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Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy of 24 January, Official Report, column 555, whether centre is quantified as a radius in kilometres in the instructions to pilots concerning overflight of the centres of major conurbations and built-up areas in the United Kingdom low flying system.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the replies to the hon. Member for Meirionydd Nant Conwy of 9 November 1987, Official Report, columns 36-7, 20 January 1988, Official Report, column 765, and 10 May 1989, Official Report, columns 474-5, on what assumed average number of movements per sortie the figures for low-flying sorties in the years 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, as recalculated by the pre- 1985 method of estimating sorties from numbers of movements, were based ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy of 25 May, Official Report, column 732, what are the differences between the bases of recording low flying movements in the Borders tactical training area before and after July 1988.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice is given to military aircrews on the use of the common North Atlantic Treaty Organisation radio frequency for low level flying when operating in the United Kingdom low flying system.
Mr. Neubert : There is no common North Atlantic Treaty Organisation radio frequency for low flying. However, a specially designated frequency is available for the transmission of flight safety information within the United Kingdom low flying system.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information on the location of planned entry into and exit from low flying areas is provided to RAF West Drayton by military aircrews planning low flying sorties.
Mr. Neubert : Low flying military aircraft using the Highlands restricted area operate within the relevant height constraints of the United Kingdom low flying system and there are no plans to change this.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has further to reduce the number and size of low flying avoidance areas covering special rules airspace around civil airports ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Neubert : Special rules airspace and civil aerodrome traffic zones constitute in themselves avoidance areas for military aircraft, except where entry has been authorised by the controlling authority. There are no plans to change these arrangements.
(2) what use is made of satellite communications for air traffic control in the United Kingdom low flying system.
Mr. Neubert : This information is not available in the form requested. The information that is available has already been given in replies to the hon. Member by my predecessor on 2 November 1987, Official Report, column 487, and on 20 January 1988, Official Report, columns 764- 65, and in the reply that I gave to the hon. Member on 25 May 1989, Official Report, columns 732-33.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all those North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries which have chemical weapons stored or available for use on British soil.
Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, for each of the last three White Papers issued by his Department, for which legislation has been started, he will state the time elapsed between their publication and the First Readings of any Bills connected with them ; and if he will do the same for the last three White Papers issued by his Department prior to May 1979.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : My Department has not since 1979 issued White Papers which have formed the basis of subsequent legislation. It is not for me to answer for the record of the previous Government in this matter, but the information requested should be available in the Library of the House and the official record.
Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a table giving the number of dwellings which the Ministry of Defence has (a) offered to purchase because they fall within the 83 LAeq, 12H noise contour and (b) offered to provide noise insulation because they fall within the 70 LAeq, 12H noise contour, for RAF Upper Heyford and for each of the military air bases in the United Kingdom at which the above schemes apply.
Number of properties situated within Airfield |83 dBLAeq |70 dBLAeq 12H contour |12H contour -------------------------------------------------------------- RNAS Yeovilton |11 |483 RAF Alconbury |- |138 RAF Kinloss |- |49 RAF Lossiemouth |- |293 RAF Leuchars |- |1,070 RAF Cottesmore |- |1,506 RAF Honington |- |260 RAF Leeming |19 |926 RAF Marham |1 |265 RAF Stornoway |12 |180 RAF Coningsby |- |800 RAF Wattisham |- |540 RAF Lakenheath/Mildenhall |2 |5,600 RAF Upper Heyford |60 |770 RAF Chivenor |- |18
Mr. Sainsbury : The order for the final tranche of the main production of S10 respirator face pieces was made in financial year 1987-88 and that for the respirator canister was made in financial year 1988-89.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has on the proportion of those Ministry of Defence civilian employees made redundant as a result of contracting-out and privatisation since 1979 who have been subsequently re-employed by contractors providing services to his Department.
Mr. Sainsbury : No such information is held. The Ministry of Defence requires contractors to consider employing civilian staff being made redundant as a result of contracting-out, but the decision is entirely for the contractor. In the case of privatisation of Royal Ordnance and transfer to commercial management of the royal dockyards, staff were not made redundant but were all transferred to the new companies under the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : Arms control is an integral part of the Government's security policy. Our arms control objectives are designed to enhance the security of this country and of our allies, and the Ministry of Defence is fully involved in the formulation and implementation of our arms control policies.
Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents have taken place since 1987 when a plane flew over Britain without a pilot ; and if he will make a statement outlining the precautions which were taken to avoid any repetition of the problem.
Mr. Neubert : Other than in brief instances when aircrew have had to eject, the only such occasion of which I am aware is the incident involving a Harrier GR5 aircraft on 22 October 1987 during a production test flight, when the pilot was killed after being ejected accidentally. The aircraft crashed into the sea some 500 miles west of the Republic of Ireland. A summary of the findings of the board of inquiry, including remedial actions taken, was placed in the Library in the usual way.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of tropical hardwood used by the Ministry of Defence last year came from (a) Brazil, (b) the Ivory Coast, (c) Ghana, (d) India and (e) elsewhere ; and in each case what steps were taken to ensure the wood used originated from plantations managed in a sustainable manner.
16 per cent. came from Brazil.
16 per cent. came from the Ivory Coast.
27 per cent. came from Ghana.
0 per cent. came from India.
41 per cent. came from elsewhere.
