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Dr. Mawhinney : Appointments to the boards of prospective national health service trusts are made in accordance with general guidance from Ministers to the chairmen of regional health authorities. The appointment processes will be the subject of discussion with the recently announced regional chairmen, with a view to adopting a common process in all regions which continues to identify the most able people for appointment.
Mr. Austin-Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total paid or projected to be paid in salaries, fees, other remuneration and expenses to (a) members of the Greenwich health authority and (b) members of the Greenwich healthcare trust in each of the financial years 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94.
Dr. Mawhinney : Figures for members of Greenwich health authority are shown for 1990-91 to 1992-93. Greenwich healthcare trust did not exist in these years as it is a third wave trust. Figures for 1993-94 are not yet available.
|£ ------------------------ 1990-91 |246,451 1991-92 |344,808 1992-93 |365,383 Source: Annual accounts and pay and records files of Greenwich health authority. Notes: 1. Payment to non-executive members was introduced part way through 1990-91. Only six months costs are reflected for that financial year. 2. One executive member only took up post near the end of 1990-91 which is partly why costs for that year are low compared with subsequent years. 3. Full year costs for executive members in post in 1990-91 have been reflected although the status of member was only conferred from October 1990. Prior to this the people concerned were employees of the authority. 4. The figures shown include employer's national insurance contributions and superannuation payments. Lease car allowance costs have been apportioned from the published figure for Greenwich health authority.
Column 51projected to be paid to the chairman and chief executive of Greenwich health authority and the chairman and chief executive of Greenwich healthcare trust in each of the years 1991-92, 1992- 93 and 1993-94.
Dr. Mawhinney : Figures for the remuneration of the chairman and general manager of Greenwich health authority are shown for 1991-92 and 1992-93. Greenwich healthcare trust did not exist in these years as it is a third wave trust. Figures for 1993-94 are not yet available.
|1991-92|1992-93 |(£) |(£) ---------------------------------------- Chairman |19,120 |19,285 General manager |92,266 |97,702 Source: Annual accounts and pay and records files of Greenwich healthauthority. Notes: 1. Greenwich health authority had a general manager rather than a chief executive. 2. The figures shown for the general manager include employer's national insurance contributions and superannuation payments. Lease car allowance costs have been apportioned from the published figure for Greenwich health authority.
Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding the application of a section 64 core grant by Link, the British Centre for Deafened People ; when she expects to make a decision on the matter ; and if she will make a statement.
(2) if she will make a statement on the progress of the St. Vincent joint task force for diabetes.
Mr. Sackville : The joint Department of Health--British Diabetic Association St. Vincent task force for diabetes is not funded directly by the national health service, although it includes a number of members who are NHS staff. Support costs for the task force are met by the British Diabetic Association and by the Department. The task force is expecting to produce advice for the Secretary of State's consideration by mid-summer this year.
Mr. Sackville : General practitioner practices are collecting information on diabetes. This information will in time show both the incidence and prevalence of diabetes. This has considerable potential value and a number of medical audit advisory groups have already used these data to facilitate the improvement of the care of patients with diabetes in primary care.
Mr. Sackville : None. However, certain synthetic compounds of cannabis, cannabinoids, have been found to be of use against nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. An independent report into the use of nabilone, a semisynthetic cannabinoid developed for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced emesis, has concluded that it is no more effective than standard anti-emetic treatments and has a higher degree of toxicity.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list for each year since 1990 the expenditure on the purchase of health care from non-NHS bodies by general practitioner fund holders.
Dr. Mawhinney : General practitioner fund holders have the freedom to purchase the best possible health care for their patients from whichever provider unit they judge best. They must be able to satisfy the regional health authority that the contracts offer value for money and a high quality service for patients.
Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information regarding the resignation of Neil McCalley, a divisional director of the West Country ambulance services trust she is prepared to communicate to representatives of health service trade unions ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, further to his answer of 24 January, Official Report, column 71, if he will list the actual amounts spent by (a) the north Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust, (b) the south Ayrshire trust and (c) the Community healthcare trust in dealing with their public relations agencies ; and what services these bodies receive for this expenditure.
|£ ------------------------------------------------------ North Ayrshire and Arran |21,600 South Ayrshire Hospitals |21,000 Ayrshire and Arran Community Healthcare |9,000
The services received varied in each case but included support in relation to communications with patients, local communities, general practitioners, staff, and the media on the services provided by each trust and on issues such as health promotion.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the persons appointed to each national health service trust and authority showing (a) their name, (b) their present employment or unemployment and (c) the remuneration for duties entailed in such posts.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on the procedures adopted by (a) the North Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust, (b) the South Ayrshire trust and (c) the Community healthcare trust in awarding contracts for the provision of public relations services ; what action he has taken ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the actual amounts of money spent by each of the NHS trusts in Scotland on their public relations ; and what companies are employed by each of the trusts to provide these services.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement indicating for each health board in Scotland, with the exception of Ayrshire and Arran health board ; which agencies are employed to deal with their public relations ; how much each health board pays for this service ; and what changes have been made within each health board area for dealing with public relations inquiries following the introduction of NHS trusts.
