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Jubilee Line Extension

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the approximate cost of preparation and auxiliary work occasioned by works for the Jubilee line at Westminster station that are not part of the contracts for that line ; and what is the principal expenditures and the source of funding from (a) public and (b) private bodies.

Mr. Norris : In the parliamentary summer recesses of 1992 and 1993, London Underground Limited spent a total of around £3 million on utility diversions in the Westminster station area. All that expenditure was financed by the Government's grant to London Transport.

A64

Mr. Sykes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last travelled in his official capacity along the A64 from York to Scarborough.

Mr. MacGregor : I have never travelled along the whole route in my official capacity but have frequently done so non-officially.

Buses, London

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) double decker and (b) single decker public service buses are estimated to be on London's roads at the latest available date ; how many passengers they carried ; what were the comparable figures five years ago ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris : In 1992-93 there were 3,649 double decker and 1,395 single decker--including 1,232 midi and mini type--London Transport buses, excluding tendered service buses run by companies other than London Buses Ltd. In 1987-88, the comparable figures were 4,389 double decker and 624 single decker--including 170 midi and mini type.

For total passenger figures, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 29 November 1993 at column 340. Passenger figures by vehicle type are not available.

London Traffic

Sir Michael Neubert : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the proportion of traffic within Greater London carried by (a) road, (b) rail and (c) river.

Mr. Norris : In 1992, it was estimated that 78 per cent. of freight lifted in Greater London, by weight, was carried by road, 17 per cent. by river and 4 per cent. by rail.

In 1991, 81 per cent. of the number of journeys made by individuals, excluding journeys involving only walking, were by road and 19 per cent. by rail. The proportion of journeys made by river was less than one tenth of 1 per cent.

SCOTLAND

Litter Bins, A9

Sir Russell Johnston : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the outcome of the Scottish Office experiment in the reduction in the deposit of litter in


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lay-bys which led to the removal of litter bins from lay-bys on the A9 from Aviemore to the Slochd ; when these bins will be replaced ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Environmental Protection Act 1990, which came in to force on 1 April 1991, and its associated litter code of practice transferred responsibility for sweeping and cleansing of trunk roads--other than motorways or designated special roads--from the Secretary of State to the district or island councils.

Since the removal of the litter bins from the lay-bys on the section of the A9 trunk road from Aviemore to the Slochd, only one lay-by has given cause for concern. In response to this, Badenoch and Strathspey district council replaced the litter bin and is now content with the situation. It has no plans to replace any further litter bins on this section.

Green Belt Policy

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy in respect of protecting the green belt which lies between (a) Paisley and Elderslie and (b) Elderslie and Johnstone ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : The Government's policy on protection of the green belt in Scotland is contained in Scottish Development Department circular 24/1985, a copy of which is in the House Library. I shall arrange for a copy to be sent to the hon. Member.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list individuals and organisations who responded to the consultation document on the proposal for a national health servive trust to merge the Royal Scottish National hospital with Forth Valley Healthcare ; who was in favour of the proposal ; and who was against.

Mr. Stewart : Copies of all comments received in response to the public consultation have been retained by Forth Valley health board and are available for inspection. In due course a copy will also be available for inspection in the Library of the Scottish Office at St. Andrew's house, Edinburgh.

There were 32 responses, most of which provided comments but did not specifically indicate support or opposition to the proposed merger. Clearly stated opinions indicated eight in favour and two against, as follows :

In favour

Area Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee

Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary NHS Trust

Central Regional Council

University of Stirling

Relatives Association, Royal Scottish National Hospital Purchasing and Monitoring Team on Priority and Community Services, Forth Valley Health Board

Forth Valley College of Nursing and Midwifery

Mr. P. Dickens, Clinical Services Manager, Royal Scottish National Hospital

Against

Mr. Dennis Canavan, MP

Dr. G. Dodds, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bellsdyke Hospital Comments

