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Average occupancy in approved hostels                                       
Area and hostel             |1992-93        |September 1993                 
                            |(per cent.)    |(per cent.)                    
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Avon                                                                        
Ashley House                |71             |75                             
Brigstocke Road             |64             |80                             
Bridge House                |68             |84                             
                                                                            
Bedfordshire                                                                
Bedford Bail                |43             |41                             
Napier Road                 |68             |60                             
                                                                            
Berkshire                                                                   
Manor Lodge                 |43             |53                             
Elizabeth Fry               |53             |47                             
St. Leonards                |48             |46                             
Wellesley House             |52             |58                             
                                                                            
Buckinghamshire                                                             
Milton Keynes               |74             |84                             
                                                                            
Cambridgeshire                                                              
Peterborough                |70             |78                             
                                                                            
Cheshire                                                                    
Bewsey Street               |66             |91                             
Bunbury House               |60             |64                             
Linden Bank                 |79             |70                             
                                                                            
Cleveland                                                                   
The Crescent                |59             |38                             
South Bank                  |72             |59                             
                                                                            
Cornwall                                                                    
Meneghy House               |62             |58                             
                                                                            
Cumbria                                                                     
Bowling Green               |59             |69                             
                                                                            
Derbyshire                                                                  
Burdett Lodge               |51             |79                             
                                                                            
Devon                                                                       
Lawson House                |-              |59                             
Dudley Centre               |43             |52                             
                                                                            
Dorset                                                                      
Bournemouth                 |68             |47                             
Weston                      |61             |86                             
                                                                            
Durham                                                                      
Fir Tree Grange             |40             |50                             
                                                                            
East Sussex                                                                 
Brighton                    |50             |75                             
                                                                            
Essex                                                                       
Windyridge                  |60             |38                             
Basildon                    |65             |55                             
                                                                            
Gloucestershire                                                             
Ryecroft                    |39             |76                             
                                                                            
Greater Manchester                                                          
Hopwood House               |72             |70                             
Wilton Place                |70             |85                             
Chorlton                    |65             |67                             
Withington Road             |68             |69                             
Ascot House                 |59             |80                             
Parkfield                   |42             |-                              
Bradshaw House              |52             |64                             
St. Josephs                 |68             |74                             
                                                                            
Hampshire                                                                   
Southampton Bail            |52             |77                             
Carlisle House              |60             |-                              
Dickson House               |48             |68                             
The Grange                  |55             |64                             
                                                                            
Hereford and Worcestershire                                                 
Braley House                |68             |88                             
                                                                            
Hertfordshire                                                               
St. Albans                  |45             |67                             
                                                                            
Humberside                                                                  
Queens Road                 |55             |54                             
                                                                            
Inner London                                                                
St. Edmunds                 |42             |64                             
KPH                         |84             |95                             
Ellison House               |53             |70                             
Tulse Hill                  |59             |51                             
St. Vincents                |46             |48                             
St. Mungos                  |62             |84                             
Bedford/Shenley             |64             |66                             
Kelley House                |48             |68                             
Canadian Avenue             |82             |89                             
West Park                   |57             |78                             
Camden House                |35             |71                             
                                                                            
Kent                                                                        
Hollywood Manor             |57             |-                              
Fleming House               |67             |78                             
Dover Bail                  |57             |45                             
                                                                            
Lancashire                                                                  
Highfield House             |75             |65                             
Blackburn                   |74             |41                             
Hoole House                 |68             |76                             
                                                                            
Leicestershire                                                              
Charnwood Lodge             |59             |85                             
Kirk Lodge                  |47             |75                             
Howard House                |73             |78                             
                                                                            
Lincolnshire                                                                
Wordsworth House            |70             |70                             
                                                                            
Merseyside                                                                  
Southwood                   |75             |82                             
Merseybank                  |42             |74                             
Canning House               |64             |58                             
Adelaide House              |54             |54                             
                                                                            
Middlesex                                                                   
Corfton Road                |44             |83                             
Seafield Lodge              |67             |88                             
                                                                            
