Written Answers To Questions
Tuesday 10 March 1992
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the letter from the Minister for Overseas Development of 18 February to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, what is the outcome of the inquiries by the British embassy in Paris about injury to the rain forest in French Guyana.
[holding answer 2 March 1992]: The French Ministry of the Environment has confirmed that the hydro-electric project at Petit Saut referred to in the New Scientist of 25 January 1992 has over some 10 years been the subject of extensive study, including a public inquiry, which looked at all the possible options for power generation. There had been a full environmental impact assessment undertaken on the project in which the Ministry of Environment had participated. The conclusion was that a hydro-electric dam was the best option. The scheme is intended to meet not only the electricity needs of the launch-site at Kourou, but also the wider need for electricity throughout French Guyana. I am writing to the hon. Member with further details provided by French officials.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) on how many days consultants have been paid, or are expected to be paid, more than £1,000 per day in total payments for operations designed to reduce waiting lists in Gwent during the current financial year;(2) what is his estimate of the current weekly cost to the national health service of operations being undertaken on their behalf by the BUPA hospital at Pentwyn, near Newport.
Operational information of this kind is not held centrally. It is for district health authorities as commissioners of care to decide on and account for the benefits and costs of any health gain investment, including consultant fees and contracts with private sector health care providers.
Assisted Area Status, Monmouth
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the names of those people who met him regarding assisted area status for Monmouth on 2 March; and if he will provide details of the bodies that they represent.
On 2 March, I met Cllr. W. J. Parker, Cllr. W. G. A. Hathaway, Cllr. J. Lewis and Mr. J. Martin representing Monmouth borough council County Cllr. C. White, Mr. P. Smith, town clerk of Monmouth town council and Mr. Roger Evans.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he proposes to announce his decision on assisted area status for the Monmouth travel-to-work area.
I am presently considering the issues put to me by local representatives at a meeting on 2 March and shall be responding in due course.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the number of operations carried out in Wales in 1978–79 and at the latest available date for (a) hip replacements, (b) cataracts and (c) open heart surgery.
The information on hipH-Sreplacements and cataracts is given for 1978, 1979 and 1989 (the latest available year) in the following table:
|Principal operations in National Health Service hospitals in Wales1|
|1 Figures may understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clinical details relating to patient discharge and deaths.|
|2 Includes replacement of head of femur for 1989.|
Source: Hospital Activity Analysis.
Information available centrally prior to 1980 on open heart operations is derived from "Hospital Activity Analysis" and is likely to understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clinical details relating to patient discharges and deaths. It is not directly comparable to later information. The numbers of open heart operations reported to have been carried out in national health service hospitals in Wales in 1978 and 1979 were 185 and 161 respectively. The latest available data, however, is provided by the centrally funded, regional cardiac centre at the University hospital of Wales and shows that the following number of operations were undertaken in 1991 and up to 29 February 1992.
1 As at 29 February.
2 Opened June 1991.
Hospitals (Car Parking)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the hospitals in Wales which impose car parking charges.
This is a matter for individual district health authorities and this information is not held centrally.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the numbers of confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in each county in Wales in 1992, to the latest available date.
The numbers of confirmed cases of BSE in each county in Wales during 1992 to 28 February are shown in the table:
|County||Number of confirmed cases|
Vehicle Watch Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the operation of the vehicle watch Wales scheme in Gwent.
None. Vehicle watch is a police initiative and it is for the Gwent constabulary to assess its effectiveness in Gwent.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has to fund the vehicle watch Wales scheme; and if he will make a statement.
I have received representations from the Gwent police authority about the funding of vehicle watch and these are presently under consideration.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received regarding the implications of the MacSharry proposals for dairy farmers in Monmouthshire; and if he will make a statement.
I have received a number of representations from industry bodies in Wales and individual farmers, including some dairy producers from Monmouthshire, on the implications for the industry of the EC reform proposals.
Senior Citizens (Security)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has to ensure that senior citizens are provided with access to suitable home security equipment to ensure the security of their homes and allay fears of crime.
Assistance for installing home security equipment for senior citizens is already being provided under specific crime prevention initiatives; as part of wider measures to improve conditions for the elderly; and as part of the action being undertaken to renovate dwellings.Proposals for improving household security are eligible for consideration as crime prevention measures under the urban programme; any local authority in Wales may submit a bid. Projects that have received support recently include the "Cardiff Safe and Secure" initiative, and improvements to the security of the communal areas of flats on the Sandfields estate in Port Talbot. Funds made available to victim support schemes have also on occasion been used to improve household security. In undertaking such projects the needs of elderly people, especially those living alone, attract high priority. Under the Welsh Office elderly initiative scheme some £315,000 is being made available over a three-year period to support a project in Mid Glamorgan that is designed to improve the safety and well-being of senior citizens living in their own homes. In addition to providing improved door and window locks, and door viewers, the project entails the provision of advice to the elderly on how to deal with bogus officials and confidence tricksters.Within the renovation grant arrangements those over 60 who receive income related benefits may be able to get help with home security installations in the form of minor works assistance.
Crime Prevention Panels
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement regarding the funding of crime prevention panels in Wales.
Crime prevention panels are an excellent means by which local communities can become involved through voluntary activity in the fight against crime. They are encouraged to be self-sufficient and to seek local funding arrangements. Many crime prevention panels obtain private sponsorship from local businesses. Possible sources of funding will vary from area to area. Crime Concern has published a booklet entitled "Attracting Business Sponsorship" which provides detailed advice for panels on how to obtain sponsorship for crime prevention projects. Some panels have been successful in obtaining charity status and any panels wishing to do this can contact the Charity Commission who will advise them on the necessary procedures.Although central funding is not made available to support the panels themselves, individual projects that they propose may be eligible for consideration for support under the urban programme, provided that the bids are sponsored by the appropriate local authority.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the revenue allocation to the Kettering regional health authority for (a) 1982–83 and (b) 1992–93 expressed in (i) absolute terms and (ii) 1992–93 prices.
Information about the funds allocated by regional health authorities to district health authorities is not held centrally. My hon. Friend may wish to contact Dr. Stuart Burgess, the chairman of Oxford regional health authority, for details.
Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses are employed by Mid Cheshire hospitals trust; and what was the number previously employed by the health authority responsible for staffing the equivalent hospitals.
This information is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. Richard F. Lawrence, the chairman of the Mid Cheshire hospitals trust for current nursing levels, and Sir Donald Wilson, the chairman of the Mersey regional health authority, who may be able to provide the historical data.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the cost per hour of consultants employed by Mid Cheshire hospitals trust; how many patients they see on average in one week's clinics; and what time is normally taken by consultants to visit NHS patients outside the hospital.
This information is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. Richard F. Lawrence, the chairman of the Mid Cheshire hospitals NHS trust, for details.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give the average cost of collection per litre of blood from (a) recovered plasma and (b) plasmapheresis for each regional transfusion centre of the National Blood Transfusion Service.
Information on the regional cost of collecting plasma is not held centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give details of (a) the consideration given by his Department to the report by management consultants commissioned by the Committee for the Retention of Newmarket Hospital, before his recent decision on the future of the hospital and (b) the consultations between the regional health authority and the Committee for the Retention of Newmarket Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
On 10 February 1992 I announced our decision to accept certain proposals put forward by West Suffolk health authority on the future of Newmarket hospital, subject to the health authority agreeing to undertake a further examination of the scope for provision of day surgery, minor accident and maternity services in the new hospital proposed for Newmarket.In reaching this decision full consideration was given to the report commissioned by the Committee for the Retention of Newmarket Hospital. Several issues were thoroughly analysed including patient safety, medical staffing, size of catchment area, patient activity levels and effective use of resources.The Committee for the Retention of Newmarket Hospital met East Anglian regional health authority members on 24 April 1991 to present their proposals for the future of the hospital. Additionally, the region's finance manager met the committee's management consultants, J. J. Thompson and Partners, on 29 October 1991 to go through their report.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances contact lenses can be obtained under the national health service.
