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HEALTH

Abortion

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has as to the number of babies born live after undergoing a prostaglandin abortion after 18 weeks.


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Mr. Freeman : The information requested is not available.

Food Poisoning

Mr. Aitken : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning in the period for which most recent figures are available were caused by fresh cream or egg products.

Mr. Freeman : In the first three quarters of 1989, 32 outbreaks of food poisoning, comprising 426 known cases, associated with eating egg or egg products were reported to the communicable disease surveillance centre by laboratories and local authorities in England and Wales. Thirty of these were due to salmonella infection. No outbreaks associated with eating cream were recorded.

In 1988, 39 outbreaks of food poisoning, comprising 741 known cases, associated with eating egg or egg products were recorded by CDSC. Thirty- five of these were due to salmonella infection. Five outbreaks in the same period comprising 73 known cases, were associated with eating cream, including at least one outbreak associated with eating pasteurised cream. Three of these were due to salmonella infection.

Nurses and Midwives

Mr. Ralph Howell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of pay was overtime in the National Health Service for nurses and midwives in 1960, 1970, 1979, 1983, 1985 and 1989 or the latest date possible ;

(2) what was the amount paid to nurses and midwives, as a total and as an average salary for 1960, 1970, 1979, 1984 and 1989 or the latest date possible ; and what was the average working week in hours for nurses and midwives, for those years.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Such information as is available for nursing and midwifery staff (including unqualified staff) in Great Britain is given in the tables. Pay has increased by some 43 per cent. on average since 1979 and is now at one of its highest-ever levels in real terms. The standard working week (excluding meal times) has been reduced from 44 hours to 42 in 1966, to 40 in 1972, and 37.5 in 1980-81.


Table B                                                                                     

                       |Average gross week-   |Average weekly                               

                       |ly earnings: full-time|hours: full-time staff                       

                       |staff                                                               

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                       |(£)<1>                                                              

April 1970             |19.0                  |n/a                                          

April 1979             |67.8                  |n/a                                          

April 1984             |123.6                 |37.6                                         

April 1989             |222.0                 |37.9                                         

<1> Earnings are for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was not affected by absence. 

1970 and 1979 adult rates on the basis of males aged 21 and over and females aged 18 and    

over; 1984 and 1989 based on all ages on adult rates.                                       

Equivalent data for 1960 is not available.                                                  

Source: DE: New Earnings Survey.                                                            


Table B                                                                                     

                       |Average gross week-   |Average weekly                               

                       |ly earnings: full-time|hours: full-time staff                       

                       |staff                                                               

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                       |(£)<1>                                                              

April 1970             |19.0                  |n/a                                          

April 1979             |67.8                  |n/a                                          

April 1984             |123.6                 |37.6                                         

April 1989             |222.0                 |37.9                                         

<1> Earnings are for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was not affected by absence. 

1970 and 1979 adult rates on the basis of males aged 21 and over and females aged 18 and    

over; 1984 and 1989 based on all ages on adult rates.                                       

Equivalent data for 1960 is not available.                                                  

Source: DE: New Earnings Survey.                                                            

Home Treatment

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies have been undertaken on the treatment of medical disorders in a patient's home as an alternative to hospital ; what reduction in costs such treatment would result in for the National Health Service ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : The "Hospital at Home" scheme managed by Peterborough health authority has been the subject of independent studies published by the King's fund and the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield. The Peterborough initiative does not appear to have resulted in significant cost saving.

1991 Census

Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the census return form he intends to use for the 1991 census.

Mr. Freeman : Facsimiles of the 1991 census forms will be included in the Census Regulations to be laid before Parliament when the Census Order has been made. Copies of "Census Newsletter No. 11", which shows how the proposed questions would look on the census forms, have been placed in the Library and will be made available from the Vote Office before the Census Order is debated.

National Health Service Managers

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many general managers at district health authorities are (a) men and (b) women ;

(2) how many general managers at regional health authorities are (a) men and (b) women.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Of the 190 district health authorities in England, 180 are managed by men and 10 by women.

