Written answers

Tuesday, 27 October 1981

  • Energy

    • Continental Shelf Gas Prices

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he proposes to amend or repeal section 8 (3) of the Energy Act 1976 to allow the price of gas from the continental shelf to be determined...

    • Gas Prices (Calculations)

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for Energy what formula he proposes for the calculation of price payable by the corporation to producers for sale of natural gas to the domestic consumers...

      British Gas Corporation (Assets)

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for Energy what he assesses to be the total value of the assets of the British Gas Corporation scheduled for sale; what is the oil interest in the North Sea...

  • Scotland

    • Farmland (Sale and Lease-back)

      Mr. Myles asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent farmland in Scotland has changed hands on sale and lease-back agreements during the most recent 12-month period for which there...

    • Carpet Industry

      Mr. Bulmer asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money has been given in financial support to the carpet industry since 1 January 1975 by his Department; what form this assistance...

      Council House Sales

      Mr. Home Robertson asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide the information on the number of public sector house sales, broken down by district, for the second quarter of...

      Housing Revenue Account (Rate Fund Contributions)

      Mr. Home Robertson asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide for each local authority in Scotland the level of rate fund contribution to the housing revenue account for...

      Fish Marketing

      Mr. McQuarrie asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for the marketing of fish to the consumers in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Nature Conservancy Council

      Mr. Morgan asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps, including legislation if necessary, whereby the permission of, or at least reasonable notice to, private landowners...

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      Q5. Mr. Heddle asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 27 October.

    • Trades Union Congress

      Q13. Mr. Cryer asked the Prime Minister when next she expects to meet the Trades Union Congress.

      Inner Cities (Riot Damage)

      Q16. Mr. Marks asked the Prime Minister if she is satisfied with co-ordination between the Treasury and the Home Department and the Department of the Environment on the subject of riot damage in...

      Industrial Assistance

      Mr. Ernie Ross asked the Prime Minister what are the levels of industrial assistance for (a) factory rents, (b) training grants and (c) tax allowances in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) special...

      Mexico Summit Meeting

      Mr. Alton asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on her discussions in Mexico about North-South relations.

  • Civil Service

    • Pay (Committee of Inquiry)

      Mr. Peter Fraser asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether she will make available copies of the evidence which the Government have given to the Committee of Inquiry into Civil Service...

    • Redundancies

      Mr. Colvin asked the Minister for the Civil Service if she will publish a table giving a breakdown of the civil servants made redundant since May 1979 set out by the various administrative grades...

  • Home Department

    • Pwllglas (Television Reception)

      Mr. Morgan asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the poor state of television reception in the area of Pwllglas, Ruthin, Clwyd, if he will take steps to improve it.

    • Sheath Knives and Catapults

      Mr. David Atkinson asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the present law permitting the sale of sheath knives and catapults to young people under the age of...

      Parking Penalty

      Mr. Wheeler asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current estimated cost of collecting the £6 penalty for parking offences inclusive of all costs to the police and...

      Metropolitan Police (Green Park)

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the Metropolitan Police took over a substantial section of Green Park; for what purpose; and for how long.

      European Community Citizens (Voting Rights)

      Mr. Warren asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will take an initiative during the United Kingdom Presidency of the EEC Council of Ministers to secure rights for EEC...

      Lookout Bunkers (Dundee)

      Mr. Ernie Ross asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will name the location of lookout bunkers in the Dundee area.

      Parole

      Mr. Marlow asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the parole system operates; what is the minimum length of sentence during which parole can be granted; at what stage parole is...

      Police Forces (Arms Purchases)

      Mr. Meacher asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which other police forces in the United Kingdom, in addition to Manchester, have purchased submachine guns; what exactly these...

  • Transport

    • Dropped Kerbs

      Mr. Pawsey asked the Secretary of State for Transport further to his reply to the hon. Member for Rugby dated 21 July, if he is now able to say what advice will be offered to local authorities...

    • Road Humps

      Mr. Stephen Ross asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he anticipates publishing the draft regulations under the Transport Act 1981 relating to the provision of road humps.

      Strategic Road Network

      Mr. Rippon asked the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the last two years towards the completion of the strategic network of 4,500 miles of first class motorways and...

