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58. Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy his Department has adopted in regard to smoking in departmental offices.

Mr. Mellor : The Department's policy has been under review and management and representatives of staff have discussed the introduction of a reviewed policy in line with the Health Education guidelines "Smoking Policies at Work" (ISBN 090365251X). On the basis of these discussions we will be moving towards a no smoking working environment by agreement in the Department's offices.


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Health Districts (Treatment Costs)

60. Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the variations in cost of treatment between different health districts.

Mr. Freeman : I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter) by my right hon. and learned Friend on 21 March 1989, at columns 562-63.

Drug Costs

61. Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to take account in the analysis made of family doctors' drug costs of the savings in hospital treatment costs.

Mr. Mellor : Any analysis made of drug costs incurred by a general medical practice takes account of the reason for the prescribing pattern of that practice. This might include arrangements to treat patients with drug therapy in the community in preference to hospital treatment.

Doctors

63. Mr. Franks : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors there are, and how many there were in 1979.

Mr. Mellor : In 1979 there were 60,764 doctors in the hospital and community health and family practitioner services in England. By 1987 the number was 68,777.

NHS (Contracting-out)

67. Mr. Andrew MacKay : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he can give an estimate of the savings made in the last available year from the contracting out of services within the National Health Service.

Mr. Freeman : I refer my hon. Friend to my reply on 21 March to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. King), at column 564 .

Clinical Efficiency

69. Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has received copies of the COHSE document on clinical efficiency.

Mr. Mellor : Yes.

Clinical Audit

70. Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has received from trade unions on the development of clinical audit.

Mr. Mellor : Comments on the development of clinical audit have been received from the British Medical Association, the general medical services committee, the Royal College of Nursing and the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Hearing Aid Services

71. Miss Emma Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received concerning the case for improving hearing aid services.


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Mr. Mellor : We are continuing to receive a wide range of views on the provision of hearing aid services following the launch of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf's "Fair Hearing" campaign. The Department is giving careful consideration to all suggestions for change in examining the available options.

Listeria

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will initiate additional scientific research into the epidemiology of listeriosis and the behaviour of its causative organism and as to whether the current statutory HTST milk pasteurisation temperature is fully effective in the destruction of listeria monocytogenes.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : We will consider carefully any proposals to study the epidemiological risk factors (with particular reference to food) for the development of listeriosis. The behaviour of the causative organism has already been studied by the public health laboratory service and Camden Food Research Association, which were Government funded for this work. There is general international consensus that the HTST milk pasteurisation temperature and time requirements of 71.7 C for 15 seconds in the existing regulations is fully effective in the destruction of listeria monocytogenes.

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish a microbiological standard for listeria in foods.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The Government have established a committee chaired by Sir Mark Richmond to advise them on the microbiological safety of food. The work of the committee will include consideration of listeria. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and I will consider its recommendations on this and all related subjects as and when they are available.

Cook-chill Food

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce statutory control of cook-chill methods of food production, storage and display for sale.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The present food hygiene regulations cover all food business including those handling cook-chill foods. These are currently under review and we expect to be consulting on draft amending regulations in the near future.

Legionnaire's Disease (Nottingham)

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the outbreak of legionnaire's disease at the Queen's medical centre, Nottingham.

Mr. Freeman : The Department is aware of the outbreak and is satisfied that effective measures are being taken urgently to trace the source of infection.

Offerton House, Stockport

Mr. Tom Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the report of the town planning consultant who is examining the alternative uses of Offerton house, Stockport.

Mr. Mellor : I understand that the Stockport health authority which commissioned the report, has no plans at present to send it to me.


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Mr. Tom Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former patients of Offerton house, Stockport, are taking part in the care in the community scheme ; and how many have since returned to Offerton house.

Mr. Mellor : I understand that 30 patients have been discharged from Offerton house and none has returned.

Food Poisoning

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the main reasons for food poisoning outbreaks according to his departmental research ; and how many of these relate to temperature control.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : We do not hold figures centrally on the reasons for reported outbreaks of food poisoning.


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Studies on a number of food poisoning outbreaks reported between 1970 and 1982 showed that inadequate temperature control was the main factor contributing to the growth of food poisoning organisms in food, but the problem can arise at any stage from production to consumption.

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of food poisoning outbreaks were attributed to (a) catering type establishments, (b) retail, (c) home and (d) others in the last 10 years.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : the table shows the number of outbreaks of bacterial food poisoning and salmonella infection reported from 1979 to 1986 (the last year for which figures are currently available).


