the Government believe that they should not operate as trading bodies. Their role should be to enable their charge payers to enjoy high standards in those services for which they are responsible without necessarily providing them themselves. It is certainly not their role to enter into competition with the private sector.

We welcome the release of this information. We encourage newspaper groups to provide the same information for individual publications for which they are responsible.

Royal Parks

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, if he will make an announcement about the selection of contractors to carry out the garden and landscape maintenance work in the royal parks.

I have selected the following contractors to carry out the garden and landscape maintenance work in the royal parks from 1 March 1992.

Rechar

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 13 January, Official Report, column 469, if he will set up an inquiry into the leaking of his letter to the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland referring to the RECHAR programme.

[holding answer 17 January 1992]: Preliminary inquiries have proved inconclusive and I have accepted the advice I have been given that nothing would be gained from pursuing them.

Local Government Legislation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list (a) the number of Government amendments and (b) the topics covered which were tabled in the course of the parliamentary passage of (i) the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and (ii) the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

[holding answer 20 January 1992]: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Energy

Oil Seed Rape

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what research has been conducted by his Department into the potential for conversion of oilseed rape into fuel; what contacts he has had with EC and non-EC countries which have undertaken research into this matter; and if he will make a statement.

The Department of Energy has considered the potential for conversion of biomass, including oilseed rape, into liquid fuels. The costs appear to be uncompetitive with the cost of competing fossil fuels.

The Department is aware of developments overseas through participation in the International Energy Agency bio-energy agreement and through its association with the European Commission's biomass energy programme.

The Department plans to evaluate further the potential for conversion of biomass into liquid fuels, taking account of the diversity, socio-economic and environmental benefits.

Petroleum Engineering Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish the guidelines for the independent inquiry being commissioned by his Department regarding the cost-effectiveness of relocating the petroleum engineering directorate in Aberdeen.

I am arranging for a copy of the terms of reference for the study to be placed in the Library of the House.

AdviserAreaFromTo
Kleinwort BensonFinancialJuly 1987April 1991
Touche RossRegulatory/Accounting/Audit servicesAugust 1987Continuing
Slaughter & MayLegalAugust 1987Continuing
Merz & McLellanTechnicalAugust 1987November 1990
Professor LittlechildRegulatoryNovember 1987May 1989
James CapelLead BrokersMay 1988March 1991
Rowe and PitmanBrokersMay 1988March 1991
Price WaterhouseSystems audit/Logistics/Reporting accountantsJune 1988Continuing
Deloitte Haskins and SellsReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Peat Marwick McLintockReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Binder HamlynReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Ernst & WhinneyReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Coopers & LybrandReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Spicer & OppenheimReporting accountantsJune 1988December 1990
Lowe BellMarketing and Public RelationsJuly 1988April 1991
Lloyds BankReceiving bank and Registrars operationsAugust 1988February 1990
British Market Research BureauMarket researchAugust 1988February 1990
Davis Polk & WardwellUS legalSeptember 1988Continuing
Russel ReynoldsExecutive selectionDecember 1988February 1989
Goldman SachsUS financialDecember 1988Continuing
Osler RenaultCanadian legalFebruary 1989Continuing
The VPI GroupJoint marketingFebruary 1989January 1990
Anderson Mori & RabinowitzJananese legalMarch 1989Continuing
Wood GundyCanadian financialMarch 1989Continuing
NomuraJapanese financialMarch 1989Continuing
Saxton BampfyldeExecutive selectionMarch 1989October 1989
Jones Lang WoottonProperty adviserMarch 1989February 1990
Nuclear Services GroupDecommissioning costsApril 1989April 1989
Williams LeaPrinting adviceApril 1989Continuing
Credit Suisse First BostonEuropean financialJune 1989Continuing
Lamb and EdgeProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Grimley J. R. EveProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Gerald EveProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Knight Frank RutleyProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Weatherall Green & SmithProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Debenham Tewson & CheshireProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Hartnell Taylor & CookProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Connell Hallum & BrackettProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Matthews & GoodmanProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Cook & ArkwrightProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Bernard ThorpeProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Henry ButcherProperty valuersJune 1989April 1990
Debenham Tewson & ChinnocksProperty valuersJuly 1989March 1991
Edward ErdmanProperty valuersJuly 1989January 1991
Coopers & LybrandSalary advisersJuly 1989April 1990
UKAEAAGR outputSeptember 1989October 1989
Lloyd NorthoverDesign consultantsJanuary 1990April 1990

Plastic Piping

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what studies have been carried out of the consequences for the safe earthing of electric cookers and other appliances arising from the changeover from the supply of domestic water via lead piping to plastic.

I understand that, as part of the national water metering trials, the Department of the Environment commissioned a study to investigate the change in the earthing characteristics of domestic properties when work is carried out on the water supply pipe in order to install an external water meter.

Electricity Privatisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the individuals and organisations retained to advise him or his Department on electricity privatisation, giving in each case the commencement and termination date of their contract and the nature of the advice they supplied.

The following advisers were retained in connection with the restructuring and privatisation of the electricity supply industry in England and Wales:

Adviser

Area

From

To

R. L. AssociatesSetting X for area boardsJanuary 1990February 1990
Dewe RogersonMarketing & Public RelationsFebruary 1990Continuing
Lincoln HannahPress cutting serviceFebruary 1990April 1991
Russell ReynoldsExecutive selectionFebruary 1990July 1990
ImaginationRoadshow organisersMay 1990April 1991
WCRSFlotation advertisingMay 1990December 1990
J. Henry Schroder WaggTrade saleJune 1990August 1990
John ChienePricingJune 1990March 1991
J. Henry Schroder WaggUnderwritersSeptember 1990November 1990
Smith New CourtBrokers for the GeneratorsJanuary 1991March 1991

Notes:

(i) Names given are as at time of appointment.

(ii) Where companies worked in more than one area, or under more than one contract, dates given are for commencement of earliest task and completion of latest.

In addition, a number of operational contractors have been or are continuing to be employed to provide support for the remaining elements of the sale, for example, the instalment arrangements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the fees to be paid out in 1991–92 for advice on electricity privatisation; and what estimate has been made for 1992–93.

It is estimated that Government expenditure in 1991–92 on fees for advice on electricity privatisation will be approximately £7 million. Details of expected expenditure in 1992–93 will in due course be published, in the usual way, in the supply estimates.

Coal Privatisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the individuals and organisations retained by him or his Department to advise on coal privatisation, giving in each case the commencement date of their contract and the nature of the advice supplied.

The information requested is as follows:

N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd.30 May 1991Financial matters
Touche Ross12 June 1991Accountancy matters
Clifford Chance19 June 1991Legal matters
Wardell Armstrong5 August 1991Technical and mining
John T. Boydmatters
I also have in mind to appoint a consultant to advise on coal mining safety matters, and expect to make an announcement on this soon.

Vale Of Pickering (Gas)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what information his Department has received in respect of the recent further gas discovery by Kelt UK Ltd. at Haygate lane in the Vale of Pickering, including the nature of the gas; and if he will make a statement.

Preliminary pressure testing of Kelt's Pickering No. 1 well indicates a significant accumulation of gas. No gas has yet been produced from the well, and it is thus not yet possible to establish the chemical make-up of the gas. The well is currently suspended.

Electricity Privatisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what were the total fees paid out for advice on electricity privatisation in 1986–87 and each year since at current prices.

No expenditure was incurred by the Government in 1986–87 in respect of advice on the restructuring and privatisation of the electricity supply industry in England and Wales. For subsequent years, Government expenditure on advisory fees was as follows:

£ Million
1987–880.8
1988–895.5
1989–9012.2
1990–9151.9

South Africa (Oil Exports)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) by what mechanism the Government are honouring their commitments with regard to crude oil exports to South Africa made under the 1985 package of EC sanctions now that the guidelines of 31 January 1979 covering the United Kingdom's crude oil exports are no longer in force;(2) when he expects the investigation into the alleged breach of the United Kingdom's guidelines prohibiting crude oil exports to South Africa by the tanker Almare Terza to be completed;(3) what factors have affected the time taken by his officials to investigate the alleged breach of the United Kingdom's guidelines prohibiting crude oil exports to South Africa by the tanker Almare Terza.

