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Cost of advertising since 1979 on all forms of advertising in 1994 prices (£) Year |£ --------------------------------------- 1979-80 |<2>175,296 1980-81 |<2>6,867,309 1981-82 |<2>4,395,776 1982-83 |<2>6,186,195 1983-84 |<2>4,754,533 1984-85 |<2>3,254,828 1985-86 |20,621,583 1986-87 |53,241,911 1987-88 |40,706,040 1988-89 |30,229,606 1989-90 |21,797,896 1990-91 |12,293,720 1991-92 |14,039,415 1992-93 |5,584,560 1993-94 |8,441,609 Notes: <1> The 1979-80 total does not include expenditure by the former Manpower Services Commission as the figure is not available. <2> The 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84 and 1984-85 totals do not include expenditure by the Health and Safety Executive as figures are not available.
The total advertising budget for the Department in 1994 95 is £11, 250,000 and for HSE £1,200,000.
During the period from 1985 to 1990, the Department launched a number of major campaigns, including the promotion of youth training, employment training, restart and enterprise allowance by the Manpower Services Commission; and action for jobs by the Department.
Ms. Mowlam: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts In Northern Ireland in the past five years were subsequently released without charge.
K |No. of persons|No. released |Percentage Year |detained |without charge|without charge --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |1,549 |1,177 |76 1991 |1,680 |1,294 |77 1992 |1,795 |1,335 |74 1993 |1,641 |1,259 |77 1994<1> |1,328 |1,009 |76 <1> January-September inclusive only. Figures are not yet available for the final quarter of 1994.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost to his Department's budget, and to local authorities' self-financed expenditure in 1995 96 of implementing in full the recommendations of (a) the School Teachers Review Body; (b) the Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration; and (c) the Review Body on Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine, assuming no changes in staff numbers.
Mr. Moss: The remit of the School Teachers Review Body does not extend to Northern Ireland, where the pay and conditions of service of school teachers are dealt with in local negotiating machinery. Estimated costs of implementing the recommendations of the other review bodies are as follows:
|Main pay |Estimated |increase |pay bill cost<1> |Per cent. |£ million ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DDRB (doctors and dentists)<2> |2.5-3.0 |4.4 NPRB (nurse and midwives) |1.5-3.0<3> |3.9-7.9 (PAM's) |1.5-3.0<3> |0.5-0.9 <1> Pay bill costings include employers' national insurance and superannuation payments. <2> Plus up to 2.5 per cent. on average salaries for consultants under transitional local pay arrangements. <3> Comprising 1 per cent. on national pay scales and the NPRB estimate of additional amounts likely to result from local pay negotiations.
Mr. Beith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what financial costs and benefits and other effects on business concerns in the United Kingdom are expected as a result of the transfer of the role of the fire authorities in determining fire safety standards in new and altered or extended buildings to the building control authorities, as recommended in the interdepartmental review of fire safety legislation and enforcement; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Garrett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what criteria are used in appointing members to objective 5b monitoring committees; and if he will list those appointments already made and the interests they represent.
Mr. Eggar: The structural funds regulations require monitoring committees to be set up within partnerships established between the member state, the competent authorities and bodies designed by the member state at national, regional, local or other level, and the European Commission. So far four of the 11 objective 5b United Kingdom monitoring committees have met.
In addition to representatives of central Government, training and enterprise councils or local enterprise companies, and local authorities, the Government have designated or will designate to each committee other organisations following local consultation. They could be from, for example, the private sector, tourism and development organisations, further and higher education, rural bodies and the voluntary sector.
Column 748The following is a full list of organisations represented on the committee for the East Anglia objective 5b area, the one closest to the hon. Member's constituency:
The regional director of the Government office.
One representative each from:
Department of the Environment
Department of Trade and Industry
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Norfolk and Waveney TEC
Standing Conference of East Anglian Local Authorities
Rural Development Commission
Further Education Funding Council
East Anglian Cooperative Development Association
Two private sector bodies.
Mrs. Maddock: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of those accepted for fast-stream entry for which his Department is responsible (a) in 1991, (b) 1992, (c) in 1993 and (d) in 1994 were women.
