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Mortgage Repossessions

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many court actions relating to mortgage repossessions there were in (a) Paisley sheriff court and (b) Scotland for each year since 1978 ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : This information is not held centrally.

Strathclyde Police

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing the level of specific grant given to meet the revenue costs of Strathclyde police in each year since 1979, expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the total revenue budget ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is set out in the following table :


                  |Police           |Total            |Police                             

                  |specific         |revenue          |specific                           

                  |grant            |budget           |grant as a                         

                                                      |percentage                         

                                                      |of the total                       

                                                      |revenue                            

                                                      |budget                             

Year              |£                |£                |Per cent.                          

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1979-80           |37,829,242.21    |793,478,000.00   |4.77                               

1980-81           |45,104,503.48    |989,304,000.00   |4.56                               

1981-82           |52,590,064.66    |1,149,077,000.00 |4.58                               

1982-83           |57,071,448.97    |1,257,054,000.00 |4.54                               

1983-84           |61,946,461.13    |1,315,068,000.00 |4.71                               

1984-85           |66,998,770.33    |1,358,433,000.00 |4.93                               

1985-86           |67,241,352.98    |1,418,429,000.00 |4.74                               

1986-87           |73,150,030.24    |1,501,838,000.00 |4.87                               

1987-88           |82,076,843.87    |1,635,650,000.00 |5.02                               

1988-89           |86,759,855.81    |1,763,655,000.00 |4.92                               

1989-90           |97,768,399.14    |1,876,880,000.00 |5.21                               

1990-91           |<1>108,118,400.95|1,977,241,000.00 |5.47                               

<1>Provisional.                                                                           

Community Policing

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to review the need for additional community policing initiatives within the Paisley, South constituency ; and if he will make a statement.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Responsibility for decisions on the operational deployment of police officers within Paisley, South rests solely with the chief constable of Strathclyde police.

Police Manpower

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing, for each police authority in Scotland, the number of trained policemen and women required to bring each authority up to official recommended levels of qualified police personnel ; the number of civilian administrative staff short ; and the difference between the bid for equipment budgets to meet existing demands to combat crime in Scotland and the amounts awarded ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Table 1 shows the difference between the number of police officers in post and the authorised establishment level for each force. Table 2 provides a breakdown of civilian staff in each force and the difference between establishment and strength.

Allocations for equipment are not distinguished separately within the consent which police authorities receive to incur capital expenditure. Authorities may augment the sum for which consent has been given by proceeds from the sale of assets. The figures in table 3 set out the capital allocations issued in 1991-92 together with the maximum amount of grant, at 51 per cent. of expenditure, that can be obtained by those authorities meeting some capital expenditure from current revenue.


Table 1                                                                     

Total police establishment and numbers in post as at 30 June 1991           

                    |Authorised   |Number of    |Difference                 

                    |establishment|officers in                              

                                  |post                                     

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

Central             |643          |623          |-20                        

Dumfries and Galloway 361          361           -                          

Fife                |780          |757          |-23                        

Grampian            |1,158        |1,139        |-19                        

Lothian and Borders |2,487        |2,426        |-61                        

Northern            |631          |624          |-7                         

Strathclyde         |6,954        |6,700        |-254                       

Tayside             |1,057        |1,023        |-34                        

                    |---          |---          |--                         

    Total           |14,071       |13,653       |-418                       



Table 2                                                                      

Police civilian strength compared to establishment as at 30 June             

1991                                                                         

                     |Establishment|Strength     |Difference                 

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Central:                                                                     

Traffic Warden       |22           |22           |-                          

Clerical Staff       |72           |72           |-                          

Technical Staff      |45           |44           |-1                         

                                                                             

Dumfries and Galloway:                                                       

Traffic Warden       |22           |12           |-10                        

Clerical Staff       |45           |45           |-                          

Technical Staff      |36           |36           |-                          

                                                                             

Fife:                                                                        

Traffic Warden       |38           |36           |-2                         

Clerical Staff       |132          |123          |-9                         

Technical Staff      |41           |33           |-8                         

                                                                             

Grampian:                                                                    

Traffic Warden       |57           |51           |-6                         

Clerical Staff       |185          |179          |-6                         

Technical Staff      |110          |107          |-3                         

                                                                             

Lothian and Borders:                                                         

Traffic Warden       |173          |164          |-8                         

Clerical Staff       |497          |483          |-14                        

Technical Staff      |163          |154          |-9                         

                                                                             

Northern:                                                                    

Traffic Warden       |23           |23           |-                          

Clerical Staff       |129          |129          |-                          

Technical Staff      |47           |44           |-3                         

                                                                             

Strathclyde:                                                                 

