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Mr. Richards: Information on the number of people employed by local authorities in Wales is compiled by the Local Government Management Board. Figures for staff employed in administration are not separately available. The estimated number of full-time and part-time non-manual staff employed in the education service, other than lecturers and teachers, in June 1994 was 11,050--8,870 full-time equivalents. This comprises all non-manual staff identified as employed within the education service and includes administrative, secretarial and clerical staff, youth and community workers, nursery and other non-teaching classroom assistants, library staff serving educational establishments, educational psychologists and careers guidance staff. Figures for individual education authorities are not released into the public domain because estimates at this level of disaggregation are not considered sufficiently reliable by the LGMB.


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Ministerial Visits

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which police headquarters he has visited in Wales since taking office.      [16748]

Mr. Redwood.: None. The police force is a responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary.

Mixed-sex Wards

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what new proposals he has to reduce the numbers of mixed-sex wards in Welsh hospitals.      [17350]

Mr. Richards: Hospitals are already required to provide services which take account of an individual's privacy and dignity, and I have told the NHS that the next edition of the patients charter, to be published later this year, will emphasise the need for the service to take better account of patients' preferences when arranging hospital accommodation.

To prepare the ground for the requirements of the new charter, I have asked the chairman of each health and NHS trust in Wales to develop proposals by the end of April for improving performance in this area.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Publicity

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the estimate of departmental expenditure on advertising and publicity for 1994 95; and what was the actual number for 1993 94.      [17192]

Mr. Ian Taylor: Total expenditure on publicity from my Department's centrally managed budgets was £8.47 million in 1993 94 of which £.78 million was in respect of advertising. The corresponding figures for 1994 95 are estimated to be £7.89 million and £.56 million respectively.

Indonesia (Visits)

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the exact dates of ministerial visits to Indonesia since 1 January 1990, naming the Ministers and giving the reasons for the visit in each case.      [16510]

Mr. Ian Taylor: The following ministerial visits to Indonesia covered by my present departmental responsibilities have taken place since 1 January 1990:

26 February 1992: Lord Rae Minister for Technology and Aerospace. Trade promotion visit.

7-10 January 1993: Richard Needham, Minister for Trade. Trade promotion visit.

1-3 June 1993: Richard Needham, Minister for Trade. Trade promotion visit.

10 15 September 1993: Tim Eggar, Minister for Energy. Trade Promotion Visit.

1 3 December 1993: Richard Needham, Minister for Trade. Trade promotion visit.

18 23 October 1994: Richard Needham, Minister for Trade. Trade promotion visit.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the exact dates of visits by officials


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in his Department to Indonesia since 1 January 1990 and the reason for the visit in each case.      [16511]

Mr. Ian Taylor: This information is not held on a central database and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

West Midlands Economy

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what meetings he has held in the last two years about future programmes to regenerate and develop the west midlands economy through the European structural funds; and what these programmes will be.      [16226]

Mr. Page: My colleagues and I have on occasion met Commissioners to discuss matters generally concerning the European structural funds. No meetings have been specifically about west midlands issues. The west midlands will benefit from structural fund assistance through the following programmes already approved:

West Midlands/Objectives 2 Single Programming Document 1994 1996. The Marches 5b Single Programming Document 1994 96.

The Great Britain Objective 3 Programme.

I expect the eligible parts of the West Midlands also benefit from structural fund community initiative programmes including, EMPLOYMENT, KONVER, RETEX, SME, RECHAR, LEADER and URBAN.

Dounreay

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proposals have been submitted for decommissioning the Dounreay fast reactor, the prototype fast reactor and the HMS Vulcan reactor test establishment.      [16054]

Mr. Page: The responsibility for the decommissioning of nuclear plant at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's Dounreay site rests with UKAEA Government division. The DTI has accepted responsibility for funding most of the work. Proposals for the decommissioning of the Dounreay fast reactor and the prototype fast reactor, which form part of the programme of work, have been agreed between the UKAEA Government division and the DTI. Both reactors are currently undergoing the first stage of decommissioning.

The decommissioning of the HMS Vulcan reactor test establishment is a matter for the Ministry of Defence.