As I made clear in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot) on 8 March 1991, Official Report, column 301, the Government expect companies to abide by the 1985 EC measures against South Africa. Notice has been issued to the industry advising them of the continued existence of the ban. The investigation into the alleged shipment of United Kingdom continental shelf oil to South Africa on the tanker Almare Terza has proved complex and time consuming. It has been established that the cargo changed ownership at least five times on the international market. No response has, however, proved obtainable from the last identified owner, International Transportation Company based in the Cayman islands, and other inquiries have proved inconclusive.

Dounreay

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the Atomic Energy Authority's investigation into the nuclear material accountancy discrepancy at Dounreay.

I have now received the report from AEA Technology into the nuclear material accountancy discrepancy at Dounreay. The investigation by the Atomic Energy Authority has confirmed the preliminary view that the discrepancy has not involved safety or environmental hazards and that there are no grounds for believing that security procedures were deficient, or that any diversion of material has occurred.A re-assessment of the discrepancy has reduced the earlier reported "Material-Unaccounted-For" (MUF) of 11 kg U-235 (10.2 kg U-235 in high enriched uranium and 1.1 kg U-235 in low enriched uranium) to approximately 3 kg total U-235. The new figure takes into account the discharge of liquid waste containing uranium, and the re-assessment of solid waste and other materials. A more refined measurement was also made of the hold-up of uranium in the plant.The report identifies a number of areas where it will be necessary to improve management procedures, accountancy, and record keeping. The Atomic Energy Authority has accepted all the recommendations made in the investigation report and has taken action to implement them. I have asked my officials to monitor implementation of the report's recommendations by the Atomic Energy Authority.

Overseas Development

Pollution, Russia

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to provide assistance to the Russian Federation to reduce the problems of social dislocation and pollution arising from the 10 previously unknown Russian cities, including Arzamas-16 and Tomsk-7; and if he will make a statement.

In Russia our bilateral assistance through the know-how fund is concentrated in four priority sectors—banking and finance, energy, food distribution and employment services. We are already implementing several pilot projects in Moscow and St. Petersburg, designed to address the social consequences of the transformation to a market economy. Assistance through the European Community and through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is of growing importance. We will continue to consider the most effective ways of providing assistance through the various channels.

Prime Minister

Engagements

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 23 January.

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

Honours

To ask the Prime Minister if he has any proposals to review the present honours system; and if he will make a statement.

Ec Heads Of State

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement as to the effect of the Maastricht agreement and the Single European Act upon the powers, role and future of the Crown and the heads of state of other European Community members.

The powers, role and future of the Crown remain unaffected by the Single European Act and the treaty on European union agreed at Maastricht. The position of heads of state of other member states of the Community depends on their respective constitutional arrangements.

Farmland

To ask the Prime Minister whether he has any specific plans to reduce the protection to farmland currently in operation through the planning system; and if he will make a statement.

New planning policy guidance was set out on 22 January at columns 203–4 in a reply from my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning to my hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter). This affirms the Government's commitment to protecting the best and most versatile agricultural land. Planning authorities should also weigh environmental considerations, including any special designation of the area, and economic factors, including the need for diversification to provide wider employment opportunities in rural areas, in preparing development plans and deciding planning applications.

Legislation (Repeal)

To ask the Prime Minister under which sections of the treaty of Rome, as amended by the Maastricht agreement, the powers of Parliament to repeal legislation enacted by its predecessors are curtailed.

The powers of Parliament to repeal legislation enacted by its predecessors are not curtailed by the treaty of Rome, either in its present form or as amended by the treaty on European union agreed at the Maastricht European Council.

Social Security

Young Claimants

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the additional annual cost to the Exchequer of providing income support for 16 and 17-year-olds at the same rates as (a) 18 to 24-year-olds and (b) people aged 25 years and over.

Based on caseload information for 1990, the best available estimate of the cost of increasing the rate of income support for 16 and l7-year-olds who satisfy current entitlement conditions is around an annual £50 million if the rate paid to 16 to 17-year-olds is increased to that paid to 18 to 24-year-olds, and around £170 million if the rate is increased to the full adult rate. Increasing the rate paid to 16 to 17-year-olds to the full adult rate would require that the rate paid to 18 to 24-year-olds be increased to the same figure, at an additional estimated cost of £280 million; or a total cost of £450 million.

Income Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his latest estimate of the total number of households, including dependants, in receipt of income support, by tenure.

Disability

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether claimants with a disability who are receiving assistance with mortgage interest payments will retain that assistance if upon taking up a job they qualify for disability working allowance; and if he will make a statement.

Disability working allowance (DWA) will not include help with mortgage payments. However, no one will be obliged to claim and of those who choose to do so only a small number will be worse off than if they remained on income support. We estimate that about 10,000 DWA recipients will have mortgages and will be better off on DWA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether employed status ET or YT trainees, or self-employed people, with a disability are eligible to claim disability working allowance; and if he will make a statement.

People with a disability who are self-employed or working for an employer, including those on employment training and youth training schemes with employed status, are eligible to claim disability working allowance if they work for 16 or more hours a week.

RegionsUnemployedOthersPart time workTotal
199082,000210,00018,000310,000
North Eastern14,00028,0003,00045,000
London North14,00035,0002,00051,000
South Western6,00017,0002,00025,000
Wales4,00019,0002,00026,000
Midlands14,00035,0003,00052,000
North Western14,00033,0002,00050,000
Scotland5,0009,0001,00014,000
London South10,00034,0003,00047,000
198984,000179,00017,000281,000
North Eastern16,00026,0002,00045,000
London North14,00028,0002,00044,000
South Western5,00016,0003,00023,000
Wales6,00015,0001,00022,000
Midlands12,00029,0002,00044,000
North Western16,00032,0004,00052,000
Scotland5,0009,0001,00015,000
London South9,00024,0002,00035,000

Notes:

1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Due to rounding the sum of individual entries may not equal the totals given.

3. The figures for part time work include relevant cases from both the unemployed and other groups.

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiries 1989 and 1990.

Figures for 1991 are not yet available.

Industrial Services Consortium

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many contracts the Industrial Services Consortium of Bradford has been awarded by his Department in the last two years, to date; if he will review a decision taken by the purchasing and supply directorate to concentrate leaflet work at Canons park; what reduction in employment of disabled people will result at ISCO 5 if this decision is approved; and if he will make a statement.

The purchasing and supplying of leaflets is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member and copies will be placed in the Library and the Public Information Office.

Mr Robert Ingram

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when social fund inspectors are to conclude their review of the refusal to pay community care grant to Mr. Robert Ingram, of Bradford; and if he will make a statement.

I am informed by the social fund commissioner that the review to which the hon. Member refers was completed on 15 January. Mr. Ingram has been notified of the social fund inspector's decision.

Housing Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the numbers of claimants of income support in respect of mortgage interest both nationally and in each standard region, for 1989, 1990 and the most recent date in 1991, distinguishing between claimants who are (a) unemployed, (b) economically inactive, including pensioners or long-term sick and (c) claimants who are working less than 24 hours a week.

[holding answer 20 January 1992]: The information requested is in the tables:

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Trawlers

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many trawlers his Department has examined in the last year to ensure the physical output of their engines matches the details in their official documents, in respect of those with de-rated engines within the 221 kW limit.

None. There are no currently available and practicable means of verifying recorded engine power in the course of inspections at sea. My Department is considering whether there is any way of overcoming this difficulty.

Decommissioning

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends to include details of a United Kingdom decommissioning scheme in the submission to the EC multi-annual guidance programme.

