Written Answers To Questions
Wednesday 6 May 1987
asked the Attorney-General if the Director of Public Prosecutions is considering a prosecution over the death of Michael Delaney killed by a lorry outside News International plant in Wapping.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has considered this case and has decided that there is not sufficient evidence to justify a prosecution.
Solicitor-General For Scotland
Mr Graeme Adam
asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland what progress has been reported to him following the referral to the procurator fiscal in Kilmarnock of information regarding the solicitor, Mr. Graeme Adam.
I refer to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley on 8 April 1987, at columns 298–9. These matters are being investigated actively and the procurator fiscal will report the results as soon as possible. I do not expect to receive interim progress reports.
Public Carriage Office
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has about the current delays experienced by drivers and owners of London taxis in having them licensed by the Public Carriage Office; and what assessment he has made of the costs involved in such delays.
I visited the Public Carriage Office on Tuesday 5 May and I understand that some of the recent delays are attributable to the increased proportion of vehicles presented in an unsatisfactory condition and requiring re-examination. Ways of reducing the delays are being explored. No assessment has been made of the costs involved.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of service at the Public Carriage Office of the introduction of a payment system; and what representations he has received from the cab trade on this matter.
A cost recovery system was introduced in 1981 without effect on the level of service. I have received no recent representation on this matter.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are currently available to inspect taxis at the Public Carriage Office; how this figure compares with each of the last five years; what assessment he has made of the implications of current staff levels for delays being experienced by cab owners and drivers; and if he will make a statement.
There are 27 vehicle examiners at the Public Carriage Office. This is one more than the number available over the last five years. Steps are being taken to recruit further staff.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the ratio of cabs being presented for passing, against the number of carriage offices in each of the last five years.
The number of carriage officers remained constant at 26 during the last five years. The number of cabs presented was:
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in the light of the constraints on space at the Public Carriage Office, he will extend the hours during which it is open; and if he will make a statement.
This is an operational matter for the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police I understand that from 5 May 1987 the Public Carriage Office is open to receive vehicles from 7 am, one hour earlier than previously.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are being taken to recruit more staff to the Public Carriage Office; what problems have been experienced in recruiting; if a training scheme exists; and if he will make a statement.
Steps are being taken by the Public Carriage Office to recruit vehicle examining staff, but problems are being experienced in recruiting suitably qualified people. Specialist training is provided.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will consider initiating further detailed studies of wider access to Heathrow, now that the M25 is complete;(2) when the study of improvements in surface access between central London and Heathrow, initiated in March 1986, will be completed and published.
The study of ways of improving surface access between Heathrow and central London is almost complete, and we hope to publish it shortly. Discussions on possible further studies of access to Heathrow from other directions are now taking place with local authorities.
Chapter 2 Aircraft
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he is giving to phasing out the noisier types of chapter 2 aircraft.
The Government are considering how all, not just the noisier types of chapter 2 aeroplanes might be phased out. It must be recognised, however, that this will be a long process that is dependent ultimately on international agreement.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to reintroduce noise insulation grants for defined areas around certain airports on a generous basis, and extended to schools and hospitals.
We are assessing BAA's most recent noise insulation grants schemes at Heathrow and Gatwick. We have no plans to require BAA to introduce new schemes at these airports. It is proposed that a noise insulation grants scheme should be introduced at Stansted in due course, on the lines of the recent Heathrow and Gatwick schemes.We are also considering whether criteria can be developed for making noise insulation grants for those parts of schools and hospitals where the work is particularly sensitive to aircraft noise.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if, in view of the fact that aircraft noise limits were set some 25 years ago, he will initiate an update of such limits;(2) if he will introduce penalties for airlines persistently deviating from noise preferential routes without sound reason;(3) what steps he is taking to require airport operators to monitor the track-keeping of aircraft both to and from the airport in accordance with section 68 of the Airports Act 1986.
BAA plc is considering, together with the Civil Aviation Authority and officials of my Department, the introduction of an integrated noise and track-keeping monitoring system for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. When we know the capability of the equipment we shall consider the criteria against which it should be operated, including track-keeping tolerances and revised noise limits.In general, pilots carefully follow the flight instructions which implement noise preferential routes. Moreover, a sanction for failure to comply with the noise preferential route requirements at a designated aerodrome is provided for in section 78(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, which empowers the Secretary of State to direct an aerodrome manager to secure that the aerodrome's facilities are withheld to the extent specified from the offending aircraft operator. We shall consider whether this, or some alternative sanction, would be appropriate when the new route monitoring system is in operation.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many public complaints have been received about night flying at Heathrow and Gatwick for each year since and including 1984.
The numbers were as follows:
The increase in complaints may reflect the publicity given to night noise by the Department when it initiated a review of night restrictions policy at the airports. The review is still in progress.
Docklands Light Railway
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government finance is to be provided for (i) the docklands light railway extension to the Bank and (ii) other improvements and upgrading of the docklands light railway.
The proportion of the costs of the extension of the docklands light railway to Bank and the associated upgrading of the capacity of the initial railway to be met by London Regional Transport is dependent on the outcome of its negotiations with the consortium proposing to develop the Canary wharf site. The other major proposed improvement to the docklands light railway, the extension to Beckton, would be funded by the LDDC out of the higher land values accruing to it which the extension will itself generate.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Canary wharf consortium is to put up for (i) the docklands light railway extension to the Bank, and (ii) other improvements and upgrading of the railway.
The amount which the Canary wharf consortium will contribute to the extension of the docklands light railway to Bank and to the associated upgrading of the capacity of the initial railway is dependent on the outcome of the negotiations currently taking place between the consortium and London Regional Transport. The consortium is not involved in the financing of the other major project on the docklands light railway, the extension to Beckton.
Severn Ports (Shipping)
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to the maximum size of ships in deadweight tonnage so far handled by each of the ports of the Severn estuary.
According to "Lloyd's Ports of the World 1987" the deadweight tonnage of the largest ship handled in each of the main ports is:
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have specifically benefited transport and roads serving the borough of Bournemouth.
On trunk roads, for which this Department is directly responsible Bournemouth has benefited from improvements to the A31-A35-M27 south coast trunk route, the A36 route to Bristol and the North, and the extension of the M3 from London.Schemes opened to traffic include bypasses on the A31 in Dorset of Wimborne, Bere Regis and Ferndown and the completion of the M3 as far as Winchester. On the A36, construction of the Warminster bypass is under way to link with the recently completed Heytesbury bypass. On the A35, work is due to start on the Dorchester bypass later this year.Preparation is under way on a number of further projects to improve these trunk routes, including schemes to join the M3 directly with the M27 on the south coast route just north of Southampton. In addition, on the A36 preparatory work is in hand on bypasses of Salisbury, Steeple Langford, Codford and Beckington, and in last month's roads White Paper schemes were added for the improvement of the A36 between Heytesbury and Codford as well as for a bypass of West Wellow.Responsibility for other routes serving the borough lies with the county councils. Since 1979 Dorset county council has received from the Department a total transport supplementary grant of £42 million, a substantial part of which has contributed towards the improvement of Bournemouth's local roads.
Road Schemes, Derbyshire
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will itemise details of how much has been spent upon road schemes by Derbyshire county council in each of the past three years; and if any schemes have been deferred.
