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(a) The cash limit for class XIV, vote 3, training programmes, roads and transport services and industrial support, Scotland, will be increased by £74,300,000 from £798,104,000 to £872,404,000. The increase comprises transfers of £70,000,000 from Department of Transport and £4,300,000 from Department of Trade and Industry. (
(b) The cash limit for class XIV, vote 9, revenue support grants and payments of non-domestic rates etc, Scotland will be decreased by £62,000 from £4,882,353,000 to £4,882,291,000 after an error was identified in a non-domestic rate income return submitted by a levying authority. The erroneous figure had been used when the Estimates were compiled but it was later corrected in the Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) Order 1994 laid before Parliament on 17 February 1994.
(c) The non-voted cash limit SO/LA2, which covers housing capital expenditure by local authorities and capital expenditure by new towns will be decreased by £6,900,000 from £269,892,000 to £262,992,000. This decrease reflects a transfer of strategic investment sites from new towns to Scottish Enterprise. A compensatory increase was included in the main estimate for class XIV vote 3 for 1994- 95. None of these changes add to the total of public expenditure.
Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will be in a position to announce the membership of the Scottish advisory body on sustainable development ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Hector Monro : My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Scotland indicated in January his intention to establish an advisory body of experts to examine the practical challenges of sustainable development in Scotland. Professor William Ritchie, vice-principal of Aberdeen university is to chair the body.
The body, which is to be known as the Secretary of State for Scotland's advisory group on sustainable development, will have the following nine members embracing a range of relevant interests : Nan Burnett : Chairman, South East Regional Board and Board Member, Scottish Natural Heritage.
Ann Foster : Director of the Scottish Consumer Council. Sir Charles Fraser : Former Chairman of Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise.
Patricia Henton : Director, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Aspinwall and Co.
Professor Bart McGettrick : Principal, St. Andrew's College of Education.
Column 608Councillor Rosemary McKenna : (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council), Senior Vice President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Cameron McLatchie : Chairman and Chief Executive, British Polythene Industries.
Simon Pepper : Head of Operations, World Wide Fund for Nature Scotland.
Professor Roger Willey : Chief Executive of the Environmental Centre for Waste Management at Paisley University.
The Group has been given the following remit :
To advise the Secretary of State for Scotland on :
policy issues and practical challenges for Scotland as a consequence of adopting the principles of sustainable development. implications for Scotland of advice from the Government's panel on sustainable development for the UK, with which it will maintain regular contact.
measures to achieve the closer integration of environmental issues in the policies and practices of both the private and public sectors across Scotland.
any members referred to the group by the Secretary of State.
Mr. Gallie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to make public the report of the chief executive of the NHS Executive's inquiry into the events surrounding the dismissal of the general manager of the Greater Glasgow health board.
Mr. Lang : The chief executive's inquiry is now complete and I have arranged for copies of his report to be placed in the Library.
Mr. Gallie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if increased funding will be made available to Strathclyde regional council in 1994-95 for the additional costs incurred as a result of the restructuring of the railways and implementation of the new track and rolling stock charging system ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lang : Under the new railway charging systems introduced on 1April 1994, we expect the cost to Strathclyde regional council of maintaining the existing level of Strathclyde passenger transport executive -supported rail services to increase. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has given an undertaking that the additional costs will be met in full by a transfer of funds from the Department of Transport through the Scottish Office to Strathclyde regional council. Payment will be subject to Strathclyde passenger transport executive and British Rail having made the necessary contractual arrangements. The funds will be in addition to Strathclyde's local government finance settlement and will be disregarded for capping purposes.
Parliamentary approval for this new service will be sought in a summer supplementary estimate for the training programmes, roads and transport services and industrial support, Scotland vote, classXIV, vote3. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £30million to cover payments in the early part of the current year, will be met by repayable advances from the contingencies fund.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the ratio of staff to prisoners in each prison at the latest available date.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 14 June 1994] : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Scottish Prison Service under its chief executive Mr. E. W. Frizzell. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 15 June 1994 :
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie has asked me to reply to your question about the ratio of staff to prisoners in each prison.
