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Dishwashers

Mr. Byers : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will introduce measures to penalise manufacturers of dishwashers who include faults in the design of the machines which impose additional costs to their customers in terms of repairs and maintenance.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 18 January 1994] : Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 consumers already have a right of redress against suppliers of faulty goods.

Household Goods

Mr. Byers : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to regulate the after-sales agreements offered by manufacturers of household goods.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 18 January 1994] : The Department of Trade and Industry published a consultation paper on consumer guarantees in February 1992. Further consideration of this issue has been delayed pending the publication, which took place last month, of the EC Commission's discussion paper on the same subject.

Communications and Transport Deregulation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will publish a list of all material sent to the communications and transport deregulation task force by outside persons and organisations, together with the dates on which such material was received by the task force ;


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(2) if he will publish a list of all meetings held between the communications and transport deregulation task force and outside persons and organisations, together with the dates of such meetings.

Mr. Neil Hamilton [holding answer 18 January 1994] : The eight deregulation task forces, of which the transport and communications task force was one, were independent of Government. My Department provided a secretariat but task force members held their own meetings from time to time and collected evidence for their own use. It is not therefore possible to provide a complete list of meetings with organisations or of material provided in evidence.

Power Lines

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what consideration he has given to the report of the public inquiry into the construction of power lines from Lakenby to Pickton ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar [holding answer 19 January 1994] : My Department has received the inspector's report and will make a decision in due course.

GATT

Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what affect the GATT agreement will have on EC regulations affecting British industry.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 19 January 1994] : Certain changes in EC legislation will be needed to implement the EC's obligations under the GATT agreement. The main ones will be the changes in the common external tariff to give effect to the agreed cuts in tariffs on imports ; and changes to EC rules on anti-dumping and countervailing duties to reflect the new GATT rules in these areas.

Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of how GPT Ltd. will be affected (a) nationally and (b) in Coventry by GATT.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 19 January 1994] : GATT will produce higher world economic growth through progressive trade

liberalisation. This will lead to greatly increased opportunities for exporters and boost job creation, technological innovation and industrial development. Negotiations to secure improvements to the offers made in December are still under way and full details of the tariff cuts in individual sectors are not yet available.

Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what criteria GATT will improve the prospects for British industry.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 19 January 1994] : British exporters will benefit greatly from higher world growth, the opening up of overseas markets, improved trade rules and a more stable international trading environment. The average cut in bound tariff rates on exports of industrial products from the European Community to the United States is 49 per cent. and to Japan 57 per cent. British services exporters and innovators will benefit from the inclusion of services and intellectual property in the multilateral trading system for the first time.


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The opening of new public procurement markets will also benefit British suppliers of goods and services. British industry will also benefit from the reduction of tariffs on imports of components and raw materials into the United Kingdom.

Stratford Rail Station

Mr. David Porter : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy to publish studies done by his Department into the possibilities afforded to East Anglian economic regeneration by development of an international passenger station at Stratford ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. McLoughlin [holding answer 19 January 1994] : My Department has not undertaken such studies.

Electronic Components

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what representations he has received from Conner Peripherals (UK) Ltd. relating to the Government's policy on import duties on electronic components and products imported into the United Kingdom from non-European Union countries ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) if he will make a statement on the import duties imposed by the Government on electronic components and products imported into the United Kingdom by non-European Union countries ;

(3) what representations he has received from the electronics sector relating to the Government's policy on import duties on electronic components and products imported into the United Kingdom from non-European Union countries ; and if he will make a statement ;

(4) if he will make a statement on changes since 1990 on the import duties levied on electronic components and products imported into the United Kingdom by non-European Union countries ;

(5) what action his Department is taking to safeguard the United Kingdom electronic industry against imports from non-European countries.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 18 January 1994] : The common customs tariff charged on imports into the United Kingdom of electronic components and products ranges from 4 per cent. to 14 per cent. There have been no changes in the common customs tariff since 1990. There have been discussions with a number of United Kingdom electronic sector companies, including Conner Peripherals (UK) Ltd., about the application of the European Community's tariff regimes, in particular the temporary suspension of duty and tariff quota schemes, whereby EC tariffs can be suspended on items not available from within the EC. Following these discussions, an EC tariff quota on imports of hard disk drives was dicontinued with effect from 1 January 1992.

