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AVX Ltd.

De Lorean Motor Co.

Coronary Care Systems Ltd.

Fisher Body Ltd.

Hyster (NI) Ltd.

National Supply Co. Ltd.

LFE International BV

American Monitor International Ltd.

Sam Fox (Synthetic Industries Ltd.)

Fastigium Ltd.

Neotech Industries Europe Ltd.


Universal Sections (Yardmaster)


Thrige-Scott Ltd.

Bulrush Peat Co. Ltd.

Tyrone Shoes (1975) Ltd.

Scan Candles Ltd.


Multi-Food Machinery Ltd.

NI Paper Mill Co. Ltd.

Tufted Carpet Tiles Ltd.

Van Oerle Alberton (NI) Ltd.


Smart (UK) Ltd.

Scandanavian Hosiery Ltd.


IWAX (UK) Ltd.

Canyon Europe Ltd.


Down Linen Yarns Ltd.

Hong Kong

Texlin Yarns Ltd.


Tilgman Keramik Ltd.

Regal Foods Ltd.


Quality Dairies Ltd.

West Germany

Elastic Berger Ltd.

Keese Label Presses

Rusi Cosmetics Ltd.

Andus Electronics Ltd.

Gerd Ney Ltd.

Tools and Cans Ltd.


Montupet (UK) Ltd./Willace (UK) Ltd.

B S Toolings Ltd.

Republic of Korea

Daewoo Electronics (UK) Ltd.

Republic of Ireland

Mastercut Meat Packers Ltd.

Norish (NI) Ltd.

UAP Ltd.

Powercrusher Ltd.

Associated Polymers Ltd.

Container Refurbishing Ltd.

MCL Plastics Ltd.

Glen Electric Ltd.

De La Rue Smurfitt (NI) Ltd.

Camella Foods Ltd.

Mastercut Foods Ltd.

Henry Denny and Sons (NI) Ltd.

ETI Ltd.

Crosspharma Ltd.

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Grassland Fertilisers Ltd.

Atlantic Leathers Ltd.

Denotes closure.

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list and identify the medium, large and small companies who received Government assistance and which have defaulted on their loans ; and how much in each case has had to be written off as bad debts for the period for which data is available, identifying in each case whether the company was supported by LEDU, the Industrial Development Board or its predecessor the Department of Commerce.

Mr. Viggers : Information about individual companies which have defaulted on loans from Government agencies is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The cumulative value of Government loans written off as irrecoverable by the agencies concerned is as follows. The local enterprise development unit, Northern Ireland's small business agency, has written off £2.5 million since it was formed in 1971. A total of approximately £37.5 million owed to the former Northern Ireland development agency and its predecessor, the Northern Ireland Finance Corporation, was written off between 1972 and 1982, comprising both share capital and loan investments. Since 1966, loans issued by the former Department of Commerce totalling £16,482,572 have been written off, as has £207, 660 relating to loans issued by its successor, the Industrial Development Board.

Harland and Wolff and Short Bros.

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the average cost per job in Short Bros. and Harland and Wolff by year for the period for which data is available ; and what will be the average cost per job to transfer these companies into the private sector over keeping them in the public domain.

Mr. Viggers : Government support for Harland and Wolff and Short Bros. takes various forms, some of which cannot be quantified in cost per job terms.

However, based on the external funding requirement (loans and Government grants) for both companies the average cost per job figures in each of the last five years has been :

                  |Harland and Wolff|Short Bros.                        

                  |£                |£                                  


1983-84           |7,286            |3,000                              

1984-85           |7,360            |1,000                              

1985-86           |7,494            |4,100                              

1986-87           |13,063           |5,500                              

1987-88           |14,342           |16,300                             

Transferring both companies to the private sector will result in a decrease and not an increase in the level of future Government support to Harland and Wolff and Short Bros.

It is anticipated that there will be a cost to Government on a one-off basis in transferring each company to the private sector ; thereafter each company will be regarded as eligible for Government support in line with other private sector companies in Northern Ireland.

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Criminal Injuries (Compensation)

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the amounts in the fiscal years 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89 of payments made to (a) civilians under the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 1977, (b) members of the security forces (Royal Ulster Constabulary, Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve, British Army and Ulster Defence Regiment) under the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 1977, (c) compensation payments made under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 and (d) compensation payments under the Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 and subsequent legislation.

