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ENVIRONMENT

Contaminated Land

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce a grant regime to provide financial assistance specifically for contaminated land.

Mr. Trippier : There is already extensive grant aid for dealing with contaminated derelict land. The Government are currently considering the report of the Environment Select Committee on contaminated land which recommends that existing grant systems should give greater priority to sites which are contaminated or polluting and that separate financial support should be given for demonstration projects for cleaning up contaminated land.

Private Tenants

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what redress is available to private tenants who at present pay combined rates and rent and who find that their landlords are not taking account of the abolition of domestic rates in April 1990.


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Mr. Chope : Redress available to private tenants who at present pay combined rent and rates depends on the type and terms of the tenancy agreement they have. A substantial majority are covered by the Rent Act 1977 and can have a fair rent registered which will be exclusive of rates. Many new assured tenants under the Housing Act 1988 will have covered the issue in their tenancy agreements. Assured shorthold tenants, who make up a significant proportion of new tenants, have the right to apply to the rent assessment committee for a rates exclusive market rent to be registered during the initial fixed term of their tenancies. The Department will shortly be issuing a leaflet explaining the position.

Search Fees

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to collect information on the varying levels of local authority search fees and issue guidance on standardisation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope : The Lord Chancellor sets a standard fee for statutory searches of local land charges registers. In addition, local authorities supply answers to supplementary inquiries, under a voluntary agreement between the local authority associations and the Law Society. It is for authorities themselves to decide what fees to charge for this service. Information about the fees charged for processing supplementary inquiries is available from the Law Society, which publishes details from time to time in its gazette.

Radioactive Waste

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the inquiries made by his Department into the decrease in the amounts of radioactive material being sent for disposal to the official low-level waste site at Drigg, Cumbria.

Mr. Trippier : My Department is making no such inquiries, but I am advised that the radioactive waste management advisory committee is reviewing the general question of low-level waste disposal.

Trees, Leicestershire

Mr. Ashby : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the level of tree coverage in Leicestershire ; and what plans he has to improve this aspect of the environment in Leicestershire.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The census of woodlands and trees carried out by the Forestry Commission in 1980 revealed that there were nearly 8, 000 hectares of woodland in Leicestershire--some 3 per cent. of the total area of the county--and, in addition, more than 1 million other trees. Currently sites in Leicestershire are among a number that the Countryside Commission is considering as a possible location for its proposed new national forest in the Midlands : a consultation paper issued by the Commission in November gave further details and carried a foreword by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. The Government are also promoting planting of trees through their existing schemes of aid, and the Forestry Commission is co- operating with the county council in planning further planting on reclaimed mineral workings.


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Lead Pollution

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when pollution report No. 28 on lead will be published.

Mr. Trippier : Pollution report No. 28, "UK Blood Lead Monitoring Programme 1984-1987 : Results for 1987" will be published in the spring. Summary results from the 1987 survey were published in "Digest of Environmental Protection and Water Statistics No. 11" last year and detailed tables for 1987 will be published as additional tables to digest No. 12.

Arpley Meadows

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the provenance of the low-level radioactive wastes to be disposed of at the Arpley Meadows site ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier : The wastes originate at the Royal Liverpool hospital and Liverpool university.

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what level of radioactive dosage would be received per year by local residents consequent upon the dumping of solid radioactive wastes at Arpley Meadows domestic landfill site.

Mr. Trippier : The radiological impact of the proposed disposals will be less than one thousandth of the average radiation dose received from natural background radiation.

Mr. Butler : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what notification he has received as to the cubic volume of low-level solid radioactive wastes to be dumped at the Arpley Meadows domestic landfill site.

Mr. Trippier : It is proposed that some 12 to 24 cu m of clinical and laboratory waste will be disposed of at Walton Arpley.

Housing, Bradford

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Bradford, West of 19 January, Official Report, column 443, when he expects to announce his decisions on city grant and estate action grant applications in respect of new homes to rent and for sale on the Lower Grange estate in Bradford.

Mr. Chope : My hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities hopes to be in a position to make final decisions on Lower Grange shortly.

