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Mr. Douglas Hogg : We intend to establish before next summer pilot schemes for the disclosure of police information about those seeking to work with children in the voluntary sector.

Metropolitan Police

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the annual cost, for each year since 1987, of the public relations branch of the Metropolitan police.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that staffing and accommodation costs and spending on publicity and recruitment advertising by the directorate of public affairs was £4,555,000 for 1987-88. The estimate for 1988-89 is £5, 321,000.

Satellites (Crashes)

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if any emergency plans are being prepared for the possibility of the Solar Maximum satellite crashing on (a) London or (b) elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

Mr. John Patten : I understand that current assessments indicate that there is no risk of Solar Maximum, which is not nuclear powered, crashing on the United Kingdom and specific plans are not therefore being prepared.

Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986

Mr. Bowis : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought


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under regulation 61 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and how many convictions obtained ; and what steps he is taking to ensure the enforcement of this legislation.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Separate information is not collected centrally on court proceedings for offences under regulation 61, but is combined with a variety of other offences relating to vehicles in dangerous or defective condition. The available information is published annually in "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary tables" (table 5 of the issue for 1987, which will be published soon). Since 1 October 1986, the police have been able to issue fixed penalty notices for these offences as an alternative to prosecution. All forces now also operate vehicle defect rectification schemes by which drivers can avoid prosecution for certain offences if they produce evidence that defective vehicles have been repaired or scrapped.

Further information is given in Home Office statistical bulletin 32/88, table 13 of which suggests that in 1987 there was a large rise in the enforcement of vehicle defect offences generally, as a result of these new methods of enforcement.

Lenient Sentences

Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to issue a commencement order for section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to give the Attorney-General the power to refer lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : We plan to bring section 36 into effect on 1 February.

Royal Ordnance Factory, Burghfield

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what emergency services attended the Royal Ordnance factory, Burghfield, following the explosion on Friday 2 December ; if any casualties were sustained amongst emergency personnel ; and at what time outside emergency services arrived at Burghfield.

Mr. John Patten : I understand that the police and the fire brigade attended. No casualties were reported among emergency personnel. The police arrived at the incident at 06.20 hours and the fire brigade at 06.24 hours.

Armley Prison

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average prisoners remanded to Armley remain in prison before being brought to trial.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Information is not available centrally on the average time spent on remand in individual establishments. The information available relates to the average time spent on remand in all prison service establishments by untried and convicted unsentenced prisoners and is published annually in "Prison Statistics, England and Wales" (tables 2(c) and 2 (d) of the latest issue for 1986, Cm. 210, a copy of which is in the Library). The 1987 issue will be published shortly.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are in Armley prison as a result of not paying bills or fines.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : On 31 October 1988, the latest date for which information is readily available, there were 18 fine defaulters and no prisoners held for non-payment of debts in Leeds prison.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners there were in Armley prison on 1 December ; how many were (a) in cells of their own and (b) in the hospital wing ; and how many were on remand.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : On 1 December 1,291 prisoners were held in Her Majesty's prison, Leeds. Of these, 613 were untried and 107 had been convicted and awaited sentence. 33 prisoners were located in the hospital wing. On 13 November, the most recent date for which cell-occupancy figures are available, 62 prisoners were accommodated in cells of their own.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in Armley prison go to education classes (a) every day or (b) every week.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The readily available information is as follows. It is planned that for 5-9 December there will be an average of 182 education places available for prisoners per day, and 498 individual prisoners will attend education classes.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have died in Armley prison since January ; and how many of those deaths have been classified as suicides by coroners' inquests.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Six inmates have died in Armley prison, Leeds, since January. Of these deaths, three have been confirmed as suicide by coroners' inquests, and two as deaths by natural causes. One inquest has yet to take place.

Justices' Clerks

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the reponsibilities of a clerk to the justices for a petty sessional area ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The principal reponsibilities are as set out in sections 28 and 29 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1979.

