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Mr. Boswell: My right hon. Friend has been reviewing the experience of the last college fee settlement and expects to make an announcement shortly.
Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what were the percentage increases for the main grades of local education authority school teaching staff for each year since 1989.
Mr. Robin Squire: The percentage increases in the main pay scales for heads and deputies and classroom teachers since 1989 are set out in the table:
Year |Heads and deputies|Classroom teachers ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1989 |7.5 |6.0 1990 |10.4 |8.3 1991 |12.75 |9.5 1992 |7.5 |7.5 1993 |1.5 |1.5 1994 |2.9 |2.9 1995 (proposed) |2.7 |2.7
Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information her Department has of the number of independent schools which (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1988.
Mr. Robin Squire: The number of independent schools which have registered with the Department upon opening, and the number which have been removed from the register because of closure, are given, for each calendar year, in the following table:
|Number of |Number of |independent |independent Year |schools opened|schools closed ------------------------------------------------------------ 1988 |40 |30 1989 |65 |33 1990 |50 |45 1991 |60 |59 1992 |56 |68 1993 |63 |51 1994 |67 |79 Note: The numbers relate to England only and from 1990 include city technology colleges.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will list, for each local education authority, the average amount of capital expenditure per pupil for 1995 96.
Mr. Robin Squire: The information requested is not yet available.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is her estimate of actual spending on education by local education authorities (a) nationally and (b) by individual local education authority in 1994 95; and what is the education standard spending assessment (i) nationally and (ii) by individual local education authority for 1995 96.
Mr. Forth [holding answer 10 February 1995]: Total current spending on education by English local authorities in 1994 95, as recorded on their revenue accounts returns, is estimated to be £17.510 billion. This figure includes expenditure funded by current education specific grants within aggregate external finance, but excludes expenditure funded by specific grants outside AEF. Education standard spending in 1995 96 is £17.204 billion; within that, education standard spending assessments, which include neither current education specific grants within AEF nor specific grants outside AEF, total £17.024 billion. The table gives for each local education authority budgeted spending in 1994 95, and its SSA for 1995 96.
£ million |1994-95 |1995-96 LEA |budget |SSA -------------------------------------------------- Corporation of London |2.2 |0.8 Camden |64.7 |78.8 Greenwich |100.3 |114.3 Hackney |109.1 |92.8 Hammersmith and Fulham |61.5 |57.2 Islington |79.8 |80.4 Kensington and Chelsea |41.5 |37.3 Lambeth |125.4 |102.1 Lewisham |102.2 |108.0 Southwark |100.3 |109.9 Tower Hamlets |119.0 |120.2 Wandsworth |93.9 |88.7 Westminster |53.5 |59.9 Barking and Dagenham |71.0 |65.7 Barnet |106.6 |113.7 Bexley |77.9 |84.5 Brent |107.0 |106.3 Bromley |100.5 |99.6 Croydon |118.7 |114.3 Ealing |114.8 |108.9 Enfield |114.1 |112.1 Haringey |96.5 |89.1 Harrow |76.1 |70.4 Havering |85.3 |84.1 Hillingdon |85.8 |88.9 Hounslow |81.1 |90.2 Kingston upon Thames |44.0 |45.9 Merton |57.4 |56.3 Newham |110.8 |123.8 Redbridge |85.9 |94.2 Richmond upon Thames |39.2 |44.3 Sutton |61.4 |64.5 Waltham Forest |95.6 |94.1 Birmingham |448.0 |427.2 Coventry |120.8 |115.7 Dudley |108.3 |98.9 Sandwell |117.2 |113.8 Solihull |67.2 |69.2 Walsall |103.1 |103.7 Wolverhampton |103.2 |96.1 Knowsley |74.1 |69.6 Liverpool |199.0 |202.7 St. Helens |70.6 |63.3 Sefton |102.9 |102.3 Wirral |126.8 |124.1 Bolton |99.0 |95.7 Bury |63.9 |57.8 Manchester |173.5 |182.5 Oldham |88.8 |90.3 Rochdale |84.3 |79.7 Salford |82.6 |78.7 Stockport |95.7 |86.1 Tameside |82.1 |76.3 Trafford |74.8 |72.5 Wigan |108.3 |104.9 Barnsley |73.3 |73.1 Doncaster |115.5 |113.7 Rotherham |93.5 |96.3 Sheffield |167.4 |162.8 Bradford |196.2 |201.9 Calderdale |72.0 |72.8 Kirklees |146.6 |136.7 Leeds |262.7 |240.4 Wakefield |106.4 |106.4 Gateshead |74.3 |68.2 Newcastle upon Tyne |102.4 |97.3 North Tyneside |69.0 |65.4 South Tyneside |57.0 |56.3 Sunderland |113.2 |110.9 Isles of Scilly |1.2 |1.2 Avon |329.3 |298.0 Bedfordshire |208.5 |212.0 Berkshire |260.8 |273.3 Buckinghamshire |250.7 |244.5 Cambridgeshire |238.9 |226.1 Cheshire |353.6 |332.0 Cleveland |223.1 |219.0 Cornwall |163.8 |156.2 Cumbria |168.3 |161.5 Derbyshire |333.3 |302.8 Devon |329.0 |328.4 Dorset |204.5 |198.0 Durham |219.5 |206.9 East Sussex |216.8 |212.5 Essex |549.6 |540.5 Gloucestershire |172.5 |174.5 Hampshire |541.6 |502.6 Hereford and Worcester |217.3 |219.8 Hertfordshire |360.6 |371.4 Humberside |334.4 |310.8 Isle of Wight Council |43.2 |43.6 Kent |539.3 |559.1 Lancashire |521.6 |484.0 Leicestershire |326.8 |316.4 Lincolnshire |223.3 |199.2 Norfolk |252.3 |234.8 North Yorkshire |234.7 |223.6 Northamptonshire |214.5 |209.8 Northumberland |110.9 |107.6 Nottinghamshire |378.7 |346.7 Oxfordshire |188.8 |186.6 Shropshire |141.8 |137.1 Somerset |160.0 |143.5 Staffordshire |349.6 |348.8 Suffolk |215.1 |205.9 Surrey |303.3 |299.4 Warwickshire |168.0 |156.2 West Sussex |235.0 |226.8 Wiltshire |198.0 |188.6 Total |17,510.1|17,024.1
Mr. Madden: To ask the Attorney-General what representations he or his predecessor have received since 1991, concerning the legality of the opt-out negotiated by Her Majesty's Government to the Single European Act in 1985 relating to frontiers; what such representations he has conveyed to the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement.
The Attorney-General: By convention, neither the advice of the Law Officers nor whether they have advised on a particular issue is normally disclosed.
Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he expects to announce the results of his Department's review of museums policy.
Mr. Dorrell: I am currently considering the results of the consultation process undertaken last year.
Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member of Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) of 2 February, Official Report , columns 779-80 , what are the extra costs for consultancy, professional and legal advice associated with the grant of licences by Oflot; and which firms have provided the advice.
Mr. Dorrell: This is a matter for the Director General of the National Lottery. I have therefore asked him to write to the hon. Member, placing copies of his letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what monitoring he carries out of radio broadcasts to ensure that they comply with the Race Relations Acts or Public Order Acts; (2) how many staff are employed in monitoring radio broadcasts to consider whether they are racially offensive or incite racial hatred.
Mr. Dorrell: None. These are matters for the Radio Authority or the BBC.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what proposals he has to tackle low motivation in the hotel and tourism industry caused by low pay.
Mr. Dorrell: I have no such proposals; pay and personnel issues are a matter for the industry itself.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to encourage investment in the tourist industry to offset jobs lost in the manufacturing industry in (a) Coventry and (b) the west midlands.
