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Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information in respect of the central institutions funded by the Scottish Education Department and the colleges of education is set out in the table :


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Academic Staff Numbers                                                                                                                                           
                             |1978-79   |1979-80   |1980-81   |1981-82   |1982-83   |1983-84   |1984-85   |1985-86   |1986-87   |1987-88   |1988-89<8>           
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Central Institutions:                                                                                                                                            
Duncan of Jordanstone                                                                                                                                            
  College of Art             |100       |100       |100       |100       |98        |98        |98        |98        |98        |98        |98                   
Dundee Institute of                                                                                                                                              
  Technology                 |140       |148       |153       |156       |157       |160.5     |162.5     |168.5     |171.5     |174.5     |174.5                
Edinburgh College of Art     |107       |107       |109       |106       |106       |106       |104       |104       |102       |100       |100                  
Glasgow College of                                                                                                                                               
  Technology                 |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |343.5     |347.5     |350.5     |350.5                
Glasgow School of Art        |95        |98        |100       |100       |100       |100       |100       |100       |100       |102       |102                  
Leith Nautical College<3>    |62        |63        |63        |63        |63        |63        |63        |53.5      |-         |-         |-                    
Napier Polytechnic of                                                                                                                                            
  Edinburgh                  |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |441       |451       |462       |462                  
Paisley College of                                                                                                                                               
  Technology<1>              |209       |223       |229       |231.5     |235.5     |239.5     |239.5     |246.5     |250.5     |255.5     |255.5                
Queen Margaret College       |115       |128       |127       |125       |124       |121       |125       |122       |122       |122       |122                  
Queen's College, Glasgow     |77.5      |78.5      |78.5      |76.5      |76.5      |76.5      |81        |81        |74        |81        |81                   
Robert Gordon's Institute of                                                                                                                                     
  Technology<2>              |265       |267       |272       |275       |277       |280       |283       |292       |301       |311       |311                  
The Royal Scottish                                                                                                                                               
  Academy of Music and                                                                                                                                           
  Drama                      |64        |64        |65.5      |62.5      |59.5      |59.5      |60.5      |60.5      |60.5      |60.5      |60.5                 
Scottish College of Textiles |46        |49        |50        |51        |52        |53        |53        |53        |54        |55        |55                   
                                                                                                                                                                 
Colleges of Education:                                                                                                                                           
Aberdeen<6>                  |126.5     |112       |118       |117       |106       |103       |92        |87        |-         |-         |-                    
Callendar Park<4>            |42        |41.5      |40.5      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    
Craigie                      |45.4      |37.5      |39        |41        |36        |37        |38.5      |40        |39        |39        |39                   
Craiglockhart<5>             |38        |33.1      |35.1      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    
Dundee<6>                    |127       |110.5     |102       |92        |84        |82        |77        |73        |-         |-         |-                    
Dunfermline<7>               |72        |72        |67        |68        |56        |51        |47        |45        |-         |-         |-                    
Hamilton<4>                  |78        |73        |59        |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    
Jordanhill                   |315       |277       |287       |342       |301       |306       |278       |271       |268       |244       |244                  
Moray House                  |221       |200       |186       |213       |184       |175       |169.5     |170       |207       |208       |208                  
Northern                     |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |158       |151       |151                  
Notre Dame<5>                |124       |106       |104       |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    
St. Andrew's                 |-         |-         |-         |122       |111       |109       |102       |97        |96        |91        |91                   
Notes:                                                                                                                                                           
a. The figures for the Central Institutions and from 1982-83 for the Colleges of Education represent the approved complements. The figures for 1978-79 to        
1981-82 are the staff in post as reported to the SED by the Colleges of Education.                                                                               
<1> Excludes staff from the Non-Destructive Testing Centre.                                                                                                      
<2> Excludes staff from the Off-Shore Survival Centre and from the Off-Shore Health Centre.                                                                      
<3> Leith Nautical College transferred to the local authority sector with effect from 1 August 1987.                                                             
<4> College dissolved on 15 September 1981.                                                                                                                      
<5> Merged to form St. Andrew's College of Education on 15 September 1981.                                                                                       
<6> Merged to form Northern College of Education on 1 April 1987.                                                                                                
<7> Merged with Moray House College of Education on 1 April 1987.                                                                                                
<8> Estimate.                                                                                                                                                    

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of full-time students enrolled at each central institution and college of education for each of the years 1978-79 to 1988-89, inclusive.


