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Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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Written Answers To Questions

Monday 28 June 1993

Lord Chancellor's Department

Legal Aid

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make it his policy to impose upon the Legal Aid Board a duty to automatically provide all applicants with a complete breakdown of their assessment of resources determining legal aid eligibility.

The Legal Aid Board or the legal aid assessment office will always provide this information on request. It would not be a sensible use of resources to require more than that.

Northern Ireland

Police Stations (Attacks)

To ask the Secretary of Stale for Northern Ireland how many mortar and bomb attacks have been launched against police stations in Northern Ireland in each of the last four years.

The information requested is as follows:

YearBomb AttacksRocket/mortar Attacks
1989226
19902312
19914113
1992176

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many portakabin-type structures are still in use at police stations in Northern Ireland; and what assessment has been made of their vulnerability to mortar and bomb attacks relative to other kinds of structure.

There are a number of portakabin-type structures, or sectional buildings, within the police estate. They are used mainly for storage facilities. For security reasons, I do not consider that it would be appropriate to specify the precise number still in use.All the buildings are nevertheless assessed as to their comparative vulnerability to mortar and bomb attack with particular consideration being given to their location and use.

Ruc Drug Squad

To ask the Secretary of Stale for Northern Ireland what plans there are to deploy greater manpower resources to the Royal Ulster Constabulary's drugs squad; if other officers are seconded to augment the squad; and how many seconded officers have served six months or longer periods during each of the last four years.

The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and I understand that the strength of the drugs squad is regularly reviewed by him. There is an ongoing programme of six-month secondments to the drugs squad; figures on secondments are not kept on a yearly basis but it is estimated that 90 officers have been involved over the last four years.

Police Advisory Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how often the Police Advisory Board, as constituted under the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 1970, is supposed to meet; how often it has met in each of the last four years; and if it is planned to meet in the current year.

There is no statutory requirement for the Police Advisory Board to meet. The most recent meeting of the board was held in January 1988. It is intended to hold a further meeting of the board later this year.

Muggings, Coleraine

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many muggings have been reported to the police in Coleraine (a) during 1992 and (b) in 1993 to date.

Thirteen robberies were reported to the police in the Coleraine sub-division in 1992, the circumstances of which approximate to what is generally understood by "muggings". In 1993, to 22 June, three such robberies have been reported.

Water Disconnections

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by year for the last five years, and by water authority the number of (a) domestic and (b) industrial water disconnections made.

The Water Executive, which is part of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, is the only water authority in Northern Ireland.The water supplied to a property which is used solely for domestic purposes is not metered and is not subject to disconnection for non-payment of an account.Information on industrial premises is not held separately and the figures for commercial, industrial and agricultural premises are as follows:

Number
1988408
1989292
1990258
1991385
1992211

Public Bodies

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the names, occupations and current employers of those who currently hold positions in each public body to which he makes appointments; if he will make a statement on the considerations taken into account when making such appointments; and if he will list details of the posts and salaries or allowances payable which have changed since the publication of "Public Bodies 1992".

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: Information on the names, occupations and current employers of those who currently hold positions on public bodies to which I make appointments, and details of the posts and salaries or allowances payable which have changed since the publication of "Public Bodies 1992" could be provided only at disproportionate cost.In making public appointments, the prime considerations are the individual's ability or potential to contribute to the work of a particular body to which he or she is appointed and the need for each public body to have the range of experience and skills necessary to carry out its functions.

Opsahl Report

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the report, "A Citizen's Inquiry: the Opsahl report on Northern Ireland"; and if he will make a statement.

The commission provided me with a copy of its report when it was published. It provides a valuable record of the commission's work, which clearly did much to stimulate the submission of views from a wide range of individuals and organisations. In addition the commission itself made a number of recommendations. A number of these are clearly controversial and have provoked dissenting comment. Its value, in my view, lies principally in enlivening and developing informed public debate and in offering an important source of ideas, both from the commission itself and from the many submissions made to it.

Home Department

Hong Kong

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have applied for British citizenship under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990; and how many have been awarded British citizenship so far.

As at 19 June 1993, 66,734 applications had been received from principal applicants. No record is kept of the number of dependants shown on the applications. A total of 30,762 principal beneficiaries had been registered as British citizens by that date together with 51,127 dependants.

Cardiff Prison

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the age of the remand prisoner who attempted suicide at Cardiff prison on 22 June.

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

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Alun Michael, dated 27 June 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the age of the prisoner who attempted suicide at Cardiff prison on 22 June.

The prisoner was aged 18 and was discovered hanging from the window bars at about I am by the prisoner sharing his cell. He summoned staff who, finding no sign of life, resuscitated him while awaiting an ambulance. The prisoner was taken to hospital and, I am pleased to say, is recovering. He will return to custody as soon as he is fit.

This young man was seen by a doctor on reception at Cardiff as part of the standard screening for potential suicides. He was considered not to be at risk and gave no indication that he would attempt to take his own life. Staff at Cardiff prison are to be commended for their prompt and professional action in saving this young man's life. The prisoner who summoned help has had counselling and I understand that both his father and solicitor have praised staff at the prison for their care and humanity.

Crime Clear-Up Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 4 March, Official Report, column 279, what proportion of the clear-up rate for each police force in 1992 was accounted for by offences taken into consideration.

The information requested is contained in the table.

Notifiable offences cleared up by the police in 1992 Proportion of offences cleared up by being taken into consideration
Police force areaPer cent.
Avon and Somerset10
Bedfordshire16
Cambridgeshire20
Cheshire10
Cleveland34
Cumbria19
Derbyshire14
Devon and Cornwall12
Dorset16
Durham11
Essex18
Gloucestershire14
Greater Manchester20
Hampshire14
Hertfordshire20
Humberside15
Kent18
Lancashire18
Leicestershire22
Lincolnshire15
City of London12
Merseyside16
Metropolitan police district9
Norfolk16
Northamptonshire15
Northumbria18
North Yorkshire24
Nottinghamshire26
South Yorkshire5
Staffordshire11
Suffolk14
Surrey17
Sussex17
Thames Valley18
Warwickshire11
West Mercia14
West Midlands12
West Yorkshire15
Wiltshire13
Dyfed-Powys10
Gwent8

Police force area

Per cent.

North Wales15
South Wales6
Total16

European Election Boundaries

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason arrangements for the redrawing of the European parliamentary boundaries were not initiated shortly after the decision on extra seats at the Edinburgh summit.

We thought it right to give careful consideration to the distribution of the extra seats to the various parts of the United Kingdom before bringing our proposals before Parliament.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he sought from the boundary commissions on their ability to redraw the European Parliament constituency boundaries in time for the 1994 elections; and what correspondence was exchanged.

We have no doubts about the ability of the boundary commissioners to carry out this work, if they had both the time and the necessary statutory powers. Consequently, no correspondence has been exchanged.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the review of boundaries for European parliamentary constituencies in Wales to be completed; and what consultations he proposes to hold on the membership of the committee to conduct the review.

We expect the European Parliamentary Constituencies Committee for Wales to complete its review as soon as possible after the European Parliamentary Elections Bill receives Royal Assent. It is our intention that the Opposition parties in the House of Commons will be consulted about the membership.

Group 4

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) of 10 June, Official Report, column 297, when he expects the examination of the contract with Group 4 in respect of court escort services to be concluded.

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 Mr. John Spellar, dated 24 June 1993.

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question pursuant to the Answer of 10 June to the honourable Member for Lewisham, Deptford [Official Report, column 297] about the examination of the contract with Group 4 for court escort services.

The demands on the criminal justice system and the resources available to it are continually changing. To meet these changes courts open, close, or change their use, and prison establishments change their catchment areas or functions. All such changes affect the resource requirements of the court escort service. It was to examine such changes that the work referred to in my letter to Mrs. Ruddock was undertaken. That work is still continuing (no contract changes have yet been made) and some aspects of it are likely to be concluded before others. At the same time, further changes in the prison population in the contract area are occurring and the effects of these too are being considered.

The contract with Group 4 recognises that costs will vary with such changes in the requirement and mechanisms exist to adjust the contract accordingly. This will be a continuing process throughout the life of the contract.

Police, North Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been (a) the establishment and (b) the number of police in post in North Yorkshire on 1 April in each year since 1979.

Information on police strength is collected at the end of each month. The figures set out in the table give the information requested as at 30 April in each year.

North Yorkshire Constabulary
Year as at 30 AprilEstablishmentStrength
19791,3281,337
1 19801,3681,355
19811,3681,352
19821,3681,361
19831,3681,362
19841,3681,358
19851,3681,348
19861,3681,365
19871,3681,362
19881,3681,370
19891,3831,363
19901,4081,380
19911,4081,380
19921,4181,389
19931,4181,380
1 The North Yorkshire Police Authority did not ask for an increase in establishment between 1980–81 and 1987–88.

Obscene Publications Act 1959

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many publications have been confiscated in each of the last three years under the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

Figures for seizures and forfeitures under section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 are not collected centrally. However, from inquiries which have been made of the two largest forces in England and Wales—the Metropolitan police and Greater Manchester—both of which have dedicated obscene publications squads, I understand that a total of 264,504 items and 234,386 items were seized by them in 1991 and 1992 respectively. A total of 74,690 items have been seized by the same police forces so far this year.

Betting Shops

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many betting shops are open for evening racing; and how many betting shops that were previously open for evening racing have now closed.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect the evening opening of betting shops has had on attendances at greyhound racing stadiums.

I understand that the greyhound racing industry is concerned that there has been a recent downturn in admissions, but that no figures are available yet.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names, occupations and current employers of those who currently hold positions in each public body to which he makes appointments; if he will make a statement on the considerations taken into account when making such appointments; and if he will list details of the posts and salaries or allowances payable which have changed since the publication of "Public Bodies 1992".