All general opthalmic services patients may put any optical voucher to which they are entitled towards the cost of contact lenses. Under the hospital eye service patients who require contact lenses for clinical reasons will, if they are entitled to an optical voucher, get the lenses free; other patients can take advantage of the maximum charging arrangements.
Strategy And Objectives
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to publish the goal strategy and objectives in the national health service management executive and the Department of Health priorities and key challenges for 1992–93 and beyond.
I have agreed a statement of the aims, goals and priorities for my Department for 1992–93 and the following three years. It covers the whole range of the Department's work relating to health services, health promotion, public health, social services, EC and other international issues, and internal management. It includes our specific priorities for the NHS management executive, which are taken forward in more detail in the management executive's statement, "The Goal and Strategies of the Chief Executive and the Management Executive of the NHS and their Objectives for 1992–93", approved by the NHS policy board. Copies of both statements have been placed in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support trust hospitals give to post-registration nurse education.
Post-registration training which is designed to provide nurses and midwives with specific professional skills is to be funded from a separate and protected budget held at regional level. Employers are expected to bear the cost of other post-registration nurse education and training because they are in the best position to determine need. Trusts are expected to play their full part in training the staff they employ, in the same way as other employers.
Mental Handicap Hospitals
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the mental handicap hospitals planned for closure over the next five years and the district health authority in which each is situated.
This is a matter for regional and district health authorities and the hospitals themselves. Government policies on the treatment of people with learning disabilities in the community are well known and understood.
Sight Test Fees
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what would be the gross cost of abolishing sight test fees for all people over 60 years old.
NHS sight tests are already free to approximately 40 per cent. of the population, including those pensioners who qualify on medical or income grounds. The estimated additional cost at 1991–92 prices of extending eligibility to all those aged 60 and over would be between £30 million and £35 million in a full year.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated privately under the waiting list initiative from (a) Leeds united hospital trust and (b) the Bradford hospitals NHS trust.
This information is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. Anthony Clegg, the chairman of the United Leeds hospitals trust and Mr. Rodney Walker, the chairman of the Bradford hospitals NHS trust, for details.
National Health Service Expenditure
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total level of expenditure on pay for general and senior managers in each year since 1985.
[holding answer 18 February 1992]: The grades of general and senior managers were introduced as part of the new arrangements recommended by the Griffiths report in 1983. The cost of staff employed in general management grades is shown in the table:
|England (HCHS) General managers|
|£ million (cash)|
|Regional/District general managers||Unit/other general managers|
|Vaccination and immunisation (2 year uptake2)|
|Year||Diphtheria||Tetanus||Pertussis||Polio||Measles||1Mumps and Rubella|
|Source: SBL 607.KC51. DH Statistics and Management Information (SMI2B), March 1992.|
|1 Data was not collected before 1988–89.|
|2 The two year uptake rate is the percentage of children immunised by their second birthday.|
Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current negotiations by the United Nations Secretary-General on a united Cyprus and on the role Britain has played since 1979.
Representatives of the UN Secretary-General have recently ocmpleted another round of talks
Regional/district general managers
Unit/other general managers
1. Figures for 1990–91 are as yet subject to audit.
2. The figures are gross pay costs including employer's national insurance and superannuation contributions.
Source: Annual accounts of regional and district health authorities in England together with those of the special health authorities for the London post-graduate teaching hospitals.
Other senior management costs were not separately identified until 1989–90. The cost of staff employed in senior management grades in 1989–90 was £126·9 million and in 1990–91 was £213·3 million.
Staff employed in general and senior management grades generally hold posts which were previously classified under administrative and clerical, works staff or senior nursing grades.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give figures for the number of immunisations carried out in South Derbyshire district and Trent region in 1982 and the latest year for which figures are available.
[holding answer 6 March 1992]: The numbers of two-year-olds vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella in South Derbyshire and Trent in 1982 and 1990–91 are given in the table.The uptake rates are also given to allow comparisons between the years.with all parties in the region. We have throughout given full and active support to the UN Secretary-General's efforts to promote a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what offers of assistance and expertise have been made to the Turkish Government in the search for the trapped coal miners near Zonguldak.
The Government were not approached by the Turkish authorities for help in dealing with the disaster at Kozlu coal mine in Zonguldak on 5 March.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 March, Official Report, column 29, for what reasons Her Majesty's Customs and Excise did not charge excise duty on denatured wine products for culinary uses before 1 January, but did do so from that date onwards.
The excise duty liability of imported wine and made-wine, including denatured wine and made-wine, has not changed in recent years. Customs regret that an importer was incorrectly advised that if wine denatured with 2 per cent. salt was to be used as an ingredient in food manufacture it would not be liable to excise duty at importation. The correct liability has been applied since February 1991.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what higher rate of income tax would be necessary to raise the same revenue as would be raised by a higher rate of 50 per cent. and removing the ceiling on national insurance contributions.
At 1992–93 levels of income and assuming statutory indexation of allowances and thresholds, a higher rate of 59 per cent. would raise an approximately equivalent amount of revenue in a full year.
Taxation (Commercial Properties)
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he employs to determine whether a property with a paying guest or guests should be classified as a commercial property for Inland Revenue purposes.
Unless a paying guest or guests are using the property as their main or sole residence as defined in the Local Government and Finance Act 1988, any short-stay accommodation in excess of six bed spaces or which is not ancillary to the owners own domestic use will be treated as non-domestic property for uniform business rate purposes.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer he will make a statement on the level of share ownership in Great Britain.
A joint Treasury/ProShare survey carried out in January and February of this year shows that almost 10 million people, or more than 22 per cent. of the adult population in Great Britain, now own shares compared with 7 per cent. in 1979. I am placing copies of the survey report in the Libraries of both Houses.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the effect on tax revenues (a) in the first year and (b) in a full year, assuming this is introduced in 1992–93 of the introduction of a 50 per cent. top rate of income tax on annual taxable incomes of (i) £31,555, (ii) £33,555, (iii) £36,555, (iv) £39,555 and (v) £42,555, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]: The information is in the table.
