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(2) whether any missiles were tested over the Irish sea or Northern Ireland between 7 and 10 pm on 11 November ;
(3) whether any projectiles or explosives were tested over the Irish sea or Northern Ireland between 7 and10 pm on 11 November.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will give details of the performance guarantee that is required by his Department for tenders being submitted to his Department ; (2) if he will name the officer, and how he can be contacted, who is responsible for giving details to the general public on a performance guarantee which is required for tenders being submitted to his Department for Ministry of Defence contracts.
Mr. Alan Clark : The MOD is examining the scope for appointing a prime contractor responsible for the overall performance of the complete mission system for the Royal Navy anti-submarine warfare variant of the Anglo-Italian EH101 helicopter. A contract has been placed with consultants to write a detailed performance specification, against which bids could be invited next year.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the original target date for completion and the original budget of the Merlin anti-submarine helicopter ; and what are the current estimated completion dates and budget.
Mr. Alan Clark : The contractor's latest programme plan forecasts completion of development at the end of 1992, a one-year slippage against their original forecast. The original estimate of total Royal Navy development costs uprated to 1988 economic conditions was £779.6 million, which compares with the current estimate of some £1,000 million at the same economic conditions. It should be noted, however, that the latter estimate makes provision for uprated engines and the appointment of a prime contractor for the Royal Navy mission system, which were not included in the original estimate.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent changes have been made to the management of the Westland EH101 project ; what are the reasons for these ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alan Clark : There have been no changes in the MOD's management arrangements for the EH101 project. The MOD is, however, seeking to improve the contractual arrangements for the RN EH101 through the appointment of a prime contractor with responsibility for the overall performance of the complete RN mission system.
(2) if he will take action to cancel orders for any main battle tanks not yet under construction.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list all the civil defence authorities that (a) have received and (b) have not received, the defence staff list document ; (2) why defence staff list documents are being withheld from the South Yorkshire civil defence authority ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list all those parcels of land which were owned by Department of Economic Development, LEDU, or the Industrial Development Board, which were zoned for industrial development by the planning authorities and which were sold for non-industrial use in each of the years since 1980, giving details by district council area.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 8 November 1989] : The industrially zoned land sold by IDB (including Department of Commerce to September 1982) for non-industrial purposes is set out in the table. Neither DED or LEDU sold any land zoned for industrial development for non- industrial use.
District Council |1980-81 |1981-82 |1982-83 |1983-84 |1984-85 |1985-86 |1986-87 |1987-88 |1988-89 |1989-90 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Antrim |10.6 |0.1 |- |- |- |- |8.5 |- |- |- Ballymena |- |- |- |- |- |30.1 |- |- |- |- Belfast |- |- |0.1 |- |- |0.4 |0.5 |- |- |- Castlereagh |9.1 |- |- |- |- |0.1 |0.1 |0.1 |- |- Craigavon |- |- |- |0.1 |0.1 |- |- |- |- |- Derry |- |- |- |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- |- Fermanagh |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- Limavady |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |82.8 |- Lisburn |0.2 |- |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- |7.0 |- Newry and Mourne |- |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- |0.1 |12.4 |- Newtownabbey |- |5.1 |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- |0.3 |- Omagh |- |0.1 |- |- |- |0.1 |- |- |- |-
Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received about the relationships between integrated schools and segregated schools, the provision of integrated nursery education, and the provision of integrated special education ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : A number of views were received about the proposed management structures of controlled integrated schools and we have been able broadly to take these into account. This means that the legislation will continue to provide that in the case of a controlled integrated school which was formerly a controlled (non-grammar) school or a Catholic maintained school, its board of governors will include one seventh trustee representation and one seventh trasferor representation. Other controlled integrated schools will instead have two sevenths of their boards of governors appointed by the Department of Education.
On the question of integrated nursery and special education, nursery and special schools will be ineligible for formal integrated status since admissions are based on specialised criteria to which it would be quite inappropriate to add statutory requirements relating to the religion of pupils. On the other hand, it will be possible for an integrated school to have a nursery or special unit attached to it.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken by the fire authority for Northern Ireland to obtain an acceptable fire brigade training site convenient to Belfast which will make training possible in a secure location and which will have the support of the local community.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : The fire authority had identified a site at Old Manse road, Whiteabbey, as suitable for a fire brigade training school. Planning permission was refused. The fire authority is now awaiting the outcome of its appeal against that refusal.
