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Labour Statistics

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many people aged 18 to 25 years have been unemployed for six months or more in Wales ; and in each of the parliamentary constituencies of Wales ; and if he will make a statement ;


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(2) how many people aged 18 to 25 years are unemployed in each of the parliamentary constituencies of Wales.

Mr. Peter Walker : The latest available figures are shown in the following table. This includes figures for two years earlier. I am sure the hon. Gentleman will join me in welcoming the substantial fall in the number of unemployed young people over the last two years.


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Unemployed persons aged 18 to 24 years<1>                                            

Parliamentary                  Total all durations   Total over six                  

constituency areas                        months<2>                                  

                              |April 1987|April 1989|April 1987|April 1989           

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Alyn and Deeside              |1,141     |640       |595       |225                  

Clwyd North West              |1,696     |1,027     |934       |448                  

Clwyd South West              |1,144     |704       |571       |292                  

Delyn                         |1,221     |629       |668       |213                  

Wrexham                       |1,341     |823       |721       |311                  

Carmarthen                    |1,050     |633       |534       |283                  

Ceredigion and Pembroke North |1,107     |629       |513       |264                  

Llanelli                      |1,353     |793       |682       |290                  

Pembroke                      |1,785     |1,150     |833       |498                  

Blaenau Gwent                 |1,489     |1,108     |756       |493                  

Islwyn                        |1,011     |724       |512       |285                  

Monmouth                      |876       |484       |438       |182                  

Newport East                  |1,434     |830       |813       |357                  

Newport West                  |1,634     |960       |951       |426                  

Torfaen                       |1,503     |1,107     |767       |479                  

Caernarfon                    |969       |733       |487       |335                  

Conwy                         |1,175     |765       |623       |304                  

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy        |563       |275       |275       |108                  

Ynys Mon                      |1,287     |944       |728       |434                  

Bridgend                      |1,042     |633       |505       |233                  

Caerphilly                    |1,609     |1,019     |944       |402                  

Cynon Valley                  |1,228     |953       |636       |408                  

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney    |1,562     |1,248     |766       |560                  

Ogmore                        |1,161     |794       |650       |322                  

Pontypridd                    |1,368     |886       |740       |392                  

Rhondda                       |1,648     |1,087     |989       |506                  

Brecon and Radnor             |701       |340       |360       |127                  

Montgomery                    |511       |221       |234       |64                   

Cardiff Central               |2,017     |1,189     |1,195     |591                  

Cardiff North                 |684       |352       |363       |137                  

Cardiff South and Penarth     |1,559     |924       |987       |444                  

Cardiff West                  |1,709     |1.046     |998       |476                  

Vale of Glamorgan             |1,346     |883       |709       |371                  

Aberavon                      |1,265     |713       |613       |274                  

Gower                         |1,016     |626       |577       |267                  

Neath                         |1,171     |751       |825       |302                  

Swansea East                  |1,542     |1,098     |838       |499                  

Swansea West                  |1,794     |1,201     |1,111     |551                  

                              |-------   |-------   |-------   |-------              

Wales                         |48,772    |30,922    |26,056    |13,153               

<1> Specific totals for the age group 18 to 25 are not available.                    

<2> Data quoted do not include persons unemployed for up to and including six        

months.                                                                              

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list in the Official Report the number of long-term unemployed people, male and female, indicating in each instance how many are under the age of 25 years in Wales and in each of the parliamentary constituencies of Wales ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Peter Walker : The latest available information, for April 1989, is shown in the table. This includes figures for two years earlier. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will join me in welcoming the substantial fall in the number of long-term unemployed over the last two years.