The information you require is given in the attached table.
Ratio of Staff to Prisoners as at 20 May 1994 Establishment |Staff per ---------------------------------------------------- Aberdeen |0.9 Barlinnie |0.5 Barlinnie Special Unit |2.6 Castle Huntly |1.4 Cornton Vale |1.2 Dumfries |1.5 Dungavel |0.7 Edinburgh |0.7 Friarton |0.7 Greenock |0.7 Glenochil |0.9 Inverness |1 Longriggend |1 Low Moss |0.4 Noranside |0.7 Penninghame |0.8 Perth |0.9 Peterhead |1.2 Polmont |0.9 Shotts |0.9 Shotts Alternative Unit |3.5
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in which prisons alcohol abuse and misuse programmes are available to prisoners ; how many prisoners (a) commenced and (b) completed the programme in each prison in 1991, 1992, 1993 and so far this year ; and if he will make a statement.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 14 June 1994] : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Scottish Prison Service under its chief executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Dr. Norman Godman dated 15 June 1994 :
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked me to reply to your question about alcohol abuse and misuse programmes within Scottish penal establishments, including the number of prisoners commencing and completing available programmes during 1991, 1992, 1993 and so far in 1994.
The table in the Annex shows the information available. Figures for Barlinnie are not presently collated and I will write again when the figures are available.
In 1991, the Scottish Prison Service, in consultation with the Scottish Council on Alcohol, introduced the "Ending Offending" education package. This package was aimed primarily at helping prisoners in the 16 to 30 age group with alcohol related problems address their drinking and offending behaviour. In addition, Alcoholics Anonymous attend most establishments and hold weekly meetings.
ANNEX Establishment and |1991 |1992 |1993 |1994 alcohol programme run by |Number |Number |Number |To date |completed<1> |completed<1> |completed<1> |number |completed --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aberdeen Aberdeen alcohol advisory and counselling service, prison social work unit |<2>- |<2>- |24 |46 Barlinnie Glasgow council on alcohol, alcoholics anonymous, trained prison staff |<3>- |<3>- |<3>- |<3>- Barlinnie Unit Glasgow council on alcohol |1 |2 |Nil |Nil Castle Huntly Prison social worker, prison education officer |27 |15 |30 |19 Cornton Vale Scottish council on alcohol, alcoholics anonymous, trained prison staff, prison social workers |<2>- |<2>- |<2>- |9 Dumfries Nil (contact is maintained with Alcoholics Anonymous) |Nil |Nil |Nil |Nil Dungavel Prison social work unit, alcoholics anonymous |18 |40 |43 |15 Edinburgh Prison education unit, alcoholics anonymous |28 |32 |27 |18 Friarton Alcoholics anonymous, prison education unit |10 |10 |10 |4 Glenochil Alcoholics anonymous, Scottish council on alcohol |80 |80 |80 |80 Greenock Inverclyde alcohol project, prison social work unit, alcoholics anonymous |<2>- |5 |15 |17 Inverness Scottish council on alcohol |40 |40 |40 |40 Longriggend Alcoholics anonymous, prison social work unit, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, addiction and advisory centre |259 |312 |476 |113 Low Moss Prison addictions unit, alcoholics anonymous |<2>- |<2>- |<2>- |34 Noranside Alcoholics anonymous, Tayside council on alcohol, prison education unit |4 |14 |19 |21 Penninghame Prison education unit, prison social work, alcoholics anonymous, al-teen |<2>- |<2>- |54 |12 Perth Tayside council on alcohol, alcoholics anonymous, prison social work unit |13 |21 |12 |32 Peterhead Prison education unit, alcoholics anonymous |26 |46 |80 |40 Polmont Prison social work unit, Scottish council on alcohol |65 |63 |42 |16 Shotts Alcoholics anonymous |<4> |<4>- |<4>- |<4>- Shotts unit Nil |Nil |Nil |Nil |Nil |--- |--- |--- |--- Total |571 |680 |952 |516 <1> The numbers quoted show the total number of prisoners who completed alcohol programmes. The number of prisoners who commenced but did not complete the programmes is not available. <2> No figures available. <3> Figures to follow. <4> 30 Prisoners attend per week. The figures do not include the prisoners who receive individual counselling from prison based social workers or community based addiction counsellors.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 3 May, Official Report, column 498, when he expects to approve the contract agreed between Burley Health Care plc and Ayrshire and Arran health board for replacement care provision arising out of the planned closure of Ravenspark hospital.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 14 June 1994] : The decision on whether or not to contract with Burley Health Care plc is a matter for Ayrshire and Arran health board but, in terms of its accountability to the Secretary of State, the board must be able to demonstrate that its purchasing decisions are firmly based on the assessed needs of its population both in the immediate and longer term; will bring greater benefits to patients; and represent value for money. These matters are under discussion with the health board.
Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his latest estimate of the number of employees of each district and county council in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The latest estimates of local authority staff numbers, excluding those employed under special employment and training measures, are given in the following table.
Number of staff employed by local authorities at March 1994<1> |Full-time |Part-time |employees |employees<2> ------------------------------------------------------------- County Councils<3> Clwyd |6,960 |7,323 Dyfed |7,643 |7,227 Gwent |8,615 |9,707 Gwynedd |4,877 |4,730 Mid Glamorgan |12,173 |9,078 Powys<4> |2,990 |2,495 South Glamorgan |7,502 |7,128 West Glamorgan |8,205 |5,938 District Councils: Aberconwy<5> |447 |36 Alyn and Deeside |498 |98 Arfon |494 |75 Blaenau Gwent |912 |155 Brecknock |222 |28 Cardiff |2,454 |1,103 Carmarthen |372 |71 Ceredigion |528 |30 Colwyn |369 |86 Cynon Valley |591 |43 Delyn |473 |185 Dinefwr |235 |14 Dwyfor |235 |23 Glyndwr |256 |92 Islwyn |620 |77 Llanelli |608 |80 Lliw Valley |487 |80 Meirionnydd |280 |47 Merthyr Tydfil |685 |87 Monmouth |448 |124 Montgomeryshire |301 |150 Neath |534 |81 Newport |1,184 |243 Ogwr |924 |243 Port Tabot |436 |84 Preseli Pembrokeshire |508 |64 Radnorshire |144 |51 Rhondda |736 |214 Rhuddlan |341 |47 Rhymney Valley |906 |265 South Pembrokeshire |287 |25 Swansea |2,271 |217 Taff Ely |654 |128 Torfaen |768 |158 Vale of Glamorgan |699 |140 Wrexham Maelor |1,071 |204 Ynys Mon |445 |77 Source: Local Government Management Board (LGMB) <1>Provisional. <2>Working no more than 30 hours per week. <3>Excludes Police, Magistrates Courts and Probation Service staff. <4>As at September 1992. <5>As at March 1993.
Mr. Rowlands : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of senior grade employees of each district and county council in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information requested is not collected centrally.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hip operations carried out in Wales over the last five years have been carried out by (i) consultant orthopaedic surgeons or their registrars and (ii) general surgeons.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The number of hip replacements carried out as principal operations in the care of consultants for the period is given in the table.
Consultant Specialty |General |Trauma and |Total |surgery<1> |Orthopaedics<1> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1988-89 |1 |903 |904 1989-90 |3 |943 |946 1990-91 |3 |816 |819 <2>1991-92 |1,103 |1,103 <2>1992-93 |1 |1,230 |1,231 Source: Hospital Activity Analysis 1988 to 1990. Patient Episode Database for Wales 1991 onwards. <1>In addition a small number of hip replacements were undertaken by consultants from other specialties. Figures may understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clinical information. <2>Provisional.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all those hospitals in Wales which carry out hip replacement operations; and in which of these the operations take place in theatres with laminar air flow facilities.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : This information is not held centrally.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each of the last five years the number of (a) hip replacement operations and (b) hip revision operations carried out in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The number of hip replacements and revisions carried out as principal operations during the period is given in the table :
|Hip |Hip |Total |replacement |revision ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1988-89 |909 |690 |1,599 1989-90 |954 |687 |1,641 1990-91 |822 |513 |1,335 <2>1991-92 |1,103 |414 |1,517 <2>1992-93 |1,231 |366 |1,597 Source: Hospital Activity 1988 to 1990. Patient Episode Database for Wales 1991 onwards. <1>Figures may understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clincial information. <2>Provisional.
