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Mr. Douglas Hogg: The Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe--CSCE--Review Conference began on 10 October in Budapest and will end on 2 December. It will be followed by a CSCE summit on 5 to 6 December. It is our objective to develop the CSCE as the European instrument of choice in early warning, conflict prevention and resolution, especially of disputes affecting minorities. We are working for decisions at the summit which will promote security and stability in the CSCE area and strengthen co-operation between all participating states.

European Union

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


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statement on the progress of enlarging the European Union.

Mr. David Davis: A treaty of accession to the European Union was signed with four European Free Trade Association states on 24 June this year. The people of Austria and Finland have already voted in favour of joining: provided that referendums in Sweden--13 November--and Norway--28 November--are also positive, and that remaining parliamentary procedures in those countries are satisfactorily completed, all four will accede on 1 January 1995. On further EU enlargement, the Copenhagen European Council--1 June 1993--agreed that the associated countries of central and eastern Europe that so wished will join as soon as they are able to assume the obligations of membership by satisfying the economic and political conditions required. The Corfu European Council--1 June 1994--agreed that the next phase of enlargement will involve Cyprus and Malta.

Iraq

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Security Council counterparts on the extent to which a further UN resolution would be required to authorise the use of force against Iraqi troops.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had close and regular consultations on Iraq with his French, American and Russian colleagues over the past fortnight. The extent to which a further UN Security Council resolution would be required to authorise the use of force against Iraqi troops would depend on the circumstances at the time.

Romania

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Romanian authorities about child adoption procedures.

Mr. Baldry: My right hon. learned Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised the question of the operation of the Anglo-Romanian adoption agreement with the Romanian authorities in Bucharest in September. The Department of Health, which administers the agreement, is concerned about delays in processing applications under the terms of the agreement. We will continue to press for the proper operation of the agreement and the speedy resolution of cases.

Public Appointments

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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.

Mr. Goodlad: The FCO does not organise receptions for those expressing an interest in public appointments for the first time.

Departmental Documents

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the


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Library copies of all documents, letters or accounts he has signed which are written in a language he does not understand.

Mr. Hurd: The only documents that fall into this category are treaties, true and exact English language texts of which are always signed at the same time.

Copies of all treaties entered into by the United Kingdom are published as command papers in the treaty series and laid before both Houses.

Antartic Treaty

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to be able to announce a decision on the siting of the secretariat for the Antarctic treaty; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Davis: Discussions continue among treaty consultative parties about the siting of the Antartic treaty secretariat. The position remains unchanged from that stated in the answer given by the then Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on 27 June 1994, Official Report , column 410 .

EMPLOYMENT

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the estimated number of people who find permanent work as a result of the training enterprise councils.

Mr. Paice: Information is not available about the full impact of training and enterprise councils in helping people find permanent work. However, in England and Wales, 52 per cent. of those leaving youth training and 35 per cent. of those leaving training for work between April and December 1993 were in employment six months after finishing training.

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons were trained by TECs in 1993 94.

Mr. Paice: During 1993 94, there were 566,100 starts on youth training and training for work in England and Wales. At the latest date for which information is available, July 1994, there were 357, 000 people in training on these programmes.

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the outturn expenditure given to each TEC in England in 1992 93 at 1993 94 prices; and what is the budget for each TEC in 1993 94 in total and broken down in the same way as given in the written answer of 18 February 1993, Official Report, column 341.

Mr. Paice: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy in the Library.

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which TECs are using adult training credits within their training for work provision; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Paice: The following English training and enterprise councils are understood to be using a form of adult training credit within their training for work provision:

South and East Cheshire TEC;


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Hertfordshire TEC;

Bedfordshire TEC;

Milton Keynes TEC;

Cambridgeshire TEC.

Earnings

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing the increase in earnings in cash and real terms for each socio-economic group since 1987.

Mr. Oppenheim: The closest available information to that requested is for occupations, which is published in tables 8, 9 and x3 of part A of the "New Earnings Survey" for each of the years.

