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United Kingdom Enterprises

18. Mr. Heald : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action is being taken to generate opportunities for United Kingdom agricultural enterprises in the developing world.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : My Department's trade promotion programme in 1993 included ministerial-led business missions to six countries in the developing world as such.

We also target the developing markets of central and eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and China, where plans this year include attendance at trade fairs in China, the Baltic States, Russia and Poland.

In total, the Ministry promoted United Kingdom industry at four overseas exhibitions, generating some 500 business inquiries.

Apple Juice

20. Mr. Bellingham : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when she next expects to meet apple growers in East Anglia to discuss output of apple juice.

Mr. Jack : My right hon. Friend and I meet apple growers regularly to discuss a wide range of issues.

Park Land

21. Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many sales of Forestry Commission land in England have involved park land since the start of the current programme of sales.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : The Forestry Commission owns very little park land and does not identify it separately in its disposal records. The information requested is therefore not available.

Mushrooms

23. Mr. Hawkins : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans she has to have a meeting with her Irish counterparts to discuss the question of subsidies on the production of mushrooms.

Mr. Jack : Responsibility for enforcing the EC rules relating to state aids rests with the Commission with whom we have raised the legality of assistance to Irish mushrooms growers.

Wages Board

24. Mr. Heppell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many people are covered by the agricultural wages board.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : All agricultural workers in England and Wales are covered by the provisions of the Agricultural Wages Orders produced by the agricultural wages board.

The total number of regular family and hired workers, including seasonal and casual workers, at 1 June 1993 was 217,770.


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Fishing

25. Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals she has for reducing the British fishing effort to the multi-annual guidance levels.

Mr. Jack : As I explained on 14 December to my hon. Friend the Member for Cornwall, South-East (Mr. Hicks) our decision to suspend the implementation of controls on days at sea means that we have to review the means by which we can work towards our MAGP targets--which require action on fishing activity as well as on capacity.

Fishery Discussions

26. Mr. Mans : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when she plans to meet her French counterpart to discuss fishery issues.

Mr. Jack : I meet my French counterpart regularly at meetings of the Council of EU Fisheries Ministers, the next meeting of which is scheduled for 12 April.

Forestry Review Group

27. Ms Eagle : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland about the forestry review group.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : I have not had any recent formal discussions with my right hon. Friend about the forestry review group.

Organic Aid Scheme

Mr. McAvoy : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when she expects to launch the organic aid scheme in England ; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : Our proposals for the organic aid scheme in England are currently with the European Commission.

I expect to make an announcement on the starting date for the scheme in the near future.

Fisheries Council

Mr. McGrady : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment she has made of the outcome of the meeting of the EC Council of Fisheries Ministers in Brussels on 20-21 December 1993 ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Jack : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) on 12 January at column 226-28.

Equine Exports

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how she ensures that minimum values apply to all equines leaving the United Kingdom ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : The Animal Health Act 1981, and orders made under the Act, require a minimum valuation to be provided for specified categories of equines before a welfare export licence is issued. There are exemptions for


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thoroughbred horses certified by the Jockey Club and other horses intended for breeding, riding, exhibition, jumping and polo are also exempted.

EC Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total budget awarded to the EC's guidance section of the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund in each year since its establishment ; and what proportion of this was granted to (i) the northern region and (ii) the United Kingdom as a whole.

Mr. Jack : Total EC payments from the guidance section of the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund, and the proportion of this received by the United Kingdom since its accession to the EC, is set out in the table. The reduction in the proportion of total payments received by the United Kingdom since 1981 is due in part to the accession to the EC of Greece in 1981, and of Spain and Portugal in 1986. I regret that figures for the proportion of these payments received by the northern region could be provided only at disproportionate cost, as information on the various schemes subject to funding by guidance section is not kept on regional basis.



                  |Total EC payments|Of which                           


                  |from the EAGGF   |United Kingdom                     


                  |Guidance Section |receipts                           


                                    |per cent.                          


