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Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the practice of rear-view mirror scheduling by bus companies.

Mr. Norris: Bus operators are required to register their services 42 days in advance with the appropriate traffic commissioner. The commissioner can act if operators do


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not run their services in accordance with their registered timetable.

Mr. Austin-Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about the bus company Stagecoach.

Mr. Norris: I receive correspondence about a variety of bus operators, including Stagecoach.

Correspondence

Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East will receive an

acknowledgement or reply to the letter he sent on 7 September, with a reminder on 12 October, on behalf of Mr. Little of Cone Contractors Ltd, Mansfield Road, Hasland, Chesterfield.

Mr. Watts: I have now replied to the hon. Gentleman and apologise for not doing so sooner.

Air Training

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received concerning the withdrawal of training approved from South East Kent College of Air Training by the Civil Aviation Authority; (2) what safeguards exist to ensure the Civil Aviation Authority, in its dealings with training providers, does not use its powers as a regulatory body unfairly. (3) if he will intervene to ensure the Civil Aviation Authority creates a transitional arrangement for the South- east Kent college of air training to meet new training standards to allow it to continue to provide training for air traffic controllers; (4) what safeguards exist to prevent the use by the Civil Aviation Authority of its powers as a regulatory body to safeguard its own interests as a training provider.

Mr. Norris: I am writing to the hon. Member and will place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Road Hauliers

Mrs. Mahon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have been prosecuted or found guilty of falsifying tachographs each year since 1980; what was the average fine; and how many served custodial sentences.

Mr. Maclean: I have been asked to reply.

Prosecutions are made under section 99(5) of the Transport Act 1968. The available information is given in the table.


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Work record - falsification                                                                                             

                                                            |Number of sentences                                        

                    |Number of          |Number of findings |of immediate                                               

Year                |proceedings        |of guilt           |imprisonment       |Average fine £                         

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1980                |*                  |652                |0                  |*                                      

1981                |*                  |485                |0                  |*                                      

1982                |*                  |352                |0                  |*                                      

1983                |682                |541                |0                  |*                                      

1984                |1,554              |644                |0                  |*                                      

1985                |1,070              |858                |0                  |*                                      

1986                |1,517              |1,140              |5                  |*                                      

1987                |1,071              |782                |3                  |*                                      

1988                |1,530              |865                |3                  |*                                      

1989                |1,403              |921                |0                  |119                                    

1990                |1,486              |1,152              |4                  |110                                    

1991                |1,904              |1,160              |1                  |138                                    

1992                |2,131              |1,145              |30                 |143                                    

1993                |2,396              |1,319              |22                 |161                                    

* Not available                                                                                                         


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Mrs. Mahon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what was the average fine for road hauliers convicted for accidents involving fatalities in each year from 1980;

(2) how many road hauliers, who were involved in fatal accidents, were found to have been in breach of the law in each year since 1980;

(3) how many hauliers, or their employees, have served custodial sentences in respect of accidents involving fatalities in each year since 1980.

Mr. Maclean: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available centrally.

Public Appointments

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public appointments (a) he is responsible for making and (b) require his approval, including those not listed in "Public Bodies"; and if he will give this figure in terms of (i) appointments to Executive bodies, (ii) appointments to advisory bodies and (iii) other appointments.

Mr. Norris [holding answer 27 October 1994]: The information requested, based on that shown in "Public Bodies 1993" and that given by me on 1 March, Official Report, column 656, is as follows. (a) Number of public appointments which I am responsible for making:


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                         |Number       

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(i) Executives bodies<1> |5            

(ii) Advisory bodies<1>  |73           

(iii) other appointments |214          

                                       

Total                    |292          

<1>as defined in Public Bodies(b)      

I nominate 1 member of the Covent      

Garden Market Authority.               

