Written Answers To Questions
Friday 13 March 1992
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many zoos are licensed in England and Wales under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981; if he will publish a list of these zoos; and if he will make a statement.
Zoo licences are issued by local authorities. The information they have supplied to my Department indicates that 284 zoos are currently licensed in England under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. The corresponding information for zoos in Wales is held by the Welsh Office. I have placed a list of zoos licensed in England under the 1981 Act in the Library of the House.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make further statements on the measures which he has taken to reduce homelessness.
We have spent £311 million on a two-year programme to help homeless families in the pressure areas of London and the south-east. We also plan to spend £96 million over three years to create 900 new hostel spaces and 2,500 places in permanent accommodation for single homeless people in London and £20 million on grants to organisations helping homeless people all over the country. In addition, development of low-cost housing is rising substantially as a result of increases in public expenditure through the Housing Corporation to more than £2 billion a year by 1993–94 and housing associations' ability to attract private finance. The deregulation of the private rented sector has also led to a welcome increase in private investment in rented housing.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what effect planning policy guidance note 7 has on the Government's policy of protecting the countryside for its own sakeg as set out in circular 16/87.
Planning policy guidance note 7 reaffirms the Government's policy that the countryside should be protected for its own sake. It states that the planning system helps to integrate development necessary to sustain the rural economy with protection of the countryside for the sake of its beauty, the diversity of its landscape, the wealth of its natural resources and its ecological, agricultural and recreational value. Planning policy guidance note 7 cancels DOE circular 16/87.
Common Agricultural Policy
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recommendations he has received from the chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on the European Commission's proposals for measures accompanying the reform of the common agricultural policy, particularly the agri-environment action programme, COM 91 415.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recommendations he has received from the chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on the European Commission's proposals for reforming the common agricultural policy, COM 91 258.
Un Conference On Environment And Development
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on (a) the seminar hosted by Her Majesty's Government on 5 February on the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and (b) the reception given to his presentation to the final preparation committee meeting for UNCED in New York on 2 March.
On 5 March my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister met representatives of leading environment, development and business organisations who made presentations on their objectives for UNCED. This was followed by a general discussion. The speech which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment gave to the meeting of the UNCED preparatory committee on 2 March was very well received.
Local Government Finance
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the latest figures available, stating whether they are final outturns, provisional outturns or budget figures, for 1988–89 to 1991–92 on the statistical basis of table 1—summary of gross expenditure and income, excluding double counting of flows—table 2 —capital and revenue expenditure by service—table 3—local authority income by source—and table 4—general fund revenue account by service—of "Local Government Financial Statistics, England".
The information for 1988–89 is published in "Local Government Financial Statistics England No. 2 1990" which is in the Library of the House. The information for later years cannot be provided in this form as detailed gross expenditure and income figures on all accounts are not yet available.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will obtain for his departmental library copies of the documents (a) "Environmentally Sound Management of Toxic Chemicals and Prevention of Illegal International Traffic in Toxic and Dangerous Products and Wastes", (b) "Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Wastes" and (c) "Safe and Environmentally Sound Management of Radioactive Waste" which were submitted for consideration to the final preparatory committee meeting for UNCED in March.
My Department already has copies of the documents.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which contractors have been appointed to work in Bushy park to maintain trees, shrubs, grass and clearance of waste; what conditions are in the contract in relation to trees and shrubs; how long is the contract; what sanctions exist to uphold quality of work; and if he will set out, in relation to the 18 former park employees, other than the gamekeeper, how many applied for interview with the contractor and how many are employed.
Glendale Industries Ltd. has been appointed to carry out the garden and landscape maintenance work in Bushy park for a period of four years. Thirteen former parks staff applied and were interviewed for jobs with Glendale, of whom nine were successful.The contract specification sets down in detail all the planting and maintenance duties required of the contractor for Bushy park, including maintenance of trees and shrubs. The work will be instructed and closely monitored by the Department's site supervisors, and will be approved for payment only if it has been completed to the high standards that we have specified.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give an estimate of annual United Kingdom emissions of nitrous oxide broken down by source; and of the relative global warming effect of nitrous oxide in comparison with other United Kingdom emissions of gases with global warming potential.
Provisional estimates made by Warren Spring Laboratory for my Department are as follows:
|United Kingdom emissions of nitrous oxide—provisional estimates for 1990 (thousands of tonnes per year)|
|Production of adipic acid for nylon manufacture||90||57|
|Emissions from soil||65||41|
|Other fuel combustion||2||1|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Water Act 1989 to enable the Director General of Water Services to ensure that the water companies follow a least-cost policy in respect of their environmental obligations; and if he will make a statement.
Under the Water Industry Act 1991, a consolidating measure, the Director General of Water Services already has a duty to promote economy and efficiency on the part of a water, or water and sewerage, company in carrying out its functions.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to issue tax amending orders for the advertising of planning applications before 20 March; and if he will make a statement.
The need for local planning authorities to publicise planning applications under the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 will not require the issue of tax amending orders.
Planning And Compensation Act 1991
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps have been taken to implement the provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 in England and Wales; which provisions are not yet in force; and when it is proposed to implement them.
In the eight months since it received Royal Assent on 25 July 1991, almost all the major provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 have been brought into effect in England and Wales in four commencement orders. The main compensation pro-visions, together with a number of the planning and development control measures, came into operation two months after Royal Assent on 25 September 1991. The Act provided for home loss payments improvements to be backdated to 16 November 1990. The bulk of the enforcement provisions commenced on 2 January 1992, and the new development plans system became operative on 10 February 1992. A direction relating to publicity for, and notification of departures from development plans came into force on 28 February.Where appropriate, advice and policy guidance for local authorities and other agencies, and existing advice, has been brought up to date to reflect the provisions of the 1991 Act as follows:
|DOE Circ 14/91||August 1991||Planning and Compensation Act 1991|
|DOE Circ 15/91||September 1991||Land Compensation and Compulsory Purchase.|
|MPG8||September 1991||Interim Development Order Permissions (IDOs) Statutory Provisions and Procedures.|
|DOE Circ 16/91||October 1991||Planning Obligations.|
|DOE Circ 23/91||December 1991||Awards of Costs in Planning Proceedings Following Late Cancellation of an Inquiry or Hearing.|
|DOE Circ 18/91||December 1991||New Development Plans System: Transitional Arrangements (England and Wales).|
|DOE Circ 21/91||December 1991||Implementation of the Main Enforcement Provisions.|
|PPG 18||December 1991||Enforcing Planning Control.|
|PPG7||January 1992||The Countryside and the Rural Economy.|
|PPG 12||February 1992||Development Plans and Regional Planning Guidance.|
|MPG9||March 1992||Interim Development Order Permissions (IDOs) Conditions.|
|PPG1||March 1992||General Policy and Principles.|
|PPG 19||March 1992||Outdoor Advertisement Control.|
|DOE Circ 5/92||March 1992||Town and Country Planning Control of Advertisement Regulations 1992.|
The remaining provisions of the Act are scheduled to take effect in the spring and summer of 1992, within a year of Royal Assent as follows:
- Remaining provisions on enforcement powers (sections 2, 4 (part) and 10).
- Remaining provisions on planning obligations (section 12, sections 106A and 106B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990).
- Demolition of buildings (section 13).
- Notices etc. of applications for planning permission (section 16).
- Land of interested planning authorities and development by them (section 20).
- Simplified planning zones (section 28).
Dla And Dwa
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what changes he proposes to make to the test of resources for house renovation grants to take account of the new disability living allowance and disability working allowance.
My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales and I have today given to local housing authorities advance notice of amendments to the test of resources applied to applicants for house renovation grants including those to help provide facilities for disabled people. These regulations under part VIII of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 come into force on 6 April. They introduce disability living allowance and disability working allowance as qualifying conditions for a number of premiums used to calculate the applicable amount in the test of resources. Disability living allowance will replace the current mobility allowance and, where the disability arose before age 65, attendance allowance. As with the two allowances it replaces, this new allowance will be disregarded in full as income in the test.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the number and type of notifiable pollution incidents in (a) Cornwall and (b) Cumbria in each year since 1979; what companies or organisations were involved; and what has been done to restore the ecological balance of the environment in each county.
[holding answer 24 January 1992]: I will write to the hon. Member.
British Rail ("Organising For Quality")
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of British Rail's reorganisation known as "Organising for Quality".
Substantial progress has been made with the implementation of this reorganisation. The process will be substantially completed on 6 April 1992 with the abolition of the railway regions. The British Railways Board has recently submitted a report on this reorganisation, which I have accepted. I have today laid this report before both Houses.
Vehicle Testing Fees
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes the vehicle inspectorate is proposing to make to vehicle testing fees.
