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Mr. Waldegrave: Secondary legislation has been laid before the House which would, among other things, make Ministers, acting through the meat hygiene service responsible for enforcement of meat hygiene and welfare at slaughter legislation. The necessary arrangements have been made to allow the meat hygiene service to carry out its responsibilities with effect from 1 April when these regulations come into force.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the total administrative cost of setting up the national meat hygiene service to date and if he will indicate any further expenditure that will be necessary in establishing this agency. 
Mr. Waldegrave: Provision was made for a total of £5.2 million in the years 1994 95 and 1995 96 to meet the set up costs of the meat hygiene service. In addition, a small project team was established within the Ministry between 1992 and March 1995 at an estimated total cost of £626,000.
Mr. Waldegrave: My ministerial colleagues and I have had frequent meetings with hon. Members and organisations representing the meat industry to discuss the meat hygiene service. We have also received letters from hon. Members and others both supporting and opposing the creation of the MHS.
I met 11 representative organisations on 27 March; 10 of them confirmed their continuing support for the creation of a single organisation to be responsible for meat hygiene enforcement and inspection.
Mr. Waldegrave: The meat hygiene service will be an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and its staff will be civil servants. I will be accountable to Parliament for the activities of the agency. Full authority for the day to day operation of the agency rests with the chief executive who will be responsible to me for the agency's overall operation and performance. The MHS will operate in Scotland and Wales on behalf of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State.
Ministers will usually ask the chief executive to write to hon. Members in response to written Parliamentary questions and letters about matters delegated to him. The chief executive's letters in reply to parliamentary questions will be published in the Official Report.
The agency's annual report and accounts will be laid in the House.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list (a) the senior officers, (b) the salaries of the senior officers and (c) the salaries of each grade of staff in the national meat hygiene service. 
Mr. Waldegrave: The meat hygiene service is headed by a chief executive supported by four heads of Department. There are six regional managers. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 14 March 1995 to the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr. Gill), Official Report , column 500 , for details of the chief executive's remuneration. Meat inspectors and other staff transferring from local authorities will do so on terms and conditions broadly equivalent to those of their previous employment. The salaries given for these grades are those which will be offered to new staff on appointment.
Grade |Range (£s) -------------------------------------------------------- Heads of Department |38,000-50,000 Regional Manager |37,500-43,000 Official Veterinary Surgeon |22,000-35,000 Headquarters Manager |16,000-30,000 Area Resource Manager |19,000-28,000 Meat Hygiene Inspector |11,000-23,000 Executive Assistant |7,500-13,000
Mr. Waldegrave: The estimated net cost of the meat hygiene service in 1995 96 is £15.4 million. This includes provision for the transitional assistance which I announced on 29 March and elements, such as start-up costs and normal delays in payment, which are not relevant to the agency's operational costs. The estimated net cost in 1996 97 is £1.4 million.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what provisions he has put in place to assist with maintaining operations in small abattoirs following the setting up of the national meat hygiene service. 
Mr. Waldegrave: We have always recognised the importance of local abattoirs to the rural economy and have taken a number of measures to ensure that single market rules are applied sensibly and flexibly. These arrangements will continue. The transitional assistance which I announced on 29 March will be of particular benefit to the smaller operator.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what impact the national meat hygiene service will have for the training requirements of environmental health officers; and if environmental health officers will continue to be required to gain qualifications in meat inspection.
Environmental health officers authorised to exercise powers under the Food Safety Act 1990 to examine and seize meat must hold one of the qualifications listed in the schedule to the Authorised Officers (Meat Inspection) Regulations 1987.
Mr. Waldegrave: Management and support staff are required to have the appropriate skills and experience. The head of operations post requires a veterinarian with substantial professional experience of meat hygiene and regional managers must have substantial practical experience of meat hygiene. Official veterinary surgeons must be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and be designated by Ministers as official veterinary surgeons having completed the appropriate refresher training in fresh meat or poultry meat hygiene. Meat hygiene inspectors must have the qualifications specified in the regulations governing meat hygiene.