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Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information available is set out in the table. Consistent information for the years 1978-79 and 1979-80 is not available.


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Central Institutions            |1980-81             |1981-82             |1982-83             |1983-84             |1984-85             |1985-86             |1986-87             |1987-88             |1988-89                                  
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Duncan of Jordanstone                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  College of Art                |832                 |843                 |896                 |938                 |983                 |1,006               |1,026               |1,059               |n/a                                      
Dundee Institute of Technology  |1,435               |1,686               |1,773               |1,846               |1,998               |2,022               |2,041               |2,009               |n/a                                      
Edinburgh College of Art        |807                 |843                 |894                 |950                 |973                 |976                 |979                 |975                 |n/a                                      
Glasgow College of Technology   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |3,370               |3,376               |3,352               |n/a                                      
Glasgow School of Art           |788                 |992                 |998                 |983                 |1,021               |1,019               |865                 |776                 |n/a                                      
Leith Nautical College          |504                 |441                 |507                 |445                 |415                 |262                 |137                 |-                   |n/a                                      
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |4,316               |4,586               |4,753               |n/a                                      
Paisley College of Technology   |2,316               |2,568               |2,739               |2,886               |2,797               |2,872               |2,869               |2,870               |n/a                                      
Queen Margaret College          |942                 |1,001               |1,021               |1,029               |1,140               |1,225               |1,263               |1,294               |n/a                                      
Queen's College, Glasgow        |664                 |678                 |713                 |752                 |815                 |837                 |851                 |884                 |n/a                                      
Robert Gordon's Institute of                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  Technology                    |2,420               |2,602               |2,828               |3,025               |3,061               |3,197               |3,261               |3,284               |n/a                                      
The Royal Scottish Academy of                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  Music and Drama               |292                 |356                 |371                 |374                 |362                 |360                 |347                 |388                 |n/a                                      
Scottish College of Textiles    |439                 |422                 |413                 |497                 |607                 |598                 |625                 |643                 |n/a                                      
Figures for central institutions cover vocational and non-vocational courses, and include sandwich course students.                                                                                                                               
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh and Glasgow College of Technology entered the central institution sector in 1985-86, and Leith Nautical College left the sector in 1986-87.                                                                       

Colleges of Education |1980-81              |1981-82              |1982-83              |1983-84              |1984-85              |1985-86              |1986-87              |1987-88              |1988-89                                    
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Craigie               |200                  |198                  |202                  |201                  |208                  |215                  |237                  |283                  |267                                        
Jordanhill            |1,366                |1,300                |1,233                |1,116                |932                  |972                  |1,020                |1,304                |1,220                                      
Hamilton              |252                  |135                  |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                                          
Moray House           |800                  |739                  |705                  |583                  |508                  |512                  |536                  |1,383                |1,354                                      
Calendar Park         |184                  |127                  |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                                          
Dunfermline           |390                  |341                  |298                  |246                  |202                  |178                  |163                  |-                    |-                                          
St. Andrews           |-                    |659                  |596                  |552                  |510                  |526                  |551                  |573                  |527                                        
Craiglockhart         |202                  |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                                          
Notre Dame            |556                  |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                                          
Northern              |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                    |878                  |814                                        
Aberdeen              |624                  |563                  |488                  |437                  |385                  |401                  |433                  |-                    |-                                          
Dundee                |321                  |297                  |269                  |235                  |218                  |230                  |266                  |-                    |-                                          
Figures for colleges of education for 1980-81 to 1986-87 include overseas students, but exclude students enrolled for non-teacher training courses as this is not available on a consistent basis (there were 788 students on these courses in    
1988-89).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Hamilton College amalgamated with Jordanhill, Calendar Park and Dunfermline with Moray House, Craiglockhart and Notre Dame to become St. Andrews and Aberdeen and Dundee to become Northern.                                                      

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of part-time students enrolled at each central institution and college of education for each of the years 1978-79 to 1988-89 inclusive, excluding those on in-service courses at colleges of education.