In the past three years, it is estimated that Derbyshire county council has spent the following amounts on road schemes costing over £1 million:
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will itemise how much grant money has been received by Derbyshire county council for road schemes in each of the past three years where the money has not been spent.
1985–86 was the first year for which transport supplementary grant was restricted to capital expenditure on roads and the regulation of traffic. Taking the years 1985–86 and 1986–87 together, £6·35 million of Derbyshire county council's proposed expenditure on road schemes costing over £1 million was accepted for grant at a rate of 50 per cent. It is estimated that about £2·8 million of that expenditure was incurred in the two years. The council therefore received grant of about £1·775 million on some £3·55 million of expenditure for road schemes which was not incurred.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will itemise details of (a) the schemes proposed and (b) the schemes accepted for transport supplementary grant by Derbyshire county council in each of the last three years.
Major schemes (those costing £l million or more) proposed for transport supplementary grant by Derbyshire county council in its 1985–86, 1986–87 and 1987–88 transport policies and programmes are listed in the table. Minor works (those under £1 million) are not named individually in TSG settlements.
|Proposed start date||Accepted Expenditure (£ million)|
|A514 Swarkestone Causeway||April 1985||1·50|
|A619 Tapton Bypass||September 1985||1·20|
|A5002 Spring Gardens relief road||September 1985||0·82|
|A6007 Ilkeston inner relief road||March 1986||not accepted|
|Total accepted expenditure||3·52|
|Commitments from previous years||0·06|
|Total accepted expenditure on which grant paid||3·58|
|A514 Swarkestone Causeway||February 1987||0·11|
|A5002 Spring Gardens relief road||November 1986||0·71|
|A6007 Ilkeston inner relief road||July 1986||1·40|
|Total accepted expenditure||2·22|
|Commitments from previous years||1·95|
|Total accepted expenditure on which grant paid||2·77|
|No major schemes proposed|
|Commitments from previous years||1·65|
|Total accepted expenditure on which grant paid||0·35|
|1 for TSG not used for the purpose for which it was provided.|
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those highway authorities who have incurred liability to clawback of transport grants in each if the past three years.
Adjustments to local highway authorities' accepted expenditure are made to ensure that over a period, expenditure on major schemes taken together, in authorities' accepted programmes is broadly in line with expenditure on major schemes accepted for grant. The present system of adjustments was introduced for shire counties in the 1986–87 settlement, and for metropolitan districts and London boroughs in 1987–88. The authorities which have been subject to adjustment of TSG accepted expenditure are:
- Hereford and Worcester
- Hereford and Worcester
- Met Districts
Western Environmental Route
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he proposes to take with regard to the proposed western environmental route to ensure that traffic does not increase in adjacent areas.
I have made it clear that it is not our aim to increase traffic in west London, either north or south of the river. The intention is to transfer the traffic which has to to be in the area, including most of the heavy lorries, to a purpose-built road. We want to discuss with the boroughs measures to control the traffic remaining on the existing network and to remove it from unsuitable residential roads. Having provided means by which the local environment can be improved, we wish to see measures that maintain the improvement.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he proposes to consult the public about the proposals for the western environmental improvement route.
Yes. We shall be publishing the consultants' report on the feasibility of the route as soon as possible, probably in June. The report will include plans showing how the road might fit into the corridor. We then plan to start public consultation on the various options for standards and access early next year. There will be ample opportunity for all views to be considered before we reach any firm decisions.
Arundel Bypass (Crossbush Section)
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now respond to representations from the hon. Member for Arundel, the Lyminster parish council and residents of Crossbush and announce details for an advanced start of the Crossbush section of the Arundel bypass A27 trunk road.
I am still considering the representations that the Crossbush section of the Arundel bypass should be provided in advance of the full scheme. I will make an announcement as soon as I can. We expect to consult the public on possible routes for the remainder of the scheme shortly.
Toad Tunnels And Badger Crossings
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government in respect of the construction of toad tunnels and badger crossings in new road schemes.
The Department of Transport makes every effort to minimise any disruptive effect to wildlife arising from national road schemes. In a number of cases, tunnels or underpasses have been provided to protect animals using their accustomed routes. Each case is considered on its merits following consultation with the Nature Conservancy Council and other interested bodies.A copy of "Transport and the Environment", published by the Department on 5 May, has been placed in the Library.
asked the Secretary of State for Transport who will be responsible for security at Heathrow airport in the event of privatisation of the British Airports Authority.
So far as responsibilities for security are concerned, it makes no difference whether an airport is publicly or privately owned.
Open Level Crossings (Report)
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he now expects to receive Professor Stott's report of his review of the safety of automatic open level crossings.
I understand that Professor Stott needs more time than originally estimated to carry out the thorough job which he and I believe to be needed, and that he now expects to submit his report in June.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those lakes and rivers in Northern Ireland that are suffering from acidification.
Northern Ireland has been included in the European monitoring and evaluation programme on acid deposition since 1984. It is too soon to establish long term trends although monitoring so far and routine river quality monitoring does not indicate acidification problems.
Invalid Care Allowance
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the 6,000 claims from married women for invalid care allowance have been dealt with to date; and at what rate he expects to dispose of this balance.
At 24 April 1987, 5,871 claims for invalid care allowance had been received from married women, of which 2,234 were decided by that date. In view of the very high take-up of this backdated benefit in Northern Ireland, arrangements are being made to improve substantially the present clearance rate and I would expect the present backlog to be cleared by the autumn.
Agriculture (Green Pound)
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the implications for agriculture in Northern Ireland of the current rate of the green pound; and if he will make a statement.
Representations have been received from Northern Ireland Members of Parliament and from representatives of the agriculture industry that a significant devaluation of the green pound is required to improve market support and reduce monetary compensatory amounts on trade between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It has been made clear to the European Commission that the United Kingdom will want to improve on the reduction of four percentage points proposed by the Commission.
asked the Paymaster General what information he has as to the numbers and proportions of
|Persons not working, who would like a job|
|Spring 1986 (Thousands)|
|Region/Sex||All who would like a job, of which:||Available to start within two weeks||Not available, hut had looked in last four weeks|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||515||432||14|
workers in Britain who are paid less than the Council of Europe decency threshold; and what was the number arid proportion in 1979.
The new earnings survey indicates thaw: in April 1986 just over 4⅓ million, or about 28 per cent. of full-time adult employees in Great Britain had gross weekly earnings for a full week of less than £125·6, the latter figure corresponding to 68 per cent. of the Great Britain average for all full-time adult employees. Comparable figures for 1979 are not available. Although an advisory committee of the Council of Europe has suggested the figure of 68 per cent. of national full-time adult average earnings as significant in considering low pay, the figure has not been accepted or recognised by the United Kingdom or any other member state of the Council of Europe.
asked the Paymaster General if he has any plans to introduce more accurate assessments of the numbers in employment and the registered unemployed.
