Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, further to his answer of 29 April in relation to expenditure on higher education in the form of mandatory awards, if he will provide the information on expenditure per student on fees and expenditure per student on maintenance in real terms with 1978-79=100.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The data requested are given below and cover expenditure made by local education authorities in England and Wales in bestowing mandatory awards under the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations.
Expenditure per student (real index) Academic |Fees |Maintenance year ------------------------------------------------ 1978-79 |100 |100 1979-80 |94 |104 1980-81 |101 |104 1981-82 |104 |98 1982-83 |57 |93 1983-84 |54 |91 1984-85 |52 |80 1985-86 |53 |73 1986-87 |52 |74 1987-88 |52 |73 1988-89 |51 |72
The real index has been calculated using the retail prices index. The 1982- 83 expenditure on fees is affected by a reduction in the rate set for first degrees and diplomas from £900 to £840 with compensating increases in the direct funds paid to institutions.
Mr. Anthony Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much expenditure he intends to support in the 1992-93 grants for education support and training programme ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : I propose a grants programme for 1992-93 supporting total spending by local education authorities of £377 million. This compares with a programme of £346 million in 1991-92. The proposed programme will target resources to help implement the Government's key education reforms. It includes over £80 million to improve school management and £146 million for the national curriculum. Within these areas, I propose to increase the level of support for key priorities compared with last year : there would be £10 million for governor support ; £14 million for teacher appraisal ; £15 million to help meet the equipment needs of schools implementing the national curriculum ; and £45 million for training and other support for national curriculum assessment.
Column 334I am proposing a major new initiative for the inner cities. The most important new policy would be a scheme to raise standards in identified schools facing particularly severe problems. I am also proposing a pilot scheme in a number of inner city areas to improve access by local people to higher education. The new projects, costing £8.6 million, would be concentrated in areas covered by the Government's city action teams and inner city task forces, and would be drawn up in consultation with these bodies.
Another new activity will support the development of regional projects designed to meet the special needs of deaf-blind children. The programme will support a number of other priority areas, including teacher recruitment and induction of newly appointed teachers.
The package also includes support for schools wishing to introduce vocational qualifications in their sixth forms.
I am writing today to the local authority associations setting out my proposals in detail. I shall be issuing a draft circular shortly, in the light of any comments from the associations, inviting LEAs to bid for grant support.
The table lists my proposals in full.
Grants for education support and training 1992-93 Proposed programme | £ million --------------------------------------------------------------------- School management and appraisal School administration/management information systems |37.5 Governor training |10.0 Central LMS implementation teams |10.0 School management training |11.0 Appraisal of teachers |14.0 |------- Total |82.5 National curriculum and assessment Books |15.0 Equipment |15.0 Primary maths/science designated courses |11.0 Other INSET and teacher support |54.0 Assessment |45.0 LEA inspection |6.0 |------- Total |146.0 IT in schools |30.0 Teacher supply Teacher recruitment |10.0 Induction training |2.5 Licensed teachers |10.1 Articled teachers |11.0 Teacher data transfer systems |1.0 |------- Total |34.6 Special educational needs Specialist SEN training |6.0 Training for SEN in ordinary schools |1.2 Training of educational psychologists |2.8 Deaf/blind children |2.0 |------- Total |12.0 Vocational qualifications in schools |3.0 Under-fives |5.0 Management of training |20.0 Inner cities Raising standards in schools |6.6 Pilot schemes for access to higher education |2.0 |------- Total |8.6 Youth and community |3.5 Health education |5.0 Further education College management |9.4 National vocational qualifications |7.0 Initial training of FE teachers |2.0 SEN in FE |0.9 |------- Total |19.3 Workers Educational Association |1.3 Continuing education support grants programmes Difficult pupils |2.6 Improving attendance |2.5 Multi-ethnic schools |1.1 Adult literacy |------- Total |6.3 Total |377.1
The Attorney-General : No direct or specific central Government funding is or has ever been available for Cleveland family conciliation service. Indirect help is provided through the courts, the probation service and the legal aid fund in some cases. The Government are reviewing the future of, and funding for, conciliation services as part of their consideration of proposals to reform the divorce law.
