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Ms. Richardson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he has taken, following the Women's National Commission's 1985 recommendation that in any future considerations of the scope of sex education in schools attention should be paid to the need for this to cover discussion of stereotypes of men and
Column 606women, and the dangers these represent in marital relationships, as well as to biological and emotional matters.
Column 607national curriculum are currently out of print ; when they will be available ; for what reasons any delays in supply have occurred ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Rumbold : The Department issued on 23 February two documents offering general guidance on the national curriculum, circular 5/89 on "The School Curriculum and Assessment" and a handbook for teachers entitled "From Policy to Practice". Nearly half a million copies of the handbook were sent direct to teachers in maintained schools, trainee teachers and local education authorities in the week after publication. The circular and handbook have remained in print and copies are available on request. The first orders and associated documents relating to national curriculum subjects, on mathematics and science attainment targets and programmes of study, were issued with an explanatory circular (6/89) on 14 March. Initial copies have already been sent to all maintained schools, and further copies are being sent to LEAs
Ms. Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what scientific research is currently sponsored on the human genome project (a) solely by his Department, (b) through the research council, (c) in conjunction with industry, (d) in collaboration with the European Commission and (e) within a multilateral international programme ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Ann Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the points raised by the head teacher of the Mossley Church of England primary school about the way in which his local management initiative is being implemented by the local education authority and which have been forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Congleton.
Mrs. Rumbold : I have written to my hon. Friend about the detailed concerns raised by her constituent. It is a key aspect of local management that schools' funding should be determined on the basis of objective need to spend rather than existing spending patterns. The main determinants of needs will be the numbers and ages of pupils. It will be for LEAs to determine the weightings for pupils of different ages after consultation with the governing body and head teacher of each school to be covered by a scheme. My right hon. Friend will consider LEAs' detailed proposals for allocating resources to schools within the overall framework set out in circular 7/88 on local management.
Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assurances have been given to the governors of Bacon's school concerning finance for a proposed new city technology college in Surrey docks.
Column 608the prospective Bacon's city technology college, on 10 March. That letter confirmed that we would be prepared to make capital grant available, up to a total of £10 million, for the establishment of a Bacon's city technology college on the Surrey quays site. My right hon. Friend made clear, however, that that was subject to the city technology college proposal being adopted by the governors of the Bacon's school, to the outcome of a detailed feasibility study of the costs involved, to the sponsors providing their share of those costs, and to his decision on an application by the governors for his leave to their giving notice of their intention to discontinue the school under the provisions of section 14 of the Education Act 1944. My right hon. Friend also made clear that any such approach from the governors would be treated strictly on its merits. The factors he would take into account in these circumstances were set out in his statements of 28 July last year at column 402 and 23 January this year at column 383.
Mr. Yeo : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether a contract has been placed for the construction of the new ship for the British Antarctic survey ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : The natural environment research council yesterday signed a contract with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders for the construction of a new ship for the British Antarctic survey, to replace its 33-year-old dual purpose research and logistics vessel, the royal research ship John Biscoe.
The new ship, which will be named the James Clark Ross, will enable the British Antarctic survey to enhance its marine biology, geology and geophysics research programmes and to strengthen the logistical support which it gives to its bases in Antarctica.
