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Mr. Maclean: Information on the number of people arrested for specific offences is not collected centrally.

Information on cautioning and court proceedings data under section 166-- summary offence of sale of tickets by unauthorised persons--of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 will not be available until autumn 1996.

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Asylum Seekers

Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals applied for asylum in each year from 1990 91 to 1993 94 and in

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the first eight months of 1994 95; how many of these applications were granted; and how many of those who were unsuccessful are known to have left the United Kingdom.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The information requested is given in the table.

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Applications<1> for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependents, decisions <1><2><3> and removals, 1990 to end-October 1994                                                                                          

Number of principal applicants                                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                |Not                                    |Refused                                |Refused                                                    

                                                                                |recognised                             |asylum and                             |under                                                      

                                                            |Recognised         |as a refugee                           |exceptional        |Refused on         |paragraph          |Removals                               

                                                            |as a refugee       |but granted                            |leave after        |safe third         |180F of            |and                                    

                    |Total              |Total              |and granted        |exceptional                            |full               |country            |Immigration        |voluntary                              

                    |applications       |decisions<4>       |asylum             |leave              |Total refused      |consideration      |grounds<5>         |Rules<6>           |departures<7>                          

                    |Total applications |Total decisions4   |Recognised as a    |Not recognised as a|Total refused      |Refused asylum and |Refused on safe    |Refused under      |Removals and                           

                                                            |refugee and granted|refugee but granted                    |exceptional leave  |third country      |paragraph 180F of  |voluntary                              

                                                            |asylum             |exceptional leave                      |after full         |grounds5           |Immigration Rules6 |departures7                            



1990                |26,205             |4,025              |920                |2,400              |705                |705                |-                  |-                  |-                                      

1991                |44,840             |6,075              |505                |2,190              |3,380              |2,325              |270                |785                |-                                      

1992                |24,605             |34,900             |1,115              |15,325             |18,465             |2,675              |595                |15,195             |1,345                                  

1993                |22,370             |23,405             |1,590              |11,125             |10,690             |4,705              |745                |5,240              |1,820                                  

19948 9             |26,765             |17,300             |695                |2,955              |13,650             |10,435             |695                |2,520              |1,605                                  

<1> Figures rounded to the nearest 5 with `-' = unavailable.                                                                                                                                                                

<2> Decision figures up to and including 1991 may understate.                                                                                                                                                               

<3> Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.                                                                                                                                            

<4> Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.                                                                                                      

<5> Refusals on the grounds that the applicant had arrived from a safe third country.                                                                                                                                       

<6> Refusals under paragraph 180F (paragraph 101 prior to 26 July 1993) of the Immigration Rules for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period.                                    

<7> Includes any voluntary departure, except deportation cases prior to February 1994, up to and including notification of the decision on the asylum claim, but excludes any subsequent departure.                         

<8> Provisional figures.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

<9> Year to October.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Mrs. Roche: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 23 November, Official Report, columns 159 61, (1) how long each of the 129 detainees referred to who had been in detention longer than six months had been in detention; (2) how many of the detainees in each of the detaining locations listed in his table C were long-term Immigration Act detainees.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The available information is that as at 8 December 1994--103 people who had sought asylum have been in detention for longer than six months and a further 18 have been detained longer than 12 months.

Information on the number of detained people as at 8 December 1994 who had sought asylum and have been in detention for longer than one month, by location of detention, is provided in the table.

Number of people detained longer than one month as at 8            

December 1994, who had sought asylum, by location of detention.    

                                   |Number detained                


Immigration service establishments                                 

Campsfield House                   |132                            

Harmondsworth                      |72                             


Prison service establishments                                      

Armley                             |10                             

Belfast                            |1                              

Birmingham                         |34                             

Brinsford                          |5                              

Bristol                            |2                              

Brixton                            |4                              

Bullingdon                         |1                              

Bullwood Hall                      |1                              

Canterbury                         |1                              

Cardiff                            |1                              

Chelmsford                         |3                              

Crumlin Road                       |1                              

Dorchester                         |1                              

Durham                             |1                              

Edinburgh                          |1                              

Elmley                             |5                              

Erlestoke House                    |1                              

Exeter                             |2                              

Feltham YC centre                  |2                              

Gateside                           |1                              

Greenock                           |2                              

Haslar                             |75                             

Highdown                           |3                              

Hindley remand centre              |3                              

Holloway                           |1                              

Lewes                              |3                              

Manchester                         |3                              

Norwich                            |3                              

Pentonville                        |1                              

Risley                             |56                             

Rochester                          |1                              

Shrewsbury                         |1                              

Wandsworth                         |5                              

Winchester                         |4                              

Winson Green                       |2                              

Wolds remand prison                |2                              

Wormwood scrubs                    |3                              


Total                              |448                            

Prisoners (Psychiatric Treatment)

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each prison

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establishment the latest estimate of the number of inmates diagnosed as requiring psychiatric treatment in a hospital environment; and if he will express the figure as a percentage of the individual prison population.

Mr. Michael Forsyth: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. David Hinchliffe, dated 12 December 1994:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of inmates in each Prison Service establishment who have been diagnosed as requiring psychiatric treatment in a hospital environment.

