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Mr. Key : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table showing teacher vacancies by region in January 1989, distinguishing between vacancies in (a) nursery and primary schools and (b) secondary schools.
Mr. Butcher : Full information on the number of teacher vacancies in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England in January 1989 is not yet available. Figures for those regions where the data are complete are as follows :
|Nursery and primary|Secondary schools |schools ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- North |92 |62 Yorkshire and Humberside |200 |155 North West |307 |219 East Midlands |145 |145 West Midlands |222 |262 East Anglia |47 |59 Greater London |n/y/a |n/y/a Other South East |617 |542 South West |181 |161 n/y/a=Not yet available.
(2) what steps he takes to monitor the number of resignations of teachers.
Detailed annual returns of teachers in service are made by local education authorities at 31 March, together with information on those entering and leaving service during the previous year. The returns from some authorities are subject to considerable delay, and the most recent period for which complete data are available is the year ending March 1987. The number of teachers leaving full-time service in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector in England in that year was 28,960, of which 2,840 were aged 60 or over. Following a recent report by the management consultants Logica, a number of proposals are being pursued to improve the flow of teacher information to the Department. These include measures to improve the timeliness of the annual returns and the completeness of termly appointment and withdrawal notifications.
Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he intends to introduce legislation to amend the Education Acts to bring all unpaid workers in voluntary organisations within the scope of the training grants scheme.
Mr. Ken Hargreaves : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects his proposals for attainment targets and programmes of study in design and technology 5 to 16 to be published for consultation.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I have now formulated our proposals for attainment targets and programmes of study for design and technology for pupils aged five to 16 in the light of the report from the national curriculum design and technology working group. We are very grateful to the working group for its prompt and helpful report.
I have today referred our proposals to the National Curriculum Council to start the consultations in England required by the Education Reform Act. My right hon. Friend will be initiating consultations as required by the Act in Wales. I have asked the council to report to me on the outcome of the consultations, with advice and recommendations, by 3 November 1989. I have placed a copy of our proposals and of the working group's report, with my letter to the council, in the Library.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many planning appeals were lodged with his office in 1974, 1979, 1984 and the latest full year for which figures are available ; and, for each year, how many were allowed.
Section 36 planning appeals Year |Lodged |Allowed -------------------------------- 1974 |676 |127 1979 |844 |164 1984 |806 |229 1988 |1,133 |325
Dr. Kim Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he has taken to promote the cause of preventive medicine in Wales, in particular in relation to the high incidence of heart disease in the Principality.
Mr. Grist : The promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health has been one of the Government's major priorities for the health services in Wales for some years. Within the drive for better health we established the Welsh Health Promotion Authority in 1987 to have specific responsibility for the subject, including the operation of the Welsh heart programme--"Heartbeat Wales". This was to augment the work already being carried out by district health authorities and primary care services. Their priorities in relation to health promotion, which include action to combat heart disease, were set out in the corporate management programme for the Health Service in Wales, issued by the Department last year.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Many schools in Wales have links with business and industry, some of which may be along the lines of a compact, but information is not held centrally on which companies are involved.
Chirk Community Hospital
Colwyn Bay Hospital
Denbigh Community Hospital
Mold Community Hospital
Prestatyn Community Hospital
Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl
Ruthin Community Hospital
Bryn beryl Hospital, Pwllheli
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Copies of the TEC prospectus have been sent to all employers with a work force of 20 or more. I understand that a number of different interest groups have started discussions about TECs in Gwynedd but no bid has yet been received.
Mr. Peter Walker : We do not collect information on where public appointees come from, but as an example the hon. Gentleman may know that the current chairman of the Welsh Development Agency came from Gwynedd.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what are his Department's estimates for the numbers of people aged 65 to 74 years, 75 to 79 years and over 80 years in the years 2000 and 2020 in Wales ; and what percentage increase this represents in each category over the actual figures for the last year in which they are available.
