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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 22 May 1989

WALES

National Museum of Wales

51. Dr. Kim Howells : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the chairman of the National Museum of Wales to discuss its maintenance budget and acquisition budget.

52. Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the director of the National Museum of Wales to discuss its staffing costs and acquisition budget.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales last met the president of the National Museum of Wales on 14 November 1988, when a range of issues including budgetary and financial matters was discussed. The director of the National Museum of Wales also attended this meeting.

Cottage Hospital (Caernarfon)

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table showing for each of 1986, 1987 and 1988 (a) the percentage occupancy of beds and (b) the total number of casualty cases treated at the Cottage hospital, Caernarfon.

Mr. Grist : The information is given in the following table :


                                    |1986 |1987 |1988       

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Percentage occupancy of beds in all                         

  specialties                       |67   |66   |79         

New minor casualty patients         |1,262|1,047|1,526      

Total attendances by minor casualty                         

  patients                          |1,869|1,824|2,738      

Naval Nuclear Weapons (Accidents)

Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contingency plans his Department has for dealing with an accident involving any naval nuclear weapon in the course of non-operational activities including courtesy calls ; and what specific arrangements apply to the port of Cardiff.

Mr. Peter Walker : I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 10 May, at column 476.

Schools (Shotton)

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit Shotton county infants school to meet the parents and staff to receive a petition concerning the need for additional capitation allowances to enable the school to purchase essential materials for classroom activities.


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Mr. Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend has no present intention of visiting Shotton county infants school. It would be more appropriate for the parents and staff of that school to express their views to the local education authority.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit Venerable Edward Morgan VP School, Shotton, to meet the parents and staff to discuss the impact of local management of schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : No. Our officials have received copies of the local education authority's draft scheme for local management of schools and have discussed it with the authority's officials. I expect the authority's formal scheme to be submitted for my right hon. Friend's consideration in the next few months.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit St. Ethelwolds VP School, Shotton, to meet the parents and staff concerning the need for St. Ethelwolds to have a school hall and other extensions ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : My right hon. Friend has no plans to visit St. Ethelwold's Church in Wales school, Shotton in the near future. A proposal for an extension of the schools, including a hall, is included in Clwyd education authority's bids for expenditure on building works at voluntary- aided schools in 1989-90. A decision on the voluntary-aided schools' building programme for 1989-90 will be made shortly.

Clwyd Local Education Authority

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make additional moneys available to Clwyd local education authority to enable the local eduation authority to increase its capitation allowances in its primary and infants schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : The setting of capitation allowances for Clwyd schools is a matter for the education authority within its perceived assessment of the requirements of the different elements of the education service.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what new moneys he will allocate to the Clwyd local education authority to enable the local education authority to increase the number of its full-time staff in high schools ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts : The responsibility for the number of staff employed in secondary schools in Clwyd lies entirely with the education authority which sets staffing levels in line with its assessment of priorities within the education service.

Health Authorities (Building Programmes)

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) when he proposes to meet the chairman of the health authorities of Wales to discuss their authorities need for more cash to meet their building programme deadlines ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) if he will make additional allocations to the health authorities of Wales to enable them to begin their hospital building programmes on schedule ;


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(3) if he proposes to make additional payments to health authorities to enable them to meet the increased costs in building projects as a result of inflation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : My right hon. Friend met chairmen of district health authorities on 15 May when a range of matters concerning the White Paper "Working for Patients" was discussed. A date for the next meeting has yet to be agreed. My right hon. Friend has no plans to increase DHAs' capital allocations, other than for specific purposes to be announced in the course of the year. Welsh health authorities' discretionary capital allocations this year total £39 million, an increase of nearly 32 per cent. over last year ; and we expect them to plan flexibly within the resources available for contingencies such as fluctuations in construction costs.


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Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report a list of the hospital building projects to be started in this financial year in Wales in each of the health authority areas, with likely starting dates and estimated costs ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Grist : The details requested, which are drawn from capital programmes produced by health authorities, are set out in the following table. They demonstrate a continuing commitment on the part of health authorities in Wales to enhancing and improving health care provision within their respective districts. They do not take into account capital investments on maintenance and upgrading work. Therefore, they represent only a small proportion of the overall capital developments planned by authorities in the coming 10 years.


