Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of quangos for which he is responsible ; how much in public funds has been given to each quango in each of the last three years ; what is the current staffing establishment of each quango ; and what it was five years ago.
Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many self-financing regulatory authorities his Department has set up since 1979 ; what was the annual running cost of each of the self-financing regulatory authorities in each of the last three years ; what is the current staffing establishment ; and what it was last year and two years ago.
Calendar year |Rules |Regulations |Total number ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1991 |1 |19 |20 1992 |9 |25 |34 1993 |6 |15 |21
Mr. Hutton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions under section 31 of the Criminal Justice Act 1948 have been undertaken in each year since 1979 ; in what countries the defendants were serving ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean : Information on procedures instituted under section 31 of the Criminal Justice Act 1948, as amended by schedule 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 are not collected centrally by my Department.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the statutes concerning the welfare of captive animals in terms of (a) circuses, (b) zoos, (c) pet shops, (d) breeding establishments, (e) kennels, (f) residential homes and (g) other.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The Protection of Animals Act 1911, as subsequently amended, governs the welfare of all captive and domestic animals. The following statutes provide additional safeguards in the individual sectors mentioned :
The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
The Zoo Licensing Act 1981
The Pet Animals Acts 1951 and 1983
The Breeding of Dogs Acts 1973 and 1991
The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 regulates the keeping of such creatures in the home. Other principal animal welfare statutes are : The Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937
The Docking and Nicking of Horses Act 1949
The Cockfighting Act 1952
The Abandonment of Animals Act 1960
The Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962
The Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970
The Farriers (Registration) Acts 1975 and 1977
The Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations Her Majesty's Government have received since 1980 from the Italian authorities to extradite suspected criminals and terrorists ; what has been his response ; and if he will make a statement.
Of these, 61 were accused of the offences for which their extradition was requested and six had been convicted. Sixteen of those sought have been returned to Italy, eight requests have been refused and 12 remain outstanding. Of the remainder, either the requests were subsequently withdrawn, or the person sought could not be traced here or was arrested in another country or was deported from this country. In one case, the person sought committed suicide before the conclusion of the proceedings.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were imprisoned for non-payment of fines and other debts who were legally represented at the hearing at which they were imprisoned in the most recent year for which records are available.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what considerations underlie the timing of the changeover of funding of the forensic psychiatric service in Doncaster to the Prison Service.
Letter from Mr. D. Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 16 March 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me, to reply to your recent Question about Prison Service funding of psychiatric services in Doncaster. There are no plans to change the way in which the Forensic Psychiatric Service for prisoner patients is funded. Medical treatment of prisoners transferred to an outside hospital is funded by the District Health Authority in whose area the prisoner resided before imprisonment.
The three establishments in the Doncaster area, Lindholme, Moorland and Hatfield, contract in and pay for a visiting consultant psychiatrist. The Prison Service receives no funds from the District Health Authority in support of this service.
Mr. Radice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department's computer-aided facilities management systems cost ; from whom they were purchased ; how many person hours were required to commission them ; what the estimated and actual saving has been from their operation ; and to what extent the use of such systems accounts for the apparent rise in theft noted in his answer to the hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell) of 16 February, Official Report, column 804.
Mr. John M. Taylor : There are no plans to extend full civil legal aid to any type of case before an industrial tribunal. However, legal advice and assistance under the green form scheme is available to those who are financially eligible.
Mr. Radice : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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. John M. Taylor : Neither of the chief executives of HM Land Registry and the Public Record Office, the agencies for which the Lord Chancellor has responsibility, is paid more than £82,925 per annum excluding performance-related bonuses.
The current chief executive of HM Land Registry was appointed from within the registry after open competition. The current chief executive of the public Record Office was formerly director of special collections at the British Library.
Mr. Frank Field : To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, if the Commissioners have been involved in dividend stripping as distinct from any gilt stripping activities ; and if he will list the gains from such activity in each of the last five years?
Mr. Alison : The amounts shown in my answers of 25 February and 4 March on the subject of gilt stripping represented the differences between interest on gilts calculated on the receipts basis and interest calculated on the accruals basis. No such alternative bases apply to dividends from equities : in common with other investment funds, the Church Commissioners account for dividends on the receipt basis and consider it impractical either to account for dividends on the accruals basis or to recalculate with hindsight what the dividends would have been if calculated on this basis.
While the Commissioners continue to manage their investments with the intention of generating a high level of income, this is achieved in relation to their equities portfolio through the selection of appropriate investments.
Mr. Dorrell : Most ways and means borrowing takes the form of surplus Exchequer moneys, which are used to minimise Government borrowing overnight. No interest is paid on such borrowing, though interest must be paid at market-related rates to attract ways and means advances from other sources.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number and percentage of basic rate and higher rate taxpayers in (a) Lancashire, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the United Kingdom for the most recent year for which figures are available.
