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Mr. Burns : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Government's sale of substantially all of its residual shareholding in British Telecommunications plc.

Mr. Dorrell : I am pleased to report that the Government's combined offers of BT shares were successfully completed this morning when dealings in interim rights started on the London stock exchange. As a result of bids received in the international offer, the price of the third instalment for all investors in the combined offers was set at 120p per share.

Accordingly, the price for interim rights purchased in the United Kingdom public offer was 410p per share, comprising 150p paid on successful application, 140p to be paid by 1 March 1994 and 120p to be paid by 11 October 1994.

The price for shares purchased in the international offer was 420p per share, comprising 160p paid on successful application, 140p to be paid by 1 March 1994 and 120p to be paid by 11 October 1994. The Government offered for sale up to 1,220 million shares in the combined offers.

Some 1.67 million applications were received in the United Kingdom public offer for a total of some 1,057 million shares. This represented some 1.73 times the shares initially expected to be sold in the UK public offer. In response to this demand, the Government increased the total number of shares allocated to the UK public offer to an allocation of BT shares. Over 55 per cent. of


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applicants had their applications met in full. Some 97 per cent. of applications made through share shops were allocated shares. More than 785,000 qualifying BT shareholders and more than 23,000 eligible BT employees made applications in the United Kingdom public offer. All such applicants received an allocation of BT shares. 488 million shares were allocated to bidders in the international offer. This number does not include any shares that S. G. Warburg Securities may have over-alloted in connection with the international offer. The extent of any such over-allotment will not be disclosed. As already announced, S. G. Warburg Securities may also effect stabilisation transactions.

For these reasons, details of the percentages of shares allocated to each geographic region in the international offer may not be available until after 18 August 1993. However, the United Kingdom accounted for some 62 per cent. of the shares sold by Her Majesty's Treasury in the international offer. Individual investors bidding in the United Kingdom retail tender bid for some 104 million shares. Of this, some 44 million shares were in respect of PEP applications. In addition to the shares sold in the combined offers, S. G. Warburg Securities, as global co-ordinator for the sale, holds an option to acquire from Her Majesty's Treasury up to a further 91.5 million shares for the purpose of meeting any over-allotment made by it in connection with the international offer. This option must be exercised by 18 August 1993.

Total gross proceeds from the combined offers amount to some £4.97 billion, of which some £3.53 billion is expected to be received in this financial year.

Total gross proceeds may be further increased by a maximum of £0.38 billion to the extent that, if at all, S. G. Warburg Securities exercises its option to acquire further shares.

Details of the costs of the share sale will be published shortly. Following the combined offers, and assuming the exercise in full of the option over BT shares granted by Her Majesty's Treasury to S. G. Warburg Securities, Her Majesty's Treasury expects to hold not more than 1.5 per cent. of BT's issued share capital. This would comprise principally shares that may be needed to meet share bonus entitlements under the BT3 United Kingdom public offer and as a result of the Government's sale of BT shares in December 1991.

Public Expenditure

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the real level of public expenditure on (a) education, (b) health, (c) personal social services, (d) housing and (e) social security in each year since 1973-74 until the latest date available ; and what proportion such expenditure makes up of the gross domestic product in each case.

Mr. Portillo [holding answer 16 July 1993] : The information can be found in tables 2.3 and 2.4 of the "Statistical Supplement to the 1992 Autumn Statement", Cm 2219. Figures are not available on a consistent basis for years prior to 1978-79.


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EDUCATION

Additional Educational Needs Grant

Mr. Shore : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what study his Department has undertaken in relation to additional educational needs grant ; and when he plans to publish the findings ;

(2) what arrangements he has made for consultation with local education authorities to discuss the impact of proposed changes in additional educational needs grant.

Mr. Robin Squire : We are at present reviewing the additional educational needs allowance as part of a wider-ranging review of standard spending assessments--SSAs--in the light of 1991 census data that have recently become available. We are studying the statistical evidence and underlying rationale for various options. The Government have already made available to the local authority associations preliminary statistical findings from the review and is consulting them on the implications for authorities. Consultations are taking place through the SSA sub-group of the local government finance settlement working group.

Education Standard Spending Assessments

Mr. Peter Shore : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the total education standard spending assessment for the London borough of Tower Hamlets in each year since 1990 ; and how much of this is represented by additional educational needs grant.

