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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 16 November 1989

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Bananas and Sugar Cane

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make representations to the European Community Commission regarding the impact of the abolition of internal tariff barriers in 1992 on the Caribbean banana and sugar cane industries ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Forth : The European Commission is currently considering the possible arrangements for bananas post-1992, but has not yet come forward with proposals. They and member states are well aware that the United Kingdom endeavours to preserve the preferential arrangements enjoyed by our Caribbean suppliers. There are no internal tariff barriers on sugar.

Garage Tenants

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to ensure that garage tenants are entitled to provide all brands of petrol for sale and to prevent petrol companies exerting any penalties or imposing conditions to prevent this ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Forth : I have no present intention to do so. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission is investigating the supply of petrol and is due to report by 20 December. I cannot speculate on what the MMC may find, or on what decisions may be reached when its report has been considered.

Single European Act

Sir Geoffrey Finsberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the United Kingdom's record with regard to implementation of the Single European Act ; what is the position in the other member states ; and what assessment he has made of the accuracy of Commission statistics.

Mr. Redwood : A recent Commission report dated 7 September on progress in implementing EC directives on the single market into national laws confirms that the United Kingdom's record is excellent. On the Commission's reckoning, France is the best performer, followed by the United Kingdom. Our own records show the United Kingdom performance to be even better than the Commission suggests. It says that we are behind on 11 measures--we think the figure should be only three. This means we have implemented 65 out of 68 measures as appropriate in United Kingdom law. We have passed the relevant information to the Commission. Our calculations put United Kingdom performance roughly comparable with Denmark and the Netherlands, who also claim that the Commission have underestimated their tally. I intend


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to continue drawing attention to the importance of full implementation in all my contacts with the Commission and my counterparts in other member states.

Blue Circle Industries

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received recently from Blue Circle Industries plc concerning competition with imports ; and what reply he gave.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I am not aware of having received any such representations.

Post Office Counters

Mr. Bowis : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, further to his reply of 27 July, Official Report , column 812 , to the hon. Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Stevens) if he will list the recommendations of the 1988 Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on Post Office Counters which have not yet been implemented ; and what steps he is taking to ensure their early implementation.

Mr. Forth : Since the progress report referred to in my right hon. Friend's reply of 27 July, action on a further 14 recommendations of the 1988 Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on Post Office Counters has been completed. Recommendations which remained to be implemented at the end of October are numbers 2, 3, 6a-e, 7, 8, 10-13, 15, 17-19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30-39, 47, 51-55, 59-62, 67, 67a, 67b, 67f, 67g, 68. We are continuing to monitor the implementation of the outstanding recommendations against the timetable agreed with the Post Office and set out in its progress reports placed in the Library in December 1988 and July 1989. As my right hon. Friend said in his reply of 27 July, a further formal report will be made in June 1991.

Origin Marking

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he last discussed the issue of origin marking with the European Economic Community.

Mr. Forth : There has been contact with the EC Commission which resulted in changes, last December, to United Kingdom origin marking requirements in order to comply with our obligations under the treaty of Rome. We then undertook to explore with other member states and the EC Commission the feasibility of an EC origin marking regime for certain third country goods. My Department is considering the responses to that approach.

Libya

Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total value of goods and services sold to Libya in 1988 and to the latest available month in the current year ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Forth : Data on United Kingdom trade in services are not available by partner country. United Kingdom exports of goods to Libya were £236 million in 1988 and £172 million in the first nine months of 1989.


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Northern Region

Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures and initiatives are being undertaken in the northern region to attract investment capital and industry ; and if he will publish a table of capital investment in real terms showing the percentage increase this sum represents from May 1979 to the latest available date.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Companies in the assisted areas of the northern region with proposals for new investment can apply for regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industrial Development Act. In addition, as part of the enterprise initiative investment grants and innovation grants (up to a maximum of £15,000 and £25,000 respectively) are available to companies employing less than 25 people.

My Department also provides financial support towards the promotional activities of the Northern Development Company ; and works closely with other Government Departments, local authorities, development corporations and agencies in promoting a range of initiatives aimed at stimulating enterprise and training. These include projects promoted by the Tyne and Wear city action team, the regional task forces and the administration of the £45 million remedial package for the Sunderland area. The Department is also actively involved in the promotion of exports through services to industry provided by DTI export services.

