Mr. McLoughlin : There are encouraging signs that the worst of the decline in world shipping in recent years is over. British operators are among the most entrepreneurial and cost-effective and should be well placed to take advantage of the improved opportunities.
Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the cost of hydrographic work carried out on behalf of his Department by (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the private sector ;
(2) if he will list the number of marine surveys ordered by his Department for the last five years.
Mr. McLoughlin : In 1989-90 the civil hydrographic survey programme is expected to cost about £6.3 million, of which about £2.1 million represents contracts let to the private sector, £2.8 million surveys undertaken by the Royal Navy survey flotilla, and £1.4 million work undertaken by the Royal Navy personnel in commercially chartered ships. The numbers of surveys undertaken in the last five years are 1985-- 21 ; 1986--18 ; 1987--21 ; 1988--20 ; 1989--15.
Mr. McLoughlin : NAVTEX services are fully operational in the following countries : Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
NAVTEX services are operational in parts of, or under trial in, the following countries : Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, France, United States of America and USSR.
NAVTEX services are planned in the following countries, with an indication of the implementation date, where known : Bahrain, Bermuda, Cameroon, German Democratic Republic, India, Israel, Italy (1990-93), Korea (August 1993), Japan, Spain (1990), Thailand and Uruguay.
Mr. McLoughlin : The United Kingdom, through its participation in the worldwide navigation warning system and membership of the International Maritime Organisation NAVTEX co-ordination panel, is actively encouraging the development of NAVTEX both within the EEC area of interest and on a worldwide basis.
Mr. McLoughlin : For reasons beyond its control the Pilotage Commission is not yet able to complete the winding up of the former pilotage authorities' affairs. It is therefore not yet possible to say when the commission itself will be wound up. The Department and the commission are considering what can be done to expedite the process.
Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has made of the effects of pot-holes and poor road standards upon cyclists ; if he will reconsider his decision not to implement the Horne report ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins : The Department has not undertaken specific studies of this sort. It did publish a local transport note last June entitled "Making Way for Cyclists", which gives detailed guidance to local authorities and others on a range of planning, design and legal aspects of providing for cyclists, and emphasises the importance of proper inspections and maintenance.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British Rail about how it proposes to justify to him, for investment authorisation, expenditure on the works covered by the King's Cross Railways Bill ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information British Rail has presented to him, for investment authorisation purposes, in relation to its anticipated revenues in connection with expenditure on the works contained in the King's Cross Railways Bill, in relation to (a) projected revenues from additional services on existing lines to King's Cross and (b) revenues from planned services on new lines for which parliamentary approval will be required and has yet to be sought ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 239Mr. Atkins : The Department pays close attention to the environmental implications of its policies and many have a directly beneficial effect. For example, we are taking steps to control vehicle emissions ; we build new roads to relieve congestion and bypass communities ; and we are supporting massive investment in public transport. We shall be making an important contribution to the White Paper on the environment to be published later this year.
Mr. Madel : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is now able to say when he expects to announce the preferred route for the north-south A5 Dunstable bypass ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins : Comments made during public consultation and the new national road traffic forecasts have made it necessary to reconsider our original proposals. Further consultation may be necessary, but we hope to announce a preferred route for the bypass by the autumn.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will estimate the contribution to arts in the metropolitan area of (a) the Arts Council and (b) the London local authorities ; upon what items this money is principally spent ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Luce : I am advised that in 1987-88, the last year for which complete records are available, the Arts Council's grants to arts bodies in the London area (excluding the national companies) was £26.7 million. This sum was spread across the entire spectrum of art forms : music, drama, dance, literature, and the visual arts. Figures for local authority spending on the arts are more difficult to isolate. The Policy Studies Institute, however, has estimated that spending by local authorities on the arts in London for 1988-89 totalled some £42 million, of which £28 million went to arts premises and promotions, and £14 million in grants to arts organisations.