Elderly Population of Wales Thousand Projected Population<2> Year 2020 Year 2020 Ages |1988 mid-year estimate<1>|Number |Percentage change |Number |Percentage change |1988-2000 |1988-2020 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 65-74 |271.7 |260 |-4.3 |317 |+16.8 75-79 |96.6 |108 |+11.9 |111 |+14.6 80 and over |102.3 |127 |+24.4 |144 |+41.0 <1>Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. <2>Government Actuary's Department 1987 based population projection.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to be able to publish the results of the application for assistance under the urban development programme in respect of a supermarket development at Holyhead.
Mr. Grist : Applications for urban investment grant are treated in confidence. An application for urban investment grant support towards development at Holyhead has not been made to the Department. Decisions on full appraisal of UIG grant applications are made within 10 weeks of all the appropriate information being received by the Welsh Office.
Mr. Steen : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now provide the information required by the European Commission for the multi-annual guidance programme, in order to unlock the grants approved for construction of new beam trawlers and other fishing vessels.
Mr. Donald Thompson : The Commission will continue to suspend construction aid for United Kingdom fishing vessels until we can demonstrate sufficient progress towards meeting our programme targets. We are currently considering with the industry various options for reducing fleet capacity.
Sir Richard Body : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research has been undertaken into the effect of food irradiation on the nutritional content of food ; and with what results.
Mr. Ryder : I refer my hon. Friend to the report on the safety and wholesomeness of irradiated foods by the Advisory Committee on Irradiated and Novel Foods published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1986, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Chapter 7 and appendix E refer.
Mr. Atkins : There are a number of measures of publishers' output, none of which is readily available by the nationality of the publisher. The information necessary to make an estimate could be assembled only at disproportionate cost and would be subject to qualifications.
Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in the Council of Ministers in relation to the proposed directive on merger policy ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maude : The proposed EC merger control regulation was most recently discussed in the Council of Ministers on 3 May and there was a brief follow-up discussion at the June Council. It was concluded that further consideration was needed, particularly of thresholds, criteria and the relationship of a regulation to articles 85 and 86 (EEC).
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the technical committees of the European standardisation committee, indicating in each case the country of the European Economic Community that provides the secretariat, and also the number of technical committee secretariats held by each country of the European Economic Community.
List of CEN technical committees as at 2 May 1989 |Number ------------------------------------------------------------- Total number of CEN technical committees (TCs) |138 Secretariats: West Germany (DIN) |51 United Kingdom (BSI) |29 France (AFNOR) |24 Italy (UNI) |8 Denmark (DS) |7 Belgium (IBN) |7 Netherlands (NNI) |4 Sweden (SIS) |3 Austria (ON) |1 Portugal (IPQ) |1 Norway (NSF) |1 Ireland (NSAI) |1 To be allocated (TBA) |1
CEN/TC |Title |Secretariat -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ADHOC-WG |Acoustics |DS TC10 |Passenger, goods and service lifts |AFNOR TC12<1> |Hoses and hose couplings for |AFNOR | petroleum products, equipment | for petroleum industry TC15 |Inland navigation equipment |DIN TC19 |Test methods and specifications for |NNI | petroleum products TC33 |Doors, Windows, shutters and |AFNOR | building hardware TC38 |Durability of wood and related |AFNOR | materials TC43 |Office furniture |AFNOR TC44 |Household refrigerating appliances |UNI TC46<1> |Oil Stoves |DIN TC47 |Atomizing oil burners and their |DIN | components-function-safety- | testing TC48 |Domestic gas-fired water heaters etc. |AFNOR TC49 |Gas cooking appliances |AFNOR TC50 |Lighting columns and