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the scale of salaries for a clerk to the justices for a petty sessional area (a) in London, (b) in the shire counties, and (c) in the metropolitan counties ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The salary payable to a clerk to the justices outside inner London ranges from £16,005 (rising to £17,598 by increments) to £30,978 (rising to £34,638 by increments) according to the population of the petty sessions area concerned. In inner London the principal chief clerk has a salary of £35,370 and the chief clerks have an incremental salary scale of £27,819-£30,747. The above figures all exclude London weighting where payable. Increases in pay are now subject to arbitration.

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the level of London weighting


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allowance awarded to a clerk to the justices for a petty sessional area ; if he has any plans to review present arrangements ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The London weighting allowance payable to a clerk to the Justices is as follows :


                                                        |£          

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(1) Magistrates courts service (excluding inner London)             

     (i) Greater London                                 |792        

    (ii) Inner Fringe                                   |357        

   (iii) Outer Fringe                                   |243        

                                                                    

(2) Inner London Magistrates courts service             |1,500      

London weighting is under review as part of the current pay negotiations.

Magistrates' Courts (Staff)

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals for the recruitment of additional staff in the magistrates' courts in order to deal with the growing backlog of cases ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : There is provision for 200 additional court posts in the next financial year, and we shall obviously have local operational difficulties in mind in considering applications for increases in complement. We shall keep the position under review in the light of the outcome of the arbitration on the current pay negotiations. We also hope to increase, through the provision of training, the number of staff from within the courts service qualified to act as court clerks.

Terrorism

Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is (a) the tonnage of explosives and (b) the number of firearms found as a ration of houses searched under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Acts 1974, 1976 and 1984 for each year from 1974 to the latest available date.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The information is not available and could not be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what has been the total number of people (a) detained, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act in each year since 1974 ; and if he will provide a breakdown of the figures between men and women ; (2) if he will provide a breakdown of the people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act for each year since 1974 (a) at ports ; (b) at airports ; (c) in their homes and (d) in other places ; and if he will provide a breakdown of these figures between men and women detainees.

Mr. Hurd : The readily available information on those detained under the prevention of terrorism legislation in Great Britain is published quarterly in Home Office statistical bulletins which are placed in the Library ; the latest, Issue 29/88, gives information on those detained up to the third quarter of 1988. Information on the outcome of charges following detention under this legislation is published in the end of year bulletins in this series ; tables


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6 and 7 of Issue 11/88 give the figures for those detained over the period of the current legislation. Figures relating to earlier legislation can be obtained from corresponding earlier bulletins in this series.

Extradition

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of extradition requests made to the Republic of Ireland in each year since 1967, indicating how many of those requests were for crimes of a terrorist nature and how many requests were for other types of crime, and show for each year the number of those extradition requests which were granted for (a) crimes of a terrorist nature and (b) other types of crimes and how many were refused for each class of crime ; if he will indicate for each of those years, and each class of crime, how many extradition requests and warrants were found by the Irish authorities and the Irish courts to be unacceptable ; if he will also publish in the Official Report the same information for extradition requests made to the United Kingdom by the Republic of Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The readily available information on extradition requests between England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland is given in the following tables. This is based mainly on information provided by police forces. Requests involving terrorist offences are specified where known.


Requests made by England and Wales for return of persons from the                                                                                           

Republic of Ireland                                                                                                                                         

                          |Requests made            |Requests granted         |Requests refused         |Requests not acted on for                          

                                                                                                        |other reasons<3>                                   

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1982                      |41                       |17                       |1                        |23                                                 

1983                      |31                       |11                       |-                        |20                                                 

1984                      |29                       |15                       |-                        |14                                                 

1985                      |23                       |5                        |-                        |18                                                 

1986                      |<1>12                    |1                        |<1>1                     |10                                                 

1987                      |5                        |1                        |2                        |2                                                  

1988                      |<2>7                     |1                        |-                        |<2><4>6                                            


Requests received in England and Wales for the return of persons to                                                                                         

the Republic of Ireland                                                                                                                                     

                          |Requests received        |Requests granted         |Requests refused         |Requests not acted on for                          

