Mr. Forth : Debts owing to employees whose employers have become insolvent may, within certain limits, be paid by my Department. In the case of statutory redundancy pay, the employee may be paid even where there is no formal insolvency. I have no plans at present for further measures.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many new businesses have been created in the past five years as a proportion of the number lost ; what were the comparable figures for 1974 to 1979 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Forth : Between the end of 1984 and the end of 1989, there were an estimated 1,082,000 new registrations for VAT, 29 per cent. greater than the number of deregistrations. Between the end of 1974 and the end of 1979, there were an estimated 809,000 new registrations for VAT, 12 per cent. greater than the number of deregistrations.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will now bring in regulations which forbid the use of articulated lorries built before 1982 which do not have brake variable sensing units fitted on the trailers.
Mr. Chope : We are looking at the feasibility of requiring variable sensing units to be fitted to trailers built before 1982. This will involve balancing the technical and cost implications against the likely benefits.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the outcome of the research conducted on behalf of his Department on the utility of tradeable permits in pollution control.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has from the World Meteorological Organisation's global atmosphere watch about (a) pollution in the global atmosphere as a result of Kuwait oil fires and (b) the effects of Kuwait oil fires in (1) western China, (2) the Himalayas and (3) the Indian sub-continent.
Mr. Trippier [holding answer 3 June 1991] : Only limited data are available at the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva from this programme. Very small concentrations of soot particles have been detected in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, but there are no indications of significant atmospheric pollution on a global scale. Information on the specific regions mentioned is not available at present.
(2) if he will list each executive agency, the chief executive and the subject of first degree possessed by him or her.
Year |Quantity |dredged ------------------------------ 1980 |Nil 1981 |Nil 1982 |Nil 1983 |Nil 1984 |599,200 1985 |887,856 1986 |253,361 1987 |Nil 1988 |2,716,789 1989 |2,432,732 1990 |402,084
Mr. Maude : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary revised estimate, the cash limit for class XVIII, vote 6 will be reduced by £24,857,000 from £1,568,465,000 to £1,543,608,000. There is no change in the Department's running cost limit. The change in the cash limit arises from an increase in the charges paid by the Department of Social Security to the Inland Revenue in respect of the costs of collecting national insurance contributions.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give for each available year from 1978 the amount invested in improving the energy efficiency of the Treasury in (a) cash terms and (b) 1990-91 money terms.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard [holding answer 3 June 1991] : Expenditure on measures to improve energy efficiency are aggregated with maintenance costs and could only be separately identified at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the number of energy audits carried out in the Treasury in the past five years and for each audit a statement of its main conclusions.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard [holding answer 3 June 1991] : Two energy audits have been carried out in the Department in the last five years. The first, in 1987, concentrated on the lighting efficiency of Treasury buildings. Its main recommendations will be taken on board as part of a major rewiring exercise of the building starting in summer 1991. The second is currently being undertaken in the Great George street building, and its findings are not yet available.
Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : Fishery protection is undertaken by a variety of ships including mine counter-measures vessels and offshore patrol vessels. We have no current plans to order new vessels specifically for this role, although we plan to place further orders for mine counter- measures vessels. The size and timing of orders has yet to be decided.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if public notice of a tender for a fishery protection vessel would need to be inserted in the European Community's Official Journal ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : There is no requirement to publish a public notice of a tender in the European Community's Official Journal for those Royal Navy vessels which perform fishery protection duties.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Clackmannan (Mr. O'Neill) of 17 May, Official Report, column 304, what further changes to the Royal Air Force are planned under "Options for Change".
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The Royal Air Force will shortly be implementing two further measures foreshadowed in the statement by my hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on "Options for Change" on 25 July at columns 470-73. First, there will be a small reduction in the number of Nimrod aircraft in service at RAF Kinloss and RAF St. Mawgan, from 1 July 1991. One aircraft will be withdrawn from service at RAF ST. Mawgan, and two from RAF Kinloss. Secondly, the Buccaneer operational conversion unit at RAF Lossiemouth will start to disband from 1 October 1991, with residual training requirements met by the Buccaneer squadrons themselves. This is the first step in the programme to replace the Buccaneer force at RAF Lossiemouth with Tornado aircraft equipped with Sea Eagle missiles for the anti-surface warfare role. These changes are not expected to result in any redundancies at the three stations.
