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Mr. Scott : The action of the trustees of the Independent Living (1993) Fund in no way detracts from the responsibility of health authorities and local social services departments to provide care and support for terminally ill people in a cost-effective way.
Mr. Raynsford : To ask the Secretary of Stald aged nine years earning £136 per week and (c) two adults with two children aged 12 and 14 years earning £196 per week, on the assumption that each is paying rent of £48 per week and council tax of £10 per week.
|Single adult age 26|Lone parent with |Two adults with |9-year-old child |children aged 12 |and 14 |£ |£ |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gross earnings |132.00 |136.00 |196.00 Tax |14.03 |7.33 |21.76 National insurance |7.96 |8.32 |13.72 Take-home pay |110.01 |120.35 |160.52 Child benefit |0.00 |16.05 |18.10 Family credit |0.00 |17.31 |14.14 Rent |48.00 |48.00 |48.00 Rent rebate |8.35 |16.12 |9.13 Council tax |10.00 |10.00 |10.00 Council tax benefit |0.00 |0.19 |0.00 Total net income |118.35 |170.01 |201.88 Net income after R and CT |60.35 |112.01 |143.88 Marginal increase rate |0.23 |0.03 |0.07
Column 730legislation. It is estimated that in the last five years the Department has been responsible for 55 statutory instruments introducing criminal offences which still exist.
Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the average on-farm selling price of wheat in the United Kingdom for each of the years from 1979 to 1993 at actual and also at constant prices, showing the 1979 price as 100.
Great Britain on-farm selling price of wheat £ per tonne Harvest years |Actual price |Constant price |Relative constant|RPI 1979=100 |price ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1979-80 |98.13 |100.00 |100.00 |100.00 1980-81 |104.98 |106.98 |90.67 |117.99 1981-82 |112.38 |114.52 |86.81 |131.92 1982-83 |119.08 |121.35 |84.74 |143.21 1983-84 |124.33 |126.70 |84.62 |149.74 1984-85 |111.26 |113.38 |72.07 |157.32 1985-86 |112.20 |114.34 |68.53 |166.84 1986-87 |112.67 |114.82 |66.57 |172.49 1987-88 |111.20 |113.32 |63.05 |179.72 1988-89 |114.19 |116.37 |61.72 |188.54 1989-90 |112.23 |114.37 |56.29 |203.17 1990-91 |119.56 |121.84 |54.78 |222.40 1991-92 |122.31 |124.64 |52.94 |235.45 1992-93 |N/A |N/A |N/A |244.27 Notes: 1979-80 to 1985-86 are August to July years. 1986-87 to 1992-93 are July to June years. RPI are calendar years. N/A = not available. Source of actual price data: Home-Grown Cereals Authority.
Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the price of (a) bread and (b) wheat in each year since 1988, with the annual increases in actual terms and real terms.
Bread-large white Average price Percentage change sliced loaf from previous year |(pence/loaf) |(actual) |(in real terms)<1> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |50 |+4.7 |-4.4 1991 |53 |+6.1 |+0.3 1992 |54 |+1.3 |-2.4 <1> Deflated by All Items RPI.
Breakmaking wheat Average price Percentage change from previous year |(£/tonne ex-farm) |(actual) |(in real terms)<1> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |118.27 |+3.7 |-5.2 1991 |132.28 |+11.8 |+5.6 1992 |135.01 |+2.1 |-1.6 <1> Deflated by All Items RPI.
Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the average on-farm selling price of wheat in the United Kingdom for 1961, 1973 and each year since 1990 in cash terms and at 1979 prices.
Great Britain On-Farm selling price of wheat £ per tonne Harvest years |Actual price |Relative price |Relative constant |RPI 1979=100 |Constant 1979 Prices |price --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1961 |20.26 |20.65 |90.89 |22.72 |89.19 1973-74 |58.39 |59.50 |142.29 |41.82 |139.63 1989-90 |112.23 |114.37 |56.29 |203.17 |55.24 1990-91 |119.56 |121.84 |54.78 |222.40 |53.76 1991-92 |122.31 |124.64 |52.94 |235.45 |51.95 1992-93 |n.a. |n.a. |n.a. |244.27 |n.a. Notes: 1961 is a calendar year. 1973-74 is an August/July year. 1989-90-1992-93 are July/June years. RPI are calendar years. 1961 and 1973-74 are for England and Wales only. n.a.=not available. Source of Actual Price Data: Home-Grown Cereals Authority.