I currently have no plans for changing the methods of estimating the numbers employed and unemployed.
asked the Paymaster General if, on the basis of the labour force survey, he will list how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) men and women (i) said they would like a job and were available to start work in the next two weeks, (ii) said they would like a job but were not available to start work in the next two weeks but had sought work in the last four weeks and (iii) said they would like a job; and if he will provide estimates for Scotland, Wales and each region.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 332]: I am able to give the figures requested but I trust that the hon. Member is not going to take any of this 'very partial selection of figures as any estimate of the number of unemployed people.Estimates from the preliminary labour force survey results for the spring of 1986 of the number of people who said they would like a job for whatever reason are as shown in column 1 of the table. Columns 2 and 3 of the table extract the figures requested for those people who said they would like work and were available to start work within two weeks or, if not available, had looked for work in the last four weeks.Of those people who said they were available for work, 1,357,000 had made no attempt to find a job in the last four weeks. This should be taken into account under any analysis, as is the case under internationally accepted definitions. On the basis of the accepted ILO definition and on the basis of the labour force survey, fewer than 3 million people were unemployed both in 1985 and 1986.
All who would like a job, of which:
Available to start within two weeks
Not available, but had looked in last four weeks
|Yorkshire and Humberside||263||233|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||252||199|
* Less than ten thousand
asked the Paymaster General if he will publish the April unemployment rates for the United Kingdom and for each region including Scotland and Wales using the new employment estimates contained in the 1984 Census of Employment.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 331]: We plan to publish unemployment rates incorporating new employment estimates which take account of the 1984 census of employment results on Thursday 14 May 1987. At that time, revised regional and national rates will be available in the Library.
asked the Paymaster General what is the success rate of small firms in the creation of jobs after one, three and five years, respectively.
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. However, it is estimated that between 1982 and 1984 very small firms employing less than 20 people created around 1 million extra jobs in the United Kingdom, offsetting net job losses of ¾ million in larger firms.
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement about safety hazards in the chemical industry in the light of recent explosions at Grangemouth.
The incidents at Grangemouth are still being investigated by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive. Reports will be sent to the procurator fiscal. When the investigation has been completed, I shall write to the hon. Member.
asked the Paymaster General if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically employment, small businesses and tourism in the borough of Bournemouth.
The measures which have been available since 1979 to assist people in the Bournemouth area with employment are restart, community programme, YTS, adult training strategy, enterprise allowance scheme, job training scheme, job share, job splitting scheme, job clubs, job start, job release, voluntary projects programme, training opportunities scheme, wider opportunities training programme, open tech programme, new workers scheme, small firms employment subsidy, youth opportunities programme, young workers scheme, community industry, community enterprise programme, special temporary employment programme, travel to interview scheme and temporary short-time working compensation scheme. Many additional forms of encouragement have also been available in Bournemouth to the small business community since 1979; I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 9 February at columns 56–60 to my hon. Friend the Member for Winchester (Mr. Browne) which lists these in detail.Since 1983, the only period for which statistics are readily available, the English tourist board, for which my Department has sponsorship responsibility, has offered assistance totalling £785,000 under section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969 to 56 tourism projects in Bournemouth. Bournemouth has also benefited indirectly from marketing campaigns organised by the English tourist hoard, the Southern tourist board and the British Tourist Authority.
asked the Paymaster General if he will instruct his enterprise and deregulation unit to conduct an urgent inquiry into the treatment by Government agencies of the express parcels services offered by the Post Office and by private courier concerns in competition; and if he will make a statement.
I shall reply to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.
New Workers Scheme
asked the Paymaster General whether he is proposing to make any changes to the new workers scheme; and if he will make a statement.
The new workers scheme will continue, with some changes. to encourage employers to create more full-time jobs for young people under 21 at realistic rates of pay. From 1 June this year the eligibility criterial for support for jobs starting on or after that date will change as follows:The scheme will be open only to 18, 19 and 20 year olds in their first year of employment.Eligibility for new workers for young people aged 18 will no longer be dependent upon their having exhausted their eligibility for YTS.The average gross weekly wage ceiling for 18 and 19 year olds will be increased from £55 to £60.In all other respects, the scheme remains unchanged.Booklets explaining the new workers scheme conditions in full, together with a revised application form, will be available from the employment measures units of the Department of Employment, jobcentres and careers offices shortly.
asked the Paymaster General (1) how much will be spent on training and retraining in the northern region (a) in the current year and (b) in 1983;(2) how many places are being provided in each of his Departments training schemes in the current year in the northern region, and how many were so provided in 1983.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 331.]: The amounts spent by employers, who have the primary responsibility for ensuring adequate provision for training, is not known. The information available about the training provided in the northern region through the Manpower Services Commission is as follows:
|£ million||£ million|
|Training Opportunities Scheme||15·2||5,416||—||—|
|Job Training Programme||—||—|
|Wider Opportunities Training Programme||—||—||1·056||4,643|
1 . Regional spending figures were not produced for YTS for 1983–84.
2 . During the first year of YTS more places were established than were eventually required by local young people. The planned figure for 1987–88 is therefore a closer reflection of local demand.
3 . Since 1983–84 adult training provision has been substantially remodelled, and the new schemes include a number of developmental elements run directly from MSC Head Office. It is not possible to disaggregate expenditure on these by region and it is therefore not included in the table.
4 . Figures for adult training schemes are in terms of planned starts. Training place figures are not kept, because of widely varying course lengths.
asked the Paymaster General if he will publish a table showing the number of people in each Department of Health and Social Security office area in Scotland who have been refused entitlement to benefit (a) for failing the eligibility for work criteria and (b) following a restart interview in the most recent period of 12 months for which figures are available.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 339]: No one can lose their benefit entitlement solely as a result of a restart interview. As regards eligibility for work, it has always been a requirement, under longstanding legal rules adopted by successive Governments, that claimants to unemployment benefit must be available for work. Decisions about entitlements in individual cases are and always have been the responsibility of independent statutory adjudicating authorities.The number of claims disallowed on availability grounds by centralised adjudication offices for the 12 month period up to 31 December 1986 is as follows:
|Location||Number of disallowance decisions|
|Glasgow (South Side)||737|
Trade And Industry
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Government of the Federal German Republic concerning the imbalance of trade between the United Kingdom and West Germany; and if he will publish in the Official Report a table comparing the United Kingdom deficit in trade in manufactures with West Germany and with Japan as a total and per head of the population of the relevant exporting country.
Trade matters are frequently discussed with our partners in the Community, including the Federal German Republic, which is the second biggest market for our exports.The statistical information requested is in the table:
|United Kingdom Trade in Manufactures1 1986|
|Trade balance||Per head2|
|Federal Republic of Germany||-6,714||110|
1 Standard International Trade Classification Sections 5 to 8
2 ie. per head of population of Germany and Japan respectively.
UK Overseas Trade Statistics
OECD Main Economic Indicators
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that funding of the European airbus on other than commercial terms will not prejudice United Kingdom exports to the United States of America; and whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing what proportion of the increase since 1979 in United Kingdom exports of finished manufactures is accounted for by the increase in exports of such manufactures to the United States of America and how much to the European Economic Community.
The airbus partner Governments have reaffirmed that any support for Airbus Industry and its partner companies will be in accordance with their GATT obligations. Before agreeing to provide British Aerospace with launch aid in respect of the airbus A330/A340, the Government will wish to be satisfied that the projects have sound prospects of economic and commercial viability and that they could expect to receive a real rate of return on their investment. The increase between 1979 and 1986 in exports of finished manufactures to the United States of America was equivalent to 26 per cent. and to the EC countries 43 per cent. of the overall increase.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically trade and industry in the area of the borough of Bournemouth.
