|Previous Section||Home Page|
Mr. John Patten : The ministerial group on women's issues, meeting last October, agreed to encourage the establishment of a national association of private nursery providers and childcare consultants which would set up an accreditation scheme for its members. The group has agreed in principle to provide pump-priming finance for the establishment of such an accreditation scheme. Any childcare provider will have to abide by the relevant statutory regulations, at present under the provision of the Nurseries and Childminders Act 1948 and, from 1991, under the Children Bill, which is due to receive Royal Assent today.
Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to allow Christian groups to run an independent Christian radio station ; and what restrictions he will place on the kind of broadcasting they can undertake.
Mr. Mellor : We are not proposing that religious groups should be prevented from running independent radio stations provided they observe the content requirements envisaged in paragraph 7.7 of the Green Paper "Radio : Choices and Opportunities" (February 1987, Cm. 92).
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation payments have been paid to Paul Hill, Gerard Conlon, Patrick Armstrong and Carole Richardson in respect of their wrongful imprisonment ; when they will receive the final sum ; and what it will be.
Mr. John Patten : As I explained in my written answer of 1 November to the hon. Member at column 183, my right hon. and learned Friend agreed that interim awards of compensation should be made to all four, pending a final settlement of their claims. These payments have been made. It is not our practice to publish details of individual payments to applicants for compensation.
The solicitors representing the four persons concerned have been asked to supply any information they wish the independent assessor to take into account when determining the final sum. It is for the assessor to decide what the amount should be and when he has the information he needs to reach a decision. In accordance with the provisions of section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, my right hon. and learned Friend will accept the assessor's recommendation.
Column 454inquiry into the conviction of the Guildford Four ; who is assessing the evidence with him ; if all material presented to him will be available to the solicitors of the four ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. John Patten : Sir John May began work on his inquiry on 26 October 1989. Professor J. C. Smith, CBE, until recently professor at law at Nottingham university, has been appointed as an assessor to the inquiry. We will consider the appointment of further assessors if Sir John feels that this is necessary. The conduct of the inquiry will be a matter for Sir John May and it will be for him to decide the extent to which material presented to him during the inquiry will be made more widely available.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been sent for trial for criminal offences for the years 1980 to 1989 inclusive ; and how many have been (a) convicted and (b) gaoled.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information relating to the number of officers convicted of criminal offences and the number who received sentences of imprisonment is published annually in the reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary and of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, copies of which may be found in the Library. Information relating to the number of officers against whom criminal proceedings have been brought, but who have not been convicted, is not available.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average length of time it takes for a DNA test to be available in family or criminal matters at Leicester magistrates court.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Gwent as to his practice on the issuing of temporary shotgun or firearms certificates to the holders of expiring shotgun or firearms certificates when the chief constable has not completed his inquiries prior to the expiry of the existing certificate.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Firearms Acts 1968 to 1988 do not provide for the issue of temporary shotgun or firearm certificates. The issue of certificates, and permits under section 7 of the 1968 Act, are entirely matters for chief officers of police.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Whilst estimates of traffic accidents resulting from changes to summer time have been made by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, it has not been considered practicable to make a detailed assessment of road traffic as such, although likely changed travel patterns have been taken into account.
Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposals to alter British summer time on the number of accidents to postal workers.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : I am aware of the figures for accidents to postal workers during the British Standard Time experiment and have recently received representations from the Union of Communication Workers.
Mr. Irvine : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusions he has reached following the consultation process on the consultation paper "Bail Accommodation and Secure Bail Hostels" which was issued on 13 February.
Mr. Waddington : There were 62 responses made to the consultation paper "Bail Accommodation and Secure Bail Hostels". Most respondents pressed for more bail hostel and other accommodation in the community to be provided so that defendants without a fixed address could be bailed instead of being remanded in custody. The Government's current bail accommodation expansion programme aims to deliver 500 new bail places by April 1991. We have decided in addition to examine how low-cost hostels or networks of lodgings could be provided by the voluntary or private sectors ; how private sector involvement in provision of bail hostels can be increased ; how national standards for bail hostels can be drawn up ; and how bail information schemes and accommodation networks can be integrated effectively. We have decided not to embark on the development of secure bail hostels for the time being. We want to see what the impact of this further programme of work aimed at expanding existing accommodation will be. There are other issues still under consideration : the part that hostels can play in a strategy for dealing with mentally disturbed defendants and how hostels can best respond to the needs of ethnic minorities and women.
