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Greater London schemes under consideration and listed in the national trunk road programme-policy for roads in England 1987                                          
Scheme                                               |Main consultants           |Estimated works cost at    |Approximate length                                     
                                                                                 |April 1987 (£ million      |(miles)                                                
                                                                                 |November 1985 prices)                                                              
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M4 Junction 4 improvement                            |Not yet appointed          |7.0                        |-                                                      
A1 Archway road                                      |-                          |-                          |-                                                      
A1 Scratchwood link and M1 Junction 1 improvement    |Not yet appointed          |22.8                       |0.6                                                    
A3 Hook interchange                                  |Not yet appointed          |9.4                        |-                                                      
A3 Robin Hood Gate Junction                          |Not yet appointed          |24.9                       |-                                                      
A4 Henleys' Corner (A309 Junction improvement        |Not yet appointed          |1.8                        |-                                                      
A4 Waggoner's Corner (A312) Junction improvement     |Not yet appointed          |5.8                        |-                                                      
A12 Hackney Wick-M11 Link                            |W. S. Atkins & Partners    |106.0                      |3.7                                                    
A13/A17 Junction improvement                         |Acer Freeman Fox &         |1.9                        |-                                                      
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A13 Junction improvements with A1240 and B178        |Acer Freeman Fox &         |14.7                       |-                                                      
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A13 Thames Avenue-Wennington                         |Acer Freeman Fox &         |36.0                       |3.0                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A23 Coulsdon inner relief road                       |Sir Bruce White Wolfe Barry|10.6                       |1.5                                                    
A40 Gipsy Corner Junction improvement                |Sir Fred Erick Snow        |16.8                       |-                                                      
A40 Long Lane Junction improvement                   |Husband & Co.              |14.3                       |-                                                      
A40 Swakeleys road Junction improvement              |Husband & Co.              |8.1                        |-                                                      
A40 Western Circus Junction improvement              |Cooper Macdonald &         |19.3                       |-                                                      
                                                     |  Partners                                                                                                     
A205 Catford Town Centre improvement                 |Not yet appointed          |12.0                       |0.6                                                    
A406 Bounds Green-Green Lanes improvement            |G. Maunsell & Partners     |48.8                       |2.2                                                    
A406 Chingford road-Hale End road                    |Bullen & Partners          |38.0                       |1.3                                                    
A406 Dysons road-Hall Lane                           |Sir Frederick Snow &       |39.5                       |1.5                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 East London river crossing                      |Sir William Halcrow &      |151.6                      |5.7                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 East of Silver street-A1010                     |Sir Frederick Snow &       |25.5                       |0.7                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 Falloden Way-Finchley high road                 |Gifford Graham &           |25.6                       |1.9                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 Golders Green road Junction improvement         |Gifford Graham &           |9.6                        |-                                                      
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 Great Cambridge road (A10) Junction improvement |Bullen & Partners          |19.6                       |-                                                      
A406 Hanger Lane-Harrow road                         |Husband & Co.              |57.8                       |1.7                                                    
A406 Popes lane-Western avenue                       |Howard Humphries &         |21.7                       |2.3                                                    
                                                     | Partners                                                                                                      
A406 Regents Park road Junction improvement          |Kennedy Henderson Ltd.     |40.4                       |-                                                      
Western Environmental improvement route              |Husband & Co.              |85.0                       |2.4                                                    
A13 Blackwall Tunnel-Cotton street                   |Not yet appointed          |2.2                        |-                                                      
A13 Ironbridge widening                              |Not yet appointed          |12.5                       |-                                                      
A13 Leamouth road                                    |Not yet appointed          |2.0                        |-                                                      
A13 Movers lane                                      |Not yet appointed          |16.0                       |-                                                      
A13 Prince Regent lane                               |Not yet appointed          |13.0                       |-                                                      
A13 West India Dock road                             |Not yet appointed          |0.9                        |-                                                      
A23 Waddon Marsh Bridge                              |Mott Hay & Anderson        |5.0                        |-                                                      
                                                                                                             |improvement                                            

No decisions have been taken on the options being considered in the assessment studies. The final reports from the consultants are due later this year.


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ENERGY

Departmental Scientists

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of (a) chief scientists and (b) chief scientific advisers in his Department had a previous career in nuclear technology.

Mr. Michael Spicer : Prior to 1983, the chief scientist was recruited from outside the Department. Since 1983, the chief scientist's role has been carried out by the head of my Department's energy technology division : additional advice is supplied by a part-time chief scientific adviser, who also chairs the advisory council on R&D for fuel and power. Of the nine chief scientists appointed since 1948, three had had a previous career in nuclear technology : neither of the two chief scientific advisers appointed since 1983 have had a career in this sector.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Crime Statistics

Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the incidence of crimes of robbery with violence during each of the last five years.

