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Mr. Sackville : The information is not available in the form requested.

Evening Primrose Oil

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has funded into the efficacy of evening primrose oil as a treatment for arthritis ; in what circumstances evening primrose oil is available on prescription ; if her Department intends to fund further research into the value of evening primrose oil for treatment of illness and disease ; and if she will make a statement.

Dr. Mawhinney : The main agency through which the Government support biomedical and clinical research is


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the Medical Research Council, which receives its grant-in-aid from the office of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The MRC is always willing to consider soundly-based scientific proposals for research. Evening primrose oil is not available on prescription under the national health service.

Health Authority Funding

Mr. Wicks : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to devise a new national formula for allocating finance to district health authorities for hospital and community health services.

Mr. Sackville : A review of the weighted capitation formula is taking place.

Organophosphorus Insecticides

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investigations and research her Department is carrying out in respect of organophosphorous chemicals used in sheep dips, and those used as insecticides that were sprayed on the British armed forces during the Gulf war ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville : None. However, the Health and Safety Executive, which is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment, has two on-going research projects involving organophosphorus sheep dips.

The Government receive independent scientific advice on the safety in use of sheep dips containing organophosphorus and other compounds from the Statutory Veterinary Products Committee. Following a review last year of the result of research they advised that

organophosphorus sheep dips could continue to be marketed. In particular, they found no firm scientific evidence to support the association of chronic ill-health with exposure. Nevertheless, they recommended measures to reduce exposure to the dips and that further investigations be undertaken.

Earlier this year, the medical and scientific panel was set up as a sub- committee of the Veterinary Products Committee to evaluate current research, advise on additional work, advise on the suitability of projects submitted, and to report to the Veterinary Products Committee.

The medical effects of a large over-exposure to organophosphorus insecticides or sheep dips are well documented. Large over-exposures should not occur when the recommended precautions are taken. The suggestion that organophosphorus insecticides were sprayed on the British armed forces during the Gulf War is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.

Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital

Mr. Raynsford : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the total cost to date of maintaining the premises formerly occupied by the Dreadnought seamen's hospital in Greenwich, since they became vacant.

Mr. Sackville : This is a matter for South Thames regional health authority. The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. William Wells, the chairman of the authority, for details.


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Health Needs

Mr. Wicks : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration will be given in the future, for the Croydon health authority district, to health needs as reflected by (a) infant mortality, (b) life expectancy at birth, (c) the number and proportion of single unmarried mothers and (d) the needs of ethnic minority communities.

Mr. Sackville : Croydon health authority, like all health authorities, is expected to plan to meet the health needs of all its residents. The hon. Member may wish to contact Adrienne Fresko, chairman of Croydon health authority, for details.

New Hospital Buildings

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of capital financing charges on the ability of health care providers to invest in new hospital buildings.

Mr. Sackville : The purpose of the capital charging system is to increase the awareness of health service managers of the cost of capital, to ensure that proposals for capital investment make best use of the resources available and to encourage both health care providers and purchasers to be innovative in planning health care delivery by considering alternatives to capital investment where appropriate. This has led to some providers reconsidering plans for new hospital buildings. There is no evidence that necessary capital investment is being constrained by the capital charging system.

Allergic Reactions to Medication

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of death caused by an allergic reaction to prescribed medication were reported in 1993 ; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville : Cause of death data are not yet available for 1993.

Private Patients

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of whether, where NHS hospitals provide private treatment to patients, there is cross subsidy from NHS to private patients ;

(2) what assessment she has made of whether, where NHS hospitals offer private treatment to patients, the treatment is at full cost which includes overhead depreciation and profit.

Mr. Sackville : Health authorities and national health service trusts are already aware that they are expected to calculate NHS private patient charges on a commercial basis. Such charges must not be less than the full cost to the health authority or NHS trust including overheads and capital charges and must not involve any cross subsidy from NHS to private patients. This generates valuable income for improving services for all patients.

Aortic Aneurysms

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths were attributed to aortic aneurysms in each of the last five years ; and if she will make a statement on the plans she has for screening programmes for this condition.


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Mr. Sackville : The table shows deaths from aortic aneurysms in England and Wales for the last five years for which such figures are available.


       |Number       

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1988   |7,914        

1989   |8,251        

1990   |8,463        

1991   |8,703        

1992   |8,992        

Figures supplied by  

the Office of        

Population, Censuses 

and Surveys.         

The Department is interested in supporting research into the potential usefulness of screening for aortic aneurysm. It has been funding a pilot research project in the subject.

Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate

Mr Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of gamma hydroxy butyrate (a) when taken by people who have not been prescribed it and it and (b) when taken in quantity ; what controls exist at present ; and what controls she now intends to introduce on the availability of gamma hydroxy butyrate (i) other than by prescription and (ii) by mail order.

Mr. Sackville : The substance known as gamma hydroxy butyrate has anaesthetic and muscle relaxant properties and is regarded as a medicinal product as defined in section 130 of the Medicines Act 1968. It can have serious adverse effects, among which are : vomiting, drowsiness, vertigo, depressed breathing and heart rate. Licences are required under the Medicines Act 1968 for the manufacture, sale or supply of this product. No such licences have been granted. Any person manufacturing, selling or supplying an unlicensed product is likely to be in breach of the Act and committing a criminal offence. Any breach of the Act is investigated by enforcement officers of the Medicines Control Agency. The existing controls in the Medicines Act are at present regarded as sufficient.

