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Mr. Jonathan Evans [holding answer 3 March 1995]: My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade expects to receive the report when the inquiry has been completed to the satisfaction of the Director General of Fair Trading. When announcing the inquiry on 7 February, the Office of Fair Trading indicated that it expected it to last three months, although this is dependent on receiving the full co-operation of the industry.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.
Department--including Cadw--have applied for career breaks in the last five years. None of these has had her employment terminated.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each county and district council area in Wales and for Wales as a whole the number of (a) community areas, (b) community and town councils and (c) community or town councils which have (i) ceased to exist or (ii) been established during each of the last 10 years.
Mr. Gwilym Jones [pursuant to his reply, 16 February 1995, c.763 64.]: Unfortunately, some district councils have provided inaccuratinformation. The correct figures are set out in the following table:
Numbers of community areas and town/community councils in Wales |Numbers of |Numbers of County |District/borough|community |town/community councils |councils |areas |councils ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |127 |122 |Alyn and Deeside|13 |13 |Colwyn |19 |16 |Delyn |21 |21 |Glyndwr |35 |35 |Rhuddlan |10 |8 |Wrexham Maelor |29 |29 Dyfed |202 |202 |Carmarthen |41 |41 |Ceredigion |51 |51 |Dinefwr |23 |23 |Llanelli |9 |9 |Preseli | Pembrokeshire |52 |52 |South | Pembrokeshire |26 |26 Gwent |98 |67 |Blaenau Gwent |9 |5 |Islwyn |12 |0 |Monmouth |32 |32 |Newport |29 |14 |Torfaen |16 |16 Gwynedd |122 |122 |Aberconwy |18 |18 |Arfon |17 |17 |Dwyfor |17 |17 |Meirionnydd |30 |30 |Ynys Mon |40 |40 Mid Glamorgan |85 |50 |Cynon Valley |11 |3 |Merthyr Tydfil |12 |1 |Ogwr |22 |22 |Rhondda |16 |0 |Rhymney Valley |14 |14 |Taff Ely |10 |10 Powys |108 |108 |Brecknock |36 |36 |Montgomeryshire |45 |45 |Radnorshire |27 |27 South Glamorgan |54 |28 |Cardiff |30 |5 |Vale of | Glamorgan |24 |23 West Glamorgan |69 |43 |Port Talbot |12 |0 |Lliw Valley |15 |15 |Neath |14 |14 |Swansea |28 |14 Total for Wales 865 742
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the estimate total output of production industries in Wales at (a) factor cost and (b) current prices for (i) 1993, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 1987; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Total output of production industries in Wales at factor cost and current prices if estimated by the Central Statistical Office to have been (i) £7,111 million in 1993, (ii) £6, 702 million in 1990 and (iii) £5,420 million 1987.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects Her Majesty's Government to signify their approval of the Council for Europe charter of minority languages; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood: Government Departments with an interest in the European charter for regional or minority languages are still considering its implication for the United Kingdom. The decision on whether to sign the charter must take into account the situation of each of the indigenous minority languages spoken within the United Kingdom.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which figures are being used by his Department for the cost-benefit analysis for the proposed Llanrwst bypass; if he will recalculate the cost-benefit analysis using the current figures submitted by a local group to his Department on 8 December 1994, and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The cost-benefit analysis displayed at the 1993 public consultation on the proposed A470 Llanrwst bypass was based on a 1988 traffic survey. A further traffic survey is to be undertaken shortly and the results of that survey will be used in any recalculation of the analysis. The traffic information supplied by the local group is not statistically robust enough to be used in that way.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations have taken place with local authorities in Wales on their opinion on the proposals contained in paragraph 128 and 129 of the Government consultation paper on radioactive waste policy.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: These proposals were included in the Government's recent consultation document "Review of Radioactive Waste Management Policy --Preliminary Conclusions". It was sent to all local authorities in Wales and representations were received from South Glamorgan and Gwynedd county councils and Ynys Mo n borough council.
Column 153column 1 and those amounts converted to 1993 94 prices in column 2.
