Mr. Milburn: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which permanent secretaries have left his Department's employment in the last five years, and which public positions they have been appointed to subsequently.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many men and women applied for career breaks in his Department; and how many have had their employment terminated in the last five years.
Mr. John M. Taylor: Details of how many men and women applied for a career break within the last five years were not recorded centrally until July 1994. Since then 20 applications have been made, two of which were refused. None of the 20 have had their employment terminated.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what evidence he has in support of the conclusion of the White Paper on the future of the civil service that market testing has created savings.
Mr. Horam: The evidence can be found in the "Market Testing Bulletin Special Report", published in January, which is available in the Library. The report includes full details of the results of the "Competing for Quality" programme--including market testing--to September 1994 and shows that Departments have now identified annual cost savings of over £400 million from a programme covering over £2 billion of Government services.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which permanent secretaries have left his Department's employment in the last five years; and which public positions they have been appointed to subsequently.
Column 174employment as a permanent secretary, and Sir Peter Graham KCB QC and Sir Constant Henry de Waal, KCB, QC have left as first parliamentary counsels.
Sir Peter Kemp has been subsequently appointed as a part-time commissioner with the Audit Commission.
Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff are employed in the development unit for women in science and engineering located within the office of Science and Technology; what are its aims and objectives; and for how many years its funding is guaranteed.
Mr. Horam: The development unit on women in science, engineering and technology has a staff of two plus administrative support; its aims and objectives are outlined in the Government's response to the "Rising Tide" report; and its future will be reviewed after an initial period of two years.
Mr. Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the current calculation of the amount of money that the BBC will reallocate to the regions and what percentage that will be of the present level of spending on network productions.
Mr. Dorrell: The BBC last year published plans for a gradual reallocation of expenditure on network production to regions outside London and south east England. This will be worth an additional £75 million a year by 1997 98, and represents an increase of 48 per cent. over 1993-94 expenditure of £155 million.
Mr. Dorrell: The Government committed themselves in 1992 to a nine- point plan for the care of historic buildings on their own estate. This provides for regular inspection and maintenance of these buildings and an annual report by my Department's conservation unit on their condition. I am today publishing, for the first time, the conservation unit's report.
I am also issuing today new guidance to Departments on the disposal of surplus historic buildings. This follows from the "Efficiency Scrutiny of the Management of the Government Estate," published last year, which identified the need for guidance on the particular considerations arising in respect of the disposal of historic properties,
Column 175over and above those applying to disposals generally. The main emphasis of the guidance is that "best price" should not be the overriding concern when considering the disposal of a building. Rather, Departments should aim to obtain the best return for the taxpayer that is consistent with Government policies for the protection of historic buildings and areas.
I am placing copies of both documents in the Library.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which permanent secretaries have left his Department's employment in the last three years; and which public positions they have been appointed to subsequently.
Mr. Graham Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what information he collects on the amounts ITV companies are spending on new British programmes and on dividends to shareholders.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what system of planning and management information systems is currently in place in his Department; and what documents pertaining to it are available to (a) hon. Members and (b) the public.
Mr. Dorrell: My Department prepares internal business and forward management plans, and the many bodies which my Department funds produce business and strategic plans, some of which are published. The DNH annual report, containing the Department's expenditure plans, is prepared each year as part of the series of departmental reports presented to Parliament. It is published and available to the public through HMSO bookshops.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what changes he is making to his Department's planning and management information systems in the light of the fundamental expenditure review of the Department and the recommendations of the multi-departmental efficiency scrutiny of such systems.
Mr. Dorrell: My Department currently has no budget for children's play. I understand that the NVCCP has submitted an application to the Sports Council's Trust Company for an extension of its present grant into the 1995 96. In relation to funding for children's play from October 1995, I refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley) on 2 March, Official Report, column 640 .
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 7 March 1995]: Twenty per cent. of the net proceeds from the national lottery will be made available to sport and distributed through the four national sports councils. This amount currently stands at around £48 million. It will be for the sports councils themselves to decide which projects should receive funding, based on the applications they receive.
Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which listed buildings in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland are deemed eligible for financial assistance towards the cost of renovation by Historic Scotland from moneys obtained from the national lottery; what criteria are used to assess such applications; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 6 March 1995]: Repairs to historic buildings throughout the United Kingdom are eligible for lottery funding directly from the National Heritage Memorial fund--NHMF--if they fulfil the criteria set down within the "Guidelines for Applicants to the Heritage Lottery Fund" published by the trustees of the NHMF, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Repairs to historic buildings within the care of Historic Scotland itself are similarly eligible for lottery funding from the NHMF.
Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made on the impact of the income of football pools and society lotteries on the introduction by Camelot of a scratch lottery.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 7 March 1995]: National lottery instant win games have not yet been introduced. It will be for the football pools companies and the promoters of society lotteries, in the first instance, to assess any impact which the introduction of such games may have on their income.
Mr. Faulds: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list the items for which the issuing of export licences was withheld on the recommendation of the reviewing committee on the export of works of art during the half year ended 31 December, specifying in each case the valuation and whether any item was exported or retained, with particulars in the latter event of the acquiring institution; and if he will list any items for which licences have been withheld but the final disposal of which is not yet decided, specifying in each case (a) the valuation and (b) the relevant time limit.
Description of item |Valuation |Outcome |£ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A drawing `Two Horsemen |147,807 |Export licence granted. Fighting' dated 1620-30 by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called ll Guercino The Narcissus Washstand |250,000 |Acquired by the Cecil designed by William |Higgins Trust. Burges c. 1865-67 An autograph working |281,137.50 |Acquired by the Trustees manuscript of 21 keyboard | of the British Library. pieces, by Henry Purcell, c. 1680-1690 A ceremonial bronze dirk, |52,050 |Acquired by the Trustees middle Bonze Age 1500- |of the British Museum. 1350 BC, from Oxborough, Norfolk A carved Narwhal ivory |448,762.50 horn from the mid 12th |until after 18 March century |1995. A painting, `The Painter's |515,812.50 |Decision deferred until Room', by Lucien Freud, |after 1 April 1995. dated 1943 An arithmetical Rotula |46,462.50 |Under consideration by |the Secretary of State. The Stanhope Calculator |247,612.50 |Under consideration by |the Secretary of State. Materials relating to |46,462.50 |Under consideration by Stanhope's Demonstrator |the Secretary of State. A sculpture by Henry |475,000 |Decision deferred until Moore, `Head and |after 6 April 1995. Shoulders' (1927-28) A bust of Thomas Hollis |400,000 |Export licence granted. by Joseph Wilton, c. 1700 A painting, `Daniel and |4,800,000 |Export licence granted. Cyrus before the Idol Bel' by Rembrandt, dated 1633 A drawing, Samson and |76,425.82 |Export licence granted. Delilah' by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called ll Guercino
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which permanent secretaries have left his Department's employment in the last five years; and which public positions they have been appointed to subsequently.
Mr. Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to respond to Mr. John Shaw of 33 Bellpit close, Worsley in the matter of pension entitlement from Crown service overseas.
Mr. Howard: It has not been possible to trace any correspondence from Mr. John Shaw on the matter of pension entitlement from Crown service overseas. I have asked my officials to write to Mr. Shaw asking him to write in again, or to send a copy of his original letter, and the matter will then receive early attention.
Mr. Howard: I shall publish tomorrow the 1995 "National Standards for the Supervision of Offenders in the Community" jointly with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Wales and simultaneously will place copies in the Library.
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the cost per detainee per year for each of the establishments in which those who are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom are detained.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: The overall cost of detaining a person in detention accommodation for which the Immigration Service is responsible is currently estimated at £540 per week including full Immigration Service staffing costs. This would equate to £28,080 in a year but
Column 179detention for this period would be most unusual. Figures for individual centres are not kept separately. Some people are detained under powers in the Immigration Act 1971 in Prison Service establishments, where the average cost per place in 1993 94 was £411 per week--£21,372 per year--but these figures exclude headquarters staffing costs.
Mr. Maclean: The police service and the Government are committed to developing positive relationships between the police and all sections of the community, including minority ethnic groups. Measures taken to meet the needs of these communities include a statutory requirement for consultation with the community; the introduction of ethnic monitoring of police activity; the establishment of the inter-departmental racial attacks group and other activities in police forces to deal with racial violence; provision of a range of training in community and race relations; force recruitment campaigns aimed at encouraging ethnic minority candidates to apply to join the police; and improved grievance procedures against allegations of discrimination within police forces.
(2) how many offenders were supervised by the north east London probation service on 30 June 1994.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed and at what grade by the north east London probation service on 30 June 1992, 30 June 1993 and 30 June 1994.
(2) what assessment he has made of the role of the British National party and Combat 18 in the disturbances in Bruges on 27 and 28 February.
