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Mr. Butcher : I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the provisional allocation of intake numbers for initial teacher training for 1990, which my right hon. Friend announced in April. Representations have been received about the proposals for physical education from nine teacher training institutions and five other bodies.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has issued advice to school governors concerning their legal responsibility to comply with the Data Protection Act when they are in possession
Column 348or control of a computerised school admissions register ; if school governors may volunteer information from registers for community charge purposes ; if school governors may provide information from a register to a local education authority and specify that the information cannot be used for community charge purposes ; if he has taken legal advice to ascertain whether each board of governors or school is an independent data user from the local education authority ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend has issued no guidance to school governors on their legal responsibilities to comply with the Data Protection Act, but this complex subject is currently being discussed with the office of the Data Protection Registrar. School governors hold and control school admissions registers for the effective exercise of their functions and all authorised circumstances of inspection or disclosure of content of registers are limited to the purposes of the Education Acts. School governors however have no powers to limit the legal requirement whereby community charge registration officers may require local education authorities to provide them with specified information extracted from school registers which is already in the possession of community charge registration officers.
Mr. Amos : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will raise with the governing body of the university of Newcastle the recent actions of Newcastle university students union in breach of section 43 of the Education Act (No. 2) 1986.
Mr. Jackson : I deplore attempts to restrict the rights of particular students and visitors. I understand that the proposal was unacceptable to the university of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and that the union's trustees, whose approval was required, have since refused to endorse the amendment.
Mr. Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will provide figures showing the numbers of students working in the field of Soviet studies for each year since 1979 at (a) undergraduate level and (b) postgraduate level.
|Undergraduates|Postgraduates ------------------------------------------------------------ 1979 |424 |77 1980 |410 |71 1981 |405 |55 1982 |403 |57 1983 |453 |50 1984 |522 |52 1985 |516 |50 1986 |539 |65 1987 |524 |49
Mr. Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps his Department intends to take to give effect to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation council communique of 30 May, aimed at encouraging an increase of Soviet and eastern studies in universities of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries and of corresponding studies in eastern countries.
Mr. Jackson : The Department has been concerned for some time to improve teaching and research in Soviet and East European studies, and for this reason encouraged the University Grants Committee to set up a review of the state of undergraduate and postgraduate provision in this subject area. The work of the review working party has been carried forward under the auspices of the Universities Funding Council and I understand that it is due to report shortly. I shall be very interested to see the working party's report and
Mr. Franks : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to hold further discussions with the teacher unions and employers about new pay negotiating machinery for teachers.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : As I told the hon. Members for Ceredigion and Pembroke, North (Mr. Howells) and for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) on 4 July at column 142, I am arranging to have further meetings with the teacher unions and employers later this month. I see our discussions as ranging more widely than the proposal for a teachers negotiating group set out in the Green Paper
Column 350of October 1987. I recognise that it will not be easy to find a solution which is acceptable to all parties. It is, however, essential that we get the new arrangements right and I have therefore decided to ask the interim advisory committee to sit for a further year to give time for this. I shall in due course ask the House to approve a one-year extension of the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Act 1987.
In letters to the teacher unions and employers I have said "It was clear from our previous exchanges that there are widely differing views. You already know the importance I attach to getting the new arrangements right. With this in mind I see the agenda for our next round of discussions ranging more widely than the proposals for a Teachers' Negotiating Group set out in the Green Paper of October 1987 and look forward to exploring with you a number of new ideas.
I hope you will join me in approaching these difficult issues in a constructive and open minded way, working together towards an objective we can share. I recognise, however, that it will not be easy to get things right. I have therefore decided to ask the IAC to sit for one more year, to deal with the 1990 pay settlement, to give us time to reach an agreed basis for stable, permanent new pay determination arrangements for the future. I will be asking Parliament later this year to agree to the necessary extension of the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Act 1987 and will announce the Committee's new remit in the early autumn."
Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools have submitted resignations in the last 12 months ; what are the comparable figures for each preceding year since 1979, and what percentage of each total these figures represent.
The numbers of teachers leaving full-time service in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector in England in the years ending March 1979 to March 1987 (the latest year for which data are collected by the Department) are as the follows :
Nursery and primary Secondary |Total leavers, numbers |as a percentage of those|Total leavers, number |As a percentage of those |in service |in service ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1979 |15,030 |8.0 |17,660 |7.8 1980 |14,970 |8.0 |19,570 |8.5 1981 |14,790 |8.1 |18,720 |8.0 1982 |13,980 |7.9 |16,820 |7.2 1983 |13,120 |7.7 |16,250 |7.0 1984 |12,660 |7.7 |16,920 |7.4 1985 |12,680 |7.9 |18,380 |8.1 1986 |12,450 |7.8 |18,710 |8.4 1987 |11,880 |7.4 |17,080 |7.9
Column 350(a) embezzlement, (b) incompetence, (c) criminal convictions other than fraud and (d) other reasons ; and what percentage of total practising membership of each profession each annual total represents.
