Written answers

Wednesday, 28 October 1981

  • Energy

    • Pressurised Water Reactor (Sizewell)

      33. Mr. Ennals asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take steps to publish the pressurised water reactor safety documents in relation to the Sizewell public inquiry.

    • Fuel Charges

      Mr. Arthur Lewis asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether, in view of Her Majesty's Government's announcement of a 4 per cent. salary and wage increase limit in the public sector, he will...

      Gas Appliances

      Mr. Greville Janner asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied with the standards and frequency of inspection of gas appliances and with the standard of their installation.

      Paraffin

      Mr. Skinner asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the rise in the cost of paraffin and introduce a subsidy for those who use paraffin as a main source of heating.

      Coal Deposits (South Warwickshire)

      Mr. Pawsey asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he is now in a position to make a statement about the National Coal Board's intentions in South Warwickshire, in the light of the substantial...

      Natural Gas (Definition)

      Mr. Skeet asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he proposes to re-define natural gas for the purpose of the proposed legislation to cover specification gas only.

      British Gas Corporation

      Mr. Arnold asked the Secretary of State for Energy, further to his statement of 19 October, Official Report, column 21, when he intends to seek powers to require the British Gas Corporation to...

      Electricity Generation

      Mr. Cook asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the total amount of electricity in megawatt-hours generated to date by (a) Calder Hall and (b) Chapelcross power stations.

      Domestic Gas Supply

      Mr. Gwilym Roberts asked the Secretary of State for Energy what figures are available for the numbers and proportions of households in the United Kingdom not connected to a gas supply; if he will...

      Heat and Power Schemes

      Mr. Allen McKay asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the present position of Government plans to effect the installation of combined heat and power schemes.

  • Palace of Westminister

    • State Opening of Parliament

      Mr. Garel-Jones asked the Lord President of the Council whether the State opening of Parliament on 4 November 1981 will be televised.

  • House of Commons

    • Members (Redundancy Pay)

      Mr. Arthur Lewis asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will take steps to improve the redundancy or severance pay of hon. Members using a rate similar to the scheme currently...

  • National Finance

    • Capital Gains Tax

      Mr. Charles Irving asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost of collecting capital gains tax; and how much is produced by capital gains tax in a full year.

    • Mortgages (Tax Relief)

      Mr. Proctor asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost to the Treasury of tax relief on mortgages and the cost of the Exchequer subsidy on council houses; and by what amount the basic...

      VCB(4), Customs and Excise

      Mr. Kilroy-Silk asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek to replace work being lost to VCB(4) of Customs and Excise by transferring other work to Bootle.

      Value Added Tax Headquarters (Liverpool)

      Mr. Kilroy-Silk asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of the value added tax headquarters in Liverpool and the 320 jobs involved.

      Stamp Duty

      Mr. Adley asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of domestic property transactions were eligible for payment of stamp duty by individual purchasers in 1980; and what was the...

      Value Added Tax

      Mr. McQuarrie asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Aberdeenshire East of 23 October on the payment of value added tax by the Spastics Society, if he...

      "Public Money"

      Mr. Ian Lloyd asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table giving a detailed breakdown of the item "subsidies and grants£38.6 billion" given in 348 table 2 of the article...

  • Wales

    • Housing Development (Harlech)

      Mr. Ray Powell asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will review his decision to allow the housing development for Harlech to go ahead.

  • Civil Service

    • Home Transfers (Salary Advances)

      Mr. Forman asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether she will make a statement about the limits imposed on the advance of salary available to civil servants who have to move their homes as...

  • Overseas Development

    • Food Aid

      Mr. Hooley asked the Lord Privy Seal what was the total value of the European Economic Community food aid programme in each of the years 1975 to 1980 at current prices expressed in £ sterling.

  • Trade

    • Non-strategic Exports

      34. Mr. Lyell asked the Secretary of State for Trade what progress has been made in obtaining United States agreement to the export to China, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Warsaw...

    • One-day Markets

      Mr. Speller asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will seek powers to ban the one-day markets that sell goods which do not conform to fair trading legislation and whose vendors have...

      Electrical Appliances (Imports)

      Mr. Gregor MacKenzie asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received from manufacturers of domestic electrical appliances concerning imports of such goods; and what...

