Average age. Year |Years ------------------ 1986 |7.8 1987 |8.0 1988 |8.2 1989 |8.3 1990 |8.4 1991 |8.8 1992 |9.2 Source: DVLA.
Mr. Hall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure that the Civil Aviation Authority enforces, and that British registered airlines comply with, the security regulations in regard to the quantity of baggage permitted to be brought into aircraft cabins.
Mr. Norris : The CAA recently issued a notice reminding aircraft and aerodrome operators of the measures available to them for restricting the excessive carriage of cabin baggage and of their duty to comply with them in the interest of passenger safety. The authority will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the regulations are adhered to.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus routes in London have been put out to tender ; what savings have resulted ; and how many of these tenders were won by London Buses.
Mr. Norris : London Transport operates some 650 bus routes in London. Of these, 268 have been competitively tendered, with London Buses winning 132. LT estimates that tendering has produced average costs savings, net of administration costs, of 15 per cent.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will be responsible for responding to requests from residents' groups on residential estates in London to discuss the introduction of a bus service.
Mr. Norris : London Transport has a general duty under the London Regional Transport Act 1984 to provide or secure the provision of public passenger services for Greater London. It has no statutory obligation to respond to approaches from residents' groups, but such organisations are free to approach LT direct to discuss future bus provision.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the number of privilege rail tickets granted under reciprocal arrangements to employees of overseas railway administrations for travel within Great Britain in 1991-92.
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the publicly or municipally-owned bus operators that are excluded from submitting tenders for the provision of services in Great Britain.
Mr. Freeman : The Government will be making available to Nottinghamshire county council additional resources of £6.5 million for stage 2 of the Robin Hood line. These resources are in addition to the £367,000 which the Government have already made available towards the costs of stage 1 of the line. The additional resources should make it possible to extend the Robin Hood line from Nottingham at least as far as Mansfield.
Mr. Bendall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations he has had with the National Association of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Enforcement Officers regarding two-tier taxi licensing systems, and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Norris : My officials met the National Association of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Enforcement Officers on 5 May to discuss the licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles, principally outside London. NAPTHELO gave the Department copies of its draft proposals for the future of the taxi and private hire vehicle licensing system which we will be studying with interest.
Mr. Bendall : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he has taken on the recommendations contained in paragraph 23 of the report of the working party on the safety of users of taxis and minicabs in London.
Mr. Norris : I am aware of the situation outside London where there is a two-tier system for licensing taxis and private hire vehicles. I will take experience of this into account in making a decision on any changes to the licensing regime for the capital.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of how many parliamentary questions a substantive answer was not provided by his Department wholly or partly on the ground of disproportionate cost in each of the last 18 months (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of questions answered.
Month |Number of |Number of |Percentage |Parliamentary |disproportionate |questions answered|cost answers ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 1991 |392 |2 |0.51 December 1991 |173 |0 |- January 1992 |223 |0 |- February 1992 |371 |1 |0.26 March 1992 |172 |0 |- April 1992 |General Election |- |- May 1992 |170 |0 |- June 1992 |359 |2 |0.55 July 1992 |259 |1 |0.38 August 1992 |Recess |0 |- September 1992 |Recess |0 |- October 1992 |205 |1 |0.48 November 1992 |334 |1 |0.29 December 1992 |181 |1 |0.55 January 1993 |196 |2 |1.02 February 1993 |418 |0 |- March 1993 |392 |0 |- April 1993 |213 |1 |0.48 |----- |----- |----- Total |4,058 |12 |0.29
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost- benefit analysis was used in selecting his Department's preferred option of a bridge, rather than a tunnel, for the A102 Blackwall third crossing ; what emphasis this cost-benefit analysis gave to the impact of a bridge on the local community, business and the environment ; if his Department will publish the cost-benefit analysis in full in time for the consultation phase ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Norris : The Department has a standard cost benefit analysis for assessment of the effects of new road schemes in urban conditions--URECA-- which addresses the likely change in traffic conditions and therefore the effect on the local community. The scheme's technical appraisal, which contains a summary of this analysis, is available and I will send the hon. Gentleman a copy if he wishes.
