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United Nations Specialised Agencies

Dr. Spink : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made, following UNCT resolution 44/211, of the balance of resources and effect between strengthening the role of the United Nations specialised agencies as centres of excellence and as aid agencies in the field.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Since the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution 44/211, and the subsequent triennial review of progress embodied in resolution 47/199, we have been supporting efforts, through our membership of the agencies' governing bodies, to ensure that the specialised agencies concentrate on effective performance of their traditional functions. These include identifying global issues, analysing options and mobilising actions, rather than routine project implementation. Our assessment is that to date the agencies are responding satisfactorily to the pressure for reform, although we shall continue to monitor the situation closely.

SCOTLAND

Open Government

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the implications for the operation of his Department of the code of practice on open government.

Mr. Lang : The code of practice will reinforce and build on my Department's existing arrangements for the provision of information. In addition, my Department is considering the early release of blocks of records less than 30 years old and re-reviewing previously withheld material over 30 years old.

Dental Services

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dental practitioners within the Highland health board area have left the national health service over the last 18 months ; and how many now restrict dental treatment within the national health service to children.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 16 March 1994] : Every general dental practitioner who intends to provide NHS


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treatment must join a health board dental list. Highland health board advises that 10 general dental practitioners have left its dental list in the past 18 months. The health board is not aware of any general dental practitioners in its area who restrict national health service dental treatment to children only.

Self-financing Regulatory Authorities

Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many self -financing regulatory authorities his Department has set up since 1979 ; what was the annual running cost of each of the self-financing regulatory authorities in each of the last three years ; what is the current staffing establishment ; and what it was last year and two years ago.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 16 March 1994] : My Department has not set up any self-financing regulatory authorities since 1979.

Northern Ireland

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on co-operation with departments of the Northern Ireland Office on trade, industry and transport between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 21 March 1994] : My officials regularly meet those from Northern Ireland on matters of mutual interest, including those subjects mentioned by the hon. Member.

Drug-related Deaths

Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many drug-related deaths there have been in Scotland in each of the last five years and in the current year to date ; and if he will make a statement regarding the trend in drug usage and his plans to deal with the problem.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 21 March 1994] : In his annual report the Registrar General for Scotland gives a statistical summary of information, obtained during the death certification process, about deaths arising from the use of various drugs. However, it is known from special exercises that information derived in this way does not give a complete picture of the deaths which occur as a result of the misuse of controlled drugs, and efforts are in hand to improve the reliability of the statistics. The Scottish Office has estimated that, in the year beginning 1 November 1991, between 80 and 120 habitual drug misusers died as a direct result of drug misuse.

The misuse of drugs is a serious and continuing problem in Scotland. The drugs task force, chaired by my noble and learned Friend the Minister of State, is presently conducting a wide-ranging review of the current arrangements for tackling drug misuse in Scotland and considering ways in which the response might be enhanced.

Abortions

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many abortions were performed on women who were less than 13 weeks pregnant in each health board area for each year from 1990 to 1993 ; and how many of these operations involved admission and discharge of the patient on the same day.


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Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 March 1994] : The figures for 1993 are not yet available. The information for 1990-92 is as follows :


