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Royal Naval Auxiliary Service

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions have been reached by his Department relating to the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service.

Mr. Hanley : As announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 18 October 1993, Official Report, column 39, there is no continuing defence role for the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. After a properly managed rundown, the RNXS will disband from 31 March 1994.

RAF Brawdy

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the number of occasions for each year since 1974, together with the total number of occasions that RAF helicopters have been scrambled from RAF Brawdy to assist people in difficulty.

Mr. Hanley : The statistical information requested, available only from 1977, is as follows :


Year         |Total number|Total number             

             |of callouts |of persons               

                          |assisted                 

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1977         |78          |43                       

1978         |86          |32                       

1979         |79          |64                       

1980         |101         |111                      

1981         |89          |75                       

1982         |126         |135                      

1983         |73          |69                       

1984         |85          |111                      

1985         |100         |115                      

1986         |98          |100                      

1987         |134         |87                       

1988         |154         |112                      

1989         |148         |132                      

1990         |172         |177                      

1991         |162         |223                      

1992         |158         |86                       

1993         |130         |124                      

Married Quarters

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 10 February, Official Report , column 484 , if he will place in the Library a copy of the independent survey on the married quarters estate that has been carried out ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : I am unable to do so because the report contains information which would be commercially useful to companies tendering to the new housing trust for subcontracting work.

Military Information

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 14 January, Official Report , column 344 , what proposals he has considered for assisting the United Nations to enhance its ability to marshall and analyse military information ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : Two of the military personnel attached to the United Nations secretariat work in the UN situation centre. As I said in my answer of 14 January, the United Kingdom is ready to consider requests from the UN for assistance in enhancing its ability to marshall and analyse information. To date no such requests have been received.

Trident

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Macdonald) of 18 January, Official Report , column 505 , what consideration underlies the decision not to make public the number of missiles or warheads actually deployed on Trident submarines ; what assessment he has made of the effect of such publication on the effectiveness of the system ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : A disclosure of the actual deployed capability of our nuclear deterrent might enable a potential adversary to calculate what counter-measures might diminish or negate its effectiveness. For this reason it has been the practice of successive Governments not to make public the number of missiles or warheads actually deployed on our submarines.


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TRACER

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact the involvement of British troops in United Nations operations has had on the TRACER--tactical reconnaissance armoured combat vehicle-- feasibility studies ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : The feasibility studies for TRACER currently in progress are based on our latest assessment of the capabilities required for future armoured reconnaissance vehicles. This is derived from the whole range of our operational experience. As is normal, we will be re-examining our requirements against all relevant operational experience before embarking on the next phase of the project.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 8 December, Official Report, column 296, when he expects the TRACER feasibility studies will be completed ; and which companies are involved in the three consortia carrying out the studies.

Mr. Aitken : The industrial feasibility studies for TRACER are due to be completed by end of April 1994. The principal companies involved in the three consortia are British Aerospace royal ordnance division, Alvis, GEC-Marconi, GKN Sankey, Vickers Defence Systems, Texas Instruments, Shorts, Siemens-Plessey and Teledyne. There are numerous other United Kingdom and foreign supporting companies which are also involved to varying extents.

Yugoslavia

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to alter the current arrangements for the provision of rations for British service personnel deployed in the former Yugoslavia ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : Other troop contributors in the former Yugoslavia already use the United Nations system of supply and we have been asked and have agreed to participate in a two-month trial for a small section of our troops in Bosnia. Whether or not we subsequently change our feeding arrangements will depend on the outcome of the trial.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests have been made by the United Nations for additional equipment for forces in the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Hanley : The United Kingdom has received a request from the United Nations for mortar-locating radar. As my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced yesterday, this request has been approved.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on service morale of the quality of rations provided to service personnel deployed in the former Yugoslavia ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : The quality and quantity of rations provided for United Kingdom personnel in the former Yugoslavia are carefully monitored to ensure consistently


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high standards. We are fully aware of the importance of a varied and nutritious diet for the morale of our armed forces, and every effort is made to maintain the excellent standard of the rations currently provided.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rations are currently provided to British service personnel deployed in the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Hanley : British service personnel in the former Yugoslavia currently receive the same scale of rations, provided from the United Kingdom, as the rest of the British Army.

