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Eggs

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure the public do not contract poisioning through the consumption of eggs.

Mrs. Currie : The Department issued public advice on 26 August 1988 not to consume raw eggs or uncooked meals made from them. In view of later epidemiological evidence suggesting some risk of food poisoning from eating lightly cooked eggs, we issued further advice to the public on 21 November 1988. Chief environmental health officers of local authorities have been advised by the Department on 2 September. The Government's chief medical officer reinforced this advice on radio and television in the days following that. This must be seen in the context of a consumption of 30 million eggs a day in the United Kingdom. Therefore the risk to any individual from eating an individual egg is very small.

It is clearly always safest to cook any food thoroughly and eggs are no exception to this general rule.

Playgroups

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number and proportion of under-fives in playgroups for each year since 1958.

Mrs. Currie : Information is not available in exactly the form requested.

The number of places in playgroups, and the number per thousand population aged under five, are given in the table for the years 1982-87. We do not have comparable information for earlier years.


Places in playgroups England 1982-87                                                    

Numbers and rates                                                                       

As at 31 March        |Places in playgroups |Rates per 1,000                            

                      |(Thousands)          |population aged under                      

                                            |five                                       

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1982                  |374.3                |132.1                                      

1983                  |387.8                |134.2                                      

1984                  |393.8                |133.8                                      

1985                  |409.4                |138.6                                      

1986                  |412.4                |138.7                                      

1987                  |414.1                |137.8                                      

Nurses (Grading)

Mr. Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing and midwifery staff from each of the old grades have been assimilated to each of the new grades in the clinical grading structure in England.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The information requested is given in the table :


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The new clinical grading structure for nursing, midwifery and health visitor staff.                                                                                                                                      

Percentage of old clinical grades assimilated to each of the new clinical grades on the basis of duties and responsibilities on 1st April 1988:                                                                          

England                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                Percentages                                                                                                                                                              

                                                transferred to each new                                                                                                                                                  

                                                clinical grade                                                                                                                                                           

Previous grade                |<1>Staff in post|A               |B               |C               |D               |E               |F               |<2>G            |H               |I                                

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Nursing Auxiliary             |90,819.73       |86.3            |13.5            |0.3             |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                

Staff Nursery Nurse           |2,357.19        |2.3             |89.5            |7.9             |0.3             |-               |-               |-               |-               |-                                

Enrolled Nurse<1>             |64,440.72       |-               |-               |43.7            |47.6            |8.7             |0.1             |-               |-               |-                                

Enrolled District Nurse<1>    |3,476.26        |-               |-               |4.5             |92.2            |3.1             |0.2             |-               |-               |-                                

Senior Enrolled Nurse<1>      |3,774.55        |-               |-               |2.1             |49.8            |46.6            |1.3             |0.2             |-               |-                                

Staff Nurse<1>                |75,609.73       |-               |-               |-               |25.2            |65.5            |9.1             |0.2             |-               |-                                

Staff Midwife<1>              |9,012.88        |-               |-               |-               |10.4            |77.1            |12.4            |0.1             |-               |-                                

Deputy Sister<1>              |4,179.59        |-               |-               |-               |0.2             |18.0            |79.3            |2.5             |0.1             |-                                

Nursing Sister II<1>          |40,906.51       |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |39.3            |57.9            |2.7             |0.1                              

Midwifery Sister II<1>        |9,912.59        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |24.6            |74.3            |1.1             |-                                

District Nurse (Sister II)<1> |9,881.94        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |1.2             |94.8            |3.9             |0.1                              

Nursing Sister I              |1,414.58        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |2.6             |47.0            |45.4            |5.0                              

Midwifery Sister I            |139.75          |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |2.1             |51.3            |44.4            |2.1                              

Health Visitor                |9,275.43        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.2             |96.8            |2.8             |0.2                              

Senior Nurse 8                |3,352.81        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.3             |13.6            |56.2            |29.9                             

Senior Nurse 8 (Midwife)      |404.87          |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.7             |9.6             |45.4            |44.2                             

Senior Nurse 7                |3,526.47        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.1             |1.0             |18.3            |80.6                             

Senior Nurse 7 (Midwife)      |360.93          |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |18.8            |81.2                             

Clinical Teacher              |1,114.24        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |2.1             |94.9            |3.0                              

Fieldwork Teacher             |1,369.85        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |0.1             |1.7             |97.3            |0.9                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Practical Work Teacher        |1,498.11        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |1.3             |97.6            |1.1                              

Tutor                         |1,344.17        |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |3.7             |96.3                             

