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Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the EC proposal for increasing the number of member states required to block a decision makes an exception in the case of decisions affecting the price of food.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The number of votes required for decisions taken by qualified majority voting in the Council is laid down in article 148 of the treaty of Rome. A decision on the amendment of article 148 in the context of enlargement is still under negotiation in the Council. Council decisions on prices under the common agricultural policy are decided by qualified majority voting under article 43. There has been no proposal to amend this practice.

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his departmental policy on the use by Ministers of his Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Office letterheaded paper to correspond to hon. Members on the Conservative and Unionist party strategy for the forthcoming European elections ; and if he has had any discussions with his departmental accounting officer on this issue.

Mr. Hurd : My special adviser's office recently used Foreign and Commonwealth Office paper by mistake for a letter on the Conservative approach to the European elections. I have assured the permanent Under- Secretary that this will not happen again.

Consultants

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts his Department has had with consultants ; and what has been the total cost in each of the last five years.

Mr. Goodlad : The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Turkey

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and C‡ommonwealth Affairs in respect of how many Kurdish journalists and Kurds involved in the distribution of newspapers he has received representations that they have been unlawfully killed in the last three years.


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Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We are aware of such unexplained killings, but have not received representations about specific cases. We hope that the Turkish authorities will vigorously investigate these crimes so that those responsible can be brought before the courts.

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the use of the anti- terror department against elected members of the pro-Kurdish Democracy party in Turkey ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We understand that Democracy party deputies were detained by anti-terrorist police after the National Assembly voted to remove their parliamentary immunities following a request by the public prosecutor that they be tried for alleged offences related to terrorism. The Turkish Prime Minister has said she will investigate allegations that the police acted improperly. We shall continue to make clear to the Turkish authorities the importance we attach to their permitting the non-violent expression of political beliefs.

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to supplies of food and medical supplies to Kurdish areas of Turkey ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We have no information about this, which is a matter for the Turkish authorities.

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Council of Ministers has held recently on allegations of abuse of the human rights of Kurds committed by Turkey ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Council of Ministers has not recently discussed allegations of human rights abuse in Turkey. European Union Foreign Ministers raised human rights with the Turkish Foreign Minister on 8 November 1993. At the Human Rights Commission in Geneva recently the European Union expressed concern at the situation in Turkey. I stressed our concerns when I met the Turkish Minister for Human Rights in London earlier this month.

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held in the Council of Europe regarding the possibility of the expulsion of Turkey from that body, in respect of abuse of human rights ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Council of Europe regularly discusses human rights in a number of countries including Turkey. There has been no discussion of Turkey's expulsion.

China

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what complaints he has received recently regarding the detention of foreign visitors on religious grounds by the Chinese Government.

Mr. Goodlad : A number of non-governmental organisations and others have brought to our attention the detention last month of ten religious believers, including seven foreigners, in Henan province in China. We understand that all the detainees have now been released.


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Norway

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of the terms agreed between the EU and Norway on the latters proposed accession to the Community with particular reference to their effect on the common fisheries policy and access by EU members to the North sea.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Norway agreed its terms of accession with the European Union at the 15-16 March Foreign Affairs Council. On the details of the terms, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Wells) on 21 March at col. 11. The agreement reached on Norwegian accession does not change the existing rules of the common fisheries policy. European Union countries' access to waters, including the North sea, is unaffected. Reciprocal arrangements for access to resources fully respect the principle known as relative stability, that is, the agreed allocation of fishing opportunities according to historical patterns.

Yugoslavia

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money has been received from the United Nations to pay for (a) Operation Hanwood, (b) Operation Cheshire and (c) Operation Grapple ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The names "Hanwood, Cheshire and Grapple" are national terms to describe participation by British armed forces in UN operations in the former Yugoslavia. The terms are not used by the UN. The UN has made payments to cover United Kingdom troop costs for both Operation Hanwood--the field ambulance which withdrew from Croatia in September--and Operation Grapple--The United Kingdom operation in Bosnia--as one payment for the total United Kingdom troop contribution to UNPROFOR.

Operation Cheshire describes RAF participation in the Sarajevo airlift. The United Nations does not refund costs to any of the participants who are carrying in humanitarian supplies on behalf of UNHCR.

UNPROFOR Croatia--UNPROFOR I--began in February 1992. In the first six months United Kingdom's participation in UNPROFOR II was at no additional cost to the United Nations ; the operation was placed on United Nations assessed contributions on 1 April 1993.

Reimbursements from the United Nations to date are as follows : FY 1992-93

UNPROFOR I payments for troop costs for the period to 31 July 1992 Total £191,663.25

FY 1993-94 to date

UNPROFOR I payments for troop costs March 1992 to March 1993 £1,667,909.09

UNPROFOR I and II payments for troop costs April-November 1993 £13,439,501.66

UNPROFOR II rations for the period April-September 1993 £2,013,288.19

UNPROFOR II payment for helicopter services April-September


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1993

£979,273.70

Total £18,099,972.64

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the meeting between United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Serbian President in Belgrade on 15 March ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 21 March 1994] : Mrs. Ogata received assurances from President Milosevic that he would use his influence with the Bosnian Serbs over access to Maglaj. The situation has now improved and the first United Nations aid convoy to reach the town since October arrived on 20 March. Mrs. Ogata also expressed her concern at the continued human rights abuses in Banja Luka. We look to the Serb authorities to act on these concerns.

EC Accession Treaty

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what dates he expects (a) the deliberations of the formal Council of Ministers of the European Community concerning an accession treaty to be completed, (b) publication of the draft text and (c) introduction of the relevant treaty for treaty ratifications.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 22 March 1994] : The draft treaty is due to be published in early April. If the European Parliament gives its assent to accession during their session of the week beginning 2 May, the treaty will be signed in that month. It will then be open for ratification by member states and applicant states.

Palestine

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Palestine.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 22 March 1994] : Some of the precautionary measures enforced by the Israelis in the occupied territories following the Hebron massacre are still in place, including a curfew in the Hebron area and the closure of the occupied territories. We supported United Nations Security Council Resolution 904 which called for protection of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories. The resolution also calls for the implementation without delay of the declaration of principles signed last year by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.


