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Column 1126practitioners practising in Dyfed FHSA and Clwyd FHSA respectively. Dentists who work in more than one FHSA have been counted in the FHSA where they perform most work.
Mr. Richards: Information about teachers seeking permanent posts is not available. The appointment of teachers is entirely a matter for local education authorities and schools. The overwhelming majority of full-time teachers have permanent contracts.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the total number of Remploy units and number working in them for each county and for Wales as a whole during the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: Responsibility for Remploy has been delegated, by the Employment Department, to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment has asked the chief executive to provide information on the number of Remploy units and employees in these units. This information is not available at county level in Wales and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters he has received from individual members of the board of the Countryside Council for Wales during the current year which have been critical of his proposals for the funding of the Countryside Council for Wales. 
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters he has received from the chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales from 1 January to date concerning the funding of the Countryside Council for Wales; and on what dates he received such correspondence. 
Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hectares of land were set aside under the arable area payments scheme in Wales in (a) 1993 94 and (b) 1994 95 and what is his estimate of the number of hectares of land that will be set aside in 1995 96. 
It is too early to estimate the hectarage for 1995 96 as farmers do not have to submit their integrated administration and control system applications until 15 May.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many claims were made in Wales (1) for set-aside and (2) in total under the arable area payments scheme in (i) 1993 94 and (ii) 1994 95 of (a) between zero and £5,000, (b) between £5,001 and £10,000, (c) between £10,001 and £15,000, (d) between 15,001 and £20,000, (e) between £20,001 and £25,000, (f) 25,001 and £50,000, (g) between £50,001 and £75,000, (h) between £75,001 and £100,000, (i) between £100,001 and £150,000, (j) between £150,000 and £200,000, (k) between £200,001 and £1 million and (l) over £1 million; and what is his latest estimate of the number of claims that will be made in 1995 96 in each value band. 
1993-94 1994-95 |Set aside|Total |Set aside|Total ------------------------------------------------------------------- £0-£5,000 |285 |2,282 |331 |2,177 £5,001-£10,000 |13 |134 |32 |148 £10,001-£15,000 |1 |50 |6 |79 £15,001-£20,000 |1 |21 |3 |46 £20,001-£25,000 |- |8 |- |21 £25,001-£50,000 |- |12 |- |25 £50,001-£75,000 |- |- |- |11 £75,001-£100,000 |- |- |- |1
There were no claims above £100,000.
It is too early to estimate number of claims in 1995 96 as farmers do not have to submit their IACS applications until 15 May.
Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the cost of payments under the arable area payments scheme (a) for set-aside and (b) in total in Wales in (i) 1993 94 and (ii) in 1994 95 and what is his estimate of the cost of payments in 1995 96. 
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Total payments under the arable area payments scheme for (a) set aside amounted to £617,380 in 1993 94 and £1,104,525 in 1994 95 and (b) in total amounted to £5,526,389 in 1993 94 and £7,923,953 in 1994 95. It is too early to estimate payments for 1995 96 as farmers do not have to submit their IACS applications until 15 May.
Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will name the green Minister for his Department and list (a) the green initiatives taken by that Minister in respect of the Department's functions, (b) the representations made by the Minister in respect of functions carried out by other Departments and (c) the input made by the Minister into consultations on the Environment Bill. 