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Hospital building projects to be started in financial year 1989-90                                                                                                                                                                    

District Health Authority                     |Project                                      |Projected start date                         |Estimated total costs (£                                                                   

                                                                                                                                          |million)                                                                                   

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Clwyd                                         |Deeside Community Hospital                   |September 1989                               |4.1                                                                                        

                                              |Ysbyty Maelor Wrecsam-Phase 2A               |November 1989                                |16.3                                                                                       

                                              |Ysbyty Glan Clwyd-Adaptations to pharmacy    |August 1989                                  |0.12                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

East Dyfed                                    |Amman Valley Hospital-Development            |May 1989                                     |0.86                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Gwent                                         |Torfaen Hospital-Mental illness unit         |January 1990                                 |3.2                                                                                        

                                              |Blaina Rehabilitation Unit                   |July 1989                                    |0.464                                                                                      

                                              |Islwyn Mental Illness Unit                   |January 1990                                 |0.9                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Gwynedd                                       |Druid/Cefni Hospital-Amalgamation            |January 1990                                 |1.5                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Mid Glamorgan                                 |Ystrad Fechan Community Hospital             |October 1989                                 |8.0                                                                                        

                                              |Aberdare Hospital-Elderly unit               |July 1989                                    |1.6                                                                                        

                                              |East Glamorgan Hospital-Geriatric unit       |January 1990                                 |1.2                                                                                        

                                              |East Glamorgan Hospital-Obstetrics theatre   |May 1989                                     |0.42                                                                                       

                                              |Tonteg Hospital-Elderly mentally infirm ward |July 1989                                    |0.45                                                                                       

                                              |Tyntyla Hospital-Elderly mentally infirm ward|April 1989                                   |0.2                                                                                        

                                              |  and day unit                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Pembrokeshire                                 |Nil                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Powys                                         |Machynlleth Hospital-Phase 1                 |July 1989                                    |1.6                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

South Glamorgan                               |Llandough Hospital-Extension to children's   |January 1990                                 |0.068                                                                                      

                                              |  centre                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

West Glamorgan                                |Tonna Hospital-Development                   |May 1989                                     |4.0                                                                                        

Woodland Grant Scheme

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 21 March, Official Report, column 501, whether the woodland grant scheme applications at Maesllymystyn and Gesail Ddu are in respect of adjoining land.

Mr. Peter Walker : The proposed planting schemes at Maesllymystyn and Gesail Ddu are on the same hillside but, following the withdrawal of part of one of the schemes, are now approximately three quarters of a mile apart.

Advertising

Mr. Grocott : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide as much information as possible about his Department's expenditure on commercial television advertising, without breaching commercial confidentiality, over each of the past five years.


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Mr. Peter Walker : The Department's spending on television advertising during the past five financial years is £20,000. This spending was in the financial year 1988-89 on the Welsh element of the misuse of drugs campaign.

Bathing Water

Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the terms of reference of the current review of the bathing water compliance programme of the Welsh water authority, together with its timetable.

Mr. Grist : Water authorities have been asked to assess the feasibility and implications for investment and operating costs of bringing all identified waters up to standard.


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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Czechoslovakia (Human Rights)

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the human rights record of Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Waldegrave : We regularly receive letters from hon. Members and from members of the public on Czechoslovakia's human rights record, which gives considerable grounds for concern.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the imprisonment by the Czechoslovakian authorities of Mr. Ivan Jirous.

Mr. Waldegrave : We have received a series of letters from hon. Members and from members of the public on the imprisonment by the Czechoslovak authorities of Mr. Ivan Jirous.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made by his Department to the Czechoslovakian authorities concerning the imprisonment of Mr. Ivan Jirous.

