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Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has established a unit within his Department to examine the possibility of Britain offering privatisation expertise to developing nations.

Mr. Chris Patten : I see no reason to establish such a unit. The Overseas Development Administration's arrangements for managing bilateral aid already enable it fully to consider proposals related to all aspects of private sector development including privatisation.

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the cost to date of the exercise undertaken to identify opportunities for assisting developing countries with the promotion of private sector development, including privatisation.

Mr. Chris Patten : The exercise has not resulted in significant additional expense. Providing the information requested would involve disproportionate cost, far exceeding any costs which the exercise itself has incurred.

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to conclude agreements with developing countries which would include Her Majesty's Government assisting with the privatisation of nationalised industries ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chris Patten : There are no immediate plans for the conclusion of such agreements, but we have always made clear that we are ready to consider helping where we can.

USAID

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the dates and locations when his officials have met representatives of the organisation USAID over the past two years.

Mr. Chris Patten : Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials, both at home and overseas, are in frequent touch with USAID officials.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Urban Development Grants

Mr. John Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in which urban areas applications for urban development grants are now being accepted.

Mr. Needham : Applications for urban development grant funded by the Government are being accepted in Belfast and Londonderry. Under the second urban development programme funded by the international monetary fund for Ireland the advertised closing date for applications was 28 February 1989. Consequently, only in Belfast and Londonderry are applications now being accepted.

Dwellings (Valuation)

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dwellings in Northern Ireland have a net annual valuation of less than £60.


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Mr. Ian Stewart : The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Schizophrenia

Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent in Northern Ireland in the last year on the care and treatment of patients suffering from schizophrenia ; and what percentage that figure represented of total expenditure on (a) mental and (b) all health services.

Mr. Needham : The information is not available.

Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current annual cost per patient to the National Health Service in Northern Ireland of the care and treatment of patients with a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses.

Mr. Needham : The information is not available.

Knackeries

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what study his Department has made of the Group Public Health Committee's report "The Unfit Meat Trade in Northern Ireland, Law and Enforcement Review" and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham : The Departments of Agriculture and Health and Social Services are considering the detailed recommendations made in the report and will issue a response shortly.

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he intends to bring forward new measures for the control of licensed knackeries to prevent unfit meat entering the human food chain.

Mr. Needham : A draft order in Council is being prepared by the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland which will provide for prescription in regulations of the standards to be met by knackeries, before such premises are licensed by district councils.

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions have been brought against those operating illegal knackeries or trading in unfit meat during the last five years ; what convictions have been obtained ; and what penalties have been imposed.


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Mr. Needham : The information is as follows :


Offence                  |Prosecutions            |Convictions             |Total fines (plus costs)                         

                                                                           |£                                                

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(i) Operating illegal                                                                                                        

   knackery              |11                      |10                      |350                                              

(ii) Trading in unfit                                                                                                        

   meat                  |42                      |42                      |1,965                                            

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specific and formal advice and assistance is available for those wishing to set up properly licensed and supervised knackeries to deal with fallen and casualty animals.

Mr. Needham : Any person wishing to set up a knackery can obtain advice from the environmental health department of the district council in whose area the proposed knackery would be situated. The advice would include information on licensing arrangements, siting and standards of premises and conditions to be observed in handling, treatment and movement of any unfit meat and the keeping of records.

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list existing licensed knackeries, with the location of each and the service each offers to farmers.

Mr. Needham : There are two licensed knackeries in Northern Ireland- -Lisburn By-Products Ltd., Moira road, Lisburn and Ulster Farm By-Products Ltd., Glenavy. Both knackeries provide farmers with an essential means of disposal of casualty and dead animals.

Computer Consultants

Mr. Tim Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount spent by his Department in 1988 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department in 1988, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Mr. Ian Stewart [holding answer 4 April 1989] : The total amount spent on management and computer consultancy in 1988 was £4,402,979. The remainder of the information is as follows :


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Firm                                                                  |Subject of assignment                                                                                                                      

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Aims Systems                                                          |Structured Systems Analysis Design Methodology (SSADM)                                                                                     

                                                                      | Consultancy                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Aims Training                                                         |SSADM                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Anderson and Co.                                                      |IT resourcing                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Apricot Ltd.                                                          |Microcomputer Skills                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Associated Marketing (NI) Ltd.                                        |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