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|c|Outbreaks of bacterial food poisoning and salmonella infection by location|c|                               

                               |1979   |1980           |1981   |1982   |1983   |1984   |1985   |<1>1986        

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Private Homes                  |325    |297            |410    |467    |439    |367    |259    |326            

Restaurants/receptions         |99     |89             |88     |70     |96     |94     |64     |71             

Hospitals                      |37     |37             |24     |39     |37     |37     |36     |33             

Institutions                   |20     |17             |11     |28     |25     |13     |19     |19             

Schools                        |13     |10             |9      |9      |5      |7      |8      |8              

Shops                          |12     |5              |17     |5      |15     |10     |5      |4              

Canteens                       |11     |10             |12     |15     |13     |16     |10     |9              

Farms                          |8      |8              |-      |16     |6      |9      |3      |2              

Infected abroad                |7      |5              |-      |4      |7      |14     |9      |12             

Other       }                  |9  }           |23     |23     |20     |24     |18                             

            }          |2      |  }    |69                                                                     

Unspecified }                  |31 }           |26     |27     |52     |26     |14                             

                               |--     |--             |--     |--     |--     |--     |--     |--             

Total                          |534    |518            |640    |702    |693    |639    |463    |516            

<1>Provisional.                                                                                                

Source:                                                                                                        

PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.                                                                 

Note:                                                                                                          

The data relates to the place where the outbreaks occurred; no information is held on where the food was       

prepared.                                                                                                      

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) salmonella, (b) campylobactor and (c) listeria outbreaks were reported in each year since 1979 ; and what estimate he has of the level of unreported outbreaks.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : The information requested is available until 1987 and is as follows.


|c|Reports of outbreaks of salmonellosis, food and water borne|c|                                                       

|c|campylobacter enteritis and listeriosis since 1979<1>.|c|                                                            

                         Number of outbreaks                                                                            

Year                    |Salmonellosis          |Food and water borne   |Listeriosis                                    

                                                |Campylobacter enteritis                                                

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1979                    |<2>455                 |<3>                    |-                                              

1980                    |<2>439                 |<3>                    |-                                              

1981                    |568                    |<3>                    |1                                              

1982                    |612                    |<3>                    |-                                              

1983                    |594                    |<3>                    |-                                              

1984                    |540                    |24                     |-                                              

1985                    |372                    |25                     |-                                              

1986                    |269                    |15                     |-                                              

1987                    |294                    |18                     |-                                              

Notes:                                                                                                                  

<1>Reported to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.                                                            

<2>Reports from PHLS and hospital laboratories only.                                                                    

<3>Information not available.                                                                                           

I am unable to estimate the level of unreported outbreaks.


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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Radiation)

Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the delay in reaching agreement on a cash settlement for patients damaged by excessive radiation in 1988 at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.

Mr. Freeman : I refer my hon. Friend to my statement in the Adjournment debate on 6 April 1989, at columns 468-70.

Siemens Printers

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Siemens ND3 printers are used by his Department, either in-house or through a private contract ; and what is the location of each.

Mr. Freeman : None that I am aware of.

Ambulance Personnel (Sunderland)

Mr. Clay : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in the Official Report (a) the number of ambulance personnel employed at the Sunderland ambulance station, (b) the number of ambulance personnel who have died from coronary attacks and related conditions while so employed and (c) the number of ambulance personnel who have retired from service due to heart conditions and related illnesses, showing each category year by year since 1985.


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Mr. Freeman : The information requested is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of Northern regional health authority.

Stomach Cancer

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill, of 9 March, Official Report, columns 585-86, whether his Department will conduct statistical tests on the rates of stomach cancer per 100,000 population for the figures he gave ; and what assessment has been made of the causes of the differences between the rates for Liverpool and Warrington district health authorities and the national mean.

Mr. Freeman : I believe the hon. Member is referring to figures given in my answer to him of 15 March, at columns 233-34. There is a statistically significant difference between the rates for Liverpool, but not for Warrington, and the national average. It is a matter for health authorities in the first instance to monitor and investigate information on the incidence of disease as part of their responsibility for the planning and delivery of services.

Lung Disease (Miners)

Mr. Hardy : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of working miners were diagnosed as suffering from lung disease in each of the years (a) 1959, (b) 1961, (c) 1966, (d) 1971, (e) 1976, (f) 1981, (g) 1986 and (h) 1988 ; and what was the average incidence in the country as a whole.