Mr. Mellor : A pilot scheme to provide clerks drawn from the magistrates courts service to assist boards at adjudications began in 13 establishments on 6 November. The scheme will run for one year and be independently monitored throughout to assess both the practicality of
Column 456this proposal and the extent to which it proves to be of real assistance to boards of visitors. It is our hope that the independence and expertise which court clerks will bring to the adjudicatory process will further improve the quality of justice at disciplinary hearings. In the light of the results of the monitoring of the scheme, we shall wish to reach a view as to the desirability of making similar arrangements in all establishments.
Mr. John Patten [holding answer 14 November 1989] : No central record is held of the use of video surveillance by the police of the public. The police use CCTV in a range of circumstances--for example, for traffic control or in operations against crime. Where such equipment is used its use is subject to guidelines issued by the Home Office in 1984. We are aware of a number of crime prevention schemes around the country which involve the use of CCTV and we understand that in most of these the CCTV equipment is operated by local authorities or private security companies.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library details of each major publicity campaign mounted by his Department in 1985-86 and each successive year, including in each case the objectives of the campaign, the intended audience and the outcome of the monitoring of the achievement of the intended objectives, and national research conducted for him by the Central Office of Information together with a note of the intended objectives in the campaigns in 1989-90.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much section II money has been made available to (a) local education authorities and (b) other bodies ; and for what purposes in the past year, five, 10 and 15 years ago, respectively ; and if he will make a statement.
Year |Total Grant |Education |Other |£ |£ |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1977-78 |24,745,627 |20,777,102 |3,968,525 1987-88 |93,022,000 |<1>70,000,000|<1>23,000,000 <1>Approximate.
Column 457European Court of Human Rights in the case of Brogan and others concerning detention under the prevention of terrorism legislation.
" for a period of up to seven days".
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specific steps have been taken by his Department to enforce the ban on the importing of ivory into the United Kingdom ; whether there have been any arrests or prosecutions since the introduction of this ban ; and if he will make a statement.
For many years the importation of ivory has been subject to the need for an import licence or permit issued by the Department of the Environment.
Goods imported without such documents are liable to seizure by Customs so no special measures have been required as a result of the ban. Customs continue to seize consignments of illegally imported ivory.
Most seizures, often involving small quantities, are made locally without reference to Customs headquarters. Statistical information is compiled only periodically. Up-to-date details could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.
Mr. Ray Powell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of written questions he has answered from each hon. Member representing Welsh constituencies during the current Session ; and what estimate he can make of the cost incurred for each hon. Member.
The average cost of a written question is approximately £54. This figure relates to all questions to Ministers, not just to Welsh Office Ministers.
Parliamentary questions answered Member |Number ----------------------------------------------- Donald Anderson, Esq., MP |19 Nicholas Bennett, Esq., MP |105 Alex Carlile, Esq., QC, MP |13 Mrs. Ann Clwyd, MP |59 Donald Coleman, Esq., CBE, MP |4 Rt. hon. Denzil Davies, Esq., MP |8 Ron Davies, Esq., MP |95 Paul Flynn, Esq., MP |36 Rt. hon. Michael Foot, MP |1 Win Griffiths, Esq., MP |24 Geraint Howells, Esq., MP |40 Dr. Kim Howells, MP |47 Roy Hughes, Esq., MP |29 Barry Jones, Esq., MP |315 Gwilym Jones, Esq., MP |39 Ieuan Wyn Jones, Esq., MP |29 Martyn Jones, Esq., MP |18 Richard Livsey, Esq., MP |30 Dr. John Marek, MP |15 Sir Anthony Meyer, BT, MP |8 Alun Michael, Esq., MP |97 Rhodri Morgan, Esq., MP |9 Rt. hon. John Morris, QC, MP |8 Paul Murphy, Esq., MP |10 Ray Powell, Esq., MP |1 Keith Raffan, Esq., MP |7 Allan Rogers, Esq., MP |17 Ted Rowlands, Esq., MP |20 John P. Smith, Esq., MP |1 Dr. Dafydd Ellis Thomas, MP |61 Sir John Stradling Thomas, MP |- Gareth Wardell, Esq., MP |72 Dafydd Wigley, Esq., MP |105 Rt. hon. Alan Williams, MP |13 Alan W. Williams, MP |16
|£ million ------------------------------ 1979-80 |54.8 1983-84 |2.4 1988-89 |10.2 1989-90 |11
Figures quoted are outturn with the exception of 1988-89 where provisional outturn has been included and 1989-90 where provision has been used.