Area Medical Committee

GP Sub-Committee

Area Pharmaceutical Committee


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Area Paramedical Committee

Psychology Advisory Committee, Forth Valley Healthcare

British Medical Association

The College of Speech and Language Therapists

The Royal College of Nursing

Clackmannan District Council

Forth Valley Local Health Council

Scottish Health Visitors' Association

Friends of Bellsdyke Hospital

Stirling and District Association for Mental Health

Dr. P. Murdoch, Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine, Falkirk Unit

Dr. R. Hall, Interim Clinical Director (Community) Forth Valley Healthcare

Mr. and Mrs. J. McKelvie

General Adult Psychiatry Clinical Directorate, Forth Valley Healthcare

Professions Allied to Medicine, Forth Valley Healthcare Carers' Forum

No comments

The Royal College of Midwives, Scottish Board

British Red Cross

Strathcarron Hospice

Mental Welfare Commission

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when he expects to announce the appointments of the new members of the Mental Welfare Commission ;

(2) if he will list the current members of the Mental Welfare Commission and their period of tenure.

Mr. Stewart : My right hon. Friend has today announced the appointment of Mrs. Norma Bennie, Mrs. E. Faith Cotter, Mr. Donald J. MacDonald and Mr. John A. Ross as part-time commissioners to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. Mrs. Patricia A. Baxter has been re- appointed for a further term.

The current membership of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland is as follows :


                                 |Year of First      |Due to Demit Office                    

                                 |Appointment                                                

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Chairman                                                                                     

Sheriff Hazel Aronson QC         |1991               |1 May 1995                             

                                                                                             

Full-time Medical Commissioners                                                              

Dr. J. A. Dyer (Director)        |1991               |15 April 1995                          

Dr. A. W. Drummond               |1993               |31 May 1995                            

                                                                                             

Full-time Social Work Commissioner                                                           

Mrs. C. E. McGregor              |1993               |30 November 1997                       

                                                                                             

Part-time Commissioners                                                                      

Mrs. P. A. Baxter                |1990               |30 April 1998                          

Mrs. N. Bennie                   |1994               |31 May 1998                            

Mr. P. H. Brodie QC              |1985               |31 December 1996                       

Mrs. E. F. Cotter                |1994               |31 May 1998                            

Mr. R. G. Davis                  |1984               |31 May 1996                            

Mrs. A. M. Green                 |1984               |31 May 1996                            

Mrs. M. Jeffcoat                 |1992               |31 May 1996                            

Dr. M. G. Livingston             |1994               |31 December 1997                       

Dr. E. D. A. McCall-Smith        |1993               |31 July 1997                           

Dr. R. G. McCreadie              |1994               |31 December 1997                       

Mr. D. J. MacDonald              |1994               |31 May 1998                            

Mr. J. C. Murray (Vice-Chairman) |1991               |2 September 1995                       

Miss L. Noble                    |1992               |31 May 1996                            

Mr. J. A. Ross                   |1994               |31 May 1998                            

Mr. J. G. Sutherland OBE         |1984               |31 May 1996                            

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what criteria he will use for appointments to the Mental Welfare Commission ;


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(2) how many nominations he has received for vacancies on the Mental Welfare Commission.

Mr. Stewart : The criteria for appointments to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are set out in part II of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984. Commissioners are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. Before making such a recommendation, my right hon. Friend is required to consult such bodies as appear to him to be concerned.

In the past year, 11 nominations have been received for part-time vacancies on the Mental Welfare Commission. Recommendations for the appointment of full-time medical and social work commissioners are put forward following an open recruitment competition.

Housing

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number and location of unoccupied housing held by Government Departments ; and what proposals he has to bring these back into use for homeless families.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. Friend is responsible only for property held by the Scottish Office. In April 1993, the Scottish Office Departments, health boards and trusts had 239 empty properties throughout Scotland out of a total stock of 1,625 properties. An agreed target was set to dispose of or bring back into use 80 of these properties by 31 March 1994. The figure achieved was 94. Sale or lease to a housing association for rent to those in housing need is one option to be considered for empty property, but the approach in each case will depend on local circumstances.

