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Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has on the latest refugee movements from Sudan.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : There are now about 176,000 registered southern Sudanese refugees in Uganda, including 64,000 in the main influx area of Koboko. About 100 new refugees are currently arriving each day. It is understood from local representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Uganda that substantial numbers are walking south towards the border and will cross into Uganda in the next couple of months.

We are watching these developments with concern and have already provided more than £500,000 worth of assistance to non-governmental organisations working in the affected area.


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Slovakia

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been given under the know-how and the Poland and Hungary Assistance for Economic Restructuring funds to Slovakia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Between 1990 and 31 December 1992, when the Czechoslovak Federal Republic was dissolved, the know-how fund committed £15.1 million to the Federal Republic.

Since 1 January 1993, the know-how fund has approved over 80 projects in Slovakia costing £4.9 million in the banking and finance ; employment and small business ; environment ; good government ; and management and education sectors. EC PHARE has committed 128 million ecu to Slovakia since 1990 covering enterprise restructuring and development ; banking and finance ; environment ; agriculture ; infrastructure ; and human resource development.


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Angola

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the present position regarding the supply and security of humanitarian aid in Angola.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : In United Kingdom financial year 1993-94 we have allocated £10 million of humanitarian aid, mostly to provide food, seeds and tools and health supplies. Our assistance is channelled through United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations, which are responsible for ensuring that it reaches its intended beneficiaries.

Recent breaches of the informal ceasefire have temporarily interrupted badly needed relief flights to certain cities. In the meantime peace talks between the Government and UNITA continue in Lusaka. We are encouraging both sides to reach an early agreement, which will allow wider and more effective distribution of humanitarian relief and the recovery of the economy.


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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Overseas Aid

Mr. Burden : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects which have received Overseas Developoment Administration assistance since 1983 have involved (a) AMEC plc, (b) British Gas plc, (c) J. Henry Schroder Wragg and Co. Ltd., (d) Department of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde, (e) Kleinwort Benson Group plc, (f) British Aerospace plc, (g) Sir William Halcrow and Partners Ltd., (h) High Point plc, (i) Biwater Ltd., (j) Samuel Montagu, (k) George Wimpey plc, (l) National Grid Company, (m) North West Water group, (n) Rolls-Royce India Ltd., (o) London Regional Transport, (p) GEC Alsthom, (q) Mott McDonald and (r) John Brown plc ; and what were the dates, locations and value of each project.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd [holding answer 16 February 1994] : Table 1 provides available data under our regular country programmes (excluding aid and trade provision, which is centrally managed) on contracts undertaken direct


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by ODA with United Kingdom firms as part of technical co-operation covering contracts on-going in 1991 and new contracts since that date involving the named companies. Data on all projects since 1983 is not available centrally and could only be assembled at disproportionate cost.

Table 2 provides data on aid and trade provision projects which have received Overseas Development Administration assistance since 1983 involving the named companies. For ATP projects details of the banking institutions involved are not part of centrally maintained information and could be assembled only at disproportionate cost. For aid other than technical co-operation and ATP, contracts are placed with United Kingdom firms by overseas Governments or their institutions and not by ODA ; our financial aid is made to the recipient country government as a contribution to the cost of these contracts. Information on which United Kingdom firms received these contracts is not maintained centrally in ODA. Such information could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.


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Table 1                                                                                                                                                        

Projects which have received ODA technical co-operation assistance                                                                                             

on-going in 1991 and involved listed companies                                                                                                                 

Company project                                                                |Country            |Start date         |Value                                  

                                                                                                                       |£                                      

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British Gas plc                                                                                                                                                

Gas distribution phase I and II                                                |Indonesia          |1 December 1986    |2,225,913                              

Ankara natural gas                                                             |Turkey             |3 January 1990     |206,785                                

Twinning British Gas/Calcutta Gas                                              |India              |3 June 1991        |323,196                                

                                                                                                                                                               

J. Henry Schroder Wragg & Co.                                                                                                                                  

Privatisation in Poland (Tonsil), (Fampa), (Metal Mill, Warszawa), (Krosno)    |Poland             |1 August 1990      |225,000                                

Privatisation of Wielkopolski Bank Kredytowy (WBK): Poznan                     |Poland             |5 March 1992       |551,500                                

Advice on mass privatisation: Adviser to Minister                              |Hungary            |15 March 1993      |550,000                                

Advice on accelerated privatisation                                            |Hungary            |29 September 1993  |500,000                                

                                                                                                                                                               

Kleinwort Benson Group plc                                                                                                                                     

Stab fund call down consultancy                                                |Poland             |27 October 1993    |480,000                                