Mr. Fraser : To ask the Attorney-General what is the period which currently elapses between the lodging of an appeal against a refusal of leave to enter the United Kingdom which is lodged at an overseas diplomatic post and the time when the immigration appeals organisation at Thanet house notifies the appellant or its representative that the appeal has been lodged giving them a choice for an oral or written appeal ; and if he will provide this information in respect of each country from which such appeals are lodged.
Column 336between the lodging of an appeal against refusal of entry clearance to the United Kingdom at a diplomatic post overseas and its arrival at the Immigration Appellate Authorities, IAA, at Thanet house is on average one month for visit visa appeals and three months for settlement appeals.
Once the IAA has received an appeal, it is on average able to dispatch the case papers to the appellant or his representative in this country within one week for cases to be heard at Thanet house, and two to three weeks for cases to be heard at other hearing centres. At this stage, the IAA notifies the appellant or his representative that the appeal has been lodged and gives him a choice for an oral or written appeal.
Mr. Allen McKay : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will discuss with representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers and the secured by design group ways of raising standards and specifications in house and office buildings to make them more secure from illegal entry ;
(2) if he will now consider introducing higher specifications and standards in the construction of houses in order to ensure a greater level of security from illegal entry ;
(3) if he will discuss with representatives of British police authorities the standards of doors and windows fitted in new and existing houses and the vulnerability to illegal entry of such doors and windows.
Mr. Yeo : My Department is currently funding research into the effectiveness of security measures in buildings and the results will be made available to the British Standards Institution, which is the forum through which interested parties can contribute to the debate on the development of British standards and the United Kingdom's input to European standards.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make it his policy to broaden the definition of substantial demolition as part of the Building Regulations (part M) to cover (a) classification or determining the independence of an extension to a building, (b) that material alterations are taken into account and (c) that part M regulations cover the curtilage of the construction site so that concerns such as car parking space can be taken into account.
Mr. Yeo : My Department is conducting a review of part M of the Building Regulations as part of a wider review of the regulations as a whole. The issues raised by the hon. Member are being thoroughly considered by my Department and the building regulations advisory committee, together with other responses to the recent consultation exercise. I expect the revised guidance on part M to be published later this year.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total expenditure by the Countryside Commission on press and public relations in 1979-80 and in each following year ; and what is his estimate for 1990-91 and budget for 1991-92.
Year |Expenditure on |press and public |relations |£ --------------------------------------------------- 1982-83 |24,644 1983-84 |72,264 1984-85 |171,668 1985-86 |159,318 1986-87 |162,164 1987-88 |147,628 1988-89 |176,543 1989-90 |225,138 1990-91 |<1>215,027 1991-92 |<2>256,000 <1> Estimated. <2> Budget.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total expenditure by Ordnance Survey on press and public relations in 1979- 80 and in each following year ; and what is his estimate for 1990-91 and budget for 1991-92.
Total expenditure on press and public relations |£000 ------------------------ 1984-85 |696.2 1985-86 |833.2 1986-87 |751.3 1987-88 |820.8 1988-89 |737.1 1989-90 |825.5 1990-91 |1,119.4
This 1991-92 budget for press and public relations activities is £1,320,500. The increase in expenditure in the years 1990-92 is attributable to additional publicity for the Ordnance Survey bicentenary in 1991.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total expenditure by the Nature Conservancy Council on press and public relations in 1979-80 and in each following year ; and what is his estimate for 1990-91 and budget for 1991-92.
(Nature Conservancy Council for England) |£ ------------------------ 1979-80 |92,000 1980-81 |120,000 1981-82 |129,000 1982-83 |135,000 1983-84 |124,000 1984-85 |166,000 1985-86 |282,000 1986-87 |460,000 1987-88 |863,000 1988-89 |849,000 1989-90 |768,000 1990-91 |748,000 1991-92 |537,000
Mr. Terry Davis : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether it is his intention to sell Wellington house following the closure of the Crown Suppliers ; and what is the latest valuation of Wellington house.
Mr. Portillo : My right hon. Friend decided on 3 April to adopt principles for designating authorities for capping in 1991-92 which gave effect to the provisional criteria announced on 31 October 1990 by my right hon. Friend the Member for Bath (Mr. Patten). Applying these principles, he has designated authorities and proposed caps for them as set out in the table. Under the status these authorities had 28 days ending on 30 April in which they could either challenge or accept their proposed caps.
