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Mr. Stewart : It is for health boards and NHS trusts to consider and implement the most appropriate security measures to meet the needs of individual maternity units. It is for health boards to decide on the priorities for the extra funds which have been made available to them. My right hon. Friend does not propose to consult the Royal College of Midwives on this matter but any views which the college wishes to offer should be conveyed to health boards and NHS trusts. In addition he will arrange for the lessons drawn from the pilot schemes at Law hospital and Simpson Memorial maternity pavilion, Edinburgh to be disseminated.

The cost of bar code tagging would be relatively inexpensive since the electronic tags themselves are cheap, but the main costs would be on the scanning and alarm systems. There are several different types of security systems on the market, but an average cost would be between £15,000 and £20,000 for a large maternity unit.

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of non-administrative staff in maternity units are part-time or temporary workers.

Mr. Stewart : Identification of temporary staff and of staff working solely within maternity units is not possible from data held centrally.

Legal Aid

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what instructions his Department has given to consultants regarding a review of the functions of the Scottish Legal Aid Board ; and if he will make it his policy to place a copy of any report in the Library.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : In accordance with current practice, the Scottish Office Home and Health Department is at present seeking the views of interested parties on the quinquennial policy and financial management review of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. As part of that process, a small number of interviews with a range of interested individuals are being organised by the Scottish Office central research unit. Professor Alan Alexander, professor of local and public management at the university of Strathclyde, who is a member of the steering group set up to oversee the review, is providing assistance with the analysis of the results of these interviews. No further consultancy input to the review has yet been commissioned. My right hon. Friend will consider in due course how the results of the review should be publicised.

Scottish Enterprise and SDA

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Development Agency spent on legal fees in each year in the period 1983 to 1993.

Mr. Stewart : The information requested for the Scottish Development Agency was not maintained centrally and is therefore not available. The level of spend on legal fees by Scottish Enterprise is an operational matter for that body and I have asked the chairman to write to the hon. Member.

Occupational Therapy (Children)

Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to ensure that a locally based paediatric occupational therapy service is provided for children in the Forth Valley health board area.

Mr. Stewart : Forth Valley health board has proposed, as part of its development plans for 1994-95, to set up a community paediatric occupational therapy service which will form part of a local community paediatric team.

Sherriff Court Actions

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many ordinary actions were raised in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Paisley, Dundee, Airdrie and Stornaway sheriff courts in (a) November 1992, (b) November 1993, (c) January 1994 and (d) May 1994.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The figures for ordinary actions are set out in the table :


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          |November|November|January |May              

          |1992    |1993    |1994    |1994             

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Glasgow   |946     |803     |458     |669              

Edinburgh |552     |442     |271     |377              

Aberdeen  |303     |260     |197     |280              

Paisley   |261     |239     |110     |152              

Dundee    |189     |170     |107     |156              

Airdrie   |179     |202     |70      |110              

Stornoway |12      |18      |9       |5                

Perinatal and Neonatal Mortality

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was (a) the perinatal mortality rate and (b) the neonatal mortality rate in each health board for 1985, 1990 and 1993.


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Mr. Stewart : The information is given in the table.


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                          Perinatal                              Neonatal                                           

                          mortality for                          mortality for                                      

                          Scotland                               Scotland                                           

                          Per 1,000 total                        Per 1,000 live                                     

                          births live and                        births                                             

                          still                                                                                     

Health board             |1985        |1990        |1993        |1985        |1990        |1993                     

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Borders                  |5           |4           |5           |2           |5           |-                        

Forth Valley             |10          |11          |11          |8           |6           |4                        

Dumfries and Galloway    |10          |5           |9           |3           |4           |4                        

Fife                     |10          |7           |9           |5           |3           |4                        

Grampian                 |11          |9           |9           |7           |4           |3                        

Highland                 |7           |8           |10          |4           |4           |4                        

Lothian                  |11          |8           |9           |7           |5           |3                        

Tayside                  |7           |12          |9           |4           |4           |3                        

Orkney Islands           |21          |11          |4           |9           |7           |-                        

Shetland Islands         |13          |6           |6           |10          |-           |3                        

Western Isles            |5           |12          |14          |-           |6           |7                        

                                                                                                                    

Strathclyde health areas                                                                                            

Argyll and Clyde         |10          |7           |12          |5           |4           |4                        

Ayrshire & Arran         |9           |8           |8           |7           |4           |4                        

Greater Glasgow          |10          |10          |10          |5           |5           |5                        

Lanarkshire              |9           |8           |10          |5           |5           |4                        

Scottish Enterprise

Mr. Jon Owen Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the legal fees incurred by Scottish Enterprise form part of its management running costs.

Mr. Stewart : Legal fees incurred by Scottish Enterprise do not form part of its management running costs but are part of a programme budget operated by the Legal Department, and from which the cost of any appropriate external legal advice would be met.

NHS Trust Hospitals

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by wave the start-up costs for each NHS trust hospital.

Mr. Stewart : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) on 7 December 1993 Official Report, column 77.

Spanish and Portuguese

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many schools (a) Spanish and (b) Portuguese are taught ; and how many (i) teachers and (ii) pupils are involved.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Results from the September 1993 schools census show that there were 9,981 pupils taking Spanish in 167 education authority secondary schools in Scotland. No pupils took Portuguese. At September 1992, the latest year for which information is available, there were 274 teachers teaching Spanish in education authority secondary schools ; teachers teaching Portuguese are not separately identified in the school census.

At September 1993, 571 pupils in 10 education authority primary schools had contact with a subject specialist teacher in Spanish. No primary pupils had contact with a subject specialist in Portuguese. No information is held centrally on the numbers of teachers involved in teaching Spanish or Portuguese in primary schools.


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River Pollution

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the results of the meeting of officials of his Department with Lothian River Purification Board and the ferruginous pollution problems of the River Almond and Breich water.

Sir Hector Monro : Senior officials of the Scottish Office Environment Department attended the launch of the Forth River Purification Board's water quality initiative on 16 May 1994. Topics highlighted by the board included the problem of ferruginous pollution from abandoned mines. No substantive discussions took place about individual rivers.

Courts

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what targets have been set for completing office business in the sheriff courts and supreme courts ; and what performance was secured in 1993-94.