Tutor Midwife                 |428.11          |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |-               |2.1             |97.9                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Post basic students                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Enrolled                      |2,034.01        |-               |-               |90.7            |8.7             |0.6             |-               |-               |-               |-                                

Staff Nurse                   |7,900.26        |-               |-               |0.9             |89.3            |8.5             |0.7             |0.6             |-               |-                                

Deputy Sister                 |74.90           |-               |-               |-               |9.3             |39.9            |42.7            |8.0             |-               |-                                

Sister II                     |368.67          |-               |-               |-               |3.3             |1.4             |72.6            |21.3            |1.2             |0.3                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Others                        |1,031.30        |1.4             |2.4             |0.7             |24.3            |7.8             |1.8             |39.9            |3.1             |18.7                             

Totals                        |350,010.16      |22.4            |4.1             |8.8             |18.1            |18.7            |8.7             |14.7            |2.7             |1.8                              

<1> Whole time equivalents                                                                                                                                                                                               

<2> Excludes Post Basic Students                                                                                                                                                                                         

Notes: 1. Excludes some 3,500 additional 6' posts which health authorities have indicated they intend to create in future on existing two-sister wards.                                                                  

2. The percentages may not always sum to 100 due to rounding.                                                                                                                                                            

Committee on Safety of Medicines

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the size of the budgets available to the Committee on Safety of Medicines in each of the years 1978 to 1987 inclusive.

Mr. Mellor : The Committee on Safety of Medicines is supported by the Department through expenditure on staff, accommodation, office services, computing and other facilities as required : the costs cannot be separately identified. A separate budget covers expenditure on behalf of the committee on various activities including members' fees and expenses, mailing of Dear Doctor' letters and Current Problems' to doctors, dentists and pharmacists, and actions to promote adverse reaction reporting. The budgets for this area of expenditure from the 1980-81 financial year are set out in the table. Figures from earlier years cannot be identified separately without disproportionate expense.




        |£              

------------------------

1980-81 |110,000        

1981-82 |136,000        

1982-83 |177,000        

1983-84 |224,000        

1984-85 |315,000        

1985-86 |428,000        

1986-87 |445,000        

1987-88 |460,000        

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases involving adverse reactions to medicines have been referred to the Committee on Safety of Medicines in each of the years 1978 to 1987 inclusive ; and what percentage of these cases have arisen through the yellow card system in each of these years.

Mr. Mellor : Suspected adverse reactions to medicines are reported to the Committee on Safety of Medicines by doctors, dentists, coroners and pharmaceutical companies, for the most part on yellow cards provided by the committee (or standard forms for pharmaceutical companies) but sometimes in correspondence. Medical journals are also scanned for adverse reaction reports. The total number of reports received in each year since 1978 is given in the table : computer records do not distinguish the precise source of each report. The CSM also makes use of additional information from the World Health Organisation database of adverse reaction reports contributed by 26 countries, reports from pharmaceutical companies of serious reactions occurring overseas and published literature about adverse reactions.


Reports of suspected 

adverse reactions    

received by the CSM  

       |Number       

---------------------

1978   |11,873       

1979   |10,840       

1980   |10,179       

1981   |13,032       

1982   |10,922       

1983   |12,689       

1984   |12,163       

1985   |12,652       

1986   |15,527       

1987   |16,431       

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons are employed full-time by the Committee on Safety of Medicines ; and if he will indicate the nature of their appointment in each case.

Mr. Mellor : The Committee on Safety of Medicines does not employ any staff directly. It is supported by medical, scientific, pharmaceutical, legal and administrative staff employed by the Department of Health, many of whom also work on other duties for the licensing authority or the Department.

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines indicating (a) their professional background, (b) whether their appointments are full-time or part-time and (c) their remuneration in each case.

Mr. Mellor : The present membership of the Committee on Safety of Medicines is given in the table, with the members' professional qualifications and current employment. Appointment to the committee is on the basis of fees for attendance at meetings, which are held 11 times a year for one or two days. The present fee for attendance is £61 (£76 for the chairman), with an additional £15 preparation fee (£18 for the chairman).