Six authorities--Somerset, Langbaurgh, Milton Keynes, Reading, Greenwich and Middlesbrough--accepted and my right hon. Friend has therefore in each case confirmed the caps for these authorities at the level he originally proposed.
Eight authorities--Basildon, Bristol, Ipswich, Lambeth, Norwich, Stoke-on- Trent, Warwickshire and Wirral--challenged their proposed caps and suggested alternatives as set out in the table. My right hon. Friend will consider their cases and all other relevant information before he decides on the level of the final caps, which may be the same as or different from the amounts he originally proposed.
My right hon. Friend will set out his final caps for challenging authorities in a draft order which he intends as soon as possible to lay before the House. If the House approves the draft he will set the final caps at levels specified in the order.
Proposals for Caps |Original |Budget |Capped |Original |Charge |Capped |Original |budget |reduction |budget |charge<1> |reduction |charge |budget |increase |percentage |over 1990 |over SSA |£ million |£ million |£ million |£ |£ |£ |percentage -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Absolute excessiveness Basildon<4> |26.8 |4.7 |22.1 |355 |39 |316 |121.2 |- Bristol<4> |59.4 |6.0 |53.4 |384 |20 |364 |44.5 |- Ipswich<4> |17.3 |1.3 |16.0 |324 |15 |309 |50.0 |- Langbaurgh<3> |16.2 |0.6 |15.6 |338 |6 |332 |36.3 |- Middlesbrough<3> |21.0 |0.8 |20.2 |317 |7 |310 |21.9 |- Milton Keynes<3> |22.3 |2.1 |20.2 |315 |16 |299 |24.6 |- Norwich<4> |16.5 |1.5 |15.0 |293 |16 |277 |25.1 |- Excessive increases Greenwich<3> |215.5 |2.5 |213.0 |258 |16 |242 |- |6.2 <5>(15.2) Lambeth<4> |315.5 |8.3 |307.2 |450 |48 |402 |- |10.7 <5>(6.5) Reading<3> |18.7 |1.0 |17.7 |334 |10 |324 |- |11.1 <5>(18.8) Somerset<3> |274.7 |2.2 |272.5 |<2>246-275 |6 |240-269 |- |9.9 <5>(3.0) Stoke-on-Trent<4> |28.0 |2.2 |25.8 |272 |11 |261 |- |16.4 <5>(14.4) Warwickshire<4> |278.3 |6.0 |272.3 |<2>269-366 |16 |253-320 |- |11.4 <5>(4.8) Wirral<4> |246.2 |11.1 |235.1 |336 |45 |291 |- |20.0 <5>(4.8) <1>Original charges are after £140 general reduction in community charges. <2>Indicates that charges vary between shire districts. <3>Langbaurgh, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Greenwich, Reading and Somerset have accepted the proposed cap. <4>Basildon, Bristol, Ipswich, Norwich, Lambeth, Warwickshire and Wirral have put forward an alternative at the level of their original budget; Stoke-on-Trent have put forward an alternative of £27.5 million. <5>Figures in parentheses include percentage over SSA.
Sir George Young : The Department has today issued a consultation paper to all local housing authorities on the future of short-term leasing. We believe that this form of accommodation has a useful role to play in helping homeless families. We are proposing that, from 1992-93, new leases acquired by local authorities for a term of three years or less should be accounted for outside the housing revenue account. This will put them on a common financial footing with other property used by housing authorities as temporary accommodation for the homeless, but in which they have no long- term interest.
This information is not held centrally. The overall number of public swimming pools has increased from just over 1,000 in the early 1980s to nearly 1,200 now.
Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Prime Minister what procedures he has established for co-ordination between the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and agencies of the United States Government regarding the levels of attack preparedness and the length of warning times applicable to future civil defence provision in the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister : Procedures governing co-ordination on warning times and related matters involve many Government Departments and there are a number of arrangements to which the United Kingdom and the United States of America are party--the most important being those established with our NATO partners. All 16 NATO nations are currently discussing revisions to our mutual defence arrangements in the light of the substantial changes that have occurred in Europe.