      Roads (Winter Maintenance)

      Mr. Charles Morrison asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether the study by Sir Derek Rayner of the methods used to carry out winter maintenance on motorways and trunk roads has been...

      Liverpool to Belfast Ferry

      Mr. Parry pasked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the proposed closure of the Liverpool to Belfast ferry; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Nature Conservancy Council (Powers of Entry)

      Mr. Morgan asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps, including legislation if necessary, whereby the permission of, or at least reasonable notice to, private landowners would...

    • Industry (Assistance)

      Mr. Ray Powell asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to divert any assistance from the manufacturing to the service industries in Wales.

      Mentally Handicapped Persons

      Mr. Wigley asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the individuals and representatives of organisations with whom he has discussed during the past six months the improvement of...

      Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance and Suckler Cow Subsidy

      Dr. Roger Thomas asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will consider increasing the hill livestock compensatory allowances in line with inflation to meet the declining profitability and...

      Sheep Rearing Hill Farmers

      Dr. Roger Thomas asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the present financial returns of the predominantly sheep rearing hill farmer in view of their decreasing...

  • Industry

    • Liverpool to Belfast Ferry

      Mr. Parry asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he has received concerning the proposed closure of the Liverpool to Belfast ferry; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment

    • Sex Shops

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce a change in the planning law to deal with the problem of sex shops taking over vacant shop premises and operating a...

    • Rate Support Grant

      Mr. Pavitt asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in his consideration of local rate support grants, he will take note of the report financed by his Department and prepared by...

      Housing Investment (Brent)

      Mr. Pavitt asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will accede to the request of the London borough of Brent for adequate funds to meet the needs envisaged in the housing...

      Nature Conservancy Council (Powers of Entry)

      Mr. Morgan asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps, including legislation if necessary, whereby the permission of, or at least 315 reasonable notice to, private...

      Local Authorities (Rate Income)

      Mr. Alexander asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of the total expenditure of local authorities in the United Kingdom is paid by domestic ratepayers.

      Liverpool (Ministerial Visit)

      Mr. Parry asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the recent official visit of the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services to Liverpool.

      London Borough of Haringey

      Mr. Norman Atkinson asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set down in the Official Report full details of all money at constant prices actually paid or earmarked to be paid...

      Enterprise Zones

      Mr. Steen asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much the three-year study to monitor the progress of enterprise zones will cost.

  • Trade

    • Air Fares (European Community Directive)

      Mr. Warren asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has received from the Council of the EEC Commission the draft directive on air fares; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for...

    • Tariff Barriers and Import Controls

      Mr. John H. Osborn asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will list the countries outside the European Economic Community that maintain high tariff barriers or import controls against...

      Hoover (UK) Ltd

      Mr. Marlow asked the Secretary of State for Trade, in view of the recent job losses at Hoover, whether he is satisfied at the reaction speed of European trading policies in those areas of...

      Balance of Trade

      Mr. Marlow asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) whether the balance of trade in manufactures with West Germany is in greater deficit than that with Japan;

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    • Home Food Production

      Mr. Knox asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total value of home food production in each of the past five years at constant prices.

    • Meat Hygiene

      Mr. Anderson asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what response he has made to the proposals of the Institution of Environmental Health Officers' meat legislation review group...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chile

      Mr. Frank Allaun asked the Lord Privy Seal why an official invitation to visit the United Kingdom has been issued by Her Majesty's Government to a Minister in the Government of Chile; when the...

    • Sinai (Peacekeeping Force)

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the placing of British troops in Sinai as part of a peacekeeping force.

  • European Community

    • United Kingdom Membership (Benefits)

      Mr. Marlow asked the Lord Privy Seal whether there are benefits which the United Kingdom derives from membership of the European Economic Community which are not derived by other member States.

  • Employment

    • Islington

      Mr. O'Halloran asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are currently unemployed in the London borough of Islington; how many are on Manpower Services Commission schemes; and...

    • Willesden

      Mr. Pavitt asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of registered unemployed in September of each of the last three years in Willesden.