Waste Disposal

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received concerning proposals to establish a certificate of competence for waste handlers and carriers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Environmental Protection Bill includes a power for the Secretary of State to prescribe qualifications and experience for applicants for waste management licences to demonstrate that they are fit and


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proper persons to hold a licence. Of the few representations received on this proposal, none opposed it in principle. A certificate of competence is now being devised by the recently formed waste management industry training and advisory board. When this certificate is available it is intended that it should be suitable for prescription by regulations under the Bill as evidence of technical competence.

Local Government Finance

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much was raised by domestic rates in 1988-89 and 1989-90 ; and what is the amount that should be raised if councils spend at SSA levels, and the amount he anticipates that councils will charge.

Mr. Chope : I estimate from local authority budgets that the following amounts were raised by domestic rates in 1988-89 and 1989-90 :


            |Before rate|After rate             

            |rebates    |rebates                

            |£ million  |£ million              

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1988-89     |8,847      |7,674                  

1989-90     |9,754      |8,499                  

If local authority spending in 1990-91 is equal to total standard spending, £9.7 billion will be raised from charge payers before benefits and £7.55 billion after community charge benefit and income support. I expect local authorities to make every effort to keep their spending within the Government's assumptions. Figures are not directly comparable between years because of changes in local authority functions

Mr. Jack : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of local authority expenditure in 1990-91 he estimates will be met by community charge payers.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 5 February 1990] : Taking account of community charge benefit (including income support) and transitional relief, I estimate that if local authorities in England spend at the level of total standard spending in 1990-91, 23 per cent. of that expenditure will be met by community charge payers.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will amend poll tax regulations to extend exemption to those single persons serving short custodial sentences and defendants remanded in custody, in order that local authorities will not consider them eligible for payment for unoccupied premises before the passing of 52 weeks in custody.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 6 February 1990] : Guidance already issued by the Department has suggested that local authorities should use the wide discretion available to them to specify this class of circumstance as one where the standard community charge multiplier is zero.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce a provision that every person who pays poll tax is entitled to his own dustbin.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 6 February 1990] : No.


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Mr. Kennedy : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance his Department has issued to local authority community charges registration officers in relation to nursing students registering for the poll tax.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 7 February 1990] : Guidance on the eligibility of student nurses for the student relief is contained in "The Community Charge : Students and the Community Charge" (community charge practice note No. 23) which has been sent to all community charge registration officers. A copy is in the Library of the House.

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice his Department is giving to rating authorities about making available photocopies of the non-domestic rating list to members of the public, under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 7 February 1990] : My right hon. Friend has not given any advice to charging authorities on this matter. The provisions for inspection of non-domestic rating lists are contained in paragraph 8 of schedule 9 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988, inserted by paragraph 48 of schedule 5 to the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Under this provision members of the public have a right to require the authority to provide a photograhic copy of the list, or an extract from it. Authorities may make a reasonable charge for doing so.

Housing, Leicester

Mr. Janner : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money will be allocated to Leicester city council housing department in the coming financial year ; and how much will be allocated for new build programmes.

Mr. Chope : Leicester city council was informed on 21 December 1989 that its housing investment programme (HIP) allocation for 1990-91 was £18.32 million. This compares favourably with allocations to other authorities of a similar size. In addition, up to a further £2.5 million is available for new Estate Action schemes. It is for the council to decide how much of its HIP allocation should be spent on a new build programme.

Right to Buy

Mrs. Peacock : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to bring into force section 164 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Mr. Chope : On 1 March. From that date housing particularly suitable for people of pensionable age, other than sheltered housing, first let before 1 January 1990 will be excluded from the right to buy only if the Secretary of State so determines on the application of the landlord ; and a house or flat first let on or after 1 January will no longer be excluded as elderly persons' housing unless it forms part of a sheltered scheme.

These changes will be good news for elderly and disabled people who feel they have been unfairly denied the right to buy on the ground that their home is particularly suitable for elderly people. They may wish to apply again from 1 March.