Mr. Freeman : Information about numbers of working miners with lung disease or incidence of lung disease in the population as a whole is not collected centrally. The annual report of the Health and Safety Commission in its tables of cases of occupational diseases awarded benefit includes figures on occupational lung diseases. A copy of the report is in the Library.

Midwives

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in the Leeds western health authority (a) what was the average increase in midwives' pay following the recent regrading, (b) how many midwives received increases of £2,000 or more and (c) how many midwives are employed on the F grade, E grade and D grade.

Mr. Mellor : We hold no information centrally on average pay increases for groups of staff within an individual district health authority, or on the numbers of staff within a district who received increases of a given amount.

The only information we hold here on the results of clinical regrading at district level relates to the assimilation at 1 April 1988 from old grades to new. This information has already been placed in the Library.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to introduce an appeal procedure for student midwives ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor : Midwifery students already have a right of appeal under a long-standing agreement between the management and trades union sides of the General Whitley council on procedures for settling differences over NHS employees' conditions of service.


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Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of home delivery training is given to trainee midwives in the Trent regional health authority ; and what is the percentage nationally.

Mr. Mellor : We do not hold this infomation centrally. I suggest the hon. Member writes to the chairman of the Trent regional health authority for the information he seeks.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Grand National

Mr Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations, and from whom, he has received about the deaths of horses at the current year's Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : My right hon. Friend has received one from an hon. Friend and 14 from members of the public.

Police Rent Allowance

Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report in tablular form details for the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available of the total pay bill, compensatory grant received and income tax paid by each police authority in England and Wales in respect of police officers' rent allowance.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Expenditure incurred by police authorities in England and Wales on salaries for police officers in 1987-88 is shown in the table. The figures for allowances include compensatory grant payments but it is not possible to identify such payments separately.


£ million                                                          

                   |Salaries<1>|Allowances |Total                  

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Avon and Somerset  |45,719     |7,801      |53,520                 

Bedfordshire       |15,727     |2,523      |18,250                 

Cambridgeshire     |17,691     |2,536      |20,227                 

Cheshire           |28,239     |4,642      |32,881                 

Cleveland          |22,567     |4,332      |26,899                 

Cumbria            |17,797     |2,249      |20,046                 

Derbyshire         |27,485     |4,592      |32,077                 

Devon and Cornwall |43,769     |7,733      |51,502                 

Dorset             |18,790     |3,163      |21,953                 

Durham             |20,422     |3,022      |23,444                 

Dyfed-Powys        |13,924     |1,839      |15,763                 

Essex              |43,246     |8,794      |52,040                 

Gloucestershire    |17,265     |3,123      |20,388                 

Greater Manchester |106,342    |15,977     |122,319                

Gwent              |15,172     |2,411      |17,583                 

Hampshire          |49,364     |8,633      |57,997                 

Hertfordshire      |24,760     |3,724      |28,484                 

Humberside         |30,630     |5,454      |36,084                 

Kent               |48,454     |8,313      |56,767                 

Lancashire         |49,173     |6,637      |55,810                 

Leicestershire     |26,921     |4,981      |31,902                 

Lincolnshire       |18,641     |3,014      |21,655                 

Merseyside         |74,855     |13,066     |87,921                 

Norfolk            |20,764     |3,584      |24,348                 

Northamptonshire   |16,898     |2,513      |19,411                 

Northumbria        |54,245     |8,201      |62,446                 

North Wales        |19,825     |2,621      |22,446                 

North Yorkshire    |20,550     |2,561      |23,111                 

Nottinghamshire    |32,661     |5,844      |38,505                 

South Wales        |46,005     |8,603      |54,608                 

South Yorkshire    |44,876     |7,512      |52,388                 

Staffordshire      |32,702     |4,872      |37,574                 

Suffolk            |18,287     |2,987      |21,274                 

Surrey             |25,961     |3,965      |29,926                 

Sussex             |43,266     |6,651      |49,917                 

Thames Valley      |56,679     |10,124     |66,803                 

Warwickshire       |15,338     |2,675      |18,013                 

West Mercia        |29,994     |4,614      |34,608                 

West Midlands      |106,742    |15,659     |122,401                

West Yorkshire     |79,035     |13,603     |92,638                 

Wiltshire          |17,160     |2,952      |20,112                 

City of London     |14,390     |2,457      |16,847                 

Metropolitan       |503,180    |84,328     |587,508                

                   |-------    |-------    |-------                

Total              |1,975,511  |324,885    |2,300,396              

<1>Includes National Insurance.                                    