Mr. Luce : It is for the companies themselves to decide on these matters. It is, however, the policy of the Arts Council to encourage the televising of performances in order to promote access to the arts. In addition, many new operatic productions are now broadcast on the radio. Between the two media, there were 15 broadcast productions in 1989 ; nine from the royal opera house, and six for English national opera.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science pursuant to his answer of 8 January, Official Report, col, 487, what guidance he has issued to the National Curriculum Council about how much of a school's curriculum it should prescribe in its circulars to schools.
Mrs. Angela Rumbold : None. The Education Reform Act requires all maintained schools to provide a basic curriculum consisting of the national curriculum for all pupils of compulsory school age and religious education for all registered pupils at the school. Neither my right hon. Friend nor the National Curriculum Council has the power to prescribe what else is taught in schools, nor how the timetable is arranged.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received on circular No. 6 of October 1989 from the National Curriculum Council on the subject of the whole curriculum.
Mr. Rumbold : The Government's policy is that teachers' pay should be such as to enable the maintained school system to recruit, retain and motivate sufficient teachers of the required quality, within what can be afforded.
Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his Department's current figures for teacher shortages in England and Wales ; and if he will set out his answer in tabular form giving details for individual local education authorities.
Mr. Alan Howarth : I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend gave on 21 December 1989 to the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) at columns 353-55. Data for Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
Column 241Mr. Peter Walker : Information is not available below county level.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many qualified teachers there are in the high schools of the local education authorities in Wales of (a) Welsh, (b) German, (c) French, (d) Spanish, (e) Italian and (f) Latin ; and if he will make a statement.
Subject |Number of | Teachers ---------------------------------------- Welsh |1,100 German |300 French |1,000 Spanish |100 Italian |100 Classical Languages |200
Teachers possessing a qualification in a particular subject will not necessarily be teaching that subject. The figures are obtained from the Welsh secondary staffing survey conducted in February and March of 1989.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will call a conference of local education authorities' parent-teacher associations and teacher unions to consider the need to increase the number of qualified foreign language teachers in Welsh high schools ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he has taken to increase the number of qualified secondary teachers of (a) Welsh, (b) German, (c) French, (d) Spanish, (e) Italian and (f) Latin ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The future demand for language teachers is being taken fully into account when setting the intakes to initial teacher training, in the revision of the criteria for initial teacher training courses and in planning the LEA in-service training grant scheme and education support grants.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the arrangements for the levying of the uniform business rate in Wales on properties open for only part of the year as a result of seasonal trade.
Mr. Peter Walker : Such property will be liable for non-domestic rating for the days on which it is used for non-domestic purposes and is entered on a local non-domestic rating list. Property used for non-domestic purposes can include property which is open all the year around, and also property where paying guests are not admitted out of season but where rooms are maintained in preparation for non-domestic use in the next holiday
Column 242season. Where, however, the off-season use becomes domestic (for example, where the proprietor's family occupies the property for domestic purposes), the property is not rateable and should be deleted from the rating list for that period.
Valuation of seasonally operated properties will take into account seasonal patterns of trade. The assessment of a hotel or guest house in an isolated tourist location can take into account the likelihood that winter trade may be minimal or non-existent. The pattern of trade is taken into account by the valuation officer in his valuation of a range of properties including hotels, guest houses, public houses and holiday cottages.
Occupiers of seasonally operated properties which are liable to rates for any period will have their rate liabilities calculated in accordance with the Welsh non-domestic rating multiplier for the year. For the financial year 1990-91 that multiplier has been set at 0.368, or 36.8p in the pound.
Mr. Grist : We assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the all- Wales mental handicap strategy, as our all-Wales mental illness strategy was launched only last year and does not have a set 10-year programme. The Welsh chapter of the Government's White Paper "Caring for People" indicates that there will be a full review of service development and of the framework provided by the mental hanicap strategy in 1991-92. This review will help to inform consideration of future arrangements for mental handicap services.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : There are no plans for dualling the Heads of the Valleys section of the A465. The position is being reviewed as part of the south Wales traffic study, which will be completed towards the end of 1990.
