Mr. Warren : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to obtain the agreement of the United States Government to eliminate their cabotage regulations preventing United Kingdom airlines from developing feeder networks within the United States of America ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. McLoughlin : Discussions with the United States Government are taking place about possibilities for the liberalisation of transatlantic air services. Our aim is to remove unnecessary regulation and obstacles to fair competition between airlines, and United States cabotage restrictions are among those being discussed.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many convictions have been obtained as a result of prosecutions brought under article 39 of the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 since 1 February 1988 ;
(2) how many prosecutions have been brought under article 39 of the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 since 1 February 1988.
|Prosecutions|Convictions ---------------------------------------------------- 1988 |3 |- 1989 |1 |1 1990 |- |- <1>1991 |- |- <1> Figures not yet available.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date the firm of Robins AHW Ltd., loss adjusters, was appointed to deal with compensation claim ASC 24337/45 submitted on behalf of Owen and James Carragher.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the average annual wage received by a constable in the RUC ; and how much overtime he or she is likely to do during 12 months.
Dr. Mawhinney : I am advised by the Police Authority for Northern Ireland that the annual average wage received by a constable in the RUC is £30,370. This figure includes allowances and average overtime of 540 hours per year.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current financial subvention made to Northern Ireland ; and if he will break it down into the relevant parts of the economy that benefit.
|1990-91 |outturn |£ million ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Grant in aid under the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973 |1,066 Expenditure by Northern Ireland Office |699 Expenditure by Northern Ireland Court Service |28 Contribution from the Great Britain National Insurance Fund |225 |--- Total Subvention |2,018
The grant in aid is a general contribution to revenue and is not hypothecated to any particular area of public expenditure.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : Under schedule 5 to the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989, the police may examine and detain any person who has arrived in or is seeking to leave Great Britain or Northern Ireland by ship or aircraft for the purpose of determining whether he or she appears to be or to have been concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Controls unde schedule 5 to the 1989 Act are operated selectively by special branch officers at designated airports throughout the United Kingdom. The Government believe that port controls are an essential part of the national response to the threat of terrorism and they must remain in place as long as the circumstances require.
Mr. John P. Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of Government resources were devoted to counter- terrorist checks at Cardiff Wales airport six months ago ; and what is the level at the current time.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : It is not the practice to disclose the size of special branch units at ports and airports. However, the costs of such units are met by the respective police authorities, subject to the payments of specific grant by my Department at a rate in the case of provincial forces of 51 per cent.
Mr. John P. Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of the South Wales constabulary on the penetration of illegal drugs into Wales from abroad.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place a copy in the Library of his report and conclusions on his visit to Glanely comprehensive school on 6 November ; and if he will supply a copy of the same report to the chairman of the education committee of South Glamorgan county council.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the outstanding number of cases before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board ; and how much compensation has been paid for each year in the last 10 years.
Mr. John Patten : At the end of October 1991, 80,404 cases were outstanding of which 58,645 were awaiting decision by a member of the board or the staff, 10,020 were awaiting the applicant's response to an offer, and 11,739 were awaiting an oral hearing.
Compensation paid in each of the last 10 years was as follows :
|£ --------------------------------------------- 1981-82 |21,976,696 1982-83 |29,444,675 1983-84 |38,820,772 1984-85 |35,293,451 1985-86 |41,559,996 1986-87 |48,241,764 1987-88 |52,042,581 1988-89 |69,381,286 1989-90 |72,721,563 1990-91 |<1>109,330,303 <1> Provisional figure.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases since 1989 the Home Secretary has overturned a decision by immigration officers at the ports following representations by hon. Members to allow passengers into the country.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what immediate steps he intends to take to remedy the understaffing of the Staffordshire police force ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 6761 October 1991, bringing the establishment to 2,211. There were 15 vacancies at the end of October, bringing the force within 1 per cent. of its establishment.
