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Defibrillators

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give the number of ambulances for each region which carry defibrillators.

Mr. Freeman : This information is not collected centrally but I understand that as at March 1989, the numbers were as follows :


                  |Number       

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

Northern          |65           

Yorkshire         |75           

Trent             |125          

East Anglian      |64           

North West Thames |45           

North East Thames |51           

South East Thames |76           

South West Thames |<1>231       

Wessex            |147          

Oxford            |103          

South Western     |149          

West Midland      |104          

Mersey            |51           

North Western     |129          

<1> Includes London Ambulance   

Service.                        

Clinical Effectiveness

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider investing resources in a major database to


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collect information on patient demographics, patient diagnosis, clinical findings and clinical treatment to facilitate the creation of routine monitoring systems in order to improve clinical practice and resource allocation in the National Health Service.

Mr. Freeman : Following implementation of the Ko"rner recommendations in April 1987, each region now provides quarterly a set of data about every patient using a hospital bed, to a national database at the OPCS. These data include age, diagnosis and operative procedures. More detailed clinical information to assist doctors and others in their management of patient care is now being collected locally as part of the resource management initiative.

Computer Systems

Mr. Michael Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the cost of providing computer systems to (a) hospitals and (b) general practitioners to enable them to implement the National Health Service White Paper proposals will be found from additional Treasury funding or whether it will be deducted from current National Health Service provision.

Mr. Mellor : The Government have made it clear that the cost of implementing the White Paper proposals will not be met at the expense of plans for patient care.

Prescriptions

Mr. Michael Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of National Health Service prescriptions are written for (a) people aged over 65 years and (b) the chronic sick.

Mr. Mellor : We do not have information in the form requested. However, of all prescriptions dispensed in 1988, 41.2 per cent. were dispensed to people over pensionable age (men aged over 65 and women over 60).

Self-governing Hospitals

Mr. Michael Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the mechanism proposed under the National Health Service White Paper provisions to enable hospitals to become self-governing ; and how a majority view of those working in the hospitals will be obtained.

Mr. Mellor : The process for establishing an NHS hospital trust will be as simple and flexible as possible. The chief executive of the NHS management board wrote to all regional general managers on 14 March about the preparation of initial expressions of interest ; a copy of that letter (reference : EL(89)MB/58) has been placed in the Library of the House. Further guidance will be provided in due course. Staff will be given opportunities to express views on applications ; the precise arrangements for this will be determined locally.

NHS Reform

Mr. Michael Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many phone calls have been received from doctors by those manning the contact numbers set out in working papers 3 and 4 of the National Health Service White Paper ; and whether at any time the contact numbers have had to be suspended.

Mr. Mellor : Telephone contact points were not in fact supplied in the NHS review working papers, as it was


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envisaged that comments would be submitted in writing to the official addresses which were provided. A number of telephone calls from doctors have nevertheless been received routinely by the Department on these subjects but we hold no record of the total.

Mr. Michael Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters his Department has received from general practitioners expressing general support for the National Health Service White Paper proposals ; and how many he has received expressing opposition to the proposals.

Mr. Mellor : We have received some 1,300 representations from general practitioners. Many have questions, many support all or some of the proposals, some only refer to specific aspects. It is not possible to distinguish the letters in the way my hon. Friend suggests.

Staff Shortages

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records are kept of the number of occasions that anaesthetic services have been curtailed because of staff shortages ; and what the number of such curtailments was.

Mr. Freeman : This information is not held centrally.

Eye Tests

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence is available to him on whether a two-tier system of eye tests would be detrimental to a patient's sight ; and whether there are any specific conditions which cannot be detected by test other than the full eye test.

Mr. Mellor [holding answer 2 May 1989] : I must ask my hon. Friend to await my consideration of the results of the present consultations on regulations governing sight test.

