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Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 22 November, Official Report, column 121, if he will list the agencies which are currently implementing the approaches set out in the occupational health notice 93/3; and if the Central Transport Group is implementing these approaches.

Mr. Norris: All agencies of the Department of Transport and the Central Transport Group have under way programmes or initiatives which fall within both approaches set out in the OHS notice.

Drivers' Hours

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list his proposals for the deregulation of drivers' hours; and when he intends to implement them.

Mr. Norris: We are considering what, if any, changes might be made to our national rules on drivers' hours. We will consult further with the industry before putting any changes into effect.

London Underground (Crime)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the number of (a) assaults and (b) robberies on each of the London Underground stations on the Northern line in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: The information for 1993 and 1994 is set out in the table. Figures for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


London Underground: incidents of assault and/or robbery on the   

Northern line since 1 January 1993                               

                          Assaults        Robberies              

Station                  |1993   |1994   |1993   |1994           

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Edgware                  |4      |0      |0      |1              

Burnt Oak                |0      |0      |2      |3              

Colindale                |1      |0      |0      |1              

Hendon Central           |2      |2      |1      |2              

Brent Cross              |0      |0      |0      |1              

Golders Green            |1      |1      |2      |4              

Hampstead                |1      |4      |2      |0              

Belsize Park             |2      |1      |0      |1              

Chalk Farm               |1      |0      |3      |0              

Camden Town              |10     |8      |7      |5              

High Barnet              |1      |0      |0      |0              

Totteridge and Whetstone |1      |0      |1      |0              

Woodside Park            |0      |0      |0      |0              

West Finchley            |0      |0      |1      |2              

Mill Hill East           |0      |0      |0      |0              

Finchley Central         |2      |1      |0      |2              

East Finchley            |0      |0      |1      |1              

Highgate                 |1      |3      |2      |3              

Archway                  |5      |3      |5      |4              

Tufnell Park             |0      |0      |0      |2              

Kentish Town             |0      |3      |0      |5              

Mornington Crescent      |0      |0      |0      |0              

Euston                   |10     |2      |3      |2              

Warren Street            |3      |1      |0      |0              

Goodge Street            |1      |0      |0      |1              

Tottenham Court Road     |4      |5      |5      |7              

Leicester Square         |7      |2      |0      |1              

Charing Cross            |0      |0      |0      |0              

Embankment               |1      |0      |0      |1              

Waterloo                 |1      |3      |1      |0              

King's Cross             |5      |3      |2      |3              

Angel                    |4      |3      |1      |1              

Old Street               |1      |2      |2      |0              

Moorgate                 |1      |0      |0      |0              

Bank                     |2      |2      |1      |0              

London Bridge            |6      |6      |2      |0              

Borough                  |0      |0      |0      |2              

Elephant and Castle      |4      |5      |1      |3              

Kennington               |3      |3      |6      |2              

Oval                     |6      |1      |8      |3              

Stockwell                |3      |4      |3      |11             

Clapham North            |1      |0      |2      |3              

Clapham Common           |6      |4      |6      |5              

Clapham South            |5      |2      |5      |0              

Balham                   |11     |4      |17     |4              

Tooting Bec              |1      |2      |6      |7              

Tooting Broadway         |3      |0      |15     |1              

Collier's Wood           |3      |2      |2      |3              

South Wimbledon          |1      |1      |4      |1              

Morden                   |0      |2      |0      |3              

Notes:                                                           

(1) Figures for 1994 cover the period 1 January 1994 to 30       

November 1994.                                                   

(2) Figures for assaults include assaults on passengers, staff   

and the police.                                                  

Source:                                                          

British Transport police figures supplied to London Underground. 

Vehicle Emissions

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 22 November, Official Report , column 118 , if he will quantify the levels of resources devoted to emission checks over the last three financial years, and so far in this financial year.

Mr. Norris: Resources devoted specifically to emission checks over the last three years and to the end of October 1994 were:


Year                        |Hours            

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

1991-92                     |6,029            

1992-93                     |6,373            

1993-94                     |8,082            

1 April 94 to 31 October 94 |<1>2,413         

1994-95-budget              |8,423            

<1> Excluding blitz checks commencing 2       

November 1994.                                

