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Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the result of the survey carried out into the nature and extent of ritual abuse in Britain by Jean La Fontaine and the Obscene Publications Department of Scotland Yard ; and if the result will be made public.
Mr. Maclean : The results of research carried out by the Obscene Publications Branch of the Metropolitan police are not yet ready for publication. It will be for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to decide what information he wishes to make public, as it will be for the Department of Health to decide in the case of the separate research study by Professor la Fontaine.
Column 660of the House. As there have been changes since the report was last published, I will arrange for an up-to-date list of the membership to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : There are more than 2,000 members of local review committees in England and Wales. The information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The chairman of the Commission is the Speaker of the House of Commons. The deputy chairman is the hon. Sir Malcolm Pill. The members are Mr. Murray McLaggan JP DL MA and Mr. Peter Davey CBE.
Letter from Mr. A. J. Butler to Mr. Stephen Byers, dated 15 February 1994 :
The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the number of cells in prisons in England and Wales and the number of prisoners presently held.
Accommodation for prisoners consists of cells, double cells, cubicles and rooms or dormitories. Most prisons consist of more than one type of accommodation. The latest date for which a breakdown of these types of accommodation is available is 31 March 1993. The numbers for the separate parts of each establishment are listed in Apprendix 1 to the Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts for April 1992--March 1993, Volume Two, which is available both in the Library of the House and in the Vote Office. The list is followed by definitions of each of the types of accommodation.
The attached table gives the total number of prisoners held at each establishment on 4 February 1994.
Establishment population on 4 February 1994 Establishment |Population --------------------------------------------- Acklington |616 Albany |328 Aldington |98 Ashwell |385 Askham Grange |101 Aylesbury |226 Bedford |266 Belmarsh |719 Birmingham |754 Blakenhurst |633 Blantyre House |93 Blundeston |391 Brinsford |454 Bristol |444 Brixton |593 Brockhill |132 Bullingdon |617 Bullwood Hall |107 Camp Hill |383 Canterbury |238 Cardiff |423 Castington |286 Channings Wood |559 Chelmsford |318 Coldingley |263 Cookham Wood |117 Dartmoor |517 Deerbolt |359 Dorchester |195 Dover |242 Downview |275 Drake Hall |187 Durham |527 East Sutton Park |72 Elmley |613 Erlestoke |197 Everthorpe |224 Exeter |409 Featherstone |593 Feltham |752 Finnamore Wood |58 Ford |373 Frankland |402 Full Sutton |539 Garth |511 Gartree |265 Glen Parva |767 Gloucester |242 Grendon |158 Guys Marsh |137 Haslar |142 Hatfield |176 Haverigg |374 Hewell Grange |163 High Down |533 Highpoint |614 Hindley |271 Hollesley Bay |290 Holloway |496 Holme House |631 Hull |419 Huntercombe |216 Kingston |128 Kirkham |575 Kirklevington |65 Lancaster |253 Lancaster Farms |362 Latchmere House |137 Leeds |1,148 Leicester |325 Lewes |354 Leyhill |401 Lincoln |604 Lindholme |548 Littlehey |522 Liverpool |1,337 Long Lartin |345 Low Newton |259 Maidstone |462 Manchester |346 Moorland |608 Morton Hall |174 The Mount |463 New Hall |162 North Sea Camp |185 Northallerton |155 Norwich |455 Nottingham |214 Onley |407 Parkhurst |226 Pentonville |678 Portland |342 Prescoed |86 Preston |537 Pucklechurch |60 Ranby |340 Reading |151 Risley |693 Rochester |229 Rudgate |259 Send |111 Shepton Mallet |182 Shrewsbury |295 Spring Hill |200 Stafford |519 Standford Hill |273 Stocken |391 Stoke Heath |275 Styal |202 Sudbury |437 Swaleside |506 Swansea |269 Swinfen Hall |181 Thorn Cross |155 Thorp Arch |165 Usk |120 The Verne |524 Wakefield |644 Wandsworth |834 Wayland |545 Wellingborough |309 Werrington |110 Wetherby |147 Whatton |212 Whitemoor |482 Winchester |346 The Wolds |325 Woodhill |510 Wormwood Scrubs |858 Wymott |181
Mr. Gale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will discuss with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis the manner in which details of police inquiry are released to the media ; if he will take steps to ensure that, in the case of death, no such details are released until the next of kin are officially informed ; if he will issue new guidelines to Association of Chief Police Officers ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has established an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the divulging of information to the media in the tragic case my hon. Friend may have in mind. We shall consider in the light of the report of that inquiry if there are matters which should be pursued centrally.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the numbers of (a) cases brought and (b) prosecutions leading to convictions under the Official Secrets Act 1989 from 1 March 1990 to31 December 1993.