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Housing Repairs

Mr. Soley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the numbers of tenants who have (a) applied for and (b) received payment for repairs carried out under the right to repairs scheme introduced under the Housing and Building Control Act 1984 in (i) 1986, (ii) 1987, (iii) 1988 and (iv) 1989 ; what is the total cost of payments made under this scheme in each of these years ; and what has been the cost to the Government and local authorities in introducing and administering this scheme.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 29 January 1990] : The number of claims received and agreed in each of these years is shown in the table, together with the total amount agreed. The Department has incurred total costs of some £40,000 in informing tenants of the scheme and on training them ; administrative costs for the scheme are not identified separately. Information on local authorities' costs other than on meeting claims is not collected by the Department.


England          |Total number |Total number |Total amount               

                 |of claims    |of claims    |agreed<1>                  

                 |received for |agreed<1> for|£                          

                 |payment      |payment                                  

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1986 1st quarter |6            |5            |500                        

1986-87          |48           |44           |4,500                      

1987-88          |18           |17           |1,700                      

1988-89          |9            |9            |600                        

                 |--           |--           |----                       

Total            |81           |75           |7,300                      

<1>Accepted by landlords as payable.                                     

Landfill Sites

Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many landfill sites he considers it necessary for Her Majesty's inspectors of pollution to visit each year in order to establish that waste disposal authorities are complying with their statutory duties.

Mr. Trippier [holding answer 6 February 1990] : The number of landfills visited in the course of an audit will vary between waste disposal authorities. The inspectorate anticipates that in the course of a complete full year's audit programme, up to 500 licensed facilities will be visited. This, together with the other information obtained during the audits, will permit the inspectorate to take a view on the overall standard of waste regulation.

Car Pollution

Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to fund a research project into ways of reducing car pollution along the lines of that being financed by the French Government.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I have been asked to reply.

The Department has allocated £2.3 million to support a three-year collaborative research programme with industry of 11 projects on diesel and petrol vehicle engine emissions. The work is being carried out by a consortium of diesel and petrol engine manufacturers, component and oil and fuel additive suppliers. The programme supplements work already being done by the industrial members of the consortium as part of their own R and D programmes.


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SCOTLAND

Forestry

91. Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the proportion of land in the United Kingdom given over to forestry.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : About 10 per cent.

Psychiatric Nurses

Mr. Andrew Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he intends to introduce regulations regarding the training of community psychiatric nurses ; and if he will make a statement on the current situation.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Standards of training are laid down and monitored by the United Kingdom central council for nursing, midwifery and health visiting and the national board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting for Scotland. The skills and knowledge required by these nurses may vary from post to post, and it is a matter for individual health boards as employers to determine what post-registration training individual community psychiatric nurses may require.

Electricity Board Reports

Mr. Dewar : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if, pursuant to his answer of 20 December 1989, Official Report, column 292, he will now publish in the Official Report the dates on which the annual reports of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board have been published in each year since nationalisation, either for existing or predecessor corporations.

Mr. Rifkind : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 20 December 1989. Annual reports published by the North of Scotland Hydro- Electric Board and South of Scotland Electricity Board are available in the Library of the House. I received the annual reports for 1988-89 on 21 December 1989.

Cervical Smear Tests

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will reconsider the system of bonus payments to general practitioners for cervical smear tests.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Incentives to general practitioners to provide full preventive cover are an important feature of the Government's plans for improving general medical services.

Assisted Places Scheme

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has decided the amount of fee remission grant to allocate to schools participating in the assisted places scheme in respect of session 1990-91.

Mr. Lang : The allocations of fee remission grant for 1990-91 are shown in the table. As in 1989-90, 59 schools will participate in the scheme and overall these allocations should increase the number of pupils benefiting from the current level of about 2,800 to about 2, 900. Further expansion is planned for the 1991-92 academic session which will extend to more families the option of education in the independent sector.


