Mr. Eggar : Research into the long-term demographic, social and economic consequences of AIDS are being financed under the overseas aid programme. We are also providing support through the World Health Organisation to those countries affected by the disease.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives under article VI of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty 1986 are planned by Her Majesty's Government with regard to United Kingdom nuclear weapons, in advance of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty 1990 review conference.
Mrs. Chalker : We will be represented at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Council of Europe on 5 May 1989. A postmark bearing the Council of Europe's slogan will be in use in Mount Pleasant sorting office for four weeks from 1 May 1989. We are considering what else might be done to mark this anniversary.
Mr. Onslow : To ask the Attorney-General if the Lord Chancellor will draw the Magistrates' Association's attention to the requirement for the courts to have regard to any financial benefit which may accrue, or appear likely to accrue, to offenders convicted of unauthorised felling of a protected tree ; and if he wil make a statement.
The Attorney-General : The possibility of benefit is a matter which magistrates should take into account in such cases. The Lord Chancellor, in his capacity as president of the Magistrates' Association, will take the opportunity of referring to this matter, and expressing his personal views on it, on a suitable occasion when addressing members of the association.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Lord President of the Council what is the total annual cost of written parliamentary questions each year since 1979 ; how such a figure is calculated ; and what is the average cost per hon. Member in the last year for which figures are available.
Mr. Wakeham : Records of the total cost of answering parliamentary questions are not kept and details of the average cost per hon. Member are not, therefore, available. However, an assessment is made of the average cost of answering a written question. This average figure is updated regularly and currently stands at £51. The calculation is based on a sample of staff time using average rates of pay and associated costs (such as national insurance and superannuation) for the Civil Service grades concerned and substantive non-staff costs such as computer usage.
Mr. Wakeham : Responsibility for monitoring the safety and health aspects of paper products supplied to the House lies with Her Majesty's Stationery Office. There is no reason to believe that its present policy in this respect is in need of change.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : Not at present. Proposals for selling attractive registration marks are being prepared. Auctions, and sales of new year-letter numbers in the series 1-20 which are currently not issued, are both under consideration.
Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the estimated costs of administration, per vehicle registered, of road fund licences issued in the most recent year for which figures are available.
Column 109process. The total cost of that process in 1987-88 was £108.3 million. Thirty-three million vehicle licences were issued in that year ; there were also 20 million other vehicle transactions, such as new registration documents issued.
Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will be revising his assessment of the merchant fleet tonnage emergency requirements, in the light of the further loss of North sea output from the Fulmar Auk and Clyde oilfields in December 1988.
No. The temporary loss of North sea output in peacetime would not affect the merchant tonnage needed to service the North sea in wartime.
Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what have been the crime clear-up rates for the area covered by Lincolnshire constabularly for each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The recorded clear-up rate in the Lincolnshire constabulary was 49 per cent. in 1983, 35 per cent. in 1984 and 42 per cent. in 1985. From 1986 the information is published annually in table 2.18 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales".
Column 110planning for the National Health Service in war for inclusion in current emergency planning guidance to local authorities.
Mr. John Patten : Revised guidance on civil defence planning was issued by the Department of Health and Social Security to the National Health Service in July 1988. The guidance was also circulated to all local authorities in England and Wales. The substance of the guidance will be incorporated shortly in the emergency planning guidance to local authorities.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Don Valley of 7 December 1988, Official Report, column 205, if he will give details of the amounts of capital expenditure by the United Kingdom warning and monitoring organisation since 10 July 1987 ; and if he will give details of the purposes to which such expenditure was put ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. John Patten : Capital expenditure by the United Kingdom warning and monitoring organisation since 10 July 1987, when my right hon. Friend announced a review of warning and monitoring arrangements, has been limited to items essential to the maintenance of the organisation's effectiveness and readiness for operation. The carrier warning system was completed with expenditure of £2.1 million, automatic telephone exchanges were installed in operational controls at a cost of £1.75 million, and building projects amounted to £0.43 million.
Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consult the appropriate police authorities concerning increased police liaison with Interpol in respect of persons missing in the United Kingdom and wanted in connection with criminal inquiries.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Service personnel may vote in person or by post or by proxy if they are living in the United Kingdom. Service personnel overseas must vote by proxy, because the Representation of the People Act 1983 does not permit ballot papers to be sent outside the United Kingdom. To be useful, alernatives or new aids provided by modern technology to the letter post would need to be consistent with the arrangements for the secrecy of the ballot.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) blacks, (b) Asians, (c) men and (d) women are currently serving in (i) the Metropolitan police, (ii) other police forces, (iii) the prison service and (iv) the probation service.
Police |Officers<1>|Men |Women ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Metropolitan Police (as at 5 February 1989) |414 |24,788 |3,220 Other police forces (as at 30 November 1988) |769 |87,000 |9,929 <1> From ethnic minorities.
Of some 11,500 members of the service (including staff in headquarters and regional offices) who responded to a survey in 1986, 111 stated that they were of ethnic minority origin. The results of a more recent survey of those who did not respond are currently being analysed. Information on the number of women and men in the service is not immediately available.
Information on the ethnic composition of the probation service derives from a survey as at 31 December 1987. Of all employees 330 were recorded as Afro -Caribbean or Other Black and 86 as Asian. Because of the extent of non- recording these figures are minima. As at 30 September there were 3,811 men and 2,972 women (whole-time and part-time) in the probation officer grades.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information he has on the level of expenditure on training made by (a) the BBC and (b) ITV companies in each of the last five years ;
(2) what provision he intends to make for training by (a) the BBC and (b) ITV companies after 1992 ;
(3) if he has any plans to bring forward proposals for training in broadcasting.
