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Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what is the area of each individual environmentally sensitive area in England already designated or to be designated in 1994 ;

(2) what is the area of each individual environmentally sensitive area in England already designated or to be designated, estimated to be eligible for management agreements ;

(3) what is the area of each individual environmentally sensitive area in England already under management agreements at the most recent date for which accurate figures are available ;

(4) how many farmers are estimated to be eligible for participation in each individual environmentally sensitive area in England already designated or to be designated in 1994 ;

(5) how many farmers had entered into agreements in each individual environmentally sensitive area in England at the most recent date for which accurate figures are available ;


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(6) what was or is the total budget for management agreements for all environmentally sensitive areas in England for the years 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96.


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Mr. Jack : Statistics relating to the 16 existing ESAs and the six to be designated this month are given in the tables.


Table 1-Uptake ESA                                                                                                                          

                                             |Total area(ha)    |Eligible area (ha)|Area under man-   |Number ofcurrent                     

                                                                |(estimate)        |agement agreement |management agree-                    

                                                                                   |(ha) (March 1994  |ments (March 1994                    

                                                                                   |provisional)<2>   |provisional)<2>                      

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Stage I (designated 1987, relaunched1992)                                                                                                   

Broads<1>                                    |36,100            |24,000            |14,623            |718                                  

Pennine Dales                                |46,600            |39,100            |24,276            |692                                  

Somerset Levels and Moors                    |27,700            |25,900            |12,492            |841                                  

South Downs<1>                               |69,000            |51,700            |10,430            |200                                  

West Penwith                                 |7,200             |6,900             |6,051             |185                                  

                                                                                                                                            

Stage II (designated 1988, relaunched 1993)                                                                                                 

Breckland<1>                                 |94,000            |51,600            |4,625             |125                                  

North Peak                                   |54,900            |50,500            |44,709            |100                                  

Clun<1> (formerly called Shropshire Borders) |21,400            |18,900            |14,565            |220                                  

Suffolk River Valleys<1>                     |43,600            |32,600            |8,513             |405                                  

Test Valley<1>                               |4,800             |3,300             |849               |29                                   

                                                                                                                                            

Stage III (designated1993)                                                                                                                  

Avon Valley<1>                               |5,200             |3,800             |490               |26                                   

Exmoor                                       |80,700            |67,700            |32,868            |291                                  

Lake District                                |245,400           |219,300           |67,431            |559                                  

North Kent Marshes<1>                        |13,700            |11,600            |2,941             |39                                   

South Wessex Downs<1>                        |44,900            |38,300            |15,915            |108                                  

South West Peak                              |33,900            |27,000            |10,822            |223                                  

                                                                                                                                            

Stage IV (to be designated March1994)                                                                                                       

Blackdown Hills                              |39,900            |32,200            |n/a               |n/a                                  

Cotswold Hills<1>                            |84,700            |66,100            |n/a               |n/a                                  

Dartmoor                                     |100,500           |89,000            |n/a               |n/a                                  

Essex Coast<1>                               |27,500            |23,000            |n/a               |n/a                                  

Shropshire Hills                             |38,500            |34,900            |n/a               |n/a                                  

Upper Thames Tributaries<1>                  |27,700            |18,000            |n/a               |n/a                                  

<1> The figures for eligible area in these ESAs contain arable land which is eligible to enter the scheme if reverted to grass. It is not   

expected that a high proportion ofs uch land will enter the scheme.                                                                         

<2> Information is not held about the number of farmers eligible for participation in each ESA scheme.Landlords, tenants, commoners         

etcetera may be eligible to apply,individually or jointly, in respect of the same holding.                                                  


Table 2-Expenditure in ESAs               

Year          |£ (Thousands)              

              |(Payments to               

              |Farmers)                   

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1992-93       |<1>10,872                  

1993-94       |<2>18,040                  

1994-95       |<3>31,036                  

1995-96       |<3>43,135                  

<1> Outturn.                              

<2> Forecast outturn.                     

<3> Budget provision.                     

Infant Formulae

Mr. Faber : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Congleton (Mrs. Winterton) of 6 December, Official Report, column 106, if she still plans to implement the provisions of the EC directive on infant formulae and follow-on formulae by 1 June.

