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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 4 June 1991

TRANSPORT

Nuclear Material

Mr. Jack Thompson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure that the arrangements for a police escort for the road transportation of nuclear products are rigorously enforced ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope : Movements of radioactive materials by road must comply with the Radioactive Substances (Carriage by Road) (Great Britain) Regulations 1974 and Amendment Regulations 1985.

There is no requirement in these regulations for police escorts to accompany the road transport of radioactive materials.

Mr. Jack Thompson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many journeys involving the transport of nuclear waste there were on the road system in Northumberland in the years 1988, 1989, 1990, and the first three months in the current year ;

(2) how many times nuclear waste has been transported along the A1 between British Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield, Cumbria, and Dounreay, Scotland ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) how many times nuclear waste has been transported along the A69 between British Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield, Cumbria, and Dounreay, Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope : My Department does not collect data of the kind requested.

Mr. Jack Thompson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the numbers and dates of road accidents on the A69 involving the transportation of nuclear waste ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope : There have been no accidents reportable under the Radioactive Substances (Carriage by Road) (Great Britain) Regulations 1974 involving vehicles carrying radioactive materials, but I am aware of a minor road traffic accident at Hexham on 19 April this year to a vehicle carrying miscellaneous items which included a package of low-level nuclear waste. This did not cause any damage to the package or its contents.

Motorways

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects that section of the M1 which passes through Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire to be cleared of litter.

Mr. Chope : Litter clearance is carried out continuously on this section of motorway, with daily removal of large individual items of debris.


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Rail Services (Privatisation)

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Government now intend to make subsidies available to any InterCity services which might otherwise be jeopardised as a result of impending privatisation ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) what steps he intends taking in the run-up to privatisation of the InterCity services of British Rail ; if he will ensure that these branches of the intercity network which do not make a profit, are not run down by British Rail, or transferred to provincial services ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : No decision has yet been taken on the structure of a privatised British Rail. Detailed questions about transfers of services between parts of BR, or about the subsidy regime for particular services, must await that decision.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his Irish counterparts concerning the implications for rail services between London and Holyhead arising from the Government's plans to privatise railway services ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : My right hon. and learned Friend has had no discussions about the implications of privatisation for London-Holyhead rail services. He has had recent correspondence with his Irish counterpart about the Crewe-Holyhead line, in the context of channel tunnel services and the European Commission's proposals for a high-speed rail network.

Freight Facilities Grant Scheme

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the main changes he intends to make to the freight facilities grant scheme ; and when the changes will come into operation.

Mr. Freeman : With the agreement of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales, the following changes will be made :

(i) a tripling in the price which the Government are proposing to pay for environmental benefits. The ceiling for grant is to be increased to £1 per lorry-sensitive mile from the current level of 34p, and will be revalued for inflation in future years ; (ii) virtually all single- carriageway roads will be considered environmentally-sensitive, rather than the current narrower definition of unclassified, urban ; and scenic roads ;

(iii) most urban dual carriageway journeys will count for grant ; (iv) urban roads will be given a 50 per cent. higher weighting than other sensitive roads ;

(v) the grant rules will be revised to allow for the eligibility in principle of inter-modal systems ;

(vi) schemes of exceptional environmental benefit will no longer be restricted to a maximum rate of grant of 60 per cent ;

(vii) in appraising a grant application, the stream of future environmental benefits will be calculated on a discounted basis, so that they are expressed in the same way as costs, which are currently expressed on that basis ;

(viii) the period of appraisal will remain generally at 10 years, but with flexibility to apply a lesser or greater period if appropriate ; and to consider substitute flows of traffic as meeting the grant conditions over the life of the project where appropriate ;

(ix) 5 per cent. of grant payable may be retained until monitoring returns showing that a scheme is operating satisfactorily ;


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(x) the grant rules will be amended to permit the Department(s) to take a charge on assets in particular circumstances ;

(xi) greater publicity will be given to the scheme.

The new criteria on payment of grant will be introduced immediately.