My right hon. Friend the Minister has indicated that he is prepared to consider decommissioning as part of a package including effort control. The industry has put forward proposals in response to this invitation and fisheries departments are considering the options but no decision has yet been taken.It is too early to say what will be included in the United Kingdom's submission on the multi-annual guidance programme.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list the locations of all the cold stores in the United Kingdom where BSE-confirmed cattle carcases have been stored or are being stored, giving for each cold store the number of BSE-confirmed carcases which have been stored there in each year; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he will make a statement about the legislative conditions imposed upon the storage of BSE-confirmed carcases in cold stores.

BSE carcases are stored for short periods only prior to transportation to incineration plants and at the plants to even out the flow to the incinerators.There are two dedicated storage centres in the United Kingdom, both in Devon. These centres are used only for BSE carcases. They are operating within local authority regulations and are bound by contractual conditions with the Ministry. The throughput of carcases at these centres is strictly controlled and regular inspections are carried out by the state veterinary service.In addition to these centres refrigerated lorries are also sometimes used (in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire and Derbyshire) for temporary storage while awaiting full loads for transportation.Information on the number of carcases stored is not available.

Trade And Industry

Coopers And Lybrand

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the projects, the purposes, and the cost of his Department's use of the Coopers and Lybrand group since 1989.

In the period since 1 April 1989 Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte has been engaged by the Department in connection with projects and studies on the subjects listed. Further details, including details of the costs of these projects, are commercially confidential.

  • Subject of Assignments
  • Scrutiny of demand and funding for Departmental Central Services
  • Environmental/Safety Controls study on Chlorinated Substances Markets
  • Study on barriers to takeovers in EC CFC Market Study
  • Computing Services Industry study
  • Managing into the 90s programme: Review of material
  • Revision of Managing into the 90s newsletter
  • Efficiency/effectiveness of proposed accounting systems Inward Investment review
  • Financial viability of the Management Charter Initiative
  • Information system strategy Study for Information Technology Division
  • Study of safety-related computer-controlled systems
  • Market Assessment Study of computer misuse
  • BTG appointment of Reporting Accountants
  • Work programme following local authority Regulation of Business Seminar
  • Conference: Selling to Firms and Industries once in the public sector
  • Study into Radiocommunications Agency's networking requirements
  • Review of Radiocommunications Agency's licensing procedures
  • Citizen's Charter and Local Authority Regulation
  • Study of Ozone depleting substances
  • Local Authority regulation of business
  • Research into knock-on effects of inward investment
  • UK Australian trade investment study
  • Internal scrutiny of fairs and promotion branch: survey of chambers of commerce, trade associations etc.
  • Local government regulation of business; development of specifications for alternative approaches to the evaluation of the regulation of business by local authorities
  • Local government regulation of business; conference between business and local government
  • Industry profile of printed cartons in EC: market study

Auditing Firms

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has any plans to prevent auditing firms from performing actuarial tasks for their audit clients.

Mr Redwood: No

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the sections of the Companies Acts which relate to the selling by an auditor of non-auditing services to his audit clients.

The relevant provision in the Companies Act 1989 is paragraph 7(1) of schedule 11, which requires recognised supervisory bodies to have adequate rules and practices regarding the professional integrity and independence of company auditors. In addition, the Companies Act 1985 (Disclosure of Remuneration for Non-Audit Work) Regulations 1991, made under section 390B of the Companies Act 1985, require companies that are not small or medium sized to disclose in their accounts the remuneration of their auditors and their associates for non-audit work for the company and its associated undertakings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what rules he has approved relating to the action which the recognised supervisory bodies are required to take in respect of auditing firms whose standards are found to be deficient.

Before recognising supervisory bodies for company auditors under part II of the Companies Act 1989, my right hon. Friend was satisfied that each had procedures for maintaining auditors' competence, adequate arrangements and resources for monitoring and enforcing compliance with its rules, effective arrangements for the investigation of complaints, and fair and reasonable rules and practices relating to membership, eligibility to accept appointments, and discipline.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make it his policy to require the recognised supervisory bodies to publish the names of the firms found to have poor auditing standards.

The recognised supervisory bodies have undertaken to publish the names of auditors whose performance has been the subject of adverse disciplinary findings.

Instruments Of Torture

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are currently taken by his Department to prevent the export of instruments of torture.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will make it his policy to include exports of equipment used for executions within the remit of the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1989;(2) if he will make it his policy to ban any exports from the United Kingdom of any equipment designed for use in the torture or ill treatment of prisoners or the carrying out of executions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers he has to control the manufacture, sale and export of equipment used for execution and torture; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what is his policy on the manufacture and export of prisoner disorientation equipment;(2) what is his policy on the exports of instruments of torture including electronic torture chambers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what export licences are required prior to the export of equipment which could be used for torture or execution;(2) if he will introduce a ban on the manufacture of equipment which can only be used for torture or for the purpose of execution.(3) if he will press the European Commission for further European action to control the export of equipment which is likely to be used for internal repression or torture purposes only.

(4) if he will consider taking further measures to prevent British companies exporting equipment which can only be used for torture or for the purpose of execution.

My Department has received a copy of the Amnesty International report "Repression Trade (UK) Ltd" to which we will respond after careful study. The Government deplore the use of any equipment knowingly exported for the use of torture and other such violations of human rights. The Export of Goods (Control) Order 1991 provides for the control of the export of leg irons, shackles and gang chains. I confirmed on 17 October (Official Report, cols 200–201) the Government's long-held policy that no exports of these items will be permitted.I announced at the same time measures to control certain oversized handcuffs with a linking chain which were usable as leg irons. Electronic equipment of the type which, it is alleged, has been used for torture is widely available and has many innocent uses. We will also consider Amnesty International's request for controls on the export of death penalty equipment.There is no legislation controlling the manufacture of this equipment.

Company Directors

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the individuals criticised in his Department's report on (a) Pergamon Press and (b) Kina Holdings are still permitted to act as company directors and auditors.

These reports were published many years ago and other than the fact of Mr. Maxwell's death, I do not have information about the present status of those mentioned in the reports. The hon. Member will be aware that the disqualification provisions were enhanced as part of the Government's insolvency law reforms of 1985 and are now consolidated in the Company Directors Disqualification Act.

Auditors

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has made to the European Commission concerning the United Kingdom auditing industry.

Auditing matters have been discussed in connection with negotiations over the fifth draft company law directive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will investigate the level of audit fees in Britain.

James Ferguson Holdings Plc

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many writs he has issued against the advisers to James Ferguson Holdings plc.

Accidents At Work

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has any plans to require companies to publish their work accident record in the notes to the accounts.

Bankers' Fees

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has plans to ask the Office of Fair Trading to investigate the fees charged by merchant banks during contested takeovers.

Textiles And Clothing

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next plans to meet representatives of the textile and clothing industry to discuss the effect of the recession.

The Secretary of State and I met with representatives of the textile and clothing industry on 8 January to discuss the Uruguay round. There are no plans at present for a further meeting.

Expo 92

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government has taken to ensure that the interests of the United Kingdom are properly represented at Expo 92 in Seville.

[holding answer 20 January 1992]: The Government have committed £25 million towards the British presence at Expo 92. This is more than was provided for any previous world exposition. The British pavilion is an outstanding design by Nicholas Grimshaw, an excellent example of the high quality of British engineering, including a spectacular wall of water. Inside, its exciting exhibition demonstrates British innovation and discovery. A wide range of cultural events has been organised for the six month period of Expo 92 and this, together with the pavilion, will show our originality in arts and culture.

Wales

Fish Farms

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information his Department holds on the impact of escapees from fish farms diluting the gene pool of wild species, with particular reference to salmon.

There is only one marine salmon farm in Wales and any escape of farmed salmon is therefore unlikely to have a significant effect on the stocks of wild salmon in Welsh rivers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each of the last 10 years the number of fish farms in Wales indicating the location of each one by the use of ordnance survey grid reference numbers.

The number of fish farms in Wales in each year since 1986 was as follows:

Number
198655
198760
198865
198975
199070
199168
Data were not collected before 1986. Fish farmers are not required, when registering with my Department, to give the ordnance survey grid references of their sites.