Mr. Soames : The implementation date of 1 June 1994 has been commented on during the consultation on the United Kingdom draft regulations. A decision on the final form of the regulations, including the coming into force date, will be announced once the Government have carefully considered all the comments received.


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Agri-environmental Measures

Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the total United Kingdom agricultural budget is accounted for annually by agri-environmental measures.

Mr. Jack : Forecast United Kingdom expenditure on agri-environment payments is £32.3 million in 1993-94 which represents approximately 1 per cent. of forecast expenditure on all forms of support for agriculture in the United Kingdom in 1993-94. United Kingdom expenditure on agri- environmental payments is planned to rise to over £100 million in 1995 -96.

EU Surplus Foodstuffs

Mr. Lewis : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the current rules governing the distribution of surplus EU foodstuffs.

Mr. Jack : The rules governing the operation of the EC surplus food scheme 1993-94 in the United Kingdom are set out in leaflets LP45 and LP46. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.


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Kudus

Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what is done with the soil from the pens of kudu at London zoo ; (2) what action is being taken to prevent the transmission of spongiform encephalopathy from kudus at London zoo to other animals and to zoo staff on (a) entering and (b) leaving the kudu pen.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : This Ministry currently has no powers to investigate spongiform encephalopathies in exotic ruminants at London Zoo. Precautions taken to prevent the transmission of spongiform encephalopathy in the zoo are a matter for the London zoo authorities.

Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will give details of the genetic relationships between the greater kudus at London zoo that have died of a spongiform encephalopathy ; and if the genetic relationships between the greater kudus at London zoo indicate that any of the kudu are carriers of a spongiform encephalopathy.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : There have been a number of scientific papers published on different aspects of spongiform encephalopathy disease in greater kudu at London zoo. The most recent of these was in The Veterinary Record of 12 February 1994, while another on 9 October 1993 addressed the familial relationships between the confirmed cases and their dams.

Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many greater kudu from the London zoo herd have died of a spongiform encephalopathy ; and how many of the greater kudu presently at London zoo are suspected to be suffering from a spongiform encephalopathy.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : I understand that six greater kudu have developed a spongiform encephalopathy ; they are all dead.

Food (Expenditure)

Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the net disposable income per person in pound sterling in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the USA, (c) the European Union, (d) Japan, (e) Germany and (f) France at the latest available date ; and what was the expenditure on food (i) as a percentage of net disposable income and (ii) in pound sterling.

Mr. Jack : The following broadly comparable information is available for 1991.


               |Household    |Expenditure  |Expenditure                

               |expenditure  |on food per  |on food as a               

               |per person<1>|person       |percentage of              

                                           |household                  

                                           |expenditure                

               |£            |£            |Percentage                 

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United Kingdom |6,207        |766          |12                         

USA            |<2>8,423     |831          |10                         

European Union |6,377        |1,095        |18                         

Japan          |8,555        |1,162        |14                         

Germany        |7,397        |<3>1,453     |20                         

France         |7,187        |1,162        |16                         

<1>Final consumption expenditure of resident households.               

<2>Includes expenditure by private non-profit-making institutions.     

<3>Includes alcoholic drink and meals out.                             

Source: EUROSTAT National Accounts ESA 1970 to 1991.                   

OECD National Accounts 1979 to 1991.                                   

Orchard Replanting Grants

Sir Roger Moate : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the take-up in each of the last five years of orchard replanting grants ; and if she will make a statement about the cessation of the scheme.

Mr. Jack : The amount of grant given in England for orchard replanting over the last five years is as follows :


Orchard replanting grants in        

England 1989 to 1993                

Year        |Expenditure            

            |(£)                    

------------------------------------

1989        |216,683                

1990        |234,094                

1991        |345,998                

1992        |570,530                

1993        |518,898                

            |-----                  

Total       |1,886,193              

These grants were introduced essentially as pump-priming measures to improve the competitiveness of the United Kingdom orchard sector through the injection of capital for the replanting of apple and pear orchards. The objective of the scheme was that, after five years of assistance, the industry would be capable of self-sustaining development without further government intervention. A recent evaluation of the scheme carried out for us by the university of Leicester indicates that the grants were taken up by practically all of our target population. A report of the evaluation is available in the Library of the House.

