Mr. Bates : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what was the total amount and number of compensation orders made by (a) Teesside Crown court, (b) Teesside magistrates court and (c) Gainsborough magistrates court in (i) 1990, (ii) 1991, (iii) 1992 and (iv) 1993 ;
(2) what is the total number and amount of unpaid compensation orders awarded by (a) Teesside Crown court, (b) Teesside magistrates court and (c) Gainsborough magistrates court in (i) 1990, (ii) 1991, (iii) 1992 and (iv) 1993.
Mr. John M. Taylor : My Department does not hold this information. Information about the numbers of offenders ordered to pay compensation is contained in "Home Office Criminal Statistics England and Wales," copies of which are in the Library of the House.
Mr. John M. Taylor : The Lord Chancellor has publicly welcomed the development of private and voluntary dispute resolution services, and their availability to parties who do not need the compulsion, certainty and finality that only the courts provide. The Lord Chancellor is currently evaluating the potential of alternative dispute resolution and the various research options which may assist him.
Mr. John M. Taylor : Although often referred to as a "no-costs" regime, the small claims procedure does provide for the recovery of some costs, as detailed in order 19, rule 4 of the county court rules. Under this rule, the costs stated on the summons and the costs of enforcing the award may be recovered. In addition, the court may award allowances relating to the party's and witness's expenses and to experts' fees.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many personal injury cases were pursued through the small claims courts in each of the last three years ; and if he will place in the Library the number of cases pursued through each such court in the last three years.
Column 730Until March 1994 only the total number of arbitrations heard in each county court was recorded. Statistics on arbitrations are now collected by nature of claim--for instance, personal injury--and the figures for the last nine months of 1994 will be published in "Judicial Statistics Annual Report 1994".
Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the factors causing the rate of unemployment in Bolton to change at a different rate from the rate for the country as a whole in the past 12 months ; and if he will make a statement.
Miss Widdecombe : The Department has made no such explicit assessment. However, I believe that the Department has created the right framework for employers to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Bolton, as in the rest of the United Kingdom. Indeed, I am pleased to see that over the past 12 months unemployment in my hon. Friend's constituency has been falling faster than the national average.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is his policy to provide financial support towards the costs that will be incurred by people from the United Kingdom invited to participate in the intergovernmental panel on climate change workshop on equity and social considerations to be held in Nairobi in July.
Mr. Atkins : My Department is providing financial support towards the costs incurred by United Kingdom experts who have been invited to act as lead or contributing authors for the IPCC's current work programme, including costs associated with attendance at relevant IPCC workshops. On that basis we are supporting the costs of attendance of one United Kingdom expert at the workshop on equity and social considerations. The Department is not, however, providing support for the attendance of other possible United Kingdom participants at IPCC workshops.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what level of funding is provided by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee to the British Trust for Ornithology ; and what this figure is as a proportion of the British Trust for Ornithology's total expenditure for each of the last four years.
Column 731this year. Figures comparing the value of the contract and the trust's expenditure over the last four financial years are as follows :
£ thousands |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94 ------------------------------------------------------------------ BTO Expenditure |1,024 |1,660 |1,225 |N/a Value of JNCC contract |301 |365 |399 |393 Contract as percentage of BTO expenditure |29.4 |22.0 |32.6 |- N/a-Not available. Figures for 1990-91 are for BTO's contract with the former NCC.
Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the annual cost of administering the statutory bird-ringing scheme and licensing activities which are contracted out to the British Trust for Ornithology in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Mr. Atkins : The British Trust for Ornithology operates a national bird-ringing scheme under contract from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. This scheme is not statutory. In 1993-94, funding from the JNCC amounted to approximately £112,000. In 1994-95, funding will be about £138,000. The BTO is licensed by English Nature, the Countryside Council for Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage to issue permits for ringing or marking birds or examining any ring or mark.
Mr. Atkins : My Department has received three written representations about the Joint Nature Conservation Committee's contract with the British Trust for Ornithology for the provision of bird-ringing data, including one from the hon. Member.
Mr. Atkins : The monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity in the United Kingdom are described in "Biodiversity : The UK Action Plan", Cm. 2428. A steering group, chaired by my Department, has a remit which includes reviewing and reporting on existing and future monitoring programmes. The steering group is assisted by a specialist sub-group on data, chaired by the chief officer, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, which is seeking to improve the accessibility and co-ordination of existing biological datasets and the integration of monitoring studies and programmes.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health commissions are in operation ; what are their functions ; what is the estimated cost of each one ; which health authorities have such commissions ; and if she will make a statement.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what documents her Department has produced in the last year ; what is the process of production in the disciplinary procedures against doctors ; and when she will publish them.
We are consulting representatives of national health service management and the medical and dental professions on guidance relating to suspensions and disciplinary action involving hospital medical and dental and community medical staff. Guidance will be issued to NHS employing bodies in due course.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she uses to decide whether those who have transferred from national health service to private pensions are better or worse off as a result.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses, doctors and other national health service employees by category have transferred their pensions from national health service to private schemes in each year since 1986.
Dr. Mawhinney : The table shows the total number of national health service employees who have transferred accrued pension rights from the national health service pension scheme to private schemes in each year since August 1989. Data are not available before that date and are not held by occupational groups. The majority of these transfers relate to former members of the scheme who have left national health service employment.
|Number ---------------------- <1>1989 |2,027 1990 |6,938 1991 |7,852 1992 |8,434 <1> Figure from August 1989.