                                                                                                                                                               

Sir William Halcrow & Partners plc                                                                                                                             

Mini hydros study                                                              |Indonesia          |4 September 1987   |115,464                                

Medamit 2 hydroelectric project                                                |Malaysia           |24 August 1990     |244,000                                

West coast road phase II-appraisal and design study-stage B                    |St. Lucia          |26 June 1991       |94,463                                 

Mini hydros                                                                    |Indonesia          |11 March 1992      |1,210,195                              

Port of Klaipeda: Marine operations expert to port authority: Lithuania        |Former Soviet Union|10 November 1992   |15,520                                 

Environmental management consultant: Dnipro river: Ukraine                     |Ukraine            |14 June 1993       |43,593                                 

National water plan water resources management strategy                        |Zimbabwe           |15 July 1993       |20,051                                 

                                                                                                                                                               

Biwater Ltd.                                                                                                                                                   

Cairo wastewater: Contract 18                                                  |Egypt              |17 August 1992     |1,449,610                              

                                                                                                                                                               

Samuel Montagu                                                                                                                                                 

Privatisation of ONT Carpati SA and Ursus SA: Consultant adviser               |Romania            |17 March 1992      |658,445                                

Privatisation (Tarom): Consultant adviser                                      |Romania            |28 January 1993    |414,000                                

St. Petersburg investment fund                                                 |Former Soviet Union|25 May 1993        |136,700                                

Voucher privatisation in St. Petersburg (management)                           |Former Soviet Union|21 June 1993       |1,400,000                              

St. Petersburg investment fund management project (Pifcorp) phase II           |Russia             |11 October 1993    |900,000                                

                                                                                                                                                               

National Grid Company                                                                                                                                          

Polish Power Grid Company                                                      |Poland             |10 November 1991   |20,850                                 

Electric utility twinning: Transmission system                                 |Poland             |7 September 1992   |90,600                                 

Electric utility twinning: System operation and control                        |Poland             |7 September 1992   |187,400                                

Assistance to power grid: Utility collaboration agreement                      |India              |23 December 1993   |85,970                                 

                                                                                                                                                               

North West Water Group                                                                                                                                         

Water resource utilisation modelling project                                   |Malaysia           |15 March 1990      |47,006                                 

Punjab urban development: Lahore twinning and technical assistance: Phase II   |Pakistan           |17 October 1990    |1,869,006                              

Cairo wastewater operational support                                           |Egypt              |15 August 1991     |129,487                                

                                                                                                                                                               

GEC Alsthom                                                                                                                                                    

Training operations assistance for AZFC beneficiation operations-                                                                                              

W. Sabaeya phosphate mine (GEC)                                                |Egypt              |9 June 1991        |218,900                                

Modifications to beneficiation plant-W. Sabaeya phosphate mine                 |Egypt              |18 March 1992      |494,974                                

                                                                                                                                                               

Mott McDonald                                                                                                                                                  

Sukkur barrage rehabilitation                                                  |Pakistan           |1 September 1985   |795,279                                

Non Kelli Kabusha irrigation studies                                           |Sudan              |4 June 1986        |213,900                                

Northern region irrigation rehabilitation Kelli Sayal                                                                                                          

and Kabushia rehabilitation phase II IM                                        |Sudan              |14 June 1986       |262,300                                

Karachi leak detection training                                                |Pakistan           |10 August 1988     |130,749                                

Sukkur main canal control and telecommunication system                         |Pakistan           | 1 May 1989        |253,556                                

Qinghe pollution control                                                       |China              | 7 June 1989       |381,836                                

Mayfair and Claw dams-Phase II and III                                         |Zimbabwe           |23 October 1989    |532,083                                

Right bank outfall drain: River Indus                                          |Pakistan           |16 November 1989   |1,726,732                              

Deep tubewells: Extended phase                                                 |Bangladesh         |13 March 1990      |3,900,000                              

Nile water resources management                                                |Egypt              |28 August 1990     |217,500                                

Project co-ordinator technical assistance to the roads department              |Botswana           |28 September 1990  |30,700                                 

ATP project appraisal: Engineering services agreement                          |United Kingdom     |14 December 1990   |Agreed                                 

                                                                                                                       |fee rates                              

Assistance to Shanghai water supply company                                    |China              |19 December 1990   |256,472                                

Beijing metro modernisation third party inspection                             |China              |14 January 1991    |25,000                                 

FAP north west regional study: Main study                                      |Bangladesh         |11 March 1991      |1,402,493                              

Short study for assess future needs and rehabilitation of electrical workshops                                                                                 

and laboratories                                                               |Egypt              | 1 July 1991       |39,305                                 

