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Obstruction                                               

                      |1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 |1993       

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Number of reported offences                               

Strathclyde           |N/a  |N/a  |N/a  |134  |135        

Scotland              |N/a  |446  |333  |238  |223        

Great Britain         |4,070|3,426|2,955|2,585|2,537      

                                                          

Number of convictions                                     

Strathclyde           |N/a  |N/a  |N/a  |1    |5          

Scotland              |N/a  |N/a  |N/a  |3    |5          

Great Britain         |N/a  |N/a  |N/a  |49   |78         

Sentencing

Over the two-year period 1992 and 1993, the range of sentencing implemented for the offence of obstruction was as follows : Fines From £10 to £350

Community Service From 40 to 200 hours

Imprisonment From one day to 12 months

Probation From six months to 12 months

Apart from the above, some cases involved the accused being bound over, conditionally discharged or sent to an attendance centre.

Access to Environmental Information

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for environmental information under the Access to Environmental Information Regulations 1992 have been received by his Department ; how many were answered within two months ; how many were refused ; and on what grounds in each case.

Mr. MacGregor [holding answer 6 July 1994] : This Department does not keep central records of the number of individual requests for information it receives. We do, however, look very carefully at every case for refusal.

In the period up to 30 June 1994, the Department gave nine refusals on the grounds of confidentiality of the proceedings of a public authority.

DEFENCE

Gulf War (Pesticides)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pesticide sprays were used to protect service men and women in Operation Granby prior to and during the Gulf war.

Mr. Hanley : One United Kingdom tented camp in Al Jubayl was sprayed with FICAM, a non-organophosphate residual insecticide. During the conflict itself spray cans of a standard NATO issue pyrethroid "knock-down" insecticide were available to United Kingdom troops, but were little used because the winter insect population was low. No organophosphate insecticide or pesticide sprays were used by British forces.


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Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the uniforms of soldiers serving in Operation Granby in the Gulf war were impregnated with pesticides.

Mr. Hanley : During Operation Granby some desert issue combat clothing for British forces was impregnated with a commercially available, non-organophosphate, insecticide. The impregnation, which has Health and Safety Executive approval, was performed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and supervised by service environmental health staff.

Nuclear Non-proliferation

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 26 May, Official Report , column 231 , when he obtained a copy of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament blueprint report ; and what conclusions he has reached following the examination of its proposals.

Mr. Hanley : My Department received a copy of the report in early June. While complete and general nuclear disarmament is a desirable ultimate goal we do not believe that the proposals in the CND report represent a realistic approach.

Vacant Dwellings

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vacant dwellings are owned by his Department in England and Wales ; and how many have been empty (a) more than six months and (b) more than 12 months.

Mr. Hanley : Records are not maintained precisely in the form requested. However, the following information is available as at 31 March 1994 :


                          |Number       

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Married quarters                        

  Total vacant            |8,839        

  Vacant under 12 months  |7,643        

  Vacant over 12 months   |1,196        

                                        

Civilian houses                         

  Total vacant            |43           

  Vacant under six months |18           

  Vacant over six months  |25           

In addition, 1,407 vacant married quarters and 20 vacant civilian houses were in the process of being sold. Information on the length of time these properties have been vacant could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of vacant dwellings owned by his Department by constituency.

Mr. Hanley : The information is not held in the form requested and to provide it for the area requested could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the amount of capital receipts his Department has received from vacant dwellings in each of the past five financial years.

Mr. Hanley : Capital receipts from the sale of surplus dwellings in each of the past five financial years was as follows :


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Year       |£                    

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1989-90    |48,000,000           

1990-91    |46,000,000           

1991-92    |54,000,000           

1992-93    |42,000,000           

1993-94    |29,300,000           

Not all these properties were vacant as some were sold to tenants. Figures for vacant dwellings alone could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vacant dwellings owned by his Department in each parliamentary constituency in Devon and Cornwall have been vacant for (a) more than six months and (b) more than 12 months.

Mr. Hanley : Records are not maintained precisely in the form requested. However, the following information is available as at 31 March 1994.