Mr. John Patten : The information for calendar years is published in table 2.1 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1987" Cm. 498, and for 12 months to the end of September 1988 in table 4 of Home Office statistical bulletin 36/88 ; copies of these publications are in the Library.

Identity Cards

Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries of the European Community have a system of identity cards.

Mr. John Patten : The following countries of the European Community have a system of compulsory identity cards : Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain and West Germany. France, Italy and Portugal have a voluntary system.

Political Asylum

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present number of Sri Lankans living in the United Kingdom and awaiting a decision on their application for political asylum.

Mr. Renton : It is estimated that at the end of 1988 about 1,300 applications by Sri Lankans for asylum, made at the ports or following admission to the United Kingdom, were awaiting a decision. This figure is approximate. Establishing whether these applicants were all still in this country would incur disproportionate costs. Estimates of the total number of asylum applications awaiting a decision (including those made outside of the United Kingdom), by nationality, are published annually in a Home Office statistical bulletin "Refugee Statistics United Kingdom" (tables 6 and 7 of issue No. 16/88). A more accurate estimate of the number of applications by Sri Lankans outstanding at the end of 1988 will be contained in the bulletin for 1988, due to be published in the summer of 1989.


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Prisons

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of (a) men and (b) women serving prison sentences on 30 November for the non-payment of fines.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : On 30 November 1988 about 530 male and 20 female fine defaulters were held in prison service establishments in England and Wales.

Remand Prisoners

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people remanded in custody during the last 12 months subsequently received a prison sentence.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The latest readily available information is published in table 2.6 of "Prison Statistics, England and Wales 1987" (Cm. 547).

Criminal Injuries

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of applications awaiting hearing at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on 1 December.

Mr. John Patten : The number of applications awaiting final decision was 82,075. The number of cases awaiting a hearing (the applicant not being content with the decision made by a single member of the board on consideration of the papers) was 7,026.

Strip Searches

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records are kept when a women prisoner is strip-searched ; and who may see such a record.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Records of each occasion on which an inmate is strip-searched are required to be kept only in respect of women prisoners in security category A. Such records are available for normal management purposes.

Football Matches (Arrests)

Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made at Football League matches during the first three months of the current football season ; and if he will provide figures for each division of the Football League.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Provisional totals compiled by the Association of Chief Police Officers, from the start of the current season until 31 October 1988, are :


           |Arrests        
---------------------------
Division 1 |672            
Division 2 |540            
Division 3 |287            
Division 4 |543            
           |-----          
Total      |2,042          

Wheel Clamping

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the number of vehicles that have been clamped in the Greater London area for each of the last four weeks.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : The number of vehicles clamped in those parts of the Metropolitan police district where such operations are authorised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport are as follows :


Dates                  |Number of vehicles                   
                       |clamped                              
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21-27 November         |2,342                                
28 November-4 December |2,870                                
5-11 December          |2,870                                
12-18 December         |2,846                                

Broadcasting

Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will clarify the scope of his proposal to disqualify pirate radio broadcasters from holding radio authority licences.

Mr. Douglas Hurd : For the reasons given in my answer of 2 November 1988, column 652 to my hon. Friend the Member for Derby, North (Mr. Knight) we propose a provision making it a condition of all radio authority licences that the licensee neither has a conviction for any offence committed after 1 January 1989 under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 or the Marine Etc Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 connected with the operation or running of an unlicensed broadcasting station within five years of the date of an application for such a licence, nor employs such a person in the activities covered by the licence. In the light of representations we have received we do not envisage that such a condition would apply to offences committed before 1 January 1989.

Missing Persons

Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bodies have been found in each of the last five years for which records are available, in England, Wales, Scotland and Leicestershire, respectively ; and how many of such bodies in each such year have not yet been identified.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 19 December 1988] : The available information is as follows. In the last five years (ending 16 December 1988) 58 unidentified bodies were reported within the Metropolitan police district and are still unidentified. In the years 1983-87, 27 unidentified bodies were reported to the General Register Office for Scotland and are still unidentified. In Leicestershire, in about the last four years, three unidentified bodies of newly born infants were reported. Information for other police force areas could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Fish Farms

Dr. Godman : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if workers employed on fish farms are covered by the terms of the Agricultural Wages Board Order ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The orders made by the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales apply to


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those workers in agriculture as defined in the Agricultural Wages Act 1948, the interpretation of which is of course a matter for the courts. To date fish farming has not been considered to be an activity included within the definition.

Salmon Poaching

Mr. Onslow : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what reports he has received from water authorities in England and Wales about the incidence of salmon poaching since the passing of the Salmon Act 1986 : and when he now expects to invite the Salmon Advisory Committee to examine the effectiveness of the measures introduced in that Act.

Mr. Donald Thompson : Since 1 April 1987, the water authorities have mounted a total of 787 successful prosecutions for offences concerning salmon and trout. A further 353 cases are pending. In addition--and during the same period--the water authorities have brought 21 successful prosecutions for the new handling offence contained in section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 and a further 78 cases are pending.

