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Mr. Luce : In my statement of 17 March 1988 I welcomed the Museums and Galleries Commission working party report on museums training and career structure, which was published in July 1987.

I was pleased to announce that my Department, with the MSC, was providing support and financial assistance for a museums skills needs assessment study to identify key skills and competencies. This study, for which the principal agent is the Museums Association, is now almost


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completed and will result in the production of new modules for the training of those currently or prospectively working in museums. In my 17 March statement I said that it was not my intention to set up a Museums Training Council with regional panels in the form recommended by the MGC report. I considered it appropriate that the primary responsibility for museums training should rest with the museums industry itself, and that the continuing developments in this area should be overseen and guided by a consortium representing the main sectors of the museums industry. I indicated that I would be consulting further about the composition of such a consortium. I am pleased to announce that discussions with interested parties, including the representatives of museums interests on the steering committee for the training needs assessment study, have resulted in a proposal that the Museums Association should establish a museums training institute, which would be a subsidiary charitable company of the association. The museums training institute would be responsible for forming a view on the museum industry's training needs, identifying standards for occupations in the industry, reviewing the content and delivery of training, promoting the provision of training, providing training in selected areas and validating training courses. It is the intention that the board of the institute will consist of an independent chairman, members representing the Museums Association, the national, local authority and independent museums, the Museums and Galleries Commission, the area museum councils, and a number of independent members.

If this proposal is to be developed, as I hope it will be, it is important that the interested parties, including the museums industry and museums organisations, work together to ensure its success. The Office of Arts and Libraries will be contributing £25,000 towards the initial start-up costs of the museums training institute, and towards the preparation of a business plan. Looking beyond the information of the institute, I am prepared to provide limited funding on a pump-priming basis for a period of up to five years. I shall look to the museums industry and employers to contribute a progressively increasing share of the costs of the institute following the substantial public investment in the development of museums training by the Office of Arts and Libraries and the Training Agency. In the past 18 months considerable progress has been made in the development of museum training. The analysis of key skills and competencies has provided a sound basis for further progress and I shall continue to take a close interest in progress towards the establishment of a lead industry body for the museums sector which will carry forward and develop these initiatives.

CIVIL SERVICE

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Disbursements)

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service, pursuant to his reply of 10 January, Official Report, column 482, where information relating to the £209,756 of disbursements made by his Department to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987-88 is to be found ; and in what form.


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Mr. Luce : I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 7 November 1988, at column 40.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Nursery Education

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is his policy on the education of under-fives ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he has any plans for earmarked grants for the development of education for the under-fives ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend has no plans affecting the funding arrangements for the education of the under-fives. The Government will make a full statement of its policies on the education of the under- fives when responding to the report of the Education, Science and Arts Committee on educational provision for the under-fives, published on 11 January.

Expenditure (Late Claims)

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) pursuant to his reply of 10 January, Official Report, column 483, to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey, how late claims for 1987-88 expenditure by local education authorities are treated in relation to the allocations of grant expenditure between local education authorities for the current year ; whether the allocations for the current year were set in the light of expected late claims by some authorities ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) pursuant to his reply of 10 January, Official Report, column 483, to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey, if he will publish a list of the late claims for 1987-88 made to date by local education authorities, showing the amount claimed by each authority ; what further information is available to his Department about any other outstanding claims for that year ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) when 1988-89 allocations under the local education authority training grants scheme were determined ; what steps were taken to provide carry forward arrangements to compensate individual authorities for any failure to claim money under the scheme in 1987-88 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold : Claims submitted to date in the current financial year, which were due in the 1987-88 financial year, are as follows :


Local Education Authority |Amount                   |Claim for Quarter<1>                               

                          |£                                                                            

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Barnet                    |358,880                  |2                                                  

Barnsley                  |66,134                   |2                                                  

Barnsley                  |205,430                  |3                                                  

Croydon                   |159,675                  |3                                                  

Ealing                    |120,400                  |1                                                  

Ealing                    |121,800                  |2                                                  

Ealing                    |176,900                  |3                                                  

Hertfordshire             |658,466                  |3                                                  

Salford                   |250,537                  |3                                                  

Waltham Forest            |134,670                  |3                                                  

Wiltshire                 |222,940                  |2                                                  

Wiltshire                 |359,805                  |3                                                  

<1> Claims to cover estimated expenditure were due on the following dates:                              

Quarter  1       1 June       1987                                                                      

Quarter  2       1 September  1987                                                                      

Quarter  3       1 December   1987                                                                      

In addition, Barnet, Harrow and Hillingdon LEAs did not submit separate claims for one or more of these quarters and Liverpool LEA has not yet submitted a claim for the third quarter.

