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Column 953cameras in the visiting areas of prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 31 October 1994: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about security cameras in visiting areas of prisons.
The use of closed circuit television cameras in visits areas in prison can be a valuable security aid. The policy is for governors to install such equipment where they judge that the benefits in terms of improved security and control will justify the investment.
Mr. Jack: In the long term the Government would like to see agricultural production regulated by price and not by quotas and similar devices, which impose a bureaucratic burden on farmers and prevent or inhibit the rational development of production in response to relative efficiency. In line with this policy the Government have, as a first step, called for the sheep and suckler cow quotas to be replaced by regional reference quantities, with the rate of premium being scaled down proportionately to any excess above the reference levels. Any such change would, of course, require farmers to be given an adequate period of notice before it was introduced.
Sir Peter Emery: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what actual or previous sums of money have been allocated to the British fishing industry under the PESCA initiative; what proportion of the total EU allocation is allocated to each of the receiving nations, approximately in each European nation; how much will be allocated per person employed in the fishing industry; and what are the funds to be made available in total and per person for Devon.
Mr. Harris: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list in pounds sterling the allocations from PESCA for the United Kingdom and the other eligible member states and the proposed allocations to the regions in the United Kingdom which are highly dependent on fishing;
(2) what is the basis for proposed allocations of PESCA funding for (a) member states and (b) regions which are highly dependent on fishing.
The commission has allocated PESCA funding between member states as follows |£ million<1> ----------------------------------------- Belgium |1.52 Denmark |12.30 Germany |17.44 Greece |20.55 Spain |31.46 France |21.15 Ireland |2.80 Italy |25.55 Netherlands |7.73 Portugal |19.41 United Kingdom |25.70 <1>Converted at £1 = 1.319 ecu
This breakdown is based on employment in the fisheries sector as a whole, and on the fleet reductions required by member states' multi annual guidance programmes.
My right hon. Friends have yet to take a final decision on the allocation of the United Kingdom's share of this and other Community initiatives between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The allocations which have been notified to interested organisations in England are currently only provisional.
Mrs. Browning: The measures currently in force in Great Britain apply to all cattle irrespective of their date of birth. No change in this position is envisaged, but the European Commission is considering whether younger cattle should be excluded from the European Union rules for trade in bone-in beef from the United Kingdom and we are pressing for urgent action on this.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the report produced for the European Commission by the Copenhagen Agricultural Economics Institute.
Mr. Jack: I am not aware of any report produced for the European Commission by the Copenhagen Agricultural Economics Institute. However the hon. Member may be referring to the report of a study by a team of experts on behalf of the European Commission's DG II (Economy and Finance) and entitled "EC Agriculture Policy for the 21st Century". This report has yet to be published; when it is, copies will be placed in the Library.
Number of Outbreaks |European/ Year |England |Union<1> ---------------------------------------- 1985 |- |417 1986 |10 |106 1987 |1 |62 1988 |- |30 1989 |- |75 1990 |- |244 1991 |- |22 1992 |- |39 1993 |- |125 1994<2> |- |153 <1> Including Spain and Portugal during the pre-accession period. <2> To 25-10-94.
Mr. Tyler: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the allocation of responsibility for processing milk quota transactions to the Intervention board; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Jack [holding answer 25 October 1994]: The problems faced by the Intervention board in processing milk quota transfer and leasing transactions have been overcome. In a press statement on 27 October, the board's chief executive explained that excellent progress had been made in recent weeks and that within a few days of vesting day--1 November--the board will have processed all acceptable quota movements received by 31 October. The Government have every confidence in the Intervention board's ability to cope with the task of administering milk quotas and have no plans to review the decision to transfer responsibility for that work to the board from the milk marketing boards.
|Cattle |Sheep Year |£ million|£ million ---------------------------------------- 1979 |5.530 |7.969 1980 |7.045 |11.358 1981 |8.638 |12.838 1982 |8.907 |13.205 1983 |9.007 |13.555 1984 |8.910 |13.814 1985 |9.190 |14.760 1986 |11.151 |16.142 1987 |11.505 |16.934 1988 |11.704 |17.374 1989 |12.138 |17.907 1990 |12.770 |19.733 1991 |14.851 |22.386 1992 |15.790 |22,584 1993 |16.168 |17.245 1994<1> |12.711 |15.051 <1> Incomplete
Payments in the less favoured areas under the Suckler Cow and Sheep Annual Premium Schemes are separately available only in the years detailed as follows:
Suckler Cow Premium Scheme ( SCPS) |£ million ------------------------------ 1990 |12.040 1991 |14.487 1992 |15.612
- Sheep Annual Premium Scheme ( SAPS) |£ million ------------------------------ 1991 |57.491 1992 |92.724 1993<1> |72.958 1994<1> |91.160 <1>Figures for the 1993 and 1994 Schemes are estimated.
