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Mr. Lilley : The total of net public sector debt outstanding is forecast to be £157 billion (32 per cent. of GDP) at the end of 1988- 89, a fall from £171 billion (38 per cent. of GDP) at the end of 1987- 88.
On the assumption that the stock of debt falls by the £14 billion net debt repayment forecast for 1989-90, the outstanding stock of debt at the end of the year would be £143 billion.
Mr. McCrindle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has received any representations concerning current expenditure limits on cheque guarantee cards ; if he has any plans to ask the Office of Fair Trading to examine the operation by the banks of such limits ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lilley : I have received no representations on the limits applicable to cheque guarantee cards. I am, however, advised that the Association for Payment Clearing Services, which is the responsible body, has yet to take a final position on the expenditure limit for cheque cards issued under the cheque guarantee card scheme, but that it is likely to do so in the near future. The current agreements between the banks and building societies concerning the standard cheque card scheme have, I understand, been furnished to the Director General of Fair Trading for examination in accordance with the requirements of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976. Individual banks are free to issue their own cheque guarantee cards providing for higher limits outside the scheme.
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all the industries remaining in the state sector by the end of 1989 for which no firm plans have yet been announced to put in the private sector.
British Railways Board
British Waterways Board
Civil Aviation Authority
London Regional Transport
The Government have announced the intention to privatise British Coal in the next Parliament. The Government have also announced that work has been set in hand to study the possible options, including privatisation, for the future of British Rail.
Mr. Henderson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles and at what value were purchased by (a) his Department and (b) other public sector agencies for which he is responsible, in 1988 ; and how many of these vehicles were British-made within the definition of British as set out by the Department of Trade and Industry in its arrangement on content with the European Community.
Mr. Lilley [holding answer 13 April 1989] : Interest rates will continue to be set to bear down on inflation. Interest rates are also the only effective means in an open economy of curbing consumer credit growth, if excessive.
Mr. Conway : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the security statistics for 1988 are now available, together with details of persons charged with terrorist-type offences and convictions for scheduled offences for the year.
|c|Statistics on security (January-December 1988)|c| |Number --------------------------------------------------- Part I-Statistics of terrorist activity Shooting incidents<1> |(179) 358 Explosions |253 Bombs neutralised |205 Weight of explosives in lbs<2> |8,717 Explosions neutralised |10,434 Armed robberies |653 Amount stolen (£) |1,388,600 Malicious fires |518 Deaths: Civilian |54 Army/UDR |33 RUC/RUCR' |6 Injuries: Civilian |600 Army/UDR |229 RUC/RUC'R' |218 Part II-Statistics of security forces' activity Houses searched |3,442 Finds: Firearms |552 Ammunitions (rounds) |105,052 Explosives (lbs) |10,425 Persons charged with terrorist-type offences Murder |23 Attempted murder |46 Firearms offences |121 Explosives offences |29 Theft Act |42 Other |178 |-- |439 Notes: <1> Figures in ( ) refer to shots heard only and are not included in the total. <2>Estimated weight only.
Column 13and (c) air- and gas-powered weapons legally held in Northern Ireland are held for (i) sporting purposes, (ii) possession only and (iii) personal protection, or as much of such information as is available to him for each year since 1976 to the latest available date.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Prime Minister whether she will publish a table showing (a) the works of art, objects or artefacts currently on loan from national museums and galleries at (i) 10 Downing street and (ii) Chequers, (b) the museum or gallery from whose collections they are loaned and (c) the term of each loan.
The Prime Minister : Details of the paintings, reproductions and photographs at 10 Downing street were given in the Official Report, 29 October 1987 at columns 359-63. The further information requested is only available at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Janner : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service how many and what percentage of officers in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, respectively, and overall in his Office are (a) women and (b) members of ethnic minorities.
Grade |Women |Percentage |Members of ethnic|Percentage |minorities ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 |0 |0 |0 |0 2 |0 |0 |0 |0 3 |1 |6 |0 |0 4 |0 |0 |0 |0 5 |8 |15 |1 |2 6 |8 |29 |0 |0 7 |41 |22 |1 |1 |- |- |- |- Total |58 |20 |2 |1
Mr. Janner : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service when his Office last conducted a survey of the ethnic origin of its employees ; when it next plans to do so ; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what investigations he is making as to the causes of death of numbers of sheep and lambs in west Somerset and elsewhere ; whether the injections of sheep by the vaccines Heptavac P and Ryvac 7P and the simultaneous use of an organo-phosphrous compound in sheep dips are safe ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donald Thompson : My officials are assessing all relevant information, including so far as is possible the husbandry, nutritional and medical history of the flocks where suspected adverse reactions have occurred, and results of post mortem examinations. Vaccines such as Heptavac P and Ryvac 7P and organo-phosphrous sheep dips have both been very widely used in the national flock for many years without giving rise to any evidence that their use together is unsafe. Nevertheless, it is a point I have asked my officials to examine in the context of their investigations.