Authorities were asked to make provisional end of year claims for expenditure incurred in 1987-88 as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. The following authorities have not yet done so : Dorset, Liverpool, Sunderland and Waltham Forest.

The maximum amounts of expenditure in 1988-89 which would be grant-aided under the local education authority training grants scheme were notified provisionally to authorities in August 1987 and confirmed in December 1987. These amounts were based on proposals made by authorities and relative pupil and student numbers. They took no account of lateness of claims as eligible claims for 1987-88 will continue to be met from authorities' allocations for that year even when submitted late.

Cash Limits

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of the end year flexibility scheme for his Department's 1987-88 cash limits, showing (a) eligible expenditure, (b) maximum carry-forward and (c) actual carry-forward in each case.

Mrs. Rumbold : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 21 July 1988, at columns 725-28 , to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Squire). The increases in provision for 1988-89 arising from capital underspend in 1987-88, allowed under the end-year flexibility scheme, were £2.180 million on class XII, vote 1, where the eligible expenditure was £43.606 million ; and £0.370 million on class XII, vote 3, where the eligible expenditure was £153.640 million. In each case the carry-forward was the maximum permitted under the end-year flexibility scheme.

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of 1987-88 underspending of his Department's 1987-88 cash limits for items in class XII, vote 1, which were outside the end of year flexibility scheme showing (a) expenditure authorised in the Vote and (b) the amount underspent in each case and of the adjustments that have been made to expenditure plans for later years to compensate for the underspending in 1987-88.

Mrs. Rumbold : The cash limit for class XII, vote 1 in 1987-88 was £378.9 million. Expenditure was £348.5 million. Of the total underspend of £30.4 million, £25.6 million was accounted for by the level of claims for the LEA training grant scheme and £1.8 million by the level of claims for education support grants. The remaining underspend arose from a variety of causes across the Vote. The level of provision for the LEA training grant scheme and for education support grants in 1988-89 has been set to allow for claims arising in respect of earlier years.


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Halls of Residence

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what arrangements the University Grants Committee is making to continue to meet the rating bills of halls of residence of universities in England, Wales and Scotland for the financial year 1989-90 ; and what representations he is making to the University Grants Committee to ensure that it does not cease to meet the costs of commercial rates in Scottish halls of residence while halls in England and Wales receive monies to cover their rates ;

(2) if he will meet representatives of local authorities to discuss the impact on their revenues of any reduction in tourism arising out of the withdrawal of university halls of residence from commercial letting as a result of University Grants Committee funding changes accompanying the introduction of the community charge :

(3) what calculation he has made of the impact on tourism of the possible withdrawal of university halls of residence from commercial letting as a result of any reduction in University Grants Committee funding of the commercial rates paid by halls to local authorities ; (4) if he will meet representatives of local authorities to discuss the impact on their revenues of any reduction in tourism arising out of the withdrawal of university halls of residence from commercial letting as a result of University Grants Committee funding changes accompanying the introduction of the community charge.

Mr. Jackson : Rates paid in respect of university halls of residence are not currently reimbursed by the University Grants Committee. A decision by the Universities Funding Council not to reimburse the cost of business rates payable, after the introduction of the community charge, in respect of halls of residence used for commercial letting would effectively maintain the present position and therefore should not affect the commercial letting of university halls of residence or have an adverse impact on tourism or revenue received by local authorities.

Open University

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has discussed with officials of the Open university the impact of the under supplementation against inflation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jackson : An additional £12.9 million is being made available to the Open university over the next three years. Recurrent grant for 1989 of £68.4 million is over 7 per cent. higher than in 1988. Decisions on grant take full account of advice received from the Open university visiting committee, and of regular discussions with officers of the university.

WALES

Wrexham Water Works Company

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the Wrexham Water Works Company is above or below the £30 million assets line ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : The total assets less current liabilities are given in the company's annual report for 1987 as £5,528,000.


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Community Care

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he now proposes to implement the recommendation of the Griffiths report on community care ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : This report relates explicitly to England. My right hon. Friend is considering its implications for services in Wales, in the light of our separate strategies and initiatives to promote the development of effective community care. He will bring forward proposals as soon as possible.

EC Free Food Scheme

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what is the total amount of (a) butter and (b) beef allocated to each county in Wales under the European Community free food scheme for 1988-89 ;

(2) what is the total amount of (a) butter and (b) beef distributed in each county in Wales under the European Community free food scheme for 1988-89 to date ;

(3) how much (a) butter and (b) beef was allocated to Wales under the European Community free food scheme for 1988-89 ; and how much is undistributed at present.