Mr. Geraint Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the average price paid for the following agricultural land in Wales during 1989 (a) lowland, (b) marginal and (c) hill land ; what were the corresponding figures for each of the last 10 years ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 243Mr. Peter Walker : Information is available only on the basis of land grade. The average price paid for agricultural land of five or more hectares in vacant possession is shown in the table :
Average land prices (£): Reported in 12 months ended September |Grades |Grade 3|Grades |1 and 2 |4 and 5 ---------------------------------------- 1979 |2,593 |2,368 |1,607 1980 |4,351 |3,240 |2,181 1981 |4,504 |3,117 |2,027 1982 |3,353 |3,119 |1,792 1983 |3,002 |3,443 |2,079 1984 |4,801 |3,816 |2,427 1985 |5,512 |3,705 |2,070 1986 |4,238 |3,642 |2,213 1987 |3,292 |3,171 |2,196 1988 |4,376 |2,906 |1,604 1989 |5,065 |3,680 |3,627 Note: Grades 1, 2 and 3 approximate to the lowland areas, grades 4 and 5 to the less-favoured areas of marginal and hill land. There is a lag between agreeing a sale and reporting it which means that prices reported in the 12 months ended 30 September generally related to sales agreed in the previous calendar year.
Mr. Chope : No such estimates are made. Generally the Government favour the design of housing, of whatever kind, which is accessible to the disabled and convenient for them to use. We aim to enable people with disabilities to lead, as far as possible, an independent and active life without having to move to specialised accommodation or institutional care. New grant arrangements coming into effect in April will facilitate adaptation and improvement works to help those who become disabled to remain in their existing homes.
Mr. Trippier : The Government have at present no plans to do so, although the Department of Trade and Industry has commissioned an intensive study of the problems associated with the use of CFCs which is being carried out by Coopers and Lybrand. Further action will be considered in the light of that report. In addition, various pilot schemes are being undertaken by individual local authorities, some in conjunction with industry.
Column 244states. Almost all member states were represented, most at ministerial level, and discussions were cordial and productive. At the conclusion of the meeting it was unanimously agreed that similar meetings should be arranged annually, by the country holding the EC presidency for the second half-year, and that national
Administrations should make the necessary arrangements to prepare for them.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list by (a) location and (b) water authority the sites that suffered from toxic pollution due to blue-green algae, caused by phosphates and nitrogen from sewage and farming entering public reservoirs ; and if any successful prosecutions have been made.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : There were 53 sites in England where blooms of toxic blue-green algae were identified in 1989. The causes of the blooms have not yet been determined, but the National Rivers Authority is investigating the issue.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The table lists, by water company area, the drought orders currently in force in England (and that part of Wales served by Severn Trent Water), the locality or water supply source affected by each order and its expiry date. Orders affecting the supply area of Welsh Water are a matter for the Secretary of State for Wales.
Water company area and locality or water |Date of expiry of supply source affected | Order ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Water Service Companies Anglian Ely-Ouse River, Essex<1> |28 February 1990 North West Ullswater |31 January 1990 Bottoms and Teggsnose |31 March 1990 Lamaload |31 March 1990 Tytherington Boreholes |31 March 1990 Severn Trent Tittesworth |6 March 1990 Clywedog Reservoir<1> |18 March 1990 Buxton |21 March 1990 Derwent Valley Reservoirs, Ambergate |6 April 1990 Homesford, Little Eaton, Church Wilne Derby, Notts, Leicester |26 April 1990 Southern North and West Kent and West and East Sussex |20 January 1990 River Medway |31 March 1990 Kent Groundwater (No. 2) |31 March 1990 West and East Sussex |21 May 1990 Hardham (West Sussex) |31 March 1990 River Rother, Robertsbridge |31 March 1990 Plucks Gutter |31 March 1990 South West River Torridge |29 January 1990 Avon Reservoir |21 January 1990 River Tamar |4 February 1990 River Tavy |26 January 1990 Venford Reservoir |4 February 1990 Devon and Cornwall |2 February 1990 River Axe, Whitford Bridge |10 February 1990 River Yealm |28 February 1990 Fernworthy Reservoir |28 February 1990 Colaton Raleigh Stream |23 February 1990 Challacombe Reservoir |22 February 1990 River Dart at Littlehempstead |28 February 1990 Upper Tamar Lake and Lower Tamar Lake |6 March 1990 Bude-Stratton Canal |7 March 1990 Leswidden Pool |19 April 1990 Yorkshire Harrogate area |6 April 1990 Hebden Valley and Withens Clough |18 April 1990 Pennine Reservoirs |13 April 1990 Bradford Reservoirs |12 April 1990 Underbank Reservoir |18 April 1990 River Wharfe |30 April 1990 River Hull |22 June 1990 Lindley Wood Reservoir |1 June 1990 Statutory Water Companies Eastbourne Eastbourne |22 February 1990 River Wallers, Haven |24 April 1990 Folkestone Folkestone |14 March 1990 Mid Kent Mid-Kent |25 January 1990 West Kent River Medway, Hartlake |4 February 1990
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what financial assistance his Department has given to the joint project being carried out by the imperial war museum and the royal commission on the historical monuments of England towards the national inventory of war memorials.
