Sir Eldon Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much investment has been made in Northern Ireland by American- controlled companies in each of the past five years ; and to what extent these investments have been made as a result of the support made available from United States public funds.
Mr. Needham : The table shows the investment made in Northern Ireland by American-controlled companies in each of the past five financial years. Two of these investments involved support from United States public funds.
Year |Total |No. of |investment |investments |(£,000) ------------------------------------------------ 1986-87 |40,335 |6 1987-88 |21,541 |5 1988-89 |103,933 |8 1989-90 |212,674 |12 1990-91 |74,659 |7
Mr. A. Cecil Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the introduction of privatisation into services provided for the Eastern health and social services board, what proportion of financial savings have been allocated to actual patient care and improvement of medical services.
Mr. Hanley : The health and personal social services in Northern Ireland have not been subject to a privatisation policy. There is, however, a requirement on health and social services boards to test the efficiency of their domestic, catering and laundry services through competitive tendering. All financial savings arising from competitive tendering contribute to the overall resources available to each unit of management to deliver its operational plan, the emphasis of which is actual patient care and improvement of medical services.
Column 724result of the Stevens inquiry ; how many have been charged ; how many have been brought to trial ; how many of those tried have been found guilty ; how many have been released from custody and of them how many are on bail ; and how many are still in custody.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will now seek to have made available to his Department copies of the environmental audits carried out by companies in Northern Ireland which produce (a) toxic and (b) hazardous and special wastes.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Londonderry, East of 17 July, Official Report, column 212, on information on environmental impact assessments, if he has obtained copies of the published information referred to for his departmental library.
Mr. Needham : Copies of the published information referred to are not held in the departmental library ; they are held by the environment service where they are readily available to officials who may require access to them.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Londonderry, East, Official Report, 17 July, column 212-13, what steps were taken by the councils through whose areas the hazardous waste referred to passed to ensure that it is being transported in accordance with current regulations.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Londonderry, East, Official Report, 17 July, column 212 , if he will list the types of hazardous waste imported into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic in 1988-89 and 1989-90 ; by what means it was disposed of ; and whether those council areas through which it passed monitored its passage within their areas, and its disposal.
Mr. Needham : The information requested is given in the table. In most cases, the substances are chemically treated and sludge wastes which arise as a result of this treatment are landfilled under the close supervision of the relevant district councils. The passage through a district council area is not monitored by district councils.
Substances |Method of disposal --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acqueous solution/Suspension |Treated in plant for disposal to of low level pesticides | landfill in Northern Ireland. washings). Ammonia corrosive liquid. |Treated with sulphuric acid in | plant. Empty plastic containers of |Repacked and sent to England Escadulent material | for treatment and disposal. containing Esthyl methacrylate, Hydroxypropyl, Polyurethane, Iscoynate, Acrylic acid. Cupid acid. |Sent to England for re-cycling. Printed circuit board effluent |Treated in plant and precipitate sludge. | sent for disposal to landfill | in Northern Ireland. Mercury contaminated waste. |Treated in plant-Mercury | extracted for re-use. Copper hydroxide. |Sent to England for re-cycling. Chlorinated solvents. |Sent to England for re-cycling. Non-chlorinated solvents. |Sent to England for re-cycling.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will outline the consideration given by any Government Department in Northern Ireland to the EC draft directive on the incineration of hazardous wastes and indicate what consultations there have been between Government officials and the European Commission on the implications of such a directive for any proposals for a hazardous waste incinerator in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Needham : Proposals for a directive on the incineration of hazardous waste have yet to be placed before the European Council, although it is understood that a submission will be made shortly. Officials in the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland have been kept informed of the details of discussions on the draft directive. Any proposals for a hazardous waste incinerator in Northern Ireland would have to comply fully with emission standards and controls set out in any such new directive.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any Northern Ireland Government Department has been briefed or sought information on the study by the small area health statistics unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on possible links between pollution from waste incinerators and ill health in the community.
Mr. Hanley : The Department of Health and Social Services is represented on the steering committee which oversees the work of the small area health statistics unit. It is therefore aware of all studies being undertaken by the unit.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that the slag to be produced by the proposed incinerator at Maydown, Londonderry, will be harmless to the environment.
