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Written Answers

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 14 February 1984

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Written Answers

Corvine Species In Scotland: Statistics

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether, basing figures on the common bird census carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology, they can give the estimated number of Hooded Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws in Scotland with comparable figures for 1962 and 1972.

I regret that statistics relating to these species are not available.

Hill Livestock: Allowances

asked Her Majesty's Government:What action is being taken to ensure that hill cow and hill ewe subsidies are paid at an early date, taking account of the inability of the EEC to reach a decision at present on this matter, and the exceptionally bad weather conditions which have necessitated extra feeding during a period of the year when little or no farm income is available.

As my right honourable friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food announced on 9th February, payments of the 1984 hill livestock compensatory allowances will begin immediately.

Pensioners' Rented Housing: Exceptions To Right To Buy

asked Her Majesty's Government:What are the criteria (including any available published documents and guidance) they use in making determinations under paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1980.

Paragraph 5 (a) of Schedule 1 requires that, before granting a determination, the Secretary of State must satisfy himself that the dwelling in question is designed or specially adapted for occupation by persons of pensionable age. In doing so he has regard to the advice and guidance on the design of elderly persons' accommodation available to landlords at the time of construction or adaption. Paragraph 5 (b) requires the Secretary of State to be satisfied that it is the practice of the landlord to let the dwelling only for occupation by persons of pensionable age. In this context he has regard to past and present lettings, and to the lettings policy of the landlord.

Export Of Works Of Art

asked Her Majesty's Government:Why, arising from the answer of the noble Lord, the Minister of the Arts, to a Question for Written Answer (

Hansard 26th January 1984, cols. 441–444), where "the ultimate destination of a work of art for which an export licence has been refused" is a "publicly funded institution in the United Kingdom" or a "public collection", such destination and the price paid "are … regarded as commercial in confidence, divulged only with the applicants' permission"; and, if the question was misunderstood, whether it can now be answered.

The Minister of State, Privy Council Office, and Minister for the Arts
(The Earl of Gowrie)

Information was given in response to the noble and learned Lord's previous Question in terms of the country of ultimate destination for items for which export licences were withheld. This and other information about such applications is regarded as commercial in confidence and only disclosed with the applicant's permission. Where such items were subsequently purchased by public collections in the United Kingdom, the price specified by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art was as follows:

Public collections which acquired items under export stopPrice stipulated by the Reviewing Committee in each
1981Metropolitan Borough of Wigan36,650
British Museum (2 items)34,993.27
1982Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge750,000
National Heritage Memorial Fund38,500
Victoria & Albert Museum (2 items)$60,000
(Sterling equivalent £968)
Staffordshire County Museum1,672.50
1983National Gallery50,000
Hampshire County Museums11,000
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery11,500
National Railway Museum28,000
British Museum (3 items)47,000
Victoria & Albert Museum (3 items)9,804
HM Armouries (2 items)23,304
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts13,380
Aberdeen Art Gallery24,725
*The owner did not give permission for the specified price to be made known.
The sum ultimately paid by the institution may sometimes vary for reasons of tax and adjustments during the sale negotiations. The final prices paid by public collections are not held centrally.

Arts Council Resources For European Music Year

asked Her Majesty's Government:What extra resources they will provide for the Arts Council in 1985, bearing in mind that it is the tercentenary of the births of Handel, Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, and the quatercentenary of the birth of Schutz.

I am confident that an ambitious and imaginative programme of events for European Music Year can be presented within the resources made available for musical activities through the Arts Council, regional arts associations and local authorities, supplemented by box office income and private and corporate sponsorship.

A320 Airbus Project: Financing

asked Her Majesty's Government:To what extent the principles of co-operation established in 1978 with the Governments of France and Germany, relating to the Groupement de l'Interet Economique of Airbus Industrie, and which guarantee the financing of BAe's share of agreed development costs, are held to cover the proposed A.320 project.

The 1978 agreement does not apply to new individual ventures such as the proposed A.320. So far as that project is concerned, the arrangements between the governments interested would be a matter for decision when each government has reached a view on the extent to which it wishes to support the project.