W. S. Atkins Management Consultants                                   |Market Research                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Atkins Planning                                                       |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

D. E. Barnard Systems Ltd.                                            |Historic Monuments/Building Branch Strategy Study Country/Wild-                                                                            

                                                                      | life Branch Strategy Study Training Division Project                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Basil Singleton                                                       |Assessing potential of Health Service sites for advertising hoardings                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BDO Binder Hamlyn                                                     |Financial Appraisals and Marketing Appraisals                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Belmin Systems Ltd.                                                   |Development of NI Parliamentary index                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BIC Systems Ltd.                                                      |Microcomputer Skills                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Binder Hamlyn                                                         |Industrial Science Division project                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BIS Beecom                                                            |Management Information System                                                                                                              

                                                                      | Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BIS Beecom (International) Ltd.                                       |Incentive Bonus schemes in DOE (NI) Works Service                                                                                          

                                                                      | Specialised communication aspects of Integrated Computer System                                                                           

                                                                      | in DOE (NI) roads Service. Integrated Computer System in DOE                                                                              

                                                                      | Water Service. Monitoring Equal Opportunities in Public Bodies,                                                                           

                                                                      | Roads and Water Services integrated systems. User awareness-                                                                              

                                                                      | consultancy skills                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BIS Mackintosh                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                      | Information on EEC anti-dumping tariffs as applicable to electronics                                                                      

                                                                      | companies                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BPA (Tech Mangt) Ltd.                                                 |Annual subscription to BPA Compass Scheme                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Brennan and Simmons                                                   |Leadership Training                                                                                                                        

                                                                      |Training for Trainers                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

British Telecom                                                       |Government Network                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Capita                                                                |DENI IT Strategy                                                                                                                           

                                                                      | Social Security Fraud Scrutiny                                                                                                            

                                                                      | Human Resource Management System                                                                                                          

                                                                      | Advanced Office Management Information System                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CARA Data                                                             |Project Management                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CCTA                                                                  |Project Support                                                                                                                            

                                                                      | IT Development Study                                                                                                                      

                                                                      | Strategy enabling study                                                                                                                   

                                                                      | Review of Bureau Services                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Centrehouse Management                                                |Financial appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

J. T. Chambers                                                        |Analysis of transportation costs for an inward investment company                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CIPFA                                                                 |Training for NICS Internal Auditors                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CIPFA Services Ltd.                                                   |Integrated Computer System in DOE (NI) Water Service                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CI Training                                                           |Microcomputer Skills                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Collingwood Harris                                                    |Business Co-operation:                                                                                                                     

                                                                      | Feasibility study                                                                                                                         

                                                                      | Company Matchmaking in Maryland, USA                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Common Service Agency Scotland                                        |Community Health Index Project                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

John Compton Associates                                               |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Computer Science Co. Ltd.                                             |Departmental Information Technology                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Construction Industry Computer                                        |Procurement of computer aided design system                                                                                                

 Association                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Consulting Partners International                                     |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Coopers & Lybrand                                                     |NI Emigration Package                                                                                                                      

                                                                      | Development and implementation of information technology                                                                                  

                                                                      | strategy for social security benefit payments                                                                                             

                                                                      |Review of the Training Levy                                                                                                                

                                                                      |"Total Quality Centre" feasibility study                                                                                                   

                                                                      |Joint study with NM Rothchild & Sons Ltd-preliminary study on                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                      |Application of Clerical Work Measurement                                                                                                   

                                                                      |Project Sponsors                                                                                                                           

                                                                      |Financial & Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                           

                                                                      |Company Appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                      |To review the present arrangements for testing motor vehicles in                                                                           

                                                                      | Northern Ireland and advise on the feasibility of the privatisation                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The supervision and monitoring the affairs of the NI Transport                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                      | Holding Company and the three subsiduary transport operating                                                                              

                                                                      | companies                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Cork Gully                                                            |Study into the Procedures for Investigating Personal Bankruptcy                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

C S College                                                           |PROMPT                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Deloitte Haskins & Sells                                              |Integrated Computer System in DOE (NI) Roads Service Company                                                                               

                                                                      | Appraisals                                                                                                                                

                                                                      |Financial & marketing Appraisals                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Department of the Environment                                         |Building project advice                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Department of Finance & Personnel                                     |Survey of the disabled                                                                                                                     