Mr. Maclean: Responsibility for gathering information about extremist organisations and their members, and for the investigation of specific criminal offences, rests with the police. I understand from the police that there is no evidence that Combat 18 is itself involved amongst the supporters of Chelsea football club, although some of those who associate with the supporters may have sympathies with this group. Neither is there evidence to suggest that the BNP or Combat 18 were involved in the disturbances in Bruges on 27 and 28 February.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: The Dangerous Dogs Act is kept under continuing review in the light of how it works, including consideration of the points made in the private Peer's Bill currently before another place.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Allocations to individual authorities are subject to adjustment from time to time in the light of a change in circumstances--for example, when a school or college opts to set up a separate project. The following table shows the current allocations for the 1994 95 financial year.
|Home Office Authority |cash allocations -------------------------------------------------------------- Avon |615,251 Barking and Dagenham |230,860 Barnet |748,243 Bedfordshire |2,361,022 Berkshire |1,053,875 Bexley |100,138 Birmingham |4,035,694 Blackburn |49,539 Bolton |880,505 Bradford |4,204,150 Brent |1,742,385 Buckinghamshire |1,095,250 Burnley |18,774 Bury |354,547 Calderdale |853,361 Cambridgeshire |976,563 Camden |1,111,346 Cardiff |7,888 Cheshire |73,862 Cleveland |479,638 Coventry |2,108,375 Croydon |949,775 Derbyshire |1,046,415 Devon |11,949 Doncaster |100,338 Dudley |877,198 Durham |119,090 Ealing |2,615,675 East Sussex |139,412 Enfield |1,058,164 Essex |25,755 Gateshead |22,732 Gloucester |28,983 Gloucestershire |265,008 Greenwich |1,329,673 Gwent |192,662 Hackney |3,147,620 Hammersmith |713,289 Hampshire |558,367 Haringey |2,604,874 Harrow |556,992 Havering |36,169 Hereford and Worcester |175,235 Hertfordshire |1,492,311 Hillingdon |317,055 Hounslow |1,389,502 Humberside |275,863 Hyndburn |17,860 Islington |1,434,673 Kensington and Chelsea |899,845 Kent |1,095,957 Kingston |105,071 Kirklees |2,394,143 Lambeth |1,085,102 Lancashire |4,629,966 Leeds |1,725,338 Leicester |115,597 Leicestershire |3,013,512 Lewisham |1,637,467 Lincolnshire |61,319 Liverpool |165,185 London Boroughs Grants Unit |123,071 Manchester |2,225,999 Merton |490,246 Newcastle |303,140 Newham |2,181,976 Norfolk |68,285 Northamptonshire |663,758 North Tyneside |115,586 North Yorkshire |49,312 Nottingham |61,435 Nottinghamshire |1,519,199 Oldham |1,909,961 Oxford |3,322 Oxfordshire |684,260 Preston |12,834 Redbridge |918,005 Redditch |12,971 Richmond |56,225 Rochdale |1,193,213 Rotherham |327,313 St. Albans |18,105 St. Helens |14,043 Salford |47,498 Sandwell |1,228,775 Scunthorpe |16,103 Sheffield |1,697,662 Shropshire |84,104 Southampton |11,422 Southwark |1,955,157 South Glamorgan |444,978 South Yorkshire FCDA |12,751 Staffordshire |924,043 Stockport |76,079 Suffolk |237,235 Sunderland |87,284 Surrey |291,845 Sutton |46,902 Tameside |585,940 Tower Hamlets |6,826,782 Trafford |242,981 Wakefield |296,729 Walsall |1,579,939 Waltham Forest |1,585,015 Wandsworth |1,369,800 Warwickshire |785,021 West Midlands FCDA |65,241 Westminster |1,498,548 West Sussex |212,623 West Yorkshire FCDA |95,651 Wigan |44,078 Wiltshire |121,565 Wirral |75,839 Wolverhampton |1,575,008
Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought in each year since the passing of the Intoxicating Substances Supply Act 1985; and how many have been successful.
Number of prosecutions and convictions under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985<1>, 1985-1993 England and Wales |1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991|1992|1993 --------------------------------------------------------------- Prosecutions |- |6 |15 |7 |12 |7 |8 |5 |5 Convictions |- |2 |11 |4 |9 |4 |6 |3 |3 <1> Came into force August 1985.
Mr. Neil Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will publish the compliance cost assessment for the draft data protection directive as it applies to the United Kingdom (a) as regards the 1992 draft and (b) the draft agreed at the latest Council of Minsters meeting;
(2) if he will state the categories of paper records to which the draft data protection directive now applies; and what estimate he has made of the costs which this provision will impose on British businesses.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: A paper showing the results of a survey of the estimated cost of implementing the 1992 draft of the directive in the United Kingdom has been made publicly available. A copy of this paper was placed in the Library of the House last year. We have as yet made no estimate of the cost of implementing the present
Column 182draft of the directive, although the improvements made to the directive, as set out in my reply to my hon. Friend on 23 February at column 332 , mean that the costs involved are now likely to be significantly lower.
