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Mr. Michael Spicer : My right hon. Friend and I meet with the chairmen of the area electricity boards regularly and discuss a wide range of issues.

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Infant Life Preservation Act.

Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to seek to amend the Infant Life Preservation Act.

Mr. John Patten : We have no present plans to do so.

Mr. Bowis : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the longest sentence served by a doctor for performing an abortion contrary to sections 57 and 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and Infant Life Preservation Act 1929.

Mr. John Patten : It is not possible from the records held centrally to distinguish the occupation of offenders given custodial sentences. However, the records held centrally show only one offender, aged 21, who was convicted during the last 10 years under the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929.

Shops Act

Mr. Tim Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has received the proposals of the Shopping Hours Reform Council for amendments to the Shops Act.

Mr. Renton : Yes. We are studying these closely.

Discharged Prisoners (Assistance)

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to improve assistance to discharged prisoners.

Mr. John Patten : We provide assistance to discharged prisoners in many ways through the prison service, probation services and voluntary organisations. Efforts are constantly being made to improve this service.

Charter 88

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to implement the proposals of Charter 88 for constitutional reforms.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : We have no plans to do.

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to implement the recommendations of Charter 88 with regard to reform of the judicial system.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We have no plans to do so.

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to implement the recommendations of Charter 88 for reform of the electoral system.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : No.

Correspondence

Mr. Wheeler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Westminster, North will receive a definitive response in respect of the case of Mrs. R. Raedler of Lausanne for the registration of her two sons, Marc and David, as British citizens, about which he first wrote to the Department in January.

Mr. Renton : Applications for the registration of Mrs. Raedler's sons as British citizens were made at the British consulate general in Geneva on 9 February and received in the Home Office on 29 February.

Following the large number of applications for citizenship which were received last year, the average waiting time for processing registration applications is 13 months. We shall deal with these applications as soon as possible and inform Mrs. Raedler of the decision.

My hon. Friend will also be advised of the decision.

Mr. Wheeler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Westminster, North will receive a definite response in respect of case M 524399/2(s), Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Badrawi, about which the hon. Member first wrote to him in October 1986.

Mr. Renton : My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Waddington) replied to my hon. Friend's letters of 30 October 1986 and 19 November 1986 on 13 January 1987, setting out the position in Mr. Badrawi's case. A further letter dated 13 July 1987 from my hon. Friend to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was copied to the Home Office and a reply sent by my private office on 18 September.

Mr. Badrawi's application was granted on 3 November 1988.

Electronic Tagging

Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the proposed pilot projects to use electronic monitoring for people on bail will begin ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : Next summer.

Police National Computer

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the role of the police national computer in contingency plans for the internment of possible subversives in the event of war.


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Mr. Hurd : There are no plans relevant to this question.

Metropolitan Police (Road Traffic)

Mr. Adley : 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, for the latest year available, on the number of man-hours spent by the Metropolitan police on road traffic matters and the cost thereof, and the percentage both these figures represent, of the annual total, by time and by cost.

Mr. Hurd : I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to his question on 12 December.

Firearms Amnesty

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a table in the Official Report to show so far as the information is available to him the number of rounds of each calibre of ammunition surrendered to the police during the recent firearms amnesty and indicate whether it was (a) rifle, (b) shotgun, (c) pistol or revolver, (d) other firearms, or (e) air or gas powered weapons ammunition.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Information as to the calibre of rounds of ammunition surrendered during the recent firearms amnesty in England and Wales is not available. Details of the type of ammunition surrendered is as follows :


                      |Rounds             

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

Prohibited ammunition |390                

Bulletted ammunition  |1,165,934          

Shot gun ammunition   |167,212            

Other ammunition      |119,171            

                      |-------            

Total                 |1,511,000          

The total includes estimates for two police forces.