My Department has, through the encouragement of enterprise and restoration of incentives, sought to benefit industry and commerce throughout the country. The promotion of competition, in part through privatisation, the reductions in the burdens on business and the improved links between industry and education have all contributed towards improving the climate in which industry operates. More specifically, we have in the financial years 1979–80 to 1986–87 offered assistance of £2·728 million under the support for innovation scheme and £0·996 million under the provisions of section 8 of the Industrial Development Act to companies in the Bournemouth travel-to-work area.
Advertising (Space Satellites)
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from observatories and from astronomers about the impact on their work of the launching into space of satellites for the purpose of advertising; if he proposes to take any action; and if he will make a statement.
I will reply to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has as to how many shares are held by (a) individuals and (b) institutions in British Telecom plc and British Gas plc.
Information on shareholdings in British Telecom is given on page 49 of the company's 1986 annual report, available in the Library of the House. Information on British Gas is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress he has made in his discussions regarding the treatment of public and private sector international couriers; and if he will make a statement.
Discussions are continuing both with my ministerial colleagues and with representatives of the Post Office and the private sector courier companies to identify possible ways of making progress towards parity of treatment.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Komatsu components imported into the United Kingdom for the local assembly of hydraulic excavators are subjected to the 26·6 per cent. anti-dumping duty; and what information he has on (a) the quantity and (b) the value of such imported components in each of the past three years or comparable period.
Components imported for local assembly of hydraulic excavators are not subject to anti-dumping duty unless imported as excavators in completely knocked down, disassembled or unassembled form.Statistics for the quantity and value of components imported by Komatsu over the past three years are not available.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he takes to monitor compliance with end-user certificates; how many contraventions have been notified to him over the latest period for which figures are available; what steps he takes to investigate alleged contraventions of the terms of such certificates; and if he will make a statement.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 318]: Export licences are not issued unless the Government are satisfied as to the end use stated on the application. End-use certificates are just one element in the verification of export licence applications. It is not Government practice to disclose the nature of checks made.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new companies have been registered in the northern region in each year since 1979.
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 319]: Jordan and Son Limited estimates that the number of companies incorporated each year and whose current registered office is located in the northern region (or, in the case of companies which have been dissolved, the last known registered office) is as follows:
Education And Science
City Technology Colleges
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if any further companies have been approached by his Department to fund city technology colleges; and how many companies have now expressed a willingness to provide funding.
The situation remains as set out in my reply to the hon. Member on 1 April, at column 529, though I am pleased to add that since then Dixons Group plc has announced sponsorship of £1 million for the establishment of a city technology college in south Yorkshire.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research is being undertaken into dyslexia; what is his policy towards the teaching of dyslexic pupils; and if he will make a statement.
The Department has devoted considerable time and money in the past few years on research into specific learning difficulties. Four research projects were funded, and a seminar was organised; I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the report of the proceedings. Currently, research funding is being channelled towards other areas of disability. Education research tends to identify the teacher rather than the method as the most significant input into successful teaching. The needs of dyslexic pupils are best considered in teachers' in-service courses within the broad framework of pupils with special educational needs.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically education in the area which includes the borough of Bournemouth.
Most Government resourcing of education is in the form of rate support grant, which LEAs are free to spend as they wish. Prescribed capital expenditure, also at the discretion of LEAs, totals £34·4 million for Dorset since 1981 and has enabled the LEA to include in its building programmes three major building projects at further education colleges in the Bournemouth — Poole area, costing over £5 million. Direct capital allocations for voluntary schools in Dorset total £2·4 million since 1982 and current building work includes provision of a new Anglian primary school at Muscliffe.Dorset has benefited from various Government schemes involving direct financial assistance for the in-service training of teachers and others and its annual grants for this purpose have increased from about £70 million in 1983 to nearly £300 million in 1987. Nearly £.1·3 million will be made available in 1987–88 under the new LEA training grants scheme. Since the inception of education support grants in 1985, Dorset has been particularly successful in its bids, covering many categories of activities, including, in the schools field, projects to enhance the management and curricula of rural primary schools and to develop pupil records of achievement and, in adult education, the establishment of the Dorset training consortium and a current project to develop educational provision for the unemployed.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make it his policy to provide figures which would show the total estimated cost of resources available in schools throughout the United Kingdom but unused as a result of the teachers' strike.
The information requested is not available. Strike action continues to affect about 1 to 2 per cent, of schools in England and Wales each week.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what payments have been made or approved by him in relation to schemes submitted by local authorities for the payment of school meals supervisory assistance.
Under the ESG scheme, my right hon. Friend made available £37·2 million in 1986–87 to meet the cost of approved proposals relating to arrangements for midday supervision. Approved bids totalling £32,608,802 were received and to date grant totalling £12,650,431 has been paid. To enable authorities to continue their existing arrangements my right hon. Friend has allocated £39 million for this purpose for 1987–88.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the amount of money allocated per pupil for materials necessary for general certificate of secondary education courses.
The Government's plans for local authority current spending this year include an additional £100 million for GCSE non-teaching costs. Provision of £10 million is supported directly through education support grant and is specifically for books and equipment, including materials; the allocation of the £90 million which is supported through block grant is for individual authorities to determine but is intended to cover inter alia further spending on books and equipment. The £100 million in total is equivalent to £84 per fourth and fifth year pupil.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the pupil-teacher ratio in (a) first, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in Bradford in (i) 1983–84, (ii) 1984–85, (iii) 1985–86 and (iv) 1986–87.
The pupil-teacher ratios in first, middle and upper schools in Bradford in 1984, 1985 and 1986 are given in the table. Information for 1987 is not yet available.
|January each year||1984||1985||1986|
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the amount of money spent per pupil in (a) first, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in Bradford in (i) 1983–84, (ii) 1984–85, (iii) 1985–86 and (iv) 1986–87.
The information in the form requested is not available. The net institutional recurrent expenditure per primary and secondary pupil is given in the following table.
|Primary £ (Cash terms)||Secondary £ (Cash terms)|
|1 Not available|
Science And Engineering Research Council
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much has been awarded in grants by the Science and Engineering Research Council to (a) educational institutions and (b) others in Yorkshire and Humberside in each year since 1979; how much the council will disburse in the current year; and if he will make a statement.
[pursuant to his reply, 1 May 1987, c. 237]: The information requested is as follows:
|SERC research grant expenditure in Yorkshire and Humberside|
|Financial year||Gross expenditure £'000|
|1 Provisional outturn.|
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services for how long his Department has been in consultation with the tobacco industry regarding the labelling of Skoal Bandits; and when he expects to announce the results of the discussions.
Measures further to control Skoal Bandits, including a health warning on the label and advertising material, have been under review since last year. An announcement will be made as soon as possible.
Hospital And Community Health Services
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the annual percentage change in revenue input volume for hospital and community health services each year since 1979; and what was the annual percentage change forecast each previous year from 1978 onwards.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 8 December 1986 at columns 69–70 for actual changes in the purchasing power of hospital and community health services current spending.Since the introduction of cash planning from 1982–83, no forecasts have been made for changes in purchasing power. Forecasts for earlier years are not readily available on a basis consistent with my earlier reply owing to changes in the classification of HCHS current spending.
National Health Service
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the National Health Service capital expenditure projects completed in the Staffordshire Moorlands district during the past 12 years and those projected in the next five years.
