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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 24th June 1991

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Kurdistan

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the armed forces of each of the allied coalition countries have been stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan on a week -by-week basis since 6 May.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The information requested is not available.

Paraguay

Mr. Adley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on

British-Paraguayan relations.

Mr. Garel-Jones : We enjoy friendly relations with Paraguay and maintain an embassy in Asuncion. British-Paraguayan trade is on the increase. I welcome the current visit to United Kingdom of a Paraguayan parliamentary delegation.

Caribbean Dependent Territories

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Chief Ministers of (a) British Virgin Islands, (b) Turks and Caicos Islands, (c) Anguilla, (d) Montserrat, (e) Bermuda and (f) Cayman Islands ; and what subjects were discussed in each case.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : During my time in office I have met all the Chief Ministers of the Caribbean Dependent Territories. The Cayman Islands do not have a Chief Minister. I met Executive Council Members during my visit to Grand Cayman on 6 December 1990. I look forward to meeting the recently elected Chief Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands in London on 10 July. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State last met the Premier of Bermuda on 27 November 1990 in London. The United Kingdom's commitment to the good government of the territories and the ways in which we can assist the local governments with their economic and social developments were discussed at all these meetings.

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has had or proposes with the Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands about the appointment of the new governor.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Following normal procedure Mr. Stoutt has already been advised of the appointment of the next governor in advance of the official announcement which is expected shortly.

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations have been


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undertaken with the Government of the British Virgin Islands on capital punishment ; what was their result ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The views of the Governments of all the Caribbean Dependent Territories on capital punishment are well known and were carefully considered before the decision to abolish capital punishment for murder in the Caribbean Dependent Territories was taken. I discussed them with the Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands in London in March and when I visited the islands in April.

European Political Union

Mr. Favell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest draft treaty on political union submitted by the Luxembourg presidency.

Mr. Garel-Jones : The presidency circulated on 20 June a revised draft treaty text updating the version circulated on 17 April and taking account of discussions in the inter-governmental conference since then. This is an interim working document which will simply be a basis for the next phase of the negotiations. I understand the Library is taking steps to obtain a copy.

Hong Kong

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the People's Republic of China has ever suggested that it be allowed to construct the new airport or any part of it for Hong Kong.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : No.

Information Services

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the costs of administering the market information inquiry service and the overseas status report service were in each of the last two financial years.

Mr. Garel-Jones : Information on the costs of supplying these individual export services is not, at present, separately identified.

Kuwait

Mr. David Howell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Government of Kuwait the most recent death sentences on alleged collaborators imposed by the military court in Kuwait.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We shall continue as necessary both bilaterally and with our EC partners to urge the Kuwaiti authorities that trials should be conducted in accordance with due process of law and respect for the fundamental human rights of the defendants.

China

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 19 June, if he will ask the Chinese authorities to produce Lee Bun and her


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husband to demonstrate that they have not been executed ; and if he will seek an account of the circumstances in which the couple are now living.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : No. The Chinese authorities have told us that the couple are under investigation, accused of engaging in illegal petroleum transactions.

Gibraltar

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last carried out a review of the financial consequences for Gibraltar of their joining the EC customs union ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Garel-Jones : At the request of the Government of Gibraltar we carried out such a review earlier this year. It has been passed, in confidence, to the Gibraltar Government.

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there will be anything pertaining to Gibraltar at the British pavilion at Expo 92 in Seville.

Mr. Garel-Jones : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 10 June at col. 417. The theme of the British pavillion at Expo 92 will be "Original Britain". There is no plan to include exhibits based on specific geographical areas.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

Development Issues

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list for each year since 1979 Overseas Development Administration funding for research and development into development issues, in real and nominal terms.