Anti-dumping duties have been imposed by the EC on certain electronic components in response to unfair trading practices which have been injurious to EC industry. However, the Government continue to believe that the reduction or elimination of tariffs is the most effective way of encouraging the overall development of markets and increasing the volume of business.


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SCOTLAND

NHS Trusts (Pay)

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cars each national health service trust and health board has bought as part of a payment package for senior personnel in the last year ; and what is the average value of such cars.

Mr. Stewart : This information is not held centrally.

Glenochil Prison

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what refurbishments are presently taking place at Glenochil prison ; and if he will list the contracts awarded with the details of the financial costs of each and the total costs.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I have asked Mr. E. W. Frizzell, the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to arrange for a reply to be given to the hon. Member.

Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Mr. John McFall, dated 20 January 1994 :

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Question about refurbishments currently taking place at Glenochil Prison. The information is as follows :


Refurbishment                      |Awarded to     |Costs                          

projects                                                                           

                                                   |(including VAT)                

                                                   |£000s                          

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Replacement of the electronic      |WHS Ltd.       |1,542                          

locking cell system                                                                

Alterations to the wood machine    |Institution's  |8                              

area in the worksheds              |own workforce                                  

Damage repairs to 'A' Hall and     |Institution's  |60                             

fitting of new locks throughout    |own workforce                                  

the prison as a result of a recent                                                 

hostage incident                                                                   

                                                   |-----                          

                                                   |1,610                          

Prisoners

Mr. Gallie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many short-term prisoners have, at the half way point of their sentence, been (a) released, (b) charged with a further offence after their release, (c) convicted of a further offence committed after their release, (d) returned to prison to serve out their full sentence and (e) returned to prison on a new sentence since 1 October 1993.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is currently not collected centrally, save that the number of prisoners returned to prison to serve out their full sentence under section 16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 is being collected on a monthly basis from 1 January 1994. The Scottish Prison Service prisoner records database, to come into operation in summer 1995, will hold some information on releases and previous custodial sentences.


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Badgers

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by county the number of badgers shot and gassed in each year since 1988 ; and what percentage of those badgers were subsequently shown to have tuberculosis.

Sir Hector Monro : The badger population in Scotland is widely dispersed in the countryside and does not pose an animal health risk. Consequently, badgers have never been subject to official controls on animal health grounds and it has never been necessary to shoot badgers in Scotland. Gassing as a control mechanism was discontinued in Great Britain in 1982.

Market Testing

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for each service that has been market tested in his Department in 1993 (a) the cost of the testing process, including consultancy costs, (b) the result of the test, (c) the name of the successful contractor, (d) the value and duration of the contract, (e) the number of staff involved, (f) estimated annual cost reductions and (g) whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 were deemed to apply.

Mr. Lang : The 1992-93 market-testing programme in the Scottish Office has now been completed and the outcomes are being analysed, in consultation with the efficiency unit in the Cabinet Office. Much of the information requested will, once it has been finalised, be published in aggregate form in the "Citizen's Charter Second Report".

Departmental Files

Mr. Salmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many files were retained from public scrutiny for a further 25 years ; and what was the general subject matter by category, contained in them.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Over the last 12 months, a total of 77 files with special closure periods--longer than 30 years--were transferred by Scottish Office Departments to the Scottish Record Office. They included information that was supplied in confidence and documents containing private information about individuals. As such, they fell within the Government's published guidelines on extended or special closures.

Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what complaints he has received about the operation of the incinerator at Falkirk and District royal infirmary ; and what action he will take to ensure that there is no health risk caused by the operation of the incinerator.