North East London                                                           
Westbourne                  |73             |74                             
                                                                            
Norfolk                                                                     
John Boag                   |74             |70                             
                                                                            
Northamptonshire                                                            
Bridgewood                  |72             |83                             
Stone House                 |69             |36                             
                                                                            
Northumbria                                                                 
Ozanam House                |66             |82                             
St. Christophers            |48             |90                             
Pennywell                   |74             |76                             
Cuthbert House              |73             |87                             
                                                                            
North Wales                                                                 
Plas-y-wern                 |96             |94                             
Ty Newydd                   |94             |87                             
                                                                            
Nottinghamshire                                                             
Astral Grove                |64             |79                             
Southwell                   |57             |81                             
Trent House                 |50             |70                             
                                                                            
Oxfordshire                                                                 
Abingdon Road               |74             |43                             
Clark's House               |72             |73                             
                                                                            
Somerset                                                                    
Glogan House                |69             |54                             
                                                                            
South East London                                                           
Beckenham Road              |54             |85                             
                                                                            
South Glamorgan                                                             
Mandeville House            |31             |63                             
                                                                            
South West London                                                           
Kew                         |52             |87                             
                                                                            
South Yorkshire                                                             
Rookwood                    |61             |56                             
Norfolk Park                |67             |52                             
Centre 45                   |86             |81                             
Town Moor                   |72             |53                             
                                                                            
Staffordshire                                                               
Wenger House                |65             |82                             
Stafford Bail               |65             |81                             
                                                                            
Suffolk                                                                     
Lightfoot House             |61             |55                             
The Cottage                 |75             |85                             
                                                                            
Surrey                                                                      
St. Catherines              |58             |60                             
                                                                            
Warwickshire                                                                
McIntyre House              |80             |90                             
Kenilworth Road             |49             |71                             
                                                                            
West Glamorgan                                                              
Emroch House                |81             |90                             
                                                                            
West Midlands                                                               
Sycamore Lodge              |77             |75                             
Crowley House               |46             |61                             
Bilston                     |94             |98                             
Stoke Green                 |79             |68                             
Stonnall Road               |<1>-           |96                             
Welford House               |69             |64                             
Marshall House              |86             |91                             
Carpenter House             |81             |81                             
                                                                            
West Yorkshire                                                              
Howden House                |79             |78                             
Walmer Villas               |78             |86                             
Albion Street               |33             |85                             
Ripon House                 |76             |91                             
Elm Bank                    |90             |80                             
St. Johns                   |78             |94                             
Cardigan House              |69             |91                             
<1>Denotes hostel which is either closed or has yet to be opened.           

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Photographs

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to buy or borrow photographs ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Howard : I have no plans to buy or borrow any photographs.

Paintings and Photographs

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) paintings and (b) photographs there are on the walls of his rooms.

Mr. Howard : There are five paintings and one print on the walls of my office and five photographic reproductions of paintings on the walls of the ministerial conference room. They are all part of the Government art collection. There are no photographs on the walls of either room.

Reoffending Rate

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the reoffending rate for convicted persons leaving probation hostels.

Mr. Maclean : The information requested is not available.

Police (Child Maintenance)

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received in relation to the numbers of police officers threatened with termination of their careers due to indebtedness resulting from assessments of liability as absent parents by the Child Support Agency.

Mr. Charles Wardle : Some Members of Parliament have written to Home Office Ministers on behalf of their constituents about the Child Support Agency's dealings with police officers. They have been informed that the Department of Social Security has responsibility for the Child Support Agency and that it would be for a police officer's senior officer to decide whether and, if so, what management action was appropriate in response to the officer's indebtedness.

Offenders, Newham

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of offenders appearing before the courts in the borough of Newham were aged under 21 years in each year since 1988 ;

(2) what percentage of offenders appearing before the courts in the borough of Newham were unemployed in each year since 1988.

