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Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the reasons for the fall in the production of textiles, clothing and footwear since 1985 ; and if he will publish in the Official Report the reduction in the value of output in


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terms of 1985 prices together with the figures for imports and exports of such goods to the EEC and to other countries.

Mr. Forth : Latest annual figures indicate that there has not been a fall in output in this sector since 1985. The available data are as follows :


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Textiles, clothing and footwear                                 

         Gross oImports (£ million   Exports (£ million         

         1985 prcurrent)             current)                   

               |Total |EC    |Other |Total |EC    |Other        

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1985    |12,770|5,793 |3,394 |2,399 |3,040 |1,441 |1,599        

1986    |12,870|6,283 |3,665 |2,618 |3,107 |1,619 |1,488        

1987    |13,190|7,074 |3,868 |3,206 |3,502 |1,950 |1,552        

1988    |13,040|7,652 |4,112 |3,540 |3,560 |2,013 |1,547        

                                                                

1988<1> |6,510 |3,714 |2,013 |1,701 |1,656 |940   |716          

1989<1> |6,330 |4,030 |2,158 |1,872 |1,765 |1,007 |758          

<1> January to June.                                            

Classification:                                                 

Gross Output: SIC classes 43 and 45.                            

Trade: SITC divisions 65, 84 and 85                             

Sources:                                                        

Gross Output: Estimates derived from Annual Census of           

Production (1985 gross output) and Index of Production (current 

period: January to June figures seasonally adjusted).           

Trade: Overseas Trade Statistics.                               

Computers

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the increase in the value and volume of United Kingdom exports of computers since 1985 ; what percentage of exports in 1985 were (i) imported in substantially the same form and (ii) assembled in the United Kingdom ; and what is his estimate of the United Kingdom content of United Kingdom exports of computers in 1985, 1988 and in 1989 to date.

Mr. Forth : The value and volume of United Kingdom exports of computers were as follows :


               |£ million     |Thousand units               

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1985 to 1988   |41            |37                           

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom,    

HMSO.                                                       


               |£ million     |Thousand units               

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1985 to 1988   |41            |37                           

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom,    

HMSO.                                                       

Japan

Sir Richard Body : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Japanese exports to (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Community are covered by voluntary restraint agreements.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : In 1988 16 per cent. of Japanese exports to the United Kingdom were covered by an inter-industry voluntary restraint arrangement on cars and commercial vehicles.

As far as the Community is concerned there are no formal restraint arrangements with Japan approved by the Council of Ministers. Because of the nature of such arrangements we cannot be sure what informal arrangements exist within the Community.

Shipbuilding

Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish a table showing the number employed in (a) the merchant and (b) the warship building industry in each of the European Community countries, including the United Kingdom, and for Japan, Korea and Taiwan in 1979 and in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The table shows employment in merchant shipbuilding, in all the countries associated with the OECD working group on shipbuilding, in 1980 and 1987, the most recent year for which figures are available. OECD figures are not available for 1979.

In the United Kingdom, employment in warship building in 1979 was approximately 26,000. At present it is 24,400. Statistics on employment in warship building in other countries are not regularly collected. The information requested will be supplied to the hon. Member as soon as it can be obtained.


Countries                   |1980     |1987               

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Federal Republic of Germany |25,000   |12,900             

Belgium                     |-        |2,546              

Denmark                     |11,400   |7,000              

Spain                       |40,600   |23,600             

France                      |23,700   |8,900              

Greece                      |7,946    |5,858              

Ireland                     |-        |-                  

Italy                       |15,380   |9,664              

Netherlands                 |9,600    |3,600              

Portugal                    |6,781    |5,020              

United Kingdom              |24,777   |11,499             

EEC Total                   |165,184  |90,589             

Finland                     |17,467   |11,615             

Norway                      |13,000   |3,600              

Sweden                      |11,874   |1,350              

Europe less EEC             |42,341   |16,565             

Total OECD-Europe           |207,525  |107,154            

Japan                       |113,000  |59,000             

Total OECD WP6              |320,525  |166,153            

Turkey                      |5,307    |-                  

Republic of Korea           |42,484   |-                  

Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide an updated list of the subventions on offer, in credit loan and direct subsidy facilities for the shipbuilding industry in each of the European Community countries, including the United Kingdom, and for Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The OECD working party on shipbuilding produces on a triennial basis a survey of shipbuilding state aid around the world. The latest version of this survey will be issued shortly. I will ensure that a copy is made available to the hon. Member.