Mr. Ryder : Between 1 April 1988 and 28 February 1989 the Forestry Commission has, under its grant schemes, approved 157 new applications for planting grants in the three counties of Yorkshire. These are listed :
Name |Location by local |authority district -------------------------------------------------------------------- Halton West |Craven Acclom House |Hambleton Moor Close |Hambleton Patch Wood |Wakefield Doncaster Golf Club |Doncaster The Dell Grimethorpe |Barnsley Spring Wood/St. Helens Wood |Barnsley Dotterell Cottage Farm |Ryedale Wentwood House |Calderdale Toad Hall Wood |Barnsley Goskins Farm |Hambleton Beilby Wood |Leeds Catterick Training Area |Richmondshire Lower Pitcher Clough |Bradford West Moss |Craven Ganton Hall |Ryedale Hunmanby Hall School |Scarborough Ella House Farm |Hambleton Bilton Beck |Harrogate Westbank Farm |Craven White House Farm |Selby Lord Middleton |Ryedale East Witton Estate |Richmondshire Birdsall Estates Co. |Ryedale Skiers Spring Drift Mine |Barnsley Harton Lodge Plantation |Ryedale Kilgram Grange |Richmondshire Lords/Crag Woods |Craven East Farm Sedbury |Richmondshire Longside Woodlands |Harrogate Aldby Park |Ryedale Bridge Cross Farm |Harrogate Hawkshaw Gill/Clarks Carr |Harrogate Manor House Farm |Calderdale Claxton House |Ryedale Catkins Farm |Craven Copley |Calderdale Windmill Farm |Harrogate Carlton Farm |Harrogate Red House Farm |Richmondshire Ribston Estate West |Harrogate Kirkham |Ryedale Todmorden Golf Club |Calderdale Hazelwood Castle |Selby Hook Carr Hill Farm |Hambleton Longlands |Richmondshire Lower Green Edge Farm |Calderdale Hesley Aerodrome |Doncaster Malton/Norton Golf Club |Ryedale Gledhow Valley Wood |Leeds Wyre Hall Farm |Leeds Ribston Estate East |Harrogate Howe Estate |Hambleton Yafforth Road Site |Hambleton Highfield Farm |Harrogate Langton Hall |Hambleton Whitwell |Ryedale East Witton Estate |Richmondshire Ganton Hall |Ryedale Low Fold Farm |Sheffield Hutton Wandesley |Harrogate Kirkby Wood |Hambleton Old Tip Asenby |Harrogate Manor Farm |Selby Towton Estate |Selby Tithe House Farm |Doncaster Cannon House Farm |Selby Linton Woods Farm |Hambleton Wink Lodge |Doncaster Yorkshire Water Authority |Harrogate Coverhead Farm |Richmondshire Pallett Hill Quarry |Richmondshire Squirrel Hall/Manor Farm |Ryedale Hauxwell Estate |Richmondshire Settington House Farm |Ryedale Barlow Common |Selby Loscar Wood |Rotherham Ingbar Plantation |Craven Manor Farm |Richmondshire Wood Farm |Ryedale Upper Helmsley Hall |Ryedale Constable Burton |Richmondshire Banks Ghyll |Craven Halton Dene |Leeds Oakridge Farm |Calderdale Busty Pond |Hambleton Ness Hall |Ryedale Nine Acre Field |Hambleton Home Farm |Hambleton Sleightholmdale |Ryedale Farndale |Ryedale Land at the Old Brewery Thornton-le-Clay |Ryedale Daletown Hawnby |Ryedale North Farm Fryton |Ryedale Dovecote Cottage |Ryedale Low Park Farm |Ryedale Bransdale |Ryedale Crow Wood |Hambleton Yeavering House |Hambleton Elleron Lodge |Ryedale Carle House Farm |Hambleton Low Moor Farm |Hambleton Three Cottages |Ryedale Cockerdale Farm |Ryedale Dale Farm |Scarborough Wombleton Grange |Ryedale Dale End |Scarborough Newbiggin High Farm |Scarborough Prospect Cottage Farm |Scarborough Whisperdale Farm |Scarborough Thornflatt Farm |Hambleton East Harlsey |Hambleton Kingthorpe |Ryedale White House |Hambleton Crow Wood |Hambleton Low Costa Mill |Ryedale Head House Farm |Ryedale Fairfax Farm |Scarborough Kepwick |Hambleton Mann Farm Broughton |Ryedale Home Farm |Hambleton Wykeham |Scarborough Nostell Priory |Wakefield Thirkleby Warren |Ryedale North House Farm |Selby Red House Farm |Richmondshire Willerby Wold |Ryedale Long Stoop Farm |Harrogate Manor Farm |Richmondshire Beggar Hall |Harrogate Croft |Richmondshire Hauxwell Hall |Richmondshire Higher Kingthorpe |Ryedale Cheese Vat Farm |Ryedale Neasham |Richmondshire Manor Farm |Hambleton Clifton Castle |Hambleton Bramham Park |Leeds West Lowfield Farm |Hambleton Ripley Castle |Harrogate Arkendale |Harrogate Low North and Kirklees |Scarborough Neasham |Richmondshire Landales Wood |Ryedale Manor Farm |Hambleton Little Bottom Plantation |Selby Nabs Wood |Barnsley Low Laithe Farm |Rotherham Ponden Hall |Bradford Kexby Estate |Selby Kirkby Wood |Hambleton Bramham Park |Leeds YWA Leighton Reservoir |Harrogate YWA Thrushcross Reservoir |Harrogate Wentwoodhouse |Barnsley/Rotherdale Brown Rigg |Scarborough High Dales |Scarborough
Column 611they are located ; and what were the amounts and products held at each site on the last date for which information is available.
