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Written Answers

Wednesday, 7th February 1996.

Data Protection Registrar: Study Report

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will announce the outcome of the prior options study of the Office of the Data Protection Registrar.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The study has concluded that there is still a need for the controls provided by the Data Protection Act 1984, and that these should continue to be performed by the Data Protection Registrar as an independent public body. We are placing a copy of the report of the study in the Library.

Persons on Remand: Statistics

Baroness Mallalieu asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What percentage of (a) men and (b) women remanded in custody in 1994 were subsequently acquitted, given non-custodial sentences, and given custodial sentences, respectively.

Baroness Blatch: The latest available figures on persons on remand are published in table 8.10 of the 1994 issue of Criminal Statistics, England and Wales (Cm 3010). The figures quoted in the table should be taken as broad estimates only due to the data quality problems. Figures for men and women are shown separately in table 2.6 of the 1994 issue of Prison Statistics, England and Wales, which will be published on Friday 9 February 1996, when a copy will be placed in the Library.

A.13 Road

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there are any plans to improve the A.13 between Benfleet and Southend during 1996.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The A.13 between Benfleet and Southend is not part of the trunk road network but is categorised as a local road and is therefore the responsibility of Essex County Council as the local highway authority. Any measures to improve this section of the A.13 are a matter for the county council. The county council included the section as part of the "South-East Essex Package" bid in their transport policies and programme submission for 1996/97. The Government were able to accept this package for some £700,000 of funding in the 1996/97 local transport settlement.

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A.127 Road

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have for improving the A.127 during 1996 and concerning the Fortune of War roundabout at Basildon.

Viscount Goschen: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to my noble friend.

Letter to Lord Braine of Wheatley from the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, dated 7 February 1996.

Viscount Goschen has asked me to write to you in reply to your recent parliamentary Question about plans for improving the A.127 during 1996 and about the Fortune of War Roundabout at Basildon.

Network enhancement projects to improve road safety on the A.127 are planned at Bonvilles Farm and Rayleigh Downs Road and will be taken forward when funds become available. In addition, a privately funded westbound on-slip road safety scheme is proposed at Rayleigh Weir.

It was announced last November that a scheme to widen the A.127 between the M.25 and Rayleigh Weir had been withdrawn from the trunk road programme because of the high level of opposition to the proposals. As a consequence of this, the Highways Agency will be looking to see what other minor improvements may be practical, particularly at the substandard junctions and accesses.

The Fortune of War roundabout has recently been removed on an experimental basis which has improved traffic flow. The situation there is being monitored before a decision is made on whether to make the change permanent.

A.127 Road: Accident Figures

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many persons (a) were killed, (b) were seriously injured and (c) suffered minor injury in road accidents on the A.127 during each of the last two years.

Viscount Goschen: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to my noble friend.

Letter to Lord Braine of Wheatley from the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, dated 7 February 1996.

Viscount Goschen has asked me to write to you in reply to your recent parliamentary Question about the number of road accidents on the A.127 during each of the last two years.

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The A.127 is a trunk road, for which the Highways Agency is responsible, between the M.25 and the southbound borough boundary. The accident data requested for this section of the road is as follows:

Number of accidents
Year EndingFatalSeriousSlight Total
Dec-199442397124
Dec-199532194118
Total744191242

Pesticide Usage

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the use (in tonnes) of (i) organochlorine, (ii) organophosphate and (iii) carbonate pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in the United Kingdom in 1950 and the most recent date for which records are available, and what was the value of these sales to the industry at current rates.

Lord Lucas: The Government only holds comprehensive information on pesticide usage for the period 1974 to 1994 and only for agricultural uses. The Government cannot therefore comment on usage levels in 1950. The agricultural uses of organochlorine, organophosphate and carbamate herbicides, fungicides and other agricultural pesticides in the United Kingdom for 1974 and 1994 were:

19741994
Organochlorines
herbicidesNone4.76 tonnes
fungicidesLess than 0.01 tonnes0.40 tonnes
other agricultural pesticides255.01 tonnes81.24 tonnes
Total255.01 tonnes86.40 tonnes
Organophosphates
herbicidesNoneNone
fungicidesNone32.91 tonnes
other agricultural pesticides349.93 tonnes666.14 tonnes
Total349.93 tonnes699.05 tonnes
Carbamates
herbicides463.00 tonnes223.64 tonnes
fungicidesNone38.40 tonnes
other agricultural pesticides66.53 tonnes258.33 tonnes
Total529.53 tonnes520.37 tonnes

The Government do not hold details of the value to industry of sales of different classes of herbicides, fungicides or other agricultural pesticides.

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Crop Losses: Estimates

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the percentage of crop losses in the United Kingdom caused by insects, weeds and fungi in 1950 and the most recent date of which records are available.

Lord Lucas: The Government have never held comprehensive records of crop losses resulting from insects, weeds or fungi.

ADAS specialists carry out surveys of specific crops from time to time. Extrapolating from this information and using their experience and expertise, they estimate that present crop losses attributable to diseases, insects and weeds are in the region of 15 to 20 per cent. At this distance in time, no meaningful estimate can be made of crop losses in 1950.

Pesticide Resistance

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many insect pest species and weeds common to the United Kingdom have developed resistance to (i) at least one commonly applied chemical and (ii) to all widely used pesticides and herbicides.

Lord Lucas: Eleven indigenous species of insect pests and 11 indigenous species of weeds are currently recorded as having developed resistance to at least one pesticide. No species are recorded as having developed resistance to all widely used pesticides and herbicides.

CAP: EC Spending

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the annual EC spending on the common agricultural policy each year since 1973, and what proportion of that was contributed by the UK.

Lord Lucas: The information is as follows:

Total CAP expenditure (EAGGF Guarantee) % UK contribution to total EC budget as a whole(1)
1973(2)3,6608.78
1974(2)3,10711.04
1975(2)4,72713.57
1976(2)5,57016.21
1977(2)6,66219.24
1978(3)8,67315.36
1979(3)10,44117.49
1980(4)11,31520.76
1981(4)10,98021.51
1982(4)12,40624.17
1983(4)15,81222.09
1984(4)18,34621.82
1985(4)19,74419.52
1986(4)22,13714.50
1987(4)22,96816.20
1988(4)27,68713.02
1989(4)25,87314.82
1990(4)27,03615.78
1991(4)31,9398.96
1992(4)32,10911.91
1993(4)35,03211.92
1994(4)32,97010.00

Sources:

FEOGA Annual Financial Reports.

Annual Reports of the European Court of Auditors.

Footnotes:

(1) The UK contributes to the EC budget as a whole, and not parts of it. These percentages represent the UK's gross contribution to the EC budget, net of the Fontainebleau abatement.

(2) Million units of account.

(3) Million European units of account.

(4) Million European currency units.


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