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Rosie Barnes, Non-executive director, Greenwich healthcare trust

Bill Kilgallon, Chairman, Leeds mental health trust

Bob Cryer, British Film Institute

EMPLOYMENT

Labour Shortages

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research is being conducted by the Department or elsewhere into the long- term implications of the decline of the population of working age compared with that of retirement age and the extent to which there will be an additional need for immigrant labour to overcome labour shortages.

Miss Widdecombe : The Department does not project the demand for labour. It publishes projections of the labour force, as well as expected demographic changes and the trends in economic activity. The most recent projections go up to the year 2006. "Labour force projections : 1993-2006" is published in the Employment Gazette, April 1993 pp139-147. The Employment Gazette is available from the Library.

In addition, reports of Carnegie inquiry into the third age, which was co- funded by the Employment Department, are now published. The inquiry explored aspects of the aging of the work force and population. The reports are available from the Library.

Immigrant Labour

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research his Department has commissioned on the relationship between immigrant labour and unemployment.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The labour force survey provides information on the number of immigrants unemployed in the United Kingdom, according to the International Labour Office definition of unemployment.

Information form the LFS can be obtained from the Library via computer link.

In 1981 the Policy Studies Institute published "Unemployment and Racial Minorities". This work was commissioned by the Department of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission.

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research has been conducted by his Department on the impact which immigrant labour has had on the labour market since 1964.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department has commissioned the following relevant research studies :

"The role of immigrants in the labour market" by the Department of Employment Unit for Manpower Studies--March 1977.

"Foreign workers and the UK labour market" by John Salt and Robert Kitching, Employment Gazette , November 1990, pages 538-46. "Foreign workers and the UK labour market : a correction", Employment Gazette, July 1991, pages 405-8.

"Irish nationals in the British labour market" by Christopher Woolford, Employment Gazette, January 1994, pages 29-32. Information on the number and occupation of immigrants in the United Kingdom labour market since 1984 is collected in the labour force survey. This can be obtained from the Library via computer link. The Employment Gazette is also available from the Library.


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Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research his Department has commissioned on the extent to which refugees and immigrants, other than those for whom an employer has a work permit, are successful in the labour market, and the extent to which language ability affects their employment prospects.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Employment Department has commissioned no research on this issue.

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research his Department has carried out on whether immigrant labour has displaced, or complemented, the indigenous work force in different sectors of employment.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : This issue is explored in reports of two research projects conducted for the Employment Department. "The role of immigrants in the labour market" by the Department of Employment Unit for Manpower Studies--March 1977.

"Foreign workers and the UK labour market" by John Salt and Robert Kitching, Employment Gazette, November 1990, pages 538-46.

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research has been conducted on the occupational attainment of immigrants and refugees in the British labour market compared with the occupational level in their previous country of residence.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department has not conducted and is not aware of any studies on this issue.

Work Permits

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what empirical research on future labour market needs is conducted by his Department in order to inform those officials responsible for decisions on work permit applications.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department draws on a range of labour market information and consults professional bodies and trade federations.

EC Workers

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research has been conducted, is being conducted or is planned into the impact of other EC workers on the British labour market and into the potential impact of allowing third-country nationals resident in other member states to work without restrictions in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department has commissioned the following relevant research studies on the impact of European Union workers on the British labour market.

"Foreign workers and the United Kingdom labour market" by John Salt and Robert Kitching, Employment Gazette, November 1990, pages 538-46.

"Foreign workers and the United Kingdom labour market : a correction", Employment Gazette, July 1991, pages 405-408. "Irish nationals in the British labour market : by Christopher Woolford, Employment Gazette, January 1994, pages 29-32. The Employment Gazette is available from the Library. Information on the number and occupation of European Union workers in the United Kingdom labour market since 1984 is collected in the labour force survey. This can be obtained from the Library via computer link.


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The Department has not conducted research into the impact of allowing third-country nationals resident in other member states to work without restrictions in the United Kingdom.