Mr. Robin Squire : The figures set out in column 1 the education component of Tower Hamlets' standard spending assessments and in column 2 the amounts within those figures for the additional educational needs cost allowance.


                    |(Column 1)         |(Column 2)                             

                    |Education component|Additional                             

                    |of SSA             |educational needs                      

                                        |allowance (after                       

                                        |adjustment for area                    

                                        |costs)                                 

                    |(£ million)        |(£ million)                            

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1990-91             |91.292             |43.378                                 

1991-92             |112.110            |50.363                                 

1992-93             |123.695            |55.658                                 

1993-94             |115.580            |51.655                                 

The 1993-94 figures are lower than the 1992-93 figures, for Tower Hamlets as for all local education authorities, because of their loss of responsibility for most further education to the Further Education Funding Council.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, for January for each year from 1988 to the latest year for which figures are available, the number of pupils aged five to 15 years with statements of special educational need (a) in maintained special schools, (b) in non-maintained special schools and independent schools under arrangements made by the authority and (c) in maintained primary, middle and secondary schools.

Mr. Forth : Information about pupils with statements of special educational needs by age is not available centrally.


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Figures showing the total numbers of pupils with statements since 1988 for mainstream and for independent schools and since 1991 for special schools are shown in the table.


Pupils with statements of special educational needs in                                                                  

schools in England 1988-92                                                                                              

Position as at January of each year                                                                                     

                     Maintained                              Non-maintained                                             

                     schools                                 schools                                                    

Year                |primary, middle and|special            |special            |independent<1>                         

                    |secondary schools                                                                                  

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1988                |40,931             |n/a                |n/a                |6,144                                  

1989                |47,262             |n/a                |n/a                |5,597                                  

1990                |54,299             |n/a                |n/a                |5,623                                  

1991                |61,992             |80,367             |5,265              |5,621                                  

1992                |71,246             |79,190             |4,942              |5,388                                  

<1> Includes pupils in City Technology Colleges.                                                                        

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list, for January for each year from


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1988 to the latest year for which figures are available (a) the number of full-time pupils aged five to 15 years in (i) maintained primary, middle and secondary schools and (ii) special schools maintained by the local education authority and (b) the number of pupils aged five to 15 years belonging to (i) other local education authorities but attending special schools maintained by the local education authority, (ii) the local education authority but attending special schools maintained by other local education authorities and (iii) the local education authorities attending non-maintained special schools and independent schools for the purposes of special educational treatment.

Mr. Forth : The numbers of full-time pupils aged five to 15 years in maintained primary, middle, secondary and special schools in each local education authority in England for the years requested are shown in the table. The information requested at (b) can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Full-time pupils aged 5 to 15 in maintained primary, middle, secondary and special schools in England                                     

Position as at January each year                                                                                                          

Ages at previous 31 August                                                                                                                

                  1988                  1989                  1990                  1991                  1992                            

                 |Mainstream|Special   |Mainstream|Special   |Mainstream|Special   |Mainstream|Special   |Mainstream|Special              

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Corporation of London  -     -          -          -          -          -          171        0          171        0                    

Camden           |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |16,209    |312       |16,613    |316                  

Greenwich        |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |28,127    |652       |28,495    |629                  

Hackney          |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |19,409    |594       |19,661    |588                  

Hammersmith      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |12,199    |455       |12,232    |402                  

Islington        |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |17,266    |289       |18,044    |300                  

Kensington and Chelsea  -    -          -          -          -          -          7,609      83         7,647      73                   

Lambeth          |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |20,713    |810       |21,023    |768                  

Lewisham         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |25,643    |454       |25,096    |437                  

Southwark        |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |24,971    |433       |24,837    |437                  

Tower Hamlets    |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |25,282    |429       |26,146    |454                  

Wandsworth       |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |20,716    |680       |20,240    |630                  

Westminster      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |13,205    |146       |13,313    |145                  

ILEA             |227,073   |5,841     |226,022   |5,623     |227,745   |5,517     |-         |-         |-         |-                    

Barking          |19,539    |200       |19,345    |179       |19,309    |169       |19,463    |152       |19,742    |145                  

Barnet           |32,076    |305       |32,113    |297       |32,240    |275       |32,644    |267       |33,137    |277                  