All tropical hardwood was procured competitively through importers and stockists in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Sainsbury : The amount spent on official hospitality by the Ministry of Defence in 1988-89 totalled some £3.520 million. This figure included expenditure incurred by the Ministry of Defence itself, by formations and establishments of the armed forces at home and abroad, and by individual officers occupying command and international appointments for which entertainment allowances are payable.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of troop involvement in emergency parking arrangements during the current industrial action on British Rail and London Regional Transport ; and who is responsible for meeting the cost.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The costs of service assistance in providing emergency parking facilities will not be known until the facilities are no longer needed and have been withdrawn. The Department of Transport will meet the extra cost incurred by the Ministry of Defence.
Column 321providing transport for the Prime Minister on official visits overseas at rates which are calculated in accordance with rules laid down by the Treasury. These rates are designed to ensure that no residual costs are carried on Defence Votes.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total value of property disposed of by his Department in the financial year 1988-89 ; and what is the current estimate of likely disposals in 1989 -90.
Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Rhondda of 17 July, Official Report, columns 24, how the schedule for the refit of HMS Fearless has been revised ; and what additional expenditure will be involved.
Mr. Sainsbury : No central record of the number of service men employed in the procurement executive before 1 June 1981 exists ; the number on that date was 1,655. It is too early in the year to give a definitive figure for 1989. However, it is expected to be around 1, 200.
Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply of 17 July, Official Report, column 254, whether he will state the planned location of the proposed centre for defence studies.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The intention is to establish the centre for defence studies at an existing university, polytechnic or institute. Its location will depend, therefore, on the outcome of the evaluation of proposals to which I referred in my reply of 17 July.
Operational aircraft |Training aircraft --------------------------------------------------------------- Tristar |Chipmunk VC10/VC10K |Bulldog Hercules |Jet Provost Victor |Tucano Sentry (AWACS) |Hawk (AFT only) HS 125 |Dominie BAe 146 |Jetstream Andover |Gazelle Canberra |Wessex Sea King Wessex (SAR)
It remains Government policy that women should not undertake direct combatant duties, and this has determined the aircraft in which women will act as aircrew.
We intend to begin recruiting immediately, and in the first instance shall be looking for up to 10 per cent. women recruits, (25 pilots and 10 navigators) in the first year, but this will be kept under review.
Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 19 July 1989] : Although European Community competence in defence procurement is circumscribed by article 223 of the treaty of Rome, the completion of the single European market will have an important impact on our suppliers, most of which operate in both the civil and defence sectors of the economy. The Department has therefore taken a number of steps to ensure that defence contractors are informed of the implications of 1992 for defence procurement. In April 1989, the Department held a forum for industry on the future of defence procurement in Europe ; Ministers and senior officials have addressed the implications of 1992 in speeches and articles ; and there are working-level contacts between the defence contractors and Ministry officials concerned with the impact of the single European market.
Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 19 July 1989] : A number of officials in the Ministry of Defence, particularly those concerned with legal affairs and with procurement and contractual matters, give advice on the implications of 1992. However, there is no post in the Department wholly or mainly devoted to advising on EEC matters.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to reply to the Seventh Report from the Select Committee on Defence, on decommissioning of nuclear submarines, (HC, 1988-89, No. 316), before the House rises for the summer recess ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 323published on 21 June and will provide a formal response in due course. It will not, however, be possible to reply before the House goes into recess.
Mr. Nicholls : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 14 February to my hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Latham) at column 153. Consultations with the board and organisations representing employers are almost complete. I expect to be in a position to make a decision shortly.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the number, and percentage of (i) men and (ii) women aged (a) 50 to 54, (b) 55 to 59 and (c) 60 to 64 for men only who are in (1) employment, (2) part-time employment and (3) full-time employment.
Persons in employment by whether working full or part time by sex and selected age groups Spring 1988 Great Britain, Thousands and per cent. Full or part time status<1> Sex |All in employment<2>|Part time |Full time Age --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Men Numbers 50 to 54 |1,220 |26 |1,194 55 to 59 |1,033 |38 |994 60 to 64 |671 |65 |605 Percentages of all in age group 50 to 54 |83.1 |1.8 |81.2 55 to 59 |72.7 |2.7 |70.0 60 to 64 |49.3 |4.8 |44.4 Women Numbers 50 to 54 |924 |482 |441 55 to 59 |729 |370 |359 Percentages of all in age group 50 to 54 |62.4 |32.6 |29.8 55 to 59 |49.5 |25.1 |24.3 Source: 1988 Labour Force Survey Preliminary results. <1> Full or part time employment is based on self-assessment by the respondent. <2> Includes those who did not state whether they worked full or part time.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what are the latest figures for the unemployment rate for each of the social classes I to V ; and what the corresponding rates were in 1979 ;
(2) what is the percentage of each social class I to V who are unemployed ; and by how much each of these percentages has changed since 1979.
Unemployment by social class-Great Britain Spring 1988, per cent. Social class<1> |Unemployment rate<2> |Percentage of each social |class unemployed<3> |per cent. |per cent. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I |1.7 |1.6 II |2.7 |2.5 III |5.3 |4.8 IV |7.9 |7.0 V |10.5 |9.1 <1> Based on previous occupation of those unemployed or inactive and current occupation of those in employment. <2> Unemployed (ILO/OECD definition) as a percentage of economically active (i.e. unemployed plus employed). <3> Unemployed (ILO/OECD definition) as a percentage of all persons 16 or over. Note: Persons not in employment were not asked about their previous occupation if they left their last job three or more years prior to interview. These persons plus those who have never had a job are excluded from the above table.
Data on unemployment by social class was not collected in the 1979 LFS on a basis comparable with the given estimates.