Mr. Stewart : Over the last year or so, I have received several complaints about the fumes from the clinical waste incinerator chimney located at Falkirk and District royal infirmary.

On each occasion, inquiries have been made and at this time I am content that the clinical waste incinerator is operating within the statutory requirements. As a safeguard, additional fume monitoring is planned even although the local authority monitoring the situation agree that the emissions are within present guidelines.


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Smear Tests

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the amount of time taken by each health board in Scotland to notify patients of the results of smear tests for cervical cancer ;

(2) if he will make a statement on the guidelines issued by the Scottish Office on the amount of time which should be taken by Scottish health boards to notify women of the results of their smear tests for cervical cancer.

Mr. Stewart : Health boards have been set a target of a maximum of 14 days average for the reporting of results to the patient. Information is not collected centrally on the time taken by each health board but the current average processing time for cervical smears examined by NHS laboratories in Scotland is 11 days.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the procedures used by Ayrshire and Arran health board in carrying out screening for cervical cancer ; and what is the average amount of time taken to notify patients of the results of smear tests within the Ayrshire and Arran health board area.

Mr. Stewart : Cervical screening procedures followed in Ayrshire and Arran health board comply with existing guidance. There is a three-yearly call-recall system in place for all women aged 20 to 60 years and the laboratory staff at Crosshouse hospital participate in an external quality assurance scheme.

Information is not collected centrally on the time taken by GPs, hospitals or clinics to report the results but the national target is 14 days on average.

The current average processing time for cervical smears examined at Ayrshire and Arran health board's laboratory is 10 days.

Sporting Rates

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the total revenue accrued to Scottish local authorities through sporting rates in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94.

Mr. Stewart : The total revenue accrued to Scottish local authorities through sporting rates in each of the four years is estimated at around £2 million.

Tied Cottages

Dr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) male and (b) female agricultural workers live in tied cottages in Scotland.

Sir Hector Monro : There are no official figures of the number of agricultural workers living in tied cottages. The results of a sample survey of earnings and hours of agricultural workers indicate that 48 per cent. of male regular hired workers and 10 per cent. of female regular hired workers in Scotland in 1992 lived in a house or cottage as part payment of wages. These figures may not however accurately reflect the number of salaried managers living in a tied house.


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Domestic Fires

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the number of deaths and serious injuries in Scotland as a result of domestic fires since 1980.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Figures for serious injuries are not available. The available figures are as follows :


           Casualties                   

Year      |Fatal    |Non-fatal          

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

1980      |122      |712                

1981      |126      |862                

1982      |126      |863                

1983      |136      |1,126              

1984      |128      |1,290              

1985      |144      |1,276              

1986      |132      |1,499              

1987      |138      |1,372              

1988      |146      |1,591              

1989      |88       |1,605              

1990      |115      |1,624              

1991      |117      |1,696              

<1>1992   |82       |1,614              

<1> Provisional figures                 

Source: Home Office Fire Statistics     

based on reports from local authority   

fire brigades                           

There has been an encouraging decrease in the number of fatalities since 1989, which may be due to a combination of factors, including implementation of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988--and subsequent amendment regulations--and the active promotion of smoke alarms. While there has in contrast been an increase in non-fatal casualties, this may be connected with a growing awareness amongst fire brigades of the effects of gas and smoke inhalation and a consequent increase in casualty recording.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the Scottish Office's involvement in the recent consultation by the Department of Trade and Industry into relaxation of the Furniture and Furnishings Fire (Safety) Regulations 1988 and the Night Wear Safety Regulations 1985 ; and whether his Department favours the relaxation of these regulations.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The initial consultation undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry was restricted to individual companies, trade associations and other organisations--including local authority associations, and consumer and safety groups--which that Department considered might have an interest in the provisions of the particular regulations. Other Government Departments were not invited to comment at that stage. If any proposals emerge, as a result of the initial consultation, for the provisions of the regulations to be amended, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland will be formally consulted because of his responsibilities for fire safety matters in Scotland.

