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Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are his Departments' responsibilities for the financial support and furtherance of education on Third world development issues in schools, universities and through the media ; and in what specific ways those responsibilities are currently being discharged.
Mr. Chris Patten : The Overseas Development Administration has no direct responsibility for the furtherance of education on Third world development issues in schools and universities in Britain. However, under its public information programme the Overseas Development Administration disseminates a wide range of material on development issues to schools, universities, the media and interested organisations and groups.
Column 830As part of this programme we are providing annual grants to the Centre for World Development Education and the Scottish Education and Action for Development of £125,000 and £6,000 respectively. I also agreed last year to contribute £70,000 to the Council of Europe's north-south interdependence campaign. Many groups, including local development education centres, have been able to use these funds.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to receive the advice of the Veterinary Products Committee concerning the possible licensing of bovine somatotropin.
Mr. Donald Thompson : The committee offers advice whenever appropriate but it will not make a final recommendation until it has received and assessed all pertinent information, including the data being generated in the current field trials and the conclusions of the Community's committee on veterinary medicinal products. I cannot forecast when this might be.
Mr. John Evans : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received concerning veterinary products undergoing licensing considerations by the Veterinary Products Committee.
Mr. Donald Thompson : I frequently receive such representations from non-members, other individuals and organisations representing the consumer, trade and other interests, and sometimes from applicant companies.
Mr. Ryder : The Government's position is well known. We will continue to fund strategic and public good research while looking to industry to take on support for near market research, which is work which offers the prospect of commercial application or exploitation as product, process or system with a reasonable time scale.
Mr. Martlew : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on why grooms who are working on establishments which are both equestrian centres and farms are not covered by Agricultural Wages Board orders.
Mr. Ryder : The orders made by the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales apply only to workers in agriculture as defined in the Agricultural Wages Act 1984. The definition relates to activities carried out by the worker rather than to the type of establishment.
Mr. Martlew : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will consider extending the Agricultural Wages Board order to cover private gardeners, estate workers, gamekeepers and equestrian workers.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Irish veterinary authorities have now confirmed that they have reviewed procedures at the Republic's export- approved meat plants and are satisfied that Community rules are being observed. In addition, they have issued instructions to veterinary inspection staff that in future all carcases exported to the United Kingdom should be from good quality cows and should be able to withstand a journey of three to four days and the temperature fluctuations which occur when parts of a consignment are unloaded at different destinations.
I welcome those assurances. The Irish Government are as anxious as we are that consignments of meat from the Republic should reach their destinations in the United Kingdom in first class condition.
Mr. MacGregor : I shall very shortly be making an order under section 29 of the Animal Health Act 1981 to provide where necessary for the compulsory slaughter of laying flocks in which salmonella has been confirmed. Compensation will be paid as required under the provisions of the Act.
Mr. Donald Thompson : The production and processing of cows milk is already subject to strict controls, and new tests were introduced on 1 January 1989. As a result, the United Kingdom has been granted step 2 status under the heat treated milk directive and this means that we can apply the same high standards to imported milk. I set out the position on goats milk in the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Bar (Mr. Rooker) on 8 February.
Mr. Alan Clark : Our consistent advice to exporters has been that they should consider protecting themselves against the risk of exchange rate fluctuation and to consult experts, primarily the banks, about the best way of doing this.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has received a copy of the east midlands business survey and its analysis for the prospects of the textile industry ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins : I am aware of the survey's conclusion that the textile and clothing industry is optimistic about employment prospects over the next six months notwithstanding the survey's findings that the industry has performed less well than other sectors in the last six months.
Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will provide the figures for spending on regional selective assistance and regional development grants for the north west of England for each year from 1978-79 to the present and estimated figures for 1989- 90, 1990-91, and 1991-92 in cash at 1987-88 prices ;
(2) what is the total estimated expenditure on regional development grants and regional selective assistance in the north west of England for each of the years 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Mr. Atkins : Gross expenditure at current and constant (1987-88) prices on regional development grant (RDG) and regional selective assistance (RSA) in the north west region in the financial years 1978-89 to 1988-89 is shown in the table. Figures for RDG and RSA provision in future years are not available at the regional level.