However, all of the 200,000 or so roadworthiness enforcement spot checks to be carried out by the Vehicle Inspectorate this year will include at least a visual check for excessive emissions.

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport further to his press release 397 of 20 October,


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if he will publish a table showing (a) the specific dates on which additional vehicle checkpoints have been set up in London to test vehicle emissions and for each date, (b) the number of staff operating such checkpoints, (c) the total number of hours spent at each checkpoint by staff, (d) the number of vehicles stopped, (e) the number of vehicles tested, (f) the number and percentage of vehicles that were deemed to be unsatisfactory and (g) action taken by staff against vehicles which were deemed to be unsatisfactory.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: The London emission blitz took place between 2 and 10 November using four inspectors working a total of 30 hours, on each of 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9 and 10 November. Results are still being complied and I will make an announcement about them shortly.

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, further to his press release 397 of 20 October, what make and type of equipment were used by vehicle inspectors to carry out spot checks of vehicle emissions; what criteria were employed to determine whether emissions were of a satisfactory level; and what immediate sanctions or penalties were applied to prevent unsatisfactory vehicles from continuing on the road.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: The FKI Crypton 284 CO/HC emission meter was used for petrol engines and the Sum ASA 200 smoke meter for diesels. Where emissions obscured vision or were likely to cause a danger to other road users vehicles were prohibited from continuing their journey. In less serious cases, the effect of the prohibition was delayed for up to 10 days to allow time for remedial action.

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport further to his press release 397 of 20 October, how many additional staff were specifically newly recruited or reallocated from other duties to carry out spot checks on vehicle emissions at check points in London.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: Twenty-four man days were allocated to this work. All the inspectors involved were temporarily redeployed from other duties.

M23

Mr. Kenneth Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate was made by the runway capacity in the south-east working party of the volume of road traffic on the M23 north of Gatwick in 2020 if an additional runway were to be built at Gatwick, expressed as a percentage increase over the present level; and if he has considered proposals for extending the M23 northwards into London.

Dr. Mawhinney: Indicative work for RUCATSE suggests that, if an additional runway were to be constructed at Gatwick, under conditions of high national road traffic forecast growth, average daily traffic volumes on the M23 north of Gatwick would be about 165,000 vehicles per day in 2020. These figures include airport and non-airport related traffic, and represent an increase of about 80 per cent. over levels in 1993. We have no plans to extend the M23 north of the M25.

Ticket Barriers (Underground Stations)

Mr. Cohen: Top ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total cost of installing ticket


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barriers in London Underground stations; when the first one and when the last one of the old design was installed; and what is the total estimated cost of installing the new design of ticket barrier in all of London's stations.

Mr. Norris: The first ticket gates of the old design were commissioned in October 1987, the last in June 1992.

London Underground estimates that buying and installing these gates-- excluding the associated costs of structural modifications to stations-- cost around £18 million at 1993 94 prices.

No estimate has been made of the cost of installing the new design ticket gates in all London Underground stations.

European Regional Development Funding

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those public projects which received European regional development funding and were subsequently privatised over the last 10 years, indicating (a) the level of funding and (b) the dates when it was received.

Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 24 November 1994]: The information for projects in England for which my Department had responsibility is as follows:


Company/Project                                   |ERDF grant (£                    |Payment dates                                                      

                                                  |thousand)                                                                                            

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Liverpool airport                                                                                                                                       

Phase 1 development                               |524                              |18 September 1985                                                  

                                                  |20                               |25 July 1989                                                       

Phase 2 development                               |536                              |28 November 1985                                                   

                                                  |6                                |30 September 1986                                                  

                                                  |9                                |17 November 1987                                                   

                                                  |29                               |25 July 1989                                                       

Phase 3 development                               |1,908                            |19 March 1986                                                      

                                                  |447                              |11 February 1987                                                   

                                                  |61                               |17 November 1987                                                   

                                                  |127                              |25 July 1989                                                       

Runway                                            |29                               |17 November 1987                                                   

                                                  |8                                |24 March 1988                                                      

                                                  |81                               |29 July 1988                                                       

                                                                                                                                                        

