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Mr. Sackville : Information is available centrally only on hospital closures since 1988 which were initially contested by community health councils and remained contested throughout the consultation period. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) on 23 March at cols. 231-32 .
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give details of all individuals appointed to chair family health services authorities and serve as non-executive directors, listing their occupation and sex ; and if she will list any known political affiliations of those appointed.
Dr. Mawhinney : The names of family health services authority chairmen and their occupations at the time of their appointment, where known, are listed. Regional health authorities are responsible for the appointment of the non-executive members. The political affiliation of chairmen and non-executive members of health authorities plays no part in their appointment and would be known at the time of appointment only if an appointee was pursuing a public career at that time. Current political affiliations are not known.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- East Anglian Region Cambridge |Mrs. M. Scott |Business consultant Norfolk |Mrs. J. Hopwood |Former research scientist Suffolk |Mrs. J. Spicer |Housewife Mersey Region Liverpool |Mrs. R. Hawley |Housewife St. Helens and Knowsley |Mr. J. Dray |Company director Sefton |Mr. C. Darley |Former chief executive Wirral |Mrs. M Pearce |Voluntary worker Cheshire |Mr. R. Brown |Pharmacist North East Thames Region Barking and Havering |Lady C. Rhys-Williams |Housewife Camden and Islington |Mrs. A. Burgess |Headteacher City and East London |Mr. N. Warner |Management consultant Enfield and Haringey |Mr. H. B. Blackler |Solicitor Essex |Maj. Gen. R. Wall |Management consultant Redbridge and Waltham Forest |Mr. P. Brokenshire |Senior auditor Northern Region Cleveland |Mr. T. O'Connor |Company chairman Cumbria |Mr. J. Wills |Company director Durham |Mr. I. Bonas |Company chairman Gateshead |Mrs. B. Balls |Economist Newcastle |Mr. A. Griffiths |Marine consultant North Tyneside |Mrs. K. Johnston |Company director Northumberland |Dr. C. Robinson |Lecturer South Tyneside |Mr. A. Brown |Solicitor Sunderland |Mr. J. Brown |Solicitor North Western Region Bolton |Mrs. L. Pickford |Company director Bury |Mr. B. Wood |University lecturer Lancashire |Mr. C. Jeanes |Managing director Manchester |Professor Joan Higgins |University professor Oldham |Mr. M. Farrar |Headteacher Rochdale |Mr. L. Price |Retired social services director Salford |Mrs. B. Wilkinson |College lecturer Stockport |Mr. S. McGeorge |Retired company director Tameside |Mrs. A. Corrie |Lecturer Trafford |Mr. D. Higginbottom |Solicitor Wigan |Mr. B. Edmond |Chemical manufacturer North West Thames Region Barnet |Baroness Miller |Company chairman Bedfordshire |Dr. A. Wood |Company director Brent and Harrow |Mrs. S. Child |Former publisher Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow |Mrs. J. Stern |Company director Hertfordshire |Lady J. Staughton |- Hillingdon |Mr. D. Bucks |Businessman Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster |Mr. R. Davies |Company director Oxford Region Berkshire |Mr. G. Odds |Surveyor/estate manager Northamptonshire |Mrs. S. Barnes |Company director Buckinghamshire |Mr. P. Gell |Chartered accountant Oxfordshire |Mrs. D. Levy |Chairman/chief executive South East Thames Region East Sussex |Mrs. J. Darlington |Company chairman Greenwich and Bexley |Mrs. J. Rodin |Projects officer Kent |Mr. M. Rowley |Company chairman Lambeth, Southwark and |Mr. J. Fraser |- Lewisham Bromley |Mrs. C. McLoughlin |Management consultant South Western Region Avon |Mrs. M. Perriam |Teacher Cornwall and Isles of Scilly |Mr. M. Varcoe |Chartered accountant Devon |Rev. Mrs. M. Gent |Parish deacon Gloucestershire |Mr. C. Weaver |Funeral director Somerset |(Vacancy) |- South West Thames Region Croydon |Mrs. M. James |Former teacher Kingston and Richmond |Mr. D. Banks |Client services director Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth |Mr. J. Spiers |Managing director Surrey |Mrs. M. McNaughton |Housewife West Sussex |Mrs. A. Swain |Education consultant Trent Region Barnsley |Mrs. P. Acklam |Accountancy administator Derbyshire |Mr. M. Boissier |Group personnel controller Doncaster |Mr. K. Jones |Deputy director of mining Leicestershire |Dr. G. Edmondson-Jones |Retired GP Lincolnshire |Mr. P. Pumfrey |Retired chartered surveyor Rotherham |Mr. P. Andrew |Chief executive Nottinghamshire |Mr. M. Dassau |Retired clothes manufacturer Sheffield |Mrs. L. Gladwin |Proprietor of independent social work practice Wessex Region Dorset |Mrs. W. Mulliner |Voluntary worker Hampshire |Mr. D. Paterson |Barrister Isle of Wight |Dr. Dale Ferguson-Hudson |Senior lecturer Wiltshire |Ms. J. Gibbons West Midlands Region Birmingham |Mrs. C. Vaughan-Griffiths |Management consultant Coventry |Miss C. Andrew |Solictor Dudley |Mr. A. Waldron |Solicitor Hereford and Worcester |Mrs. E. Metcalfe |Bookkeeper Sandwell |Mr. A. Sealey |Company director Shropshire |Mr. Z. Nilski |Lecturer Solihull |Mrs. A. Woolley |Company director Staffordshire |Mr. P. Jones |Managing director Walsall |Mr. J. Howell |Chartered surveyor Warwickshire |Mr. R. Gardener |Compliance officer Wolverhampton |Ms T. Evans |Educationalist Yorkshire Region Bradford |Mr. J. Fergusson |Chartered accountant Calderdale |Mr. B. Calverley |Retired NHS manager Humberside |Dr. T. Bolton |General practioner Kirklees |Mr. K. Sarathy |Deputy headteacher Leeds |Professor B. Jewell |University professor North Yorkshire |Mr. J. Whitworth |Managing director Wakefield |Mr. D. Travis |Administrator
Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give a breakdown, by health authority or NHS trust, of the numbers of directors, both executive and non-executive, and their chairmen who are currently aged over 70 years.
Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 24 March 1994] : Currently there are four chairmen and 12 non-executive directors of NHS trusts and four chairmen of national health service authorities who are aged 70 or over.
(2) what is the tenure of the Merseyside regional health authority headquarters premises, Hamilton house, Pall Mall, Liverpool.
Mr. Sackville [pursuant to his answer, 22 February, column 207] : I regret that my previous reply was incorrect. It should read "Hamilton house is the freehold property of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health. Gateway house is held on lease until February 2010."
Mr. Aitken : The radioactive commissioning of the plutonium processing laboratories in the A90 complex commenced on 15 March 1994. This activity will be phased over some two years during which time plutonium processing will progressively transfer from existing facilities.
It is not our normal practice to disclose commercially confidential information, which is given in this instance with the agreement of the contractor.
Mr. Aitken : The majority of work currently in progress at A45 will progressively transfer to A90, as it becomes operational over the next two years. Under these plans A45 will remain in operation for the foreseeable future.
|£ million ------------------------------ 1984-85 |0.1 1985-86 |0.6 1986-87 |2.4 1987-88 |6.6 1988-89 |6.7 1989-90 |9.3 1990-91 |24.5 1991-92 |7.6 1992-93 |8.2 1993-94 |0.3 |------- Total |66.3
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the expected timetable for the introduction into service of the replacements for the used core transport package flasks that were used by his Department for the transport of submarine reactor cores.