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what comparative studies were carried out into the options for managing the final load of spent nuclear fuel from the Dounreay prototype fast reactor; and what studies were done to justify the reprocessing of the fuel, as referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 14 February 1994, Official Report , column 573.

Mr. Page: The UKAEA has carried out a study of the management options for the final load of spent fuel from the Dounreay prototype fast reactor. The study considered the following alternatives to a continuation of reprocessing in the Dounreay PFR reprocessing plant: (a) Reprocessing at Sellafield, in France, in CIS countries or in Japan;

(b) Long term storage pending either reprocessing or direct disposal;

(c) Direct disposal.


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The study is presently being reviewed and updated to incorporate current data. It provisionally concluded that, on technical and economic grounds, continued reprocessing at Dounreay is the preferred option.

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action will be taken concerning installation of a nitric acid neutralising plant at Dounreay.      [16053]

Mr. Page: Specifications for a nitric acid neutralisation plant at Dounreay are currently being prepared. It is expected that construction and installation of the necessary equipment will be completed by 1997.

Top Executives' Pay

Mr. McFall: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of the talks between his Department and the CBI committee established to look at the pay of the top executives.      [15300]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: The formation of a committee under the chairmanship of Sir Richard Greenbury to review the framework for determining and disclosing executive remuneration is a private sector initiative. The Government have no direct involvement in the committee's work. The committee's recommendations will be addressed in the first instance to companies and their shareholders, but the Government will be ready to consider whether any recommendations require legislative action.

Child Care

Mr. McNamara: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the child care or nursery facilities within his Department; and what is the breakdown in their use (a) by grade and (b) by gender.      [15235]

Mr. Ian Taylor: The DTI--excluding the following executive agencies: Companies House, the Insolvency Service, the National Engineering Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, the Laboratory of the Government Chemists, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, the Patent Office and the Radiocommunications Agency--provides school holiday playscheme places in London and a number of regional locations.

The figures showing the number of staff whose children used the playschemes during 1994 95 are set out in the following table:


Grade level |Male       |Female     |Total                  

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5           |2          |2          |4                      

6           |1          |-          |1                      

7           |12         |2          |14                     

SEO         |5          |3          |8                      

HEO         |6          |10         |16                     

EO          |1          |7          |8                      

AO          |-          |19         |19                     

AA          |1          |9          |10                     

                                                            

Total       |28         |52         |80                     

The chief executives of the DTI's executive agencies will respond direct to the hon. Member.

Letter from David Durham to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 30 March 1995 :


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I have been asked by the President of the Board of Trade to respond to your question concerning child care and nursery facilities.

Companies House does not provide nursery facilities, but we do provide financial assistance (50% of the cost) to staff who wish to use our approved Holiday Play Care Scheme during the Easter and Summer school holidays. This assistance has been available since the Summer of 1993.

I have detailed below the average usage, grade and gender split for the last three holidays ie Summer 1993, Easter 1994 and Summer 1994.


Average number of    |Average gender split|Average grade split                      

staff using the                                                                     

scheme                                                                              

                     |%                   |%                                        

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19                   |Female 93           |Clerical 71                              

                     |Male 7              |Management 29                            

Please let me know if you require any further details. Letter from Peter Joyce to Kevin McNamara, dated 30 March 1995 : The President of the Board of Trade has asked me to reply to your question about childcare or nursery facilities in the Insolvency Service.

The Service participates in the DTI Playscheme in Central London, operational in school holidays, and provides a number of places at a subsidised rate. Usage in the 21 months period from April 1993 to December 1994 was:


                                 |Playscheme                                                                                                                         

                                 |days                            |Staff grade                     |Gender                                                           

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                                 |3                               |Assistant Official Receiver (B) |Male                                                             

                                 |27                              |Examiner (D)                    |Female                                                           

                                 |34                              |Administrative Officer          |Female                                                           

                                 |67                              |Typist                          |Female                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                     

Total                            |131                                                                                                                                

Letter from Richard Worswick to Mr. Kevin McNamara dated, 30 March 1995:

The President of the Board of Trade has asked me to reply to your question concerning childcare/nursery facilities available at the laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC).

