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Mr. Brooke : No. We received more than 6,000 responses to the consultation document. I encouraged organisations to publish their responses, and many did so, but some organisations asked for their replies to be kept private. Last July, I placed in the Library a report analysing the replies from the public and a list of the organisations which responded.
21. Mr. O'Hara : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many feature films were produced in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Brooke : Industry sources indicate that in 1993, 39 feature films were produced in the United Kingdom and a further 28 films were shot abroad with the participation of United Kingdom production companies. The total of 67 films represents a significant increase over the previous year, during which 47 films were produced with United Kingdom involvement.
Mr. Sproat : The statutory tourist boards produce regular surveys which show that Britain has a wide range of attractions for foreign visitors. Among the most important of these are a number of areas supported by my Department : the built heritage, museums and galleries, and the arts.
Mr. Sproat : Employment in the tourism sector has shown steady expansion since the early 1980s and by June 1993 was just under 1.5 million, representing 7 per cent. of all employees in employment in Great Britain. The prospects for future growth in tourism employment opportunities remain good. The British Tourist Authority BTA--forecasts growth in overseas visits and expenditure over the next five years, and this is expected to be accompanied by growth in domestic tourism. The impact of such expenditure is spread widely throughout the economy as it includes spending on accommodation, eating out, shopping, travel within the United Kingdom and on services and entertainment. Many nominally non- tourism businesses derive a substantial part of their trade from tourists. Indeed, BTA estimates that, for every one direct job in the tourist industry, half an indirect job is created elsewhere in the economy.
Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what consultations he had with the President of the Board of Trade over the acquisition of Newspaper Publishing by Mirror Group Newspapers.
Mr. Faulds : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage whether he will now publish the actual, as distinct from the forecast, attendance figures for the financial year ended 31 March reported by the national museums and galleries in England for which he is responsible, broken down into the individual institutions but including their outstations, with the definitive, as distinct from the provisional, figures in each case of the percentage increase or decrease on the attendance figures for the financial year 1992-93.
Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what discussions he has had with the Football Association with a view to giving Government assistance to that body to provide for a European football championship competition in Great Britain in 1996.
Mr. Brooke : My Department is actively assisting the Football Association--FA--in the arrangements for the 1996 European championship through its representation on the FA's central organising committee for the event. I have been involved in promoting the event and I was delighted to attend the qualifying draw for the championship in Manchester on 22 January when I had the opportunity to discuss matters with the chairman of the FA.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what computer systems his Department have brought in for what function and at what cost for each of the last five years ; and in each case whether the computer system is still in use.
Sir John Wheeler : Details of all computer systems brought in by the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments during the last five years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, network computer systems, in excess of the EC threshold, have been brought in as follows :
System - (Hardware) |Function |Still in use ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Integrated Purchasing System - (AST) |Computerised Purchasing |Yes Human Resource Management System - |Integrated Personnel, Superannuation and |Yes (MDL) | Payroll System Two Mainframes - (ICL) |To provide a contingency service for |Yes | Computer Bureau VALCOM - (ICL) |Computer System for the Valuation and |Yes | Lands Office Network and System Management |To manage the Department of Finance and |Yes Project - (DEC) | Personnel's computer system Accounting System - (ICL) |Computerised Accounting for Department of |Yes | Environment's (DOE) Road Service Laboratory Information Management |To manage laboratory information for DOE - |Yes System (HMS) - (Siemens Nixdorf) | Water Service Management Accounting and |Management Accounting and Information |Yes Information System - (ICL) | System for DOE - Works Service Animal Health System - (UNISYS) |To provide up to date and accurate |Yes | information for use in eradication of | Tuberculosis and Brucellosis in cattle Biometrics VAX 6320 - (DEC) |To provide statistical and graphical facilities|Yes | for scientists Back-up System for VAX 6320 - (DEC) |To allow back-up of user data overnight in |Yes | unattended mode, allowing the VAX to | remain operational during working hours Plant and Vehicle Fleet Management - |Computerised records for Plant and Vehicle |Yes (ICL) | Management Strategic Communications Network - |Communications Network for Roads Service |Yes (Linked LANS and Routers) Monitoring of Road Traffic Accidents - |To monitor Road Traffic Accidents |Not yet in use (UNIX) Capital Works Programme Management |To manage the Capital Works Programme |Yes System - (DEC) Design and Drafting System - (Sun) |Computer Aided Design and Drafting |Yes | System for DOE's Water Service Design and Drafting System Network |To manage the Computer Aided Design and |Yes | Drafting System for DOE Works Service Grants and Subsidies - (Sequent servers |The administration of the EC Capital Grant |Yes and various peripherals) | and Livestock Subsidy Scheme that | existed in April 1992 including | applications, claims and payments | processing Office Systems - (MIPs and IBM servers |To provide office system (electronic mail, |Yes with various PCs and peripherals) | word-processing, spreadsheet etc.) | facilities to senior staff in DANI Integrated Administration and Control |Administration of existing EC Capital Grants |Yes System (IACS) - (Sequent servers and | and Livestock Subsidy Scheme as various peripherals) | amended by CAP reforms introduced in | 1992-93. Additional functions to support | the Integrated Administration and Control | System Animal Health System Contingency - |To provide a suitable computerised back-up |Yes (UNISYS) | system for the Animal Health System DFO Systems - (Networked PCs) |To provide PCs for an integrated |Yes | management information and accounting | system for the Department of Agriculture | (DANI) Forest Service DANI Accounting System - (FM |To develop a computerised cash accounting |Yes solution) | system using the Oracle Financials | Package Income Support - (FM solution) |} |Yes | | Pensions - (FM solution) |} |Yes | | Unemployment Benefit - (FM |} |Yes solution) |} |} Disability Living Allowance - (FM |} |The administration of claims for and solution) |} |payments of relevant social security |Yes |} |benefits to Northern Ireland claimants |} Family Credit and Disability Working |} |Yes Allowance - (FM solution) |} |} Social Fund - (FM solution) |} |Yes | | Incapacity Benefits - (FM solutions) |} |Yes Child Support - (FM solution) |The administration of the assessment and |Yes | collection of child maintenance in | Northern Ireland and parts of Great Britain Office Automation (various servers) |To provide office automation facilities for |Yes | staff in the Department of Economic | Development Network infrastructure (various servers |To provide a network for departmental office |Yes and routers) | system in DED Electoral Register System<1> |To replace existing mainframe based |Yes | electoral register system and provide | improved management information Payroll/Personnel System<1> |Processing of pay and personnel functions for |Yes | prison officers <1> The hardware cannot be named for security reasons.
|Total cost (£) --------------------------------------------- 1989-90 |12,472,501 1990-91 |3,069,217 1991-92 |3,447,691 1992-93 |9,301,305 1993-94 |5,153,074
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 18 February, Official Report, column 1034, how many applications were received in response to the Northern Ireland Electricity share offer.
Mr. Tim Smith : Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Social Security Agency under its chief executive, Mr. Alec Wylie. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from Mr. A. Wylie to Mr. Eddie McGrady, dated 18 April 1994 :
Column 394I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about what steps will be taken to ensure that applications in respect of the Social Fund will be expedited.
During the 1993/94 year a new Social Fund computer system was introduced to all social security offices throughout Northern Ireland. The introduction of this system will help to ensure that Social Fund applications are processed promptly and accurately and therefore provide an efficient service to customers.
Work is also continuing to improve the design of Social Fund application forms. It is aimed at helping customers to supply all the information needed to allow informed decisions to be made on applications. This should reduce the number of instances where Social Fund officers have to contact customers for further information and will expedite the process leading to decisions.
I hope you find this information helpful.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to address rising volumes and traffic delays in terms of major and minor roads infrastructure provision in each roads division in Northern Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Tim Smith : The capital works programmes of Department of the Environment Roads Service have been developed to address the ever- increasing demands on the road network. During the 1994-95 financial year it is planned to spend some £29 million on major and minor road works in Northern Ireland. Individual schemes are prioritised within the funds available.
Expenditure in £000s Financial year |Ballymena |Belfast |Coleraine |Craigavon |Downpatrick |Omagh |Total --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1981-82 |1,058 |1,731 |1,706 |935 |1,158 |1,823 |8,411 1982-83 |826 |1,582 |1,009 |878 |635 |625 |5,555 1983-84 |1,182 |1,827 |1,336 |1,047 |917 |928 |7,237 1984-85 |1,257 |1,293 |1,232 |1,211 |1,072 |1,182 |7,247 1985-86 |1,108 |1,045 |1,237 |1,351 |1,367 |1,164 |7,272 1986-87 |1,090 |1,706 |1,689 |1,358 |1,537 |1,061 |8,441 1987-88 |1,341 |1,480 |1,271 |1,174 |1,401 |1,382 |8,049 1988-89 |1,078 |1,399 |1,147 |1,057 |1,307 |1,306 |7,294 1989-90 |1,372 |1,656 |1,450 |1,422 |1,338 |1,555 |8,793 1990-91 |1,441 |1,878 |1,449 |1,791 |1,552 |1,653 |9,764 1991-92 |1,292 |1,510 |1,285 |1,430 |1,282 |1,284 |8,083 1992-93 |1,273 |2,022 |1,629 |1,636 |1,630 |1,638 |9,828 1993-94<1> |2,252 |2,633 |2,662 |2,677 |2,379 |2,598 |15,201 <1> Provisional figure.
