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Provision of hearing therapists was initially funded by the Department but it is now the responsibility of individual health authorities. The Department is keeping in touch with the National Health Service training authority in regard to future training provision.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hearing aid centres employ, or use the services of, a hearing therapist ; what research he has undertaken to monitor the decrease in wastage of hearing aids supplied by the National Health Service as a result of the employment of hearing therapists ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Mellor : We do not hold centrally information on the numbers of hearing therapists made available by health authorities to particular hearing aid centres. No such research has been undertaken nationally.
Mr. Mellor : There are at present no pay and grading arrangements specifically for hearing therapists. The pay of most of them is linked to that of senior physiological measurement technicians which is negotiated in the professional and technical B Whitley council. The general Whitley council is currently considering what formal arrangements might be made within the Whitley council system for determining the pay of this group.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure the future training of hearing therapists following the abolition of the Inner London education authority ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Amos : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people receive continuing medication through the National Health Service as a result of injuries sustained whilst being Japanese prisoners of war during the second world war ;
(2) what is the annual cost to the National Health Service of the medication people receive as a result of their serving in the Far East as British or Commonwealth troops during the second world war ;
Column 227(3) what is the annual cost to the National Health Service of the medication people receive as a result of injuries sustained whilst being Japanese prisoners of war during the second world war ; (4) how many people receive continuing medication through the National Health Service as a result of their serving in the far east as British or Commonwealth troops during the second world war.
Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department consulted the Co-ordinating Committee for Cancer Research before making a grant to the Cyclotron Trust ; and if he will make a statement.
"to advise the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly District Health Authority on the implications for the health of the population in the Camelford area following contamination of their drinking water in July 1988".
The Group will be asked to consider the interpretation to be place on reports of persistent symptoms and the likelihood of ill effects persisting or recurring in the long term. They will be asked also to consider whether any further monitoring or research ought to be proposed. They will not be asked to inquire into the incident at Lowermoor treatment works, which was the subject of an earlier independent inquiry set up by the board of the South West water authority and whose report was published.
Mr. Freeman : We wish to maintain our well-established and effective voluntary arrangements in the areas covered by the European Commission proposals. We also believe that the labelling proposals are counter productive in being too prescriptive. Discussions on the proposals are continuing in the Council health working group.
Column 228We estimate that the number of households in England and Wales in 1968 was 16.2 million, and 19.5 million in 1988. This represents an approximate average net growth of about 0.9 per cent. per year.
Mr. Newton : I met the Bishop of Willesden on 19 December to discuss joint action with the Church in the inner cities. I was able to inform him that I had just agreed to extend our financial support for "Linking-Up", a project to develop church-based action for cities in a number of task force areas. We are also working with Evangelical Enterprise, and have set up a churches liaison group. Mr. Terry Drummond, an officer of the Church Army, has been seconded to work in our Spitalfields task force.
14. Mr. Robert G. Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with representatives of the building industry regarding the employment and training of local labour in inner city areas.
Mr. Newton : I am frequently in contact with representatives from the building industry, and take every opportunity to emphasise that helping to train local people on local building projects is one important way of giving them a sense of commitment to improving their own environment as well as increasing the availability of important skills for the industry.
Mr. Atkins : On 2 July 1986 a conference was held on glass recycling at which a commitment was made by the glass industry, packaging industry, supermarkets, local authorities and central Government to work towards doubling the number of bottle banks over a five-year period. Progress is being made towards meeting this target.
21. Mr. John Townend : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on current restrictions on the importation of Scotch whisky into the republic of South Korea ; and what progress the Government is making in persuading the Government of that country to remove these restrictions.
Mr. Alan Clark : We continue to press the Korean authorities on all appropriate occasions, both bilaterally and through the European Community, to remove Korean restrictions on the import of Scotch whisky. The issue was high on the agenda at recent United Kingdom-Korea trade policy talks, when the Korean side proposed certain steps towards liberalisation. These are welcome, but not enough.
23. Mr. Pike : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will state the level of investment in manufacturing industry in the north-west in constant prices for the latest year for which figures are available, as a percentage of 1979.
Mr. Atkins : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Corporate Affairs on 19 October 1988, at column 953 of the Official Report .
Mr. Forth : Various aspects of this issue have been considered and in some cases supported by my Department over the last few years. Most recently PA Consulting Group were asked to comment on the area of education and broadband technology when reporting on "The Evolution of the United Kingdom Communications Infrastructure". Its report is available in the Library of the House.
Column 230on 1985 equal to 100, its highest-ever level. The comparable figures for the same three months in 1974 and 1979 were 109.9 and 103.6 respectively.
