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Column 192The Training Agency provided more than 1,100 places in the Cynon Valley in 1988-89 under the youth training scheme, employment training, adult training and wider opportunities for women. Urban Programme
Welsh Office urban programme allocations made in 1988-89 and for 1989-90 include the following projects in the Cynon valley : Appointment of field development officer for the hearing impaired.
Aberdare craft and youth enterprise centre
An integrated approach to children in trouble
Access road, Ynysboeth industrial estate, Abercynon. phase 2 Conversion of Gadlys/SWEB buildings into youth enterprise centre. Cynon valley women's aid
Litter abatement scheme
Housebound library scheme
Aberdare pedestrianisation scheme
Interpretation and tourism project, Dare valley country park Business centre/enterprise centre Aberdare
Home improvement agency service
Library service scheme for Fernhill and Penywaun
Enterprise development workshop scheme--Cwmbach
Provision of community alarm system for elderly
Provision of grants and loans within industrial and commercial improvement areas
Provision of a community centre at Penywaun
Repairs to Coliseum theatre, Trecynon, Aberdare
Seed capital for new businesses
Cynon Valley MIND support and development project
Pedestrianisation of main shopping areas in town centre Landscaping around by-pass and major roads
Development of respite care and family link scheme
Cynon valley community support unit
Environmental improvements to adjoining highways in Aberdare Conversion to business units of the former station buildings, Aberdare
Provision of community centre, Fernhill, Mountain Ash
Salaries and running costs for the MADE business centre, Aberdare Three nursery factory units at Aberaman
Refurbishment of Cwmamman public hall and institute
Establishment of Cynon valley groundwork trust
Purchase of equipment for Cynon valley Disabled Alliance sports section
Urban Development Grant
Welsh Office gave final approval of two projects for Urban Development Grant support in 1988-89 :
Development of 19 low-cost houses at Aberaman.
Redevelopment of Park Cinema, Aberdare for shop and office premises.
Welsh Office support for housing
In 1988-89 the Welsh Office approved special allocations for the following enveloping schemes :
Wyndham crescent, Aberaman--114 houses
John street, Abercwmboi--71 houses
Glanlay street, Penrhiwceiber--82 houses
Carnetown, Abercynon--191 houses
King street/Queen street, Cwmdae--88 houses
Approval in principle has been given for a further three schemes to be undertaken for renovation of some 160 dwellings in 1989-90. Welsh Office support for health and social services
A 40-bed unit for elderly people at Aberdare general hospital is programmed to start in July 1989 with completion anticipated in early 1991 with the assistance of 50 per cent. Welsh Office funding.
Column 193Diabetic liaison nurse care of the elderly in Merthyr Tydfil and Cynon valley was approved under the elderly initiative grant scheme in 1988-89.
Prince of Wales Committee tree and bulb planting campaign With the assistance of Welsh Office support under the special grants (environmental) programme the Prince of Wales Committee organised the following schemes in 1988-89 :
Railway Halt, Aberdare (Aberdare and District Civic Society) Cwmbach church school
Cwmbach infant school
Hirwaun junior school
This is not a comprehensive list of activities. Further projects are being considered under the headings listed above. In addition the area stands to benefit from initiatives which have a wider geographical coverage and from other ongoing main programmes.
Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will supply a detailed breakdown of all financial grants made to individual horse racecourses in Britain by the Horserace Betting Levy Board since 1987.
Mr. John Patten : I understand from the board that its records are of annual totals of financial grants for direct expenditure by horse racecourses for particular purposes, not of grants to individual racecourses. For example, the annual grant of prize money is apportioned to individual racecourses by the Jockey Club. Following is the information as to totals of grants for racecourses which is held by the board, for the financial years 1987-88 and 1988-89 :
£'000s |1987-88|1988-89 --------------------------------------------- Prize money |12,000 |12,850 Seventh race scheme |- |100 Daily grant |1,612 |1,612 |-------|------- Sub Total |13,612 |14,562 Fixture fees |1,397 |1,541 Fire and safety |115 |323 Plastic running rail |187 |275 Track ambulance |- |225 |-------|------- Total |15,311 |16,926
Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provided a list of the levels of prize moneys at each registered horse racing course in Britain for each year since 1987 ; (2) if he will provide a list of all horse racing courses in Britain, by region, showing the level of attendances at each course since 1987.
Mr. John Patten : I understand that the "Racing Industry Statistical Bureau Statistics", which are published by the Jockey Club, provide information on the annual totals of prize money and attendances at each approved horse race course in Britain over a period of five calendar years. The next edition of the statistics, to be published at the end of April, will therefore provide this information for 1984-88 inclusive.
Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will supply a list of all financial grants made by the Horserace Betting Levy Board to other horseracing bodies in Britain during 1987.
|1987-88 |1988-89 |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Field Force Grant |1,425,000|1,132,000 Racehorse Publicity Agency |120,000 |89,000 Horseracing Advisory Council |116,000 |139,000 Apprentice School Charitable Trust |70,000 |100,000 South Yorkshire Apprentice Training School |12,000 |90,000 Farriers Apprentice Scheme |27,000 |29,000 The Shire Horse Society |28,000 |38,000 The National Pony Society |26,000 |26,000 National Light Horse Breeding Society |110,000 |110,000 The Arab Horse Society |8,000 |12,000 The Welsh Pony and Cob Society |6,000 |6,000 Irish Draught and Horse Society (Great Britain) |5,000 |5,000 The Clevelant Bay Horse Society |5,000 |7,000 The British Percheron Horse Society |5,000 |5,000 The Clydesdale Horse Society |5,000 |7,000 The Suffolk Horse Society |7,000 |7,000 The Hackney Horse Society |7,000 |7,000 Animal Health Trust |278,000 |303,000 Equine Virology Research Foundation |58,000 |50,000 Point to Point |144,000 |151,000 Racing Industry Accident Benefit Scheme |- |25,000 Statistical Bureau |6,000 |2,000 Horseracing Scientific Advisory Committee |5,000 |5,000 Horseracing Forensic Laboratory Limited |1,117,000|1,613,000 Racecourse Technical Services Limited |4,493,000|4,716,000 Research Projects, Scholarships, Residentship and Travel Grants |645,000 |665,000 Veterinary Advisory Committee |10,000 |12,000 Bookmakers Committee |67,000 |121,000 |----- |----- Totals |8,805,000|9,472,000
Mr. John Patten : The information requested, for each financial year from 1983-84 to 1987-88 inclusive, is given in the respective annual reports of the board, copies of which are in the Library. My right hon. Friend envisages laying the board's report for 1988-89 before the House in July this year.
Mr. Heseltine : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of any documents held by his Department relating to the acquisition, planning status, construction, rating and occupancy of the depot site in the parish of Pyrton in the county of Oxfordshire which have not been released to the Public Record Office.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The supply and transport branch of the Home Office occupied this depot between 10 November 1978 and 20 July 1987 under standing arrangements with the Property Services Agency. Home Office papers relate only to the administration of the depot
Column 195during this period and are of a routine nature : they will in due course be disposed of under the Public Record Acts of 1958 and 1967. I understand that copies of relevant papers are being placed in the Library by the Property Services Agency.
Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute procedures within the immigration service to ensure that persons applying for asylum on entry to the United Kingdom are dealt with in accordance with procedures laid down in the immigration rules and the obligations of the United Kingdom under international law.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The Representation of the People Regulations 1986 provide for the publication and supply of the electoral register, including supply of copies at a prescribed fee. These provisions reflect the fact that the electoral register is a public document which needs to be in wide circulation for electoral purposes ; and the conclusion that its use by commercial organisations could not effectively be prevented.
Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, for each year since 1978, the number of citizens of the United Kingdom whose citizenship was revoked, providing the following information in each case (a) the reasons for which citizenship was revoked, (b) the country to which each individual was deported, and (c) the length of time between the granting of citizenship and its removal.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what efforts are being made to recruit permanent nursing staff to Her Majesty's prison, Holloway ; and what plans there are to improve C2 psychiatric unit.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Campaigns to recruit permanent nursing staff are undertaken regularly. Arrangements for the next campaign are in hand. Plans to replace the present facilities for psychiatric assessment with a purpose -built unit are being pursued.
Mr. Corbyn (Islington North) : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the approved complement for medical units at Her Majesty's prison, Holloway ; what is the current shortfall in permanent staff ; and how often agency nurses are used to make up the numbers.
