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Mr. Aitken : My Department has contracted to sell 62 Jet Provost aircraft in the current financial year. In the same period 87 engines, six tip tanks and 10 trollyaccs have been sold. Prices are commercial in confidence.
Column 517aircraft sold in the current financial year ; what flying time was left to each aircraft under existing operational rules ; and what price was received for each aircraft.
Mr. Aitken : Type 3A, type 4 and type 5A Jet Provost aircraft have been sold in the current year. Jet Provost aircraft are not lifed in hours but by a fatigue index factor which is based upon the operational conditions under which the aircraft are flown ; and these will determine further flying life. The prices are commercial in confidence.
Germany pays 8.977 per cent. of costs, on the UN scale of assessment, towards peacekeeping operations. In 1993 its assessment for UNPROFOR was $489.8 million. Total humanitarian aid to the former Yugoslavia for the period January 1993 to 16 February 1994 donated by Germany to UN agencies, according to the latest UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs figures, is $25,318,046. There are no German military personnel serving in the former Yugoslavia. We do not have details of German civilian personnel.
Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current level of direct financial contributions to the NATO organisation by each of the member countries ; and what is proposed for future years.
Mr. Hanley : The nearest available airfield which could be used as a flying base for the ATC is RAF Henlow. However, this would not necessarily be a practical alternative since the volunteer gliding schools are regional in character, and RAF Henlow is well outside the catchment area for the local ATC and combined cadet force units.
Column 518(2) for how many years the ATC has flown aircraft from RAF Halton.
Mr. Hanley : Military flying has taken place at Halton for 82 years. It was first used by the Army between 1912 and 1981 ; since then, it has been used for RAF operational flying. The ATC has flown aircraft from RAF Halton for 46 years.
Mr. Lidington : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give his Department's estimate in decibels of the noise nuisance caused to local residents of aircraft flying from RAF Halton ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hanley : Over a two-week period last year, monitoring equipment positioned on the property of those complainants most affected by noise from flying at RAF Halton revealed that aircraft operations increased the average background noise by up to 8dB(A).
Mr. Davidson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were tested for HIV/AIDS in each of the last four years ; what factors he has taken into consideration for deciding whether such tests should be made compulsory and regular ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hanley : Information on the number of service personnel tested for HIV is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In accordance with stated Government policy, there is no compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of service personnel, but those who consider themselves to be at risk are encouraged to undergo voluntary testing.
Mr. Hanley : My Department is at present considering the introduction of compulsory random drug testing to supplement existing measures to deter service personnel from drug abuse ; the Army conducted trials last year to examine the procedures involved.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of freephone and freepost facilities currently being operated by his Department ; how much these facilities are costing ; for what purposes these facilities are being used ; and how much his Department has spent on operating freephone and freepost facilities in each financial year since 1979.
A freepost address is used by the armed forces to enable potential recruits to respond to regular and reservist recruitment campaigns. The cost of this service could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The forces aerogramme can be posted free of charge to and from service personnel serving in designated operational areas and their next of kin. Since 1986, the
Column 519annual cost of this facility has been some £220,000. Earlier financial information is not available. During the Gulf crisis, this figure rose to £1,400,000. The most recent figure available, for the financial year 1992-93, is £262,000 reflecting increased usage as a result of operations in the former Yugoslavia.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women who formerly served with (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force and who were dismissed from the service because they were pregnant have received compensation by way of industrial tribunals finding for them ; what were the individual sums paid ; what is the total sum paid so far to claimants ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hanley : As at 8 March 1994, 1,790 women--350 Royal Navy, 686 Army, 754 RAF--who were dismissed from the services on the grounds of pregnancy had received compensation from the Ministry of Defence to the value of £7,575,912. Such payments have resulted from industrial tribunal awards but most payments followed acceptances by claimants of MOD offers of compensation. To identify individual sums paid could be done only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of outstanding cases due to be heard by the industrial tribunals concerning claims for compensation by women who were dismissed from the service because they were pregnant ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hanley : Some 2,000 cases concerning claims for compensation by women who were dismissed from the services on the grounds of pregnancy remain to be settled and some 1,200 of these are currently listed for hearing at industrial tribunals.
Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions personnel from the Britannia royal naval college in Dartmouth have hunted with the Britannia Beagles Association during duty hours for each year since 1989 ;
(2) if he will make a statement about the benefits to officers' training of hunting with dogs ;
(3) if he will list the number of officers of each rank who have hunted with the Britannia Beagles Association during duty hours, in each of the last five years.
Although beagling, like all other recreational activities, is not part of the BRNC Dartmouth training curriculum, and is not therefore undertaken by personnel while on normal duty, members of the Britannia Beagle Association may, if they wish, run with the beagles during compulsory sports afternoons, which are aimed at developing character and promoting fitness, or during off-duty hours. Records are not maintained by my Department of the number of officers who have hunted with the Britannia Beagles Association, whether during compulsory sports afternoons or during off-duty hours.
