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Inner Firth of Clyde

Clyde Coast (Irvine/Ayr)

Clyde Coast (Girvan)

Inner Solway Firth (E)

Note :

All HNDAs are in coastal waters, except those marked (E), which are in estuaries.

Ambulance Service

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in what way the Scottish ambulance service becoming a trust will enable it to compete on a level playing field with the other demands on health service finance.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 13 May 1994] : Trust status for the Scottish ambulance service would allow it to operate on the same basis as the majority of hospitals to which it provides services and which are now NHS trusts. With the exception of the London ambulance service, all ambulance services in the United Kingdom have applied for or have already been granted trust status.

TRANSPORT

Tamar Crossing

Mr. Streeter : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has decided to proceed with the proposal for a second crossing of the River Tamar.

Mr. Key : The proposal for a new crossing of the River Tamar has generated much interest and more than 5,000 people visited the public exhibitions held in the summer. Although the views of the public were evenly balanced, we have also had due regard for the views of the local authorities and other interested parties, who have expressed concern about the economic effects on the local area of a new tolled crossing.

Therefore, I shall be commissioning further studies into these effects as the next step forward on this important project. Officials of the south- west network management division of the Highways Agency will now contact the local authorities to discuss the precise aspects that the studies should cover.

No decision has been taken about the means of financing any new crossing of the Tamar and the degree to which private finance could be involved.

To choose any route corridor in such a beautiful and

environmentally important area is difficult, but I am satisfied that if a new crossing of the River Tamar ultimately proceeds, the red route corridor as recommended by my consultants, and preferred by the majority of the people who have made comments on the various route options, is the least damaging in environmental terms. I have therefore decided that this route should be protected from development, but this does not mean that a decision to proceed with the project has definitely been taken : I need to see the outcome of the further studies first.

Network SouthEast

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a table showing for each Network SouthEast division in each four-week period during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993 the number of incidents, including cancellations, which resulted in a headway of (1) more than 20 minutes and (2) more than one hour ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Roger Freeman : This information is not available.

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish a table showing (1) the number of trains which arrived more than five minutes late during peak hours on each of the Network SouthEast divisions in each four-week period during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993, and the numbers attributable to (i) train breakdowns, (ii) signal failures, (iii) track and points failures, (iv) leaves on the line, (v) staff shortages, (vi) adverse weather conditions, excluding leaves on the line and (vii) other and (2) the percentage of peak hour trains which were on time or up to five minutes late on each of the Network SouthEast divisions in each four-week period during (I) 1992 and (II) 1993 ;

(2) if he will publish a table showing (1) the number of trains cancelled on each of the Network SouthEast divisions in each four-week period during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993, and the numbers attributable to (i) train breakdowns, (ii) signal failures, (iii) track and points failures, (iv) leaves on the line, (v) staff shortages, (vi) adverse weather conditions, excluding leaves on the line and (vii) other and (2) the percentage of timetabled trains which did not run on each of the Network SouthEast divisions in each four-week period during (I) 1992 and (II) 1993.

Mr. Freeman : The information requested has been placed in the Library and I have sent the hon. Member a copy.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Regional Assistance, East Midlands

Mr. Hoon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the average size and number of regional enterprise grants awarded to companies employing fewer than 25 people in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the east midlands since the new assisted areas map was announced in 1993.

Mr. Sainsbury : The average size and number of grants offered on applications received since 1 August 1993 to companies employing fewer than 25 people in Ashfield is £11,847 and 13 ; for Nottinghamshire £16,831 and 35 ; and the east midlands £16,418 and 60.

Mr. Hoon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what is the number, average size and average effect in terms of predicted jobs created of grants awarded since the new assisted area map was announced in the east midlands to (a) companies relocating into the area and (b) companies already located in the area ;

(2) what is the number, average size and average effect in terms of predicted jobs created of grants awarded since the new assisted area map was announced in Nottinghamshire to (a) companies relocating into the area and (b) companies already located in the area.

Mr. Sainsbury : The number, average size and average effect in terms of predicted jobs to be created or safeguarded of regional selective assistance grants offered on applications received since 1 August 1993 for (a) companies locating into the area and (b) companies already located in the area is, in the east midlands (a) nine, £233,888 and 77 and (b) 16, £90,103 and 31.5 and in Nottinghamshire (a) six, £316,666 and 91 and (b) five, £52,930 and 14.


