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Ministerial Visits

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many overseas visits he and each of his Ministers have made between 1 January and 30 June ; during how many he, or each of his Ministers, participated in fundraising activities for the Conservative party ; and if he will name the Ministers and the countries in which these activities took place.

Mr. Forth : Between 1 January and 30 June 1994, Ministers in the Department made eight overseas visits in their official capacity. Fundraising activities for the Conservative party are not part of our official duties.

Local Management of Schools

Mr. Alton : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what safeguards there are in the system in relation to local management of schools and formula funding to ensure that schools do not, by accident or design, claim for children they do not have.

Mr. Forth : It is for each local education authority to determine its own procedures for verifying the accuracy of the pupil numbers and other data to be used in determining its schools' LMS budget shares.

WALES

Departmental Costs

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the achievements of ( a ) his policies and ( b ) his Department in helping small businesses over the last 12 months as against the previous 12 months; if he will publish the performance indicators by which his Department monitors those achievments and the statistical results of such monitoring; and if he will set out his targets to help small businesses in the next year.

Mr. Redwood : The Government recognise the crucial


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role played by small firms in the Welsh economy. We have continued to help small businesses by keeping inflation and interest rates low and by reducing legislative and administrative burdens.

My Department works with local authorities, training and enterprise councils, the development agencies and local enterprise agencies in providing a range of services for small businesses in Wales. I recently published a prospectus inviting bids for improving those services through increased collaboration both between these organisations and with the private sector.

Specific measures promoted by my Department are as follows : Enterprise promotion

During 1993-94, TECs assisted over 9,000 owner-managers, provided 10,438 counselling sessions and, in respect of a range of information services, received nearly 55,000 inquiries. During 1992-93, TECs provided 13,903 counselling sessions and received 42,483 inquiries. They will continue to provide these services in response to demand in 1994-95.

In 1993-94, TECs helped 2,200 people start their own businesses, compared to 2,677 in 1992-93. They have a target of 2,300 in 1994-95. In addition, over 5,000 small firms are to receive business enterprise training or consulting support with a further 1,200 targeted to participate in management development.

Grant support

The Welsh Office continues to provide grant support for small firms, having regard to the level of demand in each year. During the year ending 30 June 1994, 128 firms employing under 200 accepted offers of Regional Selective Assistance totalling £16.730 million. The grants were forecast to help create or safeguard, 3,813 jobs and generate £98 million private sector investment. In the previous year, 120 firms accepted offers totalling £22.463 million and forecast to create or safeguard 3,377 jobs and help generate £143 million private sector investment.

Also in the year ending 30 June 1994, 127 small firms (i.e. those with fewer than 25 employees for investment grant and fewer than 50 for innovation grant) accepted offers of Regional Enterprise Grant totalling £1.847 million. The grants were forecast to help generate £6.88 million private sector investment. In the previous year, 163 firms accepted offers totalling £2.469 million, with forecast private sector investment totalling £8.75 million.

My Department is also continuing with an active programme under the Small Firms Merit Award for Research and Technology (SMART). In the previous two years, small firms from Wales have done well, gaining 16 and 17 awards respectively--approximately 9 per cent. of the United Kingdom total. Under the Support for Products under Research Scheme (SPUR), grant support for small firms in Wales rose from £0.96 million in 1992-93 to £1.21 million in 1993-94, a percentage increase of 26 per cent.

Deregulation

The Welsh Office is continuing to contribute actively to the Government's drive to reduce the burden of regulations on business. A consultation exercise was carried out with Welsh business interests in 1993 : this identified no Wales-only legislation as placing a burden on business. During 1994, all Welsh Office subordinate legislation is being reviewed.

Inward Investment

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each district and county council area and for Wales as a whole for each of the last five available years, the number of industrial projects involving inward investment from outside the United Kingdom, the estimated number of new jobs resulting from these projects, the associated total capital expenditure involved, the associated public capital expenditure involved and the amount in column 5 expressed as a percentage of column 4.


