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Mrs. M. P. Sheriff

Rev. C. G. Thompson

Mrs. M. Yoxall

one vacancy

Southern Health and Social Services Council--

Chairman :

Mrs. M. F. A. Cook

Members :

Councillor J. A. Agnew

Councillor Mrs. R. S. J. Allen

Councillor Mrs. K. J. Baird

Councillor H. Casey

Councillor J. Cavanagh

Councillor B. Curran

Councillor I. B. Hanna

Mr. Alderman S. J. McCammick

Councillor P. McElroy

Councillor R. E. McWilliams

Mrs. J. K. Allister

Mr. H. Averly

Mrs. M. P. Campbell

Mr. R. G. Cummings

Miss A. E. P. Dowd

Mrs. A. C. Eames

Mrs. A. A. B. Gray

Mr. J. P. Loughran

Mr. G. E. Mills

Mr. E. W. Napier

Mr. A. Reid

one vacancy

Western Health and Social Services Council--

Chairman :

Mr. F. G. Hughes

Members :

Councillor D. C. D. Anderson

Mr. Alderman G. Campbell


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Councillor M. A. Coyle

Councillor J. M. Durkan

Councillor S. P. Gallagher

Councillor C. O. McClaughrey

Councillor L. McQuaid

Councillor F. McQuillan

Councillor Mrs. M. Nelis

Councillor J. J. O'Kane

Miss E. Bannon

Mr. A. J. Dardis

Mr. M. J. Falls

Mrs. S. Harris

Mrs. M. Harte

Mr. S. J. Logue

Miss C. Meehan

Mr. W. T. Montgomery

Mrs. A. M. Moore

Mrs. M. D. Nicholl

Mrs. M. Rolston

Miss M. C. Timoney

Mrs. S. S. G. White

Income Support and Family Credit

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentages of children in Northern Ireland aged (a) under five years, (b) five to 11 years and (c) 12 to 15 years live in families receiving (i) income support and (ii) family credit ; and what were the figures in each year since 1978-79.

Mr. Ancram : The available information is provided in the tables below. For supplementary benefit/income support, the information requested is not collated in the age group 5-11 but in the age group 5-10. Separate figures are not available for the years 1980 to 1983. No age breakdown is available for children in families receiving family income supplement/family credit.


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Supplementary Benefit and Income Support                                                                                                                                                              

Number and proportion<1> of children in families receiving Supplementary Benefit/Income Support                                                                                                       

                                             Children aged                               Children aged                               Children aged                                                    

                                             under 5                                     5-10                                        11-15                                                            

Year                  |Type of benefit      |Number               |Per cent.            |Number               |Per cent.            |Number               |Per cent                                   

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1978                  |Supplementary Benefit|19,300               |15                   |27,418               |16                   |21,453               |14                                         

1979                  |Supplementary Benefit|18,708               |15                   |23,071               |14                   |19,843               |13                                         


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                                             Children aged                               Children aged                                                    

                                             under 11                                    11-15                                                            

Year                  |Type of benefit      |Number               |Per cent.            |Number               |Per cent.                                  

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<2>1980               |Supplementary Benefit|53,181               |18                   |23,682               |16                                         

<2>1981               |Supplementary Benefit|63,209               |22                   |25,580               |17                                         

<2>1982               |Supplementary Benefit|71,746               |25                   |32,626               |22                                         

<2>1983               |Supplementary Benefit|77,108               |27                   |33,768               |23                                         


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                                             Children aged                               Children aged                               Children aged                                                    

                                             under 5                                     5-10                                        11-15                                                            

Year                  |Type of benefit      |Number               |Per cent.            |Number               |Per cent.            |Number               |Per cent.                                  