Of the 14 regional health authorities in England, 13 are managed by men and one by a woman.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Ministers' Pay

Mr. Baldry : To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement about Ministers' pay.

Sir Geoffrey Howe : The salaries of Members of Parliament will increase by £2,594 from 1 January 1990 in accordance with the terms of the resolution of 21 July 1987. In the light of this the Government propose that ministerial salaries should be increased by the same cash amount, which will mean an increase in the ministerial pay bill of 6.5 per cent. The details are set out in the following table and I have today laid the draft Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 1989 to implement these changes.


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Ministers and other paid office holders                                         

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Prime Minister<1>              |46,109|46,750|1.39  |64,257|66,851|4.04         

Cabinet Minister (C)           |34,479|35,120|1.86  |52,627|55,221|4.93         

Cabinet Minister (L)           |41,997|44,591|6.18  |-     |-     |-            

Minister of State (C)          |24,209|24,850|2.65  |42,357|44,951|6.12         

Minister of State (L)          |37,047|39,641|7.00  |-     |-     |-            

Parliamentary Secretary (C)    |18,219|18,860|3.52  |36,367|38,961|7.13         

Parliamentary Secretary (L)    |30,647|33,241|8.46  |-     |-     |-            

                                                                                

Attorney-General               |36,679|37,320|1.75  |54,827|57,421|4.73         

Solicitor-General              |29,959|30,600|2.14  |48,107|50,701|5.39         

Lord Advocate                  |42,067|44,661|6.17  |-     |-     |-            

Solicitor-General for Scotland |36,515|39,109|7.10  |-     |-     |-            

                                                                                

House of Commons                                                                

Mr. Speaker<1>                 |36,209|36,850|1.77  |54,357|56,951|4.77         

Leader of the Opposition       |31,559|32,200|2.03  |49,707|52,301|5.22         

Chief Whip                     |28,589|29,230|2.24  |46,737|49,331|5.55         

Deputy Chief Whip              |24,209|24,850|2.65  |42,357|44,951|6.12         

Opposition Chief Whip          |24,209|24,850|2.65  |42,357|44,951|6.12         

Government Whips +                                                              

  Assistant Government Whips   |15,349|15,990|4.18  |33,497|36,091|7.74         

Assistant Opposition Whip      |15,349|15,990|4.18  |33,497|36,091|7.74         

Chairman of Ways and Means     |24,209|24,850|2.65  |42,357|44,951|6.12         

Deputy Chairman of Ways and                                                     

  Means                        |21,199|21,840|3.02  |39,347|41,941|6.59         

                                                                                

House of Lords                                                                  

Chief Whip                     |37,047|39,641|7.00  |-     |-     |-            

Deputy Chief Whip              |30,647|33,241|8.46  |-     |-     |-            

Government Whips               |27,377|29,971|9.48  |-     |-     |-            

Opposition Leader              |30,647|33,241|8.46  |-     |-     |-            

Opposition Chief Whip          |27,377|29,971|9.48  |-     |-     |-            

Chairman of Committees         |37,047|39,641|7.00  |-     |-     |-            

Principal Deputy Chairman of                                                    

  Committees                   |33,537|36,131|7.73  |-     |-     |-            

                                                                                

Members of Parliament          |24,107|26,701|10.76 |-     |-     |-            

<1> The Prime Minister and Mr. Speaker have elected to receive the same salary  

as a Cabinet Minister in the House of Commons.                                  

<2> Including reduced Parliamentary Salary of £18,148.                          

<3> Including reduced Parliamentary Salary of £20,101.                          

Note:                                                                           

The Lord Chancellor's salary is governed by the Lord Chancellor's Salary Order  

1988 and is not affected by this Order. (He receives £91,500 effective from 18  

April 1989).                                                                    

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Serious Fraud Office

Mr. Rooker : To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the current workload of the serious fraud office.

The Attorney-General : The present caseload of the serious fraud office includes 16 cases where proceedings have been commenced and a further 50 cases are under investigation. Since 1 April 1989 there have been eight trials involving 14 defendants of whom 10 have been convicted on one or more counts. A further seven cases stand listed for trial during the second half of this current year.