A formal environmental assessment is not prepared in the early stages of a scheme. Full details of the preferred bridge option for a new crossing at Blackwall, including landscaping proposals, air quality and noise pollution assessments, were included in public exhibitions held recently as part of the current public consultation exercise.
Column 4community and business organisations prior to publication of his Department's consultation document on the A102 Blackwall third crossing ; and how many of the organisations that he met were in favour of the Department's preferred bridge option.
Mr. Norris : Earlier this year the Department consulted on an informal basis the London boroughs of Greenwich and of Tower Hamlets and the London Docklands development corporation. It also had similar informal consultations with British Gas because of its wide-ranging Port Greenwich development proposals on its land at Blackwall peninsula and with industrialists on the north bank. The recent, widely advertised public consultation exercise is the opportunity for all interested parties to comment. Not surprisingly, the bridge option has received a mixed reaction.
Mr. Norris : A formal environmental assessment is not prepared in the early stages of a scheme. Full details of the preferred bridge option for a new crossing at Blackwall, including landscaping proposals, air quality and noise pollution assessments, were included in public exhibitions held recently as part of the current public consultation exercise.
Mr. Austin-Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has recently received any communication from the European Commission with regard to Oxleas wood in Woolwich ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Norris : I have recently received the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the east London river crossing. We will study it carefully but remain confident that we will be able to persuade the Commission of the merits of our case.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of cases were discontinued by the crown prosecution service on the grounds of (a) evidential insufficiency or (b) it being not in the public interest to continue for each year since the instigation of the crown prosecution service.
Column 5The total numbers of defendant cases discontinued in each year were as follows :
Year |Number ------------------------ 1987-88 |108,900 1988-89 |120,714 1989-90 |140,313 1990-91 |151,236 1991-92 |174,411 1992-93 |193,774
The interim findings of Home Office research into the reasons for the termination of cases included 54 per cent. terminated on evidential grounds and 32 per cent. terminated in the public interest.
Mr. Blair : To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were (a) received by the crown prosecution service from police, (b) completed in the magistrates court, (c) discontinued by the crown prosecution service before or at the magistrates court hearing, (d) committed to the Crown court by the magistrates court or (e) otherwise disposed for each year since the instigation of the crown prosecution service in each crown prosecution service region.
The Attorney-General : The tables show the numbers of defendant cases in each category dealt with in the 31 areas of the crown prosecution service for each year since April 1987. Cases received for pre-charge advice are also shown. "Other proceedings", such as forfeiture under the Obscene Publications Act, have been recorded separately since 1991.
Table 6 Magistrates' Courts Cases 1992-93 |Received |Finalised |of which: |Advice only |Completed in |Discontinued |Committed to Crown |Other Disposals |Other Proceedings |Magistrates' Courts |Court --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inner London |146,480 |148,352 |2,749 |80,785 |22,538 |11,440 |29,075 |1,765 London North |76,838 |73,918 |3,781 |44,749 |12,284 |5,556 |6,498 |1,050 London South |58,390 |58,182 |2,322 |37,363 |8,481 |4,720 |4,845 |451 Avon/Somerset |34,379 |34,049 |1,283 |22,485 |4,549 |2,650 |2,611 |471 Herts/Bedfordshire |30,415 |30,408 |1,814 |19,159 |3,881 |1,787 |2,757 |1,010 Cambridge/Lincolnshire |31,326 |28,325 |1,669 |20,255 |3,328 |2,173 |720 |180 Cheshire |26,300 |25,749 |1,478 |17,752 |2,653 |1,976 |951 |939 Cleveland/North Yorkshire |40,663 |40,418 |2,135 |26,210 |5,480 |3,655 |1,636 |1,302 Cumbria/Lancashire |62,616 |61,486 |2,398 |43,497 |6,625 |5,097 |3,281 |588 Derbyshire |23,285 |23,613 |3,967 |14,200 |2,062 |1,711 |1,386 |287 Devon/Cornwall |30,174 |30,985 |1,428 |23,106 |2,659 |2,026 |1,394 |372 Dorset/Hampshire |58,043 |59,271 |1,750 |43,874 |4,724 |3,913 |4,330 |680 Durham/Northumbria |68,353 |69,382 |2,151 |44,856 |12,478 |4,748 |4,656 |493 North Wales |36,250 |36,436 |1,218 |27,077 |4,175 |1,665 |1,757 |544 Essex |39,869 |41,670 |2,030 |28,385 |3,064 |1,974 |6,065 |152 Gloucestershire/Wiltshire |33,417 |33,434 |1,168 |22,858 |3,835 |1,496 |3,014 |1,063 Greater Manchester |105,716 |103,350 |2,382 |71,911 |10,541 |7,568 |6,202 |4,746 Gwent/South Wales |75,537 |77,529 |5,083 |50,273 |9,395 |4,684 |6,647 |1,447 Humberside |24,139 |24,042 |1,382 |16,536 |1,949 |2,320 |379 |1,476 Kent |28,463 |27,643 |1,125 |17,907 |4,865 |2,366 |1,156 |224 Leicester/Northamptonshire |38,202 |40,406 |2,334 |26,174 |4,773 |3,104 |2,973 |1,048 Merseyside |54,586 |56,090 |1,099 |41,584 |5,960 |4,835 |2,238 |374 Norfolk/Suffolk |36,760 |37,951 |3,484 |26,610 |3,156 |2,244 |1,651 |806 Nottinghamshire |27,794 |28,837 |523 |19,876 |4,083 |2,530 |1,501 |324 South Yorkshire |39,155 |39,885 |5,257 |22,839 |6,342 |3,106 |2,049 |292 Staffordshire/Warwickshire |46,806 |45,895 |2,741 |33,027 |4,981 |2,872 |1,383 |891 Sussex |32,739 |32,186 |1,719 |22,082 |4,011 |2,049 |2,038 |287 Thames Valley |45,320 |45,489 |3,108 |28,714 |6,201 |2,449 |4,231 |786 |West Mercia |27,614 |26,977 |1,198 |19,200 |3,833 |1,544 |908 West Midlands |76,593 |74,305 |1,545 |48,616 |9,986 |6,524 |6,095 |1,539 West Yorkshire |74,364 |76,249 |6,228 |48,403 |10,882 |7,300 |3,212 |224 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total Field |1,530,586 |1,532,512 |72,549 |1,010,363 |193,774 |112,082 |117,639 |26,105 Other disposals comprise committal hearings in which the defendant was discharged, cases where the defendant was bound over to keep the peace, instances where the defendant cannot be found, and other cases where the prosecution cannot proceed (e.g. through the death of the defendant).
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The Attorney-General : The crown prosecution service does not consult victims directly. Where appropriate the victim's views are made known to the CPS through the police, who are consulted before a case is discontinued and to whom the victims charter assigns the role of keeping victims informed about proceedings. The interests of the victim are an important factor in determining the balance of the public interest.
Estimated cost of income tax relief |£ million ------------------------------- 1991-92 |40 <1>1992-93 |200 <1> Provisional.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-employed people in Wales have claimed tax relief on personal pension payments in each of the last three years ; and if he will indicate in each instance the number who have claimed the maximum amount of tax relief available.
Mr. Dorrell : In 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91, the most recent three years available, the estimated numbers of self-employed people in Wales claiming relief on pension payments are 50,000, 60,000 and 70,000 respectively. Reliable information on numbers claiming the maximum relief is not available.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Inland Revenue has made of the implications of the Rugby Football Union report entitled "Inducements to Move, Incentives to Stay and Other Illegal Payments", a copy of which has been sent to him ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Dorrell : The Inland Revenue is aware of the Rugby Football Union report. It is making inquiries to establish whether any players have received taxable income or benefits which they have not declared. It will take appropriate action when its inquiries are completed.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors underlie the differential categorisation of borrowing for water supply purposes by Scottish, English and Welsh local authorities as respect Government expenditure ; and what plans he has to bring the positions into line.
