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Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who are the members currently appointed to the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Under the terms of the Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965 the Secretary of State may nominate four persons to the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The current nominees are :

Jack D. Denny

Mrs. Angela Gardner

Alexander D. Nicol

Mrs. Barbara Steele

Of the remaining 45 members of the council, 30 are elected by registered teachers and 15 are appointed by relevant bodies such as the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Cumbernauld development corporation.

Mr. Lang : From 1 January 1994 members of Cumbernauld development corporation board are as follows :

David M. Mitchell, CBE Chairman

Tom M. Barrie, JP Deputy Chairman

Professor John A. Dawson

Mrs. Rose Mary McKenna, JP

James Burnett


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John S. Moreland, OBE

Mr. P. G. Lockett

Robert R. C. Taylor

Ian R. Young

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Livingston development corporation.

Mr. Lang : From 1 January 1994 members of Livingston development corporation board are as follows :

Robert S. Watt, CBE Chairman

Councillor Brian A. Meek, OBE, JP Deputy Chairman

Mrs. Isobel Brydie, JP

Charles A. Boyle

Councillor William R. V. Percy

John S. Young

Ian Ivory

Councillor Keith Geddes

Gordon S. Milne

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who are the members currently appointed to the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Current membership of the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum comprises :

Mr. Neil Galbraith, Chairman

Miss May Barclay

Mrs. Elizabeth McGill

Mrs. Anna Smith

Mr. Alistair MacLachlan

Mr. Patrick Tobin

Mr. Bart McGettrick

Mr. Tom Burness

Dr. Ruth Jonathan

Dr. Richard Dennis

Dr. Mary Simpson

Mr. Richard Cummings

Mr. Hamish Ross

Miss Rosemary McDonald

M8 Kingston Bridge

Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about the safety of the M8 Kingston bridge in Glasgow ; what recent studies have been carried out ; what is the estimated cost of repairs ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Strathclyde regional council has responsibility for the Kingston bridge as local roads authority. The council has kept the Scottish Office informed over the last few years of the emerging problems of the bridge. The council has undertaken investigations into all aspects of the bridge and the approach roads. To date some £8.6 million has been spent on repairs, investigations and monitoring. The estimated cost of repairs to the bridge is £11.3 million with a further estimate of £25.7 million for repairs to the north and south approach roads.

Forestry

Dr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to receive the forestry review group's report.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 18 February 1994] : Forestry Ministers expect to receive the review group's advice soon.


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Homosexual Offences

Dr. Godman : To ask the secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the number of prosecutions of cases since December 1991 of consensual homosexual acts where (a) both of the participants were aged under 16 years, (b) where one of the participants was aged under 16 years and the other aged between 16 years and 18 years and (c) where one of the participants was aged under 16 years and the other aged between 18 years and 21 years ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) pursuant to his answer of 8 February, Official Report, column 180, since December 1991, how many prosecutions have been taken out of cases of consenting homosexual acts where both of the participants were over 16 years but one or both were under 18 years ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 21 February 1994] : Information is not held centrally on the ages of the participants involved in consensual homosexual acts involving one or more parties aged below 21 which have been the subject of a prosecution.

Salmon

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the meeting between the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, the hon. Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro), and the Norwegian Fisheries Minister to discuss the state of the European farmed salmon market.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 21 February 1994] : My honourable Friend the Minister for Agriculture and the Environment in Scotland had a very constructive meeting on Friday 18 February with Mr. Jan Olsen, the Norwegian Fisheries Minister. They agreed that the present market situation for salmon is a source of concern, and that outlook is also worrying due to the mismatch between production and what the European market can absorb. They also agreed that these problems ought to be addressed urgently by the respective industries.

In the light of these constructive exchanges my Department is taking steps towards bringing the respective industries together, initially on an informal basis. I hope that this will mark the start of a process aimed at addressing the imbalance between supply and demand.

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if Her Majesty's Government formally requested an extension of the minimum import price for salmon prior to the expiry of the safeguard action on 31 January ;

(2) if Her Majesty's Government have formally requested the European Union for a reimposition of a minimum import price of salmon since the expiry of the previous minimum import price on 31 January.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 21 February 1994] : No ; but on 5 February 1994 the European Commission reintroduced minimum import prices for salmon at slightly higher rates than those which had applied up to 31 January.

