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Mr. Peter Robinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what evaluation has been carried out of projects for which "Making Belfast Work" money has been provided in further education projects in inner Belfast in each of the last four years.
Mr. Peter Robinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on further education in inner Belfast through the "Making Belfast Work" programme in each of the last four years ; and on which projects the money has been spent.
F £000's Year<1> Project |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|Total ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Whiterock FE centre |672 |1,263 |1,419 |1,175 |4,529 Shankill FE centre |468 |267 |333 |341 |1,409 Dunlewey St FE centre |- |- |146 |143 |289 ------- |-------|-------|-------|-------|------- Total |- |- |- |- |6,227 <1>Relates to financial years.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 9May, Official Report , column 2 , on vacant hospital consultancies, how many consultant posts were vacant in each region on 30September 1992.
This indicates consultant vacancies notified to the Department as at 30September 1992. As a snapshot of vacancies on a single date they may not fairly reflect the trend for the number of vacancies over the year as a whole.
Hospital medical consultant vacant posts by Regional Health Authority 30 September 1992-Whole-time equivalent |Number<1> ----------------------------------------------- England |550 Northern |30 Yorkshire |50 Trent |80 East Anglian |20 North West Thames |20 North East Thames |50 South East Thames |10 South West Thames |30 Wessex |10 Oxford |<2>- South Western |40 West Midlands |110 Mersey |20 North Western |60 Special health authorities |10 <1> Figures are rounded to the nearest 10; regional figures do not sum to the England figure because of rounding. <2> Less than five.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a list of the current members of the national health service drugs advisory committee, together with a copy of its annual report and information on the place and frequency of its meetings, indicating whether such meetings are open to the public.
Dr. Mawhinney : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) on 28 February at cols 605-6. The advisory committee on national health service drugs holds meetings as necessary to fulfil its role of advising United Kingdom Health Ministers about the composition of schedules 10 and 11 of the NHS (General Medical Services) Regulations 1992 : The committee does not publish an annual report. Meetings are not open to the public.
Mr. Sackville : The Government recognise that midwives are educated and trained to take full care of women during the antenatal, intrapartum and post-natal period, referring to a doctor if there are any deviations from the normal. "Changing Childbirth", the report of the expert group, fully supports this ethos and the national health service is working towards the implementation of the report's recommendations within a five year time-scale.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to ban electro-convulsive treatment on patients under the age of 18 years ; and if she will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : The numbers of national health service sight tests paid for in the last five financial years for which figures are available in England are shown in the table. Information for 1993-94 is not yet available.
Number of NHS sight tests<1> paid for by financial year England Year |Number ------------------------------- <2>1989-90 |5,279,750 <2>1990-91 |4,153,660 1991-92 |4,979,420 1992-93 |5,527,590 <1>The number of private sight tests is not collected. <2>From 1 April 1989, NHS sight tests were restricted to certain eligible groups in the population. The figures for 1989-90 included 1.82 million sight tests paid for in 1989-90 but conducted in 1988-89 under the previous scheme. The remaining 4.22 million were conducted and paid for in 1989-90 which do not constitute a full 12 months of the new scheme. The figures for 1990-91 which do represent 12 months under the new scheme are not therefore directly comparable with those for 1989-90.
Dr. Mawhinney : Hospital and community health service doctors and dentists have been awarded a 3 per cent. increase in salaries. General medical practitioners have been awarded a 3 per cent. increase in the average net intended income and a 1.4 per cent. increase in their expenses provisions. General dental practitioners have been awarded a 3 per cent. increase in the gross fee for each item of service and capitation payment. Hospital pharmacists have been offered 1.75 per cent. and negotiations are continuing. No offer has yet been made to optometrists whose claim was received on 25 May.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) pursuant to her answer of 11 May, Official Report, column 157, what is the total cost of reducing the waiting list so that (a) no one waits more than three months for hospital treatment and (b) the average waiting time is reduced to two months ;
(2) pursuant to her answer of 21 April, Official Report, column 668 , what is the total cost of providing an out-patient appointment to all patients within (a) six weeks and (b) three months on referral by a general practitioner.
