Number of members |Number of credit unions ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Less than100 |109 100 to 250 |44 250 to 500 |23 500 to 1,000 |8 More than1,000 |6
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Russian authorities about the case of Mark and Veronika Proekt and their sons, Alexander and Simon, of Leningrad.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Russian authorities about the case of Boris Tsirelson, and his parents, Simon and Esther, of Leningrad.
Mr. Maude : We take every opportunity to press the Soviet authorities on individual refusenik cases such as that of the Tsirelson family. This case was last raised when my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs met Mr. Shevardnadze in New York on 29 September. We shall maintain our pressure until the Tsirelson family is allowed to emigrate.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Russian authorities about the case of Emmanuel and Judith Lurie, of Moscow.
Mr. Maude : We take every opportunity to press the Soviet authorities on individual refusenik cases such as Emmanuel and Judith Lurie. My right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised this case when he met Mr. Shevardnadze in New York on 29 September. We have recently heard the very welcome news that Emmanuel and Judith Lurie have at last received permission to emigrate from the USSR.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Russian authorities about the case of Boris and Anna Klemberg, of Kiev.
Mr. Maude : Boris Klemberg recently received permission to emigrate and is now in Israel with his daughter. We shall now include Anna Klemberg among those refusenik cases on which we press the Soviet authorities.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received from the United Kingdom ambassadors to South Africa, Israel and the United Nations on the allegation made by the United States security services that the Israelis and South Africans are jointly developing a nuclear-capable launch vehicle and a compatible atomic warhead.
Mr. Maude : We are aware of the recent reports in the press to which the question refers. Any collaboration between Israel and South Africa in nuclear weapon or ballistic missile research would be a matter for serious concern. It is not our policy to comment on the substance of confidential diplomatic correspondence.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protection has been provided to embassy staff and buildings in Moscow and elsewhere to counteract the effects of microwave radiation.
The Prime Minister : I have received many representations on this subject, from hon. Members, the public and interested organisations. The Government greatly welcome current developments in Poland and in Hungary which are moving towards democracy, freedom and market-based economic systems. We are taking many practical steps to aid this process and we are prepared to do more. We hope that other countries in the region will evolve in the same way and that current changes in the GDR will continue.
Q115. Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Prime Minister if she will raise at the next meeting of the European Council the proposals made by the president of the Council on monetary union and other matters on 25 October.
The Prime Minister : The issue of economic and monetary union will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the European council in Strasbourg on 8 and 9 December. The President of the Council will no doubt present any proposals he wishes to make at that meeting.
Q198. Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Prime Minister what representatives she has received from organisations representing the fishing boat building industry regarding the state of the industry ; and if she will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : My hon. Friend the Minister for Industry received a delegation from the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association on 2 November at which the current problems of the fishing boat building industry were discussed.
The Commission has imposed a ban on state aid to fund boat building, but there are support measures available for the industry to help it to develop new products and export services to help in identifying and developing new markets.
ading Ministers (Financial Affairs) Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Prime Minister (1) what safeguards are in place to ensure that Ministers or former Ministers do not allow stockholding companies or financial intermediaries handling their personal affairs to trade in stocks where price-sensitive information has been made available ; (2) what safeguards are in place to ensure that former Ministers do not give price- sensitive information to stock market traders ; whether any breaches have occurred in the period 1982 to 1988 ; and if she will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : For any individual knowingly to deal on the basis of unpublished price-sensitive information obtained (directly or indirectly) from an insider is a criminal offence under the insider dealing legislation. As has been the practice under successive
Column 724Governments, Ministers are given advice, on taking up office, on steps which should be taken and action from which they should refrain in respect of any investments they may hold or acquire so as to avoid a conflict of interest. This includes the advice that Ministers should scrupulously avoid speculative investments in securities about which they have, or may be thought to have, early or confidential information likely to affect the price of those securities. I am unaware of any breaches of the legislation by Ministers or former Ministers having occurred in the period 1982-88.
The Prime Minister : Elderly people, like all other groups in society, are affected by the policies of many different Government Departments. Consequently there are many occasions when policies cannot be made in isolation and Ministers and officials in different Government Departments consult each other as necessary. I am satisfied that these consultations permit issues to be dealt with speedily and effectively.
The Prime Minister : With my agreement, it is the practice of the present Secretary of the Cabinet not to accompany me to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, or on other overseas visits, in order to permit him to use these opportunities to visit Civil Service locations outside London in his capacity as head of the home Civil Service.
The Prime Minister : This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.
Mr. Grist : If Welsh local authorities spend in line with standard spending assessments for 1990-91 the average community charge in Wales will be £175. However, until relevant population figures from community charge registers are available it would be misleading and unhelpful to produce illustrative figures for individual authorities for 1990-91. Ultimately it will be for local authorities themselves to set their budgets and fix actual community charge levels in spring 1990.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) against what criteria he expects health authorities in Wales to have taken decisions on possible ward closures during the Christmas period ; (2) how many beds will be involved in ward closures during the Christmas period in each health authority in Wales ;
(3) if he will give, for each health authority in Wales, the average number of days per bed that will be involved in ward closures during the Christmas period ;
(4) if he will list the ward closures during the Christmas period planned by each health authority in Wales ;
(5) what arrangements have been made by each health authority in Wales to guarantee the comfort and wellbeing of any patients affected by ward closures during the Christmas period ;
(6) what categories of speciality are involved in possible hospital ward closures during the Christmas period in each health authority area in Wales ;
(7) what guidance he has offered to health authorities in Wales in regard to meeting the personal needs of patients affected by ward closures during the Christmas period.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria he employs in deciding whether to make an announcement by oral statement in the House, by written answer, by depositing papers in the Library or by press notice ; and how these criteria were applied to his announcement of the proposed system of Welsh revenue support grant on 6 November.