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School                                      |Allocation           

                                            |£                    

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Aberlour House School, Moray                |22,000               

Albyn School for Girls, Aberdeen            |48,000               

Ardvreck School, Crieff                     |3,000                

Beaconhurst Grange School, Bridge of Allan  |14,000               

Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar                |13,000               

Belmont House School, Newton Mearns         |54,000               

Blairmore School, Huntly                    |17,000               

Butterstone House School, Dunkeld           |16,000               

Cargilfield School, Edinburgh               |17,000               

Clifton Hall School, Midlothian             |15,000               

Craigclowan Preparatory School, Perth       |14,000               

Craigholme School for Girls, Glasgow        |78,000               

Crawfordton House School, Dumfriesshire     |17,000               

Croftinloan School, Pitlochry               |14,000               

                                                                  

The Mary Erskine School                     |690,000              

Dollar Academy                              |148,000              

Drumley House School, Ayrshire              |15,000               

Edinburgh Academy                           |158,000              

Fernhill School, Glasgow                    |50,000               

Fettes College, Edinburgh                   |151,000              

Fort Augustus Abbey School                  |110,000              

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh           |535,000              

George Watson's College                     |613,000              

Glasgow Academy                             |97,000               

Glenalmond College, Perthshire              |160,000              

Gordonstoun School, Morayshire              |114,000              

Hamilton College                            |20,000               

The High School of Dundee                   |430,000              

The High School of Glasgow                  |80,000               

Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow         |280,000              

Keil School, Dumbarton                      |170,000              

Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow                 |155,000              

Kilgraston School, Perthshire               |133,000              

Kilquhanity House School, Castle Douglas    |40,000               

Lathallan School, Montrose                  |17,000               

Lomond School, Helensburgh                  |123,000              

Loretto School, Musselburgh                 |132,000              

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh         |237,000              

Morrison's Academy, Crieff                  |387,000              

New Park School, St. Andrews                |12,000               

Oxenfoord Castle School, Midlothian         |25,000               

Park Lodge School, Helensburgh              |3,000                

Rannoch School, Perthshire                  |110,000              

Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen           |125,000              

Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh          |135,000              

St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow              |307,000              

St. Denis and Cranley School, Edinburgh     |88,000               

St. George's School for Girls, Edinburgh    |47,000               

St. Leonard's School, St. Andrews           |104,000              

St. Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen   |36,000               

St. Margaret's School for Girls, Edinburgh  |168,000              

St. Mary's School, Melrose                  |16,000               

Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire |210,000              

Wellington School, Ayr                      |117,000              

West of Scotland School Company             |560,000              

                                            |----                 

    Total                                   |7,450,000            

Self-employed People

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many self-employed people there were in Scotland in every year since 1979 ; and how this figure is calculated.

Mr. Lang : The table shows the estimated number of self-employed people in Scotland in September of each year from 1979 to 1989, the latest date for which estimates are available. Self-employment in Scotland is estimated to have increased by over 40 per cent. in the past 10 years.

Estimates of the self-employed in Scotland up to mid-1988 are based on the 1981 census of population and the results of the labour force surveys carried out between


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1981 and 1988. The provisional estimates for dates after June 1988 have been made on the assumption that the average annual rate of growth in self-employment in Scotland between June 1981 and June 1988, as shown by the labour force survey, has continued.


Estimated number of           

self-employed in Scotland     

September |Number             

          |thousands          

------------------------------

1979      |159                

1980      |153                

1981      |153                

1982      |168                

1983      |181                

1984      |189                

1985      |201                

1986      |202                

1987      |199                

1988      |217                

1989      |227                

Source: Department of         

Employment.                   

South of Scotland Electricity Board

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will call for a report from the South of Scotland Electricity Board as to how much it has paid British Nuclear Fuels plc for (a) reprocessing and (b) decommissioning for each year from 1985 to 1989.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 31 January 1990] : I am informed by the South of Scotland Electricity Board that the amounts paid to British Nuclear Fuels by the board for reprocessing and decommissioning for each of the years specified are as follows :


                   |Reprocessing      |Decommissioning<1>                   

                   |£'000             |£'000                                

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1984-85            |21,415            |1,135                                

1985-86            |45,117            |983                                  

1986-87            |59,718            |956                                  

1987-88            |71,314            |1,120                                

1988-89            |74,506            |1,585                                

<1> The decommissioning payments are in respect of BNFL plant.              

