Written Answers To Questions
Wednesday 23 June 1993
New Age Travellers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the preparations he has taken to ensure full and effective co-ordination by police forces in the west of England to deal with possible breaches of the law, trespass and blocking of the highway by new age travellers in the summer months.
These are operational matters for the police. The Association of Chief Police Officers has set up a national intelligence-gathering network on the activities of travellers with co-ordinating centres in the Wiltshire constabulary and Cumbria constabulary. Forces have also reviewed their contingency plans for dealing with the problems caused by new age travellers. These have proved effective so far this year.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to ensure, in conjunction with the police, that convoys of new age travellers do not block the public highway.
Enforcement of road traffic and highways legislation is an operational matter for the police.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the incidence of crimes in each of the last five years in which there has been a racist element.
The only information currently available relates to the number of reported racial incidences and I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Gerrard) on 26 April, at column 266.
Metropolitan Police Cab Enforcement Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the resources of the Metropolitan police cab enforcement section have been increased; and if he will make a statement.
The section has been maintained at the same staffing level for the past five years. The Commissioner has no plans to make any increases.
Police (Stress-Related Illness)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) custody officers, (b) custody sergeants and (c) rota sergeants have taken five or more days off work through stress-related illnesses in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1990.
The information requested is not held centrally and could be collected from individual forces only at disproportionate cost.
Prisoners (Police Cells)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) remand and (b) convicted prisoners were held in police cells in each prison service region for each month in 1993.
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 Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated June 1993:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of prisoners held in police cells in each Prison Service region for each month in 1993.
The following table shows the total number of prisoners held in police cells on each Friday this year up to 12 February, which is the last day prisoners were held in police cells. It is not possible to separate remand and convicted prisoners although most would have been on remand. All the prisoners concerned should have been in establishments in the Prison Service's Directorate of Inmate Programmes which covers establishments in the north of England.
Number of prisoners in police cells
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the numbers of people at the last election who used (a) proxy, (b) absent and (c) postal votes in the parliamentary constituency of Christchurch.
There were 1,356 electors on the postal voters list in the Christchurch constituency at the last general election, and 1,220 postal ballot paper covering envelopes were returned. Information about the number of electors voting by proxy is not collected centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will agree to a pilot project on the use of the expandable side-handled baton taking place in specific areas within three police forces in England and Wales.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 21 June, at column 2.
Auto Care Europe
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much British Rail is investing in the new joint venture company Auto Care Europe.
I have authorised BR to invest up to a maximum of £1·33 million.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to introduce legislation which would require all passengers in minibuses to wear safety belts;(2) what measures are being taken to improve the design of minibuses in the interest of greater passenger safety.
We are making a continuing effort to improve the safety of all road vehicles including minibuses. Seat belts are already required to be fitted to the front seats of all new minibuses. We have sought agreement within the European Community for the mandatory extension of this requirement to all seats in minibuses.Where seat belts are fitted, they must be worn by passengers travelling in the front seat of any minibus and by a passenger travelling in a rear seat of a smaller minibus with an unladen weight not exceeding 2,540 kg.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has consulted the motor insurance industry on the feasibility of requiring evidence of insurance to be displayed on a vehicle's windscreen.
Following wide-ranging discussions with representatives of the insurance industry, the police and the Home Office, we have decided not to require evidence of insurance to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Under our present driver-related insurance system, the enforcement benefit would be little more than is already provided by the check on insurance which is made when renewing vehicle excise duty. The display of an insurance disc would provide no assurance that the driver was covered by an insurance policy or complying with policy conditions, nor would it protect against the insurance being cancelled once the disc has been issued.The enforcement potential of a windscreen display would be greater under a vehicle-related insurance regime, where cover is taken out for a particular vehicle regardless of who drives it. However, this would require all vehicles to be insured for any driver and so remove an insurer's ability to take account of the risks associated with different drivers. Because every insured vehicle could be driven by a high-risk driver, the contribution that the present insurance system makes to road safety would be undermined. It could lead to a substantial increase in motor premiums, especially for safer drivers who would, for example, find themselves contributing to the cost of insuring all cars to be driven by novice drivers or by drivers with a poor accident record. Premium increases could in turn encourage further evasion and render the measure self-defeating.I deplore the irresponsible behaviour of the minority of drivers who fail to take out insurance. But I am sceptical about imposing further regulations on all drivers, particularly when we cannot be confident that insurance evasion would be significantly reduced. The police already have wide powers to inspect insurance certificates, and there are over 200,000 convictions for uninsured driving every year. The maximum for this offence was increased to £5,000 in October 1992. We have decided as a result of our discusions that the format of insurance certificates should be reviewed and simplified where possible to assist the police in checking them. This will speed up this important aspect of enforcement. A further check on insurance certificates is made with applications for vehicle excise duty.The decision not require the display of windscreen insurance discs has no effect on the compensation received by those involved in road accidents. Victims of uninsured drivers will continue to be compensated by the Motor Insurers Bureau under a long-standing agreement between the bureau and the Secretary of State for Transport.
Transport And Works Act Orders
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further consideration he has given to the means of notifying to hon. Members his receipt of application for orders under part I of the Transport and Works Act 1992.
Yes. My Department has arranged with the House of Commons Library that applicants will supply a full set of their application documents for the information of hon. Members. The House of Commons Public Information Office will note in the "Weekly Information Bulletin" the receipt of such documents, together with a contact point from which further information may be obtained.
East London River Crossing
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the actual or estimated cost of the Ironbridge to Canning Town improvement schemes on or adjacent to the A13 trunk road in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham in respect of (a) East India Dock road, interim junction scheme as now completed, (b) the East India Dock tunnel link, (c) the completed Abbott road, Leamouth road and A 13 Ironbridge widening scheme, (d) the widening of the Canning Town flyover from four to six lanes and associated road works and (e) works associated with the re-aligned east-bound slip road to the A13; and what plans he has for improvements for pedestrian crossing of the A13, Newham way, between these works and the proposed Freemasons road underpass.
The actual or estimated construction costs for the roads schemes listed by the hon. Member are as follows:
|Schemes||£ million (including VAT)|
|(a) and (c) East India Dock Road/Leamouth Road||2·60|
|(b) East India Dock Road Link||36·00|
|(d) and (e) A13 Ironbridge/A13 Canning Town Flyover (including NE Slip Road, Canning Town)||50·06|
Schemes (a) and (c) relate to the completed works for improvement to the East India Dock road junction and widening of the A13 at Leamouth, including the Abbott road junction. The proposed widening of the Ironbridge is now an integral part of scheme (d), as is scheme (e).
Scheme (b) is the responsibility of the London Docklands development corporation.
Subways at Beckton road and Douglas road have been refurbished in recent years. The Department is discussing with LB Newham the possibility of improving the condition of the Rathbone subway.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the expected outturn cost, or estimated cost of (a) of the Lower Lea crossing, (b) repairs and renewal to the Silvertown flyover, (c) the north Woolwich road widening and improvements, (d) the new Connaught crossing, (e) the Albert Dock spine road and associated intersections and (f) the Eastern G gateway link road in the London borough of Newham at 1993 or other specified year prices; and what is the estimated cost of the east London river crossing and its approaches on both sides of the Thames.
