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March 1995. The final official text of the summit declaration has not yet been published.

Newspaper Announcements

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, by type and number, the announcements placed by (a) his Department and (b) the Overseas Development Administration in(i) The Times, (ii) the Daily Telegraph, (iii) The Independent and (iv) other publications in the last 12 months for which information is available.      [14337]

Mr. Baldry: The only announcements we issue concern official functions and diplomatic appointments. We do not keep a record of this information.

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) the Overseas Development Administration have spent listing official engagements in newspapers in each of the last five years for which figures are available.      [14336]

Mr. Baldry: Nothing.

Service Attaches

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on service attache s; defence advisers and support staff in each of the last five years for which figures are available.      [14334]

Mr. Goodlad: The costs of service attache s, defence advisers and support staff met by the FCO are included with all other diplomatic service staff costs. Since the expenditure is not accounted for separately, it would be possible to identify it only by incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which costs incurred by service attaches; defence advisers and support staff are met by his Department; and if he will give a breakdown of these costs for each overseas post.      [14335]

Mr. Goodlad: The FCO meets the cost of residential and office accommodation for service attache s, defence advisers and their support staff. In addition, some local administration costs are met such as utilities and some communications. The expenditure is included with that for all other diplomatic service staff. Since it is not accounted for separately, it would be possible to identify it only by incurring disproportionate cost.

Civil Servants

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the total number of civil servants employed by (a) his Department, (b) the agencies under his Department's responsibility, and (c) public and other bodies under his Department's responsibility for each year since 1979, divided into(i) full-time equivalents, (ii) overtime, (iii) casuals and (iv) other; and whether he will also provide for each year his estimate for (a) civil service job reductions due to privatisations, (b) civil service job reductions due to contracting out, (c) civil service job reductions resulting from other transfer of responsibilities, (d) the total of all other staff undertaking work for his Department or its agencies without being categorised as civil servants, including external consultants, researchers, agency secretarial staff and staff substitution and (e) total


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manpower expenditures, in 1994 prices.      [14767]

Mr. Goodlad: The civil service covers the permanent staff of central Government departments and next steps agencies. The staff of other bodies are outside the civil service.

The annual publication "Civil Service Statistics" gives details of the number of civil servants employed by my Department and its agencies, including full-time equivalent staff and casuals--from 1993 onwards--and of staff leaving the civil service.

"Public Bodies", published annually since 1982, contains staffing information for those bodies not covered by "Civil Service Statistics".

Details of running costs and the civil service pay bill for my Department can be found in table 36 of my Department's annual report--Cm 2802. Table 37 gives details of overtime from 1989 90 onwards.

Copies of all of these publications are available in the Members' Library.

The remaining information sought could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Menwith Hill Station

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many GCHQ staff are located at Menwith Hill station in north Yorkshire; what are their main duties; to whom they report; if they are required to obtain warrants from him or Ministers in other Departments to intercept communications; how many warrants have been issued in each year from 1992 to date to GCHQ staff at Menwith Hill station; and if he will make a statement.      [14811]

Mr. Hurd: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces on 9 March 1995, Official Report , column 346 . All interception of communications on public telecommunications systems in the UK is subject to the provisions of the Interception of Communications Act 1985. It is not our policy to comment on the detailed operations of the intelligence and security agencies.

Polling and Public Survey Organisations

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the employment of polling or public survey organisations by his Department during the current and previous financial years, on the organisations employed by his Department, on the values of individual contracts for these services, on the total amounts of money spent and on the purposes of the research undertaken by these organisations.      [14499]

Mr. Baldry: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my right hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad), on 27 October 1994, Official Report , column 761 . The FCO has not conducted any public opinion surveys since January 1994.

The purpose of the research undertaken by public survey organisations is to provide information useful to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as background for Government policy.


