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1. Miscellaneous amendments to the Collection and Enforcement (Local Lists) Regulations.
2. Miscellaneous amendments to the Collection and Enforcement (Central Lists) Regulations.
3. Amendments of the domestic/non-domestic boundary in respect of bed-and- breakfast accommodation.
4. Valuation of non-domestic property in former enterprise zones. 5. City of London minimum and maximum rating multipliers for 1991-92.
6. Amendments to regulations on valuation of caravan sites consequent on Caravans (Standard Community Charge and Rating) Bill. 7. Amendment of regulations on payment of interest to provide for cases where successive payments are made in respect of the same period.
8. Closedown of precept and rate rules under old rating system. 9. Further consequential amendments and repeals.
10. Regulations on definition of hereditament used for electricity generation.
1. Regulations to set rate of discount used in calculating the cost of credit arrangements.
2. Miscellaneous amendments to the capital finance regulations. 3. Regulations to apply the new system, with modifications, to the Lea Vally regional park authority.
4. Regulations to enable local authorities to issue sterling commercial paper and medium-term notes.
5. Regulations to apply to new system to parish and community councils.
6. Miscellaneous amendments to the list of approved investments. 7. Regulations to apply part VII of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to the City of London and the South Yorkshire and London pension authorities.
8. Consequential amendments and repeals.
Order subject to positive resolution to be laid by 31 March 1991. Rating
1. Technical amendments to Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) Order 1989 and Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) Order 1989.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for the Doncaster local authority area (a) the number of individuals who are liable to pay the personal community charge, (b) the number of people who are liable to pay the standard community charge and (c) the number of premises liable for the uniform business rate.
(a) By 31 December 1990, a total of 224,102 people were liable to make a payment in respect of a personal community charge. (
(b) There were 3,232 properties liable to a standard community charge on 1 June 1990, excluding those with a multiplier of zero. No information is available on the number of premises liable for the uniform business rate. There were 7,086 hereditaments on the authority's rating list on 31 December 1990.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the programme he intends to follow in providing additional finances to (a) local authorities, (b) housing associations and (c) voluntary
Column 192bodies, in each of the four district areas in south Yorkshire, in (i) the present financial year, (ii) the 1991-92 financial year and (iii) subsequent financial years in order to ensure adequate availability of appropriate housing to match the requirements of his Department's programme for the implementation of care in the community.
Mr. Yeo : We hope to make an announcement shortly about the regional distribution of the Housing Corporation's 1991-92 approved development programme. The distribution of resources within its regions is a matter for the corporation.
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield all receive allocations of urban programme resources before the start of each financial year for expenditure on projects targeting deprived inner-city areas and disadvantaged minorities in them. Mainstream housing provision is not an appropriate objective of the urban programme, although expenditure on support for housing workers in the voluntary sector and hostel bed spaces may be.
Any additional burden on services which are supported through revenue support grant will be reflected in future standard spending assessments. This support is unlikely to be hypothecated. Any additional demands for housing resulting from the implementation of care in the community will be taken into account in future public expenditure surveys and in the distribution of resources for housing capital expenditure to individual local authorities. No account has been taken for 1990-91 or 1991-92.
Sir Dudley Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what calculations underlay his assessment that Warwickshire county council would earn interest of £6.7 million, as set out in the standard spending assessment calculation for 1991.
Mr. Portillo : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key), to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) yesterday.
Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether persons refused severance allowances by the Property Services Agency in accordance with circular SWOP3/91 will still have the same conditions of service entitlement should they later be made redundant by the successor employer, a Government-owned company.
Mr. Yeo : The Government are committed to ensuring that any staff who are transferred out of the civil service either into a Government-owned company--GOCO--or into a privately owned company will enjoy as far as possible redundancy compensation provisions identical to those they have at present.
Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether persons refused severance payment by the Property Services Agency under the terms of circular SWOP3/91 will be given an explanation for such refusals.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list, for each of the last 10 years, in London (a) the number of local authority dwellings built, (b) the number sold, (c) the number built by housing associations, (d) the number of homeless persons and (e) his estimate of the number sleeping on the streets.
Mr. Yeo : The latest available information about the numbers of dwellings built by London boroughs and by housing associations in London can be found in tables 1.1 to 1.10 inclusive of "Housebuilding in England by Local Authority Areas 1980-1989", a copy of which is in the Library.