Administrative costs of the NHS in Wales |(1) £000|(2) £000 ------------------------------------ 1991-92 |67,495 |72,330 1992-93 |68,298 |70,388 1993-94 |65,579 |65,579 Source: Annual accounts of district health authorities, Welsh Health Common Services Authority, Family health services authorities, NHS trusts and Health Promotion Wales. Notes: 1. The figure for the cost of administration is taken to be that covering authority administration and purchasing expenses. This represents the total revenue expenditure on the pay and accommodation costs of staff of all disciplines and their support staff employed at headquarters levels together with the costs of the purchaser function. They exclude administration support in hospital departments and at other local levels which is regarded as operational expenditure. 2. 1993-94 figures are provisional and the latest available. It is not possible to provide information on a consistent basis for the years prior to 1991-92 because of changes to the format of accounts as a consequence of the NHS reforms.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the response he has received from county and district councils to the model charter, "Your Council and the Environment", issued on 25 November 1994; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales sent copies of the local environment charter to all the county and district councils in Wales at the end of November 1993. Feedback received suggests that the document was generally well received; and many councils in Wales have developed their own environmental charters.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is the expected outturn for each training and enterprise council in Wales for training for work with respect to training weeks used by those training after finding work.
Number of employed status training weeks expected to be delivered in 1994-95 |Number ------------------------------- Gwent |10,285 Mid-Glamorgan |11,435 North-East Wales |11,058 Powys |2,882 South Glamorgan |3,505 Targed |1,451 West Wales |6,262 Wales |46,878
Sir John Wheeler: The current valuation list was published on 31 December 1975 and came into effect on 1 April 1976. Since that time, major shifts in rental patterns have taken place in Northern Ireland and these are not reflected in the net annual values appearing in the list. The relative antiquity of the present list has given rise to many anomalies between different areas and between different classes of property, particularly in the non-domestic sector. A revaluation of the whole of the non-domestic sector will, therefore, be undertaken by the Valuation and Lands Agency and work on this will commence immediately. The domestic sector is not being reviewed at this time but the situation will be kept under review.
The new valuation list will be published on or before 31 December 1996 and will come into effect on 1 April 1997. Any ratepayer who is aggrieved by his or her valuation will have a statutory right of appeal.
Dr. Hendron: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people in the Turf Lodge area of west Belfast are currently receiving social security benefits of any kind; (2) how many people in the Turf Lodge area applied for (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance in each of the last three years up to the end of 1994.
Mr. Ancram: The information requested is not available. However, the Turf Lodge area falls within the boundaries of the Upper Springfield ward and at January 1995, the latest date for which information is available, 355 people in this ward had been unemployed for longer than three years.
Dr. Hendron: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in the Turf Lodge area are currently in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) housing benefit.
Mr. Moss: Statistics on social security benefits administered by the Social Security Agency cannot be broken down into small geographic areas without incurring disproportionate costs. The number of people in the rented sector in the Turf Lodge area who are currently in receipt of housing benefit is 586. The number of owner-occupiers in the area in receipt of housing benefit cannot be provided as this information is only kept at district council level.
Letter from Ian Walters to Dr. Joe Hendron, dated 3 March 1995: Your recent parliamentary question to the Secretary of State regarding the number of people from the Turf Lodge area currently employed under ACE has been passed to me for reply.
In the absence of statistical information specifically relating to the Turf Lodge area, this response is based on ACE participants resident in the BT11 postal code area which, as your know, encompasses Turf Lodge. On 1st March 1995, 433 persons from the BT11 area were employed by 46 separate ACE Sponsors. Of course ACE Sponsors are not restricted to geographical areas from which they may recruit and it is therefore difficult to provide data which relates strictly to Turf Lodge.
You will be interested to know also that one of the organisations funded by the Agency under ACE is Turf Lodge Enterprise Scheme Ltd which primarily serves the Turf Lodge area. Although its employees are not recruited exclusively from the Turf Lodge area, the company currently receives funding to employ 70 people and can attract annual funding of more than £376,000.
I hope you find this information helpful.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.
Sir John Wheeler: In the last five years, 338 males and 773 females in the Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office have applied for career breaks. Eleven of those individuals have had their employment terminated.
Mr. Boyes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is yet in a position to announce the result of his Department's inquiry into who was responsible for leaking parts of the framework document to The Times ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir John Wheeler: A senior member of the Northern Ireland Office who has had no previous involvement in the work of the joint framework document is conducting an inquiry into the source of the leak. A confidential report will be sent to the permanent under-secretary at the Northern Ireland Office upon completion of the inquiry and further action will be taken as necessary.