spigots |BSI TC51 |Cement and building limes |IBN TC52 |Safety of toys |DS TC53 |Scaffolds, falsework and mobile |DIN | access towers TC54 |Simple unfired pressure vessels |BSI TC55 |Dental products |DIN TC57 |Central heating boilers |DIN TC58 |Safety and control devices for gas |BSI | burners etc. TC62 |Independent gas fired space heaters |BSI TC63<1> |Packages for washing and cleaning |DIN | powders TC65 |Portable grinding machines- |DIN | mechanical safety TC66<1> |Tests on glass fibre reinforced |IPQ | plastics TC67 |Ceramic tiles |UNI TC68 |Building hoists for passenger and/or |AFNOR | materials TC70 |Portable fire extinguishers |IBN TC72 |Automatic fire detection systems |BSI TC74<1> |Flanges |DIN TC78<1> |Capacities of glass jars for preserved |DIN | fruit, vegetables and similar products TC79 |Respiratory protective devices and |DIN | diving apparatus TC81<1> |Capacities of metal cans for fruit, |DIN | vegetables and similar products TC85 |Eye protective equipment |AFNOR TC87<1> |Gas fuelled smokers' lighters |AFNOR TC88 |Thermal insulating materials and |DIN | products TC89 |Thermal performance of buildings |SIS | and building components TC92 |Cold water meters |AFNOR TC93 |Ladders |DIN TC94 |Ready-mixed concrete production and delivery |DIN TC95 |Technical safety requirements for |DIN | the construction of injection | moulding machines for plastics | and rubber TC98 |Mobile elevating work platforms |DIN TC99 |Wallcoverings |BSI TC100 |Tactile danger warnings on |DS | packaging TC101 |Steel drums |DIN TC102 |Sterilizers for medical purposes |DIN TC103 |Adhesives for wood and derived |BSI | timber products TC104 |Concrete (performance production, |DIN | placing and compliance criteria) TC105 |Valves and fittings to equip |DS | radiators TC106 |Large kitchen appliances using |AFNOR | gaseous fuels TC107 |Pre-fabricated district heating pipe |DS | systems TC108 |Homogeneous elastomers for static |NNI | seals TC109 |Gas-fired central heating boilers |IBN TC110 |Heat exchangers |SIS TC111 |Propellants for commercial |IBH | ammunition TC112 |Wood based panels |DIN TC113 |Heat pumps and room air |DIN | conditioning units TC114 |Safety of machines |DIN TC115 |European first aid box |DIN TC116 |Bitumen sheeting |DIN TC117 |Plastic and rubber sheeting for |IBN | roofing and sealing TC118 |Technical safety requirements for |BSI | compression moulding machines | for plastics and rubber TC119 |Swap bodies for combined goods |DIN | transport road/rail TC120 |Sacks for food transport |AFNOR TC121 |Welding |DS TC122 |Ergonomics |DIN TC123 |Lasers and laser related equipment |DIN TC124 |Timber structures |DS TC125 |Masonry |BSI TC126 |Acoustics properties of building products and of buildings|AFNOR TC127 |Fire safety in buildings |BSI TC128 |Roof covering products for discontinuous laying |ON TC129 |Glass in building |IBN TC130 |Space heating appliances without |UNI | integral heat sources TC131 |Gas burners using fans |DIN TC132 |Aluminium and aluminium alloys |AFNOR TC133 |Copper and copper alloys |DIN TC134 |Resilient and textile floor coverings |BSI TC135 |Steel structures |NSF TC136 |Sports, playground and other |DIN | recreational equipment TC137 |Assessment of workplace exposure |DIN TC138 |Non-destructive testing |AFNOR TC139 |Paints and varnishes |DIN TC140 |In vitro diagnostic systems |DIN TC141 |Industrial indicator pressure gauges |AFNOR TC142 |Wood working machines-Safety |BSI TC143 |Cold metal working machines- |UNI | Safety TC144 |Agricultural and forestry machines- |AFNOR | Safety TC145 |Rubber and plastics machines- |DIN | Safety TC146 |Packaging machines-Safety |UNI TC147 |Cranes-Safety |BSI TC148 |Continuous mechanical handling |AFNOR | equipment-Safety TC149 |Rail dependent storage and retrieval equipment-Safety |DIN TC150 |Industrial trucks-Safety |BSI TC151 |Construction equipment and |DIN building material machines- Safety TC152 |Leisure and recreational machines/ |BSI | equipment-Safety TC153 |Food industry machines-Safety |DIN TC154 |Aggregates |BSI TC155 |Plastic pipes |NNI TC156 |Ventilation systems for buildings |BSI TC157 |Non-refillable containers for |AFNOR | liquefied petroleum gases TC159 |Hearing protection |SIS TC160 |Protection against falls from height |DIN | including working belt TC161 |Foot and leg protection |BSI TC162 |Protective clothing including hand |DIN | and arm protection and life- | jackets TC163 |Sanitary appliances |UNI TC164 |Water