Mr. Lang : The targets set for completion of office business in the sheriff courts in 1993-94 are set out later. These targets remain in force for 1994-95. The percentage figures following each target indicate the proportion of sheriff courts achieving the target figures or better in the course of the year. More detailed information on the performance of individual court offices will be made available to local court advisory committees. Similar targets are in force in the supreme courts and all of these were achieved in 1993-94.


Targets for sheriff clerk offices and performance 1993-94                          

                                                               |Per cent.          

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To issue the first deliverance in all ordinary writs, or                           

   return to sender, within two working days of receipt.       |98                 

To issue the first deliverance in all summary cause actions                        

   (including small claims), or return to sender, within                           

   three working days of receipt.                              |97                 

To draft, in preparation for signature, all final ordinary                         

   decrees in absence (excluding divorce) within one                               

   working day of receipt of the minute craving decree.        |94                 

To draft, within seven days of receipt of the affidavits, in                       

   preparation for signature, all final decrees in                                 

   undefended ordinary actions of divorce or return the                            

   affidavits to the sender.                                   |92                 

To draft, in preparation for signature, all decrees in actions                     

   of divorce under the simplified procedure within one                            

   working day of expiry of the period of notice.              |97                 

To issue extract decrees in all ordinary actions (excluding                        

   divorce) within three working days of the date of                               

   ordinary or the expiry of the days of appeal-                                   

   whichever is the later.                                     |89                 

To issue all summary cause/small claim extract decrees                             

   within one working day of the due date.                     |96                 

To issue extract decrees in all ordinary actions of divorce                        

   within one working day of the due date.                     |88                 

To issue extract decrees of divorce under the simplified                           

   procedure within one working day of the due date.           |90                 

To issue the first deliverance in all petitions for                                

   sequestration/liquidation, or return to sender, within                          

   two working days of receipt.                                |95                 

To prepare for signature the first deliverance in all                              

   adoption petitions within one working day of a correct                          

   petition being received.                                    |93                 

To scrutinise and accept or reject commissary petitions                            

   and inventories within two working days of receipt.         |96                 

To issue Confirmation within three working days of                                 

   acceptance of inventory.                                    |94                 

To conduct small estate interviews within seven days from                          

   the time an interview is requested.                         |98                 

To process juror claims for payment, or return to sender,                          

   within two working days of receipt.                         |96                 

To process postal fines (other than unidentified payments)                         

   on day of receipt.                                          |99                 

To issue warning letters, means enquiry citations,                                 

   warrants, extracts, etc, and transfer fines within seven                        

   days of the trawl.                                          |99                 

To remit all non-Exchequer receipts to entitled parties                            

   within 14 days from the end of the last accountancy                             

   period.                                                     |98                 

To effect a card reconciliation of all outstanding financial                       

   penalties on a monthly basis.                               |100                

To reply to letter pleas within one working day of the                             

   court.                                                      |99                 

To order social enquiry and other reports within one                               

   working day of the court.                                   |99                 

To complete probation, community service, compensation                             

   and fines supervision orders within two working days                            

   of the court.                                               |100                

To issue juror citations in the first instance at least 21                         

   days prior to a jury sitting/trial.                         |98                 

To reply to all letter inquiries except those which require                        

   extensive investigation within two working days of                              

   receipt.                                                    |95                 

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what objectives for reducing court waiting periods have been established ; what targets have been set for 1994-95 in respect of court waiting periods for the supreme and sheriff courts ; and if he will make a statement about the performance of the supreme courts and each of the sheriff courts in 1993- 94.

Mr. Lang : The programming of court business is a matter for the judiciary. Acting in co-operation with the judiciary in the supreme and sheriff courts, the Government seek to provide the resources which will allow speedy access to justice. Having regard to the time required by parties to have their cases properly prepared the following objectives have been adopted :

the Lord President of the Court of Session has accepted the recommendations of a Committee chaired by Lord Maxwell relating to the reduction of waiting periods in the Supreme Courts : the target is to reduce waiting periods to the recommended levels and, subject to any acceleration in the rate of increase in court work, maintain waiting periods at that level : for certain categories of hearing, additional targets involving much reduced waiting periods, have been set ;


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Sheriffs Principal have agreed to overall targets of reducing waiting periods for summary criminal trials in the Sheriff Courts to 12 weeks or less and to hold them at that level ; and to maintain waiting periods at 12 weeks or less for civil cases in the Sheriff Courts.

The main targets for waiting periods for 1994-95 are set down as follows : "waiting period" is the period between a trial or proof being requested or an appeal being received and the date assigned expressed in weeks. Similar targets applied in 1993-94 and national performance for that year is noted in the second column in the table.


                                             |1993-94                

                                 |Target     |Performance            

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Criminal Appeal Business                                             

Summary prosecutions:                                                

  Notes of Appeal against                                            

  Sentence and Stated cases                                          

  (accused in custody)           |4          |4                      

                                                                     

Court of Session                                                     

(a) Ordinary proofs              |20         |20                     

(b) Defended Consistorial proofs |17         |18                     

                                                                     

Sheriff Courts (National average as at 31 March 1994                 

(a) Civil proofs/debates         |12         |11.6                   

(b) Summary Criminal Trials      |12         |15.2                   

In 1993-94 waiting periods of 12 weeks or less were achieved for civil debates/proofs in 81 per cent. of sheriff courts.

Waiting periods of 12 weeks or less were achieved for summary criminal business in 72 per cent. of sheriff courts.

Performance of individual sheriff courts at 31 March 1994 is set out in the following table.