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Mr. Redwood : A summary of foreign-owned inward investment projects recorded over the last five financial years together with forecast new employment and capital investment has been placed in the Library of the House. The figures represent companies projections at the time of the decision to invest and they do not take account of any subsequent changes.

The amount of public capital expenditure involved is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Welsh Consumer Council

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what procedures are in place to ensure that the budget and means of the Welsh Consumer Council are properly agreed and controlled so that the Council is at no time able to exceed agreed spending limits or act without due authority ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : The Welsh Consumer Council's budget is set at a level agreed between the National Consumer Council and the Scottish and Welsh Consumer Councils from the grant-in-aid the NCC receives from the Department of Trade and Industry. The Welsh Consumer Council has established procedures for controlling and monitoring its own expenditure within the agreed limit, although the NCC is responsible, under the terms of the grant-in-aid conditions, for ensuring expenditure is properly authorised and that expenditure is contained within the agreed allocation.

Welsh Development Agency

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those grant schemes operated by the Welsh Development Agency which have been suspended or terminated on legal advice during the past quarter ; on what date the legal advice was received ; on what date the letter of instruction to terminate the grant schemes was sent to the agency ; if he will place a copy of the independent legal advice in the Library ; what is his estimate of the budgetary implications ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : On 8 June my Department instructed the WDA to avoid further contractual commitments on the mid-Wales development grant scheme, DRIVE, rural conversion grant and the community enterprise programme. On 21 June my Department extended this instruction to small business loans, subsidised rural loan schemes, valleys enterprise loans schemes, valleys small loans schemes and the technology growth fund. As I explained to the House, I do not wish powers to be used which are subject to any legal uncertainty. I do wish to strengthen local authorities' involvement in these areas. The Comptroller and Auditor General has certified the accounts of the WDA without qualification.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what proposals he has to clarify the legal position concerning the grant-in-aid provided by his Department to the Welsh Development Agency for the purposes of the rural conversion grant, the DRIVE scheme, the technology growth fund, the rural loans, valleys loans and the small loans scheme ; and what consultations he has had with Welsh local authority associations in relation to powers to give loans and grants to small firms and the provisioning of (a) basic and (b) supplementary credit approval for this purpose ;


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(2) what proposals he has had to recommence payments of all the Welsh Development Agency and mid-Wales development loans and grants schemes to small and medium-sized firms suspended on 8 July.

Mr. Redwood : As I made clear in my statement to the House on 7 July, Official Report, columns 463-64, I intend that in future grant schemes for small businesses should be delivered by the local authorities. Officials are consulting with the Welsh local authority associations.

Arrangements for the figure of loans to small businesses are under consideration.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Welsh Development Agency in relation to the irregular use of grant-in-aid for (a) rural conversion grant, (b) the DRIVE scheme, (c) the technology growth fund, (d) rural loans, (e) valleys loans and (f) the small loans scheme ; what expenditure under the above headings has been qualified in the 1993-94 accounts of (i) the agency and (ii) Development Board for Rural Wales ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I meet regularly with the chairman of the Welsh Development Agency to discuss a range of issues.

Neither the agency's accounts nor those of the Development Board for Rural Wales have been qualified.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the Welsh Development Agency concerning the issuing of a press release by the agency explaining the qualifications to its accounts for 1993-94 arising from legal dishonesty over the rural conversion grant, DRIVE, technology growth fund, rural loans, valleys loans and small loans scheme.

Mr. Redwood : The Comptroller and Auditor General has certified the agency's accounts without qualification.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will specify the guidelines applying to the Welsh Development Agency's urban regeneration activities in (a) 1991, (b) 1992 and (c) 1993 as regards consents required from his Department for any proposed land acquisition by the agency for such purpose ; what accelerated procedure was available for such purposes ; on how many occasions such (i) ordinary and (ii) accelerated consent was sought from his Department in each of those three years ; if he will specify the local authority area concerned ; and what was the average length of time taken by his Department to approve any such applications.

