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Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the sum realised from the sale of Cumbernauld airport.
Mr. Stewart : The airport was advertised for sale by Cumbernauld development corporation in 1993. Two formal offers were received and the development corporation sold the airport at a price of £71,000 to the existing operator and sitting tenant. The new owner is legally bound for the next 10 years to repay to the corporation any financial gains achieved from a change in use of the airport or 50 per cent. of any financial gains if the new owner extends at his cost the runway within five
Column 342years from the date of sale. These conditions are intended to ensure that the new owner continues to operate and develop the airport for the benefit of the Cumbernauld area.
Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total cost of constructing Cumbernauld airport.
Mr. Stewart : A grass-surfaced airstrip was constructed by Cumbernauld development corporation in the 1950s. Information about the costs of construction and minor improvements in the period to 1986 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. In 1987 the corporation constructed an asphalt runway, apron and taxi-ways, hangarage and terminal buildings at a cost of £2.27 million, £0.97 million of which was provided by the European regional development fund.
Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total income received by each district council from the sales of council houses in each of the past five years ; what percentage of these have been reclaimed by his Department, and what is the projected figure, from each council, for the building of new council housing in the next financial year.
Lord James Douglas Hamilton : The following table gives details of district council receipts from the sale of council houses for the years 1988-89 to 1992-93. The Department does not reclaim any such receipts.
Information on the numbers of new council houses which district councils plan to build in the next financial year is not held centrally.
£ million |1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Berwickshire |1.264 |0.860 |0.705 |0.824 |0.988 Ettrick and Lauderdale |1.686 |1.631 |1.020 |0.936 |1.018 Roxburgh |2.225 |1.626 |1.184 |1.401 |1.260 Tweeddale |0.532 |0.581 |0.346 |0.315 |0.527 Clackmannan |3.668 |3.889 |2.762 |2.461 |3.273 Falkirk |11.963 |10.241 |8.301 |8.302 |10.604 Stirling |4.716 |5.714 |4.748 |4.691 |5.678 Annandale and Eskdale |1.891 |2.418 |1.796 |1.762 |2.193 Nithsdale |3.824 |2.876 |1.953 |1.890 |2.288 Stewartry |0.861 |0.950 |0.675 |0.931 |0.988 Wigtown |1.249 |1.003 |1.054 |1.233 |2.367 Dunfermline |8.187 |7.993 |6.186 |5.517 |5.261 Kirkcaldy |6.752 |7.515 |6.982 |7.247 |6.991 North East Fife |2.901 |3.958 |2.224 |2.778 |2.529 Aberdeen |8.328 |7.964 |9.596 |10.047 |18.989 Banff and Buchan |3.465 |3.275 |2.729 |4.007 |4.919 Gordon |1.073 |1.709 |1.897 |2.683 |2.984 Kincardine and Deeside |0.860 |0.718 |0.853 |1.442 |2.048 Moray |4.238 |4.693 |3.196 |3.933 |3.813 Badenoch and Strathspey |0.612 |0.807 |0.390 |0.516 |0.471 Caithness |0.819 |0.452 |0.505 |0.487 |0.812 Inverness |1.985 |3.111 |2.705 |2.446 |3.839 Lochaber |1.389 |1.858 |1.700 |1.266 |1.348 Nairn |0.245 |0.277 |0.367 |0.453 |0.470 Ross and Cromarty |1.353 |1.346 |1.633 |2.469 |3.135 Skye and Lochalsh |0.346 |0.199 |0.400 |0.334 |0.398 Sutherland |0.420 |0.362 |0.327 |0.706 |0.730 East Lothian |10.633 |8.239 |5.545 |6.849 |6.271 Edinburgh |21.016 |27.512 |23.952 |18.923 |13.956 Midlothian |7.123 |6.585 |5.854 |3.951 |3.855 West Lothian |5.904 |9.709 |6.293 |5.608 |7.471 Argyll and Bute |1.635 |2.369 |2.898 |3.818 |3.226 Bearsden and Milngavie |0.605 |0.943 |1.319 |1.057 |0.820 Clydebank |4.355 |4.689 |5.964 |4.539 |4.855 Clydesdale |3.742 |4.415 |2.191 |2.180 |2.287 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |1.787 |1.744 |1.130 |1.348 |1.439 Cumnock and Doon Valley |2.624 |2.043 |1.589 |1.945 |2.243 Cunninghame |7.714 |9.658 |6.458 |5.724 |4.917 Dumbarton |4.775 |6.915 |4.758 |2.802 |4.319 East Kilbride |1.028 |0.881 |0.645 |0.625 |0.774 Eastwood |0.895 |0.787 |0.731 |0.334 |0.720 Glasgow |29.199 |45.912 |46.957 |41.513 |39.163 Hamilton |7.870 |10.427 |9.317 |6.473 |10.166 Inverclyde |2.510 |3.138 |2.922 |3.498 |5.000 Kilmarnock and Loudoun |6.184 |7.317 |3.850 |4.059 |4.037 Kyle and Carrick |8.015 |8.195 |5.983 |5.395 |6.921 Monklande |6.452 |10.853 |8.306 |6.256 |9.661 Motherwell |9.531 |11.530 |12.600 |9.383 |10.415 Renfrew |13.306 |15.964 |11.584 |10.432 |11.984 Strathkelvin |5.513 |4.474 |3.358 |3.808 |4.228 Angus |4.096 |3.837 |2.999 |3.809 |3.306 Dundee |8.120 |14.661 |18.405 |11.007 |9.392 Perth and Kinross |4.999 |6.147 |5.369 |5.537 |5.835
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 17 December, Official Report , column 1025 , when he expects to make an announcement on the public inquiry into the spent fuel store at Torness.
