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Research International

Review team appointed consisting of Professor Richard Marks and Richard Munday

RM Consultants

RMJM and Caroe and Partners

Royston Brown

Search Training International Ltd.

Sema Group Systems Ltd.

Stoy Haward

Symonds

TA Consultancy

Tectus

The Jenkins Group

The Conservation Practice

Thesaurus

Touche Ross

Towers Perrin

University of London

University of Cambridge

Vital Statistics Limited

Warrington Fire Research

Watts and Partners

William Page

WLF Pierce and Partners

Yorks and Humberside Tourist Board

It is not possible, without involving disproportionate cost, to give figures for each of the three financial years since the Department was established.

National Lottery

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he expects to publish in final form his directions to the distributing bodies of the national lottery.

Mr. Brooke : I will shortly issue final directions under section 26(1) and (2) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 to the Arts Council of England, the Sports Council, the Millennium Commission and trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Wales and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will issue similar directions to the distributing bodies operating in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary will issue directions to the National Lottery Charities Board when it has been established. Financial directions under section 26(3) will shortly be issued to all the established distributing bodies for formal consultation.

Treasure Trove

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will now consult the National Council for Metal Detecting concerning treasure trove.

Mr. Brooke : Treasure trove is now the responsibility of my Department. The National Council for Metal Detecting has been consulted on treasure trove by the sponsors of a private peer's Bill, the Treasure Bill, which secured Government support during its passage through the House of Lords. The Bill aims to reform the law of treasure trove and provides for a statutory code of practice on the payment of rewards. If the Bill completes its passage through the Commons, my Department has undertaken to consult interested parties on the code of practice and this consultation would certainly include the National Council for Metal Detecting.


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Government Information

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he plans to publish his departmental guidance on the implementation of the code of practice on access to Government information, as promised at paragraph 3(ii) of the code issued on 4 April ; and what has been the cause of the delay in publishing the departmental guidance.

Mr. Sproat : My Department published its procedural note setting out how the Department intends to respond to requests made under the code of practice on access to government information, on 30 March 1994. A press release issued on 29 March explained how the public could obtain copies of the note.

I have placed a copy of the note in the Library.

SCOTLAND -- Non-departmental Bodies

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the non-departmental bodies in Scotland the conduct of which can be referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.

Mr. Lang : The non-departmental public bodies sponsored by my Department subject to investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration areas follows :

The Crofters Commission

The Red Deer Commission

Scottish Homes--except in respect of actions as a landlord The Scottish Legal Aid Board

Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Medical Practices Committee

The Scottish Sports Council

The Scottish Tourist Board

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what statutory provisions govern the right of appointed members of non- departmental public bodies to inspect information held by that organisation; and in what circumstances such information can be withheld from them.

Mr. Lang : The detailed right of members of any NDPB depend on the basis on which the body was set up. Some NDPBs are governed by the Companies Acts, some by other statutes or royal charter and others have no statutory basis. However, as the board of an NDPB has ultimate responsibility for the performance of the body, I would expect its members to have access to all material information held by the body.

Sheltered Accommodation

Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will release immediate dedicated funding to enable Scottish local authorities to provide more homes that are suited to the needs of elderly and disabled persons; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Substantial resources totalling some £426 million have been made available to local authorities in 1994-95 for investment to meet the housing needs of their areas. These allocations are generally not earmarked for specific purposes and it is for


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local authorities themselves to determine how to utilise the resources available to them, including the level of expenditure on the provision of housing suited to the needs of the elderly and disabled.

Alcohol (Illegal Resale)

Mr. Colvin : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prosecutions have taken place since 1 January 1993 of people illegally importing and reselling alcoholic liquor in Scotland ; how many resulted in fines or imprisonment ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Statistics in this category are not separately kept and cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

Local Government Reorganisation

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the meetings of the proposed authorities will be in public and their guidelines about the need for openness and accountability will be the same as for local authorities.

Sir Hector Monro : The new water and sewerage authorities will not be part of local government. It would, therefore, be inappropriate for them to be required to follow guidelines produced for local authorities. It will be for the new authorities themselves to decide whether any of their meetings should be open to the public. The new authorities will be under a statutory obligation to have regard to the interests of every person who is a customer or potential customer and the customers council will be established to represent the interests of customers and potential customers to the new authorities.