Mr. Dunn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for a further programme of prior options studies to be undertaken by Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office.
Sir John Wheeler: I have decided, following an examination of the remaining executive activities being undertaken within the Northern Ireland civil service and the Northern Ireland Office, that prior options studies would be appropriate for each of the areas listed. These studies will determine for each area whether agency status or other options would be appropriate. Comments from interested parties will be welcome when commencement of the prior options studies is announced.
|Area |Study completion |date ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ DANI |Forestry Service |December 1995 DANI |Agricultural Colleges |June 1996 DANI |Agricultural Development Service|June 1996 DANI |Veterinary Service |December 1996 DFP |Government Purchasing Service |May 1995 DFP |Recruitment |June 1995
In addition, the study previously announced of possible agency status for the superannuation branches of the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Department of Health and Social Services will now be extended to embrace the teachers' superannuation branch of the Department of Education of Northern Ireland. The proposed completion date for this enlarged study is June 1995. A prior options study of the urban affairs area in the Department of the Environment was completed in December and is under consideration, and a prior options study of the Department of Economic Development's companies registry has been similarly completed. These two studies are in addition to those included in the announcement made on 18 January 1994, Official Report , columns 521 22 .
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list each site of special scientific interest for which development permission has been given (a) by a local authority and (b) by his Department
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many times development permission on a site of special scientific interest has been refused by (a) local authorities and (b) his Department, for each year since 1979.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many development plans on sites of special scientific interest have been refused by local authorities and consequently given permission on appeal to his Department, for each year since 1979.
Mrs. Currie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list in rank order the metropolitan councils outside London showing the totals held in reserves at the latest available date;
(2) if he will list in rank order the London boroughs showing the totals held in reserves at the latest available date.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: The latest available estimates of the level of reserves as at 1 April 1994 are given below. The authorities are ranked by order of reserves excluding those held by schools, non-LMS; schools' reserves are shown separately, LMS. The first column, "Non-LMS reserves", includes funds, which may be substantial, held for specified purposes which may not be available to the council for general use--for example, funds to finance capital projects to which the authority is committed; and insurance funds where the authority is bearing its own insurance risk. These estimates are subject to amendment as authorities finalise their accounts. Compatible data on the use of balances in 1994 95 which would be needed to derive an estimate of the level of reserves at 1 April 1995 are not yet available.
Estimated level of reserves at 1 April 1994 |Non-LMS|LMS |£000 |£000 ----------------------------------------------- London boroughs Islington |-5,773 |2,548 Brent |-214 |4,545 Lewisham |1,278 |7,993 Hounslow |2,576 |4,884 Kingston upon Thames |2,694 |1,803 Merton |2,717 |2,441 Lambeth |3,050 |450 Hammersmith and Fulham |3,948 |2,390 Richmond upon Thames |4,205 |2,116 Camden |4,690 |4,757 Waltham Forest |5,284 |5,330 Sutton |7,643 |1,808 Bexley |7,704 |4,699 Hillingdon |10,117 |2,675 Greenwich |10,950 |5,729 Tower Hamlets |11,911 |4,200 Hackney |12,521 |2,179 Havering |13,734 |3,676 Haringey |14,332 |4,312 Barnet |14,744 |4,508 Southwark |15,152 |2,723 Redbridge |15,417 |3,385 Newham |18,505 |4,695 Westminster |18,659 |3,722 Harrow |22,191 |2,699 Enfield |23,742 |5,527 Kensington and Chelsea |24,231 |1,382 Croydon |28,307 |5,606 Ealing |40,891 |2,791 Barking and Dagenham |41,766 |3,136 Wandsworth |54,547 |2,811 Bromley |74,093 |3,154 City of London |204,706|73 Metropolitan districts Bradford |-2,139 |12,287 Sefton |3,034 |5,610 Wirral |3,992 |3,687 Walsall |4,262 |4,033 Tameside |4,977 |1,303 North Tyneside |5,269 |373 Knowsley |6,066 |1,817 Manchester |7,253 |2,912 Sheffield |7,326 |5,014 St. Helens |7,932 |4,262 Bury |8,000 |2,225 Liverpool |8,337 |9,486 South Tyneside |8,593 |1,859 Doncaster |9,373 |7,197 Wigan |9,774 |4,197 Calderdale |10,045 |2,311 Rochdale |10,582 |211 Bolton |10,850 |2,291 Stockport |11,183 |2,613 Coventry |11,194 |4,305 Wakefield |13,614 |3,686 Rotherham |14,342 |3,128 Salford |15,919 |2,476 Gateshead |16,636 |1,625 Wolverhampton |17,299 |4,301 Solihull |19,218 |4,581 Barnsley |19,412 |3,081 Kirklees |21,833 |4,214 Sandwell |23,093 |5,756 Trafford |26,964 |2,169 Dudley |27,066 |1,493 Sunderland |29,592 |2,053 Newcastle upon Tyne |31,659 |4,271 Oldham |33,508 |2,381 Leeds |41,207 |4,728 Birmingham |89,526 |16,696 Source: Level of reserves (outturn) at 1/4/93 +/- appropriations to/withdrawals from reserves 1993-94 (RS return for 1993-94).
