£ million |England (estimated)|Northern Ireland |Wales ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1979-80 |18.3 |n/a |0.427 1980-81 |15.8 |n/a |0.274 1981-82 |16.7 |0.078 |0.225 1982-83 |18.4 |0.128 |0.289 1983-84 |23.0 |0.214 |0.757 1984-85 |20.0 |0.311 |0.798 1985-86 |17.9 |0.304 |0.121 1986-87 |23.6 |0.149 |0.175 1987-88 |27.6 |0.122 |0.058
Coastal works in Scotland are carried out primarily to prevent erosion rather than to defend land against flooding from the sea, and, hence, expenditure has not been included.
Mr. Ryder : As a result of a comprehensive review of flood defence requiremens in England which was carried out recently, the need for an increased long-term programme of work was identified. The Government recently agreed to increase provision for the programme and this will facilitate additional capital funding of about £50 million over the next three years for local and water authority schemes both inland and on the coast ; approximately half of this expenditure will be spent on sea defence works.
From 1989 to 1992 it is estimated that capital funding for sea defence works in Wales and Northern Ireland will be £335,000 and £331,000 respectively. In Scotland work is necessary primarily for inland fluvial and coastal erosion works ; no significant sea defence works are anticipated.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he is taking to establish the long term effects of the greenhouse effect on British coastlines ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 238coastlines. A national research programme, led by the Department of the Environment and co-ordinated with European Community and world-wide research, is investigating the implications for the United Kingdom of the greenhouse effect. The results will be monitored carefully, particularly with regard to predictions of changes in mean sea level and the implications for the design of sea defences. The existing tide gauge network already provides useful information on actual changes in sea level.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the annual budget devoted by his Department to the investigation of the effects of the greenhouse effect and freak weather conditions on Britain's coastline.
Mr. Ryder : Responsibility for research into the greenhouse effect and its consequences rests primarily with the Department of the Environment, although my Department maintains close liaison on these matters. Some £2 million is spent annually by my Department on river and coastal research generally, of which about 60 per cent. is directed to research which will assist with the future planning and design of coastal defences.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the projected sea level rises for the mid 21st century ; and what would be the corresponding effects to the British coastline.
Mr. Ryder : There is, at the moment, a wide range of predictions about the possible rise in sea levels. Because of the many uncertainties, however, it is not realistic to make firm assessments of the likely effects on the coastline.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the dumping of sludge in the Bristol channel south of Pwlldu Head ; and if his Department will publish the studies that have been carried out in this area.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Scientists from my Department's directorate of fisheries research undertake a regular monitoring programme at the sewage sludge disposal ground in the Bristol channel. Results of this work have been published in Fisheries Research Technical Report number 59.
Further information on the quality of fish and shellfish in the Bristol channel have been published in Aquatic Environment Monitoring reports numbers 10 and 16. All these publications are available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether funds will continue to be provided for Dr. Geoff Mead at the Institute of Food Research in Bristol and his work on the introduction of benign bacteria to chickens to kill salmonella organisms ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) how much grant has been paid to Dr. Geoff Mead at the Institute of Food Research for research into the
Column 239suppression of salmonella organisms ; what results have been obtained ; whether further grant aid has been requested ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Ryder : The research conducted by Dr. Geoff Mead and his team of scientists over more than 10 years into the manipulation of microbial flora of the gut of young chickens has been supported by my Department and the Agricultural and Food Research Council at a current cost of about £100,000 annually. As stated in my reply to the hon. Member for St. Helens, South (Mr. Bermingham), this work was reviewed as part of an extensive review of MAFF-commissioned research in microbiology and it was decided that funding should cease from April 1989. Since my reply to the hon. Member I understand that a commercial company has expressed interest in taking that work further. Funding is to be diverted to other important microbiological work.
Mr. Ryder : I regret that it is not possible to make a precise estimate, but I agree with what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health told the House on 5 December at column 19--that the risk of infection to any individual is small and the risk to the healthy adult is small indeed. The industry and the Government are working together urgently to reduce that risk to a minimum.
Mr. Greg Knight : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has on the safety, or otherwise, of the use of "E" numbered substances in processed foods ; if he will examine latest reports on such substances from other countries, including the United States of America ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ryder : All available world-wide information on the safety of food additives is assessed by the committees of independent experts who advise me on these matters. Any information which might subsequently affect the approval of any food additive is carefully reviewed. The prefix "E" indicates those food additives whose use has been approved throughout the European Community.
