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Land Registration

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the extent of coverage by districts of Scottish land registration as at December.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Land Register is operational in the areas of the counties of Renfrew, Dumbarton and Lanark, and the barony and regality of Glasgow.

Land Holdings

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the extent of land held in Scotland by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland in (a) September 1988 and (b) September 1989 ; and if he will break this down into region and island authorities.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information is set out in the table.


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At 30 September each year                                                                                               

Region/area            Small holdings              Other                       Total                                    

                      |1988 hectares|1989 hectares|1988 hectares|1989 hectares|1988 hectares|1989 hectares              

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Borders               |504          |391          |25           |25           |529          |416                        

Dumfries and Galloway |521          |466          |259          |259          |780          |725                        

Central               |11           |11           |2,292        |2,292        |2,303        |2,303                      

Lothian               |170          |141          |511          |382          |681          |523                        

Fife                  |3            |3            |-            |-            |3            |3                          

Tayside               |70           |41           |177          |177          |247          |218                        

Grampian              |387          |366          |1,136        |1,136        |1,523        |1,502                      

Strathclyde           |8,019        |6,788        |430          |430          |8,449        |7,218                      

Highland              |93,564       |93,440       |1,142        |1,130        |94,706       |94,570                     

Western Isles Islands |18,096       |18,082       |279          |278          |18,375       |18,360                     

Orkney Islands        |247          |247          |-            |-            |247          |247                        

Shetland Islands      |2,161        |2,161        |-            |-            |2,161        |2,161                      

                      |-------      |-------      |-------      |-------      |-------      |-------                    

                      |123,753      |122,137      |6,251        |6,109        |130,004      |128,246                    

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the extent of land held in Scotland by the Forestry Commission in (a) September 1988 and (b) September 1989 ; and if he will break this down by region and island authorities.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Forestry Commission compiles revised land use figures at 31 March each year by its forest districts. Figures are not available for other times of the year, nor are they held by local authority administrative areas.

At 31 March 1988, the commission managed 727,670 hectares of land in Scotland ; the figure at 31 March 1989 was 725,576 hectares. The breakdown into forest districts is given in the commission's annual reports, copies of which can be found in the Library of the House.


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Hospital Shops, Glasgow

Mr. Watson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his approval has been sought by Greater Glasgow health board to sell off its hospital shops currently run by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service and replace them with a commercial service ; and what is his policy towards the adoption of such a policy by other health boards.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Greater Glasgow health board has not made any approach to my right hon. and learned Friend on this matter. I understand, however, that there have been discussions with the Women's Royal Voluntary Service about a particular site at Gartnavel general hospital.

Health boards have been advised by the Scottish Home and Health Department that they should pay close attention to the views of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service and other voluntary organisations when formulating proposals that would have an effect on the facilities used by these bodies to provide services for patients.


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Student Allowances

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the levels of students' allowances and parental contributions for session 1990-91.

Mr. Lang : I propose to increase the main rates of allowances by 5 per cent. in the 1990-91 academic year. In addition, I propose to increase the differential in the rate paid to students studying in London. The new rates for Scottish students will be as follows (rates for 1989-90 are shown in brackets) :


                              |£      |(£)            

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Student in the parental home  |1,660  |(1,575)        

                                                      

Student living away from home                         

    outside London            |2,200  |(2,090)        

    in London                 |2,780  |(2,585)        

Students in receipt of maintenance allowances will be eligible for reimbursement of travelling expenses in excess of the £60 included in the main rates.

The threshold for parental contributions, and the points on the contribution scales at which the rate of contribution changes, will be uprated to reflect the movement of earnings. Parents whose residual income is below £11,500 will not be assessed for a contribution.

The full contribution scales for session 1990-91 are set out in the table.


