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Volume 204: debated on Friday 21 February 1992

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 21 February 1992

Home Department

Grendon Prison

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are awaiting admission to Grendon prison.

A total of 245 prisoners were on the waiting list for transfer to Grendon prison on 14 February 1992.

Filipino Wives

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Filipino wives of British husbands have been refused entry to the United Kingdom since August 1988; and how many have been admitted.

The information requested is available only in respect of such wives applying in the Philippines for entry clearance for settlement in the years 1990 and 1991. This is given in the table.Annual figures on admissions of wives or fiancees of Filipino nationality are published in table 1 of Cm 1571, "Control of Immigration: Statistics, United Kingdom 1990", a copy of which is in the Library. These admission figures include Filipino wives and fiancees granted entry clearance other than in the Philippines and any joining non-British husbands settled in the United Kingdom. They do not take account of the year in which the entry clearance was granted.

Estimated number of Filipino wives of British husbands applying for a settlement entry clearance in Manila
Entry clearance applications
YearGranted1Refused initially2
1990200110
1991200140
1 Including granted on appeal.
2 Some may be subsequently granted on appeal.

Unlawful Killings, Lambeth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unlawful killings took place in Lambeth in 1991.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that there were 19 unlawful killings in the borough of Lambeth in 1991.

"Getaway"

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he has given to the representations made to him by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill concerning the publication and sale of manuals on sale at Soldier of Fortune shops in Liverpool; what steps he is taking to ban their publication; and if he will make a statement.

I understand that the hon. Member wrote to my right hon. Friend on 18 February about the sale of a book entitled "Getaway" which is alleged to contain information on illegal and dangerous ways of driving.Ministers do not have the power to ban or censor books or other publications. However, it is an offence to publish a work which is obscene, which incites its readers to crime, or which is otherwise a breach of the criminal law. It is for the police to investigate any allegation of an offence and for the courts to decide whether an offence has been committed in any particular case; Ministers cannot intervene in either of these processes. I understand that in this particular case the owners of the shops concerned have decided to withdraw the book from sale.

Project Comtram

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to sustain Project Comtram and the community lawyer scheme, funded under section 11, in Bradford; and if he will make a statement.

Decisions on the eligibility of projects for funding under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 have been made in accordance with policy and administrative criteria laid down under new arrangements for the administration of the grant which were announced in October 1990, when local authorities were invited to bid afresh for funding from 1 April 1992. Applicants were required to demonstrate that proposals were within the policy criteria and fulfilled key requirements of a procedure designed to ensure that the available funding is targeted to achieve maximum benefit for members of ethnic minorities. Applications for the projects in question failed in key respects and were not approved.

Criminal Justice Act 1991

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to bring the remaining provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 into force.

I have today made a commencement order which will bring into force from 1 October 1992 most of the remaining provisions of the Act, including the bulk of the new sentencing framework. The order will also bring into force from 1 April 1992 the provisions relating to the inner London probation area (section 75) and court security officers (sections 76 to 79). A consultation paper setting out detailed proposals for implementing the provisions on curfew orders and electronic monitoring (sections 12 to 13) will be issued shortly, and these provisions will be brought into force as soon as possible after consultation. The provision in section 60 which will replace remand to custody for 15 to 16-year-old boys by remand to local authority secure accommodation will be implemented when sufficient local authority secure accommodation is available.

Church Commissioners

Sunday Trading

To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what response they have received to their letters as shareholders to public companies allegedly in breach of the Shops Act 1950; and what further action they intend to take.

Those companies to which the commissioners wrote whose stores had opened on Sundays took the line that the law was unsatisfactory and in need of reform, that they had not particularly wanted to open on Sundays but felt under pressure to do so from competitors. The commissioners will continue to monitor the situation.

Employment

Pay Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the information on full-time workers' pay for the west midlands and, if available, cities and counties within the region, and for comparison England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as given for Scottish regions in his answer to the hon. Member for Angus, East, (Mr. Welsh) on 6 February Official Report, columns 266–69.

The information available from the "New Earnings Survey", closest to that requested, is given in the tables.

Full time employees on adult rates whose pay was unaffected by absence: Percentage with weekly earnings (including overtime) below the following specified amounts
April 1991
£130£140£180£190
Manual women
West Midlands region37·646·377·882·6
West Midlands MC37·344·376·483·0
Hereford and Worcester35·652·977·981·7
Shropshire39·450·084·887·9
Staffordshire39·446·876·979·6
Warwickshire36·144·483·386·1
England34·042·771·776·5
Scotland39·248·175·980·7
Wales36·648·976·880·6
Northern Ireland51·161·184·487·0
Non-manual women
West Midlands region12·418·044·750·5
West Midlands MC10·615·240·446·7
Hereford and Worcester12·721·149·555·9
Shropshire19·728·055·560·1
Staffordshire15·821·948·253·0
Warwickshire10·915·350·855·2
England9·013·134·139·1
Scotland12·417·742·648·1
Wales15·420·244·450·8
Northern Ireland17·922·242·447·1
All women
West Midlands region18·024·252·057·6
West Midlands MC15·921·047·653·9
Hereford and Worcester17·728·155·761·6
Shropshire24·333·162·366·5
Staffordshire22·428·856·260·4
Warwickshire16·621·958·162·2
England13·518·440·945·9
Scotland17·923·949·454·7
Wales20·326·851·857·7
Northern Ireland25·631·252·156·4

Source: New Earnings Survey.

Full-time employees on adult rates whose pay was unaffected by absence: Percentage with weekly earnings (including overtime) below the following specified amounts

April 1991

£130

£140

£180

£190

Manual men

West Midlands region4·77·022·527·3
West Midlands MC4·46·618·823·2
Hereford and Worcester4·67·730·935·7
Shropshire3·46·225·532·0
Staffordshire5·98·227·332·9
Warwickshire5·16·820·824·7
England4·66·721·226·1
Scotland6·89·326·031·4
Wales6·410·026·832·1
Northern Ireland13·718·540·546·8

Non-manual men

West Midlands region3·14·512·514·8
West Midlands MC3·24·612·114·3
Hereford and Worcester2·33·310·513·9
Shropshire2·73·111·915·0
Staffordshire3·95·315·617·9
Warwickshire2·44·811·812·4
England2·33·49·911·9
Scotland3·14·712·214·7
Wales3·54·914·116·1
Northern Ireland7·29·716·419·7

All men

West Midlands region3·95·817·721·3
West Midlands MC3·85·615·418·7
Hereford and Worcester3·55·721·525·7
Shropshire3·14·919·925·0
Staffordshire5·06·922·126·2
Warwickshire3·75·816·318·6
England3·34·915·118·4
Scotland4·97·019·223·2
Wales5·17·721·024·8
Northern Ireland10·514·128·633·4

Source: New Earnings Survey.

Full time employees on adult rates whose pay was unaffected by absence: Percentage with weekly earnings (excluding overtime) below the following specified amounts

April 1991

£130

£140

£180

£190

Manual women

West Midlands region42·252·183·788·1
West Midlands MC41·150·882·087·3
Hereford and Worcester41·357·786·590·4
Shropshire47·060·693·997·0
Staffordshire44·050·581·084·3
Warwickshire40·348·688·993·1
England37·747·477·481·9
Scotland42·152·883·387·3
Wales40·953·882·885·7
Northern Ireland

Non-manual women

West Midlands region13·419·647·453·1
West Midlands MC11·416·843·749·7
Hereford and Worcester14·123·050·557·0
Shropshire21·129·858·762·8
Staffordshire17·123·350·456·0
Warwickshire11·316·552·856·0
England9·814·336·141·3
Scotland14·019·445·550·8
Wales16·721·446·252·7
Northern Ireland

All women

West Midlands region19·826·855·460·8
West Midlands MC17·323·651·357·2
Hereford and Worcester20·030·658·464·3
Shropshire27·137·066·970·8

£130

£140

£180

£190

Staffordshire24·630·858·963·9
Warwickshire17·823·760·964·4
England14·920·343·648·6
Scotland19·726·253·258·2
Wales22·228·854·660·3
Northern Ireland

Source: New Earnings Survey.

Note: "—" denotes information not available.

Full time employees on adult rates whose par was unaffected by absence: Percentage with weekly earnings (excluding overtime) below the following specified amounts

April 1991

£130

£140

£180

£190

Manual men

West Midlands region7·211·134·140·5
West Midlands MC6·410·028·435·0
Hereford and Worcester7·213·347·752·1
Shropshire6·811·542·250·9
Staffordshire9·212·841·347·9
Warwickshire7·710·728·032·7
England6·710·332·138·5
Scotland9·213·739·446·6
Wales8·613·738·145·9
Northern Ireland

Non-manual men

West Midlands region3·85·414·817·3
West Midlands MC3·95·414·617·1
Hereford and Worcester2·63·612·315·2
Shropshire2·74·015·519·5
Staffordshire5·06·817·519·6
Warwickshire3·35·113·915·1
England2·74·111·814·0
Scotland3·75·714·417·1
Wales4·46·115·918·4
Northern Ireland

All men

West Midlands region5·68·324·829·3
West Midlands MC5·17·721·426·0
Hereford and Worcester5·18·931·435·1
Shropshire5·18·431·238·0
Staffordshire7·310·130·635·2
Warwickshire5·57·921·024·0
England4·56·921·025·1
Scotland6·59·827·132·1
Wales6·710228·033·4
Northern Ireland

Source: New Earnings Survey.