Mr. Gareth Wardell : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the hospitals in Wales with accident and emergency units ; and which of them have on-site, on-call consultant cover on a 24-hour a day basis.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : All 13 general hospitals in Wales have major accident and emergency units with access to a full range of support services. Details of medical cover, which will vary according to local needs, are not held centrally. The general hospitals concerned are :
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd--Bodelwyddan
Bronglais General Hospital--Aberystwyth
West Wales General Hospital--Carmarthen
Prince Philip Hospital--Llanelli
Princess of Wales Hospital--Bridgend
East Glamorgan General Hospital--Church Village
Prince Charles Hospital--Merthyr Tydfil
Cardiff Royal Infirmary--Cardiff
Royal Gwent Hospital--Newport
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what are the planned numbers of health visitors, district nurses, school nurses, community psychiatric nurses, health visitor students and district nurse students for each year from 1995 to 1999.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information on planned numbers of health visitors, district nurses, school nurses and community psychiatric nurses is not available in the format requested.
The number of health visitor students and district nurse students are reviewed annually to take account of the latest work force planning information. Figures for 1995-1999 are therefore not available.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the number of health visitors, district nurses, school nurses and community psychiatric nurses expressed as whole-time equivalents in September in each year from 1988 to 1992.
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many health visitors were employed in each health authority or NHS trust in Wales in each year since 1985 in terms of both full-time and part-time employees.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Information for nursing staff is available centrally from the NHS payroll system and associated information systems. Detailed breakdowns, from this source, of the number of nursing staff employed by health authorities and NHS trusts into occupational groups such as those requested are not considered reliable.
Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been made available in each year since 1980 for nursery and reception classes in Welsh local education authorities ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Resources made available to local authorities through the annual settlement are not hypothecated to individual services. Actual expenditure on nursery and reception classes cannot be separately identified within the data collected centrally.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received regarding the location of residential and nursing homes ; if he will make it his policy to increase the powers of planning authorities in this area ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Since 1 Janaury 1993, my right hon. Friend has received four representations, all of which were objections to proposals to change the use of existing properties to such homes. My right hon. Friend has no proposals to increase the powers available to local planning authorities to control this type of development.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the incidence of the coxsackie virus in Wales in the last two years ; and in what geographical areas the problem has been identified.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Estimates of the incidence of coxsackie virus infection are based on voluntary reports made to the Public Health Laboratory Service communicable disease surveillance centre by microbiology laboratories throughout Wales. The number of cases of coxsackie virus reported by laboratories in Wales in 1992 and 1993 are shown in the table. There are no reported cases as yet in 1994. Information regarding the area of occurrence is not readily available.
|1992|1993 --------------------------- Coxsackie A |5 |5 Coxsackie B |6 |10 |- |- Total |11 |15 Source: Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of the Public Health Laboratory Service.
Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research is being undertaken into the coxsackie virus in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : No separate research is being carried out in Wales. However, the Public Health Laboratory Service are undertaking a retrospective analysis of the epidemiology of coxsackie virus infection in England and Wales over the last 20 years.
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all the voluntary all-Wales organisations which are supported financially by his Department ; and what amount of support is given to each organisation.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information requested is as follows. It is based on funding for 1993-94.