Mr. Redwood : Proposed land acquisitions by the Welsh Development Agency in respect of its urban development programme and requiring consent, are dealt with under urban development guidelines which were introduced in April 1992. Prior to that, all land acquisitions were handled by reference to the site development and factory building guidelines introduced in 1980. Approvals are not subject to a pre-determined timetable and proposals are dealt with as appropriate.

Approvals for proposed acquisitions are as follows :


Local authority area  |Number              |Year(s)                                  

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Merthyr Tydfil        |2                   |1991-92 and 1993-94                      

Cynon Valley          |1                   |1991-92                                  

Preseli-Pembrokeshire |1                   |1991-92                                  

Llanelli              |1                   |1993-94                                  

Ynys Mon              |2                   |1993-94                                  

Rhondda               |1                   |1993-94                                  

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which non- departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department are required to lay their annual report before Parliament ; which publish an annual report without a requirement to do so ; and how many of the reports in either category have been deposited in the Library.

Mr. Redwood : The information is as follows :

Required to lay annual report before Parliament

Cardiff Bay Development Corporation ; Countryside Council for Wales ; Development Board for Rural Wales ; Housing for Wales ; Land Authority for Wales ; Wales Tourist Board ; Welsh Development Agency ; Welsh Language Board ; Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.

Publish an annual report without requirement

National Library of Wales ; National Museum of Wales ; Wales Youth Agency ; Further and Higher Education Funding Councils (a) ; Arts Council of Wales (b) ; Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales.

All these reports are placed in the Library of the House, with the exception of (a) first annual reports will not be published until later this year ; and (b) first annual reports will not be published until next year.

In addition, the Sports Council for Wales and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales are required to publish an annual report. I lay the former's before Parliament ; copies of the Royal Commission's annual reports will be placed in the Library of the House shortly.

Dentists

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the number of (a) community dentists and (b) family health services authority salaried dentists employed as at 1 April for each of the past five years.

Mr. Redwood : Information relating to community dental staff is collected annually as at 30 September and is given in the table : There were three FHSA salaried dentists in post at 1 April 1994. No salaried dentists were appointed until after 1 April 1993. One further dentist was appointed after 1 April 1994.


Community Dental     

Practitioners<1>     

       |Number       

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1989   |104          

1990   |106          

1991   |103          

1992   |100          

1993   |87           

<1> Whole-time       

equivalents          

excluding locum      

staff.               

Agricultural Wages Order

Dr. Strang : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his latest estimate of the number of persons whose pay and conditions are covered by the Agricultural Wages Order 1994 for each county in Wales and for Wales as a whole.


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Mr. Redwood : Based on the June 1993 agricultural and horticultural census, it is estimated that the number of workers--excluding those on minor holdings--covered by the Agricultural Wages Order was 12,714 as at June 1993. Estimates by county are given in the table.


 

                |Numbers        

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Clwyd           |1,906          

Dyfed           |4,320          

Gwent           |990            

Gwynedd         |1,588          

Mid Glamorgan   |473            

Powys           |2,543          

South Glamorgan |447            

West Glamorgan  |447            

Development Board for Rural Wales

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 7 July, Official Report, column 310, on what date he sent the letter to the Development Board for Rural Wales instructing the board to make no further payments of mid-Wales development grants, rural buildings conversion grants, DRIVE grants and community enterprise projects.

Mr. Redwood : My Department wrote to the development board on 8 June 1994, concerning relevant schemes.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 7 July, Official Report, column 310, what is his latest estimate of the date of completion of consultation with local authorities and their associations concerning the powers to be transferred from the Development Board for Rural Wales to them at (a) borough and (b) county level.

Mr. Redwood : It is my intention for the consultation with the local authority associations to be completed as soon as possible.

CBI Wales

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met CBI Wales and its council.

Mr. Redwood : I met representatives of CBI Wales in June last year and was a principal guest at the CBI Wales dinner in December.

Further Education

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many secondary schools are operating courses on a franchise basis from further education colleges.

Mr. Redwood : I know of no schools operating courses on a franchise basis from further education colleges in the academic year 1993-94. However, there are plans for some schools in South Glamorgan to provide courses on a franchise basis from Barry college and Coleg Glan Hafren from September 1994.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the size of the departmental unit responsible for the furtherance of NHS trusts.