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NORTHERN IRELAND

Correspondence

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters were received from, and written to, hon. Members by him and his ministerial colleagues in February.

Sir John Wheeler : Two hundred and twenty letters were received of which 161 were replied to.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions in the past five years he has knowingly provided incomplete information in answers to parliamentary questions other than on the ground of disproportionate cost ; and on what subjects.

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

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for the past 12 months how many parliamentary questions he has referred to one of his Department's agencies for answer ; and what percentage of parliamentary questions to his Department this represents.

Sir John Wheeler : During the period 1 January 1993 to 31 December 1993 71 questions were referred for answer by a Departmental agency. This represents 4.7 per cent. of parliamentary questions asked.

Wild Birds

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list details of all current licences issued to kill wild bird species, including the premises and the wild bird species concerned.

Mr. Tim Smith : The details of all current licences issued by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland to kill wild bird species, including the premises and the wild bird species are as follows :


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Licence and expiry                                        |Wild bird species                                        |Premise of licence                                                                                                 

date of licence                                           |and                                                      |and location                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                    |covered by licence                                                                                                 

                                                          |maximum number                                                                                                                                                               

                                                          |permitted                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                          |to be killed under                                                                                                                                                           

                                                          |the licence                                                                                                                                                                  

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Belfast International Airport                             |Lapwing (20)                                             |Preserving air safety within the perimeter of                                                                      

30 April 1994                                                                                                       |Aldergrove Airport                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Belfast International Airport                             |Black Headed gull (20)                                   |Preserving air safety within the perimeter of                                                                      

30 April 1994                                                                                                       |Aldergrove Airport                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Belfast International Airport                             |Golden Plover (20)                                       |Preserving air safety within the perimeter of                                                                      

30 April 1994                                                                                                       |Aldergrove Airport                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

River Faughan Anglers                                     |Cormorant (10)                                           |Protection of migratory fish smolts at the River                                                                   

30 April 1994                                                                                                       |Faughan, County Londonderry                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

River Faughan Anglers                                     |Cormorant (5)                                            |Protection of salmon smolts at the River Bundennett,                                                               

30 June 1994                                                                                                        |County Tyrone and County Londonderry                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Bann System Ltd.                                          |Cormorant (10)                                           |Protection of salmon smolts at the Lower Bann and                                                                  

30 June 1994                                                                                                        |tributary rivers                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Shanes Castle Estates Co. Ltd.                            |Cormorant (10)                                           |Protection of salmon smolts at Shanes Castle, Antrim                                                               

30 June 1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

J. T. Lawrence                                            |Cormorant (5)                                            |Preserving fish stocks at Lough Doo Fishery,                                                                       

2 April 1994                                                                                                        |Portaferry, County Down                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and District Angling Club          |Cormorant (5)                                            |Protection of trout stocks at Mill Dam and                                                                         

2 April 1994                                                                                                        |Donaghaguy Reservoir, Warrenpoint, County Down                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Castlewellan and Annsborough Angling Club                 |Cormorant (5)                                            |Protection of fish farm (stocking of trout) at Ballylough                                                          

5 April 1994                                                                                                        |Lough and Ballywillwill Lough, County Down                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

T/A Alpha Pest Control/Services                           |Starling                                                 |Preventing the spread of disease or preserving public                                                              

March 1995                                                                                                          |health-all of Northern Ireland                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

T/A Alpha Pest Control/Services                           |Sparrow and Feral Pigeon                                 |For the purposes of preventing the spread of disease or                                                            

23 March 1995                                                                                                       |preserving public health-all of Northern Ireland                                                                   

Fair Employment

Mr. Trimble : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total number of legally qualified staff employed by the Northern Ireland office and the Northern Ireland Departments, listing the branches in which such staff are employed and the number in each ; how many people there are in each case whose perceived religious affiliation is (i) Protestant, (ii) Roman Catholic, (iii) not determined ; how many came from outside Northern Ireland ; and how many of the latter were born (1) in the rest of the United Kingdom and (2) in the Republic of Ireland.

Sir John Wheeler : The total number of qualified legal staff currently employed by the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland departments is 147. The table lists the branches in which such staff are employed and the number in each.


Branch                                                 |Number           

                                                       |of Staff         

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Northern Ireland Office, London                        |1                

Northern Ireland Office, Belfast                       |4                

Crown Solicitors Office                                |42               

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions          |37               

Northern Ireland Compensation Agency                   |10               

Police Authority for Northern Ireland                  |3                

Department of Finance and Personnel Solicitor's Office |35               

Office of Law Reform                                   |2                

Legislative Counsel                                    |7                

Northern Ireland Land Registry                         |5                

Equal Opportunities Unit                               |1                

The use of community background monitoring information in the Northern Ireland civil service is governed by a code of practice, agreed with staff representatives, under which such information can be used only for the purposes of monitoring the effectiveness of the Northern Ireland civil service policy on equality of opportunity and to meet statutory requirements under fair employment legislation. Disaggregation in the detail sought would be contrary to the code of practice, and could contravene the confidentiality requirements contained in regulations made


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under the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1989. However, of the 147 staff currently employed in a legal capacity 83 are perceived as Protestant and 52 as Roman Catholic. The perceived religious affiliation of 12 cannot be determined. Of these, eight are assessed as being from outside Northern Ireland including five from the United Kingdom and one from the Republic of Ireland.

Purchasing Health Boards

Mr. Watson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each purchasing health board in Northern Ireland, the figures for revenue funding in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95, and the estimated figures for 1995-96 and 1996-97 ; and if he will indentify the changes for each health board's revenue budget resulting from the replacement of the resource allocation working party system of determining funding allocation.

Mr. Ancram : The revenue resources--exclusive of capital charges-- allocated to health and social services boards for the purchase of health and social care for the years 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95 are shown in table 1. The figures for 1993-94 and 1994-95 are provisional and as funding for subsequent years is dependent upon the outcome of future public expenditure surveys, no estimates can be provided for 1995-96 and 1996-97.