Mr. David Porter: To ask the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to verify the size of fishing fleet claims of other member states of the European Union, where such claims have an effect on the size of the fleet the United Kingdom is permitted to run under EU rules; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jack: Each member state has agreed binding multi-annual guidance programme targets. Responsibility for compliance with these targets and the enforcement of Community regulations and verification of the data supplied by member states is the responsibility of the Commission.
Mr. David Porter: To ask the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food if he will discuss with his Spanish counterpart and with the European Fisheries Commissioner the regulations of the common fisheries policy governing declarations of fishing boat engine size; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jack: Responsibility for ensuring compliance with Community regulations rests with the Commission. However, my officials are drawing the recent press reports on these matters to the attention of the Commission. Evaluation of effort is sometimes discussed in the Council when all member states can contribute to the proceedings.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the public information telephone inquiry lines operated by his Department, in each case indicating the costs of establishing, operating and publicising these lines and the number of calls made to them up until this point; when they were established; and what assessment his Department has made of their effectiveness. 
Mr. Jack: MAFF has set up two public telephone helpline services with local call rate charging facilities. The general MAFF helpline, launched in May 1993, provides a one-stop point of contact for individuals or organisations seeking information about or advice from the Ministry. The more specialist consumer helpline was set up in April 1990 to act as a focal point for enquirers needing information from the food safety directorate. Both units also handle written and faxed public enquiries, and in the case of the MAFF helpline, those received by e-mail. The start-up costs for these services were approximately £21,000, and annual running costs are estimated at £90, 000. Since the introduction of both services, over 62,000 calls have been received. The effectiveness of the helpline services are measured by regular annual increases in the volume of calls dealt with, by the high proportion of calls handled directly without onward referral and by their success in meeting citizens charter targets on the way in which they deal with inquirers and the time limits for response.
Mr. Tyler: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many environmentally sensitive area agreements were concluded in 1994-95 in the (a) zero to £5,000, (b) £5,001 to £10,000, (c) £10,001 to £15,000, (d) £15,001 to £20,000, (e) 20,001 to £25, 000 (f) £25,001 to £50,000, (g) £50,001 to £75,000, (h) £75,001 to £100,000, (i) £100,001 to £150,000, (j) 150,001 to £200,000 and (k) over £200,000 bands; 
(2) how many environmentally sensitive area agreements were concluded in 1993 94 in the (a) zero to £5,000, (b) £5,001 to £10,000, (c) £10,001 to £15,000, (d) £15,001 to £20,000, (e) 20,001 to £25,000 (f) £25,001 to £50,000, (g) £50,001 to £75,000, (h) £75,001 to £100,000, (i) £100,001 to £150,000, (j) 150,001 to £200,000 and (k) over £200,000 bands; 
(3) how many environmentally sensitive area agreements he estimates will be concluded in 1995 96 in the (a) zero to £5,000, (b) £5, 001 to £10,000, (c) £10,001 to £15,000, (d) £15,001 to £20,000, (e) 20,001 to £25,000 (f) £25,001 to £50,000, (g) £50,001 to £75,000, (h) £75,001 to £100,000, (i) £100,001 to £150,000, (j) 150,001 to £200,000 and (k) over £200,000 bands. 
Mr. Jack: Records of the number of agreements concluded in 1993 94 are not kept in the form requested. The total number of agreements on which payments were made in English ESAs in each band is as follows:
£ |1993-94|1994-95 ---------------------------------------- 0-5,000 |3,554 |4,206 5,001-10,000 |543 |653 10,001-15,000 |146 |185 15,001-20,000 |52 |65 20,001-25,000 |28 |42 25,001-50,000 |56 |75 50,001-75,000 |10 |10 75,001-100,000 |3 |5 100,001-150,000 |2 |0 150,001-200,000 |0 |0 Over 200,000 |0 |0
Entry to the ESA scheme is voluntary and it is not possible to predict the number of new agreements that will be concluded in 1995 96 in the form requested.
