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Prostitutes (Prosecutions)

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to make it a criminal offence for a prostitute knowingly to infect a person with HIV or hepatitis B.

Mr. John Patten : We have considered most carefully whether it should be an offence for one person knowingly


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to pass HIV on to another, but have concluded, for the present, that this would not be justified, principally because :

(a) there is little evidence that reckless infection is a problem or that people who are HIV antibody-positive are deliberately infecting others ;

(b) any such offence would be difficult to prove and probably unworkable in practice ;

(c) it is doubtful whether an offence would deter ; and (

(d) the introduction of an offence might well be

counter-productive, discouraging those at risk from being tested and, arguably, thereby contributing to the spread of the disease. Similar considerations apply in relation to hepatitis.

Local Pay Additions

Mr. Sean Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what, in respect of the payment of local pay additions in the Metropolitan police, are the different amounts paid to staff, by grade ; whether this sum varies due to location ; what qualifying period of scale- related criteria is used ; and whether this varies by location.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I understand from the Commissioner that the information is as follows :


Grade                                          |Location     |£ per annum                

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Executive Officer                                                                        

   (excluding those in ADP                                                               

   field)                                      |Jubilee House|600                        

                                                                                         

Administrative Officer                                                                   

   (excluding those in                                                                   

   receipt of specialist                                                                 

   allowances)                                 |All          |600                        

                                                                                         

Administrative Assistants                                                                

   (excluding those in                                                                   

   receipt of specialist                                                                 

   allowances)                                 |All          |300                        

                                                                                         

Senior Personal Secretary}       |Inner London |700                                      

Personal Secretary}              |Elsewhere    |600                                      

                                                                                         

Typing Manager}                                                                          

Typist}                          |Inner London |700                                      

Trainee Typist}                  |Elsewhere    |600                                      

                                                                                         

Knowledge of London                                                                      

   Examiner                                                                              

   (Grades I and II)                           |All          |600                        

                                                                                         

Area Traffic Warden                                                                      

   Controller                    |All          |450                                      

                                                                                         

Senior Traffic Warden Controller |All          |450                                      

                                                                                         

Traffic Warden Controller                      |All          |450                        

                                                                                         

Traffic Warden Supervisor                      |All          |450                        

                                                                                         

Traffic Warden                                 |All          |375                        

No qualifying periods are required except for traffic wardens who receive local pay additions after one year's service. This does not vary by location.

Fire-fighting Equipment

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that the fire tenders known as the Green Goddesses and equipment to be used in an emergency are maintained at a high stte of readiness for immediate use.

Mr. John Patten : Yes.


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Police Raid (Leyton)

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, further to his answer of 12 January, Official Report, columns 487-8, to the hon. Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis) about the explosives find in Battersea, he will make a further statement about the subsequent police raid on 21 December on premises in Leyton.

Mr. Hurd : Following the discovery of the cache at Staplehurst court, Battersea and in an effort to trace possible witnesses, police made inquiries at a number of addresses including one in Leyton. They were satisfied that the occupants of the Leyton address were not connected with any terrorist organisation.

Football (Policing)

Mr. Riddick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the cost of policing matches involving Football League clubs in each of the last five football seasons ;


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(2) what was the contribution made by Football League clubs towards the cost of policing football matches involving Football League teams in each of the last five football seasons ;

(3) what was the total cost for policing football matches at the grounds of (a) Chelsea football club, (b) Leeds United football club, (c) Huddersfield Town football club, (d) Newcastle United football club, (e) Liverpool football club, (f) Oxford United football club, (g) Luton Town football club in each of the last five seasons ; and what proportion of these costs was paid for by each club itself.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I understand from the Commissioner that the payments made by Football League clubs in London over the past five years are as follows :


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Club                 |1983-84 £   |1984-85 £   |1985-86 £   |1986-87 £   |1987-88 £                

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Arsenal              |108,076.00  |110,024.92  |141,636.43  |160,581.23  |161,875.96               

Brentford            |23,388.43   |39,254.80   |33,351.45   |31,095.05   |34,078.68                

Charlton             |11,387.11   |21,512.63   |41,572.66   |74,500.35   |49,273.65                

Chelsea              |107,811.24  |177,138.67  |167,815.67  |142,615.45  |168,257.86               

Crystal Palace       |22,144.55   |52,710.05   |39,918.13   |44,755.58   |37,173.59                

