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Number of people |1986 |1991 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Registered blind |8,362 |8,999 Registered partially sighted |5,420 |6,546
Mr. Richards: The changes made in 1989 restricted the category of people who were eligible to receive free sight tests. No new changes were introduced. The expenditure on eye tests in Wales in each financial year from 1986 87 and 1993 94 are shown in the following table:
General ophthalmic services-sight tests Costs per annum ( Wales)-£000 |£ -------------------- 1986-87 |5,081 1987-88 |6,246 1988-89 |6,901 1989-90 |3,501 1990-91 |3,105 1991-92 |4,163 1992-93 |4,919 1993-94 |5,350
The number of clinical or partly clinical complaints made in hospitals and handled locally were:
|Number ---------------------- 1988-89 |668 1989-90 |647 1990-91 |734 1991-92 |767 1992-93 |1,232 Information on the outcome of these complaints is not held centrally.
b. Family Health Services
The number of general medical services complaints made to FHSAs were:
|Number ---------------------- 1989-90 |303 1990-91 |353 1991-92 |389 1992-93 |414 1993-94 |433
The number of complaints upheld by FHSAs were:
|Number ---------------------- 1989-90 |18 1990-91 |23 1991-92 |12 1992-93 |16 1993-94 |17
In addition, the following numbers of complaints were upheld on appeal to the Secretary of State:
|Number ---------------------- 1989-90 |4 1990-91 |5 1991-92 |4 1992-93 |2 1993-94 |4
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will set out his reason for calling for a second ballot on grant-maintained status at West Monmouth school, Gwent; and if he will make a statement on the result of the second ballot.
Mr. Richards: The reasons are set out in the Department's letter to the school's chairman of governors dated 26 September 1994, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. In the second ballot, a majority of parents voted against grant-maintained status for the school.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the gross amount spent by his Department in each Welsh county to advertise, promote and inform schools and parents on grant-maintained status.
Mr. Richards: Since 1990, the Welsh Office has spent around £165, 000 in total ensuring that schools are provided with factual information on grant-maintained status. It is not possible to break this down on an individual county basis.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to ensure that the same standards of financial and management responsibility now applied to local education authority schools will be applied to grant-maintained schools; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Richards: Local education authorities are responsible for ensuring good standards of financial management in their schools. This can vary between authorities as revealed in the Audit Commission's 1993 report "Adding up the sums: Schools' Management of their Finances" which suggested that in some 40 per cent.
Column 72of schools, financial accountability was weak or non-existent. Grant-maintained schools in Wales are subject to a range of provisions aimed at ensuring that the highest possible standards of financial and managerial control apply. Among these are:
--detailed financial management procedures and audit arrangements that are set out in a financial memorandum and other guidance, including a requirement for annual external audit by approved independent bodies.
--examination by the Comptroller and Auditor General who reports his findings to the House of Commons in each Session of Parliament; and
--a range of orders and regulations that prescribe how GM schools must operate.
Dr. Marek: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales why the body of the stillborn baby recently transported from the Wrexham Maelor hospital was sent to Cardiff for tests instead of to a nearer hospital in the north- west of England.
Mr. Richards: It was decided by the consultant obstetrician, and with the consent of the family concerned, to send the baby's body to Cardiff because that is where the relevant expertise lay in this instance.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The planning system does not seek to control the method of processing of waste substances. The disposal or recovery of toxic or hazardous wastes is subject to regulation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to ensure that all purchasing health authorities contract with providers for a comprehensive infertility investigation and treatment service.
Mr. Richards: The NHS in Wales provides a wide range of services for the investigation and treatment of infertility. Decisions about the level and type of service to provide must be left to individual health authorities to determine in the light of local needs and circumstances.
The Welsh Office has provided guidance on infertility in the protocol "Investment in Health Gain for Healthy Living" and drawn attention to the advice contained in "The Effective Health Care Bulletin on the Management of Subfertility" by York university and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists publication "Infertility--Guidelines for Practice".