Waste disposal: Kumasi                                                         |Ghana              |11 July 1991       |432,608                                

Shanghai telecommunications factory 520: Project monitoring                    |China              |19 November 1991   |31,204                                 

Kiev region food project: Meat sector                                          |Former Soviet Union| 1 February 1992   |399,000                                

Kiev region food project: Overall management and co-ordinator sector           |Former Soviet Union| 1 February 1992   |115,300                                

Left bank outfall drain: Reassessment study                                    |Pakistan           |24 March 1992      |32,800                                 

Kiev region food project: Livestock sector                                     |Former Soviet Union|23 June 1992       |308,467                                

Shanghai environmental project                                                 |China              |19 November 1992   |2,385,748                              

Improvement of food quantity, quality and availability in Russia               |Former Soviet Union| 4 December 1992   |566,000                                

Road rehabilitation in Niassa and Zambia: Pre-appraisal expert on labour in    |Mozambique         |30 April 1993      |45,606                                 

Madras Environmental Twinning: Sludge disposal consultancy                     |India              |30 April 1993      |117,138                                

Left bank outfall drain-Operation and maintenance planning                     |Pakistan           | 6 September 1993  |95,000                                 

Drobex technical consultant-Poultry processing                                 |Poland             | 1 October 1993    |5,470                                  

Contract administration and management-Short course                            |Botswana           |17 November 1993   |24,340                                 

Assistance to the roads department: Project co-ordinator                       |Botswana           |26 November 1993   |27,304                                 

Appraisal of feeder roads                                                      |Mozambique         |19 January 1994    |52,936                                 

Ankara metro monitor                                                           |Turkey             |21 January 1994    |102,128                                

Limpopo railway rehabilitation phase III: Technical assistance to BMS          |Mozambique         | 1 March 1994      |1,065,000                              


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Aid and trade provision projects since 1983 and involved listed companies                                                                                                                    

Country                    |Project                   |Company                   |Date agreement            |Export value              |ATP value                                            

                                                                                 |concluded with            |(£ million)               |(£ million)                                          

                                                                                 |overseas government                                                                                        

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Turkey                     |Natural Gas Conversion    |AMEC International        |5 May 1988                |68.000                    |58.700                                               

                                                      |Construction                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Turkey                     |Ankara Natural Gas Project|British Gas               |1986                      |0.350                     |0.350                                                

                           |Study                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Caribbean                  |BAE 748 Aircraft (LIAT)   |British Aerospace         |28 May 1985               |10.336                    |3.838                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Malaysia                   |Rural Water Supply Scheme |Biwater International     |29 August 1986            |194.000                   |59.460                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Sri Lanka                  |Hill Country Water        |Biwater International     |29 December 1988          |6.084                     |2.129                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

China                      |Yue Yang Power            |GEC Alsthom               |6 August 1991             |0.953                     |0.450                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Kenya                      |Kipevu Power Station      |John Brown Engineering    |29 August 1986            |7.618                     |1.959                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

China                      |Shengli Power Plant       |John Brown Engineering    |17 March 1987             |14.913                    |4.247                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Panama                     |Gas Turbine Power Station |John Brown Engineering    |30 October 1987           |14.222                    |6.727                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

China                      |Chongquing Power Station  |John Brown Engineering    |17 May 1988               |21.595                    |6.500                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Philippines                |Gas Turbines Power Station|John Brown Engineering    |2 May 1989                |37.500                    |13.125                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Morocco                    |Gas Turbines              |John Brown Engineering    |2 February 1990           |18.564                    |7.276                                                

British Virgin Islands

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer on 15 February column 683-84 if he will place in the Library a


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paper which breaks down the expenditure on each aid project in the British Virgin Islands in each year from 1988-89 to 1992-93.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : I have placed a paper containing this information in the Libraries of both Houses.


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WALES

Arts Council

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales who are the members currently appointed to the Welsh Arts Council.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The current membership of the Welsh Arts Council is :

Mr. Mathew Prichard, CBE (Chairman)

Mr. David J. B. Lewis, (Vice Chairman)

Mrs. Sherilyn Bankes

Ms Jane Davidson

Mr. Meirion Edwards

Lord Elis-Thomas

Mr. Peter Griffiths

Mr. Hugh Hudson-Davies

Mrs. Caroline Ireland

Mr. R. Gerallt Jones

Mr. Robert Maskrey

Professor Gwyn Thomas

Mr. H. Tregelles Williams

Mr. David T. Williams

The Welsh Arts Council is a committee of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Appointments to the Welsh Arts Council are made by the Arts Council of Great Britain, with the approval of the Secretary of State for Wales.