SCOTLAND

Health Care International

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contact there has been between him and Greater Glasgow health board over the future of Health Care International in Clydebank; and what action he is expecting from the Greater Glasgow health board.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: At the instigation of one of the banks involved in the leading consortium, one of my officials spoke to the acting general manager of the Greater Glasgow health board. No further contact is contemplated.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place the terms of the initial agreement


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between the Scottish Office and Health Care International in the Library.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: A copy of the Secretary of State's authorisation of the construction of the Health Care International hospital at Clydebank is available in the Library.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if (a) he or (b) the Greater Glasgow health board conducted any work to estimate how much it would cost to adapt Health Care International in Clydebank for use in the national health service.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: In response to a request in mid- September from one of the members of the HCI lending consortium, my officials made a very rough estimate of the cost of adapting the HCI hospital for use as an NHS hospital. Their co-operation was given in order to assist the banks in examining the full range of options available for the future funding of HCI. My officials made clear that the option of bringing the hospital into NHS use was not one which the Government favoured.

Careers Guidance

Sir David Steel: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from women on income support about adult careers guidance; and what action on careers advice for adults he plans.

Mr. Lang: I am not aware of having received specific representations from women on income support about adult guidance matters. Guidance on vocational and informal education opportunities is available to adults from a variety of sources, including colleges of further education and the community education service of local authorities. Guidance specifically on employment and training opportunities is available through the Employment Service and the enterprise networks respectively, while the skillchoice initiative now being piloted by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise is designed to bring vocational assessment and guidance to people at work. Guidance is also available, particularly to the unemployed and those on low incomes, through a number of projects funded under the urban programme. I have funded the adult education guidance initiative in Scotland, which, in its second year of operation,will be reporting on best practice and possible future developments for adult guidance principally in the informal education setting.

Cardiac Surgery

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what guidelines the Government follow in deciding the amount of cardiac surgery to fund; and whether the amount of cardiac surgery being undertaken in Glasgow is above or below those guidelines;


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(2) whether Government funding for heart surgery in Greater Glasgow allows operating units to work to full capacity.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Department of Health, in 1986, set a national guideline of a minimum of 300 coronary artery bypass grafts per million population and the guideline in Scotland is 350 per million. The current level of CABGs is substantially above that level at 436 per million. CABGs represent the large majority of cardiac surgery operations.

The contracts with both the Glasgow royal infirmary NHS Trust and the West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust are worth £11 million in 1994 95 and will enable 1,800 cardiac procedures to be carried out.

Insolvency

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) individual insolvencies and (b) corporate insolvencies there were in each of the last seven years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The number of individual insolvencies in Scotland for the last seven years was as follows:


                              |Protected                                   

               |Sequestrations|trust deeds   |Total                        

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1987-88        |951           |36            |987                          

1088-89        |1,612         |10            |1,622                        

1989-90        |2,618         |12            |2,630                        

1990-91        |5,451         |3             |5,454                        

1991-92        |8,584         |1             |9,585                        

1992-93        |11,970        |2             |11,972                       

1993-94        |4022          |282           |<1>4,304                     

<1> Follows implementation of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1993.          

Corporate insolvency in Scotland is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.

Clock Adjustment

Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many man hours were taken up by adjusting the clocks throughout his Department.

Mr. Lang: The time taken by staff to adjust clocks throughout the Scottish Office is not recorded, and in view of the wide range of circumstances no reasonable estimate can be made.

Junior Doctors

Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the reduction in junior doctors' hours will not create or exacerbate shortages of junior doctors in (a) paediatrics and (b) other specialties.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Doctors in training in hard-pressed posts should not be contracted for more than 72 hours per week after 31 December 1994. Additional funding of £1.2 million has been made available in 1994 95, bringing the cumulative total to £9.2 million, to assist NHS employers with the greatest difficulties in meeting the hours targets. It should be possible to make the required reductions in junior doctors' hours by the


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effective deployment of staff without adversely affecting the level of services to patients.

Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the present and expected shortage of junior hospital doctors in each of the health board areas in Scotland; and if he will break down these figures by each hospital-based specialty.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The numbers of doctors in higher specialist training in Scotland are based on the numbers estimated to be needed for consultant posts in the future. The assessment of the numbers of doctors, including those in training, needed to provide services for patients is a matter for individual NHS trusts in consultation with health boards.

Property Law

Mrs. Ray Michie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the Scottish Law Commission to report on its review of property law in Scotland and the future of the feudal system.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Scottish Law Commission has now completed the consultation process which followed its discussion paper on the abolition of the feudal system. Several substantial issues have emerged as a result of the consultation process and the commission is unable to give a precise indication as to when its report will be available.

