Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the closure dates of Danygraid mine, Nant Medlyn mine, Darren mine (West Glamorgan), Hall of Auchinross mine (Ayrshire), Wrytree Drift mine and Robin Rock mine (Northumberland).
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Prime Minister what is the Government's policy on individual privacy and on individual choice as to who, or who may not, hold, use or disclose information that relates to that individual ; and whether she will establish a Cabinet Committee to review legislation across the whole range of Government on these issues.
The Prime Minister : The Data Protection Act 1984, introduced by this Government, has greatly extended the safeguards relating to personal information held on computer ; and privacy in the context of press activities is currently being examined by a committee under the chairmanship of Mr. David Calcutt QC. There are also sanctions against disclosure or misuse of information in particular circumstances, such as breach of confidence.
The Government subscribe to the conclusion of the Younger committee (1972) that a general right of privacy would be very difficult to define in law, given in particular the variety of situations to which it would have to apply and the inherent conflict with other principles such as freedom of expression. It keeps the issues under continual review, and believes that problems which arise are best considered in the context of particular aspects of people's lives.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations she has had in regard to reconsideration by the Government for the repatriation to Poland of the remains of General Sikorski ; and what reply she is sending.
The Prime Minister : We periodically receive representations both for and against transfer of General Sikorski's remains to Poland. I told General Jaruzelski last June that we had reconsidered this question but felt the time was not yet right. We will continue to review our policy in the light of developments in Poland.
The Prime Minister : The Mexican Government are well aware of our concern for rain forest conservation. Last year the Government, at Mexican request, financed a forestry expert to advise on reforestation in the state of Quintana Roo.
The Prime Minister [holding answer 29 January 1990] : The reply was assembled from material provided by a wide range of Departments. The total cost of time of those who contributed, including secretarial staff, measured by salary, overheads and other costs, including printing, is estimated at £2,620.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : In 1988--the latest year for which figures are available--7,194 police officers in England and Wales were qualified to carry firearms. Firearms were issued to police officers in 2,227 operations against criminals known or believed to be armed.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the reason for the keeping of gallows at Wandsworth prison ; when these gallows were last used ; how old are they ; how often they are examined and tested and how this is done ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. John Patten : Gallows are kept at Her Majesty's prison, Wandsworth, for use if required. These particular gallows were last used on 8 September 1961. No record has been kept of when they were constructed. They are examined and tested every six months. The testing is undertaken by checking the equipment to see that it is functioning correctly.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the ratio of secondary immigration to primary immigration since 1960 ; what studies have been undertaken to assess the likely levels of secondary immigration in different circumstances and with what results ; and what estimates he has made of the likely level of secondary immigration per 100,000 primary immigration from different sources.
Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the offences for which a person can be sentenced to death by courts in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list any research reports or policy analyses received from outside management consultants after January 1985, but commissioned by his Department before that date, and the date of completion and cost of each contract.
Mr. Waddington : Information is not readily available before 1984. The Home Office awarded one contract in 1984 concerning research and policy analyses to Price Waterhouse for a review of marketing and sales effectiveness in the prison service industries and farms. The contract was completed in August 1985 at a cost of £16,100 (exclusive of VAT).
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the contracts his Department has given to outside management consultants in policy areas concerning his Department since January 1985, and the date of completion and cost of each contract.
Consultant and contract |<1>Cost |Completion |date ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 Capita Ltd. Assist with organisational review of the probation service |65,750 |January 1989 National Economic Research Associates Copyright protection for sound recordings |<2>14,000 |December Price Waterhouse Privatisation of IBA transmission system |84,000 |December J. K. Clayton Review of voluntary scientific effort in civil defence |9,122 |October Captain Hannant Standard system for control of police aviation |125,000 |October BIS Applied Systems Magistrates courts contingency planning |21,586 |September PE Inbucon Issue of TV licences and saving stamps by Post Office |<2>16,000 |August Coopers and Lybrand Review of passport issuing and management information systems |51,677 |August Lloyd's Merchant Bank Privatisation of the tote |79,200 |April Price Waterhouse Options for privatising the IBA's transmission network |<2>62,000 |April County Nat West Future of science and technology group |30,000 |February Broadcasting and Research Unit Radio broadcasting and listening |74,000 |January 1988 Peat Marwick McLintock Advice on the future of the laundry industry within PSIF |46,664 |August Deloitte Haskins and Sells Examination of clerical support within PSIF Farms and Gardens |25,625 |May 1987 Ernst and Whinney Review of charging arrangements |76,000 |September KMG Thomson McLintock Main strategy on office automation |35,000 |July Arthur Young Management Consultants Information technology strategy for accounting and financial management systems |72,231 |June Touche Ross Study on scientific support for the police service in England and Wales |109,000 |June CSP International Ltd. (Booz, Allen and Hamilton Subscription television |128,000 |May Christian Brann Direct TV licence evasion |171,000 |March Coopers and Lybrand The future provision of staff training- Magistrates' courts service |52,000 |January 1986 Lawson Somerset Ltd. Easy payment methods for TV licence fee |61,000 |September Deloitte, Haskins and Sells Development of a financial management information system for the probation service |35,000 |June Touche Ross Study of organisation in the directorate of telecommunications |38,000 |March <1> Exclusive of VAT. <2> Figures represent only Home Office proportion of full cost.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Gwent as to the whereabouts of the shotgun, the property of a Mr. G. W. Phillips, taken into the possession of the police by PC 853 Fairie of the Gwent constabulary on or before 10 November 1989.