Tables of council house sales showing year-by-year sales for each local authority are regularly placed in the Library. A table showing sales to September 1990 will be placed in the Library shortly. Local authorities have a statutory duty to secure accommodation for households who have been found to be homeless, or threatened with homelessness, under part III of the Housing Act 1985. The numbers of households accepted and found accommodation are reported quarterly to the Department. Estimates for London for the years 1980-1989 are set out in the table.
Year |Number of |households |accepted and |found |accommodation ------------------------------------------ 1980 |17,480 1981 |18,470 1982 |21,110 1983 |24,050 1984 |25,180 1985 |27,390 1986 |29,740 1987 |29,710 1988 |29,320 1989 |33,160
Having consulted front-line voluntary organisations, my Department estimates that some 2,000 or 3,000 people sleep on the streets in London. A count of persons sleeping rough is to be carried out as part of the 1991 population census.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether a report has been sent to the Commission as required under article 16 of Council directive 78/659/EEC on the quality of fresh waters needing protection or improvement in order to support fish life.
Column 194with the duties and functions of local authorities in respect of private water supplies. This has been published jointly by my Department, the Scottish Office Environment Department and the Welsh Office. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The consultation paper proposes that regulations should specify the information that local authorities are able to obtain in respect of private supplies in their areas and should require local authorities to prepare and maintain a register of such supplies. Proposals are made about the different classes into which private supplies should be allocated, the parameters for which each class of supply should be monitored, and the frequencies at which local authorities should carry out sampling and analysis in order to determine whether supplies comply with the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 1989 and the parallel Scottish regulations. The paper puts forward proposals for maximum charges that local authorities would be able to make for carrying out sampling and analysis. It is intended that regulations should come into effect on 1 July 1991 and that local authorities should begin to monitor private supplies from 1 October 1991.
Sir Robert McCrindle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take to protect the pensions of local government employees who are called up for service as reservists during the present crisis.
Mr. Portillo : The Department has today gone out to consultation on amendments to the local government superannuation scheme designed to preserve full superannuation rights for any local government employee serving as a reservist. They would apply retrospectively with effect from 17 December 1990, the date of the order authorising the call-out of reserves.
If, in any case, an authority declines to make good any shortfall between service and civilian salary, the regulations will provide for the cost of both the employee's and the employer's contribution to be met by the authority. I understand, however, that authorities are in the main indicating their readiness to make good any shortfall in salary and I hope that all will conclude that they should do so.
Mr. Gould : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the level of Government grant to the British Waterways Board for each year since 1979 at current prices ; and what is the planned level of grant for future years.
Mr. Heseltine [holding answer 21 January 1991] : The table shows in current prices the Government's grant to the BWB in the years 1978 -79 to 1990-91, together with the board's external financing limit--EFL-- which covers grant and borrowing from the national loans fund, for the same period.
Grant EFL |Cash |1990-91 |Cash |1990-91 |prices |prices |£ million|£ million|£ million|£ million ------------------------------------------------------------ 1978-79 |23.0 |58.1 |26.0 |65.7 1979-80 |22.8 |49.4 |25.7 |55.7 1980-81 |25.6 |46.9 |30.0 |54.9 1981-82 |28.4 |47.4 |31.6 |52.7 1982-83 |37.6 |58.6 |39.3 |61.2 1983-84 |39.8 |59.3 |40.8 |60.8 1984-85 |41.8 |59.3 |42.8 |60.7 1985-86 |43.5 |58.5 |44.1 |59.3 1986-87 |43.9 |57.1 |44.8 |58.2 1987-88 |44.0 |54.2 |45.0 |55.5 1988-89 |45.9 |52.7 |44.9 |51.6 1989-90 |48.1 |52.0 |46.5 |50.2 1990-91 |49.3 |49.3 |49.4 |49.4
As a result of the latest public expenditure round, the BWB's EFL, which is expected to be the same as grant for 1991-92, will be £48.7 million, with guideline figures of £46.9 milllion and £45.3 milion for the following two years.
Mr. Yeo [holding answer 21 January 1991] : The review of the Minerals Act 1981, announced in "Our Common Inheritance", is already under way. The issues are complex and require careful consideration. The review is expected to take up to 18 months. Any proposals for change arising from the review will be the subject of full public consultation thereafter, in the normal way.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide a table showing the expenditure on each inner city task force and city action team in 1989-90, including both the cost of running the unit concerned and the funds disbursed by the unit and including separately the cost of central support to task forces and city action teams.
