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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 18 January 1988

TRANSPORT

Motorways (Matrix Indicators)

Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report those motorways, or sections of motorways, that are fitted with matrix indicators which permit written messages to be conveyed on them ; and what plans he has for extending this facility to all motorways.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Matric indicators are now fitted on almost all sections of motorway in England. The few remaining sections will have similar facilities as soon as practicable. The messages that the indicators currently display for incidents and occasionally for inclement weather are advice on recommended speeds and lane closures.

Enhancements are under way to add some written text messages, within the limits of the indicator size. These include replacing the end of restriction' symbol with the word "End" and the automatic display (on the M25) of the word "Fog" when visibility is automatically detected to have fallen below pre-determined limits. Recent developments in sign technology offer the opportunity to display longer written text messages on variable message signs. These are now being used at specific locations where this ability is worth while.

Information about the position on motorways in Wales and Scotland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland respectively.

Design Stage Work (Local Authorities)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local authorities that have been allowed to bid for design stage work under section 6 of the Highways Act ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : My right hon. Friend has agreements with more than 90 local highway authorities under which they carry out design work on trunk roads as agents under section 6 of the Highways Act 1980. The authorities do not bid for this work. Standard terms and conditions for all agency agreements are negotiated nationally with the local authority associations.

Motorboat and Yachting Accidents

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) motorboats and (b) yachts were reported in British territorial waters in each of the past five years ; and how many instances in each year were fatal.

Mr. Portillo : Records kept by Her Majesty's coastguard classify such incidents under the headings of (a) powered pleasure craft and (b) sailing craft. The totals


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below reflect incidents occurring within the United Kingdom search and rescue region for the last five years for which information is available.


                          |Number of incidents|Lives lost                             

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1983                                                                                  

   Powered pleasure craft |621                |9                                      

   Sailing craft          |774                |5                                      

                                                                                      

1984                                                                                  

   Powered pleasure craft |579                |9                                      

   Sailing craft          |551                |23                                     

                                                                                      

1985                                                                                  

   Powered pleasure craft |659                |18                                     

   Sailing craft          |720                |9                                      

                                                                                      

1986                                                                                  

   Powered pleasure craft |722                |27                                     

   Sailing craft          |710                |7                                      

                                                                                      

1987                                                                                  

   Powered pleasure craft |738                |15                                     

   Sailing craft          |686                |2                                      

Irish Sea Ferries

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether contingency plans exist to deal with serious accidents involving ferries on routes across the Irish sea ; what arrangements are made to test these plans ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : Contingency plans exist at all coastguard regions to deal with serious maritime incidents, including ferry accidents in the Irish sea. The plans are frequently reviewed and tested from time to time with the full co-operation of the other emergency services including MOD, local authorities and the ferry companies. The plans are tested using both live scenarios and simulated exercises, the last exercise taking place on the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire route in September 1988 and the next scheduled for Belfast-Liverpool in the spring of 1989.

Exhaust Emissions

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that exhaust emission standards agreed by the European Community are fully implemented in the United Kingdom ; and what efforts are currently being made by his Department to encourage the fitting of catalytic devices to all motor vehicles sold within the United Kingdom.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : We shall be consulting in the next few months on draft regulations which will fully implement the new European Community standards in the United Kingdom.

Catalysts are a valuable aid to achievement of these standards. We expect most new petrol engined cars over 1.4 litres that comply with the limits will use them. The standards for cars under 2 litres have also been set so as not to inhibit the further development of lean burn technology, which has the dual benefit of improving fuel economy and minimising carbon dioxide emissions.


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Aircraft Noise

Mr. Wells : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received the report of the Stansted noise preferential routes working group ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : My noble Friend Lord Brabazon has received the report and is arranging for it to be published. It should be available early next month. My noble Friend will arrange for copies to be placed in the House Libraries.

The group endorses the present policy of concentrating aircraft along routes overflying the smallest number of people and recommends :

(i) a change to the route which goes to the south and west of Bishop's Stortford which would move it from its present position roughly halfway back towards the line proposed by the Department in December 1987 ;

(ii) no change to the other routes presently being flown but with revisions to instructions to pilots to improve track keeping on several of these routes ;

(iii) an early change to pilots' instructions, introducing a different turning point for non-jet aircraft on the Bishop's Stortford route, both to provide some relief from overflying of the town by these aircraft and to assist preparation of appropriate instructions for (i) and (ii) ; and

(iv) further measures aimed at assisting better track keeping and avoiding overflying of noise-sensitive areas around Dunmow, Thaxted and St. Elizabeth's Home.