Pembroke Power Station

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions relating to the choice of fuel for the Pembroke power station he has had with the Countryside Council for Wales regarding the advice received from English Nature with regard to the impact of orimulsion on the pollution-sensitive species.

None. The proposal to extend Pembroke power station (to enable it to burn orimulsion) is currently being considered by the Secretary of State for Energy under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. I understand that the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) has lodged an objection with the Department of Energy against the proposal. Concurrently Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution (HMIP) is considering an application from National Power under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for authorisation to burn orimulsion fuel at Pembroke. As one of the statutory consultees, CCW is being consulted by HMIP about the application.In these circumstances it would not be appropriate for my right hon. Friend to hold discussions with CCW on this matter, particularly in view of his statutory appellate role in respect of applications under the Environmental Protection Act.

Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he will respond to the fifth report of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Session 1990–91, "Affordable Housing" (HC 581).

I am pleased to announce that the response has been published today.

Student Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money was made available to students in Wales through the access funds in the academic year 1990–91; and how many students benefited.

Access funds totalling £600,000 were distributed by the Welsh Office to further and higher education colleges outside the university sector in Wales for the academic year 1990–91. Allocations to individual institutions were made on the basis of eligible student numbers. According to returns from institutions £563,183 in access funds was actually disbursed to 1,930 students, which amounts to an average of about £300 per student assisted. The Universities Funding Council is responsible for the allocation of access funds to colleges of the University of Wales.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

International Organisations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the name and nationality of the director, secretary-general or president, as applicable of (a) the Commission of the European Communities, (b) the World bank, (c) the International Monetary Fund, (d) the European bank for reconstruction and development, (e) the secretariat of the Council of Europe, (f) the secretariat of the Western European Union, (g) the secretariat of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe and its new institutions, (h) the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and (i) the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; and if he will make a statement on whether any British citizens are being advanced for these posts when vacancies arise.

(a) The president of the European Commission is Jacques Delors, a French national. The president is appointed from among the members of the Commission by common accord, and British citizens will be advanced for the post when appropriate.

(b) The president of the World bank is Lewis Preston, a United States national. The post is customarily filled by the United States.

(c) The managing director of the International Monetary Fund is Michel Camdessus, a French national. The post will not become vacant until 1997. A decision about a possible British successor will be made nearer the time.

(d) The president of the European bank for reconstruction and development is Jacques Attali, a French national. The post will not become vacant until 1995, and a decision about a possible British successor will be made nearer the time.

(e) The Secretary General of the Council of Europe is Catherine Lalumiere, a French national. British candidates are advanced for posts in the secretariat as appropriate.

(f) The Secretary General of the Western European Union is W. F. Van Eekelen, of the Netherlands. A Benelux national has always held the post of Secretary-General of the WEU.

(g) The director of the secretariat of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe is Nils Eliasson, a Swedish national; the director of the Conflict Prevention Centre is Bent Rosenthal, a Danish national; the director of the Office of Free Elections is Lucchino Cortese, an Italian national. These posts will become vacant in 1994. A decision on whether to advance British candidates will be made nearer the time.

(h) The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is Jean-Claude Paye, a French national. The post will become vacant in 1994. A decision on whether to advance a British candidate will be made nearer the time.

(i) The Director-General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is Arthur Dunkel, a Swiss national. The post may become vacant this year, but there is no British candidate.

Ec Regional Policy

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to his answer of 16 January, Official Report, column 615, which of the objective 1 regions of the European Community regional policy will not benefit from the cohesion funds agreed at the Maastricht summt; whether Her Majesty's Government requested the inclusion of Northern Ireland as a beneficiary of the cohesion fund; and if he will make a statement.

The following objective I regions will not benefit from the cohesion fund: the French overseas departments, Corsica, Abruzzi, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily and Northern Ireland.The cohesion fund benefits member states not regions, with a per capita GNP of less than 90 per cent. of the Community average. Northern Ireland is not a Community member state and so cannot qualify in its own right. The United Kingdom's per capita GNP is too high for it to qualify. Northern Ireland's objective 1 status is not affected by the cohesion fund. It will continue to benefit substantially from the three principal structural funds.

Mrs Nazir Begum

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Mrs. Nazir Begum, born in 1931, applied to the post in Islamabad to visit her nephew in the United Kingdom; when the letter, dated 19 November 1990, from solicitors in Bradford, inquiring about the application was received by the post; when a decision on the application is to be made; and if he will make a statement.

In the absence of any information on this case held in the migration and visa department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I have asked our high commission in Islamabad for a full report. I will give the hon. Member a substantive reply as soon as possible.

Official Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his visits to Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia.

I visited Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) on 18 and 19 January, Kiev (Ukraine) on 19 January, and Moscow (Russian Federation) on 19 and 20 January.In each country, I held talks with the President and with Ministers responsible for foreign affairs and economic matters. I also met the Ukrainian Defence Minister, and Marshall Shaposhnikov, Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States.The main objectives of my visits were to discuss problems affecting stability and security, including the secure control and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology; to assess the economic situation in preparation for the Washington conference which I shall be attending on 22 and 23 January; and to develop bilateral relations in their new form following the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and recognition of former republics as independent countries.In all three capitals, I was assured that the agreements of Alma Ata and Minsk of the Commonwealth of Independent States for strategic weapons and forces to be held under central control on behalf of that Commonwealth were being maintained. Russia, continuing the international responsibilities of the former Soviet Union, is a party to the 1968 nuclear non-proliferation treaty. I discussed with the leaders of Kazakhstan and Ukraine the importance of the early accession of their countries to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as non-nuclear weapon states. The leaders of both countries reiterated their commitment to the eventual removal of all nuclear weapons from their territories. Russia is co-ordinating the centralisation of tactical nuclear weapons before they are destroyed. For the removal of strategic weapons to Russia a deadline of 1994 has been agreed. This is a considerable task, but I was reasonably encouraged by what I heard.I was pleased also to be told that progress is being made in negotiating agreed solutions to complex problems over the division of forces, although the process clearly has some way to go.My interlocutors were conscious of the critical importance of all of these questions for future stability within their countries and more widely. I have told them of our readiness to provide advice and assistance. NATO Ministers agreed in December on the principle of offering such help. I think that the leaders I met would welcome help in the safe disposal of surplus weapons.All the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States face an acutely difficult economic situation. I expressed support for policies of economic reform, and underlined the importance of moving towards integration into the world economic system, including membership of the international financial institutions. I expressed concern about the risk of protectionism and trade barriers between the member states of the Commonwealth and was given detailed accounts of problems arising from the legacy of the command economy, from price liberalisation, and from shortages of food, animal feedstock and consumer goods. My interlocutors expressed appreciation of the support being given by the United Kingdom and the European Community, and pressed for these efforts to be sustained and reinforced. They hoped that the Washington conference will lead to further international action.In Kazakhstan, I issued with the Foreign Minister a joint statement on the development of bilateral relations. We agreed to exchange diplomatic missions, and to build on the contacts which have already taken place, including commercial exchanges. In Ukraine, I introduced the new British charge d'affaires, and discussed prospects for the opening of embassies in Kiev and London. In Moscow, I prepared in my talks with President Yeltsin and Foreign Minister Kozyrev for the visit to London by President Yeltsin on 30 January, at the invitation of the Prime Minister. We also discussed the meeting of the United Nations Security Council at summit level, which is to take place in New York on the following day.It was helpful to have this early opportunity to discuss with the leaders of the three largest states in the new Commonwealth the massive political and economic transformation which they are undertaking. It is not surprising that there are strains within the Commonwealth, and much hard bargaining is taking place; but there is also a willingness to find answers. We are developing a close dialogue with the different leaders. They are following a tough-minded approach to political change and economic reform. However difficult the road, they seem determined to continue their course. They need the help of the international community, and it will be in all of our interests to continue to offer this. I therefore assured the leaders of these three countries of the determination of the United Kingdom to build close relations with them.

Namibia

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what extradition arrangements apply between the United Kingdom and Namibia.

I have been asked to reply.As yet no extradition arrangements have been established between the United Kingdom and Namibia.

