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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 5 November 1992

CHURCH COMMISSIONERS

Pit Closures

Mr. Redmond : To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the management of the electricity companies in connection with the pit closure programme, under the Commissioners' investment policy guidelines ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Alison : The Commissioners take an active interest in those businesses in which they invest and this includes regular discussions with the chairmen of companies in which they have substantial holdings, primarily to discuss a range of ethical questions. From time to time, on matters where the Church has expressed concern, they can use their position as shareholders to reinforce that concern with these chairmen and this is what they are doing in the case of the proposed pit closures.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Crime, Northumbria

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet representatives of the Northumbria police authority to discuss the continuation of urban crime fund resources.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 22 October, at column 553. My right hon. and learned Friend is currently considering a request from Northumbria police authority for a meeting.

Le Trong Khai

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to reply to the letters of 19 February and 22 April from the hon. Member for Sunderland, South regarding the family of Le Trong Khai (ref. L301037/PO4731/92).

Mr. Charles Wardle : This case is one of about 30 cases involving Vietnamese boat people raised with hon. Members by Ms. Frances House, all of which are being considered together. We are awaiting further information from Ms. House on some of the cases, but I hope that this will be forthcoming and that I will be able to send the hon. Member a substantive reply to his letters shortly.

Mrs. Zarqa Begum

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he received the application for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom by Mrs. Zarqa Begum (Ref. IMP B490251/2/S) submitted to him


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by the hon. Member for Bradford, West ; when the application was refused ; when the hon. Member for Bradford, West was notified of the refusal ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The application was received on 22 January 1992. My hon. Friend the Member for Fareham (Mr. Lloyd) wrote to the hon. Member on 11 March explaining that inquiries were being made and that the compassionate circumstances would be taken into account when a decision was reached. The application was refused on 21 July ; it was subsequently reconsidered but again refused on 10 September. I have agreed to meet the hon. Member to discuss this case on 5 November.

Immigration and Nationality Department

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department after what interval a right hon. or hon. Member can expect a substantive reply to letters concerning the immigration and nationality department ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : In most cases 35 days.

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to establish an independent complaints procedure for the immigration and nationality department.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The arrangements for dealing with complaints are currently under review in the light of the principles in the citizens charter. The arguments for introducing an independent element, which have not hitherto been found persuasive, will be considered in the course of that review.

Fire Regulations

Mrs. Peacock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the Fire Precautions (Places of Work) Regulations 1992 and associated guidance.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : My right hon. and learned Friend is still considering the many comments on the proposed regulations and guidance received during the consultation period which ended on 1 September. He is concerned to give proper consideration to those comments before deciding on the form which the regulations and guidance should take.

Terrorist Suspects (Interviews)

Sir John Wheeler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement concerning the tape recording of interviews with terrorist suspects.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The full tape recording of interviews with terrorist suspects will begin, on a trial basis, on Tuesday 1 December 1992. All forces in England and Wales will tape record interviews with terrorist suspects in line with current practice for other criminal suspects under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. These trials, which will run for up to two years, will be carefully evaluated before any decision is taken to extend formally the code of practice on tape recording under the 1984 Act to cover terrorist cases.


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Asylum

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will name each of the asylum seekers who have died in detention since 1990 ; what public reports were made on the circumstances of their deaths ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Two asylum seekers have died in detention during this period. On 16 June 1990, Mr. Kimpua Nsimba died in the Harmondsworth detention centre. The coroner's inquest into his death recorded on 4 March 1991 a finding of suicide by asphyxia and hanging. On 8 October 1991, Mr. Omasase Lumumba died in Her Majesty's prison Pentonville. I understand that the coroner's inquest is due to take place on 8 February 1993.


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Duty Psychiatrists

Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made towards using the funds announced in the "Autumn Statement 1991" to finance the establishment of duty psychiatrist schemes.

Mr. Jack : Arrangements for administering the financial provision designated for local, court-based duty psychia-trist schemes have been worked out in consultation with the Department of Health, and we hope shortly to be in a position to invite bids for funding to support the operation of such schemes.

Crime Statistics

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the change in numbers of each serious crime since 1979.

