Mr. Canavan : To ask the Prime Minister whether she will attend the summit meeting of world leaders to be held by the United Nations on 29 to 30 September to address the urgent needs of children in the 1990s ; and if she will make a statement about the role of Her Majesty's Government in planning the agenda for the meeting.
The Prime Minister : I cannot yet say whether it will be possible for me to attend this summit. The United Kingdom is, however, contributing actively to its preparation. We are a member of the planning committee set up by the six original sponsors, and are also playing a full part in the working groups set up to prepare particular aspects.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish for each of the last five years for each local education authority the number of teachers who lost their posts following a successful prosecution in the criminal courts.
Mr. Alan Howarth : The information requested is not available. A teacher's employment may be terminated as a result of misconduct (whether evidenced by criminal conviction or otherwise) either following a decision by my right hon. Friend to exclude him or restrict his employment, or as a result of internal disciplinary proceedings by his employer. The available information relates only to decisions taken by my right hon. Friend and is not categorised by local education authority area.
Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of no fixed abode were arrested in the years 1988 and 1989 in (a) the Metropolitan police district and (b) England and Wales.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the total sums airlines have been fined under the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act for each year since its introduction ; and what are the figures for each airline.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The number of demands for payment of the currently set penalty of £1,000 issued to all carriers (that is, airlines and sea operators) in each year since the introduction of the Act in March 1987 was as follows :
|Number --------------------- 1987 |3,921 1988 |4,211 1989 |6,337
Information on demands issued to individual airlines is not readily available.
Mr. Trippier : My right hon. Friend met Commissioner Ripa di Meana at the meeting of the Environment Council on 22 March. The outcome of these discussions was reported in my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Mr. Mitchell) on 27 March.
Mr. Trippier : Sensitive environments are protected in appropriate cases by regulations and byelaws against damage from recreational activities. Local authorities and local residents have powers to take action against excessive noise or other forms of nuisance. The need for additional protective measures is kept under constant review.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the organisers of the anti-poll tax march and rally held in London on 31 March asked to transfer the rally venue to Hyde park ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Hunt : The cap which my right hon. Friend has proposed for each designated authority reflects his view, on the basis of all the information available to him, of a reasonable and appropriate level of budget reduction for that authority in all its circumstances.
Mr. Hardy : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the local authorities which would have been subject to the capping of the community charge had his selection of expenditure levels not been included as a qualification.
Mr. Chope [holding answer 18 April 1990] : It would not be right for me to speculate about the consequences of adopting some selection principles different from those which my right hon. Friend has determined and which he is satisfied are reasonable, appropriate and in accordance with the statute.
Mr. Nellist : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many district councils will be affected by his statement on capping which was given to the House on 3 April ; what is the number of adults liable for the poll tax in each district council area and what is the total ; what is the number of people eligible for rebates or transitional relief in each district council area and what is the total ; and if he has any estimate of the likely costs of rebilling and recalculating for the total number of people affected.
Mr. Chope [holding answer 18 April 1990] : My right hon. Friend designated 10 district councils for capping on 3 April 1990. Another 14 district councils (excluding Bristol which itself was designated) will be affected by capping by virtue of the designation of Avon and Derbyshire county councils. Following is a list of the district councils concerned together with the relevant population of each and the total. The Department does not have information about the numbers of people eligible for community charge benefit or transitional relief in each area.
(i) District Councils designated for capping Council |Relevant |Population ------------------------------------- Barnsley |167,712 Basildon |119,185 Bristol |290,725 Calderdale |143,540 Doncaster |218,650 North Tyneside |151,181 Rochdale |158,227 Rotherham |201,284 St. Helens |136,039 Wigan |231,410 |---- Total |1,817,953
(ii) Other District Councils affected by capping Council |Relevant |Population -------------------------------------------- Bath |57,700 Kingswood |67,953 Northavon |94,745 Wansdyke |60,311 Woodspring |140,098 Amber Valley |86,949 Bolsolver |54,433 Chesterfield |77,412 Derby |164,676 Erewash |83,899 High Peak |63,382 North East Derbyshire |75,126 South Derbyshire |54,510 Derbyshire Dales |53,569 |---- Total |1,134,763 |---- Grand Total |2,952,716
The Department estimates that the cost of issuing new charge bills, including recalculating community charge benefit and transitional relief as appropriate, would on average be about £200,000 per charging authority.
