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Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday 16 June 1993

Transport

Red Star Parcel Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the sale of the British Rail Board's Red Star Parcels business will commence.

The board has today invited prospective purchasers of its Red Star parcels business to apply for an information memorandum describing the business and the proposed basis for sale. The closure date for receipt of detailed proposals is 13 August 1993.

Mersey Ferries

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requests he has received to end the royal charter which currently covers ferry services across the River Mersey.

Train Accident, York

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the cause of the train accident at York on 23 April which involved hospital treatment of injured persons; and if he will make a statement.

British Rail is at present conducting an inquiry into the events which led to this accident. Until conclusions are reached, I am unable to comment on the cause, but I understand that the Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate is keeping closely in touch with BR on this matter. The inspectorate will consider the report of the BR inquiry in due course and take any necessary action.

M1 To M62 Link Road

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account was taken of the desirability of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the cost benefit analysis for the M1 to M62 link road.

The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is not a factor in the Department's cost benefit economic analysis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had from hon. Members, lobby groups, businesses and the general public with regard to the M1 to M62 link road.

The public consultation has so far resulted in:

  • 58 parliamentary questions
  • 137 letters from hon. Members to Ministers
  • 718 letters from the public to Ministers over 1,500 letters to officials
  • 12 petitions containing over 20,000 signatures

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to seek private sector finance for the M1 to M62 link road.

Although this scheme is at an early developmental stage, we would be willing to consider any approaches from the private sector about financial involvement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received since the formal consultation process ended from local authorities with regard to the M1 to M62 link road.

Representations have so far been received from Kirklees metropolitan district council and the City of Wakefield MDC since the end of the consultation period.

Railway Centre, York

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will establish a permanent working group incorporating (a) his Department, (b) British Rail, (c) York Chamber of Commerce, (d) relevant local authorities and (e) other relevant interests for the promotion and protection of the Greater York area as a railway centre.

I would be happy to meet hon. Members and representatives of the local authorities and the York Chamber of Commerce to discuss the impact of our proposals for the railways on the York area. I will write to the hon. Member and other hon. Members concerned with proposals for such a meeting.

"Is Your Flight Affected By A Royal Flight"

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Civil Airports Authority regarding the leaflet it has distributed to airfields entitled "Is Your Flight Affected by a Royal Flight"; and if he will make a statement.

None. The leaflet advertises a free telephone service which provides aviators with up-to-date information on temporarily restricted airspace which they should avoid, for their own safety and the safety of others. Royal flights are not the only reason why a temporary restriction might be imposed, as the leaflet indicates.

Forward Look

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will designate one of his Ministers to be responsible for his Department's contribution to the Government's science and technology Forward Look.

Paragraph 2.37 of the recent White Paper "Realising Our Potential—A Strategy for Science, Engineering and Technology" describes the preparation of the Forward Look by the Office of Science and Technology, and the participation of Government Departments through the existing, well-established machinery of the official and ministerial Cabinet Committees on Science and Technology.

Near-Market Research

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is with regard to the funding of near-market research.

I refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 2.20 to 2.22 of the White Paper "Realising Our Potential—A Strategy for Science, Engineering, and Technology".

Coastguard

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many auxiliary coastguard (a) patrol hours and (b) training hours were worked in each coastguard district in the United Kingdom in each year since 1979; and how many are expected to be worked in the current year.

The historic information on the patrol and training hours could be given only at disproportionate cost. The estimate for the current years figures for the coastguard districts are as follows:

DistrictPatrol hoursTraining hours
Aberdeen1,6443,982
Shetland02,500
Pentland9724,860
Forth1,2843,144
Tyne Tees1,5602,860
Humber2,5404,672
Yarmouth2,4243,840
Thames6,1603,500
Dover4,7784,040
Solent8,2504,422
Portland7,3545,163
Brixham10,3623,850
Flamouth8,7589,120
Swansea3,9905,620
Milford Haven1,2723,700
Holyhead2,2103,060
Liverpool3,3633,540
Clyde2,2002,667
Oban5,8924,320
Stornoway2,6127,136
Belfast2,9042,208

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department has provided for auxiliary coastguard pay and allowances (a) excluding and (b) including training costs in each coastguard region in the United Kingdom in each year since 1979 at 1979 values.

The information in the form required is not readily available and could be given only at a disproportionate cost. The total auxiliary coastguard pay and allowances, including training costs, for coastguard regions for financial years in actual prices are as follows:

Region1990–91 £1991–92 £1992–93 £
Aberdeen201,889187,103200,123
Yarmouth181,201181,597219,218
Dover115,344149,805251,839
Falmouth448,425439,077379,940
Swansea297,384287,035337,332
Clyde191,330221,988237,354

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many auxiliary coastguard (a) patrol hours and (b) training hours were worked in each coastguard region in the United Kingdom in each year since 1979; and how many are available in the current year.

The historic information on the patrol and training hours could be given only at disproportional cost. The estimate for the current years figures for the coastguard regions are shown as follows:

RegionPatrol hoursTraining hours
Aberdeen13,02014,486
Yarmouth6,52411,372
Dover19,18811,962
Falmouth26,47418,133
Swansea10,83515,920
Clyde13,60816,331

Railway Vandalism

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 27 May, Official Report, column 687, what information he has on how many of the offences of vandalism on rail lines received sentences of four years' imprisonment and on the nature of the offences in each such case.

The information in the form requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

British Rail (Appointments)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of Railtrack's senior appointments come from (a) BR, (b) his Department, and (c) elsewhere; and how pay levels for people in (a) and (b) have altered.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 March 1993, column 165]: Mr. Horton's appointment as chairman-designate of Railtrack was announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, on 2 February 1993, during the second reading debate of the current Railways Bill. With effect from 3 February, Mr. Horton's salary was increased from £28,640 to £120,000, in recognition of the extra work and responsibilities he was being asked to take on, in planning and implementing the creation of Railtrack, in addition to his ongoing duties as a member and vice-chairman of the BR board.

Lord Chancellor's Department

High Court Judges

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list by year for the last five years, and for this year to date, the number of barristers asked but who have declined to become High Court judges.

Set out below are the numbers of practitioners who have consented, and declined, to allow their names to be recommended to Her Majesty the Queen for immediate appointment to the High Court Bench in each of the last five years, and so far this year. All those who declined, with one exception, have made it clear that they hope to be considered again for appointment to the High Court Bench in the future.

Numbers consentedNumbers declined
1988–897
1989–908
1990–912
Numbers consentedNumbers declined
1991–9271
1992–93196
11993–9482
1 to date.

Legal Services Ombudsman

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he expects publication of the second annual report of the legal services ombudsman.

The legal services ombudsman has today published his second annual report and copies have been placed in the Library.

Environment

Environment Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when his Department's 15th "Annual Digest of Environment Statistics" was published; how many copies were printed; at what cost; and to whom the digest is being distributed.

The 15th annual "Digest of Environmental Protection and Water Statistics" was published on 27 May 1993. It is on sale through bookshops, priced £14·95. Her Majesty's Stationery Office has printed 1,500 copies, of which my Department has purchased 450. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and have been sent to other Government Departments, to those who contributed data and information and to other contacts.

Council Tenants

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for each local authority the number and total value of cash incentive grants made to council tenants in 1992–93.

The table shows the number of value of cash incentive scheme grants made to local authority tenants in 1992–93 under section 129 of the Housing Act 1988.