      Cars (Prices)

      Mr. Grist asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he will refer to the Director General of Fair Trading the differences in retail prices charged for cars reimported to the United Kingdom...

      Printing Equipment (Imports)

      Mr. Proctor asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the cost of equipment imported for the United Kingdom printing industry.

      Commercial Road Vehicles (Non-tariff Barriers)

      Mr. Grist asked the Secretary of State for Trade what non-tariff barriers are placed in the way of imports and reimports of commercial road vehicles to the United Kingdom from other EEC...

      British Ships (Registration)

      Mr. Adley asked the Secretary of State for Trade what progress has been made on the review of the legislation relating to the registration of British ships.

      Exports (Sudan)

      Mr. Lyell asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received concerning risks to the continuance of the export trade by United Kingdom pharmaceutical manufacturers and...

  • Home Department

    • Prisoners (Escapes)

      Dr. Summerskill asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners have escaped from (i) police and (ii) prison custody during 1980 and 1981.

    • Prisoners (Sentence Statistics)

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of persons at present serving prison sentences of (a) up to 6 months, (b) 6 to 12 months, (c) 1 to 3 years, (d) 3...

      Local Authorities (Emergency Planning Staff)

      Mr. Pawsey asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which, if any, local authorities have increased their emergency planning staff and by how many as a result of the increased funding...

      Civil Defence

      Mr. Pawsey asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities have said they will not take part in civil defence exercises; and what steps he proposes to take to provide...

      Glue Sniffing

      Mr. Greenway asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek powers to ban the sale of those glues which have an intoxicating effect, to all persons below the age of 18 years.

      Prisoners (Clothing)

      Mr. Grist asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether prisoners in prisons in Great Britain will be permitted to wear their own clothes.

      Exorcism and Black Magic

      Mr. Cartwright asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will seek powers to regulate the activities of organisations or individuals claiming to offer an exorcism service to...

      Prisoners (Suicides)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East, Official Report, 28 July, column 388, if he is...

      Police and Fire Services (Pay)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the current salaries for (a) a police recruit and (b) an 18 year-old in the fire service; and how this compares...

      Data Protection

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has had calling for an independent data protection authority; and what is his policy towards the...

      Prisoners (Statistics)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to collect detailed statistics about the ethnic origins of people in prison; if so, for what purpose and...

      Young Offender System (Black Persons)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be able to publish his study on black people in the young offender system; and if he will make a...

      Parole

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Parole Board to give its reasons for refusal to grant parole; and if he will introduce...

      Sentencing Policy

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the evidence available to him indicates that longer sentences are more effective in reducing further...

      Short-term Prisoners

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce automatic release on licence for short-term prisoners.

      Amusement machines

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to enable local authorities to control the introduction of prizes machines into...

      Drugs

      Mr. Charles R. Morris asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of people registered as drug addicts for the years 1978, 1979 and 1980.

      Heroin

      Mr. Charles R. Morris asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many kilogrammes of heroin were seized by Customs officials during the years 1978, 1979 and 1980.

      Criminal Law Act 1977 (Sentencing)

      Mr. Dubs asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his assessment of the effect on the prison population of the implementation of section 47 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

  • Industry

    • Carpet Industry (Financial Support)

      Mr. Bulmer asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much money has been given by his Department in

    • Industry Act 1972 (Assistance)

      Mr. Mason asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the number of applications for Industry Act 1972 section 7 assistance received by his Department from the Barnsley borough...

      Loan Guarantee Scheme

      Mr. Beith asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make arrangements to ensure that his Department is informed of the total number of applications for the loan guarantee scheme...

      Cars (Prices)

      Mr. Grist asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to ensure that British car consumers pay prices comparable to those paid by other EEC consumers for the same make and...

      Steel

      Mr. Allen McKay asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total import of steel each year from 1977 to date, by category and tonnage; from which country the steel was imported by...

      Liverpool-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.

  • Scotland

    • Unemployed Persons

      Mr. Gregor MacKenzie asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the percentage figures for male and female unemployed in the Glasgow travel-to-work area...

    • Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries

      Mr. George Robertson asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (l) how many organisations were invited to submit views on the consultation on the review of the present law and administration on...