Mr. Hardy : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will arrange for the area of some farms where a breakdown or breakdowns involving bovine tuberculosis has occurred to be exempt from badger control to enable an assessment of the control programme to be made.
Mr. Donald Thompson : An experimental area already exists where badgers are not removed when TB breakdowns in cattle occur. This area, which is in Gloucestershire, contains 18 farms which are not subject to badger control.
The creation of additional areas comparable with the
Gloucestershire study area was considered by Professor
Column 240Dunnet in his review of the badger control strategy in 1986. He concluded that the cost of maintaining such areas made the proposal impractical.
The current badger control strategy is that recommended by Professor Dunnet. It is kept under review, but in accordance with Professor Dunnet's recommendation it needs to operate for at least three years before a reliable review of its effects on the extent of herd breakdowns can be carried out.
Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the results of the recent survey into shellfish stocks in the English channel ; and whether he intends to take any action to conserve stocks.
Mr. Donald Thompson : My Department is currently investigating the state of crab stocks in the English channel for which a major sampling programme has just been completed. The scallop fishery is also being investigated. Both investigations are due to be completed in 1990 and the results will be published.
Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Minister of Agricuture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide details of expenditure in 1987-88 and 1988-89 by the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce and the agricultural departments on market regulation under the common agricultural policy.
£ million |1987-88(Actual outturn) |1988-89(Forecast outturn) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) Expenditure by the intervention board for agricultural produce Cereals |229.4 |163.8 Beef and Veal |201.4 |160.9 Pigmeat |-1.9 |0.6 Sugar |151.1 |135.2 Processed goods |47.6 |78.8 Milk products |251.1 |79.3 Oilseeds |208.3 |167.3 Sheepmeat |119.4 |104.2 Others |16.6 |33.8 |------- |------- Total |1,222.9 |923.9 (ii) Expenditure by the agricultural departments Payments to producers giving up milk production |51.0 |74.1 Suckler cow premium scheme |36.7 |37.8 Annual premium on ewes |80.6 |202.0 Small cereals producers |1.7 |1.9 |------- |------- Total |170.0 |315.8 |------- |------- Grand total |1,392.9 |1,239.7
Column 241Some of the expenditure shown benefits consumers and trade interests rather than United Kingdom producers.
The figures for the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce are made up of several elements and include refunds on intra-Community trade, import and export refunds on third country trade, the beef and sheep variable premium schemes (net of clawback for sheepmeat and charges on beef exported and sold into intervention), aid for private storage and animal feed, certain other marketing and production subsidies and the cost of purchasing commodities into intervention less proceeds from sales. The figures are also net of other receipts treated as negative expenditure, namely monetary compensatory amounts levied on intra-Community trade (in the case of pigmeat these exceeded expenditure prior to 1988-89), the co-responsibility and supplementary levies on milk producers and the co-responsibility levy on cereals. Receipts from levies on the production and storage of sugar and isoglucose and on third country exports, which are regarded as Community own resources, are excluded. The figures include the United Kingdom share of the EC school milk subsidy scheme. For the annual premium on ewes from the 1985 marketing year, late publication of the final rate of payment has delayed the making of some payments into the following year. The forecast for 1988-89 provides for slippage from the 1987 marketing year and payment for the 1988 marketing year in full.
Of the estimated outturn for 1988-89 £1,507.4 million is expected to be financed from the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund (EAGGF) ; in 1987-88 £1,086.7 million was thus financed. However, because the United Kingdom is a net contributor to the European Community budget, the whole of this expenditure is attributable to the Exchequer. Receipts from the European Community do not always relate to expenditure in the period. For market support there was prior to 1987 little delay in reimbursement of expenditure but in that year a delay of two months was introduced as an economy measure and this was lengthened to two and a half months from 1988. Receipts for 1988-89 reflect new arrangements for the depreciation of stocks agreed at the February 1988 European Council.
The individual totals may not add up due to rounding.
