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Mr. Curry: Taking high risk to imply large houses in multiple occupation of at least three storeys with a gross floor area of at least 500 sq m, for which local authorities have a mandatory duty to ensure that there are adequate
Column 1266means of escape from fire, research carried out by the Campaign for Bedsit Rights estimated that 8 per cent. of houses in multiple occupation were in this category.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people were killed and injured in houses in multiple occupation in (a) 1992 93 and (b) 1993 94 as defined in section 345 of the Housing Act 1985.
Mr. Curry: Statistics are available only for death or injury from fire in England and Wales. The Home Office statistics do not correlate exactly with the definition of houses in multiple occupation in section 345 of the Housing Act 1985. However, the best estimate for multi-occupied houses, excluding shared houses--that is, by students or families taking in lodgers--is as follows:
Deaths from fire in England and Wales, 1987-1992 |Multiple |All Hotels/ |Occupancy |Boarding Year |Houses |Houses |All Hostels ------------------------------------------------------------ 1987 |80 |9 |- 1988 |72 |6 |- 1989 |77 |5 |2 1990 |61 |1 |- 1991 |44 |3 |1 1992 |76 |6 |1
Non-Fatal Casualties from Fires in England and Wales, 1987-1992 |Multiple |All Hotels/ |Occupancy |Boarding Year |Houses |Houses |All Hostels ------------------------------------------------------------ 1987 |1,199 |77 |40 1988 |1,052 |125 |53 1989 |1,100 |106 |93 1990 |1,182 |137 |59 1991 |1,214 |118 |67 1992 |1,320 |101 |47
Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on the advertising of their performance indicators; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Curry: My Department gives no such guidance. Within the statutory framework including directions issued by the Audit Commission under section 1 of the Local Government Act 1992, the publication of performance indicator information is a matter for individual local authorities. To assist authorities, the Audit Commission has published this year guidance in its booklet "Read All About It".
Mr. Robert B. Jones: As was said at the time that the legislation requiring the publication of performance indicators was sought, the publication is not expected to cause any significant increase in costs to local authorities, and any initial costs incurred by them are likely to be offset by longer-term efficiency savings arising due to performance indicators.
Mr. Atkins: That information is not collected centrally either by my Department or by that of my right hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who has policy responsibility for flood defence matters.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the pollutionary consequences of dentists washing materials containing mercury and other heavy metals down wash--basins; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins: A provisional estimate of one tonne per year of mercury going to sewer from dental clinics has been suggested on the basis of a limited study of inputs of heavy metals to sewers published in June 1994. Two other on-going research projects, aimed specifically at examining emissions of mercury to the environment, should provide additional information on the possible significance of this source.
Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what assistance his Department is giving to local authority associations to research into health risks in the development of domestic properties close to high voltage power lines; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what advice he gives to local authorities considering planning applications for development of domestic properties close to high voltage power lines; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Paul Beresford: Responsibility for advising on radiological matters, including exposure to electromagnetic fields from high voltage electricity cables, rests with the National Radiological Protection Board. The NRPB undertakes research and has issued guidance about known health risks with which electricity supply companies comply.
Ms Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has been notified by the Home Office of the objections from Derwentside district council, local residents and the hon. Member of Durham, North West to the proposed secure unit on the site of the former Medomsley prison.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his current calculation of the costs of preparation for market testing in his Department in terms of (a) payments to consultants and (b) other costs.
Sir Paul Beresford: As at 30 June 1994, the total cost of external consultancy fees paid by the Department in preparation for and in support of market testing both internally and in its agencies, amounted to £1.1 million.
Column 1268Expenditure on other market testing costs for the same period amounted to £2.5 million.