The available information about National Health Service capital projects for the parts of north Staffordshire and south-east Staffordshire health authorities which cover my hon. Friend's consitituency is given in the table. Information about schemes undertaken by the health authorities out of their annual block allocations for capital works is not held centrally. My hon. Friend may therefore wish to write to the chairmen of the district health authorities for details of any additional building schemes.
Projects completed from 1 January 1975.
1 St. Edwards Hospital, Cheddleton — Reorganisation of central kitchen.
Completed—12 December 1975.
(2) St Edwards Hospital, Cheddleton — Fire Alarm upgrading and provision of emergency lighting.
Completed—29 April 1977.
(3) St Edwards Hospital, Cheddleton—Replacement Boiler
House, Phase 1.
Completed—19 May 1981.
(4) Cheadle Hospital—Grounds stabilisation.
Completed—10 November 1983.
Projects Planned to be completed by 30 April 1992.
Cheadle Geriatric Hospital (replacement for existing Cheadle Hospital).
(2) Leek Moorlands Hospital Redevelopment (conversion to neighbourhood hospital).
(3) Biddulph Neighbourhood Hospital.
aked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients were treated in the hospital of St. Cross, Rugby in (a) 1986 and (b) 1978.
I am sorry I cannot give my hon. Friend the information he seeks in precisely the form requested. Information on individual patients treated is not available centrally. The available information is given in the table.
|St. Cross hospital, Rugby|
|New out patient attendances||11,501||13,081|
|Total out patient attendances||47,892||55,633|
East Dorset Health Authority
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have specifically benefited the East Dorset health authority.
The East Dorset health authority, together with other health authorities, has benefited in many ways from the large increase in expenditure on health services since 1979. The health authority has experienced a real growth of 36 per cent. in revenue funding in the period 1978–79 to 1986–87. Sales of land have released a further £851,176. Phase 1 of the Bournemouth district general hospital is presently under construction and approval has been given to the second phase of this major new capital development. At Poole general hospital, an extension to the maternity unit nears completion and a new geriatric unit is to start later this year, as is an acute mental illness unit at St. Anne's hospital, Canford Cliffs. East Dorset has also received £280,000 from central funds towards services for drugs misusers and £114,500 from the waiting list fund to deal with more than 2,000 additional cases. More patients have been treated than ever before, for example the numbers of in-patient cases increased by 29 per cent. between 1978–79 and 1985–86. A computerised cervical cytology call and recall system has been recently implemented in East Dorset.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the United Kingdom it is estimated were suffering from scleroderma at the latest date for which figures are available.
I am sorry I cannot give my hon. Friend the information he seeks in precisely the form requested. On the basis of the hospital in-patient inquiry, it is
|(c) Tobacco products released for home consumption (United Kingdom)|
|Unit of Quantity||1978||19861|
|Hand rolling tobacco||Thousand kg||7,202||4,761|
|Other smoking and chewing tobacco||Thousand kg||5,487||2,732|
Source: Customs and Excise.
More detailed statistics on the use of cigarettes and other products are in the annual report of the Commissioners of HM Customs and Excise, (CM5), the general household
estimated that in 1984 there were 560 in-patient cases treated for systemic sclerosis (ICD 9th revision No. 710.1) including scleroderma in National Health Service hospitals in England. Figures for the rest of the United Kingdom are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, and my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Northern Ireland.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish statistics showing recent trends in the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products; and if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Protection of Children (Tobacco) Act 1986.
Information up to 1986 will be available later in the year. The latest available statistics on recent trends are as follows:
|(a) Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking (Great Britain)|
|Adults||Children1 (11–16 years)|
|Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.|
General Household Survey (OPCS).
Smoking Among Secondary School Children (OPCS) 1984.
1 Those smoking at least one cigarette a week.
2 Information on children's smoking not available.
(b) Prevalance of smoking among men of other tobacco products (Great Britain)
Source: General Household Survey (OPCS).
1 Data not collected.
survey (OPCS) and "Smoking Among Secondary School Children" in 1984 (OPCS). Copies are available in the Library.
NB. The Protection of Children (Tobacco) Act came into force on 8 October 1986. A circular (LAC (86)14) was issued to local authorities and other bodies with an interest to draw their attention to the provisions and purposes of the Act. As yet there are no centrally available statistics on prosecutions under the Act.
Deaf Persons (Core Funding)
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will have discussions with representatives of the Royal Association in Aid of Deaf People regarding core funding; and if he will make a statement.
Officials from the Department met representatives of the association in November to discuss its application for a grant. I regret that in the light of those discussions we decided that funding would not be appropriate, and the association has been informed accordingly.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what discussions his officials have had with the World Health Organisation regarding the direct and indirect human health implications of air pollutants associated with acid rain and the need for research in the United Kingdom in this area; and when these discussions took place;(2) if he will make a statement on any discussions since 1980 which he or his officials have had with their counterparts in the health or environment agencies of other Governments regarding the direct and indirect human health implications of the air pollutants associated with acid rain.
The main links with health and environmental officials from other countries have been through meetings arranged by the World Health Organisation. The United Kingdom was represented at a conference on the health effects of acid rain organised by the European office of WHO and held in Berlin in July 1984. The European office also arranged a series of meetings between 1984 and November 1986 on air quality guidelines, attended by officials from the Department and other United Kingdom experts, at which effects of air pollutants interrelated with acid rain were considered. Additionally, departmental officials have discussed this topic with their United States counterparts, following the report of a workshop on health effects of acid rain held at the United States National Institute of Environmental Health Science in December 1983.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what research has been done in the United Kingdom since 1968 to investigate the effects of ambient levels of the various pollutants associated with acid rain on sections of the population susceptible to, or suffering from asthma, bronchitis and lung cancer; and if he will summarise the results.
The programme of research at the former Medical Research Council air pollution unit, at St. Bartholomew's hospital, started in the 1950s continued through to 1981, covering, among other things, the monitoring of effects on health of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, sulphuric acid and other particulates, associated in other contexts with acid rain. The MRC is the main Government-funded agency for United Kingdom biomedical research receiving a grant-in-aid from the Department of Education and Science.
The work included studies of exacerbations of illness among large groups of patients with existing respiratory disability, largely attributable to bronchitis, but with other conditions such as asthma and lung cancer represented. From 1968 onwards these studies showed a sharp decline in adverse effects, corresponding with the implementation of the Clean Air Act, that gained momentum during the 1960s. Day-to-day changes in death rates from respiratory diseases have been monitored continuously since 1968, and this work still continues, in collaboration with the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. Throughout that period, with much reduced levels of pollution, there has been little evidence of any of the sharp peaks in deaths such as had been seen frequently in earlier years in relation to periods of high pollution.
There is no evidence to indicate that acid rain itself has any adverse effect on health, even among people already suffering from respiratory illnesses.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what research has been performed in Britain to investigate any possible links between acid deposition and the following ailments: dialysis dementia, dialysis osteomalacia, dialysis dystrophy, and Alzheimer's disease; and if he will summarise the results.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will outline the nature and goals of research which has been performed, or has been commissioned, since 1980 by his Department or the Medical Research Council into the direct and indirect health effects of ambient levels of air pollutants associated with acid rain and, in particular, projects concerning the human health implications of the following (a) inhalation of sulphuric acid and nitric acid aerosols, (b) inhalation of sulphates, (c) inhalation of particulates. (d) inhalation of sulphur of dioxide, (e) inhalation of nitrogen dioxide, (f) inhalation of ozone, (g) public consumption of potable water contaminated by aluminium. (g) cadmium, mercury or asbestos and (h) public consumption of fish contaminated by heavy metals.