Arable Aid

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent delays have occurred in payment of arable aid to farmers in (a) south Yorkshire, (b) north Yorkshire, (c) west Yorkshire and (d) Humberside who are growers of commercial oilseed rape ; from what office the cheques are being paid ; and whether all payments due to be met by 31 December have been paid.

Mr. Jack : Over 98 per cent. of all payments due to growers of commercial oilseed rape were issued by 31 December 1993. In a very small number of cases payments could not be made for a number of reasons. Payments are authorised by the regional service centre at Northallerton and payable orders are issued from the Ministry's finance department at Guildford.

Food Stockpile

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the items and quantity of food in the national food stockpile.

Mr. Soames : The national food stockpile contains some 93,000 tonnes of food, made up of flour, biscuits, fat and sugar. Stocks are being run down to achieve liquidation which was announced in March last year.

Animal Transportation

Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer of 16 February, Official Report, column 847, by what authority the British


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Government are able to prosecute a British haulier for breaking welfare laws for animals being transported in another EC member state who are suspected of breaking (a) British laws and (b) EC laws ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : The Welfare of Animals during Transport Order 1992 implements EC directive 91/628. In Great Britain this legislation is enforced by the local authorities, with support and advice from the Ministry. Allegations of infringements are investigated and where appropriate charges are brought before a magistrates court. If investigations reveal offences in another member state the facts are reported to the relevant authorities.

Mr. Corbett : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what was the country of origin and country of departure stated on documentation accompanying live sheep certified as fit to travel which arrived at an abattoir in Birmingham on 8 March and later found to have multiple caseous abcesses, oedema and emaciation, bruising and septicaemia following carcase inspection ;

(2) what was the port of entry of a consignment of 300 live sheep which arrived at a Birmingham abattoir on 8 March ; and what veterinary inspection they were subjected to and by whom on arrival in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Soames : The consignment was imported from Poland into the EC through the border inspection post at Frankfurt-on-Oder in Germany. Following its arrival at a slaughterhouse in Birmingham, documentary, identity and physical inspections were carried out by the state veterinary service in conjunction with the official veterinary surgeon.

Milk Marketing Board

Mr. Tyler : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will now announce the constitution, including producer representation, of the proposed Milk Marketing Board residuary body, its budgetary provisions and proposed lifetime.

Mr. Jack : The constitution of the residuary Milk Marketing Board will depend upon the functions to be assigned to it, which must be specified in an approved reorganisation scheme. No decision can be taken on the constitution, therefore, until a reorganisation scheme has been approved. We have, nevertheless, announced our intention that producers should be strongly represented on the residuary board.

The assets and liabilities to be retained by the board after vesting day would likewise be specified in the approved reorganisation scheme. The funding provision for the residuary board would therefore be determined if and when the scheme was approved. The lifetime of the residuary board would depend to some extent upon how quickly it could realise its assets and discharge its liabilities. Some potential liabilities could crystallise well after vesting day, however, and the residuary board is likely to have a lifetime of several years at least.

Mrs. Peacock : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will consider the appointment of a market regulator for a period of two years to allow the orderly development of a free market for milk.

Mr. Jack : After the end of the milk marketing scheme the milk market will be subject to the normal rules on


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competition. The Agriculture Act 1993 does not provide for the appointment of a special regulator for the milk market.

Less-favoured Areas

Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) pursuant to her answer of 2 March, Official Report, columns 744-46 , if she will publish the same information for less-favoured area specialist sheep farms ;

(2) pursuant to her answer of 2 March, Official Report, columns 744-46, if she will provide a further breakdown of the information requested for sheep, cattle, cattle and sheep and in addition for specialist sheep farms and mixed cattle and sheep, giving unweighted estimates and distinguishing between the results from the annual farm census and the farm business survey.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard [holding answer 10 March 1994] : The further breakdown of the information requested is shown in the table. The numbers and proportions of farms for each type and size are taken from the June census and the estimates of net farm income are weighted averages from the farm business survey.