Mr. Gwilym Jones: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is the "Green Minister" for the Welsh Office, having special responsibility for its environmental policies and programmes. Details of these can be found in the latest Welsh Office departmental report, Cm 2815, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, and communications between Ministers, are confidential. However, the latest position on the Government's overall strategy on the environment is set out in "This Common Inheritance--UK Annual Report 1995", Cm 2822, a copy of which is also available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will outline the measures taken, facilities offered and adjustments made in his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to facilitate access for disabled people; what plans he has to improve access; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood: My Department has a disabled persons officer to identify needs of disabled people and to ensure that a range of specialist facilities and services are provided in meeting those needs wherever it is safe and practicable to do so. At office buildings, these include reserved car parking, adaptations to entrances and building layouts, toilets, modifications to lifts and service installations, vehicles, furniture, telephones, computers and other office equipment. The Cadw agency also makes special arrangements for easy access to monuments which the disabled people can visit in safety; full details are published in a Cadw information sheet for people with disabilities.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will produce further guidance notes to footnote (7) to appendix 1 in his departmental report published on 9 March, when he has reached agreement with the local authorities and the other bodies eligible for funding for infrastructure projects from the European regional development fund on the split between allocation to local authorities and the other eligible bodies for the year 1995 96 to 1997 98, and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Redwood [holding answer 17 March 1995]: At no point does the Department agree with the various sponsors of ERDF projects any split between the allocations to local authorities and other eligible bodies. The distribution of the resources under the objective 2 and 5b programmes is made by the technical working groups of the monitoring committees on a project-by-project basis. Decisions are taken throughout the life of these programmes on the basis of agreed selection criteria.
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Lord President of the Council (1) how many parliamentary questions requesting an ordinary written answer were received by his Department in each year since 1979 80; and how many such questions received a substantive answer within 10, 15, 20 days or longer; 
(2) how many parliamentary questions to his Department requesting a priority written answer or answer on a named day, were answered within three days; how many received a holding reply; and how many of those which received a holding reply then received a substantive answer within a further five, 10, 15, 20 days or longer;  (3) how many times in each year since 1979 80 his Department has given a reply to a parliamentary question which has resulted in the information requested being placed in the Library and not printed in the Official Report ; 
(4) how many times in each year since 1979 80 his Department has written to an hon. or right hon. Member correcting an answer to a parliamentary question. 
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Lord President of the Council (1) how many parliamentary questions to his Department were transferred for answer to the chief executive or other senior official of a non-departmental public body or agency for which he has responsibility in each year since 1979 80 or for each year that the body or agency has been in existence; 
(2) how many parliamentary questions to his Department that were transferred for answer to the chief executive or other senior official of a non-departmental public body or agency for which he has responsibility received an answer which was not printed in the Official Report , in each year since 1979 80 or for each year that the body or agency has been in existence. 
Mr. Alfred Morris: To ask the Lord President of the Council when he received the report by the Government Actuary on the valuation of the parliamentary contribution pension fund as at 1 April; when the report was laid on the Table; and when copies of it were placed in the Vote Office of the House. 
Mr. Newton: I received the report on 28 March; copies were sent to the right hon. Member and other trustees of the parliamentary contributory pension fund on 29 March; it was laid on the Table on 30 March and copies were placed in the Vote Office on 4 April.
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Lord President of the Council what progress he has made on taking forward recommendations made by the Senior Salaries Review Body on the temporary secretarial allowance and secretarial pensions; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Newton: A number of modifications are proposed to take account of practical problems identified in the report and representations from a number of hon. Members, including the hon. Lady herself. These have been approved by Madam Speaker. The Accountant is writing to all hon. Members with details of the modifications, which are being implemented with effect from 1 April 1995.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Lord President of the Council, pursuant to his letter, on what aspects of the Lockerbie case the Lord Advocate can volunteer a statement to the Scottish Grand Committee. 
Mr. Newton: My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate cannot properly volunteer a statement on aspects of a particular criminal case. Although the Lord Advocate can make a statement to the Scottish Grand Committee under Standing Order No. 94D(2)(a) to facilitate his questioning by members of the Committee about a matter relating to his officials' responsibilities, to the extent that they fall within the order of reference of the Scottish Affairs Committee established under Standing Order No. 130, the consideration of individual cases is excluded under that standing order. In this regard, the Lockerbie case is no different from any other current criminal case. In addition, provision is made under Standing Order No. 94D(2)(b) for a Law Officer to announce the policy of the Government on a matter relating to Scotland or the response of the Government to an event relating to Scotland. However, having regard to the interests of justice, it would be improper for the Lord Advocate to make any announcement giving details of the evidence or any investigative steps in relation to any criminal case while proceedings are pending. Once again, in this regard the Lockerbie case is no different from any other criminal case.