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Mr. Redwood : Twelve full-time staff work specifically on NHS trust issues.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date the Director of the national health service in Wales gave guidance to the South Glamorgan health authority community services trust-designate in relation to the expression of interest by the Llandough NHS trust in running the community health services in the Vale of Glamorgan area ; whether the guidance had statutory support ; what representations he has had in relation to such guidance ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 5 May, column 645.

The director of NHS Wales wrote to the community and priority services unit on 19 November 1993 inviting an application for NHS trust status from April 1995. I have placed a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Wales Tourist Board

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Wales tourist board in relation to the number of (a) applications and (b) approvals for suspension of the repayment of grants, where sale of the grant-aided tourist facility has taken place before the due period in each year from 1988 to 1993 inclusive.

Mr. Redwood : None on these specific matters. The information requested is as follows :


Year         |Number of   |Approvals                

             |Applications                          

             |for                                   

             |Suspensions                           

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1988         |3           |1                        

1989         |7           |3                        

1990         |1           |0                        

1991         |2           |1                        

1992         |1           |1                        

1993         |0           |0                        

Cardiff Bay Development Corporation

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the relevant local authorities concerned with the de-designation of the Cardiff Bay development corporation in relation to the ongoing financial obligations arising from the construction of the barrage in relation to the (a) valuation of land, (b) water quality obligations and (c) other matters ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 15 July, column 813-14.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has for the provision of (a) grant-in-aid and (b) national loans fund finance to the Cardiff Bay development corporation ; what legal opinion he has sought in relation to the regularity of the payments of grants by the corporation to (i) Prudential Assurance Company and (ii) NCM for their new headquarters offices ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : Grant-in-aid of £48.2 million is being made available to the Cardiff Bay development corporation in this financial year. There are no plans to draw on the national loans fund.


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The corporation has wide-ranging powers to incur expenditure to secure the regeneration of its area under the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 and the Inner Urban Areas Act 1978. It is for the corporation to assure itself of the regularity of any grant payments it makes. I have had no reason to seek separate legal opinion on the corporation's support for Prudential and NCM.

Fish Passes

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Wales region of the National Rivers Authority concerning research programmes into the efficiency of fish passes on south Wales rivers, barrages and weirs with respect to the passage of the (i) salmon, (ii) sea-trout or sewin, (iii) river lampey, (iv) sea lampey, (v) allis shad, (vi) twaite shad and (vii) eel and into the impact of barrages on the long term management strategies needed to maintain appropriate water quality standards.

Mr. Redwood : None.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultation he has had with the chairmen of the Welsh training and enterprise councils concerning the current level of financial surpluses in hand ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood : I have not discussed the current level of financial surpluses with TEC chairmen. However, my officials regularly discuss the planned use of surpluses with TEC chairmen and chief executives during annual contract negotiations and therefore have taken current levels of surplus into account when considering contracts for 1994-95.

Welsh Historic Monuments

Mr. Sweeney : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for the future of Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments.

Mr. Redwood : Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments, was established as an executive agency within the Welsh Office in April 1991. Following an evaluation and options review, I have decided that Cadw should continue as an executive agency for the next five years. Within this framework, a significant part of Cadw's operations will be subject to market testing, including initially some 115 posts in Cadw's direct labour force. I also intend to consider the feasibility of other methods of increasing the involvement of the private sector in the agency's operations.

Medical Emergency Admissions

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many medical emergency admissions were made by each hospital in each of the last five years ; and what assessment he has made of these figures on the planning for bed provision in Wales.

Mr. Gwilym Jones [holding answer 4 July 1994] : The following table shows, for each of the last five years for which data are available, the number of immediate admissions to hospitals in Wales, excluding those which were classified as mental handicap or mental illness.


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The provision of hospital beds is a matter for health authorities and NHS trusts. It is their responsibility to ensure that beds are available for those who need them.