Film Industry

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list by year for the last 10 years in real terms the amount of Government subsidy the British film industry has received ; and if he will make a statement on the future of Government funding for the industry.

Mr. Forth : Direct Government support for the film industry since 1980-81 consists of the following :


Financial year         |British screen finance|National film and     |British film institute                       

                                              |television school                                                   

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1980-81                |-                     |1,126                 |9,219                                        

1981-82                |-                     |1,050                 |9,248                                        

1982-83                |-                     |1,266                 |11,219                                       

1983-84                |-                     |1,076                 |9,167                                        

1984-85                |-                     |1,193                 |9,289                                        

1985-86                |569                   |1,558                 |9,281                                        

1986-87                |2,204                 |1,212                 |10,733                                       

1987-88                |2,210                 |1,195                 |10,642                                       

1988-89                |2,000                 |1,600                 |11,300                                       

1989-90                |<1>2,000              |1,700                 |11,800                                       

<1> Actual.                                                                                                        

In addition to the above, Her Majesty's Government provided funding of £370,000 for British Film Year in 1985-86.

The Eady levy on cinema admissions was in operation during the period 1980 to 1985. Proceeds of the levy were redistributed to the industry as shown in the table :


Levy year<1>      |Total payments to                  

                  |industry                           

                  |£000                               

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1980-81           |10,244                             

1981-82           |5,865                              

1982-83           |6,287                              

1983-84<3>        |4,496                              

1984-85           |<2>4,452                           

<1> October to October.                               

<2> Includes residual assets of the National Film     

Finance                                               

Corporation.                                          

<3> October to May.                                   

Note:-All figures at 1988-89 prices, deflated by RPI, 

unless otherwise stated.                              

My Department announced on 20 July 1989 that funding for British Screen Finance Ltd would continue after expiry of the current contracts at the end of 1990 at the present rate of £2 million (actual) a year for the three years 1991-1993. As for future funding for the National Film and Television School and the British Film Institute, I refer the hon. Member to the statement made earlier today by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Arts.

Manufacturing Output

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for the years 1963, 1968, 1974, 1979, 1984 and 1989 to date the ratio of imports to output of motor vehicles, together with his estimate of the United Kingdom content of cars produced or assembled in the United Kingdom and the relevant weights in the index of manufacturing output.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 9 November 1989] : No information is available on the United Kingdom content of cars produced or assembled in the United Kingdom. The table shows the ratio of imports to output of motor cars by number for 1963, 1968, 1974, 1979, 1984 and 1989 (January-August) and the relevant weights in the index of manufacturing output for the base years of the index (ie 1963, 1970, 1975, 1980 and 1985).


Motor Cars                

Imports as a   Weights in 

percentage of oof manufact

number         output<1>  

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

1963    |3    |1963       

1968    |6    |1970       

1974    |24   |1975       

1979    |99   |1980       

1984    |112  |1985       

<2>1989 |112              

<1>Parts per thousand of  

manufacturing industry (  

Divisions 2-4 inclusive). 

<2>January to August.     

Statistics

Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has discontinued (a) the collection or (b) the publication of any statistics since 1979.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 14 November 1989] : As a result of the changes in the organisation of Government economic statistics in July, data formerly collected by my Department are now collected by the Central Statistical Office (CSO). The table lists those surveys which were discontinued between 1979 and July 1989. The policy of my Department has been to make available to the public, subject to confidentiality, the results of all statistical surveys that it has carried out. The CSO is continuing to publish nearly all the data for which it has assumed responsibility, and arrangements for publishing the remainder are currently under review.


