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Drug Education

Lady Olga Maitland: To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to co-ordinate the Department of Trade and Industry with the Departments of Health and Education in respect of drug education and solvent abuse.

The Prime Minister: The Government recognise the threat of solvent abuse and, principally through our health promotion, prevention and education initiatives, are working to tackle the problem. The Department of Health has the main policy responsibility and works as necessary alongside other Departments, including as appropriate the Departments for Education, Trade and Industry, and the Home Office.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Policy Objectives

12. Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the objectives of Her Majesty's Government's policy for Northern Ireland for 1995.

Sir Patrick Mayhew: We will continue to build on the progress already made towards securing permanent peace, economic prosperity and a widely acceptable comprehensive political settlement founded on the principles of democracy and consent.

Criminal Justice System

13. Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to bring the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland into line with that in the rest of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Sir John Wheeler: The Government are preparing a number of measures to improve the operation of the criminal justice system. Many of these are based upon examples and experiences from other parts of the UK while taking into account the particular needs of Northern Ireland.

Fair Employment

14. Ms Church: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reform the Fair Employment Act 1989.

15. Mr. Alan W. Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review the case for additional power to be given to the Fair Employment Commission.

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I await the outcome of the review of employment equality in Northern Ireland now being undertaken by the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights.

Radio Transmissions (Health and Safety)

16. Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received on the health and safety implications of radio transmissions in Crossmaglen.

Sir John Wheeler: A report has been received, produced by Coghill Research Laboratories and entitled,


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"Electro Magnetic Fields and Radiation and Health in Crossmaglen".

Illegal Weapons

17. Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many illegal weapons have been recovered or surrendered since the beginning of the ceasefire.

Sir John Wheeler: In the period from 1 September to 31 December 1994, 31 firearms and one mortar launcher were recovered.

Trade Union Talks

18. Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will next meet trade union representatives to discuss the future prospects for new jobs and economic development in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

27. Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he next plans to meet the Irish Congress of Trade Union to discuss the peace process.

Mr. Ancram: My right hon. and learned Friend expects to meet representatives of the Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions soon to discuss issues raised in its recently published document, "Investing in Peace--an Interim Programme for Reconstruction".

Fuel Prices

19. Mr. Ian Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the trend on fuel prices in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ancram: Statistical information on changes in fuel prices is collected on a United Kingdom-wide basis. Information on regional variations is not available.

Post-ceasefire Talks

20. Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place with groups representing victims of sectarian violence regarding their role in the post-ceasefire talks.

Sir John Wheeler: None; nor am I aware of a desire on the part of groups representing victims of violence to play such a role.

Disability Benefits

21. Mr. Clifford Forsythe: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many unsuccessful (a) invalidity benefit and (b) disability living allowance applications have been appealed in the last six months.

Mr. Moss: In the period June 1994 to November 1994 a total of 583 invalidity benefit and 1,001 disability living allowance appeals have been received in the Social Security Agency.

Budget Estimates

22. Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what adjustments have been made to the Northern Ireland Office budget estimates as a consequence of the cessation of violence.

Sir John Wheeler: As my right hon. and learned Friend announced on 6 December, the outcome for Northern Ireland of the 1994 public expenditure survey


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reflects a reallocation of some £180 million from the law and order protective and miscellaneous services vote made in the light of the terrorist ceasefires. This figure represents a major reduction in the anticipated resource requirement for criminal damage compensation payments across the survey period, and reduced expenditure on RUC overtime and is a welcome boost which will benefit important economic and social programmes.

Any resumption of terrorist violence will, of course, require a restoration of this reallocated provision.

Economic Development

23. Mr. Ronnie Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Northern Ireland economy.

Mr. Ancram: The Northern Ireland economy has performed well over the last year. Employees in employment in Northern Ireland rose by 1.2 per cent. in the year ending September 1994. Unemployment, seasonally adjusted, fell by 7.7 per cent. in the year ending November 1994. In addition, the output of Northern Ireland manufacturing industry expanded by 4.4 per cent. between the second quarter of 1993 and the second quarter of 1994.