Supply |AFNOR TC165 |Drainage and sewerage |DIN TC166 |Chimneys |UNI TC167 |Structural bearings |UNI TC168 |Chains, ropes, webbing, slings and |BSI | accessories TC169 |Lighting applications technology |DIN TC170 |Ophthalmic optics |DIN TC171 |Heating cost instruments based on |DIN | consumption TC172 |Paper, board and pulp |DIN TC173 |Brushes |BSI TC174 |Fruit and vegetable juices-methods |AFNOR | of analysis TC175 |Sawn timber and sawnlogs |AFNOR TC176 |Heat energy meters |DS TC177 |Prefabricated components of |DIN | reinforced aerated or non-fines | light-weight concrete TC178 |Small paving units and kerbs |BSI TC179 |Gas-fired air heaters |NNI TC180 |Gas-fired overhead radiant heaters |BSI TC181 |Dedicated liquefied petroleum gas |NSAI | appliances TC182 |Refrigerating systems-safety and |DIN | environment TC183 |Garbage containers |DIN TC184 |High performance ceramics |BSI TC185 |Threaded and non-threaded |DIN | mechanical fasteners and | accessories TC186 |Thermoprocessing technology |DIN TC187 |Refractory products and materials |BSI TC188 |Conveyor belting |BSI TC189 |Geotextiles and related products |IBN TC190 |Foundry technology |DIN TC191 |Fixed fire extinguishing systems |BSI TC192 |Fire brigade equipment |BSI TC193 |Adhesives |AFNOR TC194 |Culinary utensils |BSI TBA |Air filters for ventilation purposes |TBA <1> Denotes dormant committee.
Denotes dormant committee.
Mr. Atkins [holding answer 19 June 1989] : All cars manufactured in the United Kingdom by the volume producers have over 50 per cent. United Kingdom content by value. A list of specific models would serve little purpose, since in a number of cases the United Kingdom content of the same models sold here by the multinational producers (Ford, Vauxhall and Peugeot Talbot) will depend on whether they have been produced in this country or at the companies' plants elsewhere in Europe.
Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will discuss with his consultative committee colleagues the immediate tightening of the rules that apply to China ; and if he will make a statement.
The United Kingdom will be discussing with its partners in the Co- ordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Control (COCOM) the implications of events in China for the present export control policy in COCOM towards China.
Amendments to the COCOM control lists, which can be agreed only by consensus, are made on strategic rather than political grounds, following an assessment of the strategic threat posed by a given country to Western security. Decisions in COCOM, including any relating to China, will be based on this criterion.
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many spent AGR fuel rods have been reprocessed at Sellafield to date ; and what is the expected capacity at Sellafield for reprocessing spent AGR fuel rods for each year from 1989 to 2000.
Mr. Michael Spicer : To date some 18 tonnes u of AGR fuel from the Windscale AGR has been reprocessed at Sellafield. This was carried out for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in the early 1970s in a facility that was shut down in 1973.
The thermal oxide reprocessing plant is scheduled to begin reprocessing operations in late 1992. In its first 10 years of operation, BNFL has contracted to reprocess 6,000 tonnes u of fuel, of which 1,850 tonnes u is AGR fuel (some 40,000 AGR fuel assemblies) from the home generating boards and some 30 tonnes u of fuel from Windscale for the authority. It is expected that an additional 1,000 tonnes of capacity will be available during the first 10 years of the plant, so that additional capacity could be allocated to AGR fuel.
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the problem of conversion of spent AGR fuel rods in storage under water at Sellafield ; what proportion are corroded ; after how many years under water corrosion becomes a problem ; what problems are encountered in reprocessing badly corroded AGR fuel ; and how much more expensive it is to reprocess.
Mr. Michael Spicer : BNFL did experience problems with corrosion in one out of its three storage ponds some four years ago. The measures taken to deal with these were successful. The company estimated that only some 3.5 per cent. of the fuel pins housed there had suffered. Representative samples have been dismantled without any problems and reprocessing should proceed smoothly with no additional costs to be incurred by the generating boards.