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Lockerbie

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Belgian Government concerning the public statements given by Ruber Orian concerning extradition and aspects of the Lockerbie case.      [15103]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: None.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Exhibitions

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he has considered an application for an exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Royal Assent for the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.      [15250]

Mr. Michael J. Martin: I understand that, under procedures agreed by the Administration Committee, arrangements have been made for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May 1995.

Mr. Rogers: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he has considered an application for an exhibition relating to Adult Learners Week to be displayed in the Upper Waiting Hall.      [15122]

Mr. Michael J. Martin: I understand that, under procedures agreed by the Administration Committee, arrangements have been made for the exhibition to be held in the Upper Waiting Hall from Monday 8 May to Friday 12 May 1995.


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Energy Efficiency

Mr. Fisher: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee if he will conduct a survey of the energy efficiency of (a) the heating and (b) the lighting in all the buildings for which the House of Commons Commission is responsible.

Mr. Ray Powell: A survey of energy efficiency has already been undertaken and was considered by the Committee last summer. The Director of Parliamentary Works was asked to report progress on the matter on an annual basis. The next such report is expected by July.

Consultants

Mr. Fisher: To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House of Commons Commission employs, on a consultancy basis (a) an architect and (b) a designer.

Mr. Beith: Yes.

Heating and Lighting

Mr. Fisher: To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent by the House of Commons Commission, in each of the last five years on (a) heating, (b) lighting, (c) repairs and maintenance and (d) office furniture.

Mr. Beith: Prior to 1991 92 the Department of the Environment was responsible for these matters and expenditure records are not available. Figures for office furniture are not recorded separately from general furniture and furnishings. The figures given are for total House of Commons expenditure on new furnishings and maintenance of existing furnishings.


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£                                                                       

                                    |Repairs and                        

            |Heating    |Lighting   |maintenance|Furnishings            

------------------------------------------------------------------------

1991-92     |200,000    |130,000    |9,706,000  |-                      

1992-93     |202,000    |140,000    |8,311,000  |-                      

1993-94     |219,000    |141,000    |8,506,000  |890,000                

1994-95     |216,000    |157,000    |7,580,000  |1,008,000              

SCOTLAND

Brucella Melitensis

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of brucella melitensis were reported in each year since 1985.

Sir Hector Monro: No cases of brucella melitensis have been recorded in Scotland since 1985.

National Continence Day

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what financial support he has given and will be giving to National Continence Day; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what representations he has had regarding the forthcoming National Continence Day; and if he will make a statement.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: A total of £10,500 has been allocated to fund National Continence Day in Scotland. The resources are being directed towards the servicing of a telephone helpline facility at the Continence Resource Centre, Southern General Hospital NHS trust, Glasgow and also the printing and distribution of information leaflets and advertisements in some Scottish newspapers. No representations have been received. The Scottish Office is happy to support the campaign to raise awareness of this condition and to encourage sufferers to seek advice and treatment.

Water and Sewerage

Mr. Nicholls: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the cost of his Department's expenditure on water and sewerage in (a) the current year and (b) each of the three previous years.


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Mr. Lang: The charges for water and sewerage for the buildings occupied by the Scottish Office for the relevant years were:


Date    |£              

------------------------

1991-92 |473,079        

1992-93 |343,771        

1993-94 |320,574        

1994-95 |413,726        

Civil Servants (Fast Stream)

Mrs. Maddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of those accepted for fast-stream entry for which his Department is responsible (a) in 1991, (b) in 1992, (c) in 1993 and (d) in 1994 were women.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 9 March 1995]: The proportion of women as a total of those selected for fast-stream entry to the Scottish Office in 1991 and 1992 can be found in the Civil Service Commissioner's report for the relevant years, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

The figures for 1993 and 1994 are 36 per cent. and 50 per cent. respectively.

