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Column 466Telecommunications-- 25 April 1990 Directive on terminal equipment Resolution on video-communications
Directive on Radio-paging
(Possible) Digital European Cordless Telecommunications Postal matters
HDTV--agreed position for CCIR
P.M. Reports from the Commission to be noted :
Second Report on ISDN
Report on Broadband Integrated Telecommunicationsin Europe.
Mr. Luce : My aim is for the arts to be accessible to everyone. In December 1988 I gave £150,000 to the Carnegie Trust's Adapt Fund for the improvement of facilities for disabled people in arts venues. I acknowledge the important role which my hon. Friend is playing as chairman of this fund.
Both the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Arts Council employ a disability officer. The Arts Council recently published an arts and disability action plan to produce practical measures to increase disabled people's involvement in the arts, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Luce : Work continues to progress well in preparing activities for agency status and in identifying further candidates. The Treasury minute (Cm. 964), replying to the PAC's 38th report and published on 31 January, confirmed the Government's view that the pace at which Departments launch agencies would speed up, with a total of at least 20 agencies launched by the summer, and with more to come.
Mr. Luce : Civil servants are trained in the full range of management skills they need to exercise in their work, including the management of people, finance and other resources. In 1988-89, some 82,600 civil servants undertook management training. Of this, 81 per cent. was provided directly by Departments, 7 per cent. was undertaken at the Civil Service college, and the remainder was provided externally.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what rules govern the acceptance by any senior civil servant of a post outside the Civil Service (a) during and (b) subsequent to his Civil Service career.
Mr. Luce [holding answer 2 February 1990] : The rules governing acceptance by senior civil servants of outside appointments during and after their Civil Service careers are set out in chapters 5 and 11, respectively, of the personnel management handbook, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, further to his letter of 11 January to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby replying further to his holding answer of 19 December, Official Report, 20 December, column 235, whether he will publish in the Official Report a table providing the same information for 1972-79 together with his best estimate of the numbers employed in 1979 in (i) each of the specified categories, (ii) manufacturing in the public sector and (iii) the private sector other than manufacturing ; and if he will add an estimate of the increase in average earnings each year of manuals and non-manuals in the private sector less manufacturing based on the weighted average employment figures in the respective sectors.
Mr. Nicholls : Estimates of the increases in earnings for each year are provided in the table. Estimates of the numbers in employment for the categories requested are not available except for non-manual male employees in manufacturing, of which there were 1,377,000 employees in October 1979. The calculation requested in the final part of the question would not be meaningful for the reasons stated in my letter to the hon. Member.
Percentage increase in weekly and hourly earnings of full-time adult male employees<1> <1> Average gross weekly and hourly earnings, not affected by absence, for those aged 21 and over. <2> Not available.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if the Government will publish guidelines showing increases in productivity to assist employers faced with pay claims to discount settlements in other industries which take into account increases in productivity ; and if he will publish a table showing the percentage increase in median earnings of (a) full-time adult male manual workers in the motor vehicle industry and (b) the whole economy less manufacturing since 1972 and 1979, together with increases in output per head.
Mr. Nicholls : Productivity is clearly a vital influence on costs and competitiveness but it is for employers to regulate their own internal affairs. Only they can judge the level of pay settlements appropriate to all the relevant circumstances ; and it is they who must bear the consequences of their decisions for competitiveness, investment and jobs.
Column 468The increase to April 1989 in the median level of gross weekly earnings of full-time adult manual male employees in the manufacture of motor vehicles and parts (SIC 35) was 511 per cent. from April 1972 and 148 per cent. from April 1979. Information on the median level of earnings for all full-time adult employees in the whole economy less manufacturing is not available.
The increase in output per head for SIC 35 between the second quarter of 1979 and the third quarter of 1989 was 49 per cent. Data on output per head for SIC 35 prior to 1978 are not available. The increase in output per head for the whole economy less manufacturing between 1972 and the third quarter of 1989 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. The increase between the second quarter of 1979 and the third quarter of 1989 was 12 per cent.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many factory inspectors were appointed in the past 10 years with the minimum qualifications of (a) higher national diploma, (b) polytechnic degree and (c) university degree.
b) polytechnic degree--89
c) university degree--185
Mr. Nicholls : The gross budget for 1989-90 allocated to the factories and agriculture inspectorate division was £37.6 million. The Health and Safety Commission's planned use of resources in 1989-90 was described in its "Plan of Work for 1989-90 and beyond", published on 3 May 1989.
