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Channel Tunnel

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list information available to him on all the plans by (a) British Rail and (b) other undertakings to improve transport infrastructure in the Yorkshire region in the period before the opening of the Channel tunnel ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : Plans for infrastructure investment in railways, roads, ports, airports and other passenger transport facilities in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are too numerous to list. Major schemes include the electrification of the east coast main line ; resignalling in the York area and from Northallerton to Berwick ; and 29 national trunk road schemes.

There are many other schemes which have not yet been finalised. British Rail is still working on the plan which it


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is required to publish by the end of the year, in compliance with section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987, setting out its proposals for Channel tunnel passenger and freight services and any associated infrastructure.

British Rail (Signalling and Safety)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what spending criteria have been laid down for British Rail in respect of signalling and safety ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : British Rail's duty is to ensure that its equipment and procedures meet high standards of safety. Following a review of the railway inspectorate in 1988 I have asked British Rail to ensure that safety is explicitly covered in all investment cases that come to Ministers for consideration. In deciding on the best way of meeting safety requirements, British Rail has to apply the normal investment tests to ensure that the preferred option represents the best possible value for money.

Car Telephones

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding hazards to road safety produced by drivers using car telephones while driving ; what advice his Department gives on this subject to those responsible for ensuring road safety ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : We have received a number of representations. Most expressed concern at the safety implications of using in-car telephones in moving vehicles.

The revised highway code, issued in March 1987, tells drivers not to use a hand held telephone while their vehicle is moving, except in an emergency.

Anyone who can afford a car telephone can afford, and should use, a hands- free microphone.

Railway Safety

Mr. Michael Martin : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will be meeting the chairman of British Rail to discuss all aspects of safety relating to the railway system.

Mr. Portillo : The chief inspecting officer of railways has meetings with BR's director of safety to review safety every six months. He reports to Ministers and the HSC annually on major safety issues and from time to time on particular concerns and individual accidents. I have discussed safety a number of times with Sir Robert Reid over the last 12 months and shall want to do so again when the inspector's reports on the accidents at Clapham, Purley and Bellgrove are available.

Hazardous Cargoes

Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department was informed of the cargo of the Perintis freighter before it was sunk.

Mr. Portillo : There is no requirement to report the carriage of packaged hazardous cargoes and the Department was not informed of what cargo the Perintis carried.


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Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department was informed of the danger posed to the environment by the cargo of the Perintis.

Mr. Portillo : The Department's marine pollution control unit obtained a copy of the cargo manifest and recognised the presence of substances likely to pose a threat to the environment within six hours of the sinking of the MV Perintis on 13 March.

Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what help was asked for and provided by his Department in ensuring the safe disposal of the cargo of the Perintis.

Mr. Portillo : The Department's marine pollution control unit alerted Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution on 14 March who in turn advised the MPCU and south coast local authorities on the safe disposal of any chemicals from MV Perintis which might be landed in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what controls his Department has over cargoes of hazardous substances being transported through British waters ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : There is no control of hazardous cargoes being transported through territorial waters unless those cargoes have been loaded or are to be unloaded in a United Kingdom port. Ships are, however, required to report the loss or likely loss of any substances that might cause pollution, and powers of intervention are available to control pollution incidents.

M40 (Wendlebury to Waterstock)

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he intends to take to try and ensure that the time between the completion of the Waterstock to Wendlebury or the Wendlebury to Waterstock sections of the M40 is kept as short as possible.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : It is intended to invite tenders for the Waterstock-Wendlebury section as soon as possible. Tenderers would be invited to suggest their own shorter periods for construction. The contract would include provision for payment of a bonus for early completion.

Nuclear Fuel Transporter (Doncaster)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a radioactive nuclear fuel transporter was left unguarded for several days at the beginning of March near the Mech Cast factory in the railway sidings at Carr hill, Doncaster.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The nuclear fuel transporter in Carr hill sidings from the 3-8 March was awaiting repair. It did not contain a nuclear fuel flask. The weatherproof cover was in place and this may have given the false impression that the wagon was loaded.

East London River Crossing

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he received the report of his consultants


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into the alternatives to the current suspension bridge designs for the east London river crossing ; and when he expects to make an announcement and place a copy of the report in the Library.

Mr. Channon : The consultants are finalising their report and expect to submit it soon. An announcement will be made when the report has been considered. I have already undertaken to place a copy in the Library of the House.