These arrangements will change on 1 April 1994 when the Arts Council of Wales will replace the Welsh Arts Council. Appointments to the Arts Council of Wales will be made by the Secretary of State for Wales.

Periodontal Diseases

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish figures to indicate the change in incidence of periodontal diseases in the Welsh population between 1990 and 1993.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information requested is not available centrally. Information on the incidence of periodontal disease is collected in a United Kingdom survey carried out every 10 years. The last report "Adult Dental Health" covered the years up to 1988 and is held in the Library of the House.

Dental Services

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of five-year-old children in Wales had experience of dental decay (a) in 1990 and (b) in 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : Information is available from the biennial survey of five-year-olds in Great Britain conducted by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. The most recent survey related to the financial year 1991-92 when 60 per cent. of five-year-old children in Wales had experience of dental decay. The figure for 1989, the date of the previous survey, was 57 per cent.

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table indicating for five-year-old children for (a) 1991 and (b) the most recent date for which information is available, the average number of teeth suffering from dental decay, analysed by region for Wales.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : The latest available information, which relates to the financial year 1991-92, is given in the


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following table. The figures are taken from the biennial survey of five-year-olds in Great Britain conducted by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.


Average number of teeth with  

dental decay in five-year-old 

children                      

                |Number       

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Clwyd           |1.43         

East Dyfed      |2.09         

Gwent           |2.31         

Gwynedd         |1.44         

Mid Glamorgan   |2.10         

Pembrokeshire   |1.49         

Powys           |1.39         

South Glamorgan |1.67         

West Glamorgan  |2.08         

                |--           

Wales           |1.92         

Survey of School Governors

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how it is feasible for a school governor, who sits on the board of governors of more than one school, to answer accurately the provisions of section 4 of the survey of school governors being organised by his Department.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The questionnaire that governors have been invited to complete recognises from the outset that some governors sit on more than one governing body. In order to minimise the burden on such governors, they have been asked to complete one questionnaire only. Clearly the answers so obtained are less accurate than if the governors had filled in forms in respect of each school.

School Holidays

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to change the pattern of school holidays in Wales.

Sir Wyn Roberts : None. This is a matter for local education authorities and the governing bodies of grant-maintained schools.

Physical Education A-levels

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the difficulties facing A-level students studying physical education through the medium of Welsh, and for whom no Welsh language examination papers are available ; how such a position has arisen ; and what steps are being taken to avoid such problems in the future.

Sir Wyn Roberts : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Ceredigion and Pembroke, North (Mr. Dafis) on 14 February. Additional representations have been received from parents of two pupils.

The position has arisen as a result of the decision by the Associated Examinations Board--AEB--to withdraw its temporary arrangement with the Welsh Joint Education Committee to assess pupils taking GCE A-level physical education examinations through the medium of Welsh. I understand that agreement has been reached between the two bodies on the arrangements for 1994.


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Staff Loans

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the schemes his Department operates to assist staff facing financial hardship following a transfer, showing (a) the particular criteria and rules applying to each one, including the circumstances under which any loans can be written off, (b) the total amount loaned or granted under the schemes in 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94 and (c) the number of staff assisted in 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94.

Mr. Redwood : Advances of salary are made to departmental staff on permanent and compulsory transfer for direct house purchase. Such loans are advanced mostly when staff move to a higher-priced housing area or when, because of individual circumstances, they would not otherwise be able to move home. Staff must take the maximum mortgage they can afford, loans are limited to half of the annual salary of the staff concerned except those posted to London who can obtain an extra £1,000 if they would be limited to less than £9,500. Loans must be repaid within 12 years of the date of transfer with deferment of repayment not later than four years from the date of transfer. Staff must also contribute the net proceed of sale of the old property. Loans are also subject to the following conditions :

the advance is repayable on demand :

if the borrower ceases to be a civil servant, the outstanding balance will be recoverable at once or if necessary be taken from any payments due to him or her, including pension benefits ;

and if completion of purchase is not made, the advance will be repaid immediately.

There were four loans approved in 1992-93 with a total value of £41,201 and two in 1993-94 with a total value of £4,715.

Contracting Out (Pension Rights)

Mr. Henderson : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance he has issued about the effect of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 on the transfer of pension rights in services in his Department which are subject to contracting out.

Mr. Redwood : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 18 February 1994 by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at column 1010.

Electricians and Engineers

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the level of skill training in electricians and engineers in Wales.

