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Sheep Annual Premium

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many farmers in Wales have not yet received payment of their advance payments with respect to the 1994 sheep annual premium scheme.

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 25 October 1994]: Of the 16,816 eligible claims received, around 13.8 per cent. remain to be paid. The majority of these involve queries or quota problems which will have to be resolved before payments are made.

Welsh Development Agency

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 19 October, Official Report, column 251, whether the chairman of the Welsh Development Agency discussed with the board members of the agency his intentions to take up a directorship of Development Securities plc; and if the discussion was minuted as recommended in paragraph 35 of the Caines report mentioned in his statement of 19 October 1993, Official Report, column 147 .

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 25 October 1994]: My understanding is that the chairman declared his interest at a WDA board meeting and this was minuted.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 19 October, Official Report, column 251 , and with reference to the recommendations contained in paragraph 35 of the Caines report of October 1993, what proposals he has to strengthen the guidelines for directors of the Welsh Development Agency regarding the proposed directorships of property companies with property interests in Wales and other companies with possible conflict of interest implications with the work of the agency.

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 25 October 1994]: The rules on conflict of interest are already clear. The code of best practice for board members of public bodies, prepared by HM Treasury was issued to the agency in July of this year by my Department.


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Welsh Language

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Royal Society of Arts and City and Guilds in relation to preparation of courses and examination leading to general national vocational qualifications through the medium of Welsh; and when he expects to conclude these discussions.

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 25 October 1994]: The position is as stated in my hon. Friend's letter to the hon. Member on 20 September 1994. Following negotiations between my officials and the GNVQ awarding bodies, the RSA and City and Guilds of London Institute have now agreed to provide GNVQ unit tests through the medium of Welsh to meet demand from schools and colleges in Wales during the 1994 95 academic year. The two awarding bodies will carry out pilots to test the systems and the quality of the qualifications.

Officials expect to be in a position to finalise contracts with the two awarding bodies within the next few weeks.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Performance-related Pay

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of chief executives of national health service trusts in each of the last four years have been paid on a performance- related pay basis.

Mr. Moss: The pay of NHS trusts chief executive is a matter for individual trusts to determine. Details are not held centrally but should be published in trusts' annual reports. Guidance on that will be issued shortly.

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specific analysis his Department has conducted on the cost and efficiency of introducing performance-related pay to clinical grades in the national health service.

Mr. Moss: Implementation of local pay arrangements is for health and social services trusts to determine taking into account the individual health care objectives contained in their agreed business plans. The assessment of the cost and efficiency of schemes is also for local determination.

Parades, South Down

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many parades were held in the constituency of South Down from 1 April to 30 September inclusive; and what were the locations.

Sir John Wheeler: Some 241 parades were held in the constituency of South Down during the period 1 April to 30 September 1994. This figure can be broken down as follows:


Location                 |Loyalist Parades  |Republican Parades                   

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Killyleagh               |13                                                      