The Salmon Advisory Committee will be asked to review the effectiveness of the new handling offences and salmon dealer licensing in the light of the operation of these provisions. I intend that the dealer licensing schemes will be introduced as quickly as possible, but it will inevitably be some time before the committee can make a proper assessment of their effectiveness.

Next Steps

Mr. Boswell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he and any other Agriculture Ministers have considered agency status under the Next Steps proposal for the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce.

Mr. MacGregor : I am pleased to tell my hon. Friend that I and my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have decided that the board should be considered a candidate for agency status.

Coypu (Control)

Mr. Boswell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the efforts of the Coypu Control Organisation and the Ministry's coypu research laboratory to eradicate the coypu.

Mr. MacGregor : I am pleased to report that my experts have declared the trapping programme caried out by the Coypu control Organisation a success. As a result, the campaign has been wound up, as from today. We had provided for trapping to continue until 1991 if necessary. That we have been able to bring the date forward is in no small way due to the dedicated efforts of the Coypu Control Organisation's team of trappers.

While a population of over 10,000 coypu has been eradicated no one can claim with certainty that the wild coypu is now extinct in Britain. Isolated animals may be at large and continued vigilance is needed. The public have already played a valuable part in the campaign, and any further sightings should be reported to the Ministry so that investigations can be put in hand at once.


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Pigs

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the cost of support per British pig since 1980 both in constant and current prices, identifying the proportion of that support met by public funds ; and if he will estimate the proportion of that support directly translated into farm incomes.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The table shows the net public expenditure in the United Kingdom in the pigmeat sector and the size of the domestic pig population for each year since 1980. Pig producers did not receive any direct subsidies over this period support being confined to the provision of export refunds and payments for the short term private storage of pigmeat during times of market weakness.


                         Net expenditure<1>                                                                             
                        |At current prices      |At constant 1988-89    |Population million head                        
                                                |forecast prices<2>                                                     
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1980-81                 |-16.7                  |-26.3                  |7.8                                            
1981-82                 |-33.0                  |-47.4                  |7.8                                            
1982-83                 |-39.8                  |-53.4                  |8.0                                            
1983-84                 |-14.8                  |-19.0                  |8.2                                            
1984-85                 |-10.6                  |-12.9                  |7.7                                            
1985-86                 |- 1.2                  |- 1.4                  |7.9                                            
1986-87                 |- 2.4                  |- 2.7                  |7.9                                            
1987-88                 |- 1.7                  |- 1.8                  |8.0                                            
1988-89                 |0.6                    |0.6                    |not known                                      
Source: Annual review of agriculture 1988.                                                                              
<1>Payments on export refunds and aids to private storage minus receipts from levies on Community trade arising from    
the application of pigmeat MCA's.                                                                                       
<2> Expressed in 1988-89 prices using the forecast GDP deflator in market prices.                                       

Irish Meat

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce measures to require all Irish meat to be stamped with the word "Irish" in a pattern and size similar to the stamping of "Danish" on bacon from Denmark.

Mr. Donald Thompson : No. All meat intended for human consumption must, on entry into the United Kingdom, bear a prescribed health mark confirming compliance with our health requirements. These marks show the country and plant of origin. The stamp on Danish bacon is applied by the trade for commercial purposes.

Salmonella

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the use of organic acids to reduce contamination by salmonella in poultry feed ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson [holding answer 10 January 1989] : Research at Bristol university has demonstrated the effectiveness of organic acids in reducing salmonella contamination in poultry feedingstuffs. Although there are some drawbacks, including the additional cost involved, their use is being actively considered.


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NATIONAL FINANCE

Personal Incomes

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he next expects to conduct a survey of personal incomes ; and at what point the results of that survey will become known ;

(2) what survey of personal incomes have been carried out since 1985-86 ; and at what point the results of those surveys will become known.

Mr. Norman Lamont : Inland Revenue conducts the survey of personal incomes annually and the full range of data is normally available about 18 months after the end of the tax year to which the survey refers. Projections of the data are normally available after a further two or three months. The 1985-86 survey has been in use for some 15 months, both for Government purposes and to answer inquiries from the public ; some tables compiled from it will be published shortly in "Inland Revenue Statistics 1988". Data and projections from the 1986-87 survey have recently begun to be used.

Personal Taxation

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) working families with children and (b) childless people in work had incomes below the tax threshold at the latest date for which information is available.

Mr. Norman Lamont : Some 700,000 families (including both single people and married couples) where the head of the household is in full or part-time work have earnings below tax thresholds in 1988-89. Of these about 300,000 are families with children. These estimates are based on projections of the results of the 1986 family expenditure survey and are subject to revision.

EC Own Resources

Mr. Redwood : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the European Commmunity's new own resources decision entered into force.