|Total |Percentage Year |(a) |(b) |(c) |(d) |Total |Number --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1984 |0 |0 |2 |0 |2 |5,203 |0.04 1985 |0 |0 |1 |1 |2 |5,367 |0.04 1986 |0 |1 |0 |1 |2 |5,494 |0.04 1987 |0 |0 |1 |0 |1 |5,642 |0.02 1988 |0 |4 |2 |2 |8 |5,902 |0.14 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total |0 |5 |6 |4 |15 |- |- (a)=Embezzlement, (b)=Incompetence, (c)=Criminal convictions other than fraud, (d)=Other reasons.
The information requested on the reasons for solicitors being struck off is not available, but the total number of solicitors struck off in each of the past five years is as follows :
Year |Struck off|Total |Per cent. ------------------------------------------------------- 1984 |18 |44,837 |0.04 1985 |22 |46,490 |0.05 1986 |20 |47,830 |0.04 1987 |32 |48,937 |0.07 1988 |29 |50,684 |0.06
In the year ending 30 April 1989 a total of 49 solicitors were struck off. Practising certificates are issued during the period 1 November to 31 October and therefore the figure for the number of practising certificates issued in 1989 is not yet available.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Attorney-General what information he has as to the average cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of employing (a) a non-civil servant solicitor, (b) a civil servant solicitor and (c) a barrister in magistrate court prosecutions.
The Attorney-General : The Crown Prosecution Service employs both barristers and solicitors as Crown prosecutors to conduct prosecutions in the magistrates courts. The average annual cost outside London of employing a Crown prosecutor is £29,004 and for a senior Crown prosecutor the cost is £35,805. These figures include general administration expenses and accommodation costs as well as salary costs. In London the average costs are higher.
The Crown Prosecution Service also instructs solicitors and barristers in private practice to conduct prosecutions in the magistrates courts on an ad hoc basis as occasion requires locally. The fees paid to a solicitor in private practice lie between £85 and £150 for a half-day session and £125 and £300 for a full-day session (excluding VAT and travelling expenses) depending on the area of the country and the work involved. The average fee paid to a barrister in private practice for a half-day session is £95 and for a full-day session is £150 (excluding VAT and travelling expenses).
Column 352terms of noise pollution, toxic waste and radioactive waste management and disposal, requisition of land suitable for agricultural use.
Mr. Ryder : In exercising its responsibilities, including those relating to radioactive and other waste disposal, my Department takes account of the need to protect the environment and people. ADAS advises farmers, where appropriate, on ways to reduce noise levels. The Ministry's powers to requisition land suitable for agricultural use have not been used for some years.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to make supermarkets use labels to show whether the meat they sell has been reared and slaughtered humanely ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ryder : I have no plans to introduce such legislation which would, I believe, give rise to considerable practical problems regarding compliance and enforcement since it is impossible to distinguish analytically between meat from animals slaughtered or reared in different ways. There is nothing to prevent the provision of this type of information on a voluntary basis.
Mr. MacGregor : My right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Wales, and I have now completed consultations with the council and with organisations representing those carrying on business or employed in the horticultural industry. The National Farmers Union of England and Wales and of Scotland, the Farmers Union of Wales, the Horticultural Trades Association, the Transport and General Workers Union, and the Horticultural Development Council itself, are all in favour of the continuation of the Horticultural Development Council. My right hon. Friends and I have, therefore, decided that it should continue provided it is clear that it has the support of growers themselves. This will be tested by an independent poll to be undertaken in October of all growers registered with the council. Final decisions about the future of the Horticultural Development Council will be taken once the results of the poll is known, and parliamentary approval for the decisions will then be sought.
Mr. Boswell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about the proposals in his reply of 21 March, Official Report, column 515, to the hon. Member for Daventry to close in 1989-90 the experimental centres at Brogdale, Liscombe, Luddington and Rosewarne.
As regards Liscombe experimental husbandry farm, a local industry consortium called Liscombe Research has secured a significant level of commitments by industry to fund a programme of near-market research and development. In view of the progress that has been made, I have decided that Liscombe experimental husbandry farm will not close in 1989-90 as originally proposed, in order to give the consortium more time to collect the balance of funds needed to meet the costs of such a research and development programme in 1991-92. A decision on whether Liscombe experimental husbandry farm can be kept open will be taken later this year when we have reviewed with Liscombe Research the funding arrangements which it is able to agree to for the next few years.
No viable industry funding proposals have been received in relation to the experimental horticultural
Column 354stations at Luddington and Rosewarne. These stations will accordingly be closed for research and development purposes by 30 November 1989 and arrangements put in hand for disposal of land and facilities surplus to requirements.
