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RNSD Broughton Moor                           |Cumbria                                              

CVD Hilton                                    |Derbyshire                                           

RNAD Trecwn                                   |Dyfed                                                

OFD Sully                                     |South Glamorgan                                      

PE & E Cold Meece                             |Stone, Staffordshire                                 

DRA Swynnerton                                |Stone, Staffordshire                                 

Meteorological Office Aughton                 |Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire                              

ROC HQ Church Lawford                         |Nr Rugby, Warwickshire                               

RAF Jurby Head                                |Isle of Man                                          

Former HMS Phoenix                            |Portsmouth, Hampshire                                

Old Park Barracks                             |Dover                                                

OFD Radford Woods                             |Plymouth                                             

Renncy Lentney Camp                           |Plymouth                                             

HMS Royal Arthur                              |Corsham, Wiltshire                                   

Priddy's Hard                                 |Gosport, Hampshire                                   

Peninsula Barracks                            |Winchester, Hampshire                                

DRA Christchurch                              |Dorset                                               

RAF Bentwaters                                |Nr Saxmundham, Suffolk                               

DRA Bedford                                   |Bedford                                              

DRA Farnborough                               |Hampshire                                            

324 Engineering Park                          |Lathalmond, Fife                                     

RAF Hendon (East Camp)                        |Greater London                                       

RAF Greenham Common                           |Newbury, Berkshire                                   

Beavers Lane Camp                             |Hounslow, Greater London                             

RNSD Lathalmond                               |Dunfermline, Fife                                    

PTS Medmenham                                 |Medmenham, Buckinghamshire                           

OSDD Ruddington                               |Nottingham                                           

RAF Swinderby                                 |Nr Lincoln                                           

DRA Waltham Abbey                             |Greater London                                       

Royal Arsenal East and West                   |Woolwich, Greater London                             

Winston Barracks                              |Lanark                                               

Former USN Communications Station             |Forss, Caithness                                     

St Lukes', Regimental HQ and Museum, Aberdeen |Grampian                                             

Fairfield House, Aberdeen                     |Grampian                                             

CSOS Hawklaw                                  |Cupar, Fife                                          

Meteorological Office Site                    |Shanwell, Tayport                                    

RAF Chicksands                                |Shefford, Bedfordshire                               

RAF Bicester                                  |Oxon                                                 

It is my Department's practice not to disclose details of purchasers or purchase prices on the ground of commercial confidentiality. The sale prices did, however, represent the market value at the time of the sale.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the individuals or commercial enterprises which have expressed an interest in buying each base his Department is currently trying to sell.

Mr. Hanley : The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Royal Navy Armaments Depot, Trecwn

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date tenders were invited from estate agents and surveyors for the contract to market Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn.

Mr. Hanley : Invitations to tender for the contract to market RNAD Trecwn were sent to estate agents and surveyors on 28 January 1994.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which individuals or commercial enterprises plans, details or inventories of the facilities at Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn were supplied during 1992.

Mr. Hanley : As far as can be ascertained, no details or inventories of the facilities at RNAD Trecwn were released to non-MOD bodies in 1992.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which individuals or commercial enterprises (a) plans, (b) details and (c) inventories of the facilities of Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn have been supplied since July 1991.

Mr. Hanley : Details of the facilities in RNAD Trecwn have been made widely available to individuals, commercial enterprises, statutory bodies and local authorities. Although comprehensive records have not been maintained of all those to whom information has been made available, my Department is aware of over 80 individuals or organisations to whom this material has been provided.


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Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department announced its intention to sell Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn.

Mr. Hanley : Together with the other "Options For Change" rationalisation measures, an announcement to close RNAD Trecwn was made on 16 July 1991.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date expressions of interest in buying Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn were first invited.

Mr. Hanley : Formal expressions of interest in buying RNAD Trecwn were first invited in the form of a press release on 11 April 1994 arranged by the Department's agents.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date (a) plans, (b) details and (c) inventories at Royal Navy armaments depot, Trecwn were first made publicly available to promote the sale at the base.

Mr. Hanley : Plans, details and inventories at RNAD Trecwn were launched to promote the sale at the establishment with the publication of the sales particulars on 27 April 1994, but details were available prior to that date on request from the Defence land agent.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which individuals or commercial enterprises details, plans or inventories at Royal Naval armaments depot, Trecwn were supplied during February 1993.