Advertising Campaigns

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what was the expenditure by Government and Government-funded health education agencies on mass media advertising campaigns on the following issues : (a) smoking, (b) alcohol, (c) drugs, (d) dental health, (e) AIDs, (f) family planning, (g) immunisation, (h) coronary heart disease, (i) the "Look After Your Heart" campaign, and (j) others, for each year 1978-79 to 1987-88 ;


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(2) what was the total expenditure by his Department and Government-funded health education agencies on mass media advertising campaigns on health-related issues in each financial year since 1978-79 to 1987-88 ;

(3) what is the total expenditure from 1979 to date by Government and Government-funded health education agencies on mass media advertising for each of the following health campaigns (a) smoking, (b) alcohol, (c) drugs, (d) AIDs, (e) dental health, (f) immunisation, (g) family planning, (h) coronary heart disease and (i) others.

Mr. Mellor [holding answer 26 April 1989] : The total expenditure by the Department on mass media advertising is as follows :


        |£'000      

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

1978-79 |1,380      

1979-80 |1,244      

1980-81 |1,712      

1981-82 |1,824      

1982-83 |3,675      

1983-84 |3,683      

1984-85 |2,705      

1985-86 |4,649      

1986-87 |n/a        

1987-88 |4,996      

1988-89 |6,104      

Information on the expenditure on mass media advertising by the former Health Education Council and the Health Education Authority is not available. The total expenditure by these agencies on publicity was as follows:


        |£'000      

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

1978-79 |1,380      

1979-80 |1,244      

1980-81 |1,712      

1981-82 |1,824      

1982-83 |3,675      

1983-84 |3,683      

1984-85 |2,705      

1985-86 |4,649      

1986-87 |n/a        

1987-88 |4,996      

1988-89 |6,104      

Information on the total expenditure by campaign by the Health Education Council and Health Education Authority is as follows :


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                       |1978-79|1979-80|1980-81|1981-82|1982-83|1983-84|1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89        

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Smoking                |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |420    |283    |-      |-              

Alcohol                |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

Drugs                  |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |298    |1,391  |1,707  |<2>    |1,918          

Dental health          |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

AIDS                   |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |420    |4,340  |5,419  |79             

Family planning        |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

Immunisation           |<2>    |154    |-      |-      |240    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

Coronary heart disease |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

Look After Your Heart  |<2>    |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |-      |2,100          

Others                 |<2>    |183    |589    |825    |436    |1,167  |1,114  |1,028  |1,481  |1,249  |1,644          

<1> Joint anti-injecting AIDS/drugs campaign.                                                                          

<2> No information available.                                                                                          

Information on the expenditure on mass media advertising by campaign by the Department of Health is as follows :


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1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983 -84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89

£'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000

Smoking -- -- -- -- -- -- 420 283 -- --

Alcohol -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Drugs -- -- -- -- -- 298 1,391 1,707 1,918

Dental health -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

AIDS -- -- -- -- -- -- 420 4,340 5,419 79

Family planning -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Immunisation 154 -- -- 240 -- -- -- -- -- --

Coronary heart disease -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Look After Your Heart -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2,100

Others 183 589 825 436 1,167 1,114 1,028 1,481 1,249 1,644 Joint anti- injecting AIDS/drugs campaign.

No information available.

EMPLOYMENT

Manufacturing Industry

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to the percentage of the work force of the United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Germany and Japan employed in the manufacturing industry.

Mr. Lee : The latest available information on common international definitions is as follows :


Manufacturing employment as a          

percentage of total civilian           

employment (1986)                      

               |Percentages            

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

United Kingdom |22.5                   

United States  |19.1                   

France         |22.6                   

Germany        |32.2                   

Japan          |24.7                   

Source: OECD Labour Force Statistics   

1966-86.                               

PRIME MINISTER

French Revolution

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister if she will send a congratulatory communication to the President of the French Republic on the 200th anniversary of the French revolution.

The Prime Minister : I hope to be able to convey an appropriate message in person.

Sultan of Brunei

Mr. Gould : To ask the Prime Minister when she last met the Sultan of Brunei ; and what was discussed.