Mr. McAllion : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the numbers of staff by grade that are employed in her Department and agencies in the automatic data processing functional specialism.
Officers |Numbers -------------------------------------------- Executive Officers |132 Higher Executive Officers |140 Senior Executive Officers |78 |-- Total |350
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many reports of by-caught marine mammals have been received by his Department under the voluntary reporting scheme since its introduction ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Jack : Since the scheme for voluntary reporting was introduced on 1 January 1992, there has been only one report for England and Wales which recorded the incidental catch of three common porpoises. Officials are at present considering how to encourage fishermen to report as many incidents as possible under this scheme.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what measures her Department will be taking to monitor the incidental capture and killing of small cetaceans in fisheries and to ensure that this capture does not have a significant negative impact on the species, as required under the EC directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora ; (2) what measures are being taken to fulfil the commitment made under the agreement on the conservation of small cetaceans of the Baltic and North seas to reduce by-catches of small cetaceans in fisheries and to prevent fishing gear being lost or discarded at sea.
Column 732(3) what measures her Department will be taking to meet the requirements of the resolution on harbour porpoises in the north Atlantic and Baltic seas, which was co-sponsored by the United Kingdom Government and adopted at the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission, to (a) collect data on the by-catch mortality level of harbour porpoises and (b) to give high priority to reducing by-catches of harbour porpoises.
Mr. Jack : On 1 January 1992, United Kingdom fisheries departments introduced a reporting scheme seeking information from fishermen on incidental by-catches of marine mammals including the gear involved. The information from this scheme together with data from the 1994 project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of the Environment, other North sea states and the EC to assess small cetacean populations in the Baltic sea, North sea and channel will help to enable us to make an informed judgment of the extent of fisheries by- catches of small cetaceans and the impact they might have on the species.
MAFF and DOE are also funding work into the use of sonar reflectors to warn cetaceans away from fishing nets. Discarding of fishing gear at sea is an offence unless undertaken in accordance with a licence under part II of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is her Department's policy on which information produced by her Department is published in alternative media to standard print such as Braille, tape or large print.
Mr. Jack : MAFF aims to publish as much information as possible in formats which are readily accessible to a wide variety of users. The Department has recently responded to the needs of blind and partially sighted people by publishing one of its "Food Sense" information booklets in Braille, large print and audio-cassette versions. This was done in close co-operation with the Royal National Institute for the Blind, and we hope it will be the forerunner of similar ventures in the future.
Sir Richard Body : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will publish the evidence she has on whether the number of cows affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy is falling.
Mr. Soames : The detailed epidemiological evidence of the effects of the ruminant feed ban on the number of suspected cases of BSE being reported was published in the progress report which was placed in the Library of the House in my reply of 27 May, Official Report , column 689 , and updated in my reply of 14 July, Official Report , columns 544-45 .
I have arranged for a graph to be placed in the Library of the House which brings up to date the information presented in figure 1 of this report.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases of equine viral arteritis have been reported to date in the current year within each member state of the European Community.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which European Community member states currently designate equine viral arteritis as a notifiable disease ; and what plans she has to embark on such a classification in the United Kingdom.
