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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend is now receiving copies of responses to the consultative document on Scottish lowland airports policy issued by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport. The consultation exercise ends on 29 November and submissions received will be taken fully into account in the review now in progress.
Mr. Lang : My right hon. and learned Friend addressed the annual conference of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland on 27 October. He made it clear that we regard progress with the implementation of school boards as very satisfactory.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The forestry taxation changes were announced on 15 March 1988, the associated woodland grant scheme was opened to applications on 21 June 1988 and the farm woodland scheme was introduced on 1 October 1988.
By 30 September 1989, the Forestry Commission had received applications for entry to the woodland grant scheme which covered nearly 50,000 hectares of prospective new planting. In the first full planting season after the 1988 Budget--that is, for the year to 30 September 1989--13,468 hectares of new planting were grant-aided by the Commission, including 6,984 hectares under the woodland grant scheme.
During the year ended 30 September 1989, the farm woodland scheme attracted applications covering over 7,600 hectares of proposed planting, and grant had been paid on 1,825 hectares.
Mr. Lang : There has been an enthusiastic and broad-based response to our proposals, which aim to integrate economic development, training and environmental renewal to form a Scottish solution to Scottish needs. To date six groups, led by senior business people, have applied for funding to meet the costs of developing
Column 360local enterprise companies. The actual establishment of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will require legislation, for which we shall seek an early opportunity.
69. Mr. Gerald Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many nurses there were in Scotland in 1979 ; what was their average salary ; and what were the comparable figures for the most recent period.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : At April 1979 there were 65,439 nursing staff in the National Health Service in Scotland and average earnings including allowances were £67.80 per week. At April 1989 staff numbered 74,829, an increase of 9,390, and average earnings were £220.00 per week. The increase in real terms in basic pay over the period was 43 per cent.
Mr. Rifkind : The Government welcome the valuable contribution being made by the growing network of local enterprise trusts to the development of small businesses in Scotland. There are now 45 approved trusts operating under the aegis of Scottish Business in the Community (SCOTBIC). The "Annual Review 1988-89" recently published by SCOTBIC and the Scottish Development Agency shows that, during the period of the review, 44 trusts helped 3,900 start-up businesses and 5,700 existing businesses. The total number of jobs in the new businesses helped was 3,900 and the same number of existing jobs was supported or saved.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take any steps to encourage the breeding and production of varieties of oilseed rape which minimise the dispersal of pollen and other airborne material into the atmosphere.
Column 361serious problems for human health we would consider what measures were necessary to tackle the problem. The breeding of varieties with specific properties could be one such measure.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what conclusions his Department has reached on the results of the oilseed rape research project funded by Angus district council and Ninewells hospital on the relationship between oilseed rape crop and allergies, a copy of which has been sent to him ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what research or investigation his Department has made into the health problems connected with the oilseed rape crop ; what finance has been allocated to such projects ; and what plans he has to develop further the recent research financed by Angus district council and Ninewells hospital.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : I received on 25 October a copy of the report of a project undertaken by Mr. Cameron, Dr. Parratt and Dr. Macfarlane- Smith. I am arranging for the report to be evaluated. The Scottish Home and Health Department is currently considering an application for funding research relating to the alleged health problems connected with the oilseed rape crop.
Pollen from many plants, grasses and trees are known to produce allergenic symptoms and the relative importance of oilseed rape pollen as an allergen has still to be determined.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland is not engaged in, and has not so far commissioned, such research. The priority to be given to any proposals for adding work in this area to the Department's programme of commissioned research and development would depend on a number of factors, including the extent to which the claimed adverse effects of oilseed rape on human health had been confirmed.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to the cost of the firework extravaganza at Lennox castle on 5 November, sponsored by the Greater Glasgow health board.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : I understand from Greater Glasgow health board that an allocation was made at the beginning of the year from the board's endowment funds to improve patients' amenities at Lennox Castle hospital. Part of this allocation, £880, was used to stage a fireworks display at the hospital on Sunday 5 November. In line with the board's policy of involving the local community in the life of the hospital, members of the public were invited to attend.
Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received recent representations from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association about proposed changes in the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The views expressed by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association during the consultative review of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 were taken into account in the proposed changes in Scottish liquor licensing law described in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Tayside, North (Mr. Walker) on 19 May at c. 343-44.
Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total financial subsidy granted by the Scottish Development Agency to Barratt for its housing development at Dunedin way, West Pilton, Edinburgh ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang : The amount of Scottish Development Agency support for the Barratt project at Dunedin way, West Pilton, is a commercial matter between the agency and Barratt Homes Scotland and I am therefore unable to provide the hon. Member with this information.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Caerphilly of 1 November, Official Report, column 219, on which estates or properties on Islay the illegally poisoned birds were found ; and whether any prosecutions resulted.
|Location ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1979 |Gyr Falcon |Islay Estates 1981 |Buzzard |Ardmore Estate 1982 |Golden Eagle |Islay Estates |Dunlossit 1983 |Crow |Estate 1986 |Buzzard |Islay Estates 1987 |Buzzard |Islay Estates |Crows (5) |Islay Estates 1988 |Buzzard |Foreland Estate |Raven |Islay Estates |Golden Eagles (2)|Islay Estates 1989 |Raven |Islay Estates |Buzzard |Islay Estates
Mr. Michael Forsyth : No. This is an operational matter for Greater Glasgow health board. I understand that shortcomings in cleaning standards at the Victoria Infirmary, which were identified as a result of stringent monitoring of standards, have now been rectified.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what was the actual amount of expenditure on the National Health Service in Scotland each year from 1959 until the present (a) in cash and (b) adjusted for inflation ;
(2) what was the spending on the National Health Service in Scotland each year from 1959 until the present adjusted for inflation in the National Health Service in Scotland.
Total National Health Service expenditure |(a) |(b) |£ million cash |Adjusted by the GDP |deflator to 1988-89 |prices -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1974-75 |458 |1,802 1975-76 |603 |1,890 1976-77 |685 |1,895 1977-78 |777 |1,890 1978-79 |893 |1,959 1979-80 |1,064 |2,001 1980-81 |1,343 |2,130 1981-82 |1,531 |2,213 1982-83 |1,660 |2,241 1983-84 |1,773 |2,288 1984-85 |1,901 |2,337 1985-86 |2,015 |2,348 1986-87 |2,144 |2,421 1987-88 |2,328 |2,498 1988-89 |2,571 |2,571 1989-90<1> |2,815 |2,668 <1>Projected outturn.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for how long the derogations for aluminium granted under article 20 of the European Commission drinking water directive are ; and in each case when they are due to expire.
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Column 364size of population they serve, in Scotland, which failed, at any time in the last 12 months, to meet the European Commission standard of 200 microgrammes per litre for aluminium and whether they are covered by a derogation under article 20 of the European Commission drinking water directive.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Available details of water supplies which may currently fail to meet the EC standard for aluminium are given in the table, which shows populations served and identifies supplies which are the subject of application for delay under article 20 of the directive. Supplies not so identified exceed the standard only occasionally.
Region and Supply |Area served |Population served -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Borders Alemoor<1> |Parts of Central Borders 20,000 Knowesdean |15,000 Central Longhill<1> |Falkirk |23,000 Sauchie<1> |Cowie, Plean, part |20,000 | Stirling Woodburn<1> |Kirkintilloch |25,000 Blaefaulds |Falkirk, Larbert |36,000 Sunnylaw |Bridge of Allan |6,000 Dumfries and Galloway Areeming<1> |Springholm |2,600 New Abbey<1> |South West Nithsdale |1,600 Killylour<1> |Part Dumfries |31,000 Winterhope<1> |South East Annandale, |6,500 | Eskdale Penwhirn |Wigtown District |15,700 Auchneel |Stranraer |10,000 Carsphairn |Carsphairn |200 Lochinvar |Castle Douglas, |10,600 | Dalbeattie Lochfoot |ICI Drungans |- Black Esk |West Annandale, |25,600 | Eskdale Euchan |Kirkconnel, Kelloholm |4,000 Kettleton |Central Nithsdale |12,000 Wanlockhead |Wanlockhead |100 Grampian