Mr. Moss : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give details of expenditure in 1987-88 and 1988-89 by the agricultural department on agricultural grants and subsidies excluding regulation under the common agricultural policy.
|1987-88 (Actual outturn)|1988-89 (Forecast |outturn) |£ million |£ million --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Price guarantees Wool |0.7 |0.1 Potatoes |- |- |------- |------- |Total |0.7 |0.1 |------- |------- Support for capital and other improvements Environmentally sensitive areas |2.9 |9.1 Agriculture and horticulture development scheme |32.3 |25.9 Guidance premiums |2.3 |0.8 Farm accounts |0.7 |0.5 Farm structures |0.4 |0.4 Northern Ireland agricultural development programme |2.0 |1.6 Agriculture and horticulture grant scheme |3.6 |1.8 Agriculture improvement scheme (EC) |18.9 |28.4 Agriculture improvement scheme (National) |9.0 |9.0 Others |0.3 |0.3 |------- |------- |Total |72.4 |77.8 |------- |------- Support for agriculture in special areas Hill livestock compensatory allowances |121.0 |116.7 Additional benefit under AHDS, NIADP, AHGS, AIS (EC) and AIS (National) |20.9 |25.9 Others |4.1 |8.4 |------- |------- |Total |145.9 |151.0 |------- |------- Other payments Milk outgoers scheme |11.1 |11.6 Crofting building grants and loans/net |3.3 |4.1 Sheep compensation scheme 1986 |1.0 |1.1 Storm damage 1987 |- |1.7 Co-operation grants |1.7 |2.1 Farm diversification:- Capital grants |- |2.0 Marketing feasibility grants |- |0.8 Others |1.0 |1.0 |------- |------- |Total |18.1 |24.5 |------- |------- |Grand Total |237.1 |253.4
Some of this expenditure attracts contributions from the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund. These are mainly received in the following year. In 1988-89 £44.1 million is expected to be received from the fund compared with £41 million in 1987-88. The individual figures may not add up to the totals shown due to roundings.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to how many trains arrived at exactly the scheduled time in the last 12-month period for which figures are available ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. The punctuality objective for Network South East (NSE) is that 90 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within five minutes ; for the provincial sector, that 85-97 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within five minutes depending on the service ; and for InterCity that 90 per cent. of trains should arrive on time or within 10 minutes. In 1987-88, NSE exceeded the agreed punctuality objective with 92 per cent. of services arriving on time or within five minutes. 97 per
Column 243cent. of provincial services achieved the objective, and InterCity performance fell some way short of its target at 87 per cent.
Mr. Heddle : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessments he has made as to the likely effect on (a) his Department's capital building programme and (b) the rent the Department will pay under occupational leases of implementation of the European Court of Justice's judgment on value added tax on non-domestic buildings.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : Implementation of the European Court of Justice's judgment on VAT will have no effect on the Department's capital building programme since compensating adjustments have been made to the relevant expenditure provisions. At this stage, before landlords have decided whether to exercise their option to tax rents, it is not possible to offer estimates of the effects of the judgment on rental costs.
(2) how many miles of trunk road it is intended to renew in 1988-89 ;
(3) how many miles of motorway it is intended to renew in each of the three years 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1991-92 ;
(4) how many miles of trunk road it is intended to renew in each of the three years 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1991-92.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : The mileages of motorways and trunk roads renewed this year are likely to be about 52 and 106, respectively. These are lower than planned as a result of the rescheduling of capital maintenance announced on 20 June at column 455.
I am looking to competition between contractors to contain future price increases, so far as possible.
Subject to that, we shall aim to increase the mileages to be renewed each year over the next three years to averages of 84 miles of motorway and 233 miles of trunk road. The maintenance programme for 1989-90 has not been finalised. It will be announced in March as usual.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the options listed in the east London assessment study stage 2a report he has instructed Ove Arup and partners to develop during the east London assessment study stage 2b.
(2) how many representations he has received supporting the general principle of the London assessment study since the publication of the stage 2a reports in August ; and from what types of organisations these have been received.
Mr. Greg Knight : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported accidents have occurred on the M1 between London and Derby, junction 25, for the last period of 12 months for which figures are available ; and what were the figures for (a) 12 months earlier, (b) five years earlier and (c) 10 years earlier.
Injury Accidents on M1: between Junctions 1 and 25: 1977, 1982, 1986, 1987 Year |Accidents ------------------------------ 1977 |590 1982 |616 1986 |685 1987 |721 Note: Personal injury accidents only
Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role he expects the Kent county council to play in specifying the physical and acoustic characteristics of the associated environmental works that would form part of the capital cost of British Rail's proposed high-speed line between London and the Channel tunnel.
Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether, if British Rail's proposed high-speed line between London and the Channel tunnel is financed in the public sector, the costs of all forms of compensation to the owner of properties affected, both that already paid or to be paid under British Rail's ex-gratia scheme and that to be paid statutorily, will form part of the capital cost of the project for the purpose of calculating the rate of return.
Mr. Portillo : It is normal practice for all the costs associated with British Rail investment proposals to be taken into account for the purposes of assessing the viability of those proposals. The same is true of road schemes.
In particular an accident on the westbound carriageway of A13 Canning Town flyover meant that westbound traffic was restricted to one lane for one and three quarter hours from 3.34 pm.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in the negotiations on the construction of a rail link to Manchester airport ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : There is no standard recommended time for the closure of fully manned level crossing gates before the arrival of a train. The signalman should, however, close the gates in time to clear the railway signals interlocked with them so that the train approaching the crossing can do so without reducing its speed.
Mr. Roger King : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, when he next meets the chairman of London Regional Transport, he will discuss the practice of making the cheap price capital visitors' card available exclusively to British Rail passengers.
Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many appeals to local authorities have been lodged so far during 1988 against the allocation of school places ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Butcher : This information is not available. An informal survey of local education authorities carried out by the Department in the late autumn of 1987 indicated that there had been in that year 8,253 appeals against school admission decisions to committees set up by local education authorities under section 7 of the Education Act 1980. 3,177 of these appeals were in respect of primary schools and 5,076 for secondaries. In addition, a total of at least 2,245 appeals against admission decisions were made to committees set up by governors of voluntary-aided and special agreement schools during 1987, 469 in respect of primary schools and 1,776 for secondaries.
Column 246receive pupils paid for in whole or part under the assisted places scheme and the number of assisted place pupils each school had in 1987-88.
|Number of Assisted Place |Holders 1987-88 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Abbey School |69 Abingdon School |90 Aldenham School |24 Alice Ottley School |70 Alleyn's School |198 Arnold School |76 Ashford School |43 Bancroft's School |76 Bath High School |90 Batley Grammar School |249 Bedales School |9 Bedford High School |92 Bedford Modern School |136 Bedford School |76 Dame Alice Harpur School |145 Belvedere School |163 Berkhamsted School |29 Berkhamsted School for Girls |28 Birkenhead High school |258 Birkenhead School |245 Bishop's Stortford College |30 Blackheath High School |101 Bolton School (Boys) |262 Bolton School (Girls) |251 Bradford College |0 Bradford Girls' Grammar School |58 Bradford Grammar School |201 Brentwood School |101 Brighton and Hove High School |152 Brighton College |99 Bristol Cathedral School |150 Bristol Grammar School |263 Bromley High School |120 Bruton School for Girls |127 Bury Grammar School (Boys) |198 Bury Grammar School (Girls) |229 Canford School |35 Carmel College |91 Casterton School |43 Caterham School |109 Central Newcastle High School |112 Charterhouse |14 Cheadle Hulme School |129 Chigwell School |70 Churcher's College |112 City of London School |124 City of London School for Girls |104 Clifton College |67 Clifton High School |52 Colfe's Shool |183 Colston's School |89 Colston's Girls' School |145 Coventry Schools |245 Cranleigh School |38 Croydon High School |119 Culford School |46 Dame Allan's Boys' School |142 |Dame Allan's Girls' School |127 Dauntsey's School |54 Denstone College |114 Dulwich College |273 Edgehill College |123 Eltham College |104 Emanuel School |289 Epsom College |30 Exeter School |164 Farnborough Hill School |181 Felsted School |47 Forest School |138 Friends' School |79 Godolphin and Latymer School |182 Gresham's School |10 Haberdashers' Aske's School, Borehamwood |229 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Elstree |137 Hampton School |197 Harrogate College |18 Hereford Cathedral