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Regional Assistance/East Midlands

Mr. Hoon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) how many companies in the Ashfield constituency employing (a) fewer than 25 people, (b) fewer than 50 people, (c) fewer than 100 people, (d) fewer than 200 people, (e) 200 or more people have been awarded (i) regional selective assistance and (ii) regional enterprise grants since the new assisted areas map was announced in 1993 ;

(2) how many companies in the east midlands employing (a) fewer than 25 people, (b) fewer than 50 people, (c) fewer than 100 people, (d) fewer than 200 people, (e) 200 or more people have been awarded (i) regional selective assistance and (ii) regional enterprise grants since the new assisted areas map was announced in 1993 ;

(3) how many companies in Nottinghamshire employing (a) fewer than 25 people, (b) fewer than 50 people, (c) fewer than 100 people, (d) fewer than 200 people, (e) 200 or more people have been awarded (i) regional selective assistance and (ii) regional enterprise grants since the new assisted areas map was announced in 1993.

Mr. Sainsbury : Regional selective assistance has been offered to one company in the Ashfield constituency, 11 companies in Nottinghamshire and 25 companies in the east midlands on applications received since 1 August 1993. Of the total for the east midlands, 11 were to companies employing fewer than 25 people. The remainder were spread over the other categories. For regional enterprise grants, the figures are 14, 38 and 68 respectively. All 68 employed fewer than 50 people.

Regional Assistance, East Midlands

Mr. Hoon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) how many companies in the east midlands have received grants since the new assisted areas map was announced ; and what was the average size of grant in : primary production standard industrial classification division 0 and 1 ; manufacture of metals, mineral products and chemicals, SIC division 3 ; manufacture of textiles, SIC class 43 ; manufacture of footwear and clothing, SIC class 45 ; other manufacturing, SIC division 4 ; construction, SIC division 5 ; distribution, hotels and catering, SIC division 6 ; transport and communications, SIC division 7 ; banking, finance, insurance, business services and leasing, SIC division 8 ; and other services, SIC division 9 ;

(2) how many companies in the Ashfield constituency have received grants since the new assisted areas map was announced ; and what was the average size of grant in : primary production standard industrial classification division 0 and 1 ; manufacture of metals, mineral products and chemicals, SIC division 3 ; manufacture of textiles, SIC class 43 ; manufacture of footwear and clothing, SIC class 45 ; other manufacturing, SIC division 4 ; construction, SIC division 5 ; distribution, hotels and catering, SIC division 6 ; transport and communications, SIC division 7 ; banking, finance, insurance, business services and leasing, SIC division 8 ; and other services, SIC division 9 ;

Mr. Sainsbury : On applications received since 1 August 1993, 93 offers of grant have been made to companies in the east midlands ; 15 offers were made to companies in Ashfield. Sixty-eight of the grants offered--14 in the Ashfield constituency--were to companies in


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SIC divisions 3 and 4, with an average size of grant offered of £59,667--£13,601 in Ashfield. The remaining offers of grant were spread over SIC divisions 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8 and 9, with an average size of grant offered of £26,618.

Mr. Hoon : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the average size and number of regional selective assistance grants awarded in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the east midlands since the new assisted areas map was announced in 1993.

Mr. Sainsbury : As only one company in the Ashfield constituency has been offered regional selective assistance, the average amount of grant offered, for reasons of commercial confidentiality, cannot be disclosed. The average grant offered and the number of offers made are : for Nottinghamshire, £196,786 and 11 ; and for the east midlands, £141,866 and 25.

Dounreay

Mr. Simpson : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has received from the Atomic Energy Authority for plans to reprocess (a) the core fuel pins and (b) the blanket from the prototype fast reactor at Dounreay.

Mr. Eggar : The DTI has received proposals from the AEA setting out plans for the reprocessing of all remaining prototype fast reactor--PFR-- fuel, including PFR breeder fuel. On the basis of these proposals, reprocessing operations are now expected to continue for between one and three years beyond the 1996-1997 closure date which was foreseen when the Government decided in 1988 that the Dounreay prototype fast reactor would close in 1994.

Konver Programme

Mr. Clifton-Brown : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if it is his intention that the Cotswolds will continue to be included in the list of areas eligible for funding via the Konver programme.

Mr. Sainsbury : Under the Commission's current proposals for Konver II each member state would have to prepare a map which concentrates funding in a limited number of areas which have lost or announced losses of at least 1,000 jobs in defence activities since 1 January 1990.

The Government have made it clear to the Commission that they favour a more flexible approach which would allow each member state to decide which areas should benefit under the Community initiative.

Film Lighting

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will ask the Director General of Fair Trading to examine competition in the supply of lighting equipment to the United Kingdom film industry ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : This is a matter for the Director General of Fair Trading, Sir Bryan Carsberg, to consider directly. Any concerns that my hon. Friend has should therefore be addressed to Sir Bryan.