On 9 March, I laid before the House a draft order which contains the fees which the vehicle inspectorate proposes to charge from 30 March. The fees will need to be reviewed again later to take account of the incorporation into the heavy goods vehicle test from I September of measured checks of smoke emission. I have also asked that we should seek views on a revised structure for fees which reflect more closely the increased costs to the inspectorate of vehicles with a higher number of axles. Consultation on these matters will take place in the summer.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the level of capital expenditure by London Underground during each of the last five years; and what is the planned level for 1992–93 and 1993–94.
The information requested is as follows:
|London Underground investment £ million 1990–91 prices|
|1 Forecast outturn.|
|1 Estimated combined total for these years—over £2 billion.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will extend the time period for consultation on his proposals for an M I /M62 link in west Yorkshire to enable the proposals to be exhibited in the Horbury area of Wakefield.
Special arrangements have already been operated for people in the Horbury area. Nevertheless. I am arranging for additional exhibitions of the MI/M62 link road proposals to be held next week both in the Horbury and Thornhill Lees areas, subject to the availability of suitable venues.There seems no case for extending the consultation period which does not expire until I May, but any comments received after that date will still be taken into account.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the projected date for announcing the preferred route for the proposed MI/M62 motorway link in west Yorkshire.
No date has been set for announcing the outcome of the public consultation, into the options for a proposed link between the M1 south-west of Wakefield and the M62 east of Huddersfield, which started on 27 February 1992. This is because it is impossible to anticipate at this stage how long it will take to assess fully the large number of responses we expect to receive from the public and representative bodies.
Initial Response Teams
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those initial response teams he expects to be operating on 1 April without official vehicles.
On 1 April 1992 there will be a total of 65 initial response teams.Initial response teams operating without official vehicles are listed below. These stations have not previously operated with an official vehicle, prior to redesignation as IRTs. The implementation period for the review is four years, and alterations to the current plan could occur over this period, should circumstances change significantly.
- Bressay island
- West Burra island
- Balta Sound
- North Roe
- Papa Westray
- Long Hope
- North Ronaldsay
- St. Abbs
- Holy Island
- Sea Palling
- Sutton Bridge
- Shingle Street
- Port Talbot
- Wooltack Point
- Cemaes Bay
- Hilbre Island
- New Brighton
- Port Ellen
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the current responsibilities of Her Majesty's coastguard; and if he will implement the sector review in accordance with the definition contained in paragraph 2.12 of that report.
I would refer the hon. Member to the written reply I gave to the hon. Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) on the same subject on 9 March 1992.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what preventive and educational measures are required by Her Majesty's coastguard of sector officers; and what proportion of their time they are required to spend on education and preventive work.
Her Majesty's coastguard sector officers are primarily responsible for the management, training and operational efficiency of the several auxiliary coastguard companies within their sectors, including maintenance of buildings and equipment.As part of their workload, sector officers will provide both solicited and unsolicited safety and educational advice in the course of their duties, including presentations at local schools, local public events, yachting and other organisations which use the sea, as well as routine daily contact with the general public. This is done in concert with the auxiliary coastguard companies under their charge. There is no requirement for a specific number of hours per month to be spent on this aspect of work.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his study of auxiliary operations room assistance; what are the cost implications of employing administrative assistants to replace auxiliary coastguards; and when the recommendations will be implemented.
The recommendation that a separate study of auxiliary operations room assistance be undertaken formed part of the long-term aims of the coastal review. Although some preliminary work was put in hand it was considered that this item was secondary in importance to other recommendations contained in the review, and no conclusions have yet been reached.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration has been given to increasing the total amount of money allocated to the Government assistance for training scheme for the shipping industry; and if he will make a statement.
In accordance with Treasury guidelines, a policy review of the Government assistance for training scheme was conducted last year by my Department. This review highlighted GAFT's success in revitalising cadet recruitment. It did not identify an immediate need to increase the target of 500 cadets per annum for which the scheme has been designed although it acknowledged the possibility of reviewing the GAFT budget to coincide with future public expenditure surveys.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what directions he has given to the London traffic director concerning cycles.
The Secretary of State's draft traffic management and parking guidance which he issued for consultation on 11 March sets out his aims for cycling in London and possible measures to assist cyclists in relation to red routes. It will be for the London traffic director and the London local authorities to have regard to the final guidance when meeting their respective traffic management responsibilities.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the budget for cycle schemes within the traffic division for 1992–93; and what is the proportion of the total budget for the traffic division of cycle schemes.
The traffic policy division of the Department of Transport has no executive responsibilities for providing cycling facilities, and so has no budget for cycle schemes. Cycle schemes are funded from other budgets as is the work on the 1,000-mile cycle route for London.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what specific schemes are planned (a) within the Department's bypass scheme and (b) within the Department's trunk road programme for cycling.
The answer is:
|Site||Applicant||Capacity||Date of consent|
|Charterhouse Street, London EC1||Citigen Ltd.||90 MW||26 February 1992|
|Spondon||Derwent Cogeneration Ltd. (formerly Courtaulds)||318 MW||10 March 1992|
|Medway||Medway Power Ltd.||450 or 660 MW||10 March 1992|
|Sutton Bridge||Independent Power Generators Ltd.||700 MW||11 March 1992|
Nurses And Midwives Pay Review Body
To ask the Prime Minister when the supplement to the ninth report of the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and the Professions Allied to Medicine will be published.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research is being conducted by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory on cycles and cycle safety.
The Transport and Road Research Laboratory has begun to evaluate the effectiveness of current pedal cycle helmets in reducing head injuries.
Dounreay Processing Plant
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the decision announced by the European Commission and EURATOM on 4 March to prohibit the reopening of the MTR 1203 reprocessing plant at Dounreay until nuclear materials accountancy procedures have been satisfactorily approved.
The Commission decision of 4 March applied a "warning" to Dounreay. This requires Dounreay to rectify failures in the implementation of accounting and records systems before the plant resumes normal operations. To this end, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority is vigorously implementing the recommendations of its internal inquiry, and is consulting with the Commission as necessary.
Gas-Fired Power Stations
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the licences he has issued for gas-fired power stations giving the location and date in each case.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him on 24 February at columns 398–400.Since then, four further section 36 consents have been granted, details of which are given herewith.
The review body's report, which deals with the pay of senior nurses and senior midwives, is being published today. The Government are grateful to the review body for the additional work it has undertaken to prepare this report.The report recommends that with effect from I September 1991 the senior nurse and senior midwife pay spine should be increased by approximately 6 per cent. to the level of the senior manager pay spine and that senior nurses should each receive a single non-superannuable cash payment of £300.The Government have accepted the review body's recommendations but have decided that the single cash payment should be superannuable, in order to comply with the provisions of the NHS superannuation regulations.
To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his plan to send a human rights fact-finding team to the People's Republic of China.
In January in New York I proposed to Premier Li Peng that a high-level delegation should visit China later this year to look into human rights issues. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Surrey, East (Sir G. Howe) has agreed to lead this mission, which will take place later this year.
To ask the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on his approach to planning in the countryside in the light of the publication of the revised planning policy guidance note 7.
The Government are not, and never have been, in favour of uncontrolled development. Planning is essential. Our commitment to it was demonstrated through our introduction of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991, and the implementation of the plan-led system it provides for. We have made clear the role of the planning system in ensuring that development and growth are sustainable.Balanced decisions within the planning system require various points of view to be heard and weighed. The views of those who oppose development are often got across very effectively indeed to those taking planning decisions. But weight must also be given to the views of individuals submitting planning applications. For them, especially those in the farming community, success may make all the difference as to whether they can continue to live and work in the countryside. In my speech to the Oxford farming conference, I was speaking on behalf of those individuals—who sometimes feel that their voice counts for relatively little—when I encouraged planning authorities to balance the need to protect the countryside with the need for jobs and houses.This position is clearly set out in the revised planning policy guidance note 7 on the countryside and the rural economy. This note explains this Government's policy of encouraging rural enterprise, while ensuring that the environment is protected. It reminds planning authorities of the need for a balanced approach to rural development and conservation. The planning system helps to integrate development necessary to sustain the rural economy with protection of the countryside for the sake of its beauty, its diversity of landscape, its wealth of natural resources and its ecological, agricultural and recreational value. When paragraph 2.5 of the PPG says that "little weight" should normally be attached to the loss of lower grade agricultural land it means little weight in terms of agricultural value; other factors such as landscape and nature conservation need to be taken fully into account.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the United Kingdom is making towards the development of southern African countries faced by severe drought.
