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Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the pupil capacity of (a) the Greenwood Dale grant-maintained secondary school, (b) the George Spencer school and (c) the Ravensdale school in Nottinghamshire.
|Number ------------------------------------------------------------- (a) Greenwood Dale Grant Maintained School |722 (b) The George Spencer Grant Maintained School |980 (c) Ravensdale Grant Maintained Middle School |560 Note: These figures for capacity of schools are derived from the application for GM status.
grant-maintained, indicating which ones were previously aided or controlled and the denomination or religion involved in each case.
Mr. Luff : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice was given to farmers in the Worcester area following the water pollution incident of 15 April ; how such advice was publicised or drawn to the attention of farmers ; and at what times such advice was offered.
Mr. Jack : The Department was alerted to the incident by the local office of the National Rivers Authority during the morning of 15 April. In the course of the day, Severn Trent water authority issued advice to all residents in the Worcester area not to drink, or use for washing, or wash in, tap water.
The MAFF regional office immediately established close contact with the Severn Trent water authority, the National Rivers Authority and Worcester environmental health department. The normal telephone inquiry service for farmers was operating at the MAFF regional office and was available throughout the weekend. As a precaution, following consultation with the Severn Trent water authority and the National Rivers Authority, farmer inquirers were advised to provide an alternative water supply for animals. The advisory warning was lifted on 16 April.
In consultation with MAFF, the Milk Marketing Board arranged that, pending a food safety risk assessment, milk collected from the affected area on 15 and 16 April should be diverted to processing rather than go for early liquid consumption. On 16 April, Ministry scientists confirmed that the incident did not pose any risk to food safety.
Mr. Jack : After extensive consultations with a wide range of organisations, my right hon. Friend the Minister published the strategy for flood and coastal defence in England and Wales in October 1993. Copies were placed in the Library of the House. The strategy reaffirms the Government's commitment to reducing the risks to people and to the developed and natural environment from flooding and coastal erosion, by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sound and sustainable defence measures. In particular, it emphasises that the safeguarding of lives
Column 145must be the highest priority ; that a strategic approach should be adopted, taking account of the potential impact of defences on natural river and coastal processes ; and that environmental considerations should be integral to flood and coastal defence policy.
Mr. Jack : The Government's flood and coastal defence strategy for England and Wales recognises that over 50 per cent. of grade 1 agricultural land is situated in areas which depend on flood defence or arterial drainage works to maintain their productive capacity. The maintenance of this infrastructure is supported through central Government's financial support for local authorities.
As far as capital works are concerned, the Ministry no longer provides financial support for new rural arterial
Column 146drainage schemes which are intended primarily to increase agricultural production but assistance may be available for works intended to alleviate flooding or coastal erosion in rural areas provided these meet the Ministry's technical, economic and environmental criteria.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Dulwich (Ms Jowell) of 13 April, Official Report, column 180, if she will list for each consignment of culled milking ewes (a) the date of importation, (b) the number of animals recorded on the animal health certificate, (c) the number of animals inspected on arrival in Birmingham and (d) the numbers of animals recorded at any intermediate stage in each journey.
Imports of sheep from Spain and Poland since 1 January 1994 (1) |(2) |(3) |(4) |(5) Date of arrival at |Date of importation |Number of animals |Number of animals |Number of animals |recorded at slaughterhouse |recorded on the |inspected on arrival |lairages in Great |Britain ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 17 February 1994 |16 February 1994 |300 |289 |Not recorded 8 March 1994 |3 March 1994 |300 |291 |297 animals recorded at lairage at Dover | (including 2 dead on arrival and 4 unfit |for further transit 9 March 1994 |8 March 1994 |334 |328 |Not recorded 17 March 1994 |17 March 1994 |351 |350 |No Great Britain lairage used 28 January 1994 |27 January 1994 |300 |243 |Not recorded 15 February 1994 |14 February 1994 |250 |188 |No Great Britain lairage used 8 March 1994 |7 March 1994 |300 |290 |Not recorded 23 March 1994 |22 March 1994 |300 |268 |300 animals recorded at lairage at | Southampton (including 4 dead on |arrival and 28 unfit for further transit)
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what reasons underlay the decision to grant full Spanish accession to the common fisheries policy as part of the Norwegian accession negotiations ; whether this was at the insistence of (a) Spain or (b) Norway ; and if she will make a statement on reasons for the United Kingdom position on the issue.
