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Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has made any estimate of the impact of 1992 and the single European market on the ability of the Government to prevent nationals of other EEC member countries owning shares in a privatised electricity supply industry.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has made any estimate of the anticipated generating and operating cost per kilowatt hour of (a) nuclear power and (b) fossil fuel power up to the year 2000.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the budget allocation to atomic energy research made by his Department for each financial year from 1979-80 to 1988-89 ; and what is his Department's anticipated expenditure for 1989-90.
|£ million ------------------------------ 1979-80 |146 1980-81 |188 1981-82 |203 1982-83 |212 1983-84 |204 1984-85 |196 1985-86 |190 1986-87 |158 1987-88 |141 1988-89 |145 Notes: Figures are rounded to the nearest million. The 1979-80 and 1980-81 figures are outturn figures taken from the 1983-84 Public Expenditure White Paper. Outturn figures for 1981-82 to 1986-87 are based on the Cabinet Office annual reviews of Government funded R and D which were first published in 1984. Figures for the years before 1986-87, when the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority was put on a trading fund basis, include some expenditure on non-R and D work. Figures for 1987-88 and 1988-89 are the costs incurred and expected to be incurred by the UKAEA on nuclear R and D work for the Department. Expenditure forecasts for 1989-90 will be published in the 1989 Public Expenditure White Paper.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the budget allocated for the Energy Efficiency Office for each financial year from 1979-80 to 1988-89 ; and what is his Department's anticipated expenditure for 1989-90.
|£ million ------------------------------ 1984-85 |16.8 1985-86 |20.5 1986-87 |26.0 1987-88 |24.5 1988-89 |20.8
Figures for my Department's estimated expenditure for 1989-90 will be published in the Public Expenditure White Paper.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many years the advanced gas cooled reactors at (a) Dungeness, (b) Hartlepool and (c) Heysham 1 are behind schedule ; and what has been the cost of delay for each individual advanced gas cooled reactor to date.
Mr. Michael Spicer : Magnetohydrodynamics is not considered to have sufficient promise to justify the substantial funds required to develop it. The advanced coal based generators--such as pressurised fluidised bed and the integrated coal gasification combined cycle generators--reported in Energy Paper 56 (a copy of which is in the Library of the House) are considered preferable and sufficient to meet United Kingdom requirements.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what were the staffing levels for the electricity supply industry for each financial year from 1979-80 to 1988-89 ; and what is the planned level for 1989-90.
Mr. Michael Spicer : The number of staff employed by the electricity supply industry of England and Wales in post on 31 March of each year from March 1979 to March 1988 and the planned levels for March 1989 and 1990 are as follows :
Year |Total Staff (all grades) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Outturn<1> March 1979 |159,825 1980 |158,780 1981 |154,910 1982 |146,655 1983 |141,385 1984 |137,210 1985 |133,718 1986 |131,446 1987 |131,087 1988 |130,217 Planned<2> March 1989 |130,200 1990 |129,580 <1> Data from the Handbook of Electricity Supply Industry Statistics, published by The Electricity Council. <2> Industry forecasts.
Year |Number ------------------------ 1979-80 |98,894 1980-81 |118,221 1981-82 |108,266 1982-83 |91,334 1983-84 |90,722 1984-85 |91,039 1985-86 |102,714 1986-87 |98,823 1987-88 |88,870
There is a continued downward trend in disconnections and in the 12 months ending 31 October 1988 the total was 80,592, the lowest since records began in 1976.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the advertising and promotional budget for the Central Electricity Generating Board, including the area boards for the years 1978-79 to 1987-88 ; and what is the anticipated expenditure for the next five years.
Column 376(of which £24.6 million represents advertising costs associated with the privatisation of British Gas) and £5.6 million respectively. The provision for 1988-89 is £6.5 million. It is not possible to identify separately all advertising and promotional expenditure before 1986-87. Forecasts of the Department's advertising and promotional expenditure for future years are not available. Further information on the Department's publicity budget will be published in the 1989 public expenditure White Paper early in the new year.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how much money has been set aside by the Central Electricity Generating Board in each of the last 10 years for (a) the decommissioning of nuclear plant and (b) the disposal of nuclear waste.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the major projects in hand for the construction of power stations by companies or groups other than National Power and Power Generators.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what information he has on the intention of the Central Electricity Generating Board on proceeding with the coal-fired power stations at West Burton and Kingsnorth.
He has received no application from the CEGB for consent to construct a coal fired power station at Kingsnorth. It is for the CEGB to decide whether and when to apply for consent to construct any new power station.