Mr. Maclean [holding answer 11 February 1994] : Information held centrally shows that there were two prosecutions in 1991, both of which resulted in convictions. There was also a further prosecution in 1992 where the defendant was committed for trial. Data for 1993 are not yet available.
Sir Ivan Lawrence : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for the current year's review of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 ; and how observations from interested persons or organisations should be submitted for consideration.
Mr. Howard [pursuant to my reply of 3 December 1993, column 786] : The following new provisions to combat money laundering are being brought into force today by means of commencement order No. 4 : sections 16 to 17, 29 to 31, 33, 47, 49 and 74, together with section 79 to the extent necessary to bring into force consequential amendments, repeals and revocations in schedules 5 and 6. An announcement about implementation of the remaining sections of the Act will be made in due course.
The Attorney-General : The Treasury Solicitor was instructed by the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to act for them in connection with civil proceedings in the High Court in London brought by Lorrain Osman for writs of habeas corpus and for judicial review. The Treasury Solicitor assisted with the preparation and filing of affidavit evidence in these and related interlocutory proceedings. The advice given in this connection is protected by legal professional privilege.
The Treasury Solicitor was not involved in, and did not advise in connection with, the criminal proceedings brought in Hong Kong.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to his answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 859, if he will request the Serjeant at Arms, in his review of the Members' internal mail service, to consider how hon. Members may mail all their colleagues without the expense of using franked envelopes.
I shall arrange for this matter to be considered by the Administration Committee.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will list all television advertising, newspaper advertising, radio advertising and other promotional campaigns with a budgeted cost in excess of £10,000 conducted by the Privy Council Office (a) in the current financial year and (b) planned for 1994-95, showing for each the objectives and mechanisms for assessing the effectiveness of the advertising.
Mr. Page : To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Broadcasting Committee's mid-term review of the performance by CCT Productions of its contract to provide the parliamentary broadcasting signals.
Mr. Newton : The contract between Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Ltd.--PARBUL--and CCT Productions for the generation of the parliamentary broadcasting signals provides for a mid-term review of the financial and editorial aspects of the contract. The halfway point of the five-year contract fell at the end of 1993 and the Broadcasting Committee accordingly commissioned a series of reports on CCT's performance to date. In view of the generally satisfactory nature of these reports the Committee concluded that the present arrangements appeared to be working well and that no changes were called for at this stage. I have arranged for copies of the reports--from CCT, PARBUL, the Supervisor of Parliamentary Broadcasting, the House of Lords Broadcasting Committee, and the Assistant Serjeant at Arms--to be placed in the Library.
(2) what instructions have been issued by her Department to the Health Education Authority regarding the future of the safer sex advice integrated media campaign ; and what were the reasons for those instructions.
Mr. Sackville : Since assuming responsibility for the HIV/AIDS/safer sex campaigns from the Department of Health, the Health Education Authority has been allocated the following sums for the purpose :
Year |£ million ------------------------------ 1987-88 |4.470 1988-89 |8.500 1989-90 |10.700 1990-91 |8.500 1991-92 |9.500 1992-93 |9.775 1993-94 |9.756
The Health Education Council has a continuing general remit to develop programmes to deliver advice on safer sex through mass media and targeted campaigns. There is an agreed procedure for consulting United Kingdom Health Ministers about advertising material, which the HEA has followed with recent proposals. No specific instructions have been given about future campaigns.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what was the average waiting time for initial assessment in accident and emergency departments in 1992-93 ; and what proportion of people attending accident and emergency departments had to wait (a) five minutes or more, (b) 15 minutes or more and (c) 30 minutes or more ;
(2) what proportion of NHS outpatients were given specific appointment times in 1992-93 ; and what proportion were seen within 30 minutes of their appointment time.
Dr. Mawhinney : Information about average waiting times for initial assessment in accident and emergency departments is not available centrally. As at 31 March 1993, 74 per cent.--estimates based on samples-- of patients were assessed within five minutes of arriving in an accident and emergency department.
From 1 April 1992 all patients should have a specific out-patient appointment time. As at 31 March 1993 73 per cent.--estimates based on samples--of patients were seen within 30 minutes of their out-patient appointment time.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 21 January, Official Report, column 888, what actual examples she has of ways in which savings by general practitioner fundholders have been used for the benefit of patients.