Mr. Dorrell: Funding is made available to the Heart of England tourist board through the English tourist board to undertake marketing and development activities in its regions, which includes Coventry and the west midlands. In the 1994 95 financial year, the HETB will receive £364,000--indicative figure. In addition, RTBs may bid for funding from the ETB's £2.25 million tourism development fund for specific projects. The public funds made available to the RTBs lever in substantial funding from the private sector.
Local authorities and the regional tourist boards are also eligible to bid for support from the European structural funds and the single regeneration budget. The Government office for the west midlands has allocated £28.4 million--indicative figure--from the European regional development fund for projects in the cultural, media and tourism industries in its programme for 1994 96.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment his Department has made of the impact of reduced funding for the English tourist board on the number of holidays taken in Britain.
Mr. Dorrell: Recent changes, upward and downward, in funds provided to the ETB and British Tourist Authority reflect the Government's view of spending priorities in the tourism sector.
Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what information he has on the connection between Muslim Community radio and Hizb ut Tahir.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will bring forward proposals to authorise the increase in the television licence fee.
Mr. Dorrell: Regulations to bring into force from 1 April the new fees which I announced on 1 December of £86.50 for a colour licence and £28.50 for a black and white licence-- Official Report , column 805 , will be laid before the House at the beginning of March.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he is required to bring forward proposals to allocate digital licences for television channels.
Mr. Dorrell: The Government intend to ensure that television broadcasters are in a position to take advantage of new digital technology, and are seeking their views before bringing forward proposals.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he is next required to review Channel 4 funding.
Mr. Dorrell: The Broadcasting Act 1990 does not require me to review Channel 4 funding. However, the threshold percentages in the funding formula may be amended by order, but not before the end of 1997.
Ms Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what discussions he has had with the Australian Government in respect to the Australian inquiry into football transfers, with particular reference to transfers affecting English clubs.
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if the promotion of environmental education falls within the remit of the Millennium Commission.
Mr. Dorrell: Under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993, the Millennium Commission may make grants to such projects as it considers appropriate to mark the year 2000 and the beginning of the third millennium. More detailed information on the kinds of project which the commission will fund can be found in the commission's guidelines for applicants, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Rhodri Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to his answer of 31 January, Official Report , column 619, if he will list the sponsor company which made the corresponding application to the Association for Business Sponsorship for the Arts for each of the cultural organisations or events listed in the answer.
Mr. Dorrell: The information requested is in the following table:
Organisation |Award £ |Sponsor company --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Theatr Bara Caws |4,000 |Cwmni'r Castell |7,200 |Penadur Y Faner |5,000 |Ffilmiau Elidir |10,000 |Delwyn Sion Dalier Sylw |4,000 |Cambrensis |5,000 |Atsain Ewrosgol |2,500 |Dime Goch Creu Cof |2,500 |Ffilmiau Matinee Cwmni Dawns Camre Cain |4,000 |Fflic Welsh International Film |3,000 |Y Wennol Festival |3,000 |Ffilmiau'r Ty Gwyn |4,000 |Eurofocus |5,000 |Ffilmiau'r Bont Wales Actors Company |4,750 |Tiger Bay Productions Arad Goch |4,000 |Pendefig Dyfed |2,000 |Intrada Hwyl a Fflag |7,500 |Ffilmiau Eryri |8,000 |FiTi-TiFi National Film and Video |6,500 |Hel Straeon Archive of Wales Clwyd Arts and Exhibition |3,000 |Ffilmiau Llifon Service Taliesin Trust |2,500 |Llun y Felin Theatr Gorllewin Morgannwg |7,500 |Dyffryn Barddas: Y Gymdeithas |2,000 |Cwmni'r Gannwyll Gerdd Dafod Theatr Had |2,000 |Mintai Model House Llantrisant |1,500 |Cartwn Cymru Rhiniog |1,500 |Ffilmiau Hiraethog
Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what measures he will take to enable television viewers in Clwyd to receive the Welsh television channels; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Dorrell: It is for the BBC, the Independent Television Commission and the Welsh Fourth Channel Authority to determine their own engineering priorities for the coverage of their television services in Wales within the resources they have available.
Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what percentage of television viewers in (a) Alyn and Deeside and (b) Clwyd can receive (i) BBC Wales, (ii) Harlech TV and (iii) Granada TV; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Dorrell: This information is not available in the form requested. The BBC, the Independent Television Commission and the Welsh Fourth Channel Authority respectively have responsibility for coverage of their television services in Wales. The Government have no independent figures.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list the occasions during the last five years when his Department or its agencies has taken legal action against a consultancy firm; and what were the reasons in each case.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 15 February 1995]: Since it was established in April 1992, neither my Department nor its agencies have taken legal action against a consultancy firm.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage pursuant to his answer of 19 January, Official Report , column 587 , how many appointments to public positions have been made by his Department in the last year.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 15 February 1995]: In 1994, my Department made 82 appointments. In addition, the Prime Minister made 40 appointments and Her Majesty the Queen made 23 appointments on the recommendations of my Department.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to extend the concessionary television licence scheme to cover all housing schemes which have the services of a warden who is either residential or on call.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 14 February 1995]: As indicated in paragraph 5.17 of the White Paper "The Future of the BBC" (Cm 2621) published in July 1994, the Government considers that any review of the concessionary scheme aimed at removing perceived anomalies would most likely have the effect of creating fresh ones. We therefore have no plans for any amendments to the concessionary scheme.
Mr. Battle: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what information he has on the average duration of cover received after claiming against a mortgage protection policy; and what discussions his Department has had with the insurance industry in respect of proposals to extend coverage of benefits beyond the present normal fixed period following Government plans to compel all new mortgagees to take out protection policies.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: The Government have no intention to compel purchase of mortgage protection insurance but wish to encourage personal responsibility wherever possible.
There have been no specific discussions with the insurance industry on extending maximum duration of mortgage protection benefit beyond what is currently available--commonly, a total of 12 months, but up to 24 months in some cases. New, more flexible products are anticipated to arise from wider take-up of the insurance.
The Government do not collect information on average claims duration. However, soundings taken by the Association of British Insurers suggest average claim payment periods, in excess of a typical 60-day waiting period, of six to eight months for unemployment, four to six months for sickness and five months for incapacity following an accident.
Mr. Allen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he last discussed conditional access to television channels with another EU member state; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ian Taylor: At the EU Telecommunications Council last November, conditional access was discussed in the context of the draft directive on standards for TV transmission. Agreement was reached on the regulation requiring all conditional access systems used with digital broadcasts to use a standardised scrambling algorithm.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the level of investment in the United Kingdom steel industry.
Mr. Eggar: The figures for treaty of Paris products are as follows:
Investment in the UK steel crude industry
(SIC 221 Iron and steel industry treaty of Paris definition)
Net capital expenditure (£ million) |1988 |1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 -------------------------------------------------------- Land and Buildings |11.6 |11.7 |9.4 |24.5 |18.8 Plant and Machinery |327.7|413.2|383.7|252.2|182.1 Vehicles |2.4 |3 |1.8 |-0.3 |0.8 Total |341.7|427.9|394.9|276.5|201.8 Source: Report on the census of production, PA221.
In addition, and perhaps more important, the industry has invested in its people and British Steel now spends some 5 per cent. of its employment costs on training. The United Kingdom has a world-class steel industry, but one which is far from complacent and is working with my Department to tackle a whole range of competitiveness issues.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what was the level of steel in (a) tonnes and (b) percentage terms imported into the United Kingdom from (i) the EU, (ii) east Europe, (iii) the Russian Federation, (iv) Turkey, (v) North America, (vi) Latin America and (vii) Asia in the last year for which figures are available.
Mr. Eggar: The information is in the table.
