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Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Russian Government about the adequacy of its plans to counter the consequences of radioactive infection after Chernobyl and to prevent any future radioactive accident.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Since the break-up of the former Soviet Union, responsibility for Chernobyl has fallen to the Ukrainian Government. A number of representations have been made in particular to the Russian and Ukrainian Governments by western Governments on the need to avoid a recurrence of the Chernobyl accident and to improve the levels of safety in Soviet-designed nuclear power reactors. The United Kingdom is engaged both bilaterally and multilaterally in providing both countries with substantial technical and other assistance to that end.
(a) Regular political dialogue (including at Head of Government level).
(b) Limited trade concessions. These consist of the granting of most favoured nation treatment and the abolition of quantitative restrictions accompanied by safeguard provisions. It sets the eventual goal of a possible free trade area between Russia and the EU. Progress towards this goal will be reviewed in 1998.
(c) Sectoral cooperation in areas such as the approximation of laws, funded by technical assistance through the TACIS scheme. (d) The draft also allows for future evolution of the agreement and for its suspension in the event of either side failing to fulfil its obligations.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Our objective remains to secure India and Pakistan's accession to the non-proliferation treaty as non-nuclear weapon states. We continue to encourage both countries to engage in dialogue on regional security, and we support United States proposals to establish a multilateral forum on regional security in south Asia. We have also voted in favour of a resolution at the United Nations which calls for the establishment of a nuclear weapon-free zone in south Asia.
Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent President Yeltsin is consulted over all strategic decisions relating to UNPROFOR operations in Yugoslavia ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Regular consultations in the Security Council and bilaterally take place between Ministers and officials of nations closely involved in the former Yugoslavia, of which Russia is one.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to provide advice and assistance to the Economic Community of West African States in order to help develop its peacekeeping and peacemaking roles ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The United Kingdom has no plans to provide advice or assistance to ECOWAS in the field of peace keeping, although we supported the establishment of the United Nations operation in Liberia in which ECOMOG troops work alongside United Nations military observers.
Mr. Hawkins : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the source of funding for compensation payments to complainants as provided for in the Intelligence Services Bill.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Under the provisions of the Bill, the tribunal may direct my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to pay to a complainant such sum by way of compensation as may be specified either by the tribunal or by the commissioner. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary would consider all the individual circumstances of a case before determining from which budget any compensation award would come. Any payments would have to come out of existing provisions.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Proton cars were purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years for which information is available ; and at what cost.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisations have been consulted over the membership of the proposed Down and Lisburn unit trust and Craigavon and Banbridge unit trust ; and which organisations were invited to nominate members to the trusts.
Column 450predecessor did not consult on the membership of the Down and Lisburn and Craigavon and Banbridge Health and Social Services Trust boards.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations he or his colleagues had with the Eastern and Southern health and social services boards regarding the membership of the boards of the Down and Lisburn unit trust and Craigavon and Banbridge trust.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who were the lay helpers or assessors who were involved in the creation of the Down and Lisburn and Craigavon and Banbridge trusts ; and what was their role.
The position of lay helper in any trust is informal--voluntary and unpaid. Normally the role of lay helper is to assist in drawing up the formal appliction, and to support the sponsors of the application by giving potential trusts access to the types of skills and experience that non- executive members are expected to bring to the trust board. They are also expected to identify potential candidates for appointment as non-executive directors on the board of the trust.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what appointments were made to the boards of the Craigavon and Banbridge and Down and Lisburn unit trusts ; when they took office ; and what is their remuneration.