Dr. Mawhinney : Fundholders are spending their savings in a number of ways--for example, reducing waiting times ; and bringing more services into the practices. The rules governing how savings should be spent are in the National Health Service (Fundholding Practices) Regulations 1993, copies of which are in the Library.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the staff reduction at the Trent regional health authority Fulwood house site in the last two years ; what space has been made available as a consequence ; and if she will make a statement.
Column 666audiologists are employed in the London health service ; how many agency audiologists are employed in the London health service ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department first and last received representations from the British Medical Association for a ban on tobacco promotion as a major means of reducing smoking and if she will estimate the reduction in smoking (a) during that period and (b) from the peak to the present day.
Mr. Sackville : The Secretary to the Council of the British Medical Association, BMA, wrote to the Department of Health in May 1964, indicating the council's support for a general decrease in advertisements for tobacco products beginning with a ban on all television advertisements. The most recent occasion on which the BMA made a formal representation to the Government for a ban on tobacco advertising was 24 September 1993.
According to the estimates of the Tobacco Advisory Council--now the Tobacco Manufacturers Association--69 per cent. of men and 41 per cent. of women in Great Britain smoked cigarettes, pipes or cigars in 1964. The 1992 general household survey showed that 36 per cent. of men and 28 per cent. of women now smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars. The two sources of data are not strictly comparable.
The Tobacco Advisory Council's estimates of smoking prevalence go back to 1948. The highest prevalence of smoking among men, 82 per cent., occurred in the first year of the series, 1948. The highest prevalence among women, 44 per cent., occurred first in 1957 and most recently in 1974.
Mr. Pike : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received regarding injection pens and special needles for diabetics in relation to prescription charges ; and if she will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : Disposable insulin injection pens are already available on national health service prescription. People with diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone, are exempt from prescription charges. Reusable injection pens and their needles are not available on general practitioner prescription and there are currently no plans to make them available in this way. These pens, however, may be provided free of charge from hospitals if the consultant in charge of a patient's treatment thinks this is appropriate.
Dr. Mawhinney : The information is contained in the table. Over the period 1 July 1992 to 4 February 1994 dentists notified their family health services authorities of 632,242 patient deregistrations. Over the shorter period of 1 July 1992 to 30 November 1994 there was a net increase in patient registrations of 1.890 million.
Number of patients deregistered since July 1992, by family health services authority England Family health |Number of service authority |patients |deregistered ------------------------------------------------------------------------ England |631,242 Cleveland |2,569 Cumbria |13,118 Durham |344 Northumberland |2,650 Gateshead |717 Newcastle-upon-Tyne |- North Tyneside |1 South Tyneside |11 Sunderland |- Humberside |10,473 North Yorkshire |9,463 Bradford |- Calderdale |843 Kirklees |678 Leeds |8,363 Wakefield |837 Derbyshire |19,084 Leicestershire |11,577 Lincolnshire |- Nottinghamshire |4,798 Barnsley |- Doncaster |23 Rotherham |44 Sheffield |1,203 Cambridgeshire |5,128 Norfolk |28,775 Suffolk |6,767 Bedfordshire |1,317 Hertfordshire |6,957 Barnet |4,862 Brent and Harrow |1,499 Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow |35 Hillingdon |- Kensington, Westminster and Chelsea |2,288 Essex |14,852 Barking and Havering |3,825 Camden and Islington |296 City and East London |481 Enfield and Haringey |981 Redbridge and Waltham Forest |2,202 East Sussex |14,785 Kent |54,316 Greenwich and Bexley |4,305 Bromley |13,161 Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham |446 Surrey |26,573 West Sussex |35,157 Croydon |1,866 Kingston and Richmond |962 Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth |1,742 Dorset |22,544 Hampshire |24,058 Wiltshire |11,463 Isle of Wight |3,594 Berkshire |25,772 Buckinghamshire |18,818 Northamptonshire |3,075 Oxfordshire |25,407 Avon |15,236 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly |14,548 Devon |27,076 Gloucestershire |49,521 Somerset |3,706 Hereford and Worcester |3,575 Shropshire |655 Staffordshire |7,457 Warwickshire |9,676 Birmingham |2,178 Coventry |1,540 Dudley |- Sandwell |- Solihull |2,505 Walsall |- Wolverhampton |- Cheshire |6,402 Liverpool |422 St. Helens and Knowsley |14 Sefton |590 Wirral |604 Lancashire |24,530 Bolton |631 Bury |675 Manchester |298 Oldham |- Rochdale |1,904 Salford |151 Stockport |1,256 Tameside |742 Trafford |245 Wigan |-
Dr. Mawhinney : I shall lay before the House regulations providing for increases in charges and spectacle voucher values in the national health service in England and Wales. These changes will take effect on1 April 1994. The prescription charge will increase by 50p, from £4.25 to £4.75 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed. The overall value of optical vouchers will be increased by an average of 4 per cent.