Mr. Nicholls : The standards expected of the local education authority-delivered careers service in England are set out in the "Guidance for Local Education Authorities in England and Wales" issued jointly in 1988 by my predecessor and the Secretary of State for Wales. Annual objectives and numerical targets are a condition for receipt of direct grant under the careers service strengthening scheme.
The careers service inspectorate monitors annual performance against objectives and targets and carries out a full inspection of each service at about five-yearly intervals. Reports from the inspectorate provide the information on which I judge the effectiveness of individual services.
My right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Sir N. Fowler) announced last year that reports on
Column 470inspections started after September 1989 will be published. Copies of previous reports, including a recent report on the excellent service in Bolton, are available in the Library.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many jobs have been lost in (a) the footwear industry and (b) the textile industry since October 1989, by month ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholls : There are no figures for job losses or job gains. Latest estimates of the number of employees in employment relate to November 1989. These show falls of 300 (0.6 per cent.) and 200 (0.1 per cent.) respectively for the footwear and textile industries since October 1989.
Mr. Nicholls : My Department will continue the action that it has taken over many months to encourage employers to make recruitment and retention policies attractive to women. It is doing this primarily through :
(1) alerting employers to the need to recruit women at all occupational levels to help make up for the decline in the numbers of young people. The Training Agency/NEDO report "Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb" has been widely publicised.
(2) encouraging employers to consider introducing--career breaks--part-time work at all levels--flexible working hours--childcare.
(3) its example as an employer
(4) helping women get appropriate training thus enhancing their value to employers.
(5) supporting and publishing research into the female labour market, for example, on employers' recruitment and retention strategies.
Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if his Department has any figures for the number of people employed in the United Kingdom on environmental protection and environmental improvement activities for each of the past five years.
Mr. Nicholls : The information requested is not available, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many men were in employment in each standard planning region in the United Kingdom ; and how many women were in full and part-time employment in June 1979 at the latest date for which information is available.
Mr. Nicholls : Table 1 shows the male civilian work force in employment for each region in September 1989. Table 2 shows the total female civilian work force in employment in June 1979 and September 1989.
Table 1 Civilian Workforce in Employment Males, Unadjusted, Thousands
Table 2 Civilian workforce in Great Britain Females, seasonally adjusted Thousands June 1979 |5,801 |3,982 |9,783 September 1989 |6,343 |4,908 |11,251 Change |542 |926 |1,468 Percentage change |9.3 per cent. |23.3 per cent. |15.0 per cent.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what contribution his Department makes to the administration costs of settling redundancy claims, holiday pay, pension schemes, etc., when his Department pays the redundancy liabilities of the workers of a liquidated company ; and how these costs rate against the claims of unsecured trade creditors in settling the liquidation.
Mr. Nicholls : My Department makes various statutory redundancy and insolvency payments to employees through the employer's representative, usually the receiver or liquidator dealing with the insolvency, who acts as the Department's agent. The Department pays a fee for this work. The general administration costs of the insolvency are recovered by the employer's representative from the proceeds of the insolvency in priority to claims by creditors. Statutory claims by employees are settled as soon as the employer's representative has processed them, normally within a few weeks of the closure of the company.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much time will be available for consultation with the professionals and others involved in the implementation of the recommendations of the "Working with Under Sevens and their Families" project.
Mr. Nicholls : The purpose of this project is to develop nationally recognised standards of competence and associated assessment systems as the basis for national awards for care staff working with the under-sevens and their families.
Mr. Nicholls : Government funding is available for all projects within the standards programme, to contribute to the cost of promoting the uptake of the standards and qualifications which emerge from them.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Billericay (Mrs. Gorman) on 18 January, Official Report, column 341, if he will estimate the net revenue forgone by the Exchequer in (a) 1988-89 and (b) 1989-90 as a result of the reductions in personal income tax for higher rate payers to 40 pence in the pound introduced in the Finance Act 1988, in the light of the Government's receipts since then.