Basic and higher rate taxpayers 1991-92 Taxpayers liable Taxpayers liable at only basic at higher rate rate |000s |Per cent.|000s |Per cent. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Lancashire |601 |95.2 |30 |4.8 Cambridgeshire |326 |94.2 |20 |5.8 United Kingdom |24,800 |93.9 |1,620 |6.1
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are his Department's plans for assisting sub-Saharan countries in meeting debt repayments to multilateral agencies ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nelson : The poorest countries benefit from the IMF's enhanced structural adjustment facility (ESAF), which provides highly concessional long-term assistance at an interest rate of only 0.5 per cent. in support of economic reform in the poorest countries. The United Kingdom has just announced that it will provide an extra £50 million to subsidise the interest rate of the ESAF successor facility, on top of our earlier contribution of up to £327 million ; over time the United Kingdom will contribute about one ninth of the subsidy required by ESAF.
These countries also benefit from concessional credits from the World Bank's International Development Association, to which the United Kingdom contributed £620 million at the last replenishment, which concentrates on lending to the poorest countries. They also have help meeting interest repayments on non-concessional loans to the World Bank through the bank's fifth dimension facility.
Mr. Atkins : The basis of charging for water is a matter for the water companies. It is among the topics discussed at meetings with the Director General of Water Services and representatives of water companies.
22. Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the standard spending assessment and revenue grant provision as proposed for the city of Liverpool in 1994-95 ; and if he will undertake a complete review of the city's financial situation in consultation with Liverpool city council.
Column 674account of each authority's social, demographic and physical characteristics. Liverpool's SSA of £419 million for 1994-95 is equivalent to £875 per head, the third highest of any metropolitan district. The total external support for Liverpool that year, which includes revenue support grant, SSA reduction grant and redistributed non-domestic rates, will be £363 million, equivalent to £758 per head, again the third highest.
We look each year at the calculation of standard spending assessments. In the forthcoming round we will certainly bear in mind the points made by the city of Liverpool and by the hon. Member. It is for the city council to manage within the resources available to it : it would not be appropriate for me to intervene in the way implied in the question.
Sir George Young : The Government are extending the benefits of competition in the provision of local authority services to council housing management, consulting on new proposals for access to local authority and housing association tenancies and introducing important new rights for council tenants.
|1994-95 headline |council tax |(band C) --------------------------------------------------------- Highest 10 authorities Liverpool |770 Manchester |691 Newcastle upon Tyne |686 Coventry |669 Langbaurgh-on-Tees |658 Salford |658 Bristol |652 Middlesbrough |645 Hartlepool |643 Kirklees |635 Lowest 10 authorities Westminster |218 Wellingborough |261 Wandsworth |306 Isles of Scilly |358 City of London |368 Hambleton |396 Tewkesbury |398 Rochester upon Medway |402 South Cambridgeshire |408 Teesdale |409
27. Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to introduce legislation to limit the amount that property companies and private landlords can charge in residential rents.
Mr. Gummer : We will be examining the proposal for revision announced by the EC Commission on 16 February to assess how far it concentrates on essential quality and health parameters and is a framework directive meeting the requirements of subsidiarity, up-to-date science and cost-effectiveness.
29. Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his correspondence with his opposite number in the European Commission in relation to the Cardiff bay barrage and the EC Habitats Directive.
Mr. Curry : The Local Government Commission began its review of Staffordshire in December 1993, and interested parties have until 8 April to submit their initial proposals to it. The commission will then publish draft recommendations for consultation. In preparing its final report, the commission will take account of any representations made about the draft recommendations. The commission proposes to submit its final report and recommendations for Staffordshire to my right hon. Friend in the autumn.
Sir George Young : I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Southport (Mr. Banks) on 26 November 1993 at columns 264-65 ; to my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) on 15 December 1993 at columns 733-34 ; and to my hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) on 21 January 1994 at columns 871-73.
35. Mr. Colvin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many sites of special scientific interest there are in England and Wales ; and how many of these were created in the last 12 months.
Mr. Gummer : In England, at 3 March 1994 there were 3,775 SSSIs. This includes 45 sites notified or re-notified to date in the current financial year. I am advised by my hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, that there were 882 SSSIs, at 31 December 1993, in Wales. This includes 32 sites newly notified between 1 January and 31 December 1993.
36. Mr. Enright : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he intends to take to secure an independent inquiry into the comparative fairness of the standard spending assessment from one region to another ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Baldry : Standard spending assessments are calculated on a consistent basis using the same formulae for each authority. We carried out a thorough review of the SSA system for 1994-95 in partnership with the local authority associations.
The Audit Commission published a study of the SSA system in May 1993. The Environment Select Committee published its own report on SSAs earlier this year. The Government will publish their response to the Select Committee's recommendations later this month.
Mr. Curry : It is the responsibility of local authorities themselves, both members and officers, to take measures to prevent and detect fraud and corruption in their affairs. The Audit Commission's recent report on probity in the public sector concluded that
"probity in local government is generally in good order". There is no room for complacency, however ; fraud and corruption are always to be condemned, wherever they occur.