|Estimated yield in 1992–93 from a 50 per cent. tax rate|
|Threshold of taxable income at which 50 per cent. rate is charged £||Yield in a full year1at 1992–93 levels of income (£ million)|
|1 About half of the yield would be collected in the first year.|
Taxes And Benefits
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the table in his answer of 12 June 1991, Official Report, columns 547–50, on taxes and benefits, to include information on 1989.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]: The information is as follows:
|Taxes and benefits as percentage of income by quintile groups of households1, 1989|
|Cash benefits as percentages of gross income|
|Bottom quintile group||88|
|2nd quintile group||84|
|3rd quintile group||78|
|4th quintile group||54|
|Top quintile group||23|
|Average over all groups||51|
|Income tax, NIC, rates and community charge as percentages of gross income|
|Bottom quintile group||17|
|2nd quintile group||12|
|3rd quintile group||12|
|4th quintile group||14|
|Top quintile group||20|
|Average over all groups||17|
|Indirect taxes as percentages of unadjusted disposable income|
|Bottom quintile group||27|
|2nd quintile group||20|
|3rd quintile group||19|
|4th quintile group||21|
|Top quintile group||17|
|Average over all groups||20|
|Benefits in kind as percentages of final income|
|Bottom quintile group||44|
|2nd quintile group||34|
|3rd quintile group||31|
|4th quintile group||24|
|Top quintile group||13|
|Average over all groups||25|
Cash benefits as percentages of gross income
|Bottom quintile group||49|
|2nd quintile group||14|
|3rd quintile group||7|
|4th quintile group||3|
|Top quintile group||1|
|Average over all groups||8|
Income tax, NIC, rates and community charge as percentages of gross income
|Bottom quintile group||15|
|2nd quintile group||19|
|3rd quintile group||20|
|4th quintile group||22|
|Top quintile group||22|
|Average over all groups||21|
Indirect taxes as percentages of unadjusted disposable income
|Bottom quintile group||30|
|2nd quintile group||24|
|3rd quintile group||22|
|4th quintile group||20|
|Top quintile group||16|
|Average over all groups||20|
Benefits in kind as percentages of final income
|Bottom quintile group||45|
|2nd quintile group||25|
|3rd quintile group||17|
|4th quintile group||11|
|Top quintile group||5|
|Average over all groups||16|
1 Ranked by equivalised disposable income.
Source: CSO, from Family Expenditure Survey.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the revenue raised from a 9 per cent. charge on unearned income for those below state retirement age with a (a) £3,000 exemption, (b) £3,500 exemption, (c) £4,000 exemption, (d) £4,500 exemption and (e) £5,000 exemption, giving both full year and first year revenues for 1991–92 and 1992–93, specifying the numbers affected in each case, for the United Kingdom.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]: Latest estimates for 1991–92 are as follows:
|Threshold £||Yield in a full year £ million||Numbers affected Thousands|
Nicholas Young Fraud
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will institute proceedings, pursuant to section 48 of the Banking Act 1987, against Mr. Bengt Bangstad arising from the Nicholas Young Ponzi fraud; and if he will make a statement.
[holding answer 3 March 1992]: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has no powers to institute proceedings under section 48 of the Banking Act 1987. That is a matter for the Bank of England.
To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give (a) the total number of books lent by and (b) the total amount of public spending on the library service in England and Wales, for each year since 1962.
Reliable and comparable information for England and Wales is available only from 1966–67 to 1989–90:
|Public library service|
|England and Wales|
|Book issues and expenditure|
|Year||Book issues||Cash||Real terms 1991–92 prices|
|Million||£ million||£ million|
Sources: Municipal Year Book.
Public Library Statistics, published by the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants and in later years the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Library and Information Service Council annual report.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what representations he has received from pottery manufacturers about the effects of the regulatory regime established by the Electricity Act 1989 as it affects contract users.
To date my Department has received one representation—from a pottery manufacturer —about electricity contracts.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on British Coal's external financing limit for 1991–92.
British Coal's deep-mine and opencast operations have achieved much in the present financial year and the corporation is likely to record a substantial profit after interest for the second year running. Cost cutting through restructuring has, however, been making calls on British Coal's cash resources in the short-term and it has been agreed that the corporation's external financing limit for 1991–92 should be raised from £542 million to £622 million to provide more financial headroom. This increase will be funded out of the existing vote provision for the current financial year.
To ask the Prime Minister if he has plans to make an official visit to Havering Atte Bower.
I am making plans for a series of visits to all parts of the country and hope to include Essex among them.
Interception Of Communications
To ask the Prime Minister whether a successor has been chosen to Lord Justice Lloyd as commissioner appointed under the Interception of Communications Act 1985.
Lord Justice Lloyd's second term of appointment expires on 10 April. I am most grateful for his work in carrying out his duties as commissioner. I have decided to appoint Lord Justice Bingham as commissioner for a period of three years with effect from 11 April 1992.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those parts of his Department, including executive agencies, carrying out reviews over the last 12 months into the pay and grading of staff and the firm of consultants engaged, where appropriate.
The only part of my Department yet to conduct a detailed review of pay and grading structures is the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre. That study was assisted by MCP Management Consultants.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from local authority associations or others, concerning exempting from the community charge those currently qualified to pay 20 per cent. of the full payment.
Few local authorities have proposed exempting all people currently liable for 20 per cent. of the community charge. However, a number of authorities and others have supported bringing forward the principle of 100 per cent. council tax benefit to the last year of the comunity charge.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the cost for the collection of community charge for those on the minimum 20 per cent. rate.
No separate information is held on collection of the community charge from those making the minimum 20 per cent. contribution. However, the average cost of collecting the community charge from all charge payers is about £14 compared to an average 20 per cent. payment of £45.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage figure of reliability for sprinkler systems he took into account when establishing the parameters for minimum periods of fire resistance in approved document B (fire safety) approved for the purposes of the Building Regulations 1991.
Estimates of the reliability of sprinkler systems vary, and no one figure was used as the basis of the new guidance. However, the opinion of experts at the fire research station, and of the Fire Advisory Panel which the Department consulted while developing the guidance, was that a fire resistance reduction could be allowed over a wider range of cases than hitherto when a sprinkler system was installed.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Stockport (Mr. Favell) of 6 November 1991, Official Report, columns 160–61, when the appropriate ministerial order will be made to implement section 9 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 dealing with stop notices.
My written answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Taylor), Official Report, 16 December 1991, columns 68–69, announced that the main enforcement provisions in part I of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (including section 9) would be brought into force on 2 January this year. The Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 1991 (SI 1991 No. 2905 (C90)) implemented those provisions accordingly.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will establish a working group including English Heritage, the Civic Trust and the Royal Institute of Town Planning to establish ways in which town and city shopping centres may achieve security from crime combined with good visual and aesthetic quality.
The type of security measures required to protect shops and the visual and aesthetic qualities which would be appropriate are best considered locally, informed by local circumstance and need. The Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) Regulations, which came into force on 10 February, require local planning authorities to have regard to crime prevention when preparing development plans. Furthermore, my Department's circulars 1/84—issued jointly with the Home Office—and 22/88 provide guidance on the role of planning crime prevention. Local planning authorities should use this advice to establish local policies which combine the encouragement of effective security and good design.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about county archive services; and if he will make a statement.
We have received a number of letters about local government restructuring and county archive services. The Local Government Commission to be established under the Local Government Act 1992 will review the structure of local government in the shire counties in England. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State intends to direct the commission to have regard to guidance which he will issue about the policy considerations which should underlie its reviews. This guidance will draw the commission's attention to the importance of satisfactory arrangements for existing archive services. Decisions about local government structure and arrangements for services will be for Parliament.
Liverpool (Ministerial Visit)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the recent visit by the Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities to the Liverpool, Riverside constituency.
I visited the Liverpool Riverside constituency on 6 January 1992. At the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall I announced urban programme support of £3 million towards the hall's refurbishment along with city grant support of £4·5 million towards an office development at Exchange buildings. Later I visited the garden festival site to see work in progress on leisure developments, particularly at the Festival hall. I then met representatives of the Eldonian Development Trust.I also visited the constituency on 6 March for a number of official engagements including the signing of Liverpool's city challenge implementation agreement, the launch of a civil service access training initiative for ethnic minorities in Liverpool, and a tour of the Duke street/Bold street areas with potential developers.
Local Government Finance
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those local authorities awarded a higher standard spending assessment for 1992–93 per unit of population than the metropolitan borough of Rotherham together with their standard spending assessments per unit of population.
The table shows 1992–93 standard spending assessments for those authorities with a higher amount per head of resident population than Rotherham.