                                                                                                        |other reasons<3>                                   

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1982                      |9                        |7                        |-                        |2                                                  

1983                      |15                       |11                       |-                        |4                                                  

1984                      |31                       |24                       |-                        |7                                                  

1985                      |29                       |18                       |-                        |11                                                 

1986                      |15                       |5                        |3                        |7                                                  

1987                      |20                       |14                       |-                        |6                                                  

1988                       Not yet available                                                                                                                

<1> includes 1 case involving terrorist offences                                                                                                            

<2> includes 2 cases involving terrorist offences                                                                                                           

<3> e.g. because the fugitive could not be traced                                                                                                           

<4> some cases pending                                                                                                                                      


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Parliamentary Constituencies

Mr. Riddick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Boundary Commission for England intends to conduct any further interim reviews of parliamentary constituencies.

Mr. Hurd : The commission has told me of its intention to conduct a review of the Buckingham and Milton Keynes county constituencies.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act

Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of people (a) detained, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in each year since 1984 to the latest available date ; and if he will provide a breakdown of the figures into men and women.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Most of the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 were implemented on 1 January 1986. Home Office statistical bulletins have been published regularly since then, the latest, Issue 14/88, giving figures for 1987. These bulletins cover the operation of those sections of the Act on which chief constables are required to publish statistics, ie stops and searches, road checks, detentions beyond 24 hours without charge and intimate searches.

The only criminal offence created by the Act relates to the improper disclosure of information by a member, officer or servant of the Police Complaints Authority (section 98). There have been no convictions under this section.

Information on all persons convicted, including separate figures for men and women, is published in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1987" (Cm. 498) and in a companion set of five supplementary volumes. All the publications referred to are in the Library.

Data Protection Act

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish the terms of reference of the

interdepartmental group reviewing the workings of the Data Protection Act ; to what extent the group is initially concentrating its efforts on reporting on registration requirements ; and whether it is intended that the group shall recommend changes to strengthen data subjects rights or the registrar's powers under the Act.

Mr. Renton : The terms of reference of the interdepartmental review committee on the Data Protection Act 1984 are :

"To review the Data Protection Act 1984 in the light of experience gained during its implementation, with particular reference to the impact on data users of the registration requirements ; and to make recommendations."

The committee will review the Act as a whole and will recommend such changes as it considers necessary on any aspect of the Act.

SCOTLAND

Radioactivity

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the cost to date of analysing water,


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vegetation, soil and food samples for radioactivity levels and of administering measures to control contaminated food and to compensate affected farming businesses, since the Chernobyl accident.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The total costs incurred by the Scottish Office are estimated to be in the region of £3.2 million comprising about £1 million for staff and associated administration costs, about £0.5 million in relation to analysis and monitoring and about £1.7 million for compensation to farmers in the restricted areas.

National Council for Vocational Qualifications

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has considered the responses to the consultative paper on whether the remit of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications should extend to Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Rifkind : I have decided that the advantages to be gained by individuals and employers in Scotland from the development of nationally recognised vocational standards can be achieved without extension of the remit of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications to Scotland at present. The Scottish Vocational Education Council (SCOTVEC) will continue to work closely with employers, examining bodies, and the training agency in the United Kingdom to ensure that its qualifications meet the needs of British as well as Scottish employers. I look forward to SCOTVEC continuing to maintain and develop its constructive relationship with the NCVQ, which I will keep under review.

Teachers (Premature Retirement)

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the total number of school-teachers, by age and by sex, who were granted premature retirement during the academic session 1987-88.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave her on Thursday 3 November which set out the available information.

