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Change in number of employees in employment, December 1992- December 1993: Wales |Part-time|Full-time ----------------------------------------------------- Manufacturing industry |-1,100 |+10,600 Service industry |+2,500 |+1,900 All industries |+1,400 |+5,300 Source: NOMIS.
Mr. Welsh : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the amounts (a) applied for and (b) received by the Scottish Office from the European Community for land grants relating to industrial regional aid and the amounts paid to Scottish applicants for land grants for each year since 1975.
Mr. Stewart : The Scottish Office does not itself undertake land renewal work. Local authorities and local enterprise companies do, however, carry out and assist with land renewal. Such activities are normally eligible to compete for European regional development fund grant if the work is carried out in an area designated under the European structural funds. Detailed records of projects are not kept centrally either for applications or grant received but it is considered that such work would form only a small part of any programme.
16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education in Scotland, January 1992<1> |Number |Percentage of |(thousands) |population in |age group ------------------------------------------------------------------------- All full-time education |82.3 |41 of which School |40.7 |20 Vocational further education |16.9 |9 Higher education |24.7 |12 <1> Age as at 31 August 1991.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the percentage of new jobs likely to be created by the end of the decade that will be jobs traditionally carried out by women.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information is not recorded centrally on disposals by local authorities of school playgrounds and school playing fields or other land and buildings held for educational purposes. There has been no recent change in the statutory requirements governing the provision to be made for school playgrounds and school playing fields in Scotland set out in the School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of the income in 1994-95 for each district council in Scotland comes directly from (a) central Government sources, (b) council tax and (c) other sources.
Mr. Stewart : Information about local authority income from "other sources" is not held centrally. The figures for aggregate external finance- -AEF--and income from the council tax are given in the table.
|AEF |Council tax |per cent. |per cent. ---------------------------------------------------------- Borders |87.2 |12.8 Central |85.1 |14.9 Dumfries and Galloway |87.1 |12.9 Fife |84.9 |15.1 Grampian |85.3 |14.7 Highland |88.0 |12.0 Lothian |81.5 |18.5 Strathclyde |87.9 |12.1 Tayside |85.2 |14.8 Note: 1. AEF support includes Revenue Support Grant, Distributable amount of NDRI and Specific Grants (except Urban Programme specific grant, figures for which are not readily available). 2. Council Tax is inclusive of amounts of Council Tax Benefit met by grant from the Department of Social Security.
|Total AEF |per head of |population (£) ------------------------------------------------------ Berwickshire |119 Ettrick and Lauderdale |115 Roxburgh |126 Tweeddale |121 Clackmannan |146 Falkirk |133 Stirling |168 Annandale and Eskdale |99 Nithsdale |117 Stewartry |102 Wigtown |137 Dunfermline |122 Kirkcaldy |124 North East Fife |129 Aberdeen City |142 Banff and Buchan |122 Gordon |115 Kincardine and Deeside |105 Moray |130 Badenoch and Strathspey |125 Caithness |134 Inverness |114 Lochaber |159 Nairn |110 Ross and Cromarty |167 Skye and Lochalsh |201 Sutherland |173 East Lothian |139 Edinburgh City |177 Midlothian |129 West Lothian |139 Argyll and Bute |221 Bearsden and Milngavie |106 Clydebank |168 Clydesdale |140 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |124 Cumnock and Doon Valley |143 Cunninghame |151 Dumbarton |132 East Kilbride |110 Eastwood |82 Glasgow City |232 Hamilton |140 Inverclyde |169 Kilmarnock and Loudoun |129 Kyle and Carrick |131 Monklands |169 Motherwell |152 Renfrew |146 Strathkelvin |124 Angus |118 Dundee City |175 Perth and Kinross |132 Note: 1. AEF support includes Revenue Support Grant and Specific Grants (except Urban Programme specific grant, figures for which are not readily available). Non-domestic rate income is not distributed to district councils. 2. AEF per head of population calculated using the Register General for Scotland's 1992 mid-year estimates of total population.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of the income for 1994-95 of each regional council in Scotland comes directly from (a) central Government sources, (b) council tax and (c) other sources.