Mr. Renton : No information is available centrally on expenditure incurred on training by the BBC and ITV companies. It is for the broadcasting industry to provide its training, and there are no plans for Government intervention.
Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the estimated costs of administration, per licence issued, of television licences in Great Britain in 1987-88.
Mr. Hurd : As police authority for the metropolis I have approved estimates which provide for net revenue expenditure by the Metropolitan police of £1,082.391 million in 1989-90, an increase of 7.7 per cent. on the expenditure I approved for 1988-89. This will be a cash limit.
The increase in expenditure is largely to meet increased manpower costs including the extra 300 police officers and 250 civilian staff which I announced on 30 January.
I have also authorised the issue of a precept requiring rating authorities to levy rates at 18.88p in the pound for Metropolitan police purposes. This is an increase of 14.4 per cent. on the 1988-89 precept of 16.5p.
Column 112The precept has been affected by block grant payments to the Metropolitan police due in 1989-90. The Metropolitan police are subject to the same block grant arrangements as local authorities and like them benefits from block grant in some years more than others. Although the Metropolitan police will receive over £9 million less in block grant in 1989-90, overall, London will receive £175 million more.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the costs of the operation by police and immigration service officers to seize Mr. Viraj Mendis ; and by whom these costs will be borne.
Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 25 January 1989] : Additional costs of the operation were in the region of £5,000, of which about £1,100 were police costs and about £3,900 immigration service and prison department costs. For this purpose the operation includes the removal of Mr. Mendis from the church ; escorting him to London ; his detention for two nights at Her Majesty's prison Pentonville ; and his deportation under escort to Sri Lanka. Normal police funding arrangements apply to the additional police costs. Immigration service and prison department costs are borne by the Home Office.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Minister for the Arts (a) how many civil servants and (b) what percentage of the total number of civil servants in the Office of Arts and Libraries were registered disabled in each of the last five years.
Mr. Luce : There are at present no registered disabled persons in the Office of Arts and Libraries. The Departments for which I am responsible continue to pursue opportunities to employ people with disabilities.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since becoming Chancellor he has met representatives of the International Monetary Fund in London ; and if he will list the individuals who were present, the date and the topic discussed on each occasion.
Representatives |Date -------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. P. de Fontenay, Mr. H. Vittas |9 December 1983 Mr. H. Schmitt, Mr. H. Vittas |10 December 1984 Mr. P. de Fontenay |13 December 1985 Mr. P. de Fontenay, Mr. H. Vittas |28 November 1986 Mr. M. Russo, Mr. H. Vittas |27 November 1987 Mr. M. Russo, Mr. B. Smith |2 December 1988
The discussions have covered United Kingdom economic developments and policies in the context of the fund's annual article IV review of the United Kingdom's economic policies.
Column 113In addition, my right hon. Friend has met the managing director of the International Monetary Fund in London on four occasions. He met the then MD, Mr. J. de Larosiere on 28 June 1983, 17 April 1984 and 3 February 1986 to discuss a wide range of international economic issues and met the current MD, Mr. M. Camdessus on 11 May 1988 on the occasion of the United Kingdom's formal agreement to a contribution to the IMF's enhanced structural adjustment facility (ESAF).
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the gross national product has been received by the Exchequer in each year since 1979 ; from which sources it came ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received a copy of the half yearly east midlands business survey commissioned by Price Waterhouse and the business school of Trent polytechnic ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major : The recently published east midlands business survey confirms that the region shares in the strong economic performance of the country as a whole. In particular, the survey highlights the high percentage of businesses expecting to increase capital investment and to take on more employees in the next six months.
Mr. Lilley : The Government's policy is to fund fully the net total of maturing debt, the PSBR and any underlying change in foreign exchange reserves by sales of debt outside the banking and building society sectors. This policy neutralises the impact of the public sector on the monetary system. The progression from public sector borrowing to the net repayment of public sector debt does not affect this. Should the net total be negative "unfunding" is required, that is, the Government make purchases of debt.
Q41. Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister if she will make it her policy to introduce Civil Service regulations whereby no civil servant shall occupy a post of a senior private secretary in No. 10 Downing street for a period of more than three years.
Q104. Sir David Price : To ask the Prime Minister what steps she proposes to take to implement the concept of the decade of retirement, outlined in the Government's Green Paper, Cmnd. 9517, of June 1985.
The Prime Minister : I refer my hon. Friend to the reply by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) on 18 January 1988, at column 246.
The Prime Minister : The net expenditure of the Central Statistical Office for each of the financial years 1984-85 to 1988-89 and the number of staff employed at 1 April in each year are given in the table :
@ Financial year |Number of staff|Net expenditure |£ million ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1984-85 |191 |3.8 1985-86 |187 |3.3 1986-87 |<1>200 |3.5 1987-88 |173 |3.0 1988-89 |160 |3.2 <1> Twenty-five computer staff were transferred to Treasury between 1 April 1986 and 1 April 1987.
The Prime Minister : In the past, CSO has spent very little on buying in statistical or market research services. In 1988-89 it expects to spend around £1,000. However, in 1989-90, a programme of external studies and research into problem areas of the national accounts undertaken by individuals and organisations in the private sector amounting to over £100,000 has been planned.
The Prime Minister : Information is not available in the precise form requested. In 1987-88 total income to the CSO from the sale of publications was £314,000. In the same year sales to the private sector from the CSO commercial databank service generated £34,000.