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Written Answers

Volume 491: debated on Monday 11 January 1988

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Written Answers

Military Personnel And Retirement Employment

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether military personnel, on retirement, are required to obtain government permission before taking up military or other employment, permanent or temporary, with foreign governments or with foreign organisations.

Members of the armed forces who leave the services either on retirement or resignation must seek prior approval from the department before accepting offers of employment which would commence within two years of their leaving Crown service, from foreign governments or their agencies or from companies that have contractual or other financial connections with the Ministry of Defence. The same rules apply to civilian staff. Officers of the rank of Rear Admiral, Major General, Air Vice Marshal, Under-Secretary and equivalents, and above must seek prior approval for any appointment they would propose to accept within two years of retirement/resignation.

Work Share Provisions And Single European Act

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they consider that the "work share" provisions in inter-European defence procurement programmes will be compatible with the Single European Act.

We expect that arrangements for European collaborative programmes will continue to be compatible with the provisions of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, as amended by the Single European Act.

Malaysian Detentions

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make representations to the Malaysian Government about the arrest of Mr. Harrison Ngau, Director of Sarawak Friends of the Earth and two council members, Miss M. Raman and Mr. A. Das.

Sixty-five of the 106 persons detained in Malaysia in late October and early November have now been released, including Mr. Harrison Ngau and Miss Meenakshi Raman. A further eight people are still under police investigation. On 29th December, a police spokesman stated that 33 of the detainees would be held for two years under the Internal Security Act. We do not yet have a list of their names. We have made no formal representations to the Malaysian Government about the detentions, but we are naturally monitoring the situation closely in consultation with our European partners.


a) products, and ( b) chemicals, are currently approved by them for agricultural use; how many pesticides are provisionally approved; and how many pesticides have been given temporary approval for use on minor crops.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Baroness Trumpington)

Under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 there are currently approved for use in agriculture (a) some 1,900 products based on (b) about 400 active ingredients. Those products currently with full approval are, in the main, the 800 or so previously granted "approval" under the former agricultural chemicals approvals scheme. The remainder are provisionally approved pending the generation of further data, which, in the majority of cases, will be data on efficacy. I announced on 30th October interim arrangements which, from next year, will allow growers to use on certain minor crops products approved for other agricultural uses. It would only be possible at disproportionate cost to determine the number of products which will be available under these arrangements. I have asked for details of the interim arrangements to be placed in the Library of the House.

Government Purchasing

asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress they have made in improving the efficiency of the purchasing of goods and services by government departments.

I would refer the noble Lord to the answer by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister on Tuesday, 10th November 1987 (Official Report Written Answers 114–115), in another place, regarding the report by the Central Unit on Purchasing published on 11 th November 1987. The report recorded that in 1986–87 departments achieved value for money improvements in purchasing and supply totalling some £286 million. For 1987–88, departments have set a target for improvements of some £388 million. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library.

R & D Expenditure: Responsibility

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will reconsider their assertion (per Lord Beaverbrook, H.L. Deb. Col. 927) that the Report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on Research and Development "recognised that the main responsibility for spending more on R & D rests with industry itself".

The Government regrets that they misquoted the committee's words, in the remarks made by Lord Beaverbrook on 1st December. The Government consider that the main responsibility for spending more on applied industrial research and development, in the civil sector, rests with industry itself. It is acknowledged that the relevant part of the Select Committee's Report said that, in the civil sector "the main responsibility for funding development rests with industry".

Codes Of Practice And Legislation: Guidance

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether guidance is available to government departments on the use of codes of practice in statutory provisions.

I have today placed in the Library of both Houses a copy of a note of guidance on the content and legal effect of statutory codes of practice. This guidance will be made available within government both to the parliamentary draftsmen and to those framing legislative proposals.

Fishing Vessel Registration

asked Her Majesty's Government:When they expect to make the announcement envisaged in the White Paper

Merchant Shipping: Legislative Proposals (Cmnd. 239) on the arrangements for local office arrangements for the new fishing vessel register.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport
(Lord Brabazon of Tara)