Bexley           |28,096    |266       |27,710    |224       |27,480    |217       |27,584    |229       |27,762    |232                  

Brent            |26,069    |313       |25,483    |297       |25,153    |302       |25,693    |308       |26,341    |294                  

Bromley          |30,914    |379       |30,264    |358       |30,059    |336       |30,246    |320       |30,960    |303                  

Croydon          |35,702    |476       |35,037    |459       |34,841    |443       |34,293    |458       |34,494    |476                  

Ealing           |29,941    |440       |29,728    |420       |29,932    |375       |30,381    |357       |30,307    |384                  

Enfield          |31,604    |379       |31,026    |366       |31,265    |339       |31,531    |335       |32,103    |346                  

Haringey         |20,436    |283       |19,927    |257       |20,225    |250       |20,855    |265       |21,475    |280                  

Harrow           |22,169    |239       |22,292    |215       |22,583    |210       |22,909    |194       |23,250    |185                  

Havering         |31,631    |310       |31,013    |275       |30,570    |229       |30,326    |207       |30,132    |191                  

Hillingdon       |27,031    |340       |26,720    |300       |26,790    |323       |26,994    |316       |27,143    |336                  

Hounslow         |24,438    |470       |24,268    |413       |24,474    |422       |25,037    |372       |25,600    |362                  

Kingston upon Thames  14,077 229        13,795     229        13,713     227        13,779     212        14,078     211                  

Merton           |16,976    |247       |16,594    |230       |16,250    |223       |16,501    |209       |16,975    |218                  

Newham           |29,589    |459       |29,512    |375       |30,177    |397       |31,182    |369       |32,021    |286                  

Redbridge        |25,927    |358       |25,824    |356       |26,163    |367       |26,652    |343       |27,155    |340                  

Richmond upon Thames  14,674 152        14,713     158        14,817     166        15,154     146        15,326     132                  

Sutton           |19,208    |271       |19,036    |259       |18,929    |259       |19,093    |275       |19,351    |278                  

Waltham Forest   |25,463    |595       |24,965    |577       |25,014    |634       |25,442    |614       |25,805    |639                  

Birmingham       |139,215   |2,341     |137,668   |2,307     |137,648   |2,235     |138,723   |2,337     |140,185   |2,438                

Coventry         |39,817    |773       |38,873    |786       |38,538    |752       |38,661    |711       |39,091    |729                  

Dudley           |39,895    |497       |39,173    |500       |38,785    |489       |38,805    |519       |39,154    |516                  

Sandwell         |40,222    |766       |39,482    |782       |39,111    |769       |39,380    |763       |39,866    |732                  

Solihull         |27,941    |262       |27,241    |237       |26,750    |222       |26,719    |215       |27,133    |236                  

Walsall          |37,722    |500       |37,026    |488       |36,588    |480       |36,833    |469       |37,174    |475                  

Wolverhampton    |34,584    |428       |33,742    |415       |32,998    |436       |32,755    |443       |32,809    |442                  

Knowsley         |22,535    |541       |22,108    |559       |21,924    |599       |21,798    |561       |21,866    |561                  

Liverpool        |62,345    |1,478     |61,366    |1,485     |61,484    |1,340     |62,268    |1,363     |63,029    |1,375                

St. Helens       |25,836    |422       |25,222    |398       |24,610    |412       |24,261    |413       |24,207    |414                  

Sefton           |37,639    |384       |37,223    |393       |37,084    |377       |37,205    |396       |37,519    |382                  

Wirral           |43,040    |656       |42,524    |643       |42,108    |634       |42,465    |625       |42,539    |637                  

Bolton           |36,481    |425       |35,935    |405       |35,676    |390       |35,795    |395       |36,176    |418                  

Bury             |22,414    |238       |22,181    |238       |22,189    |245       |22,346    |248       |22,578    |267                  

Manchester       |54,549    |1,602     |53,907    |1,479     |54,119    |1,418     |54,825    |1,246     |55,600    |1,509                

Oldham           |31,809    |445       |31,662    |452       |31,967    |479       |32,572    |454       |33,195    |446                  

Rochdale         |29,348    |483       |28,985    |465       |28,631    |476       |28,816    |481       |28,822    |447                  

