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Mr. Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will apply the provisions of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 in regard to the trading in wolf hybrids and to the keeping of these animals as domestic pets.
Sir Paul Beresford: The 1976 Act already applies to wolves and wolf hybrids, which may not be kept by individuals without a licence. Licensing under the Act is the responsibility of district councils, which may impose conditions on licences, including requirements that an animal must be kept only by particular persons at specified and secure premises. The Act also allows district councils to control the movement of any wolf or wolf hybrid. Trade in threatened species of wolves and first-generation hybrids is covered by EC regulation 3626/82 and other regulations applying the convention on international trade in endangered species within the European Union.
Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what considerations he is giving for the merging of the National Rivers Authority closed fund with the National Rivers Authority active fund.
Mr. Atkins: The National Rivers Authority is sponsored by the Department of the Environment. In the course of establishing the Environment Agency, consideration is being given to the future arrangements for the National Rivers Authority's closed and active pension funds. The arrangements must protect the position of the beneficiaries, while minimising any cost for the taxpayer.
Column 979One of the options being looked at is the merger of the funds.
Mrs. Browning: The Ministry has not conducted research on Lindane and breast cancer. The hon. Member may be referring to a 1981 study on lindane residues in milk following treatment of cattle with delousing powder. I have arranged for copies of this study to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what use his Department has made of executive search agencies in filling vacancies within his Department and executive agencies administered by his Department during the last year, and how much these services have cost his Department.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much has been spent on telephone charges and how many telephone calls have been made by his Department for each of the last five years.
|1989-90 |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |£000s |£000s |£000s |£000s |£000s --------------------------------------------------------------- HQ |1,377 |943 |1,089 |1,045 GTN |471 |595 |989 |873 AHVG |397 |421 |639 |705 Regions |388 |389 |419 |581 Other |457 |480 |392 |415 ADAS |1,421 |1,279 |- |- CVL |99 |112 |- |- CSL |175 |182 |- |- |--------|--------|--------|--------|-------- Total |4,481 |4,785 |4,401 |3,528 |3,619 Details of the number of calls are not held centrally. 1. The figures include CSL, CVL and ADAS up to 1991-92. After this date figures for them are not available. ADAS and CSL became agencies in April 1992 and CVL became an agency in April 1990. 2. Only the total figure for 1989-90 is available. A breakdown between major areas (as for other years) cannot be done until 6 January at the earliest. 3. Figures include line rental, hardware maintenance, call charges, minor capital spending, telex, agency operators, cellphones and pagers. 4. Budgetary responsibility is decentralised to over 150 operating units within MAFF and so a more detailed breakdown would require more time. 5. All figures are in thousands of pounds.
Mrs. Browning: No specific disease condition caused by bovine immunodeficiency virus in cattle in the field has been identified in this or any other country. Investigations are continuing in a herd in Cheshire where cattle with serological evidence of exposure to BIV and a range of other common ailments have been identified. Investigations have also been carried out on one farm in Scotland.
Mr. Alfred Morris: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will legislate to ensure that animals for export are slaughtered in the United Kingdom; if he will commend to other countries across Europe the principle that animals for export are slaughtered in the country of origin; and if he will make a statement.
Column 980subject to statutory requirements designed to ensure that the welfare of animals is properly protected.
We have pressed hard in the Community negotiations for tough controls, enforceable in all member states, on feeding and watering intervals and journey times. It is disappointing that a number of member states, mostly from the south of the Community, have so far blocked any improvements to the package of measures which the United Kingdom and others opposed as inadequate last June. However, in the light of the lack of progress at Community level, a new order has been made, to come into force on 23 January 1995, to help tighten up enforcement of the national requirements on journey plans, through which we safeguard the welfare of animals in transit pending the adoption of Community measures.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the total sum expended in connection with the direct work of the state veterinary service in each year since 1990; what expenditure is envisaged for the next five years; and what will be the financial consequences of the Lebrecht review.
Year |Pay costs ----------------------------------------------- 1990-91 |<1><2>19,936 1991-92 |<1><2>20,477 1992-93 |<1>25,925 1993-94 |30,060 1994-95 (forecast) |30,903 1995-96 (allocation) |31,154 1996-97 (baseline) |31,135 1997-98 (baseline) |31,581 <1> Excludes superannuation. <2> Excludes administration in the regions.