                 Weeks                                          

Court           |Civil proofs   |Summary                        

                                |criminal trials                

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Hamilton        |14             |12                             

Glasgow         |14             |25                             

Inverness       |13             |11                             

Cupar           |13             |13                             

Dundee          |13             |16                             

Paisley         |13             |14                             

Dumbarton       |12             |10                             

Dunfermline     |12             |13                             

Peterhead       |12             |12                             

Stirling        |12             |12                             

Wick            |12             |12                             

Jedburgh        |11             |11                             

Kirkcudbright   |11             |11                             

Ayr             |11             |12                             

Kirkcaldy       |11             |11                             

Dingwall        |10             |10                             

Oban            |10             |11                             

Elgin           |10             |9                              

Haddington      |10             |13                             

Duns            |10             |10                             

Banff           |10             |10                             

Linlithgow      |10             |20                             

Stranraer       |10             |11                             

Falkirk         |10             |10                             

Forfar          |10             |10                             

Stornoway       |10             |10                             

Selkirk         |10             |10                             

Stonehaven      |9              |9                              

Dumfries        |9              |9                              

Peebles         |9              |10                             

Tain            |9              |10                             

Lanark          |9              |10                             

Arbroath        |9              |11                             

Aberdeen        |9              |13                             

Kilmarnock      |9              |16                             

Dunoon          |8              |8                              

Edinburgh       |8              |11                             

Alloa           |8              |8                              

Greenock        |8              |10                             

Perth           |8              |8                              

Portree         |8              |4                              

Rothesay        |8              |10                             

Airdrie         |8              |16                             

Lerwick         |7              |7                              

Campbeltown     |6              |10                             

Dornoch         |6              |8                              

Lochmaddy       |6              |10                             

Fort Willliam   |6              |14                             

Kirkwall        |6              |6                              

In addition, the sheriffs principal have agreed that sheriff court programmes should be designed to ensure that the number of trials adjourned due to lack of court time should not exceed 5 per cent. of the total number set down, a target met in 83 per cent. of sheriff courts.

NHS Statutory Audit

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes he proposes to make in the arrangements for NHS statutory audit in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang : I am pleased to announce that, following discussions between the Commission for Local Authority Accounts in Scotland and my officials, I have agreed to transfer responsibility for NHS statutory audit to the commission under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended by section 36 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990. The Accounts Commission for Scotland, as it will then be called, will take responsibility for all the statutory audit work of health boards, NHS trusts, GP fundholders and


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other health bodies in Scotland from 1 April 1995. It is envisaged that the audit programme will continue to be shared between the public sector and private audit firms.

Scottish Homes

Mr. Kynoch : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the forthcoming policy and financial management review of Scottish Homes.

Mr. Lang : As part of the Government's rolling programme of five- yearly policy and financial management reviews of

non-departmental public bodies, my Department will conduct a thorough review of Scottish Homes during 1994-95. The first stage of the review will take the form of a "prior options" study. This will include an examination of the scope for discontinuing, privatising, contracting out or transferring to another body some or all of the functions carried out by Scottish Homes. This will include looking at how it takes forward the Government's housing policies in Scotland, the key objectives of which are : promoting greater housing choice, in particular home ownership ; improving housing supply and quality ; and making best use of scarce public sector resources. This study is now under way and I would welcome comments from interested parties. Comments should be sent by 16 September 1994 to :

Mr. D. F. Middleton

Assistant Secretary

The Scottish Office Environment Department

Room 417

St. Andrew's House

Edinburgh EH1 1DG

Deaths in Custody

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give brief details of all deaths in custody, including those in police stations, in Scotland since 1989.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 8 July 1994] : Details of deaths which occurred in custody since 1989 are provided in the following tables :


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Police custody                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Date of death                                       |Sex                                                |Age                                                |Force area                                         |Cause of death                                                                                         

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1989                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

8 January 1989                                      |Male                                               |76                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Hypostatic pneumonia                                                                                   

2 February 1989                                     |Male                                               |47                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Subdural haemorrhage                                                                                   

7 February 1989                                     |Male                                               |67                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Intracranial pressure                                                                                  

24 April 1989                                       |Male                                               |19                                                 |Fife                                               |Hypoxic brain damage due to hanging                                                                    

4 May 1989                                          |Male                                               |65                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Hypoxia                                                                                                

4 June 1989                                         |Male                                               |76                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Fracture of the skull                                                                                  

21 June 1989                                        |Male                                               |16                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Aspiration of gastric contents                                                                         

24 August 1989                                      |Male                                               |68                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Acute peritonitis                                                                                      

8 October 1989                                      |Male                                               |49                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Intra-cerebral haematoma                                                                               

4 November 1989                                     |Male                                               |56                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Acute subdural haematomas                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2 January 1990                                      |Male                                               |43                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Acute renal failure                                                                                    

14 January 1990                                     |Male                                               |22                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Acute pulmonary and cerebral oedema                                                                    

6 February 1990                                     |Male                                               |62                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Head injury                                                                                            

12 February 1990                                    |Male                                               |51                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |(1) Fatty degeneration of the liver                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

5 May 1990                                          |Male                                               |64                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |(1) Lung abscess                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Bronchopneumonia                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Chronic bronchitis and emphysema                                                                   

14 June 1990                                        |Male                                               |42                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Subarachnoid haemorrhage                                                                               

16 June 1990                                        |Male                                               |53                                                 |Central Scotland                                   |(1) Bilateral bronchopneumonia                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Pulmonary Ehromboembolism                                                                          

15 November 1990                                    |Male                                               |22                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Aspiration of vomit                                                                                    

22 November 1990                                    |Male                                               |26                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Aspiration of vomit                                                                                    

30 November 1990                                    |Male                                               |60                                                 |Tayside                                            |(1) Cranial cerebral injuries                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Blunt force trauma                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1991                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

28 February 1991                                    |Male                                               |42                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Pulmonary oedema and congestion                                                                        

1 May 1991                                          |Male                                               |52                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Intracerebral haematoma                                                                                

25 July 1991                                        |Male                                               |62                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Inhalation of regurgitated vomitus                                                                     

28 July 1991                                        |Male                                               |32                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |Alcoholic cardiomyopathy                                                                               

14 August 1991                                      |Male                                               |36                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Fatty degeneration of the liver                                                                        

28 November 1991                                    |Male                                               |30                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Inhalation of gastric contents                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1992                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

8 February 1992                                     |Male                                               |24                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Hanging                                                                                                

13 April 1992                                       |Male                                               |59                                                 |Grampian                                           |Chronic alcoholism                                                                                     

25 April 1992                                       |Male                                               |25                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Hanging                                                                                                

2 May 1992                                          |Male                                               |29                                                 |Grampian                                           |Hanging                                                                                                