Mr. Heseltine: For the years 1991 and 1992, I refer the hon. Member to the annual report of the Civil Service Commissioners for those years, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. Successful candidates for the fast-stream entry competitions assigned to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1993 and 1994 were as follows:
|Total |Per cent. |assigned |Women |women -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1993 Administration trainee/higher executive officer (development) |11 |3 |27 1994 AT/HEO(D) |9 |2 |22 1993 Science management trainee/higher scientific officer (development) |3 |1 |33 1994 SMT/HSO(D) |2 |1 |50 1993 Economic assistants |7 |3 |43 1994 Economic assistants |7 |2 |29 1993 Assistant statisticians and trainee statisticians |6 |2 |33 1994 Assistant statisticians and trainee statisticians |4 |0 |0
Column 749policy in respect of the takeover of United Kingdom industry by foreign firms with particular reference to those from the east Asian region.
Mr. Wareing: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what communications he has received from the European Commission in respect of the activities of Inntrepreneur Estates Ltd; how many communications have been in respect of the firm's application for exemption from EU regulations under article 85 of the treaty of Rome; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade has not received any communication from the European Commission in respect of the activities of Inntrepreneur Estates Ltd. However, he has been kept fully informed of the Commission's concerns with regard to the discounts offered by the major brewers, and the Commission's decision to allow the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate the issue before coming to a decision regarding the Inntrepreneur application for individual exemption of its standard lease.
Mr. Wilson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to help ensure that floating platform systems built in UK yards are in a position to compete effectively for orders in UK sector waters.
Mr. Eggar: My Department established a working group on floating production systems last year and the group has now made positive proposals which when implemented will strengthen the competitiveness of UK yards and other suppliers in this sector. The group's report has now been published and its recommendations are being pursued with the industry.
Mr. Boyes: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list all White Papers, Green Papers and pamphlets issued by his Department or agencies for which it is responsible in 1994, giving in each case the total cost to the Exchequer of their production, publication and distribution; and what was the total equivalent cost in 1980.
Mr. Heseltine [holding answer 2 March 1995]: In 1994, my Department, with the exception of its agencies, produced 361 external publications. As there is no generally accepted definition of the term "pamphlet", I have placed a list of all these publications in the Library of the House, along with the estimated cost--£2.2 million--for the nine months to December for which data is available. The list includes White Papers and a Green Paper published for my Department by HMSO. Equivalent information for 1980 is not available.
In respect of White Papers, Green Papers and other publications published by HMSO, HMSO aims to recover their costs from sales revenue.
As regards DTI agencies, the production of publications is an operational matter for the chief executives.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many two- star officers and above are entitled to a dedicated staff car and driver; where the officers are based; what make of car is provided; and what is the total annual cost in salaries, maintenance and car replacement.
Mr. Soames [pursuant to his answer, 22 February 1995, Official Report , c. 252 55 ]: At two-star rank and above, there are currently 109 posts in the armed forces and my Department, including civilians, who are entitled to a dedicated staff car and driver. These are:
Number |Post |Location ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posts open to more than one service 5* posts 1 |Chief of the Defence Staff |London 2 |Chair of the Military |Brussels | Committee 4* posts 3 |Vice Chief of Defence Staff |London 3* posts 4 |United Kingdom Military |Brussels | Representative 5 |Deputy Chief of Defence |London | Staff (Commitments) 6 |Deputy Chief of Defence |London | Staff (Personnel and | Programmes) 7 |Deputy Chief of Defence |London | Staff (Systems) 8 |Chief of Defence |London | Intelligence 9 |Surgeon General |London 10 |Commandant Royal College |London | of Defence Studies 2* posts 11 |Commander of British |Episkopi | Forces Cyprus 12 |Head of British Defence |Washington | Liaison Staff 13 |Assistant Chief of Staff |Mons | (Policy) Royal Navy 4* posts 14 |Chief of the Naval Staff |London 