Population Statistics

Mr. Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list (a) the latest estimates by the Registrar-General of Populations of those aged 17 years and over, plus 63 per cent. of those aged 16 years, for each district council area and parliamentary constituency in


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Scotland, together in each case with the equivalent year's electoral registration figures expressed as a percentage of (a) .

Mr. Stewart : The information requested is given in the tables. For clarity of presentation, table A includes figures


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for regions, islands areas and the whole of Scotland. The population figures in table B have been prepared by a method that involves a certain degree of approximation and therefore they must be treated with some caution.


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Table A: Local Government Areas                                                                                  

Local government             |Estimate of         |Parliamentary       |(b) as a percentage                      

area                                                                   |of                                       

                             |population          |electors            |(a)                                      

                             |aged 17 and over    |on the 1993                                                   

                             |plus 63 per cent. of|electoral registers                                           

                             |16 year olds        |(qualifying date 10                                           

                             |(as at 30 June 1992)|October 1992)                                                 

                             |(a)                 |(b)                                                           

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SCOTLAND                     |4,062,331           |3,931,429           |96.8                                     

Borders Region               |84,593              |84,421              |99.8                                     

Berwickshire                 |15,533              |15,632              |100.6                                    

Ettrick and Lauderdale       |28,040              |27,803              |99.2                                     

Roxburgh                     |28,672              |28,569              |99.6                                     

Tweeddale                    |12,347              |12,417              |100.6                                    

                                                                                                                 

Central Region               |216,661             |211,094             |97.4                                     

Clackmannan                  |37,903              |36,806              |97.1                                     

Falkirk                      |113,793             |110,598             |97.2                                     

Stirling                     |64,966              |63,690              |98.0                                     

                                                                                                                 

Dumfries and Galloway Region |118,360             |116,950             |98.8                                     

Annandale and Eskdale        |29,902              |29,579              |98.9                                     

Nithsdale                    |45,412              |44,540              |98.1                                     

Stewartry                    |19,136              |19,107              |99.8                                     

Wigtown                      |23,910              |23,724              |99.2                                     

                                                                                                                 

Fife Region                  |276,720             |266,883             |96.4                                     

Dunfermline                  |101,554             |96,861              |95.4                                     

Kirkcaldy                    |116,857             |114,365             |97.9                                     

North East Fife              |58,308              |55,657              |95.5                                     

                                                                                                                 

Grampian Region              |414,201             |401,816             |97.0                                     

Aberdeen City                |177,559             |170,689             |96.1                                     

Banff and Buchan             |67,625              |66,721              |98.7                                     

Gordon                       |59,796              |59,114              |98.9                                     

Kincardine and Deeside       |42,194              |40,700              |96.5                                     

Moray                        |67,027              |64,592              |96.4                                     

                                                                                                                 

Highland Region              |160,896             |159,035             |98.8                                     

Badenoch and Strathspey      |9,074               |9,351               |103.1                                    

Caithness                    |20,725              |20,647              |99.6                                     

Inverness                    |49,806              |48,562              |97.5                                     

Lochaber                     |15,027              |14,912              |99.2                                     

Nairn                        |8,473               |8,497               |100.3                                    

Ross and Cromarty            |38,128              |37,375              |98.0                                     

Skye and Lochalsh            |9,258               |9,225               |99.6                                     

Sutherland                   |10,405              |10,466              |100.6                                    

                                                                                                                 

Lothian Region               |607,795             |589,561             |97.0                                     

East Lothian                 |68,084              |67,541              |99.2                                     

Edinburgh City               |364,293             |350,581             |96.2                                     

Midlothian                   |62,622              |60,979              |97.4                                     

West Lothian                 |112,796             |110,460             |97.9                                     

                                                                                                                 