HEALTH

Consultants

Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether concessions on financial status given to whole-time medical consultants in the National Health Service on percentage allowances for private practice have altered the numbers of National Health Service only consultants.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Since 1979-80 whole-time NHS consultants have been permitted to undertake a limited amount of private practice. In 1980 44 per cent. of all medical consultants in England and Wales had whole -time contracts. This figure had risen to 49 per cent. by 1988.

Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether full- time contracts are to be continued to be offered to National Health Service consultant candidates ; and whether any reductions in numbers of National Health Service whole-time consultants have been recorded in the regions.


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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Yes. Health authorities will continue to offer whole-time contracts to consultants.

Between 1979 and 1988 all regions in England have recorded an increase in whole-time consultant numbers.

Helicopters

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance authorities own and operate a helicopter.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Helicopter ambulances at present in service within the National Health Service are not owned by health authorities ; they are funded in several different ways, including sponsorship, and operated by commercial helicopter operating companies.

Dentistry

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collect centrally DMF levels.

Mr. Freeman : Decennial surveys of the dental health of children and adults in the United Kingdom are conducted on behalf of the Department by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. The results of the adult dental health survey which has recently been carried out are due to be published later this year. The next survey of children's dental health is proposed for 1993.

Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission a dental health education project to assess tooth decay in north Staffordshire.

Mr. Freeman : Health authorities are responsible for monitoring the dental health of all age groups in the population of their areas and for providing dental health education and preventive programmes. I refer the hon. Member to the North Staffordshire health authority for the information she requires.

Hospital Operations (Cancellations)

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the main factors according to the information available to his Department for the cancellation of operations in hospitals.

Mr. Freeman : Statistical information on reasons for the cancellation of operations is not held centrally. A study of 12 hospitals carried out in 1988 by the Department's value for money unit showed that planned levels of theatre utilisation were affected by factors including : patients not attending ; absence of medical staff ; emergency procedures ; equipment breakdown ; and unavailability of technicians. In many cases it is possible to reallocate sessions. The Department is currently consulting health authorities and others about guidance following the recommendations made in the study report. These include a suggested 90 per cent. target level for operating theatre utilisation. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.

Nurses

Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by district health authority in the north-west region (a) the current nursing staff establishment, (b) the number in post at the last available date and (c) the number who have left the service of the National Health Service in the past year.


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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The numbers of nursing and midwifery staff in post by district health authority in the North-Western region are set out in the table.


NHS Nursing and Midwifery staff in post at 30       

September 1988                                      

                                      |Number       

----------------------------------------------------

Lancaster                             |2,125        

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde             |2,544        

Preston                               |2,490        

Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley |1,935        

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale        |3,237        

West Lancashire                       |918          

Chorley and South Ribble              |606          

Bolton                                |1,903        

Bury                                  |1,103        

North Manchester                      |2,451        

Central Manchester                    |2,073        

South Manchester                      |3,121        

Oldham                                |1,485        

Rochdale                              |1,174        

Salford                               |3,318        

Stockport                             |2,162        

Tameside and Glossop                  |1,420        

Trafford                              |1,230        

Wigan                                 |2,114        

Source: Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower.  

(I)-Includes agency staff: figures are rounded to   

the nearest whole time equivalent.                  

Current nursing establishments in each district health authority in the north-western region are not available centrally. Data on the number of nursing and midwifery staff who have left the National Health Service in the 1988-89 year are not yet available.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by district health authorities in the north-west region the number of people on waiting lists for urgent and non-urgent operations for each year since 1985.

Mr. Freeman : The available information is given in the table. Following the implementation of the recommendations of the steering group on health services information (the Korner committee) starting in April 1987, no distinction is now made between urgent and non-urgent cases since the committee regarded such distinctions as unreliable. Between 1985 and 1989 the number of inpatient cases treated in the north-west region increased by 4 per cent. from 617, 600 to 640,500.