Significant changes to the subsidy system came into effect in 1981-82 so no valid comparison can be made between the earliest and later years.
Mr. Grist : On the basis of the latest information available from local authority revenue outturn returns, gross current expenditure on bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless persons in 1987-88 was £280,000 of which £170,000 was met by local authorities and the remainder from local sources (mainly fees and charges).
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many homeless families there were in Wales in the last year ; how many were housed in temporary accommodation ; and how many were housed in bed-and- breakfast accommodation.
Mr. Grist : During the period 1 July 1988 and 30 June 1989 a total of 7,730 households were accepted as homeless by local authorities in Wales ; 793 households were housed in temporary accommodation. At 30 June 1989, a total of 145 of these were in bed and breakfast accommodation.
Column 459currently homeless ; what proportion this is of the under-25 population ; and if he will instigate a survey into the causes of homelessness among young people in Wales.
Mr. Grist : This information is not collected centrally. The Department's contacts with organisations concerned with homelessness do not suggest that the causes of homelessness amongst the under-25s are very different from those for the population as a whole.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how long it takes on average for the Welsh Office to inform district councils of instances of food contamination ; and how many instances of food contamination were recorded in Wales during 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Mr. Grist : In cases of physical contamination of food, where a decision is taken by the Government to issue a general warning to district council environmental health officers, food hazard warning notices are issued as soon as practicable (usually within a few hours) after receipt, by the Department, of the necessary information.
The number of cases of food contamination recorded in Wales is not held centrally.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to his answer of 1 November to the hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside, Official Report, columns 207-8, if he will list in the Official Report, for each water treatment works, the date by which he expects each to comply with the aluminium standard under section 20(5)(b) of the Water Act 1989.
Location and water |Compliance date treatment works ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Clwyd Bylchau |1995 Cynwyd |1995 Glascoed |1995 Meifod |1995 Trecastell |1995 Alwen |1995 Bretton |1992 Cilcain |1993 Dyfed Bontgoch |1995 Strata Florida |1990 Bolton Hill |1994 Hotwells |1995 Preseli |1995 Valley Court |1995 Capel Dewi |1990 Bryncoch |1992 Dyfed and West Glamorgan Bryngwyn |1991 Felindre |1992 Powys Llanwrtyd Wells |1992 Llandeilo Graban |1992 Portis HL |1992 Hereford and Worcester Byton |1992 Broomy Hill |1994 Gwent Cwmtillery |1995 Nantybwch |1995 Georgetown |1995 Craig Ddu |1995 Rhymney Bridge |1995 Gwent and Mid Glamorgan Pontsticill |1995 South Glamorgan and Mid Glamorgan Cantref |1995 Llwynon |1995 Mid Glamorgan Hendre Bailey<1> |1995 Penderyn BH |1995 Maerdy HL and LL |1995 <1>This supply is currently not in use. Notes: Abergynolwen was included in my answer of 1 November in error. When considering whether to accept the undertakings, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State had regard to current medical advice and was satisfied that none of the supplies concerned would represent a risk to public health.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 30 October to the hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside, Official Report , column 35 , what information he has as to the cost of backlog maintenance for National Health Service properties in Wales for (a) each hospital and (b) each health authority unit ; and if he will list those by health authority.
Mr. Grist : The information requested is not held centrally. District health authorities provide an annual return in which the backlog maintenance estimate is shown only as an aggregated total figure for the district. The detail requested could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The Government guarantee a place on YTS for all 16 and 17-year-olds who seek one, and the scheme offers those with learning difficulties the opportunity to develop basic skills and achieve recognised qualifications.
The careers service and the employment service provide specialist advice and guidance to all young people with special needs to enable them to find suitable training and/or employment.