Mr. Lilley : My reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Billericay on 18 January ( Official Report, column 341 ) referred to the estimate of the direct costs of abolishing the income tax rates above 40 per cent. given in the 1988 Financial Statement and Budget Report.
Mr. Ralph Howell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the percentage of total general Government taxes, and social security contributions derived from (a) direct taxation and (b) indirect taxation in each country of the EEC for each of the last 10 years.
Column 473Mr. Lilley : Taxes on income and capital gains, local authority rates and national insurance contributions can be allocated as follows :
|£ billion |£ billion Persons |30.8 |75.8 Companies |18.4 |46.3
It is not possible to distinguish taxes paid by public corporations from those paid by companies as a whole. Nor is it possible to allocate other taxes (for example, VAT) to persons or companies.
Mr. Ralph Howell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were (a) the rates of inflation and (b) the levels of interest rates in each country of the EEC, Japan, and the United States of America, for the most recent dates available.
estimates of home-owners' costs<1> |Short-term nominal interest rates<2> United Kingdom<3> |6.1 |15.1 United States of America |4.7 |8.3 Japan |2.9 |7.0 Germany |3.1 |8.1 France |3.6 |11.1 Italy |6.5 |6.2 Belgium |3.6 |8.8 Denmark |4.8 |12.0 Greece |14.0 |21.0 Ireland |4.2 |12.1 Luxembourg |3.8 |10.5 Netherlands |0.9 |8.8 Portugal |11.7 |12.5 Spain |7.0 |15.5 <1> Inflation figures are for November 1989, except for United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Belgium (December) and Ireland (Q4). <2> Interest rates refer to close 31 January, except Spain, Greece and Denmark (1 February), Ireland (January) and Portugal (October). <3> United Kingdom figure is for RPI excluding mortgage interest payments; figures for other countries exclude estimates of owner occupiers' housing costs as appropriate.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total publicity and advertising expenditure, including for privatisation, by all Government Departments and public bodies in (a) 1979 and (b) 1989.
Column 474banks in fixing provisioning levels against exposure to countries experiencing debt-servicing and repayment difficulties. Responsibility for formulating the matrix rests with the Bank of England.
Civil servants are free to choose whether or not they wish to join or remain a member of a trade union.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list in a separate tabulation for each of the last three years, including the estimate for 1989, the receipts and contributions to the EEC budget under each of the major headings value added tax, agricultural levies CE7, fourth resource, agricultural receipts, social fund receipts etc., setting out the net contribution/receipt, followed by the notional shape of the cost of central Community institutions allocated on a population basis leading to an amended net contribution/receipt as calculated by addition/subtraction of this notional value.
Mr. Ryder [holding answer 31 January 1990] : Full information about the net contributions or receipts of each of the member states is not available. It is, therefore, not possible to show the notional impact on net positions of allocating the cost of central Community institutions in line with population shares.
Mr. Wyn Roberts : Separate figures relating only to schools in rural areas are not held. The following table shows the net change in the number of primary and secondary schools other than maintained special schools in the areas requested.
|Dyfed |Powys |Clwyd |Gwynedd 1979-80 |+1 |- |-2 |-1 1980-81 |-2 |-2 |-1 |- 1981-82 |-6 |-4 |-3 |- 1982-83 |-5 |-3 |-2 |-1 1983-84 |-5 |- |-6 |- 1984-85 |-3 |-2 |-1 |-
Mr. Peter Walker : If local authorities budget in line with the settlement that I have announced for 1990-91, after allowing for community charge benefit and transitional relief, community charge payers should expect to contribute 14 per cent. of local authorities' expenditure for that year.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will give the average business rate to be paid by (i) commercial and (ii) industrial premises in each Welsh district in 1990-91 ;
(2) if he will set out the average rateable value for (a) commercial and (b) industrial premises in each Welsh district following revaluation together with the average figure for each category prior to revaluation and the percentage increase as a result of the 1989 revaluation.