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Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer, Official Report, 22 January, column 547, on what date since 1 November 1989 his meeting with the Lord President of the Court of Session took place ; and whether, within the range of matters discussed was the question of an impending vacancy at the Court of Session.
Column 140column 548. if he will list the dates in November and December 1989, and January 1990 when he met judges of the Court of Session ; and if he will name the judges he met.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 22 January, Official Report, column 548, if he will list the dates in November and December 1989, and January 1990, when the Lord Advocate met judges of the Court of Session ; and if he will name the judges.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan, 22 January, Official Report, column 548, if he will place in the Library the information made available to the Lord President of the Court of Session by officials of the Lord Advocate since 1 January.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is in a position to estimate the number of orders for new passenger ferry vessels for Caledonian MacBrayne which are likely to be placed with United Kingdom shipyards over the next five years.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 29 January 1990] : Caledonian MacBrayne estimates that it will replace up to four major passenger ferry vessels and four minor passenger ferry vessels over the next five years.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the current passenger ferry fleet owned by Caledonian MacBrayne in terms of type, gross registered tonnage and age.
|GRT (gross|Age |registered|(years) |tonnage) ------------------------------------------------------- Major vehicle ferries MV Iona |1,324 |20 MV Jupiter |849 |16 MV Pioneer |1,071 |16 MV Suilven |1,908 |16 MV Juno |854 |16 MV Saturn |851 |12 MV Claymore |1,631 |12 MV Isle of Arran |3,296 |6 MV Hebridean Isles |3,040 |5 MV Isle of Mull |4,719 |2 MV Lord of the Isles |3,504 |1 Small vehicle ferries MV Kyleakin |225 |20 MV Lochalsh |225 |19 MV Kilbrannan |64 |18 MV Morvern |64 |17 MV Bruernish |69 |17 MV Rhum |69 |17 MV Coll |69 |16 MV Eigg |69 |15 MV Canna |69 |15 MV Raasay |69 |14 MV Isle of Cumbrae |201 |13 MV Loch Striven |206 |4 MV Loch Linnhe |206 |4 MV Loch Riddon |206 |4 MV Loch Ranza |206 |3 Passenger ships MV Keppel |214 |30 MV Lochmor |189 |11
Mr. Lang [holding answer 29 January 1990] : Details of reported catches of Scottish salmon and sea trout by salmon fishery statistical district and by method of catch (rod-and-line, net and coble, and fixed engine) are given for the years 1982-88 in annual statistical bulletins and for previous years in "Scottish salmon catch statistics 1952- 1981". Copies of these publications by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland are available in the Library.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 29 January 1990] : Information on the size of the salmon stocks on each river in Scotland is not available. An electronic fish counter has been operated on the river North Esk by the freshwater fisheries laboratory of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland for some years. The numbers of adult salmon passing upstream past that counter are as follows :
|Numbers |of adult Year |salmon --------------------------- 1985 |9,912 1986 |6,987 1987 |7,132 1988 |11,243
DAFS scientists are also making a widespread survey of juvenile stocks of salmon in Scottish rivers.
Column 142Stewart) on 25 July ( Official Report, column 649 ). The revision of the neighbour notification procedure is being undertaken by the Scottish Development Department as part of a wider review of the general development order and a consultation paper on the revised provisions of the general development order will be issued in due course.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in consequence of entries for domestic property on the valuation roll no longer being updated, he will accept notification on the occupant for the purpose of neighbour notification in planning applications.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by name all the private educational establishments in Scotland stating the amount of public assistance, financial or otherwise, which each receives.