Mr. Doran : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what contribution has been made by the Central Electricity Generating Board towards the cost of decommissioning the Chapelcross nuclear installation ; and what further contributions the board or its successors will make towards these costs ;
(2) what contributions have been made by Departments of State and public corporations, other than the South of Scotland Electricity Board, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the Central Electricity Generating Board, to the costs of decommissioning the Chapelcross nuclear installation ; and what further contributions such bodies will make towards these costs ;
(3) on what basis the various contributions towards the costs of decommissioning the Chapelcross nuclear installation, whether from the Scottish electricity boards, the Central Electricity Generating Board, or from other public bodies and Departments of State, have been calculated ;
(4) what contributions have been made by the South of Scotland Electricity Board and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board towards the cost of decommissioning the Chapelcross nuclear installation ; and what further contributions the boards or their successors will make towards these costs.
Mr. Michael Spicer : Neither the Central Electricity Generating Board nor its successors has any liability for the costs which will be incurred in decommissioning the nuclear facilities at Chapelcross.
No contributions have yet been made by customers towards the costs of decommissioning the Chapelcross facilities, since these facilities are still in operation. The eventual contributions of British Nuclear Fuels plc and other bodies towards these costs will be assessed on the basis of the relevant share of usage of the facilities. Where appropriate, provisions have been made for such decommissioning in the accounts of the bodies concerned on the basis of current cost estimates.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish his Department's operating statistics for each completed month of employment training for Nottingham, specifying (a) the end of month profile for each region, (b) the actual number in training in each region, (c) the number of starts in each month in each region, (d) the number of leavers each month, (e) how many of the trainees are on employment training training allowance and (f) how many are still receiving wages from the Community programme.
Mr. Nicholls : Most of the information requested is given in the following table. Regional profiles for starts are used for internal management purposes only. It is not yet possible to give figures on employment training leavers as the Training Agency's management information system does not differentiate between those who were on the new job training scheme or the community programme and those who were entrants to employment training.
Employment Training Statistics-Nottingham|C |September 1988|October 1988 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Starts |319 |667 In-training on allowances |970 |1,319 In-training on CP wages |2,513 |2,118 Total in-training |3,483 |3,437
Mr. Lee : In October 1988 the number of unfilled vacancies registered at jobcentres in the Greater London region, seasonally adjusted was 29,000. This figure does not include all vacancies in the economy. A survey conducted in June 1988 showed that there were around 150,000 vacancies in total in Greater London, around four and a half times the level of vacancies recorded at the jobcentre at that time.
Mr. Cran : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects the Health and Safety Commission working group on ionising radiations to report on its review of dose limits for acceptable levels of exposure to radiation.
Mr. Nicholls : The working group on ionising radiation is currently finalising its end of year report which will include advice on dose limitation. The report will be submitted to the Health and Safety Commission in the new year.
Mr. Lee : It is estimated from the labour force survey (LFS) that in spring 1987 there were 2,180 thousand people without a job who were economically inactive using the ILO/OECD definition--that is, either not seeking or not available for work--aged 16 and over in Great Britain, who said they would like a job.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number of children who turn up at hospital because of playground accidents for every month since his Department started collecting figures ; and if he will make a statement about those figures.
Mr. Nicholls : The table shows the available information. Before 1986 reports of playground injuries cannot be separately identified. While a large number of these major injuries would have required attention at hospital I have no information on the exact numbers. Non-fatal injuries in playgrounds other than those specified as major are not reportable. I shall be writing to the hon. Member about the monthly breakdown of the figures.
Injuries to children, 18 years of age or younger, reported to the Health and Safety Executive's Factory and Agriculture Inspectorates for years beginning 1 April 1986-87 <1>1987-88 |Fatal |<2>Major|Fatal |<2>Major --------------------------------------------------------------------- Resulting from sports activities in school playgrounds |0 |995 |2 |765 Resulting from indoor and outdoor play activities in school |0 |2,161 |1 |1,234 In playgrounds other than those in schools |1 |87 |1 |84 <1> Provisional <2> Major injuries as scheduled under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1986 (RIDDOR).
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many people have been employed in the Atomic Energy (Unit C) section of his Ministry in each of the last 10 years ; and if he will make a statement.