Research on the following direct effects of air pollutants associated with acid rain has been undertaken as follows:
(a) Experimental human inhalation studies with sulphuric acid mists were in progress at the clinical section of the Medical Research Council toxicology unit in 1980–81, to examine short-term effects on lung function. The MRC is the main Government-funded agency for United Kingdom biomedical research receiving a grant-in-aid from the Department of Education and Science. There were no studies specifically with nitric acid aerosols.
(b,c,d) The same investigations included some pilot studies with sulphate aerosols and other particulates, and an extensive series of studies on sulphur dioxide had been completed prior to 1980.
(e) Research work on effects of nitrogen dioxide have been concerned more with exposures indoors, from heating and cooking sources, than with those outdoors. Work on interrelationships with respiratory illnesses, commissioned by the Department, was in progress in 1980–81, concluding with a series of publications in 1982 in the International Journal of Epidemiology. As the findings were complex, I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the original reports.
(f) There has been no research on the effects of inhalation of ozone, but data from environmental monitoring carried out by Government Departments and other groups have been examined in order to consider possibilities of any direct effects on health. No detectable effects on health would be expected at the levels occurring from time to time in the United Kingdom.
(g) The Medical Research Council is undertaking studies on levels of aluminium in patients with Alzheimer's disease and on the occurrence of that disease and related neurological conditions in relation to concentrations of aluminium in potable water. Other indirect effects of acid rain that have been suggested, such as through the mobilization of heavy metals would be blocked by regulatory controls on levels of contaminants in water.
The possibilities of any direct or indirect effects of acid rain on human health are kept under close scrutiny, in line with the conclusions of the WHO meeting in 1984; it is not considered that any clear indications of adverse effects have been produced.(h) Questions about public consumption of fish contaminated with heavy metals are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture,Fisheries and Food and I understand controls exist and monitoring is effected by his Department.
Ambulance Service (London)
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice or instruction have been given to district health authorities in the Greater London area concerning the use of contractors other than the London ambulance service for provision of non-emergency ambulance services.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what scales of charge, or other financial arrangement for their services, are being made by the London ambulance service to district authorities for provision of non-emergency ambulance services.
No charges are at present levied. Proposals to introduce charges are under consideration by the four Thames regional health authorities. The service to patients will of course continue to be free.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what tests of competence or other conditions relating to standards of remuneration and safety are applied by district or regional health authorities when using ambulance contractors for non-emergency ambulance services.
Health authorities are responsible for the day-to-day management of National Health Service ambulance services. It is for them to arrange the most appropriate, efficient and cost-effective means of transport for each of the patients the ambulance service is asked to convey. This may involve the use of taxi, hire car or other private contractors as well as volunteers. Standards of safety and payments to private contractors are not set centrally: health authorities are responsible for negotiating contracts locally and for setting standards of service, patient care, and safety.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice, guidance or instruction has been given to the London ambulance service in respect of the employment of part-time employees for manning ambulances.
Part-time employees are used by the London ambulance service to carry out non-emergency work. The national agreement on the salaried structure for ambulance staff allows management to use any combination of working arrangements to maximise effectiveness, including the use of part-timers where appropriate.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the numbers of persons in each of the categories of personnel of the London ambulance service, including those persons now employed as part-time employees, at the latest convenient date, and the comparable numbers two years before that date.
The information is as follows:
|May 1985||May 1987||May 1987|
|whole time equivalent||whole time equivalent||actual staff in post|
|Leading ambulance man||60||57||57|
|Grade 4/Qualified ambulance person||1,560||1,509||1,509|
|Ambulance person part-time||Nil||97·5||195|
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the minimum qualifications required by the London ambulance service for personnel employed in a full or part-time capacity in non-emergency ambulance services.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old, 5 ft 3 in tall, hold a full United Kingdom driving licence and live in the Greater London area. Successful applicants are trained by the London ambulance service for duties they undertake.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what study has been made of the impact of the reduction in non-emergency ambulance services of the London ambulance service on the administration and efficiency of out-patient departments in hospitals which they serve.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in which health authorities, which have introduced computerised cervical cancer call and recall screening, the increase in the number of women covered is being limited by the need for more computer capacity than was originally provided.
[pursuant to her reply, 5 May 1987]: Health authorities were asked in 1966 to introduce cervical screening for women over 35 and in September 1971 it was announced that a central recall system would be introduced. In December 1981, a change from national to local recall was announced because the national recall system was found to be ineffective. In April 1985 we asked health authorities to review the organisation of their screening programmes and to introduce a computerised call/recall system. In February 1987 we asked health authorities to extend their screening programmes to cover all women aged 20 to 65. These changes have created some problems for computer capacity.The 40 district health authorities listed may be limited in the current operation of cervical cancer screening by the capacity of the computer equipment at the associated 22 family practitioner committees. The situation in these areas is being considered by the task force that we have set up under the direction of Sir Roy Griffiths.
- Barking Havering and Brentwood
- North Bedfordshire
- South Bedfordshire
- South Tees
- North Tees
- East Cumbria
- West Cumbria
- South Cumbria
- North West Durham
- South West Durham
- Cheltenham and District
- Basingstoke and North Hants
- Portsmouth and South East Hants
- Southampton and South West Hants
- West Surrey and North East Hants
- North Tyneside
- South Tyneside
- Tameside and Glossop
asked the Minister for the Arts if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have specifically benefited the arts in the borough of Bournemouth.
The Government's arts policies have benefited individuals and arts organisations in all parts of the country.The public library service provided in Bournemouth by Dorset county council has benefited, as have the public library services elsewhere, from research and studies in library and information matters initiated by my Office. The results have been published in HMSO's library and information series.The area museum council has made grants in Bournemouth totalling £19,400. The Arts Council has continued its support of the Bournemouth symphony orchestra, now located in Poole. In 1986–87, the proportion of the orchestra's grant which related to concerts given in Bournemouth was £180,000.
Parliament Street Restaurant
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time and part-time employees were working at the Treasury's Parliament street restaurant (a)before and (b) after November 1985.
Immediately prior to November 1985, the following Civil Service Catering Organisation staff were employed in the Parliament street restaurant:
2 full-time staff and
16 part-time staff.
In addition to the above there is also one catering manager employed by the Civil Service Catering Organisation.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will give the hourly rates of pay for the head cook, cook, assistant cook, cashier, catering assistant and kitchen porter, working at the Treasury's Parliament street restaurant;(2) if he will give the annual holiday entitlement, sickness pay entitlement, pension and redundancy pay entitlements of catering workers at the Treasury's Parliament street restaurant
(a) before and (b) after November 1985;
(3) if he will give the amount of the immediate savings after the Civil Service Catering Organisation was replaced at the Treasury's Parliament street restaurant.
The committee will shortly be putting the contract for the Treasury staff restaurant to tender. It would be wrong of me in these circumstances to divulge commercial in-confidence information about the committee's operations and business.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent new jobs were created since control of the Treasury's Parliament street restaurant was removed from the Civil Service Catering Organisation.
