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Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many community psychiatric nurses there have been in Scotland in each of the last three years.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Arrangements have been made to collect this information for the first time this year. Data will relate to 31 March 1989 and should be available by early summer.
Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the figures for research into mental disorders funded by the Scottish Home and Health Department in 1988-89 and 1989-90 ; and, of these amounts, how much are for projects specifically related to schizophrenia.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Outturn figures for the financial year 1988-89 are not yet available. Estimated expenditure is £105,615, of which £25,245 is for projects related to schizophrenia. Estimated expenditure in the financial year 1989-90 is £106,911 and £51,121 respectively.
Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what information he has about the mental health history of homeless people in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what information he has about the mental health history of the homeless people in Scotland in each local authority area ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information about the mental health history of homeless people in Scotland is not collected. It is the policy of my right hon. and learned Friend that people should not be discharged from mental illness hospitals unless proper support facilities are available for them in the community.
Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information is collected by his Department about people who have been discharged from mental illness hospitals in Scotland.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information is collected under the following headings :
Occupational condition on discharge (fitness for employment etc.) Disposal on discharge (eg to home, hostel etc.)
Arrangements for after-care.
Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many mental illness beds there were in Scotland in each of the last five years ; what was the rate of occupancy ; and what is the planned number for the current year.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information available is as follows :
|c|Average available staffed beds and percentage occupancy for mental|c| |c|illness<1>|c| Year |Average available staffed|Occupancy per cent. |beds -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1984 |13,054 |85.2 1985 |12,551 |83.5 1986 |12,191 |83.2 1987 |11,683 |83.9 1988 |10,155 |82.6 <1> Excluding the specialties psychogeriatrics, child psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry.
Forward information for the current year is not available centrally.
Mr. Ingram : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland why the Scottish Development Agency asked for its response to the consultation document "The Scottish New Towns--Maintaining the Momentum" to be treated in confidence.
Mr. Lang : Many communications between the agency and Ministers must of necessity be in confidence. After consultation with the agency, however, I am pleased to make the agency's views available on the same open basis as the other responses to the consultation document.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to introduce imprisonment as a penalty for non-payment of the poll tax.
Mr. Lang : No. The existing procedures which apply in Scotland are adequate to ensure collection of the community charges.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department had any hand in providing information to the Evening Times for its article published on 10 April, a copy of which has been sent to him.
Mr. Lang : No. The Scottish Office was not approached in connection with the article.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what directions he has issued to poll tax registrars on when to choose freezing of bank accounts as a method of enforcing either fines for non-registration or for non-payment of the poll tax.
Mr. Lang : Individual levying authorities are responsible for deciding when to take steps to recover civil penalties due for offences relating to community charges registration and arrears of community charges, and the means by which they do so. My right hon. and learned Friend has issued no instructions on these matters.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideraion he gives to district representation in the appointment of members of a health board.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Members are not appointed to represent particular areas or interest, but the Secretary of State tries to ensure a suitable range of experience, expertise and background in the membership of any board. In doing this he takes the area of residence into account as one relevant factor.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the annual loss to the British forestry industry from damage from animal pests and diseases, respectively, and also the annual costs in (a) preventive measures and (b) remedial measures.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : It is not possible to provide an accurate assessment of the financial loss from damage from animal pests and diseases as much of this is of a long-term nature. Records of expenditure on the protection of Forestry Commission woodlands are available, but no information is held on the expenditure in privately owned woodlands.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those members of health boards whose appointment terminates on 31 March and those whose appointment arises on that date giving for each the nominating body.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 23 March 1989] : The information requested is as follows.