The information on the retail prices index--all items--at April, to convert figures to 1994 prices, is published in table 6.4 of the Employment Gazette and in table 26 of the "Annual Supplement Economic Trends" for April of earlier years.

National Union of Teachers

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the level of subscriptions paid to the NUT for each year since 1985.

Mr. Oppenheim: I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that the level of full member subscription to the National Union of Teachers is not specified in the latest NUT rule book submitted to him with the union's annual return for the year ended 31 December 1993.

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many of the NUT's members currently employed as a teacher are practising the profession;

(2) If it is possible for members of the NUT to pay lumps sums to cover a number of years' membership.

Mr. Oppenheim: I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that this information is not available from records held by him. Nor is any such information held by the Department.

Mr. Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply of 27 June, Official Report, columns 450-51 , to the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth, how many members of the National Union of Teachers actually paid subscriptions for each year since 1985.

Mr. Oppenheim: I understand from the certification officer, an independent statutory officer, that the number of contributing members shown on the annual returns for the National Union of Teachers submitted to him during the period in question is shown in the following table:


        |Number         

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1985    |225,784        

1986    |201,444        

1987    |195,126        

1988    |189,043        

1989    |183,042        

1990    |181,557        

1991    |178,112        

1992    |176,022        

1993    |182,664        

Job Clubs

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employemnt (1) what is the average duration of time that people spent participating in job clubs; and how many people are currently in job clubs; and what analysis he has made of the wage rates and conditions that apply to the jobs obtained by job club leavers; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many people have joined job clubs; how many have left; how many leavers got jobs, and how many entered another positive outcome (a) in each region and (b) in Great Britain as a whole (i) in the year to April 1994 and (ii) since April 1994.

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for the subject of the questions has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Ms Clare Short, dated 26 October 1994:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions about Jobclub performance and the wage rates and conditions for Jobclub leavers.

The attached table shows for each region and nationally the number of Jobclub entrants, leavers, job entries and other positive


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outcomes for the whole of 1993 94 and from 1 April to 31 August. Those who are shown as going into other positive outcomes will have moved on to either training, full-time education or self -employment. The average length of time people spend in Jobclubs is not routinely recorded. However a sample study in March showed that 58 per cent. of clients leave within 12 weeks and a further 22 per cent. within 21 weeks.

Records of the number of people in Jobclubs at any one time are not kept. However, the attached table shows that 107,952 people joined the programme in the first five months of the 1994 95 operational year, an average of 5,140 a week.

The wage rates that apply to jobs found by Jobclub members were last examined in January 1991, based on a postal survey of individuals who joined in Autumn 1989. At that time, 26 per cent. of respondents went into jobs with a wage of up to £80 per week and a further 60 per cent. went into jobs which paid £81 to £160 per week and 15 per cent. received over £160 per week.

The Employment Service is undertaking a wide ranging evaluation of four of its placing services including Jobclub. This began in the spring and will examine, amongst other things, the wage rates of leavers going into employment. The report should be available next year.

Jobclubs continue to be both popular with the people who join and an effective way of helping them back to work. We are now able to help more members than at any time before and 45 per cent. of leavers are successful in finding jobs.

I hope this is helpful.


Jobclub Performance Information                                                                                             

                         |N       |YH      |EME     |LSE     |SW      |OW      |WM      |NW      |OS      |National         

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Entrants                                                                                                                    

April 1993 - March 1994  |14,342  |21,567  |21,676  |79,594  |18,743  |13,616  |23,954  |32,362  |23,253  |249,107          

April 1994 - August 1994 |6,602   |9,426   |9,439   |34,214  |7,972   |4,774   |12,026  |13,413  |10,086  |107,952          

                                                                                                                            

Leavers                                                                                                                     

April 1993 - March 1994  |14,109  |20,321  |19,953  |72,159  |17,332  |13,168  |21,228  |31,957  |21,098  |231,325          

