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Deaths from skin cancer, Scotland 1979 to 1993                              

Cause:             |Malignant melanoma|Other malignant                      

                   |of skin           |neoplasm of skin                     

ICD Code:          |172               |173                                  



1979               |91                |49                                   

1980               |67                |46                                   

1981               |74                |56                                   

1982               |87                |47                                   

1983               |90                |43                                   

1984               |95                |27                                   

1985               |95                |47                                   

1986               |104               |43                                   

1987               |114               |44                                   

1988               |89                |47                                   

1989               |109               |52                                   

1990               |84                |49                                   

1991               |98                |43                                   

1992               |102               |46                                   

1993<1>            |112               |49                                   

<1> Provisional.                                                            

Alcohol (Prisons)

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in which prisons alcohol abuse and misuse programmes are available to prisoners ; how many prisoners (a) commenced and (b) completed the programme in each prison in 1991, 1992, 1993 and so far this year ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [pursuant to his reply 15 June 1994, c. 610] : The chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, Mr. EW. Frizzell, has written further to the hon. Member.

Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 30 June 1994 :

I wrote to you on 15 June in response to your question about alcohol abuse and misuse programmes within Scottish penal establishments and undertook to write again when the figures for Barlinnie prison were available.

These are now included in the table attached which, for ease of reference, also repeats the information given in my earlier letter.

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Establishment                    |Alcohol programme               |1991                            |1992                            |1993                            |1994                                                             

                                 |run by                                                                                                                                                                                               


<1>Number                        |<1>Number                       |To date                         |



Aberdeen                         |Aberdeen Alcohol Advisory       |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |24                              |46                                                               

                                 |   and Counselling Service                                                                                                                                                                           

                                 |Prison Social Work Unit                                                                                                                                                                              


Barlinnie                        |Glasgow Council on Alcohol      |221                             |130                             |81                              |31                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                 |Trained Prison Staff                                                                                                                                                                                 


Barlinnie Unit                   |Glasgow Council on Alcohol      |1                               |2                               |Nil                             |Nil                                                              


Castle Huntly                    |Prison Social Worker            |27                              |15                              |30                              |19                                                               

                                 |Prison Education Officer                                                                                                                                                                             


Cornton Vale                     |Scottish Council on Alcoho      |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |9                                                                

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                 |Trained Prison Staff                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                 |Prison Social Workers                                                                                                                                                                                


Dumfries                         |Nil (contact is maintained with |Nil                             |Nil                             |Nil                             |Nil                                                              

                                 |   Alcoholics Anonymous)                                                                                                                                                                             


Dungavel                         |Prison Social Work Unit         |18                              |40                              |43                              |15                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 


Edinburgh                        |Prison Education Unit           |28                              |32                              |27                              |18                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 


Friarton                         |Alcoholics Anonymous            |10                              |10                              |10                              |4                                                                

                                 |Prison Education Unit                                                                                                                                                                                


Glenochil                        |Alcoholics Anonymous            |80                              |80                              |80                              |80                                                               

                                 |Scottish Council on Alcohol                                                                                                                                                                          


Greenock                         |Inverclyde Alcohol Project      |<2>-                            |5                               |15                              |17                                                               

                                 |Prison Social Work Unit                                                                                                                                                                              

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 


Inverness                        |Scottish Council on Alcohol     |40                              |40                              |40                              |40                                                               


Longriggend                      |Alcoholics Anonymous            |259                             |312                             |476                             |113                                                              

                                 |Prison Social Work Unit                                                                                                                                                                              

                                 |Cumbernauld and Kilsyth                                                                                                                                                                              

                                 |   Addiction and Advisory Centre                                                                                                                                                                     


Low Moss                         |Prison Addictions Unit          |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |34                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 


Noranside                        |Alcoholics Anonymous            |4                               |14                              |19                              |21                                                               

                                 |Tayside Council on Alcohol                                                                                                                                                                           

                                 |Prison Education Unit                                                                                                                                                                                


Penninghame                      |Prison Education Unit           |<2>-                            |<2>-                            |54                              |12                                                               

                                 |Prison Social Work                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 



Perth                            |Tayside Council on Alcohol      |13                              |21                              |12                              |32                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                 |Prison Social Work Unit                                                                                                                                                                              


Peterhead                        |Prison Education Unit           |26                              |46                              |80                              |40                                                               

                                 |Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                 


Polmont                          |Prison Social Work Unit         |65                              |63                              |42                              |16                                                               

                                 |Scottish Council on Alcohol                                                                                                                                                                          


Shotts                           |Alcoholics Anonymous            |30 prisoners                    |30 prisoners                    |30 prisoners                    |30 prisoners                                                     

                                                                  |attend                          |attend                          |attend                          |attend                                                           

                                                                  |per week                        |per week                        |per week                        |per week                                                         


Shotts Unit                      |Nil                             |Nil                             |Nil                             |Nil                             |Nil                                                              

                                                                  |-------                         |-------                         |-------                         |-------                                                          

Total                                                             |792                             |810                             |1,033                           |547                                                              

<1>The numbers quoted show the total number of prisoners who completed alcohol programmes. The number of prisoners who commenced but did not complete the programmes is not available.                                                 

<2>No figures available.                                                                                                                                                                                                               


The figures do not include the prisoners who receive individual counselling from prison based social workers or community based addiction counsellors.                                                                                 


Middle East

Mr. Watson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will define the Government's commitment to the reconstruction of Gaza and Jericho following the middle east peace award (a) in terms of financial assistance and (b) in terms of technical assistance.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Both financial and technical assistance are needed to support the establishment of a Palestinian administration in Gaza and Jericho. We intend to spend £70 million on aid to the Palestinians, over the three financial years from 1994-95, through our contributions to EC aid programmes and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, as well as bilaterally. The EC assistance includes 10 mecu in 1994 for the start-up costs of the Palestinian police force. Our bilateral aid takes the form of technical assistance, concentrating on providing know-how and institution building.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the public and private financial flows to each country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Available information is contained in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development publication "Geographical Distribution of Financial Flows to Developing Countries--1989 to 1992," a copy of which is available in the Library.

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Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the extent of the emerging famine in southern Sudan ;

(2) what assessment he has made of the degree of access that Operation Lifeline Sudan is being given to famine areas in southern Sudan.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The World Food Programme estimates that 2.2 million people in the south and the transition zone will need emergency food aid in 1994. Information on access to populations at risk is contained in "The Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance : Issues Facing UN Agencies and NGOs in 1994" a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the causes of the famine in Sudan ; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which the causes were man-made.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Failed harvests, primarily due to lack of rain and inappropriate economic and agricultural policies, have resulted in serious food shortages in many areas of both north and south Sudan. The situation has been exacerbated in the south by fighting between the Government and rebel forces, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.


Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the extent of the famine in Ethiopia ;

(2) if he will make a statement on the response of (a) the British Government and (b) the European Union to the famine in Ethiopia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave him on 10 May, Official Report , column 79 and on 23 June, Official Report , column 270 . Information on EU member states' pledges is not available.


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