We have substantial and continuing programmes of development aid for countries of the southern Africa region amounting to some £165 million in 1990. As my hon. Friend is aware, I announced a package of additional assistance last week in response to the drought comprising £2 ½ million of balance of payments support each for Zambia and Zimbabwe plus 15,000 tonnes of food aid for Mozambique and for Mozambican refugees. I am able to announce today a further £1 million in the form of a contribution to the world food programmes's targeted feeding programme for vulnerable groups in Malawi.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list by project the amount of know-how fund grant committed to date under the two schemes to encourage the establishment of British investment operations in central and eastern Europe, the Baltic states and the former Soviet Union; and if he will make a statement.
So far over £3 million has been committed to 150 successful applicants under the two schemes. The first scheme provides up to 50 per cent. grant towards the cost of pre-investment feasibility studies (PIFS) into proposed British investment operations; the second scheme finances, on a pump-priming basis, the costs of providing training in management and business skills to key indigenous personnel who will run British investment operations (the training for investment personnel scheme—TIPS). There has been a good response from a wide cross-section of British industry and service sector firms and organisations and the schemes appear to be achieving their aims. Forty-nine pre-investment feasibility studies supported by the know-how fund have so far been completed; in 35 of these, applicants have decided definitely to proceed with their investment; in a further five a final decision has not yet been taken.Information on the grant committed by project is as follows:
|Pre-investmenl feasibility studies (PIFS) scheme|
|Proposed Investment Operation||Grant Approved £|
|Bulk liquids storage terminal||12,500|
|Fuel efficiency etc instrumentation||13,383|
|Bulk sugar terminal||50,000|
|Disposable medical equipment||43,996|
|Bulk liquid storage terminal||47,500|
|Printing inks manufacture||20,215|
Proposed Investment Operation
Grant Approved £
|Training/consultancy for financial sector||6,656|
|Technology (CAD/CAM) centres||50,000|
|Navigation, surveying and vehicle products||35,484|
|Soft drinks production plant||22,325|
|Joint venture with survey, mapping etc company||24,190|
|Non-woven material manufacture||11,970|
|Medical indemnity insurance joint venture||20,670|
|Fruit, vegetable processing plant||6,924|
|Environmental management consultancy||12,122|
|Mining equipment manufacture||24,690|
|Gas-fired generation plant||15,000|
|Business intelligence service||9,500|
|Water/environmental engineering consultancy||13,010|
|Corrugated board manufacture||50,000|
|Consulting engineering/environmental consultancy||17,643|
|Knitwear, knitted fabric manufacture/trading||27,911|
|Training/consultancy for financial sector||5,625|
|Timber building system manufacture||9,031|
|Water control, monitoring equipment joint venture||3,348|
|Financial advisory service||1,400|
|Funeral services joint venture||27,611|
|Warm air ducting||2,260|
|Coal tip washing||6,631|
|Electronic and technology training equipment||4,061|
|Investment castings foundry||23,842|
|Hand tools manufacture||26,542|
|Diesel engines manufacture||50,000|
|Historic residential property restoration/development||13,126|
|Electronic components manufacture||50,000|
|Dolomite etc. mining||15,435|
|Commercial TV channel consortium||40,037|
|Motor industry research and development etc. joint venture||40,603|
|Industrial training joint venture||29,035|
|Technical training joint venture||3,945|
|Waste oil reclamation plant||47,625|
|Consultancy joint venture with institute||6,167|
|Ski resort development||46,553|
|Electronic products (civil markets)||36,800|
|Offshore exploration support facility||2,750|
Proposed Investment Operation
Grant Approved £
|Diesel engines manufacture||50,000|
|Plant hire joint venture||20,413|
|Oil/gas industry training centre||18,049|
|Small business development||50,000|
|Advertising/marketing etc. consultancy||34,726|
|Mining industry software||6,467|
|Dairy food processing equipment manufacture||10,162|
|Vehicles joint venture||22,019|
|Food processing joint venture||27,354|
|Agricultural spray equipment etc. joint venture||10,289|
|Coal washing plant||31,477|
Training for investment personnel scheme (TIPS)
Grant approved £
|Bulk packaging manufacture||6,050|
|Language/business skills training||8,420|
|Consulting engineers practice||8,900|
|Management training school||25,642|
|Open learning centres||50,000|
|Dental products manufacture||8,966|
|Property/asset valuation, consultancy||4,139|
|Business computer systems||25,921|
|Water and effluent consultancy||18,922|
|Pallet racking/shelving manufacture||22,862|
|English language training||14,185|
|Sewing thread manufacture||26,424|
|Risk assessment consultancy||17,480|
|Bar code systems||5,835|
|Shopping complex joint venture||8,500|
|Medical indemnity insurance operations||16,205|
|Machine tool manufacture||1,646|
|Warm air ducting||4,000|
|Property consultants/chartered surveyors||28,839|
|Mechanical seals manufacture||50,000|
|Building and construction joint venture||10,916|
|Bar code systems||4,690|
|Pipe and cable locating equipment||14,434|
|Mineral water bottling plant||8,104|
|Plant and tool hire joint venture||40,000|
|Investment castings foundry||45,234|
Grant approved £
|Retail fabric shop||15,600|
|Machinery design and manufacture||30,610|
|Fuel filtration systems manufacture||23,984|
|Bar code systems||8,345|
|Design, management services consultancy||30,312|
|Home study language training joint venture||15,523|
|Tourism joint ventures||24,776|
Ex-German Democratic Republic(approved before unification in October 1990) Consulting engineers practice
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the assistance given by the United Kingdom to western Samoa.
We do not have a regular country aid programme for western Samoa, but have provided disaster relief after recent cyclones. This included £115,000 for emergency supplies, help with reconstruction and 1,125 tonnes of rice following cyclone Ofa in February 1990; and £120,000 for emergency supplies and other relief activities following cyclone Val in December 1991.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on how the overseas aid criterion about good government is applied to the People's Republic of China.
|Years||Youth Opportunities Programme||Youth Training Scheme||Community Programme||Job Training Scheme||Employment Training||Technical and Vocational Education Initiative||Local Collaborative Project1||Open Tech/Open Learning||Open College|
In allocating aid we consider recipient countries' needs, their ability to use aid well, their economic and social policies, other good government considerations and the scope for supporting activities which promote better government. These considerations apply to China where our programme includes a project to improve investment appraisal methodology and introduce social and environmental analysis into project appraisal and United Kingdom training in a range of subjects including public administration and law. We also discuss human rights concerns frequently with the Chinese Government, including most recently during the Chinese Foreign Minister's meeting with the Secretary of State on 9 March.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment since 1979, what has been the annual expenditure on the programmes: (a) work experience on employers' premises, (b) youth opportunities programme, (c) youth training scheme, (d) community programme, (e) job training scheme, (f) employment training, (g) technical and vocational education initiative, (h) local collaborative programme and (i) open tech and open college, expressed (i) in cash terms, (ii) in constant 1991 prices and (iii) as a figure which indicates the amount of EC funding included in each programme.
The table shows expenditure for Great Britain at cash and constant 1990–91 prices in each year from 1979–80 to 1990–91 on youth opportunities programme (which includes work experience on employers premises), youth training scheme (which includes training credits), community programme, job training scheme (which includes new job training scheme), employment training (which includes the Gateshead garden festival), technical and vocational education initiative, local collaborative projects and open tech and the Open college. I will write to the hon. Member separately on the question of the EC funding.
Youth Oppor-tunities Programme
Youth Training Scheme
Job Training Scheme
Technical and Vocational Education Initiative
Local Collabora-tive Project1
Open Tech/ Open Learning
|1.Figures for each year up to 1987–88 include programme administration costs on a pro rata basis except for CP where all years include administration costs and Open college which includes no administration costs.|
|2.Constant prices were calculated by the use of the GDP deflator index from the Chancellor's Autumn Statement published in November 1991.|
1 Expenditure on the local collaborative projects is not separately identifiable between 1987–88 and 1990–91.
City Of Durham
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons under 18 years are in full-time employment in the City of Durham constituency.
The 1981 census of population figures represents the latest available. In 1981 there were 2,413 16 to 19-year olds in full-time employment in the then City of Durham constituency.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what response he proposes to make to the representation by the London East training and enterprise council in appendix 3 to his evidence to the Employment Committee on 27 November House of Commons Paper 92-i—on the non-fulfilment of the training guarantee for 16 and 17-year-olds mentioned in paragraph 3.8 of Cm 1810 "People, Jobs and Opportunity".
Our officials have been in regular contact with London East training and enterprise council (LETEC). As LETEC's evidence to the Employment Committee indicated, agreement was reached on two occasions on additional funds to enable LETEC to contract for more training places. The position on the supply of and demand for youth training continues to be closely monitored in east London as elsewhere. Under its contract with the TEC the Department stands ready to discuss any further measures that may be needed to ensure that the guarantee of the offer of a suitable training place to all unemployed 16 and 17-year-olds who want one is met.