Mr. Jack [holding answer 3 November 1992] : The information is contained in the table :


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Changes in the number of notifiable offences recorded by the police by offence group                                                                                                                                                

England and Wales  Number of offences                                                                                                                                                                                               

Offence group                   |1979         |1980         |1981         |1982         |1983         |1984         |1985         |1986         |1987         |1988         |1989         |1990         |1991                       

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                                                                                         Change in numbers compared with previous year                                                                                              

Violence against the person     |7,887        |2,286        |2,961        |8,488        |2,647        |2,845        |7,544        |3,768        |15,543       |17,206       |18,714       |7,703        |5,674                      

Sexual offences                 |-524         |-736         |-1,683       |305          |681          |-188         |1,234        |1,228        |2,470        |1,375        |3,204        |-689         |379                        

Robbery                         |-668         |2,524        |5,276        |2,555        |-718         |2,771        |2,573        |2,557        |2,613        |-1,196       |1,726        |3,032        |9,128                      

Burglary                        |-16,072      |74,353       |99,991       |87,008       |2,952        |84,582       |-26,226      |64,923       |-31,516      |-82,312      |8,138        |180,883      |212,651                    

Theft and handling stolen goods |-25,110      |47,326       |139,682      |152,702      |-49,929      |102,057      |76,088       |119,804      |48,132       |-120,731     |81,486       |361,649      |386,710                    

Fraud and forgery               |-4,134       |-12,787      |1,425        |16,430       |-1,310       |4,302        |8,674        |-1,336       |-455         |897          |617          |13,419       |26,833                     

Criminal damage                 |14,197       |38,981       |27,277       |31,087       |25,502       |54,524       |41,124       |44,624       |5,373        |4,962        |36,161       |103,361      |87,696                     

Other notifiable offences       |-338         |-449         |597          |86           |4,783        |1,184        |1,765        |-41          |2,631        |3,365        |4,935        |3,505        |3,491                      

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

Total notifiable offences       |-24,762      |151,498      |275,526      |298,661      |-15,392      |252,077      |112,776      |235,527      |44,791       |-176,434     |154,981      |672,863      |732,562                    

Public Houses (Violence)

Mr. Nigel Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (i) how many prison sentences were imposed on persons found guilty of physical violence against landlords or landladies of public houses in 1991 ;

(2) how many orders of exclusion from public houses have been enforced on persons found guilty of physical violence against landlords or landladies in 1991.

Mr. Jack [holding answer 27 October 1992] : Information is not held centrally on the number of offenders convicted of offences of violence against landlords or landladies of public houses. Data held centrally show that in 1990 there were 101 exclusion orders made excluding offenders from licensed premises. This information may be under-recorded, because police forces are not always able to supply us with the relevant details. Provisional data for 1991 will be available before the end of 1992.

Accommodation Agencies Act 1953

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of prosecutions under the Accommodation Agencies Act 1953 each year since 1962.

Mr. Jack [holding answer 27 October 1992] : Information is given in the table. Data for 1962 to 1974 and 1990 are not available. Information collected centrally for 1990 does not identify offences committed under this specific Act from other summary offences. This will also apply to 1991 data when available.


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Number of prosecutions under the       

Accommodation Agencies Act             

1953, 1962-90 England and Wales        

Year         |Prosecutions             

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1962-74      |<1>-                     

                                       

1975         |2                        

1976         |2                        

1977         |9                        

1978         |2                        

1979         |-                        

1980         |4                        

1981         |3                        

1982         |5                        

1983         |4                        

1984         |5                        

1985         |3                        

1986         |<2>21                    

1987         |5                        

1988         |2                        

1989         |5                        

1990         |<1>-                     

<1> Not available.                     

<2> 12 of these cases were heard on    

the same day in Sheffield.             

Smoking and Drinking (Young People)

Dr. Spink : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many publicans have been prosecuted over the last 10 years for selling alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years ; (2) how many shopkeepers have been prosecuted over the last 10 years for selling cigarettes to children under 16 years.

Mr. Jack [holding answer 2 November 1992] : The table shows the information held centrally on the number of


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prosecutions for the illegal sale of alcohol on licensed premises to persons under the age of 18 and for the sale of tobacco to children under the age of 16. We are unable to distinguish the number of publicans and shopkeepers involved.


Defendants proceeded against at             

magistrates' courts for illegal sales       

of alcohol and tobacco to children 1981-90  

England and Wales. Number proceeded against 

Year       |Alcohol<1>|Tobacco<2>           

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1981       |410       |17                   

1982       |323       |7                    

1983       |307       |29                   

1984       |314       |45                   

1985       |274       |28                   

1986       |296       |17                   

1987       |333       |18                   

1988       |673       |29                   

1989       |747       |66                   

1990       |574       |83                   

<1>Licensing Act 1964, Section 169(1);      

Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983,

 Schedule (Section 3) para 4(1).            

<2>The Children and Young Persons Act 1933, 

Section 7.                                  

Bus Lanes

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration is being given to providing bus priority designated lanes with priority at traffic signals on main routes in Belfast.

Mr. Atkins : An experimental scheme was introduced on Ormeau road earlier this year and a further scheme is planned for 1993.