Mr. Ian Stewart : For the years 1985-88, I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave on 4 November 1988 at column 826. The corresponding figures for 1988-89 are as follows :




Compensation payments to civilians under the                             

 Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (NI)                                   

 Order 1977                                  |<1>11,632,823              

Compensation payments to members of the                                  

 security forces under the Criminal Injuries                             

 (Compensation) (NI) Order 1977              |<2>3,298,305               

Compensation payments under the Northern                                 

 Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978     |1,258,294                  

Compensation payments under the Criminal                                 

 Damage (Compensation) (NI) Order 1977 and                               

 earlier legislation<3>                      |20,606,264                 

<1> Includes £7,770 paid under the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (NI) 

Order 1988.                                                              

<2> Includes £850 paid under the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (NI)   

Order 1988.                                                              

<3> The current criminal damage legislation is the Criminal Damage (     

Compensation) (NI) Order 1977.                                           


1. It is regretted that due to a computational error an incorrect figure 

(£686,242) was previously shown-column 826, 4 November 1988-under        

Compensation Payments under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions)  

Act 1978 for 1987-88-the correct figure should read £578,699.            

2. The amounts shown for 1988-89 may be subject to slight variation on   

completion of the appropriation account.                                 

Strip Searches

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many strip searches were made on female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in each month from October 1988 to February 1989 ; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched ; whether any prison contraband, smuggled item or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items ; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted ; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making a remand appearance at court, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons.

Mr. Ian Stewart : The information requested is as follows :

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                                             |October 1988 |November 1988|December 1988|January 1989 |February 1989              


Number of searches                                                                                                               

Total number of searches carried out         |20           |32           |36           |22           |28                         

Total number of inmates searched             |14           |22           |23           |19           |23                         

Number of prisoners searched once            |8            |14           |14           |16           |19                         

Number of prisoners searched twice           |6            |7            |7            |3            |3                          

Number of prisoners searched more than twice |-            |1            |2            |-            |1                          

                                                           |(4 times)    |(4 times)                  |(3 times)                  


Reasons for search                                                                                                               

First admission on remand/awaiting trial     |4            |10           |6            |11           |9                          

First admission on sentence/final discharge  |12           |16           |13           |7            |17                         

Attending remand court                       |1            |-            |-            |-            |-                          

Attending trial                              |-            |-            |-            |-            |-                          

Inter-prison visits                          |-            |-            |1            |-            |-                          

Pre-release home leave                       |2            |6            |16           |4            |-                          

Visits to outside hospital                   |1            |-            |-            |-            |1                          

Returning from bail application              |-            |-            |-            |-            |1                          

No prohibited article was found during these searches. On one occasion a prisoner refused to co-operate in a full reception search or talk to any member of staff. A full search was then carried out by two officers ; the prisoner did not assist or resist as it was taking place.

Post-Chernobyl Restrictions

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of farms, number of sheep and number of acres subject to post-Chernobyl restrictions as at February ; and if he will make a statement.

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Mr. Viggers [holding answer 20 April 1989] : The following is the information :

Number of farms--123

Number of sheep--21,000

Area of land--21,612 acres


National Health Service Land and Site Values

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a list of the land and site values referred to in paragraph 2.7 of the health White Paper.

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Mr. Michael Forsyth : I understand that the hon. Member is referring to paragraph 2.7 of Scottish working paper 5 "Capital Charging", rather than to the White Paper Cm. 555. As indicated in paragraph 4.1 of that working paper, health boards are expected to record their capital assets and to value them on a provisional basis during 1989-90 and to refine these values during 1990-91. There are no plans to publish details of individual landholdings and site values of health board properites.


EC Economic and Finance Council

Mr. Gerald Bowden : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the latest meeting of the European Community's Economic and Finance Council.

Mr. Lawson : The ECOFIN Council met in Luxembourg on 17 April. I represented the United Kingdom.

The council reached agreement with a delegation of the European Parliament, under the conciliation procedure, on the regulations required to implement the new own resources decision of June 1989 which include measures to tighten controls against fraud. The council had a further discussion of the Commission's proposals on taxation of savings, of direct tax measures to encourage cross-border co-operation between enterprises, and of the proposed 18th VAT directive.

The council discussed indirect tax approximation, stressing the need to consider alternative approaches for the abolition of fiscal frontiers.

The council heard a presentation from the Commission on the revised proposal for a second banking co-ordination directive.

The council adopted a common position on the proposed directive on own funds of credit institutions.

The President of the Commission outlined the main features of the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Union which is to be discussed further by the council. I made it clear that, while supporting practical steps within the framework of the existing treaty designed to improve economic and monetary co-operation, the United Kingdom cannot accept the transfer of sovereignty implied by the proposals for full economic and monetary union contained in the Delors report.

Internal Market

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the total value at the latest available full year of public sector contracts in each of the European Community countries other than the United Kingdom of a character which will make them open to Community-wide bidding as part of the creation of the internal market.

Mr. Brooke : None. The cost would not be justified. Information is available from European Commission studies on the size of the procurement market in various industrial sectors in other member states but the value of the contracts to be opened to Community-wide bidding will depend on the coverage of the proposed directives and

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