Mr. Maclean : Information is not collected centrally on the employment status of defendants appearing before the courts. The table shows the number and percentage of offenders by age convicted at the Stratford and West Ham petty sessional divisions and at the Crown court who were committed by the above two petty sessional divisions 1988 to 1992. Information on cautioning is available only for police force areas.


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Number and percentage of offenders aged under 21 and all ages found guilty at Stratford and West Ham petty sessional divisions and at the Crown                                  
Court by committing Stratford and West Ham petty sessional divisions and type of offence 1988-92                                                                                 
                               Stratford                                                      West Ham                                                                           
                               Under 21                                  All Ages             Under 21                                  All Ages                                 
Year/Type of offence          |Number              |Per cent.           |(=100 per cent.)    |Number              |Per cent.           |(=100 per cent.)                         
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1988                                                                                                                                                                             
Indictable offences           |345                 |47                  |728                 |346                 |33                  |1,048                                    
Summary non-motoring offences |177                 |12                  |1,528               |86                  |28                  |311                                      
Summary motoring offences     |62                  |11                  |573                 |77                  |11                  |689                                      
                              | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------                                 
All offences                  |584                 |21                  |2,829               |509                 |25                  |2,048                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                 
1989                                                                                                                                                                             
Indictable offences           |373                 |47                  |802                 |165                 |29                  |561                                      
Summary non-motoring offences |323                 |19                  |1,657               |51                  |19                  |275                                      
Summary motoring offences     |79                  |10                  |761                 |45                  |15                  |292                                      
                              | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------                                 
All offences                  |775                 |24                  |3,220               |261                 |23                  |1,128                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                 
1990                                                                                                                                                                             
Indictable offences           |138                 |37                  |369                 |269                 |28                  |957                                      
Summary non-motoring offences |123                 |15                  |832                 |169                 |10                  |1,730                                    
Summary motoring offences     |33                  |13                  |258                 |70                  |9                   |777                                      
                              | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------                                 
All offences                  |294                 |20                  |1,459               |608                 |18                  |3,464                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                 
1991                                                                                                                                                                             
Indictable offences           |80                  |39                  |207                 |296                 |27                  |1,096                                    
Summary non-motoring offences |55                  |6                   |937                 |111                 |18                  |633                                      
Summary motoring offences     |64                  |6                   |1,029               |82                  |11                  |714                                      
                              | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------                                 
All offences                  |199                 |9                   |2,173               |489                 |20                  |2,443                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                 
1992                                                                                                                                                                             
Indictable offences           |168                 |34                  |492                 |165                 |24                  |681                                      
Summary non-motoring offences |93                  |6                   |1,656               |66                  |19                  |347                                      
Summary motoring offences     |106                 |6                   |1,757               |41                  |11                  |381                                      
                              | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------            | -------                                 
All offences                  |367                 |9                   |3,905               |272                 |19                  |1,409                                    

Ms Gillian Taylforth

Mr. Gale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Metropolitan Commissioner on the manner in which information which was the subject of the Taylforth/Knight libel action was made available by the police to a Sun reporter in the first instance ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I understand from the Commissioner that the Sun did not obtain this information from the police in the first instance.

Electoral Register

Mr. Rendel : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department measures the accuracy of the electoral register.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Office of Population Censuses and Surveys provides an annual comparison of parliamentary electorates with corresponding estimates of the resident population in the publication "Electoral Statistics (Series EL)", copies of which are in the Library. In addition, following the 1991 census, OPCS conducted research on behalf of the Home Office and the Scottish Office to check the coverage and quality of the 1991 electoral register. Copies of the survey, "Electoral Registration in 1991", are also in the Library.

Mr. Rendel : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought


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each year since 1978 by each local authority against individuals failing to complete electoral registration forms ; and what percentage of the total number of registrations in each authority this represents.

Mr. Maclean : Information given in the table shows the number of prosecutions for failing to complete electoral registration forms for the years 1979 to 1989 by petty sessional division within police force areas. The prosecuting local authority cannot be identified from the centrally collected records. Data for 1978 and 1990 to 1992 are not available.

