Mr. Strang : To ask the Lord President of the Council how many staff in the House of Commons have first aid or medical training ; how many of these staff are available in the case of accidents ; and where these staff are located.
Sir Geoffrey Howe : Fifty members of staff of the House, 127 police officers, 108 security officers and 12 members of the fire section are trained in first aid including resuscitation techniques. Quotas of staff from all Departments of the House have been agreed bearing in mind the need to provide cover in the outbuildings as well as having first aiders available by day and night. Their location is shown in the green page supplement in the front of the Palace of Westminster telephone directory.
Mr. Strang : To ask the Lord President of the Council what first aid provision is provided by the House ; what form this takes ; where such provision is located ; and what first aid information is made available to the staff who work in the House and its outbuildings.
Sir Geoffrey Howe : Details of first aid provision and procedures to be followed in an emergency are contained in the leaflet "Medical Facilities and First Aid in the Palace of Westminster and in the Parliamentary Outbuildings" issued jointly by the Serjeant at Arms and Black Rod. I am arranging for a copy to be sent to the hon. Gentleman. Notices indicating the location of first aiders and first aid boxes are displayed in the Palace of Westminster and outbuildings, and details of first aid and medical facilities are given in appendix D of the staff handbook which is issued to all members of staff.
Mr. Strang : To ask the Lord President of the Council how many toilets are provided (a) in the House and (b) in each of its outbuildings, (i) for women and (ii) for men ; and if he will estimate separately the number of women and the number of men who work in these buildings with easy access to these toilet facilities.
Number of Lavatories Location |Male |Female |Mixed |Disabled ------------------------------------------------------------------- Palace of Westminster (Commons Area) |55 |34 |7 |1 Norman Shaw North |11 |9 |- |1 Norman Shaw South |9 |8 |3 |- St. Stephens House |8 |8 |5 |- 1 Canon Row |8 |7 |- |1 3 Deans Yard |5 |7 |- |- 6-7 Old Palace Yard |2 |2 |1 |- 2 The Abbey Garden |3 |4 |- |-
I regret that an estimate of the numbers of women and men with access to these facilities could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Strang : To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will state the number of reported accidents in (a) the Palace of Westminster and (b) its outbuildings for each year over the last 10 years for (i) hon. Members, (ii) hon. Members' staff, (iii) staff employed by the House in administration, (iv) staff employed by the House in catering, (v) staff employed by the House for other services, (vi) outside contractors and (vii) members of the general public ; how many people work at the House and its outbuildings in each category ; and what is the number of visitors from the general public each year.
|1980|1981|1982|1983|1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (a) Palace of Westminster-reported accidents Members |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|3 |- |1 |2 Members' staff |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|- |1 |1 |2 Administration department's staff |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|- |- |- |- |- |- |- Refreshment department's staff |15 |44 |26 |34 |47 |29 |31 |20 |25 |66 Other departments' staff |n.a.|19 |13 |11 |9 |13 |14 |7 |7 |19 Outside contractors |n.a.|2 |3 |1 |- |- |- |1 |1 |3 General public |n.a.|22 |29 |20 |22 |35 |18 |14 |8 |12 (b) Parliamentary outbuildings-reported accidents Members |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|1 |- |- |- Members' staff |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|1 |3 |- |1 |- Administration department's staff |n.a.|n.a.|n.a.|2 |8 |1 |- |- |4 |2 Refreshment department's staff |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- Other departments' staff |n.a.|1 |1 |2 |3 |2 |2 |2 |- |1 Outside contractors |n.a.|- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- General public |n.a.|- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- n.a.=Not available.
The number of people in each category are :
|Number ---------------------------------------------- Members |649 Members' Staff |n/a Administration Department Staff |94 Refreshment Department Staff |261 Other Departmental Staff |652 Outside Contractors |n/a Members of the General Public |<1> <1> See following table.
The estimated number of visitors were :
|Line of Route|Public |Galleries -------------------------------------------------------- 1981 |287,700 |167,655 1982 |98,639 |186,112 1983 |103,375 |140,100 1984 |134,332 |173,733 1985 |140,390 |170,371 1986 |118,304 |163,802 1987 |112,176 |147,439 1988 |128,084 |176,048 1989 |115,312 |179,345
Mr. Denzil Davies : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total net contribution to the European Commission budget made in the latest available year by (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Federal Republic of Germany, (c) France and (d) Italy.
Mr. Ryder : Following a review last year of CCTA's role, activities and organisation, the Government have decided that there continues to be a need, centrally within the Government, to provide and co-ordinate IT services and advice for Departments, both individually and collectively, and to help formulate Government policies on IT. CCTA will continue to discharge these functions as part of the Treasury.
CCTA will be looking to make more use of the private sector in the development and maintenance of its own services and will focus its efforts on activities which the private sector cannot or is unwilling to undertake or where CCTA can add significantly greater value for money. CCTA will also increase its monitoring of the effectiveness and quality of products and services provided by the private sector to the Government.
