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Mr. Michael : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the consistency of inspections in respect of food and food production in each member state of the European Community ; and what steps he will take to ensure that the public of the United Kingdom is protected during the approach to the integrated single European market and after its completion.
Mr. Ryder : No detailed assessment has been made of the consistency of inspections of food and food production in each member state. However, we are aware, from the negotiations on the European Community directive on the official control of foodstuffs, of the different types of inspection systems in operation in other member states. The United Kingdom supported the EC directive on official control, adopted on 14 June 1989, which lays down general principles for food inspection across the Community, including the provision that inspections shall be carried out regularly and where non -compliance is suspected and that they shall cover all stages of the manufacturing and distributive cycle. The directive also provides for the Commission to make recommendations for co-ordinated inspection programmes to ensure a consistent approach. It is regarded as a first step towards the building of mutual confidence between member states in this very important area. Together with other measures envisaged, for example on food hygiene, this should ensure
Column 112that the public is fully protected. In the meantime, the preamble to the official control directive indicates that there should be no changes to well-tried systems of food inspection ; we consider that the United Kingdom system is in that category.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields of 22 June, Official Report, column 251, if he will list the organisations invited to attend meetings to discuss the European Community price proposals in 1988, but which declined to do so ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. MacGregor [holding answer 3 July 1989] : Each year a wide range of bodies and individuals submit representations on the Commission's price fixing proposals. These are made not only at meetings, which was the subject of the hon. Member's earlier question, but in writing. Organisations which choose not to attend meetings are on occasions among those who write, but I do not think it would be appropriate to list them.
Mr. Batiste : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many companies in receipt of a cash grant from his Department to establish business in a particular place have discontinued such business within five years of establishment.
Mr. Newton : Information in the form requested is not available. However, it is possible to provide some figures for companies which have received regional selective assistance. Since the introduction of the current guidelines for RSA in November 1984, 24 companies which received RSA towards establishing new businesses in England are known to have discontinued such business. These companies received some £659,000. Recovery of grant is pursued in appropriate cases. By comparison, over 600 projects in total have received RSA to establish businesses in England over the same period with associated grant payments to date of £43.6 million.
Sir David Price : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his latest estimate of the number of British people who die each year from accidents in their homes ; and what are the Government's plans to reduce that number.
Mr. Forth : The latest available figure for deaths in the United Kingdom is for 1987, in which year there were 4,919 deaths from accidents in the home. There is a comprehensive legal framework which deals with the safety of consumer goods primarily, enforced by local authority trading standards departments, including the general safety requirement in the Consumer Protection Act 1987 which requires consumer goods to be reasonably safe, and specific regulations dealing with particular products or problems. This is complemented by safety awareness campaigns to alert people to the dangers they face every day in their own houses. The Government seek
Column 113to co-operate with non-governmental safety organisations whose aim is to promote safety awareness and safe products.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list all financial assistance, including that from the European Community, approved by his Department for Palatine Graphic Arts Company Limited, Liverpool, over the past five years, giving the name and amount of the grant or assistance, the date of approval and payment, the purpose of each and the terms and conditions imposed ; and if he will take steps to ensure those terms have been and are being met in full.
Regional Development Grant I Purpose of grant-towards the provision of approved plant and machinery and building works Date paid |Amount of grant |£ ------------------------------------------------- 6 November 1984 |2,967 5 December 1984 |7,697 11 January 1985 |8,461 5 July 1985 |227 19 July 1985 |359 25 October 1985 |3,572 15 November 1985 |8,572 26 January 1986 |22,165 13 May 1986 |33,254 |------- |87,229
Regional development grant I was not dependent on the creation of jobs, but disposal of grant-aided assets within the conditions period must be notified and could result in the repayment of grant.
Regional Development Grant II Purpose of grant |Amount approved |Date approved |Amount paid |Date paid |£ |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Provision of Chemotinex Etching bath, sanding machine moulding press and Chromalin processor and laminator. The creation of eight jobs formed part of this project<1> |33,000 |15 December 1986 |21,897 |17 March 1987 Provision of exposure unit |1,688 |13 July 1987 |1,688 |5 August 1987 Provision of stop and repeat machine |3,255 |14 July 1987 |3,255 |5 August 1987 Provision of copper, etching bath<2> |6,356 |23 March 1988 |6,471 |23 September 1988 Provision of scitex electronic scanning and page composition system |75,000 |15 September 1988|75,000 |24 February 1989 |------- |------- |119,299 |108,311 <1> The offer was based on the proposed creation of 11 jobs at £3,000 each, but in the event, only eight new jobs were created. As the total capital grant for the project, which included £8,250 payable to a leasing company, was the greater of the two, the grant was based on capital expenditure. However, the creation of the eight jobs formed part of the project. <2> The discrepancy is due to the fact that the application was based on estimated costs and prices had increased at the time the claim was submitted.