Irish Language

24. Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what new proposals he has to increase the use of the Irish language.

Mr. Ancram: The Government seek to encourage respect for, and appreciation of, cultural diversity in Northern Ireland and to respond positively, where practical, to soundly based requests for assistance for Irish language projects. On 6 December 1994 a draft order was laid before Parliament which includes a power to enable district councils to erect street names in a second language, other than English. In practice, the second language is most likely to be Irish.

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals he has to enable students wishing to study at a non- denominational institution to train to be teachers in Irish-medium schools; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: None.

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-denominational educational establishments currently offer courses in Irish as a main or subsidiary subject in primary phase initial teacher training; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: One.

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of Education for Northern Ireland intends to take to improve the design and content of the BEd course in Celtic at St. Mary's College; which interest groups are being consulted; when changes are likely to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: My Department is examining proposals from the college for a re-designed course which takes into account the views expressed by various interest groups. Changes are unlikely to be in place before September 1996.

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the research projects undertaken


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during the past five years at St. Mary's college, Belfast into the teaching of Irish in Irish-medium schools; what public funding was provided for them; what research obligations are imposed on teacher training college lecturers; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: No empirical research projects have been undertaken. There are no research obligations imposed on college lecturers.

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the BEd course in Celtic at St. Mary's college, Belfast has been retained specifically for the purpose of training students to teach in Irish-medium primary schools; what percentage of this course is taught and assessed through the medium of Irish; what percentage of the teaching material is in the Irish language; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: The decision to retain the course took account of the then growing needs of the Irish-medium primary schools. All of the course is taught and assessed through the medium of Irish and approximately 80 per cent. of the teaching material is in the Irish language.

Water Industry

25. Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the water industry in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Moss: The Government are committed to the privatisation of water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland. However, as already announced, this will not be possible in the lifetime of the present Parliament. In the interim, as announced on 29 June 1994, Official Report , columns 550-51 , it is intended to establish the Department of the Environment's Water Executive as a next steps agency not later than 1 April 1996.

Royal Ulster Constabulary

26. Dr. Goodson-Wickes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is reviewing the duties and deployment of the RUC.

Sir John Wheeler: Operational policing is a matter for the Chief Constable, but there are no current plans to change the authorised establishment or structure of the RUC.

Framework Document

28. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the publication of the framework document.

Mr. Ancram: I refer the hon. Member to the oral answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Derbyshire North-East (Mr. Barnes) earlier today.

Primary School Pupils

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the number of pupils enrolled at each controlled primary school in the constituencies of Belfast, West and Belfast, North in each of the past five years.


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Mr. Ancram: The information requested is as follows:


Enrolments                                                     

Schools        |1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Belfast, West                                                  

Blackmountain  |137    |144    |148    |135    |138            

Blythefield    |232    |252    |267    |264    |274            

Donegall Road  |258    |265    |274    |280    |280            

Fernhill       |293    |292    |267    |270    |269            

Forth River    |181    |191    |188    |195    |200            

Glencairn      |131    |134    |136    |140    |118            

Springfield    |129    |136    |151    |157    |164            

Springhill     |393    |393    |388    |404    |402            

Suffolk        |213    |177    |179    |164    |169            

Vere Foster    |315    |319    |312    |321    |305            

                                                               

Belfast, North                                                 

Ballygolan     |141    |144    |145    |151    |157            

Ballysillan    |150    |155    |168    |176    |173            

Carr's Glen    |458    |477    |472    |489    |497            

Cavehill       |370    |377    |382    |379    |372            

Cliftonville   |250    |262    |272    |269    |285            

Currie         |156    |144    |137    |141    |158            

Edenbrook      |285    |315    |345    |335    |345            

Glenwood       |551    |579    |578    |583    |582            

Grove          |309    |307    |298    |308    |273            

Ligoniel       |105    |93     |83     |82     |80             

Lowood         |321    |330    |316    |313    |302            

Seaview        |409    |429    |436    |429    |439            

Straidhavern   |40     |51     |49     |61     |73             

Wheatfield     |322    |312    |317    |318    |318            

Pensioners

Mr. Bowden: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in rank order the percentage of the population of pension age and above in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland.