Note: "—" denotes information not available.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Foxes

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what information he has as to the number of foxes living in the larger urban areas of Great Britain; and how the density of the fox population in urban areas compares with that in rural areas;(2) what surveys his Department has carried out into the health hazards associated with the presence of foxes in urban areas.

The average fox population density in cities varies between 1:2·24 fox families per square kilometre. However higher densities are found in some cities up to 8·5 adult foxes per square kilometre. In rural areas fox densities vary widely, depending on habitat, between one fox per 30 hectares in rich habitats to one pair per 4,000 hectares in poor habitats. This Department has not carried out any surveys into health hazards associated with urban foxes, but they can become infected with a variety of parasites and diseases, including rabies.

Common Agricultural Policy Fraud

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the prospects of eliminating fraud in European Community matters, in particular that associated with the common agricultural policy.

The United Kingdom remains at the forefront of the fight against fraud in the European Community. In particular, the United Kingdom continues to press the European Commission for further action to implement, and update, measures included in the 45-point anti-fraud programme adopted in 1989 with our strong support. Substantial progress has already been made; measures in connection with the common agricultural policy include:

mandatory minimum levels of physical checks on export refunds
strengthened requirements for annual stocktaking of intervention stocks
improved procedures for reporting irregularities
improved procedures for auditing payments
the inclusion of improved control arrangements in regulations implementing common agricultural policy schemes

Energy

Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how much money was spent on media advertising in February and March 1990 concerning energy efficiency and global warming; and how many coupons requesting booklets were subsequently received as a result of the advertising campaign.

The cost of the March 1990 advertising campaign was £405,959.15; 9,034 information packs were subsequently dispatched.

Education And Science

Assisted Places Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the expenditure incurred on (a) the assisted places scheme and (b) city technology colleges in each year of the programmes so far, together with the proposed expenditure in future years.

The assisted places scheme was launched in 1981. The city technology colleges programme was launched in 1986. Actual Government expenditure to 1990–91 and estimated and planned expenditure for future years on the APS and the CTC programme are shown in the table. In addition, private sponsors have pledged well over £30 million to the CTC programme.

Table

Financial Year

(a) Assisted Places scheme £ million

(b) City Technology Colleges £ million

1981–82 (outturn)3
1982–83 (outturn)9
1983–84 (outturn)15
1984–85 (outturn)22
1985–86 (outturn)30
1986–87 (outturn)38
1987–88 (outturn)461
1988–89 (outturn)5114
1989–90 (outturn)5730
1990–91 (outturn)6358
1991–92 (estimated outturn)6551
1992–93 (plans)7854
1993–94 (plans)8455
1994–95 (plans)8956

Notes: The figures are cash plans rounded to the nearest £ million.

Research (Diseases)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will state the overall figure spent by the Medical Research Council into research into diseases affecting older people in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Most diseases affect people of all ages and become more critical in old age. Total expenditure by the MRC over the last five years on all research, including training awards and fellowships, has been:

£ Thousands
1986–87125,188
1987–88135,195
1988–89149,779
1989–90172,346
1990–91181,077
By far the greater part of all that research is potentially relevant to improving the health of any age group, including older people.

Books And Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the most recent figure for annual expenditure on books and equipment in schools, excluding provision for 16 to 19-year-olds.

In 1989–90, the latest year for which actual spending information is available, expenditure in England on books and equipment in nursery, primary, secondary and special schools was some £390 million. Expenditure on provision for 16 to 19-year-olds is not separately identified and is included within this total.

Teachers' Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the most recent figure for the annual cost of teacher salaries.

In 1989–90, the latest year for which actual spending information is available, expenditure in England on teaching staff in nursery, primary, secondary and special schools was some £7,339 million. This includes gross pay and employers' contributions to national insurance and superannuation.

Student Loans

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the cost of student loans in each of the next 10 years.

Student loans are available for all eligible students who apply for them. Levels of expenditure on loans depend on the level of demand and the rates and conditions of loans prescribed in the statutory regulations for each year.Table 1 in the departmental report of the Department of Education and Science (Cm 1911) sets out planned net public expenditure provision for England and Wales of £137 million for 1992–93, £204 million for 1993–94 and £286 million for 1994–95. We shall review the expenditure plans for future years—and the underlying planning assumptions—in successive public expenditure surveys.

Nursery Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his Department's estimate of the extra revenue costs of extending nursery places to 80 per cent. of three and four-year-olds.

The extra revenue costs are difficult to estimate since they would depend on the types of provision and on the precise balance between full-time and part-time attendance. Assuming the current mix of types of provision and modes of attendance, a broad extrapolation from the estimated cost per pupil for all forms of provision made by local education authorities for the under-fives1 suggests an extra annual recurrent cost of approximately £530 million at 1991–92 prices. In addition there would be capital costs; and costs would also be incurred in training or retaining the additional teaching and ancillary staff who would be needed.

1 Table 2 of DES departmental report "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1992–93 to 1994–95", Cm 1911.

Further Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the average hourly cost of a part-time place in a further education college.

The average hourly cost for students in all modes of attendance in a further education college was £2·80 in 1988–89 (the latest year available). There are no figures available for part-time students separately.

Student Fees

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his Department's estimate of the cost of extending an entitlement to student fees to part-time students on higher education courses.

The cost would depend on what decisions were taken about eligible courses, their duration, the maximum fee entitlement and the account to be taken of the personal circumstances of potentially eligible students.

Special Needs Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the most recent figure for annual expenditure on services for children with special needs.

In 1989–90, the latest year for which actual spending information is available, school-based expenditure in special schools in England was some £688 million. Expenditure in primary and secondary schools on services for children with special needs attending such schools is not collected separately. The figure for special schools does not include costs of services such as child guidance and educational psychology provided centrally by local education authorities, nor of LEAs' central administration to support special education, as these costs were not apportioned between services in LEAs' expenditure returns.

Student Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the cost of uprating the student grant to allow for inflation since it was last uprated.

The cost of increasing the main rates of grant payable under the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1991 in line with with the Government's current estimate of inflation since those rates were last increased in 1990 would be £66·4 million. This figure assumes student numbers to be consistent with the autumn statement and that no other provisions of the regulations are changed.

Overseas Development

Egypt

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to contribute to the social fund project in Egypt to mitigate the social impact of economic reform; and if he will make a statement.

We are participating substantially in the social fund project through our share of International Development Association and European Community contributions. Our bilateral aid programme for Egypt is fully allocated to other priority development areas agreed with the Egyptian Government.

Cis

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional staff have been recruited to deal with aid to the Commonwealth of Independent States by (a) the Overseas Development Administration and (b) the EC.

(a) At present we have 34 staff from the Overseas Development Administration dealing with aid to the Commonwealth of Indpependent States and other eastern European countries. Precise disaggregation would not be realistic. Individuals have not been recruited specifically for these positions, but additional staff have been recruited generally to the ODA to permit the expansion in our activities.

(b) An additional 40 mecu has now been agreed to reinforce the Commission's external activities. We understand that its intention is to establish at least 140 now posts in DGI and convert a further 150 from expert to statutory posts. Many of these additional posts will support the Community aid programmes in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

United Nations Funding

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the decision no to fund the second phase of the United Nations international fund for agricultural development.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Madden) on 12 February at column 528.

Prime Minister

London School Of Economics

To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the action necessary by the relevant Government Departments for the London School of Economics to be successful in its bid to move to the old London county council building on the south bank.

The London School of Economics has as yet made no formal bid to the London Residuary Body, which is responsible to the local taxpayers of London for the disposal of county hall, for the acquisition of the site. Should it do so my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science would then be in a position to consider the matter in consultation with the residuary body.

Social Security

Appeals, North East Region

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the number of appeals heard and decided by tribunals concerning (a) mobility allowances, (b) attendance allowances, (c) invalidity benefit, (d) injury and disablement benefit and (e) non-income related benefit in the North East region in the last two years.

The latest available annual statistics for social security appeal tribunals and medical appeal tribunals are for the year ending December 1990. The relevant information for the north-east region is given in the tables.

Social security appeal tribunalsHeard and decided appeals
Year ending December 1989Year ending December 1990
Mobility allowance214223
Attendance allowance2328
Invalidity benefit1,4181,354
Disablement benefit459637
Child benefit233271
Invalid care allowance7357
Maternity allowance1616
Retirement pension167168

Social security appeal tribunals

Heard and decided appeals

Year ending December 1989

Year ending December 1990

Severe disablement allowance2623
Unemployment benefit2,7872,194
Widows benefit11582

Medical appeal tribunals

Heard and decided appeals

1

Six months ending December 1989

Year ending December 1990

Mobility allowance1781,206
Severe disablement allowance36224
Disablement benefit1501,900

1Medical appeal tribunal statistics were collected from 1 July 1989.

Housing Benefit

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's estimate of the cost of restoring student entitlement to housing benefit.

Based on information available when the new arrangements for student benefit entitlement were introduced, the estimated cost of restoring housing benefit entitlement to those students who are not currently eligible is estimated to be around £70 million at current prices.

Income Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will set out his Department's management statistics for the total number of claimants on income support, plus separately their partners and dependants, for each month since January 1990.