My noble Friend is minded to accept the proposed change to the route around Bishop's Stortford. However, moving a route to relieve someone of noise means someone else will suffer. There will therefore be further public consultation and the further views of local people will be taken into account before he decides whether any substantial change should be implemented.

My noble Friend is arranging for an exhibition of the proposals to be held as part of this consultation. The exhibition will open at Dunmow on 7 March, moving thereafter to Thaxted, Sheering and Bishop's Stortford. Full details of dates and opening times will be publicised in due course.

Suzuki SJ Model

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about his Department's tests on Suzuki SJ models and his discussions with Suzuki and the Consumers Association.

Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 16 January 1989] : As indicated in my answer to the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Bennett) on 14 December at columm 659, the transport and road research laboratory recently completed a series of stability tests. The results have been placed in the Library of the House. These covered a range of multi-purpose four-wheel drive vehicles, not just Suzukis. The tests were part of a continuing process by the Department to understand the vehicles' handling characteristics and to contribute to international discussions.

Results from the tests were brought to the attention of the manufacturers and the Consumers Association. The tests indicated that none of the vehicles exhibited handling characteristics which could automatically be regarded as unsafe, or that would justify the calls from the Consumers Association to ban any one model.


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The Department is advising drivers that they should realise that multi-purpose vehicles cannot be expected to handle on road as well as modern passenger cars ; that sudden and excessive steering manoeuvres should be avoided ; and that seatbelts should be worn by rear seat passengers, as well as those in front seats, wherever possible.

Manufacturers can reduce the risks of injuries to occupants through improvements to the handling and secondary safety characteristics of the vehicles and through offering clear and improved advice to owners and drivers of the limitations of their vehicles. This advice can also cover safe road driving techniques as well as advice on other aspects such as the most appropriate replacement tyres. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has been asked to provide a list of action on these lines which manufacturers are planning to take. The Department has drawn the attention of the Motor Agents Association to the need for dealers to offer clear advice to customers about the characteristics of the vehicles.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

University Salary Scales

Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what discretion is allowed to individual universities in determining academic salary scales.

Mr. Jackson : Acceptance of the salary scales for academic and related staff notified by the UGC to universities is voluntary. The salary structure for non-clinical academic and related staff provide flexibility to reward merit and special responsibilities and to counter problems of recruitment and retention. The salaries of clinical academic staff are broadly comparable with NHS doctors and dentists.

Teachers (Salaries)

Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what discretion is allowed to local education authorities in determining teachers' salaries.

Mrs. Rumbold : The 1988 school teachers' pay and conditions document gives LEAs discretion in certain circumstances over the scale point on which an individual teacher should be paid. It also allows LEAs to award incentive allowances, which may be given to teachers in shortage subjects or hard to fill posts, in relation to the assumption of extra responsibilities or in recognition of classroom excellence.

Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the present salary scales for secondary school teachers.

Mrs. Rumbold : All qualified teachers except head and deputy head teachers are paid on a single incremental scale as follows :


Scale point |Salary                 

            |(£)                    

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

1           |7,920                  

2           |8,235                  

3           |8,547                  

4           |8,859                  

5           |9,591                  

6           |10,422                 

7           |11,049                 

8           |11,673                 

9           |12,351                 

10          |13,134                 

11          |13,863                 

A teacher may, in addition, receive one of five incentive allowances :


Rate   |Amount       

       |(£)          

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

A      |801          

B      |1,200        

C      |2,400        

D      |3,201        

E      |4,401        

Source: School       

Teachers' Pay and    

Conditions Document  

1988                 

Teachers of the Deaf

Mr. Ashley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many people need to qualify annually as teachers of the deaf, according to his Department's figures, in order to maintain the supply of qualified teachers of the deaf ;

(2) how many people who qualified as teachers of the deaf during the academic year 1987-88 were seconded under the grant-related in-service training scheme ;

(3) how many people training as teachers of the deaf in the academic year 1988-89 are seconded under the grant-related in-service training scheme ;

(4) if current training arrangements will ensure that sufficient qualified teachers of the deaf are available to teach

hearing-impaired children in ordinary and special schools.

Mrs. Rumbold : In 1987-88, the first year of the local education authority training grants scheme, funding for those qualifying as teachers of the deaf was not identified separately from that for teachers of other special educational needs. For 1988-89, we have made separate provision through the scheme to support the in-service training of 110 specialist teachers of the deaf. With the numbers qualifying through initial training this is estimated to be sufficient to maintain the supply of qualified teachers of the deaf.

PRIME MINISTER

International Agriculture Trade

Sir Richard Body : To ask the Prime Minister which Department has primary responsibility for representing consumers' interests in matters of international agricultural trade.

