Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many letters he has received since the beginning of the autumn school term from head teachers of schools within the Wakefield metropolitan district ; what were the concerns expressed in these letters ; and what action is being taken to respond to these concerns.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend receives a number of letters from head teachers about various aspects of education provision. All letters to this Department will continue to receive appropriate replies which I hope the recipients find helpful.
(2) when he intends to introduce a scheme of teacher appraisal in schools ; and if he will make a statement ;
Column 400(3) whether he intends all schools to take part in teacher appraisal ; and whether there will be training for teachers to assist them in the process ;
(4) whether he intends to introduce some independent professionals into the teacher appraisal process ; and if he will make a statement ;
(5) who will appraise head teachers when teacher appraisal is introduced.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend received in July this year the report of the national steering group (NSG) responsible for overseeing the school teacher appraisal pilot study which ended this summer. The report, which was published in October, sets out recommendations for a national framework within which teacher appraisal should be implemented across England and Wales. My right hon. Friend has now initiated consultation on the national steering group's recommendations, which cover head teachers and teachers, and deal with both the process of appraisal and the question of who should appraise whom. Consultation ends at Easter next year and will be followed by the issue of guidance for local education authorities and schools. As part of this consultation, we have sought views on the appropriate date for bringing in, through regulations, a national framework which would require the appraisal of all members of the teaching profession.
When regulations are introduced a date will be set by which time appraisal must be extended to all teachers and head teachers. Training to assist teachers and head teachers in the operation of appraisal is important ; guidance about this will be given to local education authorities. We are ready to support expenditure on appraisal training of up to £15 million through the Local Education Authority Training Grants Scheme in 1990-91.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list all the executive posts in the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland which have been recruited in the last four years for which figures are available, together with the salaries and grades ; and if he will give the length of contract for each post.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : The recruitment of permanent staff to the Northern Ireland Civil Service is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Commission which allocates successful candidates to individual Departments in response to their needs. Details of executive recruits appointed to the Department of Health and Social Services over the last four years are as follows :
Year |Number |Grade |Salary on |Appointment ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1986 |5 |Executive officer grade II |£5,250-£8,730 1987 |5 |Executive officer grade II |£5,820-£9,330 |1 |Administrative trainee |<1>£8,000-£10,150 1988 |1 |Executive officer grade II |£6,134-£9,935 |1 |Staff officer (administrative)|<1>£11,600-£14,595 1989 |3 |Executive officer grade II |£6,715-£10,723 |(current scale) |1 |Chief executive for health |£37,600-£40,900 |and personal social services |(current scale) <1> The current salary scales for the grades mentioned are as follows: Administrative trainee: £10,246-£12,074. Staff officer (administrative) £13,022-£16,336.
Appointments to the grades of executive officer II and administrative trainee/staff officer (administrative) are permanent subject to the satisfactory completion of a probationary period. The chief executive appointment is for an initial period of five years with the possibility of renewal for a further period of conversion to a permanent post.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount of public expenditure by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries Division, on the stocking of rivers and lakes with fish, in each year since 1980 ; and if he will give details by district council area.
Financial |Total year |expenditure |on stocking |£ ------------------------------------ 1980-81 |60,630 1981-82 |50,490 1982-83 |53,034 1983-84 |69,093 1984-85 |90,199 1985-86 |149,711 1986-87 |156,294 1987-88 |107,243 1988-89 |124,437
It is not possible to allocate expenditure on stocking to individual district council areas as the information is not held in the form requested and it could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Geraint Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what resources he intends to make available to British Rail to encourage the greater frequency of trains on the Cambrian coast line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury and Pwllheli.
Mr. Portillo : The Government have approved over £400 million (1989-90 prices) of investment in new rolling stock for the provincial sector since 1983. It is for British Rail to decide the detailed disposition of resources within the sector in the light of the public service obligation which requires the board to continue to provide a level of service generally comparable to that in April 1988. They are free to provide additional services where that does not lead to an increase in grant.
Mr. Livsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British Rail about its plans for direct passenger travel through the Channel tunnel from 1993 (a) from Cardiff and (b) from Holyhead in terms of year of commencement and proposed frequency ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : British Rail will be setting out its proposals in the plan which it will shortly be publishing, in compliance with section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987. I have discussed progress on this work with British Rail from time to time.
Mr. Livsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British Rail about running passenger through trains on the central Wales line from Manchester to Milford Haven.
Mr. Livsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether British Rail has sought approval for investment in a Berne gauge freight line (a) from the Channel tunnel to south Wales and (b) from the Channel tunnel to north Wales.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to place a consultancy with the Energy and Environment Research Unit of the Open university on environmental effects of future road planning.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals he has for innovative multi-culture agro-forestry development in the United Kingdom for commercial scale (a) flour, (b) dye and (c) biomass production.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to introduce technologies to increase the mean soil temperature in the United Kingdom by 2 C, and what would be the implications for crop yield of such an increase in soil temperature.
