Mr. Lang : There are no comprehensive statistics on redundancies. A consistent series on redundancies involving 10 or more workers confirmed to the Employment Department : The Training Agency is available only back to 1977. The number of such redundancies in Scottish manufacturing industry in each year from 1977 to 1988 is set out in the table.
Year |Total redundancies |Scottish |manufacturing<1><2> ------------------------------------------------------------ 1977 |22,168 1978 |14,645 1979 |27,519 1980 |44,804 1981 |40,372 1982 |32,054 1983 |28,397 1984 |18,601 1985 |14,175 1986 |17,868 1987 |15,267 1988 |8,220 <1> Figures for 1977-83 for manufacturing are for Orders III-XIX of the 1968 Standard Industrial Classification. <2> Figures for 1984 onwards for manufacturing are Divisions 2-4 of the 1980 Standard Industrial Classification.
Health Board |<1>Expenditure |£ million ---------------------------------------------------- Argyll and Clyde |54.966 Ayrshire and Arran |39.423 Borders |13.459 Dumfries and Galloway |21.722 Fife |39.744 Forth Valley |39.433 Grampian |68.392 Greater Glasgow |174.308 Highland |30.622 Lanarkshire |61.555 Lothian |111.384 Orkney |2.555 Shetland |2.903 Tayside |67.829 Western Isles |3.992 <1> Provisional
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give for each health board for 1988-89, the amount allocated for salaries for doctors, dentists and nurses, and the amount subsequently spent on these groups.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Initial revenue allocations to health boards do not separately identify provision for salaries, Total expenditure on salaries for doctors, dentists and nurses are shown in the following table :
Health board |<1>Expenditure |£ million ---------------------------------------------------- Argyll and Clyde |67.567 Aryshire and Arran |49.213 Borders |16.250 Dumfries and Galloway |26.224 Fife |48.257 Forth Valley |46.885 Grampian |86.488 Greater Glasgow |230.355 Highland |38.146 Lanarkshire |77.323 Lothian |147.550 Orkney |2.936 Shetland |3.352 Tayside |86.233 Western Isles |4.821 <1>Provisional.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) at what board meeting or meeting of a committee with powers the Greater Glasgow health board decided to advertise works contracts for medical records facilities and laboratory services in the official journal of the European Communities of 30 June ;
(2) which committee of the Greater Glasgow health board is responsible to the board for (a) medical records and (b) laboratory services ; what reports they have received on the privatisation of these services ; and when they last discussed the matter in depth.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The finance and general purposes committee of Greater Glasgow health board discussed the potential for competitive tendering in a numberof services and agreed at the April 1989 meeting to the acceleration and expansion of the competitive tendering programme including clinical support services. The committee has received no specific report on privatisation. As regards the journal of 30 June, the advertisements merely invite expressions of interest in tendering.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated current year expenditure by the Greater Glasgow health board on (a) medical records facilities and (b) laboratory services ; how many persons are employed in each ; and what is the board's calculation of redundancy payments should the services be privatised.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : I have asked the Greater Glasgow health board to forward the hon. Member a copy of its annual accounts. The board is at the stage of gathering and considering expressions of interest from contractors.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Greater Glasgow health board's advertisements in the official journal of the European Communities of 30 June, references 89/S 123 14555/EN and 89/S 123 14556/EN, were first drafted ; when the final draft was approved ; and when it was submitted to the journal for publication.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list each hospital in Scotland and show against each the non-medical services which have been retained in-house and which have been privatised ; and if he will show the date of privatisation where applicable.
Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has taken steps to ensure that health boards seeking to privatise laboratory services have secured in the contract documents absolute legal liability of the contractor for delictual acts on his behalf ; whether contractors are required to show proof of ability to meet awards in damages ; whether that liability may lie in insurance cover ; and whether the National Health Service has any residual liability for services that are privatised.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The National Health Service is liable to its patients for services provided for it by contractors. No specific instructions have, however, been issued by the Scottish Home and Health Department in relation to laboratory services. Such matters would be dealt with by boards under their ordinary procedures for placing contracts.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give for each health board in Scotland the number of patients on in- patient waiting lists on March 1988, the number of new cases added to the lists between then and March 1989 and the number of patients on the lists treated, between these dates.
Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has responded to the report on the survey of waste disposal in Scotland presented to him by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland on 12 July ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 968proposals relating to waste disposal, on which we intend to legislate in the near future. The association's earlier response to our consultation paper on the role and functions of waste disposal authorities in Scotland will be taken into account in that context.
Mr. Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to establish in Scotland street lighting projects, monitoring the connection between lighting and crime, along the lines of the four projects announced by the Home Office on 18 July.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I am fully aware of the four new street lighting projects which are to be monitored by the Home Office in an attempt to assess their impact on levels of crime. We will be closely following developments on the four projects, and their relevance to Scotland will be considered in the light of the results which are expected to become available early next year. The outcome of the current research study in Wandsworth on the relationship between street lighting and crime will be of similar interest, in the context of the safer cities projects which have already been announced.
Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated additional costs that will be incurred by the Lothian health board in the event that the Edinburgh dental school is closed, showing (a) the estimated additional cost of funding clinical posts currently available at the school and (b) the recurrent loan charges for the capital cost of providing a new building for the dental hospital.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The cost of funding clinical posts in any new dental hospital in Edinburgh is not yet known. In evidence to the McCallum working party, Lothian health board estimated that an additional £220,750 would be needed to meet total staff costs. Capital expenditure in the National Health Service is not funded on a recurrent loan basis.
Force |1979 |1989 ---------------------------------------- Central Scotland |0 |4 Dumfries and Galloway |0 |2 Fife |0 |6 Grampian |2 |12 Lothian and Borders |13 |24 Northern |0 |5 Strathclyde |14 |34 Tayside |4 |13 |--- |--- Total |33 |100
In addition, since 1986, the strength of the Scottish crime squad has been increased by 31 officers to allow the formation of drugs wings based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stonehaven.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The extent of an illegal activity such as drug misuse cannot be precisely measured. Two main indicators are the number of addicts notified to the Home Office and the number of drugs offences recorded by the police. A comprehensive range of figures for 1988 is contained in "Statistics of Drug Addicts Notified to the Home Office, United Kingdom, 1988--Area Tables" and SHHD statistical bulletin No. 1/1989 "Recorded Crime in Scotland 1988", copies of which are in the Library. The number of new addicts notified to the Home Office from Scotland in 1988 was 400, an increase of 5 per cent. over 1987. The number of drugs offences recorded by the police in Scotland in 1988 was 5,213, an increase of about 10 per cent. over 1987.
From the current financial year, provision to health boards to maintain and develop drug misuse services is being increased from £1 million to £2 million per annum. The latest (fifth) edition of "Drug Problems--A Register of Helping Agencies", published in March 1989, lists the many services at present available in Scotland specifically for the treatment and rehabilitation of drug misusers. I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the Library.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is given below. For this purpose, the relevant offences are taken to be the illegal importation, production, manufacture, cultivation or supply of drugs, possession with intent to supply, and simply possession.
Persons proceeded against: Scotland |Numbers ------------------------ 1979 |1,336 1980 |1,402 1981 |1,183 1982 |1,663 1983 |1,971 1984 |2,584 1985 |3,047 1986 |3,065 1987 |2,842
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information on the total number of addicts notified to the Home Office from Scotland in the years 1979 to 1988 is published in Tables A1 and A2 of "Statistics of Drug Addicts Notified to the Home Office, United Kingdom, 1988--Area Tables", a copy of which is in the Library.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Information about the prevalence of infertility is not available since only a proportion of those affected will seek advice and treatment. Data on the numbers of those seeking advice and treatment are not held centrally.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : No. It is for individual health boards to determine, in the light of local circumstances and of the resources available to them, the extent to which they should make infertility services available in their areas and how such services should be organised.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the joint funding arrangements for support for people with mental illness in Lothian, including the location of new facilities and financial arrangements for both capital and revenue expenditure.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Lothian health board, together with Lothian regional council, the district councils, and the voluntary sector, has developed a comprehensive plan for the provision of services for the mentally ill. Jointly funded projects play an increasingly important part in that provision. I recently announced the latest proposals, developed jointly by the health board, the regional council, the Church of Scotland and other voluntary agencies, involving the transfer of 90 mentally ill people back into the community at a capital cost to the NHS of £4 million. I have asked Lothian health board to let the hon. Member have the detailed information which he requested.
Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons have been (a) killed and (b) injured in Scotland in the first six months of 1989 as a result of paramilitary activity ; and if he will break down the figures specifying whether the paramilitaries were (i) from western Europe, (ii) from Northern Ireland, (iii) from the Republic of Ireland, (iv) from other parts of the world and (v) of unknown origin.
Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prisoners were transferred from (a) Scotland to Northern Ireland and (b) from Northern Ireland to Scotland in the first six months of 1989 ; and under which section of the Criminal Justice Act 1961 such transfers were carried out.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Statistics on court disposals during 1988 and the first six months of 1989 are not yet available. Provisional estimates based on prison reception statistics indicate that in 1988 the average length of sentence of females received into the penal system on direct sentence was 121 days. Prison reception statistics are not yet available for the period April-June 1989. Provisional estimates indicate that in the first three months of 1989 the average length of sentence of females received into the penal system on direct sentence was 107 days. Females sentenced to life imprisonment or indeterminate detention are not included in the above calculations.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Forestry Commission consults the Nature Conservancy Council about all new woodland grant schemes outwith sites of special scientific interest with the exception of those in Caithness and Sutherland.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Forestry Commission consults the Nature Conservancy Council on planting and felling proposals falling wholly or partly within national nature reserves or sites of special scientific interest and on planting schemes which require to be assessed under the terms of the Environmental Assessment (Afforestation) Regulations 1988. The NCC is also notified by the Forestry Commission of all planting and felling proposals in environmentally sensitive areas and given the opportunity to comment.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the Forestry Commission takes account of comments from local authorities on nature conservation aspects of forestry proposals ; and if he will list the organisations the commission consults about the nature conservation aspects of forestry proposals.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Forestry Commission consults local authorities over grant and felling applications in accordance with mutually agreed arrangements with individual authorities. If a local authority consulted by the commission objects to an application on nature conservation or other grounds the commission will always seek a solution through discussions with the local authority and the applicant. If the matter cannot be resolved, the commission is required to consult Ministers before any decision is taken to allow the application.
The commission does not seek comments from voluntary conservation bodies, but it does encourage statutory authorities, including the Nature Conservancy Council, to consider the views of such bodies in formulating their expert advice on forestry proposals.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial resources were allocated to stock assessment of basking sharks in each of the last three years ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 972sharks have been recorded by his district fisheries inspectors for each of the last three years ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang : Basking sharks have a worldwide distribution, and those occurring in British waters appear to be seasonal visitors. No stock estimates are therefore available although examination of Norwegian catch and effort data suggests there has been no long-term change in the population in the last decade.
Mr. Salmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date the Scottish Office first became involved in the decision to apply the job interview guarantee scheme to the Whitfield area of Dundee and the Castlemilk area of Glasgow ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, pursuant to his reply to the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale of Monday 3 July, Official Report, column 51, he has any progress to report on negotiations on the European Commission's proposals to make changes to the payment of the hill livestock compensatory allowance.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money was paid in the past four years to residents in residential care establishments and private nursing homes in Scotland for the following categories : (a) elderly, (b) physical handicap, (c) mental handicap and (d) mental illness by local authority.
Column 973(2) how the care element to be allocated to local authorities will be identified in the rate support grant settlement in the initial and subsequent years ;
(3) if he will make it his policy to follow Sir Roy Griffiths' proposal to provide resources to match the needs identified in local plans ;
(4) what capacity there will be to enable local authorities to expand community care ; and where this capacity will come from ; (5) what form of consultation or negotiation he intends to establish with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on community care matters ;
(6) what role he sees for local authorities in the longer term as a direct provider of community care services :
Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will direct the general manager of the Greater Glasgow health board to reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston's letter of 24 May regarding competitive tendering.
Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement concerning the amount of grant aid being made available under the Special Grants (Environmental) programme in 1989-90 to voluntary bodies in Scotland working in the environmental field.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I am pleased to announce that grant aid totalling £208,000 has been offered to the following voluntary bodies in the financial year 1989-90, to assist them in carrying out environmental conservation, improvement or education work in Scotland :
|£ --------------------------------------------------------------- Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland |2,500 Association of Community Technical Aid Centres |12,500 Buchan Countryside Group |2,500 Central Scotland Countryside Trust |12,500 Council for Scottish Archaeology |9,000 Environment Centre |10,000 John Muir Trust |3,000 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds |12,500 Royal Zoological Society |5,750 Scottish Community Woods Campaign |7,750 Scottish Conservation Projects Trust |36,000 Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations |1,500 Scottish Environmental Education Council |15,000 Scottish Field School of Archaeology |1,500 Scottish Field Studies Association |10,000 Scottish Historic Buildings Trust |13,000 Scottish Rights of Way Society |2,500 Scottish Wildlife and Countryside Link |12,000 Scottish Wildlife Trust |30,000 Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust |3,500 Woodland Trust |5,000
The experience of the first three years of the scheme has been generally good.
I am satisfied that the grants have greatly assisted the voluntary organisations to increase their level of activity
Column 974and do much useful work. We are of course still in the experimental period with this scheme and are monitoring it closely. We are asking certain organisations for further information prior to allocating their final tranche of grant for the current year. My Department will review this three-year experimental scheme to assess performance and recommend improvements. I hope that in future we shall be able to focus support on those bodies and activities which are carrying out the greatest amount of practical work to conserve and enhance Scotland's environment.
Investment name |Cost (£) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelvin Technology Development Ltd. |100,000 Drug Development (Scotland) Ltd. |20 SEC Ltd. |8,500,000 Aurora Instruments Ltd. |3,050 Bioscot Ltd. |173,572 Scottish Textile and Technical Centre Ltd. |13,333 Assep Ltd. |40 National Hyperbaric Centre Ltd. |147,108 Stirling University Innovation Park Ltd. |33 Caledonian Transgenics |106,000 Glasgow Garden Festival 1988 Ltd. |100 Industrial Systems and Control Ltd. |50,000 Bathgate Investment Fund Ltd. |50 Biomac Ltd. |20,000 Biocure Group plc |87,073 Medical Laser Technologies Ltd. |190,000 Scottish Consultants International |16,667 Strath University Ltd. |60,000 The Fibre Corporation Ltd. |50,000 Thistle Foods Ltd. |25,000 James Findlay and Sons |50,000 J. Turnbull and Sons |20,000 Gilcomston Litho (Aberdeen) Ltd. |15,000 Albyn of Stonehaven Ltd. |25,000 Tarquin Photographic Ltd. |12,189 Carintech |39,000 Tayside Plastics Ltd. |10,000 Tachanalysis Ltd. |30,000 Swilken Golf Company Ltd. |10,000 Ask Systems Ltd. |100,000 Afton Dyers Ltd. |15,000 Hughes D. M. Ltd. |2,500 Scotforms Computer Stationery Ltd. |30,000 Drysdale and Gibb Ltd. |20,000 S. P. Technology Ltd. |20,000 ZOT Engineering Ltd. |19,000 Novatech Micro Systems. Ltd. |10,000 Haq Brothers (Scotland) Ltd. |25,000 Stenhouse Supplies Ltd. |10,000 Timber Terminal Ltd. |30,000 Studio Ink Precision Photographics Ltd. |30,000 Fleming Thermo Dynamics Ltd. |70,000 Design GRP Group Ltd. |30,000 Whitecross Nursing Home |25,000 Development Engineering (Aberdeen) Ltd. |25,000 Deeside Game Farm Ltd. |15,000 Scotwest Pneumatics Ltd. |30,000 MRM Engineering Ltd. |20,000 Armstrong Packaging Ltd. |15,000 MMEW Ltd. |40,000 Wright and Jobson Ltd. |19,812 Rhino Toughened Glass Ltd. |75,000 Kinshar Ltd. |50,000 Promat Engineering Services Ltd. |75,000 Magnum Signs Ltd. |25,000 Automatic Truck Loading Systems Ltd. |50,000 Biggar Quality Meats Ltd. |50,000 Kerse Engineering Ltd. |25,000 Schneider Industry UK Ltd. |50,000 Prep Foods Ltd. |35,000 Le Choc Motif Ltd. |25,000 Scott of Bellshill Ltd. |40,000 Scot Cree Ltd. |20,000 Digital Art Publications |12,000 Omega Diagnostics Ltd. |20,000 Shoebrokers Ltd. |35,000 Ferguson Fittings Ltd. |25,000 Mackintosh and Co. |25,000 Consortium Resources Management Ltd. |35,075 Alcohol Education Services Ltd. |15,000 Intec Interior Designs (Scotland) Ltd. |35,000 Grampian Distribution Services |30,000 Power Controllers |20,000 Burns Equip Ltd. |30,000 Barclay Ross (Aberdeen) |30,000 Deanmont Ltd. |3,530 Highland Bakeries |50,000 J. L. G. Industries Inc. |250,000 Carron Phoenix |19,024 International Microelectronic Products |643,342 Carron Plastics Ltd. |60,000 North Face (Scotland) Ltd. |30,000 Murray Electronics plc |250,000 Peoples Ltd. |673,820 Weathermac Ltd. |35,000 H. McMurray and Son |10,000 J. K. Peters and Co. (Trees) Ltd. |250,000 Dunclare Dispensers (UK) Ltd. |130,688 Eskfood Holdings Ltd. |38,182 Smith and Telford Ltd. |250,629 Berkeley Computer Services Ltd. |35,125 Kingston Spinners (Scotland) Ltd. |219,500 Kames Fish Farming Ltd. |3,043 Strathclyde Lifting Services |25,000 Penman Engineering Ltd. |33,833 Office Workstations Ltd. |132,668 Lasalle Ltd. |245,840 Blair Engineering Ltd. |50,000 G. and G. Kynoch plc |250,000 North Cape Ltd. |39,999 Patons Holdings Ltd. |120,000 Baby Deer Ltd. |40,000 Polytun Growers Ltd. |50,000 Damon Biotech Europe Ltd. |772 Damon Biotech |361,282 Intellemetrics Ltd. |103,251 Gleddoch Hotels Ltd. |80,000 W. H. Perkins Ltd. |175,000 Exacta Holdings Ltd. |482,534 Farmdata |59,528 Fife Silica Sands Ltd. |266,000 Optima Holdings Ltd. |50,000 Atlantic Fresh Water plc |125,000 Bauteil Engineering Ltd. |314,155 New Scotland Insurance Group plc |1,000 FSA Ltd. |70,000 Sonsub Ltd. |150,000 Yarmadillo Ltd. |122,921 Caledonian Arenas plc |125,000 Echo Hotel Ltd. |1,000,000 Crosslees Investments (Glasgow) Ltd. |119,678 Marenac Ltd. |100,000 The Court House Fashion Centre Ltd. |220 Campbell of Selkirk Ltd. |60,000 HCS (Scotland) Ltd. |200,000 Almond Engineering Ltd. |125,000 Healthcare Facilities (Edinburgh) Ltd. |31,000 Seametrix Ltd. |44,357 Alma Caledonia Ltd. |260,399 Stage-Coach (Holdings) Ltd. |500,000 Grant Brothers (Meat Canners) Ltd. |200,000 Ewart Micro Ltd. |150,000 Stewart Engineering Services Ltd. |100,000 Precision Power Train (UK) Ltd. |125,000 Crop Services (Scotland) Ltd. |80,000 Riverside Care Ltd. |25,000 Encap (UK) Ltd. |145,000 Book Services (Scotland) Ltd. |180,000 Duncans of Edinburgh Ltd. |120,000 Healthcare Group plc |200,000 British Bits Ltd. |150,000 Marshall Lauder Knitwear Ltd. |70,000 Strathclyde Process (Engineering) Ltd. |375,000 Highland Metals Ltd. |94,999 Graphic Information Systems Ltd. |243,016 Bluemink Ltd. |95,000 Stanley Mills (Scotland) Ltd. |39,000 Edinburgh Instruments Ltd. |225,604 Wm. McCrindle and Son |140,000 Cruachem Holdings Ltd. |298,570 Fenton Barns (Scotland) Ltd. |60,000 M and M Industries Ltd. |188,500 Scottish Development Finance Ltd. |100 J. H. Carruthers (Engineering) Ltd. |35,600 T. Spencer |50,000 Wrights of Trowmill |30,000 Henry Bannerman Garments Ltd. |50,000 RDS Group Ltd. |287,188 The Lodge on Loch Ltd. |50,001 Tarbet Fyne Foods Ltd. |180,000 Chemflake International Ltd. |167,561 Tayside Canners Ltd. |100 Scottdale Leisure Ltd. |70,001 Chessbourne International Ltd. |250,000 Eastern Photo |50,000 Caledonian