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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 15 July 1991

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Serious Fraud Office

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Attorney-General what is the number of cases for investigation that have been referred to the Serious Fraud Office by company auditors since its establishment.

The Attorney-General : None.

Probate Services

Mr. Carrington : To ask the Attorney-General when the Lord Chancellor intends to publish his regulations under sections 54 and 55 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

The Attorney-General : My noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor is today issuing a consultation document setting out draft regulations for probate complaints schemes under sections 54 and 55 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. Under the provisions of that Act, membership of such a scheme will be compulsory for financial institutions and other persons wishing to provide probate services to the public. The draft regulations require all probate practitioners to belong to an ombudsman scheme with powers to award compensation. Copies of the consultation document and draft regulations will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses, are available in the Vote Office, and have been sent to representatives of the financial institutions, the legal profession and others who have an interest in the content of the regulations.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Slovenia

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Yugoslav Government concerning the need to prevent risk of ecological catastrophe or human suffering arising from the threatened attack by terrorists on the nuclear power plant at Krsko near Zagreb ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Countries that operate civil nuclear power programmes are responsible for ensuring the safety of plants. The restoration of peace in Slovenia and Croatia would be the best guarantee of the safety of the nuclear power plant at Krsko. The plan agreed between the European Community troika and Yugoslav representatives at Brioni on 8 July offers a basis upon which negotiations for a peaceful resolution of the Yugoslav crisis can restart.


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Baltic States

Mr. Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on behalf of the Baltic states regarding requests by the Soviet Government for economic aid ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We have received representations from members of the public and Baltic emigre associations about economic assistance to the Soviet Union. In our approach to assistance for Soviet economic reform we will be sensitive to wider political developments, including the Soviet authorities' approach to the Baltic republics.

Iraq (Weapons)

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 2 July, Official Report, columns 124-25, what analysis has been completed at Porton Down in relation to Iraq's chemical and biological weapons.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : A vapour sample from the United Nations special commission's first chemical weapons inspection at the Muthanna establishment in Iraq from 9 to 14 June 1991 was analysed for the Commission by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down. While details of the results are confidential to the special commission, they are consistent with the press statement made by the United Nations on 24 June 1991 that nerve agents of the types GB and GF were present at Muthanna.

European Community Co-operation Agreements

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Community has signed any other co -operation agreements similar to that signed with Morocco on 27 April 1976.

Mr. Garel-Jones : The European Community signed similar co-operation agreements with Algeria in 1976, Tunisia in 1977, Egypt in 1976, Israel in 1976, Lebanon in 1977, Syria in 1977, Jordan in 1977 and Yugoslavia in 1980.

Arms Control

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement outlining recent progress achieved with other Governments in the direction of arms control.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We are committed to verifiable arms control agreements which enhance our security. We participate actively in the follow-on negotiations to the conventional forces in Europe treaty of November 1990 and in negotiations on further confidence and security- building measures. We also participate in negotiations for a global ban on chemical weapons. We are promoting my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's proposal for a United Nations register of arms transfers and consulting other major arms suppliers, in particular the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, on how best to strengthen controls on all forms of arms proliferation.


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Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to discuss arms control with the United Nations and his EC counterparts.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has no immediate plans to discuss arms control with the United Nations. Some of this Department's senior officials recently met other members of the permanent five at the United Nations Security Council in Paris on 8 and 9 July to review issues related to conventional arms transfers and to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This group will next meet in London in September. It is possible that my right hon. Friend will discuss arms control issues with his European Community counterparts during the next Foreign Affairs Council on 29 July.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further plans he has to introduce new international controls on arms sales.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We are actively participating in efforts to introduce greater responsibility to the international transfer of conventional arms. The five leading arms exporters met in Paris on 8 and 9 July and agreed to work together to develop guidelines for restraint in arms transfer, and to set up a mechanism for continual consultation and exchange of information on these issues. This work will be taken forward at further meetings in London in the autumn.

Arms Sales

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in securing agreement for an international register of arms sales.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Our initiative for a UN register has received wide support. President Bush, President Mitterrand and Prime Minister Kaifu have endorsed the idea, and the European Council on 28 and 29 June decided that the Twelve should put forward a joint resolution to the next UN General Assembly proposing a register. At their meeting in Paris on 8 and 9 July the five permanent members of the Security Council also expressed their support for further work to this end. We are pleased that the recent report of the UN expert study group on transparency has recommended the prompt establishment of a register.