Voluntary |Funding Organisation |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wales Council for Voluntary Action |369,480 Community Service Volunteers |66,547 Charities Evaluation Service |21,580 Business in the Community |23,630 Welsh Women's Aid |497,987 Shelter Cymru |222,649 Special Needs Housing Advisory Service |73,400 Care and Repair |156,272 Tenant Participation Advisory Service (Wales) |159,000 Welsh Tenants' Federation |82,221 Positive Action Training in Housing (Local Authorities) |23,150 Alcohol Concern Wales |78,758 Drugaid |34,722 Youthlink Wales |68,094 Standing Conference of Voluntary Organisations |201,391 MENCAP |84,370 People First Wales |13,283 The Civic Trust for Wales |35,880 Welsh Archaeological Trusts |899,675 The Order of St John |124,221 ASH |56,130 Royal Life Saving Society |10,000 Marie Curie Cancer Care |500 Family Planning Association |1,600 La Leche League |850 Theatr Fforwm Cymru |3,470 British Fluoridation Society |3,200 Extend |2,800 Association of Welsh Wildlife Trusts |16,200 British Trust for Conservation Volunteers |49,546 Centre for Alternative Technology |15,400 Friends of the Earth Cymru |33,972 Keep Wales Tidy Campaign |195,661 National Trust |5,000 Prince of Wales' Committee |87,824 Ramblers' Association |8,653 Royal Society for Nature Conservation |23,696 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds |3,142 Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link |12,979 Age Concern Wales |213,065 Arts for Disabled People in Wales |37,000 British Association for Service to the Elderly |20,200 Carers National Association Wales |66,301 Crossroads Wales |100,000 Hijinx Theatre |2,400 PHAB |30,520 Sense |25,000 Wales Council for the Blind |95,978 Wales Council for the Deaf |144,700 Wales Council for the Disabled |348,078 Wales Disabled Drivers Assessment Centre |34,028 Wales MIND Cymru |41,819 National Schizophrenia Fellowship |51,263 Manic Depression Fellowship |16,999 Alzheimers Disease Society |44,753 CRUSE Bereavement Care |28,017 Welsh Books Council |1,139,621 Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin |639,316 National Eisteddfod |388,000 Urdd Gobaith Cymru |278,670 Nant Gwrtheyrn |93,600 Papurau Bro |47,000 Welsh Learners' Society (CYD) |47,000 Duke of Edinburgh's Award |27,500 Merched y Wawr |22,330 National Federation of Women's Institutes |18,325 Sunday Schools Council |14,200 Wales Young Farmers |14,250 Cymru a'r Byd |3,000 Council for Education in World Citizenship |476 Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales |2,500 Pont |8,300 Menter a Busnes |22,000 Academi Gymreig |2,235 Royal National Institute for the Blind |29,545 Dolen Cymru |13,240 Baptist Youth Ministry |10,000 Boys Brigade in Wales |14,850 Church in Wales Board of Mission |15,600 Guides Cymru |11,722 Gwerin y Coed |15,000 UNAIYS |14,000 United Reformed Church Youth Project |10,644 Welsh Federation of Boys and Girls' Groups |114,714 YMCA Wales |48,936 Welsh Association of Youth Clubs |45,899 Welsh Scout Council |21,000 Youth Events Wales |4,200 Welsh Chess Union |5,500 British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering |71,920 Catholic Children and Family Care Society (Wales) |49,460 Childline |61,409 Children in Wales |197,155 Children's Society |111,350 Children's Cancer Support Unit |5,280 Gingerbread |56,639 Homestart Consultancy |25,837 Joint Breastfeeding Initiative |16,810 Kids Clubs Networks |14,978 National Children's Homes |126,040 National Association for Young People in Care |62,730 National Childminding Association |147,750 National Fostercare Association |36,155 Relate |18,530 Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society |10,530 Wales Assembly of Women |9,410 Wales Pre-School Playgroups Association |165,820 Chwarae Teg |18,760
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all changes since 1992 in child protection training procedures for health visitors in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Since 1992 child protection training has been a part of initial training for health visitors and a recommended part of their post-basic and continuing education.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total expenditure on road maintenance in Wales for each of the last five years ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood : Figures for current expenditure on roads maintenance are :
Financial year |Local |Central |£ million |£ million ------------------------------------------------------------ 1989-90 |<3>124.7 |15.3 1990-91 |135.5 |18.6 1991-92 |141.9 |20.9 1992-93 |149.3 |23.2 1993-94 |<4>150.4 |<4>26.3 <1>Includes all highways and bridge maintenance, street cleaning for highways purposes, lighting, road safety and associated professional and technical services and net expenditure incurred on behalf of other local authorities under agency agreements. <2>Expenditure on motorways and trunk roads. <3>A new definition of current expenditure was introduced in 1990-91 and this figure is not strictly comparable with those of later years. <4>Provisional figures.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many primary schools in each county in Wales have reduced the number of teachers following the introduction of formula funding ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood : An analysis in terms of the number of schools could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the number of teachers in primary schools in each county are given in the table. Formula funding was introduced in April 1990 and so the table compares the numbers of teachers at January 1990 with the most recent data available, which are for Janaury 1993.