Sir Terence Higgins: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the approximate cost to the Exchequer of subsidies to United Kingdom producers of live animals for export for slaughter in the latest convenient period for which figures can be calculated. 
Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make an assessment of the consequences for farming and the countryside, including the budgetary and trade implications, if the United Kingdom were to withdraw from the common agricultural policy; and if he will make a statement. 
There are currently no grants available in Northern Ireland to assist in sow stall conversion.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under (i) section 18, (ii) section 19 and (iii) section 23 of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since 1990. 
|Year |Offence(s) |Result ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. |1990 |Sections 19 and 23|Convicted 2. |1990 |Section 23 |Convicted 3. |1991 |Section 19 |Convicted 4. |1991 |Section 18 |Died before trial 5. |1991 |Section 23 |Discontinued 6. |1992 |Section 23 |Convicted 7. |1992 |Section 23 |Convicted 8. |1992 |Section 18 |Acquitted 9. |1993 |Sections 19 and 23|Convicted 10. |1993 |Section 23 |Convicted 11. |1993 |Section 23 |Convicted 12. |1994 |Section 23 |Convicted
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Attorney-General what consultations he has had with the Director of the Crown Prosecution Services concerning the numbers of date-rape cases dropped on Crown Prosecution Service advice after a full police investigation, as a proportion of all date-rape cases arriving at court. 
The Attorney-General: I have routine meetings with the DPP to discuss departmental issues, including aspects of prosecutions policy. The particular information sought by the hon. Member is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
34. Mr. Ian Bruce: To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee what financial provision is being made for installing the parliamentary data and video network; when this will be completed; and if the Commission will be providing funds for terminals and computers. 
Mr. Channon: By the end of the summer recess 550 Members, including all those with offices in the outbuildings, will have access to the video network. Remaining Members' offices in the Palace will be cabled progressively over the next five years. In accordance with the recommendations of the Information Committee approved by the House last June, terminals and computers will not be funded from the House votes.
36. Mr. Ainger: To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee what plans he has to provide increased refreshment facilities within or adjacent to Westminster Hall for members of the public visiting the House. 
Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of
Column 946Commons Commission, what is his latest estimate of the total cost of hon. Members moving office within parliamentary buildings during the current Parliament.
Mr. Beith: No figures are available to identify separately the total cost of moving hon. Members between offices but the cost of removal for an individual Member has been estimated at approximately £50 plus VAT, together with any extra costs caused by new furniture, furnishings or redecoration.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information he has on the number of staff years which have been used by Departments in order to progress market testing since April 1992. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what considerations underlie his decision to publish information on service quality following a market testing exercise only when the quality has risen. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what were the costs of operating the (a) 0800 100101 and (b) 0345 300130 telephone services to the citizens charter unit; what was the total number of calls made to each line during its operation; what were the costs of establishing, publicising and operating each service; and what assessment his Department has made of these services. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what were the costs of operating the citizens charter publication line; what was the number of calls made to it for each month of its operation; what were the costs of establishing, publicising and operating this service; and what assessment his Department has made of this service. 
Mr. Horam: The citizens charter publication line on 0345 22 32 42 was set up on 16 March to send out copies of the guide to the citizens charter White Papers; details of how to obtain the follow-up charters; the code of practice on access to Government information; charter mark award scheme information; "Charter News"; and complaints task force information. The service remains in operation; calls are charged at a local rate. Initially the service was managed by IBM national call centre. When the contract expired the service was run directly by the charter unit until 17 October 1994, then a new contract was awarded to Inform Communications who have managed the publications line since then.
