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Mr. Renton : Information on the numbers of deportation orders enforced, and of persons removed under supervised departure procedures is published quarterly in table 14 of Home Office statistical bulletin "Control of Immigration : Statistics". Figures up to the second quarter of 1988--the period immediately preceding that in which the Immigration Act 1988 came into force--were published on 16 September 1988 in issue 27/88 ; figures for the third quarter--during which the Act came into force--will be published in the next bulletin in this series on 15 December. The extension of the supervised departure procedures under the Act came into force on 10 July 1988, and the other provisions of the Act relevant to deportation procedures on 1 August.

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons deported from the United Kingdom in 1988 were detained, prior to their deportation, for (a) 110 days or less, (b) more than 110 days but less than six months and (c) more than six months.

Mr. Renton : The readily available information is given below and does not include those detained who were subsequently released before deportation. A total of 262 of the persons deported between 1 January and 30 September 1988 were detained under the Immigration Act 1971 prior to removal for the following periods :


                   |Number       

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Less than 3 months |217          

3 to 6 months      |35           

More than 6 months |10           

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1988 how many persons who were not held in detention were deported (a) 110 days or less, (b) more than 110 days but less than six months and (c) more than six months after the decision to deport was intimated.

Mr. Renton : The readily available information is as follows : Ninety four persons who were not detained immediately prior to removal were deported under section 3(5)(a) and 3(5)(b) of the Immigration Act 1971 between 1 January and 30 September 1988. The number of cases and the respective periods between the issue of a notice of intention to deport and enforcement of the deportation orders were as follows :


                   |Number       

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Less than 3 months |11           

3 to 6 months      |6            

More than 6 months |77           

Information about deportation orders enforced under section 3(6) is not available in the same way. These deportations follow the recommendation of a court and the length of time taken to enforce deportation, if the recommendation is accepted, will vary considerably depending on the length of any custodial sentence imposed by the court.

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he has given to allowing persons seeking leave to enter the United Kingdom who were aged 18 years or under and who were refused leave to enter and who wish to re-apply for leave relying on a DNA test to prove relationship.


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Mr. Renton : A person who makes a fresh application when he is 18 years of age or older will normally be expected to meet the requirements set out in paragraph 51 and 52 of the immigration rules. We have under consideration a number of cases of over-age reapplicants who do not qualify for admission under the rules, but we are not yet in a position to announce any general conclusion.

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals to introduce the DNA testing scheme for persons seeking leave to enter the United Kingdom ; if he has determined what charges would be imposed for such a service ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Renton : My right hon. Friend announced on 26 July that we were considering whether DNA testing should continue to be left to private initiative or organised on a centrally run scheme. He indicated that the cost of any such scheme should not fall on the taxpayer. We shall announce our conclusions on these matters as soon as possible.

Rugby Match (Breathalysing)

Sir Ian Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will call for and publish a detailed analysis of the offences committed by, or reasons given for stopping and breathalysing, the 300 motorists who were stopped and breathalysed on leaving the varsity match at Twickenham on 6 December.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I understand from the commissioner that 408 motorists were stopped in the vicinity of Twickenham rugby stadium on 6 December under the provisions of section 159 of the Road Traffic Act 1972. One hundred and seventy five drivers were required to provide speciments of breath under the provisions of section 7(1) of the 1972 Act. All the tests were negative.

Random Breath Testing

Sir Ian Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make it his policy that random breath testing will not be introduced surreptitiously or in any other way without prior constitutional process following a full debate in the House.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Random breath testing should not be permitted without primary legislation to amend existing police powers contained in the Road Traffic Act 1972. Any such legislation would be subject to the normal process of debate in the House.

NUS Demonstration

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has responded to the National Union of Students' request to set up a public inquiry into the National Union of Students demonstration on student loans held on Thursday 24 November ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on 29 November about the demonstration at columns 174-176. I see no grounds for a public inquiry and the National Union of Students is being advised accordingly.


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Police Numbers

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the allocation of additional police officers for Leicestershire for 1989-90.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to announce his decision on the Leicestershire application, and others, for more police posts. He hopes to do so soon.

Elections (Foreign Nationals)

Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will outline the nature of the proposals affecting the right of foreign nationals to vote in United Kingdom local elections and to stand for elected office which have been presented to the Council of Ministers by the Commission ; when the directive will be considered ; and if it will fall to be considered by majority vote in the Council.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The Commission's proposals are the subject of an explanatory memorandum the Home Office submitted to the Select Committee on European Legislation on 17 October, copies of which are available in the Library. I understand that the proposed directive is not being actively considered by the Council. Since it purports to be based on article 235 of the treaty of Rome, action would require the unaninous support of the Council.