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet representatives of Eurostar, Intercity and Regional Railways to discuss the effects of delays in London on travellers from south Wales using the channel tunnel services; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The timetabling of services is an operational matter for the railway operators. At present, Eurostar is operating only limited introductory services to Paris and Brussels. From early 1995, Eurostar will begin to operate services every two hours during the day, building to hourly services from Waterloo to both Paris and Brussels. As this service builds, the three trains from south Wales to Waterloo will provide good connections with the Eurostar services, in addition to the hourly service for most of the day from south Wales to Paddington.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if, pursuant to his answer of 20 October to the hon. Member for Delyn, (Mr. Hanson), Official Report , column 311 , he will provide comparative figures for information refused in answer to parliamentary questions on grounds of commercial confidentiality for each parliamentary Session since 1979 80 which can be provided without incurring a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Redwood: Information provided to the hon. Member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson) was obtained following a manual search of parliamentary answers given in the 1993 94 Session. Information on previous years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Roy Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated cost of the reconstruction of the northbound carriageway of the A449 between Raglan and Usk; and when it is likely to be completed.
Mr. Roy Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated cost of the proposed reconstruction of the southbound carriageway of the A449 between Raglan and Usk; and when a decision will be made about proceeding with the contract.
Mr. Roy Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated cost of the proposed reconstruction of both carriageways of the A449 between Usk and the Coldra, Newport; and what is the time scale for this work.
Year |£ ---------------------- 1990-91 |19,498 1991-92 |34,499 1992-93 |33,757 1993-94 |23,538 Figures for 1989-90 were collected centrally and cannot be separated.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: In the interest of maintaining the essential flow of confidential information from private sector companies to the Welsh Office, it is the practice not to reveal details of this nature.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total cost to public funds spent in each of the past 14 years to pay for the work of each lord lieutenant and each high sheriff in Wales.
|High |Lord |Sheriff |Lieutenant |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |- |440.62 Dyfed |87.00 |2,534.13 Gwent | 87.50 |3,307.46 Gwynedd |- |239.31 Mid Glamorgan |189.50 |2,247.41 Powys |- |2,370.70 South Glamorgan |189.50 |4,481.25 West Glamorgan |189.50 |2,102.75 The information in the form requested prior to 1993 is not readily available in respect of lords lieutenant,and could only be provided in respect of high sheriffs at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Richards: Information provided by West Glamorgan health authority indicates expenditure of £5.1 million on the proposed Baglan hospital to 30 September 1994. This includes £214,000 in the current financial year.
Mr. Richards [holding answer, 28 October 1994]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms Primarolo) by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.
Mr. Butcher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will investigate the phasing of traffic lights on the A40/Westway junctions between the London boundary and the Euston road; (2) if the phasing of traffic lights on the A40/Westway junctions within London are part of a traffic management scheme to prevent traffic from entering or leaving Central London.
You raised two questions in the House of Commons in July (numbers 129 and 135) about the phasing of traffic signals at the A40/Westway junctions. These have been passed to me for reply
Column 960as they raise operational matters for which the Highways Agency is responsible.
I would first confirm that there is no traffic management scheme in operation on the A40/Westway junctions to prevent traffic entering or leaving Central London. Congestion does occur at these junctions but this is due entirely to the volume of traffic passing through them. Essential roadworks such as those recently undertaken along the A40, M25 to the A312, add to the congestion.
With regard to the actual phasing of the traffic signals, those at Long Lane have been bypassed by the improvement scheme which opened recently. The rest of the traffic signals on the A40 are within the North Circular Road and operate under Urban Traffic Control. This is a computer system which alters the timing of the signals at various times of the day so as to minimise the overall delay to traffic.
The Metropolitan Police can override this computer system and introduce alternative (contingency) plans if the level of traffic is severe and they consider it necessary.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the privatisations which his Department has promoted since 1979, indicating, in each case, the date of the sale, the proceeds of the sale, and the estimated current value of the company.
|Net equity |proceeds to |Government Company |Date of sale|£ million ------------------------------------------------------------------- National Freight Consortium |1982 |5.0 Associated British Ports |1983 |45.4 (secondary sale by HMT) |1984 |51.0 British Airways |1987 |853.0 British Airports Authority |1987 |1,181.6 DVOIT (the former IT arm of DVLA) |1993 |3.7 Information on the current value of private companies is not held by this Department.