Northern Ireland

Kidney Patients

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the intake of new patients per million of the population in Northern Ireland in 1990 for kidney treatment.

In 1990 the intake of new patients for treatment of end stage renal failure was 62 per million of the population. This does not include patients admitted for other forms of kidney treatment.

Northern Ireland Airports Ltd

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the hon. Hugh O'Neill was appointed as chairman of Northern Ireland Airports Ltd.; and how many persons have served as chief executive of Northern Ireland Airports Ltd. since that date.

Mr. O'Neill was appointed in July 1986 since when three people have served as chief executive.

Employment

Bridging Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give for each region and for Great Britain as a whole, separately for male and female, a table showing for each month since October 1988 (a) the number of young people who were receiving bridging allowance, (b) the number who began claiming bridging allowance and (c) the number of young people who ceased claiming bridging allowance; what were the numbers of those young people who exhausted their bridging allowance payments because they had used up their eight week entitlement; and if he will make a statement.

Questions on operational matters in the Employment Service executive agency are the responsibility of Mike Fogden, the agency's chief executive, to whom I have referred this question for reply.

Disability

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what conditions a person with a disability has to satisfy if they wish to be registered under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944; what medical evidence they have to produce; what procedures exist for an appeal against a refusal to register; and if he will make a statement.

A person who wishes to register as disabled under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944 must meet a number of eligibility conditions, which are set out in the 1944 Act, as amended by the 1958 Act, and in regulations made under the 1944 Act. The main conditions, briefly, are as follows:

  • (1) the person must, as a result of some mental, physical or sensory disability, be substantially handicapped in obtaining or retaining employment or self employment which would otherwise be suited to the person's age, experience and qualifications;
  • (2) the disability must be likely to last for at least 12 months; and
  • (3) the person must want to work and have a reasonable prospect of obtaining and retaining suitable employment or self employment.
  • Medical evidence is not always required to help determine eligibility to register, for example if an individual has an obvious disability. When medical evidence is needed it may he obtained, with the individual's agreement, from a number of sources, including the hospital consultant if the individual is receiving treatment at a hospital. Alternatively, arrangements may be made, by agreement, for the individual to be examined by the regional medical service. Employed applicants for registration may, if they wish, obtain a medical report from their family practitioner.There is no provision in the Act for a formal appeals procedure where an application to register is refused. However, the Employment Service's disablement resettlement officers, who make decisions on applications, may not reject an application without first referring it for advice to a panel of the local committee for the employment of people with disabilities. Where applications are referred for advice to a panel, the applicant is invited to attend the meeting and put his comments to the panel. In practice, disablement resettlement officers will also consider any representations made by an individual whose application for registration has been refused.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment under what circumstances disabled persons can withdraw themselves from registration under the Disabled Persons (Employment) At 1944; in what other circumstances a disabled person's registration can lapse; if people can appeal against a decision to de-register them; and if he will make a statement.

    The 1944 Act provides for the volunary withdrawal from registration at any time on receipt, by the Employment Service's disablement resettlement officer, of a written request to do so.Registration is for a specified period, usually up to 10 years. However, registrations may be renewed, on application, if the eligibility conditions are still being met.The Act also provides for an individual's registration to be terminated if he or she ceases to meet the eligibility conditions. This provision is rarely used.There is no provision under the Act for people to appeal against a decision to de-register them before the specified period has elapsed. However, before such a decision is taken, the matter must be referred for advice to a panel of the local committee for the employment of people with disabilities, and the panel's recommendation must be referred, for a decision, to the Employment Service's regional office. Where such matters are referred for advice to a panel, the applicant is invited to attend the meeting and to put his comments to the panel.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has about the number of people out of work who have a health problem which limits the type of work they can do, for each year since 1987, in each region and for Great Britain as a whole.

    The available estimates from the "Labour Force Survey" are given in the following table.

    People not in employment1 who have any health problems or disabilities which limit the kind of paid work they can do
    Thousands
    1987198819891990
    Great Britain2,3592,3762,5212,472
    Northern165187190202
    Yorkshire and Humberside237233270272
    East Midlands171162153150
    East Anglia66656672
    South East569549564526
    GLC256257256249
    Rest of South East313292308278
    South West167170168154
    West Midlands242223239243
    North West318331367363
    Wales194199209197
    Scotland232255295292
    Source: Labour Force Survey
    1 Economically inactive and unemployed (on ILO definition).

    Industrial Disputes

    To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many working days per thousand workers have been lost in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Great Britain in each of the last five years as a result of industrial disputes.

    The data for working days lost per thousand workers1 as a result of industrial disputes in Northern Ireland and Great Britain are as follows:

    Northern IrelandGreat Britain
    December 1990 to November 199123235
    Calendar Year
    19903484
    198968185
    1988104168
    1987228163
    19866091
    1 Workers are expressed as employees in employment, based on June 1991 estimates.
    2 Latest 12 month period for which data are available. 1991 data are provisional and subject to revision, usually upwards.

    House Of Commons

    Health And Safety

    To ask the Lord President of the Council whether the European Community directive on health and safety at work covers the Palace of Westminster.

    I have been asked to reply.It is the policy of the House authorities to comply with all legislative provisions relating to health and safety at work.

    Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Lord President of the Council when he expects to publish the Government response to the third report from the Procedure Committee, Session 1990–91, on parliamentary questions.

    Education And Science

    Colleges

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list all colleges, giving their names and addresses, in the area of each local education authority, which are proposed should be freed from local education authority control under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords].

    On the basis of current information, I append a list of colleges in England maintained or assisted by local education authorities that would transfer automatically or be designated under the Further and Higher Education Bill currently before Parliament. Addresses are available from the "Education Authorities Directory and Annual 1991", a copy of which is in the Library. A definitive list must await an order under the eventual legislation, and would also reflect organisational changes between now and April 1993.Questions relating to further education in Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

    List of all maintained further education and sixth form colleges in England by local authority