Irish Republican Army

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representation has been made by him and his predecessors to eastern European states and the former Soviet Union to obtain information on the supply of weapons and explosives to the Irish Republican Army.

Mr. Mates : Discussions have taken place with several eastern European Governments and with the Government of Russia. Concern about the supply by Libya of Czechoslovak-made Semtex explosive to PIRA led to the conclusion of the convention on the marking of plastic explosives. The Government will continue to pursue all leads about the supply of weapons and explosives to the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Community Charge

Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will publish a table showing for each county court, and in total, the costs incurred by his Department since 1990 in actions taken recovering community charge arrears.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The enforcement of community charge is dealt with by the magistrates courts. The estimated cost of community charge enforcement in magistrates courts from 1 April 1990 to 30 June 1992 was £8.2 million. It is not possible to break this figure down between individual magistrates courts.


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Terrorist-related Crimes

Mr. A. Cecil Walker : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many bail applications for

terrorist-related crimes were lodged in Northern Ireland in each of the past two years ; how many were successful ; and what was the total cost to the Exchequer for each year of these applications.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The number of bail applications made in respect of scheduled offences in 1990 and in 1991 ; and the number of such bail applications which were successful were as follows :


Applications for bail in respect of       

scheduled offences                        

                        |1990 |1991       

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Applications made       |1,035|1,573      

Applications successful |562  |746        

The cost to the Exchequer of these applications is not available and could not be made available except at disproportionate cost.

Consultants

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list all of the reports his Department has commissioned from external consultants in each of the past three years ; for each of the past three years, how many reports from external consultants to his Department led to further consultancy work being commissioned, stating for each of these who were the original and subsequent consultants and briefly describing the subject matter of the consultancy work ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. I will not make a statement.

Agencies

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list by grade the numbers of staff and their cost for 1991-92 and the estimated figures for 1992-93 for each executive agency for which he is responsible.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The Lord Chancellor is responsible for two agencies,--the Public Record Office and Her Majesty's Land Registry. Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the chief executives of both agencies and I have asked them to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from W. Arnold to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 30 October 1992 :

The Chief Executive is presently absent from the Office and, as Principal Establishment Officer of the Public Record Office, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question as set down below, since this is a matter delegated to the Office under the terms of the Agency's Framework Document.

I enclose tables giving the information you seek in respect of the Public Record Office.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask me.


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Public record office                                    

Staff in post: 1 April 1992                             

                          |Number                       

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Grade 3                   |1.0                          

Grade 5                   |3.0                          

Grade 6                   |6.0                          

Grade 7                   |21.0                         

Grade 8                   |20.0                         

Grade 9                   |20.5                         

Grade 10                  |44.5                         

Grade 11                  |48.5                         

Grade 12                  |4.5                          

Senior Personal Secretary |1.5                          

Typing Manager            |1.5                          

Personal Secretary        |3.0                          

Typist                    |6.5                          

Conservation Officer D    |1.0                          

Conservation Officer E    |4.0                          

Conservation Officer F    |13.0                         

Conservation Officer G    |11.0                         

Museum Support Grade 2    |1.0                          

Museum Support Grade 3    |7.5                          

Support Manager 1         |1.0                          

Support Manager 2         |8.0                          

Support Manager 3         |16.0                         

Support Grade Band 1      |41.5                         

Support Grade Band 2      |141.0                        

                          |---                          

Total                     |426.5                        

                                                        

Casual staff                                            

Typist                    |1.0                          

Support Grade Band 2      |2.5                          

                                                        

Staff costs 1991-92       |£6.742 million               


Public record office                                    

Estimated staff in post: 1 April 1993                   

                          |Number                       

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Grade 3                   |1.0                          

Grade 5                   |3.0                          

Grade 6                   |4.0                          

Grade 7                   |24.0                         

Grade 8                   |22.5                         

Grade 9                   |25.0                         

Grade 10                  |54.0                         

Grade 11                  |62.0                         

Grade 12                  |5.5                          

Senior Personal Secretary |1.5                          

Typing Manager            |1.5                          

Personal Secretary        |3.0                          

Typist                    |8.0                          

Conservation Officer D    |1.0                          

Conservation Officer E    |4.0                          

Conservation Officer F    |16.0                         

Conservation Officer G    |8.0                          

Museum Support Grade 2    |1.0                          

Museum Support Grade 3    |8.0                          

Support Manager 1         |1.0                          

Support Manager 2         |8.0                          

Support Manager 3         |16.0                         

Support Grade Band 1      |38.0                         

Support Grade Band 2      |151.0                        

                                                        

                          |---                          

Total                     |467.0                        

                                                        

Casual staff                                            

Support Grade Band 2      |6                            

                                                        

Estimated costs 1992-93   |£7.200 million               

Letter from John Manthorpe to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 2 November 1992 :


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The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, has asked me to reply to your question concerning staff numbers by grade and their cost for 1991-92 and the estimated figure for 1992-93 in the Land Registry.