Mr. Waldegrave : My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State stressed our deep concern at the imprisonment of Mr. Ivan Jirous to a member of the Czechoslovak leadership, Mr. Miroslav Stepan, when he called on 15 May.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement outlining his Department's assessment of human rights in Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Waldegrave : We would like to see a substantial improvement in Czechoslovakia's unsatisfactory record on human rights. The Czechoslovak authorities have said they propose to bring their domestic legislation into line with their CSCE commitments. We urge them to do this without delay, and in the meantime to act in the spirit of those commitments.

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he proposes to take to encourage the Government of Czechoslovakia to improve its record on human rights.

Mr. Waldegrave : We shall continue to raise abuses of human rights in Czechoslovakia with their authorities whenever necessary, and urge the Czechoslovak Government to fulfil their commitments and improve its record in this sphere.

European Community

Mr. Madel : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many proposals from the European Commission since the signing of the Single


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European Act have been as a result of requests from member states for action ; how many proposals came from within the Commission itself ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Chalker : Since the Single European Act, the Commission has brought forward 1,255 legislative proposals. There has been no major change in the number of annual proposals made since the SEA. The Commission does not, however, produce statistics distinguishing between those originating in the Commission and those on which proposals have been requested by member states.

Mr. Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about progress made towards achieving the objectives set out in the solemn declaration on European union made by Heads of Government at the Stuttgart summit.

Mrs. Chalker : The Community has agreed the Single European Act which, in accordance with the solemn declaration of Stuttgart, contains measures to complete the internal market, improve decision-making and make foreign policy co-operation more effective.

Philippines (Military Aid)

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the total military aid to the Philippines in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Mr. Waldegrave : It is not our practive to disclose the cost of assistance to individual countries.

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the total cost of military training provided for the Philippine Government ; and in what form it is provided.

Mr. Waldegrave : Filipino students have attended a small number of British military training courses subsidised by Her Majesty's Government, including vehicle maintenance and security courses. It is not our practice to disclose the cost of assistance to individual countries.

EMPLOYMENT

Labour Statistics

Ms. Short : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in the age group 16 to 24 inclusive, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, and 55 and over were (a) full-time employees in employment, (b) part-time employees in employment, (c) self employed, (d) not included above and on YOP, YTS, CP, STEP, CEP or JTS or (e) not included in the above and undertaking full-time education or training, from spring 1979 for each year to spring 1988.

Mr. Lee : Available estimates from labour force surveys are as shown in the following table :


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Persons either in employment or undertaking full-time education or training, by age                               

Great Britain-Spring estimate                                                                                     

Thousands                                                                                                         

                                          |1979   |1981   |1983   |1984   |1985   |1986   |1987   |<5>1988        

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16 to 24                                                                                                          

  Full-time<2> employees                  |4,535  |4,149  |3,826  |3,801  |3,875  |3,822  |3,855  |3,884          

  Part-time<2> employees                  |249    |455    |461    |580    |634    |652    |688    |773            

  Self-employed                           |96     |136    |159    |212    |210    |216    |246    |271            

  On Government employment and training                                                                           

    programmes<3>                         |n/a    |n/a    |243    |261    |332    |323    |382    |390            

  Not in employment and undertaking full-                                                                         

    time education or training<4>         |n/a    |n/a    |1,279  |1,259  |1,146  |1,118  |1,128  |1,040          

                                                                                                                  

25 to 34                                                                                                          

  Full-time<2> employees                  |4,283  |4,056  |3,807  |3,818  |3,876  |3,967  |4,020  |4,246          

  Part-time<2> employees                  |811    |800    |685    |754    |782    |829    |891    |948            

  Self-employed                           |438    |515    |514    |561    |595    |586    |665    |725            

  On Government employment and training                                                                           

    programmes<3>                         |n/a    |n/a    |36     |22     |27     |31     |47     |61             

  Not in employment and undertaking                                                                               

    full-time education or training<4>    |n/a    |n/a    |66     |79     |66     |70     |64     |70             

                                                                                                                  

35 to 44                                                                                                          

  Full-time<2> employees                  |3,472  |3,360  |3,507  |3,484  |3,564  |3,612  |3,640  |3,745          

  Part-time<2> employees                  |1,080  |1,098  |1,115  |1,216  |1,274  |1,318  |1,346  |1,358          