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the buildings currently owned or rented by his Department, together with (a) the estimated value, (b) the annual rent and (c) the annual maintenance cost of each building in the current financial year.

[holding answer 3 June 1993 ] : The information is not recorded centrally and is not available in the form requested. The number of buildings owned or rented by the Home Office—on the prisons and non-prisons estates—is set out in the tables, together with details, where available, of the estimated value of the estate and the rents or leases payable.

Prison Service EstateNumber of BuildingsEstimated Value
Prison Establishments129£3–4 billion
Prison Quarters2,296£110–140 million
Other Buildings15£0·75–1·25 million
Total2,440£3–4 billion
The majority of the prison quarters and other buildings are freehold. A total of 127 prison establishments are owned by the Department and two are leased. The rents payable for prison service property and farmland in 1993–94 will be in the region of 1 million pounds. The accommodation and maintenance charges for the headquarters buildings, including prison service training schools and supply and transport branch, will total approximately £17 million and minor repairs and maintenance to prison establishments will cost about £18 million in 1993–94.
Non-prisons estateNumber of buildingsRent or leases payable per annum (£ million)
Owned buildings16
Rented buildings9733·4
Leased buildings3411

Non-prisons estate

Number of buildings

Rent or leases payable per annum (£ million)

Total14744·4

Of the buildings on the non-prisons estate which are not owned by this Department 88 are on the common user estate and are thus owned or rented by the property holdings directorate of the Department of the Environment to whom we pay rent to cover the costs of our occupations in the buildings.

Information on the value of the buildings on the non-prisons estate is not readily available and a full valuation could be carried out only at disproportionate cost. The estimated cost of maintenance in 1993–94 is £17 million.

Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs

Diplomatic Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries where restrictions exist on personal travel by members of the diplomatic service.

It has been long-standing practice to give advice to all staff on the problems they may face in travelling to certain countries, and to require them to give notice of such visits, particularly if they have access to classified information. On security grounds we do not publish the list of countries concerned, but it is kept regularly under review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries where marriage to, or cohabitation with, nationals is prohibited for employees of Her Majesty's diplomatic service; and when that list was last revised by reduction or addition.

Diplomatic service staff are not specifically prohibited from marrying, or cohabiting with non-British citizens. However, depending on circumstances, such relationships might affect an officer's postability or security clearance.

Haiti

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to assist efforts to restore democratic Government to Haiti; and if he will make a statement.

Along with our European Community partners, we have consistently reaffirmed our commitment to the restoration of democratic government in Haiti. We support the efforts of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the United Nations to bring about a political settlement. We are taking steps to implement UN Security Council resolution 841, which was adopted by the UN on 16 June 1993 to impose sanctions on Haiti.

Conventional Arms Register

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Government submitted to the United Nation's Secretary General a return from the United Kingdom to the UN Register of Conventional Arms Transfer in New York; and if he will place a copy of the return in the Library.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1993.]: The copy of the United Kingdom's return placed in the Library of the House on 29 April inadvertently contained some errors on page 5. A corrected version has now been placed in the Library.

Cyprus

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has (a) to visit northern Cyprus and (b) to meet representatives from northern Cyprus during the Commonwealth conference in Cyprus in October; and if he will make a statement.

There are no such plans; the programme for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs' visit to the commonwealth heads of Government meeting, has not yet been finalised.

Somalia

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations the United States Administration held with Her Majesty's Government or its representatives at the United Nations concerning its military actions in Somalia in June; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 25 June 1993.]: United Nations military actions in Somalia in June have been carried out in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution No. 837, to which we have given our full support.

Employment

Sheltered Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to improve the present programme of sheltered employment.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, is publishing today a consultative paper on the arrangements for funding sheltered employment. The main proposals involve:introducing a more flexible system of block grants to providers which will allow a better response to client needs;improving performance and use of resource through having formal contracts with clear targets;better targeting of sheltered employment on need;arrangements to encourage more people with severe disabilities to move from sheltered workshops or factories to placements with employers and, where possible to full open employment.The document has been sent to the main interests concerned and comments requested by 13 September. Decisions will be reached as soon as possible after that.I believe that the proposals will address criticisms of the excessive complexity and inflexibility of current funding arrangements and will enable more people to be helped in better ways.

Copies of the document are available in the Vote Office.

Oral Disorders

To ask the Secretary of State for employment if he will publish for each of the last 10 years the number of working days lost through oral disorders.

Environmental Policy

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his Department's policy on the purchase and use of (a) recycled paper, (b) low-energy light bulbs, (c) tropical hardwoods, (d) peat and (e) cars with catalytic converters.

The Employment Department, in common with other Government Departments, has produced an environmental strategy which sets out our policy on environmental and energy issues.It contains commitments to purchase and use recycled paper wherever this is practical; to reduce energy consumption by, among other means, the installation of more efficient equipment including low-energy light bulbs; to purchase goods and services which avoid dependence on the production and use of non-renewable resources such as tropical hardwoods; and to fit all Departmental vehicles with catalytic converters where possible.Although we have no specific policy on the use of peat, the general commitment against the use of non-renewable resources would cover it.

Abattoirs

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have been employed in abattoirs in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in each year since 1985.

The available information on regional employment in abattoirs is from the periodic censuses of employment and is given in the table:

Estimated number of employees in employment in Abattoirs 1 September of each year
EnglandScotlandWales
19848,1001,500200
19879,4001,400400
19899,0001,200300
19918,3001,500600
1 Activity heading 4121 of the Standard Industrial Classification 1980.

Review Bodies (Staff)

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many staff are involved in servicing the review bodies on doctors and dentists' remuneration, and on nursing staff, midwives, health visitors and professions allied to medicine; how many NHS staff are covered by those review bodies; and what is the annual cost of running these bodies.

The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration and the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine are expected to be serviced directly by up to eight staff in 1993–94, shared equally between the two bodies and assisted by other clerical and secretarial staff of the Office of Manpower Economics.As at 30 September 1991, the latest date for which figures are available, there were some 112,000 doctors and dentists and the full-time equivalent of some 527,000 nursing staff, midwives, health visitors and professions allied to medicine in the NHS. This includes staff employed by national health service trusts, which are free to determine the pay of their staff locally.The annual cost of running the two review bodies, in respect of the salary costs of the eight staff and the travel and subsistence costs for members, who are otherwise unpaid, and staff is expected to be £265,000 in 1993–94.

Market Testing

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to the oral answer from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) of 14 December 1992, Official Report, columns 15–16, on the sale of the Professional and Executive Register, if he will now list the organisations which bid for the register; and whether the company which bought the register submitted the highest bid.

My right hon. Friend, the previous Secretary of State wrote to the hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) on 15 February 1993 setting out the Government's position.

Port Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal accidents there have been in United Kingdom ports since July 1989.

I have been asked to reply.I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Garston (Mr. Loyden) on 27 May 1993,

Official Report, columns 655–56.

Prime Minister

Low-Energy Light Bulbs

To ask the Prime Minister what steps have been taken to install low-energy light bulbs at 10 Downing street and Chequers.

Following an energy audit of 10–12 Downing street high-efficiency, low-energy lamps have been installed where appropriate. Low energy luminaires and krypton tubes have also been installed.The Chequers estate is the responsibility of the Chequers trust.

Slovenia

To ask the Prime Minister what discussions the Copenhagen EC conference held on closer links between the European Community and Slovenia; and with what result.

There was no discussion of this subject at the European Council in Copenhagen.

Cabinet Sub-Committee Decisions

To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions decisions of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on London have been made known to Parliament and the public.

I do not propose to give details of topics considered by individual ministerial committees, the timing of their meetings or their discussions.

Cyprus

To ask the Prime Minister if he will seek to ensure that the question of the present division of Cyprus is included on the agenda of the Commonwealth conference to take place in Cyprus later this year; and if he will make a statement.

The inter-communal dispute in Cyprus is the subject of intensive negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. This process has our full support. It is important not to start new initiatives that may confuse or cut across the UN effort.

To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has (a) to visit northern Cyprus and (b) to meet representatives from northern Cyprus during the Commonwealth conference in Cyprus in October; and if he will make a statement.

There are no such plans; the programme for my visit to the commonwealth heads of Government meeting has not yet been finalised.

Rechar

To ask the Prime Minister which department provides the cover for capital costs for three RECHAR schemes in east Durham.

Departmental responsibility will depend on the nature of the projects concerned.

Doctors' And Dentists' Pay

To ask the Prime Minister if the Doctors and Dentists Review Body will be invited to make recommendations for pay appropriate to 1 April 1994.

To ask the Prime Minister what steps he will take to enable the Doctors and Dentists Review Body to propose measures to eliminate differentials between the earnings of doctors and dentists and comparable professions.

The Government do not consider it appropriate to determine pay rates for doctors and dentists by comparison with the earnings of other professional groups. Each case for remuneration should be considered on its merit, taking account of the terms and conditions of service enjoyed, the labour market in which the profession operates and what is affordable.

Nuclear Waste

To ask the Prime Minister if he will include in his discussions with the Japanese Government in September the issue of the storage in Britain of nuclear waste resulting from the reprocessing of Japanese nuclear fuel at Sellafield.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: This matter is already dealt with in the contracts between British Nuclear Fuels plc and its Japanese customers and in the existing inter-governmental letters between the United Kingdom and Japan. Since 1976, BNFL's contracts for the reprocessing of overseas spent fuel have contained options for the return of wastes. The Government intend that these options will be exercised and wastes returned.

Health

Gp Fund Holders

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fund holders have had their recognition reviewed by region in 1991–92, 1992–93 and 1993–94 to date.

Regional health authorities are responsible for ensuring that all fundholders continue to meet the requirements of the scheme.