Sir John Wheeler: The latest information is taken from the Northern Ireland 1991 census of population and is as follows:


Parliamentary              |Percentage                 

Constituency                                           

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Belfast, East              |22.70                      

Belfast, South             |20.56                      

Belfast, North             |18.90                      

North Down                 |17.77                      

Strangford                 |16.50                      

East Antrim                |16.33                      

North Antrim               |15.38                      

Fermanagh and South Tyrone |14.79                      

Belfast, West              |14.60                      

South Down                 |14.46                      

East Londonderry           |13.56                      

Upper Bann                 |13.50                      

Mid Ulster                 |13.23                      

Newry and Mourne           |13.20                      

Lagan Valley               |12.62                      

South Antrim               |12.01                      

Foyle                      |10.88                      

Mr. Bowden: To ask the secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in rank order the total number of people of pension age and above in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland.


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Sir John Wheeler: The latest information is taken from the Northern Ireland 1991 census of population and is as follows:


                           |Total                      

Parliamentary              |number                     

constituency                                           

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

North Down                 |16,139                     

South Down                 |15,871                     

Belfast, East              |15,616                     

Strangford                 |15,255                     

East Londonderry           |14,919                     

North Antrim               |14,712                     

Fermanagh and South Tyrone |14,708                     

Belfast, South             |14,194                     

Belfast, North             |13,920                     

East Antrim                |13,811                     

Mid Ulster                 |13,491                     

Lagan Valley               |13,157                     

Newry and Mourne           |12,874                     

Upper Bann                 |12,675                     

Foyle                      |12,394                     

South Antrim               |11,549                     

Belfast, West              |11,262                     

Housing

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by Housing Executive region the total numbers on housing waiting lists and the number of A1 applicants.

Mr. Moss: This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. I am advised by its chief executive that the total numbers on the housing waiting list and the number of applicants with A1 status at 31 December 1994, by Housing Executive region, were as follows:


Northern Ireland                                                    

Housing                                                             

Executive Region |Waiting list    |A1 applicants                    

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Belfast          |7,297           |704                              

South East       |4,257           |278                              

South            |2,531           |120                              

North East       |4,137           |225                              

West             |4,518           |483                              

                                                                    

Total            |22,740          |1,810                            

Stormont (Fire)

Mr. A. Cecil Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which companies have recently been carrying out refurbishment work at Parliament buildings, Stormont.

Mr. Moss: The main contractor for the current refurbishment scheme is McCombe Brothers (Antrim) Ltd. The nominated sub-contractors are Weir and McQuiston Ltd. for electrical services, Stothers (Mechanical and electrical) Ltd. for mechanical services and Express Lift Co for lift services.

Downpatrick Area Plan

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to upgrade


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and revise the Downpatrick area plan; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Moss: The Department has a programme of area plan work and I regret that it will be several years before a review of the Down area plan can begin. However, the housing needs and development pressures of Downpatrick are monitored on a continuous basis and, if necessary, proposals can be considered as amendments to the existing plan.

Ulster Museum

Mr. Faulds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the attendance figures for 1994 reported by the Ulster museum, including its outstations, with the percentage change from 1993.

Mr. Ancram: In 1994 a total of 269,046 people visited the Ulster museum and the Armagh county museum--an increase of 0.28 per cent. on the attendance figure for 1993.

Driving Licences

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information will appear on the new plastic card type driving licence when it is introduced; what will be the dimensions of the card; and what plans he has to make the new style licence common throughout (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Community countries.