Classical Swine Fever

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of classical swine fever occurred in each year since 1985.

Sir Hector Monro: There have been no recorded cases of classical swine fever in Scotland over this period.

Private Finance Initiative

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish and place in the Library a list of all health projects involved in the private finance initiative as at September, setting out in each case the name of the health board or trust, the name of the private firm, and a brief description of the nature of the financial arrangements; and if he will also publish (a) the total of elderly care beds in the scheme and (b) the steps he is taking to ensure proper medical and social care in the light of the recent fatal accident inquiry into the death of an elderly resident.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: A list of major health projects which have been completed involving private sector finance at September 1994 has been placed in the Library.

The number of elderly care beds provided by the private sector following approval of schemes by my officials is 785. There may, however, be other projects involving private finance which have been completed, approval of which falls within the delegated limit of the health board or NHS trust concerned. Information on these projects is not held centrally.

In each of the projects involving elderly care and the private finance initiative, the patients are still under NHS


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care and health boards therefore are responsible, through contracts set, to ensure the quality of the medical and social care provided.

Information Services

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many calls have been received by the Scottish Office's information line for each month since January; and how much the Scottish Office has spent publicising and administering the information line during this period.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 26 October 1994]: The number of calls received were:


                        |Number       

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January                 |211          

February                |239          

March                   |199          

April                   |220          

May                     |308          

June                    |315          

July                    |305          

August                  |341          

September               |334          

October (to 21 October) |237          

No money has been spent on publicising the inquiry line during this period.

Approximately £21,150 has been spent on administering the line this year.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list (a) the addresses of the Scottish Office's information points currently operating, (b) the costs of establishing, publicising and administering these facilities since their establishment and (c) how many people have visited each facility since their establishment.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 26 October 1994]: The addresses of 25 Scottish Office information points currently operating are: The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office:

Cotgreen Road

Tweedbank

by Galashiels

TD1 3SG

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Tankerness Lane

Kirkwall

Orkney

KW15 1AQ

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Thainstone Court

by Inverurie

Aberdeenshire

AB51 5YA

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Government Buildings

2 St. Ninians Road

Stirling

FK8 2HR


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The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Reception

Pentland House

47 Robbs Loan

Edinburgh

EH14 1TW

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

32 Reidhaven Street

Elgin

1V30 1VE

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Strathbeg House

Clarence Street

Thurso

KW14 7JS

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Government Building

28 Longman Road

Longman East

Inverness

IV1 1SF

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Cameron House

Albany Street

Oban

PA34 4AE

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Charlotte House

Commercial Road

Lerwick

Shetland

ZE1 OHZ

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Government Buildings

161 Brooms Road

Dumfries

DG1 3ES

The Scottish Office Environment Department

132 Seagate

Dundee

DD1 2HB

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

10 Keith Street

Stornoway

Isle of Lewis

PA87 2QG

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Animal Health Sub Office

Station Street

Stranraer

DG9 7HJ

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Balivanich

Isle of Benbecula

PA88 5LA

The Scottish Office Industry Department

Alhambra House

45 Waterloo Street

Glasgow

G2 6AT

The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Area Office

Russell House

King Street

Ayr

KA8 OBE

The Scottish Office Education Department

Greyfriars House (East Wing)

Gallowgate

Aberdeen

AB9 IUE

The Scottish Office

Reception

New St Andrew's House

Edinburgh

EH1 3TG

The Scottish Office

Reception

St Andrew's House

Regent Road

Edinburgh

EH1 3DE

Citizens Advice Bureau

14 Anderson Street

Airdrie

ML6 0AA

Citizens Advice Bureau

22 College Way

Dumbarton

G82 1LJ

Citizens Advice Bureau

11 Wemyssfield

Kirkcaldy

KY1 1XN

Gilespie, Gifford and Brown

Solicitors and Estate Agents

27 St. Cuthbert Street

Kirkcudbright

DG6 4DJ

Thorntons WS

Solicitors and Estate Agents

27 George Street

Perth

PH1 5JY

The cost of establishing the information points was about £26,900. No publicity costs have been incurred. The administration costs since establishment are about £3,500.

No records are maintained of the numbers of visitors to information points.


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