I regret that information on capital investment in the northern region is not available in the form requested.

However, current price estimates of regional investment by selected industries and by Government are published annually in "Economic Trends" ; a copy is available in the Library. The latest published figures may be found in "Economic Trends" No. 421, November 1988, pages 97 and 98. Constant price estimates are not available because there are no regional price indices.

Unsafe Goods

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times he has issued prohibition notices under section 13 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 to prevent unsafe goods from being distributed in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Forth : The Secretary of State has twice issued prohibition notices under section 13 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Toys

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that toys which are being sold to the public prior to Christmas comply with the terms of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Mr. Forth : Local authority trading standards departments have a duty to enforce the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1974 and the general safety requirement provisions of the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The Act provides the necessary powers to enable them to discharge this responsibility.


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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Officers' Salaries

Sir Geoffrey Finsberg : To ask the hon. Member for

Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will give figures and grades, titles and ranks for all Officers of the House whose salaries are (a) higher and (b) lower than those of hon. Members, as at (i) 1 November 1989 and (ii) 1 February 1990.

Mr. Beith : The information requested is set out in the following tables. It should be noted that :

(1) The salaries quoted include the appropriate provision of London weighting including with effect from 1 January 1990, the additional point on the pay spine which is payable to staff who work in London. Grades 1 and 2 do not receive London weighting and grade 3 attracts a London allowance of £2,000 per annum (included in tables). (2) The scales do not include the element of pay which is performance related.

(3) Where the maximum of the salary scale is greater than the basic salary of Members at 1 November 1989 and 1 January 1990 respectively, the recipient is deemed to have a higher salary than that of a Member. If the maximum of the scale is less than the basic salary of the Member, the recipient is deemed to be paid less than a Member. (4) The statistics cover only "Officers of the House". Members of staff who are not "Officers of the House" (currently in receipt of salaries less than that of Members) are included in the list of all staff given in statement C to the 11th annual report to the House of Commons Commission, a copy of which is held in the Library. Supplementary note : Other tables show a breakdown of the actual salaries of staff in grades with pay scales which span the salaries of Members--showing those above and below the salary of Members at the relevant dates.


Officers of the House with a salary higher than £24,107                                                                                                     

as at 1 November 1989                                                                                                                                       

                                |Civil Service equivalent grade|£                                                                                           

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Speaker's Office                                                                                                                                            

2  Speaker's Counsel            |3                             |39,600                        |-42,900                                                      

1  Speaker's Secretary          |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

1  Assistant to Speaker's                                                                                                                                   

  Counsel                       |<1>7                          |23,797                        |-28,041                                                      

  <1> Legal staff                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                            

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                                                                                        

1  Clerk of the House           |1                             |72,000                                                                                      

1  Clerk Assistant              |2                             |48,100                        |-50,400                                                      

1  Clerk of Committees          |2                             |48,100                        |-50,400                                                      

7  Principal Clerk I            |3                             |39,600                        |-42,900                                                      

2  Principal Clerk II           |4                             |38,568                        |-40,004                                                      

16  Deputy Principal Clerk      |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

21  Senior Clerk                |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

1  Supervisor of Broadcasting   |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

1  Clerk Services Sub-                                                                                                                                      

  Committee                     |<2>7                          |20,930                        |-24,621                                                      

  <2> 95 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                            

Department of the Serjeant at Arms                                                                                                                          

1  Serjeant at Arms             |3                             |39,600                        |-42,900                                                      

1  Deputy Serjeant at Arms      |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

1  Assistant Serjeant at Arms   |<2>6                          |23,637                        |-30,251                                                      

2  Deputy Assistant Serjeant at                                                                                                                             

  Arms                          |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

  <2> 95 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                            

Department of the Library                                                                                                                                   

1  Librarian                    |3                             |39,600                        |-42,900                                                      

1  Deputy Librarian             |4                             |38,568                        |-40,004                                                      

2  Assistant Librarians         |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

9  Deputy Assistant Librarians  |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

12"  Senior Library Clerk       |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Vote Office                                                                                                                                                 

1  Deliverer of the Vote        |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

1  Deputy Deliverer of the                                                                                                                                  

  Vote                          |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Administration Department                                                                                                                                   

1  Head of Administration       |3                             |39,600                        |-42,900                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Fees Office                                                                                                                                                 