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Million units of accounts                                               


1973              |124              |0.00                               


1974              |128              |0.04                               


1975              |184              |9.00                               


1976              |218              |20.00                              


1977              |297              |22.00                              


                                                                        


Million European units of account                                       


1978              |324              |12.00                              


1979              |403              |16.00                              


1980              |601              |18.00                              


                                                                        


Million ECU                                                             


1981              |566              |19.00                              


1982              |638              |11.00                              


1983              |720              |21.00                              


1984              |647              |17.00                              


1985              |690              |16.00                              


1986              |727              |11.00                              


1987              |863              |9.00                               


1988              |1,142            |7.00                               


1989              |1,349            |5.00                               


1990              |1,825            |5.00                               


1991              |1,915            |5.00                               


1992              |2,584            |4.00                               


Sources: Annual Reports of the European Court of Auditors except for    


United Kingdom receipts 1973-1975 (EAGGF Annual                         


Reports).                                                               


Rabies

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans she has to reduce the British quarantine period for animals with rabies vaccination certificates imported from rabies-free countries ; and if she will make a statement.


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Mr. Soames : The Government have no plans to reduce the present six months quarantine requirement for imported pet dogs, cats and a wide range of other rabies susceptible animals. Separate arrangements were agreed under the Balai directive (92/65/EEC) for commercially traded animals from other member states in the European Community. A statement on those changes was given in the reply to the hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) by my right hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk Coastal (Mr. Gummer) on 16 June 1992, Official Report, column 455-56.

Biodiversity Objectives

Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action she intends to take to develop clear biodiversity objectives for the range of schemes available for the positive management of farming habitats.

Mr. Jack : The steps we are taking to apply environmental conditions to agricultural support will help maintain farming habitats.

The objectives of the environmentally sensitive areas schemes include the conservation, enhancement and restoration of specific wildlife habitats and, where appropriate, increases in species diversity. Similar objectives are being developed for the proposed habitat scheme and moorland scheme.

TRANSPORT

Airport Landing Charges

Mr. Kenneth Baker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a table showing, for a number of typical aircraft, the landing charges expressed per passenger, on the assumption that the aircraft are 80 per cent. full, at peak times at Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands airports.

Mr. Norris : The information requested is shown in the tables. Charges are based on the assumption that the aircraft concerned meets ICAO chapter 3 noise standards and qualify for any noise rebates available at the airports concerned. The following aircraft assumptions also apply :



              |Maximum take |Seats        |Passengers at              


              |off weight                 |80 per cent.               


                                          |load factor                


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747-200B      |378          |374          |299                        


737-200       |53           |109          |87                         


BAe 146-2     |43           |84           |67                         


All landing charges include aerodrome navigation services charges. All passenger charges include security charges and are based on charges for international services.


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Comparison of off-peak airport charges                                                        


               BAe146-200              737-200                 747-200                        


              |Landing|Pax    |Total  |Landing|Pax    |Total  |Landing|Pax    |Total          


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Total Charges                                                                                 


Gatwick       |£130   |£130   |£260   |£149   |£169   |£318   |£618   |£580   |£1,198         


Stansted      |£125   |£141   |£266   |£156   |£183   |£338   |£923   |£628   |£1,551         


Manchester    |£193   |£426   |£619   |£238   |£553   |£791   |£1,697 |£1,902 |£3,599         


Birmingham    |£507   |£697   |£1,204 |£625   |£905   |£1,530 |£4,460 |£3,110 |£7,570         


East Midlands |£495   |£688   |£1,183 |£611   |£893   |£1,504 |£4,355 |£3,071 |£7,425         


                                                                                              


Charges per Passenger                                                                         


Gatwick       |£1.94  |£1.94  |£3.88  |£1.72  |£1.94  |£3.66  |£2.07  |£1.94  |£4.01          