Local authorities with a higher standard spending assessment per head of resident population than the metropolitan borough of Rotherham for 1992–93
1992–93 SSA (£/head)
|City of London||11,266|
|Isles of Scilly||1,321|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1,151|
|Kensington and Chelsea||1,043|
|Barking and Dagenham||789|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||766|
|Kingston upon Thames||684|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made to date, with regard to the relocation of English Heritage to Nottingham; and what is the timetable for the various stages of the move, and the expected time and date for its completion.
English Heritage is to relocate its headquarters to Nottingham in 1994. Two city centre sites are being examined in detail before a choice of site is made and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.
East Thames Corridor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to publish the report of his working party on the east Thames corridor.
My right hon. Friend has appointed consultants, Llewelyn-Davies Planning, to consider the potential of the East Thames Corridor for development and environmental enhancement. It is anticipated that their study will be completed by June 1992. We expect that the report of the study will be published in due course.
Housing Stock, Rochester
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the final report of the district auditor investigating the sale of housing stock of Rochester-upon-Medway city council to the Medway Housing Society will be available; and if he will indicate the reasons for the delay.
The district auditor has been carrying out an investigation into the sale by Rochester upon Medway city council of its housing stock to Medway Housing Society in July 1990. The auditor is currently completing the consultation process in accordance with the statutory audit code of practice. He hope to issue his public interest report to the council shortly.
Derelict Land Grant
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the provisional allocations of the derelict land grant for 1992–93 in England and Wales in descending order according to the size of the grant, within the following categories (a) shire county councils, (b) metropolitan district councils, (c) other district councils, (d) planning boards and (e) others.
The information requested for England is as shown in the table. Derelict land reclamation in Wales is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales.
|Provisional Allocations of Derelict Land Grant—1992–93 (a) Shire County Councils|
|Region and Council||Amount £|
(b) Metropolitan District Councils
Region and council
|MT St. Helens||975,000|
|NR North Tyneside||750,000|
|NR Newcastle upon Tyne||450,000|
|NR South Tyneside||200,000|
|LR Tower Hamlets||110,000|
|LR Barking and Dagenham||70,000|
|LR Waltham Forest||47,157|
(c) Other District Councils
Region and Council
|MT Ellesmere Port and Neston||1,650,000|
|WM The Wrekin||773,000|
|WM Cannock Chase||511,000|
|NR Wear Valley||350,000|
|EM Derbyshire Dales||260,000|
Region and Council
|EM Amber Valley||235,000|
|EM North East Derbyshire||204,000|
|NW West Lancashire||200,000|
|NW Ribble Valley||200,000|
|NW Vale Royal||200,000|
|YH Great Grimsby||106,383|
|NR Blyth Valley||100,000|
|NW South Lakeland||100,000|
|EM Newark and Sherwood||77,000|
|YH Kingston upon Hull||62,386|
|WM Staffordshire Moorlands||51,000|
|NW Crewe and Nantwich||50,000|
|SW North Cornwall||20,000|
|EM South Derbyshire||7,000|
|EM North West Leicestershire||5,000|
|WM South Staffordshire||1,000|
(d) Planning Boards
|EM Peak National Park Joint Planning Board||71,000|
|YH North York Moors National Park||10,060|
Provisional allocations are not made other than to local authorities and planning boards.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Government have completed their consultations on the proposed new expenditure limits for grant eligible reinstatement works under the housing defects legislation; and if he will make a statement.
I am most grateful to all those who have responded to our consultation proposals; we have, as a result, been able to settle the final figures for each designated house type. Our suggestion that the limits should be revised within a structure of six main cost bands was widely welcomed, as indeed were most of the individual proposals. Some concern was expressed as to whether £32,000 would be sufficient for repairs to Airey and Schindler and Hawksley SGS houses, and we have therefore decided instead to place these types within the £36,000 cost band.The new limits will therefore be as follows:
|New limit house type||Present limit £|
|Cornish unit (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Unity and Butterley (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Dorran (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Myton (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Newland (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Tarran (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Wessex (1 storey PRC)||17,000|
|Cornish unit (2 storey PRC)||23,000|
|Unity and Butterley (2 storey PRC)||23,000|
|Dorran (2 storey PRC)||27,000|
|Myton (2 storey PRC)||27,000|
|Newland (2 storey PRC)||27,000|
|Tarran (2 storey PRC)||27,000|
|Schindler and Hawksley SGS||27,000|
|Boot Pier and Panel||31,000|
|Reema Hollow Panel||31,000|
|Wessex (2 storey PRC)||31,000|
|All locally designated types||14,000|
The parliamentary order implementing these new limits has now been made by my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Wales and, provided that Parliament is content, will come into operation on Tuesday 31 March. My officials will be writing to local authorities, home owners groups, repairers and the professional bodies, to make sure that all those with an interest are fully aware of all the changes.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what maintenance work is planned on Big Ben this year; and if he will make a statement.
The mechanism of the great clock is subject to regular expert inspections and routine maintenance. Included in this year's programme is the replacement of the chime main wheel. The work is expected to start in April and to last about eight weeks. During the period the quarter hour chimes will be silent. The clock itself and the hour strike will not be affected.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what use he intends to make of his sanction powers under part III of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 in relation to Milton Keynes borough council.
On 15 October 1991, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State served a notice under section 19A of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 on Milton Keynes borough council, setting out his view that in 1989–90 the authority has failed to achieve the required rate of return in carrying out the work described in section 10(2)(d) of the Act—maintenance work, other than such works of maintenance in connection with highways or the maintenance of a sewer.He has now considered the response which the authority has made to the section 19A notice, and which has acknowledged the failure to achieve the rate of return in 1989–90 and also for 1990–91. The authority has also indicated that performance in the current financial year may culminate in losses between £100,000 and £150,000.My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has concluded that the record of financial failure by the authority's direct service organisation is such as to justify further use of his sanction powers. He has therefore today made a direction under section 19B of the 1980 Act, prohibiting the authority from carrying out the work described in section 10(2)(d) of the Act after 1 October 1992, with the exception of emergency work.
London Borough Of Haringey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has yet considered the London borough of Haringey's response to the notice served on the authority on 12 November 1991 under section 13 of the Local Government Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has given careful consideration to the response which the London borough of Haringey has made to the notice served on the authority on 12 November 1991, and has today given the authority a direction under section 14 of the 1988 Act. The effect of the direction is that after 1 January 1993 the authority will cease to have the power to carry out refuse collection work itself.
Direct Labour Organisations
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take against those local authorities whose direct labour organisations made significant financial losses in 1989–90, and on which notices were served on 31 July and 28 October 1991.
My right hon. Friend has now considered carefully the responses of the 14 local authorities on whom notices were served under either section 19A of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 or section 13 of the Local Government Act 1988 on 31 July and 28 October 1991. He has today given a direction under section 19B of the 1980 Act to the royal London borough of Kingston upon Thames which prevents it carrying out building maintenance work other than emergency work as from 31 October 1992. He is looking further at the responses of the London borough of Waltham Forest and Portsmouth city council (both building maintenance work).He has decided to take no further action in respect of financial failure in 1989–90 against the London borough of Bromley (building maintenance), Worthing district council (building maintenance), Wychavon district council (building maintenance), Warrington borough council (building maintenance), Gosport borough council (other cleaning), Gloucester city council (refuse collection), Lewes district council (refuse collection), Shropshire county council (other catering), Surrey county council (other cleaning), and Waverley district council (refuse collection). He has already announced that no further action will be taken against Crawley district council (other catering).My right hon. Friend has also decided to serve notices on the royal London borough of Kingston upon Thames in respect of financial failure in 1989–90 on highway maintenance work, and on the London borough of Bromley in respect of possible anti-competitive behaviour in awarding building maintenance work to its DLO where it was not the lowest tender.He is also considering what further action to take in respect of financial failure in 1990–91 following the receipt of local authorities' annual reports for that year.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has yet received the final report by London Economics on the possible use of market mechanisms in the control of acid rain emissions.
