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Written Answers to Questions

Friday 28 July 1989

SCOTLAND

Redundancies (Manufacturing)

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the number of notified redundancies in manufacturing in Scotland in each of the past 23 years.

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>                    

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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 Service Salaries

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 nurses' salaries and the amount subsequently spent.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Initial revenue allocations to health boards do not separately identify provision for salaries. Total expenditure on nurses' salaries are shown in the following table :


Health Board          |<1>Expenditure               

                      |£ million                    

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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                    

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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.                                     

Greater Glasgow Health Board

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.


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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. Michael Forsyth : The advertisements were drafted after the April meeting of the finance and general purposes committee and were submitted for publication on 20 June 1989.

Hospitals

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. Michael Forsyth : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Health Boards

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.

Hospital Waiting Lists

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. Michael Forsyth : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Waste Disposal

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.

Mr. Rifkind : The report is being considered by my officials. The Government have consulted extensively on


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proposals 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.

Street Lighting

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.

Edinburgh Dental School

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.

Drugs

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many police officers are principally deployed on drugs work in each police force ; and what was the comparable number in 1979.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information is as follows :


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.


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Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library the latest figures on the prevalence of drug misuse and service provision.

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.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total number of prosecutions for drug offences in 1979 and in each succeeding year.

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. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total number of registered drug addicts in 1979 and in each succeeding year.

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.

Infertility

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the infertility services provided by each health board.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : I regret that this information is not held centrally.

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the prevalence of infertility in Scotland.


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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. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether plans for the provision of infertility services are required to be included in the strategic plans of each health board.

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.

Mental Illness (Lothian)

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.

Paramilitary Activity

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.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : None.

Prisoners (Transfer)

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 : One, from Scotland to Northern Ireland, under section (27) 1.

Female Prisoners

Mr. McNamara : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average length of custodial sentence of female prisoners in Scotland in 1988 and in the first six months of 1989.


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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.

Forestry

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.

Basking Sharks

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.

Mr. Lang : It is not possible to undertake a stock assessment for basking sharks and therefore resources are not allocated specifically to this task.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what records of incidental catches of basking


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sharks have been recorded by his district fisheries inspectors for each of the last three years ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : Incidental catches of basking sharks are not recorded separately, but the level of incidental catches in the past three years is thought to have been extremely low.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish the stock estimates for basking sharks for each year since 1979 ; 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.

Job Interview Guarantee Scheme

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. Lang : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

New Life for Urban Scotland

Mr. Salmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan will receive a reply to his letter of 13 June on the New Life for Urban Scotland programme.

Mr. Lang : I wrote to the hon. Member on 25 July 1989.

Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance

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. Rifkind : Negotiations are still at an early stage.

Residential Homes

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.

Mr. Lang : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Community Care

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how he proposes to take account of any increase in the need for community care services ;


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(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. Lang : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Competitive Tendering

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. Michael Forsyth : I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Environmental Bodies (Grants)

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 :


                                                 |£            

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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


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and 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.

Development Agency

Mr. McLeish : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the companies in which the Scottish Development Agency has equity participation and the value of each investment.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 20 July 1989] : Equity investments by the Scottish Development Agency are as detailed. The value of each investment is expressed at cost.


Investment name                              |Cost (£)                       

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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                        

Gaelic Broadcasting

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.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 27 July 1989] : The Government are currently considering the future of Gaelic broadcasting and will announce its conclusion in due course.


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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.

South Pier, Oban

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.


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