Town Police Clauses Act 1847

Mr. Mills : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek to amend the Traffic Act 1985 in order to repeal clause 57 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, in relation to police powers in relation to taxi drivers.

Mr. Portillo : I have no such plans at present but I am reviewing taxi and hire car legislation and if my hon. Friend has a specific problem in mind I shall be pleased to hear from him.

A27 Arundel Bypass

Mr. Michael Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he hopes to make an announcement regarding the choice of route for the A27 Arundel bypass ; and if, in the light of recent road accidents, he will take into account the need for urgent provision of safe crossing facilities for north and south traffic at the Avisford/Walberton/Slindon interchange.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : We hope to announce the preferred route by about the middle of next year. The subsequent detailed design will include a new B2132 junction.

In view of the recent accidents near the junction the Department are investigating possible accident prevention measures, for the period before the bypass is built.

Microlight Aircraft

Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the legislation and regulations which control and regulate the flying and safety of microlight aircraft.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : I will write to the hon. Member with the information as soon as possible.

M1 Luton

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the maximum amount of traffic that can be handled in safety on the M1 south of Luton ; and what are the present levels.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Accidents may be associated with any volume of traffic. As traffic increases on any particular section of road there is a steady lowering of the level of service and an increase in congestion. Particular local design features, together with driver behaviour, are much more significant in determining the risk of accident.

The average number of vehicles using the M1 south of Luton in 1988 was 122,000 per day.

Consulting Engineers

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of the number of times that


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a second firm of consulting engineers have been employed to report on the performance of the consulting engineers employed on a road building scheme ; if he will give details of the circumstances ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 9 March 1989] : The case where a second firm has been appointed to report, in part, on the performance of a consulting engineer commissioned for a road building project is the Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley bridge bypass which was the subject of the hon. Member's questions on 2 March. I cannot yet add to the answers that I gave then.

Second firms are frequently used to consider specialist matters which arise in and from the development of highway projects. An independent design check in relation to certain categories of structures is a standard quality assurance requirement in all cases.

Civil Servants (EC)

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the number of civil servants in his Department whose main task is work related wholly or mainly to the European Economic Community ; and what is the gross annual cost of travel and accommodation to and from Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg in connection with this work.

Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 15 March 1989] : This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.

British Rail (Disciplinary Procedure)

Mr. Clelland : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Rail train drivers were disciplined for taking trains through red danger signals in each of the years 1980 to 1988 ; and what assessment he has made of the implications for safety.

Mr. Portillo [holding answer 22 March 1989] : The chief inspecting officer of railways drew attention in his annual report for 1986 to the growing problem of signals passed at danger and the studies being carried out by British Rail. As my right hon. Friend reported to the House at column 757, in his statement on the accident at Bellgrove, British Rail has now decided to carry out trials of an automatic train protection system as a possible way of dealing with this problem. Detailed figures for the years 1980-88 are not available since BR has not in the past been required to report these incidents to the railway inspectorate. Arrangements to do so in future are being discussed as part of the follow up to the review of the railway inspectorate which I announced on Tuesday 21 March in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway).

Bridge Inspections (Divers)

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Caithness and Sutherland, 15 March, Offical Report. column 118, on what bridges inspections are being carried out by divers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo [holding answer 22 March 1989] : Inspection by divers of three bridges on the Inverness-Wick/Thurso railway line--Beauly viaduct,


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Evanton and Alness viaduct--has been satisfactorily completed. The inspection at Conon viaduct is continuing, but is being hampered by high flows of water. Work already carried out there has indicated a need for remedial action and the Conon viaduct has therefore been temporarily closed. I understand that BR's target date for completion of repairs is May.

Plutonium (Air Transport)

Ms. Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his current estimate of the number of annual flights that will be necessary to transport plutonium reprocessed at Sellafield back to customers once the THORP facility is opened.

Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 22 March 1989] : On present information it is estimated that around 30 flights per year will be needed.

Unadopted Streets

Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under which provisions public funds have been made available towards the costs of making up unadopted streets.

Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 22 March 1989] : Under section 236 of the Highways Act 1980 local authorities having responsibility for highways can, if they wish, meet some or all of the costs of making-up


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unadopted streets. Normally, however, the costs are apportioned between the owners of properties fronting the street involved. Under section 13 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 central Government can give grants both to private sector developers and to local authorities towards providing road access for new industrial development in assisted areas including making up unadopted roads.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Statistics

Mr. Gould : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish a table in the Official Report showing for each quarter since the first quarter of 1979 (a) British manufacturing investment as a proportion of GDP expressed as a percentage of the G7 average ; (b) British spending on civil research and development as a proportion of gross domestic product expressed as a percentage of the G7 average, (c) British manufacturing output per head as a percentage of the G7 average and (d) Britain's share of world trade as a percentage of the G7 share of world trade.

Mr. Atkins : Differences in definitions between countries and problems with different currencies make it inappropriate to express the United Kingdom data as a percentage of the G7 average. Much of the information is not available on a quarterly basis. The available annual information for each of the G7 countries is given in the following tables :


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|c|Manufacturing output per head|c|                                                                                                                   |United Kingdom|France        |FR Germany    |Italy         |USA           |Japan         |Canada                                      |£'000         |'000 FFr      |'000 DM       |mn lire       |$'000         |mn yen        |Can $'000                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1979           |6.7           |117           |52.5          |n.a.          |14.1          |4.7           |31.2                         1980           |7.6           |127           |53.6          |18.4          |15.2          |5.0           |34.1                         1981           |8.8           |142           |55.7          |21.7          |16.9          |5.2           |38.0                         1982           |10.1          |161           |59.3          |25.2          |18.2          |5.5           |39.3                         1983           |11.2          |180           |64.4          |28.9          |19.5          |5.6           |37.6                         1984           |12.3          |198           |67.9          |33.6          |20.8          |6.0           |45.7                         1985           |13.5          |222           |71.7          |37.5          |21.7          |6.3           |-                            1986           |14.9          |244           |77.7          |41.4          |22.6          |6.5           |-                            1987           |16.6          |-             |-             |-             |-             |-             |-                            n.a.=Not available.                                                                                                                    Note: Based on current price data.                                                                                                     Sources: UK National Accounts, OECD National Accounts.                                                                                 

|c|Gross expenditure on research and development as percentage of GDP|c|                                                                              |United Kingdom|France        |FR Germany    |Italy         |USA           |<1>Japan      |Canada                       ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1979           |<2>-          |1.8           |2.4           |0.7           |2.3           |2.1           |1.1                          1980           |n.a.          |1.8           |n.a.          |0.9           |2.5           |2.2           |1.1                          1981           |2.4           |2.0           |2.4           |1.0           |2.4           |2.3           |1.2                          1982           |n.a.          |2.1           |n.a.          |0.9           |2.5           |2.4           |1.4                          1983           |2.3           |2.1           |2.5           |1.0           |2.6           |2.6           |1.3                          1984           |n.a.          |2.2           |n.a.          |1.0           |2.7           |2.6           |1.4                          1985           |2.3           |2.3           |2.7           |1.1           |2.8           |2.8           |1.4                          1986           |2.4           |2.3           |n.a.          |1.1           |2.7           |2.8           |1.4                          Source: OECD.                                                                                                                          n.a.=Not available.                                                                                                                    <1>Figures for Japan based on different definition of R and D-this may result in some overstatement.                                   <2>Not available-figure for 1978 is 2.2.                                                                                               

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|c|Manufacturing investment as a proportion of GDP - Percentage|c|                                                                                    |United Kingdom|France        |FR Germany    |Italy         |USA           |Japan         |Canada                       ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1979           |3.6           |3.7           |3.8           |3.1           |2.7           |3.4           |2.6                          1980           |3.2           |3.5           |4.0           |3.3           |2.8           |3.9           |3.1                          1981           |2.5           |3.3           |3.9           |3.0           |2.7           |4.0           |3.5                          1982           |2.4           |3.0           |3.5           |2.5           |2.5           |3.8           |3.0                          1983           |2.3           |2.9           |3.5           |2.1           |1.9           |3.6           |2.1                          1984           |2.6           |2.9           |3.4           |2.3           |2.1           |4.0           |1.9                          1985           |2.9           |3.0           |3.8           |n.a.          |2.1           |4.1           |n.a.                         1986           |2.6           |3.0           |n.a.          |n.a.          |1.9           |3.7           |n.a.                         1987           |2.7           |n.a.          |n.a.          |n.a.          |n.a.          |n.a.          |n.a.                         n.a.{equals}Not available.                                                                                                             Note: Based on current price data.                                                                                                     Sources: OECD National Accounts, OECD Economic Survey of Japan.                                                                        