The costs of operating the publication line and the number of calls up to 16 March 1995 are:
|Operating costs |(excluding VAT) |Set up costs<1> Period covered |Number of calls |£ |£ |Managed by ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 March 1994-10 July 1994<2> |5,160 |23,204.59 |1,420.00 |IBM National Call | Centre 11 July 1994-16 August 1994 405 absorbed within Charter unit running costs Citizen's Charter Unit 17 August 1994-16 September 1994 132 absorbed within Charter unit running costs Citizen's Charter Unit 17 September 1994-16 October 1994 145 absorbed within Charter unit running costs Citizen's Charter Unit 17 October 1994-16 November 1994 |432 |1,654.22 |640.00 |Inform Communications 7 November 1994-16 December 1994 |250 |1,044.12 17 December 1994-16 January 1995 |120 |753.55 17 January 1995-16 February 1995 |451 |1,453.55 17 February 1995-16 March 1995 |480 |1,394.35 Note: <1> One-off costs. <2> The time period covers the IBM management of the Publication Line.
The telephone number for the publication line was publicised in the citizens charter second report, 1994 and other internal newsletters and magazines; no specific publicity costs have been incurred. The service is kept under continuous review, and decisions about continuation and contractual arrangements are made accordingly.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what were the costs of operating the charterline telephone information service; what was the number of calls made to it for each month of its operation; what were the costs of establishing, publicising and operating this service; and what assessment his Department has made of this service. 
Mr. Horam: The cost of operating the charterline information service from 19 May 1993--the setting up of the pilot scheme--to 19 March 1994, the ending of the evaluation of the pilot scheme was £1, 130,991.
During this period, charterline received 5,603 calls. A month-by-month breakdown of this number is not available. The breakdown of the costs of the pilot scheme until 19 March 1994 is as follows:
|Developmental|Ongoing |costs |costs |(£) |(£) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Initial research |67,000 |- Set up charges |749,000 |- System Design |119,918 |- Project planning and management |195,000 |- Selection of pilot region |25,000 |- Regional seminars |21,000 |- Data collection |57,000 |- Detailed requirements, acceptance testing and financial modelling |50,520 |- CCTA contractual advice |47,761 |- Advertising |- |602,922 Research during pilot study |- |61,239 IBM operational costs |- |403,579 Charterline language service (set up and operational charges) |- |34,951 CACI use of ACORN data |- |28,300 Totals |1,332,199 |1,130,991
This information, together with other data on the charterline pilot is contained in the document "Charterline Evaluation Report", a copy of which is in the Library of the House.
Column 948Paragraphs 41 44 of the evaluation report set out the conclusions at the end of the study. The evaluation showed what information people wanted to know about their public services but also that there were problems with doing this through charterline because of the lack of awareness of the service. In the light of these conclusions, it was decided that charterline should not be continued, and the pilot scheme ended on 6 May 1995. Subsequently, the charter unit has worked with Yellow Pages and Thomson Directories to develop the information on public services that they provide in their directories.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what statutory references to hon. Members have been made in legislation introduced by his Department, or its predecessors, since 1965. 
Mr. Horam: We have provisionally set aside a sum of £1.65 million to cover the cost of the award assessment, the new scheme for public nominations and the wider promotion of the award scheme. But final costs will be heavily dependent on the number of applications received and on the number of public nominations. We will therefore be refining the budget as the year progresses.
Mr. Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much of the budget for the 1995 charter mark award scheme has been spent on (i) publications and (ii) distribution of information. 
Mr. Horam: We think it very important this year to involve the public in the operation of the charter mark award scheme. We also wish to involve a larger proportion of public service organisations in this scheme. We have spent £111,900 of the £1.65 million provisionally set aside for the 1995 charter mark award scheme on publications and £58,500 on distributing those publications.
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Cabinet Office was last inspected by the relevant local authority to ensure that it fully complies with health and safety at work legislation; and what steps have been taken to implement any necessary improvements relating to space standards, toilets, rest rooms, canteens and asbestos removal, for staff employed there. 
Mr. Horam: The Cabinet Office and its agencies occupy a number of buildings throughout the country. The buildings concerned are, therefore, subject to different inspection regimes by the respective local council, local fire authority and local environmental health authority. The responsibility for ensuring compliance with the health and safety at work legislation, however, lies with the Health and Safety Executive.