Market Testing

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is her Department's policy towards the publication of external consultants' reports in relation to market testing.

Mr. Sackville : The decision to disclose all or part of the information contained in external consultants' reports will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out the total cost of external consultancy fees incurred by her Department in relation to market testing.

Mr. Sackville : Since publication of the White Paper, "Competing for Quality", in November 1991, the total cost of consultants employed in connection with market testing programmes of the Department and its agencies is as follows :


                         |£              

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

April 1991 to March 1992 |30,000         

April 1992 to March 1993 |370,000        

April 1993 to March 1994                 

  (latest figures held)  |580,000        


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Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from registered nurses, midwives and health visitors in relation to the registrar of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.

Mr. Sackville : None.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 17 May, Official Report , column 417 , regarding loans to national health service trusts, if she will itemise which trusts received loans or guarantees, and for what amount.

Mr. Sackville [holding answer 27 June 1994] : The information requested will be placed in the Library. The information is provided in tabular form and corrects that given on 17 May.

Trusts borrow principally to support their capital investment activities and all the borrowing detailed was within agreed limits whether or not the trust met its financial duties. Trusts also negotiate overdraft facilities with their bankers and the Department issues guarantees in support of these arrangements.

SCOTLAND

Scottish Homes

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the plans of Scottish Homes to dispose of its landlord responsibility over housing stock with particular reference to Paisley, South ;

(2) when he last met the chairman of Scottish Homes to discuss the disposal of housing stock ; what plans there are to dispose of high-rise property owned by Scottish Homes in the Paisley, South constituency ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. Friend has no plans to meet the chairman of Scottish Homes to discuss the disposal of its housing stock but he has issued guidance to Scottish Homes on this matter, following which it published procedures for the disposal of its stock.

In accordance with these procedures, Scottish Homes is preparing a local stock strategy in consultation with tenants and other interested parties, which will outline a time scale and provide a clear framework for the transfer of its stock, including high rise property, in the Renfrew district, which covers the Paisley, South constituency. It is expected that the strategy document will be published during July. Proposals to transfer must have the agreement of tenants after which they are subject to my right hon. Friend's approval.

Landlords (Neglect of Property)

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what statutory and discretionary powers are available to local authorities to take action against owner-occupiers and private landlords who fail to keep their property in reasonable sanitary condition ; what special powers are available when the condition of the


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property or grounds of the property deteriorate into a state which is likely to cause nuisance to neighbours, damage to adjacent property or is a potential threat to an otherwise safe and healthy environment ; if he has any plans to bring forward measures to tighten control of such situations ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Local authorities may take action under the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897, the Building (Scotland) Act 1959, the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 to require the repair or up-grading of homes so that, for example, they have adequate sanitation. Powers relating to houses in multiple occupation are also contained in the 1987 Act. Specific powers are available for authorities to take action where neighbours are affected and there is provision to require the maintenance of private open spaces. There are no plans to amend those wide-ranging powers.

Defective Housing

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he has given local authorities, housing associations and Scottish Homes on dealing with the structural defects of Orlit and Whitson-Fairhurst type houses ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : No such advice has been given by my Department. However, information about approved repair schemes for defective house types is available from PRC Homes Ltd. A different scheme is required for each house type and, for some types, repair is either impractical or is not cost-effective. There is no approved repair scheme for the Whitson-Fairhurst and Orlit house types in Scotland. Where such a scheme does not exist, the defect cannot be dealt with, although in many cases the houses will continue to provide satisfactory accommodation for many years yet.

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to bring forward additional measures to facilitate and assist local authorities, Scottish Homes, housing associations, co-operatives and owner- occupiers to deal with the structural defects of Orlit and Whitsun- Fairhurst type houses.

Lord James Douglas Hamilton : No further measures are necessary. Local authorities and other housing agencies have been informed about defective house types, such as the Orlit and Whitson-Fairhurst, and how they may be dealt with. Resources totalling almost £426 million have been made available to local authorities for capital investment in public sector housing in 1994-95 and they are able to undertake work on defective housing in their own stock if they consider this to be a priority. Scottish Homes can also make similar provision. Local authorities who assist private owners eligible for repurchase of their home or reinstatement grant are given additional capital allocations which fully reflect the cost of that assistance.

Renfrew District Council

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing what the value of housing support grant to Renfrew district council would have been in each year since 1981, using the formulae applied in 1980-81 as a calculation index and uprating for


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inflation ; what was actually paid to each local authority in each year of the same period ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The housing support grant entitlement of any individual local authority is the product of a complex series of calculations to determine the difference between estimated aggregate eligible expenditure and estimated aggregate relevant income for all appropriate local authorities and its apportionment among authorities on the basis of distribution formulae agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

A re-calculation of the housing support grant entitlements of Renfrew district council since 1981 on the basis of the formulae which applied to the 1980-81 grant settlement could be carried out only at disproportionate cost.