      Unemployed Persons (Brent)

      Mr. Pavitt asked the Secretary of State for Employment if, in view of the record number of people unemployed in Brent, he will now urgently introduce measures to create jobs in the area.

      Job Creation and work Experience (Leek)

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people in the Leek parliamentary constituency have been helped by his Department's Job Creation and work experience programmers.

      School Leavers

      Mr. Alexander asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the estimated number of this summer's school leavers who will be employed on a Manpower Services Commission job opportunity...

      Disabled Persons

      Mr. Geoffrey Robinson asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of companies required by law to employ 3 per cent. disabled people do so.

      European Social Fund

      Mr. Craigen asked the Secretary of State for Employment what he estimates will be the effects on employment projects in the United Kingdom of the current proposals regarding the European Social fund.

      Redundancy Payments

      Mr. Nicholas Baker asked the Secretary of State for Employment what would be the cost of removing the ceiling of £3,900 for redundancy payments in the last financial year.

      Employed Persons (Statistics)

      Mr. Greenway asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in numbers and as a percentage of the total population the number of the people in work in each year from 1945.

      Youth Employment Statistics

      Dr. Strang asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of males and females, under 20 years of age, respectively, are finding employment after participating in a youth...

      Youth Opportunities Programme and Community Industry

      Mr. Waller asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are currently participating in the youth opportunities programme in each region.

  • Social Services

    • State Pensions

      Mr. Charles Irving asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is at present paid out annually in State pensions to women at 60 years and men at 65 years of age.

    • Health Care

      Mr. David Atkinson asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce a scheme for compulsory periodic medical check-ups as a preventive care measure.

      Family Income Supplement

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of families now receiving family income supplement; and what is the average amount of benefit paid out to each...

      Hearing Aids

      Mr. Haynes asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the average waiting time for hearing aid services at the hearing aid center, Nottingham, and at Kings Mill hospital, Sutton...

      Prescription Charges

      Mr. Mike Thomas asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether, and in what circumstances, prescription charges are collected by general practitioners personally administering drugs...

      Sheltered Workshops

      Mr. Mike Thomas asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether joint financing money may be used in addition to Manpower Services Commission funds to provide sheltered workshops for the...

      Retirement Pensions (Payment Abroad)

      Mr. George Cunningham asked the Secretary of State for Social Services approximately how many national insurance retirement pensions are currently being paid to persons living abroad; what...

      Peritoneal Dialysis

      Mr. Carter-Jones asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent the evidence he has received shows that diabetic patients with kidney disease have achieved better control of...

      Nurses (Pay)

      Mr. William Hamilton asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the minimum and maximum rates of pay for each grade in the nursing profession in April 1981, taking into account...

      Girocheques (Loss)

      Mr. Stan Thorne asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will revise the rule operated by his Department in respect of the re-issue of lost Giro payments only after seven weeks has...

      Disabled Persons Act 1981

      Mr. Wigley asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he anticipates a circular being issued to local authorities and other interested parties concerning the implementation of the...

      Retirement Age (Pension Costs)

      Mr. Hicks asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated increased cost for pensions if the retirement age for men were to be reduced to 60 years; and what would be the...

      National Insurance Fund

      Mr. Marlow asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the annual income and expenditure of the national insurance fund.

      Glue Sniffing

      Mr. Teddy Taylor asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will initiate a comprehensive inquiry into the incidence of solvent sniffing; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Science

    • Sixth Form Education

      14. Mr. Dykes asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will estimate the number of children who are staying on for sixth form type education in secondary age schools because...

    • Universities (Expenditure Cuts)

      15. Mr. Marks asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received on the subject of expenditure cuts at universities of applied technology.

      Teachers

      17. Mr. Hooley asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the current estimate of the shortage of teachers of mathematics and physics in State schools in England and Wales.

      Primary and Secondary Schools (Places)

      19. Mr. Spearing asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what response he has had to his circular 2/81 concerning surplus places in primary and secondary schools.

      Academic Staff (Redundancies)

      20. Mr. Christopher Price asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what further consultations he will be having with the University Grants Committee about redundancies of academic staff.

      Full-time Education (16-year-olds)

      21. Mrs. Renèe Short asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the number of 16-year-olds who have decided to continue full-time education.

