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Mr. Stewart : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) on 7 February 1994, Official Report, column 53, with the following additions listed below. Information on executive director appointments is not held centrally.

Highland Communities NHS Trust

Non-Executive Directors :

Dr. John Berkeley

Mr. David Brown

Mrs. Barbara Bruce

Mr. George Haggart

Miss Christine MacDonald

Perth and Kinross Healthcare NHS Trust

Non-Executive Directors :

Mr. Ian Agnew

Mr. John burns

Mrs. Chandra Caldwell

Mrs. Christine Grant

Mr. John Rae

Health Boards

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will request health boards and trusts to open their meetings to the public.

Mr. Stewart : The meetings of health boards are subject to the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 which provides that meetings should be open to the public, but that the public may be excluded from the whole or part of a meeting because of the confidential or other special nature of the business to be discussed.

NHS trusts are required to have one public meeting a year in accordance with the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990. In addition, many NHS trusts have developed programmes of public meetings and regular meetings with local health councils.

Staff Loans

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the schemes his Department operates to assist staff facing financial hardship following a transfer, showing (a) the particular criteria and rules applying to each one, including the circumstances under which any loans can be written off, (b) the total amount loaned or granted under the schemes in 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94 and (c) the number of staff assisted in 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94.

Mr. Lang : In providing relief to staff facing serious financial hardship as a result of a compulsory transfer my Department follows the guidelines set down by Her Majesty's Treasury. These relate to the offer of a loan at commercial rates of interest, to meet the shortfall against their mortgages and to provide a modest deposit. In cases of hardship where an interest-bearing advance could not be afforded, the offer of an advance of salary may be made. Each case is considered on its own merits. Assistance is not given to enable staff to improve their standard of property nor to protect them from the vagaries of the housing market. Loans can be written off when the cost of continuing to service a bridging loan would be greater than the cost of compensation for a reduction in price to affect the sale of the property.

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No loans have been offered to my Department's staff in 1992-93 or 1993-94, to date.

Contracting Procedures

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedures he has laid down to Scottish Enterprise and local enterprise companies about the award of contracts and consultancies ; and if he will place them in the Library.

Mr. Stewart : Procedures laid down for Scottish Enterprise and the local enterprise companies regarding the award of contracts and consultancies are contained in Scottish Enterprise's management statement and the associated manual of project and programme rules. Copies have been placed in the Library.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each health board area in Scotland the number of applications which have been (a) received, (b) approved and (c) accepted for establishing general practitioner fundholding status ; if he will list the general practitioner fundholding practices currently operating in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : Information is held centrally only on those GP practices whose applications have been approved by health boards under the National Health Service (Fundholding Practices) (Scotland) Regulations 1993. So far 102 GP practices have been approved by health boards under the regulations, of which 32 have been given a date to commence operating a fund between 1 April 1994 and 31 March 1995.

The 70 fundholders currently operating in Scotland are listed in the table below.

Health Board-- Ayrshire and Arran

Dr. Cleland and Partners, The Clinic, High Street, Mauchline ; combined with Dr. Richardson and Partners, The Clinic, Institute Avenue, Catrine.Dr. McSherry and Partners, 9 Frew Terrace, Irvine.Dr. Thomson and Partners, 8 Cathcart Street, Ayr.

Argyll and Clyde

Dr. McBlane and Partners, 45 West Princes Street, Helensburgh.Dr. Bidwell and Partners, The Health Centre, Station Road, Dumbarton.Dr. Harper and Partners, 46-62 Bank Street, Alexandria.Dr. Jackson and Partners, Campbletown Health Centre, Stewart Road, Campbletown.Dr. Frew and Partners, Oban Times Building, Oban.


Dr. Brogan and Partners, The O'Connell Street Medical Centre, O'Connell Street, Hawick.


Dr. Carter and Partners, The Health Centre, 80 Main Street, Kelty.Dr. Jackson and Partners, Inverkeithing Medical Group, 5 Friary Court, Inverkeithing.Dr. Aitken and Partners, Glenwood Health Centre, Napier Road, Glenrothes.

Forth Valley

Dr. Brown and Partners, Meadowbank Health Centre, Salmon Inn Road, Polmont, Falkirk.Dr. MacKinnon and Partners, The Clinic, Stirling Road, Fallin.

Dr. Gormley and Partners, The Laich Medical Centre, Clifton Road, Lossiemouth.

Greater Glasgow

Dr. Steingold and Partners, Castlemilk Health Centre, 71 Dougrie Drive, Castlemilk, Glasgow.

Dr. Thompson and Partners, 18 Union Street, Kirkintilloch.

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Dr. Cairns and Partners, Shettleston Health Centre, 420 Old Shettleston Road, Glasgow.

Dr. Jamieson and Partners, Bridgeton Health Centre, 201 Abercromby Street, Glasgow.


Dr. MacVicar and Partners, Ardlarich Medical Practice, 15 Culduthel Road, Inverness.


Dr. Duncan and Partners, Cander Centre, King Street, Stonehouse. Dr. MacInnes and Partners, 30 Lauchope Street, Chapelhall. Dr. Muir and Partners, The Surgery, John Stret, Bellshill. Dr. Hannah and Partners, Health Centre, 138-144 Windmillhill Street, Motherwell.

Dr. Parker and Partners, 75 Union Street, Larkhall.

Dr. Paterson and Partners, The Health Centre, Market Place, Carluke.

Dr. MacAlister and Partners, Old Mill Surgery, 100 Old Mill Road, Uddingston.