It is for the Staffordshire police authority to determine the level of manpower required, subject to my right hon. Friend's approval. The authority has made an application for 20 additional police posts in 1992-93 ; my right hon. Friend will make an announcement on the allocation of additional police posts for 1992-93 shortly.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent agreements have been reached between Her Majesty's Government and the Isle of Man about adjustments of territorial waters.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : As my right hon. Friend announced on 1 August, Her Majesty's Government and the Isle of Man Government have agreed terms for the extension of the provisions of the Territorial Sea Act 1987 to the Isle of Man. An order in Council extending the territorial sea around the Isle of Man from three to 12 miles came into force on 2 September.
Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time take by appeals tribunals considering police discipline measures in England and Wales ; and what proportion of recommendations made by them are (a) accepted and (b) rejected by him.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : During the year ended 31 October 1991 it took an average of 14.7 weeks for an appeal tribunal to make its recommendations known to my right hon. Friend. Over the same period my right hon. Friend accepted the recommendations in 30 cases (81 per cent.) and rejected those relating to the level of punishment in 7 (19 per cent.).
Mrs. Golding : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will supply the figures for the number of people (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted of a criminal offence under Operation Burlington conducted by the Metropolitan police in 1991 ;
(2) if he will list the offences under which people were charged when arrested under Operation Burlington conducted by the Metropolitan police in 1991.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that under Operation Burlington and its successor, Operation Taurus, 817 people have been arrested, of whom 702 have been charged with one or more of the following criminal offences :
Offence |Charge --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Begging |Section 4 Vagrancy Act 1824 Possession of Offensive |Section 1 Prevention Crime Act 1953 Weapon Possession of Pointed |Section 39 Criminal Justice Act 1988 Articles in Public Drunk and Disorderly |Section 91 Criminal Justice Act 1967 Theft |Section 1 Theft Act 1968 Possession of Drugs |Section 5 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Possession with Intent to |Section 5 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Supply Drugs Obstructed during search |Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for Drugs Drunk and Incapable |Section 12 Licensing Act 1872 Place of Safety Orders |Section 23 Children and Young | Persons Act 1963 Assault, Actual Bodily |Section 47 Offences Against the Harm | Person Act 1861 Assault, Grievous Bodily |Section 20 Offences Against the Harm | Person Act 1861 Grievous Bodily Harm |Section 18 Offences Against the with intent | Person Act 1861 Common Assault |Section 39 Criminal Justice Act 1988 Burglary |Section 9 Theft Act 1968 Obtaining by Deception |Section 15 Theft Act 1968 Assault on Police |Section 51 Police Act 1964 Criminal Damage |Section 1 Criminal Damage Act 1971 Robbery |Section 8 Theft Act 1968 Blackmail |Section 21 Theft Act 1968 Affray |Section 3 Public Order Act 1986 Threatening Behaviour |Section 4 Public Order Act 1986 Disorderly Behaviour |Section 5 Public Order Act 1986 Wanted on Warrant |Circulated by various forces Murder |Offence of Common Law Conspiracy to Defraud |Section 1 Criminal Law Act 1977
Mr. Jopling : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to police forces on means of improving the information which is passed between police forces on the existence and movement of hippy convoys during the summer months.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : I or the responsible Minister will reply on agency policy issues and on any other matters which do not fall within the responsibility of the chief executive. The chief executives will reply on matters within their areas of responsibility, because they are best placed to do so. This policy is described in the framework documents of the United Kingdom Passport Agency and the Forensic Science Service, copies of which were placed in the Library in April. It has been recently restated in the Government's reply to the seventh report from the Treasury and Civil Service Committee (Cm 1761).
Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the authorised establishment figure for each police force in England and Wales ; and what was the actual strength on the last day for which figures are available.