Fulham               |40,745.69   |34,171.18   |42,351.03   |34,814.48   |26,526.79                

Leyton Orient        |9,547.73    |13,777.59   |14,947.57   |14,225.96   |17,509.17                

Millwall             |18,300.89   |39,280.96   |50,093.27   |43,658.14   |57,693.28                

Queen's Park Rangers |49,685.61   |65,986.81   |96,304.41   |95,717.26   |129,564.28               

Tottenham Hotspur    |200,864.02  |156,247.01  |195,159.92  |171,440.49  |153,785.36               

West Ham United      |104,530.17  |102,908.85  |119,049.89  |146,478.51  |176,303.08               

Wimbledon            |19,556.66   |24,951.89   |22,718.80   |57,469.45   |81,354.26                

                     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------                  

Total                |716,038.10  |837,965.36  |964,919.23  |1,017,351.95|1,093,395.96             

There is no central record of the costs of policing matches or of contributions made by clubs outside London. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Television Licences

Sir Dennis Walters : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to review the possibility of extending the present rules governing refunding of television licences.

Mr. Renton : We have no plans to do so.

Fly Posting

Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions there have been in each of the last three years for unauthorised fly posting ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : Information collected centrally does not distinguish illegal bill posting from other offences against the Town and Country Planning Acts 1968-71.

Child Abuse (Research)

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the research on child sexual abuse undertaken by his Department (a) since 1979, (b)


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currently underway, and (c) planned for the future together with the amount of money allocated in each instance ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The Home Office has conducted no major research studies specifically focusing on child sexual abuse. It has, however, published two short articles in the Home Office research and planning unit's research bulletin--copies of which are in the Library--which deal with various aspects of child abuse. These are :

Child Homicide and Child Physical and Sexual Abuse 1986, Research Bulletin No. 20.

Child Molestation : A Research Note 1987, Research Bulletin No. 23.

The Home Office is funding a research project on the experiences of "Children as Victims of Crime". This study will shed light on experiences of sexual abuse as well as other types of crime. The grant made in respect of this project is £98,000. Moreover, a contract has recently been let to examine the effectiveness of live TV links for child witnesses in the Crown courts, including cases of child sexual abuse. The cost of this research is £45,000. Planning of our programme of research for the financial year 1989-90 is under way. We are considering research needs in respect of child sexual abuse and discussions are being held with the Department of Health on this important topic.

Court Attendance (Parents)

Mr. Gill : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider introducing an


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experimental scheme making the attendance at court mandatory for parents of children under the age of 17 years who are on trial.

Mr. John Patten : Where juveniles are charged with criminal offences, it is normally right for their parents to attend court with them. The law already imposes a duty on the court, where it considers the parents' attendance desirable, to require them to attend unless it would be unreasonable to do so.

Bulk Loads

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been under paragraph 100(2) of the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations for failing to secure a loose bulk load, in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Mr. John Patten : The information collected centrally on court proceedings does not separately distinguish contravention of regulation 100(2) of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. The available information relates to offences of causing danger by reason of the number of passengers carried, by insecure load, by weight or distribution, and is published annually in "Offences relating to motor vehicles England and Wales, Supplementary tables" (table 5 of the issue for 1987, the latest available). Probably of the order of 90 per cent. of these offences will have related to the load carried. This publication also gives, table 20, the available information on the issue of fixed penalty notices, which may be issued as an alternative to prosecution for certain loading offences, including the one in question.

Association of Chief Police Officers

Mr. Evennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers ; and what matters were discussed.

Mr. Hurd : I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Lancashire, West (Mr. Hind) on 15 December at column 708.

Peremptory Challenge

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take steps to ensure that the abolition of a defendant's rights of peremptory challenge in jury trials will not in any way weaken the fairness of the jury system.

Mr. John Patten : We believe that abolition of peremptory challenge will increase the fairness of the jury system. We have no present plans for further changes, but we will of course keep the working of the system under review.

Radio

Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to widen choice for radio listeners.

Mr. Renton : We have endorsed IBA proposals to award 20 contracts for incremental radio stations. The first five


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will be announced in the spring. We have also agreed that a separate contract should be advertised for a station covering Heathrow and Gatwick airports. In addition we have authorised BBC and independent local radio stations to provide separate programmes if they wish on each of their current frequencies. The White Paper "Broadcasting in the '90s" makes further proposals to allow the expansion of radio in due course, in particular the establishment of independent national radio stations and up to several hundred local and community radio stations.