Expenditure at constant ( 1987-88) prices |RSA<1> |RDG<2> -------------------------------- 1978-79 |82.3 |132.0 1979-80 |40.9 |103.0 1980-81 |28.6 |156.6 1981-82 |19.7 |193.5 1982-83 |23.0 |122.5 1983-84 |16.4 |100.0 1984-85 |15.7 |91.6 1985-86 |13.8 |67.6 1986-87 |19.4 |106.6 1987-88 |19.6 |45.7 1988-89 |<3>14.1|<3>35.5 <1> Expenditure on RSA industrial and training grants only. Figures for the business improvement services and exchange risk guarantee schemes are not available at the regional level. <2> RDG figures incorporate expenditure under the original and revised schemes. <3> To end-December 1988 and provisional.
Table file CW890210.010 not available
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list for 1988 and 1989 to date the contacts his Department has had with church organisations on rural area matters ; what were the subjects for discussion in each case ; and what meetings are planned in the near future.
Mr. Caborn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if his Department has received any request for guidance from, or supplied any advice to, RTZ plc concerning the Government's voluntary ban on new investment in South Africa, in the light of RTZ's recent acquisition of BP's mineral division.
Mr. Alan Clark [holding answer 9 February 1989] : Contacts between this Department and United Kingdom companies are treated as commercial-in-confidence. The Office of Fair Trading is at an early stage in its consideration of the RTZ corporation's proposed acquisition of certain of BP's mineral interests and will report to the Secretary of State in due course.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many licences for the export of leg-irons, shackles and gallows were granted during 1988 ; and what were the destinations of goods to which licences were given.
Mr. Alan Clark [holding answer 9 February 1989] : It is our general policy not to issue licences for the export of leg-irons, shackles and gallows. No licences for such equipment were issued during 1988.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will specify each donation which his Department has made in response to public appeals for financial assistance during each financial year since 1979-80.
|1988-89 |£ -------------------------------------------------------------------- Scottish Television's Telethon Trust-in response to the Telethon '88 Appeal. |120,000 Lockerbie Air Disaster Appeal Fund. |150,000
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the table. The figures are taken from different sources and may not be strictly comparable. Estimates for authorities which failed to submit returns have been included.
Local Authority dwelling stock, Scotland |31 March 1979 |30 September 1988 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Local Authority Total |900,644 |808,521 Berwickshire |2,861 |2,455 Ettrick and Lauderdale |4,998 |4,010 Roxburgh<2> |6,272 |5,450 Tweeddale<2> |1,629 |1,470 Clackmannan |9,671 |8,568 Falkirk<1> |33,572 |29,413 Stirling<1> |13,131 |11,825 Annandale and Eskdale<1> |4,939 |4,821 Nithsdale |8,365 |7,360 Stewartry |2,519 |2,308 Wigtown |4,705 |4,256 Dunfermline |23,143 |19,141 Kirkcaldy<2> |26,850 |22,973 North East Fife<1> |7,831 |6,475 Aberdeen |38,680 |36,869 Banff and Buchan |12,552 |11,446 Gordon |6,111 |5,444 Kincardine and Deeside |3,613 |3,532 Moray |10,556 |10,035 Badenoch and Strathspey |1,048 |1,046 Caithness<2> |4,250 |3,800 Inverness |7,013 |6,469 Lochaber |3,350 |2,893 Nairn |1,115 |1,064 Ross and Cromarty |6,181 |6,078 Skye and Lochalsh<2> |684 |780 Sutherland |1,706 |1,702 East Lothian |16,274 |13,919 Edinburgh |57,478 |49,237 Midlothian |13,032 |10,868 West Lothian |22,525 |19,985 Argyll and Bute |8,205 |7,852 Bearsden and Milngavie |1,895 |1,715 Clydebank<2> |12,413 |11,030 Clydesdale |9,634 |9,215 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |4,356 |4,035 Cumnock and Doon Valley |10,327 |9,445 Cunninghame |23,536 |21,332 Dumbarton |13,174 |11,817 East Kilbride |1,622 |1,282 Eastwood |2,038 |1,731 Glasgow |180,209 |160,309 Hamilton |22,822 |21,562 Inverclyde |20,071 |17,945 Kilmarnock and Loudoun |18,226 |16,187 Kyle and Carrick |18,398 |16,011 Monklands |28,716 |27,251 Motherwell |40,209 |37,117 Renfrew |39,645 |36,325 Strathkelvin |10,893 |9,426 Angus |14,513 |12,640 Dundee |40,479 |37,842 Perth and Kinross |16,343 |14,355 Orkney Islands<2> |1,432 |1,416 Shetland Islands |2,475 |2,578 Western Isles<1> |2,359 |2,411 Source: 1979-SDD S1 returns. Source: 1988-SDD rent returns. <1> Estimated figure-District return outstanding for 1979. <2> Estimated figure-District return outstanding for 1988.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on his future intentions with regard to the proposals to deregulate the supply of cattle semem to farms in Scotland.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 1 February 1989] : In July 1988 the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland invited interested organisations to comment on proposals for changing the regulations governing the sale and supply of cattle semen for artificial insemination. These paralleled similar consultations being undertaken in England and Wales.