Table 1                                  

Board    |1992-93|1993-94|1994-95        

         |£000   |£000   |£000           

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Northern |188,159|200,204|223,093        

Southern |148,705|162,906|170,601        

Eastern  |409,657|390,289|395,372        

Western  |137,825|148,927|155,453        

Following the discontinuance of provider-based funding from April 1992, boards are now funded as purchasers of services for their resident populations. Under the new funding approach, the resource adjustments effected to determine the allocations in table 1, are as follows :


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Table 2                                           

Board     |1992-93  |1993-94  |1994-95            

          |£000     |£000     |£000               

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Northern  |38,654   |1,832    |16,970             

Southern  |14,533   |3,871    |4,218              

Eastern   |<1>53,318|<1>8,856 |<1>4,741           

Western   |4,392    |3,153    |4,331              

<1>Figures denote a reduction in Eastern Boards   

share of resources.                               

Consultants

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts his Department has had with consultants ; and what has been the total cost in each of the last five years.

Sir John Wheeler : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Cannock and Burntwood (Dr. Wright) on 31 January, Official Report, columns 491-92.

NHS Specialists (Waiting Lists)

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were not on waiting lists for treatment but waiting to see a specialist in the national health service for each quarter in the last two years.

Mr. Ancram : The number of people waiting for first out-patient appointment in Northern Ireland at the end of December 1993 was 79, 813. This information is available only from the last quarter of 1993.

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary report on the RUC.

Sir Patrick Mayhew : Copies of the 1993 inspection report, which is the first RUC inspection report to be published, have today been placed in the Library. I welcome the report and will be considering its recommendations carefully. I am grateful to Her Majesty's inspectorate for the report and am pleased to note that overall he regards the force as efficient.

HMIC's inspections offer the opportunity of professional examination of policing policies and priorities and this inspection focused specifically on areas selected for their contribution to efficient and effective operational policing.

The publication, for the first time, of this report is entirely in line with both the Government's and the Chief Constable's clear commitment to more openness.

Electricity Privatisation

Mr. Spring : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the administrative costs of the electricity share offer and the trade sale of the generating stations in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Tim Smith : The costs to the Government of the electricity share offer and sale of the generating stations in Northern Ireland are estimated as follows :


                                             |£ million          

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Underwriting                                 |2.9                

Selling and broking commission               |1.5                

Advisers fees                                |14.5               

Marketing                                    |1.4                

Receiving bank                               |1.7                

Share information office, printing and other                     

 logistical costs                            |2.0                

                                             |--                 

Total                                        |24.0               

These costs represent about 3 per cent. of the total proceeds due from the sale of the generating stations, the sale of shares in the electricity share offer and the repayment of debt which together are estimated at £780 million. The costs exclude stamp duty and VAT on services provided to the Government which are not net costs to the Exchequer, and incentives on employee and individual shareholdings. The figures include expenditure incurred from April 1991 to the end of January 1994, but do not include costs incurred in previous years primarily on the restructuring of the industry which amounted to about £3.1 million.

Self-financing Regulatory Authorities

Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

Sir John Wheeler [holding answer 16 March 1994] : While there are a number of regulatory authorities in Northern Ireland, none of them are self-financing.

However, the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency--DVTA--of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland has a regulatory function and is required to recover total costs through fees and charges. The agency was established on 1 April 1992. Running cost for 1992-93 was £5.4 million and it is estimated to be £5.8 million for 1993-94. The staffing complement at the date of its establishment was 257 and is currently 253.

Civil Servants

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

Sir John Wheeler [holding answer 17 March 1994] : The information is as follows :


Home Civil Servants                                                     

Grade                                  |Number    |Percentage           

                                       |employed  |female               

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Grade 1                                |1         |-                    

Grade 2                                |2         |-                    

Grade 3                                |4         |-                    

Grade 4                                |2         |-                    

Grade 5                                |10        |-                    

Grade 6                                |4         |-                    

Grade 7                                |26        |23                   

Senior Executive Officer               |4         |75                   

Senior Information Officer             |1         |-                    

Senior Research Officer                |1         |-                    

Higher Executive Officer (Development) |4         |25                   

Higher Executive Officer               |20        |60                   

Administration Trainee                 |2         |50                   

Research Officer                       |1         |100                  

Executive Officer                      |28        |54                   

Senior Personal Secretary              |7         |100                  

Typing Manager                         |1         |100                  

Administrative Officer                 |19        |58                   

Personal Secretary                     |15        |100                  

Administrative Assistant               |9         |56                   

Typist                                 |16        |100                  

Catering Manager 1                     |1         |-                    

Catering Manager 3                     |1         |-                    

Support Manager 3                      |1         |-                    

Chef 1                                 |4         |50                   

Support Grade Band 1                   |6         |-                    

Support Grade Band 2                   |7         |43                   

Industrials (Non-craft)                |16        |75                   

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

Total                                  |213       |52                   


Northern Ireland civil servants non-industrial                         

Grade                                 |Number    |Percentage           

                                      |employed  |female               

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Head of Service                       |1         |-                    

Permanent Secretary (G2A)             |6         |-                    

Under Secretary (G3)                  |31        |-                    

Unified Grade 4(G4)                   |3         |-                    

Assistant Secretary (G5)              |116       |10                   

Senior Principal (G6)                 |31        |-                    

Principal (G7)                        |404       |14                   

Accountant Grade 7                    |2         |50                   

Deputy Principal                      |665       |25                   

Accountant Deputy Principal           |4         |-                    

Staff Officer                         |1,008     |42                   

Staff Officer (A)                     |11        |18                   

Staff Officer (Accountant)            |20        |15                   

Administration Trainee                |6         |17                   

Executive Officer                     |1,399     |57                   

EOI (Accountant)                      |5         |40                   

Auditor (SO) MIIA or BATS             |10        |20                   

Auditor (SO) MIIA or BATS             |22        |27                   

Auditor Deputy Principal MIIA and                                      

 BATS                                 |12        |8                    

Social Security Officer 1             |906       |69                   

Executive Officer 2                   |1,503     |67                   

Administrative Assistant              |3,218     |75                   

Administrative Officer                |3,526     |72                   

Social SecurityOfficer 2B             |1,809     |72                   

Social Security Officer 2A            |375       |66                   

Administrative Assistant              |2         |50                   

Accommodation Manager                                                  

 (Enniskiln)                          |1         |100                  

Chief Executive                       |1         |-                    

Chief Agricultural Economist (G5)     |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Agricultural                                              