Mr. Moss: There has been a plastic card to accompany the NI driving licence since 1985. I will be launching a new style credit card size plastic card later this month. The information which will appear on the new style card is as follows:--surname, main forename, date and town of birth, date of expiry, driver number, sample signature and photograph of holder. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea plans to introduce a plastic card in the UK from 1 July 1996. It is up to each individual member state to decide how best to meet EU requirements on driving licences.

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the original time scale for the introduction of a plastic card type driving licence in Northern Ireland; and when he now expects it to be introduced.

Mr. Moss: There has been a plastic photographic counterpart to accompany the Northern Ireland driving licence since 1985. A new style credit card size plastic card is being launched in Northern Ireland later this


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month. Further changes may be required to meet the requirements of the second EC directive on driver licensing which will come into effect on 1 July 1996. The final format of the licence is still under discussion.

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons the paper part of the Northern Ireland driving licence was increased in size when the European Communities model was introduced, and not designed so that it could be folded down to the dimensions of the former licence.

Mr. Moss: The size of the paper part of the NI driving licence is subject to the requirements of the first EC directive on driver licensing. It was increased in size from January 1991 to meet those requirements and to accommodate the inclusion of lorry and bus entitlements. The paper part of the NI driving licence is the same size as the GB licence. The design of the paper part so that it could fold to the dimensions of the former licence was constrained by the fact that it had to comply with the 1st EC directive.

EMPLOYMENT

Northern Region

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will rank, in order of the reductions of unemployment achieved, the initiatives taken by his Department in the Northern region.

Miss Widdecombe: The Government are reducing unemployment throughout the United Kingdom by following sound economic policies based on permanently low inflation, removing unnecessary regulations which obstruct job creation, and by active measures to help unemployed people. These policies have already helped reduce unemployment by more than 550,000 in the United Kingdom as a whole and by nearly 16,000 in the Northern region.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Ms Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the annual budgets for each TEC for each year since their creation.

Mr. Paice: Funding made available to each training and enterprise council in England, for each year since their creation, for activities funded by the Employment Department, is shown in the following table:


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TEC Budgets 1991-92 1994-95                                                               

                                        |1991-92  |1992-93  |1993-94  |1994-95            

                                        |£ million|£ million|£ million|£ million          

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Hampshire                               |32.00    |34.13    |37.18    |35.51              

Heart of England                        |10.50    |12.18    |12.89    |13.33              

Isle of Wight                           |4.30     |4.26     |4.79     |4.55               

Kent                                    |31.60    |35.13    |41.17    |37.30              

Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire |7.10     |8.04     |10.74    |10.54              

