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Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the Government's policy on allowing council tax bands to be used as a basis for charging by third parties.


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Mr. Stewart : Information on council tax bands in Scotland is publicly available under the provisions of section 91 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. Charging methods used by third parties should be appropriate to their circumstances.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State (1) for Scotland how many households in Scotland, by region, receive the 25 per cent. discount on council tax charges ;

(2) what percentage of people in Scotland are in each of the council tax bands, nationally and by region.

Mr. Stewart : Council tax banding relates to dwellings and statistics are maintained only on that basis. The table shows the total number and percentage of dwellings by band, and the number of dwellings where there is an entitlement to a single discount, nationally and by region.


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Number of dwellings by band and single discounts                                                                          

                      |Band A   |Band B   |Band C   |Band D   |Band E   |Band F   |Band G   |Band H   |Total              

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Borders                                                                                                                   

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |15,040   |11,693   |5,491    |4,407    |4,482    |2,652    |2,321    |401      |46,487             

Percentage of total   |32.4     |25.2     |11.8     |9.5      |9.6      |4.7      |5.0      |0.9      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |7,399    |3,087    |1,309    |1,003    |860      |399      |295      |52       |14,404             

                                                                                                                          

Central                                                                                                                   

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |34,162   |31,764   |9,482    |10,197   |12,301   |6,660    |4,844    |503      |109,103            

Percentage of total   |31.1     |28.9     |8.6      |9.3      |11.2     |6.1      |4.4      |0.5      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |17,360   |9,693    |2,862    |2,457    |2,420    |1,118    |694      |73       |36,677             

                                                                                                                          

Dumfries and Galloway                                                                                                     

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |10,864   |21,321   |9,445    |8,112    |8,117    |3,189    |1,592    |156      |62,796             

Percentage of total   |17.3     |34.0     |15.0     |12.9     |12.9     |5.1      |2.5      |0.2      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |5,095    |5,598    |2,075    |1,680    |1,498    |501      |203      |19       |16,669             

                                                                                                                          

Fife                                                                                                                      

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |40,124   |43,509   |19,199   |13,701   |15,322   |6,584    |3,637    |380      |142,456            

Percentage of total   |28.2     |30.5     |13.5     |9.6      |10.8     |4.6      |2.6      |0.3      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |22,029   |14,241   |5,003    |3,191    |2,932    |1,026    |546      |63       |49,031             

                                                                                                                          

Grampian                                                                                                                  

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |50,976   |48,510   |31,635   |24,024   |28,435   |15,737   |11,269   |1,042    |211,628            

Percentage of total   |24.1     |22.9     |14.9     |11.4     |13.4     |7.4      |5.3      |0.5      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |26,584   |17,999   |8,619    |5,748    |5,523    |2,419    |1,335    |114      |68,341             

                                                                                                                          

Highland                                                                                                                  

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |18,138   |19,984   |16,721   |13,215   |12,230   |4,685    |2,278    |281      |87,532             

Percentage of total   |20.7     |22.8     |19.1     |15.1     |14.0     |5.4      |2.6      |0.3      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |8,422    |7,121    |4,672    |3,051    |2,241    |654      |318      |28       |26,507             

                                                                                                                          

Lothian                                                                                                                   

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |46,782   |85,710   |63,520   |37,479   |39,300   |24,095   |19,673   |3,366    |319,925            

Percentage of total   |14.6     |26.8     |19.9     |11.7     |12.3     |7.5      |6.1      |1.1      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |23,079   |37,653   |24,138   |12,594   |10,609   |5,788    |3,760    |498      |118,119            

                                                                                                                          

Strathclyde                                                                                                               

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |292,389  |235,023  |147,392  |98,728   |90,851   |42,118   |27,831   |2,760    |937,092            

Percentage of total   |31.2     |25.1     |15.7     |10.5     |9.7      |4.5      |3.0      |0.3      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |146,276  |89,582   |44,569   |23,598   |16,7447  |6,184    |3,242    |232      |330,427            

                                                                                                                          

Tayside                                                                                                                   

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |52,077   |43,510   |19,932   |19,699   |18,259   |7,485    |4,881    |719      |166,562            

Percentage of total   |31.3     |26.1     |12.0     |11.8     |11.0     |4.5      |2.9      |0.4      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |30,921   |15,919   |5,948    |4,915    |3,519    |1,051    |639      |86       |62,998             

                                                                                                                          