Mr. Peter Walker : Restriction orders have been placed on the movement of milk and animals from some 200 farms in Wales to which supplies of contaminated feed have been traced. Milk from these farms is being segregated from supplies for public consumption and samples are being taken for testing. Results from the tests will be published as soon as they are available. Given the circumstances of the contamination further detailed tests are being conducted to identify other contaminants which might be associated with lead. Indications are that the maximum possible intake of lead from this incident does not represent a hazard to human health.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the cost of primary schools with (a) fewer than 20 pupils, (b) fewer than 30 pupils, (c) fewer than 40 pupils, (d) fewer than 50 pupils, (e) fewer than 60 pupils, (f) 60-99 pupils, (g) 100-149 pupils and (h) 150- 1,999 pupils for each Welsh local education authority, for the latest year for which figures are available.
Average male gross weekly earnings<1> |£ ------------------------------------------------ Clwyd |222.0 Clwyd West<2> |196.5 Clwyd East<3> |231.7 Dyfed (excluding Llanelli) |200.4 Gwent |218.8 Gwynedd |204.0 Mid Glamorgan |221.5 Powys |191.2 South Glamorgan |224.9 West Glamorgan (including Llanelli) |220.7 |--- Wales |217.8 <1> Full-time males on adult rates, whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. <2> Colwyn, Glyndwr and Rhuddlan districts. <3> Alyn and Deeside, Delyn and Wrexham Maelor.
Figures for April 1989 are to be published on Thursday 23 November 1989.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet residents of the Bannel bridge area, Clwyd to hear their views concerning the application of the opencast executive to mine coal in the vicinity of their community ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will detail the amount of PCBs in the consents from Welsh Water for Rechem to discharge into the Ponthir treatment works near Pontypool ; and if he will summarise the results for 1988 and 1989 of tests carried out on the aqueous effluent by Welsh Water.
Mr. Grist : The consent granted to Rechem International Ltd. to discharge effluent to the Ponthir sewage treatment works includes a maximum concentration of 5 microgrammes per litre of polychlorinated biphenyls (a level which is lower than that normally present in human blood). The average concentration of PCBs in the effluent in the 42 samples taken and analysed by the Welsh water authority from March 1988 to September 1989 was less than half the maximum admissible level.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the intended closure of wards in several major hospitals in Gwent, mid Glamorgan, Clwyd and east Dyfed from Christmas day until after the new year weekend.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the total of each local authority's council house sales, by authority, since 1979, giving the number of council houses in current local authority possession to the latest date ; and if he will make a statement.
|Sales<1> |Provisional estimates<2> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aberconwy |1,411 |2,826 Alyn and Deeside |1,457 |5,213 Arfon |1,134 |5,015 Blaenau Gwent |1,712 |10,422 Brecknock |1,229 |2,834 Cardiff |6,451 |20,168 Carmarthen |1,093 |3,554 Ceredigion |1,185 |3,475 Colwyn |737 |2,631 Cynon Valley |1,209 |5,351 Delyn |1,607 |4,750 Dinefwr |700 |2,590 Dwyfor |310 |1,461 Glyndwr |1,063 |2,984 Islwyn |3,297 |6,128 Llanelli |2,901 |6,946 Lliw Valley |1,487 |5,203 Meirionnydd |769 |2,080 Merthyr Tydfil |1,856 |6,863 Monmouth |1,969 |4,963 Montgomeryshire<3> |1,238 |2,973 Neath |1,985 |5,653 Newport |3,555 |13,452 Ogwr |3,877 |9,756 Port Talbot (Afan) |2,953 |6,110 Preseli |1,807 |5,829 Radnorshire |497 |1,171 Rhondda |553 |4,991 Rhuddlan |753 |2,722 Rhymney Valley |3,075 |10,117 South Pembrokeshire |789 |2,873 Swansea |2,989 |17,382 Taff,Ely |3,171 |7,535 Torfaen<4> |5,703 |13,830 Vale of Glamorgan |2,969 |6,317 Wrexham Maelor |2,306 |16,096 Ynys Mon |1,199 |5,732 |---- |---- Wales |72,996 |237,996 <1> Of local authority dwellings May 1979 to April 1989. <2> Of local authority stock April 1989. <3> Excludes dwellings in Newtown. <4> Includes dwellings in Cwmbran. Records of sales in Cwmbran are only available since 31 March 1980.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement as to how aid is provided through United Nations agencies in Cambodia and where, and to whom, it is distributed ; and if he is satisfied that food supplied by the agencies is reaching only those for whom it is intended.