Mr. Aitken : The contract for the design and build of new purpose built transportation containers for the Royal Navy's nuclear submarine used fuel is expected to be placed later this year with the first delivery some three years later. For the interim period a contract was placed in December last year to procure two commercial containers which we expect should allow licensed transportation to resume later this year.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of delivery of vehicles and containers for the transport and storage of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Aitken : Good progress is being made towards the provision of 250 nuclear weapons containers (supercontainers) and 20 vehicles which are being gifted to Russia to help with the disposal of surplus nuclear weapons. We expect deliveries of the first equipment to commence shortly. The estimated cost of the total package is £35 million at current prices.
Mr. Aitken : Decisions have now been taken on the methods of disposal for most elements of United Kingdom Polaris missiles. Surplus components are being disposed of to best advantage ; where this involves disposal for scrap, relevant legislation and conventions are being fully observed.
Mr. Aitken : The estimated total project cost comprising the costs of development, production and integrated logistic support, (assuming a United Kingdom offtake of 250 aircraft) is some £13.45 billion at September 1993 prices.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration has been given to providing ammunition fitted with armour piercing, fin stabilised, discarding sabots to British tank and artillery forces ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each Government-to-Government or memorandum of understanding defence sales agreement since 1979, with the date of signing and indicating in each case whether all or part of the sales under the agreement had Crown status and were exempt from export licence controls ; and in each such case how exemptions were reported to Parliament.
Mr. Aitken : Exports of defence equipment by Her Majesty's Government to : (a) the Government of Saudi Arabia, under the terms of the Al-Yamamah arrangement signed in 1985, 1986 and 1988, and (b) to the Government of Kuwait under the memorandum of understanding signed on 2 December 1992, have Crown status. As such, they do not require a licence. They are, however, assessed under the normal foreign and defence criteria.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which defence sales carried out since 1979 on behalf of International Military Services Ltd., Defence Sales Export Organisation, or Royal Ordnance or British Aerospace whilst in public ownership, carried exemptions from export licence controls.
Mr. Aitken : Only those sales made by Royal Ordnance through the sales supply organisations of the Defence Export Services Organisation had Crown status. Although no export licences were required, such exports took account of foreign and defence policy considerations.
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Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries the depleted uranium imported by his Department for use in anti- tank penetrator shells originated ; and what collaborative research is being undertaken with other countries that manufacture such shells.
My Department has undertaken a collaborative research programme with the United States, France and Germany to examine the feasibility of developing a 140 mm tank round. As part of the programme depleted uranium penetrators have been considered. This programme is now almost complete.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department gathered as a result of the research conducted by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment into prophylactic protection against chemical and germ weapons ; and how this was used to help protect British service men in Operation Granby.
Letter from G. Pearson to Mr. Llew Smith, dated 25 March 1994 : 1. Your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Defence asking what information his Department gathered as a result of the research conducted by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment into protection against chemical and germ weapons ; and how this was used to help protect British Service Personnel in Operation GRANBY has been passed to me to reply as Chief Executive of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment.
2. The role of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment is to ensure that the UK Armed Forces have effective protective measures against the threat that chemical or biological weapons may be used against them. As part of this work the potential hazard of possible chemical and biological warfare agents is assessed and the effectiveness of British protective measures evaluated.
3. Effective protective measures against chemical and biological weapons necessitate a portfolio of capabilities :
(a) Hazard Assessment. The implications and evaluation of the potential hazard should such agents and weapons be utilised against British forces.
(b) Detection and Warning. The detection of an attack prior to inhalation of a harmful concentration and the provision of warning to units located in the downwind hazard area. Identification of the nature of the particular agent facilitates the assessment of the downwind hazard area and of the duration of the hazard and enables appropriate medical countermeasures to be taken.
Column 472(c) Physical Protection. The provision of effective protection for the respiratory tract and for the body. This may be provided either as individual protection or collective protection ie the provision of facilities supplied with filtered air in which individual protection does not need to be worn.
