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Racial Harassment

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many perpetrators of racial harassment have been charged by the police (a) under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and (b) under section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, in the years 1987 and 1988, respectively.

Mr. John Patten : Information on whether prosecutions under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and under section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 were for offences which were racially motivated is not collected centrally.

Child Abuse

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted of child cruelty in courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years ;

(2) how many (a) men and (b) women have been sent to prison for cruelty to children in each of the last five years.

Mr. John Patten : Information held centrally for 1983 to 1987 on the specific offence of child cruelty is given in the table. Data for 1988 are not yet available. Many other convictions take place each year for offences of violence against children or sexual offences against children.


Persons found guilty and sentenced to immediate custody for offences        

relating to cruelty to children                                             

                   |Total found guilty|Immediate custody                    

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1983                                                                        

    Males          |47                |16                                   

    Females        |42                |7                                    

                                                                            

1984                                                                        

    Males          |52                |18                                   

    Females        |53                |7                                    

                                                                            

1985                                                                        

    Males          |40                |17                                   

    Females        |54                |13                                   

                                                                            

1986                                                                        

    Males          |59                |20                                   

    Females        |68                |10                                   

                                                                            

1987                                                                        

    Males          |68                |20                                   

    Females        |76                |19                                   

Life Sentences

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of inmates serving a life sentence were reviewed for possible parole during 1988.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : In 1988, the parole board considered the cases of 444 life sentence prisoners for release on life licence.

Scottish Television Producers

Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of United Kingdom network programming is currently achieved by Scottish television producers.

Mr. Renton : Programmes by Scottish producers comprise the following percentages of United Kingdom television network transmissions :


           |Percentage           

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

BBC        |1.55                 

ITV        |2.2                  

Channel 4  |1.8                  

The ITV and Channel 4 figures do 

not include output from Border   

television.                      

Lotteries

Mr. Ken Hargreaves : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reply he has received from the authorities in the Federal Republic of Germany to his request to explore means of stopping the posting to the United Kingdom of promotional and entry material for lotteries based in West Germany.

Mr. John Patten : The authorities in the Federal Republic have expressed their readiness to co-operate in this exploration and, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, relevant information is being exchanged between them and the Home Office.

Horserace Totalisator Board

Mr. Page : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether future developments on the privatisation of the Horserace Totalisator Board, the allocation of shares in SIS and mergers within the off-course bookmaking market will be frozen pending an announcement of an inquiry into racing finances.

Mr. John Patten : My right hon. Friend will announce his conclusions on the case for an inquiry into the long-term funding of racing when consideration is completed. The advice on the possible privatisation of the


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Horserace Totalisator Board which we have received from Lloyds merchant bank is relevant to that consideration. The allocation of shares in Satellite Information Services is a matter for that company. There are no powers for the Secretary of State to make a general prohibition on merger activity in a particular sector, including the bookmaking industry.

Orange Badge Scheme

Mr. Ashley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the frequency with which the £400 fine has been imposed by different authorities for the unauthorised use by a non- disabled person of an orange badge issued to a person with a disability.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : [holding answer 20 July 1989] : I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson) on 13 July at column 643. The highest fine recorded for these offences was £50.

West Midlands Police

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the west midlands as to on how many occasions complaints have been received against detective sergeant Michael Hornby ; and what action has been taken in each case ;


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(2) if, pursuant to his answer on 5 July, he will call for a report from the chief constable of the west midlands as to how many complaints have been received against detective sergeant Michael Hornby since 1974 ; what action was taken in 1980 on the one occasion he was disciplined ; and what was the nature of the complaint against him.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [pursuant to his replies of 5 and 11 July 1989, columns 190 and 425] : I now understand from the chief constable ofthe West Midlands police that the information provided by the force that detective sergeant Michael Hornby had been the subject of disciplinary proceedings in 1980 is incorrect. Detective sergeant Hornby has never faced disciplinary charges.

I regret any inconvenience or embarrassment which this incorrect information may have caused.

Child Custody

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mothers in prison, on remand or convicted for offences unrelated to their children's welfare, have been prevented from exercising their legal child custody rights by local authorities which have put their children into care without informing or consulting their mothers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Mellor : We do not hold this information centrally. It is normal social work practice for all mothers to be informed or consulted about their children being taken into care.


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THE ARTS

Official Hospitality

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Minister for the Arts how much was spent on official hospitality by his Department in 1988-89.

Mr. Luce : The Office of Arts and Libraries spent £7,943 on official hospitality in 1988-89.

Horniman Museum and Library

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Minister for the Arts what discussions he has had with the director of the Horniman museum and library about its future structure and funding ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce [holding answer 14 July 1989] : I met the director of the Horniman museum on 10 July and had a useful and informative discussion on the future of the museum. I was pleased to hear of progress achieved so far and asked to be kept in touch with developments in the transition to independent charitable status. The director is aware that the level of resources for the museum will be decided later in the year alongside OAL's other client institutions. The museum will naturally be encouraged to take full advantage of all sources of funding available to charitable institutions.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Countryside Commission

Mr. Andrew Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he last met the chairman of the Countryside Commission ; and what matters were discussed.

