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Written Answers

Volume 492: debated on Thursday 21 January 1988

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Written Answers

Nationality Fees: 1986–87 Accounts

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make available the income and expenditure account for the administration of citizenship applications for 1986–87.

A copy of the Nationality Fees Income and Expenditure Account for the 12 months ended 31st March 1987 has today been placed in the Library of the House.

Conventional Forces: Stability Talks

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is their view that "conventional stability" in the land areas of the states participating in the NATO/Warsaw Pack discussions cannot be put at risk by sea-launched or air-launched weapons; and if this is not their view, whether they will ensure that such weapons are fully taken into account in the mandate for the next stage of intra-Europe arms reductions.

We do not underestimate the capabilities of such weapons. However, the NATO Alliance has made clear in its Brussels Declaration that the aim of the Conventional Stability Talks should be to establish a stable and secure balance of forces at lower levels in Europe, focusing in particular on disparities and on capabilities for surprise attack and large-scale offensive action. The priority therefore is to eliminate the massive and destabilising Warsaw Pact superiority in ground forces in Central Europe.

Far East: Trade And Investment Statistics

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will state, for each of the years 1979–1986 inclusive, and for the period January-September 1987 inclusive, in respect of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore separately in pounds sterling—

  • (a) UK visible exports to;
  • (b) UK visible imports from;
  • (c) UK investment in the country concerned;
  • (d) Investments in the UK from the country concerned.
  • The available information is given in the attached tables.

    Table 1
    United Kingdom Exports 1979—Jan-Sep 1987
    Value £ million
    YearSouth KoreaTaiwanHong KongSingapore
    1979145·2103·1439·5270·9
    1980101·492·4559·2327·6
    1981155·8120·0618·5355·0
    1982167·7125·2730·7406·0
    1983169·0128·4727·3469·4
    1984219·6150·6897·4556·5
    1985247·8164·8949·2612·9
    1986288·4192·5961·0547·4
    Jan-Sep
    1987313·7215·7757·1436·7
    Table 2
    United Kingdom Imports 1979—Jan—Sep 1987
    Value £ million
    YearSouth KoreaTaiwanHong Kongsingapore
    1979269·6213·5689·3185·3
    1980243·5230·5849·8535·5
    1981325·5321·1896·6207·0
    1982321·6335·3870·8245·5
    1983440·3458·11,177·3403·1
    1984444·1585·21,266·2488·4
    1985480·4582·61,175·6441·3
    1986662·0705·81,530·8462·9
    Jan-Sep
    1987669·2707·91,098·7348·2

    Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.

    Notes: Figures for 1986 and 1987 are provisional.

    Exports fob; imports cif.

    Table 3

    United Kingdom Net Direct Investment Overseas 1979–1985

    Value £ million

    Year

    South Korea

    Taiwan

    Hong Kong

    Singapore

    19795442
    19802151
    19811128380
    1982-1-18050
    1983138021
    19844142200
    1985515906

    Table 4

    Overseas Net Direct Investment in the United Kingdom 1979–1985

    Value £ million

    Year

    South Korea

    Taiwan

    Hong Kong

    Singapore

    19794..
    1980-7..
    1981..-2..
    1982....9..
    1983..26..
    1984-17..
    1985..362

    Source: Overseas transactions Inquiry

    Notes: Figures for 1979–1983 exclude oil companies.

    Information for 1986 and 1987 is not yet available.

    —Nil or less than half the final digit shown.

    ..Not available.

    The information in tables 3 and 4 relates to overseas direct investment only; there is no country detail collected on UK portfolio investment.

    Nuclear Incidents: National Response Plan

    asked Her Majesty's Government:When the proposals for implementing the Government's National Response Plan for dealing with overseas nuclear incidents are to be finalised and published.

    My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has today announced that following the Prime Minister's statement of 30th June last year proposals for implementing the National Response Plan have now been finalised. In the extremely unlikely event of another accident like Chernobyl, the national radiation monitoring network (RIMNET) which will be set up as part of the plan will be able to detect and monitor its consequences.RIMNET will provide for radiation monitoring data from across the country to be assembled and analysed rapidly. It will be linked into modern communications systems that enable information bulletins to be supplied to the media and the public in a routine and regular way. This will ensure that people are kept fully informed of the development of the incident and the consequences of any nuclear incident overseas.The first phase of the system will be installed in the first half of this year, 1988. This will provide a fully operational radiation detection network and associated procedures for disseminating information about any incident. The system will be tested in an emergency simulation exercise in the autumn. The network will be progressively upgraded with the aim of having a fully automated system by 1989.It will also be possible to use RIMNET, along with other contingency plans, to help deal with the consequences of any nuclear accident in this country.The Government's proposals have been published today in a booklet,

    The National Response Plan and Radiation Incident Monitoring Network (RIMNET). A Statement of Proposals, published by HMSO. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.