Local Authority cash incentive schemes—grants and expenditure 1992–93
Local authorityNumber of grantsTotal expenditure(£000)
Eastern
Aylesbury Vale18154
Basildon114226
Braintree1322
Broxbourne110180
Castle Point1691
Colchester129491
Dacorum29612
East Hertfordshire124531
Epping Forest224
Huntingdon22177
Luton120344
Maldon15100
Mid Bedfordshire111160
Milton Keynes110150
North Hertfordshire1668
Local authorityNumber of grantsTotal expenditure (£000)
Peterborough10101
Rochford18173
St. Albans119302
Southend18100
South Norfolk444
Stevenage19140
Three Rivers11286
Watford114167
London
Barnet1321,250
Bexley120369
Brent12214,000
Bromley17179
Camden1521,017
City of London1592
Croydon11362,337
Ealing1871,148
Enfield1711,368
Greenwich157583
Hackney173933
Hammersmith and Fulham1691,101
Haringey1691,449
Harrow147987
Havering117123
Hillingdon1781,846
Hounslow1711,034
Islington11192,759
Kensington and Chelsea141850
Kingston upon Thames17299
Lambeth146920
Lewisham125328
Merton127475
Newham151750
Redbridge18149
Richmond1841,382
Southwark115198
Sutton126462
Tower Hamlets125412
Waltham Forest152796
Wandsworth11252,481
Westminster1801,598
South East
Adur121302
Arun111110
Brighton121298
Canterbury120263
Cherwell1548
Chichester118214
Dartford19175
Dover124447
Eastbourne111176
Eastleigh116198
East Hampshire1580
Elmbridge1352
Fareham1476
Gillingham130359
Gosport1696
Gravesham1660
Guildford15132
Hart1492
Hastings113112
Havant110147
Horsham16102
Hove1788
Lewes115150
Maidstone15107
Mole Valley18112
New Forest116211
Oxford1341
Portsmouth11621,943
Reading123446
Reigate and Banstead111220
Local authorityNumber of grantsTotal expenditure (£)
Rother18130
Runnymede1240
Rushmoor128420
Shepway16111
Slough157580
Southampton168445
Spelthorne14321
Tandridge1560
Test Valley115215
Thanet18133
Waverley1476
Wealden110200
West Oxfordshire16107
Windsor and Maidenhead114150
Woking117365
Wokingham18160
Worthing1575
EAST MIDLANDS
Daventry770
East Northamptonshire20120
South Kesteven636
West Midlands
Malvern Hills110
Solihull423
Stafford1294
Wyre Forest650
South West
Bournemouth19165
Cheltenham25249
Cotswold534
Exeter549
Kennett440
Kerrier15
Kingswood15
Mendip10120
Penwith550
Poole15103
Purbeck220
Restormel18
Stroud10100
Taunton Deane21162
Teignbridge322
Yorkshire and Humberside
Hambleton218
Total3,09450,226
1 Expenditure fully or partially funded from additional £30 million made available to local authorities in London and South-East England as part of the autumn statement package to stimulate the housing market and help relieve homelessness.

Water Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the possibility of water companies using council tax banding rates for charging purposes.

Many customers have expressed the view that the fairest way of paying for water and sewerage services is in relation to the amount used. There is no evidence as yet that council tax banding provides a reasonable proxy for water usage.

Air Pollution, London

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of air pollution in London; what targets he has for reducing it; and if he will make a statement.

Air quality is currently monitored automatically at four sites in London by my Department.So far this year the air quality measured at these four sites has been "good" or "very good" on at least 96 per cent of days. On occasions particularly during hot sunny weather, photochemical smog may be produced which can lead to poor air quality.The main source of air pollution in London is vehicle exhaust emissions. Measures to deal with such emissions include the requirement for catalytic converters on new cars from 1 January this year. This will reduce emissions from each car by at least 80 per cent. In addition, the MOT emission check introduced for cars from 1 November 1991 should secure substantial reductions in carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. A metered smoke test was introduced in the annual test for heavy diesels on 1 September this year.

Council Tax, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the substance of representations he received other than from Harlow district council in deciding on the limits to be imposed on the council's rates for council tax for 1993–94.

We received representations from both of the main opposition groups on Harlow council, and from the hon. Member for Harlow (Mr. Hayes). The Conservative group suggested various options for reducing the authority's expenditure, criticised a number of policy decisions taken by the authority and considered that a budget of about 11·5 million for 1993–94 would be achievable. These representations were supported by the hon. Member for Harlow.The Liberal Democrat group considered that the final cap should be higher than our proposed cap but lower than the authority's alternative.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which representations made on behalf of Harlow district council in relation to the probable consequences of reductions in net expenditure contemplated by his proposed council tax cap he has rejected.

Before taking his decision on the level of the final cap for Harlow my right hon. Friend took account of all the relevant available information, including all representations, both written and oral, made by and on behalf of the authority in support of its alternative cap.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment from which hon. Members he has received representations about council tax capping for (a) Harlow and (b) Castle Point for 1993–94.

We have received representations from the hon. Members for Harlow (Mr. Hayes) and for Castle Point (Dr. Spink) on capping for 1993–94 in relation to Harlow and Castle Point respectively.

Radon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has received from the National Radiological Protection Board about the number of deaths and incidence of lung cancer attributable to the presence of radon in houses; what assessment he has made of the results of the programme to tackle the radon problem; and if he will make a statement.

The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) estimates that 2,000 cases of lung cancer per annum are attributable to the presence of radon in houses. Measurements of radon have been made in 140,000 houses and 35,000 more are being processed. The Government's programme to identify homes with radon levels above the action level is continuing, and is subject to continuous assessment.

Local Government Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps are taken to ensure that expenditure and revenue controls imposed on a local authority by his Department are not so substantial or at such short notice as to make the reduction unreasonably difficult to achieve.

In recent years, as local authorities themselves requested, we have announced our provisional capping criteria well in advance of the date by which they must set their budgets.Before proposing a cap for any authority designated for capping, my right hon. Friend takes into account all available relevant information. It is then open to an authority to challenge its proposed cap and to suggest some higher alternative. The supporting case made by the authority and all other relevant available information about its circumstances is carefully considered before a decision is taken on its final cap. That final cap must in the view of my right hon. Friend be reasonable, achievable and appropriate in all the circumstances of the authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the five highest year-on-year reductions in net expenditure required of a local authority to bring its budget into conformity with the controls imposed under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, since the Act came into force.

The Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 contains no provisions relating to the reduction of local authorities' expenditure.

Merseyside Development Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what major developments are projected within the Merseyside development corporation area for the next five years.

Merseyside development corporation has a substantial programme of encouraging major developments throughout the designated area. MDC's policies are discussed at the ministerial corporate plan meeting and with officials at Merseyside task force throughout the year. MDC's strategy is to secure the self-sustaining regeneration of Merseyside and great emphasis is placed on attracting investment to the area. Twenty-two major developments are projected within MDC's area over the next five years. These include five developments on land not owned by the corporation but which could require MDC support.The list is as follows:

South Liverpool
  • Riverside Housing Area
  • Herculaneum—Commercial Development
  • Brunswick Business Park—Further refurbishment of industrial/commercial units
  • East Brunswick Housing Site
  • South Ferry Island—Commercial/residential development
Liverpool Waterfront
  • Kings Dock—Leisure development
  • Princes Dock1—Commercial/residential/leisure
  • Baltic Triangle—Office development
  • Albert Dock—Commercial/leisure
North Liverpool
  • Sandhills Business Park—Industrial development
  • BEOCO Site1—Mixed use/office/business park/retail
  • North Liverpool Industrial Area—Industrial development
  • Vauxhall Housing Area—Social/low cost housing
  • Waterloo Dock1—Further housing
Birkenhead
  • 12 Quays
  • Rose Brae Phases I and II—Residential development
  • Scottsfield—Commercial/industrial development by Hanks Group plc.
  • Green Lane—Commercial/industrial development
  • Cammell Lairds1—In ownership of VSEL
New Brighton Area
  • Kings Esplanade Site—Leisure
  • Victoria Parade Site–60 residential units
Bootle
  • Port expansion1—Port related activities, warehousing etc.
  • 1 Non-M DC land/property.

Wall Insulation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he gave to proposing improvements to wall insulation in his Department's consultative document on building regulations (conservation of fuel and power); and what public guidance he gives on cavity wall insulation.

The current proposals for revising part l of the Building Regulations would significantly improve wall insulation taking the fabric of the wall as a whole. In particular the proposals would no longer allow lower standards of wall insulation where double glazing is fitted.The Department's Building Research Establishment has produced a number of publications over the years on cavity wall insulation and made contributions to publications produced by for example the British Standards Institution, and the National House-Building Council. Two of its publications are:

Report No. 143 "Thermal insulation avoiding risks"; and NHBC Good Practice Guide: "Thermal insulation and ventilation".

Chlorofluorocarbons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to make it illegal for recycled CFCs to be used except where proof is demonstrated that none will be used to service leakages.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to establish an annual audit indicating the amount of CFCs and hydrochlorofluorocarbons purchased by United Kingdom companies.

No, this would impose an unnecessary burden on business, given the tight controls on the supply of CFCs and the supply and use controls we will be negotiating for HCFCs.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will bring forward legislation to ban the sale of CFC and hydrochlorofluorocarbons technology and equipment.

Production and supply of new CFCs will end in the European Community by 1 January 1995, with an 85 per cent. cut from 1986 levels by 1 January 1994.HCFCs are necessary in the short to medium term in some applications to phase out CFCs quickly. Within the EC we will be pressing for strict controls to ensure that HCFCs are used only where other more environmentally suitable alternatives are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people will be enforcing the phase out of CFC 113 in the United Kingdom; and what information he has as to how many staff will be involved in each of the other European Community countries.

CFC 113 is no longer produced in the United Kingdom. Enforcement of the controls on its importation is carried out by HM Customs and Excise. No officers are exclusively engaged on this work which is carried out alongside their enforcement of other prohibitions and restrictions. I have no information on staff involved in other member states.