Tonnes Location |Feedwheat|Barley |Butter |Beef ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Aberdeen |- |- |- |593 Antrim |- |- |- |1,974 Ballymena |- |- |- |1,029 Banbridge |- |- |631 |- Banbury |- |- |515 |3 Belford |- |13,508 |- |- Belfast |- |- |415 |4,388 Bellshill |- |- |- |13 Birmingham |47,422 |- |- |- Blackburn |- |- |- |286 Blairgowrie |- |- |2 |- Bressingham |18,007 |- |- |- Bristol |- |- |195 |- Bury St. Edmunds |- |- |- |121 Cardiff |- |- |763 |106 Chichester |5,937 |- |- |- Clivedon, Yorkshire |1,111 |30,923 |- |- Coleraine |- |- |140 |1,450 Colnbrook |- |- |- |84 Coventry |- |26,184 |- |- Craigavon |- |- |- |6,531 Cullumpton |- |- |1,955 |71 Derby |- |- |133 |- Dumfries |- |61,792 |- |- Dundee |- |- |- |9 Dungannon |- |- |- |600 Duna |- |82,005 |- |- Dysart |- |32,543 |- |- Edinburgh |- |- |1 |5 Ely |23,576 |21,007 |- |- Evesham |- |- |1,512 |- Exeter |- |- |96 |48 Felixstowe |- |33,129 |- |- Fleetwood |- |- |160 |- Fraserburgh |- |- |- |17 Frome |- |- |475 |- Gainsborough |36,171 |- |- |- Glasgow |- |- |9 |176 Glenrothes |- |23,821 |1 |691 Gloucester |23,966 |- |- |- Goole |- |- |476 |- Grantham |- |- |- |477 Grimsby |- |- |11 |- Halesworth |74,190 |- |- |- Haresfield |- |21,172 |- |- Hereford |- |- |- |2 Heywood |- |- |505 |- Hull |- |- |252 |242 Huntingdon |12,158 |- |- |- Kidderminister |26,805 |30,925 |- |- Leeds |- |- |- |48 Lisburn |- |- |178 |2,609 Liverpool |- |- |649 |119 London |- |- |1 |- Londonderry |- |- |- |48 Lurgan |- |- |355 |- Maldon |30,717 |- |- |- Market Rasen |- |12,925 |- |- Market Racon |- |10,716 |- |- Newmacher |- |4,148 |- |- Newmarket |12,746 |- |- |- Newport |- |- |1,709 |- Newton Abbey |- |- |610 |4,058 Newry |- |- |- |20 North Humberside |16,637 |16,386 |- |- Omagh |- |- |- |454 Ormiston |- |59,345 |- |- Paddock Wood |- |- |- |72 Penicuik |- |12,628 |- |- Peterborough |- |- |98 |251 Plymouth |- |- |- |9 Portadown |- |- |1,109 |- Portbury |- |- |740 |- Preston |- |- |613 |- Rochdale |- |- |460 |- Salisbury |- |32,364 |- |- Salford |- |- |- |50 Scunthorpe |- |10,837 |140 |1,417 Selby |- |13,532 |- |- Sheffield |- |- |44 |- Sherborne |- |- |944 |- Shrewsbury |- |- |- |56 South Shields |- |- |10 |- Staughton |- |25,304 |- |- Strabane |- |- |78 |744 Strachan |- |51,006 |- |- Sutton in Ashfield |- |- |1 |- Swansea |- |- |237 |- Tamworth |- |- |1,729 |205 Telford |- |6,801 |- |- Tranent |- |16,766 |- |- Truro |- |- |80 |86 Turriff |- |10,215 |- |- Whitchurch |- |18,510 |- |- Whittlesey |- |10,635 |- |- Wigan |- |- |- |262 Wigston |- |- |- |1 Wimblington |200 |- |- |- Wisbech |18,128 |- |- |- Wolverhampton |- |- |439 |- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total |355,361 |689,128 |18,479 |29,434
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish a table showing the cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy confirmed in each county of the United Kingdom for the four week period ended 17 March.