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Parliamentary constituency areas                                                     

                                                     Male long-term                  

                                                     unemployed<1>                   

                               All                   Less than 25 years<2>           

                              |April 1987|April 1989|April 1987|April 1989           

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Alyn and Deeside              |1,152     |496       |205       |58                   

Clwyd North West              |1,557     |794       |344       |145                  

Clwyd South West              |932       |519       |182       |69                   

Delyn                         |1,573     |567       |261       |64                   

Wrexham                       |1,400     |696       |294       |78                   

Carmarthen                    |986       |650       |129       |85                   

Ceredigion and Pembroke North |1,031     |525       |123       |61                   

Llanelli                      |1,301     |695       |210       |85                   

Pembroke                      |1,483     |1,082     |219       |142                  

Blaenau Gwent                 |1,857     |1,236     |286       |175                  

Islwyn                        |1,236     |702       |206       |95                   

Monmouth                      |844       |433       |121       |53                   

Newport East                  |1,634     |810       |352       |121                  

Newport West                  |1,892     |965       |400       |154                  

Torfaen                       |1,584     |845       |258       |138                  

Caernarfon                    |1,094     |656       |167       |104                  

Conwy                         |996       |617       |169       |85                   

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy        |422       |213       |64        |30                   

Ynys Mon                      |1,527     |840       |275       |122                  

Bridgend                      |1,019     |539       |160       |62                   

Caerphilly                    |2,079     |964       |422       |122                  

Cynon Valley                  |1,524     |1,034     |277       |133                  

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney    |1,847     |1,211     |367       |215                  

Ogmore                        |1,689     |868       |314       |120                  

Pontypridd                    |1,523     |943       |325       |158                  

Rhondda                       |1,822     |1,033     |456       |205                  

Brecon and Radnor             |581       |280       |94        |32                   

Montgomery                    |480       |140       |52        |12                   

Cardiff Central               |2,073     |1,139     |447       |212                  

Cardiff North                 |782       |380       |150       |43                   

Cardiff South and Penarth     |2,034     |1,116     |419       |171                  

Cardiff West                  |2,245     |1,260     |434       |200                  

Vale of Glamorgan             |1,321     |753       |236       |105                  

Aberavon                      |1,154     |515       |227       |83                   

Gower                         |897       |420       |183       |46                   

Neath                         |986       |552       |151       |79                   

Swansea East                  |2,103     |1,174     |385       |197                  

Swansea West                  |2,180     |1,284     |516       |197                  

                              |-------   |-------   |-------   |-------              

Wales                         |52,840    |28,946    |9,880     |4,256                


Parliamentary constituency areas                                                     

                                                     Female long term                

                                                     unemployed<1>                   

                               All                   Less than 25 years<2>           

                              |April 1987|April 1989|April 1987|April 1989           

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Alyn and Deeside              |360       |173       |97        |24                   

Clwyd North West              |525       |243       |194       |43                   

Clwyd South West              |375       |185       |113       |44                   

Delyn                         |428       |155       |113       |23                   

Wrexham                       |380       |198       |102       |45                   

Carmarthen                    |387       |219       |116       |42                   

Ceredigion and Pembroke North |411       |195       |109       |31                   

Llanelli                      |421       |193       |143       |36                   

Pembroke                      |547       |308       |192       |74                   

Blaenau Gwent                 |401       |235       |123       |49                   

Islwyn                        |276       |161       |77        |24                   

Monmouth                      |343       |174       |110       |31                   

Newport East                  |465       |236       |155       |49                   

Newport West                  |537       |252       |180       |55                   

Torfaen                       |451       |273       |139       |59                   

Caernarfon                    |300       |177       |85        |33                   

Conwy                         |323       |205       |110       |41                   

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy        |177       |102       |44        |14                   

Ynys Mon                      |534       |381       |192       |85                   

Bridgend                      |292       |137       |66        |21                   

Caerphilly                    |392       |176       |138       |34                   

Cynon Valley                  |305       |190       |107       |38                   

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney    |369       |229       |140       |64                   