Seven responses were received by the Department. In addition, representations were made to my noble Friend the Minister of State by 10 hon. Members. Further discussions have taken place with a number of interested parties. The views expressed are currently being considered.
Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what further tests of hill lambs for radioactivity resulting from Chernobyl have been taken in the past year ; what have been the results ; and what action he is taking as a result.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 30 January 1989] : Information on the level of radioactivity in sheep in Scotland resulting from the Chernobyl accident is published on a regular basis by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. The measured levels of radiocaesium in live sheep tested in 1988 in those areas in which restrictions on the movement and slaughter of sheep are in force range from 53 becquerels per kilogram to 3,683 becquerels per kilogram. Readings taken from sheep in slaughterhouses throughout Scotland in 1988 range from 2 becquerels per kilogram to 145 becquerels per kilogram. The mark and release arrangements ensure that sheep which may be contaminated to levels above the 1,000 becquerels per kilogram safety level may not be removed from the restricted areas unless they are painted the appropriate colour and that such sheep may not be slaughtered unless they are marked with a tag to show that they are below this level. Monitoring
Column 836and the related restrictions are designed to protect the public from the risk of eating sheep meat contaminated to an unacceptably high level and they will continue until it has been demonstrated that there is no longer any cause for concern in this respect.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Minister for the Arts whether he will publish a table showing the names of all management and arts consultants commissioned by (a) the Office of Arts and Libraries, and (b) the Arts Council giving their fees, in each of the past two years.
Mr. Luce [holding answer 7 February 1989] : I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 19 May 1988 at column 566 and the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) on 14 July 1988 at column 328 .
In respect of the Arts Council, I am unable to add further to the answer that I gave the hon. Member on 11 May 1988 at column 126 .
Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the average annual percentage change in GDP(E), at 1985 prices, per head of the United Kingdom working population, including both employed and unemployed people, from (a) 1959 to 1979 and (b) 1979 to 1987 inclusive.
Mr. Major : Between 1959 and 1979 the annual average percentage change in GDP(E), measured at constant factor cost, per head of the United Kingdom work force was 2.1 per cent. Between 1979 and 1987 the average annual percentage change was 1.0 per cent. Over both of these periods whole economy productivity rose on average by 2.1 per cent. a year.
Ms. Richardson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many strip searches were made of females at Customs during each month of 1988, giving the number of persons involved ; what dutiable items or unlawful imports were discovered in any search ; in how many cases persons who were asked to undergo a strip search asked for review of that request by a justice of the peace or senior customs officer ; how many of those who sought such review were subsequently strip searched and how many were not ; on how many occasions persons declined to be strip searched before such review and after such review ; and what was the outcome in each case.
For the period 1 July 1987 to 31 March 1988 (the latest period for which figures are available) the number of persons strip searched was 16,023. Drugs were recovered in 586 instances, dutiable goods in 180 instances and other prohibited or restricted goods in 57 instances. In addition
Column 837there were 2,019 instances of smuggled goods found before the search and 119 afterwards (for example, concealed internally by smugglers but recovered only after the search).
Appeals against strip search to a justice of the peace or senior customs officer totalled 71, of which 17 were upheld. There are no recorded instances of persons declining to be searched once having exercised their appeal rights.