 Economist (G6)                       |2         |-                    

Principal Agricultural Economist                                       

 (G7)                                 |5         |40                   

Senior Agricultural Economist         |3         |-                    

Assistant Agricultural Economist      |1         |100                  

Chief Executive Valuation and                                          

 Lands Agency                         |1         |-                    

Chief Executive                       |3         |-                    

Senior Deputy Agricultural Officer                                     

 (G5)                                 |2         |-                    

Deputy Chief Agricultural Officer                                      

 (G6)                                 |3         |-                    

Agricultural Inspector Grade I        |23        |4                    

Agricultural Inspector Grade II       |72        |10                   

Agricultural Inspector Grade III      |158       |30                   

Inspector Group 4                     |84        |-                    

Agricultural Inspector Grade IV       |4         |25                   

Inspector Group 5                     |7         |-                    

Post-mortem Room attendant            |4         |-                    

Inspector Group 3                     |34        |-                    

Inspector Group 2                     |107       |2                    

Inspector Group 1                     |133       |9                    

Food Technology Technician            |6         |17                   

Chief Alkali and Radiochemical                                         

 Inspector                            |1         |-                    

Alkali and Radiochemical Inspector    |4         |-                    

Director of Works Service DOE                                          

 (G4)                                 |1         |-                    

Chief Architect (G5)                  |1         |-                    

SUPT Architect (G6)                   |2         |-                    

PPTO (Architect) (G7)                 |23        |-                    

SPTO (Architect)                      |22        |9                    

HPTO (Architect)                      |5         |40                   

SPTO (Architectural Assistant)        |23        |-                    

HPTO (Architectural Assistant)        |27        |-                    

PTO (Architectural Assistant)         |47        |4                    

HPTO (Maint Tech Architect)           |1         |-                    

PTO (Maint Tech Architect)            |8         |-                    

DIR Estate Services (G4)              |1         |-                    

Chief Executive (IDB)                 |1         |-                    

Divisional Director                   |3         |-                    

Principal Auditor (G7)                |2         |-                    

Senior Auditor H and SS (Acc)         |2         |-                    

Auditor II and SS (Acc)               |5         |60                   

Assistant Auditor                     |2         |-                    

Audit Assistant DHSS                  |4         |75                   

Assistant Divisional Director         |3         |-                    

Chief Auditor (G5)                    |1         |-                    

Principal Auditor LG (G7)             |2         |-                    

Auditor LG                            |4         |-                    

Assistant Auditor LG                  |2         |-                    

Senior Audit Assistant LG             |3         |33                   

PPTO (Building Surveyor) (G7)         |1         |-                    

SPTO (Building Surveyor)              |4         |-                    

HPTO (Building Surveyor)              |3         |-                    

PTO (Building Surveyor)               |3         |-                    

Career Adviser                        |4         |25                   

Senior Careers Officer                |16        |56                   

Careers Officer                       |105       |60                   

Catering Adviser                      |1         |100                  

Catering Manager 2                    |1         |100                  

Catering Manager 3                    |1         |100                  

Divisional Manager Belfast (G5)       |2         |-                    

Chief Civil Engineer (G5)             |3         |-                    

Divisional Manager (G6)               |8         |-                    

OPS Director Water (G5)               |1         |-                    

Superintendent Civil Engineer (G6)    |8         |-                    

PPTO Civil Engineer                   |73        |-                    

SPTO (Civil Engineer)                 |183       |2                    

HPTO (Civil Engineer)                 |91        |7                    

Graduate Trainee Civil Engineer       |23        |17                   

SPTO (Civil Engineering Assistant)    |43        |2                    

HPTO (Civil Engineering Assistant)    |202       |3                    

PTO (Civil Engineering Assistant)     |525       |4                    

TGI Trainee Civil Engineering                                          

 Assistant                            |8         |8                    

O Level Trainee Civil Engineering                                      

 Assistant                            |61        |4                    

Chief Clerk of Works (SPTO)           |4         |-                    

Clerk of Works 1 (HPTO)               |20        |0                    

Clerk of Works 2 (PTO)                |88        |-                    

Manager/Warden                        |1         |-                    

Assistant Manager Warden              |1         |-                    

Director of Conservation              |1         |-                    

HPTO (Senior Warden)                  |2         |-                    

PTO, Warden                           |11        |-                    

TGI (Assistant Warden)                |12        |25                   

Chief Dental Officer                  |1         |-                    

Dental Officer                        |4         |-                    

Dental Surgery Assistant              |3         |100                  

Development Executive                 |14        |56                   

Deputy Development Executive          |2         |50                   

Assistant Development Executive       |2         |-                    

Assistant Secretary Statistician (G5) |1         |-                    

Senior Principal Statistician (G6)    |1         |-                    

Principal Statistiscian (G7)          |17        |29                   

Deputy Principal Statistician         |31        |55                   

Senior Assistant Statistician         |17        |29                   

Assistant Statistician                |12        |25                   

Assistant Secretary Economist (G5)    |1         |0                    

Special Economist (G6)                |1         |0                    

Principal Economist (G7)              |8         |13                   

Deputy Economist                      |7         |29                   

Senior Assistant Economist            |7         |29                   

Assistant Economist                   |7         |43                   

Senior Assistant Economist            |7         |29                   

Assistant Economist                   |7         |43                   

Director Environmental Services                                        

 (G4)                                 |1         |-                    

Director Environmental Protection                                      

 (G5)                                 |1         |-                    

Chief Environmental Health Officer                                     

 (G6)                                 |1         |-                    

Senior Environmental Health Officer                                    

 (G7)                                 |2         |-                    

Environmental Health Officer          |2         |50                   

Estates Superintendent HPTO           |1         |-                    

Controller (CTO) (G6)                 |1         |-                    

Chief Examiner (CTO)                  |2         |-                    

Senior Examiner                       |1         |100                  

Deputy Crown Solicitor (G4)           |1         |-                    

Chief Inspector (Health and Safety)                                    

 (G5)                                 |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Inspector (Health and                                     