The Merchant Shipping Bill now before Parliament makes provision for a new system of fishing vessel registration. My Department, together with the Fisheries Departments and HM Customs and Excise, has consulted fisherman's organisations about local office arrangements under the new system. If Parliament approves the proposals in the Bill, we envisage that those arrangements would be as follows.The existing system for registering fishing vessels, hitherto operated from 86 Customs and Excise offices and from six offices of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, will be placed by a central register when regulations, to be made under powers contained in Clause 12 of the Bill, are brought into force.This central register is necessary so that the new ownership requirements can be applied both consistently and effectively. It will be held by the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen in Cardiff. Vessels will, however, continue to be registered as belonging to one of the existing 112 ports of registry.Many fishing vessel registrations are already conducted by mail. All registry business conducted by mail will be handled from the central register in Cardiff. To encourage the conduct of business by mail, it is intended to discount, where appropriate, for postal applications the fees which will in future be charged for all registrations.Occasions may nevertheless continue to rise when it is helpful for the industry to be able to conduct business personally at local offices. Certain offices of the Fisheries Department will therefore have facsimile or telex links to the Registrar-General, and will hold stocks of the necessary forms. These offices will be able to provide certified transcripts of the register, to access the register and to place "markers" on it where a transaction is about to be conducted. Owners and mortgagors will be able to attend in person to carry out transfers of ownership or registration of mortgages.The fisheries offices which will provide a local office service are as follows:In England & Wales: offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at North Shields, Hull, Grimsby, Lowestoft, Hastings, Poole, Brixham, Plymouth, Newlyn, Milford Haven, Conwy and Fleetwood.In Scotland: offices of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS) at Campbeltown, Ayr, Oban, Mallaig, Ullapool, Stornoway, Lerwick, Buckie, Peterhead and Edinburgh.In Northern Ireland: by the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland at Belfast.It will also be possible to conduct business personally at the registry in Cardiff.Once a period to be specified in the regulations has elapsed, the existing registers of fishing vessels will close, and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise will no longer be involved in registration of fishing vessels. (Customs will continue to handle the registration of merchant ships). However, Customs' staff will continue for the present their existing role in measuring and certifying marking of unclassed fishing vessels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while DAFS will assume these duties on the East as well as the West Coast of Scotland. Stocks of the new declarations of ownership will be held at Customs registration offices (which, as part of a separate exercise, are being reduced over the next year or so from 86 to 15 regional offices, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Hull, Ipswich, London, Dover, Southampton, Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Lerwick, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leith and Belfast).

Ni Forestry Report

asked Her Majesty's Government:When they intend to publish a report on the possibilities of expanding forestry in Northern Ireland through additional private capital, dated February 1985, and the cost of this report.

This report was prepared for internal use within the Department of Agriculture and hence was not published. The cost of producing the report was £12,989·25.

Prisoners In Police Custody

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many male and female prisoners respectively have been kept in police custody on every night since 16th November 1987 because of the overcrowding in prisons.

The number of male and female prisoners held in police custody in England and Wales on each night from 16th November onwards was as follows:

16th November74739
17th November75357
18th November67760
19th November66756
20th November59753
21st November67849
22nd November67849
23rd November67849
24th November72444
25th November72946
26th November69046
27th November68535
28th November86349
29th November86349
30th November86349
1st December85159
2nd December80658
3rd December77256
4th December74152
5th December79534
6th December79534
7th December79534
8th December81135
9th December76036
10th December70135
11th December65639
12th December73550
13th December73550
14th December73550
15th December76045

Assisted Places In Schools

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will give a list of schools which offer assisted places, and what is the percentage of pupils with assisted places in relation to the total number of pupils in each school.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science
(Baroness Hooper)