Isobutyl Nitrite

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths were attributable to isobutyl nitrite in each of the last five years.

In England and Wales during the period 1988 to 1992 there were no deaths where isobutyl nitrite was attributable, on death registrations, to be the cause.Information from St. George's medical school, which monitors all deaths in the United Kingdom associated with abuse of volatile substances, however, shows that during the period 1988 to 1991—the latest year for which information is available—there are known to have been five deaths in England and Wales that were associated with alkyl nitrites

1 .

1 All the nitrite compounds involved are of commercial quality, not pure, and may contain several isomers. For this reason, the St. George's report "Trends in Deaths Associated with Abuse of Volatile Substances 1971–1991: Report No. 6", copies of which are available in the Library, refer to them generically as alkyl nitrites.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation she has had with ME Action and other myalgic encephalomyelitis associations about future areas of research.

Officials from the Department met representatives of the main myalgic encephalomyelitis organisations last year. As a result, a task force is now preparing a report to assist consideration of a structured approach to myalgic encephalomyelitis research.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on research into myalgic encephalomyelitis in each of the past three years.

This information is not available centrally. A number of research projects into aspects of the physical origins and treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis are proceeding within the national health service, some of them funded by voluntary organisations and one by 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.

London Amublance Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 9 March, Official Report, column 498–99, on emergency calls to the London ambulance service, if she will now make it her policy to require detailed records to be kept of incidents where response times of emergency ambulances in London exceed 25 minutes and for information concerning the number and nature of such incidents and the reasons for them to be placed in the Library each month.

No. The London ambulance service is answerable to South West Thames regional health authority. The policy on requiring detailed records of response times is a matter for it.

Quarry House

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to move staff from Quarry house to London in each of the next five years; and in what grades.

The Department has only recently completed the relocation of the national health service management executive to Leeds. There are no plans to move work back to London.

Dentists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many salaried dentists are employed by each family health services authority in England.

A total of 17 English family health services authorities currently employ 77 salaried dentists. Details are shown in the table.

Number of salaried dentists employed by FHSAs at 18 June 1993
FHSANumber of salaried dentists
Derbyshire1
Cambridgeshire2
Kensington, Westminster and Chelsea9
Essex3
City and East London8
Kent4
Greenwich and Bexley6
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham30
West Sussex1
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth1
Wiltshire2
Buckinghamshire2
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly3
Gloucestershire1
Liverpool2
Lancashire1
Salford1
Total—England77

Psychiatric Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her policy towards the long-term development on psychiatric services and care.

Our policy for the long-term development of mental health services is set out in the report to Parliament "Development of Services for People with Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) or Mental Illness in England" No. 342 printed on 16 December 1992 and the "Mental Illness Key Area Handbook" published in January this year. Both documents are available in the Library.

Community Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received about community care for the mentally and physically handicapped in the north-west; and if she will make a statement.

We have received a number of representations. The Government are monitoring the implementation and practice of the community care reforms which were implemented on 1 April this year. This monitoring is being undertaken by the social services inspectorate and regional health authorities.

Eye Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has regarding the number of referrals by opticians to eye consultants in each year since 1990.

Ophthalmic opticians do not, except in an emergency, refer patients directly to consultant ophthalmologists, but do so through general practitioners. In 1990–91 there were 599,520 referral attendances at consultant ophthalmologists' out-patient clinics in England, of which 478,141 were written referral requests from GPs. In 1991–92—the last date for which figures are available—there were 663,192 referral attendances, of which 529,243 were written referrals from GPs. We do not collect information about the proportion of referrals initiated by ophthalmic opticians.

Dental Treatment

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many courses of dental treatment in each category under the national health service were performed by dentists for the periods from October to December 1991 and October to December 1992; and what was the percentage increase or decrease in the number of treatments provided;(2) how many courses of dental treatment in each category under the national health service were performed by dentists for the periods from January to March 1992 and January to March 1993; and what was the percentage increase or decrease of treatments provided.

The information is shown in the table.

General dental service—England Number of courses of denial treatment
AdultsChildren
October 1991 to December 19916,169,678721,014
October 1992 to December 19926,216,373673,528
Percentage Change0·76-6·59
January 1992 to March 19926,440,445712,001
January 1993 to March 19936,452,325702,232
Percentage Change0·18-1·37

Notes:

1. Under the new dental contract introduced on 1 October 1990, most child treatment is undertaken under capitation a here no separate course of treatment is identified. The figures for adults and children are not therefore comparable.

2. The reduction in the number of child courses of treatment is due to the inclusion in the figures of "entry payments". These are paid to a dentist on accepting for capitation a child whose teeth require active clinical intervention. The number of such payments is now declining sharply.

Emergency Hospital Admissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of emergency admissions to hospitals in each health authority in England in 1991–92 and 1992–93.

The number of non-elective admissions in the general and acute specialties provided by national health service hospitals in each regional health authority are shown in the table. information for individual districts is not available centrally.

Finished Consultant Episodes
Region1991–921992–93
Northern255,904268,256
Yorkshire291,537303,883
Trent333,311348,327
East Anglian147,956158,802
North West Thames212,324233,643
North East Thames290,206297,552
South East Thames253,023261,727
South West Thames189,820202,488
Wessex199,196214,481
Oxford155,603158,034
South Western238,582242,902
West Midlands382,176394,452
Mersey210,107217,524
North Western337,271343,605
Special Health Authorities23,60923,651
England3,520,6253,669,327

Source: Quarterly Monitoring of Provider Activity.

Nhs Trusts

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the names and occupations of the chairs and non-executive directors of each NHS trust in the Wessex region.

The list of chairmen and non-executive directors of national health service trusts in Wessex region, together with their occupations, where known, is shown in the table.

Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Trust
Chairman:
Mr. J. J. ThringSolicitor/Bank director
Non-Executive directors:
Mr. A. F. FoslerChartered surveyor
Mr. P. C. AllfreyChartered accountant
Mr. E. H. LaceCompany director
Mrs. C. A. Baynton CowardSocial Worker
Mrs. R. BaughPhysiotherapist
West Dorset Community Health NHS Trust
Chairman:
Mr. R. WillisFarmer
Non-executive directors:
Mr. G. AdamRetired company executive
Mrs. A. J. DupontInvestment adviser
Mr. G. MillardHealthcare management consultant
Ms A. NeubergerTraining director

West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust

Chairman:

Capt. M. Fulford-DobsonRetired naval officer

Non-executive directors:

Lady E. BarneBusinesswoman
Mrs. V. Pitt-RiversHousewife
Mr. J. C. BonesStockbroker
Mr. D. RevillSurveyor

West Dorset Mental Health NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mrs. E. ToplissRetired University lecturer

Non-executive directors:

Mrs. J. C. DaySecretary, Association of Councils
Mr. C. KirkRetired local government officer
Mr. I. De Vere MossSolicitor
Mrs. A. M. ElwinAntique dealer
Ms C. J. LeggeChartered accountant

Bath and West Community NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. G. ChownFormer managing director

Non-executive directors:

Mr. N. BrownChartered accountant
Mr. C. StreatFormer company executive
Mrs. G. CorneyFormer teacher/social worker
Mrs. A. D. OrmeFormer nurse
Mr. A. D. AldrichFormer youth and community worker

Bath Mental Health Care NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mrs. D. Howlett

Non-executive directors:

Mrs. F. McNultySolicitor
Mr. D. TaylorChartered accountant
Mr. W. ShakespeareFormer company executive
Mrs. M. HicksRetired social worker
Mr. G. J. HuttonClinical psychologist

Dorset Health Care NHS Trust

Chairman:

Dr. O. OckelfordRetired psychiatrist

Non-executive directors:

Mr. P. HickmanFormer sales executive
Miss J. WickendenFinancial manager
Mr. E. WoodSolicitor
Mrs. E. CookRetired nurse
Mr. H. G. PrestRetired paper merchant

The Poole Hospital NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. R. SymonsManaging director

Non-executive directors:

Mr. W. H. MatthewsFormer bank executive
Mr. N. McCorkellChartered accountant
Mrs. P. MartinFormer nurse
Mrs. D. HackforthBiochemist
Mr. W. HindleRetired consultant physician

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. S. JacksonCompany manager

Non-executive directors:

Mrs. S. CollinsSolicitor
Miss J. ManningEducation liaison officer
Mr. M. S. SamuelInsurance company senior executive
Group Capt. J. ReesFormer company senior manager
Mrs. M. DayehEstate agent

Royal United Hospital, Bath, NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. B. CollinsBusinessman

Non-executive directors:

Mr. R. MawdittUniversity registrar
Mr. J. SeedDeputy company chairman
Ms S. ReiterManaging director
Mr. D. J. GaySolicitor
Ms H. WilliamsMarketing services manager

Wiltshire Health Care NHS Trust

Chairman:

Miss W. WatsonFormer nursing college principal

Non-executive directors:

Mrs. P. RobinsonChartered accountant
Lady R. HawleyHousewife
Mr. A. WarrenFormer naval engineer
Mr. V. PriorFormer senior company executive
Mr. O. StricklandSolicitor

Andover District Community Health Care NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. B. BrownRetired company chief executive

Non-executive directors:

Prof. B. L. DaviesManagement consultant
Mrs. B. NorthDirector of strategic planning
Mrs. M. FaganVoluntary worker
Mr. D. L. MaynardFormer company general manager

Dorset Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. R. BurkeGroup managing director

Non-executive directors:

Mr. H. MaloneChartered accountant/finance director
Mrs. C. A. ShawCompany chief executive
Mrs. T. SlocockCompany director
Mr. K. LomasRetired solicitor

Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. K. ThornberManagement consultant

Non-executive directors:

Mr. C. D. FisherDirector, social services
Mr. B. G. HarrisInsurance consultant
Mrs. H. T. AlleryRetired company manager
Mrs. S. E. TelferCommunity care groups adviser

Isle of Wight Community Health Care NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. P. KingstonChartered surveyor

Non-executive directors:

Mr. C. F. RolfSolicitor
Mr. S. H. GreenenRetired architect
Mrs. P. LeeHead teacher
Mrs. K. R. DaniellFormer nursing officer

North Hampshire, Loddon Community NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mrs. A. BennigsenDirector, marketing company

Non-executive directors:

Dr. J. S. LyonPsychiatrist
Mrs. A. BorghgraefRelationship councillor
Mrs. J. M. NicholasCommunity centre manager
Mrs. C. J. TomkinsonHousewife
Mr. T. SullivanCompany managing director

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. V. JennerCompany managing director

Non-executive directors:

Mr. W. EvershedCompany secretary
Mr. W. GardnerBank manager
Mrs. J. MerrittHead teacher
Mr. E. C. CottleRetired naval commander
Ms K. GlendinningVoluntary worker

St. Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Chairman:

Major General B. LiveseyRetired army officer

Non-executive directors:

Mr. E. S. GilesSolicitor
Mr. B. F. LangslowManagement consultant
Mr. J. H. SimpsonRetired accountant
Mrs. G. CavaciutiAdministrator
Dr. D. W. HideRetired doctor

Southampton Community Health Services NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. D. NoddingsRetired company director

Non-Executive directors:

Mr. S. K. SharmaChartered accountant
Mr. J. R. MontgomeryUniversity lecturer
Mr. A. E. SmithCivil servant
Mrs. P. CassyDirector, voluntary agency
Mrs. J. BuchananClinical data manager

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mrs. E. BrodrickAccountancy manager

Non-executive directors:

Mrs. A. DavisFinancial adviser
Mr. D. A. D'Arcy HughesSolicitor
Professor C. F. GeorgeProfessor of pharmacology
Mr. L. F. AlleryFormer company executive
Sir David PriceIndustrial consultant

Wiltshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Chairman:

Mr. G. EdwardRetired company director

Non-executive directors:

Mr. R. Riseley-PrichardRetired RAF medical officer
Group Captain E. SandisonRAF director of nursing
Dr. J. MoxonRetired GP
Mrs. G. E. WookeyBusinesswoman

Nhs Treatment Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is collected centrally on the number of national health service personnel who go abroad to treat national health service patients.

No such information is available centrally because there is no general facility for national health service personnel to provide services under the NHS outside the United Kingdom.

Overseas Development Administration

Aid And Trade Provision

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the findings of the Government's review of aid and trade provision.

The findings of the Government's review of the aid and trade provision were reflected in the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, South (Mr. Ottaway) on 17 June at column 679–80.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence the review on aid and trade provision received to substantiate the need and opportunities to improve effectiveness and value for money; and what steps are being taken to achieve such improvements.

In the course of the aid and trade provision review, evidence was considered from a wide variety of sources. Important sources on the scheme's effectiveness were evaluation studies of past aid and trade provision projects including the "ATP Evaluation Synthesis Study", a copy of which is already in the Library of the House, and discussions with companies which had implemented contracts funded by ATP.In future, the Overseas Development Administration's appraisal, approval and monitoring procedures for ATP projects will be brought in line with those for other bilateral aid projects. In addition, the Department of Trade and Industry is introducing more systematic appraisal of the likely commercial and industrial benefits to the United Kingdom economy, consistent with other schemes which pursue United Kingdom economic objectives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Croydon, South, (Mr. Ottaway), on 17 June, Official Report, column 679, what date the new low-income criteria in respect of aid and trade provision will operate from;(2) further to his answer to the hon. Member for Croydon, South, (Mr. Ottaway), on 17 June,

Official Report, column 679, what exceptions there will be to the new regime for aid and trade provision during the transitional period; and when this period will end.

The new criteria became effective on the date of my answer—17 June 1993. Exceptions have been agreed only for projects on which companies have expended considerable time and effort, where expectation built up that ATP would be available if such projects satisfied the previously existing criteria. The projects in question are the Kuala Lumpur airport project in Malaysia, a water supply project in Thailand, and a few small technical co-operation projects.

Human Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which developing countries have a human rights record which adversely affects their eligibility for development aid under his Department's policy;(2) if he will list the developing countries which he treats as having good human rights records when they are considered for development aid assistance.

The human rights record of a recipient country is one of several factors we consider when deciding overseas aid allocations. Amongst other factors we take into account the needs of the country concerned and how effectively our aid will be used. Where a country's human rights record is poor, we have a number of ways of urging improvement. We take every opportunity, often with our EC and other partners, to make our views clear to Governments which are abusing human rights.We are ready to help countries which show an intention to move to better standards of government with well targeted development assistance. In cases of persistent human rights abuse we are also prepared to restrict or withdraw development aid. Recent examples include Burma, Malawi and Sudan. Announcements are made when this is done.

Education

Additional Educational Needs

To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what representations he has received from local authorities on the disparity in standard spending assessments generated by the additional educational needs factor as it is currently applied; and what plans he has to change the present arrangements for AEN methodology arrangements and the common funding formula for grant-maintained schools;(2) what assessment he has made of the extent to which application of a common funding formula for grant-maintained schools based upon the current educational standard spending assessment methodology would generate unacceptable differences in per capita funding in schools serving very similar districts; and what plans he has to improve the present arrangements in regard to the additional educational needs factor to ensure equitable allocations to schools of comparable site.

My right hon. Friend has received various local authority representations about the additional educational needs—AEN—allowance within standard spending assessments. These will be taken into account in the review of the AEN allowance which is currently taking place as part of a wider-ranging review of standard spending assessments for 1994–95.We are also consulting widely on the common funding formula for grant-maintained schools. This will be based on the education element of standard spending assessments, as calculated in future. It will be introduced gradually with due regard to schools' needs for stability in funding and for additional resources to reflect additional responsibilities, as well as to the relative levels of additional educational needs among pupils attending particular schools.

Local Management Of Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the letter sent to Cumbria county council by his Department's LMS unit dated 7 May bearing reference S/P/6/131/587; and to which recipients similar letters were sent.

The text of the Department's letter to Cumbria county council was as follows:

"I am writing to acknowledge receipt of the information sent under cover of the Authority's letter dated 30 March 1993, Part 4 having been received earlier.
Whilst I have not yet had the opportunity of looking in any detail at the information provided, I thought you might nevertheless appreciate knowing that it had arrived within the Department.
I really must apologise for the very long time it has taken me to write to you."
The information in question was the LEA's LMS budget statement made under section 42 of the Education Reform Act 1988. The Department uses these statements for two main purposes. First, to monitor performance against the key delegation and pupil-led funding requirements under the national LMS framework. The second paragraph in the late acknowledgement letter from the LMS unit to Cumbria was intended to indicate that this particular analysis had not yet started.The second use to which section 42 statements are put is to help the Department's schools 4 branch calculate annual maintenance grant—AMG for grant—maintained schools in each LEA area. This process begins as soon as the statements are received. In the case of Cumbria a letter was sent on 19 April indicating that the budget statement had been examined and appeared to form a satisfactory basis for the calculation of AMG for the GM schools in the authority's area. Those schools are now being consulted on their budgets for the current financial year.

Grant-Maintained Schools (Budgets)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 22 June, Official Report, column 123, which of the grant-maintained schools with proposed final annual maintenance grant budgets listed received their final AMG budgets by fax on the morning of 23 June.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 22 June, Official Report, column 123, if he will list, by local education authority area, and for each grant-maintained school, the proposed final AMG and the final AMG where this has been determined.

The information is given in the table.

Grant-maintained annual maintainance grant 1993–94
SchoolProposed final annual maintainance grantFinal annual maintainance grant
Avon
Beechen Cliff School1,952,184
Oldfield School1,628,128
Barnet
Hendon School2,409,0762,440,651
Queen Elizabeth's GM School for Boys2,685,434
Mill Hill County School2,881,5002,936,939
Bedfordshire
Queensbury School2,219,524
Thomas Whitehead CE School326,490
Manshead CE Upper School1,819,281
Sharnbrook Upper School3,082,414
Ashcroft High School1,699,750
Crawley Green GM Infant443,864
Icknield High School2,696,196
Lea Manor High School2,597,388
Lincroft Middle School675,363
Wootton Upper School2,386,232
Berkshire
Southlands School1,388,715
Reading School1,625,933
St. Bartholomew's School3,432,434
Desborough Comprehensive School2,374,578
Denefield School2,100,230
Langley Grammar School, Slough1,526,243
Herschel Grammar School1,328,282
The Downs School1,319,024
Cippenham Middle School671,467
Priory Combined School818,634
Upton Grammar School1,399,355
Holy Family Combined School461,129
Whitelocke Infant and Nursery School268,260
Bexley
Barnehurst Infants School270,593
Barnehurst Junior School385,918
St. Columba's RC Boys School1,728,391
St. Mary and St. Joseph's School1,604,686
Birmingham
Baverstock GM School2,444,257
Small Heath School2,468,506
Handsworth Grammar School for Boys1,759,199
Great Barr School4,260,290
Hall Green School1,555,385
King Edward VI Aston School1,381,228
King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School1,480,522
King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls School1,420,988

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

King Edward VI Five Ways School1,492,205
King Edward VI Handsworth School 1,850,229

Bolton

St. James' CE School Bolton1,617,4281,794,487
Crompton Fold Primary School639,332668,643
Canon Slade School3,184,6513,344,288
George Tomlinson School1,502,7431,340,663

Bradford

Bingley Grammar School2,107,250
Hanson GM School2,642,398
Laisterdyke GM Middle School678,103
Oakbank School2,463,211
Thornton School2,014,073