Employment And Training
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of people benefiting from special employment and training measures at the latest available date in the constituency of Bury, North; and what is the average cost per person under each.
This Department has a number of employment and training measures in the Bury area but it is not possible to provide figures on a constituency basis, and data on different measures is collected on different bases.The total number of people who participated in employment service measures (restart and 13-week interviews of claimants, jobclub entrants, participants in restart courses, job review workshops and job search seminars) in the Bury area, in the period April 1991 to February 1992 inclusive was 3,501. In the period April 1991 to 7 February 1992, a total of 610 unemployed people in the Bolton and Bury area were also assisted by the job interview guarantee scheme.
The number of people participating in measures delivered through the Bolton and Bury training and enterprise council (youth training, employment training, and employment action), at 5 February 1992, was 2,732.
Information on the average cost per person under each measure is not readily available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what response he expects to make to the representations made by young people from the Canning Town and Beckton area of east London in the course of the ministerial interview on 10 March concerning the lack of quality and effectiveness of his youth training scheme.
I had a constructive and positive meeting with these young people about a range of concerns going much wider than youth training. I invited them to write further to me through their Member of Parliament, and action will be taken in response.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many training and enterprise councils in London have not yet signed their 1992–93 operating agreements.
As at 12 March none of the London training and enterprise councils had signed their 1992–93 operating agreements.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated full cost of implementing all of the Social Security Advisory Committee's recommendations on the social fund in Northern Ireland in 1992.
The recommendations of the Social Security Advisory Committee would entail wide-ranging changes to the social fund and the full information needed to produce a reliable estimate of the cost is not readily available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the NHS management executive's efforts to canvass interest in general practitioner fund holding in Northern Ireland, detailing dates and venues of presentations to general practitioners or officials, names and roles of experts from Scotland, England or Wales brought over to advise interested parties and the scope of the activity of such consultants or advisers.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave him on 19 February, Official Report, Vol. 204, column 211. Since then, the management executive has held one seminar, on 26 February 1992, for practices expressing an interest in becoming fund holders. Dr. John Steyn, a general practitioner fund holder from Scotland, and Mr. Mark Miller, a deputy director with the NHS management advisory service, spoke to the seminar about the preparatory period and the first year of fund holding.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether general medical practices which are granted fund holding status will have to specifically inform each patient of this fact and its consequences.
Practices which become fund holders are not required to inform their patients; however it is likely that fund-holding practices will wish to explain the details of the scheme to their patients and they will receive every encouragement to do so.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he makes for each year since 1979 of (a) the total population of working age regardless of whether or not they were in work and (b) the percentage of the population which was not in work whether or not they were looking for work.
The information requested is as follows:
|Population of working age in Northern Ireland percentage not in employment 1979–19911|
|Year||Population of working age (000s)2||Percentage not in employment3|
|1 Population of working age figures are general registrar's office mid-year estimates. The percentage not in employment is based on estimates from the labour force survey. This surve was not conducted in 1980 and 1982.|
|2 Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59.|
|3 Unemployed plus economically inactive as a percentage of population of working age.|
Harland And Wolff
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the value of the contracts received by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1991 from Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd. for modification of ships owned by PNTL.
This is a commercial matter between the Harland and Wolff group and Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd. The hon. Member should address his inquiry to one of those companies.
Road Accidents, Ards Peninsular
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road accidents in the Ards peninsular during the 24 hours of Tuesday 10 March were reported to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; how many involved injuries; at which locations did these injuries occur; from which locations other ambulances were required to attend each of these road accidents in which personal injuries were involved; and how long it took for the ambulance in each instance to deliver the injured persons to hospital from the time of the initial report of a need for an ambulance.
Two. The first occurred in Portaferry road, Cloghy, the second in Ballyvester road, Donaghadee. Both involved injuries. An ambulance from Bangor station attended the Cloghy accident. One hour and 47 minutes elapsed between the initial request for an ambulance and its arrival at the Ulster hospital. Twenty-two minutes were spent at the scene of the accident stabilising the casualty, and a further 52 minutes transporting him to hospital at a restricted speed necessitated by the nature and severity of his injuries. An ambulance from the Donaghadee area attended the second accident. Thirty-two minutes elapsed between the initial request for an ambulance and its arrival at the Ards hospital.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, persuant to his answer of 9 March 1992 Official Report, columns 399–400, on staff administering the social security programme, if he will give the answer per 1,000 claimants.
The information requested is as follows:
|Year||Number of staff per 1,000 claimants|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what would have been the gross additional cost, in cash terms and at 1991–92 prices of uprating child benefit fully in line with inflation, assuming each child in the family receives the same rate, in April of each year from 1988 to 1992.
[holding answer 27 February 1992]: The information requested is set out.
|In Cash Terms||At 1991–92 Prices|
To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will list the expenditure on books for public libraries in the United Kingdom for each year since 1981.
Public library statistics collected by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and supplemented with material from local authorities will shortly be published by my Library and Information Services Council (England). They show expenditure on books as follows:
Galleries (Admission Charges)
To ask the Minister for the Arts by what percentage rise or fall attendances at public galleries charging for admission have changed since the charges were introduced.
The national galleries which I sponsor— the National gallery, the Tate gallery, the National Portrait gallery and the Wallace collection—do not charge for admission to their core collections. Information on charges and attendances relating to other public galleries is not held centrally.
House Of Commons
Department Of The Environment
To ask the Lord President of the Council what proportion of time (a) on the Floor of the House of Commons and (b) in Standing Committee, has been spent on matters under the auspices of the Department of the Environment in the current Session.
The total time spent on the Floor of the House this Session up to the adjournment of the House on Friday 6 March 1992 was 649 hours and 37 minutes.The amount of time spent on the Floor of the House on matters falling within the responsibilities of the Department of the Environment was 75 hours and 30 minutes, or 11–6 per cent. of total time on the floor.The total time spent in Standing Committees up to the adjournment of the House on Friday 6 March 1992 was 491 hours and 13 minutes.A total of 137 hours and 7 minutes were taken up by matters under the auspices of the Department of the Environment
1 . This amounts to 28 per cent. of time spent in Standing Committee this Session.
1 This figure does not take account of suspensions in Standing Committee. It includes time "shared" with other Departments when a number of statutory instruments are grouped together for debate in a Standing Committee.
Education And Science
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from local education authorities seeking approval for urgent building work for schools.
We have received representations from six local education authorities about urgent building work at schools since our announcement last December of the distribution of annual capital guidelines to LEAs and the voluntary-aided grant allocations for 1992–93.It is for LEAs to ensure that their schools are in a satisfactory condition. They do not need our approval to undertake building work they judge necessary.
Margaret Ward Rc High School
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will reconsider the case of building work approved for St. Margaret Ward RC high school, Stoke-on-Trent.
Grant for capital expenditure and repairs at voluntary-aided schools for 1992–93 will increase by 15 per cent., compared with the current year, to £151 million. However, it is not possible to provide grant for all the projects submitted by local education authorities. Whilst my right hon. and learned Friend cannot reconsider his decision, it is open to Staffordshire county council to submit the project again next year.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the (a) pupil roll, (b) cost per pupil and (c) annual maintenance grant at Stratford school in each month since April 1990.
The school began to receive annual maintenance grant (AMG) only on being incorporated as grant maintained on 1 April 1991: it was funded until that date by Newham local education authority.The school's total AMG for the period 1 April 1991 to 31 March 1992, which has been paid in 12 instalments, £1,533,311. There were 574 pupils registered at the school in January 1992 as recorded on its annual departmental return: we do not collect monthly pupil data. The school's total AMG divided by 574 pupils produces a per pupil figure of £2,671.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received concerning the testing of performance levels of children with special education needs.
The Government's objective is that the national curriculum testing arrangements should be accessible to pupils with special educational needs. My right hon. and learned Friend and I receive many helpful representations from parents and teachers about how this objective can be met.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many letters he has recently received from (a) right hon. and hon. Members and (b) members of the public about GCSE coursework.
My right hon. and learned Friend has received 740 letters from Members of Parliament and 2,110 letters from members of the public about GCSE coursework.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received from (a) the National Association for the Teaching of English, (b) the Northern Examining Association, (c) the Joint Matriculation Board, (d) the National Association of Advisers in English and (e) the joint council for the GCSE, about GCSE coursework; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. and learned Friend has received various representations from all but the Joint Matriculation Board about GSCE coursework. He is convinced that limits on coursework are needed in order to maintain public credibility in the GCSE, and is satisfied that the limits which he has set will secure that confidence whilst giving sufficient scope for the innovative assessment techniques facilitated by coursework.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement giving details of the evidence which he has considered in reaching his conclusion that changes should be made to GCSE coursework.