Mr. Stewart : Information about local authority income from "other sources" is not held centrally. The figures for aggregate external finance- -AEF--and income from the council tax are given in the table.
|AEF |Council tax |per cent. |per cent. ------------------------------------------------------------ Berwickshire |83.5 |16.5 Ettrick and Lauderdale |75.9 |24.1 Roxburgh |78.8 |21.2 Tweeddale |77.6 |22.4 Clackmannan |73.7 |26.3 Falkirk |82.7 |17.3 Stirling |77.2 |22.8 Annandale and Eskdale |70.5 |29.5 Nithsdale |72.9 |27.1 Stewartry |78.5 |21.5 Wigtown |76.7 |23.3 Dunfermline |76.7 |23.3 Kirkcaldy |71.9 |28.1 North East Fife |69.2 |30.8 Aberdeen City |68.8 |31.2 Banff and Buchan |80.8 |19.2 Gordon |77.4 |22.6 Kincardine and Deeside |82.1 |17.9 Moray |80.5 |19.5 Badenoch and Strathspey |75.3 |24.7 Caithness |84.8 |15.2 Inverness |74.8 |25.2 Lochaber |75.8 |24.2 Nairn |73.2 |26.8 Ross and Cromarty |77.5 |22.5 Skye and Lochalsh |83.7 |16.3 Sutherland |82.2 |17.8 East Lothian |74.4 |25.6 Edinburgh City |65.0 |35.0 Midlothian |72.9 |27.1 West Lothian |83.8 |16.2 Argyll and Bute |76.6 |23.4 Bearsden and Milngavie |65.0 |35.0 Clydebank |76.8 |23.2 Clydesdale |71.1 |28.9 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |71.4 |28.6 Cumnock and Doon Valley |76.1 |23.9 Cunninghame |75.5 |24.5 Dumbarton |66.6 |33.4 East Kilbride |66.7 |33.3 Eastwood |64.9 |35.1 Glasgow City |77.8 |22.2 Hamilton |69.8 |30.2 Inverclyde |78.4 |21.6 Kilmarnock and Loudoun |73.6 |26.4 Kyle and Carrick |63.3 |36.7 Monklands |74.7 |25.3 Motherwell |77.0 |23.0 Renfrew |71.6 |28.4 Strathkelvin |62.4 |37.6 Angus |79.3 |20.7 Dundee City |72.3 |27.7 Perth and Kinross |76.3 |23.7 Notes: 1. AEF support includes revenue support grant and specific grants (except urban programme specific grant, figures for which are not readily available). Non-domestic rate income is not distributed to district councils. 2. AEF per head of population calculated using the register general for Scotland's 1992 mid-year estimates of total population.
Mr. Stewart : For December 1993, the latest date for which information is available, it is estimated that 73 per cent. of all employees in employment in Scotland worked in the service sector. The percentage of female employees in employment who work in the service sector is estimated to be 85 per cent.
Mr. Stewart : For December 1990, it is estimated that there were 960,900 female employees in employment in Scotland, of whom 419,700 were in part-time employment. For December 1993, the latest date for which information is available, it is estimated that there were 994, 500 female employees in employment of whom 447,800 were in part-time employment.
Mr. Stewart : Information from the new earnings survey, at April 1993, shows that the average weekly earnings of full-time non-manual women in the service sector is equivalent to 68 per cent. of the average for non- manual men workers in the service sector. The average weekly earnings of full-time manual women workers in the service sector is equivalent to 67 per cent. of the average for manual men workers. These estimates are based on average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees on adult rates in Scotland whose pay was unaffected by absence--source : Employment Department.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : We have no plans to do so. It is for education authorities, which are responsible for the administration of the school meal service, to decide the content and standard of school meals.
|Total AEF per |head of |population |£ -------------------------------------------------- Borders |928 Central |817 Dumfries and Galloway |911 Fife |821 Grampian |786 Highland |1,029 Lothian |778 Strathclyde |883 Tayside |850 Orkney |1,814 Shetland |2,063 Western Isles |2,254 Note: 1. AEF support includes Revenue Support Grant, Distributable amount of NDRI and Specific Grants ( except Urban Programme specific grant, figures for which are not readily available). 2. AEF per head of population calculated using the Register General for Scotland's 1992 mid-year estimates of total population.
|Target ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Protecting the built heritage i. Number of ancient monuments of national importance to be scheduled. |350 ii. Number of listed building resurvey units to be completed. |150 iii. Number of historic building repair grants accepted |137 iv. Conservation of monuments in care. |reduce maintenance |backlog Promoting and representing the built heritage i. Number of visitors to monuments incare. |£2.4 million ii. Total income. |£7.9 million Management i. Value for money savings on maintenance of monuments in care. |3.5 per cent.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Attorney-General if he will include in the revised code for the Crown prosecutors and in the statement on the treatment of victims and witnesses by the Crown Prosecution Service a section on notification to or consultation with victims or their families where discontinuance of a serious case is contemplated.
