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Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the hourly rate for work carried out under the civil legal aid scheme ; and what provision is there for uplift to be applied in the hourly rates of remuneration.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 25 February 1994] : The rates are governed by the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989. Current rates are set out in the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 1992, SI 1992/372, copies of which are in the Library. The regulations also make provision for the circumstances where an uplift may be granted and for the circumstances in which disputes as to the amount of fees allowable may be referred for taxation by the auditor.
Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has yet issued a draft national policy guideline on sport and recreation containing further guidance on the implicatons of the Taylor report, as indicated in his answer of 27 October 1992, Official Report, column 582 ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 25 February 1994] : A draft national planning policy guideline on sport and recreation has not yet been issued, but we plan to issue a consultation draft to all interested parties in the course of the coming year.
We will also be issuing shortly a further guidance circular dealing with the safety of terracing at football grounds where clubs outwith the Premier Division have opted to retain standing accommodation.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from representatives of the Scottish salmon farming industry on competition in the European Union salmon market ; and if he will make a statement.
representations from the Scottish farmed salmon industry. We have also met representatives of the industry on several occasions in an effort to address the present market imbalance between supply and demand. Following my hon. Friend's meeting with the Norwegian Fisheries Minister on 18 February, my Department is arranging a meeting between representatives of the Scottish and Norwegian industries to discuss the position.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his Department received a copy of the report produced by Ernst and Young on competition in the European Union salmon market ; and what has been his reponse.
Column 662February, whereupon my Department advised the Scottish Salmon Growers Association to forward a copy to the European Commission for its consideration and possible action.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions in each of the last four years fish farming applications to the Crown Estate have been referred to the independent advisory committee.
Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will name the present members of the independent advisory committee established to assist the Crown Estate in dealing with fish farming applications which give rise to special difficulties.
Professor George Dunnet
Deputy Chairman :
Mr. Alan McMillan
Other Members --Representatives of :
Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Natural Heritage
Highland River Purification Board
Clyde River Purification Board
Argyll and Bute District Council
Highland Regional Council
Western Isles Islands Council
Orkney Islands Council
Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what public relations company is employed by Scottish Natural Heritage ; how much money was paid to them this financial year ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 28 February 1994] : The Government's policy is to stimulate the development of renewable energy sources, including wind power, wherever they have the prospect of being economically
Column 663attractive and environmentally acceptable. Such developments should contribute to diverse, secure and sustainable energy supplies. In June 1993, a national planning policy guideline "Renewable Energy" and a planning advice note "Wind Energy Developments" were issued in draft to planning authorities in Scotland. We plan to issue finalised guidelines later this year.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC, Minister for Health and Home Affairs
Nominated by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities Councillor G. Bird, Fife Regional Council
Councillor E. B. Fallon, Lothian Regional Council
Councillor A. C. Ferguson, Strathclyde Regional Council Councillor J. Jennings, Strathclyde Regional Council
Councillor R. B. Martin, Lothian Regional Council
Councillor J. P. Robison, Strathclyde Regional Council
Councillor B. A. Topping, Grampian Regional Council
Mr. J. Raymund McCluskey, Assistant Secretary, COSLA
Nominated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland
Dr. I. T. Oliver QPM, President, Chief Constable, Grampian Police Mr. H. W. C. MacMillan QPM, Vice President, Chief Constable, Northern Constabulary
Sir W. G. M. Sutherland QPM, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police
Mr. W. Wilson QPM, Chief Constable, Central Scotland Police Nominated by the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents Chief Superintendent J. Johnstone, President
Chief Superintendent J. Urquhart, Honorary Secretary
Nominated by the Scottish Police Federation
Constable J. Fraser, Chairman
Constable D. Keil, General Secretary
Sergeant D. McHugh, Lothian and Borders Police
Sergeant S. Falconer, Tayside Police
Inspector J. McDonald, Tayside Police
Inspector W. Stevenson, Grampian Police
Independent Members appointed by the Secretary of State Mr. Y. Ali OBE, Managing Director of AA Brothers,
Mrs. M. Esslemont, Facilities and Services Co-ordinator, Conoco (UK) Ltd.