The information requested is not available. Liveload figures based on May 1990 annual statistical enquiry, the latest date for which information is available, are as follows.

Number
Total number of claimants4,180,000
Total number of partners691,000
Total number of dependent children2,045,000

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry 1990.

Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security why the increase promised by the Secretary of State, in his statement on 21 October 1991, to pensioners over the age of 80 years, and which is to be effective from 1 April 1992, does not appear in newly issued pension books.

The administration of income support 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 Public Information Office.

Income Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's estimate of the cost of restoring student entitlement to income support during the summer; and what was the cost in the last year before it was removed.

The estimated expenditure on income support for students during the 1990 summer vacation was about £27 million. The estimated cost of restoring student entitlement to income support during the summer vacations, based on information available when the present arrangements were introduced, would be around £30 million at current prices.

Wales

Dispensing Pharmacists

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many prescription items were dispensed by retail pharmacists in Wales in each year from 1977 onwards; and if he will publish the figures according to age categories of the consumers.

Information on the number of prescription items dispensed is given in the table.

Prescription items dispensed (thousands)
197722,801
197823,853
197923,600
198023,676
198123,430
198224,033
198324,594
198424,966
198524,738
198625,083
198726,047
198827,072
198927,761
199028,299
It is not possible to give numbers of prescription items dispensed according to the age of the consumer. However, the following table gives, for the years for which data are available, an estimate of the percentage of prescriptions which were exempt from charges by reason of age.
Category of exemption
Under 161Retirement age2
19831442
19841447
19851445
19861345
19873N/A3N/A
19881350
19891250
19901252
1 Children aged under 16 and children aged under 19 in full-time education.
2 Women aged 60 or over and men aged 65 or over.
3 Not available.

Archaeological Excavations

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the instances in the past 12 months in which Monmouth borough council has (a) imposed a watching brief condition on the advice of Glamorgan and Gwent archaeological trust or (b) required preservation in situ or archaeological excavation in advance of development.

Council Houses

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many council houses were built in Wales in the years 1979, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.

The information is given in the table:

Local authority completions
Number
19793,010
1987810
1988793
1989566
1990551
19911388
1 Provisional.

Source: Welsh Office local authority returns.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the annual amount spent on council house maintenance in Wales in the years, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.

198719911992
(i) WalesMaleTotalMaleTotalMaleTotal
January83·085·789·692·286·790·1
February83·486·289·291·9
March83·986·688·9917
April84·186·888·691·5
May84·787·388·691·5
June85·387·888·691·5
July85·387·788·191·1
August85·587·988·090·9
September85·187·587·890·8
October85·788·087·991·0
November85·888·387·690·8
December85·888·287·290·5
198719911992
(ii) ValleysMaleTotalMaleTotalMaleTotal
January77·981·884·288·680·686·0
February78·382·383·888·4
March78·982·983·087·8
April78·982·982·487–3
May79·383·282·387·3
June80·083·882·487·4
July80·183·881·786·8
August80·484·181·786·7
September79·983·681·586·7
October80·884·581·987·1
November81·285·081·786·9
December81·284·981·386·6

Transport

Shipping North Sea

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vessels operating in support of the North sea oil industry, United Kingdom sector, are under (a) the British flag and (b) foreign flags, by country.

The information is available only by financial year. Figures for the financial years 1987–88 to 1990–91 are given in the following table. They have been derived from local authorities housing revenue account subsidy claim forms. Expenditure in 1990–91 is the sum of maintenance expenditure charged either to the housing revenue account or the housing repairs account.

Council house maintenance expenditure in Wales
£ million
1987–88191·8
1988–8994·6
1989–90106·5
1990–912110·1
1 Includes an estimate for those authorities who did not submit subsidy claim forms.
2 Provisional.

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current (a) male and (b) total employment percentage in (i) Wales and (ii) the area covered by the valleys initiative in each month of 1987 and 1991.

Estimated percentages of the work force in employment, including those on work-related government training programmes, are given in the following table:

On 31 January 1992, there were 147 vessels operating as supply, anchor handling and other support vessels and, in addition, 176 standby vessels in the United Kingdom sector of the North sea in support of the oil industry. The countries of registration and the numbers involved were:

Support Vessels

Number

United Kingdom86
Norway22
Denmark10
Netherlands8
Germany3
Others18

Standby Vessels

Number

United Kingdom149
Isle of man9
Bermuda2
Norway2
Netherlands1
Cayman Islands4
Bahamas4
United States of America5

Rail Privatisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will delay publication of the White Paper on railway privatisation until after the general election.

Flight Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of co-ordination of research effort in matters of flight safety.

In the United Kingdom the Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for co-ordinating research on civil flight safety. The machinery for this co-ordination is being reviewed, so as both to increase managerial accountability within the authority and to obtain additional advice from outside.Research on flight safety in Europe is co-ordinated as appropriate through the joint aviation authorities or Eurocontrol. I expect to see more extensive co-ordination of research in this field in the years ahead.

Table 1
Non-industrial staff in post in Scotland by Department (including Agencies) and Scottish region at 1 October 1991 (excluding Scottish Office)
DepartmentHighlandGrampianTaysideFifeLothianBordersCentralStrathclydeDumfriesIslandsTotal
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food8931131651962181
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal356072433059475842881,191
Customs and Excise4825011634333117079017281,697
Defence802722271,46736211584,03254906,743
Employment Department Group2052843402191,140521842,34897524,921
Energy827080
Environment472168
PSA Service1670224645352541413893
General Register Office, Scotland30321324
Home Office637219235
Inland Revenue1592431951371,94245973,752726,642
Lord Chancellor's Department1736114167
National Savings2,5622,562
Ordnance Survey107782435336103
OPCS108108
ODA555555
Registers of Scotland1,1121,112
Scottish Courts Administration161161
Scottish Courts Service26514636218634369236815
Scottish Record Office117117
Social Security1743894273341,465743154,325133627,698

Severn Bridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage increase in tolls on the Severn bridge will be introduced in April; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 20 February 1992]: The tolls which will apply from 26 April, as provided for under the Severn Bridges Act 1992, involve the following increases over the current tolls at the Severn bridge, based on the cost of a return trip over the bridge:

Per cent.
Cars and motor caravans40
Light vans and minibuses180
Buses and goods vehicles110
These increases are a reflection of the cost of building the second Severn bridge, which will provide a substantial and eagerly awaited improvement in the road links between south Wales and England.

National Finance

Civil Service (Scotland)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list how many non-Scottish Office civil service jobs there are in Scotland by Government Department and location of employment.

The number of non-industrial civil servants employed in Scotland—other than in the Scottish Office—at 1 October 1991 totalled 37,926. Table 1 gives a detailed breakdown by Department and by Scottish region.In addition, another 6,355 industrial civil servants were employed in Scotland—other than in the Scottish Office—at 1 April 1991 (the latest available information). Table 2 gives a departmental analysis. No breakdown by Scottish region is available.

Department

Highland

Grampian

Tayside

Fife

Lothian

Borders

Central

Strathclyde

Dumfries

Islands

Total

Trade and Industry1247323373
Transport3294322619755219743660
Other42490321520
TOTAL7931,8281,5012,3558,6122121,08920,66145741837,926

Note: Figures are on a full-time equivalent basis, i.e. part-timers are counted as half units.

Source: MANDATE/Departments.

Table 2

Industrial staff in post in Scotland by Department (including agencies) at 1 April 1991 (excluding Scottish Office)

Department

Number

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food13
Defence5,432
Employment Department Group5
HMSO72
Ordnance Survey4
Social Security3
Trade and Industry74
Transport704
HM Treasury (inc. Forward/CISCO)35
Others13
TOTAL6,355

Note: Figures are on a full time equivalent basis, ie part-timers are counted as half units.

Source: Civil Service Statistics 1991 Edition.

Income Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the loss of revenue from income tax at (a) the standard rate and (b) the higher rate, of allowing husbands and wives to aggregate their incomes for tax purposes and divide by two; and whether he will publish a table showing the loss by range of total incomes and the number of incomes in each case.

Approximate figures at 1991–92 levels of income are given in the table:

Total income £ per yearNumber of taxpaying in a full year married couples(million)Revenue loss in a full year £million
0 to 10,0000·9400
10,000 to 15,0002·21,700
15,000 to 20,0002·21,800
20,000 to 40,0002·71,900
30,000 to 40,0001·0800
40,000 to 50,0000·4600
Over 50,0000·61,600
£ billion
1970–711974–751978–791990–91
(i) NICs 1
employers1·43·16·220–4
employees1·32·44·114·9
(ii) Income tax 2
total tax liability6·211·820·359·4
total liability at higher rate1·51·812·5
total liability at excess over standard rate0·30·60·84·7
(iii) VAT32·85·232·5
(iv) Other indirect taxes 45·24·99·024–0

Total income £ per year

Number of taxpaying in a full year married couples(million)

Revenue loss in a full year £million

Total10·08,800

These estimates do not allow for any behavioural effect that might result from such a change in the tax system.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the value of income tax paid by Scottish-based taxpayers.

The amount of income tax liability for residents of Scotland was estimated to be £3·49 billion for 1988–89, the latest available year.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Scottish-based income tax payers' affairs are handled by tax offices in England and Wales.

