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Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of persons remanded to a bail hostel during 1992 were breached for failure to comply with conditions ; (2) how many persons were remanded to a bail hostel in each of the last five years.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many door supervisors have been prosecuted for violent or drugs- related offences committed while on duty since 1 January 1990 ;
Column 742(2) if he will publish a breakdown, by police authority area, of the number of door supervisors who have been prosecuted for violent or drugs-related offences carried out while on duty since 1 January 1990.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he intends to take as a result of representations received by his Department to last year's consultation document on the reform of the licensing laws.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The provisions for a system of children's certificates for suitable bar premises in England and Wales in the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill reflect widespread support for that proposal among respondents to the consultation document. Action on the other, more complex proposals in the document, and the responses to them, is under consideration.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many official Christmas cards were sent out in 1993 by (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) staff of Government agencies working in or to his Department ; and how much these cards cost (i) to buy, (ii) to post and (iii) in staff time to sign, address and place in envelopes.
Mr. Howard : Last Christmas 450 cards were sent by Home Office Ministers ; 8,450 by civil servants ; and 11,012 by executive agencies. The cost of purchasing and posting these cards was £7,705 and £4,120 respectively. It is not possible to estimate accurately the cost of staff time in sending these out but this would have been minimal.
Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially motivated attacks are perpetrated by whites on non-whites and by non-whites on whites ; and what are the figures expressed as proportions.
Mr. Maclean : Our best source of information is currently the 1988 and 1992 British crime surveys. The British crime survey estimate is that 82 per cent. of all incidents of violence and threats thought by Afro- Caribbeans and Asians to be racially motivated were perpetrated by whites. No information is available about
Column 743perpetrators of incidents involving white victims, as the British crime survey asked only Afro-Caribbean and Asian respondents about their perception of racial motivation. The 1994 survey will extend these questions to all respondents.
This estimate is among the results contained in "Ethnic Minorities' Experience of Crime and Racially Motivated Incidents"--research and planning unit paper No. 82. This is due to be published in February by the Home Office research and statistics department.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the procedure for the appointment of lords lieutenant in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) Essex and (d) London ; if he will give the name in each case, home residence, occupation, and date of appointment of the current (i) lord lieutenant, (ii) vice lord lieutenant and (iii) each deputy lord lieutenant ; and how nominations can be made for these positions.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Lords lieutenant in England and Wales are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Nominations of candidates for lords lieutenant can, when a vacancy occurs, be made to the relevant clerk to the lieutenancy, the outgoing lord lieutenant or the Prime Minister's secretary of appointments. For vice lords lieutenant, recommendations can be made to the clerk to the lieutenancy or the lord lieutenant. The appointment of deputy lieutenants is a matter for the lord lieutenant, subject to the non-disapprobation of the Queen.
A list of the names of serving lords lieutenant, vice lords lieutenant and deputy lieutentants in south Yorkshire, west Yorkshire, Essex and London together with, where available, dates of appointment, is being placed in the Library of the House. Deputy lieutenants are required by section 133(2)(a) of the Reserve Forces Act 1980 to have a place of residence in, or within seven miles of the boundary of, the county or area. Lords lieutenant and vice lords lieutenant would generally be expected to comply with these residential requirements. Details of the occupation of the lords lieutenant, vice lords lieutenant and deputy lieutenants could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will quantify the cost of the factors which led to an increase in the cost of cars for Ministers in his Department since 1990-91.
Mr. Howard : I refer to my reply to the hon. Member's question of 15 December, Official Report, column 661 . I understand that higher pay, vehicle and fuel costs and price restructuring to recover full costs were the main factors in the increased charges for ministerial cars supplied by the Government car service.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total expenditure for expenses to community-based drug agencies, paid by prison governors, in the years 1990 to 1993.
Letter from A. J. Butler to Mr. David Hinchliffe, dated20 January 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question as to what was the total expenditure for expenses to community-based drug agencies, paid by Prison Governors, in the years 1990 to 1993. Information in the form requested is not readily available and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the measures introduced in Holland over the last 10 years to deal with the use of cannabis, cocaine and heroin ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean : We keep in close touch with developments in drugs policy within Europe and further afield, both through the formal European Union, Council of Europe and United Nations drugs forums and through informal contact. My right hon. and learned Friend discussed various aspects of drugs policy with the Dutch Minister of Justice, Mr. Hirsch Ballin, when he visited London in September 1993. Nothing in the Dutch experience has so far seemed to justify our changing the system of controls provided under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has held with local authorities during the last 12 months about the occupation of council housing stock by squatters ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) on what date his Department became responsible for issues relating to squatting and what changes of responsibility, (a) in respect of detailed responsibilities and (b) in regard to being the lead department have taken place in the past 10 years ;
(3) with what other Departments of State and in respect of which responsibilities, his Department shares responsibility for issues relating to squatting.