The most up to date information held centrally on mentally disordered offenders is for 21 September 1994. On that day there were 102 mentally disordered prisoners awaiting transfer to NHS psychiatric facilities of all types. The attached table lists by establishment the prisons in which these prisoners were held and expresses the figure for each individual establishment as a percentage of that prison's daily average population during the week beginning 4 September.

                   |Number of         |Percentage of                                           

                   |prisoners awaiting|average daily                                           

                   |transfer to       |population for                                          

                   |hospital on       |week beginning                                          

                   |21 September      |4 September                                             


Bedford            |3                 |1.0                                                     

Belmarsh           |3                 |0.4                                                     

Birmingham         |2                 |0.2                                                     

Blundeston         |1                 |0.2                                                     

Bristol            |4                 |0.9                                                     

Brixton            |2                 |0.3                                                     

Bullingdon         |1                 |0.1                                                     

Camp Hill          |2                 |0.5                                                     

Cardiff            |3                 |0.6                                                     

Dartmoor           |3                 |0.5                                                     

Exeter             |2                 |0.4                                                     

Feltham            |1                 |0.1                                                     

Full Sutton        |2                 |0.3                                                     

Gloucester         |5                 |2.1                                                     

Gartree            |3                 |1.1                                                     

Highdown           |6                 |0.9                                                     

Holloway           |13                |2.5                                                     

Holme House        |1                 |0.1                                                     

Lancaster Farms    |1                 |0.3                                                     

Leeds              |1                 |0.1                                                     

Leicester          |2                 |0.6                                                     

Lewes              |1                 |0.3                                                     

Lincoln            |5                 |0.8                                                     

Liverpool          |8                 |0.6                                                     

New Hall           |1                 |0.6                                                     

Parkhurst          |5                 |2.1                                                     

Pentonville        |3                 |0.4                                                     

Preston            |3                 |0.6                                                     

Shrewsbury         |1                 |0.3                                                     

Styal              |1                 |0.4                                                     

Swansea            |1                 |0.4                                                     

Swinfen Hall       |1                 |0.5                                                     

Whitemoor          |3                 |0.6                                                     

Winchester         |4                 |0.9                                                     

Wormwood Scrubs    |4                 |0.5                                                     



Electoral Registration

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action he is taking to

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prevent the distribution of electoral registration forms with advertising material; and what assessment he has made of the extent of the practice;

(2) what authority electoral registration officers have to take any actions in an official capacity that are not specifically required of them by law;

(3) what authority electoral registration officers have under law to send out commercial advertising and other material covering statutory electoral registration forms;

(4) what regulations govern the handing out by an electoral registration officer or a local authority of commercial advertising material with ballot papers in polling booths.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: We are not aware of any cases involving the distribution of advertising material with electoral registration forms and no assessment has been made of the extent, if any, of this practice.

The duties of the electoral registration officer are set out in representation of the people legislation and the Juries Act 1974. The electoral registration officer's official duties include only those duties imposed by the law relating to elections or the registration of electors. The representation of the people legislation contains no provisions relating to the distribution of commercial advertising and other material with electoral registration forms, but there is no statutory provision prohibiting the distribution of such material. Rules for the conduct of parliamentary elections are contained in schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983. Similar provisions are contained in the Local Elections (Principal Areas) Rules 1986 and the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986. The only item which may be given to voters at the polling station is the ballot paper.

Speeding Offences

Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists have been prosecuted for speeding offences in each of the last three years in each police authority region.

Mr. Maclean: The information requested is contained in the table:

Prosecutions for speeding offences by police force area                                              

                              Number of                                                              


England and Wales            |1991             |1992             |1993                               


Avon and Somerset            |4,908            |6,102            |3,074                              

Bedfordshire                 |2,173            |1,723            |803                                

Cambridgeshire               |1,711            |1,748            |1,796                              

Cheshire                     |3,006            |2,353            |1,444                              

Cleveland                    |1,370            |1,752            |784                                

Cumbria                      |4,686            |5,109            |3,030                              

Derbyshire                   |4,623            |3,645            |2,143                              

Devon and Cornwall           |6,377            |3,890            |2,276                              

Dorset                       |1,812            |1,315            |1,355                              

Durham                       |1,410            |1,363            |963                                

Essex                        |11,427           |12,249           |8,146                              

Gloucestershire              |5,257            |3,770            |2,011                              

Greater Manchester           |10,415           |12,322           |8,698                              

Hampshire                    |7,706            |7,069            |5,148                              

Hertfordshire                |2,441            |2,232            |1,450                              

Humberside                   |2,017            |1,616            |988                                

Kent                         |3,393            |2,854            |3,655                              

Lancashire                   |8,369            |6,366            |3,072                              

Leicestershire               |2,953            |2,392            |2,229                              

Lincolnshire                 |2,908            |3,419            |2,055                              

London, City of              |146              |189              |138                                

Merseyside                   |2,529            |2,370            |1,742                              

Metropolitan Police District |13,002           |14,376           |13,226                             

Norfolk                      |3,332            |3,466            |1,474                              

Northamptonshire             |1,875            |1,612            |871                                

Northumbria                  |3,051            |3,446            |2,368                              

North Yorkshire              |3,013            |2,538            |1,238                              

Nottinghamshire              |1,665            |664              |344                                

South Yorkshire              |2,727            |3,695            |2,077                              

Staffordshire                |2,539            |3,007            |1,741                              

Suffolk                      |2,595            |2,618            |1,655                              

Surrey                       |3,411            |2,655            |1,668                              

Sussex                       |3,279            |4,262            |3,118                              

Thames Valley                |6,595            |6,257            |3,958                              

Warwickshire                 |2,550            |2,177            |1,692                              

West Mercia                  |4,013            |3,712            |3,353                              

West Midlands                |6,443            |5,306            |4,623                              

West Yorkshire               |6,727            |5,954            |3,802                              

Wiltshire                    |4,068            |4,170            |2,466                              


Dyfed-Powys                  |1,108            |897              |676                                

Gwent                        |1,283            |1,113            |962                                

North Wales                  |2,708            |2,401            |1,412                              

South Wales                  |1,359            |1,178            |847                                

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

England and Wales            |168,980          |161,352          |110,571                            


Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Macedonian nationals have applied in the last year for visas to visit the United Kingdom at British embassies in (a) Belgrade, (b) Sofia and (c) Zagreb; how many applications at each post were (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) decision pending; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The information requested is not available.

Market Testing

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those services that have been market tested by his Department and won by the

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private sector, indicating the organisation that won the tender and its value.

Mr. Howard: The table sets out the information requested about activities which have been contracted out to a private sector supplier after a market test where there was an in-house bid.

Activity                          |Supplier                         |Value of Contract                                                  


Departmental computer services    |Sema Group plc                   |About £50 million over five years                                  


Buckley Hall prison               |Group 4                          |£33 million over five years                                        

Market test results are published in the monthly "Market Testing Bulletin", a copy of which is placed in the Library.