Of 1·9 million single people and married men liable to income tax in 1988–89 and resident in Scotland, about 400,000 had their income tax affairs handled by tax offices in England and Wales. The corresponding information about married women under independent taxation is not yet available.

Taxation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing for 1970, 1974, 1979 and 1990–91, the amount collected in (i) (a) employees and (b) employers national insurance contributions, (ii) income tax at the (c) standard and (d) higher rates, (iii) value added tax and (iv) other indirect taxes.

1 Excludes national insurance surcharge (levied from 1977–78 until 1984–85)

2 Until 1972–73, Surtax, a deferred instalment of income tax charged at rates additional to the standard rate, was payable.

3 VAT excluding that refunded on central government and local authority expenditure.

4 Other customs and excise duties. Includes purchase tax in 1970–71.

European Community Fraud

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards implementing recommendations contained in the European Court of Auditors' report in regard to fraud.

The Community took an important step to combat fraud against the Community budget by the adoption, in 1989, of a 45-point action programme, which covers areas of irregularity, particularly in agriculture, identified in the reports of the court. The Commission produces, for consideration by the Council and European Parliament, an annual report on the fight against fraud which details the progress made. The action taken includes steps by the Commission to revise its operating systems, to simplify existing legislation, and to consider new measures to prevent irregularities in the implementation of the budget. The Commission is currently considering the measures needed to bring the 45-point action programme up to date, on the basis of proposals from member states including the United Kingdom.The further important recent development was the agreement at Maastricht that the treaty should clearly place responsibility on member states to counter fraud affecting the Community's finances. The Maastricht treaty also seeks to strengthen procedures to counter fraud and irregularities by requiring the Court of Auditors to provide a statement of assurance on the reliability of the Community's accounts; by making explicit the Commission's responsibility for sound financial management; and by giving enhanced powers to the European Parliament to examine the Commission on the basis of the court's observations including action it has taken in response. The Government will also continue their active role in the Council, pressing to ensure that the scope for fraud and irregularities continues to be narrowed.

Mortgage Tax Relief

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the cost to the Exchequer of increasing the maximum limit for mortgage tax relief to (a) £40,000, (b) £50,000 and (c) £60,000.

The estimated costs at 1991–92 levels of increasing the ceiling on mortgage interest tax relief are shown in the table.

Ceiling on mortgage interest tax reliefCost of increasing the ceiling on mortgage interest tax relief for 1991–921
££ billion
40,0000·7
50,0001·1
60,0001·3
1 The estimates are based on the distribution of existing mortgages and therefore exclude behavioural effects which might result from the change and could be substantial.

Privatisation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to his answer of 10 February, Official Report, column 336, if he will indicate which shares for each of the concerns privatised since 1979 are currently held by (a) individual shareholders, (b) pension funds, (c) domestic companies, (d) overseas companies and (e) others.

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

Overseas Private Investment

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the current level of total overseas private investment; and what was the level in 1979 expressed at current prices.

[holding answer 20 February 1992]: The estimated level of United Kingdom residents' identified direct investment (at book values) and portfolio investment (at market values), excluding public corporations' direct investment overseas, was £312 billion at the end of 1990. The corresponding figure at the end of 1979 was £44 billion (at end-1979 values) or £74 billion (at end-1990 values). Figures for 1991 are not yet available.

Public Service Pay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to amend the principle whereby the rates of civil and public servants are a matter of public record.

[holding answer 20 February 1992]: There are no plans to change arrangements whereby the Treasury makes publicly available pay scales, maxima and minima for the main civil service grades.The pay of individual officers will continue to be confidential to the individual, apart from in the case of a small number of senior staff whose pay is a matter of public interest.Policy for other parts of the public sector is a matter for the organisations concerned.

Northern Ireland

Dentistry

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the dates on which the equipment recommended in the Poswillo report for resuscitation and monitoring of patients in connection with the provision of general anaesthetic in dentistry was installed in each community clinic in the area of the southern health and social services board; and if he will list those community clinics which have not yet received the equipment.

The community clinics in the Southern health and social services board area which are equipped to the standards recommended in the Poswillo report arc as follows:

Clinic

  • Thomas Street, Dungannon
  • Dobbin Street, Armagh
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Armagh
  • John Mitchell Place, Newry

Each of these clinics met the recommended standards prior to 1990. As to the other clinics in the Southern board, equipment for the Banbridge clinic is currently being ordered, and the Brownlow health centre will be equipped to Poswillo standards when it reopens in the summer.

Cardiac Surgery

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to make provision for a fifth cardiac surgeon at the Royal Victoria hospital, at Belfast.

The Eastern health and social services board is responsible for the management of the cardiac surgery unit at the Royal Victoria hospital. A fourth cardiac surgeon, who is a locum, has recently been appointed and will take up post on 1 May 1992 for a period of one year, with a review and possible extension at the end of that period. I am not aware of any plans to make provision for a fifth cardiac surgeon at the Royal Victoria hospital but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that a very high priority will continue to be accorded to the specialty.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce the waiting lists for cardiac surgery.

The Government have provided significant additional capital and revenue funding to enable more cardiac operations to be carried out at the Royal Victoria hospital. An extension to the cardiac recovery unit costing £1·5 million was completed in October 1991, and funds of £300,000 were made available for a fourth cardiac surgeon and supporting team. A locum surgeon has been appointed and will take up post on 1 May 1992. In addition, health and social services boards are purchasing cardiac operations for their resident populations from other parts of the United Kingdom. It is the Government's intention in respect of the cardiac surgery waiting list to honour, at the earliest possible date, the guarantee in the citizens charter that no one should have to wait for more than two years for a cardiac operation.

Statutory Sick Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated value of savings in public expenditure and the estimated additional cost to employers in Northern Ireland to date of changes in statutory sick pay regulations since 1990.

The estimated value of savings to date is £5 million and the estimated additional cost to employers is correspondingly £5 million.

Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Republic of Ireland is now involved in the matter of public appointments in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

The Irish Government may put forward views and proposals on the role and composition of bodies appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland or by Departments subject to his direction and control, as envisaged by article 6 of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how man Protestants are employed by the establishment in the (a) Newry and Mourne council area and (b) Strabane whose employees are over 90 per cent. Protestant.

Monitoring returns submitted to the Fair Employment Commission in 1991 show that there are 118 Protestants employed in such concerns in the Newry and Mourne council area. There are no concerns in the Strabane council area whose employees are over 90 per cent. Protestant.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Roman Catholics are employed by the establishments in (a) the Newry and Mourne council area, (b) the Omagh council area and (c) Strabane, whose employees are over 90 per cent. Roman Catholic.

The information is:

Number
Newry and Mourne council area1,971
Omagh council area156
Strabane council area319
The information is derived from the monitoring returns submitted to the Fair Employment Commission in 1991.

Distilleries (Financial Support)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the value of financial support given in each of the past five years to (a) Bushmills distillery and (b) Bass Ireland brewery.

The value of financial support given to the Bushmills distillery and the Bass Ireland brewery in each of the past five years is as follows:

YearBushmills distillery £Bass Ireland £
1987–8896,151·98195,885·63
1988–8947,093·559,113·50
1989–909,678·60Nil
1990–91150,160·00Nil
1991–92169,176·27Nil
TOTAL472,260·40204,999·13

Killough Conservation Area

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in relation to the enhancement strategy for the Killough conservation area.

A contract has been let to replace the existing concrete bollards and further upgrade the Castle street car park in Killough.

Roads

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total expenditure for (a) road improvements, (b) road repairs on (i) A category, (ii) B

DOE (NI)Road improvements £ millionRoad repairs £ million
Roads service divisionClass A and B roadsClass C and unclassified roadsClass A and B roadsClass C and unclassified roads
1986–87
Ballymena1·330·822·224·23
Belfast4·510·522·276·43
Coleraine2·430·823·415·98
Craigavon2·800·413·035·34
Downpatrick1·721·383·256·02
Omagh1·430·563·965·03
1987–88
Ballymena1·700·782·483·98
Belfast4·070·652·217·10
Coleraine2·790·372·163·90
Craigavon2·630·402·665·58
Downpatrick2·041·023·505·88
Omagh1·450·803·215·74
1988–89
Ballymena3·810·412·494·03
Belfast2·740·732·427·41
Coleraine1·730·483·043·78
Craigavon2·470·513·705·20
Downpatrick3·631·343·845·82
Omagh1·220·864·415·71
1989–90
Ballymena2·840·463·813·72
Belfast7·520·833·787·60
Coleraine2·030·753·604·03
Craigavon1·780·914·455·08
Downpatrick2·321·265·195·62
Omagh3·970·775·466·00
1990–91
Ballymena2·650·364·273·93
Belfast5·990·973·707·79
Coleraine1·700·894·124·23
Craigavon2·370·895·245·45
Downpatrick3·650·756·025·34
Omagh4·560·556·356·30

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total length of (a) A category, (b) B

Department of the Environment (NI) roads service division
Class 1 (A category) KmsClass 2 (B category) KmsClass 3 (C category) KmsUnclassified Kms
Ballymena401·4446·8663·51,764·1
Belfast157·2122·0114·41,287·4
Coleraine374·9522·1550·31,832·8
Craigavon445·5564·71,030·33,034·5
Downpatrick419·3330·7597·81,822·5
Omagh525·0888·61,762·04,507·7

Rural Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total projected expenditure on (a) rural development division of the Department of Agriculture, (b) Rural Development Council for Northern Ireland, (c) interdepartmental committee on rural development and (d) other rural development initiatives in the financial years 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94 and 1994–95.

category, (iii) C category and (iv) unclassified roadways in each section of the Department of the Environment (NI) roads service in each of the last five years.

