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Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued to NHS trust employees about part-time employment as consultants in companies which might bid for contracts with NHS trusts ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list by region the national health service centres for treatments (a) for allergies in general and (b) for allergic reactions to steroid treatments ;
(2) what research her Department has commissioned into the links between serious allergic reactions and steroid treatments ; and if she will publish the conclusions of the research.
Mr. Sackville : A list of national health service allergy clinics is published by the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, copies of which will be placed in the Library. The Department has no plans to carry out research into allergic reactions to steroid treatment. Allergic reactions to steroid treatment are extremely rare, and most frequently affect the skin, in which case treatment would be obtained in the dermatology clinic in the district hospital.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proposals she has for amendments to legislation concerning the regulation and inspection of residential care and nursing homes ; when such proposals will be published ; and if she will make a statement ;
(2) what proposals she has to issue new guidance or amend existing regulations concerning the regulation and inspection of residential care and nursing homes ; when the proposals will be published ; and if she will make a statement ;
Mr. Bowis : The Department is discussing those matters with regulatory and provider interests. We will consult more widely if, in due course, we have specific proposals for improving regulation and inspection processes while retaining safeguards for vulnerable residents.
Mr. Bowis : The recruitment and selection of lay assessors, and the terms on which they are engaged, are matters in which authorities are free to use their discretion. However, the Department's policy guidance emphasises the need for authorities to satisfy themselves about the suitability of the people they engage. Copies of the guidance, LAC(94)16, will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what independent research has been undertaken into the operation of the Registered Homes Act 1984, as amended ; and in what way this is being taken into account during her review of this Act.
Mr. Bowis : Local authorities and health authorities provide information annually on their costs in registering and inspecting residential care homes and nursing homes respectively. Those costs are kept under review by the Department.
Column 452"Quality Systems for Orthopaedic Implants- Good Manufacturing Practice" became effective ; who was responsible for the replacement ; what consultations she undertook in relation to the replacement of the former by the latter ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville : The "Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for Orthopaedic Implants" was replaced with the "Quality Systems Document for Orthopaedic Implants" by the supplies technology division of the Department of Health with effect from 1 May 1991. The main reason for the change was to bring departmental standards in line with international standards for quality assurance, BS 5750 Part 1 1987 equivalent to ISO 9001. Relevant medical device trade associations were consulted in the drawing up of the revised document.
Mr. Cann : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued in the NHS on whether patients aged 70 years and over admitted to hospitals with suspected heart attacks should be placed in coronary care units rather than general wards.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 14 April, Official Report, column 293, if she will provide details of the value of private sector capital for each of the 20 schemes which have been approved centrally since February 1993 and the private sector companies involved.
NHS projects using private capital over £1 million approved since February 1993 NHS partner |Scheme |Private sector |Capital cost |partner |(£ million) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health |Lease of office accommodation |Sun Alliance |3.0 Agency Yorkshire Regional Health Authority |Clinical waste incineration |Yorkshire Water Enterprises |6.0 Hastings and Rother NHS Trust (Conquest |Staff residences |Croudace Homes and Orbit Housing |1.4 Hospital) West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust |Endoscopy unit |Lister Bestcare |1.0 North Bedfordshire Health Authority |Residential accommodation |Health and Care Services (UK) Ltd. |1.4 (Steppingley and Biggleswade Hospitals) Bolton Health Authority |Clinical waste incineration |Yorkshire Water Enterprises |2.6 New River Health Authority |Lease of office accommodation |Markheath plc |2.0 Leicester Mental Health Services NHS Trust |Lease of new headquarters |Raynsway Properties Ltd. |1.6 South East Kent Health Authority (William |Clinical waste incineration |Dyvell Ltd. |3.0 Harvey Hospital) Barnet Health Authority (Hendon Hospital) |Residential accommodation |Metropolitan Housing Trust and Servite |2.3 |Houses Plymouth and Torbay Health Authority |Clinical waste incineration |South West Water plc |2.0 Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster |Staff residences |Higgs and Hill Ltd. |2.5 Health Authority (Carlton Gate) East Sussex Health Authority |Residential accommodation |Associated Nursing Sevices |3.0 Brent and Harrow Health Authority (Clamp |Residential accommodation |Community Health Services Ltd. |2.1 Hill) Doncaster Healthcare NHS Trust |Clinical waste incineration |Motherwell Bridge Envirotec |2.7 Kent and Canterbury Hospitals NHS Trust |Staff accommodation |Bradford and Northern Housing Association|3.3 |and Wiltshier Construction (South) Ltd. St. James's University Hospital NHS Trust |Combined heat and power plant |Yorkshire Cogen Ltd. |3.0 Hertfordshire Health Agency |Lease of office accommodation |Brixton Estate Management Ltd. |4.2 Hillingdon Health Agency |Lease of office accommodation |Scottish Metropolitan |1.7
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list every urban policy that has been instituted or operated from 1979, the date that each scheme began operating, where appropriate when they ceased operating and the funds available on an annual basis at current prices.