Mr. Gillian Shaw
Mrs. Denise Fitzsimons
Mr. Albert Baird
Mr. Alfie Linehan
Mrs. Ann Colgan
Mr. Mark Ennis
Mr. David Cook was appointed chairman of the Craigavon and Banbridge Community Health and Social Services Trust on 23 November 1993. On 1 March 1994 the following non-executive directors were appointed :
Mr. John Fairleigh
Mr. Cyril McElhinney
Ms Roisin McDonough
Mr. Michael Morrow
Remuneration for chairmen is based on the revenue spending of the trust. On that basis, Mrs. Shaw receives £19,285 per annum and Mr. Cook receives £17,145. All non-executive directors receive £5,000 per annum.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations took place with the district councils in the Eastern and Southern board area, with members of the Southern and Eastern health boards, with members of the Southern and Eastern health and social services councils, or with hon. Members with
Column 451constituencies covering the Southern and Eastern boards, regarding the membership of the Down and Lisburn and Craigavon and Banbridge trusts.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the social fund system in respect of regional differences in applications and awards, the removal of budgetary considerations, clearer definitions of the circumstances in which an award is made, clarification of the priority groups and a wider remit for those the fund assists.
Mr. Ancram : The operation of the discretionary social fund is monitored routinely. We believe that the basic principles of the fund are right and working well. Nevertheless, we continue to monitor its effectiveness and to introduce operational improvements as required. Details of the basis of allocation and district allocations for 1994-95 are in the Library.
Mr. Ancram : There are no plans, at present, to undertake a review specifically into the funding arrangements for children's dentistry. The Government are, however, currently formulating proposals in relation to the future of national health service dentistry as a whole, and those proposals will take account of child dental health.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the amount spent annually per child under 18 years on general dental services in Northern Ireland, irrespective of registration with a general dental practitioner.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures are in place to monitor whether meetings between his officials and producers to discuss ways of reducing overgrazing have led to reductions in overgrazing.
Column 452environmental damage caused through overgrazing consequent on that damage continuing after hill livestock compensatory allowances are withheld as a result of the introduction of the hill livestock compensatory allowance overgrazing clause.
Mr. Ancram : There are no overgrazing provisions in the hill livestock compensatory allowance scheme beyond the withholding of allowances. A consultation paper has, however, recently been issued on a proposal to introduce similar overgrazing provisions with other livestock subsidy schemes.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many farmers have had hill livestock compensatory allowances withheld in 1992, 1993 and 1994 as a direct result of the introduction of the hill livestock compensatory allowance overgrazing clause.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many farmers have been approached by his officials to discuss ways of reducing overgrazing in each year since the introduction of the hill livestock compensatory allowance overgrazing clause ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ancram : None. The overgrazing provisions are designed to ensure that farmers are informed of concern about changes in the condition of vegetation. Only a very small minority of farmers is likely to be affected.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures are in place to monitor whether overgrazing has reduced following the withholding of hill livestock compensatory allowances as a direct result of the introduction of the hill livestock compensatory allowance overgrazing clause.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hill livestock compensatory allowances he has withheld in 1992, 1993 and 1994 as a direct result of the introduction of the hill livestock compensatory allowance overgrazing clause ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the budget, in real and nominal terms, for Northern Ireland in (i) 1991, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1993 and (iv) his estimate for 1994 for (a) the sheep annual premium, (b) the suckler cow premium and (c) the beef special premium.
Table 1-Nominal Terms Financial Years (£) |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |<1>1994-95 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheep Annual Premium |30,763,195|28,653,416|42,066,430|34,938,000 Suckler Cow Premium |16,578,500|17,023,513|15,401,150|36,614,000 Beef Special Premium |7,226,097 |6,226,618 |14,655,469|38,499,000 <1>Estimated
Table 2-Real Terms Financial Years (£) |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |<1>1994-95 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheep Annual Premium |30,763,195|27,785,774|40,111,274|N/A Suckler Cow Premium |16,578,500|16,508,031|14,685,339|N/A Beef Special Premium |7,226,097 |6,038,072 |13,974,314|N/A <1>Estimated
(2) how many thefts from vehicles were reported in each year since 1990 ;
(3) how many vehicles were reported stolen in each year since 1990 ;
(4) how many incidents of joyriding were reported in each year since 1990 ;
(5) what is the clear-up rate of vehicle crime, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of reported cases by the police (a) nationally and (b) in Lancashire in each year since 1990.
Mr. Maclean : The available information relates to offences recorded by the police and is published annually in chapter 2 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" ; copies of which are available in the Library. Information for 1993 is not yet available.