 (PPRU)                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Department of Information Services,                                   |Consultancy Services for Road Survey Vehicle project                                                                                       

 University of Ulster                                                 |Support for software/electronics presentations in US                                                                                       

                                                                      |Support for presentation to company in Switzerland                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

D J S Consultants                                                     |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Denham Nash                                                           |Consultancy Skills Training                                                                                                                

                                                                      |User Awareness                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Diane Bailey Associates                                               |Staff Training                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Digital Equipment Co                                                  |Office automation                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Elite Consultancy Services                                            |Project cost monitoring                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

EOSYS                                                                 |Data Communication                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Ernst and Whinney                                                     |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

ESCO Management Consultants                                           |European salary survey for software industry                                                                                               

                                                                      |Analysis of large computer sites in Northern Ireland                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Pauline Farrell                                                       |Leadership Training                                                                                                                        

                                                                      |Training for Trainers                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

FIRA                                                                  |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Flynn Moore                                                           |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Focon International                                                   |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Furniture Industry Research Association                               |Kitchen furniture-GB Market Survey                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gilpin Black Associates                                               |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                      |Management Training for Professional Staff                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gloria Henderson Management                                                                                                                                                                                       

 Consultancy                                                          |Social Security Fraud Scrutiny                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gryphon Group                                                         |Provision Business Pack Stage 1, distance learning video/audio pack                                                                        

                                                                      | aimed at business management                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

W. Halcrow                                                            |Efficiency study in the DOE (NI) Environmental Protection Division                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Hanna Thompson and Co.                                                |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Stephen Hughes Associates                                             |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Victor Hausner and Associates                                         |Belfast Special Action Group/Belfast Initiative                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

HAY-MSL                                                               |Review of salaries of senior NI Housing Executive Staff                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

IBI Corporate Services                                                |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                      |Study re sale of shares in textile company                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

ICL                                                                   |Systems Performance and Data                                                                                                               

                                                                      |Communications                                                                                                                             

                                                                      |Training Division Project                                                                                                                  

                                                                      |VME                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Industrial Training Services                                          |Community Projects Branch-Staff Training                                                                                                   

                                                                      |Review of health service personnel function                                                                                                

                                                                      |Community Workshops Evaluation                                                                                                             

                                                                      |Monitoring of Recognised Training Organisations                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Investment Bank of Ireland                                            |Study re sale of shares in textile company                                                                                                 

Jackson Andrews                                                       |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mark Jampolc                                                          |Business Co-operation: Feasibility report; then Company match                                                                              

                                                                      |making; in North West Pennsylvania                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Kleinwort Benson                                                      |Privatisation of Short Bros PLC                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Knight Wendling                                                       |Technical Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Knowledge Tech Ltd                                                    |Training Division Project                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

KPMG Peat Marwick                                                     |Report on the UK market for sheep's milk and sheep's milk products                                                                         

                                                                      |Update of study into the commercial viability of an irradiation                                                                            

                                                                      | facility in Northern Ireland. The original study was carried out in                                                                       

                                                                      | 1986                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Kurt Salmon Associates                                                |Study of the NI Clothing Industry                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Lazard Bros                                                           |Privatisation of Harland and Wolff                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Learmont and Burchett                                                 |Implementation of PROMPT Department of Agriculture Fatstock                                                                                

                                                                      | project-SSADM Project Control                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Lindsay Marketing                                                     |Marketing Appraisal                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gordon Lyell Associates                                               |The presentation and marketing of Historic Monuments in Northern                                                                           

                                                                      | Ireland, and in particular Carrickfergus Castle                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

C. and K. MacFarlane                                                  |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Stuart McKechanie                                                     |Assignment Skills                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

J. Leslie McKeown                                                     |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

R. A. McLaughlin                                                      |Assisting with the management of the EC Star (advanced                                                                                     

                                                                      | telecommunications) Programme                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

D. J. MacRitchie                                                      |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mrs. D. Phillips                                                      |To review the functions of the DOE (NI): Historic Monuments and                                                                            

                                                                      | Buildings Branch and the legislation under which it operates                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Practical Management Consultants                                      |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Price Waterhouse                                                      |Evaluation of Training Programme for people in employment                                                                                  