Shipowners

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies he has made and what reports he has published concerning the comparative costs borne by


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United Kingdom shipowners for comparable standards of manning and safety under flags of convenience and flags of Commonwealth states ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 3 June 1991] : The Department of Transport has, from time to time, commissioned information on crew cost comparisons, from ship managers and consultants, in order to help inform policy. Such information has not generally been published. The hon. Member may, however, be aware that the report of the joint working party on British shipping, published last year, included the attached table of case- specific figures, supplied by the General Council of British Shipping.


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Appendix 3.1 Some Comparative Crew-cost Options (30,000 dwt. Bulk Carrier)-1990 (£)                                                                                    

                                  |OPTION A          |OPTION B          |OPTION C          |OPTION D          |OPTION E          |OPTION F                             

                                  |-UK officers      |-UK officers      |-4 UK key officers|-4 UK key officers|-Filipino of-     |-Indian officers                     

                                  |-UK ratings       |(offshore rates)  |(offshore rates)  |(offshore rates)  |ficers -Filipino  |-Indian ratings                      

                                  |(all UK rates)    |Filipino          |-6 Indian officers|-6 Indian officers|ratings (all ITF  |(all ITF ap-                         

                                                     |-ratings (ITF     |Filipino ratings  |(ITF approved     |approved rates)   |proved rates)                        

                                                     |approved rates)   |(all ITF approved |rates)                                                                     

                                                                        |rates)            |-Hong Kong/China                                                           

                                                                                           |ratings (HK/PRC                                                            

                                                                                           |-rates)                                                                    

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Officers wages and leave          |314,064           |282,435           |217,589           |217,589           |147,340           |154,584                              

Ratings wages and leave including                                                                                                                                      

  overtime                        |277,128           |95,425            |95,425            |81,803            |95,425            |120,654                              

Crew travel                       |59,400            |43,200            |39,600            |40,650            |29,700            |46,200                               

Manning expenses                  |4,770             |6,083             |7,000             |8,922             |7,376             |7,635                                

                                  |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------                              

Annual crew cost                  |655,362           |427,123           |359,614           |348,964           |279,841           |329,073                              

                                  |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------           |-------                              

Daily crew cost                   |1,796             |1,171             |986               |956               |767               |902                                  

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                 

Total crew complement: 22 = 10 officers + 12 ratings.                                                                                                                  

Tours of duty: British-4 months.                                                                                                                                       

Asian/Eastern-8 months.                                                                                                                                                

Leave: British (United Kingdom rates)-12 days per month.                                                                                                               

British (Offshore)-10 days per month.                                                                                                                                  

Asian/Eastern-6 days per month.                                                                                                                                        

Overtime: assumes mean of 100 hours per month.                                                                                                                         

Salaries paid in: British-£.                                                                                                                                           

Others-US$ (at 1.70 = £1).                                                                                                                                             

The Gulf

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his marine pollution control unit has taken to monitor (a) the DESMI Engineering contract for heavy duty skimmers, (b) the Alba International contract in relation to the clean-up of Musallamiyah bay and (c) the Alba International contract for the clean-up of the coastline of Karan island.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 3 June 1991] : In respect of the Department of the Environment contract with DESMI Engineering, the marine pollution control unit acting on behalf of DOE, checked that the heavy duty oil skimmers were in full working order prior to their despatch to Bahrain.

As advised in my reply of 15 April at column 1, both of the contracts with Alba International were between that company and the International Maritime Organisation, which advises that the work has been completed satisfactorily. The MPCU had no monitoring role.

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds the United Kingdom gives to the International Maritime Organisation Gulf fund.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 3 June 1991] : The Departments of Transport and of the Environment have


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each made a single £500,000 contribution to the International Maritime Organisation's Gulf oil pollution disaster fund.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Legal Aid

Mr. Carrington : To ask the Attorney-General whether he will make a statement about the review of the financial conditions for legal aid which were announced in November 1990.

The Solicitor-General : The Lord Chancellor's Department is publishing a consultation paper today canvassing the options for funding civil legal aid with particular reference to those people who are currently not eligible for legal aid. Copies of the paper have been laid in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament. The consultation period will run until the end of October and no decisions will be taken before then. A separate consultation paper will shortly be issued in Scotland to take account of the different position there.