Mr. Brooke : Article 11(1) of the own resources decision provides for the ORD to come into force on the first day of the month following that in which the last member state notifies the Council secretariat that it has completed its national procedures for the adoption of the Decision. Not all member states had done so by 31 December and the ORD cannot therefore enter into force before 1 February.

The Commission has accordingly informed member states that there is no legal basis for payment in January of the new GNP-related fourth resource. However, the Commission has requested VAT-related payments in January on the basis of the 1989 draft budget.

The Government believe that, pending entry into force of the new ORD, own resources contributions should be based on the system of provisional twelfths. The United Kingdom has therefore restricted its VAT-related payment in January to the level which applied under the 1988 Budget. This is around £55 million less than the sum requested by the Commission.


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Raw Materials

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to introduce a resource tax on specific and scarce raw materials ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norman Lamont [holding answer 10 January 1989] : I cannot anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget Statement.

Natural Resources (Conservation and Reclamation)

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to make the conservation and reclamation of scarce natural resources more fiscally and economically viable.

Mr. Norman Lamont [holding answer 10 January 1989] : On fiscal issues, I cannot anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget Statement. More general issues concerning the conservation and reclamation of scarce natural resources are variously matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Energy, for the Environment and for Trade and Industry.

Marginal Rate Taxpayers

Mr. Gardiner : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those groups of taxpayers with a marginal tax rate higher than 40 per cent. in addition to elderly people with incomes in the withdrawal band for age allowance.

Mr. Norman Lamont [holding answer 10 January 1989] : About 130, 000 elderly basic rate taxpayers have incomes within the short band above the aged income limit where age allowance is withdrawn. These special rules are designed to concentrate the benefit of age allowance on elderly people with relatively modest incomes. They do not affect other taxpayers.

Tax Allowances

Mr. Gardiner : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those tax allowances that are means-tested.

Mr. Norman Lamont [holding answer 10 January 1989] : Only the age allowance given to single people and married men aged 65 and over is related to income. Where income exceeds a certain limit (£10,600 for 1988-89) the allowance is withdrawn by £2 for every £3 of additional income until the level of the basic single person's or married man's allowance is reached.

Hard Corals

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information he has of CITES-listed hard corals from the Philippines that have been seized since 1985 with the dates and grounds for seizures ;

(2) if he will give details of the eight seizures of coral made since 29 August 1985.

Mr. Lilley [holding answer 10 January 1989] : Eight seizures made by Customs since 1985 together comprise 15 black coral necklaces, two pieces of branch coral, four pieces of brain coral, 94 pieces of which the type is not recorded centrally and two seizures of an unspecified amount and type.


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Three further seizures have been recorded since I wrote to the hon. Member in July 1988. These comprise four black coral necklaces, a pair of black coral earrings and two pieces of which the type is not recorded.

The country of origin of such goods is not always ascertainable or reported ; in none of the 11 cases referred to above is the origin known to be the Philippines. All seizures were made under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, the goods having been imported in contravention of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3626/82, as amended by Commission Regulation (EEC) 2384/85.

DEFENCE

Low Flying

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were received by his Department about a low-flying aircraft in the Inverness area in the early evening of 26 May 1987; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of the investigation into this incident.

Mr. Neubert : Seven complaints were received from members of the public concerning a low-flying military aircraft in the Inverness area on 26 May 1987. The aircraft concerned was identified as a United States Air Force F-111 aircraft from RAF Lakenheath on a properly briefed and authorised overflight of Dalcross airport to the north-east of Inverness. An investigation by the RAF police concluded that there was no evidence of any breach of flying regulations.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Seismography

Mr. Stern : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he will take to encourage international co-operation in the study of worldwide seismography.

Mr. Jackson : The United Kingdom participates extensively in international seismology, and hosts the International Seismological Centre. The Natural Environment Research Council is particularly involved through its British Geological Survey, which is one of the world's leading earthquake monitoring organisations. The NERC's collaborations include renewing a five year agreement to exchange seismologists and equipment with the Institute of the Physics of the Earth in Moscow ; plans to sponsor a small group of earthquake engineers from Imperial college to work in Armenia ; and an anticipated invitation to lead an earthquake prediction programme later this year with the European Community and the People's Republic of China. The NERC also sponsors United Kingdom university researchers in fundamental seismology, with substantial international connections. These varied efforts represent a significant level of encouragement for international co-operation in this field.

Staff-Pupil Ratios

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish a table in the Official Report showing staff-to-pupil ratios in each local education authority area in England for each category of school.


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Mr. Butcher : The pupil-teacher ratio in each category of maintained school in each local education authority in England in January 1988 is given in the following table.