Mr. Henderson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many vehicles and at what value were purchased by (a) his Department and (b) other public sector agencies for which he is responsible, in 1988 ; and how many of these vehicles were British-made within the definition of British as set out by the Department of Trade and Industry in its arrangement on content with the European Community.
Mr. Donald Thompson : During the financial year 1988-89, my Department purchased 43 vehicles, at a total cost of £336,800. All vehicles were EC-made, but the number that were specifically British-made is not readily available, since many models are produced in more than one EC country.
Information about non-departmental public bodies for which I am responsible is not readily available.
Column 15and company liquidations in England and Wales for agriculture and horticulture. The latest figures are for 1987, when there were 172 bankruptcies and 126 company insolvencies. These and related figures were published in an article on insolvencies on pages 32 and 33 of the British business dated 28 October 1988, which is available in the Library.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to issue guidelines to local education authorities in Wales for the training of school governors in special educational needs, in order to help them fulfil their duties under the Education Act 1981 ; whether this is part of the programme he is promoting to encourage community care ; if he will provide financial resourses to facilitate such training ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : All local education authorities in Wales will receive education support grant for governor training in 1989-90. In submitting applications for grant LFAs were invited to detail their proposals for training courses. Some mentioned special educational needs specifically and my officials intend to monitor the position. The Department's publication "School Governors : A Guide to the law" contains a chapter on governors' responsibility for pupils with special educational needs. Copies have been distributed to all school governors of county and controlled schools. A similar publication for special schools will be issued shortly.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to issue a circular to local education authorities in Wales on the implications of the Education Reform Act 1988 on the needs of children with special educational requirements under the Education Act 1981 ; what consultation he is having with local education authorities, voluntary organisations dealing with special education needs including Mencap in Wales and with education specialists in this area ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The Welsh Office has issued a draft circular for consultation on assessment and statementing procedures under the Education Act 1981. It includes guidance on the implications of the Education Reform Act for pupils with special educational needs. A Welsh Office circular on the national curriculum and assessment will be issued shortly and will be followed by a guide for teachers. These will also contain references to special educational needs, as do the notes accompanying the Statutory Orders prescribing the attainment targets and programmes of study for mathematics and science in the curriculum. Welsh Office circular 36/88 contains guidance on provision for children with special educational needs in the arrangements for local management of schools. The Curriculum Council for Wales has decided to set up a committee to consider special educational needs in the curriculum. Mencap, as well as other bodies interested in special educational needs have been included in the consultations to date.
Column 16mainstream schools to ensure that at least one, and preferably two, governors have a specific interest in, and knowledge of, special educational needs, in line with the proposals of the Warnock report.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Under the 1981 Education Act, every school must have a "responsible person" who ensures that all who are likely to teach a pupil are told that he has a statement of special educational needs. This person may be the head, the chairman of governors or another governor. We have no plans to change these requirements.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list all water supplies in Wales that are in breach of the European Economic Community directive on water quality in respect of safety limits on lead in drinking water ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) if he will list all water supplies in Wales in breach of the European Economic Community directive on water quality in respect of safety limits in lead in drinking water ; and if he will make a statement.
Braich y Rhiw
St. David's (Brecon)
The Welsh water authority has confirmed that all necessary remedial action will be completed by December 1989.
Mr. Grist : Information on the numbers of hospital beds is published annually in "Bed Use Statistics", copies of which are in the Library of the House. The latest edition is for the year ending March 1988.
Mrs. Ann Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of people on waiting lists for each type of operation in each health district in Wales and the number who have been waiting for over six months, one year, two years, three years or more for each type of operation in each health district in Wales.
Column 17published bi-annually, provide waiting list statistics for individual specialties and for individual hospitals. Copies are available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what representations he has received on the effect of the uncertainty over the present and second Severn crossing on decisions on the possible location of new heavy industry in Wales ;
(2) if he will publish an assessment of the effects of the uncertainty over the present Severn road crossing and future crossings on decisions on the locations of new heavy industry in south Wales.
Mr. Geraint Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to improve any of the trunk roads leading into Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire during the next five years ; and if he will make a statement.