Further stages of the review will cover legal aid in criminal and matrimonial cases and the green form advice and assistance scheme. Separate consultation papers will be issued for these stages.


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THE ARTS

Cash Limits

Mr. Harris : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give details of any proposed changes to the cash and running costs limits for his Department's votes in 1991-92.

Mr. Renton : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary summer supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XII, vote 4, is to be increased by £106,000 from £2,176,000 to £2,282,000. Additional provision is being transferred to meet the costs of certain services provided by the Treasury Solicitor's Department and the Department of the Environment (Property Holdings). There is no net effect on the planning total.


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The running costs limit for the Office of Arts and Libraries will be increased by £106,000 from £2,136,000 to £2,242,000.

Grants (Scotland)

Mr. Robert Hughes : To ask the Minister for the Arts what was the amount of grant paid to the Scottish national orchestra, Scottish chamber orchestra, Scottish Baroque ensemble, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet for each of the financial years 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 and projected for the year 1991-92.

Mr. Renton [holding answer 3 June 1991] : The information requested is as follows :--


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          |Royal    |Scottish |Scottish |Scottish |Scottish           

          |Scottish |chamber  |Baroque  |Opera    |Ballet             

          |orchestra|orchestra|ensemble                               

          |£        |£        |£        |£        |£                  

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1988-89   |1,444,000|636,350  |91,250   |3,260,000|1,370,000          

1989-90   |1,473,000|676,000  |91,800   |3,357,000|1,407,000          

1990-91   |1,639,700|709,000  |99,500   |3,669,000|1,525,000          

1991-92   |1,735,000|755,000  |107,000  |3,935,000|1,640,869          

Some additional moneys have yet to be allocated in 1991-92 by the Scottish Arts Council from the enhancement fund and for touring ; the companies above will be among the recipients of these funds.

Mr. Robert Hughes : To ask the Minister for the Arts what was the annual amount of grants to arts organisations and events in the cities of Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh for the financial years 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 and projected for the year 1991-92.

Mr. Renton [holding answer 3 June 1991] : Scottish Arts Council grants to client organisations are as follows. Information relating to local authority grants is not readily available.


                                                                                

                                                                                

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Energy Efficiency

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give the number of energy audits carried out in his Department in the past five years and for each audit a statement of its main conclusions.


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Mr. Renton [holding answer 3 June 1991] : No energy audits have been carried out in my Department, but surveys to improve energy efficiency have been, and are being, undertaken.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give for each available year from 1978 the amount invested in improving the energy efficiency of his office in (a) cash terms and (b) 1990-91 money terms.

Mr. Renton [holding answer 3 June 1991] : Investment to improve energy efficiency has been the responsibility of the Property Services Agency and the major occupying Departments within the two buildings in which my Department is located. Staff are encouraged, however, to follow simple but effective no-cost measures to help reduce energy consumption.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give the number of dedicated energy managers in his Department and the number of person-years devoted to energy management in the latest year.

Mr. Renton [holding answer 3 June 1991] : The Office of Arts and Libraries has no dedicated energy managers but is advised in such matters by the Cabinet Office.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Woolwich Case

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what grounds the Inland Revenue lost the Woolwich case in the High Court ;

(2) how many judges in (a) the High Court, (b) the Court of Appeal and (c) the House of Lords did not agree with the original Inland Revenue contention that there was no double taxation in the Woolwich case ;

(3) on what grounds the Inland Revenue won the Woolwich case in the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Maples : The High Court held that the Building Societies Regulations 1986 went beyond the scope of the


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enabling powers, to the extent that they sought to bring into account payments made by building societies in transitional periods to 6 April 1986. The Court of Appeal reversed that decision. The House of Lords dismissed by a majority of four to one the Woolwich's principal argument in its appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision and confirmed that the enabling legislation did authorise the Inland Revenue to made regulations covering transitional periods to 6 April 1986. But the Lords held unanimously that there was no power to apply 1985- 86 tax rates to payments in the transitional periods.

Over the course of the litigation seven judges found that the enabling legislation authorised the Revenue to make regulations bringing into charge payments of interest in transitional periods to 6 April 1986 ; two found that it did not.