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Pupil/teacher ratios in schools January 1988                                                                                                                
Local education authority |Nursery PTR              |Primary PTR              |Secondary PTR            |Special PTR                                        
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Barking                   |-                        |20.9                     |14.7                     |5.1                                                
Barnet                    |17.3                     |20.1                     |14.2                     |5.4                                                
Bexley                    |19.7                     |22.4                     |16.0                     |7.3                                                
Brent                     |16.1                     |18.5                     |11.1                     |3.5                                                
Bromley                   |-                        |23.0                     |15.8                     |5.8                                                
Croydon                   |20.7                     |21.8                     |15.1                     |5.6                                                
Ealing                    |16.1                     |19.3                     |13.9                     |5.7                                                
Enfield                   |-                        |21.7                     |15.1                     |6.0                                                
Haringey                  |13.1                     |19.0                     |11.9                     |4.5                                                
Harrow                    |-                        |21.8                     |15.6                     |6.2                                                
Havering                  |-                        |22.6                     |15.1                     |6.6                                                
Hillingdon                |24.1                     |22.0                     |15.6                     |7.0                                                
Hounslow                  |-                        |20.1                     |14.9                     |5.3                                                
Kingston upon Thames      |16.8                     |21.5                     |14.2                     |7.5                                                
Merton                    |-                        |21.6                     |15.9                     |5.2                                                
Newham                    |18.7                     |21.5                     |14.0                     |5.1                                                
Redbridge                 |-                        |24.0                     |16.1                     |5.9                                                
Richmond upon Thames      |15.8                     |20.9                     |15.5                     |5.8                                                
Sutton                    |20.0                     |22.7                     |16.5                     |6.0                                                
Waltham Forest            |19.2                     |21.2                     |11.8                     |3.4                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Inner London              |16.1                     |17.6                     |13.1                     |5.7                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Birmingham                |23.3                     |23.2                     |16.0                     |6.7                                                
Coventry                  |28.1                     |22.5                     |14.4                     |5.9                                                
Dudley                    |31.5                     |22.7                     |14.0                     |7.8                                                
Sandwell                  |20.3                     |22.4                     |14.0                     |6.7                                                
Solihull                  |-                        |23.1                     |15.5                     |5.4                                                
Walsall                   |30.1                     |20.8                     |13.9                     |5.6                                                
Wolverhampton             |21.1                     |20.1                     |13.8                     |5.8                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Knowsley                  |-                        |20.7                     |13.4                     |6.2                                                
Liverpool                 |18.7                     |21.0                     |14.4                     |7.1                                                
St. Helens                |19.5                     |22.3                     |14.0                     |7.6                                                
Sefton                    |17.7                     |23.2                     |16.1                     |7.6                                                
Wirral                    |16.2                     |21.6                     |15.7                     |7.3                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Bolton                    |20.0                     |22.9                     |15.1                     |5.5                                                
Bury                      |22.4                     |22.4                     |15.0                     |5.8                                                
Manchester                |13.5                     |21.4                     |12.9                     |5.7                                                
Oldham                    |-                        |22.5                     |15.5                     |5.7                                                
Rochdale                  |20.6                     |22.3                     |14.1                     |6.0                                                
Salford                   |21.1                     |21.7                     |13.8                     |6.8                                                
Stockport                 |25.4                     |23.3                     |15.0                     |6.5                                                
Tameside                  |13.9                     |23.5                     |15.5                     |5.9                                                
Trafford                  |-                        |21.9                     |14.8                     |7.2                                                
Wigan                     |18.0                     |21.2                     |13.6                     |6.2                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Barnsley                  |30.2                     |21.6                     |15.2                     |6.3                                                
Doncaster                 |-                        |21.5                     |15.4                     |8.3                                                
Rotherham                 |20.7                     |21.2                     |15.3                     |6.8                                                
Sheffield                 |16.0                     |19.9                     |14.0                     |4.2                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Bradford                  |15.8                     |19.8                     |15.2                     |4.5                                                
Calderdale                |20.5                     |22.9                     |15.5                     |6.4                                                
Kirklees                  |16.2                     |20.9                     |15.0                     |6.9                                                
Leeds                     |16.8                     |20.0                     |14.7                     |6.2                                                
Wakefield                 |16.7                     |21.8                     |15.2                     |6.5                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Gateshead                 |16.0                     |20.7                     |14.6                     |6.7                                                
Newcastle-upon-Tyne       |15.4                     |19.7                     |13.8                     |4.9                                                
North Tyneside            |22.2                     |18.6                     |12.9                     |6.5                                                
South Tyneside            |18.7                     |20.6                     |14.3                     |7.1                                                
Sunderland                |19.2                     |22.1                     |15.1                     |6.5                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Isles of Scilly           |-                        |13.1                     |9.2                      |-                                                  
                                                                                                                                                            