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In-patient waiting list, surgical specialties<1>, by district health authority                                                                                                                                                             

North Western region, as at 31 March 1985 to 1989                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                1985                                               1986                                               1987                                               1988             1989                             

Health authority               |Urgent          |Non-            |Total           |Urgent          |Non-            |Total           |Urgent          |Non-            |Total           |Total<2>        |Total<2>                         

                                                |urgent                                            |urgent                                            |urgent                                                                              

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Lancaster                      |155             |1,902           |2,057           |118             |1,957           |2,075           |19              |2,269           |2,288           |2,281           |2,813                            

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde      |270             |3,073           |3,343           |442             |3,625           |4,067           |511             |3,816           |4,327           |3,232           |3,218                            

Preston                        |11              |4,131           |4,142           |69              |4,501           |4,570           |29              |4,462           |4,491           |4,774           |4,840                            

Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley 26         2,342            2,368            8                2,015            2,023            9                2,387            2,396            3,213            3,759                            

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale |195             |2,228           |2,423           |276             |2,191           |2,467           |255             |1,812           |2,067           |2,201           |1,704                            

West Lancashire                |14              |1,743           |1,757           |28              |1,892           |1,920           |16              |2,431           |2,447           |2,336           |2,778                            

Chorley and South Ribble       |-               |864             |864             |0               |764             |764             |0               |770             |770             |666             |636                              

Bolton                         |25              |2,643           |2,668           |40              |2,788           |2,828           |118             |3,013           |3,131           |2,590           |2,930                            

Bury                           |-               |969             |969             |6               |729             |735             |0               |731             |731             |825             |373                              

North Manchester               |77              |2,812           |2,889           |168             |2,454           |2,622           |82              |2,331           |2,413           |3,031           |2,331                            

Central Manchester             |164             |4,252           |4,416           |337             |4,843           |5,180           |291             |6,070           |6,361           |6,843           |7,557                            

South Manchester               |726             |4,875           |5,601           |682             |4,935           |5,617           |459             |5,529           |5,988           |6,888           |7,242                            

Oldham                         |348             |4,140           |4,488           |321             |4,058           |4,379           |447             |4,475           |4,922           |4,249           |4,903                            

Rochdale                       |57              |2,708           |2,765           |122             |2,911           |3,033           |118             |2,815           |2,933           |2,821           |3,280                            

Salford                        |179             |3,868           |4,047           |120             |3,708           |3,828           |219             |4,517           |4,736           |2,627           |4,187                            

Stockport                      |366             |4,085           |4,451           |403             |3,698           |4,101           |290             |3,794           |4,084           |4,324           |4,257                            

Tameside and Glossop           |110             |1,883           |1,993           |100             |1,533           |1,633           |80              |1,526           |1,606           |1,604           |1,476                            

Trafford                       |8               |965             |973             |25              |1,476           |1,501           |5               |1,528           |1,533           |1,467           |1,459                            

Wigan                          |69              |4,022           |4,091           |74              |4,281           |4,355           |40              |4,418           |4,458           |4,080           |4,310                            

                               |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------                          

North Western                  |2,800           |53,505          |56,305          |3,339           |54,359          |57,698          |2,988           |58,694          |61,682          |60,052          |64,053                           

Source: SBH203 returns 1985 to 1987, KH 7 and KHO7a returns 1988 onwards.                                                                                                                                                                  

<1> General surgery, Urology, T and O, ENT, Ophthalmology, Oral surgery, Restorative dentistry, Paediatric dentistry, Orthodontics, Neurosurgery, Plastic surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Paediatric surgery, Gynaecology, Radiotherapy.  

<2> Less self deferred cases.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Hospital Beds

Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by district health authority in the north-west regional health authority the total available patient beds for each year since 1979.


