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Column 20period during which progressively reducing volumes of imports would be allowed;
to allow imports for recovery, while taking steps to ban imports for disposal under the guise of recovery--so called "sham recovery". Subject to responses to consultation, it is our aim to publish the plan later in the spring.
Mr. Forth: The DFE's Department annual disabled person's return for 1994 shows that the number of registered disabled people employed by the Department is 60, representing 2.9 per cent. of the total. This figure refers only to staff who are registered disabled. There are disabled people employed by the Department who chose not to register, and therefore do not appear in the figures.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what considerations underlie the policy of requiring a compulsory act of worship for those school students who are older than the statutory age for school attendance.
Mr. Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when she expects to answer the letters from the hon. Member for Bradford, South of 17 October 1994 and 27 January 1995 concerning Mr. Michael Johnson.
Mr. Robin Squire: The letters received holding replies dated 2 November 1994 and 15 February 1995 respectively. A substantive reply to Mr. Johnson's request for the Secretary of State to intervene in his case was sent on 2 March 1995 and, as promised, a copy was sent to the hon. Member for Bradford, South.
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (1) if she will publish a table showing (a) the number and (b) the proportion of overseas students studying for a first degree in every university in the United Kingdom (i) in 1994 95 and (ii) in 1984 85; (2) if she will publish a table showing (a) the number and (b) the proportion of overseas students studying for a first degree in every university in the United Kingdom (i) in 1994 95 and (ii) in 1984 85.
Column 22and for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland have responsibility for data on students studying in those countries.
Numbers of full-time overseas domiciled students<1> studying at English Universities 1984-85 1993-94 Undergraduates Postgraduates Undergraduates Postgraduates |As |As |As |As |Overseas |percentage |Overseas |percentage |Overseas |percentage |Overseas |percentage |students |of all U/Gs |students<1> |of all P/Gs |students |of all U/Gs |students |of all P/Gs Former UFC Institutions Aston |150 |5 |156 |27 |257 |6 |103 |26 Bath |139 |5 |171 |26 |559 |12 |173 |23 Birmingham |357 |5 |451 |32 |882 |8 |1,085 |36 Bradford |191 |5 |249 |39 |594 |11 |428 |53 Bristol |243 |4 |135 |17 |997 |12 |438 |27 Brunel |41 |2 |224 |49 |397 |9 |280 |33 Cambridge |606 |6 |652 |30 |864 |8 |1,723 |43 City |314 |14 |310 |40 |585 |18 |487 |34 Durham |112 |3 |123 |19 |242 |4 |229 |22 East Anglia |286 |8 |191 |31 |533 |10 |281 |26 Essex |403 |17 |316 |54 |815 |21 |530 |54 Exeter |144 |3 |175 |27 |380 |6 |462 |35 Hull |101 |2 |220 |38 |651 |10 |482 |40 Keele |258 |11 |47 |14 |497 |11 |168 |19 Kent |582 |16 |197 |43 |1,299 |24 |482 |44 Lancaster |121 |3 |218 |38 |802 |12 |439 |38 Leeds |563 |6 |607 |35 |1,275 |9 |1,059 |40 Leicester |89 |2 |111 |13 |635 |10 |388 |22 Liverpool |227 |3 |219 |23 |597 |6 |367 |24 London Business School |0 |0 |51 |22 |0 |0 |214 |48 London University |3,569 |12 |3,604 |37 |7,590 |17 |6,256 |41 Loughborough |227 |5 |352 |45 |572 |8 |330 |31 Manchester Business School |0 |0 |46 |21 |0 |0 |174 |77 Manchester University |536 |6 |457 |26 |1,272 |10 |995 |38 Manchester Institute of Science and Technology |432 |15 |522 |49 |965 |22 |753 |54 Newcastle |474 |7 |370 |34 |789 |8 |678 |39 Nottingham |270 |4 |158 |16 |912 |10 |529 |31 Oxford |553 |6 |793 |32 |923 |9 |1,783 |45 Reading |271 |6 |504 |43 |860 |12 |1,014 |49 Salford |479 |15 |275 |63 |555 |10 |355 |50 Sheffield |239 |4 |269 |26 |1,268 |12 |815 |36 Southampton |227 |4 |297 |29 |522 |7 |459 |30 Surrey |209 |8 |214 |35 |580 |14 |411 |42 Sussex |362 |11 |300 |35 |1,100 |18 |477 |34 Warwick |275 |6 |166 |25 |1,069 |14 |810 |44 York |85 |3 |111 |19 |264 |6 |276 |28 Former PCFC Institutions Anglia Polytechnic University |83 |3 |1 |3 |605 |8 |21 |12 Bournemouth University |30 |2 |0 |0 |140 |2 |111 |35 Coventry University |263 |9 |15 |25 |1,734 |16 |270 |50 Cranfield University |89 |2 |4 |4 |79 |59 |384 |38 De Montfort University |12 |11 |401 |32 |480 |3 |200 |32 Hertfordshire University |142 |2 |31 |10 |757 |8 |130 |23 Kingston University |152 |4 |15 |12 |713 |8 |43 |8 Leeds Metropolitan University |135 |3 |35 |13 |509 |5 |150 |20 Liverpool John Moores University |292 |6 |33 |9 |550 |5 |66 |15 London Guildhall |269 |4 |19 |6 |263 |4 |22 |11 Luton University |63 |11 |0 |0 |89 |1 |11 |6 Manchester Metropolitan University |202 |2 |20 |4 |951 |5 |109 |8 Middlesex University |927 |14 |26 |14 |1,959 |16 |121 |16 Nottingham Trent University |141 |2 |3 |3 |709 |5 |49 |9 Oxford Brookes University |136 |3 |36 |10 |939 |14 |136 |20 Sheffield Hallam University |65 |1 |29 |9 |331 |2 |84 |12 South Bank University |273 |6 |29 |14 |639 |6 |118 |14 Staffordshire University |133 |3 |9 |7 |422 |5 |130 |34 Thames Valley University |346 |12 |31 |18 |409 |6 |39 |28 University of Brighton |231 |5 |22 |10 |668 |8 |41 |13 University of Central England, Birmingham |120 |3 |8 |3 |466 |5 |75 |11 University of Central |Lancashire |74 |2 |1 |3 |134 |1 |14 |4 University of Derby |111 |7 |0 |0 |159 |2 |30 |14 University of East London |1,318 |26 |46 |33 |1,179 |14 |76 |23 University of Greenwich |333 |9 |7 |16 |601 |6 |26 |4 University of Huddersfield |178 |4 |1 |11 |374 |5 |60 |10 University of Humberside |275 |10 |12 |18 |457 |5 |76 |32 University of North London |376 |8 |28 |17 |374 |5 |30 |11 University of Northumbria at Newcastle |108 |2 |5 |2 |708 |7 |84 |17 University of Plymouth |137 |3 |41 |27 |402 |3 |142 |26 University of Portsmouth |224 |3 |18 |17 |855 |8 |81 |21 University of Sunderland |447 |11 |6 |20 |735 |8 |100 |25 University of Teesside |193 |6 |18 |15 |298 |5 |44 |19 University of West England, Bristol |110 |2 |9 |4 |193 |2 |35 |5 University of Westminster |446 |11 |40 |50 |334 |5 |94 |22 University of Wolverhampton |112 |3 |0 |0 |810 |7 |48 |8 Source: USR Volume 1-Students and Staff 1984-85 and 1993-94 and the Department's FESR. Note: <1> For 1984-85 former UFC institutions, actual postgraduate overseas domiciled student numbers are not available in the required format. Data on students paying Overseas student fees have been used as an approximation.
Mr. Boswell] [holding answer 28 February 1995]: In 1993 94, the running costs of the youth service unit amounted to £382,000. It is anticipated that the costs in 1994 95 will be roughly £435,000. The unit's budget for 1995 96 has not yet been fixed. These figures reflect changes in the functions of the unit from year to year.
Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sums will be available to the aid budget in 1996 97 as a consequence of the decision to fund the Pergau dam and other aid and trade provision projects from reserves.
Mr. Baldry: The planning figure for the 1996 97 aid programme remains as announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29 November 1994. As my right hon. Friend and Foreign Secretary made clear in his statement to the House on 13 December 1994, final figures for the aid programme in 1996 97 and later years will as usual be determined during the annual public expenditure survey in the light of all relevant factors.
Column 24position of the Overseas Development Administration on the supply of four-wheel drive vehicles to overseas non- governmental organisations; and if priority is given to British products.
