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Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the regional distribution of defence research work ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : The location of defence research work is primarily determined by the availability of facilities, and best value for money considerations. My Department has no plans to change this policy.

Anti-personnel Mines

Mr. Whittingdale : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the outcome of the inquiry into the loss of anti- personnel mines from Shoeburyness.

Mr. Aitken : I hope to be able to announce the outcome of this inquiry shortly.

Bosnia

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 29 April, Official Report, column 400, to what extent Greece has agreed to and supported NATO decisions on Bosnia.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I have been asked to reply.

Greece has not blocked any NATO decisions on Bosnia, although it disassociated itself from the 9 February decision on Sarajevo.


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WALES

Rural Development

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will make a statement regarding the internal reorganisation of his Department with regard to the sponsorship of the Development Board for Rural Wales ;

(2) if he will make a statement setting out the responsibilities of the regional development division of his Department ; and which division of his Department is responsible for rural, tourism and countryside matters.

Mr. Redwood : Following the internal reorganisation of Welsh Office, the regional development division is responsible for sponsorship of the Development Board for Rural Wales, the Wales tourist board and the Welsh Development Agency ; and co-ordination of the application of the strategic development scheme within rural areas. RDD has responsibility for general tourism and rural policy matters. The environment division is responsible for sponsorship of the Countryside Council for Wales.

Boreholes

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) by what mechanisms householders in Wales whose homes and gardens are severely damaged by new boreholes sunk by water utilities may obtain compensation ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will call for a report on damage caused to private houses and gardens in the area of Fron, Montgomery as a result of borehole operations by Severn-Trent Water Ltd. ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) what assessment he has made of the methods whereby assessment is made of the risk of damage to property in Wales from new water boreholes ; and if he will make a statement ;

(4) if he will institute a public inquiry into the conduct of and damage caused by water borehole operations near Fron, Montgomery ; and if he will make a statement ;

(5) what proposals he has to make water utilities liable for damage caused to property in Wales as a result of the sinking of water boreholes ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Flags

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received from (a) organisations and (b) individuals in favour of replacing the Welsh dragon with the Union flag on promotional literature issued by the Welsh development agency.

Mr. Redwood : I have received no such representations. The changes to the promotional literature which I have suggested to the Welsh development Agency are intended to heighten the profile of Wales as a location for inward investment, and there is no question of the Welsh dragon being replaced by the Union flag. Like the hon. Member, I am proud of the dragon and the Welsh colours and wear them wherever possible.


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Local Government Reform

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the sea fisheries committees covering the Welsh coastline within the six-mile limit in relation to the continuation of obligations subsequent to Welsh local government reform.

Mr. Redwood : I propose to consult the unitary authorities, after they have been elected in 1995, about their views on the future arrangements for sea fisheries committees. Existing sea fisheries committees would also be consulted.

Welsh Development Agency

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the payments made in accordance with the Welsh Development Agency redundancy scheme between 1983 and 1989 ; (2) if he will list all Welsh Development Agency redundancy payments made in excess of the approved redundancy scheme between 1983 and 1989.

Mr. Redwood : The Department gave approval to redundancy terms for the agency to use in 1983. My Department was not notified of individual payments made during the period 1983 to 1989. I have asked the chairman for details of such payments and I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what written guidance or observations the Welsh Office gave to the Welsh Development Agency regarding the redundancy payment to Mr. Price, the former director of Winvest and WDI ; and when it was given.

Mr. Redwood : The Department wrote to the agency on 25 November 1991 when the case of Mr. Price first came to light. The Department subsequently wrote on 19 February 1992 requiring the agency to refer further cases of redundancy to the Department.

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance was given to the Welsh Development Agency regarding lease car schemes ; when Treasury central unit on purchasing guidelines became available to the Welsh Office ; and when these were sent to the Welsh Development Agency.

Mr. Redwood : The Department gave approval to the agency's car leasing scheme on 27 April 1987. Treasury CUP guidelines were issued in November 1990 and those were sent to the agency in February 1992 when it was considering changes to its approved car leasing scheme.

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance was given to the Welsh Development Agency between 1983 and 1992 regarding redundancy arrangements after the Welsh Development Agency entered the Mid-Glamorgan pension fund.

Mr. Redwood : The Department wrote to the agency on 12 April 1983 asking for notice of proposed actions on redundancy ; details of additional payments ; and stating that the terms of redundancy payments must conform to public sector standards.

The Department wrote subsequently, on 29 June 1983, in response to an agency proposal put to the Department on 1 June 1983, giving approval to the agency's redundancy arrangements.


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Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if his Department authorised the payment of moneys for redundancy by the Welsh Development Agency in excess of those authorised by the Welsh Development Agency redundancy scheme.

Mr. Redwood : The Department gave retrospective approval to excess payments identified by the NAO in connection with the agency's 1991-92 accounts.

Tawe Barrage

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the National Rivers Authority, Wales region, in relation to falls in salmon and sea trout spawning runs on the River Tawe subsequent to the completion of the Tawe barrage in Swansea ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : This is a matter for the National Rivers Authority which has, under the Water Resources Act 1991, a statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop salmon and sea trout stocks. I understand that studies into the effect of the Tawe barrage on migratory fish stocks are continuing.