------------------------------------------- Avon and Somerset |3,081 |3,068 Bedfordshire |1,085 |1,091 Cambridgeshire |1,209 |1,226 Cheshire |1,889 |1,893 Cleveland |1,502 |1,476 Cumbria |1,175 |1,174 Derbyshire |1,812 |1,716 Devon and Cornwall |2,865 |2,870 Dorset |1,272 |1,302 Durham |1,378 |1,369 Dyfed Powys |944 |946 Essex |2,875 |2,881 Gloucestershire |1,164 |1,169 Greater Manchester |7,028 |6,963 Gwent |1,009 |1,002 Hampshire |3,175 |3,183 Hertfordshire |1,669 |1,656 Humberside |2,007 |2,021 Kent |3,020 |3,021 Lancashire |3,203 |3,210 Leicestershire |1,814 |1,822 Lincolnshire |1,198 |1,203 Merseyside |4,701 |4,644 Norfolk |1,409 |1,401 Northamptonshire |1,142 |1,138 Northumbria |3,560 |3,488 North Wales |1,352 |1,340 North Yorkshire |1,408 |1,380 Nottinghamshire |2,344 |2,327 South Wales |3,168 |3,143 South Yorkshire |2,998 |3,004 Staffordshire |2,203 |2,218 Suffolk |1,205 |1,200 Surrey |1,659 |1,676 Sussex |2,964 |2,976 Thames Valley |3,685 |3,718 Warwickshire |1,008 |1,011 West Mercia |2,024 |2,029 West Midlands |6,910 |6,874 West Yorkshire |5,281 |5,193 Wiltshire |1,099 |1,199 City of London |798 |802 Metropolitan |28,554 |28,193 ------- |-------|------- Totals |125,846|125,216 <1> Police establishments are those approved for 1990-91, so as to be compatible with the latest strength figures. Establishments for 1991-92 were increased from 1 October 1991.
Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons convicted of taking away vehicles without consent were given custodial sentences of up to three years' imprisonment in each of the five years before the penalty was reduced to six months in the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
Number of persons sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for offences of unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and unauthorised taking of conveyance other than motor vehicle or pedal cycle by sentence length 1983 to 1988<1> England and Wales Sentence length Offence |Year |Total |Total |6 months |Over |Over |Over 18 |Over |Over |sentenced|immediate|and |6 months |1 year |months |2 years |3 years |custody |under |and up to|and up |and up to|and up to |1 year |to 18 |2 years |3 years |months -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle |1983 |25,615 |5,886 |5,134 |516 |161 |59 |12 |4 |1984 |22,673 |4,564 |4,006 |430 |83 |28 |15 |2 |1985 |23,159 |4,828 |4,171 |472 |121 |50 |13 |1 |1986 |21,993 |4,398 |3,766 |464 |105 |47 |16 |- |1987 |21,331 |4,052 |3,382 |485 |146 |28 |11 |- |<1>1988 |20,496 |3,658 |3,022 |491 |103 |36 |6 |- Unauthorised taking of a conveyance other than a motor vehicle or pedal cycle |1983 |172 |3 |2 |1 |- |- |- |- |1984 |167 |3 |3 |- |- |- |- |- |1985 |90 |6 |5 |1 |- |- |- |- |1986 |92 |6 |3 |2 |1 |- |- |- |1987 |62 |4 |1 |1 |1 |1 |- |- |<1>1988 |78 |1 |1 |- |- |- |- |- <1> These two triable-either-way offences were reclassified as summary offences under the Criminal Justices Act 1988 (12 October 1988).
130. Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the latest available figures showing the average number of prisoners being held in police cells per day in each police authority area.
|Number --------------------------------- Avon and Somerset |42 Bedfordshire |26 Cambridgeshire |23 Cheshire |40 Cleveland |19 Cumbria |27 Derbyshire |38 Devon and Cornwall |31 Dorset |8 Durham |23 Dyfed |26 Essex |18 Gloucestershire |8 Greater Manchester |230 Gwent |25 Hampshire |27 Hertfordshire |18 Humberside |54 Kent |33 Lancashire |89 Leicestershire |35 Lincolnshire |16 City of London |2 Merseyside |81 Metropolitan |142 Norfolk |21 North Wales |14 North Yorkshire |34 Northamptonshire |26 Northumbria |57 Nottinghamshire |29 South Wales |61 South Yorkshire |92 Staffordshire |11 Suffolk |13 Surrey |5 Sussex |55 Thames Valley |36 Warwickshire |12 West Mercia |38 West Midlands |85 West Yorkshire |104 Wiltshire |22
132. Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being kept in police cells as a direct result of the dispute at Her Majesty's prison, Cardiff.