Mrs. Chalker [holding answer 19 June 1991 : The amount spent by the ODA on funding for research and development into development issues since 1979 is as follows :


              |Cash terms   |Real Terms                               |£ 000        |(1990 Prices)                                          |£000                       --------------------------------------------------------1979-80       |25,800       |51,771                     1980-81       |27,333       |46,349                     1981-82       |26,474       |40,940                     1982-83       |29,358       |42,389                     1983-84       |32,588       |44,973                     1984-85       |33,861       |44,471                     1985-86       |32,875       |40,950                     1986-87       |36,056       |43,409                     1987-88       |48,906       |55,897                     1988-89       |53,058       |56,439                     1989-90       |58,486       |58,486                     Source: Statistics of the British Aid Programme         

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Crown Prosecutors

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what research the Government have carried out on whether the quality of service to the public would be better and costs lower if Crown prosecutors were granted extended rights of audience ; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General : Research is at present confined to an initial assessment of the potential costs and savings to the CPS according to the range of options open to the Lord Chancellor's advisory committee on legal education and training. No research is feasible as regards the qualitative effect of any decision by the advisory committee.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what is his latest estimate of the full costs to public funds involved in providing the services for a full year of (a) a Crown prosecutor, (b) a senior Crown prosecutor and (c) a chief Crown prosecutor.

The Attorney-General : The latest estimates of the full costs to public funds involved in providing the services of Crown prosecutors for a full year, including accommodation costs and notional superannuation contributions are as follows :


                                     |In     |Outside                                             |London |London         -------------------------------------------------------------(a) a Crown Prosecutor               |£36,868|£29,404        (b) a Senior Crown Prosecutor        |£42,225|£34,306        (c) a Grade 4 Chief Crown Prosecutor |£67,424|£59,281            a Grade 5 Chief Crown Prosecutor |-      |£53,056        

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what is his estimate of the number of salaried Crown prosecutors who appear in court as advocates on each sitting day.

The Attorney-General : No collected figures are available in respect of the number of salaried Crown prosecutors who appear in court each sitting day. In the financial year 1990-91 some 246,000 sessions in the magistrates' courts were covered by salaried Crown prosecutors. Assuming 250 sitting days in a year, the estimated average number of salaried Crown prosecutors appearing as advocates each day is 1,000.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what is the current annual cost of the Crown prosecution service ; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General : The current estimated annual cost of the Crown prosecution service for 1991-92 is £229,923,000. Further details were published in "Supply Estimates 1991-92" class X, votes 5 and 6.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General if he is able to give an estimate of the number of hours per week spent in court, excluding waiting time, on average, by a Crown prosecutor and a senior Crown prosecutor respectively.

The Attorney-General : No specific figures are available of the average number of hours per week spent in court by Crown prosecutors. The best estimate that can be made is a figure of about 15 hours per week for both Crown


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prosecutors and senior Crown prosecutors. Waiting time is not a significant factor--full list advocacy by Crown prosecutors results in efficient use of resources and reduces waiting time to a negligible level.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of advocates appearing in magistrates' courts on behalf of the Crown prosecution service on an average day are (a) counsel from the independent Bar instructed (i) on a case-by-case basis and (ii) otherwise, (b) solicitors in private practice instructed (i) on a case-by-case basis and (ii) otherwise, (c) salaried members of the Crown prosecution service and (d) other advocates.

The Attorney-General : Exact figures giving the proportions requested are not available. The estimated proportions for the financial year 1990-91 are :

(a) (i) 2 per cent.

(ii) 15 per cent.

(b) (i) and (ii) 17 per cent.

(c) 66 per cent.

(d) 0 per cent.--an insignificant number of cases is handled by advocates from other Government Departments on behalf of the Crown prosecution service where a joint prosecution arises.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Attorney-General what additional cost to public funds is involved in providing the services of a Crown prosecutor stationed in central London as against one stationed in Manchester.

The Attorney-General : The latest estimate of the additional cost to public funds involved in providing the services of a Crown prosecutor stationed in central London as against one stationed in Manchester is £7,464.

PRIME MINISTER

Baltic Republics

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Prime Minister when representatives of the Government of the United Kingdom will next meet representatives of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and what plans they have to discuss improved trade relations with the Baltic republics.

The Prime Minister : My hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office will meet the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Mr. Saudargas on 25 June. My hon. and learned Friend expects to discuss a wide range of topics of mutual interest with Mr. Saudargas. We have regular contacts with Baltic representatives in London and Moscow, and in the Baltic republics. These contacts cover a wide range of bilateral political and economic issues.

Solvent Abuse

Mr. Trotter : To ask the Prime Minister which Department is responsible for the co-ordination of Government policies on solvent abuse ; and what policies there are to reduce solvent abuse.