|Number ---------------------- 1978-83 |3 or 4 1984 |6 1985 |8 1986 |9 1987 |14 1988 |16
I am satisfied that Unit C of the Ministry's food science division, now known as the food safety (radiation) unit, has been adequately staffed to carry out its duties throughout this period.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has made the preliminary contour map of radioactive caesium deposition resulting from the aeriel survey of Cumbria available to all the farmers in the restricted area of that county ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make the preliminary contour map of radioactive caesium deposition resulting from the aerial survey of Cumbria available in the Library ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farmers and landowners (a) from the restricted area of Cumbria and (b) from outside the restricted area attended the meeting at Edenbridge house, Carlisle on 23 November to discuss the aerial survey of post-Chernobyl radioactivity ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ryder : The farmers and landowners who attended the meeting on 23 November were chosen by their representative organisations. I understand that all of them farm within the original restricted area of Cumbria, though the farms of three of them are no longer under restriction.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when his powers to ban a veterinary product if that product has satisfied the Veterinary Products Committee in terms of its safety, quality and efficacy and has therefore been granted a product licence were last used ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donald Thompson : It has rarely been necessary to use my power in this way, the last occasion being The Medicines (Hormones Growth Promoter) (Prohibition of Use) Regulations 1986, re-enacted in 1988, made to implement a Community decision which we had contested.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the expenditure by county in England and Wales under the agricultural improvement scheme for each of the last three years.
Total expenditure under the Agriculture Improvement Scheme was as follows: £ million |1985-86 |1986-87 |1987-88 |<1>1988 ------------------------------------------------------------ England |0.127 |6.670 |14.572 |4.672 Wales |0.054 |3.249 |5.88 |1.396 <1> April to June
Percentage distribution by Divisional Office was as follows: Division |Financial year 1986-87 |Financial year 1987-88 |June quarter 1988 |(includes any 1985-86 |percentage |percentage |expenditure) percentage ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Beverley |7.34 |5.52 |6.21 Carlisle |4.75 |10.61 |9.22 Newcastle |6.14 |7.10 |3.95 Northallerton |9.67 |8.81 |7.66 Crewe |7.99 |6.23 |7.19 Nottingham |5.29 |5.57 |6.86 Worcester |3.44 |4.63 |5.22 Preston |13.74 |7.32 |6.13 Lincoln |3.07 |2.61 |4.63 Chelmsford |3.30 |6.88 |10.69 Huntingdon |1.77 |1.96 |0.61 Norwich |1.89 |2.25 |2.57 Guildford |3.69 |4.68 |6.98 Maidstone |0.99 |3.36 |1.94 Oxford |2.14 |1.48 |0.85 Exeter |12.88 |8.66 |6.35 Gloucester |3.50 |3.62 |3.31 Taunton |4.45 |3.46 |4.56 Truro |3.96 |5.25 |5.07 |100.00 |100.00 |100.00 Caernarvon |8.79 |11.17 |11.16 Cardiff |3.06 |8.93 |3.07 Carmarthen |49.90 |38.65 |29.81 Llandrindod Wells |32.91 |34.00 |45.91 Ruthin |5.34 |7.25 |10.05 |100.00 |100.00 |100.00
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many chickens slaughtered for meat are tested for the presence of salmonella enteritidis ; and how many are found to carry the bacteria.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Testing is not a statutory requirement and no firm information is available. Advice has been issued to enforcement authorities on the identification and rejection of birds showing visible signs of salmonella enteritidis at post-mortem inspection. We have asked the industry to consider urgently what other steps can be taken. Salmonella is destroyed if poultry is cooked properly.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information available relates to men and women rather than fathers and mothers--child benefit is sometimes claimed by someone other than the parent, for example a grandparent. In Great Britain at 31 December 1987, about 135,000 child benefit claimants were men and about 6,545,000 claimants were women.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims in Stoke-on-Trent, North for disability benefit and for reduced earnings allowance are currently pending ; what is the average length of time claimants in Stoke-on-Trent, North are having to wait from the date when their claim is first submitted to the date when the medical examination is done ; what is the average waiting time between the receipt by his Department of the medical examination report and the payment of benefit ; if he will consider paying disability benefit and reduced earnings allowance in cases which are pending ; and how many consultants are currently available to undertake medical examinations to claimants in Stoke-on-Trent, North.
Mr. Scott : Claims from people living in Stoke-on-Trent, North constituency are dealt with by Stoke North local office, but their boundaries are not co terminous. The information which can be provided without incurring disproportionate cost is as follows. As at 6 December, Stoke-on-Trent, North local office had 68 claims for disablement benefit and reduced earnings allowance at the stage of initial enquiries and which had yet to be medically examined. Because payment of benefit is directly linked to an initial medical assessment of the degree of disablement, payment of benefit pending that assessment would not be appropriate.
There are 79 NHS consultants in the Stoke-on-Trent area who may be asked to carry out medical examinations of claimants.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Local offices of the Department are authorised to issue representative samples of social fund forms, including the crisis loan application form, to local advice agencies. I am satisfied that this arrangement is operating effectively. To issue other than representative quantities would be counter-productive as both the forms and the information contained within them are constantly under review.
Mr. Amos : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the relative merits of (a) the Leeming and (b) the Newcastle weather stations to determine the eligibility for cold weather payments for people in the Hexham constituency.