1  Accountant                   |4                             |38,568                        |-40,004                                                      

1  Deputy Accountant            |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

1  Senior Assistant Accountant  |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

4  Assistant Accountant         |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Establishments Office                                                                                                                                       

1  Head of Establishments       |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

1  Deputy Head of                                                                                                                                           

  Establishments                |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Computer Office                                                                                                                                             

1  Computer Officer             |5                             |31,751                        |-35,741                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Internal Audit                                                                                                                                              

1  Internal Auditor             |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Staff Inspection                                                                                                                                            

1  Staff Inspector              |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

                                                                                                                                                            

Department of the Official Report                                                                                                                           

1  Editor                       |4                             |38,568                        |-40,004                                                      

1  Deputy Editor                |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

4  Principal Assistant Editors  |<3>6                          |23,176                        |-29,651                                                      

5  Assistant Editors            |<4>6                          |20,872                        |-26,651                                                      

  <3> 93 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                                 

  <4> 83 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                            

Refreshment Department                                                                                                                                      

1  General Manager              |6                             |24,789                        |-31,751                                                      

1  Deputy General Manager       |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

1  Catering Accountant          |7                             |21,939                        |-25,825                                                      

Table file CW891116.001 not available

Officers of the House with a salary lower than £24,107                                                                        

as at 1 November 1989                                                                                                         

                          |Civil Service equivalent|£                                                                         

                          |grade                                                                                              

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Speaker's Office                                                                                                              

1  Chaplain               |SEO (Max)               |4,709                                                                     

                                                                                                                              

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                                                          

6  Assistant Clerk A'     |HEO (D)                 |14,722                  |-18,086                                          

2  Assistant Clerk T'     |AT                      |11,996                  |-13,824                                          

                                                                                                                              

Department of the Library                                                                                                     

6  Assistant Clerk A'     |HEO (D)                 |14,772                  |-18,086                                          

4  Assistant Clerk T'     |AT                      |11,996                  |-13,824                                          


1 November 1989                                                                        

Supplementary breakdown for those whose scales span the                                

Members salary but are currently paid at a lower rate                                  

                                     |Civil Service equivalent                         

                                     |grade                                            

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

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                   

8  Senior Clerks                     |7                                                

                                                                                       

Department of the Serjeant at Arms                                                     

1  Deputy Assistant Serjeant at Arms |7                                                

                                                                                       

Department of the Library                                                              

10 Senior Library Clerks             |7                                                

                                                                                       

Administration Department                                                              

1  Assistant Accountant              |7                                                

1  Internal Auditor                  |7                                                


Officers of the House with a salary higher than £26,701                                                                                               

as at 1 February 1990                                                                                                                                 

                                    Civil Service equivalen£                                                                                          

                                    grade                                                                                                             

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

Speaker's Office                                                                                                                                      

2  Speaker's Counsel               |3                     |39,600                |-42,900                                                             

1  Speaker's Secretary             |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

1  Assistant to Speaker's                                                                                                                             

  Counsel                          |<1>7                  |24,789                |-29,224                                                             

  <1> Legal staff                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                      

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                                                                                  

1  Clerk of the House              |1                     |72,000                                                                                     

1  Clerk Assistant                 |2                     |48,100                |-50,400                                                             

1  Clerk of Committees             |2                     |48,100                |-50,400                                                             

7  Principal Clerk I               |3                     |39,600                |-42,900                                                             

2  Principal Clerk II              |4                     |40,004                |-41,496                                                             

16  Deputy Principal Clerk         |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

21  Senior Clerk                   |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

1  Supervisor of Broadcasting      |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

Department of the Serjeant at Arms                                                                                                                    

1  Serjeant at Arms                |3                     |39,600                |-42,900                                                             

1  Deputy Serjeant at Arms         |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

1  Assistant Serjeant at Arms      |<2>6                  |24,621                |-31,462                                                             

2  Deputy Assistant Serjeant at                                                                                                                       

  Arms                             |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

  <2> 95 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                      

Department of the Library                                                                                                                             

1  Librarian                       |3                     |39,600                |-42,900                                                             

1  Deputy Librarian                |4                     |40,004                |-41,496                                                             

2  Assistant Librarians            |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

9  Deputy Assistant Librarians     |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                                             

12"  Senior Library Clerk          |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

(Vote Office)                                                                                                                                         