Police Authorities

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the names and occupations of the people shortlisted by him to sit as independent members of each of the new police authorities in England and Wales;

(2) if he will list the names and occupations of the people shortlisted by the selection panels to sit as independent members of each of the new police authorities in England and Wales.

Mr. Maclean: Applications for appointment as independent members of police authorities were made on an "in confidence" basis and it would not be appropriate to release the information sought as it could lead to the identification of unsuccessful applicants.

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names and occupations of (a) the people he appointed to the selection panels for each of the new police authorities in England and Wales and (b) the people chosen by the selection panels themselves.

Mr. Maclean: The members of the selection panels for each of the 41 police authorities for England and Wales are:

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                                                                                               |Appointed by the                                                                              |Appointed by the                                                                              |Appointed by the                                                                                                                                                                             



Avon and Somerset                                                                              |Mrs. S. Perry (Project Controller)                                                            |Mr. D. Heath (Councillor)                                                                     |Mr. A. Morris (University Vice Chancellor)                                                                                                                                                   

Bedfordshire                                                                                   |Ms J. Scholes (Polytechnic Lecturer)                                                          |Mr. A. Hesserman (Councillor)                                                                 |Ms D Yates (Marketing Consultant)                                                                                                                                                            

Cambridgeshire                                                                                 |Dr. P. Hampson (Research Director)                                                            |Mr. J. Horrell (Councillor)                                                                   |Miss M. Hyde (Managing Editor-Radio)                                                                                                                                                         

Cheshire                                                                                       |Mr. A. Mills (Company Director)                                                               |Mr. T. Tilling (Councillor)                                                                   |Mrs. C Young (Citizens Advice Bureau member)                                                                                                                                                 

Cleveland                                                                                      |Mrs. J. Graham-Bourman (NHS Trust Chairman)                                                   |Mr. E. Cox (Magistrate)                                                                       |Mr. D. Stevens (Retired Manager)                                                                                                                                                             

Cumbria                                                                                        |Mr. J. Harris (Farmer)                                                                        |Mr. R. Watson (Councillor)                                                                    |Mr. J. Ford (Retired Local Government Officer)                                                                                                                                               

Derbyshire                                                                                     |Mr. B. Ashby (Chairman-Property Group)                                                        |Mr. E. Swain (Magistrate)                                                                     |Mr. R. Stone (Businessman)                                                                                                                                                                   

Devon and Cornwall                                                                             |Mrs. N. Cutts (Recruitment Manager)                                                           |Mr. O May (Councillor)                                                                        |Mr. T. Lesgood (Chairman-Training and Enterprise Council)                                                                                                                                    

Dorset                                                                                         |Mrs. L. Paddison (Managing Director)                                                          |Mrs. J. Dover (Councillor)                                                                    |Mr. D. Lovatt (Member-Probation Board)                                                                                                                                                       

Durham                                                                                         |Mrs. J. Round (College Principal)                                                             |Mr. J. Knox (Councillor)                                                                      |Mr. J. Ward (Local Government Officer)                                                                                                                                                       

Dyfed-Powys                                                                                    |Professor J. Andrews (Chief Executive, Further and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales)|Mr. W. Evans (Councillor)                                                                     |Mrs. H. Lewis (Former district councillor)                                                                                                                                                   

Essex                                                                                          |Mrs. K. Bennett (Retired Banker)                                                              |Miss J. Hindle (Magistrate)                                                                   |Mr. M. Salmon (University Vice Chancellor)                                                                                                                                                   

Gloucestershire                                                                                |Mrs. R. Fritchie (Consultant)                                                                 |Mr. J. Newall (Councillor)                                                                    |Mr. P. Murisamy (member racial equality forum)                                                                                                                                               

Greater Manchester                                                                             |Mrs. L. Clinton (Planning Manager)                                                            |Mr. S. Mercy (Councillor)                                                                     |Mr. M. Shields (Chief Executive-Development Corporation)                                                                                                                                     

Gwent                                                                                          |Mrs. A. Bennett (Businesswoman)                                                               |Mr. B. Sutton (Councillor)                                                                    |Mr. M. Shields (Chief Executive-Development Corporation)                                                                                                                                     

Hampshire                                                                                      |Mr. H. Smith (Chartered Accountant)                                                           |Mr. M. Clark (Councillor)                                                                     |Mrs. K. Sporle (Local Government Officer)                                                                                                                                                    

Hertfordshire                                                                                  |Mr. P. Archer (Personnel Director)                                                            |Mr. M. Acland (Magistrate)                                                                    |Mrs. J. Parker (Chairman-Probation Committee)                                                                                                                                                

Humberside                                                                                     |Professor B. Pettman (Partner- Antiques Gallery)                                              |Mr. I Cawsey (Councillor)                                                                     |Rt. Rev. D. Snelgrove (Bishop)                                                                                                                                                               

Kent                                                                                           |Mr. J. Louden (Company Executive)                                                             |Mrs. P. Stubbs (Magistrate)                                                                   |Mr. W. Jackson (Retired local government officer)                                                                                                                                            

Lancashire                                                                                     |Mr. A. Burford (Business Consultant)                                                          |Mr. D. Henning (Councillor)                                                                   |Mr. R. Booth (University Rector)                                                                                                                                                             

Leicestershire                                                                                 |Mrs. S. Spence (Businesswoman)                                                                |Mr. R. Wann (Councillor)                                                                      |Mr. J. Mody (Member Board of Visitors Gartree Prison)                                                                                                                                        

Lincolnshire                                                                                   |Mr. A Silcox-Crowe (Corporate Services Consultant)                                            |Mrs. D. Dobson (Magistrate)                                                                   |Mr. C. Smith (Newspaper Editor)                                                                                                                                                              

Merseyside                                                                                     |Mr. J. Entwistle (Solicitor)                                                                  |Mr. H. Rimmer (Councillor)                                                                    |Mrs. M. Downs (Company Director)                                                                                                                                                             

