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Mr. Charles Wardle: The capacity of each of National Power's and PowerGen's coal-fired stations at privatisation is set out on pages 96 and 168 of the prospectus, published on 22 February 1991, setting out the Government's offer for sale of National Power and PowerGen shares. I am arranging for a copy of the prospectus to be made available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ian Taylor: My Department attaches importance to commercial links between the United Kingdom and Taiwan. The Taiwanese market is now treated in the same way as our other target markets. Taiwan has a dedicated market team in my Department supported by export promoters seconded from industry. Their work is being supported by additional resources allocated to the British trade and cultural office in Taipei.
Financial Year Area |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94 -------------------------------------------------------------- 1. DTI (excluding net controlled agencies & trading funds) see note i) |268,416|399,720|407,965|519,037 2. DTI agencies Accounts Services Agency |300 |300 |300 |300 Companies House (see note ii) |n/a |5,600 |11,187 |11,542 Laboratory of the Government Chemist |10.625 |17,685 |19,519 |27,122 National Engineering Laboratory |49,000 |36,000 |20,000 |10,000 National Physical Laboratory |35,300 |45,881 |48,408 |70,221 Patent Office |4,000 |8,000 |13,000 |18,000 Radiocommunications Agency |23,900 |21,993 |27,592 |33,575 |-------|-------|-------|------- Total Agencies |123,125|135,459|140,006|170,760 |-------|-------|-------|------- Total DTI |391,541|535,179|547,971|689,797 Notes i) - Relevant expenditure for the Insolvency Service and National Weights & Measures Laboratory is included in 1 above. They are controlled gross against the DTI's main voted provision. ii) - Figures are not readily available for the six month period prior to attaining trading fund status in October 1991.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answers of 20 October, Official Report, column 287, on how many occasions staff of the Registrar of Companies have notified his office in relation to companies in default on their annual returns during the past 12 months or other statistically convenient period.
Mr. Heseltine [holding answer 25 October 1994]: Records are not kept in a way which permits a definite answer, but four such cases have been identified since 1 January 1994 involving defaults on annual accounts, annual returns, or a combination of both.
Column 657credits related to defence exports in 1993 94; and what was their value.
Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The ECGD supported guarantees worth £1.96 billion in 1993 94 in respect of defence contracts. This amounted to 48 per cent. of the ECGD's support for capital goods and projects in 1993 94.
Mr. Byers: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of the total Export Credits Guarantee Department credit budget was used in relation to defence contracts for (a) Bangladesh, (b) Ecuador, (c) India, (d) Indonesia, (e) Jordan, (f) Malaysia, (g) Nigeria, (h) Oman , (i) Pakistan and (j) Thailand in 1993 94; and what was (i) the value for each year and (ii) the subject matter of the contracts.
Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The percentage of the ECGD's total support for capital goods and projects in 1993 94 which related to contracts in respect of defence equipment in the named markets and the respective values were as follows:
|Percentage |Value £ million ---------------------------------------------------------------- Bangladesh |- |- Ecuador |- |- India |- |- Indonesia |0.15 |6.2 Jordan |- |- Malaysia |0.46 |18.7 Nigeria |- |- Oman |8.42 |343.9 Pakistan |- |- Thailand |- |-
The subject matter of individual contracts is confidential to the contracting parties.
Mr. Byers: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of the total Export Credits Guarantee Department credit budget was used in relation to defence contracts for Saudi Arabia in each year since 1980; and what was (a) the value for each year and (b) the subject matter of the contracts.
Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The percentage of total ECGD support for capital goods and projects since 1980 which related to defence contracts in Saudi Arabia and the related values were as follows:
|Percentage |Value £ Million ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1982-83 |0.28 |23.85 1985-86 |0.39 |5.97 1988-89 |21.77 |450.00 1992-93 |5.92 |225.00 1993-94 |18.36 |750.00 In all other years the percentage and value were zero.