Orkney                                                                                                                    

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |2,584    |2,360    |1,550    |1,157    |608      |108      |13       |1        |8,381              

Percentage of total   |30.8     |28.2     |18.5     |13.8     |7.3      |1.3      |0.2      |0.0      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |1,214    |675      |348      |185      |65       |9        |3        |0        |2,499              

                                                                                                                          

Shetland                                                                                                                  

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |3,312    |1,593    |2,194    |1,179    |699      |117      |24       |2        |9,120              

Percentage of total   |36.3     |17.5     |24.1     |12.9     |7.7      |1.3      |0.3      |0.0      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |1,079    |481      |548      |150      |56       |8        |1        |0        |2,323              

                                                                                                                          

Western Isles                                                                                                             

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |4,533    |3,434    |2,319    |1,134    |587      |102      |20       |6        |12,135             

Percentage of total   |37.4     |28.3     |19.1     |9.3      |4.8      |0.8      |0.2      |0.0      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |2,001    |1,081    |470      |149      |71       |13       |1        |0        |3,786              

                                                                                                                          

Scotland                                                                                                                  

Number of chargeable                                                                                                      

  dwellings<1>        |570,981  |548,411  |328,880  |233,032  |231,191  |113,532  |78,383   |9,617    |2,114,027          

Percentage of total   |27.0     |25.9     |15.6     |11.0     |10.9     |5.4      |3.7      |0.5      |100.0              

Number of dwellings                                                                                                       

  entitled to single                                                                                                      

  discount            |291,459  |203,130  |100,561  |58,721   |46,538   |19,170   |11,037   |1,165    |731,781            

<1> Number of chargeable dwellings after adjustment for disabled reduction.                                               

Source: Statistical return from local authority finance departments, October 1993.                                        

Erskine Bridge

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money has been spent on the fabric of the Erskine bridge in each year since it opened.

Lord James Douglas Hamilton : The information is set out in the table. The amounts prior to 1989 relate to the whole Erskine complex including approach roads, Dalnottar interchange, toll booths and administration buildings. Expenditure on the cable stay bridge could be separated only at disproportionate cost.


Year         |Maintenance              

             |costs                    

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1971-72      |52,458                   

1972-73      |88,274                   

1973-74      |100,037                  

1974-75      |121,185                  

1975-76      |<1>456,192               

1976-77      |<1>681,976               

1977-78      |<1>934,462               

1978-79      |<1>817,467               

1979-80      |<1>814,800               

1980-81      |<1>772,151               

1981-82      |<1>1,564,378             

1982-83      |<1>2,051,090             

1983-84      |<1>966,915               

1984-85      |<1>267,609               

1985-86      |<1>264,615               

1986-87      |<1>278,810               

1987-88      |289,941                  

1988-89      |269,878                  

1989-90      |40,409                   

1990-91      |110,446                  

1991-92      |67,157                   

1992-93      |188,812                  

1993-94      |134,310                  

1994-95      |<2>5,370,000             

<1>Includes £7,341,322 for             

strengthening superstructure to comply 

with new design rules for steel box    

bridges.                               

<2>Includes £5,100,000 for major but   

routine waterproofing and resurfacing  

which are currently requiring traffic  

management on the bridge.              

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the projected expenditure on Erskine bridge for each of the next five years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : In addition to routine maintenance expenditure each year of £100,000 to £150,000, repainting the outside of the steel boxes supporting the carriageways will be required at an estimated cost of £2 million during the next five years. Expenditure on routine and programmed inspections and assessments will be made in line with standard practice for long-span bridges in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the condition of the Erskine and Kingston bridges and the likely disruptive effects of repairs to these bridges over the coming year.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Erskine bridge is structurally sound and only works to maintain it in good condition have been identified. These can be carried out without full closure of the bridge but may from time to time require traffic management and lane closures. Kingston bridge in Glasgow is the responsibility of Strathclyde regional council and information on this structure can be obtained from its director of roads.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy that Erskine bridge will not be closed because of repairs this year.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Given present knowledge of the bridge and the works planned, there will be no need to close the bridge in the foreseeable future.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the early findings of the current principal inspection being carried out on Erskine bridge.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The consulting engineers carrying out the principal inspection are in general very pleased with the condition of the bridge. The final report has not yet been received. In practical terms, the inspection has confirmed that the original protective coatings to the cable stays should be replaced next year as expected after over 20 years in service.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make the findings of the present inspection being carried out on Erskine bridge publicly available.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Routine technical documents are not generally published, but there is no reason why interested parties should not have access to the principal inspection report. The report is expected towards the end of the year.