WALES

M4

Mr. John Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to minimise road works and the limitation on road lanes on the M4 for the remainder of the holiday period and particularly at weekends.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Two contracts are in progress on the M4. No additional schemes are to be carried out until September. Present restrictions required for these schemes will continue, but are unlikely to cause unnecessary delay to the public.


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A5

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his reply of 8 July, Official Report, column 265, if he will state the year in which it is expected that the work in building the A5 across Ynys Mo n will commence.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The 1991 supplement to "Roads in Wales : Progress and Plans for the 1990s" shows the A5 improvements as planned to start after April 1994. It is not possible to give a firmer indication of timing at this stage.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of all infant and junior schools in each local education authority which have integrated units for children with special needs, together with their funding requirements under local management of schools ; and whether each integrated unit receives all of the funding allocated to it under the local management of schools formula.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Information on infants and junior schools with integrated units for children with special needs is not available centrally.

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to give local education authorities the statutory duty to provide places for pupils with special needs up to the age of 18 years at least.

Sir Wyn Roberts : At present local education authorities are required to secure the provision of suitable full-time education for pupils up to the age of 18, including those with special educational needs. For 16 to 18-year-olds, the Government intend that this duty will transfer to further education funding councils for England and Wales in a new independent further education sector. Our plans are set out in the White Paper "Education and Training for the 21st Century", Cm 1536.

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many pupils with special needs were in schools and colleges, by year group, from five to 18 years in each of the last five years.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Information in respect of pupils with statements of special educational needs in schools is given in the table. Data on special needs by year group are not available. Local education authorities are not required to maintain statements for young people in colleges of furrther education.


Number of pupils in   

schools<1>            

        |Number       

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1986-87 |9,916        

1987-88 |11,549       

1988-89 |11,340       

1989-90 |10,965       

1990-91 |12,647       

<1> At January of     

each year. Includes   

pupils receiving      

education             

within and outside    

their own local       

education authority   

in primary,           

Secondary, special    

and independent       

schools and special   

units.                

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of all secondary schools in each local education authority which have integrated units


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or other provision for children with special needs, together with their funding requirements under local mangement of schools ; and whether each integrated unit, or other provision, receives all of the funding allocated to it under the local management of schools formula.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Details on the secondary schools with LEA designated special classes and their respective LMS budgets are given in the table. Information on schools with integrated units for children with special needs is not held centrally. Formula funding under LMS is based on two key principles--that the resources available should be allocated to schools on a clear and objective basis related to their relative need to spend, and that schools' budgets should depend mainly on the numbers and ages of their pupils. Whether or not factors for integrated units or other provision are included in the formulae is for LEAs to decide. LEAs retain their responsibilities in respect of children with statements of special educational need.



School Name                              |Local                      

                                         |Management                 

                                         |of Schools                 

                                         |Budget(1) £              

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Clwyd                                                                

Rhyl High School                         |1,881,310                  

Denbigh High School                      |1,478,990                  

The Groves High School                   |1,447,240                  

                                                                     

Dyfed                                                                

Fishguard County Secondary School        |1,315,469                  

Ysgol Y Preseli                          |1,164,472                  

Pembroke Comprehensive School            |2,227,550                  

Cardigan County Secondary School         |1,183,228                  

Penglais Comprehensive School            |1,652,523                  

Ysgol Gyfun Maes Yr Yrfa                 |1,026,535                  

Gwendraeth Valley Comprehensive School   |1,079,200                  

                                                                     

Gwent                                                                

St. Julians Comprehensive School         |1,986,631                  

Hartridge Comprehensive School           |1,614,260                  

Newbridge Comprehensive School           |1,183,073                  

Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School      |1,336,205                  

Llantarnam Comprehensive School          |1,706,110                  

Glanyrafon Junior Comprehensive School   |669,801                    

Cwmcarn Comprehensive School             |730,367                    

Chepstow Comprehensive School            |1,677,119                  

Caldicot Comprehensive School            |2,194,349                  

Abersychan Comprehensive School          |1,374,224                  

Abertillery Comprehensive School         |1,447,560                  

                                                                     

Gwynedd                                                              

Ysgol John Bright                        |1,763,941                  

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy                      |1,493,505                  

Ysgol Friars                             |1,703,648                  

                                                                     