The Government have decided that, for the following reasons, EVA should not be made notifiable. First, there is no EC requirement to do so. Secondly, movement restrictions would have to be applied to horses on infected premises and could not be removed from those animals that were permanent carriers. This would cause financial hardship out of all proportion to the severity of the disease. The United Kingdom thoroughbred industry has for some time operated a voluntary code of practice for the prevention and control of EVA, which includes guidance on the appropriate measures to prevent the introduction and spread of the disease. The code is considered to be an effective means for stud owners and others to protect their animal health status, and its use is commended to all sectors of the equine industry.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list each occasion on which her Department was issued with warnings of inadequate testing arrangements in Poland by the Animal Health Trust prior to the recent outbreak of equine viral arteritis in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Soames : On two occasions, the Animal Health Trust has drawn to the Department's attention seropositive test results for equine viral arteritis virus in imported horses accompanied by Polish certification. However, on neither occasion has there been any conclusive evidence of inadequate testing arangements in Poland.
Mr. Dowd : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what rules or guidance her Department provides on the transportation for slaughter of spent hens ; and if it is permissible for injured hens with broken limbs to be transported before slaughter ;
(2) whether consignments of hens transported from the United Kingdom to other member states within the European Community require a veterinary check before transit ; and whether they must be free from serious injury for such a journey to be permissible ; (3) what is her Department's policy on the transportation of spent hens via ferry to Holland for slaughter ; and if she will make a statement ;
(4) what guidelines are given by her Department to battery egg producers on how to dispose of spent hens which have sustained serious injury during their productive life.
Column 734inter alia, that consignments be examined for clinical signs or suspicions of disease shortly before export by an official veterinarian. In addition, the Welfare of Animals during Transport Order 1992 makes it an offence to cause or permit animals--including poultry--to be transported in a way which causes or is likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering. The order, which implements European Community directive requirements, also makes it unlawful to transport diseased, ill or injured poultry and imposes a limit of 12 hours on the period which poultry may be transported without being fed and watered. Further provisions set standards for the carriage of poultry, including transport in road vehicles on board ship.
The joint industry welfare guide to the handling of spent hens--published by the National Farmers Union and the British Poultry Meat Federation-- recommends that visibly unfit or injured birds must not be loaded but should be slaughtered on the farm as quickly and humanely as possible. The Ministry's code of recommendations for the welfare of domestic fowls-- applicable to all on-farm, egg-laying hens--states that ailing birds and birds suffering from injury such as open wounds or fractures, or from prolapse of the vent should be segregated and treated or, if necessary, be humanely killed without delay. The law requires that any bird arriving at the slaughterhouse which is found to be suffering must be slaughtered immediately.
Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the average price to the consumer of (a) a pint of milk, (b) a 2lb loaf of bread and (c) a pint of beer in 1970, 1980 and each year since 1990.
|Annual average price |(£) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Bread-800g white sliced loaf 1990 |0.50 1991 |0.53 1992 |0.54 Milk-1 pint pasteurised 1990 |0.31 1991 |0.32 1992 |0.34 Beer-1 pint draught bitter 1990 |1.09 1991 |1.24 1992 |1.31
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what will be the consequences for beef prices in Botswana of the proposed agreement at the general agreement on tariffs and trade.
Mr. Jack : The proposed GATT agreement includes a commitment to reduce both the volume of and expenditure on subsidised exports of beef. This should help to produce a firming of prices for beef on world markets, which would benefit Botswana.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment she has made of the benefits the Botswana beef industry gains from Lome IV and of how this will be affected by the present GATT talks.
Mr. Jack : Under the terms of protocol seven of Lome IV on beef and veal, Botswana benefits from a 90 per cent. reduction in the variable levy on beef and veal for an annual quantity of 18,916 tonnes of boneless meat. This would not be affected by the proposals in the draft Uruguay round agreement on agriculture.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals she has to bring forward legislation to increase the maximum penalty which the British Wool Marketing Board may impose on members who sell wool to independent merchants ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Jack : Any amendment to the British wool marketing scheme would be initiated by the board and then, following consultation with producers, submitted to Ministers for consideration. None on this matter has been received.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the total cost of the proposal to replace the diesel pumps at Northmoor pumping station with electric pumps ; what is the expected amount of grant that would be paid by the Ministry towards the replacement of the pumps ; and what proportion of residual costs after grant aid would fall upon the Somerset county council as a levy-paying authority to the National Rivers Authority and Northmoor district drainage board.
