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Column 508industries have access to the best resources available to train their work forces. To that end, MAFF has been instrumental in providing resources to the industry training organisation for agriculture and commercial horticulture, ATB-Landbase Ltd., and in helping to ensure that those organisations, such as the TECs, which guide and provide training and education of direct interest to the land-based industries, are aware of the training needs of businesses in the rural economy.
Over the last year, the Ministry has developed its contacts with several TECs on a regional basis. We have discussed how rural initiatives can be developed in partnership with businesses and training providers, and how the available resources can best be targeted to meet the training needs of the industry. Visits by Ministers to TECs
Column 509are a feature of their regional programmes. MAFF and the consortium of rural TECs are members of the national rural education and training strategy whose aim is to contribute to the development of the rural education and training infrastructure. NRETS is currently considering how existing training and education mechanisms are meeting the changing needs of the land-based industries and we look forward to its advice.
Mr. Jack : The establishment of a marketing development scheme for fishery products similar to that already adopted under the Agriculture Act 1993 would not be in accordance with the EU rules on state aids in the fisheries sector. These rules are currently under review in Brussels, but it remains to be seen whether the Union will decide to change them in this respect.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer of 22 June, Official Report , column 169 , which interested parties he intends to consult regarding the future of the state veterinary service.
Mr. Tyler : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is her estimate of the proportion of eligible farm holdings, which submitted admissible integrated administration and control scheme documentation by the closing date in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.
Mr. Jack : At the time of distributing the IACS forms we could not predict how many forms would be returned in an admissible state. We were able to accept 155,977 applications as having been lodged with United Kingdom Agriculture Departments by the 15 May deadline ; of these 81,863 were received in England, 20,329 in Wales, 25,416 in Scotland and 28,369 in Northern Ireland. An application may relate to more than one farm holding. Departments are still carrying out detailed checks to determine eligibility for payment of these applications.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each district council area in Wales and for Wales as a whole the number of neighbourhood watch schemes in operation as at 31 December 1993.
Police Force |Total at |31 December 1993 ----------------------------------------------------- Dyfed-Powys Police |1,257 Gwent Police |210 North Wales Police |2,989 South Wales Police |1,292 |--- Total |5,748
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many temporary jobs were available in jobcentres in the week ended 28 May in each Welsh travel-to-work area and in total in Wales ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood : Information on vacancies for temporary jobs is available only on a quarterly basis. During the period 10 January 1994 to 8 April 1994 the number of vacancies for temporary jobs notified to jobcentres in Wales was 10,400. Information is not available for travel-to- work areas.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will issue guidelines to all initial teacher training colleges recommending that they include road safety education on all PGCE and B.Ed. courses ;
(2) if he will make it his policy to provide a specific allocation of financial resources for the training of teachers in road safety education.
Sir Wyn Roberts : No. The Government set out the criteria which all courses of initial teacher training must meet, focusing on the subject knowledge and teaching skills new teachers require to be effective in the classroom. It is for the initial teacher training institutions to decide on the inclusion of cross-curricular elements such as road safety education in the courses they provide. The funding made available to initial teacher training providers by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and through tuition fees is intended to reflect the costs of all aspects of the training courses and it would be inappropriate to make special provision for road safety education which is an optional element of these courses. Separately, the Department provides funding to the British Institute of Traffic Education Research to provide the services of the Traffic Education Officer for Wales. Among other things, the duties of this officer involve advising on the handling of road user education in schools and organising seminars for student teachers.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to (a) place a general duty upon all schools to provide road safety education and (b) include child casualty reduction as a stated aim in their programmes of preventive health and safety education.
Sir Wyn Roberts : There are opportunities within the framework of the national curriculum for road safety education. It is for local education authorities and schools to determine the organisation of any such education and whether it should be delivered in the context of individual national curriculum subjects or as part of a cross-curricular programme.
The Government's strategy for reducing road accidents involving children is set out in the document "Children and
Column 511Roads : A Safer Way", a copy of which is in the Library of the House and which includes a section on road safety education in schools. Road safety officers in individual authorities provide advice to schools and a range of teaching materials is available. The Welsh Office provides funding for the services of the traffic education officer for Wales who advises on the handling of road user education in schools and organises seminars for student teachers.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list by county the amount of European Union arable subsidy received for the latest year for which figures are available ; and what were the figures for each of the previous four years.