Temporary Contracts

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for this year and each of the past five years, how many employees in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies for which his Department is responsible who have been employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration are re-employed in the same or similar position at a later date.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 15 March 1995]: This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what positions in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies for which his Department is responsible are filled by employees who are employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 15 March 1995]: At 1 March 1995, the number of casual staff, expressed as full-time equivalents, employed in the Scottish Office core was 146.5. A further 111.5 casual staff were employed in its executive agencies, excluding the Scottish Prison Service. The following table shows the grade equivalents at which these staff were employed:


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Casual staff employed by the Scottish Office and its executive                  

agencies (other than SPS) at 1 March 1995 (full-time equivalent)                

                                                |Executive                      

                |Grade                          |agencies                       

                |equivalent     |SO Core        |(excluding SPS)                

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Administration  |EO             |-              |1.0                            

                |AO             |6.0            |-                              

                |AA             |121.0          |48.5                           

                                                                                

Professional    |Gr 6           |0.5            |-                              

                |Gr 7           |0.5                                            

                |SEO            |2.5                                            

                |HEO            |-              |5.5                            

                |EO             |9.5            |1.5                            

                |AO             |1.0                                            

                |AA             |1.0            |20.5                           

                                                                                

Industrial      |Industrial     |4.5            |24.0                           

At 1 January 1995, the Scottish Prison Service employed 45.0 casual staff.

The length of contract tends not to be set at a fixed length in advance, but is subject to on-going review.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance has been issued in respect of the recruitment and appointment of non- permanent employees in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies supervised by his Department.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 15 March 1995]: At present the Scottish Office and its executive agencies, excluding the Scottish Prison Service, generally recruit staff, excluding casual appointments, on fixed- term appointments for initial periods of two or three years with the possibility of extension or making permanent.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the full terms of employment as specified to employees in his Department and all executive agencies for which he is responsible who are employed on a temporary contract of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 15 March 1995]: I am placing in the Library the terms of employment for casual staff in my Department and executive agencies. Casual staff are not normally employed on a continuous basis for a period exceeding 12 months.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies supervised by his Department have been employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration for this year and each of the past five years, in each case specifying what percentage of the respective total work force these employees constituted.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 15 March 1995]: The information requested is shown in the following table. The official staffing returns from which this information has been extracted do not include details on length of contract.


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Number of casual and permanent staff in post (full-time equivalents) the Scottish Office and its executive agencies                                       

            SO Core                                     Agencies Exclude                            SPS                                                   

                       SPS                                                                                                                                

                                            |Percentage                                 |Percentage                                 |Percentage           

Quarter    |Permanent |Casual    |Total     |Casual    |Permanent |Casual    |Total     |Casual    |Permanent |Casual    |Total     |Casual               

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1989                                                                                                                                                      

1 April    |6,273.0   |257.5     |6,530.5   |3.9       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |3,803.5   |10.0      |3,813.5   |0.3                  

1 July     |6,239.0   |364.5     |6,603.5   |5.5       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |3,884.5   |9.0       |3,893.5   |0.2                  

1 October  |5,683.0   |219.5     |5,902.5   |3.7       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |3,858.5   |8.0       |3,866.5   |0.2                  

1990                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |5,703.5   |162.5     |5,866.0   |2.8       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |0.0       |3,822.0   |7.0       |3,829.0   |0.2                  

1 April    |5,703.0   |218.0     |5,921.0   |3.7       |572.0     |26.0      |598.0     |4.3       |3,999.5   |7.0       |4,006.5   |0.2                  

1 July     |5,649.5   |199.0     |5,848.5   |3.4       |579.5     |104.5     |684.0     |15.3      |3,977.5   |3.0       |3,980.5   |0.1                  

1 October  |5,642.0   |155.0     |5,797.0   |2.7       |584.0     |101.5     |685.5     |14.8      |3,944.5   |4.0       |3,948.5   |0.1                  

1991                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |5,632.0   |166.0     |5,798.0   |2.9       |591.5     |26.5      |618.0     |4.3       |3,906.5   |4.0       |3,910.5   |0.1                  

1 April    |5,475.0   |103.0     |5,578.0   |1.8       |807.0     |145.5     |952.5     |15.3      |4,004.0   |4.0       |4,008.0   |0.1                  

