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Mr. Howard : The code of practice will reinforce and build on my Department's existing arrangements for the provision of information. Arrangements are being made to implement the code in the Home Office and a copy of the guidance notes on these arrangements will be placed in the Library of the House following publication of the code of practice.
Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the key recommendations of the Black Training and Enterprise Group in the Department of Environment's draft bidding guidance for the single regeneration budget ; if he will make it his policy that projects in disadvantaged black communities currently funded under section 11 or via the ethnic minority grant will be protected ; and if he will reconsider his decision to abolish the ethnic minority grant.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will be taking into account all responses received in relation to the draft bidding guidance document circulated by his Department, including that of the Black Training and Enterprise Group. We have been pleased to note the group's positive comments about the ethnic minority grant which we introduced. We consider that it is entirely right that the funding of such activities should be embraced by the single regeneration budget in future.
Mr. Mike O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department was informed of the reasons why Mrs. Sandra Howard was recently rejected as a magistrate by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee ; how such information was communicated ; by whom ; to whom ; and under what authority.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it remains the practice for Ministers to accept written representation from hon. Members in cases where refusal of entry has occurred ; what change there has been in this practice ; and why hon. Members are advised to telephone the chief immigration officer when letters have been written in such cases to Ministers in his Department.
Mr. Charles Wardle : As the power to admit or refuse entry to the United Kingdom is vested in the immigration officer, not Ministers, hon. Members are encouraged to contact the Immigration Service direct to make representations. Written representations submitted to Ministers which the Immigration Service has not had the opportunity to consider are sent to the port concerned for consideration. Ministers will become involved only if the hon. Member has new and compelling information which the Immigration Service believes is not strong enough to overturn a decision to refuse entry. The practice has existed since 1989.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of manslaughter in each of the last three years in cases which involved the suspects driving a motor vehicle.
Persons dealt with for offences of manslaughter where the driving of a motor vehicle was involved-England and Wales |Charged |Prosecuted|Convicted ------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |10 |10 |8 1991 |12 |10 |3 1992 |2 |2 |2
In addition, a further two persons in 1990, two in 1991 and four in 1992 were convicted of manslaughter where the suspect was driving a motor vehicle, but where the charges and prosecutions had been for offences of murder.
Figures are as at 27 August 1993 ; they are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and the courts, or as further information becomes available.
Information for 1993 is not yet available.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees of Campsfield House detention centre are (a) asylum seekers, (b) appellants against refusal and (c) awaiting deportation ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Guidance based on Prison Service procedures has been issued to staff at the Campsfield House detention centre responsible for the care of those detainees refusing food. An immigration detainee refusing food for more than three days is offered advice and treatment by the Campsfield House medical team and this is repeated on a daily basis as part of the detailed monitoring of the individual's medical condition. Treatment would be administered only with the individual's consent.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the total number of detainees held at Campsfield House detention centre by (a) country of origin, (b) those held for less than one month, (c) one to six months and (d) more than six months.
|Number ----------------------------------- (a) Nationality Algeria |3 Angola |4 Bangladesh |6 Cameroon |1 China |2 Colombia |3 Cote d'Ivoire |4 Cyprus |1 Ethiopia |7 Ghana |28 India |27 Jamaica |1 Kenya |8 Liberia |4 Malawi |1 Niger |1 Nigeria |28 Pakistan |2 Peru |1 Philippines |2 Poland |1 Romania |5 Sierra Leone |3 Somalia |3 Sri Lanka |8 Sudan |1 Togo |1 Turkey |6 Uganda |4 Zaire |8 Nationality doubtful |5 |--- Total |179
|Number ---------------------------------------------------- (b) Overall length of detention (including any detention elsewhere) Less than one month |29 One to six months |139 More than six months |11 |--- Total |179
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) of 28 February, Official Report , column 580 , what estimates he has made of the cost of criminal injuries compensation in 1995-96 and 1996- 97.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of claimants who will receive (a) between one half and two thirds and (b) less than half the amount of compensation under his proposed scheme for compensation than under the current scheme.
Mr. Maclean : Based on the data acquired from the case sampling survey undertaken to establish the tariff scheme it has been estimated that about 8 per cent. of beneficiaries under the tariff scheme could receive between half and less than two thirds of what they might have expected under the current scheme, and about 11 per cent. could receive less than half.
Column 896training the employees of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board before the new compensation scheme is applied on 1 April.
Mr. Maclean : Many of the staff of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, who will in future serve the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, are already familiar with the provisions of the tariff scheme because of their involvement in the preparation of the detailed rules and guidance for it, much of which reflects the provisions of the current scheme. A training programme, which is currently running, is intended to ensure that sufficient numbers are equipped to deal expeditiously with the first cases received on or after 1 April.
