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Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 26 October 1994]: The information requested is not available, as replica firearms are not an identifiable commodity within the standard international trade classification.
United Kingdom Trade in Buses |Exports |Value £ million |Imports |Value £ million Year |Numbers |(current prices)|Number |(current prices) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1979 |1,122 |9.5 |491 |7.8 1980 |673 |8.3 |417 |6.0 1981 |1,433 |19.7 |701 |12.9 1982 |2,446 |8.2 |1,041 |31.0 1983 |5,973 |17.4 |1,616 |46.2 1984 |6,654 |12.5 |1,301 |49.4 1985 |7,912 |17.4 |1,174 |36.8 1986 |5,475 |14.0 |1,493 |35.4 1987 |5,518 |13.4 |1,087 |38.3 1988 |724 |11.0 |1,045 |58.0 1989 |698 |11.8 |1,056 |65.7 1990 |2,142 |21.5 |665 |46.2 1991 |1,462 |26.1 |544 |30.2 1992 |786 |19.1 |713 |47.2 1993<1> |1,222 |23.7 |905 |57.4 Note: <1> Provisional. Sources: SMMT World Automotive Statistics except for 1981 and 1993. Department of Trade Overseas Trade Statistics for 1981. CSO Business Monitors MM 20 and MQ20 for 1993.
Column 786numbers of vehicles produced by the British bus-building industry in each year since 1979.
Mr. Charles Wardle [holding answer 25 October 1994]: The numbers of buses produced by the British bus-building industry, annually in the United Kingdom since 1979, are given in the table. The value in real terms is not available.
Production of buses in the United Kingdom Year |Number ---------------------- 1979 |25,531 1980 |21,572 1981 |12,444 1982 |13,107 1983<1> |15,616 1984 |16,499 1985 |16,027 1986 |12,340 1987 |13,995 1988<1> |16,500 1989 |14,858 1990 |12,987 1991 |9,837 1992 |8,517 1993 |7,639 <1> 53 weeks. Source SMMT
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the persons from whom he received advice before deciding to take no further action regarding the report into alleged insider dealing involving Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the (a) budgeted and (b) total cost of the inquiry into the allegations of insider trading involving Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare.
Mr. Heseltine: The total cost--including inspectors' fees, disbursements and VAT--of the investigation into alleged insider dealing in the shares of Anglia Television Group plc was £213,767. Individual inquiries are not subject to separate budgets.
Mr. Hain: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he 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. Moss: The proposals made to staff sides and the professionals who represent the groups covered by national health service review bodies, and included in pay bodies of non-review body groups, would strengthen the links between rewards and performance of the local organisations. Such schemes would be locally determined
Column 787and depend on the achievement of local objectives for the delivery of high-quality services.
Mr. Ancram: The Government have long recognised that the protection of human rights will be considered in the context of talks necessary to create a comprehensive political settlement. It would be wrong to pre-empt the outcome of those talks.
Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public appointments (a) he is responsible for making and (b) require his approval including those not listed in "Public Bodies"; and if he will give this figure in terms of (i) appointments to executive bodies, (ii) appointments to advisory bodies and (iii) other appointments.
Executive and advisory--1.
The public appointments not included in "Public Bodies 1993" that the Secretary of State is personally responsible for approving are as follows:Executive Bodies--22.Advisory Bodies--5.Others--0.
With regard to the Secretary of State's approval for those appointments not listed in "Public Bodies", I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 8 March, Official Report, column 141. In addition to those bodies, the Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency came into operation on 1 April 1994. The Secretary of State is responsible for the approval of the membership, comprising the chairman and one non-executive director, who are then appointed by the head of the Department of Health and Social Services.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was paid in total in grants to the De Lorean motor car company; how much of that money has to date been returned; what has been the cost of the legal proceedings to obtain that return; how many workers in Northern Ireland are currently employed by the company; and what specific changes in policy and procedure have now been implemented by his Department to ensure there is no repetition of the De Lorean affair.
Mr. Ancram [holding answer 24 October 1994]: De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd. received Government assistance amounting to some £77.3 million, including £17.76 million in preference share capital. The company is now in receivership and liquidation and has no employees. The Department of Economic Development has received in excess of £10 million from the receivership and some £5.9 million from other sources. No costs were incurred by the Government on legal proceedings to obtain these sums.
Column 788The operating arrangements and investment criteria of the Industrial Development Board were carefully worked out following a comprehensive assessment of the De Lorean case to ensure that such a project would not be supported in future. Those arrangements were reviewed following the 25th report of the Public Accounts Committee and are fully compatible with the recommendations in paragraphs 91 to 98 of that report.
As a separate issue, the Government are pursuing an action for damages against Arthur Anderson and Company in relation to its role as auditors of De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish an up-to-date list of all the (a) chairs and (b) non- executive directors of each tourist board, indicating the gender and occupation of each individual.