United Nations Standby Forces

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 10 February, Official Report, column 482, if he will place in the Library a copy of the formal response he intends to make to the United Nations standby forces planning team ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : Consultations between the United Nations standby forces planning team and United Nations member states are being conducted in confidence. It would not therefore be appropriate to place a copy of the United Kingdom's formal response in the Library.

Housing Rents

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 7 December, Official Report, column 173, whether the proposed housing trust will have any influence on the level of rents paid by service personnel.

Mr. Hanley : As stated in my answer of 7 December, we have no plans at present to change the arrangements whereby the accommodation charges payable by service personnel are recommended by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.

Defence Industrial Base

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 7 December, Official Report, column 177, what elements of the British defence industrial base he regards as a strategic necessity ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 15 December, Official Report, column 751.

Royal Ordnance plc

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 11 February, Official Report, column 517, if he will place in the Library copies of all files that were returned by Royal Ordnance plc to his Department in 1985 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : No. These are public records. Those selected for permanent preservation will be available for examination in due course at the Public Record Office in accordance with the Public Records Acts 1958 and 1967.

Public Interest Immunity Certificates

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers, and on what occasion and for what reasons, have signed public interest immunity certificates since 1979.


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Mr. Hanley : There is no central record providing the information requested.

UNPROFOR

Sir Nicholas Fairbairn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many major Army units are currently below peacetime establishment, and by how much ; and what reinforcement will be made to 2 Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment for its planned deployment as part of UNPROFOR.

Mr. Hanley [holding answer 14 February 1994] : It is not our practice to disclose the establishment of units in the Army. There are, however, currently seven major arms and services in the Army which have a shortfall of trained manpower against their manpower planning targets. These are shown, together with the percentage to which they are currently manned. If it is deployed, 2 Royal Anglian would be at its full peacetime establishment but in addition some 35 soldiers would be required as reinforcement from elsewhere in the Queen's Division.


Major Army units currently undermanned against      

manpower planning                                   

targets                                             

Arm-Corps                       |Trained            

                                |strengths          

                                |per cent.          

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Royal Engineers                 |98.03              

Infantry                        |98.78              

Army Air Corps                  |92.65              

Royal Logistic Corps            |99.87              

Royal Army Chaplains Department |95.00              

Royal Army Medical Corps        |95.44              

QARANC                          |88.96              

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Statutory Sick Pay

Mr. Ingram : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will provide figures for the amount her Department has been reimbursed by the Department of Social Security in respect of statutory sick pay provision for each of the past three years.

Mr. Jack : In the past three years the following sums have been reimbursed by DSS to my Department in respect of statutory sick pay :


Financial Year             |£                            

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1991-92                    |302,652                      

1992-93                    |248,472                      

April 1993 to January 1994 |246,216                      

Advertising

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list all television advertising, newspaper advertising, radio advertising and other promotional campaigns with a budgeted cost in excess of £10,000 conducted by her Department (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.


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Mr. Jack : Publicity campaigns with a budget cost of over £10,000 in the current year are as follows. Plans for


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1994-95 are in the process of being finalised, and detailed budgets, are therefore not yet available.


