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Mr. Lilley : The activities of credit reference agencies are regulated by the Consumer Credit Act and the Data Protection Act. The report of the review committee on banking services law published in February 1989 considered, among many other matters, disclosure of information by banks to credit reference agencies. I will be making a statement on the Government's response to this report in due course.
Mr. Brooke : The numbers of staff in post for the years 1979 to 1988 are to be found in copies of the annual publication "Civil Service Statistics" which have been placed in the House of Commons Library. The numbers for 1 April 1989 by Department have not been published
Column 50yet, but are to be found in "QSR Analysis", a copy of which has been sent to the House of Commons Library (statistical unit).
Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many prosecutions have been instigated under (a) section 1 of the Food Act 1984 and (b) section 2 of the Food Act 1984 for each year since 1984 ; how many of these prosecutions were successful ; and what was the maximum penalty levied.
Mr. Ryder : Information on prosecutions under separate sections of the Food Act 1984 is not collected centrally. However, information is available on prosecutions, convictions and the number fined the maximum penalty for offences committed under the Food Act 1984 as follows :
Offenders prosecuted and convicted under the Food Act 1984<1> England and Wales |1984 |1985 |1986 |1987 ------------------------------------------- Prosecutions |844 |901 |1,050|1,078 Convictions |748 |793 |909 |930 Number fined (maximu2 £2,0-0) -1 <1>Sections 1, 2, 6, 29, 48 and 103.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review (a) the compensation paid to the egg industry and (b) other grants, in the light of recent concern about the quality of eggs.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, pursuant to his answer of 28 June, Official Report, column 466, he has now completed his consideration of arrangements to be made in the event that Brogdale is closed ; and what guardianship he proposes for the national fruit collection.
Mr. Ryder : We have not yet completed our consideration of the arrangements to be made for the national fruit collection in the event that Brogdale is closed, and I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 28 June.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to his reply to the hon. Member for South Shields of 11 July, if he will specify what tissues and organs are included in the category of head meat ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list the abattoirs in England which have been receiving meat from the Clwyd and Devon farms which have an outbreak of anthrax ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) if he will list the number and type of animals infected by anthrax in Devon in the current year ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) if he will make a statement on the source of anthrax contamination in Devon ;
(4) what action he is taking on the farm in Devon which currently has an outbreak of anthrax ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donald Thompson : There is no current outbreak of anthrax in Devon. A single case occurred in January involving the death of one cow. Despite thorough epidemiological investigation the source of infection was not identified. Restrictions were lifted on 10 January.
No abattoirs in England have received animals from the farm in Clwyd while movement restrictions under the Anthrax Order 1938 have been in force.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the 1938 Anthrax Order with a view to including the disposal of potentially infected slurry ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Spicer : Approval has been given to the UKAEA to use some of its pre-contract research funds to support its role as a member of the safe integral reactor (SIR) consortium which is at present bidding for funds from the United States Department of Energy. The UKAEA has joined the consortium as a commercial venture.
Mr. Michael Spicer : The choice of sites for nuclear power stations is in the first instance, a matter for the electricity supply industry. I am therefore asking the chairman of the CEGB to write direct to the hon. Member.
Any proposal for such a station would, of course, be subject to obtaining the necessary consents and permissions.
Sir Russell Johnston : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy which body will be responsible, after the privatisation of the electricity industry, for the current research in which the Central Electricity Generating Board is engaged on the possible health hazards associated with exposure to power frequency electro-magnetic fields from power lines and other sources.
Mr. Michael Spicer : After privatisation, the part of the CEGB responsible for the transmission system will form the National Grid Company and will continue the programme of work already started to investigate the possible effects to human health of electro-magnetic fields emanating from power cables. In addition, independent research on the subject is also undertaken at a number of universities and hospitals.
Government are kept informed of these developments via officials in the Departments of Energy and Health, the Health and Safety Executive, and the National Radiological Protection Board.
Mr. Latham : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether his Department has commissioned any work in the last five years from any of the subsidiaries of Halliburton Services, including Gearhart Geodata
Column 53Services Ltd., Gearharts Wireline Service Ltd., Brown and Root Ltd., Otis Engineering Corporation and Otis Pressure Control Ltd. ; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr. Parkinson : A review of Departmental records indicates that the Department has had two contracts in the last five years with the Halliburton Group subsidiary Brown and Root Vickers Technology Ltd. ; in addition, the Department has had contracts with Wharton Williams Ltd., which became a subsidiary of the Halliburton Group in April 1989.
Mr. Peter Morrison : The programmes of the Energy Efficiency Office have already achieved savings of more than £0.5 billion per year. The EEO is now targeting its efforts on key areas of energy use and offering advice backed by technical support. In particular, we are emphasising the work of the regional energy efficiency officers in making direct contact with major energy users and offering the new best practice programme which will develop and disseminate well-researched information on energy use sector by sector. In addition the Secretary of State is leading a campaign to improve the efficiency of energy use in the public sector. I believe that this targeted approach will result in the work of the EEO being even more effective.
Our proposals for the electricity supply industry will also give further impetus to the promotion of energy efficiency, particularly through the responsibilities of the director general and his staff in the Office of Electricity Regulation.
In addition, amendments to the building regulations were laid before the House on 11 July. These will require improvements in insulation standards which should achieve a saving of 20 per cent. in heating requirements compared with existing regulations.