Mid Glamorgan                                                        

Afon Taf High School                     |2,118,000                  

Cyfarthfa High School                    |1,850,000                  

Vaynor and Penderyn Comprehensive School |695,000                    

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School       |2,476,000                  

Hawthorn Comprehensive School            |1,744,000                  

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen                    |1,744,000                  

Blaengwawr Comprehensive School          |1,233,000                  

Tonyrefail Comprehensive School          |2,010,000                  

Cynffig Comprehensive School             |1,724,000                  

St. Cenydd Comprehensive School          |1,622,000                  

St. Ilan Comprehensive School            |1,599,000                  

Bryntirion Comprehensive School          |1,670,000                  

Ynysawdre Comprehensive School           |1,910,000                  

Pencoed Comprehensive School             |2,078,000                  

Lewis Girls Comprehensive School         |1,686,000                  

Brynteg Comprehensive School             |2,698,000                  

Ferndale Comprehensive School            |1,866,000                  

Tonypandy Comprehensive School           |1,989,000                  

Bedwellty Comprehensive School           |1,101,000                  

Archbishop McGrath School                |830,000                    

                                                                     

Powys                                                                

Caereinion High School                   |882,275                    

Llanidloes High School                   |838,497                    

Newtown High School                      |1,817,623                  

Welshpool High School                    |1,293,060                  

                                                                     

South Glamorgan                                                      

Rumney High School                       |1,787,357                  

Willows High School                      |1,176,007                  

Fitzalan High School                     |2,182,776                  

Llanedeyrn High School                   |1,579,164                  

Cantonian High School                    |1,687,323                  

Llanrumney High School                   |1,565,969                  

Llanilltud Fawr Comprehensive School     |1,684,498                  

Barry Boys Comprehensive School          |2,421,338                  

Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School         |2,390,428                  

St. Cyres Comprehensive School           |2,308,914                  

St. Illtyds High School                  |1,247,509                  

Mary Immaculate High School              |1,141,442                  

                                                                     

West Glamorgan                                                       

Olchfa Comprehensive School              |2,862,000                  

Sandfields Comprehensive School          |1,488,000                  

Gowerton Comprehensive School            |1,960,000                  

Cwmtawe Comprehensive School             |2,107,000                  

Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School           |1,243,000                  

<1>These details have been taken from LEAs' section 42 financial     

statements for 1991-92.                                              

Education Support and Training Programme

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many applications were made for grants under the education support and training programme 1992-93 ; and how many were successful ;

(2) if he will publish his programme of grants awarded under the education support and training programme 1992-93 and the conditions under which grants were awarded in each section.

Sir Wyn Roberts : We will be publishing details of the 1992-93 GEST programme for Wales this month. Local education authorities will have until October to submit bids for grant support. Information on how many applications were successful and the grants awarded will not be available until we have had an opportunity to consider these bids.

Standard Assessment Tasks

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 1 July, Official Report, column 33, if he will place in the Library copies of the representations he has received on the standard assessment tasks completed by children aged six-and-a-half to seven years this year.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The representations received about the implementation of the assessment arrangement for the first statutory SATs undertaken this year were unsolicited and as such cannot be made public without consent.

Abattoirs

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the abattoirs in Wales which slaughter fewer than 12 livestock units or cattle each week.


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Mr. David Hunt : It would not be appropriate to list the information requested, in view of its commercial sensitivity. However, information on throughput derived from annual advisory visits by state veterinary staff to local authority licensed abattoirs is recorded in size bands. The 1990 figures for Wales are as follows :


Livestock |Abattoirs          

units                         

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

0-5       |10                 

6-10      |3                  

11-15     |4                  

Private Nursing Home Residents

Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether residents of private nursing homes whose only income is from income support are eligible for additional benefits to cover the costs of support services including physiotherapy and chiropody where such services are not wholly provided by the health authority.


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Miss Widdecombe : I have been asked to reply.

No additional benefits are available to cover these services.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Schools

78. Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish details of the cash value and age-weighted pupil units allocated by each education and library board in Northern Ireland under the scheme for local management of schools to (a) preparatory school pupils and (b) primary school pupils ; how much the difference is between the weighting for pupils attending preparatory and primary schools ; and what is the reason for the difference.