As for the United Kingdom specifically, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will be making an announcement about changes in our arrangements, including the planning assumptions that will underlie civil defence planning, in the summer.
Mrs. Chalker : The Crown Agents are playing an important part in procuring and delivering relief supplies to the relief organisations working in the region. They are currently supplying blankets, tents, clothing and food to a total value of just under £1 million on behalf of the European Community, the Overseas Development Administration, the British Red Cross and other charitable organisations.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the total expenditure by the ODA on press and public relations in 1979-80 and in each following year ; and what is his estimate for 1990-91 and budget for 1991-92.
Column 341Mrs. Chalker : I refer the hon. Member to the reply he received from my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 30 April, column 140.
Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position Her Majesty's Government took on the suspension of negotiations for an EC-Namibia fisheries agreement ; and whether he is taking any action to promote a resumption of negotiations.
Mrs. Chalker : The matter was raised in a recent meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Community. Along with other partners, we sought an explanation from the Commission, which has subsequently informed the Namibian Government that the suspension was purely temporary. We look forward to the resumption of negotiations. I shall be taking this up at the ACP ministerial meeting in Brussels next week.
Mrs. Chalker : We are sending out early on 6 May, 90 medical and other volunteer relief workers to help Iraqi refugees on the mountains in the Cukurca region of Turkey and as they move back to their homes in Iraq. These initial teams will be under the direct supervision of the ODA's humanitarian aid co-ordinator, and will work in close co-ordination with British and allied forces in Turkey and Iraq. The operation is being co- financed with the European Community, as part of the Community's emergency aid programme announced on 8 April.
The Iranian authorities have not requested medical volunteers. We are however financing the provision of two field health centres in West Azerbaijan province.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total expenditure by the Office of Data Protection Registrar on press and public relations in 1979-80 and in each following year ; and what is his estimate for 1990-91 and budget for 1991-92.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : The Data Protection Registrar was first appointed in September 1984. I understand that his office incurred no significant promotional expenditure until the financial year 1985-86. Expenditure on press and public relations is shown in the table :
|£ ---------------------- 1985-86 |32,492 1986-87 |50,212 1987-88 |64,624 1988-89 |44,780 1989-90 |48,822 1990-91 |54,163
The estimated expenditure for 1991-92 is £65,000.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Home Office has never provided core funding to the Latchmere-Haslar project. The payments made to it were exceptional and for one year and were intended to reflect the additional and transitional costs to the project arising from the transfer of detainees from Latchmere house to Haslar prison. The project's application last December for long- term core funding was turned down, on the grounds that the Government already make a substantial grant-in-aid to the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service to provide advice and representation and that, with limited resources, departure from the established practice of funding a single organisation in this way was not justified. My right hon. Friend is considering that decision further in the light of a substantial number of representations which we have received.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will undertake to refund local authorities the cost of any compensation which they may be required to pay in consequence of injunctions obtained in regard to Sunday trading, pending final determination of the issue by the House of Lords in consequence of the decision of the Court of Appeal ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : No. Local authorities receive a substantial contribution to their costs generally through the revenue support grant system. We have no plan to increase this contribution specifically for their enforcement duties under the Shops Act 1950.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the error made by his Department in deporting the wrong Paul Brown to Kingston, Jamaica ; what steps he has made in contacting him and informing him of his Department's error ; what has been the result of the appeal made by the other Paul Brown ; and what steps he has made to ensure such an error cannot recur.
Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 22 April 1991] : A Mr. Paul Brown was removed to Jamaica on 7 July 1989 in the mistaken belief that he was subject to a deportation order which had been made against another person of the same name. Both men were Jamaican, both had been convicted of offences, and both had been recommended for deportation by a court. The Paul Brown removed on 7 July 1989 made no representations against his removal. If he wished to return to the United Kingdom he would have to qualify for entry under the immigration rules. Those rules provide that where a passenger has been convicted of an offence included in the list of extradition crimes leave to enter is to be refused unless the immigration officer considers admission to be justified for strong compassionate reasons. Mr. Brown had been so convicted and no steps have been taken to trace him in Jamaica.