Ballynahinch             |17                                                      

Ardglass                 |2                 |1                                    

Crossgar                 |5                                                       

Downpatrick              |7                 |1                                    

Saintfield               |9                                                       

Ballygawley, Downpatrick |5                                                       

Saul                     |1                                                       

Raffery                  |3                                                       

Hollymount, Downpatrick  |1                                                       

Toyre, Killyleagh        |4                                                       

Inch, Downpatrick        |3                                                       

Kilmore                  |2                                                       

Ballyculter, Strangford  |5                                                       

Ballykilbeg, Downpatrick |1                                                       

Woodgrange, Downpatrick  |2                                                       

Bells Hill               |1                                                       

Newcastle                |2                 |1                                    

Kilkeel                  |21                |7                                    

Castlewellan             |2                 |1                                    

Clough                   |4                                                       

Seaforde                 |2                                                       

Annalong                 |10                                                      

Moneyslane               |1                                                       

Ballymartin              |3                 |1                                    

Benraw, Castlewellan     |2                                                       

Closkelt, Ballyward      |2                                                       

Dundrum                  |1                                                       

Legananny, Castlewellan  |1                                                       

Attical, Kilkeel                            |1                                    

Banbridge                |23                                                      

Dromore                  |18                                                      

Rathfriland              |26                                                      

Waringsford, Dromore     |3                                                       

Corbet, Banbridge        |3                                                       

Tanvally, Banbridge      |1                                                       

Blackbridge, Poyntzpass  |1                                                       

Finnis                   |1                                                       

Katesbridge              |1                                                       

Ballyroney, Rathfriland  |3                                                       

Garvaghy, Dromore        |1                                                       

Glascar, Banbridge       |1                                                       

Seapatrick, Banbridge    |1                                                       

Hilltown                                    |1                                    

Skeagh, Dromore          |1                                                       

Drumavaddy, Banbridge    |1                                                       

Donaghmore               |4                                                       

Warrenpoint              |4                 |1                                    

Rostrevor                                   |1                                    

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

Totals                   |225               |16                                   

Parade Statistics are recorded by RUC sub-divisional areas, which do not          

generally coincide with constituency boundaries. Whilst every effort has been     

made to correlate information from the relevant boundary maps, it is possible     

that some `borderline' cases may have been wrongly included or omitted.           

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the estimated cost of policing parades in the constituency of South Down from 1 April to 30 September.

Sir John Wheeler: The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

IRA Ceasefire

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on individuals have taken place in Northern Ireland since the start of the IRA ceasefire which have been classified as punishment attacks by a paramilitary organisation.


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Sir John Wheeler: The available information is for a period 1 September to 23 October 1994 and is as follows:


Punishment Attacks                                               

                      Number of                                  

                      Casualties                                 

                     |Loyalist  |Republican|Total                

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Punishment Assaults  |3         |11        |14                   

Punishment Shootings |14        |-         |14                   

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

                                           |<2>28                

Note: These punishment attacks have not necessarily been claimed 

by a paramilitary organisation. Attribution has been decided     

based mainly on knowledge.                                       

<2> With the exception of one punishment shooting, all of these  

attacks took place prior to the loyalist ceasefire.              

Learning Disability Hospitals

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. Moss: The number of people with a mental handicap resident in long-stay hospitals in Northern Ireland was 839 at 17 February 1994, including 64 patients in long-stay psychiatric hospitals. The long-stay mental handicap hospitals which are currently operating are listed below:Muckamore AbbeyLongstoneTower HillStradreagh

School Playing Fields

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the capital receipts from the sale of school playing fields for each of the last six years by education authority.

Mr. Ancram: There has been one such sale within the last six years. In 1991, £57,000 was received by the Belfast education and library board in respect of the sale of 8 acres of surplus school playing fields. The land was sold to a private rugby club and continues to be used as playing fields.

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. Ancram: Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, information compiled in 1989, shows that at that time there were 611 grass pitches and 950 artificial games areas for all schools in Northern Ireland.

PE Teachers

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physical education teachers were employed by local education authorities in each year since 1979.

Mr. Ancram: Information is available only for 1989, when there were an estimated 860 physical education teachers in secondary schools in Northern Ireland.


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Public Appointments

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department organises receptions for those expressing an interest in public appointments for the first time; how often they are held; what is the annual cost; and how many people attend.

Sir John Wheeler: To date, no Northern Ireland Department has organised a reception for those expressing an interest in public appointments for the first time. However, Baroness Denton, as Minister with responsibility for women's issues in Northern Ireland, recently held a reception to encourage women in public appointment. My right hon. and learned Friend and I were in attendance and those present included both women who hold public appointments and those who did not but might be encouraged to consider putting themselves forward. Senior departmental officials involved in the public appointments process were also present. Some 97 people attended and the cost of the reception was £920.

Public Information

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last three years to (a) produce public information in alternative formats for visually impaired people and (b) publicise the availability of accessible information among visually impaired people.

