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Baby Milk Powder

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take action to ban any advertising of baby milk powders that suggests that those products are as good as or better than the baby's mother's milk.

Mr. Dorrell : The Government are committed to the protection and promotion of breastfeeding as the best means of nurturing infants. Our policies and programmes are based on unequivocal expert advice from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) and on the principles of the World Health Organisation's "International Code of Marketing of Breast- Milk Substitutes". The latter includes recommendations on the restriction of general advertising of baby milk powders, formally known as infant formulae.

In the United Kingdom the marketing of infant formulae is closely controlled under voluntary self-regulating arrangements which the United Kingdom manufacturers drew up in consultation with the Government in the early 1980s. It is under these arrangements that we have acted on the WHO recommendations. Details of the arrangements are set out in the publication "Code of Practice for the Marketing of Infant Formulae in the United Kingdom and Schedule for a Code Monitoring Committee". The code of practice specifically states that

"no advertising should imply that infant formulae are equivalent or superior to the milk of a healthy mother"

and restricts such advertising to publications aimed at health care professionals.

Copies of the WHO and United Kingdom codes of practice are in the Library.

Food Poisoning

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of cases notified to him in 1990, for 1990 by region, for (a) food poisoning in general, (b) salmonella (c) salmonella enteritidis, (d) salmonella enteritidis P4, (e) salmonella typhimurium, (f) campylobacter and (g) listeriosis.

Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 25 February 1991] : The information requested has been placed in the Library.

The data show notifications of food poisoning to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys and laboratory reports of specific organisms to the Public Health Laboratory Service's communicable disease surveillance centre.

DEFENCE

Antares

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the results of the inquiry into the sinking of the vessel Antares from Carradale ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : Departmental consideration of the board of inquiry report has not yet been completed. I will, however, make a summary of its findings available to the House in due course. I am at present unable to say when this will be.


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Air Publications and Forms Store

Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he now expects the air publications and forms store to be moved from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : Current planning for the move of the air publications and forms store from Woolwich to Llangennech allows for a phased transfer over the period April 1991 to December 1992.

Iraqi Nationals

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central of 19 February, Official Report, column 137, how many Iraqi nationals detained at Rollestone remain there ; and how many have been released.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : A total of 32 Iraqi nationals are detained as prisoners of war at Rollestone ; three others have been released.

1st Armoured Division

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those units under the command of 1st Armoured division.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The main units under the command of the 1st (British) Armoured Division are as follows :

HQ 1 Armoured Division

HQ 4 Armoured Brigade

HQ 7 Armoured Brigade

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)

Queens Royal Irish Hussars

14th/20th Kings Hussars

16th/5th The Queens Royal Lancers

Queens Dragoon Guards

2 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

12 Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery

26 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

32 Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery

39 Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery

40 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

46 Air Defence Battery Royal Artillery

10 Air Defence Battery Royal Artillery

21 Engineer Regiment

23 Engineer Regiment

32 Armoured Engineer Regiment

39 Engineer Regiment

3 Field Squadron Royal Engineers

15 Field Support Squadron Royal Engineers

37 Field Squadron Royal Engineers

45 Field Squadron Royal Engineers

45 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron Royal Engineers 14 Topographic Squadron Royal Engineers

1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment

30 Signal Regiment

204 Signal Squadron

207 Signal Squadron

2 Squadron 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)

Elements of 1st Battalion Scots Guards

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

1st Battalion Royal Scots

3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers

1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers

1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment

Elements of 1st Battalion Queens Own Highlanders

4 Regiment Army Air Corps

1 Armoured Divison Transport Regiment Royal Corps of Transport


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4 Armoured Division Transport Regiment Royal Corps of Transport 7 Tank Transporter Regiment Royal Corps of Transport

10 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport

27 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport

28 Ambulance Squadron Gurkha Transport Regiment

52 Port Squadron Royal Corps of Transport

1 Armoured Field Ambulance

5 Armoured Field Ambulance

22 Field Hospital

24 Airmobile Field Ambulance

32 Field Hospital

33 General Hospital

205 General Hospital

3 Ordnance Battalion Royal Army Ordnance Corps

6 Ordnance Battalion

6 Armoured Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 7 Armoured Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 11 Armoured Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 71 Aircraft Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 174 Provost Company Royal Military Police