24 June 1992                                        |Male                                               |58                                                 |Northern                                           |Ischaemic heart disease                                                                                

9 July 1992                                         |Male                                               |19                                                 |Fife                                               |Hanging                                                                                                

29 September 1992                                   |Female                                             |54                                                 |Northern                                           |Meningitis                                                                                             

1 October 1992                                      |Female                                             |57                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |(1) Acute pulmonary oedema                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Ischaemic heart disease                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Previous myocardial infarction                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(4) Chronic obstruction airway disease                                                                 

10 October 1992                                     |Male                                               |45                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |(1) Acute left ventricular failure                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Myocardial ischaemic coronary artery thrombosis                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Chronic alcohol abuse                                                                              

7 December 1992                                     |Male                                               |29                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |(1) Chronic alcohol abuse                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) State of fits                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Postural asphyxia                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1993                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

6 January 1993                                      |Male                                               |26                                                 |Northern                                           |Head injury                                                                                            

14 March 1993                                       |Male                                               |34                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Pulmonary oedema                                                                                       

4 April 1993                                        |Male                                               |53                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Extral-dural haematoma head injury                                                                     

12 June 1993                                        |Male                                               |36                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Coronary artery atheoma                                                                                

24 July 1993                                        |Male                                               |23                                                 |Grampian                                           |Hanging                                                                                                

28 August 1993                                      |Male                                               |29                                                 |Tayside                                            |Chronic intravenous drug abuse                                                                         

29 September 1993                                   |Male                                               |68                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Left ventricular failure                                                                               

14 October 1993                                     |Male                                               |53                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Sub-dural haemorrhage                                                                                  

24 October 1993                                     |Male                                               |40                                                 |Grampian                                           |(1) Sub-dural haematoma                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Head injury                                                                                        

26 November 1993                                    |Male                                               |32                                                 |Lothian and Borders                                |(1) Laryngeal obstruction                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Inhalation of foreign body                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

5 February 1994                                     |Male                                               |31                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Sub-arachnoid haemorrhage                                                                              

30 March 1994                                       |Male                                               |38                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |(1) Sub-arachnoid haemorrhage                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Hodgkins lymphoma                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Intravenous drug abuse                                                                             

14 April 1994                                       |Male                                               |52                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |Aspiration of gastric contents                                                                         

17 April 1994                                       |Male                                               |45                                                 |Strathclyde                                        |(1) Gastro-intestinal haemorrhage                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Rupture oesophageal varices                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Alcoholic liver cirrhosis                                                                          


Penal custody                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Date of death                               |Sex and age                                |Sentence                                   |Establishment                              |Cause of death                                                                         

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1989                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 7 February 1989                            |Male  39                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Self-inflicted wounds to left arm                                                      

 5 March 1989                               |Male  31                                   |Life                                       |Shotts                                     |Suicide by hanging                                                                     

23 March 1989                               |Male  50                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Epileptic seizure                                                                      

 4 June 1989                                |Male  60                                   |Untried                                    |Aberdeen                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

14 July 1989                                |Male  27                                   |9 years                                    |Perth                                      |Death by hanging                                                                       

26 July 1989                                |Male  23                                   |2 years                                    |Shotts                                     |Death by hanging                                                                       

18 August 1989                              |Male  33                                   |9 years                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Not determined                                                                         

 3 December 1989                            |Male  17                                   |3 months                                   |Polmont                                    |Death by hanging                                                                       

24 December 1989                            |Male  49                                   |5 years                                    |Shotts                                     |Subarachnoid haemorrhage                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1990                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

31 January 1990                             |Male  49                                   |12 years                                   |Shotts                                     |Coronary insufficiency and                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                |  atherosclerosis                                                                      

18 March 1990                               |Male  32                                   |6 months                                   |Barlinnie                                  |Heart attack                                                                           

 9 June 1990                                |Male  30                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

28 June 1990                                |Male  52                                   |Life                                       |Aberdeen                                   |Ischaemic heart disease                                                                

21 July 1990                                |Male  55                                   |12 years                                   |Dungavel                                   |Murdered while on 48 hour home leave                                                   

29 July 1990                                |Male  55                                   |Life                                       |Perth                                      |(1) Myocardial infarction                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                |(2) Coronary artery thrombosis                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                |(3) Coronary artery atherosclerosis                                                    

31 July 1990                                |Male  39                                   |Life                                       |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

26 September 1990                           |Male  25                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

26 September 1991                           |Male  22                                   |8 years                                    |Perth                                      |Infection of heart valve                                                               

13 November 1990                            |Male  37                                   |9 months                                   |Barlinnie                                  |Bronchopneumonia and chronic                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                |  alcoholism                                                                           

 9 December 1990                            |Male  44                                   |42 months                                  |Shotts                                     |Inhalation of gastric contents due to acute                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                |  morphine intoxication                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1991                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

3 January 1991                              |Male  34                                   |2 years                                    |Perth                                      |Self-strangulation                                                                     

25 January 1991                             |Male  27                                   |3 months                                   |Greenock                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

30 January 1991                             |Male  44                                   |6 years                                    |Noranside                                  |Coronary artery thrombosis                                                             

11 April 1991                               |Male  22                                   |5 years                                    |Shotts                                     |Endotoxic shock due to intestinal                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                |  obstruction                                                                          

17 April 1991                               |Male  61                                   |3 months                                   |Greenock                                   |Heart attack                                                                           

28 July 1991                                |Male  32                                   |60 days                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

18 August 1991                              |Male  31                                   |11 years                                   |Noranside                                  |Murdered while on home leave                                                           

20 August 1991                              |Male  37                                   |4 years                                    |Shotts                                     |Ischaemic heart disease due to coronary                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                |  artery atheroma                                                                      

23 September 1991                           |Male  19                                   |Untried                                    |Longriggend                                |Death by hanging                                                                       

 8 December 1991                            |Male  24                                   |9 months, 60 days                          |Shotts                                     |(1) Klebsiella pneumonia                                                               

                                                                                        |and 5 years                                                                            |(2) Immune deficiency                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1992                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

11 February 1992                            |Male  17                                   |Untried                                    |Polmont                                    |Death by hanging                                                                       