HQ 1st Armoured Division and Signal Regiment
HQ British Forces Middle East
HQ 1st Armoured Brigade
2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery
40th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
32nd Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery
39th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery
29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery
12th Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery
23rd Engineer Regiment
54th Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron
14th Topographical Squadron Royal Engineers
BFME Postal and Courier Service
1st Coldstream Guards
1st Royal Scots
3rd Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
1st Armoured Division Transport Regiment
4th Armoured Division Transport Regiment
27th Regiment Royal Corps of Transport
1st Armoured Field Ambulance
Column 2335th Armoured Field Ambulance
24th Field Ambulance Unit
22nd Field Hospital
32nd Field Hospital
33rd Field Hospital
205th General Hospital
Medical Surgical Team "A"
Medical Surgical Team "B"
3rd Ordnance Battalion Group
6th Ordnance Battalion Group
174th Provost Company
203rd Provost Company
HQ Force Maintenance Area (Gulf)
Air HQ Riyadh
RAF Detachment Al Jubayl
RAF Detachment Dhahran
RAF Detachment Khaledap
RAF Detachment Muharraq
RAF Detachment Quayssumah
RAF Detachment Seeb
Muharraq War Hospital
Mr. Straw To ask the Prime Minister what was the total cost of the design, preparation, printing and distribution of the White Papers "Education and Training", Cm. 1536, volumes I and II and "Higher Education", Cm. 1541.
The Prime Minister : The total cost of the design and preparation of the White Papers "Education and Training", Cm 1536, volumes I and II, and "Higher Education", Cm 1541, was £51,000. This does not include the costs of printing, publishing and distribution, which are borne by HMSO, and which aims to recover its costs from sales revenue.
Mr. Straw : To ask the Prime Minister what was the total cost of the launch at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre of the White Papers, "Education and Training" and "Higher Education", on 20 May, including the cost of the hire of the centre and other charges.
The Prime Minister : The total estimated cost of the launch at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre for the White Papers "Education and Training" and "Higher Education", including the hire of the venue, will not exceed £48,000.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the general district hospitals and trusts that do not have a training officer for cardiac resuscitation employed to train both nurses and doctors on their staff.
Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total amount spent by his Department 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
Column 234computer consultancy contract awarded by his Department 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.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The estimated expenditure in the financial year 1990-91 on management and computer consultancy projects is £13.8 million. A list of consultancy firms and the projects they carried out in 1990-91 has been placed in the Library. None of the projects was carried out for an executive agency.
Sir John Wheeler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been brought in respect of powerful breeds of dog, including rottweilers, pit-bull terriers, the Tosa and dobermans, in respect of powers or offences under (a) section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, in respect of a dog owner's recklessness, (b) section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, (c) section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871, (d) section 1 of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, (e) the Animals Act 1971 and (f) the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989 since 1989.
|Prosecutions|Convictions |Cautions ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Town Police Clauses Act 1847 |93 |60 |71 Dogs Act 1871 and Dangerous Dogs Act 1898 |967 |166 |1,112 Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 |466 |395 |66
No statistics are available for civil cases concerning dogs brought under the Animals Act 1971, or for offences specifically relating to attacks involving dogs under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
32. Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convicted criminals are known to have committed additional crimes while on remand pending trial in the latest year for which figures are available ;
(2) how many people remanded on bail are known to have committed offences while so remanded, in the latest year for which figures are available.
Column 235statistical bulletin 30/90, "Reasons for refusing unconditional bail, January to February 1989", estimates that 19 per cent. of those remanded in custody had previously reoffended on bail. A copy of this bulletin is in the Library.