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Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many applications under objective 3 for European funding for retraining have been submitted on behalf of areas of Wales ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Applications under objective 3 for European funding for Great Britain are submitted to the Department of Employment. Until the negotiations on the objective 3 plan to use European social fund resources throughout Great Britain have been concluded, it is not possible for the Department of Employment to approve any application for 1994.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he has received from the Countryside Council for Wales regarding an application to establish an opencast mine on the Selar grasslands site of special scientific interest ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Wyn Roberts : The Countryside Council for Wales has requested the Secretary of State to call in for his own decision the planning applications for an opencast site including the Selar farm grasslands site of special scientific interest. This request is now being considered.
Column 945some pharmacies which do not provide pharmaceutical services under the NHS, but the Welsh Office has no record of their numbers.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Our aim is to ensure that the public are provided with reasonable access to the full range of pharmaceutical services, and to take account of the cost to the taxpayer of providing pharmaceutical services.
Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those who responded to the consultation paper of the Further Education Funding Council for Wales on the funding of further education.
Sir Wyn Roberts : This is a matter for the Further Education Funding Council for Wales. I have asked the chief executive of the funding council to let the hon. Gentleman have the information he requires.
Column 946Mr. George Craig (Chairman)
Principal Establishment Officer, Welsh Office
Mr. Thomas Lloyd
Chairman, Historic Buildings Council for Wales (ex-officio) Professor Glanmor Williams
Chairman, Ancient Monuments Board for Wales (ex-officio) Mr. Tony Lewis
Chairman, Wales Tourist Board (ex-officio)
Mr. Clifford Evans
President , Wallace Evans and Partners
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will clarify the legislative basis on which his Department made the statement in a letter of 21 January to the chairman of Gwynedd education committee, that the primary responsibility for the provision of speech therapy services lies with health authorities ; in which guidelines these responsibilities are placed on health authorities ; and what steps he takes to monitor health authority performance of such responsibilities.
Sir Wyn Roberts : The general provision of speech therapy services is the responsibility of health authorities under the National Health Service Act 1977. The level of provision is a matter for health authorities to determine in the light of local need, competing demands and resources available. The performance of health authorities is monitored during the annual review process. In the case of a child who has a statement of special educational needs, his/her local education authority must secure any special educational provision which is required to meet those needs and is specified in the statement. Where such special educational provision includes speech therapy, this must be provided in accordance with the statement.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates he consulted the Welsh Language Board on the issue of allowing the use of the letter D as a symbol for learner drivers in Wales ; on what date he received a response from the board ; and when he expects to be in a position to make a statement on this matter.
Sir Wyn Roberts : My officials have had frequent informal discussions with officials of the Welsh Language Board since I announced last November that this matter is being reviewed. We will announce our conclusions as soon as possible.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will review the recent reports which have been compiled on the average attainment levels in Welsh school children between the ages of 11 and 13 years whose first language is English ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Pupil attainment arising from the 1992 pilot assessment exercise for end of key stage 3--14-year-olds--assessment in mathematics and science has been reviewed. A review of the attainments resulting from the 1993 tests for 14-year-olds was not possible because of the boycott by teachers. The outcome from this summer's statutory assessment for seven and 14-year-olds and the voluntary pilot exercise for 11-year-olds will provide information on pupil attainment in English, Welsh, mathematics and science.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what is the total estimated cost of the survey of school governors currently being undertaken by Touche Ross management consultants on behalf of the Welsh Office ; how many forms have been sent out ; and for what purpose the information is being sought ;
(2) when he intends to publish the information gathered through the survey of school governors undertaken by his Department ; and whether each subsection and possible answer will be comprehensively included in the publication ;
(3) if he will make it his policy that no disciplinary action will be taken against any school governor in Wales who refuses to fill in the survey of school governors questionnaire.
Sir Wyn Roberts : The cost of the survey of school governors in Wales is in the region of £40,000. Some 26,000 forms have been distributed to governing bodies in Wales. The survey will provide information on the background, experience, and work load of governors and will be of help to both the Welsh Office Education Department and local education authorities.
The results of the survey should be available in the summer. The exact form in which the results will be published has yet to be decided.
There is no question of any sanction whatsoever being taken against schools or governors who do not participate in the survey. Clearly the value of the survey is increased if as many governors as possible participate.
Sir Wyn Roberts : The scheme is shown in the 1993 supplement to "Roads in Wales" as unlikely to begin before April 1999. It will take about two years to complete. My right hon. Friend is reviewing strategic road needs in Wales and is considering the scope for bringing forward the more important improvements.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to increase annual payments to farmers in the existing environmentally sensitive areas in Wales ; and what plans he has to deregulate the amount of capital grant available for conservation works in the environmentally sensitive areas.