Health Board |Nominating body (where |appropriate) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Argyll and Clyde Appointment ended Mrs. E. M. Cockburn |Russell Fairgrieve Esq. Dr. R. Erskine |British Medical Association J. H. Gillougley |Paisley Chamber of Commerce Rev. J. Young |Renfrew Local Health Council Appointed N. M. Faccenda |Scottish Conservative Party Ayrshire and Arran Appointment ended Mrs. A. M. Campbell |Scottish Society for the Mentally Handicapped T. Dickie JP |Health Board Mrs. M. W. Gallie |Mr. John Corrie Dr. J. Morrow |British Medical Association Mrs. A. B. Wilson Appointed Mrs. A. Bates J. D. Sharp |Confederation of British Industry Borders Appointment ended Dr. W. B. Aitken |British Medical Association P. S. Elliot |Scottish Trade Union Congress R. W. Jack |Roxburgh District Council A. C. Purves |Confederation of British Industry; British Medical Association Appointed Dr. D. W. Cameron |British Medical Association J. P. Metcalfe |Mr. A. C. Purves W. Thyne Dumfries and Galloway Appointment ended W. D. Beck OBE |Co-op Union Ltd. Mrs. M. D. Dick-Smith |Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council Mrs. A. R. Murdoch |Stewartry District Council G. Willacy JP |Annandale and Eskdale District Council Appointed Mrs. M. J. S. Cambell, the Countess |Health Board of Dalkeith Mrs. V. Jardine-Paterson |Sir Hector Munro MP Fife Appointment ended J. S. Edmiston JP |Health Board H. C. Forwell |Scottish Association of Master Bakers; Kirkcaldy Chamber of | Commerce Dr. J. B. Gallacher |St. Andrews Ambulance Association; West Fife Local Health | Council J. Marshall |British Medical Association; Royal College of General Practitioners Mrs. M. M. Pullar |Royal College of Midwives G. Reid |Harry Ewing MP Appointed Mrs. W. R. Addison |Royal College of Nursing Dr. A. C. A. Alexander |Dr. J. B. Gallacher K. W. Fraser |Scottish Division, Institute of Directors J. Murray |Health Board Forth Valley Appointment ended J. Cross |British Medical Association A. B. Cruickshank |Clackmannan District Council Prof. P. McEwen |University of Stirling Mrs. W. J. A. MacFarlane |Scottish Trade Union Congress A. D. McNeill |British Medical Association Appointed G. M. Dougall |Health Board P. A. Joynson Dr. J. D. Stewart |British Medical Association Dr. H. B. Tavadia |Royal College of Pathologists; British Medical Association; | Forth Valley Area Committee for Hospital Medical Services Grampian Appointment ended P. Cook |Grampian Regional Council Captain C. A. Farquharson |Gordon Local Health Council Dr. J. G. Henderson |British Medical Association; Royal College of Psychiatrists; | Grampian Area Committee for Hospital Medical Services G. S. Peterkin JP |Scottish Trade Union Congress Miss E. A. Sheldon MBE |Aberdeen Association for Mental Health; Society for the | Mentally Handicapped; Muscular Dystrophy Society; Robert Gordons | Institute of Technology Mrs. V. A. Stevenson |Area Dental Committee; British Dental Association Appointed: A. Broomfield |Health Board N. Thornton-Kemsley CBE Greater Glasgow Appointment ended J. Jackson |Scottish Trade Union Congress Prof. A. C. Kennedy |Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; University of | Glasgow Rev. J. T. Lang |Church of Scotland Dr. J. Mackay OBE |British Medical Association; Royal College of Physicians | and Surgeons; British Dental Association; Royal College of Surgeons L. M. Turpie C. Williams |British Medical Association; British Association of Social Workers Appointed Rev. R. D. M. Campbell Dr. K. W. Davidson CBE |British Medical Association C. MacKay |Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons N. M. Naftalin |Health Board Highland Appointment ended R. J. B. Bryson MBE |Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine; | Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Miss M. T. Hadden |Royal College of Midwives; Royal College of Nursing; | Scottish Health Visitors; Association of Nurse Administrators The Rt. Hon. Lord Macdonald |Skye and Lochalsh District Council A. I. MacDonald |Health Board; Caithness District Council Dr. W. D. Murray |Royal College of Physicians; Royal College of Surgeons; | Hospital Medical Staff Association. Appointed J. Forbes JP J. G. Ligertwood |Health Board Mrs. S. G. H. Stone |Ross and Cromarty District Council Miss I. Urquhart |Health Board Lanarkshire Appointment ended Mrs D. C. McGirr |Royal College of Physicians; Royal College of Physicians | and Surgeons G. McIntosh |Confederation of British Industry Dr A. M. Matthewson |British Medical Association Appointed Dr W. Criggie |Health Board I. L. Livingstone |Health Board Lothian Appointment ended Mrs. P. Bell |Conservative and Unionist Party A. T. Clark CBE |Edinburgh District Council Mrs. W. E. Donaldson |Lothian Regional Council; British Medical Association W. B. Herald |Scottish Trade Union Congress Dr. A. R. Milne |Health Board; Royal College of General Practitioners Professor J. Williamson CBE |Edinburgh University J. F. Wilson |Bank of Scotland Appointed Mrs. H. G. Birrell |West Lothian Local Health Council Mrs. S. J. Cunningham |Health Board J. W. Stephenson |Lothian Region Conservative Group Orkney Appointment ended B. M. Clark |Health Board F. J. Groundwater |Scottish Trade Union Congress; British Medical Association Mrs. J. Marwick |Orkney Local Health Council; Health Board; Orkney | Islands Council M. E. Porteous |Health Board Appointed Captain M. Gunn |Confederation of British Industry D. L. Kemp |Health Board Shetland Appointment ended R. Leask |Confederation of Health Service Employees W. A. Smith |Shetland Islands Council G. A. Walterson Mrs. M. Williamson |Health Board Appointed L. G. Groat |Shetland Islands Council Mrs. A. I. Manson |Shetland Islands Council Mrs. E. M. W. Poplar |Royal College of Midwives Tayside Appointment ended E. W. Cameron OBE JP J. Campbell-Smith |Perth and Kinross District Council J. W. Duncan OBE JP |Co-op Union Ltd; Dundee District Council E. C. Lowson MBE |Association of Scottish Chamber of Commerce Prof. D. G. McDevitt |University of Dundee I. W. Stevenson |Tayside Regional Council Appointed D. W. M. Davidson JP |Royal Pharmaceutical Society Mrs. S. H. Fallon The Most Rev. L. E. Luscombe D. J. T. McKenzie |Bill Walker MP Western Isles Appointment ended J. MacIntyre |Western Isles Islands Council Appointed A. W. Hay |Confederation of British Industry Rev. J. A. Macdonald |Health Board Dr. J. W. Robertson |Health Board
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many severely mentally impaired adults he estimates will qualify to be exempt from the poll tax (a) in Nottingham and (b) in England and Wales.
Mr. Gummer : The Government have no plans to introduce a poll tax. We estimate that around 55,000 adults in England will qualify for exemption from the community charge on grounds of severe mental impairment. Figures are not available on a local basis.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the poll tax bill for each person in Nottingham ; when this estimate was made ; and when he expects to update it.
Mr. Gummer : The Government have no plans to introduce a poll tax. I have made no estimates of future community charge levels. Illustrative figures were placed in the Library on 23 June 1988 showing community charges based on 1988-89 local authority budgets. Figures based on the 1989 -90 rate support grant settlement were placed in the Library on 1 March. Illustrative 1989-90 figures based on expenditure returns will be provided in due course.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions he has had since 1 April with poll tax levying authorities.
Mr. Gummer : The Government have no plans to introduce a poll tax. Both Ministers and officials at this Department have frequent discussions with charging authorities. For example, since 1 April I have visited Wolverhampton and Dudley district councils and the London borough of Islington.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those European Economic Community member countries that have a community charge tax ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list information available to him on any countries which finance their local government from a poll tax, also expressing this as a percentage of world nations.
Mr. Gummer : I refer the hon. Members to annex K of the Green Paper "Paying for Local Government" (Cm.9714) which comments on international comparisons, and to the updated version of figure K3, which was published in the Official Report on 24 June 1988 at column 744.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of single pensioners will be adversely affected by the introduction of the community charge ; and what percentage of pensioners will be adversely affected by the community charge (a) in Nottingham and (b) in England and Wales.
Mr. Gummer : Tables showing the impact of the community charge on pensioners in England were placed in the Library on 28 February 1988.
These figures based on an analysis of family expenditure survey data show that 75 per cent. of single pensioners, and 83 per cent. of single pensioner households, will pay less when the community charge is fully in place. Overall, 69 per cent. of pensioner households are expected to pay less.
I have no separate estimates for Nottingham.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total number of staff now working in local authority units specifically to register people for poll tax (a) in Nottingham and (b) in England and Wales ; and what is the total wage bill for each category.
Mr. Gummer : The Government have no plans to introduce a poll tax. As far as the community charge is concerned, the information sought by the hon. Member is not available centrally. A summary of the available information on community charge implementation, including staffing levels, was placed in the Library on 10 April.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide an estimate of the amount of additional paper which will be required to provide for forms connected with the collection of the community charge, as compared with the old rating system ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gummer [holding answer 12 April 1989] : No reliable estimates are available of the quantities of paper
Column 760required to service the collection of domestic rates or of community charges. Since there will be twice the number of chargepayers as ratepayers, it would not be surprising if the volume increased.