The table attached indicates the permanent staff in post by grade at the beginning and end of 1991-92 and an estimate of the total at 1 April 1993. Costs, both inclusive and exclusive of superannuation expenditure, for permanent staff in 1991-92 and an estimate for 1992-93 are also shown in the table.


Her Majesty's Land Registry                                            

1. Staff in post                                                       

                    Actual staff in           Estimated staff in       

                    post                      post                     

                   |1 April 1991|1 April 1992|1 April 1993             

                   |Permanent   |Permanent   |Permanent                

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Grade 2            |1.0         |1.0         |1.0                      

Grade 3            |1.0         |1.0         |1.0                      

Grade 4            |0.0         |0.0         |1.0                      

Grade 5 (legal)    |14.0        |17.0        |17.0                     

Grade 6 (legal)    |18.0        |19.0        |20.0                     

Grade 7 (legal)    |89.5        |84.0        |81.5                     

Legal officer      |7.0         |4.0         |2.5                      

Grade 5            |4.0         |4.0         |3.0                      

Grade 6            |20.0        |23.0        |23.0                     

Grade 7            |45.0        |46.0        |47.0                     

SEO                |295.0       |290.5       |282.0                    

HEO                |601.0       |592.5       |580.0                    

EO                 |2,152.0     |2,103.5     |2,050.0                  

AO(SDP)            |53.5        |44.0        |30.0                     

AO                 |3,236.0     |3,137.0     |2,996.0                  

AA(DP)             |316.0       |284.0       |267.0                    

AA                 |1,158.5     |966.0       |865.0                    

Chief typing manager  12.0       11.0         11.0                     

Typing manager     |73.0        |72.5        |72.5                     

Senior personal secretary  2.0   1.0          2.0                      

Personal secretary |8.0         |7.0         |8.0                      

Typist             |786.0       |776.0       |770.0                    

Trainee typist     |0.0         |0.0         |0.0                      

Support manager 1  1.0           1.0          1.0                      

Support manager 2  4.0           4.0          2.0                      

Support manager 3  51.5          54.5         53.0                     

Support grade band 1  204.0      188.0        166.0                    

Support grade band 2  890.0      822.0        783.0                    

Night watchman     |4.0         |3.5         |3.5                      

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

Total              |10,047.0    |9,557.0     |9,139.0                  

Note: These figures relate to permanent staff, part-timers are counted 

as half.                                                               


2. Staff costs                                           

1991-92            |1992-93 (estimate)                   

£ million          |£ million                            

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124.221            |129.100                              

(144.031)          |(149.450)                            

Note: The figures in brackets include superannuation     

costs.                                                   

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Consultants

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list all of the reports his Department has commissioned from external consultants in each of the last three years ; for each of the last three years, how many reports from external consultants to his Department led to further consultancy work being commissioned, stating for each of these who were the original and subsequent consultants and briefly describing the subject matter of the consultancy work ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Waldegrave : This information is not held centrally and can be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Citizens Charter

Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which organisations, in each principal sector, have been targeted to receive a copy of the citizens charter ; and what progress has been made to date in ensuring that all public bodies affected by the charter's recommendations have a copy of Cm 1599.

Mr. Waldegrave : In July 1991 the head of the home civil service, Sir Robin Butler, wrote to permanent secretaries of civil service Departments about the citizens charter and its implementation. Copies of the White Paper were made available to them. In addition, agency chief executives, the chairmen of British Rail and London Regional Transport, the Association of District Councils, the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, the Association of County Councils, the London Boroughs Association, the Association of London Authorities and the Convention of Scottish Authorities were also sent copies. Many other bodies were informed of the White Paper's availability including the general managers of the regional health authorities, district health authorities, family health services authorities, special health authorities, chief executives of national health service trust hospitals, the chief officers of police, the chief probation officers and the secretaries of clerks of magistrates courts committees. The White Paper was advertised widely. To date, 20,246 copies of the White Paper have been sold ; 455,617 copies of the popular version--"A Guide to the Citizen's Charter"--have been distributed, free of charge.

TRANSPORT

M40

Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been undertaken regarding congestion at junction 9 of the M40 motorway.


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Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : My Department has invited Oxfordshire county council to undertake a study to investigate and determine measures to improve traffic conditions at this junction.