27 February 1992                            |Male  29                                   |30 days                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

22 March 1992                               |Male  18                                   |11 months                                  |Polmont                                    |Death by hanging                                                                       

15 June 1992                                |Male  25                                   |3 years                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

 9 July 1992                                |Male  36                                   |5 years and 5 years                        |Edinburgh                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

25 August 1992                              |Male  30                                   |Untried                                    |Dumfries                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

18 August 1992                              |Male  50                                   |Life                                       |Shotts                                     |Cirrhosis of the liver                                                                 

 3 September 1992                           |Male  27                                   |Untried                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

 2 November 1992                            |Male  44                                   |Untried                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

18 October 1992                             |Male  24                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

28 November 1992                            |Male  23                                   |Untried                                    |Aberdeen                                   |Acute infective endocarditis                                                           

16 December 1992                            |Male  52                                   |15 years                                   |Peterhead                                  |Fatal accident inquiry-Determination                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                |  still awaited                                                                        

23 December 1992                            |Male  39                                   |3 years                                    |Peterhead                                  |Cardiac disease and cardiac enlargement                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1993                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

8 January 1993                              |Male  43                                   |Life                                       |Edinburgh                                  |Knocked over by van                                                                    

13 January 1993                             |Male  22                                   |Untried                                    |Greenock                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

 7 April 1993                               |Male  29                                   |Life                                       |Perth                                      |Death by hanging                                                                       

 6 May 1993                                 |Male  42                                   |3 months                                   |Low Moss                                   |Cardiac arrest following an epileptic fit                                              

 9 July 1993                                |Male  26                                   |6 months                                   |Edinburgh                                  |Dihydracodeine poisoning                                                               

19 July 1993                                |Male  42                                   |Life                                       |Perth                                      |Coronary artery thrombosis                                                             

22 August 1993                              |Male  45                                   |Untried                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Fall from gallery                                                                      

20 September 1993                           |Male  21                                   |5 years                                    |Polmont                                    |Vasovagal inhibition due to hanging                                                    

17 December 1993                            |Male  23                                   |Untried                                    |Barlinnie                                  |Death by hanging                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

7 January 1994                              |Male  40                                   |Untried                                    |Greenock                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

 3 January 1994                             |Male  39                                   |10 years                                   |Peterhead                                  |Metastatic Hodgkinsons Disease                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                |  lymphoma                                                                             

 7 January 1994                             |Male  41                                   |8 years                                    |Edinburgh                                  |Bronchial pneumonia and Aids                                                           

 3 February 1994                            |Male  18                                   |Untried                                    |Aberdeen                                   |Death by hanging                                                                       

Forestry

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what sums have been expended on grants for planting of (a) broadleaf trees and (b) conifers in each of the last three years under each of the various incentive schemes in force ; and what has been the average area of each planting on which grant was paid in those years.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The information is set out in the table.


Planting grants paid in Scotland (£'000s) 

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

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

Conifer   |3,500  |5,600  |5,700          

Broadleaf |4,400  |4,100  |7,300          

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

  Total   |7,900  |9,700  |13,000         


Average area approved (         

hectares)                       

1991-92 |1992-93|1993-94        

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

14.2    |12.6   |17.9           

Empty Properties

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the current level of empty properties owned by (a) the private sector, (b) local authorities, (c) housing associations and (d) Scottish Homes.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The number of empty properties owned by local authorities and Scottish Homes was 18,611 and 1,632


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respectively at 31 March 1993. Information on empty properties owned by the private sector and housing associations is not held centrally.

Public Bodies

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to compile a register of members' interests of the non- executive members of NHS trusts and health boards.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : My noble and learned Friend the Minister of State recently issued to health boards and NHS trusts codes of conduct and accountability which provide for relevant interests to be entered in a register which will be available to the public.

Operation Cancellation

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patients, for each hospital, were not admitted within a month of a second cancellation of their operation in the last five years.

Mr. Stewart : Information on the incidence of cancellations in each hospital is set out in the "NHS Patient Treatment and Waiting Time Bulletin". Copies of the bulletin, which is published quarterly, have been placed in the Library of the House.

The systems for collecting information on the incidence of cancellations in hospitals in Scotland do not at present provide for identification of the numbers not admitted within a month of a second cancellation.

Gaelic Education

Mrs. Ray Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when a copy of the summary of reponses to Her Majesty's inspectorate report, "Provision for Gaelic Education in Scotland" will be made available.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 11 July 1994] : A summary of the 123 comments received on


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the report is currently being produced by my officials and should be available in the Library within the next few weeks.

Housing Subsidy

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much subsidy in 1993 was directed to (a) council housing and (b) other public sector housing.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 11 July 1994] : In 1993-94, direct subsidies to council housing through housing support grant and general fund contributions amounted to £36.1 million. In the same year, subsidies to other Scottish public sector housing amounted to £21.3 million.

House Condition Survey

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the data on health issues collected during the Scottish house condition survey.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The information collected in the 1991 Scottish house condition survey consisted of two main strands : a survey to assess the physical condition of the occupied housing stock across all tenures and a socio-economic survey of the residents. The resulting data was analysed by Scottish Homes and poublished in July 1993.

The survey was not designed to collect information on health issues.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has of the numbers and percentages of patients admitted within three months and within 12 months of being listed, and for each hospital.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The information is shown in the table.


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Inpatient and day case discharges<1> and waiting times of patients admitted from waiting lists                                     

Year ending 31 March 1994<2>                                                                                                       

                                                         Admitted within 3             Admitted within                             

                                                         months                        12 months                                   

Hospital                                 |All discharges|Discharges    |Per cent.     |Discharges    |Per cent.                    