Members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines Professor A. W. Asscher (Chairman) BSc MD FRCP--Dean St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London

Professor S. S. Bleehan BA MB BChir FRCP--Professor of Dermatology, Sheffield University and Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Profesor T. G. Booth OBE B Pharm PhD FR Pharm MCPP--Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Bradford

Professor A. M. Breckenridge MD MSc FRCP--Professor of Clinical Pharmacology University of Liverpool

Professor J. G. Collee MD FRCP FRCPath--Professor of Bacteriology University of Edinburgh

Professor P H Elworthy B Pharm PhD DSc MSc CChem MRSC FPS MCPP--Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy, University of Manchester and Visiting Professor of Pharmaceutica, Kings College and the School of Pharmacy, Univeristy of London

Professor A. T. Florence DSC PhD FRSE FRSC FR Pharms--Professor of Pharmacy University of Strathclyde, Dean of the School of Pharmacy University of London (From 1 January 1989)

Professor H S Jacobs BA MD FRCP--Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology Middlesex Hospital Medical School London

Dr. W. A. Jerrett MD BCh FRCGP--General Practitioner Glamorgan Professor M. J. S. Langman BSc MD FRCP--Professor of Medicine University of Nottingham

Professor D. H. Lawson MD MB ChB FRCP (Ed) FRCP

(Glasgow)--Consultant Physician in Clinical Pharmacology, Glasgow and Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

Mr. F. E. Loeffler FRCS FRCOG--Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at St. Mary's and Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital Professor J. O'D McGee MD PhD FRCPath MA(Oxon)--Professor and Head, Nuffield Department of Pathology and Bacteriology, Oxford Professor A. E. M. McLean BM PhD FRCPath --Professor of Toxicology University College Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Mayne MD FRCP(G) FRCPath--Consultant Haematologist Department of Haematology University of


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Belfast

Professor S. R. Meadow MA FRCP DCh--Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health Leeds University

Dr. S. A. Montgomery MD BSc MB BS FRCPsych Eng--Reader in Psychiatry St. Mary's Medical School London

Professor G. Nuki MB BS FRCP (Ed) FRCP(Lond) MRCS--Professor of Rheumatology University of Edinburgh

Dr. B. L. Pentecost MD FRCP--Consultant Physician Birmingham Professor M. D. Rawlins MD DRCP BSc--Professor of Clinical Pharmacology University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Professor M. P. Vessey MA MD FRCP FRCGP FFCM--Professor of Social and Community Medicine University of Oxford

Day Nurseries

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number and proportion of under-fives in local authority day nurseries for each year since 1958.

Mrs. Currie : The information requested is given in the table for the years 1973 to 1987. We do not have readily available comparable information for earlier years.


Children on registers of local authority provided day nurseries                         

England 1973 to 1987                                                                    

As at 31 March        |Number on register of|Rates per 1,000                            

                      |local authority day  |population aged under                      

                      |nurseries            |five                                       

                      |(thousands)                                                      

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1973                  |25.0                 |6.9                                        

1974                  |25.7                 |7.3                                        

1975                  |26.1                 |7.7                                        

1976                  |27.8                 |8.6                                        

1977                  |28.9                 |9.5                                        

1978                  |28.9                 |10.0                                       

1979                  |28.9                 |10.4                                       

1980                  |29.9                 |10.8                                       

1981                  |31.1                 |11.2                                       

1982                  |31.7                 |11.2                                       

1983                  |32.3                 |11.2                                       

1984                  |33.8                 |11.5                                       

1985                  |32.9                 |11.1                                       

1986                  |34.9                 |11.7                                       

1987                  |34.7                 |11.6                                       

Child-minders

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number and proportion of under-fives in the care of local authority registered child-minders for each year since 1958.

Mrs. Currie : We do not hold information in exactly the form requested.

The number of places with registered childminders, and the number per thousand population aged under five, are given in the table for the years 1973 to 1977 and 1982 to 1987. We do not have readily available comparable information for earlier years.


Places with registered childminders, England, 1973-87                                               

England  Numbers and rates                                                                          

As at 31 March           |Places with registered  |Rates per 1,000                                  

                         |childminders (Thousands)|population aged under                            

                                                  |five                                             

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1973                     |90.2                    |24.8                                             

1974                     |85.2                    |24.1                                             

1975                     |85.6                    |25.4                                             

1976                     |83.4                    |25.8                                             

1977                     |86.7                    |28.5                                             

1978                     |<1>-                    |<1>-                                             

1979                     |<1>-                    |<1>-                                             

1980                     |<1>-                    |<1>-                                             

1981                     |<1>-                    |<1>-                                             

1982                     |98.4                    |34.7                                             

1983                     |106.4                   |36.8                                             

1984                     |116.3                   |39.5                                             

1985                     |126.8                   |42.9                                             

1986                     |137.7                   |46.3                                             

1987                     |150.6                   |50.1                                             

<1>No reliable data available.                                                                      

NHS Employees

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) men and (b) women are general medical practitioners currently practising in the National Health Service ;

(2) how many (a) men and (b) women currently work as hospital doctors in the National Health Service ;

(3) how many (a) men and (b) women are currently employed as consultants in the National Health Service.

