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Mr. Bell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he has discussed the future of Middlesbrough and South Cleveland hospitals with the Northern regional health authority ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what agreements have been entered into with the planning authorities for the development of sites at Poole and South Cleveland hospitals in the event of their sale to the private sector ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) what discussions have taken place between the Northern regional health authority and the Teesside development corporation concerning the replacement of the Middlesbrough general and South Cleveland hospitals by a new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(4) what funding he will make available for the construction of a new medical centre on Teesside ; over what period of time ; when any final decision will be made and by whom ; and if he will make a statement ;
(5) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning the creation of a private health company to run any new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(6) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning the siting of a new medical complex to be built on a site presently containing chemical storage tanks ; what feasibility studies in relation to safety have been carried out ; by whom and when ; and if he will make a statement ;
Column 433(7) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning the transfer of capital allocations presently earmarked for health schemes in South Tees to a new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(8) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority for the creation of a private health care sector within any new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(9) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority for the closure of North Riding infirmary and the transfer of its facilities to a new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(10) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning alternative funding arrangements in respect of the plant and equipment in any new medical facility on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ;
(11) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning a joint development between the regional health authority and college of Durham university concerning a new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement ; (12) what reports he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning the involvement of management consultants, Richard Ellis Venture Consultants Ltd. and Peat Marwick McLintock in the proposed new scheme for a medical complex on Teesside, and the cost at which the management consultants have been retained, and who is paying ; and if he will make a statement ;
(13) what representations he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning a proposed new medical complex on Teesside ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : The hon. Member is aware that Northern regional health authority is considering the possibility of a new NHS medical complex in Teeside. The proposal is at an early stage of consideration and its feasibility is currently being appraised. The outcome will be considered in conjunction with the results of a strategic review of the provision of hospital services in South Tees, which is nearing completion. Specialist advice has been commissioned by the Northern RHA from two firms of management consultants, whose fees will be payable by the RHA. No formal proposals have yet been submitted to the Department, but officials are being kept informed as the exercise progresses. Any firm plans that may result from the studies would be aimed at providing a modern, high quality hospital service within the NHS. Such a development would involve rationalisation of existing services, resulting in a significant improvement in the quality of care available locally. The proposals would not envisage the closure of existing modern facilities at South Cleveland hospital. Northern RHA is known to be in touch with the various interested parties, including Teeside development corporation and relevant local authorities, but details of such contacts are not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to seek any additional information from the chairman of Northern regional health authority.
Mr. Freeman : This information is not held centrally. Allocation of resources to South Tees health authority is the responsibility of Northern regional health authority and the hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman for the information.
Mr. Bell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority for the sale of land at Poole and south Cleveland hospitals ; (2) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority to sell sites that the Northern region considers to be surplus to requirements, including land at Middlesbrough maternity hospital, south Cleveland and Poole hospitals ; what approvals are required for such sales ; when approval is likely to be forthcoming ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) what proposals he has received from the Northern regional health authority concerning estate rationalisation within the South Tees area health authority ; how many surplus sites are proposed to be sold ; what is proposed to happen to the funds ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : We have received no proposals from Northern regional health authority. Once NHS sites are declared surplus to requirements by health authorities they may be disposed of in accordance with the procedures set out in the NHS handbook on land transactions and the proceeds retained locally.
Mr. Bell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last new facilities were opened at south Cleveland hospital ; by whom ; and what reasons have been advanced by the Northern regional health authority to have these closed and removed to a new medical complex on Teesside.
Mr. Freeman : All National Health Service hospitals, whether run by health authorities or self-governing, will be free to offer their services to different health authorities and to the private sector. Consequently, a health authority will be better able to discharge its duty by using its available funds to secure a comprehensive service, including emergency services, to obtain the best service it can whether from its own hospitals, from another authority's hospitals, from NHS hospital trusts or from the private sector.
Sir David Price : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reply he has sent to the Royal College of Nursing in response to its complaint that the chief nursing officer has been excluded from membership of the National Health Service policy board.
Column 435Nursing to discuss this issue and a copy of the statement made after that meeting is in the Library. The fact that Mrs. Poole has not been appointed to the board has in no way altered her position and authority as the Government's chief nursing officer, nor does it imply that the Government no longer have a high regard for the nursing profession.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he supplied to opticians as to his Department's definition of a near relative of glaucoma sufferers in his criteria for free eye tests.
