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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.

Conservation Areas

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.

Mr. Allan Stewart : A comprehensive list is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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GPs (Night Visits)

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.

Conveyancing and Executry Services Board

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.

Public Information

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.

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Johnstone Health Clinic

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

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health board, Strathclyde regional council, and Renfrewshire Healthcare NHS trust--expect to make a decision during the summer.

Consultants (Merit Awards)

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number and total cost of merit awards currently made to consultants for each health authority in Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 27 June 1994] : The information is shown in the table :

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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           




(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 Logsys

ACT Meisys Ltd.

Admiral Management

Agricultural Analysts

Aims Systems Ltd.

Aimtec Europe

Amba Group

Amdahl (UK) Ltd.

AMP Systems

Ampersand Systems

Amtec Consulting System

Analytical Information System

Andrew Cheshire

Anglia Business Systems

Applied Systems

Applied Information Systems

Arc International Plc

Ashbourne Biosciences

Ask Group

Aslib Consultancy

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BIS Applied Systems

BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd.


Brandt Computer

Bristol University

Brook Systems

Building Energy Solution

Butler Cox

Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.

Cambridge Ergonomics


Chisq Ltd.

Civil Service College

Clarke Whitehill

Comer Capacity

Consort Consultancy

Coopers and Lybrand

Corporate Computers

CSS Trident

Currie and Brown

D. M. Shaw and Associates

DA Consulting Systems

Data Dictionary



DIS Industrial Consultants

Disability Matters

DPP International

DR Hoodless

Duhig Berry Ltd.

E. G. Burnett

Easams Ltd.

Edinburgh University

Electronic Facilities Design

EM Consultants

Energy Auditing Agency Ltd.


Exclusive Software

Ferriby Marine

FI Group Plc

Fletcher King

Forvous Computer

Forward Catering Consultancy



George T. Dunn Partnership

Good Technology

Grafton Database

Halcrow and Partners


Harwell Computer

Hayes-Davies PA

Hoskyns Group Plc


IBM (UK) Ltd.

ICS (Sales) Ltd.

Inference Europe



Insight Consulting

Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

International Software


ISM Consultants

Johnstone and Wright Consultants

Keith Butterfield Associates


Korda and Co. Ltd.

L. G. Mouchel and Partners

LAB Systems

Lawrence Hewitt Partnership


Lloyd Davies Associates


Manpower Plc

Mansell Associates

Maynes Associates

McNeel Robertson

Megaware Consultants

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