 Safety)                              |2         |-                    

Principal Inspector (Health and                                        

 Safety)                              |10        |-                    

Inspector (Health and Safety)         |7         |14                   

Inspector 2 (Health and Safety)       |3         |-                    

Fire Officer 1                        |2         |-                    

Senior Fire Officer                   |1         |-                    

Fire Officer                          |4         |-                    

Fire Officer 2 (PTO)                  |2         |-                    

PTO4 Drilling Rig Supervisor          |2         |-                    

Chief Fisheries Officer               |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer        |2         |-                    

Senior Fisheries Officer              |3         |-                    

Fisheries Officer 1                   |12        |-                    

Fisheries Officer 2                   |10        |-                    

Area Foreman (PTO)                    |6         |-                    

Technical Grade 1 (DANI)              |26        |-                    

Chief Forest Officer (G5)             |1         |-                    

Forest Operations Officer             |1         |-                    

Divisional Officer (G7)               |2         |-                    

Forest Officer I                      |11        |-                    

Forst Officer II                      |11        |-                    

Forest Officer III                    |21        |-                    

Forest Officer IV                     |24        |4                    

Area Forest Engineer                  |3         |-                    

General Manager TC (G7)               |1         |-                    

Senior Instructional Officer          |41        |-                    

Higher Instructional Officer-NIO      |2         |-                    

Higher Instructional Officer          |49        |4                    

Instructional Officer 1               |275       |5                    

SPTO Graphic Designer                 |1         |-                    

HPTO Graphic Designer                 |1         |-                    

Audio Visual Technician               |1         |-                    

PTO Graphic Designer                  |5         |-                    

Training Service Manager              |31        |13                   

Principal Inspector                   |1         |100                  

Senior Inspector                      |7         |29                   

Principal Photographer                |1         |-                    

PTO Supervisor (Historic                                               

 Monuments)                           |1         |-                    

PTO Senior Supervisor (Historic                                        

 Monuments BD.B)                      |1         |-                    

Senior Photographer                   |1         |-                    

Custodian (Historic Monuments)        |1         |-                    

Photographic Officer                  |1         |-                    

Assistant Draughtsman Illustrator     |1         |-                    

Photographer                          |1         |-                    

Field Monument Warden                 |3         |33                   

Senior Imports Inspector              |4         |-                    

Imports Inspector                     |12        |-                    

Senior Industrial Accountant          |2         |-                    

Industrial Accountant (G7)            |9         |22                   

Management Accountant                 |1         |-                    

Assistant Industrial Accountant       |2         |-                    

Deputy Director Information                                            

 Services (GR5)                       |1         |-                    

SP Information Officer (G6)           |2         |-                    

Principal Information Officer (G7)    |6         |-                    

Deputy Principal Information Officer  |11        |46                   

Information Officer                   |5         |60                   

Chief Inspector (G3)                  |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Inspector (G4)           |1         |-                    

Staff Inspector (G5)                  |6         |17                   

Inspector (G6)                        |-         |-                    

Senior Housing Inspector (HPTO)       |49        |31                   

Housing Inspector 2 (PTO)             |1         |-                    

Investigation Officer                 |1         |-                    

PRO (Interior Designer)               |4         |-                    

PPTO (Landscape Architect)            |1         |3                    

SPTO (Landscape Architect)            |2         |50                   

SPTO Landscape Architect              |1         |-                    

HPTO (Landscape Architect's                                            

 Assistant)                           |1         |-                    

PTO (Landscape Architect's                                             

 Assistant)                           |7         |43                   

PTO Development Control Inspector     |10        |-                    

PTO Senior Photographer               |1         |100                  

TGI Photographer                      |1         |-                    

Chief Law Clerk                       |6         |17                   

Registrar Lands Tribunal              |1         |-                    

Senior Law Clerk                      |14        |57                   

Law Clerk 1                           |40        |55                   

Law Clerk 2                           |5         |60                   

1st Legislative Draftsman (G2B)       |1         |-                    

2nd Legislative Draftsman (G3)        |2         |50                   

Librarian                             |2         |-                    


                                        |Number    |Percentage           

                                        |employed  |female               

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

Assistant Librarian                     |5         |80                   

Deputy Director MGT Training            |1         |-                    

Senior MGT Training Adviser             |1         |-                    

Management Training Adviser             |1         |-                    

Chief Mapper                            |2         |50                   

Superintendent Mapper                   |5         |40                   

Senior Mapper                           |13        |54                   

Technical Grade 1                       |85        |44                   

Mapper                                  |41        |59                   

Technical Grade 2                       |24        |38                   

HPTO Ferry Manager                      |1         |-                    

Ship's Captain                          |1         |-                    

DDEE Harbour Master/Foreman Works       |1         |-                    

Ship's Engineer                         |2         |-                    

Ship's Mat                              |1         |-                    

Director of OSNI                        |1         |-                    

Deputy Director Ordinance Survey (G6)   |1         |-                    

PR Mapping and Charting of (G7)         |3         |-                    

Senior Map and Charting Officer         |6         |-                    

Higher Map and Charting Officer         |17        |-                    

Mapping and Charting Officer            |128       |6                    

Map and Charting Technical Grade 2      |10        |10                   

Map and Charting Technical Grade 1      |29        |21                   

Map and Charting Technical Grade 1      |2         |-                    

Senior Meat Inspector                   |12        |-                    

Meat Inspector                          |91        |10                   

Poultry Meat Inspector                  |26        |23                   

PTO Electrical Engineer Assistant       |10        |-                    

G/T Electrical Engineer                 |1         |-                    

Trainee Electrical Engineer Assistant   |7         |14                   

Superintendent M & E Eningeer (G6)      |2         |-                    

PPTO (M & E Engineer) (G7)              |20        |-                    

SPTO (M & E Engineer)                   |12        |-                    

HPTO (M & E Engineer)                   |9         |22                   

Grad TR M & E Engineer                  |3         |-                    

TR Mechanical Engineer Assistant        |2         |-                    

SPTO (M & E Engineering Assistant)      |33        |-                    

HPTO (M&E Enginering Assistant)         |56        |-                    

PTO (M&E Engineering Assistant)         |110       |-                    

PTO4 (M&E Engineering Assistant)        |1         |-                    

PTO (Service Engineer)                  |3         |-                    

SPTO (Superintendent of Works)          |2         |-                    

HPTO (Superintendent of Works)          |1         |-                    

PTO (Superintendent of Works)           |6         |-                    

Chief Medical Officer                   |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Medical Officer            |2         |50                   