Under 13 weeks total                              

                      |1990  |1991  |1992         

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

Scotland              |9,112 |10,005|9,764        

Argyll and Clyde      |616   |629   |477          

Ayrshire and Arran    |514   |564   |595          

Borders               |92    |130   |122          

Dumfries and Galloway |219   |212   |219          

Fife                  |586   |607   |577          

Forth Valley          |426   |449   |460          

Grampian              |1,077 |1,203 |1,160        

Greater Glasgow       |1,758 |1,988 |2,057        

Highland              |396   |397   |395          

Island Boards<1>      |14    |13    |26           

Lanarkshire           |591   |637   |681          

Lothian               |1,775 |2,077 |1,953        

Tayside               |1,048 |1,099 |1,042        

<1> Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles Health     

Boards                                            


Under 13 weeks-admission and discharge same   

day                                           

                      |1990 |1991 |1992       

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

Scotland              |5,606|7,387|8,112      

Argyll and Clyde      |434  |501  |376        

Ayrshire and Arran    |348  |533  |566        

Borders               |70   |121  |112        

Dumfries and Galloway |3    |15   |18         

Fife                  |410  |453  |438        

Forth Valley          |109  |292  |393        

Grampian              |687  |860  |831        

Greater Glasgow       |628  |1,120|1,750      

Highland              |289  |307  |320        

Island Boards<1>      |6    |3    |10         

Lanarkshire           |81   |161  |430        

Lothian               |1,582|1,986|1,879      

Tayside               |959  |1,035|989        

<1>Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles Health  

Boards                                        


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Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many NHS-funded abortions were performed in non- NHS premises on women resident in each health board in Scotland for each year from 1990 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 March 1994] : None.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fee-paying, private bed abortions were performed in national health service hospitals in each health board in Scotland for each year from 1990 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 March 1994] : This information is not collected centrally.

Liver Biopsies

Mr. Michael J. Martin : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is (a) the minimum and (b) the average number of days a patient stays in hospital after undergoing a liver biopsy operation.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 March 1994] : Patients undergoing a liver biopsy in Scotland have an average length of stay in hospital of four days. The procedure can be carried out on a day case basis.

Nurses

Ms Rachel Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the whole-time equivalent number of student, pupil and Project 2000 nurses in each health board and in Scotland as a whole in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 March 1994] : The information requested, expressed in headcount terms, is set out in the table.


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Nursing students by health board: 1989-93 (excluding 1991)                                                 

Health board          |September       |Student nurse<1>|Pupil nurse     |P2000                            

                      |each year                                         |student<3>                       

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1989                                                                                                       

Scotland              |8,408           |7,679           |729             |-                                

Argyll and Clyde      |506             |418             |88              |-                                

Ayrshire and Arran    |298             |298             |-               |-                                

Borders               |128             |83              |45              |-                                

Dumfries and Galloway |220             |220             |-               |-                                

Fife                  |486             |421             |65              |-                                

Forth valley          |389             |389             |-               |-                                

Grampian              |761             |608             |153             |-                                

Greater Glasgow       |2,405           |2,365           |40              |-                                

Highland              |288             |288             |-               |-                                

Lanarkshire           |602             |539             |63              |-                                

Lothian               |1,420           |1,301           |119             |-                                

Orkney                |24              |-               |24              |-                                

Shetland              |20              |-               |20              |-                                

Tayside               |832             |720             |112             |-                                

Western Isles         |29              |29              |-               |-                                

                                                                                                           

1990                                                                                                       

Scotland              |8,450           |7,916           |534             |-                                

Argyll and Clyde      |533             |454             |79              |-                                

Ayrshire and Arran    |314             |314             |-               |-                                

Borders               |129             |94              |35              |-                                

Dumfries and Galloway |219             |219             |-               |-                                

Fife                  |460             |413             |47              |-                                

Forth valley          |411             |411             |-               |-                                

Grampian              |701             |595             |106             |-                                

Greater Glasgow       |2,520           |2,490           |30              |-                                

Highland              |274             |274             |-               |-                                

Lanarkshire           |605             |573             |32              |-                                

Lothian               |1,368           |1,260           |108             |-                                

Orkney                |23              |-               |23              |-                                

Shetland              |16              |1               |15              |-                                

Tayside               |848             |789             |59              |-                                

Western Isles         |29              |29              |-               |-                                

                                                                                                           

1992                                                                                                       

Scotland              |7,685           |6,193           |89              |1,403                            

Argyll and Clyde      |532             |410             |8               |114                              

Ayrshire and Arran    |296             |242             |-               |54                               

Borders               |146             |123             |-               |23                               

Dumfries and Galloway |230             |190             |-               |40                               

Fife                  |408             |307             |1               |100                              

Forth valley          |431             |280             |-               |151                              

Grampian              |587             |453             |3               |<4>131                           

Greater Glasgow       |1,965           |1,715           |2               |248                              

Highland              |286             |198             |-               |<2>88                            

Lanarkshire           |595             |495             |-               |100                              

Lothian               |1,347           |1,087           |70              |190                              

Orkney                |11              |6               |5               |-                                

Shetland              |11              |11              |-               |-                                

Tayside               |828             |664             |-               |164                              

Western Isles         |12              |12              |-               |-                                

                                                                                                           