There has been an overall increase of 354 teachers across Wales reflecting an increase in pupil numbers. In Powys and Gwynedd pupil numbers have fallen proportionately more than teacher numbers, so the pupil : teacher ratios have improved.
Full-time equivalent teachers in maintained primary schools<1> Increase |1990 |1993 |Number |Per cent. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Clwyd |1,510 |1,610 |100 |6.6 Dyfed |1,597 |1,625 |28 |1.8 Gwent |1,798 |1,843 |45 |2.5 Gwynedd |945 |926 |-19 |-2.0 Mid Glamorgan |2,347 |2,386 |39 |1.7 Powys |519 |513 |-6 |-1.2 South Glamorgan |1,607 |1,737 |130 |8.1 West Glamorgan |1,609 |1,646 |37 |2.3 |---- |---- |---- |---- Wales total |11,932 |12,286 |354 |3.0 <1> Qualified teachers in primary schools at January each year excluding those employed by the LEA who are not allocated to particular schools-for example, peripatetic teachers.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people not on waiting lists for treatment were waiting to see a specialist in the national health service at the end of March.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Information relating to the number of people waiting for a first out-patient consultation at NHS hospitals in Wales on 31 March 1994 is due to be published in August 1994. Welsh health authorities and GP fundholders reported 130,440 people on their lists for a first out-patient consultation at 31 March 1994. These may include people waiting for consultations at hospitals outside Wales.
Mr. Richards : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what changes he proposes to make to the cash limits for his Department in the current financial year.
Mr. Redwood : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the cash limit on class XV, vote 2 will be reduced by £9,994,000, from £185,192,000 to £175,198,000 ; the cash limit on class XV, vote 4 will be increased by £967,000, from £564, 452,000 to £565,419,000 ; the cash limit on class XV, vote 5 will be increased by £4,820,000, from £487,955,000 to £492,775,000 ; the cash limit on class XV, vote 8 will be increased by £3,000,000 from £1,498,032,000 to £1,502,032,000. The local authority capital
limit--WO/LACAP--will be increased by £1,079,000 from £464,390,000 to £465,811,000.
The decrease in the cash limit for vote 2 is in respect of the planned recovery of an additional payment of grant in aid made to the Welsh Development Agency in 1993-94 to help cover a major receipt expected in that year but delayed until 1994-95.
The increase in the cash limit for vote 4 provides for the expected increase in the number of participants in training for work claiming allowances.
The increase in the cash limit for vote 5 comprises £4,000,000 extra for central Government expenditure on motorways and trunk roads, an additional £500,000 for transport grant for the third Dee crossing and an additional £320,000 for the Staff Commission for Wales.
The increase in the cash limit for vote 8 provides an additional £3,000,000 for central Government expenditure on health and personal social services.
There is also one change to a non-voted cash limit. The increase in the cash limit for WO/LACAP is in respect of an additional £1,000,000 for a housing "under-occupation"