Mr. Newton: The Lord Advocate, who is not a member of the Scottish Grand Committee, may attend the Committee by virtue of Standing Order No. 94D. Under paragraph (1) of that standing order, the Chairman of the Committee may permit a Scottish Law Officer, whether or not a member of the Committee, to make a statement, of which prior notice has been given to him, and to answer
Column 1131questions thereon put by members of the Committee. Paragraph (4) provides that a Law Officer who is not a member of the Committee may not make a statement from the body of the Committee, and shall not vote, make any motion or be counted in the quorum.
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee when GroupWise was promised for the PDVN; when it was delivered for DOS and Windows users; when it will be working for Apple Macintosh users; and how much Novell will have to pay for late delivery.
Mr. Waller: GroupWise is version 4 of the software package formerly known as WordPerfect Office which constitutes the main user software for the Parliamentary Data and Video Network. A useable version of GroupWise version 4.1 for Windows was delivered on 15 November 1994. A version for DOS was received by instalments soon afterwards and is still being evaluated. The final sections of the UK version for Apple will be provided in early May 1995.
The agreement with WordPerfect which was due to expire at the end of February 1995 was renegotiated with Novell, which has now taken over the WordPerfect corporation, for an additional year, compensating the House for the fact that it was not possible to upgrade from WordPerfect Office version 3 to GroupWise version 4 during 1993 1994.
Mr. Steen: To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many fire officers are employed full and part time in the Palace of Westminster; who pays for them; what is the cost to public funds and what has been the cost to public funds, with particular reference to the Palace and its estate, of implementing fire regulations.
Mr. Beith: The agreed complement of the Palace of Westminster fire section is one principal fire officer, four senior fire officers and 24 fire officers. Members of the fire section are civilian employees of the Metropolitan police. The cost of the service to the House of Commons was £570,000 in the last financial year. During the period 1993 to 1999, an average expenditure of approximately £1 million per annum has been planned towards meeting fire safety requirements throughout the parliamentary estate.
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 Tuesday 6 June to Friday 9 June 1995.
Ms Ruddock: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what measures were taken in 1994 to improve energy efficiency in the Palace of Westminster and increase recycling facilities in the Palace of Westminster; and what is the percentage of (a) stationery used within the Palace of Westminster which is made of recycled material and (b) paper, tin, plastic and glass waste produced in the Palace of Westminster which is recycled.
Mr. Ray Powell: A report by the Director of Works entitled "Energy Conservation on the Parliamentary Estate" dated 20 June 1994 describes the measures being taken and is available in the Library. During the financial year 1993 94, approximately 30 per cent. of stationery provided for Members' use from the Serjeant at Arms's store was made of recycled material. All non-confidential waste paper, glass, plastic and recycled metal is recycled.
The plan sets out strategic safety objectives for 1995 96, reports safety performance by British Rail and Railtrack in 1994 95 and gives details of the arrangements for managing safety on the railway. The objectives are designed to maintain safety and to set strategic objectives to improve it wherever practicable. Railtrack and operators have developed programmes and action plans designed to achieve their individual and shared objectives. The plan is also an important companion to railway safety cases, and will ensure that full and proper attention is paid to safety during the privatisation process.
Mr. Norris: The Government carried out a consultation exercise last year with business users on the possibility of creating a civil enclave at RAF Northolt to make better use of the existing capacity. Responses showed that the high capital costs and physical constraints would make this financially unviable. The Government do not intend to pursue this proposal.
However, it is clear that the business aviation industry would welcome increased activity at Northolt through extending shared use of the facilities. The Government
Column 1133will consult further with the industry, and take into account the views of the local communities and other interested parties, to identify detailed working arrangements at Northolt which could improve the service offered to users and to business in the south-east more generally.