Mr. Charles Wardle : Police forces are required to provide this information at the end of the fiscal year rather than the calendar year. The number of racial incidents recorded by each police force in England and Wales for the year April 1993 to March 1994 will be published once all the figures have been received and collated.
Column 454their entitlements under the Maastricht treaty ; if he will provide a breakdown by parliamentary constituency ; and what advice he gave to local registration officers.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information about the number of Union citizens registering to vote at the forthcoming European parliamentary elections will not be available until the special supplementary register is published on 9 May. We intend to make the information public as soon as possible after that. Guidance has been issued to electoral registration officers on all matters relating to the registration of Union citizens.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases he is aware of in each of the last 10 years where a prosecution for murder or manslaughter has not been possible because of the 366 day rule.
Mr. Maclean : Such information is not collected centrally. I understand, however, that the Crown Prosecution Service is aware of five cases in the last four years where the year and a day rule may have been a factor in a decision not to bring a prosecution for murder or manslaughter in England and Wales.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a breakdown of asylum seekers held in detention on 21 March (a) by nationality, (b) by gender, (c) by length of detention, (d) by place of detention and (e) by immigration status at the time of application.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The information requested on the number of asylum seekers detained on 21 March is not available. The information available relates to people detained under Immigration Act powers on 15 April, who had applied for asylum at some stage and is as follows :
|Number --------------------------------------- (a) Nationality Algeria |51 Albania |1 Angola |15 Bangladesh |7 Brazil |1 Cameroon |1 China |7 Columbia |7 Congo |1 Cyprus |3 Djibouti |1 Egypt |3 Eritrea |1 Ethiopia |12 Ecuador |1 Guinea Bissau |1 Ghana |78 Haiti |1 India |141 Iran |2 Iraq |3 Israel |1 Ivory Coast |16 Jamaica |1 Kenya |19 Liberia |3 Libya |3 Malawi |1 Nationality Doubtful |4 Morocco |1 Niger |4 Nigeria |88 Pakistan |21 Peru |1 Philippines |1 Poland |2 Romania |13 Russia |3 Sierra Leone |8 Singapore |1 Sri Lanka |25 Slovenia |2 Somalia |3 South Africa |3 Sudan |1 Tanzania |1 Togo |2 Turkey |49 Uganda |7 United States of America |1 Zaire |26 Zambia |1 Zimbabwe |1 |--- Total |651
|Number ---------------------------- (b) By gender Males |608 Females |43 |--- Total |651
|Number ----------------------------------------- (c) By length of detention Over 12 months |<1>14 6 to 12 months |<1>31 2 to 6 months |<1>188 1 to 2 months |<1>53 Under 1 month |<1>83 |--- Total |<1>369 <1>These figures do not include the 282 illegal entrants detained, for whom no breakdown as to length of detention is readily available.
(d) By place of detention Immigration Service |Number ------------------------------------------------------------ Campsfield House |136 Harmondsworth |87 Gatwick Beehive |12 Queens Building |13 Stansted |6 Port Detention |8 Newhaven |3 Bedford |1 Belmarsh |1 Blakenhurst |21 Brinsford RC |4 Bristol |1 Bullingdon |1 Brixton |5 Canterbury |22 Camp Hill |1 Cardiff |1 Chelmsford |1 Dorchester |1 Dover |13 Dumfries |5 Durham |1 Elmley |1 Exeter |4 Feltham |5 Gateshead |2 Glen Parva |2 Gloucester |3 Greenock |2 Haslar<1> |82 High Down |14 Holloway |2 Hull |2 Leeds |1 Leicester |1 Lewes |2 Norwich |5 Pentonville |13 Reading |2 Risley |2 Rochester |1 Saughton |1 Shrewsbury |3 Strangeways |3 Walton |2 Wandsworth |2 Wellingborough |1 Winchester |5 Winson Green |29 Wormwood Scrubs |4 Police Cells |111 |--- Total |651 <1> Haslar holding centre is primarily an Immigration Service detention centre, although managed by the Prison Service.