School Rolls

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the total number of school-pupils at the most recent available date in attendance at nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in each local education authority, giving the breakdown by region and by division.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The numbers of pupils in education authority schools in September 1987 are given in the table.


                |Nursery  |Primary  |Secondary|Special            

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Borders         |400      |8,160    |6,330    |180                

Central         |2,510    |23,520   |18,380   |380                

Dumfries and                                                      

   Galloway     |440      |12,300   |9,800    |160                

Fife            |4,280    |30,550   |22,450   |630                

Grampian        |2,700    |43,040   |31,910   |1,000              

Highland        |620      |19,280   |14,350   |400                

Lothian         |8,020    |54,360   |41,190   |1,550              

Strathclyde     |17,730   |201,510  |153,290  |4,200              

Tayside         |2,400    |31,110   |24,000   |480                

Orkney          |90       |1,790    |1,340    |10                 

Shetland        |110      |2,370    |1,660    |10                 

Western Isles   |-        |2,930    |2,480    |30                 

                |-------  |-------  |-------  |-------            

All Scotland    |39,290   |430,920  |327,170  |9,020              

                                                                  

Argyll and Bute |-        |5,720    |4,420    |90                 

Ayr             |2,540    |33,440   |26,180   |490                

Dunbarton       |2,020    |30,320   |22,920   |450                

Glasgow (City)  |8,360    |54,760   |37,910   |1,790              

Lanark          |2,310    |46,360   |37,070   |840                

Renfrew         |2,510    |30,910   |24,790   |550                

PIEDA Report

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of producing the Planning, Industrial and Economic Development Advisers' report.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The cost of the PIEDA report was £20, 597.

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the Planning, Industrial and Economic Development Advisers' report.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : No. My right hon. and learned Friend will not publish the PIEDA report. It is a confidential report prepared for Government.


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Glasgow Western Infirmary

Mr. Galloway : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans there are for the future of the accident and emergency service at the Glasgow Western Infirmary ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Greater Glasgow health board is currently conducting a strategic review of all accident and emergency services in Glasgow and has no plans to alter the level of accident and emergency services provided at Glasgow Western Infirmary. However, as a result of an earlier staffing review the senior medical staffing level has been strengthened. A full-time consultant in accident and emergency has taken up post and an appointment for a second full-time consultant has recently been made.

Electricity

Mr. Hood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the types of plants at each of the South of Scotland Electricity Board areas and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board areas and their respective output capacity each year since 1979, showing these figures in percentage terms of the overall output.

Mr. Lang : The information, provided by the Scottish electricity boards on the same basis as their annual reports and accounts for the years in question, is as follows :


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South of Scotland Electricity Board Area                                                                   

Per cent.                                                                                                  

                   |1978-79|1979-80|1980-81|1981-82|1982-83|1983-84|1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88        

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Coal and Slurry    |65.2   |69.2   |65.7   |66.6   |50.7   |48.2   |22.0   |53.1   |42.8   |52.0           

Heavy Fuel Oil     |11.9   |6.1    |1.1    |1.0    |-      |-0.1   |27.9   |0.1    |5.3    |-              

Nuclear<1>         |21.9   |23.4   |31.7   |31.2   |47.7   |50.5   |49.2   |45.5   |50.5   |46.4           

Hydro and Sundries |1.0    |1.3    |1.5    |1.2    |1.6    |1.4    |0.9    |1.3    |1.4    |1.6            

                   |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---            

Total              |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0          

<1>Nuclear output includes Chapelcross Power Station owned and operated by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.      


South of Scotland Electricity Board Area                                                                   

Per cent.                                                                                                  

                   |1978-79|1979-80|1980-81|1981-82|1982-83|1983-84|1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88        

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Coal and Slurry    |65.2   |69.2   |65.7   |66.6   |50.7   |48.2   |22.0   |53.1   |42.8   |52.0           

Heavy Fuel Oil     |11.9   |6.1    |1.1    |1.0    |-      |-0.1   |27.9   |0.1    |5.3    |-              

Nuclear<1>         |21.9   |23.4   |31.7   |31.2   |47.7   |50.5   |49.2   |45.5   |50.5   |46.4           

Hydro and Sundries |1.0    |1.3    |1.5    |1.2    |1.6    |1.4    |0.9    |1.3    |1.4    |1.6            

                   |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---    |---            

Total              |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0  |100.0          

<1>Nuclear output includes Chapelcross Power Station owned and operated by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.      

