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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 20 October 1994

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Companies' Annual Returns

Mr. Morgan: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will place a copy in the Library of the list of sensitive companies maintained by the Registrar of Companies with respect to which Companies house undertakes special measures to ensure the filing of annual returns.

Mr. Neil Hamilton: There is no such list, and there are no such measures. Companies house operates procedures which are intended to give all companies every opportunity to comply with Companies Act filing requirements before enforcement action is undertaken.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received in relation to the late filing of the annual returns by the Association of Conservative Clubs Ltd; what consultations he has had with the Registrar of Companies with respect to the default procedure; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Neil Hamilton: I am not aware of any representations received from members of the public in relation to the overdue annual return. My office has been informed by a member of the registrar's staff that the usual pursuit action is under way in respect of the Association of Conservative Clubs Ltd. There is a long-standing practice whereby my office is informed whenever, in the judgment of the registrar, pursuit action may result in publicity in a particular case.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has had from the Registrar of Companies in relation to the default procedure and reminder letters to the Association of Conservative Clubs Ltd.

Mr. Neil Hamilton: None. A member of the Registrar of Companies' staff has informed my office that the usual default procedures are under way in respect of an overdue annual return by the Association of Conservative Clubs Ltd.

Post Office

Mr. Hain: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what has been the cost of establishing, advertising and operating the address The Post Office, Freepost Freedom, London EC1B 1GP for those wishing to write supporting the Post Office case for change and commercial freedom;

(2) how many letters have been received at the address The Post Office, Freepost Freedom, London EC1B 1GP by those supporting the Post Office case for change and commercial freedom;

(3) what authorisation his Department gave to the Post Office to establish and advertise the address Freepost Freedom, London EC1B 1GP for those wishing to write


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supporting the Post Office case for change and commercial freedom.

Mr. Wardle: These are all operational matters for the Post Office.

Nuclear Review

Mr. Tipping: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list those individuals, organisations and companies who have made a submission to the nuclear review; and if he will place copies of these submissions in the Library.

Mr. Eggar [holding answer 19 October 1994]: In accordance with the terms of reference for the review, this information and copies of all substantive submissions are available in the Library of the House.

TREASURY

Third World Debt

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide figures on the total debt relief resulting from the implementation of the Trinidad terms; which countries have benefited; which countries are eligible; and which of these have outstanding debts.

Mr. Nelson: To date over $7 billion of debt has been restructured by the Paris Club under the Trinidad terms which has resulted in debt or debt service reduction equivalent to over $2 billion. To date, 22 countries have benefited from a reduction in the burden of their official bilateral debt under Trinidad terms. These are Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Republic, Guyana, Honduras, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

Trinidad terms are available to the world's poorest and most severely indebted countries which are following International Monetary Fund programmes of economic reform. It is not possible to say which countries might obtain debt relief under Trinidad terms in the future because the merits of all requests for debt rescheduling are considered by the Paris Club creditors on a case-by-case basis.

Dividend Taxation

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress of the review of dividend taxation and related issues, initiated by the Financial Secretary; and when he expects to publish its findings.

Sir George Young: A programme of discussions on the industrial finance initiative with business people and financial institutions has been completed. The initiative is continuing by analysing the ideas collected during the work to date and by examining the scope for new approaches to finance industry. There will be no single report on the initiative, but announcements on individual issues will be made in due course.


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Doctor Dispensing

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place between HM customs and representatives of the British Medical Association on the VAT liability of dispensing by doctors; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Officials of Customs and Excise met representatives of the British Medical Association on 3 May 1994 to discuss the VAT liability of dispensing by doctors who are authorised or required to provide NHS pharmacy services. Provisional arrangements whereby doctors can continue to treat this dispensing as a non-business NHS activity have been agreed, pending the outcome of customs' further consultations with the BMA and others.

Gaming Machines

Mr. Hinchcliffe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ordinary gaming machine licences are currently due to applicants who have paid appropriate levels of duty; and over what period of time it has not been possible to issue licences.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: In the period from the beginning of April 1994 to 14 October there were 59,126 applications to the licensing centre. From these there are currently 16,606 licences which have not been despatched. It has been possible to issue licences throughout this period.

Civil Servants

Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants including those in next steps agencies earn more than the current basic salary of hon. Members.