Mrs. Chalker : The international community provides aid in Cambodia through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and in the Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai border through the United Nations Border Relief Operation (UNBRO).
The UNHCR concentrates on small-scale reintegration projects for returned refugees. UNICEF concentrates on humanitarian programmes in Cambodia. In the refugee camps UNBRO administers directly and through voluntary agencies programmes to provide food, water, shelter, relief supplies, health and social services, primary education and adult literacy to over 300,000 refugees. We have assurances from UNBRO that the aid supplied benefits those for whom it is intended by the donors.
Column 464My predecessor made clear to those concerned that Britain's financial contribution should go only to people in those camps occupied by the non-Communist elements of the Cambodian resistance. We received assurances from UNBRO that this stipulation was observed. However, in view of recent allegations, I am reiterating the conditions of our contributions.
Mrs. Chalker : The administration of British assistance to eastern Europe will be undertaken by a newly established joint unit within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office comprising staff from both the diplomatic wing and the Overseas Development Administration. My hon. Friend the Minister of State gave details of the £25 million to be provided for Poland in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) on 18 October. It has now been decided that provision for expenditure in 1989-90 and subsequent years will be sought in the overseas aid vote (Class II, Vote 5) and the other external relations vote (Class II, Vote 2). The provision in the overseas aid vote will be from resources outside and additional to the aid programme, and identified separately in the public expenditure White Paper and the Supply Estimates.
Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the individual amounts granted to United Kingdom non-governmental organisations by the European Community in 1988 (a) for projects in developing countries, (b) for development education and (c) other.
Mrs. Chalker : Under its NGO programme the European Community co- finances projects in developing countries and development education projects with European NGOs. Normally the Community contributes 50 per cent. of the costs of individual projects. In 1988, the latest year for which figures are available, amounts granted to United Kingdom NGOs were as follows :
(a) For projects in developing countries |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------ Accord |141,307 Action Aid |456,231 Biblelands Society |239,568 Christian Aid |474,996 Concern Universal |54,784 Cooperation For Development |541,550 Commonwealth Trade Union Council |127,847 Echo |25,803 Health Unlimited |126,019 Help the Aged |238,178 International Boys Town Trust |118,191 International Christian Relief |140,479 International Extension College |239,401 Intermediate Technology Development Group |44,939 Leonard Cheshire Foundation |228,507 Marie Stopes International |481,729 Methodist Church |152,401 Namibia Refugees |20,000 Order of St. John |127,391 Opportunities for Women |18,638 Oxfam |718,313 Population Concern |326,873 Richmond Fellowship |82,661 Save The Children Fund |151,783 Scottish Education and Action For Development |19,209 SOS-Sahel International |332,804 Tear Fund |23,333 UK Foundation For People Of The South Pacific |17,088 United Nations Association-United Kingdom |86,127 Voluntary Service Overseas |205,286 War on Want |982,651 Water Aid |32,298 World University Service-United Kingdom |122,883 |------- Total |7,099,268
(b) For development |£ education -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birmingham Development Education Centre |50,513 Catholic Institute of International Relations |9,091 Centre For World Development Education |77,695 Christian Aid |119,561 International Broadcasting Trust |79,887 Mayday Publication |47,846 National Association For Developing Education Centres |200,369 Namibia Support Committee |112,014 One World Centre |7,694 Voluntary Service Overseas |16,627 Women Working Worldwide |28,839 |---- |750,136 (c) Other In addition Christian Aid and Oxfam received funding for projects in consortium with other European NGOs. The total grants amounted to £2,579,811.
Sir John Stanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the non-governmental organisations associated with overseas development which received financial support from his Department in 1988-89, the total sum received by each organisation in that year and the breakdown of the total sum received by each organisation to show separately the sums received (a) under the joint funding scheme, (b) for emergency relief and (c) other.