Mr. Hanley : The then Minister of State for the Armed Forces, my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Sir A. Hamilton) undertook in February 1993 to send details of RNAD Trecwn and a site plan to Mr. R. Philipps and these were delivered to him by the Defence land agent in March of that year.

Naval Forces (Co-operation)

Sir Teddy Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement outlining the number and dates of the meetings which have taken place over the past 12 months between

representatives of his Department and representatives of the French Government on co-operation between the naval forces of the two nations ; what was the nature of the subject matter covered in these discussions ; and whether the operation of nuclear missile submarines was discussed.

Mr. Hanley : My Department holds regular discussions with French and other European nations during which many aspects of co-operation and equipment collaboration may be discussed, including issues related to nuclear deterrence.

Hazardous Waste

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) of 26 May, Official Report , column 232 , what the national and international regulations governing the movement and destruction of hazardous waste lay down as the minimum technical requirements for the handling of this waste ; and whether these requirements obtain in all the third-world countries to which hazardous and toxic waste is exported.


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Mr. Atkins : I have been asked to reply.

Transfrontier shipments of waste into and out of the United Kingdom are now governed by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 259/93, on the supervision and control of shipments of waste within, into and out of the European Community. The regulation fulfils the EC's obligations under the Basel convention. Shipments of wastes covered by the regulation must comply with a wide range of international transport conventions, listed in annex 1 to the regulation, dealing with the safety of consignments in transit. Disposal facilities in Great Britain must operate in accordance with authorisations given under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and waste management licences issued by waste regulation authorities under part II of that Act. The regulation prohibits shipments of waste for disposal outside the European Community, other than to EFTA countries which are parties to the Basel convention.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Information

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rules govern the acquiring of information by Ministers or Whips on issues outside their responsibility and not connected with constituency issues.

Mr. Waldegrave : There are no formal rules on this matter beyond the obligation of all Ministers to preserve the privacy of Cabinet business and protect the security of Government documents.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rules govern the passing of information with a commercial value gained by Ministers or Whips on to relatives.

Mr. Waldegrave : Ministers are expected to act in such a way as to uphold the highest standards and protect the integrity of public life.

EMPLOYMENT

Labour Statistics

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what trends there have been in unemployment rates for the past 12 months for (a) females and (b) males (i) on a national basis and (ii) regionally.

Miss Widdecombe : Claimant unemployment rates for both males and females fell in every standard region of the United Kingdom between May 1993 and May 1994.


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Mr. Keith Hill : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest official figures for the numbers of unemployed in (a) Greater London and (b) the Streatham parliamentary constituency ; and what were the corresponding figures for each year since 1979.

Miss Widdecombe : Information on claimant unemployment is available from June 1983 and can be obtained from the NOMIS database in the Library. All figures are on the unadjusted basis.

Mr. Keith Hill : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest official figures for the numbers of unfilled vacancies in (a) Greater London and (b) the Streatham parliamentary constituency ; and what were the corresponding figures for each year since 1979.

Miss Widdecombe : Comparable information is available from September 1985, down to the level of jobcentre offices, and on the unadjusted basis only. It can be obtained from the NOMIS database in the Library.

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many of the people of the Doncaster and Mexborough areas of South Yorkshire placed in work by the Employment Service in the last 12 months were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time, (i) temporary employment giving the period of time contracted for and (ii) permanent jobs ; and what information he has on the proportion of these jobs which paid less than a half of the current average hourly rate.

Miss Widdecombe : In the 12 months to May 1994, the latest available period, it is estimated that about 80 per cent. of all those placed into employment by the Employment Service in the Doncaster and the Mexborough jobcentre office areas were placed into permanent jobs, the rest in temporary jobs of up to six months in duration. It is also estimated that about 70 per cent. of vacancies filled in the four quarters to April 1994 were for the full-time jobs, the remainder were for part-time jobs. No information is available on the rates of pay that these jobs attracted.

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest unemployment figures available for (a) males and (b) females ; and what these figures are for (i) Burnley, (ii) Lancashire, (iii) the north West and (iv) England.

Miss Widdecombe : The latest unadjusted claimant unemployment numbers and rates relate to 12 May 1994 and are given in the table :


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                 Males                         Females                                     

                |Number        |Rate per cent.|Number        |Rate per cent.               

