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Deans Senior Citizens' Club (Livingston)

Dedridge Community Council (Livingston)

Donaldsons

Dundee and Tayside Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fife Branch East Kilbride Central Branch, Scottish National Party

East Kilbride Chamber of Commerce

East Kilbride Christian Council

East Kilbride Citizens Advice Bureau

East Kilbride Development Corporation

East Kilbride District Council

East Kilbride Fabian Society

East Kilbride Old Parish Church

East Kilbride Residents Federation

East Kilbride Voluntary Organisation's Council

Fife Regional Council

Fraser and Partner, Business Managers, Glenrothes

Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill Community Council (Cumbernauld) Glenrothes Development Corporation

Glenrothes Enterprise Trust Ltd.

Glenrothes Residents Council

Hamilton District Council

Housing Architects Group Irvine Development Corporation Institute of Housing in Scotland

Irvine Development Corporation

Kildrum Parish Church

King and Co.

Kirkcaldy District Council

Knightsridge Community Council (Livingston)

Knightsridge West Residents Association (Livingston)

Labour Party Scottish Council

Landscape Institute Scotland

Livingston Constituency Labour Party

Livingston Development Corporation

Livingston East Branch, Scottish National Party

Livingston Ecumenical Parish

Livingston Federation of Residents and Tenants Association Livingston Industrial and Commercial Association

Livingston Justice and Peace Group

Livingston Voluntary Organisations Council

Lothian Regional Council

Motherwell District Council

Murieston Residents' Association (Livingston)

National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) Neighbourhood Care Networks (Livingston)

Scottish Building Employers' Federation

Scottish Church's Industrial Mission

Scottish Community Woods Campaign

Scottish Consumer Council

Scottish Council for Single Homeless

Scottish Democrats

Scottish Development Agency

Scottish Engineering Employers' Association

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Scottish Homes

Scottish Local Authorities with New Towns (SLANT)

Scottish National Party

Scottish New Towns Housing Association

Scottish Old Age Pensions Association

Scottish Society of Directors of Planning

Scottish Special Housing Association

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sealand Industries PLC Cumbernauld

Sixth Year Cumbernauld High School

Strathclyde Regional Council

The Building Societies Association

The Royal Town Planning Institute

Town and Country Planning Association

West Lothian College of Further Education

West Lothian District Council

Whinneyknowe and Balgeddie Meadows Residents Association (Glenrothes)

Rates

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the level of domestic rates relief in each year since 1985-86.


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Mr. Lang : The information requested is set out in the table.


                         |Total domestic element £                         

                         |million                                          

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1985-86                  |102.9                                            

1986-87                  |91.3                                             

1987-88                  |90.8                                             

1988-89                  |91.9                                             

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average unrebated domestic rates bill in each year since 1985- 86.

Mr. Lang : The information requested is set out in the table.


                        |Scotland average                               

                        |unrebated domestic rate                        

                        |bill                                           

                        |£                                              

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1985-86                 |392                                            

1986-87                 |417                                            

1987-88                 |474                                            

1988-89                 |495                                            

Rating Valuation and Practice

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made in the talks between the rating assessors in Scotland and the Inland Revenue with regard to harmonisation of rating valuation and practice north and south of the border ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : The talks between the Scottish Assessors' Association and the Inland Revenue valuation office have made significant progress. The major areas of cross-border difference have been identified and the underlying causes analysed. The discussions have concentrated on identifying areas where progress could be made in the 1990 revaluation, broadly within the present statutory and case law framework, and on identifying where subsequent changes in the law will be necessary. Powers to allow the Secretary of State to prescribe methods of valuation for particular subjects were taken in the Local Government Finance Act 1988 specifically to promote harmonisation.

In the case of the majority of subjects valued on the basis of rental evidence, the outcome of the harmonisation discussions will be to ensure that the handling and interpretation of the evidence north and south of the border is in line.