Brent

Claremont High School2,883,678
Copland Community School2,930,432
Convent of Jesus and Mary2,205,616
Kingsbury High School4,931,819
Queens Park Community School2,178,054

Bromley

Bullers Wood School for Girls2,498,9652,498,965
Coopers School, Chislehurst2,879,6232,879,623
Langley Park Boys School2,756,1052,756,105
Hayes School, Bromley2,906,5762,906,576
Ravens Wood School, Bromley2,229,2002,229,200
Kelsey Park School2,057,9762,057,976
Beaverwood School for Girls2,300,6432,300,643
Crofton Junior School1,048,1291,048,129
Newstead Wood School1,855,8921,855,892
Charles Darwin School2,411,8492,411,849
Holy Innocents Primary School382,014353,295
St. Olave's & St. Saviour's School1,619,2351,565,104
St. John Rigby School2,117,3192,204,323

Buckinghamshire

Bridgewater Hall School3,204,466
Brindley Hall School2,431,157
Beaconsfield High School1,721,529
Brookmead County Combined Middle School339,118
The Chalfonts School2,152,263
Overstone Combined School443,334
Beechview Middle School392,261
Hamilton Combined School1,010,910
Lord Grey School2,367,618
The Radcliffe School3,660,581
Wycombe Royal Grammar School2,644,713

Calderdale

Crossley Heath School1,501,989
North Halifax High School1,674,604
Salterlee Primary School131,837
Holy Trinity CE Senior School1,591,393
Rastrick High School1,937,528

Cambridgeshire

St. Helen's Primary School Bluntisham401,047428,396
Bassingbourne Village College902,676
Gamlingay Village College415,101
The Queen's School, Wisbech3,067,674
Park Lane Primary School390,793401,207
Sawtry Village College1,354,921
Wheatfields Junior School505,856498,875
Crosshall Infant School445,731472,486
Crosshall Junior School518,051537,874
The King's School, Peterborough1,834,790
Jack Hunt School3,071,177
Ailwyn Community School1,462,188
Deacon's School1,900,822

School

Proposed final annual mainlainance grant

Final annual mainlainance grant

Longsands Community College2,834,472
Orton Wistow Primary School372,322384,970
Sawston Village College2,339,941
Stanground College2,779,761
Village College, Comberton1,543,918

Cheshire

Bankfield High School1,279,547
Kettleshulme CE Primary School89,659
Fallibroome High School1,879,222
Henbury County High School1,774,896

Croydon

Riddlesdown High School2,474,018
Edenham School2,549,918

Cumbria

Kirkbie Kendal School2,212,594
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School1,233,850
Hayton CE Primary School132,259
St. Aidan's School1,456,320
Trinity School3,787,687
Scotby CE Primary School268,313
The Queen Katharine School,Kendal2,618,932
Appleby Grammar School1,089,603
Dallam School1,457,983
Harraby School1,221,534
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School806,540

Derbyshire

Netherthorpe School1,745,449
Ecclesbourne School2,794,799
Borrow Wood Junior School312,012
Belmont Primary School457,194
Chellaston School1,942,677
The Merrill Community School2,296,888
Belper Grant-Maintained School2,218,033
Heanor Gate School1,977,148
John Port School3,466,400
Murray Park Community School2,020,900
Noel Baker School2,772,186
Repton Primary School286,568

Devon

Colyton Grammar School1,236,902
Torquay Boys Grammar School1,960,630
St. Boniface's College1,548,905
Teign School1,749,091

Dorset

Bournemouth Grammar School2,099,218
Woodroffe School1,768,493
Budmouth School1,957,125
Avonbourne School1,896,285
Parkstone Grammar School, Poole1,582,203
Bournemouth Girls School1,899,453
Highcliffe Comprehensive School1,505,584
Poole Technical High School2,362,279
St. Walburga's RC Primary School519,550

Dudley

Old Swinford Hospital1,353,9321,334,269
Ellowes Hall School1,682,7431,748,389
Kingswinford GM School1,496,2011,530,593

Ealing

Brentside High School2,527,864
Drayton Manor High School2,800,599
Ellen Wilkinson High School2,297,226
Greenford High School2,280,914
Northolt High School2,238,588
Wood End First School515,262
Wood End Middle School481,652

School

Proposed final annual maintainance gram

Final annual maintainance grant

Essex

Chalvedon School3,094,319
Westcliffe High School for Boys1,983,393
King John School, Benfleet2,543,937
Beauchamps School, Wickford1,500,910
Bromfords School, Wickford1,728,843
Elmwood Primary School640,727
Newlands Spring Primary School441,625
Saffron Walden High School2,893,757
The Philip Morant School2,306,316
The Plume School3,729,556
West Hatch High School2,119,945
The Boswells School2,789,752
Chelmsford County High School1,551,437
The Eastwood School1,746,223
Furtherwick Park School1,877,288
Katherine's Primary School385,503
King Edward VI G School, Chelmsford1,668,285
King Harold School1,654,751
North Crescent Primary School331,361
Rickstones School1,401,333
Thurstable School1,759,796
Torells Comprehensive School1,361,449
Northlands Junior School422,835
Great Totham County Primary School519,880
The Appleton School2,352,865
The Deanes School1,378,823
The Hedley Walter School2,039,499
Castle View School1,677,326
Cornelius Vermuyden School1,626,928
Westcliff High School for Girls2,110,870
The Fitzwimarc School2,358,709
Westborough Primary School797,187
King Edmund School2,338,014
Belfairs Community College2,600,610
Chelmer Valley High School1,850,564
Davenant Foundation School2,191,067
Gable Hall GM Comprehensive2,082,047
Jotmans Hall Primary School391,615
Newport Free Grammar School1,373,664
Northwick Park County Infant School331,619
Northwick Park County Junior School447,237
Rainsford School1,908,746
Rolphe CE VA Primary School236,270
Southend Girls High School1,843,623
St. Andrew's CE Primary School213,082
St. Clere's School1,795,939
St. Martin's School2,261,601
Tendring High School2,737,470
The Grays School1,802,033
The Greensward School1,703,645
Thorpe Bay School1,514,686
William De Ferrers School2,893,884
William Edwards School1,722,225

Gloucestershire

Ribston Hall High School952,515
Marling School1,589,093
Pate's Grammar School1,979,013
Stroud High School1,506,846
Robinswood Primary School504,800
Tewkesbury School2,191,122
The Crypt School921,601
Balcarras School1,385,422
Chosen Hill School2,269,284
Katharine Lady Berkeley School2,106,532
Churchdown School2,146,453
The Cotswold School1,172,924
Newent Community School2,308,178
Rednock School2,238,057

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Saintbridge School1,665,487
Chipping Camden School1,647,517
St. Gregory RC Primary School524,541
Blue Coat CE Grant-Maintained School330,774
Picklenash County Junior School332,954
Wyedean School1,262,851

Hammersmith

London Oratory School4,254,240

Hampshire

Hardley Secondary School1,651,9811,802,699
Burgate School1,288,5761,363,405
Arnewood School2,421,7552,514,246
Ringwood Comprehensive School1,666,4191,759,723
Crofton School, Fareham2,142,8542,160,203
The City of Portsmouth Boys' School1,864,8551,955,989
The Priory Primary School166,754190,383
Testwood School1,850,7301,913,697
Abbotswood Middle School844,731826,691
Front Lawn Middle School431,852447,565
All Hallows RC School2,258,7102,424,544
Bay House Grant-Maintained School3,276,6553,203,364
Blackfield Middle School586,385578,966
Bohunt Community School2,167,4052,296,747
Calmore GM Middle School535,464614,455
St. Joseph's RC Primary School554,535685,197

Havering

Abbs Cross School1,726,574
Coopers Company & Coborn2,706,265
Frances Bardsley School2,648,292

Hereford & Worcester

St. Augustine's RC High School1,604,8961,640,491
St. Bede's School872,397886,339

Hertfordshire

Rickmansworth School2,349,929
Watford Boys Grammar School2,521,834
Francis Bacon School1,179,739
Watford Girl's Grammar School2,482,995
Parmiters School2,333,813
St. Mary's RC Primary School304,749
Christ Church CE JMI School,Chorley319,139
Parkside First School363,115
Hertingfordbury School244,250
Bishop Stortford's School2,310,664
Ashlyns Grant-Maintained School1,492,243
Bushey Hall School2,571,885
Bushey Meads GM School2,143,420
Dame Alice Owens School2,577,663
Mount Grace School1,214,475
Queens School2,738,038

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Hillingdon

Bishopshalt School2,403,584
Haydon School2,707,686
Queensmead School2,229,343
Vyners School2,161,804
Uxbridge High School1,714,649
Northwood School2,278,887
Hayes Manor School1,747,694
Mellow Lane School2,372,797

School

Proposed final annual mainlainance grant

Final annual mainlainance grant

Oak Farm Infant School503,191
Oak Farm Junior School578,099
The Douay Marthyrs School2,359,500
Abbotsfield School1,789,388
Grange Park Infant School435,117
Grange Park Junior School474,170
Swakeleys School1,856,814

Hounslow

Gumley House Convent School2,251,1402,220,884
Gunnersbury Catholic School2,208,7172,219,875

