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Council chairman :
Mr. Alan Smith, MBE, FIPM, FBIM, FinstD
Members representing employers :
Ms Julie Mellor
Column 643Mr. 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. 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.
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. Michael Heron --Chairman, the Post Office.
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.
Column 644Mr. George Stevenson --Managing Director, Mathiesons Family Bakers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Chairmen |Chief executives ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 : 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.