The financial consequences of the review cannot be assessed until final decisions have been taken following the consultation exercise.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what number and percentage of visits by the state veterinary service have identified infringement of welfare legislation since 1990; and what emphasis has been placed on follow-up visits.
Mrs. Browning: In the four years 1990 93, the state veterinary service carried out 16,977 welfare inspection visits to farm premises. This figure includes follow-up visits, which are always undertaken where appropriate. In the same period, the SVS initiated or assisted with 493 successful prosecutions.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consultations have recently been held between his Department and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on TB and brucellosis testing.
Mrs. Browning: The royal college has received a copy of the consultation document which my Department circulated on 24 October about the management review of animal health and veterinary group which dealt with a number of issues including tuberculosis and brucellosis testing. The royal college has yet to reply.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the names and status of those consultants participating in the policy evaluation of the brucellosis eradication arrangements.
Mrs. Browning: The team of consultants whose competitive bid was successful to carry out the evaluation of the bovine brucellosis eradication policy comprises agricultural economists, statisticians, veterinarians and epidemiologists from the Centre for European Agricultural Studies (Wye) Ltd; Wye College (University of London), farm business unit; and the Royal veterinary college (University of London).
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many responses he has received from (a) groups and (b) individuals to the publication of the review of the animal health and veterinary group.
(2) if she will list the number of redundancies among NHS staff (a) by grade and (b) by reason for each of the last five years.
Mr. Malone: Redundancy in the national health service is not a new phenomenon. Compensation for loss of office was introduced in 1948 as part of the establishment of the service. NHS redundancies in recent years have resulted from re-organisation and mergers at local level as part of continuing improvements in patient services. In 1989 90, gross redundancy payments to staff by regional health authorities were £516,000, by district health authorities £8,975,000 and by special health authorities £243,000. In 1990 91, gross redundancy payments by regional health authorities were £948,000, by district health authorities £10,722,000 and by special health authorities £68, 000.
The increase in expenditure in this and subsequent years by regional health authorities is largely accounted for by restructuring and contraction while the largest single factor in redundancies in district health authorities during this and subsequent years is the reorganisation of mental health services in connection with care in the community, involving the closure of psychiatric hospitals. In 1991 92, gross redundancy payments by regional health authorities were £2,720,000, by district health authorities £25,875,000, by special health authorities £481,000 and by NHS trusts £3,675,000. Increases in expenditure in this and subsequent years by special health authorities and trusts result largely from reorganisation and mergers at local level and, in London, especially from the implementation of the report of Professor Sir Bernard Tomlinson. In 1992 93, gross redundancy payments by regional health authorities were £3,237,000, by district health authorities £31,871,000, by special health authorities £1,128,000 and by NHS trusts £14,546,000. Reasons given by trusts with the largest expenditure on redundancy payments include particularly the implementation of reviews of skill mix and ancillary staff, together with increased concentration on patient services and contracting out of non-clinical services. Provisional figures for 1993 94 are £11,486,000 for regional health authorities, £31,971,000 for district health authorities, £1,185,000 for special health authorities and £49,122,000 for NHS trusts. Management restructuring caused by the reduction in the size and number of regional health authorities, leading to their eventual abolition in 1996, has added to redundancy costs for 1993 94, as have the merger of some district health authorities and changes in working practices.
Information on the number of redundancies by grade and cause is not available routinely in the form suggested. However, some information is available about redundancies in particular staff groups and I will write about this to the hon. Member.
Column 983the guidance set out in TEL(94)2 applies to senior health service managers whose employment with an NHS trust dates from after its publication;
(2) what advice or guidance she has given or has been called to give prior to the publication of TEL(94)2 concerning the dismissal of senior managers.
Mr. Malone: TEL(94)2 sets out for national health service trusts what is expected in providing for termination payments for senior managers. We have not issued any advice to NHS trusts concerning the dismissal of senior managers. NHS trusts are free to employ staff on whatever conditions they think fit.
Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received with regard to the future of the professional allowance for small pharmacies dispensing between 1,000 and 1,500 prescriptions per month; and what assessment she has made of the importance of such pharmacies in rural areas and the effect of changes following the representations being made to her on these matters.
Mr. Malone: Three recent representations have been received, one of which is a pay claim for 1995 96 from the pharmaceutical services negotiating committee. The claim refers to the threshold for payment of the professional allowance. The Department extended the essential small pharmacy scheme in 1993 specifically because it remains committed to maintaining good access for patients to dispensing services in both rural and urban areas.
Mr. Sackville: Decisions on closing or opening facilities are for local management. The Department collects information only on proposed closures which are referred for a ministerial decision following objections from a community health council.
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women aged 50 to 64 years had been screened for breast cancer within the previous three years in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989 90 and in each year since then.
Mr. Sackville: This information is not available centrally. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms Primarolo) on 27 October, Official Report, column 820 21 .
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what was the death rate from breast cancer per 100,000 population in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989 90 and each year since then;
(2) what was the average percentage of food energy derived by the population from total fat in each regional health authority area in 1989 90 and each year since then;
Column 984(3) what was the incidence of invasive cervical cancer per 100,000 population in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in each year since 1986;
(4) what was the rate of conception among girls aged under 16 in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989 90 and in each year since then;
(5) what was the death rate from stroke per 100,000 population for (a) people aged under 65 and (b) people aged 65 to 74 in each (i) regional health authority and (ii) district health authority in 1989 90 and each year since then;
(6) what was the suicide rate per 100,000 population in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989--90 and each year since then;
(7) what was the death rate from coronary heart disease per 100,000 population for (a) people aged under 65 and (b) people aged 65 74 in each (i) regional health authority and (ii) district health authority in 1989 90 and each year since then;
(8) what was the death rate from lung cancer per 100,000 population for (i) men and (ii) women aged under 75 in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989 90 and each year since then;
(9) what was the death rate per 100,000 population for accidents among (a) children aged under 15, (b) people aged 15 24 and (c) people aged 65 and over in each (i) regional health authority and (ii) district health authority in 1989 90 and each year since then; (10) what was the average percentage of food energy derived by the population from saturated fatty acids in each regional health authority area in 1989 90 and each year since then.
Mr. Sackville: The data requested are "The Health of the Nation" indicators, which are available for the latest years 1989 91, baseline data and 1990 92, monitoring data. These data are contained in the public health common data set 1993 volume 5 "The Health of the Nation" baseline and monitoring data--definition booklet with data on computer disks--a copy of which is in the Library. The indicators in question are:
HON-A1--Mortality rates from coronary heart disease in persons under 65.
HON-A2--Mortality rates from coronary heart disease in persons aged 65 74.
HON-A3--Mortality rates from stroke in persons under 65. HON-A4--Mortality rates from stroke in persons aged 65 74. HON-A8 --Average percentage of household food energy derived from saturated fatty acids.
HON-A9 --Average percentage of household food energy derived from total fat.
HON-B1--Mortality rates from breast cancer in women aged 50 69. HON-B2 -- Incidence of invasive cervical cancer.
HON-B4, B5--Mortality rates from lung cancer in men and women under 75.
HON-D3 --Conception rates below 16.
HON-E1--Mortality rates from accidents in children under 15. HON-E2-- Mortality rates from accidents in persons aged 15 24. HON-E3--Mortality rates from accidents in persons aged 65 and over.
Column 985Available only for Standard regions and Greater London for the years 1988 90 (baseline data) and 1990 92 (monitoring data). Only available for the years 1985 87 (baseline data) and 1986 88 (monitoring data).
Baseline data only: conceptions estimated to have occurred in 1989 91, based on birth registrations and legal terminations of pregnancy recorded in 1989 92.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the termination payments made to chief executives and general and senior managers in each trust since its inception, indicating the size and number of individual payments.