Sir Paul Beresford: Copies of the annual report and audited financial statements of the Leeds development corporation are available from the chief executive of the corporation, South Point, South Accommodation road, Leeds LS10 1PP.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what considerations underlay his refusal of the request of the Retired Caravaners' Association to be granted concessions under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
Mr. Atkins: We grant exemptions under paragraph 4 of schedule 1 of the 1960 Act only to a few large, national organisations with sufficient standing to prove their administrative capability. Following consultation with the Association of District Councils, the Association of County Councils, the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, the National Caravan Council, the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, the Caravan Club, the Camping and Caravaning Club, the Motor Caravaner's Club, the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations and the Welsh Office, it was decided that the Retired Caravaners' Association does not meet all the criteria. It is open to the association to apply for membership to the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations, which enjoys exemption for extended rallies.
Mr. Curry: In England, the total of standard spending assessments is sub-divided among the main blocks of services. There is a separate SSA formula for each block. In Wales, the total of SSAs is not at present divided among blocks of services, but the SSAs for county councils in Wales include provision for the police service.
Column 1269authorities as a percentage of the total number of extra management and administrative staff in the national health service since April 1991.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 24 October, Official Report , column 451 , if she will provide a table listing the total salary costs for (a) general and senior managers, (b) administrative and clerical staff and (c) nursing and midwifery staff in each region for each of the past five years (i) in actual prices and (ii) in 1993 prices.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which former hon. Members of this House have been appointed since 1988 by her Department to quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations; and if she will list, in each case, the title of the post, the salary, the duration of each appointment and the party which each represented as an hon. Member.
National Health Service Authorities and Trusts Member --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mrs. R. Barnes |Greenwich Healthcare NHS trust, |1 November 1994-31 October |1998. (Social Democratic Party) Lord Jenkin of Roding |Re-appointed as Chairman, |Forest Healthcare Trust, 1 |December 1993-30 November |1997. (Conservative) Sir David Price |Re-appointed as Director, |Southampton University Hospital |NHS Trust, 1 November 1994- |31 October 1996. (Conservative) Mr. A. Favell |Appointed as Chairman, |Tameside and Glossop Acute |Service NHS Trust, 1 November |1993-31 October 1997. |(Conservative) Mrs. M. Hicks |Appointed as Director, South |Warwickshire Mental Health |Services NHS Trust, 23 February |1994-31 October 1995. |(Conservative) Chairman of district health authorities and National Health Service trusts are currently remunerated at between £15,125 and £19,285 a year. Non-executive directors of NHS trusts receive £5,000 a year.
Non-Departmental Public Bodies Member ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mrs. R. Barnes |Appointed as Member, Gene |Therapy Advisory Committee, |15 November 93-15 |November 96. (Social |Democratic Party) paid £128 |per meeting plus expenses. Mr. J. Wellbeloved |Re-appointed as Member, |Unrelated Live Transplant |Regulatory Authority, 1 April |94-31 March 96. (Labour) |Paid expenses only.
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the dates on which she has met Dr. Clive Froggatt of Chelthenham since her appointment as Secretary of State for Health; (2) in what capacities Dr. Clive Froggatt of Cheltenham has provided advice to the NHS Executive, the Department of Health or to Health Ministers personally; and whether he was paid for this advice;
(3) what official committees of the NHS Executive or the Department of Health, Dr. Clive Froggatt is, or has been, a member; and what dates he served on them.
Dr. Froggatt has on occasion given unpaid advice to successive Health Ministers. The dates when such advice was given are not recorded.
The Government have made capital funds available to build an additional 170 secure places nationally for
Column 1271criminal justice purposes. Sixteen of those places are to be provided within Greater London by the London borough of Southwark. London boroughs may also have access to additional places being planned by authorities around London, including a new 16--place unit by Essex county council.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what properties are owned or leased by her Department for the use of Ministers; what was the total running cost for each property for the latest year available broken down into (a) furniture and fittings, (b) maintenance, (c) staffing, including the number of butlers, cooks and housekeepers, (d) food and hospitality and (e) other costs; what is the estimated value of each property; and how many times in the latest year the property was stayed in overnight by a Minister.
