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Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were the numbers and percentages of unemployed persons removed from all English and Welsh unemployment registers as a result of changes that took effect in August 1989 in the redundant mineworkers' payments scheme, by region.
Mr. Nicholls : The latest estimates of the number of mineworkers who have decided to take advantage of the change in the redundant mineworkers' payment scheme are given in the following table. There has been little or no effect in the Greater London, south-east, East Anglia, and south-west regions.
------------------------------------------- West Midlands |500 |0.3 East Midlands |4,500|4.3 Yorkshire and Humberside |3,500|2.0 North West |500 |0.2 North |2,000|1.5 Wales |500 |0.5 <1>These estimates are derived from latest available information and are subject to revision. <2>Using August 1989 unadjusted unemployment totals.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of national average earnings was earned by the lowest paid decile of workers in each decade since 1960 ; and what are the comparable figures, so far as available for (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) the United States of America, (d) Sweden, and (e) Japan.
Mr. Nicholls : The available information for Great Britain is published in table 15 of part A of the NES reports for 1979 and 1989, copies of which are in the Library. Comparable data for the other countries are not available.
Column 701Mrs. Rumbold : National curriculum subject orders and associated documents under section 4 of the 1988 Education Reform Act are published in ring-binders made of recycled paper. The Department is continuing to look for opportunities for using recycled paper.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to remove the discretion by local education authorities in England and Wales as to the scale point used in the payment of supply teachers.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the increased volume of underspending on education support grants 1988-89 shown in Class XII Vote 1 ; and what changes have been made for 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The size of each year's Vote for education support grants (ESGs) depends not on the overall total for that year's ESG programme, but rather on the amount of grant still to be paid in respect of previous years' ESG programmes as well as the amount expected to be paid within the financial year on the current year's programme. The size of the underspend on a given year's Vote will reflect both the success of local education authorities in submitting grant claims promptly, and the size of successive ESG programmes. To increase the proportion of grant paid during the financial year in which the expenditure is incurred, authorites will from this year on be invited to submit, before the end of the financial year in question, a claim for expenditure incurred during the last quarter, 50 per cent. of which may be paid before the year end.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list of those local education authorities which, in respect of education support grant claims for 1988-89 (a) have claimed significantly less than the maximum allocated amount for that year or (b) have not yet made either final claims for all quarters of 1987-88 or a provisional end-of-year claim, showing for each of (a) and (b) the amount underspent or apparently unclaimed.
Mr. Alan Howarth : It is for individual local education authorities to determine whether they wish to claim all the education support grant (ESG) allocated to them. Among the 90 authorities in England who have to date submitted final claims for the 1988-89 programme, the average rate of claim is over 90 per cent. of expenditure approved. But 15 of those authorities have claimed grant on less than 85 per cent. of expenditure approved. The details are :
LEA |£ -------------------------------- Barnet |132,138 Enfield |268,731 Haringey |156,627 Newham |160,300 Birmingham |417,246 Walsall |152,365 Sefton |241,707 Tameside |146,750 Wigan |286,400 South Tyneside |257,770 Berkshire |394,718 Buckinghamshire |299,131 Devon |427,668 Kent |591,877 Lincolnshire |235,627
In addition, seven local education authorities have not yet submitted a final claim. They are :
Amount of approved expenditure on which grant has not yet been claimed Local education authorities |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Merton |97,459 Waltham Forest |175,655 Leeds |392,800 Hertfordshire |765,707 Norfolk |367,590 Northamptonshire |999,860 Oxfordshire |384,519
All authorities have now submitted final claims for 1987-88.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the increased volume of underspending on in-service teacher training grants 1988-89 shown in Class XII, Vote 1, 12 ; and what changes have been made for 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Mr. Alan Howarth : Vote provision for the local education authority training grants scheme, which was introduced on 1 April 1987, is for the payment of grant to local education authorities in response to claims submitted by those authorities in respect of training that they have provided. Vote provision for this purpose in 1988-89 was £130 million, expenditure was £89.2 million and the underspending was £40.8 million. The corresponding figures for 1987-88 were provision, £105 million, outturn £79.4 million and underspending £25.6 million. The underspend in 1987-88 resulted from local authorities submitting claims later than expected outside the year to which they related. This was also the case in 1988-89 when, in addition, authorities were late in submitting audit certificates for 1987-88 without payments for claims under the 1988- 89 programme submitted after 1 October 1988 could not be made.
