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Year |1979 |1984-85<1>|1989-90<2>|1991-92 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Self-inflicted deaths |29 |37 |43 |43 <2> The figures for 1989-90 and 1991-92 cover the period 1 April to 31 March.
The attached tables give a breakdown of deaths for each establishment, copies of which will be placed in the Library of the House.
Breakdown of deaths resulting from self-harm by establishment, number of incidents and verdict for the year 1979 Establishment |Number of incidents|Verdict -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gartree |1 |Suicide Wormwood Scrubs |2 |Suicide Dartmoor |1 |Suicide Wandsworth |2 |Suicide Wandsworth |1 |Open Brixton |5 |Suicide Pentonville |1 |Misadventure Pentonville |1 |Suicide Haverigg |1 |Misadventure Lincoln |2 |Suicide Bristol |1 |Misadventure Brockhill |1 |Open Huntercoombe |1 |Misadventure Liverpool |2 |Suicide Liverpool |1 |Accidental Liverpool |1 |Misadventure Shrewsbury |1 |Suicide Winchester |1 |Suicide Leeds |1 |Suicide Lewes |1 |Suicide Stafford |1 |Suicide
Breakdown of deaths resulting from self-harm, by establishment, number of incidents and verdict for the financial year 1984-1985 (1 April to 31 March) Establishment |Number of incidents|Verdict -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wormwood Scrubs |2 |Suicide Swansea |1 |Suicide Swansea |2 |Misadventure Pentonville |3 |Suicide Brixton |5 |Suicide Durham |2 |Suicide Norwich |2 |Suicide Bristol |1 |Misadventure Exeter |3 |Suicide Leicester |2 |Suicide Shrewsbury |1 |Suicide Lewes |1 |Suicide Wakefield |1 |Suicide Wandsworth |1 |Suicide Birmingham |1 |Suicide Parkhurst |2 |Suicide Leeds |1 |Suicide Leeds |1 |Open Winchester |1 |Misadventure Preston |1 |Suicide Portsmouth |1 |Suicide Liverpool |1 |Accidental Death Holloway |1 |Open
Breakdown of deaths resulting from self-harm, by establishment, number of incidents and verdict for the year 1989-90 (1 April-31 March) Establishment |Number of incidents|Verdict -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Littlehey |1 |Suicide Brixton |4 |Open Brixton |2 |Accidental death Brixton |2 |Suicide Lewes |1 |Suicide Dartmoor |1 |Suicide Winchester |1 |Suicide Winchester |1 |Open Risley |1 |Open Manchester |5 |Suicide Stafford |1 |Suicide Exeter |1 |Suicide Lancaster |1 |Suicide Rochester |2 |Suicide Wormwood Scrubs |1 |Suicide Garth |1 |Suicide Cardiff |1 |Accidental death Shepton Mallet |1 |Suicide Bristol |3 |Suicide Canterbury |1 |Suicide Hindley |2 |Suicide Swansea |1 |Suicide Leeds |1 |Suicide Long Lartin |1 |Suicide Liverpool |1 |Open Bedford |1 |Suicide Camphill |1 |Suicide Pentonville |1 |Misadventure Durham |1 |Suicide Glen Parva |1 |Suicide
Breakdown of deaths resulting from self-harm by establishment, number of incidents and verdict for the year 1991-92 (1 April-31 March) Establishment |Number of incidents|Verdict -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oxford |1 |Accidental Garth |1 |Suicide Leeds |1 |Open Leeds |1 |Suicide Liverpool |2 |Suicide Brixton |1 |Suicide Featherstone |1 |Suicide Wormwood Scrubs |1 |Open Durham |2 |Suicide Pentonville |2 |Suicide Pentonville |1 |Open Parkhurst |1 |Suicide Full Sutton |1 |Misadventure Grendon |2 |Suicide Manchester |1 |Suicide Birmingham |3 |Suicide Preston |1 |Suicide Dorchester |2 |Open Wakefield |1 |Suicide Feltham |2 |Suicide Feltham |1 |Accidental death Feltham |1 |Open Nottingham |1 |Suicide Glen Parva |2 |Suicide Cardiff |1 |Suicide Winchester |1 |Suicide Haverigg |1 |Open Stafford |1 |Open Norwich |1 |Misadventure Norwich |1 |Suicide Stoke Heath |1 |Suicide Long Lartin |1 |Suicide Hull |1 |Suicide Bristol |1 |Suicide
Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) firearms, (b) knives and (c) other dangerous weapons were found secreted in Her Majesty's prisons in (i) 1979, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1990 and (iv) the last year for which figures are available. 