The Prime Minister : I last met the Sultan of Brunei on 27 April. Our discussions covered a number of bilateral and international issues.

Government Expenditure

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Prime Minister what is Government expenditure per head in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister : The following table shows identifiable public expenditure per head for each of the four countries of the United Kingdom in 1987-88, the latest year for which information is available :


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                 |£ per head           

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

England          |2,063                

Wales            |2,370                

Scotland         |2,676                

Northern Ireland |3,097                

The term "identifiable expenditure" refers to expenditure that can be identified from official records as having been incurred in a particular country. Total identifiable expenditure accounts for just over 80 per cent. of total departmental public expenditure ; it excludes expenditure on defence, overseas aid and other overseas services which are deemed to have been incurred on behalf of the United Kingdom as a whole. It also excludes Government net lending to, and the market and overseas borrowing of, the public corporations (including nationalised industries), due to the difficulty of allocating this finance to expenditure in a particular country.

SCOTLAND

Glasgow (East End)

Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the adequacy of the new management structure in the east end of Glasgow which was set up following the Government's ending of the GEAR project in March 1987 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : These successor arrangements are primarily the responsibility of Glasgow district council and Strathclyde regional council and are supported by the Scottish Development Agency and the private sector. I am not aware of any criticism of the arrangements.

Council House Sales

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans to extend the right-to-buy discount ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : We have no plans at present to make changes to the current right to buy arrangements, although we are continually monitoring the effect of our policies to determine whether any further measures are necessary to stimulate diversification of ownership.

The sustained level of interest from public sector tenants seeking to purchase their homes is evidence of the continuing success of the Government's right-to-buy policy.


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ENVIRONMENT

Waste Management

Mr. Robert B. Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many of the waste disposal authorities in England have now deposited waste management plans with his Department, pursuant to the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer that I gave the hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Wardell) on 2 February 1989 at columns 350-52 . Since then we have received no more completed waste disposal plans, although Hampshire and Lincolnshire county councils have sent us preliminary draft plans.

My noble Friend the Minister of State, Department of the Environment wrote to waste disposal authorities who had not yet submitted plans again on 18 April.

Ocean Incineration

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has given those companies currently using ocean incineration concerning waste reduction.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Officials have advised companies who currently hold licences for incineration of waste at sea of the need to reduce quantities of such wastes in the light of the recommendations of the North sea conference to end the dumping of polluting materials in the North sea at the earliest practical date. HM inspectorate of pollution has held discussions with the companies and further discussions are proposed.

Football Membership Scheme

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he proposes that individuals will be able to be registered as supporters of more than one football club under the proposed membership scheme.

Mr. Moynihan : It will be for the football membership authority to draw up the details of the scheme and submit proposals to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. The report of the working party which I chaired recommended that members of the scheme should have only one card but that this should be valid for any designated match including the 92 Football League clubs.

Spaying

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take urgent steps to introduce a policy of education concerning the spaying of dogs.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I have been asked to reply.

This is not a matter for central Government. Those who wish advice on such matters can obtain it from one of the voluntary bodies concerned with the welfare of dogs.

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a specific grant allocation to assist people with the cost of having their animals spayed.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Department has no powers to make grants for these purposes.


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Football Spectators

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the current maximum spectator capacity for each of the 92 Football League clubs.

Mr. Moynihan : The following figures are the most up to date available to the Football League, though I understand that they may not be precisely accurate in every case.