Nor has any viable industry funding proposal been received in relation to the Brogdale experimental horticultural station. A decision on the details relating to the closure of this station will be announced later in 1989 when the Government have completed their discussions on arrangements for preserving the national fruit collection and its associated records which are currently located at Brogdale.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he has taken to ensure the import of shell-eggs takes place only through ports of entry where inspection facilities exist.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state for each month of the current year to date the number of eggs imported into the United Kingdom by country of origin.
Thousands Country |January |February|March |April |<1>May ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- France |972 |286 |15 |8,445 |734 Belgium and Luxembourg |491 |516 |334 |1,183 |700 Netherlands |8,547 |2,839 |3,588 |19,716 |19,603 Federal Republic of Germany |2,692 |2,698 |2,199 |7,522 |5,064 Italy |- |- |388 |280 |- Irish Republic |21 |524 |485 |743 |1,133 Denmark |1,635 |680 |929 |2,139 |882 Sweden |- |- |- |- |54 USA |13 |10 |18 |45 |2 |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- Total Imports |14,371 |7,553 |7,956 |40,073 |28,172 <1> May figures are latest available, subject to alteration. Source: HM Customs and Excise
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list those points of entry into the United Kingdom used for shell-egg importation and the percentage of imports at each location (a) inspected and (b) tested ;
(2) what action his Department is taking to ensure the quality and wholesomeness of eggs imported into Britain ;
(3) what are the arrangements under which his Department ensures the quality and wholesomeness of eggs imported into Britain.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Shell-eggs may be imported through all ports handling food. Arrangements have been made for the port health authorities and the public health laboratory service to monitor imported consignments for salmonella. This is done by taking a sample of 60 eggs from each lorryload tested.
Imported eggs are also checked for compliance with the EC quality requirements by the agricultural Departments. But this checking is carried out at wholesale distribution points.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all the appointments he has made to quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations together with the salary payable since June 1987.
Mr. Donald Thompson : I regret that I cannot provide a list except at disproportionate cost. However, much information about appointments is given in Ministry press notices and details of remuneration are set out in "Public Bodies 1988", a copy of which is in the Library.
Column 3552 as part of their consultations with a large number of organisations on the review of food legislation. We shall be bringing forward a food Bill as soon as the parliamentary timetable permits, which will take account of the responses we have received.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if his Department is sponsoring or conducting any research into the cultivation of genetically engineered atmospheric carbon dioxide, as part of the Government programme to combat greenhouse global warming.
Mr. Ryder : I assume that the hon. Gentleman is referring to research into the cultivation of genetically engineered plants to use up atmospheric carbon dioxide, in which case the answer is yes. My Department is supporting research in this area in the context of work on genetic improvement of trees for farm forestry.
Mr. Ryder : The committee on the microbiological safety of food, chaired by Sir Mark Richmond, has said that it aims to submit its first report to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Health as soon as possible probably towards the end of 1989, and that it does not intend to make any interim statements before then. The report will be published.
Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he last received a request from the London Food Commission for a meeting ; what the stated purpose of the meeting was ; whether he agreed to the meeting ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ryder : On 15 June the London Food Commission sought a meeting to discuss food irradiation prior to a formal announcement of Government policy on the subject. As this was received only very shortly before the date on which the announcement was due to be made, it was not possible to meet this request. I did, however, arrange for the commission to be sent a copy of the report by officials on the control framework that would be necessary for the introduction of this process.
Mr. Donald Thompson : I and my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland, for Wales and for Northern Ireland are considering with colleagues the board's proposals to locate part of its work away from the south-east of England.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many people have been employed in his press office by grade for each year for the last five years ; what is the current total ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donald Thompson : The complement for the press office by grade at 1 April for the last five years is as follows. The current total staff in post is 24, but equivalent information is not available for previous years.
|1985 |1986 |1987 |1988 |1989 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chief Information Officer |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 Principal Information Officer |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 Senior Information Officer/Senior Executive Officer |1 |1 |1 |- |- Senior Information Officer |- |- |- |4 |4 Information Officer/Higher Executive Officer |2 |2 |1 |1 |1 Information Officer |- |- |1 |4 |4 Higher Executive Officer |- |- |- |- |1 Assistant Information Officer/Executive Officer |- |- |1 |1 |1 Executive Officer |5 |5 |6 |3 |1 Administrative Officer |5 |5 |5 |5 |5 Administrative Assistant |4 |4 |4 |2 |2 Senior Paperkeeper |- |- |1 |1 |1 Paperkeeper |3 |3 |3 |2 |2 Personal Secretary |2 |2 |2 |2 |2 |-------|-------|-------|-------|------- Total |24 |24 |27 |27 |26
The change in the grade structure of the press office reflects the development of a more professional service in line with the demands of the modern media.