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Immediate admissions in financial year                                                                                                            

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

Authority/Hospital                                                                                                                                

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Clwyd                                                                                                                                             

Abergele<1>                     |433               |402               |1,646             |-                 |-                                    

Catherine Gladstone<2>          |58                |81                |92                |56                |11                                   

Chirk Community<3>              |-                 |-                 |83                |154               |188                                  

Colwyn Bay Community            |343               |356               |367               |376               |381                                  

Deeside Community<3>            |-                 |-                 |-                 |-                 |75                                   

Denbighshire Infirmary          |304               |332               |349               |377               |475                                  

Dobshill                        |-                 |1                 |18                |30                |43                                   

Flint Community                 |235               |231               |236               |168               |106                                  

H.M. Stanley<1>                 |2,570             |2,666             |10,248            |-                 |-                                    

Holywell Community              |284               |276               |277               |170               |106                                  

Llangollen Community            |192               |210               |201               |97                |94                                   

Lluesty<1>                      |84                |71                |149               |-                 |-                                    

Meadowslea                      |1                 |-                 |22                |1                 |12                                   

Mold Community                  |171               |286               |346               |302               |275                                  

Penley                          |1                 |-                 |1                 |-                 |-                                    

Prestatyn Community             |55                |49                |71                |76                |22                                   

Royal Alexandra                 |166               |149               |143               |135               |120                                  

Ruthin Community                |209               |227               |217               |191               |187                                  

Trevalyn                        |-                 |5                 |22                |10                |17                                   

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd<1>            |11,600            |12,644            |20,580            |16,298            |16,155                               

Ysbyty Maelor<1>                |12,499            |12,228            |4,219             |14,782            |14,809                               

                                                                                                                                                  

East Dyfed                                                                                                                                        

Aberaeron                       |3                 |4                 |1                 |10                |2                                    

Amman Valley                    |5                 |1                 |28                |90                |11                                   

Bronglais                       |4,436             |4,564             |5,020             |5,085             |5,554                                

Bryntirion                      |799               |607               |187               |17                |403                                  

Cardigan and District           |42                |125               |185               |201               |275                                  

Llandovery                      |301               |373               |302               |151               |294                                  

Llanelli General<2>             |2,648             |2,380             |487               |-                 |-                                    

Mynydd Mawr                     |3                 |38                |33                |29                |93                                   

Prince Philip<3>                |-                 |-                 |3,842             |6,216             |7,003                                

Tregaron                        |10                |13                |6                 |54                |81                                   

West Wales General              |7,599             |8,144             |7,973             |7,491             |9,880                                

                                                                                                                                                  

Pembrokeshire                                                                                                                                     

South Pembrokeshire             |427               |406               |402               |536               |507                                  

Tenby Cottage                   |149               |139               |133               |188               |212                                  

Withybush General               |9,523             |10,495            |9,670             |8,706             |8,968                                

                                                                                                                                                  

Gwent                                                                                                                                             

Abertillery District            |74                |117               |133               |144               |109                                  

Allt-Yr-Yn                      |3                 |3                 |5                 |16                |14                                   

Blaenavon Health Care Unit      |135               |201               |179               |130               |110                                  

Blaina and District             |170               |247               |190               |185               |137                                  

County                          |819               |767               |586               |365               |3                                    

Ebbw Vale                       |37                |84                |66                |138               |99                                   

Monmouth General                |148               |170               |181               |153               |147                                  

Mount Pleasant                  |284               |302               |164               |145               |299                                  

Nevill Hall                     |10,537            |10,855            |9,945             |9,269             |9,569                                

Oakdale                         |3                 |3                 |9                 |3                 |2                                    

Pontypool and District          |83                |76                |48                |46                |52                                   

Royal Gwent                     |16,114            |16,573            |18,407            |18,103            |18,520                               

St. Lawrence                    |1,583             |1,557             |1,895             |1,807             |1,888                                

St. Woolos                      |3,365             |3,852             |4,355             |3,627             |3,840                                

Tredegar General                |50                |111               |70                |98                |95                                   

                                                                                                                                                  

Gwynedd                                                                                                                                           

Bron-y-Garth                    |43                |31                |-                 |-                 |250                                  