Mr. Redwood : We have taken account of several labour market surveys which underline that the engineering industry, including electrical engineering, employs over a third of the Welsh work force, and that skills shortages exist. We are introducing modern engineering apprenticeships with £3.6 million of Welsh Office funding in 1994-95 in order to work with employers in improving the supply of young people qualified to national vocational qualification level 3.


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Public Bodies

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what remuneration in terms of salaries, company cars or other benefits are given to each individual appointed to each of the Welsh non-departmental public bodies.

Mr. Redwood : Remuneration, where applicable, for members of Welsh executive NDPBs is shown in "Public Bodies : Appointments by the Secretary of State for Wales" which is in the Library of the House. Appointees are entitled to reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses incurred in carrying out the appointment.

Schools Inspectors

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on Welsh Office circular 64/93 regarding inspection of schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Welsh Office circular 64/93, which provides advice on procedures under the Education Act 1993 to be followed when a school is identified as requiring special measures, was issued as a draft for consultation to local education authorities and other interested organisations in November 1993. Three responses were received which mainly sought clarification on the role of the office of Her Majesty's chief inspector of schools in Wales, the monitoring of action plans and timescales. The final circular, issued in January, was amended to include fuller details on these points. Only one school, Glasbury-on-Wye in Powys, has to date been identified as requiring special measures. It is due to distribute its action plan by 26 March.

Inward Investment

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to study the recently published report on inward investment and industrial innovation in Wales prepared by the centre for advanced studies at the university of Wales in Cardiff.

Mr. Redwood : I have read the report with interest.

Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales where members of the public can view or obtain audited accounts of each grant- maintained school.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The governing body of each grant-maintained school in Wales must ensure that each year's audited accounts are available at the school for inspection by any member of the public.

Housing (Weather-proofing)

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional housing moneys he will make available to Alyn and Deeside to make older housing stock warmer, draught-proof and damp-proof and capable of withstanding the impact of severe cold weather ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : It is for the council to determine its local priorities for such repair and improvement from the resources it has available.


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Habitats

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what actions he will take or policy changes he will make to implement the requirements of European Union directive 92/43 EEC on the conservation of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The Government are committed to implementation of the habitats directive. The Government set out their proposals in a public consultation paper issued in October, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, and will introduce whatever measures it considers necessary to comply with the requirements of the directive.

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional financial resources he will make available in Wales to implement the European Union directive--92/43/EEC--on the conservation of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The directive will be implemented in Wales within planned financial resources.

Religious Education

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement about religious education in schools in Wales.

Sir Wyn Roberts : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) on 14 February.

Moel Findeg Country Park

Mr. Hanson : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will review the decision not to grant the Clwyd county council application for 100 per cent. supplementary credit approval for the Moel Findeg country park scheme in Clwyd.

Sir Wyn Roberts : No.

Forestry

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current estimated area of forestry land ; what the figure was in 1980 ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : There are currently 248,000 hectares of forestry land in Wales ; and there were 232,000 hectares in 1980.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 3 February, Official Report, column 866, for which sites of special scientific interest he refused a section 29 order under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and on what dates ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The two sites of special scientific interest which have been refused a section 29 order are :


Site            |County         |Date of refusal                

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

Clegir Mawr     |Gwynedd        |19 March 1986                  

Llandegla Moor  |Clwyd          |12 August 1987                 

Regional Development Funding

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the reasons for his decision not to include Wales among those regions for which the British Government sought objective 1 status within the European Community ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The United Kingdom Government included Wales among the regions for which objective 1 status was sought early last year, but the European Commission decided not to accept the case.

Railways

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss with British Rail the desirability of retaining all existing stations on the main rail link to Fishguard following proposals for closure of Barry Port and other stations on the Swansea to Carmarthen stretch ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : I understand from British Rail that there are no proposals for closing any station on the line.

Llandudno Pavilion

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assistance the Welsh Office will be offering to Llandudno following the burning down of the old pier pavilion ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The building is privately owned and its future is a matter for the owners. No request for Welsh Office assistance has been received.

Ministerial Instructions

Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the occasions since 1979 when Ministers have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections.

Mr. Redwood : From records currently available, formal directions have been issued on the following occasions : In October 1985 and in April 1988.

A55

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to construct a bridge over the A55 to link Pinfold lane south and north ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : A scheme to provide a bridge over the A55 to link Pinfold lane south and north and Northop hall is currently being designed in detail. Subject to the outcome of the necessary statutory procedures it is intended to start work on the scheme in 1995.

Cadw

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the grants paid by Cadw in Ynys Mo n for the last three years, giving (a) the address of the property, (b) the amount of the grant, (c) the purpose for which the grant was made and (d) whether the propery is a private property or open to the public.


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