The Attorney-General : There is no county court at Upminster. Upminster falls within the district of Romford county court, which in 1990 issued 1,180 mortgage possession actions and made 434 orders for possession.
Mr. MacGregor : My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has appointed the hon. Member for Newport, East (Mr. Hughes) as a full member in place of the former hon. Member for Neath, the late Donald Coleman.
Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance he gives to local authorities that consider planning applications on land which they are themselves marketing and selling to private developers.
Mr. Yeo : The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 provides that when determining proposals for development of its own land a local authority is bound by the same statutory rules which apply to the determination of any other planning application. It must have regard to the provisions of the development plan, where relevant, and to any other material considerations. The ownership of the land concerned is not a material consideration.
Mr. Dixon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of Government grants for 1990-91 per head of population in (a) the London borough of Wandsworth and (b) South Tyneside borough council.
Mr. Key : Government grants in 1990-91 consist of revenue support grant, special grants, specific grants in aggregate external finance, community charge benefit grant and transitional relief grant. Government grants per head of relevant population in 1990-91 are £677 in Wandsworth and £369 in South Tyneside.
Mr. Allen McKay : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if, following the terrorist attack on Downing street, he will direct the Property Services Agency to fit laminated glass in all Government buildings ;
(2) if, following the bomb attack on Victoria station, he will order a review of the types of glass fitted in facilities in public areas ;
(3) if he will instruct the Property Services Agency to undertake a review of the types of glass fitted in public buildings with respect to the effect of attacks by bombs and other explosive devices.
Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to combat homelessness in the Manchester and Greater Manchester areas ; and what further measures he intends to take.
Sir George Young : Resources for housing are allocated through the housing investment programme for local authorities and through the Housing Corporation for housing associations. The general needs index, which determines local authority allocations under the housing investment programme, has been revised to take greater account of homelessness pressures. For 1991-92 local authorities in the Greater Manchester area have been allocated £113.948 million through the housing investment programme. For 1991-92 housing associations in the north-west region, including Greater Manchester, have been allocated £104.5 million through the Housing Corporation. Also in 1991-92 three Manchester-based voluntary organisations concerned with homelessness--SHADES city centre project, Hulme Action research project and Selcare Trust outreach and resettlement project--will be receiving grants from my Department under section 73 of the Housing Act 1985 for the first time.
Mr. Heseltine : The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Baldry), is visiting Bahrain on 9 March for discussions with the Government of Bahrain and to see at first hand the counter-pollution preparations for dealing with the Gulf oil spills. I will be presenting a first consignment of three oil recovery skimmers which the United Kingdom is making available to the Government of Bahrain. We expect a further consignment of three skimmers will be airlifted to Bahrain shortly. The cost of these operations is estimated at £300,000 and a new subhead is being created on class VIII, vote 5 to enable the provision of oil recovery equipment to Bahrain.
Mr. Stevens : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the regulatory framework for introducing integrated pollution control and local authority air pollution control under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 will be completed.
Mr. Baldry : I am pleased to announce that my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment, for Wales and for Scotland have today laid before Parliament four statutory instruments relating to part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These are :
the Environmental Protection (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations 1991, which define the processes to be covered by local authority air pollution control and by integrated pollution control (IPC) ; the substances, the release of which to air, land and water are to be controlled ; and the timetable for the implementation of part I of the 1990 Act ;
the Environmental Protection (Applications, Appeals and Registers) Regulations 1991, which deal with the procedures for making an application for an authorisation under part I of the 1990 Act ; consultation with the public and statutory consultees ; the appeals procedures ; and public registers of information ;
the Disposal of Controlled Waste (Exceptions) Regulations 1991, which deal with the interface between the waste controls exercised currently under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and the two new control regimes established under part I of the 1990 Act ; and the Environmental Protection (Authorisation of Processes) (Determination Periods) Order, which proves for an extension of the period allowed for the determination of an application for an authorisation under part I of the 1990 Act, where an application is made for information to be withheld from the public register on grounds of national security or commercial confidentiality ; and, where an application is made for an existing plant which falls to local authority control, for a reduction of the period allowed for determining applications relating to certain small waste oil burners.