The Attorney-General : In general, it is the responsibility of the police to keep victims or their families informed of decisions by which they are affected. This approach is set out in the victims charter and was supported by the Royal Commission on criminal justice which reported last year. If a case is to be discontinued, the CPS will, wherever practicable, consult the police in advance. The CPS seeks to ensure that the police are clear about the reasons for any proposed discontinuance so that information can be passed on to the victim and their respective interests taken into account when deciding whether proceedings would be in the public interest. A draft of the revised code for Crown prosecutors is currently being considered by interested parties on the criminal justice system including victim support. The director is hoping to publish in the early summer.
The CPS keeps under review its statement on the treatment of victims and witnesses. There will be an opportunity to consider whether it should contain information about the termination of cases when the statement is next revised. The suggestion put forward by my hon. Friend has been drawn to the attention of the director.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress being made in the Israel-Palestine Liberation Organisation talks in Cairo, with particular reference to settlements, release of prisoners, security forces and the powers of the Palestinian judiciary.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : We understand good progress is being made at the talks in Cairo. Settlements are a final status issue. The Israel-PLO declaration of principles makes it clear that it is to be discussed as soon as possible during the interim period of five years leading to final status, but not later than the beginning of the third year. The interim period starts upon Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and Jericho. Israeli negotiators have stated that Israel will release 5, 000 of the remaining 8,400 Palestinian prisoners. They have however said that they will not release prisoners who are members of Hamas. Agreement has been reached on a Palestinian police force of 9,000 men for Gaza and Jericho. Judicial issues are still under discussion.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Palestinian police are scheduled to enter the Gaza strip and Jericho ; and what representations he has been making to the Government of Israel to make this date as early as possible.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : The Palestinian police are due to assume their duties in Gaza and Jericho once an agreement on Israeli withdrawal is signed. We have emphasised to both sides the importance we attach to rapid conclusion of this agreement.
Mr. Kaufman : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 25 April, Official Report, column 12, with regard to correspondence concerning Lin Qi Qun, if he will investigate the state of affairs in his office which has led him to the statement in his answer that his officials have asked for copies following the faxing of such copies to his office three weeks before ; if he will take steps to improve procedures in his office following its loss of the original correspondence last December and several reminders sent
Column 364following that date ; and if he will now reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton without further delay.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to review the distribution of Government aid to overseas countries and to prevent such aid from being absorbed by officials of recipient countries.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The possibility of diversion of aid for illicit purposes is considered at all stages in the planning and administration of the aid programme. Most procurement is undertaken by ODA's Overseas Appointments and Contract Department or through registered British procurement agents subject to ODA monitoring, with goods and services generally obtained from United Kingdom sources. Implementation of projects and programmes in the recipient country is, where appropriate, supervised by British consultants or technical co-operation officers on contract to the ODA. Progress at all stages is monitored by ODA advisers, often located in regional offices for more direct and frequent access.
These mechanisms and procedures are continually reviewed to ensure that aid continues to achieve its intended objectives.
Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part of the further tranche of £15 million provided for in relief aid to the Horn of Africa will be applied to Sudan ; and if he will give details of the work it will support.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : We expect to spend about £5 million in Sudan, subject to need and our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. It is available to support the activities of non-governmental organisations and UN agencies including the provision of shelter for the displaced, drugs, water and supplementary feeding.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Nigerian Government concerning the current situation of the Ogoni people in Nigeria.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the members, occupations and other interests of (a) the National Blood Authority and (b) the NHS Supplies Authority together with the remuneration expenses, travel, pension and any other allowances or benefits relating to the chair or non-executive membership of each.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS funds were spent on those over 65 years in the last year for which figures are available ; and what proportion of public health care funds was spent on those over 65 years old in each other country of the EC.
Dr. Mawhinney : It is estimated that around 40 per cent. of gross current expenditure on hospital and community health services in England during 1990-91 was attributable to people aged 65 years and over, who represent approximately 16 per cent. of the population. Figures for other European Community countries are not available centrally.