Mr. Redwood : The arable area payments scheme was introduced in 1992 and the first payments were made in 1993. There are therefore no comparable figures for previous years. Payments made since 1993 to date are as follows :
SimplifiedMain scheme |scheme |Cereals |Oilseeds |Protein |Set-aside|Total County |£ |£ |£ |£ |£ |£ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |410,500 |201,003 |92,365 |50,903 |87,646 |842,417 Dyfed |1,023,574|386,878 |127,527 |68,800 |156,527 |763,306 Gwent |258,122 |275,784 |158,478 |37,083 |108,494 |837,961 Gwynedd |201,997 |86,392 |14,143 |12,367 |32,826 |347,725 Mid Glamorgan |35,322 |120,958 |55,760 |21,705 |47,289 |281,034 Powys |362,912 |267,031 |68,021 |21,568 |96,698 |816,230 South Glamorgan |97,319 |219,383 |39,986 |29,344 |78,977 |465,009 West Glamorgan |72,248 |12,258 |12,059 |- |5,074 |101,909 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total |2,461,994|1,569,957|568,339 |241,770 |613,531 |5,455,591
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many students studying for a law degree in the University of Wales failed to secure legal traineeship in each year since (a) 1991-92, (b) 1992-93 and (c) 1993-94.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what decisions his Department has taken in respect of training and enterprise councils over the past 12 months ; and if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement with TECs over the same period.
Sir Wyn Roberts : In the last 12 months my right hon. Friend has provided strategic and planning guidance to TECs ; officials have negotiated contracts based on assessments of TECs' corporate and business plans and in the light of the resources available ; and TEC performance has been monitored and reviewed. Throughout the year decisions were taken in the context of the TEC operating agreement and variations to business plans made as appropriate.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what financial support he proposes to help Welsh students who fail to find employment during the summer vacation and whose parents are unable to support them ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Student support arrangements through the mandatory grant and loan make more resources available to students than through grant alone. The student loan is intended to cover the whole of the academic year
Column 512including the summer vacation period. In addition, further and higher education institutions in Wales receive access funds to provide discretionary help to students in particular financial need. Access funds totalling £1.262 million for the current academic year were distributed by the Welsh funding councils to FHE institutions in Wales.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many applicants for section 4 grants were made by tourism operators in Wales in (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992 and (d) 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.
|Total applications --------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |210 1991 |316 1992 |646 1993 |467
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total value of section 4 grants made to tourism operators in Wales in (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992 and (d) 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.
|Total value |approved (£) --------------------------------------- 1990 |3,838,409 1991 |3,159,654 1992 |4,845,233 1993 |5,138,717
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many section 4 grants have been allocated to those involved in tourism services in (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992 and (d) 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.
|Total approved --------------------------------------------- 1990 |163 1991 |169 1992 |488 1993 |426
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many prosecutions have been brought against farmers for alleged pollution incidents in Wales in (a) 1991, (b) 1992, (c) 1993 and (d) in the last six months ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood : This information is not held centrally. Information on numbers of prosecutions brought by the National Rivers Authority in its Welsh region following farm water pollution incidents is contained in the authority's annual reports on "Water Pollution Incidents in England and Wales", copies of which are available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many companies in Wales were taken to court for polluting the environment in 1993 ; how many of them were successfully prosecuted ; and if he will make a statement.
Information about prosecutions undertaken by the National Rivers Authority is included in its annual reports, copies of which are held in the Library of the House.
Details of prosecution actions by local authorities are not held centrally.
Mr. Roy Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if Gwent health authority has sought from his Department advice as to the most cost- effective and cost-efficient means of providing for infertility investigation and treatment in its area.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place a copy in the Library of Dr. Morton Warner's report for the Welsh Health Planning Forum on the future supply and demand for hospital beds and other medical facilities in Wales, with particular reference to Powys and Neath.
Mr. Redwood : Copies of the Welsh Health Planning Forum document "Health and Social Care 2010" have been placed in the Library of the House. Policy for the NHS Wales is to provide the number of beds needed to fulfil the promises of the patients charter.
Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has received from national health service trusts about their estimates for job losses (a) up to the end of the current financial year and (b) in the next financial year.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Minister of State's oral statement of 16 June, Official Report, column 773, giving the final date on which instructions were given to parliamentary counsel for drafting amendments to clause 44 of the Local Government (Wales) Bill [Lords] , on what previous occasions his Department instructed parliamentary counsel in relation to the amendments ; and if he will make a statement.
In June 1993, I published a consultation document "Inspecting Social Services in Wales". This set out proposals for applying three key principles of the citizens charter--that inspectors should be independent of the services they inspect, that lay people should be involved in inspections, and that inspection reports should be accessible to the public.
I intend that during 1994 there should be clear and demonstrable progress, both nationally and locally, towards the wider implementation of the citizens charter principles.
The social services inspectorate for Wales has already made considerable progress. For some years its inspection reports have been available to the public. A small group is
Column 515being established to advise on the social services inspectorate's inspection work ; half its membership will represent service users, carers and wider lay interests, and half will be drawn from local authorities and providers of services in the independent sector. Since February 1994, inspection teams have begun to include lay assessors ; inspection reports will take full account of their views and observations.