Mr. Mellor [holding answer 25 November 1988] : The information is set out in the table.


Doctors in NHS hospitals and general practice in England 

Males and females  Numbers                               

                                 |Males  |Females        

---------------------------------------------------------

Hospital doctors (all staff)<1>  |32,835 |11,078         

Medical consultants<1>           |12,021 |1,941          

General medical practitioners<2> |19,819 |5,263          

<1>Includes permanent paid and honorary staff as at 30   

September 1987.                                          

<2>Includes restricted and unrestricted principals as at 

1 October 1987.                                          

Hospital Beds

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each region and the special health authorities the total number of available beds for each specialty for each year since 1979 ; and if he will give the national totals.

Mrs. Currie [holding answer 25 November 1988] : The information requested for the years 1979 to 1986 is contained in the booklets "Forms SH3, EDP4, 5 and 6--Regional and National Summaries", copies of which have been placed in the Library. From 1 April 1987, data on available beds is no longer being collected by specialty, but by ward classification instead.

Assessment Teams

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the designated training centres are currently running courses for staff wishing to work in specialist assessment teams ; and if he will break that down into (a) the number of people on each course, (b) the number of radiologists being trained, (c) the number of radiographers being trained and (d) the duration of each course and its date of completion.

Mr. Mellor [holding answer 25 November 1988] : We do not hold the information in the precise form requested. In


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1987 the Guildford and Nottingham breast screening centres started holding regular training courses for radiologists and radiographers. The Camberwell (King's College hospital) and Manchester centres started general, introductory training this year and plan to start regular courses for radiologists and radiographers early next year. Core training is based on guidance from the Royal College of Radiologists and the College of Radiographers, but the duration of courses may vary to reflect the previous experience and requirements of the participants. Information is not held centrally on the duration of courses and number of participants. The training centres have also held workshops and seminars for other health professionals including surgeons, pathologists and nurses. The Royal Marsden hospital has participated in the national training initiative by running a seminar for specialist assessment teams and is also providing six-week courses for nurses. In addition, £110,000 is being allocated to regional health authorities in the current financial year to provide in-service training.

Cancer Screening

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those private health screening facilities which he is aware of, broken down into (a) mobile units and (b) static units.

Mrs. Currie [holding answer 25 November 1988] : We do not collect this information centrally. However "Laing's Review of Private Healthcare 1987", a copy of which is in the Library, includes details of screening clinics.

Contractual Arrangements

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to be able to release the information on contractual arrangements with private hospitals or clinics, referred to in his answer of 22 July, Official Report, column 899.

Mrs. Currie [holding answer 25 November 1988] : We are analysing the information on district health authorities contractual arrangements with private hospitals and clinics and it will be published as soon as possible. Further investigation is necessary before details relating to types of treatment can be provided.

Nurseries

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the child population under the age of three years is cared for in local authority day nurseries, for each local authority in England and Wales.

Mrs. Currie [holding answer 25 November 1988] : We do not hold information in exactly the form requested. However, figures for numbers of children aged under five on registers of local authorities in England are published on an annual basis in "Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March", copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

In 1987 there were 34,700 children on registers of local authority day nurseries in England, that is 1.2 per cent. of the population aged under five. Figures for Welsh authorities are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.


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Waiting Lists

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to publish hospital waiting list figures within three months of the date of collection ; and if he will make it his policy to publish the national, regional and district totals simultaneously.

Mr. Mellor [holding answer 25 November 1988] : The publication of any summarised information is dependent on the speed with which health authorities submit accurate figures. Waiting list figures for March and September each year are published as soon as all necessary validation has been carried out. National and regional summaries are published in statistical bulletins, and the more detailed district figures are produced as soon as possible thereafter. These procedures will continue to be followed.

TRANSPORT

London Assessment Studies

7. Mr. Bernie Grant : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many London boroughs, or their associations, have supported the proposals in the stage 2a reports of the London assessment studies.

Mr. Channon : The reports contain no firm proposals. They put forward the consultants' preliminary ideas for further development and assessment. They are still being discussed with representatives of the boroughs and their associations.

59. Mr. Boateng : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the cost to date of the London assessment studies ; and what is their expected final cost.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The total cost of stage 1 of the studies was about £3 million. It is estimated that stage 2, which began last December, will cost £4 million to complete.

In comparison, personal injury accidents on roads in the east London assessment study area alone cost in the region of £50 million each year.

65. Mr. Bidwell : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contribution he expects the west London assessment study to play in deciding the future transport network in west London.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : The west London assessment study was set up to address the serious transport problems along the western end of the South Circular road and the Earls Court one-way system. The consultants' report is due next summer. It is too early to say how the transport network of west London will be developed in the light of the study.