Mr. Key [holding answer 22 January 1991] : The task forces are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Responsibility for the Government's city action teams transferred to the Department of the Environment in December 1989. Task force and city action team expenditure in 1989-90 was as follows :
£'000 estimated £'000 Task forces ----------------------------------------------------------------------- East Birmingham |959 Handsworth |129 |312 Wolverhampton |1,270 Leeds |112 |1,212 Middlesbrough |78 |980 Coventry |71 |879 Doncaster |126 |1,619 Hartlepool |104 |941 Nottingham |62 |998 Leicester |982 Bradford |49 |130 Bristol |135 |921 Manchester |113 |997 North Kensington |133 |502 North Peckham |124 |766 Rochdale |153 Preston |488 Spitalfields |139 |859 Deptford |30 |48 Granby/Toxteth |65 |280 |--- |--- Total |1,723 |16,052 City action teams Cleveland Coordinating Team |69 |648 Liverpool |176 |1,121 London |158 |874 Manchester |100 |473 Birmingham |100 |570 Newcastle |190 |1,134 Nottingham/Leicester/ Derby |129 |719 Leeds/Bradford |109 |661 |--- |--- Total |1,031 |6,200
The combined cost of central support by both DoE and DTI to the city action teams and task forces in 1989-90 was approximately £716, 000. In addition, £1,685,000 was spent centrally on projects to support the work of the CATs and task forces, including research, consultancy and projects by national organisations which operated in most areas.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he intends to extend the life of his Department's REPLAN programme of education for the adult unemployed for at least a further year beyond October 1991.
Mr. Eggar : The REPLAN programme in England and Wales has been evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research, and I have today placed a copy of its report in the Library. Among its main findings were that REPLAN had been successful in raising the awareness of local education authorities and education providers to the needs of the adult unemployed and that as a result provision had improved and participation increased.
It is now for the adult education providers and the LEAs to continue to develop provision for the adult unemployed, drawing on the lessons learnt under the REPLAN programme. We look to them to work particularly closely with the training and enterprise councils which are responsible for delivering the major training programmes for the adult unemployed.
The REPLAN programme will have largely fulfilled the purpose for which it was established when its current term is completed next October, and it is not the intention therefore of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State
Column 197for Education and Science and for Wales to extend it for a further term. Neither do we believe that there is a need for a successor programme of general promotion and support to the providers of education and training for the adult unemployed.
We will however take specific action to address specific problems and my right hon. and learned Friends the Secretaries of State for Education and Science and for Employment and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales are today launching a new initiative to improve and increase the provision of adult literacy and basic skills training.
This new initiative will be targeted at unemployed people and at those in work who cannot progress without improved basic skills. It will be overseen by the adult literacy and basic skills unit and will encourage LEAs and TECs to work together to improve basic skills provision in their areas.
The three Departments are making available nearly £3 million over the three years 1991-92 to 1993-94. We expect to fund a pilot programme of some 30 local development initiatives worked up by LEAs and TECs.
The initiatives will be based on an examination of needs and of existing provision in the area. It will be for LEAs and TECs to decide what to propose, but we would expect to see such developments as "compacts" which would prepare people for specific employment ; basic skills training in the workplace ; and supported self-study and open learning. The lessons learnt from the pilot will be disseminated nationally to assist the development of similar activity in other areas.
Mr. Ken Hargreaves : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much was spent per pupil at primary and secondary schools in Lancashire in the most recent year for which figures are available ; and what was the comparable figure in 1978-79, at constant prices.
Mr. Fallon : Lancashire spent £320 per nursery and primary pupil in 1978-79 and £985 in 1988-89, the latest year for which figures are available. It spent £495 per secondary pupil in 1978-79 and £1,620 in 1988-89. At 1988-89 prices those figures are £700 and £985 respectively for nursery and primary schools, and £1,085 and £1,620 respectively for secondary schools.
Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what criteria he used to determine to grant (a) the London borough of Greenwich and (b) all neighbouring boroughs loan sanction for education capital projects ; and what the level is in (i) Greenwich and (ii) each neighbouring borough.
Mr. Fallon : The criteria for all LEAs in England were set out in the reply my right hon. and learned Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) on 17 December 1990, Official Report, columns 41-50.