Ozone Depletion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to establish an information hotline to advise on emissions of ozone-depleting substances.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to ensure that all products made with or containing any ozone depleting substances are clearly marked.

The Government strongly support the European Community eco-labelling scheme which looks at all the effects of products on the environment. There are no plans to have a separate scheme for products containing or made with ozone-depleting substances.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to introduce a more rigorous regime of fines and penalties for the emission of ozone depleting substances.

None. The disposal of waste ozone-depleting substances by releasing them to the atmosphere is an offence under section 33(1)(c) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The penalties available to the courts for that offence are, on summary conviction, up to £20,000 fine or six months' imprisonment or, on conviction on indictment, an unlimited fine or up to two years' imprisonment.

Leeds Development Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list, by local authority ward, the numbers of jobs created by the Leeds development corporation in each year since its creation.

Official statistics for employees in employment are made available for local authority wards and aggregations of them by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment. The area covered by the Leeds development corporation does not coincide with ward boundaries.Information on the numbers of jobs created within the area covered by Leeds development corporation is compiled by the development corporation. The numbers of jobs created within its development area in each year since its designation are:

YearNumber
1988–891,526
1989–902,458
1990–912,320
1991–92210
1992–93830

Science And Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will designate one of his Ministers to be responsible for his Department's contribution to the Government's science and technology "Forward Look."

Paragraph 2.37 of the recent White Paper "Realising Our Potential: A Strategy for Science, Engineering and Technology" describes the preparation of the Forward Look by the Office of Science and Technology, and the participation of Government Departments through the existing, well-established machinery of the official and ministerial Cabinet Committees on Science and Technology.

Natural Environment Research Council

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to draw up a concordat of co-operation between his Department and the Natural Environment Research Council.

As the recent White Paper "Realising Our Potential: A Strategy for Science and Technology" makes clear, a new system of research councils will come into effect on 1 April 1994. The Government have proposed that each of these new research councils should work with the Government Departments with which they have a significant policy connection to draw up and publish concordats.

Near-Market Research

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what his Department's policy is with regard to the funding of near-market research.

I refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 2.20 to 2.22 of the White Paper "Realising Our Potential: A Strategy for Science, Engineering and Technology".

Planning Appeals

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) pursuant to his answer of 8 June, Official Report, column 197–98, concerning planning appeals, if he will name each project listed.(2) pursuant to his answer of 8 June,

Official Report, column 197–98, concerning planning appeals, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies in which the projects were located;

Proposed development

Planning permission given (Y)es (N)o

Parliamentary constituency

1986–87

Microwave radio station—ChichesterYChichester
Residential development—HayleYSt. Ives
Residential development—BramcoteNBroxtowe
Residential development—AlcesterNStratford upon Avon
Residential development—MaidstoneYMaidstone
Residential development—PinnerNHarrow West
Commercial development—St. AlbansNSt. Albuns
Residential development—BromleyYLewisham West
Change of Use of land to playing fields—StaffordYStafford
Residential development—Welwyn Garden CityNWelwyn Hatfield
Sheltered dwellings—HorshamNHorsham
Residential development—Backwell, AvonNwoodspring
Office development—BromleyYRavenborough
Retail warehouse, garden centre—PeterboroughYPeterborough
Residential development—ColchesterNSouth Colchester and Maldon
Residential development—CalderdaleYCalder Valley
Residential development—CalderdaleYCalder Valley
Residential caravan site for gypsy families—BerkshireNReading East
Retail development—Benson, OxonNHenley
Residential development—WeybridgeNChertsey and Walton
Retail stores—CobhamYEsher
Industrial development—RayleighYCastle Point
Showroom and office development—WestminsterYIslington North
Hypermarket—NottinghamYNottingham East
Commercial development—CambridgeNCambridge
Commercial development—CambridgeNCambridge

1987–88

Residential development—Totton, HantsNRomsey and Waterside
Residential development—Monks Park, AvonNBristol, North West
Retirement homes, warden accommodation—Horsmonden, KentNTunbridge Wells
Restaurent and petrol station—BrentwoodNBrentwood and Ongar
Restaurant and petrol station—BrentwoodNBrentwood and Ongar
Residential development—FarehamNFareham
Retail superstore—LutonNNorth Luton
Retail industrial and warehousing—DoncasterYDoncaster, Central
Residential development—HexhamYHexham
Residential development—ExminsterYTiverton
Offices development—LambethYVauxhall
Offices development—LambethYVauxhall
Mineral extraction—County DurhamYNorth Durham
Supermarket and filling station—Newcastle upon TyneNNewcastle upon Tyne, North
Retail food store—Newcastle upon TyneNNewcastle upon Tyne, North
Retail superstore—GosforthNNewcastle upon Tyne, North
Retail superstore—Milton KeynesNMilton Keynes, South West
Residential dwellings—Alvanley, CheshireYEddisbury

1988–89

Development of a business park—CrawleyNCrawley
Business, retail park and residential development—CrawleyNCrawley
Residential development—HanhamNWansdyke
Residential development—Edenbridge, KentNSevenoaks

(3) pursuant to his answer of 8 June, Official Report, column 197–98, concerning planning appeals, how many and which of the projects went ahead; and in which parliamentary constituency each was situated.

The following information is given for the 113 planning appeals decided by the Secretary of State between 1 April 1986 and 31 December 1992 following a local inquiry and contrary to the recommendations of the planning inspector. It is not possible to say whether the projects listed went ahead but the nature of the decision made is indicated. Aggregate data on the outcome of earlier planning appeals has been included in successive reports of the chief planning inspector (copies of which are placed in the House Library) but details of those individual projects could be provided now only at disproportionate cost.

Proposed development

Planning permission given(Y)es/(N)o

Parliamentary constituency

Residential development, nursing homes and residential care homes—Formby, LancashireNCrosby
Residential development—AltonNWinchester
Residential development—WeybridgeYChartey and Walton
Residential development—WeybridgeYChartey and Walton
Residential development—WeybridgeYChartey and Walton
Re-alignment of link road and residential development —Hart, HampshireNAldershot
Residential development—Kempston, BedfordshireNMid Bedfordshire
Residential and retail development—Bramley, HampshireNBasingstoke
Residential development—Bramley, HampshireNBasingstoke
Service buildings and offices—Waterloo, SE1.YVauxhall
Residential development—CleveleysYWyre
Residential development—CleveleysYWyre
Residential development—Long Ashton, AvonNWoodspring
Retail warehouse and garden centre—CoventryYCoventry, North East
Residential development—North Morley, YorkshireYMorley and Leeds, South
1989–90
Trunk-Road Service Area—Swanley, KentNSevenoaks
Industrial development—GuildfordNGuildford
Industrial development—GuildfordNGuildford
Industrial development—GuildfordNGuildford
Residential, leisure and industrial development— Stratford upon AvonYStratford upon Avon
Residential development—Codnor, DerbyshireNAmber Valley
Residential development—Rochester, KentYTonbridge and Mailing
Minerals extraction—Thatcham, BerkshireYNewbury
Residential development—DawlishYTiverton
Leisure development—Stevenage, HertfordshireYStevenage
Leisure development—Stevenage, HertfordshireYStevenage
Leisure development—Stevenage, HertfordshireYStevenage
Leisure development—Stevenage, HertfordshireYStevenage
Office development—Islington, EC1NHackney South and Shoreditch
Offices development—WindsorNWindsor and Maidenhead
Offices development—WindsorNWindsor and Maidenhead
Retail development—Test Valley, HampshireNRomsey and Waterside
Hotel development—Hendlip, WorcestershireYMid Worcestershire
Residential development—East SussexNHastings and Rye
Residential development—East SussexNHastings and Rye
Retail development—StainesNSpelthorne
1990–91
Housing, leisure, warehouse development—Ashford, KentNAshford
Mobile homes and caravans—Milton, CambridgeshireNSouth East Cambridgeshire
Petrol station and restaurant—NorthamptonshireNNorthampon South
Retail development—NorthamptonshireNNorthampton South
Retail development—Thame, OxfordshireYHenley
Residential and industrial developments—Westbere, KentNCanterbury
Retail and residential development—Amberside, CumbriaNWestmorland and Lonsdale
Business park—OxfordshireNHenley
Retail development—BromleyNRavensborough
Retail development—Feltham, L.B. HounslowNFeltham and Heston
Leisure development—Near Swindon, WiltshireNSwindon
Residential development—Downton, WiltshireNSalisbury
Hotel development—Ardeley, OxfordshireNBanbury
Hotel development—Ardeley, OxfordshireNBanbury
Hotel development—Ardeley, OxfordshireNBanbury
Residential development—Cookham, BerkshireNWindsor and Maidenhead
Residential development—Peacehaven, East SussexNLewes

1991–92

Residential and Office development—Datchet, BerkshireNEast Berkshire
Residential development—Bognor Regis.NChichester
Industrial development—Vale Royal, Cheshire.YTatton
Industrial development—South Bedfordshire.NSouth West Bedfordshire
Retail development—GreenwichNGreenwich
Residential and industrial development—Kent.NCanterbury
Hotel development—Wilmslow, Cheshire.NTatton

1992–93

Proposed development

Planning permission given (Y)es/(N)o

Parliamentary constituency

Industrial development—Reading.NReading East
Industrial development—Fareham.NFareham
Retention of caravan—South Norfolk.NSouth Norfolk
Industrial development—Cinderford, Gloucester.YWest Gloucestershire
Leisure development—Bromley.NRavensbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 8 June, Official Report, column 197–98, concerning planning appeals, what proportion of the total number of public inquiries the figures represent.