Mr. Sackville : The information is not available for accident and emergency attenders. However, the number of hospital in-patients cases associated with poisoning by paracetamol are recorded in a wider category which also includes poisoning by acentanilide and phenacetin. In 1990-91 there were 30,479 finished consultant episodes where poisoning by these substances was shown as the primary diagnosis.
(2) what representations her Department has received about asthmatics' ability to pay prescription charges.
Dr. Mawhinney : No specific monitoring is undertaken. We periodically receive representations about extending the list of medical conditions which confer exemption from prescription charges to include other illnesses, including asthma. Charge remission available under the national health service low income scheme and prescription pre-payment certificates ensure that no one need be deterred for financial reasons from obtaining necessary medication.
Column 366of general practices possess a computer to hold practice records, of which 90 per cent. use the computer for recording some clinical information about patients. Information about registration under the Data Protection Act is not available centrally.
Mr. Sackville : The cost for 1993-94 is £263,346. Information on costs for the years 1990-91 to 1992-93 and on producing and sending the leaflets is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 30 March, Official Report, columns 890-1, if she will list the 31 districts which do not offer Bacille-Calmette-Gue rin vaccination to neonates.
Mr. Sackville : No. In 1991 the Public Health Laboratory Service's communicable disease surveillance centre carried out a national survey into the policies and practices of district health authorities for BCG immunisation. The information was collected "in confidence" so as to ensure that the results were as complete as possible. Since 1991 the Department of Health has restated its guidance on BCG immunisation and many health authorities have reviewed their policies.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the regional health authorities pre-1 April that were obliged to consult the Valuation Office for professional advice on the disposal of national health service property ;
Column 367(2) under what circumstances regional health authorities should consult, before 1 April, the Valuation Office even though they are untied.
Mr. Sackville : Regional health authorities which were untied from the district valuer, prior to April 1994, are required to secure the recommendation of the district valuer in respect of acquisitions or disposals where, at the outset, the value appeared to be more than £5 million.
Regional health authorities which were not untied as of April 1994 were as follows :
West Midlands RHA
North East Thames RHA
North West Thames RHA
South Western RHA
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 14 April, Official Report, column 295, when she intends to issue guidance to family health services authorities on private prescriptions.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Mr. Brandreth) of 18 April, Official Report, column 396, regarding her plans for the work of her Department, how she intends to strengthen the arrangements for controlling communicable diseases and other health hazards ;
(2) pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Mr. Brandreth) of 18 April, Official Report, column 396, regarding her plans for the work of her Department, what new information she will be providing on communicable diseases and other health hazards.
Joint guidance from the Departments of Health and Environment, HSG(93)56 "Public Health Responsibilities of the NHS Roles of Others", was issued on 24 November 1993 to provide firm guidance on communicable disease control arrangements. Copies of the guidance are available in the Library.
A joint Department of Health/Public Health Laboratory Service working group is currently reviewing and extending the guidance issued to the national health service in 1988 about hospital infection control, with the aim of issuing revised guidelines to the NHS in the autumn.
Childhood immunisation uptake rates are now at record levels and the incidence of childhood diseases are at their lowest ever levels. The memorandum "Immunisation against Infectious Disease", which provides guidance on all matters concerning immunisation, is currently being updated and a new edition will be sent to all doctors and other health care professionals involved in immunisation. Details of the plans to introduce the new tetanus/diphtheria booster dose for teenagers will be announced shortly. We recently issued guidance to the health service on "Aids/HIV-- Infected Health Care Workers" and "Protecting Health Care Workers and Patients from Hepatitis B Infection". Copies of these publications are available in the Library. We are aware of the concerns
Column 368about the recent small increase in cases of tuberculosis. We are currently funding a survey by the Public Health Laboratory Service into notification of tuberculosis and recently my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health established an inter- departmental working group to consider all aspects of tuberculosis.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Mr. Brandreth) of 18 April, Official Report, column 396, regarding her plans for the work of her Department, how she plans to implement the open government code of practice throughout her Department.
Mr. Sackville : Two documents on how the code of practice will operate for the Department of Health have been produced : one is a guide to the public, the other is guidance issued to all staff in the Department. Copies of each will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Mr. Brandreth) of 18 April, Official Report, column 396, regarding her plans for the work of her Department, what further developments in the internal market she intends to secure.