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Mr. Freeman : The available information is given in the table :


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Average daily available beds<1>, all sectors, NHS hospitals, by district health authority in North Western Region 1979 to 1988-89                                                                                         

Health authority               |1979            |1980            |1981            |1982            |1983            |1984            |1985            |1986            |1987-88         |1988-89                          

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Lancaster                      |2,645           |2,601           |2,508           |2,512           |2,406           |2,352           |2,217           |2,106           |1,821           |1,798                            

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde      |1,564           |1,576           |1,664           |1,733           |1,732           |1,737           |1,756           |1,730           |1,630           |1,763                            

Preston                        |<2>             |<2>             |<2>             |2,318           |2,239           |2,196           |2,173           |2,060           |2,079           |1,902                            

Blackburn, Hyndburn and                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  Ribble Valley                |2,825           |2,781           |2,746           |2,706           |2,665           |2,624           |2,579           |2,509           |1,315           |1,231                            

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale |2,591           |2,591           |2,522           |2,513           |2,516           |2,438           |2,399           |2,303           |3,216           |3,008                            

West Lancashire                |886             |862             |854             |851             |851             |867             |812             |790             |735             |661                              

Chorley and South Ribble       |<2>             |<2>             |<2>             |374             |378             |357             |345             |345             |323             |302                              

Bolton                         |1,361           |1,315           |1,328           |1,303           |1,294           |1,285           |1,246           |1,251           |1,254           |1,227                            

Bury                           |716             |740             |786             |801             |812             |822             |810             |816             |788             |775                              

North Manchester               |2,041           |2,038           |2,026           |1,982           |1,950           |1,831           |1,752           |1,692           |1,648           |1,521                            

Central Manchester             |1,137           |1,201           |1,227           |1,254           |1,250           |1,242           |1,272           |1,246           |1,238           |1,219                            

South Manchester               |2,408           |2,423           |2,389           |2,401           |2,417           |2,355           |2,277           |2,187           |2,112           |2,068                            

Oldham                         |1,045           |1,028           |1,004           |1,003           |1,029           |1,019           |1,026           |1,004           |993             |980                              

Rochdale                       |953             |904             |875             |879             |869             |827             |824             |843             |765             |758                              

Salford                        |3,098           |3,089           |3,017           |3,008           |2,972           |2,876           |2,688           |2,666           |2,506           |2,372                            

Stockport                      |1,677           |1,692           |1,759           |1,816           |1,793           |1,749           |1,724           |1,741           |1,693           |1,672                            

Tameside and Glossop           |869             |965             |981             |941             |917             |942             |945             |957             |982             |955                              

Trafford                       |836             |864             |869             |837             |827             |814             |775             |747             |755             |718                              

Wigan                          |1,479           |1,450           |1,430           |1,446           |1,467           |1,426           |1,403           |1,413           |1,469           |1,479                            

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North Western Region           |30,811          |30,839          |30,662          |30,678          |30,384          |29,756          |29,021          |28,406          |27,320          |26,409                           

Source: SH3 returns, 1979-1986, KHO3 returns 1987-88 onwards.                                                                                                                                                             

<1> Wards open overnight only.                                                                                                                                                                                            

<2> Comparable figures not available due to National Health Service restructuring in 1982.                                                                                                                                

Breast Screening

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources have been made available for consultant surgeons at Arrowe park hospital participating in the assessment and treatment stages of the Wirral breast screening programme scheduled to start on 19 February ; what assessment has been made of the adequacy of these resources ; and if he will make a statement on the extent, coverage and date of operation of the breast screening programme in the Wirral.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Department has allocated resources for the breast screening programme to regions. It is for each regional health authority to decide how funds are allocated to screening services within the region. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of the Mersey regional health authority.

Welfare Milk

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in the east midlands are in receipt of the welfare milk token scheme ; and what was the comparable figure for 1979.

Mr. Freeman : Information about the number of welfare milk beneficiaries by area is not available, but overall the Government are spending £80 million per annum on welfare milk which goes to some 800,000 beneficiaries.

Disablement Services Authority

Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average waiting time for an artificial limb prior to the Disablement Services Authority being set up.

Mr. Freeman : The specific information requested is not available, but one of the reasons for setting up the DSA was to streamline the procedures and we are monitoring the situation.

Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to develop quality of service objectives in respect of the Disablement Services Authority.


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