1  Deliverer of the Vote           |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                                             

1  Deputy Deliverer of the                                                                                                                            

  Vote                             |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

Administration Department                                                                                                                             

1  Head of Administration          |3                     |39,600                |-42,900                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

(Fees Office)                                                                                                                                         

1  Accountant                      |4                     |40,004                |-41,496                                                             

1  Deputy Accountant               |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

1  Senior Assistant Accountant     |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                                             

4  Assistant Accountant            |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

(Establishments Office)                                                                                                                               

1  Head of Establishments          |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

1  Deputy Head of                                                                                                                                     

  Establishments                   |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

(Computer Office)                                                                                                                                     

1  Computer Officer                |5                     |33,026                |-37,186                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

(Internal Audit)                                                                                                                                      

1                                  |Internal Auditor      |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                      

                                                                                                                                                      

(Staff Inspection)                                                                                                                                    

1  Staff Inspector                 |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                                             

                                                                                                                                                      

Department of the Official Report                                                                                                                     

1  Editor                          |4                     |40,004                |-41,496                                                             

1  Deputy Editor                   |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                                             

4  Principal Assistant Editors     |<3>6                  |24,140                |-30,837                                                             

5  Assistant Editors               |<4>6                  |21,732                |-27,709                                                             

  <3> 93 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                           

  <4> 83 per cent. of grade                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                      

Refreshment Department                                                                                                                                

1                                  |General Manager       |6                     |25,825                |-33,026                                      

1                                  |Deputy General Manager|7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                      

1                                  |Catering Accountant   |7                     |22,848                |-26,910                                      


Officers of the House with a salary lower than £26,701                                                                          

as at 1 February 1990                                                                                                           

                            |Civil Service equivalent|£                                                                         

                            |grade                                                                                              

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

Speaker's Office                                                                                                                

1  Chaplain                 |SEO (Max)               |4,709                                                                     

                                                                                                                                

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                                                            

1  Clerk Services Sub-                                                                                                          

  Committee                 |<2>7                    |21,793                  |-25,652                                          

6  Assistant Clerk A'       |HEO (D)                 |14,722                  |-18,086                                          

2  Assistant Clerk T'       |AT                      |11,996                  |-13,824                                          

  <2> 95 per cent. of grade                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                

Department of the Library                                                                                                       

6  Assistant Clerk A'       |HEO (D)                 |14,772                  |-18,086                                          

4  Assistant Clerk T'       |AT                      |11,996                  |-13,824                                          


1 February 1990                                                                        

Supplementary breakdown for those whose scales span the                                

Members salary but are currently paid at a lower rate                                  

                                     |Civil Service equivalent                         

                                     |grade                                            

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

Department of the Clerk of the House                                                   

8  Senior Clerks                     |7                                                

                                                                                       

Department of the Serjeant at Arms                                                     

1  Deputy Assistant Serjeant at Arms |7                                                

                                                                                       

Department of the Library                                                              

10 Senior Library Clerks             |7                                                

                                                                                       

Administration Department                                                              

1  Assistant Accountant              |7                                                

1  Internal Auditor                  |7                                                

European MPs

Mr. Parry : To ask the Lord President of the Council (1) what information he has as to the death in office grant of Members of Parliament of (a) European Economic Community countries and (b) Council of Europe countries at the latest available date ; (2) what information he has as to what are the typical pension rights of Members of Parliament of (a) European Economic Community countries and (b) Council of Europe countries at the latest available date, giving the contributory factors ;

(3) what information he has as to what was the average salary of Members of Parliament of (a) European Economic Community countries and (b) Europe countries, at the most recent available date ; (4) what information he has on payments to Members of Parliament who retire on health grounds in the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan ;


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(5) what information he has on the amount paid as a percentage of salaries by Members of Parliament in (a) European Economic Community countries and (b) Council of Europe countries towards a pension at the latest date ;

(6) what information he has on the amount paid as a percentage of salaries by members of the United States of America, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and Japanese parliaments towards a pension ; (7) what information he has on the death in office grant to Members of Parliament in the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan ;

(8) what information he has on the early retirement payment to Members of Parliament in the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan ;

(9) what information he has on the level of pension on retirement on health grounds paid to Members of Parliament of (a) European Economic Community countries and (b) Council of Europe countries ; (10) what information he has on the qualifying periods for pensionable rights of Members of Parliament in the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan ;

(11) what information he has on the salaries of United States of America, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and Japanese Members of Parliament at the latest available date ;

(12) what information he has on which countries make an early retirement payment to Members of Parliament ; and what such payments are.