Name |Gender |Occupation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hon.Hugh O'Neill (Chairman) |Male |Businessman Brian Adgey |Male |Business Consultant Roy Bailie |Male |Company Chairman Gerry Burns |Male |Local Government Chief Executive Annie Courtney |Female |Health Promotion Co-ordinator Tony Hopkins |Male |Managing Partner Alan Lambert |Male |Director Willian McGinnis |Male |Managing Director Dr. Mary Peters |Female |Company Director
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she has received Sir Ron Dearing's report on his investigation into awarding procedures in this year's mathematics and science GCSEs; and if she will make a statement.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard: The investigation by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority is continuing. I have, however, today welcomed interim proposals from Sir Ron Dearing to strengthen and clarify existing arrangements underpinning consistency of grading across GCSE examining groups. These measures include:
Ensuring that the rules for determining grades are clear, consistent and robust.
Improving communications between examining groups.
Producing national sets of candidates' work to help define grade standards in key subjects.
Introducing piloting of any major changes to awarding schemes. These will start to come into effect for the winter 1994 GCSE examinations and will all be in place for examinations from summer 1995 onwards.
I have also agreed that the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority should review with the examining groups the scope for a more co-ordinated approach to
Column 789syllabuses, examinations and awarding in the core subjects from 1998 in the interests of securing consistency of grading. I am placing in the Library of the House my exchange of correspondence with Sir Ron Dearing.
Sir Cranley Onslow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions she has had with teachers' representatives to enlist their support for the provision of adequate emergency cover in schools for children suffering acute allergic reactions and other life-threatening conditions.
Mr. Forth: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not discussed this issue specifically with the teacher unions recently, but I met my right hon. Friend and members of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, whose representatives included a head teacher, on 27 September. "Consideration" is being given to further appropriate measures to deal with those concerns.
Financial Year |Cost |£ --------------------------------------------- 1989-90 |870,558 1990-91 |575,951 1991-92 |674,372 1992-93 |796,161 1993-94 |490,906
Information is not collected about the occasional dispatches carried out on the Department's behalf by ad hoc mailing contractors. The figures for 1993 94 reflect the fact that the Office for Standards in Education has assumed financial responsibility for its own post bill. Information about the number of items posted is not held centrally.
Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what medical training her Department advises is necessary for escorts of children with special educational needs being transported to and from school.
Mr. Forth: It is for local education authorities to satisfy themselves that appropriate supervision is provided for the transport of children with special educational needs. The Government endorsed a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents report in 1991 which recommended that escorts should have a knowledge and understanding of the particular disabilities of the children they escort and that they should have received adequate first aid training.
Column 790education authorities on the transport of children with special educational needs to and from school.
Mr. Forth: Transport arrangements made by local education authorities must enable pupils to travel in reasonable safety and comfort, without undue stress, strain or difficulty such as would prevent the child benefiting from the education provided at the school. Guidance on the management and safety of school transport was included in a circular letter on a range of school transport issues sent to all chief education officers in England in January 1994.
Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many public appointments (a) she is responsible for making and (b) require her approval, including those not listed in "Public Bodies"; and if she will give this figure in terms of (i) appointments to executive bodies, (ii) appointments to advisory bodies and (iii) other appointments.
|Number of |Number of |appointments the |appointments that |Secretary of State|require approval |is |from the |responsible for |Secretary of State |making ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Executive bodies |255 |1 Advisory bodies |19 |- Other bodies |87<1> |1 <1> These figures include eight appointments to the SLC made jointly by the Secretaries of State for Education and for Scotland. Further appointments can be made at the discretion of the Secretaries of State.
The Secretary of State is also empowered to establish education associations and may appoint as many members as she considers appropriate to each association.
Mr. Robin Squire: "Our Children's Education", the updated parents charter, was delivered to every household in England. This means that all pensioner households should have received a copy. I would expect many of them to be interested in the contents, but as taxpayers, grandparents or both.
Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what are the qualifications of Mrs. Gould of Combe Hay Partnership to become a governor of Stratford school; and what fees she will receive.
Mr. Robin Squire: Mrs. Daphne Gould OBE is the former head teacher of an east London school, with particular experience of Stratford school through her previous services as the Secretary of State's additional governor. Mrs. Gould was a founder member of the National Curriculum Council, and is one of only six honorary fellows of the university of London's institute
Column 791of education. Mrs. Gould will not, of course, receive fees for her duties as a governor. However, the Secretary of State has separately asked her to carry out consultancy work at the school for a period not exceeding 10 days this term, for which she will be remunerated at an appropriate rate.
Column 792the last year for which figures are available was spent on (a) nursery, (b) primary, (c) secondary and (d) higher and further education; and what were the corresponding figures five, 10 and 15 years ago.