Data on the total number of electors included in the register in each local authority area can be found in the annual OPCS publication "Electoral Statistics Series EL", published by HMSO, copies of which can be found in the Library.


Number of prosecutions for failing to complete electoral registration   
forms by Petty Sessional Division within Police Force Areas 1979-89     
Year and PFA/PSD                      |Prosecutions                     
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1979                                  |nil                              
                                                                        
1980                                  |nil                              
                                                                        
1981                                                                    
Hampshire/Basingstoke                 |2                                
Suffolk/Mildenhall                    |1                                
South Yorkshire/Doncaster             |1                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |4                                
                                                                        
1982                                  |nil                              
                                                                        
1983                                                                    
Essex-Rochford                        |3                                
Essex-Southend on Sea                 |1                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |4                                
                                                                        
1984                                                                    
Bedfordshire/Biggleswade              |2                                
Essex/Rochford                        |4                                
Hampshire/Basingstoke                 |2                                
Norfolk/Cromer                        |2                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |10                               
                                                                        
1985                                                                    
Northamptonshire/Oundle and Thropston |1                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |1                                
                                                                        
1986                                  |nil                              
                                                                        
1987                                                                    
Derbyshire/Chesterfield               |4                                
Essex/Rochford                        |5                                
Hampshire/Winchester                  |1                                
Wiltshire/Marlborough                 |2                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |12                               
                                                                        
1988                                                                    
Bedfordshire/Leighton  Buzzard        |1                                
Essex/Rochford                        |2                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |3                                
                                                                        
1989                                                                    
Hampshire/Alton                       |3                                
Hampshire/Basingstoke                 |4                                
Hampshire/Petersfield                 |1                                
Leicestershire/Loughborough           |2                                
Suffolk/Newmarket                     |3                                
                                      |---                              
  England and Wales                   |13                               

Police Authorities

Sir Ivan Lawrence : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his proposals for the constitution of police authorities, as set out in the Police and Magistrates' Courts Bill [Lords] .

Mr. Howard : I have considered carefully the concerns expressed on Second Reading in another place.

The Government want to put beyond doubt their intention that the new police authorities should be indpendent. The Government will therefore table amendments to the Bill in another place, as soon as possible.

The effect of these amendments will be :

(i) that the chairman of a police authority would be appointed by the members of the authority. We propose that, as now, they should be required to select the chairman annually.

(ii) the independent members of police authorities will be appointed according to a procedure on the lines of that set out in my reply to the hon. and learned Member for Burton on 17 January, columns 375-77. But the Bill will be amended to provide a statutory basis for the independent selection procedure, and the scheme under which the statutory procedure will operate will be subject to a parliamentary oversight ;

(iii) there will be a power for the Home Secretary to increase the number of members of police authorities in specific cases where in all the circumstances it seems


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appropriate to do so. Where the number of members exceeds 16, one half will be councillors and not more than one third will be independent members.

Prisons (Sanitation)

Sir Ivan Lawrence : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards providing prisoners with 24- hour access to sanitation.

Mr. Michael Howard : The target for the Prison Service for 1993-94 is to provide through the accelerated sanitation programme 24-hour access to sanitation in at least 4,700 existing prison places. In addition a further 2,400 newly constructed and renovated places, which will have integral sanitation, are scheduled for completion in the year. Eighty-nine per cent. of prisoners currently have 24-hour access to sanitation. This compares with 82 per cent. in March 1993 and 46 per cent. in 1981.

By the end of 1994, more than 95 per cent. of prisoners should have access to sanitation at all times, a considerable achievement and one of the key measures of progress in providing decent conditions for all prisoners. The other main measure is the reduction of overcrowding and avoidance of the use of police cells. The percentage of prisoners sharing cells designed for one has been reduced from 38 per cent. in 1987-88 to 16 per cent. at the end of 1993. There has been no significant use of police cells since February 1993. These achievements have been possible as a result of the major prison building programme which has added over 18,000 new places since 1979.