Bryn Beryl                      |255               |169               |204               |245               |212                                  

Brynseiont                      |33                |13                |8                 |44                |70                                   

Bryn-y-neuadd                   |-                 |-                 |-                 |34                |-                                    

Caernarvon Eye and Cottage<2>   |130               |119               |19                |-                 |-                                    

Cefni<2>                        |10                |4                 |-                 |-                 |-                                    

Conwy                           |51                |76                |127               |128               |129                                  

Dolgellau and District          |354               |203               |301               |207               |251                                  

Druid                           |20                |6                 |3                 |95                |68                                   

Eryri                           |116               |10                |6                 |103               |117                                  

Ffestiniog Memorial             |205               |232               |189               |181               |159                                  

Groesynyd<2>                    |7                 |14                |12                |-                 |-                                    

Llandudno General               |3,531             |3,006             |2,785             |2,261             |1,532                                

Madoc Memorial<2>               |112               |155               |104               |-                 |-                                    

St. David's                     |4,749             |2,014             |1,487             |-                 |1,043                                

Stanley Sailors                 |214               |160               |16                |189               |186                                  

Towyn and District War Memorial |474               |462               |441               |338               |247                                  

Valley                          |26                |9                 |1                 |76                |94                                   

Ysbyty Gwynedd                  |12,335            |12,258            |12,928            |14,097            |10,459                               

                                                                                                                                                  

Mid Glamorgan                                                                                                                                     

Aberbargoed and District        |187               |198               |189               |28                |173                                  

Aberdare General                |412               |502               |383               |571               |578                                  

Bridgend General                |775               |876               |1,032             |1,358             |1,270                                

Caerphilly District Miners      |2,638             |2,835             |2,802             |3,281             |3,064                                

Dewi Sant                       |1,318             |1,554             |1,337             |2                 |-                                    

East Glamorgan General          |10,484            |10,137            |10,887            |12,462            |12,413                               

Energlyn                        |2                 |-                 |4                 |-                 |2                                    

Fedw Hir<2>                     |2                 |4                 |5                 |-                 |-                                    

Llwynypia                       |780               |780               |850               |920               |868                                  

Maesgwyn                        |82                |96                |177               |50                |60                                   

Maesteg General                 |430               |439               |350               |400               |388                                  

Mardy                           |93                |92                |34                |54                |42                                   

Merthyr General<2>              |453               |522               |593               |5                 |-                                    

Mountain Ash General            |357               |419               |355               |170               |36                                   

Pentwyn<2>                      |25                |21                |37                |3                 |-                                    

Pontypridd and District<2>      |29                |27                |53                |2                 |-                                    

Porth and District<2>           |33                |19                |12                |43                |216                                  

Prince Charles                  |10.626            |11,612            |12,973            |14,300            |14,947                               

Princess of Wales               |9,623             |10,787            |11,458            |10,844            |11,002                               

Redwood Memorial                |129               |91                |120               |39                |102                                  

Rhiwfelin<2>                    |2                 |1                 |3                 |-                 |-                                    

St. Tydfil's                    |2,228             |1,808             |1,393             |2,284             |2,253                                

Talygarn<2>                     |155               |76                |77                |-                 |-                                    

Tonteg                          |17                |7                 |-                 |41                |5                                    

Treherbert                      |75                |72                |79                |91                |59                                   

Tyntyla<2>                      |4                 |3                 |-                 |2                 |-                                    

Ysbyty George Thomas<3>         |-                 |-                 |-                 |12                |21                                   

Ystrad Mynach                   |13                |-                 |9                 |38                |107                                  

                                                                                                                                                  

Powys                                                                                                                                             

Breconshire War Memorial        |891               |1,003             |997               |1,024             |1,036                                

Bronllys                        |96                |154               |146               |152               |184                                  

Builth Wells Cottage            |407               |459               |522               |605               |413                                  

Knighton                        |71                |100               |104               |93                |105                                  

Llandrindod Wells               |581               |684               |668               |687               |780                                  