Column 203Mr. Peter Lloyd : I understand from the chief constable that the shotgun is being held at Newport police headquarters pending the outcome of further discussions with the owner.
Mr. Couchman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are being made to finance the cost of Sir John May's inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the convictions arising out of the bomb attacks in Guildford and Woolwich in 1974.
Mr. Waddington : Parliamentary approval to expenditure on this inquiry will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the Home Office Vote for administration etc. (class XI, vote 3). Pending that approval, expenditure estimated at £222,000 will be met by a repayable advance from the Contingencies Fund.
Mr. Waddington : We have decided that those parts of IND which are at present located in Lunar house, Croydon, should for the most part remain there. This decision has been taken in the light of a report by consultants on the feasibility and desirability of the relocation of IND and further work on costings and benefits. That further work has revealed that most of the financial and other benefits of relocation were taken when IND moved to Croydon in the first place. We have however decided that the nationality work of the Department can with advantage be brought together in the existing Liverpool nationality office which would otherwise not be needed beyond April 1991. In reaching this decision we have taken account of the likely reduction in the future volume of nationality work. We should complete the process of transferring the nationality work to Liverpool during 1991.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether creche facilities are provided for working mothers employed in his Department ; in what locations ; and if they have to make a contribution to this service.
|Heroin |Cocaine |Cannabis |Amphetamine|Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1987 |193 |174 |4,609 |62 |306 1988 |279 |221 |4,934 |74 |177 <1>1989 |432 |402 |6,788 |110 |294 <1> All 1989 figures are provisional.
The total numbers of drugs seizures made by Customs officers in 1985 and 1986 were 3,910 and 5,534 respectively, but a breakdown by drug category for these figures is not available.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has hitherto put forward for the United Kingdom's contribution to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ; and what proportion of the United Kingdom's contribution he intends should come (a) from the existing budget for overseas aid and development and (b) from new allocations of resources.
Mr. Ryder : The details of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are still being discussed. The United Kingdom will be a generous and enthusiastic contributor. How the contribution is met will be decided in future public expenditure surveys.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his best estimates of the effects on the retail prices index in 1990-91 of (a) the introduction of the community charge and (b) the combined impact of non-domestic property revaluation and the introduction of the uniform business rate.
Mr. Ryder [holding answer 30 January 1990] : The Autumn Statement forecast is for RPI annual inflation to fall to 5 per cent. by the fourth quarter of 1990. It is not the practice to provide more detail than published in table 2.7 of the Autumn Statement.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the use of United Kingdom number plates on cars owned by British personnel serving in West Germany represents the best available security arrangement ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of the large phased-array radar system being installed at Fylingdales RAF station ; when installation work started ; what is the total cost of the installation ; whether the United States of America is making any financial contribution to this installation ;
Column 205whether the phased-array radar is to become part of a battle management system linked to the SDI programme ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answers my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Mr. Neubert) gave the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett) on 20 June 1989 at column 71. Installation work for the modernised facility started in August 1989, and at present exchange rates is expected to cost in the order of £160 million, of which the United States will pay in the order of 70 per cent. for the radar, and the United Kingdom approximately 30 per cent. for the supporting infrastructure. The modernised radar will provide an improved early warning system. It will not form part of a battle management system linked to the SDI programme.
Mr. Devlin : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will outline the procedures for the sale and disposal of surplus chemical type waste of the kind found stored on the Cleveland industrial estate, Darlington on Saturday 20 January.