Mr. Needham : Details of the slag to be produced by the proposed incinerator and proper safeguards for the handling of such material will become available only if and when Du Pont (UK) Ltd. submits a planning application and accompanying environmental statement.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what types of (a) toxic, (b) hazardous and (c) other special wastes the proposed incinerator at Londonderry will burn ; and what is the temperature needed and for what periods to destroy each of those wastes.
Mr. Needham : The specific types of waste which will comprise the feedstock material for the proposed incinerator and the design details of the plant capable of safely handling such waste will have to be contained in any environmental impact assessment. The requirements set by the Government will ensure the degree of burn-out achieved at any such incinerator will be sufficient properly to destroy all material for which the plant is designed.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Londonderry, East, of 17 July, Official Report, column 210, on the expected lifetime of the Maydown incinerator, what is his estimate of the amount of waste which could be burnt in the incinerator over its lifetime.
Mr. Needham : Until the company submits details of the intended plant capacity that may be proposed for any incinerator, it is not possible to estimate the total quantity of material which might be burnt at any such incinerator over its lifetime.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the IDB or the Department of Economic Development have any plans to provide funding for the Du Pont company's proposed hazardous waste incinerator ; and what discussions they have had with the company about possible funding for such a project.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table showing the sums of public money expended in (1) Strabane area, (2) Ballycastle area and (3) the rest of Northern Ireland after the floods of 1987 and last year ; how many persons received such sums and for what purposes ; for Department of Health and Social Security payments what sums were paid in (a) grants and (b) loans and how much of the loans have been repaid to the latest available date ; and whether there are any differences in Government action in the different situations.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has concluded his consideration of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights' recommendation that racial discrimination be made unlawful in Northern Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 727contained in the SACHR second report on religious and political discrimination in Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State wrote to the chairman of SACHR on 23 July proposing a meeting between officials and the commission to discuss the Government's response to this and a number of other recommendations contained in the report.
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the category B expenditure grants paid to each of the voluntary grammar schools and their numbers of fee paying and non-fee paying pupils for each school year since 1988.