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Regular statistical series discontinued since 1979           

                                                   |Year     

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Quarterly survey of United Kingdom company                   

  sources and uses of funds                        |1980     

Monthly inquiry into export prices                 |1980     

Monthly rubber stocks and consumption              |1980     

Quarterly inquiry into catering turnover           |1980     

Quarterly inquiry into motor traders' turnover     |1980     

                                                             

Annual and quarterly series on international trade           

  and credit extended and received and direct                

  exports                                          |1982     

                                                             

Monthly inquiry into made-up clothing              |1985     

Monthly admissions and takings for cinemas         |1985     

Quarterly inquiry into oils and fats in soapmaking |1985     

Quarterly inquiry into raw jute                    |1985     

Monthly inquiry into paper and board               |1985     

Monthly inquiry into waste paper                   |1985     

Quarterly inquiry into pulp                        |1985     

Quarterly inquiry into exports of books and                  

  periodicals                                      |1985     

Annual inquiry into the film exhibition industry   |1985     

Monthly inquiry into production and stocks of wood           

  chipboard and consumption of chipboard           |1986     

Paper and Building Industry

Mr. Paice : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what area of new planting would be required to enable the forestry industry to displace (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 40 per cent. and (e) 50 per cent. of the United Kingdom's current imports of the following raw materials : (i) mechanical pulp, (ii) chemical pulp, (iii) sawn timber, (iv) round logs, (v) paper and (vi) panel products.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 13 November 1989] : The Forestry Commission advises that because of the time it takes trees to grow and produce timber, it is not possible to make any meaningful estimate of the extent to which new planting would displace various categories of wood imports over the next 40 or 50 years, even assuming that these were maintained at current levels. As a DTI Minister I can add nothing to this advice.

Accounts

Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration his Department has given to reintroducing an exemption for small private companies from filing accounts.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 14 November 1989] : A proposal to exempt small companies from the requirement to file their accounts is included in the draft directive adopted by the European Commission last year, amending the fourth company law directive on annual accounts. The responses to my Department's consultative document, a copy of which was placed in the Library of the House in February, were overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed exemption, and we shall take this into account when negotiations on the draft directive resume.

Building Industry (Safety)

Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps and what research his Department has undertaken to encourage safety in the building industry.

Mr. Nicholls : I have been asked to reply.


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We will shortly be making the wearing of safety helmets on construction sites compulsory. The Health and Safety Commission has recently published a consultative document setting out proposals for new regulations to strengthen the management of health and safety on construction sites and the Health and Safety Executive's inspectors will be paying more attention to the quality of site management and levels of training and supervision. For the last two years we have met the HSC's requests for resources in full which has allowed real growth in their activities. For example, this includes increasing the number of HSE inspectors devoted to construction by 10 per cent. since 1988 and sponsoring research within the HSE and externally. Each year the HSE's research and laboratory services division (RLSD) devotes resources to research into safety topics of relevance to the building industry. Information on all such projects is included in the Health and Safety Executive's programme of research and related services, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library. In addition to sponsoring research, the HSE also provides specialist input and advice to a number of construction- related research projects.

Willow Watermark Disease

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 10 April to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North, Official Report, column 567, what developments the Forestry Commission has monitored in willow watermark disease ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Curry : I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave today to his question about the cricket bat willow research group at column 337.

WALES

EC Funding

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales by what date projects under the integrated operations programme of the European Community in the three counties of rural Wales have to be completed ; and whether, in the event of some projects still awaiting completion on that date, there is sufficient flexibility in his arrangements to allow grants to be paid after the integrated operations programme terminal date to enable such work to be finalised without the authorities being penalised by loss of grant.