Sir Geoffrey Howe : None. The information could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.

Blue Peter" Appeal

Mr. Bowis : To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will enable hon. Members and staff of the Palace of Westminster to support the "Blue Peter" appeal for special care baby units by providing receptacles for aluminium drink cans in all refreshment areas of the House.

Sir Geoffrey Howe : No. It is considered neither appropriate nor practical for Refreshment Department facilities to be used for such purposes.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

County Courts

Mr. Fraser : To ask the Attorney-General how many county courts are more than seven days behind in replying to letters.

The Attorney-General : Of the 275 county courts in England and Wales, 110 are currently taking seven days or more to reply to letters from court users. Priority is given to urgent correspondence. In the remaining 165 courts replies are currently sent within seven days.

Mr. Fraser : To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions, for cases arising, respectively, in 1987, 1988 and 1989, the Lord Chancellor has paid compensation to county court users for loss occasioned as a result of the negligence of court officials ; and in how many cases over the same period a claim has been made but payment refused.


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The Attorney-General : The Lord Chancellor has paid compensation to county court users for loss occasioned as a result of the negligence of court officials in matters for which he is responsible, on the following number of occasions (by financial year) :


        |Cases      

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

1986-87 |300        

1987-88 |377        

1988-89 |359        

No figures in respect of claims refused are readily available and such information can be extracted only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Fraser : To ask the Attorney-General what is the average interval between the lodging of a bill for taxation in Bow county court and the taxing of the bill.

The Attorney-General : The average interval between the lodging of a bill for taxation in Bow county court and the notification of the taxation to the parties is six to nine weeks in respect of civil bills and 12 weeks in respect of matrimonial bills. The length of interval is due to delays in the administrative part of the process : consultation is in hand with local solicitors to discuss ways of improving the position.

Mr. Fraser : To ask the Attorney-General which class of post Wandsworth county court uses for the dispatch of letters ; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General : Wandsworth county court dispatches its letters by second-class post. This is in accordance with departmental practice. Certain court documents such as summonses are required by the rules governing service to be dispatched by first-class post. Chief clerks are being reminded of this requirement.

Child Abuse (Training of Judges)

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the training and retraining courses on child abuse available to Her Majesty's judges and the number of courses that have been organised in the past year.

The Attorney-General : The Judicial Studies Board organises induction and refresher courses for circuit judges, recorders and assistant recorders in both the criminal and the civil and family jurisdictions. These courses cover a wide range of topics in order to give those who attend them a comprehensive picture of sentencing and current matters of importance. In 1988 Lord Justice Butler-Sloss spoke on "Child Protection in the Law" and in 1989, on "Child Protection--The Implications of the New Legislation", during which lectures she dealt with child abuse.

The subject was also included in discussions at the annual conference for circuit judges arranged under the auspices of the president of the Family Division.

A session dealing with child abuse will be included in the course currently being prepared to meet the requirements of the Children Act.

Legal Aid

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the names and occupations of the members of the legal aid board, together with their remuneration ; and how often they have met.


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The Attorney-General : The names and occupations of the members of the legal aid board are :

John Pitts (Chairman). Former Chairman and Chief Executive of the Tioxide Group.

Martin Acland. J.P., General Commissioner of Income Tax and former executive Director of Mercantile Credit Co.

Diana Beale. Advice worker and member of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Allan Blake. Head of Department of Law, Leeds Polytechnic. Hilary Bradley. Barrister.

Lyn Devonald. Solicitor.

Kenneth Farrow. Barrister and Assistant Recorder.

Suzette Harold. Former Managing Director of F. International Ltd. Geoffrey Hibbert. J.P. and former Personnel Director, Shell International Petroleum Co.

David Sinker. J.P., Chartered Accountant and Chairman of the Leach Group.

John Smith. J.P. and former Personnel Director and Assistant Managing Director, Associated British Ports.

Peter Soar. Solicitor.

