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Mr. Boateng : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Attorney-General and if the legality of the procedures by which he is seeking to reform the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board was discussed at that meeting.
Mr. Maclean : The Home Secretary and the Attorney-General meet regularly. Their last formal bilateral meeting was on 21 September 1993. It is not the practice to disclose what matters are discussed when they meet.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people held in (a) Haslar and (b) other detention centres have refused food for more than one day in the past year ; what discussions are held with such individuals ; and if he will make a statement.
In the period 10 May 1993 to 10 March 1994 the numbers of detainees who have refused food for three days or more in Immigration Service detention centres are as follows :
|Number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Campsfield House<1> |21 Harmondsworth |7 Queens Building, Heathrow |1 |--- Total |29 <1> Since its opening on 29 November1993. TCW940314050 |1979-1989 |Since 1989 (a) Awaiting parliamentary |- |Second Channel approval |Tunnel Rail Link |Crossrail |Croydon Tramlink (b) Awaiting construction |- |Birmingham |Western Orbital |Route |West Coast Main |Line (c) Under construction |Jubilee Line |Ashford |Extension |International |Station |Heathrow Express
Each case is handled on its merits, but it is made clear to detainees that they are not assisting their cases by taking such action.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the removal of Sammy Davis from Britain ; what response he gave to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the hon. Member for Islington, North ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Representations about the deportation of Mr. Sammy Davis were received from a noble Lord, four hon. Members, eight Members of the European Parliament, 14 organisations and 20 members of the public. Nevertheless, my right hon. and learned Friend decided that in all the circumstances the decision to deport Mr. Davis was correct. The reasons for this decision were fully explained to the hon. Member and to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants before Mr. Davis left the United Kingdom on 8 March.
Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the inter-departmental racial attack group last met ; who is represented on the group ; and when the group is next scheduled to meet.
The group is chaired by the Home Office and draws members from the Home Office, the Scottish Office, the Department of the Environment, the Department for Education, the Department of Health, the Crown Prosecution Service, the legal secretariat to the Law Officers, and representatives from the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Metropolitan police and the Commission for Racial Equality. In addition, other groups and individuals will be invited to contribute to the working of the group as circumstances and subject matter dictate.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what current regulations and restrictions there are for prohibiting the flying of a foreign national flag from a building other than the embassy which is the property of the country concerned ; and if he will make a statement.
Provisions in the Town and Country Planning Act (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 permit the flying of the national flag of any country, provided it is on a single, vertical flagstaff and displays no advertisement or subject matter additional to the flag's design. If the flagstaff is not vertical, it may require planning permission. If any building to which the flagstaff is attached is statutorily "listed", it may require listed building consent.
My right hon. Friend has no proposals to amend these provisions.
Mr. Harvey : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list those transport projects involving public/private partnerships, initiated since 1989 which (a) await parliamentary approval, (b) have been approved but are not yet t (a) await parliamentary approval, (b) have been approved but are not yet to begin construction, (c) are under construction or (d) are completed or opened.
1979-1989 Since 1989
(a) Awaiting parliamentary --
approval Second Channel Tunnel Rail Link
Column 506(b) Awaiting construction -- Birmingham Western Orbital Route
West Coast Main Line
(c) Under construction Jubilee Line Extension Ashford International Station
15 bypasses completed :
A5 Chirk Bypass
A6 Burton Latimer Bypass
A6 Quorn-Mountsorrel Bypass
A16 Louth Bypass
A30 Zelah Bypass
A35 Axminster Bypass
A41 Whitchurch Bypass
A43 Blisworth Bypass
A47 Eye Bypass
A65 Draughton Bypass
A134 Fornham St. Martin Bypass
A418 Leighton Linslade Bypass
A516 Etwall Bypass
A595 Hensingham Bypass
A650 Drighlington Bypass
14 bypasses completed :
A3 Liphook-Petersfield Bypass
A3 Milford Bypass
A5 Little Brickhill Bypass
A5 Telford-Shrewsbury Bypass
A6 Market Harborough Bypass
A16 Ludborough Bypass
A16 Stickford Bypass
A27 Brighton and Hove Bypass (Patcham-Coldean)
A47 East Dereham-North Tuddenham Bypass
A47 Norwich Southern Bypass (Contracts 1, 2, 3 and 4)
A66 Bowes Bypass
A523 Macclesfield Relief Road Bypass
A420 Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor Bypass
A602 Little Wymondley Bypass
8 bypasses completed :
A27 Crossbush Bypass
A27 Westhampnett Bypass
A39 Wadebridge Bypass
A41 Berkhamsted Bypass
A41 Kingslangley Bypass
A339 Basingstoke Northern Bypass (Stage 3)
A595 Egremont Bypass
A596 Wigton Bypass
5 bypasses planned to complete :
A19 Easingwold Bypass
A52 Ashbourne Relief Road Bypass
A65 Burley in Wharfedale Bypass
A564 Foston, Hatton, Hilton Bypass
A568 Widnes Eastern Bypass (North)
10 bypasses planned to complete :
A5 Fazely--Two Gates Bypass
A17 Leadenham Bypass
A17 Wigtoft--Sutterton Bypass
A27 Brighton & Hove Bypass (Kingston--Hangleton)
A30/A39 Indian Queens--Fraddon Bypass
A46 Leicester Western Bypass
A249 M2--Iwade Bypass Improvement
A417 Brockworth Bypass
A428 Bedford Southern Bypass
A435 Norton--Lenchwick Bypass
subject to successful completion of statutory procedures and the availability of funds.
(2) what is the current estimate for the costs of rail privatisation for the forthcoming financial year.
Mr. Freeman : Planned expenditure by my Department, the Office of the Rail Regulator, and the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising for 1994- 95 is £28.9 million. British Rail's and Railtrack's estimates of costs associated with reorganisation are a matter for them. The breakdown of this estimate is given in the following table :
Expenditure on rail |Staff and |External |Total privatisation |internal costs |consultants |(£ million) 1994-95 |(£ million) |(£ million) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Department of Transport |2.0 |12.0 |14.0 Office of the Rail Regulator |3.8 |1.6 |5.4 Office of Passenger Rail Franchising |3.6 |5.9 |9.5 |--- |28.9
Mr. Norris : The responsibility for the safety regulation of United Kingdom civil aviation rests with the Civil Aviation Authority. It is for the authority to determine the requirements for passenger safety equipment. In the past five years my Department has received the following representations on the subject of smokehoods :
|Number -------------------------------------------------------------- Transport Select Committee Meetings |3 Early Day Motions |3 Parliamentary Questions |17 Letters from Members of Parliament |23 Letters from the public/smokehood manufacturers |8 Meetings between DOT Ministers and Interested parties |2
Mr. Andrew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 23 February, Official Report, columns 244-45, whether the public service obligation grant to British Rail was taxed (a) in the year to 31 March 1992 and (b) in the year to 31 March 1991.