Mr. Maclean : Fifty-seven local authorities responded to the Home Office consultation exercise on squatting conducted in 1991-92, out of which our current proposals arose. We have had no further discussions with local authorities on this subject in the last 12 months.
Several Government Departments have an interest in the problem of squatting, and the leading interest may vary
Column 745according to which aspect of the problem is under consideration. The Home Office is responsible for the criminal law as it relates to squatting and other forms of intrusion on to property. In particular, we have responsibility for the existing criminal provisions related to squatting in sections 6 and 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, and for any proposals to extend the criminal law regarding squatting or other forms of trespass. The civil law relating to trespass, including squatting, is a matter for the Lord Chancellor's Department. Government policy in relation to housing issues, including homelessness, and to local authorities, is primarily a matter for the Department of the Environment. No changes have taken place in these respective responsibilities over the past 10 years. Other Government Departments with an interest in this subject include the Scottish Office, the Northern Ireland Office, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Mr. Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is now in a position to publish the reports of the working parties into electoral law and procedures ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The working groups set up as part of the post- election review will report shortly and, when the reports are available, my right hon. and learned Friend will place copies in the Library and supply them to others who ask for copies. Representatives of the political parties, returning officers and the local authority associations will be invited to discuss the reports at a meeting in March.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The numbers of fire-related deaths and casualties from fires attended by local authority fire brigades in the United Kingdom are published in table 6 of the annual Home Office statistical bulletin, "Summary Fire Statistics, United Kingdom", copies of which are in the Library. Figures for 1982 to 1992 are in the edition for 1992--Home Office statistical bulletin issue 28/93--and for 1981 in the edition for 1991--issue 27/92. The number of deaths from fires in dwellings has declined from 780 in 1981 to under 600 in 1992, although non-fatal casualties have risen from 6,300 to 11,200. Most of the rise is accounted for by an increase in the numbers reported by fire brigades as casualties due to "asphyxiation or overcome by gas or smoke".
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 January 1994, Official Report, columns 338-39 , if he will publish the number of complaints about immigration law and practice brought under the existing complaints system, monitored by the new complaints audit committee, and the number of occasions on which disciplinary action has been taken against those responsible for abuses in each of the last five years.
|Number ---------------------- 1992-93 |500 1991-92 |404 1990-91 |337 1989-90 |414 1988-89 |549
Information about the number of cases in which disciplinary action was taken under the existing system is not readily available.
Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the weekly cost of (a) a probation order, (b) community service order, (c) bail hostel place and (d) average prison place for the latest date available.
Mr. Maclean : The weekly costs for 1991-92, the latest year for which comparable figures are available are (a) a probation order, £23 ; (b) community service order, £22 ; (c) bail hostel place, £179 ; (d) average prison place, £442.
Mr. Maclean : The information published in "Probation Statistics England and Wales 1992" shows that 41,000 probation orders and 43,000 community service orders commenced in 1992 and 197,000 pre-sentence reports were written by the probation service. A copy of the publication is held in the House of Commons Library.
Information for the whole of 1993 is not yet available but the following estimates have been produced for the first three quarters of 1993.
Comparison of first three-quarters of 1992 and 1993 England and Wales |Number of |persons/reports |1992 |<1>1993 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Commencements of: Probation orders |33,200 |29,600 Community service orders |32,600 |35,400 Pre-sentence reports written<2> |149,200 |137,400 <1> Estimated. <2> Social inquiry reports prior to 1 October 1992.
Mr. Maclean : The Government's spending plans for the probation service together with work load forecasts are set out in the three-year planning document for the service covering the period 1994-97, a copy of which is in the Library.
Column 747orders and community service orders are projected for 1996 ; and how many reports and orders were completed in 1990.
Table. Caseloads and numbers of reports written England and Wales |Number of |persons/reports |1990-91 |<1>1996-97 Caseload at end of period for: Probation orders |54,200 |46,600 Community service orders |25,90 |29,900 Pre-sentence reports written<2> |197,800 |229,400 <1>Projected <2>Social inquiry reports before 1 October 1992
Letter from D. Lewis to Mrs. Barbara Roche, dated 20 January 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about Doncaster prison.
