Mr. Spearing : To ask the Prime Minister if, pursuant to her reply on 14 June, Official Report, column 464, concerning capital expenditure on road and rail facilities related to the channel tunnel, she will tabulate in the
Column 208Official Report each of the principal items comprising the £2,000 million projected expenditure on these items, stating for each the sources of the capital expenditure incurred and the amounts when shared between different sources.
£ million (1989 prices) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trunk roads Completing and widening (part of) M20 from M25 to Folkestone and upgrading A20 to Dover |265 Upgrading M2/A2 route |115 Upgrading A27/A259 south coast route |330 |---- |710 Local authority roads in Kent |75 British Rail investment Intercapital passenger rolling stock |350 Waterloo international terminal |100 North Pole (west London) maintenance depot |75 Initial order of freight locomotives and track electrification |80 |---- |<1>605 Infrastructure improvements for passenger services |<2>210 Freight Infrastructure |<3>145 Passenger rolling stock for services beyond London |} and related infrastructure improvements |} Ashford international station |} Night trains from London |} Further freight locomotives and wagons |} |<4>110-375 |------- |1,855-2,120 <1> Already approved by Government. <2> Only £45 million of this subject to Government approval. <3> Government approval not required. <4> Detailed proposals not yet submitted.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Prime Minister what representations she has received calling for impartial international observers from the United Nations or other organisations to observe during the period of the next general election in the United Kingdom to ensure that it is conducted and financed fairly.
The Prime Minister : I have appointed my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Mr. Thompson) as a full member in place of my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill), and my hon. Friend the
Column 209Member for Poole (Mr. Ward) as a full member in place of my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson). I have also appointed my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Kent (Mr. Rowe) as a substitute member.
These changes will take effect from the close of the meeting of the standing committee on Tuesday 3 July.
The Prime Minister : Sir James Cleminson's period as chairman will come to an end when the review body completes its supplementary report on senior nurses. The Government are very grateful to him for the leadership, skill and dedication which he has shown as chairman since his appointment in 1986. I have appointed Mr. Michael Bett to succeed him.
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on how the living standards, environment, quality of life and general prospects of (a) the retired in Britain, (b) others in the country and (c) their European counterparts have fared since 1979.
The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 June 1990] : The improvement in living standards since 1979 is demonstrated by a number of indicators. For example, real household disposable income per head rose by 26 per cent. between 1979 and 1989. The retired have shared in this prosperity. The average increase in pensioners' total net incomes was 31 per cent. over and above inflation between 1979 and 1987, which is the latest date for which information is available.
Directly comparable data for other European countries are not available. However, real output per head in the United Kingdom has risen faster since 1979 than in many other Europan countries, including France and Germany.
The rising expectation of life, the fall in infant mortality and improvement in housing standards are set out, together with a range of other indicators, in "Social Trends" and "Regional Trends". Both publications also contain some comparisons with other European countries. Copies are available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Atkins : The Department has provided weighbridges with the agreement of the port authorities at most United Kingdom ferry ports to enable its traffic examiners to weigh incoming heavy goods vehicles. In addition, a trial has just been completed of automated weighing systems in five ports. In the light of a consultant's report on the trial which is expected shortly, we shall be considering whether to extend the installation of automated weighing systems to other ports. Preliminary negotiations have already taken place with some ports.
Mr. Trotter : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in considering the approval of the construction of the new trains required to operate the through passenger services to the continent via the channel tunnel from the north of the country ; when he expects these trains to be ordered ; and what undertakings have been given that they will be completed in time for the service to commence from the opening of the tunnel.
Mr. Freeman : British Rail published its plans for services beyond London on 14 December and I refer to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Lee) on that date, Official Report, column 767. I understand that BR currently intends to submit its investment proposals for approval this summer, with a view to ordering the trains later this year and commencing services when the tunnel opens.
Mr. Atkins : Tourist sign destinations are not chosen by the Department. They are applied for and authorised against published criteria. The following destinations have been authorised for inclusion on tourist signs on motorways in England by region :
Hendon RAF Museum
SS Great Britain and Historic Harbour
Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust
Castle Combe Racing Circuit
Cricket St. Thomas Wildlife Park
Yeovilton Air Museum
Forest of Dean
Marwell Zoological Park
Hampshire Farm Museum
Upper Hamble Country Park
Royal Victoria Country Park
Southampton/Old Town Waterfront
Beaulieu/National Motor Museum
Historic Ships (Portsmouth)
Sea Life (Portsmouth)
D Day Museum (Portsmouth)
The Pyramids (Portsmouth)
Historic Dockyard (Chatham)
Ice Rink (Gillingham)
Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre
Chessington World of Adventures
Wisley Royal Horticultural Society Gardens
Royalty and Empire (Windsor)
Safari Park (Windsor)
The Parl Sports Centre
Child Beale Wildlife Trust
Land of Littlecote
Ice Rink and Ski Centre (Bracknell)
Heights of Abraham
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Safari Park (Woburn)
The Ice Bowl