Mr. Baldry: We undertake procurement in accordance with aid tying rules agreed with the DTI under which we look to United Kingdom supply sources wherever possible. These rules apply no differently to four-wheel drive vehicles than to any other equipment provided as part of the aid programme. However, our prime concern is to ensure that our programmes, whether operated by ourselves or by NGOs on our behalf, have satisfactory equipment with which to undertake their work where and when they need it.
The Attorney-General: The information for the Departments for which I am responsible as at 31 December 1994 is set out in the table. Each of the Law Officers' Departments is an equal opportunities employer.
Departments |Percentage -------------------------------------------------------------- Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers |- Crown Prosecution Service |1.30 Serious Fraud Office |2.98 Treasury Solicitor's Department<1> |1.96 <1> The Treasury Solicitor's Department also employs people with disabilities who are not registered but the numbers are not readily available.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer on 28 February, Official Report , columns 502 3 , on what date his Department was notified of (a) the proposal and (b) actual payment of the grant by the Cardiff Bay development corporation to Grosvenor Waterside plc for the development of Crickowell house.
An agreed contribution was paid by the corporation in March 1994.
Mr. McMaster: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he will now make available the BT star services facilities for the telephones of right hon. and hon. Members and their staff throughout the House; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael J. Martin: There are no plans to do so. I understand that BT star service facilities are designed to be used on public telephone exchange lines and it is not possible to make them available on extensions of the Palace of Westminster's private exchange.
Mr. McMaster: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what measures are in place to ensure that facilities for disabled parking within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster are not abused; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael J. Martin: There are 12 parking spaces in Star Chamber Court and three parking spaces in the inner courtyard of Norman Shaw North reserved for the use of vehicles driven, or used by photo-identity pass
Column 26holders who have registered with the Serjeant at Arms and are recognised as disabled. At present, six hon. Members, eight Members' secretaries and 10 staff of the House have been registered. The use of these spaces is on a first come, first served basis.
Those who use the other parking spaces in Star Chamber Court are reminded not to use the spaces reserved for disabled people. The whole area is policed on a random basis but these arrangements are dependent in the first instance on the co-operation of all right hon. and hon. Members. The Serjeant at Arms has been requested to draw examples of continuing misuse to the attention of the Committee.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will put before the Intelligence and Security Select Committee the evidence which enabled Mrs. Stella Rimington in her Dimbleby lecture to claim that MI5 had assisted in the tracking down and issue of warrants for the culprits of the Lockerbie crime, and to reveal M15's knowledge of threats to airlines at Frankfurt in the period September to December 1988.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it was with the authority of his Department that Scotland Yard gave the Daily Express a story carried on page 1, 28 February 1989 identifying Khaled Juafor as the man who carried the bomb which destroyed Pan Am 103.
Mr. Howard: On the assumption that the hon. Member is referring to remarks made by Mrs. Rimington during her Dimbleby lecture in June 1994. I can confirm that I was aware of the content of the lecture before it was delivered.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date it was known to the Home Office that Mr. Ghadanfar was travelling on a false British passport under the name of Mr. Burtle of Redruth.
Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out in full his information about any false British passport of Abdul Fatah Ghadanfar, born on 12 December 1941 in Irbid, Jordan, alias Ronald John Burtle, born 24 October 1948, Redruth, Cornwall, UK Passport No. CO69456 E.
Mr. Howard: When the West German police arrested Ghadanfar in October 1988, they discovered a passport issued to Mr. Burtle in his possession, and notified the authorities in the United Kingdom. The passport had been
Column 27issued a few months before it was reported stolen, which was shortly before Ghadanfar's arrest. It is not known, and thought unlikely, that he ever travelled using this passport.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions over any convenient period in the last 10 years the United Kingdom has extradited British nationals to a country with which the United Kingdom does not have an extradition treaty.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Libyan Government has asked Her Majesty's Government to extradite British citizens to stand trial in Libya.
Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek from the Spanish authorities information about Spanish pass, K 00023326, and driving licence 77.060.402; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Howard: Some 0.8 per cent. of staff in the Home Office and its agencies are known to be disabled. There are likely to be others who have not responded to the Department's voluntary surveys. The nature of many of the posts within the Prison Service limits the scope for employing people with disabilities; excluding Prison Service staff, the percentage of staff in the Home Office and its agencies who are known to be disabled is 2.2 per cent.
Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the total cost of investigations by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service into allegations against members of Plymouth, Sutton conservative association by Conservative councillors on Plymouth city council.