Local Authority Rents

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average weekly local authority rent in Scotland for each of the financial years 1979-80 to 1989-90, expressed as a percentage of average male manual earnings.

Lord James Douglas Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the table :


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Finance Year            |Rent<1> as a percentage                        

                        |of earnings<2>                                 

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1979-80                 |5.7                                            

1980-81                 |5.8                                            

1981-82                 |6.7                                            

1982-83                 |7.3                                            

1983-84                 |7.3                                            

1984-85                 |7.3                                            

1985-86                 |7.4                                            

1986-87                 |7.8                                            

1987-88                 |8.4                                            

<1> Average unrebated local authority rent per dwelling per week as at  

30 September, based on local authorities' statistical returns to the    

Scottish Development Department.                                        

<2> Average weekly earnings of full-time (male and female) adult        

employees in major production and transport industries, based on        

Department of Employment surveys. Separate figures for earnings of male 

adult employees are not available.                                      

Note:                                                                   

Average earnings figures are not available for 1988-89 or 1989-90.      

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average weekly unrebated


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local authority rent in Scotland for each of the financial years 1979-80 to 1989-90, expressed by local authority area.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the table. Local authorities have yet to set their rent levels for 1989- 90.


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Average weekly unrebated local authority rent in Scotland at 30 September                                      

                       |1979-80|1980-81|1981-82|1982-83|1983-84|1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89        

                       |£      |£      |£      |£      |£      |£      |£      |£      |£      |£<1>           

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Scotland               |4.92   |5.66   |7.69   |9.02   |9.86   |10.46  |11.55  |12.99  |14.58  |16.23          

                                                                                                               

Berwickshire           |5.87   |6.94   |8.91   |11.01  |11.55  |12.75  |13.77  |14.40  |15.34  |16.81          

Ettrick and Lauderdale |5.25   |5.89   |6.44   |10.15  |11.00  |13.22  |13.14  |13.14  |13.88  |14.47          

Roxburgh               |5.79   |6.83   |9.46   |11.38  |12.42  |13.43  |14.72  |16.38  |16.87  |18.23          

Tweeddale              |4.31   |6.07   |8.33   |10.51  |11.33  |11.28  |11.34  |12.69  |13.14  |14.10          

Clackmannan            |4.62   |5.33   |7.19   |9.33   |10.25  |11.21  |11.66  |12.86  |14.34  |16.32          

Falkirk                |3.95   |5.31   |6.68   |8.96   |10.17  |10.68  |11.61  |12.54  |13.89  |15.38          

Stirling               |4.39   |5.71   |6.88   |7.82   |9.28   |9.29   |11.55  |13.62  |15.07  |16.04          

Annandale and Eskdale  |5.30   |6.38   |8.55   |10.21  |11.68  |12.91  |13.85  |15.22  |16.49  |18.29          

Nithsdale              |3.83   |4.80   |7.11   |8.76   |9.60   |10.50  |11.48  |13.13  |13.86  |15.45          

Stewartry              |5.20   |6.57   |9.57   |11.92  |12.65  |13.96  |14.09  |15.45  |16.45  |18.08          

Wigtown                |4.88   |6.13   |8.53   |10.68  |11.99  |14.17  |15.79  |16.69  |16.70  |17.51          

Dunfermline            |4.79   |5.74   |8.47   |10.63  |11.66  |12.16  |12.15  |13.46  |14.70  |16.67          

Kirkcaldy              |4.64   |5.63   |8.08   |9.61   |10.45  |11.60  |12.60  |13.85  |15.32  |17.02          

North East Fife        |4.94   |6.93   |9.56   |11.26  |12.73  |12.69  |13.82  |15.87  |17.07  |17.02          

Aberdeen               |4.73   |5.62   |5.97   |6.96   |7.92   |8.89   |11.21  |12.55  |14.69  |16.02          

Banff and Buchan       |5.14   |5.46   |7.72   |9.96   |11.25  |12.43  |13.80  |14.98  |15.61  |17.13          

