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                                       Chief Executives                                                                                           
                                                                          |Performance      |Pensions                                             
Health and Social                     |Basic salary     |Benefits         |related pay      |contributions    |Total                              
Services Trust                                                                                                                                    
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Eastern Board Area                                                                                                                                
Belfast City Hospital                 |61               |0                |2                |2                |65                                 
Down and Lisburn                      |77               |0                |4                |3                |84                                 
Eastern Ambulance                     |46               |3                |0                |2                |51                                 
Greenpark                             |54               |4                |5                |2                |65                                 
Mater Infirmorum Hospital             |98               |0                |0                |4                |102                                
North Down and Ards Community         |58               |0                |0                |2                |60                                 
North and West Belfast Community      |62               |4                |7                |2                |75                                 
Royal Group of Hospitals              |60               |6                |12               |2                |80                                 
South and East Belfast Community      |62               |0                |0                |3                |65                                 
Ulster, North Down and Ards Hospitals |57               |3                |0                |2                |62                                 
                                                                                                                                                  
Southern Board Area                                                                                                                               
Craigavon Area Hospital               |55               |3                |0                |2                |60                                 
Craigavon and Banbridge Community     |54               |0                |0                |2                |56                                 
Newry and Mourne                      |52               |0                |0                |2                |54                                 
                                                                                                                                                  
Total                                 |796              |23               |30               |30               |879                                

Table 1.1: Board members' remuneration-trusts-1994-95                                                                                                                  
£ thousands                                                                                                                                                            
                                        Executive                                                                                                                      
                                        Directors                                                                                                                      
Health and                                                             |Employers                      |Compensation   |Pensions paid                                  
Social Services        |Non-executive                  |Performance    |pension        |Benefits in    |for loss of    |to former                                      
Trust                  |directors      |Basic salary   |related pay    |contributions  |kind           |office         |directors      |Total                          
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Eastern Board Area                                                                                                                                                     
Belfast City Hospital  |44             |285            |4              |11             |3              |0              |0              |347                            
Down and Lisburn       |44             |276            |11             |11             |5              |0              |0              |347                            
Eastern Ambulance      |31             |118            |0              |5              |6              |0              |0              |160                            
Greenpark              |44             |235            |16             |10             |7              |0              |0              |312                            
Mater Infirmorum                                                                                                                                                       
  Hospital             |40             |237            |0              |9              |0              |0              |0              |286                            
North Down and Ards                                                                                                                                                    
  Community            |40             |197            |0              |6              |0              |0              |0              |243                            
North and West Belfast                                                                                                                                                 
  Community            |44             |279            |17             |10             |5              |0              |0              |355                            
Royal Group of                                                                                                                                                         
  Hospitals            |44             |222            |20             |8              |9              |0              |0              |303                            
South and East Belfast                                                                                                                                                 
  Community            |44             |216            |0              |9              |0              |0              |0              |269                            
Ulster, North Down and                                                                                                                                                 
  Ards Hospitals       |31             |273            |0              |11             |6              |0              |0              |321                            
                                                                                                                                                                       
Southern Board Area                                                                                                                                                    
Craigavon Area                                                                                                                                                         
  Hospital             |38             |191            |5              |8              |3              |0              |0              |245                            
Craigavon and                                                                                                                                                          
  Banbridge                                                                                                                                                            
  Community            |40             |237            |0              |9              |0              |0              |0              |286                            
Newry and Mourne       |42             |186            |0              |7              |0              |0              |0              |235                            
                                                                                                                                                                       
Total                  |526            |2,952          |73             |114            |44             |0              |0              |3,709                          

Table 2: chairman and chief executive's remuneration-1993-94                                                                                     
£ Thousands                                                                                                                                      
                                      Chairman                                                                                                   
                                                                         |Performance      |Pensions                                             
Health and Social                    |Basic salary     |Benefits         |related pay      |contributions    |Total                              
Services Trust                                                                                                                                   
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Eastern board area                                                                                                                               
Belfast City Hospital                |19               |0                |0                |0                |19                                 
Eastern Ambulance                    |16               |0                |0                |0                |16                                 
Greenpark                            |17               |0                |0                |1                |18                                 
Royal Group of Hospitals             |19               |0                |0                |0                |19                                 
Ulster, North Down and Ards Hospital |0                |0                |0                |0                |0                                  
                                                                                                                                                 
Southern Board Area                                                                                                                              
Craigavon Area Hospital              |17               |0                |0                |0                |17                                 
                                                                                                                                                 
Total                                |88               |0                |0                |1                |89                                 