The costs for the road schemes listed by the hon. Member are as follows:
|£ million (including VAT)|
|(a) Lower Lea Crossing||37·5|
|(b) Silvertown Flyover repairs||10·5|
|(c) North Woolwich Road Improvements||13·0|
|(d) Connaught Crossing||26·0|
|(e) Albert Dock Spine Road||38·5|
|(f) Eastern Gateway Access Road||10·8|
|(g) East London River Crossing||2300·0|
|1Estimates at current prices.|
|2At 1989 prices; also includes land costs.|
(g) is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport. Schemes (a), (d), (e) and (f) are the responsibility of the London Docklands development corporation. Schemes (b) and (c) are the responsibility of the London borough of Newham.
Road Schemes (Protestors)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all the occasions when his Department has sought orders for the seizure of property from those protesting against proposed new road schemes; and if he will make a statement.
My Department has been unable to identify any such cases.
Railway Track Maintenance
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the cost per mile of maintaining mainline railway track and branch line railway track (a) throughout the British Rail network and (b) in the south Wales and western regions.
My Department does not hold this information. Maintenance programmes and costs are a matter for the British Railways Board.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are currently in receipt of home help service in the Down and Lisburn unit of management; and what was the comparable figure for the same period last year.
In May 1992, the latest date for which information is available, 2,436 people were in receipt of the home help service in the Down and Lisburn unit of management. In May 1991, the number of recipients was 2,444.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who are currently in receipt of home help service in the Down and Lisburn unit of management have been subject to a reduction in hours.
A total of 453 people who are currently in receipt of home help service in the Down and Lisburn unit of management have had a reduction in home help hours.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress of his Department in establishing a Renewables Order for Northern Ireland.
The Department of Economic Development intends to ask NIE plc to organise a competitive tender to secure generation capacity from plant using renewable sources of energy, with a view to making a non-fossil fuel order. The necessary arrangements for the tender competition are being finalised at present and I hope to make a further statement in the near future.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he intends to meet representatives of the Northern Ireland Federation of Clubs and the Club and Institute Union to discuss the registration of clubs under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969; and if he will make a statement.
Clubs may be registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 if they satisfy certain conditions. These will be notified shortly to representatives of the Northern Ireland Federation of Clubs and the Club and Institute Union Ltd. Applications to register from clubs may then follow.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 24 May, Official Report, columns 461–62, what estimate he has made of the overall administrative costs of the Ballyconnell canal project met in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) in the Republic of Ireland; and how many persons in his Department have been engaged in such work.
The construction work on the Ballyconnell canal is being managed by the Electricity Supply Board in the Republic of Ireland, which reports to a joint steering group comprising six representatives from Northern Ireland Government Departments and six representatives from Republic of Ireland Government Departments. The joint steering group oversees the project, deals with policy issues, approves expenditure and monitors progress. It meets two or three times a year. In addition to these formal meetings, there is also ad hoc liaison between the two Governments and with the project managers, including contacts at local level to facilitate works progress. It is not possible to estimate the overall administrative costs of the project.
Director General For Electricity Regulation
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the address of the office of the new Director General for Electricity Regulation in Northern Ireland.
The address is:
- Office of Electricity Regulation Northern Ireland (OFFER NI)
- Brookmount Buildings
- 42 Fountain Street
- BT1 5EE
Forensic Science Laboratory, Newtownbreda
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many claims for compensation, arising from the IRA bomb at the forensic science laboratory at Newtownbreda in September 1992 are still to be concluded.
Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Compensation Agency under its chief executive, Mr. J. Robinson. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from John Robinson to Mr. John D. Taylor, dated 22 June 1993:
I refer to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the number of compensation claims arising from the IRA bomb at Newtownbreda in September 1992 which have still to be concluded.
The following is a summary of progress to date:
|Number of applications received||902|
|Number of cases in which final compensation has been paid||512|
|Number in which formal offers of settlement have been made||157|
|Number still to be resolved and which are at various stages of completion||196|
|Number of interim payments made in cases still to be resolved||173|
Number of nurses and midwives employed in special care baby units 1991 England, Regional Health Authority (RHA) and Special Health Authorities
|East Anglian RHA||90||10||30||130|
|North West Thames RHA||90||20||90||210|
I hope this is helpful.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he now intends to take any action to prevent damage to Ballynahone bog.
[holding answer 21 June 1993]: The Bulrush Peat Company Ltd. has permission for the extraction of peat from part of Ballynahone bog. This followed a detailed public inquiry. While the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland has no plans to revoke the permission, I shall shortly be announcing a policy statement on how the Government intend to address the issues of peat bogs in Northern Ireland.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of nurses per neo-natal cot nationally and per region at the latest available date.
The information is not available in the form requested. Latest data on the number of beds on neo-natal wards and nursing staff employed in special care baby units are shown in the tables.
|Table 1: Average number of daily available beds 1990–91 England, regional health authority (RHA) and special health authorities|
|East Anglian RHA||121|
|North West Thames RHA||248|
|North East Thames RHA||275|
|South East Thames RHA||271|
|South West Thames RHA||189|
|South Western RHA||148|
|West Midlands RHA||371|
|North Western RHA||340|
|Special Health Authorities||41|
Note: These beds are in wards for neonates in regional designated intensive centres or non-maternity wards.
Regional figures do not add up to England total due to rounding.
Source: KHO3 return, lines 10, 11.
|North East Thames RHA||130||10||80||220|
|South East Thames RHA||160||20||50||230|
|South West Thames RHA||40||10||70||110|
|South Western RHA||150||10||100||260|
|West Midlands RHA||240||40||130||400|
|North Western RHA||200||30||270||510|
|Special Health Authorities||50||10||0||60|
Source: Non-medical Workforce Census September 1991.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalent—regional figures may not therefore add up to England total.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she plans to extend the role of general practitioners as independent advocates for patients to hospital doctors.
General practitioners already act as advocates of their patients in providing general medical services and referring patients to specialist services if required. GP fund holding builds on this principle by enabling volunteer practices to purchase directly a range of hospital and community services on behalf of their patients. This is proving a great success and our aim is to extend the benefits to as many patients as possible.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by her Department to encourage the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work to change its equal opportunities policies; and if she will make a statement.
The Department shares the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work's—CCETSW—commitment to ensure that individuals are not unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of age, gender, disability, Ianguage, including sign language, race or religion.Various aspects of the implementation of CCETSW's equal opportunities policy were discussed at the last annual ministerial review in December 1992. It was emphasised that CCETSW should not give a misleading impression in its documentation about the emphasis it places on anti-racist and other anti-discriminatory issues in training, and this must not be at the expense of receiving a solid, practical grounding in other important professional and management skills.
Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated in the NHS for (a) myopia and (b) other eyesight disorders by laser photorefractive keratectomy; and what information she has on the extent of the use of this treatment in the private sector.