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the progress achieved in the appointment of a complaints commissioner in relation to the Cardiff Bay barrage groundwater protection provisions.

Mr. Redwood : I expect to make an announcement about the appointment of the independent groundwater complaints administrator shortly.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what instructions he has given to the chairman of the Cardiff Bay development corporation (a) concerning the implementation of the undertakings given in the House of Lords special select committee and (b) in pursuance to the undertakings given in the letter dated 8 March 1993 from David Compton, director of engineering operations for the Cardiff Bay development corporation to Norman Robson, chairman of the Cardiff flood action committee in relation to informing named individual householders in the Cardiff area by post of the date of the start of construction of the proposed Cardiff Bay barrage.

Mr. Redwood : None, but my officials have discussed the issues with officials from the Cardiff Bay development corporation.

Caines Report

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what disciplinary action has been taken against officials at the Welsh Office following the Caines report.

Mr. Redwood : The permanent Secretary considered the findings of the Caines inquiry and concluded that there were no grounds for disciplinary action. I accepted that conclusion.

Rural Affairs

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the breaking up of the rural affairs tourism and countryside section of his Department ;


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what proposals he has had for ensuring that rural affairs are not downgraded by alterations in his administrative structure ; and what proposals he has for improving co-operation between policy making on rural affairs, tourism and countryside matters.

Mr. Redwood : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Carlisle) today. The new arrangements will facilitate the co-ordination of policies on rural and tourism development throughout Wales and bring together sponsorship responsibility for the relevant agencies. The reorganisation will also provide within a single group comprehensive coverage of conservation, environmental and planning matters.

EDUCATION

Teachers

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average number of years in employment as teachers of those with relevant qualifications.

Mr. Robin Squire : The table shows the distribution of qualified teachers in service in England and Wales at 31 March 1992, in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector, by their length of teaching service.


               Type of school                                         

Percentage of |Primary      |Secondary    |Total                      

teachers in                                                           

service for                                                           

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Under 5       |21           |16           |18                         

5 - 9         |16           |16           |16                         

10 - 14       |18           |20           |19                         

15 - 19       |20           |22           |21                         

20 - 24       |16           |15           |16                         

25 and over   |9            |11           |10                         

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

Total         |100          |100          |100                        

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers have taken early retirement on health grounds in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robin Squire : The table shows the number of members of the teachers' superannuation scheme who retired on the grounds of ill-health for the financial years 1984-85 to 1993-94. It covers lecturers in further and higher education as well as school teachers.


Financial year |Number                       

               |of infirmity                 

               |retirements                  

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

1984-85        |2,449                        

1985-86        |2,698                        

1986-87        |2,707                        

1987-88        |2,545                        

1988-89        |3,423                        

1989-90        |4,192                        

1990-91        |4,938                        

1991-92        |4,662                        

1992-93        |4,897                        

1993-94        |5,535                        

The 1993-94 figure represents about 1 per cent. of all teachers and lecturers.


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Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students have become qualified teachers in each of the last 30 years.

Mr. Robin Squire : I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the average cost to public funds of a teacher taking early retirement on health grounds.

Mr. Robin Squire : The average pension and lump sum for a teacher retiring on the grounds of ill health during 1992-93 were £7,909 and £23,723 respectively.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many newly qualified teachers entering the profession leave within five years ; and what proportion of the total qualifying this is.

Mr. Robin Squire : The data requested are not readily available. However, an analysis produced by the Department suggests that 90 per cent. of newly qualified teachers enter teaching in England and Wales at some point in the five years after qualifying and that 63 per cent. are in service at the five-year point after qualifying. Many of those leaving teaching within five years will return at a later date.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many lecturers in further education have relevant teaching qualifications.

Mr. Boswell : The information centrally held on the qualification of FE lecturers is not complete. I will write as soon as possible to the hon. Member with details of the information that is available.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many teachers have taken voluntary redundancy in each of the last 10 years ;

(2) what is the average cost to public funds of a teacher taking voluntary redundancy.

Mr. Robin Squire : Employers of teachers are not required to inform the Department which teachers seek or acquiesce in dismissal on grounds of redundancy. Information is therefore not available centrally about the numbers of teachers concerned or costs.

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many newly qualified teachers have not entered the teaching profession in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Robin Squire : The data requested are not readily available. However, the table shows the destination of teachers qualifying from the university sector in 1993. Further details for the university sector are available from the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.


Destination, as at December 1993, of teachers completing    

initial training                                            

in the summer of 1993 at universities in England and Wales. 

                            |PGCE   |Degree |Total          

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Obtaining teaching post in                                  

United Kingdom              |7,467  |2,433  |9,900          

Not seeking a teaching post |710    |330    |1,040          

Seeking a teaching post     |772    |301    |1,073          

Not known                   |1,011  |721    |1,732          

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

Total successful completers |9,960  |3,785  |13,745         

Source: Universities Council for the Education of Teachers. 