Mr. Peter Walker : The European Commission's arrangements for the administration of national programmes of Community interest (NPCI) provide that as a general rule physical works on projects to receive European regional development fund grant aid must begin before the end of the programme period and be completed within 12 months after the end of the programme period. Payments can be made for up to two years after the end of the programme period.

For projects receiving aid under the Dyfed, Gwynedd, Powys NPCI physical works should begin before 31 December 1991 and be completed by 31 December 1992. Payments could be made up to 31 December 1993.


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Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his policy towards the maintaining and developing of cottage hospital facilities in Wales.

Mr. Grist : The term "cottage hospital" is not a formal designation of a type of hospital. The current concept which is closest to the cottage hospital is that of the community hospital. The Welsh Office's policy towards community hospitals was set out in the circular WHSC(IS)66 entitled "Community Hospitals" which was issued in 1974 and updated by the appendix to "Policies and Priorities for Health Services in Wales" published in 1985 and paragraphs 138 and 139 of "The Corporate Management Programme for the Health Service in Wales : Development and Change 1988-1993" issued in 1988. Copies of all three documents are available in the Library.

It is for district health authorities to consider the application of this general guidance to their local circumstances.

Schools (Capitation)

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the capitation per pupil, by education authority, for the last available year for (a) primary pupils and (b) secondary pupils.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : This information is not held centrally.

Mortgage Arrears

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many home buyers were in arrears with mortgage payments in the first six months of 1988 ; and what was the comparable figure during the first six months of 1979.

Mr. Grist : The information is not collected centrally.

Bridging Allowances

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many young people in Wales have been on weekly bridging allowances awaiting placements since the introduction of compulsory YTS.

Mr. Peter Walker : The latest figures available, 1 November 1988 to 30 September 1989, show that 7,448 young people in Wales received bridging allowance whilst awaiting YTS placement. YTS is a voluntary programme, as are all Government training programmes.

YTS

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many young people left their YTS placements four weeks or more before the placements came to an end.

Mr. Peter Walker : During the period 30 September 1988 to 1 October 1989, a total of 19,241 YTS trainees left their placements four weeks or more before the placements came to an end.

Council Housing

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by Welsh local district councils on housing investment in (a) 1988, (b) 1979 and (c) 1983.

Mr. Grist : Total gross capital expenditure by Welsh local district councils on housing investment for the periods requested are shown in the following table :


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            |£ million          

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

(a) 1987-88 |226.2              

(b) 1978-79 |105.8              

(c) 1982-83 |140.5              

Ambulance Dispute

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions have been undertaken by his Department in order to try and find an equitable solution to the ambulance dispute in Wales ; what representations he has received about referring this dispute to independent arbitration ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : The proper forum for negotiations is the Ambulance Whitley council where the Department is represented on the management side ; this is a national body and no separate discussions have been undertaken for Wales. Representations have been received from one of the unions involved about referring the dispute to arbitration. The Government believe that unilateral access to arbitration would not be helpful in pay negotiations in the NHS, where management must ensure that resources are not diverted away from patient care. We urge the unions to resume negotiations in the Whitley council and call off their action.

Single Parents

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the population of Wales are single parents ; and what is that percentage among homeless persons.

Mr. Ian Grist : From the 1988 labour force survey it is estimated that 2.3 per cent. of the adult population of private households were single parents with children under 16.

Local authority returns indicate that 29 per cent. of all adults in households accepted as homeless by local authorities in Wales in 1988 were recorded as lone parents with dependent children.

Housing Associations

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the number of new homes built by housing associations in Wales in (a) 1988, (b) 1989, (c) 1979 and (d) 1983.

Mr. Grist : The information requested for the years 1979-1988 is available in table 2.3 of "Welsh Housing Statistics No. 9"--a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. Figures for 1989 are not yet available.

Heart Disease

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those hospitals in Wales which have facilities to treat heart diseases.

Mr. Grist : All general hospitals in Wales are able to offer treatment for patients with heart disease. Specialised facilities for invasive cardiology and cardiac surgery are provided at the University hospital of Wales, Cardiff.