    • GREATER LONDON
    • Barking and Dagenham
    • Barking College of Technology
    • Barnet
    • Barnet College of Further Education
    • Hendon College of Further Education
    • Woodhouse Sixth Form College
    • Bexley
    • Erith College of Technology
    • Brent
    • Brent New College
    • Bromley
    • Bromley College of Technology
    • Orpington College of Further Education
    • Croydon
    • Croydon College
    • Purley Sixth Form College
    • John Ruskin Sixth Form College
    • Ealing
    • Acton College
    • Pathway Further Education Centre
    • Southall College of Technology
    • Norwood Hall Institute of Horticulture/Education
    • Enfield
    • Capel Manor Horticulture and Environmental Centre
    • Enfield College
    • Southgate College
    • Haringey
    • The College of North East London
    • Harrow
    • Elm Park College
    • Greenhill College
    • Weald College
    • St. Dominic's Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Havering
    • Havering College of Further and Higher Education
    • Hillingdon
    • Uxbridge College
    • Hounslow
    • Hounslow Borough College
    • Kingston upon Thames
    • Kingston College of Further Education
    • Merton
    • Merton College
    • Wimbledon School of Art
    • Merton Sixth Form College
    • Newham
    • Newham Community College
    • New Cumberland Sixth Form College (VA) (due to open September 1992)
    • Redbridge
    • Redbridge College of Further Education
    • Richmond upon Thames
    • Richmond upon Thames College
    • Sutton
    • Carshalton College
    • Waltham Forest
    • Waltham Forest College
    • Leyton Sixth Form College
    • Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College
    • INNER LONDON
    • Camden
    • Kingsway College
    • Greenwich
    • Woolwich College
    • Hackney
    • Cordwainers Technical College
    • Hackney College
    • Hammersmith and Fulham
    • Hammersmith and West London College
    • Islington
    • City and East London College
    • North London College
    • Kensington and Chelsea
    • St. Charles Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Lambeth
    • Brixton College of Further Education
    • South London College
    • Vauxhall College of Building and Further Education
    • Lewisham
    • Lewisham College
    • Southwark
    • Southwark College
    • Tower Hamlets
    • Tower Hamlets College
    • Wandsworth
    • South Thames College
    • Westminster College
    • St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Westminster
    • City of Westminster College
    • OTHER LEAS IN ENGLAND
    • Avon
    • Brunel College of Technology
    • City of Bath College
    • Filton College
    • Norton Radstock College of Further Education
    • Nursery Nurses College of Further Education
    • Soundwell College
    • South Bristol College
    • Weston-super-Mare College of Further Education
    • St. Brendans Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Barnsley
    • Barnsley College
    • Northern College
    • Bedfordshire
    • Barnfield College
    • Bedford College of Higher Education
    • Dunstable College
    • Luton Sixth Form College
    • Berkshire
    • Newbury College of Further Education
    • Windsor and Maidenhead College of Further Education
    • Reading College of Technology
    • Langley College of Further Education
    • Bracknell College of Further Education
    • Berkshire College of Art and Design
    • Berkshire College of Agriculture
    • Birmingham
    • Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies
    • Bourneville College of Further Education
    • Brooklyn College
    • East Birmingham College
    • Hall Green College
    • Handsworth College
    • Matthew Boulton College
    • Sutton Coldfield College of Further Education
    • Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
    • Cadbury Sixth Form College
    • Josiah Mason Sixth Form College
    • St. Philip's Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Bolton
    • Bolton Metropolitan College
    • North Bolton Sixth Form College
    • South Bolton Sixth Form College
    • Bradford
    • Bradford and Ilkley Community College
    • Keighley College
    • Shipley College
    • Buckinghamshire
    • Amersham College of Further Education, Art and Design
    • Aylesbury College
    • Milton Keynes College
    • Bury
    • Bury Metropolitan College
    • Holy Cross Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Calderdale
    • Calderdale College
    • Cambridgeshire
    • Cambridge Regional College
    • Isle College, Wisbech
    • Huntingdonshire College
    • Peterborough Regional College
    • Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • The Sixth Form College (Hills Road)
    • The Sixth Form College (Long Road)
    • Cheshire
    • South Cheshire College of Further Education
    • North Cheshire College of Further Education
    • West Cheshire College of Further Education
    • Mid Cheshire College of Further Education
    • Macclesfield College of Further Education
    • Halton College of Further Education
    • Cheshire College of Agriculture
    • Priestley College (Sixth form)
    • Widnes Sixth Form College
    • Sir John Deanes Sixth Form College (VC)
    • Cleveland
    • Cleveland College of Art and Design
    • Cleveland Technical College
    • Hartlepool College of Further Education
    • Kirby College of Further Education
    • Longlands College of Further Education
    • Stockton-Billingham Technical College
    • Guisborough Agricultural Centre
    • Hartlepool Sixth Form College
    • South Park Sixth Form College
    • Marton Sixth Form College
    • Acklam Sixth Form College
    • Stockton Sixth Form College
    • Bede Sixth Form College
    • Prior Pursglove College (VC sixth form)
    • Sir William Turners Sixth Form College (VC)
    • St. Mary's Sixth Form College, Middlesbrough (VA)
    • Cornwall
    • Cornwall College
    • Mid Cornwall College
    • Penwith Tertiary College
    • Truro Tertiary College (due to open September 1992)
    • St. Austell Sixth Form College
    • Coventry
    • Hereward College of Further Education
    • Tile Hill College of Further Education
    • Coventry Technical College
    • Henley College of Further Education
    • Cumbria
    • Barrow-in-Furness College of Further Education
    • Carlisle College
    • Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry
    • Cumbria College of Art and Design
    • Kendal College of Further Education
    • West Cumbria College
    • Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College
    • Derbyshire
    • Chesterfield College of Technology and Arts
    • Derbyshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Derby Tertiary College-Mackworth
    • Derby Tertiary College-Wilmorton
    • High Peak College
    • North East Derbyshire College
    • South East Derbyshire Tertiary College
    • Devon
    • North Devon College
    • Plymouth College of Further Education
    • Exeter College
    • Bicton College of Agriculture
    • South Devon College of Arts and Technology
    • Plymouth College of Art and Design
    • East Devon College of Further Education
    • Doncaster
    • Doncaster College
    • Dorset
    • Weymouth College
    • Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education
    • Kingston Maurward, the Dorset College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
    • Dudley
    • Halsowen College
    • Dudley College of Technology
    • Stourbridge College of Technology and Art
    • King Edward VI College (VA Sixth Form)
    • Durham
    • Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Darlington College of Technology
    • Derwentside College
    • Peterlee College
    • Bishop Auckland Technical College
    • New College Durham
    • Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
    • East Sussex
    • Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology
    • Lewes Tertiary College
    • Brighton College of Technology
    • Plumpton College
    • Hastings College of Arts and Technology
    • Varndean Sixth Form College
    • The Sixth Form College (Brighton, Hove and Sussex)
    • Bexhill College (sixth form)
    • Eastbourne Sixth Form College
    • Essex
    • Basildon College of Further Education
    • Braintree College of Further Education
    • Chelmsford College of Further Education
    • Colchester Institute
    • Epping Forest College
    • Harlow College
    • South East Essex College of technology
    • Thurrock Technical College
    • Writtle Agricultural College
    • Colchester Sixth Form College
    • South East Essex Sixth Form
    • Palmers Sixth Form College (VC)
    • Gateshead
    • Gateshead College
    • Gloucestershire
    • Stroud College of Further Education
    • Gloucestershire College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
    • Royal Forest of Dean College
    • Hampshire
    • Fareham Tertiary College
    • Eastleigh College of Further Education
    • Cricklade College, Andover
    • Brockenhurst College
    • Basingstoke Technical College
    • Alton College
    • Sparsholt College, Hampshire
    • South Downs College of Further Education
    • Southampton Technical College
    • Farnborough College of Technology
    • Portsmouth College of Art, Design and Further Education
    • Highbury College of Technology
    • Totton College (sixth form)
    • Queen Mary's College (sixth form)
    • Barton Peveril College (sixth form)
    • Havant College (sixth form)
    • Farnborough Sixth Form College
    • Itchen College (sixth form)
    • Gosport Sixth Form College
    • Portsmouth Sixth Form College
    • Taunton College (sixth form)
    • Hereford and Worcester
    • Evesham College of Further Education
    • Worcestershire College of Agriculture
    • Pershore College of Horticulture
    • Worcester College of Technology
    • North East Worcestershire College
    • Kidderminster College of Further Education
    • Herefordshire College of Technology
    • Herefordshire College of Agriculture
    • Herefordshire College of Art and Design
    • Hereford Sixth Form College
    • The Sixth Form College (Worcester)
    • Hertfordshire
    • North Herts College
    • Hertford Regional College
    • West Herts College
    • Oaklands College
    • Humberside
    • Beverley College of Further Education
    • Bishop Burton College of Agriculture
    • East Yorkshire College of Further Education
    • Grimsby College of Technology
    • Hull College of Further Education
    • North Lindsey College of Technology
    • Wilberforce Sixth Form College
    • Wyke Sixth Form College
    • Franklin Sixth Form College
    • John Leggott College (sixth form)
    • Isle of Wight
    • Isle of Wight College of Arts and Technology
    • Kent
    • West Kent College
    • Canterbury College
    • Hadlow College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Kent College for the Careers Service
    • Thanet Technical College
    • North West Kent College of Technology
    • South Kent College
    • Mid Kent College of Higher and Further Education
    • Kirklees
    • Dewsbury College
    • Huddersfield Technical College
    • Greenhead College (sixth form)
    • Huddersfield New College (sixth form)
    • Knowsley
    • Knowsley Tertiary College
    • Lancashire
    • Lancashire College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Lancaster and Morecombe College
    • Blackpool and Fylde College
    • Preston College
    • Runshaw Tertiary College
    • Skelmersdale College
    • Blackburn College
    • Burnley College
    • Nelson and Colne College
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
    • Blackpool Sixth Form College
    • Newman College (VA sixth form)
    • St. Mary's Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Leeds
    • Airedale and Wharfedale College
    • City of Leeds College of Music
    • Jacob Kramer College
    • Joseph Priestley College
    • Kitson College
    • Leeds College of Building
    • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
    • Park Lane College
    • Thomas Danby College
    • Notre Dame Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Leicestershire
    • Brooksby Agricultural College
    • Charles Keane College of Further Education
    • Coalville Technical College
    • Hinckley College of Further Education
    • Loughborough College
    • Melton Mowbray College of Further Education
    • South Fields College of Further Education
    • Wigston College of Further Education
    • Gateway Sixth Form College
    • Queen Elizabeth I College
    • Wyggeston Collegiate School (sixth form)
    • Rutland Sixth Form College
    • Lincolnshire
    • Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Boston College
    • Grantham College
    • North Lincolnshire College
    • Stamford College
    • Lincolnshire College of Art and Design
    • Liverpool
    • City of Liverpool Community College
    • Manchester
    • Manchester College of Arts and Technology
    • South Manchester College
    • Shena Simon College (sixth form)
    • Loreto Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Xaverian College (VA sixth form)
    • Newcastle upon Tyne
    • Newcastle College
    • Norfolk
    • Norfolk College of Arts and Technology
    • Norfolk College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Great Yarmouth College of Further Education
    • Norfolk Institute of Art and Design
    • Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education
    • East Norfolk Sixth Form College
    • Paston Sixth Form College (VC)
    • Northamptonshire
    • Moulton College
    • Northampton College
    • Wellingborough College
    • Daventry Tertiary College
    • Tresham College
    • Northamptonshire College of Agriculture
    • North Tyneside
    • North Tyneside College of Further Education
    • Tynemouth College (sixth form)
    • Northumberland
    • Northumberland College of Agriculture
    • Northumberland College of Arts and Technology
    • North Yorkshire
    • Askham Bryan College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Bedale Agricultural Centre
    • Craven College
    • Harrogate College of Arts and Technology
    • Easingwold Agricultural Centre
    • Harrogate Agricultural Centre
    • Pickering Agricultural Centre
    • Scarborough Technical College
    • Selby College
    • York College of Arts and Technology
    • Scarborough Sixth Form College
    • York Sixth Form College
    • Nottinghamshire
    • Arnold and Carlton College of Further Education
    • Basford Hall College of Further Education
    • Broxtowe College of Further Education
    • Clarendon College of Further Education
    • Newark and Sherwood College of Further Education
    • North Nottinghamshire College of Further Education
    • Peoples College of Further Education
    • South Nottinghamshire College of Further Education
    • West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education
    • Brackenhurst College
    • High Pavement Sixth Form College
    • Bilborough Sixth Form College
    • Forest Fields Sixth Form College
    • Oldham
    • Oldham College
    • North Chadderton Sixth Form College (due to open September 1992)
    • Oxfordshire
    • Oxford College of Further Education
    • North Oxfordshire Technical College and School of Art
    • Abingdon College
    • Henley College
    • Rycotewood College
    • West Oxfordshire Technical College
    • Rochdale
    • Hopwood Hall College
    • Rotherham
    • Rother Valley College of Further Education
    • Rotherham College of Arts and Technology
    • Rockingham College of Further Education
    • Thomas Rotherham College (VC sixth form)
    • St. Helens
    • St. Helens College
    • Carmel Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Salford
    • Salford College of Further Education
    • Pendleton College (sixth form)
    • Eccles College (sixth form)
    • De La Salle College (VA sixth form)
    • Sandwell
    • Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education
    • West Park College (sixth form)
    • Rowley Regis College (sixth form)
    • Sefton
    • Hugh Baird College of Technology
    • Southport College
    • King George V College (sixth form)
    • Sheffield
    • Castle College
    • Parkwood College
    • Parson Cross College
    • Loxley College
    • Stradbroke College
    • Norton College
    • Shropshire
    • Telford College of Arts and Technology
    • Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology
    • Walford College of Agriculture
    • Oswestry College
    • Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
    • New College (sixth form)
    • Ludlow College (VA sixth form)
    • Solihull
    • Solihull College of Technology
    • Solihull Sixth Form College
    • Somerset
    • Strode College
    • Bridgwater College
    • Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Somerset College of Arts and Technology
    • Frome College (Further Education)
    • Yeovil College
    • Richard Huish College (VC sixth form)
    • South Tyneside
    • South Tyneside College
    • Staffordshire
    • Tamworth College
    • Stafford College
    • Burton upon Trent Technical College
    • Cannock Chase Technical College
    • Newcastle under Lyme College
    • Staffordshire College of Agriculture
    • Leek College of Further Education and School of Art
    • Stoke on Trent Cauldon College
    • Stoke on Trent Technical College
    • The Sixth Form College (Stoke on Trent)
    • Stockport
    • Stockport College of Technology
    • North Area Sixth Form College
    • The Ridge Sixth Form College
    • Aquinas Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Suffolk
    • Suffolk College of Higher and Further Education
    • Lowestoft College
    • Otley College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • West Suffolk College
    • Sunderland
    • Monkwearmouth College
    • Wearside College
    • Surrey
    • Brooklands Technical College
    • Epsom School of Art and Design
    • Guildford College of Technology
    • Merrist Wood College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • East Surrey College
    • North East Surrey College of Technology
    • Godalming College (sixth form)
    • Reigate College (sixth form)
    • Esher College (sixth form)
    • Woking College (sixth form)
    • Spelthorne College (sixth form)
    • Strode's College (VC sixth form)
    • Farnham College (VC sixth form)
    • Tameside
    • Tameside College of Technology
    • Hyde Sixth Form College
    • Ashton under Lyne Sixth Form College
    • Trafford
    • North Trafford College of Further Education
    • South Trafford College of Further Education
    • Wakefield
    • Wakefield District College
    • New College (sixth form)
    • Walsall
    • Walsall College of Art
    • Walsall College of Technology
    • Warwickshire
    • East Warwickshire College of Further Education
    • Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education
    • North Warwickshire College of Techology and Art
    • South Warwickshire College of Further Education
    • Warwickshire College of Agriculture
    • King Edward VI College (VA sixth form)
    • West Sussex
    • West Sussex College of Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Chichester College of Technology
    • Crawley College of Technology
    • Northbrook College, Design and Technology
    • Worthing Sixth Form College
    • Haywards Heath Sixth Form College
    • Collyers Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Wigan
    • Metropolitan College Wigan (temporary name from 1 April 1992)
    • Winstanley College (sixth form)
    • St. John Rigby Roman Catholic Sixth Form College (VA)
    • Wiltshire
    • Lackham College
    • New College
    • Salisbury College of Art and Design
    • Chippenham Technical College
    • Salisbury College of Technology
    • Swindon College
    • Trowbridge College
    • Wirral
    • Wirral Metropolitan College
    • Birkenhead Sixth Form College
    • Woherhampton
    • Bilston Community College
    • Wulfrun College of Further Education