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Burnley TTWA<1> |2,629         |10.7          |644           |3.2                          

Lancashire      |39,326        |10.7          |10,813        |3.7                          

North West      |230,525       |13.7          |63,481        |4.8                          

England         |1,691,942     |12.6          |513,200       |5.0                          

<1>Travel-to-work area.                                                                    


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Barnsley/Doncaster TEC

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list what training opportunities for disabled persons there are at the Barnsley/Doncaster training and enterprise council.

Miss Widdecombe : The training programmes open to people with disabilities are training for work and youth training. Disabled people are exempt from eligibility rules for these programmes.

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the age, sex and the number of persons currently undergoing training at the Barnsley/Doncaster training and enterprise council ; and what were the figures in each year since its inception.

Miss Widdecombe : Details of age groups are not collected and are therefore unavailable. Information by sex is shown in the table :


Barnsley and Doncaster Training and Enterprise Council       

                                 |Male  |Female|Total        

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Youth training starts                                        

1991-92 (actual-part-year only)  |465   |337   |802          

1992-93 (actual)                 |3,183 |2,432 |5,615        

1993-94 (actual)                 |2,781 |2,224 |5,005        

Adult training-training for work                             

1991-92 (actual-part-time only)  |1,278 |577   |1,855        

1992-93 (actual)                 |4,003 |1,591 |5,594        

1993-94 (actual)                 |7,298 |2,647 |9,945        

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many disabled persons have been trained at the Barnsley/Doncaster TEC since its inception ; and of these, how many received employment on completion.

Miss Widdecombe : Since the training and enterprise council's inception a total of 559 people with disabilities have started training ; of these, 271--48 per cent.--have secured employment.

University Graduates

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of (a) Welsh, (b) Scottish, (c) Northern Irish and (d) English graduates secured full-time employment within one year of graduation in (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992 and (d) 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : The table shows the percentage of first degree graduates who were in employment at the end of the calendar year in which they graduated, according to the location of their university. It is based on surveys published by the Universities' Statistical Record and excludes graduates from the former polytechnics and central institutions which received university status from 1992 onwards. Information is not available on the employment status of graduates one year after graduation, and on whether they are in full or part-time employment.


Per cent.                                 

                 |1990|1991|1992|1993     

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Wales            |50.1|39.9|36.3|40.8     

Scotland         |56.9|48.7|45.0|45.3     

Northern Ireland |52.8|50.3|45.4|45.8     

England          |57.0|50.6|47.5|49.4     

Trade Unionists

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of trade unionists in 1979, 1985, 1990 and 1993 as declared to the certification officer.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that the numbers collated from the annual returns to him for the following years were as follows :


           |Numbers              

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1979       |13,212,354           

1985       |10,818,949           

1990       |9,810,019            

The membership figures for 1993 will be collated from the annual returns submitted to the certification officer during 1994. These will be published in his annual report for 1994, which will be available in April-May 1995.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what decisions his Department have taken in respect of TECs in the last 12 months ; and if he will make a statement on his Department's other involvement with TECs over the same period.

Miss Widdecombe : Every year the Department agrees objectives and resources for Training and Enterprise Councils in training, enterprise and vocational education.

Over the past 12 months, we have introduced new arrangements to measure TEC performance and secure continuous improvement. These are the publication of inter-TEC comparison tables and the development of a new longer-term contractual framework.

We have also emphasised the role of TECs as key private sector partners for the full range of economic development and regeneration activities through publication of new strategic guidance from six Government Departments.

National Union of Teachers

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what action the certification officer has taken to satisfy himself as to the accuracy of the annual returns from the National Union of Teachers.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that in assessing the accuracy of the annual returns from any union, and in the absence of any complaint from a member, he relies on the report of the appropriately qualified auditor which must form part of the return.

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether the annual returns from the National Union of Teachers have been supplied on time each year since 1985.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Section 32 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 requires that a trade union shall submit an annual return to the certification officer before 1 June in the calendar year


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following that to which it relates. I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that of the nine returns submitted by the National Union of Teachers since 1985, three were submitted by 1 June, four within the month of June, and the remaining two in the month of July.