School |233 Highgate School |33 Hulme Grammar (Boys) |203 Hulme Grammar (Girls) |178 Hymers College |152 Ipswich High School |136 Ipswich School |79 James Allen's Girls School |157 John Lyon School |94 Kent College |80 King Edward's School at Bath |128 King Edward's School, Birmingham |281 King Edward VI High School, Birmingham |173 King Edward VII School, Lytham |214 King Edward VI School, Norwich |101 King Edward VI School, Southampton |222 King Edward's School, Witley |76 King's College School |93 King's High School for Girls, Warwick |170 King's School, Chester |94 King's School, Macclesfield |177 King's School, Rochester |57 King's School, Worcester |136 Kingston Grammar School |129 Kingswood School |36 Kirkham Grammar School |63 Lady Eleanor Holles School |74 La Sagesse Convent School |143 Latymer Upper School |291 Leeds Girls' High School |127 Leeds Grammar School |194 Leys School |29 Liverpool College |174 Lord Wandsworth College |78 |Loreto Convent Grammer School |71 Loughborough Grammar School |120 Loughborough High School |94 Magdalen College School |117 Malvern College |57 Manchester Grammar School |271 Manchester High School |165 Maynard School |158 Merchant Taylors' School, Liverpool |186 Merchant Taylors' School for Girls, Liverpool |171 Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood |85 Mill Hill School |78 Monkton Coombe School |38 Mount St. Mary's College |59 Newcastle-Under-Lyme School |459 Northampton High School |178 North London Collegiate School |73 Norwich High School |171 Nottingham Girls' High School |188 Northampton High School |89 Notting Hill and Ealing High School |116 Old Palace School |195 Oxford High School |97 Perse School for Boys |57 Perse School for Girls |79 Plymouth College |182 Pocklington School |131 Portsmouth Grammar School |188 Portsmouth High School |149 Putney High School |105 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Beckenham |246 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield |153 Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Bristol |168 Queen Mary School, Lytham |237 Queen's College, Taunton |63 Queens College, London |68 Queen's School, Chester |84 Ratcliffe College |52 Redland High School |79 Red Maid's School |157 Reigate Grammar School |109 Repton School |45 Rossall School |43 Royal Grammar School, Guildford |116 Royal Grammar School, Newcastle |308 Royal Grammar School, Worcester |185 St. Albans School |124 |St. Albans High School for Girls |59 St. Ambrose College |87 St. Anselm's College |175 St. Bede's College |213 St. Bees School |82 St. Benedict's School |71 St. Catherines's School |36 St. Dunstan's College |160 St. Edmund's College, Ware |65 St. Edward's College, Liverpool |385 St. George's College |28 St. Helen's School |28 St. John's College, Southsea |181 St. John's School, Leatherhead |15 St. Joseph's College, Ipswich |76 St. Joseph's Convent, Reading |121 St. Mary's College, Crosby |246 St. Mary's Convent, Cambridge |95 St. Mary's Hall, Brighton |49 St. Maur's Convent, Weybridge |62 St. Paul's School, Barnes |72 St. Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith |63 St. Peter's School, York |124 St. Swithin's School, Winchester |3 Salesian College |86 School of St. Helen and St. Katherine |103 Sedbergh School |27 Sheffield high School |99 Shrewsbury High School |85 Sir William Perkins' School |87 South Hampstead High School |64 Stamford School |71 Stamford High School |64 Stockport Grammar School |269 Stonyhurst College |24 Stowe School |5 Streatham Hill and Clapham High School |154 Sutton High School |66 Sutton Valence School |50 Sydenham High School |109 Talbot Heath School |139 Taunton School |50 Tonbridge School |2 Trent College |116 Trinity School of John Whitgift |136 Truro School |110 Truro High School |55 University College School |69 Upton Hall Convent School |153 Ursuline High School |133 Wakefield High School |143 Walthamstow Hall |77 Warwick School |137 |Wellingborough School Wellington College |44 Wellington School |199 Wells Cathedral School |66 West Buckland School |52 Westminster School |26 Whitgift School |101 William Hulme Grammar School |207 Wimbledon High School |63 Winchester College |25 Wisbech Grammar School |236 Withington Girls' School |89 Wolverhampton Grammar School |260 Woodbridge School |101 Woodhouse Grove School |113 Wycliffe College |42 |------ Total |26,900
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local education authorities which pay for places for pupils residing in their areas to attend independent schools, excluding special schools ; and what are the numbers of pupils each supported in whole or in part during 1987-88.