Division Four                       

                    |Numbers        

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

Burnley             |21,761         

Cambridge United    |10,000         

Carlisle United     |18,000         

Colchester United   |4,900          

Crewe Alexandra     |5,500          

Darlington          |13,551         

Doncaster Rovers    |7,500          

Exeter City         |9,230          

Grimsby Town        |20,865         

Halifax Town        |10,000         

Hartlepool United   |6,650          

Hereford United     |16,119         

Leyton Orient       |26,569         

Lincoln City        |13,189         

Peterborough United |17,150         

Rochdale            |12,000         

Rotherham United    |17,913         

Scarborough         |10,000         

Scunthorpe United   |11,000         

Stockport County    |6,000          

Torquay United      |6,000          

Tranmere Rovers     |16,000         

Wrexham             |22,682         

York City           |14,109         


Division Four                       

                    |Numbers        

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

Burnley             |21,761         

Cambridge United    |10,000         

Carlisle United     |18,000         

Colchester United   |4,900          

Crewe Alexandra     |5,500          

Darlington          |13,551         

Doncaster Rovers    |7,500          

Exeter City         |9,230          

Grimsby Town        |20,865         

Halifax Town        |10,000         

Hartlepool United   |6,650          

Hereford United     |16,119         

Leyton Orient       |26,569         

Lincoln City        |13,189         

Peterborough United |17,150         

Rochdale            |12,000         

Rotherham United    |17,913         

Scarborough         |10,000         

Scunthorpe United   |11,000         

Stockport County    |6,000          

Torquay United      |6,000          

Tranmere Rovers     |16,000         

Wrexham             |22,682         

York City           |14,109         


Division Four                       

                    |Numbers        

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

Burnley             |21,761         

Cambridge United    |10,000         

Carlisle United     |18,000         

Colchester United   |4,900          

Crewe Alexandra     |5,500          

Darlington          |13,551         

Doncaster Rovers    |7,500          

Exeter City         |9,230          

Grimsby Town        |20,865         

Halifax Town        |10,000         

Hartlepool United   |6,650          

Hereford United     |16,119         

Leyton Orient       |26,569         

Lincoln City        |13,189         

Peterborough United |17,150         

Rochdale            |12,000         

Rotherham United    |17,913         

Scarborough         |10,000         

Scunthorpe United   |11,000         

Stockport County    |6,000          

Torquay United      |6,000          

Tranmere Rovers     |16,000         

Wrexham             |22,682         

York City           |14,109         


Division Four                       

                    |Numbers        

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

Burnley             |21,761         

Cambridge United    |10,000         

Carlisle United     |18,000         

Colchester United   |4,900          

Crewe Alexandra     |5,500          

Darlington          |13,551         

Doncaster Rovers    |7,500          

Exeter City         |9,230          

Grimsby Town        |20,865         

Halifax Town        |10,000         

Hartlepool United   |6,650          

Hereford United     |16,119         

Leyton Orient       |26,569         

Lincoln City        |13,189         

Peterborough United |17,150         

Rochdale            |12,000         

Rotherham United    |17,913         

Scarborough         |10,000         

Scunthorpe United   |11,000         

Stockport County    |6,000          

Torquay United      |6,000          

Tranmere Rovers     |16,000         

Wrexham             |22,682         

York City           |14,109         

Pollution (South Yorkshire)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for the county of South Yorkshire for each of the last four years, the number of pollution incidents caused by (a) silage liquor, (b) farmyard slurry and (c) other pollutants ; and what action was taken in each case.

Mr. Moynihan : I understand from the Yorkshire water authority that the numbers of water pollution incidents in South Yorkshire in each of the last four years, and the action taken are as follows :


Numbers of water pollution incidents in South Yorkshire                                                                                   

                        Cause of pollution                                                                                                

Year                   |Silage                |Slurry                |All Other Sources     |Number of prosecutions                       

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1985                   |20                    |10                    |13                    |12                                           

1986                   |2                     |15                    |9                     |12                                           

1987                   |16                    |24                    |8                     |7                                            

1988                   |24                    |11                    |40                    |7                                            

Tree Planting

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what impact on the environment the 1988 Budget decision to end schedule D reliefs on tree planting had ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The changes to the tax and grant arrangements made last year were designed to provide a more widely acceptable system of support for private forestry. The key aims of the new woodland grant include enhancing the landscape, creating new wildlife habitats and encouraging the multipurpose management of woodlands. The increased importance of grants has strengthened the Forestry Commission's procedures as a means of controlling the environmental impact of forestry and ensuring that the right trees are planted in the right places. The effects of the changes will be carefully monitored during the transitional period, but it is too early to make a detailed assessment as yet.