The new prescription charge is still significantly less than the average total cost of a single prescription item to the NHS. Extensive exemption arrangements and charge remission under the NHS low income scheme ensure that no one need be deterred from getting necessary treatment or medication for financial reasons. The rates for prescription prepayment certificates will rise in line with the increase in prescription charges.
A prescription charge is now paid on around only one item in five dispensed by community pharmacists and
Column 669appliance contractors. This compares with about two items in five when the Government took office. In 1992-93, the family health service drugs bill was over £2.6 billion.
Income from prescription charges in 1994-95 will raise about £292 million in much-needed revenue for the national health service. This money is sufficient to provide, for example, 71,000 hip replacement operations or 46,000 coronary artery bypass grafts or 221,000 cataract removals.
Charges for fabric supports supplied through the hospital service will increase by 50p. Charges for elastic stockings and tights, and wigs supplied through the hospital service, will also be increased by a similar percentage to the rise in the prescription charge. The maximum patient charge for a single course of dental treatment begun on or after 1 April 1994 will increase from £250 to £275. I am pleased to announce that from 1 April 1994, the overall value of optical vouchers will increase by an average of 4 per cent. However, the most commonly used vouchers, constituting over 85 per cent. of the total, will be increased by 4.5 per cent. and, as a result, the majority of beneficiaries will find themselves better off.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland will lay regulations to increase charges and spectacle voucher sales in Scotland by the same amounts. Similar arrangements will apply in Northern Ireland. Details of the revised charges and voucher values have been placed in the Library.
Dr. Mawhinney : As part of the Government's commitment to ensuring ready access to financial help with national health service charges for those who need it, the NHS low income scheme provides help with prescription and other charges for many thousands of people on low incomes who are not exempt or otherwise automatically entitled to full charge remission through receipt of income support or family credit. We have recently reviewed the scheme.
In addition to making number of operational improvements, we have considered a large number of options arising from the review. We have concluded that the present arrangements for administering the low income scheme are satisfactory, and we have not identified any options for immediate change within what can be afforded. Existing arrangements will be extended from 1 April 1995 to provide automatic charge remission for recipients of disability working allowance. This is in line with the announcement made on 1 December 1993 at column 1039 by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security.
The review of forms presently being carried out will continue to ensure that they are as easy to understand and use as possible. We are also examining the potential for computerisation.
|South Regional |North Regional |Total |Association for the|Association for the |Blind |Blind |£ |£ |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1984-85 |65,090 |42,634 |107,724 1985-86 |74,746 |53,738 |128,484 1986-87 |72,389 |52,206 |124,595 1987-88 |75,905 |52,007 |127,912 1988-89 |106,702 |53,169 |159,871 1989-90 |107,381 |62,097 |169,478 1990-91 |127,577 |67,619 |195,196 1991-92 |132,084 |71,768 |203,852 1992-93 |145,000 |69,391 |214,391 1993-94 |143,079 |84,100 |227,179
From April 1994, under the visual impairment sub-programme of the training support programme TSP, the Department will be making £250, 000 available to local authorities to spend specifically on the training of such workers.
Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Health which London hospitals provide excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy to national health service patients ; what is the size of the waiting lists for each of the hospitals for this treatment ; what is the average monthly rate of operations for each of the hospitals ; what is the cost per operation for each of the hospitals ; and what is the total cost of treating a patient under this programme for each of the hospitals.
Dr. Mawhinney : The treatment of myopia by excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy is still experimental and being evaluated. We are aware that this procedure is undergoing clinical trials in two London hospitals--St. Thomas's and Moorfields eye hospital.