Water Charges

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if it is his policy that the new water companies should base their charges on the amount used ;

(2) for how long the new water boards will be able to use rateable values as a basis for charging.

Sir Hector Monro : It will be for the new water and sewerage authorities to prepare charges schemes. These will need to be approved by the Customers Council or, failing that, by the Secretary of State before they come into effect.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what access to (a) the council tax banding of individuals, (b) income tax assessments and (c) DSS records the proposed new water boards will have in levying water charges.

Sir Hector Monro : There is provision in the Local Government, etc. (Scotland) Bill for my right hon. Friend to require local authorities to supply information held on the setting, levying or collection of council tax to the new water and sewerage authorities if he considers this will assist the latter either in making a charges scheme or collecting water and sewerage charges made under such a scheme. The new water and sewerage authorities will have no right of access to income tax assessments and DSS records.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the proposed new water boards will be able to take into account ability to pay in levying charges.

Sir Hector Monro : This will be a matter for the new water and sewerage authorities to consider in preparing their charges schemes.

Medical Staff (Performance-related Pay)

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what model of performance-related pay he intends to introduce for consultants, medical academic staff and junior doctors.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The salary levels of hospital doctors are determined by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on the advice of the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body. There are proposals that an


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element of doctors' salaries be set on the basis of performance but these have yet to be discussed in the appropriate negotiating committees prior to being put to the review body.

It is not intended, should these proposals come into being, that a model of performance-related pay schemes be introduced in Scotland. It would be a matter for determination at local level as to how a national health service employing authority rewards its employees with regard to their performance and contribution to the objective of the provision of high-quality patient care.

Privatisation

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which organisations, agencies and other bodies relating to his departmental area of responsibility have been privatised since 1990 ; and what plans he has for further privatisation.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 12 July 1994] : The following organisations for which I had responsibility have been privatised since 1990 :

Scottish Power ;

Scottish Hydro-Electric ;

Scottish Bus Group.

I announced on 24 March 1994 that the board of the Common Services Agency is taking forward proposals for privatisation of the building division of the Common Services Agency in Scotland. I will continue to keep under review all activities for which I am responsible and privatisation will be pursued wherever it is apparent that activities presently carried out by Government would be better dealt with by the private sector.

EMPLOYMENT

Cricket Professionals

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many work permits have been (a) issued and (b) refused to individuals seeking employment as cricket professionals in each of the last five years.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information about the number of work permits issued and refused for cricket professionals is not available.

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what restrictions exist on the appointment of West Indian cricketers as club professionals ; what changes to the regulations have occurred recently ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : West Indian cricketers are treated in the same way as cricketers who are citizens of other countries outside the European Economic Area. Unless they qualify under the immigration rules to be able to take employment without restriction, they must obtain a work permit before they enter the country. Work permits are issued only for cricketers who have experience of playing first-class cricket in their own country and who it is considered will not take employment away from resident players. The minimum terms and conditions on offer to them must be equivalent to those which apply to resident players. The Department has a consistent policy with regard to the issue of work permits and there have been no recent changes to the regulations.


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Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what cricket tournaments in the West Indies are regarded as first class for the purposes of work permits being issued by his Department.

Mr. Forsyth : The Department follows the regulations of the International Cricket Council on what cricket is regarded as first class.

In the West Indies the following qualify : matches played by teams representing Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands either for the Red Stripe Cup or against other opponents adjudged first class ; the final of the inter-county tournament in Guyana between Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo is also accepted.

Contracts

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment on what occasions in the last 10 years he or a Minister in his Department has given a direction to civil servants to award a contract against the advice of the civil service ; what was the subject matter of the contract and its value ; and when it was awarded.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 8 July 1994] : Ministers in this Department have not issued any directions, as described in paragraphs 13 and 14 of the Treasury memorandum of the

responsibilities of the accounting officer, during the last 10 years. A copy of this memorandum is available in the Library.