Mr. Howard : The functions of the Security Service are set out in the Security Service Act 1989 and those of the Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ in the Intelligence Services Bill, which is currently before Parliament. Further details of the agencies' functions are set out in the "Central Intelligence Machinery" booklet which is available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent investigation by the National Anti-vivisection Society into St. Mary's hospital medical school and Toxicol Laboratories Ltd.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to his answer of 14 March, Official Report, column 481, what is the range of all actual rents paid at each of the royal palaces for all accommodation ; how many heads of department in the royal household have furnishing costs paid by his Department ; and how much has been spent in each of the last five years.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to his answer of 15 March, Official Report, column 611, what in money terms is the range of all those actual rental payments for grace and favour accommodation in the occupied royal palaces ; how many rents make up the £69,000 ; how much relates to each palace ; how much of the rent is received by the royal household and how much by his Department ; and by what criteria it is determined which rentals are paid to the royal household and which to the Department.
Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what restrictions currently exist to prevent libraries from accepting donations from members of the public to support book-buying ; and in what ways donations from the public can be made to public libraries.
Mr. Sproat : Public libraries are free to accept donations from members of the public and it is common for libraries to receive donations of books and other materials as well as bequests. In seeking to encourage donations, however, a public library authority would have to bear in mind its statutory obligation under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 not to charge for its book lending and reference service.
Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list, for each of the five bodies chosen by him as channels of distribution for the proceeds of the national lottery (a) the number of staff who will be employed in the lottery unit, (b) the estimated annual salaries bill for these staff and (c) the estimated annual overheads for each lottery unit.
Mr. Brooke : The distributing bodies named in section 23 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 are currently developing their administrative arrangements for handling applications for lottery funds. It is too early to make estimates of the total number of staff that will be required or the total costs involved.
Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list for each civil service grade in his Department (a) the total number of persons employed and (b) the percentage of this figure that are women.
Mr. Sproat [holding answer 17 March 1994] : The total number of staff by grade and the percentage of women in each grade within the Department of National Heritage excluding its two executive agencies, the Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks, are listed in the following table :
DNH staff as at 28 February 1994 Grade |Total number|Of which |in grade |female |per cent.) -------------------------------------------------------------- 1A |1 |- G3 |4 |25 G4 |1 |- G5 |16 |25 G6 |5 |80 G7 |44 |25 SEO |15 |47 HEOD |4 |50 HSOD |1 |- AT |3 |100 HEO |46 |37 EO |57 |37 AO |55 |45 AA |29 |52 SPS |4 |100 PS |18 |100 Typist |6 |100 SGB1 |1 |100 SGB2 |10 |70 SIO |4 |- IO |4 |25 CUR E |2 |100 CUR G |3 |- Librarian |1 |100 Assistant Librarian |1 |100 Assistant Statistician |1 |- Totals |336 |45
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by Scottish Homes in each of the last five financial years on the purchase and distribution of (a) golf balls, (b) umbrellas, (c) sweat shirts, (d) scarves and (e) ties marked with a Scottish Homes imprint or logo.
Sir Hector Monro : The forestry review group comprised officials from the Scottish Office, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Welsh Office, the Forestry Commission, the Department of the Environment, HM Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Prime Minister's policy unit.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list each organisation, agency and body for which he has responsibility for the appointment of members ; if he will list the number of appointments he makes to each body ; if he will list other organisations which have the right of appointment to any of these bodies ; if he will publish a table showing the (a) name of, (b)
Column 899occupation or former occupation of, (c) salary, honorarium or annual payment made to and (d) date of appointment of each member ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 10 February 1994] : This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Details of membership of those bodies listed in the publication "Public Bodies" are normally available in their annual reports, as indicated in the publication. The latest edition of "Public Bodies" is available in the Library of the House. Public bodies should always be ready to provide a list of their membership and the organisation's postal address at which members may be contacted.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 30 November, Official Report, column 471, when he expects to be able to announce publication of a document for Scotland similar to that published by the Secretary of State for Wales entitled, "Public Bodies : Appointments made by the Secretary of State for Wales" which would list detailed information concerning appointments made to public bodies in Scotland.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 24 February 1994] : This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Details of membership of those bodies listed in the publication "Public Bodies" are normally available in their annual reports, as indicated in the publication. The latest edition of "Public Bodies" is available in the Library of the House. Public bodies should always be ready to provide a list of their membership and the organisation's postal address at which members may be contacted.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 17 March 1994] : The latest available information for September 1993, shows, provisionally, that the percentages of the three and four-year-old population attending education authority nursery, primary and special schools in Borders and Lothian regions are 27.8 per cent. and 56.9 per cent. respectively. Because many nursery schools admit pupils during the school year, final figures for session 1993-94 are expected to be higher.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many live sheep have been imported from (a) Poland and (b) Spain during (i) 1993 and (ii) 1994 ; how many of the animals from each country have been condemned as unfit for human consumption ; how many suffered from caseous lymphadenitis ; what assessment he has made of the risk of that condition being spread to United Kingdom sheep ; if it is a contagious diseases ; and how many died in transit.