          Contribution Scale        

Residual |Scale 1 |Scale 2          

 Income                             

£        |£       |£                

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

11,500   |60      |45               

12,000   |131     |98               

13,000   |274     |206              

14,000   |417     |313              

14,700   |517     |388              

15,000   |577     |433              

16,000   |777     |583              

17,000   |977     |733              

18,000   |1,177   |883              

19,000   |1,377   |1,033            

20,000   |1,577   |1,183            

21,000   |1,777   |1,333            

21,600   |1,897   |1,423            

22,000   |1,997   |1,498            

23,000   |2,247   |1,686            

24,000   |2,497   |1,873            

25,000   |2,747   |2,060            

26,000   |2,997   |2,248            

27,000   |3,247   |2,435            

28,000   |3,497   |2,623            

29,000   |3,747   |2,810            

30,000   |3,997   |2,998            

31,000   |4,247   |3,185            

32,000   |4,497   |3,373            

33,000   |4,747   |3,560            

34,000   |4,997   |3,748            

35,000   |5,247   |3,935            

36,000   |5,497   |4,123            

37,000   |5,747   |4,310            

37,210   |<1>5,800|4,350            

38,000   |-       |4,498            

39,000   |-       |4,685            

40,000   |-       |4,873            

41,000   |-       |5,060            

42,000   |-       |5,248            

43,000   |-       |5,435            

44,000   |-       |5,623            

44,946   |-       |<1>5,800         

<1> Max                             

Notes:                              

1. The second parental contribution 

scale was introduced following the  

announcement on 15 March 1988 that  

tax relief on new non-charitable    

deeds of covenant would cease; it   

applies primarily to students who   

first entered higher education in   

session 1988-89 or later. The       

contributions assessed on scale 2   

are 25 per cent. less than those on 

scale 1.                            

2. Contributions will rise with residual income, as follows :


Income                  |Scale 1                                        |Scale 2                                        

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From £11,500 to £14,700 |By £1 in £7            |}                      |As in scale 1, but                             

From £14,701 to £21,600 |By £1 in £5            |}                      |reduced by 25 per cent.                        

From £21,601            |By £1 in £4            |}                                                                      

3. The contribution payable may be less than the amounts shown in the relevant table, particularly at the top of the scale where the contribution is in respect of one award holder only. It will depend on the level of grant against which the contribution is to be set and whether or not any of the assessed contribution is itself offset by allowances for other dependent children.

Shipping Subsidies

Sir Hector Monro : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for shipping subsidies for sea transport services in Scotland in 1990-91 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Rifkind : Subject to parliamentary approval of the estimates I propose to make available in 1990-91 total subsidy provision of £11.628 million. The deficit subsidy for Caledonian MacBrayne will reduce, in line with recent trends in the company's increased carryings and reduced costs, to £5.438 million. The estimated requirement to continue the fares reduction support for P and O services to Orkney and Shetland is increased to £4.6 million. On the basis of budgets submitted by coastal shippers within the tariff rebate subsidy scheme, the funding requirements next year will be £1.59 million.

These proposed levels of subsidy reflect the Government's continuing commitment to assisting the essential sea transport services to the Western and Northern Isles.

Postgraduate Students

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many students have applied for assistance under the postgraduate student allowance scheme in every year since 1979.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 18 December 1989] : This information is not readily available prior to session 1986-87 and figures from that date are as follows :


Session    |Number    |Percentage           

                      |awarded              

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

1986-87    |3,245     |90                   

1987-88    |3,411     |89                   

1988-89    |3,004     |89                   

<1>1989-90 |3,259     |90                   

<1> To date.                                

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent, on a constant price basis, on the postgraduate student allowance scheme in every year since 1979.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 18 December 1989] : Separate figures of expenditure on the postgraduate


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students' allowances scheme are not available before 1986-87. Expenditure for that and subsequent years at 1989 -90 prices are as follows :


Year       |£ million |Per capita           

                      |£                    

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

1986-87    |9.1       |3,095                

1987-88    |9.2       |3,016                

1988-89    |8.5       |3,180                

1989-90    |<1>10.8   |3,697                

<1>Estimated.                               