Mr. Jack : The accession treaty of Spain and Portugal provides for certain of its fisheries provisions to be amended. The Commission proposed the integration of Spanish and Portuguese fishing arrangements into the CFP in October 1993. The subsequent negotiation on the principles to guide the Commission in drafting detailed rules for the waters and resources concerned was concluded at the Fisheries Council on 12 April. As provided for in the accession treaty, it was decided by qualified majority vote--not as the result of the insistence of a single country. In my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison), Official Report, columns 183-84, I explained why the outcome was satisfactory.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether Spain and Portugal will be fully integrated into the common fisheries policy as from 1 January 1996 and have access to all waters on a non-discriminatory basis.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the methods of calculation of the compensation paid to farmers for slaughtered confirmed cases of BSE ; and what changes were made in this calculation between January 1990 and January 1994.
Mr. Soames : From 8 August 1988 up to 14 February 1990, compensation paid to farmers for a confirmed case of BSE was an amount equal to 50 per cent. of either the actual market value of the animal or of 125 per cent. of the average market price--AMP--for commercial grade Friesian dairy cows and heifers in milk and in calf,
Column 147whichever was the lower figure. Details can be found in the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Order 1988, S.I. 1988 No. 1346. This was changed from 14 February 1990 up until 1 April 1994, when compensation paid was an amount equal to 100 per cent. of either the actual market value of the animal or the AMP, whichever was the lower figure--BSE Compensation Order 1990, S.I. 1990 No. 222.
From 1 April 1994, the method of determining the ceiling for compensation was modified to reflect the increasing proportion of older cattle being slaughtered as BSE suspects. The monthly AMP was replaced by the indicative market price--IMP--which is a weighted average of prices of Friesian and Holstein cows, heifers in milk and in calf, and barren dairy cattle taking into account the age distribution of cattle slaughtered as BSE suspects in the month. The compensation paid out is an amount equal to 100 per cent. of either the market value of the animal or the IMP, whichever is the lower figure--BSE Compensation Order 1994, S.I. 1994 No. 673.
Mr. Soames : BSE compensation is paid on all cattle slaughtered whilst BSE suspects. Additional payments may be made in cases where BSE is not confirmed following laboratory examination. Between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 1993, 129,700 cattle were slaughtered as BSE suspects of which 110,101 were subsequently confirmed as having BSE. The total compensation paid out during that period was £92,709, 724. The average compensation for all cattle slaughtered while BSE suspects was therefore £715 per animal. It is not possible without disproportionate cost to separate compensation into that paid for confirmed and unconfirmed cases of BSE.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much European Union beef has been exported to developing countries in each of the past five years ; to which countries ; in what quantities ; and what is the value of the European Union subsidy per ton of beef.
Country |tonnes ------------------------------------------------- Canary Islands |26,491 Ceuta and Melilla |2,563 Morocco |9,099 Algeria |27,763 Tunisia |14,050 Libya |21,569 Egypt |147,591 Sudan |100 Mauritania |143 Mali |18 Burkina Faso |1 Niger |131 Chad |49 Cape Verde |307 Senegal |1,377 Gambia |421 Guinea Bissau |190 Guinea |2,380 Sierra Leone |452 Liberia |3,332 Ivory Coast |23,986 Ghana |28,529 Tonga |791 Benin |7,760 Nigeria |38 Cameroon |598 Central African Republic |156 Equatorial Guinea |702 Sao Tome and Principe |7 Gabon |16,666 Congo |23,449 Zaire |22,053 Vanuatu |1 French Polynesia |4,104 Polar Regions |13 Iraq |3,709 Iran |53,776 Israel |2,946 Jordan |31,387 Saudi Arabia |67,499 Kuwait |5,669 Bahrain |1,980 Qatar |1,267 United Arab Emirates |6,976 Oman |144 