Community Radio

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many areas are going to be designated for community radio franchises ;

(2) by what date the first batch of community radio franchises will be allocated ;

(3) what criteria will be used to decide which applications for community radio franchises are successful ;

(4) if any stages of the scrutiny of applications for community radio franchises will be held in public ;

(5) if he intends to have public consultations before allocating community radio franchises ;

(6) whether he will publish the applications of those who successfully bid for community radio franchises ;

(7) whether it is his intention that applicants for community radio franchises will be interviewed by the Independent Broadcasting Authority ;

(8) when it is his intention to place advertisements inviting applications for community radio franchises.

Mr. Renton : The Independent Broadcasting Authority's proposal to issue contracts for 20 new community radio stations was approved on 2 November this year. The geographical distribution of the new stations, the application procedure and the award of contracts are matters for the Independent Broadcasting Authority itself to determine, having regard to the provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1981.

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters of intent have been received by the Independent Broadcasting Authority prior to applications for community radio franchises.


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Mr. Renton : I am told by the Independent Broadcasting Authority that it has received 530 letters expressing interest in applying for a community radio station contract.

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on whether public bodies should be able to contribute funds to community radio stations for the purposes of specific community programmes projects or training schemes.

Mr. Renton : We propose that new legislation should permit public authorities (and voluntary bodies in receipt of public funds) to give reasonable financial support to local (including community) radio stations for the purposes of projects intended to provide a specific benefit to the community, to promote the arts, or to provide training under a scheme approved by the Government.

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many community radio stations will be on (a) FM and (b) AM ;

(2) whether any community radio franchises will be on the existing BBC FM sub-band.

Mr. Renton : Decisions on the assignment of frequencies will be taken after the IBA have received and considered formal applications for community radio franchises.

Satellite and Cable Television

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will apply the same regulatory standards to satellite and cable programmes, receivable in the United Kingdom, as presently apply to the pre -recorded video cassette industry under the Video Recordings Act 1984.

Mr. Renton : In our White Paper "Broadcasting in the 90s' : Competition, Choice and Quality" (November 1988, Cm. 517) we propose that all United Kingdom satellite, cable and microwave services should be subject to the strict consumer protection requirements set out in paragraph 6.10. These are not directly comparable with the requirements for the pre- recorded video cassette industry, because viewers obtain access to broadcast services and pre-recorded video cassettes under different circumstances. Our proposals for deterring unacceptable foreign satellite services receivable in the United Kingdom are set out in paragraphs 7.13 and 7.14 of the White Paper. Copies of the White Paper were placed in the Library.

Interception of Communications

Mr. Randall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria he uses in assessing whether a warrant is necessary in the interests of national security for the purposes of section 2(2)(a) of the Interception of Communications Act 1985.

Mr. Hurd : These matters are approached in the way set out when the 1985 Act was before Parliament--12 March 1985, col. 151-258--and in the preceding White Paper of February 1985 (Cm. 9438).

Security Service

Mr. Randall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report


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the criteria he will use in assessing the extent to which, in given circumstances, national security will require the protection of the Security Service.

Mr. Hurd : No.

Unlicensed Vehicles

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to when the Metropolitan police intend to mount their next special campaign in London to enforce the law in respect of unlicensed vehicles.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Police enforcement of the law in respect of unlicensed vehicles within the Metropolis is an operational matter for the commissioner, and we do not consider it necessary to ask for a report on his intentions.

Prisoners (HIV)

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many male and female prisoners in England and Wales have been found to have contracted the human immunodeficiency virus since monitoring commenced in March 1985.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Two hundred and eleven cases (181 male, and 30 female) have been reported up to and including 8 December 1988. There is no evidence in any of the cases that the infection was acquired after the prisoner came into custody.

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many male and female prisoners in England and Wales have contracted acquired immunodeficiency syndrome since monitoring commenced in March 1985.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Three cases had been reported up to and including 8 December 1988. All were male. The prisoners concerned have since been released. In each case the infection appeared to have been acquired before the prisoner came into custody.

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have contracted either human immuno- deficiency virus, acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome or hepatitis B since March 1985 in the following prison establishments (a) Birmingham, (b) Lindholme, (c) Pentonville, (d) Wakefield, (e) Wandsworth, (f) Liverpool, (g) Maidstone, (h) Brixton, (i) Cardiff, (j) Manchester, (k) Wormwood Scrubs, (l) Parkhurst, (m) Long Lartin, (n) Reading, (o) Hull, (p) Leeds and (q) Leicester.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The available information, shown in the table, relates to cases reported between March 1985 and 30 November 1988 (HIV antibody positive and AIDS cases) and between April 1985 and March 1988 (hepatitis B cases in the acute and carrier states). There is no evidence from the central monitoring of cases in categories (a) and (b) that any of the prisoners concerned acquired the infection in prison. Cases in categories (c) and (d) are not similarly monitored.