Total debt outstanding at 31 March 1989 |£ million ------------------------------------------- Avon |155 Bedfordshire |178 Berkshire |n/a Buckinghamshire |123 Cambridgeshire |105 Cheshire |193 Cleveland |282 Cornwall |91 Cumbria |105 Derbyshire |203 Devon |211 Dorset |138 Durham |53 East Sussex |128 Essex |n/a Gloucestershire |92 Hampshire |156 Hereford and Worcester |n/a Hertfordshire |128 Humberside |157 Isle of Wight |35 Kent |221 Lancashire |360 Leicestershire |181 Lincolnshire |104 Norfolk |53 Northamptonshire |147 Northumberland |48 North Yorkshire |99 Nottinghamshire |208 Oxfordshire |82 Shropshire |68 Somerset |72 Staffordshire |245 Suffolk |108 Surrey |249 Warwickshire |92 West Sussex |32 Wiltshire |47 n/a=Berkshire, Essex and Hereford and Worcester have not yet submitted returns.
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress the United Kingdom has made towards meeting its target reduction of nitrous, nitric and sulphuric oxides emissions by 1993.
Mr. Trippier : Using 1980 as a baseline, the UK is committed to reducing emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO ) by 20 per cent. and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by 15 per cent. from existing large combustion plants by 1993 as the first stage of directive 88/609/EEC. The current "Digest of Environmental Protection and Water Statistics" (a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library) shows that in 1988 relevant emissions of SO and NOx were 21 per cent. and 10 per cent. lower, respectively, than in 1980.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to respond to the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on the future of the Nature Conservancy Council.
(2) when he expects to know which local authorities are levying a standard community charge at less than twice the personal community charge.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list for each district authority in England (a) the amount of Government grant per authority, (b) the amount of UBR income per authority, (c) the taxable income per authority and (d) the revenue from taxable income per authority assumed in the 1990-91 "Illustrative Capital Value Rates and Local Income Tax" published by his Department on 4 April ;
(2) if he will set out the formula for taxable income used to produce the 1990-91 "Illustrative Capital Value Rates and Local Income Tax" published by his Department on 4 April ;
(3) if he will set out the grant formula used to produce the 1990-91 "Illustrative Capital Value Rates and Local Income Tax" published by his Department on 4 April.
Mr. Chope [holding answer 18 April 1990] : The illustrative capital value rates and local income tax figures published on 4 April assume that Government funds and business rates are distributed to achieve full equalisation of local income tax rates. This means that in every area the same local income tax rate could apply if all local authorities were spending at the level needed to provide a standard level of services. The level of grant entitlement
Column 1030would vary if expenditure were at a different level in order to ensure that each £1 per head of additional spending in any area would lead to exactly the same change in the local income tax rate. Areas with high average taxable incomes would receive less grant with higher spending, while areas with low taxable resources would receive more grant with higher spending. No reliable estimate of the taxable income of residents in each local authority area is available and hence no estimate of grant and business rate payments to each authority was made when producing the illustrative figures.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a list of those bathing beaches sampled by the water research centre in its project on rotaviruses in sewage discharges.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : In the centre's research for the Department, samples were taken from the north and south beaches and bathing water at Tenby ; bathing water and sediment at Watchouse bay, near Barry ; bathing water at Barmouth and, in Dyfed, Pendine East and Pembrey, Cefn Sidan.
Mr. Dykes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will issue a consultation paper inviting views on whether planning controls should be extended to the demolition of dwelling houses.
Mr. Michael Spicer : My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State and the Secretary of State for Wales have today issued a consultation paper. It describes the issue, invites views on the scale of the problem, and seeks comments on various options for extending planning controls to the demolition of dwelling houses.
Mr. Mans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will announce the special financial assistance under the Bellwin scheme to be given to those local authorities whose coasts suffered damage as a result of the severe storms during 25 and 26 February.
