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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.
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.
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.
Column 50lay-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.
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.
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 :
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
Mr. Dennis Canavan, MP
Dr. G. Dodds, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bellsdyke Hospital Comments
Area Medical Committee
Area Pharmaceutical Committee
Column 51Area 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
The Royal College of Midwives, Scottish Board
British Red Cross
(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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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
Column 52(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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 -------------------------------------------- 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.
Column 54years 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. 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 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.
NHS Scotland average available staffed beds; Adolescent psychiatry: Years ending 31 March 1979-1993 Year ------------------ 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. 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.
Admissions<1> to Mental Illness and Psychiatric Units Scotland 1979-1993 Aged 0-19 years Year |All Admissions|1st Admissions ------------------------------------------------------------ 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.
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.
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. 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.
(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 ------------------------------ 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