Slaughterhouses

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in slaughterhouses in each county of England in each year since 1985.

Miss Widdecombe : Due to the small number of employers in each county operating slaughterhouses, the confidentiality restrictions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947 prevent this information from being released.

Employment estimates are available for the standard economic regions in England from the periodic censuses of employment. The most recent of these was conducted in September 1991. The estimates can be obtained from the NOMIS database in the Library, subject to the confidentiality restrictions of the 1947 Act.

Youth Training

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide an up-to-date table showing for the counties of England, for each year since 1989, the number of places on youth training schemes and the number of people who have been waiting for eight weeks for a place.

Miss Widdecombe : Information is available for England and training and enterprise councils in England but not on a comprehensive basis for English counties. Information about the number of available places is not collected centrally. The number of young people on youth training at the end of each financial year and at the latest date are given at tables 1 and 2. TEC level data are not available prior to 1991-92.

Information on the number of people waiting for eight weeks or more has only been collected since autumn 1992 and the first reliable TEC level data are available from March 1993. These and the latest data are given at table 3.


Table 1                                                     

Youth training (inc youth credits) in training TECs in      

England                                                     

                        |March   |March   |November         

                        |1992    |1993    |1993             

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Hampshire               |5,000   |6,200   |6,310            

Heart of England        |1,880   |1,690   |1,790            

Isle of Wight           |640     |570     |590              

Kent                    |6,080   |5,760   |5,640            

Milton Keynes           |1,250   |1,340   |1,380            

Surrey                  |1,910   |2,030   |1,830            

Sussex                  |3,970   |4,500   |3,760            

Thames Valley           |4,420   |3,270   |5,660            

                                                            

AZTEC                   |1,180   |1,280   |1,300            

Central London          |1,700   |2,070   |2,020            

CILNTEC                 |1,910   |2,250   |2,290            

London East             |4,760   |4,190   |4,550            

North London            |1,350   |1,560   |1,140            

North West London       |1,110   |930     |730              

SOLOTEC                 |2,460   |3,000   |2,340            

South Thames            |3,040   |3,320   |2,790            

West London             |2,450   |2,450   |2,370            

                                                            

Bedfordshire            |1,960   |2,170   |2,130            

Cambridgeshire          |920     |1,040   |1,280            

Essex                   |5,280   |5,990   |6,300            

Greater Peterborough    |1,710   |1,560   |1,550            

Hertfordshire           |3,720   |3,230   |4,460            

Norfolk and Waveney     |4,470   |4,090   |4,440            

Suffolk                 |2,750   |2,810   |2,700            

                                                            

Avon                    |4,600   |4,370   |4,390            

Devon and Cornwall      |6,920   |6,540   |6,580            

Dorset                  |2,510   |2,540   |2,430            

Gloucestershire         |2,460   |2,910   |2,870            

Somerset                |2,730   |2,150   |2,130            

Wiltshire               |2,240   |2,560   |2,240            

                                                            

Birmingham              |5,340   |4,630   |5,080            

Central England         |1,590   |1,590   |1,660            

Coventry                |4,900   |3,900   |4,270            

Dudley                  |2,050   |1,630   |1,930            

Hawtec                  |2,120   |2,040   |2,010            

Sandwell                |1,820   |1,890   |1,970            

Shropshire              |2,630   |2,430   |2,320            

Staffordshire           |6,320   |7,610   |5,670            

Walsall                 |1,410   |1,330   |1,420            

                                                            

Wolverhampton           |1,770   |1,780   |1,660            

Greater Nottinghamshire |3,210   |3,950   |4,170            

Leicester               |4,820   |4,530   |5,310            

Lincolnshire            |3,920   |3,770   |3,800            

North Derbyshire        |1,970   |1,750   |1,910            

North Nottinghamshire   |2,910   |3,100   |2,980            

Northamptonshire        |1,880   |2,310   |2,150            

                                                            

South Derbyshire        |3,210   |2,830   |3,020            

                                                            

