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Lithuania

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues were discussed with the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Mr. Adolfus Slezevicius, on his recent visit here; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg: Discussions with Prime Minister Slezevicius covered developments in the Lithuanian economy, prospects for increased trade between Britain and Lithuania and Lithuania's relations with Russia.

Kenya

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British high commissioner in Nairobi last visited the Rift valley area in Kenya; and what conclusions he came to about the security and human rights position in the area.

Mr. Baldry: Our high commissioner in Nairobi visited Rift Valley province in October and November this year. Security has improved markedly. Displaced victims of inter-ethnic fighting in 1992 93 have begun to return to their homes with the help of a Government of Kenya-sponsored joint programme supported by UNDP, NGOs and bilateral donors, including the Government.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British high commissioner in Nairobi last visited the Rift valley area in Kenya; and what conclusions he came to about the security and human rights position in the area.

Mr. Baldry: Our high commissioner in Nairobi visited Rift Valley province in October and November this year. Security has improved markedly. Displaced victims of inter-ethnic fighting in 1992 93 have begun to return to their homes with the help of a Government of Kenya-sponsored joint programme supported by UNDP, NGOs and bilateral donors, including the Government.

Extradition

Sir David Steel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that evidence presented during extradition proceedings is made subject to cross examination.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: I have been asked to reply.

Extradition is the means by which individuals are returned to stand trial for offences allegedly committed in another country. It is for the courts of the country where the offence is alleged to have occurred to test the evidence and decide on guilt.

Sir David Steel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration


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is given to the possible treatment of an individual after extradition in deciding on an extradition order.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: I have been asked to reply.

The Government enter into extradition arrangements only where they are satisfied as to the fairness of the criminal justice system of the country concerned.

Under section 12 of the Extradition Act 1989 the Secretary of State cannot order the surrender of an individual where it would be unjust or oppressive to do so.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members.

Mr. Goodlad: The quangos for which my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is responsible for appointing members are: Foreign and Commonwealth Office;

Britain-Russia Centre;

British Association for Central & Eastern Europe;

British Council;

Commonwealth Institute;

Great Britain-China Centre;

Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission;

Westminster Foundation for Democracy;

Diplomatic Service Appeals Boards;

Wilton Park Academic Council;

Wilton Park International Advisory Council;

Foreign Compensation Committee;

Overseas Development Administration;

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission;

Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board;

Advisory Committee on Overseas Economic and Social Research

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members have stood as candidates for borough, city, district or county councils for (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party.

Mr. Goodlad: Candidates are not asked to provide information on their political careers unless holding of political office is a prerequisite of their appointment.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members currently serve as councillors representing (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party.

Mr. Goodlad: Candidates are not required to provide information on their political careers unless their political career is a prerequisite of the appointment or the holding of political office disbars them from the appointment in question.

Rwanda and Burundi

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has had to discuss the situation in (a) Rwanda and (b) Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Baldry: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary most recently discussed these subjects with the Belgian and French Foreign Ministers on 11 and 18 November respectively, and with President Moi of Kenya on 16 November. My noble Friend, the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, discussed these matters with President Moi when he called on my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 15 November and with the Belgian Foreign Minister yesterday. Today she will discuss these issues


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with her European counterparts during the Development Council in Brussels.

Burundi

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding violation of human rights in Burundi; what representations he has made to the Government of Burundi on these reports; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Baldry: The Burundi Government submitted their own report to the United Nations human rights committee in July, and a report by Amnesty International of 17 May 1994 also alleged widespread human rights violations. My noble Friend, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, discussed these matters during wide-ranging talks with the Burundi Government in Bujumbura in August. The UN centre for human rights has established an office in Bujumbura and is providing technical assistance, to which we are contributing.

WALES

Royal National Eisteddfod

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the precise reason for the absence of a Welsh Office Minister from the royal national eisteddfod in 1994; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Richards: It was with regret that I had to decline the royal national eisteddfod's invitation to attend this year's eisteddfod because of a long-standing personal commitment. I very much look forward to attending the 1995 Colwyn eisteddfod, which will be held in my constituency.

Quangos

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which quangos his Department has abolished since 1979.

Mr. Redwood: The public bodies abolished since 1979 are as follows:

Executive

Cwmbran Development Corporation

Welsh Water Authority

Advisory

(1)

Agricultural Regional Panels for North and South Wales (2) Careers Service Advisory Council for Wales

Celtic Sea Advisory Committee

Committee for Under Fives Initiative

Committee on Opportunities for Volunteering

Health Education Advisory Committee for Wales

(2)

Housing Management Advisory Panel for Wales

Perinatal Mortality Survey Group

Review Group on Mental Illness Services in Dyfed

Review of Community Nursing Services for Wales

Training, Enterprise and Education Advisory Group for Wales Wales Advisory Body for Local Authority Higher Education Standing Working Group

Welsh Committee of the Health Services Board

Welsh Committee on Alcohol Misuse

Welsh Committee on Drug Misuse

Welsh Computer Strategy Committee

Welsh Council

Welsh Language Translation Advisory Panel


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Tribunals

Milk and Dairies Tribunal for Wales

(1)

Replaced in 1980 by the Agriculture Advisory Panel for Wales (2)

The final meeting of the Panel was held on 29 July 1994; no successor body is planned.

