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Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the number of private sector security staff commissioned by his Department on each of the past three years to guard Ministry of Defence establishments in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.
|Number ---------------------- 1986-87 |200 1987-88 |200 1988-89 |250
Sir Eldon Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what examination he has made of the effects of installing thermal imaging equipment at those high security military bases where firearms, ammunition, missiles and warheads are stored.
Column 223use of thermal imaging equipment has been considered, together with other aids to physical security which have become available through advances in technology. The cost-effectiveness of such equipment has to be taken into account in our response to the assessed security threat at any particular establishment.
Sir Eldon Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reviewed the security arrangements at RAF Honington and at the United States airbases at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath ; whether he has any proposals to improve the present levels and methods of preventing or detecting access by unauthorised personnel ; how the guarding duties of the RAF Regiment, the auxiliary air force, the Ministry of Defence police and the civil police are co-ordinated ; and under which senior officer's direct command they are.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The security of a military establishment is the responsibility of its commanding officer, who is normally responsible for any necessary liaison with the civil police. In the case of bases made available to United States forces, the RAF commander is responsible for liaison with the civil police. Security at RAF Honington, as at other Ministry of Defence establishments, is kept under continuous review--and I understand that the same applies to RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath--but it is not our practice to comment in detail on such matters.
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has discussed with Sir Ronald Mason the role of managers and scientists at AWE Aldermaston in the development of the A90 construction project ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given to basing the design and construction techniques used for the A90 project closely on similar projects in the United States of America.
Mr. Sainsbury : In response to a report in 1978 by an independent expert, Sir Edward Pochin, which highlighted deficiencies in existing aging facilities at AWRE, MOD instituted a study to examine the available options to
Column 224ensure the retention of nuclear warhead research and development and fissile component manufacturing capabilities. This study concluded that the best course would be to build a new facility based on the TA55 plutonium facility at Los Alamos scientific laboratory. In 1980 the then Secretary of State approved the construction of the new facility together with associated minimum remedial work essential for the United Kingdom location.
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any allegations have been received by him concerning the conduct of the A90 project by any participating contractors ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Sainsbury : I assume the hon. Member has in mind the allegations made in the recent "World in Action" programme. The contract in question is the responsibility of the Property Services Agency which I understand is currently investigating the claims made in the programme.
Mr. Latham : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the proposed move of the Royal Air Force aviation medicine training centre from RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, to RAF Mount Batten, Plymouth, which was originally notified to the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton by ministerial letter D/US of S(AF) RNF 19/2/11 of 27 January 1987.
Mr. Latham : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains his intention to move the RAF No. 144 Signals unit from RAF Wattisham to RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, in early 1989, as originally notified to the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton by ministerial letter D/US of S(AF) RNF 4844 of 10 March 1988 ; and whether he will give details of the number of personnel who will be transferred in such a move.
Column 225an 18-month period of (a) all males and (b) both males and females of 18 years of age ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now list in the Official Report the precise amounts paid to each of the contractors listed on page 15 of "Statement of the Defence Estimates 2", Cm 344-II, by his Department in the financial year 1986-87.