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 26 June 1989] : A free sight test is available to all people aged 40 or over who are either the parent, brother, sister or child of a diagnosed glaucoma patient. Information on eligibility was circulated to opticians through a family practitioner notice in March 1989. Poster SB54 and leaflet G11, which are currently being distributed, also draw attention to the special entitlement of this group of people.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has as to whether the inclusion of more questions in the census than previously has reduced the numbers responding.
Mr. Needham : None. The census is compulsory by law, and everyone is obliged to respond to it. However, the census is based on the principle that it should be generally acceptable to the public, and limited in its overall demands.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of respondents to the census of 1961, 1971 and 1981 did not answer the question concerning religion ; and if he will make a statement.
|Percentage --------------------------------- 1961 |1.9 1971 |9.4 1981 |18.5
A question on religion has traditionally been included in Northern Ireland censuses for answer on a voluntary basis. The Government propose to retain a religion question on the same basis in the 1991 census.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what purpose is intended in including in the census questions on educational qualifications ; and what use will be made of the answers to these questions.
Mr. Needham : The information derived from these questions will be used, together with information from other questions, to show the number of people with higher qualifications in different industries and occupations. Regional variations in the proportions of people with higher qualifications will be used in planning education and training. It will also show the reserves of qualified people among, for example, housewives and the out of work, including those not currently seeking work.
Mr. Needham : In due course, the census office will arrange publicity to explain the purpose of the census, convey assurances of confidentiality and deal with other aspects of public concern. The office will also arrange the distribution of appropriate leaflets and posters to libraries and other public places, issue an explanatory leaflet about the census and set up a telephone service to deal with inquiries from the public.
Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, in view of the imminence of the summer holiday period, he will extend the period for the submission of objections to the proposed Strangford lough (part III) area of special scientific interest beyond the present proposed date of 22 August.
Mr. Needham : Notification of the declaration of Strangford lough (part III) area of special scientific interest was issued on 21 April 1989. As required by article 24 of the Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 the notification stated the period within which representations and objections could be made. It is not possible under the provisions of the order to extend the period beyond 22 August since this was the closing date stipulated in the notification.
Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the largest area of special scientific interest by area identified so far in Northern Ireland ; and how many landowners there are within this area of special scientific interest.
Mr. Needham : The largest area of special scientific interest (ASSI) so far declared is Strangford lough (parts I, II and III) with a total area of 4,108 hectares. There are some 300 landowners and occupiers.
Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Ringhaddy avenue, Bowtown road, Newtownards was given planning approval as a cul-de-sac ; whether the existing right-of-way through the steel fence at Ringhaddy avenue conforms with the planning approval ; and what proposals he has to provide access from the Abbots road estates to Newtownards town centre consistent with existing approvals under the roads and planning legislation.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 22 June 1989] : Ringhaddy avenue was determined and constructed as a cul-de-sac. Following representations from a resident, a pedestrian link was provided through the steel fence. Planning approval was not necessary.
The Department of Environment for Northern Ireland currently has no plans to provide access from the Abbots road estate to Newtownards town centre.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list all appointments of chairmen and members of public and non-governmental bodies made by him since he took up office, together with the names of those appointed, the salaries and expenses paid to them and the method by which their appointment was made.