In tackling this substantial caseload the serious fraud office continues to develop its working practices by means of an extensive training programme, with the emphasis on the introduction of information technology as an aid to investigation and the presentation of evidence. A high priority is afforded to the development of working relationships with other law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities both at home and abroad.


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Magistrates (Removal)

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Attorney-General how many magistrates have been removed from the Bench for each year since 1980 for (a) being convicted of a criminal offence and (b) any other reason.

The Attorney-General : Figures are available from 1984 onwards. Before that time the cost of ascertaining the information required would be excessive.


Justices removed by Lord Chancellor                     

              |On conviction|For other                  

                            | reasons                   

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1984          |2            |11                         

1985          |2            |4                          

1986          |2            |5                          

1987          |0            |4                          

1988          |2            |4                          

1989<1>       |3            |4                          

<1> To date.                                            


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Water Pollution

Mr. Allen : To ask the Attorney-General whether the Director of Public Prosecutions has taken over the private case in respect of water pollution at Camelford ; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General : Yes. The proceedings in question were instituted (on behalf of the Bodmin Angling Association) at a time when police inquiries requested by the Director of Public Prosecutions were still in progress.

On 14 October 1989 the Director of Public Prosecutions instituted criminal proceedings for public nuisance and consequently there were in being two separate criminal cases with two different prosecutors but against the same defendant and arising out of the same circumstances. The interests of justice required that the proceedings be amalgamated, and the director used his statutory power accordingly.

Criminal Cases

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Attorney-General what was the total number of criminal cases heard in (a) magistrates courts, (b) Crown courts and (c) higher courts in 1988.

The Attorney-General : During 1988 the number of defendants proceeded against in magistrates courts was 1,863,000. In the Crown court 104,773 trials, 12,695 cases for sentence and 15,849 appeals from magistrates courts were disposed of. The Court of Appeal Criminal Division dealt with 8,001 applications and appeals.

ENERGY

Energy Policy

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on his energy policy.

Mr. Wakeham : The Government seek to ensure that the United Kingdom has adequate, diverse and secure supplies of energy in the forms that people want at the lowest realistic prices. They aim to achieve this wherever possible by ensuring that energy prices reflect their true economic costs and by subjecting as much of energy supply as is practicable to the operation of market forces, bearing in mind the state's strategic responsibilities for health and safety, the protection of the environment and the elimination of energy waste.

Gas Flare-off

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what has been the output of gas being flared off by the energy industry for the last year for which he has figures.

Mr. Peter Morrison : My Department has responsibility for controlling and monitoring gas flared from producing oilfields in the United Kingdom continental shelf.

Details of the amounts of gas flared are published in my Department's annual report to Parliament (the Brown Book).

Energy Efficiency

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what plans he has to introduce legislation to encourage energy efficiency.


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Mr. Peter Morrison : I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 22 November to my hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr. Hannam), at column 8.

Gas Imports

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he has given to the likely effect on gas imports of further gas-fired generating capacity.

Mr. Wakeham : I welcome the numerous proposals for gas-fired generating capacity which are now being pursued. Known reserves of UKCS gas are, on present assessment, fully capable of meeting competitively the needs of the United Kingdom gas market, including the power generation sector, for the foreseeable future. I look forward to seeing UKCS producers take up the full range of opportunities open to them within an increasingly competitive gas market.

Selby Coalfield

Mr. O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what is the capital investment in the Selby coalfield ; and if he will outline the amount of capital invested over the years, giving each year separately ;

(2) what is the total capital cost for the provision of waste disposal from the Selby coalfield ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Spicer : These are matters for the British Coal Corporation, and I have asked the chairman to write to the hon. Member.

Mr. O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the original estimate of the amount of waste to be produced from the Selby coalfield ; what is the total amount of waste up to 31 March ; what is the estimated waste to be disposed of in 1989-90 and 1990-91 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Spicer : The production of waste from the Selby coalfield is the responsibility of British Coal and I am asking the chairman to write to the hon. Member.