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his spending plans for the postgraduate student allowance scheme for the years until 1992-93.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 18 December 1989] : The detailed expenditure plans within the totals announced by my right hon. and learned Friend on 6 December ( Official Report, columns 328-33) will be set out in the Scottish commentary on public expenditure to 1992-93 to be published in the new year.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will change his administrative procedure so that students know which courses are eligible for assistance under the postgraduate student allowance scheme before the student applies for the course.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 18 December 1989] : A review group of officials is currently examining ways in which the administrative procedures of the postgraduate students' allowances scheme could be improved. This will be one of the criteria under consideration.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94 , he will give for each year since and including the year ended 31 March 1974 the number of applications rejected by a single member, where, subsequently, the applicant is granted an award ;

(2) if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94, he will give the number of applications rejected for each year ended 31 March since and including 31 March 1974 for (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales.

Mr. John Patten : The table sets out the available information kept by the board and published in its annual reports. In many cases the decisions made at hearings relate to applications originally rejected in previous years.


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1974  |377  |930  |174        

1975  |407  |1,103|186        

1976  |483  |1,303|218        

1977  |504  |1,543|258        

1978  |437  |1,486|299        

1979  |543  |2,200|348        

1980  |554  |2,213|366        

1981  |1,081|4,147|<1>-       

1982  |911  |3,484|<1>-       

1983  |1,062|4,292|<1>-       

1984  |1,550|6,072|<1>-       

1985  |1,328|5,612|<1>-       

1986  |1,226|5,485|<1>-       

1987  |1,278|5,202|<1>-       

1988  |1,306|5,178|<1>-       

1989  |1,451|6,768|<1>-       

<1> Information not collated. 

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94, he will breakdown the percentage of cases submitted to a single member from date of registration of claim within a period of over 12 months to show the percentage of cases submitted within (a) 12 to 15 months, (b) 15 to 18 months, (c) 18 to 21 months, (d) 21 to 24 months, (e) 24 to 27 months, (f ) 27 to 30 months, (g) 30 to 33 months and (h) 33 to 36 months.

Mr. John Patten : The board does not at present keep a breakdown of such cases for periods over 12 months but has been asked to do so in future years.

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94, he will instruct the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to record the average time taken to process a claim from registration to (a) issue to the applicant of the award, and in rejected applications (b) the date of final rejection of the claim.

Mr. John Patten : No. Collection of information on average times for awards to be made or claims to be rejected would provide no reliable guide to the board's performance. Average times would be distorted by cases where uncertain prognosis or the need for extensive inquiries precluded an early determination.

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94, he will instruct the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to record the number of applicants who die before their claims are decided.

Mr. John Patten : The board is not necessarily aware of the reasons why applications lapse.

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 30 November, Official Report, columns 393-94, whether the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board records in respect of each application (a) the date of issue to the applicant of the decision of the single member, (b) the date of issue to the applicant of the decision of the board, where not by a single member and/or (c) the date of issue to the applicant of the award.

Mr. John Patten : This information is held on individual case files but is not collated.


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South Devon Clerkship

Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employees will be made redundant in the proposed enlarged south Devon clerkship and in merging the north and west Devon clerkships ; and what are their designations ;

(2) if he will make it his policy to withhold his approval of the appointment of the Torbay clerk to the enlarged south Devon clerkship of the magistrates courts until he is satisfied that the reorganisation will result in an administration which is substantially more economic and efficient than merging the existing north and west Devon clerkships ;

(3) what consultations have taken place with each of the benches in the north and west Devon clerkships with regard to the proposed reorganisation of magistrates courts in south Devon ; what weight has been given to their recommendations ; if he will set out the steps taken to ensure adequate consultations ; and who makes the final decision ;

(4) what is the estimated cost of the proposed reorganisation of the south Devon clerkships ; what he estimates the savings will be in each of the next three years for the present system and for the enlarged south Devon system ; and what estimate he has made of efficiency and cost savings produced by the merging of the present north and west Devon clerkships.