1 July     |5,427.5   |178.0     |5,605.5   |3.2       |812.0     |146.5     |958.5     |15.3      |4,086.0   |4.0       |4,090.0   |0.1                  

1 October  |5,360.5   |134.0     |5,494.5   |2.4       |835.5     |107.5     |943.0     |11.4      |4,109.0   |5.0       |4,114.0   |0.1                  

1992                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |5,343.5   |152.5     |5,496.0   |2.8       |840.0     |55.0      |895.0     |6.1       |4,202.0   |6.0       |4,208.0   |0.1                  

1 April    |5,147.5   |78.0      |5,225.5   |1.5       |984.5     |74.5      |1,059.0   |7.0       |4,228.5   |8.0       |4,236.5   |0.2                  

1 July     |5,140.5   |133.0     |5,273.5   |2.5       |993.5     |161.0     |1,154.5   |13.9      |4,257.0   |8.0       |4,265.0   |0.2                  

1 October  |5,180.0   |160.0     |5,340.0   |3.0       |990.5     |77.0      |1,067.5   |7.2       |4,479.5   |11.0      |4,490.5   |0.2                  

1993                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |5,218.5   |170.0     |5,388.5   |3.2       |1,003.5   |58.0      |1,061.5   |5.5       |4,523.5   |10.0      |4,533.5   |0.2                  

1 April    |4,923.0   |149.0     |5,072.0   |2.9       |1,175.0   |104.0     |1,279.0   |8.1       |4,625.0   |19.0      |4,644.0   |0.4                  

1 July     |5,073.0   |204.5     |5,277.5   |3.9       |1,205.5   |170.5     |1,376.0   |12.4      |4,653.0   |18.0      |4,671.0   |0.4                  

1 October  |5,058.0   |168.5     |5,226.5   |3.2       |1,191.0   |89.0      |1,280.0   |7.0       |4,607.0   |17.0      |4,624.0   |0.4                  

1994                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |4,924.5   |151.5     |5,076.0   |3.0       |1,185.0   |58.5      |1,243.5   |4.7       |4,600.0   |16.0      |4,616.0   |0.3                  

1 April    |4,835.0   |142.5     |4,977.5   |2.9       |1,199.5   |57.5      |1,257.0   |4.6       |4,498.5   |14.0      |4,494.5   |0.3                  

1 July     |4,557.5   |136.0     |4,693.5   |2.9       |1,358.0   |174.5     |1,532.5   |11.4      |4,472.5   |22.0      |4,440.5   |0.5                  

1 October  |4,498.0   |125.5     |4,623.5   |2.7       |1,308.0   |106.0     |1,414.0   |7.5       |4,408.5   |32.0      |4,453.5   |0.7                  

1995                                                                                                                                                      

1 January  |4,428.0   |140.0     |4,568.0   |3.1       |1,299.5   |91.5      |1,391.0   |6.6       |4,271.0   |45.0      |4,316.0   |1.0                  

Notes:                                                                                                                                                    

1. Historic Scotland became an Executive Agency on 1.4.90.                                                                                                

2. Scottish Fisheries protection Agency became an Executive Agency on 1.4.91.                                                                             

3. Scottish Agricultural Science Agency became an Executive Agency on 1.4.92.                                                                             

4. Scottish Office Pensions Agency became an Executive Agency on 1.4.93.                                                                                  

5. Student Awards Agency for Scotland became an Executive Agency on 5.4.94.                                                                               

6. Traditionally, staff in the Scottish Prison Service have been shown separately from Scottish Office staff. Prior to the Scottish Prison Service        

becoming an Executive Agency on 1.4.93, staff in Prisons HQ (179 at 1.4.93) were included in Scottish Office Core. Since that date they have been         

included in SPS figures.                                                                                                                                  

Council Tax

Mr. Dunn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the band D council tax for 1995 96 for each local authority in Scotland.