WALES

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he has received from the Nature Conservancy Council concerning the proposed Cardiff bay barrage.

Mr. Peter Walker : The proposal for a Cardiff bay barrage is primarily for the promoters, Cardiff Bay development corporation and South Glamorgan county council, to which the Nature Conservancy Council has made representations. The council has exercised its right to make its views known direct to Parliament by petitioning against the Bill, and these views will be considered in detail at the Select Committee stage. If Parliament approves the Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill the Nature Conservancy Council has confirmed that it will work with the promoters to diminish any detriment to bird life and to develop and conserve flora and fauna in the inland bay and provisions to this end have been included in the Bill.


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Prescription Charges

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money was raised in prescription charges in Wales in each year from 1970-80 to 1987-88 ; and into what fund these receipts are paid.

Mr. Grist : Prescription charges, including receipts from the sale of pre-payment certificates, in the family practitioner service in Wales amounted to :


Year      |£ million          

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1979-80   |2.9                

1980-81   |5.0                

1981-82   |5.8                

1982-83   |6.4                

1983-84   |6.8                

1984-85   |7.2                

1985-86   |8.0                

1986-87   |8.5                

1987-88   |9.5                

The prescription charges collected in the family practitioner service in Wales are credited to class XVII, vote 7.

Sheepmeat Regime

Mr. Geraint Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had from the National Farmers Union in Wales regarding the proposed sheepmeat regime ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker : I received numerous representations from the National Farmers Union in Wales during negotiations on the reform of the sheepmeat regime.

Tenby

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all schemes, together with their cost, suported by the Welsh Office and the Welsh Development Agency in Tenby in each of the past three financial years.

Mr. Peter Walker [holding answer 24 November 1989] : The schemes are shown in the following tables :


1. Regional Assistance                              

             |Value of    |Related                  

             |offers      |project cost             

             |£           |£                        

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1986-87      |100,000     |248,000                  

1987-88      |111,000     |492,000                  

198-89       |129,000     |348,000                  

Regional assistance includes offers, where made, of regional selective assistance, regional development grant (the revised scheme) and regional enterprise grant.


4.  Wales Tourist Board Assisted Projects                 

                         |Total Cost|Grant/Loan           

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1986-87                                                   

Lyndale Guest House      |4,471     |1,000                

Myrtle Grove Guest House |558       |1,160                

                                                          

1987-88                                                   

Faircroft Hotel          |86,841    |15,000               

Croyland Hotel           |5,041     |1,250                

Panorama Hotel           |5,649     |1,250                

                                                          

1988-89                                                   

Dragon Driving Services  |8,881     |2,000                

Penally Abbey Hotel      |80,440    |16,745               

Hallsville Hotel         |7,164     |1,706                


4.  Wales Tourist Board Assisted Projects                 

                         |Total Cost|Grant/Loan           

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

1986-87                                                   

Lyndale Guest House      |4,471     |1,000                

Myrtle Grove Guest House |558       |1,160                

                                                          

1987-88                                                   

Faircroft Hotel          |86,841    |15,000               

Croyland Hotel           |5,041     |1,250                

Panorama Hotel           |5,649     |1,250                

                                                          

1988-89                                                   

Dragon Driving Services  |8,881     |2,000                

Penally Abbey Hotel      |80,440    |16,745               

Hallsville Hotel         |7,164     |1,706                


4.  Wales Tourist Board Assisted Projects                 

                         |Total Cost|Grant/Loan           

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

1986-87                                                   

Lyndale Guest House      |4,471     |1,000                

Myrtle Grove Guest House |558       |1,160                

                                                          

1987-88                                                   

Faircroft Hotel          |86,841    |15,000               

Croyland Hotel           |5,041     |1,250                

Panorama Hotel           |5,649     |1,250                

                                                          