I should imagine that the volume would be very much higher if we were to replace rates with the complexity of a local income tax, and higher still if that were combined with capital value rating, which I understand to be the Opposition's proposal for rates reform.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to preserve the former Babbington pit headstocks, Nottingham, in their present form on the current or a nearby site.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : I have asked our statutory advisers in English Heritage to assess whether there is a case for listing the headstocks as a building of special architectural or historic interest. I will write to the hon. Member when I have received their advice.
Mr. Teddy Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he was consulted by the President of the European Economic Community Commission before the announcement on 4 April by the president of his proposals that the United Kingdom team at the Olympic Games in 1992 should bear European Economic Community insignia and substitute an European Economic Community tune in place of the United Kingdom national anthem ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Moynihan : The President of the Commission of the European Communities did not consult my Department about his announcement on 4 April about the 1992 Olympic Games. His proposals are for the British Olympic Association to consider. I understand that it is opposed to them.
Mr. Fraser : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is willing favourably to consider estate action schemes for the Angell Town and Loughborough estates in Lambeth.
Mr. Trippier : Lambeth's application under the estate action initiative in support of the first phase of improvement works to the Angell Town estate was received too late to be considered for resources this year. Applications for future phases will be treated on their merits. No application has been made in respect of the Loughborough estate.
Mr. Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to introduce legislation to ensure that leasehold contracts include full details of the leaseholder's commitment to insurance and maintenance ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Trippier : No. These are matters for negotiation between the individual freeholder and leaseholder when a contract is drawn up or assigned. The Landlord and Tenant Acts 1985 and 1987 give significant rights to residential leaseholders in relation to both insurance and maintenance arrangements.
Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department received reports from the water authorities concerning levels of winter rainfall ; whether he expects the shortage to continue into the summer as a drought ; and whether his Department has made contingency plans for a drought this summer.
Mr. Howard : We have been receiving regular reports from the water industry on regional rainfall and the state of water resources. Heavier than average rainfall over the last two months has greatly improved the situation ; areas of potential shortage of water supply this summer are now relatively small and confined to parts of the south east. Responsibility for taking action in the event of drought rests with the water undertakers.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what information he has on the proportion of (a) councils and (b) housing associations which publish their criteria for allocation of property ; and whether any guidance has been issued to them on this point ;
(2) what information he has on the proportion of (a) councils and (b) housing associations which have clear allocation policies according to need ; and whether he has issued any guidance to them on this point.
Mr. Trippier : The information is not held centrally, but section 106 of the Housing Act 1985 requires local housing authorities and housing associations to publish their allocation rules. There has been no recent guidance to councils on this subject, but the tenants' guarantee, issued in January this year by the Housing Corporation, provides advice to registered housing associations on policies and procedures for allocation of their accommodation.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what arrangements for consultation he has made in respect of his draft strategic planning guidance for
Column 762London with (a) the general public, (b) London borough councils, (c) voluntary and community groups, (d) the business community and (e) other public and private bodies.
Mr. Chope : Copies of the draft guidance were sent to London Members, the London borough councils and some 180 organisations with an interest in London wide planning matters. The Department has publicised the consultation and to date has sent more than 350 copies of the draft guidance to members of the public, voluntary and community groups, businesses and others on request. A list of those commenting on the guidance will be placed in the House of Commons Library when consultation is completed.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimates have been made by his Department for the availability of resources for local authorities' housing capital programmes including non- prescribed capital receipts under both the current and the proposed capital finance regime proposed by the Local Government and Housing Bill 1989 in the years 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1989-90, tabulated by non-metropolitan authorities, metropolitan authorities, inner London boroughs and outer London boroughs.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The table shows housing capital allocations for the years requested. It also shows the prescribed proportion of housing capital receipts and the amount, for each class of authority, by which cash-backed housing capital receipts in aggregate exceed the prescribed proportion of housing capital receips for 1987-88. Information on the availability of capital receipts by class of authority for 1988-89 and 1989-90 is not available. The capital finance regime proposed in the Local Government and Housing Bill will apply to 1990-91 and subsequent financial years. Provision for housing capital expenditure in 1990-91 and 1991-92 was made in table 9.1 of the "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1989-90 to 1991-92 Chapters 9 and 10" (Cm. 609).