Mr. Maclean: The Devon and Cornwall constabulary does not normally record the cost of individual investigations, and information on the police costs is not available. I understand that Crown Prosecution Service costs were approximately £180.
Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken against members of the Plymouth, Sutton Conservative Association by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service following allegations made against them by
Column 28Conservative city councillors in Plymouth; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean: This is an operational matter and entirely the responsibility of the chief officer of the police force concerned. I am told though, that the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, whose view was that there was no evidence to justify criminal proceedings against any person.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the specific grant cash limit for the Nottinghamshire probation service in 1994 95 and the proposed specific cash limit in 1995 96 in (a) cash (b) comparable terms.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: The specific grant cash limit for 1994 95 for the Nottinghamshire probation service is £6.9 million in cash terms. The specific grant cash limit for 1995 96 is (a) £6.7 million in cash terms and (b) £6.5 million in real terms compared with the previous year. A further £0.3 million is added to 1995 96 specific grant to support probation service partnerships with the independent sector previously funded separately by the Home Office.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed, and at what grade, by the Nottinghamshire probation service on (a) 30 June 1992, (b) 30 June 1993 and (c) 30 June 1994.
Staff employed by the Nottinghamshire probation service, in post at 30 June, whole-time equivalent <1>, by grade and type. Number of staff, whole time equivalent |30 June|30 June|30 June |1992 |1993 |1994 ---------------------------------------------------------- Probation Officers Chief |1 |1 |1 Deputy Chief |1 |1 |1 Assistant Chief |6 |5 |5 Senior |29 |31 |30 Main grade |146 |148 |149 Total probation officers |183 |186 |186 Non-probation grade staff Probation Services' Officers<2> |25 |32 |29 Clerical/secretarial |105 |108 |109 Administrative |18 |16 |16 Other non-probation grade staff, excluding hostel staff<3> |39 |42 |45 Hostel staff |20 |20 |21 Total non-probation grade staff |207 |218 |220 Total probation staff |390 |404 |406 <1>Whole-time staff plus whole-time equivalent of part time staff. Figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Components and totals are rounded independently and so components may not add precisely to totals. <2>Formerly ancillaries. <3>Figures include sessional supervisors on community service schemes, staff employed in student training units and on miscellaneous functions.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason and on which basis the Commissioner of Police of Metropolis has varied the implied condition in the contracts of employment of the security custodians employed in the Houses of Parliament that granted them the option of continuing their employment until they reached the age of 65 years; if he will arrange to reconsider the decision to vary these employment contracts; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean: I understand from the commissioner that the age of retirement for Metropolitan police civil staff, including security staff at the Palace of Westminster, is and always has been 60 years. Extensions of service beyond that age are at the commissioner's discretion and are based on management needs.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each of the main metropolitan areas the value of reported stolen computer equipment during the last year for which completed figures are available.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement explaining the operation of the border control arrangements within the EU known as the light touch controls; and what plans there are to extend the scope of these operations.
European Union and other European Economic Area passengers arriving in the United Kingdom are required to present their passport or other national identity documents, in order to establish their nationality and to distinguish them from third country nationals, who are subject to immigration control.
Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the system whereby potential patients of special hospitals are assessed prior to sentence by a court; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth: Any court, before sentencing may seek psychiatric reports on a defendant. The overall effectiveness of these arrangements has been substantially enhanced by the creation, with the Government's active support, of over 100 local schemes in England and Wales aiming to provide assessment and access to treatment and care for mentally disordered defendants at the earliest opportunity.
(i) to deliver the standards defined in the MPS charter; (ii) to achieve a detection rate for notifiable offences of 20 per cent.;
(iii) to achieve a detection rate for burglary of 15 per cent.; (iv) to improve performance against robbery, in particular: (a) increase the detection rate for street crime to 15 per cent.;
(b) increase the detection rate for robberies at business properties to 20 per cent.;
(v) to improve performance against drug-related violence; (vi) to provide high visibility policing so as to reassure the public.
Details of each of the priorities and the way in which they address the key objectives for policing were given in the statutory instrument I laid before the House on 19 October 1994 and are set out in the Metropolitan police policing plan 1995 96 which the Commissioner is issuing with my approval. I am sending copies to all right hon. and hon. Members whose constituencies fall wholly or partly within the Metropolitan police district and I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library.