Mr. John Patten : I understand that the Devon magistrates courts committee has been considering the possible amalgamation of petty sessional divisions and the reorganisation of clerkships in the county. However, the committee has not yet submitted a draft amalgamation order under section 23 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1979 for my right hon. and learned Friend's approval. The Act provides for consultation with interested parties before a draft order is submitted and for my right hon. and learned Friend to take relevant objections into account before reaching a decision on a draft order. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the merits of proposals which have yet to be submitted to us. Nor has the Committee yet sought my right hon. and learned Friend's approval for the permanent appointment of a justices clerk (as it is required to do under section 25 of the 1979 Act) as part of any planned reorganisation of clerkships. Before approving an appointment we will consider any representations which might be made by magistrates of the division concerned.

Police Officers

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will put a table in the Official Report showing (a) his recent allocation of police officers by police authority, (b) the number of police officers requested by the authorities concerned and (c) the number of police officers as a proportion of the population served that will pertain after the new allocations are made.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information is as follows :


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                 |Police posts  |Posts         |Police/                      

                 |approved<1>   |applied for   |population<2>                

                                               |for ratio                    

                                               |taking into                  

                                               |account police               

                                               |increases                    

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Avon and                                                                     

  Somerset       |10            |50            |458                          

Bedfordshire     |8             |8             |504                          

Cambridgeshire   |7             |10            |541                          

Cheshire         |20            |20            |506                          

Cleveland        |13            |19            |368                          

Cumbria          |19            |50            |416                          

Derbyshire       |19            |34            |510                          

Devon and                                                                    

   Cornwall      |17            |48            |518                          

Dorset           |14            |27            |516                          

Durham           |-             |-             |434                          

Dyfed Powys      |-             |-             |495                          

Essex            |55            |79            |511                          

Gloucestershire  |-             |-             |453                          

Greater                                                                      

   Manchester    |54            |248           |366                          

Gwent            |2             |11            |441                          

Hampshire        |25            |27            |527                          

Hertfordshire    |18            |35            |503                          

Humberside       |15            |20            |424                          

Kent             |50            |50            |504                          

Lancashire       |28            |81            |432                          

Leicestershire   |53            |75            |488                          

Lincolnshire     |14            |20            |487                          

Merseyside       |-             |-             |308                          

Norfolk          |46            |66            |528                          

Northamptonshire |20            |29            |500                          

Northumbria      |38            |243           |403                          

North Wales      |21            |10            |478                          

North Yorkshire  |25            |35            |506                          

Nottinghamshire  |26            |63            |430                          

South Wales      |31            |67            |411                          

South Yorkshire  |20            |50            |431                          

Staffordshire    |14            |20            |469                          

Suffolk          |18            |26            |531                          

Surrey           |10            |50            |449                          

Sussex           |39            |54            |475                          

Thames Valley    |65            |158           |530                          

Warwickshire     |15            |35            |482                          

West Mercia      |32            |32            |530                          

West Midlands    |63            |350           |380                          

West Yorkshire   |20            |47            |390                          

Wiltshire        |13            |19            |507                          

City of London   |-             |-             |5                            

Metropolitan     |150           |<3>-          |252                          

<1> In some cases increases are offered subject to the police authority's    

confirmation that it will meet its share of the cost.                        

<2> Police establishments at 1 April 1990. Population at mid 1988.           

<3> The Home Secretary is police authority for the Metropolitan Police.      

Mr. Abdul Shamji

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will consider a transfer of Mr. Abdul Shamji, currently at Wandsworth prison, to an open prison ;

(2) if he will review the case of Mr. Abdul Shamji, currently serving a sentence at Wandsworth prison.

Mr. Mellor : Mr. Shamji's case for reallocation to open conditions is being considered by the authorities at Wandsworth in the normal way.