1993                                                                                                       

Scotland              |7,468           |3,816           |35              |3,617                            

Argyll and Clyde      |578             |264             |-               |314                              

Ayrshire and Arran    |330             |153             |-               |177                              

Borders               |154             |86              |-               |68                               

Dumfries and Galloway |222             |123             |-               |99                               

Fife                  |387             |190             |-               |197                              

Forth valley          |454             |172             |-               |282                              

Grampian              |660             |288             |1               |<4>371                           

Greater Glasgow       |1,561           |918             |8               |635                              

Highland              |310             |140             |-               |<2>170                           

Lanarkshire           |577             |307             |-               |270                              

Lothian               |1,340           |734             |26              |580                              

Orkney                |6               |6               |-               |-                                

Shetland              |11              |11              |-               |-                                

Tayside               |878             |424             |-               |454                              

Western Isles         |-               |-               |-               |-                                

<1> Students training for their first qualification, ie excludes enrolled nurses training to become        

registered.                                                                                                

<2> Comprises Project 2000 students attending the Highland and Western Isles College of Nursing and        

Midwifery.                                                                                                 

<3> Project 2000 student data are at 31 October.                                                           

<4> Includes Project 2000 students being trained for Orkney and Shetland Health Boards.                    

Health Care International

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many medical, nursing and other professional staff currently holding contracts of any type with Greater Glasgow health board or its previously associated trust hospitals, currently or at any time in the past, have simultaneously been contracted to work with Health Care International, Clydebank.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 March 1994] : No information is held centrally on medical, nursing and other professional staff of Greater Glasgow health board or of NHS trust hospitals in Glasgow contracting to work with Health Care International, Clydebank. NHS staff are entitled to contract with outside employers subject to the conditions set out in their NHS contract of employment.

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will seek assurances from Health Care International that all medical, nursing, and other professional staff are on NHS terms and conditions of service in accordance with the conditions of authorisation.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 March 1994] : Since the statutory authorisation of the building of the Health Care International hospital at Clydebank was granted in


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1987, NHS trusts have been introduced which have freedom to determine the terms and conditions of service for the majority of their staff. In keeping with the objectives of the authorisation, HCI is seeking to provide remuneration and benefits packages for its staff which reflect current NHS terms and conditions of service. In determining such packages for medical staff, HCI takes account of the opportunities which exist for NHS staff to earn additional income from private practice and to qualify for distinction awards, neither of which are available to HCI staff.

Mr. Galbraith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements have been made for Health Care International to reimburse to the NHS reasonable nurse training costs as set out in the letter of authorisation.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 March 1994] : HCI has agreed to contribute in kind to the cost to the NHS of nurse education and training by providing a significant local contribution in relation to clinical placements for student nurses in both general and specialty nursing units and by contributing to the preparation of post-registration nurses in specialty areas.

In addition, HCI has agreed to purchase specific post-registration education from colleges of nursing and to offer continuing nursing and education courses and seminars for its staff on a variety of topics.


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These proposals will be subject to a review of progress within two years of the opening of the hospital. It is still too early in the hospital's development for any of the recommendations on the provision of placements to be put into practice, but my right hon. Friend intends to ensure that HCI fulfils its obligations.

Christmas Leave

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by (a) Her Majesty's prison and (b) Her Majesty's remand prison the number of prisoners who applied for Christmas leave and the number of those who were granted Christmas leave ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 17 March 1994] : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Scottish Prison Service under its chief executive Mr. E. W. Frizzell. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 22 March 1994 :

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of prisoners who applied for and were granted Christmas leave in 1993. You asked for these to be listed by (a) HM Prison and (b) HM Remand Prison. The information you requested is as follows :

(a) HM Prison Applied Granted

Open Establishments

Noranside 119 119

Penninghame 59 59

Cornton Vale (Women) 4 3

Castle Huntly Young Offenders

Institution 86 74

Polmont Young Offenders

(Enhanced Regime) 20 8

Training For Freedom Hostels

Aberdeen 2 2

Cornton Vale (Women) 1 1

Edinburgh 19 19

Perth 9 9

Polmont Young Offenders

Institution 7 7

-- -- -- -- Total 326 301

(b) No remand prisoner in Scotland is eligible for Christmas leave.