Llanidloes & District           |220               |345               |375               |310               |327                                  

Machynlleth and District        |145               |172               |137               |412               |563                                  

Machynlleth Chest               |226               |269               |230                                                                        

Montgomery County Infirmary     |358               |375               |272               |281               |351                                  

St. David's                     |52                |49                |41                |1,441             |-                                    

Victoria Memorial               |164               |185               |223               |265               |265                                  

Ystradgynlais Community         |124               |132               |79                |184               |262                                  

                                                                                                                                                  

South Glamorgan                                                                                                                                   

Barry Community                 |577               |569               |526               |526               |559                                  

Cardiff Royal Infirmary         |11,524            |10,800            |10,780            |10,783            |10,781                               

Childrens ENT<2>                |2                 |3                 |-                 |1                 |-                                    

Glan Ely<2>                     |1                 |5                 |4                 |-                 |-                                    

Lansdowne                       |4                 |2                 |1                 |3                 |6                                    

Llandough                       |9,180             |10,478            |14,172            |13,159            |13,490                               

Neale Kent<2>                   |1                 |2                 |19                |-                 |-                                    

Prince of Wales                 |76                |102               |59                |26                |19                                   

Rookwood                        |7                 |2                 |17                |5                 |20                                   

St. David's<2>                  |277               |263               |227               |1                 |-                                    

Sully                           |429               |533               |510               |944               |702                                  

University Hospital of Wales    |13,205            |16,857            |16,981            |18,238            |17,493                               

Velindre                        |625               |770               |790               |682               |857                                  

                                                                                                                                                  

West Glamorgan                                                                                                                                    

Clydach War Memorial            |114               |114               |84                |123               |47                                   

Cymla                           |737               |469               |14                |364               |352                                  

Fairwood                        |-                 |-                 |-                 |-                 |7                                    

Gellinudd<2>                    |36                |37                |39                |42                |-                                    

Gorseinon                       |34                |150               |118               |195               |114                                  

Groeswen                        |-                 |-                 |-                 |32                |38                                   

Hill House                      |11                |4                 |6                 |19                |31                                   

Morriston                       |16,157            |17,709            |14,239            |11,655            |10,792                               

Mount Pleasant                  |29                |15                |8                 |75                |19                                   

Neath General                   |6,464             |7,378             |6,509             |7,951             |7,999                                

Port Talbot General             |15                |8                 |5                 |22                |4                                    

Singleton                       |5,936             |6,613             |5,028             |9,924             |9,528                                

                                                                                                                                                  

Not classified to hospitals     |-                 |-                 |-                 |550               |1,458                                

<1> Data for these hospitals in 1991-92 and 1992-93 is considered unreliable.                                                                     

<2> Hospital closed during period covered.                                                                                                        

<3> Hospital opened during period covered.                                                                                                        

Notes:                                                                                                                                            

1. Figures for 1988-89 to 1990-91 derived from Hospital Activity Analysis. For subsequent years from the Patient Episode Database for Wales.      

2. In some cases patient records were incomplete and these are shown separately at the bottom of the table.                                       

Departmental Efficiency

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to improve the efficiency of his Department.

Mr. Richards : [ Pursuant to the reply, 14 February, column 628. ] My hon. Friend may wish to be aware that in 1994-95 the Welsh Office is seeking to achieve efficiency savings of 6 per cent. This compares with the Treasury requirement to make savings of at least 2 per cent.

HEALTH

Health Service Staff

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list by regional health authority the numbers of health service directly employed staff by main staff group in each of the last five years ; and what were the changes between each year and the next over the whole period in numbers and percentages.

Mr. Sackville : The information requested will be placed in the Library.

Staff Statistics

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give the latest figures and list for each of the last four years by region the number of (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) midwives, (d) health visitors, (e) administration and clerical staff and (f) managers.


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Mr. Sackville : The information will be placed in the Library. The number of managers has been deliberately increased since the mid 1980s--not just since the reforms--because the service was previously undermanaged. Much of the increase arises from the reclassification of existing staff-- including many senior nurses--as managers. General and senior managers still account for only 2 per cent. of the total national health service workforce in England and 3 per cent. of the total NHS expenditure on salaries and wages.