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Video Surveillance

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any proposals to place the regulation of video surveillance on a statutory footing ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : We have no plans to introduce legislation covering the use of video cameras in public places for surveillance purposes to combat crime. The Home Office issued guidelines in 1984 for the police on the use of surveillance equipment. These guidelines make it clear that CCTV devices should be used by the police only where they are necessary for the efficient conduct of police operations and with due regard for the intrusion of privacy that may result in particular circumstances.

Video Recorded Evidence

Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received the report of the advisory group on video recorded evidence ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waddington : I received the report of the advisory group on 6 October. I am most grateful to the chairman, the Common Serjeant of London, his Honour Judge Pigot QC, and to the other members of the group for their work. I have arranged for the report to be published today. A copy will be placed in the Library. Comments on the report are welcome : they should be sent to the Home Office, C4 Division, Room 339, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT by 30 April 1990.

Law Courts

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are currently countrywide for court clerks, giving figures by region ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : Manpower returns received from 91 of the 105 magistrates courts committees in England and Wales indicated that there were 102 vacancies for court clerks at 30 September 1989, the latest date for which information is available, as shown in the table.


Magistrates' courts  |Vacancies                              

committee            |(full-time staff)                      

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Avon                 |3                                      

Barking              |2                                      

Barnet               |2                                      

Barnsley             |0                                      

Bedfordshire         |4                                      

Berkshire            |3                                      

Bexley               |0                                      

Birmingham           |6                                      

Bolton               |1                                      

Bradford             |1                                      

Brent                |2                                      

Bromley              |0                                      

Buckinghamshire      |n/a                                    

Bury                 |0                                      

Calderdale           |0                                      

Cambridgeshire       |1                                      

Cheshire             |1                                      

Cleveland            |0                                      

Cornwall             |0                                      

Coventry             |1                                      

Croydon              |0                                      

Cumbria              |1                                      

Derbyshire           |3                                      

Devon                |1                                      

Doncaster            |0                                      

Dorset               |0                                      

Dudley               |0                                      

Durham               |1                                      

Ealing               |2                                      

East Sussex          |1                                      

Enfield              |0                                      

Essex                |n/a                                    

Gateshead            |0                                      

Gloucestershire      |n/a                                    

Hampshire            |1                                      

Haringey             |1                                      

Harrow               |0                                      

Havering             |0                                      

Hereford & Worcester |1                                      

Hertfordshire        |3                                      

Hillingdon           |0                                      

Hounslow             |0                                      

Humberside           |3                                      

Isle of Wight        |1                                      

Kent                 |n/a                                    

Kingston             |n/a                                    

Kirklees             |1                                      

Knowsley             |1                                      

Lancashire           |3                                      

Leeds                |0                                      

Leicestershire       |2                                      

Lincolnshire         |3                                      

Liverpool            |2                                      

London (City of)     |0                                      

London (Inner)<1>    |7                                      

Manchester           |2                                      

Merton               |0                                      

Newcastle            |0                                      

Newham               |n/a                                    

Norfolk              |n/a                                    

North Tyneside       |1                                      

North Yorkshire      |1                                      

Northamptonshire     |n/a                                    

Northumberland       |0                                      

Nottinghamshire      |5                                      

Oldham               |0                                      

Oxfordshire          |0                                      

Redbridge            |n/a                                    

Richmond             |0                                      

Rochdale             |0                                      

Rotherham            |0                                      

Salford              |0                                      

Sandwell             |1                                      

Sefton               |0                                      

Sheffield            |0                                      

Shropshire           |1                                      

Solihull             |1                                      

Somerset             |n/a                                    

South Tyneside       |1                                      

St. Helens           |0                                      

Staffordshire        |6                                      

Stockport            |1                                      

Suffolk              |0                                      

Sunderland           |1                                      

Surrey               |4                                      

Sutton               |n/a                                    

Tameside             |0                                      

Trafford             |0                                      

Wakefield            |2                                      

Walsall              |0                                      

Waltham Forest       |1                                      

Warwickshire         |1                                      

West Sussex          |1                                      

Wigan                |0                                      

Wiltshire            |1                                      

Wirral               |n/a                                    

Wolverhampton        |3                                      

Clwyd                |1                                      

Dyfed                |1                                      

Gwent                |0                                      

Gwynedd              |n/a                                    

Mid Glamorgan        |0                                      

Powys                |0                                      

South Glamorgan      |n/a                                    

West Glamorgan       |1                                      

                     |----                                   

Total                |102                                    

<1> Comparable grade.                                        