Mr. Nelson: At 1 July 1994 about 15,000 civil servants.

LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Harry Barnes: To ask the Lord President of the Council, pursuant to his reply to the honourable Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks), Official Report , 19 July, column 91 , if he will estimate the printing and publishing costs of written and oral questions and the costs of the relevant work of the Table Office.

Mr. Tony Newton: This information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

Safe Water

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the United Kingdom's bilateral aid programmes is spent on the provision of safe water.

Mr. Baldry: In 1993 94 around 4 per cent.--just over £30 million out of £795 million--of United Kingdom bilateral aid which was allocable by sector was spent on


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the water and sanitation sector. This figure, which is at present still provisional, excludes that part of emergency aid which is spent on the provision of water and sanitation during times of crisis.

Aid Programme

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans Her Majesty's Government have to reach the target for bilateral aid for basic needs recommended by the United Nations development programme;

(2) if Her Majesty's Government will allocate a greater proportion of its bilateral aid to target the basic needs of poor people in developing countries.

Mr. Baldry: In allocating our bilateral aid, we recognise the importance of addressing basic human needs, but do not consider it appropriate to prescribe proportional targets for expenditure on a global basis. We estimate that in 1992 93 around 10 per cent. of United Kingdom bilateral aid expenditure, excluding emergency aid, was on basic human needs, above the average for all donors. In addition we provide around £150 million of emergency aid, most of which goes to meet basic needs in times of crisis.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve the focus of the European Union's aid programmes towards meeting the basic needs of people living in absolute poverty in developing countries.

Mr. Baldry: Article 130u of the treaty on European Union identifies the campaign against poverty in developing countries as one of the central objectives of Community aid programmes. The Development Council in December 1993 adopted guidelines to improve the poverty focus of Community and member state programmes and projects. Seven countries--Ethiopia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Peru, Ghana, Mali and Nicaragua--have been identified for a pilot exercise in enhanced co-ordination between Community and member state efforts to combat poverty. A social development adviser from ODA is seconded to the Commission and is closely involved in this exercise.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's total aid budget is expected to be allocated through the European Union and through multilateral channels by 1996 97.

Mr. Baldry: As indicated in the memorandum submitted by the ODA to the Foreign Affairs Committee on 27 April 1994, by 1996 97 we expect, on current plans, that 34 per cent. of the aid budget will be allocated through the European Union and 18 per cent. through other multilateral channels.

The figures for European Union expenditure are, however, constantly under review.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that all Overseas Development Administration funded aid projects are subject to assessment for their impact on different income groups or beneficiaries.

Mr. Baldry: ODA's procedures for the design and appraisal of projects require assessment of projects' impact on potential beneficiaries, with particular attention to the needs of disadvantaged groups.


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ENVIRONMENT

Housing Improvement Grants

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities have made representations to him about difficulties in meeting their obligations under the existing housing improvement grants policy; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Since April 1994 my Department has received separate written representations from 53 local authorities.

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the review of the improvement grant system will be completed; when proposals will be announced; and when guidelines will be issued.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir G. Young) the then Minister for Housing, Inner Cities and Construction on 27 April 1994, Official Report, column, 205 .

Wildlife Trade

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what formal projects for monitoring all pet trade-related take of wildlife imported into the United Kingdom currently exists; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what scientific evaluations of natural populations of wildlife imported into the United Kingdom for pet trade purposes are made under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Paul Beresford: Under CITES, scientific evaluations of natural populations are primarily the responsibility of those countries in which specimens are taken from the wild. Under a process promoted by the United Kingdom, a committee of the convention monitors the means by which these countries ensure that the number of animals taken from the wild for export do not threaten the survival of the species. Remedial action may be recommended and assistance may be offered in some cases. If recommendations are not implemented satisfactorily, trade may be suspended. The European Council regulation on CITES applies stricter tests to the import of certain species and trade in these may be suspended where there is insufficient evidence that the level of exports of animals taken from the wild is sustainable. Some of the animals included in these processes will form part of the pet trade.

Individual import applications under CITES, including those relating to the pet trade, are also referred to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee which advises us on any conservation implications.

Community Charge

Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the outstanding arrears of community charge in total and by each local authority on 31 March.