Tees and Hartlepool port authority                                                                                                                      

Transit shed E, Tees                              |144                              |1 May 1985                                                         

Paving of ro/ro terminal, Tees Dock               |138                              |28 November 1985                                                   

Surfacing of car terminal, Hartlepool             |26                               |4 March 1986                                                       

                                                  |26                               |1 May 1986                                                         

Transit shed B, Tees                              |178                              |1 May 1986                                                         

Paving timber storage area                        |77                               |1 May 1986                                                         

Roll-on/roll-off pontoon and Linkspan, Hartlepool |245                              |24 August 1986                                                     

Soda ash export facility                          |4                                |24 September 1986                                                  

Clark Hawthorn site power supply                  |8                                |30 March 1987                                                      

Teesport container terminal                       |915                              |19 July 1991                                                       

New quay and channel realignment, Hartlepool      |661                              |19 July 1991                                                       

                                                                                                                                                        

Merseyside Transport Ltd.                                                                                                                               

Garston bus garage                                |487                              |28 November 1985                                                   

                                                  |46                               |30 September 1986                                                  

                                                  |83                               |17 February 1987                                                   

                                                  |32                               |17 November 1987                                                   

Jackson street bus garage                         |764                              |12 August 1985                                                     

Speke bus garage                                  |224                              |19 March 1986                                                      

                                                                                                                                                        

Yorkshire Rider Ltd.                                                                                                                                    

Thornbury bus workshops                           |177 139                          |28 January 1985 18 September 1985                                  

                                                                                                                                                        

Crosville Motor Services Ltd.                                                                                                                           

Love lane bus depot                               |13                               |19 March 1986                                                      

                                                  |177                              |9 September 1986                                                   

                                                                                                                                                        

Ribble Motor Services Ltd                                                                                                                               

Blackburn bus depot                               |103                              |5 February 1986                                                    

                                                  |34                               |8 December 1986                                                    

                                                                                                                                                        

Yorkshire Traction Co. Ltd.                                                                                                                             

Bus engineering facilities, Rawmarsh              |88                               |30 May 1985                                                        

Operation Seafire

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how far the Stena Sea Lynx was from Fishguard at the commencement of Operation Seafire on 17 October;

(2) how far and on what bearing Stena Sea Lynx drifted during Operation Seafire on 17 October;

(3) how far and on what bearing the pick-up point was for West Glamorgan firefighters during Operation Seafire on 17 October from RAF Chivenor;

(4) at what time West Glamorgan fire brigade vehicle registration No. F993 YWO boarded Stena Sea Lynx during Operation Seafire on 17 October.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: These are operational matters for the Coastguard Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from C. J. Harris to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 5 November 1994:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions as the questions deal with operational matters, for which I have responsibility as Chief Executive.

The Stena Sea Lynx was 7.5 Nautical Miles from Fishguard at the commencement of exercise SEAFIRE. Regrettably, the position previously given in answer to PQ 90/94/95 was incorrect. The correct position was 52 08N 004 56W.

The distance that the Stena Sea Lynx drifted during the exercise SEAFIRE was not recorded. The vessel was maintaining her approximate position using her engines.

The pick-up point for West Glamorgan firefighters during the exercise SEAFIRE was 015 degrees True, 37.5 Nautical Miles from Chivenor.

The West Glamorgan fire brigade vehicle registration number F993 YWO, with one fire office in attendance boarded Stena Sea Lynx between 0515 and 0600. The vehicle was the target vehicle supposedly containing chemicals as part of the exercise scenario.


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Air Traffic Forecasts

Mr. Haselhurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the impact of BAA plc's latest London area traffic growth statistics for the first nine months of 1994 on the Department's air traffic forecasts published earlier this year; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: The increase in passengers numbers in the first nine months of 1994 at the BAA London airports, equivalent to growth of 7 per cent. per annum, has no impact on the Department's air traffic forecasts. The Department's forecasts are for air traffic growth in the longer term. Deviations from long-term growth rates in individual years can be expected given the cyclical nature of economic growth.