M11

Mr. Haselhurst : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the construction of a motorway services area by Trust House Forte at Birchanger on the M11.

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle : The chief executive of Forte Restaurants wrote to my right hon. and learned Friend the then Secretary of State on 6 March to explain that his company had stopped work at Birchanger pending completion of the Government's review of motorway service area policy. My right hon. Friend announced the outcome of that review on 6 August, and my officials are to meet the company shortly to discuss a resumption of work at the site.

Agencies

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by grade the numbers of staff and their cost for 1991-92 and the estimated figures for 1992-93, for each executive agency for which he is responsible.

Mr. Steve Norris : The numbers of staff for each of the Department of Transport's Agencies, by grade and their cost for 1991-92, and the estimated figures for 1992-93 are shown in the tables. TRL and DVOIT became agencies on 1 April 1992 ; the 1991-92 figures for DVOIT are included in DVLA's figures for that year. All staff costs shown include superannuation and earnings-related national insurance contribution provision.


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Vehicle inspectorate staff numbers and costs 1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93                   

                                            1991-92               1992-93                        

Grade                                     |Numbers   |Costs £   |Numbers   |Costs £              

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Grade 4                                   |1         |60,979    |1         |62,098               

Grade 5                                   |1         |50,290    |1         |53,285               

Grade 6<1>                                |4         |275,143   |4         |188,081              

Grade 7                                   |24        |820,042   |25        |877,616              

Senior Executive Officer                  |9         |243,497   |11        |304,923              

Higher Executive Officer                  |17        |379,147   |23        |530,432              

Executive Officer                         |44        |768,546   |58        |1,048,324            

Administrative Officer                    |168       |2,093,197 |208       |2,681,370            

Administrative Assistant                  |270       |2,569,375 |251       |2,570,298            

Senior Professional and Technical Officer |43        |1,194,976 |40        |1,182,348            

Higher Professional and Technical Officer |106       |2,412,859 |101       |2,377,924            

Professional and Technical Officer        |457       |8,901,040 |456       |9,101,455            

Assistant Vehicle Examiner                |77        |1,209,971 |90        |1,426,562            

Enforcement Manager<2>                    |0         |0         |7         |174,300              

Senior Traffic Examiner<2>                |0         |0         |31        |694,418              

Traffic Examiner<2>                       |0         |0         |175       |3,046,378            

Senior Personal Secretary                 |2         |32,708    |2         |34,753               

Personal Secretary                        |3         |49,981    |3         |46,572               

Typist                                    |34        |398,861   |35        |453,804              

Support Grades                            |8         |81,660    |8         |95,486               

Industrials                               |345       |4,826,892 |314       |3,806,833            

Casuals                                   |0         |0         |30        |211,083              

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

Total                                     |1,613     |26,369,164|1,874     |30,968,343           

<1> 1991-92 figures include Early Retirement costs                                               

<2> The Traffic Examiner Organisation have been funded from the Inspectorate since 1 April 1992  


Driving standards agency staff numbers and costs 1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93      

                                   1991-92               1992-93                        

Grade                            |Numbers   |Costs £   |Numbers   |Costs £              

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Grade 5                          |1.0       |53,233    |1.0       |56,496               

Grade 6                          |2.0       |90,844    |1.3       |58,746               

Grade 7                          |6.0       |217,608   |6.0       |225,040              

Senior Executive Officer         |14.0      |380,407   |13.0      |384,706              

Higher Executive Officer         |25.0      |523,385   |25.0      |552,171              

Executive Officer                |39.0      |655,921   |40.0      |712,271              

Administrative Officer           |111.0     |1,444,832 |113.0     |1,620,782            

Administrative Assistant         |201.0     |1,910,364 |168.0     |1,763,372            

Chief Driving Examiner           |1.0       |34,778    |1.0       |36,691               

Deputy Chief Driving Examiner    |2.0       |59,083    |2.0       |62,332               

Assistant Chief Driving Examiner |12.0      |318,276   |11.0      |284,563              

Supervising Examiner             |108.0     |2,370,956 |105.0     |2,342,088            

Senior Driving Examiner          |372.0     |7,105,903 |345.0     |7,084,897            

Driving Examiner                 |1,158.0   |20,204,213|1,071.0   |19,296,820           

Personal Secretary               |2.4       |34,758    |2.0       |30,348               

Typist                           |7.0       |78,072    |8.0       |89,346               

Telephonist                      |1.0       |11,468    |2.0       |22,337               

Paper Keeper                     |4.0       |31,186    |4.0       |32,901               

Support Grades                   |32.0      |290,097   |22.0      |210,664              

Industrials                      |2.0       |20,616    |2.0       |20,880               

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

Total                            |2,100.4   |35,836,000|1,942.3   |34,887,451           


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Transport research laboratory staff numbers and costs 1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93          