Ogmore                        |273       |141       |83        |21                   

Pontypridd                    |359       |183       |124       |38                   

Rhondda                       |398       |233       |160       |56                   

Brecon and Radnor             |256       |118       |73        |15                   

Montgomery                    |208       |65        |49        |15                   

Cardiff Central               |540       |293       |211       |84                   

Cardiff North                 |198       |118       |45        |17                   

Cardiff South and Penarth     |387       |209       |152       |60                   

Cardiff West                  |456       |243       |186       |56                   

Vale of Glamorgan             |447       |243       |134       |57                   

Averavon                      |311       |100       |106       |23                   

Gower                         |310       |137       |88        |32                   

Neath                         |359       |167       |109       |39                   

Swansea East                  |444       |236       |158       |65                   

Swansea West                  |509       |275       |185       |76                   

                              |-------   |-------   |-------   |-------              

Wales                         |14,454    |7,558     |4,708     |1,613                

Source: Employment Department.                                                       

<1> Data quoted are for claimants who have been unemployed for more than 52 weeks.   

<2> Claimants aged 16-24 years.                                                      

Welsh Language

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he proposes to allow children whose first language is Welsh to take national curriculum testing at seven through the medium of Welsh ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : Yes. Children taught through the medium of Welsh will be assessed in Welsh. Organisations contracted to develop standard assessment tasks are preparing them in both English and Welsh.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he proposes to publish a Welsh Language Bill ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker : I have made clear to the chairman of the Welsh Language Board that I will consider very carefully any specific proposals that the board might make.

The strategy document that the board has published today makes clear the board's view that all those with an interest should have the opportunity to shape future policy in support of the Welsh language. The strategy document is the starting point in that process and the board will be consulting on it widely.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the representations he has received concerning national curriculum testing of pupils at the ages of seven and 11 years and whose first language is Welsh ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : A number of the respondents to the consultation exercise on proposals for attainment targets and programmes of study in English 5-11 commented on assessment and testing ; most of these supported the Secretary of State's proposals. I shall write to the hon. Gentleman to list the respondents and to list those who subsequently responded to the consultation on the proposal to exempt pupils taught in Welsh from assessment against the attainment targets for English.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the county councils of Wales to discuss his Department's proposals to enhance the status of the Welsh language ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to meet the Welsh county councils to discuss the Welsh Language Board's proposals in relation to the Welsh language. The Welsh Language Board will however be consulting all those organisations with an interest.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his policy under the national curriculum on testing in English of pupils whose first language is Welsh at 11 years ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Wyn Roberts : Pupils who are taught through the medium of Welsh will be assessed in Welsh. At the age of 11 all pupils, whether taught in Welsh or English, will be assessed against the same attainment targets for English.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he proposes to meet the Welsh Language Board to discuss the board's suggestion concerning the possible contents of a Welsh Language Bill.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend regularly meets the chairman of the Welsh Language Board to discuss any proposals that they make.

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those district councils in Wales which have published (a) bilingual poll tax forms, (b) English-only forms with a reference to provision of Welsh language forms if requested and (c) English-only forms with no such statement.

Mr. Grist : This information is not held centrally. A welsh translation of the model community charge canvass form circulated in practice note 8 was sent to all district councils in Wales. Camera-ready copy of this translation was also made available on request.

Language Teachers

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will call a conference in Wales of local education authorities, teachers unions, parent-teacher associations, trades unions and employers organisations to discuss the shortage in Wales's high schools of teachers of modern languages ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will call an all-Wales conference to discuss the shortage of Welsh language teachers with the local education authorities of Wales ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) what initiatives he plans to end the difficulties of recruiting to the high schools of Wales sufficient numbers of Welsh language teachers ; and if he will make a statement ;

(4) what plans he has to enable the recruitment in the high schools of Wales of sufficient teachers of (a) German, (b) French and (c) Spanish before 1992 ; and if he will make a statement ; (5) what steps he has taken to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of teachers of the Welsh language to meet the requirements of the national curriculum in (a) local education authority secondary schools and (b) private secondary schools.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : There are no immediate plans to call a national conference to discuss shortages either of Welsh language or of other modern language teachers. The Department will shortly be consulting each of the Welsh


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local education authorities about the number of teachers needed, including teachers of Welsh and other modern languages, to meet the requirements of the national curriculum and to discuss how the demand can be met.