The following is the information:

ABCD
YearTotal number of appeal decisions following an inquiryOf which decisions by Secretary of State following inquiryOf which decisions by Secretary of State contrary to the Inspector's recommendationProportion of column C to column B per cent.
19792,599861172·0
19802,786845151·8
19812,913919343·7
19822,723596203·4
19832,257370133·5
19841,551253166·3
1985–8612,114362256·5
1986–8722,098451265·8
1987–881,960356185·1
1988–892,204267197·1
1989–902,347299217·0
1990–911,960172179·9
1991–921,8089977·1
1992–9331,50516653·0
1From 1 January 1985 to 31 March 1986
21986–87 and subsequent years are 1 April to 31 March
3Data available to 31 December 1992

Benomyl

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what investigations are being carried out into the impact of the use of Benomyl and related products on the environment.

Benomyl and related fungicides are used on a wide variety of crops to prevent certain fungal diseases. They have been used for many years without any detrimental effects on the environment being observed. The pesticide will be reviewed in due course at European Community level under the new Pesticides Directive, 91/414/EEC.

Rough Sleepers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the outcome of the recent consultation exercise on the next phase of the Government's rough sleepers initiative; and if he will make a statement.

Under the first phase of the rough sleepers initiative, from 1990–91 to 1992–93, the Government provided resources of £96 million to assist people sleeping rough in central London.

Independent research, funded by this Department, into the effectiveness of the rough sleepers initiative, shows that it has been a success. Through the initiative, several thousand people with a history of sleeping rough have been provided with accommodation. The number of people sleeping rough in central London has fallen by more than a half, from estimates of over 1,000 before the initiative began, to around 420 at a count in November 1992.

The Government have made available a further £86 million over the next three financial years, 1993–94 to 1995–96, to continue the rough sleepers initiative in central London. On 18 January 1993 I issued a discussion paper, "The Rough Sleepers Initiative: The Next Three Years". It contained a range of proposals, based on recommendations from the independent research, aiming to ensure closer targeting of resources on central London's street homeless.

Almost 100 organisations responded to the paper. There has been a broad measure of support for the main thrust of our proposals. In the light of those responses, I am today issuing a strategy document that outlines the way forward for the rough sleepers initiative over the next three financial years until 1995–96, to assist our aim to make it unnecessary for people to sleep rough in central London.

We will continue to concentrate on funding permanent accommodation in houses and flats, with outreach work and resettlement support from voluntary organisations, to allow people sleeping rough to make a successful transition to a settled life. To ensure the better targeting of resources we are concentrating help on a limited number of specialist agencies with referral rights into RSI permanent accommodation; making referral agencies responsible for upholding the eligibility criteria; focusing some of the resources on zones, commencing with the Strand, with particular encouragement for consortia to come forward with proposals to reduce significantly the numbers sleeping rough in a specific area; and reducing the number of housing associations to develop permanent move-on accommodation under the initiative. Also, we are aiming to move towards a more contractual relationship with agencies, in the form of grants with tight, clearly-defined objectives. This, along with regular counts of the number of people sleeping rough in central London, will assist the better monitoring of the initiative.

The further £86 million made available for this initiative, and the proposals in the strategy document to target resources more closely on those in need, will ensure that people sleeping rough in central London will continue to be helped to start a new life away from the streets. I am keen that this initiative should make a further significant impact on the problem of people sleeping rough in the capital.

I have arranged for copies of the strategy document to be placed in the Libraries of this House and the other place.

Home Department

Bail Hostels

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of (a) residents of bail hostels and (b) people remanded in the community for a similar range of offences have been convicted subsequently of an offence committed while they were on remand, in the latest year for which figures are available.

Information is not available in the form requested. RPU report 65 "Offending while on bail; a survey of recent studies" is available in the Library. However, this report does not give detail on bail hostels alone; no such study has been published.

Juvenile Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding current measures to deal with persistent juvenile offenders.

Representations have been received from a wide range of agencies and individuals. Since 2 March 1993, when my right hon. and learned Friend, the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke), made his statement at columns 139–42 in which, inter alia, he outlined the Government's proposals for a new secure training order, most representations have agreed with the Government's conclusion that the existing arrangements are unsatisfactory and have given general support to the new measures which we have proposed.

Firearms Control Board

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he now expects to make a statement as to the date that the Firearms Control Board will be set up.

No decision has yet been taken on whether to establish a new civilian firearms control board. My right hon. and learned Friend will make an announcement as soon as possible.

Drugs-Related Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drugs-related offences were reported in the Metropolitan police area in January-December 1992; and how many resulted in prosecutions and convictions respectively.

Information for 1992 is not yet available. Information on drug seizures and offenders dealt with in 1992 will be published later this year in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Statistics of drugs seizures and offenders dealt with, United Kingdom, 1992" (area tables), a copy of which will be placed in the Library.

New Age Travellers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to introduce measures to deal with serious types of illegal trespassing and threats to the public by new age travellers.

The proposals which were announced on 31 March to strengthen section 39 of the Public Order Act 1986 and to give the police new powers to deal with illegal rave parties will be introduced as soon as a legislative opportunity arises.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constables of the forces involved on the cost of the police operation code-named Haystack over the recent bank holiday weekend to control convoys of new age travellers; and if he will make a statement.

Operation Haystack was the police operation mounted by Gloucestershire constabulary to deal with the activities of new age travellers in its area over the May bank holiday. I understand from the chief constable that the cost of the operation, including the deployment of officers who would have been on duty anyway, was approximately £200,000.

Police, Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policemen there are in each Welsh police authority indicating (a) the number from ethnic backgrounds, (b) who are Welsh speakers and (c) in total; and if he will make a statement.

Information on numbers of officers who speak Welsh is not held centrally. The other information requested is set out in the table.

As at 28 February 1993
Total police officersOfficers from ethnic minorities
Dyfed-Powys961Nil
Gwent1,0049
North Wales1,3661
South Wales3,17522
TOTAL6,50632

Paul Malone

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs were incurred by the West Yorkshire police in carrying out the first investigation into allegations of a possible miscarriage of justice concerning the case of Paul Malone.

This is a matter for the chief constable of the West Yorkshire police.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs have been incurred to date by the Metropolitan police in carrying out the current investigation into allegations of a possible miscarriage of justice concerning the case of Paul Malone.

This is a matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

Police Retirements

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the reasons for the retirement of (a) Chief Superintendent McQuoid of the West Yorkshire police and (b) detective chief inspector Howard Jones of the Metropolitan police force.

These are matters for the individual officers. Under the terms of the Police Pension Regulations 1987 a police officer may retire with full pension rights payable immediately after 30 years pensionable service. Both officers had completed 30 years service with the police at the time of their retirements in March 1990 and May 1993 respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement detailing the policies relating to retirement of senior police officers during lengthy internal police investigations; and what consideration is given to potential retirements when appointing particular officers to inquiries.

These are matters for police authorities and chief officers in individual cases.

Table A
Number and percentage of 'known offenders' (those cautioned and found guilty) in the Metropolitan police district (including the City of London) by age group and offence 1991
Aged 10 to under 17Aged 17 to under 21
Offence groupNumberPer cent.NumberPer cent.
Indictable offences
Vehicle crime1 indictable51156794
Summary1,11731,2253
TOTAL1,62831,9043
Drug offences89484,39725
Robbery35334002
Violent crimes21,327121,6529
Other indictable7,5507110,32859
Total indictable offences10,63510017,456100
1 Includes the indictable offence of stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and the summary offences of stealing and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
2 Includes indictable offence groups 'Violence against the person' and 'Sexual offences'.
3— Not applicable.
Table B
Number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates courts and convicted at all courts in the Metropolitan police district (including the City of London) by age group and offence 1991.
Aged 10 to under 17Aged 17 to under 21
Offence groupProsecutionsConvictionsProsecutionsConvictions
Indictable offences
Vehicle crime1 indictable185132705484
Summary4593241,3361,070
TOTAL6444562,0411,554
Drug offences130861,6311,405
Robbery471236636400
Violent crimes27183951,9741,144
Other indictable2,5461,69410,2137,706
Total indicable offences4,0502,54315,15911,139
1 Includes the indictable offence of stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and the summary offences of stealing and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
2 Includes indictable offence groups 'Violence against the person' and 'Sexual offences'.