Mr. Malone: This information is not available centrally for payments made before April 1994. Under the monitoring arrangements established by TEL(94)3, national health service trusts have notified the NHS executive of the following termination payments to chief executives and general and senior managers this financial year.
|Number of|Amount --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust |3 |4,487 |7,323 |31,078 Burton Hospitals NHS Trust |7,053 Cheviot and Wansbeck NHS Trust |2 |10,086 |6,329 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust |28,749 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Learning Disabilities NHS Trust |11,000 Dudley Priority Health NHS Trust |37,222 East Surrey Learning Disability and Mental Health Services NHS Trust |36,677 Epsom Healthcare NHS Trust |15,000 Fosse Health NHS Trust |19,500 Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust |2 |47,616 |75,073 Herefordshire Community Health NHS Trust |28,416 Healthlands Mental Health NHS Trust |25,008 Hertford Health Agency |3 |3,000 |3,000 |3,000 Kings Heathcare NHS Trust |2 |55,573 |1,005 The Medway NHS Trust |3 |12,991 |12,803 |13,501 Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust |31,549 North East Essex Mental Health Services |26,188 North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust |30,000 North Mersey Community NHS Trust |11,300 North Tees Health NHS Trust |27,764 Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust |25,000 Northampton Community Healthcare NHS Trust |2 |20,259 |19,540 Pilgrim Health NHS Trust |7,864 Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust |7,865 Queens Medical Centre Nottingham University NHS Trust |77,715 Royal Liverpool University Hospital |47,355 Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust |18,466 Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust |19,343 South Bedfordshire Community Healthcare Trust |17,771 South Kent Hospitals NHS Trust |8,626 South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust |34,829 Southend Healthcare NHS Trust |3 |43,908 |29,901 |7,031 Teddington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust |18,750 United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust |30,000 Walsall Community NHS Trust |35,000 Walsall Hospital NHS Trust |6,926 West Herts Community Health NHS Trust |2 |2,633 |2,276 Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust |27,314 Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust |22,167 Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust |2 |34,547 |18,200
1990 91: £4,739,561
1991 92: £3,017,000
1992 93: £3,490,000
1993 94: £3,419,000
Separate figures for the Department of Health are not available prior to 1990 91 since such costs were incurred by the combined Departments of Health and Social Security. Details of the number of calls made per year are not available centrally.
Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the incidence of gonorrhoea per 100,000 population in each (a) regional health authority and (b) district health authority in 1989 90 and in each year since then.
Mr. Sackville: This information is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Additionally, rates of incidence per head of resident district or regional population would not be meaningful because data on new cases of gonorrhoea are collected by district of treatment not district of residence.
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the empty residential properties owned by her Department are (a) operational and (b) surplus; and in the latter case for how long have they been surplus.
Mr. Sackville: The Department directly owns very little residential accommodation, all of which is in operational use and fully occupied except for any short periods when staff change. For the national health service, the information is not available centrally. Residential property is owned and managed by national health service
Column 987trusts, although regional health authorities manage some residual residential property. A survey conducted in 1992 estimated that there were some 1,800 houses and flats vacant comprising:
1,050 awaiting tenants
450 undergoing renovation
150 awaiting decision
150 for disposal.
Mr. Malone: The Department does not maintain such a register. However, members of the advisory committee on national health service drugs are governed by a code of practice which requires them to declare any interests which might affect the advice they give.
Mr. Pike (Burnley) : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to assist local authorities to maintain residents with preserved rights in their own home; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Bowis: People living in their homes are not eligible for preserved rights to higher rates of income support. These apply only to people who are resident in nursing homes and residential care homes on 1 April 1993.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what sources she seeks information on the political affiliation of candidates for appointment to paid or unpaid posts for which she is responsible.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of mental illness hospital admissions nationally and in each NHS region for each year since 1990 91; and what percentage of total admissions such admissions represented in each year.
Mr. Bowis: The information needed to calculate the volume change in finished consultant episodes, by specialty, for each regional health authority, is available in "Ordinary admissions and day case admissions for England" for the financial years 1993 94, copies of which are available in the Library.
Gross expenditure on personal social services in England |Total |Children's services Year |£ million |£ million |Percentage ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1988-89 |3,776.1 |1,164.3 |30.8 1989-90 |4,204.4 |1,277.3 |30.4 1990-91 |4,697.7 |1,449.4 |30.9 1991-92 |5,127.4 |1,551.4 |30.3 1992-93 |5,464.7 |1,810.3 |33.1