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Aberdeen City Hospital                   |495           |494           |100           |495           |100                          

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital              |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary                 |27,787        |24,574        |88            |27,648        |99                           

Adamson Hospital                         |1,619         |1,419         |88            |1,597         |99                           

Annan Hospital                           |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Arbroath Infirmary                       |173           |165           |95            |173           |100                          

Arduthie Hospital                        |6             |6             |100           |6             |100                          

Arran View Nursing Home                  |3             |3             |100           |3             |100                          

Arran War Memorial Hospital              |377           |374           |99            |377           |100                          

Ashludie Hospital                        |78            |78            |100           |78            |100                          

Astley Ainslie Hospital                  |51            |48            |94            |51            |100                          

Ayrshire Central and Maternity Hospital  |117           |117           |100           |117           |100                          

Balfour Hospital                         |786           |773           |98            |786           |100                          

Ballochmyle Hospital                     |6,120         |4,582         |75            |5,874         |96                           

Bangour Village Hospital                 |7             |6             |86            |7             |100                          

Beatson Oncology Centre                  |3,528         |3,527         |100           |3,528         |100                          

Belford Hospital                         |1,115         |1,036         |93            |1,113         |100                          

Belhaven Hospital                        |3             |3             |100           |3             |100                          

Belvidere Hospital                       |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Biggart Hospital                         |214           |214           |100           |214           |100                          

Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital             |28            |28            |100           |28            |100                          

Blawarthill Hospital                     |7             |7             |100           |7             |100                          

Bon Secours Private Hospital<3>          |325           |2             |1             |11            |3                            

Borders General Hospital                 |7,620         |6,838         |90            |7,613         |100                          

Brechin Infirmary                        |6             |6             |100           |6             |100                          

Bridge of Earn Hospital                  |384           |308           |80            |379           |99                           

Bridge of Weir Hospital                  |200           |200           |100           |200           |100                          

Broomhill Hospital                       |29            |27            |93            |29            |100                          

Caithness General Hospital               |1,484         |1,281         |86            |1,470         |99                           

Cameron Hospital, Windygates             |113           |112           |99            |112           |99                           

Campbell Hospital                        |14            |14            |100           |14            |100                          

Campbeltown Hospital                     |11            |11            |100           |11            |100                          

Canniesburn Hospital                     |5,416         |3,807         |70            |4,728         |87                           

Castle Douglas Hospital                  |23            |23            |100           |23            |100                          

Chalmers Hospital                        |198           |196           |99            |198           |100                          

Cleland Hospital                         |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Corstorphine Hospital                    |5             |4             |80            |5             |100                          

Cowglen Hospital                         |5             |5             |100           |5             |100                          

Crosshouse Hospital                      |15,436        |11,298        |73            |15,029        |97                           

Daliburgh Hospital                       |81            |80            |99            |81            |100                          

Dalrymple Hospital                       |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Darnley Hospital                         |3             |3             |100           |3             |100                          

Davidson Cottage Hospital                |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Dr. Gray's Hospital                      |3,425         |3,111         |91            |3,402         |99                           

Drumchapel Hospital                      |104           |104           |100           |104           |100                          

Duke Street Hospital                     |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary    |10,144        |7,504         |74            |9,868         |97                           

Dunbar Hospital                          |4             |4             |100           |4             |100                          

Dundee Dental Hospital                   |891           |860           |97            |890           |100                          

Dundee Limb Fitting Centre               |126           |125           |99            |126           |100                          

Dundee Royal Infirmary                   |8,411         |6,309         |75            |7,973         |95                           

Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital       |518           |354           |68            |507           |98                           

Dunoon and District General Hospital     |366           |306           |84            |365           |100                          

East Fortune Hospital                    |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Eastbank Hospital                        |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Eastern General Hospital                 |4,656         |3,931         |84            |4,638         |100                          

Edenhall Hospital                        |47            |46            |98            |47            |100                          

Edinburgh City Hospital                  |7,966         |5,536         |69            |7,774         |98                           

Edinburgh Dental Hospital                |4,343         |4,216         |97            |4,335         |100                          

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary                |18,327        |14,523        |79            |17,645        |96                           

Edington Cottage Hospital                |3             |3             |100           |3             |100                          

Erskine Hospital                         |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary     |9,074         |6,596         |73            |8,884         |98                           

Fleming Cottage Hospital                 |18            |18            |100           |18            |100                          

Forfar Infirmary                         |49            |44            |90            |49            |100                          

Forth Park Hospital                      |6             |6             |100           |6             |100                          

Fourhills Nursing Home                   |18            |18            |100           |18            |100                          

Fraserburgh Hospital                     |33            |32            |97            |33            |100                          

Garrick Hospital                         |931           |723           |78            |912           |98                           

Gartnavel General Hospital               |7,320         |6,258         |85            |7,197         |98                           

Gesto Hospital                           |7             |7             |100           |7             |100                          

Gilbert Bain Hospital                    |1,121         |984           |88            |1,119         |100                          

Glasgow Dental Hospital and School       |507           |498           |98            |507           |100                          

Glasgow Royal Infirmary                  |22,855        |20,630        |90            |22,621        |99                           

Glen O'Dee Hospital                      |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Glenrothes Hospital                      |38            |36            |95            |38            |100                          

Hairmyres Hospital                       |7,438         |6,307         |85            |7,388         |99                           

Homeopathic Hospital, Glasgow            |163           |141           |87            |162           |99                           

Huntley Jubilee Hospital                 |145           |135           |93            |145           |100                          

Ian Charles Hospital                     |29            |29            |100           |29            |100                          

Insch and District War Memorial Hospital |5             |5             |100           |5             |100                          

Inverclyde Royal Hospital                |9,060         |7,309         |81            |8,930         |99                           

Invergordon County Hospital              |5             |5             |100           |5             |100                          

Inverurie Hospital                       |75            |73            |97            |75            |100                          

Johnstone Hospital                       |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Kincardine O'Neil War Memorial Hospital  |4             |4             |100           |4             |100                          

Kings Cross Hospital                     |654           |657           |99            |654           |100                          

Kirkcudbright Hospital                   |24            |24            |100           |24            |100                          

Lady Margaret Hospital, Millport         |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Law Hospital                             |11,380        |9,060         |80            |11,206        |98                           

Lawson Memorial Hospital                 |688           |685           |100           |688           |100                          

Leanchoil Hospital                       |38            |38            |100           |38            |100                          

Lenzie Hospital                          |28            |28            |100           |28            |100                          

Liberton Hospital                        |43            |43            |100           |43            |100                          

Lightburn Hospital                       |18            |18            |100           |18            |100                          

Lochgreen Hospital                       |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Lochmaddy Hospital                       |33            |33            |100           |33            |100                          