1988-89                                                   

Dragon Driving Services  |8,881     |2,000                

Penally Abbey Hotel      |80,440    |16,745               

Hallsville Hotel         |7,164     |1,706                


4.  Wales Tourist Board Assisted Projects                 

                         |Total Cost|Grant/Loan           

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

1986-87                                                   

Lyndale Guest House      |4,471     |1,000                

Myrtle Grove Guest House |558       |1,160                

                                                          

1987-88                                                   

Faircroft Hotel          |86,841    |15,000               

Croyland Hotel           |5,041     |1,250                

Panorama Hotel           |5,649     |1,250                

                                                          

1988-89                                                   

Dragon Driving Services  |8,881     |2,000                

Penally Abbey Hotel      |80,440    |16,745               

Hallsville Hotel         |7,164     |1,706                


4.  Wales Tourist Board Assisted Projects                 

                         |Total Cost|Grant/Loan           

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

1986-87                                                   

Lyndale Guest House      |4,471     |1,000                

Myrtle Grove Guest House |558       |1,160                

                                                          

1987-88                                                   

Faircroft Hotel          |86,841    |15,000               

Croyland Hotel           |5,041     |1,250                

Panorama Hotel           |5,649     |1,250                

                                                          

1988-89                                                   

Dragon Driving Services  |8,881     |2,000                

Penally Abbey Hotel      |80,440    |16,745               

Hallsville Hotel         |7,164     |1,706                

Railways

Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the total amount of public service obligation grant paid in 1988 to British Rail spent on the railway network in Wales ; and what percentage this is of the total grant paid to British Rail.

Mr. Portillo : I have been asked to reply.


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Public service obligation grant is paid to British Rail as a total sum for the operation of passenger services which are not commercial. It is not allocated by the Government to particular areas of Great Britain.

Trawsgoed Laboratories

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the future of the Trawsgoed laboratories.

Mr. Maclean : I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend, the then Minister, told the House on 21 March 1989 that the MAFF laboratories at Trawsgoed would be reduced in size and that alternative uses for the Trawsgoed analytical chemistry laboratory were being sought. Discussions with interested parties are continuing.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Deaf People

Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to release sufficient funds to enable the National Subtitling Library for Deaf People to maximise the benefit of recording, subtitling and distributing broadcast material for the deaf.

Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if Her Majesty's Government will provide funds to the National Subtitling Library for Deaf People ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott [holding answer 29 November 1989] : The Department of Health may award grants to voluntary organisations in the health and social services field under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. All applications for Section 64 grants are considered very carefully and awards are made to those which meet the relevant criteria, subject to the funding available in a particular year. It is open to the National Subtitling Library for Deaf People to apply for a grant under these arrangements.

Homelessness

Mr. Hood : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what statistics are held by his Department on the numbers of homeless who are in receipt of benefit other than income support.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : I regret that the information is not available.

Single Parents

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many single parents claiming benefit he estimates will benefit financially from the increase in earnings disregard from £15 to £25 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : We estimate that around 50,000 lone parents on housing benefit and/or community charge benefit will gain financially from the increase in the earnings disregard from October 1990. In addition we estimate that a further 15,000 lone parents will float on to


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benefit as a result of the increase. This will provide particular help to lone parents who are working and not receiving income support.

Invalid Care Allowance

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he has anything to add to his reply of 27 November to the right hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ashley) Official Report, column 428, concerning the date when invalid care allowance was introduced.

Mr. Scott : Invalid care allowance was introduced on 5 July 1976.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Lorrain Osman and Dato Hashim Shamsuddin

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will place in the Library all communications between the then Governor of Hong Kong, the late Sir Edward Youde, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which occurred between 30 November 1985 and 1 June 1987 on the subject of the request, from the then Governor of Hong Kong, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the extradition of Lorrain Osman and Dato Hashim Shamsuddin ;

(2) if he will place in the Library all communications between the then High Commissioner in Malaysia, Mr. D. H. Gilmore CMG, and his Department which occurred between 30 November 1985 and 1 June 1987 on the subject of the request, from the then Governor of Hong Kong, the late Sir Edward Youde, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the extradition of Lorrain Osman and Dato Hashim Shamsuddin ; (3) if he will obtain and place in the Library copies of all communications between the then High Commissioner in Malaysia, Mr. D. H. Gilmore CMG, and the then Governor of Hong Kong, the late Sir Edward Youde, which occurred between 30 November 1985 and 1 June 1987 on the subject of the request, from the Governor of Hong Kong, the late Sir Edward Youde, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the extradition of Lorrain Osman and Dato Hashim Shamsuddin.

