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Nursery Vouchers Scheme

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit St. Anthony's county primary school, Saltrey Ferry and Broughton county primary school to meet teachers, parents and governors to discuss the voucher scheme; and if he will make a statement. [21131]

Mr. Richards: Neither my right hon. Friend nor I has any plans to do so. Each primary and nursery school in Wales has had a copy of a letter from the Welsh Office giving details of the scheme and addressing some common misunderstandings. In addition, I am sending a letter to all schools in Clwyd to set right misleading comments I have seen in material from the Clwyd Federation of Primary Headteachers.

Smoking (Children)

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the proportion of 15-year-old (a) girls and (b) boys who smoke regularly. [21126]

Mr. Richards: The Welsh youth health survey undertaken by Health Promotion Wales shows that, in 1994, the latest year for which it has figures, the percentages were as follows:

DailyWeekly
Girls20.725.1
Boys15.517.8

Nurses

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association about the work load of nurses. [21122]

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Mr. Richards: My right hon. Friend has recently discussed with representatives of the BMA the increasing work load of hospital services and its implication for staffing as a whole.

Pupil-teacher Ratios

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the current pupil-teacher ratios in Wales for each (a) grant-maintained and (b) non-grant-maintained primary schools; and if he will make a statement; [20985]

Mr. Richards: Information from which pupil-teacher ratios for individual schools may be calculated is collected centrally only for the purpose of compiling statistical aggregates. PTRs for individual schools are not estimated on a regular basis, and their accuracy is not confirmed with the schools. The calculation and checking of these ratios would therefore involve disproportionate cost.

Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research

Mr. Llywd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations his Department has recently received from the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research; and if he will make a statement. [20996]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: None.

Departmental Equipment and Furniture

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the cost and number of items of equipment and furniture that (a) have been stolen and (b) are otherwise unaccounted for from his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years, itemising any items valued at £5,000 or over, and indicating information technology material separately. [21087]

Mr. Hague: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney) on 7 March 1996, Official Report, column 362.

Departmental Report

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 13 March, Official Report, column 628, if he will give the date of publication of the departmental report in each year since 1990. [21399]

Mr. Hague: The departmental report has been published only since 1991. Publication dates from 1991 to 1995 were as follows: 15 February 1991; 14 February 1992; 15 February 1993; 10 March 1994; 9 March 1996.

Welsh National Opera

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received and what consultations he has undertaken on the provision of a permanent home for the Welsh National Opera company. [21428]

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Mr. Hague: I have received a number of representations on the proposed Cardiff bay opera house. While I have not instigated any consultations on the matter, the subject was raised with me at three meetings.

Cardiff Bay Development Corporation

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the chairman of the Cardiff Bay development corporation concerning the outcome of the meeting convened by the Institute of Welsh Affairs on 8 March; what plans he has received for expenditure (a) by the corporation and (b) grant aided by the corporation in relation to the proposal for a large-scale lyric theatre in Cardiff bay; and if he will make a statement. [21427]

Mr. Hague: I have discussed with the chairman the outcome of the meeting convened by the Institute of Welsh Affairs on 8 March. I have received no plans for expenditure by Cardiff Bay development corporation on the construction of a lyric theatre in Cardiff bay.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the out-turn figure for expenditure on (a) administration and (b) the architectural design competition of the Cardiff bay opera house trust from his departments grant in aid to the Cardiff Bay development corporation in 1994-95; and what estimate he has made for the same categories for the year 1995-96. [21425]

Mr. Hague: Financial contributions by Cardiff Bay development corporation towards meeting the cost of administration of the Cardiff bay opera house trust and the architectural design competition are operational matters for the corporation. I have asked the chief executive of the corporation to respond and I shall arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.

Viticulture

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the proportion of the agricultural land area of Wales which is suitable for viticulture; and if he will make a statement. [21308]

Mr. Hague: No assessment has been made.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number and acreage of commercial vineyards in Wales. [21309]

Mr. Hague: The latest data from the Wine Standards Board show 18 commercial vineyards in Wales totalling 23 hectares.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what grants are available to livestock and arable farmers in Wales to convert their holdings to viticulture. [21317]

Mr. Hague: None.

Pembrokeshire NHS Trust

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he plans to publish the final report by Coopers and Lybrand into the circumstances leading up to and the financial implications of the departure of the former chief executive of Pembrokeshire NHS trust. [21426]

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Mr. Richards: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I have him on 15 January 1996, Official Report, column 385.

Ministerial Responsibilities

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what changes he plans to make in the division of responsibilities between himself and his junior Ministers; and if he will make a statement. [21303]

Mr. Hague: I have overall responsibility for all policy issues within the Welsh Office. I have recently made one change to my junior Minister's duties. Mr. Jones has assumed responsibility for all rural and agricultural matters as set out in the rural White Paper.

EstateCare (Privatisation)

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 12 March, Official Report, column 559, what was the date of the item of correspondence between his Department and the Welsh Health Common Services Authority which would most accurately fit the description of a decision letter concerning the privatisation of the EstateCare Group of the authority. [21307]

Mr. Hague: My officials wrote to the Welsh Health Common Services Authority on 16 August 1995.

Departmental Staff (Location)

Dr. Marek: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the geographical location of the place of work of all civil servants within the Welsh Office. [21679]

Mr. Hague: Welsh Office--excluding Cadw--staff work from the following locations: London; Cardiff; Caernarfon; Carmarthen; Llandrindod Wells; Lampeter; Colwyn Bay; Haverfordwest; Milford Haven; Dolgellau; Swansea; Newtown; Brecon; Aberystwyth; Ruthin; Holyhead; Newport; Gwent and Conwy.


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