Column 862to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mrs. Barbara Roche, dated 31 March 1995:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking how many (a) firearms, (b) knives and (c) other dangerous weapons were found secreted in Her Majesty's prisons in (i) 1979 (ii) 1985 (iii) 1990 and (iv) the last year for which figures are available.
Finds of knives and other related sharp instruments are not recorded centrally. Weapons such as firearms and CS gas canisters have been reported and recorded centrally since June 1988.
The information on firearms and CS gas canisters for 1990 and 1994 is contained in the table below:
|Firearms |Other |(all hand guns) |(all gas canisters) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |Nil |Nil 1994 |5<1> |2 <1> Four incidents-one without ammunition. A gas canister was also found on 12 January of this year.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines his Department has issued to its agencies and other public bodies under its authority in respect of the employment of public relations companies and the procedures to be adopted in relation to requesting tenders for public relations companies. 
Mr. Nelson: The Treasury does not have any agencies. Grants in aid are paid from the Treasury vote to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the British-American Parliamentary Group, the Inter- Parliamentary Union and the Private Finance Panel Executive. The conditions relating to the way in which these grants can be spent are set out in financial memoranda which do not include specific requirements in respect of public relations companies.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: It is difficult to calculate the true extent of smuggling. Assuming a detection rate of one in 20 would suggest, for the 12 months to 31 January 1995, a revenue loss relating to alcohol in the order of £37 million.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a sector breakdown for manufacturing showing for each sector the quarterly peak output since 1985 as a percentage of the figure for the fourth quarter of 1994 together with his forecast for 1995 and 1996. 
Column 863Statistical Office and available in the House of Commons Library. The Treasury does not publish forecasts of the sectoral breakdown.
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Treasury building in Great George street, Whitehall, was last inspected by the relevant local authority for health and safety at work purposes; and whether it currently fully meets all the requirements of the current legislation in that respect. 
Mr. Nelson: The Health and Safety Executive is the responsible authority for enforcing current health and safety legislation in the Treasury building in Parliament street. They last inspected the building in 1992. My staff regularly arrange health and safety inspections of the building by competent persons with a view to ensuring that it meets the requirements of the current health and safety legislation.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he made as to whether the previous deputy governor of the Bank of England should resign; and what was the reason for these representations. 
Mr. Nelson: It was Mr. Pennant-Rea's own decision to resign. As my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor made clear in his letter to Mr. Pennant-Rea, he felt Mr. Pennant-Rea had done an exceptional job as deputy governor and he was sorry that Mr. Pennant-Rea had decided to resign.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the reasons for the changes in manufacturing output less food between (a) 1990 and 1994 and (b) the peak quarter of 1990 and the fourth quarter of 1994. 
The Department for National Savings' declared aim is to support the Government's management of its debt and its policies for personal savings by attracting and retaining
Column 864investments from the retail market efficiently and
The Department's primary task is therefore to be an efficient and cost effective source of funding for Her Majesty's Government. It is also charged with maintaining a suitable range of schemes to encourage savings among the population.
Volume of Funding in 1995 96
The net contribution of National Savings to funding in 1995 96 is assumed to be around £2.5 billion.
The Treasury is responsible, under the National Loans Act 1968, for setting the terms of National Savings products. DNS will normally take the lead in bringing forward proposals to Treasury Ministers on product terms, including rates.
The Government intend that National Savings' contribution to funding should offer value for money overall compared with its other sources of funding. Product terms will take account of the need for DNS to retain the capability and market presence to contribute to the Government's funding needs over the medium term.
Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make representations to the Crown Estate Commissioners to keep rent rises for Crown Estate tenants to reasonable and affordable levels. 
Mr. Kenneth Clarke [holding answer 28 March 1995]: The Government are not involved in the setting of rent levels for Crown Estate tenants. The Crown Estate Commissioners act within the provisions of the Crown Estate Act 1961, and the requirements of housing legislation.
Mr. Redwood: Distribution formulae for calculating unitary authority standard spending assessments are being developed in consultation with the Welsh Consultative Council on Local Government Finance. I will announce my provisional local government revenue settlement plans for 1996 97 as soon as possible after the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 7 March, Official Report , column 153 , if he will list the administrative cost of the national health service in Wales for each year since 1979 in current prices.
Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people in Wales who (a) are under the age of 18 years and (b) in total per health authority are known to suffer from serious asthmatic conditions. 