This information is not available centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her assessment of laser photorefractive keratectomy as a treatment to correct myopia; and what plans she has to make it available free of charge to patients at NHS hospitals.
Different types of laser are now being used in the national health service for the treatment of various eye conditions, including glaucoma. The use of photorefractive keratectomy, or excimer, lasers for treating myopia—short-sightedness—is still subject to research. An evaluation study is currently under way and is not expected to report before 1994. The evaluation is important, particularly as most people who are short-sighted and seek laser treatment do not have an eye disease and wish only to avoid wearing spectacles or contact lenses.The form of treatment of myopia is, therefore, currently only available to NHS patients as part of ongoing research.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what has been the total number of optical appliances vouchers redeemed in each year since 1986;(2) what was the total cost of the optical appliances voucher scheme in each year since 1986.
The information for England is shown in the table.
|Numbers of vouchers paid for (millions)||Cost of vouchers (£ million)|
|1 Figures are for nine months only following introduction of the scheme on I July 1986.|
|2 Provisional figures.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish in tabula form details of all grants currently approved by her Department to support projects connected with diet health and cookery including the amount of the grant, the period for which it has been approved, the name and location of the person or organisation to which it is made and the name of the person responsible for accounting to her for the expenditure of public funds in each case.
The Department is currently funding one such project—"Get Cooking" managed by the National Food Alliance which aims to improve the basic cooking skills of young people as a contribution to healthy eating. Funding amounts to £60,000 over two years—£31,000 in 1992–93 and £29,000 in 1993–94—and is subject to the normal vigorous financial management of all projects awarded funding under section 64 of the Health Service and Public Health Act 1968.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to establish an official complaints body to cover all dispensing opticians;(2) what representations she has received concerning the need for an official complaints body for customers of dispensing opticians.
We have no plans to set up a body to investigate complaints against dispensing opticians, who are independent practitioners, nor have we received any representations to do so. The bodies representing optometrists and dispensing opticians set up an independent consumer complaints' system—the optical consumer complaints service—in January this year, and all dispensing opticians' practices have been encouraged to become members.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the total NHS budget in each of the last 10 years was spent on drugs; how many items were prescribed per head of population; and what corresponding information she has from other EC countries.
The available information is shown in the tables. The total national health service drugs bill comprises expenditure by family health services—FHS—and the hospital and community health services—HCHS. Items prescribed per head of population relate to prescriptions written by general practitioners and dispensed within the FHS. Comparable data for the other countries in the European Community are not available.
|Year||Total NHS drugs bill as a percentage of total NHS expenditure|
Note: 1992–93 expenditure figures are not yet available.
Items prescribed per head of population
Items prescribed per head of population
Note:: Prior to 1991, prescription items were based on dispensing fees paid to contractors. From 1991, the actual numbers of items are shown.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Mid-Staffordshire health authority who have been referred by their general practitioner to a hospital consultant are currently not being put on an active waiting list and not being given any indication of when an appointment will be available.
This information is not available centrally. Patients who are referred to a hospital consultant by a general medical practitioner should either be seen immediately or put on an out-patient waiting list depending on their clinical priority. No one should have to wait to be put on an out-patient waiting list after he or she has been referred by his or her GP.
Lung Cancer, Liverpool
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 16 June, Official Report, column 619, whether she will now fund a study of the causes of lung cancer in Liverpool; what is the future of the Sefton general hospital chest clinic in Liverpool; and if she will make a statement.
Research studies which are locally based are the responsibility of the regional health authority and would not normally be funded from the Department's central research budget. It would be for Mersey RHA to consider whether or not to mount a study of the causes of lung cancer in Liverpool in the light of its knowledge of local needs, resources and priorities.The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. D. H. Tod, the chairman of Liverpool health authority, concerning the future of the Sefton general hospital chest clinic.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to introduce prescription charges for insulin-dependent diabetics.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 11 June, Official Report, column 373, if she will list the research projects currently being undertaken into the risks from prostate cancer.
This information is not routinely collected, but we are aware of several projects including studies in Newport and Bristol.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the latest available figures for (a) registered disabled, (b) registered blind people and (c) people in residential nursing homes in the parliamentary constituency of Christchurch.
Information is not available in the form requested. The latest available figures for registered disabled and registered blind people are published by local authority in "Register of Physically Disabled Persons (General Classes) at 31 March 1990, England" and "Registered Blind and Partially Sighted People at 31 March 1991, England". The centrally available information on nursing homes is the number of available beds and is published in "Private Hospitals, Homes and Clinics registered under section 23 of the Registered Homes Act 1984, at 31 March 1991, England". Copies of the publications are available in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the latest estimate by the Registrar General of Populations of those aged 17 years and over, plus 63 per cent. of those aged 16 years, for the district council area that includes the parliamentary constituency of Christchurch, together with the equivalent year's electoral registration figures, expressed as a percentage of these population estimates.
There are 72,211 parliamentary electors on the 1993 register for the Christchurch constituency. Population estimates are not available for parliamentary constituencies. The Christchurch parliamentary constituency comprises almost all—99·5 per cent.—of the parliamentary electors of Christchurch district part—56·7 per cent.—of the electors of West Dorset district and a very small part of—0·02 per cent.—of the electors of New
|Table 1: Average annual cost per whole time equivalent at current prices|
|Senior house officer||20·1||22·0||23·8||24·5||27·1||29·8|
|Medical laboratory scientific officer||10·9||10·7||12·8||16·2||16·4||17·2|
|Table 2: Average annual cost per whole time equivalent at 1986–87 prices|
|Senior house officer||20·1||20·3||19·8||19·2||19·5||19·5|
|Medical laboratory scientific officer||10·9||10·7||10·7||12·7||11·9||11·3|
|1 No comparable figures are available for the period 1986–87 to 1989–90.|
|2 Includes expenditure for all ambulance staff as cost for an ambulance driver not available separately.|
|3 Fall in ambulance staff figure probably due to ambulancemen strike.|
|4 Includes expenditure for all ancillary staff as cost for a porter and a cleaner not available separately.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish details of the numbers of health service directly employed staff by main staff group each year from 1987 to 1992; and if she will give the changes between each year and over the whole period in numbers and percentages.
Forest district. The latest population estimates available relate to mid-1991. The estimates for residents aged 17 and over, plus 63 per cent. of those aged 16, at that date are 35,000 in the whole of Christchurch district, 70,800 in the whole of West Dorset district and 130,900 in the whole of New Forest district.
Pharmaceutical Retail Outlets
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will name the studies on which she has based her predictions as to the future patterns of pharmaceutical retail outlets subsequent to implementation of her proposals for a new pattern of payment to their proprietors.
Community pharmacists are independent commercial businesses: it is for them to determine their development strategies. Through our proposals, the Government will ensure that patients continue to enjoy reasonable access to a local pharmacy.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average annual cost of employing (a) a senior manager, (b) a consultant, (c) a senior house officer, (d) a qualified nurse, (e) an ambulance driver, (f) a porter, (g) a medical laboratory, scientific officer and (h) a cleaner in the NHS in each year since 1986–87 at (i) cash prices and (ii) 1986–87 prices.