April 1994 - August 1994 |6,777   |9,498   |9,604   |34,084  |8,217   |4,650   |11,461  |14,324  |9,771   |108,386          

                                                                                                                            

Job Entries                                                                                                                 

April 1993 - March 1994  |5,728   |9,346   |9,417   |31,492  |8,323   |7,234   |10,095  |13,903  |10,090  |105,678          

April 1994 - August 1994 |2,859   |4,461   |4,104   |15,115  |3,947   |2,524   |5,347   |5,793   |4,700   |48,850           

                                                                                                                            

Other Positive Outcomes                                                                                                     

April 1993 - March 1994  |1,515   |2,779   |2,616   |9,286   |2,404   |1,875   |3,272   |3,465   |2,780   |29,992           

April 1994 - August 1994 |640     |1,052   |1,073   |3,444   |959     |588     |1,350   |1,141   |1,167   |11,414           

Abbreviations  N=Northern YH=Yorkshire and Humberside EME=East Midlands and Eastern LSE=London and South East SW=South West 

WA=Office for Wales WM=West Midlands NW=North West SC=Office for Scotland                                                   


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Publications

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for the last 12 months the titles of papers published by his Department and by the Employment Service.

Miss Widdecombe: Command papers issued by the Department in the last 12 months are as follows:

Competitiveness Helping Britain to Win', Column 2563 . Published May 1994, jointly with the Department of Trade and Industry and nine other Government Departments.

"Jobseeker's Allowance", Column 2687 . Published October 1994, jointly with the Department of Social Security.


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Training Leavers

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many respondents to the training for work leavers survey and the youth training leavers survey were early leavers, showing the reasons for early leaving, by total and by percentage of all leavers in the survey, by total and by percentage of all leavers in the survey, for the year 1993 94, or the most recent available period, and for each region and for Great Britain as a whole, shown separately for male, female and in total;

(2) what number and percentage of those leaving (a) training for work and (b) youth training for 1993 94 for each region and for Great Britain as a whole were, six


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months after leaving, (a) in a full-time job with their work experience employer, (b) in a full-time job with another employer, (c) employed in their own business, (d) in a part-time job, (e) in voluntary work, (f) on another Government training programme, (g) on a full-time education or training course, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit, (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (j) in a job club and (k) doing something else;

(3) for each region and for Great Britain as a whole how many people were participating in (a) training for work--employment training/employment action, (b) community action, (c) learning for work, (d) workstart pilots, (e) north Norfolk action, (f) the business start-up allowance and (g) youth training in each month since March 1994, and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Paice: As the information is contained in a number of tables, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Library.

Restart Courses

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployed people have been referred to restart courses by employment service counsellors since April 1994 for each region and for Great Britain as a whole; how many of them were unemployed for over two years; how many attended and completed the course; what were the outcomes of the participants; how many had benefit penalties imposed for not attending or


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failing to complete their attendance at the restart course; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from M.E.G. Fogden to Ms Clare Short, dated 26 October 1994.

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about Restart Courses. I have set out the information you have requested in the attached table.

It may help if I explain that in April, a new two week Restart Course programme was launched. This new course combines part time attendance with an external training provider and individual jobsearch activities in the afternoon.

The course, which builds on the success of the shorter one week Restart Course, is designed to boost confidence and job search activity and there is an emphasis on making real applications for jobs and opportunities. A log of applications is kept and used as a basis for review by Employment Service advisers after the course. Attending a course is not an alternative to regular job search or other employment or training programmes. Essentially it provides people with the opportunity to explore all the options open to them and give them confidence to take the next step back to work. People who have been unemployed for two years or more who refuse or fail to take up a place on an Employment Department employment or training programme at their Restart interview, are asked to attend a Restart Course. Those who fail to attend may, under Income Support regulations lose a proportion of their personal Income Support for a period not exceeding the length of the course.

I hope that this is helpful.