Ms J. Freeman, Director, Apex Scotland
Mrs. P. V. Hayden, Managing Director, Hayden
Entertainment and Leisure Ltd., Inverness
Mrs. L. McKay, Depute Principal, Glenrothes College
Mr. B. J. O'Connor, Scottish Office Home and Health
The Right Hon. Lord Ross (Chairman)
Councillor Mrs. H. Biggins
Sir David Butter, KCVO, MC
Councillor A. M. Craig
Councillor Mrs. V. J. Crerar
Column 664Mr. J. C. Gordon
Sir William Gray
Mr. J. Henry
Mr. J. Henshelwood
Councillor Mrs. L. Hinds
Councillor D. C. Leslie
Mr. A. E. McIlwain, CBE
Provost B. M. C. Milne
Mr. W. W. Milne
Mr. D. R. Smith
Professor D. Walker CBE
Mrs. P. Wallace
Councillor F. W. Welsh
Mr. Illsley : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what statistics are available on the level of infertility treatment available in Scotland ; and what plans he has to collect further data ;
(2) if he will list the regional health boards which provide infertility treatment (a) under the national health service, (b) under the national health service to men and (c) privately ; and if he will list the establishments which have contracted with the boards to provide such treatment.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 22 February 1994] : All health boards purchase infertility services. The table gives the number of in- patient and day case treatments and investigations for female infertility in NHS hospitals in 1992. Infertility services are also provided in primary care settings. Information on male infertility services and on private providers is not held centrally.
The management executive is currently reviewing the collection of data on infertility services.
Hospital |Number of |Discharges ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ninewells Hospital, Dundee |742 Glasgow Royal Infirmary |505 Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh |458 Aberdeen Royal Infirmary |332 Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock |253 Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow |206 Monklands District General Hospital, Lanarkshire |190 Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow |179 Royal Alexandra Hospital (Aka Paisley DGH) |169 Glasgow Western Infirmary |144 Southern General Hospital, Glasgow |132 Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries |118 Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy |108 Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock |107 Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary |106 Raigmore Hospital, Inverness |96 Stirling Royal Infirmary |95 Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire |93 Law Hospital, Carluke, Lanarkshire |86 Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Dumbartonshire |85 Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh |77 St. John's at Howden, West Lothian |74 Borders General Hospital |64 Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital |61 Perth Royal Infirmary |60 Caithness General Hospital |49 Roodlands General Hospital, East Lothian |22 Other |58 |--- Total |4,669 Note: Hospitals with 20 or fewer discharges have been grouped with Other'.
Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Highland regional council about grant- aided expenditure for road maintenance in the highland region ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 22 February 1994] : The convener and officials of Highland regional council have made representations about this matter. The 1994-95 grant-aided expenditure assessment for road maintenance was allocated to regional and islands authorities in accordance with the methodology agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in the distribution committee of the working party on local government finance.
Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the change in income tax in 1994-95 against the 1978-79 indexed regime broken down into the top 1 per cent., 5 per cent., 10 per cent. and bottom 50 per cent. of taxpayers showing the total and the average change.
Mr. Dorrell : This calculation produces the figures in table A. But the comparison is hypothetical since if an indexed version of the 1978-79 tax regime had prevailed over the last 14 years the income base would not have grown in the way it has.
Table A Calculations using the 1994 income base Quantile group of |Number |Reduction |Average taxpayers under the |of taxpayers |in tax |reduction 1978-78 indexed regime Per cent. |Thousands |£ million |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Top 1 |300 |10,200 |38,000 Top 5 |1,300 |13,900 |10,400 Top 10 |2,700 |16,300 |6,100 Bottom 50 |13,400 |4,300 |320 All taxpayers |26,800 |31,400 |1,170
In contrast to these hypothetical figures, table B shows how the share of income tax actually paid by high income groups has risen since 1979, while the share of the income tax burden borne by low income tax payers has fallen.