Since the committee has assumed responsibility for the Treasury staff restaurant, two full jobs have been created. In addition, 10 of the 16 part-time staff are employed for 30 hours a week or more.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically individuals, commerce, and industry in the borough of Bournemouth.
The Government's financial and economic policies have benefited individuals, commerce and industry in all parts of the United Kingdom. I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 19 February 1987 at columns 801–7.
Blind People (Taxation)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the reply of 30 March, Official Report, column 398, to the hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside (a) how many blind people claim the blind persons' tax allowance, (b) how many of these pay income-tax and (c) how many of these do not pay income tax.
Customs And Excise (Strip Searching)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which Mrs. Jean Warrington was strip searched by customs officers at Gatwick airport during the first week of April; what is the policy of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise towards the use of strip searches; what guidelines are given to customs officers on the procedures for strip searches, with particular reference to the treatment of pregnant women, and as to the sex of the officers who carried out the search; and if he will make a statement.
I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.
Consignments (Customs Clearance)
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will instruct Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to review its treatment of express parcels;(2) if he will make it his policy to support the principle of rapid customs clearance for urgent consignments in meetings of the Customs Co-operation Council;(3) if he will amend the Customs requirements for express parcels services to reflect the transit times demanded by the international business community;(4) what representations he has received regarding the Customs treatment of express parcel services; and if he will make a statement;(5) whether he has received a copy of the recent survey conducted by Peat Marwick into the Customs collection of duty and value added tax on items shipped by express mail; and if he will make a statement.
I shall let my hon. Friend have a reply as soon as possible.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect he estimates the raising of capital gains will have on (a) life insurance polices and (b) mortgages linked to house policies; and what amount he estimates will be lost in basic payments.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects that the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Mellor), will be in a position to reply to a letter sent to him on 27 January by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne on behalf of Mrs. M. Sampson, of 5, Tregullow road, Falmouth, Cornwall.
My noble Friend replied on 5 May.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of current applications for increased police manpower relate specifically to road traffic policing duties; and if he will make it his policy to take into account the Department of Transport's assessment of a national 5 per cent. increase in traffic during 1986 in considering such applications.
About 2 per cent. of the additional police posts in current applications from provincial police authorities, which cover four financial years 1987ߝ88 to 1990ߝ91, relate specifically to road traffic policing duties. The 937 additional police posts which we have so far approved for provincial forces in England and Wales since April 1986 have been to meet a range of specific needs, including more foot patrols, drugs work, CID officers, motorway policing and airport policing. In considering applications for further increases in police establishments we take into account any requirements which the force may have for particular purposes, including additional traffic policing.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have specifically benefited the borough of Bournemouth.
Since 1979, the Home Office has taken a number of measures which will have been of specific benefit to the borough of Bournemouth and its inhabitants, or of more general benefit to the citizens of Dorset as a whole.Approval was given by the Home Office for Dorset probation service to incur capital expenditure up to £46,000 in the 1982ߝ83 financial year to provide day centre facilities at Hyde road, Bournemouth. The centre, called the Don Low Centre, has been open since 4 July 1983 and is aimed primarily at adult long-term unemployed clients of the probation service with four or five previous convictions and, probably a previous custodial sentence. In addition, approval was given last November to the building of probation offices in 1989ߝ90, in Madeira road, at a cost of about £300,000. Both projects attract specific Home Office grant at the rate of 80 per cent. Meta House, a drug rehabilitation project for young women, which is based in Bournemouth also receives financial support through the Home Office after-care grant scheme towards the cost of places reserved for offenders. In 1985ߝ86, the grant amounted to £11,214.The Home Office has also authorised the payment of specific grant at the rate of 75 per cent. on £75,000 incurred by Bournemouth district council in providing a civil defence emergency centre.As for Dorset more generally, total police manpower has increased by 212 (62 police officers and 150 civilians) since May 1979. In the same period, the authorised establishment of police officer posts has now risen to 1,235.
Petty Officer John Black
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to the latest position regarding the police investigation into the death in Spain in 1983 of Petty Officer John Black, Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.
I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that, following a request by the Ministry of Defence, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the Metropolitan police to investigate Petty Officer Black's death, an interim report has been submitted to the Commissioner and copies sent to both Departments. The report is under consideration and it is unlikely that investigations will be complete for some weeks.
Heathrow Airport (Police)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost of policing Heathrow airport in each of the past five years.
I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the amounts paid to the Metropolitan police by the British Airports Authority in respect of Heathrow under the Policing of Airports Act, 1974 in each of the past five years are as follows:
|1 To 28 February 1987.|
Police Raids (Press Presence)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to why local newspaper reporters and photographers have been taken by the Metropolitan police on raids; on how many raids during the past 12 months local reporters and photographers have been present; and which newspapers were involved;(2) if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to arrangements made by the Metropolitan police to ensure the safety of local newspaper reporters and photographers taken on raids; and what documents such journalists are required to sign.
I will reply as soon as possible.
City Of Westminster (Private Bill)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has offered to Lady Porter in respect of the terms of the City of Westminster Bill.
My right hon. Friend has suggested to the city council that it should consider amending clauses 4, 5 and 9 so as (a) to reduce any burdens the Bill might place on the police, and (b) to secure that in the usual way the revenue from fixed penalties is paid into the Consolidated Fund.
London Residuary Body
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amounts are still outstanding for grants from his Department to the London Residuary Body.
Pending receipt of audited grant claims, we estimate that £1·1 million now remains due to the London Residuary Body.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has decided to initiate research into the use young people make of amusement arcades and the possible addictive effect of the machines found there; and if he will make a statement.
As part of our review of the law on amusement arcades, I have decided to initiate a research project which will examine the extent of the use which young people make of amusement machines in arcades and other places, whether there are signs that they become addicted to playing the machines found there and whether there is evidence of machines leading to anti-social behaviour or criminal behaviour. It is hoped that the research will be completed by early next year.In addition, I have asked the chairman of the Gaming Board if he will arrange for a report to be prepared on amusement arcades in the light of the concern which has been expressed. To this end, Gaming Board inspectors will be making a number of visits to arcades over the next six months.These steps are being taken in order to assess whether there is hard evidence of social problem which might justify new controls on amusement arcades. I look forward to considering the results and have no plans at present for fresh legislation on this subject.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained overnight during 1986 in (a) Harmondsworth detention centre, (b) Queen's building, Heathrow and (c) Beehive, Gatwick.
[pursuant to his reply, 10 April 1987, c. 421]: The information requested is as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of passengers detained overnight under Immigration Act powers during 1986, by nationality.
[pursuant to his reply, 10 April 1987, c. 421]: The available information relates to passengers held in Immigration detention units and police cells. No central record is maintained of the nationality of passengers detained in Prison Department accommodation and this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. As some passengers were detained in more than one location, there is an element of double counting.
|Immigration accommodation||Police cells|
|Germany (Federal Republic)||3||8|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||0|
|British Overseas Citizens||10||0|
|Other Commonwealth Citizens||37||6|
|Other Foreign Nationals||68||0|
|British Dependent Territories Citizens||0||1|
Disabled Persons Act 1986
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) why no additional funds have been made available to local authorities in Wales to enable them to carry out the provisions of the Disabled Persons Act 1986; and if he will make a statement;(2) what representations he has received from the Wales Council for the Disabled concerning implementation of the Disabled Persons Act 1986; and what responses he has sent.