In the face of the forecast increase in the prison population, resources are being directed to providing additional places and the amount of accommodation that it was planned to take out of use for refurbishment during the next two years has been reduced. Although this will preclude completion of the sanitation programme by December 1994, the alternative would have been a return to the prolonged use of police cells and an unacceptable level of overcrowding. The Prison Service continues to give very high priority to completing the sanitation programme as soon as possible, within the constraints imposed by the prison population. It aims to complete the programme no later than February 1996, the date recommended by Lord Woolf in his report.

Reconviction Rates

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in developing a key performance indicator on reconviction rates as envisaged in the Prison Service business plan for 1993-94.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Statistics of the reconviction rates of prisoners following discharge from prison are already published. The progress of the work on performance measures in relation to reconviction rates will be reported in the Prison Service's business plan for 1994-95.

Fraud

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees were judged to be guilty of fraud in his Department in each year since 1989 ; and how many were dismissed.


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Mr. Michael Howard [holding answer 1 February 1994] : I have asked the Director General of the Prison Service to write to the hon. and learned Member about Prison Service staff. The information in respect of other Home Office staff is as follows :

1989-90 One member of staff convicted and dismissed. 1990-91 Nil.

1991-92 Three convicted ; two dismissed and one resigned prior to dismissal.

1992-93 Three convicted ; two dismissed and one decision pending.

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his Department's policy for dealing with employees found guilty of fraud.

Mr. Michael Howard [holding answer 1 February 1994] : A member of staff convicted of fraud would normally be dismissed.

DEFENCE

Gulf War (Soldier's Children)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from Gulf war veterans concerning the health of children fathered by soldiers who had served in Operation Granby.

Mr. Hanley : I have received no such representations.

Allivane International Group

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts his Department placed with Allivane International Group in 1988 for the storage on behalf of Royal Ordnance of explosives and magazine cartridges.

Mr. Aitken : No contracts were placed with Allivane International Group in 1988 for the storage of explosives and magazine cartridges on behalf of Royal Ordnance.

Desert Storm Syndrome

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will seek from the United States Department of Defence information submitted by United States service men on Desert Storm syndrome.

Mr. Hanley : The medical and scientific staffs of my Department are in close and continual contact with their United States Department of Defense counterparts and have made clear the United Kingdom desire to receive all relevant available evidence.

Artillery Shells (Fuses)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which United Kingdom companies his Department has purchased M739A1 and M131 fuses for artillery shells since 1984.

Mr. Aitken : My Department has not purchased any of these fuses since 1984.

Child Support Agency

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has on the number of service men and women, as to (a) officers and (b) other ranks who are threatened with discharge due to indebtedness arising from assessments made by the Child Support Agency.


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Mr. Hanley : Service personnel can be liable for discharge where their persistent indebtedness has caused inefficiency or led to indiscipline ; however, I am not aware of any instance where this has occurred as a consequence of an increased liability for child maintenance resulting from an assessment made by the Child Support Agency. Counselling is available to those who experience difficulty in managing debts and guidance will be given in dealing with creditors.

Photographs

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to buy or borrow photographs ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence curently has no plans, but would be willing to consult the hon. Member.

Paintings and Photographs

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) paintings and (b) photographs there are on the walls of his rooms.

Mr. Hanley : There are four paintings, three photographs and a print on the walls of the office in MOD main building of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.

RAF Machrihanish

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the current functions of Royal Air Force Machrihanish ; and if he will make a statement on those functions which are being withdrawn under his recently announced plans.

Mr. Hanley : The primary role of RAF Machrihanish is as a forward operating base available for activation at short notice for United States Navy maritime patrol aircraft assigned to SACLANT. Additionally, the station is used occasionally for training and exercises. The FOB role will remain but the activation time has been extended which will allow the introduction of a care and maintenance regime.

RAF Honington

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the intended functions of Royal Air Force Honington after the transfer of No. 13 Squadron to Royal Air Force Marham.

Mr. Hanley : RAF Honington will beecome the RAF Regiment depot when the RAF Regiment units relocate there from RAF Catterick and RAF West Drayton. It is planned that the airfield will be activated for use in exercises once or twice a year.