LFA livestock farms in England:                                               

holdings and net farm income by ESU size group                                

ESU size group          Holdings (as at                  Net farm             

                        June 1992)                                            

                       |Number    |Proportion           |income               

                                                        |1992-93<1>           

                                                        |(£'000)              

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Farms classified as SDA Specialised sheep                                     

<8                     |1,091     |41                   |-                    

8<16                   |402       |15        |\                               

16<28                  |384       |14        | |        |11.0                 

28<40                  |267       |10        |/                               

40<60                  |284       |11        |\                               

60<100                 |174       |7         |/         |22.4                 

100<200                |48        |2         |\                               

200 and over           |4         |0         |/         |35.7                 

                                                                              

All sizes              |2,654     |100                  |15.1                 

                                                                              

ESU per holding                                                               

Average of all sizes   |22        |-                    |-                    

Average of over 8 ESUs |36        |-                    |-                    

                                                                              

Farms classified as SDA Specialised beef                                      

<8                     |1,075     |58                   |-                    

8<16                   |330       |18                   |-                    

16<28                  |239       |13                   |-                    

28<40                  |93        |5                    |-                    

40<60                  |68        |4                    |-                    

60<100                 |33        |2                    |-                    

100<200                |12        |1                    |-                    

200 and over           |2         |0                    |-                    

                                                                              

All sizes              |1,852     |100                  |-                    

                                                                              

ESU per holding                                                               

Average of all sizes   |13        |-                    |-                    

Average of over 8 ESUs |25        |-                    |-                    

                                                                              

Farms classified as SDA Mixed cattle and sheep                                

<8                     |738       |20                   |-                    

8<16                   |488       |13        |\                               

16<28                  |632       |17        | |        |9.6                  

28<40                  |555       |15        |/                               

40<60                  |608       |16        |\                               

60<100                 |543       |14        |/         |22.6                 

100<200                |175       |5         |\                               

200 and over           |18        |0         |/         |65.9                 

                                                                              

All sizes              |3,757     |100                  |17.8                 

                                                                              

ESU per holding                                                               

Average of all sizes   |37        |-                    |-                    

Average of over 8 ESUs |45        |-                    |-                    

                                                                              

Farms classified as DA cattle andsheep                                        

<8                     |1,686     |47                   |-                    

8<16                   |689       |19        |\                               

16<28                  |497       |14        | |        |3.5                  

28<40                  |256       |7         |/                               

40<60                  |224       |6         |\                               

60<100                 |160       |4         |/         |11.6                 

100<200                |63        |2         |\                               

200 and over           |4         |0         |/         |71.1                 

                                                                              

All sizes              |3,579     |100                  |5.5                  

                                                                              

ESU per holding                                                               

Average of all sizes   |18        |-                    |-                    

Average of over 8 ESUs |31        |-                    |-                    

                                                                              

All farms classified as cattle and sheep (LFA)<2>                             

<8                     |4,590     |39                   |-                    

8<16                   |1,909     |16        |\                               

16<28                  |1,752     |15        | |        |7.7                  

28<40                  |1,171     |10        |/                               

40<60                  |1,184     |10        |\                               

60<100                 |910       |8         |/         |21.7                 

100<200                |298       |3         |\                               

200 and over           |28        |0         |/         |61.8                 

                                                                              

All sizes              |11,842    |100                  |13.7                 

                                                                              

ESU per holding                                                               

Average of all sizes   |24        |-                    |-                    

Average of over 8 ESUs |37        |-                    |-                    

<1> Weighted averages. Unweighted averages are not appropriate as they do not 

accurately reflect the distribution of farms.                                 

<2> Includes the following main types: SDA specialist sheep, SDA specialist   

beef, SDA mixed cattle and sheep, DA cattle and sheep, means sample too small 

to provide reliable results for individual size groups. In some cases size    

groups have been combined.                                                    

Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer of 7 December, Official Report, column 1068, if the weighting of the sample information from the farm business survey analysis of less-favoured area livestock farms takes into account the economies of scale achieved in relation to farm size ; what mechanism there is for measuring the economies of scale achieved by less-favoured area livestock farms in relation to farm size ; and if she will publish the results according to standard farm classification in terms of the size group set out in her answer of 2 March, Official Report, column 744, for (i) specialist sheep farms and (ii) mixed cattle and sheep farms.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard [holding answer 10 March 1994] : The weighting system ensures that sample results from the farm business survey for farms of different size, type, region and tenure are combined in proportion to the number of farms recorded at the June agricultural census. An analysis of three performance ratios for small, medium and large farms for all LFA cattle and sheep farms represented in the farm business survey is published in "Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom".