  Self-employed                           |519    |617    |676    |804    |826    |836    |892    |963            

  On Government employment and training                                                                           

    programmes<3>                         |n/a    |n/a    |37     |15     |12     |20     |26     |36             

  Not in employment and undertaking                                                                               

    full-time education or training<4>    |n/a    |n/a    |20     |17     |27     |25     |25     |24             

                                                                                                                  

45 to 54                                                                                                          

  Full-time<2> employees                  |3,466  |3,312  |3,057  |2,984  |2,940  |2,914  |2,824  |2,904          

  Part-time<2> employees                  |956    |962    |941    |995    |976    |972    |985    |1,020          

  Self-employed                           |407    |495    |502    |558    |583    |605    |641    |668            

  On Government employment and training                                                                           

    programmes<3>                         |n/a    |n/a    |21     |11     |15     |<1>    |21     |20             

  Not in employment and undertaking                                                                               

    full-time education or training<4>    |n/a    |n/a    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>            

                                                                                                                  

55 and over                                                                                                       

  Full-time<2> employees                  |2,658  |2,353  |2,097  |1,990  |1,897  |1,798  |1,710  |1,770          

  Part-time<2> employees                  |922    |963    |792    |833    |811    |823    |802    |791            

  Self-employed                           |357    |436    |449    |483    |500    |483    |553    |530            

  On Government employment and training                                                                           

    programmes<3>                         |n/a    |n/a    |17     |<1>    |11     |13     |12     |11             

  Not in employment and undertaking                                                                               

    full-time education or training<4>    |n/a    |n/a    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>    |<1>            

<1> Sample size too small to provide a reliable estimate.                                                         

<2> Based on respondent's own assessment.                                                                         

<3> Includes all on YTS, CI, CP, VPP and their predecessors, together with those on training courses under JTS,   

Training for Enterprise and Wider Opportunities Training Programme (successors of Training Opportunities          

Programme or TOPS) who said they did some paid work in the survey reference week.                                 

<4> Includes all still in continuous full-time education or (i) on a sandwich course, (ii) studying at university,

 polytechnic or college full-time, or (iii) training for a qualification in nursing, physiotherapy, or a similar  

medical subject.                                                                                                  

<5> Preliminary estimates (1988 only).                                                                            

n/a=Not available.                                                                                                

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were unemployment rates by ethnic origin and sex for each standard region and Wales, for each of the years 1983 to 1988.

Mr. Lee [holding answer 19 May 1989] : Unemployment rates by ethnic origin are available from


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the labour force survey for single years from 1983 to 1988 for Great Britain as shown in table 1. They are available for standard regions, Wales and Scotland averaged over three years as shown in tables 2-5 ; these averages produce more reliable estimates for ethnic groups than do data for a single year. Further, estimates are not shown in the tables where they are based on small samples.


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Table 1: Trends in unemployment rates<2> by ethnic origin; spring 1983 to 1988                                                                                                    

Persons of working age (16 to 59/64)   Great Britain per cent.                                                                                                                    

                                   GB labour force                     ILO/OECD definition of                                                                                     

                                   definition of                       unemployment                                                                                               

                                   unemployment                                                                                                                                   

                                  |1983             |1984             |1984             |1985             |1986             |1987             |1988 (preliminary                  

                                                                                                                                              |results)                           

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All persons                                                                                                                                                                       

All origins<3>                    |11.2             |11.3             |11.8             |11.2             |11.2             |10.7             |8.7                                

  White                           |10.9             |10.8             |11.4             |10.9             |10.8             |10.5             |8.3                                

  Ethnic minority groups of whom: |20.9             |20.5             |21.4             |20.7             |20.0             |17.1             |13.5                               

    West Indian-Guyanese          |23               |25               |24               |22               |23               |18               |15                                 

    Indian                        |18               |15               |16               |18               |17               |13               |12                                 

    Pakistan-Bangladeshi          |32               |35               |34               |30               |28               |29               |21                                 

    All other origins<3>          |16               |19               |19               |18               |17               |15               |10                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Males                                                                                                                                                                             