These statutory instruments provide the main regulatory basis for the introduction of integrated pollution control and local authority air pollution control on 1 April.
(2) whether he will make a statement on Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution cost recovery charges for integrated pollution control.
Mr. Trippier : The Environmental Protection Act 1990 provides for the introduction of charges to cover the costs of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution (HMIP) and the National Rivers Authority (NRA) in regulating processes under integrated pollution control (IPC), and to cover the costs of local authorities in regulating processes for air pollution control.
With the agreement of the Treasury, the Secretary of State has now made schemes of charges for the two control systems which will both take effect from 1 April 1991. I will be placing copies of these in the Library.
Last July, the Department published a consultation document inviting comments on proposed charging schemes for IPC and local authority pollution control, both taking the form of an application fee payable when a process was submitted for authorisation, an annual subsistence charge payable for holding an authorisation, and a fee for consideration of substantial variation of an authorisation. The Department has received some 79 responses on these proposals, a list of which has been placed in the Library. Copies of individual responses may be obtained through the Library.
In the case of processes subject to IPC, which vary substantially in size and complexity, it was proposed in the consultation document to relate IPC fees and charges to the number of specified "components" which the process comprised. Thus a small metal-plating plant might have one or two components, while an iron and steelworks might have 25 components or more, and pay correspondingly larger charges. Respondents generally agreed that the proposed structure of IPC charges and the component-based approach provided a satisfactory basis for relating charges to regulatory effort, without undue administrative complexity.
The scheme now made therefore operates on this basis. The application fee will be £1,800 per component, or £1,200 for a process already subject to Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution air pollution control. The annual subsistence charge will be £500 per component. Where the process also involves discharge to controlled water and is thus subject to monitoring and oversight by the National Rivers Authority, the subsistence charge will include an element to meet these costs also. The substantial variation fee will be £600 per component.
Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution's forecast 1991-92 costs relating to IPC, to be recovered through the fees and charges, amount to some £5.9 million. Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution will closely monitor its expenditure and at the end of the financial year will publish detailed accounts and information on charging and regulatory costs.
The scheme for local authority air pollution control is broadly similar to that for IPC, except that the fees and charges are set per process, and components do not apply, since the processes coming under local authority control are less diverse in size and complexity. The application fee is £800, the annual subsistence charge £500, and the substantial variation fee £530. Reflecting a simplified authorisation procedure for small waste oil burners, the application fee for these is £100 and the annual subsistence charge £100. The Department intends to review the scheme later in the year, in consultation with interested parties.
Column 299The schemes take account of many useful comments received, and extensive discussion with industry and other interested parties, to ensure that detailed operation is straightforward and equitable.
Mr. Key [holding answer 6 March 1991] : Information on local government revenue in the European Community is compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and published in "Revenue Statistics of OECD Member Countries". The information requested is set out in the following tables.
Local government revenue sources Percentage |Grants |Fees/ |Other |Tax |fines |revenues|revenue ----------------------------------------------------------------- Belgium<1> |63.4 |- |- |36.6 Denmark |42.0 |5.3 |4.8 |47.9 France |34.8 |16.2 |5.1 |43.9 FR Germany (State)<2> 15.3 7.9 5.3 71.4 FR Germany (Local)<2> 26.7 22.1 13.4 37.8 Greece<3> |25.6 |27.9 |14.6 |31.9 Italy |90.4 |2.1 |5.2 |2.2 Luxembourg |33.2 |4.8 |6.7 |55.4 Netherlands |80.8 |5.1 |8.3 |5.8 Portugal<4> |- |- |- |- Republic of Ireland |71.3 |10.6 |11.9 |6.2 Spain |27.1 |10.2 |5.4 |57.3 Source: Revenue statistics of OECD countries 1965-89, all figures 1987 unless otherwise stated. <1>Figures for fees/finesand other revenues are not available. Percentage share between grants and taxes will, therefore, be smaller than shown in table. <2> Figures for Germany are based on 1985 data. <3> Figures for Greece are based on 1980 data. <4> Figures for grants, fees/fines and other revenues are not available for Portugal.