Mr. Gould : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what specific proposals his Department has put forward for consideration and enactment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and tropospheric ozone, since the seminar on the greenhouse effect held by the Prime Minister on 26 April.
Mr. Newton : The Department is actively involved in the Government's consideration of the United Kingdom and international response to the greenhouse effect. As part of this, we have commissioned studies on CFCs aimed at determining the most effective means of achieving the reductions in the production and use of CFCs to which the Government are firmly committed. More generally, the DTI environmental programme lauched on 10 May is aimed at increasing business awareness of environmental issues and encouraging firms to recognise and respond positively to both the problems and the opportunities they present.
Mr. Atkins : The Commission has found that the aid granted to the two subsidiaries, Idealspun and Fabelta, of the Belgian textile concern, Beaulieu, is illegal and incompatible with the Common Market, and has ruled that it must be repaid. In the Idealspun case, the European Court of Justice upheld the Commission and, because the aid has not yet been recovered, the Commission has now instituted legal proceedings against the Belgian Government for failing to fulfil its obligations under the treaty of Rome. In the Fabelta case, misleading assurances were given that the aid had been recovered and the Commission has now taken the Belgian Government to the European Court of Justice for failure to comply with its decision ordering recovery of the aid.
Column 358British carpet industry about unfair overseas competition, especially from Belgium, arising from state subsidies available to the Belgian carpet industry.
Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information he has received from the European Economic Community Commission about the respective responses of the French and United Kingdom Governments to the representation and instructions issued by the Commission on British Leyland and Renault cars respectively.
Mr. Atkins : The United Kingdom's 1988 state aid application in respect of the Rover Group was the subject of a Commission decision on 13 July 1988. The Commission has the right to monitor certain aspects arising out of the decision and I have no reason to believe that it is other than satisfied with the current position. In the Renault case I understand that discussions are continuing between the Commission and the French Government on the implementation of the conditions attached to the Commission's decision of 29 March 1988.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish figures showing the trade deficit or surplus of the United Kingdom with each of its EC partners for each year since 1980.
United Kingdom crude balances of trade with EC partners 1980-88 £ million |1980 |1981 |1982 |1983 |1984 |1985 |1986 |1987 |1988 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- France |-254 |-353 |225 |608 |1,111 |1,136 |-1,177|-600 |-1,120 Belgium/Luxembourg |-122 |-357 |-548 |-554 |-636 |-667 |-251 |-504 |-704 Netherlands |441 |124 |131 |337 |12 |792 |-1,181|-1,293|-2,696 Federal Republic of Germany |-587 |-425 |-1,993|-3,597|-3,604|-3,689|-5,589|-6,379|-8,145 Italy |-394 |-588 |-712 |-918 |-905 |-827 |-1,203|-1,071|-1,711 Irish Republic |870 |1,031 |886 |766 |759 |814 |499 |343 |178 Denmark |-76 |-123 |-237 |-353 |-464 |-344 |-545 |-643 |-857 Greece |91 |92 |104 |115 |75 |15 |47 |89 |111 Portugal |56 |35 |49 |-79 |-258 |-256 |-296 |-148 |-117 Spain |-95 |-48 |-70 |18 |-369 |-221 |115 |65 |209 Source: Overseas Trade Statistics. Note: 1988 figures are provisional.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he is able to make an estimate of the level of (a) Japanese, (b) German and (c) American investment in the United Kingdom for each year from 1978 to date.
Mr. Atkins [holding answer 7 July 1989] : Information is available only triennially on the level of Japanese, West German and United States direct investment in the United Kingdom. The latest available figures relate to the end of 1984. These, together with figures to the end of 1978 and end 1981, were published in table 11 of "Business Monitor MO4" (census of overseas assets).
F |Award |(£ million) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- European Regional Development Fund (Grants) (1979-88) |367 European Investment Bank (Loans) (1978-88) |237 European Coal and Steel Community <1> (Loans) (1979-88) |88 |--- |692
In addition, Strathclyde receives substantial grants for employment and training initiatives under European social fund (£31.5 million for 1987-89). A regional breakdown of the grants from the agricultural guidance fund is not available, but Strathclyde has shared in the Scottish total of £385 million (1979-88).
The European Commission has also approved the Strathclyde integrated development operation worth over £270 million in regional and social fund grants up to 1992. A decision is awaited from the Commission on the Government's bid to establish Strathclyde's eligibility under the RENAVAL community programme for shipbuilding areas.
Greenock and Port Glasgow have shared in these awards, although separate statistics for the area are not available. Inverclyde district, however, has received some £34 million in regional fund grants since 1979.
Figure relates to Article 56 reconversion loans. Regional breakdown of other ECSC assistance is not available.
Excludes Strathclyde share of UK-wide schemes.
Excludes Scottish share of market support expenditure incurred by the Intervention Board for Agriculture.