Mr. Maude : No. This matter is currently sub judice.

Refugees, Middle East

Mr. Cummings : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the level of aid at present being directed to refugee camps in the Gaza strip and the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank.

Mr. Waldegrave : British assistance for refugees in the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories is channelled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Details of British and other donors' contributions to UNRWA were provided in the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) on 30 November at column 417.


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Science and Peace

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the position taken by the Government in their vote with the consensus on United Nation General Assembly resolution 43/61 in December 1988 remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Waldegrave : Our agreement to join consensus adoption of UN General Assembly resolution 43/61 reflects our support for its broad aims, rather than a detailed expression of our policy.

Diplomatic Baggage

Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any recent reviews have been undertaken by his Department as to the procedures relating to security clearance of diplomatic baggage ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maude : In consultation with the Department of Transport, we recently reviewed security measures at United Kingdom airports. As a result, all diplomats going airside are now liable to be asked to submit to search. This includes their baggage. Diplomatic bags are not subject to search of any kind.

South Korea

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he raised the issue of human rights in South Korea during his meeting with President Roh Tae Woo.

Mr. Maude : My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, in her talks with President Roh on 28 November, encouraged him to continue to make progress with domestic political reform.

EMPLOYMENT

Earnings

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each region the earnings of the highest decile for full-time male manual and non -manual workers in April 1989, together with the percentage increase since 1979.

Mr. Nicholls : Information for the years in question is published in part E table 116 of the 1979 and 1989 "New Earnings Survey" reports. Copies of the reports are in the Library.

Labour Statistics

Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement about trends in the level of unemployment in Hendon, South during the past six years.

Mr. Nicholls : In October 1989 there were 1,354 unemployed claimants in the parliamentary constituency of Hendon, South. This compares with 2,723 in October 1983, a fall of 1,369 or 50.3 per cent. over six years. The


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comparison is affected by the change in the compilation of the unemployment count in March 1986 to reduce over- recording and by the change in benefit regulations affecting under 18-year- olds in September 1988.

Mr. Bell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the average unemployment figures for Cleveland for 1988 ; and what were the average unemployment figures for 1978.

Mr. Nicholls : In 1988 the average monthly number of claimants unemployed in Cleveland was 3,367 compared with the number of registrants which was 4,461 in 1978. The figures are affected by changes in the coverage of the unemployment count.

Mr. Hanley : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of the United Kingdom work force, split between men and women, is in employment ; and what is the average for the European Community.

Mr. Nicholls : In 1987, the latest date for which comparable information for all European Community countries is available, 87 per cent. of men and 97 per cent. of women in the work force were in employment. This compares with 90 per cent. of men and 87 per cent. of women in the European Community as a whole.

Factory Inspections

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the average number of years between visits by factory inspectors to manufacturing premises in Yorkshire and Humberside ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls : An average figure would not be meaningful, given the differing purposes for which visits are made, and the wide variety of manufacturing premises. The information is not therefore collected as part of the Health and Safety Executive's monitoring systems.

Factory and Agriculture Inspectors

Mr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many factory and agriculture inspectors were in post on the latest available date.

Mr. Nicholls : On 1 November 1989, the latest date for which figures are available, 631 factory inspectors and 170 agricultural inspectors were in post in the Health and Safety Executive.

Working Mothers

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the proportion of mothers with children aged between two years and five years old who work in (a) part-time and (b) full-time work for the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Nicholls : Among women in Great Britain whose youngest dependent child was aged at least two years but under 11 it is estimated, using information from the "Labour Force Survey," that in spring 1988 just over 31 per cent. were in part-time employment and about 12 per cent. were in full-time employment.


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