Officials are also in close touch with the training institutions and we intend to promote liaison between the Department, the Wales Advisory Body and the Universities Funding Council, over the distribution of initial teacher training places within Wales, to ensure that targets are set as high as demand requires and realistic recruitment expectation justifies. Measures to encourage recruitment both from traditional and non-traditional sources have already been taken in conjunction with the Department of Education and Science. The teaching as a career unit has developed a specific programme to attract more Welsh language and Welsh-medium students.

We have no plans to ensure the supply of teachers to private schools but, in setting overall targets of teacher demand, full account is taken of the numbers of trained teachers expected to transfer to or directly enter the private sector.

However, encouraging teacher recruitment, either direct from training or of teachers returning to the profession, represents only part of our strategy for staffing schools to deliver the national curriculum. A very large part of the demand will need to be met by the re-training of teachers already in service. A framework for delivering the necessary in-service training is in place under the local education authority training grant scheme. My right hon. Friend has made expenditure provision for £223,000 under the scheme in 1989-90 for Welsh language training and a further £2.8 million for other training related to the national curriculum, including that necessary for modern languages. A further allocation of £582,000 for school management is intended to help heads and senior staff to manage the changes arising from the Education Reform Act. We again expect to give a high priority to these training categories when the scheme allocations for 1990-91 are announced later this summer.

Education Reform

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will convene a conference of the local education authorities of Wales to discuss with directors of education and chairmen of local education authorities the (i) financial and (ii) professional consequences to the schools service of local management of schools and the national curriculum ;

(2) if he will visit each of the local education authorities in Wales to discuss with them the (i) financial and (ii) professional consequences of local management of schools and the national curriculum ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : No request has been made to my right hon. Friend by local education authorities to meet and discuss the consequences of the implementation of the Education Reform Act 1988. At official level discussions on these issues continue to take place through working groups on which all local education authorities are represented.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list in the Official Report all Government documents issued to (a) local education authorities and


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(b) schools as a consequence of the Education Reform Act listing both the number of pages and the cost of the document ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : The following documents have been issued by the Welsh Office to local authorities and schools as a direct result of the passing of the Education Reform Act 1988. Most of these documents were produced within the Department and costs cannot be separately identified. I am ensuring that copies are available in the Library of the House.

Length and Control of School Sessions : Draft Circular

Admission of pupils to County and Voluntary Schools : Circular 47/88

Charges for school activities : Circular 4/89

Religious Education and Collective Worship : Circular 6/89 Grant Maintained Schools : Circular 49/88

Local Management of Schools : Circular 36/88

Statutory Approval of Qualifications : Circular 33/89

National Curriculum Mathematics and Science Orders : Circular 14/89

The School Curriculum and Assessment : Circular 15/89

Local Arrangements for the Consideration of Complaints made under Section 23 : Circular 26/89

Modern Foreign Languages in the National Curriculum : Circular 32/89

Governance of Maintained Further and Higher Education Institutions : Circular 37/88

Local Management of Further and Higher Education Institutions : Planning and Delegation of Schemes and Articles of Government : Circular 38/88

Local Management of Further and Higher Education Colleges : Circular Letter

Mathematics for Ages 5 16 :

Proposals of the Secretaries of State 1988

Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Mathematics) Order 1989

"Mathematics in the National Curriculum" (Associated document to above).

Science for Ages 5 16 :

Proposals of the Secretaries of State 1988

Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Science) Order 1989

"Science in The National Curriculum" (Associated document to above).