Ms. Richardson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what child care provision the Northern Ireland Office provides for pre- school age children of the Department's employees ; what child care provision, for school holiday or after-school care, is provided for employees' children aged five and over ; what plans there are for increasing provision in the next five years ; and how these are to be funded.
Mr. Ian Stewart : In accordance with the commitment in the circular "Equal Opportunities for Women in the Northern Ireland Civil Service" published May 1986, the Northern Ireland Civil Service has considered the provision of child care facilities and in particular workplace nurseries. It concluded that such nurseries could be provided only if there was a substantial injection of capital to meet start-up costs and a continuing subsidy from Government towards running costs. The use of public funds for this purpose has not so far been considered justifiable in relation to other needs.
However, the Northern Ireland Civil Service is anxious to assist staff in making other suitable child-minding arrangements and recently introduced a scheme to assist staff to find suitable registered childminders. In addition it is considering with the trade unions the provision of other facilities such as day care for pre-school age children, after-school care for older children, and holiday play schemes.
Column 838The home Civil Service part of the Northern Ireland Office, which comprises about 180 staff divided between London and Belfast, does not provide child care facilities, but gives sympathetic consideration to the individual needs of staff with young children.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the number of people receiving social security transitional payments under the schemes announced on 27 April 1988 and the likely expenditure in the current financial year.
Mr. Needham : At 17 December 1988, the latest date for which information is available, transitional payments were being made to some 5,665 beneficiaries. It is estimated that the total expenditure in the current financial year will be in the region of £1 million and this is being met by repayable advances from the civil contingencies fund pending parliamentary approval of a Supplementary Estimate.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the numbers of full-time and part-time teachers in each college of further education in Derbyshire for each year since 1979, together with the average number of hours worked by part-time teachers in each college.
Mrs. Rumbold : The following table gives the available figures for Derbyshire colleges of further education. It shows full-time teaching staff numbers and full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers of part-time teaching staff. Figures are not readily available for the period before the academic year 1983-84 and there are data for only a sample of Derbyshire colleges from 1983-84 to 1986-87.
Full-time and part-time FTE teaching staff: Derbyshire colleges of FE Academic years 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88<1> |Full-time |Part-time FTE|Full-time |Part-time FTE|Full-time |Part-time FTE|Full-time |Part-time FTE|Full-time |Part-time FTE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chesterfield College of Technology and Arts |209.5 |28.4 |264.4 |45.8 |263.1 |63.9 |n/a |n/a |249.0 |62.5 The North East Derbyshire College of Further Education |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |78.2 |33.9 The South East Derbyshire College |n/a |n/a |140.4 |39.2 |147.1 |61.4 |164.2 |0.0 |143.3 |48.3 High Peak College of Further Education |n/a |n/a |104.4 |34.1 |111.2 |23.5 |n/a |n/a |104.4 |24.7 Derbyshire College of Further Education |n/a |n/a |320.4 |60.0 |325.8 |69.4 |341.4 |68.8 |352.6 |63.2 Derbyshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |n/a |38.0 |3.9 Derbyshire College of Higher Education |319.3 |14.4 |304.6 |13.7 |285.8 |15.9 |274.0 |23.3 |266.1 |23.1 <1> Provisional. Source: annual monitoring survey.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of changes in the balance between full and part-time teaching in colleges of further education since 1979.
Mrs. Rumbold : The available data are listed below. The number of part-time lecturer hours worked in higher and further education in polytechnics and other LEA-maintained establishments in England has been converted to the full-time equivalent (fte) number of lecturers and is expressed in the table as a percentage of the total fte lecturer numbers.
Part-time lecturer fte numbers shown as a percentage of total fte lecturer numbers :
* Academic year |Number ------------------------------------------ 1980-81 |11.7 1981-82 |10.9 1982-83 |12.3 1983-84 |13.0 1984-85 |14.2 1985-86 |14.9 1986-87 |16.2 Source: Annual Monitoring Survey.
Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of those aged three and four years in each of the educational authorities in the north west of England in nurseries, pre- school playgroups or other forms of education (a) at the latest available date, (b) five years ago, (c) 10 years ago and (d) 15 years ago, expressed numerically and as a percentage of the age group ; what was the national average for these figures ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Rumbold : The total number of pupils under five and the percentage of the age group attending maintained nursery and primary schools in each local education authority in the North West and in England in January 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1988 is given in the following table. Information on pupils under five in playgroups is not available centrally.