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Homelessness

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many homeless people are in temporary accommodation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : On 30 June 1989, the latest date for which figures are available there were 793 households living in temporary accommodation in Wales. The Department is in touch with a wide range of organisations concerned with homelessness and a statement will be made in due course.

Building Societies (Repossessions)

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many homes have been repossessed by building societies during 1987, 1988 and so far in the current year in Wales ; what was the comparable figure for 1979 ; what information he has on how many of these homes were owned by first-time buyers ; and if he will provide a district-by-district breakdown of these figures.

Mr. Grist : The information requested is not collected centrally.

Pollution Inspectorate

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effect on Wales of moving the inspectorate of pollution from Cardiff to Bristol ; what representations he has received about this move ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : The reorganisation of the inspectorate on a regionalised basis provides for the retention of an office in Cardiff.

Education Spending

Mr. Gwilym Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will set out in the Official Report figures in respect of education in Wales, showing for the years 1978-79 and 1987-88 (a) pupil numbers, (b) spending per primary pupil, (c) spending per secondary pupil and (d) spending on education, and the percentage change, between the two years, the figures having taken inflation into account ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : The information requested is shown in the table :


                              |1978-79                  |1987-88                  |Percentage change between                          

                                                                                  |1978-79 and 1987-88                                

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1. Total numbers of pupils                                                                                                            

  (Full time equivalents)                                                                                                             

at January of each year       |543,059                  |455,408                  |-16                                                

                                                                                                                                      

2. Spending per pupil (£s)<1>                                                                                                         

Nursery and primary<2>        |789.9                    |1,004.0                  |+27.1                                              

Secondary                     |1,086.0                  |1,488.4                  |+37.1                                              

                                                                                                                                      

3. Expenditure on education (£000s)<1>                                                                                                

Current expenditure           |762.696                  |838,556                  |+9.9                                               

Gross capital expenditure     |47,812                   |50,305                   |+5.2                                               

<1> All prices revalued to 1987-88 levels.                                                                                            

<2> Expenditure records do not differentiate between nursery and primary pupils.                                                      

Between 1978-79 and 1987-88, expenditure on education in Wales has increased by nearly 10 per cent. in


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real terms. Taken together with the 86,651 reduction in pupil numbers experienced during the same period, expenditure on each nursery and primary pupil has increased by more than £200 and for each secondary pupil by over £400.

National Health Service Treatment Centres

Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many hip operations he expects the treatment centre at Rhydlafar to carry out in its first year ;

(2) how many patients at present waiting for hip operations at the Prince Charles hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, he expects will receive their operations at the Rhydlafar treatment centre in its first full year ;

(3) what is the estimated cost to establish and run the proposed three treatment centres under the National Health Service.

Mr. Grist : Welsh Office staff are currently finalising the details of operation of treatment centres in discussion with managers and clinicians in the National Health Service. Subject to the satisfactory conclusion of these discussions, I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

Uniform Business Rate

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many businesses will face rate rises of over 100 per cent. when the uniform business rate is introduced ; and how many employ less than 250 employees.

Mr. Peter Walker : The precise effect of the reforms to business rating cannot be assessed until the revaluation of non-domestic property is completed.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will introduce a two-tier uniform business rate in Wales to reduce the levy on the small business sector.

Mr. Peter Walker : No. The transitional arrangements for non- domestic ratepayers which I am introducing provide for a maximum annual increase in real terms for small businesses of 15 per cent., compared to 20 per cent. for large businesses ; and small businesses will be able to obtain any reductions to which they may be entitled more quickly than large businesses. It is estimated that 85 per cent. of Welsh properties will fall within the "small" category for these purposes.

DEFENCE

Naval Guns

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he intends to make available funding to Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. for development of a 155 mm medium calibre naval gun.

Mr. Neubert : There is currently no requirement for this equipment.