The information requested is not readily available. The figures shown in the tables are estimated by combining information from national health service annual accounts and from medical and non-medical censuses.
The information available is shown in the table. More comprehensive information about national health service manpower is published in the "Statistical Bulletin on NHS hospital and community health services non-medical staff in England: 1981–1991" and associated press release—H93/626 NHS Non-Medical Workforce Statistics—dated 12 March 1993, copies of which are available in the Library.
|National health service workforce by staff group|
|1988 compared with 1987||1989 compared with 1988||1990 compared with 1989||1991 compared with 1990||1991 compared with 1987|
|Main staff groups||1987||1988||Number||Per cent.||1989||Number||Per cent.||1990||Number||Per cent.||1991||Number||Per cent.||Number||Per cent.|
|Nursing and midwifery staff||397,910||397,650||-260||-0·1||398,050||400||0·1||395,360||-2,690||-0–7||392,200||-3,160||-0·8||-5,710||-1·4|
|Professions allied to medicine||34,940||35,640||700||2·0||36,710||1,070||3·0||37,300||590||1·6||37,960||660||1·8||3,020||8·6|
|Scientific and professional||10,860||11,600||740||6·8||12,080||480||4·1||12,690||610||5·0||13,530||840||6·6||2,670||24·6|
|Other professional and technical||33,170||32,530||-640||-1·9||32,370||-160||-0·5||33,990||1,620||5·0||35,390||1,400||4·1||2,220||6·7|
|Medical and dental||41,570||42,840||1,270||3·1||44,090||1,250||2·9||45,390||1,300||2·9||46,530||1,140||2·5||4·960||11·9|
|Administrative and clerical||113,900||114,720||820||0·7||116,840||2,120||1·8||120,040||3,200||2·7||127,370||7,330||6·1||13,470||11·8|
|General and senior managers||700||1,240||540||77·1||4,610||3,370||271·8||9,680||5,070||110·0||13·340||3,660||37·6||12,640||1,805·7|
|Ambulance (including officers)||19,010||18,760||-250||-1·3||18,860||100||0·5||18,130||-730||-3·9||18,190||60||0·3||-820||-4·3|
Source: NHS Workforce in England/KM49 Census.
All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Information for 30 September 1992 is not yet available.
The table reflects some redesignation between staff groups.
Project 2000 trainees are not included in the above nursing and midwifery figures.
Medical and dental staff figures exclude locums.
Nursing and midwifery figures exclude agency staff.
The increase in managers can largely be explained by a phased introduction of a general and senior manager class which includes many people previously classed under clinical, professional and administrative headings. For example, many senior nurses are now counted as senior managers. Management in the NHS still only represents 1·7 per cent. of the total NHS work force and 3 per cent. of all pay expenditure.
Project 2000 nurse training was introduced in 1989 and will eventually become the only form of general qualified nurse training. At September 1990 there were about 3,000 Project 2000 students; at September 1991 there were 10,500. There were corresponding falls in the number of traditional student nurses. Project 2000 students are considered to be supernumerary and are not included in work force statistics.
The general and senior managers category was introduced in phases from 1984 following the Griffiths report of 1983, which identified a severe shortage of managers in the NHS. The first phase was the appointment of a general manager in each health authority and hospital and community health service—HCHS—unit. In 1987, the first senior managers were appointed—up to seven posts at board level in each health authority. In 1989, the senior manager class was extended to staff below board level, and to those in family health services authorities and HCHS units. Virtually all general and senior management posts created up to 1989 replaced posts formerly counted within the administrative and clerical and other staff groups. In 1990 and 1991, transfers of staff into the senior manager category from other staff groups continued. New funds were provided as a planned strengthening of the personnel, information and finance functions in preparation for the NHS reforms.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list all Government-funded research into the causes of schizophrenia, giving the amount of funding in each case; and if she will make a statement.
In 1993–94, the Department is committed to fund projects on schizophrenia costing around £290,000. These projects concern detecting early signs of relapse, the long-term outcome of psychosis in Afro-Caribbean patients and a prospective study of psychoses in British Afro-Caribbean people.The Medical Research Council, which receives its grant in aid from the office of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, has funded research directly related to schizophrenia to a value of £1·6 million in 1991–92, the latest figures available, and an additional £678,000 was for general mental illness research relevant to schizophrenia.
Nurses And Midwives
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish details of the whole-time equivalent numbers of (a) agency and (b) bank nursing and midwifery staff employed in the NHS for each year from 1987 to 1992.
The information is shown in the table.
Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalent.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish details of the numbers of qualified NHS nurses and midwives, unqualified NHS nursing staff and nursing learners representing these as a percentage of the total
|National Health Service Nursing and Midwifery Staff (excluding agency) at 30 September, England (whole-time equivalents)|
|Whole time equivalent||Percentage of total||Whole time equivalent||Percentage of total||Whole lime equivalent||Percentage of total|
|Total Nursing and Midwifery||398,050||100·0||398,360||100·0||402,700||100·0|
Figures are independently rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalent.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists were employed within each district health authority in each of the last 10 years.
[holding answer 10 June 1993]: This information will be placed in the Library. The figures show a steady increase over the 10-year period, and in some regions the number has more than doubled.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 7 June, Official Report, columns 43–44, whether levels of PM10 particulate found in the United Kingdom are within the range of those found in United States studies demonstrating an association between PM10 levels and mortality; and what assessment she has made of whether the speciation of PM10 is comparable between the two countries.
I have been asked to reply.Of the studies referred to in the reply to the answer of 7 June, the study in the Utah valley was the only one concerned with PM
10 particulate pollution. The concentrations of PM10 measured in that study were, overall, higher than those measured to date in the United Kingdom. The mean PM10 value in the Utah valley study was 47 µg/m3 while the means in the six United Kingdom cities in 1992 for which data are available ranged from 22–31 µg/m3 . The highest daily value measured in the Utah valley study was 355 µg/m3 , while the corresponding United Kingdom values ranged from 72–228 µg/m3 .
House Of Commons
Environmental Health Inspections
To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee on what dates environmental health officers inspected food preparation and eating areas relating to (a) Westminster Hall Cafeteria, (b) the Strangers' Cafeteria, (c) the Members' Cafeteria, (d) the Members' Tea Room, (e) the Strangers' Dining Room, (f) the Members' Dining Room and (g) the Pugin Room in each of the last four
NHS nursing and midwifery staff, including Project 2000 Students for the years (a) 1989, (b) 1990, (c) 1991 and (d) 1992.
Mr. Sackville: Figures for 1992 are not yet available. The latest available figures are shown in the table.
years; what recommendations were made; what action was taken; and what is his estimate of the risk to health from mice.
The health, safety and hygiene needs of the Refreshment Department's kitchens and catering outlets are major elements in the Catering Committee's current inquiry into refreshment services for the House of Commons. I shall ask the Director of Catering Services to write to the hon. Member in reply to the points of administrative detail raised in her question.