The information requested for the school year 1986–87 is as follows:—

School% of assisted place holders in relation to total number of pupils in school
Abbey School5
Abingdon School11
Aldenham School5
Alice Ottley School10
Alleyn's School20
Arnold School6
Ashford School6
Bancroft's School10
Bath High School16
Batley Grammar School37
Bedales School1
Bedford High School9
Bedford Modern School12
Bedford School7
Dame Alice Harpur School13
Belvedere School27
Berkhamsted School4
Berkhamsted School for Girls5
Birkenhead High School24
Birkenhead School24
Bishop's Stortford College4
Blackheath High School17
Bolton School (Boys)22
Bolton School (Girls)21
Bradfield College1
Bradford Girls' Grammar School6
Bradford Grammar School16
Brentwood School9
Brighton and Hove High School22
Brighton College18
Bristol Cathedral School28
Bristol Grammar School19
Bromley High School15
Bruton School for Girls21
Bury Grammar School (Boys)24
Bury Grammar School (Girls)20
Canford School6
Carmel College22
Casterton School11
Caterham School15
Central Newcastle High School13
Cheadle Hulme School14
Chigwell School12
Churcher's College21
City of London School14
City of London School for Girls14
Clifton College6
Clifton High School7
Colfe's School22
Colston's School15
Colston's Girls' School20
Coventry Schools11
Cranleigh School5
Croydon High School10
Culford School7
Dame Allan's Boys' School30
Dame Allan's Girls' School27
School% of assisted place holders in relation to total number of pupils in school
Dauntsey's School9
Denstone College29
Dulwich College17
Edgehill College26
Eltham College13
Emanuel School37
Epsom College5
Exeter School20
Farnborough Hill School34
Felsted School7
Forest School11
Friends' School23
Godolphin and Latymer School24
Gresham's School1
Haberdashers' Aske's School, Elstree16
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree11
Hampton School21
Harrogate College4
Hereford Cathedral School35
Highgate School4
Hulme Grammar (Boys)22
Hulme Grammar (Girls)28
Hymers College17
Ipswich High School21
Ipswich School9
James Allen's Girls School18
John Lyon School19
Kent College10
King Edward's School at Bath15
King Edward's School, Birmingham37
King Edward VI High School, Birmingham30
King Edward VII School, Lytham32
King Edward VI School, Norwich14
King Edward VI School, Southampton22
King Edward's School, Witley13
King's College School9
King's High School for Girls, Warwick28
King's School, Chester15
King's School, Macclesfield17
King's School, Rochester9
King's School, Worcester15
Kingston Grammar School22
Kingswood School8
Kirkham Grammar School11
Lady Eleanor Holles School8
La Sagesse Convent School27
Latymer Upper School28
Leeds Girls' High School13
Leeds Grammar School15
Leys School7
Liverpool College22
Lord Wandsworth College19
Loreto Convent Grammar School8
Loughborough Grammar School13
Loughborough High School17
Magdelen College School22
Malvern College9
Manchester Grammar School16
Manchester High School15
Maynard School31
Merchant Taylors' School, Liverpool22
Merchant Taylors' School for Girls, Liverpool19
Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood11
Mill Hill School11
Monkton Combe School6
Mount St Mary's College21
Newcastle Under Lyme School31
Northampton High School26
North London Collegiate School8
Norwich High School24
Nottingham Girls' High School17
Nottingham High School8
Notting Hill and Ealing High School13
Old Palace School22
Oxford High School14
Perse School for Boys8
Perse School for Girls10
Plymouth College18
Pocklington School17
Portsmouth Grammar School17
Portsmouth High School22
Putney High School13
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn19
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield15
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Bristol30
Queen Mary School, Lytham31
Queen's College, Taunton14
Queens College, London15
Queen's School, Chester14
Ratcliffe College12
Redland High School11
Red Maid's School26
Reigate Grammar School11
Repton School7
Rossall School5
Royal Grammar School, Guildford16
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle26
Royal Grammar School, Worcester17
St Albans School18
St Albans High School for Girls9
St Ambrose College10
St Anselm's College20
St Bede's College21
St Bees School20
St Benedict's School11
St Catherine's School5
St Dunstan's College18
St Edmund's College11
St Edward's College39
St George's College4
St Helen's School4
St John's College19
St John's School3
St Joseph's College10
St Joseph's Convent24
St Mary's College28
St Mary's Convent15
St Mary's Hall12
St Maur's Convent8
St Paul's School10
St Paul's Girls School8
St Peter's School16
St Swithun's School1
Salesian College21
School of St Helen and St Katherine18
Sedbergh School5
Sheffield High School12
School% of assisted place holders in relation to total number of pupils in school
Shrewsbury High School13
Sir William Perkins's School18
South Hampstead High School9
Stamford School7
Stamford High School6
Stockport Grammar School18
Stonyhurst College7
Stowe School1
Streatham Hill and Clapham High School30
Sutton High School7
Sutton Valence School11
Sydenham High School15
Talbot Heath School22
Taunton School4
Tonbridge School1
Trent College19
Trinity School of John Whitgift17
Truro School10
Truro High School10
University College School8
Upton Hall Convent School24
Ursuline High School29
Wakefield High School15
Walthamstow Hall15
Warwick School13
Wellingborough School8
Wellington College5
Wellington School25
Wells Cathedral School9
West Buckland School8
Westminster School3
Whitgift School10
William Hulme Grammar School24
Wimbledon High School8
Winchester College4
Wisbech Grammar School40
Withington Girls' School15
Wolverhampton Grammar School40
Woodbridge School15
Woodhouse Grove School14
Wycliffe College8