Mr. Robin Squire: During this period the Department's responsibilities have changed. It has previously had responsibility for science, arts, libraries and sport. Responsibility for funding some sectors of education has passed from local education authorities to the Department. The table accordingly provides figures for expenditure on the activities in question, as a proportion of expenditure on education by the Department and by English local authorities. The percentage of expenditure on each sector reflects in part demographic trends, and also the recent rapid growth in participation in higher education. The figures are for England only, with the exception of those figures for further and higher education which include spending on mandatory student awards in Wales. Other figures for Wales, and those for Scotland and Northern Ireland, are the responsibilities of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Proportion of expenditure on sectors of education as percentage of total local and central Government education expenditure |1994-95<1>|1989-90 |1984-85 |1979-80 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nursery<2> |- |4.2 |2.6 |2.1 Primary |22.1 |19.5 |19.2 |20.3 Secondary<3> |23.3 |27 |29.9 |28.2 Special schools<4> |5 |3.5 |3.3 |3 Schools capital<5> |2.2 |4.1 |2.5 |4.3 Higher and further education<6> |35.9 |28.5 |30.1 |28.7 Other<7> |11.5 |13.2 |12.4 |13.4 <1>Central Government element of figures based on planned expenditure. Local Authority recurrent expenditure is taken from local authority Revenue Account budget returns. Schools capital expenditure figures do not allow for Local Authorities' self-financed expenditure. The figures in this column are therefore not directly comparable with those in other columns, which report outturn expenditure. <2>For 1989-90 only figures include rising fives in primary schools. Figures for 1994-95 have been included in figures for primary schools, as the figures available do not fully disaggregate funding on nursery provision from primary provision. <3>Figures include expenditure on assisted places, recurrent expenditure on CTCs and music and ballet schools. <4>Figures have been shown separately for special schools which often have pupils of both primary and secondary age. <5>Figures showing the split of capital expenditure between primary and secondary schools are not available. <6>Figures include expenditure on institutional recurrent and capital funding, mandatory student awards (maintenance grants and tuition fees), discretionary awards, postgraduate awards, student loans, access funds and adult education. Mandatory awards programme also covers Wales. In 1979-80, 1984-85 and 1989-90 the Department was responsible through the University Grants Committee and the Universities Funding Council for recurrent funding to universities in Scotland and Wales. The figures have been adjusted to remove this element of expenditure. <7>Includes expenditure on administration, research programme, youth service, school meals, transport, teachers' centres, child guidance and pupil support.
Liskeard-Bodmin; and if he will make a statement.
I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Transport to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the proposed improvement of the A38 trunk road between Saltash and Trerulefoot and between
Column 792Liskeard and Bodmin. The timing of the preferred route announcements depends upon the progress of the schemes themselves, which is an operational matter for the Highways Agency.
We expect Ministers to be able to announce the preferred routes for both of these schemes in November.
The announcement on the Liskeard to Bodmin scheme has had to await detailed consideration of the A38 Action Group's suggestion that the trunk road should be improved along its existing line through the environmentally sensitive Glynn Valley.
The Saltash to Trerulefoot scheme is also sensitive. Villagers of Landrake have come out in favour of resurrecting the old route, which passes through a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a proposed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have wished to find ways of responding to the concerns that have led them to prefer the old route.
Other aspects of this scheme have also given concern to residents, developers and planners, not least its potential effects on the
Column 793Broadmoor Farm area which the owners and the District Council wish to develop as a business or industrial park. We have wished to ensure that all the concerns that have been expressed as a result of the Public Consultation have been properly understood and taken into account.
Mr. Norris: The national travel survey is the main source of national data on walking and is a major source of national data on cycling. The survey was conducted five times at irregular intervals between 1965 and 1986, but since 1988 the survey has been expanded to collect data on a continuous basis.
The Department undertakes regular reviews of the need for all types of data but has no plans for further innovations for these modes at present.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions are in place or are proposed to require porters at railway stations to assist (a) passengers who have disabilities and (b) those passengers who have children in their charge while at the same time carrying luggage.
The Rail Regulator has a statutory duty to have regard to the interests of persons who are disabled. He requires all station operators to produce and comply with a disabled people's protection policy as a condition of being granted a licence to operate.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to prohibit the charge made at mainline stations for the use of toilet facilities by passengers or to include the cost of toilet facilities in the cost of a train ticket; and what assessment he has made of the arrangements made for charging for toilet facilities by food outlets at stations.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will inquire into the cause of a double engine failure during a rail journey between Birmingham and London on 26 April and into whether this train was in a safe condition to carry passengers.
Mr. Watts: Engine failure is an operational matter for the relevant train operating company, which has a statutory responsibility to operate its services safely. The train operating company would be required to report it only if there were personal injury or if other, specific
Column 794circumstances were involved. Engine failure is not a reportable occurrence.
Mr. Norris: The River Thames working group has been examining the present transport uses of the Thames, the factors which inhibit the growth of traffic on it, and the potential for developing both freight and passenger traffic. The group will report as soon as possible.
Separate figures for the Departments for the years 1989 90 and 1990 91 are not available.