County |Confirmed cases ------------------------------------------------------- Avon |14 Bedfordshire |3 Berkshire |2 Buckinghamshire |4 Cambridgeshire |3 Cheshire |5 Cleveland |1 Clwyd |5 Cornwall |48 Cumbria |6 Derbyshire |4 Devon |73 Dorset |82 Dumfries |1 Durham |2 Dyfed |29 Essex |1 Glamorgan Mid |1 Glamorgan South |3 Gloucestershire |17 Grampian |2 Gwent |8 Hampshire |49 Hereford and Worcester |11 Hertfordshire |1 Highland |3 Humberside |2 Isle of Wight |3 Kent |27 Lancashire |16 Leicestershire |12 Lincolnshire |6 Manchester |1 Merseyside |2 Norfolk |12 Northants |2 Northumberland |5 Nottinghamshire |3 Oxon |15 Powys |2 Salop |5 Somerset |39 Staffordshire |6 Strathclyde |4 Suffolk |9 Surrey |7 Sussex West |15 Warwickshire |3 Wiltshire |39 Yorkshire North |21 Yorkshire South |1
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1), pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 3 March 1989, Official Report, columns 373-74 , when he intends to introduce an amendment to the Diseases of Animals Protein Processing Order 1981 requiring protein processors to take samples from each day's production and to notify his Department of the results ;
(2), pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 3 March 1989, Official Report, columns 373-74 , when he intends to lay an order providing for the compulsory bacteriological monitoring of all poultry laying flocks ; (3), pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 3 March 1989, Official Report, columns 373-74 , when he intends to introduce measures on the registration of breeding and laying flocks and the registration and monitoring of hatcheries ;
(4), pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 3 March 1989, Official Report, columns 373-74 , when he intends to strengthen control measures applicable to rodents to further minimise the risk of spread of salmonella ;
Column 614(5), pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) of 3 March 1989, Official Report, columns 373-74 , when he intends to introduce statutory requirements for the hygienic handling of eggs.
Mr. Donald Thompson : On 16 March I introduced secondary legislation under the Animal Health Act 1981 requiring poultry flock owners to submit samples from their flocks for salmonella testing and to keep records of the test results.
This will be augmented as soon as possible with orders requiring the registration of flocks, the registration and monitoring of hatcheries and introducing statutory requirements on rodent control and hygienic handling of eggs.
An order will also be made as soon as possible requiring protein processors to take samples from each day's production and to notify the results to my Department.
Mr. Donald Thompson : The importation of any product containing animal blood is subject to licensing controls exercised by orders made under the Animal Health Act 1981. In addition any such product intended for sale for human consumption must satisfy the Imported Food Regulations 1984.
(2) whether he is considering further restrictions on the feeding of animal by-products to ruminants ;
(3) what evidence he has on the animal health implications of feeding ruminants with products containing animal blood.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Various pathogens can be transmitted by animal blood. Feeding ruminant animals with protein material, including blood, derived from ruminants has been prohibited since 18 July last year. This ban will remain in place unless processing methods are established which are sufficient to destroy the agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Blood from other animals fed to ruminants must be processed to the standards required by regulations under the Animal Health Act 1981.
(2) Whether he has any plans to introduce legislation requiring animal feed products containing animal blood to be labelled as such.
Mr. Ryder : The European Council of Ministers is currently considering a proposal which will require suppliers of animal feeds containing more than one ingredient to declare the materials or categories of materials used in them.
Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has determined the market support prices for potatoes to apply in Great Britain of the 1989-90 crop year beginning 1 July 1989.
