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Mr. Gwilym Jones: Figures for the length of dual carriageway for years prior to 1987 can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Excluding motorways, the length of dual carriageway in Wales was 153 miles at 1 April 1987 and/or 183 miles at 1 April 1994.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport announced the channel tunnel services between the continent and locations beyond London on 14 October. European Passenger Services Ltd. may refine these services to suit demand.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many deaths there were through suicide among the farming community for each year since 1988 up to the most recent figure available; and if he will make a statement. 
Suicides in the farming community of Wales |1988|1989|1990|1991|1992|1993 ------------------------------------------------ Deaths registered as suicide<1>: Farmers<2> |9 |7 |10 |8 |4 |9 Farm workers |2 |- |1 |2 |- |2 Total |11 |7 |11 |10 |4 |11 <1> The figures relate to deaths registered in the years shown. Deaths are recorded according to the date of registration and not the date of occurrence. <2> Farmers, horticulturists and farm managers. Source: Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Negotiations are currently taking place with the training and enterprise councils to agree the numbers and occupational areas in which modern and accelerated modern apprenticeships will be offered.
Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each of the past five years, the number of NHS staff in Wales who are employed on a temporary basis, breaking the data down into (a) nursing and midwifery staff, (b) medical and dental staff, (c) ambulance staff, (d) ancillary staff and (e) managers and administrative staff, also expressing the data as a percentage of the total numbers in each respective staff group. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the public information telephone inquiry lines operated by his Department, in each case indicating the cost 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. Redwood: A freephone citizens charter inquiry line has been provided since July 1991. Total costs incurred to date are in the region of £1,500. Over 400 calls have been received providing a valuable service to members of the public needing information on charter-related matters in Wales.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will undertake an exercise reconciling in detail appendix 1 from his departmental report, Cm 2815, with table 127 from "Welsh Economic Trends No 15 1994"; if he will place a copy of the exercise in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Table 127 of "Welsh Economic Trends No 15 1994", is taken from figure 1.02 of the Welsh Office departmental report 1994--Cm 2515. The difference between these tables and the equivalent data in the 1995 departmental report are mainly due to revisions to the outturn and estimated outturn for the years up to
Column 9731994 95 together with the changes to expenditure plans for 1995 96 and onwards following the 1994 public expenditure survey. Appendix 1 of Cm 2815 is itself a disaggregation of the programme totals of figure 1.01 of the same document.
Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each of the past five years, the number of (a) teachers and (b) auxiliary school staff in Wales who are employed on a temporary basis, also expressing the data as a percentage of the total numbers in each respective staff group. 
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many responses he has received to date to his consultative exercise on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation; how many of these were broadly in favour of a national comprehensive licensing system; what action he now proposes to take in the light of these representation; and what is his timetable for action. 
Mr. Redwood: I received 47 replies to my letter of 8 December 1994. Eighty per cent. were broadly in favour of licensing, but there was no clear consensus on the way in which a licensing system should operate. The replies raised a wide range of issues for further consideration and I will make an announcement about the outcome in due course.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales; when he expects to make an appointment to the vacant post of the head of research and development for the NHS in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: The new office of research and development for health and social services in Wales is to be established in the University of Wales, college of medicine. I hope that the college will be in a position to advertise the post of director shortly.
Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what area of Wales is designated as being environmentally sensitive; how much Government funding isspent annually on environmentally sensitive areas; howthis formula is calculated; and if he will make astatement. 
Mr. Gwilym Jones: In Wales 519,800 hectares, representing around a quarter of the total land area has been designated under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme. Gross expenditure in the financial year 1993 94 was £1.542 million. Financial provision is planned to rise to £6.941 million in 1996 97. Payments are calculated on the basis of income forgone and in recognition of farmers following prescribed management practices.
The environmentally sensitive areas scheme in Wales positively promotes the co-existence of conservation and efficient farming by offering payments to farmers willing to maintain or introduce environmentally beneficial farming methods.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 24 March, Official Report, column 385 , what was the level of new entrants to general practice in Wales in each of the past three years. 
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what consultations he has had with the chairmen of the South Glamorgan health authority and the Welsh health common services authority concerning the closure of the Lansdowne road central laundry, Cardiff; 
(2) what consultations he has had with the chairmen of the Welsh health common services authority and the South Glamorgan health authority concerning laundry charges for communal laundering of terry towel nappies; and what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the increased use of disposable nappies on sewerage treatment expenditure.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to publish his decision with reference to planning guidance on green belts in Wales. 
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what target for the reclamation of derelict land in Wales he has set for 1995 96; and what progress has been made on reclaiming 600 hectares of derelict land in 1994 95 in accordance with "This Common Inheritance: The UK Report 1995". 
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the South Glamorgan health authority concerning the joint survey of all residents in Ely, Cardiff by the authority and the South Glamorgan county council; what estimate he has made of the cost of the health authority's share of the survey; and what assessment he has made of the health related purposes of such a survey. 
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on grant-aiding the private access road to the University Hospital of Wales from the A48 Eastern avenue; when he anticipates making a decision; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales met councillors and officials from Cardiff city council recently. A decision about funding for the road will be made once a satisfactory business case has been submitted by UHW Healthcare NHS trust and once private finance opportunities have been explored.
Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many students gained A-level qualification, or GNV2 equivalent, last year, and what percentage that was of the year group normally sitting for this qualification. 
Mr. Richards: The following table shows the number of students gaining at least one pass at A-level in the 1994 summer examinations and the numbers gaining a vocational qualification at level 2 or above. Individual
Column 976students may have gained both A-levels and vocational qualifications and so may be counted twice.
|Percentage of age |group in |Number |Number gaining |education<4> gaining |gaining at least |vocational |A-level pass or Age of |one pass at |qualification at |vocational student<1> |A-level<3> |level 2 or above |equivalent --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Col 1 |Col 2 |Col 3 |Col 4 16 |255 |1,767 |8.2 17 |9,006 |2,097 |51.9 18 |1,729 |2,066 |41.3 Notes: <1> As at 31 August 1993. <2> Students of other ages gained qualifications also but are not shown in this table. <3> Includes all students, irrespective of the type of institution, if any, at which they studied. <4> Full and part time students in school or Further Education colleges. Source: Welsh Examinations Database.
There is no information about the number of students taking examinations by year group. The figures in columns 2 and 3 have been expressed in column 4 as a percentage of the number of students of that age in education at school or further education colleges only, in 1993 94.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultation he has had with the chairman of the Cardiff Bay development corporation concerning the compulsory purchase order for the proposed Bute avenue and any such advertised in the compulsory purchase order not within the designated area of the corporation; and if he will make a statement. 
The corporation is empowered to acquire land by agreement, or with my authorisation, compulsorily, outside its designated area under the terms of section 142 of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980.