United Kingdom imports of steel 1993<1> |'000 |Percentage Source |tonnes |total --------------------------------------------------- EU 15<2> |4,305.6 |87.6 Eastern Europe<3> |131.5 |2.7 Former USSR<4> |89.6 |1.8 Turkey |n/a |n/a North America |46.9 |1.0 Latin America |36.4 |0.7 Asia |75.4 |1.5 Others |231.5 |4.7 World |4,916.9 |100 Source: Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau. <1> Products of the steel industry in the Standard Industrial classification (1980), groups 221, 222 and 223. <2> EU includes Austria, Finland and Sweden. <3> Not including former USSR. <4> Figures for Russian Federation alone are not available. n/a: not available.
Mr. Whitney: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about his Department's
Column 794plans for strengthening the enforcement of European Coal and Steel Community rules on the provision of subsidies to steel producers.
Mr. Eggar: I am determined to fight for a level playing field for the United Kingdom steel industry. The exceptional granting of state aid to steel producers in countries such as Italy, Spain and Germany must be rigorously monitored. The Commission has the central role of ensuring that state aid is used only for the agreed purpose of restructuring, but this is a considerable task. It is also important to watch developments which have not yet been considered in the European Council, such as those in Ireland and Germany. I am therefore setting up the steel subsidies monitoring committee to help gather information--including any evidence of illegal subsidies--and to pass this on to the Commission for action. The committee will include representatives of British Steel, the British Iron and Steel Producers Association, Department of Trade and Industry and other Government Departments.
Mr. French: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when a consultative document will be published on the review of the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Acts.
Mr. Eggar: A consultative document on the review of the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Acts is published today. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House, and further copies can be obtained from my Department.
As I announced to the House on 2 December 1993, Official Report, columns 735 36 , the review has a remit to establish what amendment, revision or reform is needed to the powers to grant compulsory access to minerals in order to provide an integrated regime for all minerals for the next century. Following the privatisation of the coal industry, the special procedures which are available to opencast coal operators--and not to other operators--will expire on 31 December 1999. Subsequently, the procedures for opencast coal are to be unified with the general regime contained in the mines (Working Facilities and Support) Acts. In considering the issues, the review is to have regard to the need to exploit the country's mineral resources, to the perception that the current general procedures are expensive and time-consuming and to the need to protect the rights of landowners. The consultative document takes into account representations received following the announcement of the review. It puts forward options on a number of issues which are of concern to those involved in, or likely to be affected by, mineral development activities. It covers the need for rights of compulsory access, and their nature: the system that should be used to determine applications for the grant of such rights; the criteria to be employed; the compensation to be payable; the relationship with the system for determining land planning applications; and a number of subsidiary issues. Views on the issues and options set out in the consultative document, and any others relevant to this review, are requested to reach my Department by 31 July 1995.
Mr. French: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on progress towards the implementation of the third Council directive on non-life insurance, 92/49/EEC and the third Council directive on life assurance, 92/96/EEC by the other states of the European Economic Area.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: According to information currently available Finland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden have still to complete their implementation of the directives. To the extent that these states have not fully or substantially implemented the directives, the provisions of regulation 71 of the Insurance Companies (Third Insurance Directives) Regulations 1994 or regulation 15 of the Insurance Companies (Amendment) Regulations 1994 will apply to any insurance company whose head office is in one of these states. Such companies will continue to require authorisation under the Insurance Companies Act 1982 to carry on direct insurance business in the United Kingdom. They will also still be required to submit returns to the Department, in accordance with the Insurance Companies (Accounts and Statements) Regulations 1983, in respect of their UK business.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the occasions during the last five years when his Department or its agencies has taken legal action against a consultancy firm; and what were the reasons in each case.