Yemen |3,883 Afghanistan |23 Grenada |52 Aruba |23 Netherland Antilles |86 Colombia |26 Venezuela |917 Guyana |5 Surinam |22 French Guiana |1,653 Ecuador |69 Peru |238 Brazil |231 Chile |3 Paraguay |1 Argentina |31 Falkland Islands |6 Burundi |207 St. Helena |9 Angola |12,815 Ethiopia |5 Dijbouti |191 Somalia |14 Uganda |18 Tanzania |26 Seychelles |107 British Indian Ocean Territories |1 Mozambique |534 Madagascar |5 Reunion |1,233 Mauritius |4,479 Comoros |2,926 Mayotte |1,102 Zambia |346 Namibia |31 Greenland |411 St. Pierre and Miquelon |3 Mexico |19,322 Bermuda |185 Guatemala |140 Belize |116 Honduras |24 El Salvador |23 Nicaragua |115 Panama |153 St. Christopher and Nevis |98 Bahamas |780 Dominican Republic |117 Virgin Islands |26 Guadeloupe |3,904 Antigua and Barbuda |105 Dominica |73 Martinique |4,293 St. Lucia |699 St. Vincent |79 Barbados |703 Trinidad and Tobago |1,723 Cyprus |5,010 Lebanon |26,030 Syria |3,034 Pakistan |39 India |7 Sri Lanka |12 Thailand |65 Laos |59 Indonesia |1,006 Malaysia |77 Brunei |47 Singapore |448 Philippines |18,343 South Korea |122 Taiwan |25 Hong-Kong |1,265 Macao |22 Papua New Guinea |20 Nauru |19 New Caledonia |246 Wallis and Futuna Islands |1 New Zealand Oceania |16
Equivalent information is not yet available for 1993 and, for earlier years, can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, total beef exports from the European Community to all third countries, including developing countries, in the period 1988-1992 were :
|Number ------------------------------ 1988 |785,445 1989 |1,024,987 1990 |816,019 1991 |1,324,866 1992 |1,323,389 Source: "Eurostat".
Rates of export refund vary depending upon the type of beef being exported and the export destination. The average export refund for fresh, chilled and frozen beef in 1992 was £1,026 per tonne.
Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will resist (a) proposed restrictions on the purchase of a variety of veterinary medicines for treating horses and (b) proposed new tests on such medicines, provided they satisfy existing United Kingdom standards ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Soames : I am not aware of any proposals for restrictions on the purchase of veterinary medicines for use in treating horses, nor for any proposed new tests on such medicines. The hon. Member may have in mind recent reports about the possible effects the establishment of maximum residue limits--MRLs--might have on the availability of equine medines. If so, the position remains as I set out in my reply to the hon. Member for Thanet, North (Mr. Gale), Official Report, column 491. Maximum residue limits must be established by 1996 for active ingredients in veterinary medicines used in food producing species. No MRLs are necessary, however, for medicines to be used in horses, irrespective of their value, which are not intended for human consumption.
Dr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the recent award to the Southern Irish fishing industry to compensate for bad weather conditions is consistent with the commons fisheries policy ; if she will consider proposing similar assistance for the United Kingdom fishing industry ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Jack : The European Commission has a duty to examine all aids introduced by member states. It will consider whether the national aid package for the Irish fishing industry announced by the Irish Government on 18 April to alleviate hardship caused by the recent bad weather is in accordance with the provisions of the treaty of Rome and the guidelines on state aids in the fisheries sector. I have no plans to introduce such aid in the United Kingdom. However, United Kingdom share fishermen who satisfy the conditions of the national insurance rules that apply to them they are eligible to claim unemployment benefit for days they did not fish due to bad weather.
Column 151commercial whaling is clear and unambiguous. We strongly support its retention and will not even contemplate its lifting unless stocks are shown to be at healthy levels, methods used to kill whales are humane and fully effective procedures for managing whale stocks are in place which include ways of ensuring that the rules are observed and enforced.