Humberside              |6,620   |5,780   |6,230            

North Yorkshire         |2,470   |2,720   |2,760            

Wakefield               |1,780   |1,580   |1,550            

Sheffield               |3,010   |2,730   |3,060            

Rotherham               |1,360   |1,650   |1,830            

Barnsley/Doncaster      |3,900   |4,050   |4,070            

Leeds                   |2,710   |2,700   |2,700            

Bradford                |2,920   |2,250   |3,380            

Calderdale/Kirklees     |3,280   |3,050   |3,480            

                                                            

Bolton/Bury             |2,600   |2,530   |3,070            

Manchester              |6,750   |6,090   |6,660            

Metrotec                |1,820   |1,890   |2,280            

Oldham                  |1,660   |1,510   |1,570            

Rochdale                |1,210   |1,530   |1,690            

South and East Cheshire |2,060   |2,720   |2,890            

Stockport and High Peak |2,080   |1,700   |1,800            

                                                            

Cewtec                  |3,000   |3,000   |3,030            

Cumbria                 |3,670   |3,610   |3,960            

Eltec                   |3,750   |3,860   |3,840            

Lawtec                  |4,960   |5,260   |5,380            

Merseyside              |8,170   |7,900   |7,340            

Normidtec               |2,730   |2,570   |2,810            

Qualitec                |1,790   |1,630   |1,710            

                                                            

County Durham           |4,430   |3,630   |4,030            

Northumberland          |2,080   |2,230   |1,980            

Teesside                |4,610   |5,410   |5,160            

Tyneside                |5,770   |6,410   |6,900            

Wearside                |2,750   |2,400   |2,500            

Source: Tec operating agreement (Annex J).                  


Table 2                             

Youth trainees (including youth     

credits) in training, England       

              |Number               

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March 1989    |306,100              

March 1990    |279,200              

March 1991    |<1>191,500           

March 1992    |233,200              

March 1993    |231,800              

November 1993 |239,000              

<1> Excluding all trainees in       

training with nationally contracted 

providers.                          

Sources:                            

YTS trainee database.               

TEC operating agreement-annex J.    


Youth training (including youth credits) guarantee 

young people waiting                               

more than eight weeks TECs in England              

                        |March   |February         

                        |1993    |1994             

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Hampshire               |207     |5                

Heart of England        |15      |5                

Isle of Wight           |37      |5                

Kent                    |338     |0                

Milton Keynes           |32      |4                

Surrey                  |94      |5                

Sussex                  |66      |12               

Thames Valley           |185     |12               

                                                   

AZTEC                   |156     |0                

Central London          |136     |9                

CILNTEC                 |143     |0                

London East             |439     |0                

North London            |66      |3                

North West London       |111     |4                

SOLOTEC                 |206     |0                

South Thames            |476     |0                

West London             |36      |2                

                                                   

Bedfordshire            |115     |12               

Cambs                   |69      |1                

Essex                   |373     |0                

Greater Peterborough    |23      |0                

Hertfordshire           |107     |7                

Norfolk and Waveney     |4       |9                

Suffolk                 |13      |5                

                                                   

Avon                    |88      |14               

Devon and Cornwall      |66      |1                

Dorset                  |23      |2                

Gloucestershire         |28      |0                

Somerset                |97      |13               

Wiltshire               |68      |0                

                                                   

Birmingham              |110     |1                

Central England         |14      |3                

Coventry                |79      |4                

Dudley                  |2       |2                

Hawtec                  |19      |4                

Sandwell                |10      |3                

Shropshire              |19      |0                

Staffordshire           |4       |16               

Walsall                 |3       |3                

Wolverhampton           |2       |2                

                                                   

Greater Nottingham      |32      |0                

Leicester               |27      |3                

Lincolnshire            |19      |1                

North Derbyshire        |42      |2                

North Nottingham        |91      |2                

Northants               |62      |0                

South Derbyshire        |25      |0                

                                                   