Salford          |28,885    |607       |28,148    |580       |27,916    |543       |28,086    |423       |28,386    |386                  

Stockport        |36,575    |346       |35,576    |328       |35,014    |348       |35,053    |355       |35,122    |357                  

Tameside         |29,474    |346       |29,198    |340       |29,048    |355       |29,321    |356       |29,771    |363                  

Trafford         |25,575    |353       |24,975    |341       |24,707    |326       |24,752    |330       |25,291    |330                  

Wigan            |43,773    |675       |42,896    |663       |42,211    |720       |41,972    |740       |41,880    |776                  

Barnsley         |29,565    |227       |28,931    |179       |28,498    |166       |28,418    |147       |28,420    |126                  

Doncaster        |39,841    |596       |39,509    |611       |39,338    |626       |39,513    |628       |40,123    |632                  

Rotherham        |36,285    |534       |35,502    |524       |35,202    |530       |35,175    |548       |35,252    |558                  

Sheffield        |61,140    |825       |59,056    |794       |58,139    |768       |58,032    |758       |58,552    |789                  

Bradford         |68,758    |825       |68,303    |764       |68,491    |681       |68,903    |653       |69,510    |614                  

Calderdale       |26,604    |205       |26,332    |203       |26,031    |186       |26,092    |164       |26,153    |151                  

Kirklees         |52,466    |557       |51,255    |574       |50,820    |578       |50,785    |588       |50,998    |589                  

Leeds            |89,319    |1,114     |88,029    |968       |87,110    |894       |87,070    |823       |87,838    |805                  

Wakefield        |41,173    |631       |40,559    |592       |40,172    |562       |40,481    |560       |40,892    |545                  

Gateshead        |25,355    |409       |24,761    |384       |24,487    |348       |24,334    |323       |24,363    |314                  

Newcastle upon Tyne  31,416  562        31,164     519        30,952     497        31,219     512        31,435     640                  

North Tyneside   |24,642    |349       |24,466    |322       |24,255    |327       |24,356    |342       |24,342    |362                  

South Tyneside   |20,175    |242       |19,919    |240       |19,934    |250       |20,306    |261       |20,724    |284                  

Sunderland       |42,078    |502       |41,250    |485       |40,879    |505       |41,124    |529       |41,332    |568                  

Isles of Scilly  |260       |0         |251       |0         |250       |0         |261       |0         |267       |0                    

Avon             |111,966   |1,909     |109,708   |1,845     |108,689   |1,809     |108,814   |1,811     |109,681   |1,850                

Bedfordshire     |72,380    |1,003     |71,378    |1,002     |70,825    |981       |71,040    |986       |71,945    |1,006                

Berkshire        |93,520    |1,249     |91,909    |1,253     |90,986    |1,268     |91,034    |1,350     |91,550    |1,452                

Buckinghamshire  |83,347    |1,427     |82,259    |1,386     |80,860    |1,340     |80,865    |1,335     |81,348    |1,390                

Cambridgeshire   |83,544    |998       |82,694    |937       |82,364    |877       |82,913    |824       |83,692    |822                  

Cheshire         |128,510   |1,186     |126,655   |1,111     |125,579   |1,075     |125,853   |1,103     |126,235   |1,163                

Cleveland        |82,140    |1,409     |81,160    |1,388     |80,935    |1,123     |81,323    |1,167     |81,792    |1,155                

Cornwall         |58,913    |234       |58,770    |236       |58,216    |232       |58,274    |243       |58,336    |243                  

Cumbria          |62,764    |387       |61,927    |374       |61,362    |332       |61,197    |277       |61,205    |227                  

Derbyshire       |121,453   |1,319     |119,594   |1,226     |118,061   |1,193     |117,649   |1,128     |117,849   |1,094                

Devon            |117,300   |1,576     |116,606   |1,521     |115,705   |1,524     |116,042   |1,526     |117,466   |1,554                

Dorset           |71,726    |1,062     |70,725    |1,043     |70,087    |976       |70,469    |970       |71,178    |981                  

Durham           |78,975    |934       |77,676    |927       |77,448    |882       |77,345    |937       |77,704    |948                  

East Sussex      |68,879    |1,241     |68,490    |1,212     |68,049    |1,171     |68,950    |1,191     |69,959    |1,197                