  • Defence

    • Combat Aircraft

      Mrs. Knight asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he estimates that her Majesty's Government and the Governments of France and West Germany will be able to work out common...

    • Missile Siting

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement regarding his discussions with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation colleagues on the siting of United...

      United Arab Emirates (Aircraft Sales)

      Sir Timothy Kitson asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the sale of 30 British Aerospace Hawks to the United Arab Emirates announced by the Prime Minister on...

      Commissioned Officers (Social Representation)

      Mr. Gwilym Roberts asked the Secretary of State for Defence what study he has made of the evidence supplied 364 to him indicating 82 per cent. of officers passing out from Sandhurst come from...

      Western European Union

      Mrs. Knight asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied that the present structure of West European Union meets the requirements of the modified Brussels Treaty; or, if not,...

  • Education and Science

    • Scottish Universities (Statistics)

      Mr. Ernie Ross asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of academic staff posts in Scottish universities are held by women; and what is the corresponding percentage...

    • Computing Science

      Mr. Beith asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students were admitted to the departments of computing science in the British universities in (a) 1980 and (b) 1981; and...

      University Graduates

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of university graduates in the United Kingdom found first-time employment in industry in the latest year for which...

      Departmental Staff

      Mr. Russell Johnston asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what rate of reduction in staffing in his Department is proposed for the three years August 1981 to August 1984.

      School Leavers (International Comparisons)

      Mr. Colvin asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table showing the percentage of 18-year-olds in higher education in the latest year for which figures are...

      Schools Council

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total cost to public funds per annum of the Schools Council.

      British School of Osteopathy

      Mr. Grist asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he intends to recognise the qualifications of the British School of Osteopathy for the purpose of making possible local...

  • Social Services

    • Constant Attendance Allowance

      Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people currently receive constant attendance allowance.

    • One-Parent Families

      Mr. Pendry asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde, Official Report, 28 November 1980, columns 297–98, he will...

      Retirement Pensioners (Earnings Rule)

      Mr Proctor asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the cost to the Exchequer of abolishing the earnings rule for retirement pensioners.

      Social Security Benefits

      Mr. Ray Powell asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make it his policy to exclude social security benefits from any further reduction in Government expenditure; and if he...

      Rickets and Osteomalacia (Asian Community)

      Mr. Alton asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the recrudescence of rickets and osteomalacia within the Asian community and take measures to publicise...

      Chase Hospital, Cannock

      Mr. Gwilym Roberts asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will study the problems at the Chase hospital, Cannock, created by a pooled system of clothing for many geriatric...

      Byssinosis

      Mr. James Lamond asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cotton workers or former cotton workers are in receipt of disablement benefit for byssinosis.

      Supplementary Benefit (Fraudulent Claims)

      Mr. Hooley asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley, Official Report, 1 June 1981, c. 257, if he will tabulate the benefit...

      Warrington General Hospital

      Mr. Hoyle asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) when he expects the ophthalmic ward at Warrington general hospital to be opened;

      Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis

      Mr. Wigley asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give an assurance that any change in the definition of industrial disease to include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, when...

      Industrial Deafness

      Mr. Welsh asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many claims his Department has received for industrial deafness; and how many were successful from 1979–80, 1980–81 and...

      Social Security Assistance

      Mrs. Knight asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what rules operate for social security assistance to British citizens arriving in the United Kingdom who possess assets which are...

      Public Service Employees (Pay)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which groups of public service employees will not necessarily be subject to the 4 per cent. pay norm in the coming pay round.

      Invalidity Pensions (Married Women)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 6 July, Official Report, c. 32, if the review of...

      Dental Therapists

      Mr. George Cunningham asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recommendations concerning the future of the dental therapists service were made by the Court report of 1976, the Royal...

      Benefits

      Mr. Rooker asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the letter sent to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr by the Under-Secretary of...

      Nurses (Pay)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current salary of (a) a staff nurse, (b) a State enrolled nurse and (c) an auxiliary nurse; and how this...

      Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act

      Mr. Alfred Morris asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that the requirements of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act are being met in the London borough of...

      Ambulance Travel (Outpatients)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether revisions are to be made to the grounds on which outpatients are allowed ambulance travel; and if he will make a...