Mr. Jack : The estimated cost of the proposed electric pumps at Northmoor pumping station in the Somerset levels is £415,334 at current prices. If approved, MAFF grant aid would be available at 45 per cent. of eligible costs, with the remainder funded by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) from levies on Somerset county council. The NRA proposals do not envisage any contribution from Northmoor internal drainage board.
Mr. Etherington : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps Her Majesty's Government will now take to ensure that EC colleagues adopt the proposed EC directive on the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter or killing.
Column 736the forefront of member states seeking agreement on it. We shall continue to press for adoption during the Belgian presidency.
Mr. Etherington : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions have been held with EC colleagues on imposing an eight-hour limit on slaughter journeys for live farm animals.
Mr. Soames : On 1 January a new directive came into operation setting Community standards for the welfare of all animals during transport. We have been pressing the Commission strongly to submit proposals for the additional rules which are needed on key issues such as maximum journey times for certain types of animal. I am pleased to say that the Commission announced on 13 July that the proposals were now ready and would be submitted to the Council. We hope that the negotiations in the Council will start shortly. The United Kingdom will be pressing for Community rules which reflect the high standards which we are applying in this country.
Mr. Jack : The United Kingdom's full share of EC funding 1993-94 for the Community's surplus food scheme will be used for the distribution of beef. In previous years, butter has also been distributed but successful reductions of intervention stocks has meant that butter cannot now be made available under the scheme. Some 6,200 tonnes of beef are being released from intervention stocks to be canned for allocation to designated organisations. Further quantities of beef may be made available early next year. In addition to asking existing designated organisations to confirm that they still wish to participate in the scheme during 1993-94, agriculture Departments will also be inviting new applications from appropriate charitable and other non-profit-making organisations who wish to be designated.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the names, the port of registry and the length or tonnage of British registered fishing vessels that have been successfully prosecuted under the Sea Fish Conservation Act 1967, listing the particular offence they were found guilty of and the penalty imposed.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if she will make it her policy to revoke fishing licences on British- registered vessels if sufficient evidence is presented of extensive breaches of regulations from investigations carried out in other states ;
(2) how many fishing vessels on the British register have had their licences revoked because of breaches of regulations which resulted in successful prosecutions in the United Kingdom ;
Column 737(3) in what circumstances fishing vessel licences are revoked for breaches of regulations following successful prosecution in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 23 July 1993] : Powers to revoke or suspend fishing licences following breaches of licence conditions are set out in section 4(9)(b) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967, as amended, but have not yet been exercised.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) when she will be raising with the European Commission and the Spanish Government the subject of undersize fish caught in the British quota and landed in Spanish ports ;
(2) what action she intends to take to protect and conserve undersize fish in British waters from British registered vessels that land their catch in Spanish ports.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 23 July 1993] : Any vessel retaining on board or landing undersize fish is breaching the rules of the common fisheries policy. I am raising this matter with the EC Fisheries Commissioner, Mr. Y. Paleokrassas and will be sending him a copy of the video tape of the recent "Cook Report" programme highlighting the problem of illegal fishing activity.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the names of current British-flagged fishing vessels which were formerly Spanish registered or owned by Spanish individuals or companies prior to their British registry ; and when they were entered on the British register, their port of registration and their tonnage, length and horsepower.