My decision to limit the coursework element of the GCSE in order to maintain public confidence in that qualification was taken in the light of advice from the School Examinations and Assessment Council (SEAC) and based on evidence in the HMI report "The Introduction of the GCSE in Schools 1986–88", the SEAC report "Examining GCSE: First General Scrutiny Report" and the "Report of the Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations". All three reports stressed the difficulty of ensuring standardising marking and adequate moderation in coursework. The first also drew attention to the unfairness caused by coursework not being conducted under uniform conditions.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many out of borough pupils have been educated at Barnet schools during each of the last five years.
The information requested is as follows:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much was spent per pupil in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools in Durham in each year since 1981.
School based spending per pupil in nursery and primary schools, secondary schools and special schools in Durham is shown in the table. The figures show spending from 1980–81 until 1989–90, the latest year for which actual expenditure figures are available.
School based spending per pupil
Nursery and Primary £
1. School based spending covers the direct costs in schools of salaries and wages, premises and certain supplies and services. It does not include the costs of school meals, home to school transport, LEA central administration, and financing costs of capital expenditure.
2. The figures in the table are derived from Durham local education authority's returns of its spending to the Department of the Environment and of its pupil numbers to the Department of Education and Science.
3. Spending on nursery and primary schools was not collected separately for years after 1986–87, so the figures for the years shown in the table cover both nursery and primary schools.
Local Education Authority Property
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will place in the Library a specimen agreement of a type he has approved between a college of further education and a local education authority regarding the college's leasing of local education authority property.
The agreements that have been approved to date have been specific to the particular case. We expect governing bodies and local education authorities, in agreeing arrangements, to cover the following: the length of time the college is to remain on the site concerned; the nature of the occupancy—eg. lease or licence; whether any rent is to be paid; the responsibility for repairs and other outgoings; and the terms for cessation of the occupancy.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list of nursery school provision by local education authorities in England and Wales.
I have arranged that details of nursery provision for each local education authority in England for January 1991 will be published shortly. Details of nursery provision as at January 1990 were published last year in the DES "Statistical Bulletin 7/91", copies of which are available in the LibraryNursery provision in Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has to fund after-school clubs in primary schools in Wigan local education authority.
My hon. Friend the Member for Surrey, South-West (Mrs. Bottomley) announced on I March the Government's intention to expand child care for school age children. The Government plan, through Department of Health programmes, to support a number of new development posts in voluntary organisations, which will work with schools and others to pilot the development of innovative schemes.It is important that local education authorities and schools should play their part in the development of out of hours care schemes, and we have encouraged schools to respond accordingly by opening up their premises to meet local needs.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will state the total number of individual applications he received for his technology schools initiative, the number successful and unsuccessful, and of the latter the number he regarded as being of a satisfactory standard and the additional cost to his allocated £25 million of agreeing to those applications, together with the criteria he adopted to distinguish the categories of application referred to in the ministerial speech made at Shenley Wood school on 14 February;(2) on what date and in what manner he informed all local education authorities of his schools technology initiative; what criteria he laid down for applications; what maximum costs in capital and revenue were indicated; arid what account was taken of existing provision in maintained schools in the authorities containing successful applicants;(3) if he will state the number of local education authorities making applications in respect of the technology schools initiative together with the number of authorities gaining all, some, or none of their applications, respectively, and the names of those authorities whose applications were satisfactory but unsuccessful.
On 5 December 1991 chief education officers of local education authorities (LEAs) in England were invited in writing to submit up to two projects for funding under the technology schools initiative (TSI). The letter explained that proposals were to be normally for projects in the region of £250,000, although consideration would exceptionally be given to projects costing up to a maximum of £500,000. Priority would be given to bids from schools committed to making good technology provision whatever their existing level of resources. Amongst the factors stated which would be taken into account in assessing bids were:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the schools in Gravesham which have opted to become grant-maintained schools.
There are two schools in Gravesham operating as GM and a third has recently been approved to become GM in September. The total number of schools operating or approved for GM status in Kent is now 26. I am delighted that so many schools in this area will enjoy the benefits of grant-maintained status.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils applied to go to Hendon grant-maintained school in the years beginning September 1991 and September 1992; and what was the corresponding number of applicants in 1987.
The Department does not collect centrally information on applications for admissions to grant-maintained schools. However, I understand from Hendon school that it has received 386 applications for admission in September 1992. At this time last year the school had 308 applications for admission to the school in September 1991. The corresponding number in March 1987 was 110.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether in assessing borrowers' claims for deferment, the Student Loans Company will disregard income from disability living allowance and disability working allowance when those benefits are introduced.
Yes, We have today laid before Parliament regulations amending the Education (Student Loans) Regulations 1991 to ensure that these allowances are fully taken into account.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will arrange for the booklet "Student Grants and Loans—a brief guide" to be published in braille.
I am delighted that the Royal National Institute for the Blind has produced, at my Department's expense, a braille edition of the booklet. I have placed a copy in the Library. The Royal National Institute for the Blind's Peterborough office (PO Box 173, Peterborough PE2 OWS) will make further copies available on request.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the cost of extending an entitlement to student fees to part-time students on first degree courses, assuming a maximum fee entitlement of £750 and that all such students would be eligible for fees support.
[holding answer 10 March 1992]: Approximately £87 million, with some 115,000 students —the number of part-time first degree students in England and Wales in 1990, including Open university students, and representing some 29 per cent. of the 401,000 part-time students in higher education that year. This assumes that all students are personally eligible for support.
Local Government Reform
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if the Vale of Glamorgan is to be one of the unitary authorities in Wales under his recently announced proposals for local government reform.
Yes, the Vale of Glamorgan is one of the 23 authorities listed in my proposals.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the reasons why the boundaries of the Vale of Glamorgan were not specified in his recently announced proposals for local government reform in Wales; and how he intends to determine them.
The boundaries of the Vale of Glamorgan were marked with dotted lines on the map illustrating my proposals so that I can listen to any further representations on their precise locations.
Local Government Expenditure
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table, covering the years 1986–87 and consistent with Cm 1916, showing by sub-programme (a) total local authority expenditure in Wales, (b) local authority expenditure in Wales on services for which he has policy responsibility and (c) an analysis of the differences between (a) and (b).
Consistent with appendix 3 of Cm 1916, the information is as follows:
|Local authority expenditure in Wales 1986–87 Local authority expenditure within the responsibility of the Secretary of State|
|160107 Other agriculture and fisheries||—|
|160108 Support fishing industry||1|
|160114 Land drainage and flood prevention||1|
|160115 Coast protection||2|
|160117 Land drainage and flood prevention||9|
|160118 Coast protection||—|
|160209 General labour market—capital||—|
|160211 General labour market—current||5|
|Roads and Transport|
|160405 Roads new construction and improvement||67|
|160406 Other transport capital||3|
|160407 Road maintenance||82|
|160408 Other transport current||29|
|Total roads and transport||181|
|160504 Expenses of rent officers||1|
|160505 Rate fund contribution to HRA||2|
|160506 Local authority improvements||79|
|160508 New dwellings||23|
|160511 Repurchase of defective dwellings||2|
|160512 Slum clearance||1|
|160513 Low-cost home ownership||1|
|160514 Improvement grants||61|
|160515 Reinstatement grants||3|
|160516 Home insulation grants||2|
|160518 Local authority lending to others||4|
|160520 Repayments loans—former tenants||-16|
|160521 Repayments loans—others||-13|
Other environmental services
|160604 CADW grants to local authorities||1|
|160605 Tax and rate collection||8|
|160606 Records, registrations and surveys||1|
|160607 Urban programme||5|
|160609 Other local environmental services||178|
|160610 Urban programme||21|
|160612 Derelict land||13|
|160613 Water services grants to local authorities||—|
|160614 Gypsy sites||—|
|160615 Other local environmental services||76|
|Total other environmental services||304|
|160702 Higher and further education||119|
|160735 Youth service||7|
|160737 Other education services||5|
|160742 Primary and nursery education||235|
|160743 Secondary education||291|
|160744 Special education||28|
|160745 Administration and inspection||32|
|160746 Other education support services||2|
|160747 School catering||29|
|160741 Capital expenditure||40|
Arts and libraries
|160804 Libraries capital||2|
|160805 Libraries current||18|
|160806 Museums and art galleries capital||—|
|160807 Museums and art galleries current||2|
|Total arts and libraries||22|
Personal social services
|160910 Personal social services capital||8|
|160911 Personal social services current||134|
|160912 Port health service current||—|
|Total personal social services||143|
|Total local authority expenditure within the responsibility of the Secretary of State||1,572|
Local authority expenditure outside the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales
Intervention board for agricultural produce
|030102 EC subsidy for school milk||—|
|030103 EC subsidy for school meals||1|
|Total intervention board||1|
|040602 Consumer protection||5|
|040702 Sheltered employment and workshops||2|
|Total Department of Employment||7|
|060401 Ports and piers||—|
|Total Department of Transport||—|
|090110 Magistrates courts||10|
|090111 Other courts||1|
|090203 Probation and after care||9|
|090204 Probation—bail hostels||—|
|090304 School crossing patrols||2|
|090400 Civil defence||1|
|090601 Fire service||40|
|090804 Registration of electors||2|
|Total Home Office||214|
Department of Education and Science
|100203 Universities—EC student fees||—|
|100205 Mandatory student awards||46|
|Total Department of Education and Science||46|
Department of Social Security—Housing benefits
|121102 Rent allowances||48|
|121104 Rent rebates—discretionary||1|
|121105 Rent allowances—discretionary||—|
|121109 Rent rebates||134|
|121111 Administration of housing benefit||7|
|Total Department of Social Security||190|
|Total Local authority expenditure outside the responsibility of the Secretary of State||458|
|Total Local authority expenditure in Wales||2,030|
Local Government Expenditure
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table analysing the data in appendix 1 of Cm 1916, showing separately for each line for the years 1986–87 to 1994–95, (a) expenditure within the Welsh block and (b) other expenditure.