Mr. Robert B. Jones: The Secretary of State announced his provisional capping criteria for local authorities on 1 February. He will announce his final criteria once authorities have set their budget requirements for 1995 96.
Sir Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the value of reserves for the core cities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Curry: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Under- Secretary, the hon. Member for Hertfordshire, West (Mr. Jones) to my hon. Friend, the Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie) earlier today. This provided data on the level of reserves held by each metropolitan district.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what extra finance would be available to local authorities in 1995 96 if the capping level for all local authorities was set at 3.2 per cent. above their 1994 95 budgets.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: If the capping limits for 1995 96 were set at 3.2 per cent. above local authorities' 1994 95 budgets--net of a local precepts and adjusted for various changes of function, boundary and financing--they would claw a little under £600 million of additional public expenditure compared to the cap limits implied by the current provisional capping criteria.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take to stop Government drivers within the Government car pool parking their vehicles with their engines running within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster.
Sir Paul Beresford: Government car service drivers are under clear instructions while parked within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster to keep their vehicles engines to a minimum consistent with passenger and security requirements. That instruction has been re-inforced recently by GCS management.
Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration was given to the attendance of his Ministers at the launch by the Coalfields Communities Campaign of its campaign on pollution of rivers by water from abandoned mine workings.
Mr. Atkins: The invitation to attend was given the usual careful consideration. We were aware of the views of the Coalfields Communities Campaign in its response to the consultation paper "Paying for our Past" and in subsequent correspondence.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: Tables showing the available information on total council house sales for each English local authority for every financial year since 1979 80 and a cumulative total to March 1994 are in the Library.
Information about disposals at ward level is not collected by the Department.
Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what response he had made to the district auditor's interim report on Westminster city council's designated sales policy; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what have been the results of the monitoring that has been carried out by his Department of the emissions from the Ferro-Alloys chimney in Glossop, Derbyshire for the last 12 months for which figures are available, giving the average and maximum levels for each month.
Mr. Atkins: My Department has not carried out any monitoring itself. However, the company has supplied information about sulphur dioxide releases over the 12-month period to the end of February 1995. Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution is writing to the company to seek its consent to release this information, and I will be writing to the hon. Member.
Column 160formally merged their housing and social services departments.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the single regeneration budget has a designated fund for promoting the development of electronic village halls and cyber skills by local councils.
Ms Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the ratio of the single regeneration budget to the housing association-approved development programme in (a) the west Midlands and (b) London; and what considerations underlie the variation between (a) and (b) .
Mr. Curry: Planned single regeneration budget expenditure for 1994 95 is some £175 million in the west midlands and £374 million in London. Allocations made at the start of 1994 95 from the Housing Corporation's approved development programme were some £126 million and £465 million respectively.
The ratios sought are thus (a) 1.4:1 and (b) 0.8:1. As the two programmes have different objectives, outputs and areas of operation there is no reason why there should be any relationship between these ratios.
Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) for what reason the planned European Commission timetable for the development of the proposed draft directive on the incineration of non- hazardous waste has been delayed beyond that originally proposed by Directorate General XI;
(2) what is the current status of the proposed draft EU directive on the incineration of non-hazardous waste; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what representations have been made by his Department regarding the lack of cost-benefit analysis contained in the draft EU proposal for a directive on the incineration of non-hazardous waste.
