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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : A common forestry policy as such is not being negotiated in the European Community. However, negotiations on a proposed forestry action programme are approaching their final stages, and the main United Kingdom objectives are likely to be met.
Mrs. Gorman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, when appointing Raymond Johnston to the position of chairman of the Forestry Commission, consideration was given to the possibility of preparing the Forestry Commission for sale.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the percentage change in the numbers on local government electoral registers between 1987 and 1989 in (a) Edinburgh city and (b) Glasgow city ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to table 3 in the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys "Monitor EL87/1" and to table 1 in the "Monitor EL89/1", from which the percentage changes may be derived. Copies of these publications are in the Library.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the percentage change in the numbers on parliamentary electoral registers between 1987 and 1989 in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Derbyshire North-East of 27 April, if he will list the estimated percentages of 16 and 17-year-olds missing from electoral registers as potential first-time voters in each constituency in Scotland in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information in the form requested is not available because population estimates are not calculated on a constituency basis. The estimated percentages for Scotland as a whole in 1987, 1988 and 1989 were 26, 27 and 26, respectively.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East of 27 April, whether he has any plans to increase the percentage of 16 and 17- year-olds whose names are included as potential voters on electoral registers in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee ;
(2) what plans he has to improve electoral registration in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Lord James Douglas Hamilton : The preparation of electoral registers is the statutory duty of the electoral registration officers for the areas concerned. My right hon. and learned Friend is confident that their aim is to produce as comprehensive and accurate a register as possible, and proposes to support them as before with appropriate publicity campaigns.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the Government's policy towards the Scottish Educational Trust for United Nations and International Affairs ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what contribution the Scottish Education Department has made to the 1989-90 publications list produced by the Scottish Educational Trust for United Nations and International Affairs ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Scottish Education Department has made no contribution to the 1989-90 publication list produced by the Scottish Educational Trust for United Nations and International Affairs. The trust's aims and activities do not come within current priorities for educational research-related funding.
The Prime Minister : There is already in existence the inter- departmental group on child abuse, comprising senior officials in Departments with responsibilities for children. It was established to develop an inter-departmental approach to child abuse, including child sexual abuse.
The Prime Minister : As part of the forestry initiative the Overseas Development Administration has identified more than 20 countries where we are well placed to help. Discussions are already under way with, for example, the Government of Brazil and India ; we have just agreed £40 million of new aid for India largely for the local costs of forestry projects. In addition the Overseas Development Administration is increasing its funding for forestry research and is encouraging British charities to put forward more forestry projects for joint funding. We shall be encouraging multilateral and other bilateral donors to increase their support for the sector.
The Prime Minister : We remain fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations plan for Namibian independence. We are urging all those concerned to comply fully with the terms of the United Nations plan.
The Prime Minister : This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House I shall be having further meetings later today.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Attorney-General how many female (a) barristers, (b) magistrates, (c) solicitors, (d) judges, (e) recorders and (f) court clerks are (i) employed and (ii) qualified in the United Kingdom according to the latest available figures.
As at 1 October 1988 there were 940 women practising barristers. In addition, 309 women employed barristers are recorded as paying the Bar subscription, giving a total of 1,249 known active women barristers.
As at 1 January 1989 there were 12,214 women lay magistrates. In addition, there are eight women full-time metropolitan stipendiary magistrates ; four women acting metropolitan stipendiary magistrates ; and three women acting provincial stipendiary magistrates. (c) Solicitors
In 1987-88 (the latest period for which figures are available), 10, 062 women solicitors held practising certifi-cates. In 1988, there were 13,046 women solicitors on the roll.
There is one woman lord justice of appeal, one woman High Court judge, and there are 17 women Circuit judges.
There are 29 women recorders.
(f) Court Clerks
As at 31 December 1988 there were 12 women clerks to the justices. There are, in addition, 112 women chief clerks of Crown and County courts.
118. Mr. Boyes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the proportion of total manufacturing imports represented by production and investment goods in (a) 1984 and (b) 1988.
119. Mr. Darling : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the proportion of total manufacturing imports represented by production and investment goods in (a) 1984 and (b) 1988.
|Per cent. ------------------------------ 1984 |76 1988 |75 Notes: (1) The figures exclude the more erratic items-ships, North sea oil installations, aircraft, precious stones and silver. (2) Production and investment goods are taken to be semi-manufactures (SITC 5 and 6) plus intermediate finished manufactures and investment goods (part of SITC 7 and 8, based on the United Nations broad economic categories).
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if the renewed legalisation of Solidarnosc in Poland will affect United Kingdom export credit guarantees for industrial investment in Poland.
Mr. Alan Clark [holding answer 27 April 1989] : The Government welcome many of the political and structural changes taking place in Poland. However, there will need to be a clear improvement in the economic situation too before any resumption of medium term export credit guarantees can be justified.
Column 214It is hoped that Poland can reach agreement with the IMF on an adjustment programme that can lead to such economic improvements. The Government intend to play a constructive role in seeking to establish an agreement between Poland and the IMF.
ECGD short-term credit guarantees, and investment insurance against war and expropriation risks, continue to be available.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the total value to the latest available full year of public sector contracts in Northern Ireland of a character which will make them open to Communitywide bidding as part of the creation of the internal market.
Mr. Ian Stewart : The cost of assessing the value of public sector contracts in Northern Ireland to be opened to Community-wide bidding would not be justified. The EC is currently investigating the effects of applying procurement rules to contracts above various value thresholds in sectors excluded from existing Community directives.