Column 948mountains extension and Lleyn peninsula ESAs shortly. Payment rates in these ESAs will be reviewed in 1996. The Cambrian mountains original ESA was revised in 1992 and will be subject to a payment review later this year. These payment reviews will include an assessment of the capital grant arrangements.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects the proposed new environmentally sensitive areas in Wales to be launched ; when the first agreements will start ; when the first payments will be made ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood : The new ESA schemes in Preseli and the Clwydian range will be open for application shortly. The first payments to farmers will be made six months after the signing of the first management agreements.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on planning policy guidance note 6 : "Town Centres and Retail Developments" ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is currently considering the advice of the Assembly of Welsh Counties on strategic planning guidance in Wales, including that on green barriers and belts.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the chairman of British Rail concerning the long-term future of the Wrexham to Bidston railway line ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all television advertising, newspaper advertising, radio advertising and other promotional campaigns with a budgeted cost in excess of £10,000 conducted by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies (i) in the current financial year and (ii) planned for 1994-95, showing for each the objectives and mechanisms for assessing the effectiveness of the advertising.
Children's Panel Recruitment
Press (£80,000) : Objectives--to attract caring, responsible adults, particularly men, from all socio-economic groups to apply to become panel members. Effectiveness measure--by number of responses received.
Television/Press (£46,000) : Objectives--to advise adults over 18 years and those who will come of age to complete the Electoral Registration Forms, and to encourage voters, particularly 18-year-olds and those who have moved home, to check for their names on the draft Electoral Registers. Effectiveness measure--by number of registrations in the annual autumn canvas.
Further and Higher Education Charter
Press, radio, outdoor posters (£86,000) : Objectives--to raise awareness of the Charter and to promote its take-up among students, particularly in the 16-20 year-old age group. Effectiveness measure--demand for copies ; research on response to be undertaken later this year.
Accessibility to the Scottish Office
Press (£150,000) : Objectives--to promote easy accessibility by members of the public to The Scottish Office through an enquiry telephone line. Effectiveness measure--pre- and post-campaign qualitative research into awareness of The Scottish Office and new telephone number.
Press (£27,000) : Objectives--to promote teaching as a profession, to recruit graduates and post-graduates, particularly in shortage subjects. Effectiveness measure--by response through a freepost coupon.
Drugs and Solvent Misuse
Television, booklet (Scottish element £130,000) : Objectives--to encourage parents to discuss the dangers of drugs and solvents with their children and to publicise a confidential helpline and advice booklet. Effectiveness measure--pre-campaign qualitative research, number of responses to helpline and booklets issued.
Television (£125,000) : Objectives--to alert householders to the dangers of failing to maintain smoke alarms. Effectiveness measure-- qualitative research to assess awareness of the commercial and response triggered to be carried out when campaign ends. Organ Donors
Television (63,000) : Objectives--to urge carriers of the donor card to advise their families of their wish to donate. Effectiveness measure-- research undertaken with the Scottish transplant community. Road Safety
Television (£250,000) : Objectives--to reduce child pedestrian road casualties by encouraging children to be more responsible and more safety- conscious. Effectiveness measure--qualitative research into campaign awareness.
Right to Buy
Column 950Television, Press (£300,000) : Objectives--to inform public sector tenants of the house purchase schemes available. Effectiveness measure--response for information booklet triggered by freephone number and coupon.
National Continence Week
Press, Bus interiors (£11,000) : Objectives--to publicise National Continence Week and to encourage those suffering from incontinence to contact the helpline. Effectiveness measure--response to the telephone helpline.
Offshore Europe exhibition
Exhibition stand (£35,000) : Objectives--to promote Government schemes of financial assistance and advice available to existing and potential exporters to stimulate and support business growth in Scotland. Effectiveness measure--number of visitors to the stand and resultant follow -up enquiries.
Exhibition stand (£40,000) : Objectives--to assist in business transactions between Scottish companies and visiting international representatives, and to promote Government assistance to Scottish companies. Effectiveness measure--number of visitors to the stand and resultant follow-up enquiries.
Details of the advertising campaign programme for my Department for 1994-95 have not yet been finalised.
Promotion of Properties
Television, Bus Sides, printed material (£260,000) : Objectives--to increase the number of visitors to Historic Scotland's properties and to increase the income raised from visitors and from the hiring out of properties for functions, events and filming. Effectiveness measure-- achievement of targets set within the overall advertising and marketing strategy.
Details of the advertising initiatives for 1994-95 have not yet been finalised.