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the total number of motorists who, since the implementation of the Road Traffic Act 1988, have notified the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of (a) any disability or condition that affects their fitness to drive or which might do so in the future and (b) the proportion of this total that have glaucoma. 
Mr. Norris: Between January 1989 and December 1994, the DVLA received 2,016,601 notification of medical conditions--some drivers would have submitted more than one notification in that period. The number of notifications of glaucoma from January 1992 to December 1994 was 11,211. Figures prior to 1992 are not available.
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what publicity measures his Department have taken to inform drivers of their requirement under the Road Traffic Act 1988 to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of any disability or condition that affects their fitness to drive or which might do so in the future. 
Mr. Norris: Every driving licence carries a note reminding the holder of his obligation to notify the DVLA of the worsening of an existing medical condition or the onset of a new condition. Leaflet INS 57 which is issued with every driving licence carries a similar message.
Leaflet D100 "What you need to know about driving licences", available from most post offices, carries more detailed information. Between February 1994 and January 1995, a leaflet aimed at older drivers which reinforced the medical requirements was issued with all vehicle excise licence reminders.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will outline the measures taken, facilities offered and adjustments made in his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to facilitate access for disabled people; what plans he has to improve access; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Norris: Advice about space planning and risk assessment for people with disabilities has been issued to my Department's property managers. They have been asked to improve access to and within buildings.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the Internet electronic mail addresses of (a) his Department and (b) each Minister in his Department; and if he will make a statement on his Department's approach to the information superhighway. 
Mr. Norris: Neither the Department centrally, nor Ministers, have Internet addresses. The Transport Research Laboratory and several hundred staff in the Department have Internet mail addresses used for specific aspects of their work. The Department is currently reviewing the scope for wider use of the Internet in planning new internal and external electronic mail facilities for installation in 1996.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the basis for the passenger service requirements; and how long his Department has been researching passenger service requirements as a way of improving the rail system. 
Mr. Watts: The guidance issued to the franchising director by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport requires him to ensure that passenger service requirements for the first franchises are based upon the timetable being operated by BR immediately prior to franchising. A copy of an explanatory note setting out the franchising director's approach to, and criteria for, setting these passenger service requirements has been placed in the Library of the House.
The White Paper "New Opportunities for the Railways:the Privatisation of British Rail"--July 1992, CM 2012--set out proposals for specifying service levels in franchise agreements as an important element in our plans for improving passenger services.
Mrs. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each non-departmental public body and agency for which he has responsibility and, for each, list separate figures for the spending by that body or agency on (a) television advertising, (b) radio advertising, (c) newspaper advertising, (d) other promotional materials and activities, (e) the totals in each year of (a) to (d) and (f) the proportion of (e) that was spent on recruitment advertising for each year since 1979 80 or for each year of its existence if it has been created since then; and what are his latest estimates of (a) to (f) for the years 1994 95 and 1995 96. 
Mr. Norris: The information on non-departmental public bodies and agencies is not held centrally, nor are figures readily available elsewhere. Such data as could be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs are in the following table.
|1995-96 |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|1994-95|(est) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DVLA a) TV |Nil |33,000 |121,000|101,000|551,000|n/a b) Radio |74,000 |87,000 |137,000|88,000 |79,000 |n/a c) Press (including recruitment) |67,213 |55,329 |106,077|99,000 |25,000 |n/a d) Other |363,000|178,000|304,000|422,000|87,000 |n/a e) Total |504,213|353,329|668,077|710,000|742,000|n/a f) Recruitment (percentage of total) |0.44 |0.09 |0.31 |Nil |Nil |Nil Traffic Director for London<1> f) Recruitment |- |Nil |11,647 |9,812 |29,306 |30,000 London Regional Passengers Committee (LRPC)<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |- |- |1,410 |n/a Northern Lighthouse Board<1> f) Recruitment |5,097 |17,335 |5,291 |6,227 |5,731 |5,000 Trinity House Lighthouse Service<1> f) Recruitment |5,000 |14,000 |10,000 |16,000 |11,000 |15,000 Traffic Commissioners<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |13,919 |- |- |13,000 VI<1> f) Recruitment |43,503 |29,566 |11,635 |5,562 |904 |Nil Highways Agency<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |- |- |36,541 |n/a VCA<1> f) Recruitment |- |200 |- |626 |1,547 |1,500 TRL<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |n/a |40,000 |50,000 |70,000 DSA<1> f) Recruitment |49,000 |800,000|Nil |10,000 |34,000 |12,000 Marine Safety Agency<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |- |- |12,181 |15,000 The Coastguard Agency<1> f) Recruitment |- |- |- |- |23,458 |21,000 <1> No above the line advertising (a to d).
Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will name the green Minister for his Department and list (a) the green initiatives taken by that Minister in respect of the Department's functions, (b) the representations made by the Minister in respect of functions carried out by other departments and (c) the input made by the Minister into consultations on the Environment Bill. 
Dr. Mawhinney: I am the green Minister for the Department of Transport but all my ministerial colleagues share a common objective of promoting transport policies compatible with sustainable development.
My aims for transport, as set out in "This Common Inheritance 1995" are to develop appropriate national and local strategies and measures for reducing the need to travel and to encourage more sustainable and environmentally acceptable patterns of transport.
I have been fully involved in consultations on the Environment Bill.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the total cost to date, and what is the current cost per month, of his Department's and the Highways Agency's use of (a) Brays private detective agency, and (b) other private detective agencies and if he
Column 1136will give a breakdown of those costs per road scheme or project.
Mr. John Watts has asked me to write in reply to your Parliamentary Question about the use by the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency of Brays and other private detective agencies in connection with road schemes.
Detective agencies have been employed by solicitors, on behalf of the Department on the following schemes. The information you requested is below. All but £200 of the payments, marked *, were to Brays Detective Agency.
|Estimated |ongoing |Paid to |monthly Road scheme |date |cost |£ |£ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- A12 Hackney Wick to M11 Link Road |294,000 |25,000 A4/A6 Batheaston/Swainswick Bypass |150,000 |Nil M3 Bar End-Compton |259,000 |Nil M65 Blackburn Southern Bypass |1,500 *200 |Nil A34 Newbury Bypass |300 |Nil A11 Besthorpe-Wymondham |450 |Nil Total of all above |705,450 |25,000 The figures have been rounded. I hope this is sufficient for your purposes.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the facilities for staff with disability provided in the new accommodation occupied by the transport security division; and if he will give full financial and technical details regarding lifts and arrangements for the evacuation of disabled staff in the case of an emergency. 
Mr. Norris: Transec's accommodation provides facilities for visitors and staff with disabilities. These include parking spaces, access ramps suitable for wheelchairs and a special toilet. The landlord is responsible for ensuring that the lifts comply with all legal requirements and for meeting any costs. A copy of Transec's incident control procedures, which include emergency arrangements for the evacuation of all staff, will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State (1) what amount and type of funding will be made available to the South Yorkshire passenger transport executive to support local railway services after the expiry of metropolitan railways grant; 
(2) if he will make it his policy to announce replacement funding for metropolitan railways grant before May; and if he will notify passenger transport executives of the arrangements in sufficient time to allow them to support services under a seven-year franchise. 
Mr. Watts: My right hon. Friend proposes to replace the current temporary arrangements, whereby revenue support for railway passenger services funded by English passenger transport executives is divided between revenue support grant and metropolitan railway grant, with an enhanced RSG with effect from 1996 97. The proposed arrangements for allocating the enhanced RSG to PTEs have been set out in a consultation paper, which has been circulated to the PTEs with an invitation to comment by the middle of April. We intend to announce a final decision on future funding for PTE supported railway passenger services shortly after that date.
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many parliamentary questions requesting an ordinary written answer were received by his Department in each year since 1979 80; and how many such questions received a substantive answer within 10, 15, 20 days or longer; 
(2) how many parliamentary questions to his Department in each year since 1979 80 requesting a