Crime Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences in the Metropolitan police area were committed by (a) juveniles up to the age of 16 years and (b) young people aged 17–20 years in January to December 1992; what proportion of total offences were (i) car-related, (ii) drugs-related, (iii) robbery, (iv) violent crimes and (v) other; and how many resulted in prosecutions and convictions respectively.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of offences committed by offenders.Table A shows the number and percentage of "known offenders" (those cautioned and found guilty) by age group in the Metropolitan police district (including City of London) for the offences listed in 1991. Table B shows the number of defendants prosecuted and convicted in the Metropolitan police district (including City of London) for the same offences by age group in 1991.Data for 1992 will not be available until the autumn.

Domestic Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were reported in the Metropolitan police area in January to December 1992; and how many resulted in (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions, respectively.

Provisional figures provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis show that there were approximately 9,800 incidents of domestic violence reported in the Metropolitan police district in 1992. Information on prosecutions and convictions is not available.

Police (Racial Discrimination)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received on the subject of racial discrimination within the police authorities over the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Notifiable Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many notifiable offences in total were recorded in the Metropolitan police area in 1963, 1970, 1979, 1990, 1991 and 1992; what proportion the offences were per thousand population respectively; and what has been the percentage change in notifiable offences since 1963 and 1979 respectively.

Information on the number of offences recorded in the Metropolitan police district and the number per thousand population is contained in the following table. The percentage increase between 1963 and 1992 was 412 per cent. and between 1979 and 1992 it was 169 per cent.

Number of offences and number per 1,000 population Metropolitan Police District
YearNumber of offencesNumber per 1,000 population
1963229,10729
1970321,15642
1979557,37876
1990834,324115
1991926,203128
1992942,878130

Car-Related Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car-related offences were reported in the Metropolitan police area in January to December 1992; and how many resulted in prosecutions and convictions respectively.

The available information on notifiable offences relates to vehicle crime which includes offences of theft of and from a vehicle and aggravated vehicle taking. In the Metropolitan police district in 1992, there were 241,437 recorded offences.Information on the number of defendants prosecuted and convicted in 1991 is given in the following table. Data for 1992 will not be available until the autumn.

Number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for vehicle crime offences in the Metropolitan police district1 1991
OffenceProsecutionsConvictions
Theft of a motor vehicle23,1772,324
Theft from a motor vehicle1,126794
Aggravated vehicle taking344
Vehicle crime4,3033,118
1 Including City of London.
2 Including stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and stealing and unauthorised taking of a vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
3 The Aggravated Vehicle Taking Act 1991 came into force on 1 April 1992.
4 Not applicable.

Security Firms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names of all the private security firms currently employed by his Department, the number of employees for each firm on the contract, the total value of each contract and the total value of all contracts for each financial year since 1987.

The following private security firms are currently employed by the Home Office:

  • Airline Security Consultants Limited
  • Burns International Security Services Limited
  • Group 4 Court Escort Services Limited
  • Group 4 Remand Services Limited
  • Group 4 Total Security Limited
  • Grundig International Limited
  • Harlow Security Systems Limited
  • Lisburn Security Services
  • Maritime Aviation Security Services
  • Reliance Security Service Limited
  • SDA (1979) Limited
  • Securicor Security Services Limited
  • Securiguard Services Limited
  • Security Wales Limited
  • UK Detention Services Limited
The value of each contract is a matter of commercial and contractual confidentiality. Information about the total value of such contracts for each financial year since 1987 is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information about the number of staff employed on each contract is also not readily available; in some cases the number varies from day to day according to operational requirements.

Strip Searching

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the amount of drugs and explosives detected for each of the past five years as a result of (a) strip searching of convicted and remand prisoners and (b) strip searching of other people.

The information requested in part (a) of the question was collected centrally only from mid November 1990. Information prior to that date could be gathered only by a manual search at disproportionate cost. Additionally it is not possible to give the quantity of drugs found, only the number of occasions when drugs were found on a prisoner's person.The total numbers of such incidents are as follows:

Drug finds (incidents)
1990159
1991269
1992289
19932184
1 From mid November 1990.
2To end May 1993.
There are no recorded incidents of explosives being found as a result of the strip searching of convicted and remand prisoners.I regret that the information requested in part

(b) of the question is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Fire Service, Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will visit (a) Queensferry fire station, Deeside and (b) Buchley fire station, Clwyd;(2) if he will make a statement on the future of the fire service in

(a) Clwyd and (b) Wales;

(3) if he will visit Clwyd county council headquarters, Mold to discuss the future of the fire service; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans at present to visit Clwyd. Our proposals for the future structure of the fire service in Wales are set out in the White Paper on the future of local government in Wales (Cm. 2155), which was published on 1 March 1993, and on which we are still receiving comments.

Criminal Injuries (Compensation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 8 June, Official Report, column 182, how many awards of between £550 and £799 were made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in each year since 1986–87.

The published reports of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board do not give data about numbers of awards in the band requested. The following table accordingly summarises data about the nearest equivalent bands.

Awards
£500–599£600–799Below £750£750–999
1986–872,36223,479
1987–882,2713,428
1988–893,4995,275
1989–903,1795,085
1990–913,0965,886
1991–92n/an/a3,8938,685

Voting Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to publicise the extension of voting rights in European and local elections of EC nationals resident in this country once the Maastricht treaty has been ratified prior to the deadline for inclusion on electoral registers for voting in the European elections of 20 April 1994; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what was the outcome of his most recent meeting with electoral registration officers to discuss the arrangements for the extension of voting rights to EC nationals; and if he will make a statement.

My officials have had an informal discussion with some electoral registration officers on the practicalities of implementing the new voting rights provided by the Maastricht treaty. We shall bring forward legislative proposals to give effect to the new voting rights once the Maastricht treaty has been ratified in all the member states. We shall take steps to publicise the new voting rights at that time.

Electoral Registers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will issue updated guidance notes to electoral registration offices on the use of alternative sources of information for the purposes of cross-referencing the draft electoral register subsequent to the abolition of the community charge register; and if he will make a statement.

Electoral registration officers use a number of different sources of information to assist them in their task of drawing up registers of electors. We regularly issue guidance for electoral registration officers but have no plans to issue advice following the replacement of the community charge.

Prisoners (Costs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost per week, month or year of keeping a prisoner in the various categories of prison.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the prison service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Butler to Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, dated 16 June 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General, Mr. Lewis, from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the cost of keeping a prisoner in the various categories of prison.

The average weekly cost of keeping prisoners in the financial year 1991–92—the latest year for which information has been published—was as follows:

Weekly cost

Type of establishment

£ per prisoner per week

Local prisons and adult remand centers437
Dispersal prisons807
Category B training prisons438
Category C training prisons363
Open adult prisons316
Closed youth establishments452
Open youth establishments551
Female establishments629
All operational establishments442

Ticket Touts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a further statement with respect to his policy on the introduction of legislation to outlaw ticket touting at sporting and entertainment events.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The Government are committed to implementing the Taylor report's recommendation that there should be a new criminal offence of ticket touting at football matches. This is because of the implications such touting may have for public order and public safety. We intend to introduce the appropriate legislation when there is a suitable opportunity in the parliamentary timetable.More generally we believe that, although some may find touting objectionable, it would not be appropriate for the criminal law to prohibit people from re-selling tickets which they have lawfully obtained, any more than it would be appropriate to forbid people to sell their other possessions. Such an offence would in any event be unenforceable. Neither would it be appropriate for the Government to attempt to regulate the price at which tickets may be resold. It is, however, already an offence for touts to deceive their customers as to the type of tickets they are selling, or obtain tickets by theft, fraud or intimidation. It is also open to the organisers of sporting or other entertainment events to impose contractual conditions on the sale of their tickets, forbidding resale and invalidating the tickets if they are sold on to third parties.

Northern Ireland

School Meals

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the level of public expenditure on the school meal service in each year since 1979 in cash and real terms.