All origins<3>                    |11.9             |11.6             |11.9             |11.5             |11.5             |11.0             |8.9                                

  White                           |11.5             |11.1             |11.4             |11.0             |11.1             |10.7             |8.6                                

  Ethnic minority groups of whom: |21.7             |21.1             |22.1             |21.6             |20.5             |17.4             |14.3                               

    West Indian-Guyanese          |28               |29               |30               |21               |26               |21               |18                                 

    Indian                        |17               |13               |13               |19               |16               |10               |11                                 

    Pakistan-Bangladeshi          |31               |34               |33               |28               |27               |30               |25                                 

    All other origins<3>          |17               |18               |19               |18               |17               |15               |9                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Females                                                                                                                                                                           

All origins<3>                    |10.3             |10.8             |11.7             |10.9             |10.8             |10.3             |8.5                                

  White                           |9.9              |10.4             |11.3             |10.6             |10.4             |10.1             |8.3                                

  Ethnic minority groups of whom: |18.8             |19.3             |20.2             |19.2             |19.4             |16.5             |12.4                               

    West Indian-guyanese          |19               |17               |18               |20               |19               |16               |11                                 

    Indian                        |20               |19               |20               |17               |19               |17               |13                                 

    Pakistan-Bangladeshi          |<1>              |<1>              |<1>              |<1>              |<1>              |<1>              |<1>                                

All other origins<3>              |15               |20               |19               |17               |17               |15               |10                                 

Source: LFS time series estimates.                                                                                                                                                

<1> Less than 10,000 in cell: estimate not shown.                                                                                                                                 

<2> Unemployed people expresses as a percentage of all economically active persons in the relevant group. Based on ILO/OECD definition of unemployment (except as indicated in    

the first two columns of table 1, and in table 5).                                                                                                                                

<3> Includes those who did not state origin.                                                                                                                                      


Table 2                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Unemployment rates<2> by ethnic origin and region: average, spring 1986-88                                                                                                                                         

Persons of working age (16 to 59-64)   Per cent.                                                                                                                                                                   

                           |All ethnic origins<3> |White                 |Ethnic minority groups|West Indian/Guyanese  |Indian                |Pakistani/Bangladeshi |All other origins<3>                         

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All persons                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  Great Britain            |10                    |10                    |17                    |19                    |14                    |27                    |14                                           

  England                  |10                    |9                     |17                    |19                    |14                    |27                    |14                                           

  North                    |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Yorkshire and Humberside |12                    |11                    |22                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Midlands            |10                    |9                     |19                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Anglia              |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South East               |7                     |7                     |13                    |16                    |10                    |24                    |12                                           

    Greater London         |9                     |8                     |15                    |17                    |10                    |28                    |13                                           

    Rest of South East     |6                     |6                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South West               |9                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  West Midlands            |11                    |11                    |26                    |24                    |25                    |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  North West               |13                    |13                    |23                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Wales                    |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Scotland                 |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Males                                                                                                                                                                                                              

  Great Britain            |10                    |10                    |17                    |22                    |12                    |27                    |13                                           

  England                  |10                    |9                     |17                    |22                    |12                    |27                    |13                                           

  North                    |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Yorkshire and Humberside |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Midlands            |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Anglia              |7                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South East               |7                     |7                     |14                    |19                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |12                                           

    Greater London         |10                    |9                     |15                    |20                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |14                                           

    Rest of South East     |6                     |6                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South West               |8                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  West Midlands            |12                    |11                    |26                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  North West               |14                    |13                    |23                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Wales                    |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Scotland                 |15                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Females                                                                                                                                                                                                            

  Great Britain            |10                    |10                    |16                    |16                    |16                    |<1>                   |14                                           

  England                  |9                     |9                     |16                    |16                    |16                    |<1>                   |14                                           

  North                    |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Yorkshire and Humberside |11                    |10                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Midlands            |10                    |10                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  East Anglia              |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South East               |8                     |7                     |13                    |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                                          

    Greater London         |8                     |7                     |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

