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Wolf Hybrids

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.

National Rivers Authority

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.


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One of the options being looked at is the merger of the funds.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Lindane

Mrs. Mahon: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the research conducted by his Department in 1981 in respect of Lindane and breast cancer.

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.


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Executive Search Agencies

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. Jack: Only the Agricultural Development Advisory Service, an executive agency, has used an executive search agency, at a cost of £6,068.18.

Departmental Telephone Calls

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.

Mr. Jack: Departmental charges for telephone for years 1989 94 are:


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         |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.                     

Bovine Immunodeficiency Virus

Mr. Gill: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many herds have been affected by bovine immunodeficiency virus.

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.

Animal Exports

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.

Mrs. Browning: It would be against the terms of the treaty of Rome to prevent the export to other member states of live animals for slaughter. This trade is, however,


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subject 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.

State Veterinary Service

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.


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Mr. Waldegrave: Pay costs for the state veterinary service, comprising the veterinary field and investigation services together with veterinarians at headquarters, are;


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.

TB and Brucellosis

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).

Animal Health and Veterinary Group

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.

Mr. Waldegrave: As at 15 December, I had received 15 responses from organisations and 13 from individuals. The consultation period runs to 31 December 1994.


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HEALTH

Redundancies

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what have been the costs of redundancy payments to staff in each of the last five years;

(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.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 6 December, (1) if


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the 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.

Small Pharmacies

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.

Hospital Closures

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have closed since April 1991.

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.

Breast Cancer

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 .

The Health of the Nation" Indicators

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;


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(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-C2--Suicide rates.

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.


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Available 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.

NHS Trusts (Termination Payments)

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             

Departmental Telephone Calls

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on telephone charges; and how many telephone calls have been made by her Department in each of the last five years.

Mr. Sackville: Telephone charges incurred by the Department of Health over the past four years are:

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.

Gonorrhoea

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.

Empty Residential Properties

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


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trusts, 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.

Drugs Advisory Committee

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish a register of the interests of members of the advisory committee on national health service drugs.

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.

Residential Care

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.


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Public Appointments

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. Sackville: None. Appointments are made on the basis of aptitude, merit and suitability.

Mental Illness

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.

Ministerial Travel

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many train journeys of one hour's duration or more she has made in Britain in 1994 in the course of her official duties.

Mr. Sackville: Twenty-Three.

Social Services Budget

Dr. Hendron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the total social services budget was spent on child care provision in England in the last five years.

Mr. Bowis: Information for the last five years for which information is available is shown in the table.


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Gross expenditure on personal social services in England                                            

                    |Total              |Children's services                                        

Year                |£ million          |£ million          |Percentage                             

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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                                   


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