Column 900imports from Poland. To date in 1994 three consignments, comprising a total of 722 sheep, have been imported from Spain and three consignments, totalling 917 sheep, have been imported from Poland. Information on the numbers of carcases from each consignment which were condemned as unfit for human consumption is not available centrally.
Information available to date indicates that evidence of caseous lymphadenitis was found at post-mortem inspection in a small number of animals in one of the consignments from Spain and in two of the consignments from Poland. Caseous lymphadenitis is a contagious disease which is common throughout the world wherever sheep are raised. Caseous lymphadenitis does occur in sheep in this country but it is not a notifiable disease. As all the sheep imported so far into Great Britain from Spain and Poland were sheep for immediate slaughter, there is no risk of their spreading caseous lymphadenitis to United Kingdom sheep.
One sheep from Spain and two from Poland--in one consignment--were found to be dead on arrival.
Mrs. Jane Kennedy : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what checks were made in the case of each consignment of live sheep imported from Poland and Spain in 1993 and 1994 that a route plan had been drawn up and that the animals had been fed and watered as required by directive 91/628/EEC ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Soames : Checks are carried out at the place of destination to ensure that Community health and welfare requirements have been met in accordance with the EC veterinary checks directives 90/425 and 91/496 and the protection of animals during transport directive 91/628. An inspection must also be carried out at the place of departure, or place of entry into the Community.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will make a statement on the transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy from cows to their offspring and the evidence for the possibility of this.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list for Humberside and the three Yorkshire counties how many cows in herds tested proved bovine immunodeficiency virus positive in the latest convenient period ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Soames : During limited work on the development of a serological test for bovine immunodeficiency virus carried out by the Department's Central Veterinary Laboratory in 1990, blood samples from 31 cattle in Humberside and the counties of Yorkshire were tested and one was found to be seropositive to the test which was used. These results have not been validated. Clinical disease caused by infection with BIV has never been identified in Great Britain.
Mr. Duncan Smith : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what would be the annual cost to the United Kingdom producers of removing quantitative restrictions, customs duties and import levies on the agricultural products listed in annex to article 21 and protocol 3 of the European agreements with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, But out in the Europe agreements. There is no evidence that those have had a direct impact on the costs of United Kingdom producers of the commodities concerned. If markets for
Column 902any of the products covered by the agreements were to be seriously undermined as a result of the concessionary import terms, the possibility exists of taking safeguard action.
Mr. Soames : The numbers of poultry flocks and birds compulsorily slaughtered in Great Britain because of salmonella infection each year since the introduction of the policy in March 1989 are set out in the following table.
|1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 |1993 |1994 |Total --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Flocks slaughtered Layers |81 |68 |62 |53 |8 |0 |272 Layer breeders |1 |4 |9 |3 |3 |1 |21 Broiler breeders |3 |27 |30 |17 |17 |6 |100 |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- Total |85 |99 |101 |73 |28 |7 |393 Birds slaughtered Layers |1,012,193|693,855 |257,038 |356,477 |20,691 |0 |2,340,254 Layer breeders |6,043 |17,573 |43,320 |13,614 |22,535 |3,036 |106,121 Broiler breeders |21,789 |249,016 |381,265 |169,930 |185,002 |58,050 |1,065,052 |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- |---- Total |1,040,025|960,444 |681,623 |540,021 |228,228 |61,086 |3,511,427
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much money has been paid since 31 March 1993, as compensation to farmers for slaughtered poultry ; and if she will make a statement.
In July 1993, the Government announced that they had reviewed the existing legislative provisions for compensation in respect of slaughtered poultry and concluded that they found an unsatisfactory basis for dealing with poultry slaughtered because of salmonella infection. They therefore proposed to amend the Animal Health Act 1981, following consultation with industry, so as to provide a clear statutory basis for the payment of compensation for salmonella infected birds. In the meantime, the Government would pay full compensation for all birds compulsorily slaughtered because of salmonella. Payments made to all owners of flocks slaughtered since the policy began in March 1989 were adjusted in August 1993 at a cost of £1,048,768.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many animals imported from (a) Poland and (b) Spain were inspected at British ports in the last year ; what involvement the staff had in these inspections ; and what action is being taken to protect the welfare of any future animals imported from Poland and Spain.