Humberside

Wold Newton Primary School151,221151,221

Kensington

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School2,212,931

Kent

The GS for Girls Wilmington1,101,2191,150,731
The Cornwallis School1,826,7732,024,564
The Maplesden Noakes School1,555,626
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys830,956974,986
St. George's CE School,Gravesend2,330,199
Homewood School2,792,083
Thamesview School2,280,985
Dartford Grammar School1,811,2681,929,403
Southlands Comprehensive School2,462,598
Dartford Grammar School forGirls1,707,2301,835,365
Aylesford School2,085,430
Wrotham School1,024,2721,103,099
Simon Langton Boys' Grammar School1,416,7731,417,655
Snodland CE Primary School535,424
Oldborough Manor High1,537,167
Senacre High School2,067,3672,118,277
Cranbrook School1,699,7281,760,629
Angley School1,770,2911,776,358
Fulston Manor School1,731,977
Oakwood Park Grammar School1,077,9261,005,749
Rainham Mark Grammar School2,292,762
Robert Napier School, Gillingham1,754,076
The Minster School2,938,9933,010,954
The Skinner's School1,501,127
The Canterbury School1,802,353
Borough Green Primary School424,435450,287
Chatham Grammar School1,207,990
Sir Roger Manwood's School1,505,123
The Archbishop School1,382,493
The Malling School1,293,312
Sandown Court School1,881,011
Meopham School986,030935,095
Holy Trinity349,381
The Bradbourne School998,561
Hugh Christie School1,995,9812,059,658
St. Simon Stock School1,906,283
Mascalls School2,868,1922,848,129
Roseacre Junior School454,503
St. Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School1,888,1102,030,483
St. John Fisher, Chatham2,422,432
Sutton-at-Hone, CE Primary School443,276455,039
The Charles Dickens School1,657,4011,727,919
The Folkestone School for Girls1,759,327
The Wildernesse School1,456,554
Westlands High School2,883,852

Kingston

Tiffin School2,369,8202,258,964
Holy Cross Convent School1,512,0821,605,165

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Richard Challoner School1,569,7101,534,475

Kirklees

Heckmondwike Grammar School1,561,4301,658,905
Castle Hall GM School957,0731,035,467

Lambeth

La Retraite School1,833,557
St. Bernadette Junior School458,829
Archbishop Tenison's School1,497,461
Bishop Thomas Grant School2,520,496
Dunraven GM School3,157,842

Lancashire

Bacup and Rawenstall Grammar School1,860,7192,008,763
Lancaster Royal Grammar School2,003,2962,056,092
Lancaster Girls Grammar School1,634,0881,651,403
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School2,267,5232,398,360
Newton Blue Coat CE School394,244399,323
Baines School1,562,6921,615,217
Archbishop Temple School1,232,1101,306,839

Leicestershire

Long Field High School861,669
Abington High School1,254,560
Bushloe High School1,468,582
South Wigston High School1,469,802
Uppingham Community College1,388,617

Lewisham

Turnham Primary School985,962

Lincolnshire

Queen Elizabeth's GM Grammar School893,067
Skegness Grammar School1,505,727
The Kings School Grantham1,916,942
Carre's Grammar School1,091,103
St. George's School2,232,973
King Edward VI Grammar School1,440,508
Caistor School1,045,148
Bourne Primary School689,316
Gartree School886,647
Magdalen CE/Meth Primary School348,144
Yarborough High School12,415,986
Lincoln Christ's Hospital School2,726,583
Castle Hills School, Gainsborough1,146,804
North Kesteven School2,648,988
North Rauceby Primary School132,038
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School,Horn1,341,978
Robert Pattinson School2,444,092
William Alvey CE Junior School680,349
Ancaster High School1,267,502
William Farr CE School1,735,540
Ermine School430,157
Gleed Girls School1,208,925
Monks' Dyke High School1,504,824
Lacey Gardens Junior School592,816
Malcolm Sargent County Primary School738,364

Liverpool

St. Francis Xavier's College2,650,4262,650,426

Newham

Stratford School1,699,1531,681,318

Norfolk

Wymondham College2,341,738
Gresham County Primary175,466
Heacham Middle School390,702
Redgate Middle School, Hunstanton309,338
Loddon Middle School386,143
Costessey High School, Norwich1,563,502

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Cromer High School1,285,699
Dereham Church VA First School234,966
Downham Market High School3,162,712
Marshland High School1,445,781
Norwich Road School532,262
Robert Kett Middle School652,471
West Flegg Middle School678,538
Acle High School1,175,358
Sheringham High School1,273,388
South Wooton School200,679
Cliff Park High School1,537,831
Flegg High School1,204,462
Great Yarmouth High School1,616,159
Lynn Grove VC High School1,629,674
St. Clements High School1,196,550

Northamptonshire

Southfield School for Girls1,457,522
Kingsley Park Middle School638,972
Kingswood School2,159,652
Moulton Primary School569,645
King John School489,239
Northampton School for Boys1,963,181
Lodge Park School1,876,194
Manor School1,524,610
Montagu School1,860,992
Weavers School2,558.02
Windmill Primary School617,400
Wrenn School2,252,542
Sir Christopher Hatton1,714,784
Danesholme Junior School515,961
Woodnewton Way Junior School548,394

Nottinghamshire

Ravensdale Middle School663,989
Greenwood Dale School1,363,758
George Spencer School2,047,408

Oxfordshire

Shenington CE Primary School125,756125,756

Rochdale

Crossgates Primary School336,367
Smithy Bridge Primary School550,873
St. James CE Primary333,743
Wardle High School2,142,932

Sandwell

Manor High School1,848,5551,789,513

Sheffield

Clifford First School144,612120,602

Shropshire

Adams' Grammar School1,164,848
Corbet GM School1,242,066

Solihull

Hatchford Primary School861,670

Somerset

Sexey's School1,300,7201,300,720
Bruton Primary School347,348347,348

Southwark

London Nautical School1,495,297
St. Francesca Cabrini RC Primary845,723

Staffordshire

St. Thomas More School1,916,166
Cannock Chase High School2,087,964

Surrey

Guildford County Secondary School1,828,3431,935,201

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Collingwood School, Camberley3,452,7553,642,975
St. John the Baptist School, Woking1,586,1831,646,877
Glyn School1,978,2892,106,650
Gordon's School787,666756,557
Beacon School1,757,4281,894,525
Epsom & Ewell High School1,979,6062,009,386
Hawkedale First School182,746161,194
Heathside Secondary School1,225,6711,465,192
Manor First School, Byfleet259,389240,411
Roseberry School, Epsom1,894,5162,039,296
Stoneleigh First School308,014333,102
de Stafford School1,193,3361,238,774
Send CE First School243,980232,999
Thamesmead School1,100,7201,295,916
St. Paul's School1,480,7821,625,955

Sutton

Wilsons School1,741,804
Nonsuch High School for Girls2,049,840
John Fisher School1,714,027
Cheam High School2,204,728
Sutton Grammar School for Boys1,461,957
St. Philomena's School1,907,056
Wallington High School for Boys1,454,128
Wallington High School for Girls1,703,895

Tameside

Audenshaw High School1,637,6071,637,607
West Hill School1,508,8121,508,812

Tower Hamlets

Raines Foundation School2,535,3842,752,152

Trafford

Ashton on Mersey School1,867,657
New Wellington High School1,883,460
Sale Moor School1,291,642

Walsall

The Streetly School2,385,678
St. Thomas More RC School2,719,395
Shire Oak Community School1,459,790

Wallham Forest

Highams Park School2,526,942

Wandsworth

Graveney School4,595,017
Burntwood School3,593,918
Elliott School3,569,454
Salesian College1,513,423
Ethelburga Primary School443,315
Hillbrook Primary School764,600
John Paul II RC School1,524,504
Southnelds School3,571,491

Warwickshire

Newbold Grange High School (alias Avon)730,195727,515
Ash Green School (Exhall)1,111,8201,103,673
Hartshill School1,350,2621,350,262
Queen Elizabeth School Atherstone1,554,1241,552,689
Myton School2,235,9522,226,965
Alcester Grammar School1,262,5261,262,526
Rugby High School for Girls1,230,4691,226,666

Wirral

Calday Grange Grammar School2,300,326

Wiltshire

St. Augustine's School1,215,926
Aloeric School516,885
Highbury School1,158,555

School

Proposed final annual maintainance grant

Final annual maintainance grant

Lavington School1,107,939

Wolverhampton

Moseley Park2,601,7952,926,515
Wolverhampton GS1,412,9181,450,571

Note:

Only schools operating as GM on 1 April 1993 listed.

Wales

Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures are being taken to ensure that Wales meets the training targets set by the Confederation of British Industry; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands (Sir D. Knox) on 17 May 1993 at column 8 by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Wales.

West Glamorgan Health Authority

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if it remains his policy to announce his conclusion on the west Glamorgan health authority east unit review before the summer recess.

European Regional Development Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money in (a) cash terms and (b) 1979–80 prices Wales has received in each year under the European regional development fund.

Since 1979, the amounts allocated from the European regional development fund are given in the following tables:

Cash Prices £ millions1979–80 Prices £ millions
197937·137·1
198021·518·2
198125·819·9
198246·733·6
198348·933·6
198463·041·2
198554·934·1
198649·729·9
198757·832·9
198863·333·6
198938·819·3
199027·412·6
199189·038·5
199254·922·9
199361·925·2

Ec Meetings

:To ask the secretary of state for Wales if he will list, together with respective dates the EC meetings held in Brussels which were attended by senior officials from the Welsh Office in the last 12 months.

In addition to a wide range of ad hoc meetings with European Commission officials on specific policy issues, senior officials from the Welsh Office were present at meetings of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels in July, September, November and December 1992 and in January, February, March and May 1993. They also attended meetings of the Agriculture Council held in Luxembourg in October 1992 and April and June 1993, as well as the informal regional policy council held in June 1992 in Lisbon.Officials have also been regular attendees at the meetings of the Objective 1/2 advisory committee, the structural actions working group, which is taking forward the work on the reform of the EC structural funds, and have attended, where necessary, meetings of the trans-European road network motorway working group, the DRIVE programme working groups, the STAR Advisory Committee on Rural Structures and Agricultural Development, and the VALUE II Management Committee.They were present at the conference on the LEADER programme for rural areas held in October 1992, the conference on inter-regional co-operation held in December 1992, the seminar on article 10 initiatives held in April 1993 and the conference on objective 5b regions held in June 1993.They accompanied the then Secretary of State to Brussels in December 1992 when he addressed the EC Economic and Social Committee's regional policy section, and again in April 1993 when he visited Brussels for meetings with key commissioners. They also accompanied the permanent secretary to Brussels in September 1992 when he met the director general of DG XVI as well as the head of the human resources task force and officials with responsibility for rural development policies.