Traffic Warden       |214          |179          |-35                        

Clerical Staff       |615          |590          |-25                        

Technical Staff      |593          |558          |-35                        

                                                                             

Tayside:                                                                     

Traffic Warden       |40           |35           |-5                         

Clerical Staff       |126          |103          |-23                        

Technical Staff      |122          |115          |-7                         

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

Total                                                                        

Traffic Warden       |589          |522          |-67                        

Clerial Staff        |1,801        |1,724        |-77                        

Technical Staff      |1,157        |1,091        |-66                        


Table 3                                                   

Capital allocation for 1991-92 and maximum CFCR grant     

                      |Capital    |Maximum                

                      |allocations|CFCR grant             

                      |£000       |£000                   

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

Central               |326        |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |2,250      |82                     

Fife                  |543        |-                      

Grampian              |196        |202                    

Lothian and Borders   |400        |416                    

Northern              |406        |-                      

Strathclyde           |3,447      |-                      

Tayside               |1,202      |-                      

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

Total                 |8,770      |700                    

Radioactive Contamination, Dumbarton

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he possesses on the levels of radioactive contamination at the Riverside boatyard, Balloch in Dumbarton ; and what steps are being taken to decontaminate the site.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Scottish Office Environment Department has information about the site of the former radium works at Balloch including records of radiological surveys. All such information has been made available to Dumbarton district council and has been taken into account in a recent survey instigated by the district council in relation to its responsiblity for land use planning. The results of this survey have been sent to Her Majesty's industrial pollution inspectorate which is assisting the district council in its consideration of the findings.

Remedial action was taken at the site in 1963 in order to remove the health hazard which had been identified. Any further action taken in respect of the ground contamination must have regard to the proposed future use of the land. The responsibility for any such action would rest, in the first instance, with the owner of the land. The planning authority could attach appropriate conditions to the grant of any consent for development of the site.


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A7

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will undertake a design study for a major improvement scheme on the A7 trunk road at Colterscleuch south of Hawick for implementation in advance of the completion of the current studies on the A7 route action plan.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : There are several overtaking schemes on the A7 south of Hawick which have been identified as candidates for early implementation. Consideration is presently being given as to which is the most appropriate choice in terms of value for money, location, and local acceptability to take forward to the next design stage. I will write to the hon. Member when that decision is reached.

World Summit for Children

Miss Lestor : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department has completed the review of its policies for inclusion in the progress report on action in the areas targeted by the World Summit for Children's declaration and plan of action ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is co- ordinating the United Kingdom's progress report on action in the areas targetted in the declaration and plan of action which resulted from the World Summit for Children. The aim is to submit the report to the UNICEF secretariat by the end of this year. The Scottish Office is contributing to the preparation of the report.

Coastal Flooding

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to protect coastal and island communities from flooding and damage from severe weather in the coming winter ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Protection of communities is essentially a matter for local authorities which already have wide powers to act in emergencies such as flooding and damage from severe weather. They also have powers under coast protection and flood prevention legislation to undertake protective work which may attract Government grants.

Mortgage Defaults

Mr. Graham : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many mortgage defaults have taken place with Scottish Homes former tenants who availed themselves of finance from Scottish Homes or the Scottish Special Housing Association.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : None.

Scottish Bus Group

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the price obtained for each company through privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group and the principal conditions of each sale.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information on the sale prices obtained for each of the bus companies sold under the Scottish Bus Group disposal programme will be made available to Parliament as soon as possible.


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The principal conditions contained in each sale relate to property clawbacks, employee pensions and concessionary fare arrangements for employees, former employees and their families. These conditions reflect criteria set out in the disposal programme.

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the property assets involved in the privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group which are (a) leased to the buyer companies and (b) subject to claw- back if resold.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information is as follows : Name of Subsidiary and Property Leased Properties

Eastern Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Part of St. Andrew Square Bus Station, Edinburgh.

2. Depot and Offices, New Street, Edinburgh.

Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd.

1. Part of St. Andrew Square Bus Station, Edinburgh.

2. Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.

Lowland Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Berwick-Upon-Tweed bus Station.

Properties subject to clawback

Lowland Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Bus station, Stirling Street, Galashiels.

Eastern Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Depot and Bus Station, Eskbank Road, Dalkeith.

2. Depot, 1 The Mall, Musselburgh.

3. Depot and bus Station, Almondvale South, Livingston. Midland Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Bus Station, Callendar Riggs, Falkirk.

2. Depot and House, 81-87 High Street, Linlithgow.

Kelvin Central Buses Ltd.

1. Depot, Connor Street, Airdrie.

2. Depot, Milton Road, Kirkintilloch.

3. Depot, Airbles Road, Motherwell.

4. Office, Traction House, Motherwell.

5. Depot, Gavinburn, Old Kilpatrick.

6. Depot, Cumbernauld Road, Stepps.

Northern Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Depot and Works, Gairn Terrace, Aberdeen.