Mr. Heseltine [holding answer 15 February 1995]: No central records are kept, but as far as I can ascertain, on
Column 796no occasion during the last five years has my Department or its agencies taken legal action against a firm providing consultancy services to the Department.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the expected expenditure under the single regeneration budget in 1995 96 and what was the annual expenditure in each of the last five years for each of the schemes that have been incorporated into the single regeneration budget (a) nationally and (b) in Birmingham; and what proportion of those budgets has been spent and will be spent on housing investment.
Mr. Curry: Planned single regeneration budget expenditure in 1995 96 is £1,331.5 million. Expenditure nationally and in Birmingham in each of the last five years for each of the programmes brought together in the SRB is set out in tables A and B.
The proportion spent each year on the specific housing programmes--estate action and housing action trusts--which are now part of the SRB is set out in table C. Housing investment is also achieved through the urban development corporations, city challenge, English Partnerships and from 1995--96 new SRB partnership schemes, although the proportions of these programmes' total budgets spent on housing investment cannot easily be separated out.
The whole purpose of the SRB is to promote an integrated approach to development with the local parties defining their priorities.
Table A-Expenditure on SRB programmes nationally £ million |1994-95 |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |estimated |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) UDCs and Docklands Light Railway |607.2 |601.8 |515.0 |371.2 |296.6 English Partnership<1> (URA) |117.4 |97.4 |151.5 |152.9 |193.0 Housing Action Trusts- |10.1 |26.5 |78.1 |90.7 Other SRB Estate Action |180.0 |267.5 |348.0 |357.4 |372.6 City Challenge<2> |- |- |52.1 |206.6 |212.7 Urban Programme |225.8 |237.5 |236.2 |166.5 |77.2 Task Forces |20.9 |20.5 |23.6 |18.0 |16.0 Business Start-Up Scheme<3> |*113.1 |*90.1 |62.1 |82.9 |70.1 Local Initiative Fund |9.9 |48.2 |49.7 |47.7 |28.6 Compacts |5.8 |5.5 |5.4 |5.7 |5.7 Teacher Placement Service |- |3.7 |3.4 |3.3 |3.3 Education Business Partnerships |0.7 |3.2 |2.0 |1.7 |1.4 TEC Challenge |- |- |- |9.1 |4.3 Programme Development Fund<3> |*2.1 |1.9 |3.5 |2.9 |3.3 Regional Enterprise Grants |8.4 |7.3 |5.8 |8.2 |11.7 Section 11 programme (part) |74.1 |61.8 |70.9 |74.8 |60.5 Ethnic Minorities Grant |- |- |4.0 |5.4 |5.7 Safer Cities |- |- |- |- |2.0 Ethnic Minority Business Initiative |0.4 |0.4 |0.3 |0.6 |0.6 GEST 19 |- |- |3.3 |6.1 |4.3 City Action Terms |7.7 |8.4 |4.6 |3.4 |0.4 Total SRB |1,373.5 |1,465.3 |1,567.9 |1,602.5 |1,460.7 Notes: <1> English Partnerships figures include English Estates, City Grant and Derelict Land Grant. <2> City Challenge-an additional £19 million per year is provided from Housing Corporation provision. <3> *=pro rata expenditure on related programmes.