Essex            |200,769   |2,436     |195,914   |2,294     |193,008   |2,281     |191,240   |2,246     |191,394   |2,267                

Gloucestershire  |64,532    |1,121     |63,639    |1,116     |62,722    |1,122     |62,918    |1,094     |63,572    |1,144                

Hampshire        |187,640   |3,368     |185,134   |3,258     |183,287   |3,236     |184,172   |3,193     |185,749   |3,159                

Hereford and Worcester  85,881,048      84,354     1,055      83,513     1,073      83,252     1,060      83,610     999                  

Hertfordshire    |126,567   |1,827     |123,610   |1,762     |122,012   |1,699     |121,514   |1,672     |122,332   |1,721                

Humberside       |119,116   |1,229     |117,259   |1,185     |116,628   |1,120     |116,584   |1,040     |117,129   |1,079                

Isle of Wight    |14,491    |212       |14,544    |220       |14,562    |192       |14,502    |187       |14,575    |182                  

Kent             |197,013   |3,041     |192,901   |2,996     |190,284   |2,903     |188,776   |2,860     |189,486   |2,848                

Lancashire       |182,720   |2,940     |181,159   |2,852     |180,963   |2,847     |180,998   |2,859     |182,029   |2,893                

Leicestershire   |118,477   |1,013     |116,899   |947       |116,164   |884       |116,430   |884       |117,096   |911                  

Lincolnshire     |74,025    |1,061     |72,648    |1,017     |71,904    |983       |71,969    |992       |72,548    |967                  

Norfolk          |91,020    |804       |89,347    |758       |87,988    |736       |87,580    |739       |87,982    |762                  

North Yorkshire  |84,512    |925       |83,565    |901       |82,884    |917       |82,942    |911       |83,586    |853                  

Northamptonshire |80,070    |1,050     |78,947    |1,033     |78,224    |990       |78,209    |956       |78,348    |968                  

Northumberland   |40,588    |511       |39,997    |479       |39,966    |471       |40,106    |487       |40,318    |452                  

Nottinghamshire  |129,051   |2,140     |126,938   |2,087     |125,185   |1,917     |125,297   |1,745     |126,490   |1,519                

Oxfordshire      |65,312    |718       |64,001    |727       |63,340    |700       |63,534    |643       |64,318    |672                  

Shropshire       |53,768    |586       |53,348    |563       |52,843    |509       |52,655    |467       |52,807    |441                  

Somerset         |55,405    |607       |54,573    |559       |54,004    |544       |53,909    |544       |54,640    |548                  

Staffordshire    |137,329   |1,741     |135,439   |1,655     |133,993   |1,646     |134,096   |1,723     |134,782   |1,811                

Suffolk          |79,320    |640       |77,574    |639       |76,713    |625       |76,363    |624       |76,451    |649                  

Surrey           |104,480   |1,811     |101,633   |1,661     |99,308    |1,581     |98,974    |1,553     |99,106    |1,585                

Warwickshire     |61,323    |1,235     |59,948    |1,194     |59,003    |1,117     |58,793    |1,065     |58,975    |1,069                

West Sussex      |80,885    |1,092     |79,548    |1,071     |78,686    |1,084     |78,695    |1,116     |79,531    |1,108                

Wiltshire        |70,572    |682       |69,515    |643       |68,797    |608       |68,877    |626       |69,497    |661                  

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

England          |5,951,670 |84,470    |5,861,770 |81,443    |5,816,540 |79,211    |5,830,912 |78,098    |5,874,560 |78,657               

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Common Fisheries Policy

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye (Mrs. Lait) of 7 July, Official Report, column 163, what is her assessment


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of the relative weight to be attached in measures to prevent over-exploitation to (a) effort limitation and (b) technical conservation measures ; what is her estimate of the contribution made in other EC states towards achieving the multi-annual guidance programme effort targets by (i) decommissioning schemes, giving the amounts involved and the number of vessels taken out in each case and (ii) days-at- sea limitations.


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Mr. Jack : Effort limitation and technical conservation both have a role to play in preventing the over-exploitation of fish stocks, and are to some extent interchangeable. Member states are still considering how they will achieve their 1996 MAGP targets, but even those which rely on decommissioning are required to hold fishing effort within limits.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye (Mrs. Lait) of 7 July, Official Report, column 163, what calculation she has made of the reduction of (a) access rights and (b) actual catches of (i) other member states and (ii) third parties which the United Kingdom secured in the 1983 settlement of the common fisheries policy.