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment has been made of the extent to which emissions of radioactive gas from Pond 5 fuel handling plant at Sellafield arising from works carried out and chemical reactions in the pond itself, comply with statutory requirements.
Mr. Trippier [holding answer 18 April 1990] : The emissions of radioactive gas from this plant are continuously sampled and monitored by BNFL. The measurements demonstrate that these discharges comply with statutory requirements.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Bow and Poplar (Ms. Gordon) on 5 May 1989 at column 276. We have, since this date, decided to establish Swansea as a Z- berth. The Royal Navy's requirements for port visits by nuclear-powered submarines are continually under review. When a port appears suitable and practical, the safety considerations are discussed with local civil authorities.
Mr. Andy Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects to receive the results of the attitude survey carried out to assess public satisfaction with British Coal's notification procedures.
Mr. Baldry : I have now received this report and the accompanying data and have placed copies in the Library of both Houses. It clearly shows that there is a strong wish for individual notification of households and we are discussing with British Coal how best this can be implemented.
Mr. Frank Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he will take to ensure that the timetable for reviewing the proposals for renewable energy projects does not preclude a full environmental assessment.
My Department's research programme on renewable energy includes extensive work on environmental assessment to help provide information on which the environmental acceptability of renewable energy technologies could be judged.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what forms of grant aid or subsidy will be available after privatisation to electricity distribution companies seeking to connect rural areas to the mains supply.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will give for each month from January 1989 the total export and import of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal in tonnes and in value on the same basis as his answer of 9 November 1989, Official Report, columns 767-68 ;
(2) if he will give for each month from January 1989 the total export and import of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal in coal-equivalent tonnes for both gas and oil.
Mr. Wakeham : The equivalent information for exports and imports of oil, gas and coal for each month from January 1989, set out on the same basis as my earlier answer of 9 November 1989, Official Report, columns 767 -68, are shown in tables 1 and 3. I have also set out figures in tonnes of coal equivalent, for both gas and oil, in table 2.
Table 1 Thousand tonnes 1989 Exports (f.o.bImports (c.i.f) |Coal |Oil<1>|Coal |Gas<2>|Oil ---------------------------------------------------- January |167 |6,519 |940 |1,456 |5,332 February |126 |4,346 |930 |1,566 |4,820 March |175 |6,298 |1,214 |1,474 |4,506 April |119 |5,320 |1,100 |1,586 |4,693 May |126 |4,379 |1,034 |1,526 |4,610 June |170 |5,681 |999 |1,176 |4,824 July |179 |5,688 |653 |962 |4,756 August |175 |5,286 |771 |906 |4,195 September |175 |5,883 |902 |854 |5,450 October |260 |7,184 |1,005 |906 |5,511 November |218 |6,876 |1,638 |1,316 |4,944 December |182 |5,849 |949 |1,356 |4,443 1990 January |269 |7,552 |1,194 |1,462 |6,523 February |181 |6,209 |893 |1,433 |5,292 Source: Customs and Excise Overseas Trade Statistics (The oil exports figures include adjustments to the Overseas Trade Statistics data for the under-recording of direct exports of crude oil). <1> Contains a small amount of natural gas exports. <2> Coal equivalent.
