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Column 1019by Departments and outside groups in the market-testing process in each of the past three years.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes: My Department holds information centrally on the cost to Government Departments of employing external consultants to support the "Competing for Quality" programme; other set-up costs; and the cost of departmental market-testing units and related support. Costs were reported in the citizens charter second report in March 1994. The information is currently being updated and will be announced in the new year. I will write to the hon. Member at that stage.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes: The first review of the OHS has shown that it has performed well since becoming an agency of the Cabinet Office--Office of Public Science and Service--in 1990. Agency status within central Government has allowed it to develop a comprehensive, high-quality, professionally based occupational health service for civil service departments and agencies, which has kept pace with the changing structure and needs of the civil service and with developments in the fields of occupational health and safety. The review has also been helpful in identifying where there is room for improvement.
In the light of this and the state of the wider market for occupational health services, I have agreed that the OHS will remain as an executive agency.
We shall continue to seek improvements in the operation of the OHS and will review it again under normal procedures for executive agencies. I have also agreed that in future is should be known as the Civil Service Occupational Health and Safety Agency, better to reflect the full range of its services.
I am today placing in the Library of the House a summary of the findings of the review.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will itemise the refurbishment works undertaken on buildings housing departmental staff in the last three years, indicating the costs involved and the nature of the refurbishments.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration is being given to granting early approval for the construction of a lignite-fired power station at Ballymoney, County Antrim; and when an announcement will be made of a start date for the project.
Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) of 1 December, Official Report , column 823 , if he will make a statement regarding his Department's expenditure on special advisers in each of the last three financial years and for the financial year 1979 80.
Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on what basis the decision was reached to take no further action in respect of the complaint investigated by the RUC that there had been an attempt to pervert the course of justice by a member of the public who approached the family of a victim of Brendan Smyth; (2) who took the decision to take no further action in respect of the complaint investigated by the RUC that there had been an attempt to pervert the course of justice by a member of the public who approached the family of a victim of Brendan Smyth.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the duration of the trips, referred to in his answer of 1 November, Official Report , column 1027 , which were undertaken by Ministers in his Department and on which they were accompanied by their spouses and paid for at public expense.
(i) Mr. and Mrs. Tim Smith visited Dublin on 5 February 1994; (ii) Lady Mayhew and I visited Canada and the USA between 5 and 15 April 1994;
(iii) Lady Mayhew and I visited Italy on 14 15 May 1994.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.
(i) 9 March--from London to Bristol
(ii) 30 September--from London to Bath
(iii) 17 November--from London to Poole
Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list by health and social services board all children's hospitals giving (a) the total number of beds, (b) the total number and percentage of beds available for overnight parental accommodation and (c) the average annual number of overnight stays by parents.
(2) if he will list by each health and social services board all hospitals with children's wards giving (a) the total number of beds, (b) the total number and percentage of beds available for overnight parental accommodation and (c) the average annual number of overnight stays by parents.
Mr. Moss: The Royal Belfast hospital for sick children, one of the hospitals making up the Royal group of hospitals trust, is the only children's hospital in Northern Ireland. In 1993 94, the latest period for which figures are available, there were 130 beds in wards open overnight. Information on the number of beds for parents and overnight stays by parents is not available centrally.
Information about the number of beds in children's wards in hospitals in Northern Ireland for 1993 94 is set out in the tables. Information on the number of beds for parents and overnight stays by parents is not available centrally.
----------------------------------------------------------- Belfast City |10 Belvoir Park |7 Forster Green |20 Lagan Valley |4 Musgrave Park |25 Royal Victoria |21 Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children |118 Ulster |66 |-------- Eastern Board Area Total |271 Coleraine |16 Mid Ulster |21 Waveney |31 |-------- Northern Board Area Total |68 Craigavon Area |36 Daisy Hill |28 South Tyrone |16 Tower Hill |25 |-------- Southern Board Area Total |105 Altnagelvin Area |32 Stradreagh |5 Erne |22 Tyrone County |18 |-------- Western Board Area Total |77 Northern Ireland Total |521 Figures exclude beds and designated intensive care cots for Neonates less than 28 days of age.
Column 1022latest available date and five and 10 years ago; and what are the projections for next year.
Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the number of employees of each agency in Northern Ireland when it was first created and at present; what is the projection for next year; and if he will break down the figure by local offices or council area.
Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the installed capacity of electricity by (a) wind power, (b) water power and (c) other non-fossil fuel renewable energy sources, and the amount of electricity purchased by Northern Ireland Electric and its predecessors over each of the last five years; what is his projection for the present year and the next five years; what percentage of generated power this represents in each such year; what is the unit price paid and the total sums paid for such energy; and what effect the purchase of such energy has on the price of a unit of electricity to a (1) domestic and (2) commercial consumer.
Mr. Dover: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how he intends to implement the principles in the White Paper "The Civil Service: Continuity and Change" in the particular circumstances of the Northern Ireland civil service.
Sir Patrick Mayhew: I have today placed in the Library of the House a document which sets out my initial proposals for how the principles underlying the White Paper might be implemented in the particular circumstances of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.