Design and Technology for Ages 5 16 :

Proposal of the Secretaries of State 1989

National Curriculum Implementation : Circular Letter to Headteachers

National Curriculum : Draft Statutory Regulations-- Exemptions from English at Key Stage 1 : Consultation Letter

National Curriculum Temporary Exceptions for Individual Pupils : Draft Regulations and Circular

LEA Training Grants Scheme and ESG--National Curriculum Development Plans : Guidance Note

National Curriculum : Task Group on Assessment and Testing (TGAT) : Report

Education Reform : The Government's Proposals for Schools : Booklet

School Governors : How to Become A Grant Maintained School : Booklet

School Governors : A New Role : Booklet

Shouldn't You Become A School Governor : Booklet

School Governors : A Guide to the Law for County and Controlled Schools : Booklet

English for Ages 5 11 : Booklet

English in the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 : Booklet


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Cancer Patients

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he proposes to make public his plans to improve the facilities in north wales for cancer patients ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : Central funds have been made available to Clwyd and Gwynedd health authorities to improve facilities for cancer patients. A comprehensive study of cancer treatment services in north Wales, commissioned by the Welsh Office, is nearing completion and I will wish to consider it carefully, with the health authorities involved, in planning the further development of services.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many cases of BSE infected cattle at EEC-approved slaughterhouses in Wales have been identified.

Mr. Peter Walker : Two.

Environmental Pollution

Mrs. Clywd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his responsibilities for the control of environmental pollution in Wales.

Mr. Grist : I refer the hon. Lady to the reply given today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Forestry Commission

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what is the current acreage of the Forestry Commission in Wales ; (2) what is the estimated acreage in Wales of Forestry Commission land planted with (i) broadleaves, and (ii) conifers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker : At 31 March 1989 the Forestry Commission managed the following areas of land in Wales :


                     |Hectares         

---------------------------------------

Broadleaved woodland |6,000            

Conifer woodland     |124,000          

Other land           |13,000           

                     |-----            

  Total              |143,000          

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated value of the assets of the Forestry Commission in Wales.

Mr. Peter Walker : The estimated value of the Forestry Commission's fixed assets in Wales at 31 March 1988 was as follows :

Plantations (land, roads and timber) £440 million.

Other tangible assets (land, buildings, machinery, plant and equipment) £11 million.


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AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Scrapie

Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will ban food stuffs made from scrapie- infected sheep for all fowls, animals and fish following the Southwood report's recommendation of a ban on such feeds for ruminants ;

(2) whether only ruminants were being fed with scrapie-infected feed when the Southwood report recommended banning it.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The Southwood working party was aware of the fact that protein derived from ruminants was fed to types of animal other than ruminants, and recognised the fact. The working party endorsed the action that the Government had already taken in banning the feeding of ruminant-based protein in ruminant rations. There are no plans to include feed for other types of animal in this ban.

Fur Farming

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations the British Government has made and will be making to the Council of Europe concerning its current discussions on fur farming.

Mr. Donald Thompson : My officials attend these meetings at which recommendations for the welfare of fur-bearing animals are being elaborated. They are seeking to negotiate the most suitable recommendations for the welfare of these animals bearing in mind the Farm Animal Welfare Council's view that there is not enough evidence to set specific cage sizes and that further research is needed into some aspects of fur farming.

Whales

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will raise at the next meeting of the European Community Council of Fisheries Ministers the continual slaughtering of whales by the whaling fleets of certain maritime nations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson : The European Community does not have competence on whaling matters as such, but those members with an interest in whaling are members of the IWC and we consult them in that forum. At the recent 41st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, the commission passed resolutions asking Japan, Iceland and Norway to reconsider their scientific research whaling programmes and rejected Japan's request for its small coastal whaling boats to take 320 minke whales off Japan. I welcome those decisions.

Rabbits

Mr. Colvin : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if there have been any reports in the last year of viral haemorrhagic disease in rabbits in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what steps he is taking to prevent viral haemorrhagic disease in rabbits entering the United Kingdom.


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Mr. Donald Thompson : There have been no reports of viral haemorrhagic disease in rabbits in this country. Imported rabbits are subject to six months quarantine and this is an effective safeguard against the introduction of the disease.


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