2. Bus Station and Offices, Guild Street, Aberdeen.

3. Depot, Pinefield, Elgin.

4. Depot and Offices, St. Peter Street, Peterhead.

Strathtay Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Depot and Bus Station, Seagate, Dundee.

2. Depot, Rossie Island, Montrose.

3. Depot, Riggs Road, Perth.

Fife Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Depot, St. Leonards Street, Dunfermline.

2. Depot and Bus Station, City Road, St. Andrews.

3. Workshop and Office, Esplanade, Kirkcaldy.

4. Depot, Esplanade, Kirkcaldy.

Highland Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Depot and Offices, Seafield Road, Inverness.

2. Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness.

Western Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

1. Bus Station and Offices, Sandgate, Ayr.

2. Depot, Port Glasgow Road, Greenock.

3. Depot, Greenock Road, Inchinnan.

4. Depot and Bus Station, Main Street, Largs.

5. Depot, Gordon Street/Saucel Street, Paisley.


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Ministerial Visits

Mr. Graham : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times a Scottish Office Minister has visited the constituency of Renfrew West and Inverclyde in each year since 1987.

Mr. Lang : Information on all Scottish Office Ministers' visits since 1987 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Training Funds

Mr. Graham : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs have been lost in Renfrew district and Inverclyde due to the cut back in training funds by his Department ; and how many trainee places have been cut.

Mr. Allan Stewart : The number of training places in Renfrewshire district and Inverclyde is a matter for the local enterprise company, Renfrewshire Enterprise, and Scottish Enterprise. I have asked the chairman of Scottish Enterprise to write to the hon. Member on this point.

Environmental Agencies

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the plans and financing for the Scottish environment protection agency, announced on 23 September ; (2) if he will make a statement on the future of the Scottish industrial pollution inspectorate, the river purification authorities and the hazardous waste inspectorate, respectively.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 18 October 1991] : The Government will be issuing a consultation paper explaining the precise functions which we believe should be undertaken by the Scottish environment protection agency. The purpose of the proposed changes is to provide more effective pollution control through a single, integrated organisation.

The proposed agency would assume responsibility for the existing functions for air quality and radioactive waste exercised by The Scottish Office Environment Department through Her Majesty's industrial pollution inspectorate--HMIPI ; for the prevention and control of water pollution exercised by the river purification authorities--seven river purification boards, RPBs, and three islands councils ; for the regulation of waste disposal and for local air quality exercised by the 53 district and three island councils. It would also incorporate the waste regulation monitoring activities of the Scottish Office Environment Department through its hazardous waste inspectorate--HWI.

Primary legislation to set up the new body will be needed. The RPBs, HMIPI and HWI would cease to exist as separate entities once the new agency was established. It would be a non-departmental public body with a board appointed by my right hon. Friend and funded by the Scottish Office. A substantial proportion of its running costs would be recovered through the charges now being introduced for authorisations and licences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Control of Pollution Act 1974, as amended.


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Salmon

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to protect Scottish salmon growers from the impact of the dumping of Norwegian salmon on European markets ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Government fully recognise the seriousness of the threat to salmon farming in Scotland posed by large-scale imports of Norwegian salmon to European markets. This is not a matter where the United Kingdom Government can act unilaterally ; we have to work through the European Community. We have therefore pressed the EC Commission to consider the matter urgently and to meet the undertakings which it gave earlier this year, when it announced the closure of the anti-dumping case brought by Scottish and Irish salmon producers. These undertakings provided for further consultation with the Norwegians and, if necessary, consideration of a renewed anti-dumping investigation.

We are now working closely with representatives of the Scottish industry, and with the Commission, to consider what steps need to be taken to restore stability to the market for farmed salmon.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Health Clinics

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which health clinics for general medical practices are being (a) built and (b) extended in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Hanley : I presume from the terms of the question that the right hon. Member's inquiry relates to health centres rather than health clinics. Health boards have so far provided 72 health centres under the Northern Ireland programme which began in 1965. No new health centres are being built but schemes are underway to extend those at Armagh and at Stewartstown road, Belfast.

I also understand that accommodation at the following locations is being built by general practitioners who wish to provide services from their own premises under the cost rent scheme provided by my Department :

Cushendall, County Antrim

Armoy, County Antrim

Annalong, County Down

Loughbrickland, County Down

Banbridge, County Down

Ballyward, County Down

Downpatrick, County Down

Holywood, County Down

Ballynahinch, County Down

Plumbridge, County Tyrone

Belleek, County Fermanagh

Newtownstewart, County Tyrone

Londonderry, County Londonderry


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