Stansted      |£1.87  |£2.10  |£3.97  |£1.79  |£2.10  |£3.89  |£3.09  |£2.10  |£5.19          


Manchester    |£2.88  |£6.36  |£9.24  |£2.74  |£6.36  |£9.10  |£5.68  |£6.36  |£12.04         


Birmingham    |£7.57  |£10.40 |£17.97 |£7.19  |£10.40 |£17.59 |£14.92 |£10.40 |£25.32         


East Midlands |£7.39  |£10.27 |£17.66 |£7.02  |£10.27 |£17.29 |£14.56 |£10.27 |£24.83         




These charges are based on winter, off-peak rates. However, the periods                                                     


covered by these rates are different for each airport and the off-peak                                                      


periods which apply for each airport follow:                                                                                


Airport                        |Charges                       |Times                                                        


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Gatwick                        |Landing Charges               |Any time, 1 November to 31                                   


                               |Passenger Charges             |March 1600-0529, 1 May to 30                                 


                                                              |September and any time between                               


                                                              |1 October and 30 April                                       


                                                                                                                            


Stansted                       |Landing Charges               |Any time, 1 November to 31                                   


                               |Passenger Charges             |March 1600-0659, 1 May to 30                                 


                                                              |September and any time between                               


                                                              |1 October and 30 April                                       


                                                                                                                            


Manchester                     |Landing Charges               |1400-1559 Tuesday, Wednesday,                                


                                                              |Thursday 1 November to 30                                    


                                                              |April                                                        


                               |Passenger Charges             |Any time, 1 November to 30                                   


                                                              |April                                                        


                                                                                                                            


Birmingham                     |All Charges                   |Any time of the day throughout                               


                                                              |the year                                                     


                                                                                                                            


East Midlands                  |Landing Charges               |Any time of the day throughout                               


                                                              |the year                                                     


                               |Passenger Charges             |Any time, 1 November to 29                                   


                                                              |February                                                     



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Comparison of peak airport charges                                                            


               BAe146-200              737-200                 747-200                        


              |Landing|Pax    |Total  |Landing|Pax    |Total  |Landing|Pax    |Total          


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Total Charges                                                                                 


Gatwick       |£350   |£630   |£980   |£368   |£818   |£1,186 |£655   |£2,811 |£3,465         


Stansted      |£138   |£515   |£652   |£191   |£668   |£859   |£1,485 |£2,296 |£3,782         


Manchester    |£387   |£691   |£1,078 |£476   |£898   |£1,374 |£3,047 |£3,086 |£6,133         


Birmingham    |£507   |£697   |£1,204 |£625   |£905   |£1,530 |£4,460 |£3,110 |£7,570         


East Midlands |£495   |£753   |£1,248 |£611   |£978   |£1,588 |£4,355 |£3,361 |£7,715         


                                                                                              


Charges per Passenger                                                                         


Gatwick       |£5.23  |£9.40  |£14.63 |£4.23  |£9.40  |£13.63 |£2.19  |£9.40  |£11.59         


Stansted      |£2.05  |£7.68  |£9.73  |£2.20  |£7.68  |£9.88  |£4.97  |£7.68  |£12.65         


Manchester    |£5.77  |£10.32 |£16.09 |£5.48  |£10.32 |£15.80 |£10.19 |£10.32 |£20.51         


Birmingham    |£7.57  |£10.40 |£17.97 |£7.19  |£10.40 |£17.59 |£14.92 |£10.40 |£25.32         


East Midlands |£7.39  |£11.24 |£18.63 |£7.02  |£11.24 |£18.26 |£14.56 |£11.24 |£25.80         




These charges are based on summer, peak rates. However, the periods                                                             


covered by these rates are different for each airport and the peak                                                              


periods which apply for each airport follow:                                                                                    


Airport                         |Charges                        |Times                                                          


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


Gatwick                         |Landing Charges                |0600-1509 and 1700-1859,                                       