Prisoners (Rule 43)

Mr. Cummings : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are serving sentences under the protection of rule 43 ; and what is the percentage in relation to the numbers of prisoners, by prison.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Statistics of prisoners on rule 43 have hitherto been collected centrally only in relation to adult males and the latest figures available are as at 31 December 1988. The information available is set out in the table. The percentages relate to the total sentenced adult male population at each establishment.


                        Sentenced adult males                                               

                        at 31 December 1988                                                 

Establishment          |Number on Rule 43 (own|Percentage of total                          

                       |protection)                                                         

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North Region                                                                                

Acklington             |0                     |-                                            

Durham                 |112                   |15.7                                         

Frankland              |40                    |10.1                                         

Full Sutton            |13                    |5.1                                          

Garth                  |0                     |-                                            

Haverigg               |2                     |0.7                                          

Hull                   |53                    |22.2                                         

Kirkham                |0                     |-                                            

Lancaster              |0                     |-                                            

Leeds                  |144                   |27.1                                         

Lindholme              |3                     |0.4                                          

Liverpool              |165                   |13.4                                         

Manchester             |93                    |10.8                                         

Preston                |4                     |1.2                                          

Risley                 |0                     |-                                            

Rudgate                |0                     |-                                            

Thorp Arch             |0                     |-                                            

Wakefield              |31                    |4.2                                          

Wymott                 |1                     |0.3                                          

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                       |661                                                                 

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South West Region                                                                           

Bristol                |36                    |9.5                                          

Cardiff                |28                    |5.1                                          

Channings Wood         |4                     |0.8                                          

Dartmoor               |27                    |4.3                                          

Dorchester             |5                     |6.0                                          

Erlestoke House        |0                     |-                                            

Exeter                 |29                    |14.2                                         

Gloucester             |14                    |7.1                                          

Grendon                |55                    |27.1                                         

Leyhill                |0                     |-                                            

Long Lartin            |10                    |2.5                                          

Oxford                 |8                     |6.4                                          

Pucklechurch           |0                     |-                                            

Reading                |6                     |4.8                                          

Shepton Mallet         |1                     |0.4                                          

Swansea                |29                    |9.9                                          

The Verne              |0                     |-                                            

Winchester             |60                    |20.5                                         

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Midland Region                                                                              

Asgwell                |2                     |0.5                                          

Bedford                |6                     |5.5                                          

Birmingham             |34                    |6.1                                          

Featherstone           |0                     |-                                            

Gartree                |17                    |5.5                                          

Leicester              |43                    |21.2                                         

Lincoln                |88                    |26.8                                         

Littlehey              |0                     |-                                            

Morton Hall            |0                     |-                                            

North Sea Camp         |0                     |-                                            

Nottingham             |1                     |0.3                                          

Ranby                  |2                     |0.6                                          

Shrewsbury             |23                    |11.9                                         

Stafford               |45                    |5.6                                          

Stocken                |2                     |0.7                                          

Sudbury                |0                     |-                                            

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South East Region                                                                           

Albany                 |2                     |0.5                                          

Aldington              |0                     |-                                            

Blantyre House         |0                     |-                                            

Blundeston             |4                     |1.0                                          

Brixton                |44                    |24.2                                         

Camp Hill              |23                    |4.7                                          

Canterbury             |28                    |28.9                                         

Chelmsford             |11                    |11.4                                         

Coldingley             |0                     |-                                            

Ford                   |0                     |-                                            

Highpoint              |0                     |-                                            

Kingston               |0                     |-                                            

Latchmere House        |0                     |-                                            

Lewes                  |15                    |6.0                                          

Maidstone              |2                     |0.4                                          

Northeye               |8                     |3.4                                          

Norwich                |59                    |15.3                                         

Parkhurst              |12                    |5.1                                          

Pentonville            |45                    |7.5                                          

Rochester              |0                     |-                                            

Send                   |0                     |-                                            

Standford Hill         |0                     |-                                            

Swaleside              |7                     |1.8                                          

Wandsworth             |382                   |26.2                                         

Wayland                |3                     |0.6                                          

Wormwood Scrubs        |37                    |9.4                                          

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Police (Escort Duties)

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has of the number of police who currently undertake escort duties of inmates from prison to courts ; and what steps he is taking to encourage reallocation of this task.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : In a report produced in July 1988, the police requirements support unit of the Home Office estimated, on the basis of a survey in four police areas, that the handling and escorting of prisoners to magistrates' courts cost the police in England and Wales more than £31 million per year. On the basis of the same report it has been estimated that approximately 1,000 officers per day are involved in this work.