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of persons by grade and gender employed by his Department and associated offices and agencies, nationally and regionally over the next three years, as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement of 29 November, indicating which branch, agency and region will be affected and stating his estimate of the number of job losses in each year which will be by (a) natural wastage, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c) compulsory redundancy; and what estimate he has made of the yearly total of savings in wages and associated costs as a result of these reductions in each Department, branch and agency.
Mr. Redwood: The information requested is not yet available. The Department's staffing plans for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be set out in the 1995 departmental report, to be published in early March 1995.
The Government's aim has been, and will continue to be, that reductions in the size of the civil service should as far as possible be achieved without compulsory redundancy.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the countries mentioned in the letter to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Clwyd, North-West (Mr. Richards), of 11 October, where Welsh Health Development International has health care consultancy contracts (a) either on its own or in partnership and (b) where it has already completed such contracts on its own or in co-operation; and what impact WHDI has had in promoting Welsh manufactured or researched medical products and services.
Mr. Redwood: Welsh Health Development International has completed health care consultancy contracts in Bahrain, Hungary, Kenya, Lithuania and Poland. It is currently working on contracts in Hong Kong and Bulgaria.
Its role has been primarily in the provision of management services.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The original contract completion date for the M4 Brynglas tunnels and A4042 Malpas road relief scheme was 20 March 1994. Extensions of time have been awarded giving a current contract completion date of 4 December 1994. Further extensions have been claimed by the contractor and the completion date is currently under review.
Mr. Redwood [holding answer 2 December 1994]: The cost of advertisements in July 1993, designed to attract new candidates for addition to the Welsh Office register of candidates for public appointments --DROCA--was £8,300. These advertisements produced 1,000 extra people for the list, which now numbers around 5,000. DROCA has been in existence for many years, and it is not possible to identify the costs of its administration since its establishment.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the number of prison incidents during the period from 1 January 1994 to date in which prisoners were removed to other prisons because of the serious nature of the incident; and if he will list the prisons involved.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 30 November 1994: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about prison incidents from 1 January 1994 in which prisoners were removed to other prisons due to the serious nature of the incident. The information requested is not recorded centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average and median time his Department has taken to pay suppliers in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of bills took more than six weeks to pay.
Mr. Howard: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. However, Departments are required to provide details of their annual payment performance in their departmental reports. In its 1995 annual report, the Home Office expects to report payment performance in excess of 90 per cent. in accordance with agreed contractual conditions or, where no such contractual conditions existed, within 30 days of receipt of goods and services or the presentation of a valid invoice.
Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he arranged the meeting on 6 October with Chief Superintendent David Golding; who attended the meeting; where it was held; to whom the expenses were charged; and what guidance was given to Chief Superintendent David Golding on the contents of his speech for the next day.
Superintendents Association conference, which they both addressed on 5 October. Those engagements were arranged by correspondence on 22 November 1993. A before-dinner meeting on 4 October was attended by the Home Secretary, Chief Superintendent Golding and Chief Superintendent David Clark. An after-dinner meeting on 4 October was attended by the Home Secretary and the executive committee of the Superintendents Association. The meetings were held at the Bosworth Hall hotel, Market Bosworth, the location of the Superintendents Association conference. The Home Office met the costs of the Home Secretary's travel to the hotel and overnight accommodation. He was the guest at dinner of the Superintendents Association. No guidance was given on the contents of Chief Superintendent Golding's speech.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 30 November 1994:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking how many persons have been imprisoned twice for failure to pay poll tax.
Between 1990 and 31 October 1994 some 19 persons were received twice into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for non-payment of poll tax.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Law Society on its studies of the psychology of police station interviews and of safeguarding vulnerable suspects including the mentally ill; and if he will study the Law Society's advice to solicitors with a view to issuing advice to the police.
Mr. Maclean: The Law Society is represented on the Home Office working group set up in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission on criminal justice to review the appropriate adults scheme. It has also commented during the public consultation stage on the draft revised codes of practice issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. It remains to be considered if, as a result of those two exercises, further guidance should be issued to the police about vulnerable suspects.