The Prime Minister : The Department of Health takes the lead on Government policies against solvent misuse. These policies are directed primarily towardseducation and prevention and, where practicable, the restriction of sales of products containing volatile substances to young people. We have supported a number


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of initiatives to educate young people at risk and to inform adults, including parents, professional workers and retailers who may become involved.

CHURCH COMMISSIONERS

Shops (Golders Green Road)

30. Mr. John Marshall : To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, how many shops the Church Commission owns in Golders Green road ; and what is their rent.

Mr. Alison : Forty shops producing nearly £850,000 per annum.

Property Holdings

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, what were the reasons for the reduction in the value of the Commissioners' holding in the Grange Precinct, Birkenhead between 1989 and 1990.

Mr. Alison : The value dropped by 13 per cent. in line with general market trends at a time of recession.

WALES

Mail Services

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the intention of the Post Office to combine south Wales with south-west England for Royal Mail purposes ; what discussions he has had with the Post Office concerning this matter ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : We have received representations from the hon. Member for Ceredigion and Pembroke, North (Mr. Howells) and from the Gowerton branch of Plaid Cymru concerning the location of the Royal Mail administrative headquarters for the combined south Wales and south-west England area. We understand that Royal Mail will not be transferring its total divisional administrative base into one location. There will be several outstanding administrative units. We have written to the chairman of the Post Office pressing the case for Wales as a location for the administrative staff. The chairman has assured me that the location of the divisional headquarters and its outstations will be carefully considered.

Cardiff Bay Development Corporation

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all the members of the Cardiff Bay development corporation.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Current members of Cardiff Bay development Corporation are :

Geoffrey Inkin OBE (Chairman)

Councillor Lord Brooks of Tremorfa (Deputy Chairman)

Mrs. Mair Barnes

Mrs. Honor Chapman

Alan Cox CBE

Hugh Hudson-Davies

Councillor Paddy Kitson

Professor Richard Silverman MSc(Edin) Dip Arch

ARIBA ARIAS

James Beveridge MA FCA

Brian Thomas


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At present there are three vacancies following recent district council elections.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Prevention of Terrorism Act

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of people held under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in connection with Northern Ireland affairs were not allowed to contact a solicitor for the first 48 hours ;

(2) what proportion of people held under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in connection with Northern Ireland affairs exercised their right under (a) section 56 and (b) section 58 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act ;

(3) what proportion of people held under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in connection with Northern Ireland affairs were not allowed to contact another person for the first 48 hours.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : This information is not available.

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many searches were made of the records held by the national joint unit at Scotland Yard in each year from 1987 to 1990, respectively.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : The number of inquiries made of the records held by the national joint unit was as follows :


        |Number         ------------------------1987    |81,060         1988    |77,472         1989    |101,766        1990    |83,753         

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many computerised records the national joint unit holds on individuals for the control of terrorism in connection with Northern Ireland affairs.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : The information is not available in the form requested.

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men and how many women have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in connection with Northern Ireland affairs each quarter since 22 March 1984 (a) at ports and airports and (b) elsewhere.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : The information requested is given in the tables.




              |Men  |Women|Total      --------------------------------------(a) Ports                             1984                                  Q1<1>         |-    |-    |-          Q2<1>         |-    |-    |20         Q3<1>         |-    |-    |19         Q4<1>         |-    |-    |16                                               1985                                  Q1            |12   |0    |12         Q2            |18   |4    |22         Q3            |17   |5    |22         Q4            |14   |0    |14                                               1986                                  Q1            |30   |2    |32         Q2            |6    |1    |7          Q3            |14   |1    |15         Q4            |19   |1    |20                                               1987                                  Q1            |41   |2    |43         Q2            |38   |2    |40         Q3            |26   |3    |29         Q4            |21   |1    |22                                               1988                                  Q1            |22   |1    |23         Q2            |17   |0    |17         Q3            |42   |2    |44         Q4            |25   |1    |26                                               1989                                  Q1            |19   |1    |20         Q2            |19   |0    |19         Q3            |21   |0    |21         Q4            |17   |1    |18                                               1990                                  Q1            |14   |0    |14         Q2            |16   |2    |18         Q3            |9    |1    |10         Q4            |9    |2    |11                                               (b) Elsewhere                         1984                                  Q1                  |<1>- |-          Q2                        |10         Q3                        |9          Q4                        |29                                               1985                                  Q1            |10   |2    |12         Q2            |36   |10   |46         Q3            |11   |2    |13         Q4            |44   |8    |52                                               1986                                  Q1            |0    |0    |0          Q2            |14   |3    |17         Q3            |11   |1    |12         Q4            |43   |1    |44                                               1987                                  Q1            |15   |2    |17         Q2            |12   |0    |12         Q3            |14   |3    |17         Q4            |4    |0    |4                                                1988                                  Q1            |6    |4    |10         Q2            |11   |0    |11         Q3            |14   |2    |16         Q4            |21   |2    |23                                               1989                                  Q1            |12   |4    |16         Q2            |14   |2    |16         Q3            |17   |0    |17         Q4            |31   |5    |36                                               1990                                  Q1            |15   |1    |16         Q2            |27   |4    |31         Q3            |24   |2    |26         Q4            |37   |6    |43         <1>From 22 March 1984. Figures not    available in the form required.       