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Cross-Media Promotion

Mr. Patrick Thompson : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in preparation of a code of practice on cross- media promotion as recommended in Mr. John Sadler's report on this subject, published in 1991.

Mr. Neil Hamilton : I am pleased to announce that the newspaper and periodical industry has today published a code of practice on cross-media promotion in response to Mr. Sadler's recommendation, Cm 1436. The code, which draws on existing good industry practice, covers both the advertising and editorial content of newspapers and magazines as well as the promotion of premium-rate telephone services. It has been endorsed by the Newspaper Society, the Newspaper Publishers Association, the Periodical Publishers Association, the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society and the Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association. Copies of the code have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.

Plutonium

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his policy on the storage of plutonium ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar : It is for the owners of plutonium to make arrangements for its storage and use, subject to meeting the internationally agreed guidelines for physical protection arrangements and the requirements of the international safeguards regime. The United Kingdom's civil plutonium stock is held safely and securely, principally in purpose-built stores at Sellafield. It is expected that the material will ultimately be burnt in reactors to generate electricity.

Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Mr. Ainger : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy to impose on oil exploration licences any conditions recommended by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

Mr. Eggar [holding answer 17 May 1994] : Where blocks are offered in sensitive areas, conditions will be attached to licences which will protect those sensitivities. As in previous rounds, these conditions will be discussed with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and other bodies as appropriate.

PRIME MINISTER

EC White Paper

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a White Paper setting out the economic gains and losses for EEC membership since Britain joined.

The Prime Minister : The Government's White Paper on

competitiveness, to be published on 24 May, will set out the United Kingdom's approach to Europe, the benefits that that has brought, and how we can enhance the performance of the European economy as a whole.


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Kashmir

Mr. Cox : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 14 April, Official Report, column 264, if he has now received from the Indian Human Rights Commission its report of the incident at Bijbehara in Kashmir which took place in October 1993.

The Prime Minister : The Indian Human Rights Commission report into the incident at Bijbehara in October 1993 was published on 24 April. A copy was placed in the Library of the House of Commons on 12 May.

Correspondence

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement as to whether his office has obtained or sought to obtain a copy of the receipt and letter from the Ritz hotel in Paris referred to in the correspondence between the Prime Minister and Mr. Peter Preston, editor of The Guardian newspaper.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 13 May 1994] : I have nothing further to add to the letter sent from my office to Mr. Preston on 29 March 1994.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Police Services

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of total expenditure on police services in Northern Ireland has been deemed attributable to rate-relevant expenditure for each year since 1985.

Sir John Wheeler : The cost of policing in Northern Ireland is funded by Government from moneys voted by Parliament. However, in order to ensure that ratepayers contribute towards the cost of services which elsewhere in the United Kingdom are provided by local authorities a regional rate is struck. In striking this rate, approximately 25 per cent. of total expenditure each year on police services is deemed attributable to rate relevant expenditure.

Neurosurgical Services

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the waiting time for non-emergency neurosurgical admissions at the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast ; how many consultant neurosurgeons are employed ; how many beds are available ; and what are the number of operating sessions each week ; (2) what hospitals in Northern Ireland provide neurosurgical facilities.

Mr. Ancram : The number of patients and the lengths of time they have been waiting for admission to the Royal Victoria hospital's neurosurgery unit at 31 March 1994, the latest date for which information is available, are set out in the table.


Waiting times |Ordinary                   

(months)      |admissions                 

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

0-2           |85                         

3-5           |43                         

6-8           |35                         

9-11          |33                         

12-14         |30                         

15-17         |6                          

18-20         |3                          

              |----                       

Total         |235                        

There are currently four consultant neurosurgeons employed in the Royal Victoria hospital, the only hospital in Northern Ireland which provides neurosurgical facilities.

The average number of beds available during the period 1 April 1993 to 31 March 1994 was 42. In the same period the average number of operating sessions held per week was 11.

Further Education Colleges

Mr. Stott : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many further education colleges in Northern Ireland are to be amalgamated during 1994-95 following the publication of the Stewart inquiry ; what study has been made of additional expenditure required to carry out the mergers ; if that additional expenditure is expected to be met from colleges' own delegated budgets or from additional finance provided by the Government ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram : Five mergers involving 12 colleges will be implemented on 1 September 1994, reducing the total number of colleges from 24 to 17. There was no overall study on the costs to carry out the mergers ; details of additional expenditure will become available following decisions made by local management. The Department of Education will continue to review the situation with the education and library boards concerned and every effort will be made to ensure that college budgets will not be adversely affected.