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Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information requested is set out in the table. Consistent information is not available for colleges of education, or for the years 1978-79 and 1979-80 for central institutions.


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Central institutions                    |1980-81             |1981-82             |1982-83             |1983-84             |1984-85             |1985-86             |1986-87             |1987-88             |1988-89                                  
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Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 275                      793                  615                  682                  702                  776                  735                  647                  n/a                                      
Dundee Institute of Technology          |918                 |946                 |874                 |792                 |499                 |458                 |448                 |198                 |n/a                                      
Edinburgh College of Art                |88                  |95                  |202                 |941                 |134                 |766                 |730                 |726                 |n/a                                      
Glasgow College of Technology           |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |3,642               |3,555               |3,052               |n/a                                      
Glasgow School of Art                   |320                 |1,165               |1,164               |1,146               |919                 |1,163               |1,527               |1,531               |n/a                                      
Leith Nautical College                  |1,839               |1,995               |2,052               |2,083               |2,115               |1,763               |1,233               |-                   |n/a                                      
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh         |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |-                   |3,845               |4,059               |4,254               |n/a                                      
Paisley College of Technology           |2,038               |3,942               |4,501               |5,786               |3,768               |2,568               |4,055               |5,110               |n/a                                      
Queen Margaret College                  |587                 |729                 |650                 |748                 |647                 |501                 |925                 |1,144               |n/a                                      
Queen's College, Glasgow                |71                  |73                  |137                 |219                 |319                 |313                 |200                 |265                 |n/a                                      
Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology |7,887               |10,772              |12,674              |12,883              |14,559              |13,756              |12,155              |13,285              |n/a                                      
The Royal Scottish Academy of                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  Music and Drama                       |-                   |221                 |399                 |382                 |320                 |388                 |347                 |306                 |n/a                                      
Scottish College of Textiles            |99                  |71                  |127                 |204                 |160                 |191                 |81                  |149                 |n/a                                      
The figures cover vocational and non-vocational courses. Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh and Glasgow College of Technology entered the central institution sector in 1985-86, and Leith Nautical College left the sector in 1986-87.                      

Employment Training

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the number of staff involved in monitoring fraud by employment training scheme management agencies and employers in Scotland.


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Mr. Lang [holding answer 17 May 1989] : Employment training is delivered through Training Agency area offices each of which has a team, backed up by a professional adviser in the office for Scotland, responsible for the monitoring of monies paid out against contracts. Adequate staff resources are deployed to investigate irregularities and allegations of fraud as necessary.


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Radioactivity (Venison)

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list results for the radioactive monitoring of (a) deer, and (b) goats for each year since April 1986 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 19 May 1989] : There is regular monitoring of venison in dealers' stores on an all-Scotland basis. Goatmeat is not consumed in significant quantities and we have accordingly not thought it necessary to institute a programme of monitoring of this meat.

The results of the monitoring of samples of venison are set out in the table :


Venison (Becquerels per Kilo Cs 134 + Cs 137)                           
            |0-500      |500-1,000  |1,000-2,000|Over 2,000             
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1986        |50         |9          |5          |1                      
1987        |113        |28         |13         |2                      
1988        |100        |4          |1          |-                      

These results do not give cause for concern since a person would require to eat more than 40 kg of venison at a level of radiation of 2,000 Bq/kg to come near to the levels at which, under international recommendation, action to restrict consumption should be considered.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he is issuing concerning the safety of eating venison contaminated with radioactivity ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 19 May 1989] : The levels of radioactivity in venison, coupled with the relatively low consumption of this meat by the general public, do not warrant advice against eating venison being given to the public at large.