Mr. Jack : Prior to the 1983 CFP settlement, other member states held historic rights to fish within six to 12 miles of the United Kingdom territorial sea in respect of 1,999 miles of our 2,667 miles of coastline. No other countries had such rights. The settlement reduced the rights of other member states to 558 miles. It is not possible to calculate the effect on catches by other member states and third countries in the six to 12 mile belt.

Lupin Seed

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice she has received from the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes about the uses of lupin seeds, in particular lupinus angustifolius ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has received two submissions in respect of the use of lupins in food. Further data were requested from the applicants and in respect of lupinus angustifolius additional studies have been commissioned. Meanwhile, the committee is not in a position to formulate its advice.

Decommissioning Grants

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in what circumstances foreign-owned fishing boats registered as British qualify for decommissioning grants.

Mr. Jack : I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 12 February, Official Report, column 790, and 29 January, Official Report, column 896 .

Set-aside (Renewable Energy)

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when she will announce the areas set aside specifically dedicated to woodland for renewable energy sources.

Mr. Jack : The cereals management committee on 15 July voted on a draft Commission regulation allowing certain perennial crops to be grown for non-food uses on set-aside land. This regulation would permit short rotation coppice to be grown as an energy crop on set-aside land. We expect the regulation to be adopted formally by the Commission in time to come into force on 1 September.


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Milk Quotas

Mr. Tyler : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether she accepts the recommendations of the EC Court of Auditors' report on milk quotas in so far as it affects the United Kingdom ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Jack : We are currently examining the EC Court of Auditors' report on milk quotas and the Commission's response. We will be paying particular attention to any comments and recommendations which have a bearing on the way in which the quota system is operated in the United Kingdom.

Coastal Protection

Mr. Hutton : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total expenditure on coastal protection measures in each year since 1979 in (a) cash terms and (b) constant 1993 prices.

Mr. Jack : The Ministry offers grant aid to local coast protection authorities in England for capital works to reduce the risk to people and the developed and natural environment from coastal erosion. Grant-aided capital expenditure on coast protection by those authorities for each financial year since 1979 was as follows :


                   |Actual outturn    |Outturn at 1992-93                   

                                      |prices (using GDP                    

                                      |deflator)                            

                   |£ million         |£ million                            

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1979-80            |8.2               |19.6                                 

1980-81            |11.5              |23.3                                 

1981-82            |13.6              |25.1                                 

1982-83            |18.0              |31.0                                 

1983-84            |16.0              |26.3                                 

1984-85            |15.4              |24.1                                 

1985-86            |16.7              |24.8                                 

1986-87            |17.9              |25.7                                 

1987-88            |14.8              |20.2                                 

1988-89            |20.9              |26.6                                 

1989-90            |20.4              |24.3                                 

1990-91            |29.2              |32.2                                 

1991-92            |30.8              |31.9                                 

<1>1992-93         |16.9              |16.9                                 

<1> Provisional.                                                            

NORTHERN IRELAND

Post Office Robberies

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the post offices which have been robbed in Northern Ireland this year, with the value of cash and other items stolen in each case.

Sir John Wheeler : The requested information is as follows :


Post Office                       |Amount Stolen              

Robberies                                                     

                                  |£                          

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Shore Road, Belfast               |500                        

Garvaghy Post Office, Banbridge   |2,672                      

Anderstown Road, Belfast          |64                         

Main Street, Ballycarry           |1,078                      

Upper Malone Road, Belfast        |3,500                      

Derryboy Post Office, Crossgar    |3,000                      

Tassagh Post Office, Keady        |30                         

Crumlin Road, Belfast             |1,000                      

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Attempted Robberies                                           

-------                                                       

Main Street, Glenavy              |Nil                        

Mossley Post Office, Newtownabbey |Nil                        

Schools

Mr. Peter Robinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list (a) the maintained schools and (b) the controlled schools which are not included in the "Making Belfast Work" area.