Mr. Norris: My Department does not keep a central record of the access arrangements for individual offices; there are more than 1,400 premises. Guidance has been issued to all property managers on planning for people with disabilities, including access to and within offices.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of vehicles operating with heavy goods vehicle operator licences in each of the past six years and the number of vehicles operating with public service vehicle operator licences.
|Vehicles |Vehicles |Specified on|Specified on |HGV Operator|PSV Operator |Licences |Licences ---------------------------------------------------- 1988-89 |461,600 |75,255 1989-90 |441,656 |77,067 1990-91 |453,139 |77,697 1991-92 |446,412 |78,098 1992-93 |406,443 |79,563 1993-94 |404,211 |81,130
Mr. Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the regulations governing safety clothing and safety markings for horse riders riding at night and in bad weather; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of these regulations.
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the indicative rolling stock leasing charges for the InterCity east coast and the Regional Railways north-east train operating units in 1994 95 were notified to the train operating units.
Mr. Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the regulations governing safety clothing and safety markings and lighting for cyclists riding at night and in bad weather; and what assessment he has made as to the adequacy of these regulations.
Mr. Norris: Cycle lighting is governed by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989. The lamps and reflectors specified in these regulations provide the cyclist with good conspicuity providing they are kept clean and well maintained. There are no regulations concerning safety clothing for cyclists. The highway code contains detailed advice on conspicuity for cyclists.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) male and (b) female staff of each grade within the Driving Standards Agency have signed up to the agency's attendance bonus pay offer.
Column 962Letter from S. J. Ford to Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody, dated 28 October 1994 :
The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question about the number of Driving Agency staff who have signed up to the Agency's attendance bonus pay offer.
To date 557 staff (32 per cent. of the total workforce) have responded to the Ballot, of which 317 have accepted the offer. The breakdown of this figure is attached.
Returns are still coming in from staff, and there is at present no formal closing date.
1994-1995 Pay Offer Grade |Gender |Acceptance -------------------------------------------- SEO |Male |2 |Female |- HEO |Male |6 |Female |1 EO | Male |3 |Female |4 AO |Male |8 |Female |17 AA |Male |15 |Female |28 PS |Male |- |Female |2 TYP |Male |- |Female |4 SGB |Male |7 |Female |2 ACDE |Male |1 |Female |- SE | Male |17 |Female |- SDE |Male |45 |Female |- DE |Male |139 |Female |16 Total |317
Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation he has made of the effects of bus deregulation outside London; and what plans he has to introduce deregulation in London.
Mr. Norris: Bus deregulation outside London has resulted in more operators running more bus miles at lower cost than previously. While bus deregulation remains our long-term aim for London, we do not intend to bring forward legislation in the life of this Parliament.
Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the previously publicly owned transport undertakings which are now owned or controlled by Stagecoach or its associated companies.
Bluebird Buses Ltd. - Aberdeen
Busways Travel services Ltd. - Newcastle upon Tyne
Cheltenham and Gloucester Omnibus Co. Ltd.
Cumberland Motor Services Ltd. - Whitehaven
East Kent Road Car Co. Ltd. - Canterbury
East London Bus & Coach Co. Ltd. - Ilford
East Midland Motor Services Ltd. - Chesterfield
Fife Scottish Omnibuses Ltd. - Kirkcaldy
Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport Co. Ltd.
Mainline Group Ltd. - Sheffield (20 per cent. shareholding) Midland Red (South) Ltd. - Rugby
Red and White Services Ltd. - Chepstow (formerly National Welsh Omnibus Services Ltd.) including The Valleys Bus Co. Ltd. - Pengam Eastern Valley Bus Co. Ltd. - Abergavenny Western Valleys Bus Co. Ltd. - Brynmawr Aberdare Bus Co. Ltd.
Ribble Buses Ltd. - Preston
South Coast Buses Ltd. - Lewes (formerly Southdown Motor Services Ltd/Hastings & District Transport Ltd.)
South East London and Kent Bus Co. Ltd. - London SE
Stagecoach (South) Ltd. (formerly Hampshire Bus Co. Ltd.) Sussex Coastline Buses Ltd. - Chichester/Worthing (formerly Southdown Motor Services Ltd.)
United Counties Omnibus Ltd. - Northampton
Western Scottish Buses Ltd. - Kirmarnock