It is conceivable that a small number of forestry, estate and other workers, might eat large amounts of venison at the top end of the radiation levels identified. Even at that level the risk would be very small indeed. An individual would have to eat about 40 kg of venison a year at a level of 2,000 Bq/kg to come near to the levels of dose at which, under international recommendation, action to restrict consumption should be considered.

Advice was issued in 1987 and 1988 to forestry, estate workers and others eating venison in quantities considerably higher than average on a regular basis that they might wish to consider eating less venison as a precautionary measure.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures he is taking to ensure that radioactive (a) goatmeat, and (b) venison are not entering the food chain ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 19 May 1989] : Not much goatmeat is eaten in Scotland, the goat population mainly being kept to supply milk and fibre. Most goats are kept on low ground and inbye land where radioactive caesium from Chernobyl fallout is not readily available for ingestion by grazing animals. Accordingly no specific measures relating to the consumption of goatmeat are considered necassary.

Regular samples are taken of venison in dealers' stores on an all-Scotland basis so that the levels of radioactivity in venison destined for human consumption may be


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monitored. No unacceptably high levels of radioactivity have been detected in this continuing monitoring programme.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Short Money

Mr. Coleman : To ask the Lord President of the Council how much Short money has been paid to the Opposition parties in the last five years.

Mr. Wakeham : The total amount of Short money paid to Opposition parties in the past five years is £3,518,503.75p. A breakdown for each year is as follows :


             |£                        
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1984         |454,749.76               
1985         |631,091.00               
1986         |631,598.75               
1987         |597,741.27               
1988         |1,203,322.97             

HEALTH

Homeless People

77. Mr. Dykes : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to hold any discussions with the Salvation Army and other similar organisations on social service aids for homeless people in Greater London and other major cities who are not temporarily resident in officially designated homeless accommodation.

Mr. Mellor : We have no plans at present for discussions, but if the Salvation Army's recent survey has produced information which would help to direct social services more effectively to homeless people in the category described I--and the authorities immediately responsible--would be pleased to have it.

Waiting Lists

Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics his Department keeps regarding patient waiting time to see a hospital consultant on referral by a general practitioner.

Mr. Mellor : None. Information on waiting times of out-patient referrals is not available centrally.

Hospital Treatment (Bolton)

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received in-patient treatment at Bolton hospitals in 1988 ; and what were the comparable figures during each of the last five years.

Mr. Freeman : The information is given in the table.


In-patient cases treated, Bolton District Health Authority,                
1982 to 1987-88                                                            
Year                     |In-patient cases treated                         
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1982                     |32,598                                           
1983                     |33,471                                           
1984                     |33,837                                           
1985                     |35,289                                           
1986                     |35,385                                           
1987-88                  |37,205                                           
Source: SH3 1982-86.                                                       
SH3a Financial year 1987-88.                                               

West Lancashire District Health Authority

Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated in 1988-89 and 1978-79 by the West Lancashire district health authority as in-patients, out-patients and day patients ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : The latest year for which data are currently available is the financial year 1987-88. The available information is given in the table.


Patients treated in NHS hospitals, West Lancashire District Health                        
Authority 1978 and 1987-88                                                                
                  |1978             |1987-88          |Percentage change                  
                                                      |1978-1987-88                       
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In-patient cases                                                                          
  treated         |13,812           |17,540           |27.0                               
Day cases         |1,411            |2,776            |96.7                               
New out-patients  |13,181           |19,543           |48.3                               
Total out-patient                                                                         
  attendances     |56,398           |88,960           |57.7                               
Source: SH3 1978                                                                          
SH3a Financial year 1987-88.                                                              

AIDS

Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he is making for the early provision of soluble CD4 for patients with HIV once the outcome of trials taking place in the United States is known.