(c) C category and (d) unclassified roadways in each section of the Department of the Environment (NI) roads service.

Projected expenditure on the Government's rural development initiative is as follows:

Rural Development Division of the Department of Agriculture

The DANI Rural Development Division has been established progressively since February 1991. Running costs for the year to 31 March 1992 are estimated at £145,000. Projected running costs for 1992–93 are £263,000. Subject to pay and prices increases the running costs for subsequent years are projected at a similar level.

Northern Ireland Rural Development Council

The Northern Ireland rural development council was established on 31 July 1991. Expenditure by the council in 1991–92 is estimated at £396,000, including both running costs and assistance to community-based rural development groups. Financial allocations to the rural development council for 1992–93 and subsequent years have not yet been finalised pending the outcome of the council's deliberations on its strategic plan and budgetary requirements.

Inter-Departmental Committee on Rural Development

The costs of the committee have been absorbed within existing provision.

Other Rural Development Initiatives

  • 1990–91—£234,000, financed in part by the EC, was incurred on rural development pilot projects.
  • 1991–92—Expenditure on rural development projects is estimated at £248,000, financed in part by the EC.

Allocations for 1992–93 and subsequent years have not yet been finalised and will depend on, among other things, the outcome of the rural development council's strategy and budget discussions as well as the pattern of expenditure on the NI LEADER programme—for which £4 million is available from EC and national resources —and on any rural development projects under the community development measure of the EC INTERREG initiative.

Housing Executive (Replacement Grant)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give full details of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's replacement grant scheme.

I have been informed by the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which is responsible for the administration of the house renovation grants scheme, that details of the scheme are as follows.Replacement grants are available in respect of those dwellings where on technical and cost grounds, replacement is a more effective solution than improvement. The executive will decide through technical surveys of the dwelling and through value for money assessment —economic assessment—which dwellings will be suitable for a replacement option. In general, dwellings which are suitable subjects for improvement at reasonable costs will not be considered for replacement.Replacement will predominantly be aimed at rural properties which are considered necessary and viable to meet the housing requirements of the rural population. Such dwellings are likely to be occupied or have recently been occupied. Where vacant, the executive will have to be satisfied that replacement will be specifically required to meet the current housing needs of the applicants or members of his or her household as sole residence for the foreseeable future. Alternatively, such dwellings will be required to be available for letting.All new dwellings provided under this scheme will be required to meet standards set down by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the normal statutory approvals—planning, building control, etc.—will be required.The replacement grant will initially operate within the terms of the existing improvement grants legislation, and grant will be limited to the maximum grants applicable to the current improvement grants scheme.The details are as follows:

  • 1. £9,450 at the 75 per cent. grants level.
  • 2. £11,340 at the 90 per cent. (financial hardship) grants level.
  • In cases where the higher eligible expense level applies for the first time, service provision in excess of £1,500 the maximum grant levels will be increased as follows:

  • 1. £12,450 (75 per cent.)
  • 2. £14,940 (90 per cent.)
  • To qualify as being in financial hardship, applicants must be receiving housing benefit or rate rebate, income support or family credit continually for at least six months before making a formal application for grant or before the executive gives formal grant approval.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when decisions will be issued in respect of applications for replacement grants submitted in the past six months.

    I have been informed by the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which is responsible for the administration of the house renovation grants scheme, that no formal applications for replacement grants have been submitted in the past six months. I am also informed that to date the executive has only received preliminary inquiries and that decisions on these will be issued in individual cases where replacement is determined to be the appropriate course of action. Formal applications supported by the required documentation will then have to be submitted for processing and approval.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many applications for replacement grants have been received by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; and in how many cases a decision has been issued;(2) how many replacement grants have been awarded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

    I have been informed by the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which is responsible for the administration of the house renovation grants scheme, that no completed formal applications have yet been received and as a result no replacement grants have yet been awarded.

    Water Charges

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for a reduction in water charges were received by the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) in each year since 1985, in each water board area; and in how many cases reductions were agreed.

    Information on the number of requests for a reduction in water charges is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.The numbers of reductions granted are as follows:

    Financial YearDivision
    NorthSouthEastWestTotal
    1985–8611721085225637
    1986–87267262132232893
    1987–88254227116199796
    1988–89214177133150674
    1989–90199227126172724
    1990–91115122112126475
    11991–92196246112180734
    TOTAL1,3621,4718161,2844,933

    1 To 31 January 1992.

    Police Traffic Operations

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) police traffic officers and (b) civilians working in police traffic departments there were in each year since 1981.

    [holding answer 14 February 1992]: The information requested is as follows:

    YearPolice OfficersCivilians
    198134623
    198235123
    198336523
    198435325
    198539527
    198636333
    198736133
    198831631
    Reckless drivingFailing to stop at pelican and zebra crossingSpeedingBreach of traffic signDrink, driving offences
    1981
    Proceeded against4094,8835323,165
    Convicted3774,8405173,108
    1982
    Proceeded against4113,8415283,071
    Convicted3633,8345122,997
    1983
    Proceeded against4233,4616863,315
    Convicted3863,4376643,228
    1984
    Proceeded against4545,0397492,971
    Convicted4185,0056592,913
    1985
    Proceeded against5005,2878733,143
    Convicted4685,2348403,083
    1986
    Proceeded against386nil4,7267413,042
    Convicted354nil4,6737222,985
    1987
    Proceeded against47817,2967803,060
    Convicted45617,2297582,989
    1988
    Proceeded against43158,3048302,818
    Convicted39258,1998012,750
    1989
    Proceeded against46937,3447222,499
    Convicted42037,2686882,432
    1990
    Proceeded against54287,4147992,796
    Convicted48087,3127522,705

    Notes:

    1. Prior to 1986, offences relating to pelican and zebra crossings are included in the figures for breach of traffic signs.

    2. Offences relating to bus lanes and traffic lights are included in the figures for breach of traffic signs.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of assault against (i) pedestrians, (ii) cyclists and (iii) other motorists, in each year since 1981.

    [holding answer 14 February 19921: The information requested is not available from existing records.

    Year

    Police Officers

    Civilians

    198930131
    199032030
    199131930

    Traffic Offences

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) reckless driving, (ii) illegal use of bus lanes, (iii) failure to accord precedence at zebra and pedestrain crossings, (iv) speeding, (v) failure to stop at a red or amber traffic light and (vi) drunken driving, in each year since 1981.

    [holding answer 14 February 1991]: The available information is set out in the table:

    Traffic Statistics

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cyclists have been (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents in each year since 1981.

    [holding answer 14 February 1992]: The available information is as follows:

    Year

    Cyclists injured

    Cyclists killed

    19812997
    19823689
    1983432154
    198448013
    198536510
    198631810
    198737412
    19883974
    19893669
    199038811

    Year

    Total killed

    Pedestrian adults killed on or near pedestrian crossings

    Pedestrian children killed on or near pedestrian crossings

    Total injured

    Pedestrian adults injured on or near pedestrian crossings

    pedestrian children injured on or near pedestrian crossings

    19812237,557
    19822167,923
    19831737,540
    19841898,561
    19851778,460
    19862361029,20615590
    19872141009,72212989
    19881788210,78917690
    19891814111,43015085
    19901852111,57614789

    Note: Prior to 1986 the numbers of pedestrian adults and children injured or killed on or near pedestrian crossings arc not separately identifiable.

    Attorney-General

    Mr Abdul Rauf

    To ask the Attorney-General whom the appellate authorities notified when an appeal by Mr. Abdul Rauf, TH/19383/89, against refusal to grant a visa to visit the United Kingdom was upheld; when the notification was sent; and if he will make a statement.

    The immigration appellate authorities (IAA) notified the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service at Leeds and the Home Office on 26 September 1990 of the adjudicator's decision to allow Mr. Abdul Rauf's appeal.The IAA's records indicate that the correct procedures were used to notify the parties of the outcome of this appeal.

    Mortgage Repossessions

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the numbers of mortgage repossession actions entered and orders made in the Coventry and Warwickshire area by county court division in each year since 1987.

    The table gives the total number of mortgage possession actions entered and orders made in the Coventry county court and each of the three county courts in Warwickshire for each year since 1987. These figures do not indicate how many houses have been repossessed through the courts as not all of the orders made will have resulted in the issue and execution of warrants of possession. At this stage the 1991 figures are provisional and therefore liable to revision in the future.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the annual figures for (i) road deaths and (ii) injuries for each year since 1981, including the number of (a) children and (b) adults who have been hit by cars on or near pedestrian crossings.

    [holding answer 14 February 1992]: The available information is set out in the table:

    Mortgage possession actions
    CourtYearActions enteredOrders made
    Coventry1987560385
    1988454536
    1989668500
    19901,213930
    199112411,328
    Warwick198717870
    1988172129
    1989228126
    1990310217
    1991332321
    Stratford-upon-Avon19876741
    19884330
    19897547
    199012268
    1991206143
    Nuneaton1987484353
    1988343220
    1989560327
    1990848708
    1991998772

    Admission Appeals

    To ask the Attorney-General how many applications against refusal of admission made in Dhaka are awaiting determination by the Immigration Appeal Tribunal in the United Kingdom.