The provision for 1989-90 is £130 million. Late claims for previous years of the scheme will continue to be paid from the Vote provision as soon as possible after their submission. No changes have been made to the arrangements for payments in 1989-90 and no decision has yet been taken on the arrangements for 1990-91.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list of those local education authorities which in respect of in-service teacher training grant claims for 1988-89 (a) have claimed significantly less than the maximum allocated amount for that year or (b) have not yet made either final claims for all quarters of 1987-88 or a provisional end-of-year claim showing for each of (a) and (b) the amount underspent or apparently unclaimed.
Column 703Mr. Alan Howarth : The following LEAs underspent by 5 per cent. or more in 1988-89 :
Local Education |Total amount |Underspend as Authority |unclaimed |percentage of total | maxima -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bromley |183,000 |16.7 Haringey |<1>421,315 |44.5 Kent |534,000 |9.0 Liverpool |<1>497,400 |20.9 Oldham |<1>52,528 |5.0 Walsall |<1>76,555 |5.9 <1> provisional end-of-year claims only.
Newham has not yet submitted an end-of-year claim for 1988-89 ; the total amount yet to be claimed is £371,889.
There are no authorities that have not yet made either final claims for all quarters of 1987-88 or a provisional end-of-year claim for that year.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what amount and proportion of the 1987-88 Vote provision for the in-service teacher training grant scheme realted to (a) areas of national priority and (b) areas of local priority ; what amount and proportion of claims made for 1987-88 relate to each of (a) and (b) ; what further information is available as to the breakdown of expenditure claims between separate national priorities ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what amount and proportion of the 1988-89 Vote provision for the in- service teacher training grant scheme related to (a) areas of national priority and (b) areas of local priority ; what amount and proportion of claims made for 1988-89 relate to each of (a) and (b) ; what further information is available as to the breakdown of expenditure claims between separate national priorities ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The level of Vote provision in 1987-88 was based on an estimate of the likely claims by local education authorities under the local education authority training grants scheme in 1987-88, and the in -service teacher training grants scheme, which preceded the local education authority training grants scheme, for the years prior to 1987-88. The level in 1988-89 was based on a similar estimate covering that year and previous years. Because Vote provision is calculated to meet local authorities' overall claims, no further breakdown is made between the areas of training to which the claims relate. such an analysis could be made only at
disproportionate cost. Local authorities have been told that delays in submitting claims will be taken into account in setting their allocations of grant for future years.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the expenditure on in-service teacher training grants 1988- 89 shown in Class XII Vote 1, 12 includes any amount relating to late claims made for 1987-88 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will instigate an investigation into the operation, teaching curriculum, and control of students at the Ko Hsuan school in Chawleigh, north Devon.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The proprietor of the Ko Hsuan school has already been asked for a full explanation of the events leading to the death of one of its pupils, and of all facts and circumstances relating to those events. My right hon. Friend will decide in the light of the response what further action, if any, may be appropriate.
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what powers he has to investigate and to control the teaching curriculum, teaching methods, staff qualifications and control of pupils at independent schools.