Gordon                 |6.16   |6.68   |8.23   |10.17  |11.41  |11.91  |13.63  |14.91  |15.11  |16.41          

Kincardine and Deeside |4.41   |5.35   |7.54   |9.46   |10.52  |11.80  |13.01  |13.85  |14.34  |14.70          

Moray                  |5.34   |6.79   |7.76   |8.02   |10.35  |11.64  |13.58  |14.03  |15.66  |17.35          

Badenoch and                                                                                                   

   Strathspey          |4.95   |6.54   |8.44   |9.88   |11.52  |12.56  |13.50  |15.35  |15.32  |16.90          

Caithness              |4.19   |5.02   |6.89   |8.41   |9.67   |11.75  |12.65  |13.69  |14.84  |16.48          

Inverness              |5.69   |6.37   |9.60   |9.80   |10.54  |11.28  |13.19  |14.02  |15.96  |18.01          

Lochaber               |4.43   |4.74   |8.23   |10.65  |11.36  |12.28  |12.98  |14.29  |16.03  |16.96          

Nairn                  |4.84   |5.22   |7.50   |9.97   |11.23  |12.15  |13.53  |14.68  |15.79  |17.28          

Ross and Cromarty      |5.12   |6.27   |8.25   |9.75   |10.75  |11.99  |12.73  |14.73  |15.85  |17.46          

Skye and Lochalsh      |4.96   |7.02   |8.07   |10.41  |11.08  |13.02  |14.91  |17.13  |14.97  |17.45          

Sutherland             |5.56   |6.31   |8.72   |9.79   |10.76  |11.83  |12.80  |14.17  |14.43  |15.56          

East Lothian           |4.88   |5.70   |7.30   |8.55   |10.23  |11.10  |12.39  |13.36  |14.71  |16.16          

Edinburgh              |6.52   |7.63   |9.54   |11.04  |12.28  |13.53  |13.35  |13.39  |15.23  |17.10          

Midlothian             |4.76   |5.72   |7.19   |9.03   |9.90   |10.77  |11.83  |12.76  |13.71  |14.71          

West Lothian           |4.36   |5.29   |8.18   |9.76   |10.48  |10.98  |11.78  |12.63  |13.53  |14.85          

Argyll and Bute        |5.44   |6.87   |9.73   |11.84  |13.43  |14.61  |15.32  |15.31  |15.80  |18.14          

Bearsden and Milngavie |5.49   |5.85   |8.85   |10.25  |10.87  |11.45  |12.17  |14.23  |16.58  |18.15          

Clydebank              |4.03   |5.43   |7.04   |8.52   |9.04   |10.04  |12.19  |15.04  |17.06  |19.29          

Clydesdale<2>          |4.59   |6.07   |7.51   |9.22   |9.69   |10.70  |12.15  |13.02  |13.85  |15.66          

Cumbernauld and                                                                                                

   Kilsyth             |4.90   |6.32   |8.93   |10.13  |10.12  |10.61  |12.74  |14.75  |16.42  |18.11          

Cumnock and Doon                                                                                               

   Valley              |4.02   |5.10   |7.46   |8.85   |9.89   |10.39  |11.11  |12.15  |13.61  |14.97          

Cunninghame            |5.17   |5.17   |7.14   |8.01   |8.84   |8.85   |8.85   |10.50  |13.01  |14.80          

Dumbarton              |4.02   |4.70   |7.49   |8.51   |8.56   |9.38   |9.38   |11.68  |14.60  |18.08          

East Kilbride          |4.63   |6.49   |8.34   |10.56  |11.43  |12.44  |13.49  |15.55  |16.53  |17.48          

Eastwood               |5.14   |6.06   |8.50   |9.96   |10.52  |11.02  |11.50  |11.94  |12.45  |13.74          

Glasgow                |5.33   |6.45   |8.39   |9.10   |9.61   |9.63   |10.65  |12.61  |14.63  |16.95          