                                            1991-92               1992-93                        

Grade                                     |Numbers   |Costs £   |Numbers   |Costs £              

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Grade 3                                   |1         |59,237    |1         |81,504               

Grade 4                                   |1         |55,354    |1         |59,668               

Grade 5                                   |6         |292,719   |5         |269,082              

Grade 6                                   |23        |1,000,564 |23        |1,087,824            

Grade 7                                   |80        |2,800,284 |81        |3,036,259            

Senior Executive Officer                  |4         |126,557   |3         |105,490              

Higher Executive Officer                  |9         |209,587   |10        |225,796              

Executive Officer                         |19        |335,997   |21        |347,787              

Administrative Officer                    |46        |588,189   |44        |612,250              

Administrative Assistant                  |5         |61,885    |4         |52,507               

Senior Scientific Officer                 |84        |2,209,828 |82        |2,330,767            

Higher Scientific Officer                 |69        |1,477,665 |72        |1,651,953            

Scientific Officer                        |80        |1,301,621 |79        |1,395,699            

Assistant Scientific Officer              |12        |163,398   |15        |211,476              

Senior Professional and Technical Officer |10        |265,760   |11        |315,238              

Higher Professional and Technical Officer |11        |219,678   |10        |233,630              

Professional and Technical Officer        |12        |228,673   |15        |283,396              

Senior Librarian                          |1         |28,270    |1         |30,318               

Librarian                                 |4         |79,598    |4         |85,932               

Assistant Librarian                       |3         |40,075    |3         |43,127               

Senior Information                        |1         |21,481    |1         |23,038               

Senior Personal Secretary                 |2         |35,166    |2         |38,237               

Personal Secretary                        |20        |302,429   |19        |315,976              

Typing Manager                            |1         |17,575    |1         |18,821               

Typist                                    |6         |78,653    |6         |84,212               

Telephonist                               |3         |35,775    |3         |38,367               

Support Grades                            |26        |508,015   |25        |494,968              

Industrials                               |97        |1,188,111 |84        |1,177,610            

Casuals                                   |8         |42,000    |10        |50,000               

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

Total                                     |644       |13,774,144|636       |14,700,932           


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Vehicle certification agency staff numbers and costs 1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93      

                                           1991-92             1992-93                      

Grade                                     |Numbers  |Costs £  |Numbers  |Costs £            

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

Grade 5                                   |1.0      |48,509   |1.0      |49,623             

Grade 6                                   |1.0      |42,560   |1.0      |43,900             

Grade 7                                   |4.0      |138,546  |4.0      |140,981            

Senior Executive Officer                  |0.5      |12,136   |0.0      |0                  

Higher Executive Officer                  |3.0      |58,711   |2.0      |44,486             

Executive Officer                         |8.0      |132,771  |8.0      |139,847            

Administrative Officer                    |17.5     |183,241  |16.0     |199,715            

Administrative Assistant                  |4.0      |51,126   |3.0      |38,899             

Senior Professional and Technical Officer |10.0     |232,035  |11.0     |277,858            

Higher Professional and Technical Officer |25.0     |520,122  |21.0     |495,578            

Professional and Technical Officer        |3.0      |56,539   |2.0      |35,100             

Personal Secretary                        |1.0      |16,235   |1.0      |13,298             

Typist                                    |4.0      |48,463   |3.0      |31,593             

Support Grades                            |1.0      |11,690   |1.0      |10,064             

Industrials                               |1.0      |9,995    |1.0      |9,525              

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

Total                                     |84.0     |1,562,679|75.0     |1,530,467          


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Driver and vehicle licensing agency staff numbers and costs                                                 

1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93                                                                           

Vehicle inspectorate staff numbers and costs 1991-92 and estimates for 1992-93                              

                                            1991-92               1992-93                                   

Grade                                     |Numbers   |Costs £   |Numbers   |Costs £                         

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

Grade 3                                   |1         |61,557    |1         |64,729                          

Grade 4                                   |1         |59,023    |0         |0                               

Grade 5                                   |5         |252,521   |4         |213,071                         

Medical Officer                           |7         |302,809   |8         |370,431                         

Grade 6                                   |7         |305,831   |6         |278,631                         

Grade 7                                   |37        |1,268,700 |24        |874,580                         

Senior Executive Officer                  |87        |2,386,372 |45        |1,288,161                       

Higher Executive Officer                  |275       |6,135,751 |170       |3,925,551                       

Executive Officer                         |683       |11,862,833|437       |7,905,676                       