Ravenspark Hospital

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many redundancies Ayrshire and Arran health board expect to result from the closure of Ravenspark hospital ; and how many of these will occur among (a) ancillary, (b) nursing and (c) medical staff ; (2) what assurances have been sought by Ayrshire and Arran health board or the Community Health Care NHS trust from the companies bidding for replacement provision resulting from the closure of Ravenspark hospital as regards the employment of national health service employees who will be made redundant by the closure of Ravenspark hospital.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 14 June 1994] : It is anticipated that Ravenspark hospital will close in early 1995. It is too early to talk about specific redundancies at this stage.

All prospective tenderers have indicated to the health board that their recruitment programmes would give first consideration to staff currently caring for patients who will be transferred from Ravenspark hospital to the new facilities under their ownership and management. For its part, the community healthcare trust will ensure that staff and patient welfare issues are actively addressed during closure to ensure a smooth transition in the interests of staff and of quality patient care.


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Psychiatry (Statistics)

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many high-security psychiatric patients were admitted to psychiatric wards in non-high security units in Scotland in the period from 1985 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : None. The state hospital, Carstairs provides care for all Scottish psychiatric patients needing treatment in conditions of medium or maximum security.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the most common forms of mental illness for children and teenagers ; and what was their incidence in Scotland in the period 1979 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : This information is not available. However, in 1993 the number of admissions to mental illness hospitals in Scotland for the under-19 age group was as follows :


                            |1993         |Percentage of              

                                          |total                      

                                          |admissions                 

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Alcoholic psychosis and                                               

Alcohol dependence syndrome |19           |2                          

Drug abuse                  |104          |11                         

Schizophrenic psychoses     |85           |9                          

Affective psychoses         |56           |6                          

Other psychoses             |90           |10                         

Disorders of childhood      |38           |4                          

Neurotic disorders          |33           |4                          

Depressions-non psychotic   |169          |16                         

Personality disorders       |35           |4                          

Other conditions            |<1>288       |31                         

                            |---          |---                        

  Total                     |917          |100                        

<1> Refers mainly to assessment or respite admissions.                

The total numbers of admissions for this age group since 1979 were as follows :


           |All       |First                

           |admissions|admissions           

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1979       |1,032     |704                  

1980       |1,095     |667                  

1981       |1,269     |720                  

1982       |1,102     |685                  

1983       |1,145     |730                  

1984       |1,082     |657                  

1985       |1,033     |613                  

1986       |935       |563                  

1987       |941       |579                  

1988       |909       |575                  

1989       |898       |530                  

1990       |916       |566                  

1991       |961       |575                  

1992       |1,056     |541                  

1993       |917       |490                  

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the national referral pattern for adolescent psychiatric services for Scotland ; and what was the regional breakdown of contractual referral for each health region for the period 1979 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The information is not available in the form requested. Information is available that shows first attendances for


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years 1984-93 only. However, the information is too lengthy to print in the Official Report so I will arrange for a copy to be sent to the hon. Member and for copies to be placed in the Libraries of the House. Adolescent psychiatric clinics are provided by the boards shown. For those that do not hold separate adolescent clinics, adolescents are likely to be referred to neighbouring boards or to their own adult psychiatric services.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many nursing and paramedical staff in Scotland are qualified in forensic psychiatry and working in (a) high security units and (b) admission wards in psychiatric hospitals and mental health trusts.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The information requested is not available centrally.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what capital charges were levied on each regional adolescent psychiatric unit in the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : None. There are no regional adolescent psychiatric units in Scotland. Adolescent psychiatric services are part of the general psychiatric provision.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many nursing and para-medical staff working in psychiatric wards in mental health trust hospitals in Scotland have sustained non-accidental injuries from patients in each year since 1985.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many psychiatric patients have been contracted out for treatment to the private sector in Scotland in each year since 1979.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : This information is not available centrally. It is for individual health boards to determine the needs of their population and to purchase psychiatric services accordingly.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many beds designated specifically for adolescent psychiatry there were in Scotland in each year since 1979 and at the latest available date.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 June 1994] : The information requested is shown in the table.