Column 343The other Paul Brown was deported on 4 July 1990. He did not exercise his right of appeal to the higher court against his conviction or against the recommendation for deportation. The circumstances which led to the confusion of the two identities was most unusual and unlikely to recur. Nevertheless, magistrates courts have been asked to provide the person's date of birth and nationality when notifying my Department of a court recommendation. The Lord Chancellor's Department will be making similar arrangements for the Crown courts.
Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 23 April 1991] : In view of the increase in the number of people coming to the United Kingdom to seek asylum, the Government have been reviewing arrangements for dealing with asylum seekers. On 26 March, at columns 347-48, I announced the introduction of a visa requirement for Ugandan nationals, who account for a significant proportion of asylum applicants in the United Kingdom. On 26 April, at column 566, my right hon. Friend announced a nearly fivefold increase in staff resources for asylum determination and commensurate increase in other parts of the asylum system. The review is continuing and further announcements will be made as necessary.
Mr. Mudd : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the evidence that decontamination of the former chemical defence establishment at Nancekuke, Cornwall has not been wholly effective.
Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : This is a matter for the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, CBDE, under its framework document. I have therefore asked the chief executive of the CBDE, Dr. G. S. Pearson to reply direct to the hon. Member.
Mr. Brazier : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his answer of 29 April, Official Report , columns 35-36 , if he will list in the Official Report , for each of the armed forces, the number of (a) male officers, (b) female officers, (c) service men and (d) service women, who have taken premature voluntary release in each quarter since January 1989.
Officers Service men |RN/RM|Army |RAF |RN/RM|Army |RAF ------------------------------------------------------------- 1989 January-March |34 |103 |54 |560 |1,042|900 April-June |56 |194 |101 |627 |1,051|981 July-September |80 |238 |70 |724 |1,018|884 October-December |60 |138 |107 |633 |990 |757 1990 January-March |38 |142 |67 |670 |1,002|648 April-June |79 |220 |103 |716 |963 |713 July-September |69 |180 |74 |814 |1,020|785 October-December |56 |122 |57 |737 |755 |623
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the Government assessment of claims made by the Iraqi authorities at the Baghdad fair 1990 that they possessed fuel air explosive weapons.
Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : We are not aware of a "Baghdad fair" in 1990. However, the Iraqis displayed what they claimed were fuel air explosive weapons of Iraqi origin at the Baghdad international military production exhibition in 1989. We cannot comment further on this matter.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nuclear arms capable, or nuclear-powered vessels and submarines of the Royal Navy have been (i) completely scrapped, (ii) are in store or (iii) are in active service at the present time.
Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : It is not our practice to define Royal Navy ships as being nuclear-capable or non nuclear-capable. Four nuclear-powered submarines have been taken out of service, and are awaiting final disposal. Of these, one is stored afloat and three are being, or are about to be, decommissioned. There are currently 18 nuclear-powered submarines in service with the Royal Navy.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many square metres of floorspace used for the storage or maintenance of Royal Navy nuclear facilities have been (i) completely decommissioned and ready for alternative use, (ii) are held in reserve or (iii) are in active service at the present time.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the investment in farm machinery in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available ; and what were the figures in 1980 and 1975, all figures in cash and in real terms taking 1975 as 100.
Investment in farm machinery<1> |In cash prices |(index |1973 = 100) |£ million ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1975 |20 |100.0 1980 |33 |84.3 1986 |43 |75.7 1987 |42 |69.9 1988 |52 |83.2 1989 |58 |85.4 <3>1990 |59 |79.7 <1> Tractors, vehicles and equipment (including plant). <2> Calculated by deflating by the retail prices index. <3> Forecast.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the gross value of the output of the agricultural industry in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years and in 1980 and 1975 in cash and real terms, taking 1975 as 100.
Value of gross output of agriculture |In cash prices |In real terms<1> |£ million |(index: |1975 = 100) -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1975 |286 |100.0 1980 |546 |97.6 1986 |752 |91.9 1987 |776 |91.0 1988 |817 |91.4 1989 |866 |89.8 <2>1990 |853 |80.7 <1> Calculated by deflating by the retail prices index. <2> Forecast.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) farmers (full-time), (b) farmers (part-time), (c) agricultural workers (full-time) and (d) agricultural workers (part-time), were engaged in agriculture in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years and in 1980 and 1975.