Administrative Officer                    |1,735     |23,014,092|1,676     |23,257,112                      

Administrative Assistant                  |1,962     |20,959,503|1,838     |20,716,748                      

Higher Professional and Technical Officer |1         |26,774    |1         |28,388                          

Professional and Technical Officer        |2         |43,653    |2         |43,475                          

Assistant Librarian                       |1         |17,598    |1         |18,067                          

Senior Personal Secretary                 |1         |17,484    |1         |18,229                          

Personal Secretary                        |21        |327,518   |18        |297,515                         

Chief Typing Manager                      |1         |22,340    |1         |23,290                          

Typing Manager                            |6         |99,824    |5         |86,726                          

Typist                                    |96        |1,283,031 |89        |1,263,097                       

Telex Operator                            |1         |13,213    |1         |13,774                          

Support Manager                           |17        |263,926   |16        |266,223                         

Support Grades                            |243       |2,822,448 |226       |2,771,040                       

Casuals                                   |85        |729,466   |61        |545,766                         

Stores Officer                            |4         |75,733    |4         |79,720                          

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

Total                                     |5,279     |72,352,000|4         |4,635     |64,350,000           


DVOIT staff numbers and costs estimates for 1992-93       

                          1992-93                         

Grade                    |Numbers   |Costs                

                                    |£                    

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

Grade 4                  |1         |61,928               

Grade 5                  |1         |55,269               

Grade 6                  |3         |142,444              

Grade 7                  |14        |510,125              

Senior Executive Officer |39        |1,240,394            

Higher Executive Officer  93         2,478,385            

Executive Officer        |246       |5,292,263            

Administrative Officer   |44        |682,330              

Administrative Assistant  42         555,744              

Personal Secretary       |4         |65,592               

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

Total                    |486       |11,084,474           

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many inspectors are employed by the Marine directorate ; and if he will give details of the number of (a) United Kingdom-flagged vessels and (b) flag-of -convenience tonnage covered by inspectors of the Marine directorate in 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Mr. Norris : There are at present 190 marine surveyors employed within the marine directorate.

The numbers of inspections of United Kingdom vessels were :


        |Numbers        

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

1989-90 |4,021          

1990-91 |3,503          

1991-92 |4,174          


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The numbers of foreign ships inspected were :


        |Numbers        

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

1989-90 |1,782          

1990-91 |2,197          

1991-92 |2,397          

Commuter Fares

Mr. Austin-Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has on the level of commuter fares in London relative to other EC capital and major cities ; and if he will make a statement on Government policy with regard to this situation.

Mr. Norris : It is difficult to compare fare levels internationally because each transport system has a different fare structure and few European cities are as large and complex as London. In 1991-92 fares on London Buses and the Underground were 17 per cent. and 7 per cent. higher in real terms than 10 years earlier ; Network SouthEast fares were 19 per cent. higher. Over the same period, average real weekly earnings have increased by 40 per cent. in London. So fares increases have been more than matched by increased ability to pay. The Government believe that it is right to strike a balance between contributions from users, and subsidy from taxpayers. If one pays less, the other of necessity pays more.

Plutonium

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what submissions his Department has made to the International Maritime Organisation on the subject of the maritime transport of plutonium.

Mr. Norris : None.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Agencies

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list by grade the numbers of staff and their cost for 1991-92 and the estimated figures for 1992-93 for each executive agency for which he is responsible.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to both Wilton Park under its


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chief executive, Geoffrey Denton, and to the Natural Resources Institute under its chief executive, Anthony Beattie. I have asked them to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Geoffrey Denton to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 4 November 1992

Thank you for your question asking Wilton Park to list by grade the numbers of staff and their cost for 1991-92 and the estimated figures for 1992-93.

The answer to your question is as follows :


Listing of staff 1991-92      

            |Numbers          

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

DS4         |1                

DS5         |5                

EO          |3                

AO          |4                

SPS         |<1>1             

PS          |2                

Cat Man III |2                

Chef II     |3                

Industrial  |<2>8             

            |-------          

Total costs |£503,503         


Forecast 1992-93                                    

                      |Numbers                      

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

DS4                   |1                            

DS5S                  |1                            

DS5                   |4                            

EO                    |3                            

AO                    |4                            

PS                    |3                            

                      |<1>1                         

Cat Man III           |2                            

Chef II               |3                            

Industrial            |<2>8                         

                      |-------                      

Total costs           |£536,545                     

                      |-------                      

Increase year on year |3.76 per cent.               

<1>Part time.                                       

<2>Four part time.                                  

Letter from Anthony Beattie to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 30 October 1992 :

Lady Chalker has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Question about staff and their costs in executive agencies.