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a table in the Official Report to detail so far as the information is available to him the number of firearms surrendered to the police in each of the following categories during the recent amnesty (a) self-loading rifles, (b) bolt action rifles, (c) pump action rifles, (d) under lever action rifles, (e) single shot rifles, (f) double rifles, (g) other types of rifle, (h) revolvers, (i) self-loading pistols, (j) single shot pistols, (k) other types of hand guns, (l) shotguns, (m) combination shotgun/rifles, (n) antique firearms by type and (o) air and gas-powered weapons, and indicate for each of the above how many were in useable condition, and for how many of the above firearms in each group ammunition is currently available ; and what his estimate is of the market value of each class of firearms surrendered.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : A breakdown by type of firearms surrendered in England and Wales during the recent amnesty is as follows :


Firearms                              |Number  |Number           

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

Fully automatic weapons                        |178              

Self-loading rifles                   |315                       

Manual operation rifles               |4,856                     

                                      |------                    

All rifles                                     |5,171            

Pistols and revolvers                          |18,005           

                                               |---              

Total firearms                                 |23,354           

                                                                 

Shotguns                                                         

Traditional long-barrelled shotguns   |10,601                    

Other long-barrelled shotguns         |171                       

                                      |------                    

All long-barrelled shotguns                    |10,772           

Traditional short-barrelled shotguns  |404                       

Other short-barrelled shotguns        |78                        

                                      |---                       

All short-barrelled shotguns                   |482              

                                               |-----            

Total shotguns                                 |11,254           

                                                                 

Other firearms                                                   

Prohibited firearms                            |69               

Air rifles and air pistols                     |6,126            

Other firearms (including imitations)          |1,922            

                                               |---              

Total other firearms                           |8,117            

                                                                 

Total firearms and shotguns                    |42,725           

The other information requested is not available.

Illegal Parking

Mr. Tebbit : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has that more stringent penalties for illegal parking have led to reduction in the number of such offences.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : A number of measures have been introduced in recent years to deter illegal parking, including new fixed penalty procedures and, in London, wheelclamping and contracted out vehicle removals. The transport and road research laboratory has monitored the impact of wheelclamping since it was introduced on an experimental basis in 1983. The latest surveys show that clamping has reduced the incidence of illegal parking by up to 40 per cent. in some areas.

Traffic Offences

Mr. Tebbit : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has that the humiliation of persons accused of offences under the Road Traffic Acts will act as a deterrent to other potential offenders.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The prospect of arrest, charge, prosecution and conviction should act as a deterrent to all potential offenders. This applies to offences under the Road Traffic Acts as much as to any other serious criminal offences.

IBA Levy

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the Independent Broadcasting Authority levy for the period 1990 to 1992.

Mr. Hurd : In conjunction with the Treasury, my Department has reviewed the arrangements in the Broadcasting Act 1981, as amended by the Finance Act 1986, for additional payments by independent television contractors (the levy). The review was undertaken to consider transitional arrangements for the 1990-92 contract extension period prior to the restructuring of


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independent television on the lines proposed in the Government's recently published White Paper on broadcasting. It also took into account the recommendations of the 43rd report of the Committee of Public Accounts in 1987-88.

Following consultation with the IBA, we have decided that the levy for the period 1 January 1990 to 31 December 1992 will be raised both from the net advertising revenue and from the profits of the independent television contracts. It is intended that the overall yield of the levy during this period should be of broadly the same amount as would have arisen under the arrangements which existed prior to 1986. The structure of the new levy will be such that about three quarters of the total yield is expected to arise from net advertising revenue and the remainder from profits.

The purpose behind these changes is to encourage cost-consciousness amongst the independent television contractors and to ensure an adequate return to the Government for use of a scarce national resource during the contract extension period.

Precise details of the levy structure will be published in the spring of next year. The Government's detailed response to the 43rd report of the Public Accounts Committee will be published in a Treasury minute early next year.

Immigration

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to carry out the undertakings given by Lord Ferrers, Official Report, columns 367 and 401, 4 March, with regard to regulation 2(b) of the Immigration (Restrictive Right of Appeal Against Deportation) (Exemption) (No. 2) Order 1988 (S.I. 1203) ; and if he will exclude persons returning to the United Kingdom who are entitled to remain in terms of sections 3(3)(b) of the Immigration Act 1971 from the operation of section 5 of the Immigration Act 1988 even if they do not obtain re- entry by virtue of section 3(3)(b) of the 1971 Act.

Mr. Renton [holding answer 12 December 1988] : The Immigration (Restricted Right of Appeal Against Deportation) (Exemption) No. 2 Order 1988 exempts from the provisions of section 5(2) of the Immigration Act 1988 those persons who leave the United Kingdom and are re- landed during the currency of the earlier leave for the remainder of the terms and conditions of that leave. The order fully reflects the Government's intention to make an exception for such persons. To extend the scope of the exception so that it applied to those whose absence abroad was followed by re-admission other than by virtue of section 3(3)(b) would negate much of the purpose of section 5 of the 1988 Act.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Salmonella

Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce legislation seeking to ban the practice of feeding chickens with the recycled carcases of slaughtered and dead chickens.