London Transport (Bus Services)

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list London Transport's quality of service indicator results for high frequency bus services, including (a) scheduled, excess and actual waiting times, (b) actual wait divided by scheduled wait and (c) chance of waiting (i) less than 10 minutes, (ii) 10 to 20 minutes and (iii) over 30 minutes for (y) each quarter of 1993 94 and 1994 95 and (z) each route in each of the 33 London boroughs.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 2 December 1994]: I will place the information requested in the Library shortly.

Medical Treatment (Vessels)

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce the medical treatment on board vessels directive, EC 92/29/EC 31/3/93; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: This is an operational matter for the Marine Safety Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from R. M. Bradley to Ms Joan Walley, dated 5 December 1994:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your Question on the introduction of EC Directive 92/29/EC31/3/92 on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels.

The Terms of this Directive require Member States to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 31 December 1994. The choice of form and method of implementation is however left to each Member State. The chosen UK methods of implementation and promulgation are by Regulation and Merchant Shipping Notice.

A consultation document containing the Marine Safety Agency's proposals for implementation of this Directive was circulated for comment on 15 August 1994. As a result of this consultation exercise amendments have been made to the original lists of required medical supplies. Work is continuing on the drafting of both revised Regulations and an accompanying Merchant Shipping Notice.

Fishing Vessels (Safety)

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet members of the South Western Fish Producers Organisation and their representatives to discuss concerns about the consistency of application of the fishing vessel safety rules of 1975.


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Mr. Norris: This is an operational matter for the Marine Safety Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from R. M. Bradley to Ms Joan Walley, dated 5 December 1994:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your Question about the concerns of the South Western Fish Producers Organisation (SWFPO) with regard to the survey of fishing vessels. The chief executive of SWFPO and others met the chief surveyor for the agency's south and south-west England district on 5 July 1994 to discuss apparent inconsistencies in fishing vessel survey requirements. As a result of that meeting, one case is currently being examined. The district chief surveyor asked SWFPO to provide details of any other cases which demonstrated the inconsistencies to which it referred. That information is still awaited.

However, in view of its continuing concern, I would be happy to offer the SWFPO a further meeting to discuss survey consistency with those responsible here for fishing vessel survey matters. I will be writing shortly to the chief executive of SWFPO to suggest such a meeting.

Rail Privatisation

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the planned expenditure and expected receipts, in each case item by item, which his Department estimates will contribute to the net income of £770 million in 1995 96 and £325 million in 1996 97, and net expenditure of £600 million in 1997 98 under the heading "Privatisation effects" in the table giving expenditure totals in his Department's press notice No. 457, issued on 29 November.

Mr. Watts: The estimates underlying these figures are commercially sensitive and cannot therefore be revealed publicly.

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those items of expenditure and receipts, included under the heading "BR/Railtrack" in the table accompanying his Department's press notice No. 457, issued on 29 November, which are not included under the heading "National Railways EFL" in table 1.1 in his Department's "Transport Report 1994", Cm 2506, and vice versa.

Mr. Watts: The external finance for BR-Railtrack set out in the table accompanying the Department's press notice 457 now excludes provision for European Passenger Services Ltd., and grant from the Scottish Office to Strathclyde passenger transport executive for rail services in that region, which were included under the heading "National Railways EFR" in table 1.1 of the transport report 1994.

Severn Bridge

Mr. Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will carry out a survey of traffic moving across the Severn bridge, recording separately the numbers of heavy goods vehicles from other light traffic and showing the results for each direction of travel.

Mr. Watts: Traffic flows across the Severn bridge are already monitored in both directions by the concessionary that operates the bridge, Severn River Crossing plc. The figures differentiate between heavy goods vehicles and other light traffic and are collected for both the directions of travel.


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Airlines (Aid)

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further representations he is making to the EC regarding state aid for airlines; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: The Government have applied to the European Court to annul the Commission decision of 27 July 1994, allowing the French Government to inject FF20 billion into Air France. We also intend to intervene in the application by British Airways, Air UK and other European airlines to the court of first instance to annul the decision. I shall press the European Commission to take a rigorous approach on any further state aid cases which arise in this sector.