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Campaign                                             |Objective                                           |Mechanisms for                                                                                           

                                                                                                          |assessment                                                                                               

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"At the Farmer's Service"                            |To generate greater awareness of the Ministry's     |Monitoring take-up of publications ordered or                                                            

                                                     |  services to farmers and growers through           |distributed via exhibitions or direct mail.                                                              

                                                     |  promotion of the "At the Farmer's Service"                                                                                                                  

                                                     |  publication.                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

"Balance in the Countryside" Campaign                |To provide factual information and promote better   |Market research.                                                                                         

                                                     |  understanding of MAFF's environmental                                                                                                                       

                                                     |  responsibilities.                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

"The Continental Challenge" Conference               |To alert British food suppliers to the opportunities|Assessed by the response of attending delegates.                                                         

                                                     |  on the continent and introduce them to buyers                                                                                                               

                                                     |  there.                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

"Don't Import Disease" Campaign                      |To generate awareness of changes to the             |Absence of imported cattle with diseases and early                                                       

                                                     |  regulations for importation of livestock from     |  identification and isolation of diseased stock.                                                        

                                                     |  EC countries among farmers and importers.                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs)               |To promote public awareness of MAFF's role in       |Market research and uptake of grants by farmers.                                                         

  Campaign                                           |  managing ESA's and publicise the availability                                                                                                               

                                                     |  of grants to farmers.                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

"Foodsense" Campaign                                 |To educate and inform the general public about      |Market research                                                                                          

                                                     |  food and food safety.                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Guidance on the Transport of Casualty                |To improve standards of animal welfare by           |Assessment of improvements monitored by                                                                  

  Animals for Slaughter Campaign.                    |  providing guidance on procedures and regula-      |  veterinary officers and animal health                                                                  

                                                     |  tions for the transport of casualty animals.      |  inspectors.                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Heat Stress Campaign                                 |To improve animal welfare by increasing livestock   |Assessment of improvements monitored by                                                                  

                                                     |  farmers' awareness of the conditions which        |  veterinary officers and animal health                                                                  

                                                     |  may cause heat stress.                            |  inspectors.                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Joint Imports Campaign                               |To build and maintain awareness of the regulations  |Market research.                                                                                         

                                                     |  on the import of meat and plant materials from                                                                                                              

                                                     |  abroad.                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Pesticide Poisoning of Wildlife Campaign.            |To stop the illegal poisoning of wildlife. To raise |Monitoring the level of suspected poisoning                                                              

                                                     |  public awareness and support for the campaign     |  incidents and use of a campaign telephone                                                              

                                                     |  itself.                                           |  number for reporting incidents.                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Plant Health Campaigns                               |To promote awareness to the trade and the public    |Qualitative measurement of enquiries to MAFF's                                                           

                                                     |  of the regulations on the importation and         |  plant health and seeds inspectors and uptake of                                                        

                                                     |  exportation, for domestic and commercial use,     |  leaflets distributed.                                                                                  

of plants and plant materials.                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Rabies Campaign                                      |To maintain awareness of quarantine regulations     |Market research.                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Small Producers of Food                              |To advise small producers of sources of help        |Assessed by responses by recipients.                                                                     

                                                     |  available.                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Straw and Stubble Burning Campaign                   |Aimed primarily at farmers, to remind them that     |Monitoring of levels of prosecution for illegal                                                          

                                                     |  burning has now been banned but also to           |  burning.                                                                                               

                                                     |  inform the general public.                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Warble Fly Campaign                                  |To promote and build awareness of the lifecycle of  |Animal health officers provide qualitative assess-                                                       

                                                     |  the Warble Fly and encourage early detection      |  ment of the campaign based on uptake of                                                                

                                                     |  on cattle.                                        |  leaflets and responses/feedback from the target                                                        

                                                                                                          |  audience.                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Animal Welfare                                       |Exhibition stands at major livestock events. To     |Assessment by quantitative means based on uptake                                                         

                                                     |  support animal welfare campaigns.                 |  of booklets at trade exhibitions/events and                                                            

                                                                                                          |  resulting enquiries and follow-up action with                                                          

                                                                                                          |  veterinary staff.                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

IACS                                                 |Advice to the agricultural industry about the       |Monitoring of numbers attending seminars around                                                          