Earnings

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will provide a table indicating the average gross weekly earnings of (a) women and (b) men


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in (i) each standard planning region and (ii) each county area in the northern region for each year since 1979 (a) at current prices and (b) at 1979 prices ;

(2) if he will provide a table indicating the number and proportion of (a) women and (b) men earning less than 68 per cent. of the national average gross weekly wage in (i) each standard planning region and (ii) each county area in the northern region in each year from 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Information showing the average weekly earnings of men and women in standard regions and counties is published for each year in part E of the "New Earnings Survey". Table 110 and 113 cover full-time males and females respectively.

The information on the retail prices index, all items at April needed to convert 1979 figures to 1993 prices, is published in table 6.4 of the Employment Gazette and in table 26 of the annual supplement to "Economic Trends" for April of earlier years. Estimated numbers of employees earning less than specified amounts can be prepared only for full-time employees and for standard planning regions. The available information closest to 68 per cent. of average weekly earnings is given in tables which have been placed in the Library.

Copies of the publications can be found in the Library.

Employment Statistics

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the year-on-year change in employment in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France, (c) the United States of America and (d) Japan for each year since 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information is shown in the table :


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Civilian Employment: Annual Changes                                                                           

Thousands                                                                                                     

            United Kingdom        France                U.S.A.                Japan                           

Year       |Number    |Percentage|Number    |Percentage|Number    |Percentage|Number    |Percentage           

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1979       |+380      |+1.5      |+42       |+0.2      |+2,776    |+2.9      |+710      |+1.3                 

1980       |-56       |-0.2      |+29       |+0.1      |+479      |+0.5      |+570      |+1.0                 

1981       |-981      |-3.9      |-131      |-0.6      |+1,094    |+1.1      |+450      |+0.8                 

1982       |-430      |-1.8      |+37       |+0.2      |-871      |-0.9      |+570      |+1.0                 

1983       |-282      |-1.2      |-72       |-0.3      |+1,308    |+1.3      |+950      |+1.7                 

1984       |+649      |+2.8      |-187      |-0.9      |+4,171    |+4.1      |+330      |+0.6                 

1985       |+285      |+1.2      |-66       |-0.3      |+2,145    |+2.0      |+410      |+0.7                 

1986       |+29       |+0.1      |+40       |+0.2      |+2,447    |+2.3      |+460      |+0.8                 

1987       |+556      |+2.3      |+68       |+0.3      |+2,843    |+2.6      |+580      |+1.0                 

1988       |+854      |+3.4      |+173      |+0.8      |+2,528    |+2.2      |+1,000    |+1.7                 

1989       |+804      |+3.1      |+262      |+1.2      |+2,374    |+2.1      |+1,170    |+1.9                 

1990       |+268      |+1.0      |+225      |+1.0      |+572      |+0.5      |+1,210    |+2.0                 

1991       |-880      |-3.3      |+450      |+2.1      |-1,037    |-0.9      |+1,200    |+1.9                 

1992       |-570      |-2.2      |-143      |-0.6      |+721      |+0.6      |+670      |+1.1                 

1993       |-392      |-1.5      |-286      |-1.3      |+1,708    |+1.5      |+140      |+0.2                 

Source: OECD, except United Kingdom (Employment Department).                                                  

Trichlorethylene Poisoning

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he will take to investigate deaths by trichlorethylene poisoning ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : At those premises for which it is the enforcing authority, the Health and Safety Executive investigates all work- related deaths associated with the use


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of trichlorethylene. During an investigation inspectors are able to call upon medical, scientific and technical expertise in seeking to establish the cause of an incident and the degree of compliance with the relevant health and safety legislation.


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Full Employment

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's current policy on achieving full employment ; and when it last changed.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Government pursue policies designed to achieve high levels of employment consistent with low inflation. Their policies have not changed, and measures to make the labour market competitive, flexible and efficient continue to be essential.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Oil and Gas Exploration

Mr. Ainger : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will exclude from the 16th and subsequent oil and gas licensing rounds those areas which meet the criteria for designation as special areas for conservation under the European Union directive on the conservation of species and habitats ;

(2) if he will make it his policy to exclude from the 16th oil and gas licensing round those United Kingdom continental shelf blocks which include, or could affect, special protection areas for birds or Ramsar sites.

Mr. Eggar : In considering whether to offer individual blocks for licensing in the 16th and subsequent rounds I will consult Departments and other relevant bodies, including the Department of the Environment and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and take into account any environmental or other concerns which they bring to my attention including the requirements of European directives and other international obligations. If necessary, strict conditions will be attached to blocks to ensure that any environmental sensitivities in them are addressed.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if those United Kingdom continental shelf blocks that were withdrawn from the 14th and 15th oil and gas licensing rounds for environmental reasons will also be withheld from the 16th and subsequent licensing rounds.