The actual grant entitlements of individual local authorities since 1980-81 are shown in the table. Over the period, it has been the Government's policy to move away from indiscriminate housing subsidies, such as housing support grant, in favour of targeting assistance on tenants in greatest need through the housing benefit system.


Individual entitlements to Housing Support    

Grant                                         

Authority               |1980-81              

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Berwickshire            |1,306,875            

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |1,753,749            

Roxburgh                |1,971,598            

Tweeddale               |285,768              

Clackmannan             |1,818,745            

Falkirk                 |7,479,143            

Stirling                |1,916,151            

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,452,108            

Nithsdale               |905,200              

Stewartry               |676,321              

Wigtown                 |1,154,830            

Dunfermline             |6,079,270            

Kirkcaldy               |6,500,216            

North East Fife         |1,664,141            

Aberdeen                |10,733,105           

Banff and Buchan        |5,495,862            

Gordon                  |2,860,784            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,373,533            

Moray                   |4,402,062            

Badenoch and Strathspey |470,225              

Caithness               |1,044,456            

Inverness               |2,323,484            

Lochaber                |1,825,267            

Nairn                   |351,660              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,249,933            

Skye and Lochalsh       |343,792              

Sutherland              |729,163              

East Lothian            |5,062,507            

Edinburgh               |12,517,913           

Midlothian              |3,334,405            

West Lothian            |4,796,099            

Argyll and Bute         |3,565,946            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |458,385              

Clydebank               |4,032,786            

Clydesdale              |1,651,898            

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |670,398              

Cumnock and Doon Valley |1,812,670            

Cunninghame             |4,656,897            

Dumbarton               |2,805,151            

East Kilbride           |340,284              

Eastwood                |303,824              

Glasgow                 |49,487,984           

Hamilton                |5,015,434            

Inverclyde              |6,140,965            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |4,168,590            

Kyle and Carrick        |4,351,786            

Monklands               |4,359,605            

Motherwell              |8,193,225            

Renfrew                 |6,571,032            

Strathkelvin            |2,401,186            

Angus                   |4,372,617            

Dundee                  |8,602,017            

Perth and Kinross       |3,118,176            

Orkney                  |1,103,278            

Shetland                |1,889,843            

Western Isles           |1,247,658            


Authority               |1981-82              

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Berwickshire            |1,038,356            

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |1,154,679            

Roxburgh                |1,537,295            

Tweeddale               |109,055              

Clackmannan             |1,283,981            

Falkirk                 |4,428,554            

Stirling                |1,016,562            

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,272,965            

Nithsdale               |100                  

Stewartry               |542,539              

Wigtown                 |767,726              

Dunfermline             |2,800,067            

Kirkcaldy               |3,077,166            

North East Fife         |979,538              

Aberdeen                |9,533,966            

Banff and Buchan        |4,343,622            

Gordon                  |2,379,107            

Kincardine and Deeside  |933,388              

Moray                   |3,552,254            

Badenoch and Strathspey |435,542              

Caithness               |876,132              

Inverness               |1,631,231            

Lochaber                |1,813,360            

Nairn                   |251,993              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,199,542            

Skye and Lochalsh       |316,747              

Sutherland              |519,316              

East Lothian            |3,155,554            

Edinburgh               |7,869,440            

Midlothian              |1,791,607            

West Lothian            |2,182,016            

Argyll and Bute         |2,811,692            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |193,589              

Clydebank               |3,285,203            

Clydesdale              |578,477              

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |117,762              

Cumnock and Doon Valley |819,727              

Cunninghame             |2,744,500            

Dumbarton               |1,177,708            

East Kilbride           |98,060               

Eastwood                |15,462               

Glasgow                 |44,099,691           

Hamilton                |3,243,635            

Inverclyde              |4,443,201            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |1,885,952            

Kyle and Carrick        |2,807,798            

Monklands               |4,252,050            

Motherwell              |5,737,727            

Renfrew                 |2,186,158            

Strathkelvin            |1,539,073            

Angus                   |2,499,757            

Dundee                  |5,285,879            

Perth and Kinross       |1,309,294            

Orkney                  |1,082,222            

Shetland                |2,624,591            

Western Isles           |1,267,392            


Authority               |1982-83              

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Berwickshire            |686,226              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |552,583              

Roxburgh                |1,165,695            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |689,627              

Falkirk                 |1,494,309            

Stirling                |1,335,195            

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,387,048            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |412,797              

Wigtown                 |452,325              

Dunfermline             |683,115              

Kirkcaldy               |696,260              

North East Fife         |829,197              

Aberdeen                |7,089,761            

Banff and Buchan        |3,306,069            

Gordon                  |2,240,622            

Kincardine and Deeside  |817,907              

Moray                   |2,301,798            

Badenoch and Strathspey |505,386              

Caithness               |817,378              

Inverness               |1,375,208            

Lochaber                |1,383,564            

Nairn                   |206,063              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,493,364            

Skye and Lochalsh       |316,309              

Sutherland              |477,942              

East Lothian            |2,079,858            

Edinburgh               |2,327,904            

Midlothian              |906,746              

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |2,767,417            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |2,201,808            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |167,191              

Cunninghame             |745,237              

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |37,292,928           

Hamilton                |1,543,988            

Inverclyde              |3,048,261            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |298,335              