Mr. Peter Walker : In Wales 176 tonnes of butter and 332 tonnes of beef were allocated to and distributed by designated organisations under the EC free food scheme in 1988. Figures are not available on a county basis. Local distribution arrangements were a matter for the designated organisations to determine within the rules of the scheme. Consultations on the scheme for 1989 will take place soon.

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales from whom applications have been received in each county in Wales to distribute beef and butter in the 1988-89 free food scheme ; and which of the applications have been granted.

Mr. Peter Walker : All nine organisations which applied for designation under the EC free food scheme in Wales had their applications accepted. A list of the organisations was placed in the Library of the House on 21 April 1988 by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Water Act 1973

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of orders made by him and his predecessors under section 29 of the Water Act 1973 requiring the Welsh water authority to seek a specified rate of return on its net assets, giving the date of each such order, and the date of return specified in that order.

Mr. Grist : The orders made under section 29 of the Water Act 1973 are as follows :


Statutory Instrument             |Effective dates                 |Rate of return per cent.                                         

Number                                                                                                                              

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1981/826                         | 6 July 1981 to 31 March 1982   |0.30                                                             

1982/1087                        |31 August 1982 to 31 March 1983 |0.95                                                             

1983/782                         |13 July 1983 to 31 March 1984   |1.20                                                             

1984/1470                        |24 October 1984 to 31 March 1985|1.25                                                             

1985/78                          | 1 April 1985 to 31 March 1986  |1.45                                                             

1985/1805                        | 1 April 1986 to 31 March 1987  |1.65                                                             

1986/1952                        | 1 April 1987 to 31 March 1988  |1.95                                                             

1987/2022                        | 1 April 1988 to 31 March 1989  |2.35                                                             

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions since 31 March 1978 his Department made a charges option order under the provisions of section 19 of the Water Act 1973, giving the date of any such order and the location to which it applied.

Mr. Grist : None. The section has been replaced by section 62 of the Land Drainage Act 1976.

Breast Cancer Screening

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many general practitioners have facilities for screening for breast cancer ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : In view of the specialised mammography equipment and radiological expertise required, breast screening in Wales is to be carried out by specialist units and not individual general practitioners.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

Disasters (Emergency Funds)

Mr. Caborn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give a breakdown of the amount diverted from the Government's overseas aid budget to provide emergency funds to the following countries in the wake of recent disasters (a) the Sudan, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Nicaragua, and other Latin American countries affected by Hurricane Joan, (d) Jamaica and (e) Mexico.

Mr. Chris Patten : The funds provided for these recent disasters were allocated from contingency provision within the overseas aid budget ; none of the money was diverted from planned aid programme expenditure.

The amounts spent on emergency relief in the countries named in 1988-89 have been :


                                         |£ million          

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(a) Sudan (floods, refugees etc)         |12.4               

(b) Bangladesh (floods)                  |2.5                

(c) Nicaragua and Costa Rica (hurricane) |0.27               

(d) Jamaica (hurricane)                  |0.55               

(e) Mexico (hurricane)                   |0.015              

Aid Statistics

Mr. Caborn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will set a timetable by which they will attain the United Nations recommendation that donor countries' aid to the Third world should constitute 0.7 per cent. of gross national product.

Mr. Chris Patten : Like previous administrations, Her Majesty's Government are not able to set a timetable for attaining this target. Progress towards the target depends on developments in the economy and other claims on resources. We have a substantial aid programme which is now growing in real terms.

Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the estimated amounts of (a) principal and (b) interest due to be remitted to the Government by overseas aid debtor


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countries in 1989-90 ; and what were the amounts actually remitted for the last three years for which figures are available.

Mr. Chris Patten : In 1989-90, repayments of past aid loans due to Her Majesty's Government amount to £63,148,015 (principal) and £11, 424,790 (interest). Actual receipts for the latest three financial years for which figures are available are :


           |Principal |Interest             

           |£         |£                    

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

1987-88    |53,121,271|9,463,464            

1986-87    |53,349,990|10,247,424           

1985-86    |56,077,690|11,139,158           

Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the planned overseas aid budget of £1, 430 million in 1989-90 includes or excludes the estimated amounts of (a) principal and (b) interest due to be remitted to the Government by overseas aid debtor countries in that year.

Mr. Chris Patten : The planned overseas aid budget of £1,430 million in 1989-90 excludes any principal repayment or interest payment due to Her Majesty's Government from past aid loans in that year.

South Africa

Mr. Caborn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much assistance has been granted by the EEC to the Church organisations in South Africa that have been subject to recent bomb and arson attacks ; and what form this assistance has taken.