Marine Rescue Centres

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fully trained coastguards and (b) auxiliary coastguards were dedicated to staffing operations rooms in MRCCs and MRSCs on 1 April 1990, 1 April 1993, 1 April 1994 and 1 November 1994.

Mr. Norris: This is an operational matter for the Coastguard Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from C. J. Harris to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 5 December 1994:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question as the question deals with an operational matter, for which I have responsibility as Chief Executive.

The following table shows the number of (a) fully trained coastguards and (b) auxiliary coastguards dedicated to staffing operations rooms in MRCCs and MRSCs on the dates requested:


Date            |Fully Trained|Auxiliary                  

                |Coastguards  |Coastguards                

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

1 April 1990    |469.5        |419                        

1 April 1993    |450          |397                        

1 April 1994    |448          |373                        

1 November 1994 |443          |377                        

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 1) if he will list the minimum staffing levels in operation rooms at each of the marine rescue co-ordination centres and sub-centres;

(2) if he will take steps to verify that all standing operational orders, regulations and minutes relating to staffing levels in operation rooms at all marine rescue co-ordination centres and marine rescue sub-centres have been complied with since 1 April 1994.

Mr. Norris: These are operational matters for the Coastguard Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from C. J. Harris to Mr. N. Ainger, dated 5 December 1994:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions as these questions deal with operational matters, for which I have responsibility as Chief Executive.

The following table details the minimum staffing levels per watch in operations rooms at each of the MRCCs and MRSCS:


RCC/MRSC         |Minimum staffing|MRCC/MRSC       |Minimum staffing                 

                 |level per watch                  |level per watch                  

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

Clyde            |1 SWO 2 WO      |Dover           |1 SO 1 SWO 3 WO                  

Belfast          |1 SWO 2 WO      |Thames          |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Oban             |1 SWO 2 WO      |Solent          |1 SWO 3WO                        

Stornoway        |1 SWO 2 WO      |Yarmouth        |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Aberdeen         |1 SWO 3 WO      |Humber          |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Pentland         |1 SWO 2 WO      |Tyne/Tees       |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Shetland         |1 SWO 2 WO      |Swansea         |1 SWO 3 WO                       

Forth            |1 SWO 2 WO      |Milford Haven   |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Falmouth         |1 SWO 3 WO      |Holyhead        |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Brixham          |1 SWO 2 WO      |Liverpool       |1 SWO 2 WO                       

Portland         |1 SWO 2 WO                                                         

(SO-Station Officer, SWO-Senior Watch Officer, WO-Watch Officer)                     

The information provided relates to Basic Watch Level requirements. The actual staffing levels may be greater where additional operational requirements have been identified.

When, unavoidably, Basic Watch Levels cannot be maintained by the use of regular Coastguards, trained Auxiliary coastguards may be used to substitute.

The maintenance of required staffing levels in operations rooms at marine rescue coordination centres (MRCCs) and marine rescue sub-centres (MRSCs) is complied with whenever possible. However shortages do occur from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances. These do not affect safety.


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CHURCH COMMISSIONERS

Accounts

Mr. Flynn: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners what is the current shortfall or profit in the accounts of the Church Commissioners.

Mr. Alison: The financial statements of the Church Commissioners, published as part of their annual report and accounts, include an income and expenditure account and a statement of total gains and losses as required by financial reporting standards. The latter shows that, in 1993, consolidated expenditure exceeded income by £2.1 million and consolidated capital gains amounted to £296.2 million.

Mr. Flynn: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners on what grounds the Church Commissioners do not usually publish the accounts of the companies and undertakings owned by them.

Mr. Alison: The accounts of the Commissioners' United Kingdom subsidiary companies are filed at Companies House, where they are available for public


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inspection. The accounts of all their subsidiary undertakings are incorporated in the Commissioners' consolidated accounts--published with the annual report--and the Commissioners therefore see no practical purpose in publishing separately the accounts of their subsidiaries. In this, they follow the practice of most parent companies.

EMPLOYMENT

Building Refurbishment

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will itemise the refurbishment works undertaken on buildings housing departmental staff in the last three years, indicating the costs involved and the nature of the refurbishments.