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the latest figure available for the current year for (a) the number of cases in court which last five minutes or less, (b) the amount of legal aid costs these cases incur and (c) what representation he has received on the waiting time for such cases ; and if he will make a statement concerning the introduction of court timetabling.

Mr. John Patten : No information is available on the number of cases in magistrates courts which last five minutes or less and I understand from my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor that information on the number of legal aid bills submitted for cases where legal representatives appeared in court for five minutes or less could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

From time to time complaints are made about long waiting periods for cases which were disposed of very quickly. However, it can be difficult to predict how long a case will take.

As to the introduction of court timetabling I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to his question on 7 December 1989 at column 397.

Civil Defence

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nuclear bunkers have been built or provided by local authorities in Wales to date ; and how many additional bunkers are now being planned.

Mr. John Patten : The Civil Defence (General Local Authority Functions) Regulations 1983 impose on local authorities a duty to establish, equip and maintain emergency centres for the control and co- ordination of action in the event of hostile attack or threat of attack. Of the total of 53 such centres required in Wales, 16 are in place and comply with standards advised in guidance given to local authorities. A further 14 centres require modification in order to meet these standards fully. Planning for such modifications and for the provision of additional centres will be raised in current discussion with relevant authorities in connection with their performance generally in meeting civil defence statutory requirements.

Vehicle Security

Mr. Mills : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to implement the conclusions of the working group on car security made in November 1986 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The working group on car security made a number of recommendations, most of which were aimed at car manufacturers and the insurance industry.

In response to the working group's recommendations, car security publicity by the Home Office, Department of


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Transport and the DVLC has continued at a high level and there has been a noticeable increase in publicity from manufacturers. Five parts of a British standard on vehicle security, covering mechanical locking systems, security of in-car entertainment equipment, window etching, central power locking and dead-locking, and both parts of a standard on anti-theft alarms, have now been published. Much progress is already evident in new vehicle production, including high security door, boot and ignition locks, fuel filler locks, anti-theft radios and alarm systems and in the provision of window etching services. A computerised motor insurance anti-fraud and theft register was launched in March 1987 and there has been a general increase in car security advice from insurers and brokers, though more could be done.

Mr. Mills : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Standing Conference on Crime Prevention working group on car crime, made in December 1988.

Mr. John Patten : The car crime working group continued its work this year. A group of experts has been formed to consider the production of a car-crime prevention video for use in schools. The working group and the Home Office have taken steps to bring the working group's recommendations to the attention of car manufacturers and the media. In response to the working group's recommendations, the Home Office scientific research and development branch is carrying out research into the production of an index of the vulnerability of types of car to theft and into the correlation between car theft and road accidents. The working group has explored ways in which statistics aimed at the prevention of car crime might be collected and published.

It is encouraging that the most recent published statistics, covering the period of 12 months to June 1989 showed a reduction of almost 4 per cent. in the number of recorded offences of car crime, compared with the corresponding period to the end of June 1987.

Drugs

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been spent on research into drug addiction, other than on the campaign Heroin Screws You Up and its evaluation, in the past five years or for any other period of years for which the information is available, by (a) his Department, (b) the Department of Education and Science and (c) the Department of Health.

Mr. Mellor : Estimated expenditure on research into drug addiction in the current and preceding four financial years, excluding evaluation studies, is as follows :--


                                                                                

                                                                                

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The Department of Education and Science has no responsibility for research into drug addiction, but has funded a number of projects related to the development and evaluation of education about substance misuse.