Northern Ireland since 4 September 1985 Name of body and Member's |Salary |Expenses |Method of appointment names --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Queen's University Senate F. A. Mackle OBE (Member) |Nil |Nil |Nominees suggested by CAU and QUB J. J. Sheil (Member) |Nil |Nil Miss A. E. A. Lambe (Member) |Nil |Nil Rev. J. Dunlop (Member) |Nil |Nil C. T. Hurst OBE (Member) |Nil |Nil Planning Appeals Commission Brian Alexander Moore Banks |£19,810 |Nil |Recommendations submit to Secretary of (Professional Commissioner) |State arising from a nationwide recruit- | ment competition. John Allen OBE (Deputy Chief |£123 for each appeal |Travel and subsistence payable |Recommendations made to the Secretary of Commissioner) (part-time) |£123 for each report |at Civil Service rates |State from list supplied by CAU Mrs. Colette Quigley |£98 for each appeal (Commissioner) (part-time) |£98 for each report Ronald H. A. Blackburn |£98 for each appeal (Commissioner) (part-time) |£98 for each report Noel Baxter (Commissioner) |£98 for each appeal (part-time) |£98 for each report Norman Drummond |£98 for each appeal (Commissioner) |£98 for each report Mrs. I. Marie Campbell |£98 for each appeal (Commissioner) |£98 for each report Mrs. J. Hennessy (known as Ms. J. |£98 for each appeal O'Dempsey) (Commissioner) |£98 for each report Technology Board for Northern Ireland D. V. McCaughan (Chairman) |Nil |Expenses paid at normal Civil |Letter of Appointment from Secretary of |Service rates. To date £3,405 |State Council for Professions Allied to Medicine C. Dallat (Member) |Nil |A matter for the Council |Recommended by the Minister responsible |DHSS Health and Personal Social Services Tribunal Medicine Practitioners Dr. J. D. Boyd MB BCh MRCGP |Nil |Nil |Nominations are sought from relevant (Member) |professional organisations and appoint- Dr. R. M. Shearer MB Bch MD |Nil |Nil |ments made from the nominees (Deputy) Health and Personal Social Services Tribunal Dental Practitioners Mr. M. O'Farrell LDS (Member) |Nil |Nil |Nominations are sought from relevant Mr. H. Morrow OBE BOS |Nil |£393.08 |professional organisations and appoint- (Deputy) |ments made from the nominees Health and Personal Social Services Tribunal Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners Dr. E. A. McWilliams MB BCH |Nil |Nil |Nominations are sought from relevant DO (Member)professional organisations and appoint- Dr. C. Flynn MB (Deputy) |Nil |Nil |ments made from the nominees Health and Personal Social Services Tribunal Ophthalmic Opticians Dr. Anderson FBOA (Member) |Nil |Nil |Nominations are sought from relevant Mr. S. J. Barbour BSC, FBCD |professional organisations and appoint- (Deputy) |Nil |Nil |ments made from the nominees Health and Personal Social Services Tribunal Pharmacists R. G. Dillon MPSNI (Member) |Nil |Nil |Nominations are sought from relevant J. Chambers BSc MPSNI (Deputy) |Nil |Nil |professional organisations and appoint- |ments made from the nominees Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland The Hon. Mr. Justice Carswell |Nil |Travelling and accommoda- |Appointments were made by Secretary of (Chairman) |tion expenses are paid at |State from nominations received from the His Hon. Judge Gibson QC |Nil |normal Civil Service rate |Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, (Member) |the Executive Committee of the Inns of the Patrick Coghlin QC (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per |Court of Northern Ireland, the Law | annum |Society of Northern Ireland and the QUB J. B. Garrett (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per | annum Ms. Siobhan Grant (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per | annum Professor Desmond Greer (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per | annum Patrick Markey QC (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per | annum John Meehan (Member) |Honorarium of £2,000 per | annum Board of the International Fund for Ireland Mr. C. E. B. Brett (Chairman) |£2,000 |Travelling and accommoda- |Appointments to the board are made jointly Sir E. Bell |£1,000 | tion expenses are paid at | by the United Kingdom and Irish Sir G. Booth |£1,000 | normal Civl Service rate | Governments Mr. M. Canavan |£1,000 Mr. J. Craig |£1,000 Mr. G. Dempsey |£1,000 Mr. J. Doherty |£1,000 Dr. A. McGuckian |£1,000 Mr. N. McCann |£1,000 Northern Ireland Economic Council Professor C. M. Campbell |£12,745 |Actual cost basis |Following consultation with Northern (Chairman) |Ireland Permanent Secretaries, Head of N. W. Shaw |£2,560 |Nil |Northern Ireland Civil Service making Dr. V. Furness OBE |£2,560 |Nil |recommendation to