                                                                      |Study into the Comparative Corporate and Regional Tax Systems of                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                      |Statutory audit of Northern Health Board Company Appraisals                                                                                

                                                                      |Financial and Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

John McVeigh and Co.                                                  |Financial appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mandelo Development Consultants                                       |Study of contracting-out of economic development activities                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A. Manning Associates                                                 |Team development                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Marceton Ltd.                                                         |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Market Research Scotland                                              |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Market Research UK                                                    |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Marketing and Management Information Services                         |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Meconsult Ltd.                                                        |Evaluation of Information Technology Centre                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mindworks Partnership                                                 |Business analysis training                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Muir and Addy Management Services                                     |Financial appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

E. F. Munrose and Associates                                          |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Netherlands Economic Institute                                        |Prospects of economic development in NI                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Northern Bank                                                         |Pre-retirement                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

NI Council on Alcohol                                                 |Alcohol awareness                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

North West Design Engineers                                           |Company appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Oracle                                                                |Obstetrics project                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Oracle UK                                                             |Oracle implementation                                                                                                                      

                                                                      |4 G. L. training                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

PA Consulting Services                                                |Introduction of a total quality management programme                                                                                       

                                                                      |Preparation of guideline standards for work study                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

PA Management Consultants                                             |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Peat Marwick                                                          |Company appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                      |Financial-marketing appraisals                                                                                                             

                                                                      |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

P. E. Consulting Group                                                |Marketing appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Peterborough Software                                                 |UNIPAY system                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Michael Peters Group plc                                              |Provision of design clinics for NI business community "Profit                                                                              

                                                                      | by Design"                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

PRI Consultants                                                       |Evaluation of Voluntary Organisations with regard to Grant Aid                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Queen's University, Belfast                                           |Administrative Law, Basic Book-keeping, Investment Appraisal,                                                                              

                                                                      | Management Accounting, Policy Management, Tuition for                                                                                     

                                                                      | Institute of Internal Auditors Examinations, Understanding                                                                                

                                                                      | Company Accountants                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Quinn and Co.                                                         |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

David Rigby Associates                                                |Company Appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Roffey Park                                                           |Training for Trainers                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

RMA Management Consultants                                            |Company Appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

N. M. Rothchild and Sons Ltd.                                         |Joint study with Coopers and Lybrand-Preliminary study on the                                                                              

                                                                      | privatisation of NIE                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Saville/Holdsworth                                                    |Block funding assessment project                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Sherwood Systems Ltd.                                                 |Dataflex                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Shirley M. Holt Associates                                            |Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Alan Smyth Associates                                                 |Retention of services as IDB Quality Co-ordinator                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Software Ireland                                                      |Management Information System, Valuation/Land office                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Stamen                                                                |Horticultural activities for the mentally handicapped                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Strategic Training Ltd.                                               |Marketing training courses for NI business management                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Syntek Ltd.                                                           |To review Transit computer procedures                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                      |Training Division project                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Telebriton Ltd.                                                       |Pilot Study-Defence Sector Market Strategy for NI                                                                                          

                                                                      |Identification of possible inward investment projects                                                                                      

                                                                      |Identification of possible inward investment projects                                                                                      

                                                                      |Software Fair in NIBC, London                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Time Consulting Group                                                 |Software Strategy for NI-Investigation of the role of a Resource                                                                           

                                                                      | Centre                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Hans Tolin                                                            |Business Co-operation:                                                                                                                     

                                                                      |Feasibility report                                                                                                                         

                                                                      |Company matchmaking with Swedish companies                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Touche Ross                                                           |Privatisation and monitoring of Harland & Wolff                                                                                            

                                                                      |Privatisation and monitoring of Short Bros PLC                                                                                             

                                                                      |Financial/Marketing Appraisals                                                                                                             

                                                                      |Internal Audit Development                                                                                                                 

                                                                      |Mental Health Service Audit                                                                                                                

                                                                      |Provision of NI Trade Director 1989 and Local Sourcing Database                                                                            

                                                                      |Analysis of transportation costs to and from various locations                                                                             

                                                                      |Market Research                                                                                                                            

                                                                      |Company Appraisals                                                                                                                         

                                                                      |Comparison of tax (personal and corporate) regimes in various                                                                              

                                                                      |European countries                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Training and Development Associates                                   |Young People's Programme                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