    The information requested is not readily available because the Immigration Appeal Tribunal does not record the statistics sought by the hon. Member. In October 1991 there were 14 applications against refusal of admission made in Bangladesh awaiting determination by the appeal tribunal in the United Kingdom.

    Executive Agencies

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the quality of service performance indicators adopted by each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies since their establishment and separately identify those quality of service performance indicators already operative prior to agency status.

    The quality of service indicators operating in the Land Registry, the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none), are:

  • (a) speed of processing applications;
  • (b) accuracy of the work produced;
  • (c) number of complaints received.
  • Prior to becoming an agency, standards of service existed for the first two aspects but not in respect of the number of complaints received.

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the new forms of alternative working patterns introduced into each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies since their establishment and provide a break-down by grade of the numbers of staff taking up each new working pattern for each agency.

    The Land Registry, as the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none) provides a wide range of alternative working patterns which were all introduced before it became an executive agency.

    To ask the Attorney-General how much was spent on events and publicity surrounding the launch of each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies; and whether the cost was borne by the parent department or the new agency.

    The cost of events and publicity surrounding the launch of the Land Registry as an executive agency (the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department—the Law Officers' Departments have none) in July 1990 was £23,063. This included "open" days which enabled members of the public and others who use the registry's services to visit and see the work of the agency. The whole cost was met by the Land Registry.

    To ask the Attorney-General how many staff were in post on the date that each of the executive agencies in the Lord Chancellor's and Law Officers' Departments were established; and how many are in post now, in each case.

    The Land Registry, as the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none), became an executive agency on 2 July 1990, at which time there were 10,698 staff employed. The equivalent figure at 1 February 1992 was 9,637 staff.

    To ask the Attorney-General what is the maximum salary payable to the chief executive of each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies, including performance-related element, and the length of time of the chief executive's contract in each case.

    The current maximum salary payable to the chief executive of the Land Registry, the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none), including a performance-related element, is £66,100. The contract is for 3¼ years—1 January 1991 to 31 March 1994. It is renewable.

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list those new facilities for staff including nurseries and health care schemes which have been introduced in each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies since their establishment.

    Since becoming an executive agency in July 1990, the Land Registry, as the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none), has established or provided places in eight local holiday play schemes and two local nurseries. This is in addition to six pre-existing holiday play schemes. Six new ventures are currently being evaluated.Both before and after becoming an agency, the registry has pursued a range of health care measures, such as workplace policies on smoking, cervical cancer screening, and alcohol-related problems; giving publicity to national health campaigns; promoting healthy eating in staff restaurants; and providing awareness counselling and support through a readily accessible welfare service.

    To ask the Attorney-General what was the first degree obtained by the chief executive of each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies; and from which university or polytechnic it was awarded.

    The chief executive of the Land Registry, the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none) has not pursued a course of study which would lead to a university or polytechnic degree.

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies that operates a group bonus scheme and state the cash amount per person awarded in the last year for which figures were available and the conditions attached to its award.

    The Land Registry, as the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none), does not operate a group bonus scheme.

    To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the post, grade and maximum salary payable, including performance-related elements, in each case where appointments have been made to his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies at grade 7 or above, since their establishment.

    The following appointments at grade 7 level and above have been made to the Land Registry since becoming an executive agency in July 1990 (the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department—the Law Officers' Departments have none):

    PostGradeNumberMaximum pay £
    Chief Land Registrar (Chief Executive)2166,100
    Solicitor to Land Registry3157,000
    Director of Finance5147,921

    Post

    Grade

    Number

    Maximum Pay £

    Land Registrars5153,740
    Deputy Establishment Officer6142,724
    Controller of Operational Development6142,724
    Head of Development Computer Services6141,120
    Area Managers6441,120
    Senior Assistant Land Registrars6446,122
    Office Manager York7133,175
    Head of Personnel Division 17134,667
    Head of Internal Audit7134,667
    Principal, Legal Practice7134,667
    Management Accountant7134,667
    Finance Officer7134,667
    Deputy Area Managers7733,175
    Computer Services Divisional Managers7233,175
    Assistant Land Registrars71937,755

    Most of the appointments have been occasioned by retirements and the effect of two restructuring exercises, one based on a Treasury staff inspection report and the other on a review by management consultants.

    To ask the Attorney-General when the last annual report for each of his and the Lord Chancellor's Departments executive agencies were published; and when the next ones are due.

    The annual report for 1990–91 of the Land Registry, the only executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department (the Law Officers' Departments have none) was published in October 1991. The report for 1991–92 is expected to be available in August of this year.

    Legal Aid

    To ask the Attorney-General whether he has any plans to amend the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulation 1989 to enable charitable or voluntary organisations which are subject to the special limitations imposed by rule 3 of the solicitors' practice rules to obtain payments on account from the Legal Aid Board; and if he will make a statement.

    The Lord Chancellor has no proposals to amend the Legal Aid Regulations with regard to payments to charitable or voluntary organisations. Any solicitor acting for an assisted person under a legal aid certificate is entitled to apply for payments on account in accordance with the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989.

    Health

    Hospital And Community Health Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give for the northern region and its constituent areas and districts, for each year from 1978–79 onwards, current expenditure on the hospital and community health services (a) in cash terms and (b) adjusted for NHS pay and prices.

    Tables I and II show the information requested for the northern region.Both tables show expenditure in cash and in input volume terms. Changes in input volumes are, however, an inadequate guide to the level of service the NHS can be expected to achieve, since they do not reflect the continuing success of the NHS in increasing the efficiency with which it uses its resources. The third column of each table therefore shows the relevant expenditure figures in real terms, ie adjusted by the GDP deflator.

    Table 1
    Northern region—revenue expenditure on hospital and community health services (HCHS)
    1978–79
    cash £000input volume terms £000real terms £000
    Northern RHA9,58329,37124,295
    Cleveland46,448142,362117,759
    Cumbria36,569112,08592,714
    Durham46,474142,443117,826
    Northumberland26,51181,25667,213
    Gateshead13,45741,24634,118
    Newcastle on Tyne53,699164,586136,142
    North Tyneside9,02927,67422,891
    South Tyneside9,43428,91723,919
    Sunderland26,20280,31066,431
    Northern Region Total277,406850,250703,308
    1979–80
    cash £000input volume terms £000real terms £000
    £000£000£000
    Northern RHA12,36331,45226,864
    Cleveland57,350145,899124,616
    Cumbria43,755111,31295,075
    Durham56,071142,645121,837
    Northumberland31,81980,94969,140
    Gateshead16,43641,81235,713
    Newcastle on Tyne66,041168,008143,500
    North Tyneside10,96527,89523,826
    South Tyneside11,30728,76624,570
    Sunderland31,88981,12569,291
    Northern Region Total337,996859,863734,433
    1980–81
    cash £000input volume terms £000real terms £000
    Northern RHA15,51930,83528,497
    Cleveland74,296147,627136,430
    Cumbria57,163113,582104,968
    Durham73,147145,343134,320
    Northumberland41,05581,57675,389
    Gateshead21,17342,07238,881

    1980–81

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Newcastle upon Tyne84,200167,305154,616
    North Tyneside14,20928,23426,093
    South Tyneside14,81429,43527,202
    Sunderland41,44982,35976,113
    Northern Region Total437,025868,368802,508

    1981–82

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA17,04231,30728,537
    Cleveland81,897150,446137,137
    Cumbria62,835115,429105,218
    Durham80,908148,627135,480
    Northumberland45,50383,58876,194
    Gateshead23,26342,73538,954
    Newcastle upon Tyne94,708173,978158,588
    North Tyneside15,74828,92926,370
    South Tyneside16,29329,93027,282
    Sunderland44,47381,69674,469
    Northern Region Total482,670886,665808,231

    Table

    II Northern Region—revenue expenditure on hospital and community health services (HCHS)

    1982–83

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA18,69432,24729,222
    Hartlepool14,03824,21621,945
    North Tees22,65839,08535,419
    South Tees53,15091,68483,084
    East Cumbria29,14350,27245,557
    South Cumbria19,30133,29530,172
    West Cumbria19,04832,85829,776
    Darlington22,74639,23735,557
    Durham26,54045,78241,488
    North West Durham13,55223,37821,185
    South West Durham24,00141,40137,518
    Northumberland48,67783,96876,092
    Gateshead24,97343,07839,038
    Newcastle101,394174,905158,499
    North Tyneside16,98429,29826,550
    South Tyneside17,99931,04928,136
    Sunderland47,93882,69474,937
    Northern Region Total520,838898,446814,174

    1983–84

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    £000

    £000

    £000

    Northern RHA19,86132,59129,672
    Hartlepool14,67924,08921,931
    North Tees24,31039,89336,319
    South Tees55,87991,69883,483
    East Cumbria30,84250,61146,077
    South Cumbria20,70333,97430,930
    West Cumbria20,54433,71330,693
    Darlington24,03839,44635,913
    Durham27,33844,86140,843
    North West Durham14,18023,26921,185
    South West Durham25,93842,56538,752