NHS Scotland      

average available 

staffed beds;     

Adolescent        

psychiatry:       

Years ending 31   

March 1979-1993   

Year              

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1979    |64       

1980    |64       

1981    |64       

1982    |64       

1983    |64       

1984    |79       

1985    |78       

1986    |76       

1987    |77       

1988    |77       

1989    |75       

1990    |67       

1991    |59       

1992    |53       

<1>1993 |61       

<1> Year ending   

31 December 1993  

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the national referral patterns and regional referral patterns for all units providing psychiatric services for deaf people in Scotland in each year since 1987.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The information requested is not held centrally.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children and teenagers suffering from serious mental illnesses were admitted to psychiatric hospitals in Scotland in the period 1979 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The information requested is as follows :


Admissions<1> to Mental Illness and Psychiatric Units       

Scotland 1979-1993                                          

                Aged 0-19 years                             

Year           |All Admissions|1st Admissions               

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1979           |1,034         |705                          

1980           |1,125         |670                          

1981           |1,293         |725                          

1982           |1,134         |690                          

1983           |1,152         |730                          

1984           |1,088         |658                          

1985           |1,034         |613                          

1986           |935           |563                          

1987           |941           |579                          

1988           |910           |575                          

1989           |898           |530                          

1990           |920           |566                          

1991           |969           |575                          

1992           |1,067         |541                          

<2>1993        |923           |490                          

<1>Excludes patients with a mental handicap diagnosis.      

<2>Provisional.                                             

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many forensic psychiatric patients have been treated in Scotland in each year since 1985.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : Separate information on forensic psychiatric patients is not available. The position for all mental illness and psychiatric admissions is as follows :


Admissions<1> to Mental Illness and          

Psychiatric Units                            

Scotland 1985-1993                           

Year           |All ages                     

               |All Admissions               

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

1985           |27,158                       

1986           |27,418                       

1987           |27,925                       

1988           |28,907                       

1989           |28,786                       

1990           |29,771                       

1991           |29,626                       

1992           |29,095                       

<2>1993        |28,243                       

<1>Excludes patients with a Mental Handicap  

diagnosis.                                   

<2>Provisional.                              


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Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many extra-contractual referrals for individuals requiring specialist psychiatric services for deaf people were made in Scotland in 1993-94.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The information requested is not available centrally.

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many doctors are trained each year in forensic psychiatry ; and how many qualified in forensic psychiatry are practising in the national health service in Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : There are seven doctors in specialist training in forensic psychiatry in Scotland, corresponding to approximately one a year. There are 11 consultants and one associate specialist in the specialty.

Dentistry

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many general dental practitioners in Scotland received remuneration for NHS treatments in each year since 1983.

(2) how many general dental practitioners in Scotland were registered with the Dental Practice Board in each year since 1983.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : To receive remuneration for national health service treatment a dentist must be on a health board's dental list. The number of general dental practitioners registered on health board dental lists to provide national health service general dental services in Scotland is contained in the table.


Number of dentists on health  

board dental lists            

in Scotland at 31 December    

Year      |Number of          

          |dentists           

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1983      |1,379              

1984      |1,360              

1985      |1,392              

1986      |1,456              

1987      |1,511              

1988      |1,528              

1989      |1,587              

1990      |1,626              

1991      |1,666              

1992      |1,680              

1993      |1,774              

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many general dental practitioners qualified and took up national health service practice in Scotland in each year since 1983.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 17 June 1994] : The numbers of dentists who qualified are as follows :


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