Avon                      |19.7                     |23.8                     |16.4                     |6.1                                                
Bedfordshire              |18.1                     |22.0                     |16.8                     |6.5                                                
Berkshire                 |17.8                     |23.4                     |16.0                     |6.7                                                
Buckinghamshire           |23.3                     |24.0                     |16.2                     |7.4                                                
Cambridgeshire            |19.7                     |23.4                     |16.2                     |6.1                                                
Cheshire                  |21.7                     |23.6                     |16.2                     |6.8                                                
Cleveland                 |19.1                     |22.3                     |15.1                     |6.1                                                
Cornwall                  |22.7                     |23.4                     |16.3                     |7.4                                                
Cumbria                   |18.7                     |21.7                     |14.9                     |5.8                                                
Derbyshire                |19.0                     |21.2                     |14.4                     |5.2                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Devon                     |24.9                     |23.3                     |16.6                     |7.7                                                
Dorset                    |-                        |23.3                     |16.3                     |8.0                                                
Durham                    |20.8                     |22.0                     |16.0                     |7.1                                                
East Sussex               |21.5                     |22.7                     |16.2                     |7.3                                                
Essex                     |18.8                     |22.7                     |16.6                     |6.6                                                
Gloucestershire           |-                        |22.6                     |16.0                     |7.0                                                
Hampshire                 |21.5                     |22.5                     |16.2                     |8.3                                                
Hereford and Worcester    |-                        |23.7                     |16.6                     |7.3                                                
Hertfordshire             |20.4                     |21.7                     |15.4                     |5.4                                                
Humberside                |24.1                     |22.2                     |15.0                     |6.7                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Isle of Wight             |-                        |23.5                     |16.5                     |8.0                                                
Kent                      |15.5                     |24.0                     |16.4                     |8.3                                                
Lancashire                |20.1                     |23.3                     |15.6                     |6.5                                                
Leicestershire            |22.9                     |22.9                     |15.0                     |6.1                                                
Lincolnshire              |22.2                     |23.9                     |16.6                     |7.8                                                
Norfolk                   |21.3                     |22.6                     |15.9                     |7.5                                                
North Yorkshire           |20.3                     |22.0                     |15.9                     |7.0                                                
Northamptonshire          |19.9                     |22.9                     |16.1                     |5.8                                                
Northumberland            |29.3                     |22.8                     |16.1                     |6.3                                                
Nottinghamshire           |15.1                     |21.1                     |14.8                     |7.0                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Oxfordshire               |21.8                     |23.0                     |16.6                     |5.8                                                
Shropshire                |15.8                     |21.4                     |15.3                     |7.3                                                
Somerset                  |-                        |23.1                     |16.3                     |7.2                                                
Staffordshire             |29.0                     |23.2                     |16.3                     |6.7                                                
Suffolk                   |25.4                     |22.5                     |16.7                     |6.5                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
Surrey                    |15.4                     |21.4                     |15.4                     |7.1                                                
Warwickshire              |21.0                     |21.9                     |16.0                     |7.4                                                
West Sussex               |24.5                     |22.9                     |16.7                     |8.0                                                
Wiltshire                 |-                        |22.6                     |16.3                     |6.7                                                
                                                                                                                                                            
England                   |19.4                     |22.0                     |15.4                     |6.4                                                

NORTHERN IRELAND

Disabled Persons Register

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when a register for disabled was last compiled in Northern Ireland ; and if he will seek to produce an up-to-date register.

Mr Viggers : The Department of Economic Development maintains a register of disabled people who are capable of employment but handicapped in obtaining it. The register is continuously updated.

Ards Peninsula (Medical Coverage)

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated population in the Ards peninsula south of the line between Kircubbin and Portavogie ; how many medical doctors have their practices based within this area ; what arrangements are made at weekends in this area for a doctor on call service ; and whether the size of population meets the criteria for the provision of a additional doctor in this area.


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Mr. Needham : The estimated population of the area based on the Northern Ireland 1981 census is approximately 6,000. Five doctors, two in separate practices in Portaferry and three in one practice in Kircubbin, are based in this area and provide medical services to a total of 10,205 patients. At weekends the doctors in Portaferry share an on-call arrangement with the doctors in Kircubbin. The need for an additional doctor in the area would be a matter for consideration by the Eastern Health and Social Servies Board, having regard to the advice of the statutory medical committee of the Central Services Agency. I understand that the criteria taken into account by the medical committee include not only the population of the area but also the average list size of each doctor and the distribution of practices in the area.

Fair Employment Agency

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in the Official Report the reports published by the Fair Employment Agency, showing for each case the date the investigation began and the date of the publication of the report.

