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Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what statistical information he has as to the reasons given to applicants by social fund officers at the local office in Durham City for the nil awards in respect of an application for community care grants.
Unsuccessful applications for community care grants by reason for refusal at Durham ILO |April |May |June |July |August |September|October |November |December |January |February |March |Total --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Savings over £500 meet the full cost |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |1 Not in receipt of IS and unlikely to qualify |0 |0 |1 |3 |5 |1 |4 |2 |0 |1 |4 |1 |22 Item(s) excluded by Direction |0 |2 |1 |0 |2 |3 |1 |0 |0 |2 |4 |1 |16 Applicant excluded by Direction |0 |0 |0 |12 |17 |21 |14 |13 |7 |3 |6 |0 |93 Applied for less than £30 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |3 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |1 |5 Adjusted amount less than £30 |0 |0 |0 |1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 Previous application and decision for the item |0 |0 |0 |1 |4 |1 |1 |0 |2 |0 |1 |0 |10 Help available from another source |0 |2 |2 |5 |1 |0 |0 |0 |2 |4 |2 |1 |19 Priority too low to meet from the budget |0 |0 |3 |1 |1 |4 |0 |0 |2 |0 |3 |1 |15 Alternative available to the whole application |0 |2 |4 |2 |0 |0 |0 |1 |4 |1 |1 |1 |16 Others not covered above |0 |1 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |4 |10 |13 |6 |34 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- Total |0 |7 |11 |25 |30 |33 |20 |16 |21 |23 |34 |12 |232
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consideration the Minister for the Disabled has given to the report from the National Deaf Children's Society entitled "A Good Deal for Deaf Children" ; what action he is taking ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information is not available on this basis. Help through income support with the fees of residential care homes in Bradford is subject to the national limits. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced the current limits on 27 October 1988 at column 483.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received about the difference between charges levied by private residential homes in Bradford and the maximum weekly payment made by his Department to support elderly people living in such homes ; what is the current minimum and maximum difference in Bradford ; how many elderly people have been evicted from residential homes in Bradford in the last 12 months because of inability to pay fees ; how many elderly people are now under notice to leave private residential homes because of inability to pay fees ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Help with fees in an independent residential care home can be available through income support, subject to national limits. The level of a person's charges is a matter for him and the proprietor to agree based on the services to be provided. We have had representations from Bradford and elsewhere about the levels of income support in relation to fees charged by homes. However, it is not our policy to meet all fees, however high, and the levels of income support are enough to meet the fees in the majority of cases. The Department does not collect information on the remaining points.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds his Department decided to consult interested parties before making his decision to provide funds for the purchase of a cyclotron machine for St. Thomas's hospital ; and if he will list the groups he consulted.
Mr. Fearn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to continue to provide 60 per cent. of the funds for the running costs of the cyclotron machine at St. Thomas's hospital in the light of concern over the safety of the machine ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman : We have undertaken to meet up to 60 per cent. of the direct running costs of the cyclotron once it begins to operate, in so far as these are not met from other sources. We have given careful consideration to the views that have so far been expressed by the medical profession, but they have not produced any evidence which would cause us to change our views of the proposed project.
Number of deaths from Motor Neurone Disease<1> in England and Wales, 1959-1988 Year Number of deaths |Males |Females|Total ---------------------------------------- 1959 |308 |260 |568 1960 |311 |227 |538 1961 |306 |230 |536 1962 |311 |228 |539 1963 |290 |227 |517 1964 |346 |258 |604 1965 |375 |265 |640 1966 |341 |271 |612 1967 |343 |269 |612 1968 |327 |278 |605 1969 |340 |268 |608 1970 |342 |261 |603 1971 |382 |339 |721 1972 |385 |298 |683 1973 |372 |307 |679 1974 |367 |322 |689 1975 |376 |338 |714 1976 |402 |324 |726 1977 |418 |358 |776 1978 |384 |392 |776 1979 |488 |386 |874 1980 |402 |353 |755 1981 |493 |390 |883 1982 |458 |366 |824 1983 |481 |461 |942 1984 |565 |440 |1,005 1985 |570 |533 |1,103 1986 |591 |490 |1,081 1987 |598 |525 |1,123 <2>1988 |592 |530 |1,122 <1>From 1959 to 1967 motor neurone disease and muscular atrophy was classified to the International Diseases of Classification (ICD) 7th revision code 356. Similarly from 1968 to 1978 motor neurone disease was classified to ICD 8th revision ICD code 348 and from 1979 onwards 9th revision ICD code 325.2 was used. <2>Provisional.