Surplus Places (Cost)

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated cost of a surplus place in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 18 March 1994] : This information is not held centrally.

Malaysian Airlines

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the dates Ministers, or officials from his Department, including his Department's agencies, have used the Malaysian airline MAS for each year since 1985 including this year to date on official business ; and what was the cost of each flight to his Department.

Mr. Lang : No Scottish Office Minister or official from my Department, or its agencies, has travelled on the Malaysian airline MAS on official business.


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Bird Killing

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the reasons for the decision not to prosecute in the case arising from the shooting of a short-eared owl on Dougarie estate, Isle of Arran.

Sir Hector Monro : It is not the policy of the Crown to give details of the reasons for decisions taken in individual cases. My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate is, however, aware of the circumstances of this case and is satisfied that the procurator fiscal's decision not to proceed to trial was a proper one in the circumstances as then known to him.

Teachers

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many supply teachers are registered with each local authority.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The latest information available is set out in the table. Differences between individual education authorities in the criteria employed for compilation of their reserve or supply lists mean that the information is not suitable for regional comparison.


Teachers on reserve supply list as at 30 September 1993         

              |Primary  |Secondary|Special  |Total              

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

Borders       |157      |235      |32       |424                

Central       |257      |565      |81       |903                

Dumfries and Galloway 310126       9         445                

Fife          |275      |299      |0        |574                

Grampian      |1,225    |1,493    |596      |3,314              

Highland      |427      |650      |6        |1,083              

Lothian       |242      |362      |67       |671                

Strathclyde   |1,084    |1,452    |0        |2,536              

Tayside       |458      |750      |6        |1,214              

Orkney        |24       |34       |4        |62                 

Shetland      |46       |40       |0        |86                 

Western Isles |70       |66       |0        |136                

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

Scotland      |4,575    |6,072    |801      |11,448             

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what analysis has been undertaken by the Scottish Office Education Department into the number of teaching days lost due to stress-related illnesses since April 1993.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : None, as information on teacher absences is not held centrally.

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for how many days supply teachers have been employed in the last year in (a) Scotland and (b) each regional council area.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : This information is not held centrally.

Education Working Groups

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has in respect of the retention of copyright for publications produced by the regional working groups in education, following local government reform.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Under clause 15 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill, property vested


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in one or more existing local authorities immediately before 1 April 1996 shall on that date be transferred to, and vest in, such new authority or authorities as may be specified in, or determined by, order by the Secretary of State. For the purposes of this clause, the definition of property includes copyright.

Pupil-teacher Ratios

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current pupil-teacher ratio in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools, by regional council area.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Provisional information for September 1993 is given in the table.


Pupil-teacher ratios in education authority schools,          

September 1993                                                

                      |Primary  |Secondary|Special            

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

Scotland              |19.5     |12.8     |4.5                

Borders               |18.4     |12.5     |2.8                

Central               |20.4     |13.4     |4.5                

Dumfries and Galloway |18.6     |12.3     |1.9                

Fife                  |19.3     |13.5     |3.6                

Grampian              |19.1     |13.0     |4.7                

Highland              |17.4     |12.2     |4.7                

Lothian               |20.0     |12.9     |5.0                

Strathclyde           |20.1     |13.0     |4.6                

Tayside               |19.4     |12.3     |4.3                

Orkney                |14.8     |10.8     |3.9                

Shetland              |12.4     |9.0      |3.7                

Western Isles         |14.2     |9.6      |5.3                

Dornoch Academy

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the dates on which his officials have met members of the school board of the Dornoch academy, and the matters discussed.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Officials from the Scottish Office Education Department have met members of the school board of Dornoch academy on three occasions. On 27 October 1993 and 14 February 1994 officials met the full board and on 8 March 1994 they attended a meeting at which the chairperson and officials from Highland regional council were also present. In each case, the matters discussed have been directly related to the arrangements for the incorporation of Dornoch academy as a self-governing school from 1 April 1994.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what funds he has made available to the Dornoch academy school board for secured buildings and public liability insurance from 1 April.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : None. After Dornoch academy becomes incorporated as a self-governing school on 1 April 1994, the board of management may apply for special purpose grant for premises insurance. The details of such arrangements are contained in the Self-Governing Schools Grant and Recovery (Scotland) Regulations 1994, laid before Parliament on 10 March 1994.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of the correspondence which has passed between his officials and members of the Dornoch academy school board since 1 January 1993.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : It is not normal practice for copies of correspondence between the Secretary of State, or his officials, and third parties to be made public.