15 |Chief Naval Home |Portsmouth | Command/2nd Sea Lord 16 |Commander in Chief Fleet |Northwood 3* posts 17 |Controller of the Navy |London 18 |Chief of Fleet Support |Bath 19 |Deputy Commander in |Northwood | Chief Fleet 20 |Flag Officer Plymouth |Plymouth 21 |Flag Officer Scotland, |Pitreavie | Northern England and | Northern Ireland 22 |Flag Officer Surface |Portsmouth | Flotilla 23 |Commandant General |Portsmouth | Royal Marines 24 |Deputy Supreme Allied |Virginia | Commander Atlantic 25 |Chief of Staff NAVSOUTH |Naples 2* posts 26 |Director General Naval |Portsmouth | Personnel Strategy and | Plans 27 |Flag Officer Submarines |Northwood 28 |Flag Officer Portsmouth |Portsmouth 29 |Flag Officer Training and |Portsmouth | Recruiting 30 |Commander British Forces |Gibraltar 31 |Flag Officer Sea Training |Portland 32 |Flag Officer Naval Aviation |Yeovilton 33 |Naval Secretary |Portsmouth 34 |Commander United |Portsmouth | Kingdom Task Group 35 |Medical Director General |Gosport | (Naval) Army 4* posts 36 |Chief of General Staff |London 37 |Adjutant General |Upavon 38 |Commander in Chief |Wilton | United Kingdom Land | Forces 39 |Deputy Supreme Allied |Mons | Commander Europe 40 |Master General of the |London | Ordnance 3* posts 41 |Quartermaster General |Andover 42 |Inspector General Doctrine |Upavon | and Training 43 |Deputy Commander in |Wilton | Chief United Kingdom | Land Forces/Inspector | General Territorial Army 44 |General Officer |Aldershot | Commanding Southern | District 45 |General Officer |Lisburn | Commanding Northern | Ireland 46 |Commander ACE Rapid |Rheindahlen | Reaction Corps 2* posts 47 |Director General Military |Feltham | Survey 48 |Engineer in Chief (Army) |Minley 49 |Director General Land |Upavon | Warfare 50 |Director General Army |Upavon | Training 51 |Commandant Staff College |Camberley 52 |Commandant Royal |Shrivenham | Military College of Science 53 |Commandant Royal |Camberley | Military Academy | Sandhurst 54 |Director Royal Armoured |Bovington | Corps 55 |Director Royal Artillery |Larkhill 56 |Director of Infantry |Warminster 57 |Director Army Air Aviation |M. Wallop 58 |Military Secretary |London 59 |Chief of Staff HQ Adjutant |Upavon | General Corps 60 |Director General Logistics (Army)|Andover | Support 61 |Director General Equipment |Andover | Support (Army) 62 |Director General Army |Mychett | Medical Service 63 |General Officer |York | Commanding Eastern | District 64 |General Officer |London | Commanding London | District 65 |General Officer |Shrewsbury | Commanding Wales and | Western District 66 |General Officer |Edinburgh | Commanding Scotland 67 |Commander 3rd (UK) |Bulford | Division 68 |Commander United |Rheindahlen | Kingdom Support | Command Germany 69 |Commander 1st Division |Herford | (UK) Armoured Division 70 |Chief of Staff HQ ACE |Rheindahlen | Rapid Reaction Corps 71 |Chief Combat Support ACE |Rheindahlen | Rapid Reaction Corps 72 |Director Support Land |Heidelberg | Centre 73 |Commander British Forces |Hong Kong 74 |Commander Land Forces |Lisburn | Northern Ireland 75 |Chief of Staff HQ |Andover | Quartermaster General Royal Air Force 4* posts 76 |Chief of the Air Staff |London 77 |Air Officer Commanding in |Innsworth | Chief HQ Personnel and | Training Command 78 |Air Officer Commanding in |Brampton | Chief HQ Logistic | Command 79 |Air Officer Commanding in |High | Chief HQ Strike Command |Wycombe 80 |Deputy Commander in |Brunssum | Chief Central Europe 81 |Controller Aircraft |London 82 |Commander HQ Allied Air |High | Forces North West Europe |Wycombe 3* posts 83 |Chief of Staff HQ Strike |High | Command |Wycombe 84 |Chief of Staff HQ Logistic |Brampton | Command 85 |Director General Saudi |Riyadh | Armed Forces Project 86 |Air Officer Commanding |Northwood | 18 Group 2* posts 87 |Air Secretary |Innsworth 88 |Chief of Staff HQ |Innsworth | Personnel and Training | Command 89 |Deputy Commander |Messtetten | Messtetten 90 |Air Officer Commanding |Brampton | Information Systems and | Signals Unit 91 |Air Officer Engineering and |High | Supply |Wycombe 92 |Air Officer Commanding 1 |Benson | Group 93 |Air Officer Commanding 2 | Group 94 |Air Officer Commanding |B. Priory | 11 Group 95 |Air Officer Commanding |High | 38 Group |Wycombe 96 |Air Officer Training |Innsworth 97 |Air Officer Maintenance |Brampton | and Air Officer | Commanding Maintenance | Units 98 |Commandant RAF Staff |Bracknell | College Bracknell 99 |Commandant RAF College |Cranwell | Cranwell 100 |Director General Medical |Innsworth | Services (RAF) 101 |Director General Policy and |London | Plans 102 |Air Officer Administration |High | and Air Officer |Wycombe | Commanding Directly | Administered Units 103 |Director General Support |Brampton | Management (RAF) MoD civilians 104 |Permanent Under Secretary |London | of State 105 |Chief Scientific Adviser |London 106 |2nd Permanent Under |London | Secretary of State 107 |Chief of Defence |London | Procurement 108 |Deputy Chief Scientific |London | Adviser 109 |Head of Defence Export |London | Services