    1983–84

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northumberland51,77184,95677,345
    Gateshead26,49543,47839,584
    Newcastle108,216177,583161,675
    North Tyneside18,70830,70027,950
    South Tyneside19,06131,27928,477
    Sunderland51,43284,40076,840
    Northern Region Total553,996909,107827,670

    1984–85

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA20,83432,31329,644
    Hartlepool15,67924,31822,309
    North Tees25,45139,47436,214
    South Tees58,14190,17782,729
    East Cumbria32,46050,34646,188
    South Cumbria22,89435,50932,576
    West Cumbria21,68233,62930,852
    Darlington25,62539,74536,462
    Durham28,83444,72141,028
    North West Durham15,01823,29321,369
    South West Durham27,58442,78339,249
    Northumberland55,16885,56678,499
    Gateshead28,30843,90640,280
    Newcastle114,164177,068162,444
    North Tyneside20,96132,51129,826
    South Tyneside20,04831,09528,527
    Sunderland54,00083,75576,837
    Northern Region Total586,852910,207835,031

    1985–86

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA22,43233,06430,249
    Hartlepool16,98025,02922,898
    North Tees26,75139,43036,073
    South Tees60,69389,46181,844
    East Cumbria34,28250,53246,229
    South Cumbria24,43336,01532,948
    West Cumbria22,99833,89931,013
    Darlington26,77139,46036,101
    Durham29,99944,21840,453
    North West Durham15,71323,16121,189
    South West Durham29,20943,05439,388
    Northumberland57,89385,33478,068
    Gateshead29,79543,91840,179
    Newcastle121,728179,427164,150
    North Tyneside21,95032,35429,600
    South Tyneside20,87930,77628,155
    Sunderland57,58084,87377,647
    Northern Region Total620,085914,005836,184

    1986–87

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    £000

    £000

    £000

    Northern RHA22,73531,35229,681
    Hartlepool18,39125,36124,009
    North Tees28,89039,84037,716
    South Tees65,96390,96386,115
    East Cumbria37,27051,39648,656
    South Cumbria26,34836,33434,397

    1986–87

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    £000

    £000

    £000

    West Cumbria24,49233,77531,975
    Darlington28,98339,96837,838
    Durham32,34444,60242,225
    North West Durham16,77623,13421,901
    South West Durham31,23043,06640,770
    Northumberland61,54684,87280,348
    Gateshead32,43444,72742,343
    Newcastle129,754178,931169,394
    North Tyneside23,79232,80931,060
    South Tyneside22,51931,05429,399
    Sunderland61,19784,39179,893
    Northern Region Total664,666916,574867,721

    1987–88

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    £000

    £000

    £000

    Northern RHA20,97826,66325,973
    Hartlepool20,88826,54925,862
    North Tees31,89540,53839,489
    South Tees73,20393,04090,632
    East Cumbria40,71951,75450,414
    South Cumbria29,12037,01136,053
    West Cumbria26,75334,00433,123
    Darlington31,4 1839,93238,899
    Durham35,00544,49143,340
    North West Durham18,58523,62123,010
    South West Durham34,22443,49942,373
    Northumberland66,23984,19082,011
    Gateshead34,78944,21643,072
    Newcastle145,364184,758179,976
    North Tyneside25,92232,94732,094
    South Tyneside25,14731,96231,135
    Sunderland66,17684,10981,932
    Northern Region Total726,424923,285899,386

    1988–89

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA22,45525,82325,940
    Hartlepool23,52927,05927,181
    North Tees34,30439,45039,628
    South Tees81,91594,20294,628
    East Cumbria45,16751,94252,177
    South Cumbria31,97836,77436,941
    West Cumbria29,43433,84934,003
    Darlington34,59539,78539,964
    Durham37,82743,50143,698
    North West Durham20,94624,08824,197
    South West Durham38,06943,78043,978
    Northumberland73,10784,07284,453
    Gateshead37,73743,39843,594
    Newcastle160,885185,018185,855
    North Tyneside29,40933,82033,973
    South Tyneside27,74531,90732,051
    Sunderland73,55984,59384,976
    Northern Region Total802,662923,061927,235

    1989–90

    cash £000

    input volume terms £000

    real terms £000

    Northern RHA25,81327,72428,002
    Hartlepool26,85828,84629,136
    North Tees37,47240,24540,649
    South Tees86,05992,42893,357
    East Cumbria47,77251,30751,823
    South Cumbria35,09037,68738,066
    West Cumbria31,50633,83834,178
    Darlington37,28540,04540,447
    Durham37,98140,79141,201
    North West Durham22,49624,16124,404
    South West Durham40,33743,32243,758
    Northumberland77,98983,76084,602
    Gateshead40,49643,49243,930
    Newcastle173,702186,556188,432
    North Tyneside31,90634,26734,611
    South Tyneside30,09832,32532,650
    Sunderland79,54385,42986,288
    Northern Region Total862,403926,221935,535

    1990–91

    Cash £000

    Northern regional health authority27,479
    Hartlepool28,589
    North Tees39,248
    South Tees93,727
    East Cumbria52,050
    South Cumbria38,647
    West Cumbria33,314
    Darlington39,145
    Durham40,698
    North West Durham23,812
    South West Durham43,169
    Northumberland82,563
    Gateshead44,040
    Newcastle190,898
    North Tyneside34,800
    South Tyneside33,384
    Sunderland85,835
    NORTHERN REGION TOTAL931,400

    Notes to the tables:

    1. Expenditure on the HCHS covers services directly managed and/or accounted for by the health authorities (at the relevant time) including hospital, community health, patient transport (i.e. ambulance), blood transfusion and other services.

    2. The figures are derived from the annual accounts of the regional health authority (RHA) and the area health authorities (district health authorities from 1 April 1982) comprising the Northern region. 1990–91 figures are as yet subject to audit.

    3. The volume input terms column of each table shows the cash figures for the relevant year expressed at 1990–91 prices after adjustment by the HCHS pay and prices index.

    4. The real terms column of each table shows the cash figures for the relevant year expressed in 1990–91 prices after adjustment by the GDP deflator.

    District Nurses

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of whole-time equivalent district nurses employed by each regional health authority in England in 1976, 1981, 1986 and 1991; and if he will list the number of people aged (a) 65 to 74 years, (b) 75 to 84 years and (c) 85 years and above in each of those regional health authorities in each of those years.

    The information requested is shown in the tables. Information has been provided for 1990, the latest available year.

    National health service district nurses as at 30 September each year England by regional health authorities1 2
    Whole-time equivalent3
    Region419764198119861990
    Northern RHA9301,0401,1601,160
    Yorkshire RHA9001,1001,1101,170
    Trent RHA1,2301,3901,5201,610
    East Anglia RHA430550590560
    North West Thames RHA8409009901,080
    North East Thames RHA8509901,0101,180
    South East Thames RHA1,0201,2401,2401,210
    South West Thames RHA870970970970
    Wessex RHA630800910900
    Oxford RHA600740690700
    South Western RHA7409309701,050
    West Midlands RHA1,2701,6001,5701,610
    Mersey RHA650760800830
    North Western RHA1,3001,5301,6401,730
    London Post Graduate Special Health Authorities20
    England Total12,27014,52015,19015,740
    Source: Department of Health (SM13) Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower.
    Notes:
    1 Excludes senior nurses grade 1 to 8 and district nurse students. Includes district nurses, district nurse practical work teachers, registered and enrolled nurses assisting district nurses, dual posts (DN/MID) and bank district nurses.
    2 District nurses are defined by occupation code, not by payscale, and the former is known to be less accurate than the latter. Apparent changes in the figures can be due to changes in coding accuracy by health authorities rather than actual changes in numbers of district nurses.
    3 All figures are independently rounded to the nearest ten (10) whole-time equivalent.
    4 Not adjusted for the reduction in nurses working hours during 1980–81. (From 40 to 37·5 per week).
    Estimated resident population at mid 1976 by specific age groups
    RegionsAges 65 to 74Ages 75 to 84Ages 85 +
    Northern280,900124,60026,500
    Yorkshire335,500153,90035,000
    Trent403,800180,20039,400
    East Anglia174,00082,00019,200
    North West Thames290,200130,10032,200
    North East Thames345,900161,00039,400
    South East Thames369,400183,60046,200
    South West Thames287,700142,70035,000
    Wessex263,400127,20030,800
    Oxford169,30077,60019,800
    South Western317,400152,40036,500
    West Midlands426,300183,00039,800
    Mersey214,80095,90022,400
    North Western395,100177,50036,900
    England Total of above4,273,7001,971,700459,100
    Estimated resident population at mid 1981 by specific age groups
    RegionsAges 65–74Ages 75–84Ages 85
    Northern280,600141,40028,700
    Yorkshire336,200175,90038,300
    Trent417,500208,20044,400
    East Anglia186,40095,80022,300
    North West Thames295,800148,50035,100
    North East Thames343,900177,90041,400
    South East Thames365,700201,70050,000
    South West Thames290,600160,60041,200
    Wessex277,100148,90035,900

    Regions

    Ages 65–74

    Ages 75–84

    Ages 85+

    Oxford179,60091,30022,100
    South Western324,900175,80041,800
    West Midlands444,700215,00044,400
    Mersey218,000109,10024,200
    North Western385,900199,40041,500
    England Total of above4,346,9002,249,500511,300