Mr. Dewar : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 will apply to employees of regional and district authorities affected by the reorganisation of local government if they transfer to the employment of the proposed new authorities ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang : The question of the extent to which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 as amended will apply in the context of local government reorganisation is a matter of law. It is not for the Government to determine whether and how the law applies ; that must be a matter for the courts. Whether the regulations apply in any particular case will depend on the detailed circumstances, and it will be for local authorities as employers to take a view on the likelihood of the regulations applying where a new authority appears to have taken over a function of an existing authority.
Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussion he has had regarding the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food department in which decision making on United Kingdom fisheries policy should be vested ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Hector Monro : Ministerial responsibilities and departmental functions are matters for the Prime Minister. The existing system of four Fisheries Departments working closely together is a long-standing one, which has been shown to work effectively.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy not to implement the changes proposed to the Scottish Office's revised fee scale for applications for planning permission.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the legal actions which are outstanding between his Department and any company or contractor which is bankrupt or which has gone into receivership or liquidation ; what is the value of his Department's claims in each case ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang : There are no outstanding actions in court which seek recovery of sums due under contract to my Department by any company which has gone into receivership or liquidation or any contractor who is bankrupt.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) on what date it became his practice that general practitioner fundholders were sent circulars for information that were not sent to non-fundholders ;
(2) if he will make it his policy to include general practitioners who are not fundholders on the list of those
Column 55who are to receive NHS management executive circulars on accountability reviews, "Priorities and Planning Guidance 1994 -95 and after."
Mr. Stewart : There is no fixed practice or distribution list for NHS Management Executive letters ; they are distributed to those who need to be aware of the content. This varies from letter to letter. In the particular case of the circular (NHS MEL(1993)155) GP fundholders were included as recipients because the letter set out guidance directly applicable to them as NHS purchasers. However, the guidance is clearly of interest to other GPs and arrangements have already been made to provide copies to all GP practices in Scotland.
Mr. Stewart : My right hon. Friend proposes to amend the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854 in accordance with the terms of clause 139 of the Local Government Etc. (Scotland) Bill. The clause as it stands will give power to my right hon. Friend by
regulations--(subject to annulment of either House of Parliament)--to prescribe the classes of plant and machinery to be subject to rating, in parallel with English regulations. It will also enable the regulations, if so made as to take effect other than at the beginning of a year of revaluation, to provide for the revaluation of any lands and heritages affected by the regulations. The provisions will permit harmonisation of rating liability of plant and machinery and the related law and practice throughout Great Britain.
Mr. Lang : With the agreement of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, formal responsibility for the administration of treasure trove in Scotland has been transferred from HM Treasury to the Scottish Office. This is a further step in developing the policies set out in the White Paper "Scotland in the Union : A Partnership for Good".
I have taken this opportunity to make some changes to the membership of the advisory panel on treasure trove. I have increased the membership of the advisory panel from three to four members, and I am pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Crawford has agreed to be its first independent expert chairperson. At the same time a number of procedural changes are being introduced.
This package of measures will improve the effectiveness and standing of the advisory panel and open up the treasure trove procedures in general.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons are detained in Her Majesty's prison, Greenock, and, of these, how many are (a) serving prison sentences, (b) on remand and (c) awaiting deportation.
Letter from Mr. E. Frizzell to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 7 February 1994 :
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of people detained in HM Prison, Greenock, and how many are serving prison sentences, on remand and awaiting deportation.
The information is given in the table :
Persons locked up on Wednesday 19 January 1994 |Number ---------------------------------------- Serving a prison sentence |94 On remand |100 Awaiting deportation |13 |-- Total persons locked up |207
Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the number of hectares of woodland he expects to be planted next year in Scotland by (a) the Forestry Commission, (b) private foresters and (c) crofting townships.
Estimated woodland |Hectares planting 1994-95 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Forestry Commission |4,600 Private woodlands |15,000 Crofters' common grazing land |160
In addition, the Forestry Commission expects to pay grants to private owners for work intended to encourage natural regeneration on about 3,000 hectares.
G. Scaife (Chairman)
Non Executive Directors
Mr. J. A Barrie
Mrs. J. Jolly
Mrs. C. Lenihan
Mrs. F. A. Stephenson
Mr. V. Wood
Column 57Executive Directors Mr. T. Callaway
Mr. J. T. Donald
Mr. G. W. Tucker
Mr. Ernie Walker OBE (Chairman)
Dr. Nancy Loudon OBE (Vice-Chairman)
Mr. David Campbell
Mr. John Christie
Miss Wilma Craigmile MBE
Professor Charles Forbes
Dr. Gillian McIlwaine
Professor Doreen Parry
Mr. Jimmy Reid
Dr. Andrew Tannahill (General Manager)
Mr. Raymond Watkins
Mr. David Woods
Sheriff Hazel Aronson QC
Full-time Medical Members
Dr. J. A. Dyer (Director)
Dr. A. W. Drummond
Full-time Social Work Member
Mrs. C. E. McGregor
Mrs. P. A. Baxter
Dr. E. D. A. McCall-Smith
Mr. P. H. Brodie QC
Mr. R. G. Davis
Mrs. A. H. M. Glen
Mrs. A. M. Green
Mrs. H. L. Grieve
Mrs. J. I . D. Isbister
Mrs. M. Jeffcoat
Dr. R. G. McCreadie
Dr. M. G. Livingston
Mr. J. C. Murray (Vice-Chairman)
Miss L. Noble
Mr. M. O'Reilly
Mr. J. G. Sutherland OBE