Brewing Co. Ltd. |104,275 Swiftlogic Ltd. |60,000 Kineticon Ltd. |366,000 Stirling Diagnostics |6,666 Forth Valley Foods Ltd. |195,000 Shield Diagnostics |250,000 Pure Malt Products Ltd. |150,000 International Twist Drill (Holdings) Ltd. |305,000 In Europe Electronics Ltd. |742,666 Carrorhall Ltd. |100,000 Advanced Metal Technologies |393,445 Plimley Holding |100,000 Clyde Helicopters Ltd. |65,000 Kitchen Conversions (East Kilbride) Ltd. |1,700 Osprey Group Ltd. |279,627 Protofeed Ltd. |75,000 Polysystems Health Care Ltd. |200,000 Instruments and Microelectronic Systems Ltd. |100,000 Memex Information Holdings Ltd. |250,000 Domain Power Ltd. |200,000 McLaggan Smith Mugs Ltd. |100,000 Liebnitz Lann Ltd. |40,000 Webco Marine Systems Ltd. |195,000 Arran Haulage Services |60,000 Diagnostic Instruments Ltd. |56,950 Pharmaceutical Proteins Ltd. |187,500 Corpro Systems Ltd. |115,000 Unilith Ltd. |220,000 Digital Publications Ltd. |150,000
Mrs Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to ensure that the payments currently made by Scottish Television to S4C will in future be spent on Gaelic programming.
Mrs Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations have been made to him concerning the possibility of concentrating Gaelic programming on one channel ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 27 July 1989] : The Secretary of State has received a variety of representations about the future of Gaelic broadcasting. All argue for an increase in programming but many are not specific as to transmission arrangements. Of those who do express a view, rather more favour using a number of channels than argue for concentrating Gaelic programming on one channel. The Government are currently considering issues raised in these representations and will announce their conclusion in due course.
Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his Department's policy towards the future of south pier in Oban ; what representations he has received about the development of the pier ; what provision has been made for fishing interests ; what expenditure of public funds has been made to date ; what further expenditure is planned ; what date has been set for the completion of the Oban bay development ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 27 July 1989] : The Department has approved those aspects of the Scottish Development Agency's involvement in the Oban waterfront development which are outwith the agency's delegated authority.
My right hon. and learned Friend and I have received a number of representations about the development, some of which have referred to the south pier.
The redevelopment works on the south pier are expected to be completed by the end of this year and the pier will then be transferred to Caledonian MacBrayne, which will in turn lease it to the Oban Port Users Association. The pier will incorporate a new fish hall and offices.
It is estimated that the total value of the development will be around £10 million. Of this, around £3.9 million will be contributed by the public sector. Expenditure to date from public sector sources is around £2 million.
On present plans, the main elements of the development should be completed in time for the 1991 tourist season.
The waterfront project has been developed for the purpose of enhancing the attractiveness of Oban as a major tourism centre and as a gateway to the west Highlands and the Hebrides. The development proposes a multi-purpose leisure facility, specialist shopping facilities, a heritage centre and a hotel. In addition, facilities for the local fishing fleet and for management of ferry traffic will be improved.
It is anticipated that the development will bestow substantial benefits not only to visitors but to the local population through increased economic activity and improved facilities.