Company |Payments £ million ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- British Aerospace plc (Aircraft) |320 British Aerospace plc (Dynamics) |610 The General Electric Co. plc |850 The Plessey Co. plc |365 Rolls Royce Ltd. |425 Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. |345 The British Petroleum Co. plc |100 Ferranti plc |200 Hunting Associated Industries plc |205 Racal Electronics plc |105 Royal Ordnance plc |245 Thorn-EMI plc |155 Vickers plc |115 Westland plc |135 British Railways Board |58 British Telecommunications plc |56 Dowty Group plc |66 ESSO United Kingdom plc |91 Lucas Industries plc |61 General Motors Ltd. |51 Pilkington Bros. plc |69 Philips Electronic and Associated Industries Ltd. |54 The "Shell" Transport and Trading Co. plc |52 Short Bros plc |67 STC plc |76 Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd. |77 Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. |92 Austin Rover Group Ltd. |47 British Airways plc |33 BTR plc |27 Civil Aviation Authority |25 Digital Equipment Co. Ltd. |35 F R Group plc |37 GKN plc |38 Marshall of Cambridge (Engineering) Ltd. |47 Paccar UK Ltd. |27 Smiths Industries plc |28 United Scientific Holdings plc |38 Vosper Thorneycroft (UK) Ltd. |38 Avon Rubber plc |10 BET plc |21 The British and Commonwealth Shipping Co. plc |13 British Shipbuilders |14 Cambridge Electronic Industries plc |16 Coats Viyella plc |18 Control Data Ltd. |10 Cossor Electronics Ltd. |21 Clanfield Institute of Technology |14 Cray Electronics Holding plc |12 DRG plc |22 Frazer-Nash Group Ltd. |12 Harland and Wolff plc |11 Hawker Siddeley Group plc |12 Hewlett Packard Ltd. |14 Honeywell Ltd. |12 Mobil Holdings Ltd. |11 Northern Engineering Industries plc |11 Petrofina (UK) Ltd. |10 RCA Ltd. |21 Remploy Ltd. |11 Singer Link Miles Ltd. |12 Systems Designers plc |13 UK Universities |12 United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority |13 The Weir Group plc |19 Yarrow plc |14 Apricot Computers plc |6 BBA Group |6 BMARC Ltd. |9 Bodycote International plc |5 Caledonian Aviation Group plc |5 CAP Group plc |7 The Charente Steamship Co. Ltd. |7 Chemring Group plc |7 Chloride Group plc |6 Commercial Shearing Inc. |5 CONOCO (UK) Ltd. |10 Courtaulds plc |7 David Brown (Holdings) Ltd. |5 F. L. Smidth and Co. (Holdings) Ltd. |7 Ford Motor Co. Ltd. |7 George Blair plc |8 Gibraltar Shiprepair Ltd. |7 Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Co. (GB) Ltd. |8 Hall Russell Ltd. |8 Hogg Robinson Group plc |6 Humber Shiprepairers Ltd. |6 IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd. |8 Inchcape plc |9 J. C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. |9 John Brown plc |7 Logica plc |7 MacTaggart Scott (Holdings) Ltd. |5 M. L. Holdings plc |5 Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd. |5 Massey Ferguson Holdings Ltd. |7 Meggitt Holdings plc |6 Portsmouth Aviation Ltd. |5 The Rank Organisation plc |9 Readicut International plc |5 RFD Group plc |6 RHP Group plc |5 Ropner plc |9 Saft (UK) Ltd. |7 Schlumberger Measurement and Control (UK) Ltd. |7 Total Oil Holdings Ltd. |5 Tozer Kemsley and Millbourn Holdings plc |8 Watsham's plc |6 Waverley Electronics |6 Wills Group plc |5 Note: The figures below £100 million are rounded to the nearest £1 million and those above £100 million are rounded to the nearest £5 million.
24. Mr. Douglas : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the administration of the poll tax registers in Scotland, as regards variations adopted with regard to the furnishings of dates of birth.
Mr. Lang : Section 13(1)(d) of the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987, as amended by the Local Government Finance Act 1988, requires the community charges register for each registration area to specify the date of birth of each natural person registered therein. Statutory responsibility for compiling these registers rests with the community charges registration officer for each area and it is for them to decide, within the framework of the powers given to them, how best to carry out their functions.
48. Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received from organisations and individuals seeking to have poll tax liability removed from all persons who are mentally or physically impaired.
Mr. Lang : My right hon. and learned Friend has received a number of representations from Members of Parliament, interested organisations and individuals about the liability for the community charge of people with various forms of physical and mental disability.
Mr. Lang : Since the beginning of this year my right hon. and learned Friend and I have received about 30 representations on the level of the community charge in Lothian region. All have expressed dismay at the unacceptably high level of charges imposed in Lothian region.
18. Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what use is being made of the Bellwin scheme to help local authorities deal with the consequences of the storm damage in Scotland on 13 February.
44. Mr. Kennedy : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is yet in a position to announce details of his response to local authorities and other interested parties within the Highlands and Islands on financial assistance following the flooding and storm damage of this winter ; and if he will make a statement.
47. Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to discuss the financial implications of the recent severe weather in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 228recent flooding and storms. Rather than initiate discussions with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, my right hon. and learned Friend has sought detailed reports directly from those authorities in the Highlands affected by the flooding, and from housing authorities, so that he can make an assessment of the situation as soon as possible. He made it clear in the House on 14 February that if other authorities make representations about excessive costs, he will consider these on the basis of principles for financial assistance well established in previous years. A decision on whether special financial assistance would be appropriate for any area will be made as soon as reports have been received and assessed.
19. Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received on the National Audit Office report into the procurator fiscal service ; and if he will make a statement.
41. Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received on the National Audit Office report into the procurator fiscal service ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Five representatives have been received by the Lord Advocate on the National Audit Office report on the prosecution of crime in Scotland and review of the procurator fiscal service. Since the report of the Public Accounts Committee has not yet been published, it would be inappropriate to make a statement.
20. Mr. Buchanan-Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received regarding the future adequacy of transport links between the central belt and the north-east of Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Rifkind : I have received several representations about rail links about the future adversity of trunk road links between the central belt and north-east of Scotland. Over the last few years the Government have made it a major priority to upgrade the A94 to dual carriageway standard. That committment is now nearly fulfilled.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Alzheimer's disease is one of a number of degenerative brain disorders which occur in later life. It is not possible to give accurate estimates of the numbers of people with these conditions because of the very gradual onset of symptoms and changes in the diagnostic classifications as a result of research in this area. Recent studies have, however, suggested that between 112, 000 and 160,000 people in Scotland may have dementia of varying severity in one form or another of whom between one half and two thirds may have Alzheimer's disease.
23. Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has recently received in relation to the provision of school education in Renfrewshire ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. and learned Friend has received representations from parents of pupils attending St. Aelred's high school, Paisley and others expressing opposition to a proposal by Strathclyde regional council to close the school. That proposal has been submitted by the education authority to my right hon. and learned Friend for his consent.
25. Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applicants for section 4 grants under the Development of Tourism Act 1969, have been approved ; what was the value awarded for each year since 1980 ; and if he will make a statement.
Financial year |Number of approvals|Value of assistance |(£ million) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1980-81 |126 |2.2 1981-82 |165 |2.7 1982-83 |188 |3.3 1983-84 |250 |5.5
I have no statement to make on the operation of section 4 in Scotland.
Mr. Rifkind : I refer the right hon. Member and the hon. Members to my reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Galloway) on 9 November 1988 at column 228. No further representations have been received.
28. Mr. Galloway : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has recently received from the Scottish National party about the future government of Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Rifkind : No representations have been received since my reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Galloway) on 9 November 1988 at column 228. Both letters referred to in that reply advocated the establishment of a Scottish constitutional convention.
Mr. Rifkind : No. Copies of speeches which I have made in the House on the structure of government in Scotland are recorded in the Official Report and are thus available for reference. I often refer on other occasions to aspects of the structure of government in Scotland, but no comprehensive record of these comments is available.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend has at present no such engagement, but has had a recent meeting with the president of the Law Society and the dean of the Faculty of Advocates on Monday 19 December 1988.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : There are now 12 forest parks in Britain, the latest being Tummel forest park which was declared by the Forestry Commission last year. A free leaflet publicising the parks was issued by the commission last June. Plans for encouraging increased public use of the forest parks include the provision of further recreational facilities, the development of an attractive style of signing--already introduced at certain forest parks--and the production of a new series of forest park guidebooks.
37. Mr. Couchman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a list of the number of harbour developments in Scotland funded by European Community assistance since 1979 ; what is the total level of funding associated with these developments ; and what is the cost associated with each development.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The number of harbour development projects in Scotland since 1979 which received financial assistance from the European Community totalled 144. The total cost of these developments amounted to £97.5 million to which the European Community contributed £34.7 million. A list of individual projects could be provided only at disproportionate costs, but projects ranged in cost between £10, 000 and £5 million.
Mr. Rifkind : I have received four letters since June 1987, culminating in October last year in representations about the claim of right document advocating the establishment of a Scottish constitutional convention.
Mr. Rifkind : I received an encouraging and positive response at my meetings with health board chairmen, general managers and senior professionals, held at the time of the launch of the White Paper "Working for Patients" (Cm. 555), We shall now be working closely with health boards and others to ensure that the White Paper proposals are effectively implemented.
65. Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a detailed analysis of the implications of the chapter of the Health Service White Paper "Working for Patients" which relates to Scotland.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. and learned Friend will shortly be issuing to interested parties various working papers giving further details of our proposals for the Scottish Health Service set out in chapter 10 of the White Paper "Working for Patients" (Cm. 555). I shall ensure copies of these are made available in the Library.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when he will be publishing working papers detailing the changes resulting in Scotland from the "Working for Patients" White Paper, similar to those issued by the Department of Health ;
(2) whether the consultation period on the "Working for Patients" White Paper will be extended in Scotland to take account of the current lack of working papers ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The first in the series of six Scottish working papers will be published shortly. It is intended to complete the consultation process by the end of May, which we regard as a reasonable time scale.