Mr. Ancram : I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 9 June 1993, Official Report, columns 269-70, for details of the maintained and controlled schools within the area of the Belfast education and library board which are excluded from the "Making Belfast Work" initiative.

There are more than 1,000 other schools outside the Belfast education and library board area which are not included in the initiative.

Loyalist Parades

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government of the Republic of Ireland last raised with him the matter of the routeing of orange institution and other loyalist parades.

Sir Patrick Mayhew [holding answer 8 July 1993] : The subject of such parades was last raised by the Government of the Republic of Ireland at the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference on 8 July 1993. Beyond the contents of the resulting communique s the proceedings of the conferences are confidential. The right hon. Member may wish to note, however, that Her Majesty's Government have no jurisdiction in relation to the routeing of parades. Only a senior police officer, where he believes that the circumstances of a procession are such that it may result in serious disorder, damage, disruption or lead to intimidation, may give directions imposing conditions on it, including conditions as to the route.

Student Unions

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public funds are allocated to students' unions in Northern Ireland ; and what information he maintains on the numbers and functions of persons employed by students' unions, using such funds.

Mr. Ancram [holding answer 16 July 1993] : Public funds are not allocated direct by the Government to students' unions in Northern Ireland. The amounts allocated to the students' unions by the universities and colleges of education in Northern Ireland are set out in the reply of my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond and Barnes (Mr. Hanley) on 2 November 1992, Official Report, column 50. Details of the numbers and functions of persons employed by the students' unions using these funds are a matter for the unions and institutions concerned.


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Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the oral statement by the Secretary of State for Education, of 1 July, Official Report , columns 1118-9, on students' unions, to what extent he considers campaigns by students' unions in Northern Ireland against (a) the national anthem and (b) the annual Remembrance day ceremony to amount to political activity.

Mr. Ancram [holding answer 16 July 1993] : It is not unusual for students to express strong opinions on matters which may be of a political nature and the Government judges individual campaigns accordingly.

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on political activity by students' unions in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ancram [holding answer 16 July 1993] : I fully support the principle of the package of students' unions reforms to be made in England, Scotland and Wales. However, in view of the differences in practice and approach in Northern Ireland, I propose to consult interested bodies before deciding on the way forward.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Charters

29. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received in 1993 in respect of possible future charters.

Mr. David Davis : We have received a number of representations from hon. Members for charters to cover : constituents, people with disabilities, pensioners, banks and small business. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 June 1993, Official Report, column 654 , that new charters in prospect include the further and higher education charters ; and that the Benefits Agency customer charter and parents charter will be updated and improved.

Freedom Of Information

30. Mr. Simon Coombs : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress he has made with his plans to promote freedom of information.

Mr. Waldegrave : We have now published a White Paper on open government, which explains the Government's approach and sets out new proposals for increasing openness.

Master of Science Teaching

31. Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what response he has sent to the letter of the chairman of the biological sciences advisory committee of the university of Edinburgh, Professor John Dale, setting out the problems of MSc teaching for a research-oriented university ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave : I wrote to Professor Dale today thanking him and his colleagues for letting me have their views. I am pleased that his advisory committee broadly welcomes the thrust of our proposals for postgraduate training. We recognise that universities, other higher


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education institutes and funding bodies will need time to develop plans for implementation of the policy set out in paragraph 7.21 of the White Paper.

Citizens Charter

32. Mr. Barnes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EC nations on the issue of citizens charters ; and what meetings of the Council of Ministers he has attended, and in what capacity.

Mr. Waldegrave : I have met a number of my European counterparts to discuss public service reform. The citizens charter has aroused considerable international interest, but it has not been discussed in meetings of the European Council of Ministers. I shall also shortly be visiting the United States of America to discuss the reform of public services with the Vice-President.

Last year's service for the citizen conference, held as one of the events to mark the United Kingdom's presidency of the EC, attracted delegates from 21 countries. A similar event is being planned for later this year.

Public Appointments (Female Shortlists)

33. Mr. Nigel Ev Passive Smoking

34. Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will introduce a charter for non-smokers in respect of protection from the effects of passive smoking in public places.

Mr. David Davis : No. The Government have already published a detailed code of practice on smoking in public places, with the express intention of protecting non-smoking members of the public. It is our aim to have at least 80 per cent. of public places covered by effective non- smoking policies by 1994.