Mr. Boyes : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the research projects on motor neurone disease funded by the Department in each year since 1959 for which data are available and the level of funding provided.
Mr. Freeman : At present, the health and personal social services research programme does not include any research specifically into motor neurone disease (MND). However, the Department of Health does fund a number of studies about service delivery where MND sufferers would be among the service users. These studies are as follows : (a) Research on aspects of physiotherapy provision, carried out by the Centre for Physiotherapy Research at King's college, London. (b) Research on speech therapy provision, in particular ; a study of Communication Aid Centres being carried out by Dr. Anne Chamberlain at Leeds ;
a study on speech therapy services (demands and staffing) being undertaken by Dr. Philip Davies at Oxford.
(c) Research on disability generally is relevant to MND. An important example is the OPCS disability survey which, of course, includes MND sufferers.
A full list of earlier research into MND is not readily available. However, the Department's handbook of research and development, published annually, contains information about all directly funded research. Copies are available in the Library.
Mrs. Rosie Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has a specific policy on giving financial support to voluntary organisations dealing with disabilities which are run by the disabled.
Mr. Freeman : The major considerations in determining support to voluntary organisations dealing with disabilities are the services they offer to disabled people and the resources available. A number of organisations that we currently support are run by disabled people.
Mr. Freeman : The Department is currently considering an application from the British Council of Organisations of Disabled People for funds under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 for the period 1989-90 to 1991-92.
Mr. Freeman : The Chief Medical Officer wrote to regional medical officers on 1 February 1988(PL/CMO(88)3). This letter drew to their attention a report of the working party, from the conference of medical royal colleges on organ transplantation in neonates. A copy has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Churchill : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the cumulative total of his Department's expenditure since May 1979 to date over and above the expenditure level prevailing in May 1979.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 29 June 1989] : Between 1979-80 and 1989-90 total gross expenditure on the health and personal social services programme in England has increased by nearly 36 per cent. in real terms. The table shows gross expenditure in each year since 1979-80 at 1989 -90 prices and the cumulative real terms increases during this period :
HPSS Gross Expenditure 1979-80 to 1989-90 at Current Prices £ millions |at 1989-90 prices |Cumulative increase in |real terms -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1979-80 |18,574 |- 1980-81 |20,208 |1,634 1981-82 |20,591 |2,017 1982-83 |20,978 |2,404 1983-84 |21,353 |2,779 1984-85 |21,804 |3,230 1985-86 |21,868 |3,294 1986-87 |22,869 |4,295 1987-88 |24,006 |5,432 1988-89 |24,884 |6,310 1989-90 |25,230 |6,656
Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by regional health authority, the number of compensation payments made exceeding £100,000 paid in each year from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 3 July 1989] : The number of compensation payments exceeding £100,000 notified to the Department in each year 1984-85 to 1987-88, together with the amounts involved, is as follows :
1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 Region |Number of cases|Amounts |Number of cases|Amounts |Number of cases|Amounts |Number of cases|Amounts |£ |£ |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Northern |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- Yorkshire |- |- |1 |385,000 |- |- |- |- Trent |- |- |1 |270,000 |3 |115,000 |- |- |130,000 |375,000 East Anglian |- |- |- |- |1 |151,222 |- |- North West Thames |1 |220,760 |- |- |- |- |- |- North East Thames |1 |235,000 |- |- |- |- |1 |430,000 South East Thames |- |- |1 |154,095 |- |- |- |- South West Thames |- |- |- |- |3 |600,000 |- |- |150,498 |108,434 Wessex |- |- |1 |275,000 |1 |175,000 |- |- Oxford |- |- |- |- |1 |550,000 |- |- South Western |- |- |- |- |- |- |1 |350,000 West Midlands |- |- |1 |250,000 |2 |175,000 |1 |220,000 |260,000 Mersey |- |- |- |- |- |- |1 |375,000 North Western |- |- |- |- |1 |207,000 |- |- Note: The figures shown represent the total amount of the award/settlement, excluding costs. They do not take account of the fact that the health authority's liability may have been reduced (in a case involving a medical accident) by a contribution from a medical defence organisation.
The Council discussed the economic situation in the Community and the Commission's second quarterly review ; and confirmed the economic policy guidelines set out in the 1988-89 annual economic report adopted last December. The Commission and the presidency explained their plans for implementing the decisions on European monetary union reached at the recent European Council at Madrid.
Mr. Churchill : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which year and on whose authority value added tax was first imposed on the maintenance of United States war graves in the United Kingdom ; when and on whose authority war graves in the United Kingdom and European Economic Community nations were exempted from such value added tax charges ; and when he proposes taking action to ensure that the war graves of our American and Commonwealth allies are not less favourably treated than those of our former enemies.