I enclose a table giving the information you require.


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Natural Resources Institute staff numbers and costs by grade                                  

                                        1991-92 (actual)      1992-93                         

                                                   (estimated)                                

Grade                                  |Man years |Cost      |Man years |Cost                 

                                                  |£                    |£                    

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

Unified Grade 3                        |1.00      |65,248    |1.00      |68,770               

Unified Grade 5                        |4.00      |204,697   |3.51      |188,438              

Unified Grade 6                        |21.77     |964,275   |23.60     |1,091,842            

Unified Grade 7                        |96.21     |3,327,165 |100.59    |3,645,976            

Senior Scientific Officer              |79.04     |2,110,342 |96.65     |2,424,496            

Higher Scientific Officer              |68.51     |1,377,374 |66.63     |1,406,194            

Scientific Officer                     |45.50     |697,428   |41.65     |673,708              

Assistant Scientific Officer           |20.59     |253,641   |21.20     |273,289              

Senior Research Officer                |10.86     |231,353   |11.34     |242,115              

Research Officer                       |1.10      |20,082    |0.37      |6,997                

Librarian                              |0.20      |6,733     |-         |-                    

Assistant Librarian                    |1.75      |23,063    |2.00      |27,384               

Higher Mapping and Charting Officer    |1.00      |22,004    |1.00      |23,020               

Mapping and Charting Officer           |1.00      |19,574    |1.00      |20,478               

Professional/Technology Officer        |2.00      |32,555    |2.00      |34,055               

Experimental Worker                    |17.34     |156,074   |7.53      |72,674               

Senior Information Officer             |1.00      |26,031    |1.00      |27,272               

Information Officer                    |2.30      |39,904    |2.00      |36,344               

Assistant Information Officer          |1.24      |17,371    |1.00      |15,047               

Higher Graphics Officer                |1.00      |21,527    |1.00      |22,521               

Senior Executive Officer               |3.00      |84,547    |2.41      |69,721               

Higher Executive Officer               |7.68      |164,872   |10.12     |226,023              

Executive Officer                      |21.75     |365,557   |19.08     |333,389              

Administrative Officer                 |43.10     |501,709   |43.25     |532,170              

Administrative Assistant               |3.02      |22,414    |2.27      |17,350               

Support Grade Band 1                   |5.61      |63,882    |7.50      |91,896               

Support Grade Band 2                   |10.76     |92,238    |14.24     |143,029              

Personal Secretary                     |12.14     |177,530   |14.14     |214,957              

Technical Grade 1                      |-         |-         |5.00      |68,668               

Typing Manager                         |2.00      |32,999    |2.00      |34,324               

Typist                                 |7.94      |99,077    |9.39      |121,963              

College Sandwich Course Students       |6.43      |55,112    |3.66      |32,419               

Graphics Officer                       |0.07      |916       |0.50      |6,517                

Mapping and Charting Technical Grade 1 |0.58      |8,559     |1.00      |15,125               

Agricultural Advisory Officer I        |19.21     |795,323   |17.80     |770,215              

Agricultural Advisory Officer II       |7.36      |217,088   |5.00      |153,611              

Economic Adviser                       |1.00      |33,602    |0.51      |17,532               

Deputy Regional Veterinary Officer     |2.00      |105,881   |2.00      |111,111              

Chargehand                             |0.87      |10,163    |0.17      |2,209                

Craftsman                              |5.03      |55,505    |0.84      |10,531               

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

Totals                                 |537.04    |12,503,415|535.95    |13,273,280           

Visiting Musicians (Visas)

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when visas were issued by the United Kingdom post in Islamabad to five musicians, led by Qadi Muhammad Tufail, born on 10 July 1935, to tour the United Kingdom at the invitation of the Al Falah Youth Organisation of Bradford ; when that post was notified that all members of the group had been issued with work permits by the overseas labour section of the Department of Employment ; when visit visa applications were made on behalf of the group ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : In the absence of any information about this case, we have asked the high commission in Islamabad for a full report. We shall arrange for the hon. Member to receive a substantive reply from the migration and visa correspondence unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as soon as possible.

Maastricht Treaty

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to accommodate the request by Denmark for amendments to the treaty on European union.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : As presidency, the United Kingdom will use the proposals submitted by the Danish Government as the basis for discussion with partners on agreeing the framework for a solution at Edinburgh.

International Atomic Energy Agency

Mr. Hutton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the International Atomic Energy Agency has the authority to conduct


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special investigations at facilities that have not been previously reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what assessment has been made by his Department of the effectiveness of the non-proliferation safeguards set out in the International Atomic Energy Agency document INFCIRO/153 ; and if he will make a statement.


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