                                                     |  requiremens of the IACS scheme.                   |  the country.                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Export and Trade Promotion                           |Promoting the United Kingdom agrifood industry      |Enquiries taken at fairs are disseminated to the                                                         

                                                     |  at home and abroad.                               |  trade. Companies subsequently contacted on a                                                           

                                                                                                          |  10 per cent. sample basis to assess the                                                                

                                                                                                          |  effectiveness of the presence at the fair.                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

National Agricultural Exhibitions                    |Supporting campaigns directed at the agricultural   |Enquiries received and information given out.                                                            

                                                     |  industry across the board.                                                                                                                                  


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Bovine Immunodeficiency

Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many cases of bovine immunodeficiency virus disease have been notified to her Department in the last three years ; and if she will make a statement ;

(2) what evidence she has that the bovine immunodeficiency virus was introduced into the United Kingdom in infected cattle ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames : It is not compulsory to notify cases of bovine immunodeficiency virus to the Department or other authority. A limited investigation in 1990 by the Department's central veterinary laboratory-- CVL--suggested there had been a low prevalence of infection in cattle in Great Britain for some time. We have no information on the original source of infection in Great Britian. No cases of disease caused by bovine immunodeficiency virus have been confirmed by the Department in the last three years. It is too early to speculate what role, if any, bovine immunodeficiency virus has played on a particular farm under investigation in Cheshire.

Public Bodies

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when she will answer the questions from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton tabled for answer on 28 January regarding appointments to public bodies.

Mr. Jack : All of the hon. Member's questions have now been answered.

SCOTLAND

Limb Defects

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the incidence of upper limb defects in the Ayrshire and Arran health board area ;

(2) what discussions his Department has held with the Ayrshire and Arran health board concerning the incidence of upper limb defects in children within the Ayrshire and Arran health board area ; (3) which agencies in Scotland are charged with monitoring the incidence of limb defects in children born in Scotland ;

(4) what contact took place during the investigation of limb defects in the area of the Ayrshire and Arran health board between the board, the General Register Office for Scotland and the Medical Research Council ;

(5) how many (a) upper limb and (b) lower limb defects occurred in children born within each health board area in Scotland since 1986.

Mr. Stewart : On the basis of the investigation undertaken by Ayrshire and Arran health board and the discussions which the Scottish Office Home and Health Department has had with that board, I am satisfied that there is no cause for concern in relation to the incidence of upper limb reduction defects in the board's area. Since there was no evidence of clustering and the numbers recorded in Ayrshire and Arran were not significantly


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different from those in other parts of Scotland, the health board saw no need for contact with the General Register Office for Scotland or the Medical Research Council.

Since 1988, the information and statistics division of the Common Services Agency of the NHS in Scotland has collected and published data on the incidence of congenital anomalies discovered by the end of the first year of life. Data sources include the neonatal discharge record, information from the Scottish stillbirth and neonatal death inquiry, post-neonatal death certificates and admissions to hospital in the first year of life.

The table shows the number of reduction deformities of limbs which occurred in children born in each health board area from 1986 to 1992.


1986                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |-          |-          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |-          |-          |1                      

Borders               |-          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |-          |-                      

Fife                  |2          |2          |1                      

Forth Valley          |-          |1          |-                      

Grampian              |3          |2          |1                      

Glasgow               |3          |-          |1                      

Highland              |-          |1          |-                      

Lanarkshire           |2          |-          |1                      

Lothian               |2          |4          |1                      

Tayside               |1          |1          |2                      

                                                                      

Scotland              |13         |11         |8                      


1987                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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

Argyll and Clyde      |-          |-          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |2          |-          |-                      

Borders               |-          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |1          |-          |-                      

Fife                  |1          |-          |1                      

Forth Valley          |1          |-          |-                      

Grampian              |3          |3          |-                      

Glasgow               |3          |-          |1                      

Highland              |3          |-          |1                      

Lanarkshire           |-          |-          |1                      

Lothian               |2          |-          |1                      

Tayside               |1          |1          |1                      

                                                                      