                                                                |1 April to 31 October                                          


                                |Passenger Charges              |0530-1559, 1 May to 30                                         


                                                                |September                                                      


                                                                                                                                


Stansted                        |Landing Charges                |Any time, 1 May to 31 October                                  


                                |Passenger Charges              |0700-1559, 1 May to 30                                         


                                                                |September                                                      


                                                                                                                                


Manchester                      |Landing Charges                |Any time except 1400-1559                                      


                                                                |Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday                                   


                                                                |1 November to 30 April                                         


                                |Passenger Charges              |Any time, 1 May to 31 October                                  


                                                                                                                                


Birmingham                      |All Charges                    |Any time of the day throughout                                 


                                |the year                                                                                       


                                                                                                                                


East Midlands                   |Landing Charges                |Any time of the day throughout                                 


                                |the year                                                                                       


                                |Passenger Charges              |Any time, 1 March to 31 October                                


London-Warsaw Flights

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when and on what basis Ministers were involved in negotiations with their Polish counterparts and representatives of Lot Airlines during October ;

(2) why Lot airlines has been forbidden to land at Heathrow with effect from 1 November ;

(3) what representations the Government have received from Lot Airlines or the Polish Government on the number of winter flights to Warsaw by British Airways originating in (a) London and (b) North America, and on the summer schedules ;


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(4) when and in what circumstances agreement was made between Her Majesty's Government and the Polish Government and Lot Airlines on the winter flights schedule ; and what is his policy on the number of British Airways flights between London and Warsaw ;

(5) on what occasions over the past 10 years a dispute has occurred between British Airways and the national carriers of other countries about the increase in the number of flights from London to the other countries' principal airports where (a) Her Majesty's Government have been involved and (b) the sanction of removing the permit for the other national carriers to land at Heathrow has been imposed ; (6) what is the policy underlying Her Majesty's Government's support for British Airways to increase the frequency of its winter flights between London and Warsaw ; and what impact he expects the increase to have on transatlantic flights made by United Kingdom and Polish air carriers ;

(7) what intergovernmental agreements govern flights between London and Warsaw.

Mr. Norris : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Thurrock (Mr. Mackinlay) on 4 November 1993 and the subsequent letter I wrote to him on 16 November which was deposited in the Library. Since then there has been continuing contact between the United Kingdom and Polish Governments and between the airlines concerned and I hope that it will be possible to reach agreement on the resumption of services soon.

Trunk Road Assessment

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 15 December, Official Report, column 714, when he expects the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment to finish looking into the question of generated traffic and report to his Department.

Mr. Key : I understand the standing advisory committee on trunk road assessment is aiming to submit its report on generated traffic to Ministers in the spring of this year.

Traffic Area Office Network

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy on executive agency status for the traffic area office network.

Mr. Key : We are considering the traffic area offices as possible candidates for executive agency status.

Goods Vehicles

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prohibition notices were issued in respect of large goods vehicles in 1992- 93 ; and how many were (a) immediate, (b) delayed or (c) defect notices.

Mr. Key : During 1992-93, the vehicle inspectorate examined 196,475 large goods vehicles. The examinations resulted in 11,041 immediate prohibitions, 11,040 delayed prohibitions and 18,379 defect notices being issued.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by traffic area office (a) the number of goods vehicle operator licences and (b) renewal applications for goods vehicle operator licences refused on environmental grounds over the last five years.


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Mr. Key : The number of goods vehicle operator licences and renewal applications for goods vehicle operator licences which were refused over the last five years are listed in order of traffic area office :



Traffic Area Office            |Applications                           


                               |refused                                


                               |(1988-89-1992-93)                      


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North Eastern                  |158                                    


North Western                  |271                                    


West Midland                   |233                                    


Eastern                        |196                                    


South Wales                    |155                                    


Western                        |212                                    


South Eastern and Metropolitan |717                                    


Scottish                       |221                                    


Figures for applications refused on environmental grounds are not available and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by traffic area office the number of objections received from members of the public, local authorities and the police to the renewal of goods vehicle operator licences during the last two years.