Norfolk                                                                                        |Mr. J. Boxall (Insurance Consultant)                                                          |Mr. B. Landale (Magistrate)                                                                   |Mr. P. Thain (Director NHS Trust)                                                                                                                                                            

Northamptonshire                                                                               |Mrs. S. King (Voluntary Worker)                                                               |Mr. R. Dickie (Councillor)                                                                    |Rt. Rev. P. Barber (Bishop)                                                                                                                                                                  

Northumbria                                                                                    |Dr. C. Morton (Personnel Director)                                                            |Mr. M. Gill (Councillor)                                                                      |Mr. M. Scott (Former High Sherriff)                                                                                                                                                          

Nottinghamshire                                                                                |Dr. D. Edmond (Consultant)                                                                    |Mr. C. Winterton (Councillor)                                                                 |Mrs. B. Halfpenny (Former County President-Women's Institute)                                                                                                                                

North Wales                                                                                    |Mr. J. Davies (Engineering Consultant)                                                        |Mr. W. Jones (Councillor)                                                                     |Mrs. B. Williams (Mature Student)                                                                                                                                                            

North Yorkshire                                                                                |Mr. J. Fox (Personnel Manager)                                                                |Mrs. A. Harris (Councillor)                                                                   |Mr. R. Leyland (Retired Local Government Officer)                                                                                                                                            

South Wales                                                                                    |Mr. P. Allen (Retired Managing Director)                                                      |Mr. B. Murray (Councillor)                                                                    |Professor G. Williams (University Lecturer)                                                                                                                                                  

South Yorkshire                                                                                |Mr. B. Trueman (Businessman)                                                                  |Sir. J. Layden (Councillor)                                                                   |Mr. D. Hepworth (Magistrate)                                                                                                                                                                 

Staffordshire                                                                                  |Mrs P. Wilmot (Headmistress)                                                                  |Mr. J. Meir (Magistrate)                                                                      |Mr. R. Whitfield (Deputy Lord-Lieutenant)                                                                                                                                                    

Suffolk                                                                                        |Mr. R. Chesterman (Managing Director)                                                         |Mr. M. Hyde (Councillor)                                                                      |Mr. W. French (Retired Company Secretary)                                                                                                                                                    

Surrey                                                                                         |Mr. J. Buckley (Chief Executive)                                                              |Mr. A. Tisdall (Councillor)                                                                   |Mr. R. Thornton (Lord-Lieutenant)                                                                                                                                                            

Sussex                                                                                         |Mr. R. Goddard (Business Consultant)                                                          |Mr. D. Bellotti (Councillor)                                                                  |Miss M. Hulmes (Retired Director of Social Services)                                                                                                                                         

Thames Valley                                                                                  |Mrs. E. John (Company Secretary)                                                              |Mrs. D. Priestley (Magistrate)                                                                |Mr. P. Floyd (Retired County Solicitor)                                                                                                                                                      

Warwickshire                                                                                   |Mr. G. Evans (Personnel Director)                                                             |Mr. M. Singh (Councillor)                                                                     |Mr. G. Stokes (College Principal)                                                                                                                                                            

West Mercia                                                                                    |Mr. G. Cooper (Company Director)                                                              |Ms P. Fallow (Councillor)                                                                     |Mrs. S. Davis (Councillor)                                                                                                                                                                   

West Midlands                                                                                  |Mrs. A. Bhalla (Community Affairs Correspondent)                                              |Mrs. M. Whitehouse (Councillor)                                                               |Mr. P. Williams (Retired County Secretary)                                                                                                                                                   

West Yorkshire                                                                                 |Mrs. J. Searle (Catering Supervisor)                                                          |Mr. T. Brennan (Councillor)                                                                   |Mr. J. Botterill (Retired Police Officer)                                                                                                                                                    

Wiltshire                                                                                      |Mrs. A. Roberts (Managing Director)                                                           |Mr. J. Bush (Magistrate)                                                                      |Mr. G. Burgess (Farmer)                                                                                                                                                                      

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nominations he has received for appointment as independent members to the new police authorities in England and Wales.

Mr. Maclean: The selection panels for the 41 police authorities in England and Wales received a total of 3,751 applications in response to the advertising for these appointments.

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names and occupations of the independent members who will sit on each of the new police authorities for England and Wales.

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Mr. Maclean: Thirty-eight of the 41 new police authorities for England and Wales have made the initial appointments of their independent members. The information is as follows:

Authority                                          |Name                                              |Occupation                                                                                           


Avon and Somerset                                  |Mr. J. Christensen                                |Pharmacist                                                                                           

                                                   |Mrs. S. Davies                                    |Retired teacher                                                                                      

                                                   |Mrs. C. Djianovic                                 |Farmer                                                                                               

                                                   |Mrs. P. Pyper                                     |Clerk                                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. J. Wagg                                       |Retired engineer                                                                                     

Bedfordshire                                       |Mr. R. Charles                                    |Adult education tutor                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. J. Hunt                                       |Retired company manager                                                                              

                                                   |Dr. G. Owen                                       |Environmental consultant                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. M. Scarlett                                   |Sales executive                                                                                      

                                                   |Mr. M. Thomas                                     |IT consultant                                                                                        


Cambridgeshire                                     |Mr. C. Forsyth                                    |University lecturer                                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. S. Image                                      |Marketing director                                                                                   

                                                   |Mr. P. Loft                                       |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. R. Odedra                                     |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Ms J. Renfrew                                     |University lecturer                                                                                  


Cheshire                                           |Mr. T. Barker                                     |Chaplain to the Bishop of Chester                                                                    

                                                   |Mr. R. Hamer                                      |Retired personnel director                                                                           

                                                   |Mr. R. Nichols                                    |Solicitor                                                                                            

                                                   |Mr. D. Ogden                                      |Chamber of commerce chief executive                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. M. Rothburn                                   |Consultant microbiologist                                                                            


Cleveland                                          |Mr. R. Edwards                                    |Retired IT administrator                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. J. Featherstone                               |Retired sales manager                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. D Fewtrell                                    |Retired company chairman                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. B. Foxton                                     |Chemicals consultant                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. P. Reeder                                     |Company chief executive                                                                              


