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Written Answers

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 17 June 1986

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Written Answers

The Royal Prefix

asked Her Majesty's Government:On what grounds it has been decided to continue the use of the word "Royal" in connection with the former Royal Ordnance Factories, given that they are no longer to be associated with the Crown.

It is not the practice to give the detailed grounds on which Her Majesty in individual cases and on the advice of Her Ministers gives Her approval to the use of the royal prefix.

Wildlife And Countryside Act: Gould Report

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will now publish the report by Laurence Gould Consultants Ltd on the operation of the financial guidelines for management agreements under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Yes, it has always been our intention to publish this report. We had planned to do so at the same time as we were able to announce our preliminary conclusions on it. This entails a great deal of detailed work and technical consideration. We had made clear before some recent misconceived press comment that we expect to publish the report, and our observations, so we could consult appropriately. In the light, however, of the press comment we have decided it would be right to publish the Gould Report forthwith. The Government intend to consult shortly both on the report and on their own preliminary conclusions.

Salt Ii Treaty: Soviet Compliance

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the Government will spell out the Soviet breaches of the SALT II Treaty of which they are themselves directly cognisant—that is to say not those where their knowledge depends on evidence produced by the United States.

Alleged breaches of the SALT II agreement are investigated by the Standing Consultative Commission. The United Kingdom is not a party to the SALT II agreement and consequently does not have access to the commission's records. We have repeatedly urged the Soviet Union to respond to the legitimate concern expressed by the United States about Soviet compliance. We hope they will now do so.

Employment Status: Checks For Tax Purposes

asked Her Majesty's Government:What check is kept by the Inland Revenue and the DHSS upon contrived conditions of service being devised and used to convert employment into self-employment for tax and national insurance purposes.

In applying the law on employment status the two departments look at all the relevant facts including the actual terms and working arrangements of an engagement.

Ec Payments To Uk

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the sum of money paid to the United Kingdom Government for each year since 1979 by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

I refer to the Question answered by my right honourable friend the Minister of State, Treasury in another place on 11th April. (Vol. 95, Cols. 205–206).