In its application to paper records, the draft directive covers personal data which form or are intended to form part of a filing system. Within certain parameters, it is for member states to decide what constitutes a filing system for the purposes of applying the directive. Determining the precise definition to use, in consultation with business and other interests which will be affected, will be an important part of the process of implementing the directive.
Column 183of the good practice guidelines to local authorities and police authorities on the use of closed circuit television in public places.
Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for the home Department if he will list (a) all local authorities and (b) all police authorities, indicating joint ventures, operating closed circuit television schemes in public places and give the total capital cost per scheme and annual operating cost per scheme.
Column 184CCTV schemes is included at appendix 2 to the Home Office guidance booklet "CCTV--Looking Out for You", but it is not necessarily comprehensive. Costs are a matter for the individual operators. I have arranged for a copy of the booklet to be sent to the hon. Member.
Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of all Home Office research projects examining the effectiveness of CCTV in public places in reducing crime levels indicating the institution, research body or individual responsible for the project, the cost per project and date of completion or expected date of completion.
Research |Institution/Research |Cost |Date of completion Project/Publication |body/Author -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Impact of Closed Circuit Television on |Home Office; Research and Planning Unit |Not available |1978 Crime in the London Underground-Home Office Research Study No. 49 Close Circuit Television in Public Places- |T. Honess and E. Charman of Michael |£48,376 |Summer 1992 Crime Prevention Unit Paper No. 35 | and Associates, Cardiff, for the Home Office |Police Research Group Before and after research into the |T. Honess and E. Charman of Michael and |£20,536 |results to be effectiveness of CCTV within Birmingham |Associates, Cardiff, for the Home Office |published Summer city centre |Police Research Group |1995 Understanding public car parks, crime and |Nick Tilley of Nottingham University |£12,000 |1993 CCTV: evaluation lessons from Safer |consultant to the Home Office Crime Cities-Crime Prevention Unit Paper No. 42, |Prevention Unit Town centre CCTV schemes: four case |Home Office Police Research Group |£10,000 |Summer 1995 studies Effectiveness of CCTV security systems |Home Office Police Scientific Development |£200,000 over |April 1997 |Branch |5 years
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions take place when an overseas prisoner sentenced for crimes committed in the United Kingdom is returned to his country of origin to complete the remainder of his sentence as to the date of the release of such a person from prison.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 8 March 1995: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the consultation that takes place concerning prisoners' release dates when prisoners are returned to their country of origin to complete their sentences.
The transfer of prisoners between the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions is governed by the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 and international agreements. These require that both jurisdictions concerned and the prisoner seeking repatriation, consent to any transfer. In considering repatriation requests made by prisoners here, the foreign jurisdiction is required to provide information as to how the remaining balance of a prisoner's sentence would be administered and release determined following transfer. If both jurisdictions then consent to the prisoner's transfer, this information is communicated to the prisoner in seeking his or her consent. A prisoner transferred to a foreign jurisdiction receives full credit for
Column 184all time spent in custody here relating to completion of sentence prior to the transfer, including any remand time. Following transfer, the remaining balance of time to serve attracts the early release arrangements of the foreign jurisdiction.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the sale of videos giving instructions on the use of explosives and on techniques for killing humans; and what response he has given.
Mr. Maclean: My right hon. and learned Friend has received three letters from Members of Parliament and two letters from the public in the last 12 months about the supply of instructional videos that show the use of explosives and criminal techniques. Under the Video Recordings Act 1984 these works were exempt from classification by the British Board of Film Classification--BBFC--and their unclassified supply was not therefore unlawful. We have, however, taken action in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to ensure that all video works which depict techniques likely to be useful in the commission of offences or, which to any significant extent, depict criminal activity which is likely to any significant extent to stimulate or encourage the commission of offences, are subject to classification by the BBFC. The BBFC may of course withhold a
Column 185classification certificate should it consider it appropriate to do so, particularly bearing in mind the statutory criteria set out in the Act which the board has to take into account when classifying works. Once the relevant provisions come into force anyone supplying a work in respect of which a certificate has been refused would be liable to prosecution.
Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 February, Official Report , column 223 , if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a journalist interviewed Private Clegg at Wakefield prison using an assumed name; and what actions he is taking to prevent such incidents taking place.