Mr. Denham : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in preparing tenders for a further batch of Sandown single-role minehunters ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hanley : Army units using the Sennybridge training range bring their own ammunition with them. Sennybridge is an Army training range, it is not used in a testing/proofing role. About 150 different types of conventional ammunition have been stored. These are as follows : Pellet air gun .177 inch
Round .22 inch ball Mk 2
Round .22 inch ball high velocity Mk 3
Round .303 inch ball bandolier Mk 7
Round .303 inch ball carton Mk 7
Column 738Cartridge blank .303 inch carton L10A1
Round .50 inch 4B/1T belted M33 [K] M17 belts of 100
Cartridge shotgun 12 bore No. 6 shot
Cartridge shotgun 12 bore SG shot
Cartridge shotgun 12 bore LG shot
Cartridge shotgun 12 bore solid shot (Brenneke)
Round 5.56 mm ball carton M193
Cartridge blank 5.56 mm carton
Round 5.56 mm ball carton L2A1 (SA80)
Round 5.56 mm ball bandolier L2A1 (SA80)
Round 5.56 mm tracer carton L1A1 (SA80)
Round 5.56 mm tracer carton LA71 (SA80)
Cartridge blank 5.56 mm carton L1A1 (SA80)
Round 7.62 mm ball bandolier L2A2
Round 7.62 mm ball bandolier L2A2 (sniper)
Round 7.62 mm ball carton L2A2
Round 7.62 mm tracer carton L5A1 (obsolete)
Round 7.62 mm 4B/IT belted L2A2/L5A3 or M62
Round 7.62 mm IB/1T belted L2A2/L5A3 or M62
Round 7.62 mm ball belted L2A2
Cartridge blank 7.62 mm carton L13A1
Cartridge blank 7.62 mm belted L13A1
Round 7.65 mm x 17 mm ball carton DM11
Round 9 mm ball carton Mk 2Z
Round 9 mm plastic blank carton L2A1
Round 9 mm ball carton M39 (FFV) (pistol)
Cartridge signal 1 inch red Mk 13T
Rocket hand fired illuminating parachute L5A4
Signal kit pyrotechnic pistol 16 mm No. 1 Mk 3 (white)
Signal kit pyrotechnic pistol 16 mm No. 1 Mk 3 (green)
Signal kit pyrotechnic pistol 16 mm No. 1 Mk 3 (red)
Cartridge illuminating 38 mm L30A1
Flare tripwire Mk/2/2
Flare ground indicating No. 1 yellow Mk 3
Thunderflash Mk 8
Portfire friction Mk 2
Generator smoke L1A1
Simulator atomic explosion 5.5 inch
Grenade hand No. 83 smoke red Mk 3/4
Grenade hand No. 83 smoke blue Mk 3/4
Grenade hand No. 83 smoke green Mk 3/4
Grenade hand No. 83 smoke yellow Mk 3/2
Grenade hand signal smoke yellow L38A1
Grenade hand signal smoke blue L35A2
Grenade hand signal smoke blue L52A1
Grenade hand signal smoke green L52A1
Grenade hand signal smoke red L54A1
Grenade hand signal smoke orange L55A1-3
Grenade hand signal smoke green L64A1
Grenade hand signal smoke orange L65A1
Grenade hand signal smoke red L66A1
Grenade hand signal smoke blue L67A1
Round 40mm practice M407A1/M781C
Grenade rifle 40mm AA/heat L74A1
Grenade hand HE L2A1 with fuze L25A4
Grenade hand practice L56A1
Rocket 66mm HE anti-tank L1A1 pinned
Rocket 21mm sub-calibre L1A1
Mortar bomb 2in HE Mk 1 fuzed 161
Mortar bomb 2in smoke emission Mk 2 50 GR cart/steel tail Mortar bomb 2in illuminating Mk 2/2
Mortar bomb 2in practice Mk 1/1 with cart
Mortar bomb 51mm HE L1A1 fuzed L98A1
Mortar bomb 51mm illuminating L3A2
Mortar bomb 51mm smoke screening L2A1
Mortar bomb 81mm HE L15A3 fuzed No. 162
Mortar bomb 81mm illuminating para L28A2 fuzed FH81B
Mortar bomb 81mm practice L22A1 fuzed L67
Round 84mm heat L40A3 British fuzed L42
Round 84mm practice L41A3
Round 6.5mm L11A1 (indoor)
Round 6.5mm L10A1 (outdoor)
Rocket system 94mm heat L1A1
Round 9mm spotter tracer L3A1
Simulator rocket fire 94mm L23A1
Fuze grade percussion practice L134A1
Cartridge 2in mortar primary 50 gr Mk 1/1
Cartridge 81mm mortar primary L33A1
Cartridge 81mm primary L35A1
Cartridge 81mm mortar augmenting L36A1 sets