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the numerical strength of the National Union of Teachers as agreed by the certification officer for each year since 1985.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that the total number of members shown on the annual returns submitted to him by the National Union of Teachers for each year since 1985 were as follows :


        |Number         

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1985    |253,672        

1986    |229,601        

1987    |224,538        

1988    |216,614        

1989    |213,482        

1990    |218,194        

1991    |214,675        

1992    |213,656        

1993    |232,243        

Skills Training Agency

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what arrangements he has made to notify former Skills Training Agency employees of the extension to the preferential reinstatement arrangements for staff employed by Astra Training Services Ltd.

Miss Widdecombe : The decision to extend the preferential reinstatement arrangements for staff employed by Astra Training Services was announced to Parliament on 17 January 1994, Official Report , column 427 . Those staff employed by Astra Training Services who had already been in touch with the Department inquiring about prospects for reinstatement were informed personally of the extension. The departmental trade unions were notified formally on 25 January and their assistance sought to ensure that those affected were made aware of the announcement.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide a breakdown of the numbers and grades of former Skills Training Agency employees who have applied for preferential reinstatement to the Department of Employment since 1 January and the numbers and grades of those who have consequently been reinstated ; and whether he will extend the arrangements for a further period.

Miss Widdecombe : The preferential reinstatement terms gave former Astra staff the right to consideration for posts within reasonable travelling distance of their home. Applications for reinstatement have been handled locally and no central register maintained. The information requested is not readily available, but I will write to the hon. Member in due course. When the extension was agreed it was anticipated that only a very small number of former Skills Training Agency staff were likely to benefit from these arrangements. I do know that some have done


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so. Although the period of the extension has now expired, the Department will continue to seek to find posts under the preferential terms until the end of the year for those who applied before the expiry date.

Job Finders' Grant

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what evaluation he has done of the job finders' grant pilots being run in the east midlands and parts of the west midlands.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The job finders' grant pilots will be evaluated by an independent research company. A contract has been awarded for this study and work on the evaluation has begun.

Building and Construction Industry

Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the incidence of accidents in the building and construction industry (a) in the first week of a new site and (b) on established sites.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : It is not possible to distinguish between (a) and (b) because information reported to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 does not contain the length of time a site has operated. The table provides overall recent trends in incidence rates for the construction industry for both employees and self-employed workers.


Incidence rates<1> for employees and self-employed persons  

working                                                     

within the construction industry<2> as reported to all      

health and safety                                           

commission/executive enforcing authorities                  

                |1990-91<3>|1991-92   |1992-93              

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Fatal                                                       

  Employed      |9.3       |8.8       |8.0                  

  Self-employed |3.9       |2.5       |4.0                  

                                                            

Major injury                                                

  Employed      |281.5     |272.4     |239.3                

  Self-employed |129.7     |112.5     |105.7                

                                                            

Over three-day                                              

  Employed      |1,616.2   |1,588.7   |1,328.8              

  Self-employed |216.4     |190.0     |199.5                

                                                            

All reported                                                

  Employed      |1,907.0   |1,869.8   |1,576.1              

  Self-employed |350.0     |304.9     |309.3                

<1>Incidence rates expressed per 100,000 workers.           

<2>As defined by 1980 Standard Industrial Classification    

division 5.                                                 

<3>Years commencing 1 April.                                

Public Bodies

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which are required to publish their advice to Government.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : None.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department which have a statutory base.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The National Advisory Council on the Employment of Disabled People and the local


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committees for the employment of people with disabilities, of which there are 60 in England, Scotland and Wales, were established by the Disabled Persons Employment Act 1944.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which are required to produce annual reports ;

(2) if he will list the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department which are required to lay their annual reports before Parliament.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : None.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list those of his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which the Government are required to consult prior to legislation proposals ; and in respect of which bodies the Government must publish their responses to advice supplied by them.


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Mr. Michael Forsyth : None, although the Department voluntarily consults these bodies as appropriate.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the advisory bodies which he has set up in his Department since the publication of "Public Bodies 1993".

Mr. Michael Forsyth : None.

Health and Safety

Mr. Chidgey : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the Government's timetable for introducing the CONDAM health and safety regulations.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Health and Safety Commission have made proposals on the implementation of the design and management aspects of the European Council's Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive. I am currently considering them and the representations that I have received.


 

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