Secretary of State J. Stanley |£2,560 |Nil Professor Sue Birley |£2,560 |Actual cost basis J. McCusker |£2,560 |Nil |Nominated by NIC/ICTU R. Jeary |£2,560 |Nil M. Dummigan |£2,560 |Nil R. Gibson |£2,560 |Nil |Nominated by CBI/NICC W. McCourt |£2,560 |Nil A. MacLaughlin |£2,560 |Nil Police Authority for Northern Ireland |Chairman £22,950 |Attendance allowance of £9.12 |The present Secretary of State has appointed The names of Authority members |Vice-Chairman honorarium |for meetings of not more |the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and 18 are not disclosed for security |£11,475 |than 4 hours or £18.25 for |members. Membership is determined by reasons |Members honorarium £3,000 |meetings of more than 4 |the Secretary of State after consultation |hours. Travel and subsis- |with local authorities, the legal profession, |tence expenses are paid at |trade unions, and other interested groups, |Civil Service rates |including voluntary organisations Independent Commission for Police Complaints James Grew (Chairman) |£16,405 |Travel and subsistence expen- |Appointments made by Secretary of State Lady Carswell (Deputy Chairman) |£11,110 |ses are paid at Civil Service |after an assessment of the qualifications Brian Garrett (Deputy Chairman) |£5,555 |rates |and experience of those who have James Gardner (Member) |£4,625 Mrs. Denise Kennedy (Member) |£4,625 Mr. Kevin Murnaghan (Member) |£4,625 |available Brian Reid (Member) |£4,625 Mrs. Brenda Sheil (Member) |£4,625 Probation Board for Northern Ireland James Grew (Chairman) |£7,605 |Up to 4 hours including |Appointments are made by the Secretary of Thomas Millar (Chairman) |£7,605 |travelling time, £17.47. Over |State from nominations received through John V. Simpson (Chairman) |£7,605 |4 hours including travelling |the CAU. Thomas Millar (Deputy Chairman) |time, £34.98 |The present Secretary of State has appointed Edward Barry (Deputy Chairman) |Nil |the Chairman, Deputy Chairmen and 27 Lawrence J. McArdle (Deputy |Nil |members Chairman) Mr. B. Brotherston (Member) |Nil |Up to 4 hours inclusive of Mr. R. Clarke (Member) |Nil |travelling time £13.10. Over Ms. E. M. Donnelly (Member) |Nil |4 hours including travelling Mr. H. Taggart (Member) |Nil |time £26.23. Ms. M. Glass (Member) |Nil |For all members: travel expen- Mr. R. E. Carroll (Member) |Nil |ses range from 17.6p per Mr. H. M. Cunningham (Member) |Nil |mile to 21.3p per mile Ms. T. Greeves (Member) |Nil |depending on size of vehicle. Mr. F. Wheeler (Member) |Nil |Subsistence rates are £4-£12 Ms. J. A. Hayes (Member) |Nil |according to length of ab- Mr. L. A. McArdle (Member) |Nil |sence. Overnight subsistence Ms. J. Douglas (Member) |Nil |within United Kingdom Mr. J. P. Graham (Member) |Nil |(excluding London and the Ms. C. Cunningham (Member) |Nil |Republic of Ireland) £50.50. Mr. O. Gibson (Member) |Nil |London rate is £57.60 Ms. R. Gregg (Member) |Nil Mr. D. J. H. McGuinness (Member) |Nil Mr. M. J. Curran (Member) |Nil Ms. B. B. McIvor (Member) |Nil Mr. T. D. Banford (Member) |Nil Mr. J. H. Baird (Member) |Nil Ms. J. Beveridge (Member) |Nil Ms. E. A. Ferguson (Member) |Nil Mr. E. Rainey (Member) |Nil Ms. M. F. Skillington (Member) |Nil Mr. Aidan P. McNamee (Member) |Nil Mr. M. J. McIvor (Member) |Nil Rathgael and Whiteabbey Training Schools Management Board Mr. M. G. Brown (Chairman) |£100 per annum |Travel expenses paid at va- |The present board was appointed from Rev. H. D. McMorran (Deputy |Nil |rious rates depending on |nominations received from various interes- Chairman) |length of journey and size of |ted bodies. The new board to take office Mr. G. S. Shaw (Member) |Nil |car-from 18.8p to 52.8p |from 1 August 1989 will be comprised of Mr. J. Donaghy (Member) |Nil |per mile. |persons nominated from the CAU and a Rev. M. Elizabeth Hewittan |Nil |Chairman of sub-committees |number of persons re-appointed from the (Member) |may claim necessary tele- |present Board. Mr. L. Shanks (Member) |Nil |phone expenses, which |The present Secretary of State has appointed Mr. G. J. Ginn (Member) |Nil |amount to not more than £2 |the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and 13 Mr. M. J. McIvor JP (Member) |Nil |per person per month. |members Lady M. A. Porter (Member) |Nil Mrs. A. E. Cullen (Member) |Nil Mr. W. Keown (Member) |Nil Mrs. M. Sandford DL JP |Nil (Member) Mr. P. Patrick (Member) |Nil Mr. S. M. Hamilton (Member) |Nil Mr. R. Doran (Member) |Nil Boards of Visitors and Visiting |Nil |Travelling expenses are paid. |Appointments are made after nominations Committees |Details not readily available |are received from various public groups Names are not disclosed for |and bodies