Scotland              |16         |4          |5                      


1988                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |2          |-          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |3          |1          |2                      

Borders               |1          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |-          |1                      

Fife                  |2          |3          |-                      

Forth Valley          |1          |-          |1                      

Grampian              |3          |1          |-                      

Glasgow               |1          |1          |-                      

Highland              |-          |-          |-                      

Lanarkshire           |1          |-          |1                      

Lothian               |1          |-          |-                      

Tayside               |1          |-          |-                      

Scotland              |16         |6          |5                      


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1989                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |3          |-          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |1          |1          |-                      

Borders               |-          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |-          |-                      

Fife                  |1          |-          |2                      

Forth Valley          |-          |-          |-                      

Grampian              |3          |2          |-                      

Glasgow               |2          |1          |-                      

Highland              |2          |-          |-                      

Lanarkshire           |2          |-          |-                      

Lothian               |1          |2          |1                      

Tayside               |-          |-          |-                      

Scotland              |15         |6          |3                      


1990                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |1          |1          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |1          |-          |-                      

Borders               |-          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |-          |-                      

Fife                  |-          |-          |2                      

Forth Valley          |-          |-          |-                      

Grampian              |3          |2          |-                      

Glasgow               |1          |2          |-                      

Highland              |-          |1          |-                      

Lanarkshire           |1          |-          |-                      

Lothian               |1          |-          |-                      

Tayside               |2          |-          |-                      

Scotland              |10         |6          |2                      


1991                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |-          |2          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |3          |1          |-                      

Borders               |2          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |1          |-                      

Fife                  |1          |1          |1                      

Forth Valley          |1          |1          |1                      

Grampian              |5          |2          |-                      

Glasgow               |3          |1          |1                      

Highland              |-          |-          |-                      

Lanarkshire           |2          |-          |-                      

Lothian               |2          |3          |1                      

Tayside               |3          |-          |-                      

Scotland              |22         |12         |4                      


1992                                                                  

                      |Upper limb |Lower limb |Unspecified            

                                              |limb                   

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Argyll and Clyde      |1          |-          |-                      

Ayrshire and Arran    |-          |-          |1                      

Borders               |-          |-          |-                      

Dumfries and Galloway |-          |-          |-                      

Fife                  |1          |-          |1                      

Forth Valley          |-          |-          |1                      

Grampian              |1          |1          |-                      

Glasgow               |2          |-          |-                      

Highland              |-          |-          |1                      

Lanarkshire           |3          |1          |1                      

Lothian               |1          |2          |1                      

Tayside               |-          |-          |-                      

Scotland              |9          |4          |6                      

Source:-1986, 1987, 1992-SMR11 neonatal record                        

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991-congenital anomaly register.                   

Timex Dispute

Mr. Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the total costs of policing the Timex dispute situation up to the latest date ; and what finance was provided by the Government to Tayside police in relation to these policing costs.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I understand from Tayside police that the total cost of policing the Timex dispute was £332,335. Fifty-one per cent. of the cost will be financed by police specific grant paid by the Secretary of State, and the remainder will qualify for the usual central support for local government expenditure.

Brain Tumours

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many brain tumours have been diagnosed in children aged (a) five years or under, (b) between five and 10 years and (c) aged between 10 and 15 years within each of the health board areas in Scotland during each of the last 10 years ;

(2) what research has been undertaken by (a) the Scottish Office and (b) the Ayrshire and Arran health board or the Scottish Office into the incidence of brain tumours or the incidence of cancers within the Ayrshire and Arran, and Dumfries and Galloway health board areas.

Mr. Stewart : The tables show the numbers of malignant tumours of the brain and the central nervous system diagnosed in each of the Scottish health board areas during each of the 10 years from 1983 to 1992 for (a) children aged under five years at diagnosis (b) children aged five to nine years and (c) children aged 10 to 14 years.