The report "The Potential Role of Market Mechanisms in the Control of Acid Rain" is being published today. I am placing copies of the report in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what further measures he intends to take to encourage recycling of CFCs; and if he will make a statement.
We are today issuing a consultation paper which contains proposals to ban the import and supply to the United Kingdom market of refrigerant in disposable containers. These containers impede recycling because they cannot be refilled with refrigerant. They are also particularly damaging to the ozone layer, because the heel of CFCs which remains is usually vented to the atmosphere before the container is disposed of. Copies of the consultation paper have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.We are also intending to issue a consumer leaflet towards the end of March. This will make consumers aware which products contain CFCs and how they can help to improve their environment by encouraging industry and local authorities to provide more recycling services.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will revise planning policy guidance note No. 1 to withdraw the general presumption in favour of development as it relates to the preparation of development plans.
[pursuant to his answer, 4 February 1992, c. 134]: We have today published a revised planning policy guidance note 1 "General Policy and Principles" (PPG1) which replaces the 1988 version and advice in earlier circulars. The new document sets out the broad principles within which development plans are to be prepared and the basis on which planning permissions should be given or refused.PPG1 reiterates the Government's commitment to sustainable growth and to reconciling development with conservation of the environment. The aim is to secure economy, efficiency and amenity in the use of land. Among other matters highlighted in the guidance note we have drawn to the attention of local planning authorities:
the enhanced role of development plans in setting the framework for planning decisions;
the need to eliminate unnecessary delay in determining planning applications;
the particular categories of development proposals that require a full environmental assessment;
the importance of design, crime prevention, noise considerations and access requirements, particularly for disabled people, in securing quality of environment.
Some of these matters will be the subject of more detailed guidance in forthcoming circulars. In the meantime, the new document replaces PPG1 of January 1988 and much of DOE circular 22/80.
We are also publishing today a revised planning policy guidance note No. 3 "Housing" (PPG3) which replaces the 1988 version of the PPG and advice in various earlier circulars.
The PPG reiterates the message that the planning system must provide an adequate and continuous supply of land for housing, taking into account market demand and the Government's policies for encouraging home ownership and the provision of rented housing. But in doing so it must also maintain the Government's established policies for the protection of the countryside, the conservation of natural habitats and of the built heritage, and the protection of the best and most versatile agricultural land.
The main changes to previous policy are:
increased emphasis on re-using urban land, particularly derelict or under-used land, for housing as a means of relieving pressure on the countryside;
encouragement for housing development on sites with permission for other development, but where there is no realistic prospect of that other development taking place;
greater emphasis on the importance of local choice, through the local and unitary development plan process, in deciding how to meet the needs for new housing development;
encouragement of closer co-operation between local authorities' planning and housing functions;
withdrawal, because it is not consistent with a plan-led system, of the special presumption in favour of releasing land for housing where there is less than a five year supply;
clearer policy on the circumstances in which new settlements may be considered as an alternative to expanding existing towns and villages; on this issue the essential message is the need to respect local choice.
The PPG also incorporates the Government's planning policies for the provision of affordable housing set out in circular 7/91, "Planning and Affordable Housing", which is now cancelled.
Agriculture, Fisheries And Food
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has on the current charges levied in EC member states for meat inspection.
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food gave on 9 March 1992, Official Report, column 403.The position regarding levels of meat inspection charges in other member states remains unclear. It appears that some have yet to introduce national legislation to bring them into line with the EC decision on harmonisation of charges. Certain others, such as Spain and Germany, have legislated at a regional, rather than a national, level. Detailed national information is currently only available with regard to France and Denmark. In France, the published charges in francs per kilogramme for 1991 were as follows:
|Sheep and Goats||0·063||0·011|
- For pigs— the actual cost of inspection.
- For cattle—the "EC Standard" charge.
- For poultry—approximately 250 per cent. of the "EC Standard" charge (two thirds of the actual cost).
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that bananas are removed from the GATT Uruguay round of negotiations;
(2) how commitments under the Lomé convention towards African, Caribbean and Pacific banana suppliers would be honoured under a GATT agreement based on the Dunkel text of 20 December.
The European Commission has made no proposals on bananas in the GATT Round context. It is continuing to study the question. Tariffication, if it simply followed the method set out in the Dunkel paper as we understand it, would not appear to provide sufficient protection for traditional ACP suppliers of the United Kingdom market. We remain committed to fulfilling our obligations under the Lome convention and to bringing the GATT round to an early and successful conclusion; the Government have made representations to the Commission to urge it to ensure that our Lome commitments are not overlooked in the GATT negotiations.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the numbers of confirmed cases of BSE in each county in England in 1992, to the latest available date.
For the reasons given in the answer to the hon. Member on 23 May 1991, Official Report, column 559, these figures are currently unavailable.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information is available concerning the range of species of mammals to which bovine spongiform encephalopathy has not been transferred by experimental injection.
In my answer to the hon. Member for Sherwood (Mr. Stewart) on 4 March I gave details of the species which had been experimentally infected with BSE. No other species has succumbed to experimental infection.
Central Science Laboratory
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made towards establishing the central science laboratory as an executive agency; and if he will make a statement.
I am pleased to confirm that the central science laboratory will become an executive agency with effect from 1 April 1992.Cost recovery will provide us with an important means of judging the efficiency of this agency. Additional performance measures relating to the objectives of the agency will also be used to measure operating efficiency and quality of service.The financial and efficiency targets for the central science laboratory for 1992–93 will be:
- 100 per cent. recovery of full costs;
- an overall efficiency gain of 2 per cent.;
- a reduction of 1·5 per cent. in real terms of representative unit costs for services.
The targets for delivery of services by the central science laboratory will be:
- at least 90 per cent. of work completed to time and within budget;
- at least 95 per cent. of contracts delivered to the customer's satisfaction.
The central science laboratory will implement during 1992–93 arrangements for the independent assessment of the quality of the scientific work and publications.
The measures of performance for the agency are set out in the framework document, copies of which will be placed in the Library of the House by 1 April.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made towards establishing the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service as an executive agency; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I are pleased to confirm that ADAS will become an executive agency with effect from 1 April 1992.Cost recovery will provide us with an important means of judging the efficiency of this agency. Additional performance measures relating to the objectives of the agency will also be used to measure operating efficiency and quality of service.The financial and efficiency targets for ADAS for 1992–93 will be:
recovery of its full economic costs, through charges to its customers, including the Departments (MAFF and Welsh Office). In the case of certain charged advisory services, ADAS will recover 41 per cent. of the costs from charges to the ultimate beneficiaries and the remainder will be met by the Departments. In other cases ADAS will recover the full costs from the customer;
an overall efficiency improvement of a 2 per cent. reduction in average total cost per direct hour charged to contracts;
at least a 6 per cent. reduction in average time taken to collect debts due to ADAS from non-Departmental customers;
The targets for delivery of services by ADAS will be:
achieving improvements in customer satisfaction, as evidenced in ADAS surveys, the procedures for which will be developed by 30 June 1992;
at least 80 per cent. of Research and Development project milestones to be met.
The measures for performance for the agency are set out in the framework document, copies of which will be placed in the Library of the House by 1 April.