(d) Contamination Control. Some agents such as mustard and some of the nerve agents are persistent and present a long term hazard. Action needs to be taken to decontaminate personnel and equipment contaminated with such agents.
(e) Medical Countermeasures. The provision of prophylactic or pretreatment measures which enhance the ability of the body to withstand attack by chemical orbiological agents and the provision of therapy after exposure to chemical or biological agents.
4. The Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment has over the years built up a group of scientists with the expertise in these areas and skills to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to ensure that the UK Armed Forces are provided with the best possible protective measures.
5. When the United Kingdom sent its forces to the Gulf in Operation GRANBY it was with the knowledge that they would be facing Iraqi forces experienced in the use of chemical weapons. It was also assessed that Iraq had the capability to manufacture and use biological weapons.
6. During the Gulf conflict of late 1990/early 1991 the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down was directly engaged in ensuring that the British Service personnel were as well protected as possible against the possible use of chemical or biological weapons by Iraq. Some two thirds of the senior staff of the Establishment were involved directly in providing advice at least part of the time.
7. Our assistance covered a wide range of areas :
(a) Hazard assessment. Advice was provided on the potential implications should Iraq use chemical or biological weapons. Information was provided for example on the effect of the local environment on the duration of the hazard and on the optimum deployment of detection systems to give the most effective warning of such attacks.
(b) Detection. The existing detection equipment was extended so as to provide audible warning should chemical agents be used against UK Armed Forces. The capabilities of in-service equipment were extended so that all chemical agents which Iraq was assessed to posses would be detected. An expedient biological detection system was developed and deployed to the Gulf together with a supplementary identification capability. In addition, kits for the sampling and identification of biological and chemical agents were produced and deployed so that in the event of an attack, appropriate samples would have been taken and returned to this Establishment for analysis. (
(c) Protection. Advice was given on the optimum use of available physical protective measures and on collective protection including the incorporation of air conditioning systems.
(d) Contamination management. Advice was provided on the likely duration of the hazard had chemical or biological weapons been used by Iraq and consequently on how that hazard might have been further reduced by appropriate decontamination techniques.
(e) Medical countermeasures. The effectiveness of existing medical countermeasures against agents assessed to be possessed by Iraq were evaluated and confirmed. In addition, advice was provided on appropriate medical countermeasures to be taken against the potential use of biological weapons by Iraq.
8. The contributions made by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment ensured that the protection available to the British Armed Forces was the best possible.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the dates on which Ministers or officials from his Department, including his Department's agencies, have used the Malaysian airline MAS for each
Column 473year since 1985, including this year to date, on official business ; and what was the cost to his Department of each flight.
Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the contractorisation of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment is included in the £850 million of civil service work won by private companies which was announced on 7 March.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to withdraw recognition of defence contractors claiming quality management assurance systems certification, which has been certified by institutions or companies which are not qualified to offer such certification by the National Association of Certification Control Bodies.
(a) granted by certification bodies who hold appropriate accreditation through the National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies (NACCB), or
Column 474(b) subject to assessment by MOD, or
(c) can be shown to be acceptable to another NATO MOD.
Mr. Hanley : The Government's plans for force restructuring over the time scale given in the question are detailed in the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1992 (Cm 1981) and 1993 (Cm 2270) and subsequent ministerial statements.
Dr. Reid : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a declassified version of the paper written by the former Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Mr. Alan Clark, as part of the "Options for Change" exercise.
Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total number of employees employed by British Rail in all staff categories in each financial year from 1990-91 ; and what are the projections for (a) 1994-95, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1996-97.