I propose to issue shortly, for a brief consultation, draft guidance on how the same principles should be applied to the work of "arm's-length" inspection units in local authority social services departments.
The new guidance will give local authority chief executives the important role of commissioning independent annual reports on the work of inspection units. These reports will focus on whether units apply the same standards to both local authority and independent provision, and on how effectively local authorities respond when improvements are shown to be needed.
The guidance will call for a change in the composition of advisory committees for inspection units. By the end of 1994 the number of lay people unconnected with the authority should be increased so that they form a majority on advisory committees.
I intend, too, that during 1994 we will begin to see lay people involved in social services inspections, and their views reflected in inspection reports. It will not be possible to include lay people in every inspection, but there must be substantial lay involvement on a regular and continuing basis.
The consultation document restated the Government's commitment to open reporting. I have been greatly encouraged to see that most county councils in Wales are already making inspection reports publicly available. I intend that by the end of 1994 this should be normal practice for all authorities.
This requirement for open reporting will cover joint inspections by local authorities and health authorities of premises dually registered as both residential care homes and nursing homes. I believe that progress towards joint working will be further helped if both sectors are working to the same citizens charter principles. I shall be consulting health authorities, nursing home associations and others about how this can best be done.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of total budget in each Welsh district health authority and trust was spent on (a) managerial, (b) administrative and (c) clerical costs in each year since 1991-92.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The percentages of total expenditure by each district health authority and national health service trust in Wales accounted for by spending on managerial, administrative and clerical costs in 1991-92 and 1992-93 were as follows :
Percentage Authority |Managerial --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1991-92 Clwyd |1.5 |6.1 East Dyfed |1.2 |6.6 Gwent |0.9 |6.3 Gwynedd |0.7 |6.3 Mid Glamorgan |0.3 |6.0 Pembrokeshire |1.0 |6.3 Powys |1.5 |3.8 South Glamorgan |2.4 |8.2 West Glamorgan |1.2 |5.8 1992-93 Clwyd |2.1 |5.6 East Dyfed |1.3 |6.7 Gwent |1.1 |6.8 Gwynedd |0.5 |6.9 Mid Glamorgan |0.6 |3.2 Pembrokeshire |0.2 |0.1 Powys |1.6 |4.2 South Glamorgan |2.3 |8.9 West Glamorgan |1.0 |5.7 Pembrokeshire NHS Trust |2.0 |8.9 Sources: Health Authorities Annual Accounts/Financial Returns Pembrokeshire NHS Trust Annual Accounts/Financial Returns (1992-93 only).
The table shows the number of domestic burglaries recorded in each police force in Wales in 1993. The information is not available centrally for counties and 1994 data are not yet available.
Domestic burglaries recorded in Wales in 1993, by police force Force |Number -------------------------- Dyfed Powys |1,567 Gwent |3,315 North Wales |3,917 South Wales |14,478 Wales |23,277
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the response of the United Nations to Tanzania's proposed withdrawal from the peacekeeping operation in Liberia ; and what reason was given by Tanzania for this withdrawal.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Tanzania has not made a definite decision to withdraw from the ECOMOG peacekeeping force in Liberia. The United Nations is in negotiation with the Tanzanians to solve problems which have arisen with logistic support for the Tanzanian battalion.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : A review conference on the 1981 United Nations weaponry convention has been called for 1995, the main aim of which will be to consider strengthening protocol II on the use of land mines. We are already playing a full role in the preparations for that conference.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The United Kingdom has signed the 1981 United Nations weaponry convention, and we are now working actively towards ratification. We hope to achieve this soon, certainly in time for the review conference in 1995.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The application of the 1981 United Nations weaponry convention to non-international conflicts is one of the issues being considered by the expert groups preparing for the review conference on the convention in 1995. We are playing a full role in this process.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances the Israeli Government have given him about their intentions for South Lebanon and on the time scale and diplomatic procedures for the fulfilment of those intentions.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has received assurances from Prime Minister Rabin that Israel recognises its international border with Lebanon and has no territorial claim on Lebanese territory. On 18 April, in a speech to the Knesset, Prime Minister Rabin proposed that, "In the first phase, the Lebanese army be deployed up to the Northern border of the security zone. For six months, it must prove its ability to maintain total calm and to disarm Hizbullah in Southern Lebanon. If this is proven and total quiet reigns on the Northern border of the security zone, we will begin peace negotiations that I hope will last three months. We will be prepared to withdraw to the International border between Lebanon and Israel on three conditions : Full peace and normalisation ; appropriate security arrangements ; and, of course, our commitments to the Southern Lebanese Army and the residents of Southern Lebanon, the integration of the South Lebanese Army within the Lebanese army and a guarantee to residents of Southern Lebanon that they will not be harmed."