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Establishment   |(a)          |(b)          |(c)          |(d)                        

                |HIV Antibody |AIDS<1><2>   |Hepatitis B  |Hepatitis B                

                |Positive<1>                |(Acute)<3>   |(Carrier)<3>               

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Birmingham      |8            |1            |9            |10                         

Lindholme       |-            |-            |3            |1                          

Pentonville     |12           |-            |7            |15                         

Wakefield       |1            |-            |1            |4                          

Wandsworth      |12           |1            |6            |44                         

Liverpool       |-            |-            |29           |35                         

Maidstone       |1            |-            |-            |1                          

Brixton         |29           |-            |4            |14                         

Cardiff         |1            |-            |11           |7                          

Manchester      |7            |-            |82           |18                         

Wormwood Scrubs |8            |1            |1            |19                         

Parkhurst       |-            |-            |5            |3                          

Long Lartin     |-            |-            |-            |11                         

Reading         |3            |-            |-            |7                          

Hull            |1            |-            |-            |9                          

Leeds           |5            |-            |61           |43                         

Leicester       |1            |-            |10           |5                          

<1> Cases in columns (a) and (b) have been allocated to the establishment at which    

the identification was first made.                                                    

<2> There is no reported case of AIDS in the prison population of England and Wales   

at present.                                                                           

<3> In columns (c) and (d) the figures for Maidstone and Wandsworth are for two years 

only. Statistics for 1985-86 are not available.                                       

Animals (Experiments)

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department and the Animal Procedures Committee have taken toward ending the use of animals in cosmetic and toiletry tests since the implementation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 8 December 1988] : The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 introduced a substantially more rigorous system of control over the conduct of scientific procedures on animals.

The purpose of all work now has to be authorised by project licences and all project licence applications for the testing of cosmetic substances are scrutinised by the animal procedures committee and modified as necessary.

In its first annual report laid before Parliament on 5 December, the APC identifies the difficult issues involved but concludes that in the interests of safety there should be no blanket ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients.

Mortgage Fraud

Mr. Sean Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government are taking to combat the problem of mortgage fraud ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) whether he will initiate discussions with the Building Societies Association and the Association of Mortgage Lenders on the problem of mortgage fraud with a view to mitigating the incidence of the problem.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Neither association has approached us or suggested that there is a widespread problem, and I see no need for specific Government action at present. But I shall keep the matter under review.

Mr. Sean Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has as to how many cases of mortgage fraud the serious fraud office currently have under active prosecution and as to the estimated money involved.

The Attorney-General : I have been asked to reply.

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mortgages by way of fraud. In two of the three cases the losses to lenders are estimated to be in excess of £6 million and £4-£5 million respectively. It is not yet possible to quantify accurately the sums of money involved in the third case.

DEFENCE

Disabled Persons (Staff)

Mr. Sean Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of his Department's staff are classed as disabled.

Mr. Sainsbury : 0.93 per cent.

Spycatcher"

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it was with his authority and that of his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministerial colleagues that it was decided that a promotional campaign should be mounted for Peter Wright's book "Spycatcher" in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bookshop in Brussels.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : No.

RAF Planes (Noise)

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the total number of noise objections received by his Department concerning Royal Air Force planes from (a) individuals and (b) local authorities for each year since 1983 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : Inquiries and complaints specifically about noise from Royal Air Force aircraft are not recorded separately from general flying complaints, which often relate to a number of factors, of which noise may be one. Nor are local authority complaints recorded separately ; it is not therefore possible to provide the details requested without disproportionate effort.

Seaton Barracks

Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to sell off the 40 acres of land at Seaton barracks, Plymouth, surplus to requirements.


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Mr. Freeman : Plymouth city council has asked us whether the land at Seaton barracks currently required for training could be released for industrial development. We are still in discussion with it.

Battle Tanks

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the offset arrangements being offered by General Dynamics as part of its bid to secure the contract for the supply of the new battle tank.

Mr. Sainsbury : No, but all relevant factors will be taken into consideration.

Boeing (Offsets)

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the annual and total offset arrangements negotiated by Boeing with the United Kingdom, following the 1986 airborne warning and control system deal, are now being taken up by sales of Rolls-Royce engines to the third parties who have bought Boeing air frames ; what proportion of each Rolls-Royce engine counts in this method of accounting ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sainsbury : The AWACS offset agreement allows for 35 per cent. of the value of any sales of Rolls-Royce engines to Boeing for civil aircraft to be counted towards the fulfilment of Boeing's offset obligation, subject to annual and aggregate ceilings. The maximum allowable over the offset period is $800 million. The value of any sales of Rolls- Royce engines to Boeing for military aircraft is allowed in full. Sales of Rolls-Royce engines to third parties would not be eligible for credit under the offset agreement.