Mr. Viggers : The information is as follows :


Private sector                                 |Start date                           |Publication date                                                           
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
13. Belfast Telegraph                          |March 1980                           |September 1983                                                             
14. Employment patterns in the Belfast area                                                                                                                      
      with particular reference to engineering |November 1977{tab}{tab}September 1983                                                                            
15. Employment patterns in the Londonderry                                                                                                                       
      area                                     |February 1981                        |September 1983                                                             
16. Unipork Ltd.                               |April 1984                           |February 1985                                                              
17. Report of an investigation into the nine   |October 1984                         |March 1986                                                                 
      Building Societies in Northern Ireland:                                                                                                                    
    Halifax Building Society                                                                                                                                     
    Woolwich Building Society                                                                                                                                    
    Abbey National Building Society                                                                                                                              
    Gateway Building Society                                                                                                                                     
    Nationwide Building Society                                                                                                                                  
    Leicester Building Society                                                                                                                                   
    Leeds Permanent Building Society                                                                                                                             
    Anglia Building Society                                                                                                                                      
    Progressive Building Society                                                                                                                                 
18. Report on an investigation into the                                                                                                                          
      principal banks in Northern Ireland:                                                                                                                       
    TSB                                        |August 1984                                                                                                      
    Northern Bank}                             |}                                                                                                                
    Allied Irish Banks}                        |April 1985}                          |Joint publication March 1986                                               
    Ulster Bank{endline}                       |}                                                                                                                
    Bank of Ireland{tab}                       |}                                                                                                                
19. Report of investigation into eight                                                                                                                           
      insurance companies:                                                                                                                                       
    Prudential Insurance Company               |December 1984}                                                                                                   
    Pearl Insurance Company                    |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    Commercial Insurance Company               |October 1984}                        |Joint publication November 1986                                            
    General Accident Assurance Company         |November 1984}                                                                                                   
    Britannic Insurance Company                |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    Refuge Assurance                           |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    United Friendly Society                    |April 1985}                                                                                                      
    Royal Insurance                            |June 1984                                                                                                        
20. Irish News Ltd.                            |July 1984                            |}May 1988                                                                  
21. Century Newspapers Limited                 |November 1984                        |May 1988                                                                   
22. Hyster (NI) Ltd.                           |September 1986                       |November 1987                                                              
23. AVX Ltd.                                   |March 1987                           |May 1988                                                                   
24. Northern Ireland Airports Ltd.             |April 1987                           |June 1988                                                                  
25. Lucas Stability Electronics                |March 1987                           |September 1988                                                             
26. Gallaher Tobacco Limited                   |August 1987                          |December 1988                                                              
Copies of the reports are available in the Library of the House of Commons.                                                                                      

Private sector                                 |Start date                           |Publication date                                                           
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
13. Belfast Telegraph                          |March 1980                           |September 1983                                                             
14. Employment patterns in the Belfast area                                                                                                                      
      with particular reference to engineering |November 1977{tab}{tab}September 1983                                                                            
15. Employment patterns in the Londonderry                                                                                                                       
      area                                     |February 1981                        |September 1983                                                             
16. Unipork Ltd.                               |April 1984                           |February 1985                                                              
17. Report of an investigation into the nine   |October 1984                         |March 1986                                                                 
      Building Societies in Northern Ireland:                                                                                                                    
    Halifax Building Society                                                                                                                                     
    Woolwich Building Society                                                                                                                                    
    Abbey National Building Society                                                                                                                              
    Gateway Building Society                                                                                                                                     
    Nationwide Building Society                                                                                                                                  
    Leicester Building Society                                                                                                                                   
    Leeds Permanent Building Society                                                                                                                             
    Anglia Building Society                                                                                                                                      
    Progressive Building Society                                                                                                                                 
18. Report on an investigation into the                                                                                                                          
      principal banks in Northern Ireland:                                                                                                                       
    TSB                                        |August 1984                                                                                                      
    Northern Bank}                             |}                                                                                                                
    Allied Irish Banks}                        |April 1985}                          |Joint publication March 1986                                               
    Ulster Bank{endline}                       |}                                                                                                                
    Bank of Ireland{tab}                       |}                                                                                                                
19. Report of investigation into eight                                                                                                                           
      insurance companies:                                                                                                                                       
    Prudential Insurance Company               |December 1984}                                                                                                   
    Pearl Insurance Company                    |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    Commercial Insurance Company               |October 1984}                        |Joint publication November 1986                                            
    General Accident Assurance Company         |November 1984}                                                                                                   
    Britannic Insurance Company                |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    Refuge Assurance                           |January 1985}                                                                                                    
    United Friendly Society                    |April 1985}                                                                                                      
    Royal Insurance                            |June 1984                                                                                                        
20. Irish News Ltd.                            |July 1984                            |}May 1988                                                                  
21. Century Newspapers Limited                 |November 1984                        |May 1988                                                                   
22. Hyster (NI) Ltd.                           |September 1986                       |November 1987                                                              
23. AVX Ltd.                                   |March 1987                           |May 1988                                                                   
24. Northern Ireland Airports Ltd.             |April 1987                           |June 1988                                                                  
25. Lucas Stability Electronics                |March 1987                           |September 1988                                                             
26. Gallaher Tobacco Limited                   |August 1987                          |December 1988                                                              
Copies of the reports are available in the Library of the House of Commons.                                                                                      