Mr. Alan Howarth : My right hon. Friend has powers under section 71 of the Education Act 1944 (as amended) to serve a notice of complaint upon the proprietor of an independent school if he is satisfied that a school is objectionable on certain specified grounds. These include instances where efficient and suitable instruction is not being provided or the proprietor or any teacher is not a proper person. Failure to comply with a notice of complaint will cause the school to be deleted from the register of independent schools. It is an offence to act as proprietor of or a teacher in an independent school while disqualified by an order made by the Secretary of State following a notice of complaint. A school has a right of appeal to the independent schools tribunal against a notice of complaint. In addition, under section 77(2) of the Education Act 1944, my right hon. Friend may also cause a special inspection of any school to be made whenever he considers such an inspection to be desirable.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the outcome of the investigation by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise of the material they intercepted belonging to the late Philip Core ; and where are its present whereabouts.
Mr. Ryder : Goods imported into the United Kingdom by post for Mr. Philip Core were intercepted and examined by Customs. They contained a book and photographs which were considered to be obscene under section 42 of
Column 705the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 and accordingly they were seized as forfeit. Mr. Core appealed against seizure and condemnation proceedings were instituted under schedule 3 to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. On Thursday 9 November 1989, condemnation proceedings were commenced in Wells Street magistrates court, but adjourned until 20 November for consideration of certain legal points.
Sadly, Mr. Core died on 13 November and, at the adjourned hearing on 20 November, it was disclosed that he had died intestate. The case was adjourned to 11 January 1990 when it will be decided whether Mr. Core's administrators wish to continue the proceedings.
In accordance with normal practice, the offending material is still in the possession of Customs pending the outcome of court proceedings.
Mr. Ryder : The Government will not reduce interest rates until that can be safely done without risk to inflation. Everyone has far more to fear from a resurgence of inflation than from a period of higher interest rates.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the latest retail prices index figure ; what percentage of this covers the mortgage interest element ; what were the comparable figures in 1975 and 1976 ; and if he will make a statement.
|All-items RPI annual |Contribution of the | inflation rate| mortgage interest | payments component | to the RPI inflation | rate |per cent. |per cent. points -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 1989 |7.7 |2 November 1976 |15.0 |¬ November 1975 |25.2 |Not available
Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will investigate the extent of tax avoidance and evasion through the creation of business transactions carried out solely or mainly for tax reasons between United Kingdom based trusts, companies and individuals and trusts and companies based in (a) Jersey, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Netherlands Antilles, (e) the Cayman Islands and (f) Liechtenstein during the last five years ;
(2) if he will make it his policy to review all high court cases involving the Inland Revenue in seeking to recover £1 million or more of tax revenue and to bring in legislation to prevent the loss of such tax revenue where it has been lost as a result of transactions created between United Kingdom based companies, trusts and individuals
Column 706and companies or trusts or individuals based in (a) Jersey, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Netherlands Antilles, (e) the Cayman Islands and (f) Liechtenstein ;
(3) if he will publish an annual table of information about tax avoidance and tax evasion by United Kingdom based trusts, individuals and companies through trans-actions created with trusts and companies in (a) Jersey, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Netherlands Antilles, (e) the Cayman Islands and (f) Liechtenstein ;
(4) if he will set up a system requiring the prior notification to the Inland Revenue of business transactions between United Kingdom-based trusts, companies and individuals and trusts and companies based in (a) Jersey, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Netherlands Antilles, (e) the Cayman Islands and (f) Liechtenstein ;
(5) what proposals he has to prevent tax revenue being lost to the Exchequer through the use of business transactions created solely or mainly for tax reasons between United Kingdom-based trusts, individuals and companies and trusts and companies in (a) Jersey, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Netherlands Antilles, (e) the Cayman Islands and (f) Liechtenstein ;
(6) if he will make it his policy to bring forward amendments to company law to prevent tax avoidance and evasion by United Kingdom companies through the creation of business transactions solely or mainly for tax purposes with companies, trusts and individuals based in (a) the Cayman Islands, (b) the Netherlands Antilles, (c) Guernsey, (d) the Isle of Man, (e) Jersey and (f) Liechtenstein ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lilley [holding answer 10 January 1990] : The Inland Revenue devotes substantial resources to countering tax avoidance and evasion including the kind of offshore transactions involving tax havens to which the questions refer. Where appropriate the Government would not hesitate to bring forward such further legislation as was found to be necessary.