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All Restart Course Attenders April 1994-September 1994                                                                                                                                          

                                                    |Yorkshire and|East Midlands|London and   |South                      |West         |North                                                  

                                      |Northern     |Humberside   |and Eastern  |South East   |West         |Wales        |Midlands     |West         |Scotland     |Total                      

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1. Referrals to Restart Courses<1>    |6,936        |12,581       |11,539       |40,210       |8,651        |7,662        |13,263       |19,381       |11,450       |131,673                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                

2. Total Starters                     |4,217        |6,847        |6,064        |21,236       |4,979        |3,330        |7,684        |10,109       |5,785        |70,251                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

3. Starters Unemployed 24 months                                                                                                                                                                

or more                               |3,768        |5,896        |5,424        |17,646       |4,399        |2,896        |6,826        |8,786        |5,237        |60,878                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

4. Total completers                   |3,759        |5,812        |5,333        |19,536       |4,370        |2,868        |6,496        |8,667        |4,978        |61,819                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

Completers who agreed to follow up:                                                                                                                                                             

 Jobs                                 |1,384        |2,475        |2,534        |8,831        |2,074        |1,140        |2,483        |3,443        |3,065        |27,429                     

 Training for Work                    |579          |1,235        |1,075        |3,566        |1,119        |583          |1,693        |1,862        |944          |12,656                     

 Jobclub                              |240          |491          |692          |3,028        |566          |406          |1,095        |938          |803          |8,259                      

 Other employment, training and                                                                                                                                                                 

related opportunities                 |2,207        |2,995        |2,953        |11,648       |2,479        |1,725        |3,279        |4,583        |2,339        |34,208                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

5. Total number of people with an                                                                                                                                                               

outcome to follow up<2>               |3,374        |5,491        |5,090        |17,619       |4,233        |2,767        |6,112        |8,041        |4,492        |57,219                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

6. Number of decisions received from                                                                                                                                                            

the Benefits Agency<3>                |830          |1,709        |1,322        |3,665        |685          |847          |1,050        |2,916        |1,960        |14,984                     

<1> This figure includes people who fail to attend the course(s) they are booked for who are subsequently rebooked on other events.                                                             

<2> Some people will be referred to more than one option at the end of the course                                                                                                               

<3> This figure includes decisions where no reductions have been made (approximately 12 per cent. of decisions). Nationally around 88 per cent. of decisions lead to either a 20 per cent. or   

40 per cent. reduction in personal Income Support for a period not exceeding the length of the course.                                                                                          


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Course Referrals

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployed people have been referred to (a) jobplan workshops and (b) workwise and worklink by Employment Service counsellors for each region and Great Britain as a whole since April 1994; how


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many of them were unemployed for over one year; how many attended and completed the workshop or courses; what were the outcomes of the participants; how many had benefit penalties imposed for not attending or failing to complete their attendance at the Jobplan workshop or Workwise/Worklink courses; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from M.E.G. Fogden to Ms Clare Short, dated 26 October 1994:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about Jobplan Workshops and Workwise . I have set out the information you have requested in the attached tables.

Jobplan Workshops aim to help people who have been unemployed for a year or more to compete successfully for jobs and opportunities. They will be asked to attend a workshop unless they


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prefer to take up a place on another Employment Department programme.

In November 1993, as part of his Budget statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced two pilot initiatives to help people aged 18 to 24 who have been unemployed for a year. One of these is a four week advice, guidance and job search course called Workwise. The pilot, which provides 10,000 places and has run since April in five Employment Service regions, replaces Jobplan Workshops for people in this age group. The course has been designed to give people the knowledge, skills and motivation to decide and carry through an action plan by setting themselves realistic job goals and a route to achieve them. During the course people learn practical job search skills such as producing an up-to-date CV and where to look for job leads. They also receive individual guidance from the course leader about the other training and employment opportunities available to them. Although formal attendance on the course is part-time, participants are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice during the remaining part of the day; this includes making job applications.

Individuals who fail to attend these programmes may, under Income Support regulations lose a proportion of their personal benefit for a period not exceeding the length of the course. I hope that this is helpful.