Column 902destination to ensure that welfare and health requirements have been met. An inspection must also be carried out at the place of departure, or place of entry to the EC. We have asked the German authorities to ensure that all consignments of sheep entering the Community from Poland are subject to rigorous checks.
Mr. Jack : The application of the code will involve the allocation of some extra resources to this task, but this will be limited since in general it is consistent with the Ministry's existing arrangements for the provision of information.
(2) what were the annual figures for egg consumption in (a) the north, (b) the south, (c) the east and (d) the west of England for each year since 1988 ;
(3) what were the figures for egg consumption in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) England for each year since 1988.
Mr. Jack : Estimates of household consumption of eggs are provided by the Ministry's national food survey, which covers households in Great Britain, but not Northern Ireland. This survey provides estimates for each country within Great Britain and for each standard region within
Column 903England, but not for each county. The estimates, which are expressed in terms of average numbers of eggs per person per week, exclude eggs used in manufacturing or catering and institutions.
Number per person, per week Year |Great |England |Wales |Scotland |Britain ------------------------------------------------------ 1988 |2.67 |2.58 |2.39 |3.62 1989 |2.29 |2.25 |2.09 |2.82 1990 |2.20 |2.17 |2.14 |2.61 1991 |2.25 |2.27 |2.23 |2.17 1992 |2.08 |2.06 |2.15 |2.28
Number per person, per week Regions of England Year |North |Yorkshire and|North |East |West |South |South East/ |Humberside |West |Midlands |Midlands |West |East Anglia ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1988 |3.31 |3.00 |2.55 |2.70 |2.42 |2.78 |2.27 1989 |2.87 |2.69 |2.08 |1.93 |2.26 |2.42 |2.06 1990 |2.89 |2.38 |2.28 |2.19 |1.90 |2.30 |1.98 1991 |2.72 |2.35 |2.30 |1.93 |2.09 |2.37 |2.24 1992 |2.32 |2.20 |2.00 |2.00 |2.05 |2.12 |2.00
Mr. Beith : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer to the right hon. Member for Woking (Sir C. Onslow) on 1 March, Official Report, column 645, what arrangements she has made to consult representatives of north-east drift net fishermen about proposals to extend the close season for the fishery.
Mr. Jack : As I previously indicated, we are currently considering a request that the opening date for the north-east coast salmon drift net fishery be postponed. If we conclude that there is a case for a change in the current arrangements, we will ensure that those affected are consulted before any decisions are taken. They would, in addition, have the opportunity to object formally to the proposed byelaw when it was published, and any such objections would be taken into account by the Minister when deciding whether or not it should be confirmed.
Dr. Strang : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer of 28 February, Official Report, column 592, if she will provide the same information from the annual farm census for farms within an area coterminous with each of the local surveys conducted by the universities and colleges in connection with the annual farm business survey.
Mrs. Shephard [holding answer 10 March 1994] : The information requested is shown in the following tables for those farms covered by the Farm Business Survey, that is, larger than eight ESU classified in the June 1992 agricultural census as cattle and sheep farms in the less-favoured areas as a whole or in the severely disadvantaged areas. Unweighted farm business survey results do not provide valid estimates for comparison with census results.
i Cattle and sheep (LFA) farms: averages per farm, June 1992 census (England) holdings 8 ESU and over Livestock Units Province |Farm area |Farm area |Sheep |Cattle |Total |(Isu) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Newcastle |164 |405 |55 |64 |118 Askham Bryan |131 |324 |45 |53 |98 Manchester |100 |247 |41 |52 |93 Nottingham |122 |301 |34 |56 |89 Exeter |94 |232 |37 |68 |105
Cattle and sheep (SDA) farms (a): averages per farm, June 1992 census (England) holdings 8 ESU and over Livestock Units Province |Farm area |Farm area |Sheep |Cattle |Total |(Isu) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Newcastle |177 |437 |57 |62 |120 Askham Bryan |149 |368 |49 |52 |100 Manchester |125 |309 |48 |50 |98 Nottingham |142 |351 |37 |58 |95 Exeter |109 |269 |43 |68 |111 (a) Includes farms classified as SDA specialist sheep, SDA specialist beef and SDA mixed cattle and sheep.
Mr. Purchase : To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to publish the amendment to the Price Marking Order 1991 in respect of shops switching from imperial to metric weights for certain categories of foods.