Mr. Mellor : No medicinal produce may be marketed in the United Kingdom until licensed. Where this is justified on public health grounds a licence application may be fast tracked to ensure that the product can be marketed with minimum delay if it meets licensing requirements.

Drug Prices

Mr. Sayeed : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Acupan Tabs, 90 and 30, (ii) Adalat 5mg Caps, 100 and 40, (iii) Adalat 10mg Caps, 100 and 50, (iv) Adalate 10mg Caps, 90, (v) Adalat AR 20mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (vi) Adalat LP 20mg Tabs, 30, (vii) Adalat Retard, 50, (viii) Aldactone 100mg Tabs, 100 and 20, (ix) Aldomet 250mg Tabs, 100, (x) Aldomet 500mg Tabs, 100, (xi) Allegron 10mg Tabs, 100 and (xii) Allegron 25mg Tabs, 100 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(2) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Alrhumat 50 mg Caps, 100, (ii) Amoxil 500 mg, 100, (iii) Androcur 50 mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (iv) Artiflam 200 mg Tabs, 60, (v) Avlocardyl Ret Caps, 28, (vi) Azantac 150 mg Tabs, 60 and 30, (vii) Becotide, 1, (viii) Benortan Suspension, 300 ml, (ix) Blocadfren 10 mg Tabs, 100, (x) Brufen 400 mg Tabs, 100,


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(xi) Canestan Cream (Blue Pack), 30 g and (xii) Canestan Cream (Red Pack), 20 g ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(3) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Capoten 25 mg Tabs, 90 and 45, (ii) Capoten 50 mg Tabs, 90 and 45, (iii) Cinobac 500 mg Caps, 14 and 20, (iv) Cinopal 300 mg Caps, 20 and 24, (v) Clamoxyl 250 mg Caps, 500 and 12, (vi) Clamoxyl 500 mg Caps, 100 and 12, (vii) Clinoril 100 mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (viii) Clinoril 200 mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (ix) Clomid Tabs, 30 and 10, (x) Cordarone 200 mg Tabs, 30 and 60, (xi) Corgard 80 mg Tabs, 28 and 30 and (xii) Corlan Pellets 2.5 mg ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(4) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Danatrol 200 mg Caps, 100, (ii) Dolobis 250 mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (iii) Eusaprim Forte Tabs, 100 and 200, (iv) Eusaprim 480 mg Tabs, 100 and 250, (v) Feldene 10 mg Caps, 60 and 20, (vi) Feldene 20 mg Caps, 30 and 10, (vii) Fepron 600 mg Tabs, 100 and 75, (viii) Fluanxol 0.5 mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (ix) Fluanxol 1 mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (x) Froben 50 mg Tabs, 100 (xi) Froben 100 mg Tabs, 100 and 60 and (xii) Gaviscon Liquid 500 ml and 250 ml ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(5) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Gyno-Canesten Pess, 12, (ii) Haycion 0.25mg Tabs, 30 and 20, (iii) Hirudoid Gel, 40g, (iv) Hydergine 1.5 mg Tabs, 100 (v) Imodium 2mg Caps, 30 and 20, (vi) Imuran Tabs, 100 and 50, (vii) Indera L.A. 160mg Tabs, 28 and 56, (viii) Inderetic Caps, 100 and 42, (ix) Indocid 25mg Caps, 100 and 30, (x) Indocid 50mg, 100, (xi) Indocid Suppositories, 10 and (xii) Kemadrin 5mg, 500 and 25 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ; (6) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Kemadrine 5mg Tabs, 500 and 40, (ii) Kinidrin Durettes 250mg, 100, (iii) Lioresal Tabs, 100 and 50, (iv) Locoid Cream, 30g, (v) Locoid Ointment, 30g, (vi) Lomotil Tabs, 100 and 12, (vii) Loniten 5mg, 100 (viii) Modamide 5mg Tabs, 30 (ix) Modapar 125mg Caps, 100 and 60, (x) Modapar 250mg Caps, 100 and 60, (xi) Moducren Tabs, 28 and 30 and (xii) Motilium 10mg Tabs, 30 and 100 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(7) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Natrilex 2.5mg Tabs, 30, (ii) Negram 500mg Tabs, 56 and 40, (iii) Nerisone Pommade, 30g, (iv) Orap 4mg Tabs, 100 and 20, (v) Otosporin Drops, 5ml and 10ml, (vi) Panoxyl 5 per cent. Gel, 40g, (vii) Panoxyl 10 per cent. Gel, 40g, (viii) Parlodel 2.5 mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (ix) Parlodel 10mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (x) Pevaryl Cream, 30g, (xi) Prothiaden 75mg Tabs, 28 and (xii) Prothiaden 25mg Tabs, 100 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(8) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Proviron 25mg Tabs, 50, (ii) Rivotril 2mg Tabs, 100, (iii) Salazopyrin 0.5mg Tabs, 100, (iv) Salazopyrin E.N. Tabs, 300, (v) Septrin Tabs 400/80mg, 500 and 10, (vi) Septrin Forte Tabs, 100, (vii) Septrin Paed