Principal Medical Officer               |4         |-                    

Senior Medical Officer                  |9         |44                   

Medical Officer                         |16        |31                   

Medical Officer (PT-Time)               |3         |-                    

PTO Materials Testing TH                |2         |-                    

Chief Nursing Officer                   |1         |-                    

Principal Nursing Officer               |1         |-                    

Nursing Officer                         |4         |75                   

Nursing Grade G                         |1         |100                  

Nurse Grade F                           |1         |100                  

Nurse Grade C                           |2         |100                  

Senior Assistant Director DPP           |2         |-                    

Superintendent Office Machines          |1         |-                    

Assistant Supervisor Office Machinery   |1         |-                    

Support Manager 2                       |4         |75                   

Support Manger 3                        |38        |47                   

Support Grade Band 1                    |561       |56                   

Support Grade Band 2                    |683       |42                   

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (G5)       |1         |-                    

Senior Principal Pharmaceutical Officer |1         |-                    

Principal Pharmaceutical Officer (G5)   |2         |-                    

Pharmaceutical Officer                  |1         |-                    

Director T and C Planning (G4)          |1         |-                    

DV Planning Officer (G5) BF             |1         |-                    

Assistant Director Planning (G5)        |1         |-                    

DV Planning Officer (G6)                |5         |-                    

Superintendent Planning Officer (G6)    |2         |-                    

PPTO Planning Officer                   |17        |23                   

SPTO (Planning Officer)                 |47        |11                   

HPTO (Planning Officer)                 |39        |33                   

GRAD TR Planning Officer                |1         |-                    

HPTO (Planning Assistant)               |41        |17                   

PTO (Planning Assistant)                |54        |22                   

Trainee Planning Assistant              |12        |58                   

Chief Education and Training Officer                                     

 (G7)                                   |1         |100                  

Education Officer HOD2                  |1         |-                    

Education Officer HOD1                  |3         |33                   

Senior Teacher                          |2         |50                   

DC ED and Training Officer (NIO)        |1         |-                    

Teacher                                 |12        |50                   

HPTO Prison Industries                  |3         |-                    

PTO (Prison Industries)                 |1         |-                    

Chief Examiner (G7)                     |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Driving Examiner           |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Examiner (SPTO)            |3         |-                    

Supervising Examiner                    |2         |-                    

District Examiner                       |14        |-                    

PTO Vehicle Driving Examiner            |119       |-                    

Senior Driving Examiner                 |3         |-                    

Driving/Traffic Examiner                |9         |-                    

Chief Psychologist (GR6)                |1         |100                  

Senior Psychologist                     |1         |-                    

Higher Psychologist                     |2         |-                    

Principal Psychologist                  |1         |100                  

Curatorial Grade A (G5)                 |1         |-                    

Curatorial Grade B (G6)                 |1         |-                    

Curatorial Grade C (G7)                 |4         |50                   

Curatorial Grade E                      |14        |28                   

Curatorial Grade F                      |4         |50                   

Conservation Grade F                    |5         |20                   

Superintendent Quantity Surveyor (G6)   |5         |-                    

PTO (Quantity Surveyor) (G7)            |14        |-                    

SPTO (Quantity Surveyor)                |11        |9                    

HPTO (Quantity Surveyor)                |6         |-                    

GRAD TR Quantity Surveyor               |1         |-                    

SPTO (Quantity Surveying Assistant)     |11        |-                    

HPTO (Quantity Surveying Assistant)     |13        |-                    

PTO (Quantity Surveying Assistant)      |10        |10                   

Senior Enforcement Officer              |2         |-                    

Enforcement Officer                     |6         |17                   

PRO Supervisor (Roade)                  |41        |-                    

Director of Roads Service (G4)          |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Scientific Officer (G5)    |2         |-                    

SP Scientific Officer (G6)              |17        |-                    

Principal Scientific Officer (G7)       |74        |8                    

Senior Scientific Officer               |136       |20                   

Higher Scientific Officer               |142       |22                   

Scientific Officer                      |176       |35                   

Brucella Tester                         |13        |69                   

Assistant Scientific Officer            |229       |44                   

PTO4 Supervisor                         |6         |-                    

Security Guard                          |7         |-                    

Security Officer                        |7         |-                    

SPTO Health and Safety Adviser          |3         |-                    

HPTO Safety Advisory Officer            |15        |-                    

Chief Inspector (SSI)(G4)               |1         |-                    

Assistant Chief Inspector               |3         |-                    

Inspector (SSI)                         |13        |38                   

Head Legal Services (G3)                |1         |-                    

Deputy Head of Legal Services           |1         |-                    

Assistant Solicitor (G5) NS             |24        |-                    

Deputy Registrar Land Reg               |1         |-                    

Senior Legal Assistant                  |83        |41                   

Legal Assistant                         |32        |81                   

SPTO (Prison Transport)                 |1         |-                    

Supplies Officer                        |1         |-                    

SPTO (Supplies)                         |1         |-                    

HPTO (Supplies)                         |4         |-                    

PTO Supplies                            |16        |6                    

Stores Officer (Grade C)                |5         |-                    

PTO Stores Liaison Officer              |6         |-                    

Chief Structural Engineer UN GR 5       |1         |-                    

Superintendent Structural Engineer (G6) |1         |-                    

PPTO Structural Engineer                |4         |-                    

SPTO Structural Engineer                |11        |-                    

SPTO (Structural Engineering Assistant) |2         |-                    

HPTO (Structural Engineering Assistant) |7         |-                    

PTO (Structural Engineering Assistant)  |13        |-                    

Superintendent Systems Analyst (G7)     |7         |-                    

Senior Systems Analyst                  |71        |17                   

Systems Analyst                         |151       |21                   

Programmeer/Analyst                     |152       |27                   

Programmer                              |124       |22                   

SW Course Student (IT)                  |21        |38                   

Assistant Programmer                    |7         |28                   

Principal Transport Manager             |1         |-                    

Area Transport Manager                  |2         |-                    

Assistant Area Transport Manager        |3         |-                    

Fleet Centre Manager                    |1         |-                    

PTO Workshop Supervisor                 |4         |-                    

Chief Typing Manager                    |11        |100                  

Typing Manager                          |110       |100                  

Typist                                  |1,133     |99                   

Senior Personal Secretary               |36        |100                  

Personal Secretary                      |196       |100                  

Assistant Commissioner                  |3         |-                    

District Valuer (G6)                    |10        |-                    

Senior Valuer (G7)                      |26        |-                    

Valuer I                                |63        |-                    

Valuer II                               |54        |26                   

Senior Valuation Assistant              |12        |-                    

Valuation Assistant                     |41        |10                   

DC Veterinary Officer (G5)              |2         |-                    

SP Veterinary Officer (G6)              |5         |20                   

Divisional Veterinary Officer           |24        |4                    

Veterinary Officer (G7)                 |80        |27                   

Chief Veterinary Research Officer (G5)  |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer         |2         |-                    