Net expenditure on school meals and milk (figures for which are not recorded separately) is as follows:

Financial yearCash £000AT 1992–93 prices £000
1978–7917,03147,538
1979–8019,67047,056
1980–8118,08836,568
1981–8217,38132,044
1982–8319,15232,961
1983–8421,57235,484
1984–8522,41735,094
DatePrisonSentenced or RemandDrugs found
18 April 1990BelfastRemandCannabis
22 November 1990YOCSentencedCannabis Resin
22 November 1990YOCSentencedCannabis Resin
22 November 1990YOCSentencedCannabis Resin
13 December 1990BelfastRemandCannabis Resin
15 March 1991BelfastSentencedCannabis Resin
3 August 1991YOCSentencedCannabis
6 August 1991MagilliganSentencedCannabis
27 September 1991BelfastSentencedCannabis Resin
30 September 1991BelfastRemandCannabis
3 January 1992YOCSentencedCannabis
Financial yearCash £000AT 1992–93 prices £000
1985–8624,73936,724
1986–8725,58036,789
1987–8823,95032,650
1988–8922,31828,361
1989–9023,86528,456
1990–9124,15226,663
1991–9226,56427,494
1992–93127,11027,110
1 Actual expenditure not available: figure relates to approved expenditure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the average price of a school meal in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in cash and real terms in each year since 1979.

The information is available only for fixed price meals and is as follows:

PrimarySecondary
YearCash (Pence)Real Terms (Pence)Cash (Pence)Real Terms (Pence)
197925602560
198035713571
198145834583
198250865086
198355905590
198455865586
198560896089
198660866086
1987709575102
1988759580102
1989809585101
199085949099
199190939598
19929090100100

Strip Searching

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the amount of drugs and explosives that have been detected for each of the past five years as a result of (a) strip searching of convicted and remand persons and (b) strip searching of other people.

Only prisoners are full-searched within the Northern Ireland prison service. Records of finds of drugs and explosives in prisons in Northern Ireland have not been maintained for the whole of the past five years or in such detail as to quantify amounts of various items detected. The following list details only those finds of drugs clearly identified as resulting from full searches. No explosives have been detected. Other illicit items found in full searches are not included.

Date

Prison

Sentenced or Remand

Drugs found

3 January 1992YOCSentencedCannabis
21 February 1992YOCSentencedAmphetamine Sulphates
21 February 1992YOCSentencedAmphetamine Sulphates
4 July 1992MazeSentencedAlcohol
2 August 1992BelfastSentencedCannabis
6 August 1992BelfastSentencedCannabis Resin
20 August 1992MagilliganSentenced10 Tablets
28 August 1992BelfastRemandCannabis Resin
27 September 1992YOCRemandMethylamphetamine Cannabis 42 Tablets
30 October 1992MaghaberrySentenced45 Capsules
19 December 1992YOCRemandCannabis
23 December 1992BelfastRemandCannabis
23 December 1992BelfastRemandCannabis
5 January 1993MagilliganSentencedCannabis
9 February 1993BelfastSentencedCannabis Resin
26 March 1993BelfastSentencedCannabis

Gp Practices

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many single-handed general practitioner practices there are in Northern Ireland; and what is their average patient holding.

At 1 May there were 85 single-handed general medical practices in Northern Ireland, with an average patient list size of 2,014.

Health Authorities And Trusts

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) health authorities and (b) trusts were in existence in Northern Ireland on 1 April; and what is his forecast of the number on 1 April 1994.

On 1 April there were in existence in Northern Ireland four health and social services boards and six HSS trusts and I do not expect there to be any change in the number of authorities purchasing services on behalf of their resident populations by 1 April 1994. However an additional four units have already been approved for trust status and it is intended that they, together with any units which make successful applications in the current third round, will be established to come into operation on 1 April 1994 when necessary changes to the law have been made.

Innovation Support

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve the ease of access to innovation support programmes by small and medium-sized enterprises.

In 1992 the Government published a regional research and development strategy for Northern Ireland "Innovation 2000". That strategy specifically recognised the need to promote research and development, collaboration and innovation in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Government also established the industrial research and technology unit (IRTU) which provides single door access to an extensive range of support facilities for industry. These facilities include access to the SMART and teaching company schemes, product development programmes and EC support mechanisms for SMEs. IRTU also provides technical and scientific support services and delivers a programme of promotional initiatives designed to increase competitiveness and innovation. The recently published IRTU corporate plan emphasises the particular importance of technology transfer, awareness programmes and collaboration at local, national and international level.

Near-Market Research

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's policy is with regard to the funding of near-market research.

I refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 2.20 to 2.22 of the White Paper "Realising Our Potential—A Survey for Science, Engineering and Technology".

Research And Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve the take up of grants and other incentives for research and development by small and medium enterprises.

Given their importance in the region's economy, Northern Ireland's research and development strategy and the corporate plan and activities of its industrial research and technology unit are focused on increasing innovation and competitiveness in small to medium enterprises. A range of consultancy and technology transfer services are available; there is a programme of support for research and development, including the SMART awards and product development; and sustained promotional and awareness raising initiatives are undertaken. The SMART awards and teaching company scheme have been particularly successful in the region.

Science And Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will designate one of his Ministers to be responsible for his Department's contribution to the Government's science and technology "Forward Look."

Paragraph 2.37 of the recent White Paper "Realising Our Potential—A Strategy for Science, Engineering and Technology" describes the preparation of the Forward Look by the Office of Science and Technology and the participation of Government Departments through the existing, well-established machinery of the official and ministerial Cabinet Committees on Science and Technology.

Prime Minister

Thorp

To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has had on the thermal oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield.

Link Scheme

To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of the LINK scheme budget is being transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

LINK is an interdepartmental mechanism for promoting collaborative, precompetitive research involving industry and the science base. As such there is no distinct LINK scheme budget. The Department of Trade and Industry, like other participating Departments, uses money from its overall research and development budget to support LINK programmes and projects where these provide a way of meeting its departmental objectives. The Department's financial commitment to LINK will continue to be substantial and is unaffected by the transfer of responsibility for the LINK steering group and its secretariat to the Office of Science and Technology.

Teaching Company Scheme

To ask the Prime Minister if lead responsibility for the teaching company scheme is being transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

At present, no single Department of state or research council has lead responsibility for the teaching company scheme and no decision has been taken to change this arrangement.

Employment

Market Testing

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what evaluation he has made of the effect on the number of jobs on Merseyside of the introduction of market testing; and if he will make a statement.

None.The information requested on the effect of the Government's market testing programme on the number of jobs on Merseyside can be provided only at disproportionate cost.As far as the Employment Department group is concerned, the current market testing programme affects a total of about 118 staff in Merseyside county, 108 based at the Health and Safety Executive's site in Bootle, and about 10 Employment Service staff involved in the delivery of job clubs on Merseyside. There will be opportunities for both private sector companies and in-house teams to bid for the departmental work concerned. This will encourage enterprise and the economy generally and Merseyside will benefit from this as much as anywhere else.

Ec Social Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) men and (b) women were on European social fund training courses in each of the regions of the United Kingdom at the latest available date.

Comprehensive details of the breakdown of European social fund applicants are not readily available at regional level and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Social Affairs Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment pursuant to his answer of 7 June, Official Report, columns 95–96, what were the voting figures for each member state recorded in the meeting of the European Community Social Affairs Council held on 1 June.

Labour Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each constituency (a) the latest unemployment figures, (b) the latest figures for those who have been out of work for at least one year and (c) the latest figures for those who have been out of work for at least five years; and if he will give the percentage rates for each category by travel-to-work area.

Information showing unadjusted claimant unemployment by duration and as a percentage of the total work force can be obtained from the NOMIS database in the Library.

Industrial Injury

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the number of working hours lost as a result of industrial injury in 1992.

The figures for 1992 are not available. An estimate of absence from work due to workplace injury is available for the year 1989–90 from the special supplement of questions on accidents to the 1990 Labour Force Survey. An estimated 23·2 million days absence occurred in Great Britain in 1989–90. This figure is equivalent to about 170 million hours lost for a five day working week of 37 hours.

Scotland

Health Authorities And Trusts

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) health authorities and (b) trusts were in existence in Scotland on 1 April; and what is his forecast for 1 April 1994.

On 1 April 1993 there were 15 health boards, and 17 NHS trusts in Scotland. There are no plans to change the number of health boards but a further 23 hospitals units have applied to become NHS trusts on 1 April 1994. These applications have been released for public consultation.

Gp Practices

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many single-handed general practitioner practices there are in Scotland; and what is their average patient holding.

There were 228 unrestricted principals in single handed practices in Scotland at 1 October 1992, the latest date for which information is available centrally. Their average list size was 1,440.

Islands (Subsidies)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library the Halcrow Fox report on Government subsidies to the Scottish islands.

Once the final report on the findings and conclusions of the ferry subsidies impact study has been completed and submitted to the Scottish Office by Halcrow Fox, St. Andrews Economic Consultants and PA Cambridge Economic Consultants, my right hon. Friend will arrange to have a copy placed in the Library of the House.