Mr. Curry: I estimate that the level of community charge arrears for local authorities in England at 31 March 1994 was between £1.5 and £1.6 billion. Authorities have,


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however, made provision for non-collection of £1.4 billion. There is insufficient information available centrally to make a reliable estimate for each local authority. However, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy regularly publishes estimates for individual authorities: figures for 31 March 1993 are available in the Library of the House.

Business Regulations

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish details of the annual on-going compliance costs for new regulations affecting business for which his Department has completed compliance cost assessments.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison) on Wednesday 19 October 1994, Official Report, columns 266-67.

Leeds Development Corporation

Dr. Hampson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when Leeds development corporation will be wound up and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Curry: Statutory orders will be laid before Parliament early next year to effect the wind-up and dissolution of Leeds development corporation. Subject to parliamentary approval, the corporation will cease to act from 1 April 1995, except for the purpose of preparing its final accounts and report and winding up its affairs. The corporation will be dissolved on 1 July 1995.

Urban development corporations were set up, with finite lifetimes, to regenerate their designated areas. Since designation on 30 June 1988, Leeds development corporation, in partnership with other agencies, has made a considerable and lasting contribution to the well-being of Leeds.

By the end of its lifetime, Leeds development corporation expects to have reclaimed 68 hectares of land, built 11.4 km of roads and footpaths and created 366,000 sq m. of non-housing floorspace and 561 housing units. This has led to some 8,000 jobs in new developments and levered in £317 million in private sector investment.

Docklands Light Railway

Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what representations he has received about the proposed deletion of the Cutty Sark station for the docklands light railway extension plans;

(2) if the provision of a station at Cutty Sark will be included as an option when the docklands light railway extension proposals are put out to tender.

Sir Paul Beresford [holding answers 19 October 1994]: We have received representations from a range of national and local organisations and from Members of both Houses in support of a station at Cutty Sark. We will shortly make an announcement on the next steps for the project and on the option for a Cutty Sark station.

Zoos

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many exemptions have been granted


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in each county to establishments keeping animals from provisions of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 in each year since 1982; and if he will state the reasons for these exemptions in respect of the last year for which figures are available.

Sir Paul Beresford [holding answer 19 October 1994]: Between 1984 and 1991 the following exemptions from the provisions of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 have been granted:


                   |1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991     

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Avon               |-   |-   |1   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Cambridgeshire     |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |1        

Cheshire           |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Cornwall           |5   |5   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Derbyshire         |-   |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |1   |-        

Devon              |-   |3   |3   |-   |1   |1   |-   |1        

                                                                

Dorset             |-   |-   |1   |1   |-   |-   |-   | -       

Essex              |-   |3   |2   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Gloucestershire    |-   |1   |1   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Hampshire          |1   |1   |3   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Herefordshire      |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Humberside         |-   |-   |6   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Isle of Wight      |-   |3   |3   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Kent               |-   |3   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

                                                                

Lancashire         |-   |-   | 1  |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Lincolnshire       |-   |2   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

                                                                

London             |5   |1   |-   |-   |-   | -  |-   |-        

Greater Manchester |-   |-   |-   |4   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Merseyside         |-   |2   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |3        

                                                                

Middlesex          | -  |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Norfolk            |-   |1   |-   |1   |-   |1   |-   |-        

Northamptonshire   |-   |2   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Nottinghamshire    |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

                                                                

Northumberland     |-   |-   |1   | -  |-   |-   |-   |-        

Oxfordshire        |-   |-   |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-        

Somerset           |-   |2   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Staffordshire      |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Suffolk            |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |1   |-        

                                                                

Sussex             |-   |1   |-   |2   |-   |-   |-   |-        

Tyne and Wear      |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |1        

Warwickshire       |-   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-        

West Midlands      |-   |2   |1   |-   |1   |-   |-   |-        

Worcestershire     |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |-   |1        

                                                                

Yorkshire          | -  |3   |1   |3   |1   |1   |-   |-        

No exemptions have been granted in 1992 1994. Exemptions from the Act are granted to collections which consist entirely of animals which are normally domesticated in Great Britain.

Establishments which have been granted exemptions are not considered to meet the definition of zoo within the meaning of the Act by virtue of the fact that wild animals are not being exhibited to the public.