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1984                  |Supplementary Benefit|39,439               |30                   |39,291               |26                   |31,800               |23                                         

1985                   Supplementary Benefit Data not available as Annual Statistical Enquiry not held                                                                                                

1986                  |Supplementary Benefit|42,320               |32                   |43,540               |28                   |33,360               |25                                         

1987                  |Supplementary Benefit|44,526               |33                   |44,482               |28                   |35,408               |27                                         

1988                  |Income Support<3>    |38,720               |29                   |41,300               |26                   |30,620               |24                                         

1989                  |Income Support       |38,700               |29                   |42,760               |27                   |31,900               |26                                         

1990                  |Income Support       |38,080               |29                   |43,060               |27                   |29,220               |23                                         

1991                   Income Support        Data not available as Annual Statistical Enquiry not held                                                                                                

1992                  |Income Support       |42,360               |33                   |49,040               |31                   |35,650               |27                                         

1993                   Income Support        Figures not yet available                                                                                                                                

<1>As percentage of the number of children for whom Child Benefit is received.                                                                                                                        

<2>Figures not available separately for children aged 0-4, 5-10.                                                                                                                                      

<3>Income Support replaced Supplementary Benefit on 11 April 1988.                                                                                                                                    


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Family Income Supplement and Family Credit                                                                                   

Number<1> and proportion<2> of children in families receiving FIS/Family Credit                                              

Year                     |Type of benefit         |Number                  |Proportion                                       

                                                                           |(percentage)                                     

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1978                     |Family Income Supplement|30,402                  |6                                                

1979                     |Family Income Supplement|27,493                  |6                                                

1980                     |Family Income Supplement|28,857                  |6                                                

1981                     |Family Income Supplement|36,378                  |8                                                

1982                     |Family Income Supplement|38,734                  |8                                                

1983                     |Family Income Supplement|39,557                  |8                                                

1984                      Family Income Supplement Figures not available                                                     

1985                     |Family Income Supplement|42,613                  |9                                                

1986                     |Family Income Supplement|41,322                  |9                                                

1987                     |Family Income Supplement|40,399                  |9                                                

1988                     |Family Credit<3>        |34,897                  |8                                                

1989                     |Family Credit           |36,204                  |8                                                

1990                     |Family Credit           |35,073                  |8                                                

1991                     |Family Credit           |37,294                  |8                                                

1992                     |Family Credit           |42532                   |9                                                

1993                      Family Credit            Figures not yet available                                                 

<1>Includes dependent children up to 19 years of age.                                                                        

<2>As percentage of the total number of children for whom Child Benefit is received.                                         

<3>Family Credit replaced Family Income Supplement on 11 April 1988.                                                         

NHS Private Facilities

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients have been treated in national health service hospitals private facilities in each year since 1987-88.

Mr. Ancram : The information requested is as follows :


Year       |Ordinary  |Day cases            

           |admissions                      

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1988-89    |1,796     |1,709                

1989-90    |1,636     |1,456                

1990-91    |1,983     |1,437                

1991-92    |1,971     |1,100                

1992-93    |1,938     |1,291                

Comparable information is not available for 1987.

Wind Turbines

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning applications for wind turbine construction have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected since 1984 ; and how many wind turbines currently operate in the Province.

Mr. Tim Smith : Since 1984 three planning applications have been made for turbines and all have been approved. There are a total of four wind turbines currently in operation in Northern Ireland.

Child Support

Mr. Clifford Forsythe : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Child Support Agency applications have failed to be enforced because of the absent parent (a) leaving and (b) being outside the legal jurisdiction of the agency.

Mr. Ancram : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Child Support Agency under its Chief Executive, Patrick Devlin. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from Mr. P. Devlin to Mr. Clifford Forsythe, dated 16 February 1994 :


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The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked me to reply to your question about the number of Child Support Agency applications that have failed to be enforced because of the absent parent being outside the jurisdiction of the Agency.

Information on the number of absent parents leaving the jurisdiction is not collected routinely and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Of the applications processed to date, 159 could not be pursued because the absent parent was outside the jurisdiction of the Agency.

I hope you find this information useful.

Catalytic Converters

Mr. Clifford Forsythe : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 20 January, Official Report, c. 782, what proportion of the vehicles licensed in Northern Ireland at December 1992 in each category had catalytic converters fitted.

Mr. Tim Smith : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland agency under its Chief Executive, Brendan Magee. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Mr. B. Magee to Mr. Clifford Forsythe, dated 15 February 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked me to reply to your question regarding the proportion of vehicles licensed in Northern Ireland at December 1992 which had catalytic converters fitted.

We do not hold such data on our records and therefore I am unable to provide the information requested.

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table showing, in 1992-93 prices, the gross public spending for each year from 1990-91 and the projected expenditure for each of the Northern Ireland national health service bodies as listed in "Public Bodies 1993".