Education Budget

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many third level students from Northern Ireland have enrolled in universities or colleges in (a) Eire, (b) Great Britain, (c) other European Community countries and (d) other non-European countries in each year since 1984-85 ; and what has been the cost or benefit, in each category, to the Northern Ireland education budget.

Mr. Ancram : Available information relates to full-time undergraduate students and is as follows :


            |Eire       |Great      |Other EC<1>            

                        |Britain    |and                    

                                    |non-EC                 

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

1984-85     |578        |5,051      |-                      

1985-86     |489        |5,632      |-                      

1986-87     |462        |6,185      |-                      

1987-88     |396        |6,968      |-                      

1988-89     |367        |7,560      |4                      

1989-90     |406        |8,415      |-                      

1990-91     |424        |8,970      |-                      

1991-92     |408        |9,524      |-                      

1992-93     |803        |10,836     |11                     

1993-94     |1,120      |11,962     |10                     

Notes:                                                      

<1> Separate data is not available.                         

Figures for 1993-94 are provisional.                        

Information on costs is not available for the years         

requested. However, the estimated cost to public funds      

during the years 1991-92 to 1993-94 for fees and            

maintenance awards for students from Northern Ireland       

attending institutions/colleges in the Republic of Ireland  

is as follows:                                              


          |Cost (£)           

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

1991-92   |1,530,000          

1992-93   |2,057,000          

1993-94   |3,313,000          


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Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many third level students from (a) Eire, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales, (e) other European Community countries and (f) other non-European Community countries enrolled in Northern Ireland universities or colleges in each year since 1984-85 ; and what has been the yearly cost or income, in each category, to the Northern Ireland education budget.

Mr. Ancram : Available information relates to full-time undergraduate students and is as follows :


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             |1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Eire         |178    |305    |441    |764    |1,066  |1,314  |1,516  |1,718  |2,018  |2,288          

Scotland     |66     |94     |110    |114    |101    |95     |96     |75     |72     |64             

England      |534    |637    |629    |623    |560    |537    |596    |591    |575    |526            

Wales        |22     |20     |27     |30     |26     |22     |18     |18     |17     |14             

Other EC     |9      |32     |68     |65     |84     |109    |185    |189    |235    |334            

Other non EC |270    |245    |341    |405    |484    |448    |405    |382    |352    |372            

Information in the exact form and covering the period requested is not available. However, the estimated cost to the Northern Ireland educational budget for fees for students from the Republic of Ireland enrolled in Northern Ireland universities/colleges during the years 1991-92 to 1993-94 is as follows :


Year      |Cost               

          |£                  

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1991-92   |3,800,000          

1992-93   |4,500,000          

1993-94   |4,600,000          

Accommodation Addresses

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful prosecutions there have been in respect of the acquisition of public sector housing for the purpose of providing an accommodation address for fraudulent social security claims and on the illegal sub-letting of such property in each year since 1985.

Mr. Tim Smith : None, since neither of these activities constitutes a criminal offence.

Stewart Report

Mr. Stott : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from teachers' organisations concerning recommendations contained within the Stewart report ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram : Representations were invited when the report was published and three teachers' organisations responded ; further representations were formally made on three subsequent occasions. The main areas of concern have related to the effect and cost of college mergers and the level of capital and recurrent funding for the further education sector in general.


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Rate Poundages

Mr. Maginnis : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the percentage increase during each year since 1985 in (a) non-domestic regional rate poundage, (b) domestic regional rate poundange and (c) average district rate poundage ; and what is the overall percentage increase in each during that period.

Sir John Wheeler : (1) The information is as follows :


Year          |Non domestic |Domestic     |Average                    

              |regional rate|regional rate|district rate              

              |Per cent.    |Per cent.    |Per cent.                  

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1985-86       |+8.07        |+9.26        |+5.61                      

1986-87       |+9.43        |+10.70       |+9.76                      

1987-88       |+2.85        |+3.20        |+4.98                      

1988-89       |+7.98        |+8.92        |+4.25                      

1989-90       |+12.63       |+14.00       |+2.38                      

1990-91       |+7.39        |+8.09        |+5.52                      

1991-92       |+11.55       |-47.60       |+9.45                      

1992-93       |-7.39        |-5.92        |+6.16                      

1993-94       |-8.61        |-1.77        |+3.52                      

1994-95       |+6.22        |+13.19       |+2.73                      


(2) Overall percentage increases                   

                               |Per cent.          