Mr. Atkins: The Commission tabled a first draft of this proposed directive in April 1994 and a second draft in August 1994. Three meetings of Government experts have been held, two of which included representatives of trade associations and environmental bodies, and there has also been a meeting of a technical sub-group. I believe that the Commission is currently considering the proposal in the light of the adoption last December of the hazardous waste incineration directive--94/67/EC--and the proposal for a directive on integrated pollution prevention and control.
My Department has made a number of written and verbal representations concerning the importance of assessing both costs and benefits in coming forward with proposals for new standards for non-hazardous waste incineration.
Column 161showing the date on which each local authority conducted a ballot on proposed large-scale voluntary transfer of their housing stock.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: The 64 local authorities which have balloted tenants on proposed large-scale voluntary transfers are listed below, together with the month and the year in which each ballot took place.
Successful ballot results Local authority |Date of ballot ---------------------------------------------------------- Chiltern |September 1988 Sevenoaks |December 1988 Newbury |April 1989 South Wight |June 1989 Medina |July 1989 Rochester |July 1989 Swale |October 1989 North Bedfordshire |October 1989 Mid Sussex |December 1989 Broadland |January 1990 East Dorset |January 1990 South Buckinghamshire |July 1990 Tonbridge and Malling |July 1990 Ryedale |August 1990 Suffolk Coastal |November 1990 Christchurch |November 1990 Tunbridge Wells<1> |April 1991 |June 1991 Bromley |October 1991 East Cambridgeshire |April 1992 Surrey Heath |June 1992 Breckland |August 1992 West Dorset |October 1992 Hambleton |December 1992 Epson and Ewell |June 1993 Havant |June 1993 Hart |July 1993 Leominster |September 1993 South Ribble |October 1993 Hertsmere |October 1993 Penwith |October 1993 South Shropshire |November 1993 North Dorset |November 1993 Thanet |November 1993 Wychavon |November 1993 Mid Bedfordshire<2> |December 1993 Basingstoke and Deane<2> |April 1994 Windsor and Maidenhead<2> |June 1994 Vale of White Horse |June 1994 Maldon |July 1994 Malvern Hills |August 1994 Kennet |November 1994 Rushmoor |December 1994 <1> Held two consecutive ballots. <2> Proposed split transfer to two housing associations. Two ballots held.
Unsuccessful ballot results Local authority |Date of ballot ---------------------------------------------------- Torbay |October 1988 Rochford |November 1988 Salisbury |December 1988 Arun |January 1989 Three Rivers |March 1989 Canterbury |November 1989 Brentwood |November 1989 Redbridge |December 1989 Bournemouth |January 1990 Wokingham |April 1990 South Holland |July 1990 North Kesteven |December 1990 Hillingdon |July 1992 Kingston |August 1992 Woodspring |August 1992 Mendip |July 1993 Rother |October 1993 Westminster |October 1993 Maidstone<1> |November 1993 Poole<1> |November 1993 Thanet<1> |November 1993 Mid Bedfordshire<1> |December 1993 Cherwell<1> |April 1994 Castle Point |September 1994 <1> Proposed split transfer to two housing associations. Two ballots held.
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what role the meetings of all Green Ministers play in the integration of environmental considerations into all aspects of Government policy.
Mr. Atkins: Meetings of Green Ministers provide a valuable opportunity to discuss collectively aspects of environmental integration of common interest, such as energy conservation, environmental management and the forthcoming Environment White Paper. The meetings do not replace the individual responsibility of each Green Minister to ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into the strategies and policies of his or her Department.
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what response was received to the consultation paper on arrangements for local taxation appeals and disputes in the event of a structural or boundary change in respect of any local government area in England; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Curry: The list of responses received has been placed in the Library of the House; copies of individual responses may be obtained through the Library. Regulations will be introduced shortly to give effect to the following measures to be applied in respect of all local taxation appeals and disputes in the event of a structural or boundary change:
if an authority has been abolished, and the corresponding listing officer, valuation officer or valuation tribunal ceases to exist, the case is to be handled by the successor bodies;
if the case has been listed for hearing by a valuation tribunal, and notice of the hearing has been served, or it has been agreed that it should be disposed of on the basis of written representations and notice thereof has been served, there is to be no change in arrangements;
in all other circumstances, the acquiring authority, listing officer, valuation officer and valuation tribunal, as the case may be, is to assume responsibility for the case; and
if the case relates in part to the period before the structural or boundary change, the relinquishing billing authority (if it elects to do so), listing officer and valuation officer should be a party to the proceedings.