Surrey                                  |13.30    |13.83    |15.18    |14.72              

Sussex                                  |24.20    |27.16    |28.52    |28.40              

Thames Valley Enterprise                |19.60    |21.21    |29.22    |31.90              

Aztec                                   |11.10    |11.73    |15.76    |13.93              

Centec                                  |12.70    |24.24    |31.30    |28.36              

Cilntec                                 |9.10     |22.62    |29.24    |24.78              

London East                             |28.70    |35.90    |47.73    |42.70              

North London                            |10.40    |18.92    |23.95    |22.54              

North West London                       |5.80     |10.03    |14.82    |13.55              

Solotec                                 |18.90    |20.12    |24.12    |20.72              

South Thames                            |22.10    |32.92    |47.26    |41.80              

West London                             |9.80     |17.27    |21.71    |20.39              

Bedfordshire                            |12.60    |11.72    |14.37    |14.89              

Cambstec                                |6.60     |6.37     |8.66     |10.23              

Essex                                   |28.50    |35.49    |37.65    |36.14              

Greater Peterborough                    |8.40     |9.30     |12.01    |12.65              

Hertfordshire                           |19.20    |24.81    |27.98    |27.60              

Norfolk and Waveney                     |23.90    |22.57    |27.48    |27.01              

Suffolk                                 |14.70    |15.54    |18.15    |20.13              

Avon                                    |28.60    |28.84    |34.26    |32.84              

Devon and Cornwall                      |52.50    |52.47    |63.14    |52.27              

Dorset                                  |15.20    |16.53    |20.71    |17.87              

Gloucestershire                         |12.80    |13.92    |16.49    |14.64              

Somerset                                |12.50    |13.75    |15.36    |14.52              

Wiltshire                               |12.30    |14.66    |17.22    |14.75              

Birmingham                              |46.70    |49.77    |51.89    |41.56              

Central England                         |10.90    |11.71    |12.90    |12.35              

Coventry and Warwickshire               |26.20    |25.38    |32.88    |29.88              

Dudley                                  |11.20    |11.72    |13.97    |12.12              

Hawtec                                  |10.30    |11.81    |14.66    |13.61              

Sandwell                                |11.40    |11.99    |14.52    |14.04              

Shropshire                              |13.40    |14.68    |16.04    |13.83              

Staffordshire                           |34.00    |35.60    |40.04    |33.07              

Walsall                                 |10.60    |9.99     |11.49    |9.37               

Wolverhampton                           |11.50    |12.12    |13.59    |11.68              

Greater Nottingham                      |20.90    |20.98    |25.64    |22.42              

Leicester                               |25.40    |26.21    |28.84    |25.27              

Lincolnshire                            |19.20    |20.70    |28.46    |25.76              

North Derbyshire                        |11.20    |10.58    |12.92    |11.91              

North Nottinghamshire                   |17.50    |17.12    |18.74    |18.00              

Northamptonshire                        |12.80    |13.76    |15.54    |14.45              

Southern Derbyshire                     |17.80    |18.33    |20.50    |18.68              

Barnsley and Doncaster                  |27.30    |25.08    |33.01    |27.58              

Bradford and District                   |19.20    |20.75    |23.77    |19.21              

Calderdale and Kirkless                 |21.40    |21.39    |30.75    |23.31              

Humberside                              |37.60    |37.77    |42.40    |37.28              

Leeds                                   |22.50    |21.34    |27.48    |22.41              

North Yorkshire                         |17.40    |17.56    |20.21    |17.96              

Rotherham                               |12.50    |12.54    |15.11    |12.37              

Sheffield                               |27.50    |23.38    |30.90    |25.35              

Wakefield                               |12.60    |12.54    |15.39    |12.72              

Bolton and Bury                         |13.50    |14.38    |16.90    |15.31              

Cumbria                                 |18.60    |17.68    |20.33    |19.13              

Eltec (East Lancashire)                 |18.00    |18.80    |23.18    |20.94              

Lawtec (Lancashire West)                |26.80    |28.35    |33.69    |30.76              

Manchester                              |39.10    |39.31    |46.00    |41.37              

Metrotec Ltd (Wigan)                    |12.00    |11.29    |13.01    |12.41              

Normidtec                               |11.82    |14.57    |17.63    |15.91              

Oldham                                  |9.10     |9.19     |10.60    |9.62               

Rochdale                                |7.80     |8.87     |11.09    |10.34              

South and East Cheshire                 |11.10    |12.83    |16.12    |14.86              

Stockport/High Peak                     |9.90     |10.47    |12.82    |11.52              

Cewtec                                  |22.30    |20.96    |26.45    |22.85              

Merseyside                              |40.10    |51.00    |68.49    |53.29              

Qualitec                                |9.60     |9.83     |12.71    |9.38               

County Durham                           |34.70    |30.09    |36.03    |29.22              

Northumberland                          |15.30    |15.28    |18.08    |15.13              

Sunderland City                         |21.40    |18.47    |24.23    |20.02              

Teesside                                |35.50    |33.48    |41.00    |34.50              

Tyneside                                |45.80    |40.45    |52.46    |45.19              

Ms Short: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the latest available information on entrants who have entered (a) community action and (b) training for work by (i) whether male or female, (ii) duration of employment, (iii) ethnic origin and (iv)


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whether they have a disability, for each region and for Great Britain as a whole.

Miss Widdecombe: As the information is contained in a number of tables, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy in the Library.