Trade And Industry

Printing And Publishing

To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he last met representatives of the printing and publishing industries.

My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade lunched with the newspaper conference on 9 November 1992. Ministers and officials in the Department frequently meet representatives of the printing and publishing industries.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the contribution of the publishing industry to the United Kingdom economy.

Printing and publishing make an important contribution to the United Kingdom economy, accounting for 1·8 per cent. of gross domestic product (GDP) and 8·1 per cent. of manufacturing industry's share of GDP. Figures for the publishing industry alone are not available.

Auditing Practices Board

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has for legislation under which the recognised supervisory bodies in the Auditing Practices Board can be sued by individual shareholders for promulgating passive auditing standards.

I do not accept the premise on which the hon. Member's question is based.

Thorp

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what information has been received by his Department from British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. regarding problems with the installation of wiring at the thermal oxide reprocessing plant.

This is a matter for British Nuclear Fuels plc. Any safety implications are for the Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate.

Nuclear Safety Research

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what contribution is being made by the Atomic Energy Authority to the European Community's nuclear safety research project, the PHEBUS programme, at the Cadarache nuclear research centre in France; and how this involvement will assist in evaluating potential safety problems with the Sizewell B nuclear plant.

The PHE13US programme comprises a series of experiments being carried out by the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique—CEA—the French nuclear safety R and D organisation. The programme is part funded by the European Community with additional funding from other countries. The Atomic Energy Authority is participating as part of the nuclear safety R and D programme sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive. The PHEBUS programme is not expected to produce results which can be used in the production of the safety case for Sizewell B.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the contribution made to nuclear safety by research conducted at the Falcon facility at Winfrith by the Atomic Energy Authority.

The FALCON experimental facility at the Atomic Energy Authority's Winfrith site has been used to produce data to validate computer codes employed in the modelling of some aspects of the behaviour of a nuclear reactor in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident causing severe damage to the fuel.

Atomic Energy Authority Police

To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what dates the police committee of the Atomic Energy Authority met representatives of the Atomic Energy Police Federation, and the representative organisations of other ranks, to discuss matters of common interest over the past years.

There are no meetings between the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary—AEAC—Police Committee, which is a management advisory body, and representatives of the AEAC Federation. However, management—chief constable, deputy chief constable and a representative from the AEA's corporate personnel service—meets Federation representatives to discuss matters affecting the force at the AEAC joint consultative committee, which meets twice a year—most recently on 12 May 1993. There are also numerous other formal and ad hoc opportunities for Federation representatives to discuss matters affecting their members with the chief constable, other senior AEA managers and senior AEAC officers.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will detail the numbers, by rank and location, of the Atomic Energy Authority police since 1979.

The current strength of the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary (AEC) is 505 compared with 516 in 1979. More detailed information on the strength, structure and location of the AEAC is published in the AEAC chief constable's annual report and the "Constabulary Almanac Official Register 1993". Copies of the 1991 annual report are in the Library of the House and I am arranging for copies of the 1992 annual report to be placed there when it is published in July. The precise operational deployment of constabulary at British Nuclear Fuels plc and Atomic Energy Authority sites is restricted information.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what dates Ministers in his Department or the Department of Energy held a formal meeting with the Atomic Energy Police Federation during the past five years.

There have been no meetings between Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary Federation representatives and DTI or Department of Energy Ministers during the past five years.

Internal Market

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what additional help is being given to businesses to help them take advantage of the internal market.

The "Business in Europe" initiative was launched on 25 January 1993 to encourage United Kingdom companies to take advantage of the single market. Consultations were held with businesses and multiplier organisations to identify the most common problems faced by exporters. "Business in Europe" aims to provide a service which supplies only relevant information. It focuses on practical advice for exporters, information on the rules and opportunities in the single market and help in fighting barriers to trade. Access to the service is by a single 24-hour, seven-day-week, hotline number 0272 444 888, giving access to all of the DTI's overseas trade services. A range of promotional literature is available through the hotline, examples of which are available in the House of Commons Library. In addition, 20 export promoters, seconded from senior posts in industry, will be working in western Europe.

Manufactured Imports

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the level of imports in manufactured goods from European Community countries (a) in 1987 and (b) in 1992.

In 1987, the value of United Kingdom imports of manufactured goods from the European Community was £39·8 billion. In 1992 it was £53·3 billion.

Japan

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the current trade deficit with Japan; and how much of the deficit is accounted for by manufactured goods.

In 1992, the United Kingdom had a crude deficit in visible trade with Japan of £5·22 billion. The deficit in manufactured goods was £5·45 billion.

Us-Germany Telecommunications Treaty

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking or proposing to take to make representations to the German Government in respect of the US-Germany telecommunications treaty; if he will challenge the legality of the same in the European Court; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: Like all other member states, Germany is bound by European Community law. The European Commission has indicated that it is considering the legality of the action of the German Government in refusing to apply either article 29 of the Utilities Directive or the recent Council regulation implementing retaliatory sanctions against the United States in the field of Government procurement.

Nuclear Waste

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the Government's policy on whether return of waste agreements between British Nuclear Fuels plc and overseas customers should entail substitution of equivalent amounts of radiocativity.

[holding answer 23 June 1993]: I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 7 June 1993, Official Report, column 161.

Coal Imports

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the recent trend in coal imports and on the prospects for the remainder of 1993.

The level of coal imports has been declining since the middle of last year. Imports figures for 1993 are still subject to revision, but are estimated to be about 10 per cent. down on the comparable period of 1992.

Oil And Gas

To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 12 May, Official Report, column 475, what arrangements have been made to obtain authorisation for access to information in oil and gas archives by the successful bidder.

National Finance

Departmental Speeches

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the speeches given by Mr. Leonard Beighton of the Board of the Inland Revenue and Mrs. Valerie Strachan of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to the Financial Times conference on international tax on 14 and 15 June.

Copies of the speeches given by Mr. Beighton and Mrs. Strachan are being placed in the Library.

Corporation Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was repaid in each year since 1986–87.

The information requested is as follows:

Corporation Tax Repayments
YearAmount (£ million)
1986–87619
1987–88627
1988–89733
1989–901,217
1990–911,762
1991–922,609
1992–933,226

Civil Service Unions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings he has held with civil service trade unions to discuss industrial relations.

I, and other Treasury Ministers, meet civil service trade unions to discuss a variety of issues, where appropriate. I last met representatives from the civil service trade unions in January to discuss pay.

Income Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue change in a full year at 1993–94 income levels and assuming existing levels of personal allowances of replacing the present rates of income tax with a structure in which (a) the first £2,500 incurred tax at 20 per cent., (b) £2,500 to £30,000 at 25 per cent., (c) £30,000 to £40,000 at 30 per cent., (d) £40,000 to £50,000 at 35 per cent., (e) £50,000 to £60,000 at 40 per cent., (f) £60,000 to £75,000 at 45 per cent., (g) £75,000 to £100,000 at 50 per cent. and (h) over £100,000 at 60 per cent.

The estimated revenue cost in a full year at 1993–94 income levels from imposition of the specified regime is £420 million. This does not allow for any behavioural effect that might result from such changes to the tax system and does not include capital gains tax.

Contingencies Fund

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions since 1979 in which use of the contingencies fund has been allowed in connection with expenditure over £200,000 on the establishment of a new statutory body before the relevant legislation has received Royal Assent.

It appears from readily available information that there has been one advance from the contingencies fund since 1979 of more than £200,000 in connection with the establishment of a new statutory body before the relevant legislation has received Royal Assent: this was to the Department for Education in March 1993 in respect of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA). The use of the fund was fully consistent with the criteria concerning expenditure on new services set out in "Government Accounting".

Corporation Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 9 June, Official Report, column 258, what was the total turnover, profits and corporation tax liability of the largest 100 United Kingdom companies in each year since 1987 measured in (a) current prices and (b) 1987 prices.

[holding answer 22 June 1993]: Latest readily available figures covering five years for turnover, profit before tax, and corporation tax liability of the 100 largest United Kingdom companies and company groups, based on turnover in their latest accounts, are as follows:

At current prices
£ billion
TurnoverProfit before tax1Corporation tax liability2
1987335·2
1988360345·2
1989420416·2
1990490365·8
1991500325·4
1992510304
At constant 1987 prices
£ billion
TurnoverProfit before tax1Corporation tax liability2
1987335·2
1988340334·9
1989370375·5
1990390294·7
1991380254·1
1992370224
1 Worldwide activity reported in published accounts.
2 After relief for foreign tax.
3 Not readily available.
4 Not yet available.

Tax Exemptions (Overseas Governments)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an estimate of the gain to the Exchequer in each of the years 1991–92 and 1992–93 of tax exemption granted by overseas Governments to the income, profits and gains of the United Kingdom Government and United Kingdom Government bodies arising within the jurisdiction of those overseas Governments.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: The United Kingdom Government are exempted from tax in all of the jurisdictions in which it invests. The amount of this exemption is of the order of some £300 million per annum.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an estimate of the cost to the Exchequer in each of the years 1991–92 and 1992–93 of granting tax exemption to the income, profits and gains of Governments, foreign states and integral bodies of foreign Governments arising in the United Kingdom.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: Figures are not available of the total amount of tax which is not brought into charge because of sovereign immunity from taxation. However, income tax on investment income repaid on sovereign immunity grounds amounted to approximately £164 million in 1991–92 and £116 million in 1992–93. In addition relief was allowed at source of up to £5 million each year.