Policy Developments

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policy developments there have been over the past decade for the time scale as respects the information of Parliament on detailed policy developments within his Department ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Hanley : I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 8 December 1993, Official Report, column 296. It remains our practice to inform Parliament of policy and other relevant developments as soon as is practicable.

Territorial Army

Mr. Booth : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future of the Territorial Army in north London.

Mr. Hanley : We are continuing to re-examine the operational requirement for, and hence the size and shape of, the Territorial Army. We will make an announcement as soon as our proposals are formulated.

Special Advisers

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 December, Official Report, column 899, what are the particular qualifications, expertise or experience in the defence area of his special adviser Mr. Crispin Blunt.

Mr. Hanley : It is not our practice to comment on the qualifications, expertise or experience of my right hon. and learned Friend's special adviser.

Defence Expenditure

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of gross national product was spent on defence in the last year for which figures are available by (i) each NATO country, (ii) Japan, (iii) Switzerland, (iv) Finland and (v) Ireland.

Mr. Hanley : Details of NATO countries' defence expenditure in 1992 both in total, and as a proportion of gross domestic product, are contained in the 1993 Statement on the Defence Estimates (Cm 2270). Comparable information based on estimates published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies for Japan, Switzerland, Finland and the Republic of Ireland is set out in the table.


                    |Budget          |Per cent. of GDP                 
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Japan               |35,900,000,000  |1.0                              
Switzerland         |3,700,000,000   |1.5                              
Finland             |2,080,000,000   |1.9                              
Republic of Ireland |560,000,000     |1.2                              
For consistency with data in the SDE, non-NATO defence expenditures    
are shown in US Dollars.                                               

Mutual Weapons Development Programme

Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Britain and the United States of America set up the mutual weapons development programme ; what was the range of the programme ; why it was set up ; which United Kingdom Ministry of Defence establishments were involved ; and what is the current status of the programme.

Mr. Aitken [pursuant to his answer, 26 January, Official Report, c. 307] : Additional research has now produced some information on the mutual weapons development programme. This was a collaborative programme that arose from the authorisation by the US Congress in 1956 under the mutual security programme of


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financial support for R and D programmes of friendly countries. Information about this programme is limited, but investigation is continuing and I will write to the honourable Member as soon as this is complete.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

D-Day Landings

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what will be the role of Lowe Bell in arranging the programme of events to commemorate the D-Day landings on 6 June 1994 ; what consideration has been given to carrying out the work in-house ; what proportion of the total public expenditure on the programme of events is being paid to Lowe Bell ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sproat : The D-Day programme is primarily to commemorate the landings by the armed services. But, through a series of appropriate nationwide events, it will also mark the important involvement of the wider civilian population.

Lowe Bell was chosen, in open competition, to assist the DNH to co-ordinate and publicise these events, to stimulate new ideas for other events and to help organise them, and to raise private sponsorship. Through the DNH it will complement the work done by the MoD and the tourist board.

The public expenditure on the D-Day commemorations will be affected by the extent of private sponsorship, and by activities which the tourist boards, local authorities and other public bodies undertake. The proportion of this activity represented by Lowe Bell's fee is not yet known. Its fee, as has already been made public, is £62,500.

Arts (Business Sponsorship)

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will estimate the real levels of business sponsorship of the arts, and the percentage change, in each of the past 10 years.

Mr. Brooke : The Department of National Heritage relies on the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts to provide information on business support for the arts in the United Kingdom. To date, ABSA have carried out three annual national surveys which have identified the following expenditure by business on arts sponsorship :


             |£ million<1>|Increase/   |£ million   |Increase/                
                          |decrease    |(real       |decrease                 
                          |(Per cent.) |terms)<2>   |(Per cent.)              
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1990-91      |57.1        |-           |63.05       |-                        
1991-92      |<3>65.4     |+14.5       |67.91       |+7.70                    
1992-93      |57.7        |-11.8       |57.70       |-15.03                   
<1>These figures include business support through corporate membership.       
<2>Calculated to reflect the effects of general inflation as measured by the  
GDP deflator.                                                                 
<3>Includes sponsorship of two exceptional initiatives: the Japan Festival    
and the rebuilding of Glyndebourne opera house.                               