Lockhart Hospital                        |158           |158           |100           |158           |100                          

Lynebank Hospital                        |3             |3             |100           |3             |100                          

Mackinnon Memorial Hospital              |527           |525           |100           |526           |100                          

Maidencraig House                        |13            |13            |100           |13            |100                          

Maud Hospital                            |8             |8             |100           |8             |100                          

Mearnskirk General Hospital              |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Meigle Cottage Hospital                  |36            |35            |97            |36            |100                          

Merchiston Hospital                      |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Migdale Hospital                         |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Milesmark Hospital                       |44            |44            |100           |44            |100                          

Moffat Hospital                          |36            |36            |100           |36            |100                          

Monklands District General Hospital      |8,707         |7,013         |81            |8,408         |97                           

Montfield Hospital                       |146           |145           |99            |145           |99                           

Montrose Royal Infirmary                 |7             |7             |100           |7             |100                          

Morningfield Hospital                    |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Nairn Town and County Hospital           |28            |28            |100           |28            |100                          

Netherlea Hospital                       |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Newton Stewart Hospital                  |19            |19            |100           |19            |100                          

Nicolson Mackenzie Hospital              |13            |6             |46            |13            |100                          

Ninewells Hospital                       |17,103        |12,826        |75            |16,662        |97                           

Northern General Hospital                |1             |-             |-             |1             |100                          

Oban County Hospital                     |411           |410           |100           |411           |100                          

Perth Royal Infirmary                    |7,392         |6,049         |82            |7,289         |99                           

Peterhead Cottage Hospital               |51            |51            |100           |51            |100                          

Portree Hospital                         |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Princess Margaret Rose Hospital          |4,300         |2,793         |65            |4,212         |98                           

Queen Margaret Hospital                  |8,517         |6,399         |75            |8,255         |97                           

Raigmore Hospital                        |14,388        |11,201        |78            |14,129        |98                           

Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital        |379           |311           |82            |365           |96                           

Ravenscraig Hospital                     |90            |90            |100           |90            |100                          

Roadmeetings Hospital                    |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Roodlands General Hospital               |1,621         |1,280         |79            |1,619         |100                          

Ross Hall Hospital                       |1             |-             |-             |-             |-                            

Ross Memorial Hospital                   |186           |139           |75            |186           |100                          

Rothesay Victoria Hospital               |260           |236           |91            |259           |100                          

Roxburghe House                          |139           |139           |100           |139           |100                          

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital       |3,499         |2,521         |72            |3,436         |98                           

Royal Alexandra Hospital                 |15,989        |13,613        |85            |15,781        |99                           

Royal Northern Infirmary                 |180           |180           |100           |180           |100                          

Royal Samaritan Hospital                 |8             |8             |100           |8             |100                          

Royal Victoria Hospital                  |5             |4             |80            |5             |100                          

Royal Victoria Hospital, Edinburgh       |89            |89            |100           |89            |100                          

Ruchill Hospital                         |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

RHSC, Edinburgh                          |4,401         |3,381         |77            |4,338         |99                           

RHSC, Glasgow                            |7,615         |5,362         |70            |7,516         |99                           

Seafield Hospital                        |54            |53            |98            |54            |100                          

Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion      |557           |557           |100           |557           |100                          

Southern General Hospital                |14,597        |12,389        |85            |14,137        |97                           

Southfield Hospital                      |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Spynie Hospital                          |95            |95            |100           |95            |100                          

St Andrew's Hospice                      |5             |5             |100           |5             |100                          

St Andrews Memorial Hospital             |889           |770           |87            |886           |100                          

St John's Hospital At Howden             |13,416        |9,718         |72            |12,644        |94                           

St Michaels Hospital                     |16            |13            |81            |16            |100                          

Stephen Cottage Hospital                 |24            |24            |100           |24            |100                          

Stirling Royal Infirmary                 |14,033        |10,349        |74            |13,830        |99                           

Stobhill Hospital                        |10,524        |8,744         |83            |10,426        |99                           

Stonehouse Hospital                      |5,267         |3,905         |74            |5,237         |99                           

Stracathro Hospital                      |3,664         |3,205         |87            |3,655         |100                          

Strathclyde Hospital                     |4             |4             |100           |4             |100                          

The Ayr Hospital                         |6,675         |4,676         |70            |6,495         |97                           

Thomas Hope Hospital                     |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Thornhill Hospital                       |1             |1             |100           |1             |100                          

Tippethill Hospital                      |24            |23            |96            |24            |100                          

Tor-na-dee Hospital                      |29            |29            |100           |29            |100                          

Turner Memorial Hospital                 |72            |72            |100           |72            |100                          

Turriff Cottage Hospital                 |18            |18            |100           |18            |100                          

Udston Hospital                          |6             |6             |100           |6             |100                          

Vale of Leven District General Hospital  |4,916         |4,581         |93            |4,916         |100                          

Victoria Cottage Hospital                |55            |52            |95            |55            |100                          

Victoria Geriatric Unit, Glasgow         |18            |18            |100           |18            |100                          

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy             |11,985        |9,500         |79            |11,747        |98                           

Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow              |15,395        |12,200        |79            |15,048        |98                           

West Highland Hospital                   |1,417         |1,301         |92            |1,409         |99                           

Western General Hospital, Edinburgh      |17,104        |14,250        |83            |16,396        |96                           

Western Infirmary, Glasgow               |22,065        |18,307        |83            |21,746        |99                           

Western Isles Hospital                   |1,290         |1,204         |93            |1,290         |100                          

Woodcot Hospital                         |2             |2             |100           |2             |100                          

Woodend General Hospital                 |3,557         |2,514         |71            |3,510         |99                           

                                                                                                                                   

All Hospitals                            |449,182       |362,775       |81            |439,437       |98                           

<1> Excludes psychiatric and obstetric services.                                                                                   

<2> Provisional.                                                                                                                   

<3> Patients admitted to the Bon Secours Private Hospital are plastic surgery waiting list initiative cases previously waiting at  

Canniesburn Hospital.                                                                                                              

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for each hospital, the percentage of patients seen within half an hour of appointment times for each of the past five years.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Information on how long patients have to wait to be seen after their appointment time at out-patient clinics is monitored by health boards and is not collected centrally. Health boards report that few patients overall wait longer than 30 minutes ; that where they do they are given an explanation and an indication of how much longer the wait is likely to be ; and that where monitoring reveals a particular problem action is taken to remedy it.