Hamilton               |4.17   |4.86   |6.26   |8.28   |9.33   |10.03  |10.95  |12.80  |14.86  |15.93          

Inverclyde             |5.29   |5.93   |7.30   |7.81   |8.31   |9.08   |11.30  |12.40  |13.33  |14.36          

Kilmarnock and                                                                                                 

   Loudoun             |4.39   |5.71   |7.96   |8.58   |9.08   |9.59   |10.59  |12.42  |13.85  |14.84          

Kyle and Carrick       |5.27   |5.30   |6.25   |8.59   |9.61   |10.42  |12.18  |13.37  |14.38  |15.57          

Monklands              |4.39   |5.23   |6.57   |8.34   |9.30   |9.30   |11.32  |13.68  |15.50  |16.93          

Motherwell             |4.36   |5.20   |7.40   |7.91   |8.91   |9.91   |11.27  |12.46  |14.10  |15.09          

Renfrew                |4.43   |5.34   |7.19   |8.10   |8.33   |8.81   |9.81   |11.50  |12.99  |14.11          

Strathkelvin           |4.34   |5.68   |8.54   |9.22   |9.69   |10.57  |11.62  |14.18  |15.31  |17.15          

Angus                  |4.73   |5.12   |8.03   |9.05   |10.74  |11.70  |12.66  |13.77  |14.58  |14.73          

Dundee                 |5.08   |5.91   |5.91   |7.26   |8.07   |8.80   |9.82   |11.63  |13.61  |16.18          

Perth and Kinross      |4.01   |5.19   |7.66   |10.54  |10.78  |10.77  |11.93  |12.93  |13.88  |14.67          

Orkney Islands         |5.65   |6.75   |7.93   |9.33   |10.12  |11.00  |13.16  |14.49  |15.99  |17.49          

Shetland Islands       |4.75   |5.60   |8.00   |10.43  |10.57  |10.52  |13.43  |14.97  |15.93  |17.40          

Western Isles          |5.32   |7.19   |9.48   |12.12  |13.04  |14.88  |15.47  |16.50  |17.52  |18.63          

<1> 1988-89 figures taken from Rating Review Estimates of Income and Expenditure published by the Chartered    

Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.                                                                   

<2> Prior to 1980 this was Lanark District.                                                                    


Column 295

Housing

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will produce figures for the total stock of dwellings for Scotland by tenure ; and if he will express those figures by local authority area.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Estimates of the dwelling stock in Scotland by tenure are published quarterly in "Housing and Construction Statistics". The numbers of domestic subjects on the valuation roll by tenure for each local authority area in Scotland are published annually in "Rating Review : Estimates of Income and Expenditure Summary Volume" by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Copies of both publications are available in the Library.

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of local authority dwellings in Scotland, expressed by house type.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The available information is set out in the table.


Estimated local authority dwelling stock by house type,       

Scotland                                                      

1988                                                          

Dwelling type         |Number of dwellings                    

                      |(thousand)                             

--------------------------------------------------------------

House                 |332                                    

Highrise flat         |54                                     

Tenement flat         |94                                     

Other flat/maisonette |315                                    

Type not known        |32                                     

                      |-------                                

Total                 |827                                    

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much subsidy in terms of housing support grant and rate fund contribution has been paid and is estimated to be paid in respect of local authorities for each of the financial years 1979-80 to 1989-90, both in total, and expressed as a subsidy per dwelling for the total number of dwellings in local authority control and in respect of those authorities in receipt of subsidy.

Lord James Douglas Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the table :


Financial year            |Total subsidies          |Subsidies per dwelling<1>|Subsidies per dwelling<2>                          

                          |£ million                |£                        |£                                                  

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1979-80                   |286.324                  |320.50                   |320.50                                             

1980-81                   |307.603                  |343.68                   |343.68                                             

1981-82                   |268.175                  |300.21                   |300.21                                             

1982-83                   |229.341                  |259.28                   |264.02                                             

1983-84                   |195.331                  |223.80                   |228.24                                             

1984-85                   |206.230                  |239.07                   |243.79                                             

1985-86                   |162.572                  |180.08                   |200.28                                             

1986-87                   |120.777                  |135.42                   |151.29                                             

1987-88                   |82.966                   |102.96                   |104.79                                             

1988-89                   |76.588                   |94.75                    |99.13                                              

1989-90<3>                |63.854                   |82.45                    |243.00                                             

Notes:                                                                                                                            

<1>Calculated on the basis of the total number of dwellings held on local authority housing revenue accounts.                     