The chairman of the board is paid £19,921 per annum and the members £13,280 for attendance on two days per week. The board was set up in a shadow capacity on 3 May 1988 and assumed full responsibility for the legal aid scheme on 1 April 1989. There have been seven meetings of the full board since 1 April 1989. The greater part of the board's work is conducted through its 11 committees and there are two or three committee meetings each week. In addition, board members undertake visits and attend meetings and conferences with representatives of the legal professions and advice agencies.

Rudolf Hess

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Attorney-General if he will direct the Director of Public Prosecutions to reconsider his decision not to initiate criminal investigations as to the circumstances surrounding the death of Rudolf Hess in Spandau prison in August 1987 in respect of (a) the unexplained disappearance of the flex by which the asphyxiation was reported to be caused and (b) the unauthorised destruction of the garden shed in which the death occurred.

The Attorney-General : No. The Director of Public Prosecutions has advised the Metropolitan police that there is no cogent evidence as the basis for further investigation. I see no justification for doing as the hon. Member asks.

PRIME MINISTER

COCOM

Mr. Atkinson : To ask the Prime Minister if she will say what recent communication she has received from President Bush on the future of COCOM.

The Prime Minister : President Bush has conveyed to me his views that the streamlining of the COCOM control lists goes hand in hand with the enforcement of, and compliance with, the controls. I have made clear that I agree that we need still to guard our fundamental security interests while ensuring that the COCOM control lists deal with items which have been identified as genuinely critical.


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Correspondence

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Prime Minister if she will inquire into the reasons for the variations in the time taken by Government Departments to reply to correspondence from hon. Members ; if she will take steps to raise the performance of all Departments to that of the best ; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : It is for each Department to decide how it responds to correspondence from hon. Members. However, Departments ensure that a reply is sent as soon as possible.

Golden Handshakes

Mr. John Evans : To ask the Prime Minister what is Government policy towards golden handshakes for departing chairmen of publicly owned companies ; and how much public money has been spent in the last 10 years on this or related purposes.

The Prime Minister : Ministers may determine the compensation which may be paid to chairmen and others of boards of nationalised industries and other public boards and corporations when their appointments end prematurely in circumstances which make it right that the person concerned should receive compensation. The normal practice is that the assessment of compensation follows broadly the approach of a court of law in assessing damages for a breach of contract. Records are not kept centrally on the amount of compensation which has been paid to chairmen and members of public boards over the last 10 years.

Golden Shares

Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop : To ask the Prime Minister whether Government policy as to the use of what are known as golden shares is determined by the Minister in whom that share is legally vested, in each case.

The Prime Minister : I shall write to my hon. Friend.

EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

Schools (Ballots)

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many ballots in United Kingdom secondary schools on change of status to date have excluded parents of first-year pupils from voting.

Mrs. Rumbold : Ballots on grant-maintained status for schools in England and Wales are governed by section 61 of the Education Reform Act 1988. This provides that all parents who are known to the governing body as parents of registered pupils at the school, and were named as parents of such pupils on the school register 14 days after the date when ballot was called (by the presentation of a parental petition or resolution of the governing body) are entitled to vote. This would normally include all parents of registered pupils at the school, including the parents of first- year pupils, at the time that the ballot was called. Rarely, where a ballot is called near the end of an academic year but is not held until the following year, this may differ from the register of parents at the school when the ballot is held.


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Disabled Students (Allowance)

Mr. Hannam : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list, authority by authority, the total amount spent on the disabled student allowance.

Mr. Jackson : The information for the latest available year, 1987- 88, is as follows. Local education authorities which awarded no disabled student allowances have been excluded from the table.


Mandatory Awards: Disabled student allowance: 1987-88                           

                       |Number of students|Amount awarded<1>                    

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London Boroughs                                                                 

Barnet                 |3                 |2,100                                

Bexley                 |2                 |1,400                                

Bromley                |2                 |420                                  

Croydon                |2                 |980                                  

Ealing                 |1                 |461                                  

Havering               |2                 |701                                  

Hillingdon             |1                 |700                                  

Hounslow               |2                 |544                                  

Newham                 |2                 |869                                  

Richmond-upon-Thames   |3                 |1,394                                

Sutton                 |2                 |1,400                                

Waltham Forest         |1                 |700                                  

                                                                                

ILEA                   |17                |10,325                               

                                                                                