Sir Cranley Onslow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the trials of electronic monitoring of curfew orders are due to begin, when he expects to be able to announce details of the contractors who will be carrying out trials; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Howard: I am pleased to announce that Securicor Custodial Services Ltd. will be providing the service in the city of Manchester and the borough of Reading and that Geografix Ltd. will be providing the service for the county of Norfolk. The next stage is acceptance testing of the contractors' equipment and systems. The nine-month trials are scheduled to begin in June.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department; pursuant to his answer of 27 February, Official Report , column 407 , if he will publish the advice from Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary relating to the special grant application by the chief constable of Gloucestershire for the exceptional costs of the Cromwell street inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean: The advice from Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary was that the expenditure incurred was not such as to threaten the efficiency of the force. It is not the practice to publish the details of advice given to Ministers.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the effect of the November 1993 Budget statement on the budget of the North East London probation service; and what will be the impact on the service of the November 1994 Budget.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: The 1993 Budget statement resulted in a specific grant cash limit for 1994 95 for the North East London probation service of £7.2 million, 6.8 per cent. higher than for 1993 94. The 1994 Budget statement resulted in a specific grant cash limit for 1995 96 of £7.1 million plus a further £0.2 million to support
Column 31probation service partnerships with the independent sector previously funded separately by the Home Office.
It is for the North East London probation service to decide how these resources are best used and to determine what specific changes within the service should be undertaken on the basis of the total expenditure limit implied by this level of grant support.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed, and at what grades, by the North East London probation service on 30 June in each of the years 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Staff employed by the Nottinghamshire probation service, in post at 30 June, whole-time equivalent, by grade and type. Number of staff, whole time equivalent |30 June|30 June|30 June |1992 |1993 |1994 ---------------------------------------------------------- Probation Officers Chief |1 |1 |1 Deputy Chief |- |- |- Assistant Chief |3 |4 |4 Senior |21 |21 |22 Main grade |102 |114 |109 Total probation officers |127 |140 |137 Non-probation grade staff Probation Services' Officers<2> |36 |40 |36 Clerical/secretarial |92 |99 |101 Administrative |11 |13 |12 Other non-probation grade staff, excluding hostel staff<3> |10 |17 |17 Hostel staff |12 |17 |13 Total non-probation grade staff |161 |186 |179 Total probation staff |287 |326 |316 <1>Whole-time staff plus whole-time equivalent of part time staff. Figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Components and totals are rounded independently and so components may not add precisely to totals. <2>Formerly ancillaries. <3>Figures include sessional supervisors on community service schemes, staff employed in student training units and on miscellaneous functions.
Mr. Maclean: The manual of guidance for the preparation, processing and submission of prosecution files includes no such definition. The manual makes reference to the "serious" nature of a case. This relates to the seriousness of the offence committed and to other factors including the vulnerability of the victim, the use of excessive force and the abuse of a position of responsibility.
Column 32applied for career breaks in his Department or its agencies; and how many have had their employment terminated in the last five years.
Mr. Howard: No central record is maintained of applications for career breaks, but since 1992 the Department and its agencies have granted career breaks to 23 men and 220 women. During this period, two members of staff have had their appointment terminated during or following a career break.
Mr. Maclean: My right hon. and learned Friend has, in the past, received a number of representations from hon. Members about the general availability of skeleton car key sets, which are used to gain entry to locked vehicles.
Since many of those working in the motor trade have a legitimate use for such devices, there would be substantial practical and legal difficulties in restricting or prohibiting their sale. There is, in any case, no evidence to show that skeleton keys are being misused to any significant degree.
Mr. Simon Coombs: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children's certificates have been issued to public houses in each local government area of England and Wales to the latest available date.
Mr. Michael Forsyth: The changes to the Licensing Act 1964 which enable licensees to apply to the licensing justices for children's certificates came into effect on 3 January 1995. No information about the number of certificates granted is yet held centrally.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he received the final claims for compensation from the six men wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings; when it was passed to Sir David Calcutt; and what action has been taken.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: All six men are eligible for compensation but only five have submitted the information which enables the assessor to determine what amount should be paid. This information was received in the Home Office between October 1992 and December 1993, and after clarification and elaboration of a number of points was passed to the assessor in May and August 1994. Further information was submitted on behalf of the applicants in February 1995. Substantial interim payments have been made in all six cases and the final assessments will be completed as soon as possible.