Forestry

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration the Forestry Review Group gave to the assertions and recommendations made in "Sustainable Forestry : The UK Programme" (Cm. 2429) when coming to its conclusions.


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Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 21 February 1994] : Ministers set up the Forestry Review Group to review the effectiveness of the current incentives for forestry investment, to review options for the ownership and management of Forestry Commission woodlands, and to make proposals which would improve the effectiveness of the delivery of the Government's forestry policy objectives, having regard to our other economic and environmental policies.

Our forestry policy objectives are set out in "Forestry Policy for Great Britain" which we published in September 1991. "Sustainable Forestry : The UK Programme" provides a comprehensive account of these objectives and of the action we are taking to achieve them.

Touche Ross

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department or any agencies for which he is responsible has engaged the services of the firm Touche Ross or any of its partners since 1 July 1993.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 2 February 1994] : The information requested by the hon. Member is lengthy and will take some time to prepare. I shall write to the hon. Member when the information is compiled and arrange for copies of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which appointments since 1979 to public bodies or posts for which he is responsible have included candidates nominated by the Chief Whip's office ; if any nominees by this source have been appointed ; and if he will give details.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 11 February 1994] : I refer the hon. Member to my answer to his question of 3 February 1994, Official Report, column 775.

Forestry

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide details of the names and business interests of all the current forestry commissioners ; how many hours each commissioner works each week on behalf of the commission ; and what is the salary of each commissioner.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 16 February 1994] : The information is as follows :

Chairman :

Sir Raymond Johnstone, CBE

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary : £34,060

Business interests :

President, Murray Johnstone Holdings Ltd.

Non-Executive Director, Murray Enterprise plc

Non-Executive Director, Murray Income Trust plc

Non-Executive Director, Murray International Trust plc

Non-Executive Director, Smaller Markets Trust plc

Chairman, Murray Split Capital Trust plc

Non-Executive Director, Murray Ventures plc

Also Non-Executive Director or Chairman of various companies wholly owned by the above Investment Trusts

Non-Executive Director, Alva Estates Ltd.

Chairman, Dominion Insurance Holdings Ltd.

Also Chairman of its wholly owned subsidiaries

Non-Executive Director, Glasgow Cultural Enterprise Ltd. Also of its wholly owned subsidiary

Chairman, Randotte (1992) plc.

Non-Executive Director, Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society Non- Executive Director, Southpark Flats Ltd.

Chairman, Summit Group plc


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Director General and Deputy Chairman : Mr. Robin Cutler Full-time Commissioner

Annual salary : In the range £64,307-£75,328 (Grade 2)

No business interests

Mr. Roger Bradley

Full-time Commissioner

Annual salary : In the range £51,360-£59,599 (Grade 3)

No business interests

Mr. David Foot

Full-time Commissioner

Annual salary : In the range £51,360-£59,599 (Grade 3)

No business interests

Mr. David Grundy

Full-time Commissioner

Annual salary : In the range £51,360-£59,599 (Grade 3)

No business interests

Miss Bridget Bloom OBE

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary : £6,320

Business interests :

Commissioner, Meat and Livestock Commission

Mr. Robin Grove-White

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary : £6,320

Business interests :

Director, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University

Director, Greenpeace UK

Mr. Gavin Laird CBE

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary : £6,320

Business interests :

General Secretary, Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union Governor, Atlantic College

Non-executive Director, Bank of England

Non-executive Director, Britannia Life

Non-executive Director, GEC Scotland

Member, London Committee of the Scottish Councilfor Development and Industry

Non-executive Director, Scottish Television

Non-executive Director, The Westminster Foundation for Democracy Mr. Terence Mallinson

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary £6,320

Business interests :

Non-executive Director, Suffolk Apple Juiceand Cider Company Ltd. Sir Michael Strang Steel Bt.Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary £6,320

Business interests :

Chairman and Non-executive Director, AlbaTrees plc

Manager, Philiphaugh Trust Estate

Mr. Charles Woosnam CBE

Part-time Commissioner ; annual salary £6,320

Business interests :

Consultant, Woosnam and Tyler, CharteredSurveyors and Land Agents Full-time commissioners work standard civil service conditioned hours of 42 hours per week, including lunch breaks. Part-time Commissioners work irregular hours with no fixed number of hours per week.


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