Column 662United Kingdom of goods and services for the American Battle Monuments Commission were chargeable with VAT.
There was an exchange of notes between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America in 1952 regarding relief from taxation of United States Government expenditures in the United Kingdom. Information is not presently available on the position in other countries of the European Communities.
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is looking into the background to the ruling in 1985 to see whether it was correct then and is appropriate now.
Mr. Gale : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he intends to take to increase the volume of information provided by Customs and Excise marketing agents relating to imported manufactured goods ; and how he intends to make the information available to British manufacturers.
Mr. Lilley [holding answer 10 July 1989] : Customs and Excise is now making available to its approved marketing agents, in addition to traditional United Kingdom trade statistical data, the names and addresses of consignees shown on import declarations, listed against the commodities they import. This new facility has been available since 22 May 1989. The information covers importations from 1 January 1989 and is updated monthly. Commodities are distinguished by an appropriate commodity code ; these are published in the Customs and Excise tariff. In most cases information is made available at the more detailed nine-digit level, but in
Column 663some instances it is provided at a less detailed level where to provide at nine-digit level would lead to disclosure of confidential quantity and value data. Information covers the whole range of imported, including manufactured, goods.
The marketing agents will supply the information in a form and manner which is convenient to their customers, and at an attractive price. British manufacturers who wish to obtain this data should therefore contact a marketing agent. This new service was announced by Customs and Excise in a press notice dated 1 June 1989 in which the names and addresses of the approved agents are listed.
Mr. Straw : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mention was made in the discussions or negotiations with Barclays bank over the charge to value added tax for the redevelopment of its new headquarters of the bank's co-operation with the Government scheme for top-up loans.
The Crown Estate Commissioners are content that either commoners with registered rights or tenants on the Crown Estate within environmentally sensitive areas should, if they so wish, enter the ESA scheme without any payment to the Crown Estate.
Mr. Andrew Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what would be the total cost of allowing pensioner households currently holding a colour television licence to pay only a monochrome licence fee ; and what would be the additional cost per licence for non- pensioner licence holders if this additional cost was met through increases in the licence fee.
Mr. Renton : It is estimated that there are about 22,150,000 households in the United Kingdom, the Channel islands and the Isle of Man. As at 31 May 1989 there were 19,440,211 television licences in force.
Column 664organisation ; if he will place a copy in the Library ; what assessment he has made of considerations of security, accountability and public confidence which are addressed in the report ; and what action he proposes to take on the recommendations contained therein.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The County NatWest report was received on 22 May ; a copy of that part relating to the future of the police national computer organisation has been placed in the Library. The Department is now consulting senior management, the trade unions, the local authorities and the police service on its findings, including the issues referred to by the hon. Member. We shall be considering carefully the report's recommendations, together with the results of this consultation process, in due course.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : In its White Paper "Review of Public Order Law" (Cmnd 9510, May 1985), the Government concluded that the likelihood of incitement of racial hatred should not be a ground for banning a procession and that there should be no power to ban public assemblies. It is an offence under part III of the Public Order Act 1986 to use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or to publish or distribute material which is intended or likely to stir up racial hatred.
Sir Dudley Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to the speech of the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington on 13 June, Official Report, columns 871-72, on how hard pornography emanating from an established European television channel can be prevented from being transmitted in the United Kingdom by satellite or other means.
"It was to avoid precisely this sort of problem that we were keen to secure agreement on provisions in the Council of Europe convention on transfrontier television which would preserve acceptable standards of taste and decency. I am pleased to say that we were successful in that objective. Article 7 of the convention requires that programmes should not be indecent or contain pornography. This is also reflected in article 22 of the draft directive, which places on broadcasters a responsibility to ensure that they do not transmit programmes which might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors, in particular those that involve pornography or gratuitous violence."
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the flow of people of Indian sub-continent cultural origin into and out of the United Kingdom in each of the last three years ; and if he will make a statement as to the reasons, where applicable, for the imbalance in the flows.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the net inflow of visitors from Hong Kong in each of the last eight weeks ; and what was the comparable figure in 1988.
Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the answer of 10 July, Official Report, column 358, who purchased the 39 prison officers' houses at Culcheth : why they had remained vacant for between seven and eight years ; and at what price he expects to sell the six houses that became vacant during 1988-89.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The 39 prison officers' houses at Culcheth were purchased by Beazer Urban Developments Limited. Properties had remained vacant and surplus to requirements for between seven and eight years for a variety of reasons. These included the need to ascertain whether any would be needed to accommodate staff from the new prison at Thorn Cross, which opened in 1985 ; the need to clarify the requirements of the local authority as regards upgrading the roads and sewers to make them suitable for adoption ; and the need to negotiate an easement for a new rising pumped main through adjoining land. The prices of the six houses that became vacant during 1988-89 have yet to be finally determined by the district valuer, but are likely to be in the region of £45,000 for the five three bedroom semi-detached houses, and £30,000 for the two bedroom semi-detached house.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Mr. K. Hussain, whose reference is H4/8/12/88, first applied for British citizenship ; and when a decision is to be taken on his application.
Mr. Renton : As the hon. Member knows, we have been unable to trace this application on the reference given. To do so we would need Mr. Hussain's full name and his date and place of birth. I shall write to the hon. Member once we have this information.
Mr. Gregory : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has as to how many councils have placed a ban on static weapon displays by the armed forces on council property ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many independent schools in respect of which grants were available to service families have ceased to be eligible for such funds in the last five years ; and if he will state the reasons.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that every serving Army officer is made aware of the content of his reply to the hon. Member for Northampton, North on 6 July, Official Report, column 266.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : There is no need to draw the attention of every serving Army officer to the reply of 6 July. In this matter, as in any other, an officer who is in any doubt should consult the regimental adjutant or his commanding officer.
Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when West Glamorgan county council is tobe informed of the nuclear-powered warship safety committee's decision regarding berthing of nuclear submarines at Swansea ; to whom it is to be communicated ; what form the consultation with the council will take ; what issues it will cover ; and what powers the council has to stop the use of such a berth at the port.
Mr. Archie Hamilton [holding answer 13 July 1989] : The Ministry of Defence will be in touch with the chief executive of West Glamorgan county council as soon as the Royal Navy is ready to proceed. A public safety plan will need to be drawn up in consultation with council, fire, police and health officials. The disposition of naval vessels is a matter which affects national security, and as such it must remain the responsibility of central rather than local government. A defence policy can be effective only if applied on a national basis.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will list those hospitals in which WRVS or other voluntary bodies' facilities for the provision of patients' and or relatives' services have been either removed or reduced ;
(2) why facilities made available to the WRVS at Stirling Royal infirmary have been reduced.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Proposals to remove or reduce the facilities used by the WRVS or other voluntary bodies for the provision of services to patients and others are a matter for the health board responsible for the hospital, in consultation with the voluntary body concerned. Information on this is not held centrally, but I am not aware of any case where the health board and the voluntary body have failed to reach an agreement.
Forth Valley health board and the WRVS discussed the future of the WRVS canteen at Stirling Royal infirmary because wards in the immediate vicinity of its site were being relocated. Both parties concluded that the canteen should move to a new site in the maternity-gynaecology block nearby. The new canteen opened during May. WRVS facilities have not been reduced since the existing
Column 667canteen has also been kept open because not all the wards have yet been relocated. No final decision has been taken about the future of the site.
I have written recently in response to a letter from the Scottish chairman of the WRVS, emphasising my appreciation for the work of such organisations, which is greatly appreciated by health boards and, most important, by patients and their relatives.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Scottish Health Service Advisory Council will be able to initiate and pursue matters without prior approval by himself ; and if he will make a statement.
"Where requested by or agreed with the Secretary of State to advise him on the exercise of his functions under the National Health Service Acts and to give advice on good practice to Health Boards, other Health Managers and those delivering Health Services."
Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the attendance of each of his appointments to Lothian health board together with the possible totals, for each member of the board and its sub-committees for the years (a) 1987-88, (b) 1988-89 and (c) 1989-90.
Dr. Reid : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many posts in Scottish institutions of higher education funded directly by his Department have been filled without advertisment over the period from 1983 to June 1989.
Mr. Lang : The arrangements for filling staff vacancies in the grant -aided colleges are for the college authorities to determine. The information requested is not collected by the Scottish Education Department.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish what information he has on the number of dial-a-ride and similar schemes for the elderly and disabled currently operating in Scotland.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The report of the working party to review dental provision in Scotland made recommendations for reductions in places for dental education in Scotland. With the agreement of my right hon. Friend the
Column 668Secretary of State for Education and Science, my right hon. and learned Friend sent the report to the Universities Funding Council and asked the council to consider the working party's advice in reaching decisions on undergraduate dental education.
Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the proportions of dental school graduates from the three dental schools in Scotland who stayed on to practice in Scotland, giving the information broken down by school and for each year since 1977 for which figures are available.