Local government tax revenue sources (per cent.) |Income taxes |Corporate, |Social |Payroll |Property |Taxes on |Other |profit, capital|security |taxes |taxes |goods and |taxes |gains, etc. |contributions |services ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Belgium |66.5 |11.6 |5.8 |0.0 |0.0 |16.1 |0.0 Denmark |89.8 |1.8 |0.0 |0.0 |8.3 |0.1 |0.0 France |15.2 |0.0 |0.0 |4.4 |34.2 |13.0 |33.2 FR Germany (State)<1> |51.7 |10.6 |0.0 |0.0 |5.5 |32.2 |0.0 FR Germany (Local)<1> |66.1 |14.9 |0.0 |0.0 |18.1 |0.7 |0.3 Greece<2> |10.8 |0.0 |0.0 |37.9 |7.1 |44.1 |0.0 Italy |26.7 |19.0 |0.0 |0.0 |0.0 |54.3 |0.0 Luxembourg |34.2 |47.0 |0.0 |0.0 |4.0 |14.8 |0.0 Netherlands |0.0 |0.0 |0.0 |0.0 |75.0 |25.0 |0.0 Portugal |0.0 |38.9 |0.0 |0.0 |20.1 |40.6 |0.4 Republic of Ireland |0.0 |0.0 |0.0 |0.0 |100.0 |0.0 |0.0 Spain |16.9 |16.4 |0.0 |0.0 |22.8 |42.7 |1.3 Source: Revenue Statistics of OECD Countries 1965-1989, all figures 1987 unless otherwise stated. <1> Figures for Germany are based on 1985 data. <2> Figures for Greece are based on 1980 data.
Mr. Cartwright : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total value of work carried out for the Property Services Agency at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich by CITEC Electric Ltd. ; and when the company will receive payment.
Mr. Yeo : The total value of work carried out for the Property Services Agency at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich by CITEC Electric Ltd. is £2,029.90 inclusive of VAT, which has been paid to the company in full.
Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what arrangements are in hand for the inspection of city technology colleges by Her Majesty's inspectorate ; if he will detail the number, location and frequency of visits by inspectors ; and if he will make it his policy to publish the findings.
Column 300existence to enable the DES to register them as independent schools, a legal requirement placed upon all such schools. Following this, termly visits are being made at present. In addition, as with any other school, Her Majesty's inspectorate is invited to visit individual CTCs from time to time to offer advice. The number of inspection visits made by Her Majesty's inspectorate to each CTC is as follows :
Kingshurst : seven
Djanogly and MacMillan : four each
Bradford, Emmanuel, Harris and Leigh : one each.
As is the case for all schools such routine visits do not result in published reports. The findings are conveyed orally to the principal and the chairman of governors or other nominated governors. I have no plans to publish the records of such visits to CTCs or to any other school. Where the inspection is both designed and intended to result in a formal written report then the CTC, like any other school, would be informed in advance that such was to be the outcome. The report would then be published by me in the usual way. The first inspection which is expected to lead to a published report is to be carried out early in this coming summer term at Kingshurst CTC.
Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Blackburn, Official Report, 26 February, column 434, if he will place in the Library details of the evidence he has available of the past neglect by local education authorities of grant-maintained schools.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The capital allocations for grant-maintained schools were in response to deficiencies identified by GM schools in their existing buildings. The expenditure covers repair work in some cases and in other cases adaptation and new construction to allow for the implementation of the national curriculum.
Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), of 18 February, Official Report, column 29, what consideration has been given to the experience of the loss of coolant at the power station at Mihama, Japan on the design and cost of the Sizewell B power station.
