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Mr. Freeman [holding answer 30 January 1990] : From 1990-91, regional health authorities' allocations reflect the amount of money available for services for their resident populations. From that allocation they must pay for services used by their residents in other regions : they will also receive income for providing services to residents of other regions. For 1990-91, these payments will be made through central adjustments to cash limits. For Northern RHA this means a net deduction of £7,054,000. This is the sum of Northern RHA's net flows with all the other English regions. The amounts in question were agreed between the regions concerned.
The information on cross-boundary flows to support these adjustments will be included in the 1990-91 cash limits exposition booklet, which will be issued shortly. A copy will be placed in the Library as requested.
Subject to legislation, cross-boundary flows, like other health services, will in future be paid for by contracts between a patient's district health authority or general practitioner and the place of treatment.
Mr Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the £1,361,000 credited to the Northern health region in respect of cross- boundary flows from Scotland and Wales was deducted from National Health Service spending in Scotland and Wales ; and where he proposes to record all such deductions or contributions in the public accounts.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 30 January 1990] : Historically, there have not been transfers of funds across borders in respect of flows of patients between the home countries. In 1990-91, the Northern regional health authority will be compensated for treating patients from Scotland and Wales by means of a sum top-sliced from English Health Service revenue funds. Subject to legislation, contracting for health services will be introduced from the financial year 1991-92 ; from that stage Scottish health boards and Welsh district health authorities will be able to place contracts with English hospitals and English authorities will have similar freedom to place cross-border contracts. The treatment in the statutory accounts of funds crossing national borders under the terms of such contracts has yet to be decided.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research his Department has carried out into the connection between bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt Jakob disease ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has initiated any prosecutions in respect of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy infected cattle identified at markets and slaughterhouses ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean : Prosecutions will be taken where there is evidence of deliberate attempts to evade the legal requirement to notify the Ministry of suspected cases of BSE. So far no such cases have arisen.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has recently introduced a greater level of inspection of bovines at markets and slaughterhouses to detect bovine spongiform encephalopathy ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean : In November 1989, official veterinarians began random ante mortem inspections of cattle submitted for slaughter at non-EC approved abattoirs. Ministry vets carry out regular monitoring at markets.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what form of words he deems acceptable for labelling meat where gels containing enzymes have been used as binding agents ; and if he will make a further statement.
Mr. Maclean : There is very little I can add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 17 January 1990, at column 217. All food is required to be labelled so as to give an indication of its true nature and where necessary its physical condition or treatment to ensure consumers are not misled. It is for the food manufacturer to decide how he complies with the law ; it would be inappropriate for me to suggest forms of labelling for specific products such as this.
If the material is sterilised, it is subject to the general prohibition on its use for human consumption. If not sterilised, it may be moved only under a local authority movement permit and must either be stained and taken to a rendering plant or licensed waste food processor or, if unstained, may be used only in the production of non-food products such as strings for musical instruments or sports equipment, in medical, veterinary or other research premises or in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.
Special guidelines on the use of bovine material were circulated to the pharmaceutical industry in March 1989.
The feeding of ruminant-based protein to ruminants is prohibited by the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (No. 2) Order 1988 as amended.
Column 359discuss the consequences of the Bovine Offal (Prohibition) Regulations 1989. There was a useful discussion of the background to, and the effects of, these regulations.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the veterinary investigation centres he intends to close and the dates when the closure is due ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maclean : The review of the veterinary investigation service commissioned by the Minister is now being finalised and the report will shortly be submitted to Ministers. As yet, no decisions have been made on any recommendations that might arise from this review.
Mr. Maclean : As of 1 January 1990, the total veterinary scientific and laboratory support staff employed at the veterinary investigation centre at (a) Aberystwyth was 11, (b) Bangor was 10 and (c) Carmarthen was 15.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will commission a national survey into the quality of food supplied by wholesalers to local authority schools and elderly persons' homes ; and if he will publish the results ;
(2) what action he proposes to take in response to the results of the recent survey undertaken by trading standards officers in Yorkshire and Humberside on food supplied by wholesalers to local authority schools and elderly persons' homes.
Mr. Maclean : I too was disturbed to read the results of this survey by trading standards officers. There are, however, already powers in the Food Act 1984 which make it an offence to sell food which is not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser and trading standards officers are very familiar with the operation of this law. The Food Safety Bill currently before Parliament continues these powers.
It is of course for any local authority to ensure that foodstuffs supplied to its establishments meet the terms of its purchase contract and to take appropriate civil or criminal action if there should be any failure to supply the quality demanded. In the circumstances, the local authorities concerned already therefore have adequate powers to deal with the matter and I see no cause for me to intervene.
Mr. Maclean : The application of sanctions against those who supply unfit food is of course a matter for the courts. However, the Food Safety Bill is substantially increasing the statutory penalties for contraventions of this kind.
Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth will receive a reply to his letter dated 11 December 1989 referring to Miss Sarah Furnival.
Mr. Maclean : The European Commission proposal for a regulation on organic foodstuffs is currently under discussion in a Council working group and much detailed work remains to be done before it is ready for consideration by the EEC Council of Agriculture Ministers. If adopted by the Council in the form of a regulation, it will be directly applicable in all member states. The proposals provide for the designation of an authority to implement certain measures. I have already indicated that the United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards would, in this country, be the designated authority.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he anticipates announcing the outcome of the hill farming review and the hill livestock compensatory allowances to be paid in 1990.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, further to his answer to the hon. Member for South Shields on 16 January, Official Report, column 220, he will give the dates when each of the active ingredients first received approval ; and if he will make a statement.
Active Ingredient |First |Approved -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aldicarb |1973 Aldrin |1956 Aminotriazole |1961 Binapacryl |1962 Biological agents used as pesticides; Bacillus Thuringiensis |1967 Trichoderma viride |1979 Verticillium lecanii |1980 Bitertanol |1982 Captafol |1965 Chlordane |1962 Cyhexatin |1970 Daminozide |1967 DDT |1944 Dieldrin |1956 Dimethoate |1958 Dinoseb |1961 Dinoseb-acetate |1965 Dinoterb |1972 DNOC |1960 Endrin |1984 Ethylene dibromide |1961 Fenbutatin oxide |1983 Fentin acetate |1965 Fentin hydroxide |1964 Iprodione |1976 Maleic hydrazide |1960 Mercury compounds: Phenyl Mercury Acetate |1959 Mercuric oxide |1968 Mercurous chloride |1965 Ethyl Mercury Phosphate |1956 2-Methoxyethyl Mercury Acetate |1971 Sulphonyl Ureas: Chlorsulfuron |1981 Metsulfuron-Methyl |1984 Synthetic Pyrethroids |1970-1980 Triazophos |1972 2, 4, 5-T |1965
Glycol ethers, which appeared under "Use continues unchanged" in my answer of 16 January to the hon. Member for South Shields, at column 220, is in fact a solvent and not an active ingredient. It has been in use for a number of years and was last reviewed in 1983.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to his answer to the hon. Member for South Shields on 11 January, Official Report, columns 748-49, how many new active ingredients in 1986 were (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected prior to 6 October 1986 ; and if he will make a statement.
|Numbers --------------------------------------------------------------------- (a) Applications received before 6 October 1986 |28 (b) Approvals (full/provisional/experimental permit) granted before 6 October 1986 |9 (c) Applications rejected before 6 October 1986 |3