There are insufficient farms in the sample to allow an analysis for each of the size groups set out in the previous reply ; however, the table shows the results for small, medium and large farms.


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Performance measures by size of farm in England, 1992-93<1>                                               

                                                       |SDA specialist  |SDA mixed cattle                 

                                                       |sheep farms     |and sheep farms                  

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Output (£'000) per labour unit        |Small           |22              |24                               

                                      |Medium          |31              |37                               

                                      |Large           |32              |55                               

                                      |All sizes       |27              |33                               

                                                                                                          

Output per £100 of total assets(£)    |Small           |22              |20                               

                                      |Medium          |29              |26                               

                                      |Large           |39              |27                               

                                      |All sizes       |26              |24                               

                                                                                                          

Output per £100 of total input (£)<2> |Small           |101             |97                               

                                      |Medium          |118             |112                              

                                      |Large           |123             |128                              

                                      |All sizes       |109             |109                              

<1> The size groups are: small (8 to <40 ESUs), medium (40 to <100 ESUs) and large(100+ ESUs).            

<2> Total input includes rental value, tenant-type inputs and farmer and spouse manual labour, but        

excludes interest payments.                                                                               

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Museums Review

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what progress has been made in his Department's review of museums, announced after the financial statement in 1993.


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Mr. Sproat : No formal announcement has been made about a decision to review the Government's policy on museums. However, the Museums and Galleries Commission is considering ideas for a national policy, and I am taking a close interest in this initiative.

Millennium Commission

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he expects to announce the names of the members of the Millennium Commission.


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Mr. Brooke : The names of the members of the Millennium Commission were announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 17 February. I shall have the honour of being chairman of the commission. The other members are :

My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade Professor Heather Couper, FRAS

The Earl of Dalkeith

The hon. Robin V. Dixon, CBE

Sir John Hall

Mr. Simon Jenkins

Mr. Michael Montague CBE

Ms Patricia Scotland QC

Royal Palaces

Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage on how many occasions he has given the right hon. Member for Swansea, West holding answers on parliamentary questions relating to the occupied royal palaces ; what has been the length of the delays before substantive answers were given ; how many were answered on Fridays ; and what were the reasons for the delays.

Mr. Sproat : Holding answers have been given on 12 occasions : three for two working days ; five for three ; two for four and one for seven working days. None was answered on a Friday. The delays occurred because the detailed information requested was such as to require significant staff time to assemble or identify.

In the one other case, where the holding answer was for a duration of 23 working days and which I answer today, the delay was caused by an oversight within my Department for which I apologise.

Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the total rent received from the grace and favour accommodation in the occupied royal palaces.

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 10 February 1994] : Rent of £69,000 per annum is received for residential accommodation in the occupied royal palaces.

Regional Orchestras

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage whether the Arts Council has approached him since 3 March for additional funding for regional orchestras.

Mr. Brooke : No.

Cathedrals (Stone Decay)

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what contact he has had with the Cathedrals fabric committee on first aid and remedial treatment for stone decay.

Mr. Brooke : None. English Heritage is carrying out work on first aid and remedial treatment for stone decay and is in regular contact with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission.

Historic Buildings

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the extent of the decreases in concentrations of sulphur dioxide according to the information available to his Department, in relation to the rate of decay of historic buildings.


