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Written Answers

Volume 432: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1982

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Written Answers

Medical And Dental Officers: Pay In Armed Forces

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make a statement about the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces.

Following the earlier acceptance in full of the recommendations of the Eleventh Report of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, the Government have now decided to increase the pay of Service medical and dental officers by amounts averaging 5ยท8 per cent. from 1st April 1982 in accordance with recommendations contained in a supplementary report by the review body, which is published today as Cmnd 8573. Copies are available in the Printed Paper Office.

Western Isles: Special Conservation Measures

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the Nature Conservancy Council has advised the Western Isles Islands Council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland which areas in the Western Isles qualify for special conservation measures in order to safeguard the habitats of species listed on Annex 1 of Directive 79/409/EEC and of migratory species.

Her Majesty's Government are considering, in consultation with the Nature Conservancy Council, which sites should be identified as those to which special conservation measures are applicable under the directive. When a decision has been reached the Western Isles Islands Council will be informed of any such sites within their area.

Battered Women: Local Authorities' Obligations

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are satisfied that local authorities are fulfilling their obligations to battered women, either in providing accommodation themselves or in helping voluntary organisations to maintain their hostels properly.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment
(Lord Bellwin)

The Government do not monitor the extent to which individual local authorities or voluntary organisations provide assistance to battered women. It is for the local authorities to make their own assessment of housing and other needs in their areas and take decisions on how to make the best use of the housing resources available to them through the Housing Investment Programme. This includes decisions as to what provision is necessary for refuges for battered women.Authorities' duties towards those who are homeless are laid down in the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, and include the securing of accommodation for those in priority need. The definition of a homeless person extends to a woman excluded from her home by the risk of domestic violence. The Code of Guidance, to which local authorities are required to have regard, asks authorities to treat all homeless battered women as being in priority need under the Act.House adjourned at ten minutes past ten o'clock.