Cumbria                                            |Mr. G. Burns                                      |Engineering manager                                                                                  

                                                   |Ms E. Hawkes                                      |None                                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. D. Hodgson                                    |Freelance editor                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. B. Kennedy                                    |Retired marketing manager                                                                            

                                                   |Mr. A. Taylor                                     |Personnel manager                                                                                    


Derbyshire                                         |Mr. A. Bakshi                                     |Dentist                                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. A. Burns                                      |Engineering director                                                                                 

                                                   |Mrs. A. O'Brien                                   |Company secretary                                                                                    

                                                   |Mrs. J. Thornton                                  |NHS trust member                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. C. Wagstaffe                                  |Barrister                                                                                            


Devon and Cornwall                                 |Ms J. Anderson                                    |Lecturer in education                                                                                

                                                   |Ms M. Behenna                                     |Director of education                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. P. Dickin                                     |Personnel manager                                                                                    

                                                   |Mr. L. Hudson                                     |Retired colonel                                                                                      

                                                   |Mr. J. Jasper                                     |Former training advisor                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. B. Kerslake                                   |Sales manager                                                                                        


Dorset                                             |Mrs. K. Emery                                     |Bookkeeper                                                                                           

                                                   |Mr. P. Geal                                       |Restaurateur                                                                                         

                                                   |Mr. D. Howard                                     |Headteacher                                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. P. Jones                                      |Publisher                                                                                            

                                                   |Mrs. J. Lang                                      |Solicitor                                                                                            


Durham                                             |Mr. G. Hetherington                               |Retired prison officer                                                                               

                                                   |Miss C. McEwan                                    |Management training consultant                                                                       

                                                   |Dr. E. Mason Mr. T. Robinson                      |IT consultant Retired local government officer                                                       

                                                   |Mr. A. Smith                                      |Company director                                                                                     


Dyfed-Powys                                        |Mr. J. Antoniazzi                                 |Shop owner                                                                                           

                                                   |Mr. B. Evans                                      |Retired marine pilot                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. I. Gray                                       |Hotelier                                                                                             

                                                   |Mrs. M. Harris                                    |Farmer                                                                                               

                                                   |Dr. E. James                                      |Retired lecturer                                                                                     

                                                   |Mrs. E. Taylor                                    |Retired caterer                                                                                      


Essex                                              |Mr. M. Easteal                                    |Chief executive of the Local Government Commission                                                   

                                                   |Mr. W. Garland                                    |Retired company manager                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. N. Hicks                                      |Engineer                                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. G. Nash                                       |Retired headteacher                                                                                  

                                                   |Ms S. Sootarsingh                                 |Management consultant                                                                                


Gloucestershire                                    |Mr. K. Amlani                                     |Retail florist                                                                                       

                                                   |Brigadier M. Brown                                |Civil servant                                                                                        

                                                   |Mr. J. Dunn                                       |Business consultant                                                                                  

                                                   |Mrs. M. McLoughlin                                |Housewife                                                                                            

                                                   |Mrs. C. Wiggin                                    |NHS manager                                                                                          


Greater Manchester                                 |Mr. V. Hodgkinson                                 |Retired bursar                                                                                       

                                                   |Mr. L. Latham                                     |Company chairman                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. W. McMichael- Phillips                        |Retired retail manager                                                                               

                                                   |Mr. I. Murray                                     |Marketing director                                                                                   

                                                   |Mrs. J. Reed                                      |Retired teacher                                                                                      

                                                   |Miss S. Sodha                                     |Computer programmer                                                                                  


Gwent                                              |Mr. D. Burgess                                    |Engineer                                                                                             

                                                   |Mrs. J. Davies                                    |Retired typing manager                                                                               

                                                   |Mrs. W. Jones                                     |Pub landlady                                                                                         

                                                   |Mr. L. Morgan                                     |Security manager                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. G. Moss                                       |Builder                                                                                              


Hampshire                                          |Mr. M. Attenborough- Cox                          |Accountant                                                                                           

                                                   |Ms C. Barratt                                     |Former secretary                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. S. Copeland                                   |Bookshop owner                                                                                       

                                                   |Mr. M. O'Reilly                                   |Scouts fundraiser                                                                                    

                                                   |Mr. A. Park                                       |Railway controller                                                                                   


Hertfordshire                                      |Mr. M. Berkley                                    |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. D. Bucknall                                   |Health authority chairman                                                                            

                                                   |Mr. P. Holland                                    |Media consultant                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. B. Lund                                       |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. N. Shacklock                                  |Naval security officer                                                                               


Humberside                                         |Mrs. L. Clayton                                   |Farmer                                                                                               

                                                   |Mrs. A. Deehan                                    |Businesswoman                                                                                        

                                                   |Mr. J. Parkinson                                  |Former estates manager                                                                               

                                                   |Mr. B. Rogan                                      |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. T. Whittingham                                |Teacher                                                                                              


Kent                                               |Mr. B. Bright                                     |Company secretary                                                                                    

                                                   |Mr. G. Clarkson                                   |Retired chief fire officer                                                                           

                                                   |Ms J. Harrison                                    |Solicitor                                                                                            

                                                   |Mr. S. Maclachlan                                 |Retired solicitor                                                                                    

                                                   |Mr. G. Van Orden                                  |Brigadier                                                                                            


Lancashire                                         |Mr. R. Banister                                   |Retired engineer                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. G. Dykes                                      |Civil servant                                                                                        

                                                   |Dr. A. Kuchar                                     |Race relations consultant                                                                            

                                                   |Mrs. L. Taylor                                    |Training consultant                                                                                  

                                                   |Mrs. J. Williams                                  |IT manager                                                                                           


Leicestershire                                     |Mr. P. Billing                                    |Technologist                                                                                         

                                                   |Mrs. A. Freer                                     |Retired medical receptionist                                                                         

Leicestershire                                     |Mr. M. Harrison                                   |Retired bank manager                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. D. Saville                                    |Building society manager                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. G. Snushall                                   |Company director                                                                                     