Mr. Riddick : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will outline the budget which has been allocated for the West Yorkshire health authority for 1994-95 ; what the comparable figure was for 1993-94 ; what this increase represents in cash and percentage terms ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville : Allocations are made to regional health authorities and it is they who allocate to district health authorities. West Yorkshire's health authority's allocations for resident population in 1993- 94 and 1994-95 are :
1993-94 |1994-95 (£000's) |(£000's) --------------------------- 214,026 |225,279
Column 671This represents a cash increase of £11.253 million and a percentage increase of 5.26 per cent.
Additional sums for specific purposes may be added during the financial year.
Dr. Mawhinney : The national health service management executive document "Local Voices" and the priorities and planning guidelines for 1994 -95--EL(93)54--identified the steps that authorities need to take to ensure that they involve the general public in their purchasing decisions. I wrote last month to all district health authorities emphasising the importance that the Government attach to responsiveness to the views and needs of local people.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of employees in each district health authority area were engaged in (a) management posts, (b) clerical and administration posts and (c) nursing and midwifery posts in each of the past five years.
Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 17 December 1993] : The information for 1988, 1989 and 1990 will be placed in the Library. Information for later years is not centrally available. The increase in general and senior managers should be treated with caution. Much of the increase arises from reclassification of existing staff, including many senior nurses, as managers.
General dental practitioners have an obligation under their terms of service to provide emergency cover to their registered patients. They may also offer emergency treatment to non-registered patients. Family health services authorities make arrangements for those patients who are not registered. All FHSAs report that they are able to help patients contacting them to obtain national health service dental treatment.
Total number of family health services authorities which were unable to provide emergency dental services in each week since July 1992<1> England Week ending |Family health |authorities ---------------------------------------------- 3 July 1992 |13 10 July 1992 |7 17 July 1992 |8 24 July 1992 |7 31 July 1992 |8 7 August 1992 |8 14 August 1992 |7 21 August 1992 |7 28 August 1992 |8 4 September 1992 |8 11 September 1992 |8 18 September 1992 |8 25 September 1992 |8 2 October 1992 |8 9 October 1992 |8 16 October 1992 |8 23 October 1992 |8 30 October 1992 |8 6 November 1992 |8 13 November 1992 |7 20 November 1992 |7 27 November 1992 |7 4 December 1992 |6 11 December 1992 |6 18 December 1992 |6 25 December 1992 |- 1 January 1993 |- 8 January 1993 |6 15 January 1993 |6 22 January 1993 |6 29 January 1993 |6 5 February 1993 |6 12 February 1993 |6 19 February 1993 |6 26 February 1993 |4 5 March 1993 |7 12 March 1993 |5 19 March 1993 |5 26 March 1993 |6 2 April 1993 |6 9 April 1993 |5 16 April 1993 |5 23 April 1993 |7 30 April 1993 |5 7 May 1993 |6 14 May 1993 |6 21 May 1993 |5 28 May 1993 |6 4 June 1993 |7 11 June 1993 |6 18 June 1993 |5 25 June 1993 |5 2 July 1993 |6 9 July 1993 |5 16 July 1993 |5 23 July 1993 |5 30 July 1993 |6 6 August 1993 |5 13 August 1993 |6 20 August 1993 |6 27 August 1993 |6 3 September 1993 |5 10 September 1993 |5 17 September 1993 |5 24 September 1993 |5 1 October 1993 |5 8 October 1993 |5 15 October 1993 |5 22 October 1993 |8 29 October 1993 |7 5 November 1993 |8 12 November 1993 |6 19 November 1993 |5 26 November 1993 |6 3 December 1993 |6 10 December 1993 |6 17 December 1993 |5 24 December 1993 |- 31 December 1993 |- 7 January 1994 |6 14 January 1994 |6 21 January 1994 |7 28 January 1994 |5 4 February 1994 |6 <1> Data were not collected during the Christmas and new year periods.
(2) who are the members currently appointed to the English tourist board.
British Tourist Authority
Hon. Rocco Forte
Ivor T. Manley CB
John H. J. Lewis
Gordon Dunlop CBE
The Development of Tourism Act 1969 confers membership of the British Tourist Authority on the chairmen of the Scottish and Wales tourist boards, currently Ian D. Grant CBE and Tony Lewis respectively. The chairman of the Northern Ireland tourist board also attends meetings by invitation. The current post holder is Hon. Hugh O'Neill. Appointments to these tourist boards are made by the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.
English Tourist Board
John F. Jarvis CBE
Sir Basil Feldman
In accordance with the Development of Tourism Act 1969, when members are appointed or reappointed to the boards of the British Tourist Authority and English tourist board, statements are placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.