Married quarters                                               

                        |Vacant under|Vacant over              

                        |1 year      |1 year                   

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North Devon             |27          |-                        

Exeter                  |7           |-                        

Honiton                 |12          |2                        

Plymouth Devonport      |180         |2                        

Plymouth Drake          |52          |-                        

Plymouth Sutton         |54          |-                        

Torridge and West Devon |11          |-                        

Falmouth and Camborne   |-           |-                        

North Cornwall          |89          |84                       

St. Ives                |72          |11                       

South East Cornwall     |6           |-                        


Civilian houses                                           

                   |Vacant under|Vacant over              

                   |six months  |six months               

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Plymouth Devonport |-           |6                        


Former married quarters in the process of being sold      

                   |Vacant under|Vacant over              

                   |one year    |one year                 

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Honiton            |1           |2                        

Plymouth Devonport |-           |17                       

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the cost of providing security for empty MOD dwellings in each of the past five years.

Mr. Hanley : The cost of providing security for surplus MOD dwellings in the process of being sold, which is carried out under contract, was approximately £231,000 for financial year 1993-94. Such figures are not held centrally, however, and because of changes in numbers of surplus dwellings from year to year, figures for earlier years could be provided, if available, only at disproportionate cost. Security for empty dwellings which are not surplus to requirements is provided by the Ministry of Defence police and military patrols and costs are therefore not separately identifiable.


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Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unoccupied dwellings are held by his Department in Scotland ; and what plans he has to find occupants for, or dispose of the properties.

Mr. Hanley : As at 31 March 1994 my Department owned 798 vacant dwellings in Scotland, of which 736 were married quarters and 62 were civilian houses. The majority of the vacant married quarters were either undergoing or awaiting major maintenance work, allocated to service families due to move in shortly, or held for unit deployments. The vacant civilian houses are leased from the local authority and we are negotiating their early return. In addition, a further 18 vacant civilian houses and 60 married quarters were in the process of being sold. Any properties which become surplus to our long-term requirements will be sold in line with our normal policy.

Irregular Tenancy Notices

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many irregular tenancy notices have been served on former service personnel who have left the armed services at the end of their tour of duty ;

(2) how many irregular tenancy notices have been issued in relation to dwellings owned by his Department in each of the past five years.

Mr. Hanley : The services do not issue irregular tenancy notices as service personnel are not tenants in the normal sense, but hold a licence to occupy a married quarter. All occupants of service married quarters are given notice of the date when their entitlement to occupy the quarter ceases and that they will become irregular occupants and will be liable for a "damage for trespass" charge in lieu of rent if the quarter is not vacated on the given date. In the last five-year period, numbers of personnel leaving the Army at the end of their tour of duty who were irregular occupants was as follows :


       |Number       

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1989   |858          

1990   |925          

1991   |740          

1992   |598          

1993   |630          

This compares with the total number of irregular occupants of Army married quarters, which can include redundees, estranged families or civilians, in the last five-year period which was as follows :


       |Number       

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1989   |1,622        

1990   |1,748        

1991   |1,468        

1992   |1,525        

1993   |1,811        

Figures detailing the status of Navy and RAF irregular occupants are not readily available, and total numbers are produced only quarterly. At the end of March in each of the last five years the total number of irregular occupants was as follows :


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     |Navy|RAF      

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1989 |497 |233      

1990 |507 |214      

1991 |516 |285      

1992 |394 |228      

1993 |289 |227      

Racial Discrimination

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary measures have been taken against those individuals responsible, following the verdict by the Army board of inquiry that Corporal Malcolm of the Royal Tank Regiment has been subject to racial discrimination.

Mr. Hanley : Disciplinary action was not considered appropriate on this occasion.

Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what disciplinary measures were taken against the individuals responsible following the decision by the Army board that Private Stephen Anderson of the Devon and Dorset Regiment had been subject to racial abuse ;

(2) what disciplinary measures were taken against the individuals responsible following the decision by the Army board of inquiry that Private Evans of the 1st battalion of the Royal Regiment of Wales had been subject to racial abuse.

Mr. Hanley : Those responsible were dealt with summarily by their commanding officer. It is not our practice to comment on the disciplinary action taken by commanding officers in such cases.