Mr. Eggar : The circumstances surrounding the non-offer of a block in a particular round may change. We cannot therefore say that a block excluded from the 14th round of offshore licensing will not be offered in a future round. No blocks have been withdrawn from the 15th round for environmental reasons.


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AEA Technology

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will set out the apportionment for 1994-95 of current costs, current income, historic, contingent and future liability between the faculties services, Government and commercial divisions of AEA Technology ;

(2) if he will set out how current costs, historic debt and contingent and future liabilities have been apportioned between the facilities services, Government and commercial divisions of AEA Technology ; who advised, and who approved such apportionment ; and what external audit approval exists for such apportionment.

Mr. Eggar : The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's budget for 1994-95 is a management matter for the UKAEA. For internal purposes an apportionment of the UKAEA's balance sheet will be made in due course between AEA Technology and UKAEA Government division. The consolidated UKAEA balance sheet will continue to be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General who is the UKAEA's external auditor.

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the subjects on which consultants have been appointed to advise AEA Technology on all issues related to the divisional separation and sale of its businesses ; what are the terms of appointment of such consultants ; and whether, in all cases, they were appointed after competitive tender.

Mr. Eggar : These are management matters for the UKAEA.

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade how he proposes to fund pensions and redundancy liabilities consequent upon the sale of parts of AEA Technology Ltd.

Mr. Eggar : No decisions have been taken on the form or timing of the privatisation of the business activities of AEA Technology. Arrangements for dealing with pensions matters and any redundancy liabilities which might arise will be determined in the light of those decisions.

Company Investigators (Reports)

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the reports of investigators under the Companies Acts which have been completed but not published, indicating in each case the names of the inspectors, the company investigated, the section of the Act under which has been taken, the costs of the inquiry and the date of commencement of the inquiry.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : The table covers all Companies Act inspections where the inspection has been announced and the report completed but not yet published.


Company                       |Inspectors         |Companies Act      |Date of            |Cost of                                

                                                  |Power              |Appointment        |inspection                             

                                                                                          |£ (000's)                              

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Graylaw Holdings Ltd.         |Miss E. Appleby QC |S165 CA 1948       |11 March 1983      |474                                    

Link Service Station Ltd.     |and Mr. P. Foss FCA                    |11 March 1983                                              

British Anzani plc                                                    |11 March 1983                                              

                                                                                                                                  

Bank Street Securities Ltd.   |Miss E. Appleby QC |S165 CA 1948       |4 October 1983     |172                                    

Medway Secondary Metals Ltd.  |and Mr. P. Foss FCA                    |16 February 1984   |100                                    

                                                                                                                                  

Consolidated Gold Fields plc  |Mr. P. Heslop QC   |S442 CA 1985       |10 December 1986   |3,799                                  

                              |Mr. R. Lewis FCA                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  

Atlantic Computers plc        |Mr. E. Hamilton QC |S432 CA 1985       |15 June 1990       |6,492                                  

Atlantic Computer Systems plc |Mr. J. Scott FCA                                                                                   

Exports

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will place in the Library tables showing the total value of United Kingdom exports to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria and Oman and also the values of each of the broad category titles of the standard international trade classification for (a) 1971 to 1980 and (b) 1981 to 1990.

Mr. Needham : The information is given in the table.


United Kingdom exports to Iraq                                                                                                                                                                          

(£ million, current prices)                                                                                                                                                                             

Section                                 |Description                            |1971-80                                |1981-90                                                                        

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   0                                    |Food and live animals                  |20.0                                   |174.0                                                                          

   1                                    |Beverages and tobacco                  |64.5                                   |196.1                                                                          

   2                                    |Crude materials, inedible, except fuels|5.9                                    |13.6                                                                           

   3                                    |Mineral fuels, lubricants and related                                                                                                                          

                                        |    materials                          |5.3                                    |19.0                                                                           

   4                                    |Animal and vegetable oils, fats and                                                                                                                            

                                        |    waxes                              |1.0                                    |5.1                                                                            

   5                                    |Chemicals and related products         |121.2                                  |549.9                                                                          

   6                                    |Manufactured goods classified chiefly                                                                                                                          

                                        |    by material                        |286.2                                  |694.8                                                                          