Road Building

12. Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government will spend on new road building over the next three years.

Mr. Channon : Approximately £3 billion.

Road Traffic Speed (London)

19. Mr. Bowis : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his latest estimate of the average speed


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of road traffic in inner London (a) during the morning and evening rush hours and (b) between the morning and evening rush hours.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : Estimates for 1983-84 are 12.6 mph in the morning peak 14.0 mph in the interpeak period, and 12.2 mph in the evening peak period.

Rail Electrification

20. Mr. Flannery : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has recently discussed with the British Railways Board the further electrification of the St. Pancras to Sheffield line.

Mr. Portillo : No but it would be for British Rail to propose such a scheme if it thought it justified.

23. Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he plans to electrify the east coast railway line north of Edinburgh.

Mr. Portillo : It is for the British Railways Board, not the Government, to plan investment in the railways. I understand that it does not propose electrifying the line north of Edinburgh.

38. Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of British Rail lines are electrified ; and what are the equivalent figures for other European Economic Community countries.

Mr. Portillo : At present, 26 per cent. of British Rail's total route miles are electrified. This will increase to around 30 per cent. by the end of the decade.


            |Per cent.          

--------------------------------

Belgium     |56                 

Denmark     |6                  

France      |33                 

Germany     |42                 

Greece      |nil                

Ireland     |1                  

Italy       |55                 

Luxembourg  |60                 

Netherlands |65                 

Portugal    |13                 

Spain       |49                 

Ports (Congestion)

21. Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to ease congestion at the ports.

Mr. Paul Channon : I am not aware that our ports in general are congested. If there is any particular problem, it is for the port authority concerned to resolve.

Roads (Maintenance)

22. Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to review the maintenance of unclassified roads by district councils under the terms of the Highways Acts.

Mr. Peter Bottomley : These arrangements have been reviewed by the Audit Commission. We are following up its recommendations for improvements with the local authority associations.


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Channel Tunnel

24. Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received regarding regional access to the Channel tunnel by road and rail.

Mr. Portillo : I have had a number of representations but those regarding rail services are best directed to BR which has established working groups in each region of the United Kingdom.

28. Mr. Amos : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet the chairman of British Rail to discuss progress made to date to link the north-east of England with the Channel tunnel.

Mr. Portillo : I shall be discussing with the chairman British Rail's plans for Channel tunnel services when BR has completed the consultations required by the Channel Tunnel Act.

45. Mr. Rathbone : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he intends to accelerate rail and road improvement programmes for east-west access to the Channel tunnel to meet increased traffic in 1992 and thereafter.

Mr. Portillo : Rail access is the responsibility of British Rail. It is required by section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act to publish a plan by the end of 1989 setting out its proposals for international passenger and freight services. BR is currently consulting interested parties in all regions of the United Kingdom, including the south-east. The Department is pressing ahead with a number of motorway and trunk road schemes which take account of the requirements of traffic to and from the Channel tunnel.

48. Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held with local authorities in the north-west of England regarding the impact of the Channel tunnel on the north-west's transport infrastructure.

Mr. Portillo : My predecessor addressed the "Transport 2000" conference in Manchester in February at which most of the region's country and district councils were represented.

The Department is involved in meetings between British Rail and regional interests, including local authorities, as part of British Rail's obligation to prepare by the end of 1989 a plan for passenger and freight services to the regions.

50. Mr. Gerald Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact he expects the proposed routes for the Channel tunnel railway links to have on the residents and the environment of Dulwich ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : It is too soon to say. I understand that some of the proposed route options would affect parts of Dulwich. British Rail is at present consulting local authorities and other interested parties about its proposals.

56. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold a public inquiry into the location of a second rail terminal for Channel tunnel services in London.


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Mr. Portillo : British Rail will need to seek statutory authorisation for the works associated with a second London terminal. The normal procedure for authorisation of new railway works is by means of a private Bill, which allows objectors to state their case to both Houses of Parliament.

61. Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has received for direct rail links between Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter and the Channel tunnel ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo : British Rail is required by section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act to publish a plan by the end of 1989 setting out its proposals for passenger and freight services via the tunnel and any infrastructure developments they consider necessary to support those services. British Rail is currently consulting interested parties in all regions of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Rowe : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will publish all terms of the agreement made between British Rail and SNCF in connection with Channel tunnel traffic ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Portillo The Government were not party to the agreement between BR and SNCF and have no power to direct that it should be published. I understand that both the parties regard the details of the agreement as commercially confidential.


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