Market Testing Programme
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list each private sector consultancy firm which has been retained by each agency within his Department, and for his Department as a whole, for the purposes of advising on the market testing programme; and whether the appointment in each case was the result of competitive tendering.
Two experienced private sector consultants are currently retained to advise on the market testing programmes of the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments. As their work involves them in the security field I do not wish to identify them by name but I can confirm that they were appointed after competitive tendering.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much money has been spent on dealing with the effects of coastal erosion (a) along the County Down coast and (b) in all of Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years;(2) if he will list the schemes which have been undertaken to prevent coastal erosion within Northern Ireland; and if he will list each of the proposed schemes, with planned commencement dates and costs in each case.
It is extremely difficult to distinguish between works intended to prevent coastal erosion and works to deal with its effects. The objective is usually the same and the actual works can often coincide.The following amounts have been spent by the Department of the Environment's roads service on dealing with coastal erosion in the last five financial years:
|County Down coast|
|Financial year||Amount £'000|
|Financial year||Amount £'000|
Year and scheme
- Barrhall road, Portaferry—new sea wall.
- A2 North of Ballyhalbert—rock armouring.
- Cushendun/Waterfoot/Murlough bay—general routine repairs.
- A2 between Larne/Garron Point—general routine repairs.
- A20 Newtownards/Greyabbey—reconstruction of sea wall.
- Magilligan Point, Londonderry—general routine repairs.
- Cushendun/Waterfoot/Murlough bay—general routine repairs.
- A2 between Larne/Garron Point—general routine repairs.
- Seafront road, Cultra—strengthening of existing sea wall.
- Minerstown, County Down—rock armouring.
- Magilligan Point, Londonderry—general routine repairs.
- Cushendun/Waterfoot/Murlough bay—general routine repairs.
- A2 between Larne/Garron Point—general routine repairs.
- A20 Newtownards-Greyabbey, A20 Greyabbcy-Kircubbin, Loughshore road-Portaferry—storm repair work and provision of rock armouring.
- Culmore Point, Londonderry, Benone, Limavady, Cushendun/Waterfoot/Murlough bay, A2 between Larne/Garron Point—general routine repairs.
- Minerstown, County Down, Killard, County Down, Kilclief, County Down—general routine repairs.
- Kinnegar, Holywood—replacement of gabions.
- A20 Newtownards/Cunningburn road—rock armouring and sea wall repairs.
- Shore road, Portaferry—sea wall repairs.
- Culmore Point, Londonderry, Cushendun/Waterfoot/Murlough bay, A2 between Larne/Garron Point—general routine repairs.
The following schemes are proposed for the 1992–93 financial year:
|Seacliffe Road, Bangor||1,000|
|Killard, Co. Down||20,000–40,000|
Other routine maintenance work will be carried out as requested.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken in relation to the introduction of waste recycling schemes; and if he will make a statement.
Legislation for Northern Ireland containing provisions for waste management similar to those in part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is in preparation. It will require district councils to include recycling as part of their waste management arrangements and to provide a recycling plan for the district.In the interim, the Government will encourage the growing interest in recycling in Northern Ireland and support the many district councils, businesses and voluntary groups who are participating in recycling materials such as glass and paper.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the age of housing estates built at (a) Shantallow, (b) Bogside, (c) Creggan, (d) Ardcarn, (e) Cregagh and (f) Moat View; and if he will state the number of houses in each estate;(2) which of the estates at Shantallow, Bogside, Creggan, Ardcarn, Cregagh and Moat View had metal windows when constructed and which of them have had window replacements; and if he will indicate how many dwellings have had all window frames replaced and set out the cost.
These are matters for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I have been advised by the chairman that the information requested is as follows:
Date of construction
Number of dwellings constructed
With metal window frames
Metal window frames replaced
Estimated costs of window replacement £
1 Scheme is currently in progress.
Youth Training Programme
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by each of the education and library boards on YTP provision in each of the last five years.
|Education and library boards||1986–87 £ million||1987–88 £ million||1988–89 £ million||1989–90 £ million||1990–91 £ million|
1. The figures represent recurrent and capital expenditure. For the years 1986–87 to 1989–90 they are taken from the boards' audited accounts and for 1990–91 from the unaudited accounts.
2. The figures do not include expenditure on the salaries of full-time teachers engaged on YTP. For the years in question these were paid directly by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young people have been employed on youth training programmes organised by further education colleges in each of the last five years.
The number of trainees fluctuates during the year but the average number of full-time trainees involved on YT programmes in further education colleges was as follows:
|Academic year||Average occupancy|
The amounts are as follows:
Right Of Way, Carrivemoragh
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that Banbridge district council assert the right of way in the constituency of South Down known as the Carrivemoragh mass pad; and if he will make a statement.
I understand that following research by its own officers, Banbridge district council obtained senior counsel's advice in the matter of the alleged right of way known as Carrivemoragh mass pad. After considering that advice, the council decided not to assert a right of way on this path.There is no reason for me to intervene.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to answer the letter of the hon. Member for Upper Bann of 5 February.
I have written to the hon. Gentleman.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent changes have been proposed for charges by dentists in Northern Ireland; how this relates to the increase awarded by the salary review body; how many dentists withdrew from the national health service in Northern Ireland in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
The maximum charge payable by a patient for a course of dental treatment will be increased from £200 to £225 with effect from 1 April 1992. There will be no change in the proportional charge payable by patients, which will remain at 75 per cent. of the cost up to the maximum charge.The increase in the maximum charge is not related to the increase recently recommended by the doctors and dentists review body.No dentists in Northern Ireland withdrew from providing health service treatment in the 12 months prior to 1 March 1992.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the numbers of confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in each county in Northern Ireland in 1992, to the latest available date.
As of 5 March 1992 the information is as follows:
Water And Sewerage Services
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in re-organising water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland.
It is planned to transfer the water and sewerage functions of the Department of the Environment to a Government-owned company on 1 April 1993. The necessary arrangements for this, including the preparation of a draft order, are being taken forward as a matter of priority.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is yet in a position to respond to the second report of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights "Religious and Political Discrimination and Equality of Opportunity in Northern Ireland" (Cm 1107); and if he will make a statement.
I have today written to the chairman of the commission responding to its second report. A copy of my letter has been placed in the Library of the House.I welcomed the report when it was laid before Parliament and published in June 1990. It is a valuable report which, as I made clear at that time, has required careful study by the Government. The Government will continue to examine the recommendations in consultation with the commission and other interested parties.
Mr Peter Duggan
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of the RUC on the progress of police inquiries into the identification of the person alleged to have attempted to murder Mr. Peter Duggan in Downpatrick in January 1985.
[holding answer 3 March 1992]: There is no record of an attempt to murder Mr. Peter Duggan in Downpatrick in January 1985. The circumstances surrounding the attack on him in January 1988 in the Downpatrick area have been investigated by the RUC, and two women were convicted in September 1988 of the false imprisonment of Mr. Duggan. Apart from this, the Director of Public Prosecutions has considered police reports of their investigations into this incident and has directed no prosecution.
Court Of Appeal
To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal since 1982 and give the reason in each case.
The information requested on the reasons for quashing individual appeals could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the number of convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal are available but only from 1987. They are as follows:
To ask the Attorney-General what areas of statute law are currently being considered for consolidation legislation; and if he will indicate at what stage the procedures are in each case.