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many quangos his Department was responsible for (a) in 1979 and (b) in the latest year for which a number is available.

Mr. Redwood: The information is as follows:


          |Executive|Advisory |Tribunal |Total              

------------------------------------------------------------

(a) 1979  |16       |21       |3        |40                 

(b) 1994  |24       |28       |11       |63                 

These figures exclude the NHS, and include eight new        

valuation tribunals.                                        

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many members of quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members have stood as parliamentary candidates for (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party. (2) how many members of quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members have stood as candidates to borough, city, district or county councils for (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party.

(3) how many members of quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members have previously served as councillors representing (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party.

Mr. Redwood: The information is not held centrally.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many known members of (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrat party currently serve on quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members.

Mr. Redwood: Appointments to public bodies are made on the basis of merit, aptitude and suitability to meet the demands of the post. Nominees on the Welsh Office register of candidates, from which appointees are drawn, are not required to give details of any political affiliation. Some 93 per cent. of nominees do not volunteer any information, and therefore no information about their affiliation is held.

The analysis of serving members of public bodies appointed by the Welsh Office who have volunteered, at the time of their nomination to the register, the nature of their political affiliation is as follows:


                               |Percentage of              

Political        |Number       |Appointees                 

-----------------------------------------------------------

Conservative     |36           |4.5                        

Labour           |9            |1.1                        

Liberal Democrat |1            |0.1                        

Plaid Cymru      |1            |0.1                        

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those quangos to which he is responsible for appointing members.

Mr. Redwood: The information is given in "Appointments by the Secretary of State for Wales 1 September 1994" which is available in the Library of the House.


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Hospital (Private Patients)

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much income has been generated by NHS hospitals' private patient facilities in each of the last five years, by region.

Mr. Richards: The information, by district health authority area, is given in the following table:


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                |1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93        

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Clwyd           |227    |319    |356    |440    |605            

Dyfed           |228    |297    |308    |369    |539            

Gwen            |220    |252    |209    |436    |451            

Gwynedd         |149    |211    |147    |294    |265            

Mid Glamorgan   |363    |426    |577    |777    |975            

Powys           |29     |48     |53     |54     |96             

South Glamorgan |486    |493    |589    |644    |848            

West Glamorgan  |220    |275    |305    |266    |328            

Wales           |1,922  |2,321  |2,544  |3,280  |4,107          

<1> It includes complaints concerning the hospital and          

community health service and family health services.            

Pembrokeshire figures are included with east Dyfed as Dyfed     

FHSA covers both health authority areas.                        

Munchausen's Syndrome

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had to approve (a) the use of covert video surveillance in hospital wards with children with parents suspected of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy and (b) a code of practice to be agreed with the area child protection teams with respect to such surveillance; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood: None.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the data he has on TEC performance on (a) youth training, (b) training for work and (c) other schemes.

Mr. Redwood: The inter-TEC comparison tables were published on 25 August 1994. These tables covered the seven key performance indicators for all 82 TECs in England and Wales. A copy of the publication has been placed in the Library of the House.

Custom House School

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects a decision concerning a property in the curtilage of Custom House CP school; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Richards: The Welsh Office wrote to Clwyd county council on 20 October seeking clarification on a number of points in connection with this matter. A decision will be reached as soon as possible after the council has responded.

Freight Traffic

Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to encourage freight traffic to use rail services rather than road.

Mr. Gwilym Jones: On 17 October 1994, my right hon. Friend relaunched the freight facilities grant scheme. This is an environmental grant available from the Welsh


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Office to encourage firms to take heavy lorries off the roads by helping them to invest in rail freight facilities.

National Rivers Authority

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what consultation he has had with the chairman of the NRA Wales region concerning the numbers of salmon and seatrout/sewin taken by water bailiffs in the River Taff for the purposes of assisted fertilisation at the hatchery; and what evaluation has been made of the relative strength of the homing instinct of naturally spawned salmon in the Taff catchment headwaters relative to those spawned in the hatchery; (2) what consultation he has had with the chairman of the Wales region of the NRA in relation to the numbers of migratory salmonoid in the River Taff crossing (a) Black weir, (b) Llandaf weir and (c) Radyr weir on spawning runs for each year since 1985; and if he will give the figures for this year to date;

(3) what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Wales region of the NRA in relation to the effectiveness of the Taff fish passes installed at (a) Black weir, (b) Llandaf weir and (c) Radyr weir since their construction; in what year each was installed; what evaluation has been made of their effectiveness; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what consultations he had with the chairman of the National Rivers Authority Wales region and the chairman of the Cardiff Bay development corporation concerning the impact of the piling operations for the Cardiff Bay barrage on salmon and seatrout/sewin spawning runs into (a) Taff and (b) Ely during 1995 and 1996.

Mr. Redwood: None.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Incapacity Benefit

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether, in seeking the agreement of members of the panel on assessment of incapacity to publication of


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their names, he informed them of the statements made by the Minister for Social Security and Disabled People (a) in his answer on 20 January, Official Report, column 800, that the report on the proposed medical test would include the membership of the panel, and (b) to Standing Committee E on 1 February, that their names would be publicly available; and if he will invite those who did not agree to publication to reconsider the matter in the light of those statements.


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