Dr. Mawhinney : Primary pupil age-weightings depend on the class being attended. The range of age-weightings in each education and library board is as follows :


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Prep                      |P1  |P2  |P3  |P4  |P5  |P6  |P7       

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BELB n/a                  |1.20|1.0 |1.0 |1.10|1.0 |1.00|1.10     

NEELB 0.5 of P1-P7 values |1.23|1.09|1.0 |1.09|1.0 |1.09|1.09     

SEELB 0.45                |1.20|1.20|1.1 |1.20|1.1 |1.20|1.20     

SELB 0.47                 |1.10|1.00|1.0 |1.10|1.0 |1.00|1.10     

WELB 0.5                  |1.00|1.00|1.0 |1.00|1.0 |1.00|1.00     

The cash value of each age-weighted pupil unit reflects the different approaches in each board area and are not, therefore, directly comparable. The figures are :


       |AWPU         

       |£          

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

BELB   |813.79       

NEELB  |788.75       

SEELB  |730.92       

SELB   |852.35       

WELB   |812.25       

Prior to local mangement of schools--LMS--the Department paid 50 per cent. of approved teachers' costs


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with all remaining costs being met by fees payable by parents. The reduced weighting under the LMS arrangements continue to reflect the ongoing contribution from fees.

Ministers (Overnight Stays)

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many nights in each of the months of January, February, March, April, May, June 1991 each of the Ministers at the Northern Ireland Office remained overnight in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Mawhinney : The information is


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              |Mr. Brooke   |Lord Belstead|Dr. Mawhinney|Mr. Needham  |Mr. Hanley   |Total                      

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January       |5            |10           |8            |10           |12           |45                         

February      |13           |7            |8            |8            |11           |47                         

March         |9            |12           |9            |5            |8            |43                         

April         |6            |10           |12           |9            |13           |50                         

May           |10           |7            |17           |12           |13           |59                         

June          |10           |12           |14           |9            |10           |55                         

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

Total         |53           |58           |68           |53           |67           |299                        

Publications

Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details for each of the last five years of all booklets, pamphlets, promotional literature, annual reports, statements of accounts, and other printed matter required by statute to be made publicly available by all (i) Government Departments, (ii) statutory bodies, (iii) other public agencies or authorities ; the total cost in each case ; and whether printing was carried out in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Mawhinney : The information is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Advertising Campaigns

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the commencement dates and duration of each publicity campaign given in his answer of 3 July, Official Report, column 145 ;

(2) if he will list the advertising, promotional or public relations companies employed by, or on behalf of, his Department who are involved in the campaigns given in his answer of 3 July, Official Report , column 145 .

Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 11 July 1991] : The information is :


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Campaign                                                  |Commencement date           |Duration                    |Company                                                  

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Crime Prevention Public Awareness Campaign                 Launch Autumn 1991           Media element 4 weeks        Cannot be disclosed on security grounds                  

                                                                                                                                                                              

    Environmental Awareness and Energy                                                                                                                                        

Efficiency                                                 22 August 1991               3 months                     A. V. Browne Advertising Limited                         

                                                                                                                                                                              

Job Training Programme                                    |Not finalised               |Not finalised               |Anderson Advertising Limited                             

                                                                                                                                                                              

Pedestrian Safety                                         |26 June 1991                |1 month                     |Chrysalis TV                                             

                                                          |16 September 1991           |1 month                                                                               

Public Opinion Surveys

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the public opinion surveys carried out by his Department since his answer of 20 December, Official Report , column 280 .

Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 11 July 1991] : The surveys since the answer on 20 December are :


Entrance to Youth Training Programme                                            

Training and Employment Agency: Attitude and Awareness                          

Survey                                                                          

Northern Ireland Museums Advisory Committee's Survey of                         

Public Attitudes and Views of Museums in Northern Ireland                       

Job Staff Satisfaction in DHSS                                                  

Northern Ireland Continuous Household Survey                                    

Vehicle Testing Customer Survey 1991                                            

Customer Attitude 1991                                                          

ENVIRONMENT

Planning Inquiries

Dr. Hampson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) on the latest year's figures available for England and Wales, what were the mean, median, longest and shortest lengths of time between the closing of a public inquiry and the subsequent announcement of his decision ;

(2) on the latest year's figures available for England and Wales, what were the mean, median, longest and shortest lengths of time from notification of a public inquiry to the announcement of the decision, following a call-in under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, previously section 35 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, or as the result of an appeal against a planning authority's decision, or for any other reason.

Mr. Yeo : The information is not available in the form requested, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The table sets out available information on the median periods between the opening of inquiries and the issue of decisions in respect of planning appeals made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and listed building consent appeals made under section 20 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.