Prescriptions

Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in each of the last five years for which figures are available ; how many of these prescriptions were exempt from charges ; and what was the gross income to her Department from prescription charges.

Mr. Sackville : The available information is shown in the table. The analysis of free-of-charge and charge-paid items dispensed by community pharmacists and appliance contractors is based on a one-in-20 sample of all the prescriptions they submit to the Prescription Pricing Authority. Items dispensed by dispensing doctors cannot be similarly analysed because doctors are not obliged to obtain a written declaration of entitlement to free prescriptions from the patients to whom they dispense free of charge, and there is no basis on which a reasonable estimate could be made. All prescribed items personally administered to patients by prescribing doctors are free of charge.


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Number of prescribed items (millions) dispensed in the Family Health Services in England 1989 to 1993 and revenue from                 

prescription charges (£ million) in England 1989-90 to 1993-94                                                                         

Prescribed                                                                                 Charge revenue<2>                           

items<1>                                                                                                                               

                               Dispensed by                                                                                            

                               community                                                                                               

                               pharmacists and                                                                                         

                               appliance                                                                                               

                               contractors                                                                                             

Year           |Total         |Free of charge|Charge paid   |Dispensed by  |Personally    |Year          |Amount                       

                                                            |dispensing    |administered                                               

                                                            |doctors       |free of charge                                             

                                                                           |by prescribing                                             

                                                                           |doctors                                                    

                              |Free of charge|Charge paid                                                                              

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1989           |383.5         |273.7         |78.2          |25.6          |6.0           |1989-90       |189.3                        

1990           |394.8         |282.8         |77.7          |26.8          |7.5           |1990-91       |205.9                        

1991           |406.5         |296.4         |74.3          |27.7          |8.1           |1991-92       |215.2                        

1992           |425.1         |313.1         |73.6          |29.1          |9.2           |1992-93       |242.0                        

1993           |445.4         |332.8         |72.3          |30.6          |9.7           |1993-94       |265.3                        

<1> 1989 and 1990 figures are based on fees; 1991 to 1993 figures are based on items. Figures may not sum due to rounding.             

<2> Includes revenue from sale of prescription prepayment certificates. 1993-94 figures are provisional.                               


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NHS Expenditure

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 21 February, Official Report, column 347-48, if she will update the information on NHS expenditure to include estimates for 1994-95 ; and if she will adjust the appropriate figures in the tables on the basis of current prices.

Mr. Sackville : The information will be placed in the Library. It is not possible to adjust for changes in the input unit costs beyond 1990-91 for capital expenditure or for national health service current expenditure, or beyond 1992-93 for hospital and community health services current expenditure.

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 21 February, Official Report, column 925-26, on health services expenditure, if she will adjust the figures by (a) the gross domestic product deflator and (b) input unit costs to include figures for (i) 1992-93, (ii) 1993-94 and (iii) estimates for 1994-95 ; and if she will recalculate the appropriate figures in the new tables on the basis of current prices.

Mr. Sackville : The tables referred to have been updated and will be placed in the Library. They now include programme budget figures for 1991- 92 and 1992-93 in place of provisional provider based estimates used previously. Expenditure figures for 1993-94 and estimates for 1994-95 are not yet available. Expenditure estimates adjusted for input unit costs are not yet available at 1993-94 prices.

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been spent in real terms outside the NHS by purchasers in each year since 1990 (a) in total, (b) by regional health authority and (c) by district health authority.

Mr. Sackville : I will write to the hon. Member.

Military Personnel

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy that military use of NHS facilities and staff will not be paid for out of the NHS budget.

Mr. Sackville : Under existing arrangements service personnel are able to receive treatment from the national health service. But for most normal peacetime purposes service personnel are treated by defence medical services at the expense of the Defence budget. This will continue under the arrangements proposed by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. Any agreed additional costs to the NHS from setting up military district hospital units in NHS hospitals and from treating service patients there will be met from the Defence budget.


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