1988-89 school year School |Category|Fee |Non-fee |B grants|paying |paying |paid £|pupils |pupils --------------------------------------------------------------------- Armagh Royal |243,713 |43 |458 Armagh St. Patrick's Grammar |293,463 |51 |669 Ballymena Academy |405,227 |18 |1,113 Ballymena, St. Louis Grammar |282,040 |2 |912 Ballymoney, Dalriada |294,737 |15 |771 Ballynahinch Assumption |248,335 |9 |691 Bangor Grammar |314,472 |36 |865 Belfast, Bloomfield Collegiate |179,891 |22 |520 Belfast, Campbell College |440,606 |106 |478 Belfast, Christian Brothers |426,443 |34 |1,096 Belfast, Dominican College |275,287 |14 |782 Belfast High School |272,463 |12 |730 Belfast, Hunterhouse College |212,320 |129 |560 Belfast, Methodist College |773,910 |138 |1,458 Belfast, Our Lady and St. |361,991 |12 |904 Patrick's Belfast, Royal Academical |489,258 |45 |858 Institution Belfast, Royal Academy |636,237 |46 |1,250 Belfast, St. Dominic's High |349,958 |15 |900 School Belfast, St. Malachy's College |392,487 |11 |911 Belfast, Strathearn |219,177 |6 |598 Belfast, Victoria College |262,184 |65 |600 Coleraine Academical Institution |366,046 |134 |834 Coleraine, Loreto College |248,859 |10 |697 Donaghmore, St. Joseph's |99,981 |16 |263 Grammar Downpatrick, St. Patrick's |183,965 |13 |589 Grammar Dungannon Royal |303,152 |29 |549 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Boys' |197,028 |11 |690 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Girls' |183,699 |13 |672 Dunmurry, Rathmore Grammar |350,238 |23 |1,041 Enniskillen Convent |219,193 |1 |746 Enniskillen, Portora Royal |231,547 |27 |314 Enniskillen, St. Michael's |240,806 |17 |664 Garron Tower, St. Macnissi's |205,749 |21 |529 College Holywood, Sullivan Upper |348,720 |18 |984 Kilkeel, St. Louis High |128,174 |21 |266 Larne Grammar |237,915 |17 |614 Lisburn, Friends' School |301,811 |46 |820 Lisburn, Wallace High |394,991 |20 |1,060 Londonderry, Foyle College |289,168 |35 |757 Londonderry, St. Columb's |536,879 |7 |1,537 College Londonderry, Thornhill College |429,111 |20 |1,289 Lurgan, St. Michael's Senior |167,043 |5 |403 High Magherafelt, Rainey Endowed |211,321 |8 |536 Magherafelt, St. Mary's |289,582 |11 |940 Convent Newry, Abbey Grammar |233,459 |6 |705 Newry, Our Lady's Grammar |184,307 |12 |755 Newry, Sacred Heart Grammar |226,906 |9 |769 Newry, St. Colman's College |237,829 |26 |748 Omagh Christian Brothers' |227,145 |9 |754 Omagh, Loreto Convent |264,875 |9 |808 Portstewart Dominican College |150,428 |46 |317 Strabane Convent Grammar |164,192 |12 |444
1989-90 school year School |Category|Fee |Non-fee |B grants|paying |paying |paid £|pupils |pupils --------------------------------------------------------------------- Armagh Royal |258,771 |58 |442 Armagh St. Patrick's Grammar |309,385 |36 |667 Ballymena Academy |435,680 |22 |1,098 Ballymena, St. Louis Grammar |319,190 |3 |946 Ballymoney, Dalriada |323,114 |14 |763 Ballynahinch Assumption |266,720 |17 |704 Bangor Grammar |354,824 |37 |830 Belfast, Bloomfield Collegiate |202,529 |22 |570 Belfast, Campbell College |412,396 |131 |502 Belfast, Christian Brothers |478,402 |31 |1,084 Belfast, Dominican College |310,162 |13 |788 Belfast High School |278,303 |33 |672 Belfast, Hunterhouse College |238,407 |94 |511 Belfast, Methodist College |833,236 |147 |1,491 Belfast, Our Lady and St. |410,559 |21 |945 Patrick's Belfast, Royal Academical |519,440 |46 |846 Institution Belfast, Royal Academy |699,557 |28 |1,243 Belfast, St. Dominic's High |390,899 |12 |865 School Belfast, St. Malachy's College |433,089 |15 |864 Belfast, Strathearn |248,988 |3 |636 Belfast, Victoria College |281,805 |62 |554 Coleraine Academical Institution |402,220 |96 |764 Coleraine, Loreto College |278,461 |9 |709 Donaghmore, St. Joseph's |110,646 |14 |262 Grammar Downpatrick, St. Patrick's |210,594 |8 |629 Grammar Dungannon Royal |331,810 |44 |545 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Boys' |222,558 |10 |691 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Girls' |213,209 |11 |725 Dunmurry, Rathmore Grammar |396,293 |14 |1,093 Enniskillen Convent |245,074 |6 |734 Enniskillen, Portora Royal |252,344 |19 |308 Enniskillen, St. Michael's |261,543 |12 |676 Garron Tower, St. Macnissi's |225,173 |23 |517 College Holywood, Sullivan Upper |388,198 |17 |990 Kilkeel, St. Louis High |134,699 |26 |227 Larne Grammar |249,192 |26 |568 Lisburn, Friends' School |328,602 |52 |816 Lisburn, Wallace High |429,965 |19 |1,084 Londonderry, Foyle College |327,808 |22 |763 Londonderry, St. Columb's |582,500 |25 |1,503 College Londonderry, Thornhill College |463,990 |30 |1,245 Lurgan, St. Michael's Senior |174,205 |7 |392 High Magherafelt, Rainey Endowed |223,617 |18 |541 Magherafelt, St. Mary's |324,724 |10 |957 Convent Newry, Abbey Grammar |263,235 |10 |677 Newry, Our Lady's Grammar |206,559 |12 |761 Newry, Sacred Heart Grammar |257,504 |6 |809 Newry, St. Colman's College |261,195 |23 |754 Omagh Christian Brothers' |258,129 |15 |758 Omagh, Loreto Convent |303,213 |12 |840 Portstewart Dominican College |161,779 |52 |338 Strabane Convent Grammar |181,566 |8 |451
1990-91 school yea (8-month period) School |Category|Fee |Non-fee |B grants|paying |paying |paid £|pupils |pupils --------------------------------------------------------------------- Armagh Royal |187,701 |47 |501 Armagh St. Patrick's Grammar |239,073 |2 |738 Ballymena Academy |332,780 |11 |1,148 Ballymena, St. Louis Grammar |248,949 |0 |959 Ballymona, Dalriada |239,696 |2 |777 Ballyneyhinch Assumption |205,914 |0 |780 Bangor Grammar |265,360 |13 |870 Belfast, Bloomfield Collegiate |162,989 |8 |620 Belfast, Campbell College |302,079 |93 |597 Belfast, Christian Brothers |351,263 |4 |1,137 Belfast, Dominican College |240,567 |0 |867 Belfast High School |214,612 |1 |706 Belfast, Hunterhouse College |172,623 |62 |547 Belfast, Methodist College |609,615 |100 |1,549 Belfast, Our Lady and St. |302,409 |0 |994 Patrick's Belfast, Royal Academical |379,070 |14 |911 Institution Belfast, Royal Academy |509,946 |15 |1,274 Belfast, St. Dominic's High |279,433 |2 |871 School Belfast, St. Malachy's College |308,918 |0 |876 Belfast, Strathearn |191,777 |3 |648 Belfast, Victoria College |207,479 |42 |609 Coleraine Academical Institution |298,475 |58 |790 Coleraine, Loreto College |215,095 |0 |745 Donaghmore, St. Joseph's |89,104 |0 |312 Grammar Downpatrick, St. Patrick's |158,743 |0 |638 Grammar Dungannon Royal |238,446 |30 |569 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Boys' |183,396 |1 |728 Dungannon, St. Patrick's Girls' |177,033 |0 |769 Dunmurry, Rathmore Grammar |308,664 |2 |1,206 Enniskillen Convent |195,484 |0 |765 Enniskillen, Portora Royal |174,606 |12 |331 Enniskillen, St. Michael's |204,249 |1 |688 Garron Tower, St. Macnissi's |174,779 |7 |568 College Holywood, Sullivan Upper |294,377 |1 |1,012 Kilkeel, St. Louis High |104,106 |11 |266 Larne Grammar |187,641 |6 |622 Lisburn, Friends' School |259,282 |37 |830 Lisburn, Wallace High |320,445 |6 |1,133 Londonderry, Foyle College |245,472 |13 |814 Londonderry, St. Columb's |440,508 |2 |1,553 College Londonderry, Thornhill College |362,556 |7 |1,289 Lurgan, St. Michael's Senior |131,061 |0 |431 High Magherafelt, Rainey Endowed |172,436 |1 |571 Magherafelt, St. Mary's |252,610 |0 |990 Convent Newry, Abbey Grammar |196,665 |2 |664 Newry, Our Lady's Grammar |162,707 |3 |791 Newry, Sacred Heart Grammar |196,045 |3 |810 Newry, St. Colman's College |210,270 |0 |782 Omagh Christian Brothers' |201,664 |0 |777 Omagh, Loreto Convent |226,334 |1 |861 Portstewart Dominican College |128,331 |23 |368 Strabane Convent Grammar |133,922 |2 |449
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the amount of category A expenditure admitted for each of the voluntary grammar schools in Northern Ireland for each school year since 1989.