January each year 1973 1978 1983 1988 |Pupils |Percentage|Pupils |Percentage|Pupils |Percentage|Pupils |Percentage -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cheshire |7,049 |23 |8,521 |34 |8,236 |35 |12,787 |53 Lancashire |12,933 |31 |10,415 |29 |14,598 |43 |17,404 |48 Bolton |3,716 |41 |4,424 |60 |4,345 |62 |5,054 |69 Bury |1,190 |20 |2,005 |40 |1,998 |44 |2,492 |56 Manchester |8,181 |49 |7,952 |72 |7,395 |69 |9,112 |75 Oldham |2,540 |33 |3,063 |49 |3,360 |56 |4,041 |65 Rochdale |3,246 |46 |3,464 |57 |3,411 |57 |3,809 |62 Salford |3,435 |38 |3,921 |61 |4,378 |78 |4,964 |85 Stockport |2,834 |28 |3,259 |43 |3,013 |42 |3,277 |45 Tameside |2,102 |28 |2,980 |49 |3,740 |69 |4,277 |75 Trafford |1,782 |24 |784 |14 |875 |17 |1,175 |22 Wigan |3,678 |31 |4,295 |46 |4,212 |53 |4,768 |59 Knowsley |1,143 |16 |1,919 |36 |2,372 |46 |3,466 |70 Liverpool |7,072 |40 |8,227 |65 |9,065 |76 |10,128 |83 St. Helens |2,062 |30 |2,846 |50 |2,473 |52 |2,917 |62 Sefton |3,062 |31 |3,975 |53 |4,036 |59 |4,310 |61 Wirral |2,536 |22 |3,876 |43 |3,898 |46 |4,312 |50 |------- |-- |------- |-- |------- |-- |------- |-- England |355,780 |24 |415,065 |35 |458,197 |40 |532,933 |45
The percentage figures are the number of children under five attending maintained nursery and primary schools expressed as a percentage of the estimated three and four-year-old population.
Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what leaflets and booklets have been published by his Department on opting out for maintained schools ; what was their cost ; and by what means they were distributed.
Mrs. Rumbold : The Department has published a booklet "School Governors : How To Become A Grant-Maintained School" and circular 10/88 "Education Reform Act 1988 : Grant-Maintained Schools". Copies were sent by post to the chairman of governors of all county and voluntary schools in England, local education authorities and other interested parties. The cost of printing and distribution was approximately £46,000.
Mrs. Rumbold : Independent evaluation conducted by the university of Bath indicates that 88 per cent.--1,148--of those in receipt of trainee teacher bursaries in 1986-87 took up employment as school teachers.
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total cost of the teacher training bursary scheme for each year of operation ; and what is the cost in respect of those qualifying under the scheme who do not become school teachers.
Mrs. Rumbold : The total cost of the scheme for each of the two full academic years of its operation is £1.76 million for 1986-87, and £2.8 million for 1987-88. The cost in respect of those receiving the bursary who do not become school teachers is estimated to be £210,000 for those qualifying in 1987. Figures for those qualifying in 1988 are not yet available.
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the number of (a) overseas students and (b) students over 25, excluding postgraduates, in higher education for each of the last 10 years.
First year full-time students in higher education in Great Britain Thousands Academic year beginning in |1979|1983|1987 ---------------------------------------------------- Students from abroad |28.0|24.8|32.8 Undergraduates aged 25 and over |24.2|26.0|30.5
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is the total number of non-degree places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics and (iii) colleges of further education ;
(2) what is the total number of first degrees places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics and (iii) colleges of further education ;
(3) what was the total number of higher degree places for each of the last 10 years in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics, and (iii) colleges of further education.
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds have secured a first degree placd in (i) universities, (ii) polytechnics, and (iii) colleges of further education for each of the last 10 years.
Percentage of 18 to 24 year olds entering first degree courses, Great Britain
Academic year beginning in
1979 1983 1987
University 1.28 1.06 1.06
Polytechnics and colleges 0.67 0.83 0.86