Environmental Planning

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he will take to ensure that environmental planning decisions are taken in full appreciation of their impact on human health and that adequate public health advice is provided by the national health service to joint regional offices of the Departments of Health, Employment, Transport and Trade and Industry.

Mr. Sackville: I have been asked to reply.

My Department does not have joint regional offices with other Departments.


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It is a responsibility of regional and district directors of public health to have regard to and, when appropriate, provide advice on, all factors which may have significant impact upon the public health in their area--including those which may be associated with the consequences of planning decisions. Advice may also be obtained from the nation health service executive.

Responsibility for planning matters rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. We understand that guidance to planning authorities, and to applicants for consent to major projects, requires that impact upon human beings should be taken into account in assessing the environmental impact of development plans and projects.

EDUCATION

Nurse Training

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the higher education institutions


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that operate the USS superannuation pension scheme which are not able to offer nurse training facilities as a result of changes to pension arrangements for nurse training staff.

Mr. Boswell: Decision on whether to offer nurse training are for individual institutions. I understand that discussions about the pensions arrangements for staff transferring from the national health service to higher education institutions are taking place between the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals and the relevant pensions authorities.

Public Bodies

Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list the non-departmental public bodies to which her Department makes appointments in the Greater London area, together with the total annual budget for each body and the number of appointments made or renewed for each body in each of the last five years.

Mr. Boswell: The information requested is given in the table.


Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT)                     

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1990-91              |£535,000            |4                                        

1991-92              |£652,000            |3                                        

1992-93              |£949,000            |2                                        

1993-94              |£857,000            |4                                        

1994-95              |£832,000            |1                                        

Includes one appointment made by the Secretary of State for Scotland.               


Further Education Unit (FEU)                                                        

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1990-91              |£2,840,000          |3                                        

1991-92              |£3,030,000          |8                                        

1992-93              |£3,620,000          |3                                        

1993-94              |£3,550,000          |12                                       

1994-95              |£3,550,000          |13                                       


Further Education Funding Council (FEFC), Greater London    

Regional Committee                                          

Established in 1993                                         

                    |Appointments and                       

                    |Re-appointments                        

Year                |by the Secretary of                    

                    |State                                  

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1993-94             |10                                     

1994-95             |1                                      

The FEFC Regional Committees do not have separate budgets.  

Their budgets are contained within the FEFC budget.         


School curriculum and assessment authority (SCAA)                                   

Established on 1 October 1993                                                       

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1993-94              |<1>£18,400,000      |15                                       

1994-95              |<2>£29,600,000      |15                                       

<1> Part-year.                                                                      

<2> Estimated.                                                                      


Special Education Needs (SEN) Tribunal                                              

Established on 1 September 1994                                                     

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1994-95              |<1>£775,204         |79                                       

<1> Part-year.                                                                      

Appointments were made to the SEN tribunal to sit on hearings throughout England,   

effective from the Tribunal's creation. Whilst the Tribunal's HQ is in London, the  

hearings will take place across the country, as and when needed, and members will   

be paid on a per diem basis. Of the 79 members, 18 live in the Greater London area. 

These 18 members will not necessarily be assigned to hearings in the Greater London 

area.                                                                               


T

Teacher Training Agency (TTA)                                                       

Established on 21 September 1994                                                    

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1994-95              |<1>£2,000,000       |<2>11                                    

<1> Budget includes the costs of establishing the Agency part year.                 

<2> To date.                                                                        


University Commissioners                                                            

                                          |Appointments and                         

                                          |Re-appointments                          

Year                 |Annual DFE Grant Aid|by the Secretary of                      

                                          |State                                    

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1991-91              |£185,529            |5                                        

1991-92              |£201,851            |5                                        

1992-93              |£243,823            |5                                        

1993-94              |£255,124            |5                                        

Costs for 1994-95 arising from residual work are being met on a contingency basis.  

Students

Ms Estelle Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time students were registered in colleges of further education for each of the last five years, on a regional basis.

Mr. Boswell: The number of full-time students by region enrolled on courses in colleges of further education, for each of the last five academic years for which date are available, were as shown in the table.


