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Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will compile centrally statistics which show the use by National Health Service patients and private patients of the Scottish lithotriptor centres.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the extent of involvement by his Department in NATO exercise Wintex/Cimex 1987 and exercise Wintex/Cimex 1989 ; what is the number of staff engaged in the exercise planning process and in the exercises themselves ; and what are the posts, ranks and responsibilities of the staff involved.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Scottish Office plays its part in testing those procedures in which we have an interest. Staff participate as required ; it would not be appropriate to supply the detail requested.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend has made it clear that local authorities will be reimbursed for the reasonable costs they incur in administering the new transitional relief scheme. The administration costs will clearly depend upon the nature of the scheme, and we are at present discussing that with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Mr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to reply to the policy review on the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments--England, Wales and Scotland that was undertaken by Peat, Marwick, McClintock ; and when he expects to act on the report's recommendations.
Column 532Commissions undertaken jointly by the Department of the Environment, the Scottish Development Department, and CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments). We announced our decisions on the main points of principle raised in the Peat, Marwick, McLintock reports recommendations relating to the Scottish Commission on 22 February at columns 588-89. There remain further points of detail which affect all three Commissions. We aim to conclude this work by the end of the year.
Mr. Maxton : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing levels of rent arrears in public sector housing in Scotland as a whole and in each district and island area on 30 September for each year since 1979.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 31 October 1989] : I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 26 January 1989 to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mrs. Michie) at columns 723-26. Updated information for 1988 is given in the table :
Rent arrears in Scottish public sector at 30 September 1988 |£ ---------------------------------------------- Scotland |32,933,736 Local Authorities |30,067,921 Berwickshire<1> |54,638 Ettrick and Lauderdale |40,664 Roxburgh |100,708 Tweeddale |15,813 Clackmannan |800,903 Falkirk |667,830 Stirling |635,700 Annandale and Eskdale |121,708 Nithsdale |322,710 Stewartry |31,137 Wigtown |173,229 Dunfermline |669,523 Kirkcaldy |698,990 North East Fife |117,675 Aberdeen |1,144,379 Banff and Buchan |277,064 Gordon |76,225 Kincardine and Deeside |48,878 Moray |105,555 Badenoch and Strathspey |17,900 Caithness |109,666 Inverness |n/a Lochaber |53,259 Nairn |n/a Ross and Cromarty |268,364 Skye and Lochalsh |27,400 Sutherland |29,279 East Lothian |416,583 Edinburgh |1,709,041 Midlothian |279,632 West Lothian |239,049 Argyll and Bute |167,810 Bearsden and Milngavie |126,374 Clydebank |1,567,976 Clydesdale |191,031 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |446,934 Cumnock and Doon Valley |391,219 Cunninghame |304,415 Dumbarton<1> |445,232 East Kilbride |40,059 Eastwood |38,237 Glasgow |10,241,488 Hamilton |487,120 Inverclyde |318,000 Kilmarnock and Loudoun |214,026 Kyle and Carrick |333,026 Monklands |958,767 Motherwell |1,063,807 Renfrew |1,226,984 Strathkelvin |459,718 Angus |117,843 Dundee |1,019,368 Perth and Kinross |188,615 Orkney Islands |57,583 Shetland Islands |111,934 Western Isles |296,853 New Towns |1,071,975 Cumbernauld |201,464 East Kilbride |230,889 Glenrothes |291,405 Irvine |115,910 Livingston |232,307 SSHA |1,793,840 n/a Not available. <1> Figures include rate arrears.
Mr. Maxton : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list details of sales of council housing to sitting tenants up to the latest convenient date, by district within regional sub-totals ; and what is the percentage of the relevant stock that existed at 30 September 1979 which has been sold to date.