The Prime Minister : My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture is responsible for all aspects of agricultural policy. He works closely with other ministers including my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who is responsible for United Kingdom policy on international trade negotiations and has overall responsibility for consumer affairs. The views


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of consumers and of bodies representing them are welcomed by the Government at all stages of policy formation, and consumer bodies are regularly consulted about developments in the Uruguay round of negotiations which is currently under way in the general agreement on tariffs and trade.

Pensioners

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Prime Minister what response she made to the Manchester Trades Union Council Pensioners and Trades Unionists Association's letter concerning charges for eye tests and dental checks, the pensioners' Christmas bonus and the means testing of prescription charges.

The Prime Minister : The private secretary to my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Health has replied on my behalf setting out the Government's policy on these matters.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Republic of Ireland (Court Cases)

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions witnesses have refused to travel to the Republic of Ireland to give evidence in cases where the Criminal Law Jurisdiction Act 1976 has been employed.

The Attorney-General : Assessment of the evidence necessary to initiate proceedings in the Republic of Ireland under the 1976 Act, and of the availability of such evidence, is a matter falling within the responsibility of the Irish prosecuting authorities.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Biological Weapons (Iraq)

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence there is concerning the development of biological weapons by Iraq ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave : I refer to the answer given by my noble Friend the Minister of State, Lord Glenarthur, on 3 February 1988 to Lord Kennet in another place, in which he state that as Iraq is a party to the 1972 biological weapons convention which prohibits the development or possession of biological weapons, any evidence that they might be developing such a capacity would be a matter of serious concern.

Human Rights (Burma)

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on the re- establishment of human rights in Burma following recent disturbances.

Mr. Eggar : In statements on 9 and 20 September 1988, we deplored the shooting of unarmed demonstrators and called for greater freedom and multi-party democracy. The Twelve issued similar statements on 19 August and 23 September. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State reiterated our concern in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 28 September.


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In addition, aid to Burma has been suspended and dealings with the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) confined to essential business only. Further steps are under consideration.

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Thailand over the position of refugees from Burma who are not currently being assisted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Mr. Eggar : None.

Military Training (Burma)

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what facilities are offered to the Burmese Government in the field of military training.

Mr. Eggar : None.

Free Elections (Burma)

Mr. Michael Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help he is giving towards the holding of free elections in Burma ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar : With our partners in the Twelve, we have made it clear-- in a series of statements and EC demarches to the Burmese State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)--that a lasting solution to Burma's problems can come about only if the Burmese people's manifest desire for greater freedom and multi-party democracy is met. In addition, aid has been suspended and dealings with the SLORC confined to essential business only. Further steps are under consideration.

Fax Facilities

Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many United Kingdom consulates and embassies (a) have and (b) do not have fax facilities.

Mr. Eggar : There are :

(a) 119 posts with fax facilities ; and a further 38 posts are about to install facsimile equipment.

(b) 70 posts without fax.

Chemical Weapons

Mr. Hardy : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his estimate of the number of countries which either currently possess chemical weapons or are likely to do so before the end of 1989 if international agreement to control or discourage the holding of such weapons is not achieved.

Mr. Waldegrave : It is not possible to provide a precise figure. Very few countries provide information on activity in this area. It is believed that between 15 and 20 countries either possess or are actively seeking to acquire chemical weapons.

WALES

Water Act 1973

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list directions made by his Department to the Welsh water authority under section 30(6) of the Water Act 1973, giving the dates and the nature of each such direction.


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Mr. Grist : None. This section has subsequently been repealed by the Public Utility Transfers and Water Charges Act 1988.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what directions he has made under the provisions of section 31(3) of the Water Act 1973, to the Welsh water authority, at any time since the coming into force of this Act, giving the date and nature of any such directions.

Mr. Grist : None.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates since the coming into force of the Water Act 1973 he has made any regulations under section 32(2) of the Act in relation to the installation of meters.

Mr. Grist : There were no regulations made under section 32(2) of the Water Act 1973. This section has subsquently been repealed by the Public Utility Transfers and Water Charges Act 1988.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many applications have been made to the Welsh Office since the implementation of the Water Act 1973 for permitting a new discharge into a river in Wales ; and, of these, how many have been approved and how many have been rejected.

Mr. Grist : Approximately 300 applications for new or altered discharges into rivers, including storm water and emergency overflows, have been received by the Welsh Office since June 1985. None has been rejected, although many have been approved with more stringent conditions than were originally sought. Prior to this, water authorities were not obliged to apply formally for consent unless specifically requested to do so by the Department and comparable figures are therefore not available.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

World Development Movement

Mr. Mills : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the cost of answering letters enclosing printed slips sent to hon. Members and sent on to him on behalf of the current lobby by the world development movement.