British Nuclear Fuels plc has carried out extensive research into the storage of AGR fuel under water. I am advised that all available evidence suggests that, for fuel
Column 93maintained in the correct water chemistry, no significant corrosion will occur for at least 10 years, and possibly longer.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy on how many occasions nuclear material has been withdrawn from safeguards under article 14 of the tripartite safeguards treaty between the United Kingdom, Euratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency ; and if he will list those occasions by date, facility, amount of nuclear material involved and when the withdrawal constituted a temporary change of status for operational convenience rather than use of the material for national security reasons.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when it was agreed by (a) member states of the European Atomic Energy Community and (b) member states and the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that the principle of fungibility should apply to consignments of civil nuclear materials in regard to application of safeguards.
Mr. Michael Spicer : I am advised that the existing practice regarding fungibility was formally recognised by member states of the European Atomic Energy Community by a statement of interpretation upon the adoption of Regulation 3227/76 of 19 October 1976.
Mr. Michael Spicer : At 31 March 1989, some 895 tonnes u of spent AGR fuel (some 21,000 AGR fuel assemblies) and some 24 tonnes u of fuel (1,900 assemblies) from the Windscale AGR were held in storage ponds at Sellafield.
Mr. Michael Spicer : Weights of individual magnox fuel rods vary considerably and it is the usual practice to give the quantities of magnox fuel reprocessed at Sellafield in tonnes u. On average there are 100 fuel rods per tonne. For the annual reprocessing tonnages from 1980, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad) to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 11 December 1985 at columns 638-39, and my reply to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn) on 1 February 1988 at columns 473-74. The figures for 1986-87 and 1987-88 were published by my Department as part of annual information on plutonium production placed in the Library of the House. The tonnage for 1988-89 was some 875 tonnes u.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has discussed the failure to commence construction of a coal-fired power station at West Burton B with the Area Electricity Board or the chair of the Central Electricity Generating Board ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what information he has on the outturn cost of the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor power station and as to whether the construction is on schedule.
|Alpha |Beta |(terabecquerels)|(terabecquerels) -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1978 |68.0 |7,124 1987 |2.2 |89
Mr. Michael Spicer : British Coal's productivity, measured in terms of tonnes per manshift, has risen by nearly 93 per cent. from 1973-74 to 1988-89. Between 1973-74 and 1978-79 productivity rose by just over 4 per cent. Between 1978-79 and 1988-89 it rose by some 85 per cent.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the total radioactivity in curies contained (a) within all nuclear reactors, (b) within all spent nuclear fuel cooling ponds at reactor sites and (c) low and intermediate level radioactive waste stored at each reactor site.
Mr. Michael Spicer : The quantities of plutonium-contaminated wastes stored at Sellafield, Harwell and Dounreay are management matters for British Nuclear Fuels plc and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority respectively.
Mr. Parkinson : The minimum emergency planning zones around nuclear installations within which detailed and pre-planned arrangements are required to ensure rapid evacuation vary from 1km and 2.4km depending on the type of installation. There are no plans to alter these minimum emergency planning zones. These arrangements also provide the basis for extending the response if required.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when the nuclear installations inspectorate and the Health and Safety Executive intend publishing their guidance on arrangements for responding to nuclear emergencies.
Mr. Parkinson : The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) booklet "Emergency Plans for Civil Nuclear Installations" which was published in 1982 is being revised and updated to describe current arrangements. The HSE intends to publish the revised booklet later this year.
Prior to the making of these regulations extensive consultations were carried out with organisations representing those persons within the offshore industry likely to be affected by them, including employers and the trade unions. They have been made on the advice of the Health and Safety Commission under the Mineral Workings (Offshore Installations) Act 1971. The regulations require emergency shutdown valves to be fitted on pipe-line risers serving offshore installations together with the periodic inspection and testing of these valves and their control systems. In addition an Order in Council was made on 13 June which has the effect of including these valves in the certification process of the installation.
These regulations represent an important step forward in securing improvements in the safety of offshore pipeline systems. I shall in due course be laying further regulations to deal with subsea isolation systems.