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Police Officers (Training)

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will name the Guatemalan police officers who have been trained in Britain since 1985, specifying each officer's rank and the date of commencement and of completion of the training; [12517]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Stretford (Mr. Lloyd) on 27 November 1995, Official Report, column 429. We have no record of any Guatemalan police officers being trained or attending study tours in the United Kingdom since 1985. However, we have offered a place for one police officer to attend the overseas command course at Bramshill in 1996.

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Test Ban Treaty

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals have been put by the United Kingdom to the negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. [12860]

Mr. David Davis: We continue to negotiate actively for the earliest possible conclusion of an effective comprehensive test ban treaty. We have made it clear that in our view such a treaty should prohibit all nuclear weapon test explosions involving any release of nuclear energy.


Mr. Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Burundi; and what steps he has taken with the international community to prevent a further escalation of ethnic violence in Burundi and to support the legitimate Government. [12233]

Mr. Hanley: We are seriously concerned about the deterioration of the political and security situation in Burundi. We continue to support efforts by the United Nations, the Organisation of African Unity and leaders in the region to promote political dialogue, reduce violence and ensure humanitarian assistance reaches those in need.


Bankruptcy Orders

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many bankruptcy orders were made in each region in the last 10 years. [9267]

Mr. Oppenheim: The information is given in the table.

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Individual insolvencies in the United Kingdom

YearEngland and Wales ScotlandNorthern Ireland
Bankruptcy orders(10)Total(11) individual insolvenciesSequestrations(12)Bankruptcies(13)Total personal insolvency orders(14)
1995(15): Q1-Q3(16)16,72620,0441,749306358


(10) Figures for bankruptcy orders include administration orders, which are bankruptcy orders relating to the estate of a deceased debtor.

(11) Total Individual Insolvencies in England and Wales comprise Bankruptcy orders, Individual voluntary arrangements and Deeds of arrangement.

(12) Insolvent individuals in Scotland are subject to sequestration under the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985. The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1993 amending the 1985 Act came into force on 1 April 1993 and will have affected the number of sequestrations in the Scottish Courts.

(13) NI Bankruptcies comprise Bankruptcy adjudication orders, Arrangement protection orders and Orders for the administration of estates of deceased insolvents.

(14) NI Total comprises Bankruptcies

(15) and Individual voluntary arrangements.

(16) Data for 1995 will be published (for England and Wales, and Scotland) on 2 February 1996.

(17) Provisional.


DTI and Northern Ireland Insolvency Service.

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The Insolvency Act 1986 introduced a number of changes which streamlined overall procedures. For individuals, the terms under which one can seek bankruptcy were made more lenient and many discharges were made automatic after three years. The total number of insolvencies must be considered in the context of about 3.6 million UK businesses in total and a start-up rate of about 400,000 new businesses per year. Since 1986, the number of UK enterprises has increased by over 12 per cent. and the number of self-employed by 21 per cent., concentrated mainly in the earlier years.

Scott Inquiry

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to publish the Scott inquiry report; and if he will make a statement. [11643]

Mr. Lang [holding answer 24 January 1996]: I expect the report to be published within the next few weeks.

Jordan (Export Credits)

Mr. Meacher: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the total principal value of payments made by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to the Midland bank since 1980 in respect of trade with Jordan by (a) Astra Holdings and its subsidiaries, (b) British Aerospace and its subsidiaries, (c) Royal Ordnance and its subsidiaries, (d) Vickers and its subsidiaries, (e) Racal and its subsidiaries, (f) Plessey and its subsidiaries and (g) Thorn EMI and it subsidiaries. [11307]

Mr. Nelson [holding answer 24 January 1996]: The ECGD has no record of payments to Midland bank since 1980 in respect of capital goods and project business with Jordan by any of the named companies. The ECGD has, however, paid £11.2 million claims to Midland bank in respect of business by Airbus Industrie, to which British Aerospace is a supplier. In the case of its now-privatised short-term business the ECGD maintains no record of the supplier in cases where it has paid claims to banks.

Trade Missions (Burma and Nigeria)

Mr. Tony Lloyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the trade missions to (a) Burma and (b) Nigeria over the last five years which have been sponsored by his Department and organised in conjunction with his Department; how many are planned; and if he will list the companies involved. [12238]

Mr. Oppenheim: (a) There have been no Department of Trade and Industry-supported trade missions to Burma in the last five years. The Department is supporting two missions in 1996:

(b) Since 1991, there have been 15 Department of Trade and Industry-supported trade missions to Nigeria:

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Several of these missions also visited Ghana.

The Department of Trade and Industry has undertaken to support two missions in 1996:

Nuclear Powers

Mr. Battle: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the total value to the British nuclear generation industry in 1995 prices of the price support mechanism for the sale of electricity generated from nuclear power in each year from 1980 to 1990. [12475]

Mr. Eggar: Before 1990, the Central Electricity Generating Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board were responsible for most nuclear generation in the UK. The accounts of those companies did not separately identify detailed financial information on nuclear generation.

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