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Mr. Brooke : The report of research on atmospheric pollution and stone decay for the joint working party between the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and the joint environmental programme of National Power plc and Power Gen plc, published last year, found that the annual average concentrations of sulphur dioxide had decreased very markedly over the last 30 years. However, there is likely to be decay in historic stone as a result of past depositions. The Building Research Establishment is maintaining a programme of research on the effects of sulphur dioxide and other pollutants on the decay of stone and other materials as part of the national materials exposure programme of the Department of the Environment and the international materials exposure programme of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Overseas Investors

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to encourage more potential overseas investors in the United Kingdom to include a visit to Northern Ireland in their fact-finding itinerary, prior to making a decision on where to site new industry in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Tim Smith : The Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland continues to work closely with the Invest in Britain Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure that prospective inward investors visiting the United Kingdom have the opportunity to include a visit to Northern Ireland on their itinerary. Independently from the Department of Trade and Industry the Industrial Development Board organises a number of visits to Northern Ireland for potential investors from its target markets overseas through its network of overseas offices placed in these strategic regions.

Housing Executive

Mr. A. Cecil Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the proportion of (a) Protestant and (b) Catholic staff, by seniority, in the district 6 office of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Mr. Tim Smith : Information about the religious make-up of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's work force as a whole is published annually in the Fair Employment Commission's report "A Profile of the Northern Ireland Workforce : Summary of the Monitoring Returns". The most recent report for 1992 is available in the Library.

I am advised by the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that it allocates staff resources to various parts of the organisation on the basis of its operational needs and personnel management policies. The executive does not release information about the religious composition of staff in individual offices.

Mr. A. Cecil Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the proportion of public authority housing in terms of (a) Protestant and (b) Catholic occupancy administered by the district 6 office of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Mr. Tim Smith : I am advised by the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that it does not


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hold statistical information on the religious composition of its tenants. The Housing Executive has consistently administered housing policies in a fair and open way on the basis of need, irrespective of religion.

EC Funds

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the receipts under the European social fund in each financial year were earned by (a) the private sector, (b) non-central Government public sector bodies and (c) central Government.

Sir John Wheeler : The information is as follows :


Year          |Private/Vol. |£million non-|Central                    

                            |Government                               

                            |public bodies                            

----------------------------------------------------------------------

1973-74       |-            |-            |-                          

1974-75       |0.41         |0.31         |2.68                       

1975-76       |-            |-            |-                          

1976-77       |0.77         |0.58         |5.05                       

1977-78       |0.90         |0.68         |5.92                       

1978-79       |1.80         |1.35         |11.85                      

1979-80       |1.80         |1.35         |11.85                      

1980-81       |2.76         |2.07         |18.17                      

1981-82       |3.00         |2.25         |19.75                      

1982-83       |4.22         |3.17         |27.81                      

1983-84       |4.56         |3.42         |30.02                      

1984-85       |4.56         |3.42         |30.02                      

1985-86       |3.00         |2.25         |19.75                      

1986-87       |6.39         |4.80         |42.11                      

1987-88       |6.77         |5.08         |44.55                      

1988-89       |4.33         |3.25         |28.52                      

1989-90       |5.35         |4.01         |35.19                      

1990-91       |5.24         |3.93         |34.50                      

<1>1991-92    |5.06         |3.80         |33.32                      

              |---          |---          |---                        

              |60.92        |45.72        |401.06                     

<1>This is the latest available information as claims for 1993, and   

some for 1992, have not yet been settled.                             

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money Northern Ireland has received in each financial year from EC sources apart from payments under the three structural funds.

Sir John Wheeler : The following amounts have been identified as being received in Northern Ireland from European Community sources other than the three structural funds since 1987-88 when meaningful figures first became available.


Financialyear |Total                      

              |£ million                  

------------------------------------------

1987-88       |27.6                       

1988-89       |27.8                       

1989-90       |46.1                       

1990-91       |48.1                       

1991-92       |59.7                       

1992-93       |56.3                       

Most of the receipts in this category are from the guarantee section of the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund. However, it should be noted that the bulk of guarantee section receipts are disbursed centrally by the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce and details of payments are not generally maintained at regional level. Other small payments are made by the European Commission direct to recipients which are not passed through the United Kingdom Government.


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Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money received in each financial year up to 31 December 1993 from EC sources has been paid into the Northern Ireland Consolidated Fund.

Sir John Wheeler : All money received from EC sources is paid into the Northern Ireland Consolidated Fund.

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money Northern Ireland has received in each financial year up to 31 December 1993 from the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund, guidance sector ; how much of those receipts were paid to the private sector ; how much of these receipts were paid to the public sector ; how much of these receipts represented a cash addition to the Northern Ireland economy ; and how much was used each year to offset Government expenditure on Northern Ireland.