The Welsh block comprises all Welsh Office programmes apart from agriculture, industry and nationalised industries. With the exception of local authority unhypothecated current grants and credit approvals, expenditure is identified on a programme basis in appendix 1 of Cm 1916. The unhypothecated current grants cannot be allocated to specific programmes. The breakdown of credit approvals between block and other programmes is as follows:
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the latest figures available, stating whether they are final outturns, provisional outturns or budget figures, for 1988–89 to 1991–92 on the statistical basis of table 1.1 (summary of revenue expenditure and income), table 1.2 (summary of capital expenditure and income), table 1.3 (revenue accounts outturn summary), table 1.4 (capital accounts outturn summary) and table 2.3 (revenue account summary) of Welsh local government financial statistics.
The tables to which the hon. Gentleman refers are based on final outturn information received from local authorities. Outturn figures for 1988–89 and 1989–90 have already been published in Welsh Local Government Financial Statistics volume 14 1990 and volume 15 1991 for these years respectively. Outturn figures for later years are not yet available. Provisional or budget based figures are not available centrally at this level of detail for all accounts.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a reconciliation between (a) the local authority expenditure and its financing figures contained in figures 1.03 and 1.04 and appendices 1 and 3 of Cm 1916 and (b) the figures announced in the latest revenue support grant and other settlements.
Within the aggregate external finance package of £2,352 million for 1992–93 the revenue support grant—RSG—element is £1,621 million, the distributable amount from the non-domestic rating—NDR—account is £536 million and the allocation for revenue specific grants is £195 million.The Welsh revenue support grant report 1992–93 (revised) (HC 247), approved by the House on 12 February, set out my decisions on the level of RSG and NDR for 1992–93. The RSG total includes the additional resources of £3.5 million that I am making available in recognition of the school teachers' review body recommendations. This additional sum was announced too late to be included in Cm 1916. Appendix 1 of Cm 1916 refers therefore to my original proposal for an RSG allocation of £1,617 million and provides details of the NDR distributable amount and other revenue grants to local authorities for 1992–93.The unhypothecated support to local authorities for 1992–93 of £2,230 million in figure 1.03 of Cm 1916 includes my original proposals for RSG and the distributable amount of NDR together with the other grants itemised in the table.
|Wales summary cash plans: 1992–93 (Cm 1916) Unhypothecated support to local authorities|
|Revenue Support Grant||1,617|
|Non-domestic rating: distributable amount: 1992–93||536|
|Non-domestic rating collection costs||4|
|Community Charge Grant||27|
|Community Charge Reduction Scheme Grant||40|
|Council Tax Preparation Cost Special Grant||6|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish tables, covering the years 1986–87 to 1994–95 and consistent with Cm 1916, analysing (a) the Welsh block by economic category within spending sector and (b) the Welsh programme by economic category within spending sector.
The information is set out in tables 1 and 2. The definition of economic categories referred to is as follows:
|A10||Pay and pension costs of staff employed in central government departments which are subject neither to central government trading body or trading fund treatment.|
|A20||Pay and pension costs of Ministers, staff of the Northern Ireland civil and court services, staff of other public bodies (eg NHS, fringe bodies, local authorities), locally engaged staff overseas, and the armed forces.|
|B20||Current expenditure on goods and services ("general administrative expenses") of central Government Departments, the armed forces, the Northern Ireland civil and court services including receipts from central government departments' general administrative expenses and VAT refunds of running costs expenditure.|
|B30||Receipts covering general administrative expenses which come from outside the government sector|
|B40||Current expenditure on goods and services (other than the general administrative expenditure of central government departments) including receipts for the provision of goods and services by one part of government to another where the corresponding payment is classified as B40.|
|B50||Receipts from the provision of goods and services other than those rendered exclusively to another part of general government (ie covered by B20 and B40) or covering general administrative expenses (ie included under B30).|
|C10||Subsidies to the private sector.|
|C20||Subsidies to central government and local authority trading bodies.|
|C40||Subsidies to other public corporations.|
|D10||Current grants to the private sector.|
|E10||Expenditure on the purchase of land an existing buildings.|
|E20||Expenditure on the construction of new dwellings and improvements to existing dwellings.|
|E30||Expenditure on other new construction.|
|E40||Expenditure on the purchase of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment.|
|G10||Capital grants to the private sector—companies.|
|G20||Capital grants to the private sector—persons and non-profit making bodies.|
|G30||Capital grants to nationalised industries.|
|G40||Capital grants to list I and II public corporations.|
|H10||Net lending to the private sector—companies.|
|H20||Net lending to the private sector—persons and non-profit-making bodies.|
|H30||Long term net lending to nationalised industries and issue of public dividend capital (PDC).|
|H40||Net lending to list I and II public corporations.|
|J10||Long term market and overseas borrowing and financial leasing by nationalised industries.|
|J20||Market and overseas borrowing and financial leasing by list I public corporations.|
|J30||Net temporary borrowing by nationalised industries from the national loans fund, the market and overseas).|
|J40||Deposits by nationalised industries (bank deposits and transactions in interest-bearing securities) plus all borrowing/lending transactions with other natiolalised industries and with public corporations.|
|M10||Current grants to local authorities within AEF/AEG (excluding EC grants and those covered by M20).|
|M15||Current grants to local authorities outside AEF/AEG (excluding EC grants and those covered by M20).|
|M30||Current grants made by the European Communities to local authorities|
|N10||Capital grants to local authorities (excluding EC grants and those covered by N20).|
1. Welsh office block
1991–92 Forecast outturn
|1. Central Government's own expenditure1||A10||25||27||29||32||36||42||46||49||50|
|2. Local authority elements of the planning total||M10||889||966||1,035||1,071||1,166||1,530||1,672||2,348||2,449|
|3. Nationalised Industries||C30||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4. Other public corporations||C40||0||2||3||3||2||4||3||3||3|
1 Excluding finance to public corporations.
2. Welsh office programme
1991–92 Forecast outturn
|1. Central Government's own expenditure1||A10||25||27||29||32||36||42||46||49||50|
1991–92 Forecast outturn
|2. Local authority elements of the planning total|
|3. Nationalised Industries C30||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4. Other public corporations|
1 Excluding finance to public corporations.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish tables analysing for the years 1986–87 to 1994–95 the data in figure 1.03 of Cm 1916, analysing the component parts of (a) the Welsh block and (b) other
|Public expenditure sub-programmes Welsh Block|
|Roads and transport|
|160401 Motorways and trunk roads new construction/improvement||97||116||137||118||163||146||174||—||—|
|160402 Freight facilities and other grants||—||—||1||—||—||1||1||—||—|
|160403 Motorways and trunk roads maintenance||15||14||15||15||19||20||21||—||—|
|160404 Other central government||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||—||—|
|160405 Principal roads grant||—||—||—||1||—||—||—||—||—|
|160405 Industrial Development Act grant||—||—||—||1||1||1||2||—||—|
|160408 Loss of redundancy rebate||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160409 Transport grant||20||21||20||20||27||36||37||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||24||24||69||65||54||62||62||—||—|
|161213 New towns—capital expenditure on roads||3||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Total roads and transport||159||179||242||220||264||267||298||329||342|
|160501 Subsidies—central Government to local authorities||12||10||10||16||—||—||—||—||—|
expenditure, by (i) public expenditure (sub)-programme and (ii) the functional classification used in the identifiable expenditure figures (appendix E of Cm 1920).