203 Provost Company Royal Military Police

27 Group Royal Pioneer Corps

187 Company Royal Pioneer Corps

598 Company Royal Pioneer Corps

The Gulf

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance was given to British pilots in the allied forces involved in Operation Granby to assess whether the Iraqi troop carriers, withdrawing from Kuwait, contained any Kuwaiti citizens kidnapped by Iraqis, before bombing of the convoys in southern Iraq took place.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : Allied forces had instructions to attack retreating Iraqi units which could continue to pose a threat.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Equal Opportunities

Mr. Janner : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Treasury last conducted a survey of the ethnic origins of its employees ; when it next plans to do so ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : A survey of members of staff for whom no ethnic origins information was held was undertaken in December 1990. As a result, the total proportion of Treasury staff for whom ethnic origin data are held now stands at 84 per cent.

Mr. Janner : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to recruit members of ethnic minorities in top grades of employment at the Treasury.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : Recruitment to senior grades of the civil service is undertaken by the Civil Service Commission. The commission has taken a number of steps to aid recruitment of members of the ethnic minorities including increasing representation of ethnic minorities in its liaison and selection panels ; ensuring that its recruitment brochures reflect a multi-racial work force ; and organising training which highlights equalopportunity issues concerning ethnic minorities.


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Male Earnings

Mr. Dunn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the change in the take home pay of a married man on average pay with two children since 1 April 1975 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maude : The real net income of a family with two children aged under 11 years, in which the husband has average earnings, rose by 32 per cent. in real terms between 1974-75 and 1990-91 ; all but 1 per cent. of this rise took place after 1978-79.

Foreign Travel

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the percentage of the gross domestic product in the United Kingdom which has been spent on foreign travel by British citizens travelling abroad in 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990.

Mr. Maples : The percentage of gross domestic product which has been spent on foreign travel by British citizens travelling abroad is as follows :


           |Percentage           

---------------------------------

1960       |0.72                 

1970       |0.74                 

1980       |1.18                 

1989       |1.84                 

1990       |<1>-                 

<1> Data not yet available.      

These figures have been derived from gross domestic product data and travel data which are found on the CSO database, which can be accessed through the House of Commons Library.

GDP

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the gross domestic product of each of the countries of the European Community and Norway and Sweden ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maples : Figures of gross domestic product analysed by country are shown in the monthly OECD publication "Main Economic Indicators", of which copies are available in the Library of the House.

National Insurance

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all the points on the income scale for a single man with the standard allowance at which the combined national insurance and marginal rates alter ; and if he will list those rates.

Mr. Maude [holding answer 25 February 1991] : Information for 1990-91 is given in the table.


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Levels of income at  

which the marginal   

rate of income tax   

and                  

national insurance   

contributions of a   

single person<1>     

changes, 1990-91     

---------------------

46.00  |9            

57.79  |34           

350.00 |25           

455.87 |40           

<1> Assumed to be    

non-aged with no     

reliefs or           

allowances other     

than the single      

personal allowance.  

<2> Class 1 national 

insurance            

contributions for an 

employee contracted  

into the state       

earnings-related     

pension scheme (     

SERPS).              

Income Tax

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost in a full tax year of returning to schedule D those income tax payers in the theatrical, writing, television and allied industries who have recently been transferred to schedule E ; and if he will also estimate the cost of continuing to tax these categories as schedule E but restoring all new expenses previously allowed under schedule D.

Mr. Maude [holding answer 25 February 1991] : I regret that the information requested is not available.

Mortgage Tax Relief

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much the £30,000 limit could be raised to give a revenue neutral change if mortgage tax relief were restricted to the basic rate.

Mr. Maude [holding answer 25 February 1991] : To about £37,000 on the basis of 1990-91 figures. The estimate excludes behavioural effects.

Business Expansion Scheme

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was (a) the total amount invested in the business expansion scheme, (b) the amount invested in private rented housing, (c) the total cost of tax relief and (d) the amount of tax relief in respect of investment in private rented housing, for each year from 1987-88 to 1989-90 ;

(2) for each of the years of the existence of the business expansion scheme, what were the percentages and amounts of BES money invested in residential and assured tenancy schemes and the associated revenue foregone by the Exchequer.


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