Mr. Ancram [holding answer 15 February 1994] : The information requested is as follows.


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£ million                                                                        

                                         |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Health and Social Services Boards                                                

Eastern                                  |589    |577    |570    |544            

Northern                                 |204    |204    |264    |291            

Southern                                 |177    |179    |217    |225            

Western                                  |177    |175    |196    |208            

                                                                                 

Health and Social Services Councils                                              

Eastern                                  |-      |0.050  |0.155  |0.205          

Northern                                 |-      |0.015  |0.087  |0.091          

Southern                                 |-      |0.019  |0.115  |0.100          

Western                                  |-      |0.019  |0.067  |0.082          

                                                                                 

Northern Ireland Central Services Agency |7.0    |6.7    |7.0    |6.85           

                                                                                 

Northern Ireland Health Promotion Agency |0.7    |1.34   |1.29   |1.23           

                                                                                 

Health and Social Services Trusts        |-      |-      |-      |301.67         

Notes:1. The four health and social services councils were established with      

effect from 1 April 1991.                                                        

2. The Health Promotion Agency was established on 1 October 1990. 1990-91        

figures are for the six month period ended 31 March 1991.                        

3. All figures shown are at 1992-93 prices. Figures for 1993-94 are estimated    

and deflated to 1992-93 prices.                                                  

4. The figures for total spending by health and social services boards for the   

year 1992-93 are not directly comparable with those for earlier years as:        

(a) for the first time they include amounts in respect of capital charges; and   

(b) they reflect the purchaser/provider split and show the Boards primarily as   

purchasers of services; and                                                      

(c) they reflect the movement towards capitation funding and take account of     

patient flows across boundaries.                                                 

5. Six health and social services trusts were established on 1 April 1993. It    

should be noted that they obtain the greatest proportion of their income from    

boards and hence their expenditure will largely already be reflected in boards'  

expenditure figures.                                                             

Equipment Thefts

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a list of the equipment stolen from his Department in the last three years for which information is available ; and what was the approximate value of each item.

Sir John Wheeler : In addition to a variety of minor items, the following more substantial items were formally recorded as losses to the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments due to theft in the last three years.


1990-91                                         |£                

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Chainsaws, Gerrycan, Diesel, Drill Set and Cash |1,551.58         

Window Guards and Padlocks                      |427.18           

Dictaphones and Pentax Camera                   |394.48           

Fencing Materials                               |363.17           

Tools                                           |271.63           

Mower, Tools, fire Extinguishers and Keys       |258.22           

Road Signs and Traffic Cones                    |257.76           

Batteries, Worklights and Bulbs                 |183.24           

Trees                                           |160.00           

Fencing Wire                                    |152.29           

Tools and Safety Equipment                      |124.75           

Weir Gate Winching Handles                      |115.00           

Electric Fence Unit and Battery                 |109.25           

Field Greaser, Grease and Gas Ring              |101.22           

Tarring Roller                                  |3,488.00         

Copper Lightning Conductor                      |1,825.00         

Radio Telephone                                 |615.83           

10 Rolls of Chainlink Mesh                      |665.00           

1 Ford Transit Pick-Up                          |1,250.00         

Additionally there were 13 write-offs totalling £498.30 valued    

under £100.00.                                                    


1991-92                                                                           |£                

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Four video recorders                                                              |1,196.00         

Wire and locks                                                                    |2,082.70         

Equipment from forest stores                                                      |1,930.66         

Equipment and materials                                                           |1,757.79         

Stuffed animals                                                                   |707.25           

Materials and lock                                                                |586.50           

Chainsaws                                                                         |1,079.24         

Two cameras, lenses and flashguns                                                 |434.81           

Fuel                                                                              |380.80           

Sheep wire and barbed wire                                                        |325.68           

Chainsaws                                                                         |545.47           

Power washer                                                                      |257.89           

Excavator tracks                                                                  |250.00           

Outboard motor                                                                    |240.00           

Powersaw                                                                          |237.19           

Tools                                                                             |196.24           

Batteries, grease gun and airline hose                                            |193.01           

Locking diesel cap                                                                |125.47           

Batteries                                                                         |116.98           

Vacuum cleaner                                                                    |103.50           

Fire extinguishers and fire blankets                                              |862.06           

Prism set                                                                         |631.50           

Outboard engine                                                                   |667.49           

Three camcorders                                                                  |1,760.00         

Various items used for training purposes (drills, trowels, paint/varnish brushes) |462.00           

Additionally there were 16 write offs totalling £861.08 valued under £100.00.                       