The Scottish Office has not undertaken any research on the incidence of brain tumours either in Scotland as a whole or in the Ayrshire and Arran and Dumfries and Galloway health board areas. The cancer registration system provides comprehensive information on the incidence of all types of cancer throughout Scotland, and that information is monitored constantly by the Scottish Office. The Ayrshire and Arran health board undertook a study on the incidence of brain tumours in 1992. For monitoring of cancer incidence generally, within and outwith its area, it too relies on the cancer registration system.


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Age 0-4 years                                                                

                      |1983|1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991|1992     

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Argyll and Clyde      |2   |0   |0   |0   |0   |3   |1   |1   |1   |1        

Ayrshire and Arran    |0   |1   |2   |1   |0   |2   |0   |1   |0   |1        

Borders               |0   |0   |1   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Dumfries and Galloway |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |1   |0   |1   |0        

Fife                  |1   |2   |1   |1   |2   |1   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Forth Valley          |0   |2   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Grampian              |0   |1   |2   |2   |0   |0   |2   |2   |2   |1        

Greater Glasgow       |3   |3   |3   |1   |3   |0   |0   |3   |0   |0        

Highland              |3   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |1   |0   |0        

Lanarkshire           |3   |1   |0   |1   |0   |0   |1   |2   |2   |0        

Lothian               |0   |4   |3   |1   |3   |4   |1   |2   |0   |3        

Orkney                |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Shetland              |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1        

Tayside               |1   |2   |0   |0   |3   |1   |1   |0   |3   |0        

Western Isles         |1   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0        

                                                                             

All Health Boards     |14  |17  |12  |8   |13  |11  |9   |12  |10  |7        


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Age 5 to 9 years                                                             

                      |1983|1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991|1992     

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Argyll and Clyde      |2   |2   |1   |1   |0   |1   |0   |1   |3   |1        

Ayrshire and Arran    |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |1   |2        

Borders               |1   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Dumfries and Galloway |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |1   |0   |0        

Fife                  |1   |0   |1   |4   |2   |1   |1   |2   |1   |1        

Forth Valley          |2   |4   |2   |1   |1   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0        

Grampian              |2   |1   |0   |1   |2   |1   |1   |3   |0   |1        

Greater Glasgow       |0   |3   |1   |1   |2   |2   |2   |3   |2   |2        

Highland              |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |2   |0        

Lanarkshire           |1   |2   |0   |2   |1   |1   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Lothian               |5   |3   |2   |1   |1   |1   |0   |1   |1   |2        

Orkney                |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Shetland              |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Tayside               |1   |0   |0   |0   |1   |1   |1   |0   |1   |0        

Western Isles         |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

                                                                             

All health boards     |15  |15  |7   |12  |12  |8   |7   |13  |11  |9        


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Age 10-14 years                                                              

                      |1983|1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991|1992     

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Argyll and Clyde      |1   |1   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0        

Ayrshire and Arran    |0   |1   |0   |1   |0   |0   |1   |1   |1   |1        

Borders               |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |1        

Dumfries and Galloway |0   |0   |1   |1   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Fife                  |1   |0   |0   |2   |0   |2   |1   |2   |0   |0        

Forth Valley          |1   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |1   |1        

Grampian              |1   |0   |0   |1   |0   |1   |0   |1   |0   |2        

Greater Glasgow       |2   |2   |5   |1   |4   |1   |1   |1   |3   |1        

Highland              |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Lanarkshire           |1   |0   |1   |0   |1   |1   |1   |2   |0   |2        

Lothian               |2   |2   |2   |1   |0   |1   |2   |3   |1   |1        

Orkney                |0   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Shetland              |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Tayside               |1   |0   |1   |1   |0   |1   |1   |1   |0   |1        

Western Isles         |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

                                                                             

All health boards     |10  |6   |11  |10  |5   |7   |10  |13  |6   |10       

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expansion there has been in the facilities during the last three years at the Southern General hospital unit national health service trust for treating children with brain tumours and other cancers.