Listed are the latest recorded inspections, since January 1993, for buildings where the Cabinet Office is the major occupier. Good working relations are maintained with all relevant local authorities and a number of informal inspections also take place. Except as noted, there are no outstanding actions still to be taken following any of the inspections listed.
Inspections |Date --------------------------------------------------------------------------- London, 70 Whitehall Environmental Health Officer's visit |November 1994 Portable electrical appliance testing |August 1994 Water quality test |December 1994 Hepburn House and 53 Parliament Street Portable electrical appliance safety testing |March 1994 Fire Safety Inspection |January 1995 Belgrave Road Home Office Fire Safety Inspection |September 1994 Fire Brigade Inspection |January 1995 Ascot, Sunningdale Park Inspection of kitchens and bedroom accommodation |January 1995 Fire Safety Inspection |November 1994 Asbestos Inspection |September 1994 Portable electrical appliance safety test |March 1995 Water quality sampled |February 1995 Edinburgh Hill Street Electrical circuit safety check |September 1994 Water quality check |March 1995 Fire safety check |September 1994 Basingstoke Alencon Link Asbestos check |February 1995 Work is ongoing to meet recommendations Norwich Rosebury Court The CCTA moved to a new building constructed in July 1994 that fully complies with all extant Health and Safety, etc, legislation. Chessington Government Buildings, Leatherhead Road Kitchen Inspection | February 1993
Column 950the Cabinet Office for two hours a week longer than the proposed European Community directive on maximum hours of work. 
Mr. Horam: The working time directive is not in force. The United Kingdom's challenge to it has yet to be considered by the European Court of Justice. Working hours in the Cabinet Office are agreed between management and staff in the light of particular circumstances, under the guiding principles set out in the civil service management code.
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library the sources and calculations behind his statements in a television interview on 12 February on (a) the extra cost to each Scot in income tax of the Labour party's plans for a Scottish Parliament, (b) the Scottish share of the United Kingdom population and Government expenditure and taxation and (c) the amount raisable by 3p on income tax leviable only in Scotland and (d) the change if Scotland were funded to the same level as the rest of the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish on an annual basis health service clinical outcome indicators for individual (a) health boards and (b) NHS trusts, similar to those published in December 1994. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on public relations during the financial year 1993 94; how much contracts with the private sector cost; and if he will list the activities covered by these contracts. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. Lang: Guidelines on the employment of public relations companies are contained in the central Government conventions on publicity and advertising which have been recognised by successive Governments.
Column 951Detailed guidance on tendering procedures is regularly issued to agencies and passed to other public bodies on request.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The subject of this question relates to matters undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. I have asked its chief executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from D. A. Stewart to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 3 April 1995: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to reply to your Question relating to (a) the official cell capacity and (b) the inmate prison population in each prison Scotland on 24 March. I am replying in his absence.
The table shows the design capacity and number of prisoners in each penal establishment in Scotland on 24 March 1995.
|Number of Establishment |Design capacity|prisoners ---------------------------------------------------------------- Aberdeen |142 |171 Barlinnie |939 |1,185 Castle Huntly |144 |70 Cornton Vale |213 |167 Dumfries |139 |129 Dungavel |135 |116 Edinburgh |508 |645 Friarton |56 |80 Glenochil |669 |484 Greenock |172 |252 Inverness |79 |108 Longriggend |177 |191 Low Moss |396 |381 Noranside |135 |124 Penninghame |85 |50 Perth |426 |465 Peterhead |271 |205 Polmont |414 |394 Shotts |535 |450 Scotland |5,635 |5,667
In Scotland design capacity is based on single occupancy. The measure of certified normal accommodation used in England and Wales, however, allows, in some instances double occupancy in cells.
Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 28 March, how many days per week Mr. Stephen J. Newall is expected to work as chairman of Lomond Healthcare NHS trust.