1992-93                                              |£                

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Chainsaws                                            |2,405.83         

Computer hardware                                    |1,955.86         

Firefighting equipment                               |869.45           

Computer, printer, camera, hammer and transformer    |575.00           

Pump, wheels and tyres                               |540.00           

Equipment                                            |474.97           

Equipment from employee's car                        |344.15           

Clearing saw                                         |336.37           

Brushcutter                                          |336.37           

Vehicle (assessed residual value only) and batteries |290.53           

Chainsaw                                             |502.39           

Equipment and materials                              |277.39           

Powerwasher                                          |225.00           

Theft from boat                                      |178.00           

Equipment from car                                   |175.07           

Materials                                            |111.20           

Tools                                                |105.66           

Overboard projector                                  |580.00           

Twin axle trailer                                    |1,109.75         

Plant fitters' tools                                 |698.62           

Public pay phone                                     |512.81           

Maestro van                                          |1,725.59         

Hazard warning lights                                |648.60           

Two video players                                    |311.00           

One remote control TV                                |170.00           

Two Mackintosh computers                             |3,000.00         

Cannon 35 mm camera                                  |200.00           

Vacuum cleaner                                       |300.00           

Telephone switchboard                                |2,000.00         

Computer desk                                        |500.00           

Welding plant                                        |800.00           

Machine tools and vice                               |500.00           


1992-93                                                    |£                

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HP Vectra Computer                                         |6,000.00         

Various items used for Training Purposes (Drills, Trowels,                   

Tools)                                                     |4,348.00         

Additionally there were 15 write offs totalling £630.46 valued under         

£100.00.                                                                     

HEALTH

Indicative Prescribing

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of administering the indicative prescribing system in general practice in each of the last three years.

Dr. Mawhinney : Improving prescribing, including managing the indicative prescribing scheme, is a key function of national health service management and the administration costs are not identified separately.

Psychiatric Care

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of psychiatric beds in each year since 1979.

Mr. Bowis : The available information is shown in the table compiled for the Mental Health Task Force "Survey of English Mental Illness Hospitals March 1993", a copy of which is available in the Library.


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                    |Local Authority    |Voluntary Mental   |Private Mental     |Private Hospital   |NHS other beds     |NHS Main           |Total                                  

                    |Mental Illness and |illness and Elderly|illness and Elderly|beds                                   |hospital beds                                              

                    |Elderly Mentally   |Mentally ill places|Mentally ill places                                                                                                    

                    |ill places                                                                                                                                                     

                    |(1)                |(2)                |(3)                |(4)                |(5)                |(6)                                                        

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1982                |4,173              |1,603              |764                |1,994              |15,145             |68,555             |92,234                                 

1983                |4,242              |1,693              |865                |2,394              |16,276             |65,362             |90,832                                 

1984                |4,363              |1,952              |1,219              |2,176              |16,969             |61,795             |88,474                                 

1985                |4,470              |2,134              |1,731              |2,340              |17,730             |57,967             |86,372                                 

1986                |7,549              |2,377              |4,151              |3,165              |18,771             |53,434             |89,447                                 

1987-88             |7,568              |2,640              |6,959              |4,507              |22,657             |44,470             |88,801                                 

1988-89             |7,916              |2,648              |7,680              |5,862              |19,712             |43,287             |87,105                                 

1989-90             |7,584              |3,080              |9,066              |7,693              |20,415             |38,875             |86,713                                 

1990-91             |7,715              |3,508              |9,724              |10,772             |21,246             |33,993             |86,958                                 

1991-92             |7,552              |4,303              |10,382             |12,653             |21,285             |28,993             |85,168                                 

Sources:                                                                                                                                                                            

(1) (2) (3) SD2 (tables 66 and 67); RAC5 (primary uses 02 and 08); RA 13A.                                                                                                          

(4) SD2-SBH212; K036.                                                                                                                                                               

(5) (6) SH3 (to 1986); KH03 (from 1987-88). Column 6 figures from Inter Authority Comparison and Consultancy special data collection on main mental illness hospitals; column 5 by  

deducting these from totals for England.                                                                                                                                            

Health Service Expenditure

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the level of net NHS current expenditure on (i) regional hospital boards and regional health authorities, (ii) the NHS Management Executive and (iii) NHSME regional outposts in each year since 1973-74 expressed in 1993-94 prices adjusted by (a) the gross domestic product deflator and (b) changes in input unit costs.