Job plan Attenders April 1994-September 1994                                                                                                                                                    

Table 1                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                    |Yorkshire and|East Midlands|London and   |South                      |West         |North                                                  

                                      |Northern     |Humberside   |and Eastern  |South East   |West         |Wales        |Midlands     |West         |Scotland     |Total                      

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1. Referrals to Jobplan<1>            |15,578       |22,747       |22,890       |91,055       |17,095       |12,164       |23,327       |35,790       |25,949       |266,595                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                

2. Total starters                     |8,720        |11,428       |11,621       |43,224       |9,552        |5,770        |11,991       |16,999       |12,676       |131,981                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                

3. Total completers                   |8,188        |10,514       |10,689       |39,884       |8,793        |5,294        |10,968       |15,715       |11,559       |121,604                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                

Completers who agreed to follow up:                                                                                                                                                             

 Jobs                                 |2,750        |3,308        |4,079        |14,925       |3,312        |2,002        |3,477        |5,500        |3,463        |42,816                     

 Training for work                    |2,437        |3,155        |2,576        |9,914        |2,766        |1,260        |3,467        |4,286        |3,645        |33,506                     

 Jobclub                              |887          |1,400        |1,433        |7,046        |1,490        |972          |2,432        |1,700        |1,680        |19,040                     

 Other employment, training and                                                                                                                                                                 

 related opportunities                |4,398        |5,346        |5,597        |23,222       |4,182        |2,527        |5,673        |8,680        |6,621        |66,246                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

4. Total number of people with an                                                                                                                                                               

outcome to follow up<2>               |7,665        |9,937        |10,057       |39,309       |8,263        |5,006        |10,523       |14,745       |10,681       |116,186                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                

5. Number of decisions received from                                                                                                                                                            

 the Benefits Agency<3>               |1,675        |2,649        |2,483        |9,602        |1,342        |1,116        |1,856        |4,929        |4,071        |29,723                     

<1> This figure includes people who fail to attend the workshop they are booked for and are subsequently rebooked on another event. All people referred to Jobplan have been unemployed over 1  

year except a small number (not obtainable) who have been unemployed for a shorter period. These people either ask to attend earlier or are from areas affected by colliery closures where      

special dispensation exists.                                                                                                                                                                    

<2> Some people will be referred to more than one option at the end of the workshop.                                                                                                            

<3> This figure includes decisions where no reductions have been made (approximately 12 per cent. of decisions). Nationally around 88 per cent. of decisions lead to either a 20 per cent. or   

40 per cent. reduction in personal Income Support for a period not exceeding the length of the workshop.                                                                                        


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Workwise Attenders April 1994-September 1994                                                                                                                  

Table 2                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                          |East Midlands|London and                                                           

                                                            |Northern     |and Eastern  |South East   |South West   |Scotland     |Total                      

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1. Referrals to Workwise<1>                                 |424          |1,836        |1,617        |1,599        |2,183        |7,659                      

                                                                                                                                                              

2. Starters                                                 |218          |734          |700          |805          |951          |3,408                      

                                                                                                                                                              

3. Total completers                                         |156          |518          |505          |591          |682          |2,452                      

Completers who agreed to follow up:                                                                                                                           

 Jobs                                                       |91           |365          |294          |351          |255          |1,356                      

 Training for Work                                          |44           |198          |150          |225          |209          |826                        

 Jobclub                                                    |5            |44           |55           |80           |46           |230                        

 Other employment, training and related opportunities       |72           |195          |289          |235          |262          |1,053                      

4. Total number of people with an outcome to follow up<2>   |122          |550          |535          |588          |556          |2,351                      

                                                                                                                                                              

5. Number of decisions received from the Benefits Agency<3> |85           |258          |225          |140          |538          |1,246                      

<1> This figure includes people who fail to attend the workshop they are booked for and are subsequently rebooked on another event. All people referred to    

Workwise have been unemployed over 1 year.                                                                                                                    

<2> Some people will be referred to more tan one option at the end of the workshop.                                                                           

<3> This figure includes decisions where no reductions have been made (approximately 10 per cent. of decisions). Nationally around 90 per cent. of decisions  

lead to a 20 per cent. or 40 per cent. reduction in personal Income Support for a period not exceeding the length of the workshop.                            