Column 196posts were filled and 17 others were covered by agency nurses. Agency staff have been used for some years as a consequence of recruitment difficulties in London.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the position of health care manager/chief medical officer has been vacant at Her Majesty's prison, Holloway ; and when this vacancy will be filled.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The decision to create a post of health care manager was taken in September 1987. The post has been vacant since then. An appointment has now been made and takes effect on 1 May 1989.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to facilitate ease of legal access for solicitors acting for the Guildford Four ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The physical and mental health of these prisoners is the responsibility of the prison medical officers of their respective establishments. Prison medical officers can arrange for a second opinion when this is clinically indicated.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments have been made by his Department to the Somerset and Avon constabulary in respect of their costs in inquiring into new evidence surrounding the conviction of the Guildford Four ; and if he will make a statement.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state for police authorities in England and Wales the number of traffic officers employed in traffic branches in each force for the years 1980, 1985 and 1988.
|c|Police forces in England and Wales|c| Traffic division strengths 31 December |1985 |1988 ------------------------------------------------------- Avon and Somerset |295 |251 Bedfordshire |99 |95 Cambridgeshire |132 |127 Cheshire |229 |231 City of London |74 |34 Cleveland |98 |90 Cumbria |138 |123 Derbyshire |155 |156 Devon and Cornwall |239 |231 Dorset |136 |114 Durham |132 |132 Dyfed-Powys |120 |103 Essex |277 |257 Gloucestershire |142 |84 Greater Manchester |496 |448 Gwent |102 |109 Hampshire |304 |259 Hertfordshire |143 |155 Humberside |167 |166 Kent |265 |159 Lancashire |283 |294 Leicestershire |157 |77 Lincolnshire |81 |81 Merseyside |340 |350 Metropolitan |896 |906 Norfolk |103 |112 Northamptonshire |75 |76 Northumbria |258 |247 North Wales |131 |140 North Yorkshire |141 |156 Nottinghamshire |181 |183 South Wales |259 |262 South Yorkshire |203 |201 Staffordshire |242 |239 Suffolk |106 |101 Surrey |195 |226 Sussex |264 |246 Thames Valley |305 |318 Warwickshire |101 |112 West Mercia |113 |216 West Midlands |540 |452 West Yorkshire |427 |381 Wiltshire |116 |104 |--- |--- Total |9,260 |8,804
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all current publicity campaigns being conducted by or for his Department or ones planned for the first three months of 1989-90, indicating those which involve television advertising and the starting and finishing dates of each campaign.
Mr. Hurd : The Home Office's crime and fire prevention campaigns continue, although there is no current press or television advertising. The only other publicity campaign planned for the three month period from April to June 1989 is a small probation officer recruitment campaign, starting 17 May and finishing 31 May.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assistance is being given to local authorities to enable them to cope with the influx of cases being referred to them for housing benefit from April ; if his Department intends to carry out a review of delays due to the change over ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The only category of claimant who became entitled to housing benefit for the first time from April were people in board and lodging accommodation whose housing costs were formerly met from income
Column 198support. This change was part of the April 1988 reforms of social security but implementation was postponed at the request of the local authority associations. The administrative arrangements for the transfer were discussed with the local authority associations and individual timetables for implementation were agreed locally between the Department's local office and local authorities. The Government made £1 million available to local authorities for their costs in preparing for this change. In addition, the overall level of provision for local authorities' housing benefit administration costs in 1989-90 has been increased by more than £7 million because of the expected increase in work load. There is thus no reason for the changeover to result in delays. Delay in general is kept under review as part of the Department's monitoring of the social security reforms.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners in the borough of Walsall will receive no actual increase in total benefit in April ; and what is the number who will receive a sum less than the increase paid in the retirement pension.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list all current publicity campaigns being conducted by or for his Department or ones planned for the first three months of 1989-90, indicating those which involve television advertising and the starting and finishing dates of each campaign.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Department is running one publicity campaign involving television advertising in the first three months of 1989-90. The campaign is to promote the take-up of family credit. Paid advertising started on 13 April and is currently planned to run until 30 June.
Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many women's help centres are in operation in the United Kingdom ; and what percentage of their operating costs are funded by Her Majesty's Government.
Mr. Mellor : No figures are collected centrally on the numbers of refuges for battered women. However, the national voluntary organisation, Women's Aid Federation (England), estimates that there are some 256 refuges in the United Kingdom. None of these refuges receives central Government funding.
Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the letter of 16 January 1989 from the hon. Member for Woolwich about the release of local education authorities' employees for Territorial Army training.
Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he has given permission for an increase in the number of F1-11 aircraft of the United States Government stationed at Upper Heyford ;
(2) what requests he has received from the United States Government for the extension of facilities for F1-11 aircraft at Upper Heyford ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) if he has had any discussions with the Secretary of Defense of the United States in relation to an increase in the number of F1-11 aircraft to be stationed at Upper Heyford.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what number of dual-capable artillery pieces was held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 1986, 1987 and 1988 ; and what proportion in each year have been assigned a nuclear role.