Mr. Sackville: The Department does not own or lease properties for the use of Ministers. The only departmental accommodation used by Ministers is their offices in Richmond house, Whitehall which are provided for their official duties.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 24 October, Official Report, column 449, if she will itemise, by family health service authority, the number of patients removed from general practitioner's lists during each of the last five years.
Mr. Malone: Information for all family health services authorities is available only for the year 1992 93 and will be placed in the Library. Data for 1993 94 are being collected. General practitioners have always had the right, subject to necessary safeguards, to remove patients from their list without giving a reason. Patients also have the right to withdraw from a doctor's list without giving reasons.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list those public investment projects within her Department's responsibility which have attracted private capital and which have been commenced since November 1993;
(2) how much private capital has been invested in public investment projects within her Department's responsibility since the 1992 autumn statement.
Mr. Sackville: Since the private finance initiative was launched in November 1992, 35 projects have been approved, each with a capital value of £1 million or over. These would bring in private sector capital worth over £90 million to the national health service. Details of the 35 projects are available in the Library.
No information is available on projects with a capital value below £1 million because they do not need central approval.
Information on which projects have been commenced since November 1993 is not available. The information in the Library shows the current status of projects.
Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response she has made to the request from the Hospital for Tropical Diseases that it should move to facilities under the control of the University College hospital trust; and when she expects a decision to be finalised.
Mr. Sackville: The Hospital for Tropical Diseases is a constituent part of University College London hospitals national health service trust. Proposals by the trust to relocate the services of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases to the Middlesex and University College hospitals have been considered by the North Thames regional office of the NHS Executive. It has been decided, in agreement with the trust, to postpone the proposed move of the hospital pending the outcome of the option appraisal for the whole trust.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts her Department or Government agencies responsible to her Department have entered into with Spencer Stuart consultants in the last two years.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) consultants (i) are currently suspended on pay from their duties for disciplinary reasons, (ii) were suspended on pay in each of the last five years from their duties for disciplinary reasons and (iii) were suspended before their case was heard for (a) less than three months, (b) between three and six months, (c) between six and 12 months and (d) over 12 months; and what is and was the cost of (i) and (ii) including temporary or locum replacement.
Mr. Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the new health commissions that have been formed as a result of the merger of health authorities and family health service authorities.
Because these are consultant vacancies notified to the Department as at 30 September of each year, they may not fairly reflect the trend for the number of vacancies over the year as a whole.
Vacant hospital consultant posts by specialty group England-30 September 1989-1993 Specialty Group |1989 |1990 |1991 |1992 |1993 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General Medicine Group |119.7 |129.2 |92.7 |118.1 |103.5 Accident and Emergency |15.0 |18.4 |14.4 |19.6 |15.3 Surgical Group |88.2 |135.3 |87.1 |90.0 |95.7 Obstetrics and Gynaecology |17.9 |23.4 |18.0 |23.0 |21.8 Anaesthetics |70.3 |87.9 |50.3 |88.0 |80.6 Radiology Group |34.6 |33.9 |18.8 |21.9 |18.4 Clinical Oncology (formerly Radiotherapy) |4.2 |7.2 |6.0 |5.0 |2.0 Pathology Group |39.0 |49.9 |36.6 |23.4 |20.7 Psychiatry Group |193.4 |217.3 |150.1 |152.7 |126.9 Dental Specialties |10.0 |10.5 |12.3 |9.0 |5.7 All Specialties |592.3 |713.0 |486.4 |550.7 |490.6 Note: The table shows whole time equivalent.