Mr. MacGregor : Agriculture Ministers have consulted the National Farmers Union about the market support arrangements to apply for the 1989- 90 crop year. We have decided to authorise the Potato Marketing Board to enter into pre-season contracts with producers over the period November 1989 to May 1990 at a scale of prices not exceeding a weighted average of £53 per tonne. We have also authorised the board to intervene directly on the market throuhout the season where this will ensure that support can be carried out more cheaply than by purchasing under contract, provided that the total intervention during 1980-90 does not exceed 500,000 tonnes. The target area for potato planting by registered producers in Great Britain was fixed last July at 155,000 hectares.
Mr. Nicholas Baker : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his reply of 24 November to the hon. Member for St. Ives, (Mr. Harris), Official Report, columns 9-10 , what action the Government propose to take to designate areas sensitive of nitrate leaching.
Mr. MacGregor : After further careful consideration, the Government have reached broad conclusions on the type of agricultural measures which could be introduced in nitrate-sensitive areas. These will now be the subject of extensive consultations with farming, water and other interests. We have also decided that the first designated zones should represent a pilot sample of different types of areas in which a range of agricultural measures can be tested.
It remains the Government's policy that, wherever possible, any agricultural restrictions should be on a voluntary basis, with compulsory powers available as a fallback. Where farmers are obliged to restrict their agricultural activities beyond the degree which could be regarded as good agricultural practice, they should be compensated. Under currently foreseeable circumstances the costs of compensation would be offset by CAP support savings resulting from reduced agricultural production. As part of their approach, the Government will be mounting an intensive advisory campaign in selected key areas. This will involve visits to individual farmers on specific aspects of good agricultural practice.
It will be necessary to amend the current provisions in the Water Bill to provide appropriate powers, and the Government will shortly be tabling amendments. We will also be examining carefully the European Commission proposal for a directive on nitrate pollution of water but, in view of the importance the Government attach to this issue, we are anxious to press ahead with pilot schemes.
Mr. MacGregor : Together with my hon. Friend the Parlimentary Secretary, I represented the United Kingdom at this Council. The main business before the Council was the Commission's proposals for farm support prices and related measures for 1989-90. No agreement was reached. The Council will return to the subject at its next meeting on 17 April, with the firm intention of reaching decisions.
The Council again considered the Commission's proposal on the level of imports of butter from New Zealand between now and 1992, and the linked qustion of the arrangements for imports of sheepmeat. Several member states were unwilling to take decisions, and the butter import arrangements were therefore rolled forward for a further two months until the end of May 1989 on the basis of 1988 quantities. Finally the Council adopted a directive regulating imports of meat products from Third world countries with a view to avoiding human and animal health risks.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the cost at time of purchase of the most recent procurements of (a) one Sea King HAS 3/5 ASW helicopter and (b) one Westland-Augusta EH 101 helicopter.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the circumstances of the air miss between a British Airways BAC 1-11 and a Royal Air Force Harrier north of Carlisle on 8 November 1988 ; and when he expects the results of the inquiry to be published.
Mr. Neubert : This reported air miss is currently being investigated by the joint air miss section of the National Air Traffic Services, before being considered by the joint air miss working group. A copy of the group's conclusions will be placed in the Library in due course.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department has obtained a copy of the July 1988 report by the West German Federal Health Office in Berlin into the effects of low-flying military aircraft on the health of children in Bavaria ; and what evidence he has on the effects of low flying on the health of children in Britain.
Mr. Neubert : Yes, my Department has a copy of the West Germany Federal Health Office pilot study report on "Health Effects of Noise from Military Low level Flights". The Department has no specific evidence on the effects of low flying on the health of children in Britain.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the policy of purchasing dwellings subjected to noise levels from military aircraft of 125 db (A) or more, set out in his reply to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire on 3 February, Official Report, columns 447-48, applies to dwellings not located in the vicinity of a military airfield.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report the heights, speeds and aircraft types which were found to produce noise levels of 125 db (A) or more in noise test measurements during Exercise Bedlam.
