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Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment who are the members currently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The members currently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities are :

Council chairman :

Mr. Alan Smith, MBE, FIPM, FBIM, FinstD

Members representing employers :

Ms Julie Mellor


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Mr. Roger Spoor, OBE, RD, DCL(Hon), DL, FCA

Mr. Alan Wild, BA(Hons), MIPM

Members representing workers :

Mr. William Anderson, BSc(Econ), FLA

Mr. Richard Exell

Mr. Peter Gallant, BSc, ARCS, C Chem, FRSC

Independent members :

Professor Ian Bruce, BSocSC, FBIM

Mr. John Denholm

Dr. Ann Fingret, MBBS, MFOM

Sir Peter Large

Mr. Peter MacDonald

Mr. Bert Massie, OBE

Dr. Clive Morton, OBE, CEng, MICE, MIPM

Mr. Tim Pape , BSc

Ms Susan Scott-Parker, BA

Ms Dianah Worman

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment who are the members currently appointed to the Health and Safety Commission.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Health and Safety Commission has a chairman, Mr. Frank Davies, and nine members : Eddie Carrick, Christopher Chope, Paul Gallagher, Peter Jacques, Nigel Pitcher, Geraldine Schofield, Rex Symons, Alan Tuffin and Dame Rachel Waterhouse.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment who are the members currently appointed to the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The current members of the Equal Opportunities Council are as follows :

Ms Kamlesh Bahl--Chairwoman

Mrs. June Bridgeman--Deputy Chairwoman

Ms Noren Bray--Director, Good Relations Limited

Lady Brittan--Deputy Chair, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Ms Anne Gibson--National Officer, MSF

Ms Bernadette Hillon--National Women's Officer, USDAW

Mrs. Barbara Kelly--Partner in mixed dairy farming enterprise Mr. Clive Mather--Director of Personnel and Administration, Shell UK Limited

Miss Anne Watts--Equal Opportunities Director, Midland Bank Ms Cecilia Wells--Consultant in Human Resources

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment who are the members currently appointed to the National Council for Vocational Qualifications.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The members currently appointed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to the National Council for Vocational Qualifications are as follows :

Chairman--

Mr. Michael Heron --Chairman, the Post Office.

Members--

Mr. John Barnes --Senior Lecturer in Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. John Capey OBE --Principal, Exeter College.

Professor Raymond Cowell --Vice-Chancellor, the Nottingham Trent University.

Mr. David Gwyther --Chairman, Somerset Training and Enterprise Council.

Mr. Peter Hill --Ex-Managing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Mr. John Hillier (ex-officio member) --Chief Executive, NCVQ. Ms Prudence Leith OBE --Managing Director, Prudence Leith Ltd. Mr. Kevin Lyden --Managing Director, Shotton Paper Company Ltd. Mr. Leif Mills --General Secretary, Banking Insurance and Finance Union.

Mr. John Randall --Director, Professional Standards and Development Directorate, the Law Society.

Ms Ruth Silver --Principal, Lewisham College.

Dr. John Spece OBE --Chairman, Training and Employment Agency, Belfast.


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Mr. George Stevenson --Managing Director, Mathiesons Family Bakers.

Immigrants (Employment)

Sir Michael Neubert : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he next expects to meet his European counterparts to discuss the prospects for employment of legal immigrants from outside the Community.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State next expects to meet his European counterparts at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on 19 April 1994. A range of employment matters will be under discussion in the context of the follow up to the White Paper on "Growth, Competitiveness and Employment". Commissioner Flynn's Green Paper on social policy, which makes passing reference to improving employment opportunities for legal immigrants, may also be discussed.

Union Levies

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to meet the Trades Union Congress general secretary to discuss union levies ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I have no plans for a meeting to discuss union levies. A trade union does not need a political fund levy unless it wishes to spend money on electoral or other party political activities.

Pathfinder Career Service

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what factors have prevented the signing of contracts with tenderers for the Pathfinder career service ; and what steps he is taking to overcome them.

Miss Widdecombe : Negotiations with organisations tendering to provide careers services are progressing well.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many contracts have now been signed with tenderers for the Pathfinder careers service ; when any outstanding contracts will be signed ; and if it is his policy that all the career services where tenders were received will be contracted out to tenderers ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : The negotiations are of a commercial nature and are being treated in confidence. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will announce those organisations with which he will contract when negotiations are finalised.

Outdoor Education Centres

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects to start the inspection of outdoor education centres ; and when the first report will be available.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Health and Safety Executive and local authorities both inspect outdoor activity centres, including outdoor education centres, as part of their routine work. The special programme of visits to outdoor activity centres will start on 1 April 1994 as the outdoor pursuit season gets under way. I will let the House know immediately if any areas of significant concern emerge. A report of the findings of the visits will be made available in spring 1995.


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Skill Centres

Mr. Simpson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the record of the skill centres in the east midlands since privatisation.

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 14 March 1994] : The Employment Department has not contracted with the former skill centres since privatisation.

Former skill centres which have delivered Government training programmes under contract to training and enterprise councils will have been subject to the same financial and quality assurance checks as other providers.

Beyond this, the Employment Department has not undertaken any specific assessment of their record in the east midlands.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Air Miles

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance exists for the use of free air miles accrued by civil servants on official business.