Mr. Ryder : I have no present plans to do so.


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The Protein Processing Order 1981 requires all animal protein for incorporation in animal feedingstuffs to be manufactured free from salmonella contamination. My officials routinely inspect all plants producing such protein to ensure that this requirement is met. Carcases of chickens which have died from disease are not used in animal feedingstuffs but are disposed of separately.

Mr. Meale : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce a new Government guideline which would include a more stringent health check system for egg production.

Mr. Ryder : I have recently introduced a new voluntary code of practice on the control of salmonella for poultry health scheme members. A copy of this document is deposited in the House of Commons Library. A code of practice for commercial egg producers has now also been agreed and is being issued. Further measures will be taken.

Mr. Fearn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give details of the statutory code of practice which includes control of feedstuffs and the handling of eggs by producers.

Mr. Ryder : I have recently introduced a new voluntary Code of Practice on the control of salmonella for poultry health scheme members. Also a code of practice for commercial egg producers has now been agreed and is being issued. A copy of this document is deposited in the House of Commons Library.

My officials are discussing with industry representatives details for codes of practice on the production of feedstuffs. Meanwhile general guidelines on the production of feedingstuffs will be issued. I am also reviewing the existing legislation controlling these areas, to ensure that they are being implemented as effectively as possible.

Milk Quotas

Mr. Cox : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the number of milk quotas allowed to be purchased by new milk producers in the last 12 months ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson : I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many United Kingdom dairy farmers participated in the milk non- marketing scheme or dairy herd conversion scheme and subsequently made applications for quotas to his Department.

Mr. Donald Thompson : It would be disproportionately expensive to estimate this figure.

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects the increase in the provision of extra milk quota in the European Community to reach 1 million tonnes.

Mr. Donald Thompson : Community milk quotas excluding the quota allocated to Spain on its accession in 1986 have in fact been reduced, from some 104 million tonnes in 1984-85 to 94 million tonnes in the current year. The Commission has proposed an increase in the quota reserve of 500,000 tonnes as part of its response to a judgment of the European Court and this is being considered at the Agriculture Council which commenced yesterday.


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Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the criteria will be for the allocation of extra milk quota, available after the Mulder judgment between eligible United Kingdom farmers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The criteria for the allocation of extra milk quota are to be discussed at this week's meeting of the Agriculture Council. I shall make my usual statement after the Council.

Cod Farming

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment his Department has made of the outcome of experimental cod farming in (a) Norway and (b) Scotland ; and if he will make a statement on the viability of such farming for the United Kingdom domestic cod market.

Mr. Donald Thompson : Scientists of my Department have kept a close watch on cod farming experiments in Norway and Scotland. For the foreseeable future the farming of salmon, and the potential for farming higher value marine fish species such as turbot and halibut, are likely to prove more commercially viable.

Research

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what will be the cost of replacing the current system of seed testing for cereals at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany at Cambridge with an enforcement system, as proposed in his review.

Mr. Ryder : Financial estimates of the proposal are given in paragraphs 394, 403 and 476 of the report on the plant variety testing and seed certification systems in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement as to the future of the testing and evaluation of new plant varieties and seeds being carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany at Cambridge University.

Mr. Ryder : The National Institute of Agricultural Botany is an independent body but I understand that it has no plans at present to carry out such activities at Cambridge university.

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what effect he anticipates that his review of agricultural research will have on the work of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany at Cambridge.

Mr. Ryder : It was announced earlier this year that grant-in-aid to the National Institute of Agricultural


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Botany for its non-statutory work would be phased out over a period of three years between 1989 and 1992. The institute is seeking alternative funding from the industry which benefits from the institute's services and has already secured funding for next year's recommended list for cereals. Funding for the statutory work which the institute carries out on the Ministry's behalf will continue.

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what responses he has had from industry to his proposal in the agricultural research review that recommended list testing, carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany at Cambridge should be financed by the industry.