Mr. Chris Patten : Answering letters about aid is an integral part of the work of the Overseas Development Administration. To isolate the cost of answering this particular group of letters would involve disproportionate cost, but if I had to make a rough calculation I would estimate that the cost has been about the same as that of a small NGO development project financed under our joint funding scheme in a developing country.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Members' Income and Allowances

Mr. Allen : To ask the Lord President of the Council what was the value of (a) the office and secretarial allowance and (b) the salary of hon. Members for each of the years for which figures are available, taking the latest year as 100.

Mr. Wakeham : The information requested is given in the tables.


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Parliamentary salary in actual and real terms: 1911 to date                                                                       

                           Parliamentary Salary                                                                                   

                          |Actual £ PA              |In Real Terms<1> £ PA    |Real Term Salary as a per                          

                                                                              |cent. of January 1988                              

                                                                              |salary                                             

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 1 April 1911             |400                      |n/a                      |-                                                  

17 July 1937              |600                      |11,071                   |49.1                                               

 1 April 1946             |1,000                    |14,088                   |62.4                                               

 1 July 1957              |1,750                    |15,077                   |66.9                                               

16 October 1964           |3,250                    |23,543                   |104.4                                              

 1 January 1972           |4,500                    |22,121                   |98.1                                               

13 June 1975              |5,750                    |17,091                   |75.8                                               

13 June 1976              |6,062                    |15,836                   |70.2                                               

13 June 1977              |6,270                    |13,917                   |61.7                                               

13 June 1978              |6,897                    |14,253                   |63.2                                               

13 June 1979              |9,450                    |17,537                   |77.8                                               

13 June 1980              |10,725                   |16,450                   |73.0                                               

13 June 1980<3>           |11,750                   |18,022                   |79.9                                               

13 June 1981              |13,150                   |18,117                   |80.3                                               

13 June 1981<3>           |13,950                   |19,219                   |85.2                                               

13 June 1982              |14,510                   |18,312                   |81.2                                               

13 June 1983              |15,308                   |18,638                   |82.7                                               

 1 January 1984           |16,106                   |19,158                   |85.0                                               

 1 January 1985           |16,904                   |19,146                   |84.9                                               

 1 January 1986           |17,702                   |18,999                   |84.2                                               

 1 January 1987           |18,500                   |19,111                   |84.7                                               

 1 January 1988           |22,548                   |22,548                   |100                                                

 1 January 1989           |24,107                   |<2>                      |<2>                                                

<1> At January 1988 prices (RPI).                                                                                                 

<2> Not available until the January 1989 Retail Prices Index (RPI) is published in February.                                      

<3> Pensionable rate.                                                                                                             


Parliamentary salary in actual and real terms: 1911 to date                                                                       

                           Parliamentary Salary                                                                                   

                          |Actual £ PA              |In Real Terms<1> £ PA    |Real Term Salary as a per                          

                                                                              |cent. of January 1988                              

                                                                              |salary                                             

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 1 April 1911             |400                      |n/a                      |-                                                  

17 July 1937              |600                      |11,071                   |49.1                                               

 1 April 1946             |1,000                    |14,088                   |62.4                                               

 1 July 1957              |1,750                    |15,077                   |66.9                                               

16 October 1964           |3,250                    |23,543                   |104.4                                              

 1 January 1972           |4,500                    |22,121                   |98.1                                               

13 June 1975              |5,750                    |17,091                   |75.8                                               

13 June 1976              |6,062                    |15,836                   |70.2                                               

13 June 1977              |6,270                    |13,917                   |61.7                                               

13 June 1978              |6,897                    |14,253                   |63.2                                               

13 June 1979              |9,450                    |17,537                   |77.8                                               

13 June 1980              |10,725                   |16,450                   |73.0                                               

13 June 1980<3>           |11,750                   |18,022                   |79.9                                               

13 June 1981              |13,150                   |18,117                   |80.3                                               

13 June 1981<3>           |13,950                   |19,219                   |85.2                                               

13 June 1982              |14,510                   |18,312                   |81.2                                               

13 June 1983              |15,308                   |18,638                   |82.7                                               

 1 January 1984           |16,106                   |19,158                   |85.0                                               

 1 January 1985           |16,904                   |19,146                   |84.9                                               

 1 January 1986           |17,702                   |18,999                   |84.2                                               

 1 January 1987           |18,500                   |19,111                   |84.7                                               

 1 January 1988           |22,548                   |22,548                   |100                                                

 1 January 1989           |24,107                   |<2>                      |<2>                                                

<1> At January 1988 prices (RPI).                                                                                                 

<2> Not available until the January 1989 Retail Prices Index (RPI) is published in February.                                      

<3> Pensionable rate.                                                                                                             

DEFENCE

Royal Navy Armaments Depot, Trecwn

Mr. Geraint Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the long term future of the Royal Navy armaments depot at Trecwn, Pembrokeshire.