No 1 Parliament Street
To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee (1) what contracts are still outstanding for ongoing maintenance at No. I Parliament street with building contractors who were involved in the modernisation of this building; and to what extent they are still liable for the responsibility of repairing defects which now exist within this building;(2) if he will list the defects which have been reported and repaired at No. 1 Parliament street since January;(3)if he will make a statement on the reasons for the defects in the cooling and ventilation systems at No. 1 Parliament street; when this system will be working correctly; what action is being taken to disperse cooking smells in the building; and if he will make a statement.
The main contractor's liability period for engineering defects expired in March 1992, but the company is still carrying out residual work on the circle lock doors and the cooling system which have failed to meet the required standards. No other major defects have been reported or identified although, of course, day-to-day maintenance is undertaken within the building to cover minor items which naturally arise.There have been few complaints about cooking smells in the building. The capacity and performance of the cooling system will be improved following work to balance the distribution of the output and improve water filters and valves. This work is expected to be completed in July. In addition, the Director of Works is investigating whether the ventilation system is working to full efficiency.
To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what is the size of the parliamentary estate; and how many (a) rooms and (b) bars and restaurants there are in that part for which this House is responsible.
The Parliamentary Estate of both Houses comprises some 116,000 m2 of which 87,000 m2 is occupied by this House. Within that part of the Palace and its precincts under the control of the House, there are 1,206 offices and 36 Committee or meeting rooms. It is not possible to provide any meaningful estimate of the total number of rooms; they do, however, contain 14 restaurants or cafeteria and nine bars.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the numbers and locations of Somalis in refugee camps; and what progress has been made in assisting them to return to their homes.
Kenya has hosted some 330,000 Somali refugees, mainly in the east of the country. There are 90,000 including some Ethiopians in Djibouti, with a further 62,000 Somalis in Yemen and 150,000 in Saudi Arabia.Latest information suggests that up to 150,000 out of a total of 430,000 refugees have now spontaneously returned from Ethiopia to northern Somalia. Some 30,000 Somalis have also been voluntarily repatriated from Kenya, and another 90,000 from Kenya have so far registered with UNHCR for voluntary repatriation as soon as possible.UNHCR is preparing a regional repatriation plan for several hundred thousand Somali refugees to return from Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and Djibouti.
European Bank For Reconstruction And Development
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to ensure that the report by the Audit Committee of the European bank for reconstruction and development on financial management is published.
The audit committee of directors of the European bank for reconstruction and development plans to report to the board of directors on July 15. We expect the committee's findings to be made public but this will be a decision for the board as a whole.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what criminal offences have been created by his Department by way of delegated legislation in the last five years.
This information can be given only at disproportionate cost.
Minis 14 Documents
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Harlow (Mr. Hayes) of II June, Official Report, column 358, how many copies of his Department's MINIS 14 documents have been printed; at what cost; and to whom he is circulating them.
MINIS 14 is printed in eight parts. The number of copies printed for each part is:
|Part 1: Local Government Group||90|
|Part 2: Housing and Urban Group||90|
|Part 3: Planning, Rural Affairs and Water Group||90|
|Part 4: Environmental Protection Group||90|
|Part 5: Principal Establishments and Finance Officer's Command||90|
|Part 6: Construction Directorate||85|
|Part 7: Regional Offices||85|
|Part 8: Legal Command; Information Directorate and Private Secretaries' Office||90|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans the Government have to increase the waste recycling target to above 25 per cent. by the year 2000.
We have no such plans at present.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will include energy recovered from waste incineration in his Department's waste recycling targets.
The Government consider that recovering energy from waste is a legitimate means of recycling. Our current target, to recycle half of all household waste which can be recycled, relates to materials recycling and composting. However, we have said that we will re-examine the idea of setting targets for energy recovery from waste among other ways of encouraging the greater use of this option. I am currently exploring this issue with colleagues at the Department of Trade and Industry.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent assessment he has made as to the feasibility of achieving the target of recycling 25 per cent. of all domestic waste by the year 2000; what steps his Department is making to encourage the reaching of this target; and if he will make a statement.
The Government have funded research on a number of the factors which affect the feasibility of recycling 25 per cent. of household waste by the year 2000, including: the costs and benefits of different collection methods; technical and market barriers; and the economic framework for recycling.
Having considered those research results which are already available, we remain committed to our target. The main measures which we are taking to encourage recycling are set out in "This Common Inheritance, The Second Year Report" (Cm 2068). In particular:
- —we have allocated £15 million in supplementary credit approvals to local authorities to encourage provision of facilities for recycling in 1993–94;
- —we have announced our intention to increase recycling credits from 1 April 1994, so that they reflect the full economic costs of disposal;
- —we are holding discussions with a range of industries, with a view to establishing how they might contribute to the achievement of the 25 per cent. target.
Municipal Waste Disposal
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what encouragement he is giving to alternative methods of municipal waste disposal, other than landfill.
The Government's policy is to set in place the necessary regulatory and economic framework to ensure that waste disposal operations do not lead to pollution of the environment or harm to human health. Within this framework, the Government believe that the market should generally decide the disposal option for particular waste types.The Royal Commission on environmental pollution recently recommended the introduction of a levy on waste going to landfill to reflect the full environmental cost of this form of waste disposal. We are currently considering this recommendation, along with other proposals for changing the economic framework for waste disposal.The Government are keen to promote the development of schemes which derive energy from waste. The non-fossil fuel obligation provides the initial stimulus for such schemes. We also have programmes of work under way to improve composting techniques and to investigate markets for composts.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received in recent months concerning the import and incineration of toxic wastes.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer the then Secretary of State for the Environment gave on 28 April, Official Report, columns 949–50, to the hon. Member for Newport, East (Mr. Hughes).
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will launch a comprehensive assessment on the state of toxic tips in the United Kingdom and their effect on groundwater supplies.
A research study has been initiated to review the extent and type of groundwater contamination associated with the landfilling of controlled wastes. The work aims to provide information about the significance of any identified groundwater contamination, when compared with background levels and with other sources of contamination, and in relation to drinking water standards. The project is expected to be completed in 1995–96.
Redundant Farm Buildings
To ask the Secretary of State for the environment what grant aid is available for the purpose of restoring redundant farm houses and associated buildings in order that they may again form the basis of an active farming unit.
There are no grants specifically for this purpose. However, under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, renovation grants may be available in appropriate cases for repairs and improvements to farm houses and other buildings that have planning consent for conversion to residential use.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress his Department has made in meeting its target to provide a monthly analysis of uptake of unleaded petrol.
A monthly analysis of the uptake of unleaded petrol is published by the Department of Trade and Industry in its "Advance Energy Statistics" press notice, issued on the first Wednesday of each month.
United Nations Environment Programme
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made in Her Majesty's Government's policy to work to improve the financial, managerial and administrative activities of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Our policy remains unchanged. We are major contributors to the United Nations Environment Programme, and we support the efforts the new executive director is making to improve the programme's efficiency and effectiveness.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has received the report of the Director General of Water Services for 1992.
