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Mr. Lang : No such meeting is planned for the immediate future, but my right hon. and learned Friend does meet the chairmen of the Scottish electricity boards from time to time to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the industry.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend, announced on 28 November (Official Report, vol. 162, cols 188-89) that he will consult early next year on the detailed aspects of his proposals to create a natural heritage agency. Its establishment will follow the creation of a Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland provided for in the Environmental Protection Bill which will shortly come before Parliament.
Mr. Dewar : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list (i) the statutory requirements governing the publication of reports of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board, (ii) the dates on which such reports have been published in each year since nationalisation, either for existing or predecessor corporation, and (iii) indicate when the reports for 1988-89 will be published.
Mr. Rifkind : The statutory provision for the making of annual reports to the Secretary of State by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board is contained in section 42(1) of the Electricity (Scotland) Act 1979. The annual report requirements applying to each board have effect as though made under that section of the Act. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Tayside, North (Mr. Walker) on 17 October at column 75.
Annual reports published by the boards in previous years are available in the Library of the House.
I am expecting the boards to make their reports for 1988-89 to me by the end of the year.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : This year, Greater Glasgow health board was allocated £8.764 million for cardiac surgery as a whole. The actual amount given to each unit in Glasgow, including the paediatric unit, is for the board to decide.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of requests for medical locum posts in the family planning service which have been refused in the past three months for Greater Glasgow health board.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many travel-to-work areas in Scotland had an unemployment rate (a) over 10 per cent., (b) between 5 per cent. and 10 per cent. and (c) below 5 per cent. in October 1989.
Column 291Mr. Lang : In October 1989, 13 Scottish travel-to-work areas had a work force unemployment rate of more than 10 per cent., 36 had a rate of between 5 and 10 per cent., and 11 had work force rates of below 5 per cent.
Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of central funding allocated to Greater Glasgow health board for cardiac surgery for the past three years ; and how much was spent in (a) the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, (b) Glasgow Royal Infirmary and (c) Glasgow Western Infirmary.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The funding allocation to Greater Glasgow health board for the provision of cardiac surgery for each of the three years, 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1989-90, was £7.556 million, £7.896 million and £8.764 million respectively.
It is for Greater Glasgow health board to decide the distribution of funds among individual cardiac units.
Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro), of 28 November, Official Report, columns 188-89, if he will list the 98 respondents which are in favour of the merger between the proposed Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland and the existing Countryside Commission for Scotland.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Of the 159 respondents to the consultation paper "Scotland's Natural Heritage" expressing an opinion, 98 supported in principle the Government's proposal to bring forward legislation to merge the Countryside Commission for Scotland and the proposed Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland. They are listed in the table except for those who submitted comments in confidence.
Almost all respondents commented on a range of issues or sought assurances that the Government would address particular issues before finalising their proposals. These views will be taken into account and further consultation will be undertaken early next year. Allcock, Ian
Angus District Council
Annandale and Eskdale District Council
Argyll and Bute District Council
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
Badenoch and Strathspey District Council
Borders Regional Council
British Ecological Society
British Field Sports Society
British Rail Property Board
Central Regional Council
Central Scotland Countryside Trust
Clegg and Company
Clydesdale District Council, Director of Recreation
Coppock, Professor J. T.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Countryside Commission for Scotland
Countryside Commission for Scotland--staff side
Cumnock and Doon Valley District Council
Dumfries and Galloway District Council
East Lothian District Council
Column 292Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council
Falkirk District Council
Farming and Wildlife Trust
Fife Regional Council
Geological Society, The
Highland Regional Council
Highlands and Islands Development Board
Holliday, Professor F.
Inverclyde District Council
Jamieson, A. D.
Kyle and Carrick District Council
Livingston Development Corporation
Lothian Regional Council
Miller, Professor H.
Motherwell District Council
John Muir Trust
National Farmers Union for Scotland
National Trust for Scotland
Nature Conservancy Council (Great Britain Council)
Nature Conservancy Council Scottish Advisory Committee North East Fife District Council, Recreation Committee North of Scotland Agricultural College
Perth and Kinross District Council
Red Deer Commission
Ross and Cromarty District Council
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Scottish Geographical Society, The
Royal Society of Edinburgh, The
Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland, The
Rural Forum Scotland
Scottish Conservation Projects
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association, Rural Affairs Committee
Scottish Council (Development and Industry)
Scottish Countryside Activities Council
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
Scottish Crofters Union
Scottish Environmental Education Council
Scottish Field Studies Association
Scottish Green Party
Scottish Land Owners Federation
Scottish Peat and Land Development Association
Scottish Sports Association
Scottish Sports Council
Scottish Tourist Board
Scottish Youth Hostels Association
South of Scotland Electricity Board
Stirling University Environmental Conservation and
Sutherland District Council
Tayside Regional Council
Timber Growers UK
Timber Growers UK South East Region
Weir, The Honourable Douglas
West Lothian District Council
Western Isles Island Council
Wheater, R. S.
Wigtown District Council