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Mr. David Davis : It has recently been decided that the benefits of frequent fly and similar schemes deriving from expenditure on official business should be used only for official travel or forgone. Departments have been asked to issue guidance to their staff to implement that decision.

Public Interest Immunity Certificates

Mr. Darling : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public interest immunity certificates he has signed in each year since 1990.

Mr. Waldegrave : None.

Research Councils

Mr. Waterson : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress he can report in making senior appointments to the new research council system.

Mr. Waldegrave : The appointments procedure has been completed. From 1 April 1994 the part-time non-executive chairmen and full-time chief executives of the six research councils will be :


                                                       |Chairmen                         |Chief executives                                                   

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council |Sir Alistair Grant               |Professor Tom Blundell FRS                                         

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council      |Dr.Alan Rudge, OBE, FRS, FEng    |Professor Richard Brook,OBE                                        

Economic and Social Research Council                   |Dr. Bruce Smith,OBE              |Professor Howard Newby                                             

Medical Research Council                               |Sir David Plastow                |Sir Dai Rees, FRS                                                  

Natural Environment Research Council                   |Mr. Robert Malpas,CBE, FEng      |Professor John Krebs, FRS                                          

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council        |Dr.Peter Williams, CBE           |Professor Kenneth Pounds, CBE,FRS                                  

The councils will be under the general direction of Sir John Cadogan, CBEHon, FEng, FRS, the first Director General of Research Councils. Sir John and the chairmen and chief executives will have a vital role. They will be working together to implement the Government's strategy for science engineering and technology as set out in the 1993 White Paper "Realising our Potential"--Cm 2250.

Parliamentary Answers

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions he has knowingly offered incomplete information in an answer to a parliamentary question ; and on what subjects.

Mr. Waldegrave : I answer parliamentary questions on the basis set out in paragraph 27 of "Questions of Procedure for Ministers". I also seek to comply with the Speaker's guidance on the need for brief answers to oral questions.

PRIME MINISTER

Scott Inquiry

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Prime Minister whether it will be for Lord Justice Scott to decide on the timing of the publication of his report.

The Prime Minister : As I said when I announced the terms of reference for the inquiry, Official Report, 16 November 1992, columns 74- 75, Lord Justice Scott will be entirely free to decide on the publication of his report. The inquiry will report to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.


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Tigris and Euphrates Valleys

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with President Clinton during his visit to the United States from 27 February to 1 March on malnutrition-related disease in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.

The Prime Minister : We are in regular contact with the United States about Iraqi issues in general.

Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 15 March.

The Prime Minister : This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House I shall be having further meetings later today.

Public Interest Immunity Certificates

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Prime Minister if he will instruct the relevant Department to place in the Library copies of all telexes made the subject of public interest immunity certificates in the case of Mr. Lorrain Osman ; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : No. It would not be in the public interest to disclose the contents of classified documents concerning the international relations of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Darling : To ask the Prime Minister how many public interest immunity certificates he has signed in each year since 1990.


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The Prime Minister : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith) on 3 March 1994, Official Report, column 803.

Constituency Visits

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Prime Minister how much notice his Office gives to hon. Members prior to visits made to hon. Members' constituencies.

The Prime Minister : My Office contacts all hon. Members whose constituencies I visit as part of my regional tours. In the light of security arrangements which have to be made for these visits, advance notice for hon. Members may have to be restricted to 24 hours.

Council of Europe and Western European Union

Dame Peggy Fenner : To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the information bulletin on the activities of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of Western European Union, which has been sent to him.

The Prime Minister : I have done so.

TRANSPORT

Driving School Agency

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he is undertaking a review of the number, status or distribution of locations at which the Driving Standards Agency has a presence ; (2) how many whole- time equivalents staff were in post in the Driving Standards Agency (a) at 1 April 1993 and (b) currently ; if he will give their locations ; and how many of these staff are affected by the market testing of booking and finance functions.


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Mr. Key : Responsibility for the subject of these questions has been delegated to the Driving Standards Agency under its chief executive, Dr. S. J. Ford. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Dr. S. J. Ford to Mr. Jim Cousins, dated 14 March 1994 :

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to the questions you have raised about certain of DSA's operations.

PQ 1563/93/94

You asked about DSA staffing levels both at 1 April 1993 and currently, and how many of these staff would be affected by the market testing of booking and finance functions.

The Agency currently employs 1,829 full time equivalent staff, this compares with a total of 1,810 at 1 April 1993. These staff are located across GB at the Agency's headquarters in Nottingham, 10 regional offices and a network of nearly 500 test centres. The staff who are affected, directly or indirectly, by the market test are those identified in the attached schedule. (The figures quoted are for December 1993, but there has been no change since then.) PQ 1577/93/94 224

You also asked whether a review of Driving Standards Agency locations is being undertaken. The Driving Standards Agency has a continuing responsibility to deliver its service in the most cost-effective way. In this context, I have a responsibility to keep the number, status and distribution of its operating locations under constant review.

I recently wrote to Members of Parliament with a constituency about the planned closure of 22 of DSA's 486 driving test centres. No further closures are planned, although the Agency must continue to review its network to meet business and demographic changes. The principal activity of its ten regional offices is booking driving tests. This operation is currently the subject of a market testing exercise. It is not possible at this stage to anticipate the result of the market test, but a possible outcome could be a change in the number and location of the offices required to deliver the service.


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