Dr. Mawhinney : The national health service needs good managers. As part of the reforms we have deliberately strengthened NHS management, particularly the finance and personnel functions, to provide the quality and number of managers needed to run a £32.2 billion organisation which employs over 900,000 people. The results speak for themselves. For every 100 patients treated in 1989-90 we expect to treat about 121 this year. Average in-patient waiting times have been reduced from nine months to five months. NHS managers deserve credit for their part in these achievements. We are determined to maximise the proportion of NHS expenditure devoted to direct patient care and have recently brought forward proposals to further streamline the central management of the NHS.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent NHS nursing and midwifery staff were employed on each grade and pay point of the clinical grades, educational grades, and senior nursing and midwifery pay spine in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993, broken down by ethnic groups.
Mr. Bowis : Information collected centrally on numbers of beds does not include the classifications "respite care" and "continuing care". Information on national health service beds in England, classified by ward type, is published in "Bed availability for England (Financial year 1992- 93)", a copy of which is available in the Library.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to impose an obligation on each district health authority to provide (a) respite care beds for Alzheimer's disease sufferers and (b) continuing care beds.
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 28 April, Official Report , column 307 , how many hospital consultant posts have been vacant, by specialty, in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Vacant hospital consultant posts by specialty group England-30 September 1988-1992 Specialty group |1988 |1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General medicine group |133.4 |119.7 |129.2 |92.7 |118.1 Accident and emergency |17.0 |15.0 |18.4 |14.4 |19.6 Surgical group |110.5 |88.2 |135.3 |87.1 |90.0 Obstetrics and gynaecology |25.0 |17.9 |23.4 |18.0 |23.0 Anaesthetics |100.2 |70.3 |87.9 |50.3 |88.0 Radiology group |38.3 |34.6 |33.9 |18.8 |21.9 Radiotherapy |6.7 |4.2 |7.2 |6.0 |5.0 Pathology group |70.3 |39.0 |49.9 |36.6 |23.4 Psychiatry group |268.9 |193.4 |217.3 |150.1 |152.7 Dental specialties |20.1 |10.0 |10.5 |12.3 |9.0 |------- |------- |------- |------- |------- All specialties |790.4 |592.3 |713.0 |486.4 |550.7 Note: The table shows whole-time equivalents.
Mr. Hurd : We have close and friendly relations with Ukraine. I visited Kiev in May where I had useful talks with the Ukrainian leadership and reaffirmed our strong support for Ukrainian independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I have regular discussions on a wide range of European Union issues with my European counterparts at meetings of the General Affairs Council. The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for 18-19 July.
26. Mrs. Angela Knight : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to help combat fraud in the EU in (a) spending on the common agricultural policy, (b) structural funds and (c) the cohesion budget.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced a joint action proposal under title VI of the treaty on European Union aimed at combating serious fraud against the Community budget. The Commission has recently published its 1993 annual report on the fight against fraud and tabled an anti-fraud strategy which is under consideration by the Council. Both describe a number of existing and new measures to fight fraud against the Community budget, and in particular fraud against the CAP. The United Kingdom has pressed for demanding new provisions on value for money and reporting requirements to govern the structural and cohesion funds which are designed to reduce the scope for fraud and waste.
Mr. Goodlad : My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to visit China but expects to meet the Chinese Foreign Minister in September, possibly in New York, to discuss matters of mutual interest. I plan to visit China myself before too long.
Mr. Goodlad : While welcoming the recent releases of certain individuals, we remain deeply concerned about continuing reports of human rights abuses in China, including the widespread arrest or detention of individuals for free expression of their political or religious beliefs, and the situation in Tibet.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Copenhagen European Council in June 1993 agreed that the associated countries of central and eastern Europe that so wished, including the four Visegrad countries, should join the European Union as soon as they were able to assume the obligations of membership by satisfying the economic and political conditions required. We are fully committed to this objective, and reacted positively to the applications of Hungary and Poland in March and April this year.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The UK voted in favour of UN Security Council resolutions 918 and 925 which authorise an expansion in the United Nations Aid Mission in Rwanda force to a total of 5,500 and mandate it to provide protection and support to civilians at risk. The UK worked with other states in framing both resolutions to ensure that UNAMIR was given the most effective mandate possible. We will continue our efforts to ensure that the force operates with maximum effect.