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers are currently employed in local education authority or grant- maintained schools.

Mr. Robin Squire : In January 1993, 396,332 full-time equivalent teachers were employed in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools sector in England, including LEA and

self-governing--GM--schools and sixth-form colleges.

Departmental Advertisements (Complaints)

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of his response to the Advertising Standards Authority reports on the recent complaints concerning his Department's advertisements relating to grant-maintained status when that report is made available.

Mr. Robin Squire : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 April 1994, Official Report, columns 193-94. Once the outcome of the ASA's investigations is published, which is expected within the next week, a copy of the Department's response to their investigations will be placed in the Library.

National Curriculum Review

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the estimated total cost of Sir Ron Dearing's review of the national curriculum ; what is the total cost to date ; and if he will provide a detailed breakdown of such costs.

Mr. Robin Squire : The estimated total cost to date is £1.3 million, comprising :

(i) £755k for the interim and final Dearing reports on the National Curriculum ; and

(ii) £528k for work on slimming down the curriculum by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) and its advisory groups (excluding SCAA's internal staff costs).

The eventual cost of the current consultation on the revised curriculum proposals is estimated at about £2 million, which includes the cost of publishing and distributing the consultation documents and a report on the outcome of consultation.

Funding Agency for Schools

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proposals he has in respect of the eligibility of the Funding Agency for Schools to continue to operate in local education authority areas under redrawn boundaries where it has been established under existing boundaries.

Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend would need to consider this matter in the light of the individual circumstances applying in the new LEA areas.

Sport

Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the time given to sport in the national curriculum, following the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority's review.


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Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend has no power to specify how much time should be allocated to physical education or any other national curriculum subject. This is a matter for individual schools. However, the national curriculum as proposed is expected on average to free up the equivalent of 20 per cent. at key stages 1, 2 and 3 and 40 per cent. at KS4. This is to allow more scope for teachers to exercise their professional judgment.

ENVIRONMENT

Businesses (Compensation)

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what provision exists for businesses to claim compensation for loss of business due to (a) road works and (b) works associated with water supplies ; and what plans he has to change these provisions.

Mr. Baldry : Compensation for loss of business due to development by a public authority, or other body acting under statutory powers, is assessed in accordance with the land compensation code, specified for England and Wales principally in the Land Compensation Acts 1961 and 1973, the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 and the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. One of a series of official booklets on the compensation code deals with the position of businesses affected by public development. I am sending a copy to the hon. Member. The compensation code was thoroughly reviewed prior to the introduction of important changes in the 1991 Act. My right hon. Friend has no proposals for further amendment.

Properties, Redditch

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will make a statement on the sale by the Commission for New Towns of the freeholds of properties in Redditch to Burford Estates and Shenstone Properties ;

(2) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the sale by the Commission for New Towns of the freeholds of properties in Redditch to property developers is in accordance with Government policies to encourage home ownership and affordable housing.

Sir George Young : Throughout the 1980s, the leaseholders of residential properties in Redditch had the opportunity to purchase their freeholds, with specific mailshots being made in both 1985-86 and 1989-90. Following this, in accordance with the Commission for the New Town's statutory remit to dispose of its assets for the best price reasonably obtainable, the freeholds of the remaining properties were advertised on the open market and were sold in two blocks on the basis of tenders received. Most leaseholders of houses have the right to enfranchise under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 which sets out the basis for a fair price to be determined with provision, in the event of a disagreement, for either party to refer the matter to the local leasehold valuation tribunal.

Urban Regeneration

Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he will be taking nationally and regionally to ensure that a target proportion of the


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single regeneration budget is used to support (a) voluntary sector run projects and (b) black and ethnic minority projects.

Mr. Baldry : The single regeneration budget is intended to be a locally responsive source of funding for regeneration. There is therefore no fixed, centrally determined quota or target for the support of particular activities.

The bidding guidance for the single regeneration budget makes clear that one of its objectives is to

"promote initiatives of benefit to ethnic minorities"

and that bids should also aim to

"harness the talents and resources of the voluntary sector and volunteers and involve local communities".

Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what decision he has made on how single regeneration budgets will be assessed in terms of the level of involvement and partnership with the voluntary sector.

Mr. Baldry : The bidding guidance for the single regeneration budget, released on 14 April, copies of which are in the Library of the House, says that bids should

"aim to harness the talents and resources of the voluntary sector and volunteers and involve local communities".

Bids will be judged against the criteria set out in the checklist at annex A of the guidance.

Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will appoint regional advisers at the 10 new regional integrated offices to advice on the strategy for supporting and developing black and minority ethnic programmes and projects under the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Baldry : A key objective of the single regeneration budget is to

"promote initiatives of benefit to ethnic minorities"

and projects which benefit individuals will be monitored to ensure that all those intended to benefit, including ethnic minorities, do so. In addition, each regional office will have a senior official from the Home Office to provide advice on issues for which the Home Office has the lead policy responsibility.

Energy Efficiency

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce a scheme whereby licensees of almshouses and properties owned by registered charities will qualify for grants towards the cost of draught proofing and insulation.


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