Strathclyde Region           |1,811,308           |1,740,266           |96.1                                     

Argyll and Bute              |50,668              |48,995              |96.7                                     

Bearsden and Milngavie       |32,306              |31,606              |97.8                                     

Clydebank                    |36,546              |35,184              |96.3                                     

Clydesdale                   |45,791              |44,592              |97.4                                     

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth      |49,115              |47,422              |96.6                                     

Cumnock and Doon Valley      |33,528              |33,110              |98.8                                     

Cunninghame                  |108,359             |105,208             |97.1                                     

Dumbarton                    |61,765              |57,525              |93.1                                     

East Kilbride                |66,761              |65,051              |97.4                                     

Eastwood                     |47,497              |46,674              |98.3                                     

Glasgow City                 |549,034             |518,416             |94.4                                     

Hamilton                     |83,794              |80,750              |96.4                                     

Inverclyde                   |71,666              |70,304              |98.1                                     

Kilmarnock and Loudoun       |64,170              |62,638              |97.6                                     

Kyle and Carrick             |91,171              |89,206              |97.8                                     

Monklands                    |80,257              |77,727              |96.8                                     

Motherwell                   |112,961             |108,282             |95.9                                     

Renfrew                      |158,855             |153,571             |96.7                                     

Strathkelvin                 |67,063              |64,005              |95.4                                     

                                                                                                                 

Tayside Region               |316,249             |306,224             |96.8                                     

Angus                        |76,556              |74,129              |96.8                                     

Dundee City                  |138,469             |133,570             |96.5                                     

Perth and Kinross            |101,224             |98,525              |97.3                                     

                                                                                                                 

Orkney Islands Area          |15,372              |15,553              |101.2                                    

                                                                                                                 

Shetland Islands Area        |17,220              |16,499              |95.8                                     

                                                                                                                 

Western Isles Islands Area   |22,959              |23,127              |100.7                                    


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Table B: Parliamentary Constituencies                                                                                 

Parliamentary                     |Estimate of         |Parliamentary       |(b) as a percentage                      

constituency                                                                                                          

                                  |population aged     |electors on the 1993|of (a)                                   

                                                                                                                      

                                  |17 and over plus    |electoral registers                                           

                                  |63 per cent. of     |(qualifying date                                              

                                  |16 year olds        |10 October 1992)                                              

                                  |(as at 30 June 1992)                                                               

                                  |(a)                 |(b)                                                           

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Aberdeen North                    |62,700              |60,242              |96.1                                     

Aberdeen South                    |61,800              |59,389              |96.1                                     

Angus East                        |66,400              |64,223              |96.7                                     

Argyll and Bute                   |50,700              |48,995              |96.6                                     

Ayr                               |68,000              |66,495              |97.8                                     

Banff and Buchan                  |67,600              |66,721              |98.7                                     

Caithness and Sutherland          |31,100              |31,113              |100.0                                    

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley  |56,700              |55,821              |98.4                                     

Central Fife                      |57,700              |56,491              |97.9                                     

Clackmannan                       |51,000              |49,538              |97.1                                     

Clydebank and Milngavie           |49,500              |47,900              |96.8                                     

Clydesdale                        |64,900              |62,978              |97.0                                     

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth           |49,100              |47,422              |96.6                                     

Cunninghame North                 |57,200              |55,564              |97.1                                     

Cunninghame South                 |51,100              |49,644              |97.2                                     

Dumbarton                         |61,800              |57,525              |93.1                                     

Dumfries                          |62,800              |61,876              |98.5                                     

Dundee East                       |60,700              |58,570              |96.5                                     

Dundee West                       |61,800              |59,624              |96.5                                     

Dunfermline East                  |53,000              |50,700              |95.7                                     

Dunfermline West                  |54,200              |51,713              |95.4                                     

East Kilbride                     |66,800              |65,051              |97.4                                     

East Lothian                      |68,100              |67,541              |99.2                                     

Eastwood                          |65,900              |64,506              |97.9                                     

Edinburgh Central                 |59,400              |57,127              |96.2                                     