Mr. Trippier : The proposed joint project by the imperial war museum and the royal commission on the historical monuments of England is being supported by grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the Western Front Association and the Imperial War Museum Trust. With this support, the museum and the royal commission expect to be able to meet the full cost without the need to seek any additional funding from the Department of the Environment or any other Government source. The royal commission's day-to- day operations are, of course, largely funded through the grant-in-aid from the Department, which in 1990-91 will be £6.07 million. The grant-in- aid in 1990-91 to the imperial war museum from the Office of Arts and Libraries will be £9.6 million.
Mr. Hayward : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment in which 10 local authority areas in the United Kingdom the Government have provided the largest sums of money for home improvement since 1979.
Column 2461988-89, received the largest total amount of Exchequer contribution towards the cost of loan charges incurred by them in giving home improvement grants. Information for years prior to 1981-82 is not readily available. I refer my hon. Friend to the Secretaries of State for Wales, for Scotland and for Northern Ireland for information relating to the rest of the United Kingdom.
Local authority |Total payment |£ million ------------------------------------------------------- Birmingham |69,640 Liverpool |61,475 Manchester |58,713 Bradford |39,970 Leicester |35,480 Wirral |35,229 Wandsworth |34,526 Nottingham |31,543 Hammersmith and Fulham |30,957 Sheffield |29,952
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to make regulations under sections 150 and 151 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to provide for charges to be made for anything done by a local authority in connection with public footpaths and bridleways.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We are presently considering whether, and if so how, the enabling power in the Act might be used in respect of charging for public path orders. No regulations will be made without full consultation with interested parties.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he plans to introduce legislation to consolidate town and country planning legislation ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 247Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I understand that ozone is used to some extent in most member states while it is used extensively in France.
Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he has given to the desirability of introducing legislation to afford protection to those who reside on houseboats on canals and rivers ; what recent representations he has received on this matter ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chope : The Department occasionally receives letters from hon. Members and the public about security of moorings for houseboat residents. We have no plans to introduce legislation providing statutory security of tenure for them.
Mr. Holt : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which data source is used to determine the number of households headed by migrants from the new Commonwealth and Pakistan in determining levels of rate support grants for local authorities.
Mr. Riddick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made by Kirklees metropolitan council in implementing the provisions of the Local Government Act 1988 in relation to compulsory competitive tendering of (a) refuse collection, (b) cleaning of buildings, (c) other forms of cleaning, (d) catering in schools and welfare roles, other forms of catering, (f) grounds maintenance, and (g) repair and maintenance of vehicles ; what are the projected annual savings as a result of competitive tendering for each of the services ; and when the successful tenderers will commence operating each of the services.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The dates by which local authorities are required to expose their services to competition under the terms of part I of the Local Government Act 1988 are prescribed in the Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Competition) (England) Regulations 1988 (SI 1988 No. 1371). The dates by which Kirklees metropolitan borough council is required to expose services to competition in this way, and the progress in implementing those requirements is as follows :
(a) refuse collection--the date prescribed was 1 January 1990. I understand that the contract was awarded to