Mr. Baldry : Economic, social and physical regeneration is supported through main programmes by several Government Departments and by targeted initiatives. My reply of 25 April 1994 to the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) Official Report, columns 36-37, contained detailed information about the latter programmes, including spending from 1981-82. For the urban programme, which began in 1979, the additional figures sought are £83 million for 1979-80 and £112 million for 1980-81 in cash terms. All the programmes listed in the earlier reply have now been combined within the single regeneration Budget from 1 April 1994.
While not included in the earlier reply, enterprise zones, also a targeted urban initiative were launched in 1981. They offer a range of incentives to industrial and commercial firms in designated areas. These have not involved any direct expenditure, but an estimated £1.7 billion has been forgone in rates and taxes.
Mr. Boswell : Detailed security measures appropriate for a school suffering vandalism problems are best determined by the school governing body in consultation with the local police crime prevention officers.
The Department has published comprehensive guidance for schools on measures commensurate with the risk they are facing.
16. Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he next plans to meet the Home Secretary to discuss the effect of the cuts to the section 11 budget on equal access for pupils with an ethnic minority background to the curriculum in schools.
17. Mr. Connarty : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have voted to opt out of local education authority control under the Government's present scheme ; and what is the average revenue grant given by the Government to such schools in the first year of their direct grant-aided status.
In addition to the recurrent grants which grant-maintained schools are eligible to receive each year, schools new to the sector receive a grant to help meet transitional costs in the first year. In 1994-95, schools with
Column 455less than two years' experience of managing a delegated budget will be eligible to receive a grant equivalent to £30,000 plus £30 per pupil. Other schools will be eligible to receive £20,000 plus £15 per pupil.
20. Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidelines he has issued to local education authorities as to what would be a reasonable percentage deduction for the provision of central support services prior to the allocation of funds to grant-maintained schools.
22. Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many parental ballots have taken place on the issue of grant-maintained status since September 1993 ; what were the results ; and what were the figures for the previous 12 months.
Mr. Robin Squire : Since 1 September 1993, 217 ballots on grant- maintained status have closed, 137 of which resulted in votes in favour of self-government, and 80 in votes against. In the preceding 12 months, there were 703 ballots, 544 of which resulted in a yes vote and 159 in a no vote.
Mr. Forth : Planned spending by central Government, subject to review in the public expenditure survey, rises from £10.4 billion in 1994-95 to £11.3 billion in 1996-97. The 1994-95 grant settlement allows for LEAs in England to spend £17.1 billion on education ; the 1995-96 settlement will be announced later in the year.
Mr. Boswell : In order to implement our policy to encourage flexibility by holdback, the Further Education Funding Council will be asking colleges to sign a declaration shortly about the introduction of new contracts. I understand that most colleges have introduced a new contract for newly appointed staff.