Sir John Wheeler [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments have spent the following amounts of money in each of the last three years to produce public information in alternative format for visually impaired people:

1991 92 £2,742

1992 93 --

1993 94 £2,969

As the Royal National Institute for the Blind produces and provides the available information free of charge, the amount spent in each of the last three years on publicising the availability of accessible information amongst visually impaired people has been negligible.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will indicate which Departmental publications are currently available (a) in Braille, (b) in large print and (c) on tape; and if he will indicate what efforts have been made by his Department to inform visually impaired people about the availability of publications in alternative formats to normal print.

Sir John Wheeler [holding answer 24 October 1994]: The Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments currently have the following publications available in:

(a) Braille

Water Quality Register Leaflet

Water Quality Standards Leaflets

Emergencies and Complaints on Water Quality Leaflet

Leaflets and publications relating to the marketing and promotion of training and employment services.

The Northern Ireland Charter for the Child Support Agency "For Parents Who Live Apart" Leaflet

"Talkback" Leaflet

The Northern Ireland Civil Service Code of Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities


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(b) Large Print

Water Quality Register Leaflet

Water Quality Standards Leaflet

Emergencies and Complaints on Water Quality Leaflet

Leaflets and publications relating to the marketing and promotion of training and employment services.

The Northern Ireland Charter for the Child Support Agency "For Parents Who Live Apart" Leaflet

"Talkback" Leaflet

A Guide on Social Security benefits

RUC Charter

(c) Tape

Water Quality Register Leaflet

Water Quality Standards Leaflet

Emergencies and Complaints on Water Quality Leaflet "Orange Badge" Scheme

Leaflets and publications relating to the marketing and promotion of training and employment services.

The Northern Ireland Charter for the Child Support Agency "For Parents Who Live Apart" Leaflet

"Talkback" Leaflet

The Northern Ireland Civil Service Code of Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities

RUC Charter

"At Your Service - An A to Z Guide for Older People"

The equal opportunities officer in the Department of Finance and Personnel is in a position to inform visually impaired staff of the availability of the NICS code of practice on the employment of people with disabilities.

Departments work closely with the Royal National Institute for the Blind to help promote services and programmes which are available.

Hualon Corporation

Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will now make it his policy to suspend, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Public Accounts Committee, the proposed grant to the Hualon Corporation in connection with the development of new textile facilities in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ancram [holding answer 24 October 1994]: I am not aware of any such plans by the Public Accounts Committee and in light of the information currently before me I can see no justification in suspending progress of the Hualon project.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Mr. Philip Layton

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the charges laid against Mr. Philip Layton of the Royal Hong Kong police at his trial; what was the outcome of the trial; how much compensation has been paid to Mr. Layton following the trial verdict; what were the surveillance duties of Mr. Layton in relation to arms traffic in Hong Kong; and whether those duties extended to the People's Republic of China.

Mr. Goodlad: Philip Layton was charged with soliciting an advantage from John Edward Picken, and with offering an advantage to Rodney John Starling, a chief inspector of police, in exchange for the future supply of confidential information. He was acquitted of these charges. He did not receive any compensation but,


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following a court order that he be awarded his costs, he was paid HK$3,416,601.

Mr. Layton did not have any duties in relation to arms traffic in Hong Kong.

Radioactive Nitric Acid

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the trade or atomic energy counsellor at the British embassy in Washington has given British Nuclear Fuels plc in negotiating with the United States Energy Department for the import of radioactive nitric acid from Hanford to Sellafield.

Mr. Goodlad: Contractual negotiations for the proposed import of nitric acid to Sellafield are a matter for the contracting parties, British Nuclear Fuels plc and the United States Department of Energy. In keeping with the Government's normal policy and practice of supporting British companies pursuing commercial opportunities overseas, the British embassy in Washington has provided information, advice and assistance to British Nuclear Fuels plc as necessary.

Human Rights

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking, alone and in concert with the European Union, to press for the implementation of the human rights accord signed on 29 March, and for the deployment of the United Nations verification mission mandated by the human rights accord.

Mr. David Davis: We and our EU partners have made clear our intention to play a full part in supporting the peace process in Guatemala. We hope that the deployment of the United Nation human rights verification mission will encourage both sides to abide by the conditions of the human rights accord and to sign an overall peace agreement.