£ Thousands                                                                                                                                     
                                     Chief Executive                                                                                            
                                                                        |Performance      |Pensions                                             
Health and Social                   |Basic salary     |Benefits         |related pay      |contributions    |Total                              
Services Trust                                                                                                                                  
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Eastern board area                                                                                                                              
Belfast City Hospital               |63               |0                |1                |3                |67                                 
Eastern Ambulance                   |41               |3                |0                |2                |46                                 
Greenpark                           |52               |4                |5                |2                |63                                 
Royal Group of Hospitals            |55               |4                |11               |2                |72                                 
Ulster, North Down & Ards Hospitals |50               |2                |0                |2                |54                                 
                                                                                                                                                
Southern board area                                                                                                                             
Craigavon Area Hospital             |52               |3                |0                |2                |57                                 
                                                                                                                                                
Total                               |313              |16               |17               |13               |359                                

Table 2.1: board members remuneration-1993-94                                                                                                                         
£ thousand                                                                                                                                                            
                                       Executive                                                                                                                      
                                       Directors                                                                                                                      
Health and                                                            |Employers                      |Compensation   |Pensions paid                                  
Social Services       |Non-executive                  |Performance    |pension        |Benefits in    |for loss of    |to former                                      
Trust                 |directors      |Basic salary   |related pay    |contributions  |kind           |office         |directors      |Total                          
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Eastern Board Area                                                                                                                                                    
Belfast City Hospital |44             |294            |3              |10             |2              |0              |0              |353                            
Eastern Ambulance     |30             |101            |0              |5              |6              |0              |0              |142                            
Greenpark             |44             |225            |15             |8              |6              |0              |0              |298                            
Royal Group of                                                                                                                                                        
  Hospitals           |44             |211            |19             |8              |5              |0              |0              |287                            
Ulster, North Down                                                                                                                                                    
  and Ards Hospitals  |20             |256            |0              |10             |3              |0              |0              |289                            
                                                                                                                                                                      
Southern Board Area                                                                                                                                                   
Craigavon Area                                                                                                                                                        
  Hospital            |42             |146            |2              |3              |3              |0              |0              |196                            
                                                                                                                                                                      
Total                 |224            |1,233          |39             |44             |25             |0              |0              |1,565                          
                                                                                                                                                                      
1. The Chairman's remuneration is included within the total remuneration of Non-Executive Directors.                                                                  
2. The Chief Executive's remuneration is included within the remuneration of Executive Directors.                                                                     

Road Casualties

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in road accidents in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.     [37967]

Sir John Wheeler: The information is as follows:


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               |Persons                                                    
Persons killed |injured       |Serious       |Slight                       
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1990                                                                       
185            |11,576        |1,993         |9,583                        
                                                                           
1991                                                                       
185            |10,129        |1,648         |8,481                        
1992                                                                       
150            |11,114        |1,841         |9,273                        
                                                                           
1993                                                                       
143            |10,957        |1,725         |9,232                        
                                                                           
1994                                                                       
157            |11,937        |1,648         |10,289                       

The Government's target to reduce the total number of people killed and seriously injured on Northern Ireland's roads by one third by the year 2000 compared with the baseline 1981 85 average is identified in the recently published road safety plan for Northern Ireland, to which the RUC is a signatory. This target has been universally accepted and is a focus for organisations and individuals involved in road safety.

The current trend in deaths and serious injuries would indicate that this target is in line to be accomplished through a continuance of the multi- agency approach to road safety education and with the full support and determination of the community.

The RUC will continue to provide a substantial, sustained and co-ordinated effort, involving road safety education and enforcement of more serious road traffic offences, to address accident causes and trends. Resources will be deployed towards a number of identified priority areas: speed, reckless/careless driving, drinking and driving, young drivers, pedestrians and child safety.

Note:

The baseline 1981 1985 average for fatal and serious casualties is 2362. The target, to be reached by the year 2000, is 1575.

Public Inquiry (Carrickfergus Harbour)

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the total costs incurred by the Department of the Environment (NI) in respect of public inquiries regarding Carrickfergus harbour, Country Antrim, to date; and if he will make a statement on the future development of Carrickfergus harbour, and adjacent land.     [38721]

Mr. Moss: Information on the cost to the Department of the Environment (NI) of public inquiries regarding Carrickfergus harbour is not readily available and could be obtained only at

disproportionate cost.


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Carrickfergus harbour is in the ownership of Carrickfergus borough council, which is responsible for its future development. The Department of the Environment (NI) and the borough council have formed a partnership to re-develop land adjacent to Carrickfergus harbour for housing, retail, commercial and other uses and are currently negotiating with a potential developer for the site.

George Finbar Ross

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what considerations have led to the interval between the issue of prosecution directions by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland in respect of George Finbar Ross and the decision regarding his extradition; and if he will make a statement.     [38046]

Sir John Wheeler: Directions to prosecute George Finbar Ross were issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland on 3 May 1995.