Employment Statistics

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list in the Official Report all those firms, businesses and employers in East Londonderry constituency which employ more than 25 persons ;

(2) if he will list in the Official Report all those firms, businesses and employers in the Foyle constituency which employ more than 25 persons ;

(3) if he will list in the Official Report all those firms, businesses and employers in the area covered by the district health and social security offices in (a) Strabane, (b) Londonderry, (c) Magherafelt, (d) Limavady and (e) Coleraine ;


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(4) if he will list in the Official Report all those firms, businesses and employers in the local district council area of (a) Strabane, (b) Londonderry, (c) Magherafelt, (d) Coleraine and (e) Limavady which employ more than 25 persons.

Mr. Viggers : The information requested on individual undertakings is obtained in confidence under the appropriate legislation and cannot be disclosed without the prior written consent of each undertaking concerned.

Postgraduate Awards

Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide a breakdown of the number of postgraduate awards provided to Northern Ireland students over the past seven years.


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Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 22 December 1988] : Postgraduate awards are made by the Department of Education and by education and library boards. The information is as follows :


Education and Library Boards                                                                                       
Type of award and name of            |Academic year            |Number of awards given                             
board                                                                                                              
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Postgraduate Discretionary Awards                                                                                  
Belfast Education and Library Board  |1982-83                  |52                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |45                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |84                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |38                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |100                                                
                                     |1987-88                  |88                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |88                                                 
South-Eastern Education and                                                                                        
   Library Board                     |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |54                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |76                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |52                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |50                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |63                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |67                                                 
                                                                                                                   
North-Eastern Education and                                                                                        
   Library Board                     |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |66                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |90                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |74                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |84                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |79                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>79                                              
Southern Education and Library Board |1982-83                  |60                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |35                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |65                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |68                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |79                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |62                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |87                                                 
Western Education and Library                                                                                      
   Board                             |1982-83                  |Not available                                      
                                     |1983-84                  |49                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |49                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |79                                                 
North-Eastern Education and Library                                                                                
   Board                             |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |66                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |90                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |74                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |84                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |79                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>79                                              
Southern Education and Library Board |1982-83                  |60                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |35                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |65                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |68                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |79                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |62                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |87                                                 
Western Education and Library                                                                                      
   Board                             |1982-83                  |Not available                                      
                                     |1983-84                  |49                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |49                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |79                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |56                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |63                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>63                                              
<1> Estimate.                                                                                                      

Education and Library Boards                                                                                       
Type of award and name of            |Academic year            |Number of awards given                             
board                                                                                                              
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Postgraduate Discretionary Awards                                                                                  
Belfast Education and Library Board  |1982-83                  |52                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |45                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |84                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |38                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |100                                                
                                     |1987-88                  |88                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |88                                                 
South-Eastern Education and                                                                                        
   Library Board                     |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |54                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |76                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |52                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |50                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |63                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |67                                                 
                                                                                                                   
North-Eastern Education and                                                                                        
   Library Board                     |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |66                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |90                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |74                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |84                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |79                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>79                                              
Southern Education and Library Board |1982-83                  |60                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |35                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |65                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |68                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |79                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |62                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |87                                                 
Western Education and Library                                                                                      
   Board                             |1982-83                  |Not available                                      
                                     |1983-84                  |49                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |49                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |79                                                 
North-Eastern Education and Library                                                                                
   Board                             |1982-83                  |67                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |66                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |90                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |74                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |84                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |79                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>79                                              
Southern Education and Library Board |1982-83                  |60                                                 
                                     |1983-84                  |35                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |65                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |68                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |79                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |62                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |87                                                 
Western Education and Library                                                                                      
   Board                             |1982-83                  |Not available                                      
                                     |1983-84                  |49                                                 
                                     |1984-85                  |49                                                 
                                     |1985-86                  |79                                                 
                                     |1986-87                  |56                                                 
                                     |1987-88                  |63                                                 
                                     |1988-89                  |<1>63                                              
<1> Estimate.                                                                                                      

Type of award and name of board Academic year Number of awards given

Postgraduate Discretionary Awards

Belfast Education and Library Board 1982-83 52

1983-84 45

1984-85 84

1985-86 38

1986-87 100

1987-88 88

1988-89 88

South-Eastern Education and Library Board 1982-83 67

1983-84 54

1984-85 76

1985-86 52

1986-87 50

1987-88 63

1988-89 67

North-Eastern Education and Library Board 1982-83 67

1983-84 66

1984-85 90

1985-86 74

1986-87 84

1987-88 79

1988-89 79

Southern Education and Library Board 1982-83 60

1983-84 35

1984-85 65

1985-86 68

1986-87 79

1987-88 62

1988-89 87

Western Education and Library Board 1982-83 Not available 1983-84 49

1984-85 49

1985-86 79


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