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Base |Location ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Males Females |Number |Rate per cent.|Number |Rate per cent. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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.
Barnsley and Doncaster Training and Enterprise Council |Male |Female|Total ------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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 ------------------------------------------ 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
|Numbers --------------------------------- 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.
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.
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.
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. 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
Column 449following 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. 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 ------------------------ 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
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
Column 450so. 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.
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 ------------------------------------------------------------ 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.
Column 451committees 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.
(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. 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.
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.