Miss Widdecombe: Information covering the refurbishments carried out by the headquarters department, which were not funded by the Property Holdings Agency, is shown in the table.

Disaggregated information of this nature is not available for premises in the Employment Service or the Health and Safety Executive.


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Employment department headquarters refurbishment costs 1991-1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

EDHQ Project                                                         |Dates                                                               |Cost £ Million                                                      |Description of work                                                                                                                      

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Caxton house, London                                                 |1991-92                                                             |1.411                                                               |Level 4                                                                                                                                  

                                                                     |1992-93                                                             |1.474                                                               |Level 3                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |Complete up-grade of internal office and service areas to meet the                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |demands of a modern office environment. Includes lighting, cabling                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |for computers, open planning, energy efficiency and toilets and full                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |redecoration.                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

236 Grays Inn road, London                                           |1992-93                                                             |1.920                                                               |As above, excluding toilets.                                                                                                             

 Woburn place, London                                                |1993-94                                                             |0.190                                                               |As above, including removal of asbestos, excluding toilets.                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

East Lane house, Runcorn                                             |1993-94                                                             |1.528                                                               |Modernisation of main frame computer hall. Making use of                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |down-sizing of computer and air conditioning equipment to create                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |additional space for administrative staff.                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Ranmoor hall, Sheffield                                              |1991-92                                                             |1.036                                                               |Residential accommodation and reception areas                                                                                            

                                                                     |1992-93                                                             |0.040                                                               |Conference and classrooms                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Moorfoot, Sheffield                                                  |1992-93                                                             |0.600                                                               |Open planning and air conditioning of cellular office space to                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |accommodate computer based administrative work relocated from                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                               |London.                                                                                                                                  

Ministerial Speeches

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment on what occasions since 1979 civil servants in his Department have been asked to draft speeches of a constituency nature for use in a Minister's own constituency.

Miss Widdecombe: None.

Disabled People

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the budget allocated by his Department and associated agencies for each of the next five years; and how many staff or staff hours equivalent


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have been allocated to achieve the objectives of the programme for action to achieve equality of opportunity in the civil service for disabled people.

Miss Widdecombe: I regret that it is not possible to break down budgets and staffing in this way.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number and percentage of disabled people employed by his Department and associated agencies over the past five years; and what are the projected figures for the next five years.

Miss Widdecombe: Figures of registered disabled people in the Employment Department group are set out in the table. Projected figures are not available.


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Year                |Registered Disabled|Per cent.                              

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

1990                |1,544.0            |3.2                                    

1991                |1,688.5            |3.2                                    

1992                |1,964.0            |3.4                                    

1993                |2,019.5            |3.4                                    

1994                |2,197.0            |4.0                                    

Training for Work

Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the proportion of unemployed people currently undergoing training for work; what is the cost of providing training for work; and how many unemployed people find work within (a) two weeks, (b) one month, (c) two months or (d) four months of completing a training for work programme.

Mr. Paice: On 14 August 1994 there were 99,400 people participating in training for work in England. This is equivalent to 4.6 per cent. of the level of seasonally adjusted unemployment in England in that month.

The cost of providing training for work in England in 1993 94 was £760.2 million. The estimate for the cost of providing training for work in England in 1994 95 is £693.3 million.

The information about how many training for work leavers find work is not available for the periods requested; 38 per cent. of those who completed their agreed training in England and Wales during the period April 1993 to January 1994 were in a job six months after leaving training for work.

Labour Statistics

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of persons by grade and gender employed by his Department and associated offices and agencies, nationally and regionally over the next three years, as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement of 29 November, indicating which branch, agency and region will be affected and stating his estimate of the number of job losses in each year which will be by (a) natural wastage, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c) compulsory redundancy; and what estimate he has made of the yearly total of savings in wages and associated costs as a result of these reductions in each Department, branch and agency.

Miss Widdecombe: The information requested is not yet available. The Department's staffing plans for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be set out in the 1995 departmental report, to be published in late February-early March 1995.

The Government's aim has been, and will continue to be, that reductions in the size of the civil service should as far as possible be achieved without redundancies.


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