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much of the estimated £150 million per year of contracts which Boeing estimated would be initially placed in the United Kingdom following the awarding of the airborne warning and control system deal in 1986, can now be identified ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) how much, to the latest available date, Boeing has spent in the United Kingdom in connection with its offset agreement made at the time of the 1986 airborne warning and control system deal ; (3) if he will place in the Library copies of the six -monthly submissions from Boeing listing the work they have placed and with which firms, in relation to the agreed offset deal negotiated following the 1986 airborne warning and control system deal ; and if he will publish a regular review of these arrangements.

Mr. Sainsbury : Boeing has to date submitted three progress reports claiming offset for contracts valued at $628.3 million. Of the contract values claimed in the first two reports $147.7 million has been approved and $77.5 million rejected as not complying with the agreement. The balance largely relating to contract values in the third report which has only recently been received is under evaluation. It is not our practice to release details of contracts which are commercially confidential.

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 40,000 new jobs due to be created as a consequence of the Boeing airborne warning and control system deal in 1986 can be identified ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Sainsbury : There is no job content in the AWACS offset agreement. Boeing's offset obligation to the MOD is financial and is measured in terms of the value and quality of contracts placed in the United Kingdom defence industry. We expect that the net effect on job numbers over the life of the offset programme will be very favourable.

Thunderbolt Aircraft (Crash)

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will call for an immediate report on the conditions of the crash on 8 December of the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from the United Kingdom Bentwater base ; whether the aircraft was involved with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation planes including any from the Royal Air Force ; whether the aircraft was involved in low-flying exercises at the time of the crash ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : The United States Air Force A-10 aircraft which crashed so tragically at Remscheid on 8 December had been on detachment from RAF Bentwaters to Noervenich in the Federal Republic of Germany. There was no Royal Air Force involvement.

The accident is being investigated thoroughly by the United States Air Force and any conclusions relevant to flight safety will be made available to the appropriate NATO authorities in line with agreed procedures. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence has sent a message of condolence to Dr. Scholz and the German people.

Offset Agreements

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his policy on the signature of new agreements containing counter-trade and offset processes ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sainsbury : It remains the Department's policy to seek offset proposals from offshore companies when placing major orders overseas.

EMPLOYMENT

Opencast Workings

93. Mr. Allen McKay : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will commission an investigation of the link between dust from opencast workings and ill health and the report to Parliament.

Mr. Nicholls : Any proper investigation of links between opencast mining and ill health in people living nearby would require a long-term epidemiological study. There is no firm evidence that such a study would be worthwhile. However, the Health and Safety Executive will continue to monitor the position and will take account of any new evidence that may emerge.

Employment Training

Ms. Short : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundant iron and steel and mine workers who participated in ET will be likely to lose some of their redundancy-related payments ; and if he will make a statement.

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benefit scheme or mineworker who qualifies for assistance under the redundant mineworkers pension scheme, will lose any

redundancy-related payment if they participate in employment training.

Negotiations are continuing with British Steel plc to ensure that steel workers eligible to receive payments under their analogous employment and income security agreement will be similarly treated.

Ms. Short : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the overall budget for child care provision in ET, broken down by region ; how many single parent trainees he estimates will benefit from these payments ; and whether he has any plans to extend them to cover married parents.

Mr. Nicholls : There is no specific budget nationally or regionally for the payment of child care costs in employment training. Child care costs of up to £50 per week per child may be met for every lone parent who enters employment training and who needs their help. No target figure has been set for the total number of lone parents entering employment training. There are no plans to extend child care payments to trainees who are not lone parents.

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the monthly statistics since September for employment training showing (a) entrants in each monthly period, and the number of cumulative entrants since the scheme started, (b) a breakdown of entrants which shows how many were male and female, the length of time they had been out of work, their ethnic backgrounds and whether or not they had any disabilities, (c) the number of trainees in each monthly period who entered work placements and the cumulative total of how many are in work places at the latest available date, (d) trainees who left the scheme in each monthly period, and the number of cumulative leavers since the scheme started, (e) for all those trainees who have left the scheme, how many found work, failed to attend, went on to another course of training or education, completed the course, left for sickness or went back into unemployment and (f) the total number of currently filled places for each standard Great Britain region.

Mr. Nicholls : The numbers of new entrants to employment training for each month up to November 1988 are shown in table 1. Comprehensive information on the sex, duration of unemployment, ethnicity and disabled status of those taking up employment training places is not yet available in the form requested. However there are some early indications of the proportion of entrants in each of these groups and this information is provided in table 2. Information is not collected on the numbers entering work placements and information on the numbers leaving employment training and their destinations on leaving is not yet available.

The numbers on employment training for each standard region at 2 December 1988 shown in table 3.


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