Category A expenditure admitted for grant |1989-90 |1990-91<1> |(School year)|(Eight month |period) |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Armagh Royal |751,589 |516,078 Armagh St. Patrick's |937,720 |653,788 Grammar Ballymena Academy |1,499,902 |1,053,189 Ballymena, St. Louis |1,075,497 |782,492 Grammar Ballymoney, Dalriada School |1,083,466 |773,908 Ballynahinch, Assumption |868,418 |635,563 Grammar Bangor Grammar |1,156,739 |816,750 Belfast, Bloomfield Collegiate |741,887 |542,722 Belfast, Campbell College |839,106 |625,730 Belfast, Christian Brothers' |1,399,839 |972,402 Belfast, Dominican College |962,192 |695,087 Belfast High School |992,910 |687,535 Belfast, Hunterhouse College |949,744 |642,172 Belfast, Methodist College |2,302,121 |1,673,818 Belfast, Our Lady & St. |1,138,880 |828,994 Patrick's Belfast, Royal Belfast |1,292,245 |910,409 Academical Institution Belfast Royal Academy |1,740,888 |1,208,832 Belfast, St. Dominic's High |1,177,290 |791,986 School Belfast, St. Malachy's College |1,144,269 |796,050 Belfast, Strathearn |869,980 |624,987 Belfast, Victoria College |1,038,563 |732,448 Coleraine Academical |1,168,740 |808,465 Institution Coleraine, Loreto College |889,970 |665,440 Donaghmore, St. Joseph's |385,694 |279,930 Grammar Downpatrick, St. Patrick's |704,574 |520,821 Grammar Dungannon Royal |794,732 |563,270 Dungannon, St. Patrick's |849,395 |600,398 Boys' Dungannon, St. Patrick's |773,625 |571,787 Girls' Dunmurry, Rathmore |1,291,737 |962,553 Grammar Enniskillen, Convent |849,899 |606,986 Grammar Enniskillen, Portora Royal |472,958 |322,231 Enniskillen, St. Michael's |804,585 |554,063 College Garron Tower, St. Macnissi's |650,414 |472,663 College Holywood, Sullivan Upper |1,271,642 |938,112 Kilkeel, St. Louis Grammar |424,290 |305,462 Larne Grammar School |866,543 |619,832 Lisburn, Friends' School |1,204,948 |840,527 Lisburn, Wallace High |1,375,556 |1,007,965 Londonderry, Foyle College |1,019,844 |736,727 Londonderry, St. Columb's |1,780,366 |1,267,940 College Londonderry, Thornhill |1,550,162 |1,107,787 College Lurgan, St. Michael's Senior |655,700 |462,716 High Magherafelt Rainey Endowed |763,579 |542,845 Magherafelt, St. Mary's |1,146,756 |828,314 Convent Newry, Abbey Grammar |819,377 |593,304 Newry, Our Lady's Grammar |864,763 |631,933 Newry, Sacred Heart |919,539 |693,272 Grammar Newry, St. Colman's College |861,770 |635,856 Omagh, Christian Brothers' |916,202 |675,480 Omagh, Loreto Convent |916,969 |660,344 Portstewart, Dominican |517,616 |380,137 College Strabane, Convent Grammar |547,553 |393,677 <1> Prior to 1990-91 the funding of voluntary grammar schools was determined on a school year basis (August to July). In 1990-91 the funding period was reduced to a eight months (August to March) so that, when local management of schools was introduced on 1 April 1991, funding would be on the same basis as for other schools (ie April to March).
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the primary and secondary schools which have had tenders for major capital work approved and the amount involved in each case in 1989, 1990 and 1991.
|Tender amount |approved |£ million ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1989 Primary Schools All Saints (Tattysallagh) Omagh |0.437 Grange, Kilkeel |0.223 St. Anne's, Finaghy |1,229 St. Anne's, Strabane |0.691 St. Mary's, Aughnacloy |0.329 St. Patrick's, Dungannon |1.626 Secondary Schools Banbridge Academy |4.400 Drumcree High, Portadown |1.800 Dundonald Boys' High |2.400 Friends' School, Lisburn |1.235 Glengormley High |3.100 Loreto College, Coleraine |2.200 Movilla High, Newtownards |4.250 Omagh Academy |3.200 Our Lady's Grammar, Newry |4.299 Victoria College, Belfast |0.378 1990 Primary Schools Hollybush, Londonderry |0.709 Langfield, Drumquin |0.320 Secondary Schools Drumcree High, Portadown |0.218 Lagan College, Belfast |2.788 Larne Grammar |3.126 Loreto Convent Grammar, Omagh |1.450 Orangefield High, Belfast |3.443 St. Mark's High, Warrenpoint |2.899 St. Mary's Girls' High, Downpatrick |2.216 St. Michael's Grammar, Enniskillen |3.051 1991 Primary Schools Star of the Sea, Belfast |0.986 St. Joseph's Belfast |0.760 St. McCartan's, Loughinisland |0.370 St. Patrick's Mullinahoe |0.406 St. Tierney's Roslea |0.422 Secondary Schools Ballyclare |3.443 Castelderg |2.100 St. Columb's College, Londonderry |3.051 St. Mary's High, Limavady |0.199
Column 732Maghaberry monthly since March 1991 ; what were the numbers of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched ; what prison contraband, smuggled item, or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search ; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted ; and what were the reasons for each search.