Kyle and Carrick        |911,439              

Monklands               |3,222,528            

Motherwell              |3,296,551            

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |1,198,935            

Angus                   |1,221,795            

Dundee                  |1,820,168            

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |852,422              

Shetland                |2,654,652            

Western Isles           |1,358,959            


Authority               |1983-84              

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Berwickshire            |648,884              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |373,420              

Roxburgh                |1,260,321            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |45,021               

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |20,431               

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,574,069            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |414,643              

Wigtown                 |255,317              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |309,583              

Aberdeen                |3,724,702            

Banff and Buchan        |2,437,206            

Gordon                  |1,709,877            

Kincardine and Deeside  |972,194              

Moray                   |1,987,151            

Badenoch and Strathspey |515,570              

Caithness               |819,544              

Inverness               |1,241,308            

Lochaber                |1,334,449            

Nairn                   |265,393              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,091,946            

Skye and Lochalsh       |323,325              

Sutherland              |446,107              

East Lothian            |1,050,527            

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |2,554,514            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |1,855,408            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |32,355,851           

Hamilton                |119,816              

Inverclyde              |1,865,250            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |447,952              

Monklands               |1,705,278            

Motherwell              |1,037,418            

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |326,922              

Angus                   |181,321              

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |731,864              

Shetland                |2,409,052            

Western Isles           |1,723,845            


Authority               |1984-85              

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Berwickshire            |486,805              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |107,262              

Roxburgh                |1,265,786            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,673,013            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |359,095              

Wigtown                 |200,315              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |87,427               

Aberdeen                |3,053,523            

Banff and Buchan        |1,943,394            

Gordon                  |1,940,317            

Kincardine and Deeside  |854,852              

Moray                   |1,790,081            

Badenoch and Strathspey |487,297              

Caithness               |826,248              

Inverness               |1,305,145            

Lochaber                |1,225,816            

Nairn                   |227,117              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,241,650            

Skye and Lochalsh       |394,993              

Sutherland              |467,987              

East Lothian            |392,369              

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |2,308,945            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |1,774,590            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |32,269,404           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |1,162,804            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |1,196,032            

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |2,775                

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |779,233              

Shetland                |2,764,219            

Western Isles           |1,863,547            


Authority               |1985-86              

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Berwickshire            |446,429              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,306,156            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,759,500            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |343,400              

Wigtown                 |95,565               

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |2,260,303            

Banff and Buchan        |1,599,685            

Gordon                  |1,800,235            

Kincardine and Deeside  |942,305              

Moray                   |1,509,258            

Badenoch and Strathspey |497,879              

Caithness               |750,997              

Inverness               |1,510,450            

Lochaber                |1,398,166            

Nairn                   |218,689              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,474,516            

Skye and Lochalsh       |467,318              

Sutherland              |518,431              

East Lothian            |23,235               

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |2,155,278            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |1,778,773            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |32,675,646           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |562,537              

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |328,169              

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |804,942              

Shetland                |2,778,672            

Western Isles           |2,171,685            


Authority               |1986-87              

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Berwickshire            |201,135              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |951,730              

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,382,490            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |253,704              

Wigtown                 |0                    

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |558,241              

Gordon                  |1,838,802            

Kincardine and Deeside  |779,199              

Moray                   |682,537              

Badenoch and Strathspey |388,218              

Caithness               |663,077              

Inverness               |1,033,853            

Lochaber                |1,441,327            

Nairn                   |181,633              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,178,298            

Skye and Lochalsh       |586,754              

Sutherland              |522,874              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |1,373,972            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |804,237              

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |21,891,239           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |0                    

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |684,343              

Shetland                |2,934,933            

Western Isles           |2,137,164            


Authority               |1987-88              

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Berwickshire            |225,306              

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,115,301            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,337,917            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |386,158              

Wigtown                 |265,382              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |617,681              

Gordon                  |2,723,337            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,267,315            

Moray                   |982,346              

Badenoch and Strathspey |462,702              

Caithness               |759,297              

Inverness               |1,157,218            

Lochaber                |1,396,801            

Nairn                   |209,500              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,339,315            

Skye and Lochalsh       |789,606              

Sutherland              |643,801              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |1,709,251            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |51,224               

Clydebank               |786,456              

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |63,514               

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |15,116,893           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |0                    

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |743,450              

Shetland                |3,172,405            

Western Isles           |2,595,347            


Authority               |1988-89              

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Berwickshire            |91,417               

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,124,908            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,557,353            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |413,062              

Wigtown                 |410,486              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |246,862              

Gordon                  |3,276,799            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,617,844            

Moray                   |614,211              

Badenoch and Strathspey |384,299              

Caithness               |1,012,850            

Inverness               |1,370,584            

Lochaber                |1,800,599            

Nairn                   |274,618              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,793,708            

Skye and Lochalsh       |985,932              

Sutherland              |796,808              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |1,586,284            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |124,971              

Clydebank               |1,031,201            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |33,496               

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |24,660,513           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |0                    

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |850,377              

Shetland                |3,677,667            

Western Isles           |2,894,620            


Authority               |1989-90              

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Berwickshire            |48,841               

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,339,141            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,684,048            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |509,240              

Wigtown                 |551,246              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |136,883              