   7                                    |Machinery and transport equipment      |708.6                                  |2,369.5                                                                        

   8                                    |Miscellaneous manufactured articles    |113.8                                  |517.9                                                                          

   9                                    |Commodities and transactions not                                                                                                                               

                                        |    classified elsewhere               |8.4                                    |17.0                                                                           

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

                                        |Total                                  |1,334.8                                |4,557.0                                                                        


United Kingdom exports to Saudi Arabia                                                                                                                                                                  

(£ million, current prices)                                                                                                                                                                             

Section                                 |Description                            |1971-80                                |1981-90                                                                        

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   0                                    |Food and live animals                  |202.3                                  |1,050.4                                                                        

   1                                    |Beverages and tobacco                  |164.6                                  |556.2                                                                          

   2                                    |Crude materials, inedible, except fuels|5.9                                    |37.1                                                                           

   3                                    |Mineral fuels, lubricants and related                                                                                                                          

                                        |    materials                          |112.9                                  |123.7                                                                          

   4                                    |Animal and vegetable oils, fats and                                                                                                                            

                                        |    waxes                              |3.8                                    |14.1                                                                           

   5                                    |Chemicals and related products         |352.0                                  |2,030.6                                                                        

   6                                    |Manufactured goods classified chiefly                                                                                                                          

                                        |    by material                        |662.6                                  |1,516.0                                                                        

   7                                    |Machinery and transport equipment      |2,190.6                                |8,484.8                                                                        

   8                                    |Miscellaneous manufactured articles    |410.9                                  |1,273.0                                                                        

   9                                    |Commodities and transactions not                                                                                                                               

                                        |    classified elsewhere               |84.6                                   |1,169.8                                                                        

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

                                        |Total                                  |4,190.2                                |16,255.9                                                                       


United Kingdom exports to Kuwait                                                                                                                                                                        

(£ million, current prices)                                                                                                                                                                             

Section                                 |Description                            |1971-80                                |1981-90                                                                        

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   0                                    |Food and live animals                  |77.4                                   |221.5                                                                          

   1                                    |Beverages and tobacco                  |45.8                                   |127.5                                                                          

   2                                    |Crude materials, inedible, except fuels|2.4                                    |8.8                                                                            

   3                                    |Mineral fuels, lubricants and related                                                                                                                          

                                        |    materials                          |14.9                                   |17.5                                                                           

   4                                    |Animal and vegetable oils, fats and                                                                                                                            

                                        |    waxes                              |2.0                                    |1.3                                                                            

   5                                    |Chemicals and related products         |137.2                                  |424.0                                                                          

   6                                    |Manufactured goods classified chiefly                                                                                                                          

                                        |    by material                        |236.0                                  |387.6                                                                          

   7                                    |Machinery and transport equipment      |666.8                                  |1,110.7                                                                        

   8                                    |Miscellaneous manufactured articles    |166.1                                  |371.3                                                                          

   9                                    |Commodities and transactions not                                                                                                                               

                                        |    classified elsewhere               |135.3                                  |100.5                                                                          

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

                                        |Total                                  |1,484.0                                |2,770.7                                                                        


United Kingdom exports to Syria                                                                                                                                                                         

(£ million, current prices)                                                                                                                                                                             

Section                                 |Description                            |1971-80                                |1981-90                                                                        

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   0                                    |Food and live animals                  |10.2                                   |14.1                                                                           

   1                                    |Beverages and tobacco                  |8.5                                    |9.6                                                                            

   2                                    |Crude materials, inedible, except fuels|4.5                                    |11.8                                                                           

   3                                    |Mineral fuels, lubricants and related                                                                                                                          

                                        |    materials                          |14.3                                   |6.6                                                                            

   4                                    |Animal and vegetable oils, fats and                                                                                                                            

                                        |    waxes                              |2.9                                    |0.6                                                                            

   5                                    |Chemicals and related products         |63.9                                   |132.2                                                                          

   6                                    |Manufactured goods classified chiefly                                                                                                                          

                                        |    by material                        |88.3                                   |101.6                                                                          

   7                                    |Machinery and transport equipment      |188.1                                  |259.5                                                                          

   8                                    |Miscellaneous manufactured articles    |28.1                                   |54.5                                                                           

   9                                    |Commodities and transactions not                                                                                                                               

                                        |    classified elsewhere               |3.6                                    |19.5                                                                           

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

                                        |Total                                  |412.3                                  |610.0                                                                          