Foreign Students

Mr. Trimble : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many third-level students from (a) the Republic of Ireland, (b) other European Community countries and (c) non-European Community countries were enrolled in universities and colleges in Scotland in each year since 1984-85 ; and what has been the cost or income in each category to the Scottish education budget.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information is set out in the table :


Students enrolled in Scottish universities and colleges from:                   
Year            |(a) Republic of|(b) Other      |(c) Non-                       
                                |countries      |countries                      
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1984-85         |58             |493            |4,849                          
1985-86         |60             |592            |5,752                          
1986-87         |90             |654            |6,378                          
1987-88         |163            |788            |6,253                          
1988-89         |282            |970            |6,049                          
1989-90         |366            |1,521          |6,316                          
1990-91         |450            |2,028          |6,429                          
1991-92         |596            |2,669          |6,408                          
1992-93         |763            |3,369          |6,665                          

For 1993-94, the total cost of tuition fees for students from European Union countries met by the Scottish education budget and administered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland is £5.7 million. Equivalent figures for 1992-93 and 1991-92 are £4.8 million and £3.1 million respectively.


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Students from non-European Union countries are expected to meet the full cost of their tuition. Income from non- European Union students is credited to the host institution and not to the education budget.

Law Students

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many students are currently studying for a diploma in legal practice at each Scottish university.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information collected by the Law Society of Scotland for the academic year 1993-94 is as follows :


University     |Number of            
-------------------------------------
Aberdeen       |92                   
Dundee         |75                   
Edinburgh      |116                  
Glasgow        |113                  
Strathclyde    |102                  
               |-------              
Total Scotland |498                  

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has of the total cost involved in funding a law student who completes an LLB and diploma in legal practice at a Scottish university.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The estimated cost of full public funding for a student completing a four-year LLB and a one-year diploma in legal practice is £28,550. This estimate assumes full funding of tuition by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and full student support based on elsewhere maintenance rates, no parental/spouse contribution and no excess travel.

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many students currently studying for a diploma in legal practice at Scottish universities have not yet secured a legal traineeship place.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The latest available estimate is 230.

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish Education Department-funded places there are for the diploma in legal practice each year.

Lord James Dougals-Hamilton : Institutional grant funding for teaching at Scottish higher education institutions is now the responsibility of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. There is no separate category or allocation of funded or fees-only places for the diploma in legal practice. Taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in law and legal studies are included but not specified by SHEFC in the broader category of "Social Sciences". The number of post-graduate student awards available for

Scottish-domiciled students undertaking the diploma course in 1993-94 is 390. Other students may finance their own costs of tuition and maintenance.

Gender Reassignment Surgery

Mrs. Fyffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will use his powers to require the Western general trust hospital, Edinburgh, to continue its previous policy of


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carrying out at least one gender reassignment operation per year or to ensure that an appropriate hospital in the Lothian health board area continues to carry out this work ;

(2) what is his policy on the availability and funding of gender reassignment surgery.

Mr. Stewart : It is a matter for individual health boards to decide whether to purchase gender reassignment services and, if so, what resources to devote to them.

Lothian health board has decided not to purchase gender reassignment routinely from 1 April 1994. However, I understand that the board will enable patients who have already undergone the complex counselling and other preparatory work and are already on a waiting list to proceed to surgery where a commitment has previously been given.

Cancer

Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many cases of bone cancer per 100,000 head of population there have been in Scotland in each year since 1970 ;

(2) how many cases of cancers of all types per 100,000 head of population there have been in Scotland in each of the years since 1970.

Mr. Stewart : The information requested is set out in the table :


               Rate per 100,000                         
               population                               
Year of       |Bone and     |All malignant              
--------------------------------------------------------
1970          |2.55         |298.90                     
1971          |2.52         |289.21                     
1972          |2.49         |309.20                     
1973          |3.00         |322.57                     
1974          |2.44         |314.47                     
1975          |2.94         |355.78                     
1976          |3.00         |356.25                     
1977          |3.21         |365.03                     
1978          |2.86         |379.85                     
1979          |3.15         |383.23                     
1980          |3.27         |395.19                     
1981          |3.11         |403.19                     
1982          |2.40         |407.22                     
1983          |2.68         |415.66                     
1984          |2.90         |427.27                     
1985          |2.73         |428.29                     
1986          |2.25         |427.85                     
1987          |2.68         |438.39                     
1988          |2.94         |440.87                     
1989          |3.00         |442.71                     
1990          |2.97         |467.83                     
1991          |2.72         |459.33                     
1992          |<1>2.68      |<1>461.61                  
<1> Provisional figures.                                

Ambulance Service

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 17 May, Official Report , column 407 , if he will list the ways in which trust status will allow the Scottish ambulance service to make much faster progress towards the achievement of its four main objectives listed in his answer.

Mr. Stewart : Faster progress is expected because :

a. the trust board will be dedicated full-time to the running of an ambulance service, facilitating faster decision making ;


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b. the trust will have freedom to negotiate with staff and their local representatives on terms and conditions of service which encourage and reward performance ;

c. local accountability will improve the responsiveness of the service ; and

d. the trust will have freedom to optimise the use of its assets and resources to enhance patient care.