Herricks<1> |Keith |4,300 Rochomie<1> |Buckie |5,500 Glenlatterach |Elgin area |28,600 Newbigging |Inverurie |15,000 Turriff |REgional supply |25,000 Bogensourie |Fraserburgh |6,500 Craighead |Huntly |4,500 Glendye |North Kincardine |- Black Hills |Lossiemouth |6,300 Mannofield |Aberdeen |62,000 Highland Wick<1> |Wick |8,000 Bonar Bridge |Bonar Bridge, Ardgay |1,200 Carrbridge |Carrbridge |450 Corpach |Corpach, Annat |4,650 Culrain |Culrain |90 Garve |Garve |200 Roskhill |Roskhill, Dunvegan |510 Strathnairn |Strathnairn |180 Lothian Fairmilehead |Part Edinburgh |225,000 Hopes |East Lothian |11,500 Pateshill |West Lothian |42,400 Rosebery |East Midlothian |54,100 Whittinghame |East Lothian |13,600 Strathclyde Afton<1> |Cumnock and Doon |39,900 | Valley Staneley<1> |Paisley area |37,000 Whinhill<1> |Greenock |17,100 Bradan<1> |Ayr, Troon, Irvine |94,300 Greenhead<1> |Irvine, Kilwinning |18,800 Muirdykes<1> |Paisley, Johnstone |60,000 Overton<1> |Gourock, Greenock |11,400 Daer |Clydesdale and |237,000 | Motherwell Districts Amlaird<1> |Kilmarnock |14,600 Penwhapple<1> |Girvan area |1,100 Picketlaw |Eaglesham, Newton |13,700 | Mearns, etc. Dougiehill<1> |Port Glasgow |8,300 Prospecthill<1> |Greenock |7,400 South Moorhouse<1> |Caldcoats, Newton |27,800 | Mearns Aucha Lochy |Campbeltown |7,300 Crosbie<1> |West Kilbride |1,400 Ardrishaig<1> |Ardrishaig, |3,780 | Lochgilphead Pundeavon<1> |Dunlop, Lugton, etc. |2,800 Cochno |Clydebank, Dalmuir |16,500 Larkfield<1> |Gourock |2,200 Spallander<1> |Kyle and Carrick |13,000 Tarbert<1> |Tarbert |1,340 Kelly<1> |Inverkip, Wemyss Bay |1,390 Torra<1> |Bowmore, Port Ellen |2,000 Tighnabruaich<1> |Tighnabruaich |800 Tobermory<1> |Tobermory |680 Dhu Loch<1> |Rothesay, Bannatyne |3,000 Inveraray<1> |Inveraray |450 Furnace<1> |Furnace |380 Port Charlotte<1> |Port Charlotte |210 Carradale<1> |Carradale |480 Muasdale<1> |Muasdale |150 Garshake<1> |Dumbarton |25,000 Clachan<1> |Clachan |150 Kaim |Bridge of Weir, |12,900 | Lochwinnoch Strachur |Strachur |500 Skelmorlie<1> |Skelmorlie |1,300 Corsehouse; Camphill |Stewarton; North |32,000 | Ayrshire Neilston |Neilston, Barrhead |3,600 Burncrooks |Clydebank, Bearsden |13,800 Maukinhill<1> |Greenock |5,400 Loch Eck |Kilmun Inellan |10,600 Orkney Kirbister |Orkney South Mainland |5,000 Wideford |Kirkwall |4,400 Boardhouse |Orkney North |2,300 | Mainland Shetland Aith |Aith, Clousta, Bixter |550 Burra |Burra |840 Cullivoe |North Yell |350 Quarff |Gulberwick, Quarff |360 Sandness |Sandness |200 Walls |Walls |600 <1> Supplies are the subject of applications under article 20.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the water supply areas along with the size of population they serve, in Scotland, which fail to meet the revised action limit for lead in drimking water of 50 microgrammes per litre, and those which do not appear on the Scottish Office lead identification survey which was presented to the European Commission in December 1987
Column 366and the date by which all these areas will comply with 50 microgrammes per litre standard, based on a 100 per cent. compliance with the standard.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Regulations on the quality of drinking water, to be made shortly under the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 as amended by the Water Act 1989, will specify the new standard of 50 microgrammes per litre for lead in all samples of drinking water. Information on any water supply areas which fail to meet this new standard will not be available until water authorities have undertaken the monitoring which will also be required under the regulations.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the role of his Department in ensuring that the European Commission standards for drinking water quality in Scotland are established and maintained.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The role of the Scottish Office is to set up the appropriate regulatory framework to enable directives to be applied ; to ensure that appropriate resources are available ; to maintain contact with the European Commission ; and to provide advice and guidance on the implementation of directives.
Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when each water supply area which fails to meet the European Commission limit for aluminium will comply with the maximum admissible concentration laid down in the drinking water directive.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give an estimate of the amount of staff time lost in the National Health Service in Scotland as a result of smoking-related diseases ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to take active steps to protect non-smoking employees of his Department against the effects of passive smoking ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Malcolm Rifkind : The policy of my Department is currently under review. The review process has incorporated a comprehensive survey of smoking habits and attitudes of staff, conducted late in 1988.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I have frequent meetings and visits with housing agencies of various kinds, and since being appointed has visited 33 district councils to see and to discuss housing matters.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The registration of new housing associations and co-operatives is a matter for Scottish Homes. However, I understand that Scottish Homes expects that between 20 and 40 new associations and co-operatives will be formed over the next two years. The decision to apply for registration by Scottish Homes rests with the bodies themselves and therefore precise estimates of numbers and timing of registration are not possible.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate the average level of housing association grant which is intended during the current year and for 1990-91 in Scotland ; and what are the highest and lowest percentages of housing association grant agreed for any developments respectively, approved to date.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : No average level of housing association grant is intended. Scottish Homes has been set an increased output target in terms of the number of houses supplied per £ million of public finance (after allowing for inflation), for the current year of 15 per cent. and for 1990-91, of 17er cent. The target was set in this way to allow Scottish Homes to operate the new financial regime flexibly. It can be achieved by a combination of factors including the introduction of private finance and increasing efficiency. Accordingly, I have no information of the percentages of housing association grant agreed to date.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : In agreeing Scottish Homes' programme for any year, my right hon. and learned Friend considers the amount which Scottish Homes proposes be spent on particular functions, for example, in providing housing by housing associations. The allocation of funds to particular areas is then a matter for Scottish Homes.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Estimates of capital receipts from sales of local authority, new towns and Scottish Homes stock are taken into account in the public expenditure survey decisions which will be announced by my right hon. and learned Friend in early December.
Column 368road links to Ayrshire and these will proceed. Appraisals are also under way of various options for providing direct rail services to and from Prestwick airport.
Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received concerning the action of district councils in restricting the statutory rights of council house tenants to buy their home.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Scottish Development Department receives numerous representations about the right-to-buy provisions. Some of these contain allegations that some councils are in breach of statutory requirements, for example the duty to respond to an application to purchase within two months.
I am also aware of the city of Glasgow district council's practice of requiring certain of its tenants, before their houses are improved, to sign an undertaking not to exercise their statutory right to buy, or if they do so, that they will repay to the council a proportion of the costs of the improvements. This matter was the subject of a local inquiry in June 1988 following which my right hon. and learned Friend made an order declaring the council to be in default of its statutory duties. Following an intimation by the council that it did not accept that it was in default, the Court of Session was petitioned for an order of specific performance by the council. The court's opinion was issued on 20 October, granting the petition and allowing Glasgow district council 12 weeks within which to complete the steps to remedy the default.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 13 November 1989] : As is standard practice with consultation exercises, a public file of responses is available for inspection. The public file on the SDD consultation paper, "Scotland's Natural Heritage", is available in St. Andrew's house library, Edinburgh. The file contains all responses except those submitted in confidence. I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the House of Commons Library and shall advise the hon. Member when it is available.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Linlithgow of 8 November, what assessment he has made of (a) the time in man hours and (b) the cost of producing the breakdown of responses relating to those for and against Nature Conservancy Council proposals.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 13 November 1989] : None. I must emphasise that the Scottish Development Department's consultation paper sought views only on the proposal to create a Scottish natural heritage agency. It is not possible, nor would it be meaningful, to attempt to identify respondents' views on the question posed by the hon. Member.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider new measures to prevent continuing persecution of species of protected birds, with particular reference to the golden eagle.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 30 October 1989] : The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides a comprehensive statutory framework for the protection of wild birds and their habitats, and contains additional provisions to safeguard rare and vulnerable species, including the golden eagle.
The Nature Conservancy Council is presently reviewing the effectiveness of the legislation and expects to report next year. We shall consider its report and any recommendations for change most carefully.
Column 370We will shortly be making the wearing of safety helmets on construction sites compulsory. The Health and Safety Commission has recently published a consultative document setting out proposals for new regulations to strengthen the management of health and safety on construction sites and the Health and Safety Executive's inspectors will be paying more attention to the quality of site management and levels of training and supervision. For the last two years we have met the HSC's requests for resources in full which has allowed real growth in their activities. For example, this includes increasing the number of HSE inspectors devoted to construction by 10 per cent. since 1988 and sponsoring research both within HSE and externally. Each year the HSE's research and laboratory services division (RLSD) devotes resources to research into safety topics of relevance to the building industry. Information on all such projects is included in the Health and Safety Executive's programme of research and related services, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library. In addition to sponsoring research, the HSE also provides specialist input and advice to a number of construction- related research projects.