Mr. Boswell : During March 1994, the Department received about 270 letters about student support issues. It is not possible to separate letters about student loans from letters on the other student support matters.
Mr. Forth : The draft code of practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs confirms the importance of training for special educational needs co-ordinators. Over £5.5 million is newly available to schools this year to help them develop special educational needs policies and train co-ordinators. This is on top of the support of nearly £10 million for training in special educational needs more generally. In addition, the Department is planning measures to disseminate the messages of the code of practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs, subject to parliamentary approval of the draft, to special educational needs co-ordinators and others.
28. Sir David Madel : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what further discussions he is planning with the education services concerning national tests this year ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to reach a decision on Bolton Institute of Higher Education's application for research degree availability powers ; and if he will make a statement.
The institute's application for research degree-awarding powers is currently under consideration and a decision will be reached as soon as possible.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of local government reform on the work of local education authorities in relation to the provision of teaching in specialist subjects.
Mr. Robin Squire : Any changes resulting from the review of local government will not affect schools' responsibilities for delivering the national curriculum. The Local Government Commission is required to consider the implications of reorganisation for all local authority services including education.
Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the total amount of money allocated in the education budget for nursery and early year training and initiatives in 1994-95 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : The 1994-95 local authority grant settlement allows for local authorities in England to spend £17,087 million on education. It is for individual local authorities and schools to decide how much to spend on nursery and early years education, including staff training, in the light of their own particular circumstances.
Column 458schools on the provision of resources for the training of nursery teachers and nursery nurses in 1994-95 ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Michael Neubert : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an official visit to the London borough of Havering to assess the adequacy of the provision of single-sex education in the area.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants in his Department applied in each year since 1986 through the business appointments system to take up an outside appointment (a) as an independent consultant, (b) in a firm of consultants and (c) in other employment ; how many were referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments ; and how many were granted.
Mr. Boswell : Detailed records of outside appointments taken up under the business appointments system have been maintained by the Department since 1990. The information required is given in the table.
The great majority of applications in 1990 and 1991 came from former members of Her Majesty's inspectorate of schools.
Number of Number With whom Number referred to |applications |granted |Advisory Committee |on |Business |Appointments ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990 |23 |23 | 4 - Independent consultants|} | 2 - Consultants |} |2 |17 - Other employment |} 1991 |16 |16 | 5 - Independent consultants|} |11 - Other employment |} |None 1992 No applications recorded 1993 |6 |6 | 2 - Independent consultants|} | 1 - Consultants |} |2 | 3 - Other employment |} 1994 To date one application has been submitted which has been referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. Awaiting a decision.
Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received on the matter of reduction in grants for education support and training ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Robin Squire : In responding to the Department's letters indicating allocations for 1994-95, a number of local educational authorities have indicated that they would have preferred larger sums. The national reduction from £320
Column 458million in 1993-94 to £270 million in 1994-95 reflected the growing number of self-governing schools and overall pressures on public expenditure.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list every urban policy initiative that has been instituted or operated since 1979, the date that each scheme began operating, where appropriate the date that the scheme ceased operating and the funds available on an annual basis under each scheme.
Mr. Robin Squire : The Department has provided grant support over three years--1992 to 1995--for projects to raise standards in inner city schools through activity 19 of grants for education support and training. Total supported expenditure for each of the three years is given in the table.
|£ million ------------------------------ 1992-93 |6.6 1993-94 |10.3 1994-95 |8.0
Mr. Boswell : The Department makes no use of private detective agencies. In so far as security companies are concerned, I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) on 22 April 1994, Official Report, column 677.
Column 460Act 1988 and in the funding agreements drawn up under that section for each city technology college. Copies of the Act and the model funding agreement are available in the Library. CTCs are independent schools given the maximum discretion to manage their own affairs.
Mr. Robin Squire : No. Applications under the technology colleges initiative were prepared by individual schools and their sponsors for submission to the Department. Management plans were not necessarily prepared with any expectation that they would become public documents.