However, in order to clarify the Secretary of State's position with regard to the possible upgrading of Dornoch academy, I am arranging exceptionally to place in the Library a copy of a letter from my officials to the school board on this matter dated 11 March 1994.

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Education Minister has to visit Dornoch academy, Sutherland.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I look forward to visiting Dornoch academy in due course, subject to my other commitments, when next I am in the area.

Training

Ms Short : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1)if he will give the latest available results from the employment training leavers survey for each local enterprise company area in Scotland broken down to show the number and proportion of employment training leavers who were (a) in a full-time job with their work experience employer, (b) in a full-time job with another employer, (c) employed in their own business, (d) in a part-time job, (e) in voluntary work, (f) on another Government training programme, (g) on a full-time education or training course, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit, (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (j) in a job club and (k) doing something else ;

(2) if he will publish tables showing the latest available results from the youth training leavers survey for each LEC area in Scotland broken down to show the number and proportion of youth training leavers who were (a) in full-time work with the same employer, (b) in full-time work with a different employer, (c) in part-time work, (d) on a full-time course at a college/training centre, (e) on another youth training scheme, (f) doing something else, (g) who were unemployed, (h) who had obtained a vocational qualification ; and if he will also indicate (i) the number of questionnaires issued, (ii) the usable percentage response rate and (iii) the percentage of respondents who were early leavers ;

(3) if he will give the latest available results from the employment training leavers survey for each LEC area in Scotland broken down to show the number and proportion of leavers who had (a) been entered for a vocational qualification, (b) obtained a vocational qualification, (c) had failed to obtain a vocational qualification and (d) were awaiting their results ; and how many of the employment training leavers in the relevant period had completed the training agreed in their initial action plan.

Mr. Stewart : Responsibility for the ET and YT leavers follow-up survey was transferred from the Training Agency to Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on 1 April 1991. The Department of Employment was contracted to deliver the service on their behalf until 1 April 1993 when the enterprise bodies introduced their own follow-up systems.

I have asked the chairmen of the enterprise bodies to write to the hon. Member.


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Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for the last 12 months how many parliamentary questions he has referred to one of his Department's agencies for answer ; and what percentage of parliamentary questions to his Department this represents.

Mr. Lang : In the 12 months from 1 March 1993 to 28 February 1994 I referred 20 parliamentary questions to my Department's agencies for answer. This represents less than 1 per cent. of the 3,112 written parliamentary questions which I received in that period.

WALES

Wind Turbines

Mr. Jonathan Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the gross output of electricity produced from wind turbines in Wales in 1993.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : Data on the electricity produced in Wales from wind turbines are only available for companies operating under the non- fossil fuel obligation.

According to data obtained from the Non-fossil Purchasing Agency Ltd. in the first nine months of 1993, Welsh wind projects under the non-fossil fuel obligation produced 72.2 GWh of electricity. Output for the final quarter of 1993 is not yet available.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions in the last five years he has knowingly provided incomplete information in answers to parliamentary questions other than on grounds of disproportionate cost ; and on what subjects.

Mr. Redwood : None. I answer parliamentary questions on the basis set out in paragraph 27 of "Questions of Procedure for Ministers" which states that Ministers have a duty

"to give Parliament including its Select Committees, and the public as full information as possible about the policies, decisions and actions of the Government."

Unemployment, Newport

Mr. Faber : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current rate of unemployment in the Newport travel-to-work area.

Mr. Redwood : In February 1994 the unadjusted work-force-based unemployment rate in the Newport travel-to-work area was 10.7 per cent.

Wild Birds

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list details of all current licences issued to kill wild bird species, including the premises and the wild bird species concerned.

Sir Wyn Roberts : Licences to kill protected bird species are normally only valid for a specific, limited period. No such licences are currently in force in Wales. As regards pest bird species, five general licences are currently in force which authorise pest control contractors to kill or take house sparrows or feral pigeons on a county basis.


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