Table B-Expenditure on SRB programmes in Birmingham £ million |1994-95 |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |estimated |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) UDCs |- |- |5.412 |10.191 |7.000 English Partnerships<1> (URA) |6.467 |4.934 |4.507 |2.673 |2.600 Housing Action Trusts |- |- |- |2,000 |6.000 Other SRB Estate Action |8.074 |15.476 |15.780 |19.100 |26.404 City Challenge |- |- |- |6.921 |7.823 Urban Programme |21.808 |21.955 |21.819 |13.829 |6.966 Task Forces |0.782 |1.089 |1.532 |1.449 |1.238 Business Start-Up Scheme |<2>0.356 |3.866 |4.062 |2.282 |1.172 Local Initiative Fund |<2>0.122 |1.232 |0.472 |0.661 |0.431 Compacts |<2>0.005 |0.109 |0.100 |0.059 |0.050 Teacher Placement Service |- |0.032 |0.054 |0.052 |0.052 Education Business Partnerships |- |0.030 |0.020 |0.024 |0.025 TEC Challenge |- |- |- |0.286 |0.105 Programme Development Fund |0.063 |0.033 |0.150 |0.155 |0.098 Regional Enterprise Grants |- |- |0.007 |0.065 |0.425 Section II programme (part) |6.539 |7.660 |7.446 |7.991 |5.714 Ethnic Minorities Grant |- |- |0.050 |0.052 |0.017 Safer Cities |- |- |- |- |- Ethnic Minority Business Initiative |0.030 |0.053 |0.044 |0.076 |0.055 GEST 19 |- |- |0.162 |0.238 |0.408 City Action Teams |0.790 |0.940 |0.500 |0.413 |- Total |45.036 |57.409 |62.117 |68.517 |66.583 Notes: <1> English Partnerships figures include City Grant and Derelict Land Grant but exclude English Estates. <2> Figures for 1990-91 for BSUS, LIF and Compacts relate only to expenditure from October 1990, the date at which Birmingham TEC became operational.
Table C-Proportion spent on Estate Action and Housing Action Trusts Percentages |1994-95 |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |estimated|1995-96 |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn |outturn |plans --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nationally |13.1 |18.9 |23.9 |27.2 |31.7 |30.3 Birmingham |17.9 |27.0 |25.4 |30.8 |48.7 |51.2
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment to what extent the Rural Development Commission advised on bids made under the single regeneration budget.
Mr. Curry: Government offices for the regions were responsible for making recommendations to Ministers on SRB bids taking account of comments from the Rural Development Commission as appropriate. Where, for example, the Rural Development Commission was a party to the bid, it was not consulted.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the conclusions of the meeting with the standing strategic group for construction on 7 February on legislation to enact the Latham report; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: My right hon. and noble Friend the Minister of State and I agreed with representatives of the construction industry and their clients on 7 February to set up a construction industry board. The first task of
Column 798the board--which will be chaired by Sir Michael Latham--will be to take forward proposals of the Latham report for restructuring the construction process.
We have noted the extent of industry support for legislation, on the basis of which we intend to move to the next stage of full public consultation on detailed proposals. The board will provide a channel to Government for industry and client comment on any legislation proposals.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when his planning inspector's report from the public inquiry into the City of Plymouth local plan first alteration 1992 will be published.
Sir Paul Beresford: The inspector's report on objections to the Plymouth city council local plan--first alteration--was issued to the council on 30 December 1994. I understand that the council is currently considering when to publish the report. I have asked the Planning Inspectorate's chief executive to write to the hon. Member.
Column 799Letter from C. J. Shepley to Mr. Gary Streeter, dated 14 February 1995.
The Secretary of State for the Environment has asked me to reply to your question about the Inspector's report from the public inquiry into the City of Plymouth local plan first alteration 1992.
The report was issued to the Council on 30 December 1994 and I understand that the Council is currently considering when to publish it.
Mrs. Maddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many households currently on social housing waiting lists have been waiting for more than (a) six months, (b) a year, (c) two years, (d) three years, (e) five years and (f) 10 years in each region of England;
(2) what is the total number of households currently on social housing waiting lists in each region of England.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: Local authorities in England report the number of households on their council housing waiting lists in their annual housing investment programme returns.
Figures for each region, as at 1 April 1994, can be found in section B of the "1994 HIP1 All Items Print", a copy of which is in the Library.
Information on the length of time households have been on waiting lists is not collected centrally.
Mrs. Maddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how much of the 1994 95 approved development programme funding was allocated to (a) each region and (b) each housing authority area in England and Wales; and what is the allocation for 1995 96; (2) how much of the 1994 95 housing investment programme funding was allocated to (a) each region and (b) each housing authority area in England and Wales; and what is the allocation for 1995 96.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: The information requested for England is in the Library. For information about Wales I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for Wales.