Building Societies

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate in total how much the Inland Revenue received from building societies in 1985-86 and 1986-87 ; and how much will not be repaid as a consequence of clause 50 of the Finance Bill being approved by the House.

Mr. Maples : Receipts of income tax and corporation tax from building societies were £3,025 million in 1985-86 and £3,067 million in 1986-87. An estimated £130 million of 1986-87 receipts would be repaid if clause 50 was not approved ; receipts of about £20 million in later years would also be repaid, together with accumulated interest amounting to about £100 million at the beginning of this financial year.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many building societies, on or after 25 October 1990, asked for return of the tax which was in dispute ; and how many received a written acknowledgement before the Budget speech in 1991.

Mr. Maples : It would not be appropriate to provide information about the tax affairs of individual taxpayers.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Treasury or Inland Revenue estimates of extra or accelerated payment of tax by building societies from (a) the changed tax arrangements and (b) the transitional arrangements were published in (i) 1985 and (ii) 1986.

Mr. Maples : The 1985-86 "Financial Statement and Budget Report" showed the effect of the building society measures on Exchequer revenue in 1985-86 to be nil and estimated the effect on tax liabilities for the first full year to be a reduction of £20 million in societies' liability to corporation tax.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a complete collection of Treasury press notices, ministerial speeches and pronouncements, and debates on the Floor of the House and in Committee on the change in taxation payments by building societies.

Mr. Maples : I have placed a collection of this information in the Library.


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Consultancy Contracts

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by the Central Office of Information in the 1990-91 financial year on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the Central Office of Information in 1990-91, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Mr. Maples : This question falls within the scope of the policy announced in Cm. 1263 : arrangements have therefore been made for the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to respond direct. Copies of the letter will be placed in the House Library and with the Public Information Office.

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by Her Majesty's Treasury in the 1990-91 financial year on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by Her Majesty's Treasury in 1990-91, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm, the subject of the assignment and, if appropriate, the executive agency for whom the contract was carried out.

Mr. Maples : The expenditure in the financial year 1990-91 is estimated to be some £5,902,000, which includes some £5,245,600 by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency. Figures include the cost of development studies, which in turn include the cost of associated hardware and software ; the later items are not separately identifiable.

The following management and computer consultancy contracts were awarded by Her Majesty's Treasury in the financial year 1990-91.






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Contracts awarded:                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A Bobsin                                             |Office services project                                                                                                                                       

A. Morris                                            |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

Admiral                                              |Quality Management                                                                                                                                            

AIAI                                                 |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

AMP Systems Lts                                      |Systems upgrade                                                                                                                                               

AMTEC                                                |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Anderson Consultants                                 |ITIL Project Support                                                                                                                                          

Ashford Associates                                   |Development Support                                                                                                                                           

B. Traynor                                           |Health project                                                                                                                                                

BBC Central Directorates                             |Press office project                                                                                                                                          

BDO Binder Hamlyn                                    |Auditing contract                                                                                                                                             

BIS                                                  |CRAMM Project Support                                                                                                                                         

BIS                                                  |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Brameur                                              |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Brian Bolton                                         |Standards Support                                                                                                                                             

Brian Farrington Ltd                                 |Purchasing and Supply                                                                                                                                         

British Computer Society                             |ITIL Project Support                                                                                                                                          

British Telecomm                                     |GTN Support                                                                                                                                                   

C. Cubed                                             |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

C. Makemson                                          |GOSIP Project Support                                                                                                                                         

CAMTEC                                               |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Cannon Rosen and Co.                                 |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

CAPITA Group Ltd.                                    |Pursuit project                                                                                                                                               

Catering Consultants                                 |Pay division project                                                                                                                                          

CCMS                                                 |ITIL Project Support                                                                                                                                          

Cego Mackrotest                                      |Market Research                                                                                                                                               

Chipboards                                           |IT Support                                                                                                                                                    

City University                                      |Study in Estimating                                                                                                                                           

City University                                      |Study in Management                                                                                                                                           

Civil Service College                                |Training Support                                                                                                                                              

CMGBIS                                               |SSADM Project Support                                                                                                                                         

Coopers and Lybrand                                  |Purchasing research                                                                                                                                           

Coopers and Lybrand                                  |Management policy project                                                                                                                                     

Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte                         |Coding Systems for Purchasing                                                                                                                                 