Gordon                  |3,788,264            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,922,521            

Moray                   |528,935              

Badenoch and Strathspey |393,499              

Caithness               |1,229,421            

Inverness               |1,949,824            

Lochaber                |2,148,759            

Nairn                   |344,628              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,154,244            

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,203,495            

Sutherland              |969,864              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |1,775,900            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |278,995              

Clydebank               |1,010,546            

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |30,697,621           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |0                    

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |776,917              

Shetland                |4,112,702            

Western Isles           |3,741,152            


Authority               |1990-91              

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Berwickshire            |0                    

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,321,472            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |0                    

Stirling                |0                    

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,504,110            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |436,944              

Wigtown                 |600,795              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |0                    

Gordon                  |3,792,482            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,882,382            

Moray                   |0                    

Badenoch and Strathspey |386,736              

Caithness               |1,330,831            

Inverness               |1,934,977            

Lochaber                |2,398,530            

Nairn                   |350,804              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,231,891            

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,303,836            

Sutherland              |1,006,044            

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |0                    

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |1,041,664            

Bearsden and Milngavie  |317,125              

Clydebank               |650,646              

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |0                    

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |0                    

Eastwood                |0                    

Glasgow                 |24,536,123           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |0                    

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |0                    

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |0                    

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |0                    

Orkney                  |783,399              

Shetland                |4,395,805            

Western Isles           |3,757,098            


Authority               |1991-92              

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Berwickshire            |0                    

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |1,139,087            

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |91,878               

Stirling                |132,696              

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,288,127            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |175,842              

Wigtown                 |455,431              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |0                    

Gordon                  |3,808,288            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,828,221            

Moray                   |0                    

Badenoch and Strathspey |330,314              

Caithness               |1,249,076            

Inverness               |1,657,779            

Lochaber                |2,463,394            

Nairn                   |306,917              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,159,560            

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,343,234            

Sutherland              |992,735              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |526,144              

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |618,210              

Bearsden and Milngavie  |301,748              

Clydebank               |438,557              

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |7,774                

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |61,626               

Eastwood                |8,108                

Glasgow                 |22,687,417           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |153,317              

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |2,382                

Kyle and Carrick        |0                    

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |28,488               

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |29,303               

Orkney                  |639,138              

Shetland                |4,603,666            

Western Isles           |3,907,490            


Authority               |1992-93              

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Berwickshire            |0                    

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |726,723              

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |123,120              

Stirling                |116,455              

Annandale and Eskdale   |1,151,985            

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |208,499              

Wigtown                 |360,746              

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |0                    

Gordon                  |3,598,836            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,587,282            

Moray                   |0                    

Badenoch and Strathspey |326,070              

Caithness               |1,161,797            

Inverness               |1,299,935            

Lochaber                |2,315,434            

Nairn                   |246,839              

Ross and Cromarty       |4,060,836            

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,339,757            

Sutherland              |853,085              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |535,752              

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |315,749              

Bearsden and Milngavie  |73,749               

Clydebank               |150,464              

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |10,760               

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |100,892              

Eastwood                |11,583               

Glasgow                 |17,400,837           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |169,044              