<2>Calculated on the basis of the numbers of dwellings held on local authority housing revenue accounts to which subsidy credited 

during that year.                                                                                                                 

<3>As estimated by the Scottish Development Department.                                                                           


Column 296

Extradition

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers of extradition requests made to the Republic of Ireland in each year since 1967, indicating how many of those requests were for crimes of a terrorist nature and how many requests were for other types of crimes, and show for each year the number of those extradition requests which were (a) granted (b) refused for (i) crimes of a terrorist nature and (ii) other types of crimes and how many were refused for each class of crime ; if he will also indicate for each of these years, and each class of crime, how many extradition requests and warrants were found by the Irish authorities and the Irish courts to be unacceptable ; if he will also publish in the Official Report the same information for extradition requests made to the United Kingdom by the Republic of Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information in respect of requests made to the Republic of Ireland prior to 1987 is not available centrally and cannot be ascertained. However, it is known that between 1967 and 1987 two requests were made in respect of a person accused of crimes of a terrorist nature. In 1973 a request was refused following an appeal to the High Court in Dublin. A request made in 1984 is still outstanding after the failure of the accused person to appear at an appeal hearing.

In 1987, requests were sent to the Republic of Ireland in three cases. None of these was in respect of crimes of a terrorist nature. In the current year, no requests have fallen to be made. In the period since the beginning of 1987, no requests have been refused. Information as to requests for the extradition of persons resident in Scotland from the Republic of Ireland is not available centrally and cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost, but I understand that such requests are likely to have averaged two or three per annum and, so far as can be ascertained, they have been granted.

EC (Regional Assistance)

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the total amount of European social fund moneys allocated to Scotland in each of the years 1983 to 1987, inclusive, and for each assisted area and function so designated to receive such funds.

Mr. Cope [holding answer 1 December 1988] : I have been asked to reply. We do not have information on what amounts were allocated specifically to Scotland for 1983 to 1984 under the European social fund.

For each of the years since 1985, the European Commission allocated to Scotland the following :


?

Year                 |ESF allocations in £                     

                     |millions                                 

---------------------------------------------------------------

1985                 |17.21                                    

1986                 |14.05                                    

1987                 |17.28                                    

The allocation to the Scottish areas of high and long term     

unemployment and/or the industrial and sectoral restructuring (

i.e. priority regions as defined by the European Commission)   

per year was:                                                  


?

Year                 |ESF allocations in £                     

                     |millions                                 

---------------------------------------------------------------

1985                 |17.21                                    

1986                 |14.05                                    

1987                 |17.28                                    

The allocation to the Scottish areas of high and long term     

unemployment and/or the industrial and sectoral restructuring (

i.e. priority regions as defined by the European Commission)   

per year was:                                                  

NATIONAL FINANCE

Press Briefings

13. Mr. Winnick : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next plans to hold a briefing meeting with journalists ; and what subjects he intends to discuss.

Mr. Major : I have nothing to add to the answer that the hon. Member received from my right hon. Friend on 11 November at columns 358-59.

17. Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that his future interviews with the press are recorded by two or more tape-recorders.

Mr. Major : I have nothing to add to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) earlier today.

IMF

14. Mr. Murphy : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet M. Michel Camdessus, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund ; and what matters will be discussed.

73. Mr. Rogers : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet M. Michel Camdessus, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund ; and what matters will be discussed.

Mr. Lawson : I expect to see M. Camdessus at the Interim Committee meeting in Washington in April, when a wide range of matters will be discussed.


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