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Column 746Deans Senior Citizens' Club (Livingston)
Dedridge Community Council (Livingston)
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 Development Agency
Scottish Engineering Employers' Association
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
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)
|Total domestic element £ |million --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1985-86 |102.9 1986-87 |91.3 1987-88 |90.8 1988-89 |91.9
|Scotland average |unrebated domestic rate |bill |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1985-86 |392 1986-87 |417 1987-88 |474 1988-89 |495
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
Column 748contractor'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.
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.
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 |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.