Sir John Wheeler : The following amounts were received from the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund, guidance section.


£ million                                                              

Financial   Individual          Other guidance      Total              

            capital                                                    

year        projects            schemes                                

           |Private  |Public   |Private  |Public                       

           |sector   |sector   |sector<1>|sector                       

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1974-75    |-        |-        |0.25     |-        |0.25               

1975-76    |0.45     |-        |0.25     |-        |0.66               

1976-77    |1.87     |0.31     |0.27     |-        |2.45               

1977-78    |1.28     |0.31     |1.28     |-        |2.87               

1978-79    |0.70     |0.24     |2.46     |-        |3.40               

1979-80    |1.27     |0.20     |3.21     |-        |4.68               

1980-81    |1.91     |1.05     |3.35     |-        |6.31               

1981-82    |1.43     |0.13     |4.69     |-        |6.25               

1982-83    |2.47     |0.99     |3.30     |-        |6.76               

1983-84    |1.59     |0.38     |14.65    |-        |16.61              

1984-85    |0.95     |0.28     |13.29    |-        |14.52              

1985-86    |3.56     |0.03     |11.83    |-        |15.42              

1986-87    |2.58     |0.11     |5.96     |-        |8.65               

1987-88    |3.29     |-        |5.99     |-        |9.28               

1988-89    |2.31     |0.51     |10.05    |-        |12.87              

1989-90    |2.84     |-        |6.60     |-        |9.44               

1990-91    |4.75     |-        |6.25     |-        |11.00              

1991-92    |4.31     |-        |21.78    |2.86     |28.95              

1992-93    |8.31     |-        |9.56     |0.45     |18.32              

1993-94<2> |0.66     |-        |13.17    |2.70     |16.53              

           |---      |---      |---      |---      |---                

  Totals   |46.53    |4.54     |138.15   |6.01     |195.22             

<1> Includes reference to the approximate share in Northern Ireland on 

various structural schemes which were applied throughout the United    

Kingdom.                                                               

<2> To December 1993.                                                  

All these receipts present cash additions to the recipients and are subject to normal European Community audit arrangements. The overall level of receipts is taken into account in the Government's decision on public expenditure allocations and their availability enables public expenditure to be maintained at a higher level than would otherwise be feasible.

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the receipts which Northern Ireland has received from the European regional development fund since 1973 has been earned by (a) infrastructure projects undertaken by non-central Government bodies, (b) infrastructure projects undertaken by central Government and (c) industrial projects.


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Sir John Wheeler : The following amounts have been received from the European regional development fund to 31 December 1993 :


Infrastructure         |£Million                     

-----------------------------------------------------

Non-central Government |125.8                        

Central Government     |79.9                         

Industry               |100.7                        

Programmes<1>          |222.6                        

                       |---                          

Total<2>               |529.0                        

<1> These programmes combine elements of both        

industry and infrastructure.                         

<2> Includes estimated receipts for the first nine   

months of the 1993-94 financial year.                

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been received by Northern Ireland under each of the European Community initiatives to date.

Sir John Wheeler : Under the 1989 to 1993 structural funds allocation, Northern Ireland has 10 approved Community initiatives. The amounts received to date under each initiative are :


                                                |£million         

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INTERREG (assistance to border areas)           |25.52            

STRIDE (research and technological development) |8.55             

ENVIREG (environmental improvement)             |2.34             

PRISMA (assistance to firms)                    |3.41             

TELEMATIQUE (promotion of telecommunications                      

service)                                        |3.36             

EUROFORM (qualifications and new skills and                       

employment opportunities)                       |0.90             

NOW (employment opportunities for women)        |0.90             

HORIZON (handicapped and certain disadvantaged                    

groups)0.71                                                       

RETEX (diversification for textile regions)     |0.90             

LEADER (rural development)                      |1.09             

Rev. Ian Paisley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money Northern Ireland has received from the European social fund in each financial year up to 31 December 1993 ; now much each year represented a cash addition to the Northern Ireland economy ; and how much was used to offset Government expenditure on Northern Ireland.


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