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Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all meetings between his Department and outside bodies at which simultaneous translation has been used, indicating the language used, since January 1989.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list (a) the organisations to which he has the right to make appointments and (b) the appointments to public bodies and other organisations made by him and his predecessor since 1979.
Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales
Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee Panel of Chairmen--Wales
Agricultural Valuation Committee (Wales)
Agricultural Wages Committee
All Wales Advisory Panel on the Development of Services for People with Mental Handicaps
Ancient Monuments Board for Wales
Cardiff Bay Development Corporation
Committee on Opportunities for Volunteering
Committee for the Welsh Scheme for the Development of Health and Social Research
Community Health Councils
Court and Council of the National Library of Wales
Court and Council of the National Museum of Wales
Curriculum Council for Wales
Development Board for Rural Wales
District Health Authorities
Family Practitioner Committees
Forestry Commission Reference Committee Panel--Wales
Health Policy Board
Health Promotion Authority for Wales
Historic Buildings Council for Wales
Housing for Wales
Land Authority for Wales
Library and Information Services Council (Wales)
Local Government Boundary Commission
National Parks Committees
Place Names Advisory Committee
Rent Assessment Panel
Saundersfoot Harbour Commission
South Wales Sea Fisheries Committee
Sports Council for Wales
Standing Working Group of the Wales Advisory Body for Local Authority Higher Education
Teamcare Valleys Steering Group
Training Enterprise and Education Advisory Group
Urban Investment Appraisal Panel
Wales Tourist Board
Welsh Committee for Post Graduate Pharmaceutical Education Welsh Committee on Drugs Misuse
Welsh Development Agency
Welsh Health Common Services Authority
Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board
Welsh Language Board
Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting The following organisations are those for which I have sole responsibility for a minority of ministerial appointments : Council of University Colleges, Lampeter
Court and Council of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth Court and Council of the University of Wales, Bangor
Court of the University College, Swansea
Parliamentary Boundary Commission
(b) This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the representations he has received against the Welsh Language Board's practical options for the use of Welsh in business ; (2) if he will take steps to encourage businesses located and operating in Wales to implement the Welsh Language Board's practical options for the use of Welsh in business.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Businesses in Wales will wish to consider their own response to the board's guidelines for the private sector. No formal representations have been received following their publication.
Column 609Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the total direct expenditure by his Department in support of the Welsh language in each financial year between 1980-81 and 1989-90.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Direct Government support for the Welsh language is provided through grants for developments in bilingual education and for assistance to the Welsh language. The figures are shown in the following table :
Year |£ ------------------------------- 1980-81 |893,000 1981-82 |1,611,630 1982-83 |1,755,726 1983-84 |2,002,136 1984-85 |1,986,825 1985-86 |2,421,507 1986-87 |2,527,755 1987-88 |2,823,188 1988-89 |3,345,987 <1>1989-90 |4,431,000 <1>Provision (outturn figures for other years).
(2) what consultations he is undertaking with interested people and organisations on the Welsh Language Board's recommendations for legislation for the care of the Welsh language.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The Welsh Language Board has presented my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State with proposals for legislation based on the principles of equal validity. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is considering with the board the practical implications of these proposals.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy that Welsh-speakers should have the right to require all public bodies to deal with them, in writing and verbally, in Welsh whenever practicable.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the supplement to attract students to Welsh medium initial teacher training courses has been effective ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : The incentive supplement was introduced in 1988 as a two-year pilot project aimed at increasing the supply of Welsh medium teachers in the secondary sector. The supplement was available only to those students who it is thought needed extra tuition in Welsh so that they have the confidence to pursue their studies and classroom training through the medium of Welsh.
In 1988, 30 students received a supplement and 26 of these subsequently obtained teaching posts in Wales. Forty-three students received supplements in 1989.
I have concluded that the supplement appears to have been successful in encouraging Welsh-speaking graduates to pursue Welsh medium initial teacher training courses. However, in order that a more detailed evaluation of the scheme can be undertaken, I have decided that the pilot should be extended for a further two years.
Column 610The demand for Welsh medium teaching in Wales continues to increase in both primary and secondary phases. To ensure that this demand is met, I have asked my officials to discuss with the relevant initial teacher training institutions ways in which a supplement might be provided to increase the number of students attending Welsh medium initial teacher training primary courses.
(2) when he last held discussions with the chairman of the Welsh Language Board ; what was discussed ; on how many occasions he has met the Welsh Language Board ; and when his officials will next meet representatives of the Welsh Language Board to discuss the board's suggested legislation.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : We have had one formal meeting with the chairman of the Welsh Language Board and his board. We have discussed issues relating to the board with the chairman on numerous occasions. Welsh Office officials meet representatives of the board as and when the need arises.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to expand the definition of pharmaceutical services in order to use the expertise of pharmacists in matters like health education, supervision of dispensing in residential homes, preventive work, and services to people in sheltered accommodation in Wales.