Salary FPC |Minimum|Maximum |£ |£ ---------------------------------------- Clwyd |22,404 |27,258 Dyfed |22,404 |26,210 Gwent |22,404 |27,258 Gwynedd |20,714 |24,233 Mid Glamorgan |22,404 |27,258 Powys |20,714 |23,301 South Glamorgan |22,404 |27,258 West Glamorgan |22,404 |27,258
The maximum salary figures for all the posts except that of Powys FPC reflect an element of salary protection consequent upon assimilation onto the new pay scale for NHS administrative and clerical staff applicable from 1 April 1989.
FPC |Salary |£ ------------------------------ Clwyd |29,300 Dyfed |28,300 Gwent |29,300 Gwynedd |28,300 Mid Glamorgan |30,400 Powys |25,500 South Glamorgan |29,300 West Glamorgan |29,300
Mr. Grist : The new general manager posts for the family practitioner committees in Wales were advertised by means of a comprehensive advertisement in the national and specialist health service press. The cost of this was £13,257.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total cost of appointing chief executives to the family practitioner committees in Wales, including advertisers, costs of interviews, travel and meetings for everyone involved, and the costs of staff time involved.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how he proposes to protect the environment of North Wales consequent upon the completion of the A55 Expressway ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has received a copy of the Institute of Welsh Affairs report entitled "Prospects for North Wales : the New A55 Expressway ;" and if he will make a statement on his response to its recommendations.
Mr. Peter Walker : I expect to make an announcement before the end of the year in response to the views which my hon. Friend the Minister of State has sought on how the opportunities presented by the A55 improvements can best be used to the advantage of north Wales.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the annual increase in inward migration in Wales consequent upon the completion of the A55 Expressway ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Walker : The mid-year estimates of population for Gwynedd and Clwyd indicate an increasing net inward migration since 1981 into both counties. I would expect this trend to continue as the A55 improvements bring forward further opportunities for industrial and economic development.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will ask Her Majesty's chief inspector of pollution to investigate the potential dangers to the local population in South Wales from the incident on 6 July at the British Petroleum Balan Bay plant.
Mr. Grist : Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution has already investigated this incident and are satisfied that there was no danger to the local population on account of atmospheric emissions from the plant.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security 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.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : The Department plays its part in testing those procedures in which it has an interest. Staff participate as required ; it would not be appropriate for me to supply the detail requested.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the average length of time it takes his Department's office at Norcross, Blackpool to reply to letters from (a) claimants and (b) hon. Members ; and what steps are being taken to speed up the process.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : Information on the average time taken to reply to letters from claimants is not available, but the quality of service provided by the Department's offices at Norcross is currently being monitored. The average time taken to reply to letters from hon. and right hon. Members is between five and six days.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what arrangements will be made, following the recent changes to hostel board and lodging charges, to cover charges for ineligible services once the present transitional arrangement period ends ; and what is the position for the payment of ineligible services payments for new hostels.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : Hostel dwellers are expected to meet their normal, day-to-day service charges from income support, in the same way as other income support recipients. As explained in the statement given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, Central (Mr. Moore) on 16 March ( Official Report, column 546 ), from April 1991 the money expended by the central unit to maintain hostel income will be transferred to existing funding sources. We would expect hostels to take this into account when setting their charges. The Department of Social Security has transferred a total of over £2 million in a full year to the Department of the Environment, Scottish and Welsh Offices to help certain new hostels.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the overall cost of (a) increasing the rate of income support for all single people under 25 years to the same rate as those over 25 years and (b) extending entitlement to full income support to all those under 18 years in receipt of bridging allowance, special hardship allowance and those registered as waiting for a YTS place with no other income ; and if he will express these figures as a percentage of the total social security budget.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : The overall estimate cost of (a) increasing the rate of income support (and aligned income-related benefits) for all single people under 25 years is £205 million, or 0.4 per cent. of the total social
Column 729security budget, and (b) extending entitlement and giving the full income support personal allowance to all under 18 years in receipt of bridging allowance and "severe hardship" allowance is £12.5 million, or 0.025 per cent. of the total social security budget.
Information about those registered as waiting for a YTS place is not available.
Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the numbers of adult residents of (a) each London borough and (b) each district council likely to be entitled to the maximum rebate, during the first year of operation of the community charge in England and Wales ; and if he will express these figures as a proportion of the estimated population of each local authority liable to community charge.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : It is not possible to estimate the number of adult residents in each local authority area who will be entitled to maximum community charge benefit in 1990-91. Current estimates suggest that, in Great Britain as a whole, between one quarter and one third of those liable to pay the full community charge will be entitled to community charge benefit.