Mr. Kynoch [holding answer 17 March 1995]: The information requested is given in the following table:


                        |Band D                         

                        |council tax                    

Local authority         |£                              

--------------------------------------------------------

Borders                 |413                            

Central                 |444                            

Dumfries and Galloway   |406                            

Fife                    |491                            

Grampian                |409                            

Highland                |424.12                         

Lothian                 |490                            

Strathclyde             |451                            

Tayside                 |475                            

Orkney                  |467                            

Shetland                |428.22                         

Western Isles           |524                            

Berwickshire            |58.5                           

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |108                            

Roxburgh                |107                            

Tweeddale               |90                             

Clackmannan             |186                            

Falkirk                 |104                            

Stirling                |133                            

Annandale and Eskdale   |124                            

Nithsdale               |129                            

Stewartry               |89                             

Wigtown                 |123                            

Dunfermline             |124                            

Kirkcaldy               |163                            

North East Fife         |158                            

Aberdeen City           |190                            

Banff and Buchan        |99                             

Gordon                  |90                             

Kincardine and Deeside  |64                             

Moray                   |99                             

Badenoch and Strathspey |99                             

Caithness               |86                             

Inverness               |118                            

Lochaber                |142                            

Nairn                   |114                            

Ross and Cromarty       |149                            

Skye and Lochalsh       |115                            

Sutherland              |102                            

East Lothian            |130                            

Edinburgh City          |245.36                         

Midlothian              |150                            

West Lothian            |91                             

Argyll and Bute         |188                            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |130                            

Clydebank               |167                            

Clydesdale              |190                            

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |186                            

Cumnock and Doon Valley |190                            

Cunninghame             |165                            

Dumbarton               |199                            

East Kilbride           |169                            

Eastwood                |99                             

Glasgow City            |225                            

Hamilton                |194                            

Inverclyde              |167                            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |151                            

Kyle and Carrick        |220                            

Monklands               |233                            

Motherwell              |179                            

Renfrew                 |189                            

Strathkelvin            |240                            

Angus                   |99                             

Dundee City             |233                            

Perth and Kinross       |110                            

Source:                                                 

Press details checked, where available against          

statistical returns to the Department.                  

ENVIRONMENT

Bed-and-breakfast Accommodation

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the yearly cost of bed-and-breakfast or temporary accommodation in the London borough of Wandsworth in each year since 1980.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The net costs of housing homeless households in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, as reported by Wandsworth on its revenue outturn returns, for the years 1990 91--the earliest period for which revenue outturn data are available--to 1993 94 were as follows:


        |£000       

--------------------

1990-91 |1,069      

1991-92 |1,132      

1992-93 |1,314      

1993-94 |898        

Data on local authorities' expenditure on bed-and-breakfast accommodation are also published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in its annual "Homelessness Statistics Actuals" publication. Copies of these publications, which are available for all years since 1979 80, are in the Library.

County Councils (Cash Reserves)

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the amount of cash reserves held by each county council.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 13 March, Official Report , column 421 .

Local Government

Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those local authorities which have established an office in Brussels; what is the cost of these offices; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: My Department does not collect this information.


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New Homes

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many new homes were completed privately by housing associations and by local authorities in 1994 (a) in England and Wales, (b) in Southwark and (c) in Lambeth.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: It is estimated that housebuilding completions in England and Wales during 1994 amounted to 125,800 private enterprise dwellings, 33,700 housing association dwellings and 1,400 local authority dwellings; a total of 160,900 dwellings. During the 12 months up to the end of September 1994, housebuilding completions in the London borough of Lambeth were reported at 96 private enterprise and 195 housing association dwellings; a total of 291 dwellings. Figures for the last three months of 1994 have not yet been sent to the Department.

Figures for Southwark are not available as this local authority has not sent the Department any statistical returns about housebuilding in its area since March 1986.

Business Rates

Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will amend regulations so that all security measures taken by small businesses are excluded from being taken into account when business rates are set.

Mr. Robert. B. Jones: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Normanton (Mr. O'Brien) on Tuesday 21 February, Official Report , columns 139 42 .