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |15,273               

Kyle and Carrick        |6,720                

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |36,735               

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |27,462               

Orkney                  |359,131              

Shetland                |4,592,216            

Western Isles           |4,186,649            


Authority               |1993-94              

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Berwickshire            |0                    

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                    

Roxburgh                |204,134              

Tweeddale               |0                    

Clackmannan             |0                    

Falkirk                 |154,770              

Stirling                |137,399              

Annandale and Eskdale   |686,273              

Nithsdale               |0                    

Stewartry               |80,855               

Wigtown                 |0                    

Dunfermline             |0                    

Kirkcaldy               |0                    

North East Fife         |0                    

Aberdeen                |0                    

Banff and Buchan        |0                    

Gordon                  |2,982,207            

Kincardine and Deeside  |1,460,318            

Moray                   |0                    

Badenoch and Strathspey |242,217              

Caithness               |790,443              

Inverness               |436,489              

Lochaber                |2,028,174            

Nairn                   |223,819              

Ross and Cromarty       |3,777,488            

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,305,608            

Sutherland              |758,411              

East Lothian            |0                    

Edinburgh               |512,148              

Midlothian              |0                    

West Lothian            |0                    

Argyll and Bute         |51,203               

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                    

Clydebank               |0                    

Clydesdale              |0                    

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                    

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                    

Cunninghame             |22,996               

Dumbarton               |0                    

East Kilbride           |91,443               

Eastwood                |12,449               

Glasgow                 |11,103,999           

Hamilton                |0                    

Inverclyde              |157,531              

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |16,954               

Kyle and Carrick        |58,711               

Monklands               |0                    

Motherwell              |0                    

Renfrew                 |33,768               

Strathkelvin            |0                    

Angus                   |0                    

Dundee                  |0                    

Perth and Kinross       |47,026               

Orkney                  |266,699              

Shetland                |4,249,266            

Western Isles           |3,959,316            


Authority               |1994-95            

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Berwickshire            |0                  

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |0                  

Roxburgh                |0                  

Tweeddale               |0                  

Clackmannan             |0                  

Falkirk                 |157,459            

Stirling                |172,810            

Annandale and Eskdale   |532,875            

Nithsdale               |0                  

Stewartry               |0                  

Wigtown                 |0                  

Dunfermline             |0                  

Kirkcaldy               |0                  

North East Fife         |63,731             

Aberdeen                |34,676             

Banff and Buchan        |0                  

Gordon                  |2,838,437          

Kincardine and Deeside  |935,054            

Moray                   |36,735             

Badenoch and Strathspey |175,155            

Caithness               |461,494            

Inverness               |55,629             

Lochaber                |2,042,337          

Nairn                   |116,909            

Ross and Cromarty       |3,678,043          

Skye and Lochalsh       |1,297,404          

Sutherland              |683,292            

East Lothian            |0                  

Edinburgh               |552,583            

Midlothian              |0                  

West Lothian            |0                  

Argyll and Bute         |78,175             

Bearsden and Milngavie  |0                  

Clydebank               |0                  

Clydesdale              |0                  

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |0                  

Cumnock and Doon Valley |0                  

Cunninghame             |33,688             

Dumbarton               |0                  

East Kilbride           |136,710            

Eastwood                |36,763             

Glasgow                 |1,681,240          

Hamilton                |0                  

Inverclyde              |165,384            

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |32,469             

Kyle and Carrick        |50,032             

Monklands               |0                  

Motherwell              |0                  

Renfrew                 |37,524             

Strathkelvin            |0                  

Angus                   |0                  

Dundee                  |0                  

Perth and Kinross       |80,911             

Orkney                  |0                  

Shetland                |5,039,193          

Western Isles           |4,478,932          


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Angling

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the levels of fish population in the River Black Cart and the River White Cart ; what plans he has to encourage the development of angling on these rivers ; and if he will meet representatives of the angling community to discuss potential initiatives.

Sir Hector Monro : The Government have no records of the levels of fish populations on either the River Black Cart or White Cart but I am glad to note that in the last few years salmon have been returning to those waters. Although the development of angling is principally for individual fishery owners or angling clubs, my Department has provided them with scientific advice on a number of matters. I meet representatives of salmon and freshwater fisheries interests when it is appropriate to do so.

Paisley (Movement of Residents)

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of the movement or migration of residents from the Ferguslie Park partnership area to the Foxbar Rivers area of Paisley since the launch


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of the Scottish Office led initiative ; what has been the expenditure in (a) capital and (b) revenue terms in each area during that period ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. Friend has made no estimate of the movement of residents from the Ferguslie Park partnership area to the Foxbar, Rivers area of Paisley. Full information on public expenditure in Ferguslie Park and Foxbar, Rivers since the launch of the Ferguslie Park Partnership is not available. The following tables summarise available information. In all tables "n.a." indicates "not available".


Urban Partnership Vote Expenditure 

               |£ million          

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

Ferguslie Park                     

1989-90        |0.135              

1990-91        |0.405              

1991-92        |0.538              

1992-93        |0.575              

1993-94        |0.639              

Note: The Urban Partnership Vote   

meets most of the running costs of 

the Partnership and provides some  

funding for projects and           

consultancies. Support from this   

source is only available to        

Partnership areas and so no        

figures are shown for Foxbar,      

Rivers.                            


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Urban programme expenditure                                               

                  |1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Ferguslie Park<2>                                                         

  Capital         |0.217  |0.828  |1.000  |0.750  |0.750                  

  Revenue         |0.415  |0.536  |0.860  |1.190  |1.390  |1.440          

                                                                          

Foxbar, Rivers<2>                                                         

  Capital         |0.007  |-      |0.018  |0.006  |0.044                  

  Revenue         |0.281  |0.186  |0.155  |0.134  |0.150  |0.244          

Note: Figures relate to estimated expenditure by Renfrew District Council 

and Strathclyde Regional Council, 75 per cent. of which is reimbursed by  

the Scottish Office. These areas will also have benefited from District   

and Region-wide projects.                                                 


               |1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Expenditure by Renfrewshire Enterprise         

Ferguslie Park |0.532  |0.410  |0.422          

Foxbar, Rivers |n.a.   |n.a.   |n.a.           

                                               

Expenditure by Scottish Homes                  

Ferguslie Park |2.700  |7.100  |6.500          

Foxbar, Rivers |0.480  |0.480  |0.200          


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Housing capital expenditure by Renfrew district council                             

                            |1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

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Ferguslie Park                                                                      

Housing Revenue Account     |4.065  |3.603  |2.764  |2.235  |1.173  |n.a.           

Non-housing Revenue Account |-      |0.036  |-      |0.379  |0.110  |n.a.           

Note:-Figures for 1988-89 and 1991-92 are actual outturns; figures for 1992-93 are  

estimated outturns; no figures are available for 1993-94 as, under the new Housing  

Plan system, Renfrew District Council was not requested to provide outturn figures; 

Renfrew District Council should be able to provide 1993-94 figures for Ferguslie    

Park and figures for Foxbar, Rivers.                                                

Waste Disposal

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all contracts for waste disposal, waste management, cleansing and refuse collection which have been let to private contractors by Scottish local authorities in each of the last five years and in each case showing


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which company has been awarded the contract and the location of the main headquarters of the company in each case.