GP Fundholders

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many general practitioner fundholders he expects there to be in each health board area by January 1995 ; and how many there are currently in each area.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : According to the latest information provided by health boards the current number of operational fundholders and estimated numbers by January 1995 are as set out in the table.


                      |Number of       |Estimated number                 

                      |GP fundholders  |of operational                   

                      |currently       |GP fundholders                   

                      |operational     |by January 1995                  

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

Argyll and Clyde      |5               |5                                

Ayrshire and Arran    |4               |4                                

Borders               |2               |2                                

Dumfries and Galloway |1               |1                                

Fife                  |4               |4                                

Forth Valley          |4               |5                                

Grampian              |31              |31                               

Greater Glasgow       |11              |11                               

Highland              |3               |3                                

Lanarkshire           |14              |15                               

Lothian               |15              |18                               

Orkney                |-               |-                                

Shetland              |-               |-                                

Tayside               |9               |9                                

Western Isles         |-               |-                                

                                                                         

Scotland              |103             |108                              

Ambulances

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will instruct ambulance services to remove the bull bars fitted to their vehicles immediately and instruct all ambulance services that the fitting of bull bars to emergency vehicles is prohibited on the grounds of safety.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : There are no bull bars fitted to the fleet of accident and emergency ambulances usd by the Scottish Ambulance Service and there are no plans to do so. Only 13 Land Rovers have bull bars. These vehicles are useful for work in rough terrain. The bars were supplied and fitted by the manufacturer. The Scottish Ambulance Service would comply with any safety guidance issued by the manufacturer or the Department of Transport.

Ambulance Arrival Times

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the numbers and percentages of emergency ambulances arriving within 14 minutes in urban areas and 19 minutes in rural areas, for the past five years.

Mr. Stewart : The information available is as follows :


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                 <1>High                         Medium                          Sparse                                         

                                |Percentage in                  |Percentage in                  |Percentage in                  

Year            |Number of calls|14 minutes     |Number of calls|18 minutes     |Number of calls|21 minutes                     

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

1993-94         |90,604         |90             |89,078         |94             |29,464         |88                             

1992-93         |87,668         |87             |87,652         |94             |28,095         |89                             

1991-92         |82,676         |87             |83,442         |93             |24,490         |88                             

1990-91<2>      |-              |-              |-              |-              |-              |-                              

1989-90<2>      |-              |-              |-              |-              |-              |-                              

<1>The Scottish target times for ambulance response to emergency calls are based on population density and are as follows:      


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Density measured in |95 per cent. of                        

                    |emergency calls                        

people per acre     |responded to in                        

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

Highly populated                                            

> 3 per acre        |14 minutes                             

                                                            

Medium populated                                            

< 3 > 0.5 per acre  |18 minutes                             

                                                            

Sparsely populated                                          

< 0.5 per acre      |21 minutes                             

<2>Figures are not available for 1990-91 and 1989-90.       


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Housing

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the real-terms increase or decrease in his Department's spending on each sector of housing since 1979, setting aside borrowing consents and income gained from sale of housing stock.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Expenditure by the Scottish Office Environment Department and the Scottish Office Industry Department, for housing in the new towns, on housing subsidies to local authorities and new towns, which accounted for around one third of the net housing programme in 1979-80, decreased in real terms by 93 per cent. and 70.3 per cent. respectively between 1979-80 and 1993-94 consistent with our policy of ending indiscriminate subsidies and concentrating resources on tenants in greatest need through housing benefit. The Scottish Special Housing Association and Housing Corporation in Scotland were subsumed by Scottish Homes in 1989 which is funded on a different basis ; no comparison with 1979-80 can therefore be made.

Pollution

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the number of patients suffering ill health or death from carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, asbestos, microbes and radon pollution in their homes.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Morbidity details are not available. The death data for 1992 are set out in the table.


Deaths from Selected Causes Scotland 1992  

                             |Number       

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Carbon monoxide              |122          

Nitrogen dioxide             |-            

Tobacco smoke                |-            

Asbestosis                   |8            

Formaldehyde (solution)      |4            

Formaldehyde (gas or vapour) |-            

Hospital Waiting Times

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish, for each accident and emergency unit, the percentage of patients seen within five minutes of arrival for each of the last five years.


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Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Information on waiting times in accident and emergency departments has not previously been collected centrally. On 31 March 1994, my noble and learned Friend the Minister of State announced waiting time targets which each health board in Scotland had agreed with hospitals providing accident and emergency services. The targets cover the maximum time to be seen and assessed ; the maximum time to be seen by a doctor and have treatment comence and the maximum time for completion of treatment. Arrangements are in hand for the monitoring of performance against these targets to be carried out later in the year. Information on waiting times in accident and emergency departments is scheduled for publication in 1995.

Hospital League Tables

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what statistics he will collect in order to prepare hospital league tables.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 11 July 1994] : The statistical requirements of the patients charter are under constant review. Over the past few years the "NHS Patient Treatment and Waiting Time Bulletin" has expanded as more, and reliable, statistics on performance against charter standards have become available. This process will continue.

Water Piping (Dissolved Lead)

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the latest information for each region of the level of dissolved lead in water piping.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 11 July 1994] : Such detailed information is not held centrally. Results of analysis of water samples taken from consumers' taps are held on public registers maintained by the water authorities. Summaries of this information are included in the authorities' annual reports on drinking water quality, available from each authority. Further summaries are included in the annual drinking water quality in Scotland report published by the Scottish Office, copies of which are in the Library.


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TREASURY

Pensions Contributions

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the E/T ratio for each year since 1964 for working on two- thirds average and twice average earnings, where E represents the direct cost of employment, including national insurance and pension contributions, and T represents take-home pay after deducting normal PAYE and national insurance and representative pension contributions.

Mr. Dorrell : The information on pension contributions which would be necessary to answer this question is not available.

Living Standards

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on living standards.


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