      Birth and Marriage Certificates

      Mr. Speller asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce measures to allow registrars, recording details of births or marriages, to accept that the past employment of...

      Overseas Visitors (Medical Charges)

      Mrs. Dunwoody asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will list the hospitals required to carry out pilot schemes on the introduction of charges to overseas visitors using the...

      War Pensions Welfare Service

      Mr. Terry Davis asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the current reorganisation of the regional offices of the Department of Health and Social Security and the consequent...

      Drug Addicts

      Mr. Charles R. Morris asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many applications were received by drug addicts for admission into rehabilitation houses; and, out of that group, how...

  • Transport

    • Automotive Industry (Type Approval)

      Mr. Gordon Wilson asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has considered the need for type approval regulations in the automotive industry; and what action he will take.

    • Petrol (Lead Content)

      Mr. Gwilym Roberts asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to require suppliers to make available to motorists as quickly as possible a choice between lead-free and...

  • Employment

    • Postal Services (Vacancies)

      Mr. Arthur Lewis asked the Secretary of State for Employment what efforts are being made through the agencies of his Department to fill the 2,000 estimated vacancies within the postal services;...

    • Employment Office Staff (Kirklees and Oldham)

      Mr. Richard Wainwrightasked the Secretary of State for Employment how many staff were employed in each employment office within the Kirklees metropolitan district area and the Oldham metropolitan...

      Temporary Employment Subsidy

      Mr. Cyril Smith asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average waiting time in the Manchester region between claims being received from companies for refund of temporary...

      Redundancy Payments

      Mr. Nicholas Baker asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average redundancy payment paid to employees in the private sector during 1980 and the comparable figure for the...

      Age Statistics

      Mr. Greenway asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were of working age in each year from and including 1945.

      Wages Inspectorate

      Mr. Ray Powell asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the Wages Inspectorates is adequately staffed to deter unscrupulous organisations from undercutting the wage rates.

      Overtime Working

      Mr. Ray Powell asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he proposes to introduce any measures to curb the amount of overtime being worked in industry to provide work for the unemployed; and...

      West Midlands (Statistics)

      Hoover Ltd. (UK)

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many persons aged (a) 16 to 18 years, (b) 18 to 25 years, (c) 25 to 40 years and (d) 40 to 65 years were unemployed in...

      Pneumoconiosis (Compensation)

      Mr. James Lamond asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many applications have been received for compensation under the Pneumoconiosis, &c. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979, at...

      Industrial Training Boards

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is yet able to make a statement about the future of the industrial training boards.

      Health and Safety Inspectors (Overseas Secondment)

      Mr. Cryer asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many health and safety inspectors are seconded abroad; under what terms; to which countries; for how long; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment Costs

      Sir David Price asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will bring up to date the figures quoted by the MSC in its report entitled "Review of Service for the Unemployed" that each...

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    • Less Favoured Areas

      Mr. Ross asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the survey into the less favoured areas of England and Wales has yet been completed; and when he now expects to put a case for...

    • Pesticides (Policy)

      Mr. Grist asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he proposes to take to implement his policy of a continued cut in the use of DDT and dieldrin and a resumed cut in the...

      Battery Hen Production

      Mr. Allen McKay asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in view of the EEC Ministers failing to agree to enlarge battery hen cages to 77 square inches, he will take a unilateral...

      Experimental centers

      Mr. Trippier asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any plans for reducing the number of experimental centers belonging to his Ministry.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Carpet Industry

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

    • De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd.

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are currently employed by the De Lorean motor company at the Dunmurry factory in County Antrim; how many were...

      Employment Statistics

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in the Official Report the numbers and the percentage of the total Northern Ireland work force in full-time...

      Unemployed Persons

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are presently out of work in Northern Ireland; and what proportion of the total working population that...

      Departmental Manpower (Savings)

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the manpower savings that have already been made in each of the Northern Ireland Departments; and if he will...

      Public Spending

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has consulted the Northern Ireland Economic Council about the possibility of reducing public expenditure in the Province.

      Benefits (Exchequer Cost)

      Mr. Concannon asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated cost to the Exchequer, in gross terms, of social security, unemployment and related benefit payments made to...

      Public Debt

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total of public debt in Northern Ireland for rent, rates, gas and electricity; and by what amount this debt has...