Table 2 Thousand tonnes of coal equivalent 1989 Exports (f.o.bImports (c.i.f) |Gas |Oil |Gas |Oil --------------------------------------------- January |- |11,142|1,456 |9,094 February |- |7,434 |1,566 |8,216 March |- |10,774|1,474 |7,687 April |- |9,105 |1,586 |7,993 May |- |7,476 |1,526 |7,871 June |2 |9,687 |1,176 |8,230 July |- |9,727 |962 |8,103 August |4 |9,017 |906 |7,152 September |2 |10,052|854 |9,296 October |- |12,249|906 |9,394 November |- |11,730|1,316 |8,447 December |- |9,991 |1,356 |7,587 1990 January |- |12,901|1,462 |11,122 February |6 |10,597|1,433 |9,023
Table 3 £ million at 1985 prices<1> 1989 Exports (f.o.bImports (c.i.f.) |Coal |Oil<2>|Coal |Gas |Oil ---------------------------------------------------- January |6 |1,124 |50 |109 |860 February |5 |751 |50 |118 |777 March |7 |1,069 |65 |111 |727 April |5 |912 |59 |119 |757 May |5 |749 |55 |115 |743 June |7 |971 |53 |88 |778 July |7 |972 |35 |72 |767 August |7 |900 |41 |68 |677 September |7 |1,012 |48 |64 |879 October |10 |1,222 |54 |68 |889 November |8 |1,165 |88 |99 |797 December |7 |993 |51 |102 |716 1990 January |10 |1,287 |64 |110 |1,052 February |7 |1,066 |48 |108 |853 <1> Figures at 1985 constant prices have been derived by applying the unit value for exports in 1985 to the relevant volumes in 1989 and 1990. <2> Contains a small amount of natural gas exports.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what response he has received to "The Way Ahead : Benefits for Disabled People" from the Spastics Society ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Scott : The Spastics Society was represented at a meeting I held on 5 April with the Disability Benefits Consortium to discuss "The Way Ahead". We shall give careful consideration to all the society's comments in carrying forward the detailed work on our proposals.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will indicate projected expenditure in the current year and the next five years on (a) private residential homes, (b) private nursing homes and (c) Department of Social Security payments to local authorities for community care ; and if he will indicate the expected number of elderly persons who in each case will benefit.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : At August 1989, the latest date for which figures are available, total income support expenditure on an annualised basis for people in independent residential care homes and nursing homes was estimated to be £1,073 million to 173,000 claimants. Of that total £639 million is for those receiving residential care, £434 million for nursing care. All figures are rounded. Information about expected numbers of income support claimants and expenditure for future years is published in the public expenditure White Paper (Cm. 1014). It has never been the practice to publish separate forecasts about expenditure specifically on people in residential care and nursing homes.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many poll tax payers in Scotland who are in receipt of benefit have been subject to deduction of benefit ; and if he will classify benefit recipients by size of income and on that basis, indicate for each category, how many persons have been subject to deduction of benefit of (a) less than 20p a week, (b) 20p to 49p a week, (c) 50p to 99p a week, (d) £1 to £1.99 a week, (e) £2 to £4.99 a week, (f) £5 to £9.99 a week and (g) over £10 a week.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish for motorways in England a list of any sections where speed restrictions up to 50 mph have been in existence for periods of (i) up to one year, (ii) one to three years, (iii) three to five years and (iv) over five years.
Mr. Atkins : Mandatory speed restrictions for some motorway maintenance schemes were introduced in August 1988 for reasons of safety. Since then the following sections have been subject to speed restrictions for major (over £0.5 million) maintenance schemes. All had durations of less than one year.
1988-89 |Section --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A1(M) |Barton-Burtree M1 |J4-5 M1 |J14 M1 |J40-41 M2 |J5 M2 |J5-6 M3 |j5-6 M4 |J12-11 M4 |J16-18 M5 |J9-11 M5 |J24-25 M6 |J6-7 (Thornbridge Viaduct) M6 |J16-17 M6 |J29-31 M6 |J34-35 M11 |South of J7 M25 |J24 M27 |J2-3 M40 |J5-7 M62 |J37-Ouse Bridge
1989-90 |Section --------------------------------------------------------------------- A1(M) |Sprotborough-Alverley A1(M) |Warmsworth-Marr A1(M |Aycliffe-Bradbury |Interchange M1 |J9 M1 |J12-13 M1 |J15-16 M1 |J25-R. Trent M1 |J29-30 M1 |J34 (Tinsley Viaduct) M1 |J37-38 M2 |Park Pale-Thong Lane M2 |J4-5 M2 |J5 Slip Roads M2 |J5-6 (2 Schemes) M4 |J16-17 M5 |J1-M6 (stages 1 and 2) M5 |J16-17 M5 |J20 M5 |J25-26 M6 |J16-17 M6 |J34-County Boundary M6 |J41-42 M11 |North and South of J5 M11 |J12 M25 |J18-20 M27 |J8-10 M40 |J5-7 M42 |J4-5 M42 |J6-7 M53 |J1-4 M56 |J6-7 M61 |J1-3 M61 |J6-8 M61 |J8-M6 M62 |J7-9 M62 |J23-Scammonden M62 |J34-35 M62/M18 |Langham Interchange M180 |J1-M18 (J5) M180 |West of R. Trent M606 |Bradford
In addition a relatively small number of motorway non-major maintenance schemes will have been subject to mandatory speed restrictions for the same reason. These schemes would be of short duration, considerably less than one year.