Mr. Stewart : Improvements related specifically to the treatment of children with brain tumours are : replacement and upgrading of magnetic resonance imaging equipment ;


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acquisition of a neurosurgical laser, an ultrasound cavitron and a flexible ventricular endoscope ; and upgrading of the paediatric neurosurgery ward. The trust does not treat paediatric cancer patients.

Childhood Cancer

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the Scottish case control study of childhood cancer ; and whether he can indicate any provisional findings ;


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(2) what studies are being carried out by the Scottish Office following the recommendations by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in its report on leukaemia in the Dounreay area ; and what is the remit of each of these studies and the areas covered by the studies.

Mr. Stewart : The Scottish case control study is one of two studies currently being carried out following the recommendations of the second report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment- -COMARE. The study is investigating the role of possible risk factors in the causation of childhood cancers. Information is being collected from the parents of children registered with cancer in the period 1991 to 1995, and from the parents of a comparison group of healthy children. The study, which covers the whole of Scotland, has links with similar studies in England and Wales, thus forming part of the largest epidemiological study of childhood cancer ever undertaken. All the Scottish study information so far obtained is currently being computerised in preparation for analysis. Until that analysis has been completed, it is not possible to indicate even provisional findings.

The other study seeks to confirm all childhood cancers diagnosed in Scotland in the period 1975 to 1990. The validated database will then be used in an analysis of the incidence of childhood cancer in relation to all nuclear sites in Scotland.

Forestry

Sir David Steel : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect any privatisation of the Forestry Commission would have on the Government's stated aim of extending forestry by 3,300 hectares per annum.

Mr. Lang : Ministers have asked the forestry review group to review the options for the ownership and management of Forestry Commission woodlands, and the effectiveness of the current incentives for forestry investment, and to make proposals for changes which would improve the effectiveness of the delivery of the Government's forestry policy objectives, having regard to the Government's other economic and environmental policies.

Privatisation is only one of the many options which the group is considering. My fellow forestry Ministers and I will give careful consideration to the advice which the review group offers, before deciding what action, if any, should be taken.

Dementia

Ms Rachel Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what response he has made to the report published on 9 February by Scottish Action on Dementia, Alzheimer's Scotland, Dementia Services Development Centre and Age Concern Scotland on long-stay care for people with dementia in Scotland ; and what action he intends to take to deal with the concerns raised in the report about the provision of national health service funded long-stay care for frail elderly people and those with dementia.

Mr. Stewart : This report will be studied with interest. The White Paper "Caring for People" made it clear that the Government's policy for the frail elderly with dementia


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remains that all health boards must secure continuing care for people who need it for reasons of ill-health. Boards must carry out health needs assessments of their resident population and draw up a local health strategy to meet those needs. As purchasers, boards are also encouraged to consider the range of services which may be available for the long-term care needs of their resident populations provided by directly managed units, NHS trusts, or the independent sector.

Sheriff Courts

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received regarding the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment (No. 2) Order 1993 ; and what was the content of those representations.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : A number of representations regarding the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment (No. 2) Order have been received from the Law Society of Scotland and others. These mainly concern the possible effects of the fees on potential litigants. As my noble and learned Friend the Minister of State has made clear, and as I explained in debate on the order in Standing Committee on 9 February, court fees form only a small proportion of the costs of taking a case in the sheriff courts.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much was spent by (a) Ayrshire and Arran health board, (b) the North Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust, (c) the Community health care trust and (d) the South Ayrshire trust in consultancy fees during the current financial year ; and if he will list the companies involved ;

(2) how much was spent by (a) Ayrshire and Arran health board, (b) the North Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust (c) the Community health care trust and (d) the South Ayrshire trust in hospitality costs during the current financial year ;

(3) if he will list the publications produced by (a) Ayrshire and Arran health board, (b) the North Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust, (c) the Community health care trust and (d) the South Ayrshire trust during the current financial year ; and if he will indicate the costs involved in each of these.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : This information is not collected centrally. The hon. Member may wish to write to the respective chairmen for the health board and the individual trusts.

