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Common Fisheries Policy

Mr. Gill : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what commitment has been made by the EU Council to confirm the full integration, by 1 January 1996 at the latest, of Spain and Portugal into the common fisheries policy.

Mr. Jack [holding answer 3 May 1994] : The Council adopted a declaration in the context of the Norwegian enlargement negotiations which provides for the full integration of the fisheries arrangements in the act of accession of Spain and Portugal into the general rules of the common fisheries policy. To that end, the Council is required to adopt regulations before 1 January 1995, which will enter into force by 1 January 1996 at the latest.

As I reported in my reply of 13 April to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison), Official Report, column 183-84, the Fisheries Council on 12 April adopted a regulation which provides further that no changes can be made to the current rules governing Spanish and Portuguese fishing until the replacement arrangements have been set out and agreed by the Council.

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Thames Cockle Fishery

Mr. Channon : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when there will be a public inquiry into the proposed regulating order for the Thames cockle fishery.

Mr. Jack [pursuant to his reply, 17 December 1993, c. 1070] : Arrangements have now been made for a public inquiry to be held into the proposed regulating order for the Thames cockle fishery on 12 May 1994 at the civic centre, Southend on Sea.


Agricultural Workers

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each district council and county council areas, and for Wales as a whole, the number of (a) full-time farmers, (b) part-time farmers, (c) full-time agricultural tenants and (d) part-time agricultural tenants ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The annual June agricultural census collects information on the numbers of farmers who work on holdings, including any partners or directors associated with those holdings. Data are not collected specifically in terms of agricultural tenants although information is available for those farmers, partners and directors who work on holdings where all the land is being rented and this category is included in the following tables.

The figures for Wales as a whole and for the counties, shown in table 1, are from the 1993 census. The 1993 figures for district council areas are not yet available, however the equivalent results from the 1992 census are given in table 2.

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Table 1                                                           

Farmers working on holdings                                       

Wales and by county                                               

June 1993                                                         

                 All holdings<1>     Rented                       


                 working:            working:                     

County          |full-time|part-time|full-time|part-time          


Clwyd           |3,028    |1,348    |440      |161                

Dyfed           |8,344    |3,755    |813      |286                

Gwent           |1,501    |938      |214      |75                 

Gwynedd         |3,455    |1,714    |638      |245                

Mid Glamorgan   |649      |397      |85       |50                 

Powys           |4,870    |1,888    |555      |212                

South Glamorgan |393      |225      |105      |60                 

West Glamorgan  |586      |388      |54       |26                 

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

Wales           |22,826   |10,653   |2,904    |1,115              

Source: June agricultural and horticultural census, Welsh Office. 

<1> Excluding minor holdings.                                     

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Table 2: Farmers working on holdings, by district, June 1992                                

                       All holdings<1>             Rented holdings<1>                       

                       Farmers, partners and directFarmers, partners and directors          

                       working:                    working:                                 

District area         |Full-time    |Part-time    |Full-time    |Part-time                  


Aberconwy             |439          |165          |109          |28                         

Alyn and Deeside      |207          |108          |35           |15                         

Arfon                 |349          |266          |53           |32                         

Blaenau Gwent         |65           |60           |9            |6                          

Brecknock             |1,274        |477          |178          |51                         

Cardiff               |67           |31           |19           |<2>-                       

Carmarthen            |2,181        |939          |197          |57                         

Ceredigion            |2,269        |1,043        |191          |72                         

Colwyn                |660          |246          |100          |32                         

Cynon Valley          |70           |57           |9            |8                          

Delyn                 |424          |228          |77           |25                         

Dinefwr               |1,198        |513          |90           |29                         

Dwyfor                |789          |352          |119          |56                         

Glyndwr               |1,047        |432          |125          |50                         

Islwyn                |79           |58           |10           |<2>-                       

Llanelli              |297          |154          |38           |20                         

Lliw Valley           |210          |145          |33           |9                          

Meirionnydd           |842          |319          |116          |58                         

Merthyr Tydfil        |51           |33           |9            |4                          

Monmouth              |1,041        |579          |157          |52                         

Montgomeryshire       |2,288        |872          |258          |121                        

Neath                 |86           |74           |5            |9                          

Newport               |198          |99           |17           |4                          

Ogwr                  |217          |114          |36           |14                         

Port Talbot           |44           |25           |<2>-         |<2>-                       

Preseli Pembrokeshire |1,799        |684          |193          |61                         

Radnorshire           |1,192        |416          |117          |42                         

Rhondda               |14           |12           |3            |0                          

Rhuddlan              |120          |55           |27           |9                          

Rhymney Valley        |146          |81           |15           |8                          

South Pembrokeshire   |547          |254          |116          |28                         

Swansea               |229          |132          |21           |11                         

Taff-Ely              |144          |79           |22           |10                         

Torfaen               |97           |73           |23           |18                         

Vale of Glamorgan     |305          |172          |61           |32                         

Wrexham Maelor        |521          |262          |83           |39                         

Ynys Mon              |950          |552          |235          |86                         

Source: June Agricultural and Horticultural Census, Welsh Office.                           

<1> Excluding minor holdings.                                                               

<2> Data withheld to avoid disclosure of information relating to any particular land or     



Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the use of private detective agencies and security companies by his Department.

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Mr. Redwood : Private inquiry agents have been used by the Welsh Office from time to time in cases of damage to trunk road furniture ; personal injuries and medical negligence claims. Private security guards are employed to protect the Department's main offices at Cathays Park, Cardiff at night and at weekends.

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Llandough NHS Trust

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales under what powers he has requested the Llandough national health service trust to bid to provide community health services for the Vale of Glamorgan ; what other organisations have been asked to make bids for the same services ; if he will publish the terms of reference to the invitation to reply ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : Section 5 of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 contains the power to make, and by implication to amend, an order establishing an NHS trust. A range of non-statutory guidance has been issued on trust-related matters, including the procedures to be followed prior to the submission of a formal proposal for NHS trust status.

I have placed in the Library of the House a copy of the letter inviting Llandough Hospital NHS trust to prepare formal proposals to extend its current range of patient care to include community and mental health services for the Vale of Glamorgan. As can be seen, I have not given my final consent to the bid so far. No other health body in South Glamorgan has been asked to prepare such proposals for this area, though all expressions of interest have been taken into account.

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Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times he has met the Wales TUC to discuss employment ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : Since taking office, I have had two meetings with the Wales TUC, when we discussed a range of economic issues.

Milk Marketing

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what objections he has received to the revised scheme of re-organisation in milk marketing that will delay the vesting day ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and I will consider all representations made to us during consultation on the Milk Marketing Board's scheme of re- organisation. We will make our decision on whether or not to approve the scheme as quickly as our responsibilities under the Agriculture Act 1993 allow. I am not aware of any reason why vesting should be delayed beyond 1 November 1994.


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