Mr. Lang : A list of registered independent schools in Scotland has been placed in the Library. Details of private educational establishments in receipt of public funding in respect of their educational activities are set out in the table :
Establishment |Amount of |public funding<4> |in 1988-89 |£ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corseford School, Renfrew<1> |549,246 Craigerne School, Peebles<1> |266,128 Donaldsons School for the Deaf, Edinburgh<1> |381,173 East Park School, Glasgow<1> |868,105 Harmeny School, Balerno<1> |269,184 Jordanhill School, Glasgow<1> |1,624,500 Queen Victoria School, Dunblane<2> |3,388,000 Royal Blind School, Edinburgh<1> |780,630 Scoraig Secondary School, Ross-shire<3> |8,000 Stanmore School, Lanark<1> |689,921 Thorntoun Manor, Kilmarnock<1> |300,741 Newbattle Abbey College<5> |322,271 <1> Grant-aided schools in receipt of central Government funding. <2> Maintained by the Ministry of Defence. <3> In receipt of funding from Highland Regional Council. <4> Includes funding in respect of capital and recurrent expenditure. <5> Government funding was withdrawn on 30 September 1989; with the exception of grant for redundancy and premature retirement compensation.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage increases are required to adjust the levels of grant and loan available under the crofters building grants and loan scheme in line with inflation.
Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate the basis on which deprived area supplements to basic practice allowance for Scottish general medical practitioners will be paid when the new contract comes into force on 1 April.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : These payments will be made on the basis of an index devised by Professor Brian Jarman. Professor Jarman has recently revised his index to take account of the most up-to-date Scottish information available. The payments will be made at three levels : the lowest for index scores of 30-39, the next for 40-49 and the highest for scores of over 50. A total of 11.4 per cent. of the Scottish population live in postcode sectors with index scores of over 30. I am setting up a committee drawn from various interests to monitor the implementation of these payments.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money was paid to the Crown Estate Commissioners by marine fish farmers in each of the past five years ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 25 January 1990] : I understand from the Crown Estate Commission that in the last five financial years the Crown Estate has received the following gross rental income from marine fish farming :
|£ --------------------------- 1984-85 |<1>7,000 1985-86 |<1>8,200 1986-87 |<1>8,800 1987-88 |340,000 1988-89 |485,000 <1> Approximate.
The commission explains that the figures represent gross income and that no account has been taken of management costs and reinvestment in research and training, which the commission states will amount to £450,000 in the current year.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the prison population in each of the past 10 years ; what are his estimates for the prison population for the next five years ; and if he will make a statement.
Population in Scottish penal establishments 1980 to 1989 |Number ---------------------- 1980 |4,860 1981 |4,518 1982 |4,891 1983 |5,052 1984 |4,753 1985 |5,273 1986 |5,588 1987 |5,446 1988 |5,229 1989<1> |4,985 <1> Provisional.
My latest projection is for an average population of 5,100 prisoners in each of the next five years. This projection, which was prepared some months ago for planning purposes, takes account of demographic trends.
I welcome the fact that, since the peak in 1986, the average prison population has fallen steadily, to the point where we are now projecting that the number of places in Scottish prisons will be adequate to meet needs for the foreseeable future. Such an improvement can only contribute to better conditions for prisoners and staff alike.
Mr. Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy on the closure of hospitals or wards ; and if he has received any notification of the possibility of such closures by Lothian health board.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 26 January 1990] : My right hon. and learned Friend will consider any hospital closure or withdrawal of a specialty within a hospital on its own merits and after the relevant health board has consulted all local bodies with a valid interest. I am not aware of any such public consultations being undertaken by Lothian health board at present.
I am, however, aware of speculation in the media about hospital closures in Lothian and the board has stated that it has no plans for "crisis closures".
Mr. Maclean : The Government plan to introduce orders on the welfare of farm livestock and horses at markets and an amendment of the transport legislation in respect of unfit animals. We are also planning new regulations on the protection of livestock on farms and at the point of slaughter. Proposed Community controls will also require implementing legislation in due course.
Mr. Maclean : This enables groups of sheep which have been out of the restricted area for a minimum period of time to be identified, subject to appropriate checks, as candidates for block release. The "mark and release" arrangements for sheep leaving the post-Chernobyl restricted areas are described in full in my Department's evidence to the Agriculture Committee's inquiry, "Chernobyl : The Government's Response", a copy of which is in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gummer : Research into the genetic predisposition of sheep to scrapie is being undertaken by the AFRC at the neuropathogenesis unit. The scrapie resistant flock at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Redesdale experimental husbandry farm is being used in this work.
Mr. Robertson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who will represent the Ministry at the EC Council of Ministers meetings ; and what will be on the agenda on (a) Agriculture : 22 and 23 January, 12 and 13 February, 4 to 6 March, 26 and 27 March, 23 and 24 April, 21 and 22 May, 11 and 12 June, 18 and 19 June, and (b) Fisheries : 18 January and 27 June.