Exchange Gains And Losses

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the direct effect on revenue in the years 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96 of the introduction of the clauses in chapter II part II of the Finance (No. 2) Bill had they come into effect from 6 April.

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: The Exchequer effects would be highly uncertain and would depend on movements in exchange rates and the location and volume of borrowing.

Duchy Of Lancaster

Government Documents

41.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the work of HMSO and the system of making Government documents available to the general public.

In its role of Government publisher, HMSO maintains a distribution network comprising its own retail bookshops in six major cities, some 40 appointed agents throughout the United Kingdom, and a mail order service from its publications centre in London.

Citizens Charter

42.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he next intends to visit Birmingham to discuss citizens charter issues.

I shall be visiting Birmingham on 5 July to take part in the second citizens charter forum.The first forum, one of a series of eight to be held thoroughout the country to discuss local implementation of the charter, was held in Manchester on 21 June and was attended by 230 managers of local public service organisations.

44.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what principal conclusions he has drawn from experience of the citizens charter programme to date; and how the lessons are being applied for future charters.

Implementing charter principles is bringing about real improvements in public services. The principles will continue to be applied to all public services in the future.

Market Testing

43.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Departments have introduced market testing of their activities; and what assessment his office has made of the annual savings from this policy.

In November 1992, I announced that market-testing programmes of 36 departments, covering all the main Departments and most small ones. These programmes, for the period up to September 1993, amount to £1·5 billion, employing 44,000 staff.I shall report on the results of these programmes after the end of the period; but returns from departments indicate that in previous years savings from market testing have typically been around 25 per cent. of the original cost, even when the activity has remained in-house.

Public Appointments

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the names, occupations and current employers of those who currently hold positions in each public body to which he makes appointments; if he will make a statement on the considerations taken into account when making such appointments; and if he will list details of the posts and salaries of allowances payable which have changed since the publication of "Public Bodies 1992".

[holding answer 25 June 1993]: The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster makes appointments to the following non-departmental public bodies:The Civil Service Appeal Board; Agricultural and Food Research Council; Economic and Social Research Council; Medical Research Council; Natural Environment Research Council; Science and Engineering Research Council; and the Advisory Board for the Research Councils.The members of the Civil Service Appeal Board are as follows:Mr. P. Adams, OBE; Mr. A. Bennett, MBE; Mr. M. S. Buckley; Mrs. C. Coltman; Mr. K. Crowley; Miss P. Downs (Chairman); Mr. F. W. Edmunds, BEM; Miss B. Findlay; Mr. M. T. Foulkes; Mr. W. M. Francis, BEM; Mr. J. H. Gracey, CB; Mr. T. W. Hall; Mr. G. Harpin; Mr. R. M. Hastie-Smith, CB; Mr. P. D. Jones (Deputy Chairman); Miss Kelley, CB; Mr. R. W. King, BEM; Mr. N. F. Ledsome, CB; Mrs. S. P. Maunsell; Mr. N. E. A. Moore; Mr. R. W. Morgan, MBE; Mrs. M. Morrison, BEM; Mr. J. Nicholson; Mr. P. Palmer; Mr. J. Pennington; Mr. J. Renton, MBE; Mr. K. Richards; Mr. M. Ridout; Mr. J. Roberts, CB; Ms S, Scott-Anderson; Mrs. A. B. Sloman; Mr. A. Smith; Mr. A. Stem; Mr. J. W. Stevens, CB, (Deputy Chairman); Mr. N. Tout, BEM.The members of the Research Councils are as follows:

Agricultural and Food Research Council:

Professor T. L. Blundell (Secretary and Deputy Chairman); Dr. P. J. Bunyan; Mr. C. R. Cann; Professor E. C. D. Cocking; Professor J. R. Coggins; Sir Sam Edwards; Professor W. P. T. James, CBE; Mr. D. F. R. George, OBE; Sir M. Alastair Grant (Chairman); Mr. E. Gill; Professor R. M. Hicks, OBE; Professor G. Horn; Mr. R. Knapman;

Professor J. R. Krebs; Professor C. J. Leaver; Dr. T. Little; Mr. K. J. MacKenzie; Professor T. A. Mansfield; Mr. J. L. C. Provan; Mr. G. T. Pryce; Dr. D. W. F. Shannon; Professor W. V. Shaw.

Economic and Social Research Council:

Ms J. Abramsky; Dr. D. Anderson; Professor M. Anderson; Professor J. M. Ashworth; Professor J. Beaumount; Professor V. Bruce; Dr. W. Daniel; Mrs. E. J. Filkin; Mr. J. Fox; Mr. N. Glass; Miss C. Hancock; Dr. J. Harbison; Professor D. Hargreaves; Professor A. Hay; Professor H. J. Newby (Chairman); Professor D. Kavanagh; Professor S. J. Nickell; Mr. G. T. Pepper; Mrs. M. Tuck, CBE.

Medical Research Council:

Professor I. V. Allen; Professor D. T. Baird; Mr. R. Bauman; Sir Colin Berry; Professor A. M. Breckenridge; Mr. K. C. Calman; Sir Michael Carlisle; Dr. J. T. Carter; Dr. P. Doyle; Professor C. R. W. Edwards; Professor J. G. Evans; Dr. R. E. Kendall; Sir Aaron Klug; Miss E. Nicholson, MP; Professor J. R. Pattison; Professor M. Peckham; Sir David Plastow (Chairman); Sir Dai Rees (Deputy Chairman and Secretary); Professor Sir Michael Rutter; Professor Sir David Weatherall.

Natural Environment Research Council:

Professor J. R. L Allen; Dr. P. J. Bunyan; Professor W. Chaloner; Lord Chorley; Professor C. D. Curtis; Dr. D. J. Fisk; Dr. I. Graham-Bryce; Professor M. P. Hassell; Professor B. J. Hoskins; Professor J. Knill (Chairman); Professor P. S. Liss; Dr. R. Jan Pentreath; Professor D. A. Ritchie; Mr. D. G. M. Roberts; Dr. G. W. Robinson; Dr. O Rogne; Professor J. I. Sprent; Professor S. A. Thorpe; Professor D. S. Wood.

Science and Engineering Research Council:

Professor Philip Burke; Mr. D. Davis; Professor S. Donnachie; Sir Gerard Fairtlough CBE; Dr. K. Gray CBE; Professor R. Hester; Dr. G. Higginson; Dr. S. Iverson; Dr. A. Ledwith; Professor S. Mason; Sir R. Oxburgh KBE; Sir Mark Richmond (Chairman); Dr. G. W. Robinson; Professor J. Stuart; Professor J. Thomas; Professor D. Wallace; Professor Arnold Wolfendale; Professor R. E. Smallman CBE; Mr. J. Spiers.

Advisory Board for the Research Councils:

Professor Sir Eric Ash CBE; Professor T. L. Blundell; Professor D. A. Currie; Dr. A. Ganguly; Professor R. L. Gardner; Professor M. Hart; Professor J. L. Knill; Professor H. J. Newby; Sir David Phillips; Sir Dai Rees; Sir Mark Richmond; Professor I. A. Shanks.

It is not our practice to provide details about occupations and current employers. Such information is a personal matter for individual members. However, when making appointments, my right hon. Friend follows the standard guidance that a part-time member of a public board should not hold any outside appointments which would be incompatible with devoting due time and attention to public duties. Risk of conflict between a member's private interests and the requirements of the public service are required to be minimised and seen to be so.

Members of the Civil Service Appeal Board are appointed on the basis of their past experience of civil service personnel matters. The daily fee changed on 1 April 1993 to £221 for the chairman and £113 for others.

Members of the research councils are appointed on the basis of their expertise and experience in the field to which the research council relates. The current position regarding the remuneration of members of the research councils is as follows:

Agricultural and food research council

  • Chairman: £12,270
  • Deputy: £67,482
  • Members: £4,600

Economic and social research council

  • Chairman: £62,504
  • Members: £4,600

Medical research council

  • Chairman: £6,140
  • Deputy: £98,328
  • Members: £4,600

Natural environment research council

  • Chairman: £64,787
  • Members: £4,600

Science and engineering research council

  • Chairman: £82,925
  • Members: £4,600–£6,140

Advisory board for the research councils

  • Chairman: £69,470
  • Members: £4,600

Defence

Gulf War (Illness)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what complaints his Department has received from service men who participated in Operation Granby in the Gulf in 1991 in regard to illness arising from exposure to (a) toxic chemicals from oil well fires and oil slicks and (b) uranium inhaled or ingested from uranium tipped shells fired in battle.

No complaints of this nature have been reported by unit medical officers. Additionally, the armed forces medical services are not aware of any incidence of illness among service personnel, which could be attributed to either oil-well fires and oil slicks, or the inhalation or ingestion of depleted uranium from uranium tipped shells fired in battle.

Deregulation

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department is making towards the Government's deregulation initiative; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 18 May 1993 at column 148.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hectares are currently under agreement with the countryside stewardship scheme; how many hectares involve additional payments for public access in (a) England and (b) each county; and if he will make a statement.

None of my Department's land is currently entered in the countryside stewardship scheme.

Land Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he is making into the needs of land for training by the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

Work is in hand to assess the Army's training needs which will enable us to establish whether there is sufficient training land to meet their requirements. We do, of course, keep the size of the defence estate under continual review to ensure that it is no larger than is essential for military purposes.

Nimrod (Raf St Mawgan)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the role of RAF St. Mawgan in acting as the operating base for Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft; and if he will make a statement.