Edinburgh East                    |47,600              |45,779              |96.2                                     

Edinburgh Leith                   |58,900              |56,662              |96.2                                     

Edinburgh Pentlands               |58,400              |56,171              |96.2                                     

Edinburgh South                   |64,800              |62,330              |96.2                                     

Edinburgh West                    |61,700              |59,331              |96.2                                     

Falkirk East                      |54,100              |52,550              |97.1                                     

Falkirk West                      |51,700              |50,220              |97.1                                     

Galloway and Upper Nithsdale      |55,500              |55,074              |99.2                                     

Glasgow Cathcart                  |47,300              |44,623              |94.3                                     

Glasgow Central                   |50,800              |47,963              |94.4                                     

Glasgow Garscadden                |43,400              |40,975              |94.4                                     

Glasgow Govan                     |48,300              |45,629              |94.5                                     

Glasgow Hillhead                  |60,900              |57,524              |94.5                                     

Glasgow Maryhill                  |51,000              |48,109              |94.3                                     

Glasgow Pollok                    |48,500              |45,786              |94.4                                     

Glasgow Provan                    |38,800              |36,625              |94.4                                     

Glasgow Rutherglen                |56,000              |52,903              |94.5                                     

Glasgow Shettleston               |55,300              |52,263              |94.5                                     

Glasgow Springburn                |48,700              |46,016              |94.5                                     

Gordon                            |84,300              |82,654              |98.0                                     

Greenock and Port Glasgow         |53,200              |52,185              |98.1                                     

Hamilton                          |64,700              |62,364              |96.4                                     

Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber     |71,700              |70,955              |99.0                                     

Kilmarnock and Loudoun            |64,200              |62,638              |97.6                                     

Kincardine and Deeside            |70,800              |68,218              |96.4                                     

Kirkcaldy                         |53,500              |52,322              |97.8                                     

Linlithgow                        |63,300              |61,884              |97.8                                     

Livingston                        |63,300              |61,905              |97.8                                     

Midlothian                        |62,500              |60,831              |97.3                                     

Monklands East                    |50,600              |49,041              |96.9                                     

Monklands West                    |51,900              |49,903              |96.2                                     

Moray                             |67,000              |64,592              |96.4                                     

Motherwell North                  |60,500              |57,955              |95.8                                     

Motherwell South                  |52,500              |50,327              |95.9                                     

North East Fife                   |58,300              |55,657              |95.5                                     

North Tayside                     |58,800              |57,135              |97.2                                     

Orkney and Shetland               |32,600              |32,052              |98.3                                     

Paisley North                     |48,100              |46,491              |96.7                                     

Paisley South                     |49,600              |47,937              |96.6                                     

Perth and Kinross                 |68,500              |66,672              |97.3                                     

Renfrew West and Inverclyde       |61,200              |59,430              |97.1                                     

Ross, Cromarty and Skye           |58,000              |56,967              |98.2                                     

Roxburgh and Berwickshire         |44,200              |44,201              |100.0                                    

Stirling                          |60,000              |58,786              |98.0                                     

Strathkelvin and Bearsden         |64,100              |61,678              |96.2                                     

Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale |40,400              |40,220              |99.6                                     

Western Isles                     |23,000              |23,127              |100.6                                    

Regional Selective Assistance

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the criteria applied by the Scottish Office in making awards of regional selective assistance ; what safeguards exist in the event of the ownership of a company in receipt of regional selective assistance changing ; how the Scottish Office polices companies in receipt of regional selective assistance ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : The criteria for regional selective assistance include location, investment, jobs, need, viability and private sector financial support. In the event of a change in ownership, an offer of assistance may be transferred to the new owners, or alternatively the grant may be withheld or recovered depending on the circumstances of the case. Throughout the term of each offer of assistance, and always prior to any payment of grant, detailed company progress reports are obtained which have been certified by independent accountants.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what amount of money was received by Conner Peripherals (UK) Ltd. in regional selective assistance in the last five years ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) what amount of money was received by Amkor Anam (Europe) Ltd. in regional selective assistance before its announcement of the closure of its plant in Irvine.