Housing, Edinburgh

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish available details of Scottish Homes' major Edinburgh initiative to stimulate existing and new housing suppliers to produce new homes for the private rental market.

Scottish Homes has recently approved 143 houses for market rent in Edinburgh. Its total investment to the end of 1992–93 was around £.1·3 million.

Housing Associations

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many housing association tenants in Scotland have now vacated housing association tenancies under the tenant's incentive scheme.

Since April 1990 a total of 267 tenants have received a grant under the tenants incentive scheme.

Shared Equity Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress Scottish Homes has made with the development of its share equity pilot; and if he will make a statement.

Scottish Homes is examining a number of new ways of promoting low cost home ownership, including the possibility of shared equity arrangements. It hopes to run a pilot later this year.

Public Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking on the Scottish Consumer Council's recommendations following the recent survey of the facilities for babies and children travelling on public transport.

It is for the relevant transport operators to consider the Scottish Consumer Council's recommendations. The Government are, however, committed to the development of a fully accessible transport system and are concerned that account should be taken of the particular need for adequate and safe facilities for babies and children.

Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what sums have been (a) spent in 1992–93 and (b) committed in 1993–94 by Scottish Homes to (i) the provision of furnished accommodation, (ii) the development and piloting of lead tenancies and (iii) the promotion of the tenant's incentive scheme.

The information is set out in the table:

£ million
1992–931993–941
Furnished accommodation20·1100·850
Lead tenancies30·043
Grants paid under the tenants incentive scheme1·3361·500
1 Estimated expenditure.
2 1992–93 expenditure covers Scottish Homes' own stock only: estimated expenditure for 1993–94 covers own stock and grants to housing associations.
3 Covers only development costs, not funding of actual units.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of housing associations and housing co-operatives funded by Scottish Homes have agreements whereby local authorities have 50 per cent. nomination rights.

Performance standards for housing associations, issued jointly by Scottish Homes and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, requires associations and co-operatives to seek nomination arrangements with district councils in whose area they operate but details of individual arrangements are not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether (a) research on housing matters and (b) professional postgraduate courses related to housing are funded from the housing or the education budget.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The Scottish Office environment department funds research on housing matters; and student support for postgraduate diplomas in housing is shared between the Scottish Office environment department and the Scottish Office education department.

Criminal Justice System

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to improve the operation of the Scottish criminal justice system.

The first report of the groups which have been reviewing court programming under the chairmanship of Sheriff Principal Gordon Nicholson, QC and Sheriff Graham Cox was published on 11 June. Copies of the report, which contains proposals for improving court programming mainly within the existing legislative framework, have been placed in the House Libraries. Copies have also been sent to the various interests and comments requested by the end of September.The Government have also been considering measures which would involve statutory change and is publishing today a report entitled "Review of Criminal Evidence and Criminal Procedure", together with a consultation paper seeking the public's views on the proposals in the report. Copies of both have also been placed in the House Libraries.The proposals in the report aim to secure a substantial reduction in the time wasted by both civilian and police witnesses in attending court for trials which do not take place and in giving evidence which is not contested. They include pre-trial hearings to ensure cases are ready to go to trial; more active management of the pre-trial period; a new form of disclosure of the prosecution case; and the possibility of reduced sentences for those who plead guilty early. The results would include a better deal for thousands of civilian witnesses and more police time released for other duties. The consultation period will last until 30 September and I look forward to receiving views on the proposals from a wide range of interests.The publication of this report marks the first stage of the process. Later in the year the Government intend to embark on a second round of consultations. This will look at the function and verdicts of the jury in criminal trials, the way in which appeals against conviction and sentence in the criminal courts are dealt with and any matters arising from the report of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice which have implications for the Scottish criminal justice system. Any proposals for legislative change will be formulated in the light of responses to these two wide-ranging consultation exercises.

Shetland Oil Spill

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made by the ecological steering group he announced on 26 January in relation to the Shetland oil spill.

The steering group expects to make an interim report on 17 June. I shall arrange for copies to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Compulsory Competitive Tendering

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for de minimis thresholds for white collar compulsory competitive tendering.

Current compulsory competitive tendering activities under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 and the Local Government Act 1988 are subject to de minimis thresholds. Where the amount of work falls below these thresholds, authorities are not obliged to seek competitive tenders, though they can do so voluntarily if they wish.The Government accept the principle that de minimis arrangements should apply to CCT activities for professional and corporate services. We also accept that a local authority needs to perform adequately the core client roles which may not be suitable for competitive tendering and that de minimis arrangements should address these issues.It is our view that different de minimis thresholds may be appropriate for different services and that different bases for calculating these thresholds may be appropriate. For instance for some services a threshold based on the total value of the service may be appropriate, for others one based on the number of staff employed or a combination of the two may better meet authorities needs. The details of the arrangements to be applied will form part of the current discussions with local authority interests on the implementation of CCT extension. Further announcements will be made in due course.As with the existing services, local authorities will of course be free to tender services below threshold levels voluntarily.

Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the cost per week, month or year of keeping a prisoner in the various categories of prison.

The approximate cost per year of keeping a prisoner in the various main categories of prison in Scotland for 1992–93, calculated as total current expenditure, divided by average prisoner numbers, was as follows. For the remand category, the figure was £22,500, for the secure young offenders institution category, £23,000 and for adult secure prisoners the figure was £24,550. This compared to a figure of £31,000 for open and semi open adult prisons and £31,500 for the open and semi open young offenders institution category.

Shipping Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pusuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Robertson) of 26 May, Official Report, column 589, on shipping services to Scottish islands, what consideration will be given in his review to the need for public sector support for private sector investment.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The Government remain committed to continuing to support essential shipping services to the Scottish islands whether these services are provided by public or private sector operators. The shipping subsidies review will consider a range of different financing and ownership options.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Robertson) of 26 May, Official Report, column 589, on shipping services to Scottish islands, whether his review will include bulk shipping services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Robertson) of 26 May, Official Report, column 589, on shipping services to Orkney and Shetland, what plans he has to extend the principle of giving additional assistance to P & O Scottish Ferries Ltd. to enable net tariffs of users of the service to remain unchanged to services to islands provided by other operators.

[holding answer 14 June 1993 ]: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Scotland, announced that he intended to make available a further £1·934 million in the current year to increase the amount of subsidy available for services provided by P&O to Orkney and Shetland. The additional assistance is to be provided to P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd. to enable it to maintain the present level of roll-on/roll-off services in respect of passengers and cars. I have no plans to increase further the level of support for shipping services in the current year.

Conservation Sites

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list, by habitat category, sites which in the opinion of Scottish Natural Heritage qualify for designation as special protection areas under the EC directive on the conservation of wild birds (79/409/EEC); which of these are awaiting designation; and if he will indicate a timetable for their designation.

[holding answer 8 June 1993]: The information is set out in the table. The sites have not been selected by reference to any habitat category but to their ornithological importance. The Government are working closely with Scottish Natural Heritage with a view to accelerating the rate of designation of special protection areas and to completing the designation programme as soon as possible.