The discussions have identified certain classes of subjects where there have been more fundamental differences of practice north and south of the border. There will now be moves towards a more common approach, within the constraints of statute and case law, and the result of this is expected to be the closing of many of the major gaps which have existed between valuations under the two systems. We are giving serious consideration along with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment to the use of powers taken in the 1988 Act to allow prescription of common decapitalisation rates north and south of the border for properties valued on the


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contractor's basis. One area of difficulty relates to the valuation of plant and machinery, which is carried out in accordance with different statutory rules in Scotland and in England and Wales. Analysis of the differences in terms of the effect on valuation is complex. The harmonisation discussions have concluded that it would be impracticable to seek to make changes before the 1990 revaluation but, as we have already announced, we are to set up a committee to advise on this matter with a view to achieving harmonisation as soon as possible thereafter.

Mr. Manouchehr Tehrani

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received regarding the dismissal of Mr. Manouchehr Tehrani from his employment as a consultant surgeon at the Inverclyde royal hospital, by the Argyll and Clyde Health Board ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. and learned Friend has received a number of representations. Solicitors acting for Mr. Tehrani have lodged notices of appeal to the Secretary of State against his summary dismissal by the Argyll and Clyde health board in accordance with NHS terms and conditions of service. On Mr. Tehrani's application the health board's decision to dismiss him summarily is subject to proceedings for judicial review, and my right hon. and learned Friend has deferred consideration of the applications for appeal meantime.

Hospitals

Mr. Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the hospitals in each health board.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : This information is included in the annual publication "Scottish Health Service Costs", copies of which are available in the Library.

Assisted Places Scheme

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has decided the amount of fee remission grant to allocate to schools participating in the assisted places scheme in respect of session 1989-90.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The allocations of fee remission grant for 1988-89 are shown in the table. I have decided to admit two additional schools to the scheme, Hamilton college, and Oxenfoord Castle school, Midlothian, which are included in the table and I am also currently looking at an extension of the scheme to cover pupils in the later stages of preparatory schools in the 1989-90 session. Overall, these allocations and the extension of the scheme to the preparatory sector should result in a significant increase in the number of pupils being assisted from the current level of about 2,670 to about 2,830 and there will be further expansion to bring the total benefiting to about 3,000 by the 1991-92 academic session. The scheme will continue to concentrate assistance on less well-off families, increasing their opportunities to exercise real choice in the education of their children.


School                                               |£                  

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Albyn School for Girls, Aberdeen                     |34,00              

Belmont House School, Newton Mearns                  |38,000             

Craigholme School for Girls, Glasgow                 |56,000             

Dollar Academy                                       |126,000            

Edinburgh Academy                                    |122,000            

Fernhill School, Glasgow                             |75,000             

Fettes College, Edinburgh                            |115,000            

Fort Augustus Abbey School                           |120,000            

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh                    |465,000            

Glasgow Academy                                      |85,000             

Glenalmond College, Perthshire                       |162,00             

Gordonstoun School, Morayshire                       |100,000            

Hamilton College                                     |16,000             

The High School of Dundee                            |364,000            

The High School of Glasgow                           |119,000            

Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow                  |247,000            

Keil School, Dumbarton                               |143,000            

Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow                          |136,000            

Kilgraston (Convent of the Sacred Heart), Perthshire |116,000            

Kilquhanity House School, Castle Douglas             |35,000             

Lomond School, Helensburgh                           |113,00             

Loretto School, Musselburgh                          |100,000            

Merchant Company Schools, Edinburgh                  |1,250,000          

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh                  |199,000            

Morrison's Academy, Crieff                           |320,000            

Oxenfoord Castle School, Midlothian                  |12,000             

Rannoch School, Perthshire                           |88,000             

Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen                    |100,000            

Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh                   |120,000            

St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow                       |260,000            