More details of our policy on whaling were contained in the letter I sent to hon. Members on 27 April 1994.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what expenditure has been incurred by her Department (a) up to 31 December 1993, and (b) since 1 January 1994 in making preparations, including the purchase of equipment, for the implementation of the Sea Fisheries (Conservation) Act 1992.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 4 May 1994] : Most of the expenditure was on staff salaries for officials dealing with claims from fishermen for additional days at sea and for the secretariat of the Sea Fish Licence Tribunal. This expenditure amounted to £318,000 up to 31 December 1993 but it includes the salaries of staff who were also working on other tasks such as the 1993 decommissioning scheme. Those officials engaged solely on the implementation of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act have gradually been redeployed over the first quarter of this year and expenditure has been reduced accordingly.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many officials of her Department were engaged in work related to the implementation of the Sea Fisheries (Conservation) Act 1992 in December 1993 ; and how many officials continue to be engaged in work related to the implementation of this Act.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 4 May 1994] : At the beginning of December 1993 10 officials were responsible for assessing fishermen's representations against their provisional days at sea allocations ; they have all been redeployed. The Sea Fish Licence Tribunal secretariat with six staff has also been disbanded.
Column 152software has been purchased by her Department for the purposes of implementing the provisions of the Sea Fisheries (Conservation) Act 1992.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 4 May 1994] : Computer hardware and software was purchased mainly for the operation of the Sea Fish Licence Tribunal. The hardware has now all been put to good use elsewhere in the Department and future expenditure will be correspondingly reduced.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will estimate the cost of employing consultants in connection with privatisation programmes in which her Department has been engaged since 1980.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 4 May 1994] : Since 1980 my core Department has made no expenditure on consultants in connection with privatisation programmes. However, studies into the privatisation of the Covent Garden Market Authority were undertaken by consultants at a total cost of approximately £41,000.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many arable acres are estimated to be ploughed (a) by machine and (b) by horse-drawn appliance ; at what estimated cost per acre in each case ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 5 May 1994] : Estimates of the area ploughed are not available. The cost of ploughing will depend on many factors. Typical contractors charges and farmers costs for ploughing are contained in "Farm Management Pocketbook" published by Wye college, no official estimates are available for the costs of horse-drawn ploughing.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will publish a table showing, in 1992-93 prices, the gross public spending for each year since 1990-91 and the projected expenditure for each year to 1995-96 for each executive non-departmental public body sponsored by her Department, as listed in "Public Bodies 1993".
This figure relates to columns showing the "Total Gross Voted Expenditure" for 1990-91 and 1991-92. The line should read :
£ million Total gross Total gross voted expenditure expenditure |1990-91|1991-92|1990-91|1991-92 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sea Fisheries Industry Authority |8.675 |9.208 |8.463 |4.098
Dr. Mawhinney : The information requested is shown in the table. These figures should be treated with caution. The general and senior manager class was introduced into the health service in phases from 1986. Most of the apparent growth reflects the reclassification of staff from professional and administrative groups, including many senior nurses, as managers. The pattern of phased introduction in the west midlands corresponded with the national pattern. General and senior managers account for only 2 per cent. of the total NHS work force in the west midlands.
General and Senior Managers in the Regional, District, and Family Health Services Authorities in West Midlands (in whole time equivalents) at 30 September. |Number --------------------- 1986 |60 1987 |90 1988 |150 1989 |530 1990 |1,150 1991 |1,540 1992 |1,830 Source: Non-Medical Workforce Censuses ( 1986-90) and aggregate returns KM49 (1991-92). Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration is being given to possible use of the Internet or other E- mail system in order further to improve care in the community for the elderly, the disabled and other housebound people ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Bowis : The provision of community care services is a matter for local health and social services authorities. Where they are exploring the use of information technology we would encourage them to share their experience widely with other authorities.
The Department is currently putting in place a national health service-wide networking infrastructure to support all electronic communications, including E-mail, throughout the NHS in England. The extent to which electronic communications are used should be decided in the light of whether it is a cost effective way of improving patient care. All connections to NHS-wide networking factilities, either directly or through other networks such as the Internet and those run by social services, will have to meet national technical, security and confidentiality standards.
Ms Corston : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if social service departments have been requested to make estimates of the number of children likely to be received into care following the repeal of local authorities' duty to provide gipsy caravan sites under the Caravan Sites Act 1968, as provided for by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill.
Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of junior doctors in each regional health authority in London ; what is the number in each hospital ; and what is the total number of hours covered by junior doctors in each regional health authority in London.
|Number -------------------------------- North West Thames |1,840 North East Thames |2,270 South East Thames |1,840 South West Thames |1,320
Information on the number in each hospital and complete information on the total number of contracted hours of junior doctors is not available.
Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors are contracted for more than 72 hours per week in each hospital in each regional health authority in London ; and how many have regularly worked more than 72 hours per week since 1 January 1993.
|Number -------------------------------- North East Thames |965 North West Thames |693 South East Thames |604 South West Thames |695 |---- Total |2,957
Information on individual hospitals and on hours of work is not available centrally.
Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set up an inquiry into procedures used at the north Staffordshire pathology laboratory for the processing of thyroid function tests ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville : The tests are carried out by trained and qualified medical physicists. The isotope department of the North Staffordshire national health service trust has been doing this work for at least 20 years and there is no sign that it fails to meet required quality standards.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory provision is made for individuals to appeal against a local authority decision to charge for services ; what provision is made for local authorities to publicise the right to an appeal ; what consultation local authorities have to carry out before introducing charges ; and if she will make a statement.
Ms Corston : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average annual cost of keeping a child in local authority care, at 1993 prices, for each of the last 10 years for which information is available.
Mr. Bowis : Information is available centrally on a consistent basis for the years 1983-84 to 1991-92 and is shown in the table. These figures exclude cases where care is provided at little or no cost to local authorities--for example, placed with parents--or where local authority costs did not relate solely to children in care.
Average annual net cost of keeping a child in care/looked after, at 1993 prices<1> Year |Cost (£) --------------------------- 1983-84 |9,520 1984-85 |9,636 1985-86 |9,726 1986-87 |10,233 1987-88 |10,645 1988-89 |11,182 1989-90 |11,475 1990-91 |12,044 1991-92 |12,889 <1>Using the Gross Domestic Product deflator.
Ms Corston : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 30 March, Official Report, column 889, how many of those children received into care because of homelessness remained in care for more than one year ; and how many of those children were not subsequently reunited with their parents.
Mr. Bowis : Information available centrally relates to the duration of the most recent care episode and this was first computed for the year ending 31 March 1977. Figures are available on children whose episode of care ceased because they were self-supporting/under parental care, but these do not separately identify children whose entry to care because of homelessness was in previous years. Figures for 1977 are shown in the table.
Children who entered care because family was homeless (most recent care episode): numbers in care, 1977 Care status at |All |Children whose most beginning and end of year |children |recent care episode |lasted one year or |more -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Children in care at 31 March |1,829 |1,346 1977 2. Children who ceased to be |1,069 |315 in care in the year ending 31 March 1977 3. Children who came into care |604 |n/a during the year ending 31 March 1977 but were not in care at that date 4. Children in line (3) whose |596 |n/a last care episode ceased because they were self supporting/under parental care n/a=Not applicable. Source: Department of Health and Social Security. Personal Social Services Local Authority Statistics, Children in Care of Local Authorities, year ending 31 March 1977. (A/F 77/12).
Ms Corston : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were received into care in England because of homelessness in each of the years following the implementation of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977 ; and how many of these were gipsy or traveller children.
Mr. Bowis : The information available centrally relates to the number of children in England taken into care on a voluntary basis because their families were made homeless. Figures for the years 1977-78 to 1990-91 are shown in the table. The information available for 1991-92 is an estimate of 110 for the period 14 October 1991 to 31 March 1992. Gipsies and travellers are not separately identified in these figures.
Children admitted to care due to homelessness England, 1978-1991 England Year ending |Number of 31 March |children ------------------------------------ 1978 |559 1979 |421 1980 |529 1981 |471 1982 |378 1983 |317 1984 |244 1985 |215 1986 |207 1987 |209 1988 |179 1989 |223 1990 |225 1991 |138
Mr. Bowis : North Staffordshire health authority is currently reviewing local provision of continuing care beds for the elderly and will conduct a formal public consultation exercise when these plans are sufficiently developed.
Mr. Bowis : Provision of health care for people with dementia in north Staffordshire is a matter for North Staffordshire health authority. I understand that the health authority states that there has been no recent change in the level of continuing care purchased for the residents of north Staffordshire.
Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will discuss with the Alzheimer's Disease Society the conclusions of its survey of continuing care provision for people with dementia in the west midlands.
Mr. Bowis : The Department is in contact with the Alzheimer's Disease Society about a range of matters including its survey into continuing care provision for people with dementia in the west midlands.