To require general notifications of business transactions with tax havens would, however, impose a substantial and unreasonable burden on business.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the additional £50,000 allocated by the Eastern health board to the North Down and Ards unit of management was intended for the wages of home helps and how much for the salaries of clerical and administrative staff.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northen Ireland what effect he estimates the appointment of a manager for each unit of management in the Eastern health board area will have on the cost of administration and the numbers of staff.
Column 707are being reorganised to form nine units with effect from 1 April 1990. A unit general manager has been appointed to each and the cost of the introduction of the new structures will be met within the board's overall provision for management costs.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the number of full-time clerical and administrative staff employed by the North Down and Ards unit of management of the Eastern health and social services board in the years 1986-87 to the present day ; and what was the total cost of their salaries and associated expenses.
Year |Number<1> |Salaries<2> |£000's ------------------------------------------------ 1986-87 |113 |701.7 1987-88 |129 |916 1988-89 |131 |1,028.1 <1> Full-time administrative and clerical staff. <2> And related expenses.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the salary of the new post of manager of a unit of management in a health board ; and what was the salary payable to the person who was previously in charge of a unit of management.
Mr. Needham : The unit general manager grading structure provides for five grades based on the unit's estimated revenue expenditure and on the presence or absence of teaching responsibilities. The flat rate salaries range from £22,150 to £31,020 in addition to which discretionary awards of up to 15 per cent. on basic salary, and performance related pay are available. As these are new posts and units were previously managed by a unit management team acting collectively, no direct comparison with previous post holders is possible.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will set out the job description agreed by the Eastern health and social services board for the position of manager of units of management.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the personal circumstances taken into account by the Eastern health board in targeting the individual clients most in need of the home help service ; what is the reason for the exclusion of former clients from the benefits of the service ; and whether there are any differences between the various units of management in the criteria they adopt.
Mr. Needham : Assessment of clients for the home help service in all boards is based on the ability of the individual to perform a wide range of daily personal and domestic tasks including dressing, washing, feeding and lavatorial functions. Account is also taken of the level of support available from the client's family and other sources. Decisions about the level of assistance appropriate in
Column 708individual cases and the criteria to be applied are matters for the boards in the light of local circumstances and priorities.
Mr. Kilfedder : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the positions of manager of the various units of management of the Eastern health board were publicly advertised before the recent appointments were made ; whether the job description was the same for each post ; and when the interviews took place.
Mr. Needham : The unit general manager posts in the Eastern health and social services board were publicly advertised before the appointments were made. The outline job description was the same for each post and interviews were held from 22 to 29 November 1989.
Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many military personnel who have been sentenced to custody have been transferred to a gaol in England and Wales in the past 10 years.
Mr. Cope : During the 10-year period ended 31 December 1989, seven members of the armed services, sentenced to custody in Northern Ireland, have been transferred to serve the remainder of their sentences in England and Wales.
Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the certified normal accommodation and current population of gaols in Northern Ireland ; and if he will list them for each establishment for the latest date available.
|Single cell accomm-|Population as at | odation |0830 hours |9 January 1990 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HMP Belfast |433 |496 HMP Maghaberry |486 |<1>294 HMP Magilligan |288 |258 HMP Maze |744 |517 <1> Including 20 female prisoners. These figures include prisoners on home leave and in outside hospitals. In addition, the young offenders centre, Hydebank has single cell accommodation for 300 and has a current population of 140.
Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence led to the conclusion in the preface to the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice laid before the House on 5 December that most of the guidance in the code has no resource implications ; and what steps are being taken to ensure that adequate resources will be provided for those parts of the code which require them.