    Grant-Maintained Schools

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his plans for capital grant expenditure for grant-maintained schools for the financial year 1992–93.

    The planned level of capital expenditure on grant-maintained schools in 1992–93 is £28–5 million.Each grant-maintained school approved to begin by September 1992 is eligible to receive a formula based allocation to be used for small capital works and items of capital equipment. The formula will be £10,000 per school plus £20 per pupil. Schools becoming grant-maintained in September 1992 will be able to claim 7/12 of the full year allocation.We have agreed allocations for named capital projects with a total value of £15.2 million to begin in 1992–93. Some projects are phased over two years. Of the 102 eligible schools 50 have received an allocation for a named capital project. Schools approved to become grant-maintained as from January and April 1992 have been invited to submit bids for capital projects by 27 January. There will be a further announcement for allocations to those schools in due course.Within the total, there are allocations totalling some £8 million (including £5 million to be spent in 1992–93) for projects at 18 schools which form part of the technology schools initiative which was launched on 4 December. These allocations will enable schools to enhance their provision for technology-related subjects and take forward the teaching of technology in the national curriculum. Four of these schools have been selected as particularly well placed to develop an innovative and committed approach to technology education and be awarded GM technology school status: Bournemouth school, Ecclesbourne school, Great Barr school and St. George's school, Sleaford.The proposed allocation of £500,000 to St. George's school, Sleaford for a technology block is complemented by a sponsored donation of £250,000 from Mr. Reg Brealey, the school's chairman of governors, through a charitable trust set up for the benefit of the school.Grant-maintained schools continue to show their energy and commitment. I am sure that these capital allocations will help the schools to realise their full potential. I particularly welcome the allocations for projects within the technology schools initiative which I launched on 4 December.