Sir Hector Monro : This information is not routinely collected centrally and only partial data are available for 1989, 1990 and 1991. This is listed in the following table. There is no information for 1992 and 1993.


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Year                              |District                         |Type of contract                 |Company etc. name                |Address given                                                      

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1989                              |Tweeddale                        |Refuse disposal                  |Tarmac Econowaste                |Ettingshall, Wolverhampton                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Gordon                           |CFC extraction                   |Mr. F. Watt                      |Constitution Street, Inverurie                                     

                                                                                                      |North East Refrigeration Services                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Badenoch and Strathspey          |Refuse disposal                  |J. Armitt Contractor             |21 Myrtlefield, Aviemore                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Lochaber                         |Refuse collection/disposal       |Knoydart Community Association   |Inverie, Knoydart                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Skye and Lochalsh                |Refuse collection                |L. & C. Waste Tech.              |Dunvegan Road, Portree                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Edinburgh City                   |Waste disposal                   |Tarmac Econowaste                |Kaimes Quarry, Kirknewton,                                         

                                                                                                                                        | Edinburgh                                                         

                                                                    |Conveyance/waste/material        |British Railways Board           |Railfreight Construction,                                          

                                                                                                                                        | Rail House, Store House,                                          

                                                                                                                                        |Manchester                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Midlothian                       |Disposal of domestic/trade waste |Wimpey Waste (now UK Waste       |Gate House, Turnpike Road,                                         

                                                                                                      |Management Limited)              |High Wycombe, Bucks                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Orkney Islands                   |Refuse collection                |T. & J. Paterson                 |North School, Eday                                                 

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |T. A. Muir                       |Garso No. 1, North Ronaldsay                                       

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |Mrs. A. Davidson                 |North Rendall, Papa Westray                                        

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |M. A. Williamson                 |Olivebank, Stronsay                                                

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |J. & H. Bews                     |Astley Cottage, Shapinsay                                          

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |W. L. Seatter                    |Mount Pleasant, Pier Wall,                                         

                                                                                                                                        | Westray                                                           

                                                                    |Refuse collection                |L. Wilson                        |Hillfield, Sanday                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1989                              |Strathkelvin                     |Waste disposal                   |Shanks & McEwan                  |A8 Edinburgh Road, Coatbridge                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1991                              |Badenoch and Strathspey          |Landfill site operation          |D. Ritchie                       |Pineview, Carrbridge                                               

                                                                    |Tip control/litter control       |D. Ritchie                       |Pineview, Carrbridge                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1991                              |Lochaber                         |Refuse transfer/disposal         |Caird Environmental Ltd.         |Greengairs, Riggend                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1991                              |Eastwood                         |Street cleansing                 |Summerlea Garage                 |Thornliebank, Glasgow                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1991                              |Shetland Islands                 |Refuse disposal                  |P & O Ferries                    |-                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1990                              |Gordon                           |CFC extraction                   |Mr. F. Watt                      |Constitution Street, Inverurie                                     

                                                                                                      |North East Refrigeration Services                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1990                              |Badenoch and Strathspey          |Civic Amenity Skip Hire          |John Williamson                  |Ashwood, Kingussie                                                 

Women's Centre, Paisley

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure committed to the development of the women's centre in the Rivers area of Foxbar, Paisley, from urban programme, local authority and other sources ; and if he will make a statement on this initiative.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Urban programme grant of £172,386 for capital costs and, for four years, £94,308 per annum for current costs, was approved on 7 September 1992. The sponsoring local authority, Strathclyde regional council, meets 25 per cent. of those amounts ; 75 per cent. is met by the Scottish Office. I have no information about financial assistance from other sources.

Partnership Initiative, Paisley

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will launch a partnership in the Foxbar, Rivers area of Paisley on a similar basis to that which exists in Ferguslie Park ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Decisions on the future direction of urban regeneration policy in Scotland and on the possible designation of future initiative areas will be taken in the light of the policy review which is


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currently under way. This review is taking account of the wide range of views expressed in response to the Scottish Office consultation paper, "Progress in Partnership".

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his most up-to-date estimate of the population of Ferguslie Park, Paisley in each year since 1988 ; what was the population of the area when the Ferguslie Park initiative was launched ; what is his best estimate of the number of people resident in the area at that time who are still resident there ; what evaluation he has undertaken of the residential ingress and egress of people from the area over that period ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information on the population of Ferguslie Park since the Ferguslie Park partnership was launched in 1988 is available from two sources. A sample household survey commissioned by the Scottish Office in 1988, shortly after the partnership was formed, estimated the population to be 5,005. The 1991 census of population showed that the population in April of that year was 4,657. No estimate has yet been made of the number of people resident in the area at the time that the partnership was launched who are still resident there. However, a recently completed repeat sample household survey will shortly yield some information on this topic and on the characteristics of households moving into the area since 1988. This survey will also provide a 1993 estimate of population. No attempt has been made to survey households who have left the area since 1988.