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Mr. Sackville : The table shows total revenue expenditure at 1993-94 prices of regional health authorities, the National Health Service Management Executive and the NHSME outposts. Expenditure is not readily available prior to 1987-88. The index showing changes in input unit costs is not available for 1993-94 prices.

Figures for regional health authorities (RHAs) for 1991-92 and 1992-93 are not comparable with those for earlier years. In particular, many RHAs were, in 1991-92 and 1992-93, involved in the purchase of healthcare and related services for their region.


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                            |1987-88      |1988-89      |1989-90      |1990-91      |1991-92      |1992-93                    

                            |£            |£            |£            |£            |£            |£                          

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Regional health authorities |451,197,469  |442,878,613  |471,909,346  |454,704,050  |1,453,441,371|1,681,077,632              

NHSME                       |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |34,124,495   |31,523,934   |44,277,025                 

NHSME outposts              |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |n/a          |2,713,410                  

Source:                                                                                                                       

Annual accounts of health authorities (England) 1985-86 to 1992-93.                                                           

Annual accounts of the Department of Health.                                                                                  

Trent regional health authority records.                                                                                      

Notes:                                                                                                                        

Figures for regional health authorities (RHAs) for 1992-93 are provisional.                                                   

The figures cover the total revenue expenditure of the authorities including that incurred on headquarters administration and 

on the management and provision of services in the years concerned.                                                           

Figures are not available for the NHSME prior to 1990-91.                                                                     

Figures for the NHSME are not directly comparable from year to year because of organisational changes between the NHSME and   

the rest of the Department.                                                                                                   

The figures shown for the NHSME are gross because although the Department of Health receives income in the form of Receipts,  

this income is not split between the separate divisions within the Department and it is therefore not possible to provide net 

figures for the NHSME.                                                                                                        

No information was collected for NHSME outposts prior to 1992-93.                                                             

Smoking

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the information available to her on the years that other countries introduced bans on tobacco


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advertising with the change in their and our levels of smoking since then in each case with the present levels of tax and retail price.

Mr. Sackville : The table shows the estimated changes in prevalence of cigarette smoking in countries which have introduced bans on tobacco advertising, together with the changes over similar periods in the United Kingdom :


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Country           |Final year of    |Smoking          |Prevalence in    |Percentage       |Percentage                         

                  |data before ban  |prevalence in    |most recent year |points by which  |points by which                    

                                    |that year        |for which data is|smoking          |smoking                            

                                                      |available        |prevalence has   |prevalence has                     

                                                                        |fallen since ban |fallen in the                      

                                                                                          |United Kingdom                     

                                                                                          |over similar                       

                                                                                          |period                             

                                    |Per cent.        |Per cent.        |Per cent.        |Per cent.                          

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Norway            |1975             |43               |35               |8                |12                                 

                                                      |(1992)                                                                 

Finland           |1977             |29               |26               |3                |8                                  

                                                      |(1985)                                                                 

Canada            |1989             |32               |30               |2                |2                                  

                                                      |(1990)                             |(1988-90)                          

New Zealand       |1990             |28               |27               |1                |2                                  

                                                      |(1992)                                                                 

Bans on tobacco advertising came into effect in Australia in 1992 and France in 1993. It is too early to estimate the changes in smoking prevalence since these bans were introduced.

The most recent available comparison of retail prices and levels of taxation for cigarettes in these countries is :


Country            |Average           |Total taxes                          

                   |retail price of 20                                      

                   |cigarettes                                              

                   |(October                                                

                   |1992)                                                   

                   |£                 |£                                    

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Norway             |3.46              |2.37                                 

Finland            |2.33              |1.72                                 

Canada             |2.68              |1.84                                 

New Zealand        |1.78              |1.20                                 

Australia          |1.53              |0.92                                 

France             |1.32              |0.94                                 

United Kingdom     |2.23              |1.69                                 

Parkinson's Disease

Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement setting out details of the principal advances that have been made during the past 10 years in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.


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