Mr. Hanley : My Department has received a number of inquiries about phosphorus objects which have been washed ashore in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man in recent years. Some of these suggested that the objects may originate from the former Beauforts Dyke explosives dumping site. Subsequent Ministry of Defence investigations have been unable to identify the origin or purpose of these objects except that our records show that no phosphorus objects were ever stored at Beauforts Dyke.
Dr. Reid : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 8 March, Official Report, column 202, if he will list, from information publicly available, his Department's civilian establishments, their locations and the number of people they each employ.
Dr. Reid : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 8 March, Official Report, column 202, if he will list, from information publicly available, the United Kingdom's home military bases, their locations and the number of service personnel based and civilians employed at each of them.
14. Mr. Richards : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the failure of parts of Colwyn borough to get approval for objective 5(b) status under the EU structural funds.
Sir Wyn Roberts : I am disappointed that we secured a smaller than hoped for objective 5(b) coverage for Clwyd in spite of a long and hard struggle with the Commission. At a very late stage the Commission insisted on changes to the population basis on which the discussions were being conducted. As a result, reductions had to be made to the United Kingdom's proposals. Within Wales, Colwyn was considered by the Commission to present the weakest case for objective 5(b) status.
Column 521improving access to markets ; and ensuring a good supply of development land and facilities for industry and commerce. The continuing success of this strategy should enable average earnings in Wales to increase still further.
16. Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consideration he has given since April 1992 together with the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to ways of improving the system of government of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Redwood : Non-departmental public bodies in Wales are accountable to Parliament--as we have seen in recent months. I report to the House on money and policy, and the accounting officer on regularity.
Column 522departmental Ministers. Within the framework of the guidelines covering relocations, every effort is made to attract civil service jobs to Wales.
Mr. Redwood : Figures on GNP are not available below United Kingdom level. GDP however is available for 1991, which showed Mid Glamorgan at £5,883 compared with Wales £7,218. The estimates tend to understate output in areas where people commute elsewhere for their work.
27. Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he transferred the funding of the disabled facilities grant from the supplementary credit allowance to the basic credit allowance.
Column 523Department ; how much these facilities are costing ; for what purposes these facilities are being used ; and how much his Department has spent on operating freephone and freepost facilities in each financial year since 1979.
Mr. Redwood : A total of £31,465 is expected to be spent on freephone and freepost facilities in 1993-94. This expenditure is related to citizens charter activities and the provision of information on the council tax and on agriculture grant applications. Information on such expenditure in previous years is not readily available.
|£ per pupil |£ per pupil |Nursery/Primary<1>|Secondary<1> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |1,486 |2,243 Dyfed |1,807 |2,164 Gwent |1,479 |2,226 Gwynedd |1,673 |2,430 Mid Glamorgan |1,476 |2,300 Powys |1,911 |2,088 South Glamorgan |1,494 |2,144 West Glamorgan |1,794 |2,403 Wales |1,590 |2,256 <1>LEA and grant-maintained schools.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information is held by his Department on the number of schoolchildren who have been vaccinated in schools as part of the school health service.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Complete information on the number of school children vaccinated as part of the school health service is not available centrally. However information on the number of children aged five to 15 vaccinated in any setting in Wales is given in the table. All information relates to the financial year 1992-93.
Number of children aged five to 15 who: Vaccinated against |Completed a primary|Received a booster/ |course |reinforcing dose -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Diphtheria |369 |5,591 Tetanus |455 |16,106 Pertussis |98 |<1>- Polio |471 |16,622 MMR<2> |1,221 |<1>- BCG (tuberculosis) |<3>15,442 |<1>- Single antigen rubella<4> |11,122 |<1>- <1> Denotes not applicable. <2> Measles, mumps and rubella. <3> Includes children aged one to four. <4> Females only, aged 15 and under.
Column 524its new distribution depot at Magor, Gwent ; over what period the grant will be paid ; and in how many instalments of what value ; (2) what job creation or other criteria need to be met by Tesco plc at its new distribution depot at Magor, Gwent, in order to receive the grant offered to it by his Department.
Mr. Radice : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many agency chief executives in his Department are currently paid more than £82,925, excluding performance-related bonuses ; and whether such chief executives were recruited directly to their present post from outside the civil service.
Mr. Roy Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many miles of motorway are currently (a) open, (b) under construction and (c) planned in Wales either (i) as new motorway or (ii) as existing motorway being widened.
(a) Open--77 miles
(b) Under construction--7 miles
(c) Planned--15 miles (new)
12 miles (widening of existing).
Mr. Redwood : Information relating to the numbers of bottle banks and amounts of glass collected by local authorities has been published in the 1992 series of the "Environmental Digest for Wales". Definitive information on other aspects of recycling will not be available until all authorities finalise their recycling plans under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Details of the information requested are not held centrally. However, the major neurosurgical units at Morriston hospital and the University hospital of Wales, Cardiff, have multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams for neurosurgical conditions, including brain injury. These regional centres also treat local patients. Neurosurgical patients from north Wales go to Walton hospital, Liverpool. Post-acute rehabilitation may take place closer to patient's homes, in local hospitals or in the community, but information on local provision is not held centrally.