Public Records

35. Dr. Liam Fox : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what measures his Department is taking to increase the availability of formerly secret public records.

Mr. Waldegrave : The White Paper on open government was published on 15 July. We have provided, in chapter 9, information about measures designed to increase the number of public records which are made available in the Public Record Office.

These include :

a "harm test", which requires records to be released after 30 years unless to do so would cause actual damage,

more exacting criteria for withholding records for more than 30 years,

a reduction in the periods for which such material can be withheld beyond 30 years,

improved procedures for the management of records, and, a commitment by all departments, subject to the availability of resources, to re-review all records currently withheld for more than 30 years.


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All Government Departments including the Cabinet Office--Office of Public Service and Science--will put these measures into effect as soon as possible.

Research Councils' Director General

Sir Giles Shaw : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who is to be the new Director General of Research Councils.

Mr. Waldegrave : The post of Director General of Research Councils will be filled through open competition, and an announcement about the arrangements for this will be made shortly.

Civil Service College

Mrs. Angela Knight : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the performance of the Civil Service College during 1992-93.

Mr. Waldegrave : The college enjoyed its most successful year to date ; achieving and in many cases handsomely exceeding the performance targets that it is required to meet as an agency. I have today arranged for copies of the annual report to be placed in the Library of the House.

SCOTLAND

Colorectal Surgery

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the number of colorectal surgery specialists for each hospital and the number of vacancies at each hospital.

Mr. Stewart : Consultants in the specialty of general surgery may practise colorectal surgery, but information on consultants' special interests is not available centrally.

Unemployment

Mr. Pope : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to assist areas with rising unemployment, in particular areas of high concentrations of defence-related industry ; what special programmes are available for such areas ; and what plans he has to increase such assistance.

Mr. Stewart : The Government are commited to tackling unemployment in all parts of the country by pursuing policies which lead to sustained economic improvement. As the recovery of the economy gathers pace, we shall continue to direct our policies towards creating the conditions in which new businesses can compete and prosper in world markets.

Scottish Enterprise and the local enterprise companies, through their schemes of training and business support and advice, place special emphasis on programmes which take account of the economic and employment consequences of changing military requirements. Scottish Enterprise launched in September 1992 its Scottish defence initiative, providing a strategy geared towards helping companies and local enterprise companies devise a flexible response to the new challenges and opportunities offered by rapidly changing defence markets. Scottish Enterprise has the flexibility to meet relevant needs arising from changes in the defence industry within its very substantial budget, which is £452 million in the current financial year.


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Further assistance is, or is expected to be, available from the European Community, under the PERIFRA and KONVER initiatives, in areas affected by the contraction of defence-related industries and military installations.

Hospitals (Capital Building Programme)

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes there have been to his commitments on the capital building programme for hospitals for 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Mr. Stewart : Capital allocations to two health boards for their building programmes in 1993-94 have increased slightly ; Forth Valley health board by £222,000, the Western Isles health board by £65,000. There have been no changes to trust external financing limits --which include trusts' capital provision--for 1993-94. There have been no changes to provisional allocations for 1994-95, for either boards or trusts.

Drug Stocks

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what guidance he has issued to hospitals as to the use of drugs after their use- by date ;

(2) what evidence he has of hospitals using drugs which are past their use- by date ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 2 July 1993] : The Scottish Office Home and Health Department issued guidelines on safe and secure handling of medicines in October 1988 commending hospital staff to return all out-of-date drugs or medicines to the pharmacy for disposal. I have no evidence that this guidance has not been adhered to.

Health Services, Glasgow

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish Greater Glasgow health board's own submissions on the options for change in its acute and maternity services.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 5 July 1993] : Any proposals for change in the organisation of acute and maternity services for Glasgow must be approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Before any proposals can be presented, the health board is required to carry out a lengthy public consultation exercise.

The Greater Glasgow health board continues consideration of this issue.

Mental Health Act 1983

Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland have been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1985.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 5 July 1993] : Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 does not extend to Scotland.

Health Service Expenditure

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount each health board has been notified as its capital expenditure programme in the current year and next year ; and what change there has been in each case from the original figures.


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Mr. Stewart [holding answer 13 July 1993] : Capital allocations to health boards for their building programmes for 1993-94 and provisional allocations for 1994-95 are as follows :


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