I am pleased to announce that the director general has prepared his report of 1992 and copies have been placed in the Library of the House.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environmment what work the Building Research Establishment has carried out on the effect on people's health of condensation in the home.
[holding answer 10 June 1993]: It is not normally suggested that condensation has a direct effect on physical health. The potential health consequences of condensation relate to its role in permitting the growth of fungi and mites. Airborne fragments of fungi and mites can give rise to respiratory or skin reactions, particularly in sensitive individuals.The Building Research Establishment executive agency (BRE) is and has long been involved in a range of research which will elucidate the prevalence of condensation, fungi and mites in the home, and the likely health effects of these levels. A list of the major publications resulting from the work attached. BRE publications are available from the BRE bookshop (Tel. 0923 664444).
Severn Estuary Special Protection Area
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to designate the middle Severn estuary proposed special protection area for nature conservation and register it with the European Commission.
[holding answer 22 June 1993 ]: The Severn estuary is one of a programme of sites on which the Department is currently working to complete the network of special protection areas (SPAs) in the United Kingdom. SPA designation has significant long-term implications for both nature conservation and land use planning. Detailed consultations are essential to ensure that any conflicts of interest are closely examined, together with the scientific evidence, before a site is designated. I am unable to say when a decision about the Severn will be taken. The Government have designated 72 special protection areas, 23 in the past 12 months.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish details of EC grants available to those required to replace CFC-dependent machinery; if the Government will facilitate the release of EC grants by matching them with United Kingdom funds; and if he will make a statement.
I have been asked to reply.There are no EC grants available for those required to replace CFC-dependent machinery. Under the current EC framework governing state aid, member states are, however, permitted to provide grants, within specified limits, to support investments designed to protect the environment.Over the past three years, the United Kingdom has committed some £12 million of investment support to the development and demonstration of innovative environmental technologies through two schemes, the joint DTI/DOE environmental technology innovation scheme and the DTI's environmental management options scheme. International environmental research and development is also supported through the EUREKA Euroenviron programme.The Government are now considering how best to take forward then support for environmental technologies, but grants solely to subsidise compliance with minimum legal environmental standards would be contrary to the polluter-pays principle.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the nuclear safety scheme drawn up in association with the designation of Swansea as a Z-berth for nuclear submarines.
The document has not yet been completed as work is continuing on the development of a suitable public safety scheme for the Swansea Z-berth.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer on 10 June, Official Report, column 340, if he will make it his policy to seek further information from the United States Administration about the CIA report on Iraq's military capabilities.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nuclear tests were conducted by the United Kingdom, France, China, the United States of America and the Soviet Union/Russia in each year since 1985.
The United Kingdom has carried out the following numbers of nuclear tests since 1985:
Admiralty Compass Observatory
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has about the radioactive contamination at Admiralty Compass Observatory in Slough; and if he will make a statement.
Following a preliminary radiological monitoring survey carried out by Ministry of Defence staff at the Defence Research Agency site at Ditton Park, Slough, formerly known as the Admiralty Compass Observatory, very low levels of radium-226 contamination have been found within and adjacent to a former luminising workshop used in the manufacture of compasses from about 1940 to the mid 1950s. There is no access by members of the public to the building. The contamination external to the building is held within the soil structure and poses no hazard to members of the public. Further monitoring will be undertaken in the near future to establish more fully the extent of the contamination and to determine what remedial action is required.Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution, Slough borough council, and the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council have been kept informed of the situation.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were court-martialled in each of the last three years in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Army and the number of service personnel from each of these services discharged from the services as a result of their court martial.
The number of service personnel convicted by court martial, and the number consequently dismissed in the most recent years for which figures are available, are as follows:
|Royal Navy||Army||Royal Air Force|
|Number of offenders||38||704||129|
|Number of offenders||31||816||140|
|Number of offenders||52||726||120|
Joint Forces Headquarters
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what review was carried out into the operation of the Joint Forces Headquarters in the light of Operation Granby; and what were its main conclusions.
The operation of the joint forces headquarters—JFHQ—during Operation Granby was reviewed during the assessment of lessons from the operation. The concept of establishing for major operations a tri-service, in-theatre operational headquarters, and its relationship with the joint headquarters and Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom, were endorsed. Other lessons included the importance during peacetime of the effective training and exercising of the joint forces operational staff who form the core of the JFHQ, and the need for early deployment of the JFHQ should it become apparent that an operation would require the substantial involvement of more than one of the three services.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the intended future use of the facilities recently vacated by 22 squadron search and rescue at RAF Leuchars.
Further to the answer my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Mr. Hamilton) gave to the hon. Member for Carlisle (Mr. Martlew) on 28 April, Official Report, column 406, I can now confirm that the Aberdeen, Dundee and St. Andrews university air squadron has now relocated within the vacated SAR facility.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists, of what rank, and in what roles are serving in (a) the Croatia theatre and (b) the Bosnia theatre in support of the British contribution to UNPROFOR.
There is one member of the reserve forces serving in Croatia, a lieutenant commander of the Royal Naval Reserve public affairs branch; there are none serving in Bosnia.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many men and of what rank from (a) the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, (b) the Gordon Highlanders and (c) the Queen's Lancashire Regiment are currently serving with the Prince of Wales Own (Yorkshire) Regiment in Bosnia.
The information is as follows:
|(a) The Argyll and Sutherland|
|(b) The Gordon Highlanders|
|(c) The Queen's Lancashire Regiment|
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received from British forces of fighting between Croat and Muslim forces near the British Army base in' Vitez on 16 June; and what representations he intends to make to Croat and Muslim authorities.
The security situation around the British forces base at Vitez is closely monitored by troops on the ground there. On 16 June there was fighting between the Croats and Muslims in the Lasva valley near Vitez. No representations were made to the Croat or Muslim authorities.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from the United States Government as to the danger to service men posed by the inhalation or ingestion of uranium dust from uranium tipped shells used during the Gulf conflict.
My Department has received no specific formal information from the United States Government regarding the dangers to service men serving in the Gulf resulting from the use of shells tipped with depleted uranium—DU. A comprehensive health evaluation was undertaken prior to the introduction into service of DU tipped shells and the possible risks arising from the inhalation or ingestion of DU dust after impact are well understood. British forces, including those deployed to the Gulf, are issued with prior advice on how to avoid any risk association with the use of DU shells.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all the market tests that have taken place in his Departments since November 1992 and indicate, in each case, whether the result was the maintenance of in-house provision, or whether the service was contracted-out.
The information requested is as follows. It covers new market testing only and does not include the retesting of services which are already contracted-out. It also excludes market tests currently in progress but not yet completed.
|Bulk Mailing (Employers' Annual Pack)||Contracted-out|
|Customs and Excise|
|London HQ typing services||Retained in-house|
|Southend HQ typing services||Retained in-house|
|Regional Executive Units typing services||Retained in-house|
|London HQ messenger services||Retained in-house|
|Internal Audit||Retained in-house|
|Vehicle fleet management||Part retained in-house, part contracted-out|
|Department for National Savings|
|Catering Services||The market test covered four units with a combination of in-house and contracted-out services. The service was retained in-house at one location, the existing external supplier selected at two others, and a fresh external supplier selected at the fourth|
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about interest rates and their effect on the economy.