Consultants

Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each of the last five years the cost to public funds of consultancy work provided by (a) KPMG Peat Marwick, (b) Touche Ross, (c) Price Waterhouse, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) CSL, (f) Prime, (g) Basis, (h) Theodore Goddard, (i) Dibb Lupton Broomhead, (j) Capita and (k) Shreeveport to his Department ; and if he will list any other firms which have provided consultancy work and the costs to public funds for each of the last five years.

Mr. Lang : I refer the hon. Member to my replies to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) on 21 February 1994, Official Report , columns 51-52 , and to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) on 16 March 1994, Official Report , columns 659-60 .

Health Workers

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the number of health visitors, district nurses, school nurses and community psychiatric nurses expressed as whole-time equivalents in September of each year from 1988 to 1992.

Mr. Stewart : For information on the requested categories of community nurses, I refer the hon. Member to my reply given to her on 16 June 1993, Official Report , columns 547-50 .

Figures for school nurses are as follows :



Whole-time           
equivalent at 30     
September            
Year   |Number       
---------------------
1988   |234.4        
1989   |229.6        
1990   |232.9        
1991   |292.4        
1992   |286.5        

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the number of health visitor students and district nurse students in training expressed as whole-time equivalents in March of each year from 1988 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart : The information requested is shown in the table.


Health Visitors and District Nurses in training:                                
Whole-time equivalents as at 31 March                                           
                |In Training    |Health Visitors|District Nurses                
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1988            |249            |104            |145                            
1989            |190            |81             |109                            
1990            |212            |109            |103                            
1991            |146            |85             |61                             
1992            |108            |52             |56                             
<1>1993         |104            |51             |53                             
<1> 1993 figures are estimates.                                                 
Note: Statistics may not include students who are not on the NHS payroll.       

Sexual Abuse

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases relating to the sexual abuse of children were reported by the police to the procurator fiscal in each Scottish region in each of the past five years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information is not readily available and cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many payments were made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board which resulted from the sexual abuse of children in Scotland in each of the past five years ; and what was the total paid in awards for each year :

(2) how many awards made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board relating to the sexual abuse of children in Scotland in each of the last five years involved a case where a criminal conviction also resulted.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The information requested is not available.

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many claims where recevied by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board which resulted from the sexual abuse of children in Scotland in each of the last five years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The number of applications received by the board relating to the sexual abuse of children in Great Britain is set out :


Year    |Number       
----------------------
1989-90 |1,318        
1990-91 |1,812        
1991-92 |2,881        
1992-93 |3,200        

The board did not record statistical information of this type before April 1989 and the information for 1993-94 is not yet available.

Coxsackie Virus

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what research is being undertaken into the coxsackie virus in Scotland.

Mr. Lang : Information on this is not held centrally, but my Department is aware that the Aberdeen university microbiology department is deeply involved in research into the coxsackie virus, particularly in relation to heart disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. This research is being funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Linbury Trust and the British Heart Foundation. A joint research project is currently planned with a group at the Southern general hospital in Glasgow.

In addition the regional virus laboratory at Ruchill hospital, Glasgow is conducting research into the early diagnosis of coxsackie infections using a technique which can identify small amounts of DNA to replace traditional methods of culture. The relationship between coxsackie viruses and chronic fatigue syndrome, aseptic meningitis and juvenile onset diabetes are also actively under research investigation. This work is currently supported by grants from the ME Association and the Linbury Trust.


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Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the incidence of the coxsackie virus in Scotland in the last two years ; and in what geographical areas the problem has been identified.

Mr. Lang : The available information is derived from reports confirming the infection received from laboratories by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health. The figures for 1992 and 1993 for each health board area are set out. These data do not necessarily reflect the total incidence of the infection in the community, since doctors do not routinely send specimens from every case for laboratory confirmation.


Health board area      Number of                 
                       laboratory reports        
                      |1992    |1993             
-------------------------------------------------
Argyll and Clyde      |45      |79               
Ayrshire and Arran    |10      |4                
Borders               |5       |1                
Dumfries and Galloway |29      |44               
Fife                  |17      |10               
Forth Valley          |28      |35               
Grampian              |12      |5                
Greater Glasgow       |169     |204              
Highland              |98      |38               
Lanarkshire           |113     |127              
Lothian               |59      |18               
Orkney                |0       |0                
Shetland              |0       |2                
Tayside               |6       |3                
Western Isles         |7       |2                
Unknown<1>            |39      |36               
                      | -------| -------         
Scotland              |637     |608              
<1>Cases where the laboratory reported the       
isolation of Coxsackie virus but where           
information on the health board area of          
residence of the patient was not recorded.       

Operating Theatres

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many operating theatres are currently in use ; and what plans there are to increase their number in any health board areas.


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