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Number of Full-Time Students in Colleges of Further Education  

England 1988-89-1992-93                                        

Students on FE and HE courses                                  

thousands                                                      

                      Academic Year                            

Region               |88-89 |89-90 |90-91 |91-92 |92-93        

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North                |20    |22    |22    |27    |30           

Yorkshire/Humberside |37    |39    |43    |48    |52           

North West           |56    |59    |64    |70    |75           

East Midlands        |27    |29    |32    |37    |41           

West Midlands        |41    |42    |46    |55    |61           

East Anglia          |13    |13    |15    |18    |20           

Greater London       |51    |52    |55    |64    |69           

South East           |72    |77    |83    |99    |108          

South West           |36    |39    |40    |49    |54           

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

Total (England)      |352   |371   |400   |469   |510          

Ms Estelle Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time students failed to complete courses in each of the last five years, on a regional basis.

Mr. Boswell: The number of further education students who do not complete their courses are not centrally recorded.

The wastage rates of full-time and sandwich students from first degree courses in former Universities Funding Council-funded United Kingdom universities and former English and Wales polytechnics are shown as follows:


             Academic Year                                  

            |1987-88|1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92        

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Percentages |17     |14     |16     |15     |17             

Source:                                                     

Table 14 (page 43) DFE Department Report (Cm 2510)          

published March 1994.                                       

The proportions of students who left each of the former UFC-funded universities on successful completion of their full-time and sandwich first degree courses are published by the universities statistical record in "University Management Statistics and Performance Indicators". A copy of the 1993 edition is in the House Library.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff are employed by her Department; and what proportion of them are employed in each of the standard regions.

Mr. Boswell: The Department currently employs 2,152 civil servants, of whom 368 are in the Teacher Pensions Agency; 41.8 per cent. of the Department's staff are based in Darlington and the remainder in London.

Official Hospitality

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what has been the total amount spent on


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official hospitality by (a) her Department and (b) her agencies for each year since 1990.

Mr. Forth: The information is as follows:


                   |DES/DFE           |Teachers' pensions|Total                                

                                      |agency                                                  

                   |£'000s            |£'000s            |£'000s                               

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1990-91            |57                |-                 |57                                   

1991-92            |86                |-                 |86                                   

1992-93            |95                |1                 |96                                   

1993-94            |87                |1                 |88                                   

The cost of official hospitality in each of these years is included in the running cost expenditure for the Department which is published every year in the departmental report. Official hospitality includes the costs of teas and coffees, buffet lunches and dinners.

University-Validated Courses

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students are enrolled on university-validated diploma and first-degree courses and are studying in non-higher education institutions.

Mr. Boswell: In academic year 1992 93, there were 91,000 home domiciled students in English FE colleges registered on degree courses and on other institutional validated certificates and diplomas.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Consulate Staff, Kiev

Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many embassy and consulate staff in Kiev speak (a) English as a first language and also Russian, (b) English as a first language and also Ukrainian, (c) English as a first language and also Russian and Ukrainian, (d) Russian as a first language and (e) Ukrainian as a first language; and what percentage speak Ukrainian.

Mr. Goolad: There are 17 United Kingdom-based officers at the British embassy in Kiev; there is no separate consulate. Of these (a) two have a knowledge of English as a first language and Russian; (b) one has a knowledge of English as a first language and Ukrainian; and (c) six have a knowledge of English as a first language and both Russian and Ukrainian.

The remaining eight United Kingdom-based staff are in the support grades and are not given formal language training before they arrive at post.

There are 11 Ukrainian locally engaged staff, all of whom speak English, Russian and Ukrainian. Of the nine United Kingdom-based staff in speaker slots, 77 per cent. have a knowledge of Ukrainian.

World Summit for Children

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to ensure that the targets agreed by the 1990 world summit for children will be met by 2000.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The United Kingdom published in July 1992 Command Paper No. 1984 entitled "Report on


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the United Kingdom Implementation of the Goals agreed by the World Summit for Children". A copy was placed in the Library of the House. The report on the implementation of the world summit's goals noted a parallel initiative in the UN convention on the rights of the child, to which the United Kingdom Government have agreed to be bound. A report on the application of the convention to the United Kingdom was published in February 1994. A copy was placed in the Library of the House.

Entry Visas

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a decision is to be taken by the United Kingdom post in Islamabad on the application by Tariq Mahmood, Ref: IMM/B7299, to enter the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.


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