Mr. Curry : The Council of Ministers' meeting on 18 January was cancelled. For the meeting on 22 and 23 January I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for South Hams (Mr. Steen) on 24 January, Official Report , column 768 . Agendas for future Councils will be decided nearer the time, as will the question of representation. However, I expect the Councils of 12 and 13 February, 5 and 6 March, and 26 and 27 March to concentrate on the Commission's proposals for 1990 farm prices and that my right hon. Friend the Minister, and I will represent the United Kingdom at these meetings.
Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will invite the EEC Commission, at the next meeting of the Agricultural Council, to produce measures on animal welfare with particular regard to the banning of bull fights ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the proposals by the European Economic Community Commission on the transportation of animals within the EEC ; and if they will permit the United Kingdom to maintain its restrictions on the export of live ponies and horses.
Mr. Maclean : The Government intend to negotiate the highest possible welfare standards during forthcoming discussions in Brussels. We shall press strongly to retain controls designed to prevent horses and ponies being exported for slaughter ; the Commission's proposals do not provide for our existing restrictions to continue.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a further statement on the implications for contamination from the practice of splitting bovine cranium with band-saws for the purpose of brain removal.
Sir Trevor Skeet : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has of the proportion, by value, of United Kingdom agricultural products which are covered by the common agriculture policy regime.
Mr. Curry : The European Commission estimates that 90 per cent. of final agricultural production in the United Kingdom in 1987 was subject to market regimes under the common agricultural policy. Source : The Agricultural Situation in the Community 1988 Report EC Commission.
Mr. Gummer : Intervention butter was available to non-profit-making organisations, including the National Health Service, at subsidised prices until July 1988 when the relevant Community regulation was suspended. The NHS continues, however, to make use of supplies of subsidised butter from the open market under EC rules which allow for a subsidy of £1,065/tonne (compared to the current market price of around £2,000/tonne).
Column 147secondary level only. Individual local education authorities and primary schools are free to provide foreign language teaching to their pupils outside the national curriculum, if they have the necessary staffing and other resources to do so.
Mr. Jackson : I believe that the hon. Members are referring to the executive committee of the Standing Conference of Scottish Universities. My right hon. Friend has seen a number of Scottish Vice-Chancellors and he plans to visit some Scottish universities in May.
Mr. Alan Howarth : My right hon. Friend has received a number of letters and requests for meetings from hon. Members, LEAs and others about the annual capital guidelines which he announced on 20 December.
16. Mr. Mans : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many Open university students have graduated since the university was founded ; and what proportion of British university graduates are now produced by the Open university each year.
Column 148admitted its first students in 1971. In 1988 it produced 9.9 per cent. of United Kingdom university graduates, and 5.3 per cent. of all United Kingdom graduates.
17. Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of parent representation on the boards of governors of schools in the maintained sector.
Mrs. Rumbold : A survey last year showed that new governing bodies, with a much larger number of parents, are already getting to grips with important educational issues. The most effective governing bodies are those where all members work as a team, in which parents have an important part to play.
Mrs. Rumbold : Eighty-four authorities have either received formal approval for their schemes or are being consulted on modifications prior to approval. We have indicated to five authorities that their schemes cannot be approved in their present form and that formal implementation will therefore be deferred until April 1991.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The Department collects data on vacant posts from local education authorities each January. I hope that local authorities will submit their returns for January 1990 quickly. We shall publish the results as soon as they are available. Data for 1989 were shown in the reply my right hon. Friend gave on 21 December 1989 to the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) at columns 353-55.
Column 14948. Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects the review of disabled students allowance to be completed.
Mrs. Rumbold : My right hon. Friend on 8 January received a letter from the Association of London Authorities on the subject of teacher recruitment and retention in inner London. He will reply shortly. My right hon. Friend is well aware of the difficulties relating to teacher supply in some parts of London. He recently announced grant of £4 million over two years to assist local authorities with teacher recruitment schemes. A substantial amount of this will go to the inner London authorities. Discussion of further measures is taking place at official level.