Mr. Portillo : In Scotland expenditure by local authorities on water and sewerage is subject to the same controls as other capital expenditure. No distinction is made between borrowing for water supply and for other local authority capital projects.
English and Welsh local authorities have no statutory responsibility for developing and maintaining water supplies, except in the Isles of Scilly and do not therefore need to borrow to finance capital investment. Supplementary credit approvals are issued by the Department of the Environment for capital expenditure in connection with the provision of supplies in the Isles of Scilly.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many parliamentary questions a substantive answer was not provided by his Department wholly or partly on the ground of disproportionate cost in each of the last 18 months (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of questions answered.
Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his policy towards British subjects working on contracts in the middle east for United Kingdom companies whose salary is administered in Britain for income tax and national insurance contributions.
Mr. Dorrell : The tax treatment of United Kingdom citizens working abroad for United Kingdom companies, whether in the middle east or elsewhere, depends on a number of factors, including their residence status for United Kingdom tax purposes ; and the terms of any relevant double taxation agreements and the length of time they spend outside the United Kingdom.
Column 15I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security that, where individuals remain ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom while working abroad, they and the United Kingdom companies to which they are contracted are liable to pay class 1 national insurance contributions for the first 52 weeks of employment in most middle eastern countries. Contributions may be paid voluntarily by the individual after that time.
Israel is the only middle eastern country with which the United Kingdom has a social security convention. Under the terms of that convention, class 1 contributions may be due for the first five years of employment there. Liability would arise under Israeli national insurance law if the employment lasted for longer than five years.
Mr. Burns : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future structure of the offices of the Solicitor of Inland Revenue and the Solicitor of Inland Revenue (Scotland).
Mr. Dorrell : The offices of the Solicitor of Inland Revenue and of the Solicitor of Inland Revenue (Scotland) were two of the executive offices of the Inland Revenue established in April 1992 as part of the Inland Revenue's response to the next steps programme, Official Report, 6 March 1992, columns 319-21. These offices have been merged for management purposes to form a single executive office under the overall management of the Solicitor of Inland Revenue. However, the post of Solicitor (Scotland) continues to exist within the new office and the holder of the post continues to act as solicitor to the Board of Inland Revenue in Scotland. A framework document for the new office will be placed in the House Library shortly.
Mr. McKelvey : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will publish a geographical breakdown of funding for drama provided by the Scottish Arts Council ; and if such funding decisions rest with members of the drama committee or the paid officers of the Scottish Arts Council.
Mr. Brooke : The geographical breakdown of funding for drama by the Scottish Arts Council is set out in the table. Decisions on revenue funding for drama clients are taken by the council in the light of recommendations by the drama committee. Decisions on funding projects and schemes are taken by the drama committee.