Mr. Ryder : Following the announcement to withdraw grant-in-aid to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, comments have been received from or on behalf of a number of industry interests. In addition, consultations with industry organisations are taking place so that industry can consider what near-market research, including the institute's recommended lists, it would be prepared to fund. The institute has been successful in obtaining funds from the home grown cereals authority for the cereals recommended list next year and is continuing to urge the industry to support its other services.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Fishing

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table in the Official Report to show how many of each of the following fishing engines operate in the area covered by the Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland and their location or approximate location and the total number and total weight of fish taken by each method : draft net for the capture of salmon and freshwater fish on Lough Neagh, draft net for the capture of freshwater fish other than trout and rainbow trout on Lough Erne, draft net for use in freshwater other than Lough Neagh or Lough Erne, single wall set net or trammel net for the capture of trout in Lough Neagh, per 91 m (100 yd), single wall set net or trammel net for the taking of freshwater fish other than trout and rainbow trout, per 91 m (100 yd), bait net for the taking of freshwater fish other than trout and rainbow trout for use as bait per net, long line for the capture of pike on Lough Erne, fixed tidal draft net, fixed tidal draft net which operates in the estuary of a river upstream of the defined mouth, tidal draft net, drift net for the taking of salmon in the sea, bag net used in tidal waters, and salmon box or crib.

Mr. Viggers : The latest available information on these areas is as follows :


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1987 catches in relation to type of fishing engine                                                                                                                                                                                         

Type of engine                                                                                 Total number                                   Location                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                              caught                                                                                       

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1.                                             |Lough Neagh draft nets                        |15                                            |All Lough Neagh                                                                              

2.                                             |Lough Erne draft nets                         |1                                             |All Lough Erne                                                                               

3.                                             |Draft net other than Lough Neagh or                                                                                                                                                        

   Lough Erne                                  |0                                             |-                                             |-                                                                                            

4.                                             |Single wall set nets or trammel net for                                                                                                                                                    

   capture of trout in Lough Neagh             |112                                           |All Lough Neagh                               |Not available                                                                                

5.                                             |Single wall set net or trammel net for        |596                                           |Lough Neagh and                                                                              

   capture of freshwater fish other than       |Lough Erne                                                                                   |Lough Neagh: No figures                                                                      

   trout                                                                                                                                     |available                                                                                    

6.                                             |Bait net                                      |20                                            |Lough Neagh and                                                                              

                                                                                              |Lough Erne                                                                                                                                  

7.                                             |Long line-Lough Erne (Pike)                   |1                                             |All Lough Erne                                                                               

8.                                             |Fixed tidal draft net                         |8                                             |6 East Antrim coast                                                                          

                                                                                              |2 North Antrim coast                                                                                                                        

9.                                             |Fixed tidal draft net operating in the        |0                                             |-                                                                                            

                                               | estuary of a river upstream of the                                                                                                                                                        

                                               |defined mouth                                                                                                                                                                              

10.                                            |Tidal draft net                               |7                                             |All County Down coast                                                                        

11.                                            |Drift net for taking of salmon in the         |8                                             |1 East Antrim coast                                                                          

                                               |sea                                           |7 North coast of County                                                                                                                     

                                                                                              |Antrim and Londonderry                                                                                                                      

12.                                            |Bag net used in tidal waters                  |14                                            |North Antrim coast                                                                           

13.                                             Salmon box or crib                             4                                              All on the River Bann                                                                        

                                                                                                                                             |concern. Disclosure would contravene statutory                                               

                                                                                                                                             |confidentiality.                                                                             

Sheep Movements

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sheep, and what area of land in Northern Ireland, were originally placed under movement restrictions as a result of the Chernobyl disaster ; what are the numbers of sheep and area of land still so affected ; what were and are the classes of sheep ; what was the level of radioactivity in the sheepmeat and in the vegetation when first detected, at the maximum levels, and at the latest available dates ; and what were these dates.

Mr. Viggers : The restrictions on the movement and slaughter of sheep introduced in September 1987 as a result of monitoring of young lambs applied to some 21,612 acres containing an estimated 35,000 sheep. There was no breakdown of sheep by class available at that time. The restrictions continue to apply to this land area which is estimated to contain some 23,000 sheep--comprising 18,000 ewes/rams and 5,000 lambs.