Total sales from 1 April 1979 to 30 June 1989 as a percentage of stock |Total sales from 1 April|<1>Percentage of stock |1979 to 30 June 1989 |sold since 1 April 1979 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Local authorities |123,692 |13.92 Borders |3,160 Berwickshire |613 |21.40 Ettrick and Lauderdale |1,101 |22.29 Roxburgh |1,115 |17.79 Tweeddale |331 |20.36 Central |9,100 Clackmannan |1,496 |15.67 Falkirk |5,477 |16.41 Stirling |2,177 |16.77 Dumfries and Galloway |4,763 Annandale and Eskdale |1,134 |23.50 Nithsdale |1,933 |23.09 Stewartry |711 |28.49 Wigtown |985 |20.97 Fife |12,664 Dunfermline |4,809 |20.81 Kirkcaldy |5,376 |20.35 North East Fife |2,479 |31.58 Grampian |11,462 Aberdeen |4,400 |11.68 Banff and Buchan |2,535 |20.46 Gordon |1,367 |22.69 Kincardine and Deeside |714 |20.03 Moray |2,446 |23.20 Highland |4,574 Badenoch and Strathspey |331 |31.67 Caithness |814 |20.32 Inverness |1,275 |18.32 Lochaber |717 |21.49 Nairn |228 |20.56 Ross and Cromarty |773 |12.52 Skye and Lochalsh |160 |23.26 Sutherland |276 |16.12 Lothian |19,160 East Lothian |3,322 |20.49 Edinburgh |10,403 |18.36 Midlothian |2,780 |21.33 West Lothian |2,655 |11.79 Strathclyde |47,973 Argyll and Bute |1,064 |13.13 Bearsden and Milngavie |406 |22.34 Clydebank |1,355 |11.54 Clydesdale |965 |10.06 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |633 |14.55 Cumnock and Doon Valley |1,096 |10.64 Cunninghame |3,259 |13.85 Dumbarton |1,158 |8.83 East Kilbride |389 |24.03 Eastwood |490 |24.22 Glasgow |14,441 |8.24 Hamilton |2,760 |12.10 Inverclyde<2> |1,933 |9.66 Kilmarnock and Loudon |2,149 |11.77 Kyle and Carrick |3,652 |19.97 Monklands<2> |2,025 |7.09 Motherwell<2> |2,796 |7.03 Renfrew<2> |5,363 |13.60 Strathkelvin |2,039 |19.17 Tayside |9,639 Angus |2,664 |18.29 Dundee |3,619 |9.08 Perth and Kinross |3,356 |20.59 Orkney Islands |326 |23.04 Shetland Islands |359 |15.84 Western Isles |512 |23.14 <1> Expressed as a percentage of stock as at 30 September 1978. <2> Figures not available for quarter 2 1989.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to give himself power to call a public inquiry into the actions of a local authority where a public right of way has been altered, closed or changed in any way.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the percentage of the gross domestic product per head for Wales spent on the National Health Service calculated on the Welsh gross domestic product.
Mr. Grist : In 1987 88 gross expenditure on the National Health Service in Wales was £1,136.5 million, which is equivalent to 8 per cent. of the provisional 1987 figure for Welsh GDP of £14,156 million.
|Number of pupils |Pupils as percentage of |under-five population ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Clwyd |326 |1.3 Dyfed |207 |1.0 Gwent |1,130 |3.8 Gwynedd |- |- Mid Glamorgan |1,228 |3.3 Powys |- |- South Glamorgan |803 |2.8 West Glamorgan |227 |1.0
This information relates solely to children in nursery schools. There is a total of 50,202 children under five in primary/nursery schools, of which 23,613 are in nursery classes, 69 per cent. and 32.5 per cent. respectively of the under-five population.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what are the numbers of children attending local authority nursery schools in Newport, Gwent ; and what proportion they are of the under-five child population.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : In January 1989, 415 children attended maintained nursery schools in Newport, Gwent representing 4.4 per cent. of the under- five population. Some under-fives also attend nursery classes in primary schools but no figures are available.
Year |Total expenditure |Estimated population<1> |Estimated expenditure per |head of population |£'000 |'000 |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1986-87 |4,173 |2,821 |1.48 1987-88 |5,806 |2,836 |2.05 1988-89 |5,251 |2,857 |1.84 <1>The population figures are based on estimates calculated on the 30 June for each year.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Funding for rescue archaeology is determined on an annual basis in consultation with the four archaeological trusts in Wales. The Department has specifically made available additional resources in respect of the recently discovered wetland site in Caldicot country
Column 536park. To date our commitment to that particular site exceeds £40, 000 and its future is the subject of discussions between the Department and the local authorities which own the site.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the cost of implementation of local management of schools in Wales and its year-on-year cost after implementation.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : We have announced proposals for specific grant support for expenditure of over £6 million over the period 1989-90 to 1991-92 for the introduction of local management, the training of governors, and LEA inspection.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the training required by (a) head teachers and (b) school governors for the implementation and running of local management of schools in Wales and the cost for each during implementation and year on year.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Local education authorities have a duty to provide training for school governors and head teachers. We have made available £582,000 in 1989-90 for management training and appraisal for head teachers as a national priority under the LEA training grants scheme. In 1990-91 £470,000 will be available for management training alone. Expenditure of up to £400,000 is also available this year through education support grant for governor training and Government support will be at a comparable level in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when, pursuant to his answer of 30 October to the hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside, he will be in a position to provide details on the operation of treatment centres ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Grist : The discussions between the Welsh Office and managers and clinicians in the NHS, to which I referred in my answer of 30 October, are at an advanced stage. Subject to their satisfactory conclusion my right hon. Friend would hope to write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.
Mr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to reply to the policy review of the Royal Commission on ancient and historical monuments--England, Wales and Scotland undertaken by Peat, Marwick, McClintock ; and when he expects to act on the report's recommendations.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The consultants' review was commissioned as part of a policy review of the three Royal Commissions undertaken jointly by the Department of the Environment, Cadw : Welsh Historic Monuments, and the Scottish Development Department. Decisions relating to the Welsh Commission on the main points of principle raised in the KPMG report were announced on 20 February 1989. There remain further points of detail which affect all three commissions. These are under active
Column 537consideration and are the subject of discussion with the commission in Wales. We aim to conclude this further work by the end of the year.