Mr. Frank Cook: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to deal with the situation discovered in relation to the organisation entitled the Children of God; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the medical reason for the abortion from which foetal tissue was obtained from which vaccine was originally derived for vaccinating children against measles and rubella; when that abortion took place; what was the age of the foetus when aborted; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville: The cell line in which the vaccine is grown was derived from cells from a single foetus. The termination was carried out in 1966 in a national health service hospital. The foetus was aged 14 weeks. The termination was carried out for psychiatric reasons. Those details were published in " Nature " in 1970, volume 227, pages 168 170. The rubella virus used in the vaccine was isolated from a foetus terminated in the 1960s in the United States 17 days after the mother contracted confirmed rubella. Copies of the publication are available in the Library.
Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional action she is taking to persuade the maximum numbers of parents in the United Kingdom to consent to their children being vaccinated against measles
Column 1274and rubella; what action is being taken to allay religious reservations about the origins of the vaccine used in the current vaccination programme; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville: The Health Education Authority has produced an information leaflet with a consent form for parents. Television advertisements and other forms of media have also been used to provide advice and information about the immunisation campaign. This has included advertisements in the ethnic press and on ethnic radio programmes. The Department has been working with leaders of all the faith communities to make available information about the production of rubella vaccine and the public health benefits of immunisation. The chief medical officer met representatives of the various faith communities to discuss the campaign on 1 November; a copy of the press statement released following that meeting has been placed in the Library. We hope that parents of all faiths will be able to participate fully.
(2) what is the Government's timescale for implementing directive 91/73/EEC.
Mr. Sackville: Regulations fully implementing directive 92/73/EEC came into force on 14 February 1994. The principal effect of those regulations was to establish a simplified registration scheme for homeopathic medicinal products, thereby extending the opportunities for the marketing of such products in the United Kingdom. Currently marketed products were not affected.
(2) what research her Department has conducted into any link between electromagnetic fields and health problems;
(3) if she will make a statement on the health implications of living close to major sources of electricity supply with particular reference to overhead power cables and electricity sub-stations.
Mr. Sackville: The National Radiological Protection Board and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment have considered epidemiological studies and laboratory research and concluded that they do not establish that exposure to electromagnetic fields causes cancer. Some epidemiological studies have reported associations between electromagnetic fields and some types of cancer. However, the significance of an epidemiological study depends, among other things, on the strength of the association, the presence of a dose-response relationship, supporting experimental evidence and a credible biological explanation. These tests for causality are not satisfied for the link between electromagnetic fields and cancer. The two bodies have not recommended the adoption of a policy of prudent avoidance of electromagnetic fields on the basis of present evidence. The position is being kept under review.
Column 1275The Department is contributing to the funding of the United Kingdom childhood cancer study organised by the United Kingdom Co-ordinating Committee for Cancer Research. The study, which is well under way, is examining the possible influence of a number of agents, including electromagnetic fields on the incidence of childhood cancer. The Department also provides funding to the National Radiological Protection Board which undertakes a programme of research into the effects on health of electromagnetic radiation. This includes sources of electromagnetic radiation such as power lines and electrical equipment.
Mr. Sackville: It is estimated that between 4 and 6 per cent. of children suffer from asthma sufficiently seriously to require medical supervision. Numbers of hospital in patient cases of children suffering from asthma are available from hospital episode statistics for the years shown in the table. Figures for earlier years are not available.
Finished consultant episodes-ordinary admissions and day cases-in which asthma was the main diagnosis for the five to 18 age group, England |Number ---------------------- 1988-89 |27,547 1989-90 |23,175 1990-91 |20,536 1991-92 |22,965 Source: Hospitals Episode Statistics, estimate from a 25 per cent. sample.
(3) if she will give details of the current pay scales for nurses.
Mr. Malone: The revised pay rates for nurses and those for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service effective from 1 April 1994 were announced in Advance Letters (NM)3/94 and (MD)1/94 respectively. Copies of those letters will be placed in the Library.
Column 1276has answered parliamentary questions with the single word "no".
Mr. Sackville: A search of POLIS shows that of a total 5,312 parliamentary questions answered by the Department up to 2 November this session, 24 received an answer with the single word "no"--0.45 per cent.