The UK will bear 6.37 per cent. of the cost of UNAMIR. We have also contributed over £11 million directly to the aid effort in Rwanda.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : As my colleagues and I have made clear in a number of recent statements, our priority is to achieve a Europe that is prosperous, outward looking, free trading, decentralised, flexible and democratic.
31. Mr. Gapes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to meet his French counterpart to discuss the future of European security ; and what discussions Her Majesty's Government have already had with the French Government in the last 12 months.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary sees Mr. Juppe frequently, and European security issues remain one of the priorities on their agenda. We likewise hold frequent discussions with the French Government at all levels to discuss European security and other matters.
Mr. Goodlad : The United Kingdom and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations. The importance of the relationship is well illustrated by the large number of high- level visits in both directions. We contribute substantially to Indonesia's infrastructure development. British industry plays a significant role in this. British exports to Indonesia rose to their highest ever level--£331 million--in 1993. In 1992, the last year for which we have complete figures, and when British firms invested $996 million there, Britain was the largest European investor in Indonesia.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no immediate plans to do so. However, my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister of State and Minister for Overseas Development last met Mr. Venancio da Moura on 25 April.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : We welcome the completion of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and Jericho on 18 May. We and our European partners are providing practical help to the new Palestinian Administration, including the police force. We hope recent US efforts on the Syrian track will facilitate progress towards a comprehensive peace.
Mr. Goodlad : The United Kingdom and the Philippines enjoy excellent bilateral relations. The improving economic position and the political stability achieved under President Ramos's Administration has provided an excellent basis for the development of bilateral trade. United Kingdom exports to the Philippines increased by almost 50 per cent. in 1993 to £306 million.
37. Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he made to the written request of Edwin Bollier to be shown the timing equipment, retrieved from Pan Am 103 in the Tundergarth area near Lockerbie, for purposes of establishing whether the equipment was sold to the Stasi in East Germany or to the Libyan Government.
Mr. Douglas Hogg : None. Questions concerning the evidence revealed by the Lockerbie investigation are for the Scottish prosecuting authorities and the police. My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has repeatedly made it clear that he cannot comment on details of the evidence available while criminal proceedings are pending.
Mr. Goodlad : The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working in close consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry, actively negotiates bilateral investment promotion and protection agreements with many countries worldwide. Since 1975 we have concluded 66 IPPAs, including eight so far this year. More are under negotiation. We are also supporting work in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on obligations under exisiting OECD investment protection measures and on a possible wider investment instrument.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : A review of the agency status of Wilton Park will begin in September 1994. As a next steps agency, the performance of Wilton Park will be evaluated and its activities will be subjected to the normal prior options tests set out in the 1993 next steps review, Cm 2430.
Comments and contributions from those with an interest in Wilton Park and its work would be welcome, and should be sent by 2 September 1994 to Christopher Battiscombe, CMG, Assistant Under-Secretary (Public Departments), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Room G/107, Old Admiralty Building, London SW1A 2AF.
Mr. Hurd : I said in my answer on 20 October 1993 that the first batch of files covering SOE activities in the far east would be available to the public from 21 October 1993. The next batch, on Scandinavia, were opened to the public on 2 June. A third batch, on the middle east and north Africa, will be available in late July.
The cash limit for class II, vote 2--other external relations--will be increased by £204,105,000 from £211,404,000 to £415,509,000, mainly to take account of contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. The increase is partly offset by appropriations in aid. The balance will be charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Mr. Jonathan Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish (a) the number of proposals for principal legislation put forward by the European Commission in the first five months of 1994 and (b) the total number of European Commission proposals for principal legislation for each of the previous four years.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Up to the end of May 1994, the Commission had made 25 proposals for principal legislation. The total number of proposals for principal legislation during the last four years was as follows :
1990 : 185
1991 : 111
1992 : 89
1993 : 75