Drama<1> |£ --------------------------------------------------------------------- Borders Jane Houston Green |200 Central Federation of Scottish Theatre Ltd. |18,000 MacRobert Arts Centre |1,900 |------- |19,900 Edinburgh Benchtours |3,500 Communicado Theatre Company |156,873 Celtech Events |1,000 Edinburgh Puppet and Animation Festival |3,000 Edinburgh Puppet Company |9,000 Edinburgh Touring Circuit |3,000 Fifth Estate |34,000 Grassmarket Project |1,500 Hullaballoo Childrens Theatre |30,000 Pat Keysell |1,255 Duncan Low |300 Jo McNamara |3,000 Muirhouse Festival Activities Centre |900 Boilerhouse Theatre Company |13,997 Royal Lyceum Theatre Co. Ltd. |530,271 Streets Ahead Theatre Company |1,500 Scottish International Children's Festival |20,000 The Traverse Theatre (Scotland) Ltd. |323,793 Theatre Scotland |3,000 Theatre Workshop Edinburgh Ltd. |11,500 |------- |1,151,389 Fife Byre Theatre of St Andrews Ltd. |129,920 Glasgow Annexe Theatre Company |3,000 Birds of Paradise Theatre Company |4,000 Citizens Theatre Ltd. |514,786 Clanjamfrie |7,500 Clyde Unity Theatre |41,000 Fablevision |20,000 Govan Initiative |2,100 Jane Jewel |1,000 Flloyd Kennedy |200 Music Theatre Lab. |5,000 Media Theatre Company |3,000 Pen-name Theatre |40,000 Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre |3,000 Jo Smith |300 7:84 Theatre Company Ltd. |175,702 Scottish Youth Theatre Ltd. |21,000 Scottish Drama |2,000 Scottish National Association of Youth Theatre |5,000 Phyllis Steel |200 Ian Turbitt's Puppet Theatre |300 Tron Theatre Ltd. |211,839 Tag Theatre Company |151,334 Visible Fictions |15,000 Woodside Area Arts Project |1,000 Winged Horse Touring Productions |18,000 |------- |1,246,261 Grampian Aberdeen Art Gallery/City of Aberdeen |11,000 Banff & Buchan District Council |1,500 Crathes 1992 |1,500 The Invisible Bouncers |6,000 Co-Ordinating Association |5,000 |------- |25,000 Highland Eden Court Theatre |1,000 Grey Coast Theatre Company |22,000 National Gaelic Arts Project |18,000 Clown Jewels |22,000 Ross & Cromarty District Council |1,000 |------- |64,000 Lothian East Lothian District Council |57,541 Strathclyde Black Box Puppet Theatre Trust |14,628 Borderline Theatre Company Ltd. |160,476 MacMyth Project |3,000 Cumbernauld Theatre Trust Ltd. |36,500 Edward Jackson |500 Wildcat Stage Productions Ltd. |190,021 |------- |405,125 Tayside Dundee Repertory Theatre Ltd. |266,486 Tayside Regional Council |650 Pitlochry Festival Soc. Ltd. |227,193 Perth Repertory Theatre Ltd. |266,987 |------- |761,316 Island Authorities Alan Watters |3,000 Others Assitej G. B. |500 Half Moon Young Peoples Theatre |3,000 International Workshop Festival |2,500 Medieval Players Company Ltd. |4,000 Northern Stage Company |1,000 Oily Carte Theatre Company |2,000 Ra Ra Zoo |2,000 |------- |15,000 Total |3,878,652 <1> All companies are listed within their home region. Many spend a large proportion of their time touring outside that area.
Mr. Michael Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what legal obligations and other responsibilities passed on the transfer of ownership of Marble Hill park and house from the Greater London council to English Heritage in respect of the maintenance of Marble Hill park as a public open space and public amenity park including the provision of sports and children's facilities and public access to Marble Hill house.
Mr. Brooke : No specific legal obligations were transferred upon the abolition of the Greater London council under the terms of the Local Government Act 1985, although English Heritage accepted a responsibility as a public body to manage and maintain Marble Hill house and park. Paragraph 13 of the Local Government Reorganisation (Property, etc.) Order 1986 conferred additional powers on English Heritage to enable it to manage the park as a public open space and provide recreational facilities.
Year |£ thousand --------------------------------- 1987-88 |139,300 1988-89 |152,411 1989-90 |155,500 1990-91 |175,792 1991-92 |<1>194,200 1992-93 |221,200 1993-94 |225,630 <1>This excludes a special payment of £10.8 million to enable the English National Opera to buy the freehold of the Coliseum.
The Government also fund the business sponsorship incentive scheme, the theatres restoration fund and various research projects. For 1993-94, total central Government expenditure additional to the Arts Council's grant-in- aid will be approximately £5.6 million. Local authorities also fund activities, but no definitive figures on their overall expenditure are available.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the United Kingdom plans to put to the EC Development Council on 25 May, regarding progress made in following up the commitments made at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The Development Council will consider progress by the Community since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, including what the Community is doing to help developing countries implement agenda 21. As part of this, the Council will consider the findings of a series of expert groups, in which Britain has played an active part. These groups considered priorities in the implementation of agenda 21 in developing countries. Britain chaired the group which considered energy efficiency issues.
Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the overseas aid budget goes to countries in Africa ; and which five countries in Africa receive the highest proportion of that aid.
|£ million ------------------------------ Zimbabwe |37 Ghana |32 Kenya |29 Zambia |28 Uganda |26
Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the Overseas Development Administration's most recent assessment of the economic situation in sub-Saharan Africa ; what are the economic prospects for Africa over the next 10 years on the basis of current international plans of action ; and whether Her Majesty's Government will support the drawing up of a new international plan of action for economic recovery.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The situation of many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the poorest, is likely to continue to be difficult and challenging. Where African Governments are implementing economic and political reforms, these are producing positive results which the United Kingdom and the rest of the international community will continue to encourage and support. This support takes the form of substantial concessional aid, debt relief measures and trading arrangements which provide good access for exports from African countries into important markets including the EC ; foreign private investment can be increasingly important where African Governments create the right conditions.
A framework for guiding international support is already in place at a regional level, through the global coalition for Africa and the special programme of assistance to sub-Saharan Africa and at country level. These arrangements allow African governments, OECD country Governments and key international agencies to collaborate and to co-ordinate support.
Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what parts of Mozambique he regards, for the purpose of providing aid and development assistance, as Government controlled and what parts as RENAMO administered.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : No such distinction is made for aid purposes. Aid is provided to meet identified needs wherever it is practicable to do so, taking account of the resources available and access to appraise and monitor use of the aid.
Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide details of the channels through which United Kingdom development assistance and food and emergency aid is distributed in Mozambique.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : British food and emergency aid is provided primarily through non-governmental organisations, which are best placed to distribute to those most in need. In addition we have contributed to appeals from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Childrens Fund.
Longer-term development aid is provided in the form of balance of payments aid to support Mozambique's economic reform programme channelled through the Government of Mozambique's system for foreign exchange allocation ; capital aid for projects mostly channelled through British companies, and technical co-operation which funds British consultants and experts for a range of projects and training programmes.
Column 20emergency aid and (b) health care and medical project assistance the United Kingdom has given to (i) Government- controlled areas in Mozambique and (ii) areas administered by RENAMO, in accordance with the October 1992 general peace accord.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : As required by protocol VII of the October 1992 peace accord a donor conference was held in Rome in December. At this conference we pledged £3 million of humanitarian assistance. About £1.7 million of this has already been spent mainly for seeds and tools programmes managed by British non-governmental organisations. None of this commitment has so far been spent on medicines. Since the peace accord we and other donors have succeeded in distributing humanitarian aid much more widely throughout the whole of Mozambique, although some areas remain inaccessible.
Mr. Hunter : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the estimated levels of diversion and/or theft of United Kingdom aid in Mozambique ; and what representations he has made to, or received from, the Mozambique authorities following Mozambican Government commissions of inquiry into aid diversion and theft in Mozambique.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The only reported losses of British bilateral aid have been pilferage of food aid. We estimate the losses to be less than 1 per cent. of bilateral food aid provided in 1992. All our bilateral food aid last year was provided through British non-governmental organisations, which employ contractors, paid on performance, to store and transport the food to specific destinations. Distribution to beneficiaries is supervised by NGOs. Distribution of food and other emergency aid is monitored at regular meetings in Maputo, to some of which RENAMO are invited. Our ambassador has taken up cases of pilferage with Ministers in the Government of Mozambique and provincial governors and has received assurances that action is being taken to prevent further instances.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the new South Africa development division will be operational in Pretoria ; and if he will publish details of its first year's budget showing the split between higher education projects and other sectors.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The new British development division in southern Africa will open on 7 June and manage our aid programmes in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. We expect the new office to run programmes totalling about £35 million per year. Nearly 40 per cent of this is currently spent on higher education, including postgraduate training awards in a variety of sectors.
Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 7 May, Official Report, column 260, if he will list the types of information provided by (a) International Planned