Mr. Chris Patten : The European Community has channelled some 22 mecu (over £14 million) through the South African Council of Churches and the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) under the special programme of assistance for victims of apartheid which began in 1986. The United Kingdom's share of this total amounts to some £3 million. The EC programme has financed 70 separate projects implemented by many non- governmental organisations throughout South Africa. The EC has also approved projects to help replace some of the SACBC equipment destroyed, and to help provide new accommodation and facilities for a number of affected organisations, including Church groups.

Mr. Caborn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much assistance has been given by Her Majesty's Government to the Church organisations in South Africa that have been subject to recent bomb and arson attacks ; and what form this assistance has taken.

Mr. Chris Patten : Britain's contribution to the needs of the Church organisations in question has been through the share we contribute to the European Community's programme. In addition Britain has provided modest assistance to replace equipment for some of the other organisations based in the same buildings.

India (Water Project)

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provided to India for drilling rigs for the Indian Government's water project ; and how much aid the Indian Government requested to finance the original programme.

Mr. Chris Patten : We were discussing with the Indian authorities finance for a water drilling project costing about £25 million. Unfortunately the project did not pass our appraisal, designed to ensure that it was likely to achieve sustainable benefits. We are considering alternative approaches with the Government of India.

Brazilian Rain Forests

Mr. Wray : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the United Kingdom is giving to international efforts to halt the destruction of Brazilian rain forests ; and what information he has on their effectiveness.

Mr. Chris Patten : We are among those who have raised this issue with the Government of Brazil. There have been reports that President Sarney is to seek international assistance on environmental matters ; if these are correct, that would be a welcome development. The World bank already has under discussion a loan of up to $150 million to strengthen the Brazilian Government's national environmental programme. Environmental conditions attached to earlier World Bank and Inter-American Development bank loans have helped to increase awareness of the issues. As signatories of the international tropical timber agreement, both Brazil and the United Kingdom are pledged to encourage the development of international policies aimed at sustainable utilisation and conservation of tropical forests.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Speeding Offences

Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many speeding offences in which no other offence was alleged were proceeded against either by fixed penalties or through the courts by the Lincolnshire police in each of the last five years for which statistics are available ; and what was the average for England and Wales in these years.

Mr. John Patten : The available information on all speeding offences dealt with by court proceedings or fixed penalty notices is published annually by police force area in "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary tables" (tables 16 and 20 of the issue for 1987) ; copies are in the Library. Information on how many of these offences were the only ones alleged on a particular occasion is not available. However, Home Office guidelines are that a fixed penalty notice should not be issued where an officer is also reporting other offences for consideration of summons, and it is believed that in the vast majority of cases a prosecution for speeding is not accompanied by a prosecution for another offence.

Prison Construction

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is (a) the original agreed contract price and (b) the current contract price for each of the new prisons under construction.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : Construction contracts are awarded on the basis of an accepted tender price excluding variations of price (VOP). The contract value (which is the current contract price) is adjusted during the course of the contract to take account of VOP. VOP is calculated from the NEDO (National Economic Development Organisation) formula which is a nationally recognised formula for the calculation of cost increases for projects under construction. In the case of two of the five prisons listed, adjustments have also been made to take account of the application of VAT to building contracts since June 1988.


Contract                 |Original agreed main                             

                         |contract price-tender                            

                         |price (excluding VOP and                         

                         |VAT)                                             

                         |£ millions                                       

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Brinsford Prison         |23.12                                            

(awarded June 1987)                                                        

Bullingdon Prison        |33.10                                            

(awarded June 1988)                                                        

Lindholme II Prison      |31.23                                            

(awarded September                                                         

   1988)                                                                   

Milton Keynes Prison     |57.17                                            

(awarded December                                                          

   1988)                                                                   

Whitemoor Prison         |28.85                                            

(awarded February                                                          

   1988)                                                                   

There are two other new prisons currently under construction. Advance works are taking place at Lancaster Farms young offender institution, where the main contract has not yet been awarded. At Woolwich prison work is proceeding on the basis of a construction management contract. This involves a number of indivdual contract packages for the completion of the project instead of a single lump sum contract. It is not possible to provide comparable estimated cost figures as all the individual contract packages have not yet been let.

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of complaints made by boards of visitors as to the standard of workmanship and delays in completion of all major modernisation programmes of prison building work ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Since 1 January 1988 letters have been received from three boards of visitors about delays in the completion of major modernisation programmes at existing prison establishments. It is our objective to proceed as fast as is practicable with the programmes already under way and with those planned.