Mr. Eggar : The Government have no plans to change the provisions in the school teachers' pay and conditions document with regard to non-contact days for in-service training and other activities. These require teachers to be available for work for 195 days in any year, of which 190 days shall be days on which they may be required to teach pupils.
Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers in (a) England and (b) Wales have taken early retirement in each of the years since 1979 on grounds of (i) redundancy/interests of efficiency and (ii) health.
Mr. Fallon : Separate figures in respect of ill-health retirements from (a) England and (b) Wales are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information relating to premature retirement figures, together with the total number of ill-health retirements, is as follows :
Financial |Interests of|Redundancy |Total year |efficiency ----------------------------------------------------------------- England 1979-80 |2,106 |1,106 |3,122 1980-81 |4,092 |1,753 |5,845 1981-82 |5,391 |2,796 |8,187 1982-83 |6,165 |2,492 |8,657 1983-84 |5,839 |2,769 |8,608 1984-85 |6,682 |3,129 |9,811 1985-86 |6,776 |2,700 |9,476 1986-87 |6,547 |1,860 |8,407 1987-88 |5,591 |1,460 |7,051 1988-89 |8,357 |3,222 |11,579 1989-90 |8,947 |2,595 |11,542 Wales 1979-80 |336 |20 |356 1980-81 |456 |40 |496 1981-82 |754 |62 |816 1982-83 |698 |94 |792 1983-84 |610 |34 |644 1984-85 |830 |34 |864 1985-86 |677 |83 |760 1986-87 |593 |98 |691 1987-88 |455 |47 |5-2 1988-89 |614 |167 |781 1989-90 |686 |80 |766
Ill-health retirements England and Wales Financial year |Number --------------------------------------------- 1979-80 |1,617 1980-81 |1,449 1981-82 |1,582 1982-83 |1,910 1983-84 |2,170 1984-85 |2,447 1985-86 |2,698 1986-87 |2,736 1987-88 |2,551 1988-89 |3,412 1989-90 |4,123
Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Blackburn, Official Report , 16 January 1991, column 506 , if he will place in the Library the report, "International Comparisons and Higher Education."
Column 200school for 1990-91 and 1991-92, with the number of pupils on the roll of each school and the name of the local education authority in which it is situated with totals.
Mr. Eggar : The table lists the total value of the allocations for named capital projects in grant-maintained schools to begin in the two years. Each grant-maintained school is eligible to claim an amount of capital grant calculated according to a formula which takes account of the number of pupils on roll. Schools becoming grant-maintained during the course of the financial year are also eligible to claim grant for the part year. The grant is to be used for small capital works and purchase of items of equipment. For 1990-91 the formula was £13,000 plus £6 per pupil on roll. For 1991-92 the formula will be £19,000 plus £9 per pupil on roll.
Column 200Annual maintenance grant is paid to it by the Department and recouped as appropriate from the school's former maintaining local education authority ;
Certain specific grants are available to the school which may also apply for capital grant ; and
The school's accounting, financial control and reporting arrangements must take account of guidance from the Department.
Column 201Mr. Anthony Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the plans for capital grant expenditure on grant-maintained schools for the financial year 1991-92.
Grant-maintained schools are receiving allocations for named capital projects with a total value of £8.4 million to begin in 1991-92. It is assumed that about £4.5 million of this sum will be spent in 1991-92.
When schools become grant maintained we want to ensure they are set up on a sound basis. This has led, on average, to higher capital allocations for the GM sector in 1991-92 than for LEA-maintained schools.
Of the 56 eligible schools, 28 have received an allocation for a named capital project ; two have a project on a design list which will enable the school to proceed with the planning stages of the project ; and nine schools which were approved for grant-maintained status towards the end of 1990 will have their capital bids considered in the next few weeks. An announcement will be made in due course.
Priority in the allocations has been given to schools' most pressing needs, including projects related to the health and safety of pupils, and to projects concerned with the introduction of the national curriculum, especially in science and technology. Each grant-maintained school is eligible to receive a formula-based allocation to be used for small capital works and items of capital equipment. The average allocation is £25,000, which is 50 per cent. higher on average than the allocations in 1990-91. The total cost in 1991-92 for the grant-maintained schools already approved for grant-maintained status is about £1.5 million.
