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Written Answers

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 12 June 1986

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Written Answers

Wimbledon Town Hall Site: Redevelopment

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will now call in all the schemes submitted to the London Borough of Merton for the proposed redevelopment of the Town Hall/Queens Road site in Wimbledon; and whether they will take into consideration that support for such a course of action, including a decision of the Secretary of State, has been expressed by 3,700 petitioners, in 450 individual letters, and in representations from the Wimbledon Society, the John Innes Society, the Civic Trust, the Victorian Society and the local Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

Two planning applications submitted to the London Borough of Merton by Speyhawk plc for the redevelopment of the site presently occupied by Wimbledon Town Hall and adjacent buildings were referred as departures from the initial development plan to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. My right honourable friend announced yesterday his decision to call in the applications for his own determination.

Wine Sales: Code Of Practice

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the replies they received to their letters, to the trade association and others concerned, encourage them to believe that compliance with the voluntary code of practice for sale of still table wines by the glass will now be sufficiently widespread to make legislation unnecessary.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry
(Lord Lucas of Chilworth)

Representatives of the trade sponsors of the voluntary code of practice have recently been invited to make positive suggestions for improvements to the code in order to make its acceptance more widespread. These discussions are still in progress. Until the potential for a voluntary solution has been exhausted it would be premature to consider introducing legislation.

Private Nursing Homes: Safety Regulations

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will resist proposals to discontinue regulations relating to the safety of private nursing homes.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security
(Baroness Trumpington)

There have been no such proposals and the Government have no plans to remove controls on private nursing homes.

Jobcentres And Employers: Contacts

asked Her Majesty's Government:What co-operative contact exists between jobcentres and employers and other agencies advertising vacancies in local newspapers.

Jobcentres have always sought close contacts with employers. Jobcentres not only handle vacancies notified by employers but can also help and advise employers on their recruitment campaigns. Also, the employment division or the Manpower Services Commission, which operates the jobcentre network, co-operates closely with the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services, which is the trade association for private employment services; most recently in a scheme for the reciprocal display of information about the location of, and services provided by, both jobcentres and private employment agencies.