Humberside              |47      |0                

North Yorkshire         |79      |0                

Wakefield               |18      |1                

Sheffield               |156     |0                

Rotherham               |4       |0                

Barnsley/Doncaster      |36      |1                

Leeds                   |37      |1                

Bradford                |15      |1                

Calderdale/Kirklees     |18      |0                

                                                   

Bolton/Bury             |41      |0                

Manchester              |106     |0                

Metrotec                |21      |0                

Oldham                  |36      |5                

Rochdale                |18      |0                

South and East Cheshire |0       |0                

Stockport and High Peak |16      |0                

                                                   

Cewtec                  |18      |1                

Cumbria                 |33      |0                

Eltec                   |19      |9                

Lawtec                  |40      |7                

Merseyside              |42      |9                

Normidtec               |13      |5                

Qualitec                |20      |0                

                                                   

County Durham           |62      |4                

Northumberland          |47      |2                

Teesside                |45      |2                

Tyneside                |60      |16               

Wearside                |0       |0                

                        |------- |-------          

England                 |5,424   |240              

Source: TEC returns.                               

Jobcentres

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his policy regarding the use of jobcentres to advertise for (a) jobs in areas of armed conflict, (b) mercenaries and (c) jobs that support military forces in areas of armed conflict ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Dr. David Clark, dated 4 March 1994 :

The Secretary of State for Employment has asked me to reply to your question about our policy on advertising for people to work in areas of military conflict.

The Employment Service (ES) aims not to handle vacancies where jobseekers would be put at risk, or where our reputation would be damaged thereby reducing our capacity to help unemployed people find jobs. Vacancies for mercenaries or those where the work actively supported a hostile military campaign would not meet these criteria and would not therefore be accepted.

All vacancies for work abroad have to be cleared with the Overseas Placing Unit within my Head Office before they can be advertised in Jobcentres. To try to protect our jobseeker clients, careful checks are made about the employer and the work offered.

It is our practice not to accept a vacancy if it is known that the job requires a person to work in an area where there is armed conflict. If, however, a job was to work in a country where there was conflict but in a part where our clients would not be at risk, we would then consider servicing the vacancy. Where there is doubt about a particular area then advice is sought from the Foreign and Commonwealth office

In recent months we have been involved in helping to recruit people in a variety of trades to work in the former Yugoslavia. The jobs were specifically to work on UN contracts to support their peacekeeping mission, and were located away from the areas of armed conflict. Advice was taken from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as described.

I hope this is helpful.


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WALES

Building Renovation Grants

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the funding by the Welsh Office of building renovation grants to (a) Cyngor Dosbarth Dwyfor, (b) Cyngor Bwrdeisdref Arfon and (c) throughout Wales in each of the last five years ; and what is the money allocated to each of these three categories for this purpose for 1994-95.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information is as follows :


Specific public expenditure cover       

provided by the Welsh Office for home   

renovation grants                       

£ million                               

Year    |Dwyfor |Arfon  |Wales          

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1990-91 |1.174  |2.319  |101.900        

1991-92 |1.493  |3.947  |124.800        

1992-93 |2.377  |2.960  |169.300        

1993-94 |3.060  |3.816  |171.900        

1994-95 |2.973  |3.262  |177.000        

Comparative figures for years prior to 1990-91 are not available because of changes in (i) the public expenditure treatment of local authority capital programmes, (ii) the arrangements for the control of local authority expenditure, and (iii) the home renovation grant system.

Assisted Places Scheme

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made as to how many of those pupils currently covered by the assisted places scheme would have entered private education without the support offered by the scheme.

Sir Wyn Roberts : No such assessment has been made. It is unlikely that numbers would be high. Over 40 per cent. of parents in Wales pay no contribution to fees because of the low level of their incomes.

Tai Cymru

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the main building contractors currently engaged in capital projects funded by Tai Cymru, Housing for Wales, through housing associations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : This is primarily a matter for Housing for Wales. The chief executive has been asked to write to the hon. Member. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library of the House.