    Estimated resident population at mid 1986 by specific age groups

    Regions

    Ages 65–74

    Ages 75–84

    Ages 85+

    Northern275,850153,97234,078
    Yorkshire318,712190,98345,814
    Trent409,487234,72052,845
    East Anglia184,677111,16626,778
    North West Thames280,787167,87841,446
    North East Thames324,917196,49649,125
    South East Thames345,563219,13957,300
    South West Thames271,871176,38747,134
    Wessex272,400169,71643,431
    Oxford183,335105,31725,674
    South Western316,377197,86450,795
    West Midlands443,004244,49252,874
    Mersey208,230120,16928,093
    North Western355,377212,74047,896
    England Total of above4,190,5872,501,039603,283

    Estimated resident population at mid 1990 by specific age groups

    Regions

    Ages 65–74

    Ages 75–84

    Ages 85+

    Northern277,958161,84642,403
    Yorkshire318,247197,92556,402
    Trent413,706250,06666,169
    East Anglia192,253120,29933,157
    North West Thames274,194175,42351,287
    North East Thames315,389203,59660,283
    South East Thames337,186224,07367,441
    South West Thames265,750181,37855,349
    Wessex276,733180,54052,715
    Oxford193,123115,63030,965
    South Western319,189209,10862,499
    West Midlands450,453263,64667,158
    Mersey207,747125,35834,691
    North Western345,647215,79259,017
    England Total of above4,187,5752,624,680739,536

    Fresh Fruit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 February, Official Report, column 275, if he will specify the various considerations that led the 1989 Committee on Medical Aspects of Food panel on dietary sugars and human disease to classify fresh fruit, as eaten by humans, as intrinsic sugars.

    The panel found that the physical location of sugars influences their availability for bacterial metabolism in the mouth and the readiness with which they are absorbed after ingestion. For that reason they considered it would be helpful to distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic sugars. They defined intrinsic sugars as being those which form an integral part of certain unprocessed foodstuffs, and which are enclosed in the cell of the food. The sugars present naturally in fresh fruit and vegetables (mainly fructose, glucose and sucrose) fall within that definition.

    Tobacco Advertising

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health what position he will adopt concerning the proposed ban on tobacco advertising throughout the European Community when it comes before the Council of Ministers in May; in reaching his decision, what weight he will attach to the opinion of the European Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

    We have noted the opinion of the European Parliament. When the proposal comes to the Health Council, the Government will maintain their position that the proposed directive is unnecessary for the completion of the single market.

    Waiting Lists

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department collects individual case histories of patients who have been waiting for over two years.

    Child Care

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to apply the Disqualification for Caring for Children Regulations 1991 to the local authority sector.

    We have no intention of doing so. Although the Disqualification for Caring for Children Regulations do not apply to the local authority sector, volume 8 of the Children Act regulations and guidance series advises that local authorities should have regard to the regulations when considering the appointment of staff to any children's services run by the local authority, and when assessing people's suitability to work as childminders or foster parents employed by a local authority.In addition, volumes 2—"Family Support, Day Care and Educational Provision for Young Children", 3—"Family Placements" and 4—"Residential Care" in the Children Act series contain clear guidance on the requirement for local authorities to undertake a thorough assessment of the suitability of people who wish to work with children in any service run by the local authority. Compliance will ensure that equivalent measures exist for safeguarding the welfare of children cared for in the local authority sector as those in the private and voluntary sectors.

    General Whitley Council

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about his decision to revoke the appeals procedure for national health service employees, General Whitley Council, section 32.

    I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood) on 19 February at columns 206–7.

    National Health Service Expenditure

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish table 3 of Cm 1913 adjusted for input unit costs.

    [pursuant to his reply, 18 February 1992 112–14.]: I regret that there was an error in the table. The last two columns of the table were incorrectly calculated. A revised table is as follows.

    Expenditure figures as they appear in table 3 of Cm 1913 adjusted for changes in input costs and by the GDP deflator (all at 1990–91 prices)
    £ million
    1986–871987–881988–891989–901990–911991–921992–93
    NHS hospital, community health, family health (cash limited) and related services
    Current expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross14,97715,25115,31115,32916,08111
    Net14,54014,81814,87614,87315,59011
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross14,17814,85715,37715,48316,08117,40518,380
    Net13,76414,43414,94015,02215,59016,95017,967
    Capital expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross1,4231,4251,4501,5911,55511
    Net1,2211,1661,1101,3321,37711
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross1,3721,3691,3761,5481,5551,5361,368
    Net1,1781,1211,0541,2961,3771,3381,189
    NHS family health services (non cash limited) current/total expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross5,1465,3235,4895,4705,30411
    Net4,5934,7634,8914,8074,69011
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross4,7404,9765,2615,2195,3045,2935,524
    Net4,2314,4524,6884,5874,6904,6734,888
    Total health services
    Current expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross20,77721,22321,40021,43622,0111
    Net19,77420,21820,36420,31720,8811
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross19,52420,44621,21621,31422,01723,41424,641
    Net18,58119,47720,18920,20120,88922,31023,559
    Capital expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross1,4741,4541,4871,6211,60311
    Net1,2731,1931,1211,3611,42511
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross1,4221,3981,4111,5771,6031,6861,529
    Net1,2271,1471,0641,3251,4251,4231,350
    Total expenditure
    Adjusted for change in input unit cost
    Gross22,27122,69622,90823,06423,6211
    Net21,06121,42921,51721,68822,31411
    Adjusted by the GDP deflator
    Gross20,94521,84322,62822,89123,62025,10026,170
    Net19,80820,62421,25321,52622,31423,73424,909
    1 Estimates are not made for changes in input unit cost until the financial year has ended.

    Environment

    Fair Rents

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to ensure that fair rents for regulated tenants in private properties are based on the same valuation as that made for council tax.

    None. Fair rents are not based on the capital values of property with vacant possession, but are determined according to the rules set out in section 70 of the Rent Act 1977. The valuation bands to be used for council tax purposes are not suitable for setting rents. We have no plans to change the way in which fair rents are set for regulated tenancies.

    Planning Advice

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now bring forward regulations under section 150 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to enable local authorities to recover their costs in providing pre-planning application advice and other related services.

    The Department encourages local authorities to discuss development proposals with applicants before a planning application is submitted. The implications of the recent judgment of the House of Lords that local authorities may not charge for this service are being studied.

    Ozone Layer

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps the Government are proposing to take to ensure the eradication of the production of ozone-depleting chemicals at the earliest possible date; and if he will make a statement.

    The Government are committed to phasing out CFCs, halons, carbon tetrachloride and methyl chloroform within the United Kingdom by the end of 1995 at the latest. Both United Kingdom producers will cease production of these substances no later than that date. Last week, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment wrote to the president of the EC Environment Council, urging the Community to adopt the strongest possible position in the negotiations towards the revision of the Montreal protocol, which will begin in April.

    Development Plans

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to replace the Town and Country Planning (Development Plans) (England) Direction 1981; and if he will make a statement.

    We have today sent to all local planning authorities in England a copy of the Town and Country Planning Development Plans (England) Direction 1992 which comes into effect on 28 February. This replaces the 1981 direction.The new direction will require authorities to advertise in a local newspaper all applications not in accordance with the development plan and which they do not propose to refuse. This gives the local community the opportunity to comment on and object to such applications; and to ask my right hon. Friend to call them in.Authorities must also report to my right hon. Friend all such applications which are for major development or which otherwise threaten important policies in the plan. This will enable my right hon. Friend to be aware of significant divergences from the development plan and to consider whether he wishes to call in such applications for his determination. It remains his policy that in general applications will be called in only where planning issues of more than local importance are involved.My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is issuing a similar direction to Welsh local planning authorities.

    Trade And Industry

    Defence Sales

    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now make it his practice to provide information about the levels of Export Credits Guarantee Department insurance cover for individual overseas defence sales.

    No. It has been the policy of successive Governments not to publish details of ECGD cover for individual sales contracts unless all the commercial parties agree.

    Advanced Technology Programme

    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on what plans he has to announce any further assistance under the advanced technology programme.

    Yes. I have approved a £15 million collaborative research advanced technology programme for tracked-transport systems aimed at stimulating R and D expenditure to the end of the century.This initiative will help United Kingdom firms to gain a greater share of new opportunities in tracked-transport arising out of increasing public concern for the environment and recent advances in new technology.There will be close co-operation between my Department and the Department of Transport and the programme will be fully in line with the priority given to the railways by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport in his statement on 28 May 1991.The opening of the channel fixed link and the completion of the single European market including the move to freer public purchasing will present further opportunities.

    Hong Kong (Visit)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, on his visit to Hong Kong in November 1989, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Gosport (Mr. Viggers), took part in party political activities in addition to official duties.

    [holding answer 13 February 1992]: I understand that the hon. Member for Gosport (Mr. Viggers) did not visit Hong Kong in November 1989.

    Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

    Julie Ward

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with the Attorney General of Kenya during his visit to London the matter of Julie Ward's killing in that country.

    Two Kenyan rangers have been accused of the murder of Julie Ward, and the case is currently sub-judice. It would not therefore be appropriate to raise any substantive points about the case at this stage. The high commission is in touch with the Attorney-General's office in Nairobi about the arrangements for the trial, which we shall be following with the closest attention.

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