List of sites which in the opinion of Scottish Natural Heritage qualify for special protection area status
SiteLocal Authority
North Rona and Sula SgeirWestern Isles
Flannan IslesWestern Isles1
St. KildaWestern Isles1
Shiant IslesWestern Isles1
West Sound of HarrisWestern Isles
Monach IslandsWestern Isles
Loch Druidibeg/Loch a' MachairWestern Isles1
South Uist Machair and LochsWestern Isles
West Sound of BarraWestern Isles
Mingulay and BernerayWestern Isles
Pentland Firth IslandsHighland
Orkney
The PeatlandsHighland
Caithness LochsHighland
Caithness CliffsHighland
Cape WrathHighland
HandaHighland1
Priest IslandHighland1
RumHighland1
BalranaldWestern Isles
Baleshare and KirkibostWestern Isles
Loch ScadavayWestern Isles
Inverpolly, Loch Urigill and Nearby LochsHighland
Loch MareeHighland
Loch Ruthven and Nearby LochsHighland
Central Highland Hills and GlensHighland
Lewis PeatlandsWestern Isles
North Harris MountainsWestern Isles
Assynt LochsHighland
Loch Stack, Loch Nam Brac and Nearby LochsHighland
Loch Shin and Nearby LochsHighland
Loch EyeHighland1
Moray Basin Firths and BaysGrampian
Highland
Beinn DeargHighland
Ben WyvisHighland
SiteLocal Authority
Glangarry LochsHighland
Loch Tarff and Nearby LochsHighland
North Inverness LochsHighland
Hermaness and Saxa Vord, UnstShetland
Ramna Stacks and GruneyShetland
FetlarShetland
North Roe and Tingon, Mainland ShetlandShetland
Papa StourShetland
FoulaShetland
NossShetland
Fair IsleShetland
West WestrayOrkney
Papa Westray (North Hill and Holm)Orkney
Marwick HeadOrkney
Lochs of Harray and StennessOrkney
HoyOrkney
CopinsayOrkney
Sule Skerry and StackOrkney
Loch SpynieGrampian1
Loch of StrathbegGrampian
Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle LochsGrampian
River Spey-Insh MarshesHighland
CairngormsHighland
Grampian
Loch of SkeneGrampian1
FowlsheughGrampian1
LochnagarGrampian
Drumochter HillsHighland
Tayside
West Mainland MoorsOrkney
North Mainland CoastOrkney
South Westray CoastOrkney
East SandayOrkney
Croussa Field and the HeogsShetland
MousaShetland
Rousay (part)Orkney
North Ronaldsay CoastOrkney
Southeastern StronsayOrkney
EdayOrkney
Troup, Pennan and Lion HeadsGrampian
St. CyrusGrampian
Buchan Ness to Collieston CoastGrampian
Sumburgh HeadShetland
MonadhliathHighland
AlvieHighland
Ben AlderHighland
Abernethy ForestHighland1
KinveachyHighland
Creag MeagaidhHighland
Lochs of Spiggie and BrowShetland
Mill Dam, ShapinsayOrkney
Rosehearty to Fraserburgh CoastGrampian
Orphir and Stenness HillsOrkney
KeelylangOrkney
Loch of IsbisterOrkney
Blackpark and Gutcher, YellShetland
Loch OireGrampian
Loch VaaHighland
Glen TanarGrampian
Muir of DinnetGrampian
Moorland Areas, Central ShetlandShetland
West Burrafirth, ShetlandShetland
Hill of Colvadale and SobulShetland
An Socach-Carn a GheoidhGrampian
Loch LomondStrathclyde
Central
Tiree and CollStrathclyde
Treshnish IslesStrathclyde
Gruinart Flats, IslayStrathclyde1
Bridgend Flats, IslayStrathclyde1
Laggan Peninsula, IslayStrathclyde1
Eilean na Muice Duibhe, IslayStrathclyde1
Glac na Criche, IslayStrathclyde1
Feur Lochain, IslayStrathclyde1
Rhinns of IslayStrathclyde
Islay; the OaStrathclyde
Inner Clyde EstuaryStrathclyde
SiteLocal Authority
Rhunahaorine PointStrathclyde
Machrihanish and Tangy LochStrathclyde
Ailsa CraigStrathclyde1
Loch Ken and Dee MarshesDumfries and Galloway1
Lochinch and Torrs WarrenDumfries and Galloway
Wigtown BayDumfries and Galloway
North Colonsay and Western CliffsStrathclyde
SandaStrathclyde
Castle Loch LochmabenDumfries and Galloway
CaenlochanTayside
Grampian
Montrose BasinTayside
Loch of KinnordyTayside
Loch of LintrathenTayside1
Tay-Isla ValleyTayside
Loch LevenTayside
Firth of TayTayside
Fife
Cameron ReservoirFife
Eden Estuary, Tentsmuir Point and Abertay SandsFife
Tayside
Forth IslandsLothian1
Fife
Flanders Moss and Lake of MenteithCentral
Gladhouse ReservoirLothian1
Fala FlowLothian
WestwaterBorders
St. Abb's Head to Fast CastleBorders
Greenlaw Moor and Hule MossBorders
Hoselaw LochBorders1
South Tayside Goose RoostsTayside1
Firth of ForthLothian
Fife
Central
Upper Solway Flats and MarchesDumfries and Galloway1
1 Indicates designated site.

Hiv/Aids And Drug Abuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set out the criteria used by him in allocation resources to health boards for their work in (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) drug misuse including the criteria in respect of (i) education and (ii) prevention in these areas; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 7 June 1993]: Allocations to assist health boards in responding to the extra burdens imposed by HIV and AIDS are being made in 1993–94 by means of service agreements with the management executive of the national health service in Scotland. The agreements take into account the number of HIV and AIDS cases in each health board area and the estimated costs of treatment and care. For prevention activity, including public education campaigns, the allocations include an amount calculated according to weighted capitation principles. HIV and AIDS allocations may also be used for relevant activities to counter drug misuse; but in addition some £2·4 million is being made available in 1993–94 specifically for drug misuse purposes. Of this amount, some £1·3 million has been allocated to four health boards in support of specific projects. The remainder has been divided among all health boards on the weighted capitation basis.

Social Housing (Transfers)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the organisations awarded grants to help those in the social housing sector to move from one area to another, the sums awarded in each case, and the nature of the work that each grant will pay for.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: Grant is given to HOMES—Housing Organisations Mobility and Exchange Services—which is a national organisation acting as a clearing house for public sector tenants who wish to move between one local authority area and another. It operates two schemes—a national mobility scheme under which members agree to commit 1 per cent. of their net lettings in any one year to mobility applicants, and a tenants exchange scheme which facilitates swaps between council tenants. Grant is provided by the Department of the Environment, the Scottish Office, the Welsh Office and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland, and the Scottish contribution in 1993–94, calculated on a formula related to the activity taking place in Scotland, will be a maximum of £121,015.This grant will facilitate national mobility scheme moves and exchanges involving moves of tenants within, or to and from, Scotland, and will also assist towards funding of a development worker for Scotland who is to be appointed during the course of 1993–94.

Housing And Community Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those projects awarded a grant for 1993–94 which promote or develop effective links between housing services and community care, and the amount awarded to each.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: Support for projects combining housing and community care will come from a number of Government programmes in 1993–94. Grants totalling £514,000 have been awarded through the mental illness specific grant, to projects designed to increase community based mental health facilities, including special housing. In addition, £15 million of bridging finance has been made available to health boards for community care projects, some of which may well involve housing. Grants totalling £5·978 million have already been made under the urban programme for hostel and other accommodation, day care services, and home care for the elderly; and further grants may be made during 1993–94. A total of £135,000 has been made available to voluntary housing bodies for community care, including provision for the elderly.In addition, Scottish Homes makes grants to housing associations which promote effective links between housing and community care including in particular grants made under the new revenue funding arrangements known as the special needs allowance package (SNAP) to meet the additional housing management costs involved in providing for people with special needs. It is estimated that SNAP grants in 1993–94 will amount to around £4 million.

Forestry Commission

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) who are the members of the review body currently considering the further sale of assets of the Forestry Commission; and when she expects the review body to report;(2) what consideration is being given to the further sale of assets of the Forestry Commission; and if she will make a statement.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 20 April 1993 at column 89.In respect of current disposals, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for the Western Isles (Mr. Macdonald) on 1 April 1993 at column

392.

Prescribed Process Regulations

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 19 May, Official Report, column 218, what prosecutions have been undertaken resulting from breach of the prescribed process regulations since 31 July 1992.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The results of a survey on the operation of local authority air pollution control in Scotland during its first year (1 April 1992 to 31 March 1993) are currently being analysed. From 54 returns so far received from the 56 district and islands councils, the survey indicates that no prosecutions were undertaken during that period.

Dounreay

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the radiological and economic consequences of the spillage of radioactive thorium at building D1203 at the nuclear power development establishment at Dounreay on 27 March.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The spillage of radioactive thorium at building D1203 at the AEA technology plant at Dounreay on 27 March was contained entirely within the plant. It did not result in any increased radiation exposure of plant personnel and had no environmental effects.The economic consequences of the incident are a matter for the management of AEA Technology.

Education

Special Needs

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to continue to make provision for local education authorities to plan and review the education of all children with special needs within their area.

The Education Bill currently before Parliament would strengthen provision for all pupils with special educational needs in an area. It would put duties on the funding agency and on the local education authority to take account of the need for making suitable SEN provision where they have responsibility for planning school places in an area. It provides for further co-operative arrangements between the sectors over local SEN provisionResponsibility for making provision for the majority of pupils with SEN rests with school governors, who will be required to formulate and report on their policies for children with SEN. Schools' performance will be systematically inspected against their policies by independent inspectors. The Bill would require the Secretary of State to issue a code of practice to which local education authorities and all maintained school must have regard in respect of pupils with SEN. It provides for local education authorities to make available SEN support services to grant-maintained and local education authority-maintained schools to assist governors.The duties of local education authorities towards pupils who may need an assessment and a statement and their duty to review all the arrangements for pupils with SEN are reinforced in the Bill.

Teachers (Clerical Support)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money was spent in each of the last five years on clerical support for teachers in schools.

Information is collected centrally only for schools' expenditure on administration and clerical staff combined. For the five years up to 1991–92, the latest year for which information on actual spending is available, this expenditure was as follows:

Local education authority-maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools England
YearTotal expenditure1 £ thousand
1987–88196,520
1988–89219,020
1989–90260,678
1990–