|Aircraft |Speed |Power Setting |Height (ft) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Phantom |507 knots (583 mph) |Full Reheat |315 |126dB (A) Tornado |433 knots (498 mph) |Full Reheat |250 |(126db (A) Jaguar |462 knots (531 mph) |100 per cent. + reheat |250 |126dB (A) Lightning |495 knots (569 mph) |Full Reheat |250 |126db (A) Victor |265 knots (305 mph) |103 per cent. |200 |127dB (A) Vulcan |256 knots (294 mph) |100 per cent. |250 |127dB (A) VC10 |298 knots (343 mph) |Full Power |250 |125dB (A)
The hon. Member will wish to note that the above figures are not representative of general military low flying in the United Kingdom and I would refer him to my predecessor's reply of 13 June 1988 to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Dr. Thomas) at column 70.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire of 3 February 1989, Official Report, column 448, if he will now publish figures showing the extent of range activity by aircraft at Otterburn and Spadeadam in each year since 1979.
Mr. Neubert : Otterburn is primarily an Army artillery range and the use of the facility by aircraft is extremely limited. It would not be possible to detail this usage in terms of number of aircraft and sorties flown without disproportionate cost and effort. The following represents the number of 10-minute flying slots utilised at Spadeadam range in the years 1985-88. Records prior to 1985 no longer exist.
Year |Number --------------------- 1985 |6,330 1986 |6,348 1987 |5,959 1988 |4,645
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the function of the Royal Air Force communications facility at Lindholme near Doncaster ; which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces provide personnel to operate the Lindholme facility ; how many personnel are based at the Lindholme facility ; and what are their ranks and functions.
Mr. Neubert : 840 Signal Unit at Lindholme forms part of the defence communications network and is entirely United Kingdom manned. It is not our practice to give details of the strength and composition of operational units.
Mr. Neubert : As part of the phase II enhancement of the Territorial Army announced by the Government in 1984 the establishment of the Territorial Army in the west country has been increased by over 850 personnel. Of these additional numbers 175 will have been incorporated into existing Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Military
Column 619Police units and the balance into the formation of new Infantry, Army Air Corps and Royal Army Ordnance Corps units.
The main enhancement to the infantry is the formation of a new home defence battalion, 4 Devon and Dorsets, with companies based at new TA centres at Exeter, which has just been completed, and Paignton and Plymouth which are both under construction. A new company of the RAOC, 94 Ordnance Company, will be based at Keynsham, near Bristol, while the Territorial Army's first and currently, only squadron of the AAC is at Middle Wallop. All these units have been formed and are gradually increasing towards their established strength.
No additional enhancements to the RTA are currently planned.
Mr. Sainsbury : There are no plans at present to purchase tractors for transporting light armoured vehicles. The purchase option will however be considered when the arrangements for meeting this requirement in BAOR are reviewed later this year.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations have taken place between his Department and the company currently leasing Mercedes tractors to the British Army of the Rhine regarding their availability in the event of hostilities.
Mr. Sainsbury : Agreement in principle has been reached with the company leasing Mercedes tractors to BAOR regarding their availability in the event of hostilities. Consultations are continuing on the terms of the amendment of the contract to cover this aspect.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding has been provided to Royal Ordnance plc or Vickers Defence Systems plc for trials of their suggested replacement for the M109 self-propelled howitzer.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the figure for the average number of British land forces stationed on the mainland of Europe that was reported to the council of the Western European Union in 1987.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will obtain for his Department's Library a copy of "In the Dark-- Parliaments, the public and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's Nuclear Weapons", by Scilla Elworth Mclean.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those hon. Members who have visited British forces overseas in the last two years involving expenditure of public money, showing the units visited by each.
Date |Location |Visitors -------------------------------------------------------------------- February 1989 |Falkland Islands|Sir Dudley Smith |John Ward |Keith Mans |Gwilym Jones |Bruce Grocott |Elliot Morley |William Ross March 1989 |Cyprus |Eddie Loyden |Frank Cook |Jacques Arnold |Nicholas Bennett |Tim Devlin |Harry Cohen
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military bases in Yorkshire employ private security firms (a) to guard entrances to the bases and (b) in any other capacity ; and for which armed forces.