Road Contractors

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the main building and engineering contractors currently engaged in road construction projects funded by the Welsh Office ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The building and civil engineering contractors currently employed by the Welsh Office on major motorway and trunk road contracts--those valued at over £3 million--are listed as follows :

Morrison Construction Ltd.

Kier/Hochtief Joint Venture


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Mowlem Construction Ltd.

Costain Civil Engineering

Amey Construction Ltd.

Laing Construction Ltd.

Alfred McAlpine Construction Ltd.

Trafalgar House

Technology Schools Initiative

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many schools in Powys were successful in receiving grant aid under the technology schools initiative ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will set out the criteria for provision of receiving grant aid under the technology schools initiative for (a) grant-maintained school and (b) other schools ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) if he will list the schools which have secured grant aid under the technology schools initiative and the amount of grant in each case ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The criteria are set out in a Welsh Office circular letter dated 21 May 1993 which was sent to all directors of education and chairpersons of grant-maintained schools in Wales. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

The criteria apply to both grant-maintained and other schools. However, grant-maintained school strategies are funded by capital grant and LEA maintained schools by local authority capital credit approvals.

On this occasion, none of the successful schools was located in Powys. Strategies have been approved for the following schools for the amounts shown :


7

                                       |£              

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Bedwas comprehensive school            |250,000        

Bishop Vaughan grant-maintained school |245,000        

Cynffig comprehensive school           |223,000        

Morriston comprehensive school         |210,000        

Queen Elizabeth Maridunum school       |244,000        

Risca comprehensive school             |245,000        

Ysgol David Hughes                     |237,000        

Ysgol Morgan Llwyd                     |239,000        

In addition, £212,000 was approved for Denbigh technological and vocational education centre.

The technology schools initiative represents a considerable investment in improving technology teaching in the schools which submitted successful proposals. My Department is considering how best to build on the success of this initiative. This will include, in due course, a review of the criteria for receiving support under the initiative.


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NHS Consultants

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the basic salary, merit awards and domiciliary visit payments made to the 20 highest paid consultants working in the national health service in Wales in 1992-93 ; and which directly managed units and health trusts employed them.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : This information is not held centrally.

Slaughterhouses

Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were employed in slaughterhouses in each year since 1985.

Mr. Redwood : Levels of employment in slaughterhouses are given in the table. Figures are available only for years when a census of employment was carried out.


Year<1>      |Employees in             

             |employment               

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

1987         |400                      

1989         |300                      

1991         |600                      

<1>As at September.                    

Source: Employment Department.         

Abortions

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many abortions in Wales were carried out because of (a) known or suspected foetal abnormality affecting the mother, (b) central nervous system malformation in the foetus since 1979 and (c) chromosomal abnormality in the foetus since 1979.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : Information on legal abortions in England and Wales, at the level of detail requested, has been published by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys annually since 1984 according to area of residence--in "Abortion Statistics". To provide these data by the area in which the abortion took place would involve disproportionate cost. The numbers of residents of Wales having an abortion in the categories specified, in each year from 1984 to 1991, the most recent year available, are given in the table. Information for previous years is not readily available.

Less detailed information on the number of legal abortions carried out in Wales is published in "Health and Personal Social Services in Wales", copies of which are in the Library of the House.


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Residents of Wales                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Principal medical condition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

ICD Number and Condition                                |1984                    |1985                    |1986                    |1987                    |1988                    |1989                    |1990                    |1991                                             

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655     Known or suspected foetal abnormality affecting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

        management of mother                            |183                     |185                     |150                     |127                     |135                     |136                     |118                     |108                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

655.0    Central nervous system malformation in foetus  |48                      |40                      |54                      |28                      |40                      |46                      |33                      |36                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

655.1    Chromosomal abnormality in foetus              |25                      |31                      |19                      |16                      |22                      |30                      |19                      |16                                               