Metropolitan Districts                                                          

Birmingham             |4                 |1,582                                

Coventry               |2                 |700                                  

Dudley                 |6                 |2,475                                

Sandwell               |2                 |1,029                                

Wolverhampton          |1                 |455                                  

Liverpool              |6                 |3,497                                

St. Helens             |1                 |44                                   

Sefton                 |6                 |1,706                                

Wirral                 |5                 |1,607                                

Bolton                 |2                 |425                                  

Bury                   |4                 |2,295                                

Manchester             |6                 |3,652                                

Rochdale               |1                 |700                                  

Salford                |3                 |1,550                                

Stockport              |1                 |700                                  

Tameside               |2                 |1,394                                

Wigan                  |1                 |700                                  

Barnsley               |1                 |545                                  

Doncaster              |4                 |734                                  

Rotherham              |2                 |663                                  

Sheffield              |8                 |2,986                                

Bradford               |1                 |286                                  

Calderdale             |1                 |700                                  

Kirklees               |1                 |700                                  

Leeds                  |8                 |3,890                                

Newcastle upon Tyne    |1                 |700                                  

South Tyneside         |3                 |2,100                                

Sunderland             |2                 |335                                  

                                                                                

Shire Counties                                                                  

Avon                   |4                 |1,270                                

Berkshire              |11                |3,398                                

Buckinghamshire        |4                 |1,635                                

Cambridgeshire         |6                 |1,748                                

Cheshire               |7                 |2,780                                

Cleveland              |4                 |1,261                                

Cornwall               |1                 |700                                  

Cumbria                |2                 |791                                  

Derbyshire             |10                |4,200                                

Devon                  |9                 |3,860                                

Dorset                 |8                 |2,379                                

Durham                 |4                 |860                                  

East Sussex            |8                 |2,590                                

Gloucestershire        |4                 |1,339                                

Hampshire              |25                |16,823                               

Hereford and Worcester |10                |4,696                                

Hertfordshire          |12                |3,874                                

Humberside             |1                 |491                                  

Isle of Wight          |1                 |450                                  

Kent                   |12                |3,930                                

Lancashire             |13                |5,625                                

Norfolk                |4                 |1,125                                

North Yorkshire        |9                 |3,185                                

Northamptonshire       |2                 |560                                  

Nottinghamshire        |7                 |4,202                                

Oxfordshire            |5                 |3,200                                

Shropshire             |1                 |407                                  

Staffordshire          |6                 |1,050                                

Suffolk                |4                 |1,055                                

Surrey                 |4                 |972                                  

West Sussex            |2                 |239                                  

Wiltshire              |12                |4,588                                

                                                                                

Wales                                                                           

Clwyd                  |5                 |2,956                                

Dyfed                  |4                 |2,800                                

Gwent                  |5                 |1,700                                

Gwynedd                |3                 |1,700                                

Mid-Glamorgan          |5                 |1,443                                

West Glamorgan         |4                 |1,560                                

                                                                                

England and Wales      |363               |157,586                              

<1> For disabled students allowances.                                           

Departmental Documents (Maintained Schools)

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will tabulate in the Official Report the reference numbers and titles of all statutory instruments, departmental circulars, and other documents distributed by him direct to head teachers and governors of maintained schools consequential to the provisions of the Education Act 1988, indicating for each what action or return respectively is required ; and what further documents in these categories and for which purposes he proposes to circulate prior to 1 September 1990.

Mrs. Rumbold : Information is not available in the precise form requested.

Following are those statutory instruments, circulars and other documents that have been distributed since 2 January 1989. To identify those that were distributed directly to headteachers and governors of maintained schools would involve disproportionate cost.

Statutory instruments

The Education Reform Act 1988 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1988 S.I. 1988/1459 c.55.

The Education Reform Act 1988 (Commencement No. 2) Order 1988 S.I. 1988/1794 c.63.

The Education Reform Act 1988 (Commencement No. 3) Order 1988 S.I. 1988/2002 c.73.

The Education (Higher Education Corporations) (No. 4) Order 1988 S.I. 1988/2283.

The Education (Higher Education Corporations) (No. 5) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/17.

The Education (Inner London Education Authority) (Transitional and Supplementary Provisions) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/46.

The Education Reform Act 1988 (Commencement No. 5) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/164 c.5.

The Secondary Examinations Council (Designation of Staff) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/176.

The Education (Designated Institutions) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/282. The Education (Prescribed Courses of Higher Education) (England) Regulations 1989 S.I. 1989/302.


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