Mr. Maclean: Cautioning and court proceedings data under sections 68 and 69--summary offences of aggravated trespass--of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 will not be available until autumn 1996.
Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hunt protesters have been arrested under aggravated trespass regulations contained in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in Devon and Cornwall.
Information on cautioning and court proceedings data under sections 68 and 69--summary offences of aggravated trespass--of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 will not be available until autumn 1996.
Mr. Maclean: Murder is a common law offence. The Home Affairs Select Committee has announced its intention to review the mandatory life sentence for murder and the case for a discretionary life sentence. In addition, it will examine the "year and a day rule" as it applies to murder. That rule is also being reviewed by the Law Commission. We look forward to receiving the reports of both bodies.
Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the medical foundation for the care of victims of torture regarding asylum seekers who are being detained in detention centres and mainstream prisons; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: I met representatives of the Medical Foundation on 15 September 1994. On 3 October, it wrote to the Home Secretary and to me following up items discussed at that meeting and enclosing copies of its report "A Betrayal of Hope and Trust: Detention in the United Kingdom of Survivors of Torture". I wrote to it on 15 November responding to the issues which it had raised.
Column 77detention are contained within the Immigration Act 1971. However, at 18 November 1994, a total of 654 people who had sought asylum were detained. That figure includes people awaiting the setting of directions for removal following the refusal of the application, as well as those whose application was under consideration or subject to appeal.
Dr. Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list by country of origin the total number of applications for asylum entry into the United Kingdom in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and in the first six months of 1994.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Information on the number of applications for asylum received in the United Kingdom, by nationality for the period 1990 to 1993, is published in table 2.2 of the Home Office statistical bulletin issue 17/94 "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1993", a copy of which is available in the Library. Information for the first six months of 1994 is provided in the table.
Applications<1> received for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, by location of application and nationality, 1 January 1994 to 30 June 1994. Nationality Number of principal applicants 1994 (January-June) |Total |Applied at port |Applied in country |applications<2> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Europe Bulgaria |65 |5 |60 Romania |115 |20 |90 Turkey |1,035 |295 |740 Former USSR |275 |25 |250 Former Yugoslavia |715 |155 |560 Other |230 |75 |160 |-------- |-------- |-------- Total |2,435 |570 |1,865 Americas Colombia |195 |125 |70 Other |295 |80 |215 |-------- |-------- |-------- Total |490 |205 |285 Africa Angola |245 |70 |175 Congo |10 |5 |5 Ethiopia |360 |105 |255 Ghana |1,030 |195 |835 Kenya |755 |520 |235 Nigeria |1,750 |165 |1,585 Sierra Leone |660 |225 |435 Somalia |705 |325 |380 Sudan |155 |35 |120 Togo and Ivory Coast |375 |208 |165 Uganda |170 |45 |120 Zaire |365 |165 |200 Other |825 |215 |610 |-------- |-------- |-------- Total |7,400 |2,280 |5,120 Middle East Iran |220 |55 |165 Iraq |225 |95 |130 Lebanon |105 |35 |70 Other |280 |115 |160 |-------- |-------- |-------- Total |825 |300 |525 Asia China |145 |70 |75 India |890 |90 |800 Pakistan |800 |75 |725 Sri Lanka |1,250 |695 |560 Other |400 |145 |255 |-------- |-------- |-------- Total |3,480 |1,075 |2,410 Other, and nationality not known |105 |105 |- |-------- |-------- |-------- Grand Total |14,730 |4,540 |10,190 <1> Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5 with `*' = 1 or 2 and `..' = unavailable. <2> Figures do not include applications made overseas.
Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to take decisions on the applications for British citizenship by (a) Mr. Ali Al Fayed and (b) Mr. Mohamed Al Fayed; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: As my right hon. and learned Friend made clear in his public statement on 24 October 1994 he has asked me to deal with those applications, and I hope to reach a decision on them in the reasonably near future.
Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent meeting of European Union Justice Ministers concerning common rules for handling asylum applications; and if he will place in the Library the statement after the meeting.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: At its meeting on 30 November and 1 December, the Justice and Home Affairs Council did not conclude consideration of the draft resolution on minimum guarantees for asylum procedures. The draft resolution and the Government's explanatory note on it were made available to Parliament on 10 November in accordance with the Government's proposed procedures for consultation with Parliament on title VI matters, and the Government will make available the final text once it has been agreed by the Council.
Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions the police brought last year for speeding in a built-up area where the upper speed limit is 30 mph; and if he will provide a breakdown of the speeds at which the motorists were driving.
Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he has issued regarding prosecution for speeding in a built-up area where the motorist is driving between 30 mph and 40 mph.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of ( a) police officers and (b) civilian employees in the Wiltshire county constabulary for each year since 1979.
Wiltshire Constabulary - Police and civilian strength since 1979 As at 31 December Year |Police |Civilian staff ------------------------------------------------------------ 1979 |1,007 |246 1980 |1,032 |255 1981 |1,042 |256 1982 |1,031 |262 1983 |1,030 |270 1984 |1,029 |290 1985 |1,028 |306 1986 |1,037 |351 1987 |1,096 |370 1988 |1,093 |396 1989 |1,119 |435 1990 |1,157 |447 1991 |1,212 |473 1992 |1,262 |490 1993 |1,273 |483
Dr. Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants entered the United Kingdom despite failing to meet the various entry requirements in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and the first six months of 1994 by country of origin.
Mr. Maclean: Comprehensive information is not available. The numbers of persons who had applied for asylum at the ports and subsequently been given exceptional leave to enter in 1992 93 outside of the immigration rules are given in tables 4.1 and 4.2 of the Home Office statistical bulletin in "Asylum Statistics, United Kingdom, 1993", issue 7/94, a copy of which is in the Library. Corresponding data for 1990 91 are not readily available. The total for the first half of 1994 was 825, provisional figures.
Dr. Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the figures for 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and for the first six months of 1994, of successful applications for entry to this country by immigrants of all descriptions; and if he will provide a statistical breakdown of their countries of origin.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Information on grants of entry clearance by country where the application was made is published in table 2.1 of the Home Office command paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 1993" issued on 18 August 1994--Cm 2637, HMSO--a copy of which is in the Library.
Column 80Union must necessarily carry a passport when travelling from the United Kingdom to another member state of the EU.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Yes, if the British citizen wishes to be assured of entry to another member state. Community law requires member states to allow citizens of the Union to enter their territory simply on production of a valid identity card or passport.
Mr. Howard: Volume 7 of the 1993 94 appropriation accounts will be laid before the House of Commons and published once the Comptroller and Auditor General has completed his audit work. At present, this is expected to be in January 1995.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals were put forward on solutions to nuclear crime by Her Majesty's Government to the Economic Union Justice Council on 30 November to 1 December, what proposals on this matter were received from other member states; if he will place copies of such proposals in the Library; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting.
Mr. Howard: The Justice and Home Affairs Council on 30 November to 1 December considered proposals for the article K4 committee for priority measures for implementing the Berlin declaration on increased co-operation in combating drugs crime and organised crime in Europe. These included a proposal that all the states concerned should ratify the convention on the physical protection of nuclear material concluded in the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency and opened for signature on 3 March 1980. The Council agreed that the measures recommended should be taken forward by the article K4 committee.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of persons by grade and gender employed by his Department and associated offices and agencies, nationally and regionally over the next three years, as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget statement of 29 November, indicating which branch, agency and region will be affected and stating his estimate of the number of job losses in each year which will be by (a) natural wastage, (b) voluntary redundancy and (c) compulsory redundancy; and what estimate he has made of the yearly total of savings in wages and associated costs as a result of these reductions in each Department, branch and agency.
Mr. Howard: The information requested is not yet available. The Department's staffing plans for 1995 96, 1996 97 and 1997 98 will be set out in the 1995 Departmental report, to be published in late February- early March 1995.
The Government's aim has been, and will continue to be, that reductions in the size of the civil service should as far as possible be achieved without redundancies.