|c|Percentage shares of world trade in manufactures-value|c|                                                                                          |United Kingdom|France        |FR Germany    |Italy         |USA           |Japan         |Canada                       ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1979           |9.1           |10.5          |20.9          |8.4           |16.0          |13.7          |4.2                          1980           |9.7           |10.0          |19.9          |7.9           |17.0          |14.9          |4.0                          1981           |8.5           |9.2           |18.4          |7.7           |18.6          |17.9          |4.6                          1982           |8.4           |9.0           |19.7          |7.9           |17.6          |17.3          |4.9                          1983           |7.9           |8.9           |19.0          |8.1           |16.9          |18.5          |5.5                          1984           |7.6           |8.5           |18.1          |7.7           |17.2          |20.1          |6.3                          1985           |7.9           |8.5           |18.7          |7.8           |16.7          |19.7          |6.3                          1986           |7.6           |8.8           |20.7          |8.2           |14.0          |19.4          |5.4                          1987           |8.1           |9.0           |21.5          |8.4           |13.7          |18.1          |4.9                          Source: Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics.                                                                                   

Regional Development Grant

Mr. Gordon Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will provide figures for spending on (a) regional selective assistance and (b) regional development grant for (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland for each year from 1978-79 to 1989-90 in cash and at 1987-88 prices.


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Mr. Forth : For gross expenditure on regional development grants and regional selective assistance in England, Scotland and Wales in the financial years 1978-79 to 1987-88 I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 25 January at columns 566-68 .

The information requested in respect of 1988-89 and 1989-90 is as follows. Regional development grant and regional selective assistance schemes do not operate in Northern Ireland.


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Expenditure (£ million)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At current prices                                           At constant prices                                                                                                                                                                  (1987-88=100)                                                                                                                                                                      |Forecast outturn 1988-89     |Supply estimates 1989-90     |Forecast outturn 1988-89     |Supply estimates 1989-90                                   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(a)                           |Regional selective assistance                                                                                                                                                                                    |England                      |136                          |147                          |127                          |130                                                                                      |Scotland                     |44                           |58                           |41                           |51                                                                                       |Wales                        |43                           |53                           |40                           |47                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (b)                           |Regional development grants                                                                                                                                                                                      |England                      |154                          |133                          |144                          |117                                                                                      |Scotland                     |76                           |64                           |71                           |56                                                                                       |Wales                        |58                           |64                           |54                           |57                                                         Notes:                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. All figures are gross of domestic receipts and receipts from the European Regional Development Fund.                                                                                                           2. RSA includes expenditure on industrial and training grants, Business Improvement Services and the Exchange Risk Guarantee Scheme.                                                                              

Arms Contracts

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the arms contracts for 1987 and 1988 in which the Export Credits Guarantee Department has had to fund losses ; and if he will give the losses in each case.

Mr. Alan Clark : It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information about individual cases.


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Oftel

Sir Neil Macfarlane : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the level of funding for Oftel in 1988 and 1989 ; what were the Oftel staffing levels in 1987, 1988 and 1989 ; how many staff have been seconded from his Department ; and if he will make a statement about Oftel's budget for 1990.

Mr. Atkins : The funding and staffing of Oftel is a matter for the Director General of Telecommunications in


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consultation with the Treasury. One hundred and twenty-one full-time posts and one part-time post at Oftel are currently filled by secondees from my Department.

Tornado Aircraft

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consultations he has had with his West German and Italian counterparts concerning the provision of credit support for the export of Tornado aircraft to Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Mr. Alan Clark I have had no such consultations.

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any credit was extended to cover that part of the contract to sell Tornado aircraft to Jordan that related to the cost of negotiating the contract.

Mr. Alan Clark It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information about individual cases.

Internal Market Council

Mr. Key : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the Internal Market Council held on 13 March.

Mr. Maude The Council, at which I represented the United Kingdom, reached broad agreement on an important directive to break down barriers to the free flow of television programmes across frontiers within the Community. The Council also adopted a directive on the permissible sound level and exhaust system of motor cycles.

Companies House Executive Agency

Mr. William Powell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what targets have been set for the Companies house executive agency.

Mr. Maude Companies house's creation as an executive agency on 3 October last year built on the very considerable progress that has been made in the organisation in recent years. The activities of Companies house in making available information about companies promote enterprise and contribute substantially to open and informed markets. Its first few months as an agency confirm that this new status will enable Companies house to provide a still better service to its many customers, and to increase its efficiency.