Since that time, the question of seeking the extradition of Mr. Ross has been under active consideration. Crown Counsel has been requested to advise on a number of relevant matters. That advice is awaited.

It is the practice of the relevant authorities not to give details of the actions being taken to secure the apprehension of wanted persons or the progress thereof. To do so could undermine the effectiveness of those actions.

Planning Inquiries

Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in what circumstances planning applications for new shopping developments will be referred to local public inquiries.     [38351]

Mr. Moss: Where a planning application for a new shopping development is classified as of major importance, as defined in article 31 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland may call a public inquiry to consider valid planning representations about, and objections to, the proposal. The principal matters which the Department takes into account in forming a judgement as to whether to call an inquiry are:

(i) the provisions of the development plan and relevant planning policies;

(ii) decisions on previous planning applications relevant to the site in question;

(iii) the nature and validity of the representations and objections; and

(iv) the views of the district council as to whether an inquiry would be appropriate.


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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Treaty Ratification

5. Mr. Trimble: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to reform the procedures for the ratification of treaties.     [36856]

Mr. Hanley: There are no plans to change our procedures.

Turkey

21. Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European partners regarding Turkey's relationship with the European Union.     [36875]

Mr. David Davis: My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary has regular and frequent discussions with our European partners on this subject, most recently at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 2 October.

22. Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's Government's relations with Turkey.     [36876]

Mr. David Davis: Turkey is an important friend and NATO ally. During his visit to Ankara on 6 September, my right hon. and learned Friend underlined the importance we attach to reinforcing bilateral links and to developing further Turkey's relationship with western and European institutions. He also referred to the importance of Turkey respecting international norms on human rights. A copy of a speech he gave in Ankara has been placed in the Library of the House of Commons.

Former Yugoslavia

23. Sir Michael Neubert: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his American and European counterparts to discuss developments in the former Yugoslavia.     [36877]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner).

25. Mr. Hutton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the prosecution of persons charged with war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.     [36879]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The tribunal has issued eight indictments against 46 individuals so far. All these have been Serbs but non-Serbs are currently being investigated. Judge Goldstone has indicated that indictments will be issued within two months. The first trial, against Dusko Tadic, a guard in the Omarska POW camp, has already heard preliminary motions and is currently receiving witnesses.

29. Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps


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he is taking to prevent further human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia.     [36885]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: During recent visits to the former Yugoslavia, my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary and I made clear to all parties our condemnation of human rights abuses and atrocities.

We fully support the work of the war crimes tribunal and believe those who have committed atrocities should answer in court for their actions.

Subsidiarity

24. Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implementation of the principle of subsidiarity as set out in the Maastricht treaty.     [36878]

Mr. David Davis: Subsidiarity has taken root in the EU. There has already been a sharp drop in the number of new legislative initiatives. At the 1996 IGC, the UK will bring forward specific proposals with the support of other member states further to entrench subsidiarity in the treaty.

European Policy

Mr. Rathbone: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with other European Foreign Ministers European policy on foreign and security affairs; and if he will make a statement.     [36880]

Mr. David Davis: I regularly discuss policy on foreign and security affairs with my EU counterparts, most recently at the Foreign Affairs Council on 2 October and the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers at Santander on 9 to 10 September 1995.

UNESCO

27. Mr. Canavan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom rejoining UNESCO.     [36881]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We are keeping this issue under review.

UN Peacekeeping Initiatives

28. Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the Government's policy towards UN peacekeeping initiatives.     [36883]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We have played a leading role in supporting the UN Secretary-General's efforts to enhance UN peacekeeping capacity. In particular, we have helped strengthen the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and have supported the Secretary-General's attempts to improve UN rapid reaction capability. We are also helping to enhance the capability of African states to undertake effective peacekeeping.


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French Nuclear Testing

30. Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his French counterpart since July in regard to French nuclear testing in the Pacific.     [36886]

Mr. David Davis: I have discussed this question with my French counterpart on a number of occasions.

Middle East

31. Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the middle east peace process.     [36887]

Mr. Hanley: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply which was given earlier by my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary.

European Elections

32. Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which other European Union states British citizens can vote or stand in those countries' local

elections.     [36888]

Mr. David Davis: British citizens will be able to vote and stand in the local elections of any country of the European Union, under the same conditions as nationals of that country, once those countries have passed the necessary domestic legislation. Such legislation has already been passed in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Austria, and is under way in the remaining countries of the European Union. Limited exceptions may be made in areas with a high concentration of non-nationals, or when an elected office involves influence at national level.

European Political Union

33. Sir David Knox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the European Union to discuss greater political union.     [36889]

Mr. David Davis: The Secretary of State regularly meets his counterparts in the European Union at the Foreign Affairs Council. The next meeting will be held in Luxembourg on 30 to 31 October.