Mr. Redwood: Information on the number of people suffering from diseases is not collected centrally. However, latest estimates of the number of completed consultant episodes for the hospital treatment of asthma to residents of Wales are as follows:
Health authority Age of patient area of residence |Under 18 |<1>All ages ---------------------------------------------------- Clwyd |356 |790 East Dyfed |191 |484 Gwent |475 |993 Gwynedd |213 |486 Mid Glamorgan |649 |1,237 Pembrokeshire |131 |267 Powys |35 |144 South Glamorgan |475 |1,000 West Glamorgan |164 |408 <1> Includes age not known.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 21 March, Official Report , column 192 , how many people requested assistance from the relevant family health services authority in registering for NHS dentistry during (a) 1993 and (b) 1994. 
" |1993 |1994 ---------------------------------- Clwyd |1,592|2,187 Dyfed |1,359|1,168 Gwent |991 |1,120 Gwynedd |8,365|7,792 Mid Glamorgan |337 |298 Powys |977 |1,034 South Glamorgan |2,408|1,250 West Glamorgan |130 |160
This information was supplied for management purposes only and is not statistically validated.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West dated 10 March, what period of time was requested by the proprietors of Bryn Alyn Hall school, Clwyd, to enable them to remedy those matters referred to in the
Column 866OHMCI Wales letter of May 1994 in relation to the school's approval to admit local education authority placements of special educational needs children; 
(2) pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West of 10 March, if the Department has received the detailed plan of action from the proprietors of Bryn Alyn Hall school to remedy the matters pointed out in the OHMCI Wales letter to the school of May 1994; what further proposals he has made to inspect the school; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: In line with the legislation, my Department agreed the request of the proprietors of Bryn Alyn Hall school to allow a period of time to remedy the shortcomings identified by OHMCI. The period of time requested was not specified, but in a letter 5 July 1994 to the school proprietors my Department allowed an extension of time in two phases: receipt of an action plan within four weeks and, subject to receipt of that plan, a period of four months to address the breaches in approval requirements; the action plan was received. It was also made clear in the Department's letter that OHMCI would be asked to carry out a further inspection of the school in November 1994 to assess progress. The Department is currently considering what, if any, action needs to be taken in the light of the information received from OHMCI following that inspection.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has to introduce statutory guidelines for the non-departmental public bodies he sponsors to protect board members who take action to supply information to him regarding allegations of mis-spending of public money; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: The code of best practice for board members of public bodies, sent to all NDPBs in July last year, already confirms that members of an NDPB board have corporate responsibility for ensuring that the body complies with all relevant statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds. Any individual member who has a particular concern should raise this in the first instance with the chairman or board. An individual member has the right to raise with Ministers any matter of importance relating to his or her duty as a member of the board. Any board member who has evidence of impropriety by others should make sure it is passed on to someone who can deal with it impartially and fairly.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he proposes to reserve the right to make the decision on the proposed transfer of regional accident and emergency services from the Cardiff royal infirmary to the University Hospital of Wales pursuant to section 57 of the June 1991 guidelines entitled "Substantial Changes in the Use of Health Buildings." 
Mr. Redwood: I have not reserved the right to decide this matter. The next step is for the community health council to submit a constructive and realistic alternative proposal to the health authorities. The matter will be referred to me for decision only if the CHC and the health authorities are unable to reach agreement on the proposals.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance he has given to the South Glamorgan health authority and the Cardiff community health council concerning the time allowed for the health council to prepare alternative proposals for the future of regional accident and emergency departments and the financial and other resources required by the health council to prepare such proposals pursuant to paragraph 52 of the June 1991 "Guidelines on Substantial Changes in the Use of Health Buildings". 
Mr. Redwood: The recommended period for the provision of alternative proposals is eight weeks from the end of the consultation period arranged by the health authority. Health authorities are expected to provide community health councils with reasonable assistance to help councils develop constructive and realistic alternative proposals for the delivery of effective and efficient health services.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received asking him to consider giving financial support to Welsh representation on the Committee of the Regions; and if he will list those from whom these representations were received. 
Mr. Redwood: Nine; three from the hon. Member, two from Councillor Eurig Wyn of Gwynedd county council and a member of the Committee of the Regions, one from J. H. R. Hughes Esq., central services manager of Rhymney Valley district council, two from Councillor J. R. P. Evans of Rhymney Valley district council and a member of the Committee of the Regions, and one from Councillor T. J. Mahoney of the Assembly of Welsh Counties.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received asking him to consider giving financial support to the Welsh Forum; and if he will list those from whom these representations were received. 