The maximum readings of radiocaesium from monitoring of sheep and lambs as required by the restrictions were found in young unfinished lamb and was 4,761 bq/kg recorded on 17 September 1987 while monitoring through the current year has identified a maximum reading of 2,199 bq/kg recorded on 19 August 1988. Of the 358 sheep presented in the week ended 13 November 1988 by farmers wishing to take them out of the restricted areas the maximum was 857 bq/kg of radiocaesium for ewes and 159 for lamb. A report on monitoring results is published by the Department of Agriculture on a regular basis. Routine monitoring of vegetation which gave a maximum result of 830 bq/kg was stopped during 1986 as such data could not be taken as a reliable guide to levels in growing livestock.

Extradition

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 granted for (a) crimes of a terrorist


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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. Ian Stewart [holding answer 8 December 1988] : Statistical material about extradition requests both to and from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been collected by the RUC since 1971. The information is not available precisely in the form requested. In particular, it has not proved possible to identify cases where, for example, the warrant was returned because the subject was subsequently found not to be in the Republic or to differentiate between those persons wanted for crimes of a terrorist nature and other crimes. The available information is however summarised in the following tables.


Requests from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland                                                                                                   

Year                      |Requests made            |Requests refused         |Pesons extradited as a   |Requests still pending or                          

                                                                              |result of the requests   |not acted on for other                             

                                                                                                        |reasons                                            

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1971                      |32                       |6                        |7                        |19                                                 

1972                      |20                       |9                        |-                        |11                                                 

1973                      |16                       |3                        |3                        |10                                                 

1974                      |30                       |4                        |9                        |17                                                 

1975                      |20                       |8                        |1                        |17                                                 

1976                      |34                       |6                        |8                        |20                                                 

1977                      |25                       |9                        |10                       |6                                                  

1978                      |40                       |4                        |15                       |21                                                 

1979                      |14                       |1                        |8                        |5                                                  

1980                      |23                       |3                        |12                       |8                                                  

1981                      |23                       |1                        |6                        |16                                                 

1982                      |36                       |1                        |18                       |17                                                 

1983                      |17                       |1                        |11                       |15                                                 

1984                      |12                       |-                        |<1>2                     |10                                                 

1985                      |33                       |-                        |5                        |28                                                 

1986                      |5                        |-                        |<1>1                     |4                                                  

1987                      |21                       |1                        |1                        |19                                                 


Requests from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland                                                                                                   

Year                      |Requests made            |Requests refused         |Pesons extradited as a   |Requests still pending or                          

                                                                              |result of the requests   |not acted on for other                             

                                                                                                        |reasons                                            

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1971                      |32                       |6                        |7                        |19                                                 

1972                      |20                       |9                        |-                        |11                                                 

1973                      |16                       |3                        |3                        |10                                                 

1974                      |30                       |4                        |9                        |17                                                 

1975                      |20                       |8                        |1                        |17                                                 

1976                      |34                       |6                        |8                        |20                                                 

1977                      |25                       |9                        |10                       |6                                                  

1978                      |40                       |4                        |15                       |21                                                 

1979                      |14                       |1                        |8                        |5                                                  

1980                      |23                       |3                        |12                       |8                                                  

1981                      |23                       |1                        |6                        |16                                                 

1982                      |36                       |1                        |18                       |17                                                 

1983                      |17                       |1                        |11                       |15                                                 

1984                      |12                       |-                        |<1>2                     |10                                                 

1985                      |33                       |-                        |5                        |28                                                 

1986                      |5                        |-                        |<1>1                     |4                                                  

1987                      |21                       |1                        |1                        |19                                                 

Robert Russell and Gerard Harte were returned during August 1988.

River Drainage Works

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in the Official Report a list of the rural maintenance river drainage works for 1989 which will be carried out by the Department of Agriculture, indicating the river and appropriate location.

Mr. Viggers : The rural maintenance river drainage works programme for 1989-90 to be carried out by the Department of Agriculture will not be finalised until next spring. A copy will be sent to the hon. Gentleman at the time.

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in the Official Report the arterial river drainage schemes, and major river maintenance works under consideration and those on which he expects work to start in 1989.

Mr. Viggers : The works programme in relation to new schemes and major maintenance works for the financial year 1989-90 has not yet been finalised. The programme will be sent to the hon. Gentleman when available.

Drainage schemes at present under consideration to start in 1989 are as follows :

Downpatrick

Dunmurry

Omagh--Johnston Park

Omagh--Dromore Road

Londonderry--Springtown

Newry--Drumcashellone

Newry--Derrybeg

Strand Lough (Killough)

Schemes are also under consideration for sections of the following rivers :

Fairwater

Cusher

Mourne

Colebrook


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