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Indonesia

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what reports have been received by the International Labour Organisation with respect to Indonesia's conformity with the ILO convention of 1956 ensuring the right to associate in free trade unions.

Miss Widdecombe: The Government of Indonesia ratified ILO convention No. 98 on the right to organise and collective bargaining in 1957. Since then they have frequently reported as requested by the ILO on its application of the convention. Indonesia's most recent report was submitted to the ILO in 1993.

Public Appointments

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment 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.

Miss Widdecombe: The Department of Employment does not organise receptions for those expressing an interest in public appointments for the first time.

Ministerial Travel

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment 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.

Miss Widdecombe: In the past year, there have been two occasions where a spouse has accompanied a departmental Minister on an official overseas visit. Of those, only one visit involved a cost to public funds amounting to £862.95. That occasion was an informal EC social affairs meeting held in Athens on 10 March 1994 and to which the spouses of all EC Ministers attending had been officially invited by the Greek Government.

HEALTH

Surgery

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of cold surgical interventions were carried out (a) in private hospitals or clinics by private practitioners, (b) in national health service hospitals by private practitioners and (c) in NHS hospitals by NHS


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practitioners in each regional health authority in 1979 80 and in each year since then.

Mr. Sackville: Central returns do not include numbers of operations carried out in private hospitals and clinics. Estimates of the number of elective private operations carried out in national health service hospitals in England for the years 1989 90 to 1991 92 are set out in the table. Comparative information for previous years is not available. Figures for private elective operations by regional health authority are not available.

Information about numbers of all NHS operations by regional health authority is published annually in the "Hospital Episode Statistics", volumes 1 and 2, copies of which are available in the Library.


Elective Operations: England                                           

                               |1989-90  |1990-91  |1991-92            

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Private Elective Operations<1> |50,062   |49,291   |61,819             

All NHS Elective Operations    |2,402,348|2,417,252|2,626,039          

Per cent. Private              |2.1      |2.0      |2.4                

<1> In NHS Hospitals Source: Hospital Episode Statistics-based on 25   

per cent. sample.                                                      

Performance-related Pay

Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give figures based on current performance for the number of health service staff she expects will see earnings (a) fall and (b) rise as a result of the introduction of relating pay to performance.

Mr. Malone: The proposals made to staff sides and the professions that represent groups covered by national health service review bodies and included in pay offers to staff sides of non-review body groups would strengthen the links between rewards and performance of the local organisations. Such schemes would be locally determined and depend on the achievement of local objectives for the delivery of high-quality services.

Maternity Services

Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made for piloting the draft pregnancy-based clinical data set for maternity with the professions concerned; when the findings of the pilot tests will be available; and if she will place a copy of the draft minimum data set in the Library.


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Mr. Sackville: Initial draft proposals for a contract minimum data set covering community, maternity and mental health services were produced in October 1993. Priority was given to the further development and piloting of the community component of this data set.

The results are about to be issued for consultation, and work has resumed on the maternity contract minimum data set. Copies of the consultation document will be placed in the Library when it is available. Arrangements for piloting will follow once the clinical profession have agreed the content of the data set.

St Bartholomew's Hospital

Ms Primarolo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the use of charitable funds by St Bartholomew's hospital on services normally funded by the Exchequer.

Mr. Malone: Use of charitable funds is a matter for the special trustees who are required to apply the funds in accordance with donors' wishes.

Junior Doctors

Ms Primarolo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the planned reduction in the hours of junior doctors will be reached by end of 1994;

(2) what further plans he has to ensure that the target of 72 hours maximum working week for junior doctors is reached by 1 January 1995.


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