Column 709staff. We have no systematic evidence as to how much of the practice of all these staff is in conformity with the recommendations, but believe that many of the recommendations represent common practice. Where this is not the case, changing current practice will sometimes be possible without additional resources. Where new resources are required, authorities must judge the pace at which the changes can be introduced, as we have no plans to make resources available specifically to enable the code to be implemented.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : In our White Paper "Caring for People" we are firmly committed to a policy of community care which provides dignity and choice to the frail and vulnerable. While for most people this will be achieved by continuing to live in their own homes, others would benefit from care in a more supportive environment. We welcome the growth of private nursing home provision and believe that this sector will continue to play an important part in meeting people's care needs along with other providers.
Mr. Anthony Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timetable under the White Paper "Working for Patients" for health authorities to contract with hospital and community units for the provision of services.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : Subject to approval of the Bill currently before Parliament, all DHAs will use contracts from April 1991 to obtain services they require from NHS trusts or units in other districts. To enable them to do this, all DHAs will be funded to meet the cost of services currently used by their residents from the same date. The services that DHAs obtain from their own directly managed units will be placed on a similar footing on the same timetable. This means that from April 1991 all DHAs will be obtaining hospital and community health services for their residents through contracts and the objective will be for these to be negotiated direct with the units concerned wherever possible.
This timetable will enable the benefits of contractual funding to be achieved more quickly and more uniformly than original proposals in working paper 2, which involved different DHAs and units moving at different timescales. The timetable has been discussed and agreed with NHS managers.
We are issuing a working paper on information requirements. Guidance on DHA allocations and further guidance on contracts will be issued shortly.
Copies of the working paper on information requirements, Working Paper 11, "Framework for Information Systems : Overview", have been placed in the Library.
Column 710proportion then returned the application form and administration fee ; and, if available, how many indicated they were unable to afford the fee.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : To date the most recent television nursing recruitment campaign has produced 86,653 initial responses ; 5,428 inquirers have subsequently returned the application form and administration fee. We are aware of only one case where a potential applicant indicated that he was unable to afford the £6 administration fee levied by the nurses' central clearing house.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will as a matter of urgency instruct Wakefield district health authority to cease charging for the measurement of bodies within its hospital mortuary prior to their removal by undertakers.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his Department's policy to encourage health authorities to charge undertakers for the measurement of bodies prior to their removal from hospital mortuaries.
Mr. Freeman : The Department does not encourage health authorities to charge for services provided to undertakers. If, however, undertakers make use of health authority personnel to assist in the measurement of bodies, it is reasonable for authorities to recoup any costs incurred.
Mr. Gale : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in the Canterbury and Thanet health authority area, between 10 December 1989 and 10 January 1990, as a result of a shortage of blood supplies ; what steps he is taking to ensure that supplies reach the district immediately and to prevent a recurrence of shortage ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : Between 10 December 1989 and 10 January 1990, operations on 21 non-emergency patients were postponed by Canterbury and Thanet health authority because these would have required large amounts of blood. The theatres were, however, used to full capacity by rescheduling operations. Patients whose operations were postponed will be given priority for new dates.
Donor attendances at blood collection sessions in the pre-Christmas period is traditionally low. Promotional effort is therefore increased at that time to maintain
Column 711adequate blood supplies. In particular in December 1989, the national directorate of the blood transfusion service co -ordinated the mailing of a quarter of a million special reminder cards in a £65,000 campaign intended to encourage blood donors to keep their appointments. In the event, the unforeseeable complicaton of the flu epidemic severely reduced the number of donors available, and additional national and local media were used to boost donor attendance.
Nationally, through the good response of blood donors, the campaign was successful in maintaining blood supplies in most areas through a period of particular difficulty, and blood stocks have returned to normal levels.
Mr. Freeman : The provisional number of places in local authority homes for elderly people as at 31 March 1988, by local authority, is set out in the table. Information for Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.