Lincolnshire                                       |Mr. R. Atkinson                                   |Retired dock master                                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. R. Bayliss                                    |RAF engineer                                                                                         

                                                   |Mr. M. Berry                                      |Retired food industry consultant                                                                     

                                                   |Mrs. M. Bouch                                     |Retired teacher                                                                                      

                                                   |Brigadier B. Reeves                               |Lecturer in business management                                                                      


Norfolk                                            |Mr. M. Anscombe                                   |Retailer                                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. M. Briggs                                     |NHS manager                                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. A. Leckie                                     |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. P. Papworth                                   |Agricultural estate director                                                                         

                                                   |Mr. H. Wilson                                     |Retired TV news director                                                                             


Northamptonshire                                   |Mr. J. Chambers                                   |Prison officer                                                                                       

                                                   |Mr. G. Chowdhury                                  |Teacher                                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. O. Davies                                     |Retired civil engineer                                                                               

                                                   |Ms J. Quin                                        |Marketing director                                                                                   

                                                   |Mr. R. Sheppard                                   |Consultant haematologist                                                                             


Northumbria                                        |Mrs. S. Pearson                                   |Charity director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. G. Robinson                                   |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. R. Tilmouth                                   |Retired chamber of commerce executive                                                                

                                                   |Mr. W. Locke                                      |Estate management director                                                                           

                                                   |Dr. A. Mahmood                                    |Consultant haemotologist                                                                             


North Yorkshire                                    |Ms S. Campbell                                    |Retail director                                                                                      

                                                   |Mr. E. Christian                                  |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. D. Collins                                    |Retired RAF officer                                                                                  

                                                   |Ms L. Humphreys                                   |Housewife                                                                                            

                                                   |Mr. R. Peterson                                   |NHS trust director                                                                                   


Nottinghamshire                                    |Mr. S. Balmforth                                  |Senior operations inspector                                                                          

                                                   |Mrs. J. Kenwood                                   |Retired customer care manager                                                                        

                                                   |Mrs. C. Revill                                    |Teacher                                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. G. Solway                                     |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. J. Woodrow                                    |Retired civil servant                                                                                


South Wales                                        |Mrs. A. Peters                                    |Headteacher                                                                                          

                                                   |Mrs. V. Rudell                                    |Teacher                                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. C. Stevens                                    |TV news editor                                                                                       

                                                   |Reverend P. White                                 |Canon of Llandaff cathedral                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. G. Wright                                     |Trade union official                                                                                 


Staffordshire                                      |Mr. M. Beatty                                     |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. P. Finister                                   |Personnel consultant                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. B. Harvey                                     |Construction consultant                                                                              

                                                   |Mr. A. Millward                                   |Former postal manager                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. F. Shaw                                       |Retired building society executive                                                                   


Suffolk                                            |Ms E. Barham                                      |Mature student                                                                                       

                                                   |Mr. A. Bhatt                                      |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. G. Egleton                                    |Public affairs advisor                                                                               

                                                   |Mr. C. Hilder                                     |Company chairman                                                                                     

                                                   |Mrs. C. Laverock                                  |Former education officer                                                                             

Surrey                                             |Mr. M. Ault                                       |Marketing director                                                                                   

                                                   |Mr. W. Donnelly                                   |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. J. Gall                                       |Local government manager                                                                             

                                                   |Mrs. E. Hewitt                                    |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mrs. J. Housden                                   |University examiner                                                                                  


Sussex                                             |Dr. J. Collick                                    |Rabbi                                                                                                

                                                   |Miss S. Haslam                                    |Farmer                                                                                               

                                                   |Mrs. A. Swain                                     |Education consultant                                                                                 

                                                   |Mrs. M. Turner                                    |Retired playgroup organiser                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. T. Wiggins                                    |Business consultant                                                                                  


Thames Valley                                      |Mr. A. Cluff                                      |Retired company director                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. E. Domican                                    |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mrs. P. Elvin                                     |Accountant                                                                                           

                                                   |Mr. G. Maybury                                    |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Professor R. Smith                                |Education consultant                                                                                 


Warwickshire                                       |Mr. A. Bird                                       |Company director                                                                                     

                                                   |Mr. W. Dean                                       |Head of university business studies unit                                                             

                                                   |Ms M. Fitzgerald                                  |University lecturer                                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. F. Lockett                                    |Retired businessman                                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. B. Thomas                                     |NHS trust chairman                                                                                   


West Mercia                                        |Mrs. S. Garner                                    |Businesswoman                                                                                        

                                                   |Mrs. H. Gillow                                    |Retired researcher                                                                                   

                                                   |Mr. P. Kelly                                      |Trade union official                                                                                 

                                                   |Mrs. M. Kilbride                                  |Headteacher                                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. D. Watkins                                    |Retired veterinary surgeon                                                                           


West Midlands                                      |Mrs. F. Adams                                     |Housewife                                                                                            

                                                   |Mrs. B. Pearce                                    |None                                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. G. Richards                                   |Businessman                                                                                          

                                                   |Mr. S. Singh                                      |Fellow of Warwick University                                                                         

                                                   |Mrs. A. Worley                                    |NHS trust director                                                                                   


West Yorkshire                                     |Mr. J. Harris                                     |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. J. Horn                                       |Headteacher                                                                                          

                                                   |Dr. M. Hughes                                     |Management consultant                                                                                

                                                   |Mr. M. Millgate                                   |Personnel consultant                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. K. Sarathy                                    |Retired deputy headteacher                                                                           


Wiltshire                                          |Mr. I. Davies                                     |Chartered accountant                                                                                 

                                                   |Mr. D. Jones                                      |Retired military advisor                                                                             

                                                   |Mr. M. Lee                                        |Retired RAF officer                                                                                  

                                                   |Mr. P. Lefever                                    |Civil servant                                                                                        

                                                   |Mr. H. Woolnough                                  |Retired army officer                                                                                 

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods have been used to encourage nominations for the independent members of the new police authorities in England and Wales.

Mr. Maclean: Advertisements were placed in the following newspapers: The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Liverpool Daily Post and The Western Mail.