26. Mr. Sumberg : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many inquiries his Department has now received from those requesting information about the effects of the single market in 1992 ; and what proportion of these have come from firms in the north-west.
Mr. Alan Clark : A total of 160,000 requests for information have been received since the Europe "Open for Business" campaign was launched in March 1988. Requests from firms in the north-west totalled nearly 13,000.
Mr. Newton : I have frequent contacts with a wide range of private sector organisations. The Government welcome the increasing role being played by business and industry in the regeneration of the inner cities.
Mr. Alan Clark : The Government attach great importance to Britain's trade with Japan. Representations on market access are received from British companies from time to time and, where appropriate, we take them up vigorously with the Japanese authorities, both directly and through the European Commission.
Mr. Alan Clark : We have completed the export services review foreshadowed in the White Paper "DTI-the department for Enterprise". Its constituent parts are detailed in the written reply given on 17 January by myself to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Knapman) at columns 106 -108.
30. Mr. David Evans : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the latest figures he has for the productivity of manufacturing industry ; and what were the comparable figures one year ago.
Mr. Atkins : Productivity in manufacturing industry, as measured by output per person employed, in the three months to October 1988 averaged 121.2, based on 1985 equal to 100. This is an increase of nearly 7 per cent. on the average level of 113.0 in the same three months of 1987.
Mr. Atkins : Since 1980 manufacturing productivity, as measured by output per head, has grown faster in the United Kingdom than in all other major industrialised countries. Over the previous two decades the United Kingdom was at the bottom of the league. Between 1980 and 1987 the annual average growth rate in percentage terms was :
- |Per cent. --------------------------------------------- United Kingdom |5.3 United States of America |4.1 Japan |2.3 Germany |2.0 France |2.5 Italy |3.7 Canada |3.2 Source: OECD, IMF, CSO.
Mr. Alan Clark : According to the latest figures known to the Invest in Britain Bureau, during the first three quarters of 1988, 260 inward investment decisions were made to locate in the United Kingdom. These include the establishment of a new business, expansion or acquisition of an existing business and involvement in joint venture.
Mr. Alan Clark : The following are the Invest in Britain Bureau figures for the numbers of jobs expected to be created or safeguarded, by inward investment projects, for each year since 1979 to 1987 and for the first three quarters of 1988. The figures are based upon information provided by the companies themselves.
Year |New jobs |Safeguarded jobs -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1979 |14,310 } 1980 |18,662 } 1981 |16,417 } |n/a 1982 |10,529 } 1983 |15,546 |15,257 1984 |27,102 |19,294 1985 |15,584 |18,721 1986 |16,274 |10,760 1987 |19,914 |17,015 <1>1988 |18,805 |11,978 <1> January to September 1988.
35. Mr. Kennedy : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received from newsagents about recent developments in newspaper distribution ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Forth : My Department has received a number of representations from newsagents about recent developments in newspaper distribution. They have been referred to the Director-General of Fair Trading who is monitoring such developments.
Mr. Alan Clark : On a seasonally adjusted basis total export volume in the three months ended November 1988 is provisionally estimated to have been 3 per cent. higher than in the previous three months.
39. Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on (a) the market share and (b) export performance of the British-based commercial vehicle manufacturing industry.
Mr. Atkins : In 1988 British commercial vehicle manufacturers took 60 per cent. of the United Kingdom market. In the first 11 months of 1988 they produced over 76,000 vehicles for the export market, compared with some 56,000 vehicles in the corresponding months of 1987.
Column 233counterparts on space matters. Most recently my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was in touch with Dr. Riesenhuber, the Federal German Technology Minister, on the issue of the European Space Agency science programme. It was subsequently possible to reach agreement in ESA on this question.
Mr. Newton : The communications steering group, sometimes referred to as the Macdonald committee, was established in the spring of 1987 to advise DTI Ministers on prospective developments of the electronic communications infrastructure of the United Kingdom.
My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry received the group's report in the summer 1988 and it was published on 15 December 1988 as a contribution to the discussion about the United Kingdom's future communications infrastructure needs. We are grateful to the members of the group for their work.
44. Mr. Dykes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he next expects to attend a meeting of the European Economic Community Council of trade and industry ministers to discuss further steps in the creation of the internal market.
Mr. Atkins : In 1988, the Department of Trade and Industry made 1, 330 offers of regional selective assistance and 470 offers of regional enterprise grant, and approved 6,820 projects under the revised regional development grant scheme. In addition, payments under the original regional development grant scheme were made in respect of some 330 projects. All these figures are provisional.
Mr. Forth : As my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State announced yesterday on the first anniversary of the enterprise initiative, response to the consultancy initiatives has been excellent from across the whole range of small and medium sized business. I am pleased to say that over 17,000 applications for assisted consultancy have been received.