Mr. Neubert : The consultative document which promulgated our decision in principle to close the Royal Navy armaments depot at Milford Haven, referred to the need for further consideration of the future of RNAD Trecwn. I have now commissioned an in-depth Ministry of Defence study into the future role and task of the depot


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which will commence in late February. The final study report should be submitted to management by the summer of 1989. There will be a full consultation with the trade unions and local authorities during the review period.

Challenger Tank

Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to his statement of 20 December 1988, Official Report, columns 283-84, he will state the dates of the intermediate milestones at which Vickers Defence Systems will have to demonstrate satisfactory progress on developing Challenger II mark 2.


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Mr. Sainsbury : The intermediate milestones referred to by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence in statement of 20 December 1988, Official Report, columns 283-4, for the Challenger II mark 2 demonstration phase, are September 1989 and March 1990, respectively.

Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the fire control system of the Challenger I will be improved to meet the same specifications as the fire control system that is planned to equip the Challenger II mark 2.

Mr. Sainsbury : The fire control system proposed for Challenger II mark 2 will certainly be significantly superior to that currently fitted to Challenger I. Improvements to the latter are under development, but full comparability with Challenger II mark 2 could not be achieved cost effectively.

Aldermaston and Burghfield (Programme Audits)

Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to his answer 22 of December 1988, Official Report, column 380, he will state the nature and contents of the written communication from the BNFL team carrying out the programme audit at Aldermaston and Burghfield received by the Ministry of Defence on 15 November 1985.

Mr. Sainsbury : The communication from the BNFL team, received on 15 November 1985, confirmed the scope of the audit to be conducted.

Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings were held between his officials and the BNFL team carrying out the programme audit at Aldermaston and Burghfield ; and on what dates they occurred.

Mr. Sainsbury : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him on 15 December 1988 at column 686 . Within the consultation and communication referred to therein were eight formal meetings held between 20 November and 18 December 1985.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Homosexual Offences

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many men aged between 16 and 21 years were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) imprisoned for consensual sexual acts with other males aged 16 to 21 years in each of the years 1986 and 1987 ; and in the case of those imprisoned, what were the maximum, minimum and average sentences served by such men ; (2) how many men were imprisoned in the United Kingdom in each of the years 1986 and 1987 for consensual homosexual acts with males between the ages of 16 and 21 years ; and what were the maximum, minimum and average sentences served by such men.

Mr. John Patten : The available information, which may be incomplete, is given in the following table. This information relates to cases where the victim was aged 16 or over and it is not possible from the information held centrally to isolate cases where the victim was aged 16- 20. Comparable information for Scotland and Northern Ireland is not readily available.


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Males proceeded against for consensual homosexual acts<1>      

England and Wales                                              

                            Year                               

                           |1986       |1987                   

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Offenders aged 16-20                                           

  Proceeded against        |26         |41                     

  Found guilty             |21         |35                     

  Sentenced to custody     |<2>1       |<3>1                   

                                                               

Offenders aged 21 and over                                     

  Sentenced to custody     |34         |32                     

  Maximum sentence imposed |4 years    |5 years                

  Minimum sentence imposed |2 months   |3 months               

  Average sentence imposed |18.8 months|18.3 months            

<1> Buggery or attempted buggery with a male person aged 16 or 

over with consent; indecency between males.                    

<2> One month youth custody.                                   

<3> One year youth custody.                                    

Dogs

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the representations he has received from Nottingham city council regarding legislation to make it an offence for the owner of a dog to allow it to stray ; and what has been his response.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Nottingham city council has written twice about a bylaw which would make it an offence to allow a dog to stray. The council's first letter proposed the idea and the second was a response to a request for further information. Subsequently we have been engaged in consultations and will be writing again to the council shortly.

Correspondence

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking on correspondence from Mrs. Ann Marie Parker of 43 Moor road, Strelley estate, Nottingham, regarding her son Andrew, currently in Glen Parva young offenders centre.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The governor of Glen Parva remand centre was asked to reply to Mrs. Parker's letter of 31 December and did so on 13 January.


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