St. Denis and Cranley School, Edinburgh              |57,000             

St. George's School for Girls, Edinburgh             |41,000             

St. Leonard's School, St. Andrews                    |71,000             

St. Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen            |29,000             

St. Margret's School for Girls, Edinburgh            |131,000            

Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire          |151,000            

Wellington School, Ayr                               |93,000             

West of Scotland School Company                      |571,000            

                                                     |----               

Total                                                |6,380,000          

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will announce the statistics for the assisted places scheme in Scotland in the 1988-89 school session and the income scale which will apply to the scheme in school session 1989-90.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : At the beginning of the current school session there were 2,543 pupils receiving assistance under the assisted places scheme. Additional pupils will be admitted to assisted places throughout the 1988-89 school session and I expect that the final total will be broadly in line with that for the 1987-88 session, when 2,670 pupils benefited.

The scheme continues to concentrate assistance on lower income families. In 1988-89 1,108 pupils (44 per cent. of those in the scheme) will be receiving full fee remission because they have a family income of £7,258 per annum or less. A further 121 pupils (4 per cent.) have family incomes between £7,259 and £8,000 per annum and 86 (3 per cent.) between £8,001 and £8,500.

For school session 1989-90 I propose to lay regulations before the House in due course providing for progressive parental contributions for one assisted pupil in relation to family income as follows :


Part of relevant income                           |Parental contribution                          

to which the specified                            |(percentage)                                   

percentage applies                                                                                

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That part (if any) which exceeds £7,418 but does                                                  

 not exceed £8,066                                |9                                              

That part (if any) which exceeds £8,066 but does                                                  

 not exceed £8,725                                |12                                             

That part (if any) which exceeds £8,725 but does                                                  

 not exceed £10,032                               |15                                             

That part (if any) which exceeds £10,032 but does                                                 

 not exceed £12,043                               |21                                             

That part (if any) which exceeds £12,043 but does                                                 

 not exceed £14,668                               |24                                             

That part (if any) which exceeds £14,668          |33                                             

The relevant income scale is open ended, but the remission can of course be given only where the parental contribution is less than the school tuition fee.

Forestry

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications for forestry grants in Scotland were made in the year to March 1988 ; how many were referred to regional advisory committees ; how many were completely rejected ; and how many were accepted in modified form.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Forestry Commission received 1, 530 applications for grant in Scotland in the year to 31 March 1988. Of these, 34 were referred to regional advisory committees, of which six were refused and 20 were approved after modifications.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Palestinian Uprising

Mr. Latham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's consul general in Jerusalem has conveyed to local Palestinian leaders the views of Her Majesty's Government on call number 34, issued by the unified national leadership of the uprising, describing 23 and 25 February as days of Palestinian Molotovs.

Mr. Waldegrave : We share the hon. Member's concern over the use of violence in the occupied territories. The membership of the "unified national leadership of the uprising" is anonymous, but Her Majesty's consul general in Jerusalem has repeated our concern in his contacts with leading Palestinians.

Mr. Latham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has communicated to the Palestine Liberation Organisation its views on the proposal contained in call number 34 that 23 and 25 February should be days of Palestinian Molotovs.

Mr. Waldegrave : We share the hon. Member's concern over the use of violence in the occupied territories, and have made our views clear to representatives of the PLO.

Mr. Charles Bester

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will specify the criteria on which his decisions to make representations to the South African Government on behalf of the Sharpeville Six and Nelson Mandela, but not in the case of Mr. Charles Bester, were based.

Mrs. Chalker : Each case is considered on its individual merits.


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Prisoners of Conscience

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement of the criteria he applies when deciding whether or not to intervene with national governments on behalf of prisoners of conscience.

Mrs. Chalker : Each case is considered on its individual merits.

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries to which he has made representations on behalf of prisoners of conscience during the past 10 years.

Mrs. Chalker : This information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

South Africa (Prisoners)

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of those in custody in the Republic of South Africa on whose behalf representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government to the Government of South Africa, together with the offence under which the prisoners were charged, and the number of occasions on which representations have been made since 1979 to the present.


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