The information is as follows:
|160504 Other current expenditure||2||2||2||2||4||4||5||—||—|
|160506 Renewal areas, OIA's and HAM's||—||—||—||—||1||1||3||—||—|
|160507 Group repair and enveloping||—||—||—||—||19||14||13||—||—|
|160511 Repurchase of defective dwellings||—||—||—||—||—||2||1||—||—|
|160512 Slum clearance||—||—||—||—||1||1||1||—||—|
|160513 Improvement for sale||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160514 Improvement grants||—||—||—||—||75||54||104||—||—|
|160515 Reinstatement grants for defective dwellings||—||—||—||—||4||3||3||—||—|
|160516 Homes insulation grant||2||2||1||1||—||—||—||—||—|
|160522 Miscellaneous central Government capital expenditure||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160523 Housing for Wales—grant-in-aid||1||1||1||2||2||3||3||—||—|
|160524 Housing for Wales capital grants to housing association||48||49||56||86||130||158||155||—||—|
|160525 Housing for Wales lending to housing associations||3||15||17||4||-14||-41||-32||—||—|
|160526 Housing for Wales grant redemption fund surpluses||-1||-1||-1||-2||-1||—||-1||—||—|
|160527 Housing for Wales redemption of grant following sale||-1||-1||-2||-3||-4||-3||-1||—||—|
|160528 Housing for Wales—receipts other||-3||-5||-4||-3||-5||-8||-6||—||—|
|160529 New housing revenue account subsidy||—||—||—||—||179||170||210||—||—|
|160530 Housing for Wales—HAG on deferred interest||8||7||8||7||8||8||4||—||—|
|161212 New towns capital expenditure||-1||-6||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||140||151||114||114||84||115||154||—||—|
Other environmenlal services
|090400 Civil defence||—||—||1||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|160301 Promotion of tourism||8||9||9||10||10||11||14||—||—|
|160601 Ancient monuments and historic buildings— CADW||5||7||7||7||9||10||12||—||—|
|160602 Central environmental services—cash limited||6||6||6||7||7||23||30||—||—|
|160603 Central environmental services—non-cash limited||2||9||4||10||3||3||3||—||—|
|160604 CADW grants to local authorities||1||—||1||—||—||—||1||—||—|
|160607 Urban programme/urban development grant— current||4||4||5||5||5||5||4||—||—|
|160609 Storm and flood damage||—||—||—||—||2||1||—||—||—|
|160410 Urban programme/urban development grant— capital||8||7||6||8||21||29||26||—||—|
|160613 Grants for rural water services||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160614 Gypsy sites grants||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||—||—|
|160615 Clean air grants||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160616 Land Authority for Wales||-5||2||1||1||1||—||—||—||—|
|160617 Urban regeneration grant||—||—||—||—||2||3||4||—||—|
|160618 Council tax and rating||—||—||—||1||1||11||12||—||—|
|160619 National parks supplementary grant||2||3||3||3||3||4||5||—||—|
|161214 New town capital expenditure||1||-14||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|161215 Urban development corporation||—||11||18||29||33||32||35||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||65||59||42||60||53||60||46||—||—|
|Total environmental services||98||104||104||143||152||197||194||193||199|
Educational arts and libraries
|160732 Access funds||—||—||—||—||1||1||1||—||—|
|160733 Higher education||2||2||2||2||2||3||45||—||—|
|160734 Further education||2||2||2||2||2||2||5||—||—|
|160735 Youth service||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|160736 Welsh language||2||2||2||3||4||5||6||—||—|
|160737 Other educational services||1||1||2||3||5||9||8||—||—|
|160738 Education support||3||8||11||12||13||14||15||—||—|
|160739 Bilingual education||1||1||1||1||2||2||2||—||—|
|160748 Other specific grants||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals (education)||28||39||49||48||50||57||55||—||—|
|160801 National Library of Wales||3||4||4||4||5||6||6||—||—|
|160802 National Museum of Wales||8||9||12||16||16||15||14||—||—|
|160803 Other arts and libraries||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals (arts and libraries)||2||3||1||2||1||2||3||—||—|
|Total education and arts and libraries||56||76||91||99||107||122||168||167||168|
Health and personal social services
|160901 Hospitals and community health services||728||807||894||962||1,077||1,232||1,363||—||—|
|160902 Other health services||1||—||—||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|160904 Other centrally funded health||19||23||30||39||52||68||81||—||—|
|160905 Personal social services||1||1||1||1||2||3||3||—||—|
|160906 Family practitioners services administration||5||5||5||7||10||12||12||—||—|
|160907 Family practitioners services||229||254||254||305||342||368||402||—||—|
|160908 Welfare food and EC medical costs||7||7||6||6||7||6||7||—||—|
|160909 NHS contributions, cost of collection||1||1||1||1||1||2||1||—||—|
|160911 Child care training, etc.||—||—||—||—||1||1||2||—||—|
|160913 GP practice funds||—||—||—||3||—||10||10||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||6||8||7||6||9||10||11||—||—|
|Total health and personal social services||995||1,106||1,228||1,333||1,501||1,713||1,892||1,960||2,053|
|161001 Departmental running costs||34||36||38||43||48||55||60||—||—|
|161002 Contracted-out VAT refunds||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|161003 Central administration receipts||-1||-1||-1||—||-2||-1||-1||—||—|
|161004 Central administration capital||2||1||2||3||2||2||3||—||—|
|161005 Other current expenditure||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Total departmental/Central administration||34||36||39||45||49||55||61||64||66|
Unhypothecated support to local authorities
|160620 National non-domestic rate collection cost||—||—||—||—||3||3||4||—||—|
|161302 Revenue support grant||—||—||—||—||1,411||1,236||1,617||—||—|
|161303 Rate support grant||576||950||1,015||1,049||—||4||—||—||—|
|161304 National non-domestic rate payments||308||338||368||414||443||525||536||—||—|
|161312 Community charge grant||—||—||—||—||—||268||27||—||—|
|161305 Rate rebates to disabled people||4||4||6||7||—||—||—||—||—|
|161306 Rate rebates in enterprise zones||3||3||4||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|161307 Community charge transitional relief||—||—||—||—||20||—||—||—||—|
|161311 Community charge reduction scheme||—||—||—||—||—||62||40||—||—|
|161312 Community charge rebilling and administration||—||—||—||—||—||3||—||—||—|
|161314 Council tax preparation costs||—||—||—||—||—||—||6||—||—|
|Total Unhypothecated Support to Local Authorities||1,193||1,296||1,392||1,474||1,608||2,102||2,230||2,324||2,425|
(b) Other Programmes
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
|160101 Market support under CAP||39||22||38||33||54||82||103||—||—|
|160102 National supplement to market support under CAP||2||2||2||4||4||3||3||—||—|
|160104 Grants and lr j 7–2oans for capital and other improvements||13||9||8||8||9||9||13||—||—|
|160105 Support for agriculture in special areas||36||35||33||34||35||45||42||—||—|
|160106 Animal health||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160107 Other agricultural and food services||1||1||1||1||2||2||1||—||—|
|160108 Support for the fishing industry||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160109 Support for the fishing industry and other fishery services||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160110 Other agriculture and food—EC||—||—||—||—||1||1||1||—||—|
|160111 Support—fishing industry EC||—||—||1||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|160112 Compensation to sheep producers||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|160114 Arterial drainage grants to LAs||—||1||—||—||—||1||1||—||—|
|160115 Coast protection||1||1||1||2||3||4||4||—||—|
|160116 Arterial drainage grants to WRA||—||—||—||1||—||2||2||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||2||4||3||3||3||4||5||—||—|
|Total Agriculture, Fisheries and Food||99||77||86||87||112||154||175||185||186|
|160201 Regional development grants||86||51||57||29||22||20||5||—||—|
|160202 Regional selective assistance||34||34||41||42||35||60||54||—||—|
|160206 Regional enterprise grants||—||—||—||1||2||2||2||—||—|
|160207 Other support services||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||—|
|160208 Small firms measures||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||—|
|160210 Careers strengthening scheme||1||1||2||2||2||2||2||—||—|
|161201 Development Board for Rural Wales (DBRW)||8||7||10||10||10||12||13||—||—|
|161203 DBRW—housing subsidies||2||2||2||2||2||3||3||—||—|
|161204 Welsh Development Agency||35||57||66||69||85||89||76||—||—|
|161301 Credit approvals||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|161101 Welsh Water Authority External Finance Limits||17||17||9||15||—||—||—||—||—|
(ii) Identifiable General Government Expenditure
It is not possible to analyse the data shown in figure 1.03 of Cm 1916 in terms of the functional classifications used in the identifiable general Government expenditure tables which appear in appendix E of Cm 1920.