Running Costs

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a table showing the running costs of his Department in each region for each year since 1987-88.

Mr. Hanley : Details of running cost expenditure since 1988-89 are set out in table 3 of the "Departmental Report by the Ministry of Defence-- The Government's Expenditure Plans--1994/95 to 1996/97", Cm 2501. Running costs in 1987-88 are shown in the previous year's departmental report. It is not possible to provide a regional breakdown of these expenditure totals from financial management information available to the Department.

Lockheed

Mr. Eastham : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from his Department's Procurement Executive have visited the United States of America to see any of the Lockheed facilities since 1 January 1993 ; what was the duration of those visits ; and what was the total cost to public funds.

Mr. Aitken : I shall write to the hon. Member.

Scottish Reserve Forces

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he is proposing to make cuts in the Scottish reserve forces.

Mr. Hanley : There are no current plans for reductions in the Scottish elements of the royal naval or royal marines


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reserves, beyond the changes to the royal naval reserve announced to the House on 18 October, Official Report , column 39. A review of the royal marines reserve has recently been undertaken, however, although no decisions have been taken.

Following reductions in the number of maritime patrol aircraft, the establishments of the three Royal Auxiliary Air Force maritime headquarters units, including No. 2 (City of Edinburgh) marine headquarters unit, have been reviewed. The new establishment for No. 2 MHU exceeds the recruited strength, so there will be no loss of personnel.

An announcement is to be made shortly about proposals for the Territorial Army as a whole.


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Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members the Royal Auxiliary Air Force has in Scotland ; and where the squadrons are based.

Mr. Hanley : As at 1 April 1994, 217 Royal Auxiliary Air Force personnel were serving with units based in Scotland. The two units are based at No. 2 (City of Edinburgh) maritime headquarters unit, Edinburgh-- 106 personnel--and 2622 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment, at RAF Lossiemouth--111 personnel.

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members the Territorial Army has in Scotland ; and where the regiments are based.

Mr. Hanley : There are currently 6,290 members of the TA serving in Scotland. The locations of the regiments are as follows :


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                                            Unit                                                                                                                                                                       

SER                                                                                                                              |Sub Unit/Detachment                                                                  

                                                                                                                                 |locations                                                                            

                                           |Title                                     |Location                                                                                                                        

(a)                                        |(b)                                       |(c)                                       |(d)                                                                                  

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 1                                         |TA Elements of                            |Perth                                                                                                                           

                                           |HQ 51 Highland Brigade                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 2                                         |TA Elements of                            |Edinburgh                                                                                                                       

                                           |HQ 52 Lowland Brigade                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 3                                         |RHQ Scottish Yeomanry                     |Edinburgh                                 |Ayr, East Kilbride, Cupar                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 4                                         |BHQ 1/51 Highland                         |Perth                                     |Kirkbaldy, Dundee, Forfar                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 5                                         |BHQ 2/51 Highland                         |Elgin                                     |Wick, Kirkwall, Dingwall, Peterhead,                                                 

                                                                                                                                 |Keith, Turriff, Inverness, Stornoway, Fort                                           

                                                                                                                                 |William, Aberdeen, Lerwick, Laurencekirk                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 6                                         |BHQ 3/51 Highland                         |Stirling                                  |Cumbernauld, Falkirk, Dumbarton,                                                     

                                                                                                                                 |Dunoon                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 7                                         |BHQ 1/52 Lowland                          |Glasgow                                   |Glasgow, Ayr                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 8                                         |BHQ 2/52 Lowland                          |Edinburgh                                 |Motherwell, Edinburgh, Galashiels,                                                   

                                                                                                                                 |Dumfries                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 9                                         |RHQ 105 Regiment Royal                    |Edinburgh                                 |Glasgow, Arbroath, Glenrothes                                                        

                                           |Artillery                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

10                                         |RHQ 71 Engineer Regiment                  |Glasgow                                   |Paisley, Irvine, Edinburgh, Coatbridge,                                              