Mr. Nicholls : No. These are matters which are best determined by employers and their employees taking into account local conditions and the needs of both the work force and the business. Government legislation on these issues is neither necessary nor appropriate.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce legislation which guarantees equal rights for part-time workers, including pay, maternity leave, a sick pay scheme and a revised pension plan.
Mr. Nicholls : No. Pay and conditions are matters to be negotiated between employers and employees to suit their individual circumstances. The 1.4 million growth in part-time employment in Great Britain since 1983 shows its popularity with employers and employees alike.
Mr. Eggar : In 1988 the number of reported physical assaults on employment service staff was 65. There were also 212 reported incidents of threatening behaviour or verbal abuse. The figures for the first nine months of 1989 are 107 and 711 respectively. A direct comparison of the two periods is misleading since in September 1988 the reporting system was improved and the definition of an assault was broadened.
Mr. Crowther : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployment benefit offices and jobcentres have been closed during normal opening hours because of staff shortages during the last 12 months.
Employment service managers have the authority to vary opening arrangements in the event of serious staff absences. Typically these absences impact most heavily on small offices with managers responding by closing at lunch time or in the case of part-time offices reducing the number of days they are open.
Column 538Currently some 20 offices are closed or are providing much reduced services because of industrial action by some staff. I deplore the industrial action, but I am grateful for the efforts being made by other staff members to avoid hardship to unemployed people and to ensure that benefits are paid on time.
Mr. Nicholls : The following information is available in the Library. On 14 September 1989, the latest available date, there were, seasonally adjusted, 149,000 male and 57,200 female unemployed claimants in the Greater London region.
Mr. Nicholls : Consultations with the engineering industry training board and organisations representing employers in the engineering industry have now been completed. My right hon. Friend hopes to be in a position to make an announcement shortly.
Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in making arrangements for the future of training in engineering, he will ensure that existing provision by EITB for the training of women engineers, for adult training in modern technology skills and for the promotion in schools of engineering as a career, is safeguarded and will be continued by the successor body.
Mr. Nicholls : While the Government recognise the value of these EITB services, they believe that it is for industry to decide whether a voluntary successor body should continue to provide particular services currently run by the industrial training board.
Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many members of the staff of his Department are engaged on ensuring that the Disabled Persons Employment Act 1944 in respect of the quota system for disabled people is implemented.
Mr. Eggar [holding answer 6 November 1989] : All jobcentre staff involved in filling vacancies have some responsibility to help to ensure that the quota system is implemented. The main responsibility falls on disablement resettlement officers and the disablement advisory service. During the quarter ending 7 July 1989 664 staff were engaged in these services specifically for people with disabilities.
Information is not collected in the form requested. An estimate of the number of spells of sickness and invalidity benefit which linked with a claim to unemployment benefit made in the previous eight weeks is shown in the table for each month from January 1987 to March 1988, the latest month for which statistics are available. Information is not available for other benefits.
Spells of SB/IVB linking with unemployment Month commencing |Number --------------------------------------------------- 5 January 1987 |19,000 4 February 1987 |21,000 6 March 1987 |20,000 6 April 1987 |16,000 6 May 1987 |19,000 5 June 1987 |19,000 6 July 1987 |20,000 5 August 1987 |21,000 4 September 1987 |22,000 5 October 1987 |25,000 4 November 1987 |19,000 4 December 1987 |14,000 4 January 1988 |22,000 3 February 1988 |21,000 4 March 1988 |18,000
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The United Kingdom is not a party to the anti- ballistic missile treaty, and we therefore have no locus to interpret it. We are, however, satisfied that the modernisation programme for the Fylingdales ballistic missile early warning system fully conforms with the obligations of the United States under the treaty.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The Soviet Union completed the deployment in the mid-1970s of a system of ballistic missile early warning radars at six locations around the periphery of the USSR. A further network of more modern, and technically advanced, early warning radars are being deployed at eight locations around the periphery of the USSR. The Soviet Union has recently accepted that a ninth station, at Krasnoyarsk, represents a violation of the 1972 ABM treaty and has announced its decision to dismantle it.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now bring the pensions of pre-1973 service widows into line with those paid to those widowed since 1973 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : Under the rules of the armed forces pension scheme the payment of pensions to the widows of servicemen depends upon the terms and conditions in force at the date on which their husbands
Column 540completed their service, or died in service. The rules of the scheme were changed in 1973 and these changes applied only to personnel giving service on or after 31 March 1973. In accordance with normal principles and practice for occupational pension schemes, the revised rules did not apply retrospectively to include former members of the scheme, and there are no plans to do so now.
(3) if he will publish in the Official Report the names of all the countries which have had access to training by members of Her Majesty's armed forces serving overseas on secondment or loan during each of the last four years.
United Arab Emirate
Since January 1986 a wing of the British military advisory and training team has been specifically allocated to train Mozambican troops in Zimbabwe.
In addition British service personnel served on loan or secondment in the following countries in the years shown :