The remaining £4.5 million of expenditure in 1991-92 is available to allow for expenditure arising from projects begun in 1990-91, the prospect of allocations to some of the nine schools whose bids were not requested until the latter part of January, part-year formula allocations for schools becoming grant-maintained during the 1991-92 financial year, and a contingency margin.
The following is a list of the named capital allocations.
Capital allocations for grant-maintained schools in 1991-92 Named Project Allocations All figures are in £000s School |Project |Total named |project |allocation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Adams Grammar School, |Health and Safety |21 Newport | Removal of asbestos Audenshaw High School |Conversion into |225 | Design and Tech | room and rewiring Beechen Cliff School, Bath |Technology Block |320 Bishopshalt School, |Science Block exten- |206 Hillingdon | sion Bournemouth Grammar |Repairs (inc. roof re-|300 School | pairs and rewiring) Bridgewater Hall School, |Boiler replacement |65 Milton Keynes Bullers Wood School, |Refurbishment and |228 Chislehurst | extension of 3 labs Carre's Grammar School, |Technology and Labs |630 Sleaford | extension Castle Hall Grant- |Roof renewal |65 Maintained School, |Concrete frame re- |40 Mirfield | pairs |65 |105 Chalvedon School, Bid still to be considered Basildon Claremont High School, |Technology room |100 Kenton |Health and Safety |20 |------- |120 Crossley Heath, Halifax Bid still to be considered Ecclesbourne School, |Repairs (inc. re- |400 Duffield | roofing and rewir- | ing) Francis Bacon School, St. |Modern Languages |105 Albans | classrooms Handsworth Grammar |Science Block |953 School for Boys, Birmingham Hardley Secondary School, Bid still to be considered Southampton Heckmondwike Grammar |Technology refurbish- |252 School | ment Hendon School |Replacement of win- |108 | dows (Main build | ing) |Refurbishment of |92 | Biology Lab |------- |200 Lancaster Girls Grammar Bid still to be considered School London Nautical School |Rewiring |50 London Oratory School |Design and |216 | Technology | Facilities Long Field High School, |Roof repairs |236 Melton Mowbray North Halifax High School Bid still to be considered Old Swinford Hospital, |Provision of science |500 Stowbridge | laboratories Pate's Grammar School, |Replacement of exist |1,500 Cheltenham | ing accommodation Queen Elizabeth's Grant- |Replace temporary |503 Maintained School, | accommodation and Alford | improve Design and | Technology St. Francis Xavier's |Repairs |200 College, Liverpool Skegness Grammar School |Modernise Kitchen |63 | and Canteen Small Heath School |Maths suite |25 |Replacement of win- |80 | dows |------- |105 Southfield Schools for |Technology block |650 Girls, Kettering Southlands School, |Re-roofing of Art |57 Reading | block |corridor |12 |senior school |44 |------- |113 St. George's School, Bid still to be considered Sleaford Stratford School, Newham Bid still to be considered The Grammar School for |Conversion to CDT |45 Girls, Wilmington The Maplesdon Noakes Bid still to be considered School, Maidstone Watford Boys Grammar |Re-roofing |80 School Wymondham College, Bid still to be considered Norfolk
W Projects for design stage School |Project |Indicated |cost --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Guildford County School |Library and Business|770 | Studies provision Wolverhampton High |Technology Rooms |850 School for Girls ------- Totals for design stage |1,620
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of school leavers attained (a) university minimum entrance qualifications and (b) no qualifications in England and Wales in 1988-89.
School Leavers-England ----------------------------------- 2+ A-levels |17.4 No qualifications |7.9 Total leavers (000s) |617.71
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of school leavers left at ages (a) 16 years, (b) 17 years and (c) 18 years or later in England and Wales in 1988-89.
School leavers-England ----------------------------------- Aged 16 |65.2 Aged 17 |11.5 Aged 18 or over |23.3 Total leavers (000s) |617.71
Mrs. Chalker : 1. The Overseas Development Administration's statistics do not show separate figures for aid expenditure on forestry conservation. Figures for bilateral aid expenditure on all types of forestry in the years 1980 to 1986, including research, training, other technical co-operation and Commonwealth Development Corporation projects, were provided in the written answer of the then Minister for Overseas Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bath (Mr. Patten), to the question of the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 9 May 1988, at column 9. Figures showing Overseas Development Administration