The total estimated cost of the driver posts for the financial year 1993 94 is approximately £2.2 million. Entitled officers normally have the use of a Rover 800 car, although particular local circumstances, security requirements, command roles and topography might necessitate additional vehicles being used. The total costs of car maintenance are not separately identifiable, however the available data suggests that the likely annual cost is in the region of £300 per vehicle per annum. The total annual cost of car replacement for the last three years is as follows:
1992 93: 131 vehicles bought costing £1.7 million
1993 94: Seven vehicles bought costing £100,000
1994 95: no vehicles bought.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department or companies and organisations controlled by his Department began discussions with the Malaysian Government on advice, support, contracts or consultancy relating to the construction of naval or air bases in that country; and if the construction of such bases has commenced.
Column 754requirement or convention, defence export sales are generally conducted through agents or consultants.
Mr. Freeman: The British Government do not employ business agents in the negotiation of Government-to-Government defence export contracts. I cannot comment on other countries' requirements or conventions on the use of agents or consultants in defence export sales.
Mr. Soames: At present the Hong Kong garrison comprises 2,087 United Kingdom military personnel and 788 locally engaged military personnel supported by 101 UK based civilians and 631 locally engaged civilians. All locally engaged military personnel and civilians will be discharged from Crown service by 30 June 1997. All UK-based military personnel and civilians will return to the UK.
Mr. Freeman: I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox) by my colleague the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 30 November 1994, Official Report, column 775. He said that as a major customer of the construction industry the Ministry of Defence is keen to pursue any initiatives which may improve the efficiency of the industry and deliver better value for money. My Department constantly aims to be a best practice client and we therefore welcomed Sir Michael's report. Officials in my Department are actively involved in the follow-up work to the Latham report which is being co-ordinated by the Department of the Environment, and also the efficiency scrutiny into construction procurement announced by the Prime Minister on 13 September last year, which inform the Government response to Sir Michael's recommendations.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women applied for career breaks in his Department or its agencies; and how many have had their employment terminated in the last five years.
Mr. Freeman: Since 1 March 1990, 13 men and 788 women in my Department have applied for and been granted a career break. Of the men, six are still on their break, five have been reinstated and two terminated after the career break. Of the women, 603 are still on their break, 147 have been reinstated and 38 terminated after the career break.
Mr. Soames: My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence discussed Chechnya with a number of his NATO counterparts, most recently at the Wehrkunde conference in Germany on 4 to 5 February.
Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what information his Department requires from a potential seller in considering whether or not to grant an exemption certificate to sell a bird listed in appendix I of the convention on international trade in endangered species;
(2) what methods his Department uses to monitor the sale of the species of birds listed in appendix I of CITES and annex C1 of EC regulation 3626/82; and if his Department regularly monitors the bird trade journals.
details of the vendor, including where appropriate any convictions under wildlife legislation;
details of the specimen to be sold, including any identifying marks or rings;
details about the origin and date of acquisition of the specimen, including any information relating to captive breeding;
The applicant must also sign a declaration to state that the information provided is correct and complete to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief.
The police are primarily responsible for enforcing controls on the sale of wildlife within Great Britain. They monitor relevant trade and local publications selectively to identify potential offences. My Department checks
Column 756advertisements in several national journals and passes details of any potential offences to the police. The Department's wildlife inspectorate also looks out for any evidence of sales offences.
Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many exemption certificates have been issued for the sale of Livingstone's Turacos--Tauraco livingstonii--in each of the last four years, including 1995 to date; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many Livingstone's Turacos--Tauraco livingstonii--have been imported into the United Kingdom in each of the last four years including 1995; and if he will indicate the origins of such birds.
Sir Paul Beresford: The Department's records show that in the last four years we did not issue any sales exemptions for this species and that we did not grant any permits to import specimens to Great Britain from countries outside the European Community. We understand that some confusion may exist about the rules concerning several species in the genus Tauraco, and we shall be issuing advice to traders shortly.
Ms Primarolo: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps have been taken in the United Kingdom under the EU's fifth environmental action programme to develop pilot systems of environmentally adjusted national accounts.
Sir Paul Beresford: My Department is to participate in a project led by the Central Statistical Office to develop a pilot system of satellite accounts linked to the input/output framework of national accounts. This work is broadly consistent with the proposals in the fifth environmental action programme but is not being carried out specifically in response to it. The programme is not itself a legislative instrument and therefore does not automatically create binding legal obligations on member states.
My predecessor responded to the committee's main recommendations on 28 November 1991, Official Report column 577 , accepting that the proposed noise insulation regulations for new railway lines should include separate daytime and night time standards derived from the single standard already provided in the Noise Insulation Regulations 1975, as amended in the case of new roads. Other issues identified by the committee were further examined with the assistance of Dr. Mitchell and other experts and draft noise insulation regulations for new railways were issued for consultation in October 1993. Draft regulations will be laid before Parliament as soon as decisions have been taken on the response.
Mr. Roger Evans: The 1986 proposal would have prevented the payment of income-related benefits until the claimant had been resident for 12 months. This would have discriminated in favour of British citizens who did not leave the United Kingdom, would have excluded citizens of the Irish Republic and would probably have been in breach of our international obligations.
The habitual residence test does not impose an absolute ban on the payment of benefit for a fixed period, does not discriminate on grounds of nationality and does not breach our international obligations. It is based on individual circumstances which take into account the following factors: the claimant's intentions; the claimant's reasons for coming to the United Kingdom; the claimant's employment record; the length and continuity of residence in another country and the claimant's centre of interest.
Mr. Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 7 February, Official Report column 213 14 , if he will list for each of the three Benefits Agency offices within the Newham Benefits Agency district (a) the number of people to whom the habitual residence test has been applied and (b) the number of people who have been refused income support as a result of the habitual residence test in each month since its introduction, broken down to show the number of British nationals, EU nationals, and others refused.
Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr Stephen Timms, dated 2 March 1995:
The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the number of people who have been refused Income Support as a result of the habitual residency test in the three offices of the Benefits Agency's Newham District.
The information provided in the Official Report Vol 254 col 213 4 has since been updated and I have therefore provided data at Annex A for the period up to 31 January 1995. Information has been given in respect of the three offices located at Stratford, Canning Town and Plaistow in the Newham District.
I hope you find this reply helpful.
Annex A: Newham district by branch office habitual residence test August 1994-January 1995 Number of Customers Refused IS |Number of |customers subject to Month |the HRT |British Nationals |EU Nationals |Others ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Stratford August 1994 |6 |0 |5 |0 September 1994 |21 |0 |20 |0 October 1994 |20 |0 |20 |0 November 1994 |42 |0 |29 |0 December 1994 |54 |15 |10 |3 January 1995 |33 |4 |6 |3 Plaistow August 1994 |0 |0 |0 |0 September 1994 |18 |3 |12 |0 October 1994 |28 |10 |10 |0 November 1994 |43 |9 |12 |2 December 1994 |20 |4 |3 |1 January 1995 |26 |3 |3 |0 Canning Town August 1994 |13 |1 |5 |0 September 1994 |13 |5 |2 |0 October 1994 |24 |8 |2 |2 November 1994 |13 |3 |2 |1 December 1994 |15 |7 |3 |0 January 1995 |12 |1 |0 |0
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many (a) men and (b) women applied for career breaks in his Department or its agencies; and how many have had their employment terminated in the last five years.
Mr. Hague: The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Those staff on career breaks remain employed by the Department during their absence and would only have
Column 758their employment terminated in exceptional circumstances, for example, on grounds of misconduct.