Dr. Miln and Partners, Blantyre Health Centre, Victoria Street, Blantyre.

Dr. Logan and Partners, Wishaw Health Centre, Kennilworth Avenue, Wishaw.


Dr. Melvin and Partners, Blackhall Medical Centre, 51 Hillhouse Road, Edinburgh.

Dr. Dyson and Partners, Bangholm Medical Centre, Bangholm Loan, Edinburgh. Combined with--Dr. Ostrowski and Partners, Bangholm Medical Centre, Bangholm Loan, Edinburgh.

Dr. Doull and Partners, Whinpark Medical Practice, Whinpark Medical Centre, 6 Saughton Road, Edinburgh.

Dr. Patterson and Partners, 161 Colinton Road, Edinburgh. Dr. Adams and Partners, Health Clinic, Ashgrove, Blackburn. Dr. Baird and Partners, Kingsgate Medical Centre, 37-39 King Street, Bathgate.

Dr. Milne and Partners, Health Centre, Glebe Road, Kirkliston, West Lothian. Combined with--Dr. Reid and Partners, Winchburgh Health Centre, Winchburgh.

Dr. McKitterick and Partners, Bathgate Health Centre, Mid Street, Bathgate. Combined with--Dr. Ferguson and Partners, Broxburn Health Centre, Holmes Road, Broxburn.

Dr. Johnston and Partners, West Wing, Esk Medical Centre, Musselburgh.


Dr. Burt and Partners, Green Street Surgery, Forfar.

Dr. Birse and Partners, Ravenswood, Forfar. Combined with--Dr. Cruickshank and Partners, Low Road Surgery, Forfar.

Dr. Taig and Partners, Coldside Medical Practice, 129 Strathmartine Road, Dundee.

Dr. Leadbitter and Partners, Hillbank Health Centre, Dundee. Dr. Andrews and Partners, Brechin Health Centre, Brechin. Dr. Crosby and Partners, Carnoustie Health Centre, Carnoustie. Combined with--Dr. Thornton and Partners, Carnoustie Health Centre, Carnoustie.

Dr. Shaw and Partners, Reform Health Care, 9 Reform Street, Blairgowrie.

Dr. Dunbar and Partners, Downfield Medical Practice, 325 Strathmartine Road, Dundee.

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Scottish health boards concerning the impact of general practitioner fundholders on waiting lists for treatment within their health board areas ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : I have received no such representations from health boards.

Planning Permission

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what process the Scottish Office used to decide on the increases in the fee scale for applications for planning permission approved by Parliament in December 1993 ;

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(2) how much additional revenue the Scottish Office expects to be raised by the introduction of the revised fee scale for planning permission ; to which bodies this additional revenue will accrue ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 17 February, Official Report, c. 880.


Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he has taken to protect the viability of the British salmon farming industry.

Sir Hector Monro : The present imbalance between supply and demand for salmon on the European market is a source of concern both to the Government and salmon producers in this country. Over recent months the Government have worked energetically to find a means of resolving this complex problem. Most recently I have held constructive discussions with Mr. Jan Olsen, the Norwegian Fisheries Minister, when we agreed that the present difficulties ought to be addressed urgently by our respective industries. I hope that this initiative will lead to the reopening of an inter-industry dialogue aimed at correcting the present market imbalance and ensuring that steps are taken to prevent its recurrence in future.

Bird Deaths

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of the number and species of birds found dead recently on the east coast of Scotland ; and what information he has on the cause of those deaths.

Sir Hector Monro : The precise number of dead sea birds found recently on the east coast is not known but total fatalities have been estimated to be in the region of 50,000.

Losses have been noted from a number of species but mostly from razorbill, shag, little auk and, in particular, guillemot. A number of birds have been sent for veterinary analysis but the results are not yet available. All birds examined have been emaciated to some degree and starvation would seem to be the likely cause of death.

There is a natural cycle of sea bird mortality in winter and this is likely to have been aggravated by recent severe weather. In addition, on-shore winds are likely to have increased the proportion of dead birds which are washed on to eastern beaches.

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Police Statistics

Mr. Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many police officers were available in (a) Angus and (b) Tayside for beat duties last year ; what are the projected figures for this year ; and what are the comparable figures for those allocated to desk duties.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 18 February 1994] : In December 1993, 692 officers in Tayside police were on beat duties, including 149 in Angus, and six on desk duties. The remaining officers in the force cannot readily be classified in either category. The force plans to release 24 additional officers for operational duties during 1994-95 by increasing its civilian establishment.

Court of Session

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to ensure that the dues of court paid in the Court of Session are directly referable to the civil element of the judicial work of Lords of Council and Session.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 21 February 1994] : The Government plan to include the costs of the civil element of the judicial work of Lords of Council and Session in the calculation of dues of court paid in the Court of Session. These costs will be phased into the fees structure over a three-year period.

Sheep Quotas

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has made to the European Commission about the requirement of those sheep producers wishing to register the transfer of quota during the second period initially to apply to the national reserve ; and what reply he has received.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 16 February 1994] : We recognised that the timing of the first notification periods meant that some producers were unable to use it as they had not received their quota in time. We asked the Commission to agree to a second notification period, but it was prepared to do so only for those who received their initial allocation late or for producers who are unsuccessful with their application for an allocation of quota from the national reserve. Members of producer group partnerships will also be permitted to lease quota between them to ensure the quota held by each partner matches the partnership's flock apportionments.


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