Mr. Ryder : I met the chairman of the Countryside Commission on 7 November when we discussed many issues relating to the countryside. I am always ready to discuss matters of mutual concern with the Countryside Commission.

Irradiated Food

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the numbers of representations he has received concerning the European Economic Community directive on food irradiation.

Mr. Ryder : I have received about 70 letters making representations on this subject. Careful consideration will be given to the points raised.

Code of Good Agricultural Practice

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all the documents comprising the code of good agricultural practice ; what is the price of each ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ryder : The main code of good agricultural practice booklet, originally a priced publication, was made available free of charge in June 1988. The following more detailed publications also form part of the code.

RB 209--Fertiliser Recommendations (revised 1988) £5.00 RB 500-- Pesticides 1989 £8.95


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Leaflet P441--Nitrogen fertilisers (1987)

Leaflet P593--Sheep scab (1986)

Leaflet 719--Sheep dipping and spraying (reprinted 1984) Leaflet P767--Farm chemical stores (1988)

Booklet 2078--Guidelines for the use of herbicides on weeds in or near watercourses and lakes (revised 1985) £2.50

Booklet 2081--Farm waste management : Profitable use of farm manures (revised 1986) £2.00

Booklet 2198--Guidelines for the disposal of unwanted pesticides and containers on farms and holdings (reprinted 1986)

Booklet 2200--Farm waste management : Advice on avoiding pollution from farm manures and other slurry wastes (revised 1985) £2.00 Booklet 2272 --Guidelines for applying crop protection chemicals : Ground crop sprayers for agriculture (reprinted 1986).

Booklet 2409--The use of sewage sludge on agricultural land (revised 1987) £2.50.

Booklet 2429--Farm waste management : Silage avoiding pollution (reprinted 1985)

Booklet 2449--Guidelines for applying crop protection chemicals : Spraying fruit and hops with insecticides and fungicides (reprinted 1989).

Leaflet P3042--Farm waste management : Storage of farm manures and slurries --Choosing a storage system.

Leaflet P3043--Farm waste management : Storage of farm manures and slurries --Above ground circular slurry stores.

Leaflet P3045--Farm waste management : Storage of farm manures and slurries --Weeping-wall slurry stores.

Leaflet P3046--Farm waste management : Storage of farm manures and slurries --Stores for traditional farmyard manure.

Leaflet P3047--Farm waste management : Storage of farm manures and slurries --Effluent tanks

Leaflet P3122--Farm pollution : Dirty water-sources and volumes Leaflet P3123--Farm pollution : Dirty water-systems for disposal Leaflet P3124-- Farm pollution : Dirty water-low rate irrigation systems.

CAP 414--The Aerial Application Certificate : Information on requirements to be met by applicators and holders.

Where no price is mentioned, the publications are available free of charge.

Regional Panels

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the names of his regional panels, the names of the people represented on each panel, their occupations and the interest they represent ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ryder : The five regional panels in England are non-statutory bodies which help to ensure that the ministry and the farming industry are each aware of the other's attitudes and policies and to hear representations against decisions by officials. Membership of the regional panels is drawn mainly from farmers, farmworkers and landowners. Membership is undertaken in a personal capacity. Regional panel members do not act in a representational capacity for any organisation to which they may belong.

There is an agriculture advisory panel for Wales which fulfils the same functions ; this is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales.

The names of the people who currently serve on the regional panels in England are as follows :

Midlands and Western Regional Panel

Chairman H. Salwey TD


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Members :

W. H. Bainbridge

C. Briscoe

A. R. Chadwick

T. Clowes

Mrs. J. Davies

R. B. Garwell

D. Harper

A. T. C. Haywood

A. A. Hignett

J. S. Molyneux

D. R. Penrose

W. J. B. Taylor

M. E. Twidale

Dr. S. M. Williams

Eastern Regional Panel

Chairman - R. C. Bloomfield

Members :

J. Adams JP

D. Bareham

D. Black

D. A. V. Cox

Mrs. R. Eady

E. W. Fause

J. F. Goodge

R. H. Kerkham

J. Kerr JP

B. E. Newton

R. W. Patrick

D. A. Read

P. E. Richardson

M. Thomasin-Foster

R. J. Watts

Northern Regional Panel

Chairman - J. W. Raine CBE

Members :

C. H. Armstrong

W. D. Avery

C. A. F. Baker-Cresswell OBE

R. H. Bosomworth

J. C. Cooke

J. H. Dixon

J. M. Dearlore

H. Duckett

H. E. Morphet

M. P. Pollard

S. P. W. Kedgate

A. P. Shirley

J. Walby

I. S. Watson

South Eastern Regional Panel

Chairman - K. J. Cyster OBE

Members :

B. Doble

A. Gould

J. E. Harrison

J. Lington

P. Lowater

J. P. Martin

I. D. Mcdowall

D. G. L. Monnington

H. Oliver-Bellasis

A. E. Redsell

D. Sword

Mrs. S. Ward

South Western Regional Panel

Chairman - Sir Peter Mills

Members :

J. M. Eustace

B. R. Jones

R. Jones

R. Lawton

N. P. Morris

M. Retallick

D. Scott

G. Trehane


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