The three DTI Agencies based at Teddington, Middlesex (National Physical Laboratory, National Weights and Measures Laboratory and the Laboratory of the Government Chemist) together provide a nursery facility at the Teddington site for employees' children of pre-school age and babies over 3 months old. An analysis (by grade and gender) of the 17 LGC employees who have children attending the nursery is given in the table below.

In addition, two children of employees of DTI's Chemicals and Biotechnology Division (some of whose staff are co-located with LGC on the Teddington site) attend the nursery facility. The data for these employees is shown in brackets in the table below.


                                  Gender of                                   

                                  employee                                    

                  |Number in                                                  

Employee grade    |grade         |Male          |Female                       

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Grade 7           |2             |1             |1                            

S-level grades    |4             |3             |1                            

H-1level grades   |3             |1             |2                            

EO and equivalent                                                             

  grades          |4             |1             |3                            

Administrative,                                                               

  support and                                                                 

  equivalent      |(+2 CB) 4     |-             |(+2 CB) 4                    

                                                                              

Totals            |(+2 CB) 17    |6             |(+2 CB) 11                   

Letter from W. Edgar to Mr. Kevin McNamara dated, 30 March 1995: I would refer to your Parliamentary Question to the President to the Board of Trade concerning child care and nursery facilities available within his Department. I would confirm that this agency does not provide any such facilities.

Letter from Peter Clapham to Mr. Kevin McNamara dated, 30 March 1995:

I am writing in response to your question to the President of the Board of Trade regarding child care facilities within the DTI, and their use (a) by grade and (b) by gender.

The National Physical Laboratory, in conjunction with the Laboratory of the Government Chemist and the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, provides an on-site nursery at Teddington. As at February 1995, usage of the nursery by staff at NPL was:-


D

                 |Grade           |Number                           

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a) by grade      |Grade 7         |6                                

                 |SSO & equivalent|1                                

                 |HSO & equivalent|5                                

                 |SO & equivalent |6                                

                 |ASO & equivalent|1                                

                                                                    

b) by gender     |Male            |7                                

                 |Female          |12                               

I hope the above provides the information you require. Letter from Seton Bennett to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 30 March 1995:

The President of the Board of Trade has asked me to reply on behalf of this Agency to your Parliamentary Question about child care and nursery facilities.

There is a nursery facility on the Teddington site shared by NWML with the National Physical Laboratory and the Laboratory of the Government Chemist. Three members of NWML staff currently use the facility as follows:

Grade

1 Higher Professional & Technical Officer

1 Higher Scientific Officer

1 Scientific Officer

Gender

1 female

2 male

Letter from P.R.S. Hartnack to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 30 March 1995:

I have been asked to reply--with respect to the Patent Office--to your recent Parliamentary question to the President of the Board of Trade concerning child care or nursery facilities.

The Patent Office occupies the Duffryn site at Newport, South Wales, alongside the Central Statistical Office, and has access to the nursery facilities operated by CSO. At the moment six Patent Office employees (two female executive officers, four female administrative officers) place children in the nursery during the working day.

In addition, the Patent Office operates playschemes during the Easter and Summer school holidays, when staff at work may find it difficult to arrange care for children at home. We bus children from the Newport site to a larger nursery in Cardiff (about nine miles) at the beginning of the working day, and return them to the site at the end.

Usage in 1994 was as follows:


Grade             |Gender|Number       

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Easter playscheme                      

HEO               |F     |2            

HEO               |M     |1            

EO                |M     |1            

AO                |F     |1            

AO                |M     |1            

Support grade     |M     |1            

AA                |F     |2            

                                       

Summer playscheme                      

HEO               |F     |2            

HEO               |M     |2            

EO                |F     |3            

AO                |F     |2            

Support grade     |M     |1            

AA                |M     |1            

AA                |F     |1            

(HEO stands for higher executive       

officer and AA for administrative      

assistance). I hope this is helpful.   

Letter from Jim Norton to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 30 March 1995:

CHILD CARE AND NURSERY FACILITIES

The President of the Board of Trade has asked me to reply to your question about child care and nursery facilities.

The Agency does not have any child care or nursery facilities at present and there are no plans to introduce such facilities in the foreseeable future.