Armenia

Sir Trevor Skeet: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has about the type of nuclear reactors built for electric power production in Armenia; and when the power station is likely to be commissioned.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: Armenia's only nuclear power plant is at Medzamor, 25 km south of Yerevan. The plant consists of two Soviet-built VVER 440 pressurised water reactors. Both reactors were shut down in early 1989 as a precaution following the Armenian earthquake but the Armenian Government are aiming, with Russian assistance, to bring unit 2 back into service as soon as possible, with unit 1 to follow. The Armenian Government intend to operate Medzamor for approximately seven of its remaining 20 years' design life, and in the meantime to bring alternative generating capacity on stream.

Hebron

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a


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statement on the recent exclusion of the British consul from the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The Ibrahimi mosque was closed to all after the massacre in February. A representative from the British consulate-general in Jerusalem was among a group of people who were unable to enter the plateau near the mosque on 25 August 1994 because of the security measures.

Rwanda

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which nations are represented in the United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda; and in what numbers.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: As at 30 September, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda--UNAMIR-- consisted of troops, police and military observers--from Australia, 313; Austria, 16; Bangladesh, 52; Canada, 388; Chad, 130; Congo, 40; Ethiopia, 804; Fiji, one; Ghana, 899; Guinea, 15; Guinea Bissau, 39; Kenya, six; Malawi, 177; Mali, 39; Niger, 43; Nigeria, 271; Poland, three; Russian Federation, 15; Senegal, 241; Slovak Republic, seven; Tunisia, 40; United Kingdom, 595; Uruguay, 27; Zambia, 111; and Zimbabwe, 26.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current British contribution to peacekeeping forces in Rwanda.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The British contingent to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda currently consists of 575 personnel all ranks. It consists of: an equipment support workshop--182; an engineer squadron-- 144; a field ambulance--156; a signals detachment--29; a guard platoon--44; and 20 support personnel.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the United Nations forces in Rwanda are now fully assembled and deployed with full logistic support.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda is fully deployed with the exception of one battalion of troops from Zambia and one battalion of troops from India. Logistic support for the mission is currently provided by a number of contingents, including the British. A contract between the United Nations and the Brown and Root company to provide logistic support has not yet been finalised.

Former Soviet Union

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on the presence of Russian forces in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: Our policy is that Russian troops should be stationed in another former Soviet Union country only with the consent of that country's Government, and in accordance with the provisions of the conventional armed forces in Europe treaty. We welcome the signature of an agreement between the Moldovan and Russian Governments which establishes a timetable for the withdrawal of the Russian 14th army. The Russian peacekeeping troops in Moldova, which are separate from the 14th Army, are present with the consent of the Moldovan Government.


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In Georgia and Armenia, Russian troops are also present with the consent of the host Government.

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on the conditions for peacekeeping under the Conference on Security and Co- operation in Europe auspices in the Caucasus.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: Arrangements to consolidate and monitor the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh, including the mandate of any peacekeeping force, and move on to negotiations for a peaceful settlement, are being discussed within the CSCE. We attach considerable importance to the principles on peacekeeping agreed by CSCE Foreign Ministers at their meeting in Rome in December 1993.

Liberia

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what hostage taking there has recently been of United Nations personnel in Liberia; what has been the outcome; and what representations there have been about this.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: In early September, 43 United Nations military observers were detained by soldiers of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia. The President of the Security Council issued a statement on 13 September condemning the detention of the observers and demanding their release. By 20 September all had been freed.

Iran

Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's continued abuses of human rights, and its policy of terrorism and fundamentalism; and what steps Her Majesty's Government will take concerning Iranian activities at home and abroad; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Goodlad: We remain deeply concerned at Iran's human rights record and at continuing reports of its support for terrorism. We are determined to maintain pressure on Iran to improve its behaviour in these areas, both bilaterally and through the European Union, the United Nations and the G7.

Conference on Security andCo-operation in Europe

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the CSCE review conference in Budapest.


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