    Rest of South East     |7                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  South West               |12                    |9 <1>                 |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  West Midlands            |11                    |10                    |25                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  North West               |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Wales                    |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Scotland                 |13                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

See footnote to table 1.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Source:  LFS estimates.                                                                                                                                                                                            


Table 3                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unemployment Rates<2> By Ethnic Origin and Region: Average Spring 1985-1987                                                                                                                                      

Persons of working age (16 to 59/64)   Per cent.                                                                                                                                                                 

                         |All ethnic origins<3> |White                 |Ethnic minority groups|West Indian/Guyanese  |Indian                |Pakistani/Bangaladeshi|All other Origins<3>                         

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All persons                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Great Britain            |11                    |11                    |19                    |21                    |16                    |29                    |17                                           

England                  |11                    |10                    |19                    |21                    |16                    |29                    |16                                           

North                    |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |12                    |12                    |26                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |10                    |10                    |23                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |15                    |17                    |10                    |25                    |11                                           

  Greater London         |10                    |9                     |16                    |18                    |10                    |<1>                   |15                                           

  Rest of South East     |7                     |7                     |11                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |13                    |12                    |31                    |31                    |27                    |12                    |<1>                                          

North West               |14                    |13                    |26                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Males                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Great Britain            |11                    |11                    |20                    |24                    |15                    |28                    |17                                           

England                  |11                    |10                    |20                    |21                    |15                    |29                    |17                                           

North                    |16                    |16                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |13                    |13                    |25                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |10                    |10                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |15                    |19                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |15                                           

  Greater London         |10                    |9                     |17                    |21                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |17                                           

  Rest of South East     |7                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |14                    |13                    |32                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |14                    |14                    |26                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |15                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Females                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Great Britain            |11                    |10                    |18                    |18                    |18                    |<1>                   |16                                           

England                  |10                    |10                    |18                    |18                    |18                    |<1>                   |16                                           

North                    |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |11                    |11                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |11                    |10                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |10                    |10                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Greater London         |9                     |8                     |14                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

  Rest of South East     |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |12                    |11                    |31                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |13                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

See footnote to table 1                                                                                                                                                                                          

Source: LFS estimates.                                                                                                                                                                                           


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Table 4                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unemployment Rates<2> By Ethnic Origin and Region: Average Spring 1984-1986                                                                                                                                      

Persons of working age (16 to 59/64)   Per cent.                                                                                                                                                                 

                         |All ethnic origins<3> |White                 |Ethnic minority groups|West Indian/Guyanese  |Indian                |Pakistani/Bangladeshi |All other Origins<3>                         

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All persons                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Great Britain            |11                    |10                    |20                    |22                    |16                    |31                    |18                                           

England                  |10                    |10                    |20                    |22                    |16                    |31                    |17                                           

North                    |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |12                    |11                    |28                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |10                    |9                     |20                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |16                    |18                    |11                    |26                    |16                                           

  Greater London         |9                     |8                     |16                    |19                    |11                    |<1>                   |17                                           

  Rest of South East     |7                     |7                     |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |13                    |12                    |29                    |30                    |26                    |40                    |<1>                                          

North West               |13                    |13                    |29                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Males                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Great Britain            |11                    |11                    |21                    |25                    |15                    |30                    |17                                           

England                  |11                    |10                    |21                    |25                    |16                    |30                    |17                                           

North                    |16                    |16                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |13                    |12                    |29                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |10                    |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |7                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |7                     |16                    |21                    |9                     |<1>                   |15                                           

  Greater London         |9                     |8                     |17                    |22                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |15                                           

  Rest of South East     |7                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |14                    |12                    |31                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |15                    |14                    |31                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |15                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |15                    |5                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Females                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Great Britain            |10                    |10                    |19                    |18                    |18                    |<1>                   |18                                           

England                  |10                    |9                     |19                    |18                    |18                    |<1>                   |18                                           

North                    |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |11                    |11                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |16                    |16                    |14                    |<1>                   |17                                           

  Greater London         |9                     |8                     |16                    |16                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |19                                           

  Rest of South East     |8                     |7                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South West               |9                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |12                    |11                    |27                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |12                    |11                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