Mr. Wakeham : The incident referred to, a rupture of a steam generator tube, resulted in a release of radioactivity which was extremely small and constituted no danger to the population or the environment. In preparing the safety case and cost estimates for Sizewell B, the CEGB took full account of the possibility of such an incident occurring. Indeed, this was one of the incidents which was specifically addressed at the Sizewell B public inquiry, and it is also addressed in all of the station's safety reports. The design of the reactor and its protective systems are such as to make the possibility of a significant release of radioactivity from incidents involving a loss of reactor coolant extremely remote. Nevertheless, I understand that Nuclear Electric plc maintains a watching brief on overseas incidents so that it can review their safety procedures in the light of any lessons which might be learnt.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what assessment he has made of the effects on independent electricity generators of the bulk supply tariff rates determined by the CEGB successor companies ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Electricity prices are now determined under the contractual and operating arrangements which have been established for the newly structured industry. There are no bulk supply tariffs.
Column 302destination of crude oil exports from the United Kingdom continental shelf shall be withdrawn with immediate effect. This means that there will be no inhibition on companies exporting crude oil to the countries of central and eastern Europe, and other countries with one exception. This initiative is primarily in response to the oil supply difficulties of countries in central and eastern Europe as a result of falling exports from the Soviet Union and the loss of supplies from Iraq and Kuwait.
While European Community measures exist on the export of crude oil to South Africa, Her Majesty's Government will expect companies exporting crude oil to abide by these measures by not exporting crude oil from the United Kingdom continental shelf to South Africa.
Mr. Onslow : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to make use of his powers under the Weights and Measures Act 1979 to clarify the definition of a pint when it is served into a brim measure glass, and to encourage the licensed trade to introduce line measure glasses.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 5 March to the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Dr. Hampson), Official Report, column 88, if he will require the payment of any form of bond by those shortlisted tenderers for the acquisition of the insurance services group of the Export Credits Guarantee Department, for access to commercially sensitive information on the insurance services group.
Mr. Sainsbury : No. Confidentiality undertakings have been obtained from each company invited to tender. In the event of a breach of any undertaking the Secretary of State will be able to pursue legal remedies through the United Kingdom courts.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 5 March, to the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Dr. Hampson), Official Report, columns 88-89, what restriction he is placing on the numbers of staff of the shortlisted tenderers for the acquisition of the insurance services group of the Export Credits Guarantee Department who will be allowed to see details of insurance services group's commercial transactions, operations, figures and accounts ; and what methods he proposes to prevent the subsequent commercial misuse of any such information acquired in the tendering process by unsuccessful bidders.
Mr. Sainsbury : Each shortlisted company has entered into a detailed confidentiality undertaking to the Secretary of State which restricts, on a need-to-know basis, the persons allowed to see the detailed information provided in connection with the tender. It has been drafted to protect the interests of the Secretary of State and the eventual buyer and to achieve an appropriate balance between the restrictions imposed and the need to use the
Column 303information for the purpose of the tender. Legal remedy is open to the Secretary of State if there is evidence of misuse. Overseas companies who have been invited to tender have submitted to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom courts.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 5 March, Official Report, columns 88-89, to the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West, on what date he expects the shortlisted candidates for purchasing the insurance services group of the Export Credits Guarantee Department to visit the insurance services group headquarters in Cardiff.
Mr. Sainsbury : There will be different dates for each short-listed candidate. The precise dates are currently under discussion with the short- listed companies, but the visits are expected to take place during April.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely increase in imports of Norwegian farmed salmon following the imposition of United States tariffs on imports to the United States of America ; and of the impact of these Norwegian imports on the United Kingdom salmon farming industry.
Mr. Sainsbury : The final determination in the United States anti- dumping case against farmed salmon from Norway has yet to be made by the US International Trade Commission. It is not possible to quantify the effect which the eventual decision in this case may have on Norwegian exports of farmed salmon.
However, in recommending the termination of the anti-dumping case brought in the European Community by Scottish and Irish salmon producers, the Commission has agreed to follow closely the export of Norwegian farmed salmon to the Community and, if necessary, to initiate further discussions with the Norwegian Government.
Mr. Sainsbury : Following assurances given by the Norwegian Government on measures to stabilise the market in farmed salmon, the European Commission submitted a proposal to the Council of Ministers to close the investigation without remedy. The Commission has also agreed, at the request of the United Kingdom, to follow closely the export of Norwegian farmed salmon to the Community and, if necessary, to initiate further discussions with the Norwegian Government.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn), Official Report, 22 January, columns 118-19, he will list the dates and locations of the seminars on export controls to which he makes reference ; and if he will indicate the number and types of companies in attendance ; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of the seminars.
Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 28 February 1991] : DTI non- proliferation seminars have been held this year in Southampton (17 January), Manchester (31 January) and London (5 February), and were attended by 30, 52 and 160 delegates respectively. A broad cross-section of United Kingdom industry was represented, with particularly strong participation from the electronics and defence industries. The programme of non-proliferation seminars will continue through the remainder of this year and events are already planned for Edinburgh (18 April), Bristol (4 June) and Birmingham (11 June). I am satisfied that the seminars are making a valuable contribution to heightening awareness about the risks of clandestine procurement activities and explaining export controls.
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what address smaller firms in the construction and in the catering equipment industry should address their inquiries for supply of goods and services to Kuwait and the Gulf states.
Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 7 March 1991] : All inquiries on project business should be directed to the DTI's projects and export policy division in 1-19 Victoria street London SW1. Telephone 071 215 5381/4887.
All other inquiries should be made to the Kuwait desk in the DTI's overseas trade division. Telephone 071 215 5491/4388/5081/5221/4246. (Address as above).
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to introduce smaller specialist United Kingdom companies and skilled persons to the purchasing authorities in Kuwait and the Gulf states.
Mr. Sainsbury [holding answer 7 March 1991] : The Government of Kuwait have been made aware of the range of experience and capabilities available from British industry in the prospectus presented to them during the visit to Ta'if last month of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary with senior business men. At this early stage in the reconstruction of Kuwait it is not possible to advise on opportunities for supplying specific goods and services. My Department is keeping a list of companies which have expressed interest in opportunities in Kuwait and will provide relevant information through the export intelligence service (EIS) when it becomes available. Companies that do not already subscribe to the EIS are advised to do so and to ask to be profiled for Kuwait. Smaller firms should register their interest with the Crown Agents and should also explore the possibilities for sub-contracting to larger companies with experience in the Gulf. Companies which formerly had agents in Kuwait should seek to re- establish contact with them or with agents in other Gulf markets. The normal export services of my Department remain available to assist exporters to other Gulf markets. Persons seeking emloyment in Kuwait should register their interest with the Employment Service overseas placing unit in Sheffield.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether Olutayo Akinkunmi, who escaped from Spring Hill on 13 January 1990, has since been recaptured ; and whether his offence was drug related ;
(2) whether Olutayo Akinkunmi, and Mojeed Gbadegesin Osinboyejo, who escaped from Spring Hill on 13 January 1990 and 15 April 1990, and Mercades Cano who escaped from Askew Grange on 18 August 1990, have since been recaptured.
Olutayo Akinkunmi was sentenced at Reading crown court on 6 September 1988 to two and a half years' imprisonment for the illegal importation of drugs (herbal cannabis). He absconded from Spring Hill open prison on 13 January 1990 and was recaptured on 13 May 1990. He was deported on his release from prison on 16 July 1990.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his answers of 25 February, Official Report , column 398 , 28 February, Official Report , column 568 , and 1 March, Official Report , column 648 , on recaptures of escaped prisoners, what sentences the escapers had been given ; and how much had been served, in each case.
Desiree Adina Caesar was sentenced to five years' imprisonment and had served one year one month and 11days of her sentence when she absconded.
Nana Adoma Frimpomaah was sentenced to five years' imprisonment and had served one year 23 days of her sentence when she absconded. Abiodan Kafo was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and had served one year two months and 19 days of her sentence when she absconded.
Joke Lawal was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and had served one year four months and 22 days of her sentence when she absconded.
Tina Tony Okpoye was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and had served one year two months and 25 days of her sentence when she absconded.
Agatha Ekwueme was sentenced to five years' imprisonment and had served 11 months and five days of her sentence when she absconded. Tawakality Jaiyesimi was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and had served one year of her sentence when she absconded.
Bhagyawati Jain was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and had served one year two months and 11 days of her sentence when she absconded.
Uche Angela Okeke was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and had served one year four months and nine days of her sentence when she absconded.