The latest decisions call in addition for a package of management reforms at CCTA encompassing :
(i) improved services to customers,
(ii) new management accounting systems, output and performance indicators,
(iii) more systematic charging for direct services to Departments, and
(iv) improved corporate and strategic planning.
A new advisory board will be established under Treasury chairmanship to advise the Treasury's senior management on the scale and broad composition of CCTA's forward work programme.
Copies of the management summary of the review and of the detailed decisions on it are being placed in the Library.
Mr. French : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total value of the holdings of each issue of national savings certificates for the last five years which have remained unencashed for more than a year after their maturity date.
Mr. Ryder : The estimated total value of the holdings of each issue of national savings certificates which have remained unencashed for more than a year after their maturity date was as follows at 31 December in each of the last four years. Figures for 1985 are not available.
£ million (Principal and interest) |1986 |1987 |1988 --------------------------------------------------------------- Fixed-interest issues 1 to 6 and conversion |4.37 |4.05 |3.77 7 |25.12 |24.41 |22.89 £ |1.67 |1.64 |1.55 8 |12.82 |12.32 |11.14 9 |39.71 |38.59 |35.10 10 |93.38 |90.02 |79.99 11 |38.20 |36.56 |31.43 12 |153.11 |148.01 |126.55 Decimal |316.04 |313.38 |279.13 14 |801.30 |749.18 |547.18 16 |430.39 |405.97 |288.66 18 |496.68 |459.82 |324.64 19 |784.12 |1,899.07|1,145.74 21 |- |283.24 |200.43 23 |- |333.92 |696.82 24 |- |- |466.42 25 |- |- |90.78 26 |- |- |- |------- |------- |------- Total fixed-interest |3,196.91|4,800.18|4,352.85 Index-linked issues Retirement |1,056.62|975.65 |843.99 Second |253.85 |1,158.09|1,575.96 |------- |------- |------- Total index-linked |1,310.47|2,133.74|2,419.95 Total all issues |4,507.38|6,933.92|6,772.80
Mr. Ryder : The main implications of German monetary union for the British economy will be through its impact on world trade flows, an assessment of which was contained in the "Financial Statement and Budget Report 1990-91."
Mr. Denzil Davies : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the individuals who, in the fiscal year 1989-90, were subject to the composite rate tax, would, if the Budget proposals for its abolition had been in force, have paid (a) income tax at the basic rate and (b) no income tax.
Mr. Major : About 75 per cent. of individuals with composite rate income would have been liable to pay at least some tax at basic rate, and about 25 per cent. would not have been liable to pay any. Wives with composite rate income have been included as taxpayers or non-taxpayers according to the liability of their husbands.
Mr. Hind : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much income tax rates would need to be increased to fully meet an increase in Government expenditure in 1990-91 of 17 per cent. ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what investment incentives he intends to introduce to stop United Kingdom shipping companies flagging abroad ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what measures he intends to introduce to enable United Kingdom shipping companies to maintain their merchant fleets and crews.
Mr. Lilley : We have already introduced a number of measures to help United Kingdom shipping companies in recent years. These have included the relaxation of the rules governing a seafarer's eligibility for the 100 per cent. foreign earnings deduction, and the extension of the business expansion scheme to ship chartering companies.
Mr. Lilley : My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so. When a ship is sold, the present system ensures that tax relief is recovered where the depreciation allowed exceeds that actually incurred over the period of ownership.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reinstate for United Kingdom shipping companies for a period of five years, free depreciation, 100 per cent. ship allowance, against investment in new and second-hand ships.
Mr. Lilley : The whole Budget package for charities has been warmly welcomed. In response to requests, the Inland Revenue has issued some 1,350 copies of the guidance, first published on Budget day, to help charities and individuals making charitable covenants to get them right for tax.
Mr. Luce [holding answer 4 April 1990] : I am aware of the interest shown by the National Galleries of Scotland and also that the gallery is prepared to commit £1 million from its purchase grant towards the purchase of "The Three Graces". I am also aware of the considerable expense and effort which the Victoria and Albert museum has put into its public appeal. It is for these institutions to decide in which way it would be appropriate for them to conduct their fund-raising efforts.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish for each post office district in England and Wales (a) the number of post offices currently issuing motor vehicle licences and (b) any planned increases in the number of post offices issuing motor vehicle licences.
Post office district |Number of | offices -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Newcastle |138 Lancashire and Cumbria |129 Leeds |144 Liverpool |80 Manchester |128 Sheffield |137 North Midlands |127 Birmingham and Coventry |80 South and West Midlands |113 Bristol |132 Wessex |138 Devon and Cornwall |183 East Midlands |120 Norwich |141 Oxford |113 Colchester |117 Aldershot |132 Hastings |117 Brighton |93 London North |79 London Central |43 London Western |90 London Eastern |69 London South West |91 London South East |95 North and Mid Wales and Marches |166 South Wales |162 |------ Grand total |3,157
Any increase in the number of the licensing post offices increases the charges made by Post Office Counters to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The possibility of a further extension is, however, currently being examined with the Post Office. Any changes in the licensing network that result will be given full publicity.