Albany Prison, Isle of Wight

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the present number is of empty cells in the Albany prison, Isle of Wight.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : On Monday 16 January there were nine unoccupied cells in the living accommodation at Her Majesty's prison, Albany.


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Remand Prisoners

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of remand prisoners being held in police station cells on 9 January ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : On Monday 9 January, 152 prisoners, most of whom would have been on remand, were held in police cells in England and Wales. This is 571 fewer than a month previously. Efforts to secure reductions are continuing.

Leeds Prison

Mr. Irving : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated cost, and the expected completion date, of the building programme to redevelop Leeds prison.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : It is expected that work on the redevelopment of Her Majesty's prison Leeds will be completed by 1997. The estimated cost at 1988 price levels is approximately £48 million, including VAT.

Feltham Remand Centre

Mr. Irving : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of building Feltham remand centre.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The final cost of building Her Majesty's young offenders institution and remand centre Feltham is likely to be in the order of £29 million subject to the determination of a number of outstanding claims.

British Summer Time

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the response he has received to his consultation document regarding British summer time ; and whether he has yet reached any conclusions.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : A consultation note was sent to Government Departments last year with a request that they seek the views of interested bodies on the options set out in that note for future summer time arrangements.

The results of this survey are being studied and will form the basis of a consultation document to be published in the near future with the intention of stimulating wider public debate on the matter.

Sunday Trading

Sir Bernard Braine : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has received the consultative document entitled "The Rest Proposals", published by the Keep Sunday Special Organisation in connection with the reform of the Shops Act 1950.

Mr. Renton : Yes. We are considering these together with the other proposals we have received.

Nigerian Prisoners

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of Nigerian citizens currently serving sentences in Her Majesty's prisons on immigration offences.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : According to the records held centrally, which may be incomplete, on 30 November 1988 no Nigerian citizens were serving sentences in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for offences under the Immigration Act 1971.

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of Nigerian citizens currently held in prisons in England and Wales pending a Home Office decision on deportation or permission to stay in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Renton : According to information available centrally, a total of 36 Nigerian citizens were detained as at 31 December 1988 under Immigration Act powers in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales. These include those being dealt with under deportation powers, as illegal entrants and after being detained at ports of entry.

Prison Works (Vacancies)

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of vacancies for prison works craftsmen or women at each of the London prisons on 1 January.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Vacancies for civilian craftsmen or women at the London prisons as at 1 January are set out in the following table.


                |Prison    |Complement           

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Brixton         |(24)      |2                    

Holloway        |(15)      |2                    

Pentonville     |(15)      |2                    

Wandsworth      |(19)      |12                   

Wormwood Scrubs |(18)      |11                   

Prisons (London)

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has already been allocated in the current financial year for repair or modernisation at each of the London prisons.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The amount of money allocated for the current financial year to each of the London prisons is as follows :


                |£                    

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Brixton         |1,288,000            

Feltham         |1,312,000            

Holloway        |267,000              

Latchmere House |195,000              

Pentonville     |3,140,000            

Wandsworth      |1,125,000            

Wormwood Scrubs |2,057,000            

                |----------           

Total           |9,384,000            

Prison Hospitals

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a senior member of the prison department last visited each of the London prison hospitals ; and on what dates the visits took place ; what reports of general conditions within those hospitals were made to his Department ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : The last visits by senior members of the Prison Department to the hospitals of prison service establishments in the London area were as follows :


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Establishment                      |Date of visit                     |Officer visiting                  |Whether report made of                                               

                                                                                                         |hospital conditions                                                  

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Ashford                            |9 January 1989                    |Regional Principal Medical Officer|No                                                                   

Brixton                            |2 December 1988                   |Regional Principal Medical Officer|No                                                                   

Feltham                            |28 August 1988                    |Regional Principal Medical Officer|No                                                                   

Holloway                           |13 December 1988                  |Director Prison Medical Services  |No                                                                   

Pentonville                        |6 December 1988                   |Regional Principal Medical Officer|No                                                                   

Wandsworth                         |15 July 1988                      |Regional Principal Medical Officer|No                                                                   

Wormwood Scrubs                    |13 January 1989                   |Director Prison Medical Services  |Yes                                                                  

The Director of Prison Medical Services, following his visit to the temporary hospital facility at Wormwood Scrubs prison, has reported that he supports a decision by the managing principal medical officer to close the facility in the interests of health and hygiene. Consideration is being given to means of remedying the defects identified. Provision for a fully equipped hospital is included in the urgent redevelopment scheme for this establishment. Building is scheduled to start in two years' time.


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