This information is in respect of detentions in Great Britain only. Information in respect of detentions in Northern Ireland is not available by sex and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the role of the national joint unit at Scotland Yard ; and how many people work in this unit.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : The role of the national joint unit at New Scotland Yard is to prepare, on behalf of all police forces in Great Britain, applications to the Secretary of State for extensions of detention and exclusion orders under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989, and to provide advice to police forces on the operation of the Act. The unit is staffed by 17 police officers, most of whom are seconded to it for short periods from provincial forces.

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the average length of time from the initial arrest to the first interview under paragraph 3(2) of schedule 3 for all those arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in connection with Northern Ireland affairs ;

(2) what was the average length of time from the moment they were stopped to the first interview under paragraph 3(2) of schedule 3 for all those people stopped


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and examined at ports and airports and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in connection with Northern Ireland affairs ;

(3) in how many cases special arrangements for children have had to be made as a result of their parents or guardians being examined or detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in connection with Northern Ireland affairs in each quarter since 22 March 1984 ; (4) how many children have been taken into care as a result of their parents or guardians being detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in connection with Northern Ireland affairs in each quarter since 22 March 1984.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in connection with Northern Ireland affairs have been charged only with criminal offences other than under the Act, shown by (a) principal offences and (b) where charged ; and the outcome of the charge between 22 March and 31 December 1990.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : The information requested is given in the table :


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Number                                               |Offence                                             |Where charged                                       |Outcome                                                                                                  of people                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3                                                    |Conspiracy to cause explosions                      |London                                              |In two cases the charges were dropped. The third                                                                                                                                                                                                                        |  is awaiting trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2                                                    |Conspiracy to murder                                |London                                              |Awaiting trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1                                                    |Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life|London                                              |9 months in young offenders' institution.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1                                                    |Possession of a firearm in an aerodrome             |Bedfordshire                                        |Awaiting trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2                                                    |Assault occasioning actual bodily harm              |1 Wiltshire                                         |Fined                                                                                                                                                                                                              |1 London                                            |4 months' imprisonment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1                                                    |Driving with excess alcohol                         |Essex                                               |Fined.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1                                                    |Driving whilst disqualified                         |Warwickshire                                        |6 months' imprisonment suspended for 2 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4                                                    |Various offences under Theft Acts 1968 & 1978       |2 London                                            |1 Failed to appear-warrant issued.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      |1 Fined.                                                                                                                                                                                                           |1 Essex                                             |Conditional discharge.                                                                                                                                                                                             |1 Surrey                                            |6 months' imprisonment suspended for one year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1                                                    |Possession of forged passport and driving licence   |Greater Manchester                                  |Fined.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1                                                    |Criminal damage                                     |Belfast                                             |1 month in young offenders' institution.                                                                 

The table relates to those detained in Great Britain only. In addition 262 people who were detained in Northern Ireland between 22 March and 31 December 1990 were charged with offences in Northern Ireland. Details of the offences and the outcome of the charges are not available.

Police (Misconduct)

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the amount of compensation paid to civilians by the Metropolitan police in each of the last three years following complaints.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Compensation payments may be made as the result of court proceedings or in out-of-court settlements, or when civil action has been suggested but


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