University of Ulster                                                  |Export Research Project                                                                                                                    

                                                                      |Personal Computers Appreciation                                                                                                            

                                                                      |Policy Analysis                                                                                                                            

                                                                      |Policy Management                                                                                                                          

                                                                      |Report on research activities in informatics at NI universities                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

United Medical Enterprises                                            |Studies in connection with the export of NI                                                                                                

                                                                      |Health Care Expertise                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Ritchie Ward Associates                                               |Project Management                                                                                                                         

                                                                      |Project Sponsors                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Warne Franklin                                                        |RAPRA Project-Technological Consultancy                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Wilt Thornton                                                         |Financial Appraisals                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Xentec                                                                |To review Transit computer procedures                                                                                                      

Mr. William Strathearn

Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in the Official Report the text of the letter from the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Hertfordshire, North (Mr. Stewart) to the hon. Member for Brent, East on 4 September 1988 about Mr. William Strathearn.

Mr. Ian Stewart [holding answer 4 April 1989] : No. It is not our usual practice to publish correspondence of this kind.

Regional Rates

Mr. Clifford Forsyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will explain the methodology employed in striking the regional rate for Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ian Stewart [holding answer 10 April 1989] : I refer the hon. Member to the explanation of the regional rate methodology given in the information note "Northern Ireland Regional Rate 1989-90" which is available in the House of Commons Library in support of the Rates (Regional Rate) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 which was laid before Parliament on 7 March 1989.


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SCOTLAND

Working for Patients"

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he is giving to the number of overseas patients that can be treated in the self-managing hospitals proposed in the White Paper "Working for Patients".

Mr. Michael Forsyth : We are considering how treatment of overseas patients in National Health Service hospitals, including self-governing hospitals, might best be administered in the context of the White Paper and the associated working papers.

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received on the White Paper "Working for Patients".

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Some 600 letters have been received, offering comments and suggestions in relation to various aspects of the White Paper.

Private Secretary (Under-Secretary of State)

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects a new private secretary for the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Education, the hon. Member for Stirling, (Mr. Forsyth) to be in post.


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Mr. Rifkind : There are no immediate plans to replace my hon. Friend's private secretary.

Conifers

Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will seek to alter the different tree-planting grants to eliminate the 300 per cent. differential between farm schemes and commercial schemes in the planting of conifers.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : No. Farmers have a choice as to which scheme they apply to enter.

Edinburgh-Carlisle Trunk Road

Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the schemes approved and their expected completion dates for improvements to the A7 Edinburgh-Carlisle trunk road.

Mr. Rifkind : The major A7 schemes in the trunk road programme are the north Middleton diversion, the Dalkeith bypass and the Langholm bypass. Works started on the north Middleton bypass in March. Advance works on the Dalkeith bypass are expected to start in May or June and the main works in October. The contract period for both schemes is 24 months and they should therefore be completed during 1991. The Langholm bypass will not complete its statutory and design stages before the mid-1990s.

Mental Illness

Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authority residential places are currently available for those discharged from mental illness hospitals in Scotland ; what is the current rate of occupancy ; and what are the projected figures for the next two years.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information about the provision of residential places is given in annual statistical returns from local authorities. At 31 March 1988 the provisional number of residential places in local authority establishments was 167 ; the occupancy rate was 61 per cent. The local authorities' returns do not extend to planned provision.

University Grants

Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to review the Scottish Education Department grant regulations which prohibit individuals who hold a higher national diploma qualification from receiving a full grant for a university course.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Under present rules, eligible students who complete a course leading to a higher national diploma may qualify for a student's allowance for the third and any subsequent year of a full-time degree or comparable course.

With effect from session 1989-90, my right hon. and learned Friend has decided that those higher national diplomates who wish to proceed to undertake full-time studies at degree level in the sciences, technology, or certain teacher shortage subjects will, exceptionally, be entitled to grant assistance for the second and any subsequent year of a degree or comparable course.


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Housing

Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dwellings were completed by local authorities and new towns in Scotland in 1988.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Although a number of returns have yet to be received, we estimate that almost 2,000 dwellings were completed by local authorities in Scotland in 1988. Returns submitted by new town development corporations indicate that 257 dwellings were completed during the year.