Five bids to manage Doncasyter prison were received in response to the Invitations to Tender. The companies concerned were Mancare ; UK Detention Services Ltd ; Securicor Custodial Services Limited ; Group 4 Prison and Court Services Limited ; and Premier Prison Services Limited.
Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account he has taken of whether the speech of 22 December 1993 made by the Bailiff of Jersey, Sir Peter Crill, to the Rotary club is compatible with his roles as Chief Judge and Speaker of the States ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Bailiff has kindly provided us with the text of his speech on 22 December. In his capacity as Privy Counsellor with special responsibility to the Crown for Jersey, my right hon. and learned Friend is satisfied that the speech requires no comment or other action on his part.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 1993, Official Report, column 947, if he will list the organisations that were consulted before the Government prepared its submission to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in August in respect of its obligations under the international covenant of civil and political rights.
Mr. Dowd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the longest interval between the inception of a fraud squad investigation into local authority fraud and the commencement of a consequent prosecution.
Mrs. Ann Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make available copies of the post mortem and pathology reports relating to the case of Patient S whose case was heard by the Court of Appeal on Friday 14 January and who subsequently died on Sunday 16 January.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of establishments approved by his Department as suitable sources of primates in accordance with EC Council directive 92/65.
Arrangements for the approval of such establishments by the Agriculture Departments in Great Britain, in accordance with directive 92/65/EEC, will be put in place shortly.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the implications for existing and future nuclear trade with Japan of the Japanese Atomic Energy Commissioner's report on nuclear policy and non-proliferation strategy released in November 1993.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the members of the Export Credits Guarantee Advisory Service since 1985, giving details of appointment date and affiliation or employer of the appointee.
Appointee Affiliation or Appointment employer |Commenced |Ended -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- R. J. Dent, Esq. |Baring Brother |1 August 1980 |1985 J. N. Scott, Esq. |The General Electric Co. |1 August 1980 |1986 Sir Jeffrey Benson |National Westminster Bank |1 September 1981 |1987 W. J. A. Dacombe, Esq. |Rea Brothers plc |1 August 1982 |1986 M. D. McWilliam, Esq. |Standard Chartered Bank |1 August 1982 |1987 W. Hogbin, Esq. CBE |Taylor Woodrow International Ltd.|1 August 1983 |1988 W. G. Barrett, Esq. |Midland Bank |1 August 1983 |1986 R. H. Geroge, Esq. CBE |Celluware Group |1 June 1984 |1991 E. L. Brooks, Esq. |Rothmans International plc |1 November 1984 |1991 P. W. Bulfield, Esq. |J. Henry Schroder Wagg and Co. |1 October 1985 |1988 T. W. B. Sallitt, Esq. CBE |Hawker Siddeley Group |1 April 1986 |1990 Sir Peter Leslie |Barclays Bank plc |1 September 1986 |1992 A. G. Gormly, Esq. CBE |Trafalgar House plc |1 February 1988 Hon. D. Douglas-Home, CBE |Morgan Grenfell and Co. |1 March 1988 |1993 S. M. F. Harris, Esq. |Guardian Royal Exchange |1 March 1988 |1991 Professor K. Scholes |Sheffield Business School |1 April 1988 |1991 D. G. Eustace, Esq. |British Aerospace plc |1 August 1988 |1992 F. M. P. Riding, Esq. |Lloyds Bank plc |1 August 1988 |1991 R. T. Fox, Esq. CBE |Kleinwort Benson Group |1 July 1991 Sir Derek Thomas, KGMG |N. M. Rothschild and Son Ltd. |1 October 1991 C. Smallwood, Esq. |TSB Group plc |1 October 1991 Sir Robert Davidson |Balfour Beatty Ltd. |1 October 1991 Viscount Weir |The Weir Group plc |1 November 1991 J. W. Melbourn, Esq. |National Westminster Bank |1 November 1991 G. W. Lynch, Esq. |Hiscox Syndicates Ltd. |1 July 1993 B. P. Dewe Mathews, Esq. |J. Henry Schroder Wagg and Co. |1 July 1993 T. M. Evans, Esq. CBE |Foster Wheeler Ltd. |1 August 1993 Sir Frank Lampl |Bovis Construction Group |1 August 1993 D. B. Newlands, Esq. |The General Electric Co. |1 August 1993
Mr. Needham : The Export of Goods (Control) Order 1987 was amended six times between its entry into force on 1 January 1988 and 15 December 1989, when it was replaced by the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1989. Since then, two further Export of Goods (Control) Orders have been made, one in 1991 and its replacement in 1992.