Dr. Mawhinney : Details of the number of, and reasons for, strip searches of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison Maghaberry from June 1990 to March 1991 have already been provided, Official Report, columns 428 -29, 7 May 1991. Details from April 1991 are as follows :
|April 1991|May 1991 |June 1991 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Number of Searches Total number of searches carried out |35 |25 |33 Total number of inmates searched |26 |19 |24 Number of prisoners searched once |17 |15 |18 Number of prisoners searched twice |9 |3 |4 Number of prisoners searched more than twice |Nil |1 |2 Reasons for search First admission on remand/awaiting trial |6 |5 |5 First admission on sentence/final discharge |16 |8 |13 Attending remand court |Nil |1 |Nil Attending trial |2 |Nil |Nil Inter-prison visits |4 |4 |8 Following prison visits |1 |Nil |Nil Pre-release home leave |4 |6 |7 Compassionate home leave |Nil |Nil |Nil Visits to outside hospital |Nil |Nil |Nil Returning from bail application |Nil |Nil |Nil Attendance at court for bail |Nil |1 |Nil Fines paid |2 |Nil |Nil Working out scheme |Nil |Nil |Nil Bail granted |Nil |Nil |Nil
No prohibited article was found during these searches. One prisoner refused to be searched.
Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many parliamentary questions for written answer have been answered by his Department so far this Session, and in the comparable period for the last Session ; and if he will publish a table of how many answers (a) do not give the information requested because of (i) disproportionate cost or (ii) other reasons, (b) give an undertaking to write to the hon. Member who asked the question and (c) were referred for answer to the chief executive of each next steps agency.
|Total |Disproportionate|Undertaking to |Other reasons |Referred to next |cost |write |steps agency -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 1989 to October 1990 |1,140 |24 |23 |16 |0 November 1990 to 25 July 1991 |1,030 |21 |25 |22 |7
Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were (a) the sums allocated to each secondary school in Northern Ireland to fund teaching costs in each school year since 1989, (b) the numbers of pupils in each school in each year and (c) the numbers of approved teaching posts.
Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emergency heart operations have been carried out at the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast in the past six weeks ; and if he will break down these by how many operations were performed by each specialist surgeon.
I understand that the Western board is presently undertaking a review of health and social care provisions in the Limavady area. When this is completed any proposals affecting services at the hospital will be the subject of full consultation with all interested parties.
Mr. Temple-Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when Her Majesty's Government intend to initiate the sale of the four power stations to trade purchasers ; and when he expects the sale to be completed.
Mr. Needham : The first step in the process is being taken today with the issue of the preliminary memorandum. Prospective bidders will be afforded a period of four weeks in which to register an interest. Following the screening of responses, the information memorandum, on which the firm bids will be based, will issue to competing bidders at the beginning of September 1991. On the basis of the present programme all bids will require to be entered by the end of October. Completion of the sale of the power stations will, of course, be subject to Parliament's consideration of the draft Electricity (NI) Order and I hope to bring this before the House before the end of the year.
Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he is taking to ensure voluntary legal advice-giving agencies in Northern Ireland can continue to provide their services.
Mr. Chope : There have been regulations requiring spray suppression devices to be fitted to vehicles and trailers in the United Kingdom since 1984. Largely as a result of the United Kingdom's initiative the European Community has now reached an agreement on an EC directive 91/226 EEC for spray suppression based closely on the British standard. There is a commitment written into the directive to develop more effective vehicle tests to reduce spray and research is continuing at the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, which should result in improvements in the future.
Mr. Freeman : The Government remain of the view that the Chelsea- Hackney line will be needed to cater for current and forecast demand on the rail networks serving central London. It is also very conscious of the benefits which the line would have in terms of improving access to and from Hackney. The alignment is accordingly being protected through the planning system so that it can be taken forward when resources permit.