Mr. Luce : Many senior civil servants have had experience of working in all parts of the country, including the north. A range of posts in varying places increases the breadth of their knowledge and expertise and I value this.
Mr. Luce : Government Departments have, for some time, been preparing for the single European market. My own Department has created a range of training and development opportunities to support their strategies.
Mr. Luce : The planning of expenditure on training and development is a matter for Departments. On the basis of past trends, I would expect the total investment in training for the non-industrial Civil Service in the current year to be about £330 million. In addition, £1 million of challenge funding is being made available centrally to Departments to encourage them to undertake more management training and development at senior levels.
Mr. Luce : Central Government expenditure on the arts has increased since 1985-86 by £152 million to £439 million in 1989-90. There are no comprehensive figures for private funding of arts activities but there are many good examples of private sector support for arts activities.
Mr. Luce : In 1988-89, around £6 million of taxpayers' money was spent on the arts in the southern arts area, via the Arts Council and the Regional Arts Association. This does not include expenditure on the arts from local authorities and from the private sector.
Mr. Luce : In November 1987 I announced a new departure in arts funding with a three-year settlement for the years 1988-89 to 1990-91. In November 1988 I announced the rolling forward of this central Government programme to 1991-92. As is now customary, I would hope to be able to make a similar statement in respect of 1992-93 this autumn.
Mr. Luce : The finance available to the arts in particular regions is determined by the Arts Council. Arts Council grants to regional arts associations have more than doubled since 1984-85. The level of grant to North West Arts in 1990-91 and beyond has yet to be determined.
Mr. Luce : This venture by the Association of Business Sponsorship of the Arts is making good progress. The pilot scheme in the west midlands has been very useful, and has demonstrated the enthusiasm of the business community to share their skills with the arts. Negotiations are now under way to open a number of regional offices.
45. Mr. Haynes : To ask the Minister for Arts what discussions he has had with the Association of County Councils on the number of visits by (a) school parties and (b) other community groups to performing arts events.
Mr. Luce : This information is not held centrally, but the publication "Arts Festivals in Britain and Ireland" estimates that in 1985 there were 265 festivals in Great Britain with a professional input. This rose to 274 in 1986, rising again to 412 in 1987 and there was a further increase to 490 in 1988. This year it is estimated that there will be around 600 arts festivals.
Table showing major sponsorships of and donations to the arts in the last twelve months Organisation |Donor |Amount |Date of announcement |Purpose ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tate Gallery |Anonymous |US $6.5 million |20 June 1988 |To set up American fund for Tate Gallery National Gallery |Mr. Walter Annenberg, KBE |£2.85 million |22 June 1988 |Restoration of impressionist and post- | impressionist rooms Victoria and Albert |Mr. T. T. Tsui |£1.25 million |20 June 1988 |To creat a new gallery of Chinese art and Museum |design BAFTA |Shell (sponsorship) |£3 million |12 July 1988 |Various projects British Library |The Andrew W. Mellon |US $1.5 million |20 October 1988 | Foundation of New York | (over 5 years) | microfilming Arts Council |Anonymous |£1 million |December 1988 |Foundation of new endowment fund for | innovation and experiment
Mr. Luce : This is another excellent example of the way in which the arts world and the private sector can work together for the benefit of each other and the public at large. The Arts Council estimates that within two years of its launch, the arts card could raise between £400,000 and £500,000 for arts organisations.
Mr. Luce : Regional repertory theatres fund their studio theatres out of their overall revenue grant. Because there is no separate earmarking, information about the funding of studio theatres is not held centrally.
Mr. Luce : With my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, I have commissioned a booklet which includes examples of how the performing arts can stimulate pupils' imagination and widen the boundaries of classroom learning. It will be circulated free to all maintained schools. This is one of a number of initiatives that I have taken to ensure that the performing arts reach the widest possible audience.
Mr. Luce : The Training Agency has recently undertaken a survey of training in the arts and is organising a conference for practitioners to consider its report. Following these initiatives, my officials will be discussing with the Arts Council what further steps may need to be taken to improve training provision.
Mr. Luce : The British Library estimates the cost of cataloguing to be approximately £37 for a book acquired by legal deposit, and approximately £18 for a purchased book. The cost of storing a book in central London is approximately £1 per year.
Mr. Luce : Of the 10 London-based national museums and galleries five have established outstations outside the capital--the British museum (natural history), and Imperial war museum, the National portrait gallery, the Science museum and the Tate gallery. The Victoria and Albert museum is considering relocating part of its Indian collection to Bradford. Since 1986, the national museums and galleries on Merseyside have been supported from the arts programme. I greatly welcome these developments which help to make our national collections more accessible to a wider public.
Column 58Europe--Planning for 1992", arranged by the Office of Arts and Libraries, at which Arts Council representatives were present. The Arts Council is also holding a conference on this general theme on 14-16 March next year in Glasgow and my office is represented on the advisory committee for this event.
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Minister for the Arts what plans his Department is making to mark the arrival of the open market of 1 January 1993 with cultural exchanges, exhibitions, performances or similar events.
Mr. Hood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many finance companies, licensed under the Financial Services Act, have had their licence withdrawn each year since 1988 for malpractice in Scotland.