During the current Session, 11 consolidation Bills have been introduced into Parliament. Seven of these Bills have already received Royal Assent and have become the Social Security Administration Act 1992, the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992, the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992, the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) Act 1992, the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 and the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992. Of the other four Bills, the Protection of Badgers Bill, the Radioactive Substances Bill and the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Bill are awaiting their Second Reading in this House, while the Tribunals and Inquiries Bill is awaiting its Committee stage in another place.Work is continuing at the Law Commission to prepare consolidation Bills on clean air, education, stamp duties, the armed forces, merchant shipping, the powers of criminal courts and solicitors. Work is continuing at the Scottish Law Commission to prepare consolidation Bills on crofters, the Scottish Land Court, the national health service, criminal procedure, lands clauses and town and country planning. In Northern Ireland, work is continuing on a consolidation Bill on pension schemes.
Central Taxation Units
To ask the Attorney-General how many claims for taxation at the central taxation units are still awaiting taxing; what is the change over the last six months; and when it is expected they will be dealt with.
At the end of February 1992, there were 1,545 claims awaiting determination by the central taxing teams. At the end of August 1991, there were 2,201 claims outstanding. Targets have now been established that 75 per cent. of claims should be determined within three months of the claim becoming ready to tax—when all related claims have been lodged—and that all claims should be determined within six months of becoming ready to tax. At the end of January 1992 three out of five teams were meeting this target. All the teams are expected to be meeting their targets by the end of July 1992.
To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the effect on public expenditure of the setting up of the central taxation units for barristers and solicitors' fees; and how much of this is due to notional interest saved to the Treasury by reason of changes in the timing of payments.
The central taxing teams were established last year in order to group together those officials most experienced in the assessment of bills submitted for the most complex and weighty claims for work done by solicitors and barristers in Crown court cases. The purpose of the establishment of these teams was to ensure that these assessments are dealt with in a consistent and proper way, in accordance with the legal aid regulations. No estimate has been made as to how those bills might have been assessed if the teams had not been in existence.
To ask the Attorney-General how many claims, which will be dealt with by the central taxation unit, have been submitted to the local court and are waiting to be called for from those courts by the central taxation units.
It is not possible to give the information requested. When a claim is submitted which may be for the central taxing team to determine, it is held until all other claims in relation to that case have been lodged. It is not until that stage that a decision can be taken about whether the claim is to be determined by the team or within the court. Under the regulations, practitioners have three months after the completion of the trial in which to lodge their claims.
To ask the Attorney-General what evidence the Director of Public Prosecutions has received in connection with breaches of company law by companies formerly controlled by Asil Nadir, concerning political donations; and if he will make a statement.
Crown Prosecution Service
To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the amendments made to the code for Crown prosecution since the publication of the annual report of the Crown prosecution service for 1990–91.
Five amendments have been made to the code for Crown prosecutors since the publication of the Crown prosecution service's annual report for 1990–91. These amendments were issued to Crown prosecutors in January 1992 and may be summarised as follows:
- The public interest criteria
- The public interest criteria will only arise for consideration once the Crown Prosecutor is satisfied that the evidence itself can justify proceedings.
The first amendment to this paragraph emphasises that the interests of the victim are an important factor to be taken into account in determining whether or not a prosecution is required, whilst re-affirming the primacy of overall public interest considerations.
(ii) Paragraph 8
This paragraph has been further amended by the identification of "racial motivation" as an aggravating feature when considering whether the public interest requires the institution of proceedings.
(iii) Paragraph 8 (v)—Mental illness or stress
This part of the code has been re-written. It now clearly sets out that there is a rebuttable presumption that a person suffering from a mental disorder should not be prosecuted unless there is a wider public interest requirement for such action.
Mode of trial
(iv) Paragraph 18
This paragraph has been revised as a result of the Mode of Trial Guidelines contained within the Practice Note issued by the Lord Chief Justice  1 WLR 1439.
(v) Paragraph 19
The decision of the House of Lords in R v. Brentwood Justices, ex parte Nicholls means that the guidance formerly contained in this paragraph concerning the position of the co-accused in mode of trial decisions is no longer accurate. The paragraph has accordingly been deleted and other paragraphs renumbered.
Arrangements have been made for these and previous amendments to be consolidated and printed in a new booklet containing the code, which is now available for distribution. I will cause a copy to be placed in the Library of both Houses. I commend the code in its amended form to all prosecuting authorities and to those, such as the police, who are responsible for the institution of criminal proceedings.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what police powers Acts remain available within the boundaries of the city of Glasgow to combat crime.
The powers vested in the police in Glasgow are the same as elsewhere in Scotland and are found in the common law of Scotland and in relevant statutes. Questions about local legislation and byelaws should be addressed to the relevant local authority.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the electorate for each parliamentary constituency in Scotland according to the new electoral registers published on 15 February.
The total electorate for each parliamentary constituency in Scotland, as at 16 February 1992, is as follows:
|Parliamentary electors: 1992 register: by constituency (alphabetical order)|
|Argyll and Bute||48,436|
|Banff and Buchan||65,631|
|Caithness and Sutherland||31,173|
|Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley||56,024|
|Clydebank and Milngavie||47,773|
|Cumbernauld and Kilsyth||47,155|
|Galloway and Upper Nithsdale||54,977|
|Greenock and Port Glasgow||52,661|
|Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber||70,164|
|Kilmarnock and Loudoun||62,777|
|Kincardine and Deeside||67,216|
|North East Fife||54,196|
|Orkney and Shetland||31,837|
|Perth and Kinross||65,826|
|Renfrew, West and Inverclyde||58,897|
|Ross, Cromarty and Skye||56,112|
|Roxburgh and Berwickshire||44,001|
|Strathkelvin and Bearsden||61,924|
|Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale||39,907|
Strathclyde Structure Plan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the source of estimated needs for land he inserted in the Strathclyde regional council structure plan.
My right hon. Friend took account of information provided by Strathclyde regional council in its structure plan as submitted, of representations received and of evidence from a range of sources, before reaching his decision to propose the modifications to the Strathclyde structure plan update 1990, announced on 6 February 1992.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to include estimates of land needs from groups other than the Scottish House Builders Association in the modified Strathclyde regional council structure plan.
My right hon. Friend will be prepared to consider representations from any interested parties before reaching his decision on whether or not to approve the Strathclyde structure plan update 1990.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the numbers of confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in each region of Scotland in 1992, to the latest available date.
For the reasons given in the reply by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the hon. Member on 23 May 1991, Official Report, column 559, these figures are not available.
Child Care Policy Inquiry
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give an estimate of (a) the total costs incurred to date by the inquiry into child care policy in Fife and (b) of the costs of the chairman, the adviser and the clerk with appropriate office support for a period of three years;(2) if he will give an estimate of the costs incurred by
(a) Fife regional council and (b) the other principal parties represented at the inquiry into child care policy in Fife.
The estimated total costs incurred to date by the Scottish Office in relation to the inquiry is £792,000. This includes £500,000 in respect of the costs of the chairman, the adviser and the clerk with appropriate office support. I have no information on the costs incurred by others who are parties to the inquiry.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland is he will list those inquiries into child care policy in Scotland which have taken more than two years.
Three inquiries have been established under section 99 of the Childrens Act 1975. Of these only the Fife inquiry has extended beyond two years of the date of establishment.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the inquiry into child care policy in Fife will be completed; when the report will be submitted; and whether it will be published.
My right hon. Friend has been advised by the chairman of the inquiry that he expects to submit his report at the end of April. As soon as he has considered the report my right hon. Friend will make a decision about publication.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will exercise the powers available to him under section 210(8) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to meet the costs incurred by Fife regional council and the other parties to the inquiry into child care policies in Fife from central Government funds;(2) if he will exercise the powers available to him under section 210(7) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to meet the total costs incurred by the inquiry into child care policy in Fife from central Government funds.