Interpreters

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interpreters are employed by his Department in the immigration service for translation from English to Kurdish ; and what training they are given.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 18 December 1989] : There are no Kurdish-speaking interpreters in permanent employment with the immigration service, but seven have been employed this year on a casual basis. Interpreters are instructed to give a direct translation of questions put and answers given.

War Crimes Inquiry

Mr. Churchill : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is his best estimate of the cost to public funds of prosecuting the three alleged war criminals referred to in paragraph 10.5 of the report of the war crimes inquiry, including the cost of obtaining witnesses and evidence from the Soviet Union and eastern Europe and assuming the provision of legal aid to the defendants ;

(2) what is his best estimate of the overall cost to public funds over the coming 10 years of implementing the recommendations contained in the report of the war crimes inquiry (Cm. 744) in respect of the 127 alleged war criminals believed to be in resident in the United Kingdom and recommended for prosecution or further investigation.

Mr. John Patten [holding answer 18 December 1989] : It is not possible to give an indication about the costs which might arise in connection with any investigations and prosecutions of war criminals which might take place if the necessary legislative provision were to be made. However, the experience of other countries which have instigated investigations suggests that the costs involved could be substantial. The costs of conducting any trials of alleged war criminals which might take place would depend upon the number of such trials and the complexity of each case.

WALES

Forestry

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has issued any recent guidance to the Forestry Commission in Wales concerning the release of agricultural land for afforestation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker : I recognise the important role that forestry can play as an alternative use of agricultural land. Guidance is readily available.

National Health Service

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what provision he has made for expenditure on the National Health Service in Wales in the next financial year


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on (a) remuneration to non-executive members of health authorities and family practitioners services authorities, (b) arrangements necessary for establishing contracts for services, (c) arrangements necessary for establishing hospital trusts, (d) additional tasks as a result of the introduction of general practitioner practice funds, (e) capital cost of information systems for the management of drug expenditure, (f) audit costs, and (g) the upkeep of asset registers and the calculation of capital charges.

Mr. Grist : My right hon. Friend expects to announce the detailed provision for hospital and community health service resources to district health authorities when the House reassembles in the new year. I shall write to the hon. Gentleman then.

School Buildings

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he gives local education authorities in Wales concerning (a) the repair of flat roofs in schools and (b) the use of flat roofs in plans for new school buildings.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : Design note 46 entitled "Maintenance and Renewal in Educational Buildings : Flat Roofs" was issued to all local education authorities in England and Wales in 1985. I will arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has received as to which Welsh schools are in need of refurbishment ; what is the age of the schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : Expenditure plans submitted each year by local education authorities provide information about education building needs, including refurbishment of schools, and these are the subject of discussion with the Department. The age of schools is not a reliable indicator of expenditure needs.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will commission a survey of the school buildings in Wales concerning their state of repair, energy conservation and age ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : In the context of my right hon. Friend's efficiency initiative, local authorities have already prepared reports on energy management and property review, and have further action in hand. The property review requires the setting up of appropriate records in regard to age and condition of buildings, including schools.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he has any plans to meet (a) Clwyd local education authority leaders, (b) Clwyd parent--teacher association leaders, (c) teacher union leaders and (d) representatives of school governers to discuss funding for school regions and the problem of water seepage on flat school roofs ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will make a special allocation to the Clwyd local education authority to enable the authority to deal with the water seepage on flat roofs of Clwyd schools.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : No. Allocations of resources within a local education authority's area and responsibility for education buildings are matters for the local education authority.


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Local Government Finance

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish estimated poll tax payments per head, in current prices, which will be required after removal of safety net arrangements and based on current Welsh Office targets for local government spending for (a) Wales as a whole and (b) each district council area.

Mr. Peter Walker : Estimates of community charge levels for Wales as a whole and for each district council area were placed in the Library on Monday 18 December 1989. I no longer propose to make safety net adjustments to revenue support grant entitlements.


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