Association of Chief Police Officers

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last had a meeting with the Association of Chief Police Officers ; and what matters were discussed.

Mr. Hurd : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Lancashire, West (Mr. Hind) on 15 December at column 708.

Mr. Viraj Mendis

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make an up-to-date statement on the case of Viraj Mendis.

Mr. Renton : Further to the reply given to a question from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), on 18 January, Mr. Mendis applied for judicial review of my right hon. Friend's refusal to reverse the decisions to refuse refugee status and to make a deportation order against him. The Divisional court and the Court of Appeal rejected this application on 19 January. No satisfactory assurance was received about Mr. Mendis' admissibility to a third country, and he was removed to Sri Lanka on the 12.15 pm Air Lanka flight from Gatwick airport on 20 January.

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the total cost to public funds in respect of Mr. Viraj Mendis including legal costs, transport costs and supplementary benefit payments since the time at which his overstay in the United Kingdom commenced.

Mr. Renton : It is not practicable to quantify the staffing and other resources spent by the Home Office in connection with Mr. Mendis' case, but these were considerable. Costs incurred by other Departments are a matter for my right hon. and hon. Friends the Ministers concerned.

Disclosure of Information

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has reviewed all the statutory provisions bearing upon the disclosure of official information, other than the Official Secrets Act, to ensure that they are consistent with the principles and provisions concerning liability to criminal prosecution for disclosure of official information contained in the Official Secrets Bill ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd : The purpose of the Official Secrets Bill is to replace section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911 in


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accordance with the principles set out in the White Paper published in June 1988 (Cm 408). The Government are aware of other legislation containing specific offences relating to the disclosure of particular information provided under statutory requirements and it referred to these in its White Paper at paragraph 35. Any consideration of such offences needs to be made in the context of the specific provisions to which they relate.

Immigration

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the date on which the papers relating to the family of KMA (Ref. No. K362905/3) were received by his Department ; and when he expects to have processed this case and advised the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of his conclusions.

Mr. Renton : I regret that when I wrote to the hon. Member on 13 January I was not aware that the referral papers had been received in the Home Office on 5 December but were not linked with the file. The entry clearance officer in Bombay was instructed on 25 January to issue suitable entry clearance.

Football Clubs (Membership Scheme)

Mr. McCrindle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is anticipated that companies running the proposed football identity card scheme should have access to the police national computer.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : No.

Drugs

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent level of arrests for narcotics- related offences.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Figures for the number of people arrested for drug-related offences are not collected centrally. Figures available for people dealt with at court or cautioned are published regularly and 1987 figures can be found in chapters 5 and 7 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1987". Also, figures for people whose offences are settled by compounding or who are given informal warnings can be found in the Home Office statistical bulletin "Statistics on the Misuse of Drugs 1987".

Women Prisoners

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is (a) the total number of females who served all or part of a prison sentence during 1987 accompanied by a dependent child or baby in England and Wales, and (b) the proportion and number of such females who had committed an offence involving robbery or violence ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 24 January 1989] : During 1987, 129 females served all or part of a prison sentence accompanied by their babies. Of these, 20--16 per cent.--had committed an offence involving robbery or violence.


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NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast City Airport

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements he is proposing to make for the future of Belfast city airport in the context of the sale of Short Brothers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Viggers : The future of Belfast harbour airport will depend largely on the outcome of the process to privatise Short Brothers plc. An information memorandum on Shorts was recently issued to a selected number of prospective purchasers inviting them to submit preliminary proposals for the company. This memorandum was issued to only those parties interested in purchasing the company as a whole. In the detailed negotiations which will follow the proposals of possible purchasers, the future of the harbour airport will be covered, but meanwhile there will be no change in its operation.

Fair Employment

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North, Official Report, 20 January, columns 335-36, if he will identify those recommendations contained in paragraphs 15.5 to 15.123 of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights' "Report on Fair Employment' (Cm. 237) which have been incorporated (a) in full and (b) in part in the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Bill 1988, indicating in which clauses of the Bill they can be found.