Regional development grant II is made under standard conditions, including the obligation to notify my Department if jobs or assets are disposed of within the condition period and to repay such grant as may be required if the conditions are breached. Projects are subject to inspection.
Regional Selective Assistance |£ -------------------------------- 30 October 1984 Amount Offered |100,000 24 March 1986 Amount Paid |6,461
The purpose of this grant was to assist with the purchase of new equipment which would provide time savings in artwork and make-up. The difference between the cost of the equipment and the amount of regional selective assistance paid was made up by regional development grant and the balance of RSA was not claimed. Total grants paid were £212, 989.
Column 114My Department has not approved the payment of any grants involving EC funding and I am not aware of any EC funds being provided to the company from any other sources.
The relevant projects at this company have been inspected, most recently in August 1988 and again in June 1989, and I am satisfied that the terms and conditions under which grant assistance has been given are at present being met.
I understand that six of the eight jobs created under the grant approved on 15 December 1986 are at present vacant but that efforts to refill them are in hand. Under the terms and conditions under which grant is paid, the company is expected to refill such posts within two months--or longer at the Department's discretion--and a proportion of the grant can be reclaimed if this is not done.
Ms. Quin : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the total number of redundancies in the shipbuilding and shiprepair industries in Plymouth during the period 1 January 1979 to 31 December 1988.
Mr. Paice : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received suggesting he should impose restrictions on the subsidised imports of waste paper from the United States of America and Canada.
Mr. Atkins [holding answer 3 July 1989] : I have received a small number of letters expressing concern at the level of imports of de- inking grades of waste paper from the USA and Canada. I am not aware of any evidence to suggest that the current low levels of imports are having an adverse effect on the United Kingdom waste paper market, but I will continue to ensure that the situation is carefully monitored.
Mr. Paice : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps are being taken to avert the expected shortfall in supply of waste paper, expected to be at its peak in 1993 ; what response has already been forthcoming from local authorities, paper merchants, newsprint producers and voluntary groups ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins [holding answer 3 July 1989] : A shortfall in the supply of de-inking grades of waste paper used as a raw material in the manufacture in the United Kingdom of newsprint is expected to build up over the next few years, possibly peaking in 1993, as additional manufacturing capacity comes on stream. Accordingly, my Department has organised a national series of 11 seminars to bring to the attention of local authorities and voluntary organisations the increasing number of opportunities which will become available to them to assist over the next three to four years in the collection of more newsprint grade waste paper. This programme of seminars is still under way. So far the response has been encouraging.
The Attorney-General : On 30 June 1989, 33 Scottish immigration appeals were awaiting listing, In a further 183 appeals, the papers have been sent to the parties and responses are awaited from the appellants' representatives.
The Attorney-General : Responsibility for the administration of the immigration appellate authorities rests with the Lord Chancellor. Immigration appeals that are to be heard in Scotland are processed by the Leeds office of the IAA. As soon as case papers are received at Leeds they are copied to the parties. Thereafter the time taken for cases to come on for hearing depends on the parties, rather than the IAA. Once the parties indicate that they are ready to proceed, cases are listed for hearing within six to eight weeks, which is considered a reasonable time.
Column 116Nevertheless, the Lord Chancellor's Department and the IAA will continue to monitor the number of Scottish cases sent to the parties or their representatives in the United Kingdom for which hearings have not been requested.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Attorney-General what change there has been in the number of appeals from visitors refused entry clearance since the introduction of visa requirements for nationals of certain Commonwealth countries.
|Numbers ------------------------ 1986 |1,522 1987 |2,801 1988 |6,138
13. Mr. Patrick Thompson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has had any meeting during the last six months with representatives of science teachers to discuss the national curriculum.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend and I have met science teachers informally on several occasions and discussed various topics. No ministerial meetings have been arranged with their representatives specifically on the national curriculum.
29. Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to publish translations of the national curriculum attainment targets and programmes of study in mathematics, science and English.
43. Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to publish translations of the national curriculum attainment targets and programmes of study in mathematics, science and English.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales has made available the mathematics and science national curriculum documents in Welsh. There are no plans to publish translations of these or the documents for English into any other languages. A short leaflet for parents on the national curriculum generally will however be published in ethnic minority community languages this autumn.
Mrs. Rumbold : Preparations continue to advance. My right hon. Friend has recently published his proposals for design and technology for all four key stages and English for key stages 2 to 4. A statutory order for English key stage 1 was made on 31 May.
Mrs. Rumbold : The national steering group overseeing the current pilot projects, on which the local authority and teacher associations are represented, will be submitting recommendations to my right hon. Friend next month for a national framework for teacher appraisal. In the light of these recommendations my right hon. Friend intends to make regulations in the autumn under section 49 of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986, requiring LEAs to implement schemes of appraisal covering all their teachers over the next few years.
Mr. Butcher : The latest available data are for the year ending March 1987. A total of 28,960 teachers left full-time service in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector in England. Of these, 1,760 transferred to full-time service elsewhere in the maintained sector in England and Wales and 2,900 to part-time service in the maintained sector. A further 8,500 retired and 450 died.
16. Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what the cost of introducing top-up loans for students will be over the next 15 years assuming a yearly average inflation rate of 8 per cent.
Mr. Jackson : The Government do not expect inflation to remain at that level. The table shows the costs and savings associated with the introduction of top-up loans, on the hypothetical basis of 8 per cent. inflation annually from 1990. It is otherwise on the same basis and in the same format as the figures set out in annex E of Cm 520.
Costs and savings of top-up loans with 8 per cent. inflation (£ million, 1990 prices) |Net change in grant |Net change in benefits|Gross loan outlay |Loan repayments |PSBR effect ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |0 |-65 |167 |0 |103 1991 |-53 |-64 |234 |-2 |114 1992 |-100 |-63 |290 |-9 |117 1993 |-142 |-62 |340 |-23 |113 1994 |-180 |-61 |386 |-45 |100 1995 |-214 |-60 |428 |-75 |79 1996 |-248 |-60 |470 |-106 |56 1997 |-285 |-61 |520 |-136 |38 1998 |-293 |-63 |535 |-163 |16 1999 |-300 |-64 |548 |-186 |-3 2000 |-302 |-65 |552 |-206 |-21 2001 |-302 |-65 |552 |-231 |-46 2002 |-302 |-65 |552 |-262 |-77 2003 |-302 |-65 |552 |-284 |-99 2004 |-302 |-65 |552 |-296 |-111 2005 |-302 |-65 |552 |-303 |-118 2006 |-302 |-65 |552 |-303 |-118 2007 |-302 |-65 |552 |-297 |-112 2008 |-302 |-65 |552 |-300 |-115 2009 |-302 |-65 |552 |-317 |-133 2010 |-302 |-65 |552 |-339 |-154 2011 |-302 |-65 |552 |-354 |-169 2012 |-302 |-65 |552 |-364 |-179 2013 |-302 |-65 |552 |-376 |-191 2014 |-302 |-65 |552 |-385 |-200 2015 |-302 |-65 |552 |-392 |-207 2016 |-302 |-65 |552 |-397 |-212 2017 |-302 |-65 |522 |-402 |-217 2018 |-302 |-65 |522 |-405 |-220 2019 |-302 |-65 |552 |-406 |-222 2020 |-302 |-65 |552 |-410 |-225 2021 |-302 |-65 |552 |-415 |-230 2022 |-302 |-65 |552 |-420 |-235 2023 |-302 |-65 |552 |-422 |-237 2024 |-302 |-65 |552 |-422 |-237 2025 |-302 |-65 |552 |-422 |-237 2026 |-302 |-65 |552 |-422 |-237 2027 |-302 |-65 |552 |-422 |-237
18. Mr. Maxton : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement on the costs of the proposed student loan scheme in respect of administration, defaults and interest subsidy.
48. Dr. Moonie : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the costs of the proposed student loan scheme in respect of administration, defaults and interest subsidy.
62. Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the costs of the proposed student loan scheme in respect of administration, defaults and interest subsidy.
26. Mr. Andrew MacKay : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has received further representations on student loans following his statement of 19 June, Official Report, columns 21-33.
39. Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to make public the participants in, and detailed proposals of, the arrangements for administering top-up loans for students.
Mr. Jackson : The preparatory work mentioned in my right hon. Friend's statement on 19 June, Official Report, columns 21-22 indicates administrative costs, excluding start-up costs, of between £8.5 million and £11.5 million in the first year in which top-up loans are available.
58. Mr. Doran : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the representations he has received in relation to the effect of the proposed student loans scheme on higher education in Scotland.
Mr. Jackson : We have considered carefully the representations we have received, particularly in relation to the longer Scottish courses. We have concluded that a loan facility for each year of a course is the right approach. Many students opt for higher education in Scotland rather than the shorter English degree, and we have no doubt that that will continue to be the case.
Mr. Jackson : The Government's education policies are designed to increase educational attainment at all levels, and to increase access to higher education. Top-up loans will offer students an additional source of funds while they are studying, and combined with the effect of the Government's other policies will enable there to be increased participation in higher education in the future.
17. Mr. David Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Elton report on school discipline.
Mr. Butcher : My right hon. Friend has announced a range of measures in response to the Elton report. These include two planned education support grant activities, to tackle truancy and to address the problem of difficult
Column 120pupils. In each case expenditure of up to £2.5 million will be supported in 1990-91. In addition, we are proposing that the management of pupil behaviour should be a national priority area within the local education authority training grants scheme for 1990-91, with grant to support £1.7 million of expenditure.
Mr. Jackson : My right hon. Friend has consistently made clear the Government's commitment to increasing participation in higher education. Our school reforms are designed to equip more pupils with the qualifications and motivation to enter higher education. We also want to widen access for those who do not hold traditional entry qualifications or are currently under-represented in higher education. Our objective, without sacrificing quality, is to promote a more flexible and more accessible system of higher education.
21. Mr. Andrew Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students were in higher education at the beginning of the academic years 1978-79 and 1988-89 ; and if he will make a statement.
Students in higher education: Great Britain ---------------- 1978-79 |766 1987-88 |968
Data for 1988-89 are not yet available, but the figure is expected to be in the range 980,000 to 1 million.
Mr. Butcher : Conductive education in Hungary is closely linked to the Hungarian system of education. It is, therefore, important for the approach to be tried out in the context of our education system. For that reason we are funding the evaluation of the experimental conductive education project in Birmingham. In time we would like to see conductive education added to the range of options available to disabled children in this country.
65. Mr. Ashley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he or officials from his Department last visited the conductive education centres in (a) Birmingham and (b) Budapest, Hungary.
Mr. Butcher : Members of Her Majesty's inspectorate, officials from the Department and the Department's senior medical adviser visited the Birmingham institute last November. A member of Her Majesty's inspectorate and an official from the Department will be visiting the institute in September. The Department's senior medical adviser visited the Peto institute in May 1988.
Mr. Butcher : Our action programme to combat teacher shortages was launched three years ago at a cost so far of £50 million. The programme includes a £1,300 bursary for trainee teachers in maths, physics, CDT and, from this September, in chemistry ; an energetic teacher recruitment publicity campaign spearheaded by the teaching as a career unit ; in-service training for under-qualified teachers and new courses of initial teacher training. From next April, under the education support grant programme, we shall be supporting expenditure of up to £2 million on local measures to boost the recruitment of former teachers and mature entrants to teaching.
Mrs. Rumbold : Our action programme to combat teacher shortages has cost some £50 million over the last three years. Many of the measures have been targeted specifically at tackling the problems in London and the south-east. That action programme is continuing and will be reinforced as necessary. We have recently announced that the education support grant programme for 1990-91 will include support for up to £2 million on measures to boost the recruitment of mature entrants and teachers returning to the profession. I would expect many of the local authorities in London and the south-east to bid for inclusion within this programme.
37. Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement indicating the number of schools which have opted for grant-maintained status and the number of schools which are considering seeking grant-maintained status.
Mrs. Rumbold : To date, parents of pupils at 47 schools have voted to apply for grant-maintained status, and my right hon. Friend has approved 20 formal applications. I expect a good many more to follow.
Mr. Butcher : My hon. Friend the Minister of State last met representatives of the Commission for Racial Equality on 14 June 1988. They discussed aspects of the Education Reform Bill and the commission's proposals for a code of practice for the elimination of racial discrimination in education.
28. Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the implementation of the legislation regarding charging for activities by schools.