which are representative of the security reasons |community as a whole. |Fifty appointments have been made by the |present Secretary of State Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights Mr. James O'Hara (Chairman) |£6,216 |Travel and subsistence expen |The present Secretary of State has made 17 Sir Oliver Napier (Chairman) |£6,216 |-ses are paid at Civil Service |appointments and re-appointments in Mr. P. Girvan QC (Member) |Daily attendance fee of £72.00 |rates |accordance with section 20 of the Professor T. Hadden (Member) |Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973 Professor J. Darby (Member) Mrs. D. Field (Member) Mrs. J. McCrum (Member) Mr. A. H. MacLaughlin (Member) Dr. J. C. McCrudden (Member) Mr. R. A. Ferris (Member) Mr. T. Carlin (Member) Mrs. J. Brett (Member) Mr. T. H. Kernohan (Member) Mr. D. Stevens (Member) Dr. P. J. Cosgrove (Member) Sister Genevieve O'Farrell (Member) Mrs. D. Tennis (Member) Parliamentary Boundary Commission |No appointments to the Commission have for Northern Ireland |been made by the present Secretary of |State P
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the current estimates of greenhouse gas emissions, such as nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide, from the agricultural sector in the United Kingdom ; and what are his proposals to reduce these emissions.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Agriculture both produces and consumes carbon dioxide, and net emissions are likely to be small. Annual emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from agriculture are very tentatively and approximately estimated at 1.4 million tonnes and 0.06 million tonnes (as N) respectively.
Column 444enactment, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide, since the seminar on the greenhouse effect held by the Prime Minister on 26 April.
Mr. Donald Thompson : My Department participates in the work of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change, and we have drawn its attention to a number of schemes in the United Kingdom which encourage farmers to protect the environment, and which help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends to have a period of public consultation on his proposals to lift the ban on food irradiation and on his report of a working policy on the introduction of food irradiation in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ryder : The Council of the European Communities agreed on 14 June to amend the food labelling directive to provide for specific indication on the label of foodstuffs that have been irradiated. This requirement will be implemented into United Kingdom food labelling legislation in due course.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Populations of all micro-organisms in food are reduced to a greater or lesser extent by food irradiation. The process has been shown to be effective in dealing with vegetative micro-organisms such as salmonella, camphylobacter and listeria, but is not effective in the reduction of micro-organisms that produce spores--in particular clostridium botulinum.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the countries in which food irradiation is approved, giving the nature of the approval and details of the type of food covered for each country.
World take-up of food irradiation by country with foods for which irradiation approved--
P=Provisional C=Conditional U=Unconditional
Black, White Pepper (P)
Paprika Powder (P)
Arabic Gum (P)
(Semi)-Dried Vegetables (P)
Aromatic Substances (U)
Gum Arabic (U)
Muesli-like Cereal (U)
Dehydrated Vegetables (U)
Mechanically Deboned Poultry Meat (U)
Dried Fruits (U)
Dried Vegetables (U)
Germany (Dem. Rep)
Enzyme Solutions (U)
Column 446Spices (P)
Frozen Frog Legs (P)
Rice and Ground Products (P)
Rye Bread (P)
Frozen Shrimp (P)
Boiled and Cooled Shrimp (P)
Frozen Fish (P)
Egg Powder (P)
Dry Blood Protein (P)
Dehydrated Vegetables (P)
Rest of Europe--
Dry and Dehydrated Herbs and Spices (U)
All Foods for Patients requiring a Sterile Diet (U)
Sour Cherries Canned(C)
Black Pepper (C)
Spices (U) and (C)
Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables (U)
Dried Mushrooms (U)
Egg Powder (U)
Herbal Teas, Tea Extracts (U)
Fresh Poultry (U)
Wheat and Wheat Flour (U)
White Potatoes (U)
Spices and Dry Vegetable Seasonings (38 Commodities) (U) Dry or Dehydrated Enzyme Preparations (Including Immobilised Enzyme Preparations) (U)
Pork Carcases or Fresh Non-Heat Processed Cuts of Pork Carcases (U)
Fresh Foods (U)
Dry or Dehydrated Aromatic Vegetable Substances (U)
Wheat Flour, Wholewheat (U)
Spices and Certain Dry Vegetable Seasonings (U)
Onion Powder (U)