Senior Veterinary Research Officer 1                                     

 (G6)                                   |3         |-                    

Senior Veterinary Research Officer 2    |6         |17                   

Veterinary Research Officer (G7)        |15        |13                   

PTO Water Supervisor M&E                |7         |-                    

Director Water Service (G4)             |1         |-                    

HPTO (Water Supervisor)                 |4         |-                    

PTO (Water Supervisor)                  |141       |-                    

Assistant Supervisor Water (Personnel)  |3         |-                    

HPTO Projects Officer                   |1         |-                    

Chief Inspector Trading Standards (G7)  |1         |-                    

Deputy Chief Trading Standards Officer  |2         |-                    

Area Inspector                          |7         |-                    

Senior Inspector                        |1         |-                    

Trading Standards Inspector             |15        |-                    

Principal (Work Study) (G7)             |1         |-                    

HPTO (Word Study Office)                |1         |-                    

Senior Work Study Officer               |2         |-                    

PTO (Work Study Officer)                |14        |-                    

Senior Telecommunications Engineer                                       

 (SPTO)                                 |2         |-                    

Telecommunications Technical Engineer                                    

 I                                      |12        |-                    

Telecommunications Technical Engineer                                    

 II                                     |19        |-                    

Telecommunications Engineering                                           

 Technician                             |76        |-                    

PTO                                     |4         |-                    

PTO Model Maker                         |1         |-                    

Under Secretary (Personnel                                               

 Appointments)                          |1         |-                    

Director Management Training (PA)       |1         |-                    

Management Training Advisor             |2         |-                    

Temporary Veterinary Officer            |24        |21                   

Investigation Officer (PA)              |6         |-                    

Principal Librarian (PA)                |1         |-                    

                                        |---       |--                   

Total Non-Industrials                   |24,895    |51                   

                                                                         

Industrials                                                              

Craft                                   |629       |0.2                  

Non-Craft                               |3,798     |2                    

                                                                         

Total Industrials                       |4,427     |2                    

                                                                         

Overall NICS Total                      |29,322    |44                   

Housing

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each council area and each Housing Executive district the number of (a) applicants by each category used by the executive and (b) the number of transfer applications by category.

Mr. Tim Smith [holding answer 21 March 1994] : This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. I have, however, been advised by its chief executive that the number of applicants by category, for each council area and Housing Executive district, is as follows :


Applications by category at 28 February 1994                                     

Council area     |NIHE district  |A              |B                              

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

Belfast          |Belfast 1      |192            |516                            

                 |Belfast 2      |165            |606                            

                 |Belfast 3      |502            |420                            

                 |Belfast 4      |281            |559                            

                 |Belfast 5      |149            |391                            

                 |Belfast 6      |85             |476                            

                 |Belfast 7      |327            |955                            

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

Region           |Belfast        |1,701          |3,923                          

                                                                                 

North Down       |Bangor         |147            |719                            

Ards             |Ards I         |138            |364                            

                 |Ards II        |48             |219                            

Castlereagh      |Dundonald      |42             |163                            

                 |Newtownbreda   |73             |348                            

Lisburn          |Lisburn        |158            |495                            

                 |Dunmurry       |74             |238                            

                 |Poleglass      |70             |257                            

Down             |Downpatrick    |150            |696                            

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

Region           |South East     |900            |3,499                          

                                                                                 

Banbridge        |Banbridge      |48             |255                            

Newry and Mourne |Newry I        |85             |339                            

                 |Newry II       |93             |452                            

                 |Kilkeel        |-              |-                              

Armagh           |Armagh         |84             |411                            

Craigavon        |Craigavon      |4              |172                            

                 |Lurgan         |57             |366                            

                 |Portadown      |71             |341                            

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

Region           |South          |442            |2,336                          

                                                                                 

Ballymena        |Ballymena      |144            |691                            

Antrim           |Antrim         |95             |555                            

Newtownabbey     |Newtownabbey I |66             |361                            

                  Newtownabbey II                 44                             

Carrickfergus    |Carrickfergus  |99             |469                            

Larne            |Larne          |51             |305                            

Moyle            |Moyle          |28             |150                            

Ballymoney       |Ballymoney     |12             |260                            

Coleraine        |Coleraine      |85             |642                            

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

Region           |North East     |624            |3,795                          

                                                                                 

Derry            |Londonderry I  |256            |492                            

                 |Londonderry II |128            |367                            

                 |Londonderry III|171            |224                            

Limavady         |Limavady       |79             |300                            

Magherafelt      |Magherafelt    |64             |325                            

Strabane         |Strabane       |81             |349                            

Omagh            |Omagh          |54             |461                            

Cookstown        |Cookstown      |28             |212                            

Dungannon        |Dungannon      |53             |364                            

Fermanagh        |Fermanagh      |71             |441                            

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

Region           |West           |985            |3,535                          

                                                                                 

Outside Northern Ireland          349             678                            

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

Northern Ireland Total            5,001           17,766                         


Transfer applications by category at 28 February 1994            

Council area     |NIHE district  |Priority                       

                                 |transfer                       

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

Belfast          |Belfast 1      |158                            

                 |Belfast 2      |119                            

                 |Belfast 3      |118                            

                 |Belfast 4      |109                            

                 |Belfast 5      |145                            

                 |Belfast 6      |79                             

                 |Belfast 7      |135                            

                                 |_______                        

Region           |Belfast        |863                            

                                                                 

