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Written Answers

Volume 413: debated on Wednesday 22 October 1980

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Written Answers

Prison Visitors And Parole Review Committees

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish a list of the boards of visitors at prisons in England and Wales, giving the names of the prison or prisons concerned and the names and addresses of the members; andWhether they will publish a list of the local parole review committees, giving in each case the names of the prison or prisons concerned and the names and addresses of the members.

We are not persuaded that it would be right without their consent to publish the names and addresses of the 1,500 or so members of boards of visitors, and the 1,200 or so members of local review committees, who give their services in this way. A list of Prison Department establishments and their addresses is given at Appendix 3 of the Report on the Work of the Prison Department 1979 (Cmnd. 9765). Any communications should be addressed to the chairman of the board of visitors or of the local review committee at the establishment concerned.

Parole Scheme: Publication Of Assessment

asked Her Majesty's Government:When they now expect to publish the assessment of the working of the

parole scheme after the first 10 years, mentioned in the reply by Lord Belstead in column 2 of the

Offical Report, Vol. 401 on 2nd July 1979, and referred to a year later in paragraph 54 of the Report on the Work of the Prison Department 1979, published in July 1980; and whether they will now amend the proposed assessment, to cover the first 11 years of the parole scheme.

The report is in the final stages of preparation and will cover the first 11 years of the parole scheme.

Minister's Letter: Verification

asked Her Majesty's Government:How they were able to state in a letter dated 2nd September, 1980 from the Minister of State, Mr. Leon Brittan, in respect of a person whose Home Office reference number is S.396393/2(S)

"that the National Westminster Bank were refusing to honour his cheques".

Documents held by the passenger and examined under the power contained in paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 indicated that the bank in question was not accepting cheques drawn on the passenger's account.

Tanzania: Aid

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the amount of promised aid to Tanzania for current fiscal year; and whether, in view of a United Nations Agricultural Report that currently Tanzania is only producing 25 per cent. of its grain requirements, any further aid given should be strictly confined to aiding agricultural production.

We have not promised a specific sum to Tanzania; expenditure in 1980–81 will be determined mainly by the rate of fulfilment of commitments made in earlier years. However, many of our current projects in Tanzania seek directly or indirectly to stimulate agricultural production.

Un Convention On Discrimination Against Women

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have signed the United Nations convention on the elimination of discrimination against women; and if not, why not.

We have not yet signed this convention, but are examining the text in the hope that we may be able to do so. Among other considerations, we must take account of United Kingdom provisions on nationality, on which new legislation is to be introduced. We must also allow time to complete consultations with Dependent Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Cyprus: Un Discussions

asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress was made at the renewed discussions under United Nations auspices on 8th October between representatives of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus on the territorial aspects of their respective zones, and what is the British attitude to those discussions.

The intercommunal talks in Cyprus under United Nations auspices are held in private. After the meeting on 8th October, which was the fourth in the current series of talks, the representative in Cyprus of the Secretary-General of the United Nations confirmed that the atmosphere had again been good. The Government strongly support the intercommunal talks, and the United Nations role in them, as the best way to achieve a just and lasting settlement.

Zone Of Peace: Colombo Conference

asked Her Majesty's Government:What decisions have been reached by the United Nations

ad hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean regarding the convening in 1981 of a conference at Colombo on establishing the ocean as a zone of peace, and whether Her Majesty's Government are supporting this proposal.

The United Nations ad hoc Committee is still considering this matter. The United Kingdom, like other members of the committee, is not convinced that such a conference would serve any useful purpose in the present international situation. We believe that the committee should continue its efforts to resolve the substantial difference between its members on the concept of the zone of peace.House adjourned at a quarter past eight o'clock.