Column 733health record, shows that currently 101 health authorities or national health service trusts are contracting for copies of the record. On the basis of the information from the BPA we estimate that the proportion of children issued with personal child health records has increased by about 25 per cent. in the last year.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specific policies or mechanisms were implemented as part of the programme of action for ethnic minority staff in the national health service launched on 10 December 1993.
Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the provision for (a) infertility investigation and (b) infertility treatment in the North West regional health authority ; (2) what discussions have been held between the North West regional health authority and her Department as to the most cost-effective means of providing for infertility investigation and treatment in its area.
Mr. Sackville : For the information requested about infertility investigation and treatment in the North West region the hon. Member may wish to contact Sir Donald Wilson, chairman of the North West regional health authority.
There have been no discussions on this matter between the North West regional health authority and the Department. The national health service provides a wide range of treatments for subfertility. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Burden) on 18 May, Official Report, column 520.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) of 2 March, Official Report, column 763, how many press releases were issued by NHS trusts in each of the last three years ; and if she will list those trusts with a named press officer or contact on those releases.
Mr. Bowis : The number of psychiatric beds in private hospitals, homes and clinics registered under section 23 of the Registered Homes Act 1984 is shown in the table for the years 1982 to 1992-93. On average, fewer than 100 beds per year are allocated specifically to children.
|Number ---------------------- 1982 |1,994 1983 |2,394 1984 |2,176 1985 |2,340 1986 |3,165 1987-88 |4,507 1988-89 |5,864 1989-90 |7,693 1990-91 |10,722 1991-92 |12,653 1992-93 |16,946 The bulk of this growth is to cater for the needs of elderly mentally ill people. Source: 1982-86 SBH212 returns. 1987-88 to 1992-93 KO36 return. Information not available prior to 1982.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what annual rate of reduction in hospital beds she has assumed for the next eight years ; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of such reductions on patient care.
Mr. Sackville : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him and the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms Primarolo) on 28 June, Official Report , column 536 . We have made no such assumptions. The disposition and number of hospital beds is a matter for local determination. However, we confidently expect that future developments in medical science and technology and in clinical practice will enable an increasing number of patients to be treated as day cases or in their own homes, leading to reductions in the number of hospital beds required, continuing the trend in evidence since 1960.
Column 7351992. It was reconstituted on 1 April 1993 so as to be directly accountable to the professions that it represents. We have no plans at present to change these arrangements.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings and communications she has had with officials of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting in the last three months.
Mr. Sackville : My noble Friend Baroness Cumberlege, the Under- Secretary of State for Health, met the president of the council on 19 April to discuss its proposals for post-registration education and practice, and officials maintain regular contact with the council on a range of issues.
Mr. Sackville : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is responsible for appointing one third of the council's members and for making orders relating to its constitution and statutory functions.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to set up an inquiry into the running and function of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list, for each NHS trust in the former Northern region, those chairmen and non-executive directors who live outside the boundaries of the district health authority in which that trust is situated.
Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 28 June 1994] : Some 151 or 77 per cent. of the 197 chairmen and non-executive directors appointed to national health service trusts within the former Northern region live within the boundaries of the district health authority in which that trust is situated. The names of the appointees who live outside the relevant district health authority boundaries are :
Cheviot and Wansbeck NHS Trust
Miss C. E. Thompson
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
Mrs. R. M. Blacklock
Mrs. A. M. Mason
Mr. E. Timmins
Cleveland Ambulance NHS Trust
Mr. T. Weastell
Ms S. Bush
Community Healthcare, North Durham NHS Trust
Mr. J. B. Williams
Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust
Mrs. C. E. Griffen
Durham County Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Mr. D. D'Arcy
Gateshead Healthcare NHS Trust
Mr. P. Smith
Column 736Ms P. Remfrey
Mr. D. Mitford
Gateshead Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr. C. N. Morton
Mrs. N. E. Cookson
Mrs. A. S. Cooper
Mr. D. Irwin
Miss M. Davies
Hartlepool Community Care NHS Trust
Mr. T. A. Lough
Newcastle City Health NHS Trust
Lady S. Irvine
Sir B. Tomlinson
Mrs. D. M. Jenkins
North Durham Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr. C. P. Douglas
Mr. D. F. Henlet
Mr. G. W. Hook
Ms A. Cottman
Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust
Professor J. Rear
Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust
Mrs. J. Turner
Northumbria Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Mrs. S. E. Craig
Priority Healthcare Wearside NHS Trust
Mr. J. L. Mills
Mr. K. Parkinson
Royal Victoria Infirmary and Hexham NHS Trust
Mrs. A. G. Galbraith
Mrs. S. Wilson
Miss A. Willis
Mrs. K. Brunton
Mr. P. Stoddart
South Durham Healthcare NHS Trust
Mr. J. V. Parsons
Mr. R. J. Winter
South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr. D. Collier
South Tees Community and Mental Health NHS Trust
Dr. S. Miller
Mr. J. F. Wilson
South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust
Mrs. F. M. Walker
Mr. M. C. Wright
South West Durham Mental Health NHS Trust
Mr. P. Briggs
Mr. D. Bright
Mr. N. T. Hart
Westmorland Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr. G. A. Turnbull