Mr. Tim Smith : Expenditure on major roads schemes--that is, mainly those costing over £200,000--in each division of Department of the Environment Roads Service for the period in question has been as follows :
Expenditure in £000s Financial |<1>HQ |Ballymena |Belfast |Coleraine |Craigavon |Downpatrick|Omagh |Total year ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1981-82 |6,683 |1,348 |8,763 |1,835 |1,959 |2,495 |796 |23,879 1982-83 |8,872 |834 |8,814 |991 |817 |1,084 |953 |22,365 1983-84 |6,152 |1,118 |4,634 |1,687 |1,845 |1,097 |491 |17,024 1984-85 |2,836 |783 |3,901 |1,446 |1,426 |535 |1,145 |12,072 1985-86 |612 |906 |3,154 |757 |1,434 |985 |1,568 |9,416 1986-87 |418 |1,014 |3,268 |1,505 |1,804 |1,092 |879 |9,980 1987-88 |690 |1,071 |3,169 |1,821 |1,784 |890 |793 |10,218 1988-89 |1,755 |3,063 |1,999 |986 |1,844 |1,827 |694 |12,168 1989-90 |100 |1,895 |6,510 |1,298 |1,233 |2,217 |3,144 |16,397 1990-91 |35 |1,518 |4,991 |1,091 |1,313 |2,782 |3,379 |15,109 1991-92 |- |2,308 |8,430 |1,813 |2,807 |2,982 |1,600 |19,940 1992-93 |- |706 |7,759 |1,634 |377 |1,744 |1,646 |13,866 <2>1993-94 |- |1,859 |12,713 |1,619 |1,369 |1,026 |320 |18,906 <1> Relates to schemes handled centrally. <2> Provisional figures.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what statistical or empirical research his Department is undertaking or has commissioned into the impact of the abolition of the right to silence under the provisions of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 ; the date on which the work commenced ; and when he expects the findings will be (a) completed and (b) made public ;
(2) if he will identify the statistical or empirical research on the impact of the abolition of the right to silence under the provisions of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988, published or unpublished ; and if he will place a copy of the relevant documents in the Library ;
(3) if he will list any statistical or empirical research on the workings of the relevant provisions of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988, published or unpublished ; and if he will place a copy of the relevent documents in the Library ; (4) what evidence he has as to the effect of the abolition of the right to silence in Northern Ireland under the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.
Sir John Wheeler : In 19990, the Northern Ireland Office carried out a statistical analysis of data gathered on a small sample of supsects interviewed by police. The research is, however, of limited value because of the absence of any pre-1988 data with which to compare it. A summary of the research findings has been made available to members of the Standing Committee on the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill ; and a copy will now be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Further research is being commissioned by the Northern Ireland Office. This research should provide a fuller legal analysis of the operation and effect of articles 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988. It is hoped to complete this by March 1995.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when consultations took place between the Northern Ireland Office and operators of the Northern Ireland international airport, and the representative organisation of the employees in respect of the future pension arrangements ; and whether it was conducted by means of (a) a meeting, (b) correspondence or (c) both.
Mr. Tim Smith : In response to concerns expressed about the future pension arrangements for employees at Belfast international airport, the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland wrote to the Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union on 11 August 1993.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he, or a Minister from his Department, will meet the Northern Ireland Airports Police Association to discuss the future policing of the airport following the passing of the recent order relating to the airport's future management.
Mr. Tim Smith : My predecessor met representatives of the Belfast Airport Police Association on 7 September 1993. At that meeting and in subsequent correspondence, he discussed in detail the arrangements for the future policing of Belfast international airport. If the association has any queries additional to those already discussed, I will be happy to provide an explanation.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implications of privatisation for the powers of constables in the Northern Ireland airports police.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has studied the circumstances surrounding the need for Parliament to pass the British Transport Police (Jurisdiction) Act 1994 following the management and commercial reorganisation of British Rail, with a view to ascertaining if there will be a need for any comparable legislation in relation to the Northern Ireland Airports Police following the management and commercial reorganisation at the Belfast international airport.
Mr. Tim Smith : The proposed privatisation of Belfast international airport will not involve any changes to the jurisdiction of the airport constabulary. The Transport Police (Jurisdiction) Act 1994 has no implications for the statutory provision for airport policing in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the existing pension conditions arrangements for employees at Northern Ireland international airport will be maintained following the coming into force of the order that set up a separate company to operate the airport in anticipation of its privatisation.
Mr. Tim Smith : It would be inappropriate and contrary to established policy to give assurance concerning the continued assumption after the sale of the successor company of pension fund obligations by any new owner of Belfast international airport.
Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from the Royal Ulster Constabulary Police Federation about proposals to alter arrangements for criminal injury compensation ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir John Wheeler : The chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland wrote to my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State on 17 November 1992 about this matter. A reply was issued on 18 December 1992.
