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Beacon Schools

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what consultation took place on the establishment of beacon schools; and what responses were received. [50951]

Mr. Byers: The beacon school initiative was developed in discussion with the Standards Task Force and through consultation with those schools identified by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector as the best performing during 1996-97.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Export Licences

Mr. Paice: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list the number of export licences (a) applied for and (b) granted for the supply of aircraft parts for each of the last five years together with the average time taken by her Department to resolve the application; and what is the target time which her Department now endeavours to achieve. [49180]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 6 July 1998]: Entry ML10 in the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 controls the export of specified aircraft, unmanned airborne vehicles, aero-engines and aircraft equipment, and related goods and

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components, specially designed or modified for military use. A large number of other entries in the export control legislation may also control the export of aircraft-related equipment. The entry in the legislation under which the export of goods is controlled is known as their rating.

The Export Control Organisation's computer databases have been interrogated, and the following results were obtained:

Between 1 January 1994 and 12 June 1998, 7,905 applications for Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) and 474 applications for Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) covering the export of goods with the rating ML10 were received. In the same period, 7,194 SIELs and 370 OIELs were issued covering such exports.

Number of applications for individual licences received, and individual licences issued, in each calendar year covering the export of goods with the rating ML10

SIELsOIELs
YearApplications receivedLicences issuedApplications receivedLicences issued
19942,1772,1424136
19951,6441,4152725
19961,6221,471201175
19971,6891,42010479
1998 (to 12 June)77374610155

This information should be considered in light of my answer to my hon. Friend, the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), on 30 October 1997, Official Report, columns 870-71.

Aircraft parts may also have been exported during this period under certain Open General Export Licences; copies of Open General Export Licences valid at any time during the period are in the Library of the House.

As regards performance targets and the average time taken to process the applications referred to above, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the President of the Board of Trade on 24 November 1997 to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) on 24 November 1997, Official Report, column 416.

Ann Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many applications for licences for the export of (a) paramilitary, (b) security and (c) police equipment to Guinea Bissau have been (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) revoked, (1) between February 1995 and May 1997 inclusive and (2) since May 1997; and what was the export licence category in each case. [49346]

Mrs. Roche: The Export Control Organisation's computer databases have been interrogated and the following results were obtained:

Between 1 February 1995 and 1 May 1997 one Standard Individual Export Licence was issued covering the export to Guinea-Bissau of goods subject to export control by being listed in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994, the so-called Military List. This licence covered goods whose export is controlled under entry PL5018 of the Military List.

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No other Standard or Open Individual Export Licences covering such exports were issued or revoked, and no applications refused for such licences, in that period or in the period between 2 May 1997 and 12 June 1998.

This information does not cover any Media OIELS that may have been issued during this period. Media OIELS are Open Individual Export Licences that authorise the export to all destinations of protective clothing, mainly for the protection of aid agency workers and journalists, when working in areas of conflict.

This information should be considered in light of my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley on 30 October 1997, Official Report, columns 870-871.

It is not possible to break down these data in the manner requested, as the equipment covered by many entries in the Military List could be used by military, paramilitary, or police end-users.

Goods on the Military List may have been exported to Guinea-Bissau under certain Open General Export Licences; copies of all Open General Export Licences valid at any time during the period are in the Library of the House.

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list the export licences issued by her Department for military equipment to Sri Lanka during the last 12 months. [49691]

Mrs. Roche: The Export Control Organisation's computer databases have been interrogated, and the following results were obtained:

Between 13 June 1997 and 12 June 1998, 68 individual licences were issued covering the export to consignees or end-users in Sri Lanka of goods subject to export control by being listed in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994, the so-called Military List. Sixty-five Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs), and 3 Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs). The entry in the relevant legislation under which the export of goods is controlled is known as their rating. Individual licences may cover a range of goods with various ratings. Where this is so, the licence is included in the table in the total for all the relevant ratings.

Individual licences issues between 13 June 1997 and 12 June 1998 covering the export to Sri Lanka of goods on the military list

RatingNumber of SIELs issued covering goods with this ratingNumber of OIELs issued covering goods with this rating
ML1160
ML240
ML370
ML480
ML510
ML610
ML710
ML1022
ML11211
ML1410
ML1520
ML2110
ML2210
PL500110
PL501710

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This information does not cover any Media OIELs that may have been issued during this period. Media OIELs authorise the export to all destinations of protective clothing, mainly for the protection of aid agency workers and journalists, when working in areas of conflict.

This information should be considered in light of my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on 30 October 1997, Official Report, columns 870-71.

In addition, goods on the Military List may have been exported to Sri Lanka under certain Open General Export Licences; copies of all Open General Export Licences valid at that time during the period are in the Library of the House.

Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

Mr. Breed: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many Small Firms Loan Guarantees have been provided by Government in each of the last 10 years and for what amounts. [49311]

Mrs. Roche: The number and value of loans guaranteed under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in each of the last ten years were:

YearLoans guaranteedValue (£ million)
1988-892,26663.6
1989-903,20499.4
1990-913,38784.6
1991-922,93369.5
1992-932,34252.0
1993-943,886155.0
1994-956,207246.0
1995-967,484275.4
1996-976,942255.8
1997-985,081201.3

Mr. Breed: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if she will list the write-offs under the small firms loan guarantee scheme by number and amount in each of the last 10 years; [50375]

Mrs. Roche: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 9 July 1998, Official Report, column 631.

Post Office

Mr. Bayley: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement about the External Financing Limit of the Post Office. [51643]

Mrs. Beckett: External Financing Limits of -£335 million for each of the years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 have been set. This is an interim measure pending the outcome of the current Post Office review. The Government hope to announce their proposals in the Autumn.


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