Sir Dudley Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on noise prevention where the M40 motorway is concerned (a) before its original opening and (b) since its full implementation between Birmingham and London.
Mr. Chope : To date more than £2.7 million has been spent on specific noise mitigation measures on the M40 as a whole. It is not possible to give precise figures as noise amelioration measures are often an integral part of earthworks design and are not separately costed.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends to introduce into the MOT test carbon monoxide emission limits of 3.5 per cent. or within 0.5 per cent. of manufacturer's specifications, for cars made after 1986 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chope : The carbon monoxide limits in the amendment to the Construction and Use Regulations, which were introduced on 4 July, are 4.5 per cent. for a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1983 and 6 per cent. for a vehicle first used between 1 August 1975 and 31 July 1983. It is expected the exhaust emmission standards will become more stringent in future years, to reflect improved technology and stricter European Community requirements for new vehicles, particularly the introduction of catalytic converters on a large scale.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under the terms of BREL's privatisation, what restrictions were placed on the extent of its liability for defects in design and manufacture ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many open railway crossings there are in Scotland ; and if he will list all those which are still to be fitted with barriers in accordance with the Stott recommendations.
Mr. McLoughlin : The Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate has records of 24 open crossings in Scotland. The only crossing to be dealt with under Professor Stott's recommendations is the automatic open crossing at Rosarie, in the Grampian region, which is to be converted to an automatic half barrier crossing. No other changes, including reductions to the speed of trains over crossings, were required in Scotland.
Mr. Chope : Yes. My right hon. and learned Friend intends to hold a competition once he has identified a preferred route. Privately financed proposals will be invited and, if such a proposal proves to be the best option, the successful tenderer will be awarded a concession under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
Sir Robert McCrindle : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has re-examined the justification for the proposed M12 between Chelmsford and the M25 in the light of recent traffic forecasts ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chope : The justification for each motorway and trunk road scheme is kept under review throughout its development in the light of economic, environmental, traffic and other factors. That will happen in this case. As part of that process, roadside traffic interviews were held in June. They will also assist decisions about the capacity of the proposed motorway.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the late delivery by British Rail Engineering Ltd. of the new class 158 diesel trains has cost ScotRail in (a) lost revenue and (b) additional running costs in having to use old stock longer than planned for.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much faults of design and construction on the class 158 diesel trains have cost ScotRail in (a) lost revenue and (b) extra maintenance costs ;
(2) if he will instruct British Rail to take legal action against British Rail Engineering Ltd. to recover its financial losses caused by faults on, and the late delivery of, the new class 158 diesel trains.
Mr. Prescott : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the British Rail Board will announce its decision on the tenders it has received for building a further 47 class 465 electrical multiple unit four- car sets.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ascertain (a) the total number of British seafarers, (b) the number of British seafarers employed on United Kingdom- registered ships and (c) the total number of seafarers of all nationalities employed on United Kingdom-registered ships.
Column 737This includes detailed information about manning levels, of United Kingdom, Irish, and foreign seafarers, both on United
Kingdom-registered vessels and on those registered abroad. I announced receipt of the report of that study on 11 June this year, in reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Sir G. Johnson-Smith). Summaries of the report are available in the Library.
Mr. McLoughlin : None. Virgin Atlantic has made an application to the Civil Aviation Authority to vary British Airways' licence to serve Tokyo. In accordance with usual procedures the CAA has published the application, on 16 July, and has invited objections within 21 days.
Ms. Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Forman) of 22 July, on the responses received to the document, "A Bus Strategy for London" ; how many respondents commented unfavourably on the Government's policy to deregulate and privatise the London bus services ; and how many favourably.
Mr. Freeman : Approximately 60 per cent. of respondents, including the hon. Lady, commented unfavourably on the Government's plans to deregulate bus services in London. Although a number of respondents commented on the timing and method of implementing privatisation, few expressed a view on the merits or demerits of the policy.
Sir Barney Hayhoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the benefit derived from the duty free concession to transport operators of air and sea routes during each of the last five years ; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr. McLoughlin : My Department's estimates of the impact of the abolition of duty-free allowances on air and sea transport have been based on commercially confidential information. My right hon. Friend will understand that in these circumstances I am unable to provide the information he is seeking.