The main reason for this is that, for the local authority sector, general Government expenditure has a different coverage than the planning total (which underlies figure 1.03 of Cm 1916).
General Government expenditure measures the net expenditure of the local authority sector, including that which is financed from local authorities' own resources, such as income from the community charge and from capital receipts. The planning total covers those elements of local authority spending over which central government has controlߞgrants, non-domestic rate payments and credit approvals.
Whereas the net out-turn expenditure of local authorities is allocated across the various functions shown in appendix E of Cm 1920, it is not possible to do the same with several components of the planning total, such as revenue support grant.
Specialised Employment Initiative
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the Welsh initiative for specialised employment on the effect of residential costs on the livelihood of people with learning difficulties; and if he will make a statement.
Welsh Office officials have received a letter from the Welsh Initiative for Specialised Employment—WISE—principally concerned with the relationship between income support and earnings in employment. A reply will be sent when consultation with the Department of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security has been completed.
Monmouth Borough Council
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much is allocated for 1991–92 by Monmouth borough council for bed-and-breakfast accommodation for homeless persons.
The amount budgeted by local authorities for bed-and-breakfast accommodation for homeless persons for 1991–92 is not held centrally.
Mrs Maria Hill
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had from Mrs. Maria Hill, Burnt Barn road, Bulwark, Chepstow, Gwent regarding the imminent repossession of her property; and what response he has made.
No representations have been received from Mrs. Maria Hill about the repossession of her property. However, following discussions with the Government last December, mortgage lenders have introduced a range of measures to reduce the number of repossessions and Mrs. Hill should be advised to contact her lender as a matter of urgency.
Felinteli (Port Dinorwic) Bypass
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State on 27 February, Official Report, column 1206, on what date work on the Felinteli (Port Dinorwic) bypass will commence; what is the estimated target date for completion; and if he will make a statement.
Tenders have been invited. Work is expected to start later this year although the precise date is contingent on the management of the trunk road programme as a whole. The scheme will take approximately two years to complete.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his statement of 27 February, Official Report, column 1152, how much money has been earmarked specifically for the new east Dwyfor and north Meirionydd community hospital whether a location has been determined; what is the planned date to commence work on this hospital; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement.
A sum of £598,000 has been reserved in the 1992–93 all Wales major capital building programme for the proposed new east Dwyfor and north Meirionydd community hospital. Management responsibility for this development rests with the Gwynedd health authority. It is for the authority initially to determine its location and the planning and construction time scale subject only to the approval in principle of the Welsh Office. No submission has yet been made.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales further to his answer of 9 March, Official Report, column 420, if he will give the figures for investment in fixed capital in agriculture in Wales for each of the last eight years.
Estimates of investment in gross fixed capital formation in agriculture in Wales in the last eight years for which information is available are as follows:
|Year||£ million Wales|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he received for and against the West Glamorgan health authority's proposal to stop funding the night casualty service at Singleton hospital.
Fifty-one letters and a petition opposing the proposal have been received.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received about the government of Wales.
Very few individuals and organisations have written to me specifically about the establishment of an elected Assembly. I have received many representations from individuals and organisations about my proposals for local government reorganisation and the establishment of a structure of unitary authorities.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is (a) the total amount of funding currently given by his Department towards the setting up of sheltered workshops for disabled people in Wales and (b) the number of places made available; and what were the corresponding figures for each year from 1979 onwards.
[holding answer 14 February 1992]: Government funding for sheltered workshops is the responsibility of the employment service and details of its expenditure in Wales which it has provided are shown in the following table. These include an element from revenue support grant paid to local authority by my Department through the employment service. The employment service does not have information on expenditure before 1986–87 nor the number of places before 1981–82.
|Sheltered workshops places and Government expenditure in Wales|
|Year||Workshop numbers||Total Government expenditure (including capital)|
Total Government expenditure (including capital)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will propose legislation to enable local authorities to tender for carrying out MOT inspections of vehicles owned by other organisations; and if he will make a statement.
No. Existing legislation provides for MOT examinations to be carried out by inspectors appointed by any council designated by the Secretary of State for Transport. There is no restriction on the ownership of the vehicles which may be tested by such councils.
National Curriculum (Arts And Music)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to make the orders for art and music in the national curriculum in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
I have today laid the final orders with associated documents setting out attainment targets and programmes of study for art and music in the national curriculum for pupils aged five to 14. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House. The orders apply to Wales. My right hon. Friend has already published draft orders for England on 10 March.
Agriculture, Fisheries And Food
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the present position of the European Commission on the question of banana exports from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and GATT tarification, following the Commissioners' meeting on 4 March.
I understand that no decision was reached at the meeting on 4 March and that the Commission is planning to discuss this question again on 25 March. The United Kingdom has pressed the importance of a GATT settlement in conformity with our continuing commitments to the Windward Islands and Jamaica.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the criteria acceptable to his Department before an intensive calf rearing unit can be established in the countryside.
Anybody wishing to establish an intensive calf rearing unit in the countryside would have to comply with all the appropriate legislation including the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (as amended) and the Welfare of Calves Regulations 1987.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consultations occurred between his Department and (a) the International Society for Professional Aromatherapists and (b) the Society for the Promotion of Natural Therapy concerning his Department's initiative on dietary supplements.
Our officials sent the European Community discussion paper on dietary supplements to the International Society of Professional Aromatherapists and the Society for the Promotion of Nutritional Therapy and received comments from these organisations. The Department will continue to consult both them and other interested groups as EC negotiations progress.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what is the average yield of diesel per acre from oilseed rape;(2) how many gallons of diesel are used to produce 15 gallons of diesel from oilseed rape, taking into account that used by machinery, pesticides and fertilisers.
Diesel fuel from rapeseed oil is not in production in the United Kingdom, so only theoretical estimates can be given. Taking a five-year average (1987 to 1991) of rapeseed yields in the United Kingdom, very approximately 520 litres of diesel might be produced from an acre of rapeseed. Diesel derived from rapeseed could cost around three times as much to produce as diesel derived from inorganic sources. Calculating the ratio between the energy expended on the production of diesel from rapeseed and the energy released when that diesel is consumed is complex. In particular, the inputs are difficult to quantify comprehensively. The best assessment currently made by my Department is that the ratio of energy expended to energy obtained is possibly in the range 1:1 to 1:1·5.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will ban all imports of French wine for vines in vineyards treated with Rovral produced by Rhône-Poulenc.
I have no plans to do so.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will place Rovral on off-label approval so that it can be used on English vines in English vineyards.
Approval for off-label use can be given only where an application supported by adequate data has been received and evaluated. The relevant data have not been received to support such an application.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what representations he has made to the EC to ensure that aspartame is not eliminated in the new European directive on additives;(2) what representations he has received with regard to the use of high-intensity sweeteners used as flavour enhancers in sugar sweetened chewing gum; and if he will make a statement;(3) if he will make representations to the European Commission to ensure that high-intensity sweeteners are not withdrawn until a suitable alternative which permits the manufacture of chewing gum that does not stick to dentures has been found;(4) what estimate he has made of the effect on sales of sugar chewing gum of the prohibition of high-intensity sweeteners and of the impact on employment opportunities.
The proposals currently under discussion in Brussels would permit continuation of the existing use of intense sweeteners specified by the hon. Friend. The question of a ban or of the need for representations does not, therefore, arise. My officials have, however, discussed with representatives of the industry concerned how their existing position might best be maintained should the present proposals be changed.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on conversion payments for organic farmers; and whether he has any proposals for paying farmers for organic management.
Organic farmers and those converting from non-organic to organic methods of farming can receive assistance under various MAFF grants including the farm and conservation grant scheme, nitrate-sensitive areas scheme and the set-aside scheme.It is hoped that the European Commission's proposals for agriculture and the environment will provide a means whereby direct assistance could be given to existing organic farmers and those wishing to convert.
Common Agricultural Policy
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what recommendations he has received from the chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on the European Commission's proposals for reforming the common agricultural policy, COM 91 258;(2) what recommendations he has received from the chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on the European Commission's proposals for measures accompanying the reform of the common agricultural policy, particularly the agri-environment action programme, COM 91 415.
|Number of rabies cases (1 January 1991—to 30 September 1991)|
|Source: Rabies Bulletin Europe (WHO|