England 1990-91              |Section 20     |Section 78                     

                             |appeals        |appeals                        

                             |(weeks)        |(weeks)                        

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Inspector inquiries          |7              |7                              

Secretary of State inquiries |24             |28                             

Comparable information for advertisement and enforcement appeals, and for Wales, is not available.


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Crown Suppliers

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many staff were in the Crown Suppliers furnishing business on 15 August 1990.

Mr. Yeo : There were 493 industrial and non-industrial staff in post in TCS Contract Furnishing on 15 August 1990.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many Crown Suppliers staff who transferred into Property Services Agency building management have now left the civil service on principal civil service pension scheme early retirement and severance terms.

Mr. Yeo : Seventy-six of the Crown Suppliers staff who transferred to building management have left the civil service on early retirement or severance terms.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what auditing arrangements apply to the preparation of Crown Suppliers Contract Furnishing for privatisation and eventual closure.

Mr. Yeo : The accounts of the Crown Suppliers, and costs in respect of any residual activities, are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General. An internal audit presence remained throughout the closure process.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many Crown Suppliers furnishing staff left the civil service under the principal civil service pension scheme early retirement and severence scheme terms in the first seven months of 1990 prior to the closure announcement.

Mr. Yeo : From 1 January to 14 August 1990, 85 Crown Suppliers furnishing staff left on early retirement and severence terms.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the projected cost excluding index-linking of annual compensation payments to design and furnishing staff until their retirement age.

Mr. Yeo : A total of £7,916,000.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the purchase value of all stocks of furniture and equipment held by Crown Suppliers furnishing business on 15 August 1990.

Mr. Yeo : A total of £7,873,000, excluding VAT.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many Crown Suppliers staff have left the civil service on principal civil service pension scheme early retirement and severence terms from 15 August 1990 to date.


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Mr. Yeo : From 15 August 1990 to date the following industrial and non-industrial staff have the Crown Suppliers on early retirement and early severence terms :


                        |Number       

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

TCS Contract Furnishing |256          

The Buying Agency       |15           

TCS Transport Services  |69           

                        |---          

                        |340          

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the cost of annual compensation payments made under the early retirement rules of the principal civil service pension scheme to design and furnishing staff, Crown Suppliers staff generally, and Crown Suppliers furnishing staff separately, since 1 January.

Mr. Yeo : The information is as follows :


                                 |£            

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Design and Furnishing Staff      |471,000        

Crown Suppliers Staff generally  |4,000          

Crown Suppliers Furnishing Staff |42,000         

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many design and furnishing, professional and technical officers transferred out of Crown Suppliers Contract Furnishing into Property Services Agency Building Management on 1 January 1989.

Mr. Yeo : A total of 108 design and furnishing, professional and technical officers were transferred to PSA Building Management on 1 January 1989.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what the cost has been so far, excluding early retirement and severance payments, of closing down the Crown Suppliers Contract Furnishing business.

Mr. Yeo : The cost to the end of June 1991 was £10,400,000.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what money was realised from the sale of Crown Suppliers Contract Furnishing stocks of furniture and equipment disposed of after the closure announcement.

Mr. Yeo : A total of £6,460,000, excluding VAT.

PSA Building Management

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many design and furnishing staff are left in Property Services Agency Building Management ; and what plans there are for compulsory redundancies.

Mr. Yeo : Thirteen design and furnishing staff are left in PDS Building Management ; four of these may have to be considered for compulsory redundancy.

EC Supplies Directive

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to ensure that arrangements and contracts between Government Departments and the Property Services Agency comply with the European supplies directive.


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Mr. Yeo : While the PSA is part of the Government, the arrangements that it has with other Departments do not fall within the terms of the directive. The parts of the PSA that are proposed for privatisation are not suppliers of goods on any major scale. However, all PSA divisions have been reminded of the EC/GATT rules relating to public procurement.

Housing Associations

Mr. French : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will discuss with the chairman of the National Federation of Housing Associations a new format for the presentation of housing association annual accounts, with a view to making them more easily understood.

Mr. Yeo : The Housing Corporation is reviewing the prescribed format for housing association accounts in consultation with the National Federation of Housing Associations. In considering what proposals for revision to put to my right hon. Friend, it will certainly have in mind the need to ensure that the accounts are clear and readily understood.

Pollution Inspectorate

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which district offices of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution have closed in the last year, or are scheduled to close in the future.


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