Easington (Recruits)

Mr. Cummings : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits to Her Majesty's forces are drawn from the Easington constituency and serve in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force.


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Mr. Neubert : It is not possible to give figures for the number of recruits who originated from Easington without checking each recruit's personal file. However, the following figures show the number of recruits enlisted at the careers information offices in Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland, the nearest offices to Easington. It is not possible to separate those actually living in Easington at the time of enlistment.


         |RN/RM<1>|Army<2> |RAF<3>           

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

1987-88  |244     |423     |91               

1988-89  |286     |399     |61               

1989-90  |<4>136  |<5>245  |<5>32            

<1>Royal Navy careers information offices in 

Hartlepool and Sunderland.                   

<2>Army careers information offices in       

Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland.           

<3>Royal Air Force careers information       

office in Sunderland.                        

<4>The Royal Navy/Royal Marines figures for  

1989-90 are to6 November 1989.               

<5>The Army and Royal Air Force figures for  

1989-90 are to30 September 1989.             

It is not possible to give comparable figures for officer applicants, as these are handled centrally.

Seaham Corps

Mr. Cummings : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present complement of sea cadets and air cadets in the Seaham corps ; and how many cadets volunteered for the armed services year by year from 1979 to 1989.

Mr. Neubert : To June 1989, the complement of cadets in the Seaham corps was :


           |Number       

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

Sea Cadets |22           

Air Cadets |33           

The total number of cadets recruited into the armed services during the last 10 years are shown in the table.


Year            |Royal Navy     |Army           |Royal Air Force                

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

1989            |<1>-           |<1>-           |<1>-                           

1988            |566            |4,444          |1,835                          

1987            |576            |4,885          |1,798                          

1986            |547            |4,510          |1,902                          

1985            |577            |4,561          |1,986                          

1984            |<2>-           |4,581          |2,045                          

1983            |<2>-           |2,906          |2,225                          

1982            |<2>-           |3,134          |1,319                          

1981            |<2>-           |5,990          |949                            

1980            |<2>-           |5,985          |1,809                          

1979            |724            |5,477          |2,266                          

<1> Not yet available.                                                          

<2> Not available.                                                              

Notes:                                                                          

1. These figures reflect numbers of Sea Cadets recruited into the Royal Navy    

and ACF Cadets recruited into the Army and ATC Cadets recruited into the Royal  

Air Force. Figures are not available for "cross Service".                       

2. Figures reflect numbers recruited. Information on numbers applying is not    

held.                                                                           


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Warship Procurement

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect he expects the completion of the internal market to have on warships procurement policy after 1992.

Mr. Neubert : The completion of the internal market does not directly affect policy for the procurement of warships, since member states are allowed under the treaty of Rome to take the measures they consider necessary in the area of procurement of certain defence equipment. It may have an indirect effect in terms of the wider impact of industrial restructuring by our suppliers.

Ex-Service Personnel

Mr. Ashley : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many section 10 certificates have been issued since 1947 in respect of members of the services, excluding those who were nuclear test veterans.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The information could not be provided without disproportionate cost.

Woolwich Arsenal

Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about progress on the redevelopment of their part of the royal arsenal, Woolwich, which has already been vacated by his Department.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : Discussions have been held with the London borough of Greenwich to consider possible future uses of the riverside area at royal arsenal west as part of comprehensive disposal framework embracing the entire west and east sites at Woolwich, which we intend to vacate during the period 1993 and 1995. Officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Crown Estate Commissioners attended the Greenwich waterfront conference on 1 November and further meetings are now planned to continue the close working relationship which has been established.

Aircraft Shelters, Boscombe Down

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is the intended purpose of the 15 new aircraft shelters at Boscombe Down for which planning permission has been sought by the Property Services Agency ;

(2) whether the United States of America Air Force will use any of the 15 new aircraft shelters at Boscombe Down RAF station for which planning permission has been sought by the Property Services Agency.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : I will write to the hon. Member.


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