Officials wrote to members of the public who had expressed an interest in the appointments in response to the White Paper, or who had registered an interest in this

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type of work with the public appointments unit at the Cabinet Office.

In addition, police authorities were encouraged to bring the appointments to the notice of local community groups whose members might be interested in them.


Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the visas to be offered to nationals of the former Yugoslavia deemed to be vulnerable and their close dependants have, to date, been issued; how many nationals of the former Yugoslavia have been issued with visas, outside the scheme refereed to, to obtain medical treatment in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: In November 1992, the Government agreed to accept up to 1,000 nationals of former Yugoslavia (and their dependants) considered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to be vulnerable and in need of evacuation. To date, 831 principal applicants and 1,130 dependants have arrived in the United Kingdom under these arrangements. Of these, 77 people came specifically for medical treatment. Other nationals of former Yugoslavia have been admitted to the United Kingdom for medical treatment outside these arrangements, but no central record is kept of the number of visas issued specially for medical treatment.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries visited by a spouse accompanying a Minister on overseas visits since 1 October 1993; which Minister was accompanied; what was the cost of each visit; and what were the dates and the duties undertaken by the spouse during such visits.

Mr. Howard: Since 1 October 1993 there have been three occasions when the spouse of a Home Office Minister has accompanied the Minister on public duties overseas.

From 1 January 1994 to 7 January 1994 I was accompanied by my spouse on a trip to the United States of America at a cost of £2, 919.35. From 20 August 1994 to 2 September 1994 I was again accompanied by my spouse on a trip to Latin America, which included visits to Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia, at a cost of £5,397.65. On both occasions the necessary approval was sought in advance of the visit and full official programmes were followed which had been drawn up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. These concentrated on charity work relating to Home Office interests, particularly drugs.

My hon. Friend the Minister for Bexhill and Battle (Mr. Wardle) undertook a trip to Greece from 17 November to 19 November 1993 when he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department. He was accompanied by his spouse at own cost.


Press Regulation

15. Sir David Knox: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he proposes to publish his White Paper on the regulation of the press.

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Mr. Dorrell: The White Paper on privacy and media intrusion will be published when we have completed our consideration of the legal issues relating to the proposed criminal and civil remedies.

South Bank (Tourism)

17. Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of the contribution of the south bank of the Thames in Southwark and Lambeth to London's tourism; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sproat: I consider the south side of the Thames to be an important and integral part of the tourism industry in London. This area has a rich variety of attractions enjoyed by both visitors and residents.

On 29 November, my right hon. Friend was able to announce an additional £2 million over two years for the promotion of London tourism. This will be matched by the British Tourist Authority from existing resources and it, in conjunction with London First and the London tourist board, will seek to lever in matching funding from the private sector. This substantial new fund will make a significant contribution to further strengthen London's performance in tourism.


19. Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what priority the Government give to promoting excellence among the United Kingdom's sporting competitors.

Mr. Sproat: The Government attach great importance to the pursuit of high standards of sporting achievement. This and the development of sporting opportunity for young people are the cornerstones of the Government's proposals for reform of the Sports Council which I announced to the House on 8 July, Official Report , columns 584 86 .

Fibre-optic Communications

20. Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement on the implications of fibre-optic communications for television services in Wales.

Mr. Dorrell: Optical fibre networks offer a means of distributing television programmes, information or entertainment to the home. They can create new opportunities for programme makers and broadcasters, and can provide increasing choice for viewers, in Wales and throughout the United Kingdom.

Foundation for Sports and the Arts

21. Mr. Thurnham: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what representations he has received about the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.

Mr. Sproat: I have received a number of representations.

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Children's Play

22. Mrs. Golding: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the time scale for publishing the results of his consultation on the future of children's play.

Mr. Sproat: I am currently considering the comments received on future arrangements for children's play submitted as part of our wider consultation on Sports Council restructuring. I have asked the council to provide me with its own view of how its current functions and staffing might be realigned to take account of the proposals set out in our 8 July statement, Official Report, columns 584-86. I shall then take final decisions on policy and the timing of implementation.

Television (Violence)

23. Sir Michael Neubert: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what additional proposals he has for reducing the amount and level of violence on television.

Mr. Dorrell: Broadcasters in the United Kingdom are independent of Government but have clear responsibilities with regard to programme content. Earlier this year, my predecessor held meetings with the chairman of the BBC, Independent Television Commission and Broadcasting Standards Council to discuss public concern about television violence. Both the BBC and ITC undertook to monitor the amount of violence and report back and we await their findings.

Television Transmissions

24. Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will take powers to ensure that television viewers can receive transmissions from the appropriate regional ITV and BBC stations.

Mr. Dorrell: No. It is for the broadcasters to determine their own transmission arrangements in the light of their resources and within the constraints of frequency availability and engineering feasibility.

National Lottery

25. Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement about the operation of the national lottery.

Mr. Dorrell: The Director General of the National Lottery regulates the operations of the licensed operator, Camelot plc, and would be happy to write to the hon. Member about any operational matters he wishes to raise.

26. Mrs. Jane Kennedy : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to monitor expenditure patterns by households and individuals on national lottery tickets.

Mr. Dorrell: I have no plans to do so at present.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the latest number of bids received under the millennium fund; how much he envisages will be available for such projects; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dorrell: The Millennium Commission will be inviting applications from 4 January 1995. The commission has already received notification of over 300 potential millennium projects and there have been 4,000 requests for application forms. According to Camelot's forecasts, the Millennium Commission could receive around £1.6 billion between now and 31 December 2000.

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Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many outlets that have been approved by Camelot for the sale of national lottery tickets remain unconnected to the national lottery ticket sale system; and whether these outlets will be compensated by Camelot for loss of revenue.

Mr. Dorrell: This is an operational matter for Camelot Group plc. I have therefore asked Peter Davis, the Director-General of the National Lottery, who is responsible for regulating the operation of the lottery, to write to the hon. Member, placing copies of his response in the Library of the House.

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is his best estimate of the funding that will flow from the national lottery to assist sport and the arts in 1995 96.