Mr. Ancram : The activities of the fishing industry are monitored both at sea and on shore by the fisheries inspectorate of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland. Information or reports suggesting the occurrence of unlogged landings are immediately investigated, and prosecutions taken as appropriate. Such landings undermine the efforts being made to conserve stocks and jeopardise livelihoods of fishermen and those dependent on the industry.
Mr. Sackville : For available information on the costs of the health information service I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) on 8 March at columns 166- 67.
The cost of the health literature line for 1993-94 was £263,365.
The statement covers the whole range of the Department's work relating to health and social services, European Community and other international issues, and internal management.
The statement includes our specific priorities for the national health service executive, which are taken forward in more detail in the NHS executive's business plan for 1994-95 approved by the NHS policy board.
Copies of both statements have been placed in the Library.
Ms Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the revenue and capital expenditure of the London ambulance service on mobile communication equipment and command and control systems in each financial year since 1991-92 ; and what plans exist for 1994-95.
Year |Capital (note<1>)|Revenue |(note<2>) |£000 |£000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1991-92 |982 |667 1992-93 |569 |653 <3>1993-94 |90 |652 <1> Capital expenditure on computer aided despatch system (including mobile communications equipment). <2> Revenue expenditure on maintenance of new and existing radio and communications equipment. The plans for 1994-95 include upgrading the radio system; issuing hand portable radios and other computer and communications projects relating to ambulance control. <3> Provisional.
Ms Jowell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of "NHS Changes in London : Answers to the Questions You've Been Asking", have been printed ; how many have been distributed ; what was the total cost ; and from which budget the cost has been drawn.
Mr. Sackville : The number of copies printed was 3.5 million. A total of 3.28 million copies have been distributed to households within in the M25 area, and the rest have been made available to national health service trusts, health authorities, general practitioners, purchasers, family health services authorities, main libraries and citizens advice bureaux within the distribution area. The estimated total cost is £150,000, paid for from the Department's information division publicity budget.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 21 March, Official Report, column 68, (1) in which reviews pernicious anaemia has been considered for inclusion on the list of medical conditions which confer prescription charge exemption ; and what were the reasons for not including it on that list ;
(2) when the list of medical conditions which confer prescription charge exemption has been reviewed ; and what representations and discussions take place in the course of such a review.
Mr. Sackville : We regularly receive representations about extending the list of medical conditions which confer exemption from prescription charges to include other illnesses, including pernicious anaemia. The arrangements for exemption on medical grounds were last reviewed as part of the fundamental review of health expenditure in 1993. No options for change within what can be afforded were identified. Charge remission available under the national health service low income scheme and prescription prepayment certificates ensure that no one
Column 400who is not exempt from prescription charges need be deterred from obtaining necessary medication for financial reasons.
Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what accident and emergency provision will be made for residents and workers in the capital at the minor injuries units when they have sustained major injuries and conditions.
Mr. Sackville : Where a major injury or condition has been sustained and an ambulance is called, the casualty would be conveyed to a full accident and emergency department. Should an attender at a minor injuries unit be assessed as having sustained injuries or a condition requiring attention beyond the scope of the service, they would be transferred without delay by ambulance to an accident and emergency department.
Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what accident and emergency provision will be made for residents and night shift workers in the capital after the minor injuries units have closed for the weekend.
Mr. Sackville : Some minor injuries units will remain open at weekends. Precise hours of opening are, and will be, arranged to reflect known previous attendance pattens at nearby accident and emergency departments. They will be kept under review. Accident and emergency departments will remain open on a seven-days-a-week basis for those with more severe injuries or conditions.
(2) which breast prostheses are available on national health service prescription ;
(3) for which breast prostheses her Department will pay for a woman, on income support, who has suffered a double mastectomy.
Mr. Sackville : The arrangements for the supply of breast prostheses to women who have suffered a double mastectomy are no different from those which apply to women who have had a single mastectomy. Breast prostheses are available through the hospital service. They are not available on a general practitioner's prescription. Where they are prescribed by a hospital consultant they are supplied and fitted free of charge to the patient, regardless of income. Individual consultants are able to prescribe whatever types of prostheses best meet the needs of their patients, taking into account other priorities and the availability of resources. If a woman has a personal preference for a more expensive type of prosthesis than that supplied by the hospital, she is free to make her own arrangements and meet the whole cost.
Mr. Gunnell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what amount the budget of the United Teaching Hospitals Trust has been increased for 1994-95 to reflect an acquired responsibility for the management of Wharfedale hospital ;
(2) by what amount the budget of St. James's University Hospital NHS Trust has been increased for 1994-95 to reflect its acquired responsibility for the management of Seacroft hospital.
(2) how many staff working at Seacroft hospital joined the payroll of St. James's University Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April.