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As my right hon. Friend announced to the House on 1 March at columns 277-78 further work is in hand towards contracting out the escorting, custody and control of prisoners with the aim of relieving both the police and prison service of this task.

Crowd Control

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library any manual, advice or other paper produced by his Department or the Police Staff College at Bramshill or any other official body relating to the control of crowds outside sports stadia.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Chapter 14 of the "Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds", HMSO, 1986, offers guidance on crowd control. Paragraph 205 emphasises that effective arrangements to counter crowd disorder outside the ground must also be made. A copy of the guide is in the Library.

The Association of Chief Police Officers issues to its members general guidance on the policing of football matches, part of which relates to policing outside stadia. Disclosure of such guidance is a matter for the association.

Civil Defence

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will give details of any emergency duty system for firefighters that he has considered for use in the event of hostilities or a war emergency ;

(2) what advice he has issued to chief fire officers concerning wartime or emergency duty systems for firefighters ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : Guidance on wartime duty systems is contained in fire service circular 6/1984, paragraph 17. Detailed arrangements would be for the individual fire authorities to decide in the light of circumstances at the time. No such guidance has been given in relation to peacetime emergencies.

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the criteria for determining the eligibility for civil defence grant aid of local authority emergency centre proposals.

Mr. John Patten : Relevant statutory provisions are contained in the Civil Defence (General Local Authority


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Functions) Regulations 1983 (SI 1983/1634) and the Civil Defence (Grant) Regulations 1953 (SI 1953/1777) as amended. Proposals for such emergency centres should be in accordance with the guidance contained in the "Emergency Planning Guidance to Local Authorities", a copy of which is in the Library. In particular, information on the minimum standards for emergency centres is set out in annex D of section 4 of the EPGLA and on eligibility for grant aid in section 19.

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those county and fire and civil defence authorities that had had message switch equipment installed in their emergency centres by 31 December 1988 ; and if he will list those county and fire and civil defence authorities that were expected to receive such equipment during the current year.

Mr. John Patten : The information requested is as follows : County and Fire and Civil Defence Authorities (FCDAs) in England and Wales which had received message switch equipment by 31 December 1988 :

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cleveland, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, West Yorkshire FCDA, Wiltshire.

County and Fire and Civil Defence Authorities (FCDAs) in England and Wales which have received or are expected to receive the equipment during the year to 31 December 1989 :

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Clwyd, Dyfed, East Sussex, Greater Manchester FCDA, Gwynedd, Hampshire (to complete), Hereford and Worcester, Isle of Wight, Kent, London FCDA, Oxfordshire, Powys, Shropshire, South Glamorgan, Staffordshire (to complete), Surrey, Tyne and Wear FCDA, Warwickshire, West Glamorgan, West Midlands FCDA, West Sussex.

Some revisions and additions to the above list can be expected in the light of site availability, following discussion with the authorities concerned.

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those district authorities that had had message switch equipment installed in their emergency centres by 31 December 1988 : and if he will list those district authorities that were expected to receive such equipment during the current year.

Mr. John Patten : The information requested is as follows :


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Bedfordshire                                                                                         |Luton, Mid Bedfordshire, North Bedfordshire, South Bedfordshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Cambridgeshire                                                                                       |Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdon, South Cambridgeshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Cheshire                                                                                             |Vale Royal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Cleveland                                                                                            |Middlesborough, Stockton on Tees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Cornwall                                                                                             |Caradon, North Cornwall, Penwith                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Cumbria                                                                                              |Allerdale, Barrow in Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Derbyshire                                                                                           |Chesterfield, High Peak, West Derbyshire                                                                                                                                                                 |Devon                                                                                               |East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, Plymouth, Teignbridge, Torbay                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Dorset                                                                                               |Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Durham                                                                                               |Chester le Street, Derwentside, Durham, Easington, Teesdale                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Essex                                                                                                |Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                     | Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Gloucestershire                                                                                      |Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Tewkesbury                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Hampshire                                                                                            |New Forest, Winchester                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Hertfordshire                                                                                        |East Hertfordshire, St. Albans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Humberside                                                                                           |Beverley, Cleethorpes, East Yorkshire, Glanford, Great Grimsby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Lancashire                                                                                           |Blackburn, Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                     | Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Leicestershire                                                                                       |Blaby, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicester, Melton, Rutland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Lincolnshire                                                                                         |Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Kesteven                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Norfolk                                                                                              |Breckland, Great Yarmouth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Northamptonshire                                                                                     |Daventry, Northampton, Wellingborough                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