Dental Treatment

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people have been deregistered by their dentists in each of the Scottish health board areas during each of the last five years ; and how many dentists in each of the Scottish health board areas have been involved in the deregistration.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : Formal arrangements for patients to be registered with a specific dentist were introduced under the new contract for general dental services on 1 October 1990. Information about deregistrations since 1 October 1990 supplied by health boards for their area is contained in the table.


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                       October                   April 1991-March          April 1992-March          April                                 

                       1990-March 1991           1992                      1993                      1993-February 1994                    

                      |Number of   |Number of   |Number of   |Number of   |Number of   |Number of   |Number of   |Number of                

                      |patients    |dentists<1> |patients    |dentists<1> |patients    |dentists<1> |patients    |dentists<1>              

Health Board          |deregistered|involved    |deregistered|involved    |deregistered|involved    |deregistered|involved                 

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Argyll and Clyde      |3           |1           |25          |2           |2,241       |14          |42          |7                        

Aryshire and Arran    |Nil         |Nil         |14          |10          |1,309       |11          |373         |13                       

Borders               |1           |1           |11          |4           |1,432       |9           |661         |9                        

Dumfries and Galloway |Nil         |Nil         |11          |2           |4,518       |10          |1,309       |10                       

Fife                  |1           |1           |Nil         |Nil         |295         |32          |116         |21                       

Forth Valley          |Nil         |Nil         |42          |12          |201         |23          |63          |18                       

Grampian              |Nil         |Nil         |9           |5           |257         |21          |178         |18                       

Greater Glasgow       |7           |5           |41          |36          |579         |45          |305         |44                       

Highland              |4           |3           |19          |12          |210         |24          |67          |23                       

Lanarkshire           |4           |4           |70          |10          |252         |29          |123         |23                       

Lothian               |18          |2           |101         |21          |483         |23          |1,446       |17                       

Orkney                |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil                      

Shetland              |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil                      

Tayside               |n/a         |n/a         |n/a         |n/a         |<2>206      |<2>29       |36          |8                        

Western Isles         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |Nil         |37          |4           |16          |4                        

n/a=Not available.                                                                                                                         

<1>Number of dentists involved in deregistration in a particular year.                                                                     

<2>From July 1992.                                                                                                                         

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional revenues he has made available to Scottish health boards to enable them to respond to patients needing emergency NHS dental treatment.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : Health boards are responsible for the provision of general dental services including emergency dental services where necessary. Since 1990, general dental practitioners have been responsible for providing emergency dental services for their registered patients. All legitimate costs incurred in providing general dental services are met from central funds.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment the Scottish Office has made of increases in the costs of dental treatment in Scotland as a result of the Government's changes in the payment framework for dentists treating NHS patients.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : There have been no recent changes in the system for paying NHS dentists. The Government will publish their response to the Bloomfield report and its proposals for the future in due course.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment the Scottish Office has made of the impact of dentists deregistering their patients on the level of dental health in Scotland.


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Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : The number of patients registered with general dental practitioners has decreased by less than 2 per cent. over the last 18 months from 2,700,874 to 2, 650,925. Patients can be deregistered by their dentists for a variety of reasons. It is not possible to relate this information directly to the level of dental health in Scotland.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Government will respond to the Bloomfield report ; and what the Scottish Office's involvement will be in this response.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : The Government will publish its response to the Bloomfield report in due course. Scottish Office Ministers and officials have been closely involved in developing the Government's response which will apply equally to the whole of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Scotland's health boards regarding the Government's response to the Bloomfield report.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 February 1994] : The Government will publish their response to the Bloomfield report in due course. No representations have been received from health boards.


 

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