<1> See footnote to table 1.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Source: LFS estimates.                                                                                                                                                                                           


Table 5                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unemployment Rates<2> By Ethnic Origin and Region: Average Spring 1983-85                                                                                                                                        

Persons of working age (16 to 59/64)   Per cent.                                                                                                                                                                 

                         |All ethnic origins<3> |White                 |Ethnic minority groups|West Indian/Guyanese  |Indian                |Pakistani/Bangladeshi |All other origins<3>                         

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

All persons                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Great Britain            |11                    |11                    |20                    |22                    |17                    |32                    |17                                           

North                    |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |12                    |12                    |27                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |9                     |9                     |20                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |16                    |19                    |12                    |25                    |15                                           

South West               |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |14                    |12                    |30                    |32                    |26                    |43                    |<1>                                          

North West               |14                    |13                    |29                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |14                    |14                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Males                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Great Britain            |11                    |11                    |21                    |26                    |16                    |31                    |17                                           

North                    |17                    |16                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |13                    |12                    |30                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |10                    |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |16                    |23                    |10                    |<1>                   |14                                           

South West               |8                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |15                    |13                    |32                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |15                    |14                    |32                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |15                    |15                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Females                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Great Britain            |10                    |10                    |19                    |18                    |18                    |<1>                   |18                                           

North                    |13                    |13                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Yorkshire and Humberside |11                    |11                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Midlands            |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

East Anglia              |9                     |9                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

South East               |8                     |8                     |16                    |16                    |15                    |<1>                   |17                                           

South West               |9                     |8                     |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

West Midlands            |12                    |11                    |26                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

North West               |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Wales                    |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

Scotland                 |12                    |12                    |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                   |<1>                                          

See footnote to table 1. Results are based on Great Britain labour force definition of unemployment. Results for England, Greater London and rest of South East are not readily available.                       

Source: LFS estimates.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Unemployment Insurance

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will obtain for his departmental library a copy of "Insurance for Unemployment" by Michael Beenstock and Valerie Brasse of the City university.

Mr. Lee : A copy of "Insurance for Unemployment" by Michael Beenstock and Valerie Brasse is held in the Employment Department library.

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will obtain for his departmental library a copy of the London School of Economics discussion paper, "The Mirage of Private Unemployment Insurance" by Nicholas Barr ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee : A copy of "The Mirage of Private Unemployment Insurance" by Nicholas Barr is held in the Employment Department library. It has always been a policy of the library to obtain any material relevant to my Department's areas of interest.

Part-time Workers

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Don Valley on 28 April, Official Report, column 690, what countries in the Council of Ministers favoured deferring implementation of the European Economic Community directive giving part-time workers the same legal rights as full-time workers.

Mr. Cope : The Council of Ministers last considered the draft directive on voluntary part-time work in 1987. The draft directive was not adopted. Proceedings in the Council of Ministers are confidential.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has yet received any advice from the Health and Safety Executive concerning safety


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measures for workers in the slaughtering and butchery trade who may come into contact with bovine spongiform encephalopathy-infected products.

Mr. Nicholls : The Health and Safety Executive's field staff is available to give advice to employers and employees when necessary on any health risks associated with cattle, their carcases and their products which may be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). I understand that, in the light of the report of the Southwood working party on BSE, the executive has established a task force on occupational zoonoses (ie diseases which may be transmissable from animals to man). As part of its remit, the task force is considering what further action may be necessary in respect of occupational health and safety aspects of BSE.

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what guidance currently exists to occupational groups involved with handling of cattle or cattle products in the light of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Mr. Nicholls : Advice on safety precautions to be taken has been issued to the Health and Safety Executive's inspectors for dissemination either on request or during the course of their visits to those dealing with cattle and animal products. It covers basic hygiene principles which are considered appropriate for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Advertising

Mr. Grocott : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide as much information as possible about his Department's expenditure on commercial television advertising, without breaching commercial confidentiality, over each of the past five years.

Mr. Cope : The total amount spent by my Department on commercial television advertising for each of the past five financial years is as follows :


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