Mr. Dorrell: On the basis of forecasts prepared by Camelot Group plc when it submitted its application for the licence to run the national lottery, I estimate that £750 million will be paid to the national lottery distribution fund in 1995 96. As specified in section 22 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993, each of the five good causes--including sport and the arts--will receive 20 per cent. of the sum remaining in the national lottery distribution fund after expenses have been deducted. This could amount to some £150 million for each sector.

Tourism (VAT)

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment his Department made, prior to the Budget statement, of the effect that imposition of VAT on non-essential public transport would have on the United Kingdom tourism industry.

Mr. Dorrell: The application of VAT is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who announced on 29 November that services relating to entertainment or recreational activities and car parking at airports, which include passenger transport, will become wholly standard rated. The measure, which will affect a limited range of businesses, will not involve significant compliance costs for any business category, and is not expected to affect international competitiveness. Indeed, where supplies become wholly taxable at the standard rate instead of being apportioned, VAT accounting requirements will become simpler.

Sports Councils

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many submissions have been received as a part of his Department's consultation process on the future of the sports councils; how many expressed an opinion on his proposals to (a) restrict sports council direct funding to a core of two to three dozen sports and (b) cut the formal links between the sports council and the regional councils for sport and recreation; and if he will divide the figures into those in favour of his proposals and those against.

Mr. Sproat: In accordance with the Government's code of practice on open government, I will publish the facts and analysis which were relevant and important in framing our final decisions on reform of the Sports Council when these decisions are announced publicly. I refer the hon. Member to my reply to his written question of 28 November, Official Report, column 477, for the

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current position on our consideration of responses to the consultation exercise.


Energy Expenditure

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total expenditure on energy for offices and buildings by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Mr. Lang: The information is set out in the tables.

The Scottish Office and Associated Departments    

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

          |£        |£        |£                  


Total<1>  |3,021,651|3,203,726|3,079,573          

<1> Includes Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency,

 which is collocated in a Scottish Office         

building and separate records are not available.  

Agencies for which the Secretary of State is responsible                     

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

                                     |£        |£        |£                  


Scottish Record Office               |97,226   |96,615   |93,895             


Scottish Agricultural Science Agency |163,649  |165,970  |169,775            


General Register Office              |68,221   |92,450   |92,184             


Students Awards Agency Scotland      |63,240   |70,561   |87,576             


Historic Scotland                    |458,000  |411,000  |456,000            


Scottish Office Pension Agency<2>    |0        |0        |14,871             


Registers of Scotland                |187,618  |214,100  |245,777            


Scottish Prison Service              |2,773,773|3,273,674|3,193,684          

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

Total                                |3,811,727|4,324,370|4,353,762          

<2> Previous years' figures included in the Scottish Office total.           

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total expenditure on energy for each property owned or leased by his Department for the use of ministers in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Mr. Lang: Expenditure on energy at Bute house, the Secretary of State's official residence, was as follows:

Year    |£          


1991-92 |4,415      

1992-93 |5,216      

1993-94 |5,293      

Health Care Purchases

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by (a) district health authorities, (b) family health services authorities, (c) regional health authorities, (d) trusts and (e) general practitioner fundholders on health care purchases from non-NHS providers in each of the last three years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: In Scotland, the purchase of hospital, community and family health care is primarily the responsibility of health boards. The following table shows expenditure on purchases of health care from private providers:

Purchases of Health Care from Private Providers                        

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


               |£000         |£000         |£000                       


Health Boards  |2,642        |21,475       |16,255                     

GP Fundholders |34           |131          |23                         

Health boards also have contracts with local authorities, hospices and voluntary agencies where these organisations are registered charities undertaking specific contracted activities but information on these is no longer collected centrally. Expenditure by NHS trusts on purchases from private providers in Scotland is not held centrally.

Food Allergies

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many physicians in Scottish NHS hospitals are specialists in the treatment of food allergies,

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Consultants in various specialties may practise in the treatment of food allergies. Information is not collected on how many doctors carry out such work.

Market Testing

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those services that have been market-tested by his Department and won by the private sector, indicating the organisation that won the tender and its value.

Mr. Lang: Since 1 April 1992, the activities set out in the table have been contracted out as part of my "Competing for Quality" programme.

Activity                                                          |Awarded to                                         


Audit of 1st wave NHS Trusts                                      |KPMG Peat Marwick;                                 

                                                                  |Coopers and Lybrand                                


Audit of 2nd wave NHS Trusts<1>                                   |KPMG Peat Marwick;                                 

                                                                  |Price Waterhouse;                                  

                                                                  |Ernst and Young                                    


Audit of 3rd wave NHS Trusts<1>                                   |Ernst and Young;                                   

                                                                  |Scott Moncrieff;                                   

                                                                  |KPMG Peat Marwick;                                 

                                                                  |Price Waterhouse                                   


Audit of NHS Boards<1>                                            |KPMG Peat Marwick;                                 

                                                                  |Coopers and Lybrand;                               

                                                                  |Price Waterhouse                                   


Scottish Fire Service Training School Catering                    |Gardner Merchant                                   


Building and Electrical Maintenance Works at HM Prison, Barlinnie |AMEC                                               


Marine Laboratory Property Management<1>                          |Bell Ingram                                        


Maintenance of new microwave radio systems                        |National                                           

for the Scottish Ambulance Service and other                      |Transcommunications                                

Health Service Users<1>                                           |Ltd.                                               


Scottish Agricultural Science Agency Security<1>                  |Burns Security                                     


Scottish Office Pensions Agency pensions                          |McDonnell                                          

                                                                  |administration systems<1>                          


Data Preparation work<1>                                          |Saztec; Alpha Numeric                              

<1> Strategically contracted out without an in-house bid.                                                             

Bids are made to the Scottish Office on a commercial-in-confidence basis by companies and it is the Scottish Office's normal policy not to reveal the values of contracts let for individual market tests. The estimated aggregate value over the lifetimes of the above contracts is £9.7 million. The length of contract ranges from one to seven years.

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