BR staff numbers |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |As at |26 February 1994 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |Salaried Administrative, technical and clerical staff |40,548 |49,068 |49,225 |49,711 Police |1,620 |1,644 |1,654 |1,729 |------- |------- |------- |---- Total Salaried |42,168 |50,712 |50,879 |51,440 |Wages Drivers and other footplate staff |16,919 |16,675 |15,765 |14,968 Guards and other train staff |8,210 |7,679 |7,497 |6,887 Train catering staff |1,756 |1,686 |1,623 |1,847 Signalling staff (including crossing keepers) |5,554 |5,684 |5,523 |5,348 Staff employed in stations, yards and depots |16,438 |15,534 |13,780 |12,765 Staff employed on carriage and wagon examination |468 |441 |342 |305 Permanent way, signal and telecommunications staff |21,515 |16,370 |13,683 |12,414 Workshop staff |15,237 |15,090 |13,698 |13,090 Miscellaneous staff |3,165 |3,189 |2,002 |1,564 |------- |------- |------- |---- Total Wages |89,262 |82,348 |73,913 |69,188 |------- |------- |------- |---- Total all staff |131,430 |133,060 |124,792 |120,628 BR Property Board |651 |638 |581 |630 BR Maintenance Ltd. |3,908 |3,895 |3,413 |3,358 Transmark Ltd. |89 |109 |104 |0 Meldon Quarry Ltd. |64 |71 |47 |26 BR Pension Trustee Co. Ltd. |21 |21 |22 |22 BR Telecommunications Ltd. |17 |26 |704 |762 European Passenger Services Ltd. |97 |181 |327 |868 |------- |------- |------- |---- Group total |136,277 |138,001 |129,990 |126,294
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates on which 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 to his Department of each flight.
Mr. MacGregor : The information requested is not available in the form requested back to 1985. However, Ministers in this Department have not used Malaysian Airlines Services (MAS) during the last two years.
Mr. Freeman : At March 31, the total cost to public funds of rail privatisation incurred by the Department of Transport, the Office of the Rail Regulator, the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising, British Rail and Railtrack, is expected to be around £92 million. The Government have made full financial provision to BR and Railtrack to meet their costs so there is no question of these costs affecting fares or the quality of passenger services. Privatisation costs are small in relation to the size of the railway businesses involved, the massive reorganisation taking place and the benefits that this will bring.
Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the requirements laid down by United Kingdom and EC legislation for the fitting and wearing of seat belts in minibuses and coaches ; which legislation applies to each requirement ; and if he will make a statement on the possibility of further requirements being legislated for.
Mr. Key : Regulations 46 and 47 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1078) as amended, have required seat belts to be fitted to the front seats of minibuses and exposed forward- facing seats of coaches, since 1 October 1988. EC directives 76/115, 81/575, 82/318 and 90/629 in respect of seat belt anchorages and 77/541, 81/576, 82/319 and 90/628 in respect of seat belts, make, for new vehicles, similar provisions on seat belt fitment to the current United Kingdom regulations.
United Kingdom legislation (SI 1992/3105, SI 1993/31 and SI 1993/176) requires seat belts to be used wherever they are available in the front seats of all vehicles and in the rear seats of minibuses with an unladen weight of 2,540kg or less. It is illegal to carry an unrestrained child in the front seat of any vehicle. EC Directive 91/671 requires seat belts to be used in the front seats of vehicles of less than 3.5 tonnes and, where fitted, in the rear seats of cars with up to 8 passenger seats.
Column 476We are considering the technical and cost implications of fitting seat belts to all seats in minibuses and coaches and hope to publish the conclusions shortly.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 21 March, Official Report, column 104, concerning the passengers charter, whether rail franchisees will be required in their own passengers charters to commit themselves to standards of service, and levels of compensation to passengers when these standards are not met, that are no less favourable than those in the relevant British Rail passengers charter.
Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost advantage of the use of a through rail freight service for the journey across the channel compared to the costs of using (a) the conventional roll-on, roll-off ferry and (b) the road-rail ferry service ; and to what extent there are likely to be differences in cost for transporting goods from, rather than into, the United Kingdom.
Mr. Freeman : It is for industry to decide which mode of transport to use. Distribution costs are a matter for commercial negotiation and will depend upon individual circumstances, such as volumes carried and frequency of service.