My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has today set the chief executive the following targets for improvements in the quality of service and financial performance over the next two years :

10 per cent. reduction in the proportion of companies which have not filed all the accounts and annual returns required by the Companies Act, so that by June 1991 the compliance rate will be increased to 83 per cent ;

20 per cent. reduction in the time taken to process documents, so that by April 1991 documents are on average available to the public within 18 working days of being delivered to Companies House ; 12 per cent. increase in output per member of staff ;

7 per cent. decrease in unit costs in real terms.

In addition my right hon. and noble Friend has emphasised to the chief executive the need to provide a standard of service over the whole range of Companies


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house operations which meets the needs of his customers. As well as maintaining his efforts to improve the quality of existing services, we expect the chief executive shortly to announce new services in response to customer demands to enhance the accessibility of the information he holds.

My right hon. and noble Friend is also glad to announce that there will be no increase in the level of statutory fees for Companies house services in the 1989-90 financial year.

Bradford Task Force

Mr. Madden : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) from which subhead of his Department's vote the Bradford inner city task force will be funded ; what annual budget has been allocated to the Bradford task force ; what operating budget the task force will disburse ; what are the immediate objectives of the task force ; how the task force will assess applications made to it for funding ; and by what criteria the task force will consider applications made to it for funding and other support ;

(2) if he will consider urgently how he might assist through the inner city task force, those voluntary organisations in Bradford providing training for the unemployed and child care enabling women to undertake employment outside the home ;

(3) how many officials he has appointed to the Bradford inner city task force announced on 9 March ; what is the salary range of those officials ; from which departments they have come ; whether any of these officials have belonged to other inner-city task forces ; what office accommodation the task force will occupy ; and what is the estimated annual cost of renting that accommodation ;

(4) if he will direct the Bradford inner-city task force to examine urgently possible funding for voluntary organisations which are now threatened with closure or severe cuts in their funding.

Mr. Forth : My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced on 9 March that he intended to establish an inner-city task force in Bradford. I expect it to be operational by the autumn. The expenditure of all inner-city task forces comes from the same vote subheads. Running costs are funded from class V vote 3 subhead B.01, and programme expenditure from class V vote 2, subheads G.01 and I.02. When the Bradford task force is established it will share in the £17 million provided for task force programme expenditure in 1989-90. It will also share the common objectives of task forces which can be summarised as enhancing the enterprise and employability of residents of their areas. No budget can be set, nor more detailed operational objectives established nor other matters determined until the task force has been set up.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Forestry (Yorkshire)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all woodlands in the three counties of Yorkshire either sold or proposed for sale by the Forestry Commission since the passage of the Forestry Act 1981 ; if he will state for each such woodland (a) the acreage, (b) the map reference and (c) the species composition ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Ryder : The information is given in the following tables :