Mr. Kenneth Baker : The industrial action at Cardiff was temporarily suspended with effect from 5 November. On 8 November, the latest date for which figures are available, 178 prisoners in police cells were from courts in Cardiff prison's catchment area.
Mr. John Patten [holding answer 7 November 1991] : The criminal injuries compensation scheme applies where injury or death is caused by a deliberate attempt to run the victim down. Otherwise, claims for compensation for death or injury arising from the use of a stolen vehicle are dealt with by the owner's insurers or by the Motor Insurers' Bureau.
Sir Michael Neubert : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district general hospitals there are currently in each of the health districts in Greater London ; and what are the numbers of residents in each of those districts.
Column 681Mr. Dorrell : There is no agreed definition of a district general hospital. Acute hospital services may be provided to a district from single site or multiple site general hospital facilities which may or may not be supplemented by specialist or single specialty hospitals. The available relevant information is given in the table.
District Health Authority June 1990 March 1991 Populations Number of (in thousands)hospitals with |acute beds |more than 100 |acute beds -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- North West Thames RHA Barnet |310.0 |3 |2 Harrow |192.5 |1 |1 Hillingdon |235.5 |3 |3 Hounslow and Spelthorne |282.3 |3 |2 Ealing |293.3 |1 |1 Parkside |380.2 |5 |2 Riverside |280.7 |7 |3 North East Thames RHA Barking, Havering and Brentwood |447.8 |5 |3 Hampstead |112.0 |2 |1 Bloomsbury |127.7 |19 |3 Islington |173.6 |2 |1 City and Hackney |195.8 |3 |2 Newham |208.6 |2 |2 Tower Hamlets |166.9 |2 |2 Enfield |264.3 |2 |2 Haringey |192.8 |2 |1 Redbridge |234.8 |3 |2 Waltham Forest |213.4 |3 |1 South East Thames RHA Bexley |220.2 |1 |1 Greenwich |215.9 |3 |2 Bromley |300.1 |3 |3 West Lambeth |154.3 |3 |1 Camberwell |212.0 |3 |2 Lewisham and North Southwark |318.0 |5 |2 South West Thames RHA Croydon |319.4 |1 |1 Kingston and Esher |180.8 |2 |1 Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton |236.5 |1 |1 Wandsworth |187.0 |5 |1 Merton and Sutton |332.9 |4 |1
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the number of additional pensioners in receipt of the retirement pension who will be in receipt of income support arising from the recent uprating statement and as a consequence will be eligible for (a) free eye tests, (b) free dental check and (c) any other health entitlements, giving the number and projected costs by category and funding source in each case.
(2) what progress is being made in reducing the incidence of cot deaths.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The rate of cot death has been coming down over recent years, from 2.35 per 1,000 live births in 1988 to 1.81 in 1990. We welcome this reduction, and hope to see a further reduction following the advice
Column 682contained in a press release issued by the Government's chief medical officer on 31 October. The press release was widely taken up in the national press.
The advice that is now given to parents is that the risk of cot death can be reduced if babies are not placed on their tummies when they are going to sleep. This advice is based on the recommendations of a group of experts set up by the chief medical officer to advise him on the results of several recent studies carried out in this country and abroad.
The chief medical officer took the opportunity to reiterate advice which had been offered previously : to keep babies warm, but avoid overheating ; to avoid tobacco smoke ; and to ensure good ventilation and to follow good hygiene.
The Health Education Authority is ensuring that this advice is incorporated in the text of its publications the "Pregnancy Book" and "Birth to Five", copies of which are distributed to first-time mothers and parents. All health professionals are being sent a letter from the chief medical officer and chief nursing officer respectively setting out the new advice in more detail. Contact between parents and health professionals is the key channel for communicating advice on reducing the risks of cot death. The Department is considering urgently whether any further action is needed.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Section 118(1) restricts the disclosure of "any information with respect to any manufacturing process or trade secret" obtained on inspection. Details of inspection reports on pharmaceutical companies by the Medicines Control Agency are not, therefore, published.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The information available centrally about total local authority provision of day care for the under fives is set out in the table. Information is not collected centrally about how much of the total provision is free. Following the implementation of the Children Act 1989, the Department will be collecting information about provision made for children under eight.