The majority of the measures proposed in the White Paper have now been implemented. For example, new allowances have been introduced for pharmacists who participate in schemes to provide advice to residential homes, and also for those who maintain records of medicines supplied to certain patients on long-term medication. Funds have also been made available to support the enhancement of the health educational role of the community pharmacist.
responsibilities currently undertaken by the rural dispensing committee.
Column 611proposed that family practitioner committees will take all decisions of first instance in relation to dispensing. We shall be consulting the professions about the detailed arrangements for dealing with appeals as soon as possible.
Mr. Grist : Pharmacies' income can be derived from a variety of sources in addition to the dispensing of NHS prescriptions. The only information held centrally refers to NHS payments. In 1988-89 pharmacies in Wales received £143 million for providing pharmaceutical services.
No separate statistics are collected centrally in respect of rural pharmacies.
Mr. Peter Walker : Attachment of earnings is one of the remedies which is available to a charging authority that has obtained a liability order from a magistrates court in respect of a individual who has failed to pay the community charge. The attachment order served on employers will contain all the information necessary for the correct deduction to be made.
Community charge practice note No. 15, "Enforcement of the Community Charge", sets out a model form and explanatory notes which a local authority may use in correspondence with individual employers. Employers will be entitled to deduct £1 towards their administrative expenses each time an attachment is made.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has commissioned research concerning new policies to lessen the incidence of low pay in (a) Clwyd, (b) Gwynedd, (c) Powys, (d) Mid Glamorgan, (e) South Glamorgan, (f) West Glamorgan, (g) Dyfed and (h) Gwent.
Mr. Peter Walker : No. Economic expansion and new investment are increasing earnings in Wales. Between 1988 and 1989 the average weekly earnings for full-time adults in Wales increased by 9.9 per cent., which was a higher increase than in six of the other nine regions of Great Britain.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total number of students attending full-time courses at the Welsh college of agriculture, Aberystwyth, for each year since 1979.
Academic |Number of year |students ------------------------------ 1979-80 |229 1980-81 |262 1981-82 |288 1982-83 |281 1983-84 |282 1984-85 |272 1985-86 |276 1986-87 |271 1987-88 |225 1988-89 |181
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many beds there were available for use by patients at West Wales general hospital, Glangwili, Carmarthen, at the end of each calendar month from 31 March 1989 to 31 December 1989 ; and what are the projected figures for 31 January, 28 February and 31 March 1990.
Mr. Grist : Information on bed availability is collected on a quarterly basis and the information for the first three quarters of 1989 is shown in the following table. No projections of available bed numbers are made centrally.
West Wales General hospital Average daily available beds<1> Quarter ending |Number ------------------------------------------------ 31 March 1989 |509.4 30 June 1989 |510.8 30 September 1989 |500.4 <1>Includes mental illness and mental handicap beds.
Mr. Grist : A booklet explaining the fund-holding initiative was issued to all Welsh GPs on 5 January. Included with the booklet was a form enabling practices to express interest in becoming fundholders. It is far too early to put a realistic figure on the level of potential interest from the inquiries that have come in since 5 January.
|1988 |1989 ------------------------------------ Public sector BEd Primary |580 |709 BEd Secondary |69 |66 PGCE Primary |167 |161 PGCE Secondary |97 |89 |---- |---- Total |913 |1,025 University sector PGCE Primary |136 |206 PGCE Secondary |425 |447 |---- |---- Total |561 |653
Recruitment to courses in the public sector increased by 12 per cent. and to courses in the University of Wales by 16 per cent.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many self- employed persons have been taken into account in recalculating the unemployment percentages for each of the employment offices in Wales ; and what was the source of these figures of self-employment and the date to which they refer.
Mr. Nicholls : I have been asked to reply as the methodology used to calculate unemployment rates in the United Kingdom is the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State.
The smallest areas for which unemployment rates are calculated are travel- to-work areas. Local rates calculated as a percentage of the total work force were introduced for these areas and for counties in October 1989. These calculations incorporate local allowances for the self-employed based upon census of population and labour force survey results. The latest estimates relate to June 1988 and will be updated in the light of forthcoming information. These local self-employment estimates are sufficiently reliable to be used only as a small component of the work force denominator. Estimates of the total work force for these areas are available in the Library.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of accidents, serious injuries and deaths, involving heavy lorries on the sections of the (a) A1(M) and (b) A1 that runs through South, West and North Yorkshire during the last five years, giving the location of such accidents ; and if he will show in his answer (i) the approximate time of the accident and (ii) what type of cargo the vehicle was carrying or equipped for.
Mr. Atkins : Not all the requested information is available. Details of cargo are not held on the road accident report form. The table below gives the number of accidents by time of day, and the number of casualties by severity :