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

(a) Non-domestic regional rate |+59.3              

(b) Domestic regional rate     |-8.2               

(c) Average district rate      |+69.3              

Health and Social Services

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nursing and midwifery staff, excluding agency staff, were employed by each health and social services board in each year since 1991 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram : It is for employing authorities to decide the number of nursing and midwifery staff to be employed and the appropriate skill mix to ensure the provision of a quality service to patients and clients.

The information requested is detailed in the table :


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Nursing and Midwifery Staffing Levels                                                   

         September 1991          September 1992          September 1993                 

         WTE                     WTE                     WTE                            

Board   |Trained|Student|Other  |Trained|Student|Other  |Trained|Student|Other          

        |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses |Nurses         

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EHSSB   |6,016  |1,411  |1,746  |5,859  |889    |1,783  |5,720  |308    |1,806          

NHSSB   |2,158  |150    |411    |2,152  |60     |412    |2,164  |6      |420            

SHSSB   |1,955  |138    |548    |2,001  |40     |563    |2,025  |2      |573            

WHSSB   |2,088  |352    |486    |2,088  |165    |517    |2,022  |36     |544            

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

Total   |12,217 |2,051  |3,191  |12,100 |1,154  |3,275  |11,931 |352    |3,343          

Notes:                                                                                  

1. WTE=Whole Time Equivalent.                                                           

2. Figures for Student Nurses represent Traditional Nurse Students and exclude Project  

2000 Nurse Students. (Project 2000 Nurse Students are not employees.)                   

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many managerial staff were employed by each health and social services board in each year since 1991 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram : Figures for the managerial staff group specifically are not readily available and could be compiled only at disproportionate cost. The table shows the combined managerial, administrative and clerical staffing levels in whole time equivalents in the four board areas since 1991.


Board     |September|September|September          

          |1991     |1992     |1993               

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

Eastern   |3,555    |3,720    |3,621              

Northern  |1,325    |1,395    |1,490              

Southern  |967      |1,044    |1,061              

Western   |912      |1,006    |1,018              

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

  Total   |6,759    |7,165    |7,190              

The intention of the HPSS reforms is to create more effective management of the services and a consequent improvement in patient client care.

Police Complaints

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will lay before Parliament copies of the annual report of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints for Northern Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Patrick Mayhew : The Commission's report for 1993, which is the sixth annual report to be produced by the Commission since its establishment in 1988, has been laid before Parliament today. It provides a detailed account of the Commission's oversight of police conduct, including the supervision of complaints against the police and the Commission's role in disciplinary proceedings once a complaint has been investigated.

It is essential that the community has confidence in the integrity of the police, and the Commission has a vital role in ensuring that complaints are fairly and properly investigated and that appropriate action is taken. Throughout the report, by providing detailed explanations of its work in investigating actual complaints, the Commission demonstrates the high standards and dedication which it applies to its task.

I am grateful to the Commission for all its work. I have no doubt that it will continue to contribute significantly to the enhancement of public confidence in the RUC. In this it has my full support.


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DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Telephone Inquiry Service

Mr. McFall : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many requests have been received for copies of the "Code of Practice on Access to Government Information" on the dedicated telephone line set up for that purpose ; what organisations are responsible for operating the telephone inquiry and document distribution service ; what required standards have been set down for timeliness of response to telephone inquiries ; what is the performance of the telephone inquiry service to date ; how many complaints have been received about non-delivery or late delivery of the document following a telephone request ; and what has been the total cost to date of operating the service.

Mr. Waldegrave : In all, there have been some 440 calls to the inquiry service on 0345 223242 regarding the code of practice. In addition, my own office has received a further 120 calls. Copies of the code and a leaflet explaining its operation have been sent out in response.

IBM operates the service. Its contract with OPSS states that the service shall operate between 8 am and 8 pm daily ; that 90 per cent. of calls received in a day--80 per cent. of calls received in any one hour--shall be answered within 10 seconds ; and that 98 per cent. of all calls shall be answered within 20 seconds. The operators have consistently met their targets.

I am aware of only four complaints--less than 1 per cent. of requests--of late or non-delivery, and understand that these have now been dealt with to the satisfaction of those involved.

Dealing with open government inquiries was an addition to the existing service, which deals with inquiries on the 1994 charter mark scheme and the guide to the citizens charter second report, and as such incurred no start- up costs. The cost of responding to open government calls amounted by 12 May to £814.88--just under £2 per call. This figure includes the cost of posting material to callers.

Electronic Publishing

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on his assessment of the environmental benefits that could result from the electronic publishing of (a) Government press releases and (b) other Government information instead of using paper.

Mr. Waldegrave : No assessment of environmental benefits has been carried out.


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