Mr. Maclean : The Minister has no plans to introduce technologies to increase the mean soil temperatures in the United Kingdom by 2 C. The effect of increased soil temperature on crop yield would be dependent on the extent of seasonal fluctuations in that increase and the effect of other associated climatic changes, for example, in the level and pattern of rainfall. If it is assumed that the temperature increase remains constant throughout the year and is a direct result of increased radiation, and that water supply remains adequate, then yields of cereals and other field crops are likely to increase. In many spring crops such as cereals, potatoes, sugar beet, peas and beans increased yield potential would be a result of warmer spring temperatures allowing earlier planting-sowing so as to avoid the worst effects of mid-summer drought.
Mr. Page : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the latest position in drawing up the specifications for the new Government telephone network ; and whether public tenders will be sought from qualified suppliers.
Mr. Ryder : Decisions have not yet been made on whether, or how, to proceed with an integrated voice and data network for Government. The findings of the study announced by my right hon. Friend the then Paymaster General on 6 March 1989 are under consideration.
Mr. Ryder : Most specialised equipment designed for use by disabled people and the charities that serve them is relieved of value added tax, but zero-rating does not extend to general purpose goods or services which can equally well be used by the able-bodied as by the disabled.
Mr. Ralph Howell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the rate of inflation in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for each month since the Republic of Ireland became a full member of the European monetary system.
12-month consumer price inflation ------------------------------ 1979 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1980 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1981 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1982 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1983 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1984 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1985 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1986 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1987 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1988 January February March April May June July August September October November December 1989 January February March April May June July August September October November December Source: OECD. Notes: Irish data are available only quarterly. Ireland joined the european monetary system and exchange rate mechanism on 13 March 1979.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list in rank order for each region in Britain (a) the average household income by region and (b) social security benefits as a proportion of household income ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lilley [holding answer 7 December 1989] : The latest regional estimates for average household income and social security benefits relate to households covered in the family expenditure survey for the calendar years 1986 and 1987 and are given in table 31 of the report of the family expenditure survey 1987, a copy of which is in the Library.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what relocations of his Department's staff, or agencies relating thereto, are currently being considered ; and what are the numbers of staff affected.
Mr Ryder : A review of the location of the Treasury's activities is currently taking place under the policy that my right hon. Friend the then Paymaster General announced on 31 March 1988 at cols. 610-11. No decisions have yet been taken.
Mr. Hayes : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is his intention to implement the recommendations of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission obliging health care professions to allow their members to use unsolicited mailshots as a means of promoting their services.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : When the MMC report on the supply of services of registered medical practitioners in relation to restrictions on advertising was published in March 1989, the Director General of Fair Trading was asked to seek undertakings that rules on advertising would be changed in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the MMC in a form to be agreed with him. A number of changes have already been made and the Director General of Fair Trading informs me that negotiations continue on the remaining restrictions, including that of unsolicited distribution of leaflets by general practitioners.
Mr. Redwood : I am today publishing a consultative document on the Government's proposals for changes to the insider dealing law. The proposals reflect both our experience of the operation of our present law, and the insider dealing directive which was unanimously agreed by the Council of Ministers on 13 November.
The directive sets minimum requirements for member states to follow in prohibiting insider dealing. We have in a number of areas gone beyond these requirements. We are also suggesting a substantial change by relating the offence to transactions done by or through authorised persons under the Financial Services Act rather than to the current complex structure of deals done on or off a recognised stock exchange.
We are inviting comments by the end of February 1990. I am arranging for a copy of the paper to be placed in the Library of the House.
(a) 4.3 million, (b) 3.2 million (c) 1.9 million, (d) 1.5 million.
Figures for vans are not readily available.
Mr. Denzil Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has on the percentage of cars and vans which were produced in 1988 in (a) the Federal Republic of Germany, (b) France, (c) Italy and (d) Spain were exported.
(a) 58 per cent., (b) 57 per cent., (c) 36 per cent., (d) 53 per cent.
Figures for vans are not readily available.
Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate (a) the total loss in receipts to the Exchequer and (b) the extra cost to Government Departments arising from the closure of the British American Tobacco factory in Liverpool ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 409VAT is expected since the factory manufactures for export. Corporation tax payable by BAT will depend upon the company's overall trading results. Unemployment benefits and social security costs depend upon the number of claimants, their individual circumstances and the time before they find other work. The Government's existing programmes to assist enterprise and creation of new jobs are of course available in this area but any such costs would be met from existing provisions.
Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the effect on the economy of Liverpool of the proposed closure of the British American Tobacco factory ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 6 December 1989] : No realistic assessment is practicable. British American Tobacco would no longer pay rates on the site but, in that it intends to offer the factory free to the Merseyside development corporation, it seems likely that the premises will again be beneficially occupied and thus rates will again become payable. Unemployment benefits and social security costs depend upon the number of claimants, their individual circumstances and the time before they find other work.
Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will meet the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside and other Liverpool Members to discuss the implications of the proposed closure of the British American Tobacco factory in Liverpool.
The information required is in the Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics, copies of which are available from the Library.