Mr. Ian Stewart : I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 20 April, at columns 447-48 to the hon. Member for Londonderry, East (Mr. Ross). Two exceptional factors, the change in Exchequer support and the one-off credit balance in 1988-89 together accounted for 6.6 per cent. out of the 12.6 per cent. increase in the 1989-90 regional rate. The remaining 6 per cent. reflected substantial increases in public expenditure programmes in Northern Ireland in areas such as education and roads maintenance. The level of the Government support for rate relevant expenditure in Northern Ireland is at a very high level, 82 per cent. compared with 43 per cent. in England. The Government endeavour to strike a reasonable balance between the need for expenditure on central Government rate-borne services in Northern Ireland and the burden placed on ratepayers. However, the only practical way to reduce the impact upon ratepayers would be to reduce relevant public expenditure programmes in Northern Ireland.
Ms. Short : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the Mater Infirmorum hospital, Belfast, will become the main centre for gynaecology in central Belfast if the proposals of the complementarity study of the Eastern health and social services board are implemented ;
(2) what assessment has been made of whether the Mater hospital can provide a full range of care ;
(3) what steps are being taken to ensure that the Mater hospital can provide a service with regard to artificial techniques of contraception, sterilisation, tubal ligation, and related areas ;
Column 215(4) what steps are being taken to ensure equal provision for women seeking care on a non-denominational basis under the proposals of the complementarity study of the Eastern health board ;
(5) what representations he has received suggesting that the proposals of the Eastern health board's complementarity study have not taken account of the special characteristics of the Mater hospital ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Needham : The proposals for changes in the provision of acute services by the three Belfast teaching hospitals stem from the recent complementarity study report. The Eastern health and social services board has yet to decide how it wishes to proceed with the study recommendations. When it does I will wish to discuss the conclusions very fully with the board chairman.
Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the budget for health education in Northern Ireland for each year from 1978-79 to 1987-88, expressed as actual expenditure and as a percentage of total National Health Service spending in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Needham : The information is not available in the form requested as many of the services provided by health and social services boards include an element of health education which is not funded separately.
Details of the Department of Health and Social Services budget spent directly on centrally financed health education are given in the table. This consists of the Northern Ireland pro rata contribution to the former Health Education Council and an additional £200,000 in 1987-88 to fund the launch of the "Northern Ireland Change of Heart" coronary prevention programme.
|£ ------------------------ 1978-79 |51,000 1979-80 |106,000 1980-81 |152,000 1981-82 |200,000 1982-83 |249,000 1983-84 |257,000 1984-85 |265,000 1985-86 |270,000 1986-87 |278,000 1987-88 |491,000
|All grant-aided |schools<1> |per cent. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Pre school age pupils in nursery education<2> |13.3 Three and four-year-olds in Education<3> |45.4 <1> Both figures are expressed as a percentage of the three and four-year-old population at January 1988. <2> Includes nursery schools and nursery classes in primary schools. <3> Covers all three and four-year-olds in education, including those in nursery schools and nursery classes but excluding those in special schools.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information is available, for each social security office, on the highest and lowest month for social fund applications and allocations, indicating the relevant respective figures.
Information about the highest and lowest month for social fund applications for the period 11 April 1988 to 31 March 1989 (the latest date for which information is available) is as follows :
Highest and Lowest Number of Social Fund Applications: 11 April 1988-31 March 1989 Social Security OffiLowest Highest |Month |Total |Month |Total ---------------------------------------------------------------- Andersonstown |May |112 |February|1,959 Antrim |July |346 |November|653 Armagh |May |95 |March |334 Ballymena |May |293 |February|526 Ballymoney |May |81 |March |246 Ballynahinch |May |26 |March |78 Banbridge |May |55 |March |249 Bangor |May |124 |March |263 Carrickfergus |May |117 |February|267 Coleraine |May |196 |November|463 Cookstown |May |95 |March |317 Corporation Street |July |305 |March |1,851 Downpatrick |May |105 |November|266 Dungannon |May |88 |November|436 Enniskillen |May |93 |March |445 Falls |December|437 |February|1,210 Holywood Road |May |257 |March |842 Kilkeel |May |22 |March |70 Knockbreda |May |153 |March |472 Larne |June |151 |November|295 Limavady |May |131 |November|264 Lisburn |December|348 |March |485 Londonderry |May |298 |March |2,284 Lurgan |May |148 |March |785 Magherafelt |May |82 |March |375 Newcastle |May |37 |March |124 Newry |May |229 |November|555 Newtonabbey |May |277 |March |513 Newtownards |May |75 |January |246 Omagh |May |124 |March |333 Portadown |May |111 |February|325 Shaftesbury Square |May |267 |March |856 Shankill |May |362 |March |781 Strabane |May |106 |March |550
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information is available on the proportion of the social fund budget allocated in each social security office by the end of each quarter in the year April 1988-89, indicating the total monetary value involved.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 April 1989] : Information about the amounts of awards made each month and the outstanding balance of the loans and grants budget for each social security office is available in the Library.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what figures are available for the year April 1988-89 on the total numbers of social fund applications and payments and the total value of payments in each social security office for maternity payments, funeral expenses, community care grants, budgeting loans and crisis loans.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 April 1989] : Information about the number of community care grants, budgeting and crisis loan applications processed and the amounts awarded for each month since April 1988 is available in the Library.
The information requested about the number and value of maternity payments and funeral expenses is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will provide figures showing the estimated take-up rate for claims for income support payments under the severe hardship provision for 16 and 17-year-olds actively pursuing a place on the youth training programme ;
(2) if he will provide figures showing the estimated take-up rate for claims for income support payments under the severe hardship provision.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information his Department has of countries supplying (a) arms, and (b) finance for arms to be used by terrorist groups connected with the so- called Loyalist Group in Northern Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.