D. B. I. Associates                                  |Development Support                                                                                                                                           

D. R. Moss                                           |Programming Support                                                                                                                                           

DAE University of Cambridge                          |Capital gains and balance of                                                                                                                                  

                                                     |  payments                                                                                                                                                    

Data Dictionary                                      |SSADM Project Support                                                                                                                                         

Data Systems                                         |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

DCMS                                                 |Network Management Support                                                                                                                                    

Delta Dimensions Ltd.                                |Purchasing Database                                                                                                                                           

Deuce                                                |CRAMM Project Support                                                                                                                                         

DMW Group                                            |GTS Project Support                                                                                                                                           

Dr. D. Helm                                          |Economics project                                                                                                                                             

Dr. E. Burgess                                       |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

DTI                                                  |Management policy project                                                                                                                                     

EFD                                                  |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

EOSYS                                                |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

ERA Technology                                       |Systems Interface.                                                                                                                                            

Ernst & Young                                        |GTS Project support.                                                                                                                                          

Ernst & Young                                        |GEMINI Marketing.                                                                                                                                             

Ernst & Young                                        |Methods Harmonisation.                                                                                                                                        

Ernst & Young                                        |ITIL Project support.                                                                                                                                         

Fischer & Lorenz                                     |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

Format Desktop Publishing                            |SSADM Project Support.                                                                                                                                        

Frank Griffiths Associates                           |Comments on DTp's Action                                                                                                                                      

                                                     |  Plan.                                                                                                                                                       

Frank Griffiths Associates                           |Highways Consultancy                                                                                                                                          

                                                     |  Commissions.                                                                                                                                                

Frank Griffiths Association                          |Purchasing research.                                                                                                                                          

G. Hughes                                            |Development work on Project                                                                                                                                   

                                                     |  Database.                                                                                                                                                   

Graftondale                                          |Open Systems Support.                                                                                                                                         

GTP Sales                                            |Telecomms Update.                                                                                                                                             

Healy R. Baker                                       |Accounting research project.                                                                                                                                  

Hedra Ltd.                                           |IT Review Support.                                                                                                                                            

Hoskyns                                              |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

HWPH Ltd.                                            |Nursery project.                                                                                                                                              

ICI C & P Headquarter                                |Economics project.                                                                                                                                            

ICL                                                  |Use of OSNET                                                                                                                                                  

                                                     |  telecommunications system.                                                                                                                                  

Ideas Int.                                           |Database Support.                                                                                                                                             

IDU                                                  |ITIL Project Support.                                                                                                                                         

IDU                                                  |Infrastructure Support.                                                                                                                                       

Industrial Training Service                          |Management policy project.                                                                                                                                    

Industrial Training Service                          |Management policy project.                                                                                                                                    

Info Strategy                                        |GOSIP Project Support.                                                                                                                                        

Infologistix                                         |ITIL Project Support.                                                                                                                                         

Info. Design                                         |ITIL Project Support.                                                                                                                                         

Ingham Partnership                                   |SSADM Project Support.                                                                                                                                        

Ingham Partnership                                   |User Interface Project.                                                                                                                                       

Ingham Partnership                                   |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

Insieme                                              |ITIL Project Support.                                                                                                                                         

Institute of Manpower Studies                        |Personnel project.                                                                                                                                            

J. D. Barnett                                        |Office services project.                                                                                                                                      

J. Gammon                                            |Use of private sector purchasing                                                                                                                              

                                                     |  agent.                                                                                                                                                      

J. K. Microelectric                                  |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

J. Westgate                                          |Consultancy Support.                                                                                                                                          

K. Baldwin                                           |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

K. P. G. Computer Support                            |Computer project                                                                                                                                              

  Services Ltd.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

K. W. Gray                                           |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

Kermon Associates                                    |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Kermon Associates                                    |GTS project support                                                                                                                                           

