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Mr. Portillo : The names and port of registry of cargo vessels and passenger ferries registered in the United Kingdom lost in the five years 1984-88 are listed, with the number of fatalities. Inquiries were carried out by the Department of Transport in all cases. The remaining information requested is not readily available and could be compiled only at disproportionate expense.
Cargo Vessels and Passenger Ferries Lost 1984-88 Ship |Port of Registry|Deaths ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1984 Camilla Weston |London |- Fylrix |Hull |- 1985 Johanna V |London |- Bridgeness (Tanker) |London |- Xanthence |Colchester |- David F |Liverpool |- Gwyn |Cardiff |- 1986 Southern Quest |Grangemouth |- Eilean Rosin Dubh |Stornoway |- 1987 Herald of Free Enterprise |Dover |189 Besthorpe |Hull |1 Maral R |London |- 1988 Grit |London |- BC Mercurius |London |- Deepdale H |Liverpool |-
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow on 11 July, Official Report , columns 458-59 he will indicate in how many of the subsequent inquiries into such losses the master was
Column 594held responsible for the loss of his vessel ; what were the penalties imposed upon those deemed to be offenders ; and under which regulations those sanctions were imposed.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow on 11 July, Official Report, columns 458-59, he will indicate how many of these losses of fishing vessels were subjects of inquiry ; how many were lost as a direct result of collisions with submarines ; and, of those which foundered following such collisions, how many were fishing at the time with (a) demersal gear and (b) pelagic gear.
Mr. Portillo : The Department of Transport made inquiries into the large majority of the losses, including all where fatalities occurred. None of the vessels was lost so far as is known as a direct result of collision with a submarine.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow on 11 July, Official Report, columns 458-59, he will indicate the number of inquiries where no judgment or assessment was made concerning the reason or reasons for the loss of a fishing vessel ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : In all cases where an inquiry is carried out, an attempt is made to assess the possible causes of the accident. A full list of all cases with information as to the extent to which cause remains uncertain could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many additional international flights to and from the far east and Manchester airport have been approved this year ; which airlines and destinations are involved ; and if he will list all similar applications still to be considered.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : So far this year, arrangements have been made allowing new scheduled services from Manchester to be operated to Malaysia and to Hong Kong, and for additional services to Singapore. United Kingdom airlines can seek licences for these routes from the CAA (at present, only British Airways has one, from Manchester to Hong Kong). Airlines at present designated by the authorities at the other ends of the routes are MAS, Cathay Pacific, Air Hong Kong and SIA. It is for each of these airlines to decide whether or not to take advantage of the opportunities. Apart from a licence application by Virgin Atlantic for services between Manchester and Singapore under consideration by the CAA, there are no outstanding requests for services between Manchester and the far east.
Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he intends taking about the time-keeping and maintenance performance recently of the Airtours company and Orion airlines.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : It is the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is responsible for ensuring that all United States carriers, including Orion Air, operate their aircraft in accordance with safety and airworthiness standards set by the FAA pursuant to their obligations under the Chicago convention. Our Civil Aviation Authority has already drawn the FAA's attention to the recurring maintenance difficulties experienced on Orion Air's services to and from Manchester.
Mr. Moss : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any plans to introduce legislation to require vehicle manufacturers to achieve fuel efficiency targets for cars and light vans.
Mr. Peter Bottomley [holding answer 24 July 1989] : Following the June Environment Council, the European Commission is committed to looking for ways of reducing the emissions from vehicles of carbon dioxide, the principal "greenhouse" gas. These emissions are directly related to fuel efficiency. It is unclear how the Commission intends to fulfil this commitment. We expect it will consult member states at an early stage to explore what might be technically, economically and legally feasible.
Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent in respect of each A2-M2 road maintenance programme or improvement programme in each of the last 10 years ; and if he will list the amounts by programme.