Homelessness

Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many households were accepted as homeless in Scotland in the calendar years 1987 and 1988 ; and how many applications by households there were in those years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Returns submitted by local authorities indicate that during 1987, 23,882 households applied to be considered under the homelessness legislation. Of these, authorities assessed 9,317 as being homeless. A comparable figure for 1988 cannot be provided at present as most local authorities still have returns outstanding.

Enterprise Allowance Scheme

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of unemployed people in (a) Greenock and Port Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland who have been helped to start a business through the enterprise allowance scheme in each year since its inception ; and how many of these schemes have failed in each year.

Mr. Lang : The number of unemployed people who started their own business with the help of the enterprise allowance scheme in each year since its inception in August 1983 in the areas requested is set out in the table.




|c|Enterprise allowance scheme|c|                                                                                                 

                           Entrants                                                                                               

Year                      |Greenock and Port Glasgow|Strathclyde              |Scotland                                           

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1983-84 (August to March) |26                       |585                      |2,249                                              

1984-85                   |48                       |1,352                    |3,794                                              

1985-86                   |79                       |1,601                    |5,311                                              

1986-87                   |105                      |2,386                    |8,260                                              

1987-88                   |122                      |2,779                    |9,894                                              

1988-89                   |101                      |2,558                    |8,494                                              

Information on the number of these businesses which have subsequently failed is not available. However, the latest national survey shows that of those businesses completing 12 months on the scheme 74 per cent. were still trading 18 months after start-up with 65 per cent. still trading three years after start-up.

Working Women

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the annual number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time working women for each year since 1979 in (i) Greenock and Port Glasgow, (ii) Strathclyde and (iii) Scotland as a whole.


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Mr. Lang : The table gives the number of (a) full-time and (b) part -time women employees in employment in Scotland for September each year since 1979, and the available information on women employees in employment for Strathclyde region and Greenock and Port Glasgow parliamentary constituency.

Information for Strathclyde and Greenock and Port Glasgow is available only from the 1981 and 1984 census of employment. For 1981 analyses for parliamentary constituencies do not distinguish full-time from part-time employees.

The figures for Scotland for 1984 onwards may be revised when the results of the 1987 census of employment available later this year.


|c|Employees in employment full and       

part-time women workers at|c|             

|c|September|c|                           

             Thousands                    

            |Full-time|Part-time          

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Scotland                                  

1979        |571.6    |330.8              

1980        |558.9    |331.5              

1982        |508.0    |340.4              

1983        |503.6    |336.8              

1984        |505.1    |346.0              

1985        |504.9    |363.2              

1986        |499.7    |366.6              

1987        |503.3    |380.7              

1988        |528.7    |381.9              

                                          

Strathclyde                               

1981        |252.3    |146.9              

1984        |233.4    |144.4              

                                          

Greenock and Port Glasgow                 

1981        |13.7                         

1984        |8.3      |4.6                

General Practitioners (Contract)

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from general practitioners in the Eastwood constituency about a new contract for general practice in the National Health Service in Scotland.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : In addition to the discussions with my hon. Friend and the representations he has received on behalf of general practitioners in his constituency my right hon. and learned Friend and I have received representations from general practitioners throughout Scotland many of which have been helpful to us in drawing up a new contract for general practice in the National Health Service in Scotland. That new contract has been sent to the General Medical Services Committee and I am sending a personal copy to every general practitioner in Scotland. The document is being published in Scotland today and copies have been placed in the Library.

DEFENCE

Alcohol Consumption

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his policy with regard to the supply and consumption of alcohol on board Royal Navy vessels as it applies to (a) officers and (b) ratings.


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Mr. Neubert : Ratings on board Royal Navy vessels are limited in their daily onboard alcohol consumption. No specific limits are placed on officers but it is the responsibility of commanding officers to ensure that alcohol consumption of all personnel is not excessive. Drunkenness, even off duty and ashore, is an offence under the Naval Discipline Act, which can attract a punishment of up to two years imprisonment.

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if submarines carrying nuclear weapons carry alcohol for consumption by the crew while the vessel is on active duty.

Mr. Neubert : Yes.

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the navies which contribute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ; and if he will indicate which do and do not permit alcohol consumption on board vessels.

Mr. Neubert : As far as I am aware only the United States Navy does not permit alcohol consumption on board.

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate, by type, of the alcohol consumed on board Royal Navy vessels in the latest available year ; and if he will indicate consumption differences between the wardroom and lower deck.