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Year                                         |Name                                        |Area (hectares)                             |Grid reference                              |Species<1>                                                                               ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Woodlands sold in South Yorkshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1983                                         |Huthwaite Wood                              |13.3                                        |SE 282 002                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Land at Silkstone                           |1.0                                         |SE 295 058                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Land at Silkstone                           |1.0                                         |SK 295 058                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Swinston Hill Wood                          |20.0                                        |SK 540 845                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Swinston Hill Package                       |59.0                                        |SK 540 845                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Swinston Hill Package                       |16.0                                        |SK 540 845                                  |B                                                                                        1985                                         |Cannon Hall Estate                          |10.4                                        |SE 270 094                                  |B                                                                                        1985                                         |Lowe Wood Wentworth                         |17.8                                        |SE 317 035                                  |B                                                                                        1987                                         |Cantley Estate                              |10.5                                        |SE 622 030                                  |C                                                                                        1988                                         |Coumbes Vale Wood                           |15.2                                        |SK 295 929                                  |B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Woodlands sold in West Yorkshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1982                                         |Stubbs Wood                                 |4.1                                         |SE 369 158                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Bearnshaw Tower                             |98.1                                        |SD 895 255                                  |U                                                                                        1984                                         |Browsholme Blocks                           |47.0                                        |SD 685 455                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Blakey Wood                                 |4.9                                         |SE 094 402                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Land held from Yorkshire Water Authority    |434.5                                       |SD 000 225                                  |C                                                                                        1988                                         |Coburnhill Wood                             |23.7                                        |SE 450 348                                  |C                                                                                        1989                                         |Higher House and Land                       |6.2                                         |SE 001 225                                  |B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Woodlands sold in North Yorkshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1981                                         |Crooked Hill North Bank and Spring Wood     |49.0                                        |SE 522 895                                  |C                                                                                        1982                                         |Brafferton Spring                           |95.0                                        |SE 455 715                                  |C                                                                                        1982                                         |New Park Plantations                        |33.0                                        |SE 550 633                                  |C                                                                                        1982                                         |Scotton Banks                               |22.2                                        |SE 332 579                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Big Ings Wood                               |8.5                                         |SE 556 679                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Broxa Moor and Harwood Dale                 |65.0                                        |SE 948 926                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Clark Wood                                  |30.0                                        |SE 447 745                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Grass Wood                                  |65.4                                        |SD 985 655                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Knotts Plantation                           |4.4                                         |SE 122 702                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Land at Flask                               |1.0                                         |NZ 930 000                                  |B                                                                                        1983                                         |Riffa Wood                                  |19.1                                        |SE 255 470                                  |C                                                                                        1983                                         |Westow and Storth Wood                      |14.8                                        |SE 478 864                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Bishopwood Main Line Diversion              |3.3                                         |SE 549 328                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Burnt Yates Wood                            |9.2                                         |SE 236 608                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Hawkshaw Gill and Clark's Carrwood          |65.4                                        |SE 182 634                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Jackal Wood                                 |6.2                                         |SE 253 490                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Juniper and Potgate Woods                   |13.0                                        |SE 278 750                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Leppington Wood                             |8.6                                         |SE 768 616                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Peep O Day Wood                             |4.9                                         |SE 522 720                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Scardale Package                            |52.9                                        |SE 895 748                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Sherburn and Butterwick Whins               |17.0                                        |SE 972 728                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Southwold                                   |31.5                                        |SE 875 711                                  |B                                                                                        1984                                         |Swinton Estate                              |286.0                                       |SE 190 810                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Swinton Estate                              |183.3                                       |SE 190 810                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |The Avenue                                  |6.5                                         |SE 453 726                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Warren Slack                                |17.0                                        |SE 990 744                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |West Moor Plantation                        |2.9                                         |SE 450 733                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |West Wood                                   |8.5                                         |SE 136 680                                  |C                                                                                        1984                                         |Wragby Plantations                          |21.0                                        |SE 930 000                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Hornby Leasehold                            |16.1                                        |SE 223 935                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Ingleby Greenhow (Church Plantation)        |1.6                                         |NZ 580 065                                  |B                                                                                        1985                                         |Levisham Block                              |68.5                                        |SE 826 895                                  |B                                                                                        1985                                         |Moor Covert Plantation                      |11.3                                        |SE 780 657                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Newton Mulgrave                             |43.3                                        |NZ 783 130                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Oxdale, Dargo and Laurel                    |18.2                                        |SE 884 837                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Raindale Head                               |2.5                                         |SE 802 939                                  |C                                                                                        1985                                         |Scardale Package                            |193.2                                       |SE 895 735                                  |B                                                                                        1986                                         |Broxa: Spring Wood East                     |17.5                                        |NZ 952 919                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Crookrise and Gargrave (Lot 4)              |3.0                                         |SD 980 541                                  |B                                                                                        1986                                         |Crookrise and Gargrave (Lots, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)|243.9                                       |SD 956 542                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Crookrise/Gargrave Part (Sawley)            |7.1                                         |SE 988 555                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Croomdale Plantation                        |33.0                                        |SE 945 672                                  |B                                                                                        1986                                         |Everley Banks Plantation                    |34.5                                        |SD 984 899                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Fewler Gate Wood                            |11.6                                        |SE 948 922                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Irton Moor (Whin Covert and Black Rigg)     |39.0                                        |SE 996 868                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Little Beck Wood                            |16.2                                        |NZ 883 046                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Quarry Wood                                 |2.7                                         |SE 247 692                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Stapleton Park (Brockadale)                 |28.0                                        |SE 504 175                                  |B                                                                                        1986                                         |Staxton brow                                |38.0                                        |TA 020 785                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Sunny Bank                                  |9.3                                         |SE 238 696                                  |C                                                                                        1986                                         |Wilstrop Wood                               |24.7                                        |SE 490 540                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |East and West Belts and Ramshaw Quarry      |27.8                                        |SE 154 838                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Elslack                                     |66.5                                        |SD 939 480                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Harewood Whin                               |8.6                                         |SE 541 522                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Longside Plantation                         |88.5                                        |SE 118 724                                  |C                                                                                        1987                                         |Witton Fell                                 |107.0                                       |SE 137 849                                  |C                                                                                        1988                                         |Grinkle Park                                |35.8                                        |SE 763 178                                  |C                                                                                        1988                                         |Grinkle Park                                |134.5                                       |SE 751 169                                  |B                                                                                        1988                                         |Skipster Hagg Wood                          |10.0                                        |SE 732 867                                  |C                                                                                        <1> The species composition is not available in any more detail than B for mainly broadleaves, C for mainly conifers and U for unplanted.                                                                                                                                     