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Susp, 100ml, (viii) Septrin Adult Susp, 100ml, (ix) Serc Tablets, 120 and 100, (x) Sinemet 100 Tabs, 100, (xi) Stromba 5mg Tabs, 56 and 10 and (xii) Stugeron Forte, 100 and 20 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(9) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Tagamet 200mg Tabs, 120 and 50, (ii) Tagamet 400mg Tabs, 60 and 25, (iii) Tegretol 200mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (iv) Tegretol 400mg Tabs, 100, (v) Tildiem 60mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (vi) Timoptel 0.25 per cent., 5ml, (vii) Timoptol 0.5 per cent., 5ml, (viii) Tinset 30mg Tabs, 25, (ix) Tofranil 10mg Tabs, 100 and 60, (x) Tofranil 25mg Tabs, 100, (xi) Trandate 100mg Tabs, 56 and 75, and (xii) Trandate 200mg Tabs, 56 and 75 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(10) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Trasicor 80mg Tabs, 100 and 40, (ii) Trasicor Ret 160mg Tabs, 28, (iii) Triludan Suspension, 200ml, 120ml, (iv) Ventolin Inhaler (boxed), 1, (v) Ventolin Pouch, 1, (vi) Vermox 100mg Tabs, 6 and 10, (vii) Vermox Suspension, 30ml, (viii) Viskaldix Tabs, 28, (ix) Voltarene 25mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (x) Voltarene 50mg Tabs, 100 and 30, (xi) Voltarene LP 100mg Tabs, 28 and 15, and (xii) Voltren Ret 100mg Tabs, 28 and 10 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available ;

(11) what is the purchase price paid by the National Health Service for (i) Zaditen 1mg Caps, 60, (ii) Zantac Tablets 150mg 60 and 20, (iii) Zarontin 250mg Caps, 50, (iv) Zovirax 200mg Tabs, 25, (v) Zyloric 100mg Tabs, 100 and 50, (vi) Zyloric 300mg Tabs, 30 and 28 and (vii) Zyloric 100mg Tabs, 25 ; and how much in cash terms of each drug was dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Mellor : The price paid for medicines prescribed by their proprietary name and dispensed by pharmacy contractors is the manufacturer's list price. These prices are published from time to time in the British National Formulary, a copy of which is in the Library. Where no list price is available the price paid is the price which the pharmacist has had to pay.

The net ingredient cost of prescriptions written using the names of the products in respect of which information is requested and dispensed by pharmacy contractors in 1987 is contained in a list which has been placed in the Library.

Speech Therapy

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what decisions have been taken as to whether speech therapy services will be classed as core services ; and whether such decisions will be made centrally.