Kiddy & Co.                                          |Account management                                                                                                                                            

KPMG Peat Marwick                                    |Auditing contract for IBM 43/81                                                                                                                               

Lancare                                              |Check of telecommunications                                                                                                                                   

                                                     |  links                                                                                                                                                       

Logica                                               |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Logica                                               |GEMINI project support                                                                                                                                        

Logica                                               |Capacity planning                                                                                                                                             

M. Brech                                             |Management policy project                                                                                                                                     

M. J. O. Willacy                                     |Purchasing adviser                                                                                                                                            

M. N. Pickett                                        |Estate management                                                                                                                                             

M. W. Townley                                        |Financial institutions project                                                                                                                                

MARI Group                                           |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Masons                                               |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Model Systems                                        |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Mrs. C. Megan                                        |Pensions project                                                                                                                                              

Ms. S. Horder                                        |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

Network Telecomms                                    |GOSIP project support                                                                                                                                         

Nolan & Norton                                       |SSADM project support                                                                                                                                         

Nottingham University                                |CSCW support                                                                                                                                                  

OASIS Limited                                        |Pursuit project                                                                                                                                               

Open Systems Foundation                              |Open Systems support                                                                                                                                          

Open Systems Foundation                              |Training support                                                                                                                                              

OSI Services                                         |GTS project support                                                                                                                                           

Ovum Ltd.                                            |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

Oxford Economic Research                             |Economics project                                                                                                                                             

P. Chambers                                          |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

P. G. Davis                                          |Pensions project                                                                                                                                              

P. N. Parry                                          |Guidance on works projects                                                                                                                                    

PA Consultancy                                       |Consultancy support                                                                                                                                           

PA Consultancy                                       |ITIL project support                                                                                                                                          

PA Consultancy                                       |GDN project support                                                                                                                                           

Pat Bacon                                            |Pursuit project                                                                                                                                               

Peat Marwick McLintock                               |Management policy project                                                                                                                                     

Peter Hyde                                           |ITIL project support                                                                                                                                          

Pi Limited                                           |Purchasing database                                                                                                                                           

Pink Elephant                                        |ITIL project support                                                                                                                                          

Pratten                                              |Consultancy contract                                                                                                                                          

PRAXIS                                               |Framework support                                                                                                                                             

Price Waterhouse Association                         |Privatisation project                                                                                                                                         

Protocol Int.                                        |ITIL project support                                                                                                                                          

PSC Int.                                             |GOSIP project support                                                                                                                                         

QBS Ltd.                                             |ITIL project support                                                                                                                                          

R. H. Willmott                                       |EPHOS Project Support                                                                                                                                         

R. H. Willmott                                       |GOSIP Project Support                                                                                                                                         

R. L. Harris                                         |Marketing Support                                                                                                                                             

R. M. O'Connor                                       |Standards Support                                                                                                                                             

R. Morgan                                            |Economics research                                                                                                                                            

Roger Tym and Partners                               |Aid and export finance project                                                                                                                                

Salford                                              |Development Support                                                                                                                                           

SEMA                                                 |GOSIP Project Support                                                                                                                                         

SEMA                                                 |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Sensitive Visual Aids                                |Braille Support                                                                                                                                               

Softlab                                              |ITIL Project Support                                                                                                                                          

Soutron                                              |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Strand S. T. Ltd.                                    |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Systems Associated                                   |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

T. C. F. Howard                                      |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

T. McCormack                                         |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

T. W. Olle Associates                                |Development Support                                                                                                                                           

Telecomputting Ltd.                                  |Automated job assembly                                                                                                                                        

                                                     |  consultancy                                                                                                                                                 

Theo Goddard                                         |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Touche Ross Ltd.                                     |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Transform                                            |Pay Project                                                                                                                                                   

Transtech Consultancy Service                        |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

Trove                                                |GOSIP Project Support                                                                                                                                         

Turing Institute                                     |Development Support                                                                                                                                           

W. E. Townsend                                       |Personnel project                                                                                                                                             

Woodway                                              |Consultancy Support                                                                                                                                           

Workplace Nurseries                                  |Nursery project                                                                                                                                               

X-Tel Services                                       |CSCW Support                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by the Royal Mint in the 1990-91 financial year on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or


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computer consultancy contract awarded by the Royal Mint in 1990-91, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.