|c|Woodlands proposed for sale|c|                                                           Name                        |Area (hectares)|Grid reference |Species<1>                     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------South Yorkshire                                                                             Cantley Estate              |106.1          |SE 676 047     |C                              Hollins Plantation          |23.0           |SE 097 399     |C                              Owston Wood and Duck Holt   |65.7           |SE 571 102     |B                                                                                                                          West Yorkshire                                                                              Haw Park                    |7.3            |SE 365 151     |B                              Home Styes Wood             |136.7          |SE 105 045     |C                              Kippax Estate               |22.0           |SE 453 335     |B                              Kippax Estate               |22.0           |SE 452 325     |C                              Kippax Estate               |4.0            |SE 453 344     |B                                                                                                                          North Yorkshire                                                                             Stapleton Park              |75.0           |SE 504 180     |B                              Stapleton Park              |27.0           |SE 514 185     |C                              Stapleton Park              |11.0           |SE 504 181     |B                              Stapleton Park              |12.0           |SE 496 194     |B                              Stapleton Park              |26.0           |SE 498 185     |C                              Back Plantation             |12.6           |SE 030 513     |C                              Bullen Wood                 |17.1           |SE 457 383     |B                              Faceby and Sonny Cliff Wood |61.0           |NZ505 018      |C                              Hollin Head and Piney Moor  |29.9           |SE 273 733     |C                              Micklefield Woods           |48.0           |SE 452 334     |B                              Camblesforth Estate         |48.0           |SE 625 272     |B                              Goathland Package           |209.0          |NZ820 020      |C                              Hornby Castle               |56.1           |SE 212 927     |C                              Gateforth Woods             |29.0           |SE 569 284     |B                              <1> The species composition is not available in any more detail than B for mainly           broadleaves and C for mainly conifers.                                                      

Slaughtering

Sir Richard Body : To ask the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied that the practice of paying slaughtermen by piece work is not causing animals to be stunned for less than the obligatory seven seconds.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The Slaughterhouses Act 1974 requires that when animals are stunned they must be instantaneously rendered insensible to pain until death supervenes. Minimum periods for effective stunning by electricity are not prescribed by law and will vary according to the equipment employed and the size and species of the animal. At a time when only low frequency stunners were available, a minimum application period of seven seconds was recommended by the Ministry in guidance to local authorities. Some equipment now available is capable of achieving the required effect in two to four seconds.

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing the legislation which must be observed whatever practices are followed in the plant.

Toxic Pesticides

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research is taking place to ensure


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that toxic pesticides that bond with cereals can be detected ; when he will publish all of his Department's pesticide residue tests, including those on fish ; what percentage of the cereals stored in the United Kingdom are held by the Government ; and if he will make a statement on the consequences in terms of possible toxicity or long- term chronic effects on the consumer, human or animal, and also for the food processing industry.

Mr. Ryder : I am able to reassure the hon. Member that "bound" residues in cereals can be detected and identified. The ADAS central science laboratory at Slough has already carried out some successful work and is continuing research in this area. The results of Government monitoring for pesticide residues are published. The latest report--Food Surveillance Paper No. 25 --was published on 13 March this year. It includes results of a survey of freshwater eels ; results of studies of marine fish are published separately by MAFF's directorate of fisheries research.

At 31 October 1988 (the latest date for which information is available) about 12 per cent. of United Kingdom cereal stocks were held in intervention. The published results of monitoring for pesticide residues have been considered by the advisory committee on pesticides and the committee on toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment who were satisfied that residues in cereals do not represent a hazard to consumers.


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