A number of such representations have been received.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the number of home owners with mortgage arrears.
The Government do not make estimates of the number of home owners with mortgage arrears. The latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders—CML—which relate to the position at the end of 1992, are as follows:
|Total||Percentage of total mortgages|
|Arrears 6–12 months||205,010||2·07|
|Arrears over 12 months||147,040||1·48|
European Bank For Reconstruction And Development
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the views of the central and eastern European shareholders in the European bank for reconstruction and development are taken fully into account alongside those of the G7 shareholders in determining how the bank should be run and in determining any future changes; and if he will make a statement.
The EBRD's board of directors represents all the bank's shareholders. The central and east European shareholders can express their views about the organisation of the bank through their representatives on the board of directors.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce economic incentives to encourage the increased reclamation and recycling of waste packaging by industry.
The Government recognise the importance of increased reclamation and recycling of waste packaging. They are currently considering two consultants' reports which they commissioned, "Economic Instruments and Recovery of Resources from Waste" by Environmental Resources Ltd. and "Landfill Costs and Prices: Correcting Possible Market Distortions" by Coopers and Lybrand, and responses by local government, industry and interested individuals. The reports and the responses will help to inform the Government's consideration of whether economic instruments might be used to stimulate higher recovery and recycling rates for waste, including packaging waste.
Balance Of Payments
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the latest position of Britain's balance of payments.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Burden) on 17 June, at columns 977–78.
Confidential Information (Disposal)
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring has been carried out of the disposal of confidential information collected under the Financial Services Act 1986.
Confidential information collected under the Financial Services Act is likely to be information the disclosure of which is restricted under the provisions of sections 179 and 180 of the Act. Each Government Department or regulator which obtains such information is responsible for meeting its confidentiality obligations in relation to the information.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the net return to the Exchequer at 1993 prices in their last full year in public ownership of British Gas, British Telecom, the British National Oil Corporation, Enterprise Oil, and each of the nationalised electricity generating and distribution undertakings.
The net return to the Exchequer, defined as the negative external financing requirement in each case, at 1993–94 prices was as follows:
|British Gas (1986–87)||1,020|
|British Telecom (1984–85)||553|
|Enterprise Oil (1984–85)||32|
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what part the regional arts boards and regional sports councils will play in the allocation of funds from the national lottery; and what steps are being taken to ensure an equitable distribution across the country.
The role of the regional arts boards and of the regional offices of the Sports Council will be for the distributing bodies themselves to decide. In reporting on the use to which they have put lottery funds, distributors will be expected to show a reasonable and appropriate response to applications throughout the areas they cover.
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will publish the written guidance issued to the chief officers of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Arts Council or the Sport Council concerning the distribution of proceeds from the national lottery.
No such guidance has been issued.
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if projects eligible for Government funding will also be eligible for funding under the proposed national lottery.
My right hon. Friend will have powers under clause 24 of the National Lottery etc. Bill to direct the matters to be taken into account by the distributive bodies in exercising their functions under the Bill. My right hon. Friend is not minded to use those powers to direct that projects eligible for Government funding should not be eligible for national lottery funding. It will be for the distributive bodies to determine their own policy in this matter.
Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans he has to raise the threat of military action by Croatian armed forces against the Serbs of Krajina with European Foreign Ministers with a view to planning a swift and common response in the event of such aggression;(2) further to his answer of 19 May to the hon. Member for Westbury (Mr. Faber),
Official Report, column 165,
what diplomatic and economic measures against the republic of Croatia are under consideration in the event of continuing Croat aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina or Krajina; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what representations have been made to General Tudjman regarding the threat of military action by his forces against Serbs in Croatia; and if he will make a statement.
The conflict in Croatia has been discussed on several occasions by EC Foreign Ministers. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs sent a message to President Tudjman on 15 June expressing our concern that the Croatian Government should not resort to force in order to resolve the situation in the Krajinas, which the international community recognises as Croatian sovereign territory. We welcome a similar message sent on the same day by Chancellor Kohl of Germany.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the explosion in the Bosnian town of Sifluk on 17 June was a deliberate or targeted assault against British personnel; and if he will make a statement;(2) If he will make a statement on the injury of United Kingdom citizens by a remote-controlled mine in the village of Sifluk, Bosnia-Herzegovina on 17 June; and if he will make representations to the Croatian authorities.
British Forces serving under UNPROFOR auspices in central Bosnia have reported this incident to the Ministry of Defence in London. Three people in a routine patrol were injured by a mine which exploded in a tree at a Bosnian Croat checkpoint near Vitez; one of those injured was a British journalist. There is no evidence to suggest that this was a premeditated attack by Bosnian Croat HVO forces. We condemn the deliberate targeting of any UN personnel. The safety of our troops is a prime concern and we shall continue to monitor the situation closely. It was announced on 10 June that we have made reinforcements available if necessary to protect British troops already in central Bosnia. We have made it clear to the Croatian Government that we expect them to use their influence with the Bosnian Croat forces to prevent such attacks.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Secretary of State on the latter's assessment of the effect of the recognition by Germany of Croatia on the situation in the former Yugoslavia; and if he will convey Her Majesty's Government's opinion on this to the Government of Germany.
There have been no specific discussions between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the United States Secretary of State on this matter. The decision to recognise Croatia was taken by the EC and its member states in the light of a report submitted by the International Conference Arbitration Commission.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose, in the United Nations Security Council, moves to call a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with the purpose of rejecting the latest proposals made by Bosnian-Serbs and Bosnian-Croats for the future Government of their country; and if a policy of self-determination by majority consensus will be applied to all former Yugoslav republics.
We are unaware of any moves in the United Nations to call such a meeting of the General Assembly. The Copenhagen European Council in its declaration of 22 June reaffirmed its conviction that a negotiated settlement in Bosnia has to be based on the principles of the London conference.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received from the co-chairman of the conference on the former Yugoslavia of progress made during talks in Geneva on 16 and 17 June; and if he will make a statement.
The right hon. and noble Lord Owen briefed European Community Foreign Ministers on 20 June on the eve of the Copenhagen European Council on 21 and 22 June. He outlined proposals on Bosnia put forward by Presidents Milosevic and Tudjman on 16 June at talks between the parties in Geneva and President Izetbegovic's reaction, and reported that a further round of talks would take place in Geneva on 23 June.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to discuss with the United States Administration issues raised during the meeting of the conference on the former Yugoslavia in Geneva on 16 and 17 June.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spoke to United States Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, on 18 and 20 June to brief him on European Community thinking on the conflict in Bosnia following the latest round of negotiations in Geneva on 16 June. We shall continue to maintain close contact on this question with the United States Administration.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Bosnian-Muslim leader, Alija Izetbegovic in respect of fighting in Kakanj between 13 and 16 June; and what is his estimate of the numbers of civilians who have been displaced by Bosnian-Muslim forces.
