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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Column 410by 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.
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 |£ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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
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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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
Column 412paper which breaks down the expenditure on each aid project in the British Virgin Islands in each year from 1988-89 to 1992-93.
Mr. Mathew Prichard, CBE (Chairman)
Mr. David J. B. Lewis, (Vice Chairman)
Mrs. Sherilyn Bankes
Ms Jane Davidson
Mr. Meirion Edwards
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.
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.
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.
Column 414following 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 ------------------------------ 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
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.
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.
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.
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 : 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Site |County |Date of refusal ---------------------------------------------------------------- Clegir Mawr |Gwynedd |19 March 1986 Llandegla Moor |Clwyd |12 August 1987
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.