Once my right hon. Friend receives the report of the inquiry into child care services in Fife, he will consider whether and in what way to exercise the powers contained in section 210 sub-sections (7) and (8) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to publish a report on drinking water quality in Scotland in 1990; and if he will make a statement.
A report has been published today by the Scottish Office Environment Department giving a national overview of drinking water quality in Scotland in the period 1 July to 31 December 1990, the first six months of monitoring under the Water Supply (Water Quality) (Scotland) Regulations 1990. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library. The report shows that the overall level of compliance with the quality standards was high, some 97 per cent. of all analytical results having met the requirements. For 48 of the 55 numerical standards in the regulations, 99·6 per cent. of all analytical results complied. The failures to meet quality standards fully did not represent a risk to public health.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to publish the report of the efficiency scrutiny into the Scottish Office roads directorate carried out in 1990.
A copy of the efficiency scrutiny report and of the action plan on implementation of the report's recommendations have been lodged in the House Libraries. Copies of both are available for purchase from the library in New St. Andrew's house.
Assisted Places Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will announce the income scale which will apply to the assisted places scheme in Scotland in school session 1992–93.
For school session 1992–93, I propose to lay regulations before the House in due course providing for progressive parental contribution for one assisted pupil in relation to family income as follows:
|Part of relevant income to which the specified percentage applies|
|Parental Contribution (percentage)|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £9,218 but which does not exceed £10,023||9|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £10,023 but does not exceed £10,842||12|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £10,842 but does not exceed £12,467||15|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £12,467 but does not exceed £14,965||21|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £14,965 but does not exceed £18,227||24|
|That part (if any) which exceeds £18,227||33|
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were in training through (a) youth training and (b) employment training in each month from January 1991 to January 1992 inclusive in each of (i) Scotland, (ii) Renfrew, Dunbarton and Argyll, (iii) Lothian and Borders, (iv) Lanarkshire, (v) Highlands and Islands, (vi) Grampian and Tayside, (vii) Glasgow city, (viii) Central and Fife and (ix) Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway.
[holding answer 6 March 1992]: The information sought is not available for the period from January 1991 to March 1991 inclusive, nor is it available thereafter in the format requested.
The information shown in the tables gives the number of youth training and employment training participants for each month from April 1991 to January 1992 inclusive
Youth training: Numbers in training April 1991 to January 1992
Local enterprise company
|Scottish Borders Enterprise||669||595||621||595||603||601||672||657||642||643|
|Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise||1,141||1,094||1,105||1,056||1,105||1,061||1,036||926||1,064||1,016|
|Forth Valley Enterprise||2,706||2,613||2,638||2,707||2,621||2,628||2,637||2,629||2,618||2,720|
|Glasgow Development Agency||5,856||5,561||5,604||5,664||5,733||5,841||5,753||5,587||5,794||5,800|
|Lanarkshire Development Agency||3,669||3,719||3,891||3,566||3,679||3,579||3,933||4,023||4,089||4,441|
|Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise||4,257||4,087||4,370||4,180||4,402||4,373||4,359||4,325||4,321||4,173|
|Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise||617||613||638||589||617||578||590||530||565||604|
|Scottish Enterprise Tayside||2,927||2,804||2,840||2,736||2,767||2,763||2,736||2,751||2,717||2,872|
|Highlands and Islands Total1||2,370||2,396||2,511||2,248||2,345||2,478||2,375||2,437||2,496||2,519|
1 The Highlands and Islands total includes Argyll but excludes Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey.
Employment training: Numbers in training April 1991 to January 1992
Local enterprise company
|Scottish Borders Enterprise||191||213||196||183||183||195||194||199||176||198|
|Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise||550||556||563||533||561||625||630||602||638||617|
|Forth Valley Enterprise||786||716||664||673||667||674||730||759||738||814|
|Glasgow Development Agency||6,264||5,640||5,160||4,780||4,611||4,289||4,272||4,198||4,071||4,100|
|Lanarkshire Development Agency||1,768||1,696||1,748||1,769||1,708||1,727||1,828||1,798||1,736||1,706|
|Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise||2,174||2,050||2,022||2,028||2,006||2,090||2,301||2,400||2,457||2,381|
|Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise||337||315||284||236||213||212||222||237||220||234|
|Scottish Enterprise Tayside||1,202||1,155||1,153||1,119||1,138||1,166||1,254||1,313||1,323||1,334|
|Highlands and Islands Total1||1,122||1,069||988||988||1,018||1,052||1,077||1,113||999||1,248|
1 The Highlands and Islands total includes Argyll but excludes Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide the most recent figures on air pollution levels in Scotland in each of the last five years.
[holding answer 6 March 1992]: The most recent published information on air
|Table 1—Nitrogen Dioxide|
|(b) Strath Vaich—Ross and Cromarty|
Note: All measurements expressed as parts per billion (ppb).
in each of the local enterprise company areas served by Scottish Enterprise and for Highlands and Islands and Scotland as a whole.
pollution can be found at section 3 of "The Scottish Environment—Statistics" Issue No. 2 (1989). The next issue will be published shortly.
Warren Spring Laboratory also compiles data on the atmospheric concentrations of a number of substances from a United Kingdom-wide network of monitoring stations. The available data from the Scottish sites are set out in tables 1 to 5. All data are expressed as average hourly readings for each month for the available years.
Table 2—Nitric Oxide
(b) Strath Vaich
Note: All measurements are expressed as parts per billion (ppb).
Table 3—Carbon Monoxide
Note: All measurements expressed as parts per million.
Table 4—Sulphur Dioxide
Note: All measurements expressed as parts per billion (ppb).
(c) Strath Vaich
Note: All measurements are expressed as parts per billion (ppb).
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of people employed in the food industry in Scotland.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]:The latest figure available, showing the number of people employed in the food industry in Scotland, comes from the 1989 Employment Department census of employment. The figure is 49,400.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish an index of production and construction for Scotland by market sector, indicating an annual figure for each year from 1974 up to and including 1990; and if he will give the figures for the first three quarters of 1991.
:[holding answer 9 March 1992]: An index of production and construction for Scotland (1985 = 100) by market sector, with annual figures for each year from 1974 up to and including 1990, and quarterly figures for the first three quarters of 1991, is set out in the table.
Source: Index of Industrial Production and Construction for Scotland
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate the annual average change in (a) total output and (b) manufacturing output in real terms between (i) 1974 and 1979 and (ii) 1979 and 1990 in (1) Scotland and (2) the United Kingdom.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]: The annual average changes in (a) total output and (b) manufacturing output in real terms between (i) 1974 and 1979 and (ii) 1979 and 1989, the latest year for which all figures are available, in (1) Scotland and (2) the United Kingdom are set out in the table:
|Annual average change|
|Total output||+1 81||+2·22|
|Note: The Scottish and United Kingdom measures of total output are on a different basis and are therefore not directly comparable. Scottish data are output-based GDP and United Kingdom data are average GDP.|
|1 The Scottish Office Industry Department.|
|2 Central Statistical Office.|
|3 Index of Production and Construction for Scotland.|
|4 Index of Production and Construction for the United Kingdom.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish an updated table of Scotland's share of United Kingdom gross domestic product per head of population excluding the continental shelf for each year since 1961.
[holding answer 9 March 1992]: The information requested is available on a consistent basis only from 1971 onward. The table gives the requested information up to 1990 the latest year for which figures are available.
Scottish gross domestic product per head as a percentage of the United Kingdom (excluding continental shelf)