United Kingdom exports to Oman                                                                                                                                                                          

(£ million, current prices)                                                                                                                                                                             

Section                                 |Description                            |1971-80                                |1981-90                                                                        

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   0                                    |Food and live animals                  |23.6                                   |59.7                                                                           

   1                                    |Beverages and tobacco                  |23.1                                   |103.6                                                                          

   2                                    |Crude materials, inedible, except fuels|1.6                                    |4.9                                                                            

   3                                    |Mineral fuels, lubricants and related                                                                                                                          

                                        |    materials                          |11.2                                   |18.9                                                                           

   4                                    |Animal and vegetable oils, fats and                                                                                                                            

                                        |    waxes                              |0.4                                    |0.7                                                                            

   5                                    |Chemicals and related products         |45.3                                   |207.5                                                                          

   6                                    |Manufactured goods classified chiefly                                                                                                                          

                                        |    by material                        |98.7                                   |303.6                                                                          

   7                                    |Machinery and transport equipment      |518.5                                  |1,689.7                                                                        

   8                                    |Miscellaneous manufactured articles    |103.1                                  |645.7                                                                          

   9                                    |Commodities and transactions not                                                                                                                               

                                        |    classified elsewhere               |49.1                                   |296.6                                                                          

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

                                        |Total                                  |874.6                                  |3,330.9                                                                        

Note: Totals may not equal the sum of component parts due to rounding.                                                                                                                                  

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom.                                                                                                                                                

National Environment Technology Centre

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what were the costs of providing (a) a visitors' dining suite, (b) the refurbishment of toilets, (c) the refurbishment of the entrance foyer and (d) the car park extension at the national environment technology centre prior to its opening on 10 June.

Mr. Eggar : These are matters for the UKAEA.


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Competition White Paper

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in implementing each of the proposals in "Competitiveness : Helping Business to Win".

Mr. Sainsbury : Progress on implementing the proposals in "Competitiveness : Helping Business to Win", will be carefully monitored by the ministerial group on competitiveness.

Children's Homes

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 1 July, Official Report , column 748 , what aspects of the Children Act 1989 and the Registered Homes Act 1984 the inter-departmental scrutiny team is looking at other than fire safety ; and what recommendations the team has made.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : As I made clear in my earlier response on 1 July 1994, Official Report , column 748 , the report of the inter-departmental review makes a number of recommendations regarding fire safety legislation and enforcement which may affect the operation of the legislation mentioned or premises covered by them. The report, copies of which are in the Library of the House, does not deal with any issues other than fire safety and is now the subject of consultation.

Questions about other aspects of the legislation and its enforcement should therefore be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health.

Deregulation

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will set out the terms and conditions of those appointed to the deregulation task force.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey, East (Mr. Ainsworth) on 6 July 1994, Official Report , column 224 , which set out the terms of reference of the deregulation task force. Members of the task force have been appointed for an initial period of two years. Individuals will not receive payment for their work as members of the deregulation task force.

Mr. Spellar : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what will be the remuneration for members of the deregulation task force.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Burden), on 25 May 1994, Official Report, column 174.

Contracts

Mr. Byers : To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what occasions in the last 10 years he or a Minister in his Department has given a direction to civil servants to award a contract against the advice of the civil service ; what was the subject matter of the contract and its value ; and when it was awarded.

Mr. Eggar [holding answer 8 July 1994] : From records currently available, there have been no such occasions.


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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

East Timor

20. Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiative he is proposing to assist the inhabitants of East Timor, and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The best assistance we can render the East Timorese people is to continue to support the current dialogue between the Indonesians and the Portuguese, under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, the aim of which is to seek a solution on East Timor acceptable to all concerned.

Cyprus

23. Dr. Spink : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding recent developments in respect of the confidence-building measures for the Cypriot communities ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met the United Nations Secretary-General in New York on 21 June and discussed the prospects for agreement on the confidence-building measures for Cyprus. He reaffirmed our continuing support for the Secretary-General's efforts to make progress on these measures and on an overall settlement.

35. Mr. Waterson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to mark the 20th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : There are no plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Turkish intervention in Cyprus in 1974.

27. Ms Janet Anderson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the possibility of the accession of Cyprus to the European Union.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Corfu Council confirmed that the next phase of enlargement will involve Cyprus. The Council will review progress in the inter-communal process, and Cyprus's readiness for accession, in January 1995.


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