Listed Buildings

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what further proposals are being considered in public consultation on English heritage's forward strategy, which could involve a change in current responsibilities for grade II listed buildings outside London.


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Mr. Brooke : No change is proposed in current responsibilities for grade II listed building casework outside London. Various changes in notification procedures were, however, proposed in annex 8 of the consultation draft of Planning Policy Guidance Note 15 "Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas", copies of which are in the Library. The responses to the consultation are being considered.

HEALTH

Health Service Managers

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what was the salary of the general manager/chief executive of each health authority and hospital trust in each year since 1990-91 ; (2) if she will collect and publish the salary of the chief executive of each health authority and trust in England on 1 October 1993 and give the percentage increase over the preceding four years.

Dr. Mawhinney : Information on the individual salaries of health authority general managers and trust chief executives is not available centrally. General managers in regional, district and special health authorities and family health services authorities are paid on centrally- determined salary ranges. Their individual salaries are dependent on a variety of factors including personal performance against locally set targets. The current salary ranges are set out in "National Health Service Guidelines (HSG(93)58)", a copy of which is available in the Library. The salaries of trust chief executives are matters for trust boards ; information on their emoluments is included in annual accounts available locally. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 13 January that from 1 April 1994 each NHS authority and trust will be required to publish an annual report which includes information on the total emoluments of their general manager or chief executive.

GP Fundholders

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the employment conditions and the security of employment for nurses affected by the decision of fundholding general practitioners practices purchasing services from provider units many miles from normal catchment areas.

Dr. Mawhinney : This is a matter for local contractual arrangements between individual nurses and their employers.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the purchasing patterns of fundholding practices in the Macclesfield parliamentary constituency.

Dr. Mawhinney : In Macclesfield, as elsewhere, fundholders are using their purchasing power to achieve the highest standards of patient care whilst obtaining value for money for the national health service. Service improvements include the establishment of in-house clinics for dermatology and physiotherapy.


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Community Services

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about GPs obtaining community services for their patients from a considerable distance from their catchment area.

Dr. Mawhinney : General practitioner fundholders have the freedom to purchase the best possible health care for their patients from whichever provider unit they judge best. Fundholders must be able to satisfy the regional health authority that the contract offers value for money and a high-quality service for patients.

Ambulance Response Times

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the latest details of response times by ambulances to 999 calls for each of the health authorities or trust areas within England, and for England as a whole.

Mr. Sackville : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Mr. Porter) on 1 February at columns 601-2.

Clinical Effectiveness

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her policy of basing practice on clinical effectiveness will be implemented in those areas where knowledge of clinical effectiveness is of poor quality or lacking ; what steps she is taking to fill these gaps in knowledge ; and what efforts are being made to recruit, train and retain the staff needed to do this health service research.

Dr. Mawhinney : It is the responsibility of clinicians, in the first instance, to provide the most clinically effective interventions. The national health service research and development strategy aims to promote research into areas where there is a paucity of information and results should have greatest benefits. The research councils and universities take the lead in recruiting, training and retaining staff to carry out health services research, together with professional organisations and charities. The health departments work closely with these bodies with the aim of ensuring that there are sufficient trained researchers to meet the needs of the NHS.

Clothier Report

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to receive the findings of the Clothier report ; (2) if she will list the names of each individual giving evidence to the Clothier inquiry ; and if she will list the capacity in which each of them is taking part.

Dr. Mawhinney : We have now received Sir Cecil Clothier's independent inquiry report, which contains names and details of witnesses. The report will be published shortly and in full.

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the terms of reference of the Clothier inquiry ; what are the names and qualifications of those holding the Clothier inquiry ; and which parts of the Clothier report she will be placing in the public domain.

Dr. Mawhinney : Sir Cecil Clothier QC, a former health service commissioner, has chaired the independent


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