|Number at |31 March 1990 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Children on the register of local authority day nurseries |32,413 Children placed and paid for by local authorities in non-local authority day nurseries |1,788 Children on the register of local authority playgroups |2,525 Children placed and paid for by local authorities in non-local authority playgroups |11,556 Places with childminders sponsored by the local authority |1,889 Children placed and paid for by local authority with registered childminders not provided by the local authority |5,492
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports made by port health officials into matters relating to public health on ships passing between the United Kingdom and the United States of America and departing the port of Southampton were made public in the year 1990.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The United Kingdom, along with some other member states, considers the present EC proposals to be overgenerous, but is committed to working constructively towards a satisfactory outcome.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make available to local authorities the specific funding for social work student placements which is available to voluntary and private agencies ;
(2) what action he is taking to ensure that local authorities provide an adequate number of social work placements for students on the course leading to the Diploma in Social Work.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : It is the responsibility of local authorities as employers to ensure that they have adequate numbers of suitably qualified social work staff. Authorities must, therefore, plan to make available sufficient good quality practice placements for students on social work qualifying courses and to honour agreements to do so into which they have entered as partners in Diploma in Social Work programme provider consortia.
Funding for practice placements is made available to local authorities through the revenue support grants, and we have also allowed authorities to use the training support programme to fund additional placement days. In recognition of the importance which we attach to securing practice placement provision, we have provided CCETSW with £1.85 million (rising to £2.5 million in 1993-94) for a practice placements initiative which will enable additional practice teachers to be appointed.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Practice placements for social work students are already eligible expenditure under the training support programme. In 1990-91 over 16,800 additional practice placements days were funded from TSP.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many national health service consultant obstetricians are currently facing legal action relating to possible medical negligence ; and if he will also give the figure for orthopaedic consultants in the national health service.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to setting up an arbitration board to consider compensation in medical accident cases ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 685Health Service" was issued by the Department on29 October. Comments are requested by 31 January 1992 : detailed consideration will be given to these responses. Copies of the document are available in the Library.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been paid out by regional health authorities as medical accident indemnity since the present scheme started ; and how funding to regional health authorities reflects the carrying of indemnity on the regional health authority budget.
Mr. Dorrell : Between January 1990 and March 1991 it is estimated that English health authorities spent about £60 million on costs associated with legal claims for clinical negligence against doctors and dentists in NHS hospitals. This includes payments of damages to plaintiffs, legal and other fees, and in-house expenses. Prior to January 1990 these liabilities were borne by the medical defence organisations. Figures for the financial year 1991-92 are not yet available.
Health authorities meet these costs from within their overall resources. Most regional health authorities operate pooling or other arrangements to assist district health authorities with the costs of large settlements. In addition the NHS has access to funds set up by the medical defence organisations as part of the agreements when these liabilities were passed to the NHS. Between January 1990 and March 1991 payments of some £9 million were authorised from these funds to English health authorities to help meet the cost of settlements.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Her Majesty's Government has yet decided on their preferred candidate for the position of chairman of the World Health Organisation general assembly in May 1992 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : It has been the practice for a number of years for the post of President of the World Health Assembly to be rotated between the six regions of the World Health Organisation--that is, European, Eastern Mediterranean, African, South East Asian, Western Pacific and American. It is left to the region whose turn it is to hold the Presidency to decide which candidate to put forward for nomination to the World Health Assembly. Candidates are normally elected unopposed. In 1992 it will be the turn of the eastern mediterranean region to nominate a candidate for the Presidency.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on the level and type of national insurance rebates for those who contract out of the state earnings-related pension scheme for the 1993-98 quinquennium.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, further to his reply of 7 November, Official Report, column 240, how many of the parliamentary questions which were not answered due to disproportionate costs were (a) matters answered by the benefits agency and (b) matters answered by the Department both as a number and as a percentage of total questions answered.
Miss Widdecombe : All 70 questions were answered by Ministers of the Department. These questions represent approximately 3 per cent. of the 2,157 answered during the year. However, 29 answers concerned matters which are the responsibility of the Benefits Agency which represents about 1 per cent. of the questions answered.