Radioactive Waste

Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what papers will be presented on behalf of his Department ; and which departmental officials will be present, at the fifth summer school on radioactive waste.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : No paper is to be presented on behalf of the Department. An inspector of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution will be present to deliver a paper in a personal capacity.

Rating Reform

Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what arrangements are in hand to ensure adequate information flows between community charge registration officers and certification officers in educational establishments in London ; and what representations on this matter he has received from the Association of London Authorities, London Boroughs Association and bodies representing educational institutions.

Mr. Ridley [holding answer 4 May 1989] : Discussions are taking place, organised by my Department, between all the local authority associations and bodies representing educational institutions, on the practical aspects of registering students for the community charge. It is hoped to conclude these discussions in the near future and to issue a practice note giving advice to all parties on these matters.

Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to issue guidance to general practitioners on the exemptions from community charge for severely mentally impaired persons ; and what discussions his Department has had with the British Medical Association on this matter.

Mr. Nicholas Ridley [holding answer 4 May 1989] : This matter is being handled on my behalf by my right hon. and learned Friend, the Secretary of State for Health, whose officials are in discussion with the general medical services committee of the British Medical Association. I understand that it is hoped to conclude the discussions shortly and to issue guidance to general practitioners as soon as possible afterwards.

Planning Permissions (Revocation)

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the addresses of sites where his Department has reimbursed a local planning authority as a result of a revocation of planning permission.


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Mr. Howard : With the exception of the limited circumstances set out in section 167 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, there is no provision for the Secretary of state to reimburse to local planning authorities the compensation payable when planning permission is revoked. Section 167 relates only to cases where, if planning permission had originally been refused, the Secretary of State would have been liable to pay compensation under part VII of the Act. There have been five such cases since 1979.

Business Rate

Mr. Boswell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Government will make further information available on the proposed reform of the business rate.

Mr. Gummer : My Department has today published a free booklet called "Time for Change : the new Business Rate". This explains the changeover to the new uniform business rate which will take place in April 1990, the up- to-date revaluation, and the Government's proposals for transitional arrangements, including those to help small businesses.

The booklet is being distributed widely to industrial and commercial organisations and others with an interest in business matters. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

Council House Sales

Mr. Sumberg : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many dwellings each local authority has sold under the right to buy legislation, or voluntarily, since April 1979.

Mr. Trippier : I have placed in the Library a table giving available information up to December 1988. It shows year-by-year information since 1984-85 together with cumulative figures since April 1979.

Conservation Areas (Trees)

Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, what particulars he has specified in relation to the provision of section 61(A)(7) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 concerning the need for district councils to keep a register of trees in conservation areas.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley [pursuant to her reply, 27 April 1989 c. 657] : Section 61(A)(7) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 places a duty on district and London borough councils to compile and keep available for inspection a register of notices served on the council of intention to carry out work on trees in conservation areas, where such trees are not already protected by tree preservation orders or otherwise exempt. It also empowers the Secretary of State to determine what particulars should be included in such registers. The following matters were specified for this purpose in DOE circular 36/78 :

(a) the address of the land on which the tree stands and sufficient information to identify the tree ;

(b) details of the work proposed ;

(c) the date of the notice and who served it ;

(d) the decision of the authority in respect of the tree (when made), the date of any decision and the name of the authority ; and (


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(e) an index for tracing entries.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Cyprus

Mr. Day : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the estimated number of settlers from Greece who are now living in the southern part of Cyprus and who have been granted Cyprus passports since 31 December 1963.

Mrs. Chalker : According to the Republic of Cyprus statistical abstract for 1985 and 1986, the number of "immigrants" from Greece (whose status is not further defined) in the period 1981-86 was 24. We have no statistics for the rest of the period covered by my hon. Friend's question.


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