During his meeting with President Izetbegovic on 14 June, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs expressed concern about reports of Muslim atrocities against Bosnian Croats in central Bosnia. Large numbers of civilians have been displaced by military action taken by all three parties in Bosnia; we have no reliable estimates of the numbers displaced by recent fighting in the Kakanj area.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to President Izetbegovic regarding targeting of civilians by Muslim forces active in Bosnia-Herzegovina;(2) if he will make a statement following his talks with President Izetbegovic on 14 June.
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) on 16 June, at column 642.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Secretary-General of the United Nations about the deployment of United Nations monitors along the border between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On 11 June, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 838 which calls on the Secretary-General to submit a report on options for the deployment of international observers on the borders of Bosnia-Herzegovina. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made no separate representations to the Secretary-General on this subject.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose the division of Bosnia-Herzegovina into three ethnic entities; and if he will make a statement.
In its declaration of 22 June, the Copenhagen European Council stated that it would encourage the co-chairmen of the international conference for the former Yugoslavia to promote a fair and viable settlement acceptable to all three constituent people of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and that it would not accept a territorial solution dictated by the Serbs and Croats at the expense of the Bosnian Muslims.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what positive steps the Government of Serbia have taken since the beginning of June to assist the international community to find a solution to the Bosnian civil war; and if he will make a statement.
During discussions in Geneva on 16 June, President Milosevic of Serbia, together with President Tudjman of Croatia, proposed new territorial arrangements within the existing borders of Bosnia-Herzegovina. A political settlement between the parties will require Bosnian Serb withdrawal from territories seized by force and we call on the Government of Serbia to press for this. The Copenhagen European Council stated in its declaration of 22 June that we would not accept a territorial solution dictated by the Serbs and Croats at the expense of the Bosnian Muslims.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the possible use of air strikes against Bosnian Serb positions with the United States Administration.
We remain in close contact with the United States on the situation in Bosnia. Recent discussions on the use of air power, notably at the North Atlantic Council in Athens on 10 June, have focused on support for UNPROFOR in the performance of its overall mandate in Bosnia. Both we and the United States have offered aircraft for this purpose.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the note Verbale S-24900-Add.27 of 16 March from the United Nations Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council.
Yes. A copy of the document will be sent to the library shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have received from (a) the Secretary-General of the United Nations and (b) the President of the Security Council about another meeting of the London conference; and if he will make a statement.
The United Nations Secretary-General has on a number of occasions, including in contacts with Her Majesty's Government, suggested that the international community should consider whether to convene the international conference for the former Yugoslavia. No proposals of this kind have been received from the President of the Security Council.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral answer of 16 June to the hon. and learned Member for Burton (Sir I. Lawrence), Official Report, column 850, what information he has to confirm the reports that the Kuwaiti Government have abandoned the application of the boycott of Israel to third countries.
The Kuwaiti authorities have told us that they are no longer applying the secondary and tertiary aspects of the boycott.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the authority structure of the United Nations effort in Somalia; what is the relationship between the political and military wings of the United Nations effort; and if he will publish the organisational plan for civil objectives.
Admiral Howe is the United Nations Secretary-General's special representative in Somalia. He is the head of mission and has responsibility for all aspects of the United Nations operation there, reporting directly to the Secretary-General. The head of the military component of UNOSOM II is General Bir. There is close co-operation between the military and political wings.Copies of all the United. Nations Secretary-General's reports relating to the structure and objectives of the operation have been placed in the House Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place a report in the Library on the diplomatic activities and performance of the UN since the unified task force (UNITAF) was deployed in Somalia.
Copies of all the UN Secretary-General's reports on Somalia since the deployment of UNITAF have been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Deportees (Sexual Offences)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has on the number of United Kingdom nationals deported from other countries back to the United Kingdom as a result of convictions for sexual offences against children committed overseas.
In the period I January 1991 to June 1993, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was notified of 439 deportations, one of which, in 1991, followed a conviction for sexual offences against minors.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Iraqi Government for the safe return to Kuwait of the persons taken prisoner during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraq.
We raised this question on 24 May at the regular review by the UN Security Council on sanctions against Iraq. We will continue to raise the question at each review of sanctions until Iraq fulfils all its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions 686 and 687 to co-operate with the International Committee of the Red Cross in its attempts to gather information on Kuwaiti and other nationals missing in Iraq.
Serbia And Montenegro (Sanctions)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans Her Majesty's Government have to review sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro.
We continue to review the effectiveness of the UN sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro. Any change to these sanctions would be dependent on the prevailing political situation.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what steps he has taken to provide specific resources to enable local education authorities to provide most nursery places in Scotland; and if he will make a statement;(2) whether he will now consider making the provision of nursery places a statutory duty of local authorities in Scotland.
The Government have no plans to impose a statutory duty on education authorities to provide nursery education. In our view, local authorities are best able to decide the most appropriate level of nursery school provision in their areas taking into account local needs and circumstances. The Government provide local authorities with resources to fund education through the aggregate external finance settlement. Under these arrangements, local authorities have the opportunity to increase nursery education spending where they view this as a priority.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his current policy in respect of the sale of Forestry Commission assets.
[holding answer 22 June 19931: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind), the then Secretary of State for Scotland, on 16 June 1989, Official Report, columns 544–45. This policy has not changed.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list camp sites, nature trails, cabin sites, picnic areas and other recreational facilities provided by the Forestry Commission, on a country or regional basis.
The Forestry Commission is prepairing a list of its recreation facilities and I shall arrange for the hon. Member to receive a copy as soon as possible and for further copies to be placed in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the acreage of tree cover per 1,000 head of population in the United Kingdom; and what comparative information he has for other European Community countries.
The areas of woodland, in hectares, per 1,000 head of population are as follows:
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the ratio of nursery places to population in each of the regional council and local authorities for the most recent years for which figures are available.
The information requested is as follows:
|Education authority nursery pupils as a percentage of the total population in each education authority area: September 1992.|
|Education Authority||Number of pupils as a percentage of total population1|
|Dumfries and Galloway||0·8|
Number of pupils as a percentage of total population1
|Argyll and Bute||—|
1 The most recently available.
Local Government (Mileage Rates)
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the value of the mileage rates for each engine capacity payable to local government representatives; and when the rates were originally set, together with the value these represent at current prices.
The information is shown in pence per mile in the following table:
|Up to 999cc||l000cc-1199cc||Over 1199cc|
|Rate at 6 February 1970 (last change to travel and subsistence regulations)||4·7||5·3||5·9|
|Rate at 6 February 1970 uprated by GDP deflator to 1 January 1993||32·6||40·2||44·7|
|Current rates from 1 January 1993||22·0||23·9||26·6|
Hospitals (Promotion And Publicity)
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to give guidance to health boards and trusts concerning the promotion and publicity of medical treatment within their hospitals.