Mr. Stewart : I refer the hon. member to my answer on 5 November 1993, Official Report, column 239.


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M80

Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to meet CARE80 concerning the line of route for the M80 motorway between Stepps and Haggs ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Officials from the Scottish Office Industry Department roads directorate and their consultants will be meeting members of CARE80 on 25 January. In due course, they will be providing me with a detailed report of all their consultations, including the discussions with CARE80, for my consideration. Thereafter, a final decision will be taken on the proposed route for the M80 and this will be immediately followed by the publication of the draft statutory procedures.

Glasgow-Cumbernauld Railway Line

Mr. Norman Hogg : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has received for the electrification of the

Glasgow-Cumbernauld railway line ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. Friend has received no such plans.

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he has given Scottish councils concerning compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Sir Hector Monro : Guidance has been issued to local authorities accompanying orders, codes of practice and regulations made under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Specific guidance has been issued on recycling, in the form of a waste management paper on the compilation of waste recycling plans and on the environmental


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standards that should normally be applied to industrial processes covered by local authority air pollution control. The hazardous waste inspectorate, as an ongoing part of its responsibility, gives advice to local authorities with respect to their duties under relevant legislation on waste management matters including part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Further advice is given at meetings of the Scottish Pollution Control Co-ordinating Committee.

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which councils in Scotland have failed to meet any of the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ; what action he has taken as a result ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro : It is for Scottish local authorities to ensure that they comply with the duties imposed upon them by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. However, the Scottish Office has monitored compliance with the provisions of section 30 of the Act relating to administrative arrangements for the separation of authorities' waste disposal and waste regulation functions, and to section 49 of the Act, which concerns the submission of recycling plans to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. Currently, the City of Edinburgh and the City of Glasgow district councils have still to advise him of their arrangements for separating waste regulation from waste disposal. Draft recycling plans have yet to be submitted by :

Caithness district council

Dunfermline district council

Lochaber district council

Moray district council

Motherwell district council

Nairn district council

Sutherland district council

Western Isles council

Wigtown district council

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions his officials have had with Kyle and Carrick district council concerning compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ; what was the outcome of such discussions ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro : Officials of the Scottish Office had routine discussions with Kyle and Carrick district council on 30 June 1992 about matters concerning waste regulation. The outcome of these discussions was a letter to the council specifying matters to be dealt with under part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Refuse Collection

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what problems have been reported to the Scottish Office regarding arrangements for refuse collection in Perth and Kinross district council area ; what action has been taken as a result ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro : One complaint was recently received about the cost of commercial waste collection. The matter was brought to the attention of the district council's director of environmental health. On the basis of information received from the council a reply was sent to the complainant.


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Minimal Access Surgery

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to publish the report produced by Professor Alfred Cuschieri on implications for the NHS of minimal access surgery.

Mr. Lang : This valuable and timely report is being published today as a focus for public debate on the important issues surrounding the development of minimal access therapy--MAT. Commissioned jointly by the Scottish Office Home and Health Department and the Department of Health, the report is intended as a contribution to the development of strategic planning for these new techniques in the NHS. The report has already been referred to the medical and nursing advisory committee north and south of the border and the views of other interested bodies will be sought as appropriate.

MAT offers the prospect of major advances in patient care, but also requires the development of new skills. In the vital areas of training and technique evaluation, we have recently announced the establishment of two MAT training units in England and one in Scotland as a joint initiative by the Government and the Wolfson Foundation to ensure that clinicians are properly and fully trained to produce the best possible outcomes for patients.

As the report highlights, widespread introduction of these new techniques will represent very major change for the NHS. The interests of patients will of course be at the forefront of the development of MAT and we are already using Professor Cuschieri's report as the basis for work on establishing the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of these treatments to ensure maximum benefit for patients.


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