    I shall look to the four schools named as leaders in the field of technology teaching. They will develop close and practical links with business and industry.

    The sponsor investment from Mr. Brealey is very generous and an example that I hope others will follow. St.

    Named Project Capital allocations for grant-maintained schools in 1992–93

    All figures are in £000s

    School

    Project

    Total project allocation

    Technology Schools Initiative

    Beaconsfield High SchoolNew Technology block and refurbishment750
    Bournemouth SchoolRationalisation of Science and Technology facilities546
    Bullers Wood School for Girls, ChislehurstTechnology block375
    Caistor Grammar SchoolTechnology, Science and IT building287
    Dartford Grammar SchoolTechnology and Science facilities260
    Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, DerbyTechnology facilities780
    Great Barr School, BirminghamTechnology facilities700
    Kingswood School, CorbyFood Technology, Graphics and Technology Rooms330
    Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolInformation Technology Centre124
    Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam, SurreyDesign and Technology extension and remodelling700
    Northwood SchoolTechnology block and conversion400
    Reading SchoolScience and Technology facilities630
    Rickmansworth SchoolRemodel and repair craft block250
    St. George's School, SleafordTechnology Block

    1500

    Watford Grammar School for BoysConversions to Design and Technology Centre180
    Watford Grammar School for GirlsDesign and Technology facilities400
    Westcliff High School for BoysTechnology block280
    Wolverhampton Girls High SchoolPhase I—Craft, Design and Technology450
    Total for Technology7,942

    Other Allocations

    Avon Valley School, RugbyRoof repair17
    Baverstock School, BirminghamPhase I—Building shell and Services470
    Beechen Cliff School, AvonSanitary, drainage, asbestos etc160
    Bingley Grammar SchoolScience Wing Extension250
    Bourne Abbey PrimaryClassrooms and Medical facilities160
    Chalvedon School, BasildonRe-cladding Middle School block250
    Clitheroe Royal Grammar SchoolEssential structural repairs145
    Collingwood School, Camberley, SurreyFabric repairs50
    Crossley Heath School, HalifaxFire precaution work210
    Francis Bacon School St. AlbansRenewal of boilers and associated work30
    Graveney School, WandsworthToilet refurbishment100
    Guildford County SchoolNew Classroom Block370
    Hardley School, SouthamptonHeating system repairs130
    Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolRepairs—old block200
    Highams Park School, Waltham ForestRe-roof Technology workshops29
    Kingsley Park Middle School, NorthamptonAsbestos, fire escapes and Technology50
    Lancaster Girls Grammar SchoolUpgrading of Toilets and Cloakroom50
    London Nautical School, SouthwarkUpgrade Science Laboratory150
    Long Field High School, Melton MowbrayRe-roofing phase II100
    Manor High School, West MidlandsUpgrade site to Health and Safety requirements60
    Oldfield School, BathUrgent fabric and structure work50
    Pate's Grammar School, CheltenhamPhase II of re-build1,997
    Queen Elizabeth's School for Boys, BarnetReplace windows50
    Queensbury School, DunstableFire safety provisions40
    Queensmead School, HillingdonRoofing52
    Ribston Hall High School, GloucesterBoilers and controls for heating68
    St. Bartholomew's School, Newbury, BerksHealth and Safety155
    Stroud High SchoolScience Block780
    Thamesview School, GravesendHealth and Safety100
    Vyners School, HillingdonScience and Technology Block638
    Wilmington Boys Grammar School, KentBoiler house renewal145
    Wilmington Girls Grammar School, KentNew Science Laboratory170
    Total other projects7,226

    1 Provisional allocation.

    George's school in Sleaford has been interested for some time in becoming a technology school and this project will enable it to become a leader and developer of good practice.

    The following is a list of the named capital allocations.

    Home Department

    Drugs (Prison Searches)

    2.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison searches in the last 12 months resulted in drugs finds; and if he will make a statement.

    During the year ending 31 December 1991 all methods of searching resulted in 683 drug equipment finds and 2,654 drug finds in prison service establishments in England and Wales.

    Carl Bridgewater

    8.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the police report into the prosecutions for the murder of Carl Bridgewater.

    15.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Merseyside police to complete their inquiry into the Carl Bridgewater case.

    21.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Merseyside police to complete their inquiry into the Carl Bridgewater case.

    The Merseyside police are conducting a thorough investigation into the representations made about the case. Every effort will be made to complete the review as quickly as possible but I cannot say at this stage when the review will be completed.

    Children's Rights Convention

    13.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the Asylum Bill meets the requirements of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

    The Asylum Bill is consistent with the provisions relating to refugees at article 22 of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

    Prison Service (Industrial Relations)

    16.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Prison Officers Association to discuss industrial relations in the Prison Service.

    My right hon. Friend last met the Prison Officers Association on 16 September 1991. I met its representatives on 7 November.

    Asylum

    17.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum status have replied to the offer of an initial interview in response to postal applications.

    Since 1 November 1991 all persons applying for asylum from within the United Kingdom who have been unable to produce a passport have been requested to attend a short interview for identification purposes. During November and December, 2,350 persons were invited for interview and 471–20 per cent.—attended.

    Bail Offenders

    18.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce his conclusions following the review of the recent studies of offending on bail.

    We are examining carefully the evidence from the review, and considering, in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers and others, what further action might reduce offending by people released on bail. We will announce our conclusions as soon as we can.

    Vehicle Security

    19.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to ban the sale of car skeleton keys to the general public.

    My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to ban or control the sale of skeleton car keys.Many people, such as locksmiths and garage owners, have a legitimate need for such keys. These devices are, however, often no more effective in gaining entry to locked vehicles than other more rudimentary tools, such as screwdrivers or shaped pieces of metal, and often require some skill on the part of the user to work effectively.Inquiries made by the Home Office crime prevention centre and the Association of Chief Police Officers have found that there is no evidence of widespread misuse of skeleton car keys. In particular, the Association of Chief Police Officers has reported that these devices have not been found in the possession of offenders charged with either theft of or from a vehicle. We therefore see no need at present to consider legislating to control the possession, sale or advertising of skeleton keys. We shall, however, continue to monitor closely the sale and use of these devices. It should be noted that it is already a criminal offence, under section 25 of the Theft Act 1968, to carry skeleton keys for use in connection with any burglary or theft, and an offender is liable to imprisonment for up to three years.

    Derek Bentley

    20.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of his review of the conviction of Derek Bentley.

    I have now received a report from the police which is receiving urgent considerations. I hope soon to be in a position to decide whether any action on my part is appropriate in this case.

    Prisons

    22.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons he has visited in the period since he became Home Secretary.

    r: I have visited 24 prison service establishments in England and Wales, and four prisons overseas.

    Crime Prevention

    23.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are his plans to update crime prevention schemes; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government issued updated guidance on setting up local crime prevention partnership schemes to the police, local authorities and others in 1990. Schemes such as neighbourhood watch and crime prevention panels have now reached record levels. In addition the safer cities programme was increased to 20 projects at the end of last year, and Crime Concern is involved in local crime reduction schemes in 11 areas. Under the drugs prevention initiative 20 local drugs prevention teams are being established to work closely with local communities in finding effective ways of preventing the spread of drugs misuse.

    Criminal Activity

    24.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the time lags involved before a drop in criminal activity by people in different age groups can be detected.

    The best available measure of criminal activity, by age group, is the number of persons cautioned by the police or found guilty by the courts. This information is published annually for each calendar year—figures for 1990 were published in Home Office statistical bulletin 31/91 on 16 December 1991.

    Prison Building

    25.