The implementation of the Act was fully discussed with representatives of the Wales Council for the Disabled when I called at its offices in Caerphilly on 26 March, and I have subsequently replied to a letter sent to me by the council. The resource implications for local authorities will be considered in the context of the Welsh Consultative Council on Local Government Finance.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will indicate what categories of staff trainees in assisting mentally handicapped people have been found to be in shortage in Wales leading to delays in the implementation of the all-Wales strategy for mentally handicapped people; and what steps he is taking to try and overcome such shortages.
I am not aware that the strategy has been delayed by shortages of trainees, but we are planning to hold formal review meetings with all 10 joint planning teams in Wales during the year and shall consider carefully whatever representations are then made.
Public Health Laboratory Service
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if, in view of recent developments, in particular the increasing threat from the spread of AIDS, he will take steps to ensure the existence and continued effectiveness of the peripheral laboratories in Wales to the Public Health Laboratory Service.
My right hon. Friend is well aware of the vital contribution which the public health laboratory service makes to meeting threats to public health, such as AIDS. The PHLS has made clear its intention to ensure that an efficient and accessible service is available and the Welsh Office will continue to work with the PHLS to ensure this for Wales.
|Summary of impact of Green Paper proposals on domestic and non-domestic sectors for rating authority areas in Wales in 1986–87|
|Domestic sector||Non-domestic sector|
|Overspend on GRE||Average rate bill per adult||Community charge no safety net||Community charge "safety net"||Actual rate poundage now||National non-domestic rate poundage||Change to NNDR poundage|
|£ per adult||£||£||£||P||P||percentage|
|Alyn and Deeside||11||148||115||148||220·1||220·6||·2|
Children (Cardiac Surgery)
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of children from Wales under 12 months old, one to three years old, and over three years old, who received cardiac surgery in hospitals in Wales and England in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what is the percentage in each category who were treated in Welsh hospitals.
Comprehensive information about patients receiving cardiac surgery outside Wales is not readily available. The following table contains an analysis of the numbers of children who were discharged from hospital in Wales in 1986 having been in the care of a cardiac surgeon.
|Under 1||1 to 3||4 to 15|
|Number of discharges/deaths||2||5||9|
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report updated tables showing the import of the community charge and non-domestic rate proposals for each local authority in Wales on a basis comparable with the information supplied by the Secretary of State for the Environment referred to in answers to the hon. Members for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Corbett) and for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) in relation to local authorities in England, 1 April, Official Report, column 547.
The information is given in the following table.
Overspend on GRE
Average rate bill per adult
Community charge no safety net
Community charge "safety net"
Actual rate poundage now
National non-domestic rate poundage
Change to NNDR poundage
£ per adult
|Vale of Glamorgan||6||145||107||145||210·0||220·6||5·0|
asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he proposes to improve facilities for renal dialysis in south Wales; and if he will make a statement.
I am pleased to announce that, following the establishment of subsidiary renal dialysis units at Carmarthen and Bangor to improve access to renal dialysis for patients in those areas, two further units are to be established. Following consultation with Gwent, Mid Glamorgan and South Glamorgan health authorities and an appraisal of the options presented by them, I have decided that subsidiary renal dialysis units should be provided at the University hospital of Wales, Cardiff and at Prince Charles hospital, Merthyr Tydfil. When operational they will improve the service to patients in south-east Wales, provided at present by the main renal unit at Cardiff royal infirmary. The costs of the units will be funded by the Welsh Office and each will have five dialysis stations.I intend that the units will be established as soon as possible. Invitations to tender for the construction and running of them will be extended to South and Mid Glamorgan district health authorities, experienced voluntary organisations and private sector companies.This development, together with the "Lifeline Wales" project which was launched last year with the support of the Welsh Office to increase the awareness of the value of organ donations and to encourage kidney transplantation
|Membership of the Countryside Commission for Scotland|
|Name||Occupation||Present appointment terminates|
|J. R. Carr (Chairman)||Managing Director, Moray Estates Development Company||1 January 1990|
|J. Arnott (Vice Chairman)||BBC Radio Producer||28 February 1990|
|Mrs. F. Ballantyne||Textile Industry||29 February 88|
|D. J. Bennet||Strathclyde University, Lecturer and author||28 February 1990|
|Quinton Brown||Retired Managing Director, Scottish Agriculture Industries||28 February 1990|
|Prof. Ian M. M. Cunningham||Principal, West of Scotland Agriculture College||28 February 1990|
|Prof. C. H. Gimingham||Department of Botany, Aberdeen University||29 February 1988|
|Provost D. S. Grainger||Chairman, Clydebank District Council||28 February 1990|
|D. Ross||Principal, Benmore Outdoor Centre||29 February 1988|
where appropriate, will significantly enhance the treatment facilities for patients suffering end-stage renal failure.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the enactment of the Abolition of Domestic Rates, Etc. (Scotland) Bill will permit the names and addresses of those who pay the community charge to be sold in machine-readable form or made available to other government departments; and if he will make a statement.
Clause 20 of the Abolition of Domestic Rates, Etc. (Scotland) Bill provides that copies of those parts of the community charges register which are to be available for public inspection may be sold by the regional or islands council in either documentary or machine-readable form.
Countryside Commission For Scotland
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the members of the Countryside Commission for Scotland, including their chairman, with their biographical details and their dates for reappointment.
The information requested is given in the following table.
Present appointment terminates
|R. R. Stecdman||Architect||29 February 1988|
|G. G. Stewart||Retired Forestry Commissioner||29 February 1988|
|I. R. Thomson||Farmer and author||29 February 1988|
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish statistics showing recent trends in the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products; and if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Protection of Children (Tobacco) Act 1986 in Scotland.
The currently available statistics are as follows:
|(1) Prevalence of smoking among adults aged 16 and over in Scotland (a)|
|Per cent.||Per cent.|
|(2) Prevalence of smoking among secondary schoolchildren in Scotland (Smoking more than one cigarette a week) (b)|
|Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.|
South Of Scotland Electricity Board
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to retain the South of Scotland Electricity Board in public ownership.
There are no present plans to take the South Electricity Board out of public ownership.
Hospital Waiting Lists
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list the number of patients on hospital waiting lists in each of the health board regions in Scotland indicating whether they were in-patients or out-patients, in each of the years 1983 to 1986.
Statistics on out-patient waiting lists are not held centrally. The numbers on hospital in-patient waiting lists at 30 September in the years in question were as follows:
|Argyll and Clyde||7,137||7,627||7,209||6,528|
|Ayrshire and Arran||5,051||5,045||5,120||4,862|
|Dumfries and Galloway||2,871||2,529||2,687||3,205|
Note: All data exclude Joint User and Contractual Hospitals.
Scottish Museums Council
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to bring the funding of the Scottish Museums Council to a level of parity with the English area museum councils; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. and learned Friend will consider the funding of the Scottish Museums Council as part of his response to the report on museums in Scotland by the working party of the Museums and Galleries Commission chaired by Professor Hamish Miles (the Miles report).
Cadmium And Mercury
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what research has been undertaken in Scotland into levels of cadmium and mercury in the flesh of grouse or other game and in the flesh of trout and pike; and what were the results of that analysis.