      Less Favoured Areas (Extension)

      Mr. Wm. Ross asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he now expects to seek an extension of the less favoured areas in Northern Ireland; and when he intends to pursue the matter...

      Dogs (Control)

      Mr. Wm. Ross asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made since 1 August on legislation to control dogs in Northern Ireland; and when he now expects to publish...

      Energy Policy

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he intends to enter into negotiations with the Government of the Republic of Ireland with a view to establishing a common...

      Economic Council

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times he has met the Northern Ireland Economic Council since he took office.

      Industrial Disputes (Working Days Lost)

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many working days were lost in Northern Ireland through industrial disputes for each year over the last five years.

      Maze Prison (Visits)

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Supplies

      Mrs. Knight asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will take steps to promote the harmonisation of the policies of the members of the Atlantic Alliance towards supplies of arms to countries in areas...

    • Spain (Attacks on British Tourists)

      Mr. Home Robertson asked the Lord Privy Seal how many incidents have been reported to him of British citizens being the victims of violent attacks while travelling in Spain; how many of these...

      Greece (NATO and the European Community)

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Lord Privy Seal what discussions he has had with the Greek ambassador regarding the new Greek Government's proposals to withdraw from NATO and the EEC.

  • European Community

    • Foreign Affairs Council

      Sir Anthony Meyer asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council on 26 and 27 October.

    • Council of Ministers

      Viscount Cranborne asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish in the Official Report a statement of forthcoming business in the European Community Council of Minister.

      Middle East

      Mrs. Knight asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will propose that the steps taken by the 10 member countries 389 of the European Community to promote peace in the Middle East should be extended to...

  • Environment

    • Local Government Finance

      13. Mr. Myles asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has published his consultation document on alternative methods of local government finance.

    • National Parks (Representations)

      23. Mr. Knox asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that the changes which are being made concerning the statutory right of district councils to representation...

      Local Authorities (Expenditure)

      24. Mr. Adley asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has published his proposals for dealing with overspending by local authorities.

      Sea Defences (Amble)

      25. Mr. Beith asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what assistance he plans to give to the repair of the sea defences at Amble, Northumberland.

      Local Authority Housing

      27. Mr. Dixon asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authority housing starts there have been so far in the current year.

      Housing Policies

      28. Mr. Douglas-Mann asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will reply to the third report of the Select Committee on the Environment on the housing policies of his Department.

      New Towns (House Transfers)

      29. Mr. Newens asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has received any further representations from local authorities with claims under section 10 of the New Towns Act 1976 for a...

      Disabled Persons (Housing)

      30. Mr. Hardy asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take action to remove the risk of reduction of the stock of council housing designated for the disabled.

      Liverpool (Ministerial Visit)

      31. Mr. Kenneth Lewis asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to pay another visit to Liverpool.

      Rented Accommodation (Service Charges)

      Mr. Iain Mills asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to legislate to limit annual increases in service charges made on rented accommodation.

      Government Car Service

      Mr. Michael Brown asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total cost per annum of the Government regional car service and if he has any plans to reduce this.

      Mr. Speaker's House (Renovation)

      Mr. Greville Janner asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much he estimates it would cost to clean, restore and renovate the stonework of Mr. Speaker's House.

      London Dockland Development Corporation

      Mr. Spearing asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made by the London Dockland Development Corporation since 1 July.

      Rate Rebates

      Mr. Ralph Howell asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of ratepayers received rate rebates (a) in Great Britain and (b) in Greater London in 393 May 1979 and at the...

      Plymouth (Water Supplies)

      Miss Fookes asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will announce his decision regarding the siting of a reservoir in Devon to supply additional water to Plymouth and other areas.

      Black Magic (Retail Premises)

      Mr. Cartwright asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to prevent the use of retail shopping premises for the propagation of black magic rituals, witchcraft...

      Unfit Housing

      Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the latest estimate of the number of houses unfit for human habitation; and how this compares with the figures for...

      Basildon (Council House Sales)

      Mr. Proctor asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many houses and flats were sold by the Basildon development corporation, the Basildon district council and the London borough of...

      Radiological Pollution (French Nuclear Installations)

      Mr. David Atkinson asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make an assessment of the level of risk of radiological pollution of the Dorset coast from nuclear power stations on...

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