Mr. Douglas Hogg : Prime Minister Rabin has given my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs assurances that Israel recognises its international border with Lebanon and has no territorial claim on Lebanese territory.
Mr. Goodlad : My Department has in the past received help with our new entrant training programme for technical staff. A redundancy task force is now providing assistance in the design of a redundancy package ; and the TECs have provided information and presentations on national vocational qualifications and Investors in People.
Dr. Spink : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration has been given to funding the restoration of Bosnia-Herzegovina's historic monuments ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : We have taken the lead in the international effort to restore Sarajevo library, and have made a substantial contribution to restocking books. We are considering together with the international community the broader general need for reconstruction once there is a lasting peace settlement.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when instructions for entitlement to free entry clearance were sent to all the relevant posts : and if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the instructions.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The payment, or waiver, of consular fees, which include fees for entry clearances, is regulated by the Consular Fees Act 1980 and the Consular Fees Orders, copies of which are in the Library of the House. Their texts are included in "Diplomatic Service Procedure", which is issued to all missions overseas.
Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the commitments the UN Security Council has made to peacekeeping operations in (a) 1992, (b) 1993 and (c) 1994 to the latest date ; what are the total estimated expenditure on each of these commitments ; and what the estimated United Kingdom contribution is to each of them.
Year and |Total United |United Kingdom Peacekeeping Operation |Nations Costs ($)|Assessment ($) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1992 UNEF/UNDOF (Golan Heights) |35,202,425 |2,120,982 UNIFIL (Lebanon) |144,962,169 |8,792,954 UNAVEM (Angola) |56,604,651 |3,420,182 ONUCA (Central America) |12,120,754 |724,660 UNIKOM (Iraq/Kuwait) |60,869,647 |3,651,915 ONUSAL (El Salvador) |36,260,035 |2,175,387 UNAMIC (Cambodia) |33,294,358 |2,010,720 UNTAC (Cambodia) |801,823,206 |48,813,331 UNPROFOR (Yugoslavia) |250,455,801 |15,254,166 UNOSOM (Somalia) |108,441,298 |6,584,483 |------- |------- Totals |1,540,034,344 |93,548,780 1993 UNEF/UNDOF (Golan Heights) |34,876,514 |2,197,941 UNIFIL (Lebanon) |145,743,422 |9,222,081 UNAVEM (Angola) |39,455,995 |2,452,303 UNIKOM (Iraq/Kuwait) |47,724,255 |3,003,584 ONUSAL (El Salvador) |26,820,645 |1,645,125 UNTAC (Cambodia) |633,052,039 |39,817,868 UNPROFOR (Yugoslavia) |1,000,492,613 |63,180,260 UNOSOM (Somalia) |487,363,740 |30,982,123 UNUMOZ (Mozambique) |193,305,270 |12,186,193 UNFICYP<1> (Cyprus) |8,547,112 |538,081 |------ |----- Totals |2,617,381,605 |165,225,559 1994 UNEF/UNDOF (Golan Heights) Nil at 30 April 1994 As at end April 1994 UNIFIL (Lebanon) |22,551,241 |1,427,407 UNAVEM (Angola) |11,160,876 |699,901 UNIKOM (Iraq/Kuwait) Nil at 30 April 1994 ONUSAL (El Salvador) |18,261,194 |1,126,194 UNTAC (Cambodia) |100,000,000 |6,372,790 UNMLTC (Cambodia) |734,462 |46,145 UNPROFOR (Yugoslavia) |721,870,851 |45,940,530 UNOSOM (Somalia) |581,887,289 |37,037,392 ONUMOZ (Mozambique) |138,891,762 |8,810,223 UNFICYP (Cyprus) |10,207,835 |641,833 UNOMIG (Georgia) |2,470,084 |155,453 UNMIH (Haiti) |1,509,915 |95,725 UNOMIL (Liberia) |39,801,097 |2,521,099 UNAMIR (Rwanda) |83,054,455 |5,265,229 |------ |----- Totals |1,732,401,061 |110,139,921 <1> UNFICYP was only brought onto United Nations assessed contribution funding on 15 June 1993. It was previously funded through voluntary contributions. MINURSO (Western Sahara) was established in 1991. Costs for subsequent years have been met from the original resources.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the documents submitted to the Foreign Affairs Council in Corfu on the European Union policy position on the Korean nuclear problem.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : At the European Council meeting in Corfu, Heads of Government expressed their deep concern at North Korea's continued failure to comply with its safeguards agreement, and their hope that exchanges currently being pursued would rapidly result in a satisfactory solution to the crisis. A copy of the presidency's conclusions has been placed in the Library of the House.
Sir Dudley Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom's relationship with the Czech Republic ; what ministerial visits have taken place to the Czech Republic in the past 12 months ; and what official Czech visits have been made to the United Kingdom.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited Prague on 5 to 6 May. Four other British Ministers have