Mr. Viggers : An analysis of the kind requested would be inappropriate given the complexity of the issues involved. The Fair employment (Northern Ireland) Bill reflects those recommendations of the SACHR report which relate to the meaning of the discrimination and equality of opportunity, the scope of new legislation, the encouragement of equality of opportunity in practice, new institutional arrangements, the conduct of strategic investigations and new duties on employers to monitor the religious composition of their work force. In addition, the Government fully endorses the SACHR's general principles on the provision of equality of opportunity. The Bill's provisions dealing with the registration and certification of employers, the enforcement powers of the fair employment tribunall and the disqualification of employers from public sector grants and contracts reflect concerns expressed by SACHR, but address the issues by means different from those recommended in the report.

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will publish the proposed code of practice refered to in the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Bill 1988 two clear sitting days before the Second Reading of the Bill.

Mr. Viggers : No. The code will be drawn up by the Fair Employment Commission, and will therefore be available until the commission has been established. However, I intend to make available before Committee stage a preliminary draft of the revised "Guide to Effective Practice", which will serve as the first code once the Bill receives Royal Assent.


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Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to publish the drafts of seven sets of regulations referred to in the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Bill 1988.

Mr. Viggers : It is not normal practice to publish drafts of subordinate legislation of this kind. However, I expect to be able to inform the House during Committee stage of the likely content of the main regulations referred to in the Bill.

Fair Employment Act

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, pursuant to his reply of 13 January to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North, he will list in the Official Report the employers in respect of whom section 42 certificates under the Fair Employment Act were issued.

Mr. Viggers [holding answer 18 January 1989] : It is not the policy of the Fair Employment Agency to release the names of parties in individual complaints cases. Of the 18 section 43 certificates referred to in my reply of 13 January, five involved either the Northern Ireland Office or Northern Ireland Departments whilst the remaining 13 concerned public bodies in Northern Ireland.

Toxocariasis

Mr. Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate of the number of cases of toxocariasis which occur each year in Northern Ireland ; what is the distribution of such cases, over the last few years ; and whether there is any evidence as to whether the incindence of the condition has been affected by the dog licensing scheme operating in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 January 1989] : Information about cases of toxocariasis is not available. It is not possible, therefore, to say if the incidence of the disease has been affected by the current dog licensing scheme.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Inflation

13. Mr. Worthington : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rate of inflation (a) now and (b) last January.

69. Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rate of inflation (a) now and (b) last January.

106. Mr. Morgan : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the rate of inflation (a) now and (b) last January.

Mr. Brooke : 6.8 and 3.3 per cent. respectively.

58. Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the rate of inflation in six months' time.

Mr. Lilley : The Autumn Statement contains the latest published forecast for retail prices index inflation in 1989.

94. Mr. Caborn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give his latest forecast for the rate of inflation in 1989.


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138. Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest forecast for the rate of inflation in 1989.

Mr. Lilley : The Autumn Statement contains the latest published forecast for retail prices index inflation in 1989.

114. Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the number of countries in the European Community which have a lower rate of inflation than the current rate in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lilley : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) on 20 January at column 358.

115. Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government expect to achieve the objective of zero per cent inflation.

123. Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government expect to achieve the objective of zero per cent. inflation.

141. Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government expect to achieve the objective of zero per cent. inflation.

Mr. Lilley : The Government's resolve against inflation remains firm, as shown by recent policy actions in raising interest rates to keep downward pressure on inflation. The ultimate objective remains stable prices.

Income Statistics

14. Mr. Wallace : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if there are any plans to change the system of collation of national income statistics.

Mr. Major : The CSO are always looking for ways to improve the accuracy and completeness of the national accounts. The Government established last summer a review to make recommendations for cost-effective improvements. It has now been completed and a comprehensive report will be published in due course.

Ministerial Meetings

15. Mr. Batiste : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the other major industrial countries.

Mr. Yeo : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the other major industrial countries.

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the other major industrial countries.

Mr. Lawson : The G7 Finance Ministers will be meeting in Washington next week.

Labour Statistics

16. Mr. Lord : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which regions adult unemployment has fallen over the past year.

Mr. Brooke : Adult unemployment has fallen sharply in every region of the United Kingdom over the last year, but fastest in the west midlands, the north west and Wales.


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61. Mr. William Powell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which regions adult unemployment has fallen over the past year.

129. Mr. Burt : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which regions adult unemployment has fallen over the past year.

Mr. Major : Adult unemployment has fallen sharply in every region of the United Kingdom over the last year, but fastest in the west midlands, the north west and Wales.


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