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Forestry Committee

Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales who are the present members of the committee set up for Wales under section 2(3) of the Forestry Act 1967 ; and if he will also list the dates and venue of the committee meetings.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Under the Forestry Act 1967 the Forestry Commissioners are statutorily obliged to appoint a committee for Wales. However, the role of the committee was effectively diminished in 1965 when the commissioners abolished national directorates as part of a streamlining exercise to remove a management tier. Its current members are Mr. C. R. Woosnam CBE, Mr. R. T. Bradley, Mr. M. A. McLaggan and Mr. D. M. Hughes. The committee last met in 1985.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has in relation to the incidence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease as regards (a) suspected cases and (b) officially notified cases in Wales in the past two years ; how many suspected cases notified informally to his Department are undergoing tests for the disease at present ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : Since May 1990 details of suspected cases of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in the United Kingdom have been notified to the national CJD surveillance unit in Edinburgh. Suspected cases are classified as definite, probable, possible and other. Separate Welsh data on "other" cases is not easily identifiable. During the period 1 May 1991 and 30 April 1993 there were eight definite, two probable and one possible case of CJD from Wales.

The Department is aware of one patient in Wales who is currently undergoing tests. CJD cannot be confirmed in this case at this stage.

EC Committee of the Regions

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had from the Committee of the Welsh Districts and the Assembly of the Welsh Counties in relation to reporting-back procedures for Welsh delegates to the European Community Committee of the Regions.

Mr. Redwood : Both the Committee of Welsh Districts and the Assembly of Welsh Counties have written to me regarding various aspects of the proposed report-back body. I have also recently written to both associations inviting them to consider the establishment of a forum which could hear the reports of the Welsh members of the Committee of the Regions. I await their responses.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairmen of the health authorities in Wales concerning the disposition of the £1 million waiting list initiative funds ; in which hospitals it will be spent and in which principal specialties ; and what is his current estimate of its impact on waiting list levels.

Mr. Redwood : The allocation of moneys between hospitals and specialties is a matter for health authorities to


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decide upon in the light of local need and circumstances. Their use of the allocation will be subject to formal evaluation by my Department, in the normal way.

The funding should ensure that all of the patients charter waiting times guarantees are met by 31 March.

Hospitals

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has in relation to the numbers of (a) trust hospitals and (b) directly managed unit hospitals which are no longer able to treat (i) elective surgery cases and (ii) new out-patients referred by the purchasing side of the corresponding local health authority.

Mr. Redwood : Information on the management of individual service contracts within the NHS is not collected centrally as a matter of routine. Health authorities and NHS trusts are held to account for their overall performance against targets agreed annually with my Department. The emphasis is on the delivery of timely and effective services for patients, and the first class stewardship of resources. A judgment is also made of the skill with which the contracting process as a whole is managed in each area.

Mr. Geoff Drake

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the appointments of Mr. Geoff Drake both as a member of the board of TARGED, the training and enterprise council for north-west Wales, and also to the post of chairman designate of the Gwynedd health trust ; what consultations his office made before confirming these appointments ; what further investigations on consultations have been undertaken as a result of representations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 9 February 1994] : I have received one letter requesting information about the chairman of the Gwynedd hospitals NHS trust, a letter from the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), a letter from the clerk of Llanrug community council, in addition to two letters from the hon. Member about Mr. Geoffrey Drake.

I am confident that Mr. Drake's skills and experience in industry and his membership of the Gwynedd health authority from November 1992 to December 1993, make him eminently suitable for the post he holds. I am not responsible for appointments to TARGED which is a private company limited by guarantee and as such elects its own directors.

Public Appointments

Mr. Wrigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether, in making appointments to (a) the Gwynedd health trust (b) TARGED and (c) other nominated authorities in Wales, he advertises the posts ; what consultations he undertakes locally on the suitability or otherwise of such nominations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood [holding answer 9 February 1994] : In future, my Department will make public, by means of press notices, forthcoming important vacancies on NHS and other public bodies in Wales to which I make appointments.


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I am not responsible for appointments to TARGED, which is a private company limited by guarantee and as such is responsible for the appointment of its members.


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