Mr. Portillo : I refer the hon. Member to paragraph 35 of the Government's Green Paper, Cmd. 722, where estimates of 813 killed and seriously injured and 2,060 total casualties saved are given. Copies of the Green Paper are in the Library of the House.
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress in road improvements and bridge building of the Barnstaple downstream bridge and the Aller Cross to Blackmore Gate road.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many objections, petitions and letters of support were received for each of the London assessment studies between 15 December 1989 and 28 February.
Mr. Portillo : There will be further detailed consultations on the proposals in "Traffic in London". Over the coming months there will be specific local consultations with the authorities and representatives of the residents and traders concerned in the proposed red routes pilot scheme.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what consultations he proposes before making detailed proposals concerning the widening of the A1 at Archway island and Highbury corner ; (2) what meetings he plans to have with the local authority, local businesses and local community groups concerning the improvements to the A1 at Archway and Highbury corner.
Column 721Mr. Portillo : It is too soon to announce the timetable and arrangements for taking forward the road proposals arising from the assessment studies.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide a table giving the percentage of total route miles of railway passenger services electrified in the United Kingdom and in each of the other EEC states.
|Percentage ---------------------------------- Belgium |60.0 Denmark |7.5 France |34.0 Germany |42.0 Greece |0.0 Ireland |2.0 Italy |57.0 Luxembourg |60.0 Netherlands |65.0 Portugal |13.0 Spain |49.0
Figures for total route miles of passenger services only which are electrified are not available.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he is giving to giving loan sanction to West Yorkshire passenger transport authority, over several years, to finance the electrification of routes between Bradford and Leeds and along the Aire valley ; and whether the scheme satisfies his financial criteria for such investment.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals from British Rail he is considering to ensure a continuous programme of electrification on British Rail ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : British Rail's 1989 corporate plan includes electrification of the following lines : Portsmouth-Southampton ; Cambridge -King's Lynn ; Heathrow Express to Paddington ; Manchester international airport link ; Birmingham cross-city line ; Hooton-Chester to Ellesmere Port ; and the east coast main line. It is for British Rail to come forward with any further proposals for electrification which would satisfy its normal investment criteria.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the amount of atmospheric pollutants produced by (a) electric traction for railways and (b) diesel traction ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : Figures on atmospheric pollution directly attributable to United Kingdom railways are available in the 1989 digest of environmental protection and water statistics, a copy of which is in the Library.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has for the reduction of traffic congestion between Leeds and Bradford and along the Aire valley which can be brought fully into operation within three years ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo : Work on the A650 Drighlington bypass to the south- west of Leeds is due to start on 23 April 1990. The 4 km long single carriageway road is expected to be complete in early 1992 and will relieve traffic congestion on the A650 trunk road through Drighlington and Adwalton particularly at the A58 Whitehall road junction.
The Department has four further schemes in the national road programme to improve the trunk road between Bradford and Skipton in the Aire valley. These are the A629 Skipton-Kildwick improvement, the A650 Hard Ings road, Keighley, the A650 Airedale route section 3--Crossflatts to Cottingley Bar- -and the Shipley eastern bypass.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is given by his Department to highway authorities for granting operators' licences to private hauliers in respect of examinations of the suitability of access routes to the applicant's proposed depot.
Mr. Portillo : Consideration of applications for goods vehicle operator licences is the responsibility of local independent licensing authorities. Local highway authorities have a right of objection to such applications. It is for the highway authority concerned to consider what action, if any, should be taken, using its traffic regulations powers, in respect of traffic generated by a goods vehicle operating centre.
Number of persons killed in road accidents in Great Britain 1979 to 1989 |Numbers --------------------------- 1979 |6,352 1980 |6,010 1981 |5,846 1982 |5,934 1983 |5,445 1984 |5,599 1985 |5,165 1986 |5,382 1987 |5,125 1988 |5,052 1989 |<1>5,230 <1> Provisional.
Figures for the first three months of 1990 are not yet available.
Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to build a new road bridge across the River Tyne between the Newcastle upon Tyne, East parliamentary constituency and Gateshead.
Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact the Tyneside urban development corporation's proposed east Newcastle quayside development project will have on east-west and north- south traffic flows in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the "Study into Hours of Work : Fatigue and Safety at Sea" produced by the Medical Research Council in December 1989 and subsequently submitted to his Department.
Mr. McLoughlin : Professor Ivan Brown's report on his study into hours of work, fatigue and safety at sea was forwarded to representative organisations on 2 February for comment. All comments received will be taken into account before any decision is made on what further action, if any, is appropriate.
Mr. Roy Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, in the new legislation to provide for the second Severn crossing, he will ensure that the toll concession for the disabled remains as on the existing bridge.