Give the uncertainty of this site the fire authority has identified another suitable site at the former St. Nicholas secondary school at Minorca place, Carrickfergus. Conditional planning permission has just been granted. The fire authority has not agreed an acceptable purchase price for the Carrickfergus site. Negotiations are continuing.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a list of one-teacher primary schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in the maintained and controlled sectors, together with the number of pupils enrolled at each school.
Education and library |Primary schools |January 1989 enrolment board area ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Western Controlled |None |- Maintained |Edenderry |22 |Altishane |21 North-Eastern Controlled |Bruslee |20 |Newlands |20 Maintained |Culraney |8 |Rathlin Island (St. Mary's)|11 |Tannaghmore |22 |St. Colman's (Greenisland) |24 Southern Controlled |Salters Grange |18 |Shinn |13 |Leitrim |12 |Croreagh |21 |Hilltown |8 |Ballykeel West |15 |Ballinderry |22 |Coalisland |14 Maintained |Lislea (2) |12 Belfast Controlled |None |- Maintained |None |- South-Eastern Controlled |None |- Maintained |None |-
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assurance he can give parents that their children will have the opportunity to study British, European and economic history in the future.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes have been made in the terms of reference of the Council for Roman Catholic Maintained Schools since that body was established.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated cost of electrical rewiring to meet current safety standards for schools and colleges in the North-Eastern education and library board area.
Dr. Mawhinney : The total estimated cost of electrical rewiring to meet current safety standards for schools and colleges in the NEELB area is not readily available and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, I understand that the NEELB commissioned a study which estimated that it would cost £16 million at 1987 prices to rewire all the board's properties (including schools and colleges) and maintained schools in its area.
Column 299will be allocated to the North-Eastern education and library board to correct the hazards in schools brought to his attention in the consultant's report presented to the Department of Education in 1988.
Dr. Mawhinney : The Department of Education (Northern Ireland) allocated an additional £1.6 million to the north-eastern education and library board in the current financial year to supplement the normal maintenance programme financed from its block grant. It is for the board to determine how these additional funds are used having regard to its own locally determined priorities.
Sir Ian Gilmour : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish figures showing the numbers and percentages of families with children (a) entitled to and (b) receiving family credit, in April 1988 and 1989, together with projections for April 1990.
Reliable estimates of the number of families who were eligible for family credit in Northern Ireland in April 1988 and April 1989 or who might be eligible in April 1990 are not available.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many farmers, in each district council area of Northern Ireland, are in receipt of hill livestock compensatory allowances ; (2) what is the total amount of hill livestock compensatory allowances which were paid to farmers from each district council area, in each of the years since 1985.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given by my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning on 20 October 1989 to the hon. Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes (Mr. Brown) at columns 261-62.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was (a) the total amount of glass used and (b) the total amount of glass recycled in Northern Ireland in each of the years since 1980.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : Records are not held centrally of the total amount of glass used in Northern Ireland. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. At present 10 of the district councils in Northern Ireland operate bottle banks. It is estimated that the
Column 300volume of glass collected for recycling would be in the region of 600 tonnes per annum. No glass is recycled in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Michael Spicer : It is too early to make an estimate of the likely total costs of privatising the electricity supply industry. However, a provision of £30 million has been made in the supply estimate for 1989-90 in respect of electricity privatisation costs. Expenditure in earlier years was £0.8 million in 1987-88 and £5.5 million in 1988-89.
It is also too early to estimate the likely proceeds from the sale of the companies but experience from previous privatisations has shown them to have an outstanding record of value for money.
Mr. Peter Morrison : I meet the Director General of Gas Supply regularly and we discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, including progress towards competition in the supply of gas to industry and industrial gas pricing structures.
Mr. Peter Morrison : A study by Marinetech North West and Rendel Parkman published in 1985 concluded that the economic viability of a Mersey barrage was promising and that further studies were warranted.
The Mersey Barrage Company is currently carrying out further feasibility studies for a barrage, jointly funded by the Department of Energy, to examine the engineering, environmental and regional impact, the economic viability and the choice of barrage alignment.