A2/M2 road maintenance programme (£ million) Scheme |1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A2 Swanscombe-Pepper Hill |0.2 |2.9 |- |- |- Barham-Westcourt Road |1.3 |- |- |- |- Tollgate-Marling Cross |- |0.1 |1.4 |- |- Lydden-Whitfield |- |- |2.0 |- |- Tollgate-Thanglane |- |- |2.1 |0.6 |- Coldred-Whitfield |- |- |0.4 |1.3 |- Thanglane-M2 |- |- |- |2.6 |- GLC Boundary-M25 |- |- |- |0.05 |- Brewers Gate |- |- |- |- |0.2 West Court-Lydden |- |- |- |- |1.2 Whitfield Eastwards |- |- |- |- |0.2 County Boundary-M25 |- |- |- |- |0.4 Singlewell-Hog Lane |- |- |- |- |0.05 M2 Junctions 3 and 4-5 |4.8 |- |- |- |- Junctions 5-7 Joints Ph1 |- |0.5 |- |- |- Junctions 5-7 Joints Ph2 |- |- |0.5 |- |- Junctions 5-6 Concrete repairs |- |- |4.1 |0.4 |- Junction 4 |- |- |0.2 |2.7 |- Junctions 5-7 overlay |- |- |- |5.5 Junction 5 |- |- |- |- |3.9 Junctions 5-7 |- |- |- |- |3.2 Junctions 6-7 |- |- |1.1 |- |-
A2 Improvement schemes (£ million) Schemes |1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Swanscombe-B262 |1.3 |- |- |- Tollgate-Marling Cross |- |0.78 |- |- Cobham-3 Crutches |- |- |0.94 |- London Boundary-M25 |0.07 |- |- |2.35 Singlewell-Hogg Lane |- |- |- |0.01 A2/M2 Brenley Corner Roundabout |- |0.02 |- |-
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys were made in 1988 of (a) uranium and (b) other nuclear or radioactive material, which were transported through the Doncaster metro- politan borough council area by (i) rail and (ii) road to Sellafield or other destinations ; and what reviews are being carried out on the frequency of these cargo shipments.
The movement of all radioactive materials must be made in compliance with national and international
Column 596regulations which require safety for both normal and accident conditions to be built in to the container used for transport. Safety does not depend on the choice of route used, which is a matter for the carrier.
Mr. Cran : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in his Department's review, in line with Treasury guidelines, of the potential for the further relocation of Civil Service posts outside London and the south-east ; and when he expects the review to be completed.
A decision to relocate the headquarters of the driver testing and training division to Nottingham in mid-1990 was announced earlier this year ; a review of TRRL at Crowthorne concluded against relocation ; a review of marine HQ posts is nearing completion ; and a review of parts of the highways command has recently started.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : The carriageway repair work on the A1 at Bramham to the south of Wetherby was planned in February. The works are 0.5 miles long and are expected to be completed by 8 August. We are conscious of the need to plan and phase road works and try to keep those on the A1 to a minimum.
To aid traffic flow, the lane restrictions which were in force on the A1 at Dishforth have been suspended until early September.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : There are approximately 6,000 cones currently in use on the A1(M) Doncaster bypass. Between Doncaster and Dishforth, there are approximately 750 cones deployed for day-time lane closures. A further 750 cones are used for work which is being carried out at night to minimise traffic delays.
Column 598the last 12 months, to discover how many heavy goods vehicles were unfit for use ; and whether he will hold talks with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the effectiveness and frequency of exercises such as that carried out by Staffordshire county constabulary.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : In the 12 months to the end of June 1989, major vehicle checks were carried out in 23 counties ; 470 goods vehicles were prohibited from further movement for offences including overloading, mechanical defects and breach of the drivers hours rules.
The Department regularly holds liaison meetings with the Home Office and representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers at which enforcement procedures and other matters are discussed. The vehicle checks carried out by Staffordshire police are effective both in enforcing the law and increasing inter-agency co-operation. The Department's enforcement staff will continue to assist the police in Staffordshire and elsewhere in holding checks on motorways.
It is not difficult to envisage someone functionally illiterate driving better than a doctor of philosophy (and vice versa).