Mr. Key : The number of objections received from members of the public, local authorities and the police to applications for goods vehicle operator licences during the last two years--1991-92 and 1992-93--are listed in order of traffic area office :



Traffic Area Office            |Number of objections                     


                               |and representations                      


                               |(1991-92-1992-93)                        


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North Eastern                  |908                                      


North Western                  |1,121                                    


West Midland                   |1,663                                    


Eastern                        |4,467                                    


South Wales                    |733                                      


Western                        |2,815                                    


South Eastern and Metropolitan |5,429                                    


Scottish                       |786                                      


Figures for the number of objections that were made to applications for the renewal of goods vehicle operator licences are not available and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by traffic area office the number of renewal applications for goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle operator licences that have been refused due to (a) poor maintanance records or (b) poor conduct or repute.

Mr. Key : The number of renewal applications for goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle operator licences which were refused during 1992 -93 are listed in order of traffic area office :



Traffic area office            |Applications                           


                               |refused                                


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North Eastern                  |11                                     


North Western                  |5                                      


West Midlands                  |6                                      


Eastern                        |9                                      


South Wales                    |5                                      


Western                        |21                                     


South Eastern and Metropolitan |41                                     


Scottish                       |7                                      


Figures for applications refused due to (a) poor maintenance records or (b) poor conduct or repute are not available and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Stoke on Trent, North (Ms Walley) of 15 December, Official Report, column 709, on how many of the 132,000 cheques DVLA took prosecution action ; and on how many of these the DVLA recovered money.

Mr. Robert Key : A total of 13,205, of which 12,842 resulted in revenue recovery.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which functions of the traffic area office network are intended for market testing.

Mr. Key : I keep all parts of my Department under review with the aim of identifying scope for market testing including the traffic area offices.

Deregulation

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the deregulation of goods and passenger operator licensing and the staffing levels of traffic area offices.

Mr. Norris : It is not possible at this stage to make a detailed assessment of the likely effect of the deregulation proposals for goods and passenger operator licensing on the levels of staff in the traffic area offices. Our best estimate is that the effect of deregulation and changes to the fee system will be broadly neutral in terms of staffing.

Prohibition Notices

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prohibition notices were issued against passenger carrying vehicles in 1992 -93 ; and how many of them were (a) immediate prohibitions, (b) delayed prohibitions and (c) defect notices.

Mr. Key : In the financial year 1992-93 the vehicle inspectorate examined 39,065 public service and other passenger carying vehicles. The examinations resulted in these vehicles being issued with 1,825 immediate prohibitions, 1,363 delayed and 4,275 defect notices.

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by traffic area office the number by grade of staff employed and the salary costs.

Mr. Key : The total number of staff employed in the traffic area offices is 447.5 and the total salary cost is £6.3 million. The number of traffic area office staff by grade and salary cost is as follows :


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Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        




Scottish                                   


Grade              |Number |£              


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


Commissioner       |1.0    |58,562         


Grade 7            |1.0    |37,240         


HEO                |3.0    |68,367         


EO                 |7.0    |125,363        


AO                 |26.5   |337,981        


AA                 |14.0   |136,612        


Personal Secretary |1.0    |13,625         


Typing Manager     |1.0    |16,973         


Typists            |2.5    |26,975         


SGB1               |0.0    |0              


SGB2               |2.0    |19,128         


                   |---    |----           


Total              |59.0   |840,826        


School Transport

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he intends to bring forward to help prevent or mitigate accidents involving school transport.

Mr. Key : Draft regulations, which will make the display of a distinctive sign on buses carrying children to or from school mandatory, are currently being finalised. They will also allow vehicles displaying the sign to use


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their hazard warning lights, when stationary, to indicate to other road users that children are boarding or alighting or are in the vicinity of the vehicle.