Mr. Neubert : Records are not maintained centrally. To obtain the information requested would involve disproportionate cost and effort, requiring individual returns from Royal Navy ships worldwide.

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, in view of the recent court martial of the commanding officer of a submarine, who because of alcohol consumption was unable to be on board at the time of sailing and whose intake of alcohol started on board, he will review the policy of allowing alcohol consumption on board Royal Navy vessels.

Mr. Neubert : No. The policy on alcohol consumption aboard Royal Navy vessels takes full account of operational safety and efficiency while allowing those who so desire a moderate level of alcohol consumption during off-duty hours. By virtue of being at sea, frequently for long periods, Royal Navy personnel are already severely restricted in their freedom of choice of off-duty activity without considering further curtailment.

Specialist Staff

Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence he has to suggest that it will be easier to recruit specialist staff for the directorate general of defence quality assurance in Teesside than in south east England.

Mr. Sainsbury : The directorate general of defence quality assurance is currently experiencing difficulty in recruiting specialist staff to work in south-east England, despite the higher pay allowances offered.

The level of unemployment in the likely travel-to-work area for the proposed site is considerably higher than in the south-east. We would expect to be able to recruit or train people with the technical skills and expertise we require from Teesside which has a strong heavy engineering, process and chemical engineering tradition.


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Northern Ireland

Mr. Trotter : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of battalion or equivalent size, are currently serving in an infantry role in Northern Ireland, and as part of the permanent garrison are on short-term detachment ; and what have been the figures in each year since 1969.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : I shall write to my hon. Friend.

Soldiers (Costs)

Mr. Trotter : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current annual cost of a Regular Army soldier and of a Territorial Army soldier.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The estimated annual cost at 1987-88 prices of a regular soldier is £14,100, and of a Territorial Army soldier £2,500. These figures cover pay and allowances, personal equipment and other support costs and in the case of the Regular Army soldier, elements for training and non-effective benefits. Training cost figures for Territorial Army soldiers are not separately identifiable without disproportionate cost and effort.

Nuclear Convoys

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what prior warning was given to local authorities, both district and region, in the Clydeside area of the passage of nuclear convoys during the three weeks beginning Monday 20 March.

(2) what is his policy for alerting local authorities to the imminent passage of nuclear naval convoys through their area.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments neither to confirm nor to deny the presence of nuclear weapons at any particular location, and it is not our policy to inform local authorities of nuclear weapon movements. We do, however, inform local police forces, who are responsible for road traffic control.

Anti-tank Weapons (Movements)

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether light anti-tank weapons en route by rail and road from Royal Ordnance, Chorley to Ministry of Defence establishments are guarded by an armed escort.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : It would not be in the interests of security to divulge the arrangements for the physical protection of military stores during transit.

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the danger of theft of light anti-tank weapons in transit from Royal Ordnance, Chorley, to Ministry of Defence establishments ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The danger of theft of these stores is constantly reviewed in the light of the security threat assessment. It would not be in the interests of security to divulge the current assessment.

Rolls-Royce

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list in the Official Report the value of headquarter


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contracts awarded to Rolls-Royce Ltd. and Rolls-Royce plc by his Department for goods and services destined for the British armed services in each of the five years to 31 March 1988.

Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 4 April 1989] : The value of headquarters contracts awarded to Rolls-Royce Ltd. and Rolls-Royce plc. for goods and services destined for the British armed forces in each of the five years to 31 March 1988 were as follows :


          |£ million          

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1983-84   |370.00             

1984-85   |390.00             

1985-86   |445.00             

1986-87   |300.00             

1987-88   |220.00             

HEALTH

Meningitis

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available by his Department for research into the causes of clusters of meningitis ; and if he will make a statement on what results have so far been obtained.

Mr. Jackson : I have been asked to reply.

The Medical Research Council, which receives its grant-in-aid from this Department, is the main agency through which the Government support medical research. The council is funding a range of research into meningitis, and details are available in the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) on 21 December 1988 at column 291-92. The Council is not, however, funding research into the causes of clusters of meningitis. The council is always ready to consider soundly based scientific proposals for funding of new research, in competition with other applications.

Griffiths Report

Mr. Ashley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish the Government's response to the Griffiths report on community care.


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