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Appointments

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) name, (b) appointment and (c) salary, allowance, honorarium or other payment of each person resident within the area of Eastwood district council and the Barrhead regional division, including Neilson and Uplawmoor, who has been appointed to any position by him or any of his Ministers ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : The addresses of appointees are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Women's Centre, Hunterhill

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his Department's policy in relation to the development of a women's centre in the Hunterhill area of Paisley on a similar basis to that provided in the Rivers area of Foxbar.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Foxbar, Rivers womens centre was provided through the urban programme. Should an application for a similar facility be submitted for the Hunterhill area of Paisley it will be considered against the eligibility criteria and priorities of the urban programme.

Housing

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the most recent estimate of the number of Scottish houses owned by (a) local authorities, (b) Scottish Homes, (c) housing associations, (d) private landlords, (e) co-operatives and (f) other tenure types which are affected by rising and penetrating damp, and rising and penetrating dampness and condensation ; how long, at current rates of expenditure, it will take to eliminate these problems ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Information about the condition of the housing stock in Scotland is contained in the report of the first Scottish house condition survey, produced by Scottish Homes and published in 1993. It gives details of the number of houses affected by rising or penetrating damp and suffering from dampness and condensation. A copy of the report is available in the Library. It is not possible to determine how long it will take to deal with those problems. The responsibility for improving houses in the private sector rests with their owners and improvement grant is available to assist them. Local authorities, Scottish Homes, housing associations and other agencies have responsibility for their own stock and must deal with these problems within the resources available to them.

Condensation and dampness have been identified as national priorities for the use of resources and local authorities have been asked to prepare strategies for dealing with these problems and to set output targets against which to measure their performance.

Johnstone North Industrial Improvement Area

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to make further funds available to the Johnstone north industrial improvement area ; and if he will make a statement.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Urban programme funds of £25,000 per annum have been made available from 1988-89 to 1994-95 for improvements to properties in the Johnstone north industrial improvement area. It is for Renfrew district council, the sponsoring local authority, to consider whether it wishes to apply for further funds.

Mental Health

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what evaluation he has made of the success of the after-care tasks initiative-- ACTIVE--run by Renfrew district council for mental health ; if he will provide additional mainline or urban programme funding to enable ACTIVE to develop further its services and programmes ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The Scottish Office has not evaluated the work of the aftercare tasks initiative project. However, based on an evaluation by Strathclyde regional council of the project's first four years of urban programme-funded operations, we have recently approved a further three years' urban programme grant of £75,770 per annum. It would be for Strathclyde regional council to consider whether additional mainline or urban programme funding would be appropriate.

Next Steps Agency Initiatives

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his Department's plans in relation to next steps agency initiatives for (a) 1994, (b) 1995 and (c) 1996.

Mr. Lang : I am now responsible for eight next steps executive agencies. The latest of these, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, was launched on 5 April 1994. It is Government policy that all agencies should be reviewed some three years after their launch. I announced on 28 April 1994 that, following such a review, agency status should continue for the Registers of Scotland. The reviews of Historic Scotland and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency are nearing completion and I hope to make an announcement shortly on the outcome of those reviews. The triennial review of the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency is due to be completed by April 1995 and those of the Scottish Office Pensions Agency, the Scottish Prison Service and Scottish Record Office by April 1996. I announced on 10 May 1994 that the Scottish Court Service, part of the Scottish Courts Administration, will be established as an executive agency from 3 April 1995. I have also announced previously that the Fisheries Research Services and the Roads Directorate are under consideration for executive agency status. I will make an announcement about their future in due course.

Contaminated Land

Mr. McAvoy : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of financial allocation made to Scottish Enterprise and the Glasgow development agency to deal specifically with clearing up contaminated land, in 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Mr. Stewart : The resources which my right hon. Friend allocates to Scottish Enterprise, and those which Scottish Enterprise allocates to the local enterprise companies, are allocated within expenditure blocks and not generally for a specific purpose or activity.


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It is for Scottish Enterprise and the individual local enterprise companies to decide, in the context of the strategic and policy guidance given to them and within the overall resources allocated to them, the priority and resources to be devoted to a particular project or activity such as decontamination works.

Motorway Building Costs

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much, on average, it costs to construct a mile of motorway with lighting and signage at current prices.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The average cost to construct a mile of motorway with lighting and signing, including land and preparation costs but excluding VAT at current prices is as follows : Rural three-lane motorway : Approximately £6.8 million. Urban two-lane motorway : Approximately £11 million.

The average cost for the rural three-lane motorway is based on the current A74 upgrading contracts where lighting was installed mainly at junction locations. Urban motorways can vary greatly in cost depending upon such factors as the remodelling of associated networks, urban fabric and land costs.

Flood Protection

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will use any powers available to him to assist with flood protection measures at Park avenue, Paisley ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro : Under the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961, powers to protect non-agricultural land from flooding rest with regional and islands councils. It is for Strathclyde regional council to determine the extent to which it will use these powers to protect any such land at Park avenue, Paisley. Flood prevention schemes made by councils and confirmed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State currently attract grant at the rate of 50 per cent. on the eligible costs.

Sandeel Fishing

Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the numbers of Danish boats currently fishing for sandeels over traditional Fife fishing grounds.

Sir Hector Monro : Around 50 Danish sandeel vessels have been sighted in the North sea, some 20 to 40 miles east of the Fife coast. The sandeel fishery is highly seasonal and this activity is only expected to last between four and six weeks.


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