We are also reviewing the full technical and cost implications of seat belts in minibuses and coaches, irrespective of their use. Until this review is complete we do not feel that it would be wise to introduce new legislation in this area.

Rail Electrification

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the electrification of the Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley and Skipton railway lines to be completed ; and what rolling stock will be provided.

Mr. Freeman : These are matters for British Rail and the West Yorkshire passenger transport executive. However, I understand that electrification is expected to be completed next winter, and that this will be followed by a phased introduction of local electric services. A full service is expected to start in May 1995. It is planned to use refurbished class 308 rolling stock initially ; the PTE is still examining possible arrangements for the leasing of new rolling stock in the longer term.

Motor Vehicles

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders regarding prohibition of use of vehicles older than 10 years ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what proposals he has to introduce legislation to curtail the use of motor vehicles manufactured prior to 1980 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Key : No representations have been received from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. There are no proposals being considered by the Department to curtail the use of motor vehicles which are more than 10 years old.

High Speed Rail Link

Mr. Harvey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the total amount of public expenditure used for (a) the King's Cross project and (b) the now abandoned south London route for the channel tunnel high speed link.

Mr. Freeman : British Rail's accounts show £332 million cumulative expenditure on the channel tunnel rail link project up to 31 March 1993 £252 million net of interest payments. Of this net cost Union Railways assign some £46 million to Kings Cross and £89 million to the abandoned section of the southerly route. A more detailed assessment is not possible because the Kings Cross project was not conceived solely for the rail link and a proportion of the southerly approach is still part of the route. It also remains to be seen what additional reduction in net cost will be achieved through further property sales.

Channel Tunnel Stations

Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet the Stratford Promoter Group to discuss the proposal prepared by the group for the siting of an international channel tunnel station at Stratford.


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Mr. Freeman : Yes. I suggest that the promoter group first study Union Railways' report published on 24 January, in the light of my right hon. Friend's statement on the same day ; have further discussions with Union Railways ; then contact my office to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Airport Passengers

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a table showing the total number of passengers leaving from United Kingdom airports for each year since 1989 and as a total over the same period, broken down into passengers travelling to (i) destinations within the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the EC including the Channel islands and Isle of Man and (ii) elsewhere.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 20 January 1994] : The information requested is shown in the table :



Departing terminal passengers at United Kingdom airports          


                         Departing                                


                         passengers to                            


                        |Domestic     |Other                      


                        |and EC       |International              


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1989                    |32,533,219   |16,074,396                 


1990                    |33,571,797   |17,125,797                 


1991                    |31,665,121   |15,848,694                 


1992                    |34,374,452   |18,296,967                 


January to October 1993 |31,395,765   |16,826,031                 


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


Total of above          |163,540,354  |84,171,885                 


1. Source: CAA Airport Statistics.                                


2. Includes United Kingdom and Foreign Airlines.                  


3. Includes Scheduled and Non-scheduled services.                 


4. Domestic passengers on return journeys will be counted twice,  


once on                                                           


the outward leg, once on the return journey.                      


5. Passengers are allocated to the point at which they disembark  


from                                                              


their flight. This may not be their ultimate air destination.     


6. Includes Departing passengers at the following airports:       


Aberdeen

Belfast

Belfast City

Bembridge

Benbecula

Birmingham

Blackpool

Bournemouth

Bristol

Cambridge

Cardiff

Coventry

East Midlands

Edinburgh

Exeter

Gatwick

Glasgow

Gloucester

Hawarden

Heathrow

Humberside

Inverness

Islay

Kirkwall

Leeds/Bradford

Liverpool

London City

Luton

Lydd

Manchester

Manston

Newcastle

Norwich

Prestwick

Southampton

Southend

Stansted

Stornoway

Sumburgh

Teesside

Tiree

Tresco

Uist

Wick


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