The subject matter of individual contracts is confidential to the contracting parties.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what legal advice he has received on the contracting out of the official receiver's work, in respect of the Insolvency Service's investigative functions; and if he will make a statement;
Column 658(2) what legal advice he has received on the contracting out of the official receiver's work in respect of Insolvency Service practitioners and the rights of assistance; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Heseltine [holding answer 24 October 1994]: Any contracting out of functions of official receivers would be dependent on the passage of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill and on the procedures set out in it including consultation with official receivers as statutory office holders and obtaining an affirmative order of both Houses.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many cases were referred by Insolvency Service practitioners to the official receiver for investigation in each of the last three financial years.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has for consultation with the users of the Insolvency Service about the future of the service, following the Stoy Hayward report.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the transport directorate of the European Commission concerning the proposed addition of the A465 to the Trans- European road network.
Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give figures based on current performance for the number of health service staff he expects will see earnings (a) fall and (b) rise as a result of the introduction of relating pay to performances.
Mr. Richards: The proposals made to staff sides and the professions who represent groups covered by NHS review bodies and included in the pay offer to staff sides of non-review body groups would strengthen the links between rewards and performance of their local
Column 659organisation. Such schemes would be locally determined and depend on the achievement of local objectives for the delivery of high quality services. I would expect average pay to continue to rise.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when the statutory requirements in connection with the improvement of the A470 Dolwyddel to Blaenau Ffestiniog road will be complete; when it is expected that works will commence; if the work will be in stages; how long the whole project will take; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The programming of the major schemes for the improvement of the A470 in the Lledr valley between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog is set out in "Roads in Wales 1994 Review". The first of these schemes, that for the section between Cancoed to Minffordd, has recently been the subject of a local public inquiry. Depending on the outcome of that inquiry, work is expected to start on the scheme in 1995, subject to the availability of finance, and will take approximately 18 months.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to allow Housing for Wales equivalent power to implement a scheme of GRO--grants for rent and ownership--grants for individual housing projects as currently operated and administered by Scottish Homes.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each public opinion survey commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies since 1 October 1992, showing for each, the subject, objectives, total cost, the period in which it was conducted and the organisation from which it was commissioned.
Mr. Redwood: The information requested is as follows. In addition to the items listed, the Welsh Office consults interested groups and individuals from time to time on a wide range of issues. Executive NDPBs in Wales have not been included in the data provided. The total cost of these surveys was approximately £56,000. The cost of individual contracts is confidential.
1. Research into bus-back advertising
To establish the effectiveness of bus-back advertising, both in general and in response to Drink-Drive advertising campaign. Date: February March 1994.
Conducted by: Beaufort Research Ltd, Cardiff.
2. Energy Efficiency Promotion in Wales
To evaluate the effectiveness of energy efficiency promotions in Wales during 1991 92.
Date: January November 1993.
Conducted by: William Battle and Associates, Swansea.
3. Revised Patient's Charter in Wales
To test public awareness of the Patient's Charter, and to elicit views on which standards should be included in a revised Charter. Date: February 1993.
Conducted by: Durdle Davies Business Research.
Column 660Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments Executive Agency--
1. Visitor Survey of 10 Monuments in State Care
To provide information on visitor origins, characteristics and economic status; and to assess levels of satisfaction.
Date: 1991 94.
Conducted by: Beaufort research.
2. Visitor Survey at 10 Monuments in State Care
To provide up to date visitor profiles; to establish awareness of CADW; to monitor satisfaction levels.
Conducted by: Hall, Harrison and Cowley.
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of appeals under paragraph 4 of schedule 14 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 determined in 1992 and 1993 for which the time taken from receipt of the appeal by his Department to its determination was (a) not more than six months, (b) more than six months but not more than 12 months, (c) more than 12 months but not more than 18 months, (d) more than 18 months but not more than 24 months or (e) more than 24 months.
More than six months but not more than 12 months 2.
More than 12 months but not more than 18 months 6.
More than 18 months but not more than 24 months 3.
Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employers in each TEC area in Wales have been given the investors in people award; how many have made a commitment to meeting the standard; and if he will make a statement.
|Commitments|Awards ------------------------------------------------------ Gwent |48 |10 Mid Glamorgan |63 |18 North East Wales |25 |5 North West Wales |33 |6 South Glamorgan |47 |10 West Wales |85 |17 Powys |13 |3 |------- |------- Wales |314 |69
The Welsh Office is committed to improving the competitiveness of businesses in Wales. Training and development plays a key part in this process by ensuring the availability of the skills and expertise necessary to achieve business objectives. Investors in people aims to encourage and recognise effective training. The Welsh Office promotes the commitment to, and achievement of,
Column 661the IIP award through the seven Welsh training and enterprise councils.
(2) how many entrants into the Tir Cymen pilot schemes there were in 1992 93; and how many applied unsuccessfully;
(3) what was the budget allocated for the Tir Cymen pilot schemes in 1992 93 and 1993 94; and if he will make a statement.
Tir Cymen Entrants
1992 93 201 (Unsuccessful--11)
1993 94 187 (Unsuccessful--14)
Budget (Grant in Aid)
1992 93 £0.5 million
1993 94 £2.1 million.
(2) what is the budget allocated by the Welsh Office for juvenile drug use education in the current year.
Mr. Richards: Drug prevention work is undertaken by a number of agencies from both the statutory and voluntary sectors, which receive funds from various sources. In 1992 93 the Welsh Office made available some £200,000 to help fund activities concerned with the prevention of drug misuse. The budget for 1994 95 is over £350,000. Funding is also available to local education authorities for health education, including drugs, under the grants for education support and training programme.
Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people with learning disabilities are resident in long-stay hospitals; and if he will list the long-stay learning disability hospitals still operating.
Mr. Richards: In June 1994 information from district health authorities indicated that around 750 persons with learning disabilities were resident in long-stay hospitals in Wales. The long-stay learning disability hospitals in Wales are listed as follows:
----------------------------------------------------------- Bryn-y-Neuadd |Gwynedd Brynhyfryd |Powys Llys Maldwyn |Powys Bronllys |Powys Pater Close |Dyfed Llys Myddfai |Dyfed Llanfrechfa Grange |Gwent Ely |South Glamorgan Hensol |Mid Glamorgan Ystrad Mynach Bungalows |Mid Glamorgan Gorseinon Bungalows |West Glamorgan Juvenile Drug Prevention
Mr. Richards: The Welsh Office was fully involved with the organisation and funding of European drug prevention week in Wales. The initiative, which lasted from 15 to 22 October, targeted young people. A variety of local events and a national sixth form conference were supported by the Welsh Office.
During the week my right hon. Friend announced the setting up of a new unit to tackle drug and alcohol misuse. The development of effective prevention programmes aimed at young people will be one of the main tasks of the unit.
Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of school playing fields by local education authority for (a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1987, (d) 1992 and (e) the latest available date.
Mr. Richards: The information requested is available for 1984 and 1989 only. In 1984, 2,400 secondary school teachers in Wales were qualified in physical education. The corresponding figure in 1989 was 1,900.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he is taking to control the number of sheep scab cases in Wales; and what plans he now has to make sheep scab a fully notifiable disease.
Mr. Redwood: Sheep scab is a disease which can be controlled by individual farmers, who are aware of the preventive measures and procedures needed to deal with it. The Government have no plans to re-introduce sheep scab controls.
We are aware of the concerns within the industry about the number of sheep affected by scab. A comprehensive publicity campaign is being carried out this autumn aimed at all sheep farmers, encouraging treatment where scab is suspected. It will help owners recognise the disease and emphasise to farmers their welfare responsibilities. We are also stepping up our efforts to ensure that unfit animals are not presented for sale by increasing the official veterinary presence at markets. Animals suffering from scab will be removed from sale at markets and owners will face the possibility of prosecution.
Column 663time; how often they are held; what is the annual cost; and how many people attend.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library copies of all documents, letters, or accounts he has signed which are written in a language he does not understand.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions in the past year the spouse of a Minister in his Department has travelled abroad at public expense to accompany a Minister on public duties, and what has been the total cost to public funds; and on how many occasions such travel has been undertaken at own cost.