Mr. Stewart : I have nothing to add to my earlier answer.
Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who are the present members of the Boundary Commission for Scotland ; and for what terms they have been appointed.
Mr. Lang : The members of the Boundary Commission for Scotland are :
Madam Speaker, ex-officio, Chairman.
The Hon. Lord Davidson--appointed as deputy chairman by the Lord President of the Court of Session on 25September 1985 and subsequently re-appointed.
Professor Urlan A. Wannop--appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland on 6June 1983 and subsequently re-appointed.
Mr. Adam R. Napier--appointed by the Secretary of State on 2 May 1985 and subsequently re-appointed.
Column 344The appointed member's terms of office expire on 31December 1996.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if child care provision or payments for the cost of child care or care of infirm relatives will be made available for participants on the community action volunteers scheme.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : I have been asked to reply.
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service Agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mrs. Maria Fyfe, dated 9 February 1994 :
The Secretary of State for Employment has asked met to reply to your question to the Secretary of State for Scotland about Community Action as this programme is being delivered by the Employment Service.
Column 345In line with other Employment Service programmes, there are no specific arrangements to provide child care or expenses to cover the cost of child care or care of infirm relatives for Community Action participants.
Community Action is, though, a part-time programme consisting of a minimum of 18 hours work experience and three hours jobsearch activity each week. This allows some flexibility in participation and programme providers are encouraged to exercise this flexibility in order to allow people with caring responsibilities to attend. At their discretion, providers are able to make child care facilities available to participants. A part of the payment made to providers can be used as a contribution for this purpose.
Participation in the programme is, though, in all cases, voluntary.
I hope this is helpful.
Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what initiatives his Department have undertaken to reduce bureaucracy for businesses in Scotland.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 7 February 1994] : The Scottish Office, in common with all Government Departments, actively pursues the objectives of the deregulation initiative. These include the removal or streamlining of regulations which add to business costs and threaten competitiveness. It is intended that the regulatory burden on business be as light as possible without reducing important standards of protection for individuals, business or the environment. The current main elements of the deregulation initiative include the publication of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill. Details of other measures are contained in a variety of booklets published by, and available from, the Department of Trade and Industry deregulation unit. Copies have also been placed in the Library.
Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many landowners in Scotland are receiving annual payments under the arable area payments scheme in the latest financial year of (a) up to £100,000, (b) between £100,000 and £500,000, (c) between £500,000 and £1,000,000 and (d) over £1,000,000 ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 8 February 1994] : Under the arable area payments scheme in the current financial year, 9,401 payments of up to £100,000 were made to Scottish producers and a further seven payments of between £100,000 and £500,000. There have been no payments in excess of £500,000.
Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases payments to farmers and landowners under the arable area payments scheme have been withheld or recovered in Scotland ; what is the amount of money withheld or recovered in each case ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 8 February 1994] : Every case in which payments have to be withheld or recovered, for whatever reason, is examined very carefully and applicants have an opportunity to comment before a final decision is taken. This means that it is only possible to provide very provisional figures at this stage. Over 20
Column 346cases have so far been reduced or withheld entirely but there are further cases still under consideration. These figures exclude penalties for late applications and adjustments made following corrections notified by the applicant under the special arrangements which applied in 1993 for dealing with genuine errors in the completion of the IACS forms. The total amounts withheld in individual cases vary considerably.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish figures for the number of terminations of pregnancies occurring in Scotland in 1992 (a) by age, (b) by district health authority and (c) by gestation and the numbers being carried out within and outside the national health service.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 8 February 1994] : The information requested is published in "Scottish Health Statistics 1993", which is available in the Library of the House.
Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Archbishop of Glasgow, in respect of a meeting to discuss the implications for Roman Catholic schools of local government reorganisation ; and what response he has made.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 8 February 1994] : My right hon. Friend and I have corresponded on a number of occasions with the Roman Catholic Church authorities, including the Archbishop of Glasgow, about representations which the Church has made about local government re-organisation and we have indicated our willingness to meet to discuss matters further.
Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who are the members currently appointed to the Security Commission.
Mr. Waldegrave : The members of the Security Commission are : The right hon. the Lord Lloyd of Berwick (Chairman)
The right hon. Lord Justice Butler-Sloss (Alternative Chairman) Sir John Blelloch, KCB
Lieutenant General Sir Derek Boorman, KCB
Sir Christopher Curwen, KCMG
Lord Tombs of Brailes
Sir Patrick Wright, GCMG
Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who are the members currently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Advertising.
Mr. Waldegrave : The current membership of the Advisory Committee on Advertising is :
Mr. Brian Nicholson (Chairman)
Mr. Charles Auld
Mrs. Anne Ferguson
Column 347Mr. Howard Mann
Mr. John Mellon
Mr. Eric Nicoli
Mr. Nick Phillips
Mr. Richard Spelman
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the subjects on which the Office of Public Service and Science or its predecessors answered parliamentary questions but which are not referred by him to an executive agency.
Mr. David Davis : Next steps agency chief executives would usually be asked to reply to parliamentary questions about the day-to-day operational matters of their agency and on subjects for which they have delegated responsibility, as set out in their agency's framework document.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will consider allowing hon. Members to seek advice from parliamentary counsel on the drafting of parliamentary Bills which have been duly presented to the House.
Mr. Newton : I have been asked to reply.
I refer the hon. Member to the letter I sent him on 10 January.
Mr. Rooker : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list those topics on which it is not his practice to answer parliamentary questions ; and if he will list any recent changes in the practice of his Department.
Mr. Waldegrave : There has been no change from the practice of this and previous Administrations, as described on page 292 of the current edition of "Erskine May".
Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many employees were judged to be guilty of fraud in his Department in each year since 1989 ; and how many were dismissed.
Mr. Waldegrave : In the Departments and agencies for which I am responsible, and in other areas which fall to the Cabinet Office vote, the figures are :
|Employees |Employees |judged to be |dismissed |guilty of fraud ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1989 |Nil |- 1990 |<1>Nil |- 1991 |2 |1 1992 |Nil |- 1993 |2 |2 <1>Two loaned officers were included in the response of their parent Department.
Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his Department's policy for dealing with employees found guilty of fraud.
Mr. Waldegrave : Employees found guilty of fraud in my Departments are dealt with under their disciplinary procedures and where appropriate the criminal code. The disciplinary procedures provide for a range of penalties including dismissal.
Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of the National Film and Television School.
Mr. Brooke : The current governors of the board of the National Film and Television School are :
Mr. David Puttnam (Chairman)
Mr. Andy Allan
Ms Moria Armstrong
Lord Brabourne CBE
Ms Barbara Grigor
Ms Linda James
Ms Sue Lawley
Mr. Gus MacDonald
Mr. Frank McGettigan
Mr. Jonathan Powell
Ms Sarah Radclyffe
Mr. Alan Sapper
Ms Noella Smith
Mr. Brian Tesler CBE
Ms Christine Walker
Mr. Charles Wesoky
Mr. Michael William-Jones
Mr. Euryn Ogwen Williams
Mr. Will Wyatt
Mr. Alan Yentob
Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the regional councils for sport and recreation.
Mr. Brooke : I appoint seven members of each of the regional councils for sport and recreation, including the chairman and one vice- chairman. The current appointees are :
Sam Stoker (Chairman)
Michael Berry (Vice-Chairman)
Steve Cram MBE
Mrs. Joan Harrison
Ms Irene Lucas
Jim Cochrane CBE (Chairman)
Richard Greenwood (Vice-Chairman)
Councillor Marie Birkenhead
Yorkshire and Humberside
David Oxley OBE (Chairman)
Brigadier Dennis Shuttleworth (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs. Stephanie Park
Professor Margaret Talbot OBE
Andrew Hancock (Chairman)
Chris Simpson (Vice-Chairman)
Ms Eileen Langsley