Mr. Mellor : I refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. and learned Friend's reply on 7 February to the hon. Member for Peckham (Ms. Harman) at column 640.


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GPs (Home Visits)

Mr. Stern : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home visits he estimates are made by the average general practitioner ; to what extent he expects that number to increase as a result of revision of the general practitioners' contract ; and what was the figure in 1979.

Mr. Mellor : The information requested, based on the small sample used for the general household survey, is estimated as follows :


England                                                                                 
                      |Average list size    |Number of Home Visits                      
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1979                  |2,286                |1,320                                      
1987                  |2,020                |1,290                                      

Although under the new contract for GPs we expect patients aged 75 and over to be visited annually as part of their general health assessment, this requirement need not be carried out by the GP personally.

Prescribing Budgets

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds he intends to make available in 1990-91 to the regional health authorities to cover the administrative and computer technology costs of introducing indicative prescribing budgets.

Mr. Mellor : We have made quite clear that we will meet the necessary additional costs of implementing the indicative prescribing budget scheme.

It is premature to state what funding will be made available to regional health authorities since we are engaged in discussions with various interested parties about how the scheme should be implemented.

Snapethorpe Hospital, Wakefield

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department instructed the Wakefield district health authority to draw up plans for the building of houses on the site of Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield.

Mr. Freeman : I know of no such plans. If permanent closure of Snapethorpe is agreed by Ministers it will be for the district health authority in consultation with the regional health authority, to decide upon its disposal or future use.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his Department's estimate of the site value of Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield.

Mr. Freeman : The district and regional health authorities, in consultation with the district valuer, and taking account of future use potential, are responsible for assessing the site value.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations and individuals have objected to the proposed closure of Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield.

Mr. Freeman : Details are given in the document "Responses to the Consultation Document, Officer Comments and Recommendations" put to the 30 September meeting of Wakefield health authority. This is available from the health authority.


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Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of patients treated in Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield, in each year since 1979.


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Mr. Freeman : The information requested is given in the table.


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Snapethorpe Hospital-Deaths and Discharges                                                                                              
                 |Chest Diseases  |Geriatrics      |Mental Illness  |General Medicine|Pre-Convalescent|Total                            
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1979             |288             |-               |22              |13              |26              |349                              
1980             |245             |33              |16              |-               |-               |294                              
1981             |187             |46              |25              |-               |-               |258                              
1982             |190             |-               |35              |-               |-               |225                              
1983             |182             |33              |-               |-               |-               |215                              
1984<1>          |31              |-               |-               |-               |-               |31                               
<1> to 31 March 1984                                                                                                                    

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department instructed the Wakefield district health authority to withdraw from discussions with the Wakefield metropolitan district council regarding the possibility of a scheme of joint use of Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield.

Mr. Freeman : No.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to discuss with Wakefield district council its proposals for the future use of Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield, before any decision is made by his Department regarding its closure.

Mr. Freeman : I am aware that the district health authority has had meetings with the district council and will have taken the council's views into account in putting forward closure proposals. I have however, already agreed to meet the hon. Member to discuss the matter.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to visit Snapethorpe hospital, Wakefield, before any decision is made by his Department regarding its closure.

Mr. Freeman : The hon. Member's suggestion is noted. I shall consider it on its merits before any final decision is taken.

National Health Service Capital Expenditure

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide figures for National Health Service capital expenditure in each year since 1975 in 1988 prices, excluding the effect of asset disposal and realisation.

Mr. Freeman : The information requested is shown in the table :


NHS capital expenditure (England)-Net of Capital Receipts at            
1988 prices                                                             
£ million                                                               
Year                    |Net of capital receipts                        
                        |at 1988-89 prices<1>                           
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1974-75                 |967                                            
1975-76                 |1,039                                          
1976-77                 |998                                            
1977-78                 |778                                            
1978-79                 |800                                            
1979-80                 |765                                            
1980-81                 |875                                            
1981-82                 |972                                            
1982-83                 |944                                            
1983-84                 |927                                            
1984-85                 |974                                            
1985-86                 |980                                            
1986-87                 |966                                            
1987-88                 |899                                            
1988-89                 |874                                            
1989-90 (plan)          |910                                            
<1> As measured by GDP deflator.                                        

Infant Care Programme

Mr. Jack : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to district and regional health authorities about the provision of breathing monitors and scales for mothers involved in the care of the next infant programme.