North Yorkshire                                                                                      |Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Scarborough, Selby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Northumberland                                                                                       |Alnwick, Tynedale                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nottinghamshire                                                                                      |Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Somerset                                                                                             |Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Staffordshire                                                                                        |East Staffordshire, South Staffordshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Suffolk                                                                                              |Babergh, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

West Yorkshire                                                                                       |Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Wiltshire                                                                                            |Kennet, North Wiltshire, Salisbury, West Wiltshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


|c|District/Borough Authorities in England and Wales which have|c|                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

|c|received or are expected to receive the equipment during the|c|                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

|c|year to 31 December 1989|c|                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

County                                                                                                                                                                       |District/Borough                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Berkshire                                                                                                                                                                    |Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Buckinghamshire                                                                                                                                                              |Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Milton Keynes,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                             | South Buckinghamshire, Wycombe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Clwyd                                                                                                                                                                        |Colwyn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Dyfed                                                                                                                                                                        |Carmarthen, Llanelli                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

East Sussex                                                                                                                                                                  |Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Rother, Wealden                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Greater Manchester                                                                                                                                                           |Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Trafford                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Gwynedd                                                                                                                                                                      |Aberconwy, Ynys Mon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Hampshire                                                                                                                                                                    |Basingstoke and Dene, Eastleigh, Fareham, Hart, Havant,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                             | Portsmouth, Rushmoor, Southampton, Test Valley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Hereford and Worcester                                                                                                                                                       |Leominster, Redditch, Worcester, Wyre Forest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Kent                                                                                                                                                                         |Dover, Gillingham, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                             | and Malling, Tunbridge Wells                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

London                                                                                                                                                                       |Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Enfield,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                             | Harringey, Harrow, Havering, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames                                                                                                                                                                             

Oxfordshire                                                                                                                                                                  |Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                             | West Oxfordshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Powys                                                                                                                                                                        |Brecknock, Radnor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Shropshire                                                                                                                                                                   |Shrewsbury and Atcham, South Shropshire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

South Glamorgan                                                                                                                                                              |Cardiff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Staffordshire                                                                                                                                                                |Lichfield, Staffordshire Moorlands                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Surrey                                                                                                                                                                       |Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                             | Surrey Heath, Waverley, Woking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Tyne and Wear                                                                                                                                                                |North Tyneside, Sunderland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Warwickshire                                                                                                                                                                 |Rugby, Stratford on Avon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

West Midlands                                                                                                                                                                |Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                             | Wolverhampton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

West Sussex                                                                                                                                                                  |Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

In a few cases, equipment for the above districts has been accommodated elsewhere pending completion of site preparations. Also, some revisions and additions to the list can be expected in the light of site availability following discussions with the authorities concerned.

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the emergency planning communications handbook will be published ; when the proposed circular on wartime communications will be published ; when the guide to message writing being drafted by the ad hoc working party on emergency communications will be published ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : The emergency planning guidance handbook on communications and the guide to message writing are due to be published later this year.

Consideration is being given to the need for a circular to update existing references to emergency communications provision and associated arrangements for grant aid. Any such circular is unlikely to be issued before next year.

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the written reply to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) of 7 December 1988, Official Report, columns 204-5, (1) how many of the 35 emergency planning officers and 10


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administrative and support staff employed by district authorities are wholly funded by his Department's civil defence grant ; (2) if he will list those district authorities which employ the 35 emergency planning officers and 10 administrative and support staff which are wholly or partly funded by Home Office civil defence grant.

Mr. John Patten : The aggregate figures quoted in the earlier reply derive from the employment of 22 full-time emergency planning officers, four full-time administrative and support staff and a number of part time staff in each category. The full-time posts are wholly funded by civil defence grant.

The districts which employ these staff are as follows :

Avon

Wansdyke

Buckinghamshire

Aylesbury Vale Milton Keynes

South Buckinghamshire Wycombe

Chiltern

Cambridgeshire

East Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Congleton

Essex

Braintree Southend


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