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Labour Statistics

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the percentage of (a) men and (b) women who are currently unemployed for each year between the ages of 40 and 50 years.

Miss Widdecombe: The latest information is given in the following tables:


ILO Unemployment Rates: By Age  

and Sex,                        

Great Britain Summer 1994       

         Percentages            

Age     |Males  |Females        

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

40      |7.9    |3.6            

41      |7.0    |4.6            

42      |7.9    |4.4            

43      |7.9    |5.2            

44      |8.0    |4.6            

45      |6.0    |4.2            

46      |7.9    |6.3            

47      |6.4    |4.8            

48      |7.3    |4.3            

49      |7.2    |4.4            

50      |8.4    |3.3            

Source:                         

Labour Force Survey.            


Claimant Unemployment Rates:

 By Age and Sex,            

United Kingdom 1994         

        Percentages         

Age    |Male  |Female       

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

40-49  |8.8   |3.1          

Source:                     

Employment Gazette.         

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many individuals unemployed in the years 1979, 1985 and 1994 were previously self-employed.

Mr. Oppenheim: Latest estimates from the summer 1994 Labour Force Survey for Great Britain show that there were 235,000 people who were ILO unemployed and who reported their employment status in their last job as being self-employed. Comparable figures for 1979 and 1985 are not available.

Unemployed Persons (Mortgages)

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many individuals who became unemployed in each year from 1979 to 1994 were previously self-employed with mortgages outstanding on their homes.

Mr. Oppenheim: The available information from the summer 1994 Labour Force Survey for Great Britain shows that there were 92,000 ILO unemployed people, resident in households buying their accommodation with a mortgage or loan, who reported their employment status in their last job as self- employed. Equivalent figures for summer 1993 and summer 1992 are 121,000 and 114,000 respectively. No comparable figures are available prior to 1992.


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Objective 3 Funding

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he will publish local authorities' allocations of funds from the European social fund objective 3; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe: Allocation of funds for objective 3 of the European social fund for 1995, on the basis earlier agreed by the objective 3 monitoring committee, were notified to sector managers and members of the monitoring committee, which includes local authority representatives, earlier this month.

South Thames Training and Enterprise Council

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list the unsecured and secured creditors being dealt with by the receiver for the South Thames training and enterprise council; (2) if he will list the names of individuals and organisations who are creditors of South Thames TEC in (a) the parliamentary constituency of Lewisham, Deptford and (b) the London borough of Lewisham.

Mr. Paice: The only secured creditor for South Thames training and enterprise council is the Employment Department. Other creditors are a matter for the receiver and I understand that he is assembling a list.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were undergoing training on programmes contracted for by South Thames TEC on 1 December 1994 and 1 January 1995 in the constituency of Lewisham, Deptford, in the London borough of Lewisham, and in total.

Mr. Paice: This information is available only for the South Thames area as a whole. It is not broken down by constituency or borough. Figures for the South Thames area are shown in the following table:


South Thames training and enterprise               

council-Estimated trainees                         

for the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham   

and                                                

Greenwich                                          

Date                                 |Number       

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

Youth training and training credits                

4 December 1994                      |2,750        

1 January 1995                       |2,693        

                                                   

Training for work                                  

4 December 1994                      |3,359        

1 January 1995                       |3,316        

                                                   

Total                                              

4 December 1994                      |6,109        

1 January 1995                       |6,009        

                                                   

The figures are subject to final submission and verification of all accounting period 9 and 10 claims.


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Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed by the South Thames TEC on 1 September 1994, 1 December 1994 and 1 January 1995.

Mr. Paice: I understand that South Thames training and enterprise council had 162 employees on 1 September 1994, 162 employees on 1 December 1994 and 128 employees on 1 January 1995.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the number of people employed by training providers and business support programmes which were party to South Thames TEC contracts as of 1 December 1994 in (a) the parliamentary constituency of Lewisham, Deptford and (b) the London borough of Lewisham.

Mr. Paice: This information is not collected either by South Thames training and enterprise council or by the Employment Department.


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