It would not be possible other than at disproportionate cost to describe all the changes made by these various orders and associated amendments. Changes introduced since 1987 have included wide-ranging relaxations of export controls agreed by COCOM and implementation of agreements reached on significant extensions of controls in the non-proliferation export control regimes, namely, the Australia group, the nuclear suppliers group and the missile technology control regime. A broad end-use control aimed at enhancing non-proliferation controls was introduced and expanded in amendments Nos. 6 and 7 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1989, made in 1990 and 1991 respectively.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to require car manufacturers to stamp cars with the date of manufacture and car dealers to state that date on the sale documents.
By law, all motor cars must at some stage during the manufacturing process, be stamped with a vehicle
Column 750identification number. Consumers can therefore request dealers to decode this number and provide the date at which it was stamped on the vehicle.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what information his Department has as to dangers to domestic customers using smokeless fuels from (a) European Community countries and (b) other countries ; what representations he has received ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. McLoughlin : My Department has received representations from a number of organisations about the safety of petroleum coke for domestic use. Very few complaints were received from users of petroleum coke. No information was given about the country of manufacture of the fuel. However, all petroleum coke for domestic use in this country is imported, the majority coming from north America. Over the period from 1989 to 1991, when the majority of the representations were received, my Department investigated various claims that this fuel was unsuitable for domestic use. After examination of the available evidence, it was concluded that the fuel should not pose undue risks to consumers provided that sensible precautions were taken for its use. Accordingly, my Department advised suppliers of petroleum coke that consumers should be provided with written instructions for safe use of the fuel, and, in this regard, reminded them of their responsibilities under section 10--the general safety requirement--of the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The recommended safety precautions are that petroleum coke : must only be used in an open-grate fire and never in a closed appliance ;
must always be blended, before use, with another solid fuel that will produce sufficient ash residue to protect the metal parts of the fire.
Column 751A fine-mesh fire guard should be used--as with any solid fuel.
Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received about the effects of the proposed distance selling directive on the tourism industry ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. McLoughlin : I have had a number of such representations. I agree with them that the proposals in the revised draft of the distance selling directive submitted to the EC Council of Ministers on 22 October would be extremely damaging to the tourist industry. The Greek presidency has however suggested some amendments to this draft which would go some of the way to meeting the industry's concerns. We will continue to have these concerns very much in mind when negotiation of the directive resumes in Brussels.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list, for each scheme operated by his Department under which loans are available, the objectives of the scheme, the number of unrecovered loans, the total value of unrecovered loans, the average number of unrecovered loans for each year since 1990, the average value of unrecovered loans for each year since 1990 and the annual cost of recovering loans.
Mr. Eggar : While the Department has the powers under sections 7 and 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 to make selective financial assistance available in the form of loans, these powers have not been exercised since 1988. However, two earlier loans made under section 7 and totalling £1,147,693 were designated as unrecovered in 1990-91, one of £62,000 in 1991-92 and none in 1992-93. It is not possible except at disproportionate cost to provide the total number and value of all unrecovered loans made by the Department, nor to calculate the annual expenditure on recovering loans.
Mrs. Ann Winterton : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what research has been undertaken into the costs and benefits of the agreements reached with Electricite de France before, during and after the electricity privatisation process ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what plans he has to commission an independent inquiry into the benefits and cost to British consumers of the agreements which were reached with Electricite de France about payments made before, during and after the electricity privatisation process ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Eggar : The Government's policy towards trade in electricity across the interconnector was set out in the coal review White Paper--Cm 2235. The commercial arrangements for trade across the interconnector are a matter for those electricity companies that have contracts with Electricite de France. It is for the Director General of Electricity Supply to satisfy himself as to the non-leviable status of electricity imports across the interconnector.
Column 752concerning payments made to Electricite de France during the electricity privatisation process ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Eggar : I have received a number of representations about electricity trade across the interconnector. The background to the arrangements for this trade is set out in the coal review White Paper--Cm 2235--from paragraph 7.95.
Mr. Foulkes : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the latest figures for coal imports for each month in 1993 ; what is the breakdown for each port in the United Kingdom ; and what were the comparable figures for each month in 1992.
|1992 |1993 ---------------------------- January |2,217|1,950 February |1,709|1,400 March |2,049|1,300 April |1,445|1,400 May |1,986|1,300 June |1,943|1,400 July |1,801|1,550 August |1,403|1,500 September |1,512|1,800 October |1,250|1,500 November |1,671|1,450 December |1,353|<1> <1>Not yet available.
A breakdown of coal imports by port for 1993 is not available.