There have also been the following recent motorway improvement schemes where mandatory speed restrictions were in force :
|Section ------------------------ Less than one year M25 |J10-13 M42 |J3A M56 |J3-5 M61 |J2-4 M62 |J12-19 M62 |J21-22 M63 |J8-10 M63 |J11-12 M67 |J1-2 M602 |J1-2 Less than one year to da M1 |J23A M20 |J8 M40 |J7 One to three years M5 |J4-4A M5 |J4A-5 M5 |J5-6 M20 |J11-12 M42 |J1-M5 M63 |J3-5
There have not been any such restrictions lasting more than three years.
There are permanent speed restrictions on the following sections of motorway :
|Section --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- M1 |J43-47 (50 mph) M4 (London) |Elevated Section (50 mph) M4<1> |Severn Bridge (40 mph) M6/M62 |Croft Interchange (40 mph) M621 |J1-3 (50 mph) <1>Mandatory speed limit imposed in 1986 during bridge strengthening and resurfacing work. This will remain in force until about the end of this year.
Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to extend mandatory speed limits where roadworking is in operation to those roads for which local authorities are the highways authority.
Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures, other than mandatory speed limits, are in force to ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists where road repairs and maintenance are being carried out.
Mr. Atkins : In addition to any speed limit, measures to ensure safety at roadworks, both for road users and workers, comprise provision of proper signing and traffic management together with maintenance of an appropriate safety zone between moving traffic and the works. Advice on the signing of roadworks is given in chapter 8 of the traffic signs manual. A report prepared jointly by the Department of Transport, the County Surveyors Society and the Health and Safety Executive provides guidance for ensuring the safety of personnel undertaking works.
Mr. McLoughlin : The number of merchant ships which have been detained in United Kingdom ports as a result of defects indentified by Department of Transport marine surveyors in the course of general or port state control inspections in each of the last five years is as follows :
|Number ---------------------- 1985 |33 1986 |33 1987 |26 1988 |48 1989 |47 <1>1990 |23 <1>January-March
Mr. Atkins : If everbody wore cycle helmets, a great many injuries and deaths would be prevented, particularly among children. While I have no present plans for making it compulsory, I urge cyclists to wear them, and parents to encourage their children to do so.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what current statutory regulations exist concerning the seaworthiness of vessels and the number of shipmen relative to size that should be sailing a ship.
Mr. McLoughlin : Statutory regulations issued under the various Merchant Shipping Acts are promulgated by way of a merchant shipping notice. There are many such regulations in force covering, inter alia, crew matters, dangerous goods, fire, life-saving, marine pollution, navigation, ship construction and equipment, and health and safety. Each year the list is revised, and I have placed a copy of the latest notice in the Library. (Merchant Shipping Notice No. M.1407, Principal Acts and Regulations on Merchant Shipping, published by the Department of Transport in February 1990.)
Apart from the statutory requirements for certificated officers, the minimum safe complement of other seafarers depends on other factors as well as size--the ship's equipment, trading areas and the nature of cargo all have to be taken into account when assessing a safer manning level. Passenger ships must have an adequate crew to muster and assist the passengers in an emergency.
Mr. McLoughlin : Private security firms are not empowered to carry firearms in dockyards and ports unless they have a firearms certificate from the chief officer of police under section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Minister for the Arts what progress has been made on the British Library ; when he expects work on it to be completed and at what cost ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Luce : Construction on the first phase of the building is proceeding within its budget of £300 million and a schedule which will enable the British Library to start moving books into St. Pancras by mid- 1991. The first phase is planned to be fully operational by mid-1993.
The completion phase upon which I will shortly be making a separate announcement is scheduled to be opened to the public in 1996.