Mr. Freeman : The Department has not issued specific guidance to regional and district health authorities about the provision of breathing monitors and weighing scales for mothers involved in the care of the next infant (CONI) programme, which is run by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. However, the third report of the maternity services advisory committee on the care of the mother and baby, which we have commended to health authorities, advises that, in regard to babies considered to be at risk of unexpected death, detailed attention should be paid to weight gain and to early symptoms of illness or signs that something may be amiss.

North Devon District Hospital

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration has been given to the impact on continuity of patient care of the proposed closure of 25 acute psychiatric beds at weekends within the North Devon district hospital ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what are the projected savings resulting from the proposed closure of 25 acute psychiatric beds at weekends with the North Devon district hospital ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : No decision on this management option has been taken by the North Devon health authority.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to introduce five-day-a-week wards similar to those proposed at the North Devon district hospital in other parts of the country ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Freeman : I understand that the possibility of converting one or two wards in the North Devon district hospital to a five-day week is an option that is being examined, but on which no management view has yet been taken. Local bed management is a matter for individual health authorities.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received concerning the legality of charges imposed on patients since 1 May 1989 by North Devoon health authority for hospital transportation to take patients to hospital for treatment ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what representations he has received concerning the legality of car parking charges to be imposed at the North Devon district hospital ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : None. It is for health authorities to take appropriate legal and other professional advice on local management decisions. However, no charge is made for the transportation of patients to hospital if it has been prescribed by a doctor as clinically necessary.

Bexley Health Authority

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Bexley health authority worked with Bexley London borough in ensuring that the contract to provide accountancy services to Social Policy Management Services Limited, awarded to Auckland Goddard Hampson and Swain (Chartered Accountants), was put out to tender.

Mr. Freeman : Decision on accountancy services is entirely a matter for Social Policy Management Services Ltd.

Cervical Cancer

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have been recorded annually in recent years of women under the age of 20 years from cervical cancer.

Mr. Freeman : The information is shown in the table.


Number of deaths from cervical cancer<1> of women  
under the age of                                   
20 years in England and Wales, 1978-87             
Year             |Number of deaths                 
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1978             |-                                
1979             |-                                
1980             |-                                
1981             |-                                
1982             |1                                
1983             |-                                
1984             |-                                
1985             |-                                
1986             |1                                
1987             |-                                
<1> Assigned to the International Classification   
of Diseases (ICD) 8th and 9th revision code 180.   

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Stretford on 4 May, Official Report, column 230, what estimates he makes of the reduction of deaths from cervical cancer if the frequency of cervical smears was reduced from five years to (a) three years and (b) two years ; what are the cost implications of this ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Freeman : Estimates made by the Department of Health cancer screening evaluation unit would suggest that, in comparison with screening every five years, cervical smears taken every three years between the ages of 20 and 64 could reduce by some further 7 per cent. the number of deaths which would otherwise occur from cancer of the cervix at an additional cost of somewhat over £22 million per annum. Screening every two years would reduce the number of deaths by an additional 1 or 2 per cent. at a further additional cost of some £28 million. These estimates are based on a hypothetical 100 per cent. acceptance of screening. Since we know that the majority of women who die from cervical cancer have never been screened, we have recommended to health authorities that increasing the proportion of women being screened regularly should take precedence over increasing the frequency of screening.

Blood Supplies

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies are being undertaken to monitor the incidence of the retrovirus human T cell lymphotropic virus-1 in blood supplies ; and if he will make a statement.


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