Mr. Redwood: Five; two from the hon. Member, one from Councillor Eurig Wyn of Gwynedd county council and a member of the Committee of the Regions, and one from Councillor T. J. Mahoney of the Assembly of Welsh Counties.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the skills gap in Wales; and what new steps he is planning to improve the numbers of qualified technicians in Wales and the supply of suitable applicants for apprenticeships on offer leading to technician- level qualifications. 
Mr. Redwood: The 1994 Welsh employers survey, conducted by the independent researchers IFF, covered nearly 3,000 employers in Wales. It found that about 5 per cent. of manufacturing establishments in Wales had
Column 868vacancies that were hard to fill because of a lack of skilled or qualified applicants. Improving the supply of qualified technicians has long been one of my priorities. In December 1993 I announced that support for new modern apprenticeships in Wales would concentrate in 1994 95 on manufacturing engineering, training people to NVQ levels 3 and 4. Nearly 500 people have started modern apprenticeships in manufacturing engineering in Wales in 1994 95. To support this, during 1994 95 I invested £5 million to update colleges' engineering facilities. This is in addition to the normal capital funding available to colleges through the Further Education Funding Council for Wales.
A concerted action plan to strengthen the supply of technicians in manufacturing industry is set out on pages 12 and 13 of "People and Prosperity--an Agenda for Action in Wales", which I published on 20 March. I wrote to all the TECs on 8 March to tell them to take action ahead of any shortage of engineer, electronics specialists and construction trades appearing.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had from National Panasonic concerning the adequacy of the supply of suitable applicants for apprenticeship to intermediate levels of skills between the craft and graduate engineer level. 
Mr. Redwood: A copy of the press release that Panasonic issued on 16 March was obtained by the Welsh Office, and a Welsh Office official spoke to the company. No direct representations from the company have been received, but at my request South Glamorgan training and enterprise council is meeting the company to discuss the issue and to try to solve the problem.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from business leaders in Wales concerning the adequate supply of qualified (a) craftsmen and women, (b) technicians and (c) graduate engineers; and what consultations he has had with the educational establishments in Wales and with the Wales engineering centre concerning the supply and demand for engineering technicians in electronics and other branches of engineering. 
Mr. Redwood: In the course of my visits to companies in Wales, business leaders have commented on these issues but no formal representations have been made recently to my Department. The Welsh Office issued a consultation paper on engineering skills in May 1993. Fifty-four responses were received. In the light of this, I announced in December 1993 a package of measures to improve the supply of engineering skills, linked to modern apprenticeships. I attach high priority to increasing the number of trained engineers and electronics specialists and have instructed the training and enterprise councils to do this.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he completed the ministerial review of the functions of the Health Promotion Authority for Wales; when he proposes to make his conclusions public; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales made his recommendations to me at the end of January. I agree with his conclusion that there is a need for a national body to help with health promotion work in Wales. I have asked my officials to look at the
Column 869feasibility of alternative framework for this body before deciding on changes that may be required.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many people in Wales were registered for, and in receipt of, mobility allowance in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many people in Wales are registered for, and in receipt of, attendance allowance in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement. 
Information is not available in the form requested. In April 1992 disability living allowance replaced and extended the existing provisions of mobility allowance and attendance allowance for people under the age of 65. AA continues for disabled people whose needs arise after the age of 65. The available information is in the table. Figures for 1993 reflect the fact that AA recipients aged under 65 were automatically transferred to DLA.
Number of people in receipt of attendance allowance in Wales Date |Number of people --------------------------------------------------- 31 March 1992 |70,000 31 March 1993 |56,000 31 March 1994 |67,000 Notes: Source: Analytical Services Division based on a 5 per cent. extract. 1. No DLA payload figures are available for Wales.
Column 870Mr. Soames: The total operating cost of the Queen's Flight borne on class I votes was £7,590 in 1992 93 and £9,105 in 1993 94.
Mr. Soames: The number of occasions during the financial year 1993 94 on which the named member of the royal family was the principal passenger on an aircraft of the Queen's Flight is as follows: Her Majesty the Queen: 39
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh: 84
Her Majesty The Queen Mother: 20
HRH The Prince of Wales: 112
HRH The Princess of Wales: 56
HRH The Duke of York: 38
HRH The Prince Edward: 66
HRH The Princess Royal: 190
HRH The Princess Margaret: 51
HRH The Duke of Gloucester: 33
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester: 25
HRH The Duke of Kent: 82
HRH The Duchess of Kent: 118
HRH Prince Michael of Kent: 12
HRH Princess Michael of Kent: 2
HRH Princess Alexandra: 40