Radioactive Waste

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the method being adopted to evaluate the submissions made in response to the consultation paper circulated as part of the review of radioactive waste management policy.

Mr. Atkins: We have received a large number of responses to the review of radioactive waste management policy. Each of these is being given careful consideration. A statement of conclusions will be made in due course.

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what reports he has received concerning breaches of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 by the disposal to sea from nuclear facilities of radioactive acid.

Mr. Atkins: My Department has received no such reports.

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent incidences of significant environmental contamination by radioactive tritium have been reported to his Department by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution; and what steps have been taken to discover the cause of such contamination.

Mr. Atkins: There have been no recent instances of significant environmental contamination by radioactive tritium reported by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution. Disposal of radioactive waste, including tritiated material, is regulated by HMIP under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993. As part of this regulatory function the inspectorate carries out a monitoring programme to confirm that the environmental impact of such disposals is minimal. The results are published in HMIP's annual monitoring programme


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report on radioactive substances, a copy of which is in the Library. The most recent report for the calender year 1993, shows an increase in the levels of tritium in the leachate arising from some landfill sites. An investigation and an enhanced monitoring programme have been instigated to examine this issue. The quantities of radioactive tritium are, however, such that the radiological impact of these discharges is negligible.

Rural Development Commission

Mr. Robert Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the items of expenditure by the Rural Development Commission in north Yorkshire during the last financial year.

Mr. Atkins: The Rural Development Commission provided financial support for numerous schemes and individuals in north Yorkshire in 1993 94. Expenditure by programme was as follows:


                                              |1993-94            

Programme                                     |£000               

------------------------------------------------------------------

Redundant Building Grants                     |340                

Loans and ACCORD                              |864                

Marketing Grants                              |34                 

Partnership Workspace                         |413                

Wholly Funded Workspace                       |1,015              

Rural Development Programme                   |215                

Rural Counselling Grant                       |12                 

Training and Enterprise                       |5                  

Village Hall Legislation Scheme               |15                 

New Entrants Training Scheme and Productivity                     

  Centre                                      |21                 

                                                                  

Total                                         |2,940              

In addition, the commission provided a grant of £125,000 for Yorkshire rural community council in support of the council's work across the whole of Yorkshire.

Mr. Robert Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current financial support provided by the Government for the Rural Development Commission in north Yorkshire.

Mr. Atkins: The Rural Development Commission is funded in part by grant-in-aid from the Government and in part by receipts from its operations and services. The commission also administers the rural transport development fund on behalf of the Department of Transport. Government funding for the commission is not allocated to specific geographical areas. It is for the commission to decide where its money will be spent in accordance with its corporate plan.

Sewerage (Rotherham)

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussion he has had with Yorkshire and Trent water companies to maintain improvements in sewage and sewerage in Rotherham.

Mr. Atkins: None.

Housing in Multiple Occupation

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total number of responses


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received by his Department to the consultation on licensing houses in multiple occupation; and what percentage of these responses was favourable to a licensing scheme.

Mr. Bill Michie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made on the consultation paper "Houses in Multiple Occupation--The Case For Licensing"; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The period for responses to my Department's consultation paper on the case for licensing houses in multiple occupation closed on 18 February: we have received 379 responses. Approximately two thirds were from local housing authorities and fire authorities. About three quarters of the responses were in favour of introducing some form of licensing system, although there was a wide variety of opinion on the details. We are now considering what action to take in the light of these, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Local Government (Lancashire)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received to date concerning his decision to refer back to the Local Government Commission its recommendations on Lancashire.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: We have not decided to refer Lancashire back to the Local Government Commission.

Development Corporations

Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the method used by each development corporation to estimate the changes in employment in its respective area; and if he will make a statement.      [14331]

Sir Paul Beresford: The urban development corporations undertake surveys of the businesses in their respective areas to obtain details of employment levels. They supplement that information with information on employment taken from planning and grant applications.


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