Mr. Peter Morrison : Over the last ten years the Severn Barrage committee, the Severn Tidal Power Group, the Mersey Barrage Company, Ministers and Officials have visited La Rance tidal power station in Brittany. Many discussions with Electricite de France and French experts have taken place. The United Kingdom studies of tidal barrage schemes take full account of the French experience.
Mr. Peter Morrison : The Department of Energy and the Mersey Barrage Company are jointly funding feasibility studies into a Mersey barrage. The studies are being advanced to determine whether the Mersey Barrage Company can make an economic case for construction of a Mersey barrage. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy met the chairman of the Mersey Barrage Company on 14 November to receive a progress report.
Mr. Peter Morrison : The Department is already giving substantial financial support to develop renewable sources of energy. We are supporting a major research and development programme aimed at developing commercially viable and environmentally acceptable renewable technologies to contribute to future energy supply. Around 250 projects are currently underway with a contract value of over £60 million and we expect to initiate 70-80 new projects during 1989-90. Over £50 million is earmarked for expenditure on renewable projects over the next three years. These projects include both research and development and a wide range of technology transfer activities designed to aid commercial deployment.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what consultations he has had with the nuclear installations inspectorate regarding safety considerations in managing two or more nuclear power stations on one nuclear site in single or multiple ownership ; (2) what proposals he has for the avoidance of more than one nuclear power station operator having control of generation of any one nuclear island.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what consultations he has had with the nuclear installations inspectorate regarding safety considerations in managing nuclear power stations after vesting day in the electricity supply industry.
Mr. Michael Spicer : My Department maintains close contact with the Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate on all matters relating to nuclear safety. The vesting of the electricity supply industry will not lead to any diminution of existing standards of nuclear safety.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will list each nuclear power station giving the date on which they were authorised, when work commenced, when they were commissioned and when they first produced their design capacity ;
(2) if he will list for each nuclear power station their original designed output capacity, their revised output capacity, and their average load factors based on both the original and revised figures; (3) what is the maximum output achieved by each nuclear power station ; and when it was achieved.
Mr. Wakeham : Much of the information requested can be derived from published information. I have, nevertheless, asked the chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board to write to the hon. Member, as this is an operational matter for the board.
Mr. Andrew Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury of underwriting the abolition of electricity standing charges for (a) all households and (b) pensioner households.
Mr. Michael Spicer : The cost of abolishing electricity standing charges for all households in Great Britain is estimated at about £800 million, and for pensioner households in Great Britain at about £190 million.
|Number ------------------------ 1978-79 |87,258 1979-80 |98,894 1980-81 |118,221 1981-82 |108,266 1982-83 |91,334 1983-84 |90,722 1984-85 |91,039 1985-86 |102,714 1986-87 |98,823 1987-88 |88,910 1988-89 |75,230
There is a continued downward trend in disconnections and in the 12 months to the end of September 1989 the figure stood at 72,256.
Mr. Wakeham : This is a matter for British Gas plc. However, I was delighted to note that in the year ended September 1989, disconnections fell by 58 per cent. and that the number of customers disconnected is now lower than at any time since records were first kept in 1977.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the 20 projects from independent electricity generation known to his Department which were referred to by the hon. Member for the City of Chester (Mr. Morrison) on "Newsnight" on Thursday 9 November.
Mr. Wakeham : Contracts for the sale of power from Lakeland Power projects at Roosecote were signed last month. This is the first independent project to proceed. Details of other individual projects are commercial in confidence until the companies involved choose to announce them.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy in what circumstances he envisages that a domestic electricity consumer will have access to electricity supplies other than the proposed distribution companies.
Mr. Wakeham : The market in supply to customers will be progressively opened up to competition. Although transitionally the domestic consumer will remain a client of the area boards' successors there will be no permanent monopoly in supply.
Mr. Wakeham : The price charged by the Central Electricity Generating Board to the area boards is set out in the bulk supply tariff. This was published in March this year and will continue until the end of March 1990.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the additional cost to domestic electricity consumers of the use of electricity from nuclear power stations in 1979-80 and each subsequent year expressed as a percentage.