Mr. Alan Clark : The material referred to comprised paints, pre- treatment solvents and adhesives. These had been purchased by a general trader from auctions held by the Ministry of Defence, which is the method by which low-value materials of this sort are disposed of. Hazardous and dangerous materials are dealt with under special disposal contracts placed by the Ministry.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list by location where creche facilities are provided for working mothers employed in his Department ; and if they have to make any payment for this service.
Mr. Neubert : We are planning to open nurseries for the children of MOD civil servants in central London and at the Royal Aerospace Establishment Farnborough. We are also considering what might be done at other locations. The level of charges to parents has yet to be determined.
Mr. Tom King : I am pleased to announce that for the fourth year running there has been, in real terms, a reduction in the estimated cost of the Trident programme. The revised estimate now stands at £9, 380 million, based on the exchange rate used for the long-term costing of the defence programme, which this year is taken to be £1 = $1.62.
Although this estimate represents a cash increase of £291 million compared with the estimate announced in 1989, after allowing for the effects of inflation and exchange rate variations, there has been a real reduction of £432 million compared with that estimate, and a real reduction of £1,631 million over the original 1982 estimate. This is additional to the savings resulting from the decision to have United Kingdom missiles processed in the United States facility at Kings bay, Georgia.
Column 206The proportion of the programme to be undertaken in the United Kingdom has risen to its highest level so far--69 per cent. The Select Committee on Defence previously asked that when announcing the annual revised estimate, I should report on the state of the project as a whole. I am pleased to say that the Trident project remains on programme to enter service in the mid-1990s. There has been no slippage in the in-service date since the decision to purchase Trident II was announced in March 1982. I am, as in the past, sending to the Chairmen of the Select Committee on Defence and the Public Accounts Committee a more detailed report covering the points on which the Select Committee on Defence sought advice. I am also placing a copy of this report in the Library of the House.
Mr. Stanbrook : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service if he will give the precise date or dates of the last reconstruction competition or competitions held for administrative and professional officers for the Home Civil Service, and the dates of the last appointments resulting from these competitions.
Mr. Luce : I regret that the information requested is not available and cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost. The 88th annual report of the Civil Service Commissioners mentioned that "one or two" reconstruction" competitions for technical grades were in progress due in 1953-54, but I am advised that the Civil Service Commission has no information subsequently.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will list by location where creche facilities are provided for working mothers employed in his Department ; and if they have to make any payment for this service.
Mr. Luce My Department does not yet provide facilities for the use of its staff, but they have access to a local holiday play scheme financed by parental and departmental contributions.
Column 20751. Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was National Health Service expenditure in Scotland for 1979 and 1990 ; and what increase or decrease this represents over and above inflation.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Gross expenditure on the Health Service in Scotland was £1,064 million in 1979-80, and is planned to rise to £3, 041 million in 1990-91. This represents an increase of about 35 per cent. in real terms.
Mr. Lang : The senior management of many important companies in Scotland have repeatedly expressed their concern about the adverse effects which any form of devolution would have on the Scottish economy.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend and I discussed various topics relating to rail transport when we met the general manager of ScotRail in the company of the chairman of British Rail, Sir Robert Reid, on 31 October 1989.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend and I have met the general manager of ScotRail from time to time and we expect to continue this practice with Mr. Bleasdale, the new director. Discussions at such meetings normally cover a wide range of topics.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Forestry Commission currently offers the following planting grants, payable in instalments over 10 years, for both new planting and restocking, including natural regeneration, under its woodland grant scheme.
Rate of Grant (£ per hectare) Area |Conifers |Broadleaves (hectares) |(including |Native |Pinewoods) ------------------------------------------------ 0.25-0.9 |1,005 |1,575 1.0-2.9 |880 |1,375 3.0-9.9 |795 |1,175 10 and over |615 |975
A better land supplement of £200 per hectare is payable where planting under the woodland grant scheme takes place on arable land or improved grassland (as defined for the farm woodland scheme). In addition, the following grants are offered by the Forestry Commission under its woodland grant scheme for new planting in association with the farm woodland scheme.
Rate of Grant (£ per hectare) Area |Conifers |Broadleaves (hectares) ------------------------------------------------ 1.0-2.9 |505 |1,375 3.0-9.9 |420 |1,175 10 and over |240 |975
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The better land supplement is not available for planting under the farm woodland scheme through which annual payments are made by the agriculture Departments.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Grants for planting trees on farms are available under the Forestry Commission's woodland grant scheme, including grants for planting done in association with the farm woodland scheme. Full details of both schemes are given in the explanatory booklets which are in the Library.
24. Dr. Bray : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a grant to employees on the same terms as to management to assist in the preparation of an employee bid for the Kelvin Central bus company.