Imports

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list imports as a percentage of the United Kingdom market for manufacturers by main sector for the latest date for which figures are available.      [17128]

Mr. Ian Taylor: The latest available information was published in 1990 by the Central Statistical Office in "Business Monitor MQ12", available in the Library of the House. Information for 1993 is expected to be published by the CSO in the "Monthly Digest of Statistics", at the end of April 1995.

Financial and Advisory Services

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what leaflets are published by his Department which list the forms of (a) financial and (b) advisory assistance available from public or private sector sources to businesses in Britain.      [16900]

Mr. Ian Taylor: The DTI brochure "Services for Business" sets out the range of services available from the DTI; supported by secondary publications providing more detailed information on the individual services.

Increasingly, DTI services are being delivered by Business Links. These private sector-led partnerships are bringing together the full range of business support services in their areas--providing "one stop" access.

Business Links are putting together lists of the financial and advisory assistance available from public and private sector sources in their areas. The information is not held centrally and the DTI does not have a comprehensive list of all the business support services available.

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what forms of financial assistance outside areas receiving regional development assistance are available for assisting established companies (a) to expand premises or production and (b) to pilot new brands of machinery; and how many applications for such assistance are processed.      [16870]

Mr. Ian Taylor: Outside the areas qualifying for regional aid there is no financial assistance from the DTI


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specifically to help businesses to expand premises or production or to pilot new brands of machinery. However, the SMART--small firms merit award for research and technology--and SPUR-- support for products under research--schemes help small businesses research and develop new products and processes involving innovative technology. In the past year, there were 1,494 entries for the SMART competition, resulting in 180 offers of support, and there have been 168 applications for SPUR which, to date, have led to 73 offers of support.

Contract with America

Mr. Steen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will place in the Library the Washington DC embassy's reports of 9 and 18 January concerning the Republicans' contract with America.      [17083]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: I have arranged to deposit the documents requested in the Library of the House.

Deregulation Initiatives

Mr. Steen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade which overseas posts have reported on deregulation initiatives since the start of the current year.      [17088]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: Since the start of the current year, 14 overseas posts have reported formally and informally on deregulation in their host countries. These posts were:

Austria; Canada; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Spain; Sweden; and the United States of America.

Argentina

Mr. Wilson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the policy of Her Majesty'sGovernment on trade with the Argentine; and what plans he has to review it.      [16231]

Mr. Ian Taylor: I refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Parry), on 7 December 1994, Official Report, columns 259 60. Our overall policy is to promote the continued growth of trade with and investment in, Argentina and we have no plans to review that policy. There remains an embargo on the sale of arms and military equipment to Argentina.

Overseas Investments

Mr. Wilson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the contribution of overseas investment to the profitability of (a) British Gas, (b) British Telecom, (c) the privatised water companies and (d) the privatised electricity companies; and if he will make a statement.      [16233]

Mr. Eggar: Decisions about overseas investment are matters for the companies themselves and not for me, but I am always pleased at the successes of the privatised companies in overseas markets.

Arms Exports to Indonesia

Mr. Worthington: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 14 March, Official Report, column 483, what were the five applications for the export of arms to Indonesia that were refused by his Department in 1994; what were the arms involved; which


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were the firms promoting them; and what were the reasons for refusal.      [15995]

Mr. Ian Taylor: It has been the practice of successive Governments not to reveal details of export licences or applications for licences.

Post Office

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many crown post offices are currently in operation throughout (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom; and if he will list the crown post offices still in operation in Scotland and the parliamentary constituencies within which they lie.      [16311]

Mr. Page [holding answer 27 March 1995]: I understand from the Post Office that, at the end of February 1995, there were 61 crown post offices operating in Scotland and 735 crown post offices operating throughout the United Kingdom. A list of the crown post offices operating in Scotland, showing the parliamentary constituencies within which they are located, is being placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many people are employed at each of the crown post offices operating within Scotland.      [16310]

Mr. Page [holding answer 27 March 1995]: A copy of the list provided by the Post Office of the 60 crown post offices currently operating in Scotland and the numbers of staff employed at each of them is being placed in the Library of the House.

Indonesia (Exports)

Ms Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what export licences have been granted to British firms for export to Indonesia of (a) crowd control technologies and (b) CS gas.      [16728]

Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 28 March 1995]: It has been the practice of successive Governments not to reveal details of export licences or applications for export licences.


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