Mr. Butcher : On the basis of returns made to the Department by local education authorities in January 1988 the numbers of pupils being funded by local education authorities to attend independent schools, excluding pupils either at special schools or receiving special educational treatment, were as follows :
Local education authorities |Number of pupils --------------------------------------------------------- Barking |0 Barnet |4 Bexley |0 Brent |0 Bromley |0 Croydon |8 Ealing |0 Enfield |9 Haringey |0 Harrow |0 Havering |7 Hillingdon |4 Hounslow |0 Kingston-upon-Thames |2 Merton |0 Newham |9 Redbridge |82 Richmond-upon-Thames |1 Sutton |0 Waltham Forest |0 ILEA |78 Birmingham |9 Coventry |0 Dudley |4 Sandwell |2 Solihull |0 Walsall |4 Wolverhampton |4 Knowsley |6 Liverpool |5 St. Helens |5 Sefton |0 Wirral |630 Bolton |5 Bury |1 Manchester |0 Oldham |9 Rochdale |3 Salford |4 Stockport |5 Tameside |1 Trafford |1,524 Wigan |9 Barnsley |0 Doncaster |0 Rotherham |0 Sheffield |0 Bradford |0 Calderdale |180 Kirklees |3 Leeds |0 Wakefield |0 Newcastle-upon-Tyne |4 North Tyneside |0 South Tyneside |0 Sunderland |0 Isles of Scilly |0 Avon |16 Bedfordshire |0 Berkshire |0 Buckinghamshire |7 Cambridgeshire |26 Cheshire |956 Cleveland |8 Cornwall |0 Cumbria |8 Derbyshire |2 Dorset |3 East Sussex |32 Essex |5 Gloucestershire |31 Hampshire |11 Hereford and Worcester |257 Hertfordshire |13 Humberside |3 Isle of Wight |3 Kent |11 Lancashire |56 Leicestershire |12 Lincolnshire |624 North Yorkshire |8 Northamptonshire |0 Northumberland |0 Nottinghamshire |20 Oxfordshire |0 Shropshire |8 Somerset |11 Staffordshire |0 Suffolk |0 Surrey |28 Warwickshire |25 West Sussex |26 Wiltshire |97 Clwyd |15 Dyfed |1 Gwent |1 Gwynedd |20 Mid Glamorgan |0 Powys |0 South Glamorgan |1 West Glamorgan |1
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list in the Official Report, specifying in each case the local authorities concerned, the voluntary body concerned and the name, composition and status of the schools, those schools which from 1980 to the latest date for which information is available, have changed from (a) independent to voluntary status and (b) voluntary to independent.
Mr. Freeman : Total defence expenditure since 1958, including Supply Estimates provision for 1988-89, has been £219 billion in cash and £600 billion at 1988-89 prices, using defence-specific price deflators.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has made for the production of military plutonium following the decommissioning of Chapelcross and Calder Hall nuclear power stations.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what caused the explosion at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield in Berkshire on Friday 2 December ; at what time the explosion occurred ; if there were any casualties ; and what damage was caused to property at Burghfield and in the surrounding area ; (2) if it is normal practice to burn surplus high explosives at Burghfield ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) what information was given to the media following the explosion at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield on Friday 2 December.
Mr. Sainsbury : A minor unplanned explosion occurred at AWE Burghfield at 0606 on the morning of 2 December. It took place during the routine burning of surplus conventional explosive waste on a special open site, within the main boundary fence, which is normally used for this purpose. There was no personal injury and no danger to the work force or public at any time. Such burning is controlled remotely and is carried out when the work force is not present as an additional safety precaution. The slight damage sustained on site was localised to a few broken windows and, to the best of our knowledge, no damage was caused outside the establishment. No radioactive material was involved or in any way at risk in this incident. The handling and disposal of the explosives are governed by strict controls laid down by the Defence Safety Services Organisation (DSSO). These regulations and checks cover such matters as safety distances, warnings, demarcation, access, emergency services, procedures and records. The DSSO had licensed AWE Burghfield to carry out explosive disposal in recognition of their compliance with these standards but such work has now been suspended while a detailed enquiry is conducted into the cause of the explosion. Security considerations preclude publication of the enquiry report though the local trades unions will be fully involved.
The site's own emergency services were on hand but were not required to take any immediate action as there was no fire and no continuing emergency. Likewise, the local fire brigade and police were alerted automatically but took no action on arrival. The essential facts were made available to the media promptly.