£ million |Housing capital |Prescribed proportion of|Excess of cash backed |allocations<1> |housing capital receipts|housing receipts over |prescribed proportion of |housing receipts ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1987-88 Shire districts |592 |1,400 |3,130 Metropolitan districts |377 |300 |270 Inner London boroughs |264 |230 |170 Outer London boroughs |146 |320 |580 1988-89 Shire districts |500 |n/a |n/a Metropolitan districts |350 |n/a |n/a Inner London boroughs |265 |n/a |n/a Outer London boroughs |149 |n/a |n/a 1989-90 Shire districts |361 |n/a |n/a Metropolitan districts |249 |n/a |n/a Inner London boroughs |184 |n/a |n/a Outer London boroughs |106 |n/a |n/a <1>Provisional. For 1989-90 £208 million housing allocations have not yet been issued.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment to what extent the utilisation of non-prescribed capital receipts currently used by local authorities to fund part of their housing capital programme will be taken into account when assessing the level of Exchequer subsidy to housing revenue accounts for 1990-91 and in subsequent years.
Mr. Trippier : An allowance will be made in the calculation of housing revenue account subsidy for local authorities' revenue expenditure on maintenance. We believe that, under the present system, some authorities also use some of their capital receipts on what would normally count as items of revenue spending, and we shall be consulting the local authority associations on whether to reflect this in the subsidy calculation under the new system, and if so, to what extent.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to his reply of 7 April, Official Report, columns 299-300, he will give details of the portraits transferred from the London residuary body to the City of London.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The entire collection of portraits of London county council and Greater London council chairmen, and portraits of prominent members of those councils and of the Metropolitan Board of Works are the subject of the transfer.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on what criteria Harrow was chosen as the potential recipient of items from the Middlesex Guildhall collection currently in the possession of the London residuary body ; which other London boroughs showed an interest ; and if other boroughs were notified of the possible availability of the collection.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The London borough of Harrow was chosen because of the strength of its connection with the former Middlesex county council. No other borough was made aware of the availability of the Middlesex Guildhall collection for transfer, or showed an interest in acquiring it.
Mr. Baldry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has accepted any land in lieu of tax in the last financial year.
Mr. Ridley : An offer of 18.91 acres at Oxey Mead, Yarnton, Oxfordshire was accepted in lieu of capital transfer tax. The amount of tax satisfied was £15,640. The land, part of a site of special scientific interest, has been allocated to the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Naturalists Trust.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the
Column 764availability to community charge registration officers of the parent registers presently being compiled by local education authorities.
Mr. Gummer [holding answer 12 April 1989] : There is no requirement on local education authorities to compile parent registers. Registers containing the names of everyone known to be a parent of a registered pupil are required to be kept by schools, and access to them by officers of local education authorities is limited by regulations. Regulations on the community charge require local authorities to supply information about individuals to community charges registration officers only where it is within their possession or control. That information must be limited to names, addresses, and periods of residence.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to the average percentage of the housing stock of (a) councils, (b) housing associations and (c) private landlords vacant for more than three months at the last recorded date.
Mr. Trippier [holding answer 13 April 1989] : The available information is provided by local authorities in their housing investment programme return (HIP 1). It is recorded in the "Housing Needs Appraisal : HIP 1 for 1988, Grossed for England", a copy of which is in the Library.
The return shows the number of local authority dwellings which had been empty for more than six months at 1 April but it does not provide any further breakdown of those empty for six months or less ; nor does it show the length of vacancy for dwellings in other sectors.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what policies and proposals is his planning guidance for London are designed to meet the special problems and needs of (i) women and (ii) ethnic communities.
Mr. Chope [holding answer 13 April 1989] : Ethnicity and gender are not relevant to land use planning.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for how many more weeks the stairway leading to the Official Reporters' gallery will be in breach of health and safety regulations, were they to apply ; and if he will now replace the two out-of-order light bulbs.
Mr. Chope [holding answer 13 April 1989] : Redecoration work on the Lady Members' staircase was restricted to weekends in order to maintain normal access. This inevitably prolonged the work, but it has now been completed and the area cleared. The light bulbs have been checked and are now in full working order.