Mr. Frank Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, pursuant to the replies to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn), 19 June, Official Report, columns 32-33, he will
Column 599seek from the Governments of the People's Republic of China, Argentina, Republic of South Africa and India the terms on which each is prepared to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Mr. Cran : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in his Department's review, in line with Treasury guidelines, of the potential for the further relocation of Civil Service posts outside London and the south-east ; and when he expects the review to be completed.
Mr. Waldegrave : As a result of the FCO review, about 250 diplomatic wing jobs have been identified for possible relocation to the FCO estate at Hanslope Park near Milton Keynes, subject to planning permission and financial provision for the necessary development of that estate.
The aid wing has carried out two major relocation exercises in recent years and when the current move to Chatham is complete nearly 60 per cent. of ODA staff will be located outside London. Opportunities for further relocation are kept continuously under review.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last made representations to the Israeli Government concerning human rights in Israel ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has received any recent representations about pilot or permanent workplace creches and similar incentives further to encourage the return to employment of women in his Department ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Waldegrave : A survey to assess likely demand for a diplomatic and aid wing child care facility was recently carried out prior to a feasibility study completed in May this year. The results of this feasibility study are now being considered.
Both the diplomatic and aid wings also contributed to the setting up fund for a 1989 Westminster holiday play
Column 600scheme, and children of school age of employees in both wings registered to take part. Separate play schemes are being planned at outer London aid wing locations.
A number of measures have been introduced in both the diplomatic and aid wings in recent years, designed to further the FCO equal opportunities policy--for instance, the introduction of flexible working hours, and the extension of special unpaid leave arrangements (for up to a total of five years) to enable an officer to meet domestic responsibilities.
Mr. David Young : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had, and what action is being taken, in secondary education in Hong Kong to lay the foundations for informed participation of youth in a democratic elective system in Hong Kong.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when Mr. Irfan Abdul Alikazi, whose date of birth is 13 October 1969, first applied to the post in Bombay to enter the United Kingdom ; on what dates he has been interviewed at the post ; and when a decision is to be taken on his application ; (2) when Mr. Mohd Yasin, who was born in 1962 and whose reference is SN 81140, first applied to the post in Islamabad to enter the United Kingdom ; and when a decision is going to be taken on his application.
Mr. Waldegrave [ pursuant to the reply, 14 July 1989, c. 673 ] : In accordance with the guidelines on the handling of representations by Members of Parliament in immigration cases, issued to Members on 14 December 1988, the questions have been referred to the correspondence unit of the migration and visa department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The hon. Member will receive a reply from the unit in due course.
The Prime Minister : I have received a number of representations about fire service matters. We all owe a considerable debt to individual firefighters for their courageous service to the community. As with other public services, the Government have a responsibility to ensure that the fire service is run in the most efficient way possible and that it gives the best value for money to the public.
The Prime Minister : I had a very friendly and useful discussion with Prime Minister Bhutto on 7 July about a number of subjects, including Britain's relations with Pakistan, which are excellent, the situation in Afghanistan and other regional issues. I also welcomed the prospect of Pakistan's return to the Commonwealth.
The Prime Minister : While I receive from time to time representations about various aspects of the financial services regulatory system, only one received in recent months would fall into the category referred to by my hon. Friend.
The Prime Minister : I have received a number of representations. The Government are committed to the protection of the environment. Government and industry are already investing £2 billion to reduce air pollution, £1.3 billion in the water industry, and £100 million a year on schemes to improve the quality of coastal bathing waters. This investment will improve the quality of the environment for generations to come. We also intend to bring forward legislation to strengthen the powers available to control pollution at source.
The Prime Minister : I understand that my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Health has received some 8,500 representations on the White Paper ; many correspondents give strong support for its objectives and endorse its proposals.
The Prime Minister : I regularly receive representations on a wide range of issues concerning transport policy. The programme of investment in railways is now running at the highest level since the transfer from steam to diesel 30 years ago. There is already a major programme of road building which the Government are committed to increasing still further.
The Prime Minister : I have received a number of such representations. The recent fall in the overall level of crime which is disclosed in the statistics for recorded offences in the year ending 31 March 1989 is encouraging.