North Down       |Bangor         |122                            

Ards             |Ards I         |84                             

                 |Ards II        |10                             

Castlereagh      |Dundonald      |66                             

                 |Newtownbreda   |85                             

Lisburn          |Lisburn        |75                             

                 |Dunmurry       |45                             

                 |Poleglass      |10                             

Down             |Downpatrick    |83                             

                                 |-------                        

Region           |South East     |580                            

                                                                 

Banbridge        |Banbridge      |60                             

Newry and Mourne |Newry I        |62                             

                 |Newry II       |39                             

                 |Kilkeel        |-                              

Armagh           |Armagh         |74                             

Craigavon        |Craigavon      |15                             

                 |Lurgan         |58                             

                 |Portadown      |62                             

                                 |-------                        

Region           |South          |370                            

                                                                 

Ballymena        |Ballymena      |177                            

Antrim           |Antrim         |128                            

Newtownabbey     |Newtownabbey I |129                            

                 |Newtownabbey II|69                             

Carrickfergus    |Carrickfergus  |90                             

Larne            |Larne          |62                             

Moyle            |Moyle          |7                              

Ballymoney       |Ballymoney     |32                             

Coleraine        |Coleraine      |147                            

                                 |-------                        

Region           |North East     |841                            

                                                                 

Derry            |Londonderry I  |264                            

                 |Londonderry II |119                            

                 |Londonderry III|161                            

Limavady         |Limavady       |47                             

Magherafelt      |Magherafelt    |52                             

Strabane         |Strabane       |102                            

Omagh            |Omagh          |34                             

Cookstown        |Cookstown      |30                             

Dungannon        |Dungannon      |49                             

Fermanagh        |Fermanagh      |50                             

                                 |-------                        

Region           |West           |908                            

                                                                 

Outside Northern Ireland          194                            

                                 |-------                        

Total            |3,756          |13,669                         

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for council districts of (a) Coleraine, (b) Magherafelt and (c) Limavady the number of Housing Executive dwellings let in each of the last three years and the current year to the latest available date to each category of applicant ; and how many applicants housed in each category were resident outside the council area in which they were housed.

Mr. Tim Smith [holding answer 21 March 1994] : This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. I have, however, been advised by its chief executive that the number of dwellings let over the past three years and up to September 1993 in the current year is as follows :


Housing executive dwellings let by category   

Period     |A     |B     |PT    |C            

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

Coleraine district council area               

1990-91    |143   |236   |83    |103          

1991-92    |146   |190   |88    |62           

1992-93    |146   |121   |69    |30           

1993-94<1> |72    |62    |31    |17           

                                              

Magherafelt district council area             

1990-91    |67    |82    |23    |53           

1991-92    |63    |61    |15    |37           

1992-93    |61    |50    |17    |47           

1993-94<1> |24    |27    |7     |19           

                                              

Limavady district council area                

1990-91    |88    |57    |17    |62           

1991-92    |101   |38    |29    |61           

1992-93    |90    |26    |17    |44           

1993-94<1> |45    |10    |7     |10           

<1> To September 1993. Collated by the        

Housing Executive on a 6-monthly basis and    

are the latest available.                     

A-priority applications.                      

B-based on points.                            

PT-priority transfers.                        

C-Non priority transfers.                     

The information on the number of applicants in each category in a particular district council area who were resident outside the area, is not readily available and could be obtained only at

disproportionate cost.

WALES

Correspondence

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters were received from, and written to, hon. Members by him and his ministerial colleagues during February.

Mr. Redwood : The number of letters received from hon. Members by myself and my ministerial colleagues during February was 320. The number of responses sent to hon. Members in the same period was 396. (The figure of 396 also includes responses to correspondence received from hon. Members in the latter part of January.)

Prostate Cancer Screening

Mr. Murphy : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to improve prostate cancer screening for men.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : There are no plans to introduce a national screening programme for prostate cancer. Current evidence does not suggest that any such programme would achieve a demonstrable improvement in health by increasing the length and quality of life. The value of available techniques for the early detection of prostate cancer is kept under review. We are aware of some local research into this issue.

Local Government Finance

Mr. Murphy : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what was the total of capital allocations (a) in total, (b) for education, (c) transport, (d) social services and (e) for other services, to each county council in Wales and in total for (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1982-83, (iii) 1985-86 and (iv) each year since 1988-89 ; (2) what was the total of capital expenditure on other services for each Welsh local authority, and in total for (a) 1979-80, (b) 1982-83, (c) 1985-86 and (d) each year since 1988-89 ; and if he will give the breakdown between (i) county councils and (ii) district councils in Wales ;

(3) what was the capital allocation for each local authority in Wales, and in total, for (a) 1979-80, (b) 1982-83, (c) 1985-86 and (d) each year since 1988-89 ;

(4) what was the total capital allocation for housing to each Welsh district council and in total for (a) 1979-80, (b) 1982-83, (c) 1985-86 and (d) each year since 1988-89.

Mr. Redwood : The hon. Member has requested a large volume of statistical information. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Library of the House.


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Grant-maintained Schools

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what advertising his Department has initiated of the process of schools in Wales opting out of local authority control ;

(2) how much money has been spent on advertising costs of the process of schools becoming grant-maintained in Wales.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The Department has not been involved in any advertising campaigns in respect of grant-maintained status.

Eisteddfod

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what evaluation there has been of the attraction to tourists of the annual international eisteddfod at Llangollen ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The Llangollen international eisteddfod is an important annual event which benefits tourism. In 1993 the international eisteddfod achieved ticket sales of 115,600.

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what evaluation there has been of the attraction to tourists of the annual Urdd national eisteddfod ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The Urdd eisteddfod is an important annual event which attracts upwards of 80,000 visitors each year. While most of these come from within Wales, the Urdd eisteddfod plays a significant part in attracting tourists to the particular locality that it visits each year.

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what evaluation there has been of the attraction to tourists of the annual national eisteddfod ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Wyn Roberts : The national eisteddfod is an important annual event which attracts upwards of 135,000 visitors each year. Figures for 1993 suggest that some 5 per cent. travelled from outside Wales.


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