Palestine National Authority

34. Mr. Gunnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he will give towards ensuring that elections to the Palestine National Authority and the campaigning which precedes them are free and fair and suffer no interference from Israeli security forces.     [36890]

Mr. Hanley: We are providing several staff for the EU electoral unit which will organise the international observation of the Palestinian elections. We will also send a full party of observers.

Intergovernmental Conference

35. Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his preparations for the European intergovernmental conference.     [36891]


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Mr. David Davis: We are continuing to develop Britain's approach to the intergovernmental conference. The study group preparing for the intergovernmental conference is continuing its work and will report to the Madrid European Council in December.

Cuba

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom's trade relations with Cuba.     [38018]

Mr. Nelson: I have been asked to reply.

The United Kingdom enjoys normal trading relations with Cuba, and the Government's policy is to support the efforts of UK firms to exploit the growing civil market opportunities which will arise as Cuba progresses with the reform of its economy along market-oriented lines. Her Majesty's Government will continue to urge on the Cuban Government the importance of an early settlement of outstanding debts to UK firms.

The Government signed a bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement with Cuba on 30 January 1995. It entered into force on 11 May 1995. Such agreements are designed to encourage investor confidence and investment flows by setting high standards of investment protection binding in international law. They are important to British companies thinking of investing overseas, because they contain strong commitments from other Governments about the way British investment will be treated. The agreement with Cuba is one of almost 80 concluded by the United Kingdom to date. Cuba is on the United Kingdom list of destinations for which export licences for certain goods are subject to special licensing procedures. There are no Untied Kingdom of EC restrictions on imports from Cuba, apart from those applied to imports from all sources, such as on certain firearms and fissile materials; specifically, there are no quantitive restrictions for trade policy purposes.

My hon. Friend the Minister for Science and Technology paid a second visit to Cuba in September to further strengthen bilateral relations, including the development of trade and investment. He opened the new embassy building in Havana and signed an operating agreement on behalf of the Commonwealth Development Corporation with the Cuban Government, paving the way for further British investment in support of economic reform.

Human Rights (Kenya)

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions Her Majesty's Government have taken so far to put pressure on the Kenyan Government to stop human rights violations.     [38016]

Mr. Hanley: We have drawn our concerns about aspects of the human rights situation to the attention of the Kenyan authorities.

Cyprus

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all Ministers who


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have visited Cyprus in the last three years to discuss the issue of Cyprus.     [38486]

Mr. David Davis: None, although British Ministers maintain regular contact with leading figures in both Cypriot communities. The then Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Hurd) met President Clerides and Mr. Denktash while visiting the island for Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 1993.

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards the accession of Cyprus to the European Union; and if he will make a statement.     [36862]

Mr. Davis: The Cannes European Council reaffirmed that accession negotiations will start six months after the conclusion of the IGC, and taking account of its outcome.

Nuclear Tests

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the European Commission has requested from Her Majesty's Government for its special meeting on 23 October on nuclear testing.     [39255]

Mr. David Davis: None.

Bosnia

Mr. John Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current position in Bosnia.     [36874]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: Although skirmishing has continued in north- west Bosnia,. the situation is generally much quieter following the ceasefire which came into effect on 12 October. We remain concerned about the continuing tense situation in eastern Slavonia. We call on all sides to abide by the terms of the ceasefire agreements and to co-operate fully with the UN.

UN Peacekeeping Operations

Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent review he has made of the scale and resourcing of United Nation's peacekeeping operations.     [36871]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The United Nations Secretary-General reports regularly to the Security Council and the fifth committee on peacekeeping operations. We keep their scale and resourcing under constant review in the light of these reports.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Magistrates (Secret Societies)

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 17 July, Official Report , column 904 , how many magistrates in the Duchy


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of Lancaster included freemasonry when asked by advisory committees to list their outside interests.     [38411]

Mr. Freeman: Advisory committees do not keep these statistics. Candidates are asked to give their outside interests, which are discussed during interviews. Advisory committees ask for this information to learn about a candidate's involvement in the local community. Some candidates volunteer the fact that they are freemasons.

Being a freemason is neither a qualification nor a disqualification for appointment as a magistrate.

On appointment, all magistrates take a judicial oath to administer justice without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

DEFENCE

University Air Squadrons

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the existing university air squadrons in the United Kingdom and those which he plans to relocate or close during the next three years.     [39349]

Mr. Soames: The existing university air squadrons are as follows: Aberdeen, Dundee and St. Andrews

Birmingham

Bristol

Cambridge

East Lowlands

East Midlands

Glasgow and Strathclyde

Liverpool

London

Manchester and Salford

Northumbrian

Oxford

Queens

Southampton

Wales

Yorkshire

Current proposals include the closure of Queen's university air squadron at the end of the 1995 96 academic year, and the relocation of East Lowlands university air squadron to RAF Leuchars by 1 April 1996.


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