Mr. Maples : This question falls within the scope of the policy announced in Cm. 1263 : arrangements have therefore been made for the deputy master and chief executive of the Royal Mint to respond direct. Copies of the letter will be placed in the House Library and with the Public Information Office.

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount spent by HMSO in the 1990-91 financial year on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by HMSO in 1990-91, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm and the subject of the assignment.


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Mr. Maples : This question falls within the scope of the policy announced in Cm. 1263 : arrangements have therefore been made for the chief executive of HMSO to reply direct. Copies of the letter will be placed in the House Library and with the Public Information Office.

Business Premises (South-East Counties)

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total value of (a) small, (b) large and (c) all business premises in each south-eastern county (i) before and (ii) after the recent revaluation which coincided with the introduction of the uniform business rate.

Mr. Maude : The information is as follows :


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£ million                                                                                         

                                    Small properties  Large properties  All properties            

                                   |1973    |1990    |1973    |1990    |1973    |1990             

                                   |Rateable|Rateable|Rateable|Rateable|Rateable|Rateable         

County                             |Value   |Value   |Value   |Value   |Value   |Value            

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

Bedfordshire                       |5       |42      |38      |301     |42      |343              

Berkshire                          |4       |46      |66      |639     |70      |685              

Buckinghamshire                    |4       |44      |45      |427     |49      |471              

East Sussex                        |7       |71      |27      |247     |34      |317              

Essex                              |13      |120     |80      |717     |92      |837              

Hampshire                          |11      |113     |80      |695     |91      |808              

Hertfordshire                      |7       |67      |89      |698     |96      |765              

Isle of Wight                      |1       |15      |3       |37      |5       |53               

Kent                               |12      |124     |63      |580     |75      |705              

Oxfordshire                        |4       |45      |31      |326     |35      |371              

Surrey                             |7       |76      |64      |642     |71      |718              

West Sussex                        |6       |57      |39      |379     |44      |436              

London Boroughs and City of London |112     |1,031   |1,138   |8,983   |1,250   |10,014           

The table gives rateable values before and after revaluation for all properties in the rating lists as at 1 April 1990. Small properties are taken to be those with a 1990 rateable value below £15,000 in London, and below £10,000 elsewhere.

CIVIL SERVICE

Consultancy Contracts

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what was the total amount spent by the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service in the 1990-91 financial year on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases ; and if he will list each management or computer consultancy contract awarded by the OMCS in 1990-91, giving in each case the name of the consultancy firm, the subject of the assignment and, if appropriate, the executive agency for whom the contract was carried out.

Mr. Renton : The OMCS spent £747,500 on management and computer consultancy contracts, excluding hardware and software purchases, in 1990- 91. The management and computer consultancy contracts let by the OMCS during 1990-91 are as follows :

Firm and Assignment

Coopers and Lybrand--Informing decisions on advising Departments and Agencies about the evaluation of Agencies' performance. Computer Answers Ltd.--Design and write database system.


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Daton Systems Ltd.--Design and write database system.

DBI Associates--Feasibility study for replacement computer system.

KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock--Evaluation of senior staff training and development programme.

KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock--Evaluation of imple- mentation of Management Charter Initiative guidelines.

Linbert Spencer--Development of equal opportunity recruit- ment guidance pack.

Nottingham Professional Development Services--Production of an access training manual and other training materials.

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.--Programming support in development of recruitment processing system.

Pearn Kandola Downs--Development of equal opportunity learning programme and training materials.

Praxis Systems--Assistance in the analysis, design and testing of software and production of user manual.

Psytech Ltd.--Further development of computerised system to support use of psychometric testing in recruitment schemes.

Raindrop Data Systems Ltd.--Design and write database system. Taylor Stewart Associates--Development of training mat- erial on managing people from diverse groups.

Trident Computer Services--Design and write database system. The only consultancy contract let by an executive agency was that with DBI Associates, let by the occupational health service.


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