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Sir Hector Monro : As the Glenfeshie and Mar Lodge estates are privately owned, my right hon. Friend has made no specific assessment of their value to tourism. However, the principal attraction of the Cairngorms area for tourists is the high quality of its landscape and natural heritage. These attractions are well represented in the Glenfeshie and Mar Lodge estates. In recognition of the national importance of the landscape and natural heritage which they contain, significant parts of these estates have been included in the Cairngorms national nature reserve, the Cairngorms national scenic area, and the proposed Cairngorms special protection area.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the conservation areas in Scotland which are subject to article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 directive by his Department.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 15 June, Official Report, columns 605-6, what is his assessment of the reasons for the upward growth in the figures for night visits by general practitioners.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 23 June 1994] : The rising trend is likely to reflect a range of factors but the step increase in 1990-91 can probably be attributed largely to changes introduced by the 1990 GP contract to the basis on which GPs are remunerated for night visits, including a two-tier system of payment for night visits and a two-hour extension of the period within which visits gave rise to eligibility for a fee.
Mr. George Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has made a decision about the future of the Conveyancing and Executry Services Board ; and what consultations he undertook before reaching his conclusions.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 23 June 1994] : My noble and learned Friend the Minister of State announced on 21 June that the suspension of the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board would continue for a further two years. After careful consideration, we had concluded that the housing market had not yet picked up sufficiently to provide worthwhile opportunities for qualified conveyancers. The decision will be reviewed in a year's time.
No formal consultation exercise was undertaken in reaching this decision. We did, however, take into account the representations we had received over the period since the board was suspended.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing (a) the names and addresses of those contracted to provide one-stop access to information on behalf of his Department under the taking stock exercise, (b) the estimated annual amount to each including expenses, (c) how many inquiries have been made up to and including 1 June at each office and (d) the pro rata cost of each inquiry ; and if he will make a statement on what has been achieved by this project.
Mr. Lang [holding answer 24 June 1994] : Of the 25 public information points established since September 1993, 20 are in departmental offices around Scotland, three are in citizens advice bureaux in Dumbarton, Airdrie and Kirkcaldy, and two are in the offices of solicitors in Perth and Kirkcudbright--at June 1994. The total cost of establishing all 25 information points is approximately £27,000 covering racking, shelving, the provision of a telephone helpline, and printed material. No payments have been made to the firms in whose offices information points have been established. A record of the number of inquirers calling at the information points is not kept, and consequently it is not possible to calculate a cost per inquiry. Information points make an important contribution to the accessibility of the Scottish Office and allow members of the public to inquire, complain or make suggestions about the Department's services and policies.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the utilisation or disposal of the former Johnstone health clinic, which was closed when Argyll and Clyde health board opened the new Johnstone health centre.
Mr. Stewart [holding answer 24 June 1994] : I understand that this property is currently being considered for use as a centre for day care for adults with learning disabilities. The project sponsors--Argyll and Clyde
Column 502health board, Strathclyde regional council, and Renfrewshire Healthcare NHS trust--expect to make a decision during the summer.
Area |A+ |A |B |C |Cost per area ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Argyll and Clyde |- |- |10 |22 |410,282 Ayrshire and Arran |- |- |4 |23 |311,681 Borders |- |- |- |11 |112,584 Common Services Agency |1 |2 |4 |2 |222,565 Dumfries and Galloway |- |- |4 |13 |209,332 Fife |- |1 |6 |18 |340,973 Forth Valley |- |- |4 |20 |281,907 Grampian |2 |12 |20 |54 |1,279,010 Greater Glasgow |12 |45 |81 |142 |4,566,621 Highland |- |1 |10 |21 |442,372 Lanarkshire |- |2 |4 |37 |524,275 Lothian |11 |27 |50 |97 |2,918,595 Orkney |- |- |- |1 |10,235 Shetland |- |- |- |- |- State Hospital |- |- |- |- |- Tayside |2 |9 |23 |46 |1,088,476 Western Isles |- |- |1 |2 |40,935 |---- |---- |---- |---- |------ Total numbers per award type |28 |99 |221 |509 |- |---- |---- |---- |---- |------ Total cost |- |- |- |- |12,759,843
Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she 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 her Department ; and if she will list any other firms which have provided consultancy work and the costs to public funds for each of the last five years.
Mr. Jack : The table gives the aggregate cost of contracts with each of the 11 named consultants for the years 1990-91 to 1993-94. Details for 1989-90 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The final item in the table gives the total cost of other consultants employed by the Department for the same years. Lists of those consultants for the years in question appear after the table. The figures are presented in this aggregated form because showing the figures for each year would reveal the cost of some individual contracts and so breach commercial confidentiality. The figures exclude contracts with MAFF agencies.
Consultant |1990-91 to |1993-94 |£ ------------------------------------------------ (a) KPMG Peat Marwick |509,890 (b) Touche Ross |795,057 (c) Price Waterhouse |483,641 (d) Ernst and Young |2,598,758 (e) CSL |0 (f) Prime |30,878 (g) Basis |0 (h) Theodore Goddard |10,126 (i) Dibb Lupton Broomhead |0 (j) Capita |39,207 (k) Shreeveport |254,443 Others (see lists below) |21,809,271
List of additional firms which have provided consultancy work 1990-91 to 1993-94
AC Systems Ltd.
ACT Business Systems
ACT Meisys Ltd.
Aims Systems Ltd.
Amdahl (UK) Ltd.
Amtec Consulting System
Analytical Information System
Anglia Business Systems
Applied Information Systems
Arc International Plc
BIS Applied Systems
BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd.
Building Energy Solution
Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.
Civil Service College
Coopers and Lybrand
Currie and Brown
D. M. Shaw and Associates
DA Consulting Systems
DIS Industrial Consultants
Duhig Berry Ltd.
E. G. Burnett
Electronic Facilities Design
Energy Auditing Agency Ltd.
FI Group Plc
Forward Catering Consultancy
George T. Dunn Partnership
Halcrow and Partners
Hoskyns Group Plc
IBM (UK) Ltd.
ICS (Sales) Ltd.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Johnstone and Wright Consultants
Keith Butterfield Associates
Korda and Co. Ltd.
L. G. Mouchel and Partners
Lawrence Hewitt Partnership
Lloyd Davies Associates