      Further Education

      22. Mr. Kenneth Lewis asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has made a decision on the future financing of further education.

      University Grants Committee

      23. Mr. Torney asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will ensure that future appointments to the University Grants Committee result in a wider representation of interests...

      Education Programmes (North of England)

      24. Mr. Foster asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to encourage increased participation in education programmes amongst 16 to 19-year-olds in the North of England.

      Aberdeen University

      25. Mr. Robert Hughes asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has had from Aberdeen university on the level of University Grants Committee grant for...

      European Foundation

      26. Mr. Rippon asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress is being made towards the enactment of the European Foundation on the basis agreed by the Heads of State and...

      Books and Equipment (ILEA)

      Mr. O'Halloran asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much is spent per head by the 333 Inner London Education Authority on books and equipment for primary and secondary...

      Secondary Pupils (Qualifications)

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students left secondary schools in the maintained sector last year with (a) no academic qualifications, (b) one CSE, (c)...

      Ethnic Minorities

      Mr. Ernie Ross asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to receive the report of the committee of inquiry into the education of children from ethnic minority groups...

      Secondary Schools (Buildings)

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many secondary schools were built in the United Kingdom in 1980; and how many in each of the previous five years.

      Teachers (Salaries)

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the present system for negotiating teachers' salaries; and if he will make a statement.

      British Library Extension

      Mr. Grimond asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the current estimate of the cost of the extension to the British Library.

      Expenditure

      Mr. Richard Page asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is the estimated expenditure in England and Wales per pupil in (a)nursery and primary schools and (b) secondary...

  • Defence

    • Married Quarters (RAF Boulmer)

      Mr. Beith asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters at RAF Boulmer are at present empty.

    • Arms Sales

      Mr. Frank Allaun asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the sale of arms to countries where there is evidence of torture of political...

      Chile (Warship Sales)

      Mr. Frank Allaun asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reverse his decision to sell a naval missile vessel to Chile.

      Pay Rates

      Mr. William Hamilton asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a table showing the minimum and maximum rates of pay for each rank in the Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air...

      RAF Kemble

      Mr. Needham asked the Secretary of State for Defence

      Jaguar and Tornado Aircraft

      Mr. Needham asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied that the surplus personnel generated by the current rundown of the Jaguar maintenance programme will not be required...

      Service Men (Rehabilitation)

      Mr. Carter-Jones asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to permit a member of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association to visit at an early stage Service personnel...

  • National Finance

    • Value Added Tax

      Mr. Proctor asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what amount value added tax would have to be increased to recover the costs incurred to the Treasury of abolishing corporation tax.

    • European Community (Rebates)

      Mr. Teddy Taylor asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the rebates which are being considered by the European Assembly fall to be paid under the agreement of 30 May.

      European Community (Membership Costs)

      Mr. Marlow asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Economic Community as computed by net budget deficit plus unemployment costs...

      Unemployment Benefits (Taxation)

      Mr. Rost asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is to be the starting date for the Government's proposals to bring into tax benefits paid to the unemployed.

      Mortgage Interest

      Mr. Winnick asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when it is proposed to adjust the income tax relief on increased mortgage interest rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Employee Share Schemes

      Mr. Waller asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have received Treasury approval to introduce employee share schemes under the Finance Act 1978.

      Tax Threshold

      Mr. Field asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of raising the tax threshold to (a) the supplementary benefit level and (b) the family income supplement eligibility level.

      European Community (United Kingdom Contribution)

      Mr. Teddy Taylor asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the £16 million aid offered by the EEC Commission for housing projects in Northern Ireland will have the effect of reducing further...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Unemployed Persons (Belfast)

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will state in the Official Report the numbers unemployed in each of the Belfast travel-to-work areas.

    • Redundancies

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many redundancies from factories located in Northern Ireland have been notified to the Northern Ireland Departments since...

      Maze Prison (Irish Language)

      Mr. Wigley asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rules govern the use of the Irish language during prison visits at HM prison Maze.

      European Community (Housing Aid)

      Mr. Teddy Taylor asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the £16 million aid offered by the EEC Commission for housing projects in Northern Ireland will be in addition to...

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