                                                                                                                                 |Dundee                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

11                                         |RHQ 76 Engineer Regiment                  |Pitreavie                                 |Kinloss, Aberdeen, Lossiemouth,                                                      

                                                                                      |(Dunfermline)                             |Leuchars                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

12                                         |RHQ 32 Signal Regiment                    |Glasgow                                   |Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

13                                         |2 Squadron 39 Signal                      |Dundee                                                                                                                          

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14                                         |A Squadron 23 SAS                         |Hamilton                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

15                                         |D Squadron 23 SAS                         |Invergowrie                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

16                                         |3 Flight AAC                              |Turnhouse                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

17                                         |RHQ Scottish Transport                    |Dunfermline                               |Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Glenrothes,                                                  

                                           |Regiment                                                                             |Glasgow, Irvine, Grangemouth                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

18                                         |125 Ration Squadron                       |Glasgow                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

19                                         |205 Field Hospital                        |Glasgow                                   |Edinburgh                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

20                                         |225 Field Ambulance                       |Dundee                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

21                                         |252 Field Ambulance                       |Aberdeen                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

22                                         |243 Provost Company                       |Edinburgh                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

23                                         |23 Security Company                       |Livingston                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

24                                         |RHF(T) Band (West                         |Glasgow                                                                                                                         

                                           |Lowland)                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

25                                         |51 Highland Band                          |Perth                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

26                                         |RS(T) Band (East                          |Edinburgh                                                                                                                       

                                           |Lowland)                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

27                                         |Aberdeen University Officer               |Aberdeen                                                                                                                        

                                           |Training Corps (UOTCs)                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

28                                         |Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt                 |Edinburgh                                                                                                                       

                                           |UOTC                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

29                                         |Glasgow and Strathclyde UOTC              |Glasgow                                                                                                                         

                                           |UOTC                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

30                                         |Tayforth UOTC                             |Dundee                                    |St. Andrews, Stirling                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

31                                         |4 Parachute Regiment                      |(RHQ in Leeds)                            |Irvine, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen,                                                

                                                                                                                                 |Glenrothes                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

32                                         |23 Security Company                       |Livingston                                                                                                                      

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the annual budget for reserve forces is allocated to funding the Scottish reserves in total and per force ; and how much that amount is.

Mr. Hanley : Planned expenditure on the reserve forces based in Scotland for 1994-95 is £16,874,000. This is 13 per cent. of the total for the reserve forces of £129,800,000. The breakdown by force is as follows :


Force                          Planned                                           

                               expenditure in                                    

                               Scotland                                          

                                               |As percentage of                 

                              |£ million       |total for Force                  

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Royal Naval Reserve           |0.882           |10                               

                                                                                 

Royal Marines Reserve         |0.422           |19                               

                                                                                 

Territorial Army              |14.901          |13                               

                                                                                 

Royal Auxiliary Air Force and                                                    

  Royal Air Force Volunteer                                                      

  Reserve                     |0.669           |16                               

Notes:                                                                           

1. The above figures are for pay, allowances, earnings related national          

insurance contributions and training bounties for Reserve personnel. They        

exclude such items as equipment development, fuel, ammunition, accommodation and 

utilities, food and transport, for which information could be provided only at   

disproportionate cost.                                                           

2. The total figures for the TA exclude the home service part-time element of    

the Royal Irish Regiment.                                                        

3. All figures for the TA exclude non-regular permanent staff.                   

4. Figures for the RAF Reserves in Scotland take account only of pay; other      

costs cannot be apportioned.                                                     

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members the royal naval reserve/royal marine reserve has in Scotland ; and where they are based.

Mr. Hanley : As at 1 July the Royal naval Reserves had 530 members in Scotland based at HMS Dalriada, Greenock--167 ; HMS Scotia, Pitreavie-- 325 ; and HMS


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Claverhouse, Edinburgh--38. The Royal Marines Reserve have 199 members in Scotland based in Royal Marine detachments sited as follows : Glasgow--110 ; Dundee--37 ; Greenock--28 ; and Grangemouth--24. HMS Claverhouse is, however, due to close on 31 July as part of the changes to the Royal Naval Reserve announced to the House on 18 October, Official Report , column 39. Where possible, arrangements have been made for reservists at HMS Claverhouse to transfer to other units.

Atomic Weapons Establishment

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with the chief executive of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in relation to the announcement of 300 voluntary redundancies requested at Aldermaston, Burghfield and Cardiff ; and what proposals he has to encourage diversification into civilian uses for AWE resources and skills.

Mr. Aitken : Staffing levels at AWE are a matter for the operating contractor--Hunting-BRAE. However, my Department was aware that the chief executive of AWE would be announcing the introduction of a voluntary redundancy scheme. Hunting-BRAE is fully conscious of the opportunities and benefits that future diversification can offer and these will be actively pursued when they do not conflict with my Department's primary requirement of maintaining the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons capability.

Project Horizon

Mr. Carrington : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the current progress of Project Horizon, the common new generation frigate.

Mr. Aitken : I am pleased to announce that, at a ceremony in Lancaster House today, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and the Defence


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Ministers of France and Italy--Mr. Francois Leotard and Mr. Cesare Previti, respectively--signed a memorandum of understanding, and its preliminary supplement, concerning the joint development of this project. The memorandum of understanding will govern the design, development and production of the frigate, including its combat system, with the exception of the anti-air warfare system which will be covered by a separate MOU. We have also set in hand important preliminary work, under the preliminary supplement to the MOU, to be completed during the course of the next year. The successful completion of this work will enable us to take the project forward to the next stage of commitment, which will be embodied in the AAW system MOU and an additional supplement to the frigate programme MOU. It remains our firm intention to achieve the best possible value for money for the British taxpayer.

Nuclear Weapons

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evaluation he has made of the reports by the right hon. Member for Honiton (Sir P. Emery), as chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the North Atlantic Assembly, endorsed by the North Atlantic Assembly meeting in Copenhagen in October last year, on multinational control over, and reductions of, nuclear weapons.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Departmental comments on the draft report by my right hon. Friend the Member for Honiton on nuclear proliferation, and North Atlantic Assembly resolution 245 on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, were produced at the time of the autumn session of the NAA. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Trees

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what sums have been expended on grants for planting of (a) broadleaf trees and (b) conifers in England in each of the last three years under the various incentive schemes in force ; and what has been the average area of each planting on which grant was paid in those years.

Mr. Jack : The information is set out in the table.


A

Planting Grants Paid                                             

£000                                                             

                                 |1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Conifer                          |2,400  |1,300  |1,300          

Broadleaf                        |5,100  |8,900  |11,500         

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

Total                            |7,500  |10,200 |12,800         

                                                                 

Average Area Approved (hectares) |2.4    |3.4    |3.7            

Arable Land

Sir Richard Body : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information she has sought as to whether Germany, France and Italy have complied with their requirement to set aside arable land ; and if she will publish the outcome of her inquiries.


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Mr. Jack : The arable area payments scheme does not impose any set- aside target at a national level. It is for individual farmers to decide whether or not to apply for payments under the main scheme, although if they do they must set aside part of the area on which they are claiming. The area set aside in individual member states each year will therefore depend entirely on the numbers of farmers who have eligible land and who apply under the main scheme. Provisional Commission figures for the 1992-93 scheme year indicate that 1,063,000 hectares of land were set aside under the scheme in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1,589,000 hectares in France and 207,000 hectares in Italy. This is the appropriate proportion of the total area on which farmers in those countries claimed area payments under the main scheme and the figures are close to earlier Commission estimates of the total areas likely to be set aside in each member state.

Live Sheep Imports

Mr. Burden : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations she has received from Birmingham city council about the import of live sheep, and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : My right hon. Friend has been in correspondence with Birmingham city council and encouraged it to take rigorous action over any infringements of the law. A report prepared by the council into the circumstances surrounding imports of sheep from Spain and Poland has been received. It describes the investigations made, and the prosecutions taken.

EC Intervention Stocks

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which organisations are in receipt of the canned stewed beef produced from the 6,840 tonnes of beef released by the EC from British intervention stocks.

Mr. Jack : A list of organisations designated to distribute beef under the EC surplus food scheme in 1993-94 is available in the Library of the House.

Forestry

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what conclusions she has drawn from the advice of the forestry review group ; when she intends to publish proposals for the future management of the Forestry Commission estate in England ; and how she intends to consult in England about these conclusions.

Mr. Jack : I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 19 May 1994 to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang), Official Report , column 552 .

Running Costs

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will provide a table showing the running costs of her Department in each region for each year since 1987-88.

Mr. Jack : The information asked for can be obtained only at disproportionate cost to the Department.


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German Pork

Sir Teddy Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will take steps to ban the import of pork and pork products from Germany in view of the outbreak of swine fever in German pig herds ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : Community rules to control classical swine fever and prevent the risk of spread of the disease via exports are already in place. Responsibility for enforcing those rules lies with the member state of origin. The situation in Germany, including any need for additional measures, is kept under close review by the EC standing veterinary committee. I shall myself continue to monitor the matter to ensure the disease does not spread to this country.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Conspiracy to Defraud

Mr. Bates : To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement about the validity of the guidance to Crown prosecutors about charging practice in relation to the offence of conspiracy to defraud contained in previous editions of the code for Crown prosecutors.

The Attorney-General : Following advice from the Criminal Law Revision Committee, guidance on the use of the offence of conspiracy to defraud was incorporated into the code for Crown prosecutors following enactment of section 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987. The code for Crown prosecutors has recently been revised. It is intended primarily to provide guidance on the general principles which are applied in the conduct of prosecutions. Detailed guidance on particular offences is not appropriate to the revised code and the paragraphs relating to consiracy to defraud no longer appear. However, the policy and practice of the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to alleged offences of conspiracy to defraud remains unchanged.

SCOTLAND

Road Schemes

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received in support of construction of a three-towns bypass in the area of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston ; and if he will make a statement on the current status of this project.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Within recent years the hon. Member and the hon. Member for Cunninghame, South (Mr. Donohoe) have made several representations in favour of a bypass for Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston. Support has also been expressed formally by five representative bodies and two individual correspondents. The consulting engineer reviewing the alignment and standards for the new road is expected to report to my officials later this summer. Subject to a satisfactory proposal, the design and preparation of the preferred scheme will then be taken forward.


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Bicycles

Mr. Robathan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what facilities his Department provides for the parking of the bicycles of visitors to its offices in Westminster.

Mr. Lang : There are no facilities for parking bicycles outside my office in Whitehall. We can, however, arrange for bicycles to be held for visitors by pre-arrangement.

A1

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his proposals for the route of the new dual carriageway section of the A1 trunk road between Haddington and Dunbar.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The dualling of the A1 between Haddington and Dunbar was one of the major schemes which my right hon. Friend recently announced that he expected to start between April 1995 and March 1997 in his statement about progress on trunk road construction and proposed starts in Scotland in the next three years. My officials plan to publish draft road orders in August this year. A public exhibition will be held to explain the details of the proposals. Further progress will, of course, be dependent on the public reaction to the proposals and availability of finance.

Youssef Chaabane

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 5 July, Official Report, columns 127-28, what further investigation the Lord Advocate plans into the case of Youssef Chaabane, accused in a Beirut court of murdering a Jordanian diplomat ; and whether he is sending Crown Office lawyers to Beirut.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate does not announce publicly what investigative steps he may or may not take in any particular criminal investigation. Criminal investigations could not proceed on any proper basis if they were carried out in such a manner. My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has sent, and will send, Crown Office lawyers wherever it is necessary and appropriate to send them.

Public Appointments

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table updating the information provided by written answer to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Mr. Marshall) on 30 April 1991, Official Report, columns 154-